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With Ted Cruz apparently dropping out, I have to say that I think Cruz ran a relatively strong campaign from a technical standpoint. He’s not a natural leader of men, so for him to come in second out of almost a dozen and a half candidates shows a cunning and resourceful mind. Nixon would have been impressed. Cruz outlasted Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio plus a whole bunch of people whom I’ve forgotten already.

Cruz early on in the campaign figured out that Donald Trump and the immigration issue were for real, so he did what he could to avoid running headlong into those intertwined juggernauts. Unfortunately for Cruz, Trump figured out fairly early that Cruz was his most formidable opponent and turned his fire on him.

 
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  1. Now the political will get personal and will be about White women and whose side they’re on. Trump versus Hillary is going to be a massive Conversation on that.

  2. Chainsaw Carly proved to be a Jonah, yet again.

  3. Saw today that John Huntsman backed Trump; hope Romney and his Mormon minions are suitably humbled.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Saw today that John Huntsman backed Trump; hope Romney and his Mormon minions are suitably humbled."

    Have you ever seen Jon's daughter Abby? She is a stunner in the looks department.
  4. http://www.gq.com/story/celebrities-older-than-ted-cruz

    Don’t feel too sorry. In 1956 JFK tried and failed to get the Dems VP nomination. And he was just 7 years younger than Cruz will be in 2020 when he became President. Of course then Cruz’ Dad killed him but that’s another story.

  5. I think this is silly revisionism Steve.

    Cruz and Trump were cordial up to the point Cruz figured most of the heavy lifting was done and he could start playing hardball with Trump.

    Yeah, Trump beat Cruz like he’s going to Hillary, but he didn’t do himself any favors running as a Dominionist, much like Hillary isn’t doing herself any favors running on “more violent foreigners and I’m taking your guns”.

    If Cruz was the vaunted genius everyone thought, he would have united with Trump and spent 8 years as VP before running in 2024 as the heir to a successful President Trump. But no. He had to have it now.

    • Replies: @boogerbently
    "Yeah, Trump beat Cruz like he’s going to Hillary, "

    In June, "Trump" was "a joke".
    Don't coronate Hitlery just yet.
    , @Jefferson
    "Cruz and Trump were cordial up to the point Cruz figured most of the heavy lifting was done and he could start playing hardball with Trump."

    Donald Trump fired the first shot against Ted Cruz by claiming he is not a real American and there for should not be running for POTUS. And than The Donald referred to Ted's wife as being ugly and his father of being an assassin. So it was The Donald who decided to throw cordial out the window. He could have had an ally in Ted.
    , @pyrrhus
    Funny how when Trump started talking about America First, his campaign immediately went to a higher level....must have been a mistake, right????
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    His donors wouldn't have been happy.

    Neither would his wife's very high-paying boss (Goldman Sachs).

  6. If Trump can somehow walk back his Cruz criticisms and get Cruz in his corner he’ll be unbeatable.

  7. It felt as if his encounter with the Trump irregulars across the street was fatal. For average Cruz backers, not the Kool Aid politics-dweeb Twitaholic faction, that clip’s gotta hurt. And I sort of respect what he was quixotically going for there, but man, try to know the moment

    • Replies: @midtown
    Cruz was going for reasoned debate; the Trump guy was going for drunken moron.
  8. MC says:

    It is strange how politics doesn’t seem to select for people of natural political ability in the same way that sports selects for people of natural athletic ability. It’s inconceivable that you could meet anyone who isn’t already a professional baseball player, and think “he could replace Mike Trout or Bryce Harper.” Yet I’ve met plenty of non-politicians who I thought would be more appealing presidential candidates than the current lot.

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy…but isn’t there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Trump is “alpha” and very media savvy, but not obviously book smart in the same way that Cruz or Bobby Jindal are (and he’s been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable).

    Hillary would never get anywhere near the presidency if “natural political ability” were as necessary to become president as “natural pitching ability” is to win the Cy Young award.

    Rubio has a lot of natural political ability, but was mostly done in by his disastrous strategery (and he’s not any sort of intellectual). But it sure seems like in a nation of 300 million people, there ought to be someone of comparable looks/charisma to Rubio who isn’t pro-amnesty, and is just a little bit smarter.

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc. Perhaps cravenness, or dumb luck?

    • Replies: @27 year old
    My guess is politics selects for people with major personality issues, axes to grind, high school bullies to avenge, etc etc.

    The guys who are super smart and super strategic and also good looking and personable (and also relatively neurotypical) have many more appealing options in life.

    , @Anon
    Political ability and leadership are not the same. Politicians follow the consensus, leaders make it.
    , @rod1963
    You don't go to the prom with the girl you want, you go with the girl you got.

    Look politics is so ugly today and media driven, it takes someone whose been immersed in it to deal with it.

    Trump had been under the camera for decades. Dealing with the press for him is as natural as breathing is for us. It's the only reason the press wasn't able to pound him into mush.

    As for Cruz, he played his hand wrong, he could have cut a back room deal early after the 1st Super Tuesday to run as Trump's VP or SCOTUS post in return for his support instead of trying to take him out. Instead he wanted the brass ring now no matter what and paid for it.

    In short Cruz's massive ego proved to be his downfall.

    Now I'm just waiting to see what Kasich will do.
    , @TangoMan
    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy…but isn’t there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    That's not how to test for politicians though - would those smart people you know be willing to wrestle pigs in the mud and have their entire lives be an open book which people could scrutinize, lie about, and weaponize in other ways to hurt you? Only those who pass this bar are to be included in the set you want to analyze.
    , @Andrew
    "(and he’s been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable)"

    Yes what a fool he is for not wasting millions of his own money employing thousands of campaign workers to secure the delegates he deserved instead of simply winning enough votes with free media to force everyone else out the race.
    , @415 reasons
    With the state of the country and the Presidential circus it seems like the election process selects for people with mental illness. Specifically, a narcissistic personality disorder with features of megalomania and a persecution complex.
    , @reiner Tor
    Unfortunately politics doesn't pay well, and as others have mentioned, your whole life will be spent in front of the cameras. The only money they could get is through corruption after their careers are over by disgraceful fees for speeches etc., which makes it even less appealing. Chinese or Russian politicians can seclude their families from the media, and they get better paid, so you get smarter or more natural born leaders (like Putin or Xi Jinping). However, they also get their money through corrupt channels, and the whole selection process there is also corrupt to the core, so their leaders are probably not nearly the best for their respective countries. I'm sure in Russia there are thousands of people better suited for the job of president than Putin.
    , @Stephen R. Diamond

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc.
     
    Political success requires traits that are strongly negatively correlated in the general population. The best politician combines high dominance with high likability, where the dominant ("alphas") are not likable. (One question on the 16 PF for the trait "Dominance" is 'Do people try to avoid talking to you?')
    , @Concerned Scientist
    >>For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy…but isn’t there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Yeah, I bet most of them are CEOs. The pay is a lot better, and the only person who cares if you're getting some on the side is your wife.
  9. He ran a bit of a copycat campaign. Unfortunately for him, he isn’t very likable. The more people got to know him, the more they didn’t like him. Trump is good at exploiting people’s personal flaws.

  10. In his defense, he did stand up to the trannies (can you even imagine having to argue this point in 1970, the year he was born?), and was apparently the only candidate in either party to call out the twisted women-in-combat trend.

    There might have been a more nuanced way to deal with ethanol subsidies– like limiting them to farmers using ethanol and only ethanol in all their vehicles. But NYC and Chicago developers meet their match in corrupting influences in Iowa farmers.

    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Wait, Cruz won Iowa.
    , @Andrew
    "There might have been a more nuanced way to deal with ethanol subsidies"

    What is wrong with ethanol subsidies? You'd rather buy another 1 million barrels of oil per day from the Saudis?

    Ethanol keeps our money here in the US benefitting Americans.
  11. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:

    He had one thing going for him: Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus!

    • Replies: @newrouter
    >He had one thing going for him: Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus!<

    so you mock him for his defense of Western Civilization? many of you are "cucks" and just don't know it.
  12. One of the things it selects for is an ability to be led around and eat crap with a smile on your face. Also, people who don’t mind repeatedly looking ridiculous. Which is why no truly great men become politicians anymore.

  13. Cruz’s long tirade saying “for the first time” what he really thinks about Trump was rather good. As was his reply to Boehner calling him an sob and Lucifer. As was his facing off with dumb-sounding Trump supporters. Too late…
    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/03/politics/donald-trump-rafael-cruz-indiana/

  14. @MC
    It is strange how politics doesn't seem to select for people of natural political ability in the same way that sports selects for people of natural athletic ability. It's inconceivable that you could meet anyone who isn't already a professional baseball player, and think "he could replace Mike Trout or Bryce Harper." Yet I've met plenty of non-politicians who I thought would be more appealing presidential candidates than the current lot.

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy...but isn't there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Trump is "alpha" and very media savvy, but not obviously book smart in the same way that Cruz or Bobby Jindal are (and he's been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable).

    Hillary would never get anywhere near the presidency if "natural political ability" were as necessary to become president as "natural pitching ability" is to win the Cy Young award.

    Rubio has a lot of natural political ability, but was mostly done in by his disastrous strategery (and he's not any sort of intellectual). But it sure seems like in a nation of 300 million people, there ought to be someone of comparable looks/charisma to Rubio who isn't pro-amnesty, and is just a little bit smarter.

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc. Perhaps cravenness, or dumb luck?

    My guess is politics selects for people with major personality issues, axes to grind, high school bullies to avenge, etc etc.

    The guys who are super smart and super strategic and also good looking and personable (and also relatively neurotypical) have many more appealing options in life.

    • Replies: @slumber_j

    My guess is politics selects for people with major personality issues, axes to grind, high school bullies to avenge, etc etc.
     
    Daddy Issues come to mind.
  15. I remember sitting on a plane witb Heidi’s Goldman coworkers. We had a good laugh about the Cruz joke of how he would hire Donald to build HIS wall. The good days.

    Cruz got way more exposure than he needed and came away as very unlikable. He probably should have delivered Trump Texas and taken the SCOTUS spot. Now he might be a permanent flame out

    • Replies: @gda
    Trump really needs Cruz's grass roots organization on his side in the general.

    Trump is too smart to leave Cruz hanging. And Cruz is too ambitious not to respond.

    And Cruz is tailor-made for the SCOTUS, which keeps him out of Trump's hair (pun not necessarily intended)
  16. @MC
    It is strange how politics doesn't seem to select for people of natural political ability in the same way that sports selects for people of natural athletic ability. It's inconceivable that you could meet anyone who isn't already a professional baseball player, and think "he could replace Mike Trout or Bryce Harper." Yet I've met plenty of non-politicians who I thought would be more appealing presidential candidates than the current lot.

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy...but isn't there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Trump is "alpha" and very media savvy, but not obviously book smart in the same way that Cruz or Bobby Jindal are (and he's been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable).

    Hillary would never get anywhere near the presidency if "natural political ability" were as necessary to become president as "natural pitching ability" is to win the Cy Young award.

    Rubio has a lot of natural political ability, but was mostly done in by his disastrous strategery (and he's not any sort of intellectual). But it sure seems like in a nation of 300 million people, there ought to be someone of comparable looks/charisma to Rubio who isn't pro-amnesty, and is just a little bit smarter.

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc. Perhaps cravenness, or dumb luck?

    Political ability and leadership are not the same. Politicians follow the consensus, leaders make it.

  17. Cruz never got what he was entitled to, which is major media coverage and respect for being an unattractive unknown from nowheresville and ALMOST taking out a moronic narcissist with deep pockets and no shame, as well as a built in pre-fame and media advantage from years of brazen self-promotion and really bad hair. His accomplishment was astounding, yet he so scared the libskanks who run media they refused to acknowledge him for what he accomplished and marginalized him from get-go. Sad, wrong, in fact evil, but that is where we are until SkyNet erases us in a single night.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Sounds like you would get along with some Bernie supporters I know.
    , @guest
    If they were really that scared of Cruz the MSM would've gone after him like they did Trump, and Cruz would've folded.
    , @gda
    That's President Moronic Narcissist to you, sir!
    , @dr kill
    I listen to Glenn Beck every day, just for the laughs. I can't wait to hear him today. When Cruz allowed Beck to direct his campaign back before Iowa, it was already over. How Cruz could not see how tying his campaign to the cement block of Mormonism/Beckism baffles me.
  18. The most fitting adjective I’ve seen used to describe Cruz is unctious. The funniest thing I’ve seen written about him is that he breathes with his tongue. I’d put the chance of the Enquirer article being true at about 50/50.

    • Replies: @e
    Re: Cruz being unctuous

    He reminds me of Joe Isuzu. Remember those commercials and the actor who played him?
    , @DCThrowback
    80/20.
  19. @Priss Factor
    He had one thing going for him: Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus!

    >He had one thing going for him: Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus!<

    so you mock him for his defense of Western Civilization? many of you are "cucks" and just don't know it.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    ".....so you mock him for his defense of Western Civilization?"

    Weirdo dominionist cults, smarmy appeals to "The Body of Christ", and Glen Beck's pathetic and creepy Elmer-Gantry act may indeed be part of western civilization, but not a part I would care to defend.
    , @Chris Mallory
    Cruz was not defending Western Civilization. He was trying to con, you might even say NeoCon, Christians into defending Goldman Sachs and Israel.
  20. Don’t look for Cruz to throw his support behind the nominee, Donald Trump. Cruz will join the Never Trump brigade and continue tossing petty stink-bombs in his futile effort to thwart the will of the American people.

    The only reason Cruz got as far has he did is because he had all the media dweebs in his corner. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dana Loesch, and a host of lesser lights (plus all their lunatic listeners) were all backing Cruz even after he was mathematically eliminated. Their performance was shameful and pathetic.

  21. I just have to say, Trump winning IN and Cruz dropping out are two of the best birthday presents I could have possibly wished for. Thanks, Ted. You made my day by calling it quits.

    • Replies: @celt darnell
    Many happy returns.
  22. Dew says:

    Imagine what Carly Florina is feeling now. Getting picked as VP on April 27th as a desperate media move and then the guy who picks you drops out on May 3rd.

    I think she helped bring down a campaign faster than she does companies.

    In any case, what mainly took down Cruz now was the delegate fiasco and him losing the “anti-establishment” candidate appeal. Cruz ran a copycat campaign, trying to follow Trump’s most popular positions while at the same time trying to appeal to GOP establishment. The GOP establishment didn’t pay much attention to him until they lost their amnesty darlings: Jeb! and Rubio. Then they figured that Cruz losing in the general election with Hillary would be better than Trump winning.

    Well now all they have left is Kasich. Will the GOP see the light?

  23. @Jack Hanson
    I think this is silly revisionism Steve.

    Cruz and Trump were cordial up to the point Cruz figured most of the heavy lifting was done and he could start playing hardball with Trump.

    Yeah, Trump beat Cruz like he's going to Hillary, but he didn't do himself any favors running as a Dominionist, much like Hillary isn't doing herself any favors running on "more violent foreigners and I'm taking your guns".

    If Cruz was the vaunted genius everyone thought, he would have united with Trump and spent 8 years as VP before running in 2024 as the heir to a successful President Trump. But no. He had to have it now.

    “Yeah, Trump beat Cruz like he’s going to Hillary, ”

    In June, “Trump” was “a joke”.
    Don’t coronate Hitlery just yet.

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    You misread.

    Trump will Hillary like Trump beat Cruz
    , @boogerbently
    I'm saying Bernies popularity/chances are being underestimated. (Like Trumps were)
  24. @Reg Cæsar
    In his defense, he did stand up to the trannies (can you even imagine having to argue this point in 1970, the year he was born?), and was apparently the only candidate in either party to call out the twisted women-in-combat trend.

    There might have been a more nuanced way to deal with ethanol subsidies-- like limiting them to farmers using ethanol and only ethanol in all their vehicles. But NYC and Chicago developers meet their match in corrupting influences in Iowa farmers.

    Wait, Cruz won Iowa.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Wait, Cruz won Iowa.
     
    Still, some here berated Cruz for daring. Not me. Reagan won Michigan. Twice.
  25. @Luke
    Saw today that John Huntsman backed Trump; hope Romney and his Mormon minions are suitably humbled.

    “Saw today that John Huntsman backed Trump; hope Romney and his Mormon minions are suitably humbled.”

    Have you ever seen Jon’s daughter Abby? She is a stunner in the looks department.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Is Huntsman running for Secretary of State in a Trump Administration?
    , @Psmith
    Looks like Natalie Zea (Winona, from Justified).
  26. @MC
    It is strange how politics doesn't seem to select for people of natural political ability in the same way that sports selects for people of natural athletic ability. It's inconceivable that you could meet anyone who isn't already a professional baseball player, and think "he could replace Mike Trout or Bryce Harper." Yet I've met plenty of non-politicians who I thought would be more appealing presidential candidates than the current lot.

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy...but isn't there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Trump is "alpha" and very media savvy, but not obviously book smart in the same way that Cruz or Bobby Jindal are (and he's been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable).

    Hillary would never get anywhere near the presidency if "natural political ability" were as necessary to become president as "natural pitching ability" is to win the Cy Young award.

    Rubio has a lot of natural political ability, but was mostly done in by his disastrous strategery (and he's not any sort of intellectual). But it sure seems like in a nation of 300 million people, there ought to be someone of comparable looks/charisma to Rubio who isn't pro-amnesty, and is just a little bit smarter.

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc. Perhaps cravenness, or dumb luck?

    You don’t go to the prom with the girl you want, you go with the girl you got.

    Look politics is so ugly today and media driven, it takes someone whose been immersed in it to deal with it.

    Trump had been under the camera for decades. Dealing with the press for him is as natural as breathing is for us. It’s the only reason the press wasn’t able to pound him into mush.

    As for Cruz, he played his hand wrong, he could have cut a back room deal early after the 1st Super Tuesday to run as Trump’s VP or SCOTUS post in return for his support instead of trying to take him out. Instead he wanted the brass ring now no matter what and paid for it.

    In short Cruz’s massive ego proved to be his downfall.

    Now I’m just waiting to see what Kasich will do.

    • Replies: @Boomstick
    If you're running for President, you run to win. Running for VP or Secretary of State is for losers. It was not at all obvious that Trump would have the strength down the stretch he did, and Cruz made the rational decision to go for the big prize, not the consolation.

    At some point you need to differentiate yourself from your opponents. Cruz held off on that until just before Iowa/New Hampshire before he made that move, but he made that move.
    , @NickG

    As for Cruz, he played his hand wrong, he could have cut a back room deal early after the 1st Super Tuesday to run as Trump’s VP or SCOTUS post in return for his support instead of trying to take him out.
     
    Maybe Cruz tried, and Trump just wasn't buying. Perhaps Trump thinks Cruz as a Veep candidate would be a strategic fetter on beating PantSuit, as Cruz has little appeal to Trump-Dems and independents which Trump knows are required to beat the Dems in November. Trump maybe felt he has better chances winning the November presidential election by taking his chances at winning the GOP nomination without cutting such deals, by choosing a more marketable Veep.

    Trump likely has his Veep teed-up, or a very short short-list.

  27. Corn says:

    Cruz would’ve been slaughtered in the general election. Too Southern fried and churchy. Remember when he was on stage with that pastor who implied gays should all die or be executed? That won’t fly with alot of voters in 2016. I do hope he buries the hatchet with Trump. I’d like to see him on the Supreme Court if DT wins in November. I think he would stand for the Second Amendment there.

  28. Well, he orchestrated the pro gun Heller ruling so I’ll give him that.

  29. @MC
    It is strange how politics doesn't seem to select for people of natural political ability in the same way that sports selects for people of natural athletic ability. It's inconceivable that you could meet anyone who isn't already a professional baseball player, and think "he could replace Mike Trout or Bryce Harper." Yet I've met plenty of non-politicians who I thought would be more appealing presidential candidates than the current lot.

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy...but isn't there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Trump is "alpha" and very media savvy, but not obviously book smart in the same way that Cruz or Bobby Jindal are (and he's been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable).

    Hillary would never get anywhere near the presidency if "natural political ability" were as necessary to become president as "natural pitching ability" is to win the Cy Young award.

    Rubio has a lot of natural political ability, but was mostly done in by his disastrous strategery (and he's not any sort of intellectual). But it sure seems like in a nation of 300 million people, there ought to be someone of comparable looks/charisma to Rubio who isn't pro-amnesty, and is just a little bit smarter.

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc. Perhaps cravenness, or dumb luck?

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy…but isn’t there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    That’s not how to test for politicians though – would those smart people you know be willing to wrestle pigs in the mud and have their entire lives be an open book which people could scrutinize, lie about, and weaponize in other ways to hurt you? Only those who pass this bar are to be included in the set you want to analyze.

    • Agree: AP, Travis
  30. BB753 says:

    The problem with Cruz is that he looks and acts like a cheap lawyer. He only came so far in this race because both Jeb and Rubio flopped out, and they both made him look good. The GOP wanted so badly Hillary to win that they made sure to field the worst candidates ever. Being a shrewd businessman, Trump saw his chance and decided to run.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Yeah, obviously debating at Princeton is no preparation for getting into verbal skirmishes with working-class guys who look like they just came from one of Linh Dinh's haunts. Cruz should have realized this within 5 seconds.
  31. Even if Ted Cruz does not get to run for POTUS again until 2024, he will only be 54 which is still 11 years away from being a senior citizen.

    54 years old in Washington politics is the equivalent of being 34 years old on Main Street USA. Washington is run by very old fossils. Washington looks like the cast of Cocoon and The Golden Girls.

    • Replies: @Thirdeye
    He'll be nothing but a blob of goo by then.
  32. He also has much bigger hands than Trump does. I think that’s ultimately what got him this far.

  33. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-poised-to-create-first-monument-to-gay-rights/2016/05/03/0811810e-1154-11e6-93ae-50921721165d_story.html

    “While most national monuments have highlighted iconic wild landscapes or historic sites from centuries ago, this reflects the country’s diversity of terrain and peoples in a different vein: It would be the first national monument anchored by a dive bar, surrounded by a warren of narrow streets that long has been regarded the historic center of gay cultural life in New York.”

    • Replies: @Curle
    "surrounded by a warren of narrow streets"

    The place should be a national monument to the spread of HIV.
  34. Ted Cruz is a brilliant conservative, ten times the conservative and person the orange egomaniac is. Congrats to Cruz for coming in a strong second. Now, we Cruz supporters must decide what to do. Hillary Clinton is completely abhorrent in every way, but the other choice is Donald, a man who spent the past several months viciously attacking Cruz to the extent his career has been likely harmed. Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats possible.

    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who he funded) crushes him in November.

    You need the millions of Cruz supporters to have any shot. Get to work.

    • Replies: @anon
    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins

    Can I ask you a serious question? It's something I've wanted to know for awhile.

    Why do you all say "Trumpkin"? Why is it supposed to be insulting? Is it like "pumpkin"? Do you think we feel bad because you compared us to pumpkins?

    I like pumpkins. They remind me of Halloween.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats [sic] possible.

    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats [sic] going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who [sic] he funded) crushes him in November."

    A lot of mispellings in your rant there, Cruznik.
    , @neutral
    Cruz is bad for elections, Trump giving any position to Cruz will lose more voters than it gains. People kept saying how conservative he was, what I saw was the usual scripted Conservatism inc. lines, he just came across and fake and creepy to a lot of people.
    , @coyote
    Give it up, cuck. The "gullible trumpkin" meme is a LIE: his supporters include a huge percentage of highly educated professionals who are SICK of your "that's not who we are" BS. So you are such a "pure conservative" you will vote for the progressives whose shoes YOU are on your knees at to lick- instead of someone who has said the things no conservative has dared to for fifty frickin years? Get to work? maybe the Donald will return some jobs so we CAN get to work. And guess what- in case you haven't noticed: Trump supporters don't beg. Go back to your mommy and cry some more, and save your laughs for when the Donald makes Shrillerys head explode on live TV.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    If you are another damned Soros troll then please observe my median phalange raise in your general direction.

    If not, then you must assume that the Cruz supporters are so disgusted by the depredations of the Donald that they prefer the hysterical screeches of the old Hag, the Leech of Lucifer, the Scion of Satan, the adopted daughter of Old Scratch Himself, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the Donald.

    Now we know that The Donald is a defective candidate, but we also know that all candidates are defective. And we know that you prefer the Cruzer (though why is not something you have deigned to share from your superiority perch).

    But what we don't know is what path you think accomplishes the following: (1) puts Cruz in the White House, (2) shuts down immigration idiocy, (3) establishes a (3a) sane foreign policy and (3b) a rational trade policy.

    Please share assuming that you aren't a Soros (HBUH) numb skull.
    , @Curle
    Even if he loses, Trump has already accomplished more of significance than any R nominee of my lifetime; Trump has begun the process of de-legitimizing the cultural Left and re-legitimizing the traditionalist Right. Reagan only barely attempted such a feat.

    I heard the best encomium to Trump from, of all things, a Wall Street (apparently financial industry) superpac regular R donor who was holding off contributing this year. Asked in an interview whether he was holding off because he didn't like Trump he said, and I paraphrase, 'me and my friends are re-examining the R party. The genie is out of the bottle and things will never be the same again.' In other words, the scales have fallen from the eyes of too many Americans to ever return to the old ways. That ideological intersection between capitalism and rootless cosmopolitanism pawned off as 'the conservative movement' will be fighting a defensive war from here on out. If Hillary is elected, is there any chance the circumstances that brought about the Trump rebellion will be diminished? Of course not. Trump has ushered in a new era just as Thomas Paine did. Whether he becomes president or not is almost incidental.
    , @Bill

    Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS.
     
    Indeed. As Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush, McCain, and Romney can testify, what cucks want from their politicians is to hear some nice lies about what they're going to do on cultural issues. Never forget that Trumpkins are the gullible ones, though.
  35. I switched from Trump to Cruz at the beginning of December, when Cruz published his immigration position on his website. That position was good enough for me.

    However, Cruz intended to extend the border barrier only from its current 600-mile length to only a 700-mile length — not extending across the entire border. I am not aware that Cruz ever was questioned about this.

    I think that Cruz committed one of his fatal mistakes when he blamed Trump for the violence that caused the cancellation of Trump’s rally in Chicago. Although I favored Cruz, that obnoxious cheap shot enraged me. On that occasion, many other Republicans felt the same anger toward Cruz.

    I myself was not bothered by Cruz’s religiosity, which probably repulsed more voters than it attracted. I think Cruz is sincere about his religion, which was an important part of his upbringing.

    Ben Carson’s endorsement of Trump perhaps was significant, motivating many of Carson’s supporters to switch ultimately to Trump. Perhaps Christie’s endorsement likewise motivated his supporters toward Trump. Gradually, voters have been moving toward Trump, raising him from 40% to 50%.

  36. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:
    • Replies: @bomag
    There's much to criticize in Africa, but we could use some Ghanian sensibilities:

    The man, after realising his crime, bolted and has since not returned to the house. Residents chased him, but he managed to escape for fear of being lynched.

    , @5371
    [Sebineza was clearly seen as captured by a webcam sitting in his office with the official portrait of Kabila in the background and the flag of the country installed properly, get his manhood out to masturbate, ejaculate, before cleaning up.]

    You'd hate to see a minister jerking off with his national flag improperly installed!
  37. The liberals have actually been helping Trump with a lot of their attacks. I look at video after video of Mexicans waving Mexican flags, while cursing in Spanish at middle class American citizens at Trump rallies who have to pay for all of them and take all the blame in the world, and all I can think of is how screwed up this country has become and how Trump is the only one who is even trying to tackle the problem, instead of exacerbate it. There’s clearly quite a few others who see it too.

  38. I guess the big question is who will be Trump’s VP? I suspect it’ll be a woman to “balance” the ticket (in the old days it’d be a Southerner but now times have changed).

    Will be an interesting election for sure, Trump vs. Clinton.

    • Replies: @RamonaQ
    Susanna Martinez is the best choice.
  39. @Jack Hanson
    I think this is silly revisionism Steve.

    Cruz and Trump were cordial up to the point Cruz figured most of the heavy lifting was done and he could start playing hardball with Trump.

    Yeah, Trump beat Cruz like he's going to Hillary, but he didn't do himself any favors running as a Dominionist, much like Hillary isn't doing herself any favors running on "more violent foreigners and I'm taking your guns".

    If Cruz was the vaunted genius everyone thought, he would have united with Trump and spent 8 years as VP before running in 2024 as the heir to a successful President Trump. But no. He had to have it now.

    “Cruz and Trump were cordial up to the point Cruz figured most of the heavy lifting was done and he could start playing hardball with Trump.”

    Donald Trump fired the first shot against Ted Cruz by claiming he is not a real American and there for should not be running for POTUS. And than The Donald referred to Ted’s wife as being ugly and his father of being an assassin. So it was The Donald who decided to throw cordial out the window. He could have had an ally in Ted.

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    I'm pretty impressed you typed all that while on suicide watch.
  40. Cruz met with Trump last summer several times at Trump Tower. Trump gave him money. I suspect Cruz thought Trump wouldn’t last long in the race. Steve has this backwards. It was Cruz who turned on Trump and got nasty once Ted realized Trump was the front runner. If you rewatch the first debates, every candidate went after Trump with the exception of Cruz.

  41. That which got Cruz this far was the same thing that meant that he wouldn’t make it all the way to the top. That is, being a lamestream conservative ideologue who plays by all the soi disant informal political campaigning rules. Like you’ve been saying, lamestream conservatism is trying to solve 1980’s already solved problems in 2016’s world.

    The good news for him is that even in our era of the Presidency attaining more and more power over domestic issues, to match its near dictatorial power over foreign and military policy, being a United States Senator is still an enviable position; hell, I was one election away from being a staffer for one. I think that now that he realizes that the Presidency isn’t happening, Cruz will quit acting like he can or should be President, which I think was part of the reason why his Senate colleagues don’t much like him, and get to work being a good Senator. Also, part of the reason his colleagues disliked him is that he came right into the Senate thinking of the Presidency, they didn’t like him because they think he needs to win a couple of terms and pay his dues, and not jump ahead of older more experienced politicians. Now, Baraq Obama ran for and won the Presidency after barely working in the Senate after winning one term, but he was different for one very obvious reason: B-L-A-C-K. Cruz, while “Hispanic,” in terms of having a New World white Spaniard for a father and therefore his surname, wasn’t social justicey or civil rightsey enough for his election to be a profound or a first.

    I can compare Ted Cruz to another Ted, that being Kennedy. At some point, he realized that the Presidency was never in the cards for him, and started getting down to business as a Senator. This is why he was able to go from being resented to being loved by Democrats.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Interesting.
    , @Curle
    "This is why he was able to go from being resented to being loved by Democrats."

    That and adopting early on the position that white people are the single most evil force on earth and successfully working to erode their influence over American governance. The whiniest generation loved that.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    Yeah, but Kennedy embodied/helped create the Democratic party. Cruz embodies what is dying the Republican party. If he gets down to work on being a senator in the mold of either the GOP establishment or the religious right, he will make himself irrelevant.

    Baraq Obama ran for and won t
     
    Is this an insider almost-senate-staffer joke?
    , @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    What makes anyone think that Ted Kennedy wanted to be president? Early on, he distinguished himself on the immigration issue (1965), and had already compiled a lengthy legislative/co-sponsorship of Senate legislation by the time he considered or decided or whatever to run in 1980 vs. Carter in the primaries. Perhaps Teddy was more than content to remain in the Senate, oftentimes out front on promoting legislation while other times working behind the scenes. His entire career suggests that this course of action was what he desired, not following his older brothers in their quest for the presidency.

    I'm reminded of a scene from Scarface when Tony Montana gets warned by his boss about the dangers of wanting it all "They don't last long." The ones who last are those that fly straight and quiet (a bit under the radar). And Teddy was in the Senate for about 47 yrs (which was longer than either of his older brothers lived).
  42. @Jefferson
    "Saw today that John Huntsman backed Trump; hope Romney and his Mormon minions are suitably humbled."

    Have you ever seen Jon's daughter Abby? She is a stunner in the looks department.

    Is Huntsman running for Secretary of State in a Trump Administration?

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    He speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese.

    This is the WEIRDEST campaign EVAH! Or, just historic! I wanted Huntsman from the beginning, years ago - if I remember, I said last year: Trump and Bernie with a dash of Hunstman, in a blender! - ha haa...

    I think tonight is a happy night - a night of new possibilities. Americans, tonight and tomorrow, need to think about what they revere, what they actually want...and calm down, and take inventory of their present - speculate about the future. Who are you, who, who , who, who?

  43. I personally liked Cruz for his oily Nixonian vibe. Sometimes you need a slimeball like Nixon. Michael Lind once said something like, “Nixon wasn’t the best president, but he was the best realistic option America had at the time.”

    Ah, well. Maybe one could say the same thing about Trump. I said from the beginning I’d support him if he was the nominee, and I meant it. So here we go…

  44. Taco says:

    He’s not a natural leader of men, so for him to come in second out of almost a dozen and a half candidates shows a cunning and resourceful mind. Nixon would have been impressed. Cruz outlasted Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio plus a whole bunch of people whom I’ve forgotten already.

    Steve,

    I’m probably not as politically savvy as you, and I’m sure I don’t pay as close attention as you, but I have to disagree on your analysis.

    I don’t think Cruz outlasting the other fellows has as much to do with his cunning or resourcefulness as it has to do with circumstance.

    I don’t think, for example, that if Trump wasn’t in the race that Cruz would be the nominee. Cruz just happened to exist in the political niche that was least susceptible to Trump. Trump was able to destroy the establishment candidates, and Cruz wisely let that happen without interfering too much, but other than that, its simply a matter of the fact that of all the regional and ideological factions at play here, Cruz just happened to be the first choice of the last group that Trump would conquer.

    If Trump wasn’t in this race, we’d be looking at Jeb as the nominee, and he would’ve won weeks ago, because the institutional support that desperately fled to Cruz after Super Tuesday wouldn’t have done so.

    Honestly, I think the most calculated and cunning SOB currently in the race is John Kasich. His campaign is dead letter. Everyone knows this. Kasich knows this. But he manages to pretend like he’s still in the race. As far as I can tell his only motivation for doing so is because running a presidential campaign, even a failed, dead-end presidential campaign, is a lot more fun than doing whatever the hell John Kasich does on a normal day.

    • Replies: @SFG
    I think he's trying to run up enough delegates to challenge Trump at a contested convention. Now that Priebus has said they'll unite behind the Donald, though, I think he's done.
    , @Bert
    Kasich knows his political career is over in less than two years. He never got to be Speaker and will never be president. He probably wants to enjoy his very last hurrah.

    He kind of reminds me of Dick Gephardt, in that way.
    , @Honorary Thief
    Cruz is a ridiculously intellectual dude. His knack for details is better than any politician I've ever seen. If he was a somewhat decent looking dude with a decent amount of likability, he'd be unstoppable.
  45. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    He must have seen it coming. So what was the Fiorina maneuver all about? What did she think she was going to get out of it? Cruz would have lost to Clinton anyway so it’s just as well. He never inspired anyone, just a big shot lawyer with a Golden-Sacks wife, a power couple looking to hit the lottery.

  46. @Zachary Latif
    I guess the big question is who will be Trump's VP? I suspect it'll be a woman to "balance" the ticket (in the old days it'd be a Southerner but now times have changed).

    Will be an interesting election for sure, Trump vs. Clinton.

    Susanna Martinez is the best choice.

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Susanna Martinez is the best choice.
     
    For whom?
  47. I gotta say that Trump was ruthless with Cruz. Those attacks on his wife and allegations of extramarital affairs must have been psychologically extremely distressing and disruptive for Cruz’s family given that his wife has a history of serious depression. When people called Trump’s nasty tweet about Heidi a huge mistake and turning point I suspected they were wrong. It was calculated to land like a bomb right in Cruz’s house. Trump is a genius when it comes to f*cking with people. My dad was that way, so I know it when I see it.

    Can he do it to Hillary? I bet he can. He’s played enough golf with Bill Clinton to know a thing or two about their dynamic. In fact, that may be what convinced him to jump in the race.

    I think Hillary is going to be on the defensive from here on out, and she’s not very good when she’s in that mode. Even if she wins the general, Trump will have done permanent damage to her and her health, both mental and physical I’d wager. That man is merciless.

    However, I doubt I’m alone in thinking, in an objective sort of way, that these people deserve it.

    • Replies: @Taco

    However, I doubt I’m alone in thinking, in an objective sort of way, that these people deserve it.
     
    Cruz is a globalist who would sell out, well, not his own children, but certainly my children, in pursuit of wealth and power.

    And Hillary... I don't even know if she has a soul anymore.

    These people deserve far worse than to be mocked by Donald Trump.
    , @Okie
    that sort of shit is why I can't vote for the guy. I am sure Hilary is both criminal and venal but I am stuck between believing he is that big an ass and it is a calculated tactic and he's a super dickhead or that that he actually believes in the crap he spins. A true believer in his conspiracy crap is a fool I can see a "dead zone" scenario a lot easier from a Conspiracy nut than I ever could from a serious Christian.
    , @Anon
    If the Clintons had retired from politics after Bill left the presidency, they would both have a far better reputation today. Hillary power-hunger has ended up dragging them both through a lot of extra dirt. Over time, most people would have forgotten Bill's foibles, and Hillary has overstayed her welcome so long she's leaving a bad taste in everyone's mouth instead of attaining the Eleanor Roosevelt-type sainthood the left would have plonked on her shoulders.
    , @SFG
    They *all* deserve it. The closest thing to a human being in the race is Bernie Sanders the 1930s labor fossil, and...well...you going to vote for him? (Google some of his early writings on teenage sex and BDSM.)
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/young-bernie-sanders-liberty-union-vermont

    You don't vote for the guy you think is nice or decent. You vote for the guy who will represent your interests. My worry about Trump isn't that he's a crook. I know he's a crook. So is Hillary. But Trump is a crook voted in by white guys, and Hillary is a crook voted in by liberal white women and various groups that don't like white people, a shade I happen to be. My worry about Trump is he won't even bother to do anything for the constituencies supporting him. He'll just forget to build the wall , give huge contracts to his buddies, and spend all his time trying to sleep with women in every country in Europe.

    , @Neil Templeton
    Maybe he'll run a High Plains Drifter campaign, scorching the earth, leaving both parties in wreckage, only to resign the day after his inauguration, disappearing forever, leaving behind a diminutive VP named Mordecai.
  48. @countenance
    That which got Cruz this far was the same thing that meant that he wouldn't make it all the way to the top. That is, being a lamestream conservative ideologue who plays by all the soi disant informal political campaigning rules. Like you've been saying, lamestream conservatism is trying to solve 1980's already solved problems in 2016's world.

    The good news for him is that even in our era of the Presidency attaining more and more power over domestic issues, to match its near dictatorial power over foreign and military policy, being a United States Senator is still an enviable position; hell, I was one election away from being a staffer for one. I think that now that he realizes that the Presidency isn't happening, Cruz will quit acting like he can or should be President, which I think was part of the reason why his Senate colleagues don't much like him, and get to work being a good Senator. Also, part of the reason his colleagues disliked him is that he came right into the Senate thinking of the Presidency, they didn't like him because they think he needs to win a couple of terms and pay his dues, and not jump ahead of older more experienced politicians. Now, Baraq Obama ran for and won the Presidency after barely working in the Senate after winning one term, but he was different for one very obvious reason: B-L-A-C-K. Cruz, while "Hispanic," in terms of having a New World white Spaniard for a father and therefore his surname, wasn't social justicey or civil rightsey enough for his election to be a profound or a first.

    I can compare Ted Cruz to another Ted, that being Kennedy. At some point, he realized that the Presidency was never in the cards for him, and started getting down to business as a Senator. This is why he was able to go from being resented to being loved by Democrats.

    Interesting.

  49. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Marty T
    Ted Cruz is a brilliant conservative, ten times the conservative and person the orange egomaniac is. Congrats to Cruz for coming in a strong second. Now, we Cruz supporters must decide what to do. Hillary Clinton is completely abhorrent in every way, but the other choice is Donald, a man who spent the past several months viciously attacking Cruz to the extent his career has been likely harmed. Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats possible.


    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who he funded) crushes him in November.

    You need the millions of Cruz supporters to have any shot. Get to work.

    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins

    Can I ask you a serious question? It’s something I’ve wanted to know for awhile.

    Why do you all say “Trumpkin”? Why is it supposed to be insulting? Is it like “pumpkin”? Do you think we feel bad because you compared us to pumpkins?

    I like pumpkins. They remind me of Halloween.

  50. @Glossy
    The most fitting adjective I've seen used to describe Cruz is unctious. The funniest thing I've seen written about him is that he breathes with his tongue. I'd put the chance of the Enquirer article being true at about 50/50.

    Re: Cruz being unctuous

    He reminds me of Joe Isuzu. Remember those commercials and the actor who played him?

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke

    He reminds me of Joe Isuzu. Remember those commercials and the actor who played him?
     
    Problem is - in Trump, we have a real life Joe Isuzu.
  51. Carly Fiorina had the shortest Vice-Presidential candidacy since Missouri’s own Tom Eagleton.

    • Replies: @Anon
    And it's going to be notable for the fact that she fell off a stage. That's not a good way to end a public career.
  52. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    I just have to say, Trump winning IN and Cruz dropping out are two of the best birthday presents I could have possibly wished for. Thanks, Ted. You made my day by calling it quits.

    Many happy returns.

  53. Taco says:
    @Bill P
    I gotta say that Trump was ruthless with Cruz. Those attacks on his wife and allegations of extramarital affairs must have been psychologically extremely distressing and disruptive for Cruz's family given that his wife has a history of serious depression. When people called Trump's nasty tweet about Heidi a huge mistake and turning point I suspected they were wrong. It was calculated to land like a bomb right in Cruz's house. Trump is a genius when it comes to f*cking with people. My dad was that way, so I know it when I see it.

    Can he do it to Hillary? I bet he can. He's played enough golf with Bill Clinton to know a thing or two about their dynamic. In fact, that may be what convinced him to jump in the race.

    I think Hillary is going to be on the defensive from here on out, and she's not very good when she's in that mode. Even if she wins the general, Trump will have done permanent damage to her and her health, both mental and physical I'd wager. That man is merciless.

    However, I doubt I'm alone in thinking, in an objective sort of way, that these people deserve it.

    However, I doubt I’m alone in thinking, in an objective sort of way, that these people deserve it.

    Cruz is a globalist who would sell out, well, not his own children, but certainly my children, in pursuit of wealth and power.

    And Hillary… I don’t even know if she has a soul anymore.

    These people deserve far worse than to be mocked by Donald Trump.

    • Replies: @newrouter
    >Cruz is a globalist who would sell out, well, not his own children, but certainly my children, in pursuit of wealth and power.<

    steve does your fundraiser include mushrooms?
  54. This is a high risk high reward situation for immigration restrictionists. If Trump loses, our cause will be set back for a long time. If Trump wins, does anybody really know what he will do?

    • Replies: @Das
    The other candidates in the Republican primary were pretty unappealing and were unlikely to win the general election.

    And if Trump loses the general election, he will still have proven how potent "build the wall, deport illegals, ban Muslims" is in a Republican primary. Republican officeholders and aspiring Republican officeholders will have to take note. The contenders in the 2020 primary will sound a lot like Donald Trump.
    , @Jewish Conservative Race Realist
    I think it's all upside for restrictions from here on out.

    Even though some pundocrats half-heartedly deny it, the optics of Trump's candidacy are that his popularity is a referendum on immigration and free trade.

    Even if he looses badly, the establishment still understands that it needs to field a hard-line restrictionist next time in order to avoid another Trumping from another guy is willing to talk about Mexican rapists and NAFTA.
  55. @Otto the P
    Cruz never got what he was entitled to, which is major media coverage and respect for being an unattractive unknown from nowheresville and ALMOST taking out a moronic narcissist with deep pockets and no shame, as well as a built in pre-fame and media advantage from years of brazen self-promotion and really bad hair. His accomplishment was astounding, yet he so scared the libskanks who run media they refused to acknowledge him for what he accomplished and marginalized him from get-go. Sad, wrong, in fact evil, but that is where we are until SkyNet erases us in a single night.

    Sounds like you would get along with some Bernie supporters I know.

  56. Cruz probably still has a better chance of being president someday than Trump does.

    If the GOP had a proportional delegate system like the Dems, Trump would fail to get a majority on the first ballot, and Cruz would likely be the nominee. Luckily for Hillary!, the GOP establishment stupidly rigged the nomination process to favor front-runners, so Trump, her dream opponent, will win with well under 50% of the vote.

    And since Trump’s near-inevitable defeat will be portrayed as a referendum on immigration restrictionism, we’ll probably get a “comprehensive immigration reform” bill in 2017. Or if Trump takes the House down with him, we’ll just get the amnesty.

    • Replies: @Taco

    Trump, her dream opponent, will win with well under 50% of the vote.
     
    By the time the remaining states vote, with functionally only Trump still on the ballot, Trump will have accrued something like 45% of all ballots cast in the primary.
    , @Mr. Anon
    "Cruz probably still has a better chance of being president someday than Trump does."

    Yeah, all that holy-rollin' "Body of Christ" stuff goes over real well with swing-voters in suburbia.

    ".... so Trump, her dream opponent, will win with well under 50% of the vote. "

    Ronald Reagan was the Democratic Party's dream opponent in 1980. Didn't work out so well for them.
    , @Anonymous
    Don't forget also that we #NeverTrump true conservatives will be voting for Hillary.
  57. @27 year old
    My guess is politics selects for people with major personality issues, axes to grind, high school bullies to avenge, etc etc.

    The guys who are super smart and super strategic and also good looking and personable (and also relatively neurotypical) have many more appealing options in life.

    My guess is politics selects for people with major personality issues, axes to grind, high school bullies to avenge, etc etc.

    Daddy Issues come to mind.

  58. Cruz did see the light on H1bs and foreign policy. I’ll give him that.

    I’d like to see him back in the Senate, but Trump is a very good choice for the general campaign. Hopefully, Trump will pick Jeff Sessions as his VP.

    • Replies: @Taco
    My top two choices are:

    General Mattis
    Jim Webb

    If Trump could get Mattis on board, that would be a VP pick that could legitimately change the dynamics of the race.

    Also, Trump should put out an education policy proposal, promising that if he is elected, he will allow private student loans to be dischargeable in bankruptcy, and capping public student loans at $10,000 per year.

    Bernie himself might endorse Trump if he did that. It would A) swing the millennial vote hugely in favor of Trump and B) go a long way toward choking off the money supply of the education-bureaucrat complex.
  59. I think it truly is time for the Republican Party and the conservative movement to come to a reckoning over its future. The numbers that are relevant aren’t just Trump’s, but the combined numbers of Trump and Cruz. Both ran in opposition to immigration. Both ran as outsiders (Trump with more credibility on the point than Cruz).

    What is almost incredible is how very few votes were ever cast for a candidate acceptable to the establishment, and running on a platform acceptable to the establishment. Bizarrely, the establishment imagines that these outsider candidates — especially Trump of course — have betrayed the conservative movement. But what this nomination process makes crystal clear is that there is no conservative movement as the establishment imagines it. There’s just about zero electoral support for their “movement”. What Trump and Cruz have done is a splendid piece of exploratory surgery, effectively separating out what the voters really want, allowing them clear choices. What voters want is something the establishment has always opposed, and which the candidates the establishment have backed have been designed to obscure.

    The establishment may generate all the ideas and policies and money they desire — but their movement fails to exist, because it is empty of voters.

    • Replies: @countenance
    You raise an interesting point I noticed, in a slightly different way.

    The biggest impediment to a (sorta) populist-nationalist insurgency within the Republican Party this year, as typified by Trump, wasn't the party establishment or the centrist establishmentarians or the RINOs. Their candidates went nowhere: Jeb! barely made it out of the gate, Rubio only got 24% of his own home state outside of Miami-Dade County, and his only wins were MN, DC, PR and Israel, Kasich only won his own state where he's the sitting Governor, and with less than a majority at that. No, all of them turned out to be no trouble for Trump.

    The big hurdle for pop-nat/Trump was the lamestream conservative ideological cult of true believers and its 2016 standard bearer, Ted Cruz.
    , @anonymous-antimarxist
    Oh Please!!!

    Cruz's immigration positions were written on a etch a sketch as anyone with a brain should have known. Picking Fiorina as VP as a sop to the donors was proof of that.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    This is very well said. I was going to post something a little similar but less eloquently or convincingly.

    I will stick to my schtick of pointless mildly amusing commentary...

    Steve,

    Cruz outlasted Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio plus a whole bunch of people whom I’ve forgotten already.
     
    You forgot about the black guy, Dr. what's-his-face. I've already forgotten him too. Hard to believe how long he kept in the race considering how little impact he made on our memories...
    , @Wilkey
    Indeed. Very early on in the campaign I looked at the Iowa results and realized it was over for anyone who couldn't come across as sincerely against open borders. Anti-establishment candidates won over 70% of the vote in Iowa. The establishment did better in New Hampshire, but they still got maybe only 40%. They were toast. It was mathematically impossible for them to ever get above 50%. I posted that exact prediction here.

    Donald Trump and Ted Cruz prove the potency of the illegal immigration issue. Republican voters are fed up with an establishment that wins elections running as conservatives but abandons every aspect of conservatism except financial deregulation and tax cuts for the rich. They want an unabashedly patriotic, pro-American form of conservatism - the kind of conservatism that isn't embarrassed by Christianity, blue collar voters, and a party that's 90% white.

    Imagine you're a candidate ramping up your campaign for 2018, or 2020, or running for re-election. Are those the kinds of forces you want to be opposing. Whether Trump wins or loses this autumn, he may have guaranteed that GOP voters will never have to worry about betrayal on immigration ever again.
  60. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I do not care what Donald gets. The Party gives the nomination to Trump and I am dumping the Republican Party forever. They can rot with their garbage. What good are they?

    If Trump loses to the anti gun, anti 2nd amendment, anti NRA Hillary she will appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court and reverse the Heller case, goodbye 2nd amendment and hello to every severely pissed off gun owner in America. Trump and all his supporters will be the most hated people in America with no safe place to hide.

    • Replies: @anon
    hello to every severely pissed off gun owner in America. Trump and all his supporters will be the most hated people in America with no safe place to hide.

    Well, now, that isn't a very nice thing to say.

    And be careful. You don't want our good host to get into any kind of trouble here.

    In theory, though, wouldn't the second-most-hated people be the Cruz crybabies who didn't vote for the Republican nominee just because their guy didn't win?
    , @utu
    You wrote a very strange comment (#60). You just hate Trump and it is not the 2nd amendment you care about most, right?
    , @S. Anonyia
    If someone like Trump hadn't been the nominee, then the Republican party would be dead anyway.

    A lot of normal people hate True Cons as much as they hate liberals.
    , @Zed, Lord of the Brutals
    So it'll be Hilltron committing all this liberalism upon the American core, but it'll be Trump that will be blamed for it?

    Are you stupid?
  61. Taco says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Cruz did see the light on H1bs and foreign policy. I'll give him that.

    I'd like to see him back in the Senate, but Trump is a very good choice for the general campaign. Hopefully, Trump will pick Jeff Sessions as his VP.

    My top two choices are:

    General Mattis
    Jim Webb

    If Trump could get Mattis on board, that would be a VP pick that could legitimately change the dynamics of the race.

    Also, Trump should put out an education policy proposal, promising that if he is elected, he will allow private student loans to be dischargeable in bankruptcy, and capping public student loans at $10,000 per year.

    Bernie himself might endorse Trump if he did that. It would A) swing the millennial vote hugely in favor of Trump and B) go a long way toward choking off the money supply of the education-bureaucrat complex.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    I prefer Sessions because he's very strong on immigration. Sessions has steered Trump to anti-immigration positions (anti-H1b, building the wall, banning Muslims). We need Sessions to advise Trump in DC. Sessions seems to have a very strong understanding of the details of American immigration policy.

    I don't think Sessions helps him with voters, but Sessions is an experienced Senator who knows how to navigate the legislative process. He'll be helpful in advancing the Trump agenda through the House and Senate. Sessions knows how to deal with the Republican establishment.

    I'd like Sessions as the VP.

    Jim Webb is a decent choice too, but more for the cabinet.
  62. Bobby Jindal said on Hannity that he will put his differences that he has with Donald Trump aside and vote for him in the general election, because the thought of a Hildabeast presidency scares the hell out of him.

    The Donald better hope that he gets more voters like Bobby who are not crazy about him, but sees him as the lesser of 2 evils when compared to Hildabeast.

  63. @Jon0815
    Cruz probably still has a better chance of being president someday than Trump does.

    If the GOP had a proportional delegate system like the Dems, Trump would fail to get a majority on the first ballot, and Cruz would likely be the nominee. Luckily for Hillary!, the GOP establishment stupidly rigged the nomination process to favor front-runners, so Trump, her dream opponent, will win with well under 50% of the vote.

    And since Trump's near-inevitable defeat will be portrayed as a referendum on immigration restrictionism, we'll probably get a "comprehensive immigration reform" bill in 2017. Or if Trump takes the House down with him, we'll just get the amnesty.

    Trump, her dream opponent, will win with well under 50% of the vote.

    By the time the remaining states vote, with functionally only Trump still on the ballot, Trump will have accrued something like 45% of all ballots cast in the primary.

  64. Okie says:
    @Bill P
    I gotta say that Trump was ruthless with Cruz. Those attacks on his wife and allegations of extramarital affairs must have been psychologically extremely distressing and disruptive for Cruz's family given that his wife has a history of serious depression. When people called Trump's nasty tweet about Heidi a huge mistake and turning point I suspected they were wrong. It was calculated to land like a bomb right in Cruz's house. Trump is a genius when it comes to f*cking with people. My dad was that way, so I know it when I see it.

    Can he do it to Hillary? I bet he can. He's played enough golf with Bill Clinton to know a thing or two about their dynamic. In fact, that may be what convinced him to jump in the race.

    I think Hillary is going to be on the defensive from here on out, and she's not very good when she's in that mode. Even if she wins the general, Trump will have done permanent damage to her and her health, both mental and physical I'd wager. That man is merciless.

    However, I doubt I'm alone in thinking, in an objective sort of way, that these people deserve it.

    that sort of shit is why I can’t vote for the guy. I am sure Hilary is both criminal and venal but I am stuck between believing he is that big an ass and it is a calculated tactic and he’s a super dickhead or that that he actually believes in the crap he spins. A true believer in his conspiracy crap is a fool I can see a “dead zone” scenario a lot easier from a Conspiracy nut than I ever could from a serious Christian.

  65. Das says:
    @Mike P.
    This is a high risk high reward situation for immigration restrictionists. If Trump loses, our cause will be set back for a long time. If Trump wins, does anybody really know what he will do?

    The other candidates in the Republican primary were pretty unappealing and were unlikely to win the general election.

    And if Trump loses the general election, he will still have proven how potent “build the wall, deport illegals, ban Muslims” is in a Republican primary. Republican officeholders and aspiring Republican officeholders will have to take note. The contenders in the 2020 primary will sound a lot like Donald Trump.

    • Replies: @AP

    And if Trump loses the general election, he will still have proven how potent “build the wall, deport illegals, ban Muslims” is in a Republican primary. Republican officeholders and aspiring Republican officeholders will have to take note. The contenders in the 2020 primary will sound a lot like Donald Trump.
     
    Or, the Republican establishment will have to finally figure out a way to run a primary that produces a nominee who is actually electable in a general election.
  66. Well, I never particularly hated Cruz, I just preferred Trump.

    BUT — the Canadian birth thing always concerned me.

    I don’t care that Cruz was born there, but anyone who thinks that there wouldn’t be an expensive lawsuit launched the second he became the Republican nominee doesn’t understand the Democrats in general and the Clintons in particular.

    And yes, I believe the current Supreme Court would have ruled him ineligible to serve.

  67. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    I do not care what Donald gets. The Party gives the nomination to Trump and I am dumping the Republican Party forever. They can rot with their garbage. What good are they?

    If Trump loses to the anti gun, anti 2nd amendment, anti NRA Hillary she will appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court and reverse the Heller case, goodbye 2nd amendment and hello to every severely pissed off gun owner in America. Trump and all his supporters will be the most hated people in America with no safe place to hide.

    hello to every severely pissed off gun owner in America. Trump and all his supporters will be the most hated people in America with no safe place to hide.

    Well, now, that isn’t a very nice thing to say.

    And be careful. You don’t want our good host to get into any kind of trouble here.

    In theory, though, wouldn’t the second-most-hated people be the Cruz crybabies who didn’t vote for the Republican nominee just because their guy didn’t win?

  68. @newrouter
    >He had one thing going for him: Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus!<

    so you mock him for his defense of Western Civilization? many of you are "cucks" and just don't know it.

    “…..so you mock him for his defense of Western Civilization?”

    Weirdo dominionist cults, smarmy appeals to “The Body of Christ”, and Glen Beck’s pathetic and creepy Elmer-Gantry act may indeed be part of western civilization, but not a part I would care to defend.

    • Replies: @newrouter
    >Weirdo dominionist cults, smarmy appeals to “The Body of Christ”, and Glen Beck’s pathetic and creepy Elmer-Gantry act may indeed be part of western civilization, but not a part I would care to defend.<

    yep you be a proggslam clown! enjoy dude!!11!!
  69. Another problem with Cruz’s candidacy.

    Stalin once said that he didn’t care who casts the votes, he only cared who counted the votes. The reason he said that is that he was a mid 20th century Soviet Russian. If he was an early 21st century SJW American, he would say that he doesn’t care about who casts the votes or who counts the votes, he cares about who interprets the election results.

    Interpreting election results is a very underappreciated choke point in the machines of modern democratic republican governance in a modern media climate.

    We all know how the Republican establishment, at the behest of the cheap labor gluttons in the donor class, interpreted Romney not winning in 2012 as a function of him not being open borders enough, therefore the solution is for the party to be even more open borders. This is why you had Gang Bangers of Eight, Schumer-Rubio, Jeb!.

    Parallel to that, the people that live in the lamestream conservative bubble universe interpreted Romney not winning and the several million white people who voted in 2008 but did not vote in 2012 as a function of those four million people giving Romney a lamestream conservative purity acid test which he failed ergo they stayed home. That silly reasoning is so easy to refute on so many levels, (the easiest way is that these people did vote for John McCain, who is even less conservative than Romney). Sean Trende actually had the best analysis of these missing whites; I know you’ve had posts about it. And of course the elderly black women who turned out in record numbers. But, the truth doesn’t matter, it’s what lamer cons in the lamer con ideological cult bubble believed. This is why you had Ted Cruz running a campaign of lamestream conservative ideological purity, because he is one of those cultists. Sure, it was good for 7.2 million votes and 11 states, but it’s not good enough even to win the Republican Party nomination in 2016, much less the whole Presidency.

    • Replies: @EriK
    The idea that there were missing voters is a myth.
    , @anonymous-antimarxist
    Romney miraculously still had a chance right up until the second debate when he told everyone he was sure to back amnesty and sell out the base because after all "We are a Nation of Immigrants".

    Don't blame folks for staying home!!!
    , @Smitty
    Good points. The Beltway conservative "intellectuals" might be forgiven for losing touch w/ Flyover (though I consider them heavily self-selected for snobbery) but they have hardly been profiles in courage since it became apparent the campaign would veer in a direction wounding their amour-propre-- in fact, they began acting like whiney babies whose toys were taken away from them. Whatever happened to stoicism, enduring truths, "this too shall pass" etc. The NYC/DC cons I'm reading hyperventilate daily like clueless 22 year old liberals back at the quad.
    , @Anonymous
    This is a good comment.

    Before Trump entered the race, I spent some time with Cruz at two or three private fundraising events. Back in May. Nothing frustrated me more than hearing him say that Reagan Democrats were coming to him and that the missing voters were Evangelicals. For how great his team was organizationally, they really whiffed on that one. The missing voters were non-southern, working class white voters. They all voted for Trump. They care about immigration, trade and US national interests (which we all here know). I begged Cruz in May to take populist/nationalist positions on immigration and trade. He didn't listen because he didn't believe it. In fact, he told us then that he was going to hit Walker because he had suggested cutting legal immigration. Then he wanted nothing to do with Jeff Sessions. He also had no problem with Muslim immigration. Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he's not actually a nationalist.
  70. @Jefferson
    "Saw today that John Huntsman backed Trump; hope Romney and his Mormon minions are suitably humbled."

    Have you ever seen Jon's daughter Abby? She is a stunner in the looks department.

    Looks like Natalie Zea (Winona, from Justified).

    • Replies: @Romanian
    Shut your mouth. She is a lot less horsey looking than Zea. I loved Justified, btw.
  71. I hope that the Trump campaign informs the #NeverTrump camp that they are cordially invited to go f**k themselves. George Will, Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, and all the rest of those flatulent gas-bags should be declared persona-non-grata. No innaugural ball tickets for you, fellas. Knowing who is on your side and who isn’t is an important part of politics.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    Hillary is actually very ideologically receptive to neoconservatives and WSJ types. I'm sure a lot of them will secretly vote for her.
  72. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Bill P
    I gotta say that Trump was ruthless with Cruz. Those attacks on his wife and allegations of extramarital affairs must have been psychologically extremely distressing and disruptive for Cruz's family given that his wife has a history of serious depression. When people called Trump's nasty tweet about Heidi a huge mistake and turning point I suspected they were wrong. It was calculated to land like a bomb right in Cruz's house. Trump is a genius when it comes to f*cking with people. My dad was that way, so I know it when I see it.

    Can he do it to Hillary? I bet he can. He's played enough golf with Bill Clinton to know a thing or two about their dynamic. In fact, that may be what convinced him to jump in the race.

    I think Hillary is going to be on the defensive from here on out, and she's not very good when she's in that mode. Even if she wins the general, Trump will have done permanent damage to her and her health, both mental and physical I'd wager. That man is merciless.

    However, I doubt I'm alone in thinking, in an objective sort of way, that these people deserve it.

    If the Clintons had retired from politics after Bill left the presidency, they would both have a far better reputation today. Hillary power-hunger has ended up dragging them both through a lot of extra dirt. Over time, most people would have forgotten Bill’s foibles, and Hillary has overstayed her welcome so long she’s leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouth instead of attaining the Eleanor Roosevelt-type sainthood the left would have plonked on her shoulders.

  73. A Hoosier here,

    Cruz gave up because if he could not turn things around in Indiana, he knew it was hopeless.

    Cruz’s major advantages in Indiana:

    Talk Radio
    Indianapolis’ WIBC, a Fox affiliate, along with a half dozen other major radio stations are owned by EMMIS (“Absolute Truth” in Yiddish/Hebrew) Communications controlled by uber neocon, ultra Zionist Jeff Smulyan. WIBC/EMMIS was heavily pushing Cruz, telling its listeners that Cruz was the “real deal”. Popular local Hoosier host Greg Garrison would say in his typically hokey way that “Ted Cruz is a strong as a garlic malt”. When Greg Garrison’s listeners started calling in complaining about state Republicans selling them out on immigration, Common Core, the Gay Agenda, and WIBC’s insane Zionist foreign policy, the station stop taking callers.

    Jeff Smulyan was so strongly behind Cruz that last summer that when Rush Limbaugh started warming up to Trump because it was apparent that so too was his audience, WIBC made the unprecedented move of dropping its by far top rated show. Instead WIBC replaced Rush with ultra Cruz shill Dana Loesch, from Glenn Beck’s now cratering The Blaze media empire.

    Apparently Smulyan played a big role in Cruz’s quick breakup with Kaisach in favor of selecting Carly Fiorina as a running mate. WIBC hosted several rallies for Fiorina in the last year. Smulyan was clearly delusional over Fiorina because besides being hated as an outsourcer of jobs, Hoosiers despised her for being an early supporter of Common Core right up until she realized how radioactive it is in the Midwest.

    Indiana Republican Establishment
    The ultra Cucked state Republican party establishment was 100% against Trump. Gov Mike Pence endorsed Cruz. Right up until the Republican base started screaming, they openly plotted to throw their delegate votes to anyone but Trump.

    Indiana Right to Life
    Indiana is one of those states where the abortion issue still miraculously motivates lots of voters and volunteers for the Republicans. Our home got 3 or more phone calls telling us Trump was immoral and lousy on Right to Life.

    Demographics
    Political Scientists like to describe Indiana as Northern Appalachia. And while it is true the state has lots of redneck migrants from Kentucky and West Virginia who talk like Tom Hardy’s Fitzgerald from The Revenant, the other major demographic are of 1848, not “1488” Germanic stock. These folks are suckers for the universalist empty ideological rhetoric of the Neocons and Conservatism Inc. Another major demographic are the Christian Dispensationalists brainwashed with Scofield Reference Bible lunatic love for Israel.

    Steve,

    The real interesting issue will be the final total vote turnout. How many independent and Democrats came out and voted for Trump??? I am hearing a number of polling places did not have enough ballots on hand for would be Trump voters in Indiana’s open primary.

    Bernie beat Hillary!!! Gee maybe Hillary should drop out. I know several Bernie voters who will be voting for Trump instead of Hillary in the fall.

    • Replies: @countenance
    Very familiar with the Emmis media empire and Dana Loesch. They have KFTK here in St. Louis, and of course she lives here and broadcasts out of here and it. Two minutes of her yuppie screaming, and there goes my nerves. My only use for that station is that their morning drive has a lot of Missouri state politicians as guests, and because my line of work is partially lobbying state legislators, that show is a very good coal mine canary for my professional purposes.

    Emmis totally ruined St. Louis's long time AOR station.

    , @yaqub the mad scientist
    the other major demographic are of 1848, not “1488″ Germanic stock.

    In all the reasons for Germany's movement to right nationalism and then Nazism, the most obvious one I never see discussed. Much of its left/liberal stock left the country after 1848.
  74. @candid_observer
    I think it truly is time for the Republican Party and the conservative movement to come to a reckoning over its future. The numbers that are relevant aren't just Trump's, but the combined numbers of Trump and Cruz. Both ran in opposition to immigration. Both ran as outsiders (Trump with more credibility on the point than Cruz).

    What is almost incredible is how very few votes were ever cast for a candidate acceptable to the establishment, and running on a platform acceptable to the establishment. Bizarrely, the establishment imagines that these outsider candidates -- especially Trump of course -- have betrayed the conservative movement. But what this nomination process makes crystal clear is that there is no conservative movement as the establishment imagines it. There's just about zero electoral support for their "movement". What Trump and Cruz have done is a splendid piece of exploratory surgery, effectively separating out what the voters really want, allowing them clear choices. What voters want is something the establishment has always opposed, and which the candidates the establishment have backed have been designed to obscure.

    The establishment may generate all the ideas and policies and money they desire -- but their movement fails to exist, because it is empty of voters.

    You raise an interesting point I noticed, in a slightly different way.

    The biggest impediment to a (sorta) populist-nationalist insurgency within the Republican Party this year, as typified by Trump, wasn’t the party establishment or the centrist establishmentarians or the RINOs. Their candidates went nowhere: Jeb! barely made it out of the gate, Rubio only got 24% of his own home state outside of Miami-Dade County, and his only wins were MN, DC, PR and Israel, Kasich only won his own state where he’s the sitting Governor, and with less than a majority at that. No, all of them turned out to be no trouble for Trump.

    The big hurdle for pop-nat/Trump was the lamestream conservative ideological cult of true believers and its 2016 standard bearer, Ted Cruz.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Rubio only got 24% of his own home state outside of Miami-Dade County, and his only wins were MN, DC, PR and Israel,"

    Since when does the nation of Israel vote in presidential primaries?
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    They need to realize that their economic interests are better aligned with Trump/Buchanan nationalism (less immigration, protectionism, stopping wasteful wars) than the standard Republican platform.
  75. @countenance
    Carly Fiorina had the shortest Vice-Presidential candidacy since Missouri's own Tom Eagleton.

    And it’s going to be notable for the fact that she fell off a stage. That’s not a good way to end a public career.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "And it’s going to be notable for the fact that she fell off a stage. That’s not a good way to end a public career."

    Poor Carly Fiorina, her win-loss record in politics is 0-3. She fails in her senate run, fails in her presidential run, and fails in her vice presidential run. Politics has not treated her very well. It's a sign that she should go back to making tens of millions of dollars in the private sector.
  76. @Mike P.
    This is a high risk high reward situation for immigration restrictionists. If Trump loses, our cause will be set back for a long time. If Trump wins, does anybody really know what he will do?

    I think it’s all upside for restrictions from here on out.

    Even though some pundocrats half-heartedly deny it, the optics of Trump’s candidacy are that his popularity is a referendum on immigration and free trade.

    Even if he looses badly, the establishment still understands that it needs to field a hard-line restrictionist next time in order to avoid another Trumping from another guy is willing to talk about Mexican rapists and NAFTA.

  77. @Taco

    He’s not a natural leader of men, so for him to come in second out of almost a dozen and a half candidates shows a cunning and resourceful mind. Nixon would have been impressed. Cruz outlasted Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio plus a whole bunch of people whom I’ve forgotten already.
     
    Steve,

    I'm probably not as politically savvy as you, and I'm sure I don't pay as close attention as you, but I have to disagree on your analysis.

    I don't think Cruz outlasting the other fellows has as much to do with his cunning or resourcefulness as it has to do with circumstance.

    I don't think, for example, that if Trump wasn't in the race that Cruz would be the nominee. Cruz just happened to exist in the political niche that was least susceptible to Trump. Trump was able to destroy the establishment candidates, and Cruz wisely let that happen without interfering too much, but other than that, its simply a matter of the fact that of all the regional and ideological factions at play here, Cruz just happened to be the first choice of the last group that Trump would conquer.

    If Trump wasn't in this race, we'd be looking at Jeb as the nominee, and he would've won weeks ago, because the institutional support that desperately fled to Cruz after Super Tuesday wouldn't have done so.

    Honestly, I think the most calculated and cunning SOB currently in the race is John Kasich. His campaign is dead letter. Everyone knows this. Kasich knows this. But he manages to pretend like he's still in the race. As far as I can tell his only motivation for doing so is because running a presidential campaign, even a failed, dead-end presidential campaign, is a lot more fun than doing whatever the hell John Kasich does on a normal day.

    I think he’s trying to run up enough delegates to challenge Trump at a contested convention. Now that Priebus has said they’ll unite behind the Donald, though, I think he’s done.

  78. @Taco

    However, I doubt I’m alone in thinking, in an objective sort of way, that these people deserve it.
     
    Cruz is a globalist who would sell out, well, not his own children, but certainly my children, in pursuit of wealth and power.

    And Hillary... I don't even know if she has a soul anymore.

    These people deserve far worse than to be mocked by Donald Trump.

    >Cruz is a globalist who would sell out, well, not his own children, but certainly my children, in pursuit of wealth and power.<

    steve does your fundraiser include mushrooms?

  79. @Jon0815
    Cruz probably still has a better chance of being president someday than Trump does.

    If the GOP had a proportional delegate system like the Dems, Trump would fail to get a majority on the first ballot, and Cruz would likely be the nominee. Luckily for Hillary!, the GOP establishment stupidly rigged the nomination process to favor front-runners, so Trump, her dream opponent, will win with well under 50% of the vote.

    And since Trump's near-inevitable defeat will be portrayed as a referendum on immigration restrictionism, we'll probably get a "comprehensive immigration reform" bill in 2017. Or if Trump takes the House down with him, we'll just get the amnesty.

    “Cruz probably still has a better chance of being president someday than Trump does.”

    Yeah, all that holy-rollin’ “Body of Christ” stuff goes over real well with swing-voters in suburbia.

    “…. so Trump, her dream opponent, will win with well under 50% of the vote. ”

    Ronald Reagan was the Democratic Party’s dream opponent in 1980. Didn’t work out so well for them.

  80. Cruz actually did run a very good campaign. He outlasted every other Republican (other than Trump obviously and the irrelevant John Kasich) and won about a third of the electoral votes. It was especially impressive for him to outperform Rubio, Bush, Walker, and Christie. It takes talent for a new Senator to come in and go that far.

    Cruz was very adept at adjusting his ideology to fit the base, especially on immigration and foreign policy. He did very well at turning out the vote and grassroots organization. That was evident after his unexpected win in Iowa.

    Cruz’s basic problem was that Trump’s nationalism was always a lot more popular than the standard 80s conservatism. When the base was exposed to a viable nationalist candidate, they jumped on the train. Republican voters realized that the typical conservative platform (smaller govt, lower taxes, hawkish foreign policy) didn’t really align with their interests as much as the nationalist platform (protectionism, immigration restriction, America first).

    However, I don’t think many people (outside of Pat Buchanan, the AltRight, and Sailer) realized the appeal of nationalism until now. If Trump wins in November, nationalism may become the dominant ideology of the Republican party.

    Of course, the Donor Class won’t be happy. So I expect plenty of opposition to Trump.

    On the Democratic side, it’ll be interesting to see if the economic leftists can take their party back from the oligarchs within the next few years. Most likely not in 2016 (Hillary is the ideal candidate of the globalist oligarchs), but what about 2018 or 2020?

    • Replies: @newrouter
    >When the base was exposed to a viable nationalist candidate, they jumped on the train<

    nah we saw how the "ministry of propaganda" worked real time.
    , @Bill

    When the base was exposed to a viable nationalist candidate, they jumped on the train.
     
    This is new, though. Buchanan won NH in 1992 and looked viable, briefly. The base did not rally to him. I was one of the disgusting turds congratulating themselves on how broad-minded I was for being opposed to Buchanan. It's taken 20 years for us to figure out just how incredibly evil the GOP establishment is.
  81. @Mr. Anon
    ".....so you mock him for his defense of Western Civilization?"

    Weirdo dominionist cults, smarmy appeals to "The Body of Christ", and Glen Beck's pathetic and creepy Elmer-Gantry act may indeed be part of western civilization, but not a part I would care to defend.

    >Weirdo dominionist cults, smarmy appeals to “The Body of Christ”, and Glen Beck’s pathetic and creepy Elmer-Gantry act may indeed be part of western civilization, but not a part I would care to defend.<

    yep you be a proggslam clown! enjoy dude!!11!!

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "yep you be a proggslam clown! enjoy dude!!11!!"

    I'm sorry. I don't speak cretin.
    , @newrouter
    >Elmer-Gantry act Elmer Gantry is a novel written by Sinclair Lewis in 1926 (published in 1927) that satirically represents aspects of the religious activity of America within fundamentalist and evangelistic circles and the attitudes of the 1920s public toward it. This ferocious satire by Lewis deals with fanatical religiosity and hypocrisy in the United States during the 1920s by presenting a preacher (the Reverend Dr. Elmer Gantry) who starts by preferring booze, easy money (though eventually renouncing tobacco and alcohol) and chasing women. After various forays into evangelism, he becomes a successful Methodist minister despite his hypocrisy and serial sexual indiscretions.[1]

    Elmer Gantry was first published in the United States by Harcourt Trade Publishers in March 1927 and was dedicated by Lewis to the American journalist and satirist H. L. Mencken.<

    eff you and your menchen horse
  82. @countenance
    Another problem with Cruz's candidacy.

    Stalin once said that he didn't care who casts the votes, he only cared who counted the votes. The reason he said that is that he was a mid 20th century Soviet Russian. If he was an early 21st century SJW American, he would say that he doesn't care about who casts the votes or who counts the votes, he cares about who interprets the election results.

    Interpreting election results is a very underappreciated choke point in the machines of modern democratic republican governance in a modern media climate.

    We all know how the Republican establishment, at the behest of the cheap labor gluttons in the donor class, interpreted Romney not winning in 2012 as a function of him not being open borders enough, therefore the solution is for the party to be even more open borders. This is why you had Gang Bangers of Eight, Schumer-Rubio, Jeb!.

    Parallel to that, the people that live in the lamestream conservative bubble universe interpreted Romney not winning and the several million white people who voted in 2008 but did not vote in 2012 as a function of those four million people giving Romney a lamestream conservative purity acid test which he failed ergo they stayed home. That silly reasoning is so easy to refute on so many levels, (the easiest way is that these people did vote for John McCain, who is even less conservative than Romney). Sean Trende actually had the best analysis of these missing whites; I know you've had posts about it. And of course the elderly black women who turned out in record numbers. But, the truth doesn't matter, it's what lamer cons in the lamer con ideological cult bubble believed. This is why you had Ted Cruz running a campaign of lamestream conservative ideological purity, because he is one of those cultists. Sure, it was good for 7.2 million votes and 11 states, but it's not good enough even to win the Republican Party nomination in 2016, much less the whole Presidency.

    The idea that there were missing voters is a myth.

  83. SFG says:
    @Bill P
    I gotta say that Trump was ruthless with Cruz. Those attacks on his wife and allegations of extramarital affairs must have been psychologically extremely distressing and disruptive for Cruz's family given that his wife has a history of serious depression. When people called Trump's nasty tweet about Heidi a huge mistake and turning point I suspected they were wrong. It was calculated to land like a bomb right in Cruz's house. Trump is a genius when it comes to f*cking with people. My dad was that way, so I know it when I see it.

    Can he do it to Hillary? I bet he can. He's played enough golf with Bill Clinton to know a thing or two about their dynamic. In fact, that may be what convinced him to jump in the race.

    I think Hillary is going to be on the defensive from here on out, and she's not very good when she's in that mode. Even if she wins the general, Trump will have done permanent damage to her and her health, both mental and physical I'd wager. That man is merciless.

    However, I doubt I'm alone in thinking, in an objective sort of way, that these people deserve it.

    They *all* deserve it. The closest thing to a human being in the race is Bernie Sanders the 1930s labor fossil, and…well…you going to vote for him? (Google some of his early writings on teenage sex and BDSM.)
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/young-bernie-sanders-liberty-union-vermont

    You don’t vote for the guy you think is nice or decent. You vote for the guy who will represent your interests. My worry about Trump isn’t that he’s a crook. I know he’s a crook. So is Hillary. But Trump is a crook voted in by white guys, and Hillary is a crook voted in by liberal white women and various groups that don’t like white people, a shade I happen to be. My worry about Trump is he won’t even bother to do anything for the constituencies supporting him. He’ll just forget to build the wall , give huge contracts to his buddies, and spend all his time trying to sleep with women in every country in Europe.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    Your last line will make me laugh until the end of this month! I bet you 10,000 e{U he won't go for Angela? Fougetadaboudid?
  84. @JohnnyWalker123
    Cruz actually did run a very good campaign. He outlasted every other Republican (other than Trump obviously and the irrelevant John Kasich) and won about a third of the electoral votes. It was especially impressive for him to outperform Rubio, Bush, Walker, and Christie. It takes talent for a new Senator to come in and go that far.

    Cruz was very adept at adjusting his ideology to fit the base, especially on immigration and foreign policy. He did very well at turning out the vote and grassroots organization. That was evident after his unexpected win in Iowa.

    Cruz's basic problem was that Trump's nationalism was always a lot more popular than the standard 80s conservatism. When the base was exposed to a viable nationalist candidate, they jumped on the train. Republican voters realized that the typical conservative platform (smaller govt, lower taxes, hawkish foreign policy) didn't really align with their interests as much as the nationalist platform (protectionism, immigration restriction, America first).

    However, I don't think many people (outside of Pat Buchanan, the AltRight, and Sailer) realized the appeal of nationalism until now. If Trump wins in November, nationalism may become the dominant ideology of the Republican party.

    Of course, the Donor Class won't be happy. So I expect plenty of opposition to Trump.

    On the Democratic side, it'll be interesting to see if the economic leftists can take their party back from the oligarchs within the next few years. Most likely not in 2016 (Hillary is the ideal candidate of the globalist oligarchs), but what about 2018 or 2020?

    >When the base was exposed to a viable nationalist candidate, they jumped on the train<

    nah we saw how the "ministry of propaganda" worked real time.

  85. @countenance
    You raise an interesting point I noticed, in a slightly different way.

    The biggest impediment to a (sorta) populist-nationalist insurgency within the Republican Party this year, as typified by Trump, wasn't the party establishment or the centrist establishmentarians or the RINOs. Their candidates went nowhere: Jeb! barely made it out of the gate, Rubio only got 24% of his own home state outside of Miami-Dade County, and his only wins were MN, DC, PR and Israel, Kasich only won his own state where he's the sitting Governor, and with less than a majority at that. No, all of them turned out to be no trouble for Trump.

    The big hurdle for pop-nat/Trump was the lamestream conservative ideological cult of true believers and its 2016 standard bearer, Ted Cruz.

    “Rubio only got 24% of his own home state outside of Miami-Dade County, and his only wins were MN, DC, PR and Israel,”

    Since when does the nation of Israel vote in presidential primaries?

    • Replies: @countenance
    It's called "writing checks." And "owning media outlets."
  86. @Mr. Anon
    I hope that the Trump campaign informs the #NeverTrump camp that they are cordially invited to go f**k themselves. George Will, Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, and all the rest of those flatulent gas-bags should be declared persona-non-grata. No innaugural ball tickets for you, fellas. Knowing who is on your side and who isn't is an important part of politics.

    Hillary is actually very ideologically receptive to neoconservatives and WSJ types. I’m sure a lot of them will secretly vote for her.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "Hillary is actually very ideologically receptive to neoconservatives and WSJ types. I’m sure a lot of them will secretly vote for her."

    I agree. They probably will. All the more reason to exclude those people from the new Republican Party.
    , @Cwhatfuture

    Hillary is actually very ideologically receptive to neoconservatives and WSJ types. I’m sure a lot of them will secretly vote for her.

     

    Secretly? They will openly support her. Mass immigration of third world cheap labor, gun control, Goldman Sachs, "free trade", a bloated defense budget - why wouldn't they vote for her?
  87. @Marty T
    Ted Cruz is a brilliant conservative, ten times the conservative and person the orange egomaniac is. Congrats to Cruz for coming in a strong second. Now, we Cruz supporters must decide what to do. Hillary Clinton is completely abhorrent in every way, but the other choice is Donald, a man who spent the past several months viciously attacking Cruz to the extent his career has been likely harmed. Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats possible.


    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who he funded) crushes him in November.

    You need the millions of Cruz supporters to have any shot. Get to work.

    “Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats [sic] possible.

    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats [sic] going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who [sic] he funded) crushes him in November.”

    A lot of mispellings in your rant there, Cruznik.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    Delusions are common to the Cruznik cult. On Twitter, I had a guy who kept getting incensed whenever I pointed out that Cruz, whom I refer to as the "Canadian", would get crushed in FLA. Never heard from him after that....
  88. @anonymous-antimarxist
    A Hoosier here,

    Cruz gave up because if he could not turn things around in Indiana, he knew it was hopeless.

    Cruz's major advantages in Indiana:

    Talk Radio
    Indianapolis' WIBC, a Fox affiliate, along with a half dozen other major radio stations are owned by EMMIS ("Absolute Truth" in Yiddish/Hebrew) Communications controlled by uber neocon, ultra Zionist Jeff Smulyan. WIBC/EMMIS was heavily pushing Cruz, telling its listeners that Cruz was the "real deal". Popular local Hoosier host Greg Garrison would say in his typically hokey way that "Ted Cruz is a strong as a garlic malt". When Greg Garrison's listeners started calling in complaining about state Republicans selling them out on immigration, Common Core, the Gay Agenda, and WIBC's insane Zionist foreign policy, the station stop taking callers.

    Jeff Smulyan was so strongly behind Cruz that last summer that when Rush Limbaugh started warming up to Trump because it was apparent that so too was his audience, WIBC made the unprecedented move of dropping its by far top rated show. Instead WIBC replaced Rush with ultra Cruz shill Dana Loesch, from Glenn Beck's now cratering The Blaze media empire.

    Apparently Smulyan played a big role in Cruz's quick breakup with Kaisach in favor of selecting Carly Fiorina as a running mate. WIBC hosted several rallies for Fiorina in the last year. Smulyan was clearly delusional over Fiorina because besides being hated as an outsourcer of jobs, Hoosiers despised her for being an early supporter of Common Core right up until she realized how radioactive it is in the Midwest.

    Indiana Republican Establishment
    The ultra Cucked state Republican party establishment was 100% against Trump. Gov Mike Pence endorsed Cruz. Right up until the Republican base started screaming, they openly plotted to throw their delegate votes to anyone but Trump.

    Indiana Right to Life
    Indiana is one of those states where the abortion issue still miraculously motivates lots of voters and volunteers for the Republicans. Our home got 3 or more phone calls telling us Trump was immoral and lousy on Right to Life.

    Demographics
    Political Scientists like to describe Indiana as Northern Appalachia. And while it is true the state has lots of redneck migrants from Kentucky and West Virginia who talk like Tom Hardy's Fitzgerald from The Revenant, the other major demographic are of 1848, not "1488" Germanic stock. These folks are suckers for the universalist empty ideological rhetoric of the Neocons and Conservatism Inc. Another major demographic are the Christian Dispensationalists brainwashed with Scofield Reference Bible lunatic love for Israel.

    Steve,

    The real interesting issue will be the final total vote turnout. How many independent and Democrats came out and voted for Trump??? I am hearing a number of polling places did not have enough ballots on hand for would be Trump voters in Indiana's open primary.

    Bernie beat Hillary!!! Gee maybe Hillary should drop out. I know several Bernie voters who will be voting for Trump instead of Hillary in the fall.

    Very familiar with the Emmis media empire and Dana Loesch. They have KFTK here in St. Louis, and of course she lives here and broadcasts out of here and it. Two minutes of her yuppie screaming, and there goes my nerves. My only use for that station is that their morning drive has a lot of Missouri state politicians as guests, and because my line of work is partially lobbying state legislators, that show is a very good coal mine canary for my professional purposes.

    Emmis totally ruined St. Louis’s long time AOR station.

    • Replies: @anonymous-antimarxist
    Is KFTK as 24/7 Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran, Bibi is God, and Putin is Satan as WIBC???

    Folks have to hear EMMIS in order to believe it.

    Jeff Smulyan in is own way is a major Zionist media macher that most folks don't know about.

    Also people don't know that Smulyan is the man who gave Alex Jones his start.

    And for decades Alex Jones has been a textbook example of the TWMNBN tactic of creating a false "controlled opposition" that deflects populist outrage away from Jewish interests and if need be onto ridiculous conspiracy theory dead ends.

    http://alexjonesexposed.info/alex-jones-and-emmis-communications/

    The problem now is that Alex Jones seems to want to break away from Smulyan and hold on to his audience which is increasingly being "Red Pilled" by the alt-right.
    , @Former Darfur
    You mean KSHE? What, no more Zep, Floyd and Rush morning, noon and night??
  89. @candid_observer
    I think it truly is time for the Republican Party and the conservative movement to come to a reckoning over its future. The numbers that are relevant aren't just Trump's, but the combined numbers of Trump and Cruz. Both ran in opposition to immigration. Both ran as outsiders (Trump with more credibility on the point than Cruz).

    What is almost incredible is how very few votes were ever cast for a candidate acceptable to the establishment, and running on a platform acceptable to the establishment. Bizarrely, the establishment imagines that these outsider candidates -- especially Trump of course -- have betrayed the conservative movement. But what this nomination process makes crystal clear is that there is no conservative movement as the establishment imagines it. There's just about zero electoral support for their "movement". What Trump and Cruz have done is a splendid piece of exploratory surgery, effectively separating out what the voters really want, allowing them clear choices. What voters want is something the establishment has always opposed, and which the candidates the establishment have backed have been designed to obscure.

    The establishment may generate all the ideas and policies and money they desire -- but their movement fails to exist, because it is empty of voters.

    Oh Please!!!

    Cruz’s immigration positions were written on a etch a sketch as anyone with a brain should have known. Picking Fiorina as VP as a sop to the donors was proof of that.

    • Agree: Perplexed
  90. @JohnnyWalker123
    Hillary is actually very ideologically receptive to neoconservatives and WSJ types. I'm sure a lot of them will secretly vote for her.

    “Hillary is actually very ideologically receptive to neoconservatives and WSJ types. I’m sure a lot of them will secretly vote for her.”

    I agree. They probably will. All the more reason to exclude those people from the new Republican Party.

  91. @Jack Hanson
    I think this is silly revisionism Steve.

    Cruz and Trump were cordial up to the point Cruz figured most of the heavy lifting was done and he could start playing hardball with Trump.

    Yeah, Trump beat Cruz like he's going to Hillary, but he didn't do himself any favors running as a Dominionist, much like Hillary isn't doing herself any favors running on "more violent foreigners and I'm taking your guns".

    If Cruz was the vaunted genius everyone thought, he would have united with Trump and spent 8 years as VP before running in 2024 as the heir to a successful President Trump. But no. He had to have it now.

    Funny how when Trump started talking about America First, his campaign immediately went to a higher level….must have been a mistake, right????

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    I think you need to re read that and realize I believe Trump is going to wreck Hillary.
  92. @Jefferson
    "Rubio only got 24% of his own home state outside of Miami-Dade County, and his only wins were MN, DC, PR and Israel,"

    Since when does the nation of Israel vote in presidential primaries?

    It’s called “writing checks.” And “owning media outlets.”

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "It’s called “writing checks.” And “owning media outlets.”

    The country of Israel owns the American media outlets? That would explain why the American media loves Benjamin Netanyahu so much right? NOT.
  93. I have to admit, I am a bit butthurt. My fellow citizens have seen fit to put a criminal in the highest office of the land, banana republic style. She’ll get three, maybe four Supreme court nominations, locking up for at least a generation the only legislature that matters any more.

    Every day I’ll get to read about my privilege, and how as part of the patriarchy I’ll need to pay more to support women who decided they didn’t need a man to raise a family, and what a terrible person I am for thinking people who make society function ought to be rewarded instead of punished.

    And I’ll have people like you to thank for it. Thanks, you orange haired Nazi Clown. Thanks a lot.

    I am voting Hillary.

    #NeverTrump

    • Replies: @anon
    My fellow citizens have seen fit to put a criminal in the highest office of the land, banana republic style. She’ll get three, maybe four Supreme court nominations, locking up for at least a generation the only legislature that matters any more.

    I am voting Hillary.

    Maybe you should get some sleep.
    , @Jefferson
    "I am voting Hillary."

    That is the first step you can take in dismantling your White privilege. Bow down to Queen Hillary you cisgender White scum.
    , @coyote
    What a good cuck you are: vote for your own enlightened slavery to the PC narrative. So masterful, so manly. The orange hair triggered you, amirite? Lollz.
  94. @countenance
    You raise an interesting point I noticed, in a slightly different way.

    The biggest impediment to a (sorta) populist-nationalist insurgency within the Republican Party this year, as typified by Trump, wasn't the party establishment or the centrist establishmentarians or the RINOs. Their candidates went nowhere: Jeb! barely made it out of the gate, Rubio only got 24% of his own home state outside of Miami-Dade County, and his only wins were MN, DC, PR and Israel, Kasich only won his own state where he's the sitting Governor, and with less than a majority at that. No, all of them turned out to be no trouble for Trump.

    The big hurdle for pop-nat/Trump was the lamestream conservative ideological cult of true believers and its 2016 standard bearer, Ted Cruz.

    They need to realize that their economic interests are better aligned with Trump/Buchanan nationalism (less immigration, protectionism, stopping wasteful wars) than the standard Republican platform.

  95. @Mr. Anon
    "Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats [sic] possible.

    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats [sic] going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who [sic] he funded) crushes him in November."

    A lot of mispellings in your rant there, Cruznik.

    Delusions are common to the Cruznik cult. On Twitter, I had a guy who kept getting incensed whenever I pointed out that Cruz, whom I refer to as the “Canadian”, would get crushed in FLA. Never heard from him after that….

  96. @Anon
    And it's going to be notable for the fact that she fell off a stage. That's not a good way to end a public career.

    “And it’s going to be notable for the fact that she fell off a stage. That’s not a good way to end a public career.”

    Poor Carly Fiorina, her win-loss record in politics is 0-3. She fails in her senate run, fails in her presidential run, and fails in her vice presidential run. Politics has not treated her very well. It’s a sign that she should go back to making tens of millions of dollars in the private sector.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    I never liked Fiorina. Her extremist foreign policy views alarmed me. After Russia began military involvement in Syria, I remember that she called for an American military confrontation with Russia. That's absolutely insane. Russia is a nuclear-armed nation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwQ9sAGGnXw

    It's strange that American media and political elites are so scared of Trump, who actually has very sober and restrained view with respect to foreign policy. It's equally strange that they treat loony Fiorina as a serious public figure.
  97. @Reg Cæsar
    In his defense, he did stand up to the trannies (can you even imagine having to argue this point in 1970, the year he was born?), and was apparently the only candidate in either party to call out the twisted women-in-combat trend.

    There might have been a more nuanced way to deal with ethanol subsidies-- like limiting them to farmers using ethanol and only ethanol in all their vehicles. But NYC and Chicago developers meet their match in corrupting influences in Iowa farmers.

    “There might have been a more nuanced way to deal with ethanol subsidies”

    What is wrong with ethanol subsidies? You’d rather buy another 1 million barrels of oil per day from the Saudis?

    Ethanol keeps our money here in the US benefitting Americans.

    • Replies: @Former Darfur
    Buying a million barrels of ethanol means buying another half million barrels of oil on top of that, plus you drive up the price of corn and farmland, plus deplete the soil. Fuel ethanol from corn blows goats.

    Brazil has a good ethanol program, but they have sugar cane.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    What is wrong with ethanol subsidies?
     
    What's wrong with ethanol, that it requires a subsidy?

    How come I never see anyone at the E-85 pump?

    I ride the bus to work, so I'm not the one nursing on the Saudi teat.
    , @TWS
    If it was worth it, it wouldn't need to be subsidized. Or is it a charity? We've taken too much land out of food production and are burning it in our cars. I'd rather open up more oil fields.
    , @Travis
    ethanol subsidies increase our dependence of oil imports. Need oil to run the farms, ferment the corn, transport the ethanol...actually results in higher demand for importing oil.

    this is why ethanol needs massive subsidies and is still twice the cost of gasoline. Takes 2 gallons of oil to produce one gallon of ethanol. In addition cars get 10% less fuel efficiency with ethanol, it also is bad for internal combustion engines, causing more wear and tear resulting in Americans buying more imported cars. Ethanol is one of the worst policies we have as a nation.
  98. @newrouter
    >Weirdo dominionist cults, smarmy appeals to “The Body of Christ”, and Glen Beck’s pathetic and creepy Elmer-Gantry act may indeed be part of western civilization, but not a part I would care to defend.<

    yep you be a proggslam clown! enjoy dude!!11!!

    “yep you be a proggslam clown! enjoy dude!!11!!”

    I’m sorry. I don’t speak cretin.

  99. “He’s not a natural leader of men,”

    Sailerfreude – the satisfaction you feel when someone concisely expresses something you already knew, but you didn’t know you already knew it until you saw it concisely expressed.

  100. @Taco
    My top two choices are:

    General Mattis
    Jim Webb

    If Trump could get Mattis on board, that would be a VP pick that could legitimately change the dynamics of the race.

    Also, Trump should put out an education policy proposal, promising that if he is elected, he will allow private student loans to be dischargeable in bankruptcy, and capping public student loans at $10,000 per year.

    Bernie himself might endorse Trump if he did that. It would A) swing the millennial vote hugely in favor of Trump and B) go a long way toward choking off the money supply of the education-bureaucrat complex.

    I prefer Sessions because he’s very strong on immigration. Sessions has steered Trump to anti-immigration positions (anti-H1b, building the wall, banning Muslims). We need Sessions to advise Trump in DC. Sessions seems to have a very strong understanding of the details of American immigration policy.

    I don’t think Sessions helps him with voters, but Sessions is an experienced Senator who knows how to navigate the legislative process. He’ll be helpful in advancing the Trump agenda through the House and Senate. Sessions knows how to deal with the Republican establishment.

    I’d like Sessions as the VP.

    Jim Webb is a decent choice too, but more for the cabinet.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I’d like Sessions as the VP.
     
    No!!! We need him in the Senate!

    Well, okay, the VP is the P of the Senate. But I'd rather have the most important man in US politics as Senate Majority Leader, rather than sitting across the room casting the odd tiebreaker vote.

    Now, Kris Kobach would be a good choice for VP. I assume he's as clean as a whistle. Kobach could shore up Trump's weak Midwestern underbelly. In office, he could concentrate on keeping the Donald honest.

    , @countenance
    Serious talk is that Trump will send Sessions to State, which surprises me, because Sessions doesn't strike me as a travel the world diplomat. We do know that Sessions is actually on Trump's foreign policy team.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    But Webb is a Democrat with presidential ambitions. Webb has the right instincts. And Webb can appeal to Democrats. I'd say Webb is the better strategic choice. Plus, we need Sessions in the Senate.
    , @anonymous-antimarxist
    Keep Sessions in the Senate!!!

    Why???

    Because he is the only guy with the balls to stand up to McConnell.

    For instance, Indiana Republicans tonight just nominated the Carmel Cuck Todd Young, a literal Lindsay Graham minime to replace fellow Cuck Dan Coats in the Senate. The Neocons, Open Borders lobby and Paul Ryan's & Mitch McConnell's personal PACs spent a fortune backing Young over Marlin Stutzman. It was a really sad and vicious campaign. It was all about the putting the wood to Stutzman for showing the trace of a backbone.

    On the bright side at least Todd Young is being replaced in the Indiana 9th district by an outsider who is promising to follow a Trump platform on immigration. Stutzman in the 3rd is likely to be replaced by a highly rated by NumbersUSA, Jim Banks.

    But, Todd Young is another sure vote for Amnesty. Young only ran for the Senate because his vote for the Cromnibus bill doomed him in the 9th district.

    Young is so horrible, He may lose to Democrat Barron Hill in the general.

    We need Sessions in the Senate now more than ever!!!
  101. @Marty T
    Ted Cruz is a brilliant conservative, ten times the conservative and person the orange egomaniac is. Congrats to Cruz for coming in a strong second. Now, we Cruz supporters must decide what to do. Hillary Clinton is completely abhorrent in every way, but the other choice is Donald, a man who spent the past several months viciously attacking Cruz to the extent his career has been likely harmed. Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats possible.


    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who he funded) crushes him in November.

    You need the millions of Cruz supporters to have any shot. Get to work.

    Cruz is bad for elections, Trump giving any position to Cruz will lose more voters than it gains. People kept saying how conservative he was, what I saw was the usual scripted Conservatism inc. lines, he just came across and fake and creepy to a lot of people.

  102. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Wait, Cruz won Iowa.

    Wait, Cruz won Iowa.

    Still, some here berated Cruz for daring. Not me. Reagan won Michigan. Twice.

  103. @Jon0815
    Cruz probably still has a better chance of being president someday than Trump does.

    If the GOP had a proportional delegate system like the Dems, Trump would fail to get a majority on the first ballot, and Cruz would likely be the nominee. Luckily for Hillary!, the GOP establishment stupidly rigged the nomination process to favor front-runners, so Trump, her dream opponent, will win with well under 50% of the vote.

    And since Trump's near-inevitable defeat will be portrayed as a referendum on immigration restrictionism, we'll probably get a "comprehensive immigration reform" bill in 2017. Or if Trump takes the House down with him, we'll just get the amnesty.

    Don’t forget also that we #NeverTrump true conservatives will be voting for Hillary.

  104. @MC
    It is strange how politics doesn't seem to select for people of natural political ability in the same way that sports selects for people of natural athletic ability. It's inconceivable that you could meet anyone who isn't already a professional baseball player, and think "he could replace Mike Trout or Bryce Harper." Yet I've met plenty of non-politicians who I thought would be more appealing presidential candidates than the current lot.

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy...but isn't there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Trump is "alpha" and very media savvy, but not obviously book smart in the same way that Cruz or Bobby Jindal are (and he's been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable).

    Hillary would never get anywhere near the presidency if "natural political ability" were as necessary to become president as "natural pitching ability" is to win the Cy Young award.

    Rubio has a lot of natural political ability, but was mostly done in by his disastrous strategery (and he's not any sort of intellectual). But it sure seems like in a nation of 300 million people, there ought to be someone of comparable looks/charisma to Rubio who isn't pro-amnesty, and is just a little bit smarter.

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc. Perhaps cravenness, or dumb luck?

    “(and he’s been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable)”

    Yes what a fool he is for not wasting millions of his own money employing thousands of campaign workers to secure the delegates he deserved instead of simply winning enough votes with free media to force everyone else out the race.

    • Replies: @MC
    Not a fool, but not a management savant either. He was clearly annoyed that Cruz was out hustling him for delegates, his campaign was beset with frustrated leakers who were mad they weren't having more success.

    Rather than assume that Trump clairvoyantly knew he wouldn't need the delegates, it's more reasonable to assume that losing was a risk he was willing to take to avoid spending too much on the race.
  105. Agreed. Taken a lot lately. Not easy on the eyes. He’s smart though and deserves respect.

  106. @Jack Hanson
    I think this is silly revisionism Steve.

    Cruz and Trump were cordial up to the point Cruz figured most of the heavy lifting was done and he could start playing hardball with Trump.

    Yeah, Trump beat Cruz like he's going to Hillary, but he didn't do himself any favors running as a Dominionist, much like Hillary isn't doing herself any favors running on "more violent foreigners and I'm taking your guns".

    If Cruz was the vaunted genius everyone thought, he would have united with Trump and spent 8 years as VP before running in 2024 as the heir to a successful President Trump. But no. He had to have it now.

    His donors wouldn’t have been happy.

    Neither would his wife’s very high-paying boss (Goldman Sachs).

  107. @countenance
    Another problem with Cruz's candidacy.

    Stalin once said that he didn't care who casts the votes, he only cared who counted the votes. The reason he said that is that he was a mid 20th century Soviet Russian. If he was an early 21st century SJW American, he would say that he doesn't care about who casts the votes or who counts the votes, he cares about who interprets the election results.

    Interpreting election results is a very underappreciated choke point in the machines of modern democratic republican governance in a modern media climate.

    We all know how the Republican establishment, at the behest of the cheap labor gluttons in the donor class, interpreted Romney not winning in 2012 as a function of him not being open borders enough, therefore the solution is for the party to be even more open borders. This is why you had Gang Bangers of Eight, Schumer-Rubio, Jeb!.

    Parallel to that, the people that live in the lamestream conservative bubble universe interpreted Romney not winning and the several million white people who voted in 2008 but did not vote in 2012 as a function of those four million people giving Romney a lamestream conservative purity acid test which he failed ergo they stayed home. That silly reasoning is so easy to refute on so many levels, (the easiest way is that these people did vote for John McCain, who is even less conservative than Romney). Sean Trende actually had the best analysis of these missing whites; I know you've had posts about it. And of course the elderly black women who turned out in record numbers. But, the truth doesn't matter, it's what lamer cons in the lamer con ideological cult bubble believed. This is why you had Ted Cruz running a campaign of lamestream conservative ideological purity, because he is one of those cultists. Sure, it was good for 7.2 million votes and 11 states, but it's not good enough even to win the Republican Party nomination in 2016, much less the whole Presidency.

    Romney miraculously still had a chance right up until the second debate when he told everyone he was sure to back amnesty and sell out the base because after all “We are a Nation of Immigrants”.

    Don’t blame folks for staying home!!!

  108. @countenance
    It's called "writing checks." And "owning media outlets."

    “It’s called “writing checks.” And “owning media outlets.”

    The country of Israel owns the American media outlets? That would explain why the American media loves Benjamin Netanyahu so much right? NOT.

  109. @newrouter
    >Weirdo dominionist cults, smarmy appeals to “The Body of Christ”, and Glen Beck’s pathetic and creepy Elmer-Gantry act may indeed be part of western civilization, but not a part I would care to defend.<

    yep you be a proggslam clown! enjoy dude!!11!!

    >Elmer-Gantry act Elmer Gantry is a novel written by Sinclair Lewis in 1926 (published in 1927) that satirically represents aspects of the religious activity of America within fundamentalist and evangelistic circles and the attitudes of the 1920s public toward it. This ferocious satire by Lewis deals with fanatical religiosity and hypocrisy in the United States during the 1920s by presenting a preacher (the Reverend Dr. Elmer Gantry) who starts by preferring booze, easy money (though eventually renouncing tobacco and alcohol) and chasing women. After various forays into evangelism, he becomes a successful Methodist minister despite his hypocrisy and serial sexual indiscretions.[1]

    Elmer Gantry was first published in the United States by Harcourt Trade Publishers in March 1927 and was dedicated by Lewis to the American journalist and satirist H. L. Mencken.<

    eff you and your menchen horse

  110. @JohnnyWalker123
    I prefer Sessions because he's very strong on immigration. Sessions has steered Trump to anti-immigration positions (anti-H1b, building the wall, banning Muslims). We need Sessions to advise Trump in DC. Sessions seems to have a very strong understanding of the details of American immigration policy.

    I don't think Sessions helps him with voters, but Sessions is an experienced Senator who knows how to navigate the legislative process. He'll be helpful in advancing the Trump agenda through the House and Senate. Sessions knows how to deal with the Republican establishment.

    I'd like Sessions as the VP.

    Jim Webb is a decent choice too, but more for the cabinet.

    I’d like Sessions as the VP.

    No!!! We need him in the Senate!

    Well, okay, the VP is the P of the Senate. But I’d rather have the most important man in US politics as Senate Majority Leader, rather than sitting across the room casting the odd tiebreaker vote.

    Now, Kris Kobach would be a good choice for VP. I assume he’s as clean as a whistle. Kobach could shore up Trump’s weak Midwestern underbelly. In office, he could concentrate on keeping the Donald honest.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    I want someone who could do 2 things.

    1. Advise Trump on immigration policy
    2. Help pass anti-immigration legislation through the House and Senate

    Sessions can do that. He's a very bright guy.

    Of course, I think Kris Kobach could be good too. Even Tom Tancredo.

    I see Sessions as a realistic choice because he's very close to Trump and has been advising him extensively since August. I could see Trump choosing him as VP. While I like Kobach, I'm not sure if Kobach is close to Trump.

    I do agree that if Sessions becomes the VP, we need a good replacement. A Senator who will fight for our side.
  111. @Anonymous
    I do not care what Donald gets. The Party gives the nomination to Trump and I am dumping the Republican Party forever. They can rot with their garbage. What good are they?

    If Trump loses to the anti gun, anti 2nd amendment, anti NRA Hillary she will appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court and reverse the Heller case, goodbye 2nd amendment and hello to every severely pissed off gun owner in America. Trump and all his supporters will be the most hated people in America with no safe place to hide.

    You wrote a very strange comment (#60). You just hate Trump and it is not the 2nd amendment you care about most, right?

  112. @JohnnyWalker123
    I prefer Sessions because he's very strong on immigration. Sessions has steered Trump to anti-immigration positions (anti-H1b, building the wall, banning Muslims). We need Sessions to advise Trump in DC. Sessions seems to have a very strong understanding of the details of American immigration policy.

    I don't think Sessions helps him with voters, but Sessions is an experienced Senator who knows how to navigate the legislative process. He'll be helpful in advancing the Trump agenda through the House and Senate. Sessions knows how to deal with the Republican establishment.

    I'd like Sessions as the VP.

    Jim Webb is a decent choice too, but more for the cabinet.

    Serious talk is that Trump will send Sessions to State, which surprises me, because Sessions doesn’t strike me as a travel the world diplomat. We do know that Sessions is actually on Trump’s foreign policy team.

    • Replies: @The Millennial Falcon
    Trump views trade as the cornerstone of his foreign policy. Hence the Sessions appeal.
  113. @Jefferson
    Even if Ted Cruz does not get to run for POTUS again until 2024, he will only be 54 which is still 11 years away from being a senior citizen.

    54 years old in Washington politics is the equivalent of being 34 years old on Main Street USA. Washington is run by very old fossils. Washington looks like the cast of Cocoon and The Golden Girls.

    He’ll be nothing but a blob of goo by then.

  114. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @AG Conservative
    I have to admit, I am a bit butthurt. My fellow citizens have seen fit to put a criminal in the highest office of the land, banana republic style. She'll get three, maybe four Supreme court nominations, locking up for at least a generation the only legislature that matters any more.

    Every day I'll get to read about my privilege, and how as part of the patriarchy I'll need to pay more to support women who decided they didn't need a man to raise a family, and what a terrible person I am for thinking people who make society function ought to be rewarded instead of punished.

    And I'll have people like you to thank for it. Thanks, you orange haired Nazi Clown. Thanks a lot.

    I am voting Hillary.

    #NeverTrump

    My fellow citizens have seen fit to put a criminal in the highest office of the land, banana republic style. She’ll get three, maybe four Supreme court nominations, locking up for at least a generation the only legislature that matters any more.

    I am voting Hillary.

    Maybe you should get some sleep.

  115. @JohnnyWalker123
    I prefer Sessions because he's very strong on immigration. Sessions has steered Trump to anti-immigration positions (anti-H1b, building the wall, banning Muslims). We need Sessions to advise Trump in DC. Sessions seems to have a very strong understanding of the details of American immigration policy.

    I don't think Sessions helps him with voters, but Sessions is an experienced Senator who knows how to navigate the legislative process. He'll be helpful in advancing the Trump agenda through the House and Senate. Sessions knows how to deal with the Republican establishment.

    I'd like Sessions as the VP.

    Jim Webb is a decent choice too, but more for the cabinet.

    But Webb is a Democrat with presidential ambitions. Webb has the right instincts. And Webb can appeal to Democrats. I’d say Webb is the better strategic choice. Plus, we need Sessions in the Senate.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    Webb didn't do that well in the Democratic primary. He actually dropped out very early.

    Webb could bring in working class Appalachian whites, but Trump seems to be doing very well with them already.
  116. After some time has passed, I predict that analysts and recent-history political historians will look back on this season and conclude that it wasn’t going to happen for Cruz when Trump beat him in just about every Southern state, that Cruz should have read the writing on the wall from that and dropped out.

  117. @JohnnyWalker123
    Hillary is actually very ideologically receptive to neoconservatives and WSJ types. I'm sure a lot of them will secretly vote for her.

    Hillary is actually very ideologically receptive to neoconservatives and WSJ types. I’m sure a lot of them will secretly vote for her.

    Secretly? They will openly support her. Mass immigration of third world cheap labor, gun control, Goldman Sachs, “free trade”, a bloated defense budget – why wouldn’t they vote for her?

  118. @AG Conservative
    I have to admit, I am a bit butthurt. My fellow citizens have seen fit to put a criminal in the highest office of the land, banana republic style. She'll get three, maybe four Supreme court nominations, locking up for at least a generation the only legislature that matters any more.

    Every day I'll get to read about my privilege, and how as part of the patriarchy I'll need to pay more to support women who decided they didn't need a man to raise a family, and what a terrible person I am for thinking people who make society function ought to be rewarded instead of punished.

    And I'll have people like you to thank for it. Thanks, you orange haired Nazi Clown. Thanks a lot.

    I am voting Hillary.

    #NeverTrump

    “I am voting Hillary.”

    That is the first step you can take in dismantling your White privilege. Bow down to Queen Hillary you cisgender White scum.

  119. @RamonaQ
    Susanna Martinez is the best choice.

    Susanna Martinez is the best choice.

    For whom?

  120. @MC
    It is strange how politics doesn't seem to select for people of natural political ability in the same way that sports selects for people of natural athletic ability. It's inconceivable that you could meet anyone who isn't already a professional baseball player, and think "he could replace Mike Trout or Bryce Harper." Yet I've met plenty of non-politicians who I thought would be more appealing presidential candidates than the current lot.

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy...but isn't there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Trump is "alpha" and very media savvy, but not obviously book smart in the same way that Cruz or Bobby Jindal are (and he's been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable).

    Hillary would never get anywhere near the presidency if "natural political ability" were as necessary to become president as "natural pitching ability" is to win the Cy Young award.

    Rubio has a lot of natural political ability, but was mostly done in by his disastrous strategery (and he's not any sort of intellectual). But it sure seems like in a nation of 300 million people, there ought to be someone of comparable looks/charisma to Rubio who isn't pro-amnesty, and is just a little bit smarter.

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc. Perhaps cravenness, or dumb luck?

    With the state of the country and the Presidential circus it seems like the election process selects for people with mental illness. Specifically, a narcissistic personality disorder with features of megalomania and a persecution complex.

  121. @Jefferson
    "And it’s going to be notable for the fact that she fell off a stage. That’s not a good way to end a public career."

    Poor Carly Fiorina, her win-loss record in politics is 0-3. She fails in her senate run, fails in her presidential run, and fails in her vice presidential run. Politics has not treated her very well. It's a sign that she should go back to making tens of millions of dollars in the private sector.

    I never liked Fiorina. Her extremist foreign policy views alarmed me. After Russia began military involvement in Syria, I remember that she called for an American military confrontation with Russia. That’s absolutely insane. Russia is a nuclear-armed nation.

    It’s strange that American media and political elites are so scared of Trump, who actually has very sober and restrained view with respect to foreign policy. It’s equally strange that they treat loony Fiorina as a serious public figure.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "
    It’s strange that American media and political elites are so scared of Trump, who actually has very sober and restrained view with respect to foreign policy. It’s equally strange that they treat loony Fiorina as a serious public figure."

    If Ted Cruz had won the GOP nomination, the Left Wing media would have treated Carly Fiorina as being as batshit crazy as Sarah Palin. They would not have treated her as a serious public figure.
    , @schmenz
    Unfortunately, and this depresses me greatly, in recent days Trump has been starting to sound more like a typical Republican war-monger and Israel-worshipper.

    In the last two days he has made some comments which don;t exactly inspire confidence. First there was the idiotic remark that if Russian aircraft comes near US military equipment amassing on or near the Russian border that the US should shoot the planes down. He never bothered to mention that the Strangeloves in Washington (Horse's Ash Carter, Breedlove, et al) are dangerously provoking Russia.

    Yesterday Mr Trump tells us that Israel should continue building settlements on the West Bank, and also how wonderful Netanyahu is.

    All this after his asinine comments about having no problem with aging male sex perverts visiting the little girls room (here I commend Cruz for calling out this madness), and his calling the ludicrous abomination of same sex "marriage" the "law of the land" (exactly what law was that, Mr Trump? Are you referring to the divine decree by five black-robed employees of the Federal government a "law"?). And his apparent reversal on other moral issues.

    I'm afraid this tells me that he has advisers who want him to be more "moderate", aka liberal, so that he can have greater appeal. Presumably the neocons, seeing that his nomination is all but inevitable, will now come over to him, play nice, and influence him into becoming yet another Republican. Of course I hope I am wrong. But right now he is sending all the wrong signals to average people, like the bakers who refused to bake a cake for two sex perverts and have now been ordered by a state judge to be "re-educated". This is precisely the sort of thing that makes those concerned about civilization throw up their hands in despair - and who will sit out the election.

    I still like Trump, and I was initially quite enthused, but recent days have dampened that enthusiasm considerably.
  122. @countenance
    Another problem with Cruz's candidacy.

    Stalin once said that he didn't care who casts the votes, he only cared who counted the votes. The reason he said that is that he was a mid 20th century Soviet Russian. If he was an early 21st century SJW American, he would say that he doesn't care about who casts the votes or who counts the votes, he cares about who interprets the election results.

    Interpreting election results is a very underappreciated choke point in the machines of modern democratic republican governance in a modern media climate.

    We all know how the Republican establishment, at the behest of the cheap labor gluttons in the donor class, interpreted Romney not winning in 2012 as a function of him not being open borders enough, therefore the solution is for the party to be even more open borders. This is why you had Gang Bangers of Eight, Schumer-Rubio, Jeb!.

    Parallel to that, the people that live in the lamestream conservative bubble universe interpreted Romney not winning and the several million white people who voted in 2008 but did not vote in 2012 as a function of those four million people giving Romney a lamestream conservative purity acid test which he failed ergo they stayed home. That silly reasoning is so easy to refute on so many levels, (the easiest way is that these people did vote for John McCain, who is even less conservative than Romney). Sean Trende actually had the best analysis of these missing whites; I know you've had posts about it. And of course the elderly black women who turned out in record numbers. But, the truth doesn't matter, it's what lamer cons in the lamer con ideological cult bubble believed. This is why you had Ted Cruz running a campaign of lamestream conservative ideological purity, because he is one of those cultists. Sure, it was good for 7.2 million votes and 11 states, but it's not good enough even to win the Republican Party nomination in 2016, much less the whole Presidency.

    Good points. The Beltway conservative “intellectuals” might be forgiven for losing touch w/ Flyover (though I consider them heavily self-selected for snobbery) but they have hardly been profiles in courage since it became apparent the campaign would veer in a direction wounding their amour-propre– in fact, they began acting like whiney babies whose toys were taken away from them. Whatever happened to stoicism, enduring truths, “this too shall pass” etc. The NYC/DC cons I’m reading hyperventilate daily like clueless 22 year old liberals back at the quad.

    • Replies: @anon
    The Beltway conservative “intellectuals” might be forgiven for losing touch w/ Flyover

    The irony is, Trump did worse in flyover country than he did in the northeast, and worse than he probably would have done in California.
  123. Here’s a video of Ted Cruz talking to Arab-American Christians. He was invited to talk about the threat of Islamic terrorism to Arab Christians.

    During the speech, he praised Israel enthusiastically. When the crowd booed him for praising Israel, he walked off the stage. “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you.”

    I’m sure he planned this in advance.

    Very smart guy.

  124. @Otto the P
    Cruz never got what he was entitled to, which is major media coverage and respect for being an unattractive unknown from nowheresville and ALMOST taking out a moronic narcissist with deep pockets and no shame, as well as a built in pre-fame and media advantage from years of brazen self-promotion and really bad hair. His accomplishment was astounding, yet he so scared the libskanks who run media they refused to acknowledge him for what he accomplished and marginalized him from get-go. Sad, wrong, in fact evil, but that is where we are until SkyNet erases us in a single night.

    If they were really that scared of Cruz the MSM would’ve gone after him like they did Trump, and Cruz would’ve folded.

  125. @BB753
    The problem with Cruz is that he looks and acts like a cheap lawyer. He only came so far in this race because both Jeb and Rubio flopped out, and they both made him look good. The GOP wanted so badly Hillary to win that they made sure to field the worst candidates ever. Being a shrewd businessman, Trump saw his chance and decided to run.

    https://youtu.be/tOLb0p7Eu_Y

    Yeah, obviously debating at Princeton is no preparation for getting into verbal skirmishes with working-class guys who look like they just came from one of Linh Dinh’s haunts. Cruz should have realized this within 5 seconds.

  126. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @countenance
    Another problem with Cruz's candidacy.

    Stalin once said that he didn't care who casts the votes, he only cared who counted the votes. The reason he said that is that he was a mid 20th century Soviet Russian. If he was an early 21st century SJW American, he would say that he doesn't care about who casts the votes or who counts the votes, he cares about who interprets the election results.

    Interpreting election results is a very underappreciated choke point in the machines of modern democratic republican governance in a modern media climate.

    We all know how the Republican establishment, at the behest of the cheap labor gluttons in the donor class, interpreted Romney not winning in 2012 as a function of him not being open borders enough, therefore the solution is for the party to be even more open borders. This is why you had Gang Bangers of Eight, Schumer-Rubio, Jeb!.

    Parallel to that, the people that live in the lamestream conservative bubble universe interpreted Romney not winning and the several million white people who voted in 2008 but did not vote in 2012 as a function of those four million people giving Romney a lamestream conservative purity acid test which he failed ergo they stayed home. That silly reasoning is so easy to refute on so many levels, (the easiest way is that these people did vote for John McCain, who is even less conservative than Romney). Sean Trende actually had the best analysis of these missing whites; I know you've had posts about it. And of course the elderly black women who turned out in record numbers. But, the truth doesn't matter, it's what lamer cons in the lamer con ideological cult bubble believed. This is why you had Ted Cruz running a campaign of lamestream conservative ideological purity, because he is one of those cultists. Sure, it was good for 7.2 million votes and 11 states, but it's not good enough even to win the Republican Party nomination in 2016, much less the whole Presidency.

    This is a good comment.

    Before Trump entered the race, I spent some time with Cruz at two or three private fundraising events. Back in May. Nothing frustrated me more than hearing him say that Reagan Democrats were coming to him and that the missing voters were Evangelicals. For how great his team was organizationally, they really whiffed on that one. The missing voters were non-southern, working class white voters. They all voted for Trump. They care about immigration, trade and US national interests (which we all here know). I begged Cruz in May to take populist/nationalist positions on immigration and trade. He didn’t listen because he didn’t believe it. In fact, he told us then that he was going to hit Walker because he had suggested cutting legal immigration. Then he wanted nothing to do with Jeff Sessions. He also had no problem with Muslim immigration. Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he’s not actually a nationalist.

    • Replies: @newrouter
    > He lost because he’s not actually a nationalist.<


    yea trump effin' billionare "new york nationalist" . you go grrrl.
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    but how many people realized the appeal of nationalism to working class whites?

    Other than Pat Buchanan, it was rare to hear public figures ever making that point.

    If not for Trump entering the race, I think Cruz would've won. He's the type of Republican candidate who's well positioned for a standard Republican primary. His problem was that Trump completely changed the game.

    If Cruz wants to stay relevant with Republican voters, he should consult with Buchanan. That's the future ideology of this party.
    , @Leftist conservative

    Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he’s not actually a nationalist.

     

    Of course he is not actually a nationalist. Why would so many Big Money backers have donated if he had been a nationalist? Nationalism does not make globalist corporations increased profits.

    Yes, he did come around to nationalist issues. To put it another way, he imitated what trump was saying after he realized that unless he did he was going to get buried. The problem is that a lot of us realized that he is just another lying politician who will say anything to get votes. We don't believe lying politicians like ted cruz.

    The media and the establishment had no problem whatsoever with cruz imitating trump on so many issues. Why? They understand also that cruz was just saying whatever he needed to say to get votes. They understand that he is a lying politician and that he will bend his knee to globalism if ever elected.

    , @Chrisnonymous
    I hope everyone who posted on this thread in support of Cruz's parting shots at Trump reads this comment. Calling Trump a pathological liar is a joke. Trump may be, on one level, a true liar, but he resonates because on another level, such as calling Cruz "Lyin' Ted," he lands solid, true blows.
    , @cwhatfuture
    Excellent point. Unlike Buchanan, Trump is not an ideologue and he is not an intellectual. He came to his nationalism emotionally, as did most of his voters and that is why he connected with them. Cruz was a phony when he spoke about immigration or trade and you could feel it.
  127. @Reg Cæsar

    I’d like Sessions as the VP.
     
    No!!! We need him in the Senate!

    Well, okay, the VP is the P of the Senate. But I'd rather have the most important man in US politics as Senate Majority Leader, rather than sitting across the room casting the odd tiebreaker vote.

    Now, Kris Kobach would be a good choice for VP. I assume he's as clean as a whistle. Kobach could shore up Trump's weak Midwestern underbelly. In office, he could concentrate on keeping the Donald honest.

    I want someone who could do 2 things.

    1. Advise Trump on immigration policy
    2. Help pass anti-immigration legislation through the House and Senate

    Sessions can do that. He’s a very bright guy.

    Of course, I think Kris Kobach could be good too. Even Tom Tancredo.

    I see Sessions as a realistic choice because he’s very close to Trump and has been advising him extensively since August. I could see Trump choosing him as VP. While I like Kobach, I’m not sure if Kobach is close to Trump.

    I do agree that if Sessions becomes the VP, we need a good replacement. A Senator who will fight for our side.

  128. @Marty T
    Ted Cruz is a brilliant conservative, ten times the conservative and person the orange egomaniac is. Congrats to Cruz for coming in a strong second. Now, we Cruz supporters must decide what to do. Hillary Clinton is completely abhorrent in every way, but the other choice is Donald, a man who spent the past several months viciously attacking Cruz to the extent his career has been likely harmed. Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats possible.


    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who he funded) crushes him in November.

    You need the millions of Cruz supporters to have any shot. Get to work.

    Give it up, cuck. The “gullible trumpkin” meme is a LIE: his supporters include a huge percentage of highly educated professionals who are SICK of your “that’s not who we are” BS. So you are such a “pure conservative” you will vote for the progressives whose shoes YOU are on your knees at to lick- instead of someone who has said the things no conservative has dared to for fifty frickin years? Get to work? maybe the Donald will return some jobs so we CAN get to work. And guess what- in case you haven’t noticed: Trump supporters don’t beg. Go back to your mommy and cry some more, and save your laughs for when the Donald makes Shrillerys head explode on live TV.

  129. @JohnnyWalker123
    I prefer Sessions because he's very strong on immigration. Sessions has steered Trump to anti-immigration positions (anti-H1b, building the wall, banning Muslims). We need Sessions to advise Trump in DC. Sessions seems to have a very strong understanding of the details of American immigration policy.

    I don't think Sessions helps him with voters, but Sessions is an experienced Senator who knows how to navigate the legislative process. He'll be helpful in advancing the Trump agenda through the House and Senate. Sessions knows how to deal with the Republican establishment.

    I'd like Sessions as the VP.

    Jim Webb is a decent choice too, but more for the cabinet.

    Keep Sessions in the Senate!!!

    Why???

    Because he is the only guy with the balls to stand up to McConnell.

    For instance, Indiana Republicans tonight just nominated the Carmel Cuck Todd Young, a literal Lindsay Graham minime to replace fellow Cuck Dan Coats in the Senate. The Neocons, Open Borders lobby and Paul Ryan’s & Mitch McConnell’s personal PACs spent a fortune backing Young over Marlin Stutzman. It was a really sad and vicious campaign. It was all about the putting the wood to Stutzman for showing the trace of a backbone.

    On the bright side at least Todd Young is being replaced in the Indiana 9th district by an outsider who is promising to follow a Trump platform on immigration. Stutzman in the 3rd is likely to be replaced by a highly rated by NumbersUSA, Jim Banks.

    But, Todd Young is another sure vote for Amnesty. Young only ran for the Senate because his vote for the Cromnibus bill doomed him in the 9th district.

    Young is so horrible, He may lose to Democrat Barron Hill in the general.

    We need Sessions in the Senate now more than ever!!!

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    "We need Sessions in the Senate now more than ever!!!"

    Indeed. The VP mostlly doesn't do much anyway (unless he's a Dick Cheney like puppet-master). More over, Sessions would probably have little national appeal and wouldn't help get Trump elected. Sessions would be wasted as VP. It's more important to have him in the Senate.
    , @newrouter
    >Young is so horrible, He may lose to Democrat Barron Hill in the general.

    We need Sessions in the Senate now more than ever!!! stupid peeps playing make believe<
  130. @Anonymous
    This is a good comment.

    Before Trump entered the race, I spent some time with Cruz at two or three private fundraising events. Back in May. Nothing frustrated me more than hearing him say that Reagan Democrats were coming to him and that the missing voters were Evangelicals. For how great his team was organizationally, they really whiffed on that one. The missing voters were non-southern, working class white voters. They all voted for Trump. They care about immigration, trade and US national interests (which we all here know). I begged Cruz in May to take populist/nationalist positions on immigration and trade. He didn't listen because he didn't believe it. In fact, he told us then that he was going to hit Walker because he had suggested cutting legal immigration. Then he wanted nothing to do with Jeff Sessions. He also had no problem with Muslim immigration. Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he's not actually a nationalist.

    > He lost because he’s not actually a nationalist.<

    yea trump effin' billionare "new york nationalist" . you go grrrl.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    Trump has been advocating trade protectionism since the 80s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEPs17_AkTI

    By the way, isn't it interesting how Trump talks about Japan so much? It's been decades since American politicians even mentioned the trade threat from Japan.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/business/international/unease-after-trump-depicts-tokyo-as-an-economic-rival.html?_r=0

    Donald J. Trump has often aimed his raucous brand of disparagement at foreign countries during his presidential run. There is China, “ripping off” the United States on trade and stealing its jobs. And Mexico, closing its eyes to a flood of migrants and drugs across the border.

    But his preoccupation with Japan is perhaps more unusual, if not anachronistic.

    Mr. Trump chastised Japan last week in a Republican candidates’ debate, naming it along with China and Mexico as countries where “we are getting absolutely crushed on trade.” He has previously accused Japan of manipulating its currency to achieve an unfair economic advantage, and of exploiting its military alliance with the United States to protect itself at little risk and cost.

    His complaints are reminiscent of another era, when Japan’s economy was booming and its companies were buying trophy American assets like movie studios and Rockefeller Center. Since the 1990s, though, Japan’s growth has been mostly flat, and trade friction much more subdued, even as the United States continues to run large trade deficits with Japan.

    Whereas Japanese officials once feared so-called Japan-bashing by Americans, today they are more likely to lament “Japan-passing,” a shift in attention to places viewed as more dynamic, like China.

    “Trump’s comments on Japan remind me of the period from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, when Japan was considered a serious rival to American economic pre-eminence,” said Glen S. Fukushima, a former United States trade official who is now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy group. “It’s interesting that despite the two-decade stagnation of the Japanese economy, Trump is now reviving the idea of Japan as an economic rival robbing America of jobs.”

    Or, as Robert E. Kelly, an East Asia specialist at Pusan National University in South Korea, put it on Twitter during the Republican debate: “Japan, Japan, Japan again. Trump is living in the Michael Crichton ’80s.” (Mr. Crichton’s best-selling novel “Rising Sun,” published in 1992, depicted a Japan that waged ruthless economic war against the United States.)

    Mr. Trump’s ascendance has begun to cause serious unease in Japan. Even if his run ends short of the White House, the worry is that an election dominated by such talk could leave the United States more closed to trade and less willing to defend its allies.
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    “My friends in the Foreign Ministry are in a state of panic,” said Kiichi Fujiwara, an expert on international politics at the University of Tokyo. “This is the first time in a long time that we’ve seen straightforward protectionism from an American presidential candidate.”
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    “If there is a big shake-up in American politics, there is a danger that Japan could become an outlet for popular dissatisfaction with the spread of inequality and other issues,” The Nikkei financial daily said.
     
  131. @Smitty
    Good points. The Beltway conservative "intellectuals" might be forgiven for losing touch w/ Flyover (though I consider them heavily self-selected for snobbery) but they have hardly been profiles in courage since it became apparent the campaign would veer in a direction wounding their amour-propre-- in fact, they began acting like whiney babies whose toys were taken away from them. Whatever happened to stoicism, enduring truths, "this too shall pass" etc. The NYC/DC cons I'm reading hyperventilate daily like clueless 22 year old liberals back at the quad.

    The Beltway conservative “intellectuals” might be forgiven for losing touch w/ Flyover

    The irony is, Trump did worse in flyover country than he did in the northeast, and worse than he probably would have done in California.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Trump is the Beast of the East.
    , @JohnnyWalker123
    Northeasterners like Trump because lots of them are ethnic (Irish, Italian, etc.) proles with abrasive personalities. Trump is their type of guy. Trump's crushing victory in Staten Island really demonstrated his popularity with the east coast Italian/Irish loudmouths.

    Nice Midwesterners feel Trump is too mean.

    By the way, Trump did well in the South. Southern whites are polite, but lots of them are roughneck Scots-Irish types.

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

    Trump voters.
  132. @Marty T
    Ted Cruz is a brilliant conservative, ten times the conservative and person the orange egomaniac is. Congrats to Cruz for coming in a strong second. Now, we Cruz supporters must decide what to do. Hillary Clinton is completely abhorrent in every way, but the other choice is Donald, a man who spent the past several months viciously attacking Cruz to the extent his career has been likely harmed. Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats possible.


    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who he funded) crushes him in November.

    You need the millions of Cruz supporters to have any shot. Get to work.

    If you are another damned Soros troll then please observe my median phalange raise in your general direction.

    If not, then you must assume that the Cruz supporters are so disgusted by the depredations of the Donald that they prefer the hysterical screeches of the old Hag, the Leech of Lucifer, the Scion of Satan, the adopted daughter of Old Scratch Himself, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the Donald.

    Now we know that The Donald is a defective candidate, but we also know that all candidates are defective. And we know that you prefer the Cruzer (though why is not something you have deigned to share from your superiority perch).

    But what we don’t know is what path you think accomplishes the following: (1) puts Cruz in the White House, (2) shuts down immigration idiocy, (3) establishes a (3a) sane foreign policy and (3b) a rational trade policy.

    Please share assuming that you aren’t a Soros (HBUH) numb skull.

  133. @rod1963
    You don't go to the prom with the girl you want, you go with the girl you got.

    Look politics is so ugly today and media driven, it takes someone whose been immersed in it to deal with it.

    Trump had been under the camera for decades. Dealing with the press for him is as natural as breathing is for us. It's the only reason the press wasn't able to pound him into mush.

    As for Cruz, he played his hand wrong, he could have cut a back room deal early after the 1st Super Tuesday to run as Trump's VP or SCOTUS post in return for his support instead of trying to take him out. Instead he wanted the brass ring now no matter what and paid for it.

    In short Cruz's massive ego proved to be his downfall.

    Now I'm just waiting to see what Kasich will do.

    If you’re running for President, you run to win. Running for VP or Secretary of State is for losers. It was not at all obvious that Trump would have the strength down the stretch he did, and Cruz made the rational decision to go for the big prize, not the consolation.

    At some point you need to differentiate yourself from your opponents. Cruz held off on that until just before Iowa/New Hampshire before he made that move, but he made that move.

    • Replies: @Difference Maker
    I thought it was obvious
  134. @anon
    The Beltway conservative “intellectuals” might be forgiven for losing touch w/ Flyover

    The irony is, Trump did worse in flyover country than he did in the northeast, and worse than he probably would have done in California.

    Trump is the Beast of the East.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Trump is the Beast of the East.
     
    Trump is Reagan in reverse. He grows horns west of the Mississippi.
  135. @anonymous-antimarxist
    Keep Sessions in the Senate!!!

    Why???

    Because he is the only guy with the balls to stand up to McConnell.

    For instance, Indiana Republicans tonight just nominated the Carmel Cuck Todd Young, a literal Lindsay Graham minime to replace fellow Cuck Dan Coats in the Senate. The Neocons, Open Borders lobby and Paul Ryan's & Mitch McConnell's personal PACs spent a fortune backing Young over Marlin Stutzman. It was a really sad and vicious campaign. It was all about the putting the wood to Stutzman for showing the trace of a backbone.

    On the bright side at least Todd Young is being replaced in the Indiana 9th district by an outsider who is promising to follow a Trump platform on immigration. Stutzman in the 3rd is likely to be replaced by a highly rated by NumbersUSA, Jim Banks.

    But, Todd Young is another sure vote for Amnesty. Young only ran for the Senate because his vote for the Cromnibus bill doomed him in the 9th district.

    Young is so horrible, He may lose to Democrat Barron Hill in the general.

    We need Sessions in the Senate now more than ever!!!

    “We need Sessions in the Senate now more than ever!!!”

    Indeed. The VP mostlly doesn’t do much anyway (unless he’s a Dick Cheney like puppet-master). More over, Sessions would probably have little national appeal and wouldn’t help get Trump elected. Sessions would be wasted as VP. It’s more important to have him in the Senate.

  136. @JohnnyWalker123
    I never liked Fiorina. Her extremist foreign policy views alarmed me. After Russia began military involvement in Syria, I remember that she called for an American military confrontation with Russia. That's absolutely insane. Russia is a nuclear-armed nation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwQ9sAGGnXw

    It's strange that American media and political elites are so scared of Trump, who actually has very sober and restrained view with respect to foreign policy. It's equally strange that they treat loony Fiorina as a serious public figure.


    It’s strange that American media and political elites are so scared of Trump, who actually has very sober and restrained view with respect to foreign policy. It’s equally strange that they treat loony Fiorina as a serious public figure.”

    If Ted Cruz had won the GOP nomination, the Left Wing media would have treated Carly Fiorina as being as batshit crazy as Sarah Palin. They would not have treated her as a serious public figure.

  137. @Anonymous
    This is a good comment.

    Before Trump entered the race, I spent some time with Cruz at two or three private fundraising events. Back in May. Nothing frustrated me more than hearing him say that Reagan Democrats were coming to him and that the missing voters were Evangelicals. For how great his team was organizationally, they really whiffed on that one. The missing voters were non-southern, working class white voters. They all voted for Trump. They care about immigration, trade and US national interests (which we all here know). I begged Cruz in May to take populist/nationalist positions on immigration and trade. He didn't listen because he didn't believe it. In fact, he told us then that he was going to hit Walker because he had suggested cutting legal immigration. Then he wanted nothing to do with Jeff Sessions. He also had no problem with Muslim immigration. Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he's not actually a nationalist.

    but how many people realized the appeal of nationalism to working class whites?

    Other than Pat Buchanan, it was rare to hear public figures ever making that point.

    If not for Trump entering the race, I think Cruz would’ve won. He’s the type of Republican candidate who’s well positioned for a standard Republican primary. His problem was that Trump completely changed the game.

    If Cruz wants to stay relevant with Republican voters, he should consult with Buchanan. That’s the future ideology of this party.

    • Replies: @GOUSAAmer114
    Ann Coulter did. Steve Sailer did. Peter Brimelow did. I did.

    I live in a very wealthy area. But nothing pisses me off more than walking into Costco and feeling like I'm at the United Nations. You can't go to the movies or mall or zoo anymore without feeling like you're in some third world hellhole. And that doesn't even speak to Islam, which so many of us believe has no place in the West and yet now is quite visible here. If I felt this - and again, I don't live or work amongst the diversity that much, no doubt others feel it too. Why are these people here? The third world invasion has become too apparent.

    Had Buchanan not been an anti-Semite, perhaps he could have won. He was right on a lot of issues, but he was a bit nutty on certain things, such as his WWII version of events. But yes, I agree that the future of the GOP is as a nationalist party. That's what happens when you go multiculturalist.
  138. @anonymous-antimarxist
    Keep Sessions in the Senate!!!

    Why???

    Because he is the only guy with the balls to stand up to McConnell.

    For instance, Indiana Republicans tonight just nominated the Carmel Cuck Todd Young, a literal Lindsay Graham minime to replace fellow Cuck Dan Coats in the Senate. The Neocons, Open Borders lobby and Paul Ryan's & Mitch McConnell's personal PACs spent a fortune backing Young over Marlin Stutzman. It was a really sad and vicious campaign. It was all about the putting the wood to Stutzman for showing the trace of a backbone.

    On the bright side at least Todd Young is being replaced in the Indiana 9th district by an outsider who is promising to follow a Trump platform on immigration. Stutzman in the 3rd is likely to be replaced by a highly rated by NumbersUSA, Jim Banks.

    But, Todd Young is another sure vote for Amnesty. Young only ran for the Senate because his vote for the Cromnibus bill doomed him in the 9th district.

    Young is so horrible, He may lose to Democrat Barron Hill in the general.

    We need Sessions in the Senate now more than ever!!!

    >Young is so horrible, He may lose to Democrat Barron Hill in the general.

    We need Sessions in the Senate now more than ever!!! stupid peeps playing make believe<

  139. @AG Conservative
    I have to admit, I am a bit butthurt. My fellow citizens have seen fit to put a criminal in the highest office of the land, banana republic style. She'll get three, maybe four Supreme court nominations, locking up for at least a generation the only legislature that matters any more.

    Every day I'll get to read about my privilege, and how as part of the patriarchy I'll need to pay more to support women who decided they didn't need a man to raise a family, and what a terrible person I am for thinking people who make society function ought to be rewarded instead of punished.

    And I'll have people like you to thank for it. Thanks, you orange haired Nazi Clown. Thanks a lot.

    I am voting Hillary.

    #NeverTrump

    What a good cuck you are: vote for your own enlightened slavery to the PC narrative. So masterful, so manly. The orange hair triggered you, amirite? Lollz.

  140. AP says:
    @Das
    The other candidates in the Republican primary were pretty unappealing and were unlikely to win the general election.

    And if Trump loses the general election, he will still have proven how potent "build the wall, deport illegals, ban Muslims" is in a Republican primary. Republican officeholders and aspiring Republican officeholders will have to take note. The contenders in the 2020 primary will sound a lot like Donald Trump.

    And if Trump loses the general election, he will still have proven how potent “build the wall, deport illegals, ban Muslims” is in a Republican primary. Republican officeholders and aspiring Republican officeholders will have to take note. The contenders in the 2020 primary will sound a lot like Donald Trump.

    Or, the Republican establishment will have to finally figure out a way to run a primary that produces a nominee who is actually electable in a general election.

  141. @anon
    The Beltway conservative “intellectuals” might be forgiven for losing touch w/ Flyover

    The irony is, Trump did worse in flyover country than he did in the northeast, and worse than he probably would have done in California.

    Northeasterners like Trump because lots of them are ethnic (Irish, Italian, etc.) proles with abrasive personalities. Trump is their type of guy. Trump’s crushing victory in Staten Island really demonstrated his popularity with the east coast Italian/Irish loudmouths.

    Nice Midwesterners feel Trump is too mean.

    By the way, Trump did well in the South. Southern whites are polite, but lots of them are roughneck Scots-Irish types.

    Trump voters.

    • Replies: @newrouter
    > Trump’s crushing victory in Staten Island really demonstrated his popularity with the east coast Italian/Irish loudmouths.<

    or stupid people? you go guido!
    , @anonymous-antimarxist

    Northeasterners like Trump because lots of them are ethnic (Irish, Italian, etc.) proles with abrasive personalities. Trump is their type of guy. Trump’s crushing victory in Staten Island really demonstrated his popularity with the east coast Italian/Irish loudmouths.
     
    As a half Blue Eyed Sicilian, I can tell you the real reason why Guidos love Trump.

    Italians came to America, before Italy not to mention Sicily came even close to being a functional nation state. For them, being from a chaotic relatively low trust society the idea of trust being purely a function of pledging allegiance to high ideals is a bit much. Not that most Italians are not very patriotic and have a grudging respect for the Anglo-Saxon way of doing things since they have prospered in this country.

    It is just that many Italian-American still see trust as a function of compacts of specifically defined mutual reciprocity. "I will tell you what is it for me, but you first tell me what is in it for you and lets see if we can make a deal".

    Think of any of a number of "Sit Down" scenes from Scorsese or Coppola gangster films or The Sopranos.

    Italians love Trump because he is man who knows how to negotiate deals and not get taken. They feel they can trust The Donald to look out for them.
  142. @Taco

    He’s not a natural leader of men, so for him to come in second out of almost a dozen and a half candidates shows a cunning and resourceful mind. Nixon would have been impressed. Cruz outlasted Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio plus a whole bunch of people whom I’ve forgotten already.
     
    Steve,

    I'm probably not as politically savvy as you, and I'm sure I don't pay as close attention as you, but I have to disagree on your analysis.

    I don't think Cruz outlasting the other fellows has as much to do with his cunning or resourcefulness as it has to do with circumstance.

    I don't think, for example, that if Trump wasn't in the race that Cruz would be the nominee. Cruz just happened to exist in the political niche that was least susceptible to Trump. Trump was able to destroy the establishment candidates, and Cruz wisely let that happen without interfering too much, but other than that, its simply a matter of the fact that of all the regional and ideological factions at play here, Cruz just happened to be the first choice of the last group that Trump would conquer.

    If Trump wasn't in this race, we'd be looking at Jeb as the nominee, and he would've won weeks ago, because the institutional support that desperately fled to Cruz after Super Tuesday wouldn't have done so.

    Honestly, I think the most calculated and cunning SOB currently in the race is John Kasich. His campaign is dead letter. Everyone knows this. Kasich knows this. But he manages to pretend like he's still in the race. As far as I can tell his only motivation for doing so is because running a presidential campaign, even a failed, dead-end presidential campaign, is a lot more fun than doing whatever the hell John Kasich does on a normal day.

    Kasich knows his political career is over in less than two years. He never got to be Speaker and will never be president. He probably wants to enjoy his very last hurrah.

    He kind of reminds me of Dick Gephardt, in that way.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I presume Kasich has figured out how to campaign on the cheap?
  143. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I’d give Cruz two cheers. He stood up to the farm subsidies, he repositioned to the right of Trump on immigration (after Trump’s about face on H1-B visas at a debate), and he had a track record of standing up to the “go along-get along” GOP. I’m sorry he wasn’t more popular.

    As a presidential candidate Trump will do well against Hillary.

    If Trump fulfills his promises as president on immigration (no more about faces) and ends the missionary wars in the mideast he’ll be successful.

    It may be for the best that Cruz is out now. The GOP has been planning to take Trump down in the second ballet at the convention. I’ve seen it in my state, where the GOP has filled the ranks of the delegates with Kasich supporting GOP loyalists.

    • Replies: @rod1963
    Cruz was and is a globalist, he only adopted the anti-immigration routine because he saw how popular it was.

    Prior to that he was a amnesty supporter and welcomed illegals into the country.

    His wife is a major architect of the NAU and member of the CFR and works for Goldman-Sachs.

    He's also nuts, while in Texas he and Abbot tried to ban sex toys arguing people didn't own their bodies. While campaigning he held rallies with ministers that advocated the death penalty for gays.

    IOW he's a lying POS that fooled a lot of people with his Constitutional Scholar routine.
  144. “By the way, Trump did well in the South. Southern whites are polite, but lots of them are roughneck Scots-Irish types.”

    Southerners can be formally polite (even the Scots-Irish ones), but they can also be rude. And they tend to have a hard-edge to them that is not as common among midwesterners.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    Southerners seem to mix their surface politeness with an underlying hardness. They sometimes give off a vibe that you don't want to f*** with them. Midwestern whites generally don't.

    Perhaps that explains why Wisconsin blacks are so different from rural Mississippi blacks.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/scott-walkers-wisconsin-where-social-democracy-came-closest-and-crashed-hardest/
    , @Sailer has an interesting life
    You tend to have a stupid side of you that is uncommon in humans. Not surprising you being inferior and all.
  145. MC says:
    @Andrew
    "(and he’s been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable)"

    Yes what a fool he is for not wasting millions of his own money employing thousands of campaign workers to secure the delegates he deserved instead of simply winning enough votes with free media to force everyone else out the race.

    Not a fool, but not a management savant either. He was clearly annoyed that Cruz was out hustling him for delegates, his campaign was beset with frustrated leakers who were mad they weren’t having more success.

    Rather than assume that Trump clairvoyantly knew he wouldn’t need the delegates, it’s more reasonable to assume that losing was a risk he was willing to take to avoid spending too much on the race.

  146. @newrouter
    > He lost because he’s not actually a nationalist.<


    yea trump effin' billionare "new york nationalist" . you go grrrl.

    Trump has been advocating trade protectionism since the 80s.

    By the way, isn’t it interesting how Trump talks about Japan so much? It’s been decades since American politicians even mentioned the trade threat from Japan.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/business/international/unease-after-trump-depicts-tokyo-as-an-economic-rival.html?_r=0

    Donald J. Trump has often aimed his raucous brand of disparagement at foreign countries during his presidential run. There is China, “ripping off” the United States on trade and stealing its jobs. And Mexico, closing its eyes to a flood of migrants and drugs across the border.

    But his preoccupation with Japan is perhaps more unusual, if not anachronistic.

    Mr. Trump chastised Japan last week in a Republican candidates’ debate, naming it along with China and Mexico as countries where “we are getting absolutely crushed on trade.” He has previously accused Japan of manipulating its currency to achieve an unfair economic advantage, and of exploiting its military alliance with the United States to protect itself at little risk and cost.

    His complaints are reminiscent of another era, when Japan’s economy was booming and its companies were buying trophy American assets like movie studios and Rockefeller Center. Since the 1990s, though, Japan’s growth has been mostly flat, and trade friction much more subdued, even as the United States continues to run large trade deficits with Japan.

    Whereas Japanese officials once feared so-called Japan-bashing by Americans, today they are more likely to lament “Japan-passing,” a shift in attention to places viewed as more dynamic, like China.

    “Trump’s comments on Japan remind me of the period from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, when Japan was considered a serious rival to American economic pre-eminence,” said Glen S. Fukushima, a former United States trade official who is now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy group. “It’s interesting that despite the two-decade stagnation of the Japanese economy, Trump is now reviving the idea of Japan as an economic rival robbing America of jobs.”

    Or, as Robert E. Kelly, an East Asia specialist at Pusan National University in South Korea, put it on Twitter during the Republican debate: “Japan, Japan, Japan again. Trump is living in the Michael Crichton ’80s.” (Mr. Crichton’s best-selling novel “Rising Sun,” published in 1992, depicted a Japan that waged ruthless economic war against the United States.)

    Mr. Trump’s ascendance has begun to cause serious unease in Japan. Even if his run ends short of the White House, the worry is that an election dominated by such talk could leave the United States more closed to trade and less willing to defend its allies.
    Photo

    “My friends in the Foreign Ministry are in a state of panic,” said Kiichi Fujiwara, an expert on international politics at the University of Tokyo. “This is the first time in a long time that we’ve seen straightforward protectionism from an American presidential candidate.”
    Continue reading the main story

    “If there is a big shake-up in American politics, there is a danger that Japan could become an outlet for popular dissatisfaction with the spread of inequality and other issues,” The Nikkei financial daily said.

    • Replies: @newrouter
    >” said Glen S. Fukushima<

    the fukushima reactor reacted?
    , @Romanian
    Eamonn Fingleton had an article on how right Trump is to eye Japan for his protectionist jujitsu.

    https://www.unz.com/efingleton/why-the-medias-silence-on-japanese-protectionism-gives-trump-another-priceless-opening/

    The more I read from Fingleton, the more appreciative I am of him.

    He also wrote this masterpiece, that should get the blood of Americans boiling.

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/boeing-goes-to-pieces/

    Read it and weep.
  147. @Bert
    Kasich knows his political career is over in less than two years. He never got to be Speaker and will never be president. He probably wants to enjoy his very last hurrah.

    He kind of reminds me of Dick Gephardt, in that way.

    I presume Kasich has figured out how to campaign on the cheap?

  148. @JohnnyWalker123
    Northeasterners like Trump because lots of them are ethnic (Irish, Italian, etc.) proles with abrasive personalities. Trump is their type of guy. Trump's crushing victory in Staten Island really demonstrated his popularity with the east coast Italian/Irish loudmouths.

    Nice Midwesterners feel Trump is too mean.

    By the way, Trump did well in the South. Southern whites are polite, but lots of them are roughneck Scots-Irish types.

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

    Trump voters.

    > Trump’s crushing victory in Staten Island really demonstrated his popularity with the east coast Italian/Irish loudmouths.<

    or stupid people? you go guido!

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    No, not stupid people.

    Smart enough to understand their economic interests are served by cutting immigration, stopping free trade, and ending wasteful foreign wars.

    However, they are abrasive loudmouths. Trump's style resonates with these characters, but offends the sensibilities of well-mannered Iowans.
  149. @Charles Erwin Wilson
    But Webb is a Democrat with presidential ambitions. Webb has the right instincts. And Webb can appeal to Democrats. I'd say Webb is the better strategic choice. Plus, we need Sessions in the Senate.

    Webb didn’t do that well in the Democratic primary. He actually dropped out very early.

    Webb could bring in working class Appalachian whites, but Trump seems to be doing very well with them already.

  150. Priss Factor [AKA "Polly Perkins"] says:

    Is Trump’s platform a kind of Sailer Strategy? Coulter Strategy? Buchanan Strategy?

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    Yes.
  151. @JohnnyWalker123
    Trump has been advocating trade protectionism since the 80s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEPs17_AkTI

    By the way, isn't it interesting how Trump talks about Japan so much? It's been decades since American politicians even mentioned the trade threat from Japan.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/business/international/unease-after-trump-depicts-tokyo-as-an-economic-rival.html?_r=0

    Donald J. Trump has often aimed his raucous brand of disparagement at foreign countries during his presidential run. There is China, “ripping off” the United States on trade and stealing its jobs. And Mexico, closing its eyes to a flood of migrants and drugs across the border.

    But his preoccupation with Japan is perhaps more unusual, if not anachronistic.

    Mr. Trump chastised Japan last week in a Republican candidates’ debate, naming it along with China and Mexico as countries where “we are getting absolutely crushed on trade.” He has previously accused Japan of manipulating its currency to achieve an unfair economic advantage, and of exploiting its military alliance with the United States to protect itself at little risk and cost.

    His complaints are reminiscent of another era, when Japan’s economy was booming and its companies were buying trophy American assets like movie studios and Rockefeller Center. Since the 1990s, though, Japan’s growth has been mostly flat, and trade friction much more subdued, even as the United States continues to run large trade deficits with Japan.

    Whereas Japanese officials once feared so-called Japan-bashing by Americans, today they are more likely to lament “Japan-passing,” a shift in attention to places viewed as more dynamic, like China.

    “Trump’s comments on Japan remind me of the period from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, when Japan was considered a serious rival to American economic pre-eminence,” said Glen S. Fukushima, a former United States trade official who is now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy group. “It’s interesting that despite the two-decade stagnation of the Japanese economy, Trump is now reviving the idea of Japan as an economic rival robbing America of jobs.”

    Or, as Robert E. Kelly, an East Asia specialist at Pusan National University in South Korea, put it on Twitter during the Republican debate: “Japan, Japan, Japan again. Trump is living in the Michael Crichton ’80s.” (Mr. Crichton’s best-selling novel “Rising Sun,” published in 1992, depicted a Japan that waged ruthless economic war against the United States.)

    Mr. Trump’s ascendance has begun to cause serious unease in Japan. Even if his run ends short of the White House, the worry is that an election dominated by such talk could leave the United States more closed to trade and less willing to defend its allies.
    Photo

    “My friends in the Foreign Ministry are in a state of panic,” said Kiichi Fujiwara, an expert on international politics at the University of Tokyo. “This is the first time in a long time that we’ve seen straightforward protectionism from an American presidential candidate.”
    Continue reading the main story

    “If there is a big shake-up in American politics, there is a danger that Japan could become an outlet for popular dissatisfaction with the spread of inequality and other issues,” The Nikkei financial daily said.
     

    >” said Glen S. Fukushima<

    the fukushima reactor reacted?

  152. We were told that this was the strongest most interesting diverse vibrant accomplished Republican Presidential candidate field of our generation.

    Donald Trump just beat every last one of them.

    Let that sink in.

    And draw your own conclusions.

  153. @Priss Factor
    Is Trump's platform a kind of Sailer Strategy? Coulter Strategy? Buchanan Strategy?

    Yes.

  154. @countenance
    Very familiar with the Emmis media empire and Dana Loesch. They have KFTK here in St. Louis, and of course she lives here and broadcasts out of here and it. Two minutes of her yuppie screaming, and there goes my nerves. My only use for that station is that their morning drive has a lot of Missouri state politicians as guests, and because my line of work is partially lobbying state legislators, that show is a very good coal mine canary for my professional purposes.

    Emmis totally ruined St. Louis's long time AOR station.

    Is KFTK as 24/7 Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran, Bibi is God, and Putin is Satan as WIBC???

    Folks have to hear EMMIS in order to believe it.

    Jeff Smulyan in is own way is a major Zionist media macher that most folks don’t know about.

    Also people don’t know that Smulyan is the man who gave Alex Jones his start.

    And for decades Alex Jones has been a textbook example of the TWMNBN tactic of creating a false “controlled opposition” that deflects populist outrage away from Jewish interests and if need be onto ridiculous conspiracy theory dead ends.

    http://alexjonesexposed.info/alex-jones-and-emmis-communications/

    The problem now is that Alex Jones seems to want to break away from Smulyan and hold on to his audience which is increasingly being “Red Pilled” by the alt-right.

    • Replies: @countenance
    http://www.971talk.com/programs

    From what you say, KFTK is not as obnoxious as WIBC.

    While we're on the subject of TWMNBN diversionary tactics, I think their A-1 tactic through the years has been libertarianism, diverting populist and nationalist outrage into a libertarian dummy load (if you're a ham, you know what that is, if you're not, Google it.) Because of its economic agenda, libertarianism wins somewhere between nothing and s**t, but because we're trying to justify our populist and nationalist proclivities in libertarian terms, all our political energy gets lost in the dummy load and disappears and has zero influence on the public policy formation process.

    Enter, Trump.

    Who, BTW, is starting to change Alex Jones.
  155. @countenance
    Very familiar with the Emmis media empire and Dana Loesch. They have KFTK here in St. Louis, and of course she lives here and broadcasts out of here and it. Two minutes of her yuppie screaming, and there goes my nerves. My only use for that station is that their morning drive has a lot of Missouri state politicians as guests, and because my line of work is partially lobbying state legislators, that show is a very good coal mine canary for my professional purposes.

    Emmis totally ruined St. Louis's long time AOR station.

    You mean KSHE? What, no more Zep, Floyd and Rush morning, noon and night??

  156. @newrouter
    > Trump’s crushing victory in Staten Island really demonstrated his popularity with the east coast Italian/Irish loudmouths.<

    or stupid people? you go guido!

    No, not stupid people.

    Smart enough to understand their economic interests are served by cutting immigration, stopping free trade, and ending wasteful foreign wars.

    However, they are abrasive loudmouths. Trump’s style resonates with these characters, but offends the sensibilities of well-mannered Iowans.

    • Replies: @AP
    Correct that Trump's Staten Island voters are not stupid. I suspect many aren't threatened by free trade or immigration, either. As someone had pointed out elsewhere, Staten Island is full of well-paid public sector union workers who are adept at milking the taxpayers and are so good at doing this that in terms of income they live financially in the upper range of the middle class despite having a working class education. Trump,whose business interests require working with these unions, with the local mob, with using corrupt means to get government approval for projects, and who rips people off if he can get away with it (through manipulating bankruptcy rules, for example) is sort of a billionaire version of these people. They could care less for either social justice or conservative principles (though for obvious reasons they oppose affirmative action), they just want to make money - no matter at whose expense - and live well. The Staten Island electorate see Trump as one of their own. New York values.

    It's a different sort of voter from the desperate ones in Appalachia or the rust belt.
  157. @Andrew
    "There might have been a more nuanced way to deal with ethanol subsidies"

    What is wrong with ethanol subsidies? You'd rather buy another 1 million barrels of oil per day from the Saudis?

    Ethanol keeps our money here in the US benefitting Americans.

    Buying a million barrels of ethanol means buying another half million barrels of oil on top of that, plus you drive up the price of corn and farmland, plus deplete the soil. Fuel ethanol from corn blows goats.

    Brazil has a good ethanol program, but they have sugar cane.

  158. Leftist conservative [AKA "Make Unz.com Great Again"] says: • Website
    @Anonymous
    This is a good comment.

    Before Trump entered the race, I spent some time with Cruz at two or three private fundraising events. Back in May. Nothing frustrated me more than hearing him say that Reagan Democrats were coming to him and that the missing voters were Evangelicals. For how great his team was organizationally, they really whiffed on that one. The missing voters were non-southern, working class white voters. They all voted for Trump. They care about immigration, trade and US national interests (which we all here know). I begged Cruz in May to take populist/nationalist positions on immigration and trade. He didn't listen because he didn't believe it. In fact, he told us then that he was going to hit Walker because he had suggested cutting legal immigration. Then he wanted nothing to do with Jeff Sessions. He also had no problem with Muslim immigration. Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he's not actually a nationalist.

    Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he’s not actually a nationalist.

    Of course he is not actually a nationalist. Why would so many Big Money backers have donated if he had been a nationalist? Nationalism does not make globalist corporations increased profits.

    Yes, he did come around to nationalist issues. To put it another way, he imitated what trump was saying after he realized that unless he did he was going to get buried. The problem is that a lot of us realized that he is just another lying politician who will say anything to get votes. We don’t believe lying politicians like ted cruz.

    The media and the establishment had no problem whatsoever with cruz imitating trump on so many issues. Why? They understand also that cruz was just saying whatever he needed to say to get votes. They understand that he is a lying politician and that he will bend his knee to globalism if ever elected.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    "To put it another way, he imitated what trump was saying after he realized that unless he did he was going to get buried."

    Cruz learned faster than the other guys.

    , @Boomstick
    I predict a great many current Trump fans will be bitterly disappointed when they learn about the nuance of the Art of the Deal. Namely, that there's a lot of salesmanship involved, and now that he has the nomination there's no reason to continue selling you things that appeal to you.
  159. @JohnnyWalker123
    but how many people realized the appeal of nationalism to working class whites?

    Other than Pat Buchanan, it was rare to hear public figures ever making that point.

    If not for Trump entering the race, I think Cruz would've won. He's the type of Republican candidate who's well positioned for a standard Republican primary. His problem was that Trump completely changed the game.

    If Cruz wants to stay relevant with Republican voters, he should consult with Buchanan. That's the future ideology of this party.

    Ann Coulter did. Steve Sailer did. Peter Brimelow did. I did.

    I live in a very wealthy area. But nothing pisses me off more than walking into Costco and feeling like I’m at the United Nations. You can’t go to the movies or mall or zoo anymore without feeling like you’re in some third world hellhole. And that doesn’t even speak to Islam, which so many of us believe has no place in the West and yet now is quite visible here. If I felt this – and again, I don’t live or work amongst the diversity that much, no doubt others feel it too. Why are these people here? The third world invasion has become too apparent.

    Had Buchanan not been an anti-Semite, perhaps he could have won. He was right on a lot of issues, but he was a bit nutty on certain things, such as his WWII version of events. But yes, I agree that the future of the GOP is as a nationalist party. That’s what happens when you go multiculturalist.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    I gave credit to Steve Sailer in one of my previous posts in this thread.

    Very few prominent public figures realized the importance of this. Even Ann Coulter only started to realize this in the last few years.

    I live in a very wealthy area. But nothing pisses me off more than walking into Costco and feeling like I’m at the United Nations. You can’t go to the movies or mall or zoo anymore without feeling like you’re in some third world hellhole. And that doesn’t even speak to Islam, which so many of us believe has no place in the West and yet now is quite visible here. If I felt this – and again, I don’t live or work amongst the diversity that much, no doubt others feel it too. Why are these people here? The third world invasion has become too apparent.
     
    As has been noted many times before, our rulers are culturally and economically completely out of touch with regular Americans. They don't realize the anger below the surface because they don't interact much with ordinary people. Also, PC makes people keep their anger quiet these days.

    Trump has revealed that there's a huge amount of discontent below the surface. He's expressing how a lot of us feel. That's why he wins.

    For political elites and oligarchs who live in a bubble, this is tough to understand.
    , @jesse helms think-alike

    I live in a very wealthy area. But nothing pisses me off more than walking into Costco and feeling like I’m at the United Nations. You can’t go to the movies or mall or zoo anymore without feeling like you’re in some third world hellhole. And that doesn’t even speak to Islam, which so many of us believe has no place in the West and yet now is quite visible here. If I felt this – and again, I don’t live or work amongst the diversity that much, no doubt others feel it too. Why are these people here? The third world invasion has become too apparent.
     
    It's very disheartening to see exotic third worlders imported en masse by assorted do gooders and leftist plotters. The state (meaning the stupid tax paying typical working person) pays these invaders to breed future democrat voting EBT SNAP Section 8 Obamaphone and Medicaid sucking parasites. Your tax dollas at work you rules obeying law abiding suckers
  160. @Leftist conservative

    Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he’s not actually a nationalist.

     

    Of course he is not actually a nationalist. Why would so many Big Money backers have donated if he had been a nationalist? Nationalism does not make globalist corporations increased profits.

    Yes, he did come around to nationalist issues. To put it another way, he imitated what trump was saying after he realized that unless he did he was going to get buried. The problem is that a lot of us realized that he is just another lying politician who will say anything to get votes. We don't believe lying politicians like ted cruz.

    The media and the establishment had no problem whatsoever with cruz imitating trump on so many issues. Why? They understand also that cruz was just saying whatever he needed to say to get votes. They understand that he is a lying politician and that he will bend his knee to globalism if ever elected.

    “To put it another way, he imitated what trump was saying after he realized that unless he did he was going to get buried.”

    Cruz learned faster than the other guys.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    Alan Dershowitz said that Ted Cruz was one of Harvard Law's smartest students.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/09/dershowitz-tex-cruz-one-of-harvard-laws-smartest-students/
    , @Leftist conservative
    I never said cruz was stupid.
  161. @Andrew
    "There might have been a more nuanced way to deal with ethanol subsidies"

    What is wrong with ethanol subsidies? You'd rather buy another 1 million barrels of oil per day from the Saudis?

    Ethanol keeps our money here in the US benefitting Americans.

    What is wrong with ethanol subsidies?

    What’s wrong with ethanol, that it requires a subsidy?

    How come I never see anyone at the E-85 pump?

    I ride the bus to work, so I’m not the one nursing on the Saudi teat.

  162. @boogerbently
    "Yeah, Trump beat Cruz like he’s going to Hillary, "

    In June, "Trump" was "a joke".
    Don't coronate Hitlery just yet.

    You misread.

    Trump will Hillary like Trump beat Cruz

  163. @Steve Sailer
    Is Huntsman running for Secretary of State in a Trump Administration?

    He speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese.

    This is the WEIRDEST campaign EVAH! Or, just historic! I wanted Huntsman from the beginning, years ago – if I remember, I said last year: Trump and Bernie with a dash of Hunstman, in a blender! – ha haa…

    I think tonight is a happy night – a night of new possibilities. Americans, tonight and tomorrow, need to think about what they revere, what they actually want…and calm down, and take inventory of their present – speculate about the future. Who are you, who, who , who, who?

    • Replies: @Wilkey
    Huntsman's an effeminate, entitled douchebag. He went into politics because daddy wanted him to stay far away from the family business, which is run by Junior's younger brother. Look at Huntsman family political contributions and you'll notice that they give at least as much, if not more, to Democrats as they do to Republicans.

    Jon Huntsman, Jr. isn't a sincere Republican. He ran as a Republican because he's from Utah, because it's the only state he ever could have won in, and because Utah is an overwhelmingly Republican state.
  164. @Mr. Anon
    "By the way, Trump did well in the South. Southern whites are polite, but lots of them are roughneck Scots-Irish types."

    Southerners can be formally polite (even the Scots-Irish ones), but they can also be rude. And they tend to have a hard-edge to them that is not as common among midwesterners.

    Southerners seem to mix their surface politeness with an underlying hardness. They sometimes give off a vibe that you don’t want to f*** with them. Midwestern whites generally don’t.

    Perhaps that explains why Wisconsin blacks are so different from rural Mississippi blacks.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/scott-walkers-wisconsin-where-social-democracy-came-closest-and-crashed-hardest/

  165. @Jefferson
    "Cruz and Trump were cordial up to the point Cruz figured most of the heavy lifting was done and he could start playing hardball with Trump."

    Donald Trump fired the first shot against Ted Cruz by claiming he is not a real American and there for should not be running for POTUS. And than The Donald referred to Ted's wife as being ugly and his father of being an assassin. So it was The Donald who decided to throw cordial out the window. He could have had an ally in Ted.

    I’m pretty impressed you typed all that while on suicide watch.

  166. @JohnnyWalker123
    Northeasterners like Trump because lots of them are ethnic (Irish, Italian, etc.) proles with abrasive personalities. Trump is their type of guy. Trump's crushing victory in Staten Island really demonstrated his popularity with the east coast Italian/Irish loudmouths.

    Nice Midwesterners feel Trump is too mean.

    By the way, Trump did well in the South. Southern whites are polite, but lots of them are roughneck Scots-Irish types.

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

    Trump voters.

    Northeasterners like Trump because lots of them are ethnic (Irish, Italian, etc.) proles with abrasive personalities. Trump is their type of guy. Trump’s crushing victory in Staten Island really demonstrated his popularity with the east coast Italian/Irish loudmouths.

    As a half Blue Eyed Sicilian, I can tell you the real reason why Guidos love Trump.

    Italians came to America, before Italy not to mention Sicily came even close to being a functional nation state. For them, being from a chaotic relatively low trust society the idea of trust being purely a function of pledging allegiance to high ideals is a bit much. Not that most Italians are not very patriotic and have a grudging respect for the Anglo-Saxon way of doing things since they have prospered in this country.

    It is just that many Italian-American still see trust as a function of compacts of specifically defined mutual reciprocity. “I will tell you what is it for me, but you first tell me what is in it for you and lets see if we can make a deal”.

    Think of any of a number of “Sit Down” scenes from Scorsese or Coppola gangster films or The Sopranos.

    Italians love Trump because he is man who knows how to negotiate deals and not get taken. They feel they can trust The Donald to look out for them.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    It is just that many Italian-American still see trust as a function of compacts of specifically defined mutual reciprocity.
     
    I've heard Japan described the same way: you don't have friends; you have mutual obligations.

    BTW, I've collected redundancies for decades. "Mutual reciprocity" is a new one to me. But nothing can top the "unfeeling ruthlessness and merciless remorselessness" of a 2012 commenter:

    http://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/06/do-jews-own-anxiety.html?showComment=1339657691601#c7511624718501365734

    http://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/06/do-jews-own-anxiety.html?showComment=1339691839067#c7224391461588539251
  167. @Steve Sailer
    "To put it another way, he imitated what trump was saying after he realized that unless he did he was going to get buried."

    Cruz learned faster than the other guys.

    Alan Dershowitz said that Ted Cruz was one of Harvard Law’s smartest students.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/09/dershowitz-tex-cruz-one-of-harvard-laws-smartest-students/

    • Replies: @BB753
    I'm not sure that's a good thing. Harvard stands for conformity and the "living" constitution. They've been screwing the country for the last 60 years.
  168. @Steve Sailer
    Trump is the Beast of the East.

    Trump is the Beast of the East.

    Trump is Reagan in reverse. He grows horns west of the Mississippi.

  169. @pyrrhus
    Funny how when Trump started talking about America First, his campaign immediately went to a higher level....must have been a mistake, right????

    I think you need to re read that and realize I believe Trump is going to wreck Hillary.

  170. @GOUSAAmer114
    Ann Coulter did. Steve Sailer did. Peter Brimelow did. I did.

    I live in a very wealthy area. But nothing pisses me off more than walking into Costco and feeling like I'm at the United Nations. You can't go to the movies or mall or zoo anymore without feeling like you're in some third world hellhole. And that doesn't even speak to Islam, which so many of us believe has no place in the West and yet now is quite visible here. If I felt this - and again, I don't live or work amongst the diversity that much, no doubt others feel it too. Why are these people here? The third world invasion has become too apparent.

    Had Buchanan not been an anti-Semite, perhaps he could have won. He was right on a lot of issues, but he was a bit nutty on certain things, such as his WWII version of events. But yes, I agree that the future of the GOP is as a nationalist party. That's what happens when you go multiculturalist.

    I gave credit to Steve Sailer in one of my previous posts in this thread.

    Very few prominent public figures realized the importance of this. Even Ann Coulter only started to realize this in the last few years.

    I live in a very wealthy area. But nothing pisses me off more than walking into Costco and feeling like I’m at the United Nations. You can’t go to the movies or mall or zoo anymore without feeling like you’re in some third world hellhole. And that doesn’t even speak to Islam, which so many of us believe has no place in the West and yet now is quite visible here. If I felt this – and again, I don’t live or work amongst the diversity that much, no doubt others feel it too. Why are these people here? The third world invasion has become too apparent.

    As has been noted many times before, our rulers are culturally and economically completely out of touch with regular Americans. They don’t realize the anger below the surface because they don’t interact much with ordinary people. Also, PC makes people keep their anger quiet these days.

    Trump has revealed that there’s a huge amount of discontent below the surface. He’s expressing how a lot of us feel. That’s why he wins.

    For political elites and oligarchs who live in a bubble, this is tough to understand.

  171. @Andrew
    "There might have been a more nuanced way to deal with ethanol subsidies"

    What is wrong with ethanol subsidies? You'd rather buy another 1 million barrels of oil per day from the Saudis?

    Ethanol keeps our money here in the US benefitting Americans.

    If it was worth it, it wouldn’t need to be subsidized. Or is it a charity? We’ve taken too much land out of food production and are burning it in our cars. I’d rather open up more oil fields.

  172. @Angry Midwesterner
    I remember sitting on a plane witb Heidi's Goldman coworkers. We had a good laugh about the Cruz joke of how he would hire Donald to build HIS wall. The good days.

    Cruz got way more exposure than he needed and came away as very unlikable. He probably should have delivered Trump Texas and taken the SCOTUS spot. Now he might be a permanent flame out

    Trump really needs Cruz’s grass roots organization on his side in the general.

    Trump is too smart to leave Cruz hanging. And Cruz is too ambitious not to respond.

    And Cruz is tailor-made for the SCOTUS, which keeps him out of Trump’s hair (pun not necessarily intended)

    • Replies: @Perplexed
    Yes, another globalist/universalist is just what we need on the Supreme Court--which would not be out of Trump's hair.

    This year, strategy trumps politics.
  173. @SFG
    They *all* deserve it. The closest thing to a human being in the race is Bernie Sanders the 1930s labor fossil, and...well...you going to vote for him? (Google some of his early writings on teenage sex and BDSM.)
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/young-bernie-sanders-liberty-union-vermont

    You don't vote for the guy you think is nice or decent. You vote for the guy who will represent your interests. My worry about Trump isn't that he's a crook. I know he's a crook. So is Hillary. But Trump is a crook voted in by white guys, and Hillary is a crook voted in by liberal white women and various groups that don't like white people, a shade I happen to be. My worry about Trump is he won't even bother to do anything for the constituencies supporting him. He'll just forget to build the wall , give huge contracts to his buddies, and spend all his time trying to sleep with women in every country in Europe.

    Your last line will make me laugh until the end of this month! I bet you 10,000 e{U he won’t go for Angela? Fougetadaboudid?

  174. @Otto the P
    Cruz never got what he was entitled to, which is major media coverage and respect for being an unattractive unknown from nowheresville and ALMOST taking out a moronic narcissist with deep pockets and no shame, as well as a built in pre-fame and media advantage from years of brazen self-promotion and really bad hair. His accomplishment was astounding, yet he so scared the libskanks who run media they refused to acknowledge him for what he accomplished and marginalized him from get-go. Sad, wrong, in fact evil, but that is where we are until SkyNet erases us in a single night.

    That’s President Moronic Narcissist to you, sir!

  175. A big factor in Trump’s success has been his decision to avoid fighting the culture wars and stick to populist issues like immigration and trade. Getting into heated debates about social issues like abortion and gay rights is a high risk, low reward strategy in the current political climate.

    This Michael Lind essay from 2014 is proving prophetic:

    http://www.salon.com/2014/05/17/r_i_p_social_conservatism_why_its_dying_%e2%80%94_and_the_coming_realignment/

  176. About VP choices:

    Sessions would be a good VP choice. He’s a true conservative and solid on immigration. Unfortunately he has some raciss baggage dating from his rejected nomination for a federal judgeship. He made a joke about the Klan to a black co-worker forty years ago.
    Dems would go wild with that drowning out every other issue for the entire campaign.

    Cruz would have been an excellent choice but his behavoir the last two months has put off many former admirers. Gaming the delegate process in the caucuses and even at the Arizona party convention which he lost in a landslide was shortsighted. It puts the lie to his straight shooter act and reveals him to be a bottom dealer. His saccharine TV preacher persona could not be more off-putting to people who aren’t fans of that milieu. Startling contrast to Trump who could not be more WYSIWYG.

    Susanna Martinez would be a media and liberal pleasing choice that stabs his supporters in the back while kicking the legs out from Trump’s anti-PC bona fides.

    Christie disqualified himself when he gave BHO a big fat sloppy bearhug just before 2012.

    • Replies: @countenance
    Credible gossip: Trump likes Scott Brown.
  177. @anonymous-antimarxist

    Northeasterners like Trump because lots of them are ethnic (Irish, Italian, etc.) proles with abrasive personalities. Trump is their type of guy. Trump’s crushing victory in Staten Island really demonstrated his popularity with the east coast Italian/Irish loudmouths.
     
    As a half Blue Eyed Sicilian, I can tell you the real reason why Guidos love Trump.

    Italians came to America, before Italy not to mention Sicily came even close to being a functional nation state. For them, being from a chaotic relatively low trust society the idea of trust being purely a function of pledging allegiance to high ideals is a bit much. Not that most Italians are not very patriotic and have a grudging respect for the Anglo-Saxon way of doing things since they have prospered in this country.

    It is just that many Italian-American still see trust as a function of compacts of specifically defined mutual reciprocity. "I will tell you what is it for me, but you first tell me what is in it for you and lets see if we can make a deal".

    Think of any of a number of "Sit Down" scenes from Scorsese or Coppola gangster films or The Sopranos.

    Italians love Trump because he is man who knows how to negotiate deals and not get taken. They feel they can trust The Donald to look out for them.

    It is just that many Italian-American still see trust as a function of compacts of specifically defined mutual reciprocity.

    I’ve heard Japan described the same way: you don’t have friends; you have mutual obligations.

    BTW, I’ve collected redundancies for decades. “Mutual reciprocity” is a new one to me. But nothing can top the “unfeeling ruthlessness and merciless remorselessness” of a 2012 commenter:

    http://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/06/do-jews-own-anxiety.html?showComment=1339657691601#c7511624718501365734

    http://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/06/do-jews-own-anxiety.html?showComment=1339691839067#c7224391461588539251

    • Replies: @anonymous-antimarxist
    “Mutual reciprocity”, Yes it sure is a redundancy and it fully intentional.

    Just as folks forget that if "trade" is expected to continue over time both parties must exchange something of value less one of the counterparties goes broke or you end up having to forgive debts with nothing of value in return unless you consider subjugation as something of value.

    Also because as you know for "Guidos" if the reciprocity ain't mutual, somebody is bound to get hurt.
  178. @Priss Factor
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-poised-to-create-first-monument-to-gay-rights/2016/05/03/0811810e-1154-11e6-93ae-50921721165d_story.html

    "While most national monuments have highlighted iconic wild landscapes or historic sites from centuries ago, this reflects the country’s diversity of terrain and peoples in a different vein: It would be the first national monument anchored by a dive bar, surrounded by a warren of narrow streets that long has been regarded the historic center of gay cultural life in New York."

    “surrounded by a warren of narrow streets”

    The place should be a national monument to the spread of HIV.

  179. @anonymous-antimarxist
    Is KFTK as 24/7 Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran, Bibi is God, and Putin is Satan as WIBC???

    Folks have to hear EMMIS in order to believe it.

    Jeff Smulyan in is own way is a major Zionist media macher that most folks don't know about.

    Also people don't know that Smulyan is the man who gave Alex Jones his start.

    And for decades Alex Jones has been a textbook example of the TWMNBN tactic of creating a false "controlled opposition" that deflects populist outrage away from Jewish interests and if need be onto ridiculous conspiracy theory dead ends.

    http://alexjonesexposed.info/alex-jones-and-emmis-communications/

    The problem now is that Alex Jones seems to want to break away from Smulyan and hold on to his audience which is increasingly being "Red Pilled" by the alt-right.

    http://www.971talk.com/programs

    From what you say, KFTK is not as obnoxious as WIBC.

    While we’re on the subject of TWMNBN diversionary tactics, I think their A-1 tactic through the years has been libertarianism, diverting populist and nationalist outrage into a libertarian dummy load (if you’re a ham, you know what that is, if you’re not, Google it.) Because of its economic agenda, libertarianism wins somewhere between nothing and s**t, but because we’re trying to justify our populist and nationalist proclivities in libertarian terms, all our political energy gets lost in the dummy load and disappears and has zero influence on the public policy formation process.

    Enter, Trump.

    Who, BTW, is starting to change Alex Jones.

    • Replies: @David In TN
    For a while, some Hollywood Republicans have called themselves "libertarians," partly to appear Respectable, partly on the idea it enables you to do anything you want. Examples are Eastwood and Selleck in interviews I've seen.
  180. @jesse helms think-alike
    About VP choices:

    Sessions would be a good VP choice. He's a true conservative and solid on immigration. Unfortunately he has some raciss baggage dating from his rejected nomination for a federal judgeship. He made a joke about the Klan to a black co-worker forty years ago.
    Dems would go wild with that drowning out every other issue for the entire campaign.

    Cruz would have been an excellent choice but his behavoir the last two months has put off many former admirers. Gaming the delegate process in the caucuses and even at the Arizona party convention which he lost in a landslide was shortsighted. It puts the lie to his straight shooter act and reveals him to be a bottom dealer. His saccharine TV preacher persona could not be more off-putting to people who aren't fans of that milieu. Startling contrast to Trump who could not be more WYSIWYG.

    Susanna Martinez would be a media and liberal pleasing choice that stabs his supporters in the back while kicking the legs out from Trump's anti-PC bona fides.

    Christie disqualified himself when he gave BHO a big fat sloppy bearhug just before 2012.

    Credible gossip: Trump likes Scott Brown.

  181. @Bill P
    I gotta say that Trump was ruthless with Cruz. Those attacks on his wife and allegations of extramarital affairs must have been psychologically extremely distressing and disruptive for Cruz's family given that his wife has a history of serious depression. When people called Trump's nasty tweet about Heidi a huge mistake and turning point I suspected they were wrong. It was calculated to land like a bomb right in Cruz's house. Trump is a genius when it comes to f*cking with people. My dad was that way, so I know it when I see it.

    Can he do it to Hillary? I bet he can. He's played enough golf with Bill Clinton to know a thing or two about their dynamic. In fact, that may be what convinced him to jump in the race.

    I think Hillary is going to be on the defensive from here on out, and she's not very good when she's in that mode. Even if she wins the general, Trump will have done permanent damage to her and her health, both mental and physical I'd wager. That man is merciless.

    However, I doubt I'm alone in thinking, in an objective sort of way, that these people deserve it.

    Maybe he’ll run a High Plains Drifter campaign, scorching the earth, leaving both parties in wreckage, only to resign the day after his inauguration, disappearing forever, leaving behind a diminutive VP named Mordecai.

  182. Curle says:
    @Marty T
    Ted Cruz is a brilliant conservative, ten times the conservative and person the orange egomaniac is. Congrats to Cruz for coming in a strong second. Now, we Cruz supporters must decide what to do. Hillary Clinton is completely abhorrent in every way, but the other choice is Donald, a man who spent the past several months viciously attacking Cruz to the extent his career has been likely harmed. Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats possible.


    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who he funded) crushes him in November.

    You need the millions of Cruz supporters to have any shot. Get to work.

    Even if he loses, Trump has already accomplished more of significance than any R nominee of my lifetime; Trump has begun the process of de-legitimizing the cultural Left and re-legitimizing the traditionalist Right. Reagan only barely attempted such a feat.

    I heard the best encomium to Trump from, of all things, a Wall Street (apparently financial industry) superpac regular R donor who was holding off contributing this year. Asked in an interview whether he was holding off because he didn’t like Trump he said, and I paraphrase, ‘me and my friends are re-examining the R party. The genie is out of the bottle and things will never be the same again.’ In other words, the scales have fallen from the eyes of too many Americans to ever return to the old ways. That ideological intersection between capitalism and rootless cosmopolitanism pawned off as ‘the conservative movement’ will be fighting a defensive war from here on out. If Hillary is elected, is there any chance the circumstances that brought about the Trump rebellion will be diminished? Of course not. Trump has ushered in a new era just as Thomas Paine did. Whether he becomes president or not is almost incidental.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    a Wall Street (apparently financial industry) superpac regular R donor who was holding off contributing this year. Asked in an interview whether he was holding off because he didn’t like Trump he said, and I paraphrase, ‘me and my friends are re-examining...'
     
    So top-level financiers and their quants also use object pronouns for the subject of a sentence? I thought it was just my trailer trash neighbors who did that.
  183. @GOUSAAmer114
    Ann Coulter did. Steve Sailer did. Peter Brimelow did. I did.

    I live in a very wealthy area. But nothing pisses me off more than walking into Costco and feeling like I'm at the United Nations. You can't go to the movies or mall or zoo anymore without feeling like you're in some third world hellhole. And that doesn't even speak to Islam, which so many of us believe has no place in the West and yet now is quite visible here. If I felt this - and again, I don't live or work amongst the diversity that much, no doubt others feel it too. Why are these people here? The third world invasion has become too apparent.

    Had Buchanan not been an anti-Semite, perhaps he could have won. He was right on a lot of issues, but he was a bit nutty on certain things, such as his WWII version of events. But yes, I agree that the future of the GOP is as a nationalist party. That's what happens when you go multiculturalist.

    I live in a very wealthy area. But nothing pisses me off more than walking into Costco and feeling like I’m at the United Nations. You can’t go to the movies or mall or zoo anymore without feeling like you’re in some third world hellhole. And that doesn’t even speak to Islam, which so many of us believe has no place in the West and yet now is quite visible here. If I felt this – and again, I don’t live or work amongst the diversity that much, no doubt others feel it too. Why are these people here? The third world invasion has become too apparent.

    It’s very disheartening to see exotic third worlders imported en masse by assorted do gooders and leftist plotters. The state (meaning the stupid tax paying typical working person) pays these invaders to breed future democrat voting EBT SNAP Section 8 Obamaphone and Medicaid sucking parasites. Your tax dollas at work you rules obeying law abiding suckers

  184. @Priss Factor
    Bring in more of this diversity:

    http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Palm-wine-tapper-butchers-20-year-old-lady-to-death-435336

    http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/worldNews/Congolese-Minister-fired-for-masturbating-in-office-435669

    http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/incest-lack-of-sex-education-drive-teen-pregnancies-in-el-salvador/ar-BBsxsxP?ocid=spartanntp

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/03/european-commission-turkish-citizens-visa-free-travel-schengen

    There’s much to criticize in Africa, but we could use some Ghanian sensibilities:

    The man, after realising his crime, bolted and has since not returned to the house. Residents chased him, but he managed to escape for fear of being lynched.

  185. @countenance
    That which got Cruz this far was the same thing that meant that he wouldn't make it all the way to the top. That is, being a lamestream conservative ideologue who plays by all the soi disant informal political campaigning rules. Like you've been saying, lamestream conservatism is trying to solve 1980's already solved problems in 2016's world.

    The good news for him is that even in our era of the Presidency attaining more and more power over domestic issues, to match its near dictatorial power over foreign and military policy, being a United States Senator is still an enviable position; hell, I was one election away from being a staffer for one. I think that now that he realizes that the Presidency isn't happening, Cruz will quit acting like he can or should be President, which I think was part of the reason why his Senate colleagues don't much like him, and get to work being a good Senator. Also, part of the reason his colleagues disliked him is that he came right into the Senate thinking of the Presidency, they didn't like him because they think he needs to win a couple of terms and pay his dues, and not jump ahead of older more experienced politicians. Now, Baraq Obama ran for and won the Presidency after barely working in the Senate after winning one term, but he was different for one very obvious reason: B-L-A-C-K. Cruz, while "Hispanic," in terms of having a New World white Spaniard for a father and therefore his surname, wasn't social justicey or civil rightsey enough for his election to be a profound or a first.

    I can compare Ted Cruz to another Ted, that being Kennedy. At some point, he realized that the Presidency was never in the cards for him, and started getting down to business as a Senator. This is why he was able to go from being resented to being loved by Democrats.

    “This is why he was able to go from being resented to being loved by Democrats.”

    That and adopting early on the position that white people are the single most evil force on earth and successfully working to erode their influence over American governance. The whiniest generation loved that.

  186. Leftist conservative [AKA "Make Unz.com Great Again"] says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer
    "To put it another way, he imitated what trump was saying after he realized that unless he did he was going to get buried."

    Cruz learned faster than the other guys.

    I never said cruz was stupid.

  187. @candid_observer
    I think it truly is time for the Republican Party and the conservative movement to come to a reckoning over its future. The numbers that are relevant aren't just Trump's, but the combined numbers of Trump and Cruz. Both ran in opposition to immigration. Both ran as outsiders (Trump with more credibility on the point than Cruz).

    What is almost incredible is how very few votes were ever cast for a candidate acceptable to the establishment, and running on a platform acceptable to the establishment. Bizarrely, the establishment imagines that these outsider candidates -- especially Trump of course -- have betrayed the conservative movement. But what this nomination process makes crystal clear is that there is no conservative movement as the establishment imagines it. There's just about zero electoral support for their "movement". What Trump and Cruz have done is a splendid piece of exploratory surgery, effectively separating out what the voters really want, allowing them clear choices. What voters want is something the establishment has always opposed, and which the candidates the establishment have backed have been designed to obscure.

    The establishment may generate all the ideas and policies and money they desire -- but their movement fails to exist, because it is empty of voters.

    This is very well said. I was going to post something a little similar but less eloquently or convincingly.

    I will stick to my schtick of pointless mildly amusing commentary…

    Steve,

    Cruz outlasted Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio plus a whole bunch of people whom I’ve forgotten already.

    You forgot about the black guy, Dr. what’s-his-face. I’ve already forgotten him too. Hard to believe how long he kept in the race considering how little impact he made on our memories…

  188. @countenance
    That which got Cruz this far was the same thing that meant that he wouldn't make it all the way to the top. That is, being a lamestream conservative ideologue who plays by all the soi disant informal political campaigning rules. Like you've been saying, lamestream conservatism is trying to solve 1980's already solved problems in 2016's world.

    The good news for him is that even in our era of the Presidency attaining more and more power over domestic issues, to match its near dictatorial power over foreign and military policy, being a United States Senator is still an enviable position; hell, I was one election away from being a staffer for one. I think that now that he realizes that the Presidency isn't happening, Cruz will quit acting like he can or should be President, which I think was part of the reason why his Senate colleagues don't much like him, and get to work being a good Senator. Also, part of the reason his colleagues disliked him is that he came right into the Senate thinking of the Presidency, they didn't like him because they think he needs to win a couple of terms and pay his dues, and not jump ahead of older more experienced politicians. Now, Baraq Obama ran for and won the Presidency after barely working in the Senate after winning one term, but he was different for one very obvious reason: B-L-A-C-K. Cruz, while "Hispanic," in terms of having a New World white Spaniard for a father and therefore his surname, wasn't social justicey or civil rightsey enough for his election to be a profound or a first.

    I can compare Ted Cruz to another Ted, that being Kennedy. At some point, he realized that the Presidency was never in the cards for him, and started getting down to business as a Senator. This is why he was able to go from being resented to being loved by Democrats.

    Yeah, but Kennedy embodied/helped create the Democratic party. Cruz embodies what is dying the Republican party. If he gets down to work on being a senator in the mold of either the GOP establishment or the religious right, he will make himself irrelevant.

    Baraq Obama ran for and won t

    Is this an insider almost-senate-staffer joke?

    • Replies: @countenance
    I deliberately misspell his first name to otherize him.
  189. That and adopting early on the position that white people are the single most evil force on earth…

    Except for certain white people in a foreign country with a name starting with I. No, not that one, the other one…

  190. @Curle
    Even if he loses, Trump has already accomplished more of significance than any R nominee of my lifetime; Trump has begun the process of de-legitimizing the cultural Left and re-legitimizing the traditionalist Right. Reagan only barely attempted such a feat.

    I heard the best encomium to Trump from, of all things, a Wall Street (apparently financial industry) superpac regular R donor who was holding off contributing this year. Asked in an interview whether he was holding off because he didn't like Trump he said, and I paraphrase, 'me and my friends are re-examining the R party. The genie is out of the bottle and things will never be the same again.' In other words, the scales have fallen from the eyes of too many Americans to ever return to the old ways. That ideological intersection between capitalism and rootless cosmopolitanism pawned off as 'the conservative movement' will be fighting a defensive war from here on out. If Hillary is elected, is there any chance the circumstances that brought about the Trump rebellion will be diminished? Of course not. Trump has ushered in a new era just as Thomas Paine did. Whether he becomes president or not is almost incidental.

    a Wall Street (apparently financial industry) superpac regular R donor who was holding off contributing this year. Asked in an interview whether he was holding off because he didn’t like Trump he said, and I paraphrase, ‘me and my friends are re-examining…’

    So top-level financiers and their quants also use object pronouns for the subject of a sentence? I thought it was just my trailer trash neighbors who did that.

    • Replies: @Curle
    I guess you thought wrong.

    https://wordwatchtowers.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/my-friends-and-i-or-me-and-my-friends/

    "Me and my friends

    Look at these two sentences:

    My father is taking me and my friends out to dinner.

    My father is taking my friends and I out to dinner.

    In this case, the first sentence is correct. The test is to shorten
    the sentences:"
  191. @Reg Cæsar

    It is just that many Italian-American still see trust as a function of compacts of specifically defined mutual reciprocity.
     
    I've heard Japan described the same way: you don't have friends; you have mutual obligations.

    BTW, I've collected redundancies for decades. "Mutual reciprocity" is a new one to me. But nothing can top the "unfeeling ruthlessness and merciless remorselessness" of a 2012 commenter:

    http://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/06/do-jews-own-anxiety.html?showComment=1339657691601#c7511624718501365734

    http://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/06/do-jews-own-anxiety.html?showComment=1339691839067#c7224391461588539251

    “Mutual reciprocity”, Yes it sure is a redundancy and it fully intentional.

    Just as folks forget that if “trade” is expected to continue over time both parties must exchange something of value less one of the counterparties goes broke or you end up having to forgive debts with nothing of value in return unless you consider subjugation as something of value.

    Also because as you know for “Guidos” if the reciprocity ain’t mutual, somebody is bound to get hurt.

  192. @Anonymous
    This is a good comment.

    Before Trump entered the race, I spent some time with Cruz at two or three private fundraising events. Back in May. Nothing frustrated me more than hearing him say that Reagan Democrats were coming to him and that the missing voters were Evangelicals. For how great his team was organizationally, they really whiffed on that one. The missing voters were non-southern, working class white voters. They all voted for Trump. They care about immigration, trade and US national interests (which we all here know). I begged Cruz in May to take populist/nationalist positions on immigration and trade. He didn't listen because he didn't believe it. In fact, he told us then that he was going to hit Walker because he had suggested cutting legal immigration. Then he wanted nothing to do with Jeff Sessions. He also had no problem with Muslim immigration. Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he's not actually a nationalist.

    I hope everyone who posted on this thread in support of Cruz’s parting shots at Trump reads this comment. Calling Trump a pathological liar is a joke. Trump may be, on one level, a true liar, but he resonates because on another level, such as calling Cruz “Lyin’ Ted,” he lands solid, true blows.

  193. @Leftist conservative

    Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he’s not actually a nationalist.

     

    Of course he is not actually a nationalist. Why would so many Big Money backers have donated if he had been a nationalist? Nationalism does not make globalist corporations increased profits.

    Yes, he did come around to nationalist issues. To put it another way, he imitated what trump was saying after he realized that unless he did he was going to get buried. The problem is that a lot of us realized that he is just another lying politician who will say anything to get votes. We don't believe lying politicians like ted cruz.

    The media and the establishment had no problem whatsoever with cruz imitating trump on so many issues. Why? They understand also that cruz was just saying whatever he needed to say to get votes. They understand that he is a lying politician and that he will bend his knee to globalism if ever elected.

    I predict a great many current Trump fans will be bitterly disappointed when they learn about the nuance of the Art of the Deal. Namely, that there’s a lot of salesmanship involved, and now that he has the nomination there’s no reason to continue selling you things that appeal to you.

    • Replies: @Paul Walker Most beautiful man ever...
    "now that he has the nomination there’s no reason to continue selling you things that appeal to you" .
    You should vote for Hillary. What difference does it make?
    , @Difference Maker
    Your predictions are too often wrong. See previous
  194. Cruz may have destroyed his political career during this campaign. He should have realized he could not win the nomination after Trump won Florida. The betting parlors in Ireland actually paid off those betting on Trump to win the nomination after Trump won Florida, and for good reason, it was clear Trump would win…but then the neverTrump camp encouraged Cruz to dig in and fight for a contested election. He was not campaigning to win, he must have known this if he is intelligent. He was going to lose states in the northeast and even admitted afterwards he expected to lose these states.

    His tactic to poach delegates was not acceptable to most republicans, but he had to boast and brag about his success which made it worse. it gave Trump a legitimate complaint and made it easy for him to attack Lyin Ted. Trump was much smarter than Cruz and encouraged Cruz to steal delegates, knowing it would tarnish Lyin Ted’s reputation. I will not applaud Cruz for his tactics, because it ultimately harmed him, thus it was not in his best interest, It was clear the establishment did not actually support him, Romney campaigned for Kasich in Ohio. Jeb refused to endorse anyone in Florida. The establishment sacrificed the political career of Cruz in an effort to get Ryan on the ticket in a contested election. Cruz fell for their trap in his quest for power.

    Cruz was smart not to go after Trump early in the campaign, but then went viral , attacking Trump instead of promoting his own agenda, knowing the establishment did not fully support him. He should have maintained his integrity and avoided getting down and dirty with Trump. Now his political career is in jeopardy. Bad move for a young politician. He would have had more opportunities to advance his agenda, but not now. I am not happy he destroyed his career.He could have been useful to the GOP is a few years. Now he will be working for Goldman Sachs to pay off his loans. Thus I cannot cheer for Cruz. He is no longer of value to the GOP because he foolishly compromised with the establishment when the odds were stacked against him. He took a big risk for little gain, not smart. Not a long term strategist.

    • Agree: Mike Sylwester
  195. @Anonymous
    I do not care what Donald gets. The Party gives the nomination to Trump and I am dumping the Republican Party forever. They can rot with their garbage. What good are they?

    If Trump loses to the anti gun, anti 2nd amendment, anti NRA Hillary she will appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court and reverse the Heller case, goodbye 2nd amendment and hello to every severely pissed off gun owner in America. Trump and all his supporters will be the most hated people in America with no safe place to hide.

    If someone like Trump hadn’t been the nominee, then the Republican party would be dead anyway.

    A lot of normal people hate True Cons as much as they hate liberals.

    • Replies: @Travis
    George W Bush destroyed the GOP. any President who doubles the burden of federal spending in just eight years is disqualified from being a conservative – unless the term is stripped of any meaning and conservatives no longer care about limited government and constitutional constraints on Washington. Bush coerced republicans in congress to support the utterly irresponsible prescription drug entitlement. There is no doubt that Bush’s net impact on healthcare was to saddle America with more statism. On regulatory issues, the biggest change implemented during the Bush year was probably Sarbanes-Oxley – a clear example of regulatory overkill. Another regulatory change, which turned out to be a ticking time bomb, was the expansion of the “affordable-lending” requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    During the savings & loan bailout 25 years ago, at least incompentent executives and negligent shareholders were wiped out. Government money was used, but only to pay off depositors and/or to pay healthy firms to absorb bankrupt institutions. Bush, by contrast, exacerbated all the moral hazard issues by resucing the executives and shareholders who helped create the mess. Last but not least, let’s not forget that Bush got the ball rolling on auto-industry bailouts.

    His hubristic attempt to remake the political culture of foreign nations via military occupation was not conservative. His profligate spending habits were not conservative. His empowerment of the federal education bureaucracy at the expense of state and local control was not conservative. Federal funding of embryo research was not conservative.
  196. @Anonymous
    I do not care what Donald gets. The Party gives the nomination to Trump and I am dumping the Republican Party forever. They can rot with their garbage. What good are they?

    If Trump loses to the anti gun, anti 2nd amendment, anti NRA Hillary she will appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court and reverse the Heller case, goodbye 2nd amendment and hello to every severely pissed off gun owner in America. Trump and all his supporters will be the most hated people in America with no safe place to hide.

    So it’ll be Hilltron committing all this liberalism upon the American core, but it’ll be Trump that will be blamed for it?

    Are you stupid?

  197. @Boomstick
    I predict a great many current Trump fans will be bitterly disappointed when they learn about the nuance of the Art of the Deal. Namely, that there's a lot of salesmanship involved, and now that he has the nomination there's no reason to continue selling you things that appeal to you.

    “now that he has the nomination there’s no reason to continue selling you things that appeal to you” .
    You should vote for Hillary. What difference does it make?

    • Replies: @Boomstick
    Candidates who have an ideological basis for their policy positions may not always get you what you want. But the odds are also good that they won't betray you to your enemies as a part of some larger "art of the deal."
  198. @MC
    It is strange how politics doesn't seem to select for people of natural political ability in the same way that sports selects for people of natural athletic ability. It's inconceivable that you could meet anyone who isn't already a professional baseball player, and think "he could replace Mike Trout or Bryce Harper." Yet I've met plenty of non-politicians who I thought would be more appealing presidential candidates than the current lot.

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy...but isn't there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Trump is "alpha" and very media savvy, but not obviously book smart in the same way that Cruz or Bobby Jindal are (and he's been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable).

    Hillary would never get anywhere near the presidency if "natural political ability" were as necessary to become president as "natural pitching ability" is to win the Cy Young award.

    Rubio has a lot of natural political ability, but was mostly done in by his disastrous strategery (and he's not any sort of intellectual). But it sure seems like in a nation of 300 million people, there ought to be someone of comparable looks/charisma to Rubio who isn't pro-amnesty, and is just a little bit smarter.

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc. Perhaps cravenness, or dumb luck?

    Unfortunately politics doesn’t pay well, and as others have mentioned, your whole life will be spent in front of the cameras. The only money they could get is through corruption after their careers are over by disgraceful fees for speeches etc., which makes it even less appealing. Chinese or Russian politicians can seclude their families from the media, and they get better paid, so you get smarter or more natural born leaders (like Putin or Xi Jinping). However, they also get their money through corrupt channels, and the whole selection process there is also corrupt to the core, so their leaders are probably not nearly the best for their respective countries. I’m sure in Russia there are thousands of people better suited for the job of president than Putin.

  199. 5371 says:
    @Priss Factor
    Bring in more of this diversity:

    http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Palm-wine-tapper-butchers-20-year-old-lady-to-death-435336

    http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/worldNews/Congolese-Minister-fired-for-masturbating-in-office-435669

    http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/incest-lack-of-sex-education-drive-teen-pregnancies-in-el-salvador/ar-BBsxsxP?ocid=spartanntp

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/03/european-commission-turkish-citizens-visa-free-travel-schengen

    [Sebineza was clearly seen as captured by a webcam sitting in his office with the official portrait of Kabila in the background and the flag of the country installed properly, get his manhood out to masturbate, ejaculate, before cleaning up.]

    You’d hate to see a minister jerking off with his national flag improperly installed!

  200. Hopefully mutual friend Jeff Sessions can arrange a Trump/Cruz reconciliation.

    • Agree: Travis
  201. @Otto the P
    Cruz never got what he was entitled to, which is major media coverage and respect for being an unattractive unknown from nowheresville and ALMOST taking out a moronic narcissist with deep pockets and no shame, as well as a built in pre-fame and media advantage from years of brazen self-promotion and really bad hair. His accomplishment was astounding, yet he so scared the libskanks who run media they refused to acknowledge him for what he accomplished and marginalized him from get-go. Sad, wrong, in fact evil, but that is where we are until SkyNet erases us in a single night.

    I listen to Glenn Beck every day, just for the laughs. I can’t wait to hear him today. When Cruz allowed Beck to direct his campaign back before Iowa, it was already over. How Cruz could not see how tying his campaign to the cement block of Mormonism/Beckism baffles me.

  202. @candid_observer
    I think it truly is time for the Republican Party and the conservative movement to come to a reckoning over its future. The numbers that are relevant aren't just Trump's, but the combined numbers of Trump and Cruz. Both ran in opposition to immigration. Both ran as outsiders (Trump with more credibility on the point than Cruz).

    What is almost incredible is how very few votes were ever cast for a candidate acceptable to the establishment, and running on a platform acceptable to the establishment. Bizarrely, the establishment imagines that these outsider candidates -- especially Trump of course -- have betrayed the conservative movement. But what this nomination process makes crystal clear is that there is no conservative movement as the establishment imagines it. There's just about zero electoral support for their "movement". What Trump and Cruz have done is a splendid piece of exploratory surgery, effectively separating out what the voters really want, allowing them clear choices. What voters want is something the establishment has always opposed, and which the candidates the establishment have backed have been designed to obscure.

    The establishment may generate all the ideas and policies and money they desire -- but their movement fails to exist, because it is empty of voters.

    Indeed. Very early on in the campaign I looked at the Iowa results and realized it was over for anyone who couldn’t come across as sincerely against open borders. Anti-establishment candidates won over 70% of the vote in Iowa. The establishment did better in New Hampshire, but they still got maybe only 40%. They were toast. It was mathematically impossible for them to ever get above 50%. I posted that exact prediction here.

    Donald Trump and Ted Cruz prove the potency of the illegal immigration issue. Republican voters are fed up with an establishment that wins elections running as conservatives but abandons every aspect of conservatism except financial deregulation and tax cuts for the rich. They want an unabashedly patriotic, pro-American form of conservatism – the kind of conservatism that isn’t embarrassed by Christianity, blue collar voters, and a party that’s 90% white.

    Imagine you’re a candidate ramping up your campaign for 2018, or 2020, or running for re-election. Are those the kinds of forces you want to be opposing. Whether Trump wins or loses this autumn, he may have guaranteed that GOP voters will never have to worry about betrayal on immigration ever again.

  203. @Lagertha
    He speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese.

    This is the WEIRDEST campaign EVAH! Or, just historic! I wanted Huntsman from the beginning, years ago - if I remember, I said last year: Trump and Bernie with a dash of Hunstman, in a blender! - ha haa...

    I think tonight is a happy night - a night of new possibilities. Americans, tonight and tomorrow, need to think about what they revere, what they actually want...and calm down, and take inventory of their present - speculate about the future. Who are you, who, who , who, who?

    Huntsman’s an effeminate, entitled douchebag. He went into politics because daddy wanted him to stay far away from the family business, which is run by Junior’s younger brother. Look at Huntsman family political contributions and you’ll notice that they give at least as much, if not more, to Democrats as they do to Republicans.

    Jon Huntsman, Jr. isn’t a sincere Republican. He ran as a Republican because he’s from Utah, because it’s the only state he ever could have won in, and because Utah is an overwhelmingly Republican state.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    Lagertha is a Euro immigrant to the People's Commonwealth of Massachusetts, so her enthusiasm for pols from the Romney/Huntsman wing shouldn't surprise. Her (and my) "Republican" governor, probably the RINOest RINO currently holding office, is on record as refusing to vote for Trump no matter what. And he can say that with little concern for any repercussions.
  204. AP says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    No, not stupid people.

    Smart enough to understand their economic interests are served by cutting immigration, stopping free trade, and ending wasteful foreign wars.

    However, they are abrasive loudmouths. Trump's style resonates with these characters, but offends the sensibilities of well-mannered Iowans.

    Correct that Trump’s Staten Island voters are not stupid. I suspect many aren’t threatened by free trade or immigration, either. As someone had pointed out elsewhere, Staten Island is full of well-paid public sector union workers who are adept at milking the taxpayers and are so good at doing this that in terms of income they live financially in the upper range of the middle class despite having a working class education. Trump,whose business interests require working with these unions, with the local mob, with using corrupt means to get government approval for projects, and who rips people off if he can get away with it (through manipulating bankruptcy rules, for example) is sort of a billionaire version of these people. They could care less for either social justice or conservative principles (though for obvious reasons they oppose affirmative action), they just want to make money – no matter at whose expense – and live well. The Staten Island electorate see Trump as one of their own. New York values.

    It’s a different sort of voter from the desperate ones in Appalachia or the rust belt.

  205. The last poll results from Indiana I saw, with over 85% of votes counted, showed Hillary losing to Bernie, getting 115,000 fewer votes than the *second place* Republican candidate, and getting not even half as many votes as Tump.

    But remember, there’s no way whatsoever that Trump can beat Clinton in November.

    • Replies: @Curle
    "there’s no way whatsoever that Trump can beat Clinton in November."

    Right. And should Ronald Reagan ever go up against Jimmy Carter it will be a Carter romp. I know this because all the cool kids say it is so.
  206. @Chrisnonymous
    Yeah, but Kennedy embodied/helped create the Democratic party. Cruz embodies what is dying the Republican party. If he gets down to work on being a senator in the mold of either the GOP establishment or the religious right, he will make himself irrelevant.

    Baraq Obama ran for and won t
     
    Is this an insider almost-senate-staffer joke?

    I deliberately misspell his first name to otherize him.

  207. @Mr. Anon
    "By the way, Trump did well in the South. Southern whites are polite, but lots of them are roughneck Scots-Irish types."

    Southerners can be formally polite (even the Scots-Irish ones), but they can also be rude. And they tend to have a hard-edge to them that is not as common among midwesterners.

    You tend to have a stupid side of you that is uncommon in humans. Not surprising you being inferior and all.

  208. @JohnnyWalker123
    Alan Dershowitz said that Ted Cruz was one of Harvard Law's smartest students.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/09/dershowitz-tex-cruz-one-of-harvard-laws-smartest-students/

    I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Harvard stands for conformity and the “living” constitution. They’ve been screwing the country for the last 60 years.

  209. @S. Anonyia
    If someone like Trump hadn't been the nominee, then the Republican party would be dead anyway.

    A lot of normal people hate True Cons as much as they hate liberals.

    George W Bush destroyed the GOP. any President who doubles the burden of federal spending in just eight years is disqualified from being a conservative – unless the term is stripped of any meaning and conservatives no longer care about limited government and constitutional constraints on Washington. Bush coerced republicans in congress to support the utterly irresponsible prescription drug entitlement. There is no doubt that Bush’s net impact on healthcare was to saddle America with more statism. On regulatory issues, the biggest change implemented during the Bush year was probably Sarbanes-Oxley – a clear example of regulatory overkill. Another regulatory change, which turned out to be a ticking time bomb, was the expansion of the “affordable-lending” requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    During the savings & loan bailout 25 years ago, at least incompentent executives and negligent shareholders were wiped out. Government money was used, but only to pay off depositors and/or to pay healthy firms to absorb bankrupt institutions. Bush, by contrast, exacerbated all the moral hazard issues by resucing the executives and shareholders who helped create the mess. Last but not least, let’s not forget that Bush got the ball rolling on auto-industry bailouts.

    His hubristic attempt to remake the political culture of foreign nations via military occupation was not conservative. His profligate spending habits were not conservative. His empowerment of the federal education bureaucracy at the expense of state and local control was not conservative. Federal funding of embryo research was not conservative.

  210. Yes, respect for being a devious unlikable snake, yet managing to have a career

  211. @JohnnyWalker123
    I never liked Fiorina. Her extremist foreign policy views alarmed me. After Russia began military involvement in Syria, I remember that she called for an American military confrontation with Russia. That's absolutely insane. Russia is a nuclear-armed nation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwQ9sAGGnXw

    It's strange that American media and political elites are so scared of Trump, who actually has very sober and restrained view with respect to foreign policy. It's equally strange that they treat loony Fiorina as a serious public figure.

    Unfortunately, and this depresses me greatly, in recent days Trump has been starting to sound more like a typical Republican war-monger and Israel-worshipper.

    In the last two days he has made some comments which don;t exactly inspire confidence. First there was the idiotic remark that if Russian aircraft comes near US military equipment amassing on or near the Russian border that the US should shoot the planes down. He never bothered to mention that the Strangeloves in Washington (Horse’s Ash Carter, Breedlove, et al) are dangerously provoking Russia.

    Yesterday Mr Trump tells us that Israel should continue building settlements on the West Bank, and also how wonderful Netanyahu is.

    All this after his asinine comments about having no problem with aging male sex perverts visiting the little girls room (here I commend Cruz for calling out this madness), and his calling the ludicrous abomination of same sex “marriage” the “law of the land” (exactly what law was that, Mr Trump? Are you referring to the divine decree by five black-robed employees of the Federal government a “law”?). And his apparent reversal on other moral issues.

    I’m afraid this tells me that he has advisers who want him to be more “moderate”, aka liberal, so that he can have greater appeal. Presumably the neocons, seeing that his nomination is all but inevitable, will now come over to him, play nice, and influence him into becoming yet another Republican. Of course I hope I am wrong. But right now he is sending all the wrong signals to average people, like the bakers who refused to bake a cake for two sex perverts and have now been ordered by a state judge to be “re-educated”. This is precisely the sort of thing that makes those concerned about civilization throw up their hands in despair – and who will sit out the election.

    I still like Trump, and I was initially quite enthused, but recent days have dampened that enthusiasm considerably.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke

    Unfortunately, and this depresses me greatly, in recent days Trump has been starting to sound more like a typical Republican war-monger and Israel-worshipper.
     
    That would be the typical citizen of any non-pussy-whipped European country. But then again, Putin-worshippers aren't typical citizens of any country, outside of Russia.
  212. NickG says:
    @rod1963
    You don't go to the prom with the girl you want, you go with the girl you got.

    Look politics is so ugly today and media driven, it takes someone whose been immersed in it to deal with it.

    Trump had been under the camera for decades. Dealing with the press for him is as natural as breathing is for us. It's the only reason the press wasn't able to pound him into mush.

    As for Cruz, he played his hand wrong, he could have cut a back room deal early after the 1st Super Tuesday to run as Trump's VP or SCOTUS post in return for his support instead of trying to take him out. Instead he wanted the brass ring now no matter what and paid for it.

    In short Cruz's massive ego proved to be his downfall.

    Now I'm just waiting to see what Kasich will do.

    As for Cruz, he played his hand wrong, he could have cut a back room deal early after the 1st Super Tuesday to run as Trump’s VP or SCOTUS post in return for his support instead of trying to take him out.

    Maybe Cruz tried, and Trump just wasn’t buying. Perhaps Trump thinks Cruz as a Veep candidate would be a strategic fetter on beating PantSuit, as Cruz has little appeal to Trump-Dems and independents which Trump knows are required to beat the Dems in November. Trump maybe felt he has better chances winning the November presidential election by taking his chances at winning the GOP nomination without cutting such deals, by choosing a more marketable Veep.

    Trump likely has his Veep teed-up, or a very short short-list.

  213. @Andrew
    "There might have been a more nuanced way to deal with ethanol subsidies"

    What is wrong with ethanol subsidies? You'd rather buy another 1 million barrels of oil per day from the Saudis?

    Ethanol keeps our money here in the US benefitting Americans.

    ethanol subsidies increase our dependence of oil imports. Need oil to run the farms, ferment the corn, transport the ethanol…actually results in higher demand for importing oil.

    this is why ethanol needs massive subsidies and is still twice the cost of gasoline. Takes 2 gallons of oil to produce one gallon of ethanol. In addition cars get 10% less fuel efficiency with ethanol, it also is bad for internal combustion engines, causing more wear and tear resulting in Americans buying more imported cars. Ethanol is one of the worst policies we have as a nation.

  214. He lost because he’s not actually a nationalist.

    This is why I never gave Cruz any serious consideration. He was obviously drafting in Trump’s wake. Trump is the one who brought immigration restrictionists to the dance, period.

    yea trump effin’ billionare “new york nationalist” . you go grrrl.

    Well that’s the Judeo-Christian demo heard from.

    Cruz learned faster than the other guys.

    Which drives home your point about Nixon, I guess. Most pols tend to internalize their own bullshit, over time. It’s human nature. Becomes difficult for them to see that their bullshit is just bullshit. At some point, that actually start to believe the oligarch line. And over time, whole political classes become indoctrinated, start believing oligarch bullshit in youth.

    Ted had fewer such compunctions.

    You misread.

    Trump will Hillary like Trump beat Cruz

    Might help if you didn’t keep dropping crucial words from your sentences. 🙂 Tough to call it misreading otherwise.

    Southerners seem to mix their surface politeness with an underlying hardness. They sometimes give off a vibe that you don’t want to f*** with them. Midwestern whites generally don’t.

    Southerners are generally nicer than yankees; I think population density has a lot to do with that, as well as tradition. It’s much easier to be nice if you aren’t packed in with everyone else, like rats in a cage.

    That said, older rednecks in the south tend to be the silent type. That can be intimidating to the more verbose. On top of that (or maybe beneath), add a Scots-Irish fondness for fighting.

    A big factor in Trump’s success has been his decision to avoid fighting the culture wars and stick to populist issues like immigration and trade. Getting into heated debates about social issues like abortion and gay rights is a high risk, low reward strategy in the current political climate.

    This. Who cares about trannies & bathrooms? Let the states decide, it’s none of the feds’ business. Avoid the blues vs. greens, panem et circenses BS.

    I deliberately misspell his first name to otherize him.

    My tack is to otherize him by correctly spelling his middle name.

  215. @Wilkey
    The last poll results from Indiana I saw, with over 85% of votes counted, showed Hillary losing to Bernie, getting 115,000 fewer votes than the *second place* Republican candidate, and getting not even half as many votes as Tump.

    But remember, there's no way whatsoever that Trump can beat Clinton in November.

    “there’s no way whatsoever that Trump can beat Clinton in November.”

    Right. And should Ronald Reagan ever go up against Jimmy Carter it will be a Carter romp. I know this because all the cool kids say it is so.

    • Agree: Travis
  216. @Psmith
    Looks like Natalie Zea (Winona, from Justified).

    Shut your mouth. She is a lot less horsey looking than Zea. I loved Justified, btw.

  217. @countenance
    http://www.971talk.com/programs

    From what you say, KFTK is not as obnoxious as WIBC.

    While we're on the subject of TWMNBN diversionary tactics, I think their A-1 tactic through the years has been libertarianism, diverting populist and nationalist outrage into a libertarian dummy load (if you're a ham, you know what that is, if you're not, Google it.) Because of its economic agenda, libertarianism wins somewhere between nothing and s**t, but because we're trying to justify our populist and nationalist proclivities in libertarian terms, all our political energy gets lost in the dummy load and disappears and has zero influence on the public policy formation process.

    Enter, Trump.

    Who, BTW, is starting to change Alex Jones.

    For a while, some Hollywood Republicans have called themselves “libertarians,” partly to appear Respectable, partly on the idea it enables you to do anything you want. Examples are Eastwood and Selleck in interviews I’ve seen.

  218. Curle says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    a Wall Street (apparently financial industry) superpac regular R donor who was holding off contributing this year. Asked in an interview whether he was holding off because he didn’t like Trump he said, and I paraphrase, ‘me and my friends are re-examining...'
     
    So top-level financiers and their quants also use object pronouns for the subject of a sentence? I thought it was just my trailer trash neighbors who did that.

    I guess you thought wrong.

    https://wordwatchtowers.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/my-friends-and-i-or-me-and-my-friends/

    “Me and my friends

    Look at these two sentences:

    My father is taking me and my friends out to dinner.

    My father is taking my friends and I out to dinner.

    In this case, the first sentence is correct. The test is to shorten
    the sentences:”

    • Replies: @Perplexed
    No.

    My father is taking me and my friends.

    I and my friends (or, more naturally, my friends and I) are taking my father.

    Subject versus object.

    Pronouns only:

    He is taking us.

    We are taking him.
    , @res
    Sigh. You probably should have kept reading:

    My friends and I

    A similar test can be applied with the following two sentences:

    My friends and I are going out for dinner.

    Me and my friends are going out for dinner.

    Just shorten the sentences:

    I am going out for dinner.

    Me is going out for dinner.

    You can immediately see that the first version is correct:
     
    Given that the original was ‘me and my friends are re-examining the R party...' I think it's clear which example applies. Or you could try applying the test they recommend and just shorten the original sentence.

    Regarding the original subject/object complaint; I think it's a combination of people putting themselves first (me/I) and the resulting distance from the verb making 'I and my friends...' sound unnatural. Even though I know which version is correct I use the wrong version in speech sometimes because of the word order I chose.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    In this case, the first sentence is correct
     
    Yes, because me is the object, not the subject.



    If this is still unclear, contact an attorney and sue your grade school. You know, that institution once known as a "grammar school".
  219. @Anonymous
    I'd give Cruz two cheers. He stood up to the farm subsidies, he repositioned to the right of Trump on immigration (after Trump's about face on H1-B visas at a debate), and he had a track record of standing up to the "go along-get along" GOP. I'm sorry he wasn't more popular.

    As a presidential candidate Trump will do well against Hillary.

    If Trump fulfills his promises as president on immigration (no more about faces) and ends the missionary wars in the mideast he'll be successful.

    It may be for the best that Cruz is out now. The GOP has been planning to take Trump down in the second ballet at the convention. I've seen it in my state, where the GOP has filled the ranks of the delegates with Kasich supporting GOP loyalists.

    Cruz was and is a globalist, he only adopted the anti-immigration routine because he saw how popular it was.

    Prior to that he was a amnesty supporter and welcomed illegals into the country.

    His wife is a major architect of the NAU and member of the CFR and works for Goldman-Sachs.

    He’s also nuts, while in Texas he and Abbot tried to ban sex toys arguing people didn’t own their bodies. While campaigning he held rallies with ministers that advocated the death penalty for gays.

    IOW he’s a lying POS that fooled a lot of people with his Constitutional Scholar routine.

  220. @anonymous-antimarxist
    A Hoosier here,

    Cruz gave up because if he could not turn things around in Indiana, he knew it was hopeless.

    Cruz's major advantages in Indiana:

    Talk Radio
    Indianapolis' WIBC, a Fox affiliate, along with a half dozen other major radio stations are owned by EMMIS ("Absolute Truth" in Yiddish/Hebrew) Communications controlled by uber neocon, ultra Zionist Jeff Smulyan. WIBC/EMMIS was heavily pushing Cruz, telling its listeners that Cruz was the "real deal". Popular local Hoosier host Greg Garrison would say in his typically hokey way that "Ted Cruz is a strong as a garlic malt". When Greg Garrison's listeners started calling in complaining about state Republicans selling them out on immigration, Common Core, the Gay Agenda, and WIBC's insane Zionist foreign policy, the station stop taking callers.

    Jeff Smulyan was so strongly behind Cruz that last summer that when Rush Limbaugh started warming up to Trump because it was apparent that so too was his audience, WIBC made the unprecedented move of dropping its by far top rated show. Instead WIBC replaced Rush with ultra Cruz shill Dana Loesch, from Glenn Beck's now cratering The Blaze media empire.

    Apparently Smulyan played a big role in Cruz's quick breakup with Kaisach in favor of selecting Carly Fiorina as a running mate. WIBC hosted several rallies for Fiorina in the last year. Smulyan was clearly delusional over Fiorina because besides being hated as an outsourcer of jobs, Hoosiers despised her for being an early supporter of Common Core right up until she realized how radioactive it is in the Midwest.

    Indiana Republican Establishment
    The ultra Cucked state Republican party establishment was 100% against Trump. Gov Mike Pence endorsed Cruz. Right up until the Republican base started screaming, they openly plotted to throw their delegate votes to anyone but Trump.

    Indiana Right to Life
    Indiana is one of those states where the abortion issue still miraculously motivates lots of voters and volunteers for the Republicans. Our home got 3 or more phone calls telling us Trump was immoral and lousy on Right to Life.

    Demographics
    Political Scientists like to describe Indiana as Northern Appalachia. And while it is true the state has lots of redneck migrants from Kentucky and West Virginia who talk like Tom Hardy's Fitzgerald from The Revenant, the other major demographic are of 1848, not "1488" Germanic stock. These folks are suckers for the universalist empty ideological rhetoric of the Neocons and Conservatism Inc. Another major demographic are the Christian Dispensationalists brainwashed with Scofield Reference Bible lunatic love for Israel.

    Steve,

    The real interesting issue will be the final total vote turnout. How many independent and Democrats came out and voted for Trump??? I am hearing a number of polling places did not have enough ballots on hand for would be Trump voters in Indiana's open primary.

    Bernie beat Hillary!!! Gee maybe Hillary should drop out. I know several Bernie voters who will be voting for Trump instead of Hillary in the fall.

    the other major demographic are of 1848, not “1488″ Germanic stock.

    In all the reasons for Germany’s movement to right nationalism and then Nazism, the most obvious one I never see discussed. Much of its left/liberal stock left the country after 1848.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    It was discussed by William Shirer in his "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich."
    , @The most deplorable one
    Whoa! You mean if all those liberals move to Canada as they have threatened to do we are headed for Nazism?

    Seems like a good trade to me.
  221. @countenance
    That which got Cruz this far was the same thing that meant that he wouldn't make it all the way to the top. That is, being a lamestream conservative ideologue who plays by all the soi disant informal political campaigning rules. Like you've been saying, lamestream conservatism is trying to solve 1980's already solved problems in 2016's world.

    The good news for him is that even in our era of the Presidency attaining more and more power over domestic issues, to match its near dictatorial power over foreign and military policy, being a United States Senator is still an enviable position; hell, I was one election away from being a staffer for one. I think that now that he realizes that the Presidency isn't happening, Cruz will quit acting like he can or should be President, which I think was part of the reason why his Senate colleagues don't much like him, and get to work being a good Senator. Also, part of the reason his colleagues disliked him is that he came right into the Senate thinking of the Presidency, they didn't like him because they think he needs to win a couple of terms and pay his dues, and not jump ahead of older more experienced politicians. Now, Baraq Obama ran for and won the Presidency after barely working in the Senate after winning one term, but he was different for one very obvious reason: B-L-A-C-K. Cruz, while "Hispanic," in terms of having a New World white Spaniard for a father and therefore his surname, wasn't social justicey or civil rightsey enough for his election to be a profound or a first.

    I can compare Ted Cruz to another Ted, that being Kennedy. At some point, he realized that the Presidency was never in the cards for him, and started getting down to business as a Senator. This is why he was able to go from being resented to being loved by Democrats.

    What makes anyone think that Ted Kennedy wanted to be president? Early on, he distinguished himself on the immigration issue (1965), and had already compiled a lengthy legislative/co-sponsorship of Senate legislation by the time he considered or decided or whatever to run in 1980 vs. Carter in the primaries. Perhaps Teddy was more than content to remain in the Senate, oftentimes out front on promoting legislation while other times working behind the scenes. His entire career suggests that this course of action was what he desired, not following his older brothers in their quest for the presidency.

    I’m reminded of a scene from Scarface when Tony Montana gets warned by his boss about the dangers of wanting it all “They don’t last long.” The ones who last are those that fly straight and quiet (a bit under the radar). And Teddy was in the Senate for about 47 yrs (which was longer than either of his older brothers lived).

  222. @JohnnyWalker123
    Trump has been advocating trade protectionism since the 80s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEPs17_AkTI

    By the way, isn't it interesting how Trump talks about Japan so much? It's been decades since American politicians even mentioned the trade threat from Japan.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/business/international/unease-after-trump-depicts-tokyo-as-an-economic-rival.html?_r=0

    Donald J. Trump has often aimed his raucous brand of disparagement at foreign countries during his presidential run. There is China, “ripping off” the United States on trade and stealing its jobs. And Mexico, closing its eyes to a flood of migrants and drugs across the border.

    But his preoccupation with Japan is perhaps more unusual, if not anachronistic.

    Mr. Trump chastised Japan last week in a Republican candidates’ debate, naming it along with China and Mexico as countries where “we are getting absolutely crushed on trade.” He has previously accused Japan of manipulating its currency to achieve an unfair economic advantage, and of exploiting its military alliance with the United States to protect itself at little risk and cost.

    His complaints are reminiscent of another era, when Japan’s economy was booming and its companies were buying trophy American assets like movie studios and Rockefeller Center. Since the 1990s, though, Japan’s growth has been mostly flat, and trade friction much more subdued, even as the United States continues to run large trade deficits with Japan.

    Whereas Japanese officials once feared so-called Japan-bashing by Americans, today they are more likely to lament “Japan-passing,” a shift in attention to places viewed as more dynamic, like China.

    “Trump’s comments on Japan remind me of the period from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, when Japan was considered a serious rival to American economic pre-eminence,” said Glen S. Fukushima, a former United States trade official who is now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy group. “It’s interesting that despite the two-decade stagnation of the Japanese economy, Trump is now reviving the idea of Japan as an economic rival robbing America of jobs.”

    Or, as Robert E. Kelly, an East Asia specialist at Pusan National University in South Korea, put it on Twitter during the Republican debate: “Japan, Japan, Japan again. Trump is living in the Michael Crichton ’80s.” (Mr. Crichton’s best-selling novel “Rising Sun,” published in 1992, depicted a Japan that waged ruthless economic war against the United States.)

    Mr. Trump’s ascendance has begun to cause serious unease in Japan. Even if his run ends short of the White House, the worry is that an election dominated by such talk could leave the United States more closed to trade and less willing to defend its allies.
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    “My friends in the Foreign Ministry are in a state of panic,” said Kiichi Fujiwara, an expert on international politics at the University of Tokyo. “This is the first time in a long time that we’ve seen straightforward protectionism from an American presidential candidate.”
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    “If there is a big shake-up in American politics, there is a danger that Japan could become an outlet for popular dissatisfaction with the spread of inequality and other issues,” The Nikkei financial daily said.
     

    Eamonn Fingleton had an article on how right Trump is to eye Japan for his protectionist jujitsu.

    https://www.unz.com/efingleton/why-the-medias-silence-on-japanese-protectionism-gives-trump-another-priceless-opening/

    The more I read from Fingleton, the more appreciative I am of him.

    He also wrote this masterpiece, that should get the blood of Americans boiling.

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/boeing-goes-to-pieces/

    Read it and weep.

  223. @Boomstick
    If you're running for President, you run to win. Running for VP or Secretary of State is for losers. It was not at all obvious that Trump would have the strength down the stretch he did, and Cruz made the rational decision to go for the big prize, not the consolation.

    At some point you need to differentiate yourself from your opponents. Cruz held off on that until just before Iowa/New Hampshire before he made that move, but he made that move.

    I thought it was obvious

    • Replies: @Boomstick
    Nothing is obvious before actual elections happen. Everyone else in the field should have given up in December, 2015, before the Iowa caucuses, and started angling for cabinet positions in the Trump administration? That's absurd.
  224. @Boomstick
    I predict a great many current Trump fans will be bitterly disappointed when they learn about the nuance of the Art of the Deal. Namely, that there's a lot of salesmanship involved, and now that he has the nomination there's no reason to continue selling you things that appeal to you.

    Your predictions are too often wrong. See previous

  225. @gda
    Trump really needs Cruz's grass roots organization on his side in the general.

    Trump is too smart to leave Cruz hanging. And Cruz is too ambitious not to respond.

    And Cruz is tailor-made for the SCOTUS, which keeps him out of Trump's hair (pun not necessarily intended)

    Yes, another globalist/universalist is just what we need on the Supreme Court–which would not be out of Trump’s hair.

    This year, strategy trumps politics.

  226. @Curle
    I guess you thought wrong.

    https://wordwatchtowers.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/my-friends-and-i-or-me-and-my-friends/

    "Me and my friends

    Look at these two sentences:

    My father is taking me and my friends out to dinner.

    My father is taking my friends and I out to dinner.

    In this case, the first sentence is correct. The test is to shorten
    the sentences:"

    No.

    My father is taking me and my friends.

    I and my friends (or, more naturally, my friends and I) are taking my father.

    Subject versus object.

    Pronouns only:

    He is taking us.

    We are taking him.

  227. @newrouter
    >He had one thing going for him: Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus!<

    so you mock him for his defense of Western Civilization? many of you are "cucks" and just don't know it.

    Cruz was not defending Western Civilization. He was trying to con, you might even say NeoCon, Christians into defending Goldman Sachs and Israel.

  228. @boogerbently
    "Yeah, Trump beat Cruz like he’s going to Hillary, "

    In June, "Trump" was "a joke".
    Don't coronate Hitlery just yet.

    I’m saying Bernies popularity/chances are being underestimated. (Like Trumps were)

  229. Bill says:
    @Marty T
    Ted Cruz is a brilliant conservative, ten times the conservative and person the orange egomaniac is. Congrats to Cruz for coming in a strong second. Now, we Cruz supporters must decide what to do. Hillary Clinton is completely abhorrent in every way, but the other choice is Donald, a man who spent the past several months viciously attacking Cruz to the extent his career has been likely harmed. Donald is an even worse person than Hillary, if thats possible.


    So after months of misspelled rantings by gullible Trumpkins attacking the only true conservative, here is whats going to happen. Trump and his supporters will get on their knees and beg for our support. Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS. He will have to be proactive in bringing us on board. Otherwise, we will laugh as the shrew (who he funded) crushes him in November.

    You need the millions of Cruz supporters to have any shot. Get to work.

    Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS.

    Indeed. As Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush, McCain, and Romney can testify, what cucks want from their politicians is to hear some nice lies about what they’re going to do on cultural issues. Never forget that Trumpkins are the gullible ones, though.

    • Replies: @okie
    Politics are downstream of culture. a culture that applauds a Joe Isuzu type such as trump who is also a crass ass needs some cultural awakening. It can be supported by the government, but cant be lead from there.

    that requires the people and media rediscover codes of conduct, usually religiously based, but if you look at Confucian china, or ancient Rome a strong civil religion can do a lot of what a fear of god does naturally as part of a religious reawakening. To give an example from another culture. the Egyptian elite would love to be a Mediterranean people like the Greeks, but the masses have rediscovered Islamism and forced the government to legislate morality. the US and the west in general have repealed morality from the public square over the last 50 yrs and it is dripping into our culture making trump types acceptable just like it did in Europe a generation ago, where the moral repeal happened in the 20's after ww1 and not the 60s
  230. @shrinker
    It felt as if his encounter with the Trump irregulars across the street was fatal. For average Cruz backers, not the Kool Aid politics-dweeb Twitaholic faction, that clip's gotta hurt. And I sort of respect what he was quixotically going for there, but man, try to know the moment

    Cruz was going for reasoned debate; the Trump guy was going for drunken moron.

  231. res says:
    @Curle
    I guess you thought wrong.

    https://wordwatchtowers.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/my-friends-and-i-or-me-and-my-friends/

    "Me and my friends

    Look at these two sentences:

    My father is taking me and my friends out to dinner.

    My father is taking my friends and I out to dinner.

    In this case, the first sentence is correct. The test is to shorten
    the sentences:"

    Sigh. You probably should have kept reading:

    My friends and I

    A similar test can be applied with the following two sentences:

    My friends and I are going out for dinner.

    Me and my friends are going out for dinner.

    Just shorten the sentences:

    I am going out for dinner.

    Me is going out for dinner.

    You can immediately see that the first version is correct:

    Given that the original was ‘me and my friends are re-examining the R party…’ I think it’s clear which example applies. Or you could try applying the test they recommend and just shorten the original sentence.

    Regarding the original subject/object complaint; I think it’s a combination of people putting themselves first (me/I) and the resulting distance from the verb making ‘I and my friends…’ sound unnatural. Even though I know which version is correct I use the wrong version in speech sometimes because of the word order I chose.

  232. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:

    I used to worry that Trump would have problems with lone gunmen after his nomination.

    However, I now think that as long as he stays away from the Federal Reserve he should be OK. If he goes after the Federal Reserve he will likely end up committing suicide with a nail gun.

  233. Bill says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Cruz actually did run a very good campaign. He outlasted every other Republican (other than Trump obviously and the irrelevant John Kasich) and won about a third of the electoral votes. It was especially impressive for him to outperform Rubio, Bush, Walker, and Christie. It takes talent for a new Senator to come in and go that far.

    Cruz was very adept at adjusting his ideology to fit the base, especially on immigration and foreign policy. He did very well at turning out the vote and grassroots organization. That was evident after his unexpected win in Iowa.

    Cruz's basic problem was that Trump's nationalism was always a lot more popular than the standard 80s conservatism. When the base was exposed to a viable nationalist candidate, they jumped on the train. Republican voters realized that the typical conservative platform (smaller govt, lower taxes, hawkish foreign policy) didn't really align with their interests as much as the nationalist platform (protectionism, immigration restriction, America first).

    However, I don't think many people (outside of Pat Buchanan, the AltRight, and Sailer) realized the appeal of nationalism until now. If Trump wins in November, nationalism may become the dominant ideology of the Republican party.

    Of course, the Donor Class won't be happy. So I expect plenty of opposition to Trump.

    On the Democratic side, it'll be interesting to see if the economic leftists can take their party back from the oligarchs within the next few years. Most likely not in 2016 (Hillary is the ideal candidate of the globalist oligarchs), but what about 2018 or 2020?

    When the base was exposed to a viable nationalist candidate, they jumped on the train.

    This is new, though. Buchanan won NH in 1992 and looked viable, briefly. The base did not rally to him. I was one of the disgusting turds congratulating themselves on how broad-minded I was for being opposed to Buchanan. It’s taken 20 years for us to figure out just how incredibly evil the GOP establishment is.

    • Replies: @PV van der Byl
    Actually, Buchanan came in 2nd in New Hampshire behind Bush41 in 1992 with 38% of the vote.

    He did win it over Dole in 1996, however.
  234. @Difference Maker
    I thought it was obvious

    Nothing is obvious before actual elections happen. Everyone else in the field should have given up in December, 2015, before the Iowa caucuses, and started angling for cabinet positions in the Trump administration? That’s absurd.

    • Replies: @Difference Maker
    I'd have bet 100k on it back in June if I wasn't a US citizen
  235. @Glossy
    The most fitting adjective I've seen used to describe Cruz is unctious. The funniest thing I've seen written about him is that he breathes with his tongue. I'd put the chance of the Enquirer article being true at about 50/50.

    80/20.

  236. @countenance
    Serious talk is that Trump will send Sessions to State, which surprises me, because Sessions doesn't strike me as a travel the world diplomat. We do know that Sessions is actually on Trump's foreign policy team.

    Trump views trade as the cornerstone of his foreign policy. Hence the Sessions appeal.

  237. @Paul Walker Most beautiful man ever...
    "now that he has the nomination there’s no reason to continue selling you things that appeal to you" .
    You should vote for Hillary. What difference does it make?

    Candidates who have an ideological basis for their policy positions may not always get you what you want. But the odds are also good that they won’t betray you to your enemies as a part of some larger “art of the deal.”

  238. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I was an admirer of Cruz. Not anymore. He is a very bright guy but his instincts are poor. And, more fundamentally, there is really something offputting about his character.

    Some of the missteps:

    * Attacking Trump after the Chicago protests

    * Blaming Trump for NE story (without any evidence) while calling Trump a liar for saying he was behind the Melania ad

    * The whole fake Carson is dropping out so vote for me fiasco

    * Constantly lying about his position on 2013 amnesty

    * Saying that nominee would and should be the one with most delegates going into convention and that Establishment wanted a brokered convention but then switching course to defend a brokered convention when he no longer had a path to nomination

    * Refusing to say he would support Trump as the nominee

    * Defending the cancelled straw poll in CO. Could have merely said he was playing by the rules set by the CO GOP but that he prefers wider voter participation when possible

    * In general, just his off-the-charts ambition. Cruz could have secured a place in a Trump administration or even SCOTUS. Instead, he put his personal ambition ahead of the country once it was clear that the only way he would receive nomination would be in a contested convention

    * All the weird religious baggage on full display. None of it seemed to help him except perhaps parading out Beck in Utah. Certainly would have doomed him in general had he succeeded in winning nomination

  239. @Anonymous
    This is a good comment.

    Before Trump entered the race, I spent some time with Cruz at two or three private fundraising events. Back in May. Nothing frustrated me more than hearing him say that Reagan Democrats were coming to him and that the missing voters were Evangelicals. For how great his team was organizationally, they really whiffed on that one. The missing voters were non-southern, working class white voters. They all voted for Trump. They care about immigration, trade and US national interests (which we all here know). I begged Cruz in May to take populist/nationalist positions on immigration and trade. He didn't listen because he didn't believe it. In fact, he told us then that he was going to hit Walker because he had suggested cutting legal immigration. Then he wanted nothing to do with Jeff Sessions. He also had no problem with Muslim immigration. Once he came around to the nationalist issues it was too late. He lost because he's not actually a nationalist.

    Excellent point. Unlike Buchanan, Trump is not an ideologue and he is not an intellectual. He came to his nationalism emotionally, as did most of his voters and that is why he connected with them. Cruz was a phony when he spoke about immigration or trade and you could feel it.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    I like my nationalists not thinking that Jesus sent them.
  240. @e
    Re: Cruz being unctuous

    He reminds me of Joe Isuzu. Remember those commercials and the actor who played him?

    He reminds me of Joe Isuzu. Remember those commercials and the actor who played him?

    Problem is – in Trump, we have a real life Joe Isuzu.

  241. @yaqub the mad scientist
    the other major demographic are of 1848, not “1488″ Germanic stock.

    In all the reasons for Germany's movement to right nationalism and then Nazism, the most obvious one I never see discussed. Much of its left/liberal stock left the country after 1848.

    It was discussed by William Shirer in his “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.”

  242. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @yaqub the mad scientist
    the other major demographic are of 1848, not “1488″ Germanic stock.

    In all the reasons for Germany's movement to right nationalism and then Nazism, the most obvious one I never see discussed. Much of its left/liberal stock left the country after 1848.

    Whoa! You mean if all those liberals move to Canada as they have threatened to do we are headed for Nazism?

    Seems like a good trade to me.

  243. @Taco

    He’s not a natural leader of men, so for him to come in second out of almost a dozen and a half candidates shows a cunning and resourceful mind. Nixon would have been impressed. Cruz outlasted Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio plus a whole bunch of people whom I’ve forgotten already.
     
    Steve,

    I'm probably not as politically savvy as you, and I'm sure I don't pay as close attention as you, but I have to disagree on your analysis.

    I don't think Cruz outlasting the other fellows has as much to do with his cunning or resourcefulness as it has to do with circumstance.

    I don't think, for example, that if Trump wasn't in the race that Cruz would be the nominee. Cruz just happened to exist in the political niche that was least susceptible to Trump. Trump was able to destroy the establishment candidates, and Cruz wisely let that happen without interfering too much, but other than that, its simply a matter of the fact that of all the regional and ideological factions at play here, Cruz just happened to be the first choice of the last group that Trump would conquer.

    If Trump wasn't in this race, we'd be looking at Jeb as the nominee, and he would've won weeks ago, because the institutional support that desperately fled to Cruz after Super Tuesday wouldn't have done so.

    Honestly, I think the most calculated and cunning SOB currently in the race is John Kasich. His campaign is dead letter. Everyone knows this. Kasich knows this. But he manages to pretend like he's still in the race. As far as I can tell his only motivation for doing so is because running a presidential campaign, even a failed, dead-end presidential campaign, is a lot more fun than doing whatever the hell John Kasich does on a normal day.

    Cruz is a ridiculously intellectual dude. His knack for details is better than any politician I’ve ever seen. If he was a somewhat decent looking dude with a decent amount of likability, he’d be unstoppable.

  244. Ken, you swore not to vote for Trump, then laid the possibility of Hillary’s victory at the feet of Trump supporters. If even the most basic cause and effect relationship escapes you, maybe you should refrain from commenting on politics.

    In all the reasons for Germany’s movement to right nationalism and then Nazism, the most obvious one I never see discussed. Much of its left/liberal stock left the country after 1848.

    Open borders, specifically American open borders and their enablers, caused Hitler. Love it.

  245. @Bill

    When the base was exposed to a viable nationalist candidate, they jumped on the train.
     
    This is new, though. Buchanan won NH in 1992 and looked viable, briefly. The base did not rally to him. I was one of the disgusting turds congratulating themselves on how broad-minded I was for being opposed to Buchanan. It's taken 20 years for us to figure out just how incredibly evil the GOP establishment is.

    Actually, Buchanan came in 2nd in New Hampshire behind Bush41 in 1992 with 38% of the vote.

    He did win it over Dole in 1996, however.

    • Replies: @Bill
    Oops. Thanks for the correction.
  246. okie says:
    @Bill

    Trump will have to give us assurances on cultural issues and SCOTUS.
     
    Indeed. As Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush, McCain, and Romney can testify, what cucks want from their politicians is to hear some nice lies about what they're going to do on cultural issues. Never forget that Trumpkins are the gullible ones, though.

    Politics are downstream of culture. a culture that applauds a Joe Isuzu type such as trump who is also a crass ass needs some cultural awakening. It can be supported by the government, but cant be lead from there.

    that requires the people and media rediscover codes of conduct, usually religiously based, but if you look at Confucian china, or ancient Rome a strong civil religion can do a lot of what a fear of god does naturally as part of a religious reawakening. To give an example from another culture. the Egyptian elite would love to be a Mediterranean people like the Greeks, but the masses have rediscovered Islamism and forced the government to legislate morality. the US and the west in general have repealed morality from the public square over the last 50 yrs and it is dripping into our culture making trump types acceptable just like it did in Europe a generation ago, where the moral repeal happened in the 20’s after ww1 and not the 60s

    • Replies: @Bill
    I agree, in general. The US is going to descend into some kind of crude authoritarianism. The only real questions are who is going to hold the whip and how much damage is going to be done before we climb back out again.

    Our ruling elite is not dispassionate enough to see what they are doing and what the consequences will be. They'll be raving to themselves about Bruno and pograms as the water slips over their heads.
  247. @schmenz
    Unfortunately, and this depresses me greatly, in recent days Trump has been starting to sound more like a typical Republican war-monger and Israel-worshipper.

    In the last two days he has made some comments which don;t exactly inspire confidence. First there was the idiotic remark that if Russian aircraft comes near US military equipment amassing on or near the Russian border that the US should shoot the planes down. He never bothered to mention that the Strangeloves in Washington (Horse's Ash Carter, Breedlove, et al) are dangerously provoking Russia.

    Yesterday Mr Trump tells us that Israel should continue building settlements on the West Bank, and also how wonderful Netanyahu is.

    All this after his asinine comments about having no problem with aging male sex perverts visiting the little girls room (here I commend Cruz for calling out this madness), and his calling the ludicrous abomination of same sex "marriage" the "law of the land" (exactly what law was that, Mr Trump? Are you referring to the divine decree by five black-robed employees of the Federal government a "law"?). And his apparent reversal on other moral issues.

    I'm afraid this tells me that he has advisers who want him to be more "moderate", aka liberal, so that he can have greater appeal. Presumably the neocons, seeing that his nomination is all but inevitable, will now come over to him, play nice, and influence him into becoming yet another Republican. Of course I hope I am wrong. But right now he is sending all the wrong signals to average people, like the bakers who refused to bake a cake for two sex perverts and have now been ordered by a state judge to be "re-educated". This is precisely the sort of thing that makes those concerned about civilization throw up their hands in despair - and who will sit out the election.

    I still like Trump, and I was initially quite enthused, but recent days have dampened that enthusiasm considerably.

    Unfortunately, and this depresses me greatly, in recent days Trump has been starting to sound more like a typical Republican war-monger and Israel-worshipper.

    That would be the typical citizen of any non-pussy-whipped European country. But then again, Putin-worshippers aren’t typical citizens of any country, outside of Russia.

  248. @MC
    It is strange how politics doesn't seem to select for people of natural political ability in the same way that sports selects for people of natural athletic ability. It's inconceivable that you could meet anyone who isn't already a professional baseball player, and think "he could replace Mike Trout or Bryce Harper." Yet I've met plenty of non-politicians who I thought would be more appealing presidential candidates than the current lot.

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy...but isn't there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Trump is "alpha" and very media savvy, but not obviously book smart in the same way that Cruz or Bobby Jindal are (and he's been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable).

    Hillary would never get anywhere near the presidency if "natural political ability" were as necessary to become president as "natural pitching ability" is to win the Cy Young award.

    Rubio has a lot of natural political ability, but was mostly done in by his disastrous strategery (and he's not any sort of intellectual). But it sure seems like in a nation of 300 million people, there ought to be someone of comparable looks/charisma to Rubio who isn't pro-amnesty, and is just a little bit smarter.

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc. Perhaps cravenness, or dumb luck?

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc.

    Political success requires traits that are strongly negatively correlated in the general population. The best politician combines high dominance with high likability, where the dominant (“alphas”) are not likable. (One question on the 16 PF for the trait “Dominance” is ‘Do people try to avoid talking to you?’)

  249. @Wilkey
    Huntsman's an effeminate, entitled douchebag. He went into politics because daddy wanted him to stay far away from the family business, which is run by Junior's younger brother. Look at Huntsman family political contributions and you'll notice that they give at least as much, if not more, to Democrats as they do to Republicans.

    Jon Huntsman, Jr. isn't a sincere Republican. He ran as a Republican because he's from Utah, because it's the only state he ever could have won in, and because Utah is an overwhelmingly Republican state.

    Lagertha is a Euro immigrant to the People’s Commonwealth of Massachusetts, so her enthusiasm for pols from the Romney/Huntsman wing shouldn’t surprise. Her (and my) “Republican” governor, probably the RINOest RINO currently holding office, is on record as refusing to vote for Trump no matter what. And he can say that with little concern for any repercussions.

  250. @cwhatfuture
    Excellent point. Unlike Buchanan, Trump is not an ideologue and he is not an intellectual. He came to his nationalism emotionally, as did most of his voters and that is why he connected with them. Cruz was a phony when he spoke about immigration or trade and you could feel it.

    I like my nationalists not thinking that Jesus sent them.

  251. @Boomstick
    Nothing is obvious before actual elections happen. Everyone else in the field should have given up in December, 2015, before the Iowa caucuses, and started angling for cabinet positions in the Trump administration? That's absurd.

    I’d have bet 100k on it back in June if I wasn’t a US citizen

  252. @MC
    It is strange how politics doesn't seem to select for people of natural political ability in the same way that sports selects for people of natural athletic ability. It's inconceivable that you could meet anyone who isn't already a professional baseball player, and think "he could replace Mike Trout or Bryce Harper." Yet I've met plenty of non-politicians who I thought would be more appealing presidential candidates than the current lot.

    For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy...but isn't there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Trump is "alpha" and very media savvy, but not obviously book smart in the same way that Cruz or Bobby Jindal are (and he's been depantsed organizationally by Cruz, so his management skills are similarly questionable).

    Hillary would never get anywhere near the presidency if "natural political ability" were as necessary to become president as "natural pitching ability" is to win the Cy Young award.

    Rubio has a lot of natural political ability, but was mostly done in by his disastrous strategery (and he's not any sort of intellectual). But it sure seems like in a nation of 300 million people, there ought to be someone of comparable looks/charisma to Rubio who isn't pro-amnesty, and is just a little bit smarter.

    Politics clearly selects for some quality other than the surface qualities of intelligence, looks, charisma, debating ability, etc. Perhaps cravenness, or dumb luck?

    >>For example, Cruz is highly intelligent and strategically savvy…but isn’t there anyone else just as smart and savvy who also looks and sounds like a movie president?

    Yeah, I bet most of them are CEOs. The pay is a lot better, and the only person who cares if you’re getting some on the side is your wife.

  253. People always talk about the “natural political athlete,” rarely the opposite (Cruz, HRC, Nixon). If Cruz were an athlete-athlete, people would call him “scrappy,” what he lacks in natural gifts he makes up for with hard work. In sports, this is generally considered admirable, but in this context, one wonders why someone like Cruz ever got into politics in the first place.

    If your lawyer had Cruz’ unfortunate characteristics of face and personality, you’d think, “This ruthless, calculating bastard will torture the truth within an inch of its life, and make my enemies pay!” Plus, he counts as an AA hire, but he’s not dead weight. He could’ve easily made partner at a big firm, and made millions.

    Instead, he chooses this career that he’s clearly unsuited for. Why? What does politics offer that the law doesn’t? Power. He values power more than money, because he seeks vengeance against everyone who ever mocked his busted face and creepy affect. Cruz, like HRC, would’ve been a monstrous, vindictive president, and both the party and the country are better off without him.

  254. @Curle
    I guess you thought wrong.

    https://wordwatchtowers.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/my-friends-and-i-or-me-and-my-friends/

    "Me and my friends

    Look at these two sentences:

    My father is taking me and my friends out to dinner.

    My father is taking my friends and I out to dinner.

    In this case, the first sentence is correct. The test is to shorten
    the sentences:"

    In this case, the first sentence is correct

    Yes, because me is the object, not the subject.

    If this is still unclear, contact an attorney and sue your grade school. You know, that institution once known as a “grammar school”.

  255. @PV van der Byl
    Actually, Buchanan came in 2nd in New Hampshire behind Bush41 in 1992 with 38% of the vote.

    He did win it over Dole in 1996, however.

    Oops. Thanks for the correction.

  256. Bill says:
    @okie
    Politics are downstream of culture. a culture that applauds a Joe Isuzu type such as trump who is also a crass ass needs some cultural awakening. It can be supported by the government, but cant be lead from there.

    that requires the people and media rediscover codes of conduct, usually religiously based, but if you look at Confucian china, or ancient Rome a strong civil religion can do a lot of what a fear of god does naturally as part of a religious reawakening. To give an example from another culture. the Egyptian elite would love to be a Mediterranean people like the Greeks, but the masses have rediscovered Islamism and forced the government to legislate morality. the US and the west in general have repealed morality from the public square over the last 50 yrs and it is dripping into our culture making trump types acceptable just like it did in Europe a generation ago, where the moral repeal happened in the 20's after ww1 and not the 60s

    I agree, in general. The US is going to descend into some kind of crude authoritarianism. The only real questions are who is going to hold the whip and how much damage is going to be done before we climb back out again.

    Our ruling elite is not dispassionate enough to see what they are doing and what the consequences will be. They’ll be raving to themselves about Bruno and pograms as the water slips over their heads.

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