Hope And Change: Trump, Cruz, Rubio, In New Hampshire

Strategy now? Trump needs to finish off Cruz; Cruz needs to finish off Trump; Rubio needs to wiggle through the Trump v. Cruz fight and help himself to second place.

Ted Cruz’s strategy was always to be nice to Trump in order to get Trump voters once Trump collapsed. Rubio has a 3-2-1 strategy of third place in Iowa, second place in New Hampshire, first place in South Carolina. Trump’s strategy has been to make himself the sole candidate of change with the toughest personality and policies.

We have the first post Iowa poll from New Hampshire. All that matters now is New Hampshire. Before Iowa we wrote only Iowa mattered. Now only New Hampshire matters. Has Iowa shaken New Hampshire poll numbers? We would not have been surprised if Trump lost ten points and Cruz/Rubio gained five points apiece. Did that happen? No:

Donald Trump is still in first place, but he’s frozen at 38%. Ted Cruz is second with 14%. Marcio Rubio is third with 12%. Jeb Bush has 9% and John Kasich has 7%.

Rounding out the Republicans: Chris Christie with 6%; Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina with 3% each and Rand Paul with 2%. 6% of voters still remain undecided. [snip]

Sanders gets 61% in our poll and Clinton gets 32%. Only 5% of voters remain undecided.

Iowa did perform its role: Santorum is out. Rand Paul is out. Huckabee is out. (O’Malley on the Dem side is out too.) As to the NH poll results, Trump neither gained nor lost; Cruz rose 2; Rubio rose 4; Kasich down 2; Bush unchanged; Christie/Carson down 1 each; Fiorina up one.

Who is best positioned in regards to their strategy goal? Obviously, Trump. If Trump wins NH he has a great chance of victory in the must win state for everybody: South Carolina. Trump has been well ahead in South Carolina and a victory in New Hampshire should guarantee a double digit victory for Trump. Trump sharply made his first post Iowa speech a showcase for the Scott Brown endorsement. And if you’re wondering why Trump is tackling Cruz so strongly on the Cruz Iowa stunts – it’s because Trump wants the Ben Carson supporters when Ben Carson drops out.

Rubio? Rubio will try to wiggle himself up the pole while Trump and Cruz squabble. But Trump can afford to ignore Rubio right now as long as Trump wins and Cruz is seen as a one state wonder. Rubio wants to come in second in NH in order to get momentum for South Carolina. But a Trump double digit victory (or a 20 point victory) will be the momentum getter and Rubio will not get his much needed momentum. If Rubio loses South Carolina, his 3-2-1 strategy is in tatters and then Rubio faces destruction in his home state. Trump pre-Iowa led Florida in double digits too Rubio today got the kiss of death endorsement from Sweaters Santorum, our least favorite candidate this year as in every year. On the plus side Rubio is now the establishment pick and his money woes should be over. The only remaining question mark for Rubio is whether Jeb Bush decides to attack Rubio or not. Bush appears to be holding steady in NH so Rubio cannot be happy.

As to Cruz, he’s in a death match against Trump in a state very friendly to Trump. Simply put, Cruz is in the wrong battlefield. Cruz should move on to South Carolina and leave Trump to beat up on Rubio in NH. But Cruz probably realizes Trump would only use a Cruz departure to continue to beat up on Cruz, not be distracted by Rubio. That’s why Cruz tries a #Trumpertantrump crusade – it’s all he’s got.

Once Trump dispatches Cruz in New Hampshire, he will turn his attention to Marco Rubio and illegal immigration amnesty. It won’t be pretty for Rubio, the one Chris Christie has dubbed the “bubble boy”.

As to Hillary v. Sanders? Sanders will decisively win in New Hampshire. The problem for Hillary is not Bernie Sanders. Hillary’s problem is a “when” problem:

Hillary however faces a very difficult “when” problem now. The Dims do not have winner take all. So if Hillary wins 60% of the vote in the southern primaries and less in the mountain states where Sanders should do better, when does Hillary win?

Without winner take all primary victories to settle the nomination quickly, Hillary has a much longer “when” horizon than Trump, if he is the eventual nominee.

After yesterday, Hillary has a big “when” problem because although Bernie did not get his “must win” in Iowa the Sanders’ troops do not feel defeated… yet. Hillary will have to bring down the margin in New Hampshire to single digits and deprive Sanders of a ten point or more victory which will fuel his troops with desire for more battle.

Tonight, Hillary and Sanders will engage in a CNN gab-a-thon without the waste of time Baltimore O’Malley. On Saturday the Republicans will have a debate in the style of a medieval tournament with blood splashing all over the place. New Hampshire voters will watch, and we will all have to wait for New Hampshire to decide.


142 thoughts on “Hope And Change: Trump, Cruz, Rubio, In New Hampshire

  1. Did Hillary really win Iowa? Or is this another Santorum 2012 story? For those that care this has the details:


    It’s Iowa’s nightmare scenario revisited: An extraordinarily close count in the Iowa caucuses — and reports of chaos in precincts and computer glitches — are raising questions about accuracy of the count and winner.

    This time it’s the Democrats, not the Republicans.

    Even as Hillary Clinton trumpeted her Iowa win in New Hampshire on Tuesday, aides for Bernie Sanders said the eyelash-thin margin raised questions and called for a review.

    The situation echoes the events on the Republican side in the 2012 caucuses, when one winner (Mitt Romney, by eight votes) was named on caucus night, but a closer examination of the paperwork that reflected the head counts showed someone else pulled in more votes (Rick Santorum, by 34 votes). But some precincts were still missing entirely. [snip]

    The caucus system isn’t built to bear the weight placed on it,” said Dennis Goldford, a Drake University professor who closely studies the Iowa caucuses. “There aren’t even paper ballots (in the Democratic caucuses) to use for a recount in case something doesn’t add up.”

    There were reports of disorganization and lack of volunteers Monday evening. Party officials reported a turnout of 171,109, far less than the record of 240,000 seen in 2008.

  2. Just as the Iowa vote counting mess continues to buoy the hopes of the Bernie Sanders’ crowd, the Iowa vote mess helps Donald Trump. First it calls into question Cruz’s integrity. Second it aligns Carson supporters with Trump. Third, well Trump knows how to play this very very well. Enter Sarah Palin:

    Dirty Politics: Witnessing Firsthand It’s Always Heartbreaking, Never Surprising

    Thank heavens Donald Trump opened so many eyes to the lies, corruption and total lack of accountability that come so naturally to the permanent political class. And Sen. Ted Cruz was spot on when he once noted that “millions of Americans are asking for accountability and truth.” Which is why it’s so curious – and saddens us – this lack of accountability with the lies of Cruz’s own campaign.

    Cruz’s campaign chairman, U.S. Representative Steve King, is lying, and good for Dr. Ben Carson for calling this out. King, who’s previously asked for and received my endorsement, time and resources to support his own election, is still lying about my altruistic support of Mr. Trump, and he’s refused to provide any evidence to the contrary. And, this U.S. Congressman actually lied to his own constituents on behalf of Cruz, regarding a good man, Dr. Carson. He told voters Carson was dropping out of the Presidential race immediately before the Iowa caucus, causing a relative uproar inside the process, so the word would spread and he could rack up more votes for his candidate, Cruz. That’s a dirty trick. Dr. Carson deserved better. The voters deserved better!

    Where is the accountability for these political actions? Very sad; typical Washington tactics. THIS is why “the status quo has got to go.”

    Our friend Dr. Carson put it so well:

    “As Christians, of course we accept people’s apologies, we also have to ask ourselves is this acceptable to us, the American people, or should there be some accountability? There should be some consequences for things. You don’t just say ‘oh, okay, sorry… okay let’s move on.’ The damage was done to me, it wasn’t done to them.”

    We’ve had eight years of a reckless President, accountable to no one, pushing this country to the brink. Why would we ever take a risk repeating that? We are never going to turn this country around if we keep electing “more of the same.” Just like conservatives have been preaching in opposition to Obama’s political tactics for years: actions speak louder than words.

    The Cruz Campaign’s actions to destroy a good man’s efforts to serve are no different than Obama’s practice of not holding anyone accountable. Typical politics. Typical politicians.

    Palin links to Ben Carson attacks against Cruz. Well played by Trump.

  3. I think it was very dirty and it makes me feel slimmed.
    I realize politics is a dirty business…but I can’t help but feel, slimmed by Cruz personally. He makes my skin crawl.

  4. In the predictions article before Iowa the surmise was for Carson to last until at least South Carolina. Carson didn’t quit but plenty of people wanted that wish to be reality. The rumors hurt Carson and Carson is angry. This helps Trump.


    Team Carson furious with Cruz

    Ben Carson and his closest advisers are going nuclear against Ted Cruz and his campaign for spreading false rumors that he intended to drop out ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

    Carson’s close friend and adviser Armstrong Williams told The Hill in an interview on Wednesday that the Cruz campaign’s tactics were “nasty, brutal and deceitful.”

    “We’ve been told all along that Cruz’s operatives play dirty and were capable of this stuff, but Dr. Carson never believed it, he felt like they had a respectable operation,” Williams said. “Now we see firsthand that having integrity just doesn’t matter to them. It’s about honor and character, either you have it or you don’.”

    Williams said he’s certain that Cruz knew the rumors about him dropping out were false but says the Texas Republican allowed his underlings to spread it anyway.

    He’s a pure politician and will do anything to win,” Williams said. “It doesn’t matter who he does it to, friend or foe, whatever it takes to win. Cruz has been running as an outsider and calling Hillary Clinton dishonest. Well, Cruz is the one running without honor or integrity, and this shows he’s just like everyone else inside-the-beltway.” [snip]

    Cruz and Carson were fighting for the same evangelical supporters in the Hawkeye State, and Cruz supporters at several precincts told voters that with Carson out, they should get behind Cruz.

    Carson’s wife, Candy Carson, was at one of the precincts where the person speaking on Cruz’s behalf told voters that Carson was out. [snip]

    Donald Trump has seized on the controversy to claim that the election was stolen from him.

    Cruz took 27.6 percent support at the Iowa caucuses over Trump at 24.3 percent. Carson came in fourth place at 9.3 percent support.

  5. Admin: solid analysis

    Here, by the way, is how a top Trump strategist saw it a month ago.

    His analysis is proving correct, and he does a good job explaining the booby traps at the convention.

    The one other thing I will which Roger could not have known a month ago–that a Cruz representative was spreading the lie that Carson was out. When Dr. Carson does decide to leave the race, it is certain that Ted will not get his voters. Nor will the go to Rubio. I suspect they will go to Donald.


  6. As for the Trump fit about the Carson mess, oh my.

    It would appear that the Carson campaign made the first mistake. They put out the word that Carson would be going home to Florida after Iowa. That does not happen in campaigns so the campaign apparently didn’t think how this would look or sound.

    The second mistake was that CNN picked it up and reported it with the suggestion that Carson must be throwing in the towel. Apparently few believed that Ben was going to Florida to pick up some clean clothes.

    The Cruz AND RUBIO…AND RUBIO campaigns read the CNN news and it looked to them like Carson was going to leave the campaign especially since he had been dropping like a rock in the polls and he will leave soon. Not sure why he is hanging on unless he is being funded to help out another candidate before he’s out.

    Then Trump lost to Cruz and Trump went into Trump mode to get free media and to get Carson’s supporters and here we are with Trump slinging accusations and having fits once again.

    Will the time come when Trump throws a fit too far and people will say enough… no more?

  7. from last thread:

    They just said on tv that Hillary was yelling even though she had a microphone and even though she has such small crowds. Uh oh. ClintonTantrum. lol

  8. It going to be a long, drawn out process for Hillary and with the FBI thing she is in a very precarious situation. I was too young in 72 to remember much about McGovern (albeit I remember the naked hippies hanging out at Flamingo Park on Miami Beach protesting the Republican Convention), but Sanders must have the same appeal. Ironically, it is those hippies who grew up to be yuppies and run the DNC now.
    As for Trump, I think he was deeply pensive after losing. A man like him who gets pretty much whatever he wants, must feel deeply upset losing. I hate watching Fox commentators act as if their network determined the results because of the audacity of Trump to skip the debate. I don’t buy that those last minute independents would have broke for him had he appeared. It was a strong showing for a New York values guy, but Cruz had a better ground game and actually played dirtier.

  9. Someone (moon?) said on last thread that Trump lies so much, to get what he wants. So, we’ll have to agree to disagree, because there are 30 years of videos on youtube of Trump saying most everything he says now. I see that as consistency, not lies.

    However, if you compared Hillary’s 2008 videos to now, well…..

  10. OMG – Anderson Cooper just asked Hillary if she still believes in the right wing conspiracy. She said yes, and said, they just got a huge transfusion of funds from millionaires. Hmmmm I guess she hasn’t read the news that Soros just bought her for 6 million dollars.

  11. I watched the CNN townhall. It was quite good, even Bernie was good enough to listen to, all the way though.

    Hillary was back on her game.

    The questions these undecided voters asked were sincere and not cheap gotcha questions like they were in the previous townhall.


  12. Southern Born
    February 3, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Let me see if I can guess before reading your link.

    Senator Rubio, can you tell us one more time about how your immigrant parents came to this country and made life better for you?

    Next question: You look so shiny and new, you must bring so much HOPE and CHANGE to all the young voters out there that want to find a new Golden Calf. Isn’t that correct?

    Next question: Does anyone comment on what a boyscout you are and affectionately call you, RubieSlippers?

  13. SB

    Trump – The Peace Prize?

    I almost choked on my pizza with that one. He is on the list, but one of the few with no supporting letter to say who put him forward.

    On the short list:

    Harpviken’s 2016 Nobel Peace Prize shortlist

    Edward Snowden
    Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi
    Juan Manuel Santos and Timoleón Jiménez
    Thelma Aldana, Aura Elena Farfán and Iván Velásquez
    Jeanne Nacatche Banyere, Jeannette Kahindo Bindu and Dr. Denis Mukwege

    Edward Snowden

    Is 2016 Edward Snowden’s year? His role in alerting citizens across the globe about the extent – and the dangers – of electronic surveillance is undisputable. Even in the US, Snowden’s revelations have led to political and legal reforms that increasingly makes the official view that he is a traitor seem untenable. In October last year, the EU parliament passed a vote where it called on its members to “drop any criminal charges”, to grant Snowden protection and to prevent extradition, “in recognition of his status as a whistle-blower and international human rights defender”. Snowden was a contractor for the US National Security Agency (NSA) when he leaked enormous volumes of documentation to the press in the summer of 2013. Others, including Julian Assange and Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, have reportedly been nominated earlier, but Snowden’s candidacy is stronger, given both his recognition that leaking needs to be balanced with a concern for the security of individuals, and his principled reflections on the debate on surveillance and security. Yet, the Snowden leaks remain controversial, also in Norway, where speculations about his candidacy has triggered a debate about whether or not the Nobel prize’s host state would allow him to come and receive the award without being arrested.

  14. lorac
    February 3, 2016 at 10:59 pm
    from last thread:
    They just said on tv that Hillary was yelling even though she had a microphone and even though she has such small crowds. Uh oh. ClintonTantrum. lol

    Are you talking about the Townhall tonight?

  15. lorac
    February 3, 2016 at 11:06 pm
    OMG – Anderson Cooper just asked Hillary if she still believes in the right wing conspiracy. She said yes, and said

    From this comment, I see you are probably watching the TownHall and you must have missed the smile on her face when she was talking to Cooper, also the context of what they were talking about. They were talking about how she was a target by Republican’s for years.

    She also did not yell, she did stand up and was excited while she engaged with the people that she was talking to. After all your support of Trump, you actually think Hillary is yelling?

    Oh and BTW, the room only held 200 people. It was CNN’s setup, not Hillary’s and the way it was said in your post, it seemed to imply that only a small group of people showed up.

  16. Southern

    Do you suppose Meggie is a reincarnation of Russert from 2008?

    She would sure like to be, towards Trump. Megs is a Fox Barbie.

  17. Shadow, I didn’t watch the Townhall, this was clips from after what I assume was the Townhall, but I’m not sure. It sounded like a recent thing, though.

  18. I hope Snowden gets the Peace Prize, unless it would risk getting him arrested.

    They can mail it to the media he trusts, and they could later get it to Snowden.

    (This is above in my post)

    Really cool —-> In October last year, the EU parliament passed a vote where it called on its members to “drop any criminal charges”, to grant Snowden protection and to prevent extradition, “in recognition of his status as a whistle-blower and international human rights defender”.

  19. Lorac
    You can read the script on line of the “Townhall”…yes indeed Hillary talked about the right wing conspiracy…
    Crazy Bernie said he would raise taxes on the middle class.

  20. Shadow, I did not watch the Townhall. I was reporting what they were saying on tv.

    What I am chuckling about to myself is that so much of what’s said is interpretation. Different people seeing the same thing but interpreting it differently. For me, I’m chuckling that at rallies as opposed to interviews, Trump is loud and forceful and makes lots of jokes. It’s nothing new. But now his usual rally style is “having a tantrum”….. lol

  21. Tonight was the townhall in NH, I watch all of it, including the first half that was with Bernie and Cooper.

    I can honestly tell you that Hillary was not yelling at anyone and she did really well. Some of the questions were very personal, she gave answers from the heart.

  22. It will happen at the convention:


    Murdoch Hints at White House’s ‘Surprising Alternates’ if Hillary Email Trouble Gets Worse

    Rupert Murdoch either knows something about the White House’s Hillary Clinton concerns or he’s engaging in some very curious speculation.

    The State Department withheld 22 Clinton emails this past Friday because of reported top secret information, which the Clinton camp said was just “overclassification run amok.”

    Yesterday Murdoch expressed his serious concerns about Clinton’s email troubles:

    Hillary email breaches get very serious, even though certain Russia, China, Israel had the server hacked full time for years.

    Well, today he hinted at some “surprising alternates” the White House has ready to go if things get worse:

    Hillary email troubles get really serious. WH has surprising alternates if things get worse.

    It has nothing to do with emails. That’s just an excuse. Any excuse will do, Sanders, emails, broken toenails, parking tickets, etc.

    People see movement behind the tapestries and are finally getting a clue.

  23. Tony, did MO try to get into the mosque too, or was she sent to the gym with the other females…banned from the main room?

    I would love if she tried to get in, was told she couldn’t enter, and snatched them all bald in the process. I would actually cheer for her if she did that.

  24. Admin

    Any excuse will do, Sanders, emails, broken toenails, parking tickets, etc.
    People see movement behind the tapestries and are finally getting a clue.


    Hillary has practically kissed his Ring, what more do they want? Who do you think they will try to slip in, Joe?

  25. I don’t know if this is true or not, one report that the emails that are ‘top secret’, that are being held back, some are between Hillary and Obama, and the email chain that was sent to Hillary, had some secret stuff in them, that was already made public.

    Not sure what news site it was from, a major one is all I remember. It was out about a week or two ago.

  26. Biden/Warren, Shadow. I think that is the end game and Sanders doesn’t even know it. BTW, check out Twitter tonight. Dick-head Axelrod is slamming Hillary all over the place. Check out #DemTownHall…he is all over it.

  27. That would be wild (and disgusting) if the republicans’ shenanigans to get Rubio or Bush in at their convention works, and if the dems go through with their plans to throw in a mystery candidate at their convention….

  28. Admin, please tell us more if you can, about the plot to kick out Hillary at the convention. I don’t want to go though the same bs I did in Denver…I can’t take it.

  29. Voting

    . Dick-head Axelrod is slamming Hillary all over the place. Check out #DemTownHall…he is all over it.

    AxelDick is missing the spotlight. He is so full of shit, look at the mini-monster he has created in the WH.

  30. I remember we always see photos of candidates voting for themselves (maybe it’s in the general). I always assumed they got ushered in, voted, got their photo op, and left. Because it seems like it would be unfair campaigning right as people are voting to do more than walk in and out.

    So I was surprised when Trump said some of his family members would be at different caucus events, and Carson said his wife was at one. Especially it seems weird at a caucus, since they are supposed to be discussing candidates, and a candidate’s family members would seem to be a kind of undue invisible pressure.

    But apparently it’s allowed at caucuses, because they were all open about it. To me, something about that just doesn’t sound right….

  31. lorac
    February 4, 2016 at 12:58 am

    All Hell would break lose. I for one, hope to go to the Convention again. (If Hillary wins), and if she won and they pulled the rug out from under her again…I would go nuts.

    I hope some other Hillary supporters plan to go to the convention too, we could raise Hell together.

  32. There has to be a reason Warren is the only female Senator not to endorse Hillary and all Joe says is I regret not running”. DO they think we are that stupid????????

  33. lorac

    You can only vote once, normally where you live.

    You can walk into another site and watch from a distance as long as you don’t interfere with voting or talk to someone about their vote.

    It is actually a good thing to watch over voting sites, to make sure no one is trying to influence another’s vote.

    Many people were encouraged in 2008, to watch sites where Obama supporting thugs were harassing Hillary voters, especially older voters.

  34. It seems like an arcane way of electing someone…I am also against the proportional delegate thing as you either win or lose.

  35. So 36 million Democrats and Independents vote for Hillary and Bernie and at the Convention, the DNC puts in someone that hasn’t even run???????????????????

    Are they freakin’ nuts?????????

    Do they want the building to be torched?

  36. jb

    I’m with you. The whole delegate bs is what the DNC gave to Obama and spit in the eye of 18 million voters.

    That’s how we all got to know each other.

  37. Considering none of the conservative media can discuss anything – not the weather, not the Republican Debates, not Ground Hog’s Day, nothing without slamming Hillary for Benghazi, the email BS or without accusing her of all manner of criminal offenses from murder, to treason,to conspiring with terrorists – there would definitely appear to be a right wing conspiracy -vast or otherwise.

    Their attempts to place all blame on her for Benghazi, removing any responsibility from Obama is just one reason FOX and all other conservative media outlets are not to be trusted. I’would love to see someone shove their little “fair and balanced” motto straight up Murdock’s rear-end Hannity’s, Kelly’s too.

    Many of the FOX news people are open about their claims to embrace Christianity and Christian principles – especially when they’re proclaiming their support for the anti-choice movement or talking about marital infidelity (still jealous of Bill after all these years) – but apparently they missed the Sunday School lesson about lyin’ and hatin’ being unChristian.

    Most of the right wing media personalities and a whole bunch of Repubs, in general are hypocrites, jackals, lying bat-shit crazy egomaniacs.

  38. Shadowfax
    February 4, 2016 at 1:27 am
    So 36 million Democrats and Independents vote for Hillary and Bernie and at the Convention, the DNC puts in someone that hasn’t even run???????????????????

    Are they freakin’ nuts?????????

    Do they want the building to be torched?


    Did they torch the building when 18 million primary voters…you know, the one person/one vote crowd…saw the nomination go to Obama?

  39. Free


    but apparently they missed the Sunday School lesson about lyin’ and hatin’ being unChristian.
    Most of the right wing media personalities and a whole bunch of Repubs, in general are hypocrites, jackals, lying bat-shit crazy egomaniacs.


    More hatred and rabid bs than I can stomach listening to. I was done with FoxNews after the election of 2012. I am done thinking that they would stop Obama…and they proved to me, they were not going to do any thing to stop Obama, nor would congress. Now that they have their favorite woman to hate, all their pent up bullshit is directed at Hillary’s back.

    Tonight, most of the hits on the Republican candidates came from Bernie. Let’s see if any of them boomerang back to him or they are bypassed onto Hillary.

  40. What I want to know is has anyone checked Cruz for the “666” marker? He is the devil disguised as the false prophet.

  41. Did they torch the building when 18 million primary voters…you know, the one person/one vote crowd…saw the nomination go to Obama?

    No, that was a ‘Fool me once’ for me. We all just cried, got the Hell out of Dodge as Obama was preachin’ on the plastic pillars.

    To be honest, all the Hillary supporters I was with, were trying to fight with the California delegates that just arrived before Hillary was forced to walk the plank.

    Nasty lied to the California delegates, telling them they didn’t need to be in Denver for the vote until later. They had some ‘important’ vote in CA they were told they had to attend to first.

    The plan was for CA delegates to push Hillary forward in the convention, a big voting block, and it would encourage the other states to stand up for Hillary at the convention.

    When Nasty derailed that CA vote, most of the delegates hadn’t arrived yet, and without that strong start, the other states caved to the threats from the DNC. Hillary saw what was happening to her delegates, didn’t want them to have an ugly fight, and said they should vote which ever way they needed too.

    We supporters, standing outside found out about this minutes before Hillary was flanked on both sides, walked up to the mike and conceded. We had to watch it on tv, minutes from the convention center.

    Everyone was crying, socked, stunned and didn’t know what to do. We watched her, and when she was finished, we got to the airport and out of Denver as fast as we could. It was horrible.

    I can’t even imagine they would do this to her again. I would be so full of hatred…

  42. As for Trump, I think he was deeply pensive after losing. A man like him who gets pretty much whatever he wants, must feel deeply upset losing. I hate watching Fox commentators act as if their network determined the results because of the audacity of Trump to skip the debate. I don’t buy that those last minute independents would have broke for him had he appeared. It was a strong showing for a New York values guy, but Cruz had a better ground game and actually played dirtier.
    As perhaps you saw, his main man Roger Stone predicted that he would finish second. So he was prepared for that, and that is why he was calm about it. But then, according to what I was told, he learned about the rampant cheating, and is supporters were distraught over that, and felt the need to raise the issue of cheating in the strongest terms. You will nevah evah get the truth from big media. They tried to spin this as a temper tantrum, whereas it was a calculated move. I do not think he is capable of deep introspection that you refer to. He is a doer, as opposed to a thinker. I guess you would have to know him, and I do not. But I know the never apologize its a sign of weakness stuff, and I also know weak need politicians who do nothing but apologize. As between the two I prefer the former.

  43. Like I said before, the alternative–or one of them is Jerry Brown.

    They know better than we do that Biden cannot walk and chew gum at the same time.

    And Warren is too green, and is very very very un-impressive.

    The other is Deval Patick.

    I think the would be better off with Romney, if the could just get him to stop calling himself a republican.

  44. Romney would relate well to the Occupy Wall Street rabble. He could say something pithy-like hey you useless piece of shit, we have a lot in common– you want to occupy wall street whereas I aim too own it. So you see, in the broadest sense I want to occupy Wall Street as badly as you do.

    Romney could also relate well to the Black Lives Matter untermenchen. He could tell them that he is a Mormon, and where he comes from the only color that counts is green. He’s got it, they don’t, and he may throw the middle class under the bus, so long as the establishment is protected.

  45. Since we no longer have two parties, but the Wall Street party, the candidates are interchangeable. And so, for that matter, are their policies.

  46. So 36 million Democrats and Independents vote for Hillary and Bernie and at the Convention, the DNC puts in someone that hasn’t even run???????????????????

    Are they freakin’ nuts?????????
    No. They are not nuts. They are evil. And evil does things just like that, and starts Reichstag fires to justify such moves. And, if you can handle the truth, evil murders people who stand in their way.

    But its not all that bad really. Try looking at it from their standpoint:

    Here you have a man. Here you have a problem. No man. No problem.

    Once again, good old Joe Stalin illuminates what was hiterto obscure/

  47. View from a Trump hater who, now that Rand Paul is out, is all in for Rubio, agrees with our overall analysis:


    New Hampshire Target: Marco Rubio [snip]

    Now, Rubio is about to be tested in a very significant way. Because New Hampshire is a state where Ted Cruz would just be happy to be in the top three – Cruz’s focus has shifted already to the more friendly ground of South Carolina – and because it is also potentially the last stand of not one but three of the more establishment campaigns, Rubio is the enemy for the next week there. Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Jeb Bush will be aiming at taking Rubio down a few notches and edging their way into second or third, knowing that if they beat him, they can make the case to their donors and to the public that this is at least a four man race. [snip]

    Christie is blasting away at Rubio in New Hampshire already, calling him “the boy in the bubble”.  Rubio fired back. “Chris has had a tough couple of days,” Rubio said in an interview with ABC News at Puritan Backroom restaurant. “He’s not doing very well, and he did very poorly in Iowa. And sometimes when people run into adversity they don’t react well and they say things they maybe will later regret.”

    Kasich’s campaign accused him of having no record.  And Bush, who’s been spending millions against Rubio, took out a full page ad in the Union Leader which suggested Rubio was likable enough, but not ready for the job.   The three have certainly invested a lot more time in the state than Rubio – the NECN candidate tracker shows Kasich at 180 events in the state, Christie at 176, and Bush at 106 to Rubio’s 76 – just one more than Ted Cruz.

    The risk here for Rubio is that he’s already laid out his strategy: 3-2-1. Finish 3rd in Iowa, 2nd in New Hampshire, and 1st in South Carolina in order to win the nomination. If Rubio does achieve that, he’ll be the new frontrunner. But the risk entailed in being so explicit about what you think you need to achieve to win is how much importance it puts on the early states.

    Rubio has the capability to tap into a coalition that would lead to the nomination along a much longer timeline – just as Romney did despite losing Iowa and South Carolina. Instead, he’s making a play that makes him much more of a target, in an effort to crowd out all the other “establishment” candidates early on and consolidate support in Washington and among the donor community.

    It’s a risk, but Rubio’s taking it. The next week will tell us a lot about how he deals with the slings and arrows from people seeking the same voters he is. The week after will tell us a lot about how he knife fights with Ted Cruz in South Carolina. How Rubio stands up to the pressure in both contexts could prove decisive.

    Rubio’s SuperPac has a very good ad attacking Trump and Cruz on air in NH.

  48. For anyone who wonders why Hillary gets so much abuse and will get even more at the convention and throughout the primaries: ask yourself where Hillary will be tonight. Hint: Hillary’s team “negotiated” and wanted to be where she will be tonight. Hillary asked to be where she will be tonight. She asked for it. She negotiated for it. She wanted it. Hillary agreed to be there and with those people.

    Next, ask yourself why Trump is respected or at least feared. Think of the last place Trump’s enemies wanted him to go to and what Trump answered. Hint: Fox News.


  49. From a left wing Trump hater:


    Rubio’s Surge Is a Triumph for Trumpism

    Marco Rubio’s last minute surge in Iowa has a lot in common with John Kerry’s last minute surge to victory in Iowa in 2004. Like Rubio, Kerry was an early frontrunner. Like Rubio, Kerry underperformed all fall as an anti-establishment candidate (Howard Dean) came from nowhere to dominate the field. Like Rubio, Kerry benefitted in the closing weeks from a nasty battle between the two Iowa frontrunners (Dean and Richard Gephardt). Like Rubio, Kerry counterpunched in those final weeks by stressing his electability. Among the Iowans who called electability “crucial” to their vote, Kerry beat Dean by 16 points. Among the Iowans who said they cared most about which candidate could “win in November,” Rubio beat Trump by 18.

    For party insiders, Kerry’s success proved that Democratic voters had come to their senses; that Dean’s moment had come and gone. But that wasn’t right. Kerry had beaten Dean not by challenging the Vermont governor’s anti-war message but by pledging to more effectively sell it. In October, Kerry voted against a bill to fund the Iraq war he had once voted to authorize and “began to sound more and more like an antiwar candidate.” One poll found that 13 percent of Iowa voters considered Kerry the candidate best described as having “opposed the war.” As Dean’s pollster would later lament, Kerry was “liberally borrowing our message.”

    This year, Rubio did something similar. He surged by borrowing Trump’s message while pledging to more effectively package it. In the final weeks before Iowa, Rubio grew markedly more anti-immigration. Having previously warned against using terrorism as a pretext to restrict legal immigration, the Florida senator in mid-January declared that because of the rise of ISIS, “the entire system of legal immigration must now be reexamined for security first and foremost.” He also followed Trump’s lead on trade, suggesting that he might oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement he had once praised.

    Rubio echoed Trump when it came to the rights of Muslims, too. Asked in a January debate about Trump’s call for banning Muslim immigration, Rubio praised the billionaire for having “tapped in to some of that anger that’s out there about this whole issue because this president has consistently underestimated the threat of ISIS.” Then, after talking about how awful ISIS is, Rubio declared that, “When I’m president. If we do not know who you are, and we do not know why you are coming when I am president, you are not getting into the United States of America.” The listener who didn’t already know Rubio’s position might well have thought he supports Trump’s plan. When asked about Trump’s call for closing mosques, Rubio did Trump one better, declaring that, “It’s not about closing down mosques. It’s about closing down any place—whether it’s a cafe, a diner, an Internet site—any place where radicals are being inspired.”

    Rubio also began hinting that President Obama was a kind of traitor. “Barack Obama,” he warned darkly, “has deliberately weakened America.” He wants to “cut [America] down to size.” And having once pitched himself as a bridge between the GOP and the changing face of twenty-first century America, Rubio instead began appealing to “all of us who feel out of place in our own country.” [snip]

    Trump may have lost in Iowa but Trumpism won. The fact that the moderate in the GOP race is now peddling a version of The Donald’s message testifies to how profound his effect has been. And it’s not likely to dissipate anytime soon.

  50. http://www.whdh.com/story/31137507/hiller-instinct-7newsumass-lowell-new-hampshire-tracking-poll-day-4

    Hiller Instinct: 7News/UMass Lowell New Hampshire tracking poll day 4

    It’s not an earthquake, yet…But the political ground in New Hampshire is moving.

    We’re seeing more of Iowa’s impact, and the war of words underway here.

    Hillary Clinton is coming back; and Marco Rubio is coming up.

    Donald Trump stays in first, with 36%; Rubio takes over second place, with 15%. Ted Cruz, now in third, has 14%. Jeb Bush, 8%; and John Kasich 7%.

    For the rest of the Republicans: Chris Christie, 5 %, Ben Carson, 4%; Carly Fiorina 3% and undecided 8%.

    Our tracking poll show its all: Trump on top, but down two points– the first time he’s dropped in our poll.

    Marco Rubio shoots into second place, with 15%, a gain of three points overnight.

    Ted Cruz holds his support, but slips into third place.

    Jeb Bush lost a point; no change for John Kasich.

    In the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton can start thinking about a comeback, and Bernie Sanders is coming down.

    Sanders still has a significant lead over Clinton– 58% to 36%– a 22 point margin.

    But look at the direction of the tracks: Sanders is down three and Clinton is up four, our biggest single gain since we started this poll.

  51. Bush and Christie alliance to stop Marco:

    Frustrated and flailing as his candidacy threatens to slip away, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is embarking on a scalding effort over the next week to discredit Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the man he blames for undermining his campaign and whose ascendancy he deeply resents.

    And Mr. Christie has a secret ally: Jeb Bush.

    Mr. Christie, whose White House hopes hinge on a strong showing in New Hampshire, is unleashing the kind of cutting and personal attacks that brought him renown in New Jersey but that pose a far greater risk in a presidential campaign, where they can harm the assailant as much as the intended target.

    Over the past 48 hours, Mr. Christie has mocked Mr. Rubio as a cosseted “boy in the bubble,” derided him as “constantly scripted,” likened him to “the king of England,” and, perhaps most creatively, compared his Senate career to that of a helpless fourth grader who is told which chair to sit in at school.

    On Wednesday, Mr. Christie challenged anyone “to show me the significant accomplishment that Senator Rubio has done while he’s in the United States Senate.”

    “I can’t find one,” Mr. Christie added.

    For Mr. Christie, the verbal barrage is a carefully calibrated attempt to damage Mr. Rubio’s standing in New Hampshire before Tuesday’s primary — and to set up a showdown with him in Saturday night’s Republican debate, possibly Mr. Christie’s best chance to impede Mr. Rubio’s surging candidacy.

    Mr. Rubio’s strong third-place performance in Iowa on Monday night, and his steady improvement in the polls days before the voting there, alarmed Mr. Christie and his mainstream Republican rivals, including Mr. Bush, who fear Mr. Rubio’s emerging as a breakout figure in New Hampshire.

    The shared concern has even prompted the opening of a back channel: Members of the Bush and Christie campaigns have communicated about their mutual desire to halt Mr. Rubio’s rise in the polls, according to Republican operatives familiar with the conversations.

    While emails, texts and phone calls between operatives in rival campaigns are not uncommon in the tight-knit world of political strategists, the contact between senior aides in the two campaigns has drifted toward musings about what can be done to stop or at least slow Mr. Rubio, the operatives said.

    In a sign of a budding alliance, the aides have, for example, exchanged news articles that raise potential areas of vulnerability for Mr. Rubio. There is no formal coordination, the operatives stressed, but rather a recognition of a shared agenda.

    “We do have similar goals,” an adviser to Mr. Christie said.

    For their part, Mr. Christie and Mr. Bush are finding ways to praise one another in public and cozy up to each other in private: Mr. Bush telephoned Mr. Christie on Monday to wish him good luck in the caucuses. (Mr. Christie was not available and the call went to voice mail.)

    During a CNN interview on Wednesday, Mr. Bush put their bond on display for all to see. “I love Chris Christie,” said Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida. “He is a — he’s a great campaigner, he’s a good friend and he’s been an effective governor.”

    A division of labor seems to have taken hold. While a well-financed “super PAC” supporting Mr. Bush assails Mr. Rubio on television and in the mail (it will release a new batch of ads on Thursday), Mr. Christie has stepped up the critiques on the campaign trail.

    “Jeb can’t do that sort of stuff,” said an adviser to Mr. Christie, referring to the New Jersey governor’s slashing “boy in the bubble” attack on Mr. Rubio and his comfort with political street fighting. “They don’t have the weapon.”

    The alliance makes sense, operatives said. A strong primary night in New Hampshire for Mr. Rubio would allow him to make a compelling case to voters and donors that he is the surest bet for unifying the party against its most divisive presidential contenders, Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. And it would make it harder for Mr. Bush and Mr. Christie to justify remaining in the race.

    As the primary nears, Mr. Christie is expressing disapproval for Mr. Rubio in increasingly elaborate and colorful ways.

    At Londonderry High School, he found a fourth-grader named Matthew in the audience and posed a series of questions to him about his daily routine.

    Did he have a set time when he had to be at school? Yes, the boy said.

    An assigned desk to sit in? The boy nodded.

    A list of questions to answer each day — and a summer break? Matthew answered affirmatively.

    Mr. Christie pounced: “They do that in the United States Senate, too!” The audience roared.

    The Senate, he said, was a foolhardy place from which to pick a president.

    “What we are all wondering is: How does that train you to be president?” Mr. Christie said. “Because that’s not the way the presidency works, and it is certainly not the way the governorship works.” [snip]

    For Mr. Christie, there is a personal dimension to the onslaught against Mr. Rubio. After Mr. Christie started to gain in the polls in New Hampshire late last year, allies of Mr. Rubio paid for a ferocious series of television ads and direct-mail pieces attacking the New Jersey governor for deviations from conservative orthodoxy and over the gridlock-creating lane closures on the George Washington Bridge overseen by his allies.

    In a final flourish, they showed images of Mr. Christie together with President Obama, evoking a divisive moment after Hurricane Sandy when the governor praised and warmly greeted the president.

    Beyond that, Mr. Christie evidently feels a sense of betrayal over the inroads that Mr. Rubio has made with major Republican donors, particularly the New York-area financiers whom Mr. Christie spent years courting.

    “So he got a couple of donors,” Mr. Christie sniffed, adding, “Good for him.”

    Payback, revenge, political bedfellows, yum, pass the popcorn.

  52. Rubio: president training wheels. The elites do not want someone who thinks for himself. They want a puppet who they can script. One who will help them bleed the middle class dry. How? With open borders, endless war, and paring back social security and medicare. In short, what all elites want when they reach into the underclass for their puppet: a general who will fire on his own people. So this time around, to check off their affirmative action check list, they promote this empty suit. And they wager that the electorate is stupid enough to fall for it. Sell the sizzle not the steak. I will not take the other side of that bet. Why not? Simple: if we have learned nothing else from experience then at least we know know this to a fare thee well: nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American People. And believe you me, I do not mean the ignornti who stroll along Santa Monica beach hoping to meet a whale, and cannot tell you who the president is, what year it is, and where they are except for the beach. These people are not the problem. The problem is the people with college educations where they got by by regurgitating the crap they feed you in today’s institutions of higher learning, and the prototypical Bellevue house wife, who is more than an urban legend in these parts.

  53. Richard’s answer to my question, i.e. just because I believe we are in a pre revolutionary period, does not make it so. Nor does the litany of proofs I could marshal for you right now to substantiate that theory. The question devolves to this: either we are, or we aren’t, ergo are we in a pre revolutionary period, and if we are what are the implications, etc. (Note: if we are not in a revolutionary period, then but cheeks Rubio, pedopheellia and all would be the perfect choice.)
    Perhaps the two party insurgency represents the end of an arc that started in 1968 or perhaps even the New Deal that marked the rise of a certain kind of big government expansion in American politics which can go no further. Surely it represents the end of the road for something. Barack Obama was the apotheosis of the old trajectory. But having gone so far it may now be falling back. Big government and rule by the elite is, to paraphrase Marco Rubio’s post-Iowa speech, at that point where it must either proceed to an uber-Obama, or begin a slow retreat.

    The odds are that it will begin a slow retreat. America’s huge postwar success had the same destructive effect upon its political class that the famous “resource curse” has upon Third World countries. It made possible the rise of a parasite class whose voracity required ever more tax dollars to satisfy. At last it may have outrun its means.

    In summary the world has reverted to precisely that condition which Barack Obama promised to save it from. Like a rock climber who has slipped at every foothold the president is now below the point from which he started. This particular circumstance modifies the question posed by insurgent voters in Iowa. The issue is not which course to follow alone, but also which candidate can better sail the ship in gale.

    Henceforth the elites will meet equally well prepared, and perhaps better opponents not just domestically but abroad. Henceforth they will have to face in many theaters that moral superiority which they once unquestionably boasted was theirs alone and which they intended to use as an instrument for convincing all other peoples that all resistance to them was hopeless.
    There was a time, not long ago, when there was no alternative to them. Those days, thank God, have gone.

  54. Mickey Kaus: Rubio Is the Republican John Edwards

    Anti-amnesty blogger Mickey Kaus highlighted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79%
    ’s penchant for dodging questions by retreating to his memorized stump speech and labeled the donor-class candidate the Republican John Edwards.

    “Rubio’s the GOP John Edwards,” Kaus tweeted. “Both Rubio and Edwards have the gift of gab, which only takes you so far.”

    In an email to Breitbart News, Kaus elaborated on the comparison: “I remember seeing John Edwards talk in New Hampshire in ’04. Great stump speech, but even with questions he didn’t add much more. Left you feeling hungry. I didn’t admit it to myself at the time but it was a signal Edwards was a lightweight (even without the later scandal). I get the same impression watching Rubio, even when I can distance myself from his amnesty betrayal.”

    Kaus’ suggestion that Rubio’s success hinges upon his reliance on carefully-crafted talking points seems reinforced by the observation of a local New Hampshire reporter, who likened Rubio to a “computer algorithm designed to cover talking points… It was like someone wound him up, pointed him toward the doors and pushed ‘play,’” the New Hampshire reporter noted.

    Kaus’ observation that Rubio is able to retreat to his stump speech seems enabled by the media’s reluctance to ask Rubio challenging questions about his longstanding support of open borders trade and immigration policies.

    For instance, on Tuesday night, Fox News’s Megyn Kelly gushed and oozed over Rubio in an almost uncomfortable way. She began her interview with Rubio by playing a clip of Rush Limbaugh praising Rubio as a conservative, in spite of Rubio’s push for open borders. Kelly did not ask Rubio a single question about his longstanding support for open-borders trade and immigration policies. Instead, she asked Rubio if he agreed with the praise he received from Rush Limbaugh.

    “Let’s start with Rush Limbaugh’s comment, do you agree that you are no moderate centrist?” Kelly asked.

    Throughout the interview, Kelly was effusive in her praise of Rubio’s ability to recite a memorized speech without a teleprompter: “You are very smooth. Your acceptance — well, not acceptance [speech] — but your remarks last night were amazing. You were so articulate. There was no teleprompter.”

    During the interview, after Kelly failed to ask Rubio a single question about his desire to expand immigration levels or his support for Obama’s trade agenda, Kelly said: “I will vouch for you — that you have come on the Kelly File regularly, and you always sit for the tough questions. And I’ll note for the record, you never complain, never once — even if we ask really tough questions, which I appreciate.”

    Fox News’ founder, Rupert Murdoch, is a co-chair of what is arguably one of the biggest immigration lobbying firms in the country, The Partnership for a New American Economy. Through his lobbying firm, Murdoch has endorsed Rubio’s 2013 amnesty bill as well as his 2015 immigration expansion bill. Murdoch has also endorsed President Obama’s immigration agenda, which Rubio has said would be the “second pillar” of a President Rubio’s three-pillar foreign policy strategy.

    Interestingly, while Murdoch’s immigration lobbying firm is called the Partnership for a New American Economy, an entire portion of Rubio’s website is devoted to building what he calls, “The New American Economy.”

  55. Rush is pushing the PPP poll which has Cruz and Rubio tied at 21 and Trump dropping to 25… He is definitely pushing Cruz..
    It’s the ONLY poll that has that tight of a race, all others have Trump double digits up.
    This is a change for Rush…

  56. Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein: Sanders candidacy a ‘dangerous moment

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/lloyd-blankfein-bernie-sanders-218689#ixzz3zDme7V7g
    Most endorsements are irrelevant.

    This one is not.

    It should make the Sanders folks mighty happy to have this one in their hip pocket.

    It will rally the base.

    And it will cause others who realize that what we have here is a corporate kleptocracy to step back and say, he may not be exactly what I have in mind for president, he is old, radical and insane, however, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, ergo, I will hold my nose and vote for the Burn. And if anyone asks me why, I shall say: “the devil (CEO) of Goldman Sucks made me do it.”

  57. This is a change for Rush…
    ——-What seemed to shake his confidence, what appeared to make him second guess himself, was Trump’s tweets against Cruz, and calling for a new election. He took this as a sign that Trump is unravelling, and said doesn’t he have anyone monitoring the tweets he sends out. I mean that stopped him dead in his tracks. Frankly, he should have kept his powder dry because the Carson campaign has accused Cruz campaign chairman, King, of spreading a false rumor, and he Secretary of State has accused Cruz of misleading voters, and there is the microsoft problem discussed yesterday charaterized by the wide divergence between ingoing/exit polls vs. voted counted, i.e. it does not matter who votes, only who counts the votes, and Gates interests and proven incentive to violate the law is a matter of record, but now now now there is this:
    Des Moines Register calls for audit of Iowa results: ‘Something smells in the Democratic Party’
    By ELIZA COLLINS 02/04/16 12:02 PM EST
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    In a strongly worded editorial on Thursday, The Des Moines Register called on the Iowa Democratic Party to move quickly to prove that Monday’s results are correct.
    The piece titled “Editorial: Something smells in the Democratic Party,” starts out: “Once again the world is laughing at Iowa.”

    It gets sharper from there. “What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy,” the DMR reads. “The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt.”

    The editorial cites Clinton’s razor-thin victory as too close “not to do a complete audit of results.”
    The newspaper editorial also said there were too many opportunities for error to arise.

    “Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems,” the editorial reads. “Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night’s chaos.”

    The editorial ends by calling on the state’s Democratic Party to “work with all the campaigns to audit results. Break silly party tradition and release the raw vote totals. Provide a list of each precinct coin flip and its outcome, as well as other information sought by the Register. Be transparent.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/des-moines-register-audit-iowa-results-218731#ixzz3zDqKUsNz

    (P.S. It is easier to corrupt the vote in the Republican caucus than in the Democrat caucus, because the rules are different: in the Iowa Republican caucus, you do not have to declare your allegiance, you just vote in secret and then go home. That is weakness, that which may have been exploited. I hope that Trump has someone looking into Microsofts actions closely.)

  58. Des Moines Register newspaper calling for an audit of dem caucus…says something smells fishy -they want the raw votes released
    DMR should demand the same for repubs

  59. I do smell a rat in the case of Microsoft. Ask any competitor from Sun Microsystems to today. They will tell you, wherever you find Bill Gates, you will find a rat–if you dig deep enough. Therefore, no presumption of legitimacy should attack. If he wants to play an unsolicited role in the election process, his actions should be subject to strict scrutiny, lest his notorious sense of economic self interest and predatory practices corrupt the vote.

  60. Who will read this to Hillary tonight? Chuck Todd? Rachel Maddow?


    Des Moines Register calls for audit of Iowa results: ‘Something smells in the Democratic Party’

    In a strongly worded editorial on Thursday, The Des Moines Register called on the Iowa Democratic Party to move quickly to prove that Monday’s results are correct.

    The piece titled “Editorial: Something smells in the Democratic Party,” starts out: “Once again the world is laughing at Iowa.”

    It gets sharper from there. “What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy,” the DMR reads. “The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt.”

    The editorial cites Clinton’s razor-thin victory as too close “not to do a complete audit of results.”

    The newspaper editorial also said there were too many opportunities for error to arise.

    “Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems,” the editorial reads. “Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night’s chaos.”

    The editorial ends by calling on the state’s Democratic Party to “work with all the campaigns to audit results. Break silly party tradition and release the raw vote totals. Provide a list of each precinct coin flip and its outcome, as well as other information sought by the Register. Be transparent.”

  61. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_PARIS_ATTACKS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-02-04-07-52-04

    Paris attack leader said he slipped in with 90 extremists

    PARIS (AP) — The Belgian who led the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris bragged that he slipped into France with a group of 90 extremists from Europe and the Middle East, according to testimony from the woman who tipped police to his location.

    In an interview aired Thursday by RMC television and confirmed by her lawyer, the woman identified only as Sonia said Abdelhamid Abaaoud was proud of the attack that killed 130 people.

    The 42-year-old woman was with Abaaoud’s female cousin on Nov. 15 when the younger woman got a call from a Belgian number. It was Abaaoud, asking for a hideout.

    The two women drove to a deserted industrial road outside Paris and Abaaoud came out of a bush. It was at that moment she realized who he was, according to her testimony. What followed is Abaaoud’s only known conversation about the attacks and their aftermath – with a woman so horrified and angered by the bloodshed that she challenged him repeatedly.

    She said the Islamic State group commander told her he had entered France without documents, among a group of 90 people that had scattered around the Paris region. She accused him of killing innocent people, which he denied, and challenged the deaths of Muslims that night. Those, she said, he described as “collateral damage.”

    “He was proud of himself. That was the worst,” she said. “He appeared to fear no one, a superman. He talked about it as though he was shopping and had gotten a bargain on a box of detergent.”

    She asked him whether he had come in with Syrian refugees and he told her he came in a group without any documents. “There are Syrians, Iraqis, French, Germans, British. We came in a group of 90 and we’re a little bit everywhere around Paris.”

    She asked him why he needed the help of his cousin, her friend Hasna Ait Boulahcen, who ultimately died in the Saint-Denis apartment with him and another of the gunmen who attacked customers at bars and restaurants in central Paris.

    “He told me no, they left a lot of traces and they’ll be identified quickly. And that it’s not over,” she said. His description of the triple suicide bombings at the French national stadium, which claimed only one victim amid a night of carnage: “The exact words of his response were: ‘There were some failures. I am here to make sure that there will be no more.'”

    At that point, Abaaoud told Ait Boulahcen to find a hideout, buy a pair of business suits for him and his accomplice and return without wearing the full Islamic dress. As the two women drove away, the Belgian number rang again, this time threatening Sonia if she spoke.

    As soon as Ait Boulahcen left her apartment the next morning – Monday, Nov. 16 – Sonia called police and got a response instead from the top intelligence services. All that evening, she tried to persuade the younger woman to abandon her cousin, who she said planned an attack that Thursday on a nursery school, a shopping mall and a police station in the La Defense business district. Finally, the younger woman gave her the address where she was going to hide Abaaoud.

    “She’s not a victim of terrorism. She chose to help her cousin, which means he was stronger than me,” she told RMC.

    Sonia’s lawyer said she came forward because she felt ill protected by France.

    “She is in a state of permanent fear,” Patrick Baudouin told The Associated Press. He wants a new identity for her – until now, he said, she has simply been advised to revert to her maiden name.

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said she was under protection.

    “My responsibility is to avoid risking this person’s life,” he told Europe 1 radio. But the French magazine Le Point said investigators themselves had already left her vulnerable, by revealing her name and her role during the interrogations of people linked to the Saint Denis hideout.

    Baudouin said in any event the government did far too little to protect witnesses.

    “We do not have witness protection in France,” Baudouin said. “My fight is larger, so that the public understands the need to protect these witnesses, so any future potential witnesses are not dissuaded from coming forward when they decide it’s too risky. It is important for the future.”

  62. Shadow
    You asked what does O camp want since Hill has practically kissed his ring
    They want to make her their slave -drip, drip take her out
    Put the Clintons to pasture & then add insult to injury & have the Clintons campaign for their ticket
    I don’ t want to freak you out but last night I heard because there is this fight going on between H & bernie over who is a progressive — the Hillary camp is going to start calling themselves ‘Obama democrats’

    Don’t know if it is true but if I hear that I will vomit

  63. admin
    February 4, 2016 at 9:17 am
    For anyone who wonders why Hillary gets so much abuse and will get even more at the convention and throughout the primaries

    Absolutely, Admin.

    She doesn’t seem to think she can win the primary without the obot vote, so she exposes the target on her back, so they can take more potshots at her.

    I remember you saying Hillary doesn’t need the Dem party, they need her. She doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo.

  64. But look at the direction of the tracks: Sanders is down three and Clinton is up four, our biggest single gain since we started this poll.

    Freakin’ finally a tad of good news.

  65. One of my favorite questions and answers last night at the ‘townhall’ was when a young male voter, (leaning towards voting for Bernie), asked in his oh so arrogant way, if Hillary would pledge to not use military force if she was President. Hillary looked him smack in the face and said, “No, I can not make that promise.” Paused, and went into explaining why.

    I don’t know if it’s on video, but it was good.

  66. Wbb,

    I believe you are right about Rush and Trump. I have often wondered why no one has taken his phones away. It, always seems in the middle of the night. He does himself no great service doing this and is one thing that disparages me about him, too impulsive.

  67. admin
    February 4, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    That woman had a lot of guts and saved many lives by her actions. She should, at the very least, be well protected.

  68. To paraphrase a Roman General, whose point was I am the controlling factor, if I am faced with 10 problems, then 9 of them are probably with me. Mindful of that, I am reluctant to analyze Trump’s mind, save to say no one gets to a high level in this society without having a screw loose somewhere. And if all we had to depend upon was their decisions minute by minute, then we would be in trouble. Fortunately, we do not have to depend on just them, because we look to the people around him to provide whatever stability the situation requires. Unfortunately, race, gender and ideological loyalty were the sole criterion for the people who populated Obama’s inner and outer circle, and the result is what you see. In that sense, Trump remains vastly superior to anyone else on the stage, because he has the ability to take a fresh look at the situation, apply business thinking rather than political cronyism to the equation, and those are the qualities we need. If he pops off once in a while, I can live with that, as long as he recovers. The man we have in the White House today never recovers, he remains in the virtual world where as the house collapses he sees himself in a beautiful home with no faults. He and his delutions are taking the country down. I realize my views on that subject are in the miniority, but I have seen niceness bury thousands of careers and hard nosed business thinking build an empire.

  69. Yes wbb, you are probably in the minority on this. I think it would do Trump well just to hand the phones over at night.
    If upsets a lot of people that in reality agree, and, support his agenda.
    He’s smart enough to figure this out, I hope sooner rather than later.

  70. Gozo: my point earlier was Rush lost his nerve. If he had waited, he would have had a better sense of why Donald reacted as he did, because the evidence of fraud was pouring in and had he done so, he might have considered the possibility that Donald’s response was not the spontaneous outburst he assumed it was, but a calculated move to marginalize Cruz, send a message to the state party, and forge an alliance with Carson supporters, etc/ If you are a defense lawyer, and the prosecutor has wrapped himself in the American flag, and accused your (guilty) client of unspeakable acts, and it comes your turn to speak, you do not reserve opening statement, you rise in the moment and you call those allegations goddamned lies. There is a time to fight, and when your own people who bled for you tell you there was fraud, you rise to the challenge like he does. To assess his state of mind beyond that would require a set of credentials I do not have, save to say the political pundits who are attempting to read him are idiots, and they are practicing medicine without a license, and should be jailed with no right of habeas corpus until the general election is over.

  71. S

    This whole ‘progressive’ title thing is bs. Hillary was actually getting impatient with the question last night and said, more or less it was Bernie’s definition of ‘progressive’ that many would not fit into. Bernie thinks a ‘real’ progressive would not use military force, never take any speaking fees, etc.

    More or less some idealistic ideas of the perfect socialist society, like the rest of his dreamers believe. To Hell with defending this country….free college, free healthcare, pink ponies and endless resources that come to all from the middle and upper class. All should live in peace and live equally.

  72. Wbb,
    Well as you or someone stated earlier, Carson was already calling Cruz out on this. He could have aligned himself with the narrative without looking like a poor loser.
    I don’t have you insights or legal mind, I’m, just looking at it as an average voter in many ways. I have spent a lifetime in politics, but I am not in your league. I say that respectfully.
    It just came off a bit too reactive and based not on solid proof. I have also heard that Rubio supporters, ie RNC, leaked the info to CNN knowing what they would do with it.
    I don’t think we will ever know.
    And yes, Cruz gets away with comments such as saying Trump is so impulsive that he wouldn’t be surprised to wake up and find that President Trump had nuked Denmark over night because of it. He knows it is the fear people have about Trump.

  73. Condoleezza Rice Aides, Colin Powell Also Got Classified Info on Personal Emails


    None of the messages were marked classified when originally sent, and none were determined to include information from the intelligence community, Linick said in the document.

    Powell told NBC News he strongly disputed that the information in the messages sent to him was classified, and characterized the contents as “fairly minor.”

    “I wish they would release them,” Powell said, “so that a normal, air-breathing mammal would look at them and say, ‘What’s the issue?'”

    Powell said he has read the two messages in question, having been made aware of the letter. The messages originated with ambassadors — one in the Philippines, the other in Europe. He said they were first circulated on unclassified State Department systems, and sent to his personal account by his assistant.

    “They were unclassified at the time, and they are, in my judgment, still unclassified,” he said.

    Powell, who served as secretary from 2001 to 2005, said he used a personal email account because State’s email system was slow and cumbersome.


  74. Now Gates counting votes, that’s a horse of a different color…I think you can bank that!

    Yes, I know, no proof…

    And I’m not supporting Cruz, I just want Trump to be less reactive, so more people are comfortable with him. The middle in the night tweets is all I’m asking for.

  75. Shadowfax
    February 4, 2016 at 2:13 pm
    They are all communists to me, just with different shades of red.

  76. admin
    February 4, 2016 at 1:09 pm
    Who will read this to Hillary tonight? Chuck Todd? Rachel Maddow?

    Maybe Huma will.

  77. If Trump doesn’t shut the hell up about losing Iowa, he’s going to lose NH. Shut the fuck up and move on!

  78. Gonzo: we can learn a lot about how votes are stolen if we follow the comments which Roger Stone has made on the subject. His primary objective right now is to sell his books, so he sprinkles some of the answers to the question in this interview, a few more in that one, the one thing he does not do which my friends on this site will want is for him to sit down in one place at one time and lay out the a-b-c of it, so they can at least be sure that I am not full of shit. There is another reason he does this, and it hearkens back to that old movie The Man Who Knew Too Much. He concluded one interview by noting that he has tripled his security, and said that if he ends up being hit by a car, or developing a rare disease we should not assume the obvious. One of the things he has shown through his research is how often people who know to much, or people who stand in the way of the people the elites want to promote are either impeached or terminated with extreme prejudice and finality. Because in the final analysis it all gets back to the wisdom of our dear friend uncle joe stalin: no man–no problem.

    We know that the supporters of each candidate were committed to that candidate. We also know that they confirmed their support before they voted, and they reconfirmed it in exit polls after they voted. It is the time in the middle where the mischief occurred. The change amounted to 3 votes per precinct which were taken from Trump—unless you assume that the votes lied on the pre vote and post vote polling. At first blush, 3 votes per precinct might seem de minium–hardly determinative the end result. But we are dealing with the law of small numbers, and if those three votes were added back into the Trump column they would equal the 35% figure which appears in the entrance and exit polls.

    There was a bit of a surge for Rubio but nothing like what the vote count said. Where did those votes come from. Some of them may have come from other candidates, some from Trump, we will never know. But if the voting pattern matched what those voters declared before and after, and if they were not lying though their teeth before and after, then those votes were stolen. And it is interesting how they were given to one candidate who is trying to take down Trump and another who is pursuing a 3-2-1 strategy. (Note: hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer and Rubio supporter is also involved in this)

    It has been suggested here on this blog that there is no evidence that Microsoft had anything to do with this. However, there is contrary evidence. For example, in 2008 votes were moved from Paul to Santorum. Today, they monitored both the Republican and the Democrat primaries. And they have video evidence of this—double counting of Hillary votes, while a Microsoft representative stood by to provide “technical assistance”. And now we see solid Trump votes being recorded for other candidates to take the wind out of his sails as the only real challenger to the parasitic class. How can this be done. It is fucking easy: you can call in the wrong numbers from the precincts, you can change them at the microsoft counting center (which is probably what happened–because that is the control point where there are no checks and balances), you can reset the apps so which caused one reporter to remark this is not what I remembered the number to be, but as long as it is here on my app, it must be right. The true count disappears without so much as a trace.

    It has been suggested that Microsoft considered the risk and the penalty if they got caught. First, they concluded that if they covered their tracks well, then the public would never know the truth of what occurred. Second, they figured that even if they did get caught nothing would come of it. And third, they knew that because of the cloud engendered by big media, the public would buy explanations like Trump lost because he boycotted the final debate etc. rather than realizing the central role microsoft played in corrupting the vote.

    It is important to the elites that things work out this way, because they know Marco has too many skeletons in the closet to be elected. He is therefore a ringer, who is designated to lose to Hillary. And that means she will never be indicted. As a matter of fact, there have been 14 investigations against Bill and Hillary since the Arkansas days, and none of them succeeded. Which calls to mind a statement by Wild Bill Hickock in the aftermath of a gunfight which left one man dead, and the other man, John Westly Hardin standing. Hickock remarked I reckon it was self defense alright. But I’ll be damned if I ever met a man who required so much self defending. My point: Hillary will win the nomination, the presidency, necons will be back and we will have no borders.

  79. gonzotx

    If your comment was directed at me. you have misinterpreted my message. People in NH do not want to hear about what happened in Iowa. I feel if Trump keeps talking about what happened yesterday and doesn’t move on, people will see him as a crybaby. Bottom line is, we don’t give a rats ass about Iowa. We want to hear what you’re going to do to lead this Country out of this mess.
    No one wants a Trump win in NH more than me. I feel if he keeps on this track he’s gonna lose.

  80. Wbb, you post some good stuff I’d like to pass along but can’t without sources so please, please give the website. Thanks.

  81. alcina…this might make you feel a little more encouraged…contrary to what is being said…DT is changing his tactics…


    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is changing up his campaign style as he moves from Iowa to New Hampshire on Thursday, ahead of the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday.

    Trump is holding question and answer segments instead of only delivering speeches at rallies and also making small campaign stops in addition to his packed campaign rallies.

    “This is really crunch time … this is going to lead to one of the most important presidential elections … in many, many decades,” Trump told the audience at a rally in Exeter, New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon.

    After delivering his remarks, Trump took questions from the audience – a much different style from the way he campaigned in Iowa, where he placed second to
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

    One audience member from southern California questioned Trump about illegal immigrants doing work for a lot less.

    “Who told you to be here Bernie?” Trump said to the individual. “I understand your question. “

    Someone then shouted from the audience that illegal immigrants were the backbone of America.

    “I don’t think so – they’re not the backbone,” Trump countered, referencing illegal immigrants. “People that came here and they came here legally. People that came to this country legally and they worked their ass off … that’s the backbone!”

    Another question was asked about social security, and Trump vowed to save it, while another person asked about defunding sanctuary cities. “There will be no more sanctuary cities,” under Trump’s presidency, the real estate mogul said.

    Trump also blasted anchor babies, pointing to how many tax dollars go toward anchor babies born in the United States.

    The audience had a mixed reaction to Trump mentioning an anchor baby in Canada, referencing his competitor Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada to a U.S. citizen.

    Following the rally, Trump is meeting with local New Hampshire business owners and participating in a shift change at the Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department.

    He is also holding another campaign rally Thursday night in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

  82. Southern Born
    February 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm
    Wbb, you post some good stuff I’d like to pass along but can’t without sources so please, please give the website. Thanks.
    Not sure which one you are referring to.

    It is is the one at 4:20 then the source is an investigative journalist and dear friend who has the intellect and skills like Sharyl Attkisson but is not Sharyl Attkission. Those are the fruits of her research. As I said, there is no link or site for these comments. But she knows what is going on.

  83. I want some reporter or debate moderator to ask Hillary if she agrees with this policy of the O Admin and DHS

    this is very important for our country as we select our next President…


    Border Patrol Agent: We Will Be Terminated If We Try To Enforce The Law

    A top Border Patrol agent revealed Thursday that if border agents follow the law and ask illegal aliens why they are coming to the U.S. they will be terminated.

    The Border Patrol previously had a policy of “catch and release” that drew the ire of Border Patrol agents: “These orders are called Notices to Appear (NTA). The only problem, however, is that these official orders are usually ignored; so much so that Border Patrol Agents have dubbed them Notices to Disappear,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council testified.

    “The latest data that I have seen shows that approximately 40 percent of the individuals being issued NTAs do not show up. The willful failure to show up for court appearances by persons that were arrested and released by the Border Patrol has become an extreme embarrassment for the Department of Homeland Security,” he said.

    Eventually the DHS implemented a new policy that was even easier for illegals to exploit. The policy makes mandatory the release of any person arrested by the Border Patrol for being in the country illegally as long as they don’t have a felony conviction and claim they have been in the U.S. continuously since January 2014.


    makes my blood boil

  84. Southern–just so you know, she would definitely want you passing this info along if you see fit to do so.She is not looking for accreditation. She is just a patriot–that’s all. And she is confident that patriarchy is crumbling, which should make shadow happy even if nothing else I have said here does. Strangely, a Hillary victory may set that process back, rather than moving it forward. But that does not trouble the elites. They want division and polarization because it is easier to implement their perverse agenda when people are distracted with other things, and cannot unite to deal with the common enemy–which is of course the globalist, whose partners in crime now run the EU.

  85. wbboei
    February 4, 2016 at 4:50 pm
    I think it is pretty obvious that the MS App is a vote changing machine. 1,683 precincts and 6,000 votes in question.

    The RNC chooses to use the App without proper data validation and there is nothing you can do about it.

  86. S
    February 4, 2016 at 6:21 pm
    alcina…this might make you feel a little more encouraged…contrary to what is being said…DT is changing his tactics…

    Thank you, S.
    I also heard an interview with Trump / Anderson Cooper while driving home tonight – Trump said he is no longer talking about Cruz or Iowa and is now focusing on NH and the future. He sounded like his old self, thank God!

    I don’t want a Trump win here in NH, I want a LANDSLIDE!

  87. alcina
    February 4, 2016 at 5:21 pm
    For sure he has to change his tune before the election, but I think he needs to get some millage from his loss. Notice he does not mention the MS App. Just the shitty things Ted Cruz did. The App is probably what cost him the election. He is after Cruz.

  88. sorry guys, I know I’m spazzing out, but the primary is only five days away and I don’t want anything to mess this up. There is so much at stake.

  89. alcina…are you in NH?


    Trump is BACK…he is live now on OAN…and he is on freaking fire…sticking to issues…loaded with energy…

    can’t see the crowd because they never show the size, probably upwards of a few thousand…and they are digging it…

  90. S

    yes, I heard he had some great rally’s today, Exeter, NH, etc. He is also holding some smaller Q&A town hall type of gatherings and small business meetings (instead of the big-venues) people dig the intimate Q&A.

    I cant tell you how relieved I am seeing Trump back and on fire.

    yes. I live in NH.

  91. Lu4puma…i caught the tail end of Greta and she was very angry about some new press release the Cruz camp released…didn’t get to hear the content but evidently it negates in some way their apology to Carson…

    she sounded like it was another low blow for the slimeball

  92. …he is using more charm and humor…admist going through his issues…and knocking the “s—” out of isis…

    he just said he has done five different events today…met with the police, etc…this one is in Portsmouth, NH

    He just said btw i am number one in NH and would you please keep me there…please…

    …i think he got the message and the man is working his butt off…not a quitter…

  93. CNN just sowed the heroin epidemic across the USA and in NH…

    I wish DT would start drawing the direct line between our open borders and the heroin coming across our borders that are killing americans

    if you see the map, it is the whole half of the Eastern USA, taking up about 1/3 of the Eastern USA like a freaking virus heading to the midwest and then west…

    it is crippling our country

    and freaking O now will arrest border agents from stopping illegals coming into the USA

    I want to know what Hillary plans to do to stop this…

    anyone with a son or daughter is vulnerable to this hijacking of our country…

  94. Alcina 🙂

    I lost a post, spammy, I answered your ? if the remark was you…no, not really, maybe in part. I thought you we’re a Trump supporter and I got confused.
    I think you’re angst is same as mine. We want the masses to understand his message, not get bogged down in his sometimes over the top in the middle of night texting.

  95. alcina…you will have to keep us posted as to the mood, how the news is covering him and others, etc

    very exciting for you…

  96. gonzotx and alcina…I know what you mean and agree with you…probably others also agree…stick to the issues and stay focused…and sprinkle in doses of that that charm and humor

    he has more energy then ten people combined

  97. “CNN just sowed the heroin epidemic across the USA and in NH…

    I wish DT would start drawing the direct line between our open borders and the heroin coming across our borders that are killing americans”

    And why isn’t Trump hammering away about Rubio being the face of the Gang of 8 and for open borders while pointing out the heroin epidemic. Rubio must please his rich donors who want cheap Mexican labor though. This seems like a big issue and could certainly hit Rubio where he needs to be hit. If Trump does not jump on this soon, I’m going to wonder why and wonder about his relationships with whom. He endorsed Big Corn in Iowa rather than standing up…right along with the establishment party line. Come on, Donald. This is your chance to really go after Rubio and expose him for the slimeball he is and to gain a lot of votes.

  98. oh I see, i think you mean about the heroin connection…

    yes, good idea…

    and also what we are saying…stick to the issues and full speed ahead…

  99. SB…I think Admin gave a good explanation…for Trump in NH, Rubio is on the back burner…his time is coming…and frankly, everyone else is hammering Rubio so let them do it…

  100. I just sent a message to Trump.
    Yes Rubio is on the back burner, but it may be time to strike, some polls have him in second, strong second in NH..don’t want to give that slime ball anymore momentum.

  101. I do not know just how the global elite plan to take over the world, but right now it is a disaster. The central banking system is a big fail and riots are breaking out in China as it’s financial system is collapsing. Saudi Arabia and Iran will be sending troops to Syria and so who knows what the price of oil will be tomorrow.

    It is as if the World has a bad case of Obola.

    If you ask me, the global elite should hire Trump to sort it all out.

  102. The game plan here is big media has been given the oppo research on Rubio already but they will remain tight lipped about it and will promote him as we are seeing now. Once he wins the nomination, they will switch gears and bring out all the skeletons. That is the game to get Hillary in so she can continue to advance their globalist policies. Rubio will be paid off and live happily ever after.

  103. This afternoon before I went out for a walk I received one of those calls which begin with your first name and then says the call may be monitored etc. The speaker then warned me of impending doom if Hillary is not elected—everything from the collapse of social security and medicare to the abolition of the civil rights act. Strangely, nothing was said about open borders or endless war to feed the military industrial complex etc. Just god, mother and apple pie. The caller then asked if I could contribute $4000–yup that is what she asked for. I told her: nnnnnnnnnnnnnnoo! Well, she said, I can understand how that might be a little bit much for you now since you are retired and soon to be homeless. How about. . . $3000. I asked her why are you leaning on me? She just got $6 million from Soros–she does not need my money. I told her if I wanted to do something I would give the $1 Human asked me for as a friend for her friend Hillary. That amount is in my budget. And Huma does not need the money either but she does need to put me on the list of small donors to rebut the charge that Hillary’s support comes from Wall Street not main street. I then told her that I could not in good conscience support the policies Hillary advocates today, like open borders and endless wars because they are destructive to the country. I told her that the reason I listened to her schpeeel was because I was dialing for high dollar donor dollars for Hillary 8 years ago but today the final answer has to be no sale.

  104. I happened to be reading the Wiki biography of William Hazelitt. The name may be unfamiliar to you, but he is widely regarded as the greatest critic in the English language. He lived in England during the Napoleonic Wars, and saw Napoleon as the great hope of the common man waging war against the feudal establishment of that era. He was a genius and he trouble with genius is it has a hard time adjusting to life. He fell into a deep depression after Napoleon lost at Waterloo, and that lasted for years. But one of the things he came to despise was the theories of Thomas Malthus even though he did not despise the man himself. What he found most abhorrent about Malthusian theory was the way it treated the working class, and impose restraints upon its existence in the name of the public good while placing no retraints whatsoever on the wealthy class, who contributed in part to the problems. What struck me about this is how similar those elites were to those we find today.

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