Trump on Cruz: The establishment is rallying to me because other senators think Cruz is a “whack job”

posted at 8:41 pm on January 25, 2016 by Allahpundit

I’m sending this one out with a long-distance dedication to all the readers who cheered Cruz’s floor speech back in July savaging Mitch McConnell and the Republican caucus for cronyism. If I told you then that, six months later, the Republican frontrunner would be calling Cruz a “whack job” a week before Iowa, to a man you would have said, “JEB BUSH IS THE FRONTRUNNER IN IOWA?”

Which, actually, would have been unfair to Jeb. Even the establishment’s favorite son would have avoided a term like “whack job” for Cruz, partly because it’s overly nasty and dismissive and partly because even the McConnellites don’t see Cruz that way. The rap on Cruz, a la Marco Rubio, is that he’s cunning and cynically self-interested, willing to let the government shut down if it gives him some material for a campaign commercial in the south. It’s not that he’s unhinged. Either Trump doesn’t understand the supposed problem with Cruz or, ever the salesman, he thinks “whack job” is a better pitch to Iowa’s undecideds. But let me say something sort of nice about Trump here: If you follow conservative media at all, especially talk radio, and you know how much cover Trump has received from populist outlets as a legitimate voice of grassroots conservative anger at Washington, it’s endlessly amusing to see him suddenly go ultra-establishment in attacking Cruz. Cruz deserves plenty of blame too, of course — until three weeks ago, he was the biggest populist Trump enabler of all. But Cruz has no choice except to attack now. If you’re a commentator who praised Cruz to the heavens for standing up to McConnell and later treated Trump as though he was some sort of avenging angel against Beltway Republicans, what do you do now that Trump is hitting Cruz for being too mean to poor Mitch and company? Trump played the whole thing beautifully.

“I think the establishment actually is against me but really coming on line because they see me as opposed to Cruz, who is a nasty guy who can’t get along with anybody,” Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday.

“Look, at a certain point, we got to make deals,” Trump continued. “We can’t have a guy who stands in the middle of the Senate floor and every other senator thinks he’s a whack job. You have to make deals, you have to get along, that’s the purpose of what our founders created, and Ted cannot get along with anybody. He’s a nasty person.”…

In recent weeks, Trump has been assailing Cruz for being an opposition figure who is incapable of working with his colleagues to get things done and making a pitch to the evangelical voters who have migrated into his rival’s camp.

It’s not true that all establishmentarians prefer Trump to Cruz — some still take conservatism seriously enough to prefer even an abrasive conservative to a nationalist with a strong-man complex — but it’s probably broadly true. That may even help explain Trump’s recent poll surge in Iowa. Cruz fans would have you believe that any sort of thumbs up from Washington for a candidate is pure poison among Iowa Republicans, but I don’t think that’s true in Trump’s case. One of Trump’s problems is people wondering if he’s too much of a loose cannon to be trusted with the presidency. Hearing John McCain and Orrin Hatch sound more concerned about Cruz than Trump is a strong vote of confidence in Trump’s reasonableness.

Speaking of Trump’s populist enablers, Leon Wolf listened to Rush Limbaugh’s show this afternoon and nearly fell off the chair when Rush said this:

“Rush: The umbrella fear is fear of government. Well who out there happens to be talking about the incompetence and incapability of government louder than anybody else is? That would be The Donald and.. and Cruz as well. But with The Donald it’s an identifying characteristic. He never even utters the words. A caller the other day said “I never hear Trump talk about big government.” He does all the time, he doesn’t use the words. He talks about liberals all the time, doesn’t use the words. He talks about conservatives all the time, doesn’t use the word. Exactly the advice Pat Buchanan was given back in 1996. “Go ahead, do everything, but do not call yourself a conservative, Pat, it will narrow your identity, you don’t need any help from any other constituency…” Pat couldn’t do it, he was so tied to the conservative movement, and the party, and he couldn’t do it. But Trump can since he’s never really been associated with either political party. It’s an open question. But everything Trump talks about – much of what he talks about is rooted in opposition, in one way or another, to things happening to people from government.”

This is sleight of hand. Rush is equating “big government” with “incompetent government” and then claiming that because Trump criticizes the latter he’s also criticizing the former. Not so. A dogmatic conservative like Cruz would equate the two on the theory that government, for many reasons, is necessarily inefficient and broadly incompetent and therefore it’s imperative to reduce the size of it. A smaller government is a less dangerous government. To Trump, if you want a less dangerous government, your only option is a Trump-led government. Inefficiency and incompetence in government is a matter of personnel, not of incentives associated with collective action. I’d bet cash money that Trump would prefer that a Trump-led government be as big as possible, in fact, so that it can “make America great again” more expeditiously. That’s why you never catch him complaining about “big government.” But oh well. Rush’s reward for spinning for Trump here is watching this fake-conservative slam Cruz as a “whack job” for doing exactly the sort of thing Rush et al. have been celebrating Cruz for doing for the past three years. Enjoy caucus night, everyone.


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So what’s Trumps stance on Obamacare? How about subsidies? Entitlements? Oh right, that’s why the establishment likes him.

jhffmn on January 26, 2016 at 8:09 AM

Well we know what Cruz’s stances are on ALL issues….WHATEVER HIS DONORS WANT

dio55 on January 26, 2016 at 8:37 AM

CONGRESS and the STATEHOUSES are full of those who said they were “true conservatives” then went on to serve only their DONORS and screwed THE PEOPLE, please tell me how different Cruz is …
The definition of INSANE is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, so that makes Cruz supporters……

dio55 on January 26, 2016 at 8:34 AM

I gotta go with the guy who memorized the Constitution when he was a kid. I’m thinking it actually means something to him.

WordsMatter on January 26, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Well we know what Cruz’s stances are on ALL issues….WHATEVER HIS DONORS WANT

dio55 on January 26, 2016 at 8:37 AM

That is so incredibly childish.

Alinsky on January 26, 2016 at 8:41 AM

It doesn’t matter what a candidate’s stances are on the issues if he keeps finding excuses not to do anything once he’s elected.

http://dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/3247/Cruz-v-Trump-2-The-Post-Constitutional-Election.aspx

Let’s face it, the conservative establishment, so to speak, has jumped the shark, and nothing they’re telling us now can be accepted as what they really believe.

Aitch748 on January 26, 2016 at 8:44 AM

the canadian called Raphael cruz is crying as Trump smashes his dreams of world domination.

nathor on January 26, 2016 at 9:01 AM

the canadian called Raphael cruz is crying as Trump smashes his dreams of world domination.

nathor on January 26, 2016 at 9:01 AM

Is this your actual demeanor or are you doing your best to emulate Trump’s tone? If you were a guest in my home and you behaved this way, I’d ask you to leave. I’m not trying to change your mind about Cruz or Trump, just pointing out that you’re being a jerk which you probably wouldn’t do IRL. I hope you wouldn’t.

Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 9:15 AM

the canadian called Raphael cruz is crying as Trump smashes his dreams of world domination.

nathor on January 26, 2016 at 9:01 AM

Celebrating, QED^^^

WordsMatter on January 26, 2016 at 9:15 AM

And Trump supports those very same people in the establishment. He gave them money, protected them from the Tea party. Mitch McConnell alone got $50,000 in protection money from Trump and a direct $5200 donation from Trump.

Constitutionalist on January 26, 2016 at 9:16 AM

They are easy marks for scammers.
Trump: Deport all illegal aliens. (at this point they are sold regardless of what the disclaimers are.) Then bring them back quickly under an expedited process.
Trump: Ban All Muslims. (at this point they are sold regardless of what the disclaimers are.) Short term, ended quickly, probably a couple months.
Trump: End cronyism! (at this point they are sold regardless of what the disclaimers are.) We should make them add more ethanol to the fuel to destroy more cars.

Constitutionalist on January 26, 2016 at 9:21 AM

Let’s face it, the conservative establishment, so to speak, has jumped the shark, and nothing they’re telling us now can be accepted as what they really believe.

Aitch748 on January 26, 2016 at 8:44 AM

No idea what your point is because it apparently rests upon a link and I don’t do argument by link.

However, I’ve seen this term “conservative establishment” used several times since Trump admitted that he was going to be in bed with the actual establishment to “get things done”. I assume that this is a talking point you Trump supporters have shared with each other or that you’re just natural meme’ers. Let me straighten out your nonsense.

There is an establishment that pretends to be conservative. They are led by McConnell and Ryan in the legislature, enjoy making deals with the democrats (the grander the better) and are adhered to by such luminaries as John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The is the actual establishment, supported by the actual money brokers. When the term GOPe is used, this is the image that appears in people’s minds. This is also the group that Trump is playing footsie with. We’re going to make the best deals.

There is not conservative establishment. There are scattered voices, here and there. They don’t have much power. The actual establishment makes sure of that. There aren’t many of them in elected office. Most are in the House. With little power, they have little influence, so the only people who bother to support them are those that believe in the ideals they espouse. When you use the term “conservative establishment,” you are building a fantasy construct that you wish existed because it would tie the various psychoses that you entertain into a neat package, allowing you to make sense of the confusing world around you. This construct is commonly referred to as a strawman. It was born to die, so don’t feel guilty as you gleefully plunge your dagger into its defenseless breast.

Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Trump: Deport all illegal aliens. (at this point they are sold regardless of what the disclaimers are.)

Constitutionalist on January 26, 2016 at 9:21 AM

Trump needs a disclaimer:

Warning: Trump will make broad, sweeping policy pronouncements that are so poorly thought out as to usually be illegal, impossible, or vastly different from how he represents them.

LashRambo on January 26, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Trump sounds a lot like McAmnesty. Do you suppose he would pick him as head of DHS?

clement on January 26, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Leon Wolf listened to Rush Limbaugh’s show this afternoon and nearly fell off the chair when Rush said this

I expect Rush is as deeply concerned as any of us about some RedState diary-writer’s complaints.

whatcat on January 26, 2016 at 9:40 AM

From today’s sidebar Pavlich piece:

That being said, I should point out the impossibility of taking Trump’s supporters seriously when they hurl endless names through the internet: degenerate, cuckservative, RINO, establishment hack, c*nt, b*itch, two faced c*cksucker, maggot, part of an “unwise pig pile,” etc. Not to mention those who told me, and other authors of the piece, to commit suicide.

Sounds like she can’t take a joke. :)

butch on January 26, 2016 at 9:46 AM

Well we know what Cruz’s stances are on ALL issues….WHATEVER HIS DONORS WANT

So we can only elect self-funding billionaires? Billionaires who’ve been gaming the corrupt system for decades?

Every candidate has doners.

The fact that these entrenched RINOs hate Cruz is more than enough to gain my support. These old crooks in DC have been screwing us for years.

ChowHound on January 26, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Trump is one nasty ba$tard. He has yet to make a decent stump speech. He is clueless about policy and he has lowered the level of discourse to a grade 6 level.

The only way to attack Trump is on his level. Any man who dies his hair and has a combover is a PU$$Y. No wonder he’s afraid of Megyn Kelly.

Basilsbest on January 26, 2016 at 9:56 AM

So we can only elect self-funding billionaires? Billionaires who’ve been gaming the corrupt system for decades?

Every candidate has doners.

The fact that these entrenched RINOs hate Cruz is more than enough to gain my support. These old crooks in DC have been screwing us for years.

ChowHound on January 26, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Person A) “Your candidate is beholden to the monied interests that fund his campaign!”
Person B) “Your candidate is one of the monied interests.”
Person A) “But my candidate isn’t beholden to anyone!”
Person B) “Does ‘anyone’ include you?”
Person A) “I keel you!”

Elect the power brokers and eliminate the politician middle men. Accountability has always been overrated.

Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 9:57 AM

I gotta go with the guy who memorized the Constitution when he was a kid. I’m thinking it actually means something to him.

WordsMatter on January 26, 2016 at 8:38 AM

If you believe “memorized the Constitution” means bubkus when it comes to campaign MONEY then I have some premium swampland to sell you

dio55 on January 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM

And Trump supports those very same people in the establishment. He gave them money, protected them from the Tea party. Mitch McConnell alone got $50,000 in protection money from Trump and a direct $5200 donation from Trump.

Constitutionalist on January 26, 2016 at 9:16 AM

Having pursued development deals in the past, and being told you need to buy 10k in tickets to the latest re-election campaign function….I get Trump’s ‘donations’ Do I think it is appropriate….hell no, but when you have millions invested (and yes it can take millions of pre planning to get a large deal put together and ready for presentation) do you walk away from the project and the potential 10’s of millions in profits over some pittance of “campaign contributions” or do you suck it up and pay the “entry fee”.

His past contributions are simply another cost of doing business brought on by big government.

animal02 on January 26, 2016 at 10:02 AM

That is so incredibly childish.

Alinsky on January 26, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Totally agree it is incredibly childish of Cruz to put his DONORS first

dio55 on January 26, 2016 at 10:03 AM

Trump is one nasty ba$tard. He has yet to make a decent stump speech. He is clueless about policy and he has lowered the level of discourse to a grade 6 level.

The only way to attack Trump is on his level. Any man who dies his hair and has a combover is a PU$$Y. No wonder he’s afraid of Megyn Kelly.

Basilsbest on January 26, 2016 at 9:56 AM

Why attack him……if he operates at a 6 grade level like you claim………just run on your superior platform. Oh wait…………

animal02 on January 26, 2016 at 10:04 AM

The fact that these entrenched RINOs hate Cruz is more than enough to gain my support. These old crooks in DC have been screwing us for years.

ChowHound on January 26, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Cruz IS one of those crooks that’s why he supported OBAMATRADE….His DONORS made him do that …then he flip flopped when he realized he was the ONLY candidate running who did…BUBBLE BUSTED

dio55 on January 26, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Having pursued development deals in the past, and being told you need to buy 10k in tickets to the latest re-election campaign function….I get Trump’s ‘donations’ Do I think it is appropriate….hell no, but when you have millions invested (and yes it can take millions of pre planning to get a large deal put together and ready for presentation) do you walk away from the project and the potential 10’s of millions in profits over some pittance of “campaign contributions” or do you suck it up and pay the “entry fee”.

His past contributions are simply another cost of doing business brought on by big government.

animal02 on January 26, 2016 at 10:02 AM

And one he enjoys and will continue.
But there was nothing in it for him to elect the Democrats to Power in 2006 directly. It was what he wanted to do. You see, the bribes he needed to make were state and local politicians. The Federal ones were his desire.

Constitutionalist on January 26, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Why attack him……if he operates at a 6 grade level like you claim………just run on your superior platform. Oh wait…………

animal02 on January 26, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Superior platform is easy. It’s finding superior voters that’s hard.

It’s always easier to lead the weak-minded off a cliff than to lead the tough-minded up one.

Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 10:15 AM

If you believe “memorized the Constitution” means bubkus when it comes to campaign MONEY then I have some premium swampland to sell you

dio55 on January 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The question was about whether Cruz is conservative.

WordsMatter on January 26, 2016 at 10:19 AM

On a broader point, conservatives make an egregious error by arguing that government is inherently incompetent. Why would anyone ever want to entrust a person who believes that with control over government?

Progressive Heretic on January 25, 2016 at 8:54 PM

If you don’t know that government is inherently incompetent then you are not a conservative. And the bigger a government is, the more incompetent (and corrupt) it is.

Conservatives want to entrust the government to someone who will make it smaller and thus less incompetent and less corrupt.

Basilsbest on January 26, 2016 at 10:23 AM

If you believe “memorized the Constitution” means bubkus when it comes to campaign MONEY then I have some premium swampland to sell you

dio55 on January 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Trump’s funding comes from a source which has for the most part been liberal. Himself. So liberal that in 2012 he described Romney’s self-deportation plan as too harsh.

Basilsbest on January 26, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Keep hope alive, you tyrannical morons.

It’s not about the voters, it’s about you.

Mary Christmas America

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2016 at 10:29 AM

I gotta go with the guy who memorized the Constitution when he was a kid. I’m thinking it actually means something to him.

WordsMatter on January 26, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Yeah that’s why he screwed up the presidential oath of office with the Glenn Beck clownshow.

Because he knows the Constitution so well.

NWConservative on January 26, 2016 at 10:31 AM

Trump is one nasty ba$tard. He has yet to make a decent stump speech. He is clueless about policy and he has lowered the level of discourse to a grade 6 level.

The only way to attack Trump is on his level. Any man who dies his hair and has a combover is a PU$$Y. No wonder he’s afraid of Megyn Kelly.

Basilsbest on January 26, 2016 at 9:56 AM

From Romney supporter, to Carson supporter that couldn’t name a single policy position of his he liked, to this ^^^.

NWConservative on January 26, 2016 at 10:37 AM

The carnival barker’s A-team is here now. The rest of you can go back to chasing parked cars.

Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 10:39 AM

Then McConnell will destroy Cruz next.

But, Trump gave to McConnell and to Cruz.

Merry Christmas America.

Schadenfreude on January 26, 2016 at 10:46 AM

And one he enjoys and will continue.
But there was nothing in it for him to elect the Democrats to Power in 2006 directly. It was what he wanted to do. You see, the bribes he needed to make were state and local politicians. The Federal ones were his desire.

Constitutionalist on January 26, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Federal ones are required too. Many times it is an indirect requirement. They are not bribes…….when the pols are making the demands.

animal02 on January 26, 2016 at 10:59 AM

The carnival barker’s A-team is here now. The rest of you can go back to chasing parked cars.

Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 10:39 AM

I didn’t know Cruz has an A-team for the Cruz-Beck Clown show?!

NWConservative on January 26, 2016 at 11:08 AM

Trump is nothing but a school yard bully. Listening to him be president will be worse than having “O the narcissist’ as president.

TexasRedbud on January 26, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Is this your actual demeanor or are you doing your best to emulate Trump’s tone? If you were a guest in my home and you behaved this way, I’d ask you to leave. I’m not trying to change your mind about Cruz or Trump, just pointing out that you’re being a jerk which you probably wouldn’t do IRL. I hope you wouldn’t.

Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Hmm… Were you a contributor on that Trump hit piece on the #RINOTimes? You sure sound like a judgemental Cruz supporter

Brock Robamney on January 26, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Trump is nothing but a school yard bully. Listening to him be president will be worse than having “O the narcissist’ as president.

TexasRedbud on January 26, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Hey NewCastrati, do you think his poll numbers go down?

Brock Robamney on January 26, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Even the establishment’s favorite son would have avoided a term like “whack job” for Cruz, partly because it’s overly nasty and dismissive and partly because even the McConnellites don’t see Cruz that way.

Hmmmm…. I remember on a hot summer day when one turtle ally by the name of Rand Paul referred to Cruz’ inability to get along with the caucus. But hey, lets rewrite history!!

Brock Robamney on January 26, 2016 at 11:42 AM

Is this your actual demeanor or are you doing your best to emulate Trump’s tone? If you were a guest in my home and you behaved this way, I’d ask you to leave. I’m not trying to change your mind about Cruz or Trump, just pointing out that you’re being a jerk which you probably wouldn’t do IRL. I hope you wouldn’t.

Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 9:15 AM

I have a strong belief that politicians are like diapers, we have to change them or they start to stink.
If you are asking me to respect any diaper, you are losing your time. my usual polite behavior does not extends to pols.
anyway, I going to vote for a brand new diaper which the said in the box “the biggest, most luxurious most smart diaper in the world”, rofl!

nathor on January 26, 2016 at 12:41 PM

“I think the establishment actually is against me but really coming on line because they see me as opposed to Cruz, who is a nasty guy who can’t get along with anybody,” Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday.

“Look, at a certain point, we got to make deals,” Trump continued. “We can’t have a guy who stands in the middle of the Senate floor and every other senator thinks he’s a whack job. You have to make deals, you have to get along, that’s the purpose of what our founders created, and Ted cannot get along with anybody. He’s a nasty person.”…

In recent weeks, Trump has been assailing Cruz for being an opposition figure who is incapable of working with his colleagues to get things done and making a pitch to the evangelical voters who have migrated into his rival’s camp.

WILL.

NEVER.

VOTE 4.

TRUMP.

And you that will are asking for a DICTATOR.

PappyD61 on January 26, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Hmm… Were you a contributor on that Trump hit piece on the #RINOTimes? You sure sound like a judgemental Cruz supporter

Brock Robamney on January 26, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Yes, they asked me, Immolate, famous Hot Air poster about my thoughts on Trump.

/facepalm

Ironically, when all the articles were written, I was tentatively supporting Trump on the assumption he would win the nomination. This was before he disabused me of my suspension of disbelief by embracing the establishment.

Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Many people here are commenting on Trumps position on immigration or some other important point. Why does anyone take Trump’s words seriously? Trump is a flag on a windy day. His position is based solely on which way the wind is blowing. Take a look at his past opinions, look at who he has given money to. Why do we all of a sudden believe Trump has any integrity?

TexasRedbud on January 26, 2016 at 1:36 PM

The best candidate is the one whom the Establishment does not embrace. While Cruz may have courted with them in order to get their blessings, we know that will never happen – the man is a small-government Constitutionalist. The Establishment isn’t.

So yes, Trump getting cozy with the Establishment is going to cost a few points in terms of voters. With less than a week to go before the first primary, it is unlikely you will see any poll movement before the ballots are cast in Iowa. Will he lose 10 points? Who knows? At this point, he may have Iowa in the bag – but watching the fickle poll meter bounce around is like reading a seismograph.

If Trump ever does implode, this would be the time.

Turtle317 on January 26, 2016 at 1:55 PM

No idea what your point is because it apparently rests upon a link and I don’t do argument by link.
However, I’ve seen this term “conservative establishment” used several times since Trump admitted that he was going to be in bed with the actual establishment to “get things done”. I assume that this is a talking point you Trump supporters have shared with each other or that you’re just natural meme’ers. Let me straighten out your nonsense.
There is an establishment that pretends to be conservative. They are led by McConnell and Ryan in the legislature, enjoy making deals with the democrats (the grander the better) and are adhered to by such luminaries as John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The is the actual establishment, supported by the actual money brokers. When the term GOPe is used, this is the image that appears in people’s minds. This is also the group that Trump is playing footsie with. We’re going to make the best deals.
There is not conservative establishment. There are scattered voices, here and there. They don’t have much power. The actual establishment makes sure of that. There aren’t many of them in elected office. Most are in the House. With little power, they have little influence, so the only people who bother to support them are those that believe in the ideals they espouse. When you use the term “conservative establishment,” you are building a fantasy construct that you wish existed because it would tie the various psychoses that you entertain into a neat package, allowing you to make sense of the confusing world around you. This construct is commonly referred to as a strawman. It was born to die, so don’t feel guilty as you gleefully plunge your dagger into its defenseless breast.
Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Nicely put.

Arnold Yabenson on January 26, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Many people here are commenting on Trumps position on immigration or some other important point. Why does anyone take Trump’s words seriously? Trump is a flag on a windy day. His position is based solely on which way the wind is blowing. Take a look at his past opinions, look at who he has given money to. Why do we all of a sudden believe Trump has any integrity?

TexasRedbud on January 26, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Trump having integrity in office is an unknown at a crap shoot. On the other hand, the lack of integrity from all the other players is well known.

animal02 on January 26, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Immolate on January 26, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Well put.

CanofSand on January 26, 2016 at 7:14 PM

animal02 on January 26, 2016 at 4:29 PM

If you think whether Trump has integrity is unknown, you’re blind. He obviously doesn’t and it’s also very much known that he is plagued with numerous other problems far worse than anything we’d be risking with Cruz. That’s just a fact and deep down, you know it.

CanofSand on January 26, 2016 at 7:16 PM

I can agree with Wolf’s article. However, I can see a sort of point for Rush. I have never gotten the idea that Rush likes Trump more than Cruz, so I don’t see Rush as trying to cover for Trump. I think he has something else in mind.

Again, I totally agree with Wolf’s rebuttal, but I think that Rush is talking about what Trump is talking about, rather than how Trump sees it, or thinks about it, or really what he would do–because he is quite a lib–and I would guess he DOES think he can just fix it.

However, I see an opportunity in disillusion here. If Trump talks about how the government is broken, and that gets the public’s attention then it at least puts a buffer between the voters and the idea that the Dems know how to run big government (just not how to supply military security to a world hotspot, after invading when we didn’t need to.) Either he is going to fix the problem–and thus put forward the case that big government can solve problems, or if conservatives have been right on this subject, he will fail. Some will go on to the next “solution”-monger, but some may stay with the impression that government arrogance is a big part of the problem. Trump by adding his own arrogance, as a legitimate representative of government, is not likely to change that conviction.

Axeman on January 27, 2016 at 9:51 AM

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