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posted at 10:11 pm on February 3, 2016 by Allahpundit

FiveThirtyEight’s endorsement tracker has a new Republican leader for the first time in nearly six months: Marco Rubio, who, since his surprisingly strong third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses Monday, has received endorsements from two senators and two representatives.

There has been a lot of debate this presidential campaign about how much influence party elites have on the nominating process, but endorsements have historically been among the best signs of which candidates will succeed in primaries. And although four more endorsements and a slight lead in points1 do not make Rubio a lock as the choice of Republican elected officials, this bump is a sign that members of Congress could be starting to see him as the most acceptable option for the nomination.

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After outperforming expectations in Iowa, Marco Rubio’s operation has pulled in more than $2 million in online contributions, according to multiple sources familiar with his finance operation. The contributions were largely from small donors, but also included some larger contributions.

“There has been an enormous uptick in online fundraising,” said one Rubio insider. “Peer-to-peer solicitation is also experiencing dramatic growth.”…

One Rubio national finance committee member said over the past two days they had been contacted by multiple potential super PAC contributors and also had roughly a dozen donors reach out about wanting to give to the official campaign.

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc. employees gave $107,000 to Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in the final three months of the year, a 50 percent jump from the previous two quarters, as support for Jeb Bush faded.

The contributions mark a shift at the investment bank, where employees gave a combined $773,000 to Bush’s campaign committee, leadership PAC and the super-PAC backing him since the opening months of the campaign. In the fourth quarter, Bush only got two contributions from Goldman Sachs donors, totaling $2,950. The firm ranks among the 15 biggest donors to federal candidates and committees dating back to 2001, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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It was a moment the polls had not predicted, and a scenario that Rubio’s advisers had intentionally waved off in the days before the caucuses, when they told reporters they were hoping to reach the high teens.

And so, while Cruz may have won the caucuses, which he needed to do, Rubio did something his campaign considers more important: He defied expectations.

Rubio and his team worked deliberately to keep expectations in check in the days leading up to the caucuses. “I’m just trying to get as many people to caucus for me as possible,” Rubio said Saturday afternoon in Ames. There was no public pushback when the final — and famously accurate — Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll was released that afternoon showing Rubio in a distant third place with 15 percent of the vote.

Whereas Cruz had publicly defined success as victory in Iowa, Rubio’s team had carefully described it in relative terms. His campaign has maddened onlookers by refusing to pour resources into a single state or to declare any single contest a must-win matchup. In Iowa, it made clear that finishing fourth in Iowa behind Ben Carson would be a blow; moving on to New Hampshire, his advisers are adamant that he must outperform such establishment candidates as Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.

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I too find it fascinating—and impressive—that Rubio’s team was able to convince so much of the operative and pundit class that a third-place finish in Iowa had effectively landed him the nomination. Part of it is that this seems like the sort of thing that should be happening according to the rules of Republican presidential nominating: Voters fiddle around with outsider candidates for a time, but a more broadly acceptable, electable figure picks up traction once voters begin to cast ballots. Rubio’s last-minute rise in Iowa offers the beginning of a narrative that makes sense to the political world after a six-month period that made very little sense at all

Rubio got the result that Right to Rise was spending millions of dollars to prevent him from getting. Rubio did better, really: He didn’t just get third, he got a strong third that was nearly a second.

The expectations game may be silly in the abstract, but it concretizes if there’s real money behind it. Right to Rise formalized Rubio’s standard by throwing a lot of money behind its position, and now Rubio is collecting his winnings. That he prospered against such an onslaught of negative ads in the closing stretch also helps Rubio counter the impression that he’s a lightweight, another of the approaches Bush (and Christie) are hoping will counter his rise.

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Presidential nominations are a lot like the stock market. In the long run, they’re reasonably well governed by the fundamentals. In the short run, they can be crazy. Iowa represented the equivalent of a stock market correction, a sign that sanity might prevail after all.

In the stock market, the fundamentals consist of things like the profitability and growth of a company. In the nomination process, the most important fundamentals are what we call electability (can the candidate win in November?) and ideological fit (does the candidate hold positions in line with the consensus of her party?). A party would prefer to nominate a candidate who scores well in both categories.

Rubio fits the bill, perhaps uniquely among the remaining Republican candidates. His image with general election voters is not great, but it’s better than the other leading Republicans. He’s also quite conservative. That’s convenient, because Republican voters are quite conservative also. In fact, Rubio is almost exactly as conservative as the average GOP primary voter.

By contrast, Trump is problematic in both categories. It’s not always clear what Trump believes or where he would wind up as a general election candidate, but he hasn’t been particularly conservative for most of his career. His electability case isn’t good either; instead he has an extremely negative image among general election voters. If Rubio is a blue-chip stock, Trump is a risky mortgage-backed security.

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First, Rubio must perform strongly in New Hampshire next week. Even more importantly, all the other candidates you used to like must perform poorly. If, hypothetically, John Kasich or Chris Christie rather than Marco Rubio finishes a strong second to Donald Trump, Rubio’s future as the Great Establishment Hope would suddenly look a lot less hopeful.

Then, in the days after New Hampshire votes, all the other candidates you used to like must rapidly withdraw gracefully from the field. No more calling Rubio “the boy in the bubble!” Jeb Bush’s people, in particular must somehow stifle their resentment and rage, and refrain from spending their remaining $50 million of super-PAC funds to remind South Carolina voters of Rubio’s past (and likely future) support for higher levels of immigration…

You must also somehow persuade Donald Trump to exit the race quietly, rather than smash all the scenery on his way off the stage. Every time he attacks Rubio (and you!) for planning to leave Obamacare beneficiaries dying in the streets, he’s providing material for devastating Hillary Clinton attack ads in the fall. Somebody has to cajole and coax Trump into feeling that the real winners are those who know when to quit…

Finally, you’re going to need a plan for Rubio himself. He’s convinced you that he’s a candidate of deep foreign-policy wisdom. That self-presentation may be tough to sustain in a general-election race against Hillary Clinton, especially when she pounds home the message that a vote for Rubio is a vote for more wars in the Middle East and millions of health-insurance cancellations at home. What’s he going to say in reply? Personal biography only goes so far in presidential politics, otherwise Bob Dole and John McCain would have completed two terms each.

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He surged by borrowing Trump’s message while pledging to more effectively package it. In the final weeks before Iowa, Rubio grew markedly more anti-immigration. Having previously warned against using terrorism as a pretext to restrict legal immigration, the Florida senator in mid-January declared that because of the rise of ISIS, “the entire system of legal immigration must now be reexamined for security first and foremost.” He also followed Trump’s lead on trade, suggesting that he might oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement he had once praised.

Rubio echoed Trump when it came to the rights of Muslims, too. Asked in a January debate about Trump’s call for banning Muslim immigration, Rubio praised the billionaire for having “tapped in to some of that anger that’s out there about this whole issue because this president has consistently underestimated the threat of ISIS.” Then, after talking about how awful ISIS is, Rubio declared that, “When I’m president. If we do not know who you are, and we do not know why you are coming when I am president, you are not getting into the United States of America.” The listener who didn’t already know Rubio’s position might well have thought he supports Trump’s plan. When asked about Trump’s call for closing mosques, Rubio did Trump one better, declaring that, “It’s not about closing down mosques. It’s about closing down any place—whether it’s a cafe, a diner, an Internet site—any place where radicals are being inspired.”

Rubio also began hinting that President Obama was a kind of traitor. “Barack Obama,” he warned darkly, “has deliberately weakened America.” He wants to “cut [America] down to size.” And having once pitched himself as a bridge between the GOP and the changing face of twenty-first century America, Rubio instead began appealing to “all of us who feel out of place in our own country.”…

Trump may have lost in Iowa but Trumpism won. The fact that the moderate in the GOP race is now peddling a version of The Donald’s message testifies to how profound his effect has been.

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Christie is blasting away at Rubio in New Hampshire already, calling him “the boy in the bubble”. Rubio fired back. “Chris has had a tough couple of days,” Rubio said in an interview with ABC News at Puritan Backroom restaurant. “He’s not doing very well, and he did very poorly in Iowa. And sometimes when people run into adversity they don’t react well and they say things they maybe will later regret.”

Kasich’s campaign accused him of having no record. And Bush, who’s been spending millions against Rubio, took out a full page ad in the Union Leader which suggested Rubio was likable enough, but not ready for the job. The three have certainly invested a lot more time in the state than Rubio – the NECN candidate tracker shows Kasich at 180 events in the state, Christie at 176, and Bush at 106 to Rubio’s 76 – just one more than Ted Cruz.

The risk here for Rubio is that he’s already laid out his strategy: 3-2-1. Finish 3rd in Iowa, 2nd in New Hampshire, and 1st in South Carolina in order to win the nomination. If Rubio does achieve that, he’ll be the new frontrunner. But the risk entailed in being so explicit about what you think you need to achieve to win is how much importance it puts on the early states.

Rubio has the capability to tap into a coalition that would lead to the nomination along a much longer timeline – just as Romney did despite losing Iowa and South Carolina. Instead, he’s making a play that makes him much more of a target, in an effort to crowd out all the other “establishment” candidates early on and consolidate support in Washington and among the donor community.

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The other reason that Rubio-mania will take off is less inspiring. Rallying around Rubio will just be too strong a temptation for the GOP’s elite and the most established organs of the conservative movement. Rubio’s candidacy is essentially based on the premise that nothing from the George W. Bush era has to change for the Republican Party.

Nominating Rubio is a statement that the party does not need a course correction. It doesn’t need to stand even more firmly with social conservatives or fight with greater zeal and brinksmanship, as Cruz has argued. Nominating Rubio is a statement that the party does not need to find a less aggressive or less interventionist foreign policy, as Trump, Rand Paul, and (to a lesser degree) Cruz have argued. Nominating Rubio is a statement that the party does not need to offer any policy changes to attract working-class whites, as the candidacies of Trump, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum have, to varying degrees, suggested. Instead, they just have to offer Rubio’s story of gumption and rising from under his working-class parents’ knees.

Rubio promises to put ground troops in Syria. He offers a very large tax cut to families earning six figures, paid for in expanding deficits. His record on immigration is really not very different than George W. Bush’s: a series of unconvincing promises to gain control of America’s border, combined with a credible threat to radically expand legal immigration, and create a path to citizenship for millions who entered the nation illegally.

Most of the things that distinguish Rubio from his party are unpopular with the public, namely his support for comprehensive immigration reform and his extremely hawkish foreign policy. But these are very popular with the GOP’s elites, and not at all hard to swallow for most conservative elites. Rubio-mania is practically guaranteed. He’s the candidate of the future, after all. The GOP is just telling us the future looks exactly like the last Bush administration.

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“He says you’re too scripted. You are very smooth.” Kelly agreed, describing his speech after the Iowa caucuses as “amazing.”

“You were so articulate, there was no teleprompter,” she added. “To those who say ‘Oh, he’s scripted’ — Is that scripted or is that just how you talk?”

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Magicjava on February 4, 2016 at 5:53 AM

Hiya Axe and RA

Hmmm, trump not campaigning in NH anymore just his surrogates
Via politico
Does he think he has it in the bag so he’s moving on?

I hope cruz wins but don’t think it will happen, perhaps top 3 there?

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 5:03 AM

I don’t understand a couple of things about his campaign. :)

I don’t believe I have been given any credit by the voters for self-funding my campaign, the only one. I will keep doing, but not worth it!

^ AP hit everything but the interesting bit. “Not worth it”?

I called Iowa really tightly, and obviously I’m proud :) — but NH is another planet.

Poll: Trump up by 17 in NH, Bush rises to second place

Trump earns 31 percent support, compared with 14 percent for his closest competitor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, according the Harper Polling survey released Wednesday.

— What?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ranks third in the new poll with 12 percent,

What?

followed by Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) with 10 and 9 percent, respectively.

— Marcomentum?

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/nh/new_hampshire_republican_presidential_primary-3350.html

UMass/7News (Tracking)

Trump 38
Cruz 14
Rubio 12
Kasich 7
Bush 9
Christie 6
Fiorina 3
Carson 3
Paul 2
Huckabee 0
Santorum 0

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Any Fox “wiz” wants to whiteboard that, Kelly better be nearby in a black skirt and inappropriate heels.

Axe on February 4, 2016 at 5:53 AM

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Magicjava on February 4, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Axe on February 4, 2016 at 5:53 AM

polls are not what they once were imho

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 6:01 AM

magicjava on a roll :)

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 6:02 AM

polls are not what they once were imho

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 6:01 AM

I think that bit’s pretty simple, re primaries. The volatility increases until the last moment, and the polls can’t possibly track movements that short.

4x: (I didn’t confirm this, but taking it verbatim)

% of NH Primary Voters that decided in final week (via previous exit polls)
2012: 62
2008: 50
2000: 41
1996: 57

— So the polls are basically, for these, “among those people who have more or less made up their minds, and not counting an equal number of people who haven’t and still can more or less completely change the overall results by the end of voting”

— Still, NH looks good for Bishop, lol. :)

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Magicjava on February 4, 2016 at 6:15 AM

the morning schmoe crew throwing some mud on the white robes of saint ted cruz.

renalin on February 4, 2016 at 6:19 AM

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bobthm3 on February 4, 2016 at 6:21 AM

the morning schmoe crew throwing some mud on the white robes of saint ted cruz.

renalin on February 4, 2016 at 6:19 AM

Heh…

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Magicjava on February 4, 2016 at 6:57 AM

Axe
:)

OC
Hope your birthday was a very happy one:)

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 6:57 AM

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Magicjava on February 4, 2016 at 6:58 AM

OC
Hope your birthday was a very happy one:)

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 6:57 AM

Thank you darlin’

It was…

OmahaConservative on February 4, 2016 at 7:00 AM

the morning schmoe crew throwing some mud on the white robes of saint ted cruz.

renalin on February 4, 2016 at 6:19 AM

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Happy Nomad on February 4, 2016 at 7:06 AM

Good Morning, y’all!

“The best way for us to fight terrorism is to deny these organizations legitimacy” – President Barack Hussein Obama

My take: http://bit.ly/1SK5o68

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kingsjester on February 4, 2016 at 7:07 AM

“The best way for us to fight terrorism is to deny these organizations legitimacy” – President Barack Hussein Obama

Says the man in a mosque under surveillance because of its ties to terrorists and the Muslim Brotherhood. And BTW, the photo-op was interesting. The women and girls were not separated from the men and put behind a screen for the cameras as they will be during worship tomorrow night.

Obama’s pandering to Muslims (as if they are a cohesive monolithic bloc) was interesting in the way he talked about all the ways that Muslims in America are victims without once asking anything of Muslims- like outing the radical terrorists among them, like condemning honor killings, like emphasizing that religious tolerance works both ways, etc.

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Magicjava on February 4, 2016 at 7:31 AM

That’s a powerful interview Rubio gave to Kelly. He is very telegenic. The general public is going to eat that up. They don’t know his words cannot be trusted.

paul1149 on February 4, 2016 at 7:39 AM

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Magicjava on February 4, 2016 at 7:49 AM

Not voting Republican brings in the Communists for another 8 years.

petunia on February 3, 2016 at 10:59 PM

Continuing to vote for the Republican because the Republican, no matter how progressive, is less progressive than the Democrat and therefore the only reasonable option allows the progressive Republican Party to continue to put forward progressive Republicans and remain in power, all while pretending to be conservative, even destroying any goodwill for the word or its aims.

The vaunted, sacralized freedom to vote must now extend to the freedom to withhold that vote. Both casting and willfully refusing to cast must now be seen as equally dutiful.

The slavery has to end.

Sic semper tyrannis.

Axe on February 3, 2016 at 11:12 PM

bump

Axe on February 4, 2016 at 8:22 AM

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2016 at 1:35 AM

That was when I realized I couldn’t support him at all. He doesn’t run the blockade. If the idea was to break through the control of the club, for the purpose of taking it down, reforming it, or otherwise getting actual political conservatives into government, electing Trump accomplished nothing. He’ll set apart, I think, and they will all be fine with that, him above it all, working with both parties to break a lot of hearts, and the GOP’s leadership just fine, right where it was before. Trump truly is the outsider, but Cruz is the traitor, and only Cruz reforms the party in any way — only Cruz runs the blockade. Trump might as well be third party in these respects.

The GOP survives Trump completely unmolested. And I think they are even starting to figure that out themselves.

You can tell me differently. At the moment, I can’t see anymore how Trump takes down, or even weakens, the GOP at all.

Axe on February 4, 2016 at 1:51 AM

bump

Axe on February 4, 2016 at 8:22 AM

PLOPPED

SpongePuppy on February 3, 2016 at 10:49 PM

and bump

Axe on February 4, 2016 at 8:25 AM

Whats the difference between raccoon roadkill and lawyer roadkill?????? Theres normally skidmarks by the raccoon…….

Indiana Jim on February 4, 2016 at 8:34 AM

That’s a powerful interview Rubio gave to Kelly. He is very telegenic. The general public is going to eat that up. They don’t know his words cannot be trusted.

paul1149 on February 4, 2016 at 7:39 AM

…Obama II

JugEarsButtHurt on February 4, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Axe on February 4, 2016 at 8:22 AM

That was a fine comment.

Do you think Trump might be effective in that the old boy’s club will simply treat him like shiit and he’ll go right back after them for it, like the new guy walking into a stuffy old money country club?

I don’t know what to think anymore because I have a feeling the Capitol truly is an immovable mountain, and nothing short of the Big R will change things.

Bishop on February 4, 2016 at 9:04 AM

Hmmm, trump not campaigning in NH anymore just his surrogates
Via politico
Does he think he has it in the bag so he’s moving on?

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 5:03 AM

are you pulling another lie like slick teddy did to shiv carson in Iowa:

http://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2016 –
EXETER, NH

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2016 –
PORTSMOUTH, NH

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2016 –
MANCHESTER, NH

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2016 –
PLYMOUTH, NH

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2016 –
MANCHESTER, NH

or do you think its ok lying because you said via politico, where slick teddys campaign blamed a lie on cnn?


It was CNN who said that Ben Carson was exiting the race, not us. You must be mistaken.

I didn’t know I was a Canadian citizen all of my adult life. I never supported Trade Promotion Authority, I’ve always been against it. You must be mistaken.

I’ve never supported taking away ethanol subsidies. You are mistaken. I never voted for the Corker/Cardin amendment, I am against the Iran deal – you must be mistaken. I’ve never take money from Washington DC lobbyists, nor do I want it – you must be mistaken. I didn’t want 500,000 more H1B immigrant work visa’s, you are mistaken.

I never said ‘birthright citizenship’ was guaranteed in the constitution. I’ve never supported amnesty, or legal status, or a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, you must be misremembering. We didn’t fail to disclose anything on our Federal Election Commission filings, you’re just remembering wrong again…..

gaslighting.

slick teddy would have nothing if he didnt lie, obfuscate and lawyerspeak

Garyinaz66 on February 4, 2016 at 9:16 AM

Do you think Trump might be effective in that the old boy’s club will simply treat him like shiit and he’ll go right back after them for it, like the new guy walking into a stuffy old money country club?

Well, I don’t . . . is that the whole of the plan?

I don’t know what to think anymore because I have a feeling the Capitol truly is an immovable mountain, and nothing short of the Big R will change things.

Bishop on February 4, 2016 at 9:04 AM

Having erased my asterisked agreement at least six times, and due to serious fatigue, the hour being way past my bedtime, please allow me to just stick a sigh in here as a placeholder.

Axe on February 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Sorry for falling asleep on thread last evening. This thread had the feel of a funeral. At first I didn’t understand why. This a.m. I took time to read some of the other threads. I think I get it now. “Under His Own Weight” is occurring and it has many of you bummed out. Having not been available to follow this blog for the past five weeks or so, it appears I have missed quite a bit. Contrary to one assertion that I have been lurking, which by the way, I have been informed is a form of an insult. I have not been here at all, sans popping in once or twice just to let all know I was not dead. Trump plus Cruz have screwed up the only alliance that could have killed the GOPe off this cycle. For what ever reason they decided to part ways. Big mistake in my view. It is what it is however. Not much chance of mending those fences now I suppose. My take on the Palin endorsement is, what other choice could she take? An endorsement of Cruz would only have been a weight around his neck. Cruz can’t afford her endorsement, Trump could. I think it hurts her credibility much the same way backing Hatch did. Her choice. I’m fine with it. If Trump does fade which it appears he may be doing, the only man left to prohibit rubio (now all in lower case)from filling the role of GOPe candidate will be Cruz. I have always said Cruz is my candidate, though I would support Trump in the general should he procure the nom. I’m very surprised to see the hatred of Cruz from so many Trump supporters. Hopefully you might all reconsider. I will not be lurking nor will I be commenting much. This place, to borrow a phrase from Bishop, has gone to hell. See you all around.

Bmore on February 4, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Rubio? You have to be kidding! The GOP establishment is really and truly running scared of losing riches and power to push this amnesty lover to the front. He moved up in Iowa which means nothing. He is not viable, he is not liked in his home state, and any monies received now are being forced by the GOP to businesses who are also afraid they will lose power in Congress. Frankly, he is no better than Hillary or Sanders – just rob us by bringing in more welfare people and leaving the borders opened. Wake up out there! We are being pushed. I have told you there are NO REAL CONSERVATIVES just money and power hungry stoops we elected and who then forgot us to concentrate on getting “connected” to more power and money. There are few real conservatives but that is it! I am no longer a conservative but a Nationalist, like Dr. Savage and others, because we want OUR AMERICA BACK and get rid of the garbage, lying, ripping up off, ignoring what We, The People ask them to do, and Rubio is one of those NON-conservatives with no experience, no connections abroad, no skills in business, and wasn’t much of a senator for Florida. Vote for him with peril because America will go down the toilet for sure. Only two viable candidates and Trump for president and Cruz as VP. The rest do not have what it takes, even nice men such as Carson and Huckabee. Wake up! This is critical for America and you and your future and that of your children, if you will even be allowed to have them. Communism is hitting you in the face!

Roselle on February 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM

We’ve had over seven years of a president who brags about ‘bypassing congress’ and that he has ‘… a pen and a phone’, choosing to legislate from his desk and rule by his will alone rather than “…faithfully execute the law” and who has proven repeatedly that he’s unwilling and incapable of negotiating with both chambers of congress in the best interest of American citizens.

It’s not in this nation’s interest to elect an individual who cannot find means of persuading congress to work in the interest of the nation and who isn’t willing to negotiate with congress in the interest of American citizens.

It’s not in the interest of this nation to elect an individual who cannot successfully negotiate with this nation’s allies, persuade others to become this nations allies, and negotiate military and trade alliances that will return this nation to preeminence and prosperity.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Good morning, Miss Jackie. Hope you are doing well.
I was just going to post the above.
For the life of me I don’t understand how the prez cannot be held for treason.
He broke his oath to protect this nation.

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Bishop on February 4, 2016 at 9:04 AM

Check

Bmore on February 4, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Check, 99%, and you know it, always :)

Roselle on February 4, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Check

We’ve had over seven years of a president who brags about ‘bypassing congress’ and that he has ‘… a pen and a phone’, choosing to legislate from his desk and rule by his will alone rather than “…faithfully execute the law” and who has proven repeatedly that he’s unwilling and incapable of negotiating with both chambers of congress in the best interest of American citizens.

Noe even when he had both houses from his side, just for history.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Check, and good noonish J., and, always.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2016 at 12:14 PM

Good bye America, but I blame the right the most. We tried, hard.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2016 at 12:59 PM

not even

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2016 at 12:59 PM

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Good morning, Roni.

Obama is a member of the Establishment. He just happens to be a member in good standing on the other side of the aisle. The Establishment services the interest of the donor class, to the detriment and exclusion of the interest of American citizens. It is an exclusive and elitist club jealously guarded by its membership which spans both sides of the aisle and the political divide.

The vast majority of the political class, both sides of the aisle, openly sneer at their constituents, telling them they’re ‘hobbits’, ‘whackobirds’, ‘flat Earthers’, ‘bitter clingers’, ‘Nazi’s’, ‘racists’, ‘xenophobes’, ‘nativists’, assuring them they’re suffering from ‘white privilege’, and when they’ve wanted our votes insisted that those issues on which they’ve betrayed us are ‘complicated’ and that we’re ‘misinformed’. They feel comfortable in this behavior because they have, thus far, enjoyed a lock on the political process in this nation.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Good afternoon, Paladin.

Always.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2016 at 1:23 PM

That is funny J. Make it a good one.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2016 at 1:38 PM

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Thank you Miss Jackie for taking the time to post. ; )
Keeping your post in mind, then they just might as well have a
Let’s Make a Deal night with the candidates behind the doors.
The most recently caught illegal (soon to be released) gets to choose the door.
Keep the citizens completely out of it. Damn them all.

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Damn them all.

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Almost all. But I completely agree with the sentiment, Roni.

Senator Jeff Sessions has fought like a gladiator, day in and day out, in the interest of American citizens and the constitution.

He calls the donor class and those members of the political class in service to them “Masters of the Universe”, because that’s who they believe themselves to be and they behave accordingly.

The idea that they’d huddle up behind closed doors is a reality. From the bedroom to the boardroom, from the backroom to the barroom, they’ve conspired together to cut deals to pass legislation they’ve never read that was written largely by aides and lobbyists, taking pains to exempt themselves from the laws and regulations they’ve passed and implemented over the strenuous objections of American citizens.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Being sarcastic… forgot the ///.
Scuza for cussin’.

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 1:55 PM

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2016 at 1:54 PM

I really wish Jeff Sessions ran for President.
I wonder if the reasons he didn’t were due to the scrutiny that would be put
on him and his family, or he didn’t feel there wouldn’t be enough support among his
fellow pols to see him through the process.

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 2:01 PM

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 2:01 PM

There were several reasons and I’m sure consideration for his family was part of it, but he’s also cognizant that he’s needed in the senate. If not for him there would be no one with the courage and determination to stand up for American citizens consistently on the toughest, most volatile, issues.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2016 at 2:08 PM

There were several reasons and I’m sure consideration for his family was part of it, but he’s also cognizant that he’s needed in the senate. If not for him there would be no one with the courage and determination to stand up for American citizens consistently on the toughest, most volatile, issues.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2016 at 2:08 PM

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Accidently hit send before I was ready…

Regarding highlighted portion: He seems to be a battalion consisting of one troop (considering the uniparty).
It would seem more could be done if he was president. Then again, considering the uniparty, he’d have to do executive orders all the time too, which I don’t think he’d do (on a regular basis that is).

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Being sarcastic… forgot the ///.
Scuza for cussin’.

31giddyup on February 4, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Watch your language, miss. (=P)

Anti-ControI on February 4, 2016 at 5:47 PM

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