I’ve written several posts on the current electoral situation in the GOP  and noticed some of the statements of the various campaigns that are completely divorced from reality when it comes to dealing with Donald Trump.

Furthermore on twitter, but not yet on the blog I’ve hit the absolutely stupidity of Mitt Romney’s attack on Donald Trump’s taxes, which echos the dishonorable attacks that Harry Reid used on him.  On that subject I think Stacy McCain’s point from 2012 that I quoted in this post applies:

What I believe is this: Whatever Harry Reid knows about Mitt Romney’s taxes, he obtained from Democrat Party sources who, in turn, got it via the leaking of this confidential information from IRS officials to individuals affiliated with the Obama campaign.

Reid is lying — mischaracterizing his sources — to conceal the fact that the Obama campaign has illegally obtained Romney’s IRS forms.

But don’t expect me to prove that accusation. I don’t think the burden should be on me. The burden should be on Harry Reid. He’s the one I’ve alleged is part of a Nixonian conspiracy at the White House. Why didn’t Harry identify his sources?

In fact the only thing more outrageous than Romney’s attack on Trump’s taxes based on zero evidence is Harry Reid attacking him for it (I’m not kidding)

But for all this nonsense there problem remains: How do you beat Donald Trump?  Right now that’s the only question on the floor and if your candidate isn’t thinking along those lines, he’s not serious and needs to drop out.

The only way to do this is to either bring in new voters for yourself but none of the candidates have the reach to the general public that Trump has so that’s not practicable, the other way is to discourage Donald Trump voters from voting, I don’t see that working either since any attack on Trump simply angers the Trump voter and produces attacks that are not easily countered given his social media reach.

That leaves only one other card. Somehow Make the case to the Donald Trump voter to vote for you instead.

While this is a longshot it is the only viable plan short of the GOP changing it’s convention rules, to stop Trump. You need to persuade these voters that not only are you with them but you’ve been with them since day 1.

On it’s face this seems ridiculous and for Marco Rubio it would be.  His embrace of the gang of 8 makes it impossible and for John Kasich his embrace of obamacare makes it doubly so.  Ben Carson might be able to try such a pitch but he can’t make a case any different than Mr. Trump can.

However  there is one candidate who actually is in a position to make this case. In fact he is in perfect position to do so.

That man is Ted Cruz.

Here’s how.

At tonight’s debate when invited to attack Donald Trump, and believe me CNN will,  Ted Cruz should say something along these lines.

“Actually rather than attack Donald Trump I’d like to thank him. He has energized thousands of new GOP voters, voters who are tired of the party ignoring them on Amnesty, ignoring them on Obamacare, ignoring them on Radical Islam and Ignoring them on Common Core. Mr. Trump has talked about these issues and they have entered the national conversation.”

“And I thank him again for it again, because for years I have been in Washington fighting tirelessly to stop Amnesty so I’m pleased to see Donald Trump adding his words to my actions, for years I have been in Washington fighting tirelessly to defund and stop Obamacare and I’m pleased to see Donald Trump add his words to support my actions, for years I’ve been in Washington fighting tirelessly to get this administration to acknowledge the danger and reality of radical Islam and I’m pleased to see Donald Trump add his voice to support my fight and for years I’ve been making the fight in Washington against Common Core and I’m simply delighted to have Donald Trump add his words to support my fight.

And to those new voters who want to make America Great again, who are angry about Obamacare, Amnesty, Common Core and worried about radical islam I say to you your fight is the one I’ve been fighting for years. Donald Trump’s words are great and I’m pleased to hear them, but if you want someone in the White House that has actually fought these fights that you care about. I ask you for your vote.”

Furthermore every single time Donald Trump brings up these issues in the debate Ted Cruz should affirm these issues that Trump raising AND point to the solid steps that he Ted Cruz has done to achieve them.

I suggest that this is the right way to go for several reasons:

1. It complements Donald Trump for raising these issues that other candidates are ducking
2. It affirms the voters who have come out for Trump noting that their concerns are valid rather than attacking them
3. It brings up Ted Cruz’s record on all of these issues, a record that is superior to all the Non-Trump candidates
4. It notes the difference between Talking about an issue, and DOING something bout an issue
5. It does all of these things without actually attacking Trump.
6. It’s an honest and straightforward case as opposed to the Romney tax BS

I don’t deny this is a going to be a tough sell, but until anyone else comes up with a better way to attract the Donald Trump voters I submit and suggest this is the best plan out there and frankly better than anything an expensive consultant is throwing out there.  And if anyone has a better plan I’d be delighted to hear it.

Good Luck.

Update: At the Weekly Standard (via Insty) they are thinking differently

In his indispensible newsletter, the Transom, Ben Domenech makes a profound observation about tonight’s debate: The best way to become the “Not Trump,” is to beat Trump. And the way to beat him isn’t to argue that he’s a meanie or detail his ideological inconsistencies. It’s to go full-alpha and nuke him from orbit.

I don’t think that will play with Trump voters myself

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You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.

2 Samuel 12:12

In my interview with Stacy McCain from my last post I mentioned that Safety likely thought that once the weekend was over people would forget about Robert Stacy McCain. After all at best he is an B / A- list blogger, a reporter not part of the MSM and with 90K followers is a small twitter celeb.

Once a few days pass it will all blow over and people will forget.

They have not.

We have seen bloggers come out of retirement to comment on it:

When you look at the business model, Twitter’s primary income comes from ads. Looking at this a bit realistically, you see that being able to publish 140 characters for the privilege of being stalked by SJW’s (and later being banned for it) is not actually Twitter’s product. The users themselves are the product! Twitter sells access to its 300 million users to advertisers, who get to present their ads. Also, they allow data mining for all users and Tweets.  Your abuse is just a bonus-you are the product!

In other words, if you are “Tweeting while Conservative,” not only are you being potentially abused in an environment that clearly does not like or want your company, you are actually feeding it.

We’ve seen the head of the National Bloggers Club send an open letter to Twitter:

A listing of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council members reads like a buffet of New York interest and lobbying groups. There’s no trust in the Council, nor is there a transparent outline of how they’re working or governing over all of us—the users. Today it was dubbed an “Orwellian nightmare” in The Week.

Notably, there are no black groups. There isn’t a single conservative group.

Jack, diversity and freedom are not antithetical to one another. Embrace the liberty that has made publishing on the web great and encourage all voices so that they themselves may, in a democratic fashion, champion their individual interests.

At one of the largest conservative platforms Hotair Ed Morrissey writes

As I told Adam this morning, I have enjoyed Twitter in the past, but enjoy it less and less these days. That’s not because of the trolls; it’s because of the very real sense that Twitter doesn’t value free speech or the participation of my friends and colleagues, and that we’re only tolerated for as long as we don’t cross their orthodoxy in any significant manner. What makes this so absurd is that Twitter is about the least substantial communication platform in popular use

Front Page Magazine has joined in

If you’re part of a troll network of dozens, the occasional account deletion is no big deal. But if you have twenty or a hundred thousand followers, you can’t just rebuild.

That’s what this is really about. It’s about punishing and crippling higher end conservative users in order to preserve a left-wing monopoly for influential Twitter figures.

Twitter doesn’t care that much about the average conservative, but the Council will make sure that major Twitter users, influencers in advertese, will be their kind of people. And that influential users in general will be careful not to say anything that might get them in trouble with the Orwellian Council.

I guess I’m lucky I only have a few thousand twitter followers.

But most important of all, we have finally seen the story break into the MSM, at the New York Post:

When Twitter sanctioned popular right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos last month for bad behavior, conservatives were concerned. Two weeks ago, when the social media platform picked a bunch of leftist groups to write its new harassment policies, they grew worried.

Now, in the wake of Twitter’s recent decision to ban conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain, is it time for full-fledged panic?

There’s no telling what Twitter’s endgame is, but it’s unlikely to be good for users who don’t want the company to enforce overly broad harassment and hate-speech policies at the expense of open dialogue.

at Theweek:

This is more than just an idle fear. Last month Twitter stripped right-wing pundit Milo Yiannopoulos of his “verified” user status. Now the company has banned Robert Stacy McCain, an inflammatory right-wing writer. And apparently, not only did Twitter ban him, it also censored the hashtag that welled up in his support.

What’s striking isn’t just that there may be a political bias in those decisions. The more serious problems are a lack of due process and explanation, and a striking imbalance between what happens to semi-prominent Twitter personalities and the countless run-of-the-mill Twitter trolls who are still at large. And how else could it be? As Biz Stone wrote in 2011, “On a practical level, we simply cannot review all one hundred million-plus Tweets created and subsequently delivered every day.” And since then, the number of tweets produced every day has quintupled. The Trust and Safety Council can’t actually protect users from abuse; its only power is stop controversial users from issuing controversial opinions on Twitter.

At the SF Gate Debora Saunders wrote about the Twitter’s new council:

This month Twitter announced it has a Trust and Safety Council because, CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, “Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power, and empowering dialogue. That starts with safety.” Apparently the social media’s powerful CEO hasn’t figured out that when you pat yourself on the back for speaking truth to power — and at the same time, protecting the masses from unsafe speech — you sound like the Politburo. Or a modern university that uses speech codes to muzzle dissenting — that is, conservative — opinions.

Shortly after Twitter announced its new council, Twitter suspended the account of blogger and antifeminist Robert Stacy McCain. Why? A spokesperson explained in an email that Twitter doesn’t comment on individual accounts “for privacy and security reasons.” I requested the tweets that got McCain blocked. No dice. Techies love to talk about transparency, but not for themselves.

And now it’s at Bloomberg:

If Twitter or another network sets itself up to be especially vigilant for users who are at odds with these movements, there’s a real risk of declaring open season on conservative ideas, while liberal ideas about a lot of things are carefully protected by your abuse standards.

And indeed, that’s exactly what conservatives think is happening now. Robert Stacy McCain has had his account banned, just weeks after Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos lost his “verified user” check mark. Both practice a brand of Twitter activity one might politely call “obstreperous.” No one knows precisely what led to the disciplinary actions, but McCain believes it’s because of his vocal comments about social justice topics.

Well in fact the rules in writing are ahem…interesting

Disagreement? Does that mean if you change your mind on an issue you once advanced on Twitter you should report yourself?

If you read all these articles in full you’ll note the word “orwellian” used a lot.  That’s not generally a good thing if you are publically traded company trying to attract users an advertisers. Unless of course your CEO has decided to use said company as a great big Democrat Superpac to silence conservatives in an election year in which case the ends of electing democrats justifies the means turning your company into a loss leader.

I wonder of the shareholder and advertisers agree?

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A few days ago after he was banned from Twitter but before his @sextroubleaccount I talked to RS McCain about what his going on with him.
We talked about the possibility that this was part of an election year strategy:  

“Now you’ve seen how this shadow banning where search results are being suppressed. It looks very much like they’re trying to tilt the playing field in an election year when Hillary Clinton is the presumed nominee and feminists have the thumb on one of the most powerful social media platforms in the world”

He compared it to other loss leaders for the left:

It’s like salon.com it’s been losing over a mil a year for 20 years and yet the “investors” are willing to do it because it promotes a “progressive” message

He told me that he didn’t find out about his initial banning until he saw a tweet talking about it (I only noticed when my @rsmccain feed wouldn’t load in tweetdeck)

He challenged twitter to show a screen cap of his threatening or abusing anyone while noting that his @sextroubebook account has picked up over 2000 followers in just under 24 hours.

Of course 24 hours later that account was banned too.

I also asked him about how this would be received.  As it was a primary weekend he noted all the political reporters are covering politics but wondered about their lack of interest

people know my number and know people who will get it and you’d think people would call

And perhaps Twitter figured that after a few days everyone would forget the #freestacy business.

But when I talked to him less than an hour ago (I’m typing this as 9:55 AM Thursday) there were two developments the most significant being Denial of Service attacks against his site which were launched today:

when I work up this morning this was going on and it’s intermittent.

He noted the irony in terms of “who is being harassed here”

It’s Ironic that I’m accused of targeted abuse while people responsible for shutting me down are not content with having my twitter account wiped off the face of the earth are attacking my site

he referred to the tactics used against him as DARVO which stands for: Deny, Attack reverse victim , Offender and noted how familiar this all seems:

Dealing with these people is like dealing with Kimberlin, he’s a known sociopath and when you get into a conflict with a sociopath they begin to manipulate the story they become the victim and you become the villain for trying to tell the story about them. You keep telling the truth. Who is being targeted for abuse?

It’s all a question of media bias and unlike folks like me who have their background in stuff like tech (Hence DaTechGuy) media is something Stacy knows as this is his 30th year in the business.

This is the 30th anniversary of my first job as a $4.50 staff right Austell Georgia in cobb county Austell News-Chronicle owned by a local businessman named Lamar.

Ironically Stacy told me Mr. Lamar started his newspaper because he was sick of what he was seeing from the local weekly, so in a sense Stacy McCain cut his teeth on alternate media and media bias:

It’s like media bias everybody has their own opinion on it but nobody asks me even though I’m in the business.

However the 2nd development is the story starting to get out there. In addition to calls from me he’s been contacted by Buzzfeed: “their piece is predictable left” and Debra Saunders who got some minor facts wrong:

“I didn’t out a transgender. It wasn’t a secret that “Sarah” was transgender, Her attacks on 4chan caused people to ask ‘Who is Sarah Butts?’ which caused them to find out who he was…If it hadn’t been for Nyberg’s attempt to silence others nobody would have cared but when somebody has a commercial enterprise online and you try to drive them out of business…

Which is what those going after Stacy McCain are doing, trying to silence him. Ironically he tends to do exactly the opposite:

This is them, trying to silence their critics, I don’t do this to other people, I quote them, that’s what they hate, feminists hate to be quoted.

And now the story is starting to penetrate the MSM (more on that later today) much in the same way that the Anthony Weiner story did, slowly like water on a rock.

Drip Drip Drip.

Fyi you can help by retweeting items in the #freestacy hashtag, writing your local paper, spreading the word on facebook and calling your local talk radio show. Let’s give the Twitter Safety crowd the attention they deserve.

Drip Drip Drip

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Ohila: All you’re doing is giving her hope.
12th Doctor: Since when is hope a bad thing?
Ohila: Hope is a terrible thing on the scaffold.

Doctor Who: Hell Bent 2015

It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.

Richard P. Feynman. (Via Don Surber)

One of the nasty things about reality is it tends to make mincemeat out of the pleasant illusions that people who wish to deny it. It doesn’t always happen fast and it tends to involve many twists and turns but sooner or later reality like a dripping stream over a boulder wears things down.

Yesterday’s Nevada caucus is a great example of the illusion shattering power of reality as it has caused many myths about the GOP primary to bite the Dust.

Myth #1 Donald Trump has a ceiling of 34 percent or so.

On Tuesday in Nevada Donald Trump managed to pull 46% of the vote. Granted that as a hotel mogul running in a state where the hospitality industry is huge one might expect him to do well but to pull 46% in a five person race is simply astounding.

Myth #2 Donald Trump can’t win caucus states.

Donald Trump two wins prior to Nevada were both in primary states where all you have to do is show up. His only loss came in a caucus state (Iowa) where voting is a time consuming event leading to the theory that the disinterested Trump voters wouldn’t put the time in for a caucus. Nevada proves this theory completely wrong.

Myth #3  Once Candidates Drop out Trump will Lose

We keep hearing the “if enough people drop out Trump will eventually lose because all those votes are anti-Trump” Well Jeb Bush dropped out after South Carolina and Trump’s percentage of the vote increased by 14% while Marco Rubio’s increased by 2% and Ted Cruz’s decreased by 1%.

Myth #4 If only Cruz & Rubio Team up they can beat Trump

In Nevada Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio combined for 45.3% of the vote. Donald Trump won 45.9% of the vote.

Myth #5 Marco Mentum

As much as the GOP establishment would like to pretend otherwise Marco Rubio has no momentum and his strategy of declaring victory after every crushing defeat simply makes him look like a fool.

Myth #6 The Ground game

My Candidate is and remains Ted Cruz, I believe he is he best choice due to his record and he has built an impressive ground game, but when you are dealing with states where you don’t have months to campaign and voters who might not have been paying attention until the week of the primary or caucus a ground game of activists without a comparable media game is comparable to an army attacking without air cover, it’s just not enough.

Myth #7 Conservatism is the key

Of all the myths that have been shattered this is the one toughest for me to admit. Ted Cruz’s line of attack vs Donald Trump that he doesn’t have a conservative record is completely accurate and one of the primary reasons why I can’t even consider Trump over Cruz, but while there might be enough conservatives in the country to deny a GOP nominee victory in a general election if they stay home, Trump’s success demonstrates that there are not enough hardcore conservatives to deny a GOP candidate the nomination if your candidate has enough across the board support.

Myth #8 Specifics vs Broad Outlines

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard pundits on TV say “Candidates need to provide specifics” and reporter decry the lack of such plans. The reality is the only people who bother with specifics are the uber geeks who make up the tiniest part of the electorate and the media who wish to use said specifics to bring a candidate down. People who are actually living their lives are looking for the broad outlines. “Build a wall” Stop Radical Islam, Destroy ISIS, Make America great”. If you sell those ideas the voters will let you worry about the details

Myth #9 You HAVE to follow FOXCNNMSNBCTWITTERDRUDGE every second of the evening the night of an election.

This one is a tad facetious but Tuesday night I decided I didn’t want to stay up to wait for the caucus results so I hit the sack letting my body continue to adjust to a normal sleep scheduled vs the 10:30-7 AM shift I had before my layoff a week ago last night. Amazingly when I woke up the next day the world was still there and all the info I wanted about the Nevada results were not only available but free of the speculation of the media trying, much like the climate change crew, that long shot eventualities are a real possibility.

Now I’m sure post Nevada we are going to get a whole new batch of myths sold to us in the hope that it causes us to either watch the various networks or vote a particular way or consider the race over. Right now if fair to say that Trump is the presumptive nominee unless one of the other candidates figure out a way to beat him. That’s not impossible but unless something changes dramatically it’s becoming increasingly improbable.

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