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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gamma self-destruction on stage

There was a fair amount of talk about the socio-sexual rank of the candidates early during the campaign at Alpha Game. One of my readers concluded the following about Ted Cruz:
Ted Cruz: Beta, with a bit of Sigma. Seems to be instinctively serving as a lieutenant to Trump in some aspects, by cornering certain voters who won't warm up to Trump, such as the evangelicals. Has a Sigma streak with his willingness to offend the Democrats and cuckservatives running the Senate, and which seems to have inoculated him against being an Establishment sellout, or at least less than Rubio or Rand Paul. Indeed, he seems to be rising above the less-"offensive" Rubio and Paul, despite Rubio's backers having spent far more money than Cruz's.
I was never confident about that, particularly when Cruz refused to accept the role that could very well have led to being Trump's Vice-President, but instead very stupidly began attacking Trump through a series of legalistic maneuvers that couldn't possibly influence the ultimate outcome. Some people saw that as Sigma behavior, but I most certainly did not. It struck me more as a delusional Gamma inflicted with the usual Gamma Alpha-hate.

And last night, we got our confirmation when Ted Cruz sperged out in front of the entire nation, struck a classic Noble Sir pose, and revealed himself to be the Gamma of all Gammas, sabotaging himself in a belated and futile, attempt to dethrone the Republican Alpha.

Republicans from all corners of the party scorned Ted Cruz Wednesday night after the Texas senator delivered a speech before the Republican National Convention that not only failed to endorse nominee Donald Trump, but encouraged audience members to not do so if it would violate their “conscience.”

"I think it was awful,” echoed New Jersey governor and Trump-supporter Chris Christie after Cruz's speech. “And quite frankly, I think it was selfish."

“For the life of me, I don’t know why he is doing this,” Fox News Channel and conservative talk-radio host Sean Hannity said. “I think there is going to be long-term damage for the party and for him.”

“Trump trusted Ted and was rewarded with a betrayal,” piled on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Before his speech, some Republicans held out hope that Cruz would succumb to the pressure and endorse Trump. But, when it became clear that he would decline to express support for the GOP nominee, audience members rebelled, loudly booing the once-beloved conservative star until he exited the stage.

"The best unity I saw was everyone booing him off the stage,” Donald Trump Jr. said of the moment during an appearance on Fox News.

And Republicans were apparently not shy about expressing their frustration to Cruz's face.

CNN reported that some donors were so furious at Cruz they called him a “disgrace” as he tried to enter a suite following his speech. An unnamed state party chair was so angry with the Texas senator that he had to be restrained, the news outlet reported.

Sheldon Adelson, a major Republican Party donor, even denied Cruz entry to his personal suite after his speech, according to CNN and BuzzFeed.

Cruz’s wife, Heidi, also came under verbal assault on the convention floor, with delegates heckling her. She had to be escorted outside by security, according to reports.

Trump, for his part, said Cruz’s speech did not bother him. “Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway,” he tweeted. “No big deal!”
Unbelievable. You can hide your true sociosexual nature, but it is always going to come out sooner or later. As one Twitter wag put it: "I saw a video of a Buddhist monk self-immolate, and Ted Cruz still did it better."

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195 Comments:

Blogger Kona Commuter July 21, 2016 5:50 AM  

I'd love to see the video's

Blogger weka July 21, 2016 5:51 AM  

And disqualified himself for leadership more thoroughly than Michael Gove.

Or... as my Grandma would say, Whiners never win.

Blogger SteelPalm July 21, 2016 5:53 AM  

Honestly, I still haven't picked my jaw up off the floor.

I might have soured on Cruz in March and April, deciding to back Trump at that late stage of the primaries, but I never in a million years could have imagined him doing something so unbelievably imbecilic, petty, and pathetic.

The fuck is it with so many right-wingers, even very well-educated ones like Cruz, and an inability to see basic tactics or respect the bigger picture over their own personal feelings?!

Blogger Lovekraft July 21, 2016 5:57 AM  

Astounding that there are still politicians who think the populace (with honour and standards) swallow their lies at every turn. These people are oblivious to the destruction these over-regulated, industry-gutting policies have wrought.

We here all know politicians are double-speaking lawyers. And that Trump represents a monumental shift away from this.

Either a great non-violent reset occurs, or we watch Hillary (Obama 2.0) drive us off a cliff with a feral BLMer at the wheel

Blogger Human Animal July 21, 2016 5:59 AM  

Some people saw that as Sigma behavior, but I most certainly did not. It struck me more as a delusional Gamma inflicted with the usual Gamma Alpha-hate.

Gamma-Cruz: So the tell is alpha-hate? Or is it the contempt of his children?

Sigma-Cruz: He did have mistresses and scheming on his side.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 6:06 AM  

Gamma-Cruz: So the tell is alpha-hate?

Yes. So is the focus on self rather than mission. As for the scheming and the constant rules-lawyering, that's much more Gamma than Sigma.

OpenID simplytimothy July 21, 2016 6:08 AM  

What will Amanda Carpenter do now? How do you gamers look at this?




Anonymous BW-Germany July 21, 2016 6:12 AM  

You'd love the press releases coming from the Baden-Württemberg ABW Faction (the idiots who split the AfD in half in the parliament). Pure gamma. It mirrors what is happening in the USA right now. They also claim to do the honorable thing by leaving the faction and trying their best to burn down the party. Of course they think themselves as nobles who rescue it instead. And they can't see that the faction who stayed are doing the honorable thing of sticking to what they were elected for instead of buckling to the pressure of media and muh-PR idiots.

Even in the talks to unite the two factions those geniuses still call the other faction "anti-semite defenders". They don't even release how fast they burn through the good will of the base.

Anonymous TLM July 21, 2016 6:15 AM  

Cruz is the dickhead in a casino that comes up to a hot craps table were everyone is having a great time, the shooter is making his points, complete strangers are cheering and high fiving each other, and lays down a $10 chip on the Don't Pass bet. People hate that guy and when the point is made, he quickly leaves in defeat after a torrent of ridicule and scorn from everyone. Don't be that guy.

Blogger Doom July 21, 2016 6:20 AM  

I just thought it was funny. Then to hear that he was booed off stage and his corporate handler was escorted out? Then to know that Trump knew this and let it go (right call mind you, just saying). Oh, I've not had as good of an honest true laugh in a while. I'll be grinning off and on for a week about this. Oh, and not only did he just destroy his career, he crushed what little was left of 'neverTrump'. Beautiful.

If this is all orchestrated, Trump and his people really are good. And... yeah... it might be.

Anonymous Steve July 21, 2016 6:23 AM  

It certainly came across as petty and small, though that's probably not what he intended.

My theory of Ted Cruz is that he's the quintessential Autistic Conservative. He may well have thought, in that careful lawyerly way he has, that by semantic prestidigitation he could simultaneously appease both the popular vote and his increasingly bitter NeverTrump fans.

Looks like he's pissed off both instead.

Blogger Krul July 21, 2016 6:23 AM  

"The best unity I saw was everyone booing him off the stage,” Donald Trump Jr. said

dat shiv tho

Blogger LonestarWhacko July 21, 2016 6:24 AM  

I reckon Trump had the measure of Cruz from the get go. We know Cruz here in Texas. Kinda like a slick Baptist preacher.....here's the point....Trump let Cruz act out because he would look better by comparison.

I will say this....if Cruz was seriously rankled by being Trumped and bent over, well, why in the world would he go on stage? He shot himself in the foot. Oh well....

Blogger Cail Corishev July 21, 2016 6:25 AM  

It's hard to judge the rank of politicians because, at this level, they all qualify as alphas in terms of having a bunch of people who are willing to follow them, donate to them, lie for them, etc. Even Jeb. You have to wait and see how they interact with each other to get a true reading.

Blogger Human Animal July 21, 2016 6:25 AM  

So is the focus on self rather than mission.

Ah, that makes more sense given the speech.

Off Topic

Michael Savage found Yuri Bezmenov and started talking about subversion the other day. The whole right is sliding righter by the day.

Blogger SteelPalm July 21, 2016 6:26 AM  

@10

That was the one amusing aspect of all this.

Finding out that Trump read the speech 2 hours beforehand and let Cruz deliver it, anyways.

Very shrewd tactical play, coupled with his Tweet afterwards.

Anonymous Spinrad's Agent July 21, 2016 6:33 AM  

VD wrote:Gamma-Cruz: So the tell is alpha-hate?

Yes. So is the focus on self rather than mission.


Focus on mission rather than self.

Words to live by.

This blog is already my favorite, and it's sentences like this that makes it so.

Blogger Hector Henry July 21, 2016 6:38 AM  

simplytimothy wrote:What will Amanda Carpenter do now? How do you gamers look at this?



I believe she will ooze over to some other host. However, her stock is falling (age) so she may have few options left.

Anonymous Be Not Afraid July 21, 2016 6:41 AM  

A much better thing would have been for Cruz to say, "I ran for the nomination, and the voters instead chose Donald Trump, and I respect their choice. Now, you may remember that he and I didn't always get along. But as was once said, you go to war with the army you have, and nothing is more important than to see Crooked Hillary Clinton defeated. I will work tirelessly for the election of Donald Trump." He gets to say, "Wah, it's not meeeee!" but keeps his dignity.

Anonymous Nym Coy July 21, 2016 6:42 AM  

I dunno. Wasn't it more honest than what Bernie did, supporting Clinton after everything?

Anonymous BW-Germany July 21, 2016 6:45 AM  

I dunno. Wasn't it more honest than what Bernie did, supporting Clinton after everything?
Take care of yourself. This short comment has already two gamma tells in it.

Anonymous Nym Coy July 21, 2016 6:47 AM  

I'm a girl. Does gamma apply?

Blogger Cail Corishev July 21, 2016 6:48 AM  

@20, No one said it wasn't honest.

Anonymous SugarPi July 21, 2016 6:48 AM  

I entertained the idea that Cruz would end with an endorsement and then Trump would come onstage to shake his hand... now that would have brought down the house. (don't know if that would be alpha behavior on Trump's part, though)
Trump clearly understands "give 'em enough rope..."

Anonymous Steve July 21, 2016 6:52 AM  

Nym - Wasn't it more honest than what Bernie did, supporting Clinton after everything?

In Sperg World, maybe. But not in the real world.

The most fundamental question in politics is this: whose side are you on? Bernie is on the side of the Democrats.

Ted already failed his first major test on this - when he tried, in that weaselly way of his, to capitalise on BLM thugs attacking Republicans at a Trump rally.

When you turn up to speak at your party's biggest political rally of the year and fail to support your party's candidate, that's not honesty. It's pure faggotry, and every normal person is gonna hate him for it.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 6:55 AM  

I dunno. Wasn't it more honest than what Bernie did, supporting Clinton after everything?

No. He signed a pledge to support the nominee knowing that Trump was one of the possible nominees. Moreover, he also violated the spirit of the convention. If he wasn't going to fully endorse and support Trump, he should have done what Jeb Bush did and stayed away from the convention.

I'm a girl. Does gamma apply?

No. But it does explain why people thought you were a gamma. Gammas have feminine mindsets.

A much better thing would have been for Cruz to say, "I ran for the nomination, and the voters instead chose Donald Trump, and I respect their choice. Now, you may remember that he and I didn't always get along. But as was once said, you go to war with the army you have, and nothing is more important than to see Crooked Hillary Clinton defeated. I will work tirelessly for the election of Donald Trump." He gets to say, "Wah, it's not meeeee!" but keeps his dignity.

Without question. Hell, a much better thing would have been not to show up at all.

Trump clearly understands "give 'em enough rope..."

This indicates Trump genuinely dislikes Cruz, as he was willing to take a shot in order to permit Cruz to hang himself.

Anonymous Nym Coy July 21, 2016 6:57 AM  

Good points. I concede.

Anonymous Dyskord July 21, 2016 6:57 AM  

@20
Bernie was never the principled outsider candidate, the media and college kids created that image.
Old man Berns sold out in the end because he has a history as a sellout.
Besides the DNC had already anointed Hillary as the nominee the rest was just theater. It was vexing that Bernie proved more popular but fortunately Democracy is always tertiary to socialists so despite the grumbling noone will kick up a fuss.

Anonymous Paul July 21, 2016 7:09 AM  

You can always judge a man by how he handles defeat. Given a world wide audience to show good sportsmanship, Cruz instead does this. Four years from now, I'll remember practically nothing said about Cruz during the campaign, but I'll never, ever forget that he's a sore loser. Labeling him Gamma is too kind.

Blogger Stilicho July 21, 2016 7:09 AM  

How does someone so politically tone deaf get elected to the Senate. Instead of cementing his conservative bona fides and setting himself up for future leadership, he just guaranteed a primary challenge in his next election and showed open weakness by whining. It sounds like his wife wrote his speech. Lyin Ted became Cryin Ted last night.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr July 21, 2016 7:09 AM  

Cruz committed political suicide. I'd say seppuku, but that's dignified. I regret supporting him in the primaries. A few words of support would have been enough....and words about why we support the party's nominee even when he wasn't our pick would have made Cruz look shar

Blogger Whisker biscuit July 21, 2016 7:14 AM  

I was starting to wrongly assume Trump was too trusting; but I think he gives people enough leash so they can choke themselves or stay within the boundaries.

Cruz choked.

Blogger Shimshon July 21, 2016 7:15 AM  

@30 MPAI That one phrase explains many things.

Hillary is even more tone deaf (We're going to put a lot of coal miners out work!).

Blogger Cail Corishev July 21, 2016 7:16 AM  

Some conservatives I follow had reluctantly admitted the need to support Trump because Hillary is evil, but they spend a lot of tweets reminding people how the choices suck and they wish someone else were running. I didn't realize how much they were still counting on Cruz to pull off some kind of coup so they wouldn't really have to go through with supporting Trump. They're mighty depressed today.

Anonymous vfm #0202 July 21, 2016 7:17 AM  

Jigoro Kano could not have bettered Trump's assassination of Cruz when he permitted this speechl. Sumi Gaeshi FTW!

Anonymous BW-Germany July 21, 2016 7:18 AM  

I'm a girl. Does gamma apply?
No, that changes the intentions behind the question. For a Gamma it would be a rhetorical question meant to show the dumb others that he is so much smarter, while at the same time not tying himself to the statement he made so he can walk back on it.

For a girl the dishonesty evaporates. The whole bunch of male concepts like honor a man should understand is not to be expected of a girl. It changes the question to one of a honest not knowing.

Anonymous JAG July 21, 2016 7:18 AM  

At one point, Cruz was my top choice. Then I found out about the globalism, the H1-B 500% increase as well as the TPP support. The inescapable conclusion about Globalism is that Perot was correct. That giant sucking sound was real. Poof go the jobs and wages.

Then there was the rules lawyering in Colorado.

Add in the attempting to use the left wing media's agenda of claiming Trump's supporters, and Trump himself as violent extremists. The episode where Cruz was trying to bait Trump supporters into some sort of violent reaction was the last straw.

His refusal to back his own pledge to support the final nominee makes the man a liar. The man is finished politically. I voted for him for the Senate last time around. I won't do so again. If there is no valid right of center candidate when he is up for reelection then I will simply not vote for that office.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 21, 2016 7:19 AM  

How does someone so politically tone deaf get elected to the Senate.

With a $5M donation from the pro-amnesty, open borders Club for Growth, among other things.

Anonymous Nym Coy July 21, 2016 7:20 AM  

It's true. I was genuinely curious.

Anonymous Nym Coy July 21, 2016 7:21 AM  

Gingrich attempts to salvage Cruz's rep: https://youtu.be/22wqyfdpmcc

Blogger Human Animal July 21, 2016 7:23 AM  

I didn't realize how much they were still counting on Cruz to pull off some kind of coup so they wouldn't really have to go through with supporting Trump. They're mighty depressed today.

Yeah, but imagine how depressed we're going to be when Trump takes office. Buyer's remorse on the international scale. The stock market will look back on Black Thursday with longing. Mushroom clouds on every horizon.

Oh, and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will lose all respect for this country. All. Respect.

Anonymous JAG July 21, 2016 7:24 AM  

Nym Coy wrote:I dunno. Wasn't it more honest than what Bernie did, supporting Clinton after everything?

Leftists are held to a lower standard because they are shitbags, and everyone knows it. You can only count on leftists to adhere to the three laws of SJWs. That is it, and nothing more.

Those who are supposedly "our own" have to be held to higher standards, or we invite infiltration and eventual convergence.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 21, 2016 7:29 AM  

Ted is extinct, his fire has gone out of the universe...

Okay there was never that much fire there to begin with.

I was expecting a failure but not this big of a failure. I was expecting Cruz to try and imitate Reagan in 76, whose speech at the convention made him the heir apparent to the throne.

There is a time to "swallow the dog" in politics. Even if you hate the guy, you back him because the "boss you got is the boss you got." Cruz failed comparatively minor test because he has been swimming in the #nevertrump Kool-Aid. He was probably hoping to gain their support for a future bid.

Epic Fail. Even the National Review thought his speech sucked.

Anonymous HatMan July 21, 2016 7:34 AM  

So kissing the feet of a man who degraded your wife and father is considered noble now?

He would have looked like a complete pussy if he endorsed Trump.

Blogger John Williams July 21, 2016 7:41 AM  

Ted Cruz = Harold Lauder.

Anonymous Trk July 21, 2016 7:44 AM  

Ted's word is not bond

Blogger Human Animal July 21, 2016 7:46 AM  

So kissing the feet of a man who degraded your wife and father is considered noble now? He would have looked like a complete pussy if he endorsed Trump.

Implying he doesn't look like one now, in addition to being the Zodiac killer.

Anonymous JAG July 21, 2016 7:46 AM  

HatMan wrote:So kissing the feet of a man who degraded your wife and father is considered noble now?

He would have looked like a complete pussy if he endorsed Trump.


If you can't stand the heat...

As VD already stated, the best move for Cruz would have been to not be there. He avoids having to endorse a guy he despises, and he would have avoided the self immolation he committed.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume July 21, 2016 7:53 AM  

@43

As if he had to kiss his feet. As if you are even asking these questions honestly.

He could have made fantastic rhetoric out of his previous fights with Donald Trump but that their common enemy is Hillary Clinton. Could have been fantastic and triumphant. But Ted Cruz revealed he's actually Wormtongue.

You know how boys and men (real men) can fight, can throw punches at each other, even in anger, but then can learn to see eye to eye, if not actually like each other? (And sometimes, they even become the best of friends! This is a major selling point of masculinity by the way)

Ted Cruz revealed he is that sniveling weasel kid, who back bites, who stabs in the back.

Trump just let Cruz sucker punch him. Because he knew that whatever damage done would be minuscule done to Cruz's reputation.

I'm continuously shocked how many people don't get just how shrewd Trump is.

Anonymous #3254 July 21, 2016 7:56 AM  

John Williams wrote:Ted Cruz = Harold Lauder.

The name was familiar but I had to look it up. He's the Gamma from Stephen King's The Stand.

Excellent comparison. Harold could never have gotten his pedestalized object of worship, but he could have contributed to the cause of good. Instead, he feigned loyalty until he could attempt his betrayal, becoming intensely more despicable and pathetic than he ever was before.

Man, that's one great analogy. Except Harold was at least clever enough to hide his true nature. Cruz has pulled every lawyer trick in the book to deny the Alpha his honestly won victory. So Cruz is even more disgusting than Harold, which is saying something.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 7:56 AM  

Didn't watch. But generally speaking I think the best argument to be made that this is gamma rather than sigma is how it was received.

That said its somewhat ludicrous to call someone as successful as Ted a gamma. Ted is a competitor. He competed at the very highest levels of debate.

Also we don't see evidence of this alpha hate stuff except in the case of Trump.

So does he hate Trump because Trump is Alpha? Or is it personal?

To me it looks personal.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 7:59 AM  

So kissing the feet of a man who degraded your wife and father is considered noble now? He would have looked like a complete pussy if he endorsed Trump.

It's both hilarious - and very, very Gamma - that you think he doesn't look like a complete pussy and a crybaby now.

It is noble to KEEP YOUR FUCKING WORD. If Cruz felt that Trump's behavior a few months ago justified breaking his pledge, he should have done it at the time. He didn't. Because he is a Gamma, a snake, and a pussy.

You'll note that I correctly ID'd him as a snake early on. That's something I should have remembered: most rules lawyers are serious Gammas.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother July 21, 2016 7:59 AM  

There are plenty of people, men and women, who see Cruz' speech as not selling out and staying true to his principles.

Anonymous #3254 July 21, 2016 8:00 AM  

Nate: Also we don't see evidence of this alpha hate stuff except in the case of Trump.

Trump was the only Alpha Cruz competed against.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:03 AM  

"Trump was the only Alpha Cruz competed against. "

Agreed. he's not the only alpha cruz works with or interacts with. Dubya for example was Alpha.

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 21, 2016 8:04 AM  

There are only two inviolate rules in the land of the lost:

1) The show must go on.
2) Honor your handshake.

Ted managed to break both in one fell swoop. It's impressive in a way.

Blogger Anchorman July 21, 2016 8:05 AM  

This is baffling.

He took weeks to craft this message.

He could have simply declined to speak.

Instead, he went on center stage, national television, and alienated almost all the primary supporters he had, and didn't do anything to win himself favors with the GOPe.

The GOPe will never take him in or have his back, at least not until he fully capitulates to their rule. He "stuck it to them" because he was in a safe Senate seat. Put him in a swing state and I think we get a different Cruz.

His voter base in the primary (me included) were rejecting the type of politics that always disappointed. The speech signaled that, in the end, Cruz can't rise above the personal.

One thing is certain. The GOP primary voters are now much happier he didn't get the nomination.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 8:06 AM  

That said its somewhat ludicrous to call someone as successful as Ted a gamma. Ted is a competitor. He competed at the very highest levels of debate.

Everything is relative for its level. Sociosexuality is fractal. There is absolutely ZERO question at this point that Ted Cruz is a giant fucking gamma on the national political scene.

It also explains everything from his daughters' contempt to his wife's weirdness to his refusal to make the obvious move into the VP slot to my instinctive dislike of him.

Blogger Josh July 21, 2016 8:07 AM  

Cruz launched his 2020 campaign last night.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 8:08 AM  

There are plenty of people, men and women, who see Cruz' speech as not selling out and staying true to his principles.

There are plenty of people, men and women, who see John Scalzi as a brave and selfless man of principle speaking truth to power.

They're called morons.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 8:09 AM  

Cruz launched his 2020 campaign last night.

Cruz sank his 2020 campaign last night.

Anonymous Elijah Rhodes July 21, 2016 8:09 AM  

To me the main gamma tell is Ted's willingness to petulantly and irrevocably damage his brand rather than conceding defeat gracefully and supporting the party. He simply can not transcend a personal grievance, regardless of the consequences. I can't wait for the Mark Levins of the world to spin this as a display of true conservative values.

Anonymous SugarPi July 21, 2016 8:10 AM  

Nate, Cruz is a Bush operative. That kind of support gave him "success." But last night he "shit and fell back in it", as my late grandmother used to say.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:10 AM  

Ted launched his 2020 Campaign last night. He showed he's given up completely on 2016.

Political suicide? no. it isn't. In fact if you want to be president... its not that bad a move.

Let's look at it.

Trump loses: everyone in the party will turn to Ted. Some will blame him.. but most will see him as the guy who warned them about it. He will be the front runner going into 2020.

Trump Wins, Sucks as Pres: this is highly unlikely, not because I don't think trump will win... I mean its unlikely because of the standard I'm using for "suck". I am talking about Jimmy Carter.. total disaster.. even his best supporters have left him... That just isnt going to happen. But if it does.. this move puts Ted in a great position for 2020. And Ted probably thinks its more likely than I do.

Trump Wins, Does fine as President: Ted bides his time and no one even remembers this happened when its time to run again.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 8:10 AM  

So does he hate Trump because Trump is Alpha? Or is it personal?

For the Gamma, there is no difference. If you want to be specific, he hates Trump because Trump is the Alpha who put him in his place. And now it's personal.

Gammas ALWAYS make their general Alpha-hate personal.

Blogger Anchorman July 21, 2016 8:11 AM  

I took a pledge to defend the Constitution. I no longer wear the uniform.

I didn't free myself from my pledge when I left the service. I took it because it mattered enough to me that I swore to honor it.

You can't release yourself from a pledge because people say despicable things to you in a nation that guarantees the right to free speech (especially toward politicians) and consider your honor untarnished.

Your honor/word either matters or it doesn't. It's not meant to be committed casually and there's a price to pay when you break it. Dishonor.

Anonymous Faceless July 21, 2016 8:11 AM  

Our Lord says to judge by actions not words. I recall having a back and forth with a Cruz supporter here wherein I said - spending personal money and reputation was the thing to look for - and he said - calling Mitch McConnell a liar and other slick words were things to look for.

Well, a man, described as "a man of principle" by Eric Erickson and the jackal chorus, made a vow to support the nominee at the first Fox debate. He reiterated and affirmed that at the debate before Super Tuesday. He broke that vow last night.

By this measure, and how the Bible says to judge a man, neither Cruz nor Kasich is a man of integrity or to be trusted with even the meanest, lowest public office.

Marco Rubio, having said six simple points, is a man of integrity:
a. I still don't like Trump
b. I don't like Hillary Clinton.
c. I made a vow, and I affirmed the vow.
d. I am a man of my word.
e. Therefore, I support and will vote for the nominee, Mr. Trump.
f. I still don't like him and that doesn't mean I have to campaign for him.

Mr. Cruz needed to say only a few simple sentences last night, and he would not have dishonored himself or repudiated his pledge. Better to have spoken for thirty seconds after three minutes of adulation and still be a man of principle than to moon the convention.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 8:12 AM  

Political suicide? no. it isn't. In fact if you want to be president... its not that bad a move.

Wait and see. You're completely missing the fact that he was just booed off a stage that historically makes and breaks political candidates. It is not absolutely impossible for him to recover from this, but it is unlikely.

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 21, 2016 8:13 AM  

Stg58/Animal Mother wrote:There are plenty of people, men and women, who see Cruz' speech as not selling out and staying true to his principles.

You'll please note that these same people are too decent for their own good or anybody else's.

Blogger Anchorman July 21, 2016 8:14 AM  

Ted launched his 2020 Campaign last night.

Ok. Now, tell me the voter who will rally behind him next time.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:15 AM  

"But last night he "shit and fell back in it", as my late grandmother used to say."

again.. I didn't see the speech. But I think a lot of you folks, including Vox, have you Trump Colored Glasses on.

Blogger Josh July 21, 2016 8:15 AM  

Trump Wins, Sucks as Pres: this is highly unlikely, not because I don't think trump will win... I mean its unlikely because of the standard I'm using for "suck". I am talking about Jimmy Carter.. total disaster.. even his best supporters have left him... That just isnt going to happen. But if it does.. this move puts Ted in a great position for 2020. And Ted probably thinks its more likely than I do.

Also if Trump wins and reverts back to being a big government liberal, Cruz would be well positioned to lead the opposition in the Senate. Especially if there's a big push on guns or amnesty.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:16 AM  

"Ok. Now, tell me the voter who will rally behind him next time."

I already did.

Blogger Josh July 21, 2016 8:16 AM  

Marco Rubio, having said six simple points, is a man of integrity:

Bahahahahahaha

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:17 AM  

" You're completely missing the fact that he was just booed off a stage that historically makes and breaks political candidates."

And I explained why that won't matter a lick 3 years from now if Trump loses.

Blogger Alexamenos July 21, 2016 8:18 AM  

Ted Cruz and his die-hards are very very principled people. This is easy to tell because if you read anything he / they write or listen to anything said they will tell you repeatedly that they are extremely principled people.

The moral preening and self-righteousness of this group has passed the level of tolerability for me, and I'm a tolerant person.

Blogger Anchorman July 21, 2016 8:22 AM  

I already did.

I see scenarios. I don't see who will vote for him. Squishy RINOs? Paleos? TEA Partiers?

Let's say he launches his primary in 2020. Who is his base, nationwide, to get him votes? If you thin no one will remember this, you're kidding yourself. If he gave a speech of support, no one would remember, because they're a dime a dozen.

My guess? He gets primaried and big money moves in to topple him.

He has no friends and just alienated the counter-GOPe base.

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 21, 2016 8:22 AM  

Josh wrote:Cruz launched his 2020 campaign last night.

That's almost certainly what he believed he was doing. What he actually did is demonstrate to every influential person in the country that he understands exactly nothing. Hell, I'm the most autistic person on the internet and I've still figured out The Rules.

Literally mooning the crowd might have been a better option.

Blogger Anchorman July 21, 2016 8:24 AM  

Nate,
How about this.

Not giving a speech at all would have been a better play for 2020 than trying to stick Donald in the ribs on national TV.

Agree?

Blogger Anchorman July 21, 2016 8:27 AM  

"No one will remember"

This is the age of the internet. Good gravy, people remembered lines from Michelle Obama's boilerplate speech. You think this speech will go down the memory hole?

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 21, 2016 8:31 AM  

Sheldon Adelson, a major Republican Party donor, even denied Cruz entry to his personal suite after his speech, according to CNN and BuzzFeed.

You couldn't write a better myth if you tried.

Blogger Alexamenos July 21, 2016 8:32 AM  

Ted Cruz has no chance going forward not only because he's icky but also because his brand of Glenn Beck Conservatism is a bag of hot air with very limited appeal. They're like Libertarians minus pot plus Israel. With the noteworthy exception of abortion, the ideology is an incoherent mess of abstractions and platitudes...and Israel. They venerate the Constitution as sacred writ which is just bat s--- insane even if you completely agree that our Fed Government ought to be limited and bound by the law.

Tldr version

Ted Cruz Cons are talking constitution and ethanol subsidies
Alt right is talking kith and kind

Ted Cruz Conservatism is on the wane

Blogger Krul July 21, 2016 8:33 AM  

The speech

The audience turns against him at about 19 minutes. He really does make himself look like a slime here.

Anonymous JAG July 21, 2016 8:33 AM  

No question that mooning the crowd does less damage to Cruz than breaking his word.

Had Cruz endorsed Trump despite the all too effective trolling of Cruz by Trump on the campaign trail he would have shown himself to have high integrity. His word would be stronger than his own butt-hurt feelings over sticks and stones type stuff. That is getting harder and harder to find in this day and age.

Anonymous Ron Stew July 21, 2016 8:35 AM  

Lol Ted Cruz is a complete rat. Way to commit political suicide moron.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:35 AM  

"You think this speech will go down the memory hole?"

its not that the speech will be forgotten. its that no one will care.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 8:36 AM  

But I think a lot of you folks, including Vox, have you Trump Colored Glasses on.

And yet, practically everyone, including a fair number of anti-Trump people, reacted the same way. This is core sociosexual stuff, Nate. It runs much deeper than politics.

My reaction had nothing to do with Trump. It was very simple: "he did WHAT?" I could not believe it.

Remember, I used to be on the outskirts of those circles. What Cruz did was indicate that he thinks he's playing basketball while standing at the plate during the World Series. He could have made a base hit, he could have struck out, but instead he picked up the ball and started trying to throw it through something he thought was a hoop.

In the inner circles, they're not looking at Cruz now in terms of whether it was a smart move or not. They now believe he is as totally off his rocker as his crazy wife.

Blogger John rockwell July 21, 2016 8:37 AM  

@Voxday

What's your thoughts on the sociosexual status of Ron Paul? I never seem him analyzed.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:38 AM  

"And yet, practically everyone, including a fair number of anti-Trump people, reacted the same way. This is core sociosexual stuff, Nate."

right. and that's why I said people's reaction to it is the best argument for calling it a gamma move.

But again... calling someone who has competed at the levels Cruz has competed at a gamma is just silly. Cruz is a fighter. And.. he already conceded. Two things that are not gamma. On top of that.. we have all those affair stories.

They are true or they are not... but if they are true than gamma is out of the question.

I mean banging Trump's PR girl during the campaign is the most sigma thing ever.

Blogger Spencer Rathbun July 21, 2016 8:38 AM  

I find that narcissistic sociopathy fits very closely with gamma. Cruz can't handle not being in the spotlight, admitting failure, or keeping his word when it's inconvenient. He doesn't truly understand emotion, and he's faking it. They are very good manipulators, but it's a spun web of lies and deceit that evaporates like smoke once they can't get out of the spotlight of truth.

Anonymous SugarPi July 21, 2016 8:40 AM  

Nate, go watch the speech and the reactions. You have no idea what a hardened cynic I am... which is why I got off the Cruz-mobile early on... and was planning to skip voting altogether.

Blogger James Dixon July 21, 2016 8:40 AM  

> I'd love to see the video's

I'm sure they're up on youtube. Just search for them.

> My theory of Ted Cruz is that he's the quintessential Autistic Conservative.

Cruz definitely has a bad case of Asperger's. He's much more of a loner than a team player.

> The stock market will look back on Black Thursday with longing.

Are you setting money aside, just in case? It could be a once in a lifetime buying opportunity.

> And I explained why that won't matter a lick 3 years from now if Trump loses.

I think it will still matter in 3. Maybe not enough to deny him the nomination, but a lot of people will have doubts. It won't matter at all in 7 if Trump wins and serves two terms.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:41 AM  

"They now believe he is as totally off his rocker as his crazy wife."

right now they do.

If Trump falls on his face what will they think?

Blogger Cail Corishev July 21, 2016 8:42 AM  

He may be too busy with 2018 to worry about 2020 for a while. I know nothing about Texas politics, so maybe he's beloved there and has nothing to worry about. But he spent the campaign bad-mouthing the kind of pro-amnesty, economy-uber-alles types who helped him win in 2012. Will they accept that that was all just campaign schtick, and trust that they can still count on him for quintupling H-1Bs and doing photo-ops at the border? Maybe they will, but he has some fences to mend.

There's also the fact, completely aside from this speech, that Americans are becoming more nationalist, so what does that mean to the campaign of a Cuban-Canadian-American in 4/8 years?

Anonymous Curlytop July 21, 2016 8:42 AM  

Nym,
I wouldn't call Newt's speech salvaging Cruz. He slipped the political shiv to Cruz by immediately pointing out Trump's graciousness as a host to extend the invite to the competitors. Then, he took Cruz's line "vote your conscious" and spun it towards Trump.

As for Cruz,some of you don't realize how many of us were "Cruz Supporters" until the Primaries kicked off last August and we saw Cruz speak. My visceral negative response to him is what made me research Cruz and discover his globalist ties and the fraud. Ted Cruz is to Bush as Lindsey Graham is to McCain.

Cruz's creepy Messianic memes just sent him OTT. Flashbacks to Obama's 2008 marketing should've been a clue for some.

Blogger Robert Divinity July 21, 2016 8:44 AM  

that by semantic prestidigitation he could simultaneously appease both the popular vote and his increasingly bitter NeverTrump fans

This is exactly what happened. Cruz always vastly overestimated his abilities. He was too cute by half and delivered a mortal wound directly to his head last night. I always thought Cruz might be psychotic, and at a minimum he has a messianic complex, and it repelled voters and always will continue to do so.

Cruz should not have attended or he should have endorsed Trump, one or the other, but his sociosexual nature did not allow him to make a choice. He'll be a senator until 2018, no doubt handing out tens of thousands of H1B and H2B visas to people who won't funnel a dime to his re-election bid. It is a fitting end to a flawed, transparent, small man.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 8:44 AM  

If Trump falls on his face what will they think?

That they can ignore the nationalists. Cruz is done no matter what happens to Trump. He had his shot and he fucked up worse than anyone except Jeb Bush.

Blogger James Dixon July 21, 2016 8:45 AM  

> He doesn't truly understand emotion, and he's faking it.

Like I said, Asperger's. He doesn't understand other people or how they interact.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:47 AM  

"Not giving a speech at all would have been a better play for 2020 than trying to stick Donald in the ribs on national TV."

I think so... but that's because I think its highly unlikely that Donald will fail.

I think most people here are assuming that Ted thinks that too. I don't. I think Ted thinks Donald is going to fall on his face... in fact I think Ted is betting it all that Donald will fall on his face.. and he took a very risky move to try to capitalize on that fact.

Ted has a history of this sort of think. In the last debate championship Ted and his partner were big favorites to win. Ted was extremely confident... so confident in fact... he took a rather unprecidented risk that came back and bit them in the ass and cost them the championship.

He's like that golfer that tries to hit it over the water rather than laying up.

Anonymous Hoyos July 21, 2016 8:50 AM  

@43 Others have replied to this but I will add this: when the fate of the Republic is at stake is not the time for hurt feelings.

Trump could have said worse and an honorable man would have still backed him. Even though we're still in for a bad time regardless of what happens, a Hilary presidency will accelerate so much unmitigated evil.

I say this as someone who is deeply ashamed for having voted for him in the primary (if it helps he's my senator and there was a time when he seemed like the only guy who understood the deep state problem).

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:50 AM  

"That they can ignore the nationalists."

on this we agree completely.

That is exactly what they will take from it.

Anonymous Curlytop July 21, 2016 8:51 AM  

Actually he sperged worse than Jeb Bush and that's quite a feat! Jeb just mooned the MSNBC audience last week so how many people actually saw that.
Cruz went to the Party's "house" and flipped off the hosts in front of 10million people!

Not sure how pissing off major Party donors in his own state is a smart move?

Anonymous Credo in Unum Deum July 21, 2016 8:52 AM  

Ted Cruz is ANNOYING.

He's that kid in high school who wore the suit that didn't quite fit walking around, bothering you to make sure you vote for him for student body president.

His voice is high-pitched and sounds like nails on a chalkboard. How in the world is he going to rally any sort of support from the nation when the next jihad attack happens with that voice? Obama is a better public speaker than Ted Cruz.

Something about him is off. And I want nothing more than to get as far away from him as I can.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:52 AM  

"when the fate of the Republic is at stake is not the time for hurt feelings."

/facepalm

so you're saying its the most importantest election evar?

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 21, 2016 8:53 AM  

Aha, I finally figured out the contrast:

Gamma = Estrogen + Narcissism
Alpha = Testosterone + Narcissism

Obvious in retrospect.

Blogger Avalanche July 21, 2016 8:58 AM  

@35 "For a girl the dishonesty evaporates. The whole bunch of male concepts like honor a man should understand is not to be expected of a girl. It changes the question to one of a honest not knowing."

When my late husband was 'courting' me, we discussed the "boy's code" (and how it formed them into men). When I said I knew and respected the code, he gently suggested 'that, then, I didn't understand it.' I said, "no no, I DO understand, but -- as a girl -- I do not feel bound by it."

As Dave Barry describes it:
"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base."

We (can) play by the rules until we choose not to. It's why men (rightly) consider that most women have no honor... (But y'all don't want to marry another man, so you put up with us. Thank you, kind sirs!)

Blogger S1AL July 21, 2016 8:59 AM  

I'm still of the opinion that Cruz is borderisne-sociopathic high-functioning autistic. Maybe Vox is right and this is just gamma rage, but I think he wildly misjudged the atmosphere.

That said, incredibly dumb move. Almost impossible to recover from it, unless he recants it immediately. But gamma or not, I don't think his brain is even wired to think that way.

OpenID sigsawyer July 21, 2016 9:01 AM  

"I saw his speech two hours early and let him speak"

Trump let Cruz walk up there and commit political suicide. Brilliant. I'm sure there were many former Cruz voters booing him tonight; All the cucks at the convention are getting swept up in the power rush that you get from supporting a force-of-nature alpha.

Trump is consolidating support in a way he can't do just on TV.

Anonymous VFM #6306 July 21, 2016 9:03 AM  

Nate, stop till you see the speech.

It was the Dean scream.

Blogger David July 21, 2016 9:03 AM  

Playing the devil's advocate here: Cruz assumed last night that by "nobly" standing against Trump at the most public event in the country, he would be able to say "I risked everything to stand against him in 2016" if Trump turns out to be a disaster. This is the only other option outside of total Gamma.

Blogger tz July 21, 2016 9:06 AM  

Cruz is like a heavily muscled gamma, but intellectually. If they slap, can't stand it when someone hits back, etc. they're still gamma.

Bullys and cops are other examples.

Ted retained the respect of Glenn Beck! This was his Cheetos face moment.

Blogger TheLiberatorOfBados July 21, 2016 9:08 AM  

@102

I believe I'd heard form elsewhere before this that Ted Cruz was a phony. But just LISTENING to the guy and looking at him you can tell he's a slimy character. He definitely IS off and you want to have nothing to do with him. I think his pool of support might have been from people with similar character traits, or just deluded themselves into thinking that the messenger didn't matter, only the message. Of course, the latter are seeing that Cruz never believed in anything other than his own career advancement and ego, which I imagine will not go over well with the voters in 2018.

Trump was brilliant with this move. He shows he's magnanimous by letting Cruz speak, but also exposes that Cruz is a self-serving little shithead. Cruz just destroyed what was left of his political career.

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 21, 2016 9:10 AM  

For crying out loud people, Cruz doesn't have Asperger's. Neither does Jeb Bush for that matter.

Blogger Robert Divinity July 21, 2016 9:11 AM  

The Ladyman Cruz is addressing the Texas convention this morning, again trying to have it both ways. Some of the delegates aren't having it. He's worried about his Senate seat. Everything false and disgusting about the man fully is on display. "I won't vote for Hillary" is how he is trying to save his sorry fucking ass. Stick a fork in him.

Blogger Alexander July 21, 2016 9:11 AM  

@109

No, it's not.

He could have played that any number of ways: even going the Jeb! route and figuring if it wasn't family being nominated, then the Republican convention was a non-event.

What Cruz did was flamboyantly pathetic. It's as justified strategically as if King George VI had come out and mocked Churchill's 'fight them on the beaches', on the grounds that if the Germans successfully landed, the country would still have someone to rally around.

Anonymous SugarPi July 21, 2016 9:13 AM  

AP, you may be right... they both have a terminal case of dumbass, though.

Blogger Dexter July 21, 2016 9:15 AM  

"As for the scheming and the constant rules-lawyering, that's much more Gamma than Sigma"

We have all played board games against this guy. He just threw the dice against the wall and stormed off. Later he will insist he didn't lose because we never finished the game.

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 21, 2016 9:16 AM  

True, although Jeb's real problem is weakness. There are many kinds of stupid.

Blogger Timmy3 July 21, 2016 9:18 AM  

On the bright side, Bill Clinton was booed at the DNC in 1988. Four years later, he was President. Not saying this will predict Cruz will do the same because its hard to overcome the grave he dug for himself. As a Cruz supporter, he can salvage his reputation by endorsing Trump now. I don't want Hillary to win on principle for she is a disaster.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 21, 2016 9:20 AM  

Playing the devil's advocate here: Cruz assumed last night that by "nobly" standing against Trump at the most public event in the country, he would be able to say "I risked everything to stand against him in 2016" if Trump turns out to be a disaster.

Except that he didn't do that. He could have gotten up there and started yelling "Trump is the devil!" and reading off a list of Trump's sins, refusing to leave the stage until they had him carried off. That would have been nobly risking everything. He didn't do that; he tried to take the moderate position that would offend the least people by slipping in some "vote your conscience" stuff. He just badly miscalculated.

Anonymous JAG July 21, 2016 9:21 AM  

I'm catching reports here in Texas that Cruz is doubling down with the delegates. It is hearsay at this point, but not surprising if true. I guess he doesn't realize that Adelson telling him to get lost was the equivalent to the Vaudeville Hook. When that happens you need to disappear for a while, and let it die down. Instead he's doubling down (again, if true).

Blogger Anchorman July 21, 2016 9:26 AM  

It wasn't a "Dean Scream," but is also wasn't memorable other than his back-handed "vote your conscience."

After watching it again a second time, I came away thinking that he didn't land a solid punch anywhere.

And if you most memorable moment is sticking it to a fellow outsider in front of a political party that wants you gone, you've badly played your hand.

I'd love to be a fly on the wall if he addresses the Texas delegation.

Anonymous VFM #6306 July 21, 2016 9:30 AM  

RNC: Our conscience says..."Boooooooooooooooooooo!"

Ted Cruz tried to steal an Obama moment...and succeeded.

Too bad for him Obama plays for the other team. You would have thought a supergenius would have known that.

Blogger Chris Mallory July 21, 2016 9:33 AM  

"And if you most memorable moment is sticking it to a fellow outsider"

Cruz is not an "outsider". He is a dyed in the wool globalist.

Anonymous ZaijiaN July 21, 2016 9:38 AM  

Everything about that speech showed that Ted is stuck in strategies of the previous generation of political warfare.

He used old rhetoric - concepts like proposition nation, diversity is strength, party of Lincoln, the Democrats are the real racists, which no longer have power. They're tired cliches, overused and abused tropes.

Ted Cruz planned this speech to be like 1976 Reagan vs Ford - again another tactic from the last generation. Instead, Ted Cruz is more likely to end up as Goldwater - an unsuccessful, but highly-regarded conservative folk hero. And I say this as a big fan.

Sure, Cruz has earned more respect from the NeverTrump'ers - he has deepened his support, but at the cost of drastically narrowing it.

He's not done politically, as I suspect that he'll be a long-standing Senator for TX, but he's done at the national level. In fact, I look forward to DJT's speech, where he'll sarcastically thank Ted for his support, and wish Ted many many many more years of success in the Senate.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 21, 2016 9:39 AM  

RNC: Our conscience says..."Boooooooooooooooooooo!"

Which rasies an interesting point: we've been hearing that a majority of the delegates weren't happy about casting their states' votes for Trump, and were looking for an honorable way out by changing the rules. And the same crowd boos Ted Cruz for agreeing with that? Something doesn't add up.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 21, 2016 9:41 AM  

In fact, I look forward to DJT's speech, where he'll sarcastically thank Ted for his support, and wish Ted many many many more years of success in the Senate.

Heh, he will do something like that, won't he?

Blogger S1AL July 21, 2016 9:41 AM  

"And the same crowd boos Ted Cruz for agreeing with that? Something doesn't add up."

Supporting the presumptive nominee is still a shibboleth for also-ran's. One doesn't lightly defy such a tradition. Delegates are a different story.

Anonymous Viking July 21, 2016 9:47 AM  

No, no, the secret king had this all planned. See, this was Ted's way of giving all his supporters to Trump. Oh yeah, it's true.

Anonymous MAGA July 21, 2016 9:51 AM  

Nate - "again.. I didn't see the speech. But I think a lot of you folks, including Vox, have you Trump Colored Glasses on."

If you didn't see it then shut the hell up, you idiot!!!!

Blogger Samuel Nock July 21, 2016 9:53 AM  

@106 I agree with this. The gamma thing is there. But the sociopathic, total lack of ability to anticipate and understand how other people react to something is also there. Even as he was getting booed, loudly and pervasively, Cruz maintains this oblivious smile and smarmy calm. It's just freaking weird.

Blogger VFM #7191 July 21, 2016 9:55 AM  

VD wrote:He could have made a base hit, he could have struck out, but instead he picked up the ball and started trying to throw it through something he thought was a hoop.

Or as Cruz calls it, a "ring."

Blogger SemiSpook37 July 21, 2016 9:57 AM  

Liking the whole cognizance towards Trump's instincts with letting Cruz hang himself last night. Also agree with the assessment that it wasn't exactly seppuku based on the dishonor factor. I'd do you one better on that assessment:

Trump agreed to wield the katana, but decided better to let Cruz scream as he drew his wakizashi across his abdomen. The whole point of the katana strike is to diminish the dishonor of disemboweling yourself. Played that one to perfection, if I may say so.

Blogger Weouro July 21, 2016 10:04 AM  

Thank God for Trump. He save us from a gammander-in-chief.

Anonymous Hatman July 21, 2016 10:06 AM  

"It's both hilarious - and very, very Gamma - that you think he doesn't look like a complete pussy and a crybaby now.

It is noble to KEEP YOUR FUCKING WORD. If Cruz felt that Trump's behavior a few months ago justified breaking his pledge, he should have done it at the time. He didn't. Because he is a Gamma, a snake, and a pussy."

I never said that Cruz came out of the situation looking good.

He got himself into a position where whatever he did he would come out of it looking like a pussy. He should have pulled out of the pledge after Trump attacked his family and pointed out that Trump himself had no intention to honour the pledge.

Anonymous Athor Pel July 21, 2016 10:07 AM  

" 92. Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 8:41 AM
"They now believe he is as totally off his rocker as his crazy wife."

right now they do.

If Trump falls on his face what will they think?"


You're talking about how people will feel about Ted as if it was a reflection of his true character. That's deceitful.

The accomplishments of other people do not change your accomplishments.

Ted's a liar. He's proud to be a liar. He proved it on national television. Nobody can walk that back. It's a knife in his back for anyone to use at any time and he put it there himself. That's not smart. That's not principled. That's hubris. Nemesis comes for Lying Ted.

Blogger Leo Little Book in Shenzhen July 21, 2016 10:08 AM  

Ted launched his 2020 Campaign last night.

The Challenger!

Blogger James Dixon July 21, 2016 10:13 AM  

> For crying out loud people, Cruz doesn't have Asperger's. Neither does Jeb Bush for that matter.

From his obvious intelligence level and the way he acts, it's seems to me almost certain that Cruz does. I will agree that Jeb doesn't though.

> ...we've been hearing that a majority of the delegates weren't happy about casting their states' votes for Trump, and were looking for an honorable way out by changing the rules.

The NeverTrump group exaggerates the amount of support they have amongst the delegates.

Blogger TheLiberatorOfBados July 21, 2016 10:16 AM  

@125

The answer to your question lies in the response that Paul Ryan got when he spoke....nobody was terribly enthusiastic for him. And of course last night we saw Cruz get that tsunami of outrage for his self-righteousness.

Trump has been successful in his hostile takeover of the GOP. It's is now in the process of being repurposed into a nationalist party. Ryan and Cruz are members of the Neocon/Globalist Country Club that the GOP was until Trump entered the race. This is why they tried everything they could to stop him. The GOP has been fundamentally and permanently changed, regardless of whether Trump wins or not.

The Ryan/Cruz brand of politicians are being marginalized and run to route. I think more than anything Pence is an olive branch to some of the GOPe who are salvageable....as long as they start doing what their voters elected them to do. He's offering an out for them if they mend their ways. Some of them are in too deep though to be reformed. They need to expunged or go to jail. I think there's a lot of fear about what the Trump administration is going to discover in both parties....

Blogger Weouro July 21, 2016 10:20 AM  

The Pledge idea was a pussy idea from the get-go. Trump was the only one who successfully navigated that shit test. He could have honored it or not later on even if he hadn't won and still kept his "honor" which is part of why he did win. Everyone else got put in a noose by it, but Cruz is the only one who left himself kicking, dangling and shitting himself (for his "conscience").

Blogger Leo Little Book in Shenzhen July 21, 2016 10:20 AM  

Cruz does have Asperger's.

It's not "Train is fine" Asperger's, though. This is VD's doppelganger!

Anonymous fop July 21, 2016 10:21 AM  

"Trump Wins, Sucks as Pres: this is highly unlikely, not because I don't think trump will win... I mean its unlikely because of the standard I'm using for "suck". I am talking about Jimmy Carter.. total disaster"

This could be as simple as TPTB deciding to raise interest rates.

Trump instantly becomes the worst president of the last 100 years.

In fact, I'm kind of counting on this.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 10:25 AM  

He should have pulled out of the pledge after Trump attacked his family and pointed out that Trump himself had no intention to honour the pledge.

Not quite. Yes to the first part. No, because he can't reasonably claim that. It's a counterfactual assumption.

Anonymous Hatman July 21, 2016 10:33 AM  

"Not quite. Yes to the first part. No, because he can't reasonably claim that. It's a counterfactual assumption."

Well Trump said he wasn't sure if he'd honour the pledge and said he would see how the primaries played out first. So try to use that statement against him was my idea.

Blogger John M July 21, 2016 10:42 AM  

Nate wrote:Political suicide? no. it isn't. In fact if you want to be president... its not that bad a move.

Sorry to burst your bubble buddy, but if Cruz wants to have a chance to win 2020/2024 then he HAS to win over a large chunk of those who voted for Trump. And the odds are stacked against him, the entire Northeast will never forget or forgive him for his "New York values" rant which everyone knows means you can't be a conservative if you are not from the South. He could be leading in the next presidential primary and it wouldn't matter if his campaign collapses the moment the primary hits New York. Anyone who wants to become President needs to have the ability to pull a broad support base, and Cruz just kissed his chances of ever becoming President by doubling down.

Anonymous BGKB July 21, 2016 10:43 AM  

Cruz would go to the matt for unwinnable causes but roll over on easy wins.

Old man Berns sold out in the end because he has a history as a sellout.

Bern got kicked out of a hippie commune for shirking his fair share of work.

On the bright side, Bill Clinton was booed at the DNC in 1988.

They made sure not to let any women raped by him in afterwards

Blogger bob k. mando July 21, 2016 10:48 AM  

63. Nate July 21, 2016 8:10 AM
That just isnt going to happen. But if it does.. this move puts Ted in a great position for 2020.



if Trump center punches the bridge abutment like Carter did, there will be no Republican candidate of note in 2016. it'll be another "Let's nominate Bob Dull" year.

because in order to be successful in the 2020 general election, you'd have to be able to do everything 'wrong' and still succeed.

that's another way of saying, "Only Trump could successfully campaign for president as a Republican after a failed Republican Trump presidency."


88. Nate July 21, 2016 8:38 AM
They are true or they are not... but if they are true than gamma is out of the question.


57. VD July 21, 2016 8:06 AM
Sociosexuality is fractal.



this is like returning to the debate about if Solomon was Beta or not.

IF you take a group of guys 1/2 dozen strong and force them to spend a lot of time around each other
THEN they are going to sort out into sub-stratifications *regardless* of whatever their original rank was. even if you start out with six Alphas.

you don't have to have all of the ranks ( and most will simply fall into Delta ) once the group has sorted itself out but when you have someone still trying to claim the mantle of Alpha for themselves LONG AFTER it's clear that NO ON ELSE is interested in following him
...

that's definitely a Gamma move.

you have to have an Alpha and Deltas, Beta are likely.

Gamma is chosen.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 10:48 AM  

So try to use that statement against him was my idea.

You're completely missing the point. You can't defend your own actions by attacking someone else's.

Blogger Ingot9455 July 21, 2016 10:53 AM  

As I mentioned last night, the bonus hilarious thing to me is that the first 18 minutes of the speech were so pro-Trump. He was hitting every one of Trump's four or five basic points, and he had won over the crowd and had them eating out of the palm of his hand. And then at the end he didn't say the magic words and no one will remember the 18 minutes of greatness.

Blogger Josh July 21, 2016 10:55 AM  

You can't defend your own actions by attacking someone else's.

What? That's Trump's m.o.

Blogger James Higham July 21, 2016 10:58 AM  

Agree on Cruz. Shocked by Pence's horned hand sign to Ryan though. Is Trump aware?

Blogger tz July 21, 2016 11:11 AM  

No one has Trump colored glasses. We all know he divorced, some businesses wen't bankrupt, and had to play the corrupt NY system.

But his handshake is his bond, and he made a deal with America.

Cruz just showed himself to be just what Trump labeled him as: Lyin' Ted.

He had a chance at redemption. Non Serviam! Better to reign in my senate office than to serve a Trump administration!

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother July 21, 2016 11:45 AM  

There are plenty of people, men and women, who see Cruz' speech as not selling out and staying true to his principles.

Blogger John Wright July 21, 2016 12:04 PM  

@3

"The fuck is it with so many right-wingers, even very well-educated ones like Cruz, and an inability to see basic tactics or respect the bigger picture over their own personal feelings?!"

I think it is a death wish. The GOP has been stupid, and selling us out for years.

I was not initially enthused about Trump. Now I am.

Trump is the Vox Day of modern politics.

Anyone the establishment casts aside and betrays deserves support, just on the general principle of saying 'Bugger You' to the princes of the occupying army of orcs and collaborators ruling what was once our civilization.

Milo for First Lady!

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 12:07 PM  

There are plenty of people, men and women, who see Cruz' speech as not selling out and staying true to his principles.

What principles? Global free trade? Attacking other men's hotter wives?

Blogger John Wright July 21, 2016 12:08 PM  

@15
"Michael Savage found Yuri Bezmenov and started talking about subversion the other day. The whole right is sliding righter by the day."

I heard that segment, and thought it was brilliant.

Blogger John M July 21, 2016 12:10 PM  

Stg58/Animal Mother wrote:There are plenty of people, men and women, who see Cruz' speech as not selling out and staying true to his principles.

Too bad he's not going to become president with only these people. What's his plan for winning over those who don't give a damn about "principles" and only care about those who can make their lives better?

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 12:10 PM  

"Sorry to burst your bubble buddy, but if Cruz wants to have a chance to win 2020/2024 then he HAS to win over a large chunk of those who voted for Trump."

no he doesn't.

You're forgetting much Trump's support came from Democrats.

Blogger John M July 21, 2016 12:23 PM  

You're forgetting much Trump's support came from Republicans too. It's a myth that Trump did better in open primaries than closed ones, a lot of his biggest victories in the primaries came with closed primaries (Florida, NE states, Arizona, also closed Caucus of Nevada). Conversely Wisconsin/Ohio were open and he did poorly in them.

Or maybe you are as closed minded as Cruz and think you can't be a Republican if you don't have Southern values.......... think you should get out of your well.

Blogger John Wright July 21, 2016 12:27 PM  

@52
"There are plenty of people, men and women, who see Cruz' speech as not selling out and staying true to his principles."

Only if ones principles include not honoring a pledge and exclude concepts like party loyalty, practical wisdom, and team spirit.

I am reminded of a great line from the movie GLADIATOR where Commodus is telling his father, Marcus Aurelius, that he does not have the virtues Marcus Aurelius praises in his book (the Meditations) such as temperance and fortitude, justice and prudence, but instead has OTHER virtues, virtues of his very own, like ambition and resourcefulness. Courage, even if it is not the kind of courage found on a battlefield. Devotion to his family...

In tears, raging, Commodus asks why his virtues get so little praise, and those of Aurelius get so much.

How would you answer that question, praytell?

Blogger VFM #7634 July 21, 2016 12:32 PM  

I was never confident about that, particularly when Cruz refused to accept the role that could very well have led to being Trump's Vice-President, but instead very stupidly began attacking Trump through a series of legalistic maneuvers that couldn't possibly influence the ultimate outcome. Some people saw that as Sigma behavior, but I most certainly did not. It struck me more as a delusional Gamma inflicted with the usual Gamma Alpha-hate.

@VD
This has been a highly educational exercise.

Yeah, the Gamma was definitely quite well hidden at first -- I mean, certainly compared to Jeb and Miss Lindsey -- but started to leak out once he and Trump started going at each other. By the time Indiana rolled around, he was white-knighting and Alpha-shaming Trump as much as any Gamma.

And given the behavior of the vast majority of Gamma Republicans (or ex-Republicans), this is also a useful indicator that if someone tends to have Gamma supporters, he's highly likely to be Gamma himself. And highly unlikely to be Sigma.

I'm sure Amanda Carpenter feels disgusted with him now.

Blogger Anchorman July 21, 2016 12:35 PM  

the entire Northeast will never forget or forgive him for his "New York values" rant which everyone knows means you can't be a conservative if you are not from the South.

Eh, only NYers care about that line. The rest in the NE agree that NY values stink, at least the likely GOP primary voters.

If NY and especially Pennsylvania didn’t have the major cities, they’d be Alabama level red.

Blogger Elocutioner July 21, 2016 12:37 PM  

Well, this should clear up that whole "honorable" thing. We have Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich asked point blank will you support Trump and they all said yes. Cruz clearly and unambiguously said yes, he would support Trump because "I gave my word."

Last night Rubio appeared in a short video saying he's backing Trump. Easy. Done.
Kasich is nowhere to be found with the convention in his home state. He's done.
Cruz self-detonated on stage last. He's well done.

The cucks are cucking this morning "Has anyone SEEN this pledge Cruz supposedly signed? No? It mustn't exist! We found a loophole!! Secret President forever!!!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC-B5n5pOmo

Blogger GracieLou July 21, 2016 12:49 PM  

Can't speak to the gamma vs sigma thing, but as the wife of a professional Tonto, there is Norfolk N Way Cruz is a beta.

Betas are absolutely loyal. Even if the alpha is less than ideal. For example, one day I'm on the phone talking to my sister, "...well, his big client has more money than God, but kind of a substance abuse problem..." I feel a firm squeeze on my arm. Husband, always alert to breaches of confidence or treachery is standing there. He says, "But we don't talk about that." Yeah, but we don't talk about it.

Beta will play the bad cop, the good cop, the bumbling dumbass, the Machiavellin mastermind. He'll make the phone calls, smooth crap over, and make people laugh or cry as needed so the alpha can continue being alpha.

Blogger Teri July 21, 2016 12:50 PM  

@63, a person that wants to successfully run for President does not do it by insulting voters. Cruz just turned off a lot of voters and party regulars by his refusal to honor the pledge he signed. And he decided to insult New York voters in particular for the second time. He will be lucky to have a Senate seat come 2018. He will never, ever be President. He is a liar and dishonorable.

Blogger Elocutioner July 21, 2016 12:52 PM  

"But Trump broke his pledge too!" Trump said from day one it was contingent upon him being treated fairly by the party. And he wasn't. There was no such stipulations from Cruz until after Trump won.

"Trump said Cruz didn't have to follow his pledge!" That's fabulous. Did Cruz make the pledge to Trump? No? Sorry.

"After Trump attacked his wife and his father..." First, how would that excuse breaking your word to the party and the people? Second, quotes please or stop lying. He didn't "attack" his father and he only cautioned that he would "spill the beans" on globalist banker Heidi. It didn't rise to the level of an attack. Maybe Cruz should've considered what he was doing before buying the rights to the Melania photo shoot then disseminating it to the evangelicals. You don't get to start the "family attacks" line then claim victimhood like a giant gamma bitch without looking like a giant gamma bitch.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 12:59 PM  

"There was no such stipulations from Cruz until after Trump won."

You're an idiot.

March 11 Ted said he would support Donald "unless he shot someone or something like that".

March 24th Donald tweets about Ted's wife.

Marth 30th Ted says he will not honor pledge.


Seriously... you people talk about how Cruz people are obsessed with principles and honor... but you're the ones acting like you've been personally wounded.

OH NOES! TED DIDN'T KEEP HIS PROMISE TO ME! OH NOES!

I mean for fucks sake.. what Ted did helped Trump more than it hurt him. so why is it bothering you so much?

You call everyone one butthurt but in reality you people are by far the MOST butthurt of anyone.

Blogger Nate July 21, 2016 1:00 PM  

"If NY and especially Pennsylvania didn’t have the major cities, they’d be Alabama level red. "

DING DING DING

Blogger S1AL July 21, 2016 1:01 PM  

Nate, you're doing that "dialectic with the rhetoric crowd" thing again.

Anonymous Feh July 21, 2016 1:13 PM  

So try to use that statement against him was my idea.

You're completely missing the point. You can't defend your own actions by attacking someone else's.


Note that Cruz supporters are defending Cruz's actions by attacking Trump's intentions, not his actions.

Which is exactly what SJWs do. They project their own intentions onto others, then defend the actions emerging from their bad intentions on the ground that "you were going to do it, too."

Anonymous Feh July 21, 2016 1:18 PM  

"Sorry to burst your bubble buddy, but if Cruz wants to have a chance to win 2020/2024 then he HAS to win over a large chunk of those who voted for Trump."

no he doesn't.

You're forgetting much Trump's support came from Democrats.


You really put the retard cheese on your stupidburger with that one. Most Trump voters are Republicans, Cruz cannot win without them, and Cruz just offended a lot of them. He is not going to win in 2020 or any other time. He is done.

Of course, he may know this, and may actually want to be the Bob Dole of 2020, i.e., the guy who has no chance to win but can enjoy the perquisites of being the party nominee.

Blogger VD July 21, 2016 1:27 PM  

You call everyone one butthurt but in reality you people are by far the MOST butthurt of anyone.

Please, Nate. Who is "butthurt" at all? Trump was so "upset" that he let Cruz go ahead and immolate himself on stage. As for me, I'm delighted that the creepy lying freak finally unmasked himself, and that he did it in such a public manner on the national stage.

I can't look at that meme without laughing.

Anyhow, Cruz is done. It's an excellent lesson in the limits of intelligence.

Blogger kudzu bob July 21, 2016 1:27 PM  

@157

And you're forgetting that any GOP candidate must get votes from Democrats in order to win.

Blogger VFM #7634 July 21, 2016 1:33 PM  

@166 Nate

I don't understand why you think Cruz' refusal to endorse Trump will be forgotten that easily.

The Bush Family and Mitt Romney also refused to endorse Trump or come to the convention.

Cruz is going to be associated in people's minds with the Bush Family and other NeverTrumpers from here on out. And the NeverTrumpers, being heavily gammas, have made complete asses out of themselves and most Republicans aren't going to want to have anything to do with them.

And you think Cruz will be making a comeback? Why?

Anonymous Scintan July 21, 2016 1:41 PM  

Nate wrote:"There was no such stipulations from Cruz until after Trump won."

You're an idiot.

March 11 Ted said he would support Donald "unless he shot someone or something like that".

March 24th Donald tweets about Ted's wife.

Marth 30th Ted says he will not honor pledge.

Seriously... you people talk about how Cruz people are obsessed with principles and honor... but you're the ones acting like you've been personally wounded.

OH NOES! TED DIDN'T KEEP HIS PROMISE TO ME! OH NOES!

I mean for fucks sake.. what Ted did helped Trump more than it hurt him. so why is it bothering you so much?

You call everyone one butthurt but in reality you people are by far the MOST butthurt of anyone.


Ted's done, Nate. In the end, it's that simple.

Anonymous Martel the Hammer July 21, 2016 1:42 PM  

Another gamma tell? According to Cruz, Trump orchestrated the boos.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/21/ted-cruz-ben-shapiro-trump-orchestrated/

Anonymous Wesson July 21, 2016 1:43 PM  

Nate,

Without big cities, there wouldn't be a Democratic party. So what? Without the Black vote, there wouldn't be much of a Democratic party, either.

And Cruz fans need to get out of their worlds more and talk to a broader range of folks. This whole victimized Constitutional Christian conservative idea is unhealthy. Instead of thinking about winning, they are into posturing. And they don't notice that guys like Cruz look like they are actually working for things like Goldman-Sachs or the Bush Crime Family. In other words, the opposite of what they position themselves as.

Blogger Michael Maier July 21, 2016 1:48 PM  

I just don't get how Nate thinks Cruz is alpha just because he's a senator.

When I see a man how doesn't project confidence or leadership and I bother to think about it, I start to wonder what he had to do to get where he is.

Plenty of Wormtongues out there willing to bend over for Saruman. Some have better cover than others.

Blogger Elocutioner July 21, 2016 1:59 PM  

Nate wrote:March 24th Donald tweets about Ted's wife.

Marth 30th Ted says he will not honor pledge.


So from August to Marth is... eight months. Thanks, genius.

After it was clear that Trump was the clear front runner and running away with it *THEN* some bullshit excuse based on a tweet about "threatening" Ted's wife is thrown out and Ted breaks his pledge.

And why exactly does this honor thing matter? Because it's the only damn thing the Cruz spergs talk about. "Muh honor, muh Constitution!"

Oh, and that "vicious" tweet from Trump?
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/712457104515317764

"Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!"

Wow. Just wow.

Anonymous BGKB July 21, 2016 2:02 PM  

If NY and especially Pennsylvania didn’t have the major cities, they’d be Alabama level red.

I saw a county by county map of the US for the last election, the entire nation was red accept for cities. Obama only won 3 counties in PA, but the voter fraud in Philly let him win.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 21, 2016 2:13 PM  

VD wrote:Cruz launched his 2020 campaign last night.

Cruz sank his 2020 campaign last night.

Ted Cruz took his political hopes, piled them up onstage, set fire to them, masturbated over the flames, shit in his own hand and flung it at the audience and assaulted the police who were trying to load him in the ambulance.

I say this a a guy who likes Cruz. If Trump had not been in the race, Cruz would have gotten my vote.

He's done. I doubt even Texans would vote for him now.

Anonymous A.B. Prosper July 21, 2016 2:19 PM  

Josh wrote:Cruz launched his 2020 campaign last night.

yeah but it crashed faster than the Hindenberg

Had Cruz not been such a gamma loser and had some basic patience he could have given a speech like this

"This has been a bruiser of a match, still got the scars ." pause for laughs

As you know Trump and I don't always get along but today I am here to endorse him for the Presidency." Good luck and go kick some butt

Pause .Trump 2016

wait for crowd to calm down

If he just had to make it his moment "And maybe when 2024 rolls around...

a long pause "Ted Cruz for President 2024. God Bless America the Republican party and Donald Trump."

That would have put him in the big chair

As it is he comes off well...


Blogger VFM #7634 July 21, 2016 2:21 PM  

Another gamma tell? According to Cruz, Trump orchestrated the boos.

@175 Martel the Hammer
According to the "Cruz campaign" and Ben Shapiro, you mean.

Funny how gammas rally around each other, innit?

Anonymous Slowpoke July 21, 2016 2:23 PM  

This was Ted Cruz doing more than killing his career. It was more than him showing his gamma. It was him letting his mask skip and show that he is a lying Harvard sjw pretending to be conservative to foil the rubes.
He lied about his support.
He projected his attacks on Trump's wife where Trump retaliated for Cruz going after Trump's wife, and he doubled down in his speech.
I worried that he was a Harvard progressive trying to sneak in as a conservative now I'm sure.
Trump nailed him as lying Ted Cruz.

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx July 21, 2016 3:06 PM  

John Wright wrote:I am reminded of a great line from the movie GLADIATOR where Commodus is telling his father, Marcus Aurelius, that he does not have the virtues Marcus Aurelius praises in his book (the Meditations) such as temperance and fortitude, justice and prudence, but instead has OTHER virtues, virtues of his very own, like ambition and resourcefulness. Courage, even if it is not the kind of courage found on a battlefield. Devotion to his family...

In tears, raging, Commodus asks why his virtues get so little praise, and those of Aurelius get so much.

How would you answer that question, praytell?



Commodus who?

Anonymous Instasetting July 21, 2016 3:11 PM  

A lot of people here are saying Ted Cruz lied.

Soooo?

He's a politician. Politicians lie.

I've had NeverTrumpers say Trump lies.

Yawn. He's a pol....well, you know how that goes.

One of Ted Cruz's biggest problems is that Tarians hate Conservatives. Hard to deal with a hyper vocal crowd willing to shout 'I'll not vote' at the drop of a Conservative hat.

To repeat myself: You people are not cynical enough.

Anonymous Takin' a Look July 21, 2016 3:25 PM  

No, far worst than that or even the al/tipper lip-lock.

Anonymous SciVo July 21, 2016 5:10 PM  

VD wrote:Cruz launched his 2020 campaign last night.

Cruz sank his 2020 campaign last night.


So it was a Principessa Jolanda moment.

Anonymous WaterBoy July 21, 2016 7:04 PM  

Elocutioner @165: "Maybe Cruz should've considered what he was doing before buying the rights to the Melania photo shoot..."

Erm, not quite:

"Condé Nast Britain, the publisher of British GQ, no longer owns the rights to that photograph of Melania Trump; the man who does is the photographer, Antoine Verglas, and when Factcheck.org contacted him and asked about whether or not the SuperPAC or Ted Cruz or the Cruz campaign had reached out to secure the rights, Antoine Verglas said, "No. Not anyone.""

Blogger Were-Puppy July 21, 2016 7:15 PM  

@39 Nym Coy
Gingrich attempts to salvage Cruz's rep: https://youtu.be/22wqyfdpmcc
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Oh no, that was Gingrich with a smile and a shiv for Tundra Ted.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 21, 2016 7:17 PM  

@40 Human Animal
Yeah, but imagine how depressed we're going to be when Trump takes office.
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It will be terrible for Canada because these fat girls, super communists, minority racists and useless tv talking heads will all move there, so they say.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 21, 2016 7:23 PM  

Question - is Obama a Gamma? He is very petulant is why I ask.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 21, 2016 7:28 PM  

@73 Josh
Marco Rubio, having said six simple points, is a man of integrity:

Bahahahahahaha
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Ha! People have been laughing at me about this one, but I saw it last night.

Lil Marco had a video delivered message, and he endorsed Trump - short and sweet. He had a lot of fights with Trump as we all remember and had fun watching.

Immediately after comes Teddy, and he goes on and on and can't endorse Trump.

The contrast was Lil Marco is a bigger man than Teddy. I guess you had to be there :P

Anonymous SciVo July 22, 2016 12:39 AM  

Were-Puppy wrote:Question - is Obama a Gamma? He is very petulant is why I ask.

I think that's a non sequitur -- an alpha who isn't sensitive to threats to his status won't remain one for long -- and also I would say no, he's more of a lambda. Obama's unconcern with (for example) China's naval assertiveness doesn't fit a gamma's internal grandiosity; he isn't acting like Secret King Of The World.

With his apparently deep ambivalence about his conflicted love for Islam and faggotry, I think we're lucky that Obama hasn't gone all Omar Mateen qua SkyNet on us with nukes and drones. Just six more months and we're in the clear.

Blogger Ezekiel July 22, 2016 3:30 PM  

Wasn't paying attention at the time, but what I picked up of Cruz's trainwreck of a speech made me wonder if they had him doped up on something. Parts of it sounded less like a speech and more like a robotic regurgitation of mindless keywords that make cuckservatives feel good (lionizing Reagan and MLK in literally the same breath), the kind of shit that we used to make fun of Narco Rubio for.

Combine that with willingness to fuck Goldman Sachs plus the recurring "jokes" about him being the Zodiac Killer and I wonder if what we're actually seeing behind the Sigma mask is more Omega than Gamma.

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