A few days ago we noted that CNN tried to shut down old friend Kurt Schlichter when he brought up Bill Clinton’s sexual history. This has backfired specatcularly not only in terms of Kurt:

It was more than just a hilarious meltdown by a stalwart defender of all things liberal – and the inspiration for multiple media appearances and hordes of new Twitter followers for me. It was a warning that the Democrat-defending, palace guard mainstream media is going to fight to place many of the most devastating criticisms of Hillary out-of-bounds, and the incident offered a demonstration of how it will try to do so.

But while this is bad for the Hillary camp the worse result for them has been this tweet from Donald Trump:

The MSM has responded to the Trump tweet noting Clinton’s popularity when he left office and insisting that it will not hurt Hillary clinton. This is to be expected because the media class long ago reconciled to themselves the contradiction of Bill Clinton’s treatment toward women that would disqualify him from any job in the corporate world and their support of him and any member of said media or liberal group who failed to do so was exiled (remember Tammy Bruce).

Alas for the MSM the culture has moved from that point, and right now there is a whole generation of young people, particularly young women under the age of 30 who are the natural allies of Hillary Clinton who have never heard of Bill Clinton’s serial misogyny. The rules of “engagement” between men and woman have changed dramatically for these ladies, (if you don’t believe me read Robert Stacy McCain’s site under the Sex Trouble Tag )

In an era of “affirmative consent”, a time when college age women are being taught that their college is a place where women have to dodge rape every single day defending “you had better put some ice on that” just plain isn’t going to fly.

Already the pieces are going up as the Clinton women talk to the new media:

“I think she has always known everything about him. I think they have this evil compact between the two of them that they each know what the other does and overlook it. And go right on. And cover one for the other,” she said.

Broaddrick said she “almost died” three months ago when she first heard about Clinton’s campaign ad on supporting female victims of sexual assault.

Broaddrick responded: “Aaron, the only thing that I would like to say is I hope that someday these two people, these people that I feel like are so evil, will be brought to justice. … You know, if I can help in that, I will. But these are not good people for America,” she said of Bill and Hillary.

If Kathleen Willey, Gennifer Flowers or Juanita Broaddrick end up on a stage with Trump that will be a disaster for Hillary because the MSM will have to cover them, but even if it doesn’t happen if young women begin googling any of these name the Hillary Campaign will be in very deep trouble.

You should have gone with Biden when you had the chance MSM.

One of the things I absolutely love about Senator Ted Cruz is how he handles the MSM, this is a case in point:

This cartoon is much more likely to be read and spread on social media than any standard reply and every single person who sees it (including Bernie Sanders democrats) will get it.

Speaking of tweets everybody gets:

Can’t wait for CNN to cover that tweet, it’s going to give Don Lemon the vapors.

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By John Ruberry

Unless you have been living in a spider hole without access to a computer or a television, you are of course aware of the Donald Trump phenomenon. Without spending much money, his or anyone else’s, the real estate billionaire has vaulted to the top of the Republican presidential polls.

Whether he is a genius or a crackpot genius remains to be determined, but The Donald finds himself in a rare position–he is recreating the political process in a way that mirrors the ascendancy of Andrew Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

But the Republican political establishment is either indifferent or hostile to Trump. No sitting Republican members of the US House or the US Senate have endorsed him. Nor have any statewide elected officials. Trump for the most part eschews spending money on political consultants, in fact he spends more cash on baseball caps, shirts, and yard signs than on “expert” advice. His spending on TV ads has been a pittance compared the expenditures of other candidates.

Trump has made a number of controversial statements, several of which he has partially walked back, such as his call to halt Muslim travel into the United States. But in that instance, Trump has made Muslim immigration and our weak vetting of potential terrorists into a major political discussion point.

The political novice enjoys a rare gift–by addressing the political situation, Trump alters it.

The ruling classes, Democratic and Republican, dislike change and they abhor disruption. But the GOP needs to embrace Trump–even if he fails to win the Republican nomination for president.

After all, there is no one more skilled to attack Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee in 2016, on such issues as the Benghazi killings and the “It was a video!” canard, the rise of ISIS, the Clinton Foundation slush fund and foreigners buying access to her, Clinton’s possibly illegal misuse of classified data, and her hypocrisy of being a defender of women while her husband is a serial sexual abuser of them.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Like it or not, America is transforming into a Trump-ified nation. And if he becomes president, it will be to some extent become a Trump planet.

My advice to the GOP establishment is that you should hop on the Trump train now–or you will find yourself under it.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

I was thinking about Josh Earnest’s statement concerning Donald Trump “disqualifying” himself and pictured how it would play in history. To wit I was thinking about what Mr. Earnest would have to say about this order by Abraham Lincoln who issued this order on Sept 24 1962:

Whereas, it has become necessary to call into service not only volunteers but also portions of the militia of the States by draft in order to suppress the insurrection existing in the United States, and disloyal persons are not adequately restrained by the ordinary processes of law from hindering this measure and from giving aid and comfort in various ways to the insurrection;

Now, therefore, be it ordered, first, that during the existing insurrection and as a necessary measure for suppressing the same, all Rebels and Insurgents, their aiders and abettors within the United States, and all persons discouraging volunteer enlistments, resisting militia drafts, or guilty of any disloyal practice, affording aid and comfort to Rebels against the authority of the United States, shall be subject to martial law and liable to trial and punishment by Courts Martial or Military Commission:

Second. That the Writ of Habeas Corpus is suspended in respect to all persons arrested, or who are now, or hereafter during the rebellion shall be, imprisoned in any fort, camp, arsenal, military prison, or other place of confinement by any military authority of by the sentence or any Court Martial or Military Commission.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this twenty-fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, and of the Independence of the United States the 87th.

By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Not only did Lincoln suspend Habeas Corpus but he did so in direct defiance of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who said while sitting as a district judge this in his official opinion:

I shall, therefore, order all the proceedings in this case, with my opinion, to be filed and recorded in the circuit court of the United States for the district of Maryland, and direct the clerk to transmit a copy, under seal, to the president of the United States. It will then remain for that high officer, in fulfilment of his constitutional obligation to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” to determine what measures he will take to cause the civil process of the United States to be respected and enforced.

Now under the standard that Josh Earnest & democrats have set concerning Donald Trump one must assume that Abraham Lincoln must be beyond the pale. I can see the CNN story if they existed in 1862 being rewritten now:

President Abraham Lincoln decision in the John Merryman case “disqualifies” him from being president, A Democrat party spokesman said Tuesday.

“The fact is what Abraham Lincoln did disqualifies him from serving as president,” Democrat Party press secretary Josh Earnest said in Tuesday’s press briefing.

Earnest noted first that every president must take an oath to “preserve, protect and defend” the U.S. Constitution, and thus, he said, Lincoln would not qualify.

The GOP President action suspending Habeus Corpus after the lawyer for John Merryman, a Maryland State Legislature sought one in connection to his arrest was met with widespread criticism, including from several in his own party.

But Earnest had harsh words for the GOP as a whole, too, saying all GOP potential presidential candidates have signed a pledge to support whoever is the eventual nominee.

“For potential Republican candidates for president to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Lincoln, that in and of itself is disqualifying,” Earnest said. “The question now is about the rest of the Republican Party and whether or not they’re going to be dragged into the dustbin of history with him. And right now the current trajectory is not very good.”

Now the interesting thing is if you look not just as CSPAN but at the various lists of Greatest President of all time out there Lincoln is rated #1 in the vast majority of them never below 3rd.

So I would ask Josh Earnest and the Democrats why Donald Trump’s opinion concerning foreign nationals is disqualifying but President Lincoln’s actions concerning American Citizens does not disqualify him from the list of the greatest presidents of all time.

Take your time

The 2016 Presidential Election cycle has been anything but boring.

On the Democratic Party side, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has watched her “Presidential nomination coronation” ceremony temporarily delayed by the stubborn and persistent campaign tenacity of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Senator Sanders is a self-described “Democratic-Socialist.”  The term “democratic-socialist” makes for interesting political theater.

Socialism properly understood is a means of economic management in which the goods, services, manufacturing, and material output are held or possessed in common.  The key concept to remember when describing what socialism entails is to remember that it deals with “community ownership.”

Nations such as the former Soviet Union, modern Mainland China, and even Cuba would describe themselves as socialist economies.

In most socialist economic systems key businesses such as Electrical utilities, Oil refineries and Oil Distribution, and Healthcare are all nationalized (the Central Governments in these countries own and control the distribution of these resources).

Conversely, in nations such as Great Britain, Japan, Australia, Canada, and the United States economic activity is handled by the free market pricing system.  A market is simply a place where goods are bought and sold.

By a free market system, we are simply stating that the Central Governments of these nations take a minimalist approach (at least in theory) with regards to regulating, managing, and directing how goods and commodities are bought and sold.

In short, a free market economy places a higher emphasis on economic growth, wealth creation and overall efficiency.

A socialist economy places its chief concerns on the nature of fairness, equity, and egalitarianism.

Senator Bernie Sanders is running a “populist campaign” in which he states that he is championing the little guy and the forgotten middle class which is being trampled underfoot by unprincipled big banks, corrupt Walls Street financiers and by what he feels is an unjust and unresponsive campaign system which favors the “monied interests” over the poor and middle classes.

One of the primary planks in Mr. Sanders’ campaign platform is that he advocates a top marginal tax rate of 91%!

As an aside, it is interesting to note that our nation has not seen a marginal tax rate this high since 1963 (this was right before President Kennedy made a bold move to propose lowering the top marginal tax rate from 91% to 70%; Senator Sanders would take us back to the days of Camelot).

There was a time in America that if a politician even mentioned the fact that he or she had “socialist leanings” that he or she would almost never be considered seriously for the office of the Presidency.

Gosh, how times have changed.

What has been happening with Senator Sanders’ insurgent campaign is nothing less than fascinating.

Senator Sanders has been drawing unbelievably large crowds in the 10s of thousands.  By contrast, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has only drawn a fraction of the size of the crowds that usually attend Mr. Sanders’ passionate rallies.

In our day of polarizing politics, Senator Sanders has found a way to ignite the progressive base of the Democratic Party and bring a true excitement into the democratic primaries.

Not to be undone in Republican Party circles is the flamboyant, unorthodox, and slick marketing campaign of billionaire mogul Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump is the antithesis of Bernie Sanders.

  • Senator Sanders is an unabashed Democratic-Socialist; the Donald (as he is often called) took his father’s construction company and turned a thriving business worth several hundred million dollars into a billionaire enterprise.
  • Mr. Sanders would seek to nationalize key industries in the United States; Mr. Trump proposes to shake up the business status quo by the sheer will of his personality and by his ability to negotiate shrewdly.
  • Senator Sanders is liberal – progressive in today’s political parlance – across the board. On social issues, Bernie Sanders is Pro-Choice on abortion, he supports redefinition of marriage to include Gay and Lesbian unions, and he has publicly stated that much of went forth in the name of Christianity in America was at times both racist and exclusive with its treatment of Native-Americans (Indians) and Negroes (Blacks).
  • The Donald use to be socially liberal, but today he embraces Social-Conservatism (this was not always the case with the Donald who through a good portion of his adult life has been socially liberal).
  • Finally, Senator Sanders would seek to take a hiatus from United States superpower involvement on the world scene – especially in the volatile “Middle East.”
  • Trump would revitalize and reinvent the Big Stick diplomacy of former President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt and hit America’s enemies with overwhelming brute force.

(Teddy Roosevelt believed that a nation should walk softly and carry a big    stick; the Donald would “boast boldly and carry a big stick.”)

The existential question of the moment is this:  Could either man conceivably upset both the Democratic and Republican establishments and actually win their party’s respective Presidential nominations?

The answer is that only time will tell.

However, Misters Sanders and Trump have done us all a great service by running straight in the face against “political correctness”; they have forced other politicians within their parties to clarify their policy positions and say what they mean and mean what they say.  This alone may be the most endearing legacy of the two campaigns.

We, the American populace, need to understand the key choices that lay before us as the next President of the United States will inherit an abundance of national and foreign affairs problems that will require the Wisdom of Solomon to successfully navigate through and ultimately solve in a satisfactory manner.

GOD Bless You!

Update (DTG): Instalanche Thanks Sarah, A reminder Pastor George Kelly whose protestant parish is in the Atlanta area writes regularly as one of my magnificent seven on Friday evenings. Pastor Kelly He has almost no other web presence so if you like what you read you’ll just have to hit the archives. I’m sure you will I’ve known him since I was 12 & he’s one of the smartest fellows I’ve ever met.

For the first time in a month I woke up at 5 AM (day off) and with daily mass in the evening I turned on Morning Joe and saw something amazing.

The discussion was why Donald Trump was perceived as he was and turned instantly to Barack Obama noting that Paris happened after he said ISIS was contained and San Bernardino happened after he said ISIS can’t strike here. The pièce de résistance was when
Jon Meacham called it a malaise among the people like the Carter years and NOBODY AT THE TABLE CONTESTED IT.

Now for people like Glenn Reynolds and myself this is no big deal, I started my (Chester) Arthur (Jimmy) Carter watch during my first week of blogging (day 4 actually Dec 2 2008)

You sometimes get a rookie pitcher with a winning season but usually not. I’m hoping for Chester Arthur but I’m expecting Jimmy Carter.

But for the Morning Anchor show of MSNBC to say this in their first hour and have no liberal at the table contest it is amazing.

What was their explanation? ISIS. People are more afraid of a terror attack then at any time since 9/11. It’s brings to mind an early episode of the original Star Trek series: What are little girls made of?

Kirk: Emotion, Ruk? You disapprove of Miss Chapel’s orders to save my life?
Ruk: To maintain your existence would be illogical.
Kirk: Why? Can’t your memory banks solve a simple equation like that? …

Just as conservative bloggers and writers have been doing our best to counter the programing that the MSM has given the public concerning the Obama administration, Kirk presses the Android Rok to see the danger to him that he has been conditioned to avoid and finally gets a breakthrough…

Kirk: The danger to you is Korby.
Ruk: I was programmed by Korby. I cannot harm him.
Kirk: The old ones programmed you, too, but it became possible to destroy them.
RUK: [Excited] That was the equation! Existence! Survival must cancel out programming.

Realizing that this administration will get them killed has finally overridden the MSM & culture’s programming.

Too bad for America they didn’t figure this out four years ago.

Incidentally I dropped Arthur / Carter watch in the first year when it became clear which one he was going to be.  Walter Russell Mead said in 2001 that Jimmy Carter was the best case scenario for Obama.  He hasn’t even managed that.



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Being a big religious freedom person when I first heard Donald Trump’s suggestion that we stop Islamic immigration for a time my gut reaction was to disagree.  I found the idea distasteful.

But after that first gut reaction I did something that few people have bothered to do, I thought about it and have concluded that the reaction against it is not only nonsense & hyperbole , but the suggestion itself is logical and practical.

The easiest way to explain this:  Chipotle

For weeks we’re heard about  Chipotle food safety issues:

The company has already shut down all restaurants in Seattle and Portland after a reported outbreak of E. coli. While only six Chipotle locations have been linked to the outbreak, the company told the Associated Press that all restaurants have been closed “out of an abundance of caution.”

Just a few days ago the company insisted:  They would be the leader in food safety:

“While Chipotle’s food safety practices were already well within industry norms, I was asked to design a more robust food safety program to ensure the highest level of safety and the best quality of all meals served at Chipotle,” said Mansour Samadpour, Ph.D., CEO of IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group. “I am happy to report that our proposed program was adopted in its entirety, without any modification. While it is never possible to completely eliminate all risk, this program eliminates or mitigates risk to a level near zero, and will establish Chipotle as the industry leader in this area.”

and now we hear this:

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Tuesday that an incident in which a number of Boston College students were sickened after eating at one of the burrito chain’s restaurants in Boston appeared to be an isolated event.

“There are no reports of illness from any other restaurants, and the pattern here looks like norovirus isolated to one restaurant,” Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told Reuters.

Health officials are investigating whether the 30 students were affected by E.coli. Chipotle has been linked to an E.coli outbreak in nine states, not including Massachusetts.

They insist it is an isolated incident.

Would you go to that restaurant until  you were positive that food was safe?  If given their history would you be bigoted for singling out Chipotle for your caution?

Or maybe you want something closer to what we’re talking about so imagine this scenario:

Imagine the Feds despite all the previous food safety issues Chipotle partnered with the Feds for a pilot program to allow people on EBT to use their cards there. Let’s say that the FDA claims that they have totally vetted Chipotle and while there might have been issues in the past all such outbreaks of E-Coli have been contained.

Then picture a bunch of people using this program not only getting violently ill after eating at Chipotle but discovering that the very location where they got sick was one vetted by the FDA and passed with flying colors.

Wouldn’t simple logic dictate the FDA pause the program at least in terms of Chipotle, until the food inspection process was completely reviewed?  Or would they just keep sending the poor to Chipotle to eat?

This is the exact situation we have here.

We have been told that our people have been completely vetting immigrants, and will do an excellent job vetting the thousands who the president wants to come.  At almost the same time our president had told us that there are no imminent threats and we’d be told if there was a threat we’d be told.

Within a week 14 americans are dead and more wounded and we discover that one of the supposedly vetted terrorist had ties with radical Islam, both were radicalized for a long time and now we hear this:

A $28,500 deposit was made to Syed Farook’s bank account from WebBank.com on or about Nov.18, some two weeks before he and his wife Tashfeen Malik carried out the San Bernardino massacre, a source close to the investigation told Fox News Monday.

Just a reminder supposedly all transactions over $10 G’s are flagged but the government for examination.

So Donald Trump seeing the failure of the vetting progress and realizing that while not all muslims are ISIS terrorists  all ISIS terrorists are muslims comes to the conclusion that until we know as he put it “what the hell is going on” we shouldn’t admit any muslims into the country. Or rephrased, until we KNOW that the guys doing the vetting process are doing it right we simply can’t allow people in who can’t be vetted.

This seems to be basic logic.

Can someone explain why it’s in the interest of the United States to admit muslims into this country, particularly from areas where ISIS if we don’t know our vetting is working.  Particularly when you consider this salient fact:

Though President Barack Obama claimed that America must “enlist Muslim communities” to combat terrorism in his Sunday evening Oval Office address, former FBI Counterterrorism Agent John Guandolo said on Monday’s Breitbart News Daily (6AM-9AM EST on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125) that since 9/11, “we collectively have received nearly zero help from the Muslim Community.”

I submit and suggest that not following Trump’s advice would be like FDR allowing open immigration from Germany, Japan & Italy from 1942-1945 it would not only be stupid and criminal, it will cost american lives.

Of course nbsp;I think that it’s a crying shame we’ve reached the point where such a suggestion is logical and rational , but the fault isn’t with Trump for making this suggestion, the fault is with this administration and its enablers who have been willing to put up with a bad vetting system and the American Islamic community that has been less concerned with terror than with the bad PR that comes from it.

Update: fixed bad tags, plus Erick Erickson:

Trump is brilliantly smart here from a short term political perspective. He just forced almost all of the GOP field to side with both Barack Obama and MSNBC. The other Republicans could have critiqued Trump’s proposal by offering a counter proposal, but instead they all went right to attacking Trump himself. As we have seen thus far, these attacks are interpreted by at least a quarter of the GOP base as attacks on them because Trump is offering policy proposals and is countered not by other proposals, but by attacks.

Beat Trump by treating him like a candidate. Challenge his proposals. Attacking Trump for being unhinged, an idiot, or some other personal attack is just read as an attack on his voters. Twenty-four hours after Barack Obama gave one of the stupidest speeches ever to be given from the Oval Office — a speech that did not reassure anyone — Donald Trump opened negotiations on a different position and he started with “ban all the muslims.” Donald Trump is a negotiator. The GOP should not have attacked Trump, but engaged in the negotiations with “That’s probably not constitutional, but here is what I would do to accomplish the same thing, which is to keep Americans safe from Islamic radicals.”

Nope, they couldn’t do that. And because of the hysterical response from so many, including good friends of mine on the right, Trump wins the round.

and John Hawkins goes farther:

Immigration is not good for America. At least, not anymore. Immigration has benefitted our nation a great deal and it certainly can do so again, but as long as our current rules are in place, immigration can only hurt our country.

I disagree with John, but Trump is right.

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During the last election cycle the GOP won historic victories not only taking the US senate but winning the Governor’s seats in states as Blue as Maryland and Massachusetts.

However in 2014 the big exception to that rule was in New Hampshire where the national GOP imported Scott Brown to run much to the delight of the GOP leadership and the disgust of the base as Granite Grok put it at the time:

Those are two important planks in the NH GOP Platform.  Another is that of “limited government” – and he voted for Dodd-Frank, the biggest intrusion of Government into business and our private lives evah (‘cepting Obamacare, natch) and we will blog about this in the future.  And if they don’t show up to vote for Brown, they also aren’t showing up to vote for the other Republicans down ticket.  But given the absolute “hugathon” for Brown that the Establishment Republicans have been drooling about for months now, I do wonder if it matters much to them about the folks just off stage instead of the one standing in the national Klieg lights.  How many time have I written concerning Republicans with the insinuations that we ought to just leave and run on our own:

We may not win, but you will surely lose

Especially here in NH where win margins in a lot of districts can be very thin indeed, the NH GOP has to struggle get to 50%+1; all I’d have to do is persuade 1.5 to 2 points to not vote.  And there are a lot of people out there that are no longer willing to vote for the lesser of two evils anymore.

Pro-Choice, Pro Gun Control, voted for Dodd-Frank: what’s the MAIN difference between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen, NH GOP chair Jennifer Horn? 

I advised against this move calling the Scott Brown run:  “The Biggest Mistake the NH GOP can make

He lost by 3

Meanwhile in the Governor’s race the Establishment GOP in the state picked Walt Havenstein a candidate who actively insulted Tea Party members and refused to apologize.

He lost by five, and I suspect the reason why both Brown & Havenstein lost is best summed up by what grokster Rick Olsen wrote five months before the election:

I predict…If Havenstein is the nominee, he will not win against Hassan and the Democratic machine. …We’ve seen this trend in so-called Republican landslide years. But either way, I am voting for neither of these “kinged” choices. And I can say with certainty that I am not alone in that sentiment.

So given that sterling record you would think the NH GOP establishment party chair Jennifer Horn would have learned her lesson and stayed out of the GOP Presidential primary.

You’d think wrong:

New Hampshire GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn seemed to have abandoned efforts to remain neutral in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries on Wednesday, taking the extraordinary step of attacking not just any GOP presidential candidate but the 2016 frontrunner for her own party’s nomination.

Because in a year when your GOP senator is running for re-election in what will be a tough race the last thing you need to do is demonize the current front runner for the party nomination.

Well at least she not attacking Trump voters, since she’ll need them for Kelly Ayotte’s Senate race.

Horn further attacked the voters who attend Trump’s rallies.

Hey it could be worse, they could be doing stupid things like trying to get Trump kicked of the ballot:

Now, along comes ol’ Fungus, so determined to damage the GOP that you’d think he was a Democrat plant, filing a complaint attempting to remove Trump from the NH ballot, due to expressed views inconsistent with the NHGOP platform. Shirley, he must be joking! Inconsistent? Like himself supporting the most liberal faux-Republicans? Like Morse and Bradley expanding Medicaid? Like Steve Duprey supporting Planned Parenthood? Like Juliana Bergeron supporting Gay Marriage? Like Shawn Jasper owned and operated by the Democrats?

I’m shocked that Scott brown & Walt Havenstein weren’t mentioned in that bit.

Meanwhile the Trump campaign shot back

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, in a statement to the Union Leader, suggested that Cullen works for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican rival far behind Trump in the polls.

“Number one, Mr. Trump’s views do comport with the Republican Party and number two, from a constitutional stand point, there is such a thing as freedom of speech,” Lewandowski said. “To file such a document against the person who is not only the frontrunner, but leading by tremendous margins is outrageous. If anything like this would ever happen Mr. Trump’s supporters would probably riot in the streets of New Hampshire. This is yet another attempt by the failed GOP establishment to keep Mr. Trump off the ballot because they know he is the only one who can Make America Great Again.”

In response to Lewandowski’s claim, Cullen said he is not working for Kasich, and that he so far remains uncommitted. He and his wife Jenny held a house party for Kasich last weekend. He has also held events for Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham.

Mike Rogers nails it:

Methinks it is Trump who should be demanding a pledge of loyalty from the GOP! If this idiocy goes further up the food chain than Cullen, Trump will be liberated to run 3rd party, and will CRUSH the GOP’s chances – might even win without them. Sure, go ahead chumps, make his day!

I’m a Ted Cruz man I encourage all my NH friends to vote for him but I’ll tell you this, I’d enjoy watching the NH GOP Establishment collapse like the old man of the Mountain after A Trump win.

Captain Renault:How extravagant you are, throwing away women like that. Someday they may be scarce

Casablanca 1942

One of the basic rules of elections is you win by getting more votes than the other person.

Now there are two ways of doing this, the first is to explain why your candidate is better than the other guy.

But if your candidate is a dud then you do stuff like this:

Matt David, the spokesperson for the Kasich Super-PAC “New Day for America”, is now publicly reporting that both Team Bush and Team Rubio donors have pledged financial support to the effort to tear down front runner Donald Trump.

The upper echelons within the Wall Street financially-dependent corporate media have also held their meeting to coordinate how they will distribute and promote the anti-Trump narrative.

Most of the self-interests within the republican side of the professional political establishment have now united:  Wall Street (financiers), Ground Troops (via campaign teams), and Corporate Media (messaging/optics).

Tonight, as incredulous as it sounds, Professional Republicans begin a full month long assault upon the front runner of their own party. 

Three things instantly come to mind when reading this:

  1.  While I think this is stupid it’s also the way the political game is occasionally played and how Trump deals with it will speak to his ability as a candidate
  2. As long as Trump continues to use free media to his advantage this money is going to be as well spent as the attempt to promote New Coke.
  3. It’s generally a bad idea to get a man with billions to spend pissed off at you before an election.

But while I think this concerted effort to hit Trump by the GOP is a bad idea (and that the establishment would like a Trump presidency more than a Cruz one) for sheer stupidity you can’t do better than republicans & conservatives openly mocking Trump voters.

This is Scott Brown in 2012 and 2014, This is Mitt Romney in the General election vs Obama, this is Gabriel Gomez in the special senate election in Massachusetts and the last NH Gov Race.  All of them lost because they decided that either Tea Party or 2nd Amendment or Ron Paul voters were not necessary to bring them to the finish line.

In each case the candidate their team and the party establishment decided they could do without a part of the electorate and in each case the candidate paid the price.

I have no problem with people critiquing Donald Trump the Candidate, I have no problem with people making the arguments why he would be an inferior general election candidate, why he might be an opposition research wet dream, and questioning exactly what a deal maker would be willing to trade away when making a deal.

But when you attack the voters who are now paying attention these days, voters who are now questioning the MSM and getting energized thanks to Donald Trump, you are throwing away part of your customer base.

Ask if that’s been working out for Stephen Colbert these days.

The Democrats are not going to give up the graft and power and money that holding the White House allows them, they are going to use every trick in the book legal or otherwise to do so.  To win this election the GOP is going to need to outpoll Hillary beyond the margin of theft.

That’s going to require every single vote you can get, including those from the Trump supporters that you think are idiots.  They are your customers and any person who knows a thing about business knows you treat your customers with respect or else.


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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what most of them are worth.

For those who don’t know, the Washington Post decided to contest a claim by Donald Trump, a claim that was supported by their own reporting:

Kessler wrote:

Trump says that he saw this with his own eyes on television and that it was well covered. But an extensive examination of news clips from that period turns up nothing. There were some reports of celebrations overseas, in Muslim countries, but nothing that we can find involving the Arab populations of New Jersey.

Emphasis added. This assertion is astonishing, because it means that Kessler is ignorant–or pretends to be–of his own newspaper’s reporting. As I wrote in the earlier post, the Washington Post, on September 18, 2001, wrote:

In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.

And of course as Powerline Reported the NYT, AP and NPR all called Trump a liar too.

So NPR, the New York Times and the Associated Press searched contemporaneous news accounts and could find no evidence of Muslim-Americans cheering in Jersey City. That’s odd. Because it took me less than two minutes to find this story from the Washington Post dated September 18, 2001 (although I did have to spend $3.95 to buy it from the Post’s archives)

And if you look at Glenn (what newspaper archive) Kessler’s twitter feed there are plenty of other “journo-lists” still ignoring the base post story

There are two things here worth remembering

  1.  It was not so long ago that the statements of the MSM would never be challenged, and the narrative would be forever that no Muslims in NJ ever cheered 9/11
  2. Donald Trump is bigger than the MSM and thanks to the Powerline Story he is going to be able to call them liars on a national stage and back it up with their own words.

Now it’s certainly possible that Trump conflated the Palestinian cheering for the NJ stuff and it’s also possible he saw what he said he saw, but either way I suspect this is going to end bad for the media long-term particularly if Trump fails to win the White House because there is nothing that can make a person’s or an organization’s life more miserable than a 70 year old billionaire with a grudge against you and free time.

Frankly the only reason why he wouldn’t just buy them out is because they’re such terrible investments