Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on January 16, 2016 by Allahpundit

Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and GOP presidential frontrunner, has taken off the gloves in his fight with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. What was friendly jabbing in the Fox Business Channel debate has gotten nasty as Trump now directly questions Cruz’s eligibility to serve as president and the $1 million loan Cruz took from Goldman Sachs to jumpstart his Senate campaign.

“Goldman Sachs owns him, he will do anything they demand. Not much of a reformer!” Trump tweeted.

“Ted Cruz purposely, and illegally, did not list on his personal disclosure form personally guaranteed loans from banks,” Trump added. “They own him!”

Trump is tying the citizenship accusation and the undisclosed loan question together. Trump is now floating the idea Cruz, who was born in Canada and a dual Canadian citizen until June of 2014, may have more undisclosed loans, possibly from Canadian banks. “Based on the fact that Ted Cruz was born in Canada and is therefore a “natural born Canadian,” did he borrow unreported loans from C banks?” Trump asked.

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“Donald’s record does not match what he says as a candidate,” [Cruz] told reporters before a national security forum here at a church, delivering an assessment of the onetime ally in the race that would have been unthinkable as recently as last week. “I recognize what Donald says on the campaign trail today is fairly conservative, but voters are discerning.”…

“It does raise the question of, ‘OK, if you are offended at my pointing out how much the failed policies of Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio have hurt New Yorkers, then which of those policies do you agree with?” Cruz said. “Given the fact that for much of his life, Donald was financially supporting those politicians, writing checks to Hillary Clinton, writing checks to Andrew Cuomo, it’s a fair inference that he supports their policies.”

Cruz added he was especially surprised that Trump would object to the idea of “New York values” because “he’s the one who laid out this analysis” in a 1999 TV interview. In the interview with Tim Russert, Trump repeatedly attributed his liberal stands on some issues to the fact he is from the solidly Democratic Empire State.

Cruz continued to sketch a number of other contrasts with Trump, bringing up gun and property rights when pressed to detail policy differences with the billionaire. Asked to say where he differs with Trump on national security, Cruz flatly replied, “To be honest, I don’t know what Trump’s position is.”

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“This is really coming down to a two-horse race between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz,” Cruz campaign national chairman Chad Sweet told the Washington Examiner on Thursday, immediately following the first prime time debate of 2016. “Even though both Trump and Cruz are strong, one’s got a much more consistent track record on all the major issues that conservatives care about.”…

“It’s a rare contrast to see [Trump] be compassionate in invoking 9/11,” Cruz’s campaign chairman said. “But it doesn’t address the fundamental thing that the senator raised. What that tells you is, he doesn’t want to tangle with the senator, actually, on what he’s raising. If you look at Donald Trump, he has had a pattern of insulting many different groups. But for some reason, when New Yorkers get insulted, he’s the first to cry out. I come from the South, and we say, ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.'”…

The Cruz camp believes the image of Cruz and the months-long national frontrunner going to toe-to-toe will elevate the Texan’s stature and siphon votes from others if they can manage to convince voters that the senator is the only viable alternative to a candidate that isn’t all that conservative, or Republican, to begin with. It’s not necessarily a bad approach, some GOP strategists say.

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Bill Kristol argues that because Republican presidential candidates aren’t focusing on such issues as Obamacare and Supreme Court appointments—crucial issues on which Donald Trump is quite vulnerable—GOP voters are becoming “increasingly comfortable” with the notion of casting a ballot for Trump. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of likely Republican primary voters provides further evidence of this increasing level of comfort…

The speculation has always been that Trump couldn’t prevail if it ever came down to a two-man race—the theory being that most GOP voters would presumably prefer almost anyone to Trump.

The NBC/WSJ poll, however, asked voters who they would support if the race came down to Trump versus either of his two leading challengers. In a two-man race between Trump and Cruz, the poll found that Cruz would win, 51 to 43 percent. In a two-man race between Trump and Rubio, the poll found that Trump would win, 52 to 45 percent. Either way, that’s hardly a rout.

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The most important part of the calculation is that if Trump doesn’t win Iowa, Cruz very probably will instead. In fact, if Trump slumps during the final two weeks of the campaign, Cruz could win resoundingly in Iowa, since polls suggest that he’s the second choice of many Trump voters.

So what would the other candidates rather have: an overwhelming Cruz win in Iowa or a close finish between Cruz and Trump?

Rubio, for example, might prefer a close finish. For one thing, if Cruz and Trump almost evenly split their vote, there’s an outside chance that Rubio could win Iowa himself with something like the 25 percent of the vote Mitt Romney got in 2012.1 Furthermore, a big Cruz win in Iowa, coupled with a big Trump loss, might be enough for Cruz to surge to the top of New Hampshire polls and win there too…

After months of buddying up to Trump, Cruz is now shifting into attack mode. While Cruz might prefer a cordial victory over Trump in Iowa, maintaining a favorable image with Trump supporters so as to convert them into his camp later on, Trump remains too much of a threat too late in the race for Cruz to feel assured of that now.

It might seem ironic that the establishment could soon be counting on Cruz to save itself from Trump. (Cue the scene from “Jurassic World” when T. Rex is summoned out of its cage to battle Indominus Rex to the death.)

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It is more than an open secret that the Republican Establishment so hates Ted Cruz that they are more and more openly rooting for Donald Trump to win Iowa.

The Establishment thinking is that if Trump beats Cruz in Iowa, they can then beat Trump with Rubio, Bush, or Christie.

But that is horse manure and if they were not all incompetent morons they would know it. These guys have not made a dent in Trump’s popularity. The only guys who has is named Ted Cruz, and he has done it by being humorous and kind to Trump.

If Trump beats Cruz in Iowa, the man still does not bleed. That makes him stronger and more and more locks Trump in as a viable contender. It makes it more likely that Cruz’s coalition breaks to Trump and sustains Trump, who can also pick up blue collar voters in northern states and the Rust Belt to sustain his candidacy.

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The developing feeling among House Republicans? Donald Trump is preferable to Ted Cruz.

“If you look at Trump’s actual policies, they’re pretty thin. There’s not a lot of meat there,” says one Republican member in Ryan’s inner circle, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about the two front-runners as leadership has carefully avoided doing all week. If Trump were to get the nomination, he would “be looking to answer the question: ‘Where’s the beef?’ And we will have that for him,” says the member…

“Look at the Senate. He hasn’t been a team player. He’s always been his own person with his own aspirations and his own vision, only concerned with where he wants to go. And, you know, for us, we want to work closely with the president. And with Cruz, there’s a question of whether that could happen.”…

“Most pollsters are saying that Cruz may create even more trouble than Trump, because Trump has some crossover appeal to working-class voters who may not traditionally vote Republican,” says one ELC member privy to the presentation. “With Ted Cruz . . . it’s hard to see where his appeal lies outside of classic primary voters,” who, it should be noted, are a diverse group in their own right. “We just have to hope our agenda and our policies can get ahead of that. It’s definitely on our minds right now.”

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“Trump and Cruz sucked all the oxygen out of the room, which is bad news for the establishment folks,” said Barry Bennett, a veteran GOP strategist who recently resigned as campaign manager to Ben Carson. “It doesn’t look like much is going to stop them. They’re in a tier off to themselves, and I think our nominee is going to be Cruz or Trump.”

Republican donors, who had long assumed that the outsider candidates would self-destruct and that voters would rally around someone such as former Florida governor Jeb Bush, are suddenly adjusting their thinking and strategies.

Spencer Zwick, the national finance chairman for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, said power brokers and financiers are now trying to cozy up to Trump in various ways, such as reaching out through mutual friends in New York’s business community.

“A lot of donors are trying to figure their way into Trump’s orbit. There is a growing feeling among many that he may be the guy, so people are certainly seeing if they can find a home over there,” he said.

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Those states ac­count for only 53 del­eg­ates of the 2,472 total in play, but a Trump vic­tory in both could make wins more likely in South Car­o­lina and Nevada later that month, which, un­der the laws of pres­id­en­tial-primary “mo­mentum,” could make his nom­in­a­tion all but in­ev­it­able

Fleis­cher agreed that a Trump nom­in­a­tion would res­ult in both short- and long-term dam­age to the GOP’s stand­ing as a na­tion­al party. He ad­ded that stop­ping that from hap­pen­ing, should Trump win the first two con­tests, would re­quire self­less­ness from all but one of the es­tab­lish­ment can­did­ates—former Flor­ida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Sen. Marco Ru­bio. (Sen. Ted Cruz, who is also run­ning as an “out­sider” and sim­il­arly scares the es­tab­lish­ment wing of the party, is seen as hav­ing little chance if he loses Iowa.)

“Un­less all but one of the main­stream can­did­ates drop out, there’s no stop­ping Trump,” he said. “And it has to hap­pen soon­er rather than later.”

***

You talk a lot about conservatives uniting. But what about the scenario that you and Donald Trump keep going and divide your vote?

It’s actually not exactly that, that we’re dividing the same pool of voters. If you look at Donald’s base, a significant chunk of his voters are self-described moderates and liberals. Another chunk of his voters are evangelicals. Another chunk are tea partiers. And then another chunk, I would describe as Reagan Democrats, working class. We have significant overlaps but not complete overlaps. His support is also pulling votes out of the more establishment lane.

So in a three-way race, if it gets down to you, Trump and X, that doesn’t benefit X?

It doesn’t. Donald has publicly suggested that this race is becoming a two-man race between him and me and I think that is a very plausible interpretation of what’s happening. Certainly the numbers here in Iowa and nationally seem to be trending in that direction. Now, a month can be an eternity in politics but the dynamic that I believe is playing out is national poll numbers historically tend to reflect name-ID earned media, whose name is being repeated over and over again on the TV. What I think is more relevant is where primary voters end up as they get closer to voting, as they begin studying the records of candidates. And informed voters are moving more and more towards us. As primary voters examine our records, we see evangelicals moving solidly to us, we see tea party voters moving solidly to us.

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We’ve entered, it seems to me, a two-man race for the GOP nomination. There is Trump, there is Cruz, and then there’s a bunch of guys who just won’t win…

[T]he theory of someone overtaking Trump and Cruz depends a lot on the idea that there’s a natural order to GOP primaries. The base spouts off, various unelectable candidates rise to the top of the polls, and then the moderates turn out to crown their champion, the eventual nominee, while conservatives fall in line because they want someone who can beat the Democrat. You know, someone like Romney. And here we are, with Trump looking like he could potentially do as well with moderate-to-liberal Republicans as good old Mitt.

That’s not to say that Trump will definitely be the Republican nominee. Charlie Cook thinks that Republican voters will eventually sour on Trump after they’ve finished “venting their spleens,” start taking The Donald’s unpresidential temperament into consideration, and settle on another candidate, most likely Cruz. Ross Douthat, who is as pessimistic about Trump’s chances as anyone on the right, recently suggested a rather similar theory and also identified Cruz as a major beneficiary of a late-stage Trump collapse.

Both of these scenarios are, at the very least, plausible, and underscore why Cruz still has a real shot at the nomination. Plus, a Cruz victory would likely keep the party more or less intact, while a Trump win at least raises the prospect of a split. Preventing the all-out dissolution of the GOP may, in the end, prove to be a powerful motivator among Republican voters, and Cruz could at least promise to keep the party united through the election.

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So how do you beat a verbal bully? We’re actually starting to see it happen. Stanley Elkin sketched a strategy in his 1964 short story, “A Poetics for Bullies.” In it, a young bully named Push torments and leads all the kids in the neighborhood until he is undone by a princely newcomer John Williams, whose accent can’t be mocked, whose skin has no blemish, whose intelligence is impervious to insult.

Nobody would ever mistake Ted Cruz for John Williams. No Adonis, he looks like a broken-nosed character actor in a film noir. He even whines when he talks. But inside his own head, Cruz is John Williams. He has been polishing the Cruz act for his entire life, making himself a perfectly smooth, unchanging object upon which no New York bully can get a grip. Although Trump may have bested Cruz on several topics in last night’s presidential debate as they fought toe-to-toe for the first time, the mogul seems unable to get under Cruz’s skin the way he has with Bush, Carson, Rand Paul (ridiculing him for being short, just 5’8”!), and the other candidates.

Like Trump, Cruz commands an alpha male’s ego. When towel-snapped, he does not shriek. When denigrated or teased, he does not frown or wince. He does not have to be perfect because he already thinks he’s perfect, which is just one of the reasons why the rest of Congress despises him.

The best way to beat a trash-talking bully is to convincingly pretend you cannot hear him. Donald Trump, you have met your John Williams.

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DAVID BROOKS: Well, I wish we had gray men in suits. We don’t have that.

But the donor class could do something. Frankly, the country is filled with state legislators who are Republicans, congressmen, senators, local committeemen, a lot of whom are in panic. And so maybe they should do something about it. Maybe they should have a MoveOn.org-type organization and get some rallying, which the other side has already done, and have a counterweight, so they don’t send the party into suicide.

And that might involve, not now, but after New Hampshire, winnowing the field, and donors and other people going and saying, we’re just going to pick this guy. We’re going to pick Rubio. I’m sorry, Jeb, you’re not going to be president. Christie, you can be secretary of treasury, but we’re going to get organized here and we’re not going to go quietly into the night…

I mean, it’s — right now, Trump and Cruz are both looking pretty good. And I don’t think either is electable, and neither do a lot of Republicans. And so the question is, why do they just sit there and do nothing?


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I think the Bushes are pretty classy folks, hopefully they will help him. He’s look truly inept.

Cindy Munford on January 17, 2016 at 1:33 AM

W and Laura bought a house last year in my small village in the Berkshires.
I’ve never met him but Laura bought a fairly expensive table from me about 12 or 13 years ago. She is very sweet and demure. However, Lynne Cheney is a shrew

rik on January 17, 2016 at 1:40 AM

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 1:38 AM

I still can’t believe that she flat out lied to those folks and had that poor schmuck thrown in jail for more than a year.

Cindy Munford on January 17, 2016 at 1:41 AM

Happy Saturday, All!

My Packers put up a good fight tonight and now taking a little musical interlude from binge-watching “Making a Murderer”: Piano Man

And since it’s Sunday – or nearly so in most of the country – and have another 5 hours of “Making a Murderer”; hoping all have a blessed Sunday! :)

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 1:43 AM

I’m starting to feel bad for him.

Cindy Munford on January 17, 2016 at 1:36 AM

Wish I could but…
If he continues on, I’ll be hard not to consider him a real jackass.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 1:44 AM

Niters, Magicjava. Sweet dreams.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 1:39 AM

The perfect song to finish up the nite…

Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams

Magicjava on January 17, 2016 at 1:44 AM

Good grief, Gutfeld just showed a clip of Hillary on some chick show trying to prove, as Gutfeld said, that she is human. She was awful. She spoke totally in cliches.

Cindy Munford on January 17, 2016 at 1:35 AM

Standing in front of four coffins and lying to family members disqualifies her.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 1:38 AM

Will go one further … it takes a special kind of psychopath to do that.

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 1:44 AM

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 1:43 AM

They put up a helluva fight. We should be commiserating with Bmore but he’s no where to be found. I’ll have to email him.

Cindy Munford on January 17, 2016 at 1:47 AM

Greetings Smokey, I saw the game with Hubs. I rarely watch football. It was a good game. There’s much to be said for both teams as far as good gamesmanship goes.
Have fun watching “Making a Murder”. I haven’t seen that either.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 1:48 AM

Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams

Magicjava on January 17, 2016 at 1:44 AM

LOL… MM is one weird critter.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 1:52 AM

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 1:48 AM

The game was exhilarating and frustrating and nearly gave me a coronary! But isn’t that the fun part of sports?!?

Highly recommend “Making a Murderer” … only 1/3 way through and have no idea what to believe yet, but damn fascinating look at Criminal Justice system from beat cops up through appeals to Supreme Court. All I know is my Google is burning up more than YouTube songs on a Saturday! :)

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 1:53 AM

Will go one further … it takes a special kind of psychopath to do that.

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 1:44 AM

I’m thinking Chelsea is going to have a hard time explaining Granny to her kids
when they come of age and read accounts of Granny’s life. Such as: Granny just had a few bad days decades, it happens to all of us.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 1:58 AM

They put up a helluva fight. We should be commiserating with Bmore but he’s no where to be found. I’ll have to email him.

Cindy Munford on January 17, 2016 at 1:47 AM

Virtual commiserating or commiserating-by-proxy works, too! :)

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 1:59 AM

I’m thinking Chelsea is going to have a hard time explaining Granny to her kids
when they come of age and read accounts of Granny’s life. Such as: Granny just had a few bad days decades, it happens to all of us.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 1:58 AM

You are assuming Chelsea isn’t a psychopath as well. Per my readings, most are born but some are raised. I’m putting Chelsea in the later category until shown otherwise …

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:00 AM

You are assuming Chelsea isn’t a psychopath as well. Per my readings, most are born but some are raised. I’m putting Chelsea in the later category until shown otherwise …

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:00 AM

I have no doubt Chelsea has inherited her parent’s evil ways… how could she not?
It would be nice if she could just move on but the greed needs to be fed.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:07 AM

Highly recommend “Making a Murderer” … only 1/3 way through and have no idea what to believe yet, but damn fascinating look at Criminal Justice system from beat cops up through appeals to Supreme Court. All I know is my Google is burning up more than YouTube songs on a Saturday! :)

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 1:53 AM

OMG!!!! Watching this, I am highly embarrassed to be from Wisconsin! Not to mention embarrassed for my strict law-and-order history …

I just thank God my only experience with criminal justice system was the exact opposite of this story, but I can easily see how grievous miscarriages could occur.

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:10 AM

Highly recommend “Making a Murderer” … only 1/3 way through and have no idea what to believe yet, but damn fascinating look at Criminal Justice system from beat cops up through appeals to Supreme Court. All I know is my Google is burning up more than YouTube songs on a Saturday! :)

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 1:53 AM

My sister was involved in a shooting. I tend to stay away crime series/stories now.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:12 AM

I have no doubt Chelsea has inherited her parent’s evil ways… how could she not?
It would be nice if she could just move on but the greed needs to be fed.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:07 AM

She is as greedy as her mother but without the charm of her father. A very bad combination for someone as milquetoast and flat-out ugly as she is.

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:13 AM

My sister was involved in a shooting. I tend to stay away crime series/stories now.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:12 AM

Damn! That sucks! Is your sister OK? How’s she dealing with the aftermath?

Then yeah … the show would be tough to watch.

As a daughter of a cop who did financial crimes and terrorist financing investigations for ~17 years, I find it fascinating how things can be manipulated and twisted.

It actually just confirms my long-held thoughts that there hasn’t been a “justice” system in ages, but merely a legal system in which the rules are skewed based on income or “status” or most importantly political beliefs.

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:19 AM

Nationally, Trump is 40% and Cruz is at 15% (Reuters). TWO man race? I hardly think so. More like a ONE man wrecking ball :) Ha, come to think of it, Trump knows from wrecking balls with his history in construction.

Aslans Girl on January 16, 2016 at 8:55 PM

Which an outlier from EVERY SINGLE other poll,and is so unreliable (methodology perhaps) that it’s not used in the RCP avg,and rarely quoted by the networks or newspapers.

Oh, and Cruz beats Trump in a 2 man race according to NBC/Wall St Journal poll.

2 man race, and the orange haired nationalist leftie,hopefully won’t be winning.

Though,I’ll vote for the winner.Hillary can’t win and get to appoint 3 Supremes and totally open the borders etc

Charliecrown on January 17, 2016 at 2:21 AM

Oh, and Cruz beats Trump in a 2 man race according to NBC/Wall St Journal poll.

Charliecrown on January 17, 2016 at 2:21 AM

Got a link to this?

Muchos gracias!

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:26 AM

For a while I thought Trump would be worse for the Republicans thanCruz. After all, it’s invious to anyone with a brain that Trump is an egomaniac. However the debate on Thursday showed me Cruz would be worse. His handling of the question about New York leads me to believe he will make the grave error of giving the Hillary what she needs to win- a narrow minded ideologue caught up with extreme social values that no longer play with the majority. He also comes across as a mean spirited and whiny man. That being said, if the Republicans actually want to win the election, they will choose Rubio who is very quick on his feet as well as intelligent. More than that, he’s the only Republican women seem to like and against Hillary, that is one very important group as you cannot lose Independent women and more moderate Republican women in the suburbs. Rubio would be a great candidate. Getting the nomination, will be his biggest problem.

jake22 on January 17, 2016 at 2:30 AM

Got a link to this?

Muchos gracias!

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:26 AM

Yes sir https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/14/the-only-establishment-candidate-who-can-beat-trump-ted-cruz/

Cruz 2016 baby, make NORTH America great again ;) (Just kidding,trolling the birthers)

Charliecrown on January 17, 2016 at 2:30 AM

Smokey – 2:19 AM
I posted a account of it long ago here at HA.
Log story short. Almost 6 years ago (Oct. 1st) from colon cancer.
However, she has PTSS from a shooting where she left cover to to help
an officer who was shot with an AK-47, and another officer was shot at, but saved by his hand
cuffs on his hip. She was a tech (not a sworn officer, therefore didn’t carry a piece). She brought
the first officer to cover but he died later soon after surgery.
She received the Medal of Valor (first civilian in her department to get one).
I believe the issues/symptoms from the PTSS contributed to her cancer.
Court proceedings and the turmoil it caused her and the other surviving officer (not to mention their families) were
gut wrenching to say the least.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:31 AM

log = long
(Doing great editing tonight. Sheesh!)

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:32 AM

Hi giddyup. I’m working on a plan to foil everyone on hotair

SpongePuppy on January 17, 2016 at 2:32 AM

This is one strange, bizarre thread:

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2016/01/16/trump-the-bully-hits-a-wall-in-ted-cruz/

anuts on January 17, 2016 at 2:33 AM

Yes sir https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/14/the-only-establishment-candidate-who-can-beat-trump-ted-cruz/

Cruz 2016 baby, make NORTH America great again ;) (Just kidding,trolling the birthers)

Charliecrown on January 17, 2016 at 2:30 AM

Many thanks, Charlie! But just FYI … I’m getting a 404 on the website!

Will research on own now that have place to start, but may want to check your sources … and I get it: f’n sketchy sites like WaPo need to CYA. :)

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:33 AM

Per google: The only establishment candidate who can beat Trump? Ted Cruz.

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:34 AM

She died almost six years ago…
(Put me out to pasture.)

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:34 AM

Hi giddyup. I’m working on a plan to foil everyone on hotair

SpongePuppy on January 17, 2016 at 2:32 AM

does that include foiling my hair for the fuscia “highlights”?

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:36 AM

Hi giddyup. I’m working on a plan to foil everyone on hotair

SpongePuppy on January 17, 2016 at 2:32 AM

Puppy!!!

Am I your first target? ; )
I’ve been enjoying your tall tales of late.
However, your tail is much much better. ; )

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:37 AM

Bowie – VH1 Storytellers…….

……WoW!

williamg on January 17, 2016 at 2:37 AM

She died almost six years ago…
(Put me out to pasture.)

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:34 AM

Damn but I feel like total schmuck. :(

Very sorry for your loss and apologies for any painful memories I may have triggered.

(And I’m an expert on painful triggers … usually worse than initial situation.)

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:38 AM

Brrrrrr! WC is thirty below out there…

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2016 at 2:43 AM

Damn but I feel like total schmuck. :(

Very sorry for your loss and apologies for any painful memories I may have triggered.

(And I’m an expert on painful triggers … usually worse than initial situation.)

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:38 AM

No schmuckiness allowed and no need for apologies, Miss Smokey. : )
She was a third of my heart beat (Hubs and daughter being the other two thirds).
I had a lot of anger towards the perp and the justice system (A circus, however, did get life.).
I’ve come to terms with it all. I just don’t need the TV shows for the reminders.
She was my youngest sister and I basically raised her in her younger years.
We were really tight. The kind of tight where we knew what each other was thinking without
saying a word…. picking up the phone and finding her on the other end and the phone didn’t even ring..
sending the same “thinking of you” cards…really…that tight. : )
The memories are good. Heart is full of love, scars healed… no worries.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:50 AM

Brrrrrr! WC is thirty below out there…

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2016 at 2:43 AM

Dang but that s COLD!!!! Hope you have a good heater or lots of wood!

Major reason why moved from WI to AZ and now TX … WI just too bloody cold. Anything below 60 is too bloody cold! :)

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:51 AM

Gail Ann Dorsey Duets With David Bowie……Better Strap In For This One!….

……..she’s makes you reconsider Freddie Mercury……

williamg on January 17, 2016 at 2:52 AM

Brrrrrr! WC is thirty below out there…

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2016 at 2:43 AM

Stay safe and warm.

SpongePuppy on January 17, 2016 at 2:54 AM

Brrrrrr! WC is thirty below out there…

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2016 at 2:43 AM

So, {{{OC}}}, let’s warm up and get moving.
After all this time, I finally found a dance we can dance to.
Figure it’s better to suggest a dance than nag you about moving about. ; )

I finally saw George Strait’s final concert on TV today and the tune struck a chord with me.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:56 AM

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:36 AM

Trust me, I’m a cozmotologist

I do pedis too.

SpongePuppy on January 17, 2016 at 2:59 AM

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:50 AM

I’m glad we’re all good!

And congratulations on finding forgiveness! Very hard to do. And balancing justice with vindictiveness(which i still struggle with) is a huge accomplishment.

Love really does conquer all and can perform miracles if we allow it and are receptive to it.

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Even Cleaner Isolated Vocals With David and Freddie…..

Pressure……Pushin’ Down On Me…..

williamg on January 17, 2016 at 3:02 AM

Trust me, I’m a cozmotologist

I do pedis too.

SpongePuppy on January 17, 2016 at 2:59 AM

Awesome! Though not a fan of pedi’s as highly ticklish … but do like mani’s …

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 3:05 AM

Love really does conquer all and can perform miracles if we allow it and are receptive to it.

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?
Why can’t we give love that one more chance?
Why can’t we give love give love give love?
Give love give love give love give love give love

Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care
For the people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way
Of caring about ourselves

This is our last dance
This is ourselves under pressure
Under pressure

Pressure

williamg on January 17, 2016 at 3:08 AM

Charlie at 2:21 am

It’s not an outlier at all. Reuters is very accurate. The Huffpo average of polls for registered Republicans has Trump at 38%, Cruz 14%, Carson 11%, Rubio 7%.

cimbri on January 17, 2016 at 3:09 AM

What a great concept. Let’s swap their Harvard trained smart ass lawyer whose a one term senator for our own Harvard trained smart ass lawyer whose a one term senator. Worked out so well for the country. Let the over rehearsed mockery never end.

rik on January 16, 2016 at 10:35 PM”

That’s silly to say for a couple reasons.Yes they have superficial similarities,but in mostly good ways (It isnt a bad thing in life to attend Ivy league school,all things being equal).That said even,on a process level, Cruz is a dilligent perfectinist,who wants to know as much as he can to implement his policy.Obama is a guy who mistakes some charisma,and fun personality,as well as ability to give an OCCASIONAL great speech)

Even more so, from a leftist point of view Chocolate Jesus has been a VERY SUCCESSFUL PRESIDENT. Whether though laws,when he had massive congress control, to immigration,BS “Climate change” deals,Immigration,and the epically bad Iran deal.

If Cruz can be a more careful, very staunch conservative, version of that?

I think we would all take that.

Charliecrown on January 17, 2016 at 3:19 AM

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 3:00 AM

We’re good. ; )
The forgiveness wasn’t easy, especially after I found out about the shooter’s back ground.
However, I didn’t want the hate to consume me. I didn’t want him or the gang he came from
to add another victim notch to their belts. I’m nobody’s victim.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 3:24 AM

{{{WMG}}},
Thank you for the Bowie posts.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 3:26 AM

However, I didn’t want the hate to consume me. I didn’t want him or the gang he came from
to add another victim notch to their belts. I’m nobody’s victim.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 3:24 AM

You are a brave and honorable person!

It took 3+ years of therapy to get there and there are still some days (like tomorrow; a seminal anniversary in my life) which are harder than others.

All I know is forgiveness if f’n HARD. And anyone who can get there is a hero in my book.

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 3:28 AM

You are a brave and honorable person!

It took 3+ years of therapy to get there and there are still some days (like tomorrow; a seminal anniversary in my life) which are harder than others.

All I know is forgiveness if f’n HARD. And anyone who can get there is a hero in my book.

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 3:28 AM

Miss Smokey,
I think what has helped me is believing that once these people who have evil in their hearts pass on, they’re going to have to answer for their ways to some one else who’s bigger than me or our justice system. I’m just happy I won’t have to hear it. ; )

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 3:35 AM

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 2:51 AM

My gas furnace is two years old…

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2016 at 3:35 AM

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 2:56 AM

Let’s do it…

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2016 at 3:39 AM

Wonder if Michael Moore’s going to make a documentary about this as a sequel the wonders of socialized medicine he put forth in Sicko?

UK Doctors Go on Strike, Treatments Postponed

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 17, 2016 at 3:42 AM

Stay safe and warm.

SpongePuppy on January 17, 2016 at 2:54 AM

Thanks buddy…

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2016 at 3:47 AM

Miss Smokey,
My thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow. I hope you find the strength to find the comfort and peace you deserve in your life.
I appreciate your compliment about hero but there are people “out there” who deserve/earned that title than me.
Part of my sister’s job was gathering and taking pictures of criminal victims/evidence. How she and others like her, including our first responders, doctors, nurses, and war veterans could do their jobs is beyond me.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 3:51 AM

Let’s do it…

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2016 at 3:39 AM

Okie dokie! I’ve got my boots on (without shiny spurs) and even put on a skirt.
(No use flippin’ it ‘cuz it has a bunch of petticoats underneath.) I’ll try not to step on
your toes.

Here we goooooo!

{{{OC}}}

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 4:01 AM

David Brooks may be one of the biggest con men in America.

He is wrong much more often than the average tarot card reader, He makes asinine statements that would be laughed out of a freshman poli sci class, and he attempts to claim membership of the GOP while bad mouthing, and apologizing for values i cannot find any proof of him ever holding.

Is Brooks merely a charity pet of the beltway crowd, or is he being compensated for some service i am unaware of?

If only i was paid for making inane statements in the service of otherwise hopeless political hacks.

At least i would make it entertaining. Brooks has mastered the art of making his every spoken word boringly painful to the logical ear.

If he wasnt provably a real human being, i would have no doubt he was a construct of Aaron Sorkin’s intoxicated, sleep deprived imagination. A “Republican” worthy of fair treatment on the “West Wing”. You know, those fair minded folk who hate guys like Ted Cruz because there are no beliefs worth alienating Beltway cocktail denizens.

Just as an aside:

I imagine David Brooks reciting Stuart Smalley self affirmations into the mirror while his mother yells at him to take out the garbage before he goes to “hang out with those weird people”.

If there was ever a person who justified our skipping Sunday morning news shows in the service of cleansing the weekends poisons during a 90 minute iPad focused visit to the “throne”…..its David Brooks.

Only in America.

alecj on January 17, 2016 at 4:03 AM

Good morning everybody.

Racistanyway on January 17, 2016 at 4:05 AM

Good Morn, RA. ; )

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 4:10 AM

{{{OC}}}

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 4:01 AM

Backatcha’ darlin’

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2016 at 4:13 AM

cimbri/Aslans Girl, inauguration committee for 2017

Schadenfreude on January 16, 2016 at 10:49 PM

:)

We’re gonna have so much fun on 1/20/17! Can you imagine? It’ll be YUUUUUGE!

Aslans Girl on January 17, 2016 at 4:24 AM

Blessings and hugs to HA.

I’m missing a lot of our Night Crew peeps… hope you’re doing well.

… and Lord, please guide us through the political sludge we’ll be walking thru for
the next few months. Love Ya!

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 4:28 AM

Whatever happened to G2M, Roni?

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2016 at 4:33 AM

OC – 4:33 AM

I think he decided to take a time out from the political direction this site is going, like a few other people have done or have thought about doing.

Niters.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 4:55 AM

From his bed each morning, Roosevelt would, after briefly conferring with his advisers, set a daily target for bumping up the gold price, not always through scientific methods. One day, November 3rd, the president suggested that gold should go up twenty-one cents. “It’s a lucky number” he explained, “three times seven.”

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 17, 2016 at 5:10 AM

Morning y’all
Boy is the lsm seem guide with this swap with Iran

We know what happened with the last swap….ooh boy

Quite surprised dear leader hasn’t spiked the football yet

Go Cards!

cmsinaz on January 17, 2016 at 6:38 AM

Highly recommend “Making a Murderer” … only 1/3 way through and have no idea what to believe yet, but damn fascinating look at Criminal Justice system from beat cops up through appeals to Supreme Court. All I know is my Google is burning up more than YouTube songs on a Saturday! :)

smokeyblonde on January 17, 2016 at 1:53 AM

I never watch stuff like that. I figure it’s about 1% true and 99% BS so the producer can make $$.

wifarmboy on January 17, 2016 at 6:41 AM

It looks like he’s already spoke out about it via mediaite

cmsinaz on January 17, 2016 at 6:44 AM

Lsm not too happy that the gop candidates aren’t thrilled with the swap….they should be praising him like we do

Gee remember bergdahl, lapdogs?

cmsinaz on January 17, 2016 at 6:45 AM

So trump thinks he should get a little credit for the Americans released
SMH

cmsinaz on January 17, 2016 at 6:57 AM

Trump is the reason the WH got those Iranian hostages back. He was the only one complaining about our hostages, he has the biggest platform in the USA besides potus himself. Everyone hears him. Obama did not want Trump to have a Reagan moment and get the hostages back the second he was in the WH, so O got them now instead. I’m happy especially for Pastor Sayeed, but, yeah, this is Trump’s doing. He complained and complained and complained.

Aslans Girl on January 17, 2016 at 7:10 AM

Every GOPe who says they prefer Trump to Cruz is just being Brer Rabbit, “don’t throw me into the briar patch”. They know that Trump will destroy them and not do the Chamber of Commerce’s bidding while Cruz has shown he will play ball with them with his vote for TPA, Corker, agreeing to McConnell’s dictate of not endorsing any challengers in ’14, and his Goldman Sachs connection. Cruz is much more “E” than he or any of the “E” lets on.

Aslans Girl on January 17, 2016 at 7:17 AM

Maybe your right but it looks more like see how reasonable the Iranians can be now that the world is set right by the light-bringer with the bonus of humiliating our military.

wifarmboy on January 17, 2016 at 7:20 AM

The New York attack worked. The new york media just won’t accept that.

It’s step one of painting donald for what he truly is. A liberal.

rubberneck on January 17, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Trump was not the only candidate talking about it….

Just saying

cmsinaz on January 17, 2016 at 7:35 AM

cmsinaz on January 17, 2016 at 7:35 AM

He’s the one with the biggest platform, tho. As front-runner and just by virtue of being The Donald, his platform is second only to Obama’s right now.

Aslans Girl on January 17, 2016 at 7:44 AM

What trump will do to Cruz

pic.twitter.com/1Unla6re7H

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 17, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Aslans Girl on January 17, 2016 at 7:10 AM

Aslans Girl on January 17, 2016 at 7:17 AM

LOL! He really is the true Light Bringer, isn’t he? Obama was just an imposter.

butch on January 17, 2016 at 9:35 AM

The New York attack worked. The new york media just won’t accept that.

It’s step one of painting donald for what he truly is. A liberal.

rubberneck on January 17, 2016 at 7:30 AM

I’ve been supporting Trump, but I think you may be onto something.

The way the Donald went to bat for New York by posing them as a victim. . . .

I mean, yes, they were victims of 9/11 (as were we all) but the point of it was that he actually thought that victimization should immunize the city and the state from criticism. . . . That’s what struck home for me as the epitome of liberal response.

What Cruz said about New York was irrefutably true and how a broad cross-section of America perceives them.

That Trump unabashedly allied himself with the liberal knee-jerk response of the media and the political insiders really really gives me pause for thought about continuing support for his candidacy.

Electing Donald could prove to be a nightmare, with more of a downside than we previously imagined.

Younggod on January 17, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Electing Donald could prove to be a nightmare, with more of a downside than we previously imagined.

Younggod on January 17, 2016 at 10:58 AM

All i see is someone that can play the media like a violin without backing out of strong positions the media hates like immigration.

nathor on January 17, 2016 at 11:37 AM

I mean, yes, they were victims of 9/11 (as were we all) but the point of it was that he actually thought that victimization should immunize the city and the state from criticism. . . . That’s what struck home for me as the epitome of liberal response.

Younggod on January 17, 2016 at 10:58 AM

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The alternative, pro-Trump viewpoint is that Trump emphasized that New Yorkers, as do all true Americans, pull together in times of tragedy, in times of fighting against evil, in times of recovery, rebuilding and re-establishment. When he enumerated as part of his answer, the devastation of certain parts of Manhattan, and the efforts to find all survivors and human remains, even Ted Cruz applauded. He clapped his hands together. He applauded “New York values.” If you ascribe to Cruz the attributes of rationality, logic and conservative integrity, you can only admit that Ted Cruz admitted he was somewhat wrong. To make “blanket coverage” statements about one region or one group of people is wrong.
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Now that I have typed that “making ‘blanket coverage’ statements” about … people is wrong, I can feel you getting ready to blast Trump’s intent to suspend immigration of muslims for a period of time. The blanket concept, idea, or attitude that “most muslims are peaceful” is the same idiotic and failed attitude that has caused much misery from muslim attacks. Even muslim women are taking part in the carnage, as San Bernardino and Burkina Faso have demonstrated. It is not for candidates and politicians who have protection and security around the clock to judge, for me, who should or should not be trusted. Suspend the muslim immigration (temporarily, until we know what is going on AND can develop a reliable vetting system), expel illegal aliens, fight back against economic warfare, bomb the shit out of isis, and let Euroweenies know we do NOT share their “lay down, suffer and die” values.
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Assuming all muslims are “peaceful” is just as ignorant as assuming all muslims are “violent.” What we need to do is find and exclude radicalized jihadists. To defend New Yorkers who came together to “do something” after the muslim attacks that destroyed part of their city is not immunizing the city and state from criticism.

ExpressoBold on January 17, 2016 at 12:45 PM

{{{WMG}}},
Thank you for the Bowie posts.

31giddyup on January 17, 2016 at 3:26 AM

{{{Roni}}}}……..you’re welcome, Roni……..I was just in one of those moods……there’s a lot out there!

williamg on January 17, 2016 at 2:43 PM