Feb
02
2016
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#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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Jan
30
2016
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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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Jan
10
2016
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#Election2016: …This #Birtherism Nonsense Isn’t About #TedCruz Anymore

This Birtherism nonsense isn’t about Sen. Ted Cruz anymore. At least, I don’t think it is about Sen. Cruz anymore. This has become about scoring cheap points or who hates who more. Dumb nonsense like this is why this whole thing isn’t about Sen. Cruz:

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who recently ended his own presidential bid, couldn’t help but laugh when asked if Canadian-born candidate Ted Cruz is eligible to be president.

“I just want to say, I think Ted is qualified to run for president of the United States,” Graham said on the Kilmeade and Friends radio show on Friday. “I think he is a natural-born citizen. I am sure.”

Did Sen. Lindsey Graham say this out of the goodness in his heart? I don’t think so:

“Whether I’m right or not I believe that to be so. I don’t want Ted to be the nominee. I don’t dislike Ted, but I don’t think that issue disqualifies him,” he added.

Asked if he was surprised the issue was being discussed, the South Carolina senator began to laugh.

“No, not by Trump, no not at all,” he chuckled as he said. “I thought it was pretty clever on his part actually.”

What is going on here? I thought Sen. Lindsey Graham didn’t like Donald Trump at all? Sen. Graham isn’t taking a stand on this issue because he thinks it is the right thing to do. I think it has to do with Sen. Rand Paul joining the Birtherism bandwagon (for purely political reasons, I am sure):

Rand Paul said on Wednesday that he’s not sure if his Canadian-born rival for the Republican presidential nomination Ted Cruz is eligible to be president of the United States.

If you don’t remember, Sen. Lindsey Graham got into the race because he wanted to counter Sen. Rand Paul in a foreign policy debate. Smacking Sen. Paul around would give Sen. Graham no end of joy.

What is interesting is that Sen. John McCain has come down on the side of Donald Trump:

Arizona Sen. John McCain said he doesn’t know if the Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is eligible to be president, saying the Supreme Court might have to decide if Cruz is eligible to be president.

This is notable because we now know Sen. John McCain’s hatred of Sen. Ted Cruz overrides his hatred of Donald Trump. Noted.

I come down against this nonsense, because it is nonsense. Any honest reading of statue confirms that Sen. Ted Cruz (when matched up with his history) is more eligible to be president. I am not going to debate the merits of the law or if someone born out the U.S. should be able to run for POTUS.

I don’t know anymore. All I know is that it is clear to me people are taking a stand on this issue for other reasons than their stated reason.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Jan
07
2016
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#Trump2016: Not Defending @realDonaldTrump/@AnnCoulter #Birtherism Nonsense

I told you I’d criticize Donald Trump if he crossed the line. Well, here it is (via SooperMexican):

Donald Trump said in an interview that rival Ted Cruz’s Canadian birthplace was a “very precarious” issue that could make the Texas senator vulnerable if he became the Republican presidential nominee.

“Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: ‘Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?” That’d be a big problem,” Trump said when asked about the topic. “It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans because he’d be running and the courts may take a long time to make decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head.”

Trump added, “I’d hate to see something like that get in his way. But a lot of people are talking about it and I know that even some states are looking at it very strongly, the fact that he was born in Canada and he has had a double passport.”

*face palm* I can’t defend this nonsense. I can’t. There is no reason for me to go step by step to prove Cruz is one, you can do that yourself. Ted Cruz was born a citizen. Period. Full stop. End of story.

Even Ann Coulter knew Ted Cruz could be President before going full retard herself (Never Go Full Retard).

Okay, I am ready for Fighting Ted Cruz to slam El Trumpo into his place and- and… He’s not going to fight back, is he?

Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz, declined to comment Tuesday.

Fuck me! This is why I can’t get behind Ted Cruz either. A perfect time to blast Donald Trump and he refuses. I mean, Trump went after him first and Cruz would be completely justified in defending himself. Tweeting the Shark Jumping scene from Happy Days is not defending yourself, that is mocking. Cruz later, and fearfully, explained his tweet. If Cruz isn’t going to defend himself against Trump, why should I defend Cruz?

Well, see ya’ later!
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Dec
13
2015
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#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!
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Mar
26
2015
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The Swamp #24

The #Cruz2016 Revolution Has Begun!

The Swamp #24: #Election2016, #WarOnBacon, #VAScandal, @JazzShaw Guest!

This week me and Tex talk about the upcoming 2016 Elections. I point out that a Republican is going to win the Presidental Republican primary. If your guy doesn’t win, there has to be other local elections in which you can support. Then Tex goes off about the current state of Bacon. I point him towards pre-cooked Bacon* which, while admittedly smaller, is already cooked and thus leaner.

Then I get Jazz Shaw of Hotair.com on the show to talk about the Veterans Affairs Scandal. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!

Reads:

What would Walker vs. Clinton be like? by Jennifer Rubin

In Defense Of Scott Walker by DrewM

The Weed Agency: A Comic Tale Of Federal Bureaucracy Without Limits by Jim Geraghty

Well, see ya’ later!
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