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Monday, April 25, 2016

Joining forces against America

Ted Cruz demonstrates his anti-establishment bona fides by siding with John Kasich against Donald Trump:
Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio have agreed to coordinate in future primary contests in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican presidential nomination, with each candidate standing aside in certain states amid growing concerns that Mr. Trump cannot otherwise be stopped.

In a statement late Sunday night, Mr. Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, said that the campaign would “focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Governor Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.”

Minutes after Mr. Roe’s statement, the Kasich campaign put out a similar message. The Ohio governor’s chief strategist, John Weaver, said that his campaign would shift its resources to states in the West and “give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”

Both campaigns said they expected allies and third-party groups to follow their lead, and a representative from the “super PAC” supporting Mr. Kasich confirmed late Sunday that it would not advertise in Indiana.
I very much doubt this is going to help them stop Trump. They're operating in 2D while Trump is moving around in 3D. But it demonstrates my point about how Trump is on track to reach 1,237; his big win in New York has boosted him in Pennsylvania and California, the two states in which he needs to do well in order to go over the top.

While it's true that Cruz hasn't played nicely with the GOP establishment, it's always been clear that he wants to be a part of it. Now he's not bothering to pretend otherwise. He's a smart guy, and he would have been a pretty good candidate several election cycles ago. But he's still playing the game, and the time for playing the game is over.

Conservatives United Cruz Kasich. C.U.C.K.

Perfect.

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Blogger The Gray Man April 25, 2016 11:37 AM  

Nate and Josh trigger warning.

Anonymous Til April 25, 2016 11:39 AM  

The Cruzlims got played like a cheap fiddle.

Anonymous ThirdMonkey April 25, 2016 11:39 AM  

It's too late for that kind of strategy. They should've done it when Rubio was still in it, bowing out of FL and OH. The game was over when Cruz pulled his New York values shtick so that he could win IA. Kasich would make a great running mate for Princess Pantsuit.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr April 25, 2016 11:41 AM  

Not sure I agree about Cruz. He's not been the favorite person of the GOPe. But right now, they are desperate to stop Trump. I don't think it's a matter of disliking Trump, they are terrified that he will lead the GOP ticket to disaster in the general election.

Which I'm not so sure about. I definitely see a potential for a binary result, either tremendous victory or disastrous defeat. But which one is not certain....and I remember much the same hand-wringing about Reagan in 1980.

Anonymous Gen. Kong April 25, 2016 11:44 AM  

Cruzman-Sachs is a Pedo-Bear to the core. All else is pretense. Trump could be a masterful fake - an improved version of the Ross Perot scam - but the usual suspects are expending considerable sums of fake money to bring him down (which makes any scam all the more effective). As noted previously, this has been the finest train excursion in many, many years. First-rate entertainment. High-farce. Even Ayatollah Khomeni must be cackling from some niche in hell.

Keep in mind that the entire House of Hos is up for a vote from the idiocracy and a third of the Chamber of Incitatuses - the ones who get to rubber-stamp treaties and approve Housenigga Hussein's replacement for Scalia on the Supreme Council of Blackrobes, which they will likely accomplish in the 'lame-duck' session after the big event s held.

Blogger SouthRon April 25, 2016 11:45 AM  

They really are going full Hugo. They'd rather No Award it all acting like a bunch of wooden assholes before allowing Trump to win. Either way they lose.

Cruzin' for a bruzin'.

Blogger Jourdan April 25, 2016 11:46 AM  

This seems to me to be a totally new development in Presidential politics. I can't recall another race where candidates co-ordinated their campaigns to cede states to one another. While such co-operation is common in Europe (example: Socialist and Gaullist paries co-ordinating to keep the National Front out of office), I don't remember seeing this here.

This is extraordinary.

Any decent right/conservative person who attains any loyalty to the Republican Party as such after this point is a damn fool.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 25, 2016 11:48 AM  

In 4th Generation War terms, they keep ceding the moral level of war to win at the body-count level.

OpenID b1bae96e-6447-11e3-b6bb-000f20980440 April 25, 2016 11:49 AM  

Whelp the vote I would have given Cruz had he won the GOP nod, even if it were by backroom delegate gaming just went out the window. GOP can nominate Trump, they can floor vote Sessions (maybe Rand) in or they can do without my support this time around.

Anonymous JAG April 25, 2016 11:52 AM  

Yeah, this kind of crap from Cruz has taken me from being a staunch supporter and voter for Cruz to the point where I now actively despise him. Kasich should be running as a Democrat since he has much more in common with them and verifies this every time he opens his mouth regarding policy. If Cruz were as conservative as he claims then Kasich would be the last person from the Republican side he would team up with.

Anonymous smedley butler April 25, 2016 11:52 AM  

Brought to you by the idiots who started the Iraq war.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 25, 2016 11:53 AM  

Napoleon 12pdr wrote:I don't think it's a matter of disliking Trump, they are terrified that he will lead the GOP ticket to disaster in the general election.


No, losing elections is familiar territory. They've lost many elections, they've lost many elections they could have, or even should have won. That's not really a big deal.
Losing legitimacy, and even worse, DONORS, on the other hand, that's a big deal.

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean April 25, 2016 11:54 AM  

Nate and Josh trigger warning

At his rally yesterday, Trump said he wanted to move to Alabama.

Blogger Sean April 25, 2016 11:57 AM  

How is this any different than the overtures that Trump has mad to the GOPe and now filling his campaign with lobbyists and GOPe operatives? You play to win the game.

Anonymous kfg April 25, 2016 11:57 AM  

"Mr. Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, said . . .Minutes after Mr. Roe’s statement, the Kasich campaign put out a similar message."

Could they have come up with a better plan to drive support to Trump? They are either secret Trump supporters or truly clueless.

@10: "Yeah, this kind of crap from Cruz has taken me from being a staunch supporter and voter for Cruz to the point where I now actively despise him. "

Q.E.D.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr April 25, 2016 11:58 AM  

The elephant in the room nobody talks about much is that Trump should have gotten exactly nowhere. If the GOP leadership had been competent, they would have spotted illegal immigration as a hot-button issue (which crosses party lines) around 2005-ish and shifted to address it.

Not to mention that a competent Establishment would have sorted out their standard-bearer before the primaries got started. Trump is running on the momentum he built up early by "winning" with 30% of the vote. Cruz is doing much the same thing.

And I'll mention something else. Damn it, I'm sick and tired of the whole notion that Hillary Clinton Is Ten Feet Tall. Bunk! She's a crook with no accomplishments to her credit. Hit her hard, and she'll crumple. I'd LOVE to see what a Cruz/Trump or Trump/Cruz ticket would do to her...Trump is a sledgehammer who won't pull punches, Cruz is willing to fight rough-and-tumble. She'll trot out the, "You can't hit me because I'm a girl," campaign argument...and both of them will ignore it and go for the throat.

It promises to be an interesting campaign. And I will support whoever the GOP nominee is.

Blogger YIH April 25, 2016 11:58 AM  

I'd been saying for about two months that it would not surprise me that Cruz would collaborate with someone(s) to edge out Trump.
My guess is Rinse Pubis called a quiet meeting between Cruz, Kasich and quite possibly Rubio to broker a deal to combine their delegates. My guess is Kasich gets Veep, Rubio gets Attorney General (contingent on a Cruz win in November of course).
Assuming more than possible trickery, Trump may will fall just short of the number needed to clinch.
The GOPe needs Cruz as a ''consensus candidate'' that can somewhat plausibly beat Trump for the nom.
I knew something was up when Neil Bush and various Please Clap castoffs started lining up behind Cruz.
Do I think Cruz et. al. can beat the Lizard Queen? No. As Little Marco demonstrated, it's doubtful he can win FL (other than perhaps City of Miami proper). VA will likely tilt Hillary as well.

Blogger Alexander April 25, 2016 11:59 AM  

In 4th Generation War terms, they keep ceding the moral level of war to win at the body-count level.

In theory, yes. In practice, they are losing on the body-count level as well.

Blogger Shimshon April 25, 2016 12:00 PM  

If Cruz were the outsider he claims to be, he would be allying with Trump, not Kasich. Regardless of whatever Trump said about him ("Lyin' Ted"). Politicians move on from such insults all the time.

He's a poser, nothing more.

Blogger Cinco April 25, 2016 12:00 PM  

I don't think it's a matter of disliking Trump, they are terrified that he will lead the GOP ticket to disaster in the general election.

This, coming from the party that put forth McCain and Romney...

Blogger James Dixon April 25, 2016 12:01 PM  

> At his rally yesterday, Trump said he wanted to move to Alabama.

Trump sees himself as a winner, and wants to be associated with winners. And you don't get any better than the Crimson Tide in recent years.

Anonymous Steve April 25, 2016 12:03 PM  

I very much doubt this is going to help them stop Trump.

Usual Steve disclaimer: I am not an American (but I identify as a Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am), not for me to tell you guys who to vote for, I'm just an interested observer with no special knowledge of American politics, etc.

I can't imagine how this can possibly help Ted Cruz. In fact, it lends credence to my theory that he's a high-functioning autist. Someone with an intuitive feel for human emotions wouldn't do something so superficially clever yet ruinous to his own credibility, popularity and moral authority.

So Ted Cruz is supposed to be the True Conservative, establishment-smiting, Most Christian Ever candidate. That's what I gather from listening to him and his supporters.

If that's your political cup of tea, fair play to you.

Except now he's telling his supporters in Oregon and New Mexico: "Don't vote for me! Vote for the liberal Mr Kasich!"

I'm sure that will go down about as well as a bacon sandwich at a mosque, unless Republican voters suddenly develop a taste for dodgy backroom political dealings.

Ted Cruz is a smart guy. So smart that he's outsmarting himself. In one retarded swoop, he's validated Trump as the anti-Establishment candidate, in an election year where the public hates the Establishment.

Steve's prediction: this will seriously piss off a substantial proportion of folks who support Cruz as the Principled Conservative candidate. Some of them will vote for Trump, some won't bother voting at all, some will vote Cruz anyway and some will meekly follow orders and vote Kasich.

It'll also further energise the Trump vote. It's a net loser for Ted Cruz.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 25, 2016 12:03 PM  

Alexander wrote:In 4th Generation War terms, they keep ceding the moral level of war to win at the body-count level.

In theory, yes. In practice, they are losing on the body-count level as well.


Which is pretty much what 4GW theory would predict. When you are dependent on recruiting, you can't cede the moral level, you run out of recruits.

Anonymous Gen. Kong April 25, 2016 12:07 PM  

I believe this type of open collusion between ostensible rivals in a primary used to be against elections laws - not that this means anything any more. As Barnhardt has pointed out very effectively, there is no rule of law in the Banana Empire. Oligarchs can do whatever they please. Laws are only for zeks and proles - enforced selectively to advance social justice.

As for Josh and Nate, Nate is really just enjoying stirring the pot to see what bubbles up. He's pretty good at it too. Josh might actually believe the Cruzman-Sachs fairy-tale, but maybe he just distrusts the Mogul from Manhattan more than he does a Texan who's even more all-hat than Jorge W. Busheron is.

Blogger James Dixon April 25, 2016 12:09 PM  

> If the GOP leadership had been competent, they would have spotted illegal immigration as a hot-button issue (which crosses party lines) around 2005-ish and shifted to address it.

They did. By trying to pass an amnesty bill. Thus demonstrating quite clearly to the base which side they were on.

> Not to mention that a competent Establishment would have sorted out their standard-bearer before the primaries got started.

Again, they did. Jeb was their choice. they did everything they could to set him up to run the table.

> I'm sick and tired of the whole notion that Hillary Clinton Is Ten Feet Tall.

No one actually believes that. But with CA, NY, and the graveyards of Chicago and Philadelphia she may still be unbeatable. We'll have to see.

> This, coming from the party that put forth McCain and Romney...

Yeah. They don't care about winning. They just don't want to upset the gravy train. It's almost like they don't realize the bridge is out a bit farther down the road.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 25, 2016 12:11 PM  

Steve wrote:Except now he's telling his supporters in Oregon and New Mexico: "Don't vote for me! Vote for the liberal Mr Kasich!"
They've emotionally invested in their own bullshit. "60% of the party voted against Trump!

Think about what that says.
"Nobody voted FOR me, they voted against Trump!"
"As a voter, you belong to me, to dispose of as I wish!"
Talk about talking past the sale!

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 12:12 PM  

Speaking of joining forces: Can Trump and Cruz Make a Match?

Blogger VFM #7634 April 25, 2016 12:12 PM  

They really are going full Hugo. They'd rather No Award it all acting like a bunch of wooden assholes before allowing Trump to win. Either way they lose.

Cruzin' for a bruzin'.


My prediction too. The GOPe will act exactly like the SJWs voting at the Hugos.

The elephant in the room nobody talks about much is that Trump should have gotten exactly nowhere. If the GOP leadership had been competent, they would have spotted illegal immigration as a hot-button issue (which crosses party lines) around 2005-ish and shifted to address it.

You're making the assumption that the GOPe wants to win elections. But like SJW-converged corporations like Starbucks that push for sodomogamy and trannies rather than consider their bottom lines, their insane ideology trumps all other considerations.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 25, 2016 12:12 PM  

Steve wrote:(but I identify as a Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am)
A Camaro with a silly paint job.

Blogger Mark April 25, 2016 12:14 PM  

But when Trump was coordinating, that was a sign that he could get along?

Blogger James Dixon April 25, 2016 12:14 PM  

> Josh might actually believe the Cruzman-Sachs fairy-tale,

How many times does it have to be noted that Josh supported Rand Paul and that Trump is a yankee?

Look, I can't stand Trump the person. If I'd been on The Apprentice I'd have quoted Johnny Paycheck to him (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrSVkTRb24). But he's not running to be my best friend.

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 12:14 PM  

ThirdMonkey wrote:Kasich would make a great running mate for Princess Pantsuit.

Fruit Ninja is, after all, the "right porridge" between Grandma Mao and the Bernshevik. He said so himself.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents April 25, 2016 12:16 PM  

Someone correct me but didn’t Kasisch go full-retard on open borders in the last 90 days? Isn’t Cruz de facto taking the same position with this maneuver?

A neighbor in the 90’s was one-issue: guns. Nothing else mattered. R, D, green, he didn’t care: where did they stand on guns? That made up his mind.

I’m there on border control. Probably not alone. Colonization is an existential threat.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 25, 2016 12:16 PM  

Roll Trump.

Blogger Rantor April 25, 2016 12:17 PM  

Tin Hat conspiracy theory of the day. If Cruz is nominated, the Dems will suddenly play the Canadian Citizenship Card on him and the GOP will be stuck with his VP candidate carrying the torch...

Anonymous Gen. Kong April 25, 2016 12:18 PM  

I don't think it's a matter of disliking Trump, they are terrified that he will lead the GOP ticket to disaster in the general election.

This, coming from the party that put forth McCain and Romney…

Not to mention Bob Dull, Gerald Ford, etc, etc. The string is endless. It has nothing whatsoever to do with fear of losing the general election. Keep in mind that the Repuke party to this very day abides by a 1983 consent decree issued by a federal blackrobe in NJ which states they will not oppose or resist any negro vote-fraud (because rayciss). In every negro district in the Banana Empire, massive and blatant vote-fraud takes place every election - some cases so brazen that there were more votes cast than live the population of the district. No resistance, no lawsuits, nada.

Blogger Gaiseric April 25, 2016 12:18 PM  

Napoleon 12pdr wrote:Not sure I agree about Cruz. He's not been the favorite person of the GOPe. But right now, they are desperate to stop Trump. I don't think it's a matter of disliking Trump, they are terrified that he will lead the GOP ticket to disaster in the general election.

Which I'm not so sure about. I definitely see a potential for a binary result, either tremendous victory or disastrous defeat. But which one is not certain....and I remember much the same hand-wringing about Reagan in 1980.

The problem with this analysis is that you assume that a Trump loss in the general would be the disastrous result that the GOPe fears. No, the disastrous result that they fear is a Trump victory in the general.

It invalidates everything that they stand for. It completely obliterates their very identity. And, not to put too fine a point on it, it would be a disaster for their careers and the gravy train that they've set up for themselves.

What they fail to recognize is that the disaster has already happened. They think it can be averted, but it can't. The earthquake already hit, and they're pretending that they can muffle the shockwaves. They can't. No matter what happens, the GOPe is finished.

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean April 25, 2016 12:18 PM  

On a Sunday morning talking head show (I think it was CNN), one of the panelists came right out and called Trump a "sexist" and a "racist". Of course, that's nothing new on social media, but to hear it on network TV was something else. The host didn't even flinch and just moved on.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 25, 2016 12:20 PM  

Never forget that Cruz's legacy is that of a Bush-whacker. #NeverReagan

Anonymous kfg April 25, 2016 12:21 PM  

"Look, I can't stand Trump the person . . . But he's not running to be my best friend."

There ya go.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents April 25, 2016 12:21 PM  

Someone correct me but didn’t Kasisch go full-retard on open borders in the last 90 days? Isn’t Cruz de facto taking the same position with this maneuver?

A neighbor in the 90’s was one-issue: guns. Nothing else mattered. R, D, green, he didn’t care: where did they stand on guns? That made up his mind.

I’m there on border control. Probably not alone. Colonization is an existential threat.

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 12:21 PM  

@22

This has been baked into the cake from the beginning with Cruz - he's too unpleasant personally to run on anything but pure principle but pure principle isn't enough to get him where his enormous ambition wants him to go.

If he was less insufferable he might have been able to take the anti-establishment mantle from Trump in a 1-on-1 match. If he was more principled, he would have dropped after losing the South and targeted his fire at DC.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr April 25, 2016 12:22 PM  

SciVo, I think they can...but Cruz might not want the Vice Presidency.

If you're Ted Cruz, you've got to be thinking about a 2020 or 2024 run. Being the Vice President is NOT the road to the White House. That path runs through a governor's mansion. Cruz might cut a deal with Trump to be on the ticket...but only as a stepping-stone to a SCOTUS nomination.

The same thing is true for Rubio, but more so. He's got a clear shot at the governorship of Florida in two years, which would put him in a very strong position for a 2024 run.

Trump has some headaches. If he's the nominee, the GOPe will be pushing Kasich down his throat, on the grounds that Kasich will deliver Ohio, and has the inside-the-Beltway expertise. Unfortunately, Kasich is more center than right...and Trump needs to shore up his right wing. Cruz has the credentials, and a cutthroat mindset that will come in handy in the election.

My own prediction is that Trump might do a deal with someone completely off the current radar screen.

Anonymous Steve April 25, 2016 12:25 PM  

Snidely - "As a voter, you belong to me, to dispose of as I wish!"

Exactly. And voters tend to hate that presumption. Tactical voting only works when the voters think it's their idea.

Activists - the people a candidate relies on to spend their valuable time and energy making calls, delivering leaflets, and driving people to the polling places - hate it even more.

The sort of person who volunteers their unpaid time and trouble to support a political campaign is usually quite idealistic. Or at least, has a strong sense of moral and civic duty. They will put up with a lot for their candidate, even when the campaign looks quixotic. As long as they feel appreciated and feel like they're standing up for what's right.

Ted's just told his activists to GTF. He just doesn't realise it yet.

Anonymous Jack Amok April 25, 2016 12:26 PM  

> Not to mention that a competent Establishment would have sorted out their standard-bearer before the primaries got started.

Again, they did. Jeb was their choice. they did everything they could to set him up to run the table.


Well, there's that word in there, "competent." A competent establishment would have known Jeb was DOA as a candidate. Even if he didn't come across as a dead fish with no spine and the wrong ideas about immigration, he was a Bush. His father and brother had already been president, adding a third to the list just wasn't going to happen. Besides, while the old man's tenure was far enough in the past for people to mostly forget his mistakes (and he got credit for skydiving at 85 or whatever age it was), Dubya's administration is too recent. A good sized chunk of people who supported Dubya in the early years of his presidency were fed up and felt betrayed by the end.

Jeb was never going to win the nomination. That the GOPe couldn't see that is a testament to how utterly clueless they are.

Blogger kmbr April 25, 2016 12:26 PM  

Sexist, racist, homophobe--those are not an openings for dialogue. What they are is a big, fat punch right in the face. The only response is to punch back. Hard. And I don't mean by twisting yourself into a pretzel trying to prove you aren't any of those things.

By Cruz already admitting he will accept their punches in the face by staying substantive (WTF) he proves he's not the man for the job.

You answer "Your campaign in built on racism" with something equally as absurd and irrelevant.

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean April 25, 2016 12:32 PM  

Trump on being presidential. If nothing else, you have to admit the man is hilarious.


Anonymous smedley butler April 25, 2016 12:34 PM  

In the beginning, Cruz seemed to be playing the smart game by playing nice and meeting with Trump. It looked he was playing for a spot as a VP, Attorney General, or best of all, life tenure at SCOTUS.

I guess Cruz got greedy or he owes someone something or there are pictures waiting for Enquirer publication.

Blogger Nate April 25, 2016 12:34 PM  

"While it's true that Cruz hasn't played nicely with the GOP establishment, it's always been clear that he wants to be a part of it. "

I would argue he clearly wants to run it.

Blogger Nate April 25, 2016 12:35 PM  

given Ted's obviously ruthless strategy leading up to this... I think the most likely explanation is he is manipulating Kaisch.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 25, 2016 12:36 PM  

Napoleon 12pdr wrote:My own prediction is that Trump might do a deal with someone completely off the current radar screen.
But who?
I'd love Sessions, but Trump already has the South locked. The NE is not going to vote Republican, except in a landslide year (which is possible this year), so Romney, Christie, the Maine gov are out.
Where is he weak? The Upper Midwest, High Plains, inter-mountain West.
Who helps him there?
I'd love to say Palin, but, no.
Cruz would get him the Inter-mountain West, and High Plains. Sadly for Cruz, that's about 12 EC votes.
Kasich could probably deliver Ohio, if they weren't going to vote for Trump anyway.

Nope, looks like Walker to me.
Nobody else fills the bill.

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 12:37 PM  

@42

I think Trump is going to take Bill O'Reilly's advice and make a hard push to win over Susana Martinez, the New Mexican gov.

She's predictably weak on immigration and has whined repeatedly about Trump in the recent past, but her conversion to the Trump ticket would have enormous symbolic power. It's the kind of thing Scott Adams has been predicting for Trump's third act.

If Martinez comes on board saying something like "I complained about his tone and language before, but after meeting him, etc. I realize this is a man who loves America, including Hispanic-Americans, and will do whatever it takes to make it great again, yada yada."

It's the most obvious way to soften Trump's image with women and put the NeverTrump cuck wing to bed without actually changing any of his platform.

Blogger Elocutioner April 25, 2016 12:41 PM  

A few points:
-Early voting in Indiana has been going on for weeks (April 4?), so Kasich will still get some percentage from there.
-This collusion will turn off some percentage of Kruzich voters.
-Trump should be a sizable portion of the second choice. (Too lazy to look.)
-I suspect a large number of Kruzich supporters stay home.
-Trump is already out bashing them with this.
-"The more rigged the system appears, the stronger Trump gets. This should help." -Scott Adams

If Trump is a liberal for donating and working with Dems to get his personal business agenda implemented then what does that make Cruz for working with the DC cabal to give him the nomination?

Blogger CarpeOro April 25, 2016 12:43 PM  

Interesting that Cruz is focusing on Indiana, ceding a state with large Mexican population. On the flip side, Kaisich is ceding a state bordering his own. What does this say? Cruz isn't the draw for Hispanics they like to push and Kaisich isn't popular enough in a state next to his own where there would be some overlap at least in the border counties for news. Wonder if any of the "pundits" have brought this up?

Anonymous mature craig April 25, 2016 12:51 PM  

I want Trump to win. What concerns me is that it seems to me that Cruz is in the more inner of inner circles and has that advantage

Anonymous fop April 25, 2016 12:52 PM  

Simple Cruz: "I'm a beltway outsider and I'll use any establishment political trick to prove it!"

Anonymous Great Again April 25, 2016 12:53 PM  

Trump's impending YUGE win in Pennsylvania is going to make it really hard for the 54 undeclared delegates to support Cruz. He's going to get at least 40 of them, if not all 54 (plus the 17 state wide delegates).

It also looks like he will hit the 50% threshold and take all of the Connecticut delegates.

Blogger John S April 25, 2016 12:53 PM  

With Cruz you lose...

Blogger Jack Hanson April 25, 2016 12:53 PM  

Senator Jim Webb will be Trump's VP.

You guys are cucking when you say Mia Love or Susana Martinez with a straight face.

OpenID aegis-1080 April 25, 2016 12:53 PM  

El Rato shills got BTFO. Ted Cruz is every bit the worthless Ivy League striver sociopath LARP'ing as a Teaper that we said that he was.

New polls show him taking a nosedive, as expected:
http://i.imgur.com/KbJBMGg.png

And Trump answers to the slime used against him:
https://www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump/posts/10156967403270725

Blogger Son of Issachar April 25, 2016 12:54 PM  

This is no different from Ann Coulter saying Trump can perform abortions in the Oval Office himself, as long as he builds the wall. However facetiously, she's saying she'd trade a few years of a less-than-pro-life president to solve immigration.

Likewise, Cruz is trading temporary alliance to help secure his bid for the White House. I have no problem with Cruz manipulating Kasich and the GOPe in order to gain the presidential seat. Once there, he work to enact his plans, and he's much better suited to do that than is Trump.

Blogger Nate April 25, 2016 12:54 PM  

"Senator Jim Webb will be Trump's VP."

isnt that the dude that wrote about women sucking infant dicks in his book?

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 12:55 PM  

kfg wrote:Could they have come up with a better plan to drive support to Trump? They are either secret Trump supporters or truly clueless.

The latter. He's in their heads.

Anonymous SevenCrimes April 25, 2016 12:55 PM  

Kasich is already out today denying this "deal" and saying that his Indiana voters shouldn't vote for Cruz just because he won't be campaigning there.

If anything, Cruz is getting clowned by Kasich, putting the lie to Cruz's supposed high IQ (based entirely on an anecdote that he impressed a college professor - what a feat) and political acumen. He's just a sociopath or autist with good recollection and some skill at mimicry.

Blogger tz April 25, 2016 12:55 PM  

@47 - exactly, Cruz wants to be the head of the establishment as presidents tend to be.
Cruz does want to get things done, but wants to attempt to fix and run the broken system.
Trump wants to destroy it.

Blogger Jourdan April 25, 2016 12:56 PM  

"...Indiana, ceding a state with a large Mexican population...."

Right when I was getting into this election, I get reminded that the game is already over.

Blogger kmbr April 25, 2016 12:56 PM  

@50

I remember Beck once saying he was visited by, I think he said, some Soros goons who basically told him, "the train is leaving, there's a nice comfy box seat for you and your family--you can get on but be rest assured the train is leaving with or with out you".

This was before he went completely cucked out, bat shit crazy. (I guess you could argue, he got on the train)

Anyhow, that's the picture Trump's people need to paint for Martinez. Except, some how work in the idea that there are also large vehicles heading south. wink, wink, nod.

Blogger James Dixon April 25, 2016 12:57 PM  

> Jeb was never going to win the nomination. That the GOPe couldn't see that is a testament to how utterly clueless they are.

If Trump hadn't entered the race and taken the positions he did, wouldn't their strategy have had a chance of working?

Blogger Fred April 25, 2016 12:57 PM  

Son of Issachar...calling bullshit on your comment. Cruz is as corrupt as any establishment politician and lies so often that his sychophants eat it like candy. Trump will do great because no matter what, he cant be bought, unlike Cruz and his Sachs-whore wife. Blankenfeld will move into a Cruz WH.

Anonymous SevenCrimes April 25, 2016 12:57 PM  

Cruz also spent the last 4 days campaigning for President of Bathrooms, which the weekend PPP polls demonstrate was clearly a brilliant strategy.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab April 25, 2016 12:57 PM  

Nate wrote:"While it's true that Cruz hasn't played nicely with the GOP establishment, it's always been clear that he wants to be a part of it. "

I would argue he clearly wants to run it.


Kasich is the puppy licking Cruz's boots. Cruz comes across as a reptilian. Utterly unlikable and completely Machiavellian. Lawyering your way to the nomination? He'll be as popular as the 'innocent' O.J. Simpson assuming he gets the nom.

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 1:02 PM  

Shimshon wrote:If Cruz were the outsider he claims to be, he would be allying with Trump, not Kasich. Regardless of whatever Trump said about him ("Lyin' Ted"). Politicians move on from such insults all the time.

He's a poser, nothing more.


No. Yes. No.

Cruz is a lawyer and a sigma with a gift for grass-roots organizing. This means that he can work the system to get lots of delegates now, and then decide later what to do with them.

I'm hoping that it will be cutting a deal with Trump for Veep, because their strengths and weaknesses are perfectly complementary.

Blogger YIH April 25, 2016 1:03 PM  

The problem with this analysis is that you assume that a Trump loss in the general would be the disastrous result that the GOPe fears. No, the disastrous result that they fear is a Trump victory in the general.
Some neoconmen are openly backing the Lizard Queen.
GOPe heavyweight/power player Charles Koch has thrown his support behind her as well though as of now the Lizard Queen has stated ''thanks, but no thanks''. Even the aptly named Littlest Chickenhawk has made it clear that if push comes to shove, he'll side with Hillary.
Jews don't trust Trump (and I don't doubt the feeling is mutual) and Hillary is seen as the more reliable ''Moar wars for Israel!!!'' candidate - as she's already demonstrated.

OpenID aegis-1080 April 25, 2016 1:04 PM  

Cruz is not getting the nomination on a brokered convention since most of the establishment hates his guts. The fact that neither he nor his supporters appear to perceive this shows that he has no idea how human beings actually work. Is borderline autistic.

Blogger Josh April 25, 2016 1:04 PM  


Senator Jim Webb will be Trump's VP.


No he won't.

The trump vp will be a diversity member of the gop establishment.

Blogger ScottD April 25, 2016 1:05 PM  

People who still float the "Trump is a Hillary plant" meme are fools. No one, let alone a person whose business is built around his personal name, would play that game. If he loses, his brand is substantially damaged. There is no way he would risk that as some favor to Hillary or Bill. Given the level of vitriol aimed at Trump, this also isn't a "kiss and make up" after the election. Trump would be persona non grata in the media / financial world he inhabits.

Blogger Josh April 25, 2016 1:06 PM  

You guys are cucking when you say Mia Love or Susana Martinez with a straight face.

And if trump names someone like that as his vp?

Blogger Son of Issachar April 25, 2016 1:07 PM  

@67 Fred, how is your comment even relevant? You think Cruz is a liar. So what? The topic is that Cruz is somehow an establishment insider and this should be enough to turn us off to him. This approach to the election says little about how he will govern.

As an aside, I find it hard to believe anyone believes any person, let alone Donald Trump, is impervious to corruption.

Blogger Elocutioner April 25, 2016 1:07 PM  

@62 Gonna be hard to deny it when they posted this on Kasich's official campaign feed last night. https://twitter.com/TeamJohnKasich/status/724417996840558598

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 1:08 PM  

@57

Women and white knights are a substantial portion of the electorate - appeasing them without catering to their suicidal policy demands has plenty of value.

Jim Webb does very little for Trump that Trump doesn't already do for himself. Trump can't take the same path to the White House that he has to the GOP convention. There are no third parties to set against each other. He needs to calm the swing voters that currently fear him as a misogynist, racist Hitler.

Blogger Jack Hanson April 25, 2016 1:10 PM  

Considering how wrong you and Nate have been up to this point, I look forward to VP Jim "The Enforcer" Webb.

Blogger Jack Hanson April 25, 2016 1:10 PM  

Grasping_at_straws.txt

Anonymous CruzCrew7 April 25, 2016 1:10 PM  

The question is does the GOP want to be principled... or do they want to be popular/win the most votes.

Don't forget Hitler and the Nazis were popular and won a lot of votes.

If this was the 1930s, I'd rather be on the side of the Communists.

That's why -- if Trump steals the nomination -- I'll be voting Hillary.

Blogger Josh April 25, 2016 1:12 PM  


Washington (CNN)Donald Trump praised Sunday the idea of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin serving as his running mate.

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, a Trump supporter, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Fallin would be a great choice.
"I think you're going to see something different. I think what he will do is he won't go with the norm that you pick a battleground state and you pick somebody from that state or a rival candidate," he said. "I think he's going to say, 'Who can help me get the job done?' and I think he needs some balance, and I like Mary Fallin for that reason."

Blogger Jack Hanson April 25, 2016 1:13 PM  

Webb makes ties up Virginia, reaffirms Reagan Democrats, and sends a YUGE message to the parts of the civil service and military that have been getting hammered by Diversity Commissars.

The fact you think that appointing a black transgender illegal alien as a VP is going to somehow win over white knights and feminists goes to show you have paid zero attention the last twenty years.

Blogger Elocutioner April 25, 2016 1:13 PM  

"If this was the 1930s, I'd rather be on the side of the Communists."

Oops, looks like a little one slipped through the turnstile.

Blogger James Dixon April 25, 2016 1:13 PM  

> That's why -- if Trump steals the nomination -- I'll be voting Hillary.

And if he wins it fair and square? What then? Let me guess, you'll be voting Hillary anyway.

Blogger Jack Hanson April 25, 2016 1:13 PM  

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Anonymous mature craig April 25, 2016 1:14 PM  

Re 1254. People shouldn't make jokes about that topic

Blogger YIH April 25, 2016 1:15 PM  

The same thing is true for Rubio, but more so. He's got a clear shot at the governorship of Florida in two years,
Had he not run for Prez, yeah, that would be true. But after his through shellacking in FL and him being a disaster in the Senate, the state GOP may well see him as 'damaged goods' and go with someone else.
Bubble boy's idiotic run for Prez has likely ended his political career - at least for the near future.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 25, 2016 1:15 PM  

Trump's impending YUGE win in Pennsylvania is going to make it really hard for the 54 undeclared delegates to support Cruz. He's going to get at least 40 of them, if not all 54 (plus the 17 state wide delegates).

@55 Great Again
Maybe, but don't count on it. Cruz's machine acts just like SJWs. Just look at what happened in Maine a few days ago.

@60 Nate
Ew. WTF.

I'm hoping that it will be cutting a deal with Trump for Veep, because their strengths and weaknesses are perfectly complementary.

@69 ScoVo
This collusion with Kasich is making it more and more obvious that Cruz is full GOPe. And it doesn't even make any sense. Cruz should be able to take New Mexico, and would do far better than Kasich in Oregon. Neither has very many of the wealthy liberal Republicans that would naturally vote for Kasich.

Anonymous Sensei April 25, 2016 1:15 PM  

The question is does the GOP want to be principled... or do they want to be popular/win the most votes.

You are.. very young?

Blogger Elocutioner April 25, 2016 1:17 PM  

@Jack Hanson - Can you point to any regular on this blog proposing Trump pick Mia Love or Susana Martinez for VP?

Blogger Jack Hanson April 25, 2016 1:19 PM  

Youd have to go back a ways to the last Trump VP discussion to find Mia Love.

Martinez was mentioned in this very post,

Anonymous mature craig April 25, 2016 1:20 PM  

I hear that Cruz loves the constitution takes it very very seriously

Blogger Nick S April 25, 2016 1:21 PM  

They're operating in 2D while Trump is moving around in 3D.

It's easier to move around in 3D when your not weighed down by the gravity of those pesky facts.

Anonymous CruzCrew7 April 25, 2016 1:21 PM  

>>You are.. very young?

I have been voting Republican for 45+ years, bub.

The fact is Trump is not a Republican... he is a liberal fascist.

And Trump attracts racists and anti-semites of the so-called "alt-right" which have zero to do with real conservatism (in reality, liberals are the real racists.)

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 1:25 PM  

@79

I think Josh is right on this one. Trump is in this to win. What does Webb do for him beyond enhancing his military bona fides (already a pretty strong area for him)? Webb is token centrist Democrat from a state that went 62-35 for Romney.

Trump's biggest weaknesses in a GE are that many of the people he'll need to vote for him currently fear him. It's an irrational, emotional response that requires a manipulative counter.

Winning over a popular Latina governor in potential, if tiny, swing state in New Mexico, offers Trump tremendous symbolic armor as he enters the GE gauntlet.

She balances his ticket in every way. Look at it in Scott Adams terms.

He's a misogynist. He just put a woman into the VP slot.

He's a racist, particularly against Mexicans. She's a Mexican.

He's got no experience. She's a governor.

He's rough and undiplomatic. She's politically correct to a fault.

We can make fun of cucks all we want, but virtue signaling can be very powerful and needn't be sworn off altogether when you can get away with it without compromising on a single platform issue.

The VP slot is fantastic for affirmative action. Tremendous symbolic power without any actual concessions.

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 1:25 PM  

kmbr wrote:You answer "Your campaign in built on racism" with something equally as absurd and irrelevant.

I'm pro-American. If you have a problem with the fact that many Americans are white, then you're a weird bigot.

Anonymous DDT April 25, 2016 1:27 PM  

And Trump attracts racists and anti-semites of the so-called "alt-right" which have zero to do with real conservatism (in reality, liberals are the real racists.)

I appreciate your act (and I mean that sincerely), but be careful with the buzzwords. You're veering off into Conservative Pundit's manner of speaking, and he intentionally sells the charade - you can practically see the wink in most of his tweets. It's bleeding through here, but I get the impression you're trying to be convincing. Mostly working, by the way, so good show on that.

Blogger Caedryn Stonelaw April 25, 2016 1:27 PM  

CruzCrew7 wrote:The question is does the GOP want to be principled... or do they want to be popular/win the most votes.

Don't forget Hitler and the Nazis were popular and won a lot of votes.

If this was the 1930s, I'd rather be on the side of the Communists.

That's why -- if Trump steals the nomination -- I'll be voting Hillary.



This is trolling right? Poe's law is a bitch sometimes.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian April 25, 2016 1:30 PM  

Trigger warning.

Rightstuffbiz.net joins together with Nate and Josh:

Trump's Not Our Guy. It's Time to Stop Pretending Otherwise.
http://therightstuff.biz/2016/04/25/trumps-not-our-guy-its-time-to-stop-pretending-otherwise/

Since summer of last year, the alt-right has been in awe of Donald Trump’s presidential run, which has taken on both the left and the cuckservative elite. But is Donald Trump honest about his positions or does he simply “want the deal,” meaning he tells voters what they want to hear and he gets to sit in the Oval Office? Before you say to yourself, “He’s not Hitler 2.0, but he’ll do a lot of a good nonetheless,” and click off the article, let’s have a look at Trump’s political history and connections to get a clearer view of his character.

A cursory look at Trump’s past clearly shows that he is not a conservative, not in its legitimate patriotic sense nor in the modern cuckservative sense.

Anonymous Last Redoubt April 25, 2016 1:30 PM  

@Cinco

This, coming from the party that put forth McCain and Romney...

...and thinks Lindsey Ghramnesty is a perfectly fine upstanding republican

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 1:33 PM  

#8601 Jean Valjean wrote:Trump on being presidential. If nothing else, you have to admit the man is hilarious.

Oh man. That's harsh. I didn't know how he would demolish her, but there you go. Robotic. Fakin'.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 25, 2016 1:34 PM  

I have been voting Republican for 45+ years, bub.

The fact is Trump is not a Republican... he is a liberal fascist.

And Trump attracts racists and anti-semites of the so-called "alt-right" which have zero to do with real conservatism (in reality, liberals are the real racists.)


@94 CruzCrew7
Ya know what? You're absolutely right.

We aren't neoliberals. We have absolutely nothing in common with you. We don't want "free trade" or liberal immigration. We don't want big corporations and the Chamber of Commerce getting everything they want.

So screw you.

Hillary is your candidate. Vote for her. You don't need two parties.

Anonymous Taylor Swift-boat April 25, 2016 1:34 PM  

>>Trump's Not Our Guy. It's Time to Stop Pretending Otherwise.
http://therightstuff.biz/2016/04/25/trumps-not-our-guy-its-time-to-stop-pretending-otherwise/

Vox Day is not alt-right either, by the way.

Total fraud:

Christian = part of a Jew Cult

Libertarian = anti-Volk

Supporter of (((Milo the Queer))...

Supporter of (((Mike Cernovich)))...

In conclusion: (((Vox Day))) is a cucked fraud.

Blogger Josh April 25, 2016 1:34 PM  

Is the right stuff that podcast with the gay neo Nazis?

Blogger VFM #7634 April 25, 2016 1:36 PM  

@95 Sam Lively

No. Absolutely not. Putting a quota hire in the VP slot like Pat Buchanan did is a rotten idea.

The VP is your replacement in case something bad happens to you. It is not to be used as a politically-correct prop to get idiots with too many SJW sympathies.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian April 25, 2016 1:36 PM  

@94
And Trump attracts racists and anti-semites

If you have any intellectual acumen, then you would realise these words are meaningless. Anti-semite means anyone who critises Jews or Israel. Racist means anyone that recognises reality and truth.

of the so-called "alt-right" which have zero to do with real conservatism

Again, if you were engaged in your thinking, the Alt-Right is closer to traditional rightism than anything conservative has ever pronounced or accomplished.

(in reality, liberals are the real racists.)

Way to virtue signal you leftist moron (as you have accepted the narrative then you must live the narrative).

Blogger Robert What? April 25, 2016 1:38 PM  

I was hoping against hope that Cruz was not just another establishment shill. But I guess I was wrong.

Blogger Timmy3 April 25, 2016 1:39 PM  

You decided Cruz is "anti-establishment" when you previously characterized him as anti-democracy. America has a republican system that is run state by state. Trump is running as a liberal populist who expects an American democracy. When Trump decides to run a campaign designed for an American system, he might actually win much more quickly. Obama did it despite his hatred of America. Hearing Trump complain again about the Kasich and Cruz collaboration means he has no idea about the Art of the Deal in politics.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian April 25, 2016 1:39 PM  

@104

Is the right stuff that podcast with the gay neo Nazis?

No, not just gay nazis, but also libertarian friendly/libertarian leaning nazis FTW.

Blogger Josh April 25, 2016 1:40 PM  

No, not just gay nazis, but also libertarian friendly/libertarian leaning nazis FTW.

Yeah but don't ovens violate muh NAP?

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 1:41 PM  

Sam Lively wrote:I think Trump is going to take Bill O'Reilly's advice and make a hard push to win over Susana Martinez, the New Mexican gov.

No. He will make her come to him, and give her nothing but his acceptance of her endorsement.

She's a weak little no-name nobody, and he's a famous super-alpha. And politics is about power.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 25, 2016 1:42 PM  

If you have any intellectual acumen, then you would realise these words are meaningless. Anti-semite means anyone who critises Jews or Israel. Racist means anyone that recognises reality and truth.

@106 Conan the Cimmerian
It's more than that. A racist is any white person, by default. Because white privilege, the new original sin... or something.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian April 25, 2016 1:42 PM  

@103

Now that is truly a monument post. You have taken this thread and made it your own. My regards. I would drink to you, but I am working.

Blogger Lew Rand April 25, 2016 1:43 PM  

Well for a woman, I'd propose Jan Brewer from Arizona (possible hometown vibe here).

Everyone still remembers her wagging her finger at Obama when he landed.

Also has fought the Establishment and the feds a few times over immigration problems.

Not a 100% endorsement, but worth a look.

Blogger Elocutioner April 25, 2016 1:44 PM  

I looked at the comments on the TRS thread. They were uniformly saying "and?" The article was simply a deconstruction of Trump no alternatives presented. I.e. a bitchfest.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 25, 2016 1:45 PM  

Well for a woman, I'd propose Jan Brewer from Arizona (possible hometown vibe here).

No. No woman and no minority, unless maybe they're actually qualified to replace Trump if something bad happens to him. And believe me, he's under a far greater assassination threat than any GOPe or Dem toolbag.

There are lots and lots of white men who would be far better and far more qualified than just about any minority or woman out there.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian April 25, 2016 1:46 PM  

Yeah but don't ovens violate muh NAP?

That is only after death. If they requested burial or burial at sea, then that might break a will and testament(?)

Blogger VFM #7634 April 25, 2016 1:47 PM  

And besides, putting a quota hire in the VP slot to appeal to women/minorities simply Does. Not. Work.

Blogger Elocutioner April 25, 2016 1:47 PM  

I read the Martinez mention as winning her over for an endorsement as Gov of New Mexico as that was one of the states Cruz is focusing on. Perhaps I misread that. That would be some absolutely awful assassination insurance.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab April 25, 2016 1:48 PM  

CruzCrew7 wrote:The question is does the GOP want to be principled... or do they want to be popular/win the most votes.

Don't forget Hitler and the Nazis were popular and won a lot of votes.

If this was the 1930s, I'd rather be on the side of the Communists.

That's why -- if Trump steals the nomination -- I'll be voting Hillary.

Godwinned yourself and showed you're a cuck in one post. Go lick your masters' boots. Cuck.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 25, 2016 1:49 PM  

Timmy3 wrote:Hearing Trump complain again about the Kasich and Cruz collaboration means he has no idea about the Art of the Deal in politics.

Hearingt you complain about it means you yave no idea how 4gw and political recruitment work. Your side is losing BECAUSE you're playing rules lawyer.

Blogger Jack Hanson April 25, 2016 1:49 PM  

Every other thread is about SJWs being schizophrenics who hold competing ideas in their head, but somehow you think Trump picking a transgender biracial illegal alien Muslim is going to win him votes.

Fucking lawl.

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 1:51 PM  

@105

Assassination insurance is a crappy deal if the premium costs you the GE.

Ezola Foster was/is a complete unknown and Pat was already doomed running 3rd party after consecutive GOP primary losses.

Susana Martinez is a sitting governor of a (small) swing state. She rose to political prominence prosecuting public corruption and sexual abuse.

She'd make a poor president, but a fantastic running mate for Trump.

Blogger Lew Rand April 25, 2016 1:53 PM  

@116: 6 year Governer, state senator, secretary of state. So from a politics point of view as qualified as anyone.

Reading the Wiki page (yeah yeah, but she is a she even if she is a republican) she actually accomplished more than I recall as far as shrinking government and encouraging business (Yes probably some tax break bribes in there).

Like I said for consideration. I haven't been very enthused about the other people put up either, so relax.

Blogger YIH April 25, 2016 1:54 PM  

CrudCrew7:
(in reality, liberals are the real racists.)
Where have I heard that one before? Hmmm.
Let me guess, Shapiro nicknamed you 'Shorty' right?

OpenID aegis-1080 April 25, 2016 1:57 PM  

@CruzCrew7

Too much on the serious side, trolling is supposed to be funny, and the no-fun-allowed style of writing doesn't work, too much in character. 6.5/10. The quick way is to talk about your diverse interracial family, but I understand if it's too easy and overdone.

Trump is probably going to get an interview with Megyn Kelly, and that will make most of the muh soggy knees charges go away, specially if he can push the Bill button every time that Hillary tries to nail him on that. And a diverse muppet is what the GOPe does, so I don't see Trump doing that. So no idea, though if I had to guess I would say Mark Cuban.

Blogger Nate April 25, 2016 1:58 PM  

"Considering how wrong you and Nate have been up to this point, I look forward to VP Jim "The Enforcer" Webb."

Wierd.

Where did I predict it would or wouldn't be Webb? its like you guys just make up stuff in your head and apply it to me.

Blogger Jack Hanson April 25, 2016 2:02 PM  

Nate, we all know I'm talking about your monomania with Trump. Stop with the spergey sophistry.

Blogger Nate April 25, 2016 2:04 PM  

"And besides, putting a quota hire in the VP slot to appeal to women/minorities simply Does. Not. Work."

Palin didn't hurt McCain. McCain hurt McCain. It could work. I don't think he should do it... but it could work. And I do wonder if Trump's new advisors are not giving more standard political advise.

I don't think it would be a good move. I'm just saying I wouldn't be totally shocked either.

like others I think the smartest play is Cruz for VP if at all possible. if not... someone like Webb would be fun and effective. it would be hilarious to see the democrats squirm over that.

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 2:05 PM  

@121

It's one thing to slaughter a white heteronormative male to virtue signal to the SJWs (Liberal Passover).

It's another to virtue signal to the majority of the country that has never heard the term cuckservative, chooses soft amnesty over deportation when given the binary option, and doesn't always suppress the white knighting reflex.

Vox has rightly emphasized the value of not shooting at our own extremists and not apologizing or groveling to SJW hordes. But he's also been smart enough to weaponize his own Mexican/Indian heritage and work with guys with names like John Red Eagle.

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean April 25, 2016 2:05 PM  

Pat Buchanan for VP.

Blogger Nate April 25, 2016 2:06 PM  

"Nate, we all know I'm talking about your monomania with Trump"

again... what is that monomania? The fact that I've been saying he was going to win the nomination since Super Tuesday?

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 2:08 PM  

aegis-1080 wrote:Cruz is not getting the nomination on a brokered convention since most of the establishment hates his guts. The fact that neither he nor his supporters appear to perceive this shows that he has no idea how human beings actually work. Is borderline autistic.

No, it means you don't understand Cruz. You need to expand your mind. Imagine the most unlikely possibility. The furthest I've gotten is that he could win on the second ballot (since he's shockingly good at grassroots organizing), and then hand the nomination to Trump (because he'd rather be the power behind the throne than the one with a laser dot on his forehead).

If you can think of a more unlikely possibility, I'm all ears. Because those are the ones you have to consider with sigmas.

Anonymous Sam the Man April 25, 2016 2:08 PM  

Quote:

And Trump attracts racists and anti-semites

Unquote:

Ahhhh... his daughter converted to Judaism.

2 of his grandchildren from that daughter are Jewish

One of this sons married a Jewish woman.


Not exactly the family relations would expect of the next Hitler. Never meet a man who hated his kids or his grandchildren. As even a brief look at his family would indicate the falseness of your accusation, either you are very ignorant or you are deliberately bearing false witness about the man.

Which is it?

Blogger Were-Puppy April 25, 2016 2:08 PM  

@34 Rantor

Tin Hat conspiracy theory of the day. If Cruz is nominated, the Dems will suddenly play the Canadian Citizenship Card on him and the GOP will be stuck with his VP candidate carrying the torch...
---

That's not a tin hat conspiracy. That is the stated plan of at least one dem, Alan Grayson. Look at the date

http://www.teapartytribune.com/2015/11/28/alan-grayson-threatens-lawsuit-on-citizenship-grounds-if-ted-cruz-is-the-gop-nominee/

Anonymous Eduardo April 25, 2016 2:09 PM  

Well Nate you are the resident Cucky, you are just that "weird" boy in the class that you can get instant fun from by bullying him!

Think as weird tough love!

Weeeird... Sounds as awesome as nucular and libirul XD - yes I admit I think we should learn Brit-Land english and laugh at our accents all day! It would be like paradise on Earth.

Anonymous Scintan April 25, 2016 2:09 PM  

This has been baked into the cake from the beginning with Cruz - he's too unpleasant personally to run on anything but pure principle but pure principle isn't enough to get him where his enormous ambition wants him to go.

I'm not really sure what you're trying to tell us with your post. If Trump hadn't entered the race, Cruz would already have wrapped up the nomination. Jeb was never going to win, and nobody else, including Rubio, was going to be in position to battle with Cruz's machine.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 25, 2016 2:10 PM  

@38 #8601 Jean Valjean

That was probably MSNBC - they seem to say that as a routine every day.

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 2:10 PM  

@128

I don't think Cruz as VP works at this point. Cruz has spent too much time poisoning the well. He's partly to blame for pushing Trump's unfavorable's so high.

I initially wanted Kris Kobach, but I think Trump has suffered too much damage in this primary to double down on strength. He needs to shore up weakness and start wooing the Megyn Kelly's of the world.

Blogger Matt April 25, 2016 2:12 PM  

Get over it. Cruz and Kasich have every right to do this. What's more Kasich is smart enough to see that in the general election polls he is the only one who consistently beats Clinton. Trump and Cruz get crushed by Clinton. Sanders beats all of them. [Look at the polls on RealClearPolitics]

Blogger Were-Puppy April 25, 2016 2:15 PM  

@46 kmbr

You answer "Your campaign in built on racism" with something equally as absurd and irrelevant.
---

Something like "How much are the Saudis paying you for that propaganda?"

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 2:17 PM  

Josh wrote:You guys are cucking when you say Mia Love or Susana Martinez with a straight face.

And if trump names someone like that as his vp?


If he names a lightweight nobody like them as his Veep, then I will be forced to re-evaluate whether he is actually the super-alpha I thought he was.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 25, 2016 2:19 PM  

@50 Nate
given Ted's obviously ruthless strategy leading up to this... I think the most likely explanation is he is manipulating Kaisch.
---

Nate, is there any possibility that they are doing this for Trump? It seems to play right into his hands.

Lets him keep being the underdog even though he's miles ahead.

Lets him keep being against the establishment.

It lets the story continue to be Trump against the world.

Why would they purposely do something like this?

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 2:20 PM  

@140

I disagree. Cruz drafted behind Trump's charisma all summer and into the fall.

Trump took all the fallout for making immigration and political correctness the crucible issues for weeding out the candidates. Everyone talks about how weak Jeb was and he was, but Trump was the guy that made him look weak. I think Trump would have done the same to Romney.

I don't think Cruz alone on the right would have been anywhere near as effective.

Trump's willingness to play mean and aggressive cleared the field of establishment rivals for Cruz in a way that he could not.

Anonymous Sam the Man April 25, 2016 2:21 PM  

The comments about Cruz being a high functioning aspy seem to match a lot of his actions. All folks seem to indicate he is smart. He seems to have the ability to be very calculating. It seems he cane be a bit of a chess player and in the abstract game is fairly formidable. He has a lawyers instinct for the attack. What he seems to lack is the ability to connect to folks or see things from another persons point of view. So a lot of his actions seem odd and his attacks seem to go against his very persona of being principled.

So he takes great offense of a not so flattering picture of his wife...but does not see why he has to disavow a PAC that put out a revealing photo of trump's wife.

He attacks Trump for a culture of violence after thugs shut down one of Trumps meetings...totally tone deaf and while perhaps a good tactic if you were arguing a case in a court room, as it adds one more thing for the opponent to defend themselves against, it plays very badly in the real world.

Of course there could be other explanations, but both he and his wife come off as intellectual introverts whose characters and world view were highly influenced by their LAW degree education.

Anonymous 11B April 25, 2016 2:22 PM  

What's more Kasich is smart enough to see that in the general election polls he is the only one who consistently beats Clinton.

It's way too early to project November matchups. At this stage the one thing that is probably certain is that 40 percent of the population will mindlessly vote for the person with D behind their name. And 40 percent will mindlessly vote for the person with the R behind their name. The other 20 percent won't focus in until October and then a good chunk of them will jump onto whoever appears to have the momentum at that time

If Trump would be an easy kill for the Democrats in November, then they and the MSM would be doing all they could to ensure he is the nominee. So far I see an almost daily output of editorials from the MSM demanding the GOP stop Trump. Seems odd if they thought he would really lose.

Also Kasich has yet to undergo a serious negative ad attack. Let's see his numbers when he has been so attacked.

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean April 25, 2016 2:23 PM  

Cruz and Kasich sitting in a tree,
F-I-S-T-I-N-G.
First comes love,
Then a gay marriage,
Then comes a dindu in a baby carriage


by @bidenshairplugs

Anonymous Scintan April 25, 2016 2:26 PM  

I don't think Cruz alone on the right would have been anywhere near as effective.

Trump's willingness to play mean and aggressive cleared the field of establishment rivals for Cruz in a way that he could not.


Cruz didn't need a field clear of establishment rivals. In a year where the GOPe candidates were personae non grata, he just needed a field clear of a wild card.

Unfortunately, for him, Trump has been that wild card.

Blogger Matt April 25, 2016 2:28 PM  

It's funny, you criticize Cruz for wanting to be part of the establishment yet you cheer on Trump who if he wins will BECOME part of the establishment and be shaking hands, on friendly terms and working with the establishment. Doesn't really make sense. Trump in no way can or will 'blow up' or even change the establishment. You have to know this. Or is the Kool-Aid that strong around here?

Blogger Student in Blue April 25, 2016 2:28 PM  

@Scintan
I'm not really sure what you're trying to tell us with your post. If Trump hadn't entered the race, Cruz would already have wrapped up the nomination. Jeb was never going to win, and nobody else, including Rubio, was going to be in position to battle with Cruz's machine.

Cruz did not and could not shift the Overton Window on immigration. If it was just Cruz vs everyone else, we'd still be caught up in the electorate looking to vote someone "respectable". The original plan was Bush, Cruz was never a threat to them until he blew up, and he only blew up because said window shifted.

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 2:34 PM  

@145

Mia Love is a lightweight. 40-year-old congressman from uber-red Utah. Former flight attendant. Anchor baby. Marco Rubio with a tenth of the stature.

Susana Martinez is not. Twice elected GOP Governor of a blue state and repeated statewide election winner. Former state DA. Her dad was a boxer/marine/sheriff.

She may be an establishment hack at heart, but she's a more formidable political force than Sarah Palin or Paul Ryan.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 25, 2016 2:39 PM  

@90 YIH

Bubble boy's idiotic run for Prez has likely ended his political career - at least for the near future.
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He still has more delegates than Fruit Ninja. Surely the Trump campaign is aware of that.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 25, 2016 2:40 PM  

She'd make a poor president, but a fantastic running mate for Trump.

@126 Sam Lively
She make a poor president. Stop there.

And for a candidate who made slamming political correctness front and center (he even dinged the Treasury for putting Truganini on the $20), doing what you propose will likely make him lose more of his own backers than win over any cucks and SJWs.

Susana Martinez would be a poor president and a just as poor running mate.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 25, 2016 2:41 PM  

@95 mature craig
I hear that Cruz loves the constitution takes it very very seriously
---

I heard he's not even eligible to run due to that very constitution under the natural born citizen requirement.

Blogger sysadmn April 25, 2016 2:41 PM  

Another interpretation is that Kasich understands he can't win the state next door to his, which is very similar demographically to the heartland, and Cruz understands he can't win the state where his ethnicity should have proven an asset.

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 2:43 PM  

Nate wrote:like others I think the smartest play is Cruz for VP if at all possible. if not... someone like Webb would be fun and effective. it would be hilarious to see the democrats squirm over that.

As an instinctive contrarian, I'm uncomfortable with agreeing, but yeah. Webb would be a serious guy and a funny choice, and it's hard to go wrong in that direction in the Reality TV election.

Anonymous Viidad April 25, 2016 2:43 PM  

Trump will pick Mr. T. for his running mate. I've said it before and will continue saying it.

Anonymous mature craig April 25, 2016 2:44 PM  

I will have a little more respect for the democrats if they don't play the race card this year but I predict they will and I will be reminded of why I identified them as public enemy numero uno a long time ago

Blogger Matt April 25, 2016 2:45 PM  

# 149. 11B

For the general election it will come down to a handful of states. From Trump to win he will have to win all the states Romney won and then pick up an additional 64 electoral college points. That means he absolutely needs to win OH, FL and NV but even that won't be enough. He has to pick of traditionally Democratic states.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents April 25, 2016 2:45 PM  

Cruz isn't the draw for Hispanics they like to push

Hispanics are not a bloc like blacks.
Mexicans don’t necessarily like Cubans, or Puerto Ricans.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 25, 2016 2:46 PM  


Cruz didn't need a field clear of establishment rivals. In a year where the GOPe candidates were personae non grata, he just needed a field clear of a wild card.

Unfortunately, for him, Trump has been that wild card.


@151 Scintan
No, if Trump had decided not to run, Jeb would have wrapped up the race by now.

Have you noticed that Cruz has never, ever attacked Jeb?

The only reason Cruz is where he is, with the GOPe machine desperately trying to fix it for him, is because Trump relentlessly attacked and destroyed Jeb, and then destroyed Rubio.

Anonymous Scintan April 25, 2016 2:48 PM  

Cruz did not and could not shift the Overton Window on immigration. If it was just Cruz vs everyone else, we'd still be caught up in the electorate looking to vote someone "respectable". The original plan was Bush, Cruz was never a threat to them until he blew up, and he only blew up because said window shifted.

You're making the same mistake the establishment did. You're assuming that having a plan equals having a plan that works.

Anonymous Mr. Rational April 25, 2016 2:50 PM  

VFM #7634 wrote:The VP is your replacement in case something bad happens to you. It is not to be used as a politically-correct prop to get idiots with too many SJW sympathies.
This is why I suggested Kris Kobach as life insurance.  If the cucks off Trump, they'd get someone worse in his place.

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 2:56 PM  

Matt wrote:Get over it. Cruz and Kasich have every right to do this. What's more Kasich is smart enough to see that in the general election polls he is the only one who consistently beats Clinton. Trump and Cruz get crushed by Clinton. Sanders beats all of them. [Look at the polls on RealClearPolitics]

You're naive. All polls are ads. Nate Silver made his name by accounting for how pollsters would skew in the direction they wanted things to go, then gradually move in the direction of the truth, so as to still be credible after the election.

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 2:58 PM  

@151

Mitt was persona non grata in 2012 and he still cleaned up because Santorum (virtually identical to Cruz with his Israel + social issues + immigration platform) was incapable of uniting the Tea Party/anti-establishment brigades. Why? Because he came off as a total dork and inauthentic hack hiding behind conservative endorsements.

The idea that Cruz was a wildcard also rings false to me. He's a conventional conservative GOP primary stalking horse with more ambition and cunning.

The wild card would have been Rand Paul - he's the guy who lost all his oxygen when Trump happened. Trump provided his authenticity without the libertarian superiority complex. He co-opted his foreign policy realism without any of the pacifistic connotations. And he called out the hackishness of his opponents as an alpha dog, not a yappy poodle.

No Cruz got to coast in the right lane, letting wild card Trump destroy the establishment guys and cackling with glee as many of his rivals for the Evangelical Right (Jindal, Perry, to a lesser extent Rubio) charged Trump and went down in flames.

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 3:00 PM  

Were-Puppy wrote:Why would they purposely do something like this?

Entertain the possibility that we actually have deeper analysis here than they do in their HQs.

Anonymous Scintan April 25, 2016 3:01 PM  


Have you noticed that Cruz has never, ever attacked Jeb?

The only reason Cruz is where he is, with the GOPe machine desperately trying to fix it for him, is because Trump relentlessly attacked and destroyed Jeb, and then destroyed Rubio.


Throughout this campaign, Cruz's plan has been to attack from the side, rather than head on. He changed that with Trump for two reasons:

1.) Trump was kicking his ass
2.) He thought he could get away with it because of Trump's singular style

Neither of the above would apply to Jeb.

Cruz wants to be president. He doesn't care how he gets there, as long as he gets there. His approach to strategy and tactics is clearly about effectiveness, rather than morality, respect or the like. He's a calculating bastard, in both the best and worst ways.

Anonymous mature craig April 25, 2016 3:03 PM  

Ya know the more I learn about this Cruz guy the less I like him. I wonder what other bombshells are gonna come to light

Blogger Saber McScarthrust April 25, 2016 3:06 PM  

Trump is certainly no alpha. He's a gamma who inherited a lot of money and failed to even match a passbook rate of return on it. Just look at his comical reaction to accusations that his "hands" are small. No alpha would give a f*ck about silly insinuations like that.

And spare me the Ted Cruz sucks arguments. How much Cruz sucks or does not suck has no bearing on whether Trump is a gamma or not.

Blogger Teri April 25, 2016 3:07 PM  

@16, Cruz said this weekend that he wouldn't personally attack Hillary. He's going to run on the "issues". Looks like Mitt 2.0 to me. I've always thought he was a regional candidate. He wouldn't play well in the general.

Cruz will not be VP and I doubt Martinez will either. (Although she gave a dynamite speech on how she discovered she was a Republican.) Trump said he wants someone with experience in dealing with Congress. He'll need that to get anything done. It will be someone completely off the radar.

Blogger Sam Lively April 25, 2016 3:08 PM  

@156

Trump has frequently used political correctness for his own purposes, with no loss of support.

He uses veterans, Ben Carson, his wife and daughter and his own history of employing women and hispanics as cover all the time.

He's got his base locked up, unless he starts walking back his platform planks ("the Wall was just a metaphor for my resolve!").

Now his challenge is moving beyond his base. And given the extent of his negatives, I think he's got to use the VP to accomplish that.

Blogger Rusty Fife April 25, 2016 3:09 PM  

Sam Lively wrote:He needs to shore up weakness and start wooing the Megyn Kelly's of the world.

Megan Kelly for VP! Pure genius. I knew there was a reason I hung out here. She even has a presidential hair cut.

Anonymous Viidad April 25, 2016 3:09 PM  

Watching Cruz's stone-cold skills behind the scenes and in sinking other candidates (like Carson...poor Ben) has actually raised my opinion of the man.

Anonymous WaterBoy April 25, 2016 3:11 PM  

napolean 12pdr: "My own prediction is that Trump might do a deal with someone completely off the current radar screen."

Time to resurrect Tom Tancredo's career, who is just as anti-immigration as Trump -- especially Muslims. He is also in favor of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

It might be pertinent that he would be 71 upon taking office...but Trump is only seven months younger.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 25, 2016 3:11 PM  

Cruz was the "wild card" because he:

A) Was not Jeb
B) Ran against the GOPe wishes
C) Would not play the stalking horse

The GOPe is holding its nose and burying his scandals because his "wild card" game maneuvered him into the last viable GOPe alternative to Trump. As soon as he is out, the GOPe will go Red Wedding on him and his team. At this point Cruz is running for his political life: he betrayed the GOPe to be in the race, but now he has to stay in to win at all costs in order to keep their forced loyalty.

It was supposed to be Jeb or Marco. Now they are stuck with Lord Smarmy until he proves he hasn't got the mojo.

Would not want to be Cruz right now. It is about to get very ugly for him. Dukakis had better political options after his loss.

Anonymous A.B. Prosper April 25, 2016 3:11 PM  

I stopped taking the GOPe seriously years ago, I just assumed that they mostly after 1986 or so didn't care too much for the people with a few outliers . If they had we'd have had Pat Buchanan or Ross Perot (as R) presidencies years ago.

The stupid however has gotten worse, the candidates speak volumes, McCain who nearly everyone thinks is unstable and Mitt Romney. Really? The GOPe is so pig ignorant that they don't understand a huge chunk, maybe a 3rd of the base will not ever vote for a Mormon who they regard as at best a heretic more likely a devil worshiper

Of course we end with basically the same guy in any case Obama and Mitt are little different and I suppose its what the GOPe wants

Its like the abortion issue or culture war issue they want to use the issues to get votes but actually taking efforts to end abortion or preserve the culture is either too risky or simply something they don't want anyway

With the current crop of Elephants, you could give them the House, Senate and Presidency and they govern exactly like they do now, as looters. They could in such a case actually remove judges on bad conduct "you voted for x, pay for it" but they lack the guts

I suspect the union is unsalvageable at this point even with a primary almost everyone not Jess Sessions strategy and as such like our host we crack up in a few decades, maybe earlier if Hillary does something stupid

Ah well, it was a good run while it lasted

Anonymous mature craig April 25, 2016 3:14 PM  

Re 2:43. Guitar playing Mike Huckabee did label this years GOP pres contenders as the A-Team

Anonymous Scintan April 25, 2016 3:16 PM  

The idea that Cruz was a wildcard also rings false to me. He's a conventional conservative GOP primary stalking horse with more ambition and cunning.

The wild card would have been Rand Paul - he's the guy who lost all his oxygen when Trump happened. Trump provided his authenticity without the libertarian superiority complex. He co-opted his foreign policy realism without any of the pacifistic connotations. And he called out the hackishness of his opponents as an alpha dog, not a yappy poodle.


I never said Cruz was a wild card, and Paul was always a non-starter.

Blogger FALPhil April 25, 2016 3:17 PM  

@143 Matt
What's more Kasich is smart enough to see that in the general election polls he is the only one who consistently beats Clinton.


They told me the same thing about
- Gerald Ford
- Bob Dole
- John McCain
- Mitt Romney

I'm seeing a pattern here.

@172 Saber
He's a gamma who inherited a lot of money and failed to even match a passbook rate of return on it.

That's actually halfway decent trolling. Unfortunately for you, there are plenty of us who know what alphas and gammas really are.

Blogger Teri April 25, 2016 3:17 PM  

The Real Clear Politics polls about the general are old. All that will change when it becomes a two person race. Hillary will have to defend states against Trump that she could take for granted against anyone else. She will lose to Trump.

Anonymous Punisher April 25, 2016 3:18 PM  

Can anyone help explain his comments on the transgender bathroom law in NC in a positive light? Honestly, Trump's response took a lot of wind out of my sails for him.

Blogger tublecane April 25, 2016 3:21 PM  

@16-They did pick a standard-bearer, or at least enough of them did, in the unelectable Bush III. Which demonstrates perfectly their incompetence.

Obviously Hillary's not a giant. Obama (or whatever force was behind the Obama wave) stole her election out from under her. Before that, aside from being Bill Clinton's wife, she was most known for losing socialized medicine for that generation. A close second was Whitewater, which speaks to your crook point. She obviously has problems with her base, otherwise why would Sanders of all people be able to give her this much of a headache? (Not that he can win; but he is a headache.)

Blogger Alexamenos April 25, 2016 3:22 PM  

Yeah but don't ovens violate muh NAP?

Best question ever.

Blogger James Dixon April 25, 2016 3:23 PM  

OT, but football related: Brady's suspension is back on: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2016/04/25/tom-bradys-deflategate-suspension-reinstated-by-federal-court/

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 25, 2016 3:23 PM  

Saber McScarthrust wrote:Trump is certainly no alpha. He's a gamma who inherited a lot of money and failed to even match a passbook rate of return on it. Just look at his comical reaction to accusations that his "hands" are small. No alpha would give a f*ck about silly insinuations like that.

And spare me the Ted Cruz sucks arguments. How much Cruz sucks or does not suck has no bearing on whether Trump is a gamma or not.


Melania Trump

Blogger tublecane April 25, 2016 3:30 PM  

@4-"they are terrified that he will lead the GOP ticket to disaster in the general election"

Not so. They're comfortable losing elections. They may be genuinely afraid of a landslide, down the ticket loss. But what they fear most is losing control of the party, and Trump as president is the ghost that haunts that nightmare. They would prefer Hillary as president should Trump win the nomination.

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean April 25, 2016 3:32 PM  

@175 Megan Kelly for VP! Pure genius. I knew there was a reason I hung out here. She even has a presidential hair cut.

And it would lock up the Tranny vote.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 25, 2016 3:33 PM  

Yes, Punisher. The President is irrelevant to state and local laws. His opinion on abortion, gay nonsense, or social issues are irrelevant, as they have been forever. Borders, trade, gun rights, etc. Are the ONLY things that matter. The President is the opposite of a Pope, whose job is to oversee the moral conduct of his culture.

It is about time the adults in the country stop treating the office like it is that of the Great White Father.

In other words, understand when your candidate is speaking in his opinion, and when he is speaking in his office. People absolutely flipped this sane perspective on its head with Obama, the First Pure Virtue Signal President ever.

Blogger Rusty Fife April 25, 2016 3:33 PM  

I'm betting the issue with Trump and the West is that they don't 'identify' with him.

Whoever he brings in has to be the type that convincingly wears a cowboy hat. I'd center my selection somewhere like Wyoming, Colorado, or the Dakotas.

I'm disapointed Palin flamed out onstage with Trump.

Anonymous Andrew E. April 25, 2016 3:34 PM  

Cruz is and has always been a GOPe hack. He never was going to get the near the nomination this cycle unless GOPe wanted it to happen. And the 1% "break glass in case of emergency" action plan was pulled out very reluctantly at the last minute to stop Trump. That's what we're seeing now. Cruz got a blessing from McConnell and GOPe to run for POTUS this cycle and to earn his way back into good graces, do GOPe bidding in the splitter strategy, and set himself up for bigger things down the road, possibly a future POTUS run for real. If Cruz suddenly went rogue and tried to steal this nomination from GOPe like Trump has done, GOPe would have pulled out his birth records and his affairs and ended him permanently. This latest Kasich move is not Cruz being ruthless, he does what he is told by GOPe and GOPe told him collude with Kasich. Cruz is a lapdog from day 1.

Regarding Trump's VP pick, someone at another blog said it best a couple months ago:


“Trump will choose the most capable second he knows.

It won’t be an obvious choice, until he makes it.

When he makes it, the left will scream.

It will be someone who no one other than Trump could get away with choosing as a second.

And Trump will make it work out in the most marvellous manner, because that is what he does.”

http://blog.jim.com/party-politics/trump-has-a-good-chance/#comment-1177649

Anonymous RedJack April 25, 2016 3:34 PM  

VFM #6306 wrote:


Would not want to be Cruz right now. It is about to get very ugly for him. Dukakis had better political options after his loss.
The question is does Cruz care? He is working to become the strong man, without the backing of any of the pieces you need to do it. At least not yet.

Anonymous Scintan April 25, 2016 3:35 PM  

rump is certainly no alpha. He's a gamma who inherited a lot of money and failed to even match a passbook rate of return on it. Just look at his comical reaction to accusations that his "hands" are small. No alpha would give a f*ck about silly insinuations like that.

Have you never met, or had anything to do with, a so-called alpha before?

Anonymous fop April 25, 2016 3:36 PM  

Watching Cruz's stone-cold skills behind the scenes and in sinking other candidates (like Carson...poor Ben) has actually raised my opinion of the man.

That was some brilliant campaigning allright.

Cruz should tweet right before the Indiana primary that Donald Trump self-asphyxiated himself in a closet with Kasich's belt then he'd get all the delegates and be the winner.

Blogger Saber McScarthrust April 25, 2016 3:37 PM  

" They would prefer Hillary as president should Trump win the nomination."

And you base that on what evidence, exactly?

Blogger Saber McScarthrust April 25, 2016 3:38 PM  

"195. Scintan April 25, 2016 3:35 PM
rump is certainly no alpha. He's a gamma who inherited a lot of money and failed to even match a passbook rate of return on it. Just look at his comical reaction to accusations that his "hands" are small. No alpha would give a f*ck about silly insinuations like that.

Have you never met, or had anything to do with, a so-called alpha before?"

Alphas don't feel the need to brag about their penis size on national TV or anywhere else, for that matter. Insecure Gammas do.

Blogger Jack Hanson April 25, 2016 3:41 PM  

More sophistry. I like it.

Blogger SciVo April 25, 2016 3:41 PM  

@172 Saber McScarthrust:

I don't believe any of the rumors about how you can fit a Saturn V rocket up your butt. Everyone just has small hands. Good luck, Lambda Lad!

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