OMG!!! It’s Over For Trump!!! – Plus, An @TedCruz Prediction

Update: First one poll, then another. It’s more more over for Trump.

According to a new CNN/ORC poll out Tuesday, Trump has the support of 38 percent of likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz well behind him with 22 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has 14 percent and Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has 10 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 6 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at 4 percent.

Zombie Trump. He will not die. No matter what the establishment does. He will not die. Zombie Trump.

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Donald J. Trump has become Jeb Bush!!! Well, kinda, sorta, not really. If you need a laugh, these days before South Carolina votes (for GOP) and Nevada votes (Hillary v. Bernie) we’ve got a stupendous “It’s over for Trump” bit of news for you:

Humiliation: JebBush.com redirects to Trump’s official website [snip]

Presidential campaigns typically buy up lots of domain names related to their candidates before those candidates officially announce their intention to run. The reason they do this is obvious: They don’t want rivals or random Internet trolls to buy up the domains and use them to create parody websites that make their candidates look ridiculous.

Remarkably, it seems the Bush campaign never bothered to buy up JebBush.com.

Like Hillary2016, Jeb2016 is not a campaign, it is an embarrassment:

How badly is Bush getting owned in this primary? JebBush.com goes to DonaldJTrump.com.

Poor Jeb Bush.

This Republican primary was supposed to be his to lose. Instead, he’s getting owned by Donald Trump.

How badly is Trump owning Bush?

So badly that JebBush.com leads to Trump’s site instead. [snip]

At the time, it just seemed like a characteristic Jeb bumble: How, after immigration reform activists snapped up TedCruz.com and CarlyFiorina.org became a testament to the layoffs Fiorina ordered at Hewlett-Packard, could Bush’s people not lock up JebBush.com? But after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, Jeb Bush and his campaign have become objects of a weird kind of pity.

Bush told a New Hampshire audience to “please clap” after he delivered a line; it was a joke, but also kind of wasn’t. A video captured him lighting up with joy when a voter tells him, “You might swing my vote,” then coming over to envelop the poor voter in a hug. (The video was uploaded to YouTube with the title “Jeb hug — sad times.”)

It’s over for Trump!!! If voters confuse Trump for Jeb even for a second, Trump will never recover. Jeb has finally found a way to destroy Trump! Brilliant move by Jeb!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeb for months has conveyed an image as a first class idiot, a Fredo, a dunce, the doofus on the beach that watches He-Man Trump walk by and throw sand in his face, the idiot loser son that needs mommy to kiss his boo-boo paper cuts, the dried out twig on the tree, the bird born without feathers, the broken egg shell in the carton, the soaked wet book with all the pages lumped together, the fat kid sent to the fat farm by angry parents who goes dewy eyed every time he sees a donut, the inbred royal brat outwitted by an ice cream cone, a one blade scissors, a two legged stool, a stopped up toilet. . . . But that was just a ploy.

Jeb Bush played possum. He prepared a trap for Trump. Jeb’s plan was to make himself such a loser that just seeing Jeb next to The Donald would finish off the mighty Trump. Jeb became the Pigpen to Charlie Brown. Now Trump has fallen into the crafty trap.



Well, maybe not. The truth is Jeb Bush is a loser and Donald Trump is a winner.

Just say Trump is a winner. Need another laugh bought and paid for by Donald J. Trump? Trump trumps again:

Trump Schedules Competing MSNBC Town Hall Opposite Cruz, Rubio CNN Town Hall

In yet another aggressive move that will thrill Trump supporters, late Tuesday morning, Jesse Rodriguez, Senior Producer of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” announced a town hall event with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump that will take place Wednesday night at 8 p.m. The night will be hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. The MSNBC town hall will compete directly with CNN’s long-schedule town hall with Trump’s two closest competitors, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

On Trump’s part, the competing town hall is obviously yet another one of The Donald’s ruthlessly effective political moves to infuriate his competitors and smother their message. [snip]

As far as Trump, unless an angry CNN now rescinds its offer, just days before voting begins in South Carolina, he will enjoy a town hall two-fer. Along with John Kasich and Jeb Bush, Trump is scheduled to appear at a Thursday night CNN town hall event.

If MSNBC will now put up a CNN-style countdown clock for the Trump town hall, my life will be complete.

UPDATE: My life is complete.

Trump trumps the repulsive MSNBC. That’s how you do it. Get a dog to eat a dog. [Apologies to all, we do not mean to impugn our furry friends, it’s just a conventional expression and we correct ourselves not out of political correctness but because dogs are so much better than the Big Media animals, and we don’t want anyone to confuse adorable pets with the vermin of Big Media.]

Trump does not go to MSNBC, as we have angrily denounced before, out of weakness. Trump goes to MSNBC in triumph, not defeat. Trump goes on CNN, then thwarts CNN by using the reptiles at MSNBC to block Cruz/Rubio on CNN. How smart is this guy?

Yesterday, we updated a new poll from South Carolina. Our comment is what we now address:

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?” [snip]

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.

If Trump cannot be beaten now, in South Carolina, when everything is going the establishment’s way and will never be better for the establishment – – – – – then when can they ever stop Trump? WHEN??? WHERE???

If Trump wins in South Carolina. . . .

Here’s our Ted Cruz prediction: If Trump wins South Carolina Ted Cruz will leave the race.

Well, maybe that’s just our best advice for Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz, for his own good should leave the race if Trump wins in South Carolina. Why?

It won’t get better for Ted Cruz if Trump wins in South Carolina. South Carolina is an open primary and there are more open primaries to come and many of them on Super Tuesday March 1. Which means Trump will win big on Super Tuesday if Trump wins South Carolina.

Trump is already way ahead in many Super Tuesday states but his lead will expand like Christie’s belly if Trump wins South Carolina. Once Trump dispatches Cruz and Carson he will be the only outsider left to fight the divided establishment. Then Trump can finish off Rubio. Once Rubio is gone, Jeb Bush will take his anti-Rubio personal vendetta and go home to mommy. For now, Trump’s #1 target is Cruz and if Trump wins South Carolina, Super Tuesday will be a romp for Trump.

That’s not the worst of it for Cruz. On Super Tuesday, Texas will vote. If Cruz loses in Texas, he is not only finished in the 2016 primary fight for president. If Ted Cruz loses in Texas on Super Tuesday March 1, he will be humiliated in Texas. Once the Cruz blood is in the water, Cruz will be bled to death by his opponents in Texas and in the U.S. Senate. Cruz will be primaried when he runs for reelection. His career will possibly be over.

Our advice to Ted Cruz: If Donald Trump wins South Carolina, get out and endorse Trump immediately. Save yourself. Get back on Trump’s good side.

It’s almost over for Trump. He will soon be the nominee.

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139 thoughts on “OMG!!! It’s Over For Trump!!! – Plus, An @TedCruz Prediction

  1. Admin, every time I see a video like this I am constantly reminded of your comments months ago about the stick in a pit of vipers. That’s all we want is someone who will fight for us and respect us. His message is consistently clear without any political mumbo-jumbo.

  2. Update: First one poll, then another. It’s more more over for Trump.

    According to a new CNN/ORC poll out Tuesday, Trump has the support of 38 percent of likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz well behind him with 22 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has 14 percent and Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has 10 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 6 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at 4 percent.

    Zombie Trump. He will not die. No matter what the establishment does. He will not die. Zombie Trump.

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  3. But… But… Jebbie says Trump the fears him! I’m ashamed to say I’ve played quite a few zombie video games, and the zombies are never afraid of anything 😄

  4. Sessions is waiting or Cruz to drop out so he does not have to humiliate him

    Texas should be a winner or Cruz however .. it is after all his HOME state

    I want Trump to win because IMHO he has been the only one willing to speak to ME .. the little voter … the rest speak over me and I feel I am not important

    I do feel sorry for Hillary … her Firewalls are crumbling, even some of her endorsers are leaving .. look for the wave of superdelegates to go soon

    Obummer hinting today at endorsing her but he NEVER will EVER

    He sees she is in hard fight so he SHOULD but we all know that curtain is moving EVER so slowly

    She will depart probably after Nevada … health issues will strike

  5. So when should Bush and Rubio drop out? Of course Carson and Kasich should go as soon as possible. Surely to please the establishment Trump would NOT pick Rubio as VP. That would be a big game changer for me that I could/would not support…ever.

  6. Tonight:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/02/donald-trump-to-phone-it-in-to-late-show-with-stephen-colbert-219349

    Donald Trump is well known for being able to circumnavigate normal television protocols by phoning it in to most network interviews instead of doing in-studio or live satellite shots.

    It appears that the same courtesy will now extend to late night television. In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump announced he will be doing a phone interview with “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert the same evening.

  7. Colbert is a complete lefty loon whose ratings are pretty mediocre compared to his competition. I know trump appeared on his show once before, but Colbert goofs on him and is probably mortified at the prospect of Trump getting elected. Colbert was also pushing Booker to have Obama name a nominee for SCOTUS asap. I wonder how quick the GOP will fold on that ?

  8. Agree dot48…unfortunately Hillary is in big trouble and Obama is not going to help her. I assume that is why Adm. is not wasting much more energy on Hillary as all the well thought out advice given to her and her team the past 8 years has been ignored at her peril.

  9. JbStonesFan, it is a kindness when we don’t discuss Hillary2016. Today Hillary met with Al Sharpton, barked like a dog, and lost a top Georgia supporter to Bernie Sanders, not to mention again the situation in Nevada with Reid undermining Hillary2016.

    We don’t enjoy noting the muddled mess which is Hillary2016. She’s set on a course we advised against and which is playing out as badly as we predicted.

    As to Trump, his is a brilliant campaign. That video we posted of Trump with his defenders (one of which is an Iraq War veteran) is worth more than the GWBush tour with his brother.

    We really do think sometimes that Trump is paying for these unscripted events such as today’s protester shutdown. Think about it. The entire episode is like a Hollywood script. There’s Trump embraced by an Iraq War veteran in a state with so many veterans and in a situation after Saturday’s debate which so many assumed Trump would be hurt by his debate performance and denunciations of GWB and the Iraq War.

    Instead of hurt with veterans, there’s Trump protected and embraced by an Iraq War vet with 2 tours under his belt. We’re not in South Carolina but we bet that the Iraq vet and the other man that helped Trump will be interviewed by local and state TV.

    That moment is worth more than the GWB campaign for his brother. A moment as good as any Hollywood script. Meanwhile Hillary barks.

  10. Pat Caddell: ‘The Fuse Has Been Lit’ For A Political Transformation

    Asked if Republican Presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97%
    or Donald Trump should be considered “transactional,” or “transformational” candidates today on Breitbart News Daily on Sirius XM, veteran pollster Pat Caddell told host Stephen K. Bannon: “Cruz’s or Trump’s election would be a shock to the system.”

    Noting Trump is still “way up” in polls, added Caddell, “As I’ve said, we are in a revolutionary period here. … I think that the evidence is clear now that the public has been, in fact, … the match has been lit. The public has moved. They are in motion. I don’t know where they’re going to go.”

    Asked what he meant by “The fuse has been lit,” Caddell elaborated:

    We are seeing the transformation of the paradigm of politics. All the old rules are failing. All the old assumptions don’t work. And we have a new set of assumptions evolving. And we have a public that no longer seems to want to eat the dog food that the establishment has dished out and are, in fact, going for choices that are outside the boxes of our ordinary politics.

    Caddell pointed out how the conventional wisdom nine months ago was that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton would prevail in their respective primaries. “The country is saying, no we want something different. And we want to take back … most importantly, reclaiming our sovereignty,” he said, adding that people seem to have gone from being passive observers, to active participants. Caddell said he believes that many people who usually didn’t vote before are now coming out to do so.

    He also said that the race in South Carolina seems to be getting so personal that there may always be hard feelings impacting people’s ability to come toget afterwards but that it was always going to be a bloodbath, which SC politics often are. “If there polls today are correct,” said Caddell, “It’s not hurting Trump.” He has less faith in some internal polls being pushed by campaigns, or Super PACs.

    The full interview with pollster Pat Caddell can be heard below. Breitbart News Daily airs from 6AM-9AM EST on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125.

  11. North Carolina has a repugnant pair of Senators. This jackal is one of them, Burr is the other, he is a Jeb Bush supporter and he is angling to cave in on the Supreme Court. Cocksuckers like this are killing the Republican Party and destroying its brand. This also shows you how effective the tea party has been in picking losers like this guy. They figured he was better than Kay Hagen, when in fact he is worse.
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    Thom Tillis may not have embraced the Tea Party, but the Tea Party Express certainly embraced him with the following endorsement: “Thom Tillis is a strong, conservative alternative… In North Carolina the choice is clear. We encourage every conservative to unite behind Thom Tillis.”

    Although he has only been in the United Senate for under a year, he has wasted no time in moving to the left and allying himself with the Washington Cartel. Presently, Conservative Review gives Tillis a rating of 40% and Heritage Action for America gives Tillis an abysmal 59% conservative rating based, in part, on his votes to extend certain benefits to “same-sex marriage” couples, his support of No Child Left Behind legislation, his confirmation of radical leftist Loretta Lynch to be Barack Obama’s Attorney General and his left of center votes on a number of other issues.

  12. Sessions: ‘No Doubt’ Mitch McConnell Will Not Bring Up Obama SCOTUS Nominee This Year
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    by JEFF POOR16 Feb 201668
    Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)80%
    told host Megyn Kelly there was little chance that Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)44%
    would allow any nominee appointed by President Barack Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia to be brought to U.S. Senate for confirmation.

    “There is no doubt that by following what Mitch McConnell, our leader – the Republican leader has said, we’re not going to bring this nominee up this year. He’s doing exactly what Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)2%
    would do if he in the majority at this time. I’ve seen these fights. I’ve seen them go on for quite a long time. Mitch McConnell used to serve on the Judiciary Committee. He understands this completely. So we’re just not going to move this nominee because it’s going to allow the next president to fill this seat. It’s a decisive seat on the court. We’ve lost a great brilliant conservative justice that will be impossible, really, to replace. So I think the American people will be able to elect someone and that person will get to make the nomination.”

  13. The linguistic kill shots from Trump at the debate ruined the Bush plan to gallop W all over SC for the retired military and Barb for the “to the manor born” snots as !Jeb’s surrogate saviors. Notice the initial outragey fury at mentioning W, Iraq and MISTAKE in the same breath has been dropped. It was one of the great DUH moments of politics. Iraq was a enormous mistake and everyone knows it but it is the Republican form of political correctness to never mention the fuck-ups of the great W. They had to trot old that old sack of guts Cheney to blah-blah how it was not a mistake. Yeah, sure Dick. And not mentioned is Hillary voting yes for the idiocy in the Senate but it is coming if she is the Dem nominee and now they are on notice too.

    As wbboei’s article about Caddell says we are in a political shift that has been brewing for probably close to a decade or longer. Both the Dems and Repubs made numerous horrific mistakes in not paying attention to it, willing it to go away, or trying to beat it out of the public with their donors money. It only got worse. Thomas Frank touches on some of the Dem’s problems in the Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/global/2016/feb/16/the-issue-is-not-hillary-clintons-wall-st-links-but-her-partys-core-dogmas He gets some of it right in that Dems threw in with the globalists and elites who rigged and manipulated a nomination and have protected Obama while throwing over their core of voters. It seems to me at least that Hillary should be running her 2008 campaign in 2016 and should have run her 2016 campaign (only better) in 2008 as that is what the Dem party was trending. It is a puzzlement but indicates she wasn’t paying attention or is truly tone deaf. Of course the Repubs have been rotten bastards for decades and now get Trump ramming it to Jeb the quintessential rich boy, clueless, flunky who thought he had it all bought. The Repubs bitched about the liberal press forever, developed their own and now the public hates the “conservative” (which is now a code term equivalent for globalist) as much as they hate the liberal press learning nothing along the way.

    It looks like a divided country but I don’t think it is THAT divided. There is a 15-20% fringe on the progressive, credentialed globalists end and 15-20% on the Chamber of Commerce/social issues/religion voter globalists end. The 60-70% in the middle is what is regenerating into a mega-party which should scare the stuffing out of DC. When people say their first choice is Bernie or Trump and their second choice is Trump or Bernie the establishment has a very big problem. I think the fear in DC is that Bernie can’t govern and Trump will govern too well. Both are terrifying.

  14. Thom Tillis?

    How do you pronounce that name?

    Not Tom– Thom?

    You have got to make the t-h sound

    Why not just Tom–no h?

    Because that–is too plebian.

    I guess he was with Price Waterhouse?

    And lived in Fairfax??

    Earth to tea party . . .

    This joker is no conservative.

    He IS a globalist.

    Just like the senior senator Burrrrrrrrrrr.

  15. Fuck, twenty years ago they had this Mark whatever his name was.

    He played a rag time piano and inserted his one liners

    To the same sort of canned laughter as Colbert gets

    Or, maybe it is the RNC invitees to the last debate.

    Mark something was his name.

    At times like these, you need a remote channel changer

    Otherwise you will die of boredom.

    There is nothing worse—not even ISIS

    Than a beltway comic, except perhaps for a late night comic

    If there is room for them in Gitmo, that should be their next gig

  16. Hey everyone!

    Admin did I miss something? Is this now a Trump site? From what I have been reading it is more about Trump than Hillary.

    What’s going on, please explain.

    Thanks

  17. I do not see anything about HILLARY in the website now except it is still Hillaryis44 … Hillary WAS and she would not fight for IT

    I registered R so I could vote for Trump!

  18. henry

    February 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Hey neetabug
    Confess Trump has my vote. Switched to R to vote for him

    Trump to me is O’s twin. Can’t stand the man. He is like a kid. If things don’t go his way he make a lot of noise and insults, takes his ball and run home.

  19. Roger Simon’s take on the Bush PAC and Mike Murphy who is running it. A veteran of many failed Republican campaigns, Murf is a favorite of big media for obvious reasons, i.e. they like to see Republicans lose. Therefore Murf is their man. He is creative however in two respects: first, he always finds new ways to lose fighting the last war not the current one. Second, Murf is a master in getting big donors to contribute based on the old axiom a fool and his money are soon parted. Question: How would YOU like to have $100 million to waste as you see fit? Losing elections is Murf’s forte.
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    For a group of people successful enough to donate one million dollars or more to a political campaign, the members of Jeb Bush’s SuperPAC — Right to Rise — have been acting in an astonishingly clueless manner for months. It’s almost as if they were all paid political operatives of Donald Trump — and he certainly doesn’t need their help.

    One way to look at it is the old saw about not fighting last year’s war. This group has been fighting the last decade’s war — or maybe the last century’s. (It wasn’t that long ago, after all.) Further, from my perspective as one of the few Academy Award nominees in screenwriting actually to vote Republican, the PAC’s creative video work has been nothing short of atrocious. Put bluntly, their ads suck. They’re unwatchable.

    Don’t believe me, fine. Read the polls and count the votes. Jeb Bush’s campaign has gone absolutely nowhere and shows virtually no sign of improvement. Worse, it has obstructed other candidates who have a far better chance. To repeat, Right to Rise has, in effect, been working for Donald Trump and blown tens of millions of dollars in the process, far more than Donald has. They should feel humiliated. I certainly would be.

    Could nothing have saved Jeb? Probably. This was not the year to run a legacy. But that doesn’t excuse this PAC’s level of mediocrity for that amount of money. I bet not one of those people would have been anywhere near as wasteful individually. And that leaves aside the myriad good works that the PAC’s 100 million or so could have generated for decent charities.

    Enough. Saturday’s South Carolina primary is their absolute deadline. (It should have been months ago.) If Jeb doesn’t crack double digits, or only does so barely, it’s time to question the patriotism of Right to Rise if they don’t pull the plug. They may have done it to some extent (the ad buys are diminished) but now the future of our country hangs in the balance. The Democrats are offering the country a woman so corrupt she’d sell uranium to Putin or a Henry Wallace retread from the election of 1948 who preaches a nine-year-old’s version of socialism – this with a disintegrating global economy and Western Europe on the verge of going Islamic. (For an all-too-realistic and frightening account of that transition, read Submission by the French novelist Houellebecq.)

    So, you Right to Rise folks, what side are you on — traditional politics or the future for your children and grandchildren? I know that sounds corny, but that’s what’s happening. The country that made you and your families so wealthy hangs in the balance. Stop your nostalgic quixotic quest and allow other candidates — Rubio, Cruz, Kasich — some breathing room, if it’s not already too late. It probably already is and, I hate to say it, you are substantially to blame. And I write this as one who is not afraid of a Trump presidency and would vastly prefer it to any Democrat at this point.

    Finally, I was gracious and did not mention any of you by name — although most of your names are readily available. But what you should have learned by now is the one thing American voters, right and left, are telling us. They are SO OVER business as usual. Time to wake up. The world has changed. Does being conservative mean being conventional? I hope not, because, if it does, it’s doomed.

    By the way, at this writing, when you type JebBush.com into your browser, DonaldTrump.com comes up. At first I thought it was a hack, but apparently, Jeb forgot to renew the domain names for his website — Trump just tweeted that out. Evidently the people working for Jeb are totally inept. Who would want to vote for someone like that for president in 2016?

    (Artwork created using a modified Shutterstock.com image.)

  20. If Bush is not a threat to Trump why does he keep talking about Bush. Makes no sense. Trump is a big Bully. To me it seems if you have a lot of money people are all over you. Good or bad. Money is the root of all evil. I am so sick of him talking about how much money he has. He can have all the money in the world. You can’t take it with you when you die.

  21. gonzotx

    February 17, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Neetebug,

    If you feel that way about Trump, you have been listening!
    Trump 2016…

    =================================================

    My dog Max 2016

  22. Well that’s an intelligent response neetebug,
    Good luck with that.
    As for Admin, she/he will continue to support the candidate that supports, the people.
    Trump 2016.
    And so will I

  23. People are sure funny.
    We have been looking for someone with a pair of big ones,
    To save our country.
    Now that we have someone like that, People are yelling ‘Too big, too big’
    I say BULL ! 😀

  24. f Bush is not a threat to Trump why does he keep talking about Bush. Makes no sense.
    ——
    Bush represents the old guard of the Party, who Trump knows will not go gently into that good night. These people are capable of anything and everything, from crossing the line and voting straight democrat to cold blooded murder. See Roger Stone’s latest book, the Bush Crime Family.

  25. An utter embarrassment:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/269629-nevada-dem-delegates-may-come-down-to-luck-of-the-draw

    Iowa Democrats had their coin toss, but Nevada Dems will break caucus ties on Saturday in true Las Vegas fashion — using a deck of cards.

    When Democratic caucusgoers gather throughout the state on Saturday, each precinct will have an unopened, state party-supplied deck of cards and rules on how to settle ties between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

    According to a party memo issued on Feb. 8, in case of a tie, “a game of chance will decide” which candidate is awarded precinct delegates. Here’s how it works:

    First, each deck must be shuffled seven times. A supporter from each group will draw a card and the highest one wins a delegate.

    If each group chooses the same number or face card, the card suit will then settle who wins the tie. The suits are ranked from highest to lowest: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.

    This wouldn’t be the first time the tie-breaking method has been used.

    At least two instances of using a deck of cards were reported at precinct locations in 2008, where then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama won a delegate because his supporter drew a higher card than the Clinton backer.

    Hillary has not learned one single damn thing since 2008.

  26. Aside from all the other explanations…O has already put two of his choices on the Supreme Court…that is enough…

    Give the voters and a new President a chance

  27. As disappointed as I am in Hillary2016, it still stings seeing those #’s. I saw Bill’s face on the stage in NH and he seemed very unhappy, while everyone else was acting like they had won. Unfortunately as brilliant a politician Bill is, it does not seem to help in his efforts for Hillary. It is embarrassing that she may lose to Sanders.

  28. With those numbers, I wonder if Trump really is unstoppable. If he doesn’t blow it by making any really serious verbal blunders(which is definitely possible) I wonder how the GOP will stop him. Jeb will not go away and can afford to ride the entire primary process out .

  29. New South Carolina poll:

    PDF file: http://www.monmouth.edu/assets/0/32212254770/32212254991/32212254992/32212254994/32212254995/30064771087/55811f0b-8491-4ef3-972e-967977584c58.pdf

    SOUTH CAROLINA: TRUMP FAR AHEAD
    Front-runner leads practically every voting bloc

    West Long Branch, NJ–Donald Trump holds a commanding lead among likely South Carolina
    primary voters just days before they cast their ballots for the Republican nomination. The
    Monmouth University Poll also finds that Trump holds significant advantages with almost every demographic group.

    Among voters likely to participate in South Carolina’s GOP primary on Saturday, 35% currently
    support Trump
    , 19% support Ted Cruz, and 17% support Marco Rubio. John Kasich registers 9%, Jeb Bush has 8%, and Ben Carson has 7%.

    It’s over for Trump.

  30. Heard some of what Hillary said yesterday in NY with Sharpton nearby and it was so disappointing to hear her speak like that
    Pandering is not strong enough to describe it. ..more like inciting and dividing…
    Very disappointing and I can’t support it

  31. http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Q-poll-Freight-train-Trump-had-2-1-lead-6835989.php

    Donald Trump has scored his highest numbers in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday that found him with a 2-1 lead among Republican voters nationwide, with 39 percent.

    He’s followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 19 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 18 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 6 percent with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Dr. Ben Carson at 4 percent each. Nine percent are undecided.

    This compares to the results of a Feb. 5 survey by the independent, Hamden, Conn.-based Quinnipiac University poll, showing Trump with 31 percent, Cruz with 22 percent and Rubio with 19 percent.

    These polls all indicate that Cruz and Rubio need to wage nuke war against each other in order to get distant second place.

  32. It’s over for Trump:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/269592-seven-times-pundits-predicted-donald-trumps-downfall

    Seven times pundits predicted Donald Trump’s downfall

    Donald Trump was supposed to be dead and buried by now.

    The political class and pundits have been predicting Trump’s political demise since his now-infamous speech launching his presidential bid last June, when his description of illegal immigrants as rapists and other criminals provoked a media backlash.

    Trump has been embroiled in controversy at seemingly every turn since. He has thoroughly confounded the pundits, who have declared numerous times that Trump had crossed some line that would be the final straw for Republican primary voters.

    Instead, Trump’s blunt message of American exceptionalism and his distance from the political establishment continue to strike a chord with grassroots conservatives, who are fed up with the status quo in Washington.

    Here are seven times the political class leaped to write the Trump campaign’s obituary, only to be proved wrong.

    Trashing George W. Bush in South Carolina

    It’s no coincidence that Jeb Bush is trotting out his brother, former President George W. Bush, to give him a boost in South Carolina ahead of Saturday’s primary.

    George Bush remains beloved there, and the state is credited with rescuing his 2000 bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

    But at the Republican presidential debate in Greenville on Saturday night, Trump unleashed his most aggressive takedown yet of the Bush legacy concerning terrorism and the war in Iraq.

    Trump made the case that President Bush did not keep the nation safe because 9/11 happened under his watch. He went further, saying that the Bush administration knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but invaded anyway.

    The remarks provoked backlash from some quarters, with conservatives pointing out that Trump’s claims about the weapons of mass destruction put him in the company of liberals from Code Pink to Michael Moore.

    “This is uninformed left-wing claptrap,” conservative columnist Marc Thieessen wrote.

    If there is any state where such rantings should backfire on Trump, it is South Carolina.

    But Trump’s bombastic and fiery performance only appears to have boosted him in the eyes of conservative primary voters in the state.

    Two polls released out of South Carolina on Tuesday found Trump with a strong double-digit lead over the field.

    More “it’s over for Trump” at link.

  33. jbstonesfan
    I think at some point the establishment has to get behind Trump. Bush is a joke , Cruz has gone off the rails with his bromance with Beck. Rubio holds no appeal. Kasich is insulting. Carson so he’s a brilliant surgeon but that soft voice freaks me out. Maybe the establishment might prefer Hillary to Trump but Sander’s is a wild card. Do they want to put up Rubio against Sander’s?

  34. neetabug
    February 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

    You’re sick of the money talk out of Trump? I can understand that. But that is the language of business, macho, a male (and a lot of females) measure of success in work, life, striving, etc. In earlier times it was how much land you owned, size or speed of your horses, or how much game and food you brought home, battles won or scalps on your lance. It is his (and most people’s) success standard and many people DO relate to that. Analyze the language he uses as it is perceived to his voters and audience instead of through your personal filter. I had to do that too and then he made sense. Elites don’t like to talk of money because it is ill bred (made up rule by the wealthy or gentile poor) to do so, but mainly because they already have a lot and don’t want anyone else to have any or if they are going broke. Trump adapts his language and tone to his audience very well. Look at who he is talking to make evaluations. Is it obnoxious? You betcha!

  35. hi
    admin declared there was little positive to speak about regarding hillary2016 so is avoiding the topic in hopes she straightens out and stops supporting obamas policies and going further than obama has.

    so until hillary2016 figures it out admin is pretty much just avoiding the mire.

    neetabug
    February 17, 2016 at 11:19 am
    Hey everyone!

    Admin did I miss something? Is this now a Trump site? From what I have been reading it is more about Trump than Hillary.

    What’s going on, please explain.

    Thanks

  36. sirmrks
    February 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    You ask admin whether you missed something.

    Evidently you did.

    You missed the fact that Hillary has declared herself to be Obama III.

    Which is something Admin has been fighting against since 2007.

    Also, we no longer have a two party system.

    We have the uniparty controlled by wall street.

    Which is throwing the American People under the bus.

    Hillary is controlled by Wall Street and has an incompetent campaign staff.

    Her campaign is as moribund as Jeb Bush’s.

    Everything they touch turns to shit.

    This site is dedicated to the Hillary of 2008.

    If she could revert back to that everyone here would fall in line.

  37. Shadowfax
    I heard some of Hillary’s speech today. She said that monster in SC that shot up the church bought his gun online. That is a lie. I t was a gift. Maybe it washer speech writers, but God she was pandering. Vaguely blamed the cops for Bland’s suicide. Her speech was just shy of Sharpton.

  38. Due to Hillary’s overwhelming, support by “Blacks”..we will have our second “Black” President. .worked out real well for America…didn’t it?

    What do they say to those who do not learn from their mistakes?

    If we elect Hillary, we deserve what we get.

  39. Gonzotx
    We will have to wait unti after SC to see if she made a wise move. Perhaps abandoning her base will pay off. I have the utmost respect for the women and men in blue as does every black friend I have. Does no one any good for a presedential candidate to echo the false narratives. What is her campaign thinking? It’s not 1992 her statements today will be replayed. Lost the police and fire unions.

  40. although I agree completely I did not want to offend the few Hill supporters left.

    wbboei
    February 17, 2016 at 5:12 pm
    sirmrks
    February 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    You ask admin whether you missed something.

    Evidently you did.

    You missed the fact that Hillary has declared herself to be Obama III.

    Which is something Admin has been fighting against since 2007.

    Also, we no longer have a two party system.

    We have the uniparty controlled by wall street.

    Which is throwing the American People under the bus.

    Hillary is controlled by Wall Street and has an incompetent campaign staff.

    Her campaign is as moribund as Jeb Bush’s.

    Everything they touch turns to shit.

    This site is dedicated to the Hillary of 2008.

    If she could revert back to that everyone here would fall in line.

  41. WSJ shock poll out .. awaiting admin take on it .. I find it an outlier

    Cruz plus 2 over Trump nationally

    I do not think it’s true so I await admin take on it

  42. Niki Haley endorsed Rubio
    ——-
    There is two more mistakes by the tea party–endorsing those globalists rinos.

  43. sirmrks
    February 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm
    although I agree completely I did not want to offend the few Hill supporters left.

    ——
    sirmrks

    No problem, it’s open season on Hillary. Those of us that don’t see eye to eye with the blog these days, come by at our own risk.

    I actually try to avoid coming by as much as I can.

    To say I am really sad about it, is an understatement.

  44. WSJ Shock Poll is Bs

    Literally EVERY poll has Trump ahead by double digits. The globalist aren’t giving up for sure, any false narrative they can muster.

    I just watched the new James Bond movie, Spectrum, if you think and believe Globalist, You Will Want To See It.
    I thought it was one of the best.
    I sure have a crush on James…Bond…007…

  45. It seems either Nicky Haley is either vying for a VP or Cabinet spot or she is totally bought and paid for by the RNC which is probably more likely. Didn’t they send her out earlier to go after Trump and she failed?

    My fear is that Donald will deal with the RNC. They will promise him he can be the nominee without any of their dirty tricks at the convention if…if…if he selects Ruby as his VP. Art of the Deal, you know. That seems like a possible scenario. I HOPE NOT. Then Rubio who is bought and paid for by the establishment will be in line to be the next president. Isn’t that what happened with Bush Sr? Wasn’t Reagan forced to accept him as his VP when he didn’t like him and didn’t want him?

  46. Trump cannot pick an establishment Vp if he wants to live very long.
    oops heart attack no autopsy and well what do you know embalmed within 24 hrs.
    what you say he was in republican donors hunting lodge and had a pillow over his head…. nothing to see here.
    move along rubio is now president…

    it will be someone non establishment. palin as VP would probably be the best life insurance he could get.

    My fear is that Donald will deal with the RNC. They will promise him he can be the nominee without any of their dirty tricks at the convention if…if…if he selects Ruby as his VP. Art of the Deal, you know. That seems like a possible scenario. I HOPE NOT. Then Rubio who is bought and paid for by the establishment will be in line to be the next president. Isn’t that what happened with Bush Sr? Wasn’t Reagan forced to accept him as his VP when he didn’t like him and didn’t want him

  47. http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/01/17/ted-cruz-visits-texas-border-to-welcome-illegal-alien-families/

    Here’s a write up on Cruz…not sure of all the conclusion’s…clearly doesn’t like Cruz…I actually tried to like him, but that sleazy snake oil salesman, never could get past that.
    Give me Trump. ..I do think he will, make America at least feel great again and stop some of the more outrages programs we are promoting.
    He will enforce immigration and hopefully minimize the outflow of American jobs. He has the balls to enact legislation That has real bite along with bark. You can feel his passion to make America great again.

  48. Shadowfax, those polls look favorable but things can change real fast if she does not win Nevada which apparently is a tie a this time. No surprise she is losing in Vermont and Mass.
    ==================
    As for Trump, who was that lady that originally hosted the apprentice with him? maybe she can be the VP(or George).

  49. FYI…that addition thing to log in is going a little crazy…it asked me about ten times and I finally gave up and tried another browser…it is a little hyper

  50. sirmrks
    February 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm
    ——-
    The most likely non establishment candidate is Carson.

    He is a good man, and would provide Trump with insurance against impeachment or removal.

    The most likely establishment choice for vice president is Kasich.

    The pros: he can get things done in the congress–point man on budget in 1990s. Workaholic.

    The cons: he is ambitious, and could play Brutas to Trump’s Caesar, he is tied to Wall Street, and he was fired by the Reagan campaign for dealing dope. (Note: I had dinner with my friend who was a member of congress, he came to our table at the Congressional Dining Room, she introduced me to him, and I found him to be not very empathetic–just intense.)

    I am probably wrong on both accounts.

  51. I don’t understand how CNN could have interview’s with just a few politician’s and not the rest? Isn’t there something about equal time?

  52. Yes..watching Rubio now. He is good when not challenged by others . This is a better forum for him. I watched some of Trump on MSNBC but could not take Joe and Mika and had to shut off. I think Trump should have done the CNN thing.

  53. I wonder who made the decision to split up the R’s candidates into two groups?

    Weird. Maybe they wanted Trump almost alone with Bush and the other guy as just a sideline?

  54. An important poll. Conducted after the debate. South Carolina.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-02-17/trump-dominates-in-bloomberg-poll-before-south-carolina-primary

    Trump Dominates in Bloomberg Poll Before South Carolina Primary
    A Bloomberg Politics poll shows the billionaire leading the field across virtually all demographic groups just days before the nation’s third nominating contest.

    Donald Trump holds a 19-point lead over Ted Cruz among those likely to vote in Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary, with Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush locked in a close race for third and John Kasich showing no signs of a surge.

    A Bloomberg Politics poll shows the billionaire dominating the field across virtually all demographic groups, and doing even better than Cruz among those who say they are either very conservative or evangelical Christian. On nearly every question about challenges faced by the next president, Trump scores the highest.

    The real estate mogul is gathering broad support in the first state to vote in the manners-conscious South despite striking discordant notes with a majority of likely voters, who agree that he’s used language that’s crass, un-presidential, and reflecting bad manners and taste.

    “From the size of the lead and the nearness of voting day, it is easy to say this is Trump’s election to lose,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the survey. “While his linguistic choices turn off a majority of voters, he speaks for the people who want radical change in Washington. South Carolina may just be ready to forgive bad manners in exchange for what they see as a strong leader.”

    Trump leads the field with support from 36 percent of likely voters, followed by Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, at 17 percent. Rubio, the junior senator from Florida, is at 15 percent, closely followed by Bush, a former Florida governor, at 13 percent. Stuck at the bottom are retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 9 percent and Kasich, the Ohio governor, at 7 percent.

    Rubio could get a boost from the endorsement of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who has been critical of Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric. She’s viewed positively by 68 percent of those surveyed, the highest of any Republican politician tested in the poll. Trump did not appear to be hurt by a highly combative South Carolina debate performance Saturday, with his level of support staying between 30 percent and 40 percent on each of four nights of polling, with highest scores coming on Sunday and Tuesday nights.

    In keeping with the state’s tradition of not deciding on a candidate until the final days of a campaign, 43 percent of South Carolina primary voters say either they haven’t made up their minds or they could be persuaded to support someone other than their first choice. But supporters of Trump (63 percent) and Cruz (68 percent) have already locked their choice in larger proportions than the average for candidates in the race (56 percent). [snip]

    Trump scores the highest on nearly all questions seeking to gauge presidential qualities. Respondents say he is the candidate who would be most feared by America’s enemies (57 percent); take on the Washington establishment (51 percent); win November’s general election (43 percent); bring about needed change (43 percent); have the right approach to illegal immigration (41 percent); be the strongest leader (41 percent); keep families safe (39 percent); and appoint the best Supreme Court justices (24 percent).

    Trump also holds a big lead among those who say the system is rigged, 48 percent to 15 percent over Cruz. And the front-runner’s tough talk on trade may be helping him with likely primary voters, with 50 percent saying that trade agreements like the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership hurt job prospects in their state, while only 20 percent say it helps. [snip]

    The survey contained some discouraging signs for Rubio, with more than a third of poll participants viewing the 44-year-old senator as too young to be a good president, and only 16 percent say he could win the general election in November despite his focus on electability as a key selling point to voters. [snip]

    No matter how their preferred candidate does, a majority of likely Republican primary voters said they want the candidates to be realistic, if it looks like they don’t have a chance to win the nomination.

    A solid majority—60 percent— said it would be better for a candidate to sacrifice his campaign, support a competitor and help unify the party for the general election, compared to 32 percent who said it would be better for their candidate to keeping fighting.

    “linguistic choices” Ha!

  55. https://youtu.be/XxxFSSSZZvU

    BERNIE SANDERS A BUM WHO DIDN’T EARN HIS FIRST STEADY PAYCHECK UNTIL AGE 40 THEN WORMED HIS WAY INTO POLITICS

    Bernie Sanders was a bum who didn’t earn a steady paycheck until he was 40 years old

    Jim Hoft | Gateway Pundit – FEBRUARY 16, 2016 1241 Comments

    What a shock.

    Bernie Sanders was a bum who didn’t earn a steady paycheck until he was 40 years old. He was a slob who lived in a shack with a dirt floor. He later wrote about masturbation and rape for left-wing rags for $50 a story. The Socialist then wormed his way into politics.

    Bernie had his electricity cut off a lot so he’d run an extension cord down to the basement. He couldn’t pay his bills.

    And today he’s running for president so he can take your money and redistribute it.

    shed much of anything. And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — “We will raise taxes;” he confirmed Monday, “yes, we will.”

    One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps, and it was all downhill from there.
    Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment. Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail. “He was a shi**y carpenter,” a friend told Politico Magazine. “His carpentry was not going to support him, and didn’t.”

    Then he tried his hand freelancing for leftist rags, writing about “masturbation and rape” and other crudities for $50 a story. He drove around in a rusted-out, Bondo-covered VW bug with no working windshield wipers. Friends said he was “always poor” and his “electricity was turned off a lot.” They described him as a slob who kept a messy apartment — and this is what his friends had to say about him.
    The only thing he was good at was talking … non-stop … about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off. “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,” the bitter layabout said. “I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

    So he tried politics, starting his own socialist party. Four times he ran for Vermont public office, and four times he lost — badly. He never attracted more than single-digit support — even in the People’s Republic of Vermont. In his 1971 bid for U.S. Senate, the local press said the 30-year-old “Sanders describes himself as a carpenter who has worked with ‘disturbed children.’ ” In other words, a real winner.

    He finally wormed his way into the Senate in 2006, where he still ranks as one of the poorest members of Congress. Save for a municipal pension, Sanders lists no assets in his name. All the assets provided in his financial disclosure form are his second wife’s. He does, however, have as much as $65,000 in credit-card debt.

    Sure, Sanders may not be a hypocrite, but this is nothing to brag about. His worthless background contrasts sharply with the successful careers of other “outsiders” in the race for the White House, including a billionaire developer, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and a Fortune 500 CEO.

    The choice in this election is shaping up to be a very clear one. It will likely boil down to a battle between those who create and produce wealth, and those who take it and redistribute it.

    So it only makes sense that Democrats would look to Bernie to be their leader.

  56. Yes we can becomes yes we will–raise your taxes, etc.

    Isn’t that the natural evolution of the uniparty.

    We will raise YOUR taxes to pay for OUR political promises

    And you will learn to like it– like a good little progressive

    Or we will put you in a re education camp, where you will be made to like it

    Bow down to your master, the federal government, run by your Harvard trained betters.

  57. gonzotx

    February 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Rubio dated his wife 7 years…7 years…

    Makes you wonder a few things.
    _______________________________
    I don’t think anything is wrong with him going with her for seven years.
    I dated my husband for eight years. In school then while going to college. We have been together after dating for thirty five years until his death.

  58. Most men who date extremely long are either non committal or looking for something better.
    Glad it, worked out for you Neetabug…There are always exceptions.

  59. I don’t get the bernie BS..
    I don’t see how he’s won anything with his awful history.
    America really is the land of opportunity.

  60. “Rubio dated his wife 7 years…7 years… Makes you wonder a few things.”
    ____________

    Yes, indeed. I’ve been reading some things about Rubio in that regard. Don’t know if they are true but if so, there is a whole bunch of “not good” stuff that is being kept very quiet about Marco Rubio’s past. Does this remind you of anyone…like Obama in 2008. Looks like Marco is going to be the RNC establishment darling and is being pushed hard by the media and the establishment.

  61. Gonzo: As hard to land as the Ile de France… he (Marco) was.

    The problem? took 7 years for him to shut up.. . or to stop taking money from establishment donors long enough to get to the church on time.

    The gravamen of her superceding indictment reads as follows:

    A fine romance with no kisses
    A fine romance, my friend, this is
    We should be like a couple of hot tomatoes (to-mah-toes, dear)
    But you’re as cold as yesterday’s mashed po-tah-toes (potatoes)

    A fine romance, you won’t nestle
    A fine romance, you won’t even wrestle
    You’ve never mussed the crease in my blue serge pants
    You never take a chance, this is a fine romance

    A fine romance, my good fellow
    You take romance, I’ll take Jello
    You’re calmer than the seals in the Arctic Ocean
    At least they flap their fins to express emotion

    A fine romance, my dear Duchess
    Two old fogies, we really need crutches
    You’re just as hard to land as the Ile de France! (Fronce)
    I haven’t got a chonce (chance), this is a fine romance

  62. Thanks S..didn’t realize he was appearing tomorrow. I think he needs to be seen on a network that has some viewers as opposed to the one he appeared on tonight. That WSJ poll with Cruz ahead is surprising.

  63. I think it’s the townhall format that has them splitting up the candidates. There will be multiple people (the audience) asking questions, not just a couple of moderators. They may have split them up so more questions could be asked by more people, and limiting the candidates might provide more time for that.

  64. wbboei
    February 17, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    “Sanders describes himself as a carpenter who has worked with ‘disturbed children.’ ”

    This is the best description of his campaign and his supporters that I have seen. Hammerin’ Bernie and the Disturbed Children. It could also be a folk singing group.

  65. I have said this here before. I believe if Trump gets the nomination he will NOT choose a politician for VP. I think it will be someone with strong military background or another business executive.

  66. Mormaer

    “This is the best description of his campaign and his supporters that I have seen. Hammerin’ Bernie and the Disturbed Children. It could also be a folk singing group.”

    Sounds more like a Heavy Metal band to me. 😄

  67. For president I want a super smart guy and it is fine with me if he even knows he’s the smartest one (we’ve had bozos for too long as president). I don’t care if he is cool, what kind of music he likes or someone you’d like to have a beer with (didn’t we learn one thing from the disaster of Bush Jr. and BO). I want someone who is wise and will stand up for what is right and who believes in our Constitution and who has even read it and not just flip flop words like Marco gives us, someone who has good values and will fight the establishment if necessary. So that surely eliminates Rubio and Bush on the Republican side.

  68. The Big Rock Candy Mountain should be the theme song for Bernie’s campaign, because it is a triumph of fantasy over realism and because he was effectively a hobo until he reached the tender age of 40–and that song is written from a hobo’s perspective.

  69. I see where this Obamapope has called Trump’s views on immigration unchristian and Donald has responded that this is disgraceful that this man would use the powers of his office to question the religious faith of another. In my view, it is even more disgraceful that this man would use the powers of his office to undermine the sovereignty of this nation by promoting not legal but illegal immigration.

    This pope is a promoter of global instability, and radical liberation theology. The cardinals who selected him knew he was a political radical, but reckoned that his selection would expand their customer base because he comes from a region where the Catholic church is supreme and where poverty, ignorance and a lack of birth control which they actively discourage. This was an altogether cynical calculation on their part. Notice how he DOES NOT attack the radical regimes in Latin America which do nothing to alleviate the problem, but decides instead to place that burden on the middle class. I would venture to say, if anyone is Un-Christian it is this Marxist Pope.

  70. Wbb,

    I am sick and tired of the Pope calling out America and not the real villains.
    Typical left wing ideology.

  71. Even as America’s rivals are probing its defenses all across the globe, the Pentagon seems decidedly leery over taking on any new missions in the Middle East. “The Obama administration and the Iraqi government are eager to retake Iraq’s second-largest city from the Islamic State, which would allow President Barack Obama to claim a major victory over the terror group before he leaves office. But the top U.S. military brass says not so fast.”

    The debate over the timetable for taking Mosul … highlights the competing pressures of an administration seeking to craft its legacy and military professionals worried about rushing into a bloody urban war.
    It may also suggest an implicit consensus that it would be best to avoid risky undertakings for the remainder of the Obama administration and prepare instead for the serious threats that the administration’s mistakes have unleashed. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev warned of a new “world war” at the recently concluded Munich security conference. Foreign Policy writes, it’s “crunch time for Washington and Beijing in the South China Sea” as satellite photos showed China fortifying its new island bastions with missiles.

    “Is there anything Washington can do to slow China’s land grab?” it rhetorically asks? The answer is: probably not with the current leadership of the free world. Nobody really wants to follow president Obama into a crisis. “Turkey, Saudi Arabia and some European allies” have asked America to support a ground operation as “as a Russian-backed government advance nears NATO’s southeastern border, Turkey’s foreign minister said, but Washington has so far ruled out a major offensive.” Plus they are reluctant to undertake anything themselves. NATO members France and Germany have declined to do anything against ISIS out of dread for a resurgent Russia.

    There is about the current international situation the atmosphere of fiasco. The Russia/Iran buildup continues, fueled as the Free Beacon notes by cash the Obama administration gave Tehran itself. Russia is now increasingly in command of the Syrian Army fighting beside an Iranian “foreign legion”, eliciting nothing more than a squeak from the president. There are warnings it is now time to start preparing for the collapse of Saudi Arabia without the expectation of being able to prevent it.

    No solutions appear possible for the present. Plans appear to focus on the world after Obama. Resigned to the fact that migrant inflow cannot be stopped, European security forces are preparing to fight ISIS sleeper cells in the cities of the old continent. Saudi Arabia is hosting major maneuvers involving 20 Islamic countries on its northern border in anticipation of a regional Armageddon. A major South Korean politician has proposed acquiring nuclear weapons to defend itself from North Korea.

    Everyone is making shift for themselves because that is all that is possible. But the most significant actions have been undertaken by the Pentagon itself. It has proposed the largest budget in years for the express purpose of rebuilding the deterrent force against Russia. The New York Times reported plans to “fortify” Eastern Europe. Real Clear Defense reports a crash program called the Third Offset Strategy to boost up the combat power of the US military in the short term. The current Defense Budget is a tacit mea admission of a need to make up for ground squandered in the last 7 years.

    For a two-term president issuing his last federal budget that was dismissed before it even hit the Hill, the defense budget rollout has received unusually heavy coverage. This is driven mostly by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s unveiling of the “Third Offset” strategy and its official launch and inclusion in the 2017 request. Put simply, the new strategy is an attempt to offset shrinking U.S. military force structure and declining technological superiority in an era of great power competition—a challenge that military leaders have not grappled with in at least a generation. …
    the third offset is not just a quest for next-generation technologies, but also a re-evaluation of existing programs with an eye toward how they can be dramatically improved at relatively low cost. … investments fall into six targeted areas: anti-access and area-denial, guided munitions, undersea warfare, cyber and electronic warfare, human-machine teaming, and wargaming and development of new operating concepts. Much of it is weighted toward the Air Force and Navy.

    But all these things must wait until after the current administration. After years of talking about a “world without nuclear weapons”, legacies, grand bargains, rule based international systems, open borders and falling seas, the final act of the Obama administration has been to allow a budget aimed at belatedly giving America a fighting chance for survival, to at least let someone do what he could not do himself.

    It seems clear there is widespread consensus there will be a major period of instability or conflict after Obama leaves office, perhaps even before he departs. Conflicts in Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, North Africa, China, etc. are not only possible, they have actually started and each is escalating.

    What is still unclear is how bad it will get. That depends on two things: the extent to which Western defenses can be rebuilt and the judiciousness with which foreign and security policy leadership is exercised. Political events in 2016 are crucial not only in America, but all over the world because they will determine, more or less, who is in charge when the balloon goes up. If the West can prepare in time and uses its assets properly, the worst of the crisis can still be avoided and a general peace might still be preserved. If nothing intelligent replaces the last seven years of foolishness then the embers now smoldering may burst into open flame, merge and threaten everybody with the major conflict Dmitry Medvedev warned against.

    There will still be some calls in the next few months for president Obama to “do something” but there will be fewer than you would expect. The word is out, even among allies. He’s a busted flush. For the moment, the consensus appears to sit tight, get ready, take no chances and wait out Obama’s term.

    Europe has finally gotten the picture. As for America, there is perhaps in the military some atavistic memory of its days in Vietnam, when small recon teams on the Ho Chi Minh trail, with no available air support and hunted by NVA trackers, would “remain overnight” (RON) in a dense thicket and set out their Claymores to survive until daybreak, in hopes their luck might change.

    In a much bigger context that appears to be what is happening now. Remain overnight. People have decided to wait out the dark and hope for the best.

    https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2016/02/17/remain-overnight/

  72. People need to understand EXACTLY what the Obama legacy is, so they cannot be bamboozled. Even though his benighted administration is in its death throes, we must be mindful of what that legacy is not merely for the sake of history, but so we understand what Hillary means when she vows to follow in his footsteps and go even further:

    The Obama legacy is in eight (8) parts:

    1. Economy: doubles national debt. China surpassed US at the largest economy. Trillion dollar stimulus went to cronies, based on pay to play Chicago scheme. Farm out American jobs. 95 million people of working age not working, while Obama takes a victory lap as the phony unemployment rate drops to 5%

    2. Health Care: to federalize 1/6 of the economy. Achieved. Result: chaos. Five million Americans lose their coverage. Insurance problem of adverse selection. Gruber gutspilling.

    3. Energy: cap and trade. Triple energy costs on middle class families. Not achieved.

    4. Education: common core to indoctrinate children in secular religion, promote white guilt, obliterate the history of this country, pre 1964.

    5. Foreign Policy: abandonment of leadership role; nonsense about the community of nations enforcing the rule of law; apologize to our enemies, abandon our allies–in some cases toppling their regimes to assist terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood. Adversaries filling the vaccum as US retreats. Nonsense about empires rise and fall, no need to react to slaughter. We are viewed as a joke.

    6. Security: open borders. Ignore FBI warning that we cannot vet the people Obama is bringing in from terrorist regions of the world. Refusal to call Muslim terrorism what it is. Labeling terrorist acts workplace violence. Giving guns to Mexican drug cartels.

    7. Transformation: changing this country from a capitalist system with safety nets to a European style entitlement state, in preparation for a trans-Atlantic Union, run out of Brussels. Attack upon our Constitution, the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 10th amendments. Corrupting the vote.

    8. Polarization: the destruction of internal unity by exploiting the fault lines in our society, including race, religion, gender, illegal vs legal immigrant, middle class vs poor, while protecting his billionaire donors and handlers.

  73. Remember that old line: how do you measure success–one investor at a time.

    Well, if you ask a democrat how they measure success, they will say we love Obama and we embrace his legacy.

    Great.

    And the heroic republicans?

    Oh, well, they deplore what he is doing publicly and support it privately, i.e. failure theater.

    They promise voters to stop him, and when voters hire them to do that they reward their cronies, and moon their voters and vilify their base.

    Does anyone who lives in the same world as most of us, with an IQ over 80, not understand why the electorate has no faith in the political class? And why Trump is leading.

    The easiest way to say this is the public is now showing the same contempt for the political class that the political class has shown to them, AND IT AINT GOING AWAY.

    If they think Trump is bad, just you wait and see how bad it will get–for them, if they manage to defeat him. Then you will see a real demagogue.

  74. The Republican Party should have impeached him.

    Andrew McCarthy, a legal heavyweight, laid out the case.

    But for the cowardly RINOS this was the path not taken.

    The RINO is not the cure for Obama.

    He is another form of the same disease.

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