Missy (The Master): He’s trapped at the heart of the Dalek empire. He’s a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the deadliest race in all of history can throw at us. We, on the other hand, have a pointy stick. How do we start?
Clara: We assume we’re going to win.

Doctor Who: The Witches’ Familiar 2015

There are few thing I enjoy more than re-watching the 2004 ALCS series starting with the 9th inning of game 4.

Even twelve years later and with three world series in the bag. The 2004 ALCS is special. It brings a smile to the face and a tear to the eye and it all began with the greatest stolen base in Red Sox History:

and ended with Big Papi knocking it out.

Now for Red Sox fans like myself the great comeback of 2004 is particularly special because it was our first world series win. That first championship is always the greatest.

I’m sure this isn’t unique to Red Sox fans. 1969 was the first championship for the Met and the 1969 Miracle Mets as some might have forgotten came back from behind to take the East from the Chicago Cubs and then swept Atlanta to win their first pennant.

Yes that’s a young Nolan Ryan who was to win his only World Series Ring of his incredible career with those Miracle Mets.

And if you go back even further in 1951 the then NY Giants were 12 1/2 back in August and 4 1/2 games back with ten to play and managed to come back and take the Pennant.

Now All of these teams and comebacks are legendary and every baseball fan knows them. Do you know the reason why?

Because they are exceptions.

Nobody talks about the seasons when the Yankees dominated in the 90’s or the Reds in 1976 or the 1973 Oakland A’s not because they weren’t great teams but because thing happened as expected.

And that brings us to the election results tonight.

As of this writing Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia and Alabama and Tennessee have all gone for Donald Trump and when CNN reported that GOP donors are getting together to get money together to stop him Jake Tapper just said “Why don’t they wait till after the inauguration?”

At the same time as the GOP Establishment is doing this many of my fellow conservative activists are talking about the same thing stopping Trump or suggesting that he’s in trouble to wit

Now as I’ve said over and Over I’m a Ted Cruz guy. I voted for him today and I urge all voters to vote for Ted as the best candidate to secure the border, stop Obamacare, I’m glad he’s leading in Texas and exit polls look good in Oklahoma which would be one more state than the MSM was projecting and I’d be delighted for him to come back and win the nomination.

But I understand that such a comeback would be in the same class as the 2004 Red Sox , the 1969 Mets and the 1951 Giants and have no intention of pretending otherwise and I hope the Ted Cruz campaign does the same because you can’t get to where you want to go unless you understand where you are.

Now I don’t expect the Establishment GOP to tell the truth but I’m really bothered to see my fellow conservative activists retreat to their safe spaces

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One of the things that you notice when you do this long enough are the more subtle methods of persuasion and suggestion that the media uses.

Yesterday was Super Tuesday and there was a myriad of results. Gingrich taking Georgia, Santorum taking North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, Romney taking Vermont, Massachusetts, Alaska, Idaho and Virginia

And then there is Ohio where Romney is being declared the “apparent winner” with a few percent still to count.

Now we won’t go deeply into Ohio until the rest of the vote is in, but I will say this: If the current numbers hold up that means that it took a 16-1 cash advantage to beat Rick Santorum in a key state where Mitt Romney had an organization that is strong and supported by the republican establishment. An organization that, as Chuck Todd put it:

“looks sharp because Santorum and Gingrich don’t have operations”

That’s a bit of on overstatement but not much. Both Santorum and Gingrich are running shoestring organizations.

The real interesting thing however is not that, what is interesting is what was happening in the 7 a.m. hour on Morning Joe.

Nicole “Yeah I know how to run a winning GOP campaign” Wallace was a guest and showed exactly why she has a job with MSNBC.

It is not a secret that if you are a republican who will hit the GOP base that you will always have a job on MSNBC but Nicole Wallace was on TV today advising Mitt Romney to attack Rush Limbaugh with the entire table nodding in agreement.

  • No mention of the background of the business and the phony testimony of Fluke.
  • No mention of the Miss Fluke’s “interesting” positions on forced coverage of sex changes
  • No mention of the actual issue which is religious liberty
  • in fact no mention even of Rush’s apology or that this story is now a full seven days old.

Nope it’s just “Mitt Romney needs to denounce Rush Limbaugh”

Now lets remember what the left has always said about Rush, that’s he’s just an entertainer, that he doesn’t matter that he’s an empty suit.

Yet one week later they are still attacking on this issue. Why? The answer is very simple.

It is clearly understood by the left, no matter how much they say otherwise that Barack Obama is in horrible shape for re-election. They understand that all four of the GOP candidates can and should beat him. No president has won re-election with this kind of economy since FDR and Obama is no FDR.

With democrats disenchanted with Obama (quick find me a dem in a tough race willing to appear on a stage with him) The only chance that Obama has is to depress the GOP turnout, a GOP that is absolutely DYING to vote for someone other than Obama.

That’s where people like Nicole Wallace come in.

Romney has the weakest connection to the base of the GOP than any of the other candidates. If a Nicole Wallace can convince Mitt’s team that he has to attack Rush Limbaugh, a host that has 20 million listeners, that will convince a base that doesn’t trust him to begin with, that he is not with them.

Mind you they don’t even have to convince Romney to actually do this…they simply need to convince the base that he will.

Let’s be blunt, if Romney is the general election candidate the left and the media will be going whole hog on the “Mormons are creepy” business and they will be playing it in the south in an attempt to depress the GOP vote while trying to excite Black voters, particularly in the south (remember the African American’s for Obama business) in the hopes of stealing a state or two.

They will also be pushing the “Americans Elect” BS in the hope of pulling off GOP voters. If Romney is the nominee don’t be surprised to see Americans Elect suddenly find themselves embracing a more conservative ticket

The bottom line is this: The left will always tell you who they fear, they fear Rush Limbaugh, they fear the GOP base and they fear most of all, that if Romney wins the nomination Limbaugh and the base will follow Andrew Breitbart’s advice and support Romney for all his faults.

The target of Nicole Wallace’s and the Morning Joe crowds words were not Mitt Romney, (although they will be happy if he is stupid enough to follow his advice). If you are the base of the GOP then the target is you.

Update: Jennifer Rubin sort of gets it

I am struck by how far afield from anything relevant the Obama team and liberal media must go to attack the likely Republican presidential nominee who is supposedly so weak. Really, Rush Limbaugh is the best the Dems can do?…

…Yesterday, Obama committed Michael Kinsley gaffe (caught telling the truth, namely his support for Israel is as substantive as cotton candy). The administration rolled out an incoherent and useless housing plan. The president’s lead-from-behind Syria policy revealed itself to be embarrassingly late and half-hearted. No wonder the left wants to talk about Rush Limbaugh.

Romney when asked about this should be blunt: The president has 8.3-percent unemployment, a huge debt, no entitlement reform plans and a floundering foreign policy. All he knows and wants to talk about are gimmicks. Shame on him.

Frankly if Romney is stupid enough to fall for this then he doesn’t deserve to win.

Update 2: speaking of outrage over bad words

Cohen writes this in sneering about the death of a father of four.

He concludes,

A public man should be judged by his public acts. And in Breitbart I can find nothing of value. He thought politics was like war.

What would it take for any editor over there to say, “You know, Richard, maybe you want to take another crack at this one”? Or, “There’s probably a way to make the point you want to make without calling a man ‘revolting and unethical’ — I mean, he did just die suddenly, leaving his wife a widow, his children fatherless, and his friends mourning.” Or, “The man’s funeral is scheduled for today, do we really want to conclude one of our columns with the declaration that his life’s work offered nothing of value”?

But no, that was too much to ask. Just as it was too much to ask for any of the numerous lefties on Twitter to hold their tongues and fingers and just write something like, “I disagreed with him, but RIP.”

But hey, Rush used a mean word, so let’s throw a hissy fit about that for a week.

I never had a lot of respect for Cohen, today I have less