Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on February 11, 2016 by Allahpundit

Republican elites are 0-for-2 in presidential nominating contests this year, a rare and panic-inducing outcome for the party’s leadership. Yet their preferred candidates continue to fight each other, and have begun the march to the next battlefield in South Carolina without a plan to stop Donald Trump

With plenty of campaign cash to spare, Trump is pushing the kind of America-first message that resonates in South Carolina, a state that flew the Confederate flag on its Capitol’s grounds until last year. The primaries beyond are just as southern and just as friendly to Trump’s message. And he remains an extremely difficult candidate to beat in a war of words and media attention…

The anxiety has grown more palpable as Trump has shattered predictions that his crowds and poll numbers wouldn’t translate at the ballot box…

[E]xit polls in the party’s center-right New Hampshire base revealed no obvious weaknesses for Trump. He won voters across age groups, income levels, gender, marital status and ideologies; he even won independents. National polls say Trump is dominating among self-identified moderate Republicans, the group that the establishment-friendly candidates are also gunning for.

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Every Republican candidate who finished first and second in Iowa and New Hampshire has won the presidential nomination. Having done so, Trump is now in a class with Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Mitt Romney. John McCain was a partial exception in 2000, having basically skipped Iowa and then won in New Hampshire. And it doesn’t matter where the first and second place finishes occurred. Reagan was second in Iowa in 1980, then won New Hampshire. Dole won Iowa in 1996 and settled for second to Pat Buchanan in New Hampshire.

That New Hampshire failed to force all the marginal candidates out of the race is a boon for Trump. There’s still no single “establishment” candidate to oppose him. There are three, maybe four, and they’re fighting each other, not Trump. This is important. If Jeb Bush is still running when the Florida primary occurs on March 15, he’ll split the establishment vote with Marco Rubio. And Trump will win Florida. A similar situation will exist in Ohio if Kasich, the state’s governor, hangs around. Kasich and Rubio and maybe Bush will form a circular firing squad. Should Trump win both states, the race is over…

The Trump magic appears to be spreading to states with upcoming primaries. A political group polling in House races found recently that Trump’s lead in Alabama and North Carolina is roughly 2-to-1. That’s what Trump beat runner-up Kasich in New Hampshire…

The message to Republican leaders from New Hampshire is this: you’d better start figuring out how to help Donald Trump win the general election because he’s probably going to be your presidential nominee.

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Why does the mainstream media heap such scorn and disbelief on Donald Trump over his promise to build a great wall along the border with Mexico — and make Mexico pay for it? After all, Donald Trump has built a winning presidential campaign — and made the media pay for it

The last time a secular, loud, brash New Yorker who was leading in all the national polls faced Iowa Republican voters — former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008 — he got truly schlonged. Mr. Giuliani came in sixth place with only 4 percent of the vote…

If Rudy Giuliani had done as well in Iowa as Trump did, the media would have declared him the winner and he very likely would rushed through New Hampshire and South Carolina on waves of positive press and his ultimate gambit of winning it all in Florida very likely could have worked. In other words, if Mr. Giuliani had done as well as Mr. Trump did in Iowa, we quite possibly would be referring to him now as former President Giuliani…

Perhaps the sweetest thing out of New Hampshire is how the media will be forced to spin the results. They will, of course, try to minimize Mr. Trump’s thumping.

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Trump’s 18-point victory and the self-described democratic socialist’s 21-point win are reminders of the limits of party power in an age of anger toward Washington and frustration with politics…

On Tuesday, establishment-minded Republicans from New Hampshire expressed a mix of frustration and shame that it was their state that delivered Trump’s first victory. “I refuse to support him under any circumstance,” said Fergus Cullen, a former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman. “Trump would be a disaster.”

Cullen likened Trump to Pat Buchanan in 1996, the divisive former Nixon aide and conservative commentator who also won the New Hampshire primary. GOP leaders quickly coalesced behind mainstream alternative Bob Dole, the former Republican Senate leader who went on win the nomination.

“The party was able to stop Buchannan 20 years ago,” Cullen said. “Today, they’re incapable of doing it.”

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Trump’s political skills are considerably better than either Buchanan’s or Paul’s. He has the ability to command the national media’s attention pretty much whenever he wants to, and he has improved as a debater and speaker. Furthermore, Trump’s lack of allegiance to traditional Republican policy positions allows him to adapt himself as he sees fit — a characteristic more associated with shape-shifting, coalition-building candidates like Romney than agenda-driven ones like Paul. Trump’s support also cuts relatively evenly across different demographic groups, another front-runner characteristic…

If you could somehow combine Rubio’s likability and appeal to conservatives, Kasich’s policy smarts and post-New Hampshire momentum, and Bush’s war chest and organization, you’d have a pretty good candidate on your hands. But instead, these candidates are likely to spend the next several weeks sniping at one another. The circular firing squad mentality was already apparent in New Hampshire, where fewer advertising dollars were directed against Trump despite his having led all but one poll of the state since July. Trump has also been attacked less than Rubio and Cruz in recent debates…

By the time that consolidation happens, however, Trump and Cruz will have swept up quite a few delegates. And whichever Republican emerges from the “establishment” pack isn’t necessarily a favorite to beat Trump one-on-one (or Trump and Cruz in a three-way race).

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For the past several months, the smartest of the Trump doubters have based their case on Trump’s relatively low ceiling of support. Yes, he’s leading the polls in a very crowded field, but that ceiling (never higher than the mid-30s) is unlikely to go much higher, and certainly not past a majority in any state. As soon as the non-Trump vote falls in behind an establishment candidate, he’ll be beaten.

But what if that doesn’t happen before the GOP primaries become winner-take-all in mid-March? In that case, Trump is going to start piling up an awful lot of delegates, even if his share of the popular vote never rises above 40 percent. That might not be enough to clinch the nomination, but it would be enough to give us the most riveting political convention in a very long time…

But there is, of course, another possibility: the catastrophe of Donald Trump winning the nomination outright and competing head-to-head with the Democratic nominee to become president of the United States.

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“I think if Trump is the front-runner on March 15 and there are still 2-3 other candidates in the race, it¹s very difficult,” Katie Packer, who runs the anti-Trump Our Principles PAC, told MSNBC…

[S]ome “proportional” states require candidates meet a minimum threshold to receive any delegates, a rule that means the top performer can rack up a significant delegate lead with only a strong plurality vote. In other words, the kind of lead Trump held in New Hampshire against divided opposition.

Sam Wang, a professor at Princeton University analyzing the race, estimates that a candidate could take 50 percent of the delegates during this period with only 30 percent of the vote on average so long as there are four or more candidates running. This is more than in line with Trump’s national polling average.

The point of no return is most likely the March 15 contest, which includes critical winner-take-all contests in Ohio and Florida. Nearly 60 percent of the delegates will have been awarded at that point, making it hard to catch Trump if he’s amassed a solid lead.

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That’s what has establishment Republicans so freaked out about Trump: He shows no commitment to core conservative policy dogma, on economics or anything else. Democrats can attack him for being very, very rich, but if he won there’s no guarantee he would actually represent rich people’s interests. Sure, he’ll put out a perfunctory tax plan saying he’ll cut rates, but he’ll also promise trade wars and pledge not to cut Social Security and Medicare…

Nevertheless, it’s ironic that of all the Republicans, the one who has the most appeal to working people may be the one who sees ostentatious displays of wealth as a brand-building project. That may be part of what insulates him: Unlike Mitt Romney, Trump doesn’t try to play down his fortune, but instead offers it up as an object of aspiration. As I’ve argued before, what Trump enacts is in many ways a poor person’s idea of what a rich person is like, a comically over-the-top version of great wealth. Many people look at his ornate houses and private plane and rotating cast of Eastern European model wives, and say not “What a rich jerk,” but rather, “If I had a billion dollars, that’s what I’d do too.”

Democrats will, of course, try to portray Trump as just another iteration of the plutocrat Republicans they’ve struck down so many times before. In fact, they’re already preparing the opposition research necessary to do just that. But it would be truly something if the way Republicans finally convinced voters not to see them as just the party of the rich was to nominate a billionaire and just wait around to see what happens.

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His supporters believe that Trump will fight for them, and they have no such confidence in his GOP rivals. The voters flocking to Trump believe that they’ve been lied to and betrayed by conventional politicians, and that he is offering them the unvarnished truth…

Trump is a traitor to his class, who rails against hedge funders and the executives of drug companies for manipulating the political process to enrich themselves at the expense of ordinary Americans. These are the very same people you’d expect Trump to dine with at Mar-a-Lago, and here he is declaring war on them. The fact that his tax plan would “be a huge windfall for private equity and hedge funds,” in the words of Len Burman, director of the Tax Policy Center, is almost immaterial to the people who support him. There is something strange and compelling about seeing a billionaire declare war on his own kind…

Imagine how dangerous Trump would be if he were more disciplined and focused, and if he had serious prescriptions for how to make the global economy work for Americans in the bottom two-thirds of the income distribution. For now, however, Trump is on a mission of destruction: He is demonstrating the weakness of the Republican donor class, which has barely dented him over months of campaigning, and he is forcing orthodox conservatives to question the agenda they’ve been advancing for decades as they see rank-and-file GOP voters reject it in large numbers. I hate Trump far less than I hate the Republicans who’ve paved his way. And if Trump goes down in flames, as I still believe he will, the Republican Party must never forget the Rust Belt Americans he’s inspired—because if they do, there will be another Trump waiting in the wings.

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Trump’s supporters like the fact that he’s rich, blunt, and hasn’t spent his life in politics. But his pledges to keep the rest of the world at bay are core to his appeal. In New Hampshire, Trump lost to John Kasich by 12 points among voters who oppose banning Muslims from entering the United States. But among voters who favor the ban, Trump beat him by 33 points. Trump and Kasich tied among voters who believe undocumented immigrants should have a path to legalization. But among voters who want to deport the undocumented, Trump won by 43 points…

Despite their victories in New Hampshire, it’s still unlikely either Sanders or Trump will win their party’s nomination. But their success says something profound about the shifting identities of the two political parties. While grassroots Democrats and Republicans remain divided over the size of government, increasingly, what divides them even more is American exceptionalism. In ways that would have been unthinkable in the mid-20th century, the boundaries between American and non-American identity are breaking down. Powered by America’s secular, class-conscious, transnational young people, Democrats are embracing an Americanism that is less distinct than ever before from the rest of the world. And the more Democrats do, the more likely it is that future Trumps will rise.

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The Republican Party has no idea who Trump supporters might be. That may be why the Trump rebellion exists in the first place. Like Pat Buchanan in 1996, Donald Trump’s populist, blue-collar-focused campaign carried the Granite State.

What does it mean? The Republican National Committee did a post-2012 election analysis. Their recommendations for winning future general elections could not have been more congenial to the Republican donor class: Ditch any hint of immigration restrictionism, and play down social issues. Iowa and New Hampshire voters have rebuked this strategy…

Trump did not do the normal events bagging groceries in New London shops. He did not do little evening strolls at winter festivals, or barnstorm the state with townhall events. He did not raise money from the normal Republican donors, or get policy and speechmaking advice from its class of conservative intellectuals and courtiers. He only realized this week that well-worn campaign clichés about having a “ground game” in a state referred to actual things like a get-out-the-vote operation. He broke every rule in the game and won easily.

Right now, the only effective counter-move to his hostile takeover of the party is to give in to the other hostile takeover led by Ted Cruz.

***

“We got a standing ovation for doing that. Everybody was up and down, standing, screaming. It was an amazing event. And it’s one of the reasons I won. You have to be yourself,” Trump said about the infamous use of the word ‘pussy’ at a campaign event.


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Willie – You Were Always on My Mind

31giddyup on February 12, 2016 at 4:37 AM

Hiya cms!

Racistanyway on February 12, 2016 at 4:37 AM

Too long of a week

cmsinaz on February 12, 2016 at 4:36 AM

Hey darlin’
Mix up something potent tonight!
:)

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2016 at 4:37 AM

Where has Dire been?

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2016 at 4:38 AM

Greets, CMS!
Even though we’re retired, Hubs and I still look forward to Fridays.
Out of habit I guess. You’d think everyday would be Friday for us.

31giddyup on February 12, 2016 at 4:39 AM

Fridays don’t mean much to me anymore ’cause I get to work on Saturdays too.

Racistanyway on February 12, 2016 at 4:41 AM

Where has Dire been?

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2016 at 4:38 AM

Is it race car season yet?
Prolly, watching it.
That’s another thing I miss.
Dire and G2M chitchattin’ about racing.

31giddyup on February 12, 2016 at 4:42 AM

31giddyup on February 12, 2016 at 4:39 AM

Same with me, Roni…

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2016 at 4:43 AM

An arms merchant’s work is never done.

Racistanyway on February 12, 2016 at 4:43 AM

RA,
It’s been around 70 degrees here in the past few days.
I want more rain and snow in the Sierras.
I don’t know how you can stand the cold in NH.
While on the East coast, we spent summer in Maine (thank goodness not winter) but
winters in Philly, Rhode Island. Too dang cold. I’m not a snow/ice driver either.

31giddyup on February 12, 2016 at 4:47 AM

An arms merchant’s work is never done.

Racistanyway on February 12, 2016 at 4:43 AM

Big ones, little ones, or both?

31giddyup on February 12, 2016 at 4:49 AM

Woman relives the night her babysitter was killed 26 years ago

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2016 at 4:48 AM

Poor woman, yet so brave.

31giddyup on February 12, 2016 at 4:53 AM

31giddyup on February 12, 2016 at 4:53 AM

I completely understand her having nightmares…

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2016 at 4:56 AM

OC, and night crew good chatting with you.
Morning Crew… don’t let the chattering about the dem debate drive you nuts.

Sting – Brand New Day

Hugs and blessings to HA

31giddyup on February 12, 2016 at 4:57 AM

I plan on it OC :)
Hey RA and 31giddyup

cmsinaz on February 12, 2016 at 5:02 AM

Big, little, short, tall, if it’s an arm, we sell ’em all!

Racistanyway on February 12, 2016 at 5:06 AM

Many people look at his ornate houses and private plane and rotating cast of Eastern European model wives, and say not “What a rich jerk,” but rather, “If I had a billion dollars, that’s what I’d do too.”

Mencken once wrote that Americans will never go communist and overthrow the rich because they hope to become rich themselves. Occupy Wall Street is an exercise in class envy and nothing more. Bernie’s followers are not interested in what confiscation of the wealth of rich can do for others but what it can do for THEM: enrich them.

jbspry on February 12, 2016 at 5:33 AM

Its going to be awesome to watch, Hot Air go all anti-Cruz, when the time comes – One way, or another, and his usefulness ends.

Because, that is going to happen sooner, or later.

It will be both glorious and hilarious. More so watching the Cruz Cultists heads explode in confusion.

I point this out, only because its clear, Cruz himself does not (fully) grasp he is simple pawn – Though, in many ways a willing pawn, motived by lust for power – But he does not understand the Establishment will never give him what he wants.

Not as bright as he thinks himself to be.

Sharr on February 12, 2016 at 5:36 AM

Oscarwild

Smooth out the dissidence cords
Change the middle eastern sound to Spanish/Tex/Mex
Shorten it up s bit
Little more happy dance

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 12, 2016 at 5:44 AM

Good morning G31, RA, AKWN and other nocurnals.

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2016 at 5:51 AM

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2016 at 6:10 AMWeather

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2016 at 6:14 AM

Hiya JG.

Racistanyway on February 12, 2016 at 6:16 AM

Hiya JG.

Racistanyway on February 12, 2016 at 6:16 AM

Hiya RA!

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2016 at 6:17 AM

Who is John Galt on February 12, 2016 at 6:14 AM

nice

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2016 at 6:24 AM

I point this out, only because its clear, Cruz himself does not (fully) grasp he is simple pawn – Though, in many ways a willing pawn, motived by lust for power – But he does not understand the Establishment will never give him what he wants.

Not as bright as he thinks himself to be.

Sharr on February 12, 2016 at 5:36 AM

You may be right. Based on the news, it appears that yet another D debate has gone by without Hillary being seriously questioned on her breaches of national security and her poor judgment/criminal intent on the handling of classified intelligence, her contribution to the meltdown in the middle east during her tenure as SoS, her unwillingness to confront the spectr of (radical) Islamic terrorism, etc.

A democracy requires an honest and independent media to survive.

The United States does not have one.

When the D moderators are hugging a felonious Presidential candidate instead of writing Pulitzer Prize winning exposes about her exploits, we’re in big trouble.

Citizens United may allow big money into politics, but it would require trillions of dollars to overcome the impact of the current US D media bias.

I would like to see all of the R candidates in the R debates start any national security question with an attack on Hillary, her policies, her criminal acts, how they would prosecute her, how they would take measure to prevent this from happening again and what impact her acts had on the US failures in the Middle East.

I’d also like to see the R moderators start calling out the media on their failure (other than Herridge at Fox) to pursue this vary serious crime.

A quote from the General that stated there is no way Hillary should be in the running for President given the crimes she has committed would be good too.

talkingpoints on February 12, 2016 at 6:27 AM

Morning SL, cmsinaz, esr1951, Fallon, INC–38F with a high of 52F and mostly cloudy.

Hair, mustache, and Deja Vu.

Finally figured out what the big secret all the girls were keeping from me last weekend. Seems every girl of ours grew their hair out to then cut it off and donate the long manes to a company that makes wigs for cancer children. Good gesture by the kids and I was proud. Big Girl has made the point to wear her USMC shirt with her short hair. I now understand the shirt.

I was away when they cut their hair all the way. I played them the song by Neil Young, I almost cut my hair, and they just looked at me like I was a half dead zombie. Man, do they look different. Most look like a mini-me of The Wife as she wears her hair short in the style of “I am now a taxi cab driver for the kids and who has time to deal with long hair and since I have big Zeppelins, no one looks at my hair/face anyway”.

One kid, Red…looks just like me now. Poor girl. I found her face down in the loo trying to drown herself, but I assured her that hair does grow back and she will not look like an old drunk who is a stand in for Aqualung. I refrained from pointing out she has a mustache. She does not really have a ‘stash, but for some reason all the other girls tell her she does. Kids.

Being a parent is like knowing the movie Groundhog Day, but also having a bad memory. History repeats, but you don’t know it until it is history.

Walked with Red and Big Girl last night. Wild Child was surfing videos on 10 ways to grill your parent and I did not want to remove her from the trance as she might notice she has yet to burn the house down with all us inside. I am sure she will call 911 when we are well done and inform the operator that she bets we taste like chicken.

Red used to be the youngest way been when, well the youngest until I got The Wife drunk and she passed out accepted my cave man advances. Red used to be the center of attention and now she is kinda in the middle. We were walking last night and she kept butting in with some silly comment and I told her in a stern voice to shut the heck up be polite and wait till there was a lull in the conversation to make some earth shattering pronouncement about facial hair removal.

Took me a few minutes to realize that she was just looking for attention and I felt kinda bad. Not all that bad as I have only made the mistake of not seeing the cry for attention with each kid daily. I made a point to spend some time with her last night and we looked at music videos. Her favorite was Musta Had a Good Time by Parmalee. My kinda kid and she informed me that song was written about our trips to the lake. I thought the kids were asleep when we brought out the shower rod to use as a stripper pole. Kids.

Red told me she loved me and that while she appreciated our time together, she had more important things to do. I just love it when the squids really start to grow up. I can see they will enjoy our time together when I am in the urn.

All me luv SL, and the best to the rest of the fine folks here.

HonestLib on February 12, 2016 at 6:32 AM

but Cruz’s ceiling is higher than that floor

You could say the same about me the many times I woke up in a strange place; with a strange chick; with chunks of last night’s dinner on my T-Shirt.

Sometimes when your ceiling is higher than that floor….it ain’t a good thang!

HonestLib on February 12, 2016 at 6:39 AM

BUCHANAN WAS RIGHT !

stenwin77 on February 12, 2016 at 6:40 AM

Very nice HL

cmsinaz on February 12, 2016 at 6:41 AM

MAGA !!!

(Make America Great Again !)

stenwin77 on February 12, 2016 at 6:42 AM

Good Morning, y’all!

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” – Alexis De Tocqueville

My take: http://bit.ly/1mwoWy5

The Clinton/Sanders “Love-In” Debate: “All We Are Saying Is Give Socialism a Chance”

kingsjester on February 12, 2016 at 6:52 AM

Donald J. Trump [email protected] 19m19 minutes ago
How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest?
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Donald J. Trump [email protected] 8h8 hours ago
Lying Cruz put out a statement, “Trump & Rubio are w/Obama on gay marriage.” Cruz is the worst liar, crazy or very dishonest. Perhaps all 3?
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renalin on February 12, 2016 at 7:18 AM

Anecdotal story: one of the black guards who sits at the front desk of my building at work said to me as I scanned in after Iowa while the lobby TV was playing the recap, “I wanted the rich guy to win, I don’t like Ted Cruz…I like the rich guy.” He has an accent like an African immigrant, it’s not much but there it is.

timoric on February 12, 2016 at 7:19 AM

Not as bright as he thinks himself to be.

Sharr on February 12, 2016 at 5:36 AM

Pot meet Kettle.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2016 at 7:21 AM

renalin on February 12, 2016 at 7:18 AM

Donald Trump has held virtually every position on every issue at one point or another. He only discovered his “conservative” positions when he decided to take a break from filing for bankruptcy and make a hobby out of running for President.

In short, Donald Trump is the one whose stated positions are as rock solid as the shabby buildings and shyster companies that he controls.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2016 at 7:23 AM

OT- with regard to the Dem debates last night-

What the hell was Blue Clinton wearing? It’s like she went into the store and asked to see the Dr. Evil spring collection.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2016 at 7:25 AM

Given how the media has portrayed the caucus and primary results in both parties this season:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQsg6XXGxXQ

moo on February 12, 2016 at 7:29 AM

HonestLib on February 12, 2016 at 6:32 AM

Are you a writer HL? I am really enjoying your life saga.

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on February 12, 2016 at 7:50 AM

it seems like you have 5 guys triangulating and scheming and war rooming…and one guy running for president and having fun doing it. and I think it shows. you have these debates and one dude is at disneyland and the other guys are at the dentist.

People forget Reagan’s main appeal: He was joyously, un apologetically in love with america. in a time of deep cynicism like then and now, that resonates. which is why petty little insider attacks and doctrinal wonky criticisms will never dent him.

Reagan’s ” we win,they lose” statement is sooo Trumpian its ridiculous.

johngalt on February 12, 2016 at 7:51 AM

Are you a writer HL? I am really enjoying your life saga.

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on February 12, 2016 at 7:50 AM

Oh, goodness no. I am amazed any body reads my musings of ordinary life. But thank you very much for the kind words.

I am just an old fart that loves kids, beer, chicks, and finds life to be worth living. I have also been told that I am a very difficult person to married to. Chuckle.

Guess picking up chicks at funerals early in life and now trolling nursing homes does kind of give one a label.

HonestLib on February 12, 2016 at 8:15 AM

Reagan’s ” we win,they lose” statement is sooo Trumpian its ridiculous.

johngalt on February 12, 2016 at 7:51 AM

Some will see your comment in the vein of “keep digging there must be a pony in there somewhere”.

Others will see a smiling horse standing on top of the pile.

We all get to choose how we view Trump and yours was a very good comment to make up decide and focus.

HT to a nice post.

HonestLib on February 12, 2016 at 8:18 AM

HonestLib on February 12, 2016 at 6:32 AM

(In old timey voice) Now see here, pal…time was, you talked about Zeppelins, you linked a photograph, see?

fossten on February 12, 2016 at 8:37 AM

Divorce has taught me some things about politics. Imagine that!

The candidate you pick does not always win and you end up with a POTUS not of your choosing. Also, when married you did pick your spouse, but you may not be the one who picked divorce.

In both cases, to lead a more peaceful life, one must sometimes bite the bullet and at least act respectable during the process.

I was going to compare getting a chick pregnant who is not your wife and you were married at the time….to politics. But I decided to pull out early in that conversation.

Sorry folks as my weekly 0900 meeting has been cancelled and I am bored.

HonestLib on February 12, 2016 at 9:11 AM

John Galt, great comment!

I’m just going over the morning comments. I, too, miss COL…but I was startled to see G2M’s name….what happened?

herm2416 on February 12, 2016 at 9:31 AM

From day one I have been thinking … either the media (and others) are being disingenuous or they are really dumb. Trumps reciting of a person calling someone a Pussy is not a vulgar term. Pussy is short for Pussy Cat. It would make no sense to use it in any other way.
Remember the old Tom Jones song, goes like “Pussy Cat Pussy Cat your so ….” Ever heard the term, “and he hit him right in the Puss” (mouth).
Some people want things to be nasty I guess. It’s Junior High Journalism.

Whiterock on February 12, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Lying Cruz put out a statement, “Trump & Rubio are w/Obama on gay marriage.” Cruz is the worst liar, crazy or very dishonest. Perhaps all 3?
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renalin on February 12, 2016 at 7:18 AM

Of course it’s now a proven fact that pure Conservative Ted Cruz is the greatest lying candidate for this election. But I’m waiting for Hot Air to post an article about Ted’s church and his father that kinda anointed him as a sort of messianic god that will control the society, like an Anti-Christ.

This Ads of course in another classic Ted-the-liar act.

I dunno about Rubio. I now doubt his policies on every issue considering that recently, Obama confirmed and praised “this young man” Rubio as the “lead” actor in the Gang of 8 Bill.

But militant gays are really anti-Trump. Many times, Trump derided them by telling overyone that he’s against marriage equality. Reference:

http://www.hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts/donald-trump

TheAlamos on February 12, 2016 at 9:55 AM

herm2416 on February 12, 2016 at 9:31 AM

Herm, he decided to do a time out. Sorry if I gave the impression that something happened.
Have a great weekend. ; )

31giddyup on February 12, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Ms. Contrarian Scientist on February 12, 2016 at 7:50 AM

Oh, goodness no. I am amazed any body reads my musings of ordinary life. But thank you very much for the kind words.

I am just an old fart that loves kids, beer, chicks, and finds life to be worth living. I have also been told that I am a very difficult person to married to. Chuckle.

Guess picking up chicks at funerals early in life and now trolling nursing homes does kind of give one a label.

HonestLib on February 12, 2016 at 8:15 AM

ROTFLMAO… My dad would have said you are one of Hot Air’s treasures. Of course, he was also career US Navy and fancied himself something of a pirate, with the accompanying tendency to want to bury every treasure he came across…

oscarwilde on February 12, 2016 at 10:42 AM

In short, Donald Trump is the one whose stated positions are as rock solid as the shabby buildings and shyster companies that he controls.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2016 at 7:23 AM

Woooeee! Sour grapes much, HM? You better get used to the phrase, “President Trump”.

BWAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Solaratov on February 12, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Red told me she loved me and that while she appreciated our time together, she had more important things to do. I just love it when the squids really start to grow up. I can see they will enjoy our time together when I am in the urn.

All me luv SL, and the best to the rest of the fine folks here.

HonestLib on February 12, 2016 at 6:32 AM

Thanks for the story today .. that gave me a real laugh.
You have a great family!

AesopFan on February 12, 2016 at 3:32 PM

When the D moderators are hugging a felonious Presidential candidate instead of writing Pulitzer Prize winning exposes about her exploits, we’re in big trouble.
talkingpoints on February 12, 2016 at 6:27 AM

I am soooo stealin’ that line!

AesopFan on February 12, 2016 at 3:34 PM

conservative defies definition.
it’s a way of life
you either got it
or you don’t

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 12, 2016 at 12:17 AM

Indeed

a person set in the old ways
who doesn’t adapt well to sudden change
who truly believes in and knows the
difference between right and wrong
moral and immoral
is conservative.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 12, 2016 at 12:52 AM

True.

But even a conservative can change when there is good reason to.
Just haven’t seen any good reasons for the changes the Left is pushing.

AesopFan on February 12, 2016 at 3:36 PM

Chaos theory is not for the faint of heart.

oscarwilde on February 11, 2016 at 11:47 PM

That sounds like a great song lyric.

AesopFan on February 12, 2016 at 3:37 PM

I predict that Gravity waves are made of tiny gravity wavelets.

SpongePuppy on February 12, 2016 at 12:13 AM

Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ’em
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on
– Augustus de Morgan

VorDaj on February 12, 2016 at 12:24 AM

On the Antiquity of Fleas:
Adam.
Had ’em.

AesopFan on February 12, 2016 at 3:41 PM

williamg on February 12, 2016 at 12:20 AM

“Conservatism is not so much a philosophy as an attitude, a constant force, performing a timeless function in the development of a free society, and corresponding to a deep and permanent requirement of human nature itself.”

– Quintin Hogg

novaculus on February 12, 2016 at 12:30 AM

Looks like a good place to recommend Jonathan Haidt’s book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” — he doesn’t always get it right (sometimes he just doesn’t get it), but he has lots of interesting data and suppositions.

Good Morning, y’all!

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” – Alexis De Tocqueville

My take: http://bit.ly/1mwoWy5

The Clinton/Sanders “Love-In” Debate: “All We Are Saying Is Give Socialism a Chance”

kingsjester on February 12, 2016 at 6:52 AM

Last night, two living fossils from a bygone era, representing a failed Political Ideology, staged a Love-in with each other…championing the Political Ideology which destroyed the Soviet Union, and which has brought the teen-weeny country of Denmark to the verge of Economic Ruin.

Good article KJ, as usual.

President Reagan once asked

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

The majority of Americans, living out here in the Heartland…understand.

Looks like a good place to recommend Hayek’s book “The Road to Serfdom” again.

AesopFan on February 12, 2016 at 3:48 PM

The Easter Bunny wants to help reduce our dependency
on foreign oil, so to conserve energy, this year’s
baskets will be delivered by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

nuclearoptional on February 12, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Damn and i chased that last one off so thoroughly they havent been back in 2 years….

katee bayer on February 12, 2016 at 12:04 AM

lol last Jehovah’s witness who came by here , i invited her in for tea and proceeded to point out all the places in the bible that she was misinterpreting and that if what they believe is true then all those people who died and didn’t go to heaven were gonna come back as zombies and what kind of benevolent God would do that to his followers? She ran so fast …. and i heard from a neighbor that they have me on their list of scary people not to bother.

katee bayer on February 12, 2016 at 12:08 AM

They’ve never come back here, either.
Perhaps it was the rifle…
Or the Halloween gorilla mask in the middle of the day in June…
Or some combination there of…

Doc Holliday on February 12, 2016 at 12:12 AM

..We Lutherans are good at running them off, too…

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2016 at 12:17 AM

I had such good conversations with a sweet young lady JW a few years ago, that they sent one of their Auditing Elders to check up on me. He took one look at the Book of Mormon on my table and the pictures of our temples, and never let her come back.
Too bad.

AesopFan on February 12, 2016 at 3:51 PM

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