#BastilleDay: @RealDonaldTrump Off The Fence – Picks Mike Pence For #Trump2016 – #PenceMakesSense

Update: Potential terror attack in Nice, France on Bastille Day. Truck kills dozens. Fodder for Trump as more terror hits the West. Will Obama say he has no clue about why the terror attack and call for truck control? Details coming…


It’s the rust belt strategy, stupid.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence will board the #TrumpTrain as the VP candidate, it is widely reported. Pence has already dropped his reelection bid so we take these reports seriously:

Donald Trump will pick Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate, Roll Call reports.

Pence, a staunch conservative, brings to the ticket legislative experience from his time in the House of Representatives.

Trump is set to announce his VP decision Friday at Trump Tower in New York City, the site he rolled out his candidacy for the presidency last year.

Why not Gingrich? Um, the Hannity interview. Newt Gingrich will be a better fit as Trump’s high level congressional liaison to push through the Trump program past that GOP establishment has-been Paul Ryan.

Why today and why Pence? First, two days of coverage full time for Trump, who relies almost exclusively on earned media to propel his campaign. Most importantly, the rust belt strategy:

Who do we think is the best VP for Donald Trump? Donald Trump’s best strategy is to win the rust belt states with the white working class vote. That’s the strategy. The strategy picks the VP.

Mike Pence fits the strategic bill although Trump is the only one who knows if the chemistry is right.

It’s the rust belt strategy. It’s the rust belt strategy. It’s the rust belt strategy. Chemist Trump thought Pence made sense.

Every revolution, full of chaos, full of turmoil, full of fire and music, needs a bland figure at a high level to lessen fear of the unknown if the revolution is to overthrow the ancien régime. Pence is that lower-the-fear-of-the-unknown figure Trump has chosen to help on Bastille Day.

For the rust belt strategy, Pence Makes Sense.


117 thoughts on “#BastilleDay: @RealDonaldTrump Off The Fence – Picks Mike Pence For #Trump2016 – #PenceMakesSense

  1. Assuming the reports are accurate and that Donald Trump is not playing with Big Media, Pence does make sense.

    There are many reasons not to like Pence but that is true of every potential VP choice. Newt? Um, NAFTA, how he left the Speakership, just to pick on two problems. Christie? We’ll cross that bridge some other day. Sessions? He was Trump before Trump but does he help as much as others with the rust belt strategy? Flynn? Never been in the public eye like this and with all his national security strengths was sure to wilt. Rubio? Too liddle for the job. Cruz? A snooze lose. Ernst? Didn’t have the experience Trump wanted and she didn’t want to leave Iowa.

    Pence fit the bill for the rust belt strategy and didn’t irk Trump:


    Donald Trump is planning to announce that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his choice for his vice presidential running mate, according to a Republican with direct knowledge of the decision.

    As Trump narrowed in on his choice of Pence, the two men spent time at both Trump’s golf resort in New Jersey in early July and at the Indiana governor’s mansion this week.

    In addition to testing the men’s chemistry together, Trump was reportedly impressed with Pence’s calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor, and Pence’s potential to assist Trump in governing, should the ticket win in November.

    Trump’s campaign tweeted that no decision has been made and that the announcement will be made publicly at an event at Trump Tower at 11 a.m. Friday morning.

  2. Guess we’ll just have to trust in Trump’s judgement about Pence and that the Trump train will get us to the Promised Land.

  3. Your analysis are always, or so it seem right on target.
    Pence makes Sense.
    As an astrology buff, one thing I discovered in the analysis of Trump’s two top choices is that both Pence and Gingrich are Gemini, just like Trump.
    Pence June 7
    Trump June 14
    Gingrich June 17
    So in a sense Trump did pick someone who is similar to Trumps way of thinking a viewing the world.
    Now if Gingrich becomes part of his Administration, Trump will surround himself with quick thinks with many points of view to analysis.

  4. Corrections:…. of thinking and viewing the world.
    …… Trump will surround himself, with quick thinkers who will offer many points of view to analysis.

  5. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3690404/White-House-hopeful-Trump-nears-end-vice-presidential-search.html

    HE’S HIRED: Trump to name Indiana Governor Mike Pence as running mate according to reports

    Roll Call, a Washington, DC political newspaper, reported Thursday that Donald Trump has picked Pence as his vice-presidential nominee
    Campaign officials would not confirm the report; chairman said decision was still to be ‘made in the near future’
    Formal announcement will be made Friday morning in New York City, followed by Fox News appearance and joint interview with ’60 Minutes’
    Indianapolis newspaper confirmed Pence has dropped his bid for re-election as governor, while other reports have Trump insiders telling the Republican national Committee that the deal is done
    Pence brings conservative Christian credentials that could alienate centrists and Democratic crossover voters, but may give right-wingers less reason to oppose Trump [snip]

    The Drudge Report, among the world’s most influential news aggregation websites, quickly spread word that Fox News host Sean Hannity will interview Pence Friday night after he’s officially part of the ticket, and that the CBS show ’60 Minutes’ would feature a joint interview with Trump and Pence Sunday night. [snip]

    The Times reported that Trump insiders had reached out to the Republican National Committee to tell them Pence would be the running mate.

    Manafort, however, batted back the paper’s sources and played coy. ‘We have not been reaching out to Washington to tell them to prepare for any particular candidate,’ Manafort told the Times.

    And Trump himself took advantage of the singular moment to tweet – but not about Pence.

    ‘I employ many people in the State of Virginia – JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!’ he wrote. ‘Crooked Hillary will sell us out, just like her husband did with NAFTA.’

    Conservative columnist Ann Coulter, who has been a significant Trump booster, was nonplussed with the choice.

    ‘Better VP picks for Trump! Kris Kobach, Scott Brown, Pat McCrory, Mike Crapo, David Clarke, Mike Tyson, my next door neighbor ..’ she tweeted.

    The Indianapolis Star independently confirmed the reports that Trump had chosen his man, noting that Pence had dropped his bid for re-election as governor. [snip]

    Christie told MSNBC as the news unfolded that ‘obviously I’m a competitive person. So I’m not gonna say it won’t bother me if I’m not selected.’

    Gov. Pence’s fiery speech Tuesday stands as a contrast to most Americans’ underwhelming opinions about him, according to recent polling.

    A July 8-10 survey conducted by the Morning Consult found little enthusiasm in Pence’s corner, with just 12 per cent saying his name on the ticket would make them more likely to support Trump.

    Among only Republicans, he would make 22 per cent more likely and 11 per cent less likely; 40 per cent said the pick wouldn’t impact their Election Day decision at all.

    Pence is a low-key evangelical Christian who lacks Trump’s showman’s flair. But his cautious demeanor is unlikely to produce negative headlines in the nearly four months remaining before voters choose their next president.

    He has pressed unapologetically conservative views on some social issues, including gay rights and abortion, which could both alienate Trump from centrist voters and give the party’s right wing less reason to oppose him at next week’s nominating convention. [snip]

    Pence had backed a Trump rival, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, in April before the Indiana primary, but he praised the New York businessman and said he would work on behalf of the eventual Republican nominee.

    Trump won Indiana anyway, prompting Cruz to drop out of the party race to be the nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election.

    Pence had considered running for president himself in 2016 before deciding to run for re-election as governor.

    Conservatives had urged him to seek the White House, but missteps in 2015 related to an Indiana law seen as anti-gay hurt his national profile.

    This year, he was the target of a mocking social media campaign by women outraged at a law he signed creating new restrictions on abortions.

    Feeling that the law invaded their privacy, women responded by calling Pence’s office to describe their menstrual periods or tweeting similar messages.

    Pence ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice before he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000, where he was chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservatives.

  6. I don’t know much about Pence, but if the posts here are accurate and pence has been a staunch proponent of taking away a woman’s right to choose, then I think he may be a losing choice. Trump has a problem with women and this will make it worse.
    Trump already has broad support in the rust belt but he has big problems with women. Both Mc Cain and Romney lost voters because of their VP picks….lots of voters.
    I really didn’t think Trump was this stupid. If it rally is Pence, then Trump may have just lost the election IMHO.
    So many women who remember life before the legalization of abortion WILL NOT VOTE FOR A TICKET WITH A STRONG ANTI CHOICE CANDIDATE.
    Why woul Trump go there. He has wide support precisely because he is not strongly involved with these hot button social issues. Why the hell can’t he stay on the issues that are important o the MAJORITY of Americans….jobs, trade, illegal immigration….

    My personal choice for VP….Jan Brewer.

  7. Smart:


    Paul Nehlen Calls For Populist Revolt Against Paul Ryan

    In a full-page ad in the Janesville Gazette, Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen calls on Wisconsin workers to “dethrone” House Speaker Paul Ryan on his August 9th primary and save the nation from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and open borders.

    Paul Ryan is the most anti-union, anti-worker member of Congress,” the full-page ad reads. “’Open Borders’ Paul Ryan is planning to ram through the job-killing Trans Pacific Partnership right after the election. Only you can stop it. Defeat ‘Open Borders’ Paul Ryan and protect American jobs.”

    Wisconsin has an open primary,” the ad states. “All Wisconsin workers must unite on August 9th to dethrone ‘Open Borders’ Paul Ryan and stop the Ruling Class. Do it for American workers. Do it for our Country.”

    The ad prominently features a picture of Paul Ryan smirking. Underneath it—in the background— is a picture of the now-shuttered Janesville GM plant, which had been a fixture of the community for decades and had once employed more than 7,000 Wisconsin workers. [snip]

    Paul Ryan has a long history of advocating for globalist policies on trade and immigration. NBC’s Chuck Todd recently described Paul Ryan as “an internationalist” who supports the “open borders” ideology on immigration.

    Indeed, Ryan has repeatedly made the case for enacting an open borders immigration system that would allow people to freely and legally enter the country without any firm limits—similar to the uninhibited immigration policy European nations have within the EU.

    During his Tuesday CNN town hall interview with Jake Tapper, Ryan reiterated his desire to bring in more foreign workers—even though 94 million Americans are operating outside the workforce, and 83% of the American electorate wants to see immigration levels frozen or reduced.

    As Breitbart News’ Neil Munro reports:

    House Speaker Paul Ryan last night promised to create a ‘21st Century’ immigration system that lets employers hire an endless supply of cheap foreign workers instead of paying marketplace wages to American employees or to young Americans entering the labor force.

    Ryan has previously explained that importing more low-skilled foreign labor is necessary to help employers keep wages low.

    On trade, Ryan worked as President Obama’s “partner” in his effort to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership— even though Wisconsin suffered a net loss of nearly 40,000 jobs in 2015 alone due to the U.S. trade deficit with TPP countries.

  8. wbboei
    July 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    The Rules commmittee abruptly recessed for more than 4 hours today to deal meet with never trump delegates who have proposed dozens of changes to the rules—Mike Lee of Utah and Kendall Unrah of Colorado are leading the charge on this. The problem is the meeting is televised.


    July 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Trump just issued a statement to FOX.

    I have not made a decision. I am still narrowing it down. Pense may have jumped the gun. Trump will not appreciate being outed by CBS/

    Earlier this morning two of Penses staffers boarded a plane for NY.

    We can only hope Pense jumped the gun and tomorrow Trump will announce Sessions is his actual VP pick. Trump may be using Pense as a foil until he hears what the ‘changes’ are made by the Rules Committee. Tump is the epitome of being ‘True to Onself’. I cannot fathom him taking on Pense as his VP pick when Trump’s ideology is diametrically opposed to Pense 180 degrees in the oposite direction.

  9. With Pence, all of the evangelicals that sat out the 2012 Mittens Mormon vote are immediately engaged. Remember, there are just as many women evangelicals, as, men. If Pence is what is needed to get them off their ass and vote, then so be it. The Midwest is prime evangelical territory.

    Whatever it takes.

  10. Alcina, “whatever it takes” is correct. We’ll miss a Newt rough and tumble fight-fest VP candidacy. But “whatever it takes”. The rust belt strategy is all.

    It will all be confirmed tomorrow at 11:00 or else Trump will once again rock the boat.

  11. Will the holy rollers equal or surpass, which is what Trump needs, the loss of the female/gay vote he will lose?

  12. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article89544897.html


    The hopes of congressional Democrats that presumptive Republican Donald Trump’s presidential run will hurt incumbent Senate Republicans might be just that – hopes.

    A new Qunnipiac Poll on Thursday finds three incumbent Republicans in key swing states comfortably leading their Democratic challengers.

    The poll shows that Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio are not only fending off their Democratic challengers but also, in some cases, they’re widening their leads.

    Rubio leads Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., by 50-37 percent, a 6-point gain since Quinnipiac’s last poll of Florida voters in June. Rubio is also ahead of Rep. Alan Grayson, another potential Democratic challenger, by 50-38 percent.

    “Democrats made fun of Sen. Rubio when he opted for a last-minute re-election bid in Florida, but he may be on the way to the last laugh, having quickly opened double-digit leads over both Democratic challengers,” said Peter, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

    In Ohio, Portman leads former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland by 47-40 percent. Quinnipiac’s survey differs from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll released Wednesday that found Portman and Strickland tied at 44 percent.

    In Pennsylvania, Toomey holds a double-digit advantage over Democrat Katie McGinty, 49-39 percent.

  13. Well, the long awaited Rules committee meeting at the convention is underway, and a backroom deal may have already been cut. The contingent seeking to unbind the delegates, led by Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh, had hoped to draw out and protract the meeting in a bid to get their proposed rule changes to the floor. Fellow NeverTrump delegate Ken Cuccinelli’s support had been seen as crucial to the effort to get at least 28 members of the Rules Committee to go along with this.

    Cuccinelli, however, is allegedly in the process of cutting a deal with Priebus to streamline the meeting in exchange for modifications to the nominating process in 2020 that would allow candidates like Ted Cruz a better chance of success. It looks, at least, like Cuccinelli has conceded that stopping Trump in 2016 is not going to happen and that the best strategical move is to not make life so easy for early front runners in the future.

    Unbinding the delegates was always a Hail Mary play and it’s still possible that there will be a floor vote on the measure, which I would assume will likely fail. I do think it is important for as many delegates as possible be allowed to register their refusal to support Trump, which of course is exactly the embarrassment that Priebus is trying to avoid. But the opening salvos in the war to stop Trump at the convention do not look to be going the direction of the #DelegatesUnbound crowd.

  14. wbboei
    July 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I do think it is important for as many delegates as possible be allowed to register their refusal to support Trump
    If it wasn’t for your post immediately after that, then it would have sounded like that was what YOU hoped for.

  15. Terror attack in France on Bastille Day? Government of Nice declares terror attack. Dozens dead. Truck plowed into crowds. Obama will soon for truck control?

    Confirmation coming…

  16. 3 times Mike Pence distanced himself from Donald Trump

    Gov. Mike Pence has been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump since the billionaire businessman locked up the Republican presidential nomination with a win in Indiana’s primary.

    But the conservative first-term Indiana governor hasn’t always agreed with Trump’s positions — in fact, he has publicly criticized them on at least three occasions.

    Banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

    In one of his most explosive proposals, Trump has repeatedly called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

    Pence, who himself opposed the resettling of Syrian refugees in Indiana, said Trump’s position goes too far.

    “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional,” Pence said on Twitter. “Our Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion. The U.S. cannot discriminate on the basis of religion.”

    Pence’s spokesman Matt Lloyd later said the governor’s call for a halt to settling Syrian refugees and Trump’s call for a ban on all Muslims are different.

    “The Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion,” Lloyd said in a statement. “There is a distinct difference, however, when it comes to security issues when members of the Obama Administration’s intelligence community have said that ISIS has attempted to gain entry into the United States via the Syrian refugee program.”

    Punishing women for illegal abortions

    During an MSNBC town hall event in March, Trump told host Chris Matthews that “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who seek illegal abortions. The remark drew rebuke from those on both sides of the abortion debate and Trump recanted his comments later the same day.

    Even Pence, who earlier that month had signed one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the nation, distanced himself from Trump’s comments. His office issued a statement saying Pence “does not agree” with Trump’s comments.

    “As someone who has embraced the pro-life position all of his life, he has a deep compassion for expected mothers and the unborn,” the statement said. “The Governor believes that it’s important to focus on policies, as we advance the sanctity of life on those that are performing the abortions.”

    read the rest:


    Pense’s statements sound more like an anti-Trump supporter than an ideal VP pick for Trump.

  17. Mrs.Smith,

    I know, really Trump. If it is Pence, he will not have Donalds ear, nor confidence. This is purely an arranged Marriage.

  18. When will they learn?


    A truck has crashed into a crowd of revelers celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice – prompting fears of terrorism, Peter Allen reports.

    Horrific images depicting men and women lying on the side of a road close to the Promenade des Anglais appeared on social media.

    Videos and photographs also showed thousands fleeing in panic following reports of loud explosions.

    Fireworks were filling the night sky as the drama unfolded, as the crowds enjoyed July 14th, which is always a Bank Holiday in France.

    The country is still under a State of Emergency following last year’s attacks on Paris, when almost 150 people were murdered by Islamic State and Al-Qaeda operatives.

    Both groups are well known for driving vehicles into innocent people, prompting fears that tonight’s incident could be linked to their activities.

    Bastille Day, which celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris during the French Revolution of 1789, is the country’s biggest public holiday.

  19. Possible hostage situation too. Accomplice to truck driver shot by police might be in hotel/restaurant with hostages.

  20. admin
    July 14, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Possible hostage situation too. Accomplice to truck driver shot by police might be in hotel/restaurant with hostages.

    So sad

  21. gonzotx
    July 14, 2016 at 6:01 pm


    I know, really Trump. If it is Pence, he will not have Donalds ear, nor confidence. This is purely an arranged Marriage.

    The Pense leaked VP story has got to be a ruse. If true- Together, they are an incompatible team doomed to failure.

    I can’t believe Trump would capitulate
    and compromise his platform and values to a subordinate someone who has no there there.

    It just isn’t going to happen..

  22. Pence haters rejoice! Trump is going to squeeze every drop of drama even if we all die from sus-pence. Trump will prolong the agony of knowing for sure at our ex-pense:

  23. Trump had the grace to postpone. Will Obama and ABC? Scheduled for 8 PM tonight

    OBAMA TO PARTICIPATE IN TOWN HALL ON RACE AND POLICING WITH ABC’s DAVID MUIR: With the recent tragic events in Minneapolis, Baton Rouge and Dallas still fresh on the minds of Americans, President Obama will participate in a Disney Media Networks town hall today titled “The President and the People: A National Conversation.” The town hall will be moderated by “World News Tonight” anchor DAVID MUIR and held in Washington DC. It will focus on candid discussions on race relations, justice, policing and equality by the members of the community. ESPN’s Jemele Hill will join Muir. The one-hour event will come just days after President Obama attended a Dallas memorial for five police officers shot dead last week by a sniper. It also comes after two black men were killed by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota — controversial shootings that sparked a wave of protests. http://abcn.ws/29C5bQh

  24. Ahhhh. But did he postpone because of the attacks or was this the plan all along? Trump is master of the media. As mentioned earlier they cannot handle two major stories at once

  25. Trump must now find a suitable VP to make recom-pense for the gross negligence and harm done to our country. Therefore, we MUST dis-pense with any notion Pense as VP could fulfill Trump’s mission to ‘Make America Great Again’.

  26. Maybe part of the reason why Trump postponed announcing his VP choice is to review his plan of announcing Pence as his choice in light of Pence’s opposition to his plans to restrict Muslim immigration.

  27. It Pence is not going to suspend his Gov re election and travel to New York for a game of domino’s.

    I think Trump suspended his announcement out of sympathy for the French…it’s been a horrible few years. They have opened their doors to these monsters and this is how they have repaid them. I don’t want to hear that it was just a few, the vast majority want Sharia, when they know of these radicals, they don’t report them. Their mosque’s are filled with hatred.

    Time to gather all Western nations and Eastern Europe and get serious.

  28. I don’t understand. I thought there was a second terrorist and he had hostages?
    Drudge seems to be saying one.
    Up to 80 dead, 120 injured.
    Why is Eiffel Tower burning, bombs?

  29. Mrs. Smith1

    July 14, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Pence has arrived in New York and is staying in midtown. It does seem to be all over-its Pence for sure.
    unless Trump reads my tweet to him and changes his mind…..not betting on that.

  30. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/07/14/trump_obama_has_to_finally_admit_radical_islam_is_the_cause_we_have_to_be_very_tight_with_our_borders.html

    Trump: Obama Has to Finally Admit Radical Islam Is The Cause; “We Have To Be Very Tight With Our Borders”

    Presumptive Republican nominee for president Donald Trump said it is “about time” that President Obama acknowledge radical Islam is wreaking havoc across the world. “I don’t think the people came out of Sweden, okay?” Trump said about the terror attack in Nice, France.

    We have to be very tight with our borders,” Trump said to FOX News’ Greta van Susteren on her nightly show.

    “The first thing [President Obama] could do is say radical Islam if it is,” Trump said Thursday night. “Generally speaking I don’t think the people come out of Sweden, okay? It’s probably, possibly but if it is indeed radical Islamic terrorism, it’s about time that he would say so, okay? It’s about time because you are never going to solve this problem unless you are going to define it and it would be about time — people would sigh with relief if he would say it but he doesn’t want to say it.”

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, well let me go back to what’s going on in Nice and this terrorism. What do you think that President Obama is going to be doing tonight about this and contrast it with what you’d be doing tonight.

    TRUMP: Well, the first thing he should do is say it’s radical — if it is, and it may not be. So, you know, I want to preface that because — for both of us, because you’re in the same position as I am — but generally speaking I don’t think the people come out of Sweden, okay? It’s probably, possibly but if it is indeed radical Islamic terrorism, it’s about time that he would say so, okay? It’s about time because you are never going to solve this problem unless you are going to define it and it would be about time — people would sigh with relief if he would say it but he doesn’t want to say it. So let’s see what happens, I mean, it just happened now and let’s see who did it and what it’s all about but if it is indeed again like in Orlando, like in San Bernardino, like in Paris, like in the World Trade Center, like so many other places — if it’s radical Islamic terrorism, he ought to say it.

    VAN SUSTEREN: And then what? If it is —


    TRUMP: And then not let people into our country, Greta. We are taking people into our country, we don’t know who they are. We can’t let people from terrorist states and all of these people pour into our country because, you know, it only takes one or two people to create havoc and we’re allowing thousands of people, we have no idea who they are. We have to be tough. Look, somebody said it the other day that Trump is the law and order candidate. I’m the border candidate, I’m the great trade candidate, we’ll make great trade deals, but I am indeed the law and order candidate and Hillary is weak and ineffective. She’s been there – she created ISIS with her stupid policies. So if this turns out to be yet another attack from radical Islam, then we are going to have to take — our president is going to have to finally admit and do something about it.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Donald, thank you for joining us. This was not exactly what I had planned on us talking about tonight but obviously there’s breaking news out of Nice. It takes front and center of all of our attention.

    TRUMP: It is so sad to see, Greta. It’s so sad and it’s constant. It’s constant. We don’t do anything about it. We’re weak and we’re weakly led and ineffective. Thank you, Greta, very much.

    This is a change election. Trump is for change. Hillary tied herself to that sinking ship, kiss of death, Obama third term strategy.

  31. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/anti-trump-efforts-unbind-delegates-fail-republican-rules/story?id=40596896

    Anti-Trump Efforts to Unbind Delegates Fail In Republican Rules Panel

    A last-ditch effort to block Donald Trump’s nomination by freeing delegates to vote for whomever they want has been soundly defeated in the convention’s rules panel tonight.

    It’s over folks. We need to get behind our candidate,” said Steve Scheffler, who also pushed additional language to clarify that delegates are bound. [snip]

    A vote to end discussion on the proposal received only 21 “no” votes, indicating that a push to force a vote on the convention floor will not reach the 28-delegate threshold.

    The panel has also inserted additional language insisting that the delegates are bound.

  32. #NeverTrump liars:


    Unruh had been saying as recently as Wednesday that she was confident she would have the votes for a minority report. “I know I have the 28 votes,” she told BuzzFeed News. But RNC officials and Trump campaign officials were both telling reporters that the Free the Delegates movement had no chance.

    “Anti-Trump people get crushed at Rules Committee,” Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort tweeted on Thursday. “It was never in doubt: Convention will honor will of people & nominate @realdonaldtrump.”

    Eric O’Keefe, a leader of the Delegates Unbound group that is also opposing Trump’s nomination, told BuzzFeed News that a plan was “in development” now that the conscience clause has been lost. O’Keefe said the group would release a statement soon.

    On Thursday night, Rules Committee members who opposed the Free the Delegates movement urged everyone to get behind Trump.

    “It’s over folks,” said Steve Scheffler, a delegate from Iowa who is also the director of the Iowa branch of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “Let’s get behind our nominee.”

    One delegate from Hawaii who wore a Make America Great Again hat became tearful while asking his colleagues to back the nominee.

    I’m only as good as my word, and I ask you to be as good as your word,” he said. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

    One delegate who emerged as a strong anti-Trump voice in the committee was Utah senator Mike Lee, who backed the conscience clause and opposed the binding amendment. Lee repeatedly went back and forth to confer with Unruh throughout the debate.

    Lee gave an impassioned speech accusing Trump of silencing delegates.

    Lee said that a nominee must win on “two levels” — in the primaries, as well as among the delegates.

    Rules Committee’s know how to steal elections. Ask Hillary and those of us who attended the Rules Committee in 2008.

  33. totally disgusted
    July 14, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Mrs. Smith1

    July 14, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Pence has arrived in New York and is staying in midtown. It does seem to be all over-its Pence for sure.
    unless Trump reads my tweet to him and changes his mind…..not betting on that.


    Your tweet is from my keyboard to Trump’s ears.

    In light of the tragic events happening in France. I hope he apologizes for the mix-up. A misunderstanding especially directed to Mike Pense. Offering to make it up to him by offering him a cabinet position or some such if he is elected president. And rolling on announcing Sen Jeff Sessions is his VP pick.

    We need a visionary dynamic duo to fix our broken, divided country. Mike Pense is not up to the task. Not now or ever.

    I can dream, can’t I?

  34. Trump has all weekend to digest people’s reactions to this latest islamic terror attack and Pence’s old tweet opposing Trump’s policy of restricting Muslim immigration. We’ll see if that changes anything probably on Monday.

  35. Hillary’s call in to Bill O’Reilly’s show over these attacks smells like an act of desperation, given how much they hate FoxNews.

  36. I took a look at what comments were being posted over this story at the New York Times and immediately regretted it. Still a lot of delusional people there in complete denial over the nature of the enemy responsible for these terrorist attacks.

  37. Still a lot of delusional people there in complete denial over the nature of the enemy responsible for these terrorist attacks.

    They are paid posters. Paid to propagandize the NYT articles with faux ire directed at anything or anyone else except the Truth.

  38. And 54 children in the hospital. I just learned from a friend in SoCal with relatives in Nice that her niece got trampled by the panicked crowd trying to escape the truck and gunfire. Fortunately she suffered only minor injuries.

  39. Donald just tweets that he has chose Mike Pence and the formal announcement will be tomorrow Sat at 11 am

    imho…let’s move on…this is the ticket…

    let’s ignore most of the spin the media is putting on things because they just want to cause problems and put Donald in a bad light…

    Donald is on target…he is instinctively in tune with the pulse and events that are going on in the world…and in our country…

    let’s move forward with our change candidate

    Go Donald…

  40. imho…soon his next move will be to start indicating where he would put Christie, Guiliani, Flynn and Newt


    the problem with Newt is that he seems to think it is him running for President…even his “pirate” comment…back off Newt and speak on behalf of Donald…

    he can’t be competing with Donald for the spotlight and sound bites…or making it more difficult for Donald…

    Newt…use your smarts and be helpful…keep your ego in check

  41. Trump had to send the tweet out, Pence had till noon today to suspend Gov race, at least that’s what is being said. I thought he already did.
    Little I really know.

  42. pence is a poor choice and will cost him more votes from independents and women can he can gain from right conservatives.

  43. it only enforces the fears women have that the right-wing will take their rights away.Andrew see also gay population.

    Trump will not put in any legislation to deny rights to women or gays.

    there must have been someone anyone Scott Walker Maybe to hold or bring out the Rust Belt.

  44. Government lies to protect Muslim terrorists:


    A French government committee has heard testimony, suppressed by the French government at the time and not released to the media, that the killers in the Bataclan tortured their victims on the second floor of the club.

    Police witnesses in Parliament said they vomited when they saw the disfigured bodies.

    Wahhabist killers apparently gouged out eyes, castrated victims, and shoved their testicles in their mouths. They may also have disemboweled some poor souls. Women were stabbed in the genitals – and all the torture was, victims told police, filmed for Daesh or Islamic State propaganda. For that reason, medics did not release the bodies of torture victims to the families, investigators said.

    But prosecutors claimed these reports of torture were “a rumor” on the grounds that sharp knives were not found at the scene. They also claimed that maybe shrapnel had caused the injuries. [snip]

    Elsewhere the investigator says women were sexually tortured, stabbed in the genitals, and their eyes were plucked out. People were decapitated.

    The committee chief pressed the investigator on whether victims were decapitated or mutilated. He stated that the authorities had given out conflicting information that said victims were merely shot or blown up. The President of the Committee replied with this damning statement about one victim’s father discovering the gruesome truth in the morgue:

    Why won’t Hillary speak out on these monsters and defend women?

  45. This is an email just received from the Hillary campaign. Trump needs to respond on every point made, especially the “are we the kind of country that denigrates women, anti-equality, anti-women” statements.

    Just for starters, I want to know why Hillary continues her silence and refuses to speak out against countries and a religion that promotes Sharia – denigrating, enslavement and torturing of women and children in every horrific way possible.


    Donald Trump just announced Mike Pence will be his running mate.

    If there was any doubt about Trump’s intentions — if you ever thought maybe he was just grandstanding about his anti-equality, anti-woman, anti-immigrant policies and his commitment to an economy that favors millionaires and corporations over working families — well, with Pence as his vice president, we know exactly what to expect.

    This choice shows us just how Trump would govern and what kind of America he would shape. Going up against Trump and Pence reinforces that this election is bigger than just a decision between two political parties.

    It’s about who we are as a nation. Are we the kind of country that denigrates women, immigrants, or anyone that looks, loves, or believes differently than us? Do we close our doors to people whose diverse viewpoints will only better us? Do we let nativism, bigotry, and intolerance become inscribed in our nation’s character? Will we let “me-first” economics determine our families’ paths to success?

    This is a critical moment in this race and a chance to show exactly which side you’re on.


    what bullshit.

  46. Well, only a fool didn’t see the lefts response coming.
    I’m sorry Admin,, I hate this choice…hate it.

    Most blogs are not supportive, at least in comments section.

  47. Hillary Clinton refuses to denounce Sharia law, a religion that delights in killing homosexuals, preferably throwing them off buildings. Sharia also institutes the “cutting” of pre-pubescent girls, selling them as sex slaves and cutting off their heads should they behave a certain way.

    I do not need any lectures from the “left” as far as women’s rights go. Any woman that supports and votes for Hillary Clinton deserves what she gets. My suggestion? Move to Syria, wrap yourself in a burka and proclaim how fucking tolerant you are.

    What hypocrites. What bull-shit.

  48. alcina…I cannot even listen to her anymore…she gets this mean look in her eyes and she is so angry…so different than the woman I once so admired…

    OT and fwiw…

    Terry Do…do you notice the Scorpian streak Hillary is projecting

    back in 2008 I really thought she projected and had evolved to the ‘dove’ stage …she has descended into the dark side…

  49. S
    July 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm
    alcina…I cannot even listen to her anymore…she gets this mean look in her eyes and she is so angry…so different than the woman I once so admired.
    Hillary is angry because she can see Trump taking away what she believes is owed to her. She has become a cornered animal.

  50. Great news, if true, GonzoTx! Hopefully they will kill Erdogan and the rest of the government as quickly as possible.

  51. Kill Erdogan and his Islamist government! Finally, some real good news from the Muslim world:


    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Friday evening that an attempted military coup was underway. In Istanbul, bridges were immediately blocked and jets were flying low above the capital city of Ankara. Reports indicated that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube were shut down in the country. Turkish TV showed footage of military tanks at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport, where suicide bombers killed more than 40 people last month. Additionally, gunfire was reportedly heard in Ankara.

    The Turkish Army said in a statement that it had taken over the government, however that does not mean the entire military participated in the coup attempt. “Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and general security that was damaged,” the army said. “All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with with all countries will continue.”

    The Turkish government denies those claims. Turkey’s justice minister says followers of a U.S. imam, Fethullah Gulen, are staging the coup.

    U.S. military officials seemed as surprised by the actions of their NATO partners as everyone else. A defense official told The Daily Beast: “We are watching events on television just like you are.”

  52. admin
    July 15, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Great news, if true, GonzoTx! Hopefully they will kill Erdogan and the rest of the government as quickly as possible.

    Maybe, except that just yesterday I read this article and thought, does she know when to quit?

    “New Ties Emerge Between Clinton And Mysterious Islamic Cleric”

    Connections between Clinton and acolytes of the imam, Fethullah Gulen, could muddle the complex relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, a key NATO ally, if the former secretary of state wins the White House.

    Erdoğan has accused Gulen of attempting to undermine the Turkish government. Gulen’s followers control many Turkish institutions, including the media, courts, and police force.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/13/new-ties-emerge-between-clinton-and-mysterious-islamic-cleric/#ixzz4EVt0c14H

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/13/new-ties-emerge-between-clinton-and-mysterious-islamic-cleric/#ixzz4EVsG6ukH

  53. Great news from Great Britain too. Not only is Boris Johnson the Foreign Secretary and lots of cabinet heads replaced, but the new Prime Minister (whom we did not trust) is kicking ass everywhere:


    Britain’s new government abolished its Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Thursday morning, ridding the country of its global warming bureaucracy.

    Officials stated that the DECC has been abolished and U.K.’s environmental policy is will be transferred to a new ministry called the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Some former DECC’s functions will be outright abolished, while others will be handed back to the new ministry.

    The new agency will be headed by Greg Clark, who has a record of opposing wind power, causing environmentalists to panic. British wind companies, particularly ones that specialize in offshore wind power, were already worried that Brexit places the government subsidies and easy access to financing at risk. The industry is deeply dependent on these subsidies to make projects more economically viable.

    The backlash against British wind power occurred when the country’s government was already forced to take emergency measures to keep the lights on and official government analysis suggests the country could have insufficient electricity on a windless or cloudy days to meet demand. Brownouts and blackouts caused by wind and solar power have already impacted the U.K.

    As a result, Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has already cut green subsidies to protect consumers and the industry from expensive energy bills, which were roughly 54 percent higher than American energy bills in 2014. Energy taxes cost Britis roughly $6.6 billion every year.

    Britain has been slashing green energy subsidies since last July, when government cut funds that exceeded spending caps. Government green energy taxes currently account for seven percent of the average household’s energy bill, according to the UK’s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets. Other British environmental taxes such as tariffs and carbon taxation commitments are expected to rise from $8.5 billion in 2015 to $19.3 billion in 2020, according to DECC reports. The potential end of the DECC means that those taxes may not rise as planned.

    Polling indicates that energy prices were so high that 38 percent of British households have cut back essential purchases, like food, to pay their energy bills. Another 59 percent of homes were worried about how they are going to pay energy bills.

    It’s not “crony capitalism”. These “subsidies” are cronyism pure and simple. Bloodbath required.

  54. A little bit more about the events in Great Britain:


    ‘Brutal!’ How Theresa May’s Cabinet bloodbath even shocked hardened hacks

    As Theresa May strode towards 10 Downing Street for her first full day as Prime Minister, the media were in a flap.


    Mrs May smiled, sunnily.

    True enough, numerous senior figures had got the boot. Among those following George Osborne to the backbenches were Nicky Morgan (previously Education Secretary) and Oliver Letwin (a close friend of David Cameron’s); Theresa Villiers (Northern Ireland) and Stephen Crabb (Work & Pensions) both resigned.

    Michael Gove, previously the Justice Secretary, arrived to work in a ministerial limo, and left in a cab. What a comedown. He was later spotted in a book shop, buying a copy of Blood Wedding, a grim psychological thriller about a woman whose life falls apart and is suspected of murdering her boss.

    I could be wrong, but I’m not sure he’s taking this very well.

    That’s the future for Paul Ryan, McConnell, Lynch, Comey.

  55. A once rational analyst turned Trump hater weighs in on Trump/Pence:


    In a lot of ways, Pence fits that bill. A former six-term member of Congress and now a governor, he is a serious pick who passes the “qualified” bar and doesn’t reinforce the “erratic” and “dangerous” attack on Trump in the same way that, say, Gingrich would. Democrats are already unloading on Pence as an ideologue, but that just illustrates some of the difficulties in running against Trump: The “he’s an ideologue” charge is in tension with a number of Trump’s heterodox beliefs, and is also in tension with the “he’s erratic” line of attack. In addition, Pence is a governor from a large, Midwestern state, a region where Trump probably needs to overperform recent Republicans in order to win.

    Overall, Pence is probably about as good as it gets for Trump. A pick like him was probably necessary for the businessman to have a shot at winning the presidency. But he isn’t sufficient. Trump will still need a good convention, some solid debate performances, and a good campaign. On that last point, the erratic way in which the pick was disclosed, with leaks, second-guessing, and a delayed press conference, is hardly reassuring if you’re a Trump fan. But regardless, Trump is probably a step closer to the presidency than he was a week ago, and much closer than he was three weeks ago.

  56. Go to Hell Erdogan:


    An announcer on Turkey’s state broadcaster has said the country is now run by a “peace council” which will ensure the safety of the population.

    They said the current government had “eroded” democratic and secular rule, adding:

    A new constitution will be drawn up as soon as possible
    Public order will not be damaged
    Freedom of citizens will be guaranteed regardless of religion, race and language
    Martial law will be imposed

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