Bob Schieffer Tells It Like It Is

Well, like it or not, tonight’s debate between Republican presidential hopefuls means that our all-too-brief respite from campaign insanity is over. With that in mind, I thought that Bob Schieffer’s closing sentiments from yesterday’s Face The Nation did an excellent job of putting the whole “Washington” thing in perspective:

via CBS News Video

I have just one, very small, disagreement with what Mr. Schieffer said. In reality, it’s only the high school students that are actually stupid enough to be caught doing what Congressman Weiner did that end up getting expelled!

I want ice water.

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27 thoughts on “Bob Schieffer Tells It Like It Is

  1. ohh I so love the US politics, you guys have so much more fun over there… but no, they (politicians) do scare me when they somehow always believe themselves to be above the law. And agree with him as well, why did it take them this long to sack his ass..

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    • I love to laugh at them, but they do scare me sometimes. As to the delay in acting on the “Weiner Matter,” I suspect it might be a case of people living in glass house being afraid of what can happen to them! ๐Ÿ˜†

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      • so true, am just seeing if some new reveal comes up about the next person who have done the same. I’m just waiting for Palin to be your new president, then we will have fun, ok maybe not you Americans but the rest of the world at least… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • You know, I fell for his “I got hacked” explanation at first, as I about to make a joke about it on another blog and discovered mention of two other politicians on Google, one Canadian and one from the UK, that had been accused of doing the same thing! But now that he’s admitted it, I’m thinking this is just “par for the course” for these guys!

          Palin? President?!?! OMG!!!!!!

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  2. Which of the parties are conservatives? We have Labour and Liberal (Libs are conservative). I can’t really follow US politics. The president seems to be treated like royalty in a way. Also they always seem to be rich. Such is not the case here in Australia. The one thing in common is that the politicians are held to a higher standard than the rest of us which I’ve always thought to be hypocritical. If a man leading BHP or IBM or Apple is found at a same sex bar, using a prostitute or in some way being unfaithful to their partners, nothing is made it. Indeed it has no effect on their ability to manage. I haven’t had a chance to see the video, but I wonder what he has done? What was he dishonest about?

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  3. Which of the parties are conservatives? We have Labour and Liberal (Libs are conservative). I can’t really follow US politics. The president seems to be treated like royalty in a way. Also they always seem to be rich. Such is not the case here in Australia. The one thing in common is that the politicians are held to a higher standard than the rest of us which I’ve always thought to be hypocritical. If a man leading BHP or IBM or Apple is found at a same sex bar, using a prostitute or in some way being unfaithful to their partners, nothing is made it. Indeed it has no effect on their ability to manage. So he sent a few semi nude pics and the gym was the backdrop,so what? I’m not sure what the problem is! It sounds to me like a storm in a tea cup.

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    • As you can see from my other response, the initial claim was that he sent photo(s) of his “weiner” to some woman over Twitter. It has grown from there to his having sent similar photos to multiple woman, and that he was even having possibly “unhealthy” online contact with a 17 year old girl. Frankly, when you consider the staggering amount of porn traffic on the net (Finally, Some Actual Stats on Internet Porn), I find what he did to be almost laughable by comparison. The politicians and news hacks can point fingers all they want, but it takes a hell of a lot of participation, by a hell of a lot of people, to achieve statistics like that!

      Oh yeah, The Republicans are the “conservatives” in the U.S. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • even politicans have a sex life *burr* but do agree w both of you that what he has done is just a small thing, ok if he fiddled around with an underage girl, then burn baby burn in that case but for sending out nudity, hell… go for it…

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        • Oh you don’t know how tempted I am to go off on a rant my friend. Our society forces so much to remain hidden that the production of freaks and monsters is only to be expected. Of course, that’s the point I’ve tried to make in my Toleranceโ€ฆ Not! posts, for all the good THAT’S done! ๐Ÿ˜

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  4. I’m so sorry for that appearing twice. I didn’t think the first one had been entered while I was googling the congressman. That’ll teach me for not being more vigilant

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  5. it’s always interesting to see news from other countries. Well, you have Wiener, a little while ago we had the husband of our Home Secretary caught ordering TV porn channels. We are all human. We are all fools at times.

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  6. Bob Schieffer is a wonderful journalist! I heard two parts in his message: the state of Congress and Weinergate. Personally, I focused on the beginning with his HS analogies to Congress …. which are dead one! Thanks for the segment.

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  7. Bob Schieffer is one of the very few journalists that gives me that feeling of trust that I had when I watched Walter Cronkite on TV as a kid. And you’re right, his H.S. analogy was dead on! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. I love Bob Schieffer, but I just could not bring myself to watch the actual debate. It was more fun to see it dissected on Jon Stewart.

    As for Weiner, I really am disappointed that he has resigned because (in spite of his weiner), I think that he is a brilliant politician and speaker. Why can’t they keep it in their pants?????

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    • I was disappointed that Weiner resigned. Compared to some of the things other politicians have done – who are still there, what he did seems almost trivial by comparison. Rachel Maddow did a nice bit on that at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/#43434957

      Personally, I think Weiner should have admitted the truth from the beginning and told the press to mind their own business. Of course, I said the same thing about Bill Clinton too… ๐Ÿ˜

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      • My problem is the lying.

        I just googled “Is Weiner married?” and found this:

        “Queens Rep. Anthony Weiner marries Huma Abedin, with Former President Bill Clinton presiding.”

        Bingo. It all goes full circle.

        No doubt Mrs. Weiner wasn’t aware of her husband’s activities. If she wasn’t, that means he was lying and being deceptive to his own wife. That’s all I need to hear to realize he can’t be trusted. Same thing with Clinton, too.

        I agree with you on Clinton. He should have told anyone asking about Lewinski to go stick it their ear. He never should have lied. He was blinded by power and the assumption he could salvage the situation with his force of will. He was wrong. But, either way, he was still lying to his wife. He made her promises then broke them.

        Personally, I wouldn’t cross the street for either of them, Weiner or Clinton. They’ve shown me enough. Weiner had to resign. He had irrevocably compromised his ability to do his job.

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        • You’re absolutely right. Our elected officials are supposed to represent the best and brightest amongst us and, as far as I’m concerned, being a liar should be an automatic dis-qualifier. The problem is there are so many of them who should be disqualified but are not, that their attacks on Weiner and Clinton represent a degree of hypocrisy that would be laughable were it not so sickening! See Rachel Maddow: Weiner succumbs to media circus.

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  9. I agree that he should have copped to it immediately and moved on. Now his career is in shambles. As for the trust issue, I have long believed that most politicians lie, and a good number of them cheat on their spouses. Does that make them bad people? Bad is relative. That they cheat is between them and their spouses. It’s when the lying escalates into the public arena that it becomes our business. I would rather have a politician who lies about sex than lies about weapons of mass destruction to take a country into war. One means that he’s a lech, the other means that he has no morals whatsoever.

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    • I think it’s just as shoutabyss said: “He was blinded by power and the assumption he could salvage the situation with his force of will.” These guys get so used to things going their way and people bending over to kiss their asses that they think they can get away with almost anything. But in the end it’s “we the people” who are to blame, for allowing ourselves to be manipulated like children and not holding the bastards accountable!

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  10. You know, that fact that I accept that so many pols lie says it all: I am completely jaded when it comes to our system of government, those in charge, and especially those with the most power. I hate that I am jaded, and a few years ago, I had real hopes that things would begin to change for the better, but one thing that politicians never fail to do is that they never fail to meet expectations. Politics has become a living metaphor of the Roman arena: the people who put them in power are the ones who are fed to the lions while the pols drink wine and watch.

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    • Well said, and what happened to the Romans should be a lesson for us today. But is it? I think not. In fact, I think that quote from shoutabyss’ could be applied to the American people as well, in that we’ve come to think of ourselves as an “indispensable” force on the world stage!

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