This is too funny:

A single billionaire provided the lion’s share of the money to the main Republican super-PAC set up to destroy Donald Trump.

Marlene Ricketts, the matriarch of the Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team, contributed $3 million to the anti-Trump super-PAC “Our Principles PAC,” which is being run by former Mitt Romney adviser Katie Packer. 

So let me get this straight, the main Anti-Trump Pac is being run by an adviser to a candidate who was unable to beat Barack Obama after the passage of Obamacare and the attacks on Benghazi and being funded by the owners of the Chicago Cubs whose last championship  precedes the sinking of the Titanic and came when one of the faces on Mt. Rushmore was in office?

Cripes it’s a wonder Trump doesn’t have the nomination already.


By John Ruberry

Zimbabwean president and kleptocrat Robert Mugabe celebrates his 92nd birthday today with private ceremonies, but later this week a much more lavish affair–previous birthday celebrations have cost $1 million–will be held at the Great Zimbabwe archaeological site.

A state-run newspaper, the Sunday Mail, has plastered the nation with yellow-and-black posters that proclaim “Mugabe’s birthday is like that of Jesus Christ” to draw attention to a 16-page supplement about the man who has run Zimbabwe into the ground during his 36-year-long reign of terror and error.

Oh, Mugabe claims to be a Roman Catholic.

The southern African nation is in the midst of drought that has forced three million Zimbabweans–about a quarter of the population–to be dependent upon international food aid. But why let brutal reality ruin a great party?

Zimbabwe is considered one of the most corrupt countries on the planet and Mugabe’s racist–he has driven many of his nation’s productive white farmers from their legally purchased land–and socialist policies have devastated the nation.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Can things can worse? Of course they can. Despite allusions of divinity Mugabe will die and probably pretty soon. Demagogues typically stunt the next generation of leadership and Mugabe is no exception. Already there is squabbling among members of his Zanu PF party because there are many men who look into the mirror every morning and see who they believe is the person who will succeed Mugabe and most likely, continue the plunder, and perhaps, compare himself to Jesus too.

And the unhappy people of Zimbabwe will continue to suffer.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Yesterday Marco Rubio with the endorsement of a popular governor a sitting Senator and one of the most popular members of congress has as of this writing, managed to eek out a 2nd place finish by two tenths of one percent of the vote. Yet keeps pretending that he’s winning.

So in honor of Marco “I’m going to win one sooner or later, sure I am” I give you the Marco Rubio song Win one now (With apologies to Lerner and Loewe)

Establishment Chorus:

♫We know the country’s singing,
And I see Marco winning, so much praise.
Look there’s a new endorsement,
Bringing the force of, the party–♫

Voters:Words! Words! Words! I’m so sick of words!
I get words all day through;
From the Cable news!
Is that all consultants can do?♫

♫ Don’t talk of paths
Don’t give me spin;
If you can win
Show me! ♫

♫ Read me no polls
Don’t talk big Mo.
If you can win,
Show me! ♫

♫ Here we are together on election day!
Where are the votes going your way?
Anyone who’s ever run’ll tell you that, You can not win with just chat! ♫

♫ Do voters all
Long for your call?
Don’t say how much,
Show me! Show me! ♫

♫ Don’t talk of wins at some future time.
Make no electoral vow.
Win one now! ♫

♫ Make me no claim!
Read me no jive!
Don’t waste my time,
Show me! ♫

♫ Don’t talk of April,
Don’t talk of May!
Win one today!
Show me! ♫

♫ Never do I ever want to hear another trend.
Data that’s spun, it never ends.
Here we are together on the election scene; Quote one more piece and I’ll scream! ♫

♫ Don’t claim voters, will come round in time.
Please don’t “expl’ine,”
Show me! Show me! ♫

♫ Don’t wait till Cleveland come in July
hoping for convention rows,
Win one now! ♫

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By Steve Eggleston

“Game over man, game over”

– Hudson, “Aliens”

I could just as easily titled this “The Death of Conservatism”, because that’s what the results out of South Carolina mean. Donald Trump, who returned to his liberal roots in the last debate, won the South Carolina primary by 10 percentage points. By “returned”, I mean “went deep into the Netroots fever swamp”, as even 1990s Donald Trump wouldn’t have parroted the Code Pink tripe regarding the Iraq War (note; Trump supported the Iraq War at the time and said in 2000 he believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction) and 9/11 (this a few weeks removed from Trump wrapping himself in 9/11’s #NewYorkValues). Thanks to how South Carolina allocates its delegates, Trump won all 50.

Sticking with the debate for just a moment, those are just two of the most recent expirations of prior Donald J. Trump statements. If that sounds familiar, it should.

Meanwhile, Marco Rubio, and even more strongly, his supporters, have taken the nearly-two-decade-long push by the GOP to get a new non-conservative base to heart, using relentless attacks on Ted Cruz (and only Cruz, despite weathering a second state’s worth of attacks from the Jeb Bush campaign) to wrest second.

That Cruz took third in the “conservative” party’s primary in a state that was seen as one of the most conservative in the country is disturbing. Indeed, the fact that full-throated conservatism garners less than 25% versus the “slow drift left” of Rubio and the “say anything because statements are made to expire” of Trump means more than Cruz’s upset win in Iowa.

I suppose the good news is that, with Bush’s departure, the GOP’s Next In Line principle, first noted by The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto and in effect between 1960 and 2012, appears to be finally dead. That leads me to Nevada, where the Democrats, despite a lot of noise from the Bernie Sanders campaign, appear set to finally break their own equally-longstanding Not Next In Line priniciple. While Hillary Clinton didn’t need to continue her incredible string of “luck” of winning every game-of-chance tiebreaker to win the Nevada caucuses like she did in Iowa (and before that, in hog futures), she did.

Spy vs Spy vs Spy is alive and (un)well.