September 14th, 2015
Update II: New Jeb Bush ad: “Todos somos Americanos”.
There is something very wrong with this ad for JeBush that helps Donald Trump. Can you guess what that is? Hint: you don’t have to be very smart or smart at all to figure out the answer. Just be smarter than the Rick Perry or JeBush superbrains.
Bonus question for extra credit: Can you guess what is smart about the location for tonight’s Donald Trump speech about national security?
Update: Two new polls show Jeb Bush trailing Trump by at least 15 points — in his home state of Florida. It’s worst for Marco Rubio. The two new polls from PPP and Gravis provide new Dynasty troubles for JeBush as Florida residents by 47% want JeBush to get out of the presidential race (40% want JeBush to continue to bore the nation). Head-to-head Trump v. Bush matches shows Trump thumping Dynasty boy.
Trump leads with 28 percent in PPP’s poll, with Ben Carson second at 17 percent, Bush at 13, and Rubio at 10. Gravis has Trump at 33.6 percent followed by Carson at 22.4, Jeb at 15.2, and Rubio at a dismal 5.4. Yes, you read that correctly: Both polls have Trump ahead of the combined total of Florida’s two native sons.
The JeBush strategy now is pump up the latest pawn assigned to bring down Trump then take down the pawn once his job is done. The latest pawn for JeBush is Dr. Ben Carson (tomorrow it will be Fiorina). Big Media will pump up the doctor with polls that have six percent margins of error and small (376 Republicans) sample sizes. Anything to bring up the Dynasty ratings and save JeBush. But state and national polls show Trump trumping and Gentle Ben down in the ratings along with Dynasty.
Texas’ Ted Cruz must be in tears. Cruz’s supposed competition to win the Texas Primary in March of 2016, Rick Perry, dropped out on Friday. But instead of a victory romp for Ted Cruz – here comes Donald Trump. In Dallas! Big Rally! Trump, Trump and trumped.
Jeb Bush? The towel of tears is drenched. The Bush Dynasty figured that with little dynast George P. Bush as an elected state-wide official in Texas, Uncle Jeb had an “in” to win. Then came Trump. Dallas beats Dynasty. Trump, Trump and trumped.
Dallas? Dynasty? We never watched those TV soap operas which aired in prime time in an era now vanished. But we know they existed. We know they were very popular. But not with us. We never watched. They seemed to be the same.
We never saw the TV soap operas but we do watch the very different struggle, the very real life drama taking place in our political world:
Slipping far back in polls, can Jeb Bush bounce back in the next debate?
In recent days, Jeb Bush has spent time in his comfort zones: Kennebunkport, Maine. New Hampshire. And Miami. [snip]
Buoyed by the sight of family members and old friends, Bush used a visual aid in speaking about the current state of the Republican race. [snip]
Since the start of the year, Bush has held political events in New Hampshire and Florida most often, according to a Washington Post review of his schedule. But winning the GOP nomination will require time spent in less familiar places, such as Iowa, where he earned just 3 percent support in a poll released Sunday. [snip]
Issues of vitality have plagued Bush for weeks as Trump has repeatedly mocked him as “low-energy,” boring, and ill-suited for the presidency because of his family name. The relentless attacks have made the past several weeks especially humbling for Bush. He has faced tougher scrutiny from reporters eager for him to volley back at Trump’s barbs while maintaining a grueling fundraising schedule that has taken him to cities such as Birmingham, Ala., and Salt Lake City. The relentless pace has resulted in a sometimes-melancholy delivery to voters or ornery exchanges with reporters.
Since the first face-to-face encounter with Trump, Bush’s once-dominant status has been erased. His numbers peaked at nearly 17 percent nationally in mid-July, but they were cut in half by last week to just 8.3 percent, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls frequently cited by campaigns. In New Hampshire, a CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday put him in a tie for fifth place, far behind Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and businesswoman Carly Fiorina.
Dynasty Jeb Bush is a bomb at the polls because few want to watch low energy bores drone on.
Dallas Donald Trump is a viewer magnet. The magnate is a magnet:
The Donald Keeps Getting Stronger
The Donald is now in the strongest position he’s thus far occupied. He’s at 28 percent in the RealClear average. He’s got leads of +7 and +15 in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively. And he’s running closer to Clinton in general election match-ups (he’s -2 against her) than anyone except for Marco Rubio.
Yet even that isn’t the most impressive aspect of Trump’s rise. No, the most significant trick Trump has pulled is to radically change the public’s perception of him in just 12 weeks.
That article is from the Donald Trump hating Weekly Standard. It’s a week old. The new news is that Dallas Donald is box office gold:
The new poll found Trump to be the favorite of 33 percent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. That is a jump of nine percentage points since mid-July and a 29-point increase since late May, just before Trump announced his candidacy. He does well with most groups of GOP voters, but his strongest support comes from those who do not have a college degree and those with incomes below $50,000. [snip]
After Trump and Carson, there is a significant falloff in support for the other candidates. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who began the year as the nominal GOP front-runner, stands at 8 percent, his lowest ever in Post-ABC surveys of the 2016 field. Next, at 7 percent each, are Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida. No one else registered above 5 percent.
No one wants to see Jeb Bush in Dynasty.
Must watch Monday night viewing? Dallas, with star Donald Trump.
September 11th, 2015
Mitt Romney and Team Romney’s new mission: Stop Trump. Not “Stop Obama.” “Stop Trump!” Loser Mitt Romney needs to buy a clue.
This 9/11 Republicans helped pass Barack Obama’s pro-Iran anti-Israel, anti-Christian, anti-freedom, anti-American treacheries while pretending to be opposed to those policies. It was the Republican leadership that passed Barack Obama’s low wage society ObamaTrade treacheries too. Public words in opposition to Barack Obama, while helping Obama, is as we wrote, the GOP’s greatest lie:
Opposition to Obama? That is the GOP’s greatest lie.
In 2008 John McCain fluffed Obama’s pillows so that Big Media would not call the former POW a racist. In 2012 Mitt Romney played dog-on-the-roof for Obama. Romney praised Obama as a nice guy while Barack Obama smeared him with mud from the Chicago stockyards. Instead of someone who would attack Obama with verve, Romney chose pretty blue eyes Paul Ryan. Now Paul Ryan is at it again.
Paul Ryan is doing everything he can to help Barack Obama.
John McCain and Mitt Romney as presidential candidates said Barack Obama was “nice” even as Obama trashed them. This praise of Obama continues even though Obama calls Republicans in opposition to his policies “terrorists”.
In Age of Fake “denunciations” of Barack Obama the Republican establishment issues bland statements of disappointment even as Obama trashes the Constitution and race-baits for political profit. But for Donald Trump all the Republican establishment expresses is nasty evil bile.
Today loser Rick Perry was forced to quit. Rick Perry called Trump a “cancer” but has never said anything like that about Barack Obama. As he announced his loser status today, Rick Perry seemingly denounced Trump for anti-Hispanic statements Trump never said nor implies.
Loser Rick Perry was forced to quit today because his views are opposed to the views of the voters. Rick Perry is for illegal immigration amnesty as are almost all, if not all, the Republican candidates except Donald Trump.
Rick Perry and the Republican establishment are angry at Donald Trump because Trump has exposed their game. That’s why we hear from Rick Perry that Trump is a “cancer.” Rick Perry has never used language like this to denounce Barack Obama:
The White House has been occupied by giants. But from time to time it is sought by the small-minded – divisive figures propelled by anger, and appealing to the worst instincts in the human condition.
In times of trouble, there are two types of leaders: repairers of the breach and sowers of discord.
The sower of discord foments agitation, thrives on division, scapegoats certain elements of society, and offers empty platitudes and promises. He is without substance when one scratches below the surface.
He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued.
Let no one be mistaken – Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.
We’ve never heard Rick Perry denounce Obama with such fury and anger, have you? Then there is Bobby Jindal who denounced Trump in harsh words never used by him to attack Barack Obama:
But, it is now time for us to do what Donald would do, and say the thing that everyone is thinking, but is afraid to say out loud. So I’m going to do it.
The Donald Trump Act is great, and the idea of Donald Trump is great — BUT the reality of Donald Trump is absurd, he’s a non-serious carnival act. [snip]
Donald Trump is shallow. Has no understanding of policy. He’s full of bluster but has no substance. He lacks the intellectual curiosity to even learn.
It’s silly to argue policy with this guy, he’s doesn’t know anything about it, he has no idea what he is talking about, he makes it all up on the fly. [snip]
Donald Trump is for Donald Trump. He believes in nothing other than himself. [snip]
Donald Trump is a narcissist and an egomaniac. [snip]
Like all narcissists, Donald Trump is insecure and weak, and afraid of being exposed. [snip]
Donald Trump is not a serious person. It’s all a solo act, it’s all just a show, and the joke is on us. [snip]
You may have recently seen that after Trump said the Bible is his favorite book, he couldn’t name a single Bible verse or passage that meant something to him. And we all know why, because it’s all just a show, and he hasn’t ever read the Bible. But you know why he hasn’t read the Bible? Because he’s not in it. [snip]
The whole thing is set up for us to win – and yet we are flirting with nominating a non-serious, unstable, substance-free narcissist. [snip]
We can win right now, or we can be the biggest fools of all time and put our faith not in our principles, but in one egomaniacal madman who has no principles.
That describes Barack Obama well, but Bobby Jindal does not use those words to oppose treacherous Obama. No, like a good establishment Republican Bobby Jindal attacks Donald Trump while doing and saying little of consequence to oppose Barack Obama.
The latest pawn in the attack Trump ploy is none other than Dr. Ben Carson. Like Perry, Jindal, Graham, and the rest, Carson is but a pawn used by the GOP establishment to attack Trump in order to benefit JeBush. Pat Buchanan describes the chess play:
Buchanan: Hit Squad Targets Trump
Establishment hopes outsiders will bloody each other and open a lane for Jeb
Former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan said Friday the Republican establishment is hoping that retired neurosurgeon Carson will come to its rescue and open “the door for Jeb and Rubio” by taking out Donald Trump.
“That’s why you’ll see a promotion of a Carson-Trump fight,” said Buchanan, who appeared on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “This is a contract hit, an assigned hit, almost.” [snip]
Buchanan said the same dynamic as the pumped-up Carson-Trump fight was at work when Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, mired near the bottom of the polls in the GOP race, attacked Trump on Thursday as “shallow,” “narcissistic” and lacking substance. [snip]
“The neo-cons, the National Review folks, are terrified of the idea of Trump, who they don’t have any hooks in whatsoever, winning this nomination.”
The next pawn called to duty will be Fiorina at the debate or maybe even John Kasich. Fiorina will get her face time at the CNN debate but not much else. Fake outrage by her fans and Big Media Trump haters can only get you so far.
As to Kasich, he will sink soon as well, especially since his current low standing is due only to millions of dollars spent in advertising to bolster him. But, as JeBush has discovered, millions of dollars can only keep your nose above water for so long, then you will sink. Soon the pawns will all lay dead on the chess table and only the despised and deposed JeBush will remain to Stop Trump.
The Republican nomination will go either to JeBush or Donald Trump. There is no other. The Republican nomination fight has been fixed. The nomination was fixed for JeBush. But now Trump threatens that fixed phony wrestling match and he is the only one that can beat Bush.
All the Republican establishment wants is to get somebody to get rid of Donald J. Trump so that JeBush can get nominated. The Republican establishment understands that JeBush is not up to the job of taking out Trump, so the pawns – Carson, Fiorina- are called upon to do the job that the other pawns – Graham, Walker, Perry, Jindal, Christie, Pataki, etc. – failed to accomplish.
The Republican establishment sees their very existence threatened by Donald J. Trump. That’s why the Republican establishment is so angry and will say things about Trump they have never said about Barack H. Obama.
Donald Trump increasingly looks to win the Republican nomination for president. So the Republican establishment is desperate. Donald Trump opponents are in freefall. Consider the news from Texas on the day Rick Perry became an official loser:
No tickets left for Trump’s Dallas rally
There are no more tickets available for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s rally in Dallas on Monday, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The American Airlines Center, the event’s venue, has a capacity of about 20,000.
The arena also plays host to the Dallas Mavericks, a basketball team owned by Mark Cuban, who has spoken in support of Trump.
Cuban said he had no doubt Trump would “kill it” at the Dallas rally, saying “there is nothing more Texan than being confident and entrepreneurial.”
The tech billionaire has also said he would consider being Trump’s vice president if asked.
We don’t know whether it was his loser lack of invitation to next week’s debate or the idea of Trump’s big rally in Dallas, Texas that prompted Rick Perry to abandoned his silly quest. Whatever the reason Rick Perry now has the time to attend the Trump rally.
It is to be hoped that Rick Perry will invite Mitt Romney, John McCain, and the other losers (Fiorina, Carson, etc.) to Trump’s rally on Monday. Maybe then the GOP losers will denounce Barack Obama with the same vehemence with which they denounce Trump.
September 8th, 2015
Update: Shocker Video: Trump rips Fiorina’s appearance in Rolling Stone interview. That’s Megyn Kelly’s and the GOP establishment’s latest attempt to knock down Trump. Yeah, we don’t like personal attacks, especially personal appearance attacks, but, um, Donald Trump’s appearance, um, his hair in particular, has been the object of lots and lots of personal attacks.
The attacks on Trump’s appearance are the first time we can recall that a man’s appearance, not a woman’s appearance, is the topic of conversation in a presidential campaign. Usually it is the woman’s hair, looks and clothes that Big Media trashes. Today, many of those that mock Hillary’s face are in full faux outrage because precious Fiorina (the latest pawn in a long line of pawns in the kill Trump ploy to help JeBush) has been trashed by The Donald. Goose, meet gander.
On the basis of gender equality we slashed and burned John Kerry’s BOTOX face because Big Media continues to ignore Kerry’s obvious disfigurement due to Botox. And when was the last time Big Media mocked Mourning Joe Biden‘s hair plugs? So if Trump’s appearance is an issue get the sauce ganders.
In other news, Bobby Jindal is at 0.3% in national polls. Jindal’s brilliant strategy? Attack Trump. Jindal must want to compete in the Perry/Graham primary to see who hits 0.0% nationally fastest and longest.
In other other news, a brand new CNN poll puts Trump at 32%, up eight points in a month. And um, as we warned and warned and warned to no avail, Bernie Sanders now beats Hillary Clinton in Iowa as well as New Hampshire. Keep on doing exactly the opposite of what we suggest #Hillary2016 and you will compete in the Jindal/Perry/Graham primary soon enough.
It might be over even before it has begun. The last walls against Trump have fallen like miniature fortresses made of sand at deserted post Labor Day beaches. What the GOP establishment derided as a teenage “Summer of Trump” fling is become an endless summer of Trump with no Fall. A Summer of endless triumphant Trump.
If the GOP establishment does not blow up Donald J. Trump before the Second GOP debate on September 16, it might well be over and Mr. Donald J. Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. The hostile takeover will be complete.
Are we premature? Is it too early to declare the very real, very authentic Donald J. Trump the winner before one vote has been cast? The latest polls convince us that it is not too early but rather too late to stop Trump.
We won’t belabor our distrust of early polls and our total contempt for head-to-head polls especially ones delivered these many months (14) before the elections in November 2016. Instead of dredging up anti-early-poll views, our argument is based in large party on the very unreliable polls we deride.
So how is it that we utilize polls we don’t believe in to make stark statements about the oncoming Trumpnado? We do so because the political establishment in general and the GOP establishment in particular held one, er, trump card to play against Donald J. Trump. What was that, um, trump card? It was electability. It was always about electability.
The establishment attacks against Donald J. Trump failed. The “Trump is no conservative” attack failed. The “Trump is unpopular” attack failed. The “Trump can’t win without Hispanic support” attack failed. The “Trump can’t win without women” attack failed. The “Trump is not a serious candidate” attack failed. The “Trump won’t run” attack failed. The “Trump won’t disclose his finances” attack failed. The “Trump will blow himself up” attack failed. The “Trump can’t win the war against Fox News” attack failed. The “Trump won’t sign a loyalty oath we designed to block him” attack failed. The “Trump has no positions” attack failed. The “Trump positions are ridiculous” attack failed. The “Trump raped his wife” attack failed. The “Trump has no organization” attack failed. The “Trump won’s spend money” attack failed. The “Trump is a billionaire” attack failed. The “Trump is too rich to understand non-rich people” attack failed. The “Trump wants to raise taxes” attack failed. The “Trump is a clown” attack failed. The “Trump supporters are clowns” attack failed. The “Trump insulted McCain” attack failed. The “Trump insulted veterans” attack failed. The “Trump is mean” attack failed. The “Trump has a bad tone” attack failed. The “Trump is not nice” attack failed. The “Trump won’t stay in the race” attack failed. The “Trump supporters are not registered to vote” attack failed. The “Trump is a racist” attempt failed. The “Trump will weaken” attacks failed.
Every establishment attack against Donald J. Trump failed. But the “electability” argument remained and it had the strongest bite from the establishment snakes.
The “electability” argument was “yeah, but he can’t win.” The establishment snakes knew that after eight years of Obaminations the electorate of the GOP wanted a winner. That was always the viper argument that worked to nominate the establishment candidates. “You might want candidate X, but candidate X can’t win so nominate establishment candidate YUCK because candidate YUCK will do what we think he should say to win.” Then candidate YUCK would lose because candidate YUCK was a poll driven putz who feared the electorate and only hoped to fool the electorate long enough to win.
The “electability” argument always won the day for the establishment. Then came Trump.
The establishment had fixed the election for JeBush. Then came Trump. Then came additional attacks that failed. Then at the very start of the election season, the Labor Day weekend, the last argument against Donald J. Trump failed:
Drudge is headlining this poll from SurveyUSA, not only showing Trump beating Hillary by five (45-40) but also beating Joe Biden (44-42), Bernie Sanders (44-40), and Al Gore (44-41) in potential head-to-head matchups — a remarkable turnaround from initial polling showing Hillary decisively beating Trump. As Drudge points out, perhaps the most surprising aspect of the poll is that Trump is polling at 25% of the black vote, a number Republicans haven’t seen for generations. [snip]
As the race progresses (and it’s still very early) there is a bit more support for the “realignment” theory of Trump’s rise. If a Republican could, in fact, gain 25 percent of the black vote, that would shake the Democratic party to its foundations.
The last argument against Trump has been trumped. The electability attack has failed. In 2008 John McCain won 4% of the black vote. In 2012 Mitt Romney won 6% of the black vote. Among Latinos, Trump matches pro illegal immigration amnesty McCain and garners 31% of the Latino vote in a match-up against Hillary.
For those that will inevitably shout “outlier poll” the weekend NBC/Marist polls in Iowa and New Hampshire show Trump winning over Hillary Clinton in those two states as well.
These Trumperific results should stump no one who pays attention or reads good ol’ Big Pink. “Do you support or oppose building a fence on the border with Mexico?”:
YouGov’s latest research shows that most Americans (64%) support building a fence on the border – when that border is the one with Mexico. Only 27% of the American public oppose it. Even Democrats are evenly split (44% to 43%) while large majorities of independents (65%) and Republicans (87%) support a Mexican border fence.
It’s almost unanimous:
Yes, even Hispanics.
Democrats split 44/43 in favor, the closest any group comes to outright opposition. Every demographic tested, be it sex, age, race, party ID, household income, or region, tilts towards supporting a wall, with no group besides Dems less than 10 points net in favor. Black voters have an outright majority of 55 percent behind the idea.
Among Latinos 32% strongly support; 17% somewhat support. Jorge Ramos sandcastles Trumpnadoed.
On his issues, Trump is triumphant. On electability, Donald J. Trump is surfing, U.S.A.
As we approach the second GOP debate on September 16 it is an imperative for the establishment that Donald J. Trump be stopped and prevented from appearing on the debate stage. To fail means millions more viewers will fall under the Trump trance.
The GOP establishment tried to trap Trump with a loyalty oath that only succeeded in forcing the losers to promise they will board the increasingly inevitable Trump train. Once again Trump demonstrated the art of the deal. Trump got what he wanted, at zero cost to himself, and now has access to the voluminous RNC voter lists and a clear path to primary election victories.
Catch a wave and you’re riding on top of the world.
It’s endless Summer.
September 4th, 2015
Update: Hugh Hewitt on Trump: I don’t think it’s a gotcha question to ask about the forces surrounding Israel. Excuses, excuses. GOP voters won’t care that Trump does not know the names of the killers. GOP voters will listen to Limbaugh who provided Ronald Reagan’s answer to the gotcha questions of his era, “It doesn’t matter if I know their names. They need to know mine.”
Wanna know why Donald Trump is so triumphant? Look at what happened this week with JeBush and Hugh Hewitt.
Let’s look at JeBush v. Trump first.
Donald Trump slaps JeBush around all the time. It’s like Bugs Bunny the hare, versus Elmer Fudd the doofus.
To borrow from Bugs, JeBush can’t catch a cold let alone get a clue. Meanwhile the hair, er, hare, in the guise of Donald Trump runs rings arrrrrrrround the fellow.
We’re not the only ones who’ve noticed that Donald Trump hits Bush on the least substantive yet most substantive issue there is. What do we mean? Donald Trump is not blasting JeBush on illegal immigration amnesty nor Common Core. Those are substantive policy debates that Trump has in reserve ready to deploy whenever he so desires.
What Trump attacks is JeBush’s low energy level. That’s a substantive attack that goes right to the issue that attracts so many people to Trump. When Trump speaks about illegal immigration, or economic issues he does so with a sense of urgency and a burst of energy that leaves the viewer with a sense that Trump really, really understands how deeply important those issues are. JeBush? After JeBush speaks the urge is to grab a pillow and snooze some more even after catching all those Zzzzzs during the JeBush speech.
Trump’s attacks against JeBush resonate because Trump says JeBush is low energy then when you see JeBush at some event or other JeBush reinforces the Trump message by being, well, low energy.
This week though we saw Donald J. Trump pounce as JeBush reinforced another Trump truth about JeBush. Yeah, Spanish.
This week JeBush roused himself from his low energy doldrums to attack Donald Trump. JeBush sounded as if he was alive. JeBush went to town to trash The Donald. Trouble is that JeBush launched his attack against Trump in Spanish.
This attack via Spanish was a big mistake by JeBush and Trump recognized it was a big mistake immediately with a grand counterattack.
Let’s unpack this episode because it says so much about Bunny Trump and Elmer JeBush. This is what we so generously wrote about JeBush on the day he announced his exploratory effort:
As much as we might be sickened by this news and as little as we like Jeb we admit that he is an extremely formidable candidate. His pluses? He’s from Florida, his wife is Latina, he speaks Spanish around the house so he is very Spanish fluent (unlike that boob Barack who pretended to be so smart but his claims to Spanish ability are restricted to recognizing items on the Taco Bell menu), the business establishment loves him, he’ll have tons of money, he’ll have tons of the best operatives in the political world, his dad and brother have been president so he has experience in national campaigns, his son just got elected to statewide office in Texas (a counter along with W. to Perry and Cruz for Texas support), he has executive experience as a very successful Florida governor, he is viewed as sane, he is not afraid to take on the conservative wing of the Republican Party, he can credibly claim to be able to attract Latino/a support, he looks “presidential”, his family is reconciled to a run, his dad and to some extent his brother are highly regarded, and for a long time he has been considered a high probability “winner”.
All those advantages, except one, have heretofore been usurped by Trump or negated by Trump. All except one.
That one quality JeBush has that Trump cannot match is the Spanish speaking ability. It is a very real JeBush strength. Or at least, it was. Until this week.
Donald Trump wrote the book The Art of the Deal. It’s clear after this week that Trump read The Art of War. The one strength JeBush has, Trump has removed.
From here on, despite all his protestations, JeBush will be wary of using Spanish to his advantage. Trump pointed out the obvious. JeBush, fear filled to attacked Trump because JeBush wanted to wage a happy campaign, decided to attack Trump, but not in English. In Spanish. All this does is reinforce Donald Trump’s messages about a cowardly JeBush who craves to be loved by illegal immigrants and who carries all the baggage of amnesty.
JeBush would like to turn this into an attack on the virtues of multi-lingualism. But that is not the problem with JeBush’s attack, in Spanish, against Trump. Many Americans are well aware that almost always Muslim countries will release articles or publish letters in English that are anodyne. But in their native tongues these same Muslim countries will distribute virulent literature that attacks the West, American, and America’s allies and virtues.
That’s the problem with what JeBush has done. He is timid and sweet in English. But his words are nasty and vile in Spanish. Trump called attention to the JeBush doublespeak and from now on JeBush will arouse suspicions whenever he speaks Spanish again. In vulgar terms, Donald J. Trump, strategist in the art of war, just pissed in JeBush’s water.
CNN better not drink the water either. Donald J. Trump has defiled their reservoirs as well. The urinal is named Hugh Hewitt.
Hugh Hewitt will be one of the moderators of the second GOP debate on September 16 to be televised by CNN. Donald Trump is busy prepping the battlefield for that debate. Trump has been attacking Hewitt as the same defenders of the GOP establishment try to bolster Hewitt.
Why is Trump going after Hewitt? Well, they got into a wrangle as Hewitt asked a bunch of “gotcha” questions to Trump concerning the not yet dead leaders of Muslim terror groups and nations. But that is not the strategy behind the Trump take down of Hewitt. Trump is prepping the battlefield of the next debate because Donald Trump knows who Hugh Hewitt is.
Hugh Hewitt is a Trump hater who does not think Trump is qualified to be president. Yet, Hugh Hewitt will host the second debate. Who is Hugh Hewitt? Hugh Hewitt is a Trump hater:
Next GOP Debate Moderator Hugh Hewitt Comes Out Against Trump
Now the question becomes whether a nationally syndicated radio host who thinks Trump doesn’t have the “temperament” to be president — Hugh Hewitt — can be a fair moderator in the next debate.
Hewitt, a nationally syndicated radio host through Salem Communications, will, along with CNN’s Jake Tapper, moderate the next GOP debate on Sept. 16 at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Salem Communications is the same company that owns Red State—whose founder Erick Erickson, a Fox News contributor, chose not to invite Dr. Ben Carson to his gathering of GOP candidates and activists this past weekend in Atlanta and disinvited Trump.
This weekend on Meet The Press in an exchange with host Chuck Todd, Hewitt admitted he doesn’t think Trump can be president of the United States.
“Hugh Hewitt, let me start with you,” Todd asked Hewitt. “Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be president?”
“No, no he doesn’t,” Hewitt replied. “A disappointing part of this debate is it was a 9-10 debate in a 9-11 world. We have the Iran deal coming up, the most consequential deal facing probably the next 30 to 40 years in the world. It got very little attention. The Russian cyber attack on the Pentagon got very little attention.”
“Is that the candidates’ fault or the organizers’ fault?” Todd interjected.
“Well, it’s both,” Hewitt said before blaming Trump for Fox News’ mistakes. “Donald stepped on a lot of important stories. The New York Times has a story on Hillary Clinton’s server. Only Scott Walker brought up Hillary Clinton’s server. So I thought what he did to build the audience, it was enormous, at the same time I wanted a different issue set talked about so the Republican primary voter lost.”
When Hewitt appeared on Morning Joe on MSNBC on Monday morning, he doubled down in his belief that Trump doesn’t have the “temperament” to be president of the United States. During that appearance, Hewitt did criticize the Fox News moderators for in his opinion being “out to embarrass Donald Trump” while not spending enough time talking about important issues.
Host Joe Scarborough later in the segment—before Hewitt doubled down on his anti-Trump comments—noted that “Hugh Hewitt, by the way, has not been positive about Donald Trump.”
“There are a couple things about temperament,” Hewitt said on Scarborough’s show. [snip]
These are hardly the only times where Hewitt has shown himself to be opposed to the candidacy of Donald Trump for president. While he was appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program in late July, Hannity opened a segment with Hewitt by asking: “Hugh, as I know, you’ve been a bit of a critic of Donald Trump.”
“Yeah,” Hewitt agreed. [snip]
“I do, and I was very critical of the comments about Sen. McCain but I will say this and I think it’s true about every one in the race on both sides of the aisle and of all the presidential candidates for the past many years, Donald Trump is the only one about whom it is likely a broadway musical will be made,” Hewitt replied, mocking Trump’s candidacy. “That is what he is. I have never said that before but it occurred to me on vacation—I’ve been on vacation for a couple of weeks. He’s vastly entertaining.”
A moment later, Hewitt predicted that Trump’s overwhelming support among Republicans “won’t last.”
“It won’t last, I don’t think it will last, I’m skeptical of it lasting,” Hewitt said.
On Meet The Press on Sunday, when Hewitt was giving his opinion on the exact same thing, he said “the Trump thing will—as David [Brooks] says, the 20 percent is going to go I think to 10 but the candidates need to keep talking about big issues.”
Todd, the Meet The Press host, got the joke. “Hugh, are you wishing it away?” Todd asked Hewitt.
“No I don’t think so,” Hewitt replied.
In addition to Hewitt’s criticisms of Trump, he has also predicted Republicans will fail in 2016—and that current Democratic frontrunner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the next president.
Hugh Hewitt will not be an impartial moderator at the CNN debate. Hugh Hewitt is another Jorge Ramos – an activist without a clue. Hugh Hewitt will not be fair. Hugh Hewitt will demand candidates hew to his line of thinking at the debate. Hugh Hewitt has to be called out. Now. Before the debate. Trump is doing his job.
September 1st, 2015
The Republican Party has the greatest opportunity ever to become a majority party. The Republican Party establishment responds to the opportunity with fear and loathing.
Barack Obama is the one who has gifted the Republican Party with this great inheritance even as the Republican Party struggles mightily to reject the glorious gift.
What did Obama do? Barack Obama destroyed the once great Democratic Party of FDR/JFK/WJC. Obama expelled the White Working Class and senior citizens from the Democratic Party in favor of his situation comedy demographics “coalition of the ascendant.”
The Democratic Party’s loss is the Republican Party’s gain. Why? For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. That’s Newtonian physics. In politics the same rule applies.
The people Obama purged from his Obama Dimocrat Party found themselves politically homeless. Now Donald Trump either by design or sheer luck leads the politically homeless to the Republican Party and the old guard bears its teeth of brass and snarls.
The old guard of the Republican Party sees their grip on the party weakened even as the party grows in strength everywhere but at the presidential level. The Republican Party is strong locally and in states but nationally, before Trump, it was moribund.
Leaders such as John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, controlled and directed by forces that hate the conservative and evangelical base of the Party, led the Republican Party into a posture of lies and more lies. The Republican Party leadership lied to the Party base in much the same way the Obama Dimocrat Party lies to its base.
It’s not just the Republican and Obama Dimocrat Parties that are liars. The unions lie to their members about the negative impact of illegal immigration and legal immigration on workers’ salaries because the unions want more dues payers and political power. Women’s groups lie to their members for financial gain and for political power for the leaders – screw the women. Everywhere liars called “leaders” lie to the people who pay the bills and their salaries.
The lies told by the entire political class have sheepishly been accepted by a majority of the population. But then Donald Trump spoke up with his booming voice and it was almost like in a movie when the gulled victim wakes up and confronts the evildoers.
It’s an old story exemplified into cliche. It’s the “Emperor’s New Clothes” when all is fine until a little boy shatters the world by telling the obvious truth. That’s what Donald Trump has done. Trump told the truth and nothing will ever be the same ever again.
Remember when Chris Christie was considered a tough talking truth teller? Compared to the other bland candidates Christie stood out. But compared to Trump the once considered brash Christie is bland as beige knickers. The world changed.
Remember when Rand Paul was considered the most daring of the GOP candidates? Remember when Jeb Bush was considered the financial juggernaut? Remember when Cruz was considered the most conservative? Remember when Walker was considered the effective fighter? Remember when Rubio was considered the future? Remember when? It all changed.
When someone or something is so different, so new, the past itself is changed. The past is perceived differently. After Picasso, art was different. It was the Shock of the New. After Wagner, opera is different. After talkies, cinema is changed. After Einstein, science and our perception of reality is changed.
After Trump, all is changed. There will be a counter-revolution. After all after Lech and Solidarity the Polish government tried to put the workers back in chains, the horses back in the barn, the toothpaste in the tube. Eventually however, the Berlin Wall falls, the Soviet Empire of Evil crashes, and Lech and Solidarity are proven to be heralds of a new world.
After many failed starts, we might have seen the first feeble attempts to bring on the counter-revolution, the Restoration of the old guard. Jeb Bush has fired his first wheeze against Trump. Let the attack ads begin: New Jeb Bush ad hits Trump for being a fake conservative:
So who is the “fake conservative” and does anyone care? Jeb Bush dredged up past Donald Trump statements to attack front-runner Trump. Do the millions that never voted but now support Trump care? Do the millions of former Democrats who are now homeless care about what is or who is not a “fake conservative?”
And on illegal immigration and Common Core, who is the “fake conservative?” Is the “fake conservative” the one who protects American workers or is the “fake conservative” the one who does the biding of the Chamber of Commerce and their quest for a low wage society alongside trillions of taxpayer dollars for crony capitalists?
The world changed but Jeb Bush is like an old Bourbon king unable to accept the strange doings outside the palace. Jeb Bush is not alone. The yellow belly Erick Erickson of Red State bemoans the death of the Republican Party brought on by Donald Trump:
The beginning of the end of the Republican Party has started. On Friday, I told you the Republican Party is dying. Then, yesterday, Ross Douthat in the New York Times echoed my key point.
Mine was that the Republican leaders in Washington would see the decline of Donald Trump as proof that they need do nothing to change. [snip]
In short, the GOP has become so incestuous it continues to hemorrhage and will die. It cannot adapt because the key consultants it has shaping its future are wedding to the capital that comes from not changing.
It should be eye opening to the Republican leaders in Washinton that Ross Douthat and I have come to the same conclusion — they will not recognize the need to change and will therefore die.
Erickson is demented. His complaint is that the Republican Party will crush Trump then will refuse to do what is necessary which is to change from their present corporate crony claque. That Erickson believes that Trump is in decline is delusional. That Erickson does not see that Trump is the change Erickson clamors for is demented.
W. James Antle, III, is possibly worse than Erickson. For Antle, Trump is a David Duke engaged in “white identity politics.” If it was that simple, Trump could be race-baited out of existence with ease. That Trump still stands should clue Antle that his analysis is ineffective race-baiting.
Among the Trump haters and detractors few (perhaps only one) can challenge Ben Domenech as the prime Trump hater. Domenech predicts the death of the Republican Party because Domench requires a purity so pure that the very mention of Trump dilutes that purity. It’s a disjointed argument made more deranged because the purity that Domench demands can only be found among the Apostles now in triumph behind the Pearly Gates. Ben Domench does not understand that the purity he desires can never be a winning formula for a political party. But Domench wants purity, not Trump:
Donald Trump Hangs The Elephant
The argument against Donald Trump requires you to believe in the Republican Party as a vehicle for something different than the Democratic. People don’t. [snip]
The poll numbers from serious organizations are consistent, and they illustrate Trump’s staying power and the desire for an outsider candidate. But it is not just theater: as Matt Lewis notes this morning, contained within Trump’s enduring appeal are the seeds of a conservative crackup.
Trump’s support is solid despite the simple fact of his policy positions in favor of higher taxes, gun restrictions, single-payer, partial-birth abortion, and recent past as a Hillary-donating, Obama-voting Democrat. None of these things can hurt Trump, because none of them matter to his supporters, and because the chief argument against them requires you to believe in the Republican Party as a vehicle for something different than the Democratic – a fact that is no longer an item of belief for many voters.
When the talking points coming out of Mitch McConnell’s mouth are essentially identical to those coming out of the White House – an agenda divorced from the priorities of a significant portion of the electorate, of trade and reauthorizations and appropriations and device tax repeal and governing – why should they believe any different? Why should such a party continue to exist if it exists to serve the people who donate, not the people who vote? What use is such a party to the people? Why not dissolve it and create another?
Frustrated GOP presidential candidates are responding to Trump’s rise by saying loudly: “He’s not a Republican!” And the people are responding: “So? WTF is that?” Republicans who say “Trump’s damaging the Republican brand” are saying it to a bunch of people who don’t care – and in fact, think America needs a candidate who really doesn’t care about the “Republican brand”, whatever that is.
Ross Douthat has more on this appeal, and Trump’s unique role as a traitor to his class, noting that where The Tea Party demanded essentially a return to the fiscal conservative roots of fusionist Republicanism, Trump offers a much bigger break with the past:
So far he’s running against the Republican establishment in a more profound way than the Tea Party, challenging not just deviations from official conservative principle but the entire post-Reagan conservative matrix. He can wax right wing on immigration one moment and promise to tax hedge fund managers the next. He’ll attack political correctness and then pledge to protect entitlements. He can sound like Pat Buchanan on trade and Bernie Sanders on health care. He regularly attacks the entire Iraq misadventure, in its Bush-era and Obama-era manifestations alike, in a way that neither mainstream Republicans nor Hillary Clinton can plausibly manage.
Christopher Caldwell’s piece notes the appeal of his economic message.
Trump is in the early stages of deploying a powerful and popular protectionist platform. He does not use the word “protectionism,” preferring to call it free trade managed by people who know how to negotiate deals. But his voice takes a vengeful tone when he describes his trade policy. He has promised to enlist some of the toughest negotiators in New York to lay down the law. [snip]
Byron York reports Trump is now about to go on the attack against Wall Street and carried interest as well as high earners generally to lower taxes for the middle class – something that, to fiscal conservative Republicans’ consternation, typically polls quite well. [snip]
And the headlines here are in keeping with the idolatrous nature of such emotionally driven hero worship typically unfamiliar to the Republican experience: “First-time voter, 92, gets to meet her savior: Donald Trump.”
Domenech’s hatred of Trump does not permit him to understand what is happening. Domench does not consider that perhaps the characterization of Trump’s positions are flawed. Domenech is unable to attribute anything to Trump and his supporters other than some form of vile idolatry of the sort we all witnessed in 2008 with Obama and his Hopium Guzzlers.
What Domenech does not consider is that the Republican Party has failed to put forth a program of governing that takes into consideration the modern world. Other than the same failed bromides about lower taxes and less spending the Republican Party has had little to offer which deals with reality. Then when Republicans gain office they raise taxes and increase spending.
Donald Trump has great success this election season because he is living in the real world not the crazed world of the Domenechs. We all can see that Obama’s “stimulus” of 2009 was a massive giveaway to corrupt state governments and ossified institutions. Obama’s “green” initiatives have been nothing less than crony capitalism for the Birkenstock class.
The Obama economic policy has been trillions for the super-rich and sustenance handouts to the unwashed masses. It is not class warfare to declare, as Trump does, that Obama’s policies have helped the well off and oppressed the middle and working classes.
Trump however is more than just the herald of the death of the Republican Party. Trump also brings about the redefinition of what a conservative is. Trump also brings about the redefinition of what a liberal is.
Why should a middle class conservative support the low wage policies of the Chamber of Commerce? Why should a working class conservative fight to protect the tax deduction privileges of those super-wealthy who live off a corrupt political system and have as their goal a low wage society? Why should a liberal support a low wage society which hurts the poor and the middle class via illegal immigration amnesty? Why should a liberal tolerate the totalitarian state speech codes that silence free speech?
Donald Trump represents more than the stilted portrait painted by the Domenechs and Ericksons. Donald Trump himself understands what he has lucked into. Donald Trump has evolved into a movement:
Donald Trump: ‘This is a movement’
The billionaire real estate mogul uses a Nashville speech to emphasize his campaign is about more than him. [snip]
“I don’t want it to be about me. This is about common sense. It’s about doing the right thing.” [snip]
Beyond the bragging, Trump’s appearance represented something more tangible: evidence of a campaign that has grown more tactically serious as it wears on. [snip]
Trump used it as an opportunity to again emphasize the importance of his supporters. He attributed his continued lead in Republican primary polls to the intelligence of his supporters.
“The reason is people in this country are smart. They don’t believe a lot of what they see in the media.”
For Michael Gerson, Trump’s talk of a movement is Orwellian. Gerson prefers to race-bait Trump and his supporters instead of grasping the moment. For Gerson and his establishment ilk the future is the past and Trump is not someone they have associated with in that past.
The analyst Michael Barone sees things more like we do:
Here I’ll look at another, the possibility that the partisan dividing lines that have endured with little change for two decades might suddenly shift and change.
This has happened before. History teaches two lessons pointing in opposite directions: Partisan divisions can stay the same for a long time. And they can change suddenly and without much warning. [snip]
For 2016, Hillary Clinton is trying to reassemble the Obama majority. Republican strategists are hoping to pluck enough 2012 target states to win. But events so far— Clinton’s slide, the Trump phenomenon—may destabilize what have been enduring partisan preferences. And who knows what turbulence lies ahead?
Just about every election watcher (including me) has assumed that a new partisan alignment is an impossible thing. History tells us it is — until it isn’t.
That impossible thing might just happen in 2016. The politically homeless might find a home with Trump. We’ll let Doug Schoen sum it up:
What Hillary Needs to Beat Biden and Bernie
Okay, she’s moved left. But to regain traction, Clinton must connect with voters in the middle on growth, foreign policy, and health care.
Brooklyn, we have a problem.
Hillary is catering to the left. Trump caters to the middle. The GOP establishment is flummoxed as to how Trump will win.