#FeelTheBern: I Think @HillaryClinton Is Done

After last night, I think Hillary Clinton is done. With Senator Bernie Sanders’ YUGE win in New Hampshire* and the very near win in Iowa*, he has the wind to his back. Sanders even has a plan to break Clinton’s Southern Firewall:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to pour resources into South Carolina to improve his standing with black voters in the state to punch a hole in Hillary Clinton’s electoral firewall. …

Sanders plans to boost his numbers by financing a major grassroots campaign introducing himself to minority voters in the state.

“We’re hiring half the state of South Carolina. Unemployment will go down,” quipped a campaign official. “We’re going to mount a very strong grassroots campaign and have young African-Americans knocking on doors in African-American communities.”

If the experiment proves successful in South Carolina, the campaign will next target Georgia, which has a relatively young and educated black electorate.

That was the plan BEFORE Iowa and New Hampshire. Now with the near Iowa win and 20% New Hampshire win under his belt, Bernie Sanders can go to his (big and/or small) donors and ask for more money to so that everyone can #FeelTheBern. I can’t see Hillary Clinton going to her (big and/or small) donors, hat in hand, asking to fend off the unstoppable #BernieBros train.

Personally, I don’t care which one the Democrats pick. There are huge drawbacks for either nominee.

With A Sanders Nomination: The center-left bolts right in the loving arms of the Republican party. Since Bernie Sanders is a huge Gun Rights guy, the gun control groups/supporters also stay home.

With A Clinton Nomination: The far left stays home when she shifts back to the center. We can even throw her extreme stances back at her when she does try to move to the center. I mean, the far left is backing Sanders to the hilt and they will feel (rightly) cheated of their candidate loses. Her coming non-indictment (and that is why she is sucking up to Obama right now) will also be an example of her “white privileged” to escape justice.

We could pick anyone from our side and beat both Democrats in the general election. I would be delighted if they both keep bashing each other until then. Barring an act of God, I don’t think the two Dem front-runners can win dog-catcher election right now.

I want to note that this is just my opinions based off of my observations. I could be wrong. Until I read something to the contrary, I will think this is our election to lose.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Trump2016: Why @realDonaldTrump’s 2nd Place #Iowa Finish Is No Joke

People celebrated last night. Sen. Ted Cruz won Iowa! Yay!

Except one thing. He did not slay Donald Trump, the beast. A couple of tough critics of Trump are throwing cold water on a Ted Cruz victory right now. Aaron Gardner starts us off this morning:

Yes, Donald Trump had his friends in radio and his “adversaries” in the MSM priming the pump for the Donald the entire time, but still, that alone wouldn’t be enough to capture nearly 25% of the caucus. Trump was able to do what most thought impossible…

If he can do this in a caucus, which requires the voter to go out and stay out for a rather long time just to cast a series of votes, he can certainly do it in a primary. When you get right down to it, Donald Trump got nearly 40,000 people to show up on a cold February night when a blizzard is on the horizon. That’s no joke. …

After all, we know this was just the opening round and Trump isn’t done yet.

Gardner also notes that it is NOT too late for Donald Trump to just open his wallet and out-spend everyone. Now money isn’t everything, but it could mean the difference in tight races.

Allahpundit oddly comes to the same conclusion:

The guy’s basically half-assing his campaign and he still beat the Great Establishment Hope for second place (I think) and nearly knocked off the hyper-organized, hyper-competent Cruz campaign. He’s no joke. And thanks to a divided moderate field, there’s still every reason to think he’ll win New Hampshire.

There’s that “no joke” again. Basically, what they are saying is that you can’t write Donald Trump off yet and both these men are huge Trump critics. If they are not convince that Trump has been defeated, then this race is far from over.

Ed Morrissey, Allahpunit’s co-blogger, agrees:

The difference in Iowa was probably ground organization and perhaps lingering annoyance over Trump’s decision to bail on the final debate in Iowa. The former favored Cruz, but the latter might have pushed late deciders to go to Rubio’s corner. It was a tactical error by Trump, to be sure, but hardly a fatal one. Trump ended up with one less delegate than Cruz, and the same as Rubio – five. Trump didn’t win Iowa, but other than for his reputation, he didn’t really need to win; he just needed to stay competitive. And the reasons for that are New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Ted Cruz needed a knock-out in Iowa for the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, and he didn’t get one. In fact, Cruz spent a lot of time hitting Marco Rubio and instead of going for the Donald Trump knock-out. That may come back to haunt Cruz.

And Donald Trump came out and ate a big piece of humble pie:

He congratulated Ted Cruz (and all the candidates) and thanked Iowa, despite the loss. Donald Trump did not yell or scream or meltdown. It was short and to the point. With so many long-winded political speeches, this was really refreshing!

Anyone wanting to write Donald Trump off, does so at their own peril.

Well, see ya’ later!

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#Trump2016: Why @realDonaldTrump Is Closing In On A #Iowa Win

I know, it is the PuffingtonHost. But please bear with me as I frisk this article by Scott Conroy:

It’s probably too soon to run for the hills just yet.

But if you’re worried about the possibility that the nuclear launch codes might a year from now be in the hands of a megalomaniacal strongman with a tenuous grip on reality, the scene on the ground in Iowa with just three days to go until the caucuses won’t make you feel much better.

I sleep soundly knowing full well that I live just miles from a Primary Nuclear Target. If a nuclear war happens, I don’t think I can deal with the wasteland afterward. Either I will die in the blast or fallout shortly afterward and I am fine with that.

Donald Trump appears poised to notch a major victory in the first electoral test of the year — a win that would further launch him along a once implausible path toward actually becoming the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.

This prevailing sentiment solidified during Thursday night’s debate when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) failed to capitalize on the GOP front-runner’s glaring absence from the stage, instead choosing to bicker with the moderators in Trump-like fashion but without the flair.

I heard that. I skip the debate largely as a protest to Megyn Kelly inviting the anti-American Michael “Butterball” Moore onto her show. But the after action response from everyone and everywhere is that Ted Cruz was hit from all sides and barely anyone threw a punch at Trump.

Well, I am sure that all changes with ads-

And in a clear indication of his campaign’s new strategic priority of trying to hold onto a now-tenuous second-place standing in Iowa at the expense of competing more explicitly to win it, the Cruz campaign is turning its focus over the airwaves away from the front-runner and toward Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

The New York Times reported on Friday that Cruz had shifted almost all of his negative advertising away from Trump and toward Rubio, in a last-minute attempt to prevent the upstart Floridian from surging into a second-place showing in Iowa — a result that would upend the race and might prove fatal to Cruz’s 2016 hopes.

Oh wait, I forgot that I’m talking about the stupid party here…

And people wonder why I have not endorsed anyone but Trump. Shit like this exhausts me more than Trump’s dumb comments. Politics is a blood sport and Donald Trump is playing to win. All the others are playing to place second or third now, it’s disgusting.

GOP strategist Bob Haus, who ran Rick Perry’s two Iowa campaigns and is a frequent Trump critic, is among the plugged-in Republicans here who senses that Cruz is heading in the wrong direction at the worst possible time.

Bob Haus talks about “peaking” at the wrong time, but I think everyone is missing the point here. Ted Cruz has placed all his eggs in the Iowa basket. This has moved him into lead Trump, but then fallen to either tie or place 2nd with Donald Trump. I have watched the national and other state polling, hoping that Ted Cruz is also moving there. However Cruz is still stuck in neutral everywhere else. That does not inspire me.

The 2012 GOP caucuses saw record turnout of 121,501 votes, but that relatively impressive number still represented a mere 20 percent of active registered Iowa Republicans who could have shown up that year.

With public interest in this year’s Republican race at unprecedented levels, even Cruz’s top backers here are predicting the 2016 caucuses will exceed the numbers of 2012.

By how much?

Bob Vander Plaats, an influential Iowa Christian conservative leader who has endorsed Cruz and sparred with Trump publicly, predicted that turnout on Monday would be somewhere in the 135,000 to 150,000 range.

“We’re in uncharted territory,” Vander Plaats said.

That could mean bad news for Cruz…

If Ted Cruz loses Iowa, he has nowhere else to go. *ponds table once* AND HE’S NOT GOING AFTER DONALD TRUMP!

*ponds table several more times and then composes himself*

I sit on the edge of my seat, day-after-day, waiting for the moment where I can finally endorse someone else. I go to bed, night-after-night, completely disappointed. Look, there might be some logic that Donald Trump might not win because he currently lacks a ground game and the polls might be incredible wrong. There also maybe some logic to the notion that if Ted Cruz can force other people out of the race, they will come to him. However when logic goes out the god-damn window, you can’t take anything for granted.

We don’t live in an age of logic anymore. I can make a logical pitch on why Donald Trump is not a conservative and the people are giving fuckall about that noise. What they see is a leader who loves America and the people. Trump wants to create jobs and beat the bad guys who want to do us harm. The slogan, “Make America Great Again” boils down Trump’s message and rolls right off the tongue. Without looking it up, what is Ted Cruz’s message? What is Marco Rubio’s slogan?

And that is why Donald Trump is closing on a Iowa win.

Well, see ya’ later!

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#KosKids: The #FeelTheBern Edition

I like to start a feature where I take a look at the distorted views of the clinically insane. Or more commonly known to us on the right-side of the blogosphere, as the KosKids. They are the dedicated and brain-dead followers of Markos Moulitsas, and they have bought some prime real estate at the bottom of the rabbit hole. This feature will take a look at how far down they have gone. I am going to link them, but I beg you don’t click on them.

Today is all about how they #FeelTheBern right about now!

The one stake I take for my outside the system candidate. BERNIE SANDERS

Our first outing is… utter nonsense, honestly. I can’t make heads or tails of what it means really.

All I have been able to gleam, is that monkeys fly …for Bernie Sanders. I guess. I don’t know. This might mean something to Carissa Miller, but she doesn’t explain what it means.

Media’s anti-Sanders Bias Just Getting Too Obvious

This one makes sense, yet goes into a nothing burger of a story.

Oh wow, MSM is not fair? Stop the presses! Welcome to the club. Thanks for the update, lasvegasantiwar. I enjoyed it.

It’s Working Bernie Fans!

What’s working James Kroeger? Pouring good money after bad?

Basically, Kroeger wants you to pour more money into Bernie Sanders’ campaign. …Which will just cause Hillary Clinton to spend more money and take extreme left-wing positions. …Which will cause Hillary Clinton to have less money and make huge leaps in logic for a return to the center for the general election.

You know what, knock yourselves out! I give my full endorsement to this plan!

Hillary’s Conundrum

Here, kbman was able to rub two brain cells together long enough to put together a thoughtful article:

Hillary has a problem, a big problem. In fact, it is such a big problem that it is likely to have already cost her the nomination. Her problem, in a nutshell, is that the only way she can effectively neutralize Sanders’ policy proposals is to lie about them, and in so doing reinforcing the public’s perception of her as being dishonest.

She has already tried personal attacks and seen them backfire. She insinuated that Bernie was a sexist one week, and the following week insinuated that he was a racist. There was immediate backlash in the media over both incidents and Bernie saw his fundraising get a boost.

Seems plausible. Clinton has taken a huge hit in the polls, in only Iowa and New Hampshire. Nationally, and in the South, Clinton still has a commanding lead. Most southern states, if I am not mistaken, are winner takes all.

So keep fooling yourself into thinking Sen. Bernie Sanders even has a remote chance of winning. Keep throwing good money after bad. When Clinton comes asking for money and you feel cheated out of a general election Sanders campaign, I hope you think long and hard about how much you are going to give.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Election2016: Proof #BigCorn/#BigEthanol Is A #PaperTiger After All

I want to start here that I am actually on Ted Cruz’s side than Donald Trump on ethanol subsidy, and I do not like Trump’s Cruz Birthism.

However Donald Trump does bring up a good point:

“He’s a nice guy. I mean, everything I say he agrees with me, no matter what I say,” Trump began. “But with the ethanol, really, he’s got to come a long way.”

He added: “If Ted Cruz is against ethanol, how does he win in Iowa? Because that’s very anti-Iowa.”

Ted Cruz does opposed the Renewable Fuel Standard’s ethanol subsidy, yet he is raising in the Iowa polls? How can this be?

Another big supporter of the ethanol subsidy, Mike Huckabee, sits at 3% in Iowa. It is looking more and more likely that Big Corn/Big Ethanol is a paper tiger after all. I am not going to sit here and try to convince you that I understand polls. However Ted Cruz is doing something over there to gain a lot of support overnight and someone needs to figure out what.

However this hasn’t move the needle nationally for Ted Cruz or in any other state poll. Again, I am looking for leadership and being the “Rebel For Life” is not leadership (see: Ron Paul/Rand Paul).

My main point here is that, we need to stop being afraid of Big Corn/Big Ethanol. It won’t hurt or help you.

(UPDATE): A new poll shows Trump back on top in Iowa. So what do I know?!

Well, see ya’ later!


#PPSellsBabyParts: The @SenatorCollins/@Sen_JoeManchin Bill Is Smoke

Senator Susan Collins (R) and Senator Joe Manchin (D) want you to know that they are not extreme. So they have teamed up to bring you …something we all can get behind. They say they want to punish Planned Parenthood, but we shouldn’t destroy them.

Okay, I am a reasonable person. Lay down for me the sales pitch:

As (GOP) leadership paves the way for a vote to cut off money to the organization’s clinics around the country, Sens. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Susan Collins, a Republican, are working quickly to hammer out a bipartisan compromise that would avoid defunding the organization outright.

Give me some meat that I can sink my teeth into:

The idea is to find a middle ground between taking away all of the money allocated to Planned Parenthood and ensuring that women’s health care, from birth-control consultations to routine checkups, is still covered.

but… But… BUT… BUT

As it currently stands, Planned Parenthood is not allowed to use federal funding for abortion services. Instead, the money in question goes directly to other functions of the organization, from health screenings to family planning.

So they want to double codify what is already on the books? What?!

Senator Susan Collins and Senator Joe Manchin just want to blow smoke up your ass for the benefit of a “bipartisan” and “compromise” bill. This bill would change, nothing. It is quite literally a GNDN bill. Senator Joni Ernst’s bill however, will change the status quo:

Sen. Joni Ernst says her legislation, which would cut off all the organization’s funding, would reinvest money that was once directed to Planned Parenthood into other community clinics…

Clinics that don’t do abortions, I might add. I support Senator Joni Ernst’s bill over the GNDN Collins/Manchin bill.

Well, see ya’ later!

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