I have the distinct feeling most of us are witnessing a political version of whack-a-mole. However, in this case, it’s now wack0-birds in place of the moles.
Recently, Donald Trump gave out Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number at a public event. Lindsey Graham took a whack back at Trump for ‘selling fear and prejudice‘.
John McCain said Donald Trump ‘fired up the crazies’ earlier this month. Donald Trump turned around and whacked at John McCain’s war record.
John McCain whacked back at Donald Trump but made his response about veterans overall; Trump should apologize to all veterans.
Outrage over Trump insulting McCain’s war record flowed back and forth on Twitter in a manner that one can only characterize has simultaneously nauseating and hilarious.
Twitter and Facebook posts surged. Surely this series of sparring will dump Trump out of the polls, right? Nope.
Look, I’m not a Trump fan, I don’t want a celebrity president. I don’t believe he is a conservative by any stretch of the imagination. I personally believe Trump is in this race to be a stalking horse, but for which candidate and which side I don’t really know yet.
But Trump’s blunt messages are resonating with a lot of people.
The people are tired of Washington liars, of divisive narratives, a lawless administration and of the complicit media. In particular, conservative voters are tired of the establishment GOP ramming crappy, squishy candidates down our throats.
The establishment clearly wants Jeb Bush. It might happen with Kasich in the race. Anyone who hasn’t figured it out yet, Kasich is very likely Jeb’s stalking horse for this election cycle.
Should a Jeb Bush candidacy happen, I know a lot of Common Core moms who will be staying home on election day.
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In this episode (the only one in the original series without a companion) the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) returns to Gallifrey due to a premonition of the murder of the President. Landing in the Capital the head of security Castellan Spandrell (George Pravda) is after him. Eluding him The Doctor fails to save the President from Assassination and in arrested for the Murder. At a Trial presided on by the presumptive successor Chancellor Goth (Bernard Horsfall) the Doctor is able to use a legal technicality supported by his old teacher & jurist Cardinal Brousa (Angus MacKay) to delay his execution. He discovers that his old enemy The Master (Peter Pratt) is behind it having beamed his premonition from the Panatropic network used to anticipate such events. The Doctor enters the Panatropic net with the help of Co-ordinator Engin (Erik Chitty) and manages to survive an epic battle in a dreamworld created in the APC net by his foes and expose Goth & the Master’s plot. While Brousa decides to paint the now dead Goth as a hero to deflect scandal, the Master, having feigned suicide managed to acquire his goal the ceremonial items of the Time Lord Presidency which unbeknownst to all are the key to the entire powersource of the planet which the Master is prepared to destroy to allow him to regenerate. After one more epic battle the Doctor saves the planet earning the grudging respect of his old teacher as his TARDIS leaves the Master’s Tardis also disappears into a universe that Castellan Spandrell suggests “isn’t big enough for the two of them.”
While it’s a delightful story that you can purchase here I suspect you are asking the obvious question, what does this have to do with Ted Cruz and the MSM not to mention election 2016?
Well because the relationship between the Doctor, The Master and the Chancellor reminds me so much of the relationship between Senator Cruz, the Democrats and their media servants.
Senator Cruz has been getting some flack from the MSM concerning his refusal to attack Donald Trump either over his statements concerning illegal immigration or his counterattack on John McCain after Senator McCain referred to Trump’a Arizona supporters as “crazies”.
Cruz explained to Kelly that he’s “not going to engage in the media’s game of throwing rocks and attacking other Republicans.” Fine. But that doesn’t mean he should salute an obvious fraud like Donald Trump.
Mirengoff’s is quite correct that Cruz is looking to keep himself viable with Trump’s supporters but that is actually purely incidental to the main thing that Ted Cruz is doing, and that’s defying the construct that the MSM is creating.
And that’s where Ted Cruz is playing the 4th Doctor to the Democrat’s Master. The First thing the Doctor does is recognize the Master’s methods
Castellan Spandrell:I’ve never seen anything like it.
4th Doctor:I have, I’m afraid.
Castellan Spandrell:You have?
4th Doctor:Yes. It’s a technique the Master picked up somewhere on his travels.
Castellan Spandrell:Who’s the Master?
4th Doctor:Who is the Master? He’s my sworn arch-enemy.
Somehow our friends like Senator McCain and Governor Romney never seem to recognize the Democrats for what they are as Cruz does.
Furthermore like the 4th Doctor in this episode he realizes that their friends in the media are looking for a lot more than just wounding Donald Trump
Castellan Spandrell:Four cold-blooded killings in one day.
4th Doctor:Flea-bitings, Spandrell, flea-bitings. Things will get a lot worse
But it’s more than this, as I said there is no better parallel to the relationship between the MSM and the Democrat left as the this episode of Doctor Who. For example in this episode the Master’s servants create a false reality in the APC net & attempt to trap the Doctor in it.
4th Doctor: It’s an illusion. Dreams, I deny this reality. The reality is a computation matrix.
Figure: I am the creator here, Doctor. This is my world. There is no escape for you.
In he same way the MSM create a reality and try to trap their foes as you can see during this ABC interview with Trump. No mater what he says the next question goes to the attack again.
Trump…What happened is, later on, the Republican candidates, some of whom are registering 1 percent and zero, and they’re very upset that I’m leading the polls by actually a nice margin, they’re extremely upset and they were extremely when the Nevada numbers just came out and they’re through the roof too. They started attacking me —
Raddatz:Mr. Trump, I want to — let’s go back to this issue of John McCain, and you’re talking about the Sharyl Attkisson piece. You said he’s a war hero because he was captured, I believe perhaps he’s a war hero.
Trump… And the vets — I’ve been going around to the campaign trail. They’re treated like third-class citizens. He’s done nothing to help the vets. And I will tell you, they are living in hell.
Raddatz: You — let me tell you this, what the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, John Stroud (ph), said about your comments….
Trump…I go all over the country and I speak to vets all the time. And they’re absolutely having miserable times. It takes them six, seven days just to get into waiting in a reception room, just trying to get in to see a doctor. They’re treated horribly. And everybody knows it and it —
Raddatz: Let’s go back here — let’s go back to your comment about John McCain –…
Trump…Martha, when we had thousands and thousands of people in Phoenix, Arizona, and John — who, by the way, are devastated by illegal immigration, something I’m very proud to have brought to the forefront. We had thousands of people and he said they’re all crazies. He called them crazies.
And frankly, I think he owes them an apology.
Raddatz:Let me talk about your language about him being captured…
Trump…People that were not captured that went in and fought, nobody talks about them. Those are heroes also.
Raddatz: I think people do talk about those people as well.
Trump…And as in the report, it said, from Sharyl Attkisson, four times, I said he is a hero. But you know, people choose little selective like you try to do. People choose little selective pieces. If you read what I say or if you watch what I say, which is even better, you’ll say that there was nothing wrong. But the people that weren’t captured are also heroes, Martha.
Raddatz:I want to talk about you and your deferment.
There was not a question concerning any presidential issue in the entire interview and when Trump pointed to an actual issue, the treatment of vets, Raddatz spun away & turned to attack again
No other topic other than attacking a republican is allowed, Take Bill Kristol later on that same show. He tries to bring up the “All Lives Matter” meltdown for Martin O’Malley at Netroots Nation on ABC’s this week, suddenly the subject abruptly changes. No other member of the panel is to be consulted or made to comment, there is a reality that their Democrat master’s demand is pushed and that alone:
The Master: Stand. I have a task for you. There may be difficulties. Others may try to prevent you fulfilling my orders. You will ignore them and obey only me. You will let nothing stop you. Do you understand?
SOLIS:Yes, Master. I will obey only you.
Nothing will distract the media from obeying their Democrat Master’s command. For example:
Since Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign exactly one month ago on June 16, ABC, CBS and NBC have aired a combined 31 evening news stories discussing his comment about illegal Mexican immigrants: “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” When then-President Bill Clinton was accused of rape, those same newscasts aired just four stories mentioning those charges during a 12-month period from March 1998 through March 1999.
In the Deadly Assassin the Master’s servant created a dreamscape forcing the Doctor to fight in his reality.
4th Doctor: [bleeding from a gunshot wound in the APC net] I deny it. I deny it! [the wound fades away]
The Enemy (Goth):You are trapped in my creation, Doctor. [the wound reappears] My reality rules.
4th Doctor:All right, I’ll fight you in your reality.
The Enemy (Goth):Then it will be a pleasure to destroy you. Be on your guard.
The MSM monopoly is the same thing, a dreamscape where the Planned Parenthood video doesn’t exist and Donald Trump & the Confederate Flag are the only news that matters and GOP candidates who play by those rules are caught up in it.
And it wasn’t just here, what was the topic the media discussed with GOP candidates on the weekend shows? Donald Trump’s vs McCain. What is the only story they are pushing? The same. Consider Meet the Press this week, here is a screen shot of their main page. Look at the lead videos.
Seven videos five GOP vs trump, one trump stupid one defending Iran deal.
For the media the story of the day is the dreamscape that you can not get out. That they won’t let you out of.
So how do you win in that environment, you use the same advantage that the Doctor had.
ENGIN: He’s created a mental stronghold, a dreamscape if you like. The Doctor’s got caught up in it.
SPANDRELL: So he doesn’t stand a chance?
ENGIN:A very slight one. His opponent is expending energy in maintaining the reality projection. The Doctor can employ all his own artron energy for defence.
Chuck Todd:So let’s go to immigration. What do you do with the 11 million?
Senator Ted Cruz:You know, it’s an interesting thing in Washington. That is the question that both President Obama and Democrats love to focus on. How do you solve the problem? You focus on areas of common ground. I am long term optimistic and short term pessimistic on immigration. Long term, I’m optimistic because there’s a lotta bipartisan agreement outside of Washington on immigration. There’s overwhelming bipartisan agreement, number one, that we need to secure the borders. That we need to finally do something to stop illegal immigration.
Chuck Todd:What do you do with the 11 million people though? Do you have to send ’em back, or do you give them a way to get legal?
Senator Ted Cruz:Chuck, I don’t accept the premise that you have to solve every aspect of this problem all at once. President Obama and the Democrats focus on that issue because the question you’re asking is the most divisive partisan question in this entire debate. And I don’t believe President Obama wants to solve this.
and when the left tries, as the TimeLord leaders to ignore burdensome facts
Cardinal Borusa: The story is not acceptable. This is a very difficult, very delicate position. We must adjust the truth.
Engin:In what way, Cardinal?
Cardinal Borusa:In a way that will maintain public confidence in the Time Lords and their leadership. How many people have seen this Master since his death?
Spandrell:Apart from ourselves, Hildred and the two guards who took the body to the Panopticon vault.
Cardinal Borusa:Then we shall rely on their silence. We shall change the appearance of the corpse, Castellan. We all know the posthumous effect of a staser bolt. Within the hour, the body will be charred beyond recognition. Our story is going to be that the Master arrived in Gallifrey to assassinate the President, secretly. Before he could escape, Chancellor Goth tracked him down and killed him, unfortunately perishing himself in the exchange of fire. Now that’s much better. I can believe that.
You put them on the spot exposing basic truths like Senator Cruz does here with Jorge Ramos
Ted Cruz: If you cross illegally into Mexico what does Mexico do
Jorge Ramos:Of course they’d be deported.
Ted Cruz: So why should the United States not enforce our laws?
Or Ted Cruz on Chris Matthews:
or even the way that Rick Perry did on Morning Joe concerning Planned Parenthood
I threw in Perry to show showing that it CAN be done by others if they choose.
That’s how Ted Cruz beat the NYT over his Best Seller, instead of accepting their premise he counted with facts by defeating them in their own reality.
While other candidates are hitting Donald Trump Cruz is hitting planned parenthood
I am calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate – has federal law been violated? And I am calling on state officials and – any location where Planned Parenthood exists – for state district attorneys, state attorneys general to investigate criminal conduct.
“And I’ll say in addition, that I serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe the Judiciary Committee will hold oversight hearings to get to the bottom of what they did. I chair the oversight, federal rights and federal courts subcommittee, and if the full committee doesn’t hold hearings, I intend to hold hearings to get to the bottom of what appears to be barbaric practices being carried out by Planned Parenthood.”
So I ask this question of all those who would are coming after Cruz for leaving Trump alone:
What will be more likely to help the GOP win in 2016: Making headlines discussing issues like Immigration and planned parenthood and the Iran deal while politely ignoring the MSM memes, allowing Trump to sink or rise based on the actual votes of voters?. Or ignoring the issues voters actually care about and playing the media’ reality by provoking a man with a large ego a proclivity for attacking those who hit him and a billion dollars spare dollars to do so if he chooses?
You can take your time thinking about it. As the 4th Doctor once said: “I can be there five minutes ago.”
I submit and suggest that Ted Cruz has played this with the wisdom of the 4th Doctor and like that incarnation of the time lord he is content to let the media pretend he is a fool to do so. Would that the rest of the GOP was wise enough to follow his example.
Her Majesty cackles maniacally all the way to the coronation;
And others are concerned that he is depressing other better candidates.
For the record while I’ve been writing a lot about him & love that he’s forcing issues that the MSM has ignored Mr. Trump doesn’t crack my top 5 GOP candidates. I’m going to need some clarification of his stands on both Abortion & Gay Marriage to be sure he’s not pulling a Mitt
After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow. We won’t take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you’ll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette.
In other words: Despite the fact that Donald Trump is currently in first place. Trump is raising issues that we don’t want reported as news, that we wish to immediately discount so we are going to act in such a way as to legitimize his message.
This doesn’t say a lot about Trump’s message which might even get a larger audience by this move, but it certainly tells you about the elitist arrogance of the Huffington Post and frankly makes its entire news coverage suspect
The obvious exit question for the Huffpo’s editors is this: What other news stories have you demoted or even chosen not to cover because, in your mind, you are being “baited”.
Why anyone would trust any Huffington Post news coverage at this point is beyond me.
So Trump goes in entertainment and Trumpmania goes in politics. That’s … awkward, but as a gimmick designed to tickle a lefty readership that loathes Trump to the core (after all he’s done for them), it’s not half bad.
Say what you will about Trump. He’s a nut, he’s a loud-mouthed braggadocio billionaire who has never been elected to public office and is currently mucking up the political waters on the right. While all of this is true, he’s also a declared GOP candidate campaigning to be president of the United States. And, like it or not, Trump now leads the Republican pack
They might end up rethinking this. Putting The Donald on the entertainment pages will give him greater access to the low-information voters who never consider looking at the political pages. Its those low-info voters who got us our current version of “leadership”.
The will go for the Kardashians and stay for The Donald.
One might conclude that Huffington Post’s announcement amounts to the same Trump-style grandstanding they claim to condemn. On a larger level, they seem to miss the point that all politics is theater. Countless statements have tumbled forth from the mouth of candidates — top-tier and third-tier — that were made precisely to rile up the base, bait an opponent, get free play in the media, etc. The Huffington Post politics team has covered these stories, and will almost surely continue to do so — even when they come from candidates who have a less of a shot at their party’s nomination than Trump.
Hard to say if this any kind of real blow to Trump since I would imagine more people read HuffPost’s entertainment section than its political coverage. The decision is also a bit hard to justify if you take a long look at some other GOP presidential campaigns which are no less bizarre or more relevant to the ultimate outcome. It will undoubtedly be publicly criticized by Republicans as representing free-speech-suppressing liberal political correctness blah blah, and privately greeted by some of the same people as a model for the rest of medialand.
That defense, of course, is complete and utter BS. It is a political decision by HuffPo to impose on readers its view of Trump in the most pernicious way — not as part of an explicit and open editorial process but by corrupting HuffPo’s own news process.
In what universe, other than the liberal media bias, is a candidate currently leading national polls and all but guaranteed to be included in the first debate not a political issue?
You can hate Trump’s campaign, but it’s still politics.
In pushing Trump from “news” to “entertainment”, HuffPo is making a value-judgment about his candidacy, yes, but more importantly (and more troubling) a judgement about the people who support that candidacy.
Donald Trump:I have headlines every day ESPN Drops trump. I had a friend Europe call me. “Don it’s too bad about ESPN” Do you know what they were doing? They rented by golf club for the day. They put up a big deposit. I took their deposit, and then rented it to someone else. I made two for the price of one.
The MSM did not give a lot of time to this story about Donald Trump in LA:
“No one really listened to us, our story really wasn’t heard,” said Sabine Durden, whose 30-year-old son was killed by a driver who was an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala three years ago. “When I heard Mr. Trump, I started screaming,” she said. “Finally, someone who had the guts to say what millions are thinking.”
It got local attention including this talk with Jamiel Shaw Sr.
Trump also met with the father of a high school football standout killed by a gang member who was in the country illegally. Trump told syndicated talk show host Dana Loesch he was meeting with Jamiel Shaw — the father of Jamiel Shaw II — “and pay my respects to him.”
The elder Shaw praised Trump in interviews this week on the Fox News Channel and with Loesch for his criticism of illegal immigration. Shaw told Loesch that Trump’s criticism of illegal immigration is “resonating in the black community because we see all the carnage that’s happened and all the memorials. We see all the jobs that are gone. We see the whole community changing.”
When my friend Barbara Espinosa in Arizona went to see the Donald Trump event in Phoenix, video of which you can see here, Mr. Shaw was given the podium. He talked for about 10 minutes right in the middle of the Donald Trump Speech and as Glenn & Mickey Kaus noticed this is a dangerous issue for Democrats…
Most GOP pols won’t touch this issue, which pairs the risk of scaring off immigration-dependent donors with the added danger of being called racist by Democrats. Trump doesn’t care, so he is willing to raise the issue anyway. And he has done so effectively: Two weeks ago, the immigration template involved stories about “DREAMers” who want to go to college; now it involves multiple-arrested undocumented immigrants who kill women. Trump might not be the ideal candidate of the Republican Party’s discontented members either, but, again, they’re grateful that someone is talking about their concerns instead of trying to bury them.
Hundreds of immigrants convicted of sex crimes who should have been deported but instead were released in the United States because their homelands refused to take them back. They are convicted rapists, child molesters, and kidnappers — among “the worst of the worst,” as one law enforcement agency put it. Yet the Globe found that immigration officials have released them without making sure they register with local authorities as sex offenders.
and republicans who want to get along & go along don’t like it.
Anyways if you go to Barbara’s site and watch the interview you’ll notice she mentions several points concerning Donald Trump. Of all the ones she raises the most important one to remember is this
When dealing with Donald Trump, when critiquing Donald Trump, when judging Donald Trump vs other candidates never forget that fact that he doesn’t need the RNC and no matter what happens after this election he is going to be living well and the same people hitting him today, left and right, will be approaching him hat in hand, hoping that he kicks in for them.
Well we gave everyone a week or two to rest on it and now we come to the nitty Gritty the final round of the GOP poison poll.
In the penultimate round Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Rick Santorum & Gov George Pataki all managed to get themselves removed from the vote with between 1% – 3% of the poison vote. This leaves five candidate left and a single vote for each person who will choose the one candidate that is so horrible that you would stay home and let Hillary or Bernie Sanders into the White House.
I’m going to let this poll run till the very end of the month to give everyone plenty of time to think about it.
Michael Corleone:Tom, wait a minute. I’m talking about a cop that’s mixed up in drugs. I’m talking about a – a – a dishonest cop – a crooked cop who got mixed up in the rackets and got what was coming to him. That’s a terrific story. And we have newspaper people on the payroll, don’t we, Tom? [Tom nods] And they might like a story like that.
I’ve written about Donald Trump’s relationship with the media. I’ve talked about how this controversy helps him, why the media is delighted to play it up and why Trump’s ability to do this to the GOP is the GOP establishment’s own fault.
that the media and the left haven’t figured out yet concerning Donald Trump’s rant connecting Illegal aliens is that if he chooses to press the issue it’s going to be the MSM and the left that are going to lose the fight for two reasons.
First because of his status as a media icon.
Consider the MSM gatekeepers decide which stories become national news. It is the media that decided Trayvon Martin death was a national story that deserved national reflection. It was also the media that decided that the murder of Jessie Dirkhising a 13 year old boy who was bound, drugged, gagged and brutally sodomized by a pair of gay men was not newsworthy enough to be covered nationally.
It was the media who decided that the violent multi hour long rapes and murders of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian by a group of five black carjackers was not worth headlines, but the death of Michael Brown after he robbed & assaulted a storeowner was worth wall to wall coverage.
But Donald Trump IS news so when the MSM decided that the murder Kathryn Steine wasn’t newsworthy he had other plans: MADE it so
In 2013 with a population of 316 Million people you had 1.163 MILLION violent crimes every year. That works out to 367 violent crimes per 100K people, murders/non negligent manslaughters (4.5 per 100K) rapes (Which apparently has two statistical definitions for the FBI) at between 79-108k (25.2 or 34.4 per 100K) aggravated assaults at 724K (229 per 100k).
So let’s apply those rates per 100,000 to the 10-30 million illegal aliens here and give them the presumption that they commit these crimes at the same rate as the national avg. That comes, over the course of a year, to between 37,600 – 112,800 violent crimes annually including between 450 to 1350 murders, 2520 to 10,320 rapes & 22,910 to 68,730 aggravated assaults.
That means that if Donald Trump wants to he can find between 1-3 Murders 6-28 rapes and 188 aggravated assaults EVERY SINGLE DAY to give national attention to.
“But DaTechGuy”, you say, “The MSM wasn’t reporting on those stories in the first place. Where is Trump going to get these stories without the stories?”
I see what you mean, after all you’d need to hire a staff of 100 or so to monitor the local news markets in all 50 states to find these stories. Even at $10 an hour you’re talking $168,000 a week 4.3 Million bucks to do it from today till the end of the year.
And what candidate can dedicate that kind of money for such a project? You’d have to be some kind of guy with money to burn or something…oh wait.
What do you think would happen if Trump started such a project, documenting violent crimes involving illegal immigrants and every single time he spoke before a crowd brought up a new name who had murdered or raped since the previous day?
Now the media could rightly point to the statistics, they’d bring on experts to argue that given the number of people in the country this not an epidemic of crime.
Unfortunately for the media they have so conditioned the public that they “serve” that the kind of argument that would be effective doesn’t draw eyeballs. In contrast even with a public willing to hear it the picture of a young woman robbed of the rest of her life, an old retired person who will never be seen by his grandchildren or a youth cut down by gang violence will “Trump” that every time.
In other words if he chooses to Donald Trump can use the same tactics the media used to create the illusion of an epidemic of blacks killed by police to make his point over and over again until the populace in general believe that they are in danger.
And once the low info voter decides they are in danger and that the MSM deliberately has been keeping that danger from them, their entire ability to spin them becomes threatened.
And what will the MSM do then?
Update:Powerline informs us that my willingness to attribute the same crime rate to illegal immigrants was short sighted:
Data on convictions for federal offenses are available at the U.S. Sentencing Commission’sweb site. Senate committee staff have analyzed those data, and found that “38 percent of federal convictions in FY 2013 were of illegal immigrants, and nearly 43 percent were legal or illegal immigrants.” That is more than ten times the number that would be expected if illegal immigrants were, on the average, as law-abiding as the rest of us. This is a more detailed breakdown:
Illegal immigrant convictions in FY13 represented:
* 18 percent of drug trafficking convictions * 25 percent of kidnapping/hostage taking convictions * 56 percent of drug possession convictions * 15 percent of money laundering convictions * 20 percent of national security convictions * 7 percent of murder convictions
So illegals are overrepresented with regard to these crimes by anywhere from two to 17 times.
I suspect Trump is going to ride this for a very long time.
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The upcoming 2016 Presidential Election Cycle appears to be in full swing even earlier than normal. Polling has begun, we are already seeing stories about who can and can’t win. One side is yelling about how some folks aren’t true conservatives, the other side seems concerned that the person whose turn it is might not get their chance. One side needs to realize that repeating the same word over and over just gets annoying and the other needs to understand that this isn’t the playground, it is the Presidency of the United States, there are no turns here.
Both sides have a wild card, and reason for concern, which is fantastic in my opinion.
Before we get to those wild cards I need to make a point. Politicians concerned about someone else in the race need to keep that thought to themselves. The American people who have chosen to identify as Republicans or Democrats get to decide who their candidate will be. That is how it works. A few people inside the beltway do not get to make that choice for all registered voters.
So, let’s start on the right side of the political spectrum. I hear some yelling and screaming about Donald Trump. “He isn’t a true conservative,” is usually where the yelling starts. “Trump is only looking out for Trump,” comes in there sooner or later. I think with all the lost business Trump is experiencing as a result of his decision to run this isn’t about Trump looking out for Trump. He isn’t trying to increase his name recognition, he is already one of the most recognized names in the country. I think he feels he is doing the right thing. That being said there are a host of policy areas he and I would argue about, but that’s what makes America great, we are encouraged to have that argument.
The interesting thing about Trump, and this is why he is polling well, isn’t his name, it isn’t his wealth, it isn’t even his former television show. The interesting thing is that, for better or worse, the man will give you no doubt as to where he stands today. He may change his position from time to time but his current state of thinking will become known. He will never answer a yes or no question with anything other than a yes or no, and he always answers the question that was asked, without pivoting to something else. That kind of behavior resonates with non-political junkies. The true junkies will dig into policy areas to try to figure out what someone meant by a speech but Trump, you don’t have to do that. I also wish he would spend less time telling us how strong his business is. I don’t care, nor does anyone else.
The remainder of the Republican field is another story. When they talk you get poll tested, politically correct, professionally speech written language designed not to make anyone mad. Trump doesn’t care if you disagree with him, the rest of the field does. Therefore they use some language prepared to soften the blow about where it is they actually stand. That is typically how the game is played, but Trump isn’t typical. Love him or hate him, he is who he is. If he excites people with his positions, he’ll do well, inside the beltway people can moan and groan, but they don’t get to decide who the President is. It is we the people who get to decide that.
On the left side of the political spectrum we have Bernie Sanders. What is going on here is that I see all these stories about how Hillary Clinton and her campaign are concerned about him and his campaign. Then I see some stories written by folks on the right about how he is a socialist. Well, yeah, his positions are socialist, essentially. But, at least we know what his positions are. He, like Trump, speaks his mind which is, as I said above, something voters respect.
I see these stories about former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton not talking to the press and how the press has decided “she’s the one,” because they won’t ask her a tough question.
Well a couple of things.
Yes, I agree Secretary, Senator, First Lady Clinton should come out and let us know where the heck she stands on certain positions today, as it seems to be a sliding target. The trouble is with her I’m not sure anyone would believe what she says at this point. I think that is one of the two reasons the media would prefer to ask her about her favorite flavor of ice cream. They are more likely to get the truth and they know it.
The other possibility is that Hillary hasn’t been quiet for 30 years. As a result we know the answer we will get on virtually any subject known to mankind. That answer is simple. It is whatever will get the most donations, or what 51% or more of likely voters think. The Clintons are easy to figure out, and you know what you get, so why ask her to talk about much?
With that rant over I want to say I will be watching closely what this campaign season brings us. My sincere hope is that all candidates on both sides realize that the reason Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are polling so well is that we have no doubt where THEY stand. Stand on your positions but be sure they are yours, not your largest donors. Be true to yourself and the voters will at least respect you. We may not agree, but you will be respected. That respect is what could very well be what drives someone across the finish line as the victor.
Michael Corleone:Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.
Godfather III 1990
The third of three parts (plus an epilogue) series on Donald Trump and the MSM part 1 Donald Donald Donald is here part 2 The Big Lie: is here. And today we are talking about the author of what is going on here.
The National GOP.
The GOP establishment (or as Ted Cruz calls them the “Washington Cartel”) has long ducked dodged and hidden when it comes to illegal immigration. When election time comes around the tough talk comes on display but as soon as the election is past the chamber of commerce’s desire for cheap labor that will not ask a lot of questions nor make the demands of the American born and the funds they contribute come into play.
The support of big money supporters is an important card but there is a second card in play.
As we have already established the media, particularly the Spanish media has been pushing the big lie that the GOP base dislikes illegal immigration because they dislike the Spanish. It has been the reason immigration issue forward for many years trying to make it a wedge issue to use against Republicans & Conservatives (apparently the failure of a Democrat supermajority to bother with the issue from 2008-2010 had no bearing) . At every opportunity the various arms of the media and culture paint conservatives in general and Republicans in particular as racists.
Now the GOP could fight back, they could directly confront the media that hates and spins the GOP, but there is one thing that holds them back.
It would mean the slings and arrows of the press to defend a base that many republican dislike.
They dislike a base that demands fiscal restraint when they would prefer the funds to grant favors to fatcat supporters who would repay them with high paying jobs when their time in congress is done. They dislike a base whose devotion to Christianity & opposition to abortion causes them embarrassment in elite DC. They dislike a base that gives scrutiny to bills that they would like quietly passed.
But most of all they resent a base that acts as if they, the people are in charge, that doesn’t submit to their betters.
Why fight for people you don’t like when it’s so much easier to go along?
So now we have Donald Trump speaking up when the party is silent and we’re treated to the spectacle of the same media that demonize Mitt Romney seeking him out to lead the attack with the rest of the GOP anxious to follow with only Ted Cruz is smart enough to call out the media for the game it’s trying to play. The game that is never played on Democrats when a Carlos Henriquez comes along.
For the record I think the party, as I’ve already written, has reason to distrust Trump, but not as much reason as the GOP voter has to distrust the party, now if the party had been willing to give some deference to the people who elected them, they would find them grateful. If the GOP had been willing to lead on the immigration issue, to stand with their base, to make the case without having to be dragged screaming and kicking, then the base might have backed them up when they needed it.
Instead they kicked their base in the teeth, and THEN they wonder why a man like Trump is able to make hay with them.
Bobby Jindal once famously called the GOP the stupid party, by running away from their base and enabling both Trump and the MSM, they are doing their best to prove him right.
The only saving grace of all of this is the trap that threatens the MSM, a trap that involves basic math, but that’s not so much part of the story but the epilogue.
Tom Hagen: Now we have the unions, we have the gambling; and they’re the best things to have. But narcotics is a thing of the future. And if we don’t get a piece of that action, we risk everything we have. I mean not now, but, ah, ten years from now.
Yesterday in part 1 I talked about how the media frenzy over Donald Trump statements are exactly what he wants and of great advantage to his campaign. Today we’ll talk about why the MSM is even happier about the results of Trump’s remarks than he is.
One of the highest priorities of Democrats and media (but I repeat myself) is to try to create a permanent break between Americans of South American ancestry and the GOP. They sabotaged the nomination of Miguel Estrada’s in fear of George Bush nominating the first ever hispanic to the Supreme Court. When Ted Cruz became a national name the left and the media (again I repeat myself) did all they could to define him as anything but Latino.
That’s been the goal and if the English language MSM has been bad spanish language MSM like Univision has been even worse as Daniel Garza noted:
Garza referred to a 2012 report by the Pew Hispanic Center in which 32 percent of all Latinos polled said their political views were either “conservative” or “very conservative,” with an additional 31 percent self-identifying as moderates. Only 30 percent reported their political views as liberal. And around one in five Hispanics said they wanted a smaller government that offered fewer services. But if you judged Latinos by watching Univision and Telemundo alone, “you’d think that conservative ideology in the Hispanic movement is nonexistent,” Garza said. “Mainstream [Hispanics] really are conservative-independent, so it’s not like they’re outliers. But you wouldn’t know that from watching Spanish news. . . . That expression of the conservative point of view has to be representative, and the policy sentiments of the conservative Hispanics has to be expressed, because it’s millions of people.”
In the couple of decades I’ve spent pitching stories I’ve been rejected thousands of times but I’ve never been rejected in writing. What this points to is a culture within Entravision that is so hyper-partisan that the communications efforts of one of the two major US political parties was rejected out of hand AND the staffer felt so comfortable doing so that they felt obligated to email Ms. Pardo about what they had done.
And it’s the immigration issue that they play their card on heaviest (never mind that from 2008-10 Obama had veto proof majorities & passed on it) as Univision puts it
“It’s true that immigration is not the most important issue for Latinos,” Ramos said. “However, immigration is the most important symbolic issue for Latinos. Immigration defines who is with us and who is against us. Immigration is something personal.”
Oh it’s a “symbolic” issue? I wonder what it symbolizes? The rule of law? The idea that if you are from Mexico or South America you should be treated the same as if you can from Europe or Africa? Nope what it symbolizes is the Democrat/Media big lie they’re trying to sell to American Latinos:
The only reason republicans want to deport illegal immigrants is because they hate Latinos
And along comes Donald Trump.
Does he critique the gangs and the drugs like flakka that have come to US cities?
Does he critique the high crime rates that come with them and the democrat controlled areas where they flourish
Does he cite the high rape statistics among women who come illegally who make that trip and frame it as a safety issue for women?
Nope he leads with a blanket statement about Mexicans who come here with a caveat saying that “some” are good people.
The MSM couldn’t have asked for anything better, they don’t have to cover the president and his failures, they don’t have to cover any of the GOP candidates words concerning anything other topic but Trump and his 12% 2nd place showing. Obamacare? ISIS? Russia? Who cares? We can go all in concerning Trump and if I’m Hispanic media I look at Trumps 2nd place and say to their audience in Spanish: What did I tell you, all these gringos see when they look at you is a crook, a drug dealer or a rapist.
It doesn’t matter if in follow-up interviews he specifies illegal immigration, talks gangs, produces stats, none of it matters. The media will simply play the base quote and then whatever snippet from any follow-up interview that supports the base quote.
What would the MSM have paid any other GOP candidate to make a remark like this?
Two things first let me remind you of something I said when he announced:
What is to stop Donald Trump from playing stalking horse for the Democrats…What if he acts like a soundbyte machine for the Democrat party?…What is to stop Donald Trump if denied the GOP nomination, if denied the speaking spot he wants at the convention, if he develops a grudge against the eventual GOP nominee or if he wants to just feed his ego, from going the Ross Perot route running as a 3rd party candidate and dividing the vote to give Hillary the White House?
Every single day that this goes on confirms these fears.
But let me point out one important thing. If you want to fix the blame for this fiasco don’t blame Trump whose tactics are working for him, nor the MSM Spanish or English who are both acting according to plan.
The people who deserve the blame? Why the GOP establishment of course, but that’s another post.
Jan Brady: All I hear all day long in school is how great Marsha did this or how wonderful Marsha did that. Marsha Marsha Marsha!
The Brady Bunch
I’m taking another look at what Donald Trump said during his announcement speech that have caused such a fuss and the incredible feeding frenzy that has come from it
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.
Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
Looking at this statement and the reaction I can’t help but think that’ this feeding frenzy is exactly what both the media and the Donald want it to be.
When you have a 16 person field the thing you need above all others is attention and Attention is something Mr. Trump was looking for long before his sudden dive into electoral politics.
Every single day that Trump is in the headlines other presidential candidates are not. Every day that Donald Trump words are the headline then the only thing the media will care about when it comes to the rest of the GOP fields is “what do they think about Trump?”.
In terms of press & attention that instantly gives them also-ran status. There are only so many broadcast hours in the day, and if the only thing that is getting covered is Trump this & Trump that then unless you already had big name recognition (Like say Jeb Bush) then you’re pretty much out of business when it comes to press attention. Consider this interview on CNN:
The media and their culture are, with good reason firmly established as the enemy in the minds of conservative voters. Every single day that it’s Media culture vs Trump, is a day trump wins. Consider this on Fox interview:
He now has the excuse to bring up his backup documents on camera and BOOM 2nd place. This tweet sums it up
The link goes to a post on the Kathryn Steinle murder that I’ve already written about. If these stories, which have been ignored for years, by the MSM start breaking through because of Trump it could become a game changer.
But as much as Donald Trump loves the results of his statement the media loves it even more but that’s the next post.
“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately,” Trump said in the wake of news reports that Francisco Sanchez, the man accused of murdering 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle on a pier in San Francisco, is a career criminal who had previously been deported to Mexico five times.
Later, he tweeted: “Where are the other candidates now that this tragic murder has taken place b/c of our unsafe border,” adding: “We need a wall.”