Man in Black:  there’s something I ought to tell you.
Inigo Montoya:  Tell me.
Man in Black:  I’m not left-handed either.

The Princess Bride 1987

Judge Roy Bean: [Bean apologizes to the marshals’ wives] I understand you have taken exception to my calling you whores. I’m sorry. I apologize. I ask you to note that I did not call you callous-ass strumpets, fornicatresses, or low-born gutter sluts. But I did say “whores.” No escaping that. And for that slip of the tongue, I apologize.

The Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972

There have been those on TV and in Social Media who have been demanding an apology from Ted Cruz for his “New York Values” remark.  Some are New Yorkers and others are supporters of other Candidates like Marco Rubio who, desperate to distract from their support for such things as the gang of eight amnesty, need something to bring Senator Cruz down.

So when an NBC reporter from the media that so loves him asked if he was going to apologize they should all be delighted that he said this

This instantly brought to mind this classic apology from Monty Python’s Flying Circus

At the Trailblazers blog from the Dallas Morning News while not using the word explains why they should be careful what they wish for

This wasn’t the apology Trump and others demanded. But it did neatly lump Cruz’s main rival for the GOP nomination with the leading Democratic candidate, and the governor and mayor of a state and city Cruz depicts as a font of social and cultural corruption

Donald Trump won the sound bite but not only has Ted Cruz remarks brought up every single time NY has dissed conservatives in the past now the Senator from Texas has a brand new circa 2015 set of video clips of conservative hating ultra liberals in politics, media and culture who have a history of degrading and dehumanizing the GOP base standing in solidarity with Donald Trump less than 30 days before the start of the GOP primary season. It’s a superpac ad just waiting to happen. It’s Bunker Hill with Trump and the MSM in the role of the British.

Ted Cruz has just permanently Trolled Donald Trump and any member of the GOP who is foolish enough to join in the attack, the question is will the Trump team recognize what’s just been done to themselves or if he will continue to defend NY Values in rallies across the nation and do Senator Cruz’s job for him.

The man in black has just switched hands.

Update: I think it’s incumbent on every GOP candidate to be asked if they support NY Values don’t you?

Update 2: Talk about the big lie

I don’t know many “anti-Semites” who would fight the president on Jewish issues even when Jewish members of Congress (Democrats) were silent. I don’t know many anti-Semites would support Jews and Israel to a hostile audience. Ted Cruz was tougher on Chuck Hagel’s and his anti-Israel statements, than Chuck Schumer during Hagel’s confirmation hearing.
Ted Cruz is not now, nor has he ever been and anti-Semite and the very suggestion floating around the internet makes this proud Jew disgusted.

Hotair the free beacon & I wrote about the story Jeff is referencing here:

Thus did those seeking mercy and help, those seeing to highlight their plight chase away their highest profile ally in the US government.

To those who suggest Ted Cruz is anti-Israel I say: May I never be so desperate for an advantage for a candidate I favor to lie so brazenly

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There are a lot of people beating their breasts over Ted Cruz use of NY Values spinning it to pretend it means something other than ultra liberalism to those people I have a question.

If New York is not Ultra Liberal why did Ultra Liberal Hillary Clinton choose that state to run for the Senate in vs say Kentucky or Montana or Indiana?

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I think Ted set a trap for Donald Trump and he walked right into it and while he won the sound bite it’s going to cost him in a lot of primaries down the road.


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AMY: I remember you. I remember! I brought the others back, I can bring you home, too. Raggedy man, I remember you, and you are late for my wedding! I found you. I found you in words, like you knew I would. That’s why you told me the story the brand new, ancient blue box. Oh, clever. Very clever.
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I’ve been covering Donald Trump on this blog for a while I’ve argued that he has been great for the GOP, that by neutralizing the MSM by confounding the Clintons and even noted that he has treated me well on the campaign trail (in fairness I’ve also unlike many who cover him asked him questions that don’t start from the premise “Why do you suck so bad?” he has never cracked my Top five choices for President.

The primary reason for this has been the culture wars. These are very important to me (If you don’t think that culture matters look at both the reaction of the German Police & press toward the mass rape of their women). I’ve been concerned that Trump being a deal maker would be willing to sacrifice culture warriors like myself if it was expedient.

I had doubts and without evidence that he would stand up for us, he could not crack my top five, even with a field narrowed from 17 till 11.

Until now.

I now have this evidence and the irony is that I’ve had the evidence all along, but completely forgot about it.

I was doing a search of my blog for some reason and I noticed a post named, Donald Trump Surprises Me that I didn’t remember writing. Then I noticed the date May 12th 2009.

Let me refresh your memory

Miss California Carrie Prejean was asked a question on the subject of Gay Marriage by Perez Hilton and gave this answer

“I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”

The media and our cultural betters had an absolute fit, the long knives were out. A press conference was called, the Pageant people rushed to distance themselves and replace her with all due speed. There was just one formality remaining:

While it was clear Lewis would love to fire Prejean, that decision rests in the hands of the Miss Universe organization and its founder, Donald Trump. Regardless of Trump’s decision tomorrow, Lewis said Farrell would fill in for Prejean at any appearance she can’t make.

And there was no question in anyone’s mind what Donald Trump would do. Right up until the moment that he did it, or should I say DIDN’T do it.

Donald Trump will let Miss California USA Carrie Prejean keep her title despite controversy over semi-nude photos and charges by state pageant officials that she had abandoned her duties to devote time to opposition to same-sex marriage

Here is Stacy McCain at the time from his old blog which I remember so well

“[Prejean] gave a very, very honest answer when asked a very tough answer at a recent pageant. It’s the same answer that the President of the United States gave. It’s the same answer that many people gave,” Trump said. “If her beauty wasn’t so great, nobody really would’ve cared.”

Attaboy, Donald! Imagine that: A guy who thinks a beauty contest ought to be about . . . beauty. Remember: Rosie O’Donnell hates The Donald, and now imagine how she’ll go off on him!

People forget how completely shocked the left was at Trump’s decision As Doug Ross put it at the time:

I love how Trump used the “progressive” argument to justify his decision to those who claim to be progressives.

I certainly did.

Ironically this question of mine:

Perhaps the people who were so busy worrying about stopping Miss California might worry about the systematic slaughter of gays in Iraq instead? I’d say that was a bigger issue. I wonder if MSNBC and the CBS early show will give that issue the same attention they have given this one?

Has been most disgracefully answered.

and this assertion at Breitbart:

You’re saying that Democrats assume Obama is lying for political expediency?”

“To get elected, sure. Hey, welcome to the real world.”

I take a deep breath.

“So Cary Prejean is a big fat target—”

“Not fat, my friend, did you see that slamming body?”

“Okay, so she’s a slamming beautiful target because she’s a genuine Christian and sincerely opposes gay marriage whereas Obama gets a pass because, you assume, he’s a liar and an opportunist.”

“You got it.”

“This is okay with you?”

“He got elected didn’t he,

That post was updated 9 times and there are two  most significant thing from that post 

has been completely confirmed.

But let’s get back to Donald Trump.  The more I think about it the more impressed I am.

This was 2009.  Obama was just elected, the power of the left and progressive was at its peak, the GOP was in full retreat everywhere the only people standing up were Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and bloggers.

Donald Trump was and is in the hospitality business, his primary customers are the elites.  He is also no fool.  He knew where his customer base was going on this issue, where the media was going, he knew where his bread was buttered.

It would have been the easiest thing in the world to have thrown Carrie Prejean under the bus.  Such a move would have guaranteed him good press, kudos from the cultural elites and cemented his position as a forward thinking man in the new age.

Carrie Prejean was just a young woman who happened to be good looking.  A billionaire like Donald Trump knew that such woman were a dime a dozen.  There was absolutely no downside for him just toss her aside and bask in the adulation that would come from it.

He did not!

The test of the honor of a man isn’t if he behaves honorably when it’s to his advantage, it’s if he acts with honor even when it’s to his disadvantage.

In many ways Trump’s style is not really my cup of tea, on occasion he shoots from the lip and occasionally cross the line, and I strongly disagree with his position on the Kelso decision.

But when the chips were down Trump choose to stand with a now completely forgotten young woman who has gone on to a fairly quiet life as a wife and mother against the entire cultural elite and he did so at a time when nobody, including him,  imagined he’d be in the political position he is in today.

He answered my questions about him before I even knew I needed the answer.  I must confess I forgot.

Not anymore.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a Ted Cruz man, Cruz has proven himself over and over again.  He is the best choice in the field, and Rick Santorum remains my #2.  He, like Cruz has fought the good fight and continues to do so.

But Donald Trump has gone from:  I’ll vote for him if he’s the nominee to I’ll Happily vote for him if he’s nominated because I remember.

There is a mantra that Democrats will tell you who they fear.

That being the case this:

“It would be quite ironic if after seven or eight years of drama around the president’s birth certificate, if Republican primary voters were to choose Sen. Cruz as their nominee, somebody who actually wasn’t born in the United Sates and who only eight months ago renounced his Canadian citizenship,” Earnest said during his daily press briefing.

and this:

So expect the White House to encourage this story every chance they get. And it won’t be long before Hillary starts using it, too.

Maybe it’s just me but I think the White House reinforcing a Donald Trump meme on Cruz speaks volumes.

This last week we’ve seen a flock of ads from presidential candidates and super packs.

Some are stronger than others but for my money the most creative of the bunch is this one from Ted Cruz

It makes the quite correct point that the people who are hurt most by illegal immigration are both citizens and legal immigrants, many of them black and latino, competing for the very jobs that people coming here illegally fill.

The left has tried to make this an issue about race rather than an issue about economics and law. Cruz’s ad demonstrates that this is a canard and it’s use of humor makes the targets of this ad think rather than simply producing a visceral reaction like the Trump ad.

That’s another way in which Cruz has sought to distinguish himself from Trump: You don’t hear much from Cruz about rapists from Mexico but you’ll hear plenty about hard-working Americans having to compete with illegal labor in a tough economy. That’s a smart way to approach the immigration debate if you’re worried about being attacked by the left as a racist, as concerns about wages being driven down by illegals are sufficiently legit among liberals that even progressive saint Bernie Sanders has been known to make the point.

That’s not to say the Trump ad is not effective it is. It has the virtue of being consistent with his campaign’s message throughout and will reinforce his voters, but Cruz’s ad is a rapier to Trump’s cutlass and unlike Trump’s shown here:

it will be harder to parry by the left, although in fairness Trump’s ad deals with more than one topic. Terror, which is the subject of Rick Santorum’s ad.

FairyTales from Santorum for President 2016 on Vimeo.

Santorum’s proclamation on Islamic Terror :All Jihadists are muslims” is very strong and has the virtue of being true. Additionally his record is good on the subject in the senate while old is very good. But the attack on Ted Cruz won’t wash given Cruz’s record on the subject, which is much more current than Santorum’s. I understand the logic of it given current polling & the fact Rick and Ted are both competing for the same voters in Iowa but not only will it not persuade Cruz voters the weak attack takes away from a strong effective positive message that Santorum does have.

In the end I (perhaps with some bias) give Cruz’s ad the nod over the other for the combination of wit, single topics and a message hard to counter. Trump gets the 2nd spot for the consistent message with Santorum right behind with the best single line of the three.

Incidentally the worst ad of the week came out from a Ted Cruz superpack hitting Marco Rubio. It has all of the problems of the Santorum ad with none of the strengths.

It’s an embarrassment and the Senator should be glad that there is no coordination involved in it because he wouldn’t want to take credit for it.

It’s very rare that I base a post on a comment by a reader but this one I think was worth promoting and answering:


I *was* a Cruz guy, but am now in Trump’s camp. I tend to agree with Trevor Loudon’s advice he gave while touring the USA (in effect, a pro-Cruz tour): the Right needs to coalesce around one candidate by the end of 2015 (i.e. before the Primaries begin), in order to defeat the GOP Establishment’s candidate (then Bush, now likely Rubio) when the Primaries begin.

And, I’d *hate* to see the Right “split” the vote, only to let a RINO win (though there’s always the possibility of a brokered convention…can’t do too much about that).

Set aside for the moment my distaste for Cruz’s support/vote for the Trans Pacific Trade Deal, including the ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL Amendment
requiring 2/3 to reject – instead of pass – the deal.

I JUST HAVEN’T SEEN ANY *FIGHT* in Cruz since the campaigning began…and THAT worries me almost as much as the aforementioned.

Is DONALD TRUMP a gamble of sorts? Sure.

But SO IS Cruz (beholden to Goldman Sachs…or whomever got him to vote that way on the Trade stuff?).

SO, the questions:
1) what still makes you lean towards Cruz than Trump?
2) any thoughts on my reservations above?
3) would you reconsider and support Trump if he’s clearly leading by the time your State’s Primary comes around? And, how about in the general election in November?

Well in the spirit of this tweet of mine

Here are my answers

1. Why do I support Ted Cruz, well my endorsement is here

Senator Cruz has been fighting the good fight from the very day that he got into the senate. He has held up a light to an institution that thrives on show votes and phony considerations. He has done all he can Even as the He has, in my opinion made the right strategic decisions doing his best either win key battles or force democrats to go on the record to support theirs. He has completely justified the initial endorsement years ago from Sarah Palin that put him on the map and enabled his victory over the establishment GOP choice in Texas.

, but if you really want to understand why I like Ted Cruz so much I think this series of posts from October 2013  John , Winston, James and Ted, why the GOP should thank Ted Cruz.

Basically Cruz has fought the fights I want fought.

2.  I agree in fact the 603 alliance felt the same way and had its caucus which Ted Cruz won. (my coverage here and here).  I think it’s significant even though the only restriction to voting in the caucus was being a registered NH voter (they checked the rolls as you came in) Mr. Trump didn’t draw the 15 votes needed to get past the 1st round even though he drew 4000 the day before.  (He still came in 4th btw).

If you feel that Trump is the guy to get behind under that principle that’s fine but I’d submit and suggest  two things.

Cruz HAS fought but has done so strategically, not playing the MSM game and foiling them at every turn (even when dealing with Trump) I talked about this with him at an event in Hollis:

I think Cruz is less a gamble thank Trump, they have both handed the media well it’s the difference between a Cutlass (Trump) and a Rapier (Cruz) which is a reflection of style. But in the end while I can hope that Donald Trump will support Conservative causes and fight for them if elected Ted Cruz has shown me he will do so and pay the political price

3. The only way I would not vote for Ted Cruz in the primary is if he pulls out before then, at that point my vote would go to my 2nd choice (Rick Santorum). As for Trump, the more I’ve seen of him the more I like him, particularly because he fights and as I’ve said he’s treated me well on the campaign trail.

I suspect he will be a lot more pragmatic if elected (I suspect Cruz might be as well) but the question for me is what deals will he make to get things done and what will he sacrifice to make those deals. I think Trump is more likely to sacrifice social issues that I care about than Cruz.

That being said If Trump is the nominee I will support him & I would urge other conservatives to do so under the principle that even if under the worst case scenario that those who distrusts believes and he is only with us say 25% of the time, that’s likely 24% more than Hillary Clinton.

I suspect Trump will be much better than that and will pleasantly surprise us if elected both in terms of competency (lots) and in terms of execution of policy, but either way voting Trump over Hillary is a no brainer and letting her win over Trump is as stupid as letting Obama win over not liking Mitt Romney.

Hope that answers your questions.


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Despite the dramatic departure of George Pataki from the GOP field guaranteeing at least an 11th place finish for Governor Gilmore of Virginia we have seen yet another day of the sexual history of Bill Clinton in the headlines.

Every single day of this does to horrible things to the Hillary Clinton campaign

  It increases the chances that under 40’s will google the Clinton women 

  It puts the MSM on the spot because of their insistence that it is no big deal

Roger Simon explains it well

I don’t think Bill, and certainly Hillary, would want Juanita Broaddrick brought up at a time when, on our campuses,  even an unwanted kiss is legally considered rape, thanks to Title IX. Can you imagine how many instances of what is called “unwanted touching” could come out of the woodwork now if Bill started to pick a fight with Trump? It’s hard to imagine Clinton making it through Georgetown or Yale Law under today’s rules, or even through his freshman year.

It will be an amazing thing to watch the MSM squirm when asked by Donald Trump to defend Bill Clinton’s actions in today’s environment.  It was a problem in 1996 it’s an impossibility by the feminist standards of today,

It’s why Don Lemon is still squirming.

Go on, try and convince me that any other GOP candidate would be doing this if Trump was not.

Update Glenn Reynolds in USA Today:

Steinem must not have attended any human resources lectures lately. And accusations from Juanita Broaddrick are worse: Clinton persuaded her to have coffee with him in her hotel room during a conference of nursing home administrators in 1978. She alleges that he then forced her on to the bed, where he held her down, bit her lips and raped her. Broaddrick, too, was attacked by the Clinton camp, but as Alex Griswold wrote in Mediaite, “The media and Democrats alike elected not to believe a single accusation” against him, adding that “Clinton’s own stalwart ally James Carville was just as blatant: ‘Drag a $100 bill through a trailer park, there’s no telling what you’ll find,’ he said.”

Even before Trump, people — though, notably, not members of the news media — were already quizzing Hillary Clinton about her record on rape and abuse. After she tweeted that rape accusers should be believed, a woman at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire asked Hillary whether that applied to her husband’s accusers, mentioning Broaddrick, Willey and Jones. Clinton’s awkward reply: “I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence.”

Neither Republican candidates nor journalists have been willing to make a big issue of Bill’s shady sex-abuse record and Hillary’s enabling. Trump, on the other hand, went there, with devastating effect.

That last paragraph is why Donald Trump has been invaluable this election cycle.

Next to the googling thing this has got to hurt Hillary & Co the most:

Well, Bill Clinton has a penchant for something. He had a successful presidency — with an ugly blot. “Sexism” isn’t the precise word for his predatory behavior toward women or his inexcusable relationship with a 22-year-old intern. Yet in the larger scheme of things, Bill Clinton’s conduct toward women is far worse than any of the offensive things that Trump has said.

Trump has smeared women because of their looks. Clinton has preyed on them, and in a workplace setting where he was by far the superior. That is uncomfortable for Clinton supporters but it is unavoidably true.

You see young liberals actually read the Washington Post that creates the hole and Ed Morrissey opens the breech wider:

Trump has decided to fight fire with fire in this case, but this wasn’t the first opening. Jaws dropped earlier this month when Hillary stated that all rape accusers had a right to be believed and supported. That led to this exchange in New Hampshire, when a woman at a townhall event asked, “But would you say that about Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Paula Jones? Should we believe them as well?” The three women had openly accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault (harassment in Jones’ case). “Well, I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence,” Clinton replied. However, the first two cases never got adjudicated, and Bill committed perjury in the Jones case — and in all three cases, Hillary publicly scoffed at their claims from the beginning. (There is also the matter of Hillary’s handling of a case with a 12-year-old rape victim, and how she painted the adolescent girl as “emotionally unstable” and had a “tendency to seek out older men” while defending the alleged rapist.

Recall that all of this played out in public, including Democrat after Democrat saying that Bill Clinton’s actions while awful were not impeachable.  There is a large video record out there and though it dates from the early days of the net it is ready to be opened by those too young to remember or care at the time.

Not all of Samantha Guthrie’s “allegedly”s can counter this

Perhaps the Hillary campaign can put some ice on that.

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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