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  • What Trump Saw and Cruz Did Not

    04/27/2016 11:07:30 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 86 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/26/16 | Rich Danker by way of Bill Kristol
    From: Rich Danker, Lone Star Committee founder Date: April 24, 2016 Re: The 2016 Republican race For those of you who have supported the Lone Star Committee's independent expenditures and operations, I want to give you an overview of what we did, how it contrasted with other organizations' efforts, and most importantly, how and why I believe the race has run its course with Donald Trump besting Ted Cruz as the presumptive GOP nominee. This includes an analysis of Cruz and Trump's respective strategies, especially in the critical early voting states where we played a role.
  • Cruz Campaign Vetting Carly for VP

    04/25/2016 1:15:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 04/25/2016 | Michael Warren
    Ted Cruzs presidential campaign is vetting Carly Fiorina as a potential running mate, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned. According to a spokeswoman for Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and one-time presidential candidate is being vetted by Cruz's campaign. "Normal stuff," said Sarah Isgur Flores, who served as deputy campaign manager during Fiorina's bid, when asked about the process. She added that Fiorina has met with members of the Cruz campaign and has given them financial disclosures and other documentation. Flores added that "no offers" have been made. On ABC's This Week Sunday, reporter Jon Karl floated the idea that Cruz...
  • Bill Kristol Names Romney, Rubio, Tom Cotton As Third-Party Prospects If Trump Wins Nomination

    04/25/2016 7:58:15 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 120 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 25 Apr 2016 | Patrick Howley
    Bill Kristol, son of Irving, names Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% , Mitt Romney, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) 79% , and others on his hypothetical shortlist of third-party candidates that he could run if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee. The Weekly Standard editor and self-styled neoconservative power broker is back to talking about a third party, declaring that a Trump victory in Indiana would force him to re-focus on his so-called Latter-Day Republicans independent ticket. A third party could help to split the vote on the Right and elect Hillary Clinton president, which would allow Kristol to stave off...
  • Bill Kristol Pushes Jim Mattis For Third Party Run: "Patriotic Americans" Will Look At This Choice

    04/25/2016 7:36:56 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 33 replies
    RCP ^ | April 24, 2016 | Tim Hains
    BILL KRISTOL: The only thing that appeals to me is what Reince Priebus just called a dumb idea, which is giving the American people a better choice than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump... I think an independent candidacy is totally doable, I think it will happen. The ballot access problems are not -- STEPHANOPOULOS: -- coming up on the filing deadlines -- KRISTOL: -- oh, Texas, North Carolina. Every other state -- no other state's filing deadlines' before June 27th. You couldn't wait until the convention. You'd have to decide after Indiana, possibly after California. I think there will be...
  • Banana Republicans

    04/15/2016 5:06:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2016 | Mark Hemingway
    Making sense of the 2016 Republican primary is a task best left to future historians, but here’s one rough measure of how crazy things have become: Results of one hotly contested primary in March are still being disputed. And the fight has gotten so bitter that negative campaign ads are being run on the radio—not against one of the GOP candidates but against one of the lowly 2,472 elected delegates tasked with going to the Republican convention and voting for the party nominee. The story involves a multigenerational rivalry between two Republican powerbrokers from Michigan, and at stake are six...
  • UNREAL. Megyn Kelly Blames TRUMP CAMPAIGN for Michelle Fields Filing Hoax Assault Charges!

    04/14/2016 3:50:34 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 101 replies
    GP ^ | 4/3/2016 | J Hoft
    WOW! On Wednesday night Politico reported that Donald Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski will not be charged for a hoax assault on reporter Michelle Fields. She made it up. Unfortunately, a lot of Cruz supporters stood with the hoaxer Fields. Tonight Megyn Kelly blamed the Trump Campaign for Michelle Fields filing a fraudulent police report against Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski.
  • Weak and Getting Weaker: Electability argument against Trump in the general election is hardening

    04/10/2016 8:52:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 179 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 04/10/2016 | Jonathan Last
    Of all the arguments against Donald Trump, the softest has been his poor prospects for victory in the general election. True, he has consistently polled worse against Hillary Clinton than have Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and virtually every other person who ran. But polls change. And if Trump were to win the Republican nomination, it would be such an earthquake that the political order might be transformed. Clinton, moreover, has huge vulnerabilities. She lacks many basic political skills, and she is a hostage to fortunein both the usual way, as the heir to an incumbent president, and in the unusual...
  • Trump celebrates victory at any cost, even winning by whining

    04/05/2016 8:55:53 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 93 replies
    msn ^ | 4/5/2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    "I can only say this: My whole life has been about winning. My whole life," Donald Trump told The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in a free-ranging interview over the weekend. "My life has been about victories. I've won a lot. I win a lot. I win - when I do something, I win. And even in sports, I always won. I was always a good athlete. And I always won. In golf, I've won many club championships. Many, many club championships. And I have people that can play golf great, but they can't win under pressure. So...
  • Bill Kristol: I Hope a Third Party Candidate Comes Forward

    03/25/2016 6:20:09 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 131 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 25, 2016 | by Bill Hoffman
    Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, tells Newsmax TV he hopes a third-party candidate will emerge if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are anointed the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. "I just don't think [Trump] has the character or temperament to be president of the United States ... [and] we're certainly not going to vote for Hillary," Kristol said Friday to J.D. Hayworth on "Newsmax Prime." "There are a lot of fine Republicans and conservatives in the country, some of them are retired generals, some of them are businessmen, some of them are civic leaders, some of...
  • Bill Clinton Trashes Obama: 'Awful Legacy of the Last Eight Years'

    03/21/2016 2:43:07 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 97 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 21, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    At an event today in Spokane, Washington, Bill Clinton called for putting "the awful legacy of the last 8 years behind us and the 7 years before that where we were practicing trickle down economics."
  • Trump Will Drop Out By Mid-October And Endorse Hillary Clinton (PSA against glue-sniffing)

    03/20/2016 10:00:48 AM PDT · by 20yearsofinternet · 68 replies
    TedState ^ | 3/20/2016 | Martin Knight
    At this point, whatever happens, the GOPs chances of winning this election is at best 25%, if Cruz is the nominee. If Trump is the nominee, that falls to 3% at best. The problem is; Trump wont win and he wont let himself lose. If he loses the nomination, I see two possibilities; 1) He immediately endorses his friend, Hillary Clinton. His promises are as genuine as a three dollar bill. 2)He waits until mid-October, when all the ballot papers are printed, and then hell endorse his friend, Hillary Clinton.
  • Donald and Decadence

    03/18/2016 5:21:49 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 29 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3-28-2016 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    Trump is a master at sensing and exploiting decay. His showmanship impresses, his bullying intimidates, his bravado seems bracing. But while decadence may explain a demagogue's success, it is no excuse for yielding. We at The Weekly Standard are certainly not immune to its appeal. But at key moments, the votaries of freedom must be able to resist the temptations of decadence. They must gather their forces and fight. For now, that means fighting to deny a "buffoon and opportunist" who makes "idiotic and racist" comments the nomination of the Republican party. Trump has so far won about 38 percent...
  • Kristol: Look For A Rubio-Fiorina Ticket

    10/22/2015 6:08:42 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 62 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com/ ^ | October 22, 2015
    The Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol predicted Thursday that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina will eventually lead the Republican ticket, and that Donald Trump would fade. "Now there's this Trump thing going on, I gather he's going to do OK in the polls for a while, but he's not going to be the nominee. We'll be fine," Kristol told MSNBC. "Rubio-Fiorina or a Fiorina-Rubio ticket's going to win in November everyone should calm down." After MSNBC's panelists prodded him into acknowledging Trump has a chance of winning the nomination, Kristol indicated it might be time for him to...
  • Bill Kristol: I Would Rather See Hillary Win Than Trump

    03/15/2016 2:15:31 PM PDT · by tflabo · 153 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, 02 Mar 2016 | Todd Beamon
    Donald Trump would make "a terrible nominee and a terrible president" and The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol said Wednesday that he would rather have Hillary Clinton in the White House than the Republican front-runner.
  • Bill Kristol Knows His Predictions Have Been Bad But He's Going to Keep Making Them

    02/20/2016 11:56:10 AM PST · by marvel5 · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 17, 2016 | Paul Farhi
    Back in late 2014, Bill Kristol foresaw that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky wouldn’t get very far in the forthcoming Republican primary season. He also forecast that Jeb Bush, then the presumed Republican front-runner, would struggle to secure the nomination. He was correct in both instances. This is newsworthy in the same sense that a man biting a dog is newsworthy. It’s an unusual, even aberrant event, a violation of the usual order of things. Kristol, 63, the eminent conservative commentator, has made so many wrong predictions that he’s become a kind of cult figure of wrong, at least among...
  • HORROR! Conservative Website REDSTATE Calls on Far Left Protesters to BRING GUNS to Trump Rallies

    03/11/2016 3:51:57 PM PST · by Red Steel · 167 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 11, 2016; 4:44pm | Jim Hoft
    REDSTATE CALLS ON FAR LEFT PROTESTERS TO BRING GUNS TO TRUMP RALLIES! RedState, a right of center website, managed by Trump-basher Erick Erickson, is part of Townhall Media. The website claims it has three goals: 1) Educate conservatives 2) Motivate conservatives to get involved in the political process 3) Activate conservatives through RedStates support and tools Today Redstate called on all far left protesters to BRING FIREARMS to Donald Trump rallies. This is a new low for the Trump-hating so-called Conservative media. They cant beat Trump at the ballot box so now they want his supporters shot dead. Its one...
  • Neoconservatives Declare War on Donald J. Trump

    02/29/2016 2:41:44 PM PST · by drewh · 131 replies
    The Intercept ^ | Feb. 29 2016, 12:08 p.m. | Zaid Jilani
    Donald Trumps runaway success in the GOP primaries so far is setting off alarm bells among neoconservatives who are worried he will not pursue the same bellicose foreign policy that has dominated Republican thinking for decades. Neoconservative historian Robert Kagan one of the prime intellectual backers of the Iraq War and an advocate for Syrian intervention announced in the Washington Post last week that if Trump secures the nomination, the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton. Max Boot, an unrepentant supporter of the Iraq War, wrote in the Weekly Standard that a Trump presidency would...
  • Lion Ted: Cruz Crushes the Detroit Debate

    03/04/2016 1:33:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 4, 2016 | Jonathan V. Last
    In theory, Ted Cruz's best states are behind him. But at the Detroit debate, Cruz was clearly the class of the field and it's clear that no one should count him out as the delegate race moves into its next phase. The delegate math is complicated, but the basic gist goes something like this: Donald Trump has a commanding lead at the moment, but it is not a given that he will reach the 1,237 threshold he needs to clinch a majority. Simply put, Trump has failed to break through the ceiling of support he's held since New Hampshire even...
  • What Trump said under oath about the Trump University fraud claims just weeks ago

    03/04/2016 1:01:10 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3-3-2016 | Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman and Alice Crites
    Donald Trump has claimed he has the "world's greatest memory," but when it came time this winter to give testimony in fraud cases filed against him and a real estate training program known as "Trump University," he displayed a repeated inability to recall names and faces of instructors he had claimed to have hired personally. "I can't remember that," he said on Dec. 10, when asked by trial lawyers in one of the class-action cases whether he had met one of the instructors in a program that provided training in building wealth through real estate. "The name sounds familiar but...
  • Why I Changed My Mind and Joined the #NeverTrump Movement

    03/02/2016 2:01:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 150 replies
    National Review ^ | March 02, 2016 | DAVID FRENCH
    Why I Changed My Mind and Joined the #NeverTrump Movement DAVID FRENCH March 2, 2016 Let me begin by saying that I was wrong. Weeks ago I said on a number of radio interviews that while I opposed Trump in the primary, Id back him if he won the GOP nomination. I hadnt yet seen or had been unwilling to believe the full extent of his contempt for the truth, his fondness for far-left conspiracy theories, and his sheer malice. When I saw Trump in full, my decision was easy: Never Trump. I have spent my entire adult...
  • A Big Night for Cruz

    03/02/2016 12:04:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 2, 2016 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    In winning Texas by 16 points, winning Oklahoma, winning (as of this writing) Alaska, and finishing second in Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota, and Tennessee, Ted Cruz has now solidified his grip on second place in the ‎GOP presidential race. He increased his lead over Marco Rubio in states won, votes won, and delegates won--and unless Rubio can win in Florida in two weeks (or John Kasich can win in Ohio), Cruz may soon be battling Donald Trump one-on-one (more or less) for the Republican nomination. But how can Cruz beat Trump? The number-one thing that needs to be undone from the...
  • The Craziest Political Prediction Article Ever Written

    03/01/2016 2:16:16 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 60 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | March 1, 2016 | Sundance
    Its been right there all along; a sense, an instinctual sense, a gut feeling, since late June 2015, and in all the subsequent months, it just kept reoccurring and with the passing of events, each time it became more and more difficult to dismiss. Before getting to the heart of this entirely speculative presentation, and specifically because its so far out there that, well, if accurate, a litany of people will claim we had to hold some insider connection, we must restate and remind everyone we have never had any contact with any entity from the Donald Trump...
  • Did Trump Bankroll Planned Parenthood Abortionists?

    02/28/2016 7:04:38 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 159 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 27 Feb 16 | John Mccomack
    Is that why he refuses to release his tax returns? After it was revealed this summer that Planned Parenthood was selling the organs and body parts of aborted human beings to biotech companies, Donald Trump said he wasn't sure if the organization should lose its federal funding. He even went out of his way to praise Planned Parenthood's good work. Meet the Press host Chuck Todd found Trump's stance interesting, so he asked Trump if he had ever been a Planned Parenthood donor. "It's possible," Trump replied. TODD: You were pretty--you were somewhat defending Planned Parenthood earlier this week. It...
  • Press Forbidden from Filming Hillary Boarding Private Plane

    02/27/2016 1:53:53 PM PST · by Zakeet · 104 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 27, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    <p>The press was forbidden from filming Hillary Clinton boarding her private plane, said an ABC reporter covering the leading Democratic candidate.</p>
  • After Months of Constant Attacks on GOP Front-Runner Trump Conservatives Lose Faith in FOX News

    02/27/2016 9:03:59 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 115 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 27,2016 | Jim Hoft
    Brand Index reported: Since the first GOP presidential debate last August, Fox News Channel seems to have lost its perception mojo with its core right-leaning audience. By mid February, FNCs perception by Republican adults 18 and over had reached its lowest point in more than three years, and has declined by approximately 50% since January of this year. Coinciding with Trumps rise to front-runner in the GOP presidential race, Fox News Channel has seen its perception by Republicans slide. In early August 2015, right after the first GOP debate aired on Fox News Channel,Trump went on a Twitter war with...
  • National Review: Trump Worse Than Hillary

    02/27/2016 1:53:37 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 352 replies
    Newsmax ^ | February 26,2016 | Joe Schaeffer
    The article appearing on the magazine's website Friday written by David Harsanyi reveals just how far National Review is willing to go to continue the war. It's title: "Why President Trump Would Be a Bigger Disaster Than President Clinton." "Whether you're an ideological conservative, a proponent of limited government, or someone who believes that the president has too much power already, you shouldn't think of this matchup as a contest between horrifying candidates," Harsanyi writes.
  • Against Trump Fatalism

    02/24/2016 12:09:03 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 59 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 24,2016 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    And so we are now being treated to a wave of Donald Trump fatalism. Yes, he's defied expectations in a pretty remarkable way. Yes, he's won three of the first four GOP contests. Yes, he's ahead in the polls in the states coming up. Yes, he has an easier path to victory than any other candidate. But only four states about 1.2 million people have actually cast ballots. Trump has won about a third of the votes cast; Cruz and Rubio have each won a bit over a fifth. Trump leads in delegates with 79 out of the 110 selected...
  • On Taxes, Trump Is No Reagan: What About The Spending Side Of The Budget?

    10/06/2015 7:27:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/06/2015 | James Capretta
    President Ronald Reagan is invoked incessantly by conservative commentators and politicians, but never more so than when the subject is taxes. And so it was when Donald Trump released his plan for tax reform. Several conservative commentators have done Trump a favor (and the public a disservice) by vouching for the legitimacy of the plan and saying it is very much in the Reagan tradition. That gives Trump far too much credit. His tax plan bears a superficial resemblance to Reagans agenda, but Reagan would never have proposed something so transparently infeasible. Reagan is invoked too casually on taxes both...
  • RedState's Leon Wolf : My Endorsement for President (Marco Rubio)

    02/26/2016 8:30:06 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 118 replies
    Redstate ^ | February 25th, 2016 | Leon Wolf
    This is one of the most difficult posts I have ever had to write. I had naively hoped that this election cycle, I would be treated to a substantive contest between a spate of highly accomplished two-term conservative governors, and Senators of great rhetorical skill acting as the ideological conscience of the bunch. As the primary wore on through the summer of 2015, it became clear that the GOP electorate was not interested in governors of accomplishment, but I still had hope for a final contest between two of my favorite Senators: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. I hoped to...
  • Trump Peddles Bogus Statistic to Defend Planned Parenthood

    02/26/2016 7:57:32 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 66 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 26, 2016 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    After undercover videos released in July showed that Planned Parenthood was involved in the trafficking of aborted baby body parts, Donald Trump said he wasn't sure if the Planned Parenthood should lose all of its federal funding. He later shifted, saying: "I wouldn't do any funding as long as they are performing abortions." Trump has stuck to that line, but he has also offered a lot of aid and comfort to Planned Parenthood by arguing it does "wonderful things." At Thursday night's debate, Trump said that "millions and millions of women cervical cancer, breast cancer are helped by...
  • Trump: I Hired Foreigners to Do Jobs Americans Wouldn't Do

    02/26/2016 6:43:32 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 148 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 26, 2016 | SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
    Following Thursday's Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump discussed an instance in which he had to hire foreign workers. "It's almost impossible to get help. And part of the reason that you can't get American peopleyou know, they want full-time jobs. This is a 4-month 5-month job." Watch the full clip here: ...
  • How Cruz Could Win

    02/26/2016 3:36:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 24, 2016 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    GOP voters are in a fighting mood. They aren't much interested in business-as-usual, political niceties, or even conservative purity. They want someone who will take it to Washington--someone who will go there and fight for change. Unfortunately for the rest of the Republican field, the candidate who voters overwhelmingly think will bring change to Washington is Donald Trump. South Carolina exit polling found that, among the large subsection of GOP voters who most want a candidate who "can bring change," a whopping 45 percent supported Trump, compared with only 19 percent for Ted Cruz and 16 percent for Marco Rubio....
  • Trump ♥ Foreign Workers

    02/25/2016 10:45:29 PM PST · by dschapin · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/25/2016 | Mark Krikorian
    ... "I can see the bumper sticker now: “Vote Trump – Because there are jobs Americans won’t do.” Cruz and Rubio finally landed some blows against Trump in this debate; Rubio’s mockery was especially amusing (and unnerving for Trump), though my man Cruz’s attacks were more serious and grounded. But at this late date, the hits Trump took on his (lack of a) health care plan, tax returns, even Trump University, might not make any difference. But the whole point of his candidacy is that he’s a nationalist, that his first concern is for America and Americans; his (obviously unread)...
  • Mitt Romney: Demise of Legacy Media Empowering Conservative Insurgents, ...

    10/21/2015 6:31:14 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 38 replies
    Failed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney lamented that the demise of traditional media is empowering Republican insurgents and preventing establishment Republicans from compromising more with Democrats. As the Republican establishment is trying convince Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 58% to run for House Speaker, Romney told David Axelrod on a recent The Axe Files podcast that the extremes within our respective parties are having a louder and louder voice and demanding more attention and immediate action as opposed to more collaborative action.
  • If He Wins, Do We Stand With Trump?

    02/22/2016 4:05:20 AM PST · by 20yearsofinternet · 219 replies
    RedState ^ | 2/21/2016 | Joe Cunningham
    It's the million dollar question as we look to the possibility that Donald Trump is somehow the nominee: Do we as Republicans stand with him? Do we circle the wagons? Do we overlook everything in his past and say "You know what? Better than a Democrat." The answer, for me at least, is decidedly "No."
  • Paultard Punk Trashes Palin at Tea Party -- Gets Booed Off the Stage

    04/23/2010 11:43:20 AM PDT · by big black dog · 113 replies · 2,144+ views
    He really steps in it at about the 3:15 mark. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nFeOsMGfi0&feature=player_embedded#at=348
  • Erickson: I'm never voting for Trump

    02/22/2016 6:51:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 207 replies
    Politico ^ | February 22, 2016 | Nick Gass
    Erick Erickson will no longer support Donald Trump if he is the Republican presidential nominee, the conservative pundit declared on Monday, citing in particular the Manhattan businessman's support of Planned Parenthood. "I have become convinced that Donald Trump’s pro-life conversion is a conversion of convenience," he wrote in a post on his website, The Resurgent. "Life is the foremost cause in how I vote. Therefore I will not be voting for Donald Trump at all. Ever."
  • The REAL Donald Trump: Come Get To Know Him

    02/21/2016 7:08:44 PM PST · by Critical 1 · 110 replies
    RedState ^ | February 19, 2016 | Caleb Howe
    Today, conservative talk radio host, Blaze TV host, NRA star, author of Hands Off My Gun, Tea Party activist, and general defender of freedom and liberty Dana Loesch has taken a huge step in the fight being brought to bear against Donald Trump's bid for the GOP nomination. Dana has put together the most comprehensive and authoritative take-down of every myth Donald Trump fans swallow, believe, and perpetuate online and offline that can possibly be constructed, in a blog post and the video below. ... Take yourself seriously. Pay attention to this. It's important. It's the truth. Blog Post: http://danaloeschradio.com/how-i-came-to-my-opinion-on-donald-trump...
  • Trumpism Corrupts

    02/21/2016 2:33:31 PM PST · by EveningStar · 123 replies
    The Weekly Standard Magazine ^ | February 29, 2016 | Jonathan V. Last
    ...For the last eight months, the sophisticated view of Trump and Trumpism has gone something like this: Donald Trump may be a huckster, but he has done a service to the Republican party by bringing new, nontraditional voters into the tent. He has shown his fellow candidates that they can flatly reject the demands of political correctness and need not drop into turtle-guard whenever the New York Times takes a shot at them. And while Trump the man is not presidential material, Trumpism -- that is, the collection of populist and nationalist concerns that have become wrapped up in the...
  • Every Day Carson Remains in the Race is Further Proof that His Campaign is a Scam

    02/21/2016 8:22:29 AM PST · by MLL · 125 replies
    RedState ^ | 02/21/2016 | Leon Wolf
    Ben Carson finished dead last in South Carolina last night, as the polls predicted that he would. He did not finish last due to lack of effort, or because he was focusing on some other state where he had a better chance. By Carson's own admission, South Carolina was a state where he should have done well, and where the large evangelical population should have given him a decent chance to post a good showing. Instead, he finished behind John Kasich, a guy who spent significant portions of the last week campaigning in far flung places like Michigan. He finished...
  • Questions Nobody Has Asked

    02/21/2016 10:42:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | John P. Warren
    Watching CNN's debates and town halls makes me think of questions I'd like to ask. You, too, I'm sure. Here are a few no one seems to be asking. About Clinton: Despite her Nevada win, it is becoming harder and harder for people to believe she and her husband went through all the trouble and expense to keep their emails on a personal server for the sake of convenience. While the inquiry thus far has focused solely on those classified emails, the better question is what was it the Clintons did NOT want to have on government servers, so easily...
  • Glenn Beck Responds to South Carolina Primary Results: ‘Join Me’ in a ‘Fast for Ted Cruz’

    02/21/2016 5:45:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 397 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 21, 2016 | Staff
    Following Donald Trump’s victory in the South Carolina GOP primary, talk radio host Glenn Beck urged his Facebook followers to join him and his family “in a fast for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), our country and the Nevada caucus.” “I would like to ask you to join me and my family Monday in a fast for Ted Cruz, our country and the Nevada caucus,” Beck wrote on his Facebook page after the South Carolina election results showed a decisive double-digit victory for Trump, whose candidacy Beck has been staunchly opposed to.
  • What Donald Trump's Win In South Carolina Says About The Republican Party (Compares to Wallace)

    02/20/2016 6:09:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 20, 2016 | Igor Bobic and Ryan Grim
    Donald Trump comfortably defeated his Republican presidential rivals on Saturday in South Carolina's GOP primary. Trump's resounding victory isn't simply a boon to his prospects for winning the Republican presidential nomination, an outcome once thought impossible that is looking increasingly more plausible. It is also an embarrassing repudiation of conservative orthodoxy that has dominated Republican politics for decades. It suggests that the party's intellectual leaders, who organized the base around the National Review/Weekly Standard consensus -- small government, free trade, pro-Israel, deregulation, low taxes, social conservatism and an aggressive foreign policy -- have been generals of a phantom army. The...
  • Redstate's Leon Wolf: "No CNN, Trump is not on the Path to the Nomination"

    02/20/2016 6:31:31 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 93 replies
    Redstate ^ | Feb 20 2016 | Leon Wolf
    Right after calling the South Carolina primary for Trump, the CNN political panel was borderline orgasmic and already calling the entire race for Trump. They claimed, incredibly, that it would take an unexpected and unforeseeable event for someone other than Trump to win. CNN is as slow to adapt to the reality of Trump as the Republican establishment has been. If Donald Trump were a traditional Republican, I would agree that this race would already be over. But what CNN is ignoring is the mounting evidence that Donald Trump does not receive momentum from victories like other Republicans in the...
  • How David Brooks Created Donald Trump

    02/18/2016 7:48:38 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    Cato At Liberty ^ | 2/11/2016 | MICHAEL F. CANNON
    If you give Obama a pass when he is dishonest or breaks the rules, because he seems like a good man, or is at least better than those guys; if you argue he had to change the law himself because Congress is dysfunctional and Republicans are unreasonable; if you lambast Bush for starting a war, but give Hillary a pass for both Iraq and Libya; then you are adopting one set of rules for your tribe and another set of rules for everyone else. That shows a lack of respect for people who disagree with you. They notice. They resent...
  • New York Daily News Slams 'Anti-Christ' Donald Trump In Fiery Front Page Image

    02/20/2016 3:44:04 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 76 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Feb 18 2016 | Huffington Post
    Fire, brimstone and... tacky high-end luxury properties? The New York Daily News fired a new salvo in its ongoing war of words with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling the real estate magnate "ANTI CHRIST" on its front page. An image of Trump was also doctored to surround him with flames and to give him devilishly red and scaly skin.
  • The Dems, Not the GOP, in Disarray This Election

    01/10/2016 9:28:50 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 10, 2016 | Salena Zito
    Last Tuesday, Bloomberg political reporter Sahil Kapur tweeted from a Donald Trump rally in Massachusetts that an undecided New Hampshire voter said he will likely vote for the Republican businessman. The mans second choice was Vermont Democrat-Socialist Bernie Sanders. Tweeted Fox News contributor Michelle Fields the next day: “My cab driver in Iowa says he's an independent. His first choice is Trump. Second choice? Hillary.” Many registered Democrats in those regions now self identify as Republicans or Republican-leaning independents. Trump has captivated these voters, resulting in his commanding lead in the Republican field. “In essence, Trump and the other outsiders...
  • A Political Realignment 10 Years in the Making

    01/31/2016 2:02:30 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    REAL CLEAR POLITICS ^ | January 31,2016 | Salena Zito
    America doesn't need two secular, cosmopolitan parties. Trump's secret is that he has found an unoccupied space to practice politics. Call it the politically incorrect, moderately traditionalist, main-street economics zone, where winners and losers exist (just as in the real world) and it is not a crime to believe unabashedly in American greatness. Trump has stoked xenophobic fears and used his crass showmanship to mark out this territory. His tactics of strong demagoguery make it completely understandable to lament his success. Yet, in order for our political system to work, people must feel as if they have real choices that...
  • Let Us Not Be Consumed By the Mob (Author decries voter revolt against GOP-E)

    01/02/2016 7:23:02 PM PST · by kristinn · 87 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, January 2, 2016 | Salena Zito
    Every political movement has a tipping point. It goes too far, or it loses its original purpose -- or it becomes so self-enamored, under the influence of anger and mob rule, that ugliness shades all the good of its original intent. Such is true of the populism that peaked this summer in America. Years of incompetency and a tin ear at the White House, along with a Republican-controlled Congress accused of not accomplishing much, drove people to figuratively or literally shout, "Enough is enough!" Never mind that many of the loudest shouters likely did not vote in 2008 or 2012...
  • The Destroyer Cometh

    02/19/2016 1:46:34 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 110 replies
    Politico ^ | 17 Feb 16 | Richard Lowry
    Donald Trump is running riot in the GOP china shop and gleefully tearing the place up. Consider the strength of Trump’s position: If he wins South Carolina by a big margin, he goes into Nevada with momentum, and the latest poll there has him leading by 26 points and pushing 50 percent. If he enters Super Tuesday a week later having won three out of the past three states — and with Cruz diminished by a South Carolina loss and Rubio having won nowhere — he could easily win, say, 10 contests that day. It might still be possible to...