For the first time in a month I woke up at 5 AM (day off) and with daily mass in the evening I turned on Morning Joe and saw something amazing.
The discussion was why Donald Trump was perceived as he was and turned instantly to Barack Obama noting that Paris happened after he said ISIS was contained and San Bernardino happened after he said ISIS can’t strike here. The pièce de résistance was when
Jon Meacham called it a malaise among the people like the Carter years and NOBODY AT THE TABLE CONTESTED IT.
Now for people like Glenn Reynolds and myself this is no big deal, I started my (Chester) Arthur (Jimmy) Carter watch during my first week of blogging (day 4 actually Dec 2 2008)
You sometimes get a rookie pitcher with a winning season but usually not. I’m hoping for Chester Arthur but I’m expecting Jimmy Carter.
But for the Morning Anchor show of MSNBC to say this in their first hour and have no liberal at the table contest it is amazing.
What was their explanation? ISIS. People are more afraid of a terror attack then at any time since 9/11. It’s brings to mind an early episode of the original Star Trek series: What are little girls made of?
Kirk:Emotion, Ruk? You disapprove of Miss Chapel’s orders to save my life? Ruk: To maintain your existence would be illogical. Kirk:Why? Can’t your memory banks solve a simple equation like that? …
Just as conservative bloggers and writers have been doing our best to counter the programing that the MSM has given the public concerning the Obama administration, Kirk presses the Android Rok to see the danger to him that he has been conditioned to avoid and finally gets a breakthrough…
Kirk:The danger to you is Korby. Ruk:I was programmed by Korby. I cannot harm him. Kirk:The old ones programmed you, too, but it became possible to destroy them. RUK: [Excited] That was the equation! Existence! Survival must cancel out programming.
Realizing that this administration will get them killed has finally overridden the MSM & culture’s programming.
Too bad for America they didn’t figure this out four years ago.
Incidentally I dropped Arthur / Carter watch in the first year when it became clear which one he was going to be. Walter Russell Mead said in 2001 that Jimmy Carter was the best case scenario for Obama. He hasn’t even managed that.
Being a big religious freedom person when I first heard Donald Trump’s suggestion that we stop Islamic immigration for a time my gut reaction was to disagree. I found the idea distasteful.
But after that first gut reaction I did something that few people have bothered to do, I thought about it and have concluded that the reaction against it is not only nonsense & hyperbole , but the suggestion itself is logical and practical.
The company has already shut down all restaurants in Seattle and Portland after a reported outbreak of E. coli. While only six Chipotle locations have been linked to the outbreak, the company told the Associated Press that all restaurants have been closed “out of an abundance of caution.”
“While Chipotle’s food safety practices were already well within industry norms, I was asked to design a more robust food safety program to ensure the highest level of safety and the best quality of all meals served at Chipotle,” said Mansour Samadpour, Ph.D., CEO of IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group. “I am happy to report that our proposed program was adopted in its entirety, without any modification. While it is never possible to completely eliminate all risk, this program eliminates or mitigates risk to a level near zero, and will establish Chipotle as the industry leader in this area.”
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Tuesday that an incident in which a number of Boston College students were sickened after eating at one of the burrito chain’s restaurants in Boston appeared to be an isolated event.
“There are no reports of illness from any other restaurants, and the pattern here looks like norovirus isolated to one restaurant,” Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told Reuters.
Health officials are investigating whether the 30 students were affected by E.coli. Chipotle has been linked to an E.coli outbreak in nine states, not including Massachusetts.
They insist it is an isolated incident.
Would you go to that restaurant until you were positive that food was safe? If given their history would you be bigoted for singling out Chipotle for your caution?
Or maybe you want something closer to what we’re talking about so imagine this scenario:
Imagine the Feds despite all the previous food safety issues Chipotle partnered with the Feds for a pilot program to allow people on EBT to use their cards there. Let’s say that the FDA claims that they have totally vetted Chipotle and while there might have been issues in the past all such outbreaks of E-Coli have been contained.
Then picture a bunch of people using this program not only getting violently ill after eating at Chipotle but discovering that the very location where they got sick was one vetted by the FDA and passed with flying colors.
Wouldn’t simple logic dictate the FDA pause the program at least in terms of Chipotle, until the food inspection process was completely reviewed? Or would they just keep sending the poor to Chipotle to eat?
This is the exact situation we have here.
We have been told that our people have been completely vetting immigrants, and will do an excellent job vetting the thousands who the president wants to come. At almost the same time our president had told us that there are no imminent threats and we’d be told if there was a threat we’d be told.
Within a week 14 americans are dead and more wounded and we discover that one of the supposedly vetted terrorist had ties with radical Islam, both were radicalized for a long time and now we hear this:
A $28,500 deposit was made to Syed Farook’s bank account from WebBank.com on or about Nov.18, some two weeks before he and his wife Tashfeen Malik carried out the San Bernardino massacre, a source close to the investigation told Fox News Monday.
Just a reminder supposedly all transactions over $10 G’s are flagged but the government for examination.
So Donald Trump seeing the failure of the vetting progress and realizing that while not all muslims are ISIS terrorists all ISIS terrorists are muslims comes to the conclusion that until we know as he put it “what the hell is going on” we shouldn’t admit any muslims into the country. Or rephrased, until we KNOW that the guys doing the vetting process are doing it right we simply can’t allow people in who can’t be vetted.
This seems to be basic logic.
Can someone explain why it’s in the interest of the United States to admit muslims into this country, particularly from areas where ISIS if we don’t know our vetting is working. Particularly when you consider this salient fact:
Though President Barack Obama claimed that America must “enlist Muslim communities” to combat terrorism in his Sunday evening Oval Office address, former FBI Counterterrorism Agent John Guandolo said on Monday’s Breitbart News Daily (6AM-9AM EST on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125) that since 9/11, “we collectively have received nearly zero help from the Muslim Community.”
I submit and suggest that not following Trump’s advice would be like FDR allowing open immigration from Germany, Japan & Italy from 1942-1945 it would not only be stupid and criminal, it will cost american lives.
Of course nbsp;I think that it’s a crying shame we’ve reached the point where such a suggestion is logical and rational , but the fault isn’t with Trump for making this suggestion, the fault is with this administration and its enablers who have been willing to put up with a bad vetting system and the American Islamic community that has been less concerned with terror than with the bad PR that comes from it.
Trump is brilliantly smart here from a short term political perspective. He just forced almost all of the GOP field to side with both Barack Obama and MSNBC. The other Republicans could have critiqued Trump’s proposal by offering a counter proposal, but instead they all went right to attacking Trump himself. As we have seen thus far, these attacks are interpreted by at least a quarter of the GOP base as attacks on them because Trump is offering policy proposals and is countered not by other proposals, but by attacks.
Beat Trump by treating him like a candidate. Challenge his proposals. Attacking Trump for being unhinged, an idiot, or some other personal attack is just read as an attack on his voters. Twenty-four hours after Barack Obama gave one of the stupidest speeches ever to be given from the Oval Office — a speech that did not reassure anyone — Donald Trump opened negotiations on a different position and he started with “ban all the muslims.” Donald Trump is a negotiator. The GOP should not have attacked Trump, but engaged in the negotiations with “That’s probably not constitutional, but here is what I would do to accomplish the same thing, which is to keep Americans safe from Islamic radicals.”
Nope, they couldn’t do that. And because of the hysterical response from so many, including good friends of mine on the right, Trump wins the round.
Immigration is not good for America. At least, not anymore. Immigration has benefitted our nation a great deal and it certainly can do so again, but as long as our current rules are in place, immigration can only hurt our country.
I disagree with John, but Trump is right.
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During the last election cycle the GOP won historic victories not only taking the US senate but winning the Governor’s seats in states as Blue as Maryland and Massachusetts.
However in 2014 the big exception to that rule was in New Hampshire where the national GOP imported Scott Brown to run much to the delight of the GOP leadership and the disgust of the base as Granite Grok put it at the time:
Those are two important planks in the NH GOP Platform. Another is that of “limited government” – and he voted for Dodd-Frank, the biggest intrusion of Government into business and our private lives evah (‘cepting Obamacare, natch) and we will blog about this in the future. And if they don’t show up to vote for Brown, they also aren’t showing up to vote for the other Republicans down ticket. But given the absolute “hugathon” for Brown that the Establishment Republicans have been drooling about for months now, I do wonder if it matters much to them about the folks just off stage instead of the one standing in the national Klieg lights. How many time have I written concerning Republicans with the insinuations that we ought to just leave and run on our own:
We may not win, but you will surely lose
Especially here in NH where win margins in a lot of districts can be very thin indeed, the NH GOP has to struggle get to 50%+1; all I’d have to do is persuade 1.5 to 2 points to not vote. And there are a lot of people out there that are no longer willing to vote for the lesser of two evils anymore.
Pro-Choice, Pro Gun Control, voted for Dodd-Frank: what’s the MAIN difference between Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen, NH GOP chair Jennifer Horn?
I predict…If Havenstein is the nominee, he will not win against Hassan and the Democratic machine. …We’ve seen this trend in so-called Republican landslide years. But either way, I am voting for neither of these “kinged” choices. And I can say with certainty that I am not alone in that sentiment.
So given that sterling record you would think the NH GOP establishment party chair Jennifer Horn would have learned her lesson and stayed out of the GOP Presidential primary.
New Hampshire GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn seemed to have abandoned efforts to remain neutral in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries on Wednesday, taking the extraordinary step of attacking not just any GOP presidential candidate but the 2016 frontrunner for her own party’s nomination.
Because in a year when your GOP senator is running for re-election in what will be a tough race the last thing you need to do is demonize the current front runner for the party nomination.
Horn further attacked the voters who attend Trump’s rallies.
Hey it could be worse, they could be doing stupid things like trying to get Trump kicked of the ballot:
Now, along comes ol’ Fungus, so determined to damage the GOP that you’d think he was a Democrat plant, filing a complaint attempting to remove Trump from the NH ballot, due to expressed views inconsistent with the NHGOP platform. Shirley, he must be joking! Inconsistent? Like himself supporting the most liberal faux-Republicans? Like Morse and Bradley expanding Medicaid? Like Steve Duprey supporting Planned Parenthood? Like Juliana Bergeron supporting Gay Marriage? Like Shawn Jasper owned and operated by the Democrats?
I’m shocked that Scott brown & Walt Havenstein weren’t mentioned in that bit.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, in a statement to the Union Leader, suggested that Cullen works for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican rival far behind Trump in the polls.
“Number one, Mr. Trump’s views do comport with the Republican Party and number two, from a constitutional stand point, there is such a thing as freedom of speech,” Lewandowski said. “To file such a document against the person who is not only the frontrunner, but leading by tremendous margins is outrageous. If anything like this would ever happen Mr. Trump’s supporters would probably riot in the streets of New Hampshire. This is yet another attempt by the failed GOP establishment to keep Mr. Trump off the ballot because they know he is the only one who can Make America Great Again.”
In response to Lewandowski’s claim, Cullen said he is not working for Kasich, and that he so far remains uncommitted. He and his wife Jenny held a house party for Kasich last weekend. He has also held events for Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham.
Mike Rogers nails it:
Methinks it is Trump who should be demanding a pledge of loyalty from the GOP! If this idiocy goes further up the food chain than Cullen, Trump will be liberated to run 3rd party, and will CRUSH the GOP’s chances – might even win without them. Sure, go ahead chumps, make his day!
I’m a Ted Cruz man I encourage all my NH friends to vote for him but I’ll tell you this, I’d enjoy watching the NH GOP Establishment collapse like the old man of the Mountain after A Trump win.
Matt David, the spokesperson for the Kasich Super-PAC “New Day for America”, is now publicly reporting that both Team Bush and Team Rubio donors have pledged financial support to the effort to tear down front runner Donald Trump.
The upper echelons within the Wall Street financially-dependent corporate media have also held their meeting to coordinate how they will distribute and promote the anti-Trump narrative.
Most of the self-interests within the republican side of the professional political establishment have now united: Wall Street (financiers), Ground Troops (via campaign teams), and Corporate Media (messaging/optics).
Tonight, as incredulous as it sounds, Professional Republicans begin a full month long assault upon the front runner of their own party.
Three things instantly come to mind when reading this:
While I think this is stupid it’s also the way the political game is occasionally played and how Trump deals with it will speak to his ability as a candidate
As long as Trump continues to use free media to his advantage this money is going to be as well spent as the attempt to promote New Coke.
It’s generally a bad idea to get a man with billions to spend pissed off at you before an election.
This is Scott Brown in 2012 and 2014, This is Mitt Romney in the General election vs Obama, this is Gabriel Gomez in the special senate election in Massachusetts and the last NH Gov Race. All of them lost because they decided that either Tea Party or 2nd Amendment or Ron Paul voters were not necessary to bring them to the finish line.
In each case the candidate their team and the party establishment decided they could do without a part of the electorate and in each case the candidate paid the price.
I have no problem with people critiquing Donald Trump the Candidate, I have no problem with people making the arguments why he would be an inferior general election candidate, why he might be an opposition research wet dream, and questioning exactly what a deal maker would be willing to trade away when making a deal.
But when you attack the voters who are now paying attention these days, voters who are now questioning the MSM and getting energized thanks to Donald Trump, you are throwing away part of your customer base.
The Democrats are not going to give up the graft and power and money that holding the White House allows them, they are going to use every trick in the book legal or otherwise to do so. To win this election the GOP is going to need to outpoll Hillary beyond the margin of theft.
That’s going to require every single vote you can get, including those from the Trump supporters that you think are idiots. They are your customers and any person who knows a thing about business knows you treat your customers with respect or else.
For those who don’t know, the Washington Post decided to contest a claim by Donald Trump, a claim that was supported by their own reporting:
Trump says that he saw this with his own eyes on television and that it was well covered. But an extensive examination of news clips from that period turns up nothing. There were some reports of celebrations overseas, in Muslim countries, but nothing that we can find involving the Arab populations of New Jersey.
Emphasis added. This assertion is astonishing, because it means that Kessler is ignorant–or pretends to be–of his own newspaper’s reporting. As I wrote in the earlier post, the Washington Post, on September 18, 2001, wrote:
In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners’ plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.
So NPR, the New York Times and the Associated Press searched contemporaneous news accounts and could find no evidence of Muslim-Americans cheering in Jersey City. That’s odd. Because it took me less than two minutes to find this story from the Washington Post dated September 18, 2001 (although I did have to spend $3.95 to buy it from the Post’s archives)
And if you look at Glenn (what newspaper archive) Kessler’s twitter feed there are plenty of other “journo-lists” still ignoring the base post story
There are two things here worth remembering
It was not so long ago that the statements of the MSM would never be challenged, and the narrative would be forever that no Muslims in NJ ever cheered 9/11
Donald Trump is bigger than the MSM and thanks to the Powerline Story he is going to be able to call them liars on a national stage and back it up with their own words.
Now it’s certainly possible that Trump conflated the Palestinian cheering for the NJ stuff and it’s also possible he saw what he said he saw, but either way I suspect this is going to end bad for the media long-term particularly if Trump fails to win the White House because there is nothing that can make a person’s or an organization’s life more miserable than a 70 year old billionaire with a grudge against you and free time.
Frankly the only reason why he wouldn’t just buy them out is because they’re such terrible investments
Yesterday I went to Worcester to cover Donald Trump at the DCU Center I was very interested in seeing the difference between this event and the one in Derry I covered a month ago. The day started pretty good because I was able to fill up for under $2 a gallon .
I arrived in the city about 4:45 PM the traffic on 290 was horrible but not more horrible than it normally is at rush hour on a workday.
The first difference I noted was at the open air parking area near the DCU center parking. Normally it’s a $10 parking fee daily with it occasionally going up to $20 when a big event is taking place. Today it was $30 so Trump appearance is already causing an outbreak in capitalism.
The 2nd thing was the Large enclosed parking garage next to the DCU center. Normally there is a sliding fee based on the amount of time you stay and a machine in the lobby where you pay have but there was clerk at the front charging a flat $10 to get in Cash ONLY. The Cash only threw me off as I rarely carry cash these days, but I had just put a $20 in my wallet that my son had given me to make up for the use of the credit card so that obstacle was overcome.
After parking I conducted my first interview in the elevator where two women were coming to see trump, a Mother and Daughter. They had decided on him.
As we left the elevator there were a pair of guys from CT wearing trump gear. They likewise had settled on Trump and had very little respect for the media who were covering him.
The doors had just opened and people were filing in but the press entrance was in the back so I went around seeing a pair of guys selling buttons and a small group of protestors, around 10-15 some of whom were being interviewed.
Now granted that it was early but Worcester is the 2nd biggest city in New England, and a Democrat and Union Stronghold it was kind of pathetic.
I commented on this and one of the women shouted back “some of us have to work you know.” I wasn’t aware that Governor Baker was so successful that millions of Democrats were now gainfully employed that were not just a year ago. Given the buildup for days it was a joke almost as bad as the drawing 200 in NYC the largest city in the nation.
This suggests that the Latino anger at trump is highly exaggerated & perhaps a media creation. and would be the basis for my question for Donald during the press conference (we’ll jump ahead to that here)
The police presence however was pretty large, part of it might have been from the break-in at the National Guard armory and the theft of automatic weapons but despite some talk on local radio of danger there was nothing that suggested it was anything more dangerous than normal.
At the press entrance it turned out that while recognized I wasn’t on the list again but a few phone called got it sorted out as it did in Derry. While I was waiting for it to be sorted out I interviewed another young man who came to see the Donald.
When I got in the first big difference was the presence of the secret service who did a solid search of my back and everything in my pockets which given how I carry things took some time.
Once inside I started interviewing people in the crowd like Heather and Rachel,
Given I was wearing a press badge and I do more coverage in NH than Massachusetts some were suspicious
But Jean Weston wife of my 1st partner on DaTechGuy on DaRadio spotted me and my Tea Party Bonefides were established, but before I could get past my second conversation the press began moving in a wave toward the front of the stage, I presumed correctly that it was to the pre-event presser that the campaign regularly holds. Oddly enough the amount of press seemed smaller than the Derry event, likely because the novelty of the Trump campaign as show has decreased and the realization that this is an actually campaign has hit them.
Rather than sitting in the back this time I parked myself in the front next to a power outlet sitting on the floor to work, the plan was to record the full audio of the presser available here and to get shots both of the media and trump.
The oddest thing about being silent in the press room is how much the place sounds like a frat with people joking about the candidate and how and if they will manage to annoy him or throw him off.
What I found really amusing is how everyone in the room jumped every time the door opened, in case it was Donald trump coming in as if there wasn’t a million pictures of Trump entering a room and walking to a podium.
The press conference was primarily focused on Syria and refugees, you saw question after question about Trump and the numbers of people coming in, it was all about was it cruel, are you targeting Muslims etc.
On occasion a question came out mentioning another candidate and when it did Trump pounced using it as a chance to hit Marco Rubio and Ben Carson his closest rivals.
I managed to get a question in mentioning the paucity of protestors in the 2nd largest city in New England and a place crawling with democrat strength. Trump loved the question and commented yet again on the type of question he was drawing from me vs the questions he was drawing from the rest of the MSM.
The most ridiculous question was the idea of singling out Mosques for possible closure; it was as if the questioner had noted no common religious denominator between the people attacking all over the world.
We filed back into the main room that had filled up pretty quickly it was announced that the start of the event would be delayed in order to get some of the thousands of people outside waiting to get in.
In the main room I managed two quick interviews one of which was with a woman named Lucia Lamberti Tsongalis who is a woman trying to come in legally it has taken a ton of time and a lot of money. Bit of advice she would be a perfect person for the Trump campaign (or any campaign not pushing illegal immigration) to talk to.
Shortly after that interview Trump entered and the crowd went wild, The press’ area was around the camera area so I didn’t have a good shot so my videos aren’t uploaded but I have plenty of audio because the sound system was so loud.
Trump plays to a crowd like nobody I’ve ever seen in the political world, radio talk host and my former on-air partner Joe Mangiacotti was in attendance commented that in 30 years of covering politics he had never sen anything like it.
It turns out the police presence was justified as there were three different disruptions, one from a group that unfurled a batter in a back area that was eventually removed a second person was escorted out after an issue but third of the three (who had a slightly Arabic appearance to my eyes) had to be physically restrained and put up a real struggle. Near the end of the speech a 4th person attempted to disrupt the speech “I mentioned food stamps and that guy who was seriously overweight went crazy.” (trump mentioned 3 but the first one with the banner was two people so he likely counted it as one.
It’s a great example of how just a few people can have an outsized effect in a giant crowd. And it was a large crowd I hand counted 5000 then gave up. Trump said 12,000.
In terms of the speech Trump talked about trade, the talked about Syria, he hit Ben Carson Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio (saying he’s young maybe he’ll get better)
But that was nothing compared to Hillary Clinton (lucky to get out of the mail business without jail
Bernie Sanders ( can you believe this guy Paris is caused by Global Warming) and he didn’t even say O’Malley’s name but mentioned Baltimore which was enough to make his point.
He made the media and the protesters a target and noted to the crowd how the media reports, there are times when I think Trump checks out lines with the press and if the MSM hates it he knows to use it in a speech because people love it.
There were a bunch of familiar faces including Joe Mangiacotti, Mike Wade, Gary Goldman (WCRN) Mary Lotz (Fitchburg Republican Committee) and Connie Murphy (WQPH Catholic radio) in attendance and I talked to them after the event. Unfortunately during part of the interviews the power supply was kicked out so the pc went into hibernate, but we restarted the interviews directly afterward here.
As for what I thought, Trump has improved as a candidate considerably, his suggestions on Syria mimicked mine which surprised me.
He’s even gotten better at playing the press, he reads them like a book. Most candidates have to do a version of jiu jitsu confounding them as best they can. Trump realizes that they are dependent because of the ratings he brings on him rather than the reverse so it makes for an interesting show.
With the first balloting closing in the reality of trump’s position is closing in on the press, not to mention the rest of the field. If what I’m seeing from people is accurate I think he’s going to do extremely well.
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It turns out however at the number of hundreds NBC is talking is …two
An estimated 200 protesters, many of whom were representing Latino groups, marched seven New York City blocks from Trump Tower to NBC’s headquarters, where they joined protesters who were already outside of the building holding signs that said things like “#racismisntfunny” and “Dump Trump.”
200? cripes I’ve been to tea party events in Leominster that drew better, and remember 200 is an estimate.
Via Sundance at the conservative treehouse who does the math:
Protest organizers had two weeks advance notice to coordinate activity. New York City is a centerpiece of liberalism and liberal policy implementation. An entire MSM construct would gleefully assist the advancement and promotion of the protesting group.
New York City has a population of 8.5 million people. According to census figures 27.5% of those residents are Latino. All of the ingredients needed for a anti-Trump narrative were in place…. and 200 protesters showed up.
That’s 200 protesters from a Latino population of 2,337,500, or .0085%
And that of course assume they were only drawing protesters from New York City.
Yet to NBC News that protest was worth 502 words. That works out to about 2.5 words per protester. By contrast look at this video from last years march for life
How many words per protester do you think NBC gave them?
And of course that’s just the NBC article, think about how many news stories both in print and on TV took place both about the protest and promoting it for the last week. That’s got to be thousands of words and hundreds of minutes per protester from the MSM to sell you the story. “Donald Trump will draw Hispanics to vote against him in droves.”
The real story that an anti-trump protest with a chance to be on TV drew 200 people in a city of 8,491,079 but a better question is this: If the media won’t tell you that story, what other stories on election 2016 aren’t they telling you?
the 603 alliance had their caucus today at the Hopkinton State Fair grounds in Contoocook NH. The idea was to get conservatives in NH to unite behind a single candidate via a caucus.
Ted Cruz has won, Ben Carson came in 2nd Carly Fiorina 3rd. Donald Trump failed to make the first cut not managing 25 votes, Jeb bush didn’t manage a single vote.
Under the rules if the winner of the 603 alliance caucus drops out of the presidential race the people pledge to support the 2nd place finisher and so forth.
I arrived at the event at 10:30 AM one hour before registration was to end. The person directing me to park commented on the number of people who had showed up and expressed worry about finding places for all of them.
Any voter who was in line at 11:30 would be checked in as long as they met the following requirements
1. They were a Registered republican voter in NH.
2. They were a registered unenrolled NH voter who pledged that they had not taken a democrat ballot
3. They had a photo ID.
Ted Cruz showed up in person to greet people before the start of the event
It was very apparent that his people were there in force and read and raring to go. Ben Carson’s people were also well represented:
I hand counted 718 people. at my arrival and it was very clear that some candidates took this very seriously and others did not.
and the vote would come down to who bothered to show
Under the rules of the Caucus any candidate who failed to get at least 25 votes in the first round would be eliminated. From the looks of things early it seemed it would be a Cruz vs Carson race
Ted Cruz showed up in person to make his case, speakers showed up to speak for Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Carly fiorina. Oddly enough while Rand Paul had two events in the area his people did not show up for the caucus.
Expect another update
Here are some random images from the event
Here are the speeches from the event for the various candidates & their reps before the vote:
Ted cruz spoke in person:
However there were representatives for other candidates Marco Rubio:
But the most eloquent speech for a candidate not there came from Rep Baldarsio for Donald Trump:
Based on this speech representative Baldarsio’s candidate deserved a better fate after the first round of Voting Donald Trump was eliminated for not drawing the 25 votes necessary to advance.
But even so Trump did infinitely better than Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, George Pataki, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Jim Gilmore combined who despite a ton of time spent in the state by some and millions in superpac money belonging to others didn’t garner a single vote between them
In addition to trump Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and John Kasich all failed to get 25 votes (but at least weren’t shut out like Bush Christie & co.
Trump had not missed the first cut by much and once he was out the other candidates scrambled for his votes. When the 2nd round was done however Fiorina had not been able to catch up with Carson and was out. It was down to Cruz and Carson but while the absent Carson had made a decent showing Cruz’s crew was just too large:
When it was all over I talked to Diane Vitter of the 603 alliance:
I think several candidates made a big mistake not showing up. Rand Paul was less than a mile from the location in the very same town. Lindsey Graham has spent the last week in the state, and the fact that Kasich managed to get votes when Bush was not.
As for the candidates there, if I was Carly Fiorina I’d make a big fuss about advancing when Trump did not, and if I was Ben Carson I’d point to a 2nd place showing while being on a book tour.
As a person who is a bit of a defense hawk I’m not down on Kelly Ayotte like a lot of other conservatives. I have noted on more than one occasion she has talked real sense on military matters, has been great on Benghazi
Oh look, Sen. Kelly Ayotte is on television again talking about Amb. Rice. She’ll continued to be ignored so the left can play sex card.
Yesterday she raised an incredible point at the Hagel Hearings that nobody seems to have caught Of course he also voted against a sense of the senate in designating the Islamic revolutionary guard corps as a terrorist organization and he told us during the hearing that it was because of it was part of an elected legitimate Iranian government. I don’t think that the people who rose up in 2009 in the green movement who were persecuted and shot at by the Iranian government would call that government a legitimately elected government. Nor would, at the time that he voted against designating the Islamic revolutionary guard corps as a terrorist organization at the time they were assisting those in Iraq who were murdering our troops.
That is simply devastating. Yet it got absolutely no airtime in the MSM. Why, because it can’t be refuted, there is no way to describe that vote in a positive way and there was nothing in either Senator Ayotte’s demeanor nor her delivery that can be used to attack her on style or substance.
The left has wanted to bring down the only national pol to the right of Chris Christie in the NH and now they’ve finally found a picture of Kelly Ayotte they think they can sell to the General public & New Hampshire voters.
Additionally Ms. Ayotte has been willing to give me time on occasion and it’s much appreciated.
Bottom line I like Kelly Ayotte. She’s not as conservative as me or frankly as I’d like but she the most conservative member of the Senate from any state north-east of Pennsylvania and that combined with her performance on national defense issues means something.
And because I like Kelly Ayotte I’d like to give her some free advice:
However, Ms. Batchelder is not just an average audience member. She’s a paid political operative of the GOP and a paid staff member of Team Jeb Bush:
Let him do it with someone who isn’t on your staff:
However, as previously noted, it didn’t take long to discover that Lauren Batchelder was not just an ordinary audience member, she is actually a current staffer for Senator Kelly Ayotte and also working in New Hampshire on behalf of the Jeb Bush 2016 campaign.
Your name being associated with this not only pisses off the base that you are going to need to turn out in full next year to be re-elected but by asking the question
“…do I get to choose what I do with my body?”
your intern Lauren Batchelder in one fell swoop put your pro-life credentials in doubt and the last thing you need is single issue NH right to life voters deciding you’re not worth their vote.
I don’t know if the Bush people put you up to it or not, if you knew about it or not, or if your staffer did this on her own but for the sake of a one day sound bite that backfired on the Bush campaign, they’ve given the base and the pro-life community, two groups that NEVER forget a reason, to distrust you.
This is bad.
Moreover because of Ms. Batchelder’s attempt to erase her affiliations the apology I’d normally suggest may not fly because destroying the evidence doesn’t do much for one’s credibility, it makes one look like Hillary Clinton.
Thatwas incredibly stupid.
So take my advice: Approach your staff and tell them this:
“The next time a candidate with a campaign that’s pulling single digits in the polls tries to use them for a stunt with the potential to piss off the base like this you have a choice: Say NO or resign publicly.”
Oh and it goes without saying that if Ms. Batchelder is still working for you by the end of the week the signal it will give to the base and pro-lifers will be so unmistakable that no amount of advice of mine will help.