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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Trumpening continues

Primaries today in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Pennsylvania is the big one. If Trump does well there, it's all but in the bag.

I wouldn't be shocked if either Cruz or Kasich finally give up after today, if Trump does well enough.

This is an open thread to discuss the primaries and report results as they come in.

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Anonymous DDT April 26, 2016 10:43 AM  

Pennsylvania is the big one. If Trump does well there, it's all but in the bag.

How do you figure? Just because it's important in a visual sense? My understanding is the majority of the PA delegates are unbound or somesuch.

Anonymous CS April 26, 2016 10:44 AM  

From what I've read, Pennsylvania voters vote for delegates. Sounds like it doesn't matter who voters want. If the delegates are all bought and paid for, the vote is moot.

Blogger Alexander April 26, 2016 10:47 AM  

Make Blue States Great Again!

I look forward to how many states are going to just be 'full of southron racists' after today. Just think, if Pennsylvania and Maryland had been up to speed in 1860, liberals in those states would not have to worry about being governed by a Scots-Yankee.

Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 10:51 AM  

" I wouldn't be shocked if either Cruz or Kasich finally give up after today, if Trump does well enough."

I don't see it. Trump could win 60% in all of those places and neither Cruz nor Kaisch will give up.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 26, 2016 10:52 AM  

I doubt Cruz has anywhere to go: the GOPe hate him for starting his campaign off-script, folded him in as the desperate fourth option, and now hate him for being Jeb 2.0 instead of W. Once he's off the stage, he's toast behind the elite curtain. His duped base is now pissed at him for proving his nickname right.

His hubris is amazing. He had at least two opportunities to shift this to his political advantage (not the Presidency, but trading his assorted gains for something else) and he refused to accept the numbers. It was like watching a smart guy play "Deal or No Deal" very logically until he wiped the million off the board. It spiraled badly and quickly.

It is possible that his future political options are so soured now that he's got nothing to lose by staying in the race until the bitter end.

But he's dead man walking. It is like the reverse of the Xanatos Gambit: even if he could by some miracle take 95% of the remaining delgates and hit his threshold...he's become the thing that everyone has tried to say Trump is: completely done and marginalized.

Anonymous Gecko April 26, 2016 10:53 AM  

How do you figure? Just because it's important in a visual sense? My understanding is the majority of the PA delegates are unbound or somesuch.

I was wondering the same thing. I think only 17 delegates there are bound. Is Trump likely to get ANY of the others in PA?

On a related note, I found the first part of this Green Papers piece to be interesting. (The second part of "part one" was rubbish, IMHO.)

I will here give you, the reader, a number: 925.

Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 10:53 AM  

"My understanding is the majority of the PA delegates are unbound or somesuch."

correct.

Trump has to hit 1100 or so. Then it will be truly in the bag. Though I think (and this is going to piss the commenters off here) Trump's staff meeting with the GOPe is helping soften their stance on him. Guiliani is openly campaigning for him for example.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 26, 2016 10:57 AM  

I do think that Trump gives the Empire the best path toward semi-peaceful dissolution. He's a dealmaker, after all. Cruz is too married to the American "idea" that Cuban-Canadians can marry Sachs, climb 7 mountains and sleep with 8s.

Anonymous Hoppes #9 April 26, 2016 10:58 AM  

Here is a site that shows what the PA Repuke delegate selection is like. http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/10253036-74/district-whoever-wins.
We vote 3 from each district and we vote our preference for candidate.

Blogger dienw April 26, 2016 11:00 AM  

The Cruzlims and others on the narrow gauge, short track will probably think Cruz is being politically savvy, not morally repugnant and criminal.

Reverse speech reveals the moral interior of Cruz and Kasich.

Blogger tz April 26, 2016 11:01 AM  

There are delegates who are Trump supporters in PA, so it is something like Colorado with Cruz, except they are voted on. If the Trump delegate is elected, it counts for Trump.

Blogger fisher man April 26, 2016 11:01 AM  

Some of the PA precincts do not even list the trump delegates on the voting guide.

You have to really want to vote for the trump delegates, and already know what numbers they are.

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier April 26, 2016 11:01 AM  

I thought Guiliani always liked him?

Don't know. Just trying to get the farm bought and set up before the inevitable happens. Though I know some here are not enamored of setting up shop in just one locale.

Anonymous Trimegistus April 26, 2016 11:05 AM  

Cruz will give up only on January 21, 2017, and possibly not even then.

That is, by the way, why he actually would make a good President. He knows what he wants and he does whatever is possible in order to get it.

Blogger Jim April 26, 2016 11:12 AM  

@14 I don't see how it follows that his dogged determination to aggrandize himself would make him a good President.

Anonymous Sam the Man April 26, 2016 11:12 AM  

Voted with the wife this morning in eastern PA.

small polling place, turnout was heavy.

Of the usual political flaks sitting out side to hand out literature were three trump women, two with make America great again tee shirts. They asked if we were interested in knowing who the Trump delegates were, we said yes, even though the wife had already down her job and gotten their names. One dispirited Kasich person and a lone Hillary frump. None of Cruz's vaunted ground game, I suppose it is easier to attempt to bribe 2,472 delegates that to send folks to mingle with actual voters.

Other than one older Trump women, the other two Trump ladies were good looking, youngish and pleasant. Very upbeat, had a nice chat, they had gotten nothing but positive feedback to their Trump shirts and push up bras underneath.

Trump is going to win PA, I would not be surprised if he gets over 50%. All the excitement was in his camp. Backs up what I have seen here over the past three weeks.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 April 26, 2016 11:13 AM  

Trump could give Cruz, Jeb, Rubio, and Kasich their own offices in the Whitehouse.

Filled with baby-toy equivalents of office supplies.

Anonymous Bobby Farr April 26, 2016 11:13 AM  

The Trump campaign is distributing a list of Trump delegates in PA so it seems likely at least some of the 54 unbound delegates will be reliable Trump supporters. Otherwise, yes, the PA primary is a minor affair with the winner only getting 17 delegates.

Anonymous Fran April 26, 2016 11:15 AM  

@14
But that could also describe Trump.

Anonymous Sick Duck April 26, 2016 11:15 AM  

I think Trump is in for an unpleasant surprise today. Everyone is crowing about his impending victory but the devout Christians are not going to go down without a fight. They know that Trump does not represent Christian values and his nomination will all but hand Clinton the election.

Watch for Cruz and Kasich to join forces with those of Christian principles and lead a stunning offensive.

Blogger J A Baker April 26, 2016 11:19 AM  

I think Kasich might actually be insane, so any posibilbility (no matter how slim) that he could ever be president is frightening. Even so, the thought of a Hillary presidency, (which is much more likely than Kasich) is much, much more frightening, and a Hillary presidency is almost garaunteed unless Trump gets the nomination and the party unites behind him. I beleive he's the only one of the three that has a chance to beat her.

Also, the possibility that the party leaders would rather lose the election to Hilary than nominate Trump speaks volumes about where their prorities lie, not with the people they claim to represent. A Hillary presidency would be so bad for the American people, but of course these party bosses with their wealth and privilage will always be insulated from the consequences of their decisions, so what does it matter to them when jobless rates sky rocket, when our Constitutional rights continue to be eroded, and the country is further divided against itself?



Anonymous Sam the Man April 26, 2016 11:22 AM  

Oh yeah, as regards the delegates.

You vote for the candidate and three delegates. The republicans have done their best to conceal who is for who, but after all of Cruz's games delegates have had to declare who they stand for or declare that they would vote the will of the majority.

So Trump will likely get the bulk (40 plus ) of the unassigned delegates come the first round ballot. Wife and I both voted the Trump delegates who have personally said they stand with trump and will continue with him after the first ballot (assuming he wins, if not they will stand with the winner of our congressional district).

Also Herr Trump is not Yankee-scot, but a German-Scot. A Palatinate to be exact, of which there are a lot of that sort in south eastern PA, which accounts for our generally pro gun culture while surrounded by liberal winnies.

Blogger Nick S April 26, 2016 11:24 AM  

It strikes me as funny that both Cruz and Vox are subject to similar reactions by large segments of the general public. A lot of people are naturally averse to someone who knows they are likely the smartest person in the room wherever they go. Cruz is the intellectual superior to the vast majority in Washington. They know it, he knows it, they know he knows it and they resent it.

Blogger J A Baker April 26, 2016 11:25 AM  

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Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 11:28 AM  

"I think Kasich might actually be insane"

Nah.. he' just trying to make his name recognizable. He wants to be headliner for the GOP in the future.

Anonymous Gecko April 26, 2016 11:29 AM  

after all of Cruz's games delegates have had to declare who they stand for or declare that they would vote the will of the majority.

So Trump will likely get the bulk (40 plus ) of the unassigned delegates come the first round ballot.


Enlightening observation about the games in Colorado, etc. Even so, you really think 40+? There a lot of time until the convention, and a lot of power and money at play here.

Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 11:29 AM  

"Everyone is crowing about his impending victory but the devout Christians are not going to go down without a fight"

I'm confused.

Which of the states with primaries today has a bunch of devout christians?

Anonymous Sam the Man April 26, 2016 11:30 AM  

#20

I hate to comment on other folks religious views, but what I see here in PA where there are a lot of various Christian types is that more of them seem to be upset with Cruz's bearing false witness than they are with all of Trumps known flaws. He seems to be a cultural Christian only, at least to this observer. But that does not seem to affect his popularity with a wide variety of what I take to be reasonable devote Christian folks.

Actually the religious group that seems to be most put off by Trump is Jewish folks in the not-quite-but-kind-of-conservative and reform camp. Could go into that but ..I doubt anyone cares.

Anonymous BGKB April 26, 2016 11:30 AM  

I wouldn't be shocked if either Cruz or Kasich finally give up after today, if Trump does well enough

Kasich will stay until the GOPe stops paying.

OT: did you see the stasi training commercial? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl2Z8krNAI0 This ad is teaching children and grandchildren that, if they do not like parents or grandparents discipline, authority, or just about anything, they can simply call the police and have them arrested

Blogger Austin Ballast April 26, 2016 11:31 AM  

All those Amish voters in PA Nate....

Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 11:34 AM  

"All those Amish voters in PA Nate...."

I hear there are tv shows about them. Must be hundreds of thousands of them!

Anonymous fop April 26, 2016 11:35 AM  

Cruz is betting it all on Indiana. He won't drop until then.

Blogger J A Baker April 26, 2016 11:37 AM  

It's a common theme in the Bible where a leader or a prohit were men who were flawed. Jacob was a swindler, Moses was a murderer, David was an adulterer, but God has a way of using these people for good.

Blogger J A Baker April 26, 2016 11:38 AM  

The Amish are voting for Bernie.

Blogger J A Baker April 26, 2016 11:41 AM  

Indiana Cruz and The Last Cruzade!

Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 11:41 AM  

"Cruz is betting it all on Indiana. He won't drop until then."

he won't drop out then either. He will not lay down.

Anonymous Wisduardo April 26, 2016 11:42 AM  

Well the sheperd always goes after those who are astrayed.

Blogger J A Baker April 26, 2016 11:42 AM  

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Blogger pyrrhus April 26, 2016 11:44 AM  

Nobody's going to drop out. They are both hoping for deus ex machina, GOP style....

Blogger Nick S April 26, 2016 11:46 AM  

...but Trump says he's a Christian also.

Trump also says he's never asked for forgiveness. You can't receive it if you refuse to acknowledge you need or want it.

Blogger James Dixon April 26, 2016 11:50 AM  

> Nah.. he' just trying to make his name recognizable. He wants to be headliner for the GOP in the future.

If Trump wins there hopefully won't be a place for him in the GOP. If Trump loses, there hopefully won't be a GOP.

Blogger allyn71 April 26, 2016 11:51 AM  

@20 Watch for Cruz and Kasich to join forces with those of Christian principles and lead a stunning offensive.

Baghdad Bob would be proud of you son, that is a good one.

Blogger Ron April 26, 2016 11:52 AM  

Don't get lazy guys. Remember the economy is on the edge of total collapse. Trump or no Trump, short of divine intervention we are going to go through a rough patch.

Better Trump than no Trump, but be ready.

Blogger F Harper April 26, 2016 11:52 AM  

Polling from yesterday has Trump way ahead in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maryland. Trump polled above 50% in Delaware on 4/20.

Blogger James Dixon April 26, 2016 11:55 AM  

> Baghdad Bob would be proud of you son, that is a good one.

Heh. I was just wondering if maybe the NeverTrump campaign had financed an H1B visa for Baghdad Bob myself.

Blogger VD April 26, 2016 11:57 AM  

Trump also says he's never asked for forgiveness. You can't receive it if you refuse to acknowledge you need or want it.

Asked whom? Was the question even in a spiritual context?

Anonymous Howard J. Harrison April 26, 2016 12:01 PM  

@Sam:

> Could go into that but ..I doubt anyone cares.

That's the best one-liner I've read in a month.

Blogger Gaiseric April 26, 2016 12:02 PM  

Trimegistus wrote:Cruz will give up only on January 21, 2017, and possibly not even then.

That is, by the way, why he actually would make a good President. He knows what he wants and he does whatever is possible in order to get it.

So what if what he wants doesn't match what the American people want?

Blogger Student in Blue April 26, 2016 12:03 PM  

he won't drop out then either. He will not lay down.

Rare as it is, I agree with Nate on this. I don't believe Cruz will give up if he loses in Indiana.

Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 12:04 PM  

"So what if what he wants doesn't match what the American people want?"

what someone wants and what is best for them are not often the same.

in fact they are often opposite.

Does that mean Trump knows what is best? not necessarily.

Blogger Nate April 26, 2016 12:05 PM  

"Rare as it is, I agree with Nate on this."

we don't have to agree though. Almost all the time you can back up your positions. so give it hell.

Blogger James Dixon April 26, 2016 12:07 PM  

> A lot of people are naturally averse to someone who knows they are likely the smartest person in the room wherever they go. Cruz is the intellectual superior to the vast majority in Washington.

Someone needs to get Cruz the address of this blog. From what we've seen of him, he'd fit right in here.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 26, 2016 12:08 PM  

Trump also says he's never asked for forgiveness. You can't receive it if you refuse to acknowledge you need or want it.

He said he doesn't like to have to ask for forgiveness.

Slight difference.

Blogger Nick S April 26, 2016 12:15 PM  

VD wrote:Asked whom? Was the question even in a spiritual context?

When specifically asked if he has ever asked God for forgiveness Trump said, "I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don't think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't."

Blogger Cinco April 26, 2016 12:18 PM  

Cruz would be a fool to drop out period. He is the clear runner up, and has an admittedly better ground game. If there is even a chance Trump can't make the magic number he would be wise to stay in. The only mistake Cruz made was not playing nicer with Trump directly, he would have easily been a good VP or SCOTUS pick.

Then again, without Cruz in the VP slot it goes to Coulter!

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 26, 2016 12:19 PM  

Cruz can't give up if he loses in Indiana. The pretty ladies opened the $1M case and the $500,000 one on him, right in a row. Yes, he may be at his max of $50,000 right now...but he's in a cycle where he has the narrowest chance to be holding the $250,000 one.

Besides, since the GOPe is going to shoot him in the head once he's done picking, he might as well play for as long as he can...

Blogger Gaiseric April 26, 2016 12:27 PM  

Nate wrote:what someone wants and what is best for them are not often the same.

in fact they are often opposite.

Does that mean Trump knows what is best? not necessarily.

Perils of living in a free society. We're not children.

But your last question is the wrong one. Does Trump know better than Cruz what's best for America? Or what America wants, either one?

Blogger Pax Dickinson April 26, 2016 12:28 PM  

"My understanding is the majority of the PA delegates are unbound or some such."

Not exactly. I'm a PA voter who voted for Trump this morning.

We have to vote for a candidate, winner of our district gets one bound delegate. We also vote for three delegates from our district, who are listed by name on the ballot but not associated to a candidate. Trump and Cruz both had sets of delegates aligned with them, and the campaigns distributed lists of which delegates to vote for. Additionally, many of the non-affiliated delegates have pledged to vote for the candidate who wins their district on the first ballot. Kasich has no delegate list and is only likely to get delegates if he wins districts.

I expect Trump to do very well in the bound delegates, and win most of the pledged delegates as well due to winning districts. Caveat is I'm not sure how strong the Cruz ground game in PA is because my district of PA-11 is strongly pro-Trump and I wouldn't expect Cruz to waste resources here.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab April 26, 2016 12:28 PM  

Tiny sick duck is a performance artist doing his troll larping. He is getting better. But he still has the troll tells.

Anonymous DE-173/Code 19/Vox Nox April 26, 2016 12:30 PM  

Kasich won't give up. Reality hasn't intruded upon his quixotic quest from the beginning. He's positing himself for a show on MSNBC.

Blogger John Williams April 26, 2016 12:31 PM  

PA reelected the RINO Arlen Specter when he swapped parties. They're not conservative (or if you've read the book, they are conservative), it's either name recognition or who can give them the most is who PA'll vote for.

Blogger Sam Lively April 26, 2016 12:45 PM  

If everything, and I mean everything, goes for Trump he could hit 1000 today.

Blogger Student in Blue April 26, 2016 12:48 PM  

@Nate
we don't have to agree though. Almost all the time you can back up your positions. so give it hell.

That response makes me shake my head and grin. There's the mindset that Gammas just completely don't get - one that instinctively appreciates people who can fight.

Anonymous Ted's Butt Plug April 26, 2016 12:49 PM  

Kasich is a political Lloyd Christmas, while Lyin Ted Cruzlim of the Dildoban will be a bitter clinger to the end.

OpenID denektenorsk April 26, 2016 12:52 PM  

Too funny: http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2016/04/26/trump-ill-great-service-country-b-actor-lena-dunham-moves-canada/

Of course we don't want her either...

Anonymous Genericviews April 26, 2016 12:56 PM  

Kasich will not drop out until after the convention, when it no longer matters. He isn't playing to win. He is playing to gather delegates, that he can trade for other valuable consideration.

Anonymous The OASF April 26, 2016 12:59 PM  

"I wouldn't be shocked if either Cruz or Kasich finally give up after today, if Trump does well enough."

My first thoughts as well once I saw that Trump finally hit the 50 mark.

It's not a good sign for the holdouts when even FixNews is piling on Eduardo Cruzlim & Kucky for their nonsense strategy going forward.

Anonymous Eduardo April 26, 2016 1:00 PM  

Hey, just a question. How many people voted DEM and how many people voted REP in this caucus?

Aren't the republican voters all fat and slow and they have no interest in voting? Because the USA is lost so why fight it, right! Muhahahahah... What?

Anonymous McGonzo April 26, 2016 1:01 PM  

Perhaps the GOPe isn't afraid of a Trump nomination or loss as much as a Grand Trumpening Landslide Victory in November. They have repeatedly shown that they could not possibly care less what the base wants, same as the democrats who have also alienated large swaths of their base. If Trump and the peasants show up en masse with torches and pitchforks, the GOPe castle will be made of paper mache. Possible? Maybe. Likely? Maybe not so much. But I can surely dream.

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean April 26, 2016 1:04 PM  

Hopefully Trump gets a chance to run against Crookary in the general election. The talking heads and anti-Trumpers think he would lose by a wide margin. There's only one way to find out!

Anonymous The OASF April 26, 2016 1:09 PM  

"None of Cruz's vaunted ground game, I suppose it is easier to attempt to bribe 2,472 delegates that to send folks to mingle with actual voters."

Maybe Eduardo heard that ground games have a way of getting badly stuffed in certain parts of Pennsylvania...

Hmmmmm

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier April 26, 2016 1:13 PM  

@62

And fight fair, with honor and decency. That's why I keep coming back. It isn't winning arguments that is most important around here, it is the t(T)ruth. Otherwise, why would our esteemed host have shifted position on multiple topics over the life of the blog? (Though not about the disposition and capabilities of the naval forces of the Japanese Empire during WWII).

Blogger Student in Blue April 26, 2016 1:19 PM  

@70. Thomas Davidsmeier

Alpha mindset doesn't require honor and decency. It's about winning.

With that said I'm going to stop responding else we get really off-topic.

Anonymous Sam the Man April 26, 2016 1:24 PM  

# 58

I am in district 8 and as it is a suburb (admittedly outer) of Philly I would expect this to be strong Cruz zone.

Kasich person was outside the polling station and 3 cheery ladies for Der Trump.

Cruz....no ground game at all.

Makes me wonder.....

Anonymous farmer Tom April 26, 2016 1:29 PM  

I've refrained from commenting lately because I can not stomach reading the PT rump comments.

It's not worth the time to laugh at them.

Here's the quote in question Vox.

I was there, saw it live and in person.

I've tried to tell you all, but whatever...........

Trump on asking God for forgiveness

Blogger Gaiseric April 26, 2016 1:29 PM  

Student in Blue wrote:Alpha mindset doesn't require honor and decency. It's about winning.

With that said I'm going to stop responding else we get really off-topic.

Who here claims to be alpha, though? And even alphas respect each other, especially if their spheres of influence aren't really threatened by another alpha with another sphere of influence.

Blogger Gaiseric April 26, 2016 1:30 PM  

farmer Tom wrote:I've tried to tell you all, but whatever...........
Tried to tell us what? That Trump's not very religious? Are you freakin' kidding?

Anonymous Eduardo April 26, 2016 1:33 PM  

Eduardo Cruz? Wasn't it Ted Cruz?

O_O' am I missing something...

So does Trump has a chance against HillBillary? It seems that, if Cruz gets the nomination the republican voters will boycott the whole thing. Assuming that the GOP has no way out of it, and HillBillary will be the person on the DEM side, the question becomes ... Can the Trumpkin win?


Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents April 26, 2016 1:40 PM  

@ Gaiseric, yes, I’m afraid that farmer Tom is right.
Trump can’t be elected as head pastor of America.
Sad but true.

Anonymous mature-Craig April 26, 2016 1:43 PM  

Cruz is the intellectual superior

I was impressed by his fluent Spanish speaking ability but that's about it, but I haven't heard anything yet that dazzles me,,

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean April 26, 2016 1:47 PM  

It's very clear that Trump has a good heart, which is Christian enough for me.

Anonymous Sam the Man April 26, 2016 1:48 PM  

Carter was a big time Christian....crappie president

George Bush II was a big time Christian....beyond crappie president, really, really bad (except on guns, pretty good there)

Not so sure a devote Christian is the litmus test some folks would like it to be. In any case who is the designated devote Christian this time around?

Is it Cruz? If so he seems to be really good at bearing false witness. Makes one wonder......

Blogger Chris Mallory April 26, 2016 1:53 PM  

@73 We are not electing a pastor, so his views on Salvation are irrelevant. We haven't had a Christian as president since Carter left office in 1981. To steal a line from Hillary, "What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?"

Blogger Chris Mallory April 26, 2016 1:54 PM  

@79 "George Bush II was a big time Christian"


By their fruits you shall know them. Bush the Lesser has never shown any of the Fruits of the Spirit.

Blogger Cogitans Iuvenis April 26, 2016 1:54 PM  

@20

You mean the Christian principals of personal adultery and national cuckoldry? Funny don't recall learning about either of those principals in Sunday school.

Blogger Gaiseric April 26, 2016 2:07 PM  

Meanwhile, here's an interesting data point about Trump: http://www.unz.com/akarlin/russians-4-trump/

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents April 26, 2016 2:12 PM  

@ Gaiseric, yes, I’m afraid that farmer Tom is right.
Trump can’t be elected as head pastor of America.
Sad but true.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 26, 2016 2:12 PM  

http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2016/04/26/trump-ill-great-service-country-b-actor-lena-dunham-moves-canada/

“We’ll get rid of Rosie? I love it,” he said. “Now I have to get elected, because I’ll be doing a great service to our country. Now it’s much more important. In fact, I’ll immediately get off this call and start campaigning right now.”
--

ROFLMAO

Cue the Cruzlims who can't discern a joke is being made

Blogger rumpole5 April 26, 2016 2:13 PM  

Folks who arrive at an election polling place with little idea whom they are voting for are not exactly Cruz' target audience, so I'm not surprised that his campaign is not focused on polling place placard waving.

The delegates themselves, on the other hand, are much more likely to be committed to principle and familiar with the candidates' respective histories. That is probably why Cruz' focus is on the delegates rather than capricious, low info, Lumpkin-voters.

OpenID aew51183 April 26, 2016 2:14 PM  

just a reminder:
According to Ohio delegate rules, if Kasich drops out, Trump, as the second place in that primary, automatically gets 66 more bound delegates.

Anonymous Sam the Man April 26, 2016 2:15 PM  

George Bush II always struck me as sincere in his beliefs. Not fan of his but I think he tried to walk to walk.

For example in 2000 when he was asked who was his favorite philosopher he answered "JC". Seemed to be spontaneous, not a carefully calculated move.

He did things that showed he had a conscience, of a sort. He liked golf but would not play when troops were at war. When folks verbally abused him he turned his cheek and never did defend himself. He chose after leaving office to lay low and has not sold out the office to make money, as others of his ilk did. I think he genuinely believed he could make the middle east a better place, mush like Wilson thought he would make the world safe for democracy.

So I do think he was a practicing Christian. His sin was a lack of reflection about the pragmatic realities of his intentions, which lead to Hubris and whence from there lead to his general condemnation.

That is certainly a failure/sin not unique to Christians, there are any number of folks who have had the best of intentions and yet been unable to see the outcome of their actions.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 26, 2016 2:19 PM  

EXCLUSIVE: Colorado County GOP Chair: Errors with Ted Cruz’s Delegate Win, Might Need Do-Over

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/04/25/colorado-3/

Saw this one yesterday, surprised it hasn't been brought up around here

Blogger RobertT April 26, 2016 2:32 PM  

#19

THe difference is Trump is winning, Cruz is losing & trying to steal delegates from Trump.

Blogger Gaiseric April 26, 2016 2:33 PM  

Eduardo wrote:Eduardo Cruz? Wasn't it Ted Cruz?
What do you think Ted is short for? Yeah, yeah... on paper, his middle name is in English not Spanish. Whatever.

Anonymous Leonidas April 26, 2016 2:35 PM  

Trump has to hit 1100 or so. Then it will be truly in the bag.

...

he won't drop out then either. He will not lay down.

If Trump wins a clean sweep today, which looks likely, he'll have over 1000 delegates in the bag, pushing 1050. If he wins Indiana next week as well (iffier, but odds still seem to favor Trump) then he'll be awfully close to your magic number. More to the point, given the states left there will be no mathematical way for Cruz or Kasich to even deny him the 1237 delegates he needs for the nomination. California alone will almost get him there, and Jersey's 51 delegates are basically a lock for Trump.

I, too, doubt that we'll see either Cruz or Kasich out tonight. But I'm ready to bet a dollar that we'll see both of them out next week if Trump wins Indiana. If he wins there, there simply isn't a battle left to fight. Cruz's ambition has clouded his judgment, but he's also not Marco Rubio. He's not going to kill his entire political career tilting at windmills.

Blogger Automatthew and the Bosoms of Liberty April 26, 2016 2:37 PM  

farmer Tom wrote:I was there, saw it live and in person.

Wait ... This is the gnat you're straining at farmer Tom?

I really think this is a point you ought to second guess yourself about.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr April 26, 2016 2:37 PM  

I did my patriotic duty and voted. It'll be interesting to watch how this plays out.

FWIW, the poll showing Trump only 3 points behind Hillary Clinton is VERY encouraging. I remain convinced that the instant the GOP stops thinking of her as invincible, they'll stomp her like a rotten tomato.

Anonymous Gen. Kong April 26, 2016 2:40 PM  

Trump could give Cruz, Jeb, Rubio, and Kasich their own offices in the Whitehouse.

Filled with baby-toy equivalents of office supplies.


They'd never go for it. Maybe if he offered them the students of Sidwell Friends School they'd have a jolly time being Mr. Pedo-Bear. Betcha the spoiled monsters in attendance might even enjoy it, too.

Blogger James Dixon April 26, 2016 2:41 PM  

Incidentally, I finally found the ballot information for early voting in my state. Since the libertarians have ballot access this year, I can't vote in the republican primary. I guess I'll just have to watch the fireworks from the sidelines.

Blogger Salt April 26, 2016 2:41 PM  

Trump hasn't even started in on Hillary yet.

Anonymous Gecko April 26, 2016 2:57 PM  

According to Ohio delegate rules, if Kasich drops out, Trump, as the second place in that primary, automatically gets 66 more bound delegates.

I saw this claim too, but last time I looked, they hadn't actually cited any specific rules backing it up.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother April 26, 2016 2:58 PM  

A STUNNING OFFENSIVE

Blogger Cogitans Iuvenis April 26, 2016 2:58 PM  

@86

Funny how you mentioned principled yet you somehow don't because of their principals they would be the most turned off by Cruz. In either case I can tell you having once been part of the delegate selection process that people selected aren't the most principled by any stretch of the imagination.

Blogger Cogitans Iuvenis April 26, 2016 2:59 PM  

@86

Funny how you mentioned principled yet you somehow don't because of their principals they would be the most turned off by Cruz. In either case I can tell you having once been part of the delegate selection process that people selected aren't the most principled by any stretch of the imagination.

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 3:04 PM  

You Americans are whiners.

Mexico and South America might not be the best places on earth, but I assure you, every AFD member would switch with your border in a heartbeat.

Your problem are Spanish speaking Christians (wow), Europe's "illegal migrants" are from Syria and Morocco of whom many are on welfare (the real deal, not just free education for their children)

So have a big whoop of "who cares".

Blogger F Harper April 26, 2016 3:13 PM  

Polling from yesterday has Trump way ahead in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maryland. Trump polled above 50% in Delaware on 4/20.

Blogger Chiva April 26, 2016 3:17 PM  

@Former Merkel Voter

That you voted for Merkel speaks volumes.

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 3:24 PM  

That you voted for Merkel speaks volumes.

Ever seen the alternatives to her in the last elections?

Guess not.

Anonymous Sam the Man April 26, 2016 3:24 PM  

Herr former Merkel Voter:

Sitzen sie Sich, sie hat dem letzten Weltkrieg verloren.

Just kidding..... we actually like Germanany and all things German here. Especially your service rifles, most of which we have, having taken them from you in the last great international debate. opps.....

Sorry. No seriously we really do like Germans and your weapons, the Germans have a genius for fine machinery such as the G3/HK91, P38, USP, MP40 which we can own and you can........not........very .......easily.......own.

Darn it, keep messing up. I am personally a big fan of Germany , German culture and German Engineering. Also I must say, Germans do not whine, so I am sure you will laugh with me, not complain about my Englander rudeness, which I confess and ask your forgiveness for.

I do hope you chaps recall your former greatness and deal with the Muslim question in a timely manner. It would be a shame to see the cradle of European civilized Christendom fall to the Turk. Turn up this great goose-stepping oldie of 1683 and get cracking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg78Px9Uoic


We will now return to American whining in progress.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 26, 2016 3:26 PM  

@104 Former Merkel voter
So have a big whoop of "who cares".
---

Our invaders have tacos, enchiladas, carnitas, much better food than yours.

Anonymous Eduardo April 26, 2016 3:27 PM  

Gaiseric

Ted should stand for Teodoro, just like the dark lord is Theodore and for short hecomes Teddy ... Teddy and Bunny so cute.

What his name is Edward???

Man who the hecks go from Edward to Ted O_____Õ

Blogger Were-Puppy April 26, 2016 3:29 PM  

Rafael! Direct from the hills of Canada!

Blogger Tom K. April 26, 2016 3:45 PM  

They all do that, even Jimmy Carter. By that logic Carter was a good president.

"Jimmy Carter is NOT a nice man. Nice men do ninyget to be President." - Anonymous

Anonymous Sam der Mann April 26, 2016 3:46 PM  

Were-puppy,

You obviously have not had good German food, it is very good indeed, if a little heavy.

Their polish sausage are particularly good, they use real poles.....

darn it, screwed up again.

I sincerely apologize to any Germans or german type folks reading. Here is some pleasant German music to relax and enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_dFftavq9k

Blogger Cogitans Iuvenis April 26, 2016 3:46 PM  

@104

If things get bloody over there you might care if the US is too busy dealing with internal dissent to help you Euros out.

Blogger Tom K. April 26, 2016 3:48 PM  

They all do that, even Jimmy Carter. By that logic Carter was a good president.

"Jimmy Carter is NOT a nice man. Nice men do ninyget to be President." - Anonymous

Blogger Gaiseric April 26, 2016 3:49 PM  

@110: I have news for you. Regardless of what you personally think names should render to in English when turned into nicknames, Ted is, I assure you, a nickname for Edward. Which does also happen to be corrupTED's middle name.

Anonymous Edward... Alright! Eduardo April 26, 2016 3:50 PM  

Sandermann

The joke is strong on this one.

Blogger Gaiseric April 26, 2016 3:55 PM  

Leonidas wrote:I, too, doubt that we'll see either Cruz or Kasich out tonight. But I'm ready to bet a dollar that we'll see both of them out next week if Trump wins Indiana. If he wins there, there simply isn't a battle left to fight. Cruz's ambition has clouded his judgment, but he's also not Marco Rubio. He's not going to kill his entire political career tilting at windmills.
Maybe. Maybe not. http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/04/26/victims-alien-crime-cruz-commits-treason-alliance-kasich/

Anonymous TEDuardo April 26, 2016 3:58 PM  

Gaiseric

Okay o_o I believe you... O_O you still have a weird way to set-up nicknames.

O_õ

Blogger Gaiseric April 26, 2016 4:01 PM  

Wait until you see where Jack comes from.

Anonymous Eduardo April 26, 2016 4:04 PM  

O_O short for jackson?

Come on can't be worse than Dick/Bill/Will and Richard!!!

Ó_Ò

Blogger VFM #7634 April 26, 2016 4:06 PM  

@104 Former merkel voter

1) Our government is in fact importing muslims by the bucketload: 160,000 every single year. We're still taking in Somali "refugees" because their craphole has been in a state of civil war for 20 fucking years. Central Americans are basically still savages -- think of sub-Saharan Africans who happen to be Christian. They may not be as bad, but you don't want large numbers living around you. Mexicans aren't quite as bad, but there are like 30 million of them here.

2) Our government is notorious for letting our corporations shutter all our manufacturing and set it up in China. Something which Europeans wouldn't understand because their elites, while traitorous, have never been that kind of traitorous.

3) Thank your lucky stars you don't have neocons in charge of your military.

Blogger Student in Blue April 26, 2016 4:16 PM  

@Sam der Mann
I sincerely apologize to any Germans or german type folks reading. Here is some pleasant German music to relax and enjoy:

Pardon me, but that's not nearly as relaxing and enjoyable to the German people as this.

Or maybe this.

Anonymous Sam der Mann April 26, 2016 4:25 PM  

VFM # 7634

Dude.......They have a female minister of defense.

As does Nordland, Niederland und Italien

Was denken sie?

Wie kann solche Führung in diesen Zeiten die Anklage gegen die Türken führen?

As an outsider I can see and appreciate the unique contributions to humanity that the North central Europeans (Teutonic/Germans)have made. I would objectively like to see them preserve their greatness and extend it, even if I do like to kid with folks that come on and say Americans whine. We don't and if we do we do it big, like Texas Cruz, Germans could never hope to whine like that. Hell our minor whine makes their biggest most whinny peak look like a molehill. Merica!

Opps.... off point again. Really not doing well today.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 26, 2016 4:25 PM  

@113 Sam der Mann

Were-puppy,

You obviously have not had good German food, it is very good indeed, if a little heavy.
---

I'm sorry Sam, I meant, "Much better than your invaders"

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 4:33 PM  

1) Our government is in fact importing muslims by the bucketload: 160,000 every single year.

Cry me a river. In 2015, 10.000 Syrians came per day.

Central Americans are basically still savages -- think of sub-Saharan Africans who happen to be Christian

Never heard of anyone bunkering their tax-evasion money in Sub-Saharan lawfirms.

Our government is notorious for letting our corporations shutter all our manufacturing and set it up in China. Something which Europeans wouldn't understand because their elites, while traitorous, have never been that kind of traitorous.

Yeah, right. Telefunken, AEG, Blaupunkt, Grundig are Turkish and or Chinese now. Germany's saving grace are the many small "Mittelstand" manufactors who often don't have the expertise to outsource. The big companies are as treacherous as they can be.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 26, 2016 4:37 PM  

Why are you mad at us.
You're the one voted for Merkel :P

Blogger Were-Puppy April 26, 2016 4:38 PM  

Oh, and thanks for babysitting Chairman Maobama for a few days. We really needed a break.

Anonymous VFM #9617 April 26, 2016 4:40 PM  

FMV:

Der Zug ist in Ordnung

Blogger Alexander April 26, 2016 4:41 PM  

I'm at a loss here...

Does the "former" Merkel voter want us to shut up and continue to support the American establishment, which, I am also told, is responsible for all the woes in Europe?

He certainly doesn't support what we're doing now, nor does he support declaring the government illegitimate and establishing a new one by force. Or if he does Then Former Merkel Voter "You should have seen the other choices" is doing so on a thee-but-not-me basis.

We've all got problems, mate. If you've nothing else to say, then please leave and allow us to tend to our own. Good luck with the Mehmets, and my sincerest apologies for interfering with the Franks reintegration into the volk back in 1914.

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 4:52 PM  

You're the one voted for Merkel

Well, she has her qualities.

Unlike the Brits and the French, she stayed away from Libya for example.

I am no fan of her handling of the refugee-crisis, but I am also aware that the green party (do-gooder hipsters with a huge powerbase in the western part which would make your "libards" blush) would have slaughtered her over the refugees if she would have done absolutely nothing.

The right-wing AFD on the other hand was pretty small, so she chose to appease the bigger political spectrum at that time.

Blogger Alexander April 26, 2016 4:53 PM  

Unlike the Brits and the French, she stayed away from Libya for example.


With typical German efficiency, she reasoned it would be easier to allow Libya to come to her.

Anonymous Cheddarman April 26, 2016 4:57 PM  

Ohio has the most amish. You should come visit some time.

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 5:01 PM  

Does the "former" Merkel voter want us to shut up and continue to support the American establishment, which, I am also told, is responsible for all the woes in Europe?

I discovered this place during the new atheist heyday (those were some annoying fucks). I kept visiting it and noticed into what a huge whinefest it degraded. That's all.

Your "American" problems are a walk in the park compared to the rest of the world.

And I thought Germans were whiners..

Anonymous Sam the Man April 26, 2016 5:04 PM  

Time to eat crow:

Herr Former Merkel Voter

I have long been impressed with the middle sized privately owned Germans companies and their degree of paternalism towards their employees. It is a model that most US companies threw out the door, though in truth the US government had a lot to do with making such a paternalist world view impossible. It is a model back to prosperity for all western states, but one that will be fought by the financial interests that seek to make all their vassals

As for the crow, it occurs to me after my initial gleeful kidding, the you would have no idea how to take it, Germans though processed of a highly developed sense of humor, do not joke with strangers, at least in my experience. I reacted to the whining comment. It was joking only, which is the appropriate American response and was not meant to insult, belittle or make fun of you in any serious manner, but rather draw a laugh.

I really do hope Germany is able to get its house in order.

One thing I was not kidding about, we really do like your guns here in the states, from Walter, Sig-Sauer, Mauser, Heckler-Koch, Rheinmetall, Anshutz, Kreighoff and other firms. Which blows most Germans minds when they hear us say that.........which is why we say that, in a friendly American bumpkin sort of way. Humor is an odd thing and one thing I do not think translates well from Englander to Kraut-Sprache.

dammit, did it again....

Viele Grüße

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 5:09 PM  

With typical German efficiency, she reasoned it would be easier to allow Libya to come to her.

Speaking of, can you guys explain to me what the big deal with Benghazi was? That's something I never understood.

Bush went into Iraq for BS reasons and hundreds of American soldiers died. Obama (with his french and british euro friends) probably played a huge role in destabilizing the mid east further with the colored revolutions, Syrian rebels and the libya intervention.

Yet the big deal in all of this was the attack on that embassy?!

Wow, talk about priorities.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr April 26, 2016 5:21 PM  

Former Merkel Voter, let me explain the Benghazi situation. It has deep roots.

Ever since the Korean War, American troops have been worried about being abandoned by senior U.S. leadership. Hostilities in Korea ended in 1953, but we didn't get prisoners back from China until 1956...and there were rumors that not all were released. During the Vietnam War, there were the same sort of rumors of prisoners of war not released. I'll concede that the U.S. Government didn't help by calling men who were known to have been killed, but the bodies not recovered, "missing."

With Benghazi, we had a situation in which American diplomatic personnel were under attack for a prolonged period, yet no effort was made to help them. This was followed up by a deliberate effort by Obama, Clinton, and others to lie about what had happened, and use an innocent film-maker as a scapegoat.

This points to very serious defects in character. Errors in judgement can be forgiven, but that sort of character failure cannot.

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 5:21 PM  

I have long been impressed with the middle sized privately owned Germans companies and their degree of paternalism towards their employees.

Don't be stupid, it has nothing to do with paternalism.

In the 2000s lots of those "fatherly" firms tried to set a outsourcing-foothold in China. Most of them failed spectaculary, because to benefit from the system you need to invest huge sums first. They thought hiring a Chinese translator and a shack is all it takes.

If it would have been easier, they wouldn't think even twice about it to set the German workers up. These firms had no qualms to exploit 1-euro jobs, temporary employment and all the other stuff from the Hartz IV "employment reform".

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 5:28 PM  

With Benghazi, we had a situation in which American diplomatic personnel were under attack for a prolonged period, yet no effort was made to help them.

And that was deliberate? It looks to me like the troops were just too far away, no?

This was followed up by a deliberate effort by Obama, Clinton, and others to lie about what had happened, and use an innocent film-maker as a scapegoat.

Muslims freak out over Mohammed cartoons, why wouldn't they flip out over a Mohammed film?

Anonymous Til April 26, 2016 5:42 PM  

Hey Mama Merkel, you're woefully uninformed. There were plenty of responses that could have been there in time. People were told to turn back, and so on. Go spend 10 seconds on Google.

As for your second question, you don't bring heavy weaponry to a spontaneous protest. It was prepared. It was on 9/11, moron. Ever heard of that date?

Bring a better brain next time.

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 5:54 PM  

Hey Mama Merkel, you're woefully uninformed.

OK, maybe.

I admit I haven't bothered with this much. Most of what I have watched was from the German media about how the crazy muslims being crazy again (just like with cartoons).

I have my qualms about the media, but given that this is the muslim business as usual since at least Khomeini, I shrugged it off and became very surprised why this even was such a big deal here.

It was prepared. It was on 9/11

Wasn't the movie uploaded right before 9/11 of that year?

Blogger Gaiseric April 26, 2016 6:08 PM  

Former Merkel voter wrote:Does the "former" Merkel voter want us to shut up and continue to support the American establishment, which, I am also told, is responsible for all the woes in Europe?

I discovered this place during the new atheist heyday (those were some annoying fucks). I kept visiting it and noticed into what a huge whinefest it degraded. That's all.

Your "American" problems are a walk in the park compared to the rest of the world.

And I thought Germans were whiners..

Idiot. What's the percentage of foreigners in Germany? Around 5-6%?

What's the percentage of foreigners in America? Nearly 20%.

Now put your "Americans are so whiny" whining in your beer boot and STFU.

Anonymous Sam the Man April 26, 2016 6:10 PM  

Herr former Merkel Voter

It may well be I am stupid, as my family was at the bottom of the social order in ye olde Lander, but I still think you are selling one of your appealing national traits out, or at least not giving it the merit it deserves.

Here in "Ost" PA we have a lot of cultural Germans/Swiss and as a group their business class are paternalistic. It is part of their nature, just like they hate trash and desire order in all things. I could give you a lot of examples, but being American am too lazy to do so.

When I look at Germany and Switzerland and compare it to the rest of Europe, you have managed to maintain a healthy working class through value added jobs. My Litauisch-Walisisch frau has come to see it and has observed how the Krautish amongst us cannot help but have a certain type of fatherly protection and concern for their employees. And you make good weapons.

Yes you may see exceptions in your country and even firms that would willingly sell out their employees for a nickel, but your very disgust at the idea shows this 'Merican how a fish swimming in water does not even know the flavor of the water it is swimming in.

Firms here in USA that are run with managerial trained cadre are completely different. I would suggest that companies run that way in Germany are similar. But you have far more closely held corporations then we have.

of course I could be stupid, I leave it to you to decide. But I am not wrong about your weapons...The MG3 is a great MG.

Viele Grüße

Anonymous Sagramore April 26, 2016 6:10 PM  

@14 Annexing Alberta is fine with me. Cryptosocialist whiners.

Blogger Elder Son April 26, 2016 6:12 PM  

Trump can’t be elected as head pastor of America.

No. But he could pastor.

Anonymous Sagramore April 26, 2016 6:16 PM  

@87
Breeding cattle imported into Canada must be born after January 1, 1999


Sorry Lena.

Blogger Elder Son April 26, 2016 6:18 PM  

...but that sort of character failure cannot.

It happens. Plausible denial by death. That would be gun running. Stevens knew it. Obama and Clinton knew it. Everything was collateral damage.

When you whore for the Mother of Harlots, don't act surprised when you get an STD.

Is it morally right? No. But here we are.

Blogger Harsh April 26, 2016 6:21 PM  

Your "American" problems are a walk in the park compared to the rest of the world.

And I thought Germans were whiners.


Most of the rest of the world thinks we're the new Nazis. Glad to see that a real German thinks we have more to learn...

Blogger VFM #7634 April 26, 2016 6:22 PM  

Idiot. What's the percentage of foreigners in Germany? Around 5-6%?

What's the percentage of foreigners in America? Nearly 20%.

Now put your "Americans are so whiny" whining in your beer boot and STFU.


That brings up another great point. Because we stupidly give citizenship to anyone born here, as well as 700,000 darkies naturalizing every year, we're worse off when it comes to being able to vote out the leftoids.

If we didn't have so many darkies, Hillary Clinton would've been toast by now, and Trump would be a shoo-in if he got the nomination.

The darkies may be nominally Christian, but if they bloc-vote for what is essentially the American Labour Party candidate (Hillary), it's no better than having a bunch of Muslim non-citizens, and in some ways, worse.

Blogger VFM #7634 April 26, 2016 6:24 PM  

If we didn't have so many darkies, Hillary Clinton would've been toast by now, and Trump would be a shoo-in if he got the nomination.

Make that "darkies voting". If they were here and non-citizens, their crime and bad behavior would still help get Trump the Presidency.

Anonymous Sagramore April 26, 2016 6:26 PM  

@106 @104 Not only did I vote for Weedman Geraldo Jr, I sent him money. But like Trump, I have to pay to play. The virtue signaling is annoying, but it puts the legbeards to sleep.

Blogger RC April 26, 2016 6:30 PM  

RE: Germany and guns. Thanks for the rocketry help too and the cars. My E39 M5 was the best car I've ever owned. Wish I had it back.

Blogger Akulkis April 26, 2016 6:45 PM  

@14

"Cruz will give up only on January 21, 2017, and possibly not even then.

That is, by the way, why he actually would make a good President. He knows what he wants and he does whatever is possible in order to get it."

Uh, no. Beating a dead horse until it's nothing more than a greasy spot in the lawn is the exact OPPOSITE of being a good anything. When you're wasting effort on a cause long after it's dead, all you're doing is pissing people off.

This is the essence of why Cruz never got a single thing passed during his time in the Senate.

Blogger Akulkis April 26, 2016 6:54 PM  

@19
@14
"But that could also describe Trump."


Trump doesn't throw good money after bad. Hence 4 bankruptcies (out of over 100 projects). Trump knows when to cut his losses and move on to more profitable ventures. Cruz is proving that he's stuck on stupid. And Kasich has proven that he's just plain psychotic, or the most corrupt of the entire starting field.

Blogger Akulkis April 26, 2016 6:59 PM  

@27

"Actually the religious group that seems to be most put off by Trump is Jewish folks in the not-quite-but-kind-of-conservative and reform camp. Could go into that but ..I doubt anyone cares."

I haven't read after the post quoted above. If you haven't gone into it more, please do.

Blogger kennymac April 26, 2016 7:00 PM  

I'm in PA 8 too, my neighbor is an election official and he says turnout is almost double what it usually is for a primary

Blogger Rantor April 26, 2016 7:02 PM  

Akullkis, actually I understand it to be 4 bankruptcies out of 500 projects. Still an A+ performance

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 7:03 PM  

Idiot. What's the percentage of foreigners in Germany? Around 5-6%?

What's the percentage of foreigners in America? Nearly 20%.


You forgot the Muhammad-coefficient.

5-6% * Muhammad eclipses 20% of Mexicans or Puerto Ricans or whatever.

Here in "Ost" PA we have a lot of cultural Germans/Swiss and as a group their business class are paternalistic. It is part of their nature, just like they hate trash and desire order in all things. I could give you a lot of examples, but being American am too lazy to do so.

Visit the real thing (preferably not a village in the Schwarzwald) and it will cure your "order" fantasy quickly.

Sorry, but your Germany sounds like the Simpson's "land of chocolate" spoof. It's either that or worn out WW1/2 jokes. Neither of this describes modern Germany even remotely.

You people should visit Berlin or Frankfurt, and try to calm down a over-feminized "Beamtin" about the lack of "Binnen-Is" in some form. (obnoxious way to construct feminine nouns).

By the way, no man I know takes the Cologne spectacle seriously, we know our female specimens here. Lack of housing are far bigger issues.

When I look at Germany and Switzerland and compare it to the rest of Europe, you have managed to maintain a healthy working class through value added jobs.

LOL! I guess that's why sending a package to the nearest city can take well over a week now and the mailman dumps it somewhere in the yard without notification. Or how it's almost an expectation that, when you find a new non white collar job, the boss asks you to file out a unemployment benefit form so that you can do "aufstocken" (you get paid the absolute-minimal wage, and the job center pays your rent so that you won't end up on the streets).

Real income growth in Germany is in the gutter since at least the turn of the millenium.

Yes you may see exceptions in your country and even firms that would willingly sell out their employees for a nickel, but your very disgust at the idea shows this 'Merican how a fish swimming in water does not even know the flavor of the water it is swimming in.

The disgust is there because I am actually living in this country have seen the development first hand.

http://www.thelocal.de/jobs/article/39451

Since the wall broke down, the elites have developed into the worst kinds of backstabbers imaginable, especially the "social democratic party" by the way (one of the reasons Merkel gets voted it - "at least it's not SPD") I guess the "competition" from the east kept them in check, since then all constraints are gone. If they can get additional 10 cents by bending you over, they will bend you over. Most of it has nothing to do with the current immigration by the way, that shit goes on far longer.

Germany is the only country that has seen an increase in labour earnings
inequality from the mid 1990s to the end 2000s driven by increasing inequality in the bottom half
of the distribution


http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdisplaydocumentpdf/?cote=ECO/WKP(2012)29&docLanguage=En (page 9)

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 7:06 PM  

Idiot. What's the percentage of foreigners in Germany? Around 5-6%?

What's the percentage of foreigners in America? Nearly 20%.


You forgot the Muhammad-coefficient.

5-6% * Muhammad eclipses 20% of Mexicans or Puerto Ricans or whatever.

Here in "Ost" PA we have a lot of cultural Germans/Swiss and as a group their business class are paternalistic. It is part of their nature, just like they hate trash and desire order in all things. I could give you a lot of examples, but being American am too lazy to do so.

Visit the real thing (preferably not a village in the Schwarzwald) and it will cure your "order" fantasy quickly.

Sorry, but your Germany sounds like the Simpson's "land of chocolate" spoof. It's either that or worn out WW1/2 jokes. Neither of this describes modern Germany even remotely.

You people should visit Berlin or Frankfurt, and try to calm down a over-feminized "Beamtin" about the lack of "Binnen-Is" in some form. (obnoxious way to construct feminine nouns).

By the way, no man I know takes the Cologne spectacle seriously, we know our female specimens here. Lack of housing are far bigger issues.

When I look at Germany and Switzerland and compare it to the rest of Europe, you have managed to maintain a healthy working class through value added jobs.

LOL! I guess that's why sending a package to the nearest city can take well over a week now and the mailman dumps it somewhere in the yard without notification. Or how it's almost an expectation that, when you find a new non white collar job, the boss asks you to file out a unemployment benefit form so that you can do "aufstocken" (you get paid the absolute-minimal wage, and the job center pays your rent so that you won't end up on the streets).

Real income growth in Germany is in the gutter since at least the turn of the millenium.

Blogger Akulkis April 26, 2016 7:08 PM  

@44

"
Heh. I was just wondering if maybe the NeverTrump campaign had financed an H1B visa for Baghdad Bob myself."

He's their Director of Communications.

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 7:10 PM  

Yes you may see exceptions in your country and even firms that would willingly sell out their employees for a nickel, but your very disgust at the idea shows this 'Merican how a fish swimming in water does not even know the flavor of the water it is swimming in.

The disgust is there because I am actually living in this country have seen the development first hand.

http://www.thelocal.de/jobs/article/39451

Since the wall broke down, the elites have developed into the worst kinds of backstabbers imaginable, especially the "social democratic party" by the way (one of the reasons Merkel gets voted it - "at least it's not SPD") I guess the "competition" from the east kept them in check, since then all constraints are gone. If they can get additional 10 cents by bending you over, they will bend you over. Most of it has nothing to do with the current immigration by the way, that shit goes on far longer.

Germany is the only country that has seen an increase in labour earnings
inequality from the mid 1990s to the end 2000s driven by increasing inequality in the bottom half
of the distribution


http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdisplaydocumentpdf/?cote=ECO/WKP(2012)29&docLanguage=En (page 9)

Blogger Alexander April 26, 2016 7:11 PM  

Hey maybe some self-reflection is in order.

If I, a German and former Merkel voter, living in Germany, see my nation and its issues in a different light than what Americans assume...

Then maybe, when I see a group of Americans discussing *their* problems in *their* homeland, and it doesn't square with my view of things...

... Just maybe, I should consider what that implies before calling them whiners and their issues insignificant.

Blogger Akulkis April 26, 2016 7:13 PM  

@54

"Cruz would be a fool to drop out period. He is the clear runner up, and has an admittedly better ground game. If there is even a chance Trump can't make the magic number he would be wise to stay in. The"

It would be wise in what way, exactly? Antagonizing the largest block of Republican voters? I mean, seriously, unless Trump is killed or incapacitated, at this point, taking the nomination from him will result in a revolt among the Republican base which will, at the very minimum, destroy the party, and most likely result in the literal assassination of party apparatchiks across the country all the way down to the county level.

Anonymous jOHN MOSBY April 26, 2016 7:20 PM  

"Wait ... This is the gnat you're straining at farmer Tom?"
FT is a fine man, I like him a lot. But the butthurt is strong in him because of ol' Curly Top going down in flames. Just hope he's gnawin' on that camel one small bite at a time.
Trump 2016!

Blogger tz April 26, 2016 7:20 PM  

@55 Besides, since the GOPe is going to shoot him in the head once he's done picking, he might as well play for as long as he can...
IIRC, the Antichrist (Beast from Revelation) survives a fatal head wound. Considering some of Cruz' behavior, maybe it has occurred.

Bound Delegates? 50 Shades of Grey! We're going to be screwed. Who is the current house whip?

In the "They still don't get it" department, Brent Bozell ignores 30 years of betrayal and backstabbing by him and his friends and asks what Trump supporters will do when Trump turns out to be no different than Bush, Dole, Dubya, McCain, and Romneycare or the 2014 GOP "defund Ocare, PP, cut the debt..." McConnell and Ryan.

@74 - Cruz doesn't either, Does someone anointed ask for forgiveness?

@90 - Bush failed to defund Planned Parenthood - a court case his father had ruled he could do so with an executive order.



Blogger Harsh April 26, 2016 7:27 PM  

Then maybe, when I see a group of Americans discussing *their* problems in *their* homeland, and it doesn't square with my view of things...

... Just maybe, I should consider what that implies before calling them whiners and their issues insignificant.


That would take a degree of insight and reflection far beyond dear Herr Former Merkel's ability...

Blogger Akulkis April 26, 2016 7:36 PM  

@65

"Kasich will not drop out until after the convention, when it no longer matters. He isn't playing to win. He is playing to gather delegates, that he can trade for other valuable consideration."

He'll be lucky if he gets a cup of vending-machine brewed and served coffee out of it.

Anonymous jOHN MOSBY April 26, 2016 7:43 PM  

"Well, she has her qualities."
Vat is her qvality der sprachen of, ?
Traitor,perhaps ?

Anonymous Former Merkel voter April 26, 2016 7:54 PM  

If I, a German and former Merkel voter, living in Germany, see my nation and its issues in a different light than what Americans assume...

Then maybe, when I see a group of Americans discussing *their* problems in *their* homeland, and it doesn't square with my view of things...


The thing is it's mostly the same. Just the order of magnitudes are different.

The core of the matter is that the political and business leaders of the west have gone voracious, especially since the fall of the eastern bloc, (I am no communist, but the competition of systems seemed to keep them in check) and to keep the circus going, bullshit "issues", mostly in the SJW realm, get invented all the time to keep everyone busy and occupied.

It's all about cheapening the work force as much as possible and squeeze everyone ten times over now. Germany's post 90s SPD is a great example, because they were one of the most vicious in Europe (Ironically, Schröder, the chancellor at that time, came from a lowly worker background himself): Under their watch the labor market got absolutely raped: Companies got paid for hiring "1 euro jobbers" (unemployed who got paid 1 euro per hour by the company The rest was paid by the jobcenter). As a result, tons of them were hired, while former normal employees got jettisoned or shoved into that "1 euro" system. On paper it reduced some un-employment, but it a shifted lots of normal working people into these bizarre constructs (1 euro job, mini job, "scheinselbständigkeit", "aufstockung" and others). That shit still counts as "employment", and voila, that's how the numbers are cooked.

In reality, around 12 million people are in this system one way or another.

The net income growth in Germany is at the bottom of all the EU as the result of all this (but the exports got super cheap to produce).

Anonymous Quartermaster April 26, 2016 7:58 PM  

@64
She would make a nice accessory for Soviet Canuckistan. She'd fit right in.

Blogger Alexander April 26, 2016 8:03 PM  

No. Its not all about that. That's a good chunk of it and in USA that's why the chamber of commerce wing of the GOP signed on.

But unlike Germany we have a nations worth of Hispanics and a nations worth of blacks. There is a genuine power struggle always going on to define the pecking order for not only money transfers and political patronage, but to determine legal standing from the muncipal level upwards... and a fifth column of whites to make things interesting. You lot are only just beginning to get a taste of that.

Anonymous jOHN MOSBY April 26, 2016 8:08 PM  

"He'll be lucky if he gets a cup of vending-machine brewed and served coffee out of it."
And a fruit cup, don't forget that.

Blogger jean in virginia April 26, 2016 8:09 PM  

Going back to Benghazi--my son and daughter-in-law were gamers with Sean Smith (the computer guy) and were talking to him when he died. Basically he said "There's something going on outside...I'm hearing gunfire" and that was all. They called his wife the next day and learned of his death. The week before he told them he hoped the folks hired to guard them didn't cause trouble.

Blogger kennymac April 26, 2016 8:09 PM  

I'm in PA 8 too, my neighbor is an election official and he says turnout is almost double what it usually is for a primary

Blogger Mr. B.A.D. April 26, 2016 8:16 PM  

AP just called PA for Trump

Blogger Mr. B.A.D. April 26, 2016 8:20 PM  

AP just called PA for Trump

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr April 26, 2016 8:24 PM  

Fox News has called MD, PA, CT for Trump.

Blogger Akulkis April 26, 2016 8:25 PM  

@112

"Jimmy Carter is NOT a nice man....."

Those who have served on his Secret Service detail expresses their most heartfelt agreement with that statement. In contrast, those who served on Nixon's Secret Service detail had absolutely nothing but good things to say about him.

Source -- Marty Venker, who was on Secret Service protective Detail for Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan, as detailed in George Rush's book /Confessions of an ex-Secret Service Agent/.

http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Ex-Secret-Service-Agent-Outrageous/dp/0671679422

Anonymous Bobby Farr April 26, 2016 8:25 PM  

Early results suggest a better than expected outcome with Trump near 60% and Cruz in the low teens. Trump needs to win Indiana to get to 1237 and this bodes well.

Anonymous cheddarman April 26, 2016 8:27 PM  

Lying Ted and low energy Kasich are taking a beating a:ording to drudge report.

Blogger Mandos April 26, 2016 8:28 PM  

Oh my God this is going to be a massacre.

Blogger Alexander April 26, 2016 8:35 PM  

And the Trump Train continues to roll through.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr April 26, 2016 8:38 PM  

This is getting interesting. Trump has swept, of course...but he's getting around 60%. 75% in PA.

Pennsylvania gets interesting. If Trump can carry it in the general election, the Dems are pretty well doomed.

Blogger SciVo April 26, 2016 8:39 PM  

Connecticut: Trump could take all 28 delegates. Kasich might get 3, if his supporters are sufficiently concentrated in one spot.

Each of the 5 Congressional districts is winner-take-all for its 3 delegates, and the other 13 have a winner-take-all trigger at over 50% of the statewide vote. Trump is at 58.9% with 15% reporting. Complete dominance.

Anonymous #8601 Jean Valjean April 26, 2016 8:41 PM  

And the Trump Train continues to roll through

Yes.

Blogger SciVo April 26, 2016 8:41 PM  

Delaware: all 16 delegates to Trump.

It's winner-take-all, and he's running away with 61.3% of the vote with 43% reporting.

Anonymous Bobby Farr April 26, 2016 8:41 PM  

The only suspense left is to see which PA delegates were elected. At 54 delegates they are the biggest prize of the night.

Anonymous Ezekiel Cassandros April 26, 2016 8:48 PM  

Trump gets all five, and Space Raptor Butt Invasion.

This has been a good day.

Blogger SciVo April 26, 2016 8:52 PM  

Rhode Island: Trump will get at least 10 out of 19, but it could get interesting.

The 13 at-large are proportional and the two CDs give one delegate to each of the top three. So one from each CD, plus 66.9% of 13 (with 15% reporting).

However, the CDs each have a 67% trigger for a 2-delegate minimum, so unless his support is perfectly evenly distributed, he will get that in one of them.

Also, there is a 10% minimum, and at 10.4% statewide, Cruz could similarly fail to qualify for one of the CDs. Cruz might only get 2 delegates total here, and is dangerously close to not getting any as more results come in.

Blogger SciVo April 26, 2016 8:55 PM  

Pennsylvania: all 17 bound delegates to Trump.

Those 17 are winner-take-all, and with albeit only 2% reporting, he's at 65.5%. The other 54 delegates are elected directly and are unbound.

Blogger SciVo April 26, 2016 8:59 PM  

Maryland: no results yet, but I assume all 38 delegates for Trump.

14 delegates are winner-take-all for the statewide vote, and then each of the 8 Congressional districts has winner-take-all for its 3. With the way that he's been dominating that region, it's reasonable to expect a sweep.

Blogger JaimeInTexas April 26, 2016 9:05 PM  

The Amish vote?

Blogger SciVo April 26, 2016 9:07 PM  

The bottom line is that Trump is on track to get over a hundred delegates tonight, not even counting his partisans among the 54 unbound. A very good night, beyond what he needed to do to be on track for 1237.

Blogger JaimeInTexas April 26, 2016 9:08 PM  

Yep

Anonymous Case April 26, 2016 9:08 PM  

It was the booger.

The booger finally got him.

Blogger JaimeInTexas April 26, 2016 9:10 PM  

Fluent?! My arse. I am fluent and Cruz ain't.

Blogger JaimeInTexas April 26, 2016 9:18 PM  

Had U been drinking it would have been a nasal shot.

Blogger tz April 26, 2016 9:19 PM  

Canadian Cruz Curling loss - Trump Sweeps!

Blogger Jourdan April 26, 2016 9:24 PM  

I'm shocked Cruz' shyster lawyer act in Wyoming and with other delegates cost him in normal people's eyes.

You can't expect a sitting United States Senator to realize that would backfire.

I'm sure Nate can explain to us how Cruz' activities over the past week have brought a glow of Texan pride to his cheeks.

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