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    Desperate Tactics

    Thomas Sowell | Monday Mar 14, 2016 12:01 PM

    It is desperation time for the Republican party establishment. Its extremely well financed favorite — Jeb Bush — never got anywhere with the voters in the primaries, and has already been forced out of the contest. This should at least cause some second thoughts — or perhaps first thoughts — by people who keep repeating that money buys elections. It is one of many theories that seem impervious to evidence.

    The desperation of the Republican establishment comes from the fact that the two biggest vote-getters in the Republican primaries — Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — are people they do not want to be the Republican candidate for President of the United States.

    The immediate panic is over Donald Trump. His surprising string of victories in the primaries conceals his vulnerability in the general election in November. Most of Trump’s primary victories were with less than 50 percent, and even with less than 40 percent. In the general election, less than 50 percent usually means losing.

    Even more important, while Trump’s style and substance may endear him to his followers, both that style and that substance are deeply offensive to many other people. Polls repeatedly show higher negative responses to him than to any other candidate.

    Trump is not just in danger of losing this year’s presidential election, which the Republicans would otherwise have a high probability of winning. He can poison the whole Republican brand, taking Republican members of Congress down with him, along with Republican governors and other state and local officials.

    Stopping Trump is obviously a high priority for the Republican establishment, as shown by their biggest gun, Mitt Romney, suddenly coming out swinging against Trump in the media.

    After Trump’s momentum from his primary victories, it will not be easy to stop him at this point. But the strategy chosen suggests that establishment Republicans have more in mind than just stopping Trump, even if that is job one.

    One of the secrets of Donald Trump’s primary victories has been that the majority vote against him has been split among the various other candidates, making him repeatedly a “winner” with a third of the vote or so, but seldom 50 percent.
    ...
    Now that Rubio is being badly beaten almost everywhere, and is substantially behind Trump in the polls for his own home state of Florida, the most obvious person to have the best chance of beating Trump one-on-one is Ted Cruz, especially after his primary victories over the past weekend.

    The Republican establishment is not about to go down that road, even if that would increase their chances of stopping Trump from becoming the Republican nominee. This is because they don’t want Cruz to become the Republican candidate either.

    Senator Cruz has been fighting against the Republican establishment for years before Trump decided to become a candidate. Nor does he have Trump’s new-found “flexibility.”

    But, whatever his merits or demerits, Ted Cruz is not the Republican establishment’s idea of the kind of candidate needed to win. Neither was Ronald Reagan.
    ...
    http://humanevents.com/2016/03/14/de...tm_campaign=nl
    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

  • #2
    "Money" certainly is working against some candidates ...
    The Sea Island Conspiracy

    Patrick J. Buchanan | Monday Mar 14, 2016 11:48 AM
    ...
    As revealed by the Huffington Post, Sea Island last weekend was host to a secret conclave at the Cloisters where oligarchs colluded with Beltway elites to reverse the democratic decisions of millions of voters and abort the candidacy of Donald Trump.

    Among the journalists at Sea Island were Rich Lowry of National Review, which just devoted an entire issue to the topic: “Against Trump,” and Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the Trumphobic New York Times.

    Bush guru Karl Rove of FOX News was on hand, as were Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Lindsey Graham, dispatched by Trump in New Hampshire and a berserker on the subject of the Donald.

    So, too, was William Kristol, editor of the rabidly anti-Trump Weekly Standard, who reported back to comrades: “The key task now, to … paraphrase Karl Marx, is less to understand Trump than to stop him.”
    Kristol earlier tweeted that the Sea Island conclave is “off the record, so please do consider my tweets from there off the record.”

    Redeeming itself for relegating Trump to its entertainment pages, the Huffington Post did the nation a service in lifting the rug on “something rotten in the state.”

    What we see at Sea Island is that, despite all their babble about bringing the blessings of “democracy” to the world’s benighted, AEI, Neocon Central, believes less in democracy than in perpetual control of the American nation by the ruling Beltway elites.
    ...
    Something else was revealed by the Huffington Post — a deeply embedded corruption that permeates this capital city.

    The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is a 501(c)(3) under IRS rules, an organization exempt from U.S. taxation.
    Million-dollar corporate contributions to AEI are tax-deductible.

    This special privilege, this freedom from taxation, is accorded to organizations established for purposes such as “religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary … or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.”

    What the co-conspirators of Sea Island were up at the Cloisters was about as religious as what the Bolsheviks at that girls school known as the Smolny Institute were up to in Petrograd in 1917.

    From what has been reported, it would not be extreme to say this was a conspiracy of oligarchs, War Party neocons, and face-card Republicans to reverse the results of the primaries and impose upon the party, against its expressed will, a nominee responsive to the elites’ agenda.
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    http://humanevents.com/2016/03/14/th...tm_campaign=nl
    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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    • #3
      My vote is going for whoever opposes Hilary. If I have to pull the Trump lever, I will do so. It would be extremely frustrating for the GOP to throw the election to Hilary because they could not find a candidate they like.

      Pruitt
      Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

      Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

      by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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      • #4
        I think both articles are wishful thinking. Trump has made peace with much of the GOP top brass, and the fact is that no candidate every gets 100% approval of the party structure, just as Hillary has her detractors amongst the DNP.

        As to polls, its primary season. Too soon to say who pulls what. Myself, if polled, would favor Cruz over Trump, but I'll vote for Trump if he gets the nod.

        If it were anyone but Hillary I think Trump might lose, but I believe that he well may be able to beat her.

        As to damage to the Party, if McCain/Palin didn't scar us, Trump won't.
        Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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        • #5
          Voters Deliver Subtle Message: Die Donor Scum

          Ann Coulter | Wednesday Mar 16, 2016 3:14 PM
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          It is no longer a question of what the party wants. The voters — remember them? — keep showering Trump and Cruz with Ceausescu-like percentages. The combined vote for Trump and Cruz is a ringing chorus of what this party wants: a wall, deportation, less immigration and no job-killing trade deals.

          In other words, what the party wants is the diametric opposite of what the donor and consultant class wants. One would have to search the history books to find a party establishment so emphatically rejected by the voters as today’s Republican Party has been.

          Trump and Cruz don’t agree on everything — Cruz is more interventionist on foreign policy, and Trump is more aggressive on bringing manufacturing home. But there’s not much daylight between them on the crucial issue of whether to dissolve America’s borders. By now, they both say build a wall, reduce immigration and protect American jobs.

          In other words, Trump and Cruz have totally rejected the Bush/Ryan/Rubio/Fox News/WSJ/RNC establishment position on immigration.
          ...
          http://humanevents.com/2016/03/16/vo...tm_campaign=nl
          TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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          • #6
            Well even if Trump loses the rats are out of the dark. Hopefully Sanders will do the same for the Democrats. This is the year for the parties to clean up their act.
            We hunt the hunters

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            • #7
              Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post
              Well even if Trump loses the rats are out of the dark. Hopefully Sanders will do the same for the Democrats. This is the year for the parties to clean up their act.
              Trying hard to be the Man, that my Dog believes I am!

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              • #8
                Trump is getting a lot of free advertising with his controversial style of campaigning. As a result, he is spending far less then his rivals for advertising.

                Meanwhile, Soros is in a panic along with Progressives over Hillery's sinking popularity. They are already using every method of cheating available to them to ensure a Hillery nomination as the Republican leadership does similar in their effort to prevent Trump or Cruz from becoming their candidate.
                “Breaking News,”

                “Something irrelevant in your life just happened and now we are going to blow it all out of proportion for days to keep you distracted from what's really going on.”

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                • #9
                  IF Trump he'll have a lot of problems with conflict of interest.
                  "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                  Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                  you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
                    My vote is going for whoever opposes Hilary. If I have to pull the Trump lever, I will do so. It would be extremely frustrating for the GOP to throw the election to Hilary because they could not find a candidate they like.

                    Pruitt
                    Unfortunately..... so goeth I!

                    GG
                    "The will of a section rooted in self interest, should not outweigh the vital interests of a whole people." -Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain-

                    "Fanatics of any sort are dangerous." -GG-

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                    • #11
                      Not much of a recommendation for American style "democracy", though. Where have all of our great leaders and self-made men gone?
                      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                        Not much of a recommendation for American style "democracy", though. Where have all of our great leaders and self-made men gone?
                        They have been outsourced

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
                          Not much of a recommendation for American style "democracy", though. Where have all of our great leaders and self-made men gone?
                          The last one resigned from Office.

                          Tuebor

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