Trump: “Let’s get to be a little establishment. We’ve got to get things done folks, OK?”

posted at 11:21 am on January 22, 2016 by Allahpundit

He’s not going to get fully pregnant, just a little bit pregnant. What’s the harm in that?

“I think they’re warming up. I want to be honest, I have received so many phone calls from people that you would call establishment, from people — generally speaking … conservatives, Republicans — that want to come onto our team,” Trump told reporters in Las Vegas before an appearance at the Outdoor Sportsman Awards…

At an earlier rally, Trump painted himself as a pragmatic dealmaker capable of working with lawmakers, in contrast with Cruz, his top rival in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses…

“You know what? There’s a point at which: Let’s get to be a little establishment,” Trump told the crowd at the South Point resort and casino. “We’ve got to get things done folks, OK? Believe me, don’t worry. We’re going to make such great deals.”

A fine soundbite for a general election candidate, which I think is the point of him talking like this. He’s not puffing either when he says that establishmentarians are cozying up to him. They are, and some of them aren’t shy about admitting their preference for him over Cruz.

In private, some veteran conservative Republicans have been reaching out to Trump. And Trump himself called the ultimate establishment figure in Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, for a talk late last year.

“If it came down to Trump or Cruz, there is no question I’d vote for Trump,” said former New York mayor and 2008 presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has not endorsed a candidate. “As a party, we’d have a better chance of winning with him, and I think a lot of Republicans look at it that way.”…

“Between Trump and Cruz, it’s not even close,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a longtime House moderate who has not endorsed a candidate. “Cruz isn’t a good guy, and he’d be impossible as president. People don’t trust him. And regardless of what your concern is with Trump, he’s pragmatic enough to get something done. I also don’t see malice in Trump like I see with Cruz.”…

“With Trump, hey, it’s just a deal,” said Alex Castellanos, a longtime Republican strategist. “The primary’s one deal, that’s done. If he were to be the nominee, the next deal’s a general [election]. You can see him saying, ‘We had to do what we had to do to win the primary, but now’s the general, and we’ve got to beat Hillary.’ You can see him pivot on a dime.

Exactly. Trump is for Trump and he makes no attempt to conceal it. That’s why his endless reversals over the past 15 years don’t damage him the way Romney’s considerably fewer flip-flops did: Trump barely makes a pretense of standing for something beyond his own success. The goal is to win. If muttering about “Mexican rapists” helps him win the primary, okay. If pivoting and presenting himself as a dealmaker who can build a centrist consensus helps him win the general election, okay. If and when he’s president, he’ll figure out whatever he needs to say to “win” at that point. One way he could “win” is by surprising his relatively small base of hardcore fans and signing a comprehensive immigration deal, which would earn him all sorts of Strange New Respect from his critics and signal that he’s capital-s Serious about governing. He’s an opportunist down to his bones. And he’s so confident that he’s going to win the primaries now that he’s not even afraid of lending a bit of credence to Cruz’s attacks that he’s a phony populist who’ll play ball with Mitch McConnell if given the chance. Maybe I will, says Trump. McConnell and Chuck Schumer know much more about how to “get things done” in Washington than Trump does. If you want to make America great again, they’re indispensable aides in that task, right?

Never mind Trump. He can count on his cult of personality to forgive him anything, and the rest of the primary electorate has already priced his opportunism into his stock. The newsy part about the establishment flirtation with him this week is that conventional Republicans do make a pretense of standing for something beyond their own political self-interest. And yet, as Philip Klein says, “they’ve convinced themselves that the party would be better off choosing somebody who represents everything they claim to abhor.” The Paul Ryan wing of the party may detest Cruz personally, but as Klein says, they have more in common ideologically — or claim to — with Cruz than they do with Trump, and yet the soundbites from congressional Republicans this week have almost uniformly signaled a greater openness to Trump than to Cruz. Not only that, but I can’t recall even one of them quoted in the stories I’ve read this week claiming that Trump is a better conservative or Republican than Cruz. What they like about Trump, per Peter King’s quote above, is that he’ll do “deals,” exactly the sort of compromise-for-its-own-sake approach that usually leaves conservative populists spitting at their congressional leadership.

There are only two possible ways to explain the Beltway preference for Trump, says Klein, given how poorly Trump polls in favorability surveys of the general electorate. Either they’d rather lose with Trump than accept a better chance of winning with the dreaded Cruz, or they just don’t care about conservatism as much as they’ve always claimed. (Or both.) So here’s my question to Cruz fans: If Trump wins this primary thanks in part to the “mainstreaming” benefits he’s now receiving from people like Bob Dole and Terry Branstad and various Republican senators, why should any Cruz fan continue to support this party? The point of preferring Cruz (or Rubio) to Trump is that conservatism matters; this week you’ve seen various party chieftains essentially say, “Well, no, it doesn’t matter much.” If that’s where the party is now, then let the rest of the electorate decide between the two non-conservative parties. Trump fans have every right to say they’ll stay home if their guy isn’t nominee because, without him in charge, the GOP doesn’t really represent their interests. The same is true for Cruz fans at this point, no?

Exit question via Klein: Didn’t we spend a good two or three years after the 2012 election hearing from establishment concern trolls that the GOP desperately needs to get right with Latino voters on immigration? Wasn’t that one of the core arguments for the Gang of Eight bill, that the party is finished as a national force if it allows even one more presidential election to happen without reconciling with Hispanics? Did I dream that? Because here we are in 2016 and suddenly those same establishmentarians seem to prefer the candidate in the race who’s utterly destroyed his standing with Latinos with rhetorical bombthrowing on immigration to the guy who’s been mean to poor Mitch McConnell in his floor speeches. We’re left now with this: “Pass amnesty or else we’re dead as a party. Also, take the guy who likes talking about ‘Mexican rapists’ over the other guy.” Huh?


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When you invoke Adolf you lost all arguments, no matter who you are, and it is very regretful and shameful.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Schad, I also invoked Niccolò Machiavelli, Maximilien de Robespierre, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, and Walter Duranty.

If you believe that a President should be able to ‘fire’ or persecute a sitting member of Congress, who was duly elected by citizens of the United States of America, and totally tear up the Constitution and Separation of Powers, then you are no better than anyone who has ever supported totalitarian dictators. That was my point by reminding people of those four quotes.

Lime in the Coconut on January 22, 2016 at 12:46 PM

The “GOPe” when given a choice, Trump or Cruz, of course they are going to select Trump.

He was a major supporter of Mitch McConnell…of course he would be the GOPe choice…pro ObamaCare, pro federal subsidies, pro bail outs, pro raising taxes on the middle class…they now see what I have seen…he is an insider that will work with them be part of them.

They are the princes, he will be their king…it’s a perfect marriage.

right2bright on January 22, 2016 at 12:34 PM

But who will the GOPe select if given a choice between Rubio or Trump?

And who will you select?

TheRightMan on January 22, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Trump Doesn’t Have to be Conservative, Humble or Polite to Fix America

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 11:48 AM

“Fix America”?

As vague as “Hope and Change”.

Obama loved to speak in platitudes and vague soundbites and the sheeple ate it right up. It’s all dessert and no veggies.

Those with intellectual honesty see this.

libfreesMom on January 22, 2016 at 11:53 AM

I’m actually hoping that Trump turns out to the Right’s Obama. Meaning that he’ll campaign on some broad platitudes about hope and uniting the country and such, get a big swath of the voters caught up in his movement – left, right and independent – and win the general by a good margin.

Then, when in office, he’ll give the Left the finger and take a YUGE right turn, appoint a bunch of conservative justices, eliminate obamacare, expand gitmo, retract the Iran deal, surrender a whole bunch of federal power to the states, and cheerfully dismantle the progressive movement in general with a big fat smile on his face.

Why not?

So he’d be like kind of an Anti-Obama.

Agent Cooper on January 22, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Trump is reweeting a Nazi supporter, accusing news anchors of bleeding from “places”. He is making fun of disabled people and purposing religious bans.

Trump has already conceded Colorado and Nevada with his rapists remarks.

Worst candidate ever.

TimeTraveler on January 22, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Thus far 1/22/2016 has been the best morning of the young campaign…

…It’s starting to look like 2/2/2016 might top it.

mjbrooks3 on January 22, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Just laughing at you establishmentarian candidates supporter, you poor saps.

Rubio
Kasich
Jeb!
Christie

the forgotten Carly

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 12:40 PM

And, I’m just laughing my arse off that you would ever believe this ‘LimeY’ would support Rubio, kASSich, Jeb!, Christie, Fiorina, Huckabee, Santorum, etc.

– SoRo

Lime in the Coconut on January 22, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Family civil war:

Willie Robertson endorses Trump.

mjbrooks3 on January 22, 2016 at 12:50 PM

For Bitter Clinger (had to even convert files for you)

*Donald Trump: *

We have to have legal immigration.

*Question:*

[overlapping audio]

*Donald Trump: *

Yeah, we want to get the legal immigration in. We want legal immigration.

Many rallies followed, with the same theme.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 12:51 PM

I’m actually hoping that Trump turns out to the Right’s Obama. Meaning that he’ll campaign on some broad platitudes about hope and uniting the country and such, get a big swath of the voters caught up in his movement – left, right and independent – and win the general by a good margin.

Then, when in office, he’ll give the Left the finger and take a YUGE right turn, appoint a bunch of conservative justices, eliminate obamacare, expand gitmo, retract the Iran deal, surrender a whole bunch of federal power to the states, and cheerfully dismantle the progressive movement in general with a big fat smile on his face.

Why not?

So he’d be like kind of an Anti-Obama.

Agent Cooper on January 22, 2016 at 12:47 PM

And after he has done all of that, (probably through a lot of exec orders) is he going to be like Cincinnatus of the Roman Empire and give power back to the republic, or does he still hold the gun of Federal power to our heads.

I don’t trust that he will surrender that power, and we will be back to the feds having that gun to our head, and we will keep hoping that “Our guy/gal” is always holding the trigger. I do believe with Cruz, he will be the one to dismantle that gun and throw it in the damn ocean.

Leopard1996 on January 22, 2016 at 12:53 PM

The only hope the gop has is if Sanders wins the nomination.

Both parties voters apparently have given up on politics as usual, and both WANT to grab what they can, and want a STRONGMAN to get it.

Thank you Obama, THAT is your legacy.

You have shown us it’s all about EXECUTIVE ORDERS and going around Congress.

PappyD61 on January 22, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 12:51 PM

I’m not disagreeing with that.

But I’m talking specifically about the illegals who are deported but then deemed “good” who will be readmitted via an “expedited process” (h/t Athos). That’s a reward for bad behavior because they’ll get to cut in line in front of the ones who have never broken the law by crashing the border in the first place.

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Family civil war:

Willie Robertson endorses Trump.

mjbrooks3 on January 22, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Yeah, but who does Uncle Sy endorse??

ToddPA on January 22, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Willie Robertson endorses Trump.

mjbrooks3 on January 22, 2016 at 12:50 PM

I saw that earlier. LInking to it here.

lineholder on January 22, 2016 at 12:55 PM

And, I’m just laughing my arse off that you would ever believe this ‘LimeY’ would support Rubio, kASSich, Jeb!, Christie, Fiorina, Huckabee, Santorum, etc.

– SoRo

Lime in the Coconut on January 22, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Dear friend, I never believed that for a second.

No need to doubt me, ever. You’re one of the few keepers, for that marvelous brain, for starters.

My comment was about the ones who think that the NRO is doing what they do “for Cruz”, are giddy about it, erroneously, and are nasty, when it is all so much fun.

Be aware, always, for our enemies are all around.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 12:56 PM

I am changing my stance on any of these people.

I support STACY DASH!!!!!!!!!!!
Damn, this girl Rocks!

ToddPA on January 22, 2016 at 12:56 PM

I can’t shake this uneasy feeling about Trump, and this while not a surprise, does not help matters.

Brian1972 on January 22, 2016 at 12:57 PM

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Trump will not apply any commenters’ plays.

Legal immigration process, as it currently exists.

Look, you can fight me all you want. We’re not that much different.

I’m mainly just entertained, having done the hard work already.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 12:58 PM

The GOPe supporters here are trying to make it about “conservatism” and therefore a choice between Cruz or Trump.

We sure wish the world was so simple because then Cruz would win hands down except for his comparative weakness on immigration.

For this election cycle, however, the key mantra is this:

A nation without borders is NOT a nation.

Who cares about the never-ending fight between conservatism and liberalism if the nation gets swallowed up in unlimited illegal aliens? Who will be able to win as a conservative if the whole country becomes like California?

Trump as a nationalist understood this basic FACT and made it the cornerstone of his campaign. Hence his continued stay atop the polls.

If he is able to arrest and smash the dreams of the elite concerning amnesty/illegal immigration… If he is able to make Americans proud of their country again… Trump would be a successful President.

After 8 years of Trump, call me and we can discuss ideology battles again.

TheRightMan on January 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM

I guarantee — guarantee — Trump will pass an amnesty if he gets to build a wall. But the amnesty will attract millions more and part of his “deal” will be to not deport everyone.

It will be a nightmare, but the Trumpsters will defend him for reasons that will continue to elude me.

Nessuno on January 22, 2016 at 1:01 PM

A nation without borders is NOT a nation.

Repeated last night on Hannity, for the mteenth time, but, clingers.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 1:02 PM

VOTERS WANT A STRONGMAN (FOR THEIR INTERESTS)

THAT is why Sanders and Trump are so appealing. They both take the “I’m going to get it for you. I’m going to make the other side pay.”

Problem is Trump is all over the place and LOVES CRUZ, THEN HATES HIM. Is going to sue Rosie, then wishes her well. Loves abortion and is “very very pro-choice” then he supports defunding Planned Parenthood.


God help us.

The Republic is dead.

http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/1/1d/Destruction_of_the_Hosnian_system.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/300?cb=20160114003428

PappyD61 on January 22, 2016 at 1:02 PM

I’m actually hoping that Trump turns out to the Right’s Obama. Meaning that he’ll campaign on some broad platitudes about hope and uniting the country and such, get a big swath of the voters caught up in his movement – left, right and independent – and win the general by a good margin.

Then, when in office, he’ll give the Left the finger and take a YUGE right turn, appoint a bunch of conservative justices, eliminate obamacare, expand gitmo, retract the Iran deal, surrender a whole bunch of federal power to the states, and cheerfully dismantle the progressive movement in general with a big fat smile on his face.

Why not?

So he’d be like kind of an Anti-Obama.

Agent Cooper on January 22, 2016 at 12:47 PM

And after he has done all of that, (probably through a lot of exec orders) is he going to be like Cincinnatus of the Roman Empire and give power back to the republic, or does he still hold the gun of Federal power to our heads.

I don’t trust that he will surrender that power, and we will be back to the feds having that gun to our head, and we will keep hoping that “Our guy/gal” is always holding the trigger. I do believe with Cruz, he will be the one to dismantle that gun and throw it in the damn ocean.

Leopard1996 on January 22, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Maybe. Trump IS kind of a wild card in that respect. But I think he’s more likely to be Cincinnatus then Caesar. He’s already very rich and powerful. He can have all that goes with power and money without the headache of being president. That’s actually one of the things that makes him attractive to me politically. I don’t think he’ll even run for a second term, honestly.

Agent Cooper on January 22, 2016 at 1:04 PM

Yeah, but who does Uncle Sy endorse??

ToddPA on January 22, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Whoever the iced tea drinker is.

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Clues, get some

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 1:08 PM

I totally expected Trump to wait until he won the presidency before selling out.

My bad.

Oxymoron on January 22, 2016 at 1:10 PM

I guarantee — guarantee — Trump will pass an amnesty if he gets to build a wall. But the amnesty will attract millions more and part of his “deal” will be to not deport everyone.

It will be a nightmare, but the Trumpsters will defend him for reasons that will continue to elude me.

Nessuno on January 22, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Since you appear to know the future so well, what would a President Rubio coupled with a Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority (or Minority) Leader McConnell do?

Sorry, but I will stick to voting for Trump.

Thanks for your concern.

TheRightMan on January 22, 2016 at 1:12 PM

An excellent quote from a Supreme Court case to have around when arguing about immigration:

‘[T]he power of exclusion of foreigners [is] an incident of sovereignty belonging to the government of the United States as a part of those sovereign powers delegated by the constitution.’

– Chae Chan Ping v United States, 130 U.S. 581 (1889)

Save it.

Lime in the Coconut on January 22, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Lime in the Coconut on January 22, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Indeed, and it downs the thousands of stupid HA comment to the contrary.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 1:19 PM

The RINO camel molester thinks this will drive away Trump supporters.

Trump has always said he is a negotiator. That is how you get things done. That would be in direct opposition to what we have now which is a RINO give-away to the commie-dems.

Trump has been truthful about himself and his policies. You HA RINO morons just don’t recognize the truth because you never hear it from anyone else. All the others supported amnesty and H1-B and H2-B visas and they still do. They are lying when they say they don’t support those just to get elected. And if they get elected you can count on them to immediately stab us in the back like they have done repeatedly over the last 12 years.

earlgrey on January 22, 2016 at 1:19 PM

Brent Bozell: The Establishment knows Ted Cruz can’t be bought
Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz

Published on Jan 22, 2016

http://www.tedcruz.org
==================

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9MgxHm6Gvw

canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 12:13 PM

THIS ^

redridinghood on January 22, 2016 at 1:21 PM

https://youtu.be/PytWoOvzBhA

Yep, disgusting Kelly clan

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 1:19 PM

Impact of Germany bowing

lineholder on January 22, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Trump is going to sell you out faster than he combs his hair over. Wake up! He is not to be trusted.

MississippiMom on January 22, 2016 at 1:29 PM

All you conservative trump bashers need to remember Reagan made deals with a Democratic congress. Tip O’Neal was not exactly a GOP pal. Reagan too, was a Democrat at one time. You all said the same thing about him and it all turned out well. I want to see what you hypocrites have to say when Trump does what he says he will do and makes America great again.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 22, 2016 at 1:29 PM

I think the thing that is appealing about Trump is that if elected, he would shake up Washington DC pretty intensely. It would be great to see someone come in and crap all over the establishment of both sides of DC and get some heads rolling. Think of all those fat bureaucrats that need a fire lit under their asses.

JeffB. on January 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Trump is no Reagan. Far from it.

redridinghood on January 22, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Trump is going to sell you out faster than he combs his hair over. Wake up! He is not to be trusted.

MississippiMom on January 22, 2016 at 1:29 PM

You mean just like Rubio?

Rubio or Trump, now who do I choose?

Trump it is.

TheRightMan on January 22, 2016 at 1:40 PM

ROFL!!!!

Whatever you say.

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2016 at 12:37 PM

You deport them.

They apply for reentry with form I-212.

The ones with merit, we allow reentry.

Bitter Clinger: I hope its not the raper ones.(sarc):)

canopfor on January 22, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Well those guys have to try with form I-601 due to their crimes. And will be denied reentry.

NWConservative on January 22, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Trump is right. We’re not appointing a king or dictator, we’re electing a president who can hold sway and get things done. We don’t need another aloof senator who thinks he can go it alone.

cimbri on January 22, 2016 at 1:58 PM

This “witless ape” will eat you all.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 2:01 PM

Trump is right. We’re not appointing a king or dictator, we’re electing a president who can hold sway and get things done. We don’t need another aloof senator who thinks he can go it alone.

cimbri on January 22, 2016 at 1:58 PM

Ted Cruz is running as the unreasonable man. That is his newest attack on Trump.

That he’s reasonable.

It’s simply laughable the insanity of that statement.

NWConservative on January 22, 2016 at 2:10 PM

I think for some, his single issue one trick pony is so powerful that anything can be looked past and all can be explained away or forgiven.

anuts on January 22, 2016 at 2:25 PM

“I need a little help from my friends”…

right2bright on January 22, 2016 at 2:30 PM

I think the thing that is appealing about Trump is that if elected, he would shake up Washington DC pretty intensely. It would be great to see someone come in and crap all over the establishment of both sides of DC and get some heads rolling.
JeffB. on January 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM

The establishment themselves disagree. They’re actually telling you/us we’d prefer him over Cruz precisely because he wouldn’t shake things up with the establishment. He even disagrees with you. This thread is exactly about that.

anuts on January 22, 2016 at 2:31 PM

then you are no better than anyone who has ever supported totalitarian dictators. That was my point by reminding people of those four quotes.

Lime in the Coconut on January 22, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Except that I don’t. What a day. I’m loving it, for history, and hating it, for you.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 2:32 PM

I think the thing that is appealing about Trump is that if elected, he would shake up Washington DC pretty intensely. It would be great to see someone come in and crap all over the establishment of both sides of DC and get some heads rolling. Think of all those fat bureaucrats that need a fire lit under their asses.

JeffB. on January 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM

I agree with this.

And actually I think a president Cruz might do pretty much the same thing. He has scores to settle with the GOP establishment.

You know what would be fantastic? President Cruz (or Trump) appointing Trey Gowdy as Attorney General.

Half of congress would be under investigation and/or in jail by summer. …Where they belong. Heh.

Agent Cooper on January 22, 2016 at 2:35 PM

Not about the “good” one he says he wants to deport then bring back.

Bitter Clinger on January 22, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Legally

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Which leaves me with this question for his supporters: even looking beyond what seems to many of us to only be sweeping campaign bluster about total and full deportation of illegals, what exactly gives you any reason to believe total deportation of illegals won’t get dealt away either?

anuts on January 22, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Reality check

Levin’s family member works for Cruz.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Reality check

Levin’s family member works for Cruz.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Reality is hard.

NWConservative on January 22, 2016 at 2:46 PM

“When you invoke Adolf you lost all arguments, no matter who you are, and it is very regretful and shameful.
Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 12:30 PM “

Based on what, because you said so? If the shoe fits then I don’t see any problem with comparing a would-be dictator to actual dictators. People need to be reminded what a dictatorship looks like.

Trump has openly said that he would infringe upon the Constitution and act unilaterally without any checks or balance on his authority. That’s a dictatorship. He has also shown a desire to cozy up with other dictators and human rights violators, like Vladimir Putin.

A recent poll done by U Mass showed the common trait amongst all Trump supporters is an inclination towards authoritarianism. If you support dictatorships that’s fine. Just please don’t vote in our elections. Those of us who support a liberal democracy, transparent government, and an open society would like to avoid the disasters that have fallen on other countries.

ConservOvrGOP on January 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Levin’s family member works for Cruz.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 2:40 PM

And?

Mimzey on January 22, 2016 at 3:01 PM

I think for some, his single issue one trick pony is so powerful that anything can be looked past and all can be explained away or forgiven.

anuts on January 22, 2016 at 2:25 PM

Pretty much

“Obama gonna pay my rent! I won’t have to worry about my bills any more!! Obama!…Obama!..Obama!!”

Mimzey on January 22, 2016 at 3:06 PM

I think the thing that is appealing about Trump is that if elected, he would shake up Washington DC pretty intensely. It would be great to see someone come in and crap all over the establishment of both sides of DC and get some heads rolling. Think of all those fat bureaucrats that need a fire lit under their asses.

JeffB. on January 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM

It’s so cute how the Trump nuts actually believe The Donald will “shake up” Washington. Every chance he gets he crows about how the big, bad establishment is warming up to him.

He wants nothing more than to play with the big boys. Make deals, lots of deals, many, many AMAZING deals. He’s always seen himself as The Best Businessman Evah, and he wants nothing more than to be the Most Powerful Politician Evah. That’s why he has been either running or toying with the idea of running for political office for decades.

He’s horribly insecure and cannot help lashing out, in the most juvenile ways, at anyone who dares to criticize him. He wants nothing more than to be accepted and respected.

He’s not out to make enemies, he’s out to make friends. Thus he keeps attacking Cruz with the charge that “nobody likes him.”

Trump has already sold out. The Trump nuts are just too embarrassed to admit they were wrong, and will continue to deny, deny, deny what’s staring them in the face.

Meredith on January 22, 2016 at 3:11 PM

The boys of NRO

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Reality check

Levin’s family member works for Cruz.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 2:40 PM

That says as much about Levin as the behavior of Sarah Palin’s family members says about her.

Gelsomina on January 22, 2016 at 3:48 PM

I guarantee — guarantee — Trump will pass an amnesty if he gets to build a wall. But the amnesty will attract millions more and part of his “deal” will be to not deport everyone.

It will be a nightmare, but the Trumpsters will defend him for reasons that will continue to elude me.

Nessuno on January 22, 2016 at 1:01 PM

You’re not in a position to guarantee anything. You’re a faceless commenter.

fossten on January 22, 2016 at 3:48 PM

He’s not out to make enemies, he’s out to make friends. Thus he keeps attacking Cruz with the charge that “nobody likes him.”

Trump has already sold out. The Trump nuts are just too embarrassed to admit they were wrong, and will continue to deny, deny, deny what’s staring them in the face.

Meredith on January 22, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Meredith…as a Trump supporter and a “serious conservative”, I think you are missing the components of a true deal maker. To achieve in negotiations you are always thinking one step ahead and you always know where YOU want to end up. Trump is moving the ENTIRE political world to where he believes, and most Americans, it should be. He sees, like all of us, that America has deteriorated beyond what we remember America being as a country. He wants to bring it back to greatness with an actual border, better trade deals, lower taxes, military strengthened, respect – both by allies and enemies.

Of course in doing this he throws out remarks trying to weaken his opponents…it’s called politics and they ALL do it.

g2825m on January 22, 2016 at 3:55 PM

In case you didn’t link to schade’s post above, here are the groupies who met with Obama in 2009:
“group who gathered together in an exclusive meeting with President Obama in 2009 to sing his praises after the ’08 election.

George Will
Michael Barone
David Brooks
Charles Krauthammer
Bill Kristol
Lawrence Kudlow
Rich Lowry
Peggy Noonan

Courtesy of http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/01/22/reminder-donald-trumps-2016-nro-critics-were-president-obamas-2009-fan-boys/#more-111339

Hmmmmm…what do they all have in common? They all live right there in the DC or NY bubble.

g2825m on January 22, 2016 at 4:04 PM

These political promises are nothing but breath. Tell people whatever you think they want to hear and then once you have what you want, do whatever you want. The Clintons have done that successfully for years; why wouldn’t Trump.

KW64 on January 22, 2016 at 5:56 PM

These political promises are nothing but breath. Tell people whatever you think they want to hear and then once you have what you want, do whatever you want. The Clintons have done that successfully for years; why wouldn’t Trump.

KW64 on January 22, 2016 at 5:56 PM

I hear ya!

redridinghood on January 22, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Let’s turn the Establishment on its ear: let US, the Base, DISPLACE the Establishment by forcing them out, then we’d be in charge and one could call us the New Establishment! The current GOPe can then become the FRINGE. That’d be great. And we’ll treat them the way they treated us all these years, by punching them in the nose ;)

Aslans Girl on January 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Trump will be the status quo. He’s “coachable”.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Drip ….. drip …. drip!

Garym on January 22, 2016 at 8:06 PM

Trump has already sold out. The Trump nuts are just too embarrassed to admit they were wrong, and will continue to deny, deny, deny what’s staring them in the face.

Meredith on January 22, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Not at all like the typical GOPe sycophant, apparatchik, or shill, eh?

Projection is so unseemly.

Athos on January 22, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Trump: “Let’s get to be a little establishment. We’ve got to get things done folks, OK?”

Nixon now, Nixon now, more than ever-Nixon now!

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 22, 2016 at 9:18 PM

then you are no better than anyone who has ever supported totalitarian dictators. That was my point by reminding people of those four quotes.

Lime in the Coconut on January 22, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Except that I don’t. What a day. I’m loving it, for history, and hating it, for you.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Then, you shouldn’t have worried about a comment not directed to you. Anyone, who believes that a President should be able to ‘fire’ a duly-elected member of Congress, is nothing more than a fan of totalitarian dictatorships, which is why I wrote the quotes.

Why would you hate it for me?

I’ve had a fantastic day. Unlike too many of you, I don’t fall prey to the Cult of Personality and have many other interests that I not only enjoy, but obsessively love.

I don’t care about the latest contretemps between Trump and Cruz, National Review and Fox, etc. To care is to waste precious time on irrelevancies.

Lime in the Coconut on January 22, 2016 at 9:35 PM

If Trump wins this primary thanks in part to the “mainstreaming” benefits he’s now receiving from people like Bob Dole and Terry Branstad and various Republican senators, why should any Cruz fan continue to support this party?

They shouldn’t. I voted Libertarian last time for the exact same reason. I will vote Libertarian again this time if Trump is the nominee (unless a good Perot figure pops up as an Independent). And, then, I will look into making a party for Texas to secede from the Union, because this country is going to hell in a hand basket and I want to be free again.

Theophile on January 23, 2016 at 2:20 AM

I think for some, his single issue one trick pony is so powerful that anything can be looked past and all can be explained away or forgiven.

anuts on January 22, 2016 at 2:25 PM

Listen up, gruber. Trump has a number of policies and you can read them on his website, or you can buy his very inexpensive book. But stop making yourself look stupid because you are too lazy to actually do any research at all before you make dumbass statements like that one.

earlgrey on January 25, 2016 at 1:43 PM