The Hillary Clinton Economy Speech, The Ted Cruz I’m Like Donald Trump Speech

Update: War: Chamber of Commerce gearing up to take out conservative incumbents in the House next year. The Chamber of Commerce is winning, or losing? The 2016 elections will decide. The GOP coddles their corporate cronies. Hillary’s economy speech drags her further to the kook left and protection of the crony capitalists on the left. Cruz is trying to sound like Trump, which is smarter than those who attack Trump, but not enough. Trump? Trump haters are beginning to wake up and sound the trumpets:

In fact, this is easy red meat for Donald Trump if he’s inclined to take on the business class he’s a part of. Nothing would build his conservative cred faster than rising to the defense of the people in Congress who are most opposed to open borders and who are now evidently on the electoral menu for corporate America. You can write the script yourself: “Take it from a guy who’s worth $10 billion, a secure border is more important than better margins on labor.”

From every political affiliation, gender, and ethnicity/race – we’re all sounding the Trumpets. We’re all becoming Trumpettes. We notice today very few are talking about the new YouGov poll on Trump which proves he is rising not sinking. TRUMP IS NOW AT 28% and second choice he is at 38%. Why are so few writing about this? Wasn’t the big question earlier this week whether or not Trump was dead or had hit his ceiling? The YouGov poll which is brand new says Trump continues to rise. Both political parties and their hacks are scared of this and so the plan is “keep it quiet.” Watch what happens after August 6.

For the Trump haters we present the dumbest, stupidest, most idiotic anti-Trump article ever published by Big Media: The Danger of a Celebrity President. It’s not an attack on the Obama cult but a defense of Obama and an attack on a certain candidate – so you know how stupid it is.

More cheers for Trump as he attacks Big Media with more than words. Trump has banned the Des Moines Register noosepaper from today’s campaign events. The Register has demanded Trump get out of the race. Screw you Big Media. In America the people decide who stays in and who goes out (until 2008 when Big Media diktated the outcome that is.) Maybe if all GOP candidates and Hillary follow Trump’s lead the Big Media vipers can be put back in their nests.

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Ted Cruz on the Senate floor: Mitch McConnell’s a liar and our new majority is a cronyist fraud. We like the speech. But it’s a fail.

Hillary also emitted sounds today in yet another speech about the economy. Hillary looked great. The speech? It’s a fail.

We hate to be so negative but after sharpshooter Trump taking on all comers and Against All Flags insurgency as just about everybody in the left and right establishments tries to bring him down… well lets just say we’re let down.



Why is Hillary’s speech on the economy a fail? You don’t even have to listen to the speech to know there is a strategic flaw. Here’s the speech: Oh, we can’t embed the video we can only provide a link to the speech because HillaryClinton.com does not provide a video of what is supposed to be a big speech. Another fail.

What’s the strategic problem with the speech? Well, if these ideas are so good why doesn’t Obama implement them? Or try to implement them? Why didn’t Obama do them a long time ago? Or, is Hillary in this speech attacking Obama? Is Hillary saying Obama did not do this and she will? That’s the strategic problem. Having tied herself to Obama she now cannot criticize Obama even as she puts out ideas that Obama could implement or at least try to implement but won’t. Why not? Why won’t Obama try to implement these ideas, such as they are?

This is going to be an ongoing problem for Hillary2016. That’s why the best bet, strategically speaking, would have been (as we suggested so long ago) for Hillary to base her campaign on “It’s time for a change.” Instead we are left holding a smelly bag labeled “Stay the course.”

There is another problem with the speech on the substance. Hillary invests a great deal of her time in her speech to Wall Street and assorted mumbo jumbo about investors who invest in stocks for quick profits then get out. We thought the purpose of Wall Street gambling was to make money and a quick buck.

Nowhere in her speech today does Hillary hit the main issue about Wall Street and investing. At no point does Hillary say “Obama economic policies and FED policies force people to throw themselves into the Wall Street cesspool. It’s time for a change.”

Americans who do not want to go near Wall Street are muscled by Obama and FED policies to do just that. Low interest rates help corporations but for someone who wants to keep their money in a safe bank account with compounded interest – low interest rates are a disaster. Hillary doesn’t mention this. Trillions in wealth shifted to Wall Street titans and from Hillary silence or no recognition this is a problem that her “solutions” exacerbate.

In the Obama economy money in the bank is going to waste. Almost no interest is accrued. If Hillary wants to help the middle class and the poor why not advocate for interest rates that reflect reality? Why not help young people who want to work and save be able to do so without the increased risk of putting money in the Wall Street shark tank? Sure, increased risk via Wall Street investments will potentially bring increased gains, but what if you just want slow, safe, and steady growth? That used to be the preferred economic plan for the poor and middle class. Wall Street was for the swells willing and able to risk their capital.

Instead of helping Americans opt out of the Wall Street casino, Hillary goes on and on about the travails of Wall Street investors and how to squeeze money out of them. Never mind that many of those Wall Street investors are union pension funds and the George Soros types that fund so much of the left infrastructure.

When all is said and done Hillary’s economy speech ignores the extortion against those that have worked and saved money to put in a nice safe bank account. The fail is all the talk about stocks and buy-backs. Where is the plain talk to the American people? Why repudiate the successes of Bill Clinton? Fail.



Ted Cruz also emitted sounds today. He too failed. That’s not to say we did not like his speech. We did. But the Cruz speech was Donald Trump on cruise control. This Trump hating, Cruz hating bit sums it up nicely:

Sample quote: “[This majority] does get things done, but it listens to one and only one voice: That is, the voice of the Washington cartel, of the lobbyists on K Street, of the big money and big corporations.” This guy is talking about his own caucus.

Nominally, this speech is about McConnell’s betrayal of opponents of the Ex-Im bank and his Reid-esque procedural scam to block conservative amendments that could have jeopardized the Iran deal. What it really is, of course, is a campaign commercial for Cruz 2016 aimed at all the Trump voters he covets but who prefer someone (for the moment) who stands outside the political class. This is Cruz’s way of showing them that not only is he willing to throw punches at the establishment too, he hits much harder than Trump does. The unspoken point is, “If you detest Washington and its endless corrupt excrescences, why would you support him instead of me?” Good question. I have no idea.

We have an answer to that good question: Trump is better that Ted because Cruz is part of the system he is complaining about. Fair or unfair that’s why that other guy, Trump, resonates and Cruz just cruises, out of gas, in the breeze.

For anyone who thinks we are being unfair to the Senator from Texas, consider what this kerfuffle was about: Iran and the attempt to block the deal between Obama and his Mullah pals. Um, didn’t Senator Ted Cruz help ensure that the Obama – Persian Empire of Terror deal was approved? Let’s hoist the black flag and bring up Ace of Spades to testify about Iran and the Corker amendment:

Rubio’s offering some bullshit amendments designed to make him appear Strong On Defense but he’s just part of Failure Theater like the rest of them.

Without this bill, Obama needs 67 votes to approve the Iran treaty.

With the bill, the treaty is presumptively approved, and it takes 67 votes to disapprove of the treaty.

And this is Corker’s way of showing he’s “standing up to Obama.”

How? By performing analingus on him?

This is just the latest insult from the Republican Party. All their bullshit is designed to trick conservatives into thinking they’re taking a stance, when in fact they’re voting with the Democrats.

If Corker has good reasons why this treaty should be passed — and it’s plain that he’s a fan, because he’s making up yet more Fake Opposition to pass it — he should say so. [snip]

No, they lie, they pretend they’re opposed to it, and they stage productions of Failure Theater to trick conservatives into thinking they’re opposing it — but are just being outfoxed, by gum! — when in fact they’ve voted in advance to lose on the issue.[snip]

Corker’s bill does not impose limits on Obama; Corker’s bill does not oppose the Iran treaty. [snip]

Without the Corker bill, Obama would need 67 Senate votes to pass his treaty. The treaty dies without the Corker bill.

With the Corker bill, Obama needs only 34 Senate votes to keep his treaty — which is actually passed, beforehand, by the Corker bill.

The treaty passes into law with the Corker bill.

But Corker, McConnell, and the rest of the traitors will Lie To Your Fucking Face that they “did their best” when, once again, another Obama measure is passed by the Senate.

But by gum! They did their best. They fought so hard but they just couldn’t do it.

Here’s how you actually defeat Obama’s treaty:

1. You scrap the Corker bill, which approves of the treaty, then requires a supermajority of 67 to block it it. (Something which will fail.)

2. Then, you vote against the treaty.

Simple, isn’t it? You just vote against the treaty. You don’t create a convoluted process where you first vote for the treaty and then later vote against it — but oh darn! That first vote was the important one!

Failed again!

The fuck with these people.

They are lying to us, they are corrupt as the worst whores of hell, and they are leading this country into destruction.

Do not go gently on this Corker bill.

Raise Hell.

Let these vile motherfuckers know WE WILL NOT BE LIED TO ANY LONGER.

It’s failure theater. And Cruz played his role. Cruz voted for what he is now complaining about. Failure theater.

That was before Trump came on the scene. After Trump, Cruz had the good sense to heed our warnings and that’s why he voted against ObamaTrade. Cruz is one of the better ones when it comes to positioning himself against the establishment but Trump is the reason for the Cruz speech today.

Failure theater is the GOP ploy to advance the GOP even as the country goes to blazes:

He’s calling McConnell a liar. He’s not hinting at it. He says it. Multiple times.

“He brought up his Obamacare amendment… which is a smokescreen, because it’s intended to fail.” [snip]

By the way, I also hear they’ve got a Fake Sanctuary City bill in the works that they will trick conservatives into thinking actually gets rid of sanctuary cities, but in fact institutionalizes them.

It’s all failure theater to help the GOP but at least Ted Cruz wants a ticket to the Trump show. Jeb Bush the Washington Post reports wants to be the “un-Trump”. Jeb Bush as the “un” anything is not a drink anyone wants.



Our advice to all those that want to be Trump or be un-Trump or trump Trump is this: speak English. Speak clear, concise, English. Don’t connive. Don’t plot. Don’t think this is the time to fool the public will well-crafted mumbo jumbo because the Internet and tough talkers like Donald Trump will make your life difficult.

Indeed, take a clue or a few from Donald J. Trump. Attack Big Media. Attack the establishment of the political system in both parties. Everyone running for president should treat Big Media and the Big Two Parties with the contempt Donald Trump does not hide. Tell Big Media and the political parties, “You’re finished” or the voters will tell you “You’re fired.”

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163 thoughts on “The Hillary Clinton Economy Speech, The Ted Cruz I’m Like Donald Trump Speech

  1. Is this good or bad news for Trump:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/dennis-rodman-endorses-donald-trump-2016-president-120592.html

    Dennis Rodman endorses Donald Trump for president

    Dennis Rodman has endorsed Donald Trump for president.

    On Friday, the five-time NBA champion tweeted that the Donald “has been a great friend for many years.”

    “We don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016,” he added.

    Trump responded on Twitter, writing, “Thank you @DennisRodman. It’s time to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain! I hope you are doing well!”

    Rodman previously appeared on Donald Trump’s NBC television show “The Celebrity Apprentice” and was the fifth contestant fired, of 16 total contestants.

    The #1 topic on Twitter.

  2. The things Obola is rolling out for this country are going to get Trump elected (and Hillary, not) yet. Here is one more, the AFFH:

    The Draconian legal settlement imposed on Westchester several years ago by the Obama administration creates a court-appointed “monitor” who has effectively usurped Westchester County’s right to democratic self-governance. The monitor insists, and Obama’s Department of Justice agrees, that Westchester County officials must not only obtain financing for new low-income housing developments in Chappaqua, but must suppress local opposition to the project.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/421533/obama-fires-affh-warning-shot-over-hillarys-house-stanley-kurtz

  3. This is going to be an ongoing problem for Hillary2016. That’s why the best bet, strategically speaking, would have been (as we suggested so long ago) for Hillary to base her campaign on “It’s time for a change.” Instead we are left holding a smelly bag labeled “Stay the course.”
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    QED

    That is our consensus

    That is why we are here, rather than on some other blog

    But she will not listen

    The left keeps moving the goal posts

    Now they want her to apologize for her “racist” campaign in 2008

    There is no way she–or any other candidate can satisfy them

    Why bother, especially if it offends everyone else

    If she has not figured out by now that what we have all been shouting from the roof tops

    For years, and certainly since 2012

    And how the “radical middle” of the electorate is saying as they support Trump

    And the leadership of both parties–the status quo are so arrogant

    That they commit rape and incest in broad daylight

    Then the law of probability suggests that she never will

    Which is why I have moved on to greener pastures

    Its the old Von Rumstead speech mentioned earlier

  4. The things Obola is rolling out for this country are going to get Trump elected
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    Really?

    That is a bit of a quantum leap.

  5. wbboei
    July 24, 2015 at 7:31 pm
    Lu4PUMA
    July 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm
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    You make a good point.

    The TPP was the big issue in my opinion.

    It adversely affects everything i.e. sovereignty, job opportunity, safety nets, culture, crime, etc.

    The Import Export Bank is more of a symbolic one.

    Its economic effects will be minimal unless those companies fail and the taxpayers have to pay.

    In other words, the TPP creates a imposes a direct liability, IEB only a contingent one.

    Therefore, when Ted gives a free pass to TPP—because he supports free trade

    So long as the McConnell made good on his promise to let the Import Export lapse

    Makes you wonder whether Cruz does not have those policies reversed

    But even if the Import Export Bank is symbolic only—a metaphor for crony capitalism and corruption

    The speech is a classic take down of a corrupt political leader–and helps define the 2016 debate along with what Trump is saying

    For me, it calls to mind the opening statement by the future Lord Chancellor of England in the case of Old Bailey.

    Powerful, persuasive and damned near enough to send that turkey buzzard McConnell half way to hell.

  6. So what was the latest scandal supposedly of Hillary’s emails by probably both the Reps and the WH supposed to do ESPECIALLY TODAY? Could any or all of these be the real reason? Feel free to add to the list.

    1. Of course as always, bring down Hillary and throw red meat to the Republicans.
    2. Keep fueling the fire and fanning the flames that Hillary is a liar so her poll numbers and unfavorability ratings will drop and drop.
    3. Get attention and the headlines off of Trump.
    4. Divert attention from the lying Mitch McConnell and his behavior in the Senate today. Tax payers just got screwed…but oh, that Hillary.
    5. Divert attention of any senator who objected…as Cruz did today.
    6. Divert attention from BO’s “going home” trip.
    7. Divert attention from the Iran deal, Obamatrade, Obamacare, or some unknown scandal of either Reps or Dems that is going to come out soon.
    8. BO’s fear that Hillary might go all Trump on him and tell the real truth. Message sent to her.

    So why divert attention at this time back to the supposed Clinton scandals. My trust level of the politicians and government is dropping like a rock and I’m very suspicious these days. 😉

  7. What I would have Trump tell big media is this:

    You can call me an outsider—I welcome that characterization. I wear it as a badge of honor.

    You can distort what I say and lie about me—to bamboozle voters

    You can make fun of my hair–since you have a penchant for the trivial

    But you can’t fire me.

    The only one that can do that is the American People.

    And at this point the polls say I will win.

    But let me tell you a little secret.

    One you have not figured out.

    They can also fire you.

    For helping to destroy the great middle class.

    I promise to save the middle class.

    And you attack me for even that.

    Your polls indicate that you are the one who is on the ropes.

    That I submit is the problem you should be focusing on.

  8. I have been on the Corker is a fraud train longer than anyone.

    All I can say to Ace of Spades is, welcome aboard.

    Admin: they do not sound too republican establishment to me.

    And neither does pj media, with the exception of a handful like RINO Rich Moran.

    In a change election, there’s no glory in being a RINO.

    Nevetheless, there are plenty–too many of them.

  9. The Clinton e-mail news came from a “senior government official”, i.e. somebody in the Obama administration. The Republicans didn’t have anything to do with it (except piling on after the news broke).

    I don’t think the motivation for stabbing her in the back is clear yet. The most generous explanation would be that the administration is simply tired of taking the heat for her e-mail practices. More ungenerous explanations could be that they have decided to clear the way for Biden or Kerry to run.

    This was the worst news Clinton could have gotten today. An escalating investigation into her e-mail is an existential threat to her candidacy, IMO. At the end of the day, a candidate needs somebody to think they are honest and trustworthy.

  10. Southern Born
    July 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm
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    The emails are entertainment for Hillary haters everywhere.

  11. Lu4PUMA
    July 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Southern Born
    July 24, 2015 at 8:02 pm
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    The emails are entertainment for Hillary haters here, too.

  12. Yes, indeed Lu. Clinton haters here and elsewhere surely need to be provided with a lot of red meat entertainment to keep them in line.

  13. I’m pretty sure that Cruz nailed down one of the places on stage at the first debate today. That had to be his most immediate goal.

    He was a guest on two of the most visible right wing “wacko-bird” radio talk shows today: Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin. Both played clips of his Senate speech and generally whooped it up praising him. That’s the hotbed of “mad as hell” sentiment.

    Since that was basically his campaign stump speech, I would expect him to deliver snippets of it to a larger audience in the August debate.

  14. Admin…

    I agree Hillary’s hair looks great…best cut and highlights she has had in a long time…and her ‘skin’ looks good….

  15. Admin,

    On the economy, the game has been rigged with a booby-trap on the ZIRP. If you end ZIRP, you will bring the system down with a crash. So Hillary really cannot campaign on fixing that. It is a game of chicken that the FED lost with Wallstreet. And every advantage they get they use to pump the bubble up higher and make the stakes more devastating. The markets are now so dependent on cheap money, that it is next to impossible to bring rates up without crashing the system. They cannot even move it up 0.25%, even though they keep talking about doing that, it just does not happen.

    The only defense for it would be to keep from popping before China does, so they can be blamed. It is a race to the bottom. China is crashing and is in a huge state of flux but nobody knows what is really going on there, but none of it is good.

    And our corporations are not even recognizable as productive businesses. The products they “sell” are all made by exploited labor and resources and exists as an excuse for financializations that are ridiculous. And a lot of it is based on evading tax codes. Apple is a big one, rotten to the core.

    It all adds back up to a major crash of the system. This has started and will continue for another 3-4 months as things get critical. Then they will do more QE to loot some more but that will not stop the coming depression.

    But these are not issues Hillary is going to discuss honestly right now.

  16. Light in the loafers, Marco the red, and the wacko dentist, all of them

    Are losing altitude in the anti politician shit storm kicked up by Donald

    Then, hardly stopping to catch a breath,

    The Hillary campaign that feels obliged to respond to everything

    Hears the Kasich announcement and tells the world it is worried.

    That the governor of Ohio says I cannot in good faith sit here in Columbus

    And see all these politicians enriching themselves at the expense of the public

    And not invite me

    Suddenly, the war hero dons a bat man costume and repairs in to the mass

    Making it 17 senatus publicus que romanus in this exciting primary

    Enough bodies to change the venue from Fox Studio to the L.A. Colloseum

    But call a fire engine for when Trump catches fire and sallies forth against all flags

    Whereupon Boosh has a stroke, keels over, and says vote for me

    When some wag asked why, Bush told him because unlike my racist colleagues, I love illegal aliens.

    Extra terrestial like the head of the IRS too.

    Up pops Lindsey’s voyeur head to see what if anything he is missing.

    Sixteen leaders and him.

    The only one not in the race is Bob Corker, on advice from his doctor.

    It reads like a Sherlock Holmes mystery but it is nothing more than a comic strip

  17. Frankie Sheeran was an Irish mobster and Teamster from Wilmington Delaware who claimed on his death bed that he killed Hoffa Sr. on orders from the Mafia, and threw him into the incinerator so he would stay warm like Sam Magee in the Yukon. But while they were on speaking terms, Hoffa gave Frankie an assignment, or more precisely a contract. The coded question he asked him: I heard you paint houses? Well, that is about how the establishment feels about Trump these days. He is painting their houses without their permission.

  18. We’ve got poll results this Friday night. The last national poll had Trump tops at 24%. That poll was put forth as evidence that Trump was over because the Sunday numbers were way down. We explained that the Trump numbers were way down on Sunday because it was a sample of non-Republicans and a very small sample at that. Tonight we have a new YouGov national poll which tests the theory of whether or not Trump is over or weakening. Results:

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/polls-gop/2015/07/24/id/658813/

    YouGov Poll: After McCain Flap, Trump Trounces GOP Field

    The results of a new poll show that Donald Trump’s stock is rising among Republican voters, with nearly one-third supporting him in the crowded field of GOP candidates.

    A YouGov survey found that 28 percent of registered Republican voters would vote for Trump as their first choice, more than any of the other 15 Republican candidates in the race. That figure is up from the 15 percent who said they would support him in another YouGov poll earlier this month — a poll that Trump also led.

    A distant second to Trump in the latest survey is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (14 percent); followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (13 percent); and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (7 percent).

    When combined with the percentage of voters who said they would vote for the candidate as their second choice, Trump leads the field with 38 percent; ahead of Walker (25 percent); Bush (20 percent); and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (19 percent).

    Trump’s surging numbers come in the wake of comments he made about Arizona Sen. John McCain, also a Republican.

  19. They cannot even move it up 0.25%, even though they keep talking about doing that, it just does not happen.
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    Wall Street people I know think it will happen in September.

  20. http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/07/24/texas-border-life-long-democrat-hispanic-voter-says-he-would-vote-for-trump/

    LAREDO, Texas — A Hispanic Texan who is a life-long Democrat and lives in the border town of Laredo came out to the airport to give Donald Trump a message. Draped in an American flag, he told Breitbart Texas he is ready for something different and would vote for Trump in the 2016 Texas Republican Primary.

    “I’m sick of this administration, I’m ready for something better, I was raised a Democrat but this administration makes me want to throw up,” said Joseph Diaz, a 50-year-old high school art teacher, just before he watched 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump take off from a Laredo, Texas, airstrip. [snip]

    “I think that it’s great we’ve got someone speaking out on the issues,” Diaz said, “I don’t know if he’ll make a great president but he’s real interesting to watch.”

    Diaz reflected on the increasing violence of violence in the Nuevo Laredo region. “In the last 9, 10 years it’s been so violent, the violence in Nuevo Laredo. It’s been so bad and you can’t even hear about it on the local news.”

    “Something needs to happen, this border is so porous and so not secure its amazing we haven’t had a major terrorist attack.” He repeated that sentiment later.

  21. It all adds back up to a major crash of the system. This has started and will continue for another 3-4 months as things get critical. Then they will do more QE to loot some more but that will not stop the coming depression
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    If you are that sure of it, why not sell short, or do puts and calls.

    I don’t worry about such things myself.

    If it happens, Obama will save us, and pay our mortgages—

    Just like he promised and did not do before.

  22. Trump does it again. We advise every candidate, especially one HRC to do the same:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/trump-bans-des-moines-register-from-iowa-campaign-event-120615.html?hp=r3_3

    Donald Trump bans Des Moines Register from Iowa campaign event

    Donald Trump courted further controversy on Friday by banning the Des Moines Register from attending his Iowa campaign event Saturday, according to the Register.

    The real-estate mogul and Republican 2016 candidate was unhappy with an editorial published by the newspaper that called on Trump to pull out of the race.

    “We’re not issuing credentials to anyone from The Des Moines Register based on the editorial that they wrote earlier in the week,” Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told the newspaper.

    He said he expected the campaign would reconsider for future events.

    Des Moines Register thinks they are to be bowed and scraped to because they are supposedly so influential in Iowa. Trump just punched them in the face.

  23. I wanna see a picture of Hillary’a hair today.

    Rats, does that mean those of us that aren’t by a tv during the weekday, won’t see any of Hillary’s speeches?

    That sucks!

  24. YouGov Poll: After McCain Flap, Trump Trounces GOP Field
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    That must make Strangelove and Light In The Loafers very unhappy.

    Not only were their attacks in effective, they actually benefited Trump.

    This means voters were impressed with Trump and depressed by McCain and Graham.

    Go figure.

  25. I haven’t decided yet if Trump is actually running for president or he’s just out to have a great time, screw with some seriously self-important people, and remind people who he is. To a great extent, I am in agreement with the ‘op-ed’ ‘Donald Trump’ wrote in The Onion

    The latest polls are out, and just as I predicted, I’m leading the Republican presidential race by a wide margin. You might be wondering how that could be. After all, it’s hardly been a month since I entered the field and I’ve already alienated America’s largest immigrant population, seen dozens of my high-profile business deals implode one after the other, and publicly insulted a national hero’s military service, all while not offering a single viable policy idea. But none of that matters at all, and my candidacy continues to surge forward, because none of you—not a single one of you—can look away. Not even for a second.

    Admit it: You people want to see just how far this goes, don’t you?

    My campaign’s just barely begun and I’ve already got you begging for more. Sure, you can say you oppose me or that you don’t even take me seriously. But let me ask you: How many articles have you read about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% lately? How many news segments have you watched on Bobby Jindal? Or Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 86%? But if those stories have the name “Donald Trump” in them, well, look who suddenly can’t get enough.

    Sometimes he goes off the rails but the fact that he’s gaining steam in the polls shows that he is speaking to the anger and frustration of a great number of Americans. The other candidates would do well to think about that and instead of emulating the tired, bumbling John McCain and calling them ‘crazies’ they should realize that something he says resonates. Though I’m not a Trump fan and I find him to be equal parts amusing and irritating his presence in the race doesn’t offend me. Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Rand Paul, and John Kasich offend me. People recycling the same failed policies and expecting us to vote for them offend me.

  26. More bouquets of roses for the lovely and talented Lindsey Graham by streiff who agrees with my assessment of he/she/it.

    First it was Rick Perry that caught Trump’s attention.

    Then it was Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 60%.

    Now he’s focusing on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 60%‘s Mini-Me, the lovely and talented Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 50%.

    In all fairness to Trump, Graham set out to pick the fight.

    He probably figured he had to stick up for his BFF from Arizona and that he’d never really done anything that Trump could criticize.

    Via Politico:

    On Monday evening, Graham told CNN that Trump was “becoming a jackass.”

    By Tuesday, Graham was appearing on “CBS This Morning” and calling Trump “the world’s biggest jackass.” Even “the jackasses are offended” by Trump’s remarks, Graham added.

    Asked whether he thinks Trump can sustain his place at the top of Republican presidential primary polls, Graham — who is also seeking the nomination — said no.

    “I think the beginning of the end has come. The beginning of the end has arrived because he’s crossed a line with the American people that will not be tolerated.”

    A few of observations.

    First, the criticism of Trump by most of us was not that he criticized McCain’s war record.

    The criticism was that in restating an Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) 7% joke about McCain, he broadened it so it applied to all POWs.

    Insulting Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 60% is not going to lose any candidate a single vote in a GOP primary anywhere in the nation so, Graham’s overwrought “will not be tolerated” is sort of silly.

    And lastly, is Donald Trump really the guy you want to call a ‘jackass?’

    Today, after Graham’s CBS appearance, Trump was speaking in South Carolina and lowered the boom on Graham:

    Then Trump transitioned to an embarrassing anecdote, which the billionaire real estate developer said was from a few years ago, in which Graham called Trump “begging” him for a good reference with Trump’s pals on the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends.”

    Trump said that he promised Graham he would put out a good word, and the South Carolina Republican then gave him his phone number to follow up.

    Trump then read out what he said was Graham’s phone number, telling his supporters to “try it.”

    What follows is 3:08 of awesome… with a lot of Trump-esque self-puffery. The part about Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 50% begging Trump for a job reference is golden.

  27. For once in our lives, it is open season on the elites.

    That is the prevailing sentiment, but only two politicians have the moxie to tap into it, and capitalize on it.

    The rest of them behave like zombies, hand wringers, or hall monitors.

  28. Like Lu, my heart is with Hillary. Not sure about my vote yet.

    Regardless – props to Donald. He just keeps on being politically incorrect – and coming out on top. I do love that.

    Song for Donald – I’m Still Standing.

  29. In the interest of fairness, here’s a song for all of the establishment candidates and politicians

    AC/DC Highway to Hell!

  30. I’ve dedicated this one to MSM before, but it’s always timely and relevant:

    .
    I know You’re Lying, Your Lips are Moving –

    lips are moving site:youtube.com

  31. It’s only been a few short weeks but we’ve gone from … Trump is running… really?… to…. Did he say what I thought he said?… He’s ahead?… THAT far? … to… He said WHAT?… He’s even further ahead???….. No one else is on television?….

    Who’s going to beat him?

    Well, the answer to the last question is probably only The Donald himself – and time will tell on that.

    But I think, if he wins the Republican nomination, far from an impossibility, he will have an easier time with the Democrats.

    Can you imagine Trump against Sanders? It would be a hoot. Wait until Donald tries to get Sanders to defend Greece. Socialism has never worked in history, not once, but damned if Bernie knows. We can rely on Donald to tell him.

    And here’s another thing. Who do you think will really do better with blacks and Latinos in the end – Hillary, Bernie or Home Boy who can get you a job? They’re not idiots.

    Look, I’m sorry for the other Republican candidates. There’re a lot of good ones actually. But let’s skip to the bottom line. What would a Trump presidency look like?

    To start with the obvious – flashy. Designer gowns are back at the White House – with extra gold lame and very big steaks at state dinners, hold the kale. Everything Obama is out (thankfully) except golf. Golf is way in as never before. Negotiations will be handled quickly, Trump style. Many will be fired, but there’ll be more jobs in the private sector for them to go to. Iran will be out. Israel in. (Little known fact: Donald has a company over there called Trump Drinks Israel that markets Trump branded vodka to the Israeli and Palestinian market …I thought they weren’t supposed to drink). Reruns of The Apprentice will be mandated on all cable channels after midnight.

    Here’s more:

    IN: Hair pieces, Tony Bennett albums (with and without Lady Gaga), cufflinks, New York accents circa 1953, social conservatism (lip service only, sorry), super models, gold escalators.

    OUT: John Podesta, microagressions, trigger warnings (they are way out), anybody who doesn’t think Donald is great, anybody who has mixed feelings about Donald, Code Pink, comparative literature professors, John Kerry, John Kerry’s sailboat, the IRS.

    Now does that sound bad? Certainly a lot better than we’ve been experiencing lately. So, as we learned years ago from the subtitle of Dr. Strangelove… How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb… this is How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump.

    And as for ISIS, all Donald will ever say to them is, you guessed it, “You’re fired!”

  32. Yesterday, it was suggested that when Ted Cruz stepped stood on the senate floor and accused the majority leader Mitch McConnell of being three times a liar, and compared his to Peter’s denial of Christ three times before the cock crows, this was nothing more than a political stunt to advance his own presidential candidacy, which in the long hot summer and the circus maximus orchestrated by Donald Trump (whom he too labeled a clown) is languishing at a mere 4 percent.

    I see it differently. I see this as the beginning of a war within the party which I have been talking about here for years, and experienced first hand long before that. In the old days, it was possible to keep the lid on things, because the party had strong senior management internally, media control, consolidation of money and the elites gave a credible performance that they were on the side of the people even when they were not. And we still believed government could help people, and had not yet been weaponized.

    None of those conditions apply today. And anyone who dismisses the Cruz speech as mere political theater or a shot in the arm to his presidential campaign is missing the point. His speech on the Senate floor yesterday was nothing more and nothing less than a direct attack on the citadel of the establishment. It was impassioned, it was ad hominium, and he took no prisoners. Furthermore, those who claim he just got mad, and responded in the heat of the moment do not know what they are talking about. This is the start of a revolution withing the party, which will either topple the old guard, or cause a break up of the party.

    McConnell’s response in locking Cruz out of a committee meeting. McConnell and his entourage are going down, and Cruz and others may go down with them. McConnell’s petty act of locking Cruz out of the committee room is only the beginning. Cruz best ally in this fight is Donald Trump and it is a fight for survival. And for Cruz, it calls to mind that quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that goes like this:

    “If you shoot at a king you must kill him.”

  33. The closest analogy I can think of is the war that took place in the Profaci family–which was one of the five Mafia families in New York. Today it is called the Columbo family in honor of the man who ultimately succeeded to the position of Godfather, after the old Godfather Joseph Profaci, and the insurgent Gallo brothers were killed. The root cause of that conflict was the family was losing ground in the mob world, the old boss was taking all the profits of the criminal enterprise leaving the capos and soldiers with nothing to show for their efforts, and he was blocking the accession to power by the next generation. That is a distant mirror of what we are seeing now.

  34. In what is likely to be a reform era, that speech made McConnell the poster child for the corruption, the looting and the dysfunction that we see in the federal government. With 100 million people not working and a 5.4% unemployment rate, it is game on, and the name of the game is survivor. If you were having breakfast this morning with politicians, lobbyists, trade association types, lawyers, judges, media whores at one of those garden spots in the city Browka proudly proclaims the New Versaille since he lives there, this is what those demigods will be talking–obsessing about, and telling themselves Cruz rocks our world ergo Cruz must go. Its him or us.

  35. And now it begins. The ritual of choosing sides.

    In the dying days of her 2008 candidacy, Hillary experienced something similar.

    Erstwhile supporters and loyalists could not stand the pressure, and folded.

    This caused her to comment to a friend–there are very few leaders in our party.

    Most of them will simply go with the flow.

    I am sure Ted did not venture on the battlefield without a plan.

    Others besides Mike Lee and Jeff Sessions would have had to been consulted and given their nod.

    They will be like the Rock of Gibralter (or our Rock on this blog) stable and reliable.

    But the others–who claim to be leaders, will go with the flow.

    Again, the wild card is Trump, the media, and the fact that now the establishment, like the Nazis at Normandy, must defend fortress Europe from two separate assaults, with more to follow.

  36. wbboei
    July 24, 2015 at 10:38 pm
    ————-
    I have less than 2% of my net worth invested in the toxic casino and do not generally care to play.

    Otherwise, I would be making such plans. You said yourself, that this time the FED is actually going to make the rate increase they have been talking about for years, in September. They will either trigger more downturn or change their mind again because the market is already too deflated.

    Dead canaries all over. I wondered why housing construction permit applications, that had been flooding in from April to June, just stopped in the county I live in, in July. I thought it was the Chinese stock market failure. But con to find out, NAR revised their wonderful housing statistics to show a downturn in June. They all know it is coming but will maintain their false narrative, fakes statistics and money printing for as long as they can.

  37. Speaking of Donald Trumps histrionics, and his scaring of the establishment’s carriage horses Streiff assures us that Donald sometimes amuses him, sometimes irritates him, but never offends him. He goes on to say what does offend him are

    The lovely and talented Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Rand Paul, and John Kasich.

    People recycling the same failed policies and expecting us to vote for them offend me.

    (Note: he is on the right track, but I can think of a few more who belong in that rogue’s gallery like Jebedia and Marco the red and shit for brains Rich Perry, just for starters.)

  38. wbboei
    July 25, 2015 at 9:54 am
    ——————-
    I hope you are right and I am wrong about Cruz. You keep us up on the facts, because we cannot trust the troll. I really see the issue as Globalism/exploitation/corruption/oppression versus Nationalism/governance/democracy/freedom. It is in both parties, the nation and throughout the world.

    Globalism is failing. Hopefully it is time to turn the tide.

  39. I watched a short clip featuring Krauthammer arguing that it is wrong that vets get treated worse by our government than illegals. As a general proposition that is true—if you weigh their respective contributions to this country, seniority and all the other factors. Yet Krauthammer disputes this, claims the two issues are not connected and demands criteria. And when it is suggested that true or not, valid or not, it is a widely held perception, and perception is reality, Krauthammer dismisses this as well and starts into this epistological argument about what is known and knowable, and not known and not knowable but merely assumed. The point here is two fold, perception may not be empirical reality, but it is surely political reality, and political reality, until changed controls the board. The other thing I noted about Charles is that he is elitist and academic. And more than anything explains why he is hostile toward Trump.

  40. hope you are right and I am wrong about Cruz.

    Its always a bet. And when the bet goes wrong it is depressing. But the alternative–do nothing–is worse.

    Cruz is not perfect. His positions on TPP and the Corker bill raise serious questions. Especially in light of the fact that he is a constitutional scholar, who is willing to call that traitor Roberts on the carpet. I applaud him for the latter, but not the former.

    As the actor Jimmy Stewart said in the movie Anatomy of A Murder: no one is all one thing.

    The most we can hope for is the good outweighs the bad, and in Cruz case I am comfortable that it does.

  41. What we are talking about here is intellect.

    Intellect is an over rated attribute.

    Character is what counts.

    Cruz seems to have a beating heart.

    McConnell is an empty shell.

    And the mini Mimi Lindsey is in love again.

    With the new sergeant at arms.

    And love is grand.

  42. Dear ,

    A new Pew Research survey shows that only 32% of Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party, a nine-point drop since January.

    These numbers are sinking largely because Republican voters disapprove of their party’s leaders. In fact, another Pew survey done back in May showed that 75% of Republicans believe their party’s leaders should be doing more to challenge President Obama.

    NEXT STEPS

    Senator McConnell offered the Ex-Im amendment, blocked other amendments by filling the “amendment tree” – a procedural tactic he criticized Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) for using – and then filed cloture on the bill to end debate.

    The debate will stretch out into this coming week and it will be important that conservatives engage in it by making targeted calls to key senators.

    We will contact you again on Monday with specific instructions so please keep an eye out for our email.

    Senators Cruz and Mike Lee (R-UT) have some procedural tricks of their own and we need to make sure the other Republicans stand with them to get votes on issues that are important to conservatives and to do everything we can to defeat the highway bill.

    Please do not get discouraged.

    Many Americans are beginning to see that the problem in Washington is not just one party, but a Washington cartel made up of the leaders in both parties, the media, and lobbyists who abuse taxpayers for their own interests.

    Senate Conservative Fund

  43. Here’s the shocking thing to me. Nobody disputes that, above all else, Trump represents a sentiment of flipping the middle finger at business-as-usual Washington crony politics in general and go-along-to-get-along Republicans specifically.

    So, wouldn’t the rational response to that be a few tokens of red meat thrown to the wolves so that the McConnells can step up to the mic, thump their chests, and bellow that “we hear you we are changing the ways of Washington”?

    It seems like to me that just doing nothing and letting the ExIm Bank expire gives them precisely that kind of token “win” to tout. Nobody thinks it’s a big deal either way. As has been pointed out, the sky has not fallen since its charter expired a month ago.

    Instead, McConnell (while claiming to be against the ExIm Bank) pulls a parliamentary stunt to ram through a reauthorization. The only explanation is that these guys are so focused on their extortion/protection racket that they literally don’t care what the voters think. The arrogance of the Washington cartel is quite stunning. It is, in fact, the true expression of bipartisanship in Washington.

  44. admin
    July 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Trump does it again. We advise every candidate, especially one HRC to do the same:
    _________–

    Not smart to mess with The Donald 😀

  45. I am not sure it was just me but something about how Hillary responded to the latest on her email controvery .. the way she came out and “ZINGED” with her comments “I WANT IT ALL TO COME OUT” or something to that effect .. the way she said it leads me to believe it was a warning to some people …… or maybe it’s just the conspiracy theorist in me … but it was how feisty she sounded … she sounded like the Hillary of daring Obama out in Ohio and the days of “oh the heavens are gonna open up” .. maybe the real Hillary is starting to crawl out since she has to see the headlines on the wall that IF she continues to kiss up to the Obummer she’ll lose.

  46. I Hillary wanted her e-mails to come out quickly, she could have given the State Department the thumb drive will all the electronic emails. That would have been quickly sortable, searchable, and easily inventoried for release.

    Instead, she printed them out, on double-sided paper, and handed the State Dept boxes of 55,000 printed pages. To even start inventorying what they were given, the State Department had to manually scan all 55,000 pages (couldn’t even be automated because Hillary made it as hard as possible with double-sided printing). That was just to get back close to where they would have started if Hillary had just copied her attorny’s thumb drive and handed it over.

    She did everything humanly possible to make it hard to ever access her emails. Starting with her own private server (who does that?), to deleting half her e-mails before wiping the server, to making the e-mails she decided to turn over as difficult and time consuming to process as she could.

    It is what it is. She hasn’t left a lot of room for benefit of the doubt in the way she protected her emails.

  47. And before anyone worries that the e-mails will cost Hillary any Dem support, Paul Begala accurately summed up the importance Dem operatives place on transparency this way:

    “Voters do not give a shit. They do not even give a fart… Find me one persuadable voter who agrees with HRC on the issues but will vote against her because she has a non-archival-compliant email system and I’ll kiss your ass in Macy’s window and say it smells like roses.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/paul-begala-voters-do-not-give-a-sht-about-hillary-clintons-emails/

    That’s what the Washington cartel thinks of us.

  48. The White House insisted on the Ex-Im Bank reauthorization being attached to the highway bill. McConnell was just doing what the White House wanted. Why wouldn’t he? Of course the Republican Senate Majority Leader isn’t going to buck the wishes of the Democrat President. Right?:

    President Obama is insisting that lawmakers reauthorize the controversial Export-Import Bank in must-pass transportation funding legislation that is being debated this week, the White House said Thursday.

    Republicans in the House have vocally objected to the idea of including an extension of the Ex-Im Bank’s charter in the highway bill, despite an apparent openness to the proposal in the Senate.

    The standoff has imperiled federal transportation funding that is scheduled to expire on July 31 without congressional action.

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that Obama is adamant the Ex-Im Bank renewal should be included in the transportation funding bill, despite the objections from the GOP-led House.
    “Surface transportation legislation is the most likely legislative vehicle, no pun intended, to move before the end of the month,” he said. “That’s why we’ve insisted that the provisions related to reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank should be added to any transportation bill that passes Congress this month.”

    http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/248970-white-house-insists-on-attaching-ex-im-bank-to-highway-bill

  49. Update: War: Chamber of Commerce gearing up to take out conservative incumbents in the House next year. The Chamber of Commerce is winning, or losing? The 2016 elections will decide. The GOP coddles their corporate cronies. Hillary’s economy speech drags her further to the kook left and protection of the crony capitalists on the left. Cruz is trying to sound like Trump, which is smarter than those who attack Trump, but not enough. Trump? Trump haters are beginning to wake up and sound the trumpets:

    In fact, this is easy red meat for Donald Trump if he’s inclined to take on the business class he’s a part of. Nothing would build his conservative cred faster than rising to the defense of the people in Congress who are most opposed to open borders and who are now evidently on the electoral menu for corporate America. You can write the script yourself: “Take it from a guy who’s worth $10 billion, a secure border is more important than better margins on labor.”

    From every political affiliation, gender, and ethnicity/race – we’re all sounding the Trumpets. We’re all becoming Trumpettes. We notice today very few are talking about the new YouGov poll on Trump which proves he is rising not sinking. TRUMP IS NOW AT 28% and second choice he is at 38%. Why are so few writing about this? Wasn’t the big question earlier this week whether or not Trump was dead or had hit his ceiling? The YouGov poll which is brand new says Trump continues to rise. Both political parties and their hacks are scared of this and so the plan is “keep it quiet.” Watch what happens after August 6.

    For the Trump haters we present the dumbest, stupidest, most idiotic anti-Trump article ever published by Big Media: The Danger of a Celebrity President. It’s not an attack on the Obama cult but a defense of Obama and an attack on a certain candidate – so you know how stupid it is.

    More cheers for Trump as he attacks Big Media with more than words. Trump has banned the Des Moines Register noosepaper from today’s campaign events. The Register has demanded Trump get out of the race. Screw you Big Media. In America the people decide who stays in and who goes out (until 2008 when Big Media diktated the outcome that is.) Maybe if all GOP candidates and Hillary follow Trump’s lead the Big Media vipers can be put back in their nests.

    ————————————————–

  50. This is hardly surprising.

    As Milton Friedman noted:

    Special interests tend to be concentrated

    The general welfare tends to be diverse.

    Concentrated interests with unlimited power behind them determine the course of legislation, and which politicians survive.

    As long as money can control the burlesque act of campaign, the people haven’t got a chance.

    This has been proven quantitatively in recent studies–

    The elites get what they want most of the time.

    The American People get what they want, rarely if ever.

    I have posted that study before—it is informative, and probative.

    There are only two things the elites have to worry about:

    1. Over reaching—so even the dimest bulbs can see what is going on.

    2. The rise of a political leader—someone they would seek to dismiss as a demagogue, who is bold, articulate and capable of mobilizing the masses to march on the citadel.

    Only then will the elites pay any heed to what the people want and need. Only then.

    The good new is that between now and the election, both of those conditions may be satisfied.

    Time will tell.

    And if it comes to pass, then the elites may appreciate the wisdom of Samuel Johnson observation about human nature, i.e.

    “Nothing so fixates the mind as the imminent prospect of being hanged.”

  51. The above comment was in response to one writer who wondered aloud why the elites do not do something to pacify this revolt rather than seeking to crush it. The answer is above. The post script is they won’t do it until they feel very threatened, and they worry that if they do something it may not tamp down the revolt. It is just as likely to encourage it. The British tried that in India and in Africa and India, when the winds of change swept through the colonies. It was not successful. The mindset of our elite class is not altogether different from that of the British monarchist, colonialists who never got over the loss of an empire upon which the sun never set, until ultimately it did.

  52. How many contracts do you think have been taken out against Trump’s life?

    I tell you, I pray for him.

    I’m not so sure I really want him for POTUS, but so far I am very grateful for what he has done.

  53. People aren’t talking about YouGov polls because they are not random sample polls. They are internet polls, surveying people who have signed up to get YouGov polls in exchange for gift cards. Once registered, they get e-mail invitations to complete a survey.

  54. Just a quick perusal of the play counts on the CSPAN website and the various YouTube versions, Ted Cruz’ speech yesterday has been viewed over 200,000 times in the first 24 hours. 200,000 views of speech on the Senate floor seems like a lot to me.

    Maybe most of them are Mitch McConnell fans who, having seen the speech, have decided not to consider Ted Cruz in the election!

  55. Trump represents a sentiment of flipping the middle finger at business-as-usual Washington crony politics in general and go-along-to-get-along Republicans specifically.
    ——–
    I think it represents another body part.

    The devil’s tooth

    Some high tech version of the guillotine.

    Don’t kid yourself.

    If this thing turns to shit

    Its Katie bar the doors.

    Many believe nothing will change until that happens.

  56. Speaking of Trump death threats, Cruz said last night on the radio that he’ll need Secret Service protection just because of death threats from his fellow Republicans in the Senate…. 🙂

    Calling Mitch a liar is the perfect campaign stunt. His book is called “A Time for Truth” and his campaign pitch is that Americans are sick of politicians who don’t mean what they say and don’t do what they say.

  57. Trump represents a sentiment of flipping the middle finger at business-as-usual Washington crony politics in general and go-along-to-get-along Republicans specifically.
    ——–
    Bad politics is bad, bad art is worse, but ham acting—that is grounds for expulsion.

    And we have got a congress full of them–ham actors, or just hams.

    Who can forget Boehner’s tear down the cheek performance

    Which puts his staffers in stiches

    Or his passionate embrace of Poopsie

    Slobbering on a face wound tighter than a base drum

    Caption to read: better living through chemistry

    Bad theater, bad art and bad politics

    A puppet show to agitate children

    While the looting goes on in the back room.

  58. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-summer-of-political-discontent-has-most-presidential-aspirants-scrambling/2015/07/25/591f6b84-32d8-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html

    No rest for the candidates in this summer of discontent [snip]

    It knows no particular ideological boundaries. It currently disrupts both the Republican and Democratic parties. It reflects grievances that long have been bubbling. It reflects, too, the impatience with many political leaders — what they say and how they say it.

    The economic collapse of 2008 continues to ripple through the lives of many families, despite the drop in unemployment. Steady but slow growth has not been balm enough to give these families, many of whom see a system rife with inequity, much optimism about the future. Instead, they see the American Dream as part of the nation’s past.

    The uproar over illegal immigration underscores the anger over what many still see as broken borders, an issue heightened by the recent killing in San Francisco of a young woman by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record who had been deported but returned to the country. But immigration also is tied to the broader cultural reaction to demographic changes that continue to remake the face of the country and generate tensions that are at the heart of political differences. [snip]

    It is tempting to try to dismiss Trump for what he is — a reality TV showman who talks as much about himself as anything else. The support he is receiving in national polls, however, suggests more than just a response to a celebrity with a loud voice. He has tapped into something.

    Trump is not particularly conservative — or, more accurately, he seems to have no fixed ideology. He amplifies dissatisfaction without proposing real solutions to the country’s problems, other than building a big wall. Yet he speaks about things in a language so blunt and uncharacteristic of politicians that it wins visceral approval from disaffected Americans.

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says Trump brings out the “crazies” in the Republican Party on the issue of immigration. In fact, Trump’s candidacy highlights the reality that there is an unresolved debate within the GOP about what to do about it. This is an argument of long standing. Each time McCain and other Republicans have stepped up to solve it with a comprehensive solution, they have been rebuffed by the party’s conservative base. Trump has scratched at the wound again this summer.

    Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic nomination, seems to be an extension of the Occupy Wall Street movement that began four years ago. That movement struggled to find political traction the way the tea party movement had two years earlier. But it nonetheless had an indelible impact on the political dialogue by framing the economic debate as the 99 percent vs. the 1 percent. [snip]

    The signs of discontent have flummoxed many of the presidential candidates. Each party wants this election to be about the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of the other. Yet the intraparty strife cannot easily be ignored. [snip]

    Distrust of the political class will infect the campaign, adding to the burdens the major party nominees will carry into the general election and beyond. It is embedded in the politics of now.

  59. Calling Mitch a liar is the perfect campaign stunt.
    ——–
    I don’t think you understand the depth of this thing. I would expect a Washington insider to interpret it that way. But I can assure you that this is more like a war within the mob family, than a simple campaign stunt.

  60. He has tapped into something.
    ———–
    Really???

    Has WashPo finally tapped ITS way to what is for many of us a rather obvious conclusion.

    That said, we must never despair when wisdom comes late because too often it never comes at all.

    A culture of cynicism, an economy with no jobs, a loss of security and a monarchical ruling class . . .

    Given all that, what could possibly go wrong?

    WashPo’s brilliant answer?

    Something.

  61. In the early days of the Republic, dueling was all the rage among men of honor. Personal slights were answered through a rigid protocol involving the choice of weapons, location, seconds, etc.

    The decline of the dueling culture is tragic in many respects, and one of the worst is that today, people who do not live in the ghetto where a warrior culture continues, but live in fine homes and gated communities do not understand what a public slap in the kisser like the one Ted gave to turkey buzzard McConnell means in the grand scheme of things. Locking out Ted is merely the beginning of it.

    Trust me. This is not a situation where Mitch cornered Ted in the Senate cloak room and whispered in his ear: ” if you need to call me a liar three times on the Senate floor with the C-Span cameras rolling in order to advance your presidential campaign, its alright with me.”

  62. I think Trump has a great depth which he does not currently feel obliged to reveal. There are not so many examples for me to reference, but the interview where he was asked about Obama’s morality – and he replied I think you should ask Michelle about that – suggests levels of his thinking which surprise me. Another is an article in which he suggests we permanently send back the many bad illegals, then use a’merit system’ for remaining undocumented immigrants who’ve shown promise. http://s.nj.com/kWgEPQg.
    I’m not promoting that tack – just firming up my assertion that behind his glitz he has substance .

    Does anyone know how close Chelsea and Bill remain with Hillary as she campaigns this time? We don’t see much of them. Perhaps she really needs them closer than they are.

  63. besides the obvious…Donald has brought life…and energy…and humor…into this election season…

    he’s fun…

    I am looking forward to the time when he starts putting ‘meat on the bones’ to what he will do as President…

    but why should he show all his cards now…no one else is…

    in fact, the rest of the bunch look half asleep next to him

    *****************

    I may even get one of those cool hats…only $20

    http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-baseball-cap-on-sale-2015-7

    he is bringing fun back…

  64. behind his glitz he has substance .
    —–
    I assume you mean Trump and not Obama.

    In that case, res ipsa locitur: the wealth he has amassed speaks for itself.

    It leads to the obvious question: can that success be duplicated in the political sphere, and should we test is.

    And the answer to that question is: what have we got to lose?

    This is a much better bet than handing the nation over to a community organizer with the mind of an adolescent who has never run so much as a lemonade stand in his entire useless existence.

  65. Apart from being a better bet, it could well turn out to be the antidote to the harm Obama has done to this nation.

  66. Wbb,

    Ace of Spades is extremely anti Democrats, Hillary hating, hate RINO’S, Libertarian leaning.
    I have been reading their blog for years, rarely post. There are things we all have in common, they absolutely hate obama.
    enemy of my enemy is my friend…
    I have on occasion posted some of their stuff here. Their smart, but really hate Hillary and Bill and that can be difficult. They were never in their corner, not a matter of losing faith there.

  67. Shadowfax, thanks for the video. We could not believe how upset Hitler is that Trump is running. At first we thought that was an RNC meeting or the Chamber of Commerce. Hitler seems to be as delusional as they are because his “attacks” against The Donald are insipid and won’t alienate any Trump supporter. How stupid is Hitler and the RNC and the CoC? Really shocking to see how out of touch they all are.

  68. This is not a situation where Mitch cornered Ted in the Senate cloak room and whispered in his ear: ” if you need to call me a liar three times on the Senate floor with the C-Span cameras rolling in order to advance your presidential campaign, its alright with me.”
    ——–
    It is however something which the lovely and talented Lindsey Graham might say in one of his more winsome moments. But he would demand that you wack his butt while you were saying it, or else he would call you a jackass. And this would have to be done discretely so it did not violate the terms of his pre-nup with the first sergeant at arms, as well as the second. I am telling you the Duchess of Alba who fascinated Goya among others by her ability to keep so many potential lovers on a string at the same time, while navigating her way through schedule conflicts that would confound a computer, had nothing on Lindsey. It is a tribute his time management skills that in the midst of following McCain around like a poodle and even into the men’s room, that he can find the time to call people who do not deserve it jackasses. But I should not make light of it. After all, it is his dedication to all out nuclear war that keeps us safe.

  69. “He has tapped into something.”
    _____________

    Ya think?

    That article from WaPo makes some good points, but what was the big mystery? Yes, we all know Trump is a reality TV show host, a capitalist of the first order, too loud, some say, too rich, not terribly refined, and of course very politically incorrect. And yet, “he has tapped into something”.

    That “something” is a large contingent of Americans who are sick to death of government leaders who play games with their lives, their livelihoods, their health care, their safety, and the strength of the country their loved ones down through the generations have fought and died to protect and to maintain it’s strength. They are not racist, xenophobic, selfish people. In the main, they have done their best to live their lives as best they could. They have supported their families, reared their children, helped their communities and those in need when they could.

    And, until Barack was elected, they thought they were pretty decent people. But he set them straight pretty quickly. This coward of a man, this liar, this small weak spiteful president spent his presidency telling white Americans they were racists, telling black Americans that they could not succeed without help, telling Christians they were to blame for radical Islam’s hatred of them and of this country, telling Jews it was their fault that the Muslims wanted to destroy them. He set about weaken the country he felt needed taking down a notch or two. Then, he basically opened its borders, placing the interests of illegals over the interests of citizens.
    And, while he was busy transforming us, no one tried to stop him. They spoke at length about doing so. They began to criticize his destructive actions and executive orders, but they did nothing.

    Hell yeah Trump has found an audience. When people are desperate for help, they don’t give a damn if the one offering it has a TV show or drives a bull dozier .

  70. I just read over the last 2-3 blog posts. IMO, the few people whose duty it seems to be to always shout out “troll alert, troll alert!”, “scroll by, scroll by!” are way more disruptive than any comments made by that poster.

    And really, I’m pretty sure that everyone who reads here, as well as even others, knew by the 50,000th ALERT! that you few people don’t like this person. What purpose, other than vindictiveness, is this really serving? IMO, it comes off a mean girls clique.

    All I see is that this person always answers respectfully, s/he even offered up a link one of you was looking for. In response, this person gets gossiped about, smacked down every time s/he posts, her/his motivations always asserted as being bad.

    This poster brings up some things not great about Hillary. So does admin. (So does Trump.) This poster talks about Cruz sometimes. So does wboeii. (So does Trump.) This poster says his/her opinions (so does Admin, so does wboeii, so does Trump).

    All this vitriol and attacks, it feels like a 2008 bot blog, it feels like the ongoing racebaiters’ constant calls of “that’s racist!” – all attempts to shut down free speech. And these incessant troll alerts against one person feel the same way. We get it, YOU don’t want to hear what they have to say, you don’t even want her/him here. But where does it say that s/he has any less right to contribute here?

    I really like all of you, but IMO your constant badgering of this person who doesn’t respond in kind feels disruptive, redundant (EVERYONE knows how you feel!), unnecessary, and unAmerican, and IMO degrades the quality of this blog.

    There’s a humorous aspect of it all, though. A couple of months ago if someone had said all the things you guys are saying now (about Trump, Hillary’s issues), you’d have jumped on them as trolls. And yet here you all are, talking up Trump (whom I also like), seemingly unaware that you’re the troll of a few months ago.

    I hope you put some thought into what I’ve expressed as my own opinion. Or, do what you do, and now reflexively pile on ME.

    But I do hope you remember that I do like you all a lot, and I hope you will try to hear what I am saying.

  71. …take that Marco Rubio, the arbiter of what is “class”…repubs better watch how they insult the repub voters who support The Donald…

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/cnn-poll-republicans-want/2015/07/26/id/658943/

    CNN Poll: Most Republicans Want Trump in 2016 Race

    A substantial majority of Republicans want billionaire mogul Donald Trump to say in the 2016 presidential race, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. He’s the candidate GOP voters are most likely to say they want to see on the debate stage.

    In fact, 22 percent in the poll say they believe he’ll be the party’s nominee to president. That finding makes him second only to Jeb Bush in the poll.

    Overall, among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents:
    52 percent say they want Trump to stay in the race.
    33 percent say they hope he drops out.
    15 percent say they want to see him make an independent run for the presidency.
    Moreover, most of those Republicans surveyed that wants Trump to remain in the race includes numbers of those seen as the core of the GOP primary electorate, CNN points out:

    58 percent of white evangelicals.
    58 percent of conservatives.
    57 percent of tea party supporters.
    The billionaire real estate developer has sparked outrage from critics – including most of his GOP presidential rivals – on statements he has made about illegal immigrants and Republican Sen. John McCain’s war hero status. But the CNN poll and others show his campaign method is popular with Republican and conservative-leaning voters.

    The poll is the first released since Trump discussed McCain’s war record last weekend. I was conducted July 22-25 with 1,017 adults, including 898 registered voters. The margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points

  72. lorac
    July 26, 2015 at 1:48 am
    ———————
    Yes, and the troll thanks you. How sweet.

    Lorac, this is not about a difference of opinion. This is about someone who is being deceptive about who they are and what their motives are.

    If you think I am being unfair, I suggest you go back in the blog to when they appeared and review their comments. I believe this is, in fact, an anal obsessed Kook troll who is a supporter of Ofucktard and is here to disrupt and misdirect the blog with the intent to take down Hillary 2016. And I plan to warn other posters about this.

    You are welcome to scroll past my comments.
    ————————————–
    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Don%27t_feed_the_Troll

    Usually it is very difficult to tell the difference between a troll and somebody who is simply an asshole. It is important to note that a troll doesn’t always resort to insults. Some of them pretend to hold ideals that are unpopular on a particular website or forum. For example, if one signs up for a forum that is predominately pro-choice and pretends to be anti-abortion and makes posts in favour of that position, that alone could get the same result as just insulting everybody. The best way to spot a troll is to take into consideration how long its posts are. If its posts are short then more than likely you are dealing with a troll. A good troll also doesn’t show any signs of anger in their posts, so it would be best to keep an eye out for that too.

  73. LOL, good job, lorac! You have not changed a bit and that is a good thing. 🙂

    I check this comment stream only to read ‘mormaer’ and dammit, s/he is so infrequent. And there are some nice people like ‘S’ still around.

  74. fwiw…

    last night i was changing channels and just by chance came across a program called:

    Bordertown Laredo…and I think the date was 2011…anyway this was a reality/documentary on how dangerous the illegal immigration is in and around that town…the drug cartels, etc

    …and then I listen to the Democrats talking and they all say everything is fine…there is no danger…nothing there…etc

    we need leaders who are going to be honest and not put their heads in the sand…

  75. I don’t know why so many dismiss Trump’s ability to be a fine POTUS. He has a proven ability to manage, grow jobs, and negotiate deals. IMHO he knows far more about international and national business and politics than all of the other candidates. He is also the true centrist, representing the large middle of the country.

  76. The Kook Troll said this in 2010:


    hwc
    June 16, 2010 at 12:03 am

    So, I was busy cleaning out my sock drawer. How was the speech? Did he have styrofoam columns in the Oval? Did the seas part?
    admin
    June 16, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Hwc, you spent your time wisely.
    hwc
    June 16, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I loved this summary over at Red State:

    Basically Obama was saying that the Black oil
    should lead to Green jobs
    which will result in his ultimate goal of a Red economy.
    I’m feeling Blue.

    hwc
    June 16, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I haven’t watched the guy give a speech since summer of 2007. I certainly don’t intend to start now.

    Give it a rest. hwc has been here long before you showed up here. Many of us have been disillusioned by the tack Hillary has taken and that does not mean we won’t like her to do otherwise and succeed.

  77. OMG, Take a look at this oldie post I found at DailyKos (found googling for ‘hwc’). Some nitwit there at Dailykooks spent his time compiling the number of comments from regular commenters on this site in 2008. I have 37 comments and ‘S’ has 39. Ah, looking at all the old handles, so many good people and brings back memories. Where are they all now, I wonder.

    http://m.dailykos.com/stories/533334

  78. pm317
    July 26, 2015 at 10:46 am
    ——————————
    Yes, the troll that threatened Admin said they still had their account from when the blog started.

    And I was accused of being a troll here until someone on the blog stood up for me and vouched that I had been posting on Murphy’s Pumapac since it formed.

    So you are googling for HWC? My, you have got something to prove.

    The TROLL supports Obola’s initiatives will misleading informaiton, posts every negative thing they can find about Hillary and disrespects Admin with postings in pink. They spew the blog with Cruz and have effectively disrupted it. Thank you.

  79. Pm

    I was posting then, actually found this place late 2007…didn’t have my name..interesting.
    Yes lots of, old names, miss them all…
    Initially I had a hard time posting, couldn’t get in right away. I read for 3 or 4 months before my first post.

  80. Here are the full results from today’s CNN poll. 419 Repub and Repub-leaning respondents who say they are registered voters. Margin of error or +/- 5%. Surveys done Wed through Sat nights. July 22-25.

    First number is the new percentage. Second number is from the same CNN poll a month ago.

    Trump 18% 12%
    Bush 15% 17%
    Walker 10% 6%
    Cruz 7% 3%
    Paul 6% 8%
    Rubio 6% 7%
    Huckabee 5% 5%
    Carson 4% 8%
    Christie 4% 3%
    Kasich 4% 3%
    Perry 3% 4%
    Jindal 2% 2%
    Santorum 2% 4%
    Fiorina 1% 1%
    Graham 1% 1%
    Pataki 1% *
    Gilmore * N/A
    Someone else (vol.) 4% 5%
    None/No one 4% 6%
    No opinion 3% 3%

  81. Charlie Cook at the National Journal published a much larger poll fed to him from Cruz’ pollster that was in done two weeks ago (july 14-15):

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/off-to-the-races/a-new-poll-shows-the-contours-of-the-gop-field-20150723

    This poll started with samples from actual voter lists, so they know they have real registered voters. From a sample of 1000 Republican voters, they ended up with 800 likely Republican voters, not just because they said so but because they are actually registered and have actually voted.

    Here are there results:

    Walker 17%
    Trump 15%
    Bush 11%
    Cruz 8%
    Carson 8%
    Rubio 6%
    Huckabee 5%
    Paul 4%

    To me, these two polls are more similar than not. The CNN sample is going to sample more “adults” and less specifically real primary voters. It’s not suprising to me that real Republican primary voters are less enthusiastic about Bush than a broader, less engagaged sample.

    The three things that jump out at me the most:

    1) Trump sucking the oxygen out of the room has wiped out the lower tier of candidates, those who had been trying to scratch and claw their way to viability.

    2) Rubio’s support appears to be in decline. To me, this is largely reflective of a strong “establishment” bracket with him losing out to Bush and Walker.

    3) Cruz appears to be solidifying the “conservative/tea party/evangelical” bracket. These polls suggest that Huckabee, Santorum, and Carson are fading in this bracket. With the news this week of the identity of Cruz biggest donor ($15 million the Wilks brothers, one of whom is an evangelical minister, and who are major donors to the Family Research Council), I think you’ll probably see some high profile evangelical endorsements coming in a segment of the primary race that won’t get much mainstream media attention.

  82. I have nothing to prove to you per se but for others that hwc was an old hand (I remembered his handle but wanted to show others he was here way back when with proof from google — took me all of one minute) and not ‘an anal obsessed Kook troll who is a supporter of Ofucktard’.

    gonzotx, not sure why you are not there on that list but of course, I remember you from way back. Yes, so many witty and smart commenters from way back then.

  83. pm317
    July 26, 2015 at 12:05 pm
    ——————————
    Being here from 2007 proves nothing. The trolls were out then, too. One emailed Admin recently and said they still had there account here and would “do to our candidate, what we did to theirs”, here. I reviewed those posts after you brought it up and they do not show to be a long time Hillary supporter. My opinion stands. You are welcome to scroll when I call the troll out.

  84. Not only am I tired of scrolling past troll droppings, but I am tired of waiting for Hillary. I really appreciate what Donald Trump is doing, but I cannot say I look forward to voting for him.

    So I called the campaign and told them that their website sucks and Hillary’s behavior as an Obola Pod Person was ridiculous, especially now that Trump had exposed the false narratives that we are all tired of, anyway. I gave it to them about the NYU Speech not being available on the website or the Facebook page, too.

    I told her we were all waiting for Hillary.

    646-854-1432

  85. Brietbart agrees with me:

    POLLS: DONALD TRUMP WAY OUT IN FRONT; TED CRUZ SURGES UNDERNEATH, MARCO RUBIO KEEPS SINKING

    To me, the interesting news from polling is understanding how the crowded field is narrowing down to 8 or 6 or 4 real candidates. The impact of that consolidation process on poll numbers is interesting, but even more interesting is the impact it has on fundraising going forward as there are several distinct groupings of big money donors in the Republican party.

  86. Good for you, Lu. I’m calling ASAP. It may change nothing, but at the least, it should be therapeutic. ‘

    As for the troll comment, IMO some posters here remain Hillary supporters but they disagree with the way she is conducting her campaign – agreeing with Obama’s vision, sucking up to the progs, etc., and others who had already turned against her but continue to post. Some often slam pro-Hillary comments and attack posters who write them. I fail to see how calling out people as troll, when they behave as such, is more “vindictive” than attacking posters whose views differ.

    I still hold out hope that Hillary’s campaign will change direction and she will be someone I can enthusiastically support. I don’t and won’t feel enthusiastic about supporting anyone else, although hearing trump say what many of us have been thinking for so long is seriously rewarding.

  87. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/26/us/candidates-caught-in-middle-as-words-ring-hollow-to-activists.html?_r=0

    Candidates Caught in Middle as Words Ring Hollow to Activists

    In the space of a few hours last week, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush showed how their parties’ two best-funded candidates are grappling with insistent, intensifying demands from activists on the left and the right who are deeply disenchanted with the political establishment.

    Before a heavily African-American audience in South Carolina, Mrs. Clinton sought to outflank her Democratic rivals who have struggled with questions of race. [snip]

    Later the same day in rural New Hampshire, Mr. Bush sought to strike a balance between his view that Republicans must be inclusive to win and a desire not to give in to what he called excessive political correctness.

    “A Republican will never be elected president of the United States again unless we campaign like this,” he said, spreading his arms wide. It was an implicit rejection of Donald J. Trump’s incendiary remarks about immigrants.

    Yet, talking to reporters after the event, Mr. Bush was nearly incredulous that Martin O’Malley, a Democratic contender and former Maryland governor, had apologized for telling demonstrators who interrupted him at Netroots Nation last weekend that “all lives matter.” [snip]

    The well-organized “Black Lives Matter” movement against discrimination and police brutality, on the one hand, and conservatives uneasy about immigration and assimilation, on the other, reflect sharply different currents of anger in American life. But the demands that each constituency is placing on the leading presidential candidates reflect a growing unwillingness to accept the usual assurances, an expectation of action — and discomfiting strains on the political center.

    There’s tension at the seams of both political coalitions,” said Pat Buchanan, the conservative commentator, who has run Republican and third-party campaigns for president. [snip]

    Should the two parties nominate Mr. Bush and Mrs. Clinton, heirs in the country’s leading political families, it is not difficult to imagine a conservative candidate’s mounting a populist third-party run, much as Mr. Buchanan once did, that taps into anti-trade and anti-immigration fervor on the right.

    In this scenario don’t be surprised (um, why is nobody talking about this all too real possibility?) at a third party challenge from the left. Every action… equal and opposite reaction.

  88. Senate has voted down the show vote on Obamacare.
    Senate has approved the amendment reauthorizing the ExIm Bank.

    By letting the EXIM Bank expire and creating massive urgency on K Street, I bet McConnell was able to extort massive checks for filing the amendment and getting it reauthorized by the Senate. The checks were surely flowing like water this week.

    It’s professional wrestling. The Dems and Repubs aren’t really hitting each other with chairs. They are business partners.

  89. The word on minorities, illegal immigrants and crime is that prisons have been privatized and that their crime will be big business and $$ for the elite. Hillary has been getting a lot of donations from the Incarceration Industry.

    I guess the police will need to be careful when arresting them so they don’t get hurt.

  90. Senate’s ObamaCare repeal effort falls short

    The Senate on Sunday rejected a GOP-led amendment to repeal ObamaCare that fell several votes short of a 60-vote threshold to advance.

    The largely symbolic vote, which was attached to a three-year highway funding bill, marked the Senate’s first attempt to repeal ObamaCare since Republicans took control of the chamber in January.

    The measure had been certain to fail, lacking support from any Democrats. The final vote was 49-43 along party lines, with eight senators not voting.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/249231-senates-obamacare-repeal-effort-falls-short

  91. admin
    July 26, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    unless we campaign like this,” he said, spreading his arms wide.
    ——————-
    The Jedidiah Doe Boy may spread on the campaign, but if he gets into office it will be straight on to Wallstreet.

  92. OMG, Take a look at this oldie post I found at DailyKos (found googling for ‘hwc’). Some nitwit there at Dailykooks spent his time compiling the number of comments from regular commenters on this site in 2008. I have 37 comments and ‘S’ has 39. Ah, looking at all the old handles, so many good people and brings back memories. Where are they all now, I wonder.

    http://m.dailykos.com/stories/533334
    —–
    The reason I had only 316 comments was because I was on the campaign trail for three months (March-May)

  93. To me, the interesting news from polling is understanding how the crowded field is narrowing down to 8 or 6 or 4 real candidates.
    ———-
    Really?

    I find it to be rather predictable:

    2 conservatives (Trump/Cruz) + 2 RINOs (Bush/Rubio) = 4

    The August debate and those that follow, will cape the herd.

    I think Walker will go down, and Carly will go up = 6

    Walker has hired a very ugly staffer–Brad Dayspring

    Kasich has hired a boatload of ugly staffers, and he will not appeal to conservatives.

    Hillary may fear him, Soros does fear him, but I do not.

  94. hwc
    July 26, 2015 at 3:28 pm
    Here’s is Cruz’ short speech on the Senate floor a few minutes ago:
    ——–
    And it is brilliant.

    You would think that, at some point, these corrupt corepussels would learn their lesson:

    Don’t fuck with Hoppie.

    But the Senators who try to shut down Cruz

    By claiming that telling the truth

    Is a breach of Senate decorum

    Just got their own ass handed to them

    Not crudely, but deftly

    Orin Hatch as been a huge disappointment for years

    He lost his way when he sat with Teddy on the Judiciary Committee

    I have no explanation for Lamaar Alexander

    Who is reported to have a bastard son named Corker

    Both RINOs, from the same state, same party, limited brainpower, windier than Lakeshore Drive

    Don’t need a birth certificate to prove it.

  95. Wbb,

    The reason I think Walker may go down is because despite his pretty much walking the walk, no pun, he does not come across with a v powerful presence… and with strong personalities like Trump, no mas…..I also don’t trust him on immigration.

  96. 2 conservatives (Trump/Cruz) + 2 RINOs (Bush/Rubio) = 4

    But, that’s not the way it’s shaking out. The two recent polls show Cruz moving ahead of Rubio for 4th place, which is really not according to the script. Bush, Walker, and Rubio are supposed to be the big three from all the pundits — although give Bill Kristol credit, he said not to sell Cruz short on his podcast Friday.

    And, Trump is really not competing in the “conservative/tea party/evangelical” bracket. Not when it comes to raising money. He’s never in a million years going to get the evangelical Tony Perkins Family Council endorsements/money. That’s what kept Santorum alive and crippled Romney in 2012. And that’s with a truly horrible candidate like Santorum. You have to factor in that money/base into the equation. A Texas preacher is the biggest single donor in Republican politics so far in this race, a $15 MILLION contribution to the Cruz PAC.

    I’m actually not that interested in analyzing Trump’s effect on the nominating process. It is what it is. It’s the summer of Trump. I don’t think he materially impacts the other top candidates in the race. The size of his support is probably not good news for Jeb!, but the anti-Jeb! vote was always going to be “yuge”. I don’t think he has much impact on the relative positions of Bush, Walker, Cruz, and Rubio right now. He’s mostly wiped out the support for the bottom-tier candidates, but they weren’t going to gain traction anyway. So, if anything, maybe Trump has culled the field a bit early. There’s really no need to even have 10 on stage for the first debate. At least half the field is already finished.

    For example, FOX News has already shifted Fiorina’ appearances to being one side of a “fair and balanced” debate with the Pres of Emily’s List about the Clinton campaign…

  97. I think Walker will be under enormous pressure at the first debate. His poll numbers are very high for a guy that the vast majority of his supporters wouldn’t recognize if they walked past him on the street. He is going to have to show a presence commensurate with those numbers in a debate setting which will be the first time many of his supporters have ever seen and heard him talk.

    Bush is also under some pressure. So far, he’s been notably unimpressive in campaign speeches, town halls, etc. He has the added problem of dealing with Trump’s attacks.

  98. Trump has culled the field
    —–
    What you call culling the field I call caping the herd just to be environmentally sensitive.

    Rubio is the default candidate of the elites who think he is key to the hispanic vote, and to big media because he is young, glib, and disingenous like they are.

    As you know, the polls at this point are not predictive, except as an indicator that a candidate is not catching fire. Case in point: that demimonde Lindsey Graham.

  99. Walker is the existential threat to Rubio as both compete for the Mainstream Establishment Fox News candidate who is not named Jeb!…

    Walker appears to have the edge at this point in time (and especially in Iowa), but that could change.

    Rubio is still the odds on favorite for VP with anyone except Jeb! who can’t pick a Florida VP.

  100. Saw Carly Forina on FOX News Sunday with Wallace supposedly in a “fair and balanced” debate with an Emily’s List person who was not given near as much air time as Carly. Ms. Forina, who continually blinked, came off as arrogant and a mean girl. No wonder her employees supposedly could not stand her if she is truly like it seemed on today’s show. I can see why the Reps are pushing for her to be in the debates so she can be an attack dog on Hillary.

  101. if the shoe fits wear it…

    THIS BEARS REPEATING:

    “lorac
    July 26, 2015 at 1:48 am
    I just read over the last 2-3 blog posts. IMO, the few people whose duty it seems to be to always shout out “troll alert, troll alert!”, “scroll by, scroll by!” are way more disruptive than any comments made by that poster.

    And really, I’m pretty sure that everyone who reads here, as well as even others, knew by the 50,000th ALERT! that you few people don’t like this person. What purpose, other than vindictiveness, is this really serving? IMO, it comes off a mean girls clique.

    All I see is that this person always answers respectfully, s/he even offered up a link one of you was looking for. In response, this person gets gossiped about, smacked down every time s/he posts, her/his motivations always asserted as being bad.

    This poster brings up some things not great about Hillary. So does admin. (So does Trump.) This poster talks about Cruz sometimes. So does wboeii. (So does Trump.) This poster says his/her opinions (so does Admin, so does wboeii, so does Trump).

    All this vitriol and attacks, it feels like a 2008 bot blog, it feels like the ongoing racebaiters’ constant calls of “that’s racist!” – all attempts to shut down free speech. And these incessant troll alerts against one person feel the same way. We get it, YOU don’t want to hear what they have to say, you don’t even want her/him here. But where does it say that s/he has any less right to contribute here?

    I really like all of you, but IMO your constant badgering of this person who doesn’t respond in kind feels disruptive, redundant (EVERYONE knows how you feel!), unnecessary, and unAmerican, and IMO degrades the quality of this blog.

    There’s a humorous aspect of it all, though. A couple of months ago if someone had said all the things you guys are saying now (about Trump, Hillary’s issues), you’d have jumped on them as trolls. And yet here you all are, talking up Trump (whom I also like), seemingly unaware that you’re the troll of a few months ago.

    I hope you put some thought into what I’ve expressed as my own opinion. Or, do what you do, and now reflexively pile on ME.

    But I do hope you remember that I do like you all a lot, and I hope you will try to hear what I am saying.”

  102. lorac/sirmrks/pm317

    With your recent return, you may not be aware of the variety of stories the Troll has had since it’s recent return about who it is and who it is supporting for 2016. Like I said, it defends Obola’s initiatives with deceptive information, posts everything negative it can find about Hillary, disrespects Admin by posting in pink, even after some other members pointed out that was inappropriate. I have a well founded belief it is a Troll and I have never raised that concern about anyone else on the blog.

    And I would also point out that you are piling on a post about piling on someone being a negative behavior.

  103. The grand poobah of evangelical politics, Tony Perkins, on Donald Trump:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=439&v=4es6kIvJXjk

    For a little perspective on this slice of Republican electorate, the Texas billionaire who just gave $15 million to Cruz gave $19 million to Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council.

    Much has been written that Perkins’ #1 goal this time is to unify evangelical support behind a single viable candidate so are aren’t left with the prospect of trying to beat Bush with a loser candidate like they had to do with Santorum against Romney last time.

    These guys operate out of view of the mainstream media, but have massive influence in places. Especially place like Iowa and across large swaths of the early March SEC primary states.

  104. freespirit
    July 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm
    —————
    Yes, the NYT hatchet job with the lightweight correction brings back memories of 2008.

  105. More misleading information about Obola initiatives. Obamatrade is not about free trade, it is about global corporate governance and the end of sovereign protections for the populous.

    Yea, just keep feeding the troll.

  106. hwc
    July 26, 2015 at 8:52 pm
    ———-
    What does free trade mean to you.

    If other countries manipulate their currency to make their goods cheaper and ours more expensive, so that we cannot get a foothold in our markets, but they can dominate ours, is that free trade, and is that a situation you are willing to live with, for the sake of what is nothing more than a political fiction. The unstated premise of free trade is a level playing field, and when other countries load the dice against of it, what you call free trade is not free, but very costly to the working class in this country, particularly at a time when we have nearly 100 million Americans not working, 54 million on welfare, and only 47% paying taxes. None of this adversely affects the elites, so for them free trade is a good deal, they can buy things cheaper, but for the middle class the opposite is true. The core premise of free trade is that nations who are best at producing certain things will emerge as industry leaders, and the world as a whole will benefit as consumers, even if other nations lose as producers. But for that principle to be valid, there must still be a level playing field. And if you think that the massive UN style bureaucracy which will be established to monitor this situation, I invite you to consider how often this has worked in the past, i.e. rarely if ever.

  107. This whole business of tying ourselves down with treaties reminds me of that scene in Gulliver’s Travels, where the giant is tied down by the Liliputians—little people there (even smaller than the lovely and talented Lindsey Graham without his morbid fixation on sergeants at arms and nuclear warheads). It is a formula for stagnation, and negative growth, and the loss of self sufficiency.

  108. Lu4PUMA
    July 26, 2015 at 7:49 pm
    lorac/sirmrks/pm317

    I never left. I read here almost every day and have been here since 2008. thank you very much.
    as I said before this is the only comments section that I read besides a little bit of hotair when I can take it.

    I dont find the troll as you call him/them disrupting.

  109. sirmrks
    July 26, 2015 at 9:29 pm
    —————–
    You think deluging the blog with Cruze is on topic and not misdirection?

    Do you mean that you think snide remarks about Obamatrade is not disruptive?

    Did you miss the discussions with wbboei where it morphed into conflicting explanations of its support for various Obola initiatives?

    It feeds off of people and I find it disgusting.

    You want to play with it, have fun.

  110. The solar panel tax credits are one of the biggest crony capitalism taxpayer looting schemes ever. The companies lease the panels to homeowners who never come close to paying for them with electricity savings and the companies pocket hundreds of millions in tax credits. It’s obscene. The largest of the scammer companies is now located in Solyndra’s fancy headquarters building (another looting of the US taxpayer). Expanding that program is literally insane, although I’m sure some donors will make out like bandits.

    BTW, I didn’t comment on the TPP article. I just linked it for anyone interested as I know it’s a topic of some interest here.

  111. wbb has ahd a few interesting back and forth.
    you can just scroll by with out going TROLL TROLL TROLL it gets tiring as YOU are repeating the same thing.

    I just scroll by you the troll these days 😉

  112. Lu4PUMA
    July 26, 2015 at 10:11 pm
    sirmrks
    July 26, 2015 at 9:29 pm
    ——-
    Lu, you said your heart belongs to Hillary but your vote belongs to Trump.

    You like Donald because he attacks the cronyism of the Washington cartel from the outside, with courage and commitment.

    Well, Cruz attacks the cronyism of the Washington cartel from the inside with similar courage and commitment.

    The speech he delivered in the Senate on Friday calling out McConnell for corruption is a case in point.

    The speech he delivered today when he was challenged by the usual suspects if further proof of his commitment.

    Consequently, it may be better for those of us who support Trump to err on the side of hearing more not less about Trump.

    You will draw your own conclusions, but at least you know how I feel.

  113. correction:

    Consequently, it may be better for those of us who support Trump to err on the side of hearing more not less about CRUZ.

  114. Personally, I find the comments slamming Lu for Troll Alert postings just as annoying and distracting as those doing the slamming find the troll alerts.

  115. Gonzo: you saw where your senior senator, John Cronyn was the third one to rebuke Ted. The senior senator rebukes the junior senator for suggesting that McConnell is in the hip pocket of big business. As you will see below, this is a case of there but for the grace of god goeth I, for the similarly corrupt Cornyn. His nick name is Howdy Duty–and that is the affectionate name donors call him.

    Total Campaign Contributions Received by John Cornyn: $14,723,019 (which makes him one of the fattest hogs at the trough)

    Top 10 Interests Funding

    Interest Contributions
    Oil & Gas $1,219,431
    Securities & Investment $1,127,843
    Health Professionals $789,946
    Lawyers/Law Firms $725,376
    Real Estate $559,789
    Insurance $446,678
    Misc Finance $428,051
    Banks and Credit $413,330
    Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $304,550
    Lobbyists $293,958
    Top 10 Organizations Funding

    Organization Contributions
    Unknown $358,386
    At&t $56,800
    Valero $52,150
    USAA $49,100
    Exxonmobil $48,000
    Energy Transfer Partners $45,600
    Goldman Sachs $45,000
    Blackstone $41,000
    Jpmorgan Chase $40,850
    Quantum Energy Partners $40,600

    http://maplight.org/us-congress/legislator/553-john-cornyn

  116. Gonzo: when I knock Texas for having a bad senator as well as a good one I am not proud.

    Because a bad as Cornyn is, my senior senator holds the dubious distinction of being the stupidest member of congress.

    And manachevetts, with the likes of Boxer, Flake and others, that is really saying something.

    Her name? Patty Murray, of course.

  117. Yes. The Washington Cartel certainly demonstrated its ability to circle the wagons this afternoon. They are so oblivious… Lindsey Graham came right out and said everyone knew that McConnell had cut a deal to ram the Ex Im Bank through, confirming precisely what Cruz was talking about.

  118. As I see it they are a de facto tag team. Each of them strengthens the other, which is good for us.

    Isn’t it interesting that neither Cruz nor (especially) Trump has said one word about their dinner meeting last week. I think Cruz was asked about it once and said that he always enjoyed sitting down with Trump…

  119. wbboei
    July 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm
    ——————————–
    I am sorry, but I just do not like Cruz. I do not generally like Republicans. I am a died in the wool, bleeding heart liberal. I am sure he has some really good qualities and I sure support reform in the parties and there are circumstances in which I would even vote for him.

    But I think that a person with bad intentions has been using your interest in him to side track the discussions with abusive over-posting to undermine discussions on Hillary 2016. Yes, I can scroll too, but that is what I am doing on these posts.

    It is not about Cruz so much as how the issue is being used here.

    My heart belongs to Hillary and Solar Power.

  120. maybe I didn’t hear correctly, but our local NH radio guy said Trump was skipping the debate next week. hopefully it is some local NH thing he is skipping and not the big debate we’re all waiting for?

  121. Lu4PUMA, stock futures here are off due to the melty melty in China. Earnings season has not gone so well and now China continues to drag things down.

  122. They are lying to us, they are corrupt as the worst whores of hell, and they are leading this country into destruction.
    ___________________________
    Sadly this has been going on for a very looooong time. 😡

  123. Ouch. That’ll leave a mark. Ted Cruz remarks to reporters in the Capitol after yesterday’s session:

    Cruz was unbowed, firing back soon after leaving the Senate floor and accusing Senate Republican leaders of marching in lockstep with Senate Democrats on such things as funding the Affordable Care Act, funding Planned Parenthood and refusing to tie an Iran nuclear deal to Iran’s recognition of Israel’s right to exist.

    “They operate as a team, expanding Washington and undermining the liberty of the people,” the Texas Republican said of Senate Democratic and Republican leaders.

    “We’ve just seen something extraordinary on the Senate floor. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the Washington party.”

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article28770724.html#storylink=cpy

  124. JB this one is for you. In case you do not know him, Roger Simon is a distinguished Hollywood writer who is that rarest of all human beings, a conservative Jew. He has tried to warn his people of what lies ahead, just as Paul Revere did. But for the most part they are unmoved in their support for Obama, and either their support or lack of opposition to this Iran deal. He is also one of those rare people who has read the deal, and understands it better than the man who negotiated it. The main reason for this, apart from the fact that the State Department lies about it routinely is that the full deal is not contained in a single document, but consists of a main document to which the public has access, plus a series of secret side letters that either modify or expand upon the provisions of the main deal. The main body of the agreement provides Iran with a pathway to the Plutonian bomb. Even worse, there is indirect proof that one of the side letters which commits the United States to defend Iran if Israel attacks them. To repeat, if Bibi attacks Iran to prevent a second holocaust, one of the aforesaid secret side letters which congress will never see commits us to defend Iran, and to do that we may have to attack Israel. In my opinion, the reasonable thing to do under these circumstances would be for Congress to take the position that it will not lift sanctions–Corker bill or no corker bill–unless and until the parties to that negotiation produce all hidden side letters, as this will allow Congress to vote not just on the main agreement, but on the Agreement as a whole. I am not sanguine however that McConnell, Hatch and Cronyn will do that. They do not hear the voice of the American People. The clamor they hear is from their big business donors who are pressing for this deal, which gives them their own pathway into the lucrative Iranian market, and in due course American and Israel blood will pay for that pathway. This is where the J Street crowd is clueless.

    http://pjmedia.com/diaryofamadvoter/2015/07/27/the-iran-deal-weimar-days-are-here-again/

  125. hwc
    July 27, 2015 at 10:31 am
    Ouch. That’ll leave a mark. Ted Cruz remarks to reporters in the Capitol after yesterday’s session:

    Cruz was unbowed, firing back soon after leaving the Senate floor and accusing Senate Republican leaders of marching in lockstep with Senate Democrats on such things as funding the Affordable Care Act, funding Planned Parenthood and refusing to tie an Iran nuclear deal to Iran’s recognition of Israel’s right to exist.
    —–
    Will you now agree with me that this is more than a mere campaign stunt, and that he, like Donald Trump have seized upon the Zeigtgeist of this era, and that in due course the establishment will reap the whirlwind? The safe bet would be to say no, or it depends. But for once in my life, I am inclined to be optimistic—but I wouldn’t want to make a habit of it because too often it ends in disappointment.

  126. There is a whole set of unwritten rules of the senate:

    These are the rules of the Senate
    Unwritten and varied they be
    And he who seeks wealth will observe them
    When he rises to speak on TV

    or something like that

    The first is treat the American People like mushrooms—keep them in the dark and by all means feed them shit

    The second is never attack a member of your party.

    The third rule is never air our dirty laundry.

    The fourth rule is make big media your whore.

    Upon my honor
    I saw a madonna
    Standing in a nitche
    Above the door
    Of a prominent whore
    Of a prominent son of a bitch
    —Dorothy Parker

    Fifth, telling the truth is a breach of senate decorum

    Sixth, if a junior senator tells the truth, smite him down

    Seventh, do what your donors tell you, and the public be damned

    And a partridge in a pear tree, etc.

    The list goes, and on, and on, as it follows the money, not the general welfare

    But if you look at the unwritten rules of the Senate which I have just listed, it become obvious that Ted has managed to break everyown to them, and when the old bulls seek to rebuke him, he is unbowed, and instead doubles down.

    Courage is a rare commodity in congress. Ted is the clear exception. Time will tell whether it pays off. Obviously, I want it to, but like 99.9% of us, I have no say in the matter.

  127. They finally put up a YouTube of Cruz radio interview Friday night explaining his attack speech. He had also been on Rush Limbaugh’s show, but this is a much better interview. I think the last four minutes or so of this will be Cruz’ talking points for the Aug 6 debate:

  128. hwc
    July 27, 2015 at 11:13 am
    Professional wrestling:

    The three Repub leaders who shot down Cruz yesterday and engineered the passage of the ExIm Bank voted against it so they can go home to their states and claim they fought the good fight against crony capitalism:
    ——
    Is there ANY chance you see that the public at large will figure this out?

    (Note: the operative word in that sentence, in case you did not notice, is “ANY”)

  129. yes, Donald Trump is running now as a ‘conservative republican’ however if you start to dig deep into even what Trump has said recently you can hear the voice (and heart?) of an independent…

    he has already said he wants health care for all
    he has already said he will protect Social Security, not cut it
    he has already talked about “a merit system” as one option for resolving the immigration issue
    he has already stated we need borders to stop any more illegal immigration and that he will immediately get rid of the “bad dudes”

    ………imho…he already sounds like an independent running as a republican…he almost sounds like a ‘middle way’

    we’ll see how this plays out…but in the long run, Trump is the person who is running with a ‘national strategy’…and he has the ability to shame both the dems and repubs if they get to radical either way…

    wouldn’t it be so ironic if Donald turns out to be the “common sense” candidate…

  130. Will you now agree with me that this is more than a mere campaign stunt, and that he, like Donald Trump have seized upon the Zeigtgeist of this era, and that in due course the establishment will reap the whirlwind?

    I’ve never disagreed with you on that. I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. It can be both a substantive challenge to the entrenched interests of Washington AND a campaign strategy. In fact, Cruz’ strategy, in both his upset Senate victory over the handpicked establishment candidate and in his Presidential race, as been to fiercely attack “go along to get along” business as usual Republicans.

    I’m felt for many years that the two parties were inching closer and closer to the time when a mad as hell populist changes the dynamic. That’s why I’ve never written off Cruz’ chances. He is a very effective communicator of that anger. He is much more dangerous to the Washington cartel than the other candidate riding that wave of anger.

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