Since there are dearth of good radio commentators in the Philippines, one of my favourite American radio anchors is Howard Stern, the mean and prurience - talking but perceptive and hilarious fellow.
Here’s an excerpt Howard interviewing American billionaire and this year’s Republican Presidential bet Donald Trump.
HOWARD STERN (HS): Let’s talk about (sexy actress) Linsey Lohan. She’s a mess, right?
DONALD TRUMP (DT): I know her.
H.S: You PROBABLY HAD SEX WITH HER?
ROBIN QUIVER (Chuckling black woman who is Stern’s co-anchor): HAAAA, HA-HA-HA-HA!
DT: I know everybody...
HS: Do you have sex with her?
DT. I know everybody. I think No I did not. Somebody brought... they go to my club, lived in one of my buildings. I saw (actresses) they lived on the Trump buildings.
Presidential aspirants in the Philippines can take a look and learn a lesson on the Republican presidential bets on the debate sponsored by cable TV CNN last Thursday. In that debate, where charisma and intelligence matter, some bets falter. Their mistakes in answering questions from the panel could zap out their previous gains in the past surveys.
Take for instance Dr. Ben Carson, who was breathing with 23% poll rate at the back of Donald Trump’s 27%, whose tragic answer when asked if he was the president of the United States after the September 11, 2001 Twin Towers attack what would he do.
He said that he would not send troops to invade Afghanistan to make Al Quida leader Osama Bin Laden and his Taliban ilk’s pay after they hatched a plan in making American Airliners fly as cruise missiles, with Muslim terrorists manoeuvring the cockpits, and plunge in the Towers in New York City that killed 2,996 people.
For me (who scribbled this article after the debate Thursday) Carson could lose points in the next polls because of his unintelligent remarks on Afghanistan.
On that debate, New Jersey Governor “His Immensity” Cris Christie, a presidential bet, disputed Carson who said after the attacked, 9 out of 10 people he met told him that they favour President George H.W Bush to invade Afghanistan and make the Talibans’ and Bin Laden pay for what they did to the Americans.
Son of a gun, after I opened Fox News TV (Friday afternoon) I saw Trump crowing in a town hall meeting that in Time Magazine, News Max, others he was the runaway winner on the polls vis-a-vis the CNN debate and heard from him how Carson plummeted and the cellar dweller Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO, skyrocketed.
Fiorina’s poll stock, for me, spiked because of her intelligent retorts to the panel and savvy in arguing with fellow presidential wannabes.
Filipino politicians running in the national office should be careful of what come out of their mouth. It could be a faux pas just like what some of them had mouthed by defending the hated demonstrators of the Iglesia ni Cristo that caused monstrous traffic at EDSA for four days. Not to mention the peeved of the majority of the Filipinos on the INC swashbuckling on their connection with the power-that-be as a result of their block voting every election.
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