Yes We Icahn – Did @RealDonaldTrump Just Win The Third #GOPDebate With His Tax Plan?

Update: The Trump Show is good for business as Fox shatters ratings records. Whether it is CBS and 60 Minutes, Steve Colbert, CNN, or Fox News it cannot be denied that Donald Trump is a ratings star. The electorate is engaged this early because Trump addresses issues voters want discussed. That’s why Trump is tops in polls. Today’s USAToday/Suffolk poll has Trump on top and ten points ahead of his nearest competitors. The latest poll from Georgia has Trump at 31% and 13 points ahead of his nearest competitor. Charles Hurt sums it up:

First they ignored him. Then they mocked him. Then they tried tearing him down.

With each failure to destroy Donald Trump, the political experts and establishment stooges only made him stronger. And now they don’t have a clue what to do.

Those in Washington who still think a Donald Trump presidency is preposterous or absurd have only themselves to blame for creating an environment that has made it so easy for the swashbuckling, smack-talking businessman to rise so effortlessly to the top of the heap. [snip]

The most alarming thing about Donald Trump for these people is that they have, literally, thrown everything they can at the man. And, yet, he is still standing, completely unbowed. In the 3½ months since he launched his campaign, his popularity has only grown with every sling and arrow. [snip]

Meticulously, methodically, patiently, Mr. Trump has morphed into a legitimate candidate.

He just released the latest of three very serious policy position papers, this one on taxes. [snip]

Each paper is deeply sophisticated and principled. And when was the last time a candidate for president got wall-to-wall coverage for releasing a policy paper?

Certainly not when Jeb Bush released his policy position this week on, and I am not making this up, “energy.”

Energy and issues help Trump trump.


The Donald Trump tax plan unveiled on Monday is either Reaganesque, Bushian, or reeks of Obama. In short, it is brilliant. With the publication of this plan Donald Trump puts to rest the “no details” attacks against him by the GOP establishment and Big Media blowhards.

Conservative anti-tax blowhard Grover Norquist thinks the Trump plan is Reaganesque:

“The plan is vintage Ronald Reagan,” Mr. Norquist said. “It is pro-growth, it is pro-fairness.”

After months of bumper-sticker slogans and sound bites, Mr. Norquist said he was pleasantly surprised by the comprehensiveness of Mr. Trump’s plan.

Conservative blowhards at National Review think Trump’s plan reeks of Barack Obama:

Trump’s other big idea—also one of Barack Obama’s big ideas—is to attempt a forced repatriation of companies’ overseas profits, offering a sweetheart rate (10 percent) to soften the blow. This moves in precisely the wrong direction: The United States maintains a counterproductive tax system that presumes to tax the worldwide activity of U.S.-based companies; most advanced countries use a “territorial” system, meaning that they tax activity within their actual jurisdictions. (It is not clear where the U.S. government imagines that it gets the power to take a piece when a U.S. company builds a widget in South Korea and sells it in Switzerland.) This would simply create yet another incentive for U.S.-based firms to move their headquarters abroad to jurisdictions with less insane tax and regulatory environments, or to engage in ever-more-complex tax-avoidance shenanigans.

Other blowhards see JeBush in the Trump plan:

Trump’s plan is not much different in general structure from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s plan, though Trump has lower rates.

Trump pointed out that he is a poster boy for some of his own reforms, as he has stocked “millions” overseas and has utilized tax loopholes. This was because he does not like the way the country’s current leadership spends his tax money:

“I pay a lot of tax but I fight like hell to make it as low as possible. But I would feel quite differently if our leadership was such that I respect their decisions.”

That last paragraph sums up what Donald J. Trump himself thinks of his plan. In two words “common sense”:

Trump said he could do all of this without adding to the deficit, promising to further slash government spending. It’s a pledge that’s sure to raise skepticism among debt experts given that discretionary government spending, as a percentage of gross domestic product, is already at its lowest level since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.

Trump said his plan reduces or eliminates most of the deductions or loopholes available to special interests and the very rich. “In other words, it’s going to cost me a fortune, which is actually true,’’ Trump said, while rejecting the notion that he is a “populist.’’

“I wouldn’t say populist at all. I would say I’m a man of common sense,’’ he said.

There are a lot of opinions about Trump’s tax plan. But Trump wants it understood as “common sense.” Conservative, liberal, centrist, are all labels for various political tribes. “Common sense” as opposed to “kooky” is the difference Trump wants to emphasize. When Trump says “But I would feel quite differently if our leadership was such that I respect their decisions” he is talking common sense. For instance, a bum is in the street (“homeless person” for this politically correct age). It’s cold. You want to give a some change, maybe a couple of dollars so food can be purchased to warm the tummy. But you realize the money will go to liquor and only make things worse. You walk by.

Or, you work hard all day. You pay taxes. You want your taxes to be used wisely. You see trillions of dollars spent and conditions in the country worsen. You become an anti-tax rebel because it is commonsense not to give drunks money for liquor. But if the drunk stops abusing drink and drugs, you might be willing to help but only if you are convinced your assistance will not go to waste or a ruse or a scam or a lie. It’s common sense. That’s what Trump is going for.

Common sense is why Trump might have just won the third GOP debate. Trump sells his plan as common sense. In the next GOP debate common sense and political tactics come together. Trump haters at the Wall Street Journal see what Trump is up to:

With the tax plan’s release, Mr. Trump is moving to quell criticism that his campaign has been more style and less substance. This tax proposal follows his well-known immigration plan in the summer and one on gun rights last week.

At the third GOP debate Donald Trump will once again be the target of attacks. Some candidates might attack Trump because his plan will exempt millions of Americans from federal taxes. They will argue that everyone should pay something. Trump will respond to that fair criticism with a non-ideological, but commonsensical, “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs”.

Jeb Bush might whine about how his plan is similar to Trump’s or how Trump’s plan is similar to Obama’s plans. In the end every tax discussion at the third GOP debate will be about the “Trump Plan.” The very discussion of the “Trump Plan” will belie the notion that Trump has no plans, just a lot of bombast. In short, the third GOP debate will be a debunking of the notion that Trump’s weakness is his lack of plans. You can’t discuss the “Trump Plan” without acknowledging that Trump has a plan, in detail, made public, with common sense. End of game.

“Common sense” is why Carl Icahn supports Donald J. Trump for president:

Now Carl Icahn is endorsing Donald Trump

The activist investor is totally on board despite once balking at Trump’s mention of him as a potential Treasury Secretary.

It took a few months, but Carl Icahn is now backing Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

The activist investor is set to publicly endorse his fellow billionaire’s campaign to ascend to the nation’s highest office. Bloomberg reports that Icahn — who supports Trump’s stances on overhauling taxation and immigration policies, as well as raising interest rates — officially announced his support for the billionaire real estate mogul and reality television star in an interview that will be published in full Tuesday.

Billionaire smart guy Carl Icahn is very worried about this country and what is happening to the American economy under Obama. Icahn warns of a potential looming catastrophe:

Danger ahead—that’s the warning from Carl Icahn in a video coming Tuesday.

The activist says low rates caused bubbles in art, real estate and high-yield bonds—with potentially dramatic consequences.

“It’s like giving somebody medicine and this medicine is being given and given and given and we don’t know what’s going to happen – you don’t know how bad it’s going to be. We do know when we did it a few years ago it caused a catastrophe, it caused ’08. Where do you draw the line?”

The nation is in danger and there is more danger ahead. That’s why Carl Icahn supports Donald J. Trump. It’s common sense.


Ethnomusicology 2016: Music For #Hillary2016 @RealDonaldTrump @CarlyFiorina @BernieSanders @MarcoRubio #DraftBiden #FeelTheBern

Pictures fail. Spanish fails. English fails. Perhaps music is the only language sufficiently capable of describing the 2016 campaign.

As non-stop coverage of the papal visit to the east coast consumes most of the TV shows, now is the time to put typical analysis to the side. Today we visit the other realm of human communication. Music, the truly great communicator.

While we have not spent much time this year on the left side of the political world, we soon will once the first debate takes place. For now, there really is not much to talk about that we have not already written about though. The way to destroy Hillary Clinton is to tie her to Obama. Hillary2016 is falling apart, not because of the scandals or emails or somesuch, it’s Obama that hurts Hillary2016. This email business is only important as a measure of how much Obama hates Hillary and what he will do to actively and overtly nuke Hillary. The only drama there is when Hillary will wake up from her slumbers and get rid of the Obama people (hello, Joel Benenson) surrounding her like so many bars on a cage.

Until the purge comes, there is not much more for us to say. While we once suggested musical themes for Hillary2016 of a more upbeat nature we think that now something along the lines of a fire alarm bell is the tonal range Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 requires to hear.

As to the Hillary2016 competition… no words or pictures, no #BlackLivesMatter attacks, do better than music to capture the charms and prospects of Bernie Sanders.

Joe Biden? Mourning Joe provides his own musical selection for 2016 so we do not have to creatively search for music that captures his essence:

That clip of musical truth really summarizes Mourning Joe Biden and his self-pitying campaign doesn’t it? Will Joe get more than the less than one percent of the vote he got in 2008?

In the same way that the villages idiot video captures the prospects for Mourning Joe, the dear departed Scott Walker should have um, listened, to what the musical soothsayers foretold.

If Walker only would have listened, he would not have run. As it turned out the Walker campaign was only a, um, sleepwalk:

Which led to:

Tough lesson for a boy from landlocked Wisconsin. As Walker went under, crushed by a massive wave, he tried to huff up a campaign against the GOP frontrunner and grassroots revolution. Walker failed to be the leader so now he wants to lead a rear guard action against reality. The plan continues to be to save Jeb Bush with suicide attacks by pawns.

Pawns such as Carly Fiorina.

Pawns such as Carly Fiorina can’t possibly think they have a chance to win. The GOP race is fixed for JeBush. Only one man can stop JeBush from becoming the GOP nominee. So either Carly Fiorina willingly sacrifices herself to help JeBush or Carly Fiorina thinks she really can win. In either case…

Ben Carson? This pawn thinks nice and easy does it every time.

Unfortunately, Ben Carson is no Sinatra. Carson can’t make it anywhere, and certainly not New York, New York. Nice ain’t enough.

Ted Cruz. There’s something off-key about this cat. He’s smart. He’s good with words… but not with the music. Still, his future lies as a lounge act or second banana somewhere. Greased hair, too tight suit, a microphone…

Maybe he just needs a makeover?

Then there is Marco Rubio. Rubio thinks he’s cuter than he is. Rubio thinks he’s smoother than he is. But Rubio’s not cute enough to make voters forget his illegal immigration amnesty tricks.

The Chamber of Commerce can afford what’s on the price tag. Balding dog… for sale… cheap.

There are a bunch of other wannabees waiting for the sails on their ships to fill up and take them to never-never land. They are leaves in a breeze. They’re dust in the wind. Anywhere the wind blows doesn’t matter to them, that’s the position they will take.

Then there is Jeb. Jeb Bush. JeBush. There’s a certain fin de siècle quality to JeBush. JeBush is like a once grand house that has been repainted but the structural damage is evident no matter how many decorators are called in. The mold is everywhere. The termites, like rust, munching day and night without rest. The musty air, trapped in windows that long ago refused to be opened.

JeBush himself, refurbished with a thinning diet, armed with dusty sayings that worked to elect former members of the household to the peerage… JeBush himself has a sort of Fall of the House of Usher decrepitness. We’re tempted to say he’s on the Road to Nowhere, or Road to Ruin, but there is something more Bellatrix Lestrange to JeBush… something oddly Kate Bush….

As for the “Humble” frontrunner – he could sing the Sinatra standard New York, New York with convincing lack of humility. He could also rock your world inside out. But that’s not what “Humble” does. “Humble” leads a movement.

He’s a Rebel Rouser.


Make America Great Again: The Great Fox Hunt And The Message Behind The Message Of @RealDonaldTrump

Surrender by Fox News! Here we go: Roger Ailes to meet with Trump next week to resolve “differences of opinion” over Fox’s coverage. This is another major victory by Donald Trump. Trump knows he holds the winning trump card and he has forced Fox News to bark surrender. What is going on?

Before anyone else, we at the beginning of the Summer of Trump provided the best explanation for the rise of Donald Trump. And Trump soared to the top of the polls.

Then came a sustained assault after the first Fox News debate, desperate last chance attacks at the second GOP debates, pawn candidates extolled by those whose sole aim is to destroy Trump, hideous attacks from the GOP establishment, vile personal attacks from Fox News and assorted Big Media outlets, millions spent in attack ads by corrupt organizations, more attacks from failed candidates, a concerted mobilization of the hacks and flacks of other campaigns along with the GOP establishment leaders and thought manipulators – the line of propaganda is that support for Donald J. Trump is either “stalled” or entirely over. Unfortunately for the manipulators of information, the latest polls scream out that Donald Trump will continue to rise.

As we wrote, the best explanation for the rise of Trump is this:


The voters find themselves in a snake pit, surrounded by vipers, and they reach up to grab whatever stick is handed to them. [snip]

The voters are in a snake pit and Donald Trump is the stick they will use to beat back the vipers. [snip]

Donald Trump is the stick that hits. And voters trapped in the snake pit need a stick.

Now we have empirical evidence that Donald J. Trump will continue to rise in the polls. Phase I in the rise of Donald J. Trump was when the voters reached for Donald J. Trump as the weapon of choice. Phase II is the voters in agreement with Donald J. Trump’s world view.

Phase II is brought to you courtesy of a Bloomberg poll released today:

Most Agree With Trump on America’s Lost Greatness, Bloomberg Poll Finds

A national survey finds that 72 percent of Americans say their country isn’t as great as it once was—a central theme of front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign.

Americans are “fed up” with politics, suspect the wealthy are getting an unfair edge, and think the country is going in the wrong direction, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll that lays bare the depth and breadth of the discontents propelling outsider candidates in the Republican presidential field.

The survey shows that 72 percent of Americans think their country isn’t as great as it once was—a central theme of front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign. More than a third prefer a presidential candidate without experience in public office.

There’s plenty of support in this new poll for Trump’s world-view and plenty of room for Trump to grow support even as this poll places Donald Trump at the top, once again. This is a hyper “time for a change” election which is why we so long ago advised Hillary2016 to make Hillary THE change candidate. Hillary2016 has not listened. Donald Trump is now the undisputed “time for a change” candidate to rid us of the Obama stench.

But, say the Trump hate squads, ‘Trump is too bombastic to be the right messenger’ for the GOP. Wrong again losers:

Most Republicans feel betrayed by their party — and show their displeasure by supporting outsiders over establishment candidates in the GOP presidential race. [snip]

Trump stays on top with 26 percent among GOP primary voters, followed by Carson at 18 percent. Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are next, tied at 9 percent. All four have gained ground. [snip]

The appeal of outsiders comes from significant dissatisfaction with the party establishment: 62 percent of Republican primary voters feel “betrayed” by politicians in their party, and another 66 percent say the recent Republican majorities in Washington have failed to do all they could to block or reverse President Obama’s agenda. [snip]

Straight talk is part of Trump’s outsider appeal — but does he go too far? Not for GOP primary voters: 65 percent of them say Trump just tells it like it is, compared to 30 percent who think he is “too mean and blunt” to be president.

That second poll which documents once again that Donald J. Trump remains the voice of a vengeful electorate comes from Fox News. It’s why Fox News has surrendered and volunteered to sign surrender terms next week.

Fox News has been at war with Donald Trump. It has been constant attacks against Trump. The latest attack came on the Megyn Kelly show. On that show Trump hater Rich Lowry savagely attacked Trump and when Trump protested, battalions of Trump haters joined in to assist their Trump hater colleague. Result, Trump announced his Fox News boycott.

Millions of regular viewers joined Trump’s Fox News boycott. Trump then took to other outlets to bring up their ratings and bring down Fox News. When the Fox News poll published, the gig was up. Fox News realized that Trump is not going away.

A while back we suggested Donald Trump boycott the January debate which will be hosted by Fox News and the same Fox News “personalities” that structured the first debate to bring down Trump. That first debate even had guards ready to remove Trump forcefully if the Big Media “moderators” so dictated. That very real debate boycott terrified Fox News. That’s why the surrender:

“Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and Donald Trump spoke this morning and plan to have a meeting next week to discuss their differences of opinion regarding Fox’s coverage of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. Ailes will be joined by senior Fox editorial executives. Mr. Trump believes he has been treated unfairly in certain instances. FOX News has held every candidate in this race to the highest journalistic standards throughout our coverage. We believe a candid meeting about our differences is required and that any misunderstandings can be handled without compromising those standards”

It is a surrender by Fox News:

The assumption on Twitter is that it was Ailes who caved to Trump and begged him for the meeting, not vice versa. That’s my assumption too. Partly it’s a matter of Trump’s “no apologies” persona: You can’t imagine him groveling to any media platform for airtime, especially when competitors are happy to turn over half-hour blocs of their morning programming to him to ramble on the air about whatever. Partly it’s the fact that Fox felt obliged to put out this press release at all. Any other candidate who whined about boycotting the network would probably either be ignored or would have a private phone chat with Ailes that you and I would never know about. As it is, Fox wants to make sure all the Trump fans out there know that they’re going to give him a respectful hearing despite the fact that he continues to publicly describe their brightest new star as an overrated lightweight who might have been bleeding out of some unspecified hole when she asked him tough questions at the debate. Clearly they’re worried enough about alienating his supporters that they’re willing to give him endless second chances no matter how many hard shots he takes at Fox on social media or on other cable news channels. [snip]

Here he is on CNN this morning talking with Alisyn Camerota on topics various and sundry for nearly half an hour. After he was done with this, Scarborough gave him another 17 minutes on “Morning Joe.” Forty-three minutes of airtime on cable news is what the average presidential candidate gets over a few good weeks, I’d guess. Your move, Fox.

Some losers are frankly too stupid to understand why Donald Trump is so popular and cannot believe our stick v. snakes explanation. The end of the line for these losers is a seat next to Scott Walker on the Losers’ Express:

So what happened to Walker? The short answer is: Donald Trump. Trump’s candidacy has been a tremendous disruption—in the Silicon Valley sense of the word. His support is drawn from such a broad expanse of the party that he’s destabilized not just the support of one wing of the party, but of pretty much everyone running. He unsettled every candidate’s coalition with his rise and changed the topography of the race.

Yeah, Scott Walker got trumped in large part due to his own failures. But like many in the establishment class, Walker doesn’t understand how much Walker doesn’t understand. Walker limps along, like a blind man in a minefield:

Walker to GOP rivals: Let’s stop Trump

On call to donors, Scott Walker challenged candidates to narrow the field against the frontrunner.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told top donors Wednesday that he wants other struggling candidates to drop out of the presidential race so Republicans can coalesce behind an alternative to Donald Trump.

That’s so dumb. The only way that Donald Trump might be stopped is if Jeb Bush gets out of the presidential race. Followed by Marco Rubio – and Kasich and the rest. But small or large the GOP field dynamics will remain and Trump will continue to dominate as frontruner.

Michael Barone, the long time analyst is a must read for those that want to understand the stick v. snakes and how the political universe might be changing:

Are our familiar political alignments suddenly changing?

As the 2016 presidential selection process proceeds, there is increasing evidence that the political patterns we have grown used to, that we have come to consider permanent, might suddenly be changing.

Those patterns include a polarized and closely divided electorate, with partisan preferences highly correlated with degree of religiosity, with clearly defined demographic constituencies within each party and general elections decided consistently by narrow margins. [snip]

One sign is the changing mood of the two parties’ constituencies, their primary electorates. Traditionally Republicans have been regarded as docile, “easily led,” as a political reporter once characterized evangelical Christians. Traditionally Democrats have congratulated themselves for their critical, skeptical nature and refusal to take orders.

That’s not how the two parties look today. [snip]

The third sign of change is the immense audiences for the two Republican debates, and not just for Fox (24 million), but also CNN (23 million). The previous high, for the Democrats’ close contest in January 2008, was 8 million. That was followed by the highest primary turnout in history, 37 million for Democrats, compared to 21 million for Republicans, and to a turnout surge among blacks and young people that gave the Democratic nominee the biggest percentage victory margin since 1988.

Maybe that high viewership only represents celebrity gawkers tuning in to watch Trump. But maybe it also represents, at a moment of high discontent with incumbents and institutions, a curiosity as to whether Republicans can provide an appropriately disruptive alternative. We’ll see whether the first Democratic debate draws as big an audience Oct. 13.

If the Republican primary electorate expands as vastly as the Democrats’ did, all the old rules about how to win may prove obsolete. New voters looking to upset the applecart (or tear down the temple’s columns) may overshadow the suburban economic conservatives who favored Mitt Romney or the non-metropolitan religious conservatives who favored Rick Santorum in 2012.

In general, elections we’re used to calculations show how increasing non-white turnout hurts Republicans. But it’s not clear that Hillary Clinton can match Obama’s 2012 turnout or margins from blacks or Hispanics, and it’s possible that a Republican nominated by an expanded electorate could turn out more whites than Romney, who got just 1 million more votes than John McCain in 2008.

In poll after poll Trump trumps. Carly Fiorina, the pawn that in the world of boxing is the latest “punk of the month” remains in single digits no matter how much her repeated robotic performances garner praise. Even in polls wherein the respondents declare Fiorina to be the winner of the second debate Fiorina inflates to only single digits. As when she was the CEO of Hewlett Packard, Fiorina can’t make the sale.

Still we are told again and again that Trump is stalled, it’s over, kaput… but then… Zombie Trump stalks Washington and scares the snakes.

A great many Americans see Donald J. Trump as the stick to beat back the snakes. The more the snakes snap and hiss the more tightly the stick is grasped.

A great many Americans are disgusted with the entire overlord political class belief that they are the masters and the citizens the servants. The stick will beat back those snakes.

A great many Americans want America to be great, again. That’s what Americans demand. It’s what the voters demand. It’s not just a hat.


Trumped: Scott Walker Skips Out

Update: Scott Walker reportedly quitting presidential race. Then it happened. May we have a moment of silence for Trump hater George Will. His wife just lost her job with Scott Walker.

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace. Amen.


Scott Walker is out of the presidential race. Scott Walker made bad personnel decisions and wanted to be all things to all people all the time. In a regular election that could have made him a winner. But Trump.

Scott Walker skipped out of the GOP race today. As he left he asked others to leave the race too in order to Stop Trump. Why the anger against Trump? Scott Walker denounced personal attacks even as he personally attacked Trump as someone who attacked candidates personally.

Somehow Walker missed Trump supporters insulted by John McCain as kooks. Walker missed Bobby Jindal calling Trump a “madman”. Rick Perry called Trump a “cancer”. All the insults against Trump and Trump’s hair missed by Walker. But Walker says Trump is the one who insults when Trump responds to insults.

Scott Walker held a great deal of promise. But Scott Walker did not realize the race is fixed for JeBush. Scott Walker thought he had a chance in a fair election. This is not a fair election. This is a fixed elected. The nominee will be Jeb Bush because the GOP establishment wants Jeb Bush. The establishment gets what the establishment wants. Jeb Bush will be the nominee unless Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump supporters stop the coronation.

Scott Walker could have been a contender. But Scott Walker was a man out of his time. Scott Walker did not realize that Trump had changed the political universe. The moment Trump got in the race Scott Walker no longer appeared to be a fierce fighter and Chris Christie no longer appeared to have heft or be a loud talker.

Scott Walker today made an even bigger mistake than the one he made when he did not recalculate his campaign strategy after Trump. What was today’s Scott Walker mistake? Scott Walker asked other candidates to get out in order to Stop Trump. But the more candidates get out, the stronger Trump will get.

Scott Walker did not look at the polls which repeatedly demonstrate that the non-elected candidates receive more support – over 50% of the vote – than the elected officials who want to climb their career ladder. The more candidates get out, the stronger the outsider candidates will get.

Scott Walker also does not realize that there are many pawns on the chessboard but only two Kings. On this chessboard there is JeBush and Donald Trump. There is no other. There are plenty of pawns, but many already are dead on the field after they attacked Trump. Trump fights.

The pawns on the chessboard- pawn Ben Carson and pawn Carly Fiorina are a halfway house to Donald Trump. Eventually Trump gets the Fiorina and Carson voters. The less than 1% of the voters who supported Scott Walker will go to Jeb Bush but that won’t be enough for JeBush to get the crown.

Scott Walker got out now for one very good reason. He was not about to get into the debate in October and there will be no kiddie debate in October. It was over for Walker and Walker knew it. But Walker blames Trump.

Scott Walker wants to blame Donald Trump. We understand, on a human level, that Walker does not want to take the blame. But it wasn’t Trump who made Walker lame, it was Walker that trumped himself.


@RealDonaldTrump Won’t Wear Cement Shoes – And Other Smart Things Donald Trump Did This Week

Donald Trump continues to do what we suggest. He’s very smart.

On Friday, Trump turned down an invitation to a forum in South Carolina hosted by Heritage Action. Credit where credit is due – Lindsey Graham also turned down the invitation. Why was this so smart?

Some Trump supporters became concerned when Trump announced he was otherwise preoccupied and sent his regrets. Big Media tried to spin it as Trump cowardice. We thought the Trump supporters should have been elated. As with Lindsey Graham it was an everything to lose nothing to gain easy decision (even if Graham is polling so low the Heritage folks didn’t want him).

Lindsey, had nothing to gain by attendance at the Heritage event, even though it was held in Lindsay’s home state. The Heritage folks hate Graham more than Paris Hilton hates Lindsay Lohan, so why go? Lindsay skipped town.

As to Trump, he too had nothing to gain and something to lose. Consider, Trump is tops in South Carolina. Trump polls at more than 34% in South Carolina with Carson #2 at 19%. Trump attendance at the Heritage forum would only give attention and publicity to the losers. Trump made the smart decision with his ‘I’m too busy with my magnificent business deals to bother with your puny forum, losers.’

The result of the Trump turndown? Few watched or cared about the forum. Winner? Donald J. Trump.

Another big Trump win this week was the second GOP debate. We’ve already written about why Trump won the debate so we won’t repeat ourselves. In an ordinary campaign that would be triumph enough for one week.

Trump’s greatest triumph of the week however was on Thursday. Finally, a presidential candidate did what we suggested so many times. What is it that we have suggested that only Donald Trump has taken to heart? This from our September 11 article this year:

John McCain and Mitt Romney as presidential candidates said Barack Obama was “nice” even as Obama trashed them. This praise of Obama continues even though Obama calls Republicans in opposition to his policies “terrorists”.

It’s a running theme from us: Stop calling Obama “nice”. Call Obama what he is, a nasty bastard. We’ve written it over and over and over. Hillary2008 and now Hillary2016 refuses to listen and that is why that campaign is sinking faster than Obama’s presidency. That clod Mitt Romney never really learned our lesson even as we tried to beat him into it back in 2012:

“Make it explicit. Stop with the clever ads that the politically involved understand. Tell the truth clearly and without fear. Mitt Romney should run an ad that goes something like this:

“Do you like Barack Obama? Do you think Barack Obama is nice? Does a nice man call his political opponent a felon? Does a nice man call his political opponent a murderer? Barack Obama is not nice. Barack Obama is nasty.”

Mitt Romney is and was a loser. Mitt Romney never fully understood or had the cojones to do what had to be done. Donald Trump deep down understands. Donald Trump totally understands everything we wrote in this 2012 article:

Mitt Romney must not whine. Mitt Romney has to strike at Obama’s heart. Mitt Romney must expose Obama for the ugly person he is.

Any American who still thinks Barack Obama is a “nice person” must be shown what a creep Barack Obama is. [snip]

First, clearly and without equivocation make Barack Obama personally responsible for the lies. Don’t blame the Obama campaign, blame Obama himself. Ads should be produced which clearly state something along the lines of: “Barack Obama pretends he is a nice person. But Barack Obama is a dirty Chicago thug and liar. Barack Obama is lying about Mitt Romney. Barack Obama commands his campaign to call Mitt Romney a “felon”. Barack Obama pretends he is nice. But Barack Obama is a nasty thug.” [snip]

Why didn’t Mitt Romney simply say that Barack Obama personally is the source of these nasty attacks. That Barack Obama himself is in full control of his campaign and that Barack Obama is the nasty thug hurling lies and smears at Mitt Romney. Why all the weak language Mitt?

Donald Trump understands what we write. In 2012 we wrote that many of the Romney “attack” ads against Obama sounded more like pro-Obama ads. A few days ago in Dallas Trump attacked on Karl Rove and the money Rove wasted in 2012. Donald Trump made the exact same argument we made repeatedly and with all the examples from the ads of 2012. The “anti-Obama” ads appeared to be pro-Obama ads. Read our article in full and look at the ads we lambasted Read what we wrote and then watch Donald Trump say almost the exact same thing in almost the exact same words:

It’s is not that Trump saw what we saw with those counterproductive ads purportedly against Obama, it’s that Trump then said what needed to be said about Obama. In Dallas Trump attacked Obama directly. Directly. That was a shocker after so many losers like Mitt Romney and John McCain saying nice things about Obama.

Then on Thursday, while other alleged candidates for president rested from the travails of a debate, Donald Trump went to New Hampshire to hold a town hall debate. The first question was about Obama and Muslims. That led to a concerted Big Media outrage campaign alongside the anti-Trump losers on the political spectrum because, get this, Donald Trump did not defend nasty Barack Obama.

Yeah, Big Media and Jeb Bush wanted Donald Trump to be like this loser:

That’s why McCain is a loser and why he lost. Loser, Loser, Loser.

Donald Trump is not a loser. That’s why Donald Trump understands exactly what to say:

Trump defend Obama? ‘I don’t think so!’

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said on Saturday it was not his job to stand up for U.S. President Barack Obama after a man at one of his campaign events said he was a Muslim and “not even an American.”

“Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!” Trump said on Twitter.

Trump drew criticism on Friday from Republican and Democratic rivals in the 2016 race for the presidency when he failed to challenge a man at a New Hampshire town hall Thursday night who said Muslims were a problem in the United States.

“We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American,” the man said.

Trump, the billionaire television personality who leads the pack of Republicans seeking the presidential nomination, has cast doubt on whether Obama was born in the United States and therefore qualified to stand as president.

“This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something,” Trump tweeted. “If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue? No chance!”

That’s a pretty good response right there. But Trump added to the Trumpelishissness with this:

Far from trying to tamp down the controversy, Trump appeared to reach for more in his tweets Saturday morning, implying that Christians have suffered under Obama.

Christians need support in our country (and around the world), their religious liberty is at stake! Obama has been horrible, I will be great,” Trump said.

That’s how you win. Trump knows how to win. Jeb Bush? Jeb Bush is on the McCain/Romney road to ruin:

MACKINAC ISLAND – Jeb Bush took a swipe at Donald Trump on Friday evening for refusing to shut down a supporter who called President Barack Obama a Muslim.

“By the way, he’s an American, he’s a Christian,” the former Florida governor said in a speech here at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, a gathering of party activists and officials in Michigan.

That’s the ticket you loser. Do what McCain did. Defend Obama. then when Obama trashes you think about how morally superior you are as you set yourself up to lose you loser.

Jeb Bush proved himself a loser in Mackinac Island with his weakness and defense of Obama – in yet another crapfest meeting with all the other losers in attendance. Count Trump out of this loserfest! Jeb Bush can be content among the other losers reading about the White House attack on Trump and the latest stupidity from Hillary Clinton in her attack on Trump. Hillary, Jeb, these other losers in Mackinac Island have not learned a thing about nasty Obama.

Donald J. Trump is not a loser. That’s why Trump won’t associate with the other losers today in Mackinac Island. Instead, on Saturday night Trump will campaign in Iowa. Expect Trump, Trump, Trump, with no apologies, no craven bow, no fear. Just happy students happy to be with a winner on Saturday night.

Why should Trump fear? The latest polls show Trump still high in the saddle. More importantly, Trump understands why he won the debate, and what that means for the likelihood of his success.

Now that Trump has survived yet another, and biggest of all assaults, on him – it’s time for the GOP establishment to do whatever to Stop Trump. Before the debate we predicted that pawn Carson would be replaced with pawn Fiorina who will flame out as soon as her history is exposed, who will then be replaced with another pawn – all to try to knock out Trump so that JeBush can be the nominee.

The probable next pawn will be John Kasich, we surmised, but Kasich is such a loser he’s spending millions on ads in New Hampshire and barely holding on. So Kasich is a problem pawn. Most all the other candidates have failed as pawns against Trump already. So now there is a new old pawn called to duty:

Can Romney Save Us From Trump?

In a tastefully furnished conference room somewhere in the nation’s capital, leaders of the GOP establishment are popping antacids and shaking their heads. Donald Trump is the face of their party now — and there’s no stopping him.

In the latest CNN poll, his lead has grown, due to increased support among two groups they assumed would grow to hate him: Republican women and college graduates. Every candidate challenging The Donald has seen his numbers drop. Ben Carson may be next over his rather dubious decision to attack Trump on illegal immigration — the issue that propelled Trump to first place in the first place.

If only there were someone out there who could appeal to establishment voters, but also engender support from the rank and file. An outsider who has never worked in Washington. Someone with some “high energy,” without the need for caffeine.

The “outsider” in this bit of foolishness is none other than Mitt Romney. Yup, Mitt Romney. A former governor who ran for president and lost who is the son of a former governor who ran for president and lost is now declared an “outsider” by those who want to stop Trump.

Mitt Romney 2016!!! That’s just about as funny, ok, funnier than Joe Biden 2016. What’s the equivalent to this? Imagine you fell into the ocean and are drowning. A dimwitted sailor hands you a decorative life preserver made of concrete. You put the cement life preserver on. You sink, you drown, you die, you stupid.

That’s what Big Media wanted Donald Trump to do this week. Big Media and the GOP establishment wanted Donald Trump to put on some cement shoes and go jump in a deep lake. But Donald Trump is too smart to don cement shoes like a murder victim in a Mafia hit movie. Donald Trump is too smart. He proved it this week.


Donald Trump Wins #GOPDebate – Congrats @RealDonaldTrump

Either Jeb Bush or Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination for president. There is no other. As we’ve explained, the GOP primary season process was fixed for Jeb Bush to win (via the low number of debates, the high number of candidates, the financial and institutional collaborators), but Trump came along and now the advantages built in for Jeb Bush assist Donald Trump. What we witness now is pieces of the broken Jeb Bush machine re-purposed, in an Apollo 13 catastrophe style attempt, to fulfill the original aim of getting Jeb Bush the nomination.

The problem in all this is that Jeb Bush is dog food the dogs won’t eat. Jeb Bush policies are opposed by the majority of GOP voters (especially on illegal immigration and Common Core). The Jeb Bush name does not help him, so he erases “Bush” from his campaign.

The Jeb Bush strategy now is to put new shiny labels on his dog food can to distract the voter/consumer. But that won’t work either unless the best selling dog food sold by Donald Trump, the food wanted by millions, is kept off the supermarket shelves. So how to keep Donald Trump brand food off the shelves? Flood the market with new shiny product that will force the Donald Trump brand lower down the shelves and eventually off the shelves entirely.

The shiny new product will constantly be replaced with shiny new product as soon as the glitter comes off. As we wrote well before the second GOP debate:

The latest pawn in the attack Trump ploy is none other than Dr. Ben Carson. Like Perry, Jindal, Graham, and the rest, Carson is but a pawn used by the GOP establishment to attack Trump in order to benefit JeBush. [snip]

The next pawn called to duty will be Fiorina at the debate or maybe even John Kasich. Fiorina will get her face time at the CNN debate but not much else. Fake outrage by her fans and Big Media Trump haters can only get you so far. [snip]

Soon the pawns will all lay dead on the chess table and only the despised and deposed JeBush will remain to Stop Trump.

The Republican nomination will go either to JeBush or Donald Trump. There is no other.

That’s what we saw at the second GOP debate. Jeb Bush remains as unsavory as ever. The last pawn that was sold as the guy to take down Trump proved himself to be an OK doc and not much more. And the latest pawn, Carly Fiorina, is now the next to lay dead on the chess table.

No doubt with all the pimping by Big Media and the Jeb Bush machine Carly Fiorina’s poll numbers will rise and rise and rise from the low single digits to the high single digits or more. Then poof. She’ll be with Ben Carson in the used underwear box.

Jeb Bush needed a KO or at least a TKO against Donald Trump last night. Anything less, and the Trump train is on a trajectory to triumph. Far from achievement of that strategic goal, Jeb Bush ended the debate on his toes in a pretense that fools no one, and in absolute P.R. failure.

Oddly, part of Donald Trump’s victory last night is due to the failure of CNN to hit Donald Trump very hard. That’s not to say that CNN did not try to take Trump down. They did. CNN and the RNC stacked the audience with GOP establishment drones. Further, CNN wasted the first hour with “Donald said this and we want you to respond by trashing him” type questions. All that did was make Donald Trump the undisputed center of attention and leader of the conversation on everything and everyone. CNN went so far as to end the first section of the debate, before a commercial break, with Donald Trump’s comments about Carly Fiorina’s face left to linger in the viewers mind. Like a prosecutor with a weak case, CNN used every trick to rig the jury.

But the substantive questions that could really hurt Donald Trump, the questions we thought for sure would be asked, the questions about eminent domain, those substantive questions never appeared. That’s a shame. We would have liked to see Donald Trump grilled on eminent domain. But that would have been a substantive question about policy and so it never appeared.

What did appear was a Donald Trump quote about Carly Fiorina’s face, said to Rolling Stone magazine, which Trump unconvincingly states was really about Fiorina’s “persona.” Trump essentially waved that off by saying Fiorina is beautiful with a beautiful face. It was a statement that convinced no one. Fiorina cleverly played a “war on women” type card against Trump; a card which Fiorina usually decries when Hillary Clinton pulls it out of her deck. But what made us swallow hard came at the very end. When asked to give herself a Secret Service code name Fiorina responded by saying she would like her Secret Service code name to be “Secretariat”. Yeah, the horse. For a woman whose attractiveness is made mock of, it is odd that she would venture into John Kerry horse-face territory. So much for being quick on your hooves, er, feet.

“Secretariat” Fiorina, like Donald Trump, did not get the questions which we thought were obvious ones to be hit with. Nothing from the CNN moderators or the candidates about Hewlett Packard sales to Iran while Fiorina was CEO of the company. Left unasked were questions about Carly Fiorina‘s support for a low wage society and possible illegal immigration amnesty.

As to the other pawns not much changed. Marco Rubio persisted with his “A” student in third grade antics – full of wide smiles and well written essay question responses to impress teacher – but not much else. Chris Christie tried to fit a 9/11 life saver around his waist to stop from sinking – but he needs a much bigger hole to squeeze into. Scott Walker sweated. John Kasich said something or other few remember. Ted Cruz stared into the camera and gave lectures. Huckabee buzzed every now and then. Rand Paul was a fur toy for big dog Donald Trump who slapped Rand Paul around – which led to our favorite funny Trump moment of the night:I never attacked him or his looks, and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there.” Ouch!

That was about it for an all out Trump attack. Mostly The Donald sees he’s close to winning and how the strategic landscape now benefits him. Having previously neutered hater Hugh Hewitt, Trump succeeded in his aim to make the CNN debate a bit fairer to himself, although he could do nothing about the stacked audience in the hall. Trump mostly complimented people on the stage even if the compliments benefited Trump more than the complimented. All in all Trump was generous and tried to smile and be bland. Except….

Except when it came to Jeb Bush. Repeatedly Donald Trump beat up on Jeb Bush. Ever so briefly Trump mentioned Bush’s support of Common Core. Bush speaking Spanish on the campaign trail was challenged by Trump. Trump smartly declared that English is the common tongue of the land and that there is a need for assimilation by immigrants. Then he beat up and humiliated weak Jeb Bush some more.

How tone deaf was Jeb Bush? Consider the horsey nature of Carly Fiorina’s “Secretariat” response. That wasn’t bright but it only hurts Fiorina on a comic level. But Jeb Bush, in response to a silly question about what woman’s picture should be on American currency, responded with “Margaret Thatcher.” Jeb Bush could not think of an American woman who should be on American currency. See the problem?

It’s not about Spanish or the ability to speak foreign languages. We applaud anyone who is able and willing to speak foreign languages whether they be of the spoken, digital, musical, or sign language type. The problem here is that Jeb Bush does not see the problem of running for president while communicating in Spanish to the electorate.

It’s not Margaret Thatcher that is the problem. It’s not Spanish that is the problem. The problem is that Jeb Bush is for illegal immigration amnesty, is making a rank appeal to activists that disrespect borders, and to Chamber of Commerce types that want a low wage society. Jeb Bush like Barack Obama also cannot discern that the job of American president is in some very real way to be a cheerleader of and for the American nation. Jeb Bush is repulsed by that part of the job which Donald Trump embraces with vigor and happiness.

Jeb Bush somehow does not grasp that he is walking for president of the United States not social justice warrior of the world. That’s a job already taken by Barack Obama. Jeb Bush does not grasp that he is not on the debate stage to be community organizer of the United States. The job is President of the United States and Donald Trump beat up on Jeb Bush on the very issue and that is how Donald Trump won the debate. It’s either Jeb Bush or Donald Trump. There is no other.


Second #GOPDebate Explained: It’s A Halfway House For @RealDonaldTrump

Update: It’s a world-wide open thread: Trumpageddon. Millions of eyeballs tuned in to watch Donald J. Trump feast on loser meat. Will the hunter become the hunted? Will our predictions hold? Stay tuned Bat-friends. The worst is yet to come!!! Poodooodooderooo… bada bada bada bada bada….


What is the single most salient fact about tonight’s main debate? What is the therapeutic reality of Dr. Ben Carson? Is tonight the night of Trump victory? Is tonight the night of Trump defeat? What’s gonna happen? What’s not gonna happen? Who is the most dangerous person on stage against Trump? What outside event will influence the debate the most? What hurts Trump the most? What helps Trump the most? What will Trump do? We answer all those questions again, and more.

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First, what is the single most salient fact about tonight’s main debate? Answer: It is a 3 hour debate. This will influence everything that happens, every strategy, every player, every lowlife, every highlife… everything. It is the single most important fact about tonight’s debate. All strategy revolves around the fact that for 180 minutes candidates will have to answer questions. For Trump this could be a problem if he is under sustained attack from everyone else and stumbles or becomes frustrated. For Trump this could be a plus if he allows all the attacks over 3 hours to blend into a “medium is the message” establishment against outsider Trump uber-message that Trumps the overt message of attack words conveyed by the candidates. If Trump keeps his cool for 3 hours and (as we wrote) wins this debate – it is over and Trump is the nominee. This is the last real chance to derail the Trump train. If Trump continues to roll after tonight the tens (or hundreds) of millions of dollars in attack ads to take down Trump will become a necessity that will not get the job done.

Second, what explains Dr. Ben Carson’s rise in the polls? The main reason for the poll rise is that Carson is a pawn in the game. His job is to destroy Trump, then JeBush and the Republican establishment will crush Gentle Ben in an afternoon. But the main reason for the rise of Ben Carson is that he is a halfway house on the road to Donald Trump. For GOP voters that hate the Republican establishment but don’t like Donald Trump’s style or are not 100% sold on The Donald, they are for now parked in the Ben Carson lot but eventually they will find themselves in the Trump camp.

Third, what will be Donald J. Trump’s main message tonight – the main line of attack – the most important defense/offense of the Trump? Trump telegraphed his message on board the USS Iowa last night. Trump’s main message tonight is that he is the only one that has the oomph, the pizzazz, the va-va-voom, the get-up-n-go, the energy orbs, the cojones, the panache, the getcha-getcha-ya-ya-da-da, the muscle, the mind, the get-it-done energy, the by-the-power-of-Greyskull ability to get the job done. This is how Trump will answer the “outsider” pawns like Fiorina and Carson when they attack him.

Fiorina will attack Trump. Trump can respond with her bad record and firing at Hewlett Packard. Trump can also hit her with the Iran deals Fiorina masterminded while at Hewlett Packard. But at the end of the day Trump’s response will be that he alone has the business experience and the willpower to do what needs to be done. Fiorina might be a good attack dog against Hillary2016 as a VP pick but she is too compromised on illegal immigration (ex-Univision CEO Jerry Perenchio is among her biggest donors) – Trump has that ammunition locked and loaded.

Trump’s strategy will be to note how all the other candidates are compromised by dint of their donors and/or their establishment do-nothing status. For Fiorina and Carson, the “outsider” dupes and pawns in the game fixed by JeBush and the establishment, Trump will point out that they simply can’t get the job done, only Trump can trump the establishment.

As to JeBush, he will try to attack or do something to prove he is alive. But, come on, really, JeBush is not “Veto Corleone” as he likes to say about his record as Florida governor. JeBush is the other Corleone brother – Fredo.

JeBush will hide under Fiorina’s skirt and Carson’s stethoscope, and like a jackal, attack after others attack Trump. JeBush will try to refute the Trump imagery of Bush as “low energy” by ostentatious displays of energy fueled by campaign strategists’ pep pills. But that will fail. JeBush isn’t running for president, he’s walking… The Sista’s got that one nailed.

As we have repeatedly written, the GOP primary is fixed for JeBush, but Trump has upset that plot and all the advantages built in to help JeBush, now help Trump.

The only candidates that matter tonight are Donald J. Trump and Jeb Bush. The rest of the candidates are plant decorations on the stage. Some will be mechanical pawns used by the establishment to prop up the boy who would be king. Some will continue to delude themselves that they have a shot to win if only they can get rid of Trump. But anyone not named Bush will be crushed if Trump is crushed.

Dynasty boy JeBush can only get the nomination if the GOP establishment drags his carcass across the finish line in his walk-a-thon to the presidency. Fredo Bush is the ultimate pawn in the game played by those that want a low wage society.

Trump’s biggest enemy tonight though will not be JeBush, nor any of the candidates on stage. Donald Trump’s biggest and most dangerous enemy tonight will be debate “moderator” Hugh Hewitt who has repeatedly attacked Donald Trump and tonight will wage war against Trump.

What will be the biggest issue that causes trouble for Trump? It will be eminent domain and the reprehensible Kelo decision. This is the issue the Club for Growth will spend millions on in anti-Trump ads. Trump will have to explain his position on Kelo and either state that as a developer he supports the Kelo decision or say that what he supports as a developer and what he will do as president are two different things. For Trump, the trump card on Kelo will be that the GOP establishment is hitting him for something they have done nothing to stop and therefore they are hypocritical liars on the issue. We expect blood to flow on this issue and look forward to hearing this discussed.

Trump’s biggest advantage tonight is that he has been so correct on so many issues and those issues are the top headlines. The Muslim soft invasion of Europe will influence this debate the most. Donald J. Trump is the candidate that took on illegal immigration and it is Donald J. Trump that deserves the credit for saying what needs to be said. Donald Trump leads in the polls because Donald Trump leads on the issues.

Oh, there is a 45 minute losers debate that starts at 6:00 p.m. ET. No questions nor answers about the losers. They’re in a half-way house to obscurity.


Not A Soap Opera: Donald Trump Stars in Dallas; Jeb Bush Bombs In Dynasty

Update II: New Jeb Bush ad: “Todos somos Americanos”.

There is something very wrong with this ad for JeBush that helps Donald Trump. Can you guess what that is? Hint: you don’t have to be very smart or smart at all to figure out the answer. Just be smarter than the Rick Perry or JeBush superbrains.

Bonus question for extra credit: Can you guess what is smart about the location for tonight’s Donald Trump speech about national security?


Update: Two new polls show Jeb Bush trailing Trump by at least 15 points — in his home state of Florida. It’s worst for Marco Rubio. The two new polls from PPP and Gravis provide new Dynasty troubles for JeBush as Florida residents by 47% want JeBush to get out of the presidential race (40% want JeBush to continue to bore the nation). Head-to-head Trump v. Bush matches shows Trump thumping Dynasty boy.

Trump leads with 28 percent in PPP’s poll, with Ben Carson second at 17 percent, Bush at 13, and Rubio at 10. Gravis has Trump at 33.6 percent followed by Carson at 22.4, Jeb at 15.2, and Rubio at a dismal 5.4. Yes, you read that correctly: Both polls have Trump ahead of the combined total of Florida’s two native sons.

The JeBush strategy now is pump up the latest pawn assigned to bring down Trump then take down the pawn once his job is done. The latest pawn for JeBush is Dr. Ben Carson (tomorrow it will be Fiorina). Big Media will pump up the doctor with polls that have six percent margins of error and small (376 Republicans) sample sizes. Anything to bring up the Dynasty ratings and save JeBush. But state and national polls show Trump trumping and Gentle Ben down in the ratings along with Dynasty.


Texas’ Ted Cruz must be in tears. Cruz’s supposed competition to win the Texas Primary in March of 2016, Rick Perry, dropped out on Friday. But instead of a victory romp for Ted Cruz – here comes Donald Trump. In Dallas! Big Rally! Trump, Trump and trumped.

Jeb Bush? The towel of tears is drenched. The Bush Dynasty figured that with little dynast George P. Bush as an elected state-wide official in Texas, Uncle Jeb had an “in” to win. Then came Trump. Dallas beats Dynasty. Trump, Trump and trumped.

Dallas? Dynasty? We never watched those TV soap operas which aired in prime time in an era now vanished. But we know they existed. We know they were very popular. But not with us. We never watched. They seemed to be the same.

We never saw the TV soap operas but we do watch the very different struggle, the very real life drama taking place in our political world:

Slipping far back in polls, can Jeb Bush bounce back in the next debate?

In recent days, Jeb Bush has spent time in his comfort zones: Kennebunkport, Maine. New Hampshire. And Miami. [snip]

Buoyed by the sight of family members and old friends, Bush used a visual aid in speaking about the current state of the Republican race. [snip]

Since the start of the year, Bush has held political events in New Hampshire and Florida most often, according to a Washington Post review of his schedule. But winning the GOP nomination will require time spent in less familiar places, such as Iowa, where he earned just 3 percent support in a poll released Sunday. [snip]

Issues of vitality have plagued Bush for weeks as Trump has repeatedly mocked him as “low-energy,” boring, and ill-suited for the presidency because of his family name. The relentless attacks have made the past several weeks especially humbling for Bush. He has faced tougher scrutiny from reporters eager for him to volley back at Trump’s barbs while maintaining a grueling fundraising schedule that has taken him to cities such as Birmingham, Ala., and Salt Lake City. The relentless pace has resulted in a sometimes-melancholy delivery to voters or ornery exchanges with reporters.

Since the first face-to-face encounter with Trump, Bush’s once-dominant status has been erased. His numbers peaked at nearly 17 percent nationally in mid-July, but they were cut in half by last week to just 8.3 percent, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls frequently cited by campaigns. In New Hampshire, a CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday put him in a tie for fifth place, far behind Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and businesswoman Carly Fiorina.

Dynasty Jeb Bush is a bomb at the polls because few want to watch low energy bores drone on.

Dallas Donald Trump is a viewer magnet. The magnate is a magnet:

The Donald Keeps Getting Stronger

The Donald is now in the strongest position he’s thus far occupied. He’s at 28 percent in the RealClear average. He’s got leads of +7 and +15 in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively. And he’s running closer to Clinton in general election match-ups (he’s -2 against her) than anyone except for Marco Rubio.

Yet even that isn’t the most impressive aspect of Trump’s rise. No, the most significant trick Trump has pulled is to radically change the public’s perception of him in just 12 weeks.

That article is from the Donald Trump hating Weekly Standard. It’s a week old. The new news is that Dallas Donald is box office gold:

The new poll found Trump to be the favorite of 33 percent of registered Republicans and ­Republican-leaning independents. That is a jump of nine percentage points since mid-July and a 29-point increase since late May, just before Trump announced his candidacy. He does well with most groups of GOP voters, but his strongest support comes from those who do not have a college degree and those with incomes below $50,000. [snip]

After Trump and Carson, there is a significant falloff in support for the other candidates. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who began the year as the nominal GOP front-runner, stands at 8 percent, his lowest ever in Post-ABC surveys of the 2016 field. Next, at 7 percent each, are Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida. No one else registered above 5 percent.

No one wants to see Jeb Bush in Dynasty.

Must watch Monday night viewing? Dallas, with star Donald Trump.


Why Won’t GOP Attack Obama Like GOP Attacks @RealDonaldTrump? – PLUS: Loser Rick Perry And Loser Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney and Team Romney’s new mission: Stop Trump. Not “Stop Obama.” “Stop Trump!” Loser Mitt Romney needs to buy a clue.

This 9/11 Republicans helped pass Barack Obama’s pro-Iran anti-Israel, anti-Christian, anti-freedom, anti-American treacheries while pretending to be opposed to those policies. It was the Republican leadership that passed Barack Obama’s low wage society ObamaTrade treacheries too. Public words in opposition to Barack Obama, while helping Obama, is as we wrote, the GOP’s greatest lie:

Opposition to Obama? That is the GOP’s greatest lie.

In 2008 John McCain fluffed Obama’s pillows so that Big Media would not call the former POW a racist. In 2012 Mitt Romney played dog-on-the-roof for Obama. Romney praised Obama as a nice guy while Barack Obama smeared him with mud from the Chicago stockyards. Instead of someone who would attack Obama with verve, Romney chose pretty blue eyes Paul Ryan. Now Paul Ryan is at it again.

Paul Ryan is doing everything he can to help Barack Obama.

John McCain and Mitt Romney as presidential candidates said Barack Obama was “nice” even as Obama trashed them. This praise of Obama continues even though Obama calls Republicans in opposition to his policies “terrorists”.

In Age of Fake “denunciations” of Barack Obama the Republican establishment issues bland statements of disappointment even as Obama trashes the Constitution and race-baits for political profit. But for Donald Trump all the Republican establishment expresses is nasty evil bile.

Today loser Rick Perry was forced to quit. Rick Perry called Trump a “cancer” but has never said anything like that about Barack Obama. As he announced his loser status today, Rick Perry seemingly denounced Trump for anti-Hispanic statements Trump never said nor implies.

Loser Rick Perry was forced to quit today because his views are opposed to the views of the voters. Rick Perry is for illegal immigration amnesty as are almost all, if not all, the Republican candidates except Donald Trump.

Rick Perry and the Republican establishment are angry at Donald Trump because Trump has exposed their game. That’s why we hear from Rick Perry that Trump is a “cancer.” Rick Perry has never used language like this to denounce Barack Obama:

The White House has been occupied by giants. But from time to time it is sought by the small-minded – divisive figures propelled by anger, and appealing to the worst instincts in the human condition.

In times of trouble, there are two types of leaders: repairers of the breach and sowers of discord.

The sower of discord foments agitation, thrives on division, scapegoats certain elements of society, and offers empty platitudes and promises. He is without substance when one scratches below the surface.

He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.

Let no one be mistaken – Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.

We’ve never heard Rick Perry denounce Obama with such fury and anger, have you? Then there is Bobby Jindal who denounced Trump in harsh words never used by him to attack Barack Obama:

But, it is now time for us to do what Donald would do, and say the thing that everyone is thinking, but is afraid to say out loud. So I’m going to do it.

The Donald Trump Act is great, and the idea of Donald Trump is great — BUT the reality of Donald Trump is absurd, he’s a non-serious carnival act. [snip]

Donald Trump is shallow. Has no understanding of policy. He’s full of bluster but has no substance. He lacks the intellectual curiosity to even learn.

It’s silly to argue policy with this guy, he’s doesn’t know anything about it, he has no idea what he is talking about, he makes it all up on the fly. [snip]

Donald Trump is for Donald Trump. He believes in nothing other than himself. [snip]

Donald Trump is a narcissist and an egomaniac. [snip]

Like all narcissists, Donald Trump is insecure and weak, and afraid of being exposed. [snip]

Donald Trump is not a serious person. It’s all a solo act, it’s all just a show, and the joke is on us. [snip]

You may have recently seen that after Trump said the Bible is his favorite book, he couldn’t name a single Bible verse or passage that meant something to him. And we all know why, because it’s all just a show, and he hasn’t ever read the Bible. But you know why he hasn’t read the Bible? Because he’s not in it. [snip]

The whole thing is set up for us to win – and yet we are flirting with nominating a non-serious, unstable, substance-free narcissist. [snip]

We can win right now, or we can be the biggest fools of all time and put our faith not in our principles, but in one egomaniacal madman who has no principles.

That describes Barack Obama well, but Bobby Jindal does not use those words to oppose treacherous Obama. No, like a good establishment Republican Bobby Jindal attacks Donald Trump while doing and saying little of consequence to oppose Barack Obama.

The latest pawn in the attack Trump ploy is none other than Dr. Ben Carson. Like Perry, Jindal, Graham, and the rest, Carson is but a pawn used by the GOP establishment to attack Trump in order to benefit JeBush. Pat Buchanan describes the chess play:

Buchanan: Hit Squad Targets Trump
Establishment hopes outsiders will bloody each other and open a lane for Jeb

Former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan said Friday the Republican establishment is hoping that retired neurosurgeon Carson will come to its rescue and open “the door for Jeb and Rubio” by taking out Donald Trump.

“That’s why you’ll see a promotion of a Carson-Trump fight,” said Buchanan, who appeared on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “This is a contract hit, an assigned hit, almost.” [snip]

Buchanan said the same dynamic as the pumped-up Carson-Trump fight was at work when Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, mired near the bottom of the polls in the GOP race, attacked Trump on Thursday as “shallow,” “narcissistic” and lacking substance. [snip]

The neo-cons, the National Review folks, are terrified of the idea of Trump, who they don’t have any hooks in whatsoever, winning this nomination.

The next pawn called to duty will be Fiorina at the debate or maybe even John Kasich. Fiorina will get her face time at the CNN debate but not much else. Fake outrage by her fans and Big Media Trump haters can only get you so far.

As to Kasich, he will sink soon as well, especially since his current low standing is due only to millions of dollars spent in advertising to bolster him. But, as JeBush has discovered, millions of dollars can only keep your nose above water for so long, then you will sink. Soon the pawns will all lay dead on the chess table and only the despised and deposed JeBush will remain to Stop Trump.

The Republican nomination will go either to JeBush or Donald Trump. There is no other. The Republican nomination fight has been fixed. The nomination was fixed for JeBush. But now Trump threatens that fixed phony wrestling match and he is the only one that can beat Bush.

All the Republican establishment wants is to get somebody to get rid of Donald J. Trump so that JeBush can get nominated. The Republican establishment understands that JeBush is not up to the job of taking out Trump, so the pawns – Carson, Fiorina- are called upon to do the job that the other pawns – Graham, Walker, Perry, Jindal, Christie, Pataki, etc. – failed to accomplish.

The Republican establishment sees their very existence threatened by Donald J. Trump. That’s why the Republican establishment is so angry and will say things about Trump they have never said about Barack H. Obama.

Donald Trump increasingly looks to win the Republican nomination for president. So the Republican establishment is desperate. Donald Trump opponents are in freefall. Consider the news from Texas on the day Rick Perry became an official loser:

No tickets left for Trump’s Dallas rally

There are no more tickets available for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s rally in Dallas on Monday, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The American Airlines Center, the event’s venue, has a capacity of about 20,000.

The arena also plays host to the Dallas Mavericks, a basketball team owned by Mark Cuban, who has spoken in support of Trump.

Cuban said he had no doubt Trump would “kill it” at the Dallas rally, saying “there is nothing more Texan than being confident and entrepreneurial.”

The tech billionaire has also said he would consider being Trump’s vice president if asked.

We don’t know whether it was his loser lack of invitation to next week’s debate or the idea of Trump’s big rally in Dallas, Texas that prompted Rick Perry to abandoned his silly quest. Whatever the reason Rick Perry now has the time to attend the Trump rally.

It is to be hoped that Rick Perry will invite Mitt Romney, John McCain, and the other losers (Fiorina, Carson, etc.) to Trump’s rally on Monday. Maybe then the GOP losers will denounce Barack Obama with the same vehemence with which they denounce Trump.


Second Debate: Has @RealDonaldTrump Already Won The GOP Nomination?

Update: Shocker Video: Trump rips Fiorina’s appearance in Rolling Stone interview. That’s Megyn Kelly’s and the GOP establishment’s latest attempt to knock down Trump. Yeah, we don’t like personal attacks, especially personal appearance attacks, but, um, Donald Trump’s appearance, um, his hair in particular, has been the object of lots and lots of personal attacks.

The attacks on Trump’s appearance are the first time we can recall that a man’s appearance, not a woman’s appearance, is the topic of conversation in a presidential campaign. Usually it is the woman’s hair, looks and clothes that Big Media trashes. Today, many of those that mock Hillary’s face are in full faux outrage because precious Fiorina (the latest pawn in a long line of pawns in the kill Trump ploy to help JeBush) has been trashed by The Donald. Goose, meet gander.

On the basis of gender equality we slashed and burned John Kerry’s BOTOX face because Big Media continues to ignore Kerry’s obvious disfigurement due to Botox. And when was the last time Big Media mocked Mourning Joe Biden‘s hair plugs? So if Trump’s appearance is an issue get the sauce ganders.

In other news, Bobby Jindal is at 0.3% in national polls. Jindal’s brilliant strategy? Attack Trump. Jindal must want to compete in the Perry/Graham primary to see who hits 0.0% nationally fastest and longest.

In other other news, a brand new CNN poll puts Trump at 32%, up eight points in a month. And um, as we warned and warned and warned to no avail, Bernie Sanders now beats Hillary Clinton in Iowa as well as New Hampshire. Keep on doing exactly the opposite of what we suggest #Hillary2016 and you will compete in the Jindal/Perry/Graham primary soon enough.


It might be over even before it has begun. The last walls against Trump have fallen like miniature fortresses made of sand at deserted post Labor Day beaches. What the GOP establishment derided as a teenage “Summer of Trump” fling is become an endless summer of Trump with no Fall. A Summer of endless triumphant Trump.

If the GOP establishment does not blow up Donald J. Trump before the Second GOP debate on September 16, it might well be over and Mr. Donald J. Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. The hostile takeover will be complete.

Are we premature? Is it too early to declare the very real, very authentic Donald J. Trump the winner before one vote has been cast? The latest polls convince us that it is not too early but rather too late to stop Trump.

We won’t belabor our distrust of early polls and our total contempt for head-to-head polls especially ones delivered these many months (14) before the elections in November 2016. Instead of dredging up anti-early-poll views, our argument is based in large part on the very unreliable polls we deride.

So how is it that we utilize polls we don’t believe in to make stark statements about the oncoming Trumpnado? We do so because the political establishment in general and the GOP establishment in particular held one, er, trump card to play against Donald J. Trump. What was that, um, trump card? It was electability. It was always about electability.

The establishment attacks against Donald J. Trump failed. The “Trump is no conservative” attack failed. The “Trump is unpopular” attack failed. The “Trump can’t win without Hispanic support” attack failed. The “Trump can’t win without women” attack failed. The “Trump is not a serious candidate” attack failed. The “Trump won’t run” attack failed. The “Trump won’t disclose his finances” attack failed. The “Trump will blow himself up” attack failed. The “Trump can’t win the war against Fox News” attack failed. The “Trump won’t sign a loyalty oath we designed to block him” attack failed. The “Trump has no positions” attack failed. The “Trump positions are ridiculous” attack failed. The “Trump raped his wife” attack failed. The “Trump has no organization” attack failed. The “Trump won’t spend money” attack failed. The “Trump is a billionaire” attack failed. The “Trump is too rich to understand non-rich people” attack failed. The “Trump wants to raise taxes” attack failed. The “Trump is a clown” attack failed. The “Trump supporters are clowns” attack failed. The “Trump insulted McCain” attack failed. The “Trump insulted veterans” attack failed. The “Trump is mean” attack failed. The “Trump has a bad tone” attack failed. The “Trump is not nice” attack failed. The “Trump won’t stay in the race” attack failed. The “Trump supporters are not registered to vote” attack failed. The “Trump is a racist” attempt failed. The “Trump will weaken” attacks failed.

Every establishment attack against Donald J. Trump failed. But the “electability” argument remained and it had the strongest bite from the establishment snakes.

The “electability” argument was “yeah, but he can’t win.” The establishment snakes knew that after eight years of Obaminations the electorate of the GOP wanted a winner. That was always the viper argument that worked to nominate the establishment candidates. “You might want candidate X, but candidate X can’t win so nominate establishment candidate YUCK because candidate YUCK will do what we think he should say to win.” Then candidate YUCK would lose because candidate YUCK was a poll driven putz who feared the electorate and only hoped to fool the electorate long enough to win.

The “electability” argument always won the day for the establishment. Then came Trump.

The establishment had fixed the election for JeBush. Then came Trump. Then came additional attacks that failed. Then at the very start of the election season, the Labor Day weekend, the last argument against Donald J. Trump failed:

Drudge is headlining this poll from SurveyUSA, not only showing Trump beating Hillary by five (45-40) but also beating Joe Biden (44-42), Bernie Sanders (44-40), and Al Gore (44-41) in potential head-to-head matchups — a remarkable turnaround from initial polling showing Hillary decisively beating Trump. As Drudge points out, perhaps the most surprising aspect of the poll is that Trump is polling at 25% of the black vote, a number Republicans haven’t seen for generations. [snip]

As the race progresses (and it’s still very early) there is a bit more support for the “realignment” theory of Trump’s rise. If a Republican could, in fact, gain 25 percent of the black vote, that would shake the Democratic party to its foundations.

The last argument against Trump has been trumped. The electability attack has failed. In 2008 John McCain won 4% of the black vote. In 2012 Mitt Romney won 6% of the black vote. Among Latinos, Trump matches pro illegal immigration amnesty McCain and garners 31% of the Latino vote in a match-up against Hillary.

For those that will inevitably shout “outlier poll” the weekend NBC/Marist polls in Iowa and New Hampshire show Trump winning over Hillary Clinton in those two states as well.

These Trumperific results should stump no one who pays attention or reads good ol’ Big Pink. “Do you support or oppose building a fence on the border with Mexico?”:

YouGov’s latest research shows that most Americans (64%) support building a fence on the border – when that border is the one with Mexico. Only 27% of the American public oppose it. Even Democrats are evenly split (44% to 43%) while large majorities of independents (65%) and Republicans (87%) support a Mexican border fence.

It’s almost unanimous:

Yes, even Hispanics.

Democrats split 44/43 in favor, the closest any group comes to outright opposition. Every demographic tested, be it sex, age, race, party ID, household income, or region, tilts towards supporting a wall, with no group besides Dems less than 10 points net in favor. Black voters have an outright majority of 55 percent behind the idea.

Among Latinos 32% strongly support; 17% somewhat support. Jorge Ramos sandcastles Trumpnadoed.

On his issues, Trump is triumphant. On electability, Donald J. Trump is surfing, U.S.A.

As we approach the second GOP debate on September 16 it is an imperative for the establishment that Donald J. Trump be stopped and prevented from appearing on the debate stage. To fail means millions more viewers will fall under the Trump trance.

The GOP establishment tried to trap Trump with a loyalty oath that only succeeded in forcing the losers to promise they will board the increasingly inevitable Trump train. Once again Trump demonstrated the art of the deal. Trump got what he wanted, at zero cost to himself, and now has access to the voluminous RNC voter lists and a clear path to primary election victories.

Catch a wave and you’re riding on top of the world.

It’s endless Summer.