@RealDonaldTrump Wins Big At #GOPDebate; @MarcoRubio, @JebBush Blow Themselves Up

Update II: Crisis! We might have more on this tomorrow. Enough to say right now that we have been waiting for polls from after Saturday’s debate. All the polls before the debate don’t amount to a hill of beans right now.

The question is “did Donald J. Trump blow himself up with his monumental gamble of attacking George W. Bush and the Iraq War in a state where GWB is at 80% popularity and a state which has many veterans?” Post debate polls will give us the clue as to whether Trump’s gamble wins big or loses big. Tighten your girdles, hang on to your hats, clutch your pearls, and pull your hair — the first, after the debate, clue has arrived:

FIRST ON BUZZ: After debate, Trump still tops SC GOP presidential race

Donald Trump still is leading the S.C. Republican presidential race after the weekend’s explosive GOP debate in Greenville.

But the race for second place in Saturday’s primary appears to be narrowing.

Behind Trump, who has 35 percent support in the poll, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas are tied for second place — at 18 percent each, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released exclusively Monday to The State.

Crisis and panic in the land of the lost!!! If the GOP establishment, Big Media, and the political establishment in its entirety cannot stop Trump in South Carolina now, then where, when? If Trump can make it there, Trump can make it anywhere… it’s up to you… South Carolina.


Update: Jeb: It’s “not important to me” whether there’s a vote on Obama’s SCOTUS nominee. Fredo has spoken. That’s the GOP establishment guy with the flag of surrender. They’re busy calling Trump a crazy. The GOP establishment knows it’s too late to stop Trump. Strong Trump will fight. That’s why Trump wins.


It was the St. Valentine’s Eve massacre. Donald Trump machine gunned the stage and audience, and few have noticed all the dead bodies lying around.

Some of Big Media commentary, the wishful thinking but not very bright “analysis” has been that Donald Trump destroyed himself at the debate last night. That’s not what we saw. We have eyes to see, and ears to hear, and we understand strategy and tactics which is why we see all the blood and Trump triumphant. We’ll explain.

What the Hell was Donald Trump up to last night? The clues include Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton. Can you figure it out with the clues we just gave you?

Here we go: remember when Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of being a sexist then Donald Trump went all ape-sh*t against Bill Clinton? Notice how Bill and Hillary have laid off Trump since then? See what Trump did there?

Also, did you notice that Donald Trump went nuclear against Bill Clinton at the very moment that Bill Clinton was to commence his campaign appearances on behalf of Hillary? Donald Trump turned Bill Clinton’s triumphant return to the center stage into a Big Media revisit down sexual history lane.

So, um, Bill Clinton returns to the center stage and Trump preps the battlefield with a bombardment against Bill Clinton under the guise of a “response” to Hillary’s attack. Do you get it now?

Last night, as George W. Bush debuts his return to the center stage to campaign on behalf of Fredo, er Jeb, on Monday, Trump prepped the battlefield with a bombardment. Trump did to George W. Bush’s return when Trump did to Bill Clinton’s return. On Monday, when George W. Bush campaigns for little bro, the nation will revisit the Iraq War. Won’t that be fun?

We here at Big Pink detest George W. Bush. We don’t think much about Daddy Bush either. Barbara Bush is not a favorite here either. In the past few years we’ve felt much kindlier towards George W. and the Bush clan – but only because in comparison to Barack Obama we consider the two Bush presidents to be patriotic, good Americans, even if their policies hurt the United States.

So here we are, like millions of others, thinking much kinder, gentler thoughts towards the Presidents Bush, but that all goes out the window if the discussion is not a Bush v. Obama discussion but rather a “was George W. Bush a good president for this country?” question. No.

We like the Presidents Bush a thousand times more that Obama but that does not mean we can defend the policies as implemented by the Presidents Bush. And yes, we understand that the Bush “surge” in Iraq helped secure the country and that Bush eventually got Iraq under some control and had pretty much stabilized Afghanistan and that Barack Obama is to blame for the carnage there today. All that is true.

But the Iraq War was a monumental mistake because it helped Iran. And Donald Trump gets all that and he shouts it out in front of the Republican establishment as the establishment shouts boos at Trump.

Got that? Now, let’s go to Kissinger, Henry Kissinger. Did you think it was crazy for Bernie Sanders to attack Hillary Clinton on her good relationship with former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger at their last debate? It was crazy, but what Sanders was doing was painting Hillary into a “she’s a right wing war-monger” corner and himself as the “Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party” Howard Dean speaking truth to power even thought Bernie is a socialist who has not been a Democrat.

Bernie Sanders would love to re-litigate Hillary Clinton’s entire past and relationships as well as the entire history of American wars and foreign policy. Bernie Sanders at every turn reminds everyone of the Iraq War which he voted against and Hillary voted for an authorization of war.

Bernie Sanders would love to re-litigate the Iraq War to smash Hillary in the same way Barack Obama used Hillary’s vote to attack Hillary in 2008. Donald Trump?

Do you get it yet? Donald Trump wants to re-litigate the Iraq War too at the very moment George W. Bush returns to South Carolina, “Bush country”, to campaign for his hapless, low energy, stiff of a brother.

Yesterday, before the debate, we noted the audience in the debate hall would be stacked against Trump but that the greater TV audience would be for Trump:

The audience in the hall will be stacked with enemies of Trump but the TV audience will be with Trump, particularly the white working class. The composition of the audience won’t matter as much as the establishment hopes it will, however.

That’s exactly what happened. The audience was so anti-Trump and pro-establishment that it helps Trump trump.

Trump calls them “boo birds”. Who did the boo birds want to help? The boo birds wanted to help Jeb Bush but the boo birds’ favorite was Marco Rubio. The boo birds want to help Rubio, but did Rubio help himself? No.

Donald J. Trump attacked the consequences of the Iraq War and the lies and delusions before the war. Was Trump right that lies helped sell the Iraq War. Well, yeah. Remember Colin Powell at the U.N. with his bunch of lies?:

Powell’s UN speech, part of the Bush administration’s public case for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, with its unsupported assertions of mobile Iraqi biological-warfare labs and a “sinister nexus” between Iraq and al-Qaeda terrorists, was based on “deeply flawed” evidence, Powell writes.

“So why did no one stand up and speak out during the intense hours we worked on the speech?” Powell writes. “‘Some of these same analysts later wrote books claiming they were shocked that I have relied on such deeply flawed evidence.

It was lies and delusions. Not Obama style “hate America” lies but the Iraq War hurt America. And lies did sell it:

A former top aide to Colin Powell says his involvement in the former secretary of state’s presentation to the United Nations on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was “the lowest point” in his life.

“I wish I had not been involved in it,” says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, a longtime Powell adviser who served as his chief of staff from 2002 through 2005. “I look back on it, and I still say it was the lowest point in my life.”

Wilkerson is one of several insiders interviewed for the CNN Presents documentary “Dead Wrong — Inside an Intelligence Meltdown.” The program pieced together the events leading up to the mistaken WMD intelligence that was presented to the public. A presidential commission that investigated the pre-war WMD intelligence found much of it to be “dead wrong.”

Powell’s speech, delivered on February 5, 2003, made the case for the war by presenting U.S. intelligence that purported to prove that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Wilkerson says the information in Powell’s presentation initially came from a document he described as “sort of a Chinese menu” that was provided by the White House. [snip]

In one dramatic accusation in his speech, Powell showed slides alleging that Saddam had bioweapons labs mounted on trucks that would be almost impossible to find.

“In fact, Secretary Powell was not told that one of the sources he was given as a source of this information had indeed been flagged by the Defense Intelligence Agency as a liar, a fabricator,” says David Kay, who served as the CIA’s chief weapons inspector in Iraq after the fall of Saddam. That source, an Iraqi defector who had never been debriefed by the CIA, was known within the intelligence community as “Curveball.”

After searching Iraq for several months across the summer of 2003, Kay began e-mailing Tenet to tell him the WMD evidence was falling apart. At one point, Wilkerson says, Tenet called Powell to tell him the claims about mobile bioweapons labs were apparently not true.

Trump is right. Wanna re-litigate the Iraq War in 2016 Jeb?

As bad as the Iraq War re-litigation is for Jebby. It is Marco Rubio that blew himself up to smithereens.

At the GOP debate Marco Rubio defended George W. Bush with more energy than the brother with low energy, the stiff Jeb. But Marco Rubio’s defense of George W. Bush should have every conservative, every Republican, every smart thinking Democrat, everybody very very worried about Rubio.

Here’s Marco Rubio’s defense of George W. Bush and the World Trade Center attacks as well as on the Iraq War:

Did George W. Bush keep us safe even though as Trump correctly asserts the World Trade Center towers came tumbling down? Fast talking Rubio fast talks through that nonsense but that is not the problem with Rubio’s world view policy. Donald Trump should focus on what Rubio said if the race ever comes down to Trump v. Rubio, as the political establishment desires.

Watch again, catch the problem with what Rubio said:

Marco Rubio takes the reprehensible, anti-conservative, anti-Republican position that the United States should bankrupt itself, send young American women and men into death’s jaws – IN ORDER TO ENFORCE WHAT THE UNITED NATIONS WANTS.

Marco Rubio defends the Iraq War because the U.N. passed resolutions against Iraq. Think about that!

Vote for Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio and vote for perpetual dumb war instead of what is in the national security interest of the United States. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio want to be George W. Bush III. The boo birds will feather their nests with perpetual dumb war, not necessary and smart wars. Trump is the change candidate the boo birds hate.

Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush blew themselves up last night. Donald J. Trump machine gunned, like Kelly, the entire Republican establishment, the Big Media establishment, the internationalists, the neo-cons, the America as world’s policeman, crackpots, and these loons think it is Trump that is hurt by the truth. Trump told the needed to be told truth.

The truth sets you free. That’s why Trump is free – flying high over the field, like an eagle, feasting on boo birds.


131 thoughts on “@RealDonaldTrump Wins Big At #GOPDebate; @MarcoRubio, @JebBush Blow Themselves Up

  1. I agree that the kill shots to old Barb and Shrub were masterful. It is only sinking in today what Trump did. When either Barb or Shrub show their mugs in SC all anyone will think of is “momma dragging doofus around” and “hothead warmonger loser”. Trump just keeps bringing up the unmentionable.

  2. Admin is way more generous to the Bush’s than I am. I think they are a pox on the face of the earth. Roger Stone makes the case their exploitation of the country goes back to the Civil War, in his book Jeb! and the Bush Crime Family.

    Then there was the way the Towers came down. Many claim Bush had a security company with access to the building and set it up with thermite so it would come down during the 911 attack, that they obviously would have had to know about. The Bushs own Pearl Harbor to justify whatever they wanted to do. I have no idea if it is so, but Donald the builder would have access to experts and info on the plausibility. Was this what he was alluding to when he referred to the advise that George Dubya did not take on preventing the attack?

    He said he lost hundreds of friends. He first hand saw the carnage and was part of the reconstruction. How deep do Trump’s feelings about the Bushs go?

  3. I am not seeing this being reported anywhere but zerohedge, although he also references Reuters:


    Update: Reports indicate the Turkish army has crossed the border into Syria.

    “The Syrian government says Turkish forces were believed to be among 100 gunmen it said entered Syria on Saturday accompanied by 12 pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, in an ongoing supply operation to insurgents fighting Damascus,” Reuters reports.

  4. At Republican/conservative Ace of Spades, Ace believes Trump destroyed himself last night. It’s a comprehensive disagreement, intelligently written, against everything we wrote about the debate. For those that think we are wrong, Ace is the place.

    However, read the comments. In the comments our point of view wins.


  5. Shadowfax
    February 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    What happened in 2008 was that the FEC did not catch the irregularities as they happened so they only sent a few notices like that during the campaign. So our stuff was after-the-fact. The FEC set letters to the BO campaign detailing some irregularity and the BO campaign would send in a revised Financial Report.

    It will not let me post directly the link, but this is how you find all the reports in all their gory detail. Start here:

    If you have multiple choices click on the number of the campaign.
    There should be a Filings tab. Look there for all the reports and notices.

    What I had to do was work from the raw filings because the FEC combined file got screwed up from all the revisions. I used an access database and recompiled from the latest revisions, then applied the Pumapac cross reference. If you do the above search for Obama you can see the massive number of revisions. They are INCOMPETENT.

    My last complaint they had around 1400 over limit donors for a total of around $2 Million.

    That does not really address the loophole problem that they seem to be trying to address in your notice. What they are warning about is that a donation of $100 is under the limit, but the campaign must keep the total for the donor. So if the same donor makes additional contributions that exceed $200, then it must be reported.

    I must say that the FEC was unprepared for the massive fraud in 2008, but they were on it in 2012 and the campaign got alot of notices. You just cannot close that loophole because even the best analysis that they probably lied, is just not proof.

  6. Thanks Lu, for the explanation. I know you have said what is going on, back on the pac, but I couldn’t remember the details.

    Seems to me, the loophole could easily be closed if every donation, no matter how small is linked to a voter or larger group like a company or pac.

    I know when I donate to Hillary, even tiny amounts to keep her going and know I still support her, the website already has been set up for my identification and account number. I imagine if I get to the limit, they will let me know. Since I donate small amounts, it will take a long time.

  7. As we predicted, via left wing Salon:


    Well, that was brutal. Wasn’t it? The Republican presidential debate in South Carolina on Saturday night was a real knife fight, and it was cheered on by a vocal audience that made us feel like it was held in the Colosseum. It was unbelievable, like a work of fiction, but it wasn’t. The story of last night’s debate can be told as a Tale of Two Audiences.

    If you were gauging by the audience reactions — or the pundits after on cable news — you would think that the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump, had a really rough night. Every time he opened his mouth he was met with loud boos. When the others spoke, especially Jeb Bush, they were cheered loudly. The analysts after, once again, wondered if Trump had gone too far. Trump, meanwhile, in his “Spin Room” interviews after the debate touted the early numbers on Drudge calling him the winner. Do we really still need to debate which analysis matters more?

    That’s not because most GOP voters hated what Trump had to say, it’s because they weren’t in the audience. Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, scraped up a bunch of GOP loyalists to build a made for TV, pro-establishment, anti-Trump audience to cheer on their establishment more establishment candidates against the unconventional anti-establishment Trump.

    There was a different story unfolding on the popular conservative news aggregator site, The Drudge Report. Once again, the most striking illustration of the reaction of the majority of GOP voters that make up the party’s anti-establishment conservative base is the Drudge Report’s online readers poll. In Drudge’s poll of hundreds of thousands of readers, Trump dominated by more than 2-1 over the next closest competitor, Ted Cruz. Of course, it’s not a scientific poll, but it’s probably a much better reflection of how the debate was received by real Republican primary voters than the vocal reactions of the establishment packed debate audience.

    The results after some 400,000 votes: Trump 55 percent. Cruz second at 21. Rubio third at just under 13 percent. Then Kasich, Bush and Carson, in that order, in single digits.

    I’ve written before about influence of Matt Drudge and his online poll, and it continues to help paint a picture of the political reality inside the GOP. Drudge has carefully curated the news content on his site to build a massive anti-establishment army that is much bigger than the loyal GOP establishment. Size matters in 2016, and Matt Drudge’s audience is bigger than Reince Preibus’s.

    The problem for Preibus and the Republican establishment is that there just aren’t that many of them left anymore. Their numbers have dwindled over the years as more and more longtime Republicans, like me, have left the party. Honestly, the 1,500 establishment loyalists in the debate audience versus the hundreds of thousands of Drudge poll voters is probably a pretty good proportional representation of the breakdown of the reality in the Republican Party today.

    The all-out war inside the GOP between the establishment loyalists and Drudge’s army was on display during the debate last night, and it was loud and raucous. The loudest loyalist boos at Trump came when he stood on that stage in the traditionally pro-Bush state of South Carolina and essentially blamed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011 on former President George W. Bush. Bush is still very popular among GOP elites, especially there. In fact, his brother, presidential candidate Jeb Bush, will be campaigning with the former president in South Carolina this week.

    The real weakness of the GOP establishment will be measured on Saturday in the because it will show, in real hard numbers, just how many traditional Republicans are left. If Trump can blame 9-11 on establishment icon George W. Bush and then win the South Carolina primary, then we’ll know that the old Republican Party just doesn’t exist anymore. If that doesn’t sink his campaign, then nothing will, and he will be the GOP nominee. We’ll know for sure on Saturday, but the Drudge Poll today has given us a hint.

  8. regarding if Donald attracted any (more) democrats or independents last night…

    Heck, yes…he sounded like an independent speaking to the American people whatever their party…I loved when he said “I am a Common Sense Conservative”

    ..and he did so fearlessly, not afraid to say what he believes regardless of who is in the audience…like him or not, you have got to respect that…and that is the way he will govern…he does not give a damn, he believes in what he is doing and that’s all there is to it…

    (I say again he has the ability to destroy Hillary in a debate because he will not tip toe around anything as everyone has now been forwarned)

    anyway…last night I was flipping thru channels after the debate to try to catch the ‘elite pundits’ consensus

    and what was so funny was to see Marc Lamont Hill, the ever so condescending pontificator and foe of anything and all republican…Marc was gushing about Trump…he tried to be critical but he could not help himself…going on about how Trump sounded like a Democrat, etc, and with the whole panel nodding their heads in agreement…

    and, surprise, the young historian, Doug Brinkley flat out said Donald won the

    (I am starting to sense an undercurrent of people pulling for the Donald…even some of these so called establishment types…it is very subtle and they will not openly show it…but they cannot help themselves…they like him…

    they all cracked up, Tobin, Borgia and the usual bunch over the comment Donald made when Jeb mentioned his mother and Donald said “she should be running” too, too funny

    also there is agreement that Jeb is acting wierd talking about his father being the greatest man in the world and loving his mother and brother…ok Jebbie, we know you love your family…but save it…we all love our families…you are suppose to stand on your own and dad and brother are fair game…

  9. admin
    February 14, 2016 at 5:56 pm
    At Republican/conservative Ace of Spades, Ace believes Trump destroyed himself last night.

    It is nothing new that I don’t like Trump’s tactics, but I ventured into this site to see the difference, as per admin.

    I am just a single voter, but it was ‘well known’ in all the circles I knew at the time, that not only did Bush know that there were not WBD by the time he took us into a war, but it was Collin Powell that he pushed in from of the cameras, to deliver his big lie.

    Collin Powell, in those days, was a well trusted military figure. Even I, a solid Dem at that time, liked and trusted Powell.

    I do believe this is why Powell was recruited to deliver the WMD news.

    Bush2 used him, I believe…and inmo, ACE has been supporting Bush for 17 years, because he needed to believe someone he voted for and supporter would never do such a terrible thing.

  10. Much ado about nothing.

    Bambi will appoint, and the Senate will not act.

    I think it requires 60 votes to confirm.

    All this fucking strum and drang does not interest me.

    What does interest me is Jebediah.

    Bill Clinton called Gore tone deaf.

    But compared to Jebediah Gore is Arthur Fiedler (late director of the Boston Pops Orchesta)

    Does not matter to him whether the balance of power on the court tips to the totalitarian left?

    How would you like to be one of his campaign workers and have to defend that idiot?

    Well, some people will do anything for money—but that????

  11. Reince Priebus

    What kind of a name is this anyway? I always think his last name is a dirty word…it makes me cringe.

  12. Exactly, Shadow. (7:52) My cousin calls him Rinse and the “dirty” word you are probably thinking about.

  13. Shadowfax
    February 14, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Yes, a dirty word. I can’t think how the party could pick such a repulsive little slug.

  14. Did you ever wonder if Rinse Preibus is Mitch McConnell’s long lost son? They kinda remind me of each other in many ways.

  15. Yes Admin, I’ve been reading Ace for years and he is in the bag for Cruz and Rubio second…
    I take every opportunity to disparage both in my comments there.

    I am at work but I have been laughing all day at Trumps comment about Bush’s mother, “she ought to be in the race”…masterful…

  16. Admin: this fellow is a gay conservative who supports Hillary and gives the same tenor of advice you have given to her which has proven to be golden. They used to call themselves log cabin Republicans, but like Roger Stone, they believed in small government, not crony capitalism. Consequently, they left the Republican Party, just as many here have left the Democrat Party. And the audience at the Republican debate who believed they were making hay by booing Trump, may have carried the day with the pundits, but to the people at home, all they did was make Trump more popular—because he is saying what millions of Americans are thinking. In that respect, they are perfect soulmates to the boys in Brooklyn. The Obama era is over, it was a failure, and thinking people are not enamorate of doubling down on failure.
    Tough Love for Clinton
    February 10, 2016JimmyLaSalvia
    One thing is absolutely certain in this election, Americans are fed up with the government and the two-party political establishment. We are pissed off at Republicans and Democrats and we are letting them know it. The most successful candidates, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, barely even wear the labels of Democrat and Republican. In fact, it just doesn’t seem like those old words Democrat, Republican, conservative, liberal, etc. mean what they used to mean before. There’s a new language in politics today.

    Hillary Clinton absolutely got her ass handed to her in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, and that didn’t have to happen. She and her campaign just haven’t recognized today’s political realities and the new language of politics in 2016. Clinton hasn’t adapted to the new landscape, and is running a with the old language and context of the past.

    Clinton actually started the campaign off on the right foot. Her “everyday Americans” announcement video and early campaign theme struck the right tone. It was essentially, “It’s about you and me, America. Let’s work together to make our country better.” Then she threw that message out the window and fell into to the traditional inside-the-box partisan establishment-type of politics that most people are sick of.

    I noticed her new tone when watching her speeches in Iowa, where she barely eked out a victory by the slimmest of margins. First, she told voters that Sanders wasn’t even a Democrat, and she was the best Democrat in the race. Then, she went on and on about how much better at government the Democrats are than the Republicans. It was the same old Republicans versus Democrats, our team versus their team, inside-the-box, predictable establishment candidate speech. It was the same kind of old speech that has driven our government to gridlock and kinda makes your ears burn when you hear it.

    I guess she thought her new Iowa speech would appeal to Democratic Party loyalist. Any campaign that only appeals to party loyalists is going to fail because the numbers of party loyalists in either party are barely measurable anymore. Doubling down on being a Democrat, even in a Democratic primary, is just stupid when voters are flocking to anti-establishment candidates. It did the opposite of what she wanted and drove voters into Sanders’s open arms.

    Then, the Clinton campaign got into a vocabulary battle with Sanders, fighting about the definition of the word “progressive.” They got dragged into and bogged down in a debate over what a progressive is, when the old words don’t mean what they used to mean, and frankly, ideology just doesn’t matter this year, anyway. Do you think Trump’s voters care if he is the most conservative? No, and Sander’s voters don’t care about how progressive anyone is, no matter what the Sanders campaign says. It’s about who is fed up with the system and ready to change it and who isn’t.

    It’s not just the language and specific words that are her problems, it’s visuals too. On Friday, Clinton paraded around New Hampshire with a gaggle of old ladies from the US Senate. She even did a national television interview with the senators standing behind her. They were supposed to be using their female powers of persuasion to attract new women voters, but the reality is that nothing says “same old, same old” like a bunch of old senators. And nothing says tone deaf more than a campaign that would arrange such a picture in 2016’s anti-establishment political climate.

    Clinton’s parade of surrogates, who have benefitted from the broken political system, was only broken up by her quick trips to fundraisers with her donors who have benefitted from the broken economic system. That all created an optic that’s repulsive to most Americans, regardless of party.

    Are the Clintons and their staff really that out of touch with America today? Kinda.

    You see, they aren’t like the rest of us who are working and working, fighting the system, just trying to get ahead, and never seeming to get anywhere. From the Clintons on down to their most junior campaign staffer, they don’t get it because the political system has worked for all of them. They are insiders who have all played by the rules and won elections and/or landed jobs on the establishment campaigns. They don’t get it because they aren’t fed up, like we are.

    The winner this year will be the candidate who can transcend politics as we have known it. Remake the message and convince voters that they can see things from their perspective. Can the Clinton campaign creatures of the political establishment learn a new political language and learn to connect with what’s going in America today? Maybe. (I hope so.)

    I happen to be a Clinton supporter because she’s the most qualified to be president, and I think she can still “get it” and genuinely show empathy with all of us, but she better do it fast.

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  17. Yes, a dirty word. I can’t think how the party could pick such a repulsive little slug.

    He comes from Mars.

    And Martians are under represented in the senior ranks of the Republican Party.

    To understand him, you need to know something about what life is like on Mars.

    At the equator temperatures can reach as high as 67 degrees at noon in the summer.

    But at the poles temperatures sink to minus 247 degrees.

    Rinse comes from the polar regions.

  18. One further thought on the booing of Trump by the elites.

    It is always good to have the right friends.

    But in times of change, it can be just as important to have the right enemies

    When they happen to be the enemies of everyone else once their misdeeds are exposed.

    That is part of Trump’s strategy.

    The Republican elites will go to their grave swearing that the Iraq War was not a mistake

    I believe that was Jebediah’s final position after the procrastinated for five days.

    But the train has left the station.

    As far as the country is concerned, the Iraq War was a mistake

    And it is madness for the elites to go on insisting otherwise

    To which I say: never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake.—Bonaparte

  19. I was very impressed by Jeb’s mawkish invocation of his family—like we give a shit.

    This much I can tell you for sure:

    If the first time I opened my eyes I saw Barbara Bush looking down at me

    My first thought would not be I really hit the jack pot.

    What kind of a grown man talks the way in front of twelve million people?

    Someone who is to the manor borne.

  20. Mitch McConnell: Supreme Court Vacancy Should Be Filled After Election
    Mitch McConnellThe Associated Press
    by MIKE FLYNN13 Feb 20165,054
    Senate Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)44%
    said Saturday that a replacement for deceased Justice Antonin Scalia should not be confirmed until a new President is elected and in office.

    “The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” McConnell said in a statement. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”

    Justice Scalia died Saturday in Texas. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. At the time of his death, he was the longest-serving member of the Court.

    “Today our country lost an unwavering champion of a timeless document that unites each of us as Americans. Justice Scalia’s fidelity to the Constitution was rivaled only by the love of his family: his wife Maureen his nine children, and his many grandchildren,” Sen. McConnell said.

    “Through the sheer force of his intellect and his legendary wit, this giant of American jurisprudence almost singlehandedly revived an approach to constitutional interpretation that prioritized the text and original meaning‎ of the Constitution,” McConnell continued. “Elaine and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Scalia family.”

    Scalia’s death sets up a long and potentially acrimonious process to replace him on the Court. It would potentially be President Obama’s third appointment to the nine-member Court.

    McConnell’s statement suggests the Republican Senate will delay any confirmation hearings until a new President is elected in November. A potential Supreme Court nomination for the new President raises the stakes of the election even higher.


  21. Donors get tickets while voters have to watch on TV at home.(snip)

    Trump and Cruz were getting booed at the slightest unorthodox comment while the others, especially Bush, were being cheered like they had won World War II single handedly.

    This kind of deliberate effort to sabotage Trump is likely to have the exact opposite effect.

    It will make him more popular and will further discredit the establishment class of the Republican party.


    Republican Establishment Cooking the Books
    By Larry Johnson – Sunday, 14 February 2016 46
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    In case you did not watch last night’s debate I want to draw your attention to my suspicions last night that the e South Carolina Republican Party had stacked the audience with pro-Bush, pro-Rubio and pro-Kasich supporters. I thought it odd that both Trump and Cruz were getting booed at the slightest unorthodox comment while the others, especially Bush, were being cheered like they had won World War II single handedly.

    Well, my suspicions were confirmed. Breitbart is out today with this story:

    Chad Groover, the chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party here, told WYFF—the local NBC News station—that party donors get tickets to the debate.

    “You’ll have a good mix of people who are donors, people who are donors and workers, and people who are just workers,” Groover said, noting that he got “a couple of dozen” of tickets to hand out to the party’s faithful donors.

    “I didn’t have hundreds of tickets. I had a couple of dozen tickets,” Groover said.

    That means a significant proportion of his stack of approximately 24 tickets went to monied interests backing the GOP—not to actual voters in the upcoming election.

    Sources close to the process who work for the RNC, but are not authorized to speak on the record, confirmed to Breitbart News throughout the evening on Saturday that that is standard operating procedure for the RNC and the party as a whole for all debates: Donors get tickets while voters have to watch on TV at home.

    I am not asking for crocodile tears for Trump or Cruz. I realize many of you are sick of Trump and his boorish, infantile behavior. However, this kind of deliberate effort to sabotage him is likely to have the exact opposite effect. It will make him more popular and will further discredit the establishment class of the Republican party.

    As long as Rubio, Bush and Kasich continue to split the “Establishment” vote, Trump will continue to Triumph. There is a genuine schism in the Republican ranks that is not going to be healed easily with the passage of time. It may be beyond repair. The bad blood between the Bushes and the Trump/Cruz crowd is toxic like bomb-ready plutonium.

    Trump and Cruz each pose a threat to the comfortable bureaucrats who have profited from building up the corporate Republican Party. These bureaucrats and party hacks are enraged. They are so out of touch with the base, however, that they fail to grasp the depth of the anger and discontent that Trump and Cruz are harnessing so effectively.

    This kind of manipulation is dangerous business. Are the Republicans hell bent on destroying themselves?

    BTW, the Democratic Establishment is engage in similar manipulation, especially with respect to relying on Super Delegates to counter the will of the Democrats voting for Bernie Sanders. I will write on this tomorrow.

  22. Wbboei, that Jimmy feller is late to the party. We wrote our analysis years ago. We made it very clear that 2016 would be a “change” year and that Hillary had to position herself as the change candidate. Instead of “change” Hillary is “clueless”.

    Jimmy is right that the tour with the old women senators was tone deaf. But it’s much worse than that. The notion that racking up endorsements helps Hillary is counter the reality. For an outsider candidate like Trump or even a Sanders/Cruz/Carson a big endorsement from an establishment type is helpful because the endorsements scream “safe, you can vote for his guy, because I think he is OK”.

    But for Hillary, the endorsements scream “establishment” “stick in the mud” “entrenched politician”. Even Lena Durham type endorsements don’t help Hillary because they are “so what” type endorsements. The type of endorsement that could help Hillary is an off the wall endorsement. A young, entrepreneurial, kinda eccentric, non political type person could help Hillary. It would also help if the person was not a Dem hack and far far away from the Hollywood sycophants.

    But old bat senators and the cadaver called Madeline Albright scream “dusty, entrenched, fogey, old old old (and we don’t mean chronological age), out of touch, past era, past the sale date, too long on the shelf”. Gloria Steinem tut tutting about the young uns going to Bernie Sanders in order to hook up and sex it, is not womens liberation but Carrie Nation, the temperance leader.

    The loons advising Hillary are so out of touch we can only marvel at their stupidity and scream. When Jeb Bush touted the endorsement of Eric Cantor, or Lindsey Graham, we just laughed at the out of touch nature of his campaign – to think that losers like that endorsing Jeb might help, and they can’t see that the endorsements by losers scream “Jeb is a loser” (ditto bringing Mommy in to save the day). With Hillary doing the same idiocy, we just cry.

  23. Lu4PUMA
    February 14, 2016 at 5:18 pm
    Obama’s support for the Syrian rebels may have already set of a chain of events that can no longer be stopped and will indeed kill us all.

  24. Tony Stark
    February 15, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Erdogan is lining up his allies. I think they are a pitiful bunch. The Saudi’s are not known as great fighters and I think will run when one of their billion dollar planes and a prince pilot is blown up. It is one thing to buy those planes and another thing to loose them. The costs will rack up fast. In the west Turkey is looking at EU ships sending Erd’s smugglers back to their home base of Turkey. I still think Greece is going to let the “refugees” sit on a rock in the Aegean while Greeks have labor strikes and drag their feet interviewing the horde, fingerprinting them and feeding them. Greek Orthodox and Islam don’t mix. Expect a humanitarian disaster the Greeks (who have been set up by Germany to take the blame but stop the flow) cannot handle and in truth don’t feel too bad about since the back up of the hordes will be be in Turkey (the Turkey tourist industry is in the shitter). Erd is looking at the hordes taking an alternate land route walking right through the middle of Istanbul to the Bosporus and the eastern Europeans are already planning to shut that off if the sea route and making Greece pay for transporting them is ended. And Obama has abandoned his pal Erd since Putin painted a bull’s eye on his back. Cause and effect. Erd has no one to blame but himself and he should be considering regime change being one of his own problems as his mess unfolds. Assad and Putin I think have won already. And then he has the Kurds coming from his east. Oy!

  25. The Saudi’s are not known as great fighters and I think will run when one of their billion dollar planes and a prince pilot is blown up.
    Having an F-15 in your hangar does not make you an ace, any more than having a guitar in the trunk of your car makes you a musician. How like our own elites those Saudis are. At the first sign of trouble, they reach into their wallet, and buy their way out of it. Except they use their own money whereas our precious parasites use other people’s money–OPM as Justice Brandeis called it. Saudi Arabia’s greatest export is terrorism. Their second greatest export is oil. The greatest export of our elites is staying at fine hotels, eating at 5 star restaurants, flashing their Harvard degrees, and selling our nation down the tubes, and taking their own refuge as citizens of the world.

  26. the Turkey tourist industry is in the shitter)
    How can this possibly be?

    By Murdock’s logic, the influx of tens of millions of undesirables bringing with them disease, ignorance, tribal hatred, and a fierce determination to not assimilate should have a salutary effect on the economy’ and only a nativist racist would object. So what is a little pain and suffering for average people now, if feeds the avarice of our Harvard trained betters in their Quixotic quest to rule the world. You might even say this is the natural order of things–the people eat dirt, the elites eat caviar, its all the same.

  27. Nothing–and I mean nothing so epitomizes the elites of this generation than the upscale cultural village who controls our media–they eat together, they vacation together, they party together, most of the went to the best schools—nothing too good for us is their motto. THE DEGREE OF CONTROL they exercise over what is reported and what is not—the censorship, the distortion, the narrative which is designed to protect and elevate them and keep their competitors in the middle class in check is astonishing. This ugly state of affairs has forced more than one first class investigative reporter to resign, rather than stay around, promote a false narrative and enjoy the stall fed existence which is their thirty pieces of silver. I have heard about this from people I know, and read about it elsewhere. There is no hope as long as this cabal controls the news and what a free people are allowed to think. If you read Sharyl’s book, you get deep insight into this cabal, and how they control the public mind. If Orsen Well were still breathing he would do a movie about them–a sequel to Citizen Kane.

  28. CBS is afflicted with this disease. Good stories–ones that would inform the public are routinely quashed by the cabal, and reporters are forced to get their stories not from the ground but from reading Huffington Post–which to me suggests a move toward a unitary, elitists, left wing, crony capitalist, transform the nation agenda. This phenomenon is now true across big media, and even fox news has succumbed, and is no longer worth listening to. At CBS, the bad guy is this Scott Pelly clown and some female idiot named Shevelin. Those two are the conduits for the cabal, and the suppressor of original stories which would inform the public. The motto of CBS under Pelley (as opposed to his predecessor Bob Shieffer) is to treat the public like mushrooms: keep them in the dark and feed them shit. This mandate comes from the cabal in New York, and Pelley and Shevlin serve at its sufferance.

  29. Obama’s support for the Syrian rebels may have already set of a chain of events that can no longer be stopped and will indeed kill us all.
    Its not unlikely.

    That is the bad news.

    The good news is Jebediah does not care about it.

    Any more than he cares about Supreme Court nominations.

    Which raises an entomological question

    In Obama’s case–is he incompetent or is he evil?

    In Bush’s case, is he just a geek or is he afflicted with noblesse oblige?

    The proper answer, of course, is both.

    In Bush’s case, there is also a sickness to him.

    Anyone who claims that when he opened his eyes as a newborn baby and saw Barbara Bush he knew he hit the jackpot most definitely has a screw loose.

  30. wbboei
    February 15, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Nothing–and I mean nothing so epitomizes the elites of this generation than the upscale cultural village who controls our media–they eat together, they vacation together,

    The hilarious thing is that they are running out of places to go. The Greek isles on yachts? Um no. That means no little Greek boys either. Malta, Cyprus, and the Italian Riviera are looking very trashed by the hordes of Muslims and stinky too. Berlin Film festivals? If you like lots of loons sure go and get stomped in a demonstration. Londonistan? Not if you want to drink yourself silly and get accosted by the Islam Temperance movement and screaming taxi drivers. Sweden for skiing? Full up of migrants freezing their asses off. Switzerland surely? If you want the side-eye and really rude waiters and prices that make the eyes water. There’s always Paris. Not anymore. I read about a Saudi princess (I think or some creature with a sack on her head) getting chased out of a store with $10,000 purses by middle-aged French shop girls screaming obscenities at her and her Rolls Royce driver. Where to go to drink, eat, drug and sex it up with the exotic lessers? Tahiti is a no go if you are old, fat and pasty and besides too much sweat and sunburn. What to do? It wasn’t supposed to be so inconvenient. How about Rio and Brazil? There are these mosquitos…..

  31. If you want to take the full measure of Obama’s sociopathology, consider the fact that he does nothing to stop the inflow of illegals, draws red lines in the middle east and then retreats, but when it comes to tanking to American People he acts with all deliberate speed, the most recent example being his move to exploit the death of Justice Scalia before the body is even cold, so he can tip the balance of power on the court in favor of the totalitarian left. When it comes to protecting the country, Obama temporizes, delays, obfuscates, and does not act. BUT when it comes to fucking the country, he acts immediately. This proves his ultimate goal is to destroy the nation, and anyone who cannot see this by now is a delusional fool. This is not ideology. It is something darker and more sinister. Yet rube nation does not see it.

  32. Mormaer
    February 15, 2016 at 9:26 am
    The walls are closing in on them.

    But they do not seem to know it.

    All that is needed is names and addresses.

    Used to be they were content to hide in the shadows.

    But in the age of celebrity, they are willing to put themselves on front street.

    This is like the old mafia–they deplored publicity (except for Capone and he was Neopolitan rather than Sicilian so what do you expect?)

    Then Gotti came along, the dapper don, became a house hold name, dodged two bullets from the incompetent Eastern District of New York that produced people like Loretta Lynch.

    Finally, the feds got it right and Gotti was no more.

    The elites may not go violently, but go they will, because society cannot afford these parasites.

  33. Okay fine.

    Nail Ferguson does not call them parasites.

    That is too uncooth.

    He calls them rent seeking special interests.

    Lets call the calling off off.

  34. Just got in an argument with, a talk radio show in Austin that was dissing Trump.
    I’m calling them back the say after SC vote!
    Wbb, you should call them

    KLBJ…512 836 0590 LOL

  35. The shoe is on the other foot now.
    I didn’t know this, Did you? 😆
    ___________________ Dave L. • 5 hours ago

    Dems in Senate passed a resolution in1960 against election year Supreme Court appointments

    By Thomas Lifson

    Read it and weep, Democrats. The shoe is on the other foot. David Bernstein at the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog:

  36. Mormaer

    February 15, 2016 at 9:26 am

    February 15, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Let’ stay home in the USA and ‘Make America Great Again’


    Gonzotx…you go girl…warrior..

  37. any thoughts on what Donald’s Press Conference will be about

    he has a rally starting at any time now…then a presser at 2:30

    maybe a big endorsement? hmmm

  38. Alcina, the press conference was supposed to be about the move of Guantanamo detainees to South Carolina.


    Trump explained his attack on GWBush as we explained it. Trump said he attacked Bill Clinton when Bill came into the campaign and now he holds GWBush to account because GWBush has come into the campaign for his brother.

    Trump spent most of the time going after Cruz and the lies Cruz says about Trump. Trump also said he would sue Cruz if the lies about Trump’s positions on abortion and the Second Amendment do not stop. Trump also said he will sue Cruz about the natural born citizen issue.

    Trump, wisely, is also calling out the RNC for stacking the audiences against him at every debate. Trump said the RNC is in “default” of their agreement with him. Trump said a default means the parties (meaning himself) are free to do as they please. This is Trump telling the RNC to stop undermining him or he goes third party. It is wise of Trump to remind the RNC of this fact.

    Trump briefly mentioned he has a rally tonight.

  39. Alcina,

    The family founded the radio station when Austin was a sleepy little college town despite being the capital. Nothing sleepy about it now. We have Lady Bird Lake here, her Wildflower hub, there is Lake LBS in the hill country just west of here. LBJ damed up the river and made the Highland lakes…did a lot for the area.

  40. Honest Abbey says:
    February 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Ah Shucks! Trump’s press conference pre-empted GWB’s stomp speech. [Poor Jeb! The guy can’t catch a break lol]
    Donald Trump is BRILLIANT!!

  41. The press conference was supposed to be about the move of Guantanamo detainees to South Carolina.

    I have so much to say about this, but why bother.

  42. Hillary clueless! We write about it then others notice the obvious. Hillary? Deaf, dumb, blind:


    Harry Reid allies to Team Clinton: Don’t slam Nevada’s caucus

    Her campaign’s attempt to downgrade expectations backfires in the pivotal caucus state.

    With five days to go until the Nevada caucuses — once viewed as Hillary Clinton’s Western firewall — Sen. Harry Reid and his allies are incensed at the wounded Democratic front-runner.

    The reason: the Clinton campaign’s attempt to downgrade expectations there by whitewashing the diverse state.

    The campaign’s recent assertion that Nevada is “still a state that is 80 percent white voters” — in other words, a state that looks a lot like Bernie Sanders’ base — is simply wrong, Reid allies claim. But more galling than that, they say, it undermines the entire rationale for the caucuses’ existence: The state was pushed to the front of the election calendar eight years ago solely because Reid lobbied for better demographic representation than the overwhelmingly white early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

    “Harry Reid pushed hard to move Nevada near the front of the primary calendar precisely because of its diversity,” a source close to the Senate minority leader said last week after the Clinton team pushed the “white Nevada” narrative in a series of conferences calls to donors and lawmakers on the Hill, as well as in television interviews (Clinton operatives have since appeared to back off that argument).

    “Nevada is the early state that is truly representative of America, and we’re proud of that fact,” the source added. “It sounds like the Clinton team is worried about another embarrassing result.”

    A second source familiar with Reid’s thinking noted that “the Clinton strategy was too clever by half, but you can’t talk your way around basic facts. They want to show reasons why Bernie can do well, but that’s not the way to do it.

    It’s a troublesome new dynamic for Clinton in Nevada, a state where she started out last spring leading by wide margin, according to campaign sources, and where Reid for most of last year talked her up as an all-star politician who had successfully cleared the field. But the onetime firewall has been crumbling under increased pressure from Sanders, as POLITICO first reported last month.

    Reid, the state’s most powerful Democrat, does not plan to endorse any candidate before Saturday’s caucus, in part because of his own parochial interests. Not only is a highly competitive race good for turning national attention toward Nevada, it helps increase Democratic voter registration just as Catherine Cortez Masto is running to fill the retiring Reid’s Senate seat.

    “A voter registration form submitted by a Sanders volunteer is as good as a voter registration form from a Clinton volunteer,” said the source familiar with Reid’s thinking.

    The soreness created by the Clinton campaign’s comments extends beyond Reid’s allies on the ground to operatives inside the state Democratic Party. With less than a week to go before the caucus, the Democratic party has been pushing back by highlighting the diversity of the state. A memo from the state party pointed out that the 2008 entrance polls had 33 percent nonwhite caucus-goers, and that roughly half of Nevada’s population is nonwhite.

    “With our vibrant Latino, African-American and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities and the strong presence of organized labor here, no other early state comes close to matching our demographic, regional and cultural diversity,” Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange said in a statement. [snip]

    But the momentum on the ground now in Nevada appears to be with Sanders. Aside from the demographic differences, the story of the Nevada caucuses appears to be unfolding along the same trajectory as Iowa. [snip]

    Just as in Iowa, Sanders is the late arrival, but he’s coming in fast and furious and this time with momentum on his side after a decisive victory in New Hampshire. He lacked offices or staffers on the ground here until last fall, but after transferring a huge portion of his Iowa field organization in Nevada, including communications director Rania Batrice, the Sanders campaign now has over 100 staffers on the ground and has more than doubled its paid staff here since last month.

    Clinton, in contrast, had about 55 staffers on the ground here a few months ago but has stopped releasing that number publicly. Sanders also has also spent twice as much on television ads — $2.93 million compared to $1.46 million for Clinton, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

    Since January, local party officials say, caucus training sessions run by the Nevada Democratic Party have been flooded by Sanders supporters. Ruiz said that’s actually indicative of Clinton’s team being better organized.

    I know they’re here now,” she said. “I’ve seen them when I’m out canvassing, they came to our door even though I’ve got Hillary signs everywhere. They bused out-of-staters in for a weekend. I’ve seen their ads on television. I know they’re here now, but we’ve been here since April. I’m not going to say we’ve got this,” said West, “but we’re working every day.” [snip]

    Reid’s office has not been conducting any polling itself, but after watching the race unfold for months, sources close to his operation say the senator and his staffers came to the realization that the state was no Clinton firewall. One piece of confirming evidence: A large turnout for Sanders at the First in the West Democratic dinner early last month, which was seen as a testament to Sanders’ ability to organize local enthusiasm for his campaign (many still have the night ringing in their ears after the senator’s supporters, who came equipped with ear-piercing vuvuzelas, overwhelmed the room).

    Another problem for Clinton is that the powerful Culinary Union has chosen to sit out the race, claiming it can’t get involved in a political process while it’s beginning contract negotiations for 48,000 of its members.

    “We have to prioritize our union work above our political work,” political director Yvanna Cancela said. But it’s not an argument anyone is buying after the union endorsed Ruben Kihuen, a Democrat running for Congress, last week. Democratic operatives on the ground think it has more to do with the union not wanting to pick a horse in a tight race. But it means that their ability to provide transportation and information to a diverse membership of 60,000 workers is money left on the table. [snip]

    On Monday, Clinton canceled an appearance in Florida to spend an extra day campaigning in Nevada. Her campaign seems to have recognized the bad blood created by their recent framing of the race and has stopped characterizing it as being dominated by white voters. But some of the damage on the ground has been done.

    “I was offended by it,” said Jon Ralston, an influential Nevada journalist and television host. “They made a push from Day One saying it’s a diverse state, moving to the left of Obama on immigration, holding events with DREAMers. I smell fear. I think they’re very worried that the race here has tightened.

    Reid is set against Hillary. Hillary? Clueless.

  43. gonzotx

    Interesting LBJ history. I remember Ladybird dedicated the NTID building on our campus way back in the early seventies in upstate NY. She did a lot for the deaf community as I recall.

  44. ““I was offended by it,” said Jon Ralston, an influential Nevada journalist and television host. “They made a push from Day One saying it’s a diverse state, moving to the left of Obama on immigration,…”

    Moving to the left of Obama…. Yeah that’s exactly what we need.

  45. Yes Alcina, She was actually brilliant, law degree, etc but born at the wrong time.
    We as a Nation were lucky my to have her as First Lady…how far we have fallen…

  46. Scalia’s death is very suspicious. Reminds me of all the deaths surrounding Obama in 2007 and Hillary supporters.
    Just happen to have several very important Supreme Court cases coming up.

  47. And did you notice when Obama was speaking to Scalia’s death, he didn’t even bother to put a tie on… he’s such a scumbag

  48. gonzotx
    February 15, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Scalia’s death is very suspicious. Reminds me of all the deaths surrounding Obama in 2007 and Hillary supporters.
    Just happen to have several very important Supreme Court cases coming up.
    I hope Trump shoots them if they come for him.

  49. Thanks Shadowfax…too close to call if you look at all those polls. Hard to believe she is going to have a very difficult time beating this grumpy, old man.

  50. Coulter was sure, though, that Scalia’s death came at a time when the GOP won’t likely get away with caving in to Obama’s pressure to put an extremist liberal on the court and that is because Donald Trump won’t let them.

    “Now, I do think if this had happened a year ago… we’ve seen how Republicans would behave,” she said. “They’re utterly craven… the Senate Republicans would confirm whomever Obama sent up.

    They’d wring their hands, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)37% would be leading the charge talking about how ‘Oh, well, it’s the President’s right to decide,’” Coulter mocked.

    “Now that Donald Trump has come on the scene, I think Washington Republicans may be starting to get the message that we’re really ticked off at them. And, look, if they let some somebody go through — I mean, I think Trump is going to win anyway — but it’s just going to get him another ten million votes.”

    “I believe Donald Trump is the only Republican who does not wet his pants when presented with a question about black lives matter. I believe he’s the only Republican who will just say straight out, ‘I support the cops,’” she said.

    “No waffling, no ‘Oh, there are bad apples.’ Screw Republicans who say that, there are bad apples in every place… why do we have to start with that when it comes to the people who are keeping us safe?” she asked.

    “And I’m telling you a majority of blacks will prefer Donald Trump for that. They know they’re more at risk from being murdered, or mugged, or raped by black teenagers than they are by some white cop.”

  51. Update II: Crisis! We might have more on this tomorrow. Enough to say right now that we have been waiting for polls from after Saturday’s debate. All the polls before the debate don’t amount to a hill of beans right now.

    The question is “did Donald J. Trump blow himself up with his monumental gamble of attacking George W. Bush and the Iraq War in a state where GWB is at 80% popularity and a state which has many veterans?” Post debate polls will give us the clue as to whether Trump’s gamble wins big or loses big. Tighten your girdles, hang on to your hats, clutch your pearls, and pull your hair — the first, after the debate, clue has arrived:

    FIRST ON BUZZ: After debate, Trump still tops SC GOP presidential race

    Donald Trump still is leading the S.C. Republican presidential race after the weekend’s explosive GOP debate in Greenville.

    But the race for second place in Saturday’s primary appears to be narrowing.

    Behind Trump, who has 35 percent support in the poll, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas are tied for second place — at 18 percent each, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released exclusively Monday to The State.

    Crisis and panic in the land of the lost!!! If the GOP establishment, Big Media, and the political establishment in its entirety cannot stop Trump in South Carolina now, then where, when? If Trump can make it there, Trump can make it anywhere… it’s up to you… South Carolina.


  52. Trump makes his case to African-Americans in South Carolina while making a grand point about “dreamers” that are not illegal immigrants:

    No pandering, pure brutal truth.

  53. JB time will tell about Grumpy, I think his campaign will not hold up much longer and Hillary will mow him over.

  54. Scalia’s death is very suspicious. Reminds me of all the deaths surrounding Obama in 2007 and Hillary supporters.

    gonzo and Lu – it reminds me of that John Grisham book made into a movie with Julia Roberts – The Pelican Brief….

  55. Trump, wisely, is also calling out the RNC for stacking the audiences against him at every debate.

    I wish he would also point out how it is disenfranchising the voters’ voices – both by the public’s inability to show their support for their candidate at a debate, and the obvious manipulation designed to turn potential voters who are watching on tv away from voting later for that candidate. In other words, let the public be more aware that it’s not only unfair to him (Trump), but to the public.

    Or maybe he did point that out – I will watch shortly. I couldn’t see the debate because I’ve had out of town visitors, but last I checked only snippets were on youtube. I’ve read so much about the debate, I want to see it…

  56. According to poll on Druge, Trump up 35% to Cruz and Rubio at 18% a piece. Drudge is, as usual, ripping Hillary and linking articles claiming her lead is all but gone in Nevada.

  57. Yeah, Drudge only posts negative articles about Hillary, and he loves to put up the worst photos of her too.

    He does love Trump, and posts the most supportive articles about him.

  58. admin
    February 15, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Trump makes his case to African-Americans in South Carolina while making a grand point about “dreamers” that are not illegal immigrants:

    Nothing, nothing made my wife and I angrier than the tripe the Democrats were selling during the illegal alien surge than “Dreamers are the future of this country”. We both get calls from parents, grandparents, uncles, etc about kids who have done everything right not being able to get a foothold in this economy. Minorities, poor whites, boys and girls who made excellent grades, worked hard all through school starting very young, entire families supporting their bright and decent kids who fought for scholarships and slots in great schools studying difficult subjects from science to finance/accounting who cannot find a job and if they do the employers nickel and dime them paying very, very little and preferring an H1B1 with an non-equivalent education from a Chinese or Indian blab school.

    While spewing the crap about “free college tuition” and pushing loans, and the trite mess about everyone should go to college, Democrats AND Republicans then turn around and promote people who will not follow our laws over our own citizens and children who have done everything the “system” asked of them and the huge investment families put into them making them educated and functional adults. Hypocrites and liars. The elites set their own kids up very well but then turn around and prefer the “foreign and exotic” over their fellow citizens. What conclusion is the public supposed to make except that they are liars and apparently hate them.

    This fixation that elites have on the foreign and exotic being preferable to our own system and culture is coming to an ugly end. Those used to be the guys who moved to Bangkok because they didn’t like anything here because they were misfits and creeps. If that is how you feel get the fuck out. Nobody cares. Leave and make air-conditioners for drug cartels in Mexico but don’t run back to sell them or ask for help when they shoot you in the ass and kidnap your wife. They want the protection of US law but the option to weirdness and crooked dealing and slave labor somewhere else. The same thing the “Dreamers” want. It doesn’t work that way and you are not going to do it to the rest of us. We are done.

  59. When Trump talks about “inversions”, companies who went offshore and now want to come back, those companies learn real fast just how NOT “awful” the US is to do business in and for US markets. They see cheap taxes and labor, move, then get hit with crazy lawsuits or just outright bribery requests, property seizures, hideous living conditions for their executives and management who quit by the boatload and come home, rigged and corrupt legal systems, and the money “saved” really was just an delusion of the dumb-asses running those companies and the stockholders who want more “value”. Most of them LOSE money because setting up shop produces crap that no one wants to buy including service companies. Make them pay a YUGE fee to come home to the US and learn their lesson. Or stay in their new local market home and be a second or third world producer of crap. And tax the hell out of foreign dividends. Let new makers and shakers form in the US to supplant them.

  60. Mormaer,

    Do you have any research on companies that have come back?
    I know there are some, but unfortunately, not many. That video that was posted a few days ago, another company moving to Mexico, Monterrey. ..it was disgusting.

  61. gonzotx
    February 16, 2016 at 8:57 am


    Do you have any research on companies that have come back?

    Only specific personal knowledge. There was a big rush after the NAFTA thing to relocate in Mexico by a bunch of Texas companies. It was a shit show. One was a pipe manufacturer (all kinds from plumbing to oil drilling to sewer concrete piping) who went and manufactured a bunch of substandard crap, got sued and boycotted out of business and the son reopened under another name back in Houston. A sheet metal company that relocated (and made A/C covers strangely enough) who went broke and sold off to the Mexicans to make tin roofs, came back but had lost their contracts and now makes metal buildings they sell themselves. Then there were the ag related companies who wanted to grow stuff, make fertilizer (Mexico does not buy it much) who ran into re-import problems due to impurities, etc, and ran into Mexican business (elites) who found ways to make it difficult to operate there. Mexico says one thing to these companies and does another. Mexican business and government elites often find ways to “take over” these companies. I think the cartels do too. Greedy idiots are often poorly informed idiots on how things operate in Mexico. The “inversion” people want to get out before they lose all of their money there I think.

  62. Taking a Chance

    Go For Broke

    The political rise of Sanders and Trump, argues Peggy Noonan, is the result of a comprehensive loss of faith in institutions. “I have thought for some time that there’s a kind of soft French Revolution going on in America,” she writes. With confidence in the status quo at so low a level, a kind of recklessness has taken hold of voters. “They’re thinking: Let’s take a chance. Washington is incapable of reform or progress; it’s time to reach outside.”

    The story of how America got into trouble in the first place can best be understood by recalling what Tom Schelling once observed: the two likeliest times for a gambler to bet is when he either has very good cards or very bad ones.

    In 2008 America’s cards were still flush from the Reagan years. It’s global position seemed unassailable. Though a financial economic crisis had just taken place, there was no reason not to think America would work its way out of it, as it had done before. Seemingly safe behind its design margin, America felt it coiuld bet on Barack Obama, the self-described “blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views”. Even if he was risky, they could afford to lose.

    But they got the odds wrong. Obama promised a big payoff: a world without nuclear weapons; a reset with Russia, a grand bargain with the Muslim world, even falling seas. Yet in the end the probability he could deliver was surpassingly small. Like a Powerball lottery, he wasn’t selling a realistic chance of winning, but a dream for a day.

    Fast forward to 2016 and the wheel of fortune has reversed, and the money gone. The current administration turned American hegemony into a “cash for clunkers” scrappage program and rued the consequences. John Kerry told European allies in Munich: “It’s pretty obvious that probably never in history have we been dealing with as many hotspots, as many failed or failing states all at one time, not to mention a Kim Jong-un and a nuclear program and other challenges all at the same time. So everybody here understands that. You wouldn’t be here otherwise.”

    They were at Munich hoping to hear that America would save them. Imagine their disappointment. What is interesting about the game is that not just America but all the players have been steadily losing since 2008. America’s loss was not Europe’s gain. In fact, quite the contrary. Russia’s economy, for structural reasons, is headed for a collapse and nothing it can gain in Syria will change that. China’s bubble has burst. The sole question is whether it will be bad or very bad. Japan is down. The BRICs have strangled themselves with corruption. The top industrial economies of the late 20th century have been devastated by a depopulation bomb from which they are unlikely to recover for decades.

    Europe was no position to gloat. Its continued irrelevance had advanced to the stage where it is no longer the result of a lack of will but a fact of life. The old continent has reached the point where it lacks both the money and men to remain important. As the spending map by the Institute of Strategic Studies illustrates, defense spending among the main countries of Central and Western Europe is static.

    Judy Dempsey of the Carnegie Foundation, who attended the Munich conference where John Kerry delivered his gloomy assessment set down what she heard. Europe has performed a post-mortem on itself with a kind of fatalistic resignation. “Unless the United States moves by putting boots on the ground in Syria,” she writes “no one else—least of all Europe—will move … the second takeaway was that European governments are allowing the refugee crisis to rule Europe out of having any ambitions as a strategic player.”

    No winners, just exhausted old regimes around a table. In the words of Roger Cohen writing in the New York Times, the post World War 2 world including the Reagan victory has been mislaid sometime in the last seven years:

    “the falcon cannot hear the falconer.” We live in an age of unraveling. The postwar is over. The post-Cold War is over. The United States, under President Obama, has quietly stepped back from Europe.
    The world is most dangerous in a power vacuum. The geopolitical divides across the world are the most marked in at least a generation. This makes every issue more intractable. The United Nations has proved a complete dud on Syria. It took almost five years, 250,000 dead and more than 11 million displaced people for the Security Council to pass a resolution on a “road map” to peace. That map, for now, is utter fiction. For as many years, Obama did nothing.

    Obama will of course, continue to do nothing. At least his harassed Secretary of State, John Kerry is dimly aware of of the brewing catastrophe. Kerry is probably accurate in saying of Syria that “there is no military solution to this conflict” because no one is strong enough to emerge the victor. The failed Obama gambit drained so much energy from international system that it cannot rebuild order yet paradoxically left more than enough fuel to burn what was left.

    The ruined cities of Homs or Aleppo may come to perfectly symbolize the current predicament, examples of once bustling places now without the wherewithal to rebuild yet with more than enough to destroy. Like the militias in those agonized cities the post WW2 Security Council members are no longer strong enough to pursue an independent strategy. They will be forced into a constantly shifting constellation of coalitions each competing and cooperating with the other to ensure survival and acquire gains.

    Russia may pair off in its facile way with first one partner then another. Turkey will play the same duplicitous game, only more duplicitously, as will China. And Europe will do what is necessary to survive. In both the international and domestic political spheres, — betrayal and counterbetrayal — will become the rule rather than the exception. And this will continue until a new order emerges.

    We have lost faith in our institutions partially because we have destroyed them. Like evil children we put the match to it in a fit of moral signaling without knowing where we will spend the night. But we also lost faith in them because they no longer served the purpose. For good or ill, there’s no going back. To continue Roger Cohen’s phrase, not only has the post-Cold War world ended but we are already in the early stages of what future historians will describe as the conflict to establish its successor.

  63. Betting your life savings on the world economy is a snare and a delusion, if you accept Richard’s analysis. Put differently, the world created by Obama and big media is certain to end badly. It cannot be otherwise. The question is who is capable of picking up the pieces. NO MEMBER OF THE ESTABLISHMENT is capable of fitting that bill. And so when I hear the latest frantic headline from MSNBC that they Bush empire is now roaring back at Trump, my reaction is so what–who the fuck do they think they are? Other than hyper parasites. And if they want to be taken seriously, let them answer the findings of Roger Stone in the book The Bush Crime Family, rather than trying to tell the rest of us what we should be doing. Suddenly, the 2016 election which they reckoned would be a simple matter of playing the game of Hillary hate has focused public attention on their crimes which are legion. The establishment has this maniacal focus on race, hoping to obscure the real battle which is about class warfare. In fact, that is the reason they promote racial disharmony, namely to throw the public off the scent of what really ails the nation. They seem to believe that their future lies in bringing in a billion foreigners with limited skills rather than creating jobs. That strategm has caught up with them. They have managed to attract the contempt of young and old alike, because it is so obvious now what they are doing.

  64. Can you imagine a President Rubio, Ryan and McConnell as our leaders. That looks like a three man race to see who can please their donors and to see who could roll over faster.

  65. South Carolina Primary: 4 Days
    Nevada Caucus: 7 Days
    Super Tuesday: 14 Days
    Kentucky/Maine/Kansas Caucuses, Louisiana Primary: 18 Days
    Puerto Rico Primary: 19 Days
    General Election: 266 Days
    Inauguration Day: 339 Days

  66. Laura today was talking about Trump tying W to Jeb knowing the Bush’s were going full metal jacket in SC…exactly what Admin tied together. Bryan York was saying that there were 1 to 3 thousand people that came to see Jeb…actually W, and he did a 40 person random survey and only 4 were committed to Jeb and 17 said the war was a mistake.
    Yeah, Trump, he clearly knew what he was doing.
    Don’t get the threats to sue however, not sure that won’t be looked at in a different light.

  67. The best question you can ask anyone who announces an intention to vote for an establishment candidate is why in the world would be so stupid (or corrupt) as to vote for a globalist?
    Senator Marco Rubio
    317 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510
    Dear Senator Rubio:
    I received your undated “Personal & Confidential – Urgent Reply Requested” telling me “the GOP faces a math problem of epic proportions that simply cannot be ignored.” Your letter goes on to tell me “We lost the African American vote 93%-7%, the Hispanic vote 71%-27% and the vote under 30 by 60%-40%.”
    Your first mistake was thinking that I care about what happens to the GOP. There’s not a tinkers damn difference between Democrats and Republicans other than the pace that either will get the American people to the promised land of socialism. My generation sacrificed thousands of American lives in Korea and Vietnam fighting Marxism; now you want me to accept it, condone it and foster it here? No deal!
    Your second mistake was playing the divide and conquer game. I did not see African Americans or Hispanic Americans on the battle fields of Vietnam; I don’t see African or Hispanic Americans here now. All I see in America is Americans. If you are not an American you do not belong here. This rhetoric tells me you are part of the problem, not the solution.
    I find your comments about our “not needing to change our economic principles nor our values” interesting. If history is correct, we fought and beat Fascism during WWII. Somehow or another however, we practice Fascism here today. [1] I don’t support that either.
    With regard to our “values and conservative philosophy,” we differ. I’m a constitutional conservative; you are not. I support and defend the rule of law; you do not. Your willingness to “compromise” with the likes of Schumer, and McCain et al says a lot about who you are. They trash the Constitution and rule of law with every breath. Mit Gehangen, Mit Gefangen. [Note from Eowyn: “Mitgefangen, mitgehangen” is German for “Cling together, swing together” or “In for a penny, in for a pound”.]
    Similarly, I do not share the vision or the political construct you are pushing regarding Republicans reaching out to “new voters.” I do not share your ultimate vision of nations without borders.
    What you propose is in the Humanist Manifesto of 1973 (Marxist) that deals with American sovereignty. It declares, “Americans must transcend the limits of national sovereignty and move toward the building of a world community. We look to a world order based on transnational federal government.”[7]
    Charles Reich, in the “Greening of America,” the manifesto, said “The true revolution is occurring . . . At the present junction of history, commitment to all humankind is the highest commitment of which we are capable; it transcends the narrow allegiances to church, state, party, class or race in moving toward a wide vision. What more daring a goal for humankind than for each person to become, in ideal as well as practice, a citizen of the world community”.”[8]
    The idea of the end of nations and the creation of a world government has been to dream of intellectuals since Kant. It is Christian Heresy. Trading the hereafter for the here-and now is the bargain. As Christianity dies in the West the foundation of the first floor of a world government is already in place. The Supreme Court ruling on religion was not an aberration or an accident. Neither is the current invasion of Illegal aliens.
    The oft touted “Global Economy” is the precursor to global governance where the UN is the parliament, the Security Council is its upper chamber (abolishing the veto) the General Assembly is the lower house. The International Criminal Court, the World Court, and the World Trade Organization constitute its judicial branches; and the IMF is the Federal Reserve. The World Bank and its sister development banks are the foreign aid agencies. The UN Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization are an example of its welfare agencies. The Kyoto Protocol and global warming marks the creation of a global EPA. This represents the model and forerunner of the EU. [9] I do not support global governance; neither should you.
    Like many other Americans I see my country transforming into something do not I recognize. I resent being a stranger in my own country.
    I also reject and vehemently oppose
    • Seeing old holidays disappear.
    • Seeing old heroes degraded.
    • Seeing the art and artifacts of a glorious past removed from their museums and replaced by authors and titles I have never heard of.
    • Seeing the moral code I was raised with being overthrown by a popular culture that is saturated with raw sex that trumpets hedonistic values taught, encouraged, and condoned in public schools which is causing the culture I grew up to die inside the country I grew up in.
    • God being dethroned, my heroes defiled, my culture polluted, my values assaulted and my country invaded.
    In summary, I’d really be stupid if I supported your vision for this country with my time and money, don’t you think? When you tell your Republican backers and the rest of the world you are constitutionally ineligible to run for the presidency and you finally decide to do something about the sitting usurper, I will be happy to discuss my support for you. Until then, please take me off your list.
    Yours in the Bill of Rights,

    Roy G., Callahan

  68. Wbb, is there a source for the Roy G. Callahan letter. (12:32 p.m.) I want to send it to my cousin and some frieds but they will only read sourced articles.

  69. Here’s what Trump posed on FB regarding Cruz. Frankly, i’d like to see him file that lawsuit questioning Cruz’s eligibility due to his Canadian birthplace. Maybe then that will also force an honest discussion about Obama’s status as well given the fact that his father was not a US citizen.

    Ted Cruz is a totally unstable individual. He is the single biggest liar I’ve ever come across, in politics or otherwise, and I have seen some of the best of them. His statements are totally untrue and completely outrageous. It is hard to believe a person who proclaims to be a Christian could be so dishonest and lie so much.
    Cruz said I would be appointing a liberal judge when in fact I will appoint a great conservative and I am the only candidate who has gone so far, at the debate, as to suggest two individuals I feel would best represent the conservative values we need to protect: William “Bill” Pryor Jr. and Diane Sykes.
    Cruz says I am pro-choice, when in fact I am staunchly pro-life and have been for a long time. Like Ronald Reagan, on many issues, I have evolved.
    Cruz says I am in favor of ObamaCare, when in fact I have spoken about repealing and replacing this disaster of a system at every speech throughout my campaign and since it’s inception. Meanwhile, Cruz was responsible for getting Bush to put in the judge that failed to vote against ObamaCare twice.
    Cruz says I will try to take away your second amendment rights, when I am one of the strongest proponents of the right to bear arms and I say so in every speech that I have made for years. I am a proud member of the NRA and so are my sons.
    Cruz has become unhinged and is lying with the hopes that his statements will go unchecked until after the election and he will save his failing campaign.
    In Iowa, Cruz told thousands of Ben Carson voters that Dr. Carson had left the race and to instead vote for Ted Cruz. He apologized when the race was over. Likewise, his fraudulent voter violation form sent to Iowa voters. If Ted is going to continue to lie with such desperation, I have no choice but to fight back.
    One of the ways I can fight back is to bring a lawsuit against him relative to the fact that he was born in Canada and therefore cannot be President. If he doesn’t take down his false ads and retract his lies, I will do so immediately. Additionally, the RNC should intervene and if they don’t they are in default of their pledge to me.
    I am the strongest on the borders and I will build a wall, and it will be a real wall. I am strongest on illegal immigration, strongest on ISIS, strongest on the military and I will take care of our Vets. I will end common core and preserve the second amendment. I will renegotiate our trade deals and bring our jobs back to our country. I am the only person who will Make America Great Again.

  70. Trump is going to lose voters like many of our friends if he keeps up this type of rant about Ted Cruz. He does sound unhinged as they are commenting. Trump need to calm down a bit.

  71. Trump is not one to turn the other cheek when someone crosses him. We’ve seen this repeatedly since his campaign began.

  72. “In Iowa, Cruz told thousands of Ben Carson voters that Dr. Carson had left the race and to instead vote for Ted Cruz. He apologized when the race was over. Likewise, his fraudulent voter violation form sent to Iowa voters.”

    “If Ted is going to continue to lie with such desperation, I have no choice but to fight back.”

    I’d be pissed too. Look what Trump is up against…..from his own party.

  73. It was hard to watch Hillary with Al Sharpton today. He belongs in jail IMHO. I know many people who will be disgusted by that pandering.
    I wonder if Admin will start cheering Hillary on if she gets the nom. Then some of us will have nowhere to go. Personally I need an independent blog which puts country over party.

    We had dinner at the home of a staunch liberal Dem last night. He became rabid on the subject of the Koch bros and when I compared Koch to Soros as 2 sides of the same coin he went completely nuts. I simply told him that unless he could calm down, it was impossible to have any kind of discussion.
    I also told him that I thought this election was going to pivot on open borders vs enforcing legal immigration as well as a tougher foreign policy. He….like many wealthy people…not only has no problem with illegal immigration, he gave the tired but popular argument that Hispanic workers are Great…do the jobs Americans wont. He said American workers were lazy and these illegal immigrants are needed and welcome. ….need I say more.
    Class warfare, racial warfare is where we are now as a country.

  74. Washington (CNN)Canada is making yet another appearance on the 2016 campaign trail — this time as an accidental backdrop for a Marco Rubio campaign ad.

    The Rubio campaign released an ad over the weekend called “Morning again,” which starts with the narrator saying, “It’s morning again in America.”

    The only problem — the footage being shown is of the harbor in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

  75. “In Iowa, Cruz told thousands of Ben Carson voters that Dr. Carson had left the race and to instead vote for Ted Cruz. He apologized when the race was over. Likewise, his fraudulent voter violation form sent to Iowa voters.”

    Source please (2:32)

  76. This is war!!! 😀

    John Nolte @NolteNC

    Cruz and Rubio have a town hall on CNN tomorrow night at 8pm

    Trump and @JoeNBC just announced a townhall on MSNBC tomm at 8pm,

  77. That Liar, Liar mime may come back to bit Rubio soon. Where is Chris Christie to expose this little guy when you need him? When Rubio gets up enough guts, if ever, to go for Trump and start calling him a LIAR, it may be a different story. It’s all being kept quiet that Rubio’s group also said in Iowa to Caucus people that CNN was reporting that Ben Carson was going to FLorida after Iowa which CNN did report and did not correct ON AIR till much, much later. But we never ever hear about what Rubio’s people did because he did not win Iowa. Rubio also gives some twisted answer about why he was in the Gang of 8…Well it was not going to pass anyway??? WHAT?? Guess Rubio was for it before a focus group and polling or Donald Trump made it obvious that it was not going to be a popular stance this election cycle and Marco immediately flipped.

    Sorry, gang for the rants about Rubio but I fear that the Rep establishment is going to pick him as their guy as if they have not already since it does not look like even Pres. Bush Jr can save !Jeb! Brokered convention or party elites cheating and picking a candidate…all of us who went through the 2008 Dem convention have by no means forgotten it and it has left a big mark on our trust and way of thinking. It makes me sick to think of Rubio who I see as just another Obama and one who will do and say anything to get elected and then do everything for his rich donors…Rubio is bought and paid for and will stay bought if he is president.

    Some in my family are all in the tank for Rubio and I’m beyond tired of hearing this little sleaze ball’s praises. I’d pick Cruz any day and twice on Sunday instead of Rubio although I’m not in the tank for Cruz. I just can’t stand to see Rubio get a foothold. If we don’t get Trump or Cruz we are in deep trouble. TRUMP 2016

  78. Ryan joins calls to block Obama SCOTUS pick

    Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that he supports the Republican push to block a Supreme Court nomination from President Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
    “The Supreme Court is not an extension of the White House. The president has absolutely every right to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, but Congress as an equal branch also has every right not to confirm someone,” Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. We are knee deep into a presidential election, and I think the precedent for not filling a Supreme Court vacancy in such a time is justified,” Ryan added.
    “Democrats would be doing exactly the same thing if the shoe were on the other foot.”
    Still, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has said that he would hold off making a decision on holding a confirmation hearing for an Obama pick until the nomination is made.

    We cannot feel good about this: come out early with the deal people want. Say nothing more for publication. Do what you intended all along.

    This ploy works too well for PA Dem Senator Bob Casey. People here still adore him based upon how friendly his Governor Dad and wife were when shopping in Scranton department stores many decades ago.

    And I think Dad had skeletons too.

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