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America’s short-term Trump problem will end in Iowa.

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As I wrote yesterday, I think America is facing a two-fold Trump problem. The proximate problem is that Donald Trump has been the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination since this summer, and the durability of his support suggests that he could in fact be the party’s nominee. The underlying problem is that America has a two-party political system, and one of the parties is receptive to a candidate such as Trump.

I don’t have a solution to the latter problem. But the former problem, the proximate Trump problem, is going to be resolved soon enough, as follows: Ted Cruz is now tied with Trump in Iowa. On February 1st, if not before, Trump’s dreams of winning the White House will be destroyed. To unpack that, let me review what we know about Trump and Cruz.

Trump is a candidate whose entire pitch, such as it is, rests on the illusion that he is a winner. He claims to be a successful businessman; in reality, he would have been better off investing the money he inherited in an index fund forty years ago. He claims to know more about ISIS “than the generals do”; in reality, the little he knows about the armed services is drawn from his experience at a military-themed boarding school. He thinks that he has “better” hair than Marco Rubio; I mean, can a sentient adult offer a straight-faced response to that?

We already know how Trump responds when his braggadocio is exposed for the posturing it is: he lashes out. He’s still brooding about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who committed the cardinal sin of asking him questions during a debate. When Ben Carson challenged his status as frontrunner in the polls, Trump responded by flapping his belt around and comparing Carson to a child molester.

Cruz, meanwhile, is a student of Sun Tzu: “Every battle is won before it is fought. It is won by choosing the terrain on which the battle is fought.” He has won unwinnable arguments before. He has won unwinnable elections before. Cruz does not pick fights he doesn’t think he can win, with the asterisk that sometimes he picks fights with an eye to winning the battle rather than the war. His fight to defund Obamacare, for example, was a fight he picked with an eye to winning the Republican nomination in 2016. And Cruz is now in a position to win the Iowa caucus, which is the kind of fight that he is optimally equipped to win: like Rick Santorum in 2012 and Mike Huckabee in 2008, his support in the polls is an indicator of the passion of the grassroots conservatives, particularly evangelicals, he has carefully cultivated throughout this campaign.

Trump has two choices. He can withdraw from the race for the Republican nomination prior to Iowa’s vote, on February 1st. If so, he sacrifices the prospect of running as an independent candidate. He pledged not to do so back in September, and has recently suggested (entirely predictably) that he might renege on that pledge. Trump’s stated reason for thinking about breaking his own pledge, however, was as follows: “GOP getting ready to treat me unfairly.” That would be a piteous situation. But for the voters of Iowa to select Cruz over Trump would hardly qualify as unfair treatment on the part of the establishment.

Alternatively Trump can take his chances against Cruz. If so he will come to grief, and he will have no one to blame but himself. Though Trump has more than a dozen rivals for the Republican nomination, none have come so close to earning his approval as Cruz has. Trump has even floated the idea of picking Cruz as his running mate. “Well, I like him,” Trump said last week, and that may be the case. Cruz is nonetheless running for the nomination, not to be Trump’s running mate, and Trump has no chance of dissuading the cold, careful Cruz from that goal.

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  • “A cold careful Cruz” I like it.
    Dems need not fret if Hillary is indicted, Trump can run as a democrat and there will be no difference.

  • Rules of Blazon

    One Quinippiac poll in Iowa doesn’t mean Cruz and Trump are tied — although you no doubt find the thought very comforting.

    Not that it matters that much, as Cruz and Trump are substantively the same. (Non-substantively the same?) You own them both in equal measure.

    • Unwound

      sorry to break it to you, but either of these guys becoming one of the two people with a chance of winning the presidency is most definitely americas problem.

      • Rules of Blazon

        We’re on the same page. Neither has a chance of winning the presidency if one of them is the Republican nominee. But they have a great chance of completing the long-overdue task of ending the viability of the Republican party.

        Relax and enjoy.

        • Unwound

          i think you give the american people way too much credit. i think rubio is most likely to actually win the presidency, but as more time goes on, considering that clinton is the likely nominee and she cant get any voter enthusiasm going, i could see cruz beating her by a nose.

          i personally have never voted for a clinton, and i dont intend to start now.

          • Rules of Blazon

            Rubio is at about 12% in Iowa, in NH, and nationally. I don’t know what you’re basing your thought on.

          • Unwound

            to clarify- i mean rubio is the most likely GOP’er to win the presidency if he gains the nom, but i could still easily see cruz having a shot.

          • Rules of Blazon

            Rubio is too clumsy to Etch-a-Sketch away Teh Crazy in the off chance he’s the nominee.

          • Unwound

            either could beat clinton

          • WUSRPH

            make that “neither”.

          • Unwound

            i dont think youre correct here. theres plenty of dems like myself who wont vote for her, and shes not much of a coalition builder. the base on the right will be getting out to vote in the next election, the left not so much.

          • If you don’t vote for her if she’s the nominee, you’re basically giving any of these crazies the go ahead to move into the white house. Like her or hate her, she’s NOT worse than Ted Cruz.

          • WUSRPH

            Some of you now will claim you will not vote for her but when the time comes and you think what will happened if you don’t, virtually all of you will come home. The stakes are too high to let hurt feelings or ideological purity hand this party over to those who disagree with probably every thing you believe. Some on the left have played the game of “I’m purer than you are” for too long to their own disadvantage. I suspect you will not be one of those legendary liberals who, when told to form a firing squad, form a circle looking inward. Leave those losing tactics to the Republicans.

          • Unwound

            we’re voting in texas. not the dems time yet no matter who the nominee.

          • WUSRPH

            It is true that she is not likely to carry Texas, but is would sure be nice to be able to add another popular vote win to the 5 out of the last six elections.

          • Unwound

            also- im going to vote dem in probably all of the downballot elections. i just cant see any feasible way for me to justify voting for clinton.

          • Guess don’t know much about her history.

          • MikeyDe

            We can’t elect her. When she was last there, she robbed the place and her husband raped the help.

          • Craig

            thats an idiotic statement, its people like you that should have voter rights taken away…Shillery no worse than CRUZ…give me a break…CRUZ 2016!!

          • vietvet3

            You chose your screen name well………….

          • TravisJSays

            Clinton has the media literally doing her bidding, so she’s got that.
            But Republicans will be more eager to correct the errors of the Obama years than Democrats will be to continue them.

          • Seriously? She’s a used up dish rag.

          • wessexmom

            In your dreams.

          • wessexmom

            You (and Erica) are living in a red-state fantasy land. Rubio will have a very hard time winning the general because he believes in NO exceptions for victims of rape or incest and his sugar daddy is casino magnate Sheldon Adelson (who wants the US to drop a nuclear bomb on Iran and buy the American presidency as a gift for Bibi). But in a national election Rubio would still fare better than Cruz, who echoes Rubio’s sentiments and then some. (During interviews they’re both slippery eels but Rubio is the more slippery of the two.)

            What will nail Cruz as a wing nut wacko are his constant attempts to curry favor with religious zealots who are BEYOND extreme, who support the execution of abortion providers AND homosexuals. He will never survive the intense scrutiny of the national media once it begins to zoom in on such nasty little details. People ALREADY hate him, and that includes most of his Republican colleagues.

          • Beerman

            The GOP Congressman from NY, Peter King, said it best:

            “Ted Cruz is a “carnival barker,” who is a fraud that oversimplifies, exaggerates and has no real experience. He is a guy with a big mouth and no results.”

          • KansasGirl

            And Peter King is a democrat…

          • Beerman

            No, he is a Republican Congressman representing the 2nd District in New York.

            Check: peteking.house.gov

            Sorry ’bout that.

          • KansasGirl

            I was being sarcastic…geez

          • Beerman

            There is so much bending of the truth and non- facts mixed with right wing rhetoric by some folks on this blog that it is difficult to recognize sarcasm.

          • KansasGirl

            The point I was making concerning Rep. King is he might as well be a democrat.
            It’s understandable though…representing New York he has no choice.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Yeah, and I’m the queen of England.

          • KansasGirl

            Who am I to argue?

          • Red White

            This from a clown who tags himself “beer” man?
            CRUZ 2016!

          • Rules of Blazon

            If Rubio and Cruz were actual eels, Rubio would be in the stomach of a sumo wrestler because he’s slippery but slow, and Cruz would be swimming all by himself in some deep, dark corner of the ocean because he’s a total asshole and all the other eels hate his guts.

          • wessexmom

            Actually, Hillary is drumming up a lot of enthusiasm now that the race has actually begun. And it will grow exponentially the more she’s compared to Trump, Rubio or Cruz who have already sunk themselves with minorities and women.
            Plus, in addition to her experiences as first lady, senator and secy of state, HC is an experienced presidential candidate who had her ass kicked; You and the GOP underestimate her at your peril.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Not one GOP candidate supports reproductive rights for women – not one.

          • Freedom’sBell

            How much do you charge for fetal livers?

          • Indiana Pearl

            How much do you thrill over dead women?

          • TravisJSays

            Not thrilled by the women killed in Gosnell’s abortion clinic, the man who engaged in infanticide and horrific practices that killed babies and mothers alike.

            And not thrilled that regulations to make abortion clinics safer for women is opposed by pro-abortion extremists and the abortion mill operators at PP.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Not theilled that as many as 100,000 women in Texas alone have attempted to self abort over the last ten years.

          • Freedom’sBell

            Not at all. Nor do I get paid. PP however, how many million per year? At least enough to buy off Democrats.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Too silly to even respond . . .

          • KansasGirl

            Abortion isn’t reproductive rights…it’s genocide.

          • Unwound

            no it isnt.

          • Beerman

            Repeat of past posting on this blog regarding abortion:

            The following quote from Sister Joan Chittister, Order of Saint Benedict, sums up the hypocrisy of right-wing anti-abortion movement:

            ” I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

          • Indiana Pearl

            Calvinism rules the GOP these days, Beerman. The elect are rich and are saved. The poor are damned. What a lousy belief system.

          • Beerman

            Yes, there is an attitude of: “I’m well-off because God loves me better.”

          • Jed

            i am well off because i deserve it.

            the logical failure is staggering. i used to teach roomfuls of texas college kids who were convinced that their daddy was rich because he was a better person, and that they would be rich because they deserved it, too. zero capacity for empathy, much less critical thought. anyone *not* rich must be defective.

          • KansasGirl

            I could care less what a “supposed” Catholic Sister thinks of my morality.
            I’d like to hear her opinion on abortion.

          • Indiana Pearl

            You love those embryos only until they’re born.

          • KansasGirl

            Why would you say such a thing?
            It’s disconcerting how easily you embrace death by abortion.
            I wonder what gets a person to that point.

          • Red White

            Blacks in America comprise 73% illegitimate births! Three out of every four!

            Is that what you’re crying like a baby about???

          • Beerman

            Your comments are an example of why so many moderates believe that there is a thread of racism and xenophobia running thru the right-wing of the Republican Party. You are trapped by your own rhetoric.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Nope. Most illegitimate births are white babies. Racists hatehatehate that fact.

          • Jed

            80% of your breath stinks. four out of every five!

          • TravisJSays

            Every GOP candidate supports reproductive rights for women – even right-wingers like Santorum support govt funding in medicaid for birth control and some even suggesting we make contraceptive pill available OTC.

            But not one of them confuses the barbaric killing of humans in womb with ‘reproductive rights’, so they are least sane when it comes to how to treat human life.

          • Indiana Pearl

            “Some suggest” . . .

            An embryo is not a person.

          • TravisJSays

            You are doubly ignorant. Of course a human embryo is a human being, to suggest otherwise is anti-science and anti-reality.

            Second, its not an ’embryo’ all the way to birth, but the later stage its called a fetus, which is a human being in the womb that is alive and developing well beyond the embryonic stage. it got a heartbeat, brain function, all limbs and organs, moves around, and can even have feelings and senses.

            You dehumanize the human beings in the womb to justify legalizing killing them, but it makes you an ignoramus on medical reality.

          • Mark Anthony

            Meanwhile the Democratic front runner believes in destroying women and who were raped by her husband. Nice flag bearer…

          • Indiana Pearl

            Your reality, not mine.

          • Freedom’sBell

            You lie to yourself almost as well as the Clintons lie to everyone else.

          • wessexmom

            You hurl insults in lieu of well reasoned responses.

          • Freedom’sBell

            Clinton don’t lie? You have a different meaning of well reasoned than the rest of the world. When facts don’t matter, I have no other choice but ridicule.

          • Red White

            The world’s BIGGEST liars and thieves and cons and grifters…who in their right mind, other than liberal loons, would ever consider that porker for the Oval Office???

          • Unwound

            this is an excellent and well reasoned argument. i would like to please sign up for your newsletter.

          • KansasGirl

            I see zero enthusiasm for HRC.
            I’m curious…why did she quit using Rodham? lol

          • Indiana Pearl

            Arkansas hillbillies didn’t like a woman using her birth name, so she added “Clinton” to appease the crazies.

            Lol . . .

          • KansasGirl

            Willie included I suppose. lol

          • Red White

            Are you on LSD?

          • Indiana Pearl

            Are you on Oxycontin like most trailer park trash?

          • Indiana Pearl

            Rubio has a lot of negatives . . .

          • TravisJSays

            The Republicans at least have done the smart thing and decided to end the Bush legacy, but the Democrats didn’t wise up and have an alternative to Clinton. Pity they didnt run Liz Warren. I think Liz Warren vs Ted Cruz would be a bracing and real choice for America.

            As it is, the powers-that-be may pull enough strings to keep things closer to ‘safe’ and make it a Rubio v Clinton race. We shall see.

            Don’t discount Trump btw. Cruz may be on track to win Iowa but that’s just round one.

        • WUSRPH

          Watching the Republican Party move so far to the right that it would nominate either Trump or Cruz is not something to be enjoyed. What it would suggest about the state of the American physic is just too disturbing to make it enjoyable.

          • Rules of Blazon

            The turmoil of the Republican party and the American psyche are two different things.

          • WUSRPH

            I do not know about you…but that the fact that an major American political party would nominate either a man who deliberately plays on our most base instincts of hate or one who wants to effectively repeal the achievements of the 20th Century disturbs me.

          • wessexmom

            I know what you mean. Some days it seems there are the same number of “moderates” in the Republican party as there are in Syria’s rebel forces.

        • Savvyheat

          I’m old enough to remember another guy the so called “Experts” and the Media said had ZERO chance of becoming POTUS…his name was Ronald Reagan. They called him every name in the book and claimed he was some idiot actor from California with a Chimpanzee named Gonzo. They did EVERYthing they could to marginalize, degrade and destroy him. Of course, that was before he won 525 Electoral votes and 49 states. I’d be EXTREMELY careful about taking Ted Cruz lightly. He will be a formidable nominee.

          • Rules of Blazon

            This cycle, I think there are two candidates who are being underestimated by the so-called experts and the media: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

          • wessexmom

            Just keep telling yourself that. Measured by today’s standards Ronald Reagan would be a moderate to left leaning Dem and run out of the GOP for his communist ways!

          • KansasGirl

            Wrong.

          • Unwound

            no, pretty much the truth.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Reality strikes.

          • John Johnson

            I agree with you on this point. People like Michael Sullivan want to praise Reagan as the epitome of Republicanism while pounding on reps like Geren and Speaker Straus. I ask you, who is more Reagan like, these guys or TP’ers like Stickland and Campbell? The TP’ers should find them a new name…they are the true RINO’s. The Koch brothers’ father was a founder of the John Birch Society; why don’t they resurrect it?

          • Beerman

            Agree with your points regarding TP’ers.

          • Unwound

            “They called him every name in the book and claimed he was some idiot actor from California with a Chimpanzee named Gonzo”

            they were right

          • Savvyheat

            Oh My…I think Unwound has come Unraveled ;o)

            Ronald Reagan: Our 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

            The most popular of our modern presidents, he has in his virtues and personal style symbolized our national character and is considered by most scholars amongst the Greatest Presidents in US history:

            How Great was Ronald Reagan:

            1. He ended the Cold War. Reagan reversed the policy of detente and stood firm against the Soviet Union, calling it the Evil Empire and telling Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” in Berlin.

            2. He created Reaganomics – Reagan inherited a misery index of inflation and unemployment rates of 19.99% from Jimmy Carter—when he left office it had dropped to 9.72%. President Obama take note: Under Reaganomics, 16 million new jobs were created.

            3. His free-market, small-government, pro-liberty conservatism helped to revitalize the GOP and his influence resonates today.

            4. Reagan rebuilt the might of the armed forces which ensured that America remained a military superpower in the world.

            5. Morning in America – Reagan’s jaunty optimism and an economic boom was a much-needed tonic for a country that had experienced the malaise of the Carter years.

            6. Star Wars: Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative was derided by his opponents as being technologically unfeasible, The successful use of Patriot missile batteries in the first Gulf War proved the critics wrong, and the missile defense system that ensued has lessened the threat of ballistic missiles.

            7. Nuclear weapons cuts: Even as massive demonstrations were held in Europe against Reagan’s hawkish stance on nuclear arms, he laid the framework with Gorbachev for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which reduced both countries’ arsenals of nuclear weapons.

            8. Voiced values: Reagan gave voice to the values that had served America well—thrift, patriotism, and hard work—and often recounted the wisdom of the Founding Fathers

            9. Tax reform: Not only did he cut tax rates, but the Tax Reform Act of 1986 simplified the income-tax code by eliminating many tax shelters, reducing the number of deductions and tax brackets.

            10. Taking on PATCO: Early in his administration, members of the federal air traffic controllers union (PATCO) went on strike, violating a federal regulation. Declaring the strike a “peril to national safety,” Reagan gave the workers an ultimatum and ended up firing more than 11,000 of the controllers, sending a strong signal that union workers needn’t be coddled.

          • Unwound

            this is funny enough peggy noonan could have written it.

          • KansasGirl

            Impressive.
            I like your style.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Watch Reagan’s Iran-Contra testimony – completely gaga. His wife and advisors covered for his dementia.

      • Red White

        Some would say YOU are the problem.

        • Unwound

          ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • hooah

      We can only hope!

  • WUSRPH

    I hope you are right about Trump…..but I am not sure that Cruz can make it all he way…(To be fair: I hope that he cannot). He is certainly running a well thought out campaign. In fact, the skillful way he is approaching it makes on think he is reading Obama’s book of how to do it from 2008.

    The numbers in the National Review article I posted yesterday still suggest that his strength is limited to less than a plurality of the party and that he has particular troubles with Republicans who want to win more than to prove their purity. He hopes to get the “Big M”, as George H.W. used to call it, with a win in Iowa and use that to roll up the necessary delegates. But, as we have seen in the past, a win in Iowa no longer translates to wins elsewhere. According to the NR he is running fairly poorly in South Carolina and other primaries that follow Iowa.

    As for Trump, if he stays in as long as Iowa he will have real difficulties running as an Independent as many states, like Texas, say you cannot be an independent if you ran in the party primaries. (To get on the ballot in Texas as an Independent he would have had to file an application by this coming Dec. 14th. and not run in any of the primaries.)

    Even with his inflated ego Trump has to realize that the best a third-party or independent candidate can do is to probably insure the victory of the opposition by drawing votes away from one of two “real” candidates. Whether he would go ahead with an Independent challenge probably depends whether he hates being a loser more than he would want revenge on the GOP for rejecting him. At this point, I have no idea which way he would go.

    Even if Trump loses, as you noted yesterday, we all have to be concerned that a major political party in the US would gave him even semi-serious consideration for as long as it has. I do not want to even think about what this means for the future of the GOP and the nation.

    • Rules of Blazon

      If and when the GOP implodes, the nation’s future looks great! Psalm 118:24, muthaf#$&!

      • WUSRPH

        What frightens me is what would replace the GOP. It does not have to be able to win elections to disrupt the nation.

        • Jed

          it already is. anything that breaks up the GOP coalition of money and hate would have to be an improvement.

      • KansasGirl

        I’d say it’s the Democrats that are losing their hold on America…thank you Obama. lol

        • Indiana Pearl

          Silly Jayhawk . . .

          • KansasGirl

            Rock chalk Jayhawk KKKKKK UUUUUU! 😉

          • Jed

            you got three letters of that right.

          • KansasGirl

            Aw, bless your little heart.

        • 6660splendidday

          You are living in your head.Those voices you hear is just the wind blowing through that hole in your head. Hillary Clinton won’t win Texas. Barack Obama did not win Texas. Yet he has been our President for two terms and if he could run again he would be elected again. The Republican Machine is just that.. a machine. Educated people, those who have brains that actually work, know how limited you are when it comes to thinking about the machine; Narrow thinking, no cause and affect reasoning. I feel sorry for you and yet you make me laugh every time you write. Thank you. All the rest of the weazles like you are waiting for Hillary Clinton to be indicted. You all have been talking indictment of Hillary Clinton for forty years just like you all have been talking about the impeachment of Barack Obama every since he came on the national scene. Put these notes on your wall if you have one and gaze at them before you go to bed tonight.
          You guys never really accomplish anything. You just fog up the atmosphere with your
          eternal squawking. I am always glad to see you posting somewhere… means you are not out blowing up your neighbors dog.

          • KansasGirl

            Your name should be rambling666. 😉

    • Indiana Pearl
  • Savvyheat

    After Ted Cruz becomes the GOP nominee, look for him to take the stage versus Hillary (should she avoid indicment), bringing skills only a winning SCOTUS litigator can deliver, he will expose her blatant dishonesty with a methodical, laser like precision that will truly be something wonderful to watch.

    • Unwound

      i think shed handle ted just fine in a debate. the 13 hour benghazi witch hunt certainly didnt present too many issues.

      • Savvyheat

        Well… I did find it interesting that Hillary told daughter Chelsea (pseudonym, Diane Reynolds), that the planned attack on the embassy in Benghazi WAS terrorism, but lied to everyone else like you and me claiming it was the result of some hokey video put out by some guy in California. Come debate time, I’d bank on Ted Cruz expounding on that lie, amongst her numerous others when he takes the stage. If you’re a Hillary supporter, I’d imagine things could get a bit uncomfortable ;o)

        • Indiana Pearl

          Exactly why is that “interesting”?

          • Savvyheat

            Thanks for your question. Do you remember Joe Biden’s speech at the DNC in 2012:”President Obama has decimated Al Qaeda” The death of Ambassador Stevens, and the attack on the Benghazi compound would NOT have played well into the Obama “We’ve got Al Quaida on the run” reelection narrative, hence the manufactured fiction about some guy and some video in California. One reason I found Hillary’s testimony compelling was because had the committee not subpoena’d the emails from her private home brew server, the lie she put forward to all of us about Benghazi being caused by a video would have never come to light. Also, throughout the spring and summer, she told us her home server had only personal emails about topics like: Yoga moves and Chelsea’s wedding… in other words nothing to see here. Well that also turned out to be false, hence the widening and ongoing FBI investigation. I’d imagine the FBI is also investigating why Hillary would have her staff wipe the server clean AFTER she was told the server was deemed to be evidence and not to be tampered with. It only stands to reason when the time comes, should Hillary avoid indictment, that Ted Cruz will have Hillary elaborate on all these details as any fine litigator would. Should be informative.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Yawn.

          • Savvyheat

            Relax your mind let your conscience be free
            And get down to the sounds of Savvyheat
            Oh you should keep quiet while Savvy raps
            But if you’re tired… then go take a nap

          • BCinBCS

            Yawn, yawn.

      • Indiana Pearl

        Except for Trey Gowdy who looked like he had apoplexy . . . sweating, neck tendons bulging . . .

  • WUSRPH

    A comforting remember from pollster extraordinary Nate Silver in today’s Quorum Report in which he points out that Trump is actually being backed by no more than 25% of the 25% of the American electorate who claim to be Republicans. As he notes,

    “Right now, he (Trump) has 25 to 30 percent of the vote in polls among the roughly 25 percent of Americans who identify as Republican. (That’s something like 6 to 8 percent of the electorate overall, or about the same share of people who think the Apollo moon landings were faked.”)

    And if Trump’s actual support is so small, that makes the number backing Cruz even smaller.

    As we all need to keep reminding ourselves, it is still very, very early in the
    electoral season and we can all remember years where the alleged current front runner did not wind up as the winner. So rest easy. We still have a long way to go.

    I think I said something along the lines of “25% of 25%” back when Trump first emerged as a candidate, but all of us have tended to be stampeded by these early events and forget our own sage advice.

  • WUSRPH

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/11/donald-trump-a-fascist.html

    Fascist: It is a had term to define, and, like socialist, an easy one to misuse. But the symptoms appear to be there.

  • Garrett Menard

    Cruz is more a threat to safety & stability of the USA then the the refugees are !

    • KansasGirl

      I can only hope the “refugees” never prove you wrong.
      Be safe.

      • Indiana Pearl

        Fear not . . .

        • KansasGirl

          Hmmmm, interesting you use the term “white Americans.”
          It let’s me know what I’m dealing with.

  • I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving; Ted Cruz, my family, all my good friends here especially Erica.
    Erica, the plan worked the blog has more comments from a mixed group and not just a few. I think we should rename the blog Erica’s Fair and Balanced Blog.

    • John Johnson

      🙂

  • Angelo_Frank

    I don’t know who is more of a threat to this constitutional republic, Trump or Cruz. Trump is a fascist in the vein of Benito Mussolini while Cruz is an adherent of Christian Dominionism, who would attempt to turn the country into a theocratic state.

    • WUSRPH

      You might have a point in the Trump and Mussolini comparison. Mussolini was originally a socialist (including editor of a socialist newspaper) before he became a fascist and he adopted the views of the existing fascist organization. Trump, similarly, was many other things before his present format. He also seems to have adopted the message and methods of fascism. In both cases, use of the ideology or (in Trump’s case) its appeals may be more of a tactic to achieve power rather than a real belief. Franco did something similar with the Spanish Flange adopting its doctrines to give some philosophical basis to his dictatorship. Hitler was another thing all together. He not only believed all he preached, he also helped develop much of it.

      • Indiana Pearl

        Mussolini made the trains run on time.

  • I’m thankful I’m not Tx Sen Democrat Carlos Uresti

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

    • WUSRPH

      I see the Phoenix folks found an outlet for their trash that ever Breibart would not stoop low enough to run. Seems appropriate that it would be you….How does it feel living down there in the slime?

      • You’re defending a man who cheats on his wife?

        • WUSRPH

          Of course you have been smearing and insulting people who disagree with you for so long that you probably don’t even notice the filth and slime you spread behind you like a slug.

          • I got it…I should only post the videos, rumors and gossip about republicans…….

          • WUSRPH

            No slime even when it is on republicans.

          • WASSUP I too wish you could quit me….

          • WUSRPH

            When you slime you will be called on it…

          • You call people fascists with self righteous indignation….you have no credibility.

          • WUSRPH

            I have called on one a fascist. I have said I am disturbed by some comparisons between Trump’s behavior and the past…..But a person who several times DAILY calls all Democrats liars, thieves, cheats, anti-American, socialists and worse really has no room to criticize another. But I guess you don’t think there is any problem in that…..After all you are armed with the truth.

            I criticize what people say and do in their public lives….What I do not do is spread rumors about the sexual or other behavior of others with no basis in fact. You, however, seem to feel that you are exempt from all such standards.

          • WUSRPH

            My prior response was removed by the Management, apparently because I used the acronym for the former National Socialist German Workers Party. This is a reduced version without the offending word.

            First, I did not call anyone a fascist. I only pointed to an article that compares Trump’s actions to some of those attributed to fascism. (I will not try to explain fascism or its German cousin to you….you can look it up for yourself.)

            Second, to answer your challenge, let me make it clear that I do not think Trump is a fascist. To do that, I would have to believe that he has an ideological underlining to his beliefs and actions, which I do not. Instead, I believe he has only one belief—and that is in his inherent superiority over all of us.

            I do find it curious, however, that a person like you who daily calls ALL Democrats liars, thieves, cheats, socialists and Anti-American should take it upon himself to challenge another’s behavior. But you obviously do not see the hypocrisy in you behavior for, after all, you are armed with the TRUTH.

          • crawfish…..

          • WUSRPH

            Calling him a fascist would have been easy….But that would be to give him even some limited ideology behind his action other than self-engrossment. As you, yourself, have noted he has had allegedly “liberal” beliefs in the past, which he has now discarded. That was part of the process of him trying to find an appealing message which could be used at the appropriate time to make his move. It never represented any beliefs.

          • Beerman

            The American people have been communicated to like children, by both political parties, and with extreme dishonesty by our elected politicians and political candidates. It is all ideology promotion rather than informational fact gathering and solution development. Fascism could become very real in our Country because of this constant rhetoric and lack of interest from the majority of registered voters.

          • Indiana Pearl

            I’ll call Trump a (f)ascist, even if you are too genteel to do so.

          • WUSRPH

            Using the same methods as the fascists to gain power does not necessarily make one a fascist. He has no ideological basis for anything he is doing.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Try (nazis).

          • Jed

            nobody (or not many) wakes up and says, “i am going to become a fascist and/or lead a fascist movement.”

            but that doesn’t prevent one from being a fascist nonetheless. fervent nationalism plus xenophobia = fascism. this isn’t that complicated. there are probably 25 million fascist american citizens right now, on the low side. the same 25-30% of the electorate who still thought bush was a good president even by the end of his second term, the same bunch who still think obama is a foreigner, the same ones who want to “make america great again” (by getting rid of or jailing all the brown people), the same ones who think only christians should hold office.

          • Indiana Pearl

            “Make America Whire Again”!

          • WUSRPH

            I agree that there are American fascists who combined fervent nationalism with racial hatred and the other characteristics of the disease….but I still say that Trump is an opportunist using fascist appeals and methods to obtain his goal and not a true believer. He would go socialist tomorrow if it would get him what he wans. His only ideology or philosophy is a belief that he is superior to all the rest of us……That is what makes him someone to be concerned about.

      • Indiana Pearl

        If you open posts from bad people, you will see bad things. It’s like going into the morgue.

  • mark wyatt

    America will never elect a radicalized Christian . This man and his father Rafael sr. are both on record stating outrageous religious beliefs. Things like 6k earth age scenario and creationism should be taught in public school science curriculum nullifying known sciences such as evolution/ bio / geo / med.-research / astral etc . Look at Tx schools people(Christians apparently ate all the dinosaurs b/4 the flood and slavery was groovy and often voluntary) . I don’t believe America wants a supreme court ruled by far right evangelics . A potus that truly governs by his ultimate belief that HIS God made the entire earth and all upon it for HIS people . A potus on record stating he believes we are truly in the end times and all wealth needs to be re-distributed to the church again . Read your revelations people and check out his fathers videos that he so openly supports . Lastly know that hes a staunch tea-bagger frocked in the Christian shroud . His policies would devastate the poor , cripple the middle and relieve the top from all taxation as per his endless support for the Paul Ryan budget proposal .

    • Unwound

      they already did. george w bush.

      • mark wyatt

        not even close

        • wessexmom

          Agreed! W, as in WORST PREZ EVER, called himself THE DECIDER; CRUZ would be THE DISRUPTER as in the APOCALYPTIC PRESIDENT!

          Like his father, CRUZ is and always has been a shell of a human–Literally. He is a hollowed out huckster/ liar who feels alive only when he’s sowing disorder and reaping destruction. Papa threw Molotov cocktails in Havana, Junior’s now trying to blow up our political infrastructure. And BOTH men commune with the religiously insane. Like father, like son. Think I exaggerate? Watch this: https://youtu.be/as1LCdrPg-M

          It’s simply amazing that ANYONE would ever believe one word out of Cruz’s megalomaniacal mouth. (Even W can see right through him, Erica!)

          • Indiana Pearl

            Despicable . . . and dishonest.

    • WUSRPH

      Hitler was on record as exposing many “outrageous” beliefs too but no one believed he would actually do any of that stuff. Me, I take the man at his word….He would, if can, reverse virtually all of the accomplishments of the 20th Century and put God deep into all of government. He says it. He means it.

      • wessexmom

        When Cruz says “GOD” he’s actually referring to the all-powerful ME, MYSELF and I! A shtick as old as God himself!

        • Indiana Pearl

          Beware self-appointed guardians of morality.

  • Indiana Pearl
  • TexasTbone

    Well I like both candidates and prefer Cruz but suspect Trump might be the nominee. So if he is, do I suspect a “mea culpa” from this writer? No. She will be long gone on the trash heap of liberal history.

    • Rules of Blazon

      She’s on your team, not ours. She knows she can’t hide the fact that Trump will be a calamitous, nuclear-level disaster for y’all’s Republican party, and because he’s winning, she’s panicking. The funny part is that the alternative she’s pushing will be just as bad for y’all, if not worse.

      • TexasTbone

        Either one of them will clobber that hag pimp for Bill Clinton

        • Indiana Pearl

          Low class comment . . .

          • TexasTbone

            For a low class wantabe (w) hore

          • TexasTbone

            Oh wait, nobody would would stick a dog’s bone in that hole.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to the editor you go.

            TM isn’t 4chan. Why don’t you go back there?

  • vippy

    From one nut to another.

  • Hugh Everett

    If the GOP nominee was an “Establishment RINO” (Rubio, Kasich, Jeb!), he would lose a lot of votes if Trump ran as an independent. Millions of angry conservatives would cast protest votes for Trump, just like they refused to vote for Romney in 2012.But Ted Cruz is just the Messiah the nutters have been praying for. He would pull the rug out from under a Trump third party candidacy.

  • donuthin2

    It will certainly not be an enthusiastic vote, but I will vote for Clinton if any of those considered as front runners win the Republican nomination.

  • vippy

    A nut job like Cruz?

  • Leo Derosia

    Cruz is trailing trump by double digits in every state ….btw a article 2 natural born citizen is a child born in a country to parents who are it’s citizens, – Chief Justice Morrison Waite in the unanimous SC opinion minor v happersett ….cruz and Barry are liars claiming they are natural born citizens

    • Indiana Pearl

      President Obama was born in the U.S. Hawaii was a state at the time of his birth.

  • We’ve all see the good old boys who starts a event off that doesn’t end well by saying “here hold my beer.” But that doesn’t explain a Ron Paul supporters or some dem posters….however this does.

    “The scans found that daily users of high-potency cannabis had a slightly greater – by about 2% – “mean diffusivity” in the corpus callosum. “That reflects a problem in the white matter that ultimately makes it less efficient,” Dazzan told the Guardian. “We don’t know exactly what it means for the person, but it suggests there is less efficient transfer of information.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/27/smoking-high-strength-cannabis-skunk-may-damage-nerves-brain

    Some don’t believe in science…..

  • Jay Trainor

    Cruz is also a student of George Wallace and Barry Goldwater’s, “Southern Strategy” using coded hate speech that panders to the bigots and powerful. It was George McGovern who summed up the strategy that many Texas politicians continue to rely on today to get elected:

    Defeated by the Southern
    strategy, McGovern neatly summed it up: “What is the Southern Strategy? It is
    this. It says to the South: Let the poor stay poor, let your economy trail the
    nation, forget about decent homes and medical care for all your people, choose
    officials who will oppose every effort to benefit the many at the expense of
    the few—and in return, we will try to overlook the rights of the black man,
    appoint a few southerners to high office, and lift your spirits by attacking
    the ‘eastern establishment’ whose bank accounts we are filling with your labor
    and your industry.”42 McGovern erred in supposing that the Southern strategy
    pertained only to the South. Nixon had already learned from Wallace, and then
    later from the number crunchers, that coded racial appeals would work
    nationwide. Other than that, especially in its class and race dimensions,
    McGovern had dog whistle politics dead to rights.

    http://www.salon.com/2013/12/22/how_the_gop_became_the_white_mans_party/

    • John Johnson

      What a crock.

      • Jed

        all of political science accepts this (the “southern strategy” based on racial/racist appeals and subsequent shift of southern conservatives to the republican party) as self-evident.

        is it a crock because it makes you uncomfortable, or because you have a specific critique of the argument?

      • Indiana Pearl

        Watch “Boogieman” on Netflix, a documentary about Lee Atwater, the architect of the southern strategy.

        • John Johnson

          I watched it when it first came out. Do you think you are the only enlightened one posting here? The only difference in you and many is that most don’t believe everything we read even if it backs up our general feelings on any given subject. As far as this piece, there is no doubt that Atwater was a go low operative. To carry that over to Cruz is ridiculous and pure lib propaganda. Let’s lock into verifiable truths and leave the horseshit where it lays.

          • Indiana Pearl

            You make me have a headache. Every GOP presidential candidate beginning with Reagan has depended heavily on Atwater.

          • John Johnson

            And you make me want to quit communicating with you. I don’t really don’t care what Reagan, Bush, Clinton, or Bush did wrong, or to keep dwelling on and rehashing it. You are eaten up with it. My anger is saved for the here and now, and my eyes are looking forward. You hold grudges. Many women do. They have no “forget”. You appear to be in this group.

          • Jed

            you’re kidding. you want to hold up cruz as the epitome of straight dealing?

            the guy is the slimiest politician since huey long.

          • John Johnson

            I think WUSRPH would ask you to back up your assertion with some examples. Got any?

          • Jed

            yeah. everything he says.

          • John Johnson

            Yeah, OK. You have nothing except a bias. That about it?

          • Jed

            knowing someone to be a sleazebag is not necessarily bias.

            it might just be reality. lack of bias doesn’t mean lack of awareness.

            you can see it in his face. unless he is running for weasel in chief.

          • John Johnson

            You are what you hate. It is looks and delivery with you. Give me a lying SOB who can look me straight in the eye and feed me a line a mile long with sincerity in his voice and eyes, and I will follow him anywhere…if he leans left like I do. That about it?

          • Jed

            look, you seem to make everything equivalent when it suits, yet you can’t see parallels when they don’t.

            so i’ll spell it out for you one time, then i am done with this:

            1) by your standards, where we don’t distinguish between articulated policy positions and constitutional presidential powers, every presidential candidate is lying about everything they say. so in this sense, cruz is no different than obama. he can’t do any of the things he says he wants to do without the help of congress (e.g. budget, which is written passed by congress; tax rates, ditto; immigration policy, ditto; etc).

            2) what makes cruz *worse* than obama (and worse than most every other candidate, in fact), is that he doesn’t even really hold the positions he says he does. even if it were within the presidential authority to do all the things he says he wants to do, he wouldn’t do many of them because they make no sense. one example: tax rates and the budget. cruz calls for a flat tax, which at the sorts of rates he is quoting all budget experts agree would reduce federal revenues by $Trillions over a four-year administration. yet he also says he will balance the budget. to do that would require trillions in cuts, too (actually larger than the revenue cuts since we currently run a deficit). yet if you have followed the sequester issue at all, you’ve seen that the republican cut, cut congress struggles to meet ever their own modest targets for reducing discretionary spending. each year they try to cut something like $100B or less, and they can’t do it. being an ivy league graduate, cruz is surely capable of the arithmetic required to know, then, that what he is saying can’t happen. not because of constitutional powers, but because of math. tat’s just one example, per your request.

            this isn’t bias, it is reality. were there any responsible journalists handy, they would have spelled all this out for you already, rather than helping you to remain confused. i on’t expect you to get it. i’ve never seen you get anything before. but i am done. take it or leave it.

          • John Johnson

            You read into it what you want to. A statement is not a lie until the promise is not delivered. You say he can’t do it; I’m not so sure. We’ll see if he gets the chance. Since you are 110% sure that Clinton is going to be the next President, these types of conversations should be boring and moot to you. Why bother? Why not just come back in November of next year and thumb your nose at the goofballs like me?

          • Jed

            deal.

            btw, i didn’t say clinton would be the next president, i said it would be a democrat.

            ps – strange definition of a lie you have there. if i tell you i am going to give you a million dollars “someday,” and i have no intention of ever doing so, and i don’t, when is/was it a lie? when i said it, or not until the day i die?

          • John Johnson

            No way those two are the same. “Some day…” and “When I am President…” are totally different. Aren’t they?

          • Jed

            it was a logical exercise, so you didn’t understand.

          • John Johnson

            Oh, I see…Obama is not lying because he fully intended to deliver, but couldn’t due to things he had no control over. Right?

            It would be a lie for me to tell you if you voted for a Republican next November you would become my best friend. Verdad?

          • Indiana Pearl

            “Many women do.” Bingo! You have overwhelmimg mysogynism

            Next case, please.

        • dave in texas

          Actually, the Southern Strategy began under Richard Nixon’s campaign strategist, Kevin Phillips. http://www.umich.edu/~lawrace/votetour10.htm
          Lee Atwater was certainly one of the most adept practitioners of the strategy, but it began long before he was working on campaigns.

          • Jed

            yup. basically going after george wallace voters. that is to say, racists who were democrats at the time, and who were disaffected by that leftie LBJ.

          • Indiana Pearl

            True dat. Thanks!

  • Indiana Pearl

    Shooter in a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic right now. You can bet the shooter isn’t a Muslim:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/active-shooter-reported-in-colorado-springs-near-planned-parenthood_5658a87be4b079b2818a6d86?6kbdfgvi

    • WUSRPH

      Waiting to hear any condemnation of this act of terrorism by Gov. Abbott and company. I would almost bet that Trump, if he says anything, will semi-justify the shooting as he did the beating up of a black protestor of police violence. After all, our religious terrorists are simply people of good intentions who unfortunately get carried away by their emotions while those Muslims are instruments of the devil.

    • John Johnson
      • Indiana Pearl

        Was the shooter trying to get birth control? Pelosi has great health care.

        Try again.

        • John Johnson

          Why do you insist on stuffing oranges into an apple crate? How does a shooting by a white guy in Colorado get you going off about his religious preferences? Was the guy sane and driven by pure hate and a radical evangelist’s teachings, or was he just crazy? You still saying we have more to fear from white guys than Islamic terrorists? Is that your message? If so, it is just another goofy one from you. When an angry Christian flies a plane into a skyscraper, or more than a single mentally ill person blocks exits and starts picking off people at a concert, you might be taken seriously.

          • Indiana Pearl

            You’re the Islamophobe who has been doing a hatehatehate dance about Muslims ever since I started reading this blog four years ago. I am also telling you and all the varieties of fruit you refer to in many of your posts that the shooter wasn’t a Muslim.

            The FBI, hardly a left-wing organization, has been predicting this since the biased redacted videos were posted. If the GOP wants to incite crazies to commit murder, they’ve been very successful.

            http://www.cbsnews.com/news/planned-parenthood-colorado-springs-fbi-warned-of-threats-months-ago/

          • John Johnson

            You are tilting with windmills, Pearl. What does a deranged white guy and a forming, worldwide caliphate, bent on our country’s destruction and death, have in common? What does a diagnoses of pneumonia and pancreatic cancer have in common? Both are diseases, and both can kill you…but which would you consider the lessor evil? You think they are both same…do they belong in the same conversation?

          • Indiana Pearl

            Oh JJ. You make false equivalences. The white guy in Colorado is a domestic terrorist motivated by religious mysogyny just like the terrorists in Paris — same motivation, same hatred. Police your co-religionists and your political friends.

          • John Johnson

            The guy has been a violent nut job all his life. Peeping Tom, wife beater, cruelty to animals, violent and threatening. No where have I seen any mention of religion. If you have, enlighten me. To compare a crazy person’s action to the cold, calculated Islamic terrorists’ plans and actions is laughable.

          • WUSRPH

            Still waiting for any real comment by the GOP candidates…even if it is only that we need to do more for mental health care and to keep crazies from getting guns. Boy, would they have spoken up if it were another attack on a recruiting office or had the shooter been a Muslim. But quiet on this one…Perhaps they have just gotten used to these kinds of episodes and see them as the necessary cost for the 2nd Amendment.

          • Indiana Pearl

            The shooter is white, so he lives to tell the tale.

          • jeff davis

            the shooter in co was simply robbing a bank, he was pursued by law enforcement to the pp clinic.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Only on Breitbart . . . What a joke!

          • Indiana Pearl

            I’m not laughing. I have several friends, mostly nurses, who worked at PP. The right wing in America is fomenting this kind of hatred, just like the mullahs do in the middle east.

          • Jed

            yup. faked propaganda video leads to real murders.

            the people who made that baby parts film should be prosecuted along with greasy old white dude.

  • Turns out the story about about a shoot at a Colorado Springs PP was a hoax…..
    its a gun free zone no guns allowed.

  • Wes

    Cruz, will get my vote in the Texas Primary, should Trump win the nomination, he will get my vote for President. Things must come back to rule of law and soon.

  • OMG!!! Prez Obama told the turkeys if you like your head you can keep your head….

  • WUSRPH
  • Why dems haven’t won a statewide election in Texas in over 20 years.
    Republicans aren’t afraid to discuss issues or tackle problems and bring solutions to the table.
    Democrats can’t discuss issues or problems because they’re afraid of being exposed as the problem. Democrats have coached their voters if an issues is brought up to slime the person who brings up the issue by calling them:
    1. a racist
    2. a misogynist
    3. a homophobe
    lately dems have taken to calling others fascists…..not because they are but because they are taught to slime others instead of discussing issues.

    Was that too subtle……?

    • WUSRPH

      There you go sliming again…….It would be nice if you could do something other than attack Democrats with your wild charges. How about some serious discussion of the issues…..like foreign policy or even fiscal policy instead of insults?

      • It was too subtle…

      • Beerman

        Folks like the Troll spend so much time fighting Democrat threats that do not exists, they are ill-prepared for the ones (fascism) that do. History and facts should be the teacher here, not ideology.

  • Indiana Pearl
  • Ricardo Galvan

    Why is this called a “Burka” blog? Is it because Erica wears a Burqa while posting?

  • Indiana Pearl

    Speaking of turkeys and losing one’s head, who can forget Sarah Palin’s epic fail?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/20/sarah-palin-holds-news-co_n_145375.html

  • Indiana Pearl

    “Butchering fetuses”? Since you say you never watched the “butchered” video, where do get your “info.” Carly Fiorina?

    Scared? Of what?

    “They cling to guns and religion . . .”

    —- Candidate Obama

    • John Johnson

      Read everything I posted again about your trying to compare the two scenarios. Are you going to respond to that, or just take off on an aside? I watched a PP physician describe the butchering techniques. I never saw anything. Think the woman doc was lying?

      • Indiana Pearl

        Watch the videos all the way through like Mr. Kabele.

        What are YOU scared of? That your rigid, preconceived notions of the world just aren’t true?

        • John Johnson

          What was the gist of your first post? Muslim terrorists being compared to the guy in Colorado Springs, right? Where are we now? You do this all the time. I watched a hidden camera video a PP doctor explain how she “harvested” parts. What more do I need to know?

          • Indiana Pearl

            Have you watched one those doctored videos all the way through? When they came out, you were Mr. Omniscient who didn’t need to watch them. Fiorina is the Liar in Chief.

          • John Johnson

            How many times do I have to watch and listen? I watched the first on, and watched the woman’s lips move. I did not seek out a second. The first was all I needed. And back on subject…as I have responded, your comparing the crazy CO shooter to calculated, trained Muslim terrorists is goofy. You know it and I know it.

          • Indiana Pearl
          • John Johnson

            I read the article about 4:00am this morning. No religious or political affiliation…just nuts and didn’t like fetuses being hacked up. Not sure wher you got your 9,000figure, but sure it includes everything including demonstrations out front, a thrown rock, and paint on the building. Islamic terrorist attacks are a bit different. But you will never admit that, so this is a waste of time.

          • Indiana Pearl

            A cross is nailed to the outside wall of his cabin.

            NEWS ALERT: Some Christians beat their women. Some time I’ll tell you about the domestic violence shelter where I volunteered.

          • John Johnson

            Missed that, but not sure what it means. It appears he was not a regular church attendee…and besides…do you have some notion that Christians are without sin or are not afflicted with mental illnesses or perverted thinking. The point is…the church is not advocating violence. Where do you think the Muslim terrorists are recruited with “death to the infidels” encouragements?

          • Indiana Pearl
          • John Johnson

            Interesting. Why doesn’t the Muslim community in the U.S. do something similar?

          • Indiana Pearl

            I’ll put you in charge of that investigation . . .

          • John Johnson

            I know what I will find. Nothing. A paltry few admonishments. As you would say, “crickets”.

          • Indiana Pearl

            You won’t find it if you don’t look.

          • Indiana Pearl

            And another . . . You don’t see these articles because you read right-wing media:

            http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/16/world/not-in-my-name-muslims-speak-out/

          • Indiana Pearl

            Just because he wasn’t a regular church goer doesn’t mean he wasn’t a Christian.

            You’re getting a lousy grade in Logic 101.

          • John Johnson

            I never said he was not a Christian. What I said was is that you do not know.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Do your homework. You hatehatehate homework:

            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_and_abortion

          • John Johnson

            Well, Pearl, I think I might read as much as you do; I just mix it up. You keep giving me links to read written by who knows who, that you accept as fact because it supports your position. We call ourselves Americans, but we have divided segments that all act differently. The U.S. has umpteen million people professing to be Christian, and many of these were born to families professing to be Christian who have never sat foot in a church and certainly have not been a member of any specific denomination. The guy was reclusive, weird and antagonistic at times. He made comments about Obama and baby butchering. You don’t have to be a Christian to do either. Stop the foolishness of trying to compare this guy to a trained pack of organized terrorists. The hate was the only thing they have in common

          • Indiana Pearl

            I agree about hate. You seem to believe that all Muslims follow a creed of hate. I deny that falsehood.

          • John Johnson

            I have NEVER said all Muslims “hate”. I did say that Muslim Americans have not overtly shown enough anger and total rejection of the Islamic terrorists’ proclaimed goals and surreptitious actions to suit me…and, for that reason, we should not allow more Muslim immigrants into the country. I also find it odd that someone who so vociferously defends women’s rights has become an advocate for bringing in more people who dump on those same rights so completely. A dichotomy if there is one.

          • John Johnson

            Total hogwash. You think this piece by some female author no one knows for an online group supported by who knows who is gospel? I saw no where in the piece where that Neuman guy suggested that people pick up a weapon and go kill people. Also want to know what the false narrative is that the author made reference to.

          • Indiana Pearl

            The order of magnitude is different, but the underlying causes are the same — weak-minded people whipped into a religious fervor to commit murder.

          • John Johnson

            That b.s. Point me to a mainstream Christian denomination that is advocating violence in any form.

          • Indiana Pearl

            You don’t look very hard. Troy Newman of Operation Rescue is violent. Colorado Springs is notorious for fostering the kind of thinking that leads to violence. Why do you think the shooter went there?

            http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/28/colorado-springs-a-playground-for-pro-life-pro-gun-evangelical-christians

          • John Johnson

            Oh…is operation rescue associated with the Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Presbyterians??? Who?

          • Indiana Pearl

            Troy Newman was raised as a Catholic, became a Presbyterian/Baptist as an adult. Randall Terry became a Catholic in 2005.

            I’m reading a by Linda Greenhouse, a lawyer who writes about the Supreme Court. It’s called “Before Roe v. Wade” about the legal climate in America prior to the 1973 decision.

      • Indiana Pearl

        “I never saw anything.” ????????

  • erp617

    Trump is in to elect Hillary. Doubt that at your peril. He’s consuming all the oxygen on the conservative side and has already taken out Walker and Jindal, both great candidates. When Republicans nominate Bush or Rubio, Trump will run as a third party candidate, split the vote and Hillary will be our leader.

    • Jed

      i don’t see any evidence that trump is that smart.

      i think he’s in it for the money. that seems more in character.

      but either way works.

      • erp617

        He has plenty of money, now he wants validation.

        • Jed

          maybe. but i’ve never heard of a millionaire who had enough money.

          are you suggesting that he is running interference for clinton as a form of atonement? in what other way would losing validate him?

          • erp617

            Atonement? For what? He’s angling for a prestigious appointment. Ambassador, Cabinet position …

  • Martin

    I’m not convinced. But I certainly think Cruz has an excellent shot at being Trump’s VP.

    • Unwound

      well, thats one way to ensure a democratic victory

      • Martin

        I’ll take that bet.

        • Jed

          OK. i have my entire life savings against whatever pocket change you care to offer. i could use a free candy bar or something.

          where shall we meet to make arrangements?

          • Indiana Pearl

            Make sure it’s a high quality candy bar — 85% cocoa.

          • Jed

            i’ll put my 401k against a hershey kiss, those odds are so long.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Hershey’s? Jeez!

          • Jed

            or a gumdrop.

  • Russell Steadman

    I’m convinced that the Republican establishment and the Bush-Rove people would rather Hillary be president than have Trump be president. And they’re not crazy about Cruz either….for not being an insider DC team player.

    • Unwound

      i actually think theyre secretly hoping that they lose again in 2016 so they can have an excuse to act like victims for another 4 years

  • Am I the only one here to have ever opened a history book….?

    • BCinBCS

      JBB, what you conveniently forget is that some of us *learn* from history, no matter which party we are affiliated.

      • Mope, I know who democrats are. That is why I’ve never voted for a democrat ever.

        • WUSRPH

          And the president who suspended habeas corpus and seized and closed newspapers who printed stories he did not like (including my great- grandfather’s) and had a US Congressman arrested and deported across enemy lines was a REPUBLICAN. The first one, in fact. But most people–with you as an obvious exception—can learn from past mistakes.

          • You do know Lincoln did that doing a war so he could save big government?

          • WUSRPH

            Actually, he did it so:

            “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
            Great-granddaddy was advocating treason.

  • 123MM

    Yes, I give thanks for Ted Cruz everyday. ; )
    As for Trump.I am so angry about what he did. That is no role model for children or adults.
    It is NOT okay to bully people with disabilities!
    No I don’t want to replace Obamacare with Trumpcare taxes.
    No I do not trust him after he elected Obama and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hillary and Al Sharpton….
    He will probably retire in his newly built city in the middle east and said Quote : I love muslims” So he is a smpathyzer. I want America secured and Trump is just another Obama that switched to the Republican party.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x37cye5

  • mickeymat

    FTA:

    He thinks that he has “better” hair than Marco Rubio; I mean, can a sentient adult offer a straight-faced response to that?

    Makes me think how everyone swooned when Obama said he would stop the rise of the oceans. Yea, he’s so normal. BTW not a fan of Trump but just sayin’ it would have been nice to see more rational responses when this president said things even more ridiculous than Trump.

  • grubber
  • Madrigalian

    It never ceases to amaze me how the hypocritical left wing media can get all up in arms and gnash their teeth whenever there is even a hint of sexism or gender bias in political reporting when it comes to one of their feminist leaders. And still, somehow, they never seem to miss an opportunity to make fun of a white, male, presidential candidate’s uncontrollable male pattern baldness. Just a big joke to them. Hypocrites.

    • WUSRPH

      I must have missed it. I have not seen any attacks on candidates’ hair (other than Trump’s) this campaign season….The last time I remember when this was a real topic was Joe Biden’s hair transplants.

    • Jed

      i don’t think the baldness is the joke. i think what is covering it and what is beneath it are the jokes.

  • Mark Anthony

    I always ;love these “journalists” who think they know a candidate that is not in their own party. Erica needs to go back to the other side and write about Hillary and her love for freedom of the press… I am not a Trump fan but do know he is where he is because writers like this are not looking around their world with open eyes. They only see what George Soros has told them to see.. They would not know a voter if they were standing in front of them…

  • WUSRPH
  • I hate to burst the bubble…

    “Also, Dear was not a Republican. He was unaffiliated with any party, so we can put that one to rest immediately.

    But he was a female”…sound familiar?

    http://www.youngcons.com/colorado-planned-parenthood-shooter-not-republican-registered-as-a-woman/

    another crazy as a loon democrat….

  • Indiana Pearl

    Teddy stepped in it by praising Troy Newman of Operation Rescue the day before the shooting in Colorado:

    http://www.bipartisanreport.com/2015/11/29/day-shooting-ted-cruz-praised-pro-murder-anti-abortion-extremist/

    • John Johnson

      I missed this, too. Can you give me the link to where Newman is quoted suggesting someone go pick up a weapon and kill people associated with abortions?

      • Indiana Pearl

        I’m going to start charging you an hourly rate for doing your homework for you:

        http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/07/21/the-extreme-and-violent-background-of-the-group/204519

        • John Johnson

          Quit sending me that slanted trash. Send me a link in a credible publication saying that Newman told anyone to go shoot someone else. If he was advocating the shooting of anyone, I believe we have laws against that. Has Newman been charged?

          • Indiana Pearl

            MediaMatters is credible. You just don’t like the result.

            Can you find a source that disproves MM?

          • John Johnson

            Why would I even try to repute it? It is slanted and exaggerated. I choose to ignore it. The fact is that Newman did not tell anyone to go shoot someone else. Is he crying over it? Probably not. Is he being picked up by the police? Nope? Does he hate abortion and the people aiding and abetting? Yep. Do I hate Obama? Yep. Do I say so? Yep. If someone goes and does him harm, is it my fault? Dear was a loon. Obamacare was supposed to make care available to the mentally ill, but you can’t find a doctor to see them. A fine system it is. Pay for services you can’t find when you need it.

          • Unwound

            do you think the mentally ill had a better chance of seeing a doctor before obamacare?

          • John Johnson

            Absolutely not…but he promised healthcare for all at better prices…among other unfulfilled things. People are bailing out; major providers are about to. It’s a disaster in the embriotic stages. Just wait. Pelosi should have read the whole thing.

          • Unwound

            perhaps if the senate hadnt turfed the public option it would be more affordable/widely available.

          • John Johnson

            I can’t believe you want to blame it on the Senate. Mind telling me how they screwed it up? You sure it wasn’t Bush’s fault?

          • Unwound

            no

          • Indiana Pearl

            You blame Obama for everything. Why not Bush?

          • Indiana Pearl

            That’s not what he “promised.” You engage in magical thinking.

          • John Johnson

            Is it working? Can people like Dear, even with an Obamacare policy in hand get easy, affordable treatment? “You people with pre-existing conditions will be able to get the help you need. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

          • Indiana Pearl

            I have several middle-class friends who are enjoying great savings from O-Care. The pre-exisiting conditions penalty was highway robbery.

          • John Johnson

            Maybe you need to watch the link, too, Pearl. On this link, unlike those you offer up, you get to see Obama himself lying to the Ametican public over and over and over again.

          • Jed

            “but he promised healthcare for all at better prices”

            source?

          • John Johnson
          • Jed

            he is making a fairly narrow claim in these clips. not claiming “everybody,” and talking abut “premiums,” not healthcare costs.

            but you’re right that it would have been more honest to simply say this was a way to get insurance to people who couldn’t previously afford it, and tat some people would have to pay more as a result. of course, if he just said that, it would not have passed. he also didn’t have the luxury in a stump speech of parsing the difference between “what you pay now” and “what you will pay if we don’t pass this,” which would have been even worse. rest assured, virtually everyone who is complaining about premiums today would have even higher premiums (or no insurance) if he had done nothing.

            you can blame him for that if you want. i think he did what he needed to do to do the right thing for america. people are too selfish to vote for honesty.

          • John Johnson

            You could have just said I was right.

          • Jed

            i don’t think you are. i think his point was that people are now paying less than they would have if obamacare hadn’t passed.

          • John Johnson

            I hear him say…I watch him say, over and over again, that he is going to lower family premiums $2500 per year. That never happened. It was a lie.

          • Jed

            fine. you are right. i was wrong. he said this. and you’re right, my premiums haven’t gone down.

            but they haven’t gone up, either. i also don’t know *when* those clips were taken. someone else here pointed out that he originally wanted a single payer public option. when the senate killed this, it became impossible for any price expectations to be fulfilled. at that point, iirc, he stopped making claims about insurance pricing.

            that’s not a lie, that is the reality of politics. apparently, if you had your way, all presidential campaign speeches would consist solely of: “i don’t know what will happen when i am president because presidents don’t pass laws. so elect me and i i’ll cross my fingers that you also elect a good congress.”

            would that be more honest for you?

          • John Johnson

            You’re right…I would prefer them to say “this is where I stand. I will work with Congress to get it done” period. If it doesn’t work out after he had worked hard to make it so, he can point fingers. The Superman stuff doesn’t cut it with me. A Japanese leader might have committed hari kari if he had promised something and failed so miserably. No such luck here.

          • Jed

            that *is* what they are saying.

          • John Johnson

            Well, which is it? Obama says “I” and “me” more than anyone I know of except maybe Trump. It is all about him. Did he say anywhere in the YouTube vids that he was going to work with so and so to make it so? Don’t think so. It was “If you are a family of four, your annual premiums are going to be $2500 less.” I don’t know how much clearer he could have been. No working with anyone; no gray areas; just it’s going to be this way. It was a lie.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Actually my Medicare Part D total payment has reduced significantly since the inception of Obamacare. Prior to Obamacare, I would find myself in the dreaded “donuthole” by July which means I paid full cost for prescriptions until the next year plus the premiums. Now I never reach the donuthole. Was paying, between premiums and med costs, about $3000k/year. Now I pay about $1000k/year.

          • Indiana Pearl

            “For all”?

          • BCinBCS

            JJ stated: “It’s a disaster in the embriotic [sic] stages. Just wait.”

            Yup, it’s nearly in its sixth embryotic year of being a disaster that has provided health insurance to *millions*, lowered the cost curve on health insurance, helped the budget deficit… Keep pissing into the wind, JJ. Pissing into the wind.

          • John Johnson

            Time will tell. Based on the admin talking points you seem to have down pat, I would say that you have not been reading recent WaPo articles on this very subject. The fact that barely affordable premiums bring high co-pays and ridiculous deductibles; those needing psychiatric help more often than not can’t find a doctor who will see them; the fact that one of the largest insurance providers, United Healthcare, has given notice that they will decide by mid-2016 if they will remain in the program after losing $1B due to the high number of high risk sign-ups and the lower than anticipated total number of participants. Doesn’t sound good to me.

          • Unwound

            much like you, im praying the whole operation fails, but maybeso that we can get single payer, rather than Bush-era status quo, which seems to be what youre looking for.

          • John Johnson

            Not so…under Bush everyone in the supplier side was having their way with us…they still are as far as I’m concerned. After all, they wrote the law.

          • Unwound

            which is exactly why i hope it crashes and burns. but i also recognize that its better than what we had before.

          • John Johnson

            For the uninsurable, it has been a good deal. For everyone else it hasn’t as far as I know…at least the Washington Post doesn’t seem to think so.

          • Indiana Pearl
          • John Johnson

            Here you go, Hardhead….we were talking about two people named Dear and Newman, I thought. Who is the new guy? You get backed into a corner, can’t prove your statements, and then run off in another direction. It is your standard MO. When you’re wrong, just admit it.

          • Indiana Pearl

            When I am right, you deny it.

  • Jed

    Sorry if I missed this elsewhere in the comments (most of which seem wildly off topic), but: The premise of the article seems to be that Trump won’t win Iowa and therefore won’t win the nomination? But of course the past two election cycles saw Republicans nominate someone who did not win Iowa. So … huh. I must be missing the key insight of the piece. Again.

    • John Johnson

      Would you please point out to me where EG’s piece states that if Trump loses Iowa he will not be the nominee?

      • Jed

        if that wasn’t the entire point of the article, then i have absolutely no idea what it was. do you?

        • John Johnson

          My take on the piece was that Cruz has a good chance of winning Iowa and the eventual nomination….not because of Iowa, but with Iowa as the starting point.

          • Jed

            what do you take this sentence to mean?

            “On February 1st, if not before, Trump’s dreams of winning the White House will be destroyed.”

          • John Johnson

            You are right. I am wrong.

    • Rules of Blazon

      Her (implicit) thesis is that a single loss in the very first caucus means Trump can no longer credibly claim he’s “winning,” and in the absence of that:

      (1) he will realize he’s doomed and will quit the race forthwith;

      (2) Republican voters will immediately flock to other candidates; or

      (3) a less immediate version of (1) and (2) will take place, not immediately after Iowa but presumably very soon thereafter.

      And if you’re wondering where the evidence is for any of this, well, keep wondering.

      And take a look at the “evidence” for the premise on which this whole ridiculous piece is founded: the claim that “Ted Cruz is now tied with Trump in Iowa.” Here’s what the most frequently-cited aggregator has to say about that, accounting for the lone poll on which Ms. Grieder made her claim:

      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/ia/iowa_republican_presidential_caucus-3194.html

      Apparently, “tied” means “beating Cruz by 8 points,” but hey, let’s not sweat the small stuff.

      Oh, and here’s what the aggregator says about New Hampshire, the state that follows Iowa:

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

      You read that correctly: Trump leading at 26%, and Cruz in fourth at 9.5% and trending down.

      But, doncha know, when Trump loses to Cruz in Iowa he’s gonna quit before anyone casts any votes in New Hampshire, no matter what the polls say. I mean, who you gonna believe, Erica Grieder or your lyin’ eyes?

      • Jed

        i actually wouldn’t be surprised if cruz wins iowa. it has a history of favoring religious charlatans over the other kind.

        but (a) self-proclaimed “winners” don’t quit after one inconsequential loss, and (b) whether part (2) is true has little to do with iowa. trump’s support has consistently been higher elsewhere, as you note, and the past two elections show that republican voters don’t break based on iowa results.

        • Rules of Blazon

          Yep.

          • Jed

            i haven’t looked at the primary schedule at all, but i suspect the states that will actually drive out the crazies will be the ones known for having “moderate republicans,” and/or purple states. like pennsylvania, ohio. possibly california plays a role. i figure that’s why kasich is still hanging around, though he still doesn’t seem to have what it takes.

            i’m keeping my money on bush for the nomination, where i’ve been betting for 3 years, if only so that i’m only wrong once. i haven’t seen anything yet from anybody else (candidates or pundits) that would make me change that prediction.

          • Rules of Blazon

            Whoever gets the GOP nom will have won the booby prize. It really won’t matter much, as the die has been cast. The Republicans have branded themselves as the party of bigotry and lunacy, and there’s no way they can mitigate that damage in less than a year’s time.

            Anyone who thinks “moderate Republicans” in blue/purple states hold the key to driving out the crazies is kidding themselves. How many years ago was it that those people gifted us a Senate seat by picking Christine O’Donnell over Mike Castle in their primary? Since then, the power of the crazies has only increased in every single state.

          • WUSRPH

            Many analysis’s, including The Economist, are saving that South Carolina will be the firewall that kills off Trump.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Not conservative enough . . .

          • WUSRPH

            Actually, they are saying it is because SC Republicans WANT TO WIN more than they want to be pure.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Nah.

        • Indiana Pearl

          Didn’t Huckabee win Iowa last time?

          • Jed

            yeah, and santorum before him, IIRC. or vice versa. we could look it up, i guess.

            or the author of this article could, since it seems relevant to her argument.

      • Indiana Pearl

        Reuters/Ipsos has Trump down 12%. Who to believe? Nobody . . .

        • Rules of Blazon

          That’s exactly why Erica seized on one poll and incorrectly claimed that Trump and Cruz are tied in Iowa: it’s what she wanted readers to believe, and she knows how easy it is for people to get confused.

          The poll you linked to is a national poll based on a rolling five-day average, and, despite the sensationalistic headline that “Trump is down 12%” that you found interesting, Trump is still WINNING, and winning big — he has 31%, compared to 8% for Cruz.

          Who to believe, you ask? Try cold, hard numbers. Look at those and only at those, and you’ll be less likely to be misled by unscrupulous right-wing bloggers with agendas.

          • Indiana Pearl

            My point is that it is much too early to prognosticate . . .

            Dec. 14th is the drop dead date for Trump to get on the ballot in Texas as an independent. That’s the next data point I’d like to see. (I’ll bet Reince Priebus lies awake at night!)

          • WUSRPH

            Remember, Trump’s 31% of the likely GOP voters works out to 31% of 25% who consider themselves Republicans or less than 8% of the total electorate. He or Cruz or anyone of them has a long way yet to having even enough of the 25% to win the nomination.

        • WUSRPH

          But still leading the pack with 31% with Carson, also down, as second and our boy from Canada with 7%.

  • “Shooter in a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic right now. You can bet the shooter isn’t a Muslim:”

    ” shooter Robert Dear was “registered to vote as a woman” adding, “it’s also reported that he was registered as an independent and as a woman and a transgender leftist activist.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/ted-cruz-says-planned-parenthood-150645115.html

    Just another crazy as a loon lefty….

  • After 144 long years of graft, voters throw out democrats…

    “The Democrat reign that has existed since 1870 has ended in San Jacinto County. The Republican County Chair and his determined soldiers set strategic goals and through faith, creativity, and hard work were successful. Every county, Republican or not, can be inspired by their decisive battle.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Texas/2014/11/30/Historically-Blue-Texas-County-Goes-Red/

    Our goal is to help democrats relocate to liberal states.

  • Some never let facts get in their way….

    “Muslim men rape non-Muslim women (and girls) in disproportionately high numbers in countries with growing Muslim minority populations. Rape of infidel women is part of Islamic law and Islamic tradition. As such, it’s been going on for centuries.
    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/11/islam_rape_and_the_fate_of_western_women.html

    Makes one wonder why democrats won’t stand up for women?

  • nickthap

    It’s hilarious to me that the entire “narrative” of the GOP primary has
    been that it’s an “outsider’s” year, but now you’ve got Cruz as a
    contender–and he’s like the consummate insider. I mean, he’s spent his
    life in partisan politics, and is a sitting US Senator. If he gets the
    nomination, it will finally prove that the “base” has literally no sway
    in GOP primaries, and might just finish off the GOP as a viable
    national party.

    • Unfortunately for the democrats Sen Cruz will unite the GOP much like Reagan.

    • WUSRPH

      Perception (he’s an outsider) is more important than reality (he’s been on the govt. …. for most of his life)…especially when you are too lazy to look into the facts or you believe you know everything.

      • Gunslinger

        Politics is perception.

  • WUSRPH

    Here is a serious question or at least I hope so:

    Who would you rather see the GOP nominate: Trump or Cruz and why?

    Trump—should be easier to beat, represents much that is bad with the GOP. Can be attached as not prepared for the presidency, etc. His defeat would be considered another one of those loses because they “chose the wrong man, again” rather than someone with a real “conservative” basis.

    Cruz—should be beatable when people become more aware of his real beliefs on social security, Medicare, Medicaid and health programs and other functions of government. His defeat might not be seen as because the GOP chose the wrong man but more as a repudiation of his views.
    So, which would be better for the U.S. as a country and for the GOP as a party?

    In either case, I suspect he will hear a lot about “Democrats buying the election” and “xx million people cannot be wrong”…and it is quite likely that the far-right will demand even more “purity” in the future….

    • Indiana Pearl

      They are slow learners.

    • Jed

      for the US it doesn’t matter. whomever the democrats nominate will beat whomever the republicans nominate. write it down. electability considerations, head to head polling as of today, ideologicial purity or otherwise, doesn’t matter. we will have another democratic president in 2017.

      but as for the republican party, as you suggest, no matter whom they nominate, when they lose the tea party types will decide the remedy is to move further right. at which point a schism must arise.

      look for a complete shift in coalitions in the next 2-3 presidential elections. not suggesting the republican name goes away, but they can’t be competitive anymore with this coalition. rich people will have find another group of dupes to manipulate, while the tea party strangles itself with its own hubris.

      • John Johnson

        You might be right. There are lots of people who have become dependent on the government to help them through the day. They are fearful of the ones wanting to change this dependency…but I disagree with your suggestion that the rich are associated with the Repub’s. The uber rich buy votes from both parties.

        • Jed

          your association of dependency with democratic voting is both misguided and insulting. also racist.

          i am a lifelong democrat because i care about others. i am willing to bet i have taken less from the government in my lifetime than you. meanwhile, your own comments when i talk about the fate of our society (e.g. “i am fine, no worries here”) show who of the two of us is more selfish.

          so get shoved.

    • Gunslinger

      This reminds me of a previous post where I pondered who’d be better to have in the Texas Senate: Hughes or Simpson? One candidate is crazy and ineffective the other is less crazy and more effective. Although I can’t say with any sort of honesty that I think Cruz is materially less crazy than Trump.

      Strategically, I’d prefer they’d nominate Trump because he’d get trounced in the general. I think it’s less predictable that Cruz would get beat so easily in a general. There’d be less enthusiasm for Trump in the traditional media (FOX, WSJ, etc.) and with the traditional Republicans. It would be difficult for Trump to turn out the vote in November. However, more media and voters would eventually coalesce around Cruz despite not being their ideal candidate.

    • Indiana Pearl

      Trump. More conservatives will stay home if he’s the nominee.

  • This is why dems are so afraid of Sen Cruz

    “The Democrats know that convicted felons tend to vote Democrat. The media never reports on any of that. [It] doesn’t want to admit any of that.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/261572-cruz-most-violent-criminals-are-democrats

    He speaks the truth and that scares dems….

    • John Johnson

      Can felons vote?

      • yep….In the liberal county Fairfax Va. The DA’s staff has everyone locked up register to vote and makes sure their ballot is cast for dems of course.
        Democrats will do anything to win an election and usually do….
        http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/02/26/felon-voting/

        • Indiana Pearl

          The Southern Strategy – preventing black folks from voting since 1865 . . .

          • shoo….go away

          • Indiana Pearl

            You first.

          • I was here first. Go back to where ever you came from and I don’t care if people from there who were tired of you.

      • WUSRPH

        Depends on whether their rights have been restored or if they have fully completed their sentence, probation, etc.

        Texas Election Code provides:

        Sec. 11.002. QUALIFIED VOTER. (a) In this code, “qualified voter” means a person who:

        (1) is 18 years of age or older;

        (2) is a United States citizen;

        (3) has not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:

        (A) totally mentally incapacitated; or

        (B) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;

        (4) has not been finally convicted of a felony or, if so convicted, has:

        (A) fully discharged the person’s sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or

        (B) been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote;

        • John Johnson

          Had no idea. Thought that once you were convicted of a felony, your voting days were over. Thanks.

          • WUSRPH

            But it is not like they can just walk out of prison and go directly to the voting booth. As you will notice, the law say “fully discharged”. This means, for example, if you get a 20 year sentence in the very least you will not be able to vote for 20 years even if you are paroled after 7 years or so. This does not apply to federal felonies.

            I might also not that even if they are confined to a county jail if the person has not been previously convicted of a felony and is being held pending trial (unable to make bail, etc.) that person may otherwise be entitled to vote absentee. You do not loose your rights just because you have been charged. You have to have been convicted of a felony

          • John Johnson

            Gotcha. I had a good high school friend who served time on a felony drug charge. He once mentioned that he could not vote so I thought that was a lifelong thing.

          • WUSRPH

            When he was convicted it could have a life-long thing. The Leg. only adopted this limited restoration in recent years.

        • Indiana Pearl

          See the map. Varies from state to state.

        • Indiana Pearl

          “Partially mentally incapacitated” . . . That’s at least half the voters in the U.S.

      • Jed

        varies by state.

    • BCinBCS

      For JBB,
      OK Dems, show of hands: How many of you “are so afraid of Sen Cruz”?

      Yea, I thought so.

    • Gunslinger

      He may speak the “truth”, but he still won’t speak to you.

  • 6660splendidday

    HOUSTON, Texas – Today, Presidential candidate Ted Cruz
    secured the endorsement of leading pro-life activist Troy Newman – a
    driving force in the recent effort to expose Planned Parenthood’s
    alleged sale of baby parts in a series of undercover videos. Newman is
    the President of Operation Rescue, one of the most prominent pro-life
    Christian activist organizations in the nation. He also serves as a
    Board Member for a number of pro-life groups including the Center for
    Medical Progress. In addition, Troy is the author of several books,
    including Refocusing the Pro-Life Movement for Victory and Abortion
    Free.

    tedcruz.org

  • Indiana Pearl

    My schizophrenic uncle cracked up when he was 15. Is your solution to let individuals like him die on the street?

    How about Medicare, Social Security, VA benefits?

    You don’t think through your arguments.

    • John Johnson

      Your comprehension skills seem to be failing you. Can you find where I have advocated for totally dumping Medicaid? I personally know several people who retired and live off the government after having mild strokes and heart attacks. They healed up but decided to hire an attorney to get them Medicaid benefits instead of going back to work. It was easy, one told me, after he hired the attorney. The system is broken.

      • Indiana Pearl

        Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, VA benefits – get out your Exacto knife and start cutting. Come back when you have a plan.

        • John Johnson

          “…when you have a plan.” Really??? When I have a plan? That’s not in my job description. Why do you want to keep obfuscating – twisting and contorting? The checks and balances across the board are not working. You know it; I know it; everyone knows it. Billions unaccounted for across the spectrum, in all facets of government. While the banks might be too big to fail, our federal government is too big to police. Time for a change and a major house cleaning, and the anger and squealing is going to be loud and long.

          • Indiana Pearl

            It should be in EVERY American’s job description. Depraved indiffference again. What are YOU ready to cut from your own budget? Your family’s budget?

          • John Johnson

            Short term memory loss? You’d think we had never communicated before. How many
            times have I answered this question before, right here on this blog? Too many to
            count. YES, I am willing to give up some benefits. I have always said so. I
            don’t my grandchildren to hate me. We could have gotten my wife on Medicaid
            years ago because of her Parkinson’s disease. We chose not to. We could get by
            without it. As far as that “depraved indifference” comment goes, it is bullshit. It is our job to grade the job being done by our elected officials. I have written numerous emails and letters to these guys over the years, and get a form letter back which comes nowhere close to addressing the issue. Unless you walk into their offices with a check in your hand, they have no time for you or your ideas on what should be implemented or abolished. You know it; I know it. Stop the blather. It grows really, really old. I don’t want to do this anymore with you.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Adios.

  • Indiana Pearl
  • Texans are a special breed, they are an independent, ferocious, tenacious and cherish their kin folk especially their children. If you’ve ever known someone from “West Texas” then you know how much they value people and relationships.

    Unfortunately there has been a mass influx of refugees from the North, left coast and other states who may not share in our Texas values and view babies as punishment.

    “if they make a mistake I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNbaig-D5pk

  • 6660splendidday
    • Indiana Pearl

      See “Constantine’s Sword” on Netflix, a documentary about harrassment of non-Christian cadets at the AFA.

      • John Johnson

        You talking about all the stonings, lynchings, decapitations, and the like at the AFA? Those Christians are a spiteful, hateful, vicious lot. Send in the troops from West Point.

        • Indiana Pearl

          I thought we were kaput.

          • John Johnson

            I said I have grown tired of starting on one subject with you and having you take it from there to who knows where…and I’m not going to do it anymore. I reserve the right, however, to keep you in line when deemed necessary.

          • Indiana Pearl

            Make up your mind. Can you multi-task or not?

          • John Johnson

            Hahaha. You call that multi-tasking? It is “I’m getting backed into this corner; I think I’ll throw in a ‘yeah, but’ and take it in another direction.” It’s hard for me to find my way home.

        • WUSRPH

          Nope….but how about what the Christian crusaders did when they recaptured Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Muslims?

          ISIS, as horrible as it is, has a long way to go before it can equal the record of death and destruction wrought by the First Crusade in the service of god.

          http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jerusalem-captured-in-first-crusade

          Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction,” – Pascal, Pensees.

          • John Johnson

            No argument from me. How many times have you seen me discuss OT vs NT? I think we have also shared thoughts on Biblical prophesy predicting religious conflicts always being with us until the end of time. I don’t see things ever getting better.

  • “We have not contained ISIL currently.”
    -Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

  • I’ve always said Hollywood is just a place where freaks hangout….

    “DICAPRIO RAPED BY BEAR IN MOVIE TUE DEC 01 11:01:02 2015 ET

    The new movie ‘REVENANT’ features a shocking scene of a wild bear raping Leo DiCaprio!

    The explicit moment from Oscar winning director Alejandro Inarritu has caused maximum controversy in early screenings. Some in the audience escaped to the exits when the Wolf of Wall Street met the Grizzly of Yellowstone.
    The story of rural survivalism and revenge reaches new violent levels for a mainstream film. The bear flips Leo over and thrusts and thrusts during the explicit mauling.
    “He is raped — twice!”

    Not to be outdone, DiCaprio rips open a horse and sleeps naked in its carcass! For director Inarritu, ‘BIRDMAN’ was just the appetizer.”

    • WUSRPH

      The horse scene sounds a lot like a old Jimmy Stewart movie where in a bad blizzard he kills a buffalo and cuts it open and crawls in to stay warm. Hollywood recycles another idea.

      • yes I can see ol’ Jimmy Stewart playing a part where he is raped by a bear?

        • WUSRPH

          Not all of Stewarts’ movies were Harvey. He played some fairly questionable people. Take a look at the Naked Spur for example.

  • 6660splendidday

    http://www.texasobserver.org/war-on-women-ted-cruz-robert-dear/
    The draconian policies favored by the GOP are better described as a war on the American family.

    • Make up your minds does the GOP hate wimmen or families?

      You have to be a special kinda dense to vote dem these daze…..

      How long has it been since dems have won a statewide election in Texas? Over 20 years……

  • WUSRPH

    First he uses fascist political appeals. Now he advocates their military strategy. Realistic? Barbaric?

    “In an interview with Fox and Friends, Trump laid out his plans for defeating ISIS, beginning, as always, with his vow to “hit them like they’ve never been hit before.” But when co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Trump about the risk of civilian casualties, the candidate’s policy thinking became decidedly more innovative. At first, Trump pledged to do “his absolute best” to minimize civilian casualties. But then he seemed to have second thoughts.

    “We’re fighting a very politically correct war,” Trump observed. “And the other thing with the terrorists — you have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families! They care about their lives, don’t kid yourselves. They say they don’t care about their lives. But you have to take out their families.”

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/12/trump-on-isis-we-have-to-kill-their-families.html

    • Indiana Pearl
      • WUSRPH

        Check back to March of 2013 and I think you will find a diatribe by me entitled “Why I am not afraid of Ted Cruz” which said about the same thing. However, just because those who know him best hate him does not mean that some voters will not fall for his line. It does not, by itself, put a stake thru his political heart, but it helps.

    • Indiana Pearl
      • WUSRPH

        George W. (AKA “The Decider”) made a number of military tactical mistakes that helped produce the current situation.

        Number one was withdrawing forces from Afghanistan in order to invade Iraq when Al-Qaida was on the ropes, giving them a reprieve that allowed them to regroup.

        Number two was invading Iraq in the first place. (The biggest mistake was listening to his Sec. of Defense and VP in the first place and being the “Decider” who decided to. in effect, let them run the show.

        Number three was to disregard the advice of the military professionals that at least 200,000 more troops would be required to invade Iraq. Rumsfeld and company argued you could do it with a much smaller force. The military said that it was possible to defeat the Iraqis with a smaller force, but a larger force would be required to “secure” Iraq including the lines of supply and the cities the smaller force would go thru but leave unoccupied as it went on to Bagdad. Cheney and company told him that the Iraqis would welcome us a heroes and there was no need to protect our rear, etc.

        Number four was to disband the Iraqi Army without taking care to control the armories and supplies. This released a couple of hundred thousand trained fighters back into the population with available arms.

        Number five was not knowing the difference between a Shite and an Sunni and the importance of that difference.

        Number six was not going ahead and allowing the country to breakup into three parts—as it should have been from the very beginning. (Even the Otthamans knew that.)

        Number seven was doing anything other than going after Al-Quaid in the first place.

        The entire affair will be studied in military academies for years as a prime example of how NOT TO DO THINGS.

        • Indiana Pearl

          Thomas Ricks’ excellent book, “Assassins Gate,” tells the tale. He’s a Republican and a military historian, one of those “intellectuals” the right despises.

          • WUSRPH

            He also wrote Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq and I believe a Fiasco II that covers the later events. Both were well received.

  • WUSRPH

    Trump is down to 27% in the latest poll…but still 10 points ahead of the new number 2 Rubio….Cruz is at 16% with Carson.

    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2307

  • WUSRPH

    Can we move on to something new?

    • Jed

      not unless perry reenters the race.

  • Savvyheat

    Appreciate your comments and the CBS link. Here’s the problem with this analysis. I don’t doubt the Benghazi compound was a CIA base for operations, but for Susan Rice to go on all 5 of the Sunday shows to say the attack (A Premeditated/Planned Terror Attack), was the result of a Californian man’s video—was dishonest. The proof comes when Hillary tells Chelsea (Diane Reynolds), it was a preplanned terror attack. Riots across the Middle East, sure I’ll buy that, but POTUS knowingly misled the nation into thinking THIS Benghazi attack was spontaneous, when of course it was not. If Cruz chooses to attack her on this issue (should she avoid indictment and become the nominee), he will have the high ground.

  • It is not too late for Cruz/Perry in 2016.

    • Jed

      another winner (for democrats).

  • When Sen Cruz wins this will be his first official act.

    • BCinBCS

      If so, this would not bode well for you JBB.

      • Here’s my prediction, I would know how to take the label off you might not….

  • PatBryanTX2

    Two brilliant psychopaths who have each lied himself into a hallucinatory conception of reality that has nothing to do with what we see. Trump’s and Cruz’s rhetoric is purposed not to convince us that their political plans will be good for the Country, but to try to induce in us the same hallucinations they suffer from. Trump and Cruz are not politicians, they are bad drugs.

  • 6660splendidday