August 3rd, 2015
Update: Tables turned: Trump turns cell phone number exposed by Gawker into a campaign ad. That’s the genius, courage, and fighting ethos of Donald Trump in one quick hit. Recall: (1) Lindsey Graham attacks Trump; (2) Trump exposes Graham the hypocrite and gives out the Graham cell phone number; (3) Graham weakly tries for publicity with a comic video of Graham destroying his own cellphone thereby exposing himself as a doormat; (4) Leftist loons at Gawker publish Donald Trump’s cellphone number thinking they have the best of The Donald; (5) Donald Trump makes lemonade out of lemons by thanking Gawker on Twitter and turning his cellphone voicemail message into a campaign ad. Trumpnado ensues.
Trump fights and that’s why he wins.
Pre-debate homework assignment for Hillary2016: compare and contrast Donald Trump campaign strategy to Mitt Romney and John McCain campaign strategies.
What the Hell is happening to this website? We publish more articles in praise of Trump than we write about Hillary. When we write about Hillary it’s mostly to insult Hillary2016. Our comments section is a lucha libre mixed martial arts Thunderdome of fierce, smart opinion sometimes engaged in a mud fight between supporters of candidates other than Hillary – and we allow it! We owe our readers an explanation.
“Recovering Liberal” M. Joseph Sheppard has a clear view of what we are up to. Few others see what we are up to as “constructive” however. So what goes on?
In the 2008 election cycle we declared ourselves a “Big Pink aircraft carrier” launching attacks against Hillary Clinton opponents and wrote only positive articles about Hillary Clinton and Hillary 2008. Our criticisms of Hillary 2008 were couched in terms of what should be done and how problems could be responded to. When our hair was on fire over something particularly stupid (such as the hired boob “leadership” for the South Carolina primary and the clumsy communications shop overall) we relied on our top level friends within the campaign and in the high dollar donor community to communicate our concerns. The contacts we utilized are national household names in politics that everyone on this website would recognize. Our very top, top, top level contacts were as frustrated with Hillary 2008 as we were.
That strategy did not work. Our muted and positively voiced critiques were not paid attention to. So this election cycle we will not repeat our mistakes. This election cycle, we come with a sword.
As the most long lasting pro Hillary Clinton website we want Hillary Clinton to see the many dead canaries littering the coal mine. We allow the sometimes noxious comments in our comments section so that Hillary and Hillary2016 can see how even in bastions of support the walls in support of her campaign are crumbling.
We want Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 to see that it is “time for a change” not time to “stay the course” with Barack Obama‘s treacherous brand of boobery.
With every week, with every passing day Hillary continues to tie herself ever closer to Barack Obama and his destructive policies. We presume this is to get Obama’s political support and to woo the Obama cult. There really is only one word to describe such a mentality, such an assessment of character, such a strategy: STUPID!
Barack Obama will stab Hillary in the back. The only question is when and how. The first knife might be labeled “Joe”. Hillary will get no sympathy from us; Hillary2016 will get neither succor nor support from us if/when Joe Biden at the behest of Barack Obama decides to run for president against Hillary. NONE. If Joe Biden (later Elizabeth Warren or Michelle Obama) runs against Hillary in 2016 Hillary will be getting exactly what she deserves for being so utterly STUPID as to trust Obama.
Will drunk Jue Biden run?:
Biden is ‘Likely’
Joe Biden is leaning strongly toward a 2016 presidential bid, a source close to the vice president tells the Herald — news that is spurring excitement among top Democrats in Massachusetts and early voting states who are worried about front-runner Hillary Clinton’s hefty political baggage and sagging poll numbers.
An adviser close to Biden, who is familiar with the vice president’s exploration process, told the Herald that Biden will “more likely than not” jump into the 2016 race. [snip]
Advisers to Biden have reportedly begun actively reaching out to potential supporters and donors, an effort that gained momentum after the death of Biden’s son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, in May. The younger Biden, as well as his brother, Hunter Biden, reportedly had urged their father to jump into the 2016 presidential race.
The conversations between Biden aides and potential supporters reportedly grew out of the condolences and expressions of support to Biden after Beau’s death from brain cancer.
Biden already is the beneficiary of a draft movement, and wouldn’t have to start his campaign from scratch.
“We have staff on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire, and we are bringing more people on in South Carolina,” said Will Pierce of “Draft Biden 2016,” who said he expects Biden to decide by September.
Joe Biden is the one channeling his dead son to every Big Media outlet that will listen. According to the Big Media outlets whoring for Joe Biden the dead son wanted Joe Biden to run for president in 2016. The living cocaine addict son of Joe Biden also wants Joe to run. Everyone should understand that it is Joe Biden himself pimping himself to Big Media. Of course, when you have a stable with a willing whore, more pimps will pop up:
Close aide to VP’s late son joins Joe Biden 2016 super PAC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top political aide to Vice President Joe Biden’s late son joined the super PAC working to recruit the elder Biden to run for president on Sunday, lending the group newfound credibility in the midst of fresh signs the vice president’s aides are taking a close look at a 2016 campaign.
Josh Alcorn, a longtime Democratic operative, had been former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden’s top political and fundraising adviser before he died of brain cancer in May. A known commodity in the Biden world, Alcorn raised money for Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign, and also served in the top fundraising role for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid’s vast political operation.
Will Pierce, who runs the Draft Biden super PAC, said he was thrilled about Alcorn’s move because Joe Biden’s supporters throughout the U.S. “know how close he was to Beau and his family.”
“Josh joining the Draft Biden effort only increases the serious nature of what to date has been an enormously successful effort,” Pierce said late Sunday.
Alcorn’s decision to join the group marks the first clear sign that the close cadre of advisers surrounding the vice president may be taking the fledgling super PAC seriously.
Joe Biden is clearly drunk. The question is on what? Is is moonshine? Is it Hopium? Whatever it is, it is not coffee.
The coffee belongs to another.
Remember the Tea Party? At the height of the Tea Party movement as they scored victory after victory over the GOP establishment certain loons from the left tried to start something called the “Coffee Party” as a response from the left. The “Coffee Party” was a complete fake. Soon after came the Occupy Wall Street fakes. Occupy Wall Street collapsed too. But now, it appears that the fake “Coffee Party” might be resurrected because a caffeine pusher has come to the fore:
Howard Schultz, the chairman and CEO of Starbucks, is being urged to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Schultz, 62, is getting encouragement from supporters because they believe “the time is right for someone who’s not a political lifer,” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd said on Saturday. “It may be a tempting proposition.” [snip]
“He has strong opinions, and even position papers, about what he calls the fraying American dream,” writes Dowd, who has long criticized Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.
She referenced the book Schultz co-wrote last year, “For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice.”
“While he was promoting his book on veterans last year, he honed a message about making government work again and finding ‘authentic, truthful leadership,’” Dowd said.
This is a real neck twister. It was not so long ago, say yesterday, that the left loons denounced Donald Trump as not qualified to be president because he is a political outsider. Now the loony left sells a caffeine cowboy as the savior of the nation? Sorry, we’re not drinking that slop.
We’ll stick with Donald Trump if an outsider is needed.
Donald Trump is doing pretty much everything we have ever advised Hillary to do. In 2008 and now we advised Hillary to take on Big Media. But even as Hillary was under attack by Big Media personalities from certain networks (MSNBC, CNN, NBC) Hillary continued to attend events hosted by these Big Media trolls. Donald Trump? Donald Trump punished the Des Moines Register for their nasty anti-Trump diatribes by banning the Register reporter from a major campaign event. Today Donald Trump refused to attend a Big Media forum because he knows the newspaper host will never endorse him. Will Hillary ever learn from Donald Trump and slap Big Media?
Will Hillary ever learn from Donald Trump? Donald Trump was attacked by the RNC. Trump immediately threatened to run a third party presidential run. The RNC cowered in fear.
We advised Hillary to consider a third party run herself. Our rationale is that the DNC needs Hillary but Hillary does not need the DNC. Did Hillary listen? Was Hillary sharp enough to understand that a threat of this sort from her is more effective than a lot of sweet talk. No. Hillary has not learned a thing.
In 2008 the DNC attacked Hillary repeatedly. Howard Dean pretended not to see nor hear the sexism and misogyny directed against Hillary by Obama and the Obama cult. The DNC trashed Hillary. The party leadership trashed Hillary. Reid, Pelosi, Kennedy, Clyburn, Kerry, McCaskill, all thrashed Hillary. Has Hillary learned a single thing? No. We won’t pretend otherwise. Hillary has not learned a single solitary thing.
AsIn 2008 Marie Cocco wrote:
I will not miss the deafening, depressing silence of Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean or other leading Democrats, who to my knowledge (with the exception of Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland) haven’t publicly uttered a word of outrage at the unrelenting, sex-based hate that has been hurled at a former first lady and two-term senator from New York. Among those holding their tongues are hundreds of Democrats for whom Clinton has campaigned and raised millions of dollars. Don Imus endured more public ire from the political class when he insulted the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
Would the silence prevail if Obama’s likeness were put on a tap-dancing doll that was sold at airports? Would the media figures who dole out precious face time to these politicians be such pals if they’d compared Obama with a character in a blaxploitation film? And how would crude references to Obama’s sex organs play?
Has Hillary learned one G_d-damned thing? No. Not one G_d damned thing.
We hope Hillary will at some point wake up and learn from Donald Trump. But if she doesn’t – she’ll get what she deserves and we will not weep. We will cheer Donald Trump even when we disagree with Donald Trump because Donald Trump leads the fight against the oppressors of the American people – the political class.
Donald Trump, a few days before the important first debate of this season, is ahead in the polls. Trump trumps:
Donald Trump has a more than 2-to-1 lead over the next closest contender in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a poll released Monday by Monmouth University.
Trump takes 26 percent support, followed by Jeb Bush at 12 percent.
Trump’s support has doubled in the poll since mid-July, when he had at 13 percent support and trailing Bush, who was in the lead at 15 percent.
It’s the latest survey to show the businessman and reality TV star pulling away from the pack of Republican presidential candidates nationally.
Trump now holds a 7.5 percentage point lead over his next closest competitor in the field, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls. That lead will increase once the Monmouth survey is factored in.
The Monmouth poll found Trump pulling support from all factions of the party.
Trump has a 20-point lead over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker among Tea Party supporters, and leads him by 11 points among those who identify as “very conservative.” Trump has an 8 point lead over Bush among those who identify as “somewhat conservative,” and also leads Bush by 8 points among those who describe themselves as moderates.
Trump leads in every age category, and is the top choice of men and women in the survey.
His favorability rating has improved dramatically with 52 percent saying they have a positive view of Trump, against 35 percent who view him negatively.
Donald Trump can win. At this point, Donald Trump deserves to win.
With the release of his book on Thursday and the possibility that he will do well at Thursday’s debate – Donald Trump is prepared to soar like an eagle. Meanwhile, the dead canaries litter the Hillary2016 mine floor like daisies in a field. Hillary Clinton? She’s in the dark – unaware of the peril until she lies down beside the yellow feathers of beautiful birds that can no longer take flight.
July 31st, 2015
Matthews to DWS: What’s the big difference between a Democrat and a socialist?. Debbie Wasserman Schultz could have taken the opportunity to praise capitalism and the economic benefits it has brought to the world, attacked crony capitalism, denounced the folly of government bureaucrats who think they are smarter than regular people, praised the wisdom of markets, and warned that the more power governments have the less of their endowed freedom the people enjoy. It’s sad. That Hillary chose today to praise Obama’s coddling of the Castro brothers makes us very very sad.
“I used to think there was a big difference.”
We still think it is imperative Hillary Clinton become the nominee of the party in 2016. Only she offers even a wisp of a possibility to resurrect some semblance of the Democratic Party of old and the electoral coalition of FDR/JFK/Bill Clinton. Still, it makes us sad that Hillary is living in such a fool’s paradise defending Obama, twisting herself into pretzeled logic contortions trying to appeal to the Obama cult, as Barack Obama prepares to stab her, once again, in the back. It makes us sad.
The Hillary that promised to “obliterate” Iran because she thought clear language was necessary; the Hillary that exposed Barack Obama as a boob is buried deep in a thick shell. Hopefully that Hillary will emerge from her cocoon next summer after the convention. For now we are very sad.
We find it sad that the clear talk has vanished from our entire political class. The American political class offers evasions, tactics, poll driven language and personality along with obfuscation and lies.
It’s sad that Americans need someone outside the political arena to threaten and destroy the political class because the political class has to be destroyed and humbled as a lesson for years to come. In America the people are sovereign. The government serves only with the consent of the governed. The political class are not the people’s masters. The political class are the servants of the servants. Enter Donald J. Trump. Clear English is Donald Trump’s greatest strength.
In 2011 Donald Trump wrote what is now touted as a preliminary blueprint. The name of the book is Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again. Compare and contrast what Trump is saying with the latest bold strategy from the political class as to how to deal with Donald J. Trump:
When Jeb Bush and Donald Trump share a debate stage next week, Bush needs to ignore the real estate mogul at all costs —and if that fails, laugh him off.
That’s the advice given by more than half of the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly, bipartisan survey of the top activists, operatives and strategists in Iowa and New Hampshire.
It’s the smart political play for an ambitious politician. But the notion of not debating ideas with ideas we find destructive, self-defeating, and sad. Very sad.
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Tonight as July ends we will look skyward to see a “blue” moon. We’ll once again play music to match our mood.
First we’ll play the immortal Carlos Gardel, Por Una Cabeza. It’s not about horseraces or horses or racetracks. It’s about losing when you thought you would win – By A Head.
You can’t wallow in misery without recalling lost love, past foolishness, and shattered idols. So we’ll engage in some of that too.
Recently, while shopping, we froze as we heard this from the store speakers. It also is about pain and something lost.
You can’t watch a blue moon without “crying”. It’s all about loss.
All light extinguished. It will be back to black.
It’s the blue moon. Like rain on a roof. It’s the blue moon.
The blue moon will be one night. The sun will rise soon enough.
Tomorrow will be August and all things will be new again.
July 29th, 2015
Update: The “ignore Trump” strategy which replaced the “attack Trump” strategy means these two new national polls will be either underplayed or not reported. Reuters/Ipsos #1 Trump at 24.9% followed by Bush at 12. Quinnipiac #1 Trump 20%, Walker 13%, Bush 10%.
Donald J. Trump is running a real HOPE AND CHANGE campaign with unceasing attacks on the political establishment of the country which includes both parties, Big Media, lobbyists, special interests, unions, the Chamber of Commerce, the regulatory bureaucratic state, and all those who encourage or feed upon this gargantuan power structure – which is what makes Trump so difficult to destroy.
Hillary2016 is all giggles at the thought of GOP Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. This is foolishness. There should be terror at the very thought of even the possibility of Donald J. Trump as the GOP nominee on the part of Hillary2016. Donald J. Trump as the GOP nominee means a revitalized GOP as the party of reform to “Make America Great Again.”
Donald J. Trump as the Republican nominee is no longer a “nah, can’t ever happen” nor a “not likely.” Donald J. Trump as the Republican nominee is more like “yeah, it’s the likely future.”
Consider: In the latest Iowa poll, Trump is shy of the #1 position by 2 measly points. Scott Walker, the governor of the neighboring state of Wisconsin based his campaign on an Iowa win and for a long time Walker has been the clear frontrunner in Iowa well ahead of every other candidate. Walker hoped to springboard from an Iowa win to a New Hampshire win and as the candidate who was seen as everybody’s second choice and the candidate acceptable to all wings of the intra-warring party Walker’s path to victory was clear. Then Walker (and one of his donors as well) attacked Trump and Trump counterattacked. Now Walker has Trump about to trump him in Iowa. If Walker loses Iowa – lights out for Walker2016. Trump then gets the Walker voters or a large percentage.
Consider: In the latest New Hampshire poll, Trump is #1 with double the support of #2 Jeb Bush. If Trump wins Iowa then New Hampshire he can leverage those wins to unify the anti-establishment vote to defeat Lindsey Graham in his home state of South Carolina. These victories would knock out Graham, Pataki, Carson, Christie, and all those who based their strategy on winning New Hampshire. Trump would get the bulk of those voters. Then the fourth state to vote, Nevada, is another state with Trump at #1 so Trump can conceivably win the first four voting states. Then imagine if Trump decides to compete in the winner-take-all Florida primary which up to now is seen as an expensive fight between only Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, with the loser forced to withdraw from the race. From his properties in Florida and his frequent visits to the Sunshine State Trump could run in Florida and finish off both Bush and Rubio with one stroke sending them both into oblivion and therefore – presidential nominee Trump.
Is the above scenario nuts? Can Trump win? For once in his life left wing kook Tommy Christopher has stumbled into reality and issues a stark warning to Hillary2016 and the Republican establishment:
Republican strategists are consoling themselves by alternately insisting that Trump will exit the race when he loses in Iowa (where he’s currently almost in the lead), and that his stands on issues will trip him up once the debates begin. Even with Trump so clearly in the lead, the media have the nerve to fret about a Trump third-party run. The day will come when they’ll be begging Jeb Bush to mount a third-party run against Trump.
What they’re all missing is that Trump is immune to all of the things they think will take him out. [snip]
If you thought Trump relished that opportunity, wait until the primetime debate on Fox News next week. Anyone who thinks that Chris Christie or Rick Perry are going to put a dent in Trump needs to have their head examined. [snip]
The current theory is that as the field narrows, Trump will hit his ceiling, but when your lesser-polling candidates start dropping out, is their support going to go to candidates who can’t stand up to the guy who’s not even supposed to have a chance? Even if they disagree with Trump on the issues, Republican voters aren’t going to vote for a wuss. As long as he continues to get the privilege of busting these guys up in debates, and enjoying non-stop free publicity, Trump will continue to gain support.
Liberals and Democrats, meanwhile, are laughing all the way to the Whole Foods at the prospect of a Trump general election candidacy, but if you accept the possibility of a Trump nomination, then you dismiss his general election chances at your peril. Assuming that Hillary Clinton is the nominee (which she will be), Trump will head into the general election with the same attack-dog skills and media attention that he had in the primaries, but with the additional benefit of a clean slate on the issues. While the Clinton-hating media continues to attack Hillary with stories that don’t actually add up, don’t be surprised to see Trump outflank Hillary by, say, proposing instant citizenship to go along with his Mexican-proof fence. Once he’s got the GOP nod, The Donald can freestyle on the issues like it’s 8 Mile Road up in here.
While Trump is busy collecting Republican voters, who will turn out no matter what in order to defeat Hillary Clinton, Hillary will be turning out the Obama coalition that helped President Obama win twice, but might not be turning out the bitterly defeated Sanders/Warren wing. Then, your election will be decided by the handful of soft-headed “independents” who always decide things, and who are relentlessly being told that they can’t trust Hillary Clinton
Other than that bit about a Trump turnaround on illegal immigration Tommy Christopher surprisingly gets it right. Repeat: Donald J. Trump is running a real HOPE AND CHANGE campaign with unceasing attacks on the political establishment of the country which includes both parties, Big Media, lobbyists, special interests, unions, the Chamber of Commerce, the regulatory bureaucratic state, and all those who encourage or feed upon this gargantuan power structure – which is what makes Trump so difficult to destroy.
And it is imperative that Trump be destroyed well before August 6. Once Trump gets on a debate stage with governors and senators he will halve his biggest problem and be on the way to the scenario we’ve outlined above. What is Donald Trump’s biggest problem? Trump’s biggest problem is that many Americans do not believe he is really running for president, that this is all a big publicity stunt for something and therefore these Americans do not even consider voting for Trump. But once Trump is seen as a real candidate for president that vast ocean of “he’s not really running” skeptics will be a new target of opportunity for The Donald and Trump’s poll numbers will rise ever higher.
That’s why it is so important to destroy Trump now. Some argue that there is no need to “destroy” Trump because Trump will fade away and the “better” candidate will then rise. This is sheer foolishness. In every election cycle candidates come and go, that is true. But the candidates that come and go do not do so out of happenstance and willy-nilly. Herman Cain was a popular candidate until the hammer dropped on him and Cain was destroyed. Rick Perry once had a real chance to win the nomination, then he blundered, did not know how to recover, and Perry’s enemies destroyed him.
When a campaign implodes it is not because “well, it just happens.” Presidential campaigns implode because they are targeted, attacked, destroyed. Bill Clinton’s campaign in 1992 was targeted, attacked, but survived because Bill Clinton had extraordinary political skills and he knew what the attacks would be, prepared for them, and had the resolve to survive. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign was targeted and attacked but did not survive because Hillary Clinton did not understand that the party establishment had conspired with Barack Obama well before 2007 to take her out. The party establishment could not defeat her at the polls so it simply stole Michigan delegates from her to gift to Obama, negated her big Florida win, shifted the super-delegates controlled by the party to Obama and the rest is disgusting history.
All campaigns are targeted and then attacked. Survival requires a smart counterattack and a strong understanding of strategy and the zeitgeist. Which brings us to why Donald Trump is so difficult to destroy especially when the competition is someone like Ted Cruz.
We like what Ted Cruz says. Ted Cruz is very smart. He’s not very bright, but he is well educated and very book smart. We like that Ted Cruz fights but we wish Ted Cruz would fight smart fights and then come up with an occasional win. But that seems too much for Ted Cruz.
Consider: The Ted Cruz campaign has raised a great deal of money but has been entirely eclipsed by the rise of Donald Trump. So Ted Cruz set about to try to trump Trump. Cruz decided to stage a publicity stunt on the senate floor with a brutal attack on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
We applaud the Ted Cruz attack on Mitch McConnell. We tolerate publicity stunts too – as long as they serve a purpose and succeed. But the Ted Cruz publicity stunt attack against Mitch McConnell was a fail that is entirely the opposite of what makes Trump so successful.
Why was the Ted Cruz attack on Mitch McConnell a publicity stunt and a fail? First of all, the “issues” upon which Cruz attacked were a joke. The House of Representatives was not about to vote on the Senate bill or take up the Senate bill at all. The Senate bill was a Mitch McConnell publicity stunt without meaning which Ted Cruz countered with a publicity stunt of his own. It was a publicity stunt and to deny that is to deny reality. Subsequent to the Ted Cruz attack on Mitch McConnell the House confirmed that there would be no vote on the McConnell publicity stunt.
Worse for Ted Cruz his publicity stunt tactic is not very Trump-like at all, quite the contrary. The Ted Cruz publicity stunt is the opposite of what Trump is up to.
The Ted Cruz publicity stunt was a yelp from within the establishment. It was an intra-establishment fight delivered in one of the centers of establishment power. It is an example of what Americans hate most about Congress. It wasn’t an outsider delivering an attack against an insider. Ted Cruz complained he was lied to about something about something that was a vote about something that something. Hey, Ted Cruz, you are very smart but stop doing an Obama and think you are the smartest person in the room. On this you goofed. Hey, Ted Cruz campaign, go and read about Bob Dole and his “senate-speak” campaign and why it failed.
Donald Trump’s campaign against the establishment will never speak mush about some bill that was stacked on a vote for a bill that was committee-ed and Rules Committee-ed and procedural this and that, Roberts Rules of Order-ed, clotured, whatever. Trump’s campaign is about English and issues. What Cruz managed to do with his attack on Mitch McConnell was prove how insidery Washinton, D.C. and senatery and Bob Dole-ish his campaign is. This was the anti-zeitgeist. If Ted Cruz wanted to try a Trump style attack he should have considered an attack against McConnell and the entire stinking Washington establishment from a different venue preferably holding a pitchfork.
Ted Cruz should put his books aside, forget the dictionary definition of zeitgeist and instead try to feel the zeitgeist and respond to it. Even Big Media is beginning to understand that Donald Trump is more than words, more than a feeling, more than just anger. Trump gets and rides the zeitgeist.
Even the dense Roger Simon at Politico senses that Trump is more than just Trump:
Donald Trump and the high priests of the press
Having decided that Donald Trump is unworthy of his popularity, the grandees of journalism are hard-pressed to explain why he is so popular. [snip]
I think Trump is flawed on many counts. But I don’t think he has “coarsened our political dialogue and cheapened the electoral process.”
I think it was coarse and cheap by the time Trump got here.
Chris Cillizza is still baffled by Trump but knows that Trump is someone/something he does not like:
Mark Cuban summarized Donald Trump’s appeal in just 43 words
Noted Maverick Mark Cuban is a fan of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. And, writing on something called Cyber Dust, Cuban succinctly and effectively explained the Trumpian appeal. Here it is:
I don’t care what his actual positions are. I don’t care if he says the wrong thing. He says what’s on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years. [snip]
Where I part company with Cuban is in his insistence that Trump’s candor is “more important than anything any candidate has done in years.” [snip]
My issue with Trump — and Cuban’s analysis of how important Trump is — is that The Donald’s honesty is almost entirely substance-less and pointless. [snip]
Trump has quite clearly stumbled on to something that appeals to a not-insignificant portion of the electorate. But, does he have a second act that goes beyond just, well, saying stuff?
Cillizza can’t be this dumb. Cillizza must know that something other than “saying stuff” is the secret of Donald Trump’s success.
That’s the soundtrack for this election cycle.
Some get it. Some don’t.
This headline (and story) “gets” the GOP part of it:
GOP Leaders Are Driving Their Base Into The Arms Of Donald Trump
This Politico article also “gets” the GOP component of the Trump phenomenon:
Trump Schools the Republican Establishment
GOP elites are only making The Donald stronger. [snip]
That Trump is mocking and bewildering the reviled GOP hierarchy—who lead a party with plummeting approval ratings among Republicans—fills the GOP electorate with a not-so-secret glee.
And is it really The Donald’s fault that he’s so interesting? Anybody bother to take a look at his main competition in the polls right now?
One candidate, Jeb Bush, comes across as what might have happened to George W. had he decided to become a physics teacher. [snip]
Donald Trump is, well, choose your metaphor: a bull in a China shop, a tempest in a teapot, Leslie Nielsen setting an apartment on fire, Kramer trying to host the Merv Griffin show in his apartment, Cersei handing over Kings Landing to a bunch of religious wackos wearing smelly bathrobes and branding weird symbols on their heads. Trump is offensive, impulsive, unmanageable, unpredictable and—he is, by the way, exactly the candidate the DC establishment deserves.
To many voters, rightly or wrongly, Trump is the antidote to years of Washington’s cynical, manufactured outrages, the petty punishments of those who deviated from the party line, its broken promises, meaningless “show votes,” careful, poll-tested politician speak and a multitude of backroom deals that have solved exactly zero of our nation’s problems. How deliciously humiliating it must be for the political pros of DC. [snip]
Unlike the DC crowd, Trump knows something about building “brands”—and for now at least he has one that sells. The business guy who can’t be bought. The iconoclast who won’t be controlled. The unrepentant loudmouth who will tell the Boehners and Pelosis and Putins and Kim Jong Uns of the world to stuff it. The quip machine—or insult generator if you prefer—who stands in sharp contrast to the dry, safe, meaningless drivel that passes for most political discourse today.
Intentionally or not, Trump also lets people in on the little DC secrets that those inside the Beltway wouldn’t dare share with regular America. He’s exposed, for example, the fact that office seekers like Rick Perry sucked up to him for millions before he started attacking him. Or that politicians like Lindsey Graham have turned to him for help to get on various TV programs. Or pointing out that the wife of a well-respected political pundit on Fox News works for rival Scott Walker.
Because he is defiantly not a part of the political class, he is impervious to conventional political weaponry. In fact, the attitude of the DC class toward his candidacy—temper tantrums and bouts of monumental arrogance—is only making him stronger. [snip]
The fault for the Trump phenomenon lies not only with the GOP, however. In a first for a news organization, the Huffington Post announced that it was unilaterally relegating a legitimate frontrunner for a major political party’s nomination to the entertainment pages. This was the perfect manifestation of the arrogance and elitism Americans despise. [snip]
Thanks to this sort of clumsy incompetence, Trump has been handed every Republican candidate’s dream: the chance to run against both the GOP leadership and the mainstream media.
Trump thus far has been an ideal candidate to take on the political establishment in all its myriad corruptions. Can anyone else do a Trump?
Some think Bernie Sanders is the socialist version of Trump. But Saint Bernard is a high priest of the political establishment. Like Ted Cruz, Saint Bernard is a United States Senator. You can’t shout “whore!” from the bedroom in a whorehouse.
That’s not to say Saint Bernard can’t hurt Hillary. Hillary hater Mark Halperin chortles as he lists the damage Saint Bernard can inflict on Hillary2016:
Hillary Clinton’s Bernie Sanders Problem Is Bigger Than Anyone Realizes
Seven ways in which the septuagenarian socialist from Vermont actually presents a mortal threat to the Democratic front-runner. [snip]
1. Pulling her to the left [snip]
In recent months, Clinton’s political and rhetorical message has boiled down to an Old-Democrat, big-government, Pelosi-Reid-AFL-CIO-pleasing stew that a skillful Republican nominee could exploit, shoving Clinton out of the vital political middle in the general election.
2. Exposing her biggest weaknesses
If Clinton’s main four-point agenda sounds like it is the product of extensive research by her polling and focus-group teams, well, that is because it is. A lot of voters grasp that calculation intuitively, and find it a turnoff.
3. Forcing her to go negative
First, as Sanders himself has eschewed negative politics throughout his career, potent political martyrdom could ensue. Second, Clinton could look like a hypocrite, since she has been regularly railing against negative attacks from the GOP. Third, it could unleash even more vigorous Republican assaults, with far less concern about public or media backlash.
4. Playing a losing expectations game [snip]
She has to finish far enough ahead of Sanders to prevent the press from treating a win like a loss. [snip]
5. Beating her in early states [snip]
6. Forcing her to invest in caucus states [snip]
Once again, this dynamic means Clinton has to continue to take left-wing positions and to devote precious resources to targeting small numbers of activists, rather than building a general-election machine.
7. Forcing her into an extended nomination fight
Saint Bernard of the Green Mountains will not win the nomination from Hillary. There are structural reasons for this involving Super Tuesday and the fact that Saint Bernard cannot self-finance a campaign even if by chance he would win Iowa and New Hampshire.
But Saint Bernard could be a rescue dog bringing a cask of political liquor to Joe Biden. Already there are desperate calls for Uncle Joe to drink from Saint Bernard’s cask of brandy and run for president. Before it happens let’s call it a “fail.” That’s what it is.
Has Uncle Joe Biden ever had success running for president? Every time Uncle Joe has run for president it has been a joke. Candidate Biden 2016 is a fail even before it happens and fails.
Which somewhat explains Barack Obama’s buffoonery in Africa. Barack Obama does not want Hillary to succeed him. President Hillary would mean Obama is only a brief interlude in the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton drama. But Barack has a problem if it is not Hillary.
Barack Obama does not want Donald Trump of the birth certificate and college application requests to get into the Oval Office. Barack can only shudder at the investigations he will have to testify in if Trump is president. Barack also does not want Trump to show what real HOPE AND CHANGE look like. Barack does not want Trump to be the reformer President who really does reform the GOP and breaks the back of the corrupt political establishment that has promoted slime like Barack.
So what does Obama do? Barack knows Trump is resonating with the voters. So from Africa he attacks Trump. Barack knows Elizabeth Warren cannot win against Trump. Barack knows Uncle Joe cannot win against Trump. Barack knows Saint Bernard cannot win against Trump. Barack knows the Obama cult will not vote for Hillary even as she begs and cowers before it. And from Africa Barack declares he could win a third term if he could run.
What goes on? Is Barack’s declaration of an Obama running in 2016 and winning a hint to muscular Michelle? Or is it just egotistical braggadocio to mock the faltering Hillary2016 and the hated Hillary?
Hillary2016 better wake up to the dangers it faces. The Obama cult won’t vote for Hillary. There are knives behind tapestries. The country wants real HOPE and real CHANGE. Donald Trump is the candidate of an annihilating change.
Hillary2016 better change.
July 27th, 2015
Update: CNN poll: 64% of Republicans prefer securing border and deportation of illegals over legalization. 64%??? Maybe the voters like someone who agree with them on the issues? Is that part of the “secret sauce?” Is that why “attack Trump” does not work? Is that why “ignore Trump” does not work? Could Trump win? The real question is, “how can you stop him from winning?” Trump appears to be the right messenger with the right message.
Why do we write these “How To Destroy….” articles? Because a word of warning, an ounce of prevention, can stave off disaster. Forewarned is forearmed. We’ve written many articles riffing on “How To Destroy Hillary Clinton” because we want Hillary Clinton to put armor on her soft underbelly so she can survive and thrive.
Thus far our warnings and advice to Hillary have been in vain. There is no armor on her soft underbelly. Instead Hillary appears to have outlined her vital organs in glowing paint to make targeting them easier for her enemies.
The only good news along this front, before we get to Donald Trump (to be followed with some more Hillary news), has been happening in the past few days. Something is happening. The ice is slowly melting. Since the polls from Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia, became public some good news might be happening.
What is this good news? Not much really. But ever since we placed country and principles above political party in 2008 we have found ourselves isolated. Old friends treated us like lepers. Our nationally recognized big name friends mostly no longer called (except those who leaked things to us in deepest background). The big dollar donor associates lost the ability to communicate. In short, once we refused to lie to ourselves and others, did not bury our objections with a shroud of silence about the creep Barack Obama, we became outcasts. We’ve grown happy about the situation and view these “losses” as gains that make us feel better about ourselves. In the past few days however we’re getting more and more “how have you been?” communications. Some of these big time Democrats (many of whom privately detest Barack Obama and think as we do) are now even willing to make outreach to us in a way they must know might not remain very private. We think and hope that this is because they fear we are right that Hillary had better change her strategy to what we suggest or she will find herself a loser. It’s not much hope, but it’s something folks. We’ll get back to Hillary after we teach the “How to destroy Donald Trump” seminar.
How To Destroy Donald Trump
It’s not going to be very easy to get rid of Donald Trump let alone “destroy” him. But there is a tried and true method that might work even though we don’t think it will. Remember when we defended Donald Trump against the whining Republican candidates for president with this little anecdote about Bill Clinton?:
In 1992 Bill Clinton was behind George H.W. Bush, and both of them were losers to the #1 H. Ross Perot. Did Bill Clinton whine? No, Bill Clinton put on dark shades, grabbed a saxophone, and went on the Arsenio Hall show and made his own luck. That’s how its done.
No “heartbreak hotel” for Bill Clinton that election. That little publicity stunt only got Bill Clinton some attention. But at the time that little attention was a pitcher of water in the desert for Bill because Perot had so energized the presidential race that Bill was sucking Perot’s exhaust pipe.
Bill Clinton used that saxophone stunt to get back in the game. But how did Bill Clinton go from a weak third place to inauguration? The answer is one word: theft. Um, we mean good theft. We mean issues theft. Bill Clinton stole H. Ross Perot’s big issue of the debt and deficit.
It wasn’t wholesale theft. Perot still had the oomph on the debt and deficit issue but Bill Clinton shifted his campaign strategy sufficiently to be taken seriously, as no Democrat ever has since, that he would fight the national debt and get rid of the deficit as president. Eventually President Bill Clinton would not only get rid of the deficit but start Andrea Mitchell’s husband a’worrying about how Bill was about to destroy the debt too. Good ol’ days.
It was not the first time Bill Clinton committed grand larceny of an issue. During the primaries in 1992 the befuddled Bob Kerrey campaigned on universal health care. Bill Clinton stole that issue wholesale and retail, lock, stock, and barrel, and won the nomination. Does anyone see how this relates to Donald Trump.
If any Republican candidate wants to “destroy” Donald Trump it’s not going to be with recitations of past positions or “rude” or contradictory statements by The Donald. The only way to destroy Donald Trump is to steal his issues.
Yeah, the only way to destroy Donald Trump is to steal his issues. But that is easier said than done because of the nature of Donald Trump’s main issue.
Donald Trump’s main issue is not really illegal immigration. Sure, illegal immigration and his colorful attack on illegal immigrants got lots of attention. But that is not really Donald Trump’s big issue.
Donald Trump’s main issue is not really the deplorable conditions in this country. Donald Trump’s main issue is not really the fleecing of America by other countries. Donald Trump’s main issue is not really ObamaCare. Donald Trump’s main issue is not really ObamaTrade. Donald Trump’s main issue is not drug dealers and/or crime.
DONALD TRUMP’S MAIN ISSUE IS THE WHOREHOUSE CORRUPTION THAT IS WASHINGTON, THE POLITICAL CLASS, AND BIG MEDIA.
So how does a governor or a senator or even a former Secretary of State steal that issue from Donald J. Trump?
Republican candidates for president, along with Hillary and Saint Bernard of Vermont, know they cannot steal Donald Trump’s #1 main big mammajamma issue. So the first tactic was to attack Trump without restraint. Remember this from Republican/conservative website Hotair:
But this is one gigantic bridge too far. Whether he said that out of ignorance, a desire to cause a stir or – and I pray this isn’t true – because he really feels that way, I am done with him. Completely and absolutely done. Anyone who can allow those words to pass their lips is not fit to command our armed forces and is either too stupid, too oblivious or just too unamerican to serve as President of these United States.
Speaking only as one veteran who survived absolutely nothing compared to Senator McCain, I will close with a simple message. Goodbye, Mr. Trump. Your little show has been entertaining to say the least and, in your own way, you spurred some aspects of the national debate which needed a boost. But the sooner you exit the stage the better. You shall have no vote from me in any election, primary or general.
That writer was joined by the Republican National Committee as well as just about every Republican/conservative/leftist/moderate website and so many “leaders” they are too many to count. Those attacks against Trump were joined by major companies and business leaders and business associates of Donald Trump. The only brave souls that stuck by the Trump were good ol’ Big Pink and the voters.
That writer we cited above? Behold the latest from that “I’ll never vote for Trump” writer:
The full numbers were announced on Jake Tapper’s State of the Union broadcast and he took a fifteen minute phone call from Trump live on the air as soon as he finished reading them. It was a fairly aggressive, wide ranging interview, but Trump came off very well. In fact, as much as I might want to, I’m having a hard time staying mad at Donald Trump. I’m still completely turned off by his McCain war record comments (and no, I’m not getting into the whole thing again this morning) but I can’t deny the appeal of most of the rest of what Donald is selling this summer.
Okay… I can’t stay mad at you, ya big galoot. If you’re the nominee I’ll vote for ya. I can’t risk a “Hillary by default” vote on my conscience.
That’s some big change isn’t it? From “you shall have no vote from me in any election” to “I’ll vote for ya” is a lot of distance. From “not fit to command our armed forces and is either too stupid, too oblivious or just too unamerican to serve as President” to “I can’t deny the appeal” is a walk further than Long Island. So what accounts for this?
The Republican establishment now realizes that the attacks against Trump have backfired. We’ll document why in a moment. So now the strategy is to ignore Trump. Bring up some other failed candidates to the fore for interviews. Drag some elected who have a tough speech into the limelight if only to ignore Trump. Ignore Trump. Ignore Trump. Ignore Trump. As if.
Donald Trump will not be ignored, so writes the leftist Atlantic:
There’s No Stopping the Trump Show
Republicans wish their bombastic frontrunner would go away—but they can’t figure out how to get rid of him.
LAREDO, Texas—You want the Trump show to be over. But it’s not over.
You want to ignore Donald Trump. You think maybe if you ignore him long enough, he will go away. Well, guess what? He’s not going away.
The media, you may have noticed, is full of Trump—explanations of Trump, denunciations of Trump, justifications of Trump, analyses of Trump, handwringing about the coverage of Trump, and accounts of the latest outrageous thing Trump has done. He is on the front page of every newspaper, the top of every newscast. They can’t believe it; they can’t get their heads around it, that this is happening, and not only is it happening, it is the biggest thing in American politics right now. It has consumed American politics. It—Trump—is bigger than the entire rest of the Republican field, which, by the way, has 15 other people in it—governors, senators, very big, very serious people. Trump is bigger than them all.
Trump is so big they are attacking him just to get themselves noticed. [snip]
Trump has the Republican Party by the throat. It cannot figure out how to get rid of him. The party elites, those snobs in D.C. who do not respect or understand the people out there in America, are tearing their hair out over the damage Trump is supposedly doing to the party. [snip]
Yet the party has no power over Trump. He has the money, he has the press, he has the voters.
The Trumpnado in Laredo was not Donald Trump’s last stand. Trump was in Oskaloosa Iowa on Saturday. He was truly brilliant in his very polished politician presentation even as he came off as everyman fighting the powers that be. We thought this was a particularly clever way to do politics:
Trump vs. Clinton: A tale of 2 Iowa rallies
Hillary’s intimate policy seminar could not have been more different than Donald’s bombastic barbecue. [snip]
Donald Trump was in town.
The billionaire mogul gave a rowdy rally in his signature meandering, yet riveting style. He went after a new target — Scott Walker, calling his state a “disaster” and ripping the Wisconsin governor’s fiscal policies. He regaled the crowd with tales of Thursday’s circus-like trip to Laredo, Texas, where he toured the border and showcased his provocative attacks on illegal immigrants. He spent the rest of his time lamenting the state of the country while touting what an amazing businessman he is.
“Who can do better than Trump?” Trump said. “I fix things.” [snip]
He betrayed a little insecurity in going after Walker, who he said was “finally” fair game because one of the governor’s donors had called him a “dumb-dumb.” [snip]
“Wisconsin’s doing terribly. It’s in turmoil. The roads are a disaster because they don’t have any money to rebuild them. They’re borrowing money like crazy. They projected a $1 billion surplus, and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion. The schools are a disaster. The hospitals and education was a disaster. And he was totally in favor of Common Core,” he said to big cheers, adding later, “I wrote all this stuff down though I don’t need to though because I’ve got a really good memory.”
Trump was also sure to sell the crowd on his resume: “I’m very good with contracts, don’t you want that? … I went to Wharton School of Finance. I was a really good student.” [snip]
“If it wasn’t for me, you would’ve never heard of a ‘sanctuary city’” he said. [snip]
But all the bluster has yet to put him in the lead in Iowa, where he trails Walker in recent polls.
“Will you please put me in first place so I feel better?” he asked the crowd.
That’s a mix of bombast politicians typically use but without the phony humility – along with a schoolboy charm in doing what campaign strategists stress to candidates is an important “ask”. “Ask the voters to vote for you” is something candidates, especially first time candidates, often forget to do. But Trump asks for support from voters with a vanity and charm that is clear English. “Will you please put me in first place so I feel better?” Who does an ask in such a manner? Trump.
That type of pomposity mixed with humility is sneered at by the political class. But for Trump, who was pronounced dead by just about everyone after his remarks about McCain, it works. It works wonders.
It works wonders in New Hampshire. It works astonishingly across the nation. It works miracles in Iowa, as the leftist loons at Vox are forced to admit:
Republicans’ Donald Trump problem just got worse
Donald Trump was supposed to flame out fast. Instead, he’s burning ever hotter in the first contests of the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
The real estate mogul and reality TV star has a seven-point lead over his nearest competitor in New Hampshire, and he’s breathing down the neck of longtime Iowa caucuses leader Scott Walker, according to two NBC-Marist University polls released Sunday morning. [snip]
Scott Walker remains in the pole position in Iowa with 19 percent of Republican saying he’s their candidate. But Trump, who has lagged him by 8 or 9 percentage points in each of the last three polls taken in Iowa, now trails Walker by just 2 percentage points at 17 percent.
Trump’s favorability rating is right side up with Republicans. [snip]
Trump appears to be bleeding support mostly from the bottom tiers of candidates, as Jeb Bush, at 12 percent, is the only other hopeful in double digits in Iowa. That is, Trump seems to be consolidating a lot of the anti-establishment vote.
The turf in New Hampshire is even more fertile ground for Trump. He’s supplanted Bush as the favorite in the “Live Free or Die” state. Trump checked in with 21 percent of registered New Hampshire Republicans, leaving Bush at 14 percent and Walker at 12 percent, in the dust.
“Will you please put me in first place so I feel better?” Trump is 2 points away from feeling much better and being in position to win Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s also #1 in North Carolina so we suspect that South Carolina might be on Trump’s menu. Then there is the Florida primary, winner take all, which up to now was supposed to be a caged death match between Rubio and Jeb. Could Trump, who regularly visits his many properties in Florida decide to contest Florida thereby knocking out both Rubio and Jeb in one bloody stroke? And don’t forget, if Walker loses the neighboring state of Iowa, Walker is out (and what a fool Walker was to attack Trump and follow that up with a Walker donor also attacking Trump opening the door to a Trump attack). So is Donald Trump set to be the nominee???? You betcha!
Outsider Ben Carson? Trump is a bigger outsider and not so soft-spoken. Carly Fiorina? A tough outsider like Trump but without organization and popularity and a problem history at Hewlett Packard. Pataki?, Gilmore?, Cruz?, Graham?, Perry?, etc., etc.? We’ll wait until the August 6 debate; but if Donald Trump is consolidating the anti-establishment voter juggernaut all calculations go out the window.
Think any Washington elected figure such as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Graham, can steal Trump’s main issue? Think any elected official such as Walker, Christie, Kasich, can steal Trump’s main issue? Think again. Trump is throwing out the moneychangers at the temple and burning down the establishment:
OSKALOOSA, Iowa—Donald Trump said there was no cap in the amount of money he would be willing to put into his campaign for the Republican nomination for president if his message continues to resonate with voters.
Speaking at a free-wheeling press conference following a rally in this city east of Des Moines, Mr. Trump also attacked Republican rivals Jeb Bush and Scott Walker and Democrat Hillary Clinton with accusations that they were beholden to wealthy donors.
Mr. Trump, a real-estate developer and television personality, has almost entirely self-financed his campaign so far.
“Bush is controlled by those people. Walker is controlled by those people. Hillary Clinton is controlled by those people. Trump has none of those people,” he said Saturday afternoon. “I’m not controlled. I do what’s right for the people.” [snip]
“He’s saying the things we really feel,” said Gary Staggs, a 55-year-old small business owner from Oskaloosa. “Politicians can’t say them because they are so afraid of somebody they will offend.”
Mr. Trump delivered a nearly hourly long monologue without notes that touched on the imbalance of trade with China, his wealth and Iowa’s hot weather.
“I love you people. I love Iowa. But it’s hot as hell and I’m sweating like a dog,” said Mr. Trump, who wore a full suit.
“I’m sweating like a dog” is not something that comes out of the mouths of politicians. “I’m perspiring profusely” is the mushy English politicians use, er, utilize.
English when properly wielded is a potent weapon. Winston Churchill rallied Western civilization with profound words of defiance and resolve – and backed them up with fearless action. Like Churchill, when Donald Trump was allegedly in “trouble” Trump did not back down. Trump mobilized his voters with powerful English backed up by equally powerful action when he refused to apologize to the sanitation truck chasing dogs called Big Media and the political class.
Which brings us back to Hillary Clinton. We continue and will continue and continue and continue to scream that the Hillary2016 tactic of the “Obama third term” or hugging Obama or keeping quiet about the disaster that is Obama is a strategic mistake which will lead Hillary2016 to Hindenberg size defeat. We persist that a massive purge of Obama operatives from Hillary2016 and separation from Obama must take place. We will scream and shout that Barack Obama is Hillary and Hillary2016′s most nefarious and dangerous enemy.
Some will insist that no, Benghazi or email stuff is the big problem Hillary has. But no. As we have written, the big enemy of Hillary and Hillary2016 is treacherous Barack Obama:
Hillary faces dangerous enemy in the Obama administration [snip]
Look for Vice President Joe Biden to jump in soon, and lefty Sen. Elizabeth Warren might also take the leap.
Meanwhile, Clinton must play defense against her former colleagues in the State Department and intelligence agencies.
Actually, it’s worse. She’s almost certainly up against the White House.
Somebody very high in the food chain leaked the memos requesting the probe. The New York Times, which broke the story, identified its source only as “a senior government official.”
My money is on Valerie Jarrett, the Obamas’ Rasputin, who is known to despise Clinton. If it was Jarrett, she would not do this against the president’s wishes.
That also would be true for any “senior government official” who leaked the memos. Targets don’t get any bigger than Hillary Clinton, so this was not a rogue operation. This was an approved hit. [snip]
It’s also possible the White House is using the issue to keep her in line on the Iranian nuke deal. The implied threat is “look what happened to Robert Menendez.”
Bed – dogs – fleas.
Does this deter Hillary’s dangerous liaison with treacherous Barack Obama? No because we’re told Barack is so popular that Hillary has to tie herself to B.O. and the cult. But the stink of B.O. overpowers the senses:
They Really, Really Don’t Like Him
Our unpopular president.
Barack Obama is not popular. This plain and simple fact may surprise those who read only legacy journalists, who often elide this inconvenient truth. [snip]
Obama’s job approval in this poll was a paltry 43 percent, with 55 percent disapproval. This is hardly a public “closely divided,” but it is typical of the media’s approach. They prefer to gloss over his bad numbers, point out the weakness of the GOP, or emphasize how popular he is among Democrats.
But ignoring a fact does not make it any less true. Obama is unpopular, and he has been unpopular for a while. [snip]
To date, Obama has been unpopular for more than two-thirds of his tenure. If he stays under 50 percent for the remainder of his term, he will have been unpopular for longer than any postwar leader. [snip]
The cumulative effect on the public mood is evident. According to Real Clear Politics, 61 percent of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track. [snip]
The country likewise does not believe Obama’s policy prescriptions are sensible. [snip]
Though Hillary Clinton is increasingly dominating the political spotlight, the president’s standing will affect the 2016 contest. Clinton is scurrying leftward to keep Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley from winning the progressive vote, but in so doing she risks alienating the middle of the country, which has tired of activist government. And it is quite likely that, as his former secretary of state, Clinton will be seen as Obama’s successor, thus bearing the burden of his unpopularity.
So before our dear friends try to hop on lifeboat Big Pink they better have an answer as to why Hillary is at all tied to Barack Obama and hires Obama cult members to populate Hillary2016.
Before our former dear friends and establishment pals try to cuddle with us they better understand that Hillary2016 is on a slow boat to palookaville. We advised that Hillary had to run a “time for a change” campaign, not an Obama third term “stay the course” mess. We got the mess instead of a call for change.
Think we’re alone? We wrote about the Hillary2016 muddled message mess in 2013. Now the leftist kooks at Salon begin to see what was in front of their faces:
This is why Hillary’s losing: The issue Jeb Bush and Donald Trump understand, which may keep Clinton from the White House
Her negatives are almost as bad as Trump’s. She’s not trusted, and losing swing states. Start talking about reform! [snip]
Politicians are going to destroy this country. They are weak and ineffective. They are controlled by the lobbyists of the special interests. Every one of these lobbyists that give money expects something for it… They could take a politician and have him jump off this ledge.
–Donald Trump, last Wednesday
And here you thought Trump was wrong about everything. [snip]
Government corruption is perhaps the central issue of the 2016 campaign because it’s the biggest problem facing our country. [snip]
In office Obama forgot all about ethics reforms. It was the biggest mistake of his presidency. Republicans didn’t stop him. It is a hallmark of many ethics reforms, including most of his, that they may be implemented by executive order. Obama didn’t pursue them because he didn’t want to. [snip]
That Obama translated this public anger into a message in 2008 — but didn’t follow up with policy in 2009 — may reveal an underlying worldview. [snip]
I think reform is the key not just to the white working class but to the election. The Democrats must embrace it with specificity and sincerity, but so far they’ve barely mentioned it.
So why is Hillary embracing the unpopular treacherous Barack Obama?
Does anyone think that Donald Trump’s winning big issue can be stolen by the creatures of, by, and for D.C. whoever he, or she, is?
If she does not change her ways and her campaign strategy, Hillary2016 will be destroyed. Donald Trump? How to destroy Donald Trump gets harder and harder every day. Most every voter knows it is time to make America great again.
July 24th, 2015
Update: War: Chamber of Commerce gearing up to take out conservative incumbents in the House next year. The Chamber of Commerce is winning, or losing? The 2016 elections will decide. The GOP coddles their corporate cronies. Hillary’s economy speech drags her further to the kook left and protection of the crony capitalists on the left. Cruz is trying to sound like Trump, which is smarter than those who attack Trump, but not enough. Trump? Trump haters are beginning to wake up and sound the trumpets:
In fact, this is easy red meat for Donald Trump if he’s inclined to take on the business class he’s a part of. Nothing would build his conservative cred faster than rising to the defense of the people in Congress who are most opposed to open borders and who are now evidently on the electoral menu for corporate America. You can write the script yourself: “Take it from a guy who’s worth $10 billion, a secure border is more important than better margins on labor.”
From every political affiliation, gender, and ethnicity/race - we’re all sounding the Trumpets. We’re all becoming Trumpettes. We notice today very few are talking about the new YouGov poll on Trump which proves he is rising not sinking. TRUMP IS NOW AT 28% and second choice he is at 38%. Why are so few writing about this? Wasn’t the big question earlier this week whether or not Trump was dead or had hit his ceiling? The YouGov poll which is brand new says Trump continues to rise. Both political parties and their hacks are scared of this and so the plan is “keep it quiet.” Watch what happens after August 6.
For the Trump haters we present the dumbest, stupidest, most idiotic anti-Trump article ever published by Big Media: The Danger of a Celebrity President. It’s not an attack on the Obama cult but a defense of Obama and an attack on a certain candidate – so you know how stupid it is.
More cheers for Trump as he attacks Big Media with more than words. Trump has banned the Des Moines Register noosepaper from today’s campaign events. The Register has demanded Trump get out of the race. Screw you Big Media. In America the people decide who stays in and who goes out (until 2008 when Big Media diktated the outcome that is.) Maybe if all GOP candidates and Hillary follow Trump’s lead the Big Media vipers can be put back in their nests.
Ted Cruz on the Senate floor: Mitch McConnell’s a liar and our new majority is a cronyist fraud. We like the speech. But it’s a fail.
Hillary also emitted sounds today in yet another speech about the economy. Hillary looked great. The speech? It’s a fail.
We hate to be so negative but after sharpshooter Trump taking on all comers and Against All Flags insurgency as just about everybody in the left and right establishments tries to bring him down… well lets just say we’re let down.
Why is Hillary’s speech on the economy a fail? You don’t even have to listen to the speech to know there is a strategic flaw. Here’s the speech: Oh, we can’t embed the video we can only provide a link to the speech because HillaryClinton.com does not provide a video of what is supposed to be a big speech. Another fail.
What’s the strategic problem with the speech? Well, if these ideas are so good why doesn’t Obama implement them? Or try to implement them? Why didn’t Obama do them a long time ago? Or, is Hillary in this speech attacking Obama? Is Hillary saying Obama did not do this and she will? That’s the strategic problem. Having tied herself to Obama she now cannot criticize Obama even as she puts out ideas that Obama could implement or at least try to implement but won’t. Why not? Why won’t Obama try to implement these ideas, such as they are?
This is going to be an ongoing problem for Hillary2016. That’s why the best bet, strategically speaking, would have been (as we suggested so long ago) for Hillary to base her campaign on “It’s time for a change.” Instead we are left holding a smelly bag labeled “Stay the course.”
There is another problem with the speech on the substance. Hillary invests a great deal of her time in her speech to Wall Street and assorted mumbo jumbo about investors who invest in stocks for quick profits then get out. We thought the purpose of Wall Street gambling was to make money and a quick buck.
Nowhere in her speech today does Hillary hit the main issue about Wall Street and investing. At no point does Hillary say “Obama economic policies and FED policies force people to throw themselves into the Wall Street cesspool. It’s time for a change.”
Americans who do not want to go near Wall Street are muscled by Obama and FED policies to do just that. Low interest rates help corporations but for someone who wants to keep their money in a safe bank account with compounded interest – low interest rates are a disaster. Hillary doesn’t mention this. Trillions in wealth shifted to Wall Street titans and from Hillary silence or no recognition this is a problem that her “solutions” exacerbate.
In the Obama economy money in the bank is going to waste. Almost no interest is accrued. If Hillary wants to help the middle class and the poor why not advocate for interest rates that reflect reality? Why not help young people who want to work and save be able to do so without the increased risk of putting money in the Wall Street shark tank? Sure, increased risk via Wall Street investments will potentially bring increased gains, but what if you just want slow, safe, and steady growth? That used to be the preferred economic plan for the poor and middle class. Wall Street was for the swells willing and able to risk their capital.
Instead of helping Americans opt out of the Wall Street casino, Hillary goes on and on about the travails of Wall Street investors and how to squeeze money out of them. Never mind that many of those Wall Street investors are union pension funds and the George Soros types that fund so much of the left infrastructure.
When all is said and done Hillary’s economy speech ignores the extortion against those that have worked and saved money to put in a nice safe bank account. The fail is all the talk about stocks and buy-backs. Where is the plain talk to the American people? Why repudiate the successes of Bill Clinton? Fail.
Ted Cruz also emitted sounds today. He too failed. That’s not to say we did not like his speech. We did. But the Cruz speech was Donald Trump on cruise control. This Trump hating, Cruz hating bit sums it up nicely:
Sample quote: “[This majority] does get things done, but it listens to one and only one voice: That is, the voice of the Washington cartel, of the lobbyists on K Street, of the big money and big corporations.” This guy is talking about his own caucus.
Nominally, this speech is about McConnell’s betrayal of opponents of the Ex-Im bank and his Reid-esque procedural scam to block conservative amendments that could have jeopardized the Iran deal. What it really is, of course, is a campaign commercial for Cruz 2016 aimed at all the Trump voters he covets but who prefer someone (for the moment) who stands outside the political class. This is Cruz’s way of showing them that not only is he willing to throw punches at the establishment too, he hits much harder than Trump does. The unspoken point is, “If you detest Washington and its endless corrupt excrescences, why would you support him instead of me?” Good question. I have no idea.
We have an answer to that good question: Trump is better that Ted because Cruz is part of the system he is complaining about. Fair or unfair that’s why that other guy, Trump, resonates and Cruz just cruises, out of gas, in the breeze.
For anyone who thinks we are being unfair to the Senator from Texas, consider what this kerfuffle was about: Iran and the attempt to block the deal between Obama and his Mullah pals. Um, didn’t Senator Ted Cruz help ensure that the Obama – Persian Empire of Terror deal was approved? Let’s hoist the black flag and bring up Ace of Spades to testify about Iran and the Corker amendment:
Rubio’s offering some bullshit amendments designed to make him appear Strong On Defense but he’s just part of Failure Theater like the rest of them.
Without this bill, Obama needs 67 votes to approve the Iran treaty.
With the bill, the treaty is presumptively approved, and it takes 67 votes to disapprove of the treaty.
And this is Corker’s way of showing he’s “standing up to Obama.”
How? By performing analingus on him?
This is just the latest insult from the Republican Party. All their bullshit is designed to trick conservatives into thinking they’re taking a stance, when in fact they’re voting with the Democrats.
If Corker has good reasons why this treaty should be passed — and it’s plain that he’s a fan, because he’s making up yet more Fake Opposition to pass it — he should say so. [snip]
No, they lie, they pretend they’re opposed to it, and they stage productions of Failure Theater to trick conservatives into thinking they’re opposing it — but are just being outfoxed, by gum! — when in fact they’ve voted in advance to lose on the issue.[snip]
Corker’s bill does not impose limits on Obama; Corker’s bill does not oppose the Iran treaty. [snip]
Without the Corker bill, Obama would need 67 Senate votes to pass his treaty. The treaty dies without the Corker bill.
With the Corker bill, Obama needs only 34 Senate votes to keep his treaty — which is actually passed, beforehand, by the Corker bill.
The treaty passes into law with the Corker bill.
But Corker, McConnell, and the rest of the traitors will Lie To Your Fucking Face that they “did their best” when, once again, another Obama measure is passed by the Senate.
But by gum! They did their best. They fought so hard but they just couldn’t do it.
Here’s how you actually defeat Obama’s treaty:
1. You scrap the Corker bill, which approves of the treaty, then requires a supermajority of 67 to block it it. (Something which will fail.)
2. Then, you vote against the treaty.
Simple, isn’t it? You just vote against the treaty. You don’t create a convoluted process where you first vote for the treaty and then later vote against it — but oh darn! That first vote was the important one!
The fuck with these people.
They are lying to us, they are corrupt as the worst whores of hell, and they are leading this country into destruction.
Do not go gently on this Corker bill.
Let these vile motherfuckers know WE WILL NOT BE LIED TO ANY LONGER.
It’s failure theater. And Cruz played his role. Cruz voted for what he is now complaining about. Failure theater.
That was before Trump came on the scene. After Trump, Cruz had the good sense to heed our warnings and that’s why he voted against ObamaTrade. Cruz is one of the better ones when it comes to positioning himself against the establishment but Trump is the reason for the Cruz speech today.
Failure theater is the GOP ploy to advance the GOP even as the country goes to blazes:
He’s calling McConnell a liar. He’s not hinting at it. He says it. Multiple times.
“He brought up his Obamacare amendment… which is a smokescreen, because it’s intended to fail.” [snip]
By the way, I also hear they’ve got a Fake Sanctuary City bill in the works that they will trick conservatives into thinking actually gets rid of sanctuary cities, but in fact institutionalizes them.
It’s all failure theater to help the GOP but at least Ted Cruz wants a ticket to the Trump show. Jeb Bush the Washington Post reports wants to be the “un-Trump”. Jeb Bush as the “un” anything is not a drink anyone wants.
Our advice to all those that want to be Trump or be un-Trump or trump Trump is this: speak English. Speak clear, concise, English. Don’t connive. Don’t plot. Don’t think this is the time to fool the public will well-crafted mumbo jumbo because the Internet and tough talkers like Donald Trump will make your life difficult.
Indeed, take a clue or a few from Donald J. Trump. Attack Big Media. Attack the establishment of the political system in both parties. Everyone running for president should treat Big Media and the Big Two Parties with the contempt Donald Trump does not hide. Tell Big Media and the political parties, “You’re finished” or the voters will tell you “You’re fired.”