Cruz’s new attack on Trump: He’s too erratic to be president

posted at 1:21 pm on January 28, 2016 by Allahpundit

You saw a bit of this in the Hannity interview I posted yesterday, but only as part of Cruz’s kitchen-sink effort against Trump — he’s afraid of Megyn Kelly, he’s not a conservative, and oh, by the way, he’s temperamentally a terrible fit for the job. You hear that from other Trump critics too but temperament is almost always an afterthought vis-a-vis the other two, which is foolish when you think about it. Calling Trump chicken for dodging Kelly is a fun way to needle the alpha male but you’re not going to get far trying to convince voters that the most anti-PC guy in the race is too timid to lead. It’s undeniably true that Trump isn’t a conservative, but no one who’s still open to Trump at this point cares about that. Either they’ve absorbed his heresies and concluded they’re not disqualifying or they’re not very conservative themselves and don’t hold it against Trump for being the same way.

What about temperament, though? That critique may be more potent than you think. New from ABC/WaPo:

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At 51 percent, more voters say they’re “very anxious” about Trump than say they’re at all anxious about Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz. A lot goes into “anxiety” about a candidate, of course. Some of it is simple partisanship, some of it is more issue-specific. Go figure that Latinos are especially anxious about a Trump presidency:

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Some of it, though, is anxiety about giving the launch codes to a guy who’s famously unpredictable. Note that this poll was conducted between the 21st and the 24th; Trump didn’t announce that he was boycotting the Fox News debate until the evening of the 26th. These numbers, in other words, reflect public opinion of Trump before he pulled his biggest stunt of the campaign so far. How will undecideds in Iowa react when they turn on Fox tonight and, much to their surprise, don’t see Trump there? What do you think Cruz will say about what they should think? This is another reason why skipping the debate is so foolish for Trump: It’s not just a matter of “snubbing” Iowans, it’s a matter of signaling that electing him risks making the country less stable at a moment when voters are already anxious about instability.

Go figure that Team Cruz is starting to hammer that theme:

If Trump sees through his promise to hold a rival event Thursday, the Cruz camp will use it as fresh ammunition for an assault on the New Yorker’s character, casting their fiercest rival for the GOP nomination as too emotional and self-centered to be trusted with the White House.

“What people will understand is Donald Trump, if he’s not there, made an emotional decision,” Tyler said. “That fits his erratic behavior, based on grievances that are petty and small. That’s what people will see.”

Amanda Carpenter, who used to be Cruz’s communications director, is also alluding to it here:

There are just too many cliffhangers in the Trump reality show to risk bringing it to the White House. Andy McCarthy, a Cruz supporter, echoes the point as well:

Mix in his signature instability: He would never stop treating Kelly nicely, until — turning on a dime — he did . . . just like Carly Fiorina was unattractive until she was “beautiful” . . . and Jeb Bush was a great guy until he was a loser . . . and Ted Cruz was a friend until he was a “nasty” guy that no one would have for a friend . . . and ISIS was Putin’s problem until we needed to obliterate them . . . and he was going to roll over all the “stupid” people on Capitol Hill who’ve screwed everything up until he was going to make deals with his old friends Pelosi, Reid, and Schumer . . . and he was going to round up and kick out 12 million illegal aliens but then bring most of them right back into the country.

How can Trump fans think, based on what he’s saying at the moment, that they know what a President Trump would do a year from now? The truth is: No one knows whether what he just said is what he’ll be saying five minutes from now.

And that is because Trump is a calculating showman. What he says in the moment is based on expedience, not rooted ideas. That’s why, if you stick around long enough, he will get around to saying everything: advocating abortion on demand and, eventually, the sanctity of life; professing admiration for Bill de Blasio and, eventually, Clarence Thomas; gushing praise for Megyn Kelly and, eventually, savaging Megyn Kelly.

Irrational, mercurial, draconian, solipsist — all wrapped up in a neat little persecution complex. I wouldn’t put him in the Oval Office, but he has the makings of a fine Saudi sheikh.

Byron York picked up on all of this on Wednesday night, when he asked various Cruz supporters in Iowa why they preferred him to Trump. The answer: Partly because Trump is too much of a “wild card.” Said one Cruz advisor about Trump skipping the debate, “People are a little nervous about electing someone who is so knee-jerk.” I didn’t pay attention to that when I read it yesterday morning, thinking that Trump has shrugged off far worse attacks, but the ABC/WaPo data has me reconsidering. And the odd thing is, before pulling out of the debate, Trump himself seemed to be working to reassure voters that he’d be more even-keeled as president than he’s been on the trail. That’s why he’s been less confrontational and relatively low-key at the debates, and that’s part of the reason why he’s been talking up how many members of the GOP establishment have been reaching out to him. If mainstream Republicans like Bob Dole and Terry Branstad prefer him to Cruz, how much of a loose cannon can he really be? Now, suddenly, he turns around and bugs out of the debate. Trump critics like to note that his favorable rating among the total electorate is terrible right now, but it was terrible among Republicans back in the spring and he turned it around. He can pull the same trick on the general electorate, especially when he starts shedding some of the immigration stances his fans love him for. I’m not sure if he can turn those anxiety numbers around, though. This is who Trump is. Don’t vote for him unless you want drama with the highest possible stakes.

There are two easy counters to Cruz emphasizing how erratic Trump is. One: Er, isn’t there already someone out there who’s spent the last few months calling Trump the “candidate of chaos”? How’s that been working out for Jeb Bush? Fair enough, but there’s little overlap between Bush’s and Cruz’s target audiences. Jeb is Mr. Establishment, who’s pitching to center-righties. Cruz is Mr. Conservative, who’s pitching not just to the right but to populists generally. Cruz can make inroads with a different crowd. And both Jeb and Cruz now have fresh evidence for their point thanks to Trump’s debate pullout. It’s one thing to attack Trump as chaotic when he’s been trying to put on a more serious face, it’s another to do it on a night when he’s not onstage because Fox’s PR department hurt his feelings.

Two: How is the guy whose critics blame him for almost singlehandedly engineering the 2013 shutdown going to accuse someone else of sowing chaos? Cruz has showed he’s willing to use tactics with no hope of success, even at the price of a shutdown, in order to give himself a higher soapbox to grandstand from. That’s unpredictable too, no? That’s a great counter and Trump will use it — although, very weirdly, he hasn’t come after Cruz over the shutdown yet. Rubio will use it too, although of course Cruz will hit back that the Gang of Eight’s amnesty and Rubio’s hyperinterventionist approach in Libya and beyond are both chaotic in their own right. Cruz can’t afford not to press the “erratic” attack against Trump, though, especially now that Trump’s handed him a perfect illustration of it. If that means he takes some hits over the shutdown, so be it. He’ll plead “I did it all to stop ObamaCare” and hope that’s enough. It usually is, at least on the right.


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WestportSC on January 28, 2016 at 5:03 PM

For me the waste, fraud and abuse are Welfare, Social Security and Medicare respectively.
That is where you can save money, and do good for the nation.

Welfare creates jobs American’s will not do for a reasonable price, since it pays better than many jobs.

Social Security creates a large class of out of work people regardless of their ability to work, and they are the most experienced people.

Medicare distorts the medical marketplace and causes there to be much less innovation in the care of the elderly than otherwise would be present in the market due to its pricing structures.

Constitutionalist on January 28, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Hey, if it puts asses in front of the TV…

That’s all that matters now, I know… :D

Shrug. This whole FOX/Trump ‘feud’ is getting annoying, like a mosquito in your ear on a hot summer night.

It’s not annoying to me; I’m much enjoying watching screechy Megyn the propagandist get hysterical and Fox show it’s SJW colors. :)

Fox: Invite the guy up to the last minute, and if he balks, DON’T tweet it other than say he wont show up.

Trump: Go or Don’t go, but stop already with the “World is Out To Get Me!”…That’s what being out in front is about, sometimes you get a extra portion of Suck with your porridge.

Talk about the issue, throw a few one liners and show off IF Kelly is unfair with you…or just DEBATE.

It’s not a slam against Trump…because if ANYONE else did this crap, I’d say the same dang thing.

BlaxPac on January 28, 2016 at 4:59 PM

If Fox doesn’t know how to handle Trump, that’s their problem, not his, isn’t it?

Anti-ControI on January 28, 2016 at 5:09 PM

Ok ,time to go crawl under my rock I guess…….

MontanaMmmm on January 28, 2016 at 5:01 PM

I’d appreciate it if you would not do that quite yet. I enjoy your posts and the undersides of rocks are damp and dirty.

butch on January 28, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Cruz/Bieber 2016

Sparky5253 on January 28, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Trump’s promises about illegal immigration hold as much water as his promises to pay.

When the time comes to deliver, he’ll go bankrupt.

No major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 more than Trump’s casino empire in the last 30 years.

jaime on January 28, 2016 at 5:11 PM

So I now hear trump may show up late to debate

I hope fox tells him to pound sand

cmsinaz on January 28, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Anti. Megyns not allowed to wear ngligs. Her husband sais they smother the killer beeees….. :-D

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Who do think really ‘wears the pants’ in that relationship? :D

Megyn=wannabe Rachel Maddow

Anti-ControI on January 28, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Fox News Needs a Chill Pill before Thursday’s Debate
https://pjmedia.com/diaryofamadvoter/2016/01/27/fox-news-needs-a-chill-pill-before-thursdays-debate/?singlepage=true

Jason58 on January 28, 2016 at 5:22 PM

People who don’t agree with you should cease posting here? HA is a “safe spot” and should be kept free of microaggression?

butch on January 28, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Yeah, einstein, that’s what I said. Unlike you, I neither want nor require a safe spot.

texasmagnolia on January 28, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Fox News Needs a Chill Pill before Thursday’s Debate
https://pjmedia.com/diaryofamadvoter/2016/01/27/fox-news-needs-a-chill-pill-before-thursdays-debate/?singlepage=true

Jason58 on January 28, 2016 at 5:22 PM

Pajamas Media finally went to disqus. I haven’t been on their blog in a while.

cimbri on January 28, 2016 at 5:30 PM

So I now hear trump may show up late to debate

I hope fox tells him to pound sand

cmsinaz on January 28, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Trump the Drama queen. But if he does show up, the Trumpsters will say:

“See!!! He fooled them all along! Ha HA This was brilliance!”

If he doesn’t show they’ll say:

“See!! He fooled them all along! Ha HA This was brilliance!”

It all the same.

portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Trump’s promises about illegal immigration hold as much water as his promises to pay.

When the time comes to deliver, he’ll go bankrupt.

No major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 more than Trump’s casino empire in the last 30 years.

jaime on January 28, 2016 at 5:11 PM

Trump has indeed reorganized his companies four times in Chapter 11 bankruptcy court. Doing so is a lawful business tactic used to preserve capital by enabling the company to remain viable. Shutting the company down would cause investors to lose much more capital.

Trump’s four bankruptcies were Chapter 11 reorganizations (named for its location in federal bankruptcy code), which are designed to restructure businesses without shutting them down completely. The purpose is to “save” the business, as opposed to other forms of bankruptcy which would liquidate the company, said Michael Venditto, a partner at the ReedSmith law firm who has extensive experience with Chapter 11.

In every case, Trump was able to fulfill his financial obligations to the satisfaction of his creditors, often at great personal expense to himself. Also, there are various causes of financial distress for a company. It is not always caused by mismanagement. The casino industry experienced periods of high volatility. Navigating through those difficult periods and still preserving viable companies speaks to competence. not failure.

bobthm3 on January 28, 2016 at 5:34 PM

OT, but Fox has been mentioned serially so:

Recent events have put the lie to FoxNewsChannel’s slogan.

A “fair and balanced” network wouldn’t be sharpening the long knives for any one candidate over another. They aren’t thinking long-term, I think. Maybe Rupert or Roger have a personal axe to grind or it may be other influences, but whatever the reason, FNC has lost credibility in this debate debacle. It will not be won back easily as “the folks” are becoming increasingly more savvy about getting their news elsewhere.

Fox could do pretty much as it pleased for a long time as the only non-print news source that wasn’t leaning heavily left. They are but a voice in the din now, and that voice has been weakened by their own deceit and manipulations.

Their position will become increasingly tenuous if they continue down the road of picking favorites.

My $0.02 worth.

hillbillyjim on January 28, 2016 at 5:35 PM

It all the same.

portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 5:33 PM

“Anything of value going on in here?” :)

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2016 at 5:36 PM

No, Mexico will not pay for our wall, and would you trust the construction if they did?

Tlaloc on January 28, 2016 at 2:41 PM

Cut their aid and use it for the wall:

US AID to Mexico & South America in the past 3 years:
Mexico – $800 Million
Guatemala – $80 Million
Honduras – $52 Million
El Salvador – $27 Million

Jason58 on January 28, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Constitutionalist on January 28, 2016 at 5:08 PM

need to dig in more.

listened to the Daily Signal interview with David Brody. Trump, as is his habit, is speaking in an undisciplined manner…he says that all the other R’s will “cut”these entitlement programs, but he won’t have to and even if they could, THEY don’t know where the money is, HE does…implying he believes that these programs can be restructured without impacting individuals dependent on these programs, people relying on promises that were made. Trump says he “has a heart” but I don’t think he believes having a heart means you need to continue to payout for fraud, waste and abuse which i believe strongly amounts to a significant amount of money.

In other interviews he’s mentioned the need to bring in people like Jack Welch, Henry Kravits, et al to help fix what’s going on in Washington. I agree his emphasis is on making “America Rich Again” by bringing back jobs lost in China, Mexico, Japan etc, but as I listen to him I am hearing someone who wants to restructure the spending. Perhaps you’ll say again “I want to be lied to”, but as is that case with so much of what Trump says you are forced to take a step back and look at the whole picture and make a gut judgement about what he will do. I don’t like what he’s saying about entitlements, and you’ve made your point. It’s a good one.

We do know, however, that the waste and stupidity is massive. Maybe you’ll disagree. My brother for example is a shrink and every day he tells me the BS stories about the people getting onto disability, the opiates and benzos handed out on a daily basis to the scum that abuse our medical system…the hospital he works at in Rhode Island was recently bought out by a private equity firm who’s rolling up many hospitals and he’s been asked to be in a working group to cut waste and other inefficient spending by 20%+ which he thinks is easily achievable. So the opportunities to make substantial cuts in health care costs are there, especially if Obama Care is repealed which Trump says he wants to do.

Anyway, in the end this thing gets down to a judgement call. Who can win? Who has the skill set to do the things necessary with the budget? Trump did criticize Paul Ryan’s recent “budget” passed in a high profile manner and said the whole approach taken by the R’s would never lead to a balance budget, so we’re back then to a gut judgement. Will Trump make the necessary decisions to restructure spending? Will he cut taxes and grow the pie which needs to happen? If not Trump, then what’s the alternative candidate? Anyway, this is long and rambling and I apologize, but i wanted to respond quickly to your link. For me, I think Trump has the best chance of winning in the General and has the best set of skills necessary to turn things around. He’s mentioned the trillions of dollars of debt and so, yes, there is a leap of faith involved. You, National Review and others believe Trump’s a charlatan and we’re all being duped. I think Trump loves the country and will do what’s needed to fix the mess that Bush/Obama have left us with. I hope that i’m making the right decision going with someone who’s got private sector experience rather than another lawyer/politician.
thanks for sending the link.

WestportSC on January 28, 2016 at 5:38 PM

My $0.02 worth.

hillbillyjim on January 28, 2016 at 5:35 PM

They should not still have my credibility.

Constitutionalist on January 28, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Doing so [bankruptcy protection from his promises to pay] is a lawful business tactic

bobthm3 on January 28, 2016 at 5:34 PM

Going back on his amnesty promises will be lawful, too.

jaime on January 28, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Yeah, einstein, that’s what I said. Unlike you, I neither want nor require a safe spot.

texasmagnolia on January 28, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Where did I say that? Please direct me to one of my posts telling other posters, with whom I disagree, to leave.

butch on January 28, 2016 at 5:41 PM

WestportSC on January 28, 2016 at 5:38 PM

He said he could save $300 billion a year on drugs from medicare. Medicare spends a total of $143 billion a year.

He does not know shit about where the money is.

Constitutionalist on January 28, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Bob. Excellent analysis of bankrupties. People trying to say trump is a bad businessman forget that all the bankruptcys occured in atlantic city. If he was truly a bad businessman, they would have occurred all over the world…….

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Done with the lot of them.

kcewa on January 28, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Really pi$$ off Trump, ignore him.

Tater Salad on January 28, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Trump showing up late for the debate? I hope so. It will let the people of Iowa know that his ego is more important than them.

Tater Salad on January 28, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Going back on his amnesty promises will be lawful, too.

jaime on January 28, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Do you have any evidence that he intends to, or is that just speculation, driven by your personal dislike of Trump?

bobthm3 on January 28, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Constitutionalist on January 28, 2016 at 5:41 PM

So what other candidate knows specifically where the waste is?

Do you really believe that we can’t make substantial cuts in spending? To me that’s BS.

The problem has to be studied quickly and a group of capable people assembled to go after it. It’s not hard to do. I don’t believe guys like David Stockman who say the only answer is to raise taxes.

In general it sounds like you may be looking for a “white paper” candidate, but I’m looking for a leader who i think can do the job based on his skill set. You obviously think Trump’s full of it, I see some of what you do (we all do), but I see his other positive qualities as well and I look at his track record and the way he’s run his campaign.

As I said, it’s a judgement call. We just disagree.

WestportSC on January 28, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Really pi$$ off Trump, ignore him.

Tater Salad on January 28, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Good plan. You should have thought of that sooner. Before you spammed every single Trump thread on hotair with dozens and dozen of comments.

SpongePuppy on January 28, 2016 at 5:57 PM

Bob. Excellent analysis of bankrupties. People trying to say trump is a bad businessman forget that all the bankruptcys occured in atlantic city. If he was truly a bad businessman, they would have occurred all over the world…….

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 5:43 PM

It is an excellent piece, but misses one important point. The four bankruptcies centered around exactly one company, the Trump Taj Mahal. The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino bankruptcy was spillover from that debacle. Post bankruptcy, those holding and others were combined into Trump Hotel and Casino resorts, a holding company. When that entity emerged from reorganization in 2004, it was renamed Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings, which itself entered bankruptcy in 2009. Post Trump, that entity also went through bankruptcy in 2014.

One company caused all this trouble. That doesn’t excuse Trump from over-leveraging, or overbuilding in Atlantic City, but it’s not the disaster everyone paints it to be. One company.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 6:00 PM

And yet not one Trump supporter can point to anything Trump has done or said in the past that proves he’ll even follow through on the wall or mass deportations.

So, I guess I should have said, I’m not giving up the Republic for the PROMISE of a WALL.

smfoushee on January 28, 2016 at 2:18 PM
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We have not had a republic for some time. We are now attempting to save an echo of America for our children. This is emergency surgery, high risk, but the old doctors have failed us, Trump is our new surgeon, it is our only hope for a few more years of a country which is something like America. Happy Motoring

A.T. Tapman on January 28, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Doing so [bankruptcy protection from his promises to pay] is a lawful business tactic

bobthm3 on January 28, 2016 at 5:34 PM

Going back on his amnesty promises will be lawful, too.

jaime on January 28, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Do you have any evidence that he intends to, or is that just speculation, driven by your personal dislike of Trump?

bobthm3 on January 28, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Trump’s history on illegal immigration.

Also, Trumps, history on bankruptcies. Trump’s promises about illegal immigration hold as much water as his promises to pay.

When the time comes to deliver, he’ll go bankrupt.

No major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 more than Trump’s casino empire in the last 30 years.

Also, Trump’s history on “refugees” from ISIS-controlled countries in the Middle East.

jaime on January 28, 2016 at 6:09 PM

You obviously think Trump’s full of it, I see some of what you do (we all do), but I see his other positive qualities as well and I look at his track record and the way he’s run his campaign.

As I said, it’s a judgement call. We just disagree.

WestportSC on January 28, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Anti-Trumpers can’t admit he has any positive qualities; they demonize him the same way Choomie does Conservatives. Neither can they agreeably disagree with “Trumpers’; that’s not who they are – they’re self-righteously incivil and pathogically angry.

Anti-ControI on January 28, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Sponge. Not only that. His “dozens and dozens” of comments always seemed to be incorrect or poorly manufactured……

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Trump the Drama queen. But if he does show up, the Trumpsters will say:

“See!!! He fooled them all along! Ha HA This was brilliance!”

If he doesn’t show they’ll say:

“See!! He fooled them all along! Ha HA This was brilliance!”

It all the same.

portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 5:33 PM

What will you say when he wins the primary?

I suspect you’ll be silent.

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 6:12 PM

What will you say when he wins the primary?

I suspect you’ll be silent.

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 6:12 PM

I’ll be here. And I’ll take my lumps.

Will you?

portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Trump the Drama queen. But if he does show up, the Trumpsters will say:

“See!!! He fooled them all along! Ha HA This was brilliance!”

If he doesn’t show they’ll say:

“See!! He fooled them all along! Ha HA This was brilliance!”

portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 5:33 PM

I will probably say that he retaliated, held their feet to the fire, extracted some concessions and moved on.

You can’t just lay back and get run over. It doesn’t work.

cimbri on January 28, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Yepper portlandon

cmsinaz on January 28, 2016 at 6:27 PM

driven by your personal dislike of Trump?

bobthm3 on January 28, 2016 at 5:54 PM

btw – for you to ascribe motives to me is dishonest.

jaime on January 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM

jaime. Its blatantly obvious you dislike trump. Which is fine. But why is noticing your blatant dislike of trump dishonest?????

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 6:50 PM

jaime. Its blatantly obvious you dislike trump. Which is fine. But why is noticing your blatant dislike of trump dishonest?????

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Only blatantly obvious to people who lack perception, facts, or both. Please read all of my comments from the last six months regarding Trump and his supporters, then get back to me.

jaime on January 28, 2016 at 7:01 PM

btw – for you to ascribe motives to me is dishonest.

jaime on January 28, 2016 at 6:28 PM

I am dishonest for acknowledging what appears to be your obvious dislike of Trump?
Are you saying that you do not personally dislike Trump?

bobthm3 on January 28, 2016 at 7:10 PM

jaime. “Please read all of my comments from the last six months”????? Lol!! Dont flatter yourself, i couldnt care less. Your general disdain for trump is common knowledge around these parts. Better yet, put.your money where your mouth is, and show me posts of yours from the last six months where you’ve complimented trump. ROTFL!!

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Only blatantly obvious to people who lack perception, facts, or both. Please read all of my comments from the last six months regarding Trump and his supporters, then get back to me.

jaime on January 28, 2016 at 7:01 PM

So, now you are accusing me of being obtuse, or ignorant, or obtuse AND ignorant?
First you accuse me of being dishonest, and now this?

And btw, I have not followed your posts for the past six months.

bobthm3 on January 28, 2016 at 7:20 PM

Bob. Im sure she was referring to me . But shes the one whos obtuse and ignorant, IMHO….

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Heh.
Well I read it either way, but in any case, I will not lose any sleep over it.

Trump 2016

bobthm3 on January 28, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Bib. Ditto :-)

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 8:28 PM

Sorry… Bob.

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 8:28 PM

Now…just keep walking.

thatsafactjack on January 28, 2016 at 4:34 PM

The truth was stated in my comments. I’ll be here and I’ll be commenting.

voiceofreason on January 28, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Trump’s bankruptcies are indicative of his ability to survive adversity, turn it to his advantage, and come back stronger.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Only in the alternate reality of trump supporters is bankruptcy viewed as a positive attribute. You go with that but when you aren’t taken seriously you should know why.

voiceofreason on January 28, 2016 at 8:47 PM

voiceofreason. So in your “alternate reality”, its better for a business to close and thousands of people to lose their jobs rather than restructure the businesses debt.???? Idiot…..

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 9:54 PM

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 9:54 PM

I won’t explain my comment in light of your comprehension issues and blatant attempt to twist it’s content. Go back and reread it and see if you really want to make your comment.

voiceofreason on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 PM

First of all, you idiot, bankruptcy isnt an “attribute”. Its a legal way for a business to survive. Your TDS is stronger than ever and your holier than thou attitude is disgusting. Now GFY.

Indiana Jim on January 28, 2016 at 10:24 PM

No one will also entrust such an important undertaking to the government. I am sure Trump has a number of private contractors and associates to whom he will delegate his signature achievement – and for it to remain signature, he’ll make sure it’s more robust than ZeroCare website.

ZeroCare? Oh yes, replaced by the Trump plan outlined in his interview with 60 minutes.

“The Government will take care of everybody”.
“The Government will pay for it”.

AKA the Bernie Sanders plan.

You want to fundamentally transform, hire a Commie.
You want to litigate, hire a lawyer.
You want to build, hire a builder.

Which one do you think he is again?

“You want to have crooked government making special deals, hire a crook who uses bribery and shady dealings in his business.”

Trump 2016.
Rix on January 28, 2016 at 3:59 PM

gekkobear on January 29, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Erratic? How about unhinged?

Yesterday, Trump sent a tweet of a pic of Kelly with a mysterious “Saudi prince” who is “co-owner of Fox News”, in an apparently oblique implication that Megan Kelly is a kind of double agent for the Middle East. One scarcely knows where to begin, but let’s take a swing at it.

First, the image shows a grainy Kelly sandwiched between the prince and a burka-clad mystery woman, neither of whom appear to know she is standing between them, probably because she isn’t. The amateur photoshop is so bad that the prince’s shoulder cuts off at an angle, and Kelly’s dress appears to be spontaneously disintegrating. The image is an old internet meme, immediately and widely discredited. One assumes the Donald Ducker has access to Snopes, or perhaps he has People For That?

Second, the “co-owner” jibe relies upon the rather unsurprising information that the billionaire Saudi, among his plethora of other stock holdings, has a little over 6% stock investment with 20th Century Fox, the huge entertainment conglomerate which also owns Fox News. To say this makes him a co-owner of the news organization is akin to saying that I am co-owner of Microsoft. Well, yes, stock is a form of “ownership”, but strangely enough the last time I tried to crash the Microsoft board meeting they became quite testy. For a candidate who has one single basis to demand office — his business acumen — the misunderstanding of what a stock represents is a real eye-opener.

Third… what the heck is a candidate for the most powerful political office in the world doing tweeting silly photoshopped pictures of news personalities? The job he is seeking is to manage the world’s largest economy and command the most lethal military on the planet, and he appears consumed with a food fight in the Middle School cafeteria. That is not only startling, it’s downright terrifying.

Did I say ‘unhinged’? I take it back. How about ‘nuts’?

SRQ on January 29, 2016 at 1:20 PM

What a joke these debates are, Trump is attacked by NBC, CBS, and all the supposed experts and Don shuts them up in thirty seconds of conversation yet they are squawking he’s not qualified to be President. I would love to see Trump as President and how he would squeeze those Countries that are nothing but crying teenagers and let them know where the bear poops in the buckwheat.

mixplix on January 31, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Editing my posts again saying I’m repeating myself. The government has you too, huh?

mixplix on January 31, 2016 at 10:20 AM

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