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Trump Derangement Syndrome – The Federalist Has Got It Bad

Posted by V the K at 4:28 pm - August 24, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

The Federalist has really been on an anti-Trump tear lately.

National Review Online has been somewhat more balanced, but has had its moments.

And the GOP Establishment be like: “Trump supporters are a bunch of idiots and crybabies, and you stupid jerks should come home and support whoever we nominate.”

Meanwhile, the GOP Establishment’s golden boy – backed by all the “smart money” to the tune of $114M and with the GOP’s Top Consultants on his side… sends out a mailer that appears to show the candidate’s head poorly photoshopped on the body of a black men.


Trump Frustrates the Useless GOP

Posted by V the K at 10:44 pm - August 21, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Donald Trump buzzed the Alabama football stadium were 20-30,000 supporters were rallying in his private 757. Let me see if I can predict how this will play out. Some GOP establishment tool (Karl Rove or Rick Wilson) with a stick up his butt will decry this “recklessness” and say that it proves Trump is unfit to hold office. Trump will respond something like this, and his polls will shoot up five points.

It’s kind of funny watching the GOP establishment sputter that “Trump is not a true conservative.” Expecially considering these are the same guys who went scorched Earth on true conservatives like Chris McDaniel, Martin Wolf, and Matt Bevin back in 2014 because “true conservatives can’t win elections.”

Conservatives may not agree with Trumps policies, but a lot of them love watching the establishment that has for so long lied to them at election time, and betrayed them once in office sputter and fume in frustration. Even if Trump ultimately flames out, for now he is the vessel for a lot of frustration.

Why I Will Never be a wealthy Republican Consultant

Posted by V the K at 2:33 pm - August 18, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

I don’t embrace the Donald Trump phenomenon. But if I were part of the GOP, I would be looking at the  enthusiasm of his supporters and wondering why my preferred candidates don’t get that kind of energy. I would be carefully studying his messaging and techniques to see if I could learn something from them that might improve my candidates electoral prospects.

I guess that’s why I’m just a moron in flyover country instead a wealthy Republican consultant. Because obviously the thing to do with the Trump phenomenon is attack his supporters as ignorant hick rubes who are also idiots.

The Unelectable Ones

Posted by V the K at 8:51 am - August 12, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Recently, a smug leftist on Facebook smugged smugly, “Trump and Cruz are at the front of the Rethuglican pack. This is good news for us because both are unelectable.”


That does seem to be the conventional wisdom. Hillary wants to face off against Trump or Cruz because they are unelectable, toxic even. But are they really unelectable?

Donald Trump is an anti-politician in an age where politicians are roundly despised. He is a celebrity in a culture that adores celebrity. Putting aside his policy positions — which are largely irrelevant since most voters are ignorant at best, misinformed at worst — there is a path to the White House for him. He is unlikely to lose any of the states Mitt Romney won. It’s not inconceivable that Trump could flip states like Florida, Nevada, and Ohio, or even siphon off disaffected moderate Democrats put off by Hillary’s corruption, cronyism, and dishonesty.

Ted Cruz is despised by the Republican Establishment, and therefore, it is believed, he is “unelectable.” However, the last time I looked, the Republican Party was hated liberals, moderates, and conservatives, so he is in good company. Ted Cruz is a very gifted speaker and debator. His biggest challenge would be getting through the MFM filter; the same MFM that smeared Mitt Romney as a dog-torturer who gave women cancer with his Mormon cancer gun. Ted Cruz does do something none of the “electable” Republicans (Jeb, Kasich) do; he turns on the base and makes them excited to come out and vote.

Since 1992, the Republican Party has decided its nominee on the basis of “electability.” Every election but 2004 has featured one or more upstart candidates from the right (Pat Buchanan, Steve Forbes, Newt Gingrich) that was crushed by the party establishment in favor of a more moderate “electable” nominee. In that time, their record has been Lose, Lose, Lose Popular Vote, Win, Lose, Lose.


Not that Trump or Cruz would have an easy time of it. They wouldn’t. The MFM in this country is a propaganda arm for the Democrat Party. The Democrat fraud machine in cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Detroit all but guarantee their states will turn blue regardless of how voters actually vote. But any Republican candidate would face those exact same hurdles.

But there are also other variables; a Democrat nominee that turns off their base or commits a gaffe too big for the MFM to hide; a sudden change in the economy or in the national security environment. Hurricane Sandy was certainly a last minute boost to Obama in 2012, though whether he needed it is debatable.

It’s also kind of funny that the Democrat Party front-runners are a corrupt, tone-deaf woman of no accomplishment who has a tough time appearing even moderately human on a good day and an angry old white Marxist. But no one ever seems concerned about the ‘electablility’ of Democrat candidates.

Hillary/Sanders Bidding for Votes with Your Money

Posted by V the K at 7:38 am - August 12, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

The Democrat Party has basically one electoral platform; “We will take money away from other people and buy you stuff with it.”* Democrat Frontrunners Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders are promising to raise taxes on other people (to 90% of income in Sanders case) so they can offer free college tuition to feed their voters’ ravenous appetite for Government programs.

The plan—dubbed the “New College Compact” and estimated to cost $350 billion over 10 years—would fundamentally reshape the federal government’s role in higher education by offering new federal money, but with strings attached.

States would have to increase their own spending on higher education, and universities would be required to control spending…

Never mind that the entire reason college costs have been spiraling out of control is because they are subsidized by the Federal Government.

The increased availability of subsidized loans and federal aid is itself the primary cause of rising tuition. After all, the price of higher education can only keep rising if people somehow keep finding money to pay for it. And it is the loans and grants that provide most of that money.

It is precisely because of the Federal Government’s bottomless subsidies that colleges have become bloated with unnecessary administrative staff and useless degree programs like Womyns Studies and Queer Migration Studies. The economy doesn’t need more degreed social justice warriors, it needs more skilled tradesmen and engineers. But then, the Democrats are equally determined to flood the country with cheaper foreign labor to keep Americans out of those jobs anyway.

Republican Scott Walker notes it’s ironic that a woman who takes in quarter-million dollar speaking fees from universities would be whining about the high cost of higher education.

Sanders, by the way, is now beating Hillary in the polls. Can we admit the Democrat Party is full-on Socialist now? Not even the Swedes have the magnitude of tax-and-spend policies Clinton and Sanders are proposing.

Here’s a chuckle from Hillary: “As President, I Would Model The Kind Of Behavior I Would Hope All Americans Would Have.” So, I guess that means we’re all supposed to commit felonies, lie about them, and destroy the evidence.

*”And in return, you will turn a blind eye to our massive corruption and cronyism.”

Is Carly Fiorina Coo-Coo for the Caliphate?

Carly Fiorina did pretty well in the Republican undercard debate. As a result, her poll numbers and more importantly, donations, have been rising.

So, naturally, her rivals for the VP slot in the Republican nomination have brought out the long knives. In particular, they focus on a speech she gave as CEO of Hewlett Packard two weeks after 9-11-2001, in which she appears to effusively praise Islam.

There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.

It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.

When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.

While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600.

I guess we’re supposed to take from this that Fiorina (or FioRINO as some are calling her) is actually a closet Mohammedan who is going to sell us out to the Muslim Brotherhood and help our terrorist enemies acquire weapons of mass destruction.

First, it’s a bit late to be worrying about that. Second, while Fiorina’s rightward shift from the positions she ran for the senate on a few years ago should give conservatives pause, I’m not sure this speech is quite the smoking gun her opponents are hoping for. It’s a lame speech by a corporate CEO with lots of pablum about diversity and making connections between people. Her praise of the Caliphate is over-the-top and historically questionable. It may betray a tendency to unquestionably accept politically correct narratives. It may raise questions about her authenticity, but I don’t think it means she thinks ISIS is all that and a bowl of falafel.

I don’t think it’s a big deal, but I’m open to other points of view.

An Uninformed Recap of the Republican “Debate”

Posted by V the K at 3:16 pm - August 11, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

I didn’t watch the debate, but based on what I have read on the internet, this is how it went down.

Megyn Kelly: “Welcome to the FoxNews Republican debate. First question to Donald Trump. Given your history of bankruptcies and corruption, why would any woman vote for a misogynist pig like you?”

Trump: “Grrrr! Snarl! You have periods!”

Kelly: “Next question, President Bush, you once said “Illegal Immigration” is an act of love, how did you become so compassionate to the plight of the less fortunate?”

Bush: “Um… um… secure the, um, border, and … mumble (check watch) stuff like that…”

Kelly: “Thank you, President Bush. Now, Ted Cruz, you say God talks to you. Are you a nut?”

Cruz: “Thank you for that question. I read scripture every day, and what it tell me is…”

Kelly: “I’m sorry, your time is up. Vice President Rubio, isn’t President Bush far more qualified than you to be president after his fantastic record as Florida Governor?”

Rubio: “My parents were immigrants.”

Kelly: “Good answer. Governor Huckleberry, what do you think of President Bush? Don’t you love the way that sounds? ‘President Bush?’”

Huckleberry: “Well, gosh all fish hooks.”

Kelly: “Next question: Governor Walker, are you awake?”

Walker: “No.”

Kelly: “Next question, Donald Trump, you’re unelectable and no one likes you.”

Trump: “That wasn’t a question.”

Kelly: “Control your temper, Mr. Trump. Next question. President Kasich, why do you think other Republicans attack you for providing health care to the poor in your state.”

Kasich: “My dad was a mailman.”

Kelly: “Governor Christie, Senator Paul, slap each other with herrings.”

Kelly: “Final Question to President Bush, isn’t America going to be great after you’re elected?”

Jeb: “I dunno, maybe, I guess.”

Kelly: “Well, that’s all we have time for. You’re watching FoxNews, Fair and … (cracks up)… I’m sorry, fair and balanced.”

Fox’s Anti-Trump Strategy Backfires

Posted by V the K at 8:16 am - August 10, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Speaking as someone who is standing outside the pissing contest between the equally obnoxious pro-Trump and anti-Trump camps, two things are clear:

However, if the debate hosts were out to get Donald Trump, they totally went about it the wrong way.

If Trump really is the clown and buffoon the GOP Establishment says he is, then Fox shouldn’t need to ask the attack dog, tabloid-style questions they asked during the debate. They could have asked meaningful, substantive questions and let Trump implode on his own. But instead, they asked questions like “So, why should women vote for a misogynist pig like you?” (paraphrasing), and the attack was so obvious it only galvanized his supporters further.

You don’t expose a buffoon by asking him buffoonish questions. You ask him serious questions and let him expose himself.

As a buffoon.

It was also wrong for Erick Erickson to disinvite Trump from the Red State forum. We’re not the left. We respect free speech and believe in giving people a chance to defend their ideas.

And also, that the best way to expose someone as a fool is to let him talk.

GOP Candidates Struggle to Relate to the Common Folk

Posted by V the K at 9:23 am - August 7, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Reviewing the transcript, one is struck that some of the GOP candidates were eager to show off their middle-class bonafides.

MARCO RUBIO: You know, both of my parents were born into poor families on the island of Cuba.

CRUZ: I’m the son of a pastor and evangelist and I’ve described many times how my father, when I was a child, was an alcoholic. He was not a Christian. And my father left my mother and left me when I was just three years old.

JOHN KASICH: Well, Megyn, my father was a mailman. His father was a coal miner. My mother’s mother could barely speak English.

CHRIS CHRISTIE: Listen, I was born into a middle class family in New Jersey. My dad came home from serving in the Army after having lost his father, worked in the Breyers ice cream plant in Newark, New Jersey. Was the first person to graduate from college. He put himself through college at night. My mom was a secretary.

It’s been done better.

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Obligatory Comment on an Irrelevant Debate

Posted by V the K at 7:53 am - August 7, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

After checking the comments at a couple of sites and on teh Facebooks and Twitter-machine, one is left with the impression that if one watched the Republican “debate” last night, one came away feeling that one’s preferred candidate was great, the other candidates one likes did OK, and the candidates one doesn’t like sucked.

It’s difficult to muster much enthusiasm or interest in these events. The country’s fiscal, economic, and social courses are unsustainable, and no “viable” candidate has the will to alter these trajectories. It’s like 17 people who all want to be the Captain of the Kobayashi Maru.

Some people think Carly Fiorina had a good night.

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Meh. It’s not so much that she blew Chris Matthews away so much that anytime a Republican responds to a media attack with anything other than Droopy-the-Dog resignation it is a remarkable thing.

The Republican Party in its current form is simply not inspiring. The Republican Senate “Leadership” announced this week that they will not “shut down” the Government no matter what. Which basically means they will let Obama and Harry Reid get all the spending they want; Planned Butchershop, Obamacare, Obamamnesty, the EPA… all will be protected and fully supported by our cowardly Republican Majority.

Are Jeb Bush Opponents “at war with Western Civilization?”

Posted by V the K at 10:00 am - August 4, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Roger Simon watched the GOP mass interview yesterday and graded the candidates. Simon also had a rather harsh assessment of those who have no intention of voting for big government enthusiast Jeb Bush.

Look, the worst thing about Jeb is, sadly, his name. [Editor's Note - Um, no, that is far from the worst thing about Jeb.] Call him a RINO or whatever, but he jumped in tonight to say that our enemies were in a war against Western civilization. Can you imagine Obama, Hillary or any Democrat saying anything like that? … As for the Jebster, he’s not my favorite candidate, but those who say they would stay home if he’s nominated are themselves at war with Western Civ


So, does he mean that not supporting Jeb Bush is tantamount to jihadism? It couldn’t possibly be that some of us look at the last two disastrous Bush presidencies and don’t see the point in continuing this particular dynasty, could it?

Another Theory on Donald Trump

Some of us morons were talking Trump this morning. Trump isn’t really a Republican, he’s more like an old-school New York Democrat. Way back before our time, before the Democrat Party became completely taken over by socialists, trial lawyers, radical environment extremists, radical feminists, race grievance mongers, celebrities, and the rest of the far left coalition… it was a party that spoke to the working class and was just as unashamedly patriotic as the GOP.

There was a time when Democrats and their union allies opposed illegal immigration because cheap labor was bad for workers. The Democrat Party has abandoned that position because illegal immigrants are a more reliable voting bloc than working class white folks. But Donald Trump has embraced that position.

The Washington Free Beacon talks about Trump’s appeal to “the radical middle,” the substantial portion of the electorate left behind as the Democrat Party has become radicalized and the GOP have become puppets of the Chamber of Commerce. They have a point; the elites who run both parties are radically out of touch with the mainstream.

Personally, I see Donald Trump as an egomaniacal blowhard who lies about his real positions in order to trick voters into voting for him. Just like Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and all the rest of them.

Donald Trump’s Rise Is the Product of the GOP’s Failure

Posted by V the K at 10:50 pm - July 22, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

The Republican Establishment is in a bit of a panic that outsider Donald Trump is leading the ever-growing pack of GOP presidential candidates. They are astonished that a person who has a record of supporting broad-based amnesty for illegal aliens, abortion-on-demand, and the confiscation of private property for corporate use has become the choice (for now) of the party’s grass roots and has become a speed bump for Jeb Bush’s eventual and inevitable nomination and failed campaign.

They need not wonder; the reason an outsider is being embraced is because the Republican party has completely failed and no longer has the trust of their constituents.

The Republican Party ran and won in 2010 and 2014 on opposition to the Obama Agenda. They promised to repeal Obamacare. They promised to fight Executive Amnesty. They promised to oppose his lawless power grabs and abuse of Executive Authority. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, especially, ran on a promise to “break” Obama and thwart the president’s radical agenda.

What have Republicans done since winning the House and Senate?
- They have fully funded Obamacare, and even made contingency plans to save it if the Supreme Court struck it down.
- They fully funded Obama’s Executive Amnesty.
- They have given Obama a blank check to run up the debt and attacked deficit hawks as “Whackobirds.”
- They approved Obama’s pick for attorney general who promised to continue the lawless policies of her predecessor.
- They passed legislation — over the objections of the conservative base — granting Obama limitless authority to negotiate trade agreements.
- They passed legislation making it almost impossible to stop Obama’s Deal to let Iran develop nukes.

If the Republicans hadn’t failed up so thoroughly, there would be no Trump phenemonon.

Now, as a result of the failures (betrayals) listed above, the Republican Party has lost all credibility.  Whenever a Republican politician says he opposes an Obama policy, no one believes him. They all believe they are no different than the Democrats.


How the Democrat Left Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Geriatric White Guys

Posted by V the K at 2:31 pm - July 11, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Mark Steyn explains why the hip Democrat Leftists who use “old white man” as a pejorative and swear they aren’t socialists… are suddenly excited about supporting a really old white Socialist for president.

Hillary, by contrast, is in trouble not because she’s a sleazy, corrupt, cronyist, money-laundering, Saud-kissing liar. Democrats have a strong stomach and boundless tolerance for all of that and wouldn’t care were it not for the fact that she’s a dud and a bore. A “Hillary rally” is a contradiction in terms: the thin, vetted crowd leave more demoralized and depressed than when they went in. To vote for Bernie is to be part of a romance, as it was with Obama. To vote for Hillary is to validate the Clintons’ indestructible sense of their own indispensability – and nothing else. Hillary is a wooden charmless stiff who supposedly has enough money to be carefully managed across the finish line. But that requires Democratic electors to agree to be managed, too, and the Sanders surge is a strong sign that, while they’re relaxed about voting for an unprincipled arrogant phony marinated in ever more malodorous and toxic corruption, they draw the line at such a tedious and charisma-free specimen thereof.

Angry Old White People Suddenly Kewl on the Left

Posted by V the K at 9:05 am - July 8, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election,Media Bias

CNN is reporting that majorities of Americans think Hillary Clinton is “dishonest.

This is actually very very clever. It gives the appearance that the media are actually being critical of Hillary, but without actually hurting her electorally. Most voters think all politicians are dishonest anyway. Meanwhile, CNN can avoid talking about the things Hillary is being dishonest about(Influence peddling, destroying evidence, running a phony charity)that might actually hurt her with voters.

Well played, CNN.

Meanwhile, does anyone find the current Democrat swoon over septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders kind of ironic given what these same Democrats were saying about Septuagenarian John McCain back in 2008?


Random Thought Without Any Links

Posted by V the K at 8:09 pm - June 26, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

If you take all the white guys who are running for president as Republicans out of the mix, the quality of the field improves markedly.

What did Hillary do for oppressed gays while Secretary of State?

When the immediate past Secretary of State first announced her candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, only a handful of my Facebook friends indicated their support for Mrs. Clinton, almost all of them gay.

But, what precisely has the former First Lady done for gays?  In her eight years in the Senate, did she work to repeal the relics of her husband’s administration, the Defense of Marriage Act or Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell?  (And by working, I mean, not just indicating her opposition to these laws, but actually taking action, lobbying her fellow legislators, pressing her party’s leadership to push repeal.)

And then in her four years as Secretary of State when she–and her supporters–boasted that she was the most-traveled Secretary of State, breaking travel records, among the many countries she visited, she surely visited some countries which oppressed gays.  When meeting with the leaders of those lands, did she ever discuss their treatment of our fellows and press them to change their policies?

And did the leaders of the various American gay organizations press her to act on behalf of our oppressed fellows?

Am I the only one asking these questions?

Just asking.

UPDATE:  As per the comments below, seems that Mrs. Clinton did raise the issue of anti-gay policies in Uganda with that nation’s leader President Yoweri Museveni in her summer 2012 swing through Africa.

Rand Paul’s Tax Plan

Posted by V the K at 7:53 pm - June 18, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

I’ll be in my bunk.

“I’m running for president to defeat the Washington machine. And to do that, we have to drive a stake through the heart of the IRS and our terrible tax code. We need to tear it up and start over, with a plan that’s simple, fair, and cuts taxes for every single American. Let’s start with the workers tax cut. For most Americans, the biggest tax they pay is the FICA tax on their paycheck. And all anyone ever tries to do is raise that tax or pretend you’re not paying it. In my tax plan, the first thing we’ll do is eliminate the workers tax. That’s right. It’s gone. Zero. Nothing. That means that every single working American would keep thousands of dollars more in their paycheck We’re not stopping there. We will end corporate welfare and eliminate the army of lobbyists and tax lawyers gaming the system. But also, no more mom-and-pop businesses paying 40 percent. Everyone pays the same, and it will grow our economy. In fact, the Tax Foundation studies show my plan will create nearly 2 million jobs. Finally, every American taxpayer, everyone will be able to file a very simple return on one page at a low and fair rate of 14.5 percent — for every single American. And the guy with the most lawyers and accountants doesn’t win; you do. My plan will cut taxes for everyone. It will end corporate welfare and special tax breaks. It will create jobs, and it will get the IRS out of your life.”

And then there were 12…

Posted by V the K at 6:02 pm - June 16, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

As noted by Ace, Donald Trump is what a hobo imagines a rich man to be.

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The GOP field is up to at least 12, now. Personally, I’d like to divide them into two teams and put them on “Hell’s Kitchen,” because that would tell us more about them than a bunch of “debates,” which are really nothing more than interviews with scripted questions and scanned answers. (Also, having Gordon Ramsay call Jeb! a donkey would be worth it.) There are four distinct groups of GOP, only one of which should be taken Seriously.

Flawed, but worth voting for: Cruz, Jindal, Paul, Perry, Walker
Establishment hacks: Jeb!, Kasich, Rubio,
Hell no: Graham, Pataki, Christie, Huckabee
Sideshows: Fiorina, Carson, Trump

You could make a case for Rubio in the first group (I don’t trust him) and Perry for the second. And Fiorina may not have a chance, but she’s useful in that she can bring it to Hillary.

It’s hard to get too worked up because I don’t think any Republican could possibly repair the damage Barack Obama has inflicted and continues to inflict on the country.

Another Democrat Enters the 2016 Presidential Race

Posted by V the K at 12:25 pm - June 1, 2015.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Democrat-In-All-But-Label-Only (DIABLO) from South Carolina is running for president. He is running as a Republican, but only because he didn’t feel like there were enough GOP candidates that supported Amnesty, domestic spying, and endless foreign wars.

59-year-old lifelong bachelor.

Just sayin’

Also, another wealthy, older white person has joined the Democrat Race to Make It Look Like Hillary Wasn’t Just Annointed. Former Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley is running so that he can nationalize his agenda of rain taxes and severe gun control.

As they say in Maryland, “If you can dream it, we can tax it.”