Yesterday I traveled up to Derry NH to cover Donald Trump’s appearance at the Pinkerton School in Derry.

In a sense the drive up was a metaphor for the trip itself, rather than taking 495 or the major routes that most people do I took the routes 133 to 111 to 102 arriving at the school at just after 2 PM four hours before the event was scheduled to begin.

It turned out I parked on the opposite side of the campus but decided to stay there figuring it would be easier to get out considering the size of the expected crowd (that turned out to be moot as I left my car keys in a mens room and the delay in finding them at the end of the day solved that problem for me).

trump stairsI walked over to the other end of the campus and as I did I noted a group of four Trump volunteers also doing so. All of them were in their mid 20’s and none had the look of political operatives in them.

At the other end of the campus there were several tables set up in locations. One area for unticked arrivals, a table at the press access area and a third table at the main entrance.

At his last appearance in the Granite State Trump addressed the press first before entering the main hall and today would be no exception. When I arrived there was one ABC tech who had gotten there first. He was in the process of setting up his machine.

I considered taking the front row center spot but it turned out the power outlets were in the back and anyways I still had to check in. So leaving my laptop and equipment in the back I went to the front entrance to cross the T’s and dot my eyes.

I was immediately recognized by one of the Trump crew (And people laugh at the hat and scarf) from one of my many appearances covering events in the past. He asked if I had pre-registered, when I told him I had not he said I should email Hope at once to make confirm a spot otherwise he couldn’t allow me in.

Unfortunately I don’t have a smart phone nor did I have the internet code for the wireless but I DID have Hope’s number. I gave her a call and she was kind enough to approve me which would make part of what would follow possible.

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Returning to the media area and using one chair as a desk I set up my computer and made my plan. I had one Canon camera with a Lithium Ion battery as my primary device, I had a 2nd Canon camera that ran on AA batteries with a broken button so I could not adjust focus or take still shots but because canon’s use a different button for stills & video it could be used for interview on my monopod. As I didn’t have a backup battery for the good camera the plan was to do as many interviews with the broken one as possible and save the good camera for the key shots and stills. Furthermore I would setup my USB mic to record the trump presser so I’d have audio no matter what.

It was at this point that I ran into a familiar face, NH State Rep Fred Doucette who I had interviewed at the FITN event back in April. but had not made a commitment.

He greeted me warming and had praise for the April interview we had done. In that interview he said the thing he wanted to see most was a candidate who would make America strong again and apparently he had decided that Donald Trump was the one to do it and had signed on as a co-chair of his campaign.

He said that if time permitted he would sit down with me for a new interview and as it happened within 15 minutes time DID permit it proving coming very early can pay off.

The BS meter line is significant as is the fact that Mr. Doucette’s career was not centered in politics and the question about what are people missing about Trump would come up again.

There was a mother and son pair of volunteers who were sitting outside the press door. Their job was to make sure that nobody who didn’t belong got in. As it was still early they had time to speak to me.

I found it very significant that Leah followed politics for a while but this was the first time she had volunteered for any campaign. Given how many campaigns pass through this state over the years that meant something (alas neither Dustin nor I would be getting a helicopter ride that day).

Shortly afterward a statuesque woman with a German accent walked up inquiring about credentialing. I found it significant that a German paper was cover Trump and approached her. She introduced herself as Lisa Nienhaus reporter for the German Newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and kindly consented to an interview

(FYI Her twitter feed from the event was worth watching to wit)

In some ways her description of how the German’s were reacting to Donald Trump paralleled the way many in our political class have been. I plan on keeping an eye on her coverage.

At the point I noticed that voters were starting to arrive so I swapped out my memory cards and as the initial photos and interviews were importing to my laptop I went outside to see what the people who showed up hours early had to say….

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I’m still uploading video and audio from yesterday’s Trump event in Derry NH but rather than keep you waiting let me give you this one video to start with and make a single point.

I’m not really into the normal press scrums, mostly because they are so predictable depending on the party of the person being interviewed but also because you might, if you’re lucky, get only one question and you want to use that question to both stand out as a journalist and be relevant at the same time.

Fortunately for me I had two advantages when my chance came at (.38) in the video below  (and I don’t mean my hat and 12 ft scarf on a 90 degree day).

1. I had conducted 16 short interviews of people in line to see Trump so I could base my question on what the people who came to see him had told me.

2. Most of the questions before me were a variation of a single theme: “Why do you suck so much and will you disavow or apologize for sucking so much?

Now If I ever get one of my patented 3 minutes interviews with Mr. Trump or if I get a longer 15 minute interview I have other questions that I’d like to ask, but for now let this question and Mr. Trump’s reaction allow me to make one suggestion to the GOP field in general:

If you want to make sure that you have at least one or two questions that aren’t a variation of: “Why do you or the GOP suck and will you condemn them or apologize for sucking so bad?” Make sure you keep a spot or two open for the new media in the press room.

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By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Saturday night, my husband and I sat around a patio table having drinks and talking politics with friends. It’s not often that I’m dumbfounded into speechlessness, but there I was. One of the men in our group expressed his enthusiastic support of Donald Trump:

HE: Well, what do you think about Donald Trump?

ME: Ugh – he’s a buffoon and a false conservative!  I don’t think he’s serious about being president, he’s only in for the moment just to agitate.

HE: I like what he says! He’s got my vote!

ME: How can you tell what he says or means? He’s changed position on so many issues!

ANOTHER: He’s for gun control – that’s a deal breaker for me.

HE: Oh, I don’t care about gun control, I’m not all into guns.

This is the part where I started to gape.  Right now, Trump says he is against gun control but he’s also on record for supporting assault weapon bans and longer wait periods.  Overall, his position is inconsistent. My friend went on to explain that having a gun is so unnecessary because if someone was trying to attack me, the odds (“you’ve got to look at the percentages!” he exclaimed) of my being able to get to my gun to defend myself are very small.  “You almost never see reports of someone stopping their attacker with a gun,” he explained. I’m not sure where he gets his information, but it’s not the same place I do.

At this point I started to realize that argument was futile.

Others in the group suggested more staunchly conservative candidates perhaps might merit his attention, like Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, or even Marco Rubio.  The man shrugged, tossed back his drink, and said, “Oh I don’t know much about Ted Cruz and I don’t really care to – Trump already has my vote.”  He repeated this several more times before I turned the conversation to the topic of cats, realizing that politics was a topic on which we would never agree.

This morning I woke up with the sad realization that my conservative vote might cancel out my daughter’s liberal one, but whose vote will cancel out the man in our group last night? And the man’s wife will only vote for whomever he tells her to, so … we may be doomed.

I’m scared that we have come to the point in our society where the general voter cares more about the Kardashians and Donny Loves Jenny than the future of our country. Trump is a buffoon, an entertainer, and a businessman. He says whatever he thinks you want to hear just so he can close the deal. He has no inner-core, no deep, soul searing beliefs in conservative theory.

Victor Davis Hanson:

The mystery among the political and media class is how quickly these disgruntled conservatives will be cleansed and get Trump out of their systems, and whether it will happen before he does other Republican candidates real damage. For now, it will take a bit more of the unfiltered Trump’s preposterousness and anti-PC bluster before his teed-off fans are finally pacified. Scorning or ridiculing Trump’s hypocrisies, narcissism, or outlandishness won’t silence him, much less win over his supporters. That will happen only when voters find a more savvy, more informed, more polite — but equally blunt and unafraid — version of Trump, perhaps a candidate like either Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or Scott Walker, all of whom are more likely to channel unapologetic conservative anger rather than crudely amplify it.

Mr. Hanson is right on target but I don’t think the fellow in our group last night is necessarily a “disgruntled conservative” but is instead just looking for someone entertaining, like the people on his reality shows.

George Will’s column last week suggests that the Republican party should deal with Trump the same way that William F. Buckley dealt with the John Birch Society in 1962 – excommunicate him:

Indeed, a party has a duty to exclude interlopers, including cynical opportunists deranged by egotism. This is why closed primaries, although not obligatory, are defensible: Let party members make the choices that define the party and dispense its most precious possession, a presidential nomination. So, the Republican National Committee should immediately stipulate that subsequent Republican debates will be open to any and all — but only — candidates who pledge to support the party’s nominee.

Should that happen, you can be sure Trump will pick up his toys and go home. Would he bother to run as a third party then, and ensure Hillary’s coronation?  Of course he would.

There’s enough time for Trump to implode before things get too serious, but the concern is what damage will be done before then. How many more reality-voters and shallow thinkers will Trump win over before he’s done, and who will they turn to when he’s gone?

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Remember the CNN / MSM gatekeepers insist we should follow their lead on what is important and what is not and Memeorandum is supposed to tell us what stories are big.

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There are plenty of things about Donald Trump’s quest for the GOP nomination that are newsworthy and worth a story to top Memorandum.  Trump telling a kid:   “I’m Batman” isn’t one of them

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Men At Work – Dr Heckyll And Mr Jive 1982

Director Blue’s latest list of the top 300 conservative web sites based on Alexa ranking and DaTechGuy blog came in at 212 just ahead of the federalist society and just behind gay patriot

While a ranking of 212 isn’t bad (454021 worldwide 78,297 in the US) It’s a far cry from the days when I was in the top 100 with a ranking occasionally hitting above 100,000 worldwide (of course in those days I was averaging an Instalanche every 10 days ) but looking at list it hit me this is analogous to the effect of Donald Trump is having on the GOP primaries.

Let’s look at a screen shot of the top of the list:

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If you look at this list you’ll see Pjmedia.com, where resides the blogfather at 26th with a ranking of 6455 (1370 in the US) and Matt Drudge,  the one who in a sense  started it all at #6,  with a rank of 629. (131 in the US)

While that means in the land of conservative sites those are big the whales, those rankings also mean that in the greater world there are 628 web sites that people rather go to than drudge and over 6400 that people rather go to that Instapundit.  If you go to Alexa and look at the Drudge Report in their list of the top 500 sites in the US  you’ll see what I mean.

 

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In the US Drudge is just ahead of time.com (which I confess puts a smile on my face) but lets look at the sites ahead of it: goodraeds.com, publishers clearing house, weather underground and Sears.

My site gets a spike when I’m linked by Ace of Spades or Instapundit and if Drudge ever links me the traffic spike would be incredible but looking at that list there are over 100 sites that could provide a bigger one.

Those others sites  are more popular than Drudge not because there is something wrong with it, but because they have a greater interest to the greater population.

 

That’s what Donald Trump is to the political world.

The reality is the conservative blogosphere is a niche market in the blogging world, the blogging world is a niche market in the political world and the political world is a niche market in the information that people actually care about.

Trump’s place is beyond that niche market, so when he entered the political world the elites who normally have the clout (the media the Party leaders ) to decide who and what is acceptable suddenly find themselves swamped the thousands of people who used to ignore them.  I’s the political equivalent of Sad Puppies

The self appointed elites of the Sci fi world are horrified that despite their efforts the greater mass of fandom that was always able, but never bothered to vote for the Hugo awards might actually vote for people who they do not approve of.

Rather than arguing for the quality of the books on their slate and reaching out to these new voters to persuade the them that the books they suggest deserve their votes, the opponents of Sad puppies have demonized them as a bunch of racist, bigots, homophobes etc etc etc and have painted their votes as a bunch of ignorant followers.

That’s not going to win friends or influence people.

It’s the same problem for the media and political gatekeepers.  Donald Trump is horrifying the media, the GOP elites and those who have been the gatekeepers can’t stand the idea that a bunch of people who normally would not pay attention might actually select a nominee outside of their sphere of influence and can’t handle the idea that they might have to sell their candidates to the unwashed masses rather than making them choose between their approved candidates.

It reminds them that in the end we are a niche market, Donald Trump is beyond our niche

Final thought, there was a study quoted at Ace of Spades & Hotair that downplayed Donald Trump’s social media power noting that only 39.4% of Trump’s Twitter followers are currently eligible to vote as opposed to say Jeb Bush with 85.5%

Just remember 85.5% of Jeb Bush’s followers is 244,530, 39.4% of Trump’s followers is 1,477,500 that’s six times more.

Update: Instalanche (& traffic spike) thanks Ed While you’re here consider checking out my first foray into fiction a short story called The Eyes at amazon Kindle planned as the first of a series.

Update 2: For some reason the code for DaTipJar button became corrupted fixed.

Update 3: I don’t think I’ve ever had a piece instalanched twice by two different authors at Instapundit (Thanks Sarah) neither of them Glenn. Given the different times of day and authors it will be interesting to see how many people come from one vs the other.

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Donald Trump. My eyes glaze over at the thought of him. The hair, the loud mouth, the craven need for the spotlight, the relentless pursuit of patronage, the opportunism. All about Donald Trump bores me, because I’ve been hearing it for decades.

Unfortunately, there’s no end to it, because he is useful, and he knows it.

My initial reaction when I first heard Trump was running was, “1992: loud-mouthed millionaire forms third party, Clinton wins.” Trump has denied that Bill Clinton talked him into running,  and Trump may yet vow he won’t go third party (not that I put any value Trump’s word), but the comparison with Perot stands. Scott Johnson looks at its plausible causes (emphasis added):

Many Republicans like me have viewed the field of presidential candidates as remarkably strong, yet Trump’s ascent suggests a deficiency. It may be symptomatic of a weakness among the candidates, especially the politicians seeking the nomination.

Trump certainly reflects the anger of Republican and independent voters who lean Republican. We sense that these politicians can’t wait to sell us out. I refer to Jeb Bush above, but the case of Marco Rubio is also suggestive. He is a compromised character on the subject.

Trump taps into our anger on immigration, Iran, political correctness, and all the rest. He expresses repulsion to “weakness.” He promises strength.

Not that the media would give Trump the time of day, if he wasn’t useful:

1. Donald Trump is to the Republican presidential race what David Brooks is to the New York Times: Trump’s a liberal’s idea of a Republican candidate, while Brooks is the Grey Lady’s idea of a conservative columnist. Trump is the rich Republican Democrats want us to hate (as opposed to Billary, the people’s princes).

2. Every moment we hear about Trump is a moment we won’t hear about the disastrous Iran deal, Hillary being investigated by the FBI, the record-high 93 million Americans out of the workforce, and on and on. If we do, it’s all in terms of what Trump says about the questions, not on what the issues are and how the Democrats’s policies caused them.

3. Republican candidates trying to outdo The Donald will spend themselves under the table, and waste valuable air time talking about him rather than about the candidates’ own agendas.

4. Trump has nothing to lose. He craves this stuff.

The Republicans as a party, and the individual candidates themselves, must recognize, as Johnson did above, that there is “a current of anger on immigration, Iran, political correctness, and all the rest,” that the American public wants a policy of a strong America. The challenge to each candidate is to break through The Donald’s flim-flam and convince the public that he or she is the person who will deliver; and that he or she won’t sell us out. In short, a fighter.

We’re going to have to put up with Donald Trump for as long as he’s useful to the media. It’s going to be a long ride.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Black Lives MatterBy John Ruberry

We are now firmly within the Screeching Age of political discourse. Last month at the leftist NetRoots convention, Black Lives Matters activists shouted down two Democratic presidential candidates, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, as they tried to speak to an audience that was already sympathetic to the protesters’ stance. A few screamers went a step further with O’Malley by walking up to the podium and seizing his microphone. O’Malley tried to soothe the protesters by declaring “black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter.” Amazingly, O’Malley was booed–and the poltroon later apologized for saying “all lives matter.”

Say what you will about Donald Trump’s demeanor–but he speaks when it is his turn and he didn’t attempt to shout down his nine opponents during last week’s Republican presidential debate.

Yesterday in Seattle it was Sanders’ turn to have his microphone snatched in front of him by Black Lives Matter radicals. Rather than have the boors removed from the stage, a man who I believe was a Sanders staffer offered the screechers the opportunity to speak after the senator had finished–but the protesters refused to wait their improvised turn. Instead, Sanders ended his speech before he began it.

Can you imagine Martin Luther King acting in the manner of these protesters?

As for Sanders and O’Malley–do they have the resolve to defend our nation as commander-in-chief? I’m not so sure, since neither man seems to have the stomach to even defend the stage they are standing on.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

General Smith: Frankly, George, you’re on probation. Take my advice and behave yourself. Remember your worst enemy is your own big mouth.

Patton 1970

It’s a very rare thing that I disagree with one of my own Magnificent Seven Writers in print on the blog, particularly one that I’ve known as long as the excellent Steve Eggleston (who you should read every chance you get). But I have to say that his piece: the Trump Boom goes…well boom is incorrect in its conclusion.

Mind you most of his arguments are good ones. He is correct about the GOP and the single “Washington” party and that some candidates specifically sent to fight the “Washington” Party joined it.

Furthermore he is correct that there are several candidates who are specifically running against this Washington Cartel (Ted Cruz comes instantly to mind) pledged to fight it.

Nor is his basic description of Donald Trump’s flip-flops or “Big Mouth” inaccurate. Of the two I think the flip-flops deserves the most scrutiny by GOP primary voters.

However as to his final conclusion implied by the title “The Trump Boomlet goes Boom.” I can’t subscribe to that for several reasons:

#1. Trump’s audience is not solely the basic political geek, (folks like me and you, the readers of this blog) Trump has a wider audience well beyond it as evidenced by the rating numbers on the first debate.

#2 Yesterday I guest hosted Conservatively Speaking on WCRN AM 8:30 from 7 AM till 10 AM. We got a flock of callers and they were willing to let it go. They saw it as no more than a minor gaffe.

#3 Finally while I and others (Most notably Erick Erickson) have said Trump owes Megyn Kelly an apology for the “blood from wherever” remark”, most of Trumps supporters are letting it go because:

a) The believe Kelly was going after him unfairly (actually the whole gang targeted him)

b) The see a double standard in how GOP candidates are treated vs Dems on remarks (there is, see Biden Joe)

c) They see a double standard that women in political demand equality but also demand the old chivalrous standards (that’s true)

But most important is this one

d) They have seen Trump over the years and figure this is just the way he is, (again see Democrats/ media & the VP Joe being Joe) To them this is just Trump being Trump.

I strongly suspect the people most objecting to Trump words do not have him included in their top five picks out of the GOP field (full disclosure neither do I my top five in alphabetical order are Cruz, Fiorina, Jindal, Santorum and Walker with Carson knocking at the door VERY loudly)

There are solid reasons to oppose Trump in the primary:

It’s a very valid argument that if nominated Donald Trumps big mouth could cause trouble, but frankly his remarks give the GOP great chances for counterpunches to Hillary Clinton and the Dems like this:

It’s further true that GOP primary voter should take a close look at Trump filp flop before considering him. As a senator once said to another party switcher Wendell Willkie who became the GOP nominee:

“Well Wendell you know back home in Indiana it’s all right if the town whore joins the church but they don’t ask her to lead the choir on the first night.”

or as Reagan put it: “Trust but verify”.

And of course there are excellent alternatives (Cruz, Fiorina, Jindal, Santorum, Walker and Carson for example).

But based on who Trumps base is, their expectations of him, and the reactions I’ve seen, I see absolutely no reason why this latest gaffe will cost him the lead in the GOP field at least not at this time. In fact the combined attacks on him has an excellent chance to increase his lead further.

The Trump supporters are echoing the opinion of Abe Lincoln who was warned by his staff that John Pope who he was thinking of making head of the Army of the Potomac was a liar and braggart. He answered.

In fact I knew his family back in Illinois. All the Popes were liars and braggarts. I see no particular reason why a liar and a braggart shouldn’t make a good general.

It wasn’t until Pope was decisively beaten by Robert E Lee that Lincoln replaced him.

It’s the same with Trump. If the Trump supporters are to change their allegiance I suspect it will only be when another candidate beats him, not before.

(I still think he should apologize for the “blood from wherever” remark, it’s the right thing to do and one should do the right thing even if one’s foes take joy in it.)
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By Steve Eggleston

“Oh yeah? Well I speak loud! And I carry a bigger stick! And I use it too! (WHAP!)”

– Yosemite Sam, “Ballot Box Bunny”

“A chicken? Of course not. Do you think I’d let a chicken do that to me? That’s just a loud-mouthed schnook”

-Grandpa Hawk, “The Foghorn Leghorn”

Normally at this time of the month, I would be recapping the jobs report. For those of you looking for that, as Ed Morrissey was busy at the Red State Gathering, I covered that for Hot Air yesterday.

The front-runner for the Republican Party nomination for President, Donald Trump, decided to prove he isn’t serious about actually becoming President. In a sense, that is a shame. More than 6 years after Rick Santelli talked about throwing tea into Lake Michigan over the failures of what I’ve come to call the bipartisan Party-In-Government, nothing really has changed in Washington. It still is a singular bipartisan Party-In-Government running things, and not in a conservative or small-government manner. Some of those we sent to DC to shake things up (I’m looking at you, Senators Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio) have been subsumed by the beast.

Even though there were already candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination from across the right-of-Che spectrum, including a number who can credibly tap into the disgust with the PIG from the right, Trump decided, unlike in the 2012 cycle, to jump in this time after consulting with the husband of the putative Democrat front-runner. He came in with three things – a hatred of Barack Obama (something shared by the candidates not named Chris Christie), a flip to a secure border and limits on immigration (with a more-recent flop back to inviting most of the non-Mexicans through the classy door in his yuge wall), and a loud mouth (something nobody else brings to the table).

It was that loud mouth that got Trump to the front of the field. It kept him there as his rather-questionable political past, including donating more boatloads of money to the Democrats, and especially the Clintons, began to come out. It even served him well as he began to verbally assault every faction of the Republican Party as “insiders”.

Then he ran into Megyn Kelly, who filled the role of Candy Crowley quite capably at the “adult-table” GOP “debate” on Thursday. She gave the proverbial “gotcha” questions to everybody whose first names did not begin with “Jeb” or “John”, yet everybody except Trump handled the treatment any candidate with the “R” behind his or her name receives from the rest of the Democrat Presstitute Organs in any given general election. Trump may have thought he was going to recreate the moment that Newt Gingrich had in 2012 when he attacked the premise of the questions he was getting in a debate during that Presidential campaign, but instead of merely attacking the premise, he went personal.

Of course, none of that matters to the still-substantial portion of Trump’s support whose sole mission in life is the destruction of the GOP to make the US a true one-party country. It’s becoming clear that is a goal Trump shares.

Update DTG: I have to disagree with Steve’s conclusion, my rebuttal is here.

Beldar: MEBS!  MEBS! UNACCEPTABLE!

Coneheads 1993

I’ve taken plenty of heat from plenty of people for suggesting the GOP has to handle Donald Trump very carefully because the last thing they need is to piss off a guy with Billion bucks and a chip on his shoulder trying to destroy you.

I’ve also taken heat for saying Trump won the debate, I believe it is an objective fact and you aren’t going to convince me otherwise.

Finally I’ve also taken heat for suggesting that Trump has treated Megyn Kelly no differently than any other person who has attacked him and that equality is different from the double standard women who cross him expect to get.  I stand behind that too (That’s actually a big pet peeve of mine).

But I’m sorry there are some thing you just don’t say and this is one of them.

I’m really at a loss for words, I understand Trump is afflicted with Biden mouth, I further understand that when he’s pissed he instinctively lashes out, but no decent person says such a thing, particularly not in pubic and certainly not on a national cable network.

I suspect due to the expectations game and the idea that this is just how he is there is an excellent chance that this will not likely to cost him much politically, in fact attacks from the MSM usually just make him stronger, but what kind of person finds this acceptable? Granted it’s not chopping up kids like Planned Parenthood but just because it doesn’t rise to the level of incredible evil doesn’t mean we should accept it.

Trump owes Ms. Kelly an apology, he needs to acknowledge that he crossed a line, I understand that said apology is likely going to be used as a club against him, but common decency demands this and at once.

If it doesn’t come pretty fast then I think Mr. Kelly’s fist has an appointment with The Donald’s nose, lawsuits be damned.

As for how other candidates should react?  I think it I’d say this:  “While Mr. Trump is to be commended for raising some critical issues, common decency demands Mr. Trump apologize to Ms. Kelly immediately.”

FYI:  When the Democrats try to pin this on the party as a whole.  the correct answer is from GOP members is.  “This has no place in the GOP, we’ll leave the mistreatment of women to Mrs. Clinton’s Husband.”

 

Update:  Erick Erickson proves himself a Christian Gentlemen:

I called Mr. Trump’s campaign manager and apologized and told him I felt bad for Mr. Trump because he has gotten so much sh*t from so many people and the party itself wasn’t treating the guy at the front of the pack as legitimate.

I think that is true. And I’ve been very sympathetic to Donald Trump because so many of the people who have led the party astray refuse to even treat him as a legitimate candidate.

But I also think that while Mr. Trump resonates with a lot of people with his bluntness, including me to a degree, there are just real lines of decency a person running for President should not cross.

His comment was inappropriate. It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him. But I just don’t want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal. It just was wrong.

I have invited Megyn Kelly to attend in Donald Trump’s place tomorrow night.

Via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit:

Daniel Foster of NRO quips, “Trump will get a two-point bump for his ‘blood’ remarks, because my theory is true: his base is the ‘Men’s Rights’ crowd.”

that frankly is an insult to the men’s rights crowd.

Carly Fiorina is given a gift and she takes it.

In politics this is what you call a “gimmie