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We Won't Have ¡Jeb¡ to Kick Around Anymore

It’s been fun.

GOP Convention 1988

Back in January 2004 in VDARE, I argued that the Bush immigration policy made the most sense as part of the Bush Dynasty’s strategy to elect a new people to eventually elect Jeb’s mestizo son George P. Bush as President.

In 2004, I simply assumed that it was absurd to think that Jeb, rather than Jeb’s son, could be elected President.

But the Smart Money knew better in 2015, so they massively funded Jeb.

Then, it turned out it was absurd for Jeb to run for the Republican nomination.

I wonder if Jeb’s 2016 run has permanently wrecked his son’s chances?

Update: Matthew Yglesias tweets: “If Cruz becomes president, George P likely gets his senate seat. If he doesn’t will want Cruz as a friend rather than for in gov primary.”

 
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  1. We might not have ¡Jeb! to kick around anymore, but this site has steadily lost track of Rubio, the open borders establishment’s pick for several months now. Time to kick it into high gear!

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    • Replies: @iSteveFan
    Part of Rubio's success is that the MSM, including Fox, does not dwell on his support of amnesty. One would think the 'gang of 8' affair would make him persona non grata to the GOP base. If the MSM focused on this issue, Rubio would be toast.

    Trump really went after Bush, even when Bush was beyond out of it. It was probably tactical at first last summer, but then became personal as Bush used all that pac money to run ads against him.

    Trump needs to turn against Rubio now and make sure all voters are aware of Senator Amnesty.
    , @Glossy
    I've got this: Dummy Candidato Mr. Rubato.
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  2. I’m surprised it took you more than five minutes to get this post up.

    I will be disappointed if there are less than 200 comments in the first hour.

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  3. Steve, when ¡George P! runs for president, can you get those exclamation marks right? It’s one up, one down. Or perhaps it’s a calculated microaggression on your part.

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    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    Two downward-pointing exclamation marks seem appropriate for a candidate who could never get it up.
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    When George P runs, it will be for el presidente of Greater Mexico.
    , @Bill Jones
    Here, let me fix that for you

    ¿George P?
  4. Celebration calls for an aged single malt to memorialize trimming the Bush. Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?

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    • Replies: @CK
    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
    4 fingers of ice cold gin
    no vegetation
    no vermouth within the same area code
    Pour the Gin into a Martini glass.
    Put some Julie London on the sound system
    Joy to the world.
    , @Another Canadian
    "Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?"

    A Cuba Libre with Havana Club.

    , @AndrewR
    Rum obviously
    , @YIH
    A pink squirrel, or any colorful girly mixed drink garnished with fruit salad:
    http://i.imgur.com/lEqW70F.gif
    I swear, I can hear just a little bit of lisp whenever he speaks.
    https://youtu.be/JMK6lzmSk2o?t=50s
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    If Rubio is "pauses his campaign" I'll take a shot of kerosene followed by a Jose Cuervo chaser.
    , @gruff
    flirtinis all round
    , @iffen
    Three glasses of cheap merlot will extract and deliver to you the excitement and inspiration from despair and leave despair as an empty, drying, shriveled orange lying on the side of the road of life, sucked dry of its juice and pulp.
  5. I wonder if Jeb’s 2016 run has permanently wrecked his son’s chances?

    Maybe if he were to run as Dimmycrat?

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    • Replies: @CK
    I believe that you have not spelled Dhimmicrat properly
  6. @Potty Scotty
    We might not have ¡Jeb! to kick around anymore, but this site has steadily lost track of Rubio, the open borders establishment's pick for several months now. Time to kick it into high gear!

    Part of Rubio’s success is that the MSM, including Fox, does not dwell on his support of amnesty. One would think the ‘gang of 8′ affair would make him persona non grata to the GOP base. If the MSM focused on this issue, Rubio would be toast.

    Trump really went after Bush, even when Bush was beyond out of it. It was probably tactical at first last summer, but then became personal as Bush used all that pac money to run ads against him.

    Trump needs to turn against Rubio now and make sure all voters are aware of Senator Amnesty.

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    • Replies: @Potty Scotty
    On top of that, it's fallen to Ted Cruz to rumble with Rubio, but Cruz whiffed it in the South Carolina debate. His effort to distinguish his position on the Gang of 8 bill and raise Rubio's Univision interview were a mess and the debate quickly moved on.

    Candidates have also failed to make hay of his advisors' comments that he panics during times of crisis. The 3am phone call should be front-and-center in attacks against him.
    , @guest
    Since the only reason to support Rubio is that he's Hispanic, it seems a bit contradictory to hold amnesty against him. Without that, he'd have all the "ethnic" appeal of an Alan Keyes.
    , @Bill
    Trump should turn against Rubio sometime. It would be best for Trump if Rubio rather than Cruz became the anti-Trump candidate. So, I think it would be best for Trump to let Rubio and Cruz hit each other and hope Rubio wins that battle. I don't think that's particularly likely to happen, but I don't see any advantage for Trump in attacking Rubio. Let the money men convince themselves that Rubio has a chance against Trump.
  7. It’s really nice to see Bush Jr’s legacy be publicly repudiated like this. I know that’s only part of what went into Jeb’s loss but still. Having Trump whip Jeb on his brother’s legacy like he did in the last debate, having Dubya show up in person in SC after that and then this loss … it just feels right and good.

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    • Replies: @Ozymandias
    "Having Trump whip Jeb on his brother’s legacy like he did in the last debate, having Dubya show up in person in SC after that and then this loss … it just feels right and good."

    What could be more appropriate for watching the establishment ship go down than having Admiral Dubya on board? I truly relished every second of it.
  8. The new people that the Bushes wanted to elect were going to vote for George P. Bush or any Republican for President?

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    They'd lose on each vote, but make up for it on volume!
    , @Glaivester
    Why can't George P. Bush simply pull a Charlie Crist when the time is right?
    , @AnotherDad

    The new people that the Bushes wanted to elect were going to vote for George P. Bush or any Republican for President?
     
    C'mon, they're "natural Republicans".
    , @Bill Jones
    It was never about the vote, it was about the economic impact.
    Lowered wages.

    The oligarchs have had a couple of simple strategies for twenty five years:
    1. Out source jobs wherever possible.
    2. Import cheap labor wherever 1. is not possible.
  9. @Ivy
    Celebration calls for an aged single malt to memorialize trimming the Bush. Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?

    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
    4 fingers of ice cold gin
    no vegetation
    no vermouth within the same area code
    Pour the Gin into a Martini glass.
    Put some Julie London on the sound system
    Joy to the world.

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    Put some Julie London on the sound system ..

    When I saw her name I thought of her song, "Our Day Will Come". That's also the motto of the Provisional IRA but I doubt they got it from her.
    , @Taco
    I don't understand the disdain people have for vermouth. I myself do 1/2 shot of vermouth and 3 1/2 shots of gin. I know that some might think that's sacrilege, but I don't understand why?
    , @Ivy
    Can't wait!
    That reminded me of Churchill's saying about nodding at the vermouth.
    , @jon

    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
     
    Because it sounds better than ordering a big ol' glass of booze.
    , @Auntie Analogue

    "Put some Julie London on the sound system"

     

    Now there's a man who knows his torch songstresses.
    , @dried peanuts
    With a cocktail onion, isn't that a gibson? The one about Churchill is you take a long look at the vermouth bottle across the room, then fill glass with gin. Other gin-heavy martini lovers rinse the glass with vermouth before adding gin.
    , @Brutusale
    A Bombay Sapphire (or Hendricks) martini without olives?! We meet at dawn, sir.

    Vermouth, or not, to taste. I use a small glass spray bottle, 1 1/2 squirts. Stirred, not shaken.
    , @Bill Jones
    You missed an essential part: take the cork out of a Dry Vermouth bottle, wave it above the Gin, put it back.
  10. @Richard S

    I wonder if Jeb’s 2016 run has permanently wrecked his son’s chances?
     
    Maybe if he were to run as Dimmycrat?

    I believe that you have not spelled Dhimmicrat properly

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  11. @Ivy
    Celebration calls for an aged single malt to memorialize trimming the Bush. Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?

    “Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?”

    A Cuba Libre with Havana Club.

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    • Replies: @Ivy
    I may need to see if Ahnold has some Cubans to smoke, too.
  12. @countenance
    The new people that the Bushes wanted to elect were going to vote for George P. Bush or any Republican for President?

    They’d lose on each vote, but make up for it on volume!

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    • Replies: @Wilkey
    Car dealers actually do make a profit on volume even if they technically lose on some or even all sales. Manufacturers set sales quotas for dealerships each month, and if the dealership hits the quota they get a big check. If they miss the quota they get nada. And of course they'll earn profits on repairs for years. For elections, however, that concept doesn't quite work.

    The only way the GOP benefits from more minorities is if it causes whites to become more racially aware and more loyal to the GOP. Once whites become an absolute minority nationwide, though, even that won't help much.
  13. The Bush Family – has effectively committed suicide by giving too much away to the neofeudalist and neocon/pro-Israel wing while giving the middle finger to middle class Republicans. War in Afghanistan, war in Iraq, the failure to regulate Wall Street, the housing bubble, and the utter implosion of much of white middle class America.

    Forget the defeat of the GOP establishment. The defeat of Jeb Bush implies there is a real price to be paid for betraying your voting base.

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    • Replies: @ArchibaldMcGillicuddy
    The Bush family committed suicide by:
    1) The patriarch abandoning his children to be raised by screwed up public institutions that turned out PC-infected losers.
    2) The PC infected losers engage in miscegenation and infertility, thus ensuring that the Bush DNA becomes extinct.

    Ultimately, H.W. Bush's legacy is the impending extinction of his DNA. Nothing he did in office really matters, the world would be almost the same if Dukakis was elected (with possibly the exception of the supreme court makeup, although Clinton would probably not have been elected so that is mostly a wash). The only thing that really matters is the children that a person leaves behind to inherit the future. H.W. at least had some kids, but royally screwed up their upbringing. Had he just been a janitor who homeschooled, his legacy would have been far, far greater: well-adjusted children and White grandchildren.
  14. The 22% voting for Cruz are probably the low-information Evangelicals who cannot be persuaded that he isn’t the second coming of James Dobson. But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?

    I’m guessing they are the last rump of the SWPL, upper middle class, liberal leaning, reflexively anti-Russian and pro-immigrant, tax cutting Republicans represented by FOX News, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, and David Brooks. I didn’t think there were that many of them left, though.

    These people will never vote for Trump. That in its own way is encouraging, for now we know that the decidedly anti-Trump vote is no more than 1/5th of the Republican electorate even in heavily favored South Carolina. When Cruz throws his support to Trump (and he will), Trump will have over half the vote locked up in every contest going forward, and will be unstoppable.

    The worry is in the general election. The SWPL Republicans might very well vote Hill or Bernie. Trump will need to pick up enough crossover votes from the disaffected blocs on the Democratic side to make up the difference. This will be easier for him to do if Hillary is the nominee.

    I realize other people have said all this, but it helps to think through it once again.

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    • Replies: @Lugash
    I don't think these Rubots will go Democrat. To them, Bernie==socialism. They're probably older as well, so they've got 25 years of Clinton Hate built up.

    I'm mixed about Hillary winning. I like Bernie. He's a good man even if he panders to BLM and has the wrong solution. I think he'd present more of a challenge to Trump as well.

    Hillary will be easier to defeat. If Sanders keeps pressing her, she'll have to resort to dirty tricks that will end up in her supporters sitting out the general election. Trump will trigger her into a meltdown. And if she's pressing him in the general election Putin will drop her top secret emails.
    , @Wilkey
    "But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?'

    Government-employed Republicans (there still are quite a few), the rich who don't care about Rubio's lies on amnesty, and politically correct Republicans (there are still more of those than you'd think).

    Look at the county-level results in South Carolina. Rubio won the county with the state capitol, and he won the county with Charleston. In Beaufort County - home to Hilton Head - Cruz finished back in 4th place, with less than 14% of the vote.

    Rubio is the "genteel" candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.
    , @Pat Casey
    Wooo you're way off. Trump just won a greater percentage of Evangelicals than total voters. He won their vote. Who can say the whys or whens of these things? But I suspect James Dobson will be sounding a Trumpet just as soon as he knows he will. Time is relative ya know.

    Speaking of low information, for all the crass ways Trump embodies this age, perhaps the people who can see into him something ancient are the most lively folks enjoying his show. You might educate yourself about about an ancient whore, a blood red moon, other stuff they said you must have ears to hear and codes to break.

    I do think the most interesting thing Trump has said so far was his moral inventory from that SC Townhall on CNN. He said my great fault is I let people I know deceived me get away with their deception without ever letting myself forget the count. Struck me cause I was reminded that Trump said something early on about one thing that happened to him when he initially spoke out about the Iraq War. Most interesting of all maybe is that he has not said another word about that since. And I have to suppose that means we never will again.

    My educated bet would be that Trump has no idea that he has already won, and that that will open up a fault line somewhere loud indeed.
    , @anonymous
    These people will never vote for Trump

    On the platform of 'Make America Great Again,' this is largely correct. America for them is already pretty great. So how could you get them to vote Trump?

    I could see him reaching some of these voters without compromising his core positions by focusing on things that feature prominently in their lives but are otherwise marginal issues, like how miserable the experience of commercial air travel is these days.
    , @Gk0821
    Cruz's acceptance speech tonight was proof for me that he's the Frank Underwood of thr Republican establishment. After being spurned by the Bush's and not getting the job he wanted, he decided to advance his career using the anti establishment mood in the country instead of following the traditional career path. He's a globalist like the rest of the establishment shills, who's loyalties are to the Israel lobby, the big banks, and the MiC. He's just smart enough to use the country's mood to advance his own career at the expense of some of the other establishment types. The way he sucked up to Jeb! And attacked Trump tonight means I bet he's more likely to endorse Rubio than Trump once he realizes his path is gone. Let's just hope the Cruz true believers are smart enough to avoid Marcobot. Marco might be even more easily manipulated by the major interests than W was.
    , @Luke Lea
    "The worry is in the general election. The SWPL Republicans [who support Rubio] might very well vote Hill or Bernie."

    I don't think so.
    , @SFG
    The worry in the general election isn't SWPL Republicans, it's independents and Democrats.
  15. @Steve Sailer
    They'd lose on each vote, but make up for it on volume!

    Car dealers actually do make a profit on volume even if they technically lose on some or even all sales. Manufacturers set sales quotas for dealerships each month, and if the dealership hits the quota they get a big check. If they miss the quota they get nada. And of course they’ll earn profits on repairs for years. For elections, however, that concept doesn’t quite work.

    The only way the GOP benefits from more minorities is if it causes whites to become more racially aware and more loyal to the GOP. Once whites become an absolute minority nationwide, though, even that won’t help much.

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    • Replies: @Jimi
    A business decision may result in a positive-sum outcome. All participants can benefit.

    In a two-party system political decisions almost always have a zero-sum outcome. 1 party will benefit at the expense of another. It is ridiculous when the liberal pundits tells the GOP that they will benefit from more immigrants.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Car dealers actually do make a profit on volume even if they technically lose on some or even all sales.
     
    As opposed to movie studios, which can gross a billion in ticket sales and still show a "loss". When they need to, that is.
  16. George P. Bush is Texas Land Commissioner and likely has connections to real estate interests. The Bush Family will still probably try to push P. for Texas Governor in 2022. A Trump victory in 2016 & ’20 might push that back to 2026 or even further. Either way, P. needs to be kept away from the Texas Governor’s mansion or the US Senate for that matter.

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  17. @countenance
    The new people that the Bushes wanted to elect were going to vote for George P. Bush or any Republican for President?

    Why can’t George P. Bush simply pull a Charlie Crist when the time is right?

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  18. @Intelligent Dasein
    The 22% voting for Cruz are probably the low-information Evangelicals who cannot be persuaded that he isn't the second coming of James Dobson. But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?

    I'm guessing they are the last rump of the SWPL, upper middle class, liberal leaning, reflexively anti-Russian and pro-immigrant, tax cutting Republicans represented by FOX News, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, and David Brooks. I didn't think there were that many of them left, though.

    These people will never vote for Trump. That in its own way is encouraging, for now we know that the decidedly anti-Trump vote is no more than 1/5th of the Republican electorate even in heavily favored South Carolina. When Cruz throws his support to Trump (and he will), Trump will have over half the vote locked up in every contest going forward, and will be unstoppable.

    The worry is in the general election. The SWPL Republicans might very well vote Hill or Bernie. Trump will need to pick up enough crossover votes from the disaffected blocs on the Democratic side to make up the difference. This will be easier for him to do if Hillary is the nominee.

    I realize other people have said all this, but it helps to think through it once again.

    I don’t think these Rubots will go Democrat. To them, Bernie==socialism. They’re probably older as well, so they’ve got 25 years of Clinton Hate built up.

    I’m mixed about Hillary winning. I like Bernie. He’s a good man even if he panders to BLM and has the wrong solution. I think he’d present more of a challenge to Trump as well.

    Hillary will be easier to defeat. If Sanders keeps pressing her, she’ll have to resort to dirty tricks that will end up in her supporters sitting out the general election. Trump will trigger her into a meltdown. And if she’s pressing him in the general election Putin will drop her top secret emails.

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    • Replies: @guest
    "To them, Bernie==socialism"

    To Bernie Bernie=socialism.

  19. @Intelligent Dasein
    The 22% voting for Cruz are probably the low-information Evangelicals who cannot be persuaded that he isn't the second coming of James Dobson. But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?

    I'm guessing they are the last rump of the SWPL, upper middle class, liberal leaning, reflexively anti-Russian and pro-immigrant, tax cutting Republicans represented by FOX News, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, and David Brooks. I didn't think there were that many of them left, though.

    These people will never vote for Trump. That in its own way is encouraging, for now we know that the decidedly anti-Trump vote is no more than 1/5th of the Republican electorate even in heavily favored South Carolina. When Cruz throws his support to Trump (and he will), Trump will have over half the vote locked up in every contest going forward, and will be unstoppable.

    The worry is in the general election. The SWPL Republicans might very well vote Hill or Bernie. Trump will need to pick up enough crossover votes from the disaffected blocs on the Democratic side to make up the difference. This will be easier for him to do if Hillary is the nominee.

    I realize other people have said all this, but it helps to think through it once again.

    “But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?’

    Government-employed Republicans (there still are quite a few), the rich who don’t care about Rubio’s lies on amnesty, and politically correct Republicans (there are still more of those than you’d think).

    Look at the county-level results in South Carolina. Rubio won the county with the state capitol, and he won the county with Charleston. In Beaufort County – home to Hilton Head – Cruz finished back in 4th place, with less than 14% of the vote.

    Rubio is the “genteel” candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.

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    • Replies: @Honesthughgrant

    Rubio is the “genteel” candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.
     
    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn't hurt those characters. Neither does globalization. Hence, their concern with the capital gains tax, being respectable, and maintaining the status quo.

    BTW, you saw the same thing in Iowa where Cruz got his lowest votes in the county with the state capital and biggest city.

    , @unit472
    I'd toss in 'corporate' Republicans too after seeing Trump barely carried Greenville County which is home to Lockheed Martin, GE, Caterpillar, 3M and Honeywell plants. OTOH Trump got almost 50% of the vote in Horry County ( Myrtle Beach etc.)
    , @Another Canadian

    In Beaufort County – home to Hilton Head – Cruz finished back in 4th place, with less than 14% of the vote.
     
    You forgot Beaufort County is also home to Parris Island. That's what I'm afraid of. Military and retired military who still support the Establishment due to some misplaced sense of loyalty or duty. Trump barely edged out Rubio there.
    , @Hapalong Cassidy
    I would think that Republican-leaning government employees would be more likely to lean Trump than Rubio. Rubio sides with the Paul Ryan/Scott Walker crowd and will likely follow their track record of cutting government employee benefits and enriching contractors. At least Trump won't enrich the contractors to the same extent. And since Trump is the least likely Republican to cut Social Security, it's a safe bet he's the least likely to cut government employee pensions as well.
    , @AP
    According to the CNN exit poll, Rubio dominated among Republicans with post-graduate degrees - - doctors, attorneys, MBAs, engineers beyond a bachelor's degree - beating Trump 32% to 20%. Are there still remnants of the old planter class in SC? Rubio won the region where they would live.

    Trump's strongest showing was among high school dropouts, with the gap narrowing as education level rises.

    This probably reflects healthy self-interest by the low income, uneducated whites. High school dropouts compete with Mexicans for unskilled labor work. Their prospects for dignified factory jobs declined as corporations have moved such jobs to China and Mexico. Their cheap neighborhoods are changing. Middle to upper middle class Republicans, on the other hand, aren't competing with Mexicans for work and their kids aren't competing with Mexican kids for slots at universities. Their neighborhoods are insulated, too expensive for incoming migrants to live in. They benefit from having cheap landscapers, roofers and gardeners. Rubio is offering the Mexicans legal status without citizenship (so, they can stay and work, but won't vote).

    There are many educated, intelligent Trump supporters here on the Unz website - but these are not typical of his electorate.
  20. I’m chewing a bunch of avocados and pouring it down with lemon juice in celebration.

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  21. @CK
    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
    4 fingers of ice cold gin
    no vegetation
    no vermouth within the same area code
    Pour the Gin into a Martini glass.
    Put some Julie London on the sound system
    Joy to the world.

    Put some Julie London on the sound system ..

    When I saw her name I thought of her song, “Our Day Will Come”. That’s also the motto of the Provisional IRA but I doubt they got it from her.

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    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    Her best song was Perfidia ("While the Gods of love look down and laugh at what romantic fools these mortals be). Absolutely timeless! I think that an instrumental version is playing at Rick's Casino in Casablanca.
    , @CK
    Anything she did ( with maybe the exception of her very last album ) was superb; Black Coffee, her rendition of Thelonius Monk's Round Midnight, and Wives and Lovers top my list.
    I don't think that Wives and Lovers could be released today ... hate facts made into a beautiful song.
  22. @iSteveFan
    Part of Rubio's success is that the MSM, including Fox, does not dwell on his support of amnesty. One would think the 'gang of 8' affair would make him persona non grata to the GOP base. If the MSM focused on this issue, Rubio would be toast.

    Trump really went after Bush, even when Bush was beyond out of it. It was probably tactical at first last summer, but then became personal as Bush used all that pac money to run ads against him.

    Trump needs to turn against Rubio now and make sure all voters are aware of Senator Amnesty.

    On top of that, it’s fallen to Ted Cruz to rumble with Rubio, but Cruz whiffed it in the South Carolina debate. His effort to distinguish his position on the Gang of 8 bill and raise Rubio’s Univision interview were a mess and the debate quickly moved on.

    Candidates have also failed to make hay of his advisors’ comments that he panics during times of crisis. The 3am phone call should be front-and-center in attacks against him.

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    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    The Three AM phone call should certainly be the center point of Trump's attack on Hitlery.
    Hell, she couldn't manage a ten PM phone call.
  23. @CK
    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
    4 fingers of ice cold gin
    no vegetation
    no vermouth within the same area code
    Pour the Gin into a Martini glass.
    Put some Julie London on the sound system
    Joy to the world.

    I don’t understand the disdain people have for vermouth. I myself do 1/2 shot of vermouth and 3 1/2 shots of gin. I know that some might think that’s sacrilege, but I don’t understand why?

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "I don’t understand the disdain people have for vermouth. I myself do 1/2 shot of vermouth and 3 1/2 shots of gin. I know that some might think that’s sacrilege, but I don’t understand why?"

    Me neither. A Martini without vermouth isn't a Martini; it's just gin. Might as well just swig it straight out of the bottle. I myself like 1 part in 7.

    And no olives? That's just barbaric.
    , @Crawfurdmuir
    Vermouth is fine. However it deteriorates like any white wine. Use either a freshly opened bottle, or one that has been refrigerated after it was opened. You cannot keep a partly-used bottle of vermouth at room temperature and expect it to remain good, as you could with gin or vodka. 7:1 or 6:1 gin:vermouth is about right - shaken with ice, not stirred.

    "Hearts full of youth,
    Hearts full of truth:
    Six parts of gin,
    And one of vermouth!"
    , @Anonymous
    Try dry vermouth straight, on the rocks. That's how it is consumed in Italy. It's an acquired taste but once acquired, it's great. And the original Martini recipes were 1:1 or 2:1 gin:dry vermouth mix. Which is just right if you want a stiff drink. If not, enjoy vermouth straight.
    , @CK
    I have not been able to acquire a liking for the taste of vermouth.
    I have enjoyed that occasional Gin Martini with an included anchovy stuffed olive; however a Martini is a drink not a salad it does not require vegetation to make it excellent.
  24. @CK
    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
    4 fingers of ice cold gin
    no vegetation
    no vermouth within the same area code
    Pour the Gin into a Martini glass.
    Put some Julie London on the sound system
    Joy to the world.

    Can’t wait!
    That reminded me of Churchill’s saying about nodding at the vermouth.

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  25. It is looking like Trump not only has a lock on the nomination, but it also looks like he takes the presidency. I wonder how long it will be until we start seeing articles in the MSM or liberal sites discussing how to get rid of the two term limit for presidents. Or do they realize that even if that were to happen, Obama would still lose?

    This whole series of events has a kind of dream-like, other-worldliness about it. It’s like something from a movie. Most people with some sense have learned that the media holds the keys to the throne. Actual democracy – voting for an elected leader you want and not the lesser of two mediocre leaders paid for by the donor class and promoted by the media – is a fiction. It should not be happening. But so far, it appears to be.

    Also, I wonder if our host contemplated that the blog he started way back when would have this much influence, or be this much ahead of the curve. In another decade, what then? Movie reviews and golf course architecture I suppose. Hell, the views on this blog will probably be mainstream and as such he’ll probably land a mainstream gig.

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    • Replies: @Big-Red-Eye-Of-Jupiter
    I was just thinking how odd it feels to ALMOST be the political mainstream...I was reading through some of my books on the two Bush Presidencies the other day (looking for mentions of Jeb), and it’s now quaint how over the top the denunciation of the Willie Horton ad is in every tome. Here we are with a leading candidate that is pretty much the Alt-right personified...like a mix of Roissy/Mystery/Ross Jeffries game tactics, MPC/Right Stuff nasty trolling, the Sailer electoral Strategy, Pat Buchannan’s economic nationalism, Derb's Muslim moratorium...getting along with Russia, stopping nation building etc etc....Neo-conservatism is dead and Jeb's goofy face is on the tombstone.
  26. @Another Canadian
    "Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?"

    A Cuba Libre with Havana Club.

    I may need to see if Ahnold has some Cubans to smoke, too.

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    • Replies: @Former Darfur
    The Cuban cigar was decidedly superior in the JFK/MM era, but today, eh, not so much.

    Most of the cigar talent-the managers and blenders and so forth, rollers are abundant and low value-left Cuba and took their seeds with them. While Cuba still has some unique soil qualities, it certainly has no claim to being uniquely superior. In fact, many of the best "Cuban" cigars blend Cuban wrappers or fillers with Dominican, Nicaraguan or even Connecticut tobaccos as well. In that respect lifting the embargo will give master blenders another color on their palette, so to speak, but many genuine Cuban cigars are mediocre today and without the forbidden-fruit aspect in the world's biggest cigar market, I figure prices will fall.

    The blenders are the real key, in my opinion. Cuba has some, but certainly the best have left a long time ago. That's also the problem with Mexican cigars-they have some good tobaccos but no one in Mexico can blend worth s***. The idea that they should import some blenders from elsewhere isn't going over-they value Mexicanness over quality. I guess they figure their mestizos are blended differently than mestizos from elsewhere. Does that make them mestizo supremists? (Trick question.)
  27. @Potty Scotty
    We might not have ¡Jeb! to kick around anymore, but this site has steadily lost track of Rubio, the open borders establishment's pick for several months now. Time to kick it into high gear!

    I’ve got this: Dummy Candidato Mr. Rubato.

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  28. This was the first time I saw him with his midget wife by his side. He even made some stomach turning reference to sleeping with her at the end of his statement. Yuck!

    I thought it was weird the other day when Jeb was on stage with Dubya and Laura with only little Lindsay Graham to keep him company. I guess Laura makes his mestizo wife feel uncomfortable.

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  29. @Taco
    I don't understand the disdain people have for vermouth. I myself do 1/2 shot of vermouth and 3 1/2 shots of gin. I know that some might think that's sacrilege, but I don't understand why?

    “I don’t understand the disdain people have for vermouth. I myself do 1/2 shot of vermouth and 3 1/2 shots of gin. I know that some might think that’s sacrilege, but I don’t understand why?”

    Me neither. A Martini without vermouth isn’t a Martini; it’s just gin. Might as well just swig it straight out of the bottle. I myself like 1 part in 7.

    And no olives? That’s just barbaric.

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    • Agree: Brutusale
    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    I love me some olives. I like my martini dirty too, but your gin to vermouth ratio sounds about right.

    Personally, I think either shaking or stirring is a bad idea. Best is to just keep the gin in the freezer and the Vermouth in the fridge and not use any ice at all...

    In keeping with my other contribution to this thread, I will also recommend to all the Vesper... this has become a faddish drink recently, but, made well and dry, it is actually excellent.
  30. “I’m guessing they are the last rump of the SWPL, upper middle class, liberal leaning, reflexively anti-Russian and pro-immigrant, tax cutting Republicans represented by FOX News, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, and David Brooks. I didn’t think there were that many of them left, though.”

    FOX News viewers aren’t SWPLs; they’re old people. The median age of Bill O’Reilly’s show is about 70 (hence all the ads for Cialis, reverse mortgages, and catheters). Those people aren’t the next generation of the traditional Republican party. They are the last generation of it.

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  31. I must admit, as bad as things are for our republic, the total humiliation of Jeb Bush has given me a totally thrilling bit of Schadenfreude (joy in the pain of others. Gotta love those big German words). At least the universe is not entirely without a sense of justice, or humor.

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    • Replies: @Abe

    I wonder if Jeb’s 2016 run has permanently wrecked his son’s chances?
     
    Unless there is a big sea-change in our culture- and I mean like a bunch of smart, charismatic, junior sh!tlords storming the liberal bastions of academia, media, and prestige professions real soon, I think Yeb Jr's chances are unaffected. Bush Sr. was near-loathed by conservatives at the time of his departure from office (not just a liar- "read my lips, no new taxes"- but also a loser) yet that did not stop conservatives from rallying to Dubya a short 8 years later. Plus the media love turning wonky politics into engaging soap opera, and there is nothing more engaging than a story like "son rises to avenge humiliated father". Plus unless there is that sea-change in culture I just mentioned I cannot see the media NOT pushing their line about the GOP being doomed unless they pander more to Hispanics.

    I must admit, as bad as things are for our republic, the total humiliation of Jeb Bush has given me a totally thrilling bit of Schadenfreude.
     
    I honestly felt really bad for George P. There is nothing worse in life for a youngish man than to see one's father abjectly humiliated like that. And the fact that it was at the primordial level of schoolyard bullying, where so many traumas and fixations are forever implanted (witness Steve's comments on Mathew "I was a teenage Nazi-hunter" Weiner). That moment where Yeb blurted out how he looked up after sliding out between Barbara's thighs and instantly realized he'd "won the lotto"! Even the anti-Trump CNN analyst instantly picked up on the ick factor of that. It was like:

    LITTLE DONNY TRUMP: Your mother's a whore! And her c**t smells like a Brooklyn fish market.
    Little Jebby Bush: My mother is not a whore! And I know personally she in fact smells wonderful- like fresh-baked bread- down there!
  32. @Wilkey
    "But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?'

    Government-employed Republicans (there still are quite a few), the rich who don't care about Rubio's lies on amnesty, and politically correct Republicans (there are still more of those than you'd think).

    Look at the county-level results in South Carolina. Rubio won the county with the state capitol, and he won the county with Charleston. In Beaufort County - home to Hilton Head - Cruz finished back in 4th place, with less than 14% of the vote.

    Rubio is the "genteel" candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.

    Rubio is the “genteel” candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.

    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn’t hurt those characters. Neither does globalization. Hence, their concern with the capital gains tax, being respectable, and maintaining the status quo.

    BTW, you saw the same thing in Iowa where Cruz got his lowest votes in the county with the state capital and biggest city.

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn’t hurt those characters. Neither does globalization. Hence, their concern with the capital gains tax, being respectable, and maintaining the status quo."

    That's true. But while immigration might not hurt them, it will hurt their grandchildren. They ought to realize that. Sadly, most of them don't.
    , @Marat
    You hit the nail on the head. This group is "embarrassed" by Trump due to their concern over their own "respectability". Prime example being the jacketed gentleman at the CNN "Town Hall" on Thursday who asked abt Donald's saying Bush lied any WMDs, and the real estate lady who went right before him. (Anderson Cooper followed up with both of these particular contestants then next evening during "regular" Breaking News and they both had decided they could not be associated with Donald Trump.)
    , @AndrewR
    That's probably a religion thing. Cruz has set his image up as an evangelical protestant despite having four catholic grandparents. Des Moines is presumably less evangelical than the rest of the state.
    , @ben tillman

    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn’t hurt those characters. Neither does globalization.
     
    In the short run. In the long run, the damage to their genetic interests will be devastating.
    , @ben tillman
    duplicate
    , @iffen
    same thing in Iowa where Cruz got his lowest votes in the county with the state capital

    Maybe they just have more experience with pandering politicians and can more easily spot a pandering extraordinaire.
  33. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    But the Smart Money knew better in 2015, so they massively funded Jeb.

    Then, it turned out it was absurd for Jeb to run for the Republican nomination.

    To be fair, nobody really predicted Trump’s campaign, which is what destroyed Jeb. Without Trump, Jeb would probably have a decent shot right now.

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  34. Until now, Trump has been benefiting from the vote splitting. But with ¡Jeb! outta here, he’s going to be hurt by it, until and unless Cruz drops out.

    How many ¡Yeb! supporters are going to Trump? I’d guess it’s close to zero – most will go to Rubio. (Cucks!).

    But when Cruz throws in the towel, his supporters will rally behind Trump. If Cruz were a true patriot he’d announce his campaign suspension tonight and endorse Trump. ‘Course it won’t happen, though what about a secret backroom deal for Cruz to withdraw and join the Trump campaign as the VP? The two of them would then spend the rest of the primary season hanging the Schumio bill around Rubio’s neck and cruise to the nom.

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    • Replies: @jon
    If Cruz and Carson both left, Trump could be hitting 50+%. Unfortunately, I doubt Cruz drops anytime soon. But I wish Carson would get out - that's 5-10% that probably all goes to Trump.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    The two of them would then spend the rest of the primary season hanging the Schumio bill around Rubio’s neck and cruise to the nom.
     
    Nom nom nom.

    But Hill and (I believe) even Bern are as guilty of that as is Rubio. Will it work on either of them?
    , @AndrewR
    I think that possibility is off the table given the vicious below the belt attacks Trump has made towards Cruz. But maybe Cruz has a thick skin or was even in on the whole thing.
  35. Just watching Trump’s victory speech, I am rooting for him because of his stance on immigration, but also his other planks are good.

    I do wonder if he’s making some statements he is going to regret. When he states that the US is ranked #30 in education in the world, if only the white population was looked at, it would bat a lot better but it has 12% blacks and however many mestizos dragging down the average. If some were deported however, it would definitely bump the average.

    Overall though, Trump is the image of a strong leader. He resonates strength, this is someone you can get behind. And very quick on his feet. He’s the guy you want on your side negotiating with Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, not to mention historical dwarfs and own-goalists like David Cameron and Angela Merkel.

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  36. Of the 3 Bushes only W. had the common touch. Both Jeb and Bush I were terrible politicians. Bush I got lucky. Reagan picked him as VP and did nothing to ensure that a true conservative succeeded him. This allowed Bush-I to lie and falsely run as a “Reagan Conservative”. He then governed as a “Ford Conservative” and lost big time in 1992.

    Jeb decided to be honest and run on what he truly was. Sad.

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    • Replies: @EriK
    Bush I was a good politician, but a terrible campaigner.
    , @Marat
    Bush (HW) brought the intelligence baggage of his entire career with him to the Reagan Admin. Recall that, in its infancy, the Reagan candidate of the hoped-for Reagan Admin was suspected of being a Hollywood lightweight- similar to Trump actually. It took a while for veneration to develop. Notice that today's revision of Reagan being the standard-bearer of Conservatism was no where nearly as developed even as he left office. 2 years in people were still often saying things like, "what do you expect of a Hollywood actor?"
  37. @Taco
    I don't understand the disdain people have for vermouth. I myself do 1/2 shot of vermouth and 3 1/2 shots of gin. I know that some might think that's sacrilege, but I don't understand why?

    Vermouth is fine. However it deteriorates like any white wine. Use either a freshly opened bottle, or one that has been refrigerated after it was opened. You cannot keep a partly-used bottle of vermouth at room temperature and expect it to remain good, as you could with gin or vodka. 7:1 or 6:1 gin:vermouth is about right – shaken with ice, not stirred.

    “Hearts full of youth,
    Hearts full of truth:
    Six parts of gin,
    And one of vermouth!”

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "“Hearts full of youth,
    Hearts full of truth:
    Six parts of gin,
    And one of vermouth!”"

    Ha!

    Soon we'll be out,
    Amid the cold world's strife,
    Soon we'll be sliding down,
    The razorblade of life.

    Thanks for the tip about the vermouth. I thought it would keep okay at room-temp because it's fortified, but I'll try refrigerating it.
    , @Taco

    shaken with ice, not stirred.
     
    ... Isn't the opposite true?
  38. I am really sorry Bernie didn’t win. It would have been fun watching him be sliced and diced by Trump. Is there any hope for Bernie now?

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    • Replies: @AndrewR
    He slayed her in NH. In no way is he down for the count. He just needs to up his cucked game a bit more.
  39. OK but Trump still has not broken 35%. When Christie and Fiorina quit their percentage seems not to have gone to Trump but to Cruz and Rubio. In France Le Pen with 40% lost to two 30%s.

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  40. @CK
    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
    4 fingers of ice cold gin
    no vegetation
    no vermouth within the same area code
    Pour the Gin into a Martini glass.
    Put some Julie London on the sound system
    Joy to the world.

    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.

    Because it sounds better than ordering a big ol’ glass of booze.

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    • Replies: @CK
    One does not indulge in Martini's for their sound.
    Four fingers is barely a medium size glass.
  41. @Jewish Conservative Race Realist
    Until now, Trump has been benefiting from the vote splitting. But with ¡Jeb! outta here, he's going to be hurt by it, until and unless Cruz drops out.

    How many ¡Yeb! supporters are going to Trump? I'd guess it's close to zero - most will go to Rubio. (Cucks!).

    But when Cruz throws in the towel, his supporters will rally behind Trump. If Cruz were a true patriot he'd announce his campaign suspension tonight and endorse Trump. 'Course it won't happen, though what about a secret backroom deal for Cruz to withdraw and join the Trump campaign as the VP? The two of them would then spend the rest of the primary season hanging the Schumio bill around Rubio's neck and cruise to the nom.

    If Cruz and Carson both left, Trump could be hitting 50+%. Unfortunately, I doubt Cruz drops anytime soon. But I wish Carson would get out – that’s 5-10% that probably all goes to Trump.

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  42. So even after Nimrata’ Nikki’ Haley endorsed Rubio, Trump still won handily. Haley was looking for a VP slot under Rubio.

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  43. @Crawfurdmuir
    Vermouth is fine. However it deteriorates like any white wine. Use either a freshly opened bottle, or one that has been refrigerated after it was opened. You cannot keep a partly-used bottle of vermouth at room temperature and expect it to remain good, as you could with gin or vodka. 7:1 or 6:1 gin:vermouth is about right - shaken with ice, not stirred.

    "Hearts full of youth,
    Hearts full of truth:
    Six parts of gin,
    And one of vermouth!"

    ““Hearts full of youth,
    Hearts full of truth:
    Six parts of gin,
    And one of vermouth!””

    Ha!

    Soon we’ll be out,
    Amid the cold world’s strife,
    Soon we’ll be sliding down,
    The razorblade of life.

    Thanks for the tip about the vermouth. I thought it would keep okay at room-temp because it’s fortified, but I’ll try refrigerating it.

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  44. By the way, God bless Trump for speaking against the Iraq war – even saying the obvious, that we lied to, that the nuke intel was cherrypicked. What a pair on that guy! He just thought it up and did it.

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    • Replies: @candid_observer
    Yeah, that makes me look forward to a Trump/Clinton debate in which Trump goes after Clinton for voting for the Iraq war like an idiot.

    What will my liberal friends and family members say when they see Trump dumping on Clinton from the left?
  45. @Honesthughgrant

    Rubio is the “genteel” candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.
     
    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn't hurt those characters. Neither does globalization. Hence, their concern with the capital gains tax, being respectable, and maintaining the status quo.

    BTW, you saw the same thing in Iowa where Cruz got his lowest votes in the county with the state capital and biggest city.

    “Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn’t hurt those characters. Neither does globalization. Hence, their concern with the capital gains tax, being respectable, and maintaining the status quo.”

    That’s true. But while immigration might not hurt them, it will hurt their grandchildren. They ought to realize that. Sadly, most of them don’t.

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  46. @Crawfurdmuir
    Vermouth is fine. However it deteriorates like any white wine. Use either a freshly opened bottle, or one that has been refrigerated after it was opened. You cannot keep a partly-used bottle of vermouth at room temperature and expect it to remain good, as you could with gin or vodka. 7:1 or 6:1 gin:vermouth is about right - shaken with ice, not stirred.

    "Hearts full of youth,
    Hearts full of truth:
    Six parts of gin,
    And one of vermouth!"

    shaken with ice, not stirred.

    … Isn’t the opposite true?

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  47. I think Jeb’s spanking and defeat at the hands of Trump has really damaged the Bush brand. But I doubt it will stop the family from promoting that shady George P, even if he turns out to be a “secret idiot” as the Left has labeled him. they still have Rove and the Bush Rolodex to insure the former stalker will have a shot at the governorship.

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    • Replies: @guest
    The Bush brand was already tarnished; that's why Yeb did so poorly.
  48. @Wilkey
    Car dealers actually do make a profit on volume even if they technically lose on some or even all sales. Manufacturers set sales quotas for dealerships each month, and if the dealership hits the quota they get a big check. If they miss the quota they get nada. And of course they'll earn profits on repairs for years. For elections, however, that concept doesn't quite work.

    The only way the GOP benefits from more minorities is if it causes whites to become more racially aware and more loyal to the GOP. Once whites become an absolute minority nationwide, though, even that won't help much.

    A business decision may result in a positive-sum outcome. All participants can benefit.

    In a two-party system political decisions almost always have a zero-sum outcome. 1 party will benefit at the expense of another. It is ridiculous when the liberal pundits tells the GOP that they will benefit from more immigrants.

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  49. @Wilkey
    Car dealers actually do make a profit on volume even if they technically lose on some or even all sales. Manufacturers set sales quotas for dealerships each month, and if the dealership hits the quota they get a big check. If they miss the quota they get nada. And of course they'll earn profits on repairs for years. For elections, however, that concept doesn't quite work.

    The only way the GOP benefits from more minorities is if it causes whites to become more racially aware and more loyal to the GOP. Once whites become an absolute minority nationwide, though, even that won't help much.

    Car dealers actually do make a profit on volume even if they technically lose on some or even all sales.

    As opposed to movie studios, which can gross a billion in ticket sales and still show a “loss”. When they need to, that is.

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  50. Jeb has always struck me as a tragic figure. It’s always been very clear that politics just isn’t where his heart is. His brother was the same way, but he was better at faking it. Jeb is not very good at faking it.

    It’s interesting to try and imagine where he would have ended up if he hadn’t been born a Bush. I’m thinking he would have been some kind of teacher or clergyman — a line of work where he would have been much happier.

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    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    I thought that he was a reasonably competent governor of Florida. I could see him as a useful backbench legislator--possibly rising to the a subcommittee chairmanship. I mean that as a compliment. Jeb Bush had no business running for President, but as John Milton said:

    "They also serve who only stand and wait."
  51. @Jewish Conservative Race Realist
    Until now, Trump has been benefiting from the vote splitting. But with ¡Jeb! outta here, he's going to be hurt by it, until and unless Cruz drops out.

    How many ¡Yeb! supporters are going to Trump? I'd guess it's close to zero - most will go to Rubio. (Cucks!).

    But when Cruz throws in the towel, his supporters will rally behind Trump. If Cruz were a true patriot he'd announce his campaign suspension tonight and endorse Trump. 'Course it won't happen, though what about a secret backroom deal for Cruz to withdraw and join the Trump campaign as the VP? The two of them would then spend the rest of the primary season hanging the Schumio bill around Rubio's neck and cruise to the nom.

    The two of them would then spend the rest of the primary season hanging the Schumio bill around Rubio’s neck and cruise to the nom.

    Nom nom nom.

    But Hill and (I believe) even Bern are as guilty of that as is Rubio. Will it work on either of them?

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  52. O/T idea:
    Graphic analysis showing media truthfulness by ownership and editor/reporter/anchor ethnicity.
    That could cover US, UK, Canada, Scandinavia, Germany, Australia, etc.
    Truthfulness quantification might reflect some fact check/retraction or similar measures.
    The a priori view is that media bias is present, determinable, and a damn nuisance. There may be a strong R-squared in there, as the daily onslaught on the truth provides ample data.

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  53. I’m going to check tomorrow and see if there’s a sale on Jeb’s guac bowls.

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    https://jeb2016.com/shop/lifestyle/guaca-bowle/?lang=en

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXtfp5eply0
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    Jeb probably would have won or at least would have had a good chance to win if Trump hadn’t run. It wasn’t absurd for him to run. He just ran into the Trump train, which is sort of an unprecedented phenomenon. In fact, Trump went after him so hard so early because Jeb was arguably the frontrunner early on, and he never recovered.

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  55. @Honesthughgrant

    Rubio is the “genteel” candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.
     
    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn't hurt those characters. Neither does globalization. Hence, their concern with the capital gains tax, being respectable, and maintaining the status quo.

    BTW, you saw the same thing in Iowa where Cruz got his lowest votes in the county with the state capital and biggest city.

    You hit the nail on the head. This group is “embarrassed” by Trump due to their concern over their own “respectability”. Prime example being the jacketed gentleman at the CNN “Town Hall” on Thursday who asked abt Donald’s saying Bush lied any WMDs, and the real estate lady who went right before him. (Anderson Cooper followed up with both of these particular contestants then next evening during “regular” Breaking News and they both had decided they could not be associated with Donald Trump.)

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    • Replies: @MG
    You know, don't you, that both of those were plants? See -

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/02/19/cnn-busted-attempting-pre-scripted-ambush-of-donald-trump-during-live-town-hall-event/
    , @Anonym
    Similarly, a lot of commentators in liberal sites are exclaiming how they don't know any Trump voters. Well, news flash, when you can lose your job and end up a pariah for going against the PC multicult group think, people tend to keep their opinions to themselves.

    Nevertheless, they have their opinions and when you say something (clutching pearls) like "If that Trump wins, I'm going to quit my job and move to Canada!" and the other person just says nothing, or a non-committal "Oh really?", well, you were probably talking to a Trump supporter and just didn't know it.
    , @Ed
    It seems that Trump's criticism of the Bushes, looking at it from a purely horse race perspective, set him back tactically but will help him strategically. To be more specific, it cost him votes in the South Carolina primary but will help him in the general election campaign if he wins the nomination.

    Candidates usually don't do things like this, because the general election benefit of course is useless if you don't win the nomination, so its too uncertain to risk losing a critical primary like South Carolina. Actually, I think Trump was just saying what was in his head at the time without being calculating at all. But if he was calculating, he would have realized that he was far enough ahead in the polls in South Carolina that this was a good move, in the short term it would just mean winning with a lower vote percentage, which is what happened.

    I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don't want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time. In most cases they had voted for Bush himself in 2000 and 2004, believed Bush's reasons, and defended Bush, as the leader of their party, against his critics. They would have to accept that they themselves were wrong. The equivalent for the Democrats is probably immigration policy, but even there the legislative change was made in 1965, before most voters were alive, and in very different circumstances.

    So Trump's statements cost him votes. On the other hand, it enhances the reputation he is developing for being forthright, and it spares him from having to defend something that has become an albatross around the Republicans' neck. And since Hilary Clinton backed both the Iraq invasion and the "invade the world" policy generally (as does Biden and Bloomberg), he has more ammunition against her.

    The Trump candidacy is in some ways a resurrection of the older, pre-Cold War, Republican Party which was protectionist, somewhat isolationist, and not on board with the benefits of massive immigration, and if that is going to be your program you will wind up coming out against the Iraq War at that point.

    And it also may have knocked Jeb Bush out of the race.
  56. @Rob McX
    Steve, when ¡George P! runs for president, can you get those exclamation marks right? It's one up, one down. Or perhaps it's a calculated microaggression on your part.

    Two downward-pointing exclamation marks seem appropriate for a candidate who could never get it up.

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  57. Maybe George P should get a clue and run for office as an anti-immigration American patriot. He can argue he is not a racist as his mother is a Mexican immigrant.

    His argument should be that immigration was good for America in the past but after 50 years of mass immigration we need to pause it. This way he doesn’t look like a self-hating Mexican.

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    • Replies: @Aschwin
    Jared Taylor has mentioned in his book White Identity that George has stated his mother raised him to fight for La Raza.
    , @Dirk Dagger
    Only Nixon can go to China.
    - Chihuahuan Proverb
  58. I don’t know if George P. has charisma, integrity, smarts, or good political instincts, but he sure has this: crazy eyes. Not cross eyes, exactly, but something ain’t right. Like watching a Stanley Kubrick movie, something is “off” about what we see and people will pick up on this. George P is an otherwise handsome young man.

    Who, besides the Bushes, advocate for the Bush dynasty anymore? They are done. In Texas, Bushes may still win for a while, but nationally no one cares.

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    • Replies: @Marie
    YES! Jody (assuming you're female?) I cannot understand why no men have picked up on the creepy, rapist-like vibe I get from George P. I believe it's all in the eyes.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "I don’t know if George P. has charisma, integrity, smarts, or good political instincts, but he sure has this: crazy eyes."

    He kinda gives off a Billy Zane vibe.

  59. @Anonym
    It is looking like Trump not only has a lock on the nomination, but it also looks like he takes the presidency. I wonder how long it will be until we start seeing articles in the MSM or liberal sites discussing how to get rid of the two term limit for presidents. Or do they realize that even if that were to happen, Obama would still lose?

    This whole series of events has a kind of dream-like, other-worldliness about it. It's like something from a movie. Most people with some sense have learned that the media holds the keys to the throne. Actual democracy - voting for an elected leader you want and not the lesser of two mediocre leaders paid for by the donor class and promoted by the media - is a fiction. It should not be happening. But so far, it appears to be.

    Also, I wonder if our host contemplated that the blog he started way back when would have this much influence, or be this much ahead of the curve. In another decade, what then? Movie reviews and golf course architecture I suppose. Hell, the views on this blog will probably be mainstream and as such he'll probably land a mainstream gig.

    I was just thinking how odd it feels to ALMOST be the political mainstream…I was reading through some of my books on the two Bush Presidencies the other day (looking for mentions of Jeb), and it’s now quaint how over the top the denunciation of the Willie Horton ad is in every tome. Here we are with a leading candidate that is pretty much the Alt-right personified…like a mix of Roissy/Mystery/Ross Jeffries game tactics, MPC/Right Stuff nasty trolling, the Sailer electoral Strategy, Pat Buchannan’s economic nationalism, Derb’s Muslim moratorium…getting along with Russia, stopping nation building etc etc….Neo-conservatism is dead and Jeb’s goofy face is on the tombstone.

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    • Replies: @Anonym
    It is quite surreal. But even establishment politicians are starting to wake up and smell the coffee, elsewhere in the Eurosphere. In 2016, everywhere, "It's the immigration, stupid!"

    http://news.sky.com/story/1645982/boris-johnson-backs-campaign-to-leave-eu

    That douchebag Cameron is going to be left on the wrong side of history, and it couldn't happen to a smarmier weasel, except maybe Blair but Blair is out of power now. Which is why Boris has defected - not wanting to be on the wrong side of history.

    Everywhere, forward thinking politicians are going to start putting their long-term career ahead of party loyalty and loyalty to PC. Politicians are seeing the writing on the wall, and that writing says "Trump 2016!". Best not to be the last guy on the last lifeboat. Best to make a "considered" evaluation and with heavy heart, embrace the change early.

    Where the US goes, the world follows. I've long thought that once one country in the Eurosphere goes full alt-right and has some great results, the rest of the world will follow. When that nation is as powerful and as influential as the USA, there will be an alt-right domino effect in play.
  60. Channeling Heartiste: exit cucklord. I think lowbrow agitprop is quite effective, grinning shitlord Donald knows that well. Let’s make Rubio the next cucklord. A Spanish news site translated cuckservative as cornuservador (cornudo), so Rubio would be the next cornuservador supremo.

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  61. @TG
    I must admit, as bad as things are for our republic, the total humiliation of Jeb Bush has given me a totally thrilling bit of Schadenfreude (joy in the pain of others. Gotta love those big German words). At least the universe is not entirely without a sense of justice, or humor.

    I wonder if Jeb’s 2016 run has permanently wrecked his son’s chances?

    Unless there is a big sea-change in our culture- and I mean like a bunch of smart, charismatic, junior sh!tlords storming the liberal bastions of academia, media, and prestige professions real soon, I think Yeb Jr’s chances are unaffected. Bush Sr. was near-loathed by conservatives at the time of his departure from office (not just a liar- “read my lips, no new taxes”- but also a loser) yet that did not stop conservatives from rallying to Dubya a short 8 years later. Plus the media love turning wonky politics into engaging soap opera, and there is nothing more engaging than a story like “son rises to avenge humiliated father”. Plus unless there is that sea-change in culture I just mentioned I cannot see the media NOT pushing their line about the GOP being doomed unless they pander more to Hispanics.

    I must admit, as bad as things are for our republic, the total humiliation of Jeb Bush has given me a totally thrilling bit of Schadenfreude.

    I honestly felt really bad for George P. There is nothing worse in life for a youngish man than to see one’s father abjectly humiliated like that. And the fact that it was at the primordial level of schoolyard bullying, where so many traumas and fixations are forever implanted (witness Steve’s comments on Mathew “I was a teenage Nazi-hunter” Weiner). That moment where Yeb blurted out how he looked up after sliding out between Barbara’s thighs and instantly realized he’d “won the lotto”! Even the anti-Trump CNN analyst instantly picked up on the ick factor of that. It was like:

    LITTLE DONNY TRUMP: Your mother’s a whore! And her c**t smells like a Brooklyn fish market.
    Little Jebby Bush: My mother is not a whore! And I know personally she in fact smells wonderful- like fresh-baked bread- down there!

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  62. @CK
    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
    4 fingers of ice cold gin
    no vegetation
    no vermouth within the same area code
    Pour the Gin into a Martini glass.
    Put some Julie London on the sound system
    Joy to the world.

    “Put some Julie London on the sound system”

    Now there’s a man who knows his torch songstresses.

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    • Replies: @Former Darfur
    Even on the old Emergency show, she was a smoldering sex bomb-she had to be in her late forties when that show started.
    , @anonymous-antimarxist
    Julie London must of had some hold on men.

    Remember she played nurse Dixie McCall along side her second husband, actor and jazz songwriter Bobby Troup in the 70's classic TV show Emergency.

    What is unusual was that Emergency was a Jack Webb production and Webb was London's first husband, father of her first two kids and also a close friend of Troup.

    I guess Webb was smart enough to know that employing both London and Troup was a good way to keep up on the child support payments.
  63. Sometimes it makes me sad though– Jeb! being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more gray and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

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    • Replies: @Paul Walker Most beautiful man ever...
    Jonah's comment needs the Gold frame.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    Gold box? Seriously? I thought iSteve was the kind of place where we didn't have to be exposed to this kind of thing...
    , @Escher
    You do know this comment is copied verbatim from "The Shawshank redemption".
  64. The Bush (-Walker) family is amazingly successful and, for better or probably for worse, will be with us for a very long time.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    For example, Lauren Bush Lauren's baby James Richard Lauren, born November 21, 2015, is the great-grandson of George H.W. Bush and the grandson of billionaire fashion designer Ralph Lauren.
    , @Anonym
    Being with us a long time and winning future presidential elections are two different things. Reversion to the mean and all.

    I think political succession is even harder than business succession. For business scions to do as well as their parents, the growth of the business has to be greater than the dividing factor of number of children. At least you have capital working for you and some momentum. For the political scion, there is some political capital of connections, but I think it is so much more dependent on charisma, intelligence, ability to think on your feet, etc. Reversion to the mean bites hard. Even if you don't marry the first Mexican cleaning lady you sleep with, you would have to have the brains to go searching for some proven spousal political/legal bloodlines at an age when your other head sees a lot more value in good old-fashioned T&A.

    Some people manage to do both though, with varying levels of success. Like Schwarzenegger for example, who married into the Kennedy clan AND banged the Mexican cleaning lady. See, Jeb, that's how you have your cake and eat it too.
  65. @Judah Benjamin Hur
    The Bush (-Walker) family is amazingly successful and, for better or probably for worse, will be with us for a very long time.

    For example, Lauren Bush Lauren’s baby James Richard Lauren, born November 21, 2015, is the great-grandson of George H.W. Bush and the grandson of billionaire fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

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    • Replies: @Hapalong Cassidy
    So, her name is actually Lauren Lauren?
    , @Marat
    interwoven empires! Egads!

    At last, a Bush Brat born without complete dependence on the government/ front companies/ big oil / shady Muchesson Texas characters and Saudi hangers on.

    Grandpa Ralph did it from scratch.
    , @Bugg
    Ralph Lauren is really Ralph Lipshitz from the Bronx.Guy on the horse would be quite out of place on the Grand Concourse. Which speaks to reinvention as do the Bushes, going from Connecticut Yankees to Texas oil guys and Florida Cubans. But really the 2 families started out a few exits apart on I95. They share more than is obvious. Nice oxford shirts though.
  66. @Honesthughgrant
    Of the 3 Bushes only W. had the common touch. Both Jeb and Bush I were terrible politicians. Bush I got lucky. Reagan picked him as VP and did nothing to ensure that a true conservative succeeded him. This allowed Bush-I to lie and falsely run as a "Reagan Conservative". He then governed as a "Ford Conservative" and lost big time in 1992.

    Jeb decided to be honest and run on what he truly was. Sad.

    Bush I was a good politician, but a terrible campaigner.

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  67. Thanks to Mr. Trump, Miss USA has finally left the past behind, caught up with the times, and shaved off her Bush.

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    FTW! I was thinking "Bush gets waxed in SC" but yours has so much more to unpack...
  68. @Jonah
    Sometimes it makes me sad though– Jeb! being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more gray and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

    http://youtu.be/zDKO6XYXioc

    Jonah’s comment needs the Gold frame.

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  69. @Ivy
    I may need to see if Ahnold has some Cubans to smoke, too.

    The Cuban cigar was decidedly superior in the JFK/MM era, but today, eh, not so much.

    Most of the cigar talent-the managers and blenders and so forth, rollers are abundant and low value-left Cuba and took their seeds with them. While Cuba still has some unique soil qualities, it certainly has no claim to being uniquely superior. In fact, many of the best “Cuban” cigars blend Cuban wrappers or fillers with Dominican, Nicaraguan or even Connecticut tobaccos as well. In that respect lifting the embargo will give master blenders another color on their palette, so to speak, but many genuine Cuban cigars are mediocre today and without the forbidden-fruit aspect in the world’s biggest cigar market, I figure prices will fall.

    The blenders are the real key, in my opinion. Cuba has some, but certainly the best have left a long time ago. That’s also the problem with Mexican cigars-they have some good tobaccos but no one in Mexico can blend worth s***. The idea that they should import some blenders from elsewhere isn’t going over-they value Mexicanness over quality. I guess they figure their mestizos are blended differently than mestizos from elsewhere. Does that make them mestizo supremists? (Trick question.)

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    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    You make a very good point. The Cuban cigars I've smoked have been undistinguished compared to the massive variety of excellence available in a good market. I really think it's the name and inaccessibility that cause people to continue to think they are special.

    They're not, and all you have to do to find out is travel internationally a little -- or even inquire at the right shop if you know the guy and are willing to pay way too much.

    It's like that hard-to-get girl you actually go out of your way to get, only to find out she's not all that.
  70. Just watched Trump’s victory speech. The wife of The Donald must be at even, or worse, than poor Jeb!’s Columba in ability to “speik the neitif lanquwitch flu ently”.

    Does it matter? Mr. Sailer thinks it does. What say You?

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    • Replies: @iSteveFan
    Well to be fair, Trump's wife has been married to Trump for about 10 years and has been in the US for around 20 years. Bush's wife has been married to Bush, and in the USA, for around 40 years. So let Melania have another 20 years in the US before you compare her command of the language to Columba's.
    , @Bill Jones
    Do you think that Trump speaks any language other than English to his wife?
  71. @Intelligent Dasein
    The 22% voting for Cruz are probably the low-information Evangelicals who cannot be persuaded that he isn't the second coming of James Dobson. But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?

    I'm guessing they are the last rump of the SWPL, upper middle class, liberal leaning, reflexively anti-Russian and pro-immigrant, tax cutting Republicans represented by FOX News, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, and David Brooks. I didn't think there were that many of them left, though.

    These people will never vote for Trump. That in its own way is encouraging, for now we know that the decidedly anti-Trump vote is no more than 1/5th of the Republican electorate even in heavily favored South Carolina. When Cruz throws his support to Trump (and he will), Trump will have over half the vote locked up in every contest going forward, and will be unstoppable.

    The worry is in the general election. The SWPL Republicans might very well vote Hill or Bernie. Trump will need to pick up enough crossover votes from the disaffected blocs on the Democratic side to make up the difference. This will be easier for him to do if Hillary is the nominee.

    I realize other people have said all this, but it helps to think through it once again.

    Wooo you’re way off. Trump just won a greater percentage of Evangelicals than total voters. He won their vote. Who can say the whys or whens of these things? But I suspect James Dobson will be sounding a Trumpet just as soon as he knows he will. Time is relative ya know.

    Speaking of low information, for all the crass ways Trump embodies this age, perhaps the people who can see into him something ancient are the most lively folks enjoying his show. You might educate yourself about about an ancient whore, a blood red moon, other stuff they said you must have ears to hear and codes to break.

    I do think the most interesting thing Trump has said so far was his moral inventory from that SC Townhall on CNN. He said my great fault is I let people I know deceived me get away with their deception without ever letting myself forget the count. Struck me cause I was reminded that Trump said something early on about one thing that happened to him when he initially spoke out about the Iraq War. Most interesting of all maybe is that he has not said another word about that since. And I have to suppose that means we never will again.

    My educated bet would be that Trump has no idea that he has already won, and that that will open up a fault line somewhere loud indeed.

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  72. @Marat
    You hit the nail on the head. This group is "embarrassed" by Trump due to their concern over their own "respectability". Prime example being the jacketed gentleman at the CNN "Town Hall" on Thursday who asked abt Donald's saying Bush lied any WMDs, and the real estate lady who went right before him. (Anderson Cooper followed up with both of these particular contestants then next evening during "regular" Breaking News and they both had decided they could not be associated with Donald Trump.)
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  73. @Auntie Analogue

    "Put some Julie London on the sound system"

     

    Now there's a man who knows his torch songstresses.

    Even on the old Emergency show, she was a smoldering sex bomb-she had to be in her late forties when that show started.

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  74. @Marat
    You hit the nail on the head. This group is "embarrassed" by Trump due to their concern over their own "respectability". Prime example being the jacketed gentleman at the CNN "Town Hall" on Thursday who asked abt Donald's saying Bush lied any WMDs, and the real estate lady who went right before him. (Anderson Cooper followed up with both of these particular contestants then next evening during "regular" Breaking News and they both had decided they could not be associated with Donald Trump.)

    Similarly, a lot of commentators in liberal sites are exclaiming how they don’t know any Trump voters. Well, news flash, when you can lose your job and end up a pariah for going against the PC multicult group think, people tend to keep their opinions to themselves.

    Nevertheless, they have their opinions and when you say something (clutching pearls) like “If that Trump wins, I’m going to quit my job and move to Canada!” and the other person just says nothing, or a non-committal “Oh really?”, well, you were probably talking to a Trump supporter and just didn’t know it.

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    @Intelligent Dasein
    The 22% voting for Cruz are probably the low-information Evangelicals who cannot be persuaded that he isn't the second coming of James Dobson. But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?

    I'm guessing they are the last rump of the SWPL, upper middle class, liberal leaning, reflexively anti-Russian and pro-immigrant, tax cutting Republicans represented by FOX News, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, and David Brooks. I didn't think there were that many of them left, though.

    These people will never vote for Trump. That in its own way is encouraging, for now we know that the decidedly anti-Trump vote is no more than 1/5th of the Republican electorate even in heavily favored South Carolina. When Cruz throws his support to Trump (and he will), Trump will have over half the vote locked up in every contest going forward, and will be unstoppable.

    The worry is in the general election. The SWPL Republicans might very well vote Hill or Bernie. Trump will need to pick up enough crossover votes from the disaffected blocs on the Democratic side to make up the difference. This will be easier for him to do if Hillary is the nominee.

    I realize other people have said all this, but it helps to think through it once again.

    These people will never vote for Trump

    On the platform of ‘Make America Great Again,’ this is largely correct. America for them is already pretty great. So how could you get them to vote Trump?

    I could see him reaching some of these voters without compromising his core positions by focusing on things that feature prominently in their lives but are otherwise marginal issues, like how miserable the experience of commercial air travel is these days.

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    @Taco
    I don't understand the disdain people have for vermouth. I myself do 1/2 shot of vermouth and 3 1/2 shots of gin. I know that some might think that's sacrilege, but I don't understand why?

    Try dry vermouth straight, on the rocks. That’s how it is consumed in Italy. It’s an acquired taste but once acquired, it’s great. And the original Martini recipes were 1:1 or 2:1 gin:dry vermouth mix. Which is just right if you want a stiff drink. If not, enjoy vermouth straight.

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  77. @Former Darfur
    The Cuban cigar was decidedly superior in the JFK/MM era, but today, eh, not so much.

    Most of the cigar talent-the managers and blenders and so forth, rollers are abundant and low value-left Cuba and took their seeds with them. While Cuba still has some unique soil qualities, it certainly has no claim to being uniquely superior. In fact, many of the best "Cuban" cigars blend Cuban wrappers or fillers with Dominican, Nicaraguan or even Connecticut tobaccos as well. In that respect lifting the embargo will give master blenders another color on their palette, so to speak, but many genuine Cuban cigars are mediocre today and without the forbidden-fruit aspect in the world's biggest cigar market, I figure prices will fall.

    The blenders are the real key, in my opinion. Cuba has some, but certainly the best have left a long time ago. That's also the problem with Mexican cigars-they have some good tobaccos but no one in Mexico can blend worth s***. The idea that they should import some blenders from elsewhere isn't going over-they value Mexicanness over quality. I guess they figure their mestizos are blended differently than mestizos from elsewhere. Does that make them mestizo supremists? (Trick question.)

    You make a very good point. The Cuban cigars I’ve smoked have been undistinguished compared to the massive variety of excellence available in a good market. I really think it’s the name and inaccessibility that cause people to continue to think they are special.

    They’re not, and all you have to do to find out is travel internationally a little — or even inquire at the right shop if you know the guy and are willing to pay way too much.

    It’s like that hard-to-get girl you actually go out of your way to get, only to find out she’s not all that.

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  78. @Yngvar
    Just watched Trump's victory speech. The wife of The Donald must be at even, or worse, than poor Jeb!'s Columba in ability to "speik the neitif lanquwitch flu ently".

    Does it matter? Mr. Sailer thinks it does. What say You?

    Well to be fair, Trump’s wife has been married to Trump for about 10 years and has been in the US for around 20 years. Bush’s wife has been married to Bush, and in the USA, for around 40 years. So let Melania have another 20 years in the US before you compare her command of the language to Columba’s.

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    • Replies: @Clyde
    Here is Melania Trump in 2010 speaking quickly in good coherent English in a non-political setting where she is more comfortable. Sure she has an accent but she is better at English than Jeb's wife.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQBV0rOAtaQ
  79. @Mr. Anon
    "I don’t understand the disdain people have for vermouth. I myself do 1/2 shot of vermouth and 3 1/2 shots of gin. I know that some might think that’s sacrilege, but I don’t understand why?"

    Me neither. A Martini without vermouth isn't a Martini; it's just gin. Might as well just swig it straight out of the bottle. I myself like 1 part in 7.

    And no olives? That's just barbaric.

    I love me some olives. I like my martini dirty too, but your gin to vermouth ratio sounds about right.

    Personally, I think either shaking or stirring is a bad idea. Best is to just keep the gin in the freezer and the Vermouth in the fridge and not use any ice at all…

    In keeping with my other contribution to this thread, I will also recommend to all the Vesper… this has become a faddish drink recently, but, made well and dry, it is actually excellent.

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  80. @Intelligent Dasein
    The 22% voting for Cruz are probably the low-information Evangelicals who cannot be persuaded that he isn't the second coming of James Dobson. But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?

    I'm guessing they are the last rump of the SWPL, upper middle class, liberal leaning, reflexively anti-Russian and pro-immigrant, tax cutting Republicans represented by FOX News, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, and David Brooks. I didn't think there were that many of them left, though.

    These people will never vote for Trump. That in its own way is encouraging, for now we know that the decidedly anti-Trump vote is no more than 1/5th of the Republican electorate even in heavily favored South Carolina. When Cruz throws his support to Trump (and he will), Trump will have over half the vote locked up in every contest going forward, and will be unstoppable.

    The worry is in the general election. The SWPL Republicans might very well vote Hill or Bernie. Trump will need to pick up enough crossover votes from the disaffected blocs on the Democratic side to make up the difference. This will be easier for him to do if Hillary is the nominee.

    I realize other people have said all this, but it helps to think through it once again.

    Cruz’s acceptance speech tonight was proof for me that he’s the Frank Underwood of thr Republican establishment. After being spurned by the Bush’s and not getting the job he wanted, he decided to advance his career using the anti establishment mood in the country instead of following the traditional career path. He’s a globalist like the rest of the establishment shills, who’s loyalties are to the Israel lobby, the big banks, and the MiC. He’s just smart enough to use the country’s mood to advance his own career at the expense of some of the other establishment types. The way he sucked up to Jeb! And attacked Trump tonight means I bet he’s more likely to endorse Rubio than Trump once he realizes his path is gone. Let’s just hope the Cruz true believers are smart enough to avoid Marcobot. Marco might be even more easily manipulated by the major interests than W was.

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    • Replies: @Marat
    Cunning observations on Cruz and Rubio.

    Rubio has been living hand to mouth from his Miami donors for his entire political career - AmEx card accounting improprieties, no accumulated personal wealth, wife employed as consultant by car dealer donor.

    He has hit the big time now, as Silicon Valley has plenty of Fed funny money to shower on him , and they won't put him on as tight an allowance as his Florida masters did.
    , @LondonBob
    All Cruz's foreign policy advisors are neocons like Woolsey, Abrams etc. He has just mimicked Trump's positions on immigration and foreign policy, I sincerely doubt his sincerity. The more conspiratorially minded might see it as scheme to keep Trump's numbers down, or it might just be a campaign strategy, either way Trump gets the most transfers from Cruz. Carson dropping out would also boost Trump more than others. Of course momentum can take those supporters anyway. Interestingly Trump also gets one point from Bush whereas Rubio gets two, so not the boost certain folks are hoping for, especially as those dropping out are polling so low it makes little difference.

    I expect a lot Rubio's support will be from old people who are the only people who still consume solely the traditional media, as well as the country club and patronage vote.

    I wouldn't feel too sorry for JEB!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-NXzsRGr3o
    , @Ed
    "Cruz’s acceptance speech tonight was proof for me that he’s the Frank Underwood of thr Republican establishment."

    The fiction character Cruz keeps reminding me of is Obadiah Slope.
  81. @iSteveFan
    Well to be fair, Trump's wife has been married to Trump for about 10 years and has been in the US for around 20 years. Bush's wife has been married to Bush, and in the USA, for around 40 years. So let Melania have another 20 years in the US before you compare her command of the language to Columba's.

    Here is Melania Trump in 2010 speaking quickly in good coherent English in a non-political setting where she is more comfortable. Sure she has an accent but she is better at English than Jeb’s wife.

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    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    The contrast between Melania Trump and Columba Bush is actually an interesting example of assimilation or its lack. I believe Melania Trump grew up in Slovenia. But hardly anyone outside Slovenia speaks Slovenian--why would anyone take the trouble to learn such an obscure language unless one planned to live in Slovenia? (Sorry if I've outraged all the lovers of Slovenian literature and poetry.) Donald Trump has no time or probably inclination to learn Slovenian and if there is a Slovenian community in the U.S. it's got to be very small.

    Columba Bush, on the other hand, can get by very comfortably in Spanish. Jeb learned it, her children speak it, there's a large Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. She never had any incentive to really master English.

    Moral: small community--assimilate or go back; large community--no need for assimilation.
  82. @Jewish Conservative Race Realist
    By the way, God bless Trump for speaking against the Iraq war - even saying the obvious, that we lied to, that the nuke intel was cherrypicked. What a pair on that guy! He just thought it up and did it.

    Yeah, that makes me look forward to a Trump/Clinton debate in which Trump goes after Clinton for voting for the Iraq war like an idiot.

    What will my liberal friends and family members say when they see Trump dumping on Clinton from the left?

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    Yeah, that makes me look forward to a Trump/Clinton debate in which Trump goes after Clinton for voting for the Iraq war like an idiot.
     
    Trump has just telegraphed to Hill and (pathetic, ghostly, debilitated) Bill that this is exactly what he will be doing once he gets the Republican nomination. Trump will be talking so much smack he might induce a nervous breakdown in her. Hillary knows she has never done anything useful in her political career. Devoid of any accomplishment except for the negative one of abandoning Americans to die Benghazi. Trump will also slam her non stop on Benghazi. Can you imagine ultra-lib Jimmy Carter leaving Americans to die there the way Hussein O and Hillary did?
    Trump is 100% clean as a far as the Middle East tar baby goes while Hillary was the main promoter of the disastrous Arab Spring, helped along by our gay and feminist dominated leftist State Department. Europe can blame their current Muslim immigration invasion on dim bulb Hillary.
    , @guest
    How would that be "from the left"?
    , @AndrewR
    They'll say "well Hillary might support the death of innocent Muslims but Trump wants to KEEP THEM OUT OF THE COUNTRY which makes him wayyyy more evil."
    , @Cwhatfuture
    I have pointed out to my Leftist friends that Trump will go to the left of Hillary on the use of US troops in our now yearly invasions of the Muslim world. They don't care. They would not care if Trump adopted Bernie's economic plan either. Trump's anti-immigration position, that his his position on keeping America American, makes him a heretic, a warlock, whatever else it is that got you burned at the stake in the Middle Ages. If Bernie said he was going to build a wall on the Mexican border in order to raise wage rates among the poorest Americans, he would be abandoned by liberals and called a racist. African Americans who are not liberal, might appreciate it, but not your liberal friends.
  83. From the next Bush family reunion… or was it Davos? I can’t remember…

    And the longer version…

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    • Replies: @Clyde
    The funniest part is when the replacement chair glides into place.
  84. @Jonah
    Sometimes it makes me sad though– Jeb! being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more gray and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

    http://youtu.be/zDKO6XYXioc

    Gold box? Seriously? I thought iSteve was the kind of place where we didn’t have to be exposed to this kind of thing…

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    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    Must you lay a guilt edge on the gold box?
    , @Blobby5
    Harkens me back to the days when the apple polishers would get a gold star. I didn't get one then either.
  85. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-McIdVuY88&t=19s

    Anyone see this heavily edited video montage of Trump v. Bush at the last debate? Absolutely brutal. (Note: not substantive, in the conventional meaning).

    The video creator’s playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwV95EIdLbL8yNF9eqhYmsbzio9U66-LH

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  86. Thank heavens Jeb Bush ended it–the humiliation was becoming painful even to watch. But will the GOP Establishment try to push the almost-as-bad Marco Rubio, or will it hold its nose and support Ted Cruz in an all-out effort to stop Donald Trump?

    I do note that Jeb Bush only suspended his campaign. Doesn’t that leave open the possibility that he could try to become the nominee at a brokered convention? Unlikely, but I don’t put anything past GOP cuckservatives at this point.

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    • Replies: @Clyde

    I do note that Jeb Bush only suspended his campaign. Doesn’t that leave open the possibility that he could try to become the nominee at a brokered convention? Unlikely, but I don’t put anything past GOP cuckservatives at this point.
     
    Jeb was polling at 1-2% which eliminates him from consideration at your contested convention, where Trump rides in with a mere plurality of delegates. A majority is necessary to win, so then the convention goes into second, third, fourth balloting. But Jeb's remaining 10 million in super-pac money means he is still a player. Rubio and Kaisich will be sucking up to Jeb to get their paws on all or some of it.
  87. @candid_observer
    Yeah, that makes me look forward to a Trump/Clinton debate in which Trump goes after Clinton for voting for the Iraq war like an idiot.

    What will my liberal friends and family members say when they see Trump dumping on Clinton from the left?

    Yeah, that makes me look forward to a Trump/Clinton debate in which Trump goes after Clinton for voting for the Iraq war like an idiot.

    Trump has just telegraphed to Hill and (pathetic, ghostly, debilitated) Bill that this is exactly what he will be doing once he gets the Republican nomination. Trump will be talking so much smack he might induce a nervous breakdown in her. Hillary knows she has never done anything useful in her political career. Devoid of any accomplishment except for the negative one of abandoning Americans to die Benghazi. Trump will also slam her non stop on Benghazi. Can you imagine ultra-lib Jimmy Carter leaving Americans to die there the way Hussein O and Hillary did?
    Trump is 100% clean as a far as the Middle East tar baby goes while Hillary was the main promoter of the disastrous Arab Spring, helped along by our gay and feminist dominated leftist State Department. Europe can blame their current Muslim immigration invasion on dim bulb Hillary.

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  88. @Cagey Beast
    Put some Julie London on the sound system ..

    When I saw her name I thought of her song, "Our Day Will Come". That's also the motto of the Provisional IRA but I doubt they got it from her.

    Her best song was Perfidia (“While the Gods of love look down and laugh at what romantic fools these mortals be). Absolutely timeless! I think that an instrumental version is playing at Rick’s Casino in Casablanca.

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    Julie London recordings really are wonderful. Ironically I did only find her on YouTube when I was looking up things on the Provisional IRA. Just goes to show the odd connections the web can make. That's probably the first and last good thing the PIRA has ever been associated with.
    , @Jonathan Mason
    Of course the original lyrics of that song were written in Spanish, so I am sure Columba and Jeb know it well. For English versions Nat King Cole probably takes the biscuit, and for instrumental Charlie Parker has it. Nat King Cole also takes the prize for the worst Spanish version (or at least the version in the worst Spanish accent.)

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

    The Andrea Bocelli version is better, as are many other versions in Spanish.


    Nadie comprende lo que sufro yo,
    Canto pues ya no puedo sollozar,
    Solo temblando de ansiedad estoy,
    Todos me miran y se van.

  89. @Mr. Blank
    Jeb has always struck me as a tragic figure. It's always been very clear that politics just isn't where his heart is. His brother was the same way, but he was better at faking it. Jeb is not very good at faking it.

    It's interesting to try and imagine where he would have ended up if he hadn't been born a Bush. I'm thinking he would have been some kind of teacher or clergyman -- a line of work where he would have been much happier.

    I thought that he was a reasonably competent governor of Florida. I could see him as a useful backbench legislator–possibly rising to the a subcommittee chairmanship. I mean that as a compliment. Jeb Bush had no business running for President, but as John Milton said:

    “They also serve who only stand and wait.”

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  90. “We Won’t Have ¡Jeb¡ to Kick Around Anymore”

    Just because he’s down doesn’t mean you can’t kick him.

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  91. @Clyde
    Here is Melania Trump in 2010 speaking quickly in good coherent English in a non-political setting where she is more comfortable. Sure she has an accent but she is better at English than Jeb's wife.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQBV0rOAtaQ

    The contrast between Melania Trump and Columba Bush is actually an interesting example of assimilation or its lack. I believe Melania Trump grew up in Slovenia. But hardly anyone outside Slovenia speaks Slovenian–why would anyone take the trouble to learn such an obscure language unless one planned to live in Slovenia? (Sorry if I’ve outraged all the lovers of Slovenian literature and poetry.) Donald Trump has no time or probably inclination to learn Slovenian and if there is a Slovenian community in the U.S. it’s got to be very small.

    Columba Bush, on the other hand, can get by very comfortably in Spanish. Jeb learned it, her children speak it, there’s a large Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. She never had any incentive to really master English.

    Moral: small community–assimilate or go back; large community–no need for assimilation.

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    • Replies: @Ed
    "The contrast between Melania Trump and Columba Bush is actually an interesting example of assimilation or its lack."

    Diversity Heretic at comment #99 makes an interesting point given my personal situation. My wife is from Brazil.

    I have always spoken with her in Portuguese. Its hard for Brazilians to get visas to visit the US, unless they are wealthy/ connected, so the courtship was conducted in Brazil and it seemed natural for me to speak Portuguese with her. And Portuguese is spoken by enough people around the world that its not a bad language to pick up. Its in the second tier of major world languages.

    However, once she got to the US, my wife has been assimilating and speaking English much more often outside the house. The difference I think is that Brazilians are really not that interested in emigrating to the US, so there is no large Brazilian community or ghetto here that she can disappear into.
  92. @Jimi
    Maybe George P should get a clue and run for office as an anti-immigration American patriot. He can argue he is not a racist as his mother is a Mexican immigrant.

    His argument should be that immigration was good for America in the past but after 50 years of mass immigration we need to pause it. This way he doesn't look like a self-hating Mexican.

    Jared Taylor has mentioned in his book White Identity that George has stated his mother raised him to fight for La Raza.

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  93. In other news:

    Ben Shapiro finally exposes himself. Like the National Review, he markets himself as “anti-establishment” while actually supporting the GOP elite agenda.

    Shapiro has called for Cruz to endorse Rubio in an attempt to stop Trump.

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/3558/enough-ego-fight-stop-trump-rubio-must-offer-cruz-ben-shapiro

    Rubio is antithetical to anything Shapiro claimed to stand for,besides defending “our greatest ally”, but the establishment is crumbling and even needs its double-agents to lose their cover.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Surprise!

    “Conservative” “American” – don’t you love how he had the American flag flying in the background of his cover photo – compares Trump to … wait for it…. Hitler.

    https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2016/01/25/the-resistible-rise-of-donald-trump/


    This was a tribal conservatism, one that had very little to do with ideas, and everything to do with nationalism and a sense of us-versus-them.
     
    To put it mildly, Goldman celebrates the nationalism and tribal conservatism of the people and country he actually cares about. Hint: it's not Americans.

    We’re a long way from Germany in the late 1920s, to be sure, but the parallels are disturbing. The Republican Establishment shouts from the rooftops that it prefers Hitl–, er, Trump to the horrible Ted Cruz. As Bob Dole put it, Trump could “probably work with Congress, because he’s, you know, he’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker.” Robert Costa at the Washington Post, David French at National Review, Paul Mirengoff at Powerline, and other commentators too numerous to mention have weighed in on the same theme.
     
    A real whos-who of American First Conservatives. I'll definitely listen to them. Thanks for the “tip”, Dave.

    Without a return to entrepreneurship, America’s economy will stagnate and America’s middle class will continue to lose ground. Donald Trump represents the triumph of resentment over hope. I don’t know what American voters will do. But I’m frightened.
     
    Oh no, Heaven forbid, Dave is "frightened"! What about the actual Americans who’ve suffered 50 years of open borders and open anti-white animosity from their “leaders” and your fellow “experts”? Do they have the right to feel frightened, knowing there is nowhere to run – unlike you?

    As with other “Respectable Conservatives” like Ben Shapiro, Fox New, National Review, etc. the mask has come off.

    The comments section is the best part. Some pile on, openly celebrating the demise of gentiles. Others point out how stupid his article is and how slimy his motives are.

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    “We Won’t Have ¡Jeb¡ to Kick Around Anymore”

    ¿Quién es ese?

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  95. @Diversity Heretic
    Thank heavens Jeb Bush ended it--the humiliation was becoming painful even to watch. But will the GOP Establishment try to push the almost-as-bad Marco Rubio, or will it hold its nose and support Ted Cruz in an all-out effort to stop Donald Trump?

    I do note that Jeb Bush only suspended his campaign. Doesn't that leave open the possibility that he could try to become the nominee at a brokered convention? Unlikely, but I don't put anything past GOP cuckservatives at this point.

    I do note that Jeb Bush only suspended his campaign. Doesn’t that leave open the possibility that he could try to become the nominee at a brokered convention? Unlikely, but I don’t put anything past GOP cuckservatives at this point.

    Jeb was polling at 1-2% which eliminates him from consideration at your contested convention, where Trump rides in with a mere plurality of delegates. A majority is necessary to win, so then the convention goes into second, third, fourth balloting. But Jeb’s remaining 10 million in super-pac money means he is still a player. Rubio and Kaisich will be sucking up to Jeb to get their paws on all or some of it.

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    • Replies: @unit472
    Delegates are only bound to their candidate for the first ballot. The problem is that to be selected as a delegate means being a long time party worker, donor, etc. By definition these will be insiders. Trump won 44 delegates in South Carolina but don't think these delegates are red hot Trump supporters. If there is a brokered convention who you were pledged to on the first ballot will not matter and the RNC can dump Trump in favor of their 'consensus' candidate.
    , @anonymous-antimarxist

    But Jeb’s remaining 10 million in super-pac money means he is still a player. Rubio and Kaisich will be sucking up to Jeb to get their paws on all or some of it.
     
    Apparently what forced ¡Jeb¡'s withdrawl was a combination of having burned through 100-120 million in funds and rumors that a number of top consultants were jumping ship for Rubio.

    I actually see this as a disaster for Rubio.

    First of all like others have said Trump can now focus on Rubio being Schumer's cabana boy on the Gang of Eight Amnesty deal.

    Second and I believe far worse is that Rubio will now be responsible for keeping all the money grubbing loyal Bushie campaign consultants happy. It is impossible to keep all the Karl Rove's, Mike Murphy's and their wannabees happy and flush with filet mignon, cigars and single malt. Does Rent Boy Rubio really inspire enough confidence in his donor base to lavishly fund his campaign???

    Some of these consultant crapweasels are going to be left with out a musical chair to land on. There will be hard feelings and because they may realize that three decades long Conservative Inc gravy train may be ending with the rise of Trump and Populist/Nationalist politics, some of them may spill the dirt on Rubio for spite. Also remember ¡Jeb¡'s professional Hispanics are Mexicans, Rubio's are Cuban, so no love lost there.

    Last, with the death of Scalia, the Neocon mega donors have a chance to pour tens of millions into bribing the Republican Senate into helping Obama nominate a SCOTUS justice who will give them what they really secretly desire, hate speech laws and internet censorship that will block any criticism of Israel, shutdown the BDS movement and continued Open Borders. In Europe we see the Jewish Neocons and Marxist left working in concert to promote hate speech laws and Anarcho-Tyranny repression of the historical nationalist population.

    Rubio is no longer necessary for this to happen. The Jewish mega donor focus for the next several months will be on locking down the SCOTUS for the next several decades. Remember the Notorious RBG is also likely to announce her retirement by summer.

    Finally, Kaisich is a nothing burger who always was on the Jack Kemp track. A long shot at being a VP nomination and then cushy life attending country club Republican functions and golf tournaments.
    , @Divine Right
    "where Trump rides in with a mere plurality of delegates. A majority is necessary to win, so then the convention goes into second, third, fourth balloting."

    The RNC establishment goons changed the convention rules to require that a candidate receive a majority of delegates in at least 8 states to even be considered (to cheat Ron Paul's constituents from having a voice). It is conceivable that Trump could have a large plurality of delegates and still end up prevailing in a brokered convention because none of the other candidates can be considered.
  96. @Cagey Beast
    It's really nice to see Bush Jr's legacy be publicly repudiated like this. I know that's only part of what went into Jeb's loss but still. Having Trump whip Jeb on his brother's legacy like he did in the last debate, having Dubya show up in person in SC after that and then this loss ... it just feels right and good.

    “Having Trump whip Jeb on his brother’s legacy like he did in the last debate, having Dubya show up in person in SC after that and then this loss … it just feels right and good.”

    What could be more appropriate for watching the establishment ship go down than having Admiral Dubya on board? I truly relished every second of it.

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  97. Leftist conservative [AKA "GOD ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Trump has Jeb’s testicles in a mason jar. Floating in brine.

    And he often gazes upon them whilst sitting in his jet flying to his various campaign rallies.

    So, there’s that….

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  98. What is it with female political strategists? First Hillary’s ’08 disaster. Then Perry’s ’12 disaster and now Sally Bradshaw. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/02/jeb-bush-dropping-out-set-up-to-fail-213662

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    Very interesting. That's one of the big questions of our time: do women "get" politics? I think not. Or, to be more precise, I think about one in five or one in six do. The old 80/20 rule yet again.
  99. @Wilkey
    "But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?'

    Government-employed Republicans (there still are quite a few), the rich who don't care about Rubio's lies on amnesty, and politically correct Republicans (there are still more of those than you'd think).

    Look at the county-level results in South Carolina. Rubio won the county with the state capitol, and he won the county with Charleston. In Beaufort County - home to Hilton Head - Cruz finished back in 4th place, with less than 14% of the vote.

    Rubio is the "genteel" candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.

    I’d toss in ‘corporate’ Republicans too after seeing Trump barely carried Greenville County which is home to Lockheed Martin, GE, Caterpillar, 3M and Honeywell plants. OTOH Trump got almost 50% of the vote in Horry County ( Myrtle Beach etc.)

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  100. @Clyde

    I do note that Jeb Bush only suspended his campaign. Doesn’t that leave open the possibility that he could try to become the nominee at a brokered convention? Unlikely, but I don’t put anything past GOP cuckservatives at this point.
     
    Jeb was polling at 1-2% which eliminates him from consideration at your contested convention, where Trump rides in with a mere plurality of delegates. A majority is necessary to win, so then the convention goes into second, third, fourth balloting. But Jeb's remaining 10 million in super-pac money means he is still a player. Rubio and Kaisich will be sucking up to Jeb to get their paws on all or some of it.

    Delegates are only bound to their candidate for the first ballot. The problem is that to be selected as a delegate means being a long time party worker, donor, etc. By definition these will be insiders. Trump won 44 delegates in South Carolina but don’t think these delegates are red hot Trump supporters. If there is a brokered convention who you were pledged to on the first ballot will not matter and the RNC can dump Trump in favor of their ‘consensus’ candidate.

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    • Replies: @Clyde
    You get it. How Trump can get screwed at the Republican convention if he does not win on the first ballot.
    But delegate rules vary state by state. Some are bound to their candidate through the second and third ballot too. I sure hope that many more Trump delegates are firm about favoring him and are not just useless party hacks who will bolt for Marco Rubio (the Republican Establishments designated candidate) at their first chance

    Delegates only must vote for the candidates to whom they are bound by primary or caucus on the convention’s first presidential ballot. (They don’t have to vote with them on rules and other matters).
    Most (but not all) states’ delegates become free agents after the first ballot. While candidates can withdraw and release their delegates, they can’t direct them to vote for anyone else. And since some delegates are not directly elected as supporters of a candidate, but picked by party leaders or meetings, their loyalty after the first ballot has to be suspect.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/01/20/brokered-convention-republicans-cleveland-trump/78961020/
     
  101. “But the Smart Money knew better in 2015, so they massively funded Jeb.”

    I would bet that much of that “Smart Money” also massively funded Theranos.

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  102. @Chrisnonymous
    From the next Bush family reunion... or was it Davos? I can't remember...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlIcP3ORvFY

    And the longer version...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XIwUxmtX5U

    The funniest part is when the replacement chair glides into place.

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  103. @Wilkey
    "But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?'

    Government-employed Republicans (there still are quite a few), the rich who don't care about Rubio's lies on amnesty, and politically correct Republicans (there are still more of those than you'd think).

    Look at the county-level results in South Carolina. Rubio won the county with the state capitol, and he won the county with Charleston. In Beaufort County - home to Hilton Head - Cruz finished back in 4th place, with less than 14% of the vote.

    Rubio is the "genteel" candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.

    In Beaufort County – home to Hilton Head – Cruz finished back in 4th place, with less than 14% of the vote.

    You forgot Beaufort County is also home to Parris Island. That’s what I’m afraid of. Military and retired military who still support the Establishment due to some misplaced sense of loyalty or duty. Trump barely edged out Rubio there.

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  104. @Honesthughgrant
    Of the 3 Bushes only W. had the common touch. Both Jeb and Bush I were terrible politicians. Bush I got lucky. Reagan picked him as VP and did nothing to ensure that a true conservative succeeded him. This allowed Bush-I to lie and falsely run as a "Reagan Conservative". He then governed as a "Ford Conservative" and lost big time in 1992.

    Jeb decided to be honest and run on what he truly was. Sad.

    Bush (HW) brought the intelligence baggage of his entire career with him to the Reagan Admin. Recall that, in its infancy, the Reagan candidate of the hoped-for Reagan Admin was suspected of being a Hollywood lightweight- similar to Trump actually. It took a while for veneration to develop. Notice that today’s revision of Reagan being the standard-bearer of Conservatism was no where nearly as developed even as he left office. 2 years in people were still often saying things like, “what do you expect of a Hollywood actor?”

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  105. Bush’s drop out will leave Cruz in a distant third place, but it also leaves him sort of in the middle between Trump and Rubio. His best bet is to go jujitsu on Marco Rubio over the immigration issue. Hit Rubio hard on betraying his voters on amnesty: one commercial after another, one stump speech after another. Don’t let voters ever forget that Rubio is a liar. There is almost zero chance that Rubio will be the Republican nominee, so it’s nothing Cruz will have to apologize for later, and it’s the only shot Cruz has at peeling off support from the other candidates.

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  106. @Wilkey
    The Bush Family - has effectively committed suicide by giving too much away to the neofeudalist and neocon/pro-Israel wing while giving the middle finger to middle class Republicans. War in Afghanistan, war in Iraq, the failure to regulate Wall Street, the housing bubble, and the utter implosion of much of white middle class America.

    Forget the defeat of the GOP establishment. The defeat of Jeb Bush implies there is a real price to be paid for betraying your voting base.

    The Bush family committed suicide by:
    1) The patriarch abandoning his children to be raised by screwed up public institutions that turned out PC-infected losers.
    2) The PC infected losers engage in miscegenation and infertility, thus ensuring that the Bush DNA becomes extinct.

    Ultimately, H.W. Bush’s legacy is the impending extinction of his DNA. Nothing he did in office really matters, the world would be almost the same if Dukakis was elected (with possibly the exception of the supreme court makeup, although Clinton would probably not have been elected so that is mostly a wash). The only thing that really matters is the children that a person leaves behind to inherit the future. H.W. at least had some kids, but royally screwed up their upbringing. Had he just been a janitor who homeschooled, his legacy would have been far, far greater: well-adjusted children and White grandchildren.

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    George HW Bush has 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
  107. @CK
    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
    4 fingers of ice cold gin
    no vegetation
    no vermouth within the same area code
    Pour the Gin into a Martini glass.
    Put some Julie London on the sound system
    Joy to the world.

    With a cocktail onion, isn’t that a gibson? The one about Churchill is you take a long look at the vermouth bottle across the room, then fill glass with gin. Other gin-heavy martini lovers rinse the glass with vermouth before adding gin.

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    • Replies: @CK
    I did see a bottle of vermouth once, my martinis are shielded from that offensive view.
  108. @Buzz Mohawk
    Thanks to Mr. Trump, Miss USA has finally left the past behind, caught up with the times, and shaved off her Bush.

    FTW! I was thinking “Bush gets waxed in SC” but yours has so much more to unpack…

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  109. @Cagey Beast
    Put some Julie London on the sound system ..

    When I saw her name I thought of her song, "Our Day Will Come". That's also the motto of the Provisional IRA but I doubt they got it from her.

    Anything she did ( with maybe the exception of her very last album ) was superb; Black Coffee, her rendition of Thelonius Monk’s Round Midnight, and Wives and Lovers top my list.
    I don’t think that Wives and Lovers could be released today … hate facts made into a beautiful song.

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  110. @Taco
    I don't understand the disdain people have for vermouth. I myself do 1/2 shot of vermouth and 3 1/2 shots of gin. I know that some might think that's sacrilege, but I don't understand why?

    I have not been able to acquire a liking for the taste of vermouth.
    I have enjoyed that occasional Gin Martini with an included anchovy stuffed olive; however a Martini is a drink not a salad it does not require vegetation to make it excellent.

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  111. @jon

    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
     
    Because it sounds better than ordering a big ol' glass of booze.

    One does not indulge in Martini’s for their sound.
    Four fingers is barely a medium size glass.

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  112. @iSteveFan
    Part of Rubio's success is that the MSM, including Fox, does not dwell on his support of amnesty. One would think the 'gang of 8' affair would make him persona non grata to the GOP base. If the MSM focused on this issue, Rubio would be toast.

    Trump really went after Bush, even when Bush was beyond out of it. It was probably tactical at first last summer, but then became personal as Bush used all that pac money to run ads against him.

    Trump needs to turn against Rubio now and make sure all voters are aware of Senator Amnesty.

    Since the only reason to support Rubio is that he’s Hispanic, it seems a bit contradictory to hold amnesty against him. Without that, he’d have all the “ethnic” appeal of an Alan Keyes.

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  113. @Lugash
    I don't think these Rubots will go Democrat. To them, Bernie==socialism. They're probably older as well, so they've got 25 years of Clinton Hate built up.

    I'm mixed about Hillary winning. I like Bernie. He's a good man even if he panders to BLM and has the wrong solution. I think he'd present more of a challenge to Trump as well.

    Hillary will be easier to defeat. If Sanders keeps pressing her, she'll have to resort to dirty tricks that will end up in her supporters sitting out the general election. Trump will trigger her into a meltdown. And if she's pressing him in the general election Putin will drop her top secret emails.

    “To them, Bernie==socialism”

    To Bernie Bernie=socialism.

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  114. @Jonah
    Sometimes it makes me sad though– Jeb! being gone. I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more gray and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

    http://youtu.be/zDKO6XYXioc

    You do know this comment is copied verbatim from “The Shawshank redemption”.

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    Um... Yeah. It's so famous it does not require attribution. Spelling it out just steps on the joke.
  115. @candid_observer
    Yeah, that makes me look forward to a Trump/Clinton debate in which Trump goes after Clinton for voting for the Iraq war like an idiot.

    What will my liberal friends and family members say when they see Trump dumping on Clinton from the left?

    How would that be “from the left”?

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    • Replies: @candid_observer
    How would that be “from the left”?

    Only in the sense that people on the left imagine that opposition to the Iraq war represents the left.

    But it is how they would receive Trump's criticism of Hillary over the Iraq war that is on point.
  116. @rod1963
    I think Jeb's spanking and defeat at the hands of Trump has really damaged the Bush brand. But I doubt it will stop the family from promoting that shady George P, even if he turns out to be a "secret idiot" as the Left has labeled him. they still have Rove and the Bush Rolodex to insure the former stalker will have a shot at the governorship.

    The Bush brand was already tarnished; that’s why Yeb did so poorly.

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  117. @Auntie Analogue

    "Put some Julie London on the sound system"

     

    Now there's a man who knows his torch songstresses.

    Julie London must of had some hold on men.

    Remember she played nurse Dixie McCall along side her second husband, actor and jazz songwriter Bobby Troup in the 70′s classic TV show Emergency.

    What is unusual was that Emergency was a Jack Webb production and Webb was London’s first husband, father of her first two kids and also a close friend of Troup.

    I guess Webb was smart enough to know that employing both London and Troup was a good way to keep up on the child support payments.

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    • Replies: @CJ

    Julie London must of have had some hold on men.

    Remember she played nurse Dixie McCall along side her second husband, actor and jazz songwriter Bobby Troup in the 70′s classic TV show Emergency.
     
    Bobby Troup wrote the lyrics to Girl Talk (music by Neal Hefti), another case of hatefacts woven into a great song.
  118. @Wilkey
    "But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?'

    Government-employed Republicans (there still are quite a few), the rich who don't care about Rubio's lies on amnesty, and politically correct Republicans (there are still more of those than you'd think).

    Look at the county-level results in South Carolina. Rubio won the county with the state capitol, and he won the county with Charleston. In Beaufort County - home to Hilton Head - Cruz finished back in 4th place, with less than 14% of the vote.

    Rubio is the "genteel" candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.

    I would think that Republican-leaning government employees would be more likely to lean Trump than Rubio. Rubio sides with the Paul Ryan/Scott Walker crowd and will likely follow their track record of cutting government employee benefits and enriching contractors. At least Trump won’t enrich the contractors to the same extent. And since Trump is the least likely Republican to cut Social Security, it’s a safe bet he’s the least likely to cut government employee pensions as well.

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  119. @Chrisnonymous
    Gold box? Seriously? I thought iSteve was the kind of place where we didn't have to be exposed to this kind of thing...

    Must you lay a guilt edge on the gold box?

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  120. All the establishment money on Rubio now. Surely there are a lot of funds left from Jeb’s campaign to give to Rube.

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    "Surely there are a lot of funds left from Jeb’s campaign to give to Rube."

    Surely, Jeb will find a better use for those funds than directing them towards Rube, whom he regards as a traitor for running this time.
  121. @theo the kraut
    Channeling Heartiste: exit cucklord. I think lowbrow agitprop is quite effective, grinning shitlord Donald knows that well. Let's make Rubio the next cucklord. A Spanish news site translated cuckservative as cornuservador (cornudo), so Rubio would be the next cornuservador supremo.

    Cabrónservador is better

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  122. @Ivy
    Celebration calls for an aged single malt to memorialize trimming the Bush. Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?

    Rum obviously

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  123. @Diversity Heretic
    Her best song was Perfidia ("While the Gods of love look down and laugh at what romantic fools these mortals be). Absolutely timeless! I think that an instrumental version is playing at Rick's Casino in Casablanca.

    Julie London recordings really are wonderful. Ironically I did only find her on YouTube when I was looking up things on the Provisional IRA. Just goes to show the odd connections the web can make. That’s probably the first and last good thing the PIRA has ever been associated with.

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  124. @Intelligent Dasein
    The 22% voting for Cruz are probably the low-information Evangelicals who cannot be persuaded that he isn't the second coming of James Dobson. But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?

    I'm guessing they are the last rump of the SWPL, upper middle class, liberal leaning, reflexively anti-Russian and pro-immigrant, tax cutting Republicans represented by FOX News, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, and David Brooks. I didn't think there were that many of them left, though.

    These people will never vote for Trump. That in its own way is encouraging, for now we know that the decidedly anti-Trump vote is no more than 1/5th of the Republican electorate even in heavily favored South Carolina. When Cruz throws his support to Trump (and he will), Trump will have over half the vote locked up in every contest going forward, and will be unstoppable.

    The worry is in the general election. The SWPL Republicans might very well vote Hill or Bernie. Trump will need to pick up enough crossover votes from the disaffected blocs on the Democratic side to make up the difference. This will be easier for him to do if Hillary is the nominee.

    I realize other people have said all this, but it helps to think through it once again.

    “The worry is in the general election. The SWPL Republicans [who support Rubio] might very well vote Hill or Bernie.”

    I don’t think so.

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  125. @Steve Sailer
    For example, Lauren Bush Lauren's baby James Richard Lauren, born November 21, 2015, is the great-grandson of George H.W. Bush and the grandson of billionaire fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

    So, her name is actually Lauren Lauren?

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  126. @Honesthughgrant

    Rubio is the “genteel” candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.
     
    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn't hurt those characters. Neither does globalization. Hence, their concern with the capital gains tax, being respectable, and maintaining the status quo.

    BTW, you saw the same thing in Iowa where Cruz got his lowest votes in the county with the state capital and biggest city.

    That’s probably a religion thing. Cruz has set his image up as an evangelical protestant despite having four catholic grandparents. Des Moines is presumably less evangelical than the rest of the state.

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  127. @Jewish Conservative Race Realist
    Until now, Trump has been benefiting from the vote splitting. But with ¡Jeb! outta here, he's going to be hurt by it, until and unless Cruz drops out.

    How many ¡Yeb! supporters are going to Trump? I'd guess it's close to zero - most will go to Rubio. (Cucks!).

    But when Cruz throws in the towel, his supporters will rally behind Trump. If Cruz were a true patriot he'd announce his campaign suspension tonight and endorse Trump. 'Course it won't happen, though what about a secret backroom deal for Cruz to withdraw and join the Trump campaign as the VP? The two of them would then spend the rest of the primary season hanging the Schumio bill around Rubio's neck and cruise to the nom.

    I think that possibility is off the table given the vicious below the belt attacks Trump has made towards Cruz. But maybe Cruz has a thick skin or was even in on the whole thing.

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  128. @22pp22
    I am really sorry Bernie didn't win. It would have been fun watching him be sliced and diced by Trump. Is there any hope for Bernie now?

    He slayed her in NH. In no way is he down for the count. He just needs to up his cucked game a bit more.

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  129. @candid_observer
    Yeah, that makes me look forward to a Trump/Clinton debate in which Trump goes after Clinton for voting for the Iraq war like an idiot.

    What will my liberal friends and family members say when they see Trump dumping on Clinton from the left?

    They’ll say “well Hillary might support the death of innocent Muslims but Trump wants to KEEP THEM OUT OF THE COUNTRY which makes him wayyyy more evil.”

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    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    RE: innocent Muslims.

    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are sitting in a bar.

    A guy walks in and asks the barman,
    'Isn't that Trump and Sanders sitting over there?'

    The bartender says, 'Yep, that's them.'

    So the guy walks over and says, 'Wow, this is a real honor!
    What are you guys doing in here?'

    Trump says, 'We're planning WW III.'

    The guy says, 'Really? What's going to happen?'

    Trump says, 'Well, we're going to kill 140 million Muslims and one blonde with big tits.'

    The guy exclaimed, 'A blonde with big breasts? Why kill a blonde with big breasts?'

    Trump turns to Sanders and says, 'See, I told you, no one gives a shit about the 140 million Muslims.’

    Ba da bum!
  130. @Curle
    What is it with female political strategists? First Hillary's '08 disaster. Then Perry's '12 disaster and now Sally Bradshaw. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/02/jeb-bush-dropping-out-set-up-to-fail-213662

    Very interesting. That’s one of the big questions of our time: do women “get” politics? I think not. Or, to be more precise, I think about one in five or one in six do. The old 80/20 rule yet again.

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  131. @Clyde

    I do note that Jeb Bush only suspended his campaign. Doesn’t that leave open the possibility that he could try to become the nominee at a brokered convention? Unlikely, but I don’t put anything past GOP cuckservatives at this point.
     
    Jeb was polling at 1-2% which eliminates him from consideration at your contested convention, where Trump rides in with a mere plurality of delegates. A majority is necessary to win, so then the convention goes into second, third, fourth balloting. But Jeb's remaining 10 million in super-pac money means he is still a player. Rubio and Kaisich will be sucking up to Jeb to get their paws on all or some of it.

    But Jeb’s remaining 10 million in super-pac money means he is still a player. Rubio and Kaisich will be sucking up to Jeb to get their paws on all or some of it.

    Apparently what forced ¡Jeb¡’s withdrawl was a combination of having burned through 100-120 million in funds and rumors that a number of top consultants were jumping ship for Rubio.

    I actually see this as a disaster for Rubio.

    First of all like others have said Trump can now focus on Rubio being Schumer’s cabana boy on the Gang of Eight Amnesty deal.

    Second and I believe far worse is that Rubio will now be responsible for keeping all the money grubbing loyal Bushie campaign consultants happy. It is impossible to keep all the Karl Rove’s, Mike Murphy’s and their wannabees happy and flush with filet mignon, cigars and single malt. Does Rent Boy Rubio really inspire enough confidence in his donor base to lavishly fund his campaign???

    Some of these consultant crapweasels are going to be left with out a musical chair to land on. There will be hard feelings and because they may realize that three decades long Conservative Inc gravy train may be ending with the rise of Trump and Populist/Nationalist politics, some of them may spill the dirt on Rubio for spite. Also remember ¡Jeb¡’s professional Hispanics are Mexicans, Rubio’s are Cuban, so no love lost there.

    Last, with the death of Scalia, the Neocon mega donors have a chance to pour tens of millions into bribing the Republican Senate into helping Obama nominate a SCOTUS justice who will give them what they really secretly desire, hate speech laws and internet censorship that will block any criticism of Israel, shutdown the BDS movement and continued Open Borders. In Europe we see the Jewish Neocons and Marxist left working in concert to promote hate speech laws and Anarcho-Tyranny repression of the historical nationalist population.

    Rubio is no longer necessary for this to happen. The Jewish mega donor focus for the next several months will be on locking down the SCOTUS for the next several decades. Remember the Notorious RBG is also likely to announce her retirement by summer.

    Finally, Kaisich is a nothing burger who always was on the Jack Kemp track. A long shot at being a VP nomination and then cushy life attending country club Republican functions and golf tournaments.

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    • Replies: @Ozymandias
    "...rumors that a number of top consultants were jumping ship for Rubio."

    Imagine the excitement there. "The team that built the Jeb Zeppelin will build one for us too!"
  132. Dirk Dagger [AKA "Chico Caldera"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Jimi
    Maybe George P should get a clue and run for office as an anti-immigration American patriot. He can argue he is not a racist as his mother is a Mexican immigrant.

    His argument should be that immigration was good for America in the past but after 50 years of mass immigration we need to pause it. This way he doesn't look like a self-hating Mexican.

    Only Nixon can go to China.
    - Chihuahuan Proverb

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    Wasn't it also a line of Mr. Spock in a Star Trek movie? "We have a saying on Vulcan: only Nixon can go to China."
  133. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Debating martinis, cigars, and Julie London? I have to know some of you on real life.

    One wannabe dynastic monarch down, and one to go.

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  134. @Intelligent Dasein
    The 22% voting for Cruz are probably the low-information Evangelicals who cannot be persuaded that he isn't the second coming of James Dobson. But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?

    I'm guessing they are the last rump of the SWPL, upper middle class, liberal leaning, reflexively anti-Russian and pro-immigrant, tax cutting Republicans represented by FOX News, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, and David Brooks. I didn't think there were that many of them left, though.

    These people will never vote for Trump. That in its own way is encouraging, for now we know that the decidedly anti-Trump vote is no more than 1/5th of the Republican electorate even in heavily favored South Carolina. When Cruz throws his support to Trump (and he will), Trump will have over half the vote locked up in every contest going forward, and will be unstoppable.

    The worry is in the general election. The SWPL Republicans might very well vote Hill or Bernie. Trump will need to pick up enough crossover votes from the disaffected blocs on the Democratic side to make up the difference. This will be easier for him to do if Hillary is the nominee.

    I realize other people have said all this, but it helps to think through it once again.

    The worry in the general election isn’t SWPL Republicans, it’s independents and Democrats.

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  135. @Chrisnonymous
    Gold box? Seriously? I thought iSteve was the kind of place where we didn't have to be exposed to this kind of thing...

    Harkens me back to the days when the apple polishers would get a gold star. I didn’t get one then either.

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    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    I don't see it that way. I observe gilt-edge framing of comments with sharp insights, striking observations, and wicked humor.
  136. @Rob McX
    Steve, when ¡George P! runs for president, can you get those exclamation marks right? It's one up, one down. Or perhaps it's a calculated microaggression on your part.

    When George P runs, it will be for el presidente of Greater Mexico.

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  137. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Aschwin
    In other news:

    Ben Shapiro finally exposes himself. Like the National Review, he markets himself as "anti-establishment" while actually supporting the GOP elite agenda.

    Shapiro has called for Cruz to endorse Rubio in an attempt to stop Trump.

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/3558/enough-ego-fight-stop-trump-rubio-must-offer-cruz-ben-shapiro

    Rubio is antithetical to anything Shapiro claimed to stand for,besides defending "our greatest ally", but the establishment is crumbling and even needs its double-agents to lose their cover.

    Surprise!

    “Conservative” “American” – don’t you love how he had the American flag flying in the background of his cover photo – compares Trump to … wait for it…. Hitler.

    https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2016/01/25/the-resistible-rise-of-donald-trump/

    This was a tribal conservatism, one that had very little to do with ideas, and everything to do with nationalism and a sense of us-versus-them.

    To put it mildly, Goldman celebrates the nationalism and tribal conservatism of the people and country he actually cares about. Hint: it’s not Americans.

    We’re a long way from Germany in the late 1920s, to be sure, but the parallels are disturbing. The Republican Establishment shouts from the rooftops that it prefers Hitl–, er, Trump to the horrible Ted Cruz. As Bob Dole put it, Trump could “probably work with Congress, because he’s, you know, he’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker.” Robert Costa at the Washington Post, David French at National Review, Paul Mirengoff at Powerline, and other commentators too numerous to mention have weighed in on the same theme.

    A real whos-who of American First Conservatives. I’ll definitely listen to them. Thanks for the “tip”, Dave.

    Without a return to entrepreneurship, America’s economy will stagnate and America’s middle class will continue to lose ground. Donald Trump represents the triumph of resentment over hope. I don’t know what American voters will do. But I’m frightened.

    Oh no, Heaven forbid, Dave is “frightened”! What about the actual Americans who’ve suffered 50 years of open borders and open anti-white animosity from their “leaders” and your fellow “experts”? Do they have the right to feel frightened, knowing there is nowhere to run – unlike you?

    As with other “Respectable Conservatives” like Ben Shapiro, Fox New, National Review, etc. the mask has come off.

    The comments section is the best part. Some pile on, openly celebrating the demise of gentiles. Others point out how stupid his article is and how slimy his motives are.

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    • Replies: @The most deplorable one

    We’re a long way from Germany in the late 1920s, to be sure, but the parallels are disturbing. The Republican Establishment shouts from the rooftops that it prefers Hitl–, er, Trump to the horrible Ted Cruz.
     
    As a matter of historical interest, who did they compare Tru-,er, Hitler to back then?
  138. I for one will miss Jeb! I’ve gotten a lot of entertainment from his fumbling campaign. I may even order a guac bowl.

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    • Replies: @Anonym
    They will be worth something one day. Along with those turtles! Be sure to snap some up.
  139. @Potty Scotty
    We might not have ¡Jeb! to kick around anymore, but this site has steadily lost track of Rubio, the open borders establishment's pick for several months now. Time to kick it into high gear!

    Latino Bambi is hilarious.

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  140. The most deplorable one [AKA "The fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Do the Bush Dynasty want George P Bush turned into another Donor Class Rent Boy like Rubio?

    Do they have no pride?

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  141. Daily Mail reporting Jeb Bush as saying “‘Tonight I’m going to sleep with the best friend I have and the love of my life!”

    I did wonder for a moment if Bush was going to relax with a threesome, unless his best friend was his dog, but it turns out that his best friend and his wife are one and the same. Whew!

    As the song says:

    “nobody knows you
    When you’re down and out.
    In your pocket, not one penny,
    And as for friends, you don’t have any”

    So at least Bush can turn to his Mexican wife to blow away those primary blues south of the border style.

    But too much information, man! I have to wonder if he is now in the running for some lucrative Viagra commercials as was once Bob Dole.

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    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    Doesn't that Jeb Bush statement clinch it, that he was never really in it to win? But I'm sincerely happy that he seems to have found the love of his life; he can now go do something he genuinely wants to do, rather than something the donors and a sense of family obligation forced him to do.
  142. @countenance
    The new people that the Bushes wanted to elect were going to vote for George P. Bush or any Republican for President?

    The new people that the Bushes wanted to elect were going to vote for George P. Bush or any Republican for President?

    C’mon, they’re “natural Republicans”.

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  143. @Wilkey
    "But who are the 22% voting for Rubio?'

    Government-employed Republicans (there still are quite a few), the rich who don't care about Rubio's lies on amnesty, and politically correct Republicans (there are still more of those than you'd think).

    Look at the county-level results in South Carolina. Rubio won the county with the state capitol, and he won the county with Charleston. In Beaufort County - home to Hilton Head - Cruz finished back in 4th place, with less than 14% of the vote.

    Rubio is the "genteel" candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.

    According to the CNN exit poll, Rubio dominated among Republicans with post-graduate degrees – - doctors, attorneys, MBAs, engineers beyond a bachelor’s degree – beating Trump 32% to 20%. Are there still remnants of the old planter class in SC? Rubio won the region where they would live.

    Trump’s strongest showing was among high school dropouts, with the gap narrowing as education level rises.

    This probably reflects healthy self-interest by the low income, uneducated whites. High school dropouts compete with Mexicans for unskilled labor work. Their prospects for dignified factory jobs declined as corporations have moved such jobs to China and Mexico. Their cheap neighborhoods are changing. Middle to upper middle class Republicans, on the other hand, aren’t competing with Mexicans for work and their kids aren’t competing with Mexican kids for slots at universities. Their neighborhoods are insulated, too expensive for incoming migrants to live in. They benefit from having cheap landscapers, roofers and gardeners. Rubio is offering the Mexicans legal status without citizenship (so, they can stay and work, but won’t vote).

    There are many educated, intelligent Trump supporters here on the Unz website – but these are not typical of his electorate.

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    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    If the use of H1-B visas, coupled with increased computerization of even cognitive jobs, doesn't wake up those Republicans, they may sleepwalk into unemployment.
    , @Romanian

    There are many educated, intelligent Trump supporters here on the Unz website – but these are not typical of his electorate.
     
    Let me quote something from here https://kakistocracyblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/mars-attacks/

    And while his overall analysis wasn’t poor, the author took plain satisfaction in repeating alleged deficiencies in income and education of the MARs. Something I can only dispute with multiple anecdotes, though found the repetition appearing more as emotional safety blanket than examination of fact. It can not be overstated how important for delicate liberal psyches it is to feel their side is superior. And that is why they discuss lower income 100IQ whites rather than negative income 85IQ blacks, whose monolithic support is mandatory for them to win any election starting with city bootlicker.
    .......
    How about that…many populists now have junior college degrees. Though it’s doubtful even half are in queer studies.
    ........
    The only aliens in modern America are the children of its founders. And embracing that role would be their most radical act of all.
     
    , @iffen
    There are many educated, intelligent Trump supporters here on the Unz website – but these are not typical of his electorate.


    Very true. Just normal behavior, people with a degree are doing okay.

    The troubled souls here know something is very wrong.
  144. @Diversity Heretic
    Her best song was Perfidia ("While the Gods of love look down and laugh at what romantic fools these mortals be). Absolutely timeless! I think that an instrumental version is playing at Rick's Casino in Casablanca.

    Of course the original lyrics of that song were written in Spanish, so I am sure Columba and Jeb know it well. For English versions Nat King Cole probably takes the biscuit, and for instrumental Charlie Parker has it. Nat King Cole also takes the prize for the worst Spanish version (or at least the version in the worst Spanish accent.)

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

    The Andrea Bocelli version is better, as are many other versions in Spanish.

    Nadie comprende lo que sufro yo,
    Canto pues ya no puedo sollozar,
    Solo temblando de ansiedad estoy,
    Todos me miran y se van.

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  145. @Steve Sailer
    For example, Lauren Bush Lauren's baby James Richard Lauren, born November 21, 2015, is the great-grandson of George H.W. Bush and the grandson of billionaire fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

    interwoven empires! Egads!

    At last, a Bush Brat born without complete dependence on the government/ front companies/ big oil / shady Muchesson Texas characters and Saudi hangers on.

    Grandpa Ralph did it from scratch.

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  146. anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    He sure burned through a lot of money for very sparse results. He obviously didn’t capture the imagination of the American public. What did he ever say, anyway? Anyone remember something noteworthy? He was vague and waffled on everything and one could never pin him down on anything. It was all generic banalities. Did those who invested in him lose their money or will it be made up to them later on in some way?

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  147. @candid_observer
    Yeah, that makes me look forward to a Trump/Clinton debate in which Trump goes after Clinton for voting for the Iraq war like an idiot.

    What will my liberal friends and family members say when they see Trump dumping on Clinton from the left?

    I have pointed out to my Leftist friends that Trump will go to the left of Hillary on the use of US troops in our now yearly invasions of the Muslim world. They don’t care. They would not care if Trump adopted Bernie’s economic plan either. Trump’s anti-immigration position, that his his position on keeping America American, makes him a heretic, a warlock, whatever else it is that got you burned at the stake in the Middle Ages. If Bernie said he was going to build a wall on the Mexican border in order to raise wage rates among the poorest Americans, he would be abandoned by liberals and called a racist. African Americans who are not liberal, might appreciate it, but not your liberal friends.

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    I don't expect of course that anything that Trump may do to position himself to the left of Hillary, or in general to the center or left will persuade most of today's so-called liberals. You are right that the only thing they truly care about is their ability to call someone a racist.

    But it does expose just how shallow and narrow their ideology and belief system really is when many of the things they pretend to care about -- with respect to both foreign policy and economics -- have no impact on their judgment of a politician, and it is all reduced to one issue: how he talks about The Other.

    There are many -- likely most --Americans who don't give a small damn about The Other, except insofar as The Other impinges on their own lives and genuine interests. It will be a salutary exercise for these Americans to see how few Democrats and liberals see things the way they do.

    What these liberals and Democrats won't like to have to do is explain to ordinary Americans just why it is that it simply doesn't matter what Trump thinks about foreign wars or the health care system, and why he remains Evil Incarnate solely because of his views on immigration.

  148. @Steve Sailer
    For example, Lauren Bush Lauren's baby James Richard Lauren, born November 21, 2015, is the great-grandson of George H.W. Bush and the grandson of billionaire fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

    Ralph Lauren is really Ralph Lipshitz from the Bronx.Guy on the horse would be quite out of place on the Grand Concourse. Which speaks to reinvention as do the Bushes, going from Connecticut Yankees to Texas oil guys and Florida Cubans. But really the 2 families started out a few exits apart on I95. They share more than is obvious. Nice oxford shirts though.

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  149. @Gk0821
    Cruz's acceptance speech tonight was proof for me that he's the Frank Underwood of thr Republican establishment. After being spurned by the Bush's and not getting the job he wanted, he decided to advance his career using the anti establishment mood in the country instead of following the traditional career path. He's a globalist like the rest of the establishment shills, who's loyalties are to the Israel lobby, the big banks, and the MiC. He's just smart enough to use the country's mood to advance his own career at the expense of some of the other establishment types. The way he sucked up to Jeb! And attacked Trump tonight means I bet he's more likely to endorse Rubio than Trump once he realizes his path is gone. Let's just hope the Cruz true believers are smart enough to avoid Marcobot. Marco might be even more easily manipulated by the major interests than W was.

    Cunning observations on Cruz and Rubio.

    Rubio has been living hand to mouth from his Miami donors for his entire political career – AmEx card accounting improprieties, no accumulated personal wealth, wife employed as consultant by car dealer donor.

    He has hit the big time now, as Silicon Valley has plenty of Fed funny money to shower on him , and they won’t put him on as tight an allowance as his Florida masters did.

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  150. @Clyde

    I do note that Jeb Bush only suspended his campaign. Doesn’t that leave open the possibility that he could try to become the nominee at a brokered convention? Unlikely, but I don’t put anything past GOP cuckservatives at this point.
     
    Jeb was polling at 1-2% which eliminates him from consideration at your contested convention, where Trump rides in with a mere plurality of delegates. A majority is necessary to win, so then the convention goes into second, third, fourth balloting. But Jeb's remaining 10 million in super-pac money means he is still a player. Rubio and Kaisich will be sucking up to Jeb to get their paws on all or some of it.

    “where Trump rides in with a mere plurality of delegates. A majority is necessary to win, so then the convention goes into second, third, fourth balloting.”

    The RNC establishment goons changed the convention rules to require that a candidate receive a majority of delegates in at least 8 states to even be considered (to cheat Ron Paul’s constituents from having a voice). It is conceivable that Trump could have a large plurality of delegates and still end up prevailing in a brokered convention because none of the other candidates can be considered.

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    You refer to rule 40b which Roger Stone has mentioned. http://stonezone.com/article.php?id=705

    To make it worse, Convention Rule 40 B says the Candidate must have a majority of delegates in at least eight states. The Romney people passed this rule in 2012 when they had control of the party. It hurts Donald Trump.
     
  151. @Gk0821
    Cruz's acceptance speech tonight was proof for me that he's the Frank Underwood of thr Republican establishment. After being spurned by the Bush's and not getting the job he wanted, he decided to advance his career using the anti establishment mood in the country instead of following the traditional career path. He's a globalist like the rest of the establishment shills, who's loyalties are to the Israel lobby, the big banks, and the MiC. He's just smart enough to use the country's mood to advance his own career at the expense of some of the other establishment types. The way he sucked up to Jeb! And attacked Trump tonight means I bet he's more likely to endorse Rubio than Trump once he realizes his path is gone. Let's just hope the Cruz true believers are smart enough to avoid Marcobot. Marco might be even more easily manipulated by the major interests than W was.

    All Cruz’s foreign policy advisors are neocons like Woolsey, Abrams etc. He has just mimicked Trump’s positions on immigration and foreign policy, I sincerely doubt his sincerity. The more conspiratorially minded might see it as scheme to keep Trump’s numbers down, or it might just be a campaign strategy, either way Trump gets the most transfers from Cruz. Carson dropping out would also boost Trump more than others. Of course momentum can take those supporters anyway. Interestingly Trump also gets one point from Bush whereas Rubio gets two, so not the boost certain folks are hoping for, especially as those dropping out are polling so low it makes little difference.

    I expect a lot Rubio’s support will be from old people who are the only people who still consume solely the traditional media, as well as the country club and patronage vote.

    I wouldn’t feel too sorry for JEB!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-NXzsRGr3o

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  152. @anonymous-antimarxist

    But Jeb’s remaining 10 million in super-pac money means he is still a player. Rubio and Kaisich will be sucking up to Jeb to get their paws on all or some of it.
     
    Apparently what forced ¡Jeb¡'s withdrawl was a combination of having burned through 100-120 million in funds and rumors that a number of top consultants were jumping ship for Rubio.

    I actually see this as a disaster for Rubio.

    First of all like others have said Trump can now focus on Rubio being Schumer's cabana boy on the Gang of Eight Amnesty deal.

    Second and I believe far worse is that Rubio will now be responsible for keeping all the money grubbing loyal Bushie campaign consultants happy. It is impossible to keep all the Karl Rove's, Mike Murphy's and their wannabees happy and flush with filet mignon, cigars and single malt. Does Rent Boy Rubio really inspire enough confidence in his donor base to lavishly fund his campaign???

    Some of these consultant crapweasels are going to be left with out a musical chair to land on. There will be hard feelings and because they may realize that three decades long Conservative Inc gravy train may be ending with the rise of Trump and Populist/Nationalist politics, some of them may spill the dirt on Rubio for spite. Also remember ¡Jeb¡'s professional Hispanics are Mexicans, Rubio's are Cuban, so no love lost there.

    Last, with the death of Scalia, the Neocon mega donors have a chance to pour tens of millions into bribing the Republican Senate into helping Obama nominate a SCOTUS justice who will give them what they really secretly desire, hate speech laws and internet censorship that will block any criticism of Israel, shutdown the BDS movement and continued Open Borders. In Europe we see the Jewish Neocons and Marxist left working in concert to promote hate speech laws and Anarcho-Tyranny repression of the historical nationalist population.

    Rubio is no longer necessary for this to happen. The Jewish mega donor focus for the next several months will be on locking down the SCOTUS for the next several decades. Remember the Notorious RBG is also likely to announce her retirement by summer.

    Finally, Kaisich is a nothing burger who always was on the Jack Kemp track. A long shot at being a VP nomination and then cushy life attending country club Republican functions and golf tournaments.

    “…rumors that a number of top consultants were jumping ship for Rubio.”

    Imagine the excitement there. “The team that built the Jeb Zeppelin will build one for us too!”

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    Nice!!!

    "Bush's candidacy went over like a Jeb Zeppelin".

    Now that is a phrase that should be written in stone.
  153. @unit472
    Delegates are only bound to their candidate for the first ballot. The problem is that to be selected as a delegate means being a long time party worker, donor, etc. By definition these will be insiders. Trump won 44 delegates in South Carolina but don't think these delegates are red hot Trump supporters. If there is a brokered convention who you were pledged to on the first ballot will not matter and the RNC can dump Trump in favor of their 'consensus' candidate.

    You get it. How Trump can get screwed at the Republican convention if he does not win on the first ballot.
    But delegate rules vary state by state. Some are bound to their candidate through the second and third ballot too. I sure hope that many more Trump delegates are firm about favoring him and are not just useless party hacks who will bolt for Marco Rubio (the Republican Establishments designated candidate) at their first chance

    Delegates only must vote for the candidates to whom they are bound by primary or caucus on the convention’s first presidential ballot. (They don’t have to vote with them on rules and other matters).
    Most (but not all) states’ delegates become free agents after the first ballot. While candidates can withdraw and release their delegates, they can’t direct them to vote for anyone else. And since some delegates are not directly elected as supporters of a candidate, but picked by party leaders or meetings, their loyalty after the first ballot has to be suspect.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/01/20/brokered-convention-republicans-cleveland-trump/78961020/

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  154. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anonymous
    Surprise!

    “Conservative” “American” – don’t you love how he had the American flag flying in the background of his cover photo – compares Trump to … wait for it…. Hitler.

    https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2016/01/25/the-resistible-rise-of-donald-trump/


    This was a tribal conservatism, one that had very little to do with ideas, and everything to do with nationalism and a sense of us-versus-them.
     
    To put it mildly, Goldman celebrates the nationalism and tribal conservatism of the people and country he actually cares about. Hint: it's not Americans.

    We’re a long way from Germany in the late 1920s, to be sure, but the parallels are disturbing. The Republican Establishment shouts from the rooftops that it prefers Hitl–, er, Trump to the horrible Ted Cruz. As Bob Dole put it, Trump could “probably work with Congress, because he’s, you know, he’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker.” Robert Costa at the Washington Post, David French at National Review, Paul Mirengoff at Powerline, and other commentators too numerous to mention have weighed in on the same theme.
     
    A real whos-who of American First Conservatives. I'll definitely listen to them. Thanks for the “tip”, Dave.

    Without a return to entrepreneurship, America’s economy will stagnate and America’s middle class will continue to lose ground. Donald Trump represents the triumph of resentment over hope. I don’t know what American voters will do. But I’m frightened.
     
    Oh no, Heaven forbid, Dave is "frightened"! What about the actual Americans who’ve suffered 50 years of open borders and open anti-white animosity from their “leaders” and your fellow “experts”? Do they have the right to feel frightened, knowing there is nowhere to run – unlike you?

    As with other “Respectable Conservatives” like Ben Shapiro, Fox New, National Review, etc. the mask has come off.

    The comments section is the best part. Some pile on, openly celebrating the demise of gentiles. Others point out how stupid his article is and how slimy his motives are.

    We’re a long way from Germany in the late 1920s, to be sure, but the parallels are disturbing. The Republican Establishment shouts from the rooftops that it prefers Hitl–, er, Trump to the horrible Ted Cruz.

    As a matter of historical interest, who did they compare Tru-,er, Hitler to back then?

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  155. The Jewish pundits are going crazy against Trump on my Twitter feed today. I guess they just have an atavistic fear of whites getting any kind of nationalistic feeling. It must make them feel unsafe as a successful “market minority.” And they promote non-white immigration into white countries to dilute white power.

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    Must be that because Trump's own daughter married a Jew. There will be absolutely zero pogroms under Trump's tenure, and that's something that can be taken to the bank.
  156. @guest
    How would that be "from the left"?

    How would that be “from the left”?

    Only in the sense that people on the left imagine that opposition to the Iraq war represents the left.

    But it is how they would receive Trump’s criticism of Hillary over the Iraq war that is on point.

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  157. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @ArchibaldMcGillicuddy
    The Bush family committed suicide by:
    1) The patriarch abandoning his children to be raised by screwed up public institutions that turned out PC-infected losers.
    2) The PC infected losers engage in miscegenation and infertility, thus ensuring that the Bush DNA becomes extinct.

    Ultimately, H.W. Bush's legacy is the impending extinction of his DNA. Nothing he did in office really matters, the world would be almost the same if Dukakis was elected (with possibly the exception of the supreme court makeup, although Clinton would probably not have been elected so that is mostly a wash). The only thing that really matters is the children that a person leaves behind to inherit the future. H.W. at least had some kids, but royally screwed up their upbringing. Had he just been a janitor who homeschooled, his legacy would have been far, far greater: well-adjusted children and White grandchildren.

    George HW Bush has 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

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  158. @Honesthughgrant

    Rubio is the “genteel” candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.
     
    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn't hurt those characters. Neither does globalization. Hence, their concern with the capital gains tax, being respectable, and maintaining the status quo.

    BTW, you saw the same thing in Iowa where Cruz got his lowest votes in the county with the state capital and biggest city.

    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn’t hurt those characters. Neither does globalization.

    In the short run. In the long run, the damage to their genetic interests will be devastating.

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    It's hard to know what they foresee - most likely they think their descendants will go on living safely in gated communities, unaffected by their forebears' political decisions. But common sense indicates most of them will regress to the mean in terms of earning power and join the rest of the middle class perpetually retreating from the non-white hordes. Brazil appears to be the model for these people, with the rich living behind fortifications stronger by an order of magnitude than the US border. But Brazil's racial makeup is an accident of history, not the result of any recent political decisions. I don't think any sane person would deliberately create a country along those lines.
  159. @Honesthughgrant

    Rubio is the “genteel” candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.
     
    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn't hurt those characters. Neither does globalization. Hence, their concern with the capital gains tax, being respectable, and maintaining the status quo.

    BTW, you saw the same thing in Iowa where Cruz got his lowest votes in the county with the state capital and biggest city.

    duplicate

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  160. @Honesthughgrant

    Rubio is the “genteel” candidate in this race. There are lots of Republicans around who above all else are turned off by harsh-sounding rhetoric, and would sooner take an empty suit than a guy like Trump or Cruz.
     
    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn't hurt those characters. Neither does globalization. Hence, their concern with the capital gains tax, being respectable, and maintaining the status quo.

    BTW, you saw the same thing in Iowa where Cruz got his lowest votes in the county with the state capital and biggest city.

    same thing in Iowa where Cruz got his lowest votes in the county with the state capital

    Maybe they just have more experience with pandering politicians and can more easily spot a pandering extraordinaire.

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  161. @Ivy
    Celebration calls for an aged single malt to memorialize trimming the Bush. Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?

    A pink squirrel, or any colorful girly mixed drink garnished with fruit salad:
    http://i.imgur.com/lEqW70F.gif
    I swear, I can hear just a little bit of lisp whenever he speaks.
    https://youtu.be/JMK6lzmSk2o?t=50s

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  162. @Marat
    You hit the nail on the head. This group is "embarrassed" by Trump due to their concern over their own "respectability". Prime example being the jacketed gentleman at the CNN "Town Hall" on Thursday who asked abt Donald's saying Bush lied any WMDs, and the real estate lady who went right before him. (Anderson Cooper followed up with both of these particular contestants then next evening during "regular" Breaking News and they both had decided they could not be associated with Donald Trump.)

    It seems that Trump’s criticism of the Bushes, looking at it from a purely horse race perspective, set him back tactically but will help him strategically. To be more specific, it cost him votes in the South Carolina primary but will help him in the general election campaign if he wins the nomination.

    Candidates usually don’t do things like this, because the general election benefit of course is useless if you don’t win the nomination, so its too uncertain to risk losing a critical primary like South Carolina. Actually, I think Trump was just saying what was in his head at the time without being calculating at all. But if he was calculating, he would have realized that he was far enough ahead in the polls in South Carolina that this was a good move, in the short term it would just mean winning with a lower vote percentage, which is what happened.

    I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don’t want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time. In most cases they had voted for Bush himself in 2000 and 2004, believed Bush’s reasons, and defended Bush, as the leader of their party, against his critics. They would have to accept that they themselves were wrong. The equivalent for the Democrats is probably immigration policy, but even there the legislative change was made in 1965, before most voters were alive, and in very different circumstances.

    So Trump’s statements cost him votes. On the other hand, it enhances the reputation he is developing for being forthright, and it spares him from having to defend something that has become an albatross around the Republicans’ neck. And since Hilary Clinton backed both the Iraq invasion and the “invade the world” policy generally (as does Biden and Bloomberg), he has more ammunition against her.

    The Trump candidacy is in some ways a resurrection of the older, pre-Cold War, Republican Party which was protectionist, somewhat isolationist, and not on board with the benefits of massive immigration, and if that is going to be your program you will wind up coming out against the Iraq War at that point.

    And it also may have knocked Jeb Bush out of the race.

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    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    I did exactly what you said Republicans did in 2000 and 2004 and I now confess error. My defense is that I've learned and want to get out of Afghanistan and Syria and Iraq (why are we going back there??) and a whole lot of other overseas commitments. And I don't want to start wars with either Iran or Russia or China. Israel, moreover, seems well-positioned to look after itself. Too soon old, too late smart, but better late than never, to mix two clichés.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don’t want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time. In most cases they had voted for Bush himself in 2000 and 2004, believed Bush’s reasons, and defended Bush, as the leader of their party, against his critics."

    There are - I don't know how many, but I would guess a not insignificant number - of people who used to consider themselves Republicans but no longer do. People who voted for G.W. Bush and ended up feeling betrayed, who stopped considering themselves Republicans largely because of the disastrous Bush administration. These prople, being conservative, probably still vote for Republicans for local and state-wide office. Trump's attacks on Bush and the Iraq war would likely resonate with those people. For myself, I would not trust a Republican candidate unless he repudiated GW and the follies of his administration.
    , @Jonathan Mason

    I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don’t want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time.
     
    I guess there will be some, but the vast majority of the population, at least as far as those who think about politics at all, will realize that the invasion of Iraq was one of the stupidest decisions of all time, and that Bush's slacker presidency gave us 9/11 and nonsense like the TSA and furthermore it will give Trump ammunition to use against Hillary in the general election.

    Had Hillary not voted for the Iraq war it might have been she and not Obama who was living in Pennsylvania Avenue now. Hillary later said that she had been taken in by claims about so-called weapons of mass destruction made by George W. Bush. This makes one question her ability to tell whether other world leaders are telling the truth, when she could not see through the obvious lies of a Texan.

    https://consortiumnews.com/2016/01/30/hillary-clintons-iraq-war-albatross/

    , @Clyde
    If only we could get Trump to use the phrase "invade the world, invite the world", he would be a lock for The Presidency. Icing on the cake if he also uses, "invade the world, invite the world, in hock to the world"
  163. @Diversity Heretic
    The contrast between Melania Trump and Columba Bush is actually an interesting example of assimilation or its lack. I believe Melania Trump grew up in Slovenia. But hardly anyone outside Slovenia speaks Slovenian--why would anyone take the trouble to learn such an obscure language unless one planned to live in Slovenia? (Sorry if I've outraged all the lovers of Slovenian literature and poetry.) Donald Trump has no time or probably inclination to learn Slovenian and if there is a Slovenian community in the U.S. it's got to be very small.

    Columba Bush, on the other hand, can get by very comfortably in Spanish. Jeb learned it, her children speak it, there's a large Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. She never had any incentive to really master English.

    Moral: small community--assimilate or go back; large community--no need for assimilation.

    “The contrast between Melania Trump and Columba Bush is actually an interesting example of assimilation or its lack.”

    Diversity Heretic at comment #99 makes an interesting point given my personal situation. My wife is from Brazil.

    I have always spoken with her in Portuguese. Its hard for Brazilians to get visas to visit the US, unless they are wealthy/ connected, so the courtship was conducted in Brazil and it seemed natural for me to speak Portuguese with her. And Portuguese is spoken by enough people around the world that its not a bad language to pick up. Its in the second tier of major world languages.

    However, once she got to the US, my wife has been assimilating and speaking English much more often outside the house. The difference I think is that Brazilians are really not that interested in emigrating to the US, so there is no large Brazilian community or ghetto here that she can disappear into.

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    My wife is French and she encountered a similar situation in the U.S.; there are very few French communities. Bizarrely, when we moved to France I didn't acquire the fluency in French that I had hoped (I spoke the language before moving) because all of my work was in English and a lot of French people wanted to practice their English with me. Easy for me, but it hindered my acquisition of French and my assimilation into French culture; in fact, I probably never will, although being in my seventh decade doesn't help either.
    , @anonitron1
    The largely lusophone ESL classrooms of urban New England say that's not true.
    , @Brutusale
    Where the Hell do you live? Your wife can disappear without a trace in the Brazilian quarters in Framingham or Everett, MA.

    The difference is most Brazilians (and Slovenians) in America WANT to assimilate.
    , @Bill Jones
    I spent a fair bit of time in Brazil Bankstering and I think that Brazilian Portugues? is the most attractive language I've heard.
    What's the phrase; It fills the mouth.
  164. Jeb Bush is 63, so I don’t feel that badly for him. He has some family money and a government pension, and is at the age where he can just move to Florida and retire.

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  165. @Gk0821
    Cruz's acceptance speech tonight was proof for me that he's the Frank Underwood of thr Republican establishment. After being spurned by the Bush's and not getting the job he wanted, he decided to advance his career using the anti establishment mood in the country instead of following the traditional career path. He's a globalist like the rest of the establishment shills, who's loyalties are to the Israel lobby, the big banks, and the MiC. He's just smart enough to use the country's mood to advance his own career at the expense of some of the other establishment types. The way he sucked up to Jeb! And attacked Trump tonight means I bet he's more likely to endorse Rubio than Trump once he realizes his path is gone. Let's just hope the Cruz true believers are smart enough to avoid Marcobot. Marco might be even more easily manipulated by the major interests than W was.

    “Cruz’s acceptance speech tonight was proof for me that he’s the Frank Underwood of thr Republican establishment.”

    The fiction character Cruz keeps reminding me of is Obadiah Slope.

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  166. @ben tillman

    Yeah, the country club vote. Immigration, legal or otherwise, doesn’t hurt those characters. Neither does globalization.
     
    In the short run. In the long run, the damage to their genetic interests will be devastating.

    It’s hard to know what they foresee – most likely they think their descendants will go on living safely in gated communities, unaffected by their forebears’ political decisions. But common sense indicates most of them will regress to the mean in terms of earning power and join the rest of the middle class perpetually retreating from the non-white hordes. Brazil appears to be the model for these people, with the rich living behind fortifications stronger by an order of magnitude than the US border. But Brazil’s racial makeup is an accident of history, not the result of any recent political decisions. I don’t think any sane person would deliberately create a country along those lines.

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  167. @Dirk Dagger
    Only Nixon can go to China.
    - Chihuahuan Proverb

    Wasn’t it also a line of Mr. Spock in a Star Trek movie? “We have a saying on Vulcan: only Nixon can go to China.”

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    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    It's from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

    The line is: "There is an old Vulcan proverb: Only Nixon could go to China."

    [useless_trivia]

    During a break in filming, Kim Cattrall brought a photographer onto the bridge set to snap some candid shots of her modeling her birthday suit.

    Leonard Nimoy, who was also a producer on the film, caught them in the act. He grabbed the camera, destroyed the film, and gave Cattrall a firm tongue-lashing.

    [/useless_trivia]
  168. @Jonathan Mason
    Daily Mail reporting Jeb Bush as saying "'Tonight I'm going to sleep with the best friend I have and the love of my life!"

    I did wonder for a moment if Bush was going to relax with a threesome, unless his best friend was his dog, but it turns out that his best friend and his wife are one and the same. Whew!

    As the song says:

    "nobody knows you
    When you're down and out.
    In your pocket, not one penny,
    And as for friends, you don't have any"

    So at least Bush can turn to his Mexican wife to blow away those primary blues south of the border style.

    But too much information, man! I have to wonder if he is now in the running for some lucrative Viagra commercials as was once Bob Dole.

    Doesn’t that Jeb Bush statement clinch it, that he was never really in it to win? But I’m sincerely happy that he seems to have found the love of his life; he can now go do something he genuinely wants to do, rather than something the donors and a sense of family obligation forced him to do.

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  169. @AndrewR
    They'll say "well Hillary might support the death of innocent Muslims but Trump wants to KEEP THEM OUT OF THE COUNTRY which makes him wayyyy more evil."

    RE: innocent Muslims.

    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are sitting in a bar.

    A guy walks in and asks the barman,
    ‘Isn’t that Trump and Sanders sitting over there?’

    The bartender says, ‘Yep, that’s them.’

    So the guy walks over and says, ‘Wow, this is a real honor!
    What are you guys doing in here?’

    Trump says, ‘We’re planning WW III.’

    The guy says, ‘Really? What’s going to happen?’

    Trump says, ‘Well, we’re going to kill 140 million Muslims and one blonde with big tits.’

    The guy exclaimed, ‘A blonde with big breasts? Why kill a blonde with big breasts?’

    Trump turns to Sanders and says, ‘See, I told you, no one gives a shit about the 140 million Muslims.’

    Ba da bum!

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  170. @AP
    According to the CNN exit poll, Rubio dominated among Republicans with post-graduate degrees - - doctors, attorneys, MBAs, engineers beyond a bachelor's degree - beating Trump 32% to 20%. Are there still remnants of the old planter class in SC? Rubio won the region where they would live.

    Trump's strongest showing was among high school dropouts, with the gap narrowing as education level rises.

    This probably reflects healthy self-interest by the low income, uneducated whites. High school dropouts compete with Mexicans for unskilled labor work. Their prospects for dignified factory jobs declined as corporations have moved such jobs to China and Mexico. Their cheap neighborhoods are changing. Middle to upper middle class Republicans, on the other hand, aren't competing with Mexicans for work and their kids aren't competing with Mexican kids for slots at universities. Their neighborhoods are insulated, too expensive for incoming migrants to live in. They benefit from having cheap landscapers, roofers and gardeners. Rubio is offering the Mexicans legal status without citizenship (so, they can stay and work, but won't vote).

    There are many educated, intelligent Trump supporters here on the Unz website - but these are not typical of his electorate.

    If the use of H1-B visas, coupled with increased computerization of even cognitive jobs, doesn’t wake up those Republicans, they may sleepwalk into unemployment.

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  171. @anonymous-antimarxist
    Julie London must of had some hold on men.

    Remember she played nurse Dixie McCall along side her second husband, actor and jazz songwriter Bobby Troup in the 70's classic TV show Emergency.

    What is unusual was that Emergency was a Jack Webb production and Webb was London's first husband, father of her first two kids and also a close friend of Troup.

    I guess Webb was smart enough to know that employing both London and Troup was a good way to keep up on the child support payments.

    Julie London must of have had some hold on men.

    Remember she played nurse Dixie McCall along side her second husband, actor and jazz songwriter Bobby Troup in the 70′s classic TV show Emergency.

    Bobby Troup wrote the lyrics to Girl Talk (music by Neal Hefti), another case of hatefacts woven into a great song.

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  172. @Ed
    It seems that Trump's criticism of the Bushes, looking at it from a purely horse race perspective, set him back tactically but will help him strategically. To be more specific, it cost him votes in the South Carolina primary but will help him in the general election campaign if he wins the nomination.

    Candidates usually don't do things like this, because the general election benefit of course is useless if you don't win the nomination, so its too uncertain to risk losing a critical primary like South Carolina. Actually, I think Trump was just saying what was in his head at the time without being calculating at all. But if he was calculating, he would have realized that he was far enough ahead in the polls in South Carolina that this was a good move, in the short term it would just mean winning with a lower vote percentage, which is what happened.

    I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don't want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time. In most cases they had voted for Bush himself in 2000 and 2004, believed Bush's reasons, and defended Bush, as the leader of their party, against his critics. They would have to accept that they themselves were wrong. The equivalent for the Democrats is probably immigration policy, but even there the legislative change was made in 1965, before most voters were alive, and in very different circumstances.

    So Trump's statements cost him votes. On the other hand, it enhances the reputation he is developing for being forthright, and it spares him from having to defend something that has become an albatross around the Republicans' neck. And since Hilary Clinton backed both the Iraq invasion and the "invade the world" policy generally (as does Biden and Bloomberg), he has more ammunition against her.

    The Trump candidacy is in some ways a resurrection of the older, pre-Cold War, Republican Party which was protectionist, somewhat isolationist, and not on board with the benefits of massive immigration, and if that is going to be your program you will wind up coming out against the Iraq War at that point.

    And it also may have knocked Jeb Bush out of the race.

    I did exactly what you said Republicans did in 2000 and 2004 and I now confess error. My defense is that I’ve learned and want to get out of Afghanistan and Syria and Iraq (why are we going back there??) and a whole lot of other overseas commitments. And I don’t want to start wars with either Iran or Russia or China. Israel, moreover, seems well-positioned to look after itself. Too soon old, too late smart, but better late than never, to mix two clichés.

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  173. @Ed
    It seems that Trump's criticism of the Bushes, looking at it from a purely horse race perspective, set him back tactically but will help him strategically. To be more specific, it cost him votes in the South Carolina primary but will help him in the general election campaign if he wins the nomination.

    Candidates usually don't do things like this, because the general election benefit of course is useless if you don't win the nomination, so its too uncertain to risk losing a critical primary like South Carolina. Actually, I think Trump was just saying what was in his head at the time without being calculating at all. But if he was calculating, he would have realized that he was far enough ahead in the polls in South Carolina that this was a good move, in the short term it would just mean winning with a lower vote percentage, which is what happened.

    I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don't want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time. In most cases they had voted for Bush himself in 2000 and 2004, believed Bush's reasons, and defended Bush, as the leader of their party, against his critics. They would have to accept that they themselves were wrong. The equivalent for the Democrats is probably immigration policy, but even there the legislative change was made in 1965, before most voters were alive, and in very different circumstances.

    So Trump's statements cost him votes. On the other hand, it enhances the reputation he is developing for being forthright, and it spares him from having to defend something that has become an albatross around the Republicans' neck. And since Hilary Clinton backed both the Iraq invasion and the "invade the world" policy generally (as does Biden and Bloomberg), he has more ammunition against her.

    The Trump candidacy is in some ways a resurrection of the older, pre-Cold War, Republican Party which was protectionist, somewhat isolationist, and not on board with the benefits of massive immigration, and if that is going to be your program you will wind up coming out against the Iraq War at that point.

    And it also may have knocked Jeb Bush out of the race.

    “I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don’t want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time. In most cases they had voted for Bush himself in 2000 and 2004, believed Bush’s reasons, and defended Bush, as the leader of their party, against his critics.”

    There are – I don’t know how many, but I would guess a not insignificant number – of people who used to consider themselves Republicans but no longer do. People who voted for G.W. Bush and ended up feeling betrayed, who stopped considering themselves Republicans largely because of the disastrous Bush administration. These prople, being conservative, probably still vote for Republicans for local and state-wide office. Trump’s attacks on Bush and the Iraq war would likely resonate with those people. For myself, I would not trust a Republican candidate unless he repudiated GW and the follies of his administration.

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    • Replies: @guest
    "People who voted for G.W. Bush and ended up feeling betrayed"

    Remember when one of his biggest talking points was against Clintonian "nation building?" It's almost as if their criticisms are promises. Along with domestic profligacy nation building was the prime occupation of his presidency.

    Not that I felt betrayed for voting for him. My vote is not my sacred franchise. It's just something to do on a Tuesday night.

  174. @Ed
    "The contrast between Melania Trump and Columba Bush is actually an interesting example of assimilation or its lack."

    Diversity Heretic at comment #99 makes an interesting point given my personal situation. My wife is from Brazil.

    I have always spoken with her in Portuguese. Its hard for Brazilians to get visas to visit the US, unless they are wealthy/ connected, so the courtship was conducted in Brazil and it seemed natural for me to speak Portuguese with her. And Portuguese is spoken by enough people around the world that its not a bad language to pick up. Its in the second tier of major world languages.

    However, once she got to the US, my wife has been assimilating and speaking English much more often outside the house. The difference I think is that Brazilians are really not that interested in emigrating to the US, so there is no large Brazilian community or ghetto here that she can disappear into.

    My wife is French and she encountered a similar situation in the U.S.; there are very few French communities. Bizarrely, when we moved to France I didn’t acquire the fluency in French that I had hoped (I spoke the language before moving) because all of my work was in English and a lot of French people wanted to practice their English with me. Easy for me, but it hindered my acquisition of French and my assimilation into French culture; in fact, I probably never will, although being in my seventh decade doesn’t help either.

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  175. @Ed
    It seems that Trump's criticism of the Bushes, looking at it from a purely horse race perspective, set him back tactically but will help him strategically. To be more specific, it cost him votes in the South Carolina primary but will help him in the general election campaign if he wins the nomination.

    Candidates usually don't do things like this, because the general election benefit of course is useless if you don't win the nomination, so its too uncertain to risk losing a critical primary like South Carolina. Actually, I think Trump was just saying what was in his head at the time without being calculating at all. But if he was calculating, he would have realized that he was far enough ahead in the polls in South Carolina that this was a good move, in the short term it would just mean winning with a lower vote percentage, which is what happened.

    I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don't want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time. In most cases they had voted for Bush himself in 2000 and 2004, believed Bush's reasons, and defended Bush, as the leader of their party, against his critics. They would have to accept that they themselves were wrong. The equivalent for the Democrats is probably immigration policy, but even there the legislative change was made in 1965, before most voters were alive, and in very different circumstances.

    So Trump's statements cost him votes. On the other hand, it enhances the reputation he is developing for being forthright, and it spares him from having to defend something that has become an albatross around the Republicans' neck. And since Hilary Clinton backed both the Iraq invasion and the "invade the world" policy generally (as does Biden and Bloomberg), he has more ammunition against her.

    The Trump candidacy is in some ways a resurrection of the older, pre-Cold War, Republican Party which was protectionist, somewhat isolationist, and not on board with the benefits of massive immigration, and if that is going to be your program you will wind up coming out against the Iraq War at that point.

    And it also may have knocked Jeb Bush out of the race.

    I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don’t want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time.

    I guess there will be some, but the vast majority of the population, at least as far as those who think about politics at all, will realize that the invasion of Iraq was one of the stupidest decisions of all time, and that Bush’s slacker presidency gave us 9/11 and nonsense like the TSA and furthermore it will give Trump ammunition to use against Hillary in the general election.

    Had Hillary not voted for the Iraq war it might have been she and not Obama who was living in Pennsylvania Avenue now. Hillary later said that she had been taken in by claims about so-called weapons of mass destruction made by George W. Bush. This makes one question her ability to tell whether other world leaders are telling the truth, when she could not see through the obvious lies of a Texan.

    https://consortiumnews.com/2016/01/30/hillary-clintons-iraq-war-albatross/

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  176. @Ed
    It seems that Trump's criticism of the Bushes, looking at it from a purely horse race perspective, set him back tactically but will help him strategically. To be more specific, it cost him votes in the South Carolina primary but will help him in the general election campaign if he wins the nomination.

    Candidates usually don't do things like this, because the general election benefit of course is useless if you don't win the nomination, so its too uncertain to risk losing a critical primary like South Carolina. Actually, I think Trump was just saying what was in his head at the time without being calculating at all. But if he was calculating, he would have realized that he was far enough ahead in the polls in South Carolina that this was a good move, in the short term it would just mean winning with a lower vote percentage, which is what happened.

    I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don't want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time. In most cases they had voted for Bush himself in 2000 and 2004, believed Bush's reasons, and defended Bush, as the leader of their party, against his critics. They would have to accept that they themselves were wrong. The equivalent for the Democrats is probably immigration policy, but even there the legislative change was made in 1965, before most voters were alive, and in very different circumstances.

    So Trump's statements cost him votes. On the other hand, it enhances the reputation he is developing for being forthright, and it spares him from having to defend something that has become an albatross around the Republicans' neck. And since Hilary Clinton backed both the Iraq invasion and the "invade the world" policy generally (as does Biden and Bloomberg), he has more ammunition against her.

    The Trump candidacy is in some ways a resurrection of the older, pre-Cold War, Republican Party which was protectionist, somewhat isolationist, and not on board with the benefits of massive immigration, and if that is going to be your program you will wind up coming out against the Iraq War at that point.

    And it also may have knocked Jeb Bush out of the race.

    If only we could get Trump to use the phrase “invade the world, invite the world”, he would be a lock for The Presidency. Icing on the cake if he also uses, “invade the world, invite the world, in hock to the world”

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  177. @CK
    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
    4 fingers of ice cold gin
    no vegetation
    no vermouth within the same area code
    Pour the Gin into a Martini glass.
    Put some Julie London on the sound system
    Joy to the world.

    A Bombay Sapphire (or Hendricks) martini without olives?! We meet at dawn, sir.

    Vermouth, or not, to taste. I use a small glass spray bottle, 1 1/2 squirts. Stirred, not shaken.

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  178. @Ed
    "The contrast between Melania Trump and Columba Bush is actually an interesting example of assimilation or its lack."

    Diversity Heretic at comment #99 makes an interesting point given my personal situation. My wife is from Brazil.

    I have always spoken with her in Portuguese. Its hard for Brazilians to get visas to visit the US, unless they are wealthy/ connected, so the courtship was conducted in Brazil and it seemed natural for me to speak Portuguese with her. And Portuguese is spoken by enough people around the world that its not a bad language to pick up. Its in the second tier of major world languages.

    However, once she got to the US, my wife has been assimilating and speaking English much more often outside the house. The difference I think is that Brazilians are really not that interested in emigrating to the US, so there is no large Brazilian community or ghetto here that she can disappear into.

    The largely lusophone ESL classrooms of urban New England say that’s not true.

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  179. @Big-Red-Eye-Of-Jupiter
    I was just thinking how odd it feels to ALMOST be the political mainstream...I was reading through some of my books on the two Bush Presidencies the other day (looking for mentions of Jeb), and it’s now quaint how over the top the denunciation of the Willie Horton ad is in every tome. Here we are with a leading candidate that is pretty much the Alt-right personified...like a mix of Roissy/Mystery/Ross Jeffries game tactics, MPC/Right Stuff nasty trolling, the Sailer electoral Strategy, Pat Buchannan’s economic nationalism, Derb's Muslim moratorium...getting along with Russia, stopping nation building etc etc....Neo-conservatism is dead and Jeb's goofy face is on the tombstone.

    It is quite surreal. But even establishment politicians are starting to wake up and smell the coffee, elsewhere in the Eurosphere. In 2016, everywhere, “It’s the immigration, stupid!”

    http://news.sky.com/story/1645982/boris-johnson-backs-campaign-to-leave-eu

    That douchebag Cameron is going to be left on the wrong side of history, and it couldn’t happen to a smarmier weasel, except maybe Blair but Blair is out of power now. Which is why Boris has defected – not wanting to be on the wrong side of history.

    Everywhere, forward thinking politicians are going to start putting their long-term career ahead of party loyalty and loyalty to PC. Politicians are seeing the writing on the wall, and that writing says “Trump 2016!”. Best not to be the last guy on the last lifeboat. Best to make a “considered” evaluation and with heavy heart, embrace the change early.

    Where the US goes, the world follows. I’ve long thought that once one country in the Eurosphere goes full alt-right and has some great results, the rest of the world will follow. When that nation is as powerful and as influential as the USA, there will be an alt-right domino effect in play.

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    • Replies: @Thea
    Yes, unless that country is east of the Iron Curtain.
  180. @Ed
    "The contrast between Melania Trump and Columba Bush is actually an interesting example of assimilation or its lack."

    Diversity Heretic at comment #99 makes an interesting point given my personal situation. My wife is from Brazil.

    I have always spoken with her in Portuguese. Its hard for Brazilians to get visas to visit the US, unless they are wealthy/ connected, so the courtship was conducted in Brazil and it seemed natural for me to speak Portuguese with her. And Portuguese is spoken by enough people around the world that its not a bad language to pick up. Its in the second tier of major world languages.

    However, once she got to the US, my wife has been assimilating and speaking English much more often outside the house. The difference I think is that Brazilians are really not that interested in emigrating to the US, so there is no large Brazilian community or ghetto here that she can disappear into.

    Where the Hell do you live? Your wife can disappear without a trace in the Brazilian quarters in Framingham or Everett, MA.

    The difference is most Brazilians (and Slovenians) in America WANT to assimilate.

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  181. @Diversity Heretic
    Wasn't it also a line of Mr. Spock in a Star Trek movie? "We have a saying on Vulcan: only Nixon can go to China."

    It’s from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

    The line is: “There is an old Vulcan proverb: Only Nixon could go to China.”

    [useless_trivia]

    During a break in filming, Kim Cattrall brought a photographer onto the bridge set to snap some candid shots of her modeling her birthday suit.

    Leonard Nimoy, who was also a producer on the film, caught them in the act. He grabbed the camera, destroyed the film, and gave Cattrall a firm tongue-lashing.

    [/useless_trivia]

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  182. @Flip
    The Jewish pundits are going crazy against Trump on my Twitter feed today. I guess they just have an atavistic fear of whites getting any kind of nationalistic feeling. It must make them feel unsafe as a successful "market minority." And they promote non-white immigration into white countries to dilute white power.

    Must be that because Trump’s own daughter married a Jew. There will be absolutely zero pogroms under Trump’s tenure, and that’s something that can be taken to the bank.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    There seem to be Trump supporters who seriously think Trump will start pogroms or something and seem to support Trump for that reason:

    http://www.unz.com/article/the-real-russell-kirk/#comment-1332425
    , @Flip
    I don't perceive Trump as anti-Jew at all, but a lot of Jews seem to be extremely hostile to him, I suppose because of fears of white nationalism.

    Likewise, a lot of American Jews seem extremely hostile to Putin, probably for the same reason, whereas Israeli and Russian Jews seem fine with him.
  183. @Mike Street Station
    I for one will miss Jeb! I've gotten a lot of entertainment from his fumbling campaign. I may even order a guac bowl.

    They will be worth something one day. Along with those turtles! Be sure to snap some up.

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    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    I hadn't seen the video of Jeb handing out the little toy turtles. That was pathetic. We had Humphrey, "the Happy Warrior" and now we have Jeb, "the Sad Warrior."

    Truly, he is the Feedo of the Bush family: "It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!"

  184. @AP
    According to the CNN exit poll, Rubio dominated among Republicans with post-graduate degrees - - doctors, attorneys, MBAs, engineers beyond a bachelor's degree - beating Trump 32% to 20%. Are there still remnants of the old planter class in SC? Rubio won the region where they would live.

    Trump's strongest showing was among high school dropouts, with the gap narrowing as education level rises.

    This probably reflects healthy self-interest by the low income, uneducated whites. High school dropouts compete with Mexicans for unskilled labor work. Their prospects for dignified factory jobs declined as corporations have moved such jobs to China and Mexico. Their cheap neighborhoods are changing. Middle to upper middle class Republicans, on the other hand, aren't competing with Mexicans for work and their kids aren't competing with Mexican kids for slots at universities. Their neighborhoods are insulated, too expensive for incoming migrants to live in. They benefit from having cheap landscapers, roofers and gardeners. Rubio is offering the Mexicans legal status without citizenship (so, they can stay and work, but won't vote).

    There are many educated, intelligent Trump supporters here on the Unz website - but these are not typical of his electorate.

    There are many educated, intelligent Trump supporters here on the Unz website – but these are not typical of his electorate.

    Let me quote something from here https://kakistocracyblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/mars-attacks/

    And while his overall analysis wasn’t poor, the author took plain satisfaction in repeating alleged deficiencies in income and education of the MARs. Something I can only dispute with multiple anecdotes, though found the repetition appearing more as emotional safety blanket than examination of fact. It can not be overstated how important for delicate liberal psyches it is to feel their side is superior. And that is why they discuss lower income 100IQ whites rather than negative income 85IQ blacks, whose monolithic support is mandatory for them to win any election starting with city bootlicker.
    …….
    How about that…many populists now have junior college degrees. Though it’s doubtful even half are in queer studies.
    ……..
    The only aliens in modern America are the children of its founders. And embracing that role would be their most radical act of all.

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  185. @Blobby5
    Harkens me back to the days when the apple polishers would get a gold star. I didn't get one then either.

    I don’t see it that way. I observe gilt-edge framing of comments with sharp insights, striking observations, and wicked humor.

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  186. @Stan Adams
    It's from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

    The line is: "There is an old Vulcan proverb: Only Nixon could go to China."

    [useless_trivia]

    During a break in filming, Kim Cattrall brought a photographer onto the bridge set to snap some candid shots of her modeling her birthday suit.

    Leonard Nimoy, who was also a producer on the film, caught them in the act. He grabbed the camera, destroyed the film, and gave Cattrall a firm tongue-lashing.

    [/useless_trivia]

    I would have too. And kept the ears on.

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  187. Mr. Sailer, bite your keyboard fingers. Nixon gave the “you won’t have X to kick around anymore” speech and he made a comeback and became President!

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  188. @Ozymandias
    "...rumors that a number of top consultants were jumping ship for Rubio."

    Imagine the excitement there. "The team that built the Jeb Zeppelin will build one for us too!"

    Nice!!!

    “Bush’s candidacy went over like a Jeb Zeppelin“.

    Now that is a phrase that should be written in stone.

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  189. Re Brazilian communities in the US, I checked wikipedia before commenting on two points made above, and came across this description of Brazilians living in the US:

    “There were an estimated 246,000 Brazilian Americans as of 2007.[8] Another source gives an estimate of some 800,000 Brazilians living in the U.S. in 2000,[9] while still another estimates that as of 2008 some 1,100,000 Brazilians live in the United States, 300,000 of them in Florida.[10]”

    I thought this was hilarious enough to reprint in the original wording (as it appeared on February 17th, 2016). The gist of the entire article on Brazilian-Americans is no one is really sure how many Brazilians live in the US or where they live.

    However, it does seem that if you don’t live in Massachusetts, Florida, or New Jersey, no you are not going to run into any Brazilian communities.

    And yes, my wife wants to assimilate and after I took her to the two or three blocks in Astoria, Queens, which constitutes what passes for a Brazilian neighborhood in New York (West 46th Street has a few Brazilian restaurants, near the office building where the Brazilian consulate rents space, its not in any sense a neighborhood), asked me never to take her there again.

    And if they don’t assimilate, they want to go back to Brazil (again my wife being Exhibit A), which also works against the formation of these ethnic ghettos that you see with other nationalities.

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  190. @AP
    According to the CNN exit poll, Rubio dominated among Republicans with post-graduate degrees - - doctors, attorneys, MBAs, engineers beyond a bachelor's degree - beating Trump 32% to 20%. Are there still remnants of the old planter class in SC? Rubio won the region where they would live.

    Trump's strongest showing was among high school dropouts, with the gap narrowing as education level rises.

    This probably reflects healthy self-interest by the low income, uneducated whites. High school dropouts compete with Mexicans for unskilled labor work. Their prospects for dignified factory jobs declined as corporations have moved such jobs to China and Mexico. Their cheap neighborhoods are changing. Middle to upper middle class Republicans, on the other hand, aren't competing with Mexicans for work and their kids aren't competing with Mexican kids for slots at universities. Their neighborhoods are insulated, too expensive for incoming migrants to live in. They benefit from having cheap landscapers, roofers and gardeners. Rubio is offering the Mexicans legal status without citizenship (so, they can stay and work, but won't vote).

    There are many educated, intelligent Trump supporters here on the Unz website - but these are not typical of his electorate.

    There are many educated, intelligent Trump supporters here on the Unz website – but these are not typical of his electorate.

    Very true. Just normal behavior, people with a degree are doing okay.

    The troubled souls here know something is very wrong.

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  191. @Cwhatfuture
    I have pointed out to my Leftist friends that Trump will go to the left of Hillary on the use of US troops in our now yearly invasions of the Muslim world. They don't care. They would not care if Trump adopted Bernie's economic plan either. Trump's anti-immigration position, that his his position on keeping America American, makes him a heretic, a warlock, whatever else it is that got you burned at the stake in the Middle Ages. If Bernie said he was going to build a wall on the Mexican border in order to raise wage rates among the poorest Americans, he would be abandoned by liberals and called a racist. African Americans who are not liberal, might appreciate it, but not your liberal friends.

    I don’t expect of course that anything that Trump may do to position himself to the left of Hillary, or in general to the center or left will persuade most of today’s so-called liberals. You are right that the only thing they truly care about is their ability to call someone a racist.

    But it does expose just how shallow and narrow their ideology and belief system really is when many of the things they pretend to care about — with respect to both foreign policy and economics — have no impact on their judgment of a politician, and it is all reduced to one issue: how he talks about The Other.

    There are many — likely most –Americans who don’t give a small damn about The Other, except insofar as The Other impinges on their own lives and genuine interests. It will be a salutary exercise for these Americans to see how few Democrats and liberals see things the way they do.

    What these liberals and Democrats won’t like to have to do is explain to ordinary Americans just why it is that it simply doesn’t matter what Trump thinks about foreign wars or the health care system, and why he remains Evil Incarnate solely because of his views on immigration.

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    the media will do their part, drumming into everyone's head that Trump is not stable, not suitable etc. and they will drag out the one Muslim Marine, Doctor, student etc. and the Mexican electronics genius. All of this is to reinforce the position that he is a racist. As this site host as noticed, they do not report against The Narrative. But you are right - it will show some people at least that nothing matters to them except The Narrative. All their talk about foreign wars, about large banks, about corporate malfeasance will be forgotten and only The Narrative will be remembered. This is a religious belief at this point.
  192. @Anonym
    It is quite surreal. But even establishment politicians are starting to wake up and smell the coffee, elsewhere in the Eurosphere. In 2016, everywhere, "It's the immigration, stupid!"

    http://news.sky.com/story/1645982/boris-johnson-backs-campaign-to-leave-eu

    That douchebag Cameron is going to be left on the wrong side of history, and it couldn't happen to a smarmier weasel, except maybe Blair but Blair is out of power now. Which is why Boris has defected - not wanting to be on the wrong side of history.

    Everywhere, forward thinking politicians are going to start putting their long-term career ahead of party loyalty and loyalty to PC. Politicians are seeing the writing on the wall, and that writing says "Trump 2016!". Best not to be the last guy on the last lifeboat. Best to make a "considered" evaluation and with heavy heart, embrace the change early.

    Where the US goes, the world follows. I've long thought that once one country in the Eurosphere goes full alt-right and has some great results, the rest of the world will follow. When that nation is as powerful and as influential as the USA, there will be an alt-right domino effect in play.

    Yes, unless that country is east of the Iron Curtain.

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  193. @jody
    I don't know if George P. has charisma, integrity, smarts, or good political instincts, but he sure has this: crazy eyes. Not cross eyes, exactly, but something ain't right. Like watching a Stanley Kubrick movie, something is "off" about what we see and people will pick up on this. George P is an otherwise handsome young man.

    Who, besides the Bushes, advocate for the Bush dynasty anymore? They are done. In Texas, Bushes may still win for a while, but nationally no one cares.

    YES! Jody (assuming you’re female?) I cannot understand why no men have picked up on the creepy, rapist-like vibe I get from George P. I believe it’s all in the eyes.

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  194. @candid_observer
    I don't expect of course that anything that Trump may do to position himself to the left of Hillary, or in general to the center or left will persuade most of today's so-called liberals. You are right that the only thing they truly care about is their ability to call someone a racist.

    But it does expose just how shallow and narrow their ideology and belief system really is when many of the things they pretend to care about -- with respect to both foreign policy and economics -- have no impact on their judgment of a politician, and it is all reduced to one issue: how he talks about The Other.

    There are many -- likely most --Americans who don't give a small damn about The Other, except insofar as The Other impinges on their own lives and genuine interests. It will be a salutary exercise for these Americans to see how few Democrats and liberals see things the way they do.

    What these liberals and Democrats won't like to have to do is explain to ordinary Americans just why it is that it simply doesn't matter what Trump thinks about foreign wars or the health care system, and why he remains Evil Incarnate solely because of his views on immigration.

    the media will do their part, drumming into everyone’s head that Trump is not stable, not suitable etc. and they will drag out the one Muslim Marine, Doctor, student etc. and the Mexican electronics genius. All of this is to reinforce the position that he is a racist. As this site host as noticed, they do not report against The Narrative. But you are right – it will show some people at least that nothing matters to them except The Narrative. All their talk about foreign wars, about large banks, about corporate malfeasance will be forgotten and only The Narrative will be remembered. This is a religious belief at this point.

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  195. @AndrewR
    All the establishment money on Rubio now. Surely there are a lot of funds left from Jeb's campaign to give to Rube.

    “Surely there are a lot of funds left from Jeb’s campaign to give to Rube.”

    Surely, Jeb will find a better use for those funds than directing them towards Rube, whom he regards as a traitor for running this time.

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  196. @Ivy
    Celebration calls for an aged single malt to memorialize trimming the Bush. Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?

    If Rubio is “pauses his campaign” I’ll take a shot of kerosene followed by a Jose Cuervo chaser.

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  197. Priss Factor [AKA "Dominique Francon Society"] says: • Website     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Pulling the plug on Jeb was like pulling the plug on Terry Schiavo.

    No sense pretending it’s still alive.

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  198. @Rob McX
    Steve, when ¡George P! runs for president, can you get those exclamation marks right? It's one up, one down. Or perhaps it's a calculated microaggression on your part.

    Here, let me fix that for you

    ¿George P?

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  199. @Potty Scotty
    On top of that, it's fallen to Ted Cruz to rumble with Rubio, but Cruz whiffed it in the South Carolina debate. His effort to distinguish his position on the Gang of 8 bill and raise Rubio's Univision interview were a mess and the debate quickly moved on.

    Candidates have also failed to make hay of his advisors' comments that he panics during times of crisis. The 3am phone call should be front-and-center in attacks against him.

    The Three AM phone call should certainly be the center point of Trump’s attack on Hitlery.
    Hell, she couldn’t manage a ten PM phone call.

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  200. @countenance
    The new people that the Bushes wanted to elect were going to vote for George P. Bush or any Republican for President?

    It was never about the vote, it was about the economic impact.
    Lowered wages.

    The oligarchs have had a couple of simple strategies for twenty five years:
    1. Out source jobs wherever possible.
    2. Import cheap labor wherever 1. is not possible.

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    And Larry Ellison wants to keep it that way:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/marco-rubio-larry-ellison-219549
    , @ben tillman

    It was never about the vote, it was about the economic impact.
    Lowered wages.
     
    Initially it was about the vote and other ethnic concerns unrelated to wages.

    http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/immigration.pdf

    The quest for low wages was incidental and came later.

  201. @CK
    Allow me to suggest a real Martini.
    4 fingers of ice cold gin
    no vegetation
    no vermouth within the same area code
    Pour the Gin into a Martini glass.
    Put some Julie London on the sound system
    Joy to the world.

    You missed an essential part: take the cork out of a Dry Vermouth bottle, wave it above the Gin, put it back.

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  202. The CNN footage of Jeb at his Goodbye speech featured Columba [Koh-LOOM-bah] standing next to him and looking on. Rather, I should say, looking up. Way up. She appeared at least a full foot shorter, maybe a foot and a half. Her head barely rose above the level the camera had settled on.

    This was the Next First Lady? I don’t mean to be insulting, but it was just ridiculous.

    Ridiculous. Subject to possible ridicule. Come on, Bushes.

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    And THIS was the first time on the campaign trail that the voters actually saw Columba with her husband, and it was at his resignation speech. If only he could've been more truthful with the voters and allowed her to publicly campaign with him during the primaries. After all, what was he afraid of that his wife would say?

    I think I'm gonna miss that inverted exclamation point.

    Not really.
  203. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Bill Jones
    It was never about the vote, it was about the economic impact.
    Lowered wages.

    The oligarchs have had a couple of simple strategies for twenty five years:
    1. Out source jobs wherever possible.
    2. Import cheap labor wherever 1. is not possible.
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  204. @Yngvar
    Just watched Trump's victory speech. The wife of The Donald must be at even, or worse, than poor Jeb!'s Columba in ability to "speik the neitif lanquwitch flu ently".

    Does it matter? Mr. Sailer thinks it does. What say You?

    Do you think that Trump speaks any language other than English to his wife?

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  205. @Escher
    You do know this comment is copied verbatim from "The Shawshank redemption".

    Um… Yeah. It’s so famous it does not require attribution. Spelling it out just steps on the joke.

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  206. @Hail
    The CNN footage of Jeb at his Goodbye speech featured Columba [Koh-LOOM-bah] standing next to him and looking on. Rather, I should say, looking up. Way up. She appeared at least a full foot shorter, maybe a foot and a half. Her head barely rose above the level the camera had settled on.

    This was the Next First Lady? I don't mean to be insulting, but it was just ridiculous.

    Ridiculous. Subject to possible ridicule. Come on, Bushes.

    And THIS was the first time on the campaign trail that the voters actually saw Columba with her husband, and it was at his resignation speech. If only he could’ve been more truthful with the voters and allowed her to publicly campaign with him during the primaries. After all, what was he afraid of that his wife would say?

    I think I’m gonna miss that inverted exclamation point.

    Not really.

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    what was he afraid of that his wife would say?
     
    Last year, Steve Sailer asked rhetorically whether Columba Bush could converse in English, and simply said he had seen no evidence that she could.

    Is there an answer yet?
  207. @Anonym
    They will be worth something one day. Along with those turtles! Be sure to snap some up.

    I hadn’t seen the video of Jeb handing out the little toy turtles. That was pathetic. We had Humphrey, “the Happy Warrior” and now we have Jeb, “the Sad Warrior.”

    Truly, he is the Feedo of the Bush family: “It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!”

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  208. Because I am a dumb softy, I have to say JEB handled his dropping out of the election with honor. I do hope that everyone who wants to lead, leads with honor and decency.

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    JEB handled his dropping out of the election with honor.
     
    Is there a case of a politician in a similar case "dropping out without honor"? If so, video please.
    , @Mike Street Station

    Because I am a dumb softy, I have to say JEB handled his dropping out of the election with honor. I do hope that everyone who wants to lead, leads with honor and decency.
     
    I never had any doubt that he would lose with a dignified speech. That's the one thing the patrician class does well, lose with dignity.
  209. @Lagertha
    Because I am a dumb softy, I have to say JEB handled his dropping out of the election with honor. I do hope that everyone who wants to lead, leads with honor and decency.

    JEB handled his dropping out of the election with honor.

    Is there a case of a politician in a similar case “dropping out without honor”? If so, video please.

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  210. @jody
    I don't know if George P. has charisma, integrity, smarts, or good political instincts, but he sure has this: crazy eyes. Not cross eyes, exactly, but something ain't right. Like watching a Stanley Kubrick movie, something is "off" about what we see and people will pick up on this. George P is an otherwise handsome young man.

    Who, besides the Bushes, advocate for the Bush dynasty anymore? They are done. In Texas, Bushes may still win for a while, but nationally no one cares.

    “I don’t know if George P. has charisma, integrity, smarts, or good political instincts, but he sure has this: crazy eyes.”

    He kinda gives off a Billy Zane vibe.

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  211. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    And THIS was the first time on the campaign trail that the voters actually saw Columba with her husband, and it was at his resignation speech. If only he could've been more truthful with the voters and allowed her to publicly campaign with him during the primaries. After all, what was he afraid of that his wife would say?

    I think I'm gonna miss that inverted exclamation point.

    Not really.

    what was he afraid of that his wife would say?

    Last year, Steve Sailer asked rhetorically whether Columba Bush could converse in English, and simply said he had seen no evidence that she could.

    Is there an answer yet?

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    • Replies: @Rob McX
    She has a Twitter account written in perfect English, but I don't know if she has ever spoken publicly in the language.
  212. @Hail

    what was he afraid of that his wife would say?
     
    Last year, Steve Sailer asked rhetorically whether Columba Bush could converse in English, and simply said he had seen no evidence that she could.

    Is there an answer yet?

    She has a Twitter account written in perfect English, but I don’t know if she has ever spoken publicly in the language.

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    And that's the point. Her husband has spent decades in the public arena and she remains an enigma. Some may not even be aware that Jeb! has a wife. Laura Bush, people know about and have heard speak before and the same goes for Barbara Bush. But Columba? Is she legal or illegal when she first came to the US? No one seems to know.

    Yesterday's DC Post article "Fall of the House of Bush..." that deals with the incidents of Jeb!'s resignation spent all of one entire sentence and a half dealing with wife Columba, but part of it is to insist that she was indeed a legal immigrant when she first arrived. That the Post would feel the need to insert that caveat into the article when describing her is very telling. No one seems to know much about her at all. And she spent eight years as a governor's wife of a major state like FL.

    Compare that to Trump. Melania, a potential Jaqueline Kennedy in the making, is becoming better known, due in part to US Magazine's spread earlier this month. By consistently been front and center with Trump on the campaign trail, voters are slowly becoming acclimated to her presence. If he were to suddenly say to her during one of his campaign speeches "Here, honey, say a few words to the audience so they know that you're human." she could probably do so.

    Twitter accounts for public figures are often ghost written by anonymous underlings.

    , @Hail
    Koh-LOOM-bah Bush
    (Regularly tweeted, last three days ago)
    Member since May 2015 (apparently)
    178 total tweets
    6,000 followers.

    Melania Trump
    (No tweets in eight months)
    Member since January 2010
    1,158 total tweets
    66,000 followers

    Not sure if this contrast in follower numbers means anything given how much longer Melania has been on Twitter.
  213. ran out of time to say….yes….trebuchets and cows…Monty Python fans and stalwarts were such a good thing in my life. The simple things made sense of history that made me laugh, in my 14 year-old-brain. Humor, well, priceless.

    Full disclosure I saw at the movies in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in 1969-1970: The 12 Chairs, Oliver, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Support Your Local Sheriff, Doctor Zhivago, Yours, Mine and Ours, Butch Cassidy and…, True Grit…too many to remember.

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  214. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anonym
    Must be that because Trump's own daughter married a Jew. There will be absolutely zero pogroms under Trump's tenure, and that's something that can be taken to the bank.

    There seem to be Trump supporters who seriously think Trump will start pogroms or something and seem to support Trump for that reason:

    http://www.unz.com/article/the-real-russell-kirk/#comment-1332425

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  215. @Mr. Anon
    "I am not a Republican, but I imagine most Republican voters don’t want to hear criticism of the Bush decision to invade Iraq, and the reasons Bush gave at the time. In most cases they had voted for Bush himself in 2000 and 2004, believed Bush’s reasons, and defended Bush, as the leader of their party, against his critics."

    There are - I don't know how many, but I would guess a not insignificant number - of people who used to consider themselves Republicans but no longer do. People who voted for G.W. Bush and ended up feeling betrayed, who stopped considering themselves Republicans largely because of the disastrous Bush administration. These prople, being conservative, probably still vote for Republicans for local and state-wide office. Trump's attacks on Bush and the Iraq war would likely resonate with those people. For myself, I would not trust a Republican candidate unless he repudiated GW and the follies of his administration.

    “People who voted for G.W. Bush and ended up feeling betrayed”

    Remember when one of his biggest talking points was against Clintonian “nation building?” It’s almost as if their criticisms are promises. Along with domestic profligacy nation building was the prime occupation of his presidency.

    Not that I felt betrayed for voting for him. My vote is not my sacred franchise. It’s just something to do on a Tuesday night.

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  216. @Ivy
    Celebration calls for an aged single malt to memorialize trimming the Bush. Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?

    flirtinis all round

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  217. @Ed
    "The contrast between Melania Trump and Columba Bush is actually an interesting example of assimilation or its lack."

    Diversity Heretic at comment #99 makes an interesting point given my personal situation. My wife is from Brazil.

    I have always spoken with her in Portuguese. Its hard for Brazilians to get visas to visit the US, unless they are wealthy/ connected, so the courtship was conducted in Brazil and it seemed natural for me to speak Portuguese with her. And Portuguese is spoken by enough people around the world that its not a bad language to pick up. Its in the second tier of major world languages.

    However, once she got to the US, my wife has been assimilating and speaking English much more often outside the house. The difference I think is that Brazilians are really not that interested in emigrating to the US, so there is no large Brazilian community or ghetto here that she can disappear into.

    I spent a fair bit of time in Brazil Bankstering and I think that Brazilian Portugues? is the most attractive language I’ve heard.
    What’s the phrase; It fills the mouth.

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  218. @Ivy
    Celebration calls for an aged single malt to memorialize trimming the Bush. Next stop, rubbing out the Rubio campaign viability, so which beverage will be appropriate?

    Three glasses of cheap merlot will extract and deliver to you the excitement and inspiration from despair and leave despair as an empty, drying, shriveled orange lying on the side of the road of life, sucked dry of its juice and pulp.

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  219. @Anonym
    Must be that because Trump's own daughter married a Jew. There will be absolutely zero pogroms under Trump's tenure, and that's something that can be taken to the bank.

    I don’t perceive Trump as anti-Jew at all, but a lot of Jews seem to be extremely hostile to him, I suppose because of fears of white nationalism.

    Likewise, a lot of American Jews seem extremely hostile to Putin, probably for the same reason, whereas Israeli and Russian Jews seem fine with him.

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  220. @Lagertha
    Because I am a dumb softy, I have to say JEB handled his dropping out of the election with honor. I do hope that everyone who wants to lead, leads with honor and decency.

    Because I am a dumb softy, I have to say JEB handled his dropping out of the election with honor. I do hope that everyone who wants to lead, leads with honor and decency.

    I never had any doubt that he would lose with a dignified speech. That’s the one thing the patrician class does well, lose with dignity.

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  221. @Rob McX
    She has a Twitter account written in perfect English, but I don't know if she has ever spoken publicly in the language.

    And that’s the point. Her husband has spent decades in the public arena and she remains an enigma. Some may not even be aware that Jeb! has a wife. Laura Bush, people know about and have heard speak before and the same goes for Barbara Bush. But Columba? Is she legal or illegal when she first came to the US? No one seems to know.

    Yesterday’s DC Post article “Fall of the House of Bush…” that deals with the incidents of Jeb!’s resignation spent all of one entire sentence and a half dealing with wife Columba, but part of it is to insist that she was indeed a legal immigrant when she first arrived. That the Post would feel the need to insert that caveat into the article when describing her is very telling. No one seems to know much about her at all. And she spent eight years as a governor’s wife of a major state like FL.

    Compare that to Trump. Melania, a potential Jaqueline Kennedy in the making, is becoming better known, due in part to US Magazine’s spread earlier this month. By consistently been front and center with Trump on the campaign trail, voters are slowly becoming acclimated to her presence. If he were to suddenly say to her during one of his campaign speeches “Here, honey, say a few words to the audience so they know that you’re human.” she could probably do so.

    Twitter accounts for public figures are often ghost written by anonymous underlings.

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  222. Leftist conservative [AKA "Trump Kills Last Mosquito, Places Tiny Make America Great Hat On ZikaHead Baby"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Family Affair
    Sly and the Family Stone

    It’s a family affair, it’s a family affair

    One child grows up to be
    Somebody that just loves to learn
    And another child grows up to be
    Somebody you’d just love to burn

    Mom loves the both of them
    You see it’s in the blood
    Both kids are good to Mom
    “Blood’s thicker than the mud”

    It’s a family affair

    it’s a family affair

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  223. @iSteveFan
    Part of Rubio's success is that the MSM, including Fox, does not dwell on his support of amnesty. One would think the 'gang of 8' affair would make him persona non grata to the GOP base. If the MSM focused on this issue, Rubio would be toast.

    Trump really went after Bush, even when Bush was beyond out of it. It was probably tactical at first last summer, but then became personal as Bush used all that pac money to run ads against him.

    Trump needs to turn against Rubio now and make sure all voters are aware of Senator Amnesty.

    Trump should turn against Rubio sometime. It would be best for Trump if Rubio rather than Cruz became the anti-Trump candidate. So, I think it would be best for Trump to let Rubio and Cruz hit each other and hope Rubio wins that battle. I don’t think that’s particularly likely to happen, but I don’t see any advantage for Trump in attacking Rubio. Let the money men convince themselves that Rubio has a chance against Trump.

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    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    But do finish the sentence. Aside from support from Evangelicals and hard right conservatives, Cruz doesn't have a particularly broad based coalition. Moderates/centrists and occasional voters aren't very excited about his candidacy. Voting tends to be visceral, not mental. Whether one tends to agree with his policies, Trump is attracting a broader based coalition of voters who are viscerally engaged in voting for him, much as voters were with Obama in '08. Cruz isn't that kind of candidate. He's a Mike Huckabee without the hick factor showing. He parrots all the religious words in the correct order while his wife works for Goldman Sachs and he attends NY fundraisers by liberal GOP donors. If anything, the donor class could rally behind Cruz should it come down to just him and Trump for the nomination.
  224. @Bill
    Trump should turn against Rubio sometime. It would be best for Trump if Rubio rather than Cruz became the anti-Trump candidate. So, I think it would be best for Trump to let Rubio and Cruz hit each other and hope Rubio wins that battle. I don't think that's particularly likely to happen, but I don't see any advantage for Trump in attacking Rubio. Let the money men convince themselves that Rubio has a chance against Trump.

    But do finish the sentence. Aside from support from Evangelicals and hard right conservatives, Cruz doesn’t have a particularly broad based coalition. Moderates/centrists and occasional voters aren’t very excited about his candidacy. Voting tends to be visceral, not mental. Whether one tends to agree with his policies, Trump is attracting a broader based coalition of voters who are viscerally engaged in voting for him, much as voters were with Obama in ’08. Cruz isn’t that kind of candidate. He’s a Mike Huckabee without the hick factor showing. He parrots all the religious words in the correct order while his wife works for Goldman Sachs and he attends NY fundraisers by liberal GOP donors. If anything, the donor class could rally behind Cruz should it come down to just him and Trump for the nomination.

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  225. @Judah Benjamin Hur
    The Bush (-Walker) family is amazingly successful and, for better or probably for worse, will be with us for a very long time.

    Being with us a long time and winning future presidential elections are two different things. Reversion to the mean and all.

    I think political succession is even harder than business succession. For business scions to do as well as their parents, the growth of the business has to be greater than the dividing factor of number of children. At least you have capital working for you and some momentum. For the political scion, there is some political capital of connections, but I think it is so much more dependent on charisma, intelligence, ability to think on your feet, etc. Reversion to the mean bites hard. Even if you don’t marry the first Mexican cleaning lady you sleep with, you would have to have the brains to go searching for some proven spousal political/legal bloodlines at an age when your other head sees a lot more value in good old-fashioned T&A.

    Some people manage to do both though, with varying levels of success. Like Schwarzenegger for example, who married into the Kennedy clan AND banged the Mexican cleaning lady. See, Jeb, that’s how you have your cake and eat it too.

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  226. @Bill Jones
    It was never about the vote, it was about the economic impact.
    Lowered wages.

    The oligarchs have had a couple of simple strategies for twenty five years:
    1. Out source jobs wherever possible.
    2. Import cheap labor wherever 1. is not possible.

    It was never about the vote, it was about the economic impact.
    Lowered wages.

    Initially it was about the vote and other ethnic concerns unrelated to wages.

    http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/immigration.pdf

    The quest for low wages was incidental and came later.

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  227. @Divine Right
    "where Trump rides in with a mere plurality of delegates. A majority is necessary to win, so then the convention goes into second, third, fourth balloting."

    The RNC establishment goons changed the convention rules to require that a candidate receive a majority of delegates in at least 8 states to even be considered (to cheat Ron Paul's constituents from having a voice). It is conceivable that Trump could have a large plurality of delegates and still end up prevailing in a brokered convention because none of the other candidates can be considered.

    You refer to rule 40b which Roger Stone has mentioned. http://stonezone.com/article.php?id=705

    To make it worse, Convention Rule 40 B says the Candidate must have a majority of delegates in at least eight states. The Romney people passed this rule in 2012 when they had control of the party. It hurts Donald Trump.

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  228. @dried peanuts
    With a cocktail onion, isn't that a gibson? The one about Churchill is you take a long look at the vermouth bottle across the room, then fill glass with gin. Other gin-heavy martini lovers rinse the glass with vermouth before adding gin.

    I did see a bottle of vermouth once, my martinis are shielded from that offensive view.

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  229. @Rob McX
    She has a Twitter account written in perfect English, but I don't know if she has ever spoken publicly in the language.

    Koh-LOOM-bah Bush
    (Regularly tweeted, last three days ago)
    Member since May 2015 (apparently)
    178 total tweets
    6,000 followers.

    Melania Trump
    (No tweets in eight months)
    Member since January 2010
    1,158 total tweets
    66,000 followers

    Not sure if this contrast in follower numbers means anything given how much longer Melania has been on Twitter.

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