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This Is Unacceptable

Filed under: General — JVW @ 12:08 pm

[guest post by JVW]

I am willing to deal with the fact that both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are younger than I am, but I can’t have a President who uses emojis in his email messages.

Rubio solicitation

I mean what is that supposed to be — a voting booth or something? John Adams silently weeps.


62 Responses to “This Is Unacceptable”

  1. I’m sure Hillary! uses emojis in her messages; probably stupid winky faces and such. The clueless college kid who coordinates Bernard Sanders’ email campaign probably uses them all over too.

    Such a stupid, stupid world we have become.

    JVW (d60453)

  2. He had a reasonably good night, politicians capitalize on such. Money is everything in aspiration of being a viable candidate. Not a great reason to post in my humble estimation.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  3. This came in before the debate, pieter (note the date on the message), so your defense is inoperative. And even if he had dominated the debate last night there is simply no excuse for emojis. None.

    JVW (d60453)

  4. :(

    A.S. (23bc66)

  5. JVW, admit defeat in the face of an author…regardless, in reflection of Rubio’ s post, what specifically is over the top? Perhaps I missed something, don’t see any of these “Emojis” that are beyond despicable.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  6. By definition, emojis are despicable in and of themselves.

    Next thing you know, you will be defending text abbreviations.

    JVW (d60453)

  7. if flannel pajamas and hot chocolate are used to reach this g-g-g-g-generation, what is off the table???

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84)

  8. Flannel pajamas are OK as they are functional and classy; flannel pajamas with footsies should be a capital crime for anyone older than six.

    JVW (d60453)

  9. I agree, I am corrected, JVW (at least with the first part).

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84)

  10. According to a Drudge headline, a number of Hillary’s emails are “too damaging” to release. I wonder which emojis she used.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  11. At least he doesn’t end his tweets with annoying smiley faces like when Jim Carrey’s calling all gun owners assholes. :^)

    CrustyB (69f730)

  12. Oh, sure, some were so sensitive that oversight committee people in Congress needed special clearance to see them, from what I read.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84)

  13. Man, if I didn’t hate emojis so much it might be fun to design one designating information so sensitive that only Hillary! Clinton is allowed to mishandle it.

    JVW (d60453)

  14. Do you suppose that Cruz or Rubio has ever used “LOL” in any context? I shudder at the thought.

    JVW (d60453)

  15. Obama is only the latest in a long trend of dumbed-down addresses. The sophistication of the State of the Union has been on a steady decades-long decline as more and more Americans tune in. John F. Kennedy regularly gave State of the Union addresses at an undergraduate level, while Obama’s first-term average was the lowest of the televised era.

    failmerica is getting more and more drool-on-itself stupid

    president selfie stick helped a lot

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  16. Well,
    Cruz does a mean “Princess Bride” reference,
    I bet he could do an emoji if he thought it was appropriate to reach his audience.

    MD in Philly (at the moment not in Philly) (deca84)

  17. The funny thing is that a lot of Republicans could support either Cruz or Rubio, but they each spent the night trying to dissuade them for supporting either, with a lot of help from Chris Wallace.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  18. Trump probably peppers his emails with emojis. Happy, frowny, tongue out, winky, etc.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  19. Trump probably peppers his emails with emoticons. Happy, frowny, tongue out, winky, etc.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  20. oops.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  21. Kasich probably puts little stars and hearts over his “i”s and “j”s

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  22. A middle finger emojis would keep swear words from being posted.
    imagine happy face here.

    mg (31009b)

  23. ALCON, are we all (even those over 40) so requiring of “entertainment” to choose a representative? So, your candidate didn’t bring you to orgasm in this recent debate…

    Did they show up? Did they say anything incredibly stupid? Do they have a history of supporting most of your values?

    1st world problems…opposition of a candidate based on didn’t make me “feel” right or special…don’t care if he espoused progressive views or failed to show for the sanctioned party debate…me, me, me (my thoughts and actions are a mirror of all that I have railed against)…jettison everything I have applauded in the past due to an ability to rationally reconsider…etc.

    OK, so your second (or first) choice is unpolished and boring…given the happenstance, you’d be infinitely worse.

    Some of you should be seeking employment as squirrel spotters.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  24. Wow, pieter, drink less or a hire a somebody to proofread you drivel.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  25. Is there an example of a Cruz email with emojis? If not, why even mention him in this post?

    Rich (ddc02c)

  26. I have many hours ’til bedtime and numerous gripes. Awaiting Patterico’s next pontification…has to be better than this thread.

    pieter (ec44a2)

  27. crud and rubamnesty = beevus & butthead!

    trumpet (5e5742)

  28. I have many hours ’til bedtime and numerous gripes. Awaiting Patterico’s next pontification…has to be better than this thread.

    Got a live one here, folks.

    JVW (d60453)

  29. pieter,

    Emojis are an important part of the current American political sphere. I mean, how else can we explain that Donnie Trump and Hillary! are currently frontrunners.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  30. ALCON = Alert Condition

    mg (31009b)

  31. This combined with those boots will have him doing teh “Cuban slide” right outta contention…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  32. I also got one those emails and thought those red thingamabobs were stacks of poker chips since I was being asked to “chip in” for Marco. Was he implying I should take a gamble on him? After zooming in I see they are supposed to be flashing red emergency beacons. Mine only had six though; now he’s up to eight. Interesting.

    Damselfly (5cba1a)

  33. You kids get off of my lawn!!

    Beasts of England (69e75d)

  34. They look like sirens. Almost like the one Drudge puts out.

    G (6a553a)

  35. Are you saying other GOP candidates don’t do the same crap?

    Mitch (bfd5cd)

  36. Are you saying other GOP candidates don’t do the same crap?

    They certainly know better than to email me with it!

    JVW (d60453)

  37. I bet Donnie Trump’s emojis have bad hair.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  38. 32.You kids get off of my lawn!!
    Beasts of England (69e75d) — 1/29/2016 @ 5:37 pm

    That’s about the size of it. Who gives a rat’s butt about emoji’s?

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  39. Excerpt from the conservativetreehouse 1/30/2016

    Ted Cruz Campaign Sends Out Personal “Shaming Letters” To Iowa Voters

    The personalized letters target individual Iowa voters and identifies them as having failed to vote in prior elections. They are admonished and then encouraged to vote this year. In addition the letters identify the neighbors of the voter, and provides their voting history.

    “You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses”.

    In an effort to shame the recipient, the notice also informs the targeted voter their neighbors have also been notified of the recipients poor voting record.

    ropelight (da3a94)

  40. 😶🤔😔🙄😡

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  41. yikes if that’s a window into what a Ted Cruz presidency would be like no thank you Mr. ropelight

    happyfeet (831175)

  42. Consider the source:

    Turnout in IA is everything but the real question is ‘Can GOPe be stopped?’

    No one will be happy when Roobs comes from a distant third at convention to win, ‘cepting maybe the Donks.

    DNF (755a85)

  43. roobs is a pooper he’s establishment trash through and through

    plus he’s smarmy as all get out and wears girl boots

    like the rent boy he is

    happyfeet (831175)

  44. The goddess I worship uses emojis. I am weak.

    DNF (755a85)

  45. #38 & #40,

    Is there nothing that doesn’t “offend” the fragile sensibilities of Donnie’s Fan Club?
    Now Ted Cruz is allegedly Satan Incarnate because his camp is sending mailers to registered Republicans who according to public record, haven’t been voting consistently in recent elections?

    Obama had a much better ‘Get Out the Vote’ ground game than Romney in 2012. Team Obama rented vans and buses and drove people to the polls, took them by the hand, and got them to stand in line to vote. Guess who won the election?

    The world is on fire, the economy stinks, yet you guys are crying “Stop the micro-agression, you secret Communist Canadian!” about mailers encouraging Republicans…to vote Republican?
    Do you have to call your psychiatrist’s office after receiving your Wednesday delivery of junk mail from Pizza Hut, American Express, and the local supermarket?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  46. mr. cruz’s slickwilly scam emails rely on the sick sad and anti-social assertion that merely voting is in and of itself virtuous and dutiful

    Mr. cruz could not be more wrong about that

    if you watched closely over the past 8 years you would know in your heart

    virtuous and dutiful votings have effed failmerica right up the butt something awful

    poor lil sleazypoof

    happyfeet (831175)

  47. so this seems about as fake as ted sells out to the ethanol lobby, or other hair on fire moments from ktel records,

    narciso (732bc0)

  48. Well, Rubio may use emojis but at least Rubio didn’t sell out on immigration and big government!

    Oh, wait. Never mind.

    WarEagle82 (3f92a9)

  49. #46 happyfeet, are you really not aware that the Iowa Republican Caucuses are different from open primaries in other states or the general election voting, for that matter?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  50. ipof, cruz wasn’t lying but megyn didn’t correct the record,

    narciso (732bc0)

  51. caucuses are like sudoku

    too complicated!

    happyfeet (831175)

  52. I just had to laugh:

    “…mr. cruz’s slickwilly scam emails rely on the sick sad and anti-social assertion that merely voting is in and of itself virtuous and dutiful

    Mr. cruz could not be more wrong about that….”

    First, could this comment be more self-serving? I doubt it. I think someone who has a history of voting writing that would be honest (though I do not agree; far too many people have died in the service of this nation for me to not vote). But justifying sitting on one’s sedentary behind not voting and then complaining about how things go politically? Sad and lazy, but funny. Also unsurprising. In other news, San Quentin is full of innocent people…the inmates say.

    Secondly, “sick, sad, and anti-social” applying to Cruz, but not to the Blowhard from Manhattan?

    The goal here is to repeat, over and over again, a mantra that becomes truth. Meme warfare.


    Simon Jester (e07184)

  53. ignore the attentionstarved pikachu, look what megyn did, is that mere accident?

    narciso (732bc0)

  54. sleazy ted cruz emails spark dangerous twitterstorm

    iowa slips further out of his grasp

    happyfeet (831175)

  55. Seriously, narciso, I don’t mind a person championing someone they like. I believe that they ought to do so in an intellectually honest fashion. True, I don’t like the babytalk pottymouth misogynist nonsense, but I have been assured that this person is a decent type. It’s just an online persona.

    I guess I don’t like all the fake tough talk on the internet. And I do think that it impacts politics poorly. I mean, the number of times I hear a person lambaste a candidate for being a “RINO” or “traitor”—despite their ACU voting records—and then utterly ignoring far worse behavior than the candidate they like…well, it sounds like business as usual for the progressives.

    I don’t have an answer. I do want to find someone who has some proven record of trying to support smaller government, overall. That’s why I hope for real debates, instead of media sideshows. Because media sideshows have a goal that is different from what we say we would like to see.

    Oh well.

    Simon Jester (e07184)

  56. I have less patience for narratives, whether they come from a candidate or a broadcaster, now probably around tuesday, will admit oops, after she split cruz’s head, ala kingsman,

    narciso (732bc0)

  57. deflation all i ever wanted deflation have to get away

    Uber’s price cuts arrive for New York City passengers

    happyfeet (831175)

  58. At the time Cruz introduced his amendments he was accused of attempting to insert poison pills into the legislation in order to kill it. Clearly, and without equivocation, Cruz opposed the Gang of 8’s amnesty bill Rubio was fronting. If Cruz ever supported a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, I’m unaware of it.

    ropelight (da3a94)

  59. he didn’t, but she made it seem like he did, hence the ktel references.

    narciso (732bc0)

  60. clearly that was the perception, that was put forward,

    narciso (732bc0)

  61. #60 narciso,

    The whole argument made by paranoid Donnie Crybaby prior to the debate was that little Megyn Kelly was specifically out to get him. But as everyone is pointing out, she asked tough questions of the other guys on Thursday night. In other words, now the argument can’t be made that Kelly was out to specifically “get Donnie” while winking and throwing softballs to the other guys.
    Cruz and Rubio showed up to take their lumps…but not Donnie Tough Guy.

    As President, one of these guys is going to face numerous challenges that will be much more grating than merely taking questions from Megyn Kelly.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

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