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When everybody gets a trophy, "everybody" votes for Bernie Sanders.
Young Democrat millennials want free stuff.
Four of five millennial Democrats voted for Bernie Sanders.
What do they put in the coffee up in New Hampshire?
Because "Free Stuff or die" is not a reasonable state motto.
So what can we conclude?
Hillary Clinton is such a flawed candidate that Bozo The Clown could beat her in a head-to-head race?
Or the residents of New Hampshire are batshit insane?
I'm not optimistic that Basement Dwelling Progbots for Bernie isn't a real thing. That is, these kids actually don't understand (a) math, and (b) how to make it in the real world.
They're going all in for Other People's Money.
Sadly you can't argue with such abject ignorance. The BernieBots don't have the necessary frame of reference to be cognizant of the flaws in their hero's worldview. Their professors ensured they never learned how to critically deconstruct the logical fallacies of socialism. And they're not interested in learning the lessons of history.
When I was young petulant toddlers were simply told "no." And when they grew up they had garnered enough self-awareness along the way to understand why "no" was the correct response.
Except, growing up has now become optional. And apparently frowned upon.
How else can one explain the allure of this socialist charlatan?
It can't be his promise of "equality," not unless you believe in equality of misery.
It can't be his promise of "free" college, health care, housing, food, and weed. Not unless you're too stupid to read a balance sheet.
Here's a guy who's basically a professional bum telling all the wannabe bums they're entitled to everything all the rest of us have. Work is for suckers, because Bernie's gonna take from the hoarders and give to the slackers.
What happens when the workers give up is something Bernie and his sycophants never want to talk about. But if you Google Venezuela, it ought to be instructive.
200 years ago Alexis de Tocqueville penned the definitive takedown of so-called "Democratic Socialism."
If only the people who vote for Bernie Sanders would bother themselves to
Iowa doesn't always pick the winner, but it tends to weed out the losers.
Rand Paul is headed back to Kentucky to salvage what's left of his Senate career.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul suspended his Republican presidential campaign on Wednesday, after finishing fifth in the leadoff Iowa caucuses.
Though Paul actually exceeded expectations in the Iowa contest, Fox News is told he did not believe his campaign had the momentum to build upon going into the New Hampshire primary next week.
The barbarians are at the gates and Rand's isolationist foreign policy isn't what America needs right now. Speak softly and carry the gold standard won't keep us safe. Buh-bye!
Then, although Rick Santorum tried his best to get the band back together, sequels and reunion tours never do as well as the original.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is expected to suspend his 2016 presidential campaign Wednesday evening following a disappointing finish in the Iowa Caucuses on Monday.
The news comes just hours after his campaign announced that he was "postponing" his 46-county South Carolina tour until a later date in order to participate in some "media activities" on Wednesday.
Santorum, who won the 2012 Iowa Caucuses in an upset over eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney before going on to win 10 more states, has struggled to gain traction this time around.
Take another shot at the Senate Rick. You can still do some good there.
Seen on Twitchy:
Perry, Walker, Pataki, Huckabee, Paul, Santorum all out...looks like "everything's comin' up Gilmore."— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) February 3, 2016
I caught some Jim Gilmore action during the last debate. He reminded me of James Stockdale, only less coherent.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has decided to be a sore loser.
Somebody call the waambulance. And get Trump a baby bottle, STAT!
Because, really, this is presidential?
First he throws a hissy fit at Megyn Kelly, and now he's concocting conspiracy theories and demanding a do-over? Is he serious?
Ah, you hang out with Sarah Palin and pretty soon you start to sound like Sarah Palin. And not in a good way.
What's next? The full Ross Perot?
We already have a thin-skinned narcissist in the White House and look how well
that's worked out for us. Sorry Mr. Trump, but you're fired.
Hillary won the coin toss, and Bernie still hasn't decided which end zone he'll defend in New Hampshire. Probably the left one.
And she's not the only one who's confused today. I am too. What exactly is the allure of Bernie? It's like these kids have never learned how to think.
There's a young guy I know, a twenty-something who considers himself an up-and-comer in NJ politics, running for a council seat in a neighboring town. Nice enough fellow, just got his MBA from Rutgers. And he's gung-ho for Bernie. He even reposted that idiotic meme about student loan interest rates.
I can understand Bernie being economically illiterate. He's an imbecile. And a bum. But dude, you have an MBA. If you didn't learn anything about collateral or risk management you really should ask Rutgers for your money back.
Sadly though, this guy is not alone.
It's disheartening that an avowed socialist is a viable candidate for president of the United States. Socialism is a dead end. For hundreds of years, it has failed everywhere it's been adopted. The enthusiasm of our youth for the candidacy of Bernie Sanders is a symptom of our failure to educate them, not only in history, government and economics, but also basic morality.
But everybody got a trophy, so there's that.
Which of course is Sanders' schtick. Everybody gets a college education. Everybody gets health care. Everybody gets food, housing, broadband internet, and presumably a pony, or at least a bus pass. No one stops to think about who's paying for all that.
Or rather, they think "the rich" are gonna pay for it. Because it's their birthright or something. Until it all inevitably comes crashing down.
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck."
— Robert A. Heinlein
Every time some kid whines to me that life needs to be "fair" or she "deserves" something I want to scream and whack them upside the head.
Life. Is. Not. Fair.
And, Life is hard. It's harder if you're stupid.
Here's pro tip Berniebots. You don't deserve anything. You're a pimple on the asshole of progress, as my grandfather used to say.
You want something? Get off your ass and work for it.
While you're complaining about big banks, or corporate greed, or evil Republicans, or whatever Bernie's bugaboo is these days there's some kid who's putting his nose to the grindstone and cranking out The Next Big Thing. It's called "hard work." And, contrary to what your professors told you, it's The American Way.
In a sane world Ted Cruz will mop the floor with Bernie in a debate and cruise into the White House.
Alas, I'm not so sure we live in a sane world anymore.
When Donald Trump said he "could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters" he was joking. At least I think he was joking.
In a sane world it's the stuff he says when he's not joking that ought to send his supporters scurrying for the exits. Like yesterday, when he came out in defense of Planned Parenthood.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump defended Planned Parenthood during an interview Tuesday night, doubling down on his remarks that part of the group should be funded.
"They do good things," Trump said during an interview with Sean Hannity that aired on Fox News.
"There's two Planned Parenthoods, in a way. You have it as an abortion clinic. Now that's actually a fairly small part of what they do, but it's a brutal part and I'm totally against it," Trump said.
"They also, however, service women," Trump said, adding later, "We have to help women. A lot of women are helped. So we have to look at the positives for Planned Parenthood."
Ah yes, the "positives." Like how Mussolini made sure the trains ran on time.
Where some of those trains were going? That wasn't his concern. Or, apparently, Donald Trump's.
Planned Parenthood is evil. They hack tiny babies apart while still alive, and sell the parts for profit.
When a pregnant woman goes to Planned Parenthood for pre-natal care, she is sent elsewhere, because they only care about performing abortions.
When a woman goes to Planned Parenthood for a mammogram, she is sent elsewhere, because they only pay lip service to "women's health."
But Donald Trump wants to give them our tax dollars. And if that thought repels Christian voters, well Trump has an answer for them.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday won the endorsement of evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, the Trump campaign said.
There was a time when Christians, even evangelicals!, abjured murder.
Well maybe the Sixth Commandment is no longer taught at Liberty University. Or there's an asterisk, or something. I'm hesitant to ask, because I might not like the answer.
What's important though, is that a prominent Christian leader has blessed Donald Trump, and by extension, the public funding of abortion. That's yuuuuge, to coin a phrase. And deeply troubling.
I'm starting to believe this boorish buffoon could actually land the GOP nomination. And then what?
Well, then we get Mike "the nanny" Bloomberg throwing his hat into the ring too. Then we get ostensible "republicans" splitting their votes between two billionaires with more dollars than sense. Which of course propels Hillary Clinton, or God forbid Bernie Sanders, into the White House.
I'm gonna stock up on
ammo. And canned goods. You should too.
How do you stump a liberal? Ask her to name one of Hillary Clinton's accomplishments.
Even Her Royal Majesty herself had trouble answering that one!
So as a public service, and with thanks to our friends at Independent Journal and Washington Examiner, here for your edification are 3 bona fide Hillary Clinton accomplishments.
What exactly were Hillary's accomplishments as a U.S. Senator?
As documented by Congress.gov, these "monumental" laws were:
Just to recap, these were bills that: renamed a highway after a journalist; re-designated a post office; and deemed a brick house in Troy, N.Y., as a national historic site to honor a 19th-century female union leader.
Skip the election and move right on to the coronation!
Because, with a record like that, it's a wonder she hasn't already been elevated to sainthood.
Three bills enacted, out of 713. That's a meaty .0042 percent batting average baseball fans. Real major league potential, eh?
Oh, but she also paved the way to bring peace to Syria, so there's that.
With the DNC pulling out all the stops to ensure Hillary's coronation, Donald Trump wants the GOP to do the same for him.
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the Republican National Committee (RNC) should disqualify candidates from primary debates who have failed to file paperwork to get their names on the ballots in major states.
"Now, if I were running the party, I'd say, 'Excuse me, if you can't win the state of X, a major state, if you can't win Virginia because you're not allowed to go in, or if you can't win South Carolina or you can't win this one or that one, because you didn't file, that means it's taken off your list, you're not allowed to be in the debate anymore,'" Trump said at a rally in Iowa on Saturday.
"When you're at like, this guy [former New York governor George] Pataki, he's been at zero for months. He couldn't get elected dog-catcher in New York. The guy's at zero for months. And he keeps on staying and staying," he added.
Voters? We don't need no steenkin' voters!
Just declare Trump the winner, and get Ready For Hillary!
Now, on the one hand, he has a point. The GOP primary cattle call is getting a little long in the tooth. But that's a function of Reince Priebus front-loading the debate schedule, well before any actual voting commences. And, as Lindsay Graham's exit today reveals, the lower-polling candidates will sooner rather than later head for the exits on their own.
But on the other hand, the polls have a habit of shifting. Three months ago all the pundits were writing Chris Christie off; he was lucky to be at the Kid's Table debates, making it in by the skin of his teeth. Then a funny thing happened. He got traction in New Hampshire.
Chris Christie continues to slowly but surely creep back into the race. He has a 49/30 favorability rating now, up all the way from 28/54 in late August. It's a reminder that things can change a lot over time and some of the candidates seen as being dead right now could come back to life and some of the candidates who it seems like can't do anything wrong right now could come crashing back down.
Which, of course, is why we're having these primaries in the first place.
So cool your jets Mr. Trump. If you really are All That And A Can Of Peas,
the voters will ratify your ego's preconceptions. And if not? Well, maybe
George Pataki can appoint you dog-catcher.
Our current president is a thin-skinned narcissist who "jokes" about siccing the IRS on his enemies.
His annointed successor is a vindictive harridan who is equally thin-skinned.
In what appears to be a first for a serious presidential contender, Hillary Clinton's campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club.
Masada told Judicial Watch that, as soon as the video got posted on the Laugh Factory website, he received a phone call from a "prominent" person inside Clinton's campaign. "He said the video was disgusting and asked who put me up to this," Masada said. The Clinton staffer, who Masada did not want to identify, also demanded to know the names and phone numbers of the comedians that appear in the video. Masada refused and hung up. He insists that the comedy stage is a sanctuary for freedom of speech no matter who is offended. "Just last night we had (Emmy-award winner) Dana Carvey doing Donald Trump and it was hilarious," Masada said.
Of course she wants names! She'll have them all arrested, just like last time. It's what she does.
The video is, appropriately enough, entitled "Hillary vs. the First Amendment." I didn't find it particularly funny, or offensive, but hey, I'm not a major presidential candidate. Or a Democrat.
On the other hand, by calling attention to it, a lot more people are going to be curious about what got her adult diapers in a twist. This is known colloquially as The Streisand Effect, and it's a doozy. The Internet never forgets, Hillary. You might want to remember that.
What's scary though is the precedent it sets for her potential presidency.
Because the Laugh Factory won't be laughing, or hanging up, when it's the IRS or the DEA or the state liquor control board on the other end of the line. There are probably thousands of budding Lois Lerners lurking in the bowels of government, just waiting for the right nudge to send them into a frenzy of fascist fulmination aimed right at the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua's perceived enemies. And she'll gladly empower each and every one of them for her own personal gain.
Remember when dissent was the highest form of patriotism?
Yeah, me neither.
Fifty-one percent of working Americans make less than $30,000 a year, new data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows.
That's $2,500 a month before taxes and just over the federal poverty level for a family of five. The new numbers come from the National Wage Index, which SSA updates each year based on reported wages subject to the federal income tax.
And that's the good news. Because if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she'll import millions more illegal aliens, who'll gladly work for half that.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, pledging to go "beyond President Obama" in embracing illegal immigrants, said that she will use executive powers as president to go around Congress to end deportations.
She'll boldly go where no Obama has gone before. But not in a good way.
Because illegal aliens depress wages, especially for people on the lower end of the socio-economic scale. And you don't have to take my word for that fact either. It says so, right there in The New York Times. And, although he'd probably like to forget he did it, a fellow named Barack Obama, made the very same point back in 2006.
Of course, as president he's been pretty much the champion of Trickle Up Poverty, so him going against his earlier assertion isn't as surprising as you'd expect.
And after all, given that Obama is arguably the president from Goldman Sachs, and Hillary promises to "go beyond" him in that department too, trampling the little guy to enrich their cronies is going to be the first plank in the Democratic Party platform for 2016.
The bulk of Clinton's campaign funds came from an elite, wealthy class of donors—those who can afford to give the maximum donation. In 2014, roughly 0.04 percent of Americans made the maximum donation for a primary campaign of $2,600 (adjusted to $2,700 in this election cycle). … Clinton may well have had 250,000 donors—but just 11,400 of them accounted for almost two-thirds of her total fundraising.
All those wealthy democrats need gardeners and housekeepers dontcha know.
Keeping all of you poor and dependent on the government? That's just an
Joe Biden finally realized he's not nearly kooky enough, nor mendacious enough, to compete with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
Vice President Biden announced Wednesday that he will not run for president, ending feverish speculation over his 2016 plans.
Speaking in the Rose Garden alongside his wife Jill and President Obama, Biden said the window of opportunity to mount a viable campaign "has closed."
"Unfortunately I believe we're out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination," Biden said.
Translation? The loony left wasn't planning to get on board his train, and without them nobody can win the Democratic Party nomination.
It's essentially the same rational that led Jim Webb to hang up his hat earlier this week — no adults need apply.
Not that the Republicans are doing any better in that department, because Donald Trump is still leading their pack, with neophyte lightweight Ben Carson firmly in second place.
So, are you ready for Hillary vs Trump?
Second Amendment? What Second Amendment?
Hillary Clinton said Friday that mandatory gun buy-back programs like ones in Australia are "worth looking into," sparking criticism that the Democratic presidential front-runner would, if elected, impose gun-confiscation efforts.
Clinton made the comments during a campaign stop in Keene, N.H., when an attendee asked about Australia's 1996 and 2003 buy-back programs that collected roughly 700,000 banned semi-automatic rifles and other firearms.
"I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged," Clinton responded.
There you have it. No nuance. No obfuscation. Plain and simple: Mandatory gun buy-back, ie confiscation. That's her goal.
Say goodbye to freedom. Say goodbye to individual rights. Say goodbye to America. President Hillary would follow in the footsteps of every totalitarian dictator who's gone before her. Stalin. Hitler. Pol Pot. Mao. Fidel. Kim.
And when she's disarmed us, then she can control us. Completely. As in, get in the boxcar, comrade, it's for your own good.
No thanks Hillary. You're wrong on the supposed benefits of Australia's gun confiscation, and you're wrong for America.
Shot: Universal Healthcare:
I've been telling conservatives and telling conservatives, this guy Donald Trump is no conservative. You'd think when he said single payer health care worked great in other countries, that would have been a clue.
Now he's told Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes his health care plan.
It's universal health care. Who's gonna pay for it?
The alleged conservative Donald Trumps says very simply, "The government."
Chaser: Tax The Rich:
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled an ambitious tax plan Monday that he says would eliminate income taxes for millions of households, lower the tax rate on all businesses to 15% and change tax treatment of companies' overseas earnings.
Under the Trump plan, no federal income tax would be levied against individuals earning less than $25,000 and married couples earning less than $50,000. The Trump campaign estimates that would reduce taxes to zero for 31 million households that currently pay at least some income tax. The highest individual income-tax rate would be 25%, compared with the current 39.6% rate.
To pay for the proposed tax benefits, the Trump plan would eliminate or reduce deductions and loopholes to high-income taxpayers, and would curb some deductions and other breaks for middle-class taxpayers by capping the level of individual deductions, a politically dicey proposition. Mr. Trump also would end the "carried interest" tax break, which allows many investment-fund managers to pay lower taxes on much of their compensation.
A significant revenue gain would come from a one-time tax on overseas profits that could encourage U.S. multinational corporations to return an estimated $2.1 trillion in cash now sitting offshore, largely to avoid U.S. taxes. His proposal would impose a mandatory 10% tax on all of that money, even if the money stays overseas, but allow a few years for the tax to be paid.
Mr. Trump also would impose an immediate tax on overseas earnings of American corporations; currently, such tax payments can be deferred.
So in 5 words Donald Trump exposes himself as a progressive Democrat's dream candidate — Universal Healthcare; Tax The Rich.
As in, free stuff via wealth transfer, with class envy and corporation-bashing thrown in.
My flirtation with Trump's candidacy is officially over. Not that it ever really was a "thing," but I was willing to listen to what he had to say and hoped he'd trade the bombast for seriousness. Bucking the GOP establishment is always good, because, hey, they deserve all the brickbats he can hurl. But echoing Bernie Sanders is clearly a dealbreaker.
You'd think a guy who is so successful in business would understand that putting the government in charge of anything is a recipe for disaster. The right way to replace Obamacare is with a truly free market health care system, one that lets consumers shop around for the best deals on insurance and provider services. Give the power to the people, not the bureaucrats!
As for exempting even more Americans from paying any income tax? The less said about that, the better. Folks who don't pay taxes don't have any incentive to care whether or not tax dollars are spent wisely. Which means they vote for the guy who says he'll spend the most on them. But, no matter what Trump or Bernie say, soaking the rich won't affect "income inequality" one bit.
So Mr. Trump, I now have two words for you. And those two words are:
Pope Francis is touring America to preach the gospel of climate change. So naturally the gotcha left-wing media had to troll the GOP presidential candidates for sound bites.
"I mean, Obama thinks it's the number one problem of the world today," Trump said. "And I think it's very low on the list. So I am not a believer. ... I believe there's weather. I believe there's change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again. And it changes depending on years and centuries. But I am not a believer, and we have much bigger problems."
I agree Mr. Trump, we do indeed have much bigger problems.
Climate change isn't beheading Christians, or blowing stuff up.
Climate change isn't bringing millions of illegal aliens across our Southern border.
Climate change isn't giving a nuclear weapon to Iran.
Climate change isn't keeping our economy in the doldrums.
Climate change isn't leaving our veterans to die waiting for health care.
Climate change isn't trampling the Constitution in a quest to gut the First and Second Amendments.
Climate change isn't harvesting and selling baby parts on an industrial scale.
Climate change is merely the latest scheme being used to expand the power of totalitarian statists who want to regulate and control every aspect of our lives.
First they tried "The Population Bomb" — we're all gonna starve to death!
Then it was "Peak Oil" — we're running out of gas!
Next came "Global Cooling" — we're all gonna freeze to death!
Which somehow reversed into "Global Warming" — we're all gonna drown!
And is now the catch-all of "Climate Change" — everybody panic!
Meanwhile, radical Islamists are invading Europe, and the U.S. The Middle East is falling apart. China is rattling her sabers, and hacking our computers. Russian tanks are on the move. Millions of Americans have given up on ever finding a job. Millions more are forced to live on government handouts, causing our national debt to grow more unmanageable by the day. And the current administration spends most of its time spying on ordinary Americans.
In fact, almost 3/4 of Americans now believe our country is no longer as great as it once was.
Here's a pro tip: climate change isn't going to make America great again.
Tonight Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally at the Ladd Peebles Stadium, home to the University of South Alabama's football team. Thirty to forty thousand people are expected to attend.
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is again moving his Friday evening rally in Mobile, Ala., to a venue with more seating amid overwhelming demand, according to a Thursday news report.
Trump had already moved from the Mobile Civic Center Theater to the center's main arena, which has a capacity of 14,000. Tickets for Trump's stop were selling so quickly, however, another venue move was needed.
"It's going to end up at 30 to 40 thousand people in Alabama," Trump said this week.
Ladd Peebles Stadium hosts the South Alabama Jaguars's home games, as well as two college bowl games a season. The sporting arena reportedly has maximum capacity of 50,000 people.
London bookmakers now have Trump's odds of winning the GOP nomination at 7 to 2, only slightly behind Jeb Bush.
Of course, Jeb Bush couldn't attract 40,000 supporters if he gave away free NoDoz.
"Right down the road we have Jeb," he said of the former Florida governor, who was hosting his own event in nearby Derry.
"Very small crowd ... you know what's happening to Jeb's crowd right down the street?" Trump asked. "They're sleeping now. I don't see how he's electable."
Of course Jeb's wimpy, whiny, guilty-white-"moderate" GOP establishment
losers supporters don't see how Trump is electable either.
One group is wrong.
I'm starting to think it's not Team Trump.
That is, Donald Trump is on to something. And as he racks up the crowds he's also slowly trading the bombast for sensible sound bites.
For example, here's how he answered the charge he's really a closet Democrat in a recent one-on-one interview with John Hawkins of Right Wing News.
Well, the first thing I'd say is Ronald Reagan was a Democrat, actually with a very liberal bent and he became a Republican conservative and he was somebody I knew and liked and got along with very well. But, you know, I think it's important to know I grew up…I started in Queens, but I moved into Manhattan as a young man into a small studio apartment in Manhattan. And everybody in Manhattan, you know, it's a Democrat area.
That's what they have. They have Democrats and …Republicans are……you can forget it. If you're the Democrat primary winner, you automatically win the election. So you grow up with that and, of course, I wasn't thinking very much in terms of politics. I was a businessman and the reason I gave to everybody was because it ended up that I was a world-class businessman. You know, I built a great company and when you're a businessman, you give to everybody. You don't say, "Oh, gee, I'm not going to give." You give to everybody. I think that hurdle has totally been passed, John. You know people understand it and they dig it. Actually they dig it. And I'm honest about it. I say, hey, look, and that's part of the problem of the system because if you look right now with Jeb Bush and all these guys, they've got all this money raised and everybody that gives them money has tremendous power over them. I mean they're like puppets. They're like total puppets and I don't need money. I use my own money and these people are totally controlled by their donors and their special interests and their lobbyists — and nobody knows the system better than I do. I mean I'm a professional at this system and it's a system that has to be changed.
The first step in solving the problem is recognizing that there is a problem.
The second step is putting yourself in a position to solve the problem.
Washington can't be fixed from the outside. But it's going to take an outsider to fix it. Which is why the outsiders are gaining so much traction. When you look at the latest opinion polls the establishment guys are taking a beating.
A month ago, what I'll call the Not-Washington Crowd of candidates — Trump, neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, plus anti-establishment Sen. Ted Cruz — collectively got about 38 percent of voters, excluding undecideds, in the Huffington Post Pollster Average. Eight current or ex-governors got a combined 45 percent.
Now, the tables have more than turned. The Not-Washington Crowd has 50 percent, and the governors have fallen to 35 percent.
The biggest risers have been Trump, Fiorina and Carson, in that order. The biggest drops: Scott Walker, then Jeb Bush. (Everyone else in the 17-person field has been virtually flat.)
Voters have been drawn to Trump, I think, for a few reasons. To some extent, it's as simple as this: People are angry, Trump knows it, and he's s conducting a master class in Madison Avenue-style persuasion, as Dilbert creator Scott Adams recently detailed on his blog. (Who else but a cartoonist could explain this campaign?)
But the success of the other Not-Washington folks, at the expense of those long deemed front-runners, also looks like a considered vote of no-confidence in the governing class. A lot of voters no longer believe politicians can fix government. They see Trump's "Make America Great Again" ball cap and think the hat might be cheesy, but the slogan is dead-on. It's much the same sentiment, albeit not the exact playbook, that turned David Perdue into Georgia's junior senator last year.
America is on the ropes.
Trump's been on the ropes, and he's bounced back.
America will be great again. And Donald Trump just may be the guy who can make it happen.
Hillary's Clinton's email security plan: what happens in the bathroom stays in the bathroom.
The IT company Hilary Clinton chose to maintain her private email account was run from a loft apartment and its servers were housed in the bathroom closet, Daily Mail Online can reveal.
Daily Mail Online tracked down ex-employees of Platte River Networks in Denver, Colorado, who revealed the outfit's strong links to the Democratic Party but expressed shock that the 2016 presidential candidate chose the small private company for such a sensitive job.
One, Tera Dadiotis, called it 'a mom and pop shop' which was an excellent place to work, but hardly seemed likely to be used to secure state secrets. And Tom Welch, who helped found the company, confirmed the servers were in a bathroom closet.
Sure makes it easy to flush the evidence!
And talk about the shit hitting the fan...
Because, really, this stinks.
But now we know what Hillary means by "data dump."
Maybe she thought the Internet was just a series of tubes.
Gee, I'm on a roll here!
Sadly though, almost no one is surprised by Her Majesty's complete disregard
for even the most rudimentary security measures. It's amost like she
wants America to go down the drain.
Is there anyone in the Democratic Party who isn't old, white, and past retirement age? Because c'mon, Al Gore? For president? Again?
The best sign that Hillary is in trouble is that even Al Gore insiders are talking up a potential run.
Because why re-enact Bush vs Clinton when you can generate Real Excitement with Round 2 of Bush vs Gore? Florida, here we come!
Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing.
Gore, 67, won the popular vote in the 2000 election, and has been mentioned as a possible candidate in every contested Democratic primary since then. He instead spent much of the 2000s focused on environmental campaigning and business ventures. He has largely slipped out of public view more recent years.
"But in recent days, they're getting the old gang together," a senior Democrat told BuzzFeed News.
"They're figuring out if there's a path financially and politically," the Democrat said. "It feels more real than it has in the past months."
Democrats: yesterday's candidates, tomorrow!
In other words, they're fresh out of new ideas. Bring on the retreads!
Or rather, trade one old tired retread (Hillary) for another (Gore, or Biden).
Because, all that talk about "diversity" nonwithstanding, they're really the party of Old White Folks Who Want To Be President.
Hillary Clinton? Old white gal (67).
Bernie Sanders? Old white guy (73).
Jim Webb? Old white guy (69).
Lincoln Chaffee? Old white guy (62).
Joe Biden? Old white guy (72).
Al Gore? Old white guy (67).
Martin O'Malley? Middle aged white guy (52).
Elizabeth Warren? Old white gal, pretending to be Native American (66).
That Obama fellow sure seems like a one-off, eh? Maybe, even a token minority dude to fool the low-information voters. Two terms for the young, hip, black guy, and it's right back to their stronghold of old white people.
Meanwhile, it's the Republicans who demonstrate actual diversity in their candidates. Five minorities (African-American, Indian-American, Latino). And no one over the age of 70. Heck, they've even got seven folks younger than me running. Plus a woman who's actually got real world experience working with, and for, average Americans.
But let's not jump to conclusions. I'm sure not all Democrats are closet
racists. Just the ones who pick their presidential candidates.
Democrats are worried that the furor surrounding Hillary Clinton's private email server will be prolonged and intensified after her sudden move to hand it over to the FBI.
The Clinton campaign's decision to give up the server and a thumb drive containing backup copies of emails left Democrats scratching their heads as to why the former secretary of State had resisted for months turning over the server.
Coupled with new polls that suggest Clinton is vulnerable, Democrats are nearing full-on panic mode.
"I'm not sure they completely understand the credibility they are losing, by the second," said one Democratic strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "At some point this goes from being something you can rationalize away to something that becomes political cancer. And we are getting pretty close to the cancer stage, because this is starting to get ridiculous."
Buying a book on how to permanently delete emails probably didn't help her cause either.
So as the FBI zeroes in, Huma Abedin lawyers up.
Politico reports today that Huma Abedin has a team of lawyers on the case as she comes under scrutiny from both Congress and federal judges probing the evasion of FOIA demands during Hillary's tenure — and Abedin's unusual financial arrangements at State.
And don't forget Cheryl Mills and her bald-faced pledge to delete all of her emails in defiance of both congressional and court orders.
A fish rots from the head. And they can smell the rot in Camp Chappaqua all the way down in Joe Biden's Vice Presidential vacation retreat.
Vice President Joe Biden is using part of his vacation in South Carolina this week to sound out friends and family about a presidential bid, as some Democrats press him to enter the race and give the party another option in the face of lingering controversies involving Hillary Clinton.
From his vacation spot on Kiawah Island, Mr. Biden is giving the strongest signal yet that he is actively considering making a third run at the presidency. He is asking political allies for advice and gauging the strength of Mrs. Clinton's campaign as he weighs his options, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Biden is expected to announce his decision next month.
"He's taking input from a lot of people he cares about and respects," said James Smith, a South Carolina legislator and Biden supporter who said he has urged the vice president to run. "He knows where I stand. It's just got to be his decision."
Because one septuagenarian white guy in the race isn't enough.
Joe Biden isn't the Democrats' Great White Hope. He might be testing the waters, but it's Elizabeth Warren who's standing by, patiently waiting for The Call.
Warren bowed out of this race months ago in deference to Hillary. But now that Hillary is mortally wounded, I can already see the "heroic" press conference. I could write the script.
Elizabeth Warren will step up to the podium and say, "I've been a fighter for underdogs my entire life. I've fought for women, African Americans, Hispanics, gays, unions, the poor, the working class, mothers on welfare, children without enough food to eat. In light of Hillary Clinton's distractions, I have decided for the good of this country and my party to re-think my decision. I believe my party needs me. I believe my country needs me. Consumers need me. The working class needs me. So…I've decided to enter the race for president of the United States."
And just like that … Hillary is done.
Warren fires up the Democrats looney-lefty base even moreso than Barack Obama. She can preach about the "War On Women" far better than Hillary ever could. And she embodies all the Democrats' perpetually angry grievance groups in one (admittedly fake) bundle of populist mendacity. But what else would you expect from the self-appointed grandmother of Occupy Wall Street, right?
Forget Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren is the perfect purveyor of the Moocher Class mantra — Free Stuff for us! That's why all my ultra-liberal friends, who currently voice tepid but as of yet unwavering support for Hillary Clinton, swoon with dreamy eyes whenever her name is mentioned. Elizabeth Warren is the Democrats' new, and definitely improved messiah.
She'll lead them to the Promised Land. Or so they'd like to believe.
Funny thing though. Wasn't that Obama fellow supposed to do that too?
The latest Fox News national poll finds another reshuffling in the race for the 2016 Republican nomination, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gets a post-announcement bump and businessman Donald Trump claims more of the spotlight.
Among Republican primary voters, Trump captures 18 percent. He's closely followed by Walker at 15 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 14 percent. No one else reaches double-digits.
Support for Trump is up seven percentage points since last month and up 14 points since May. He's also the candidate GOP primary voters say they are most interested in learning more about during the debates.
Now, you may not like Donald Trump. I'm certainly not a fan, for a whole host of reasons not having anything to do with his current populist rhetoric. But he's out there telling people what they want to hear. He's saying things that need to be said. He's resonating with a whole lot of voters.
And the establishment, on both sides of the aisle, is scared of that.
The GOP shouldn't be.
In fact, they should embrace Trump.
Ride his wave. Harness the energy he's unleashing, and direct it into a dagger aimed at the heart of the Obama - Clinton progressive juggernaut.
Democrat policies are failed policies. And right now Trump is highlighting one of their more spectacular failures — unfettered illegal immigration coupled with law-flouting "sanctuary" cities. It's a deadly combination, and Kate Steinle's murder is the straw that broke the camel's back.
The fact that San Francisco democrats are unrepentant, doubling down on their sanctuary policies while reflexively calling for more useless gun control laws, only serves to further highlight how out of touch they are with average Americans.
So instead of bashing Trump, somebody had better figure out how to get him and his followers on board their bus.
What I'm trying to make clear is that while Donald Trump's prospects of either winning the GOP nomination or becoming the next president approach zero, there are an awful lot of people out there who have proven open to voting for non-viable fringe candidates. And if Donald Trump were to run as a third-party candidate and get even half of Ross Perot's numbers, then it is difficult to see how any Republican nominee could beat any Democratic nominee in 2016.
So before we go any further, consider: Donald Trump--the Donald Trump--holds in his hands something like veto power over the Republican quest to win the White House. Sit with that for a moment.
There are only two reasonable conclusions to be drawn from the Trump Contingency: (1) Democracy doesn't work and we all need to get behind Sweet Meteor of Death 2016; or (2) To the extent that Trump is standing in front of any sort of movement, that movement needs to be co-opted, not vanquished, if Republicans want to have a chance of victory this cycle.
If you want option #2-and I understand if you prefer #1-then you have to start by figuring out what Trump is selling that attracts voters. And this doesn't seem like rocket science.
Indeed. Trump is selling the one issue that overwhelmingly resonates with GOP primary voters. Immigration.
In 2012, the entire Republican field was caught by surprise when it turned out that immigration was the defining issue of the primary campaign. Without anyone having noticed, immigration displaced abortion as the major litmus test for GOP candidates. And then, to show that 2012 wasn't an aberration, two years later an unknown, unfunded, econ professor bushwhacked Eric Cantor by 11 points in a Republican House primary in Virginia. His primary issue-indeed, just about his only issue-was immigration.
So Republican strategists (and their candidates) ought to understand that Republican voters care a lot about immigration. And yet, the attitude of the GOP establishment towards these folks seems to be, as Mickey Kaus jokes, they just "cling to their rage about immigration because they can't get what they really want: Low capital gains taxes."
To say that the GOP establishment is out of touch is an understatement.
They lost to The Worst President In History, twice.
And they're on track to lose to the Worst Secretary Of State Ever.
Unless they get off their rocking chairs and give the voters what we want.
Here's a hint. What we don't want is a xenophobic nut. We want a candidate who'll treat immigration like the serious issue that we believe it is. Which means doing 5 things:
1. Embrace the immigrant heritage of America.
2. Distinguish between legal and illegal immigration.
3. Make the case that the rule of law still means something, no matter what John Roberts says.
4. Articulate that whatever benefits immigration may have, it comes with costs, too, as we see in the murder of Kathryn Steinle.
5. Explain that the simple logic of labor markets suggests that whatever we ultimately decide to do about immigration policy, the time to liberalize immigration is not when the real unemployment rate is (at the very least) north of 10 percent. Because when you add workers to an existing surplus of labor, wages will go down. If the people at the Chamber of Commerce, Facebook, and the Democratic National Committee want to embiggen the labor pool, the least they could do is wait until the employment market tightens and labor shortages are a constraint on growth. To insist on amnesty now isn't just bad economics. It's rent seeking by powerful interests.
Instead of calling Trump "crazy," we need a candidate who'll co-opt Trump's message. Emphasize positive immigration reforms. Make Democrats defend their sanctuary cities and their eager willingness to ignore the rule of law.
Democrats own him. Democrats created him.
Right now Donald Trump is the only candidate speaking out against him.
That has to change. A better candidate could ride Trump's wave into the White House.
The GOP needs Donald Trump. More importantly, they need to find a way
to work with him, to keep him in the fold, to use him as an asset. Because an
awful lot of voters are fed up with politics as usual. So why not give them
what they want?
It's the tale of two Hillarys.
Some of you work too hard. You need government to save you from free enterprise.
And then some of you don't pay enough in taxes.
Left unanswered? How working less translates into more tax payments.
Oh, right, she's gonna tax the other guys.
Hillary's economic populism is a disjointed bunch of rubbish. She's trying to steal Bernie Sanders' thunder, but all she's accomplished is to make him look sane by comparison.
Here's the first part of her economic plan. Work less. Let government do more.
"Many Americans are making extra money renting out a spare room, designing websites, selling products they design themselves at home, or even driving their own car," she said, according to MarketWatch. "This 'on demand' or so-called 'gig economy' is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation, but it's also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future."
She cited the need for paid family leave, earned sick days, fair pay, and fair scheduling — all workplace protections that contractors don't receive.
Sit on your ass, light up a Camel, and collect welfare. It's what Hillary's government wants you to do.
Seriously. This is exactly the kind of thinking that kills good things.
"Oh, you.ve got something nice there. Seems to be working all right, but here, let me just add a few regulations for your own protection."
And the next thing you know, you.ve got a taxi commission. Or a board that dictates what you can do with your property.
Either way, it's all about less freedom and more government.
Yup. Hillary loves her some more government. Except the oversight part. She's really not a fan of that. I imagine that Inspectors General will become an endangered species in her administration.
Anyway, her second point involves how to pay for more government.
Can you guess she wants to raise taxes?
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Monday took a giant step toward letting Democratic voters know she's representing the progressive agenda, calling for tax increases and more regulation on Wall Street -- while making a play for a liberal base that has been gravitating toward Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Clinton also vowed to increase taxes on large corporations and the country's highest wage-earners, an apparent effort to recapture her party's progressive base now captivated by surging primary challenger Sanders and the reformer agenda of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is not a 2016 candidate.
Clinton specifically vowed to revive efforts to institute the so-called Buffet Rule, which is essentially a 30 percent "millionaire tax."
"Those at the top have to pay their share," Clinton said during her roughly 35-minute speech at the New School, a New York City college and bastion for progressive ideals. "Wealthy financiers pay artificially low tax rates."
Speaking of wealthy financiers, how's Chelsea's husband doing these days?
Rumor has it he won't be paying anywhere near 30% in taxes!
Neither will the Clinton Foundation, aka Hillary and Bill's personal slush fund. See that's the thing with Hillary. She talks a good game. But she adamantly insists her rules don't apply to her.
In her world taxes are something people who are not named Clinton pay.
So let's recap Hillary's plan to save our economy.
Step 1: Regulate your new home business into the ground.
Step 2: If by some miracle step 1 doesn't kill you, tax you into oblivion.
Remember when America was the Land Of Opportunity?
Yeah, me neither.
At this point it's probably easier to list the Republicans who aren't running for president.
Four years late, and a few scandals later, Chris Christie finally decided he's got what it takes to beat Hillary Clinton. Because apparently he says what he means and he means what he says.
That's his official campaign slogan, anyway.
In Real Life he sends a somewhat more muddled message. Unless he actually kept that promise he made to lower my property taxes, and I'm just too stupid to see how he did it. Maybe I only imagine I'm paying more than ever each quarter.
Christie is very good at talking the talk. Heck, go back and read my posts about "Governor Awesome" from 4 or 5 years ago. Because yeah, I bought into his hype. Until he let me, and everyone else, down.
Is he a better governor than Jon Corzine was? Sure.
But that's kind of like saying one root canal is better than two.
Then again, he's not the worst person running. That distinction still belongs to Donald Trump. So, since someone asked me this morning, here's how I see ranking the 2016 field.
1. Ted Cruz
2. Marco Rubio
3. Rick Perry
4. Carly Fiorina
5. Bobby Jindal
6. Rand Paul
7. Chris Christie
8. Jeb Bush
9. Rick Santorum
10. Mike Huckabee
11. Lindsey Graham
12. George Pataki
13. Ben Carson
14. Donald Trump
If as expected Scott Walker jumps in, I'd slot him at #2 and bump everyone else down a notch. Word is that John Kasich is also going to declare (hey, why not make it an even 16!) in which case he'd fall between Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum.
Quite frankly though, the GOP needs to whittle this list down PDQ. Keep the top 3 (or 4 if Walker gets in) and relegate the rest to angling for VP or a cabinet slot. Too many candidates dilutes the message. And it lets the media play them against each other instead of contrasting them with the Hilldabeest. The last thing we need is a repeat of 2012's circular firing squad, er debates. By the time Mitt Romney emerged from that guantlet he was damaged goods, and we got stuck with 4 more years of Obamunism because of that.
So my dream ticket right now is Cruz / Fiorina. Ted Cruz embodies everything our Founding Fathers stood for, and he's not beholden to the GOP establishment. Carly fights, and she doesn't come off as a bully like Christie does.
What we need is for Reince Priebus or Mitt Romney to drag the other candidates
into a room and explain the facts of life to them. Get them out now for the good
of the country. Rally the party behind a team that can win. And then
go out there and win one for the Gipper.
Apparently Hillary's Hordes can't afford the rents in New York City on the meager salaries she pays them. I think there's a campaign slogan (or 3) in there somewhere, but I suppose irony is lost on Democrats.
Anyway, if you're a big Hillary booster, and you've got a spare room or an extra couch, you're invited to "host" one of her staffers, for free.
Hillary Clinton wants your cash -- but her staffers just want a place to crash.
Apparently facing a space crunch at their new 2016 headquarters in New York City, the Clinton campaign has started asking supporters to pony up their Big Apple pads for the cause. An email sent Wednesday asks them to sign up to "host" Clinton campaign workers arriving to the city.
"Do you have a spare room — or just a spare couch! — where a new staffer could stay?" Marlon Marshall, director of State Campaigns and Political Engagement at Hillary for America, asks in the email.
Marshall, who did not respond to requests by FoxNews.com for comment, said in his email pitch: "You and I both know that finding a place to live in New York can take longer than an afternoon of apartment hunting." But he wrote that the campaign needs its to start "right away" at the Brooklyn HQ.
He then promised that the to-be bunkmates will most likely "be working long days, so they really just need a place to sleep, and they'll be so grateful to be staying with someone who shares their beliefs and their goals."
I think they're just grateful to finally be out of mom's basement.
And hey, isn't there a big old house up in Chappaqua with lots of extra space?
But really, what could be better than a zealot for Hillary haranguing you day and night? I'm expecting all my progressive friends to sign right up, just for the chance to rub elbows with someone who works next to a guy who met Hillary once, and promptly got sent to the back of the line.
And she's not about to spend her foundation's millions on something as mundane as a few motel rooms. Unless Bill can visit with the more comely lasses...
Then can you imagine how Hillary could expand this "hosting" program once she's elected? Everybody gets his own illegal alien! Bring them out of the shadows and into your living room, where they'll share their beliefs and goals, and hopefully not help themselves to the silverware.
In other news, it's time to dust off the Third Amendment. Because one more
thing Hillary's homeless hordes don't have are brown shirts and fancy arm
bands. Yet. Those will be issued after her coronation, when it's
too late for America.