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Monday, February 29, 2016

Should have listened to Mickey Kaus, Republicans

A new CNN poll has Trump at 49% nationally. Rubio is at 16%, Cruz 15%, Carson 10%, Kasich 8%.

That is among registered voters and the sampling is 427, claiming a 5-point margin of error. Whilst I do not trust polls, I do go by the pols. This weekend they threw the KKK and the Mafia at him, and made fun of his "small hands," which I guess is a slam at his penis. And he is the vulgar one.

They would not be doing this if they had listened to Mickey Kaus 10 years ago.





Kaus is a veteran journalist who segued to the Internet well.

From Mickey Kaus on March 27, 2006:
No Contest: Much is being made, in the press, the blogs, and the email I'm getting, of the split in the Republican party on immigration: there are pro-crackdown conservatives on the one hand, and rich Republican business backers who need immigrant labor on the other. I'm not sure this internal struggle is such a close thing, though, at least this year. Republicans facing the loss of Congress need to mobilize their base, not their lobbyists. They need voters, not money. That points in only one direction, no? Sometime before November, that should become obvious. ... 4:27 P.M.
In 10 years, they have learned not one thing. Trump has.

From CNN:
Trump's supporters are incredibly enthusiastic about the coming election, and largely committed in their support for him. Nearly 8 in 10 say that they are more enthusiastic about voting this year than in previous elections, among Republicans who are not supporting Trump, just 39% say they are more enthusiastic than in years past. Likewise, 78% of Trump's backers say they will definitely support him vs. 22% who say they could still change their minds. Among those backing other candidates, 57% say they are committed to their chosen candidate.
The survey asked those Republicans not currently backing Trump whether they would support him if he became the party's nominee, and just a quarter of Republicans overall say they probably or definitely wouldn't support him in November. That's about the same as the share saying they wouldn't back Rubio or Cruz.
Trump is widely viewed as the candidate in the field who would be most effective at solving the country's problems, 51% vs. 17% for Cruz, 13% for Rubio and 10% for Carson, and as being best able to handle the responsibilities of being commander-in-chief, 48% say so, compared with 17% for Cruz and 15% for Rubio. The billionaire is also seen as the one who best understands the problems facing people like you, 46% Trump vs. 18% Cruz and 15% Rubio.
And don't kid yourself. Democrats are for this for the same reason: Donors. If Warren Buffett and George Soros said stop it, Democrats would. Maybe they have and this debate is all for show knowing when push comes to shove, like a kidney stone, this will not pass, but pretending it will keeps Hispanic voters in the Democratic camp

At any rate, welcome to Trumpville, Republicans.

Best thing about Donald Trump? He cannot be bought.

Worst thing? He is still Donald Trump.

20 comments:

  1. Seeing it, and saying it, like it is. That's why I keep you on my home page.

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  2. They would not be facing this if they'd listened to Kaus 3 years ago. Fully a third of the Senate Republican caucus voted for the Gang of Eight travesty. IIRC, only Santorum among the Presidential candidates this year ran as an immigration hawk, and with RS, that's just not a signature. Elite Republicans live in a bubble and they allow themselves to be blackmailed by their donors when they do not. Kaus assessment of the failure of Scott Walker's campaign (after waffling on immigration): "Billionaire donor Stanley S. Hubbard, heckuva job".

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  3. "If Warren Buffett and George Soros said stop it, Democrats would."

    They'd never say that. Not in the interests of the Democratic Party. Barbara Jordan and Coretta Scott King said 'stop it' ca. 1993. Had no effect on public policy in either party and black leaders have now been co-opted and do not stick up for their consituency anymore.

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  4. Everyone's wringing their hands right now about oh this is so horrible, these personal attacks. Like my mom in law Margo. I keep telling her, politics is a blood sport, Margo. Then she gets sad, but I don't care.

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  5. I think the one word to describe the Trump phenomenon would be "cathartic." - Elric

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  6. Trump is the enema for the Body Politic.
    (Ya'll are free to use that as you wish.)

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    1. I will take it to CPAC, brother, and crush. Good line!

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    2. Shoulda been "y'all". Little slow today.

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  7. The "short-fingered vulgarian" is not a disguised penis joke. Spy magazine has been getting under Trump's skin for years with that old joke. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/10/graydon-carter-donald-trump

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    1. And people in West Virginia don't give a rat's ass about Vanity Fair, so your point is...?

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    2. Background info, zr. Be cool.

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    3. Having looked at that, it's the old "we're so much better and cooler than you, an outsider, from the sticks, and we'll never accept you."
      VF--Hoity-toity joiks.

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  8. The Left has been doing the Uncle Saul thing for 50 years and the FDR thing for 40 before that and the Republicans just took it.

    Now, it's payback.

    Like him or not (and I love the fact he goes after them), this has been coming for a very long time.

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    1. In a general election against hillary Trump would be the ONLY republican candidate that will call her for her lies. No other candidate would do that and they cannot rely on the media to do their job. When Trump calls her on her lies that will make news.

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  9. If Trump wins (and I am not yet convinced that is going to happen) the nomination I will gag, puke, hold my nose and vote for him.

    But I still say if Trump is the best we can do America is screwed. A goddam reality show huckster who was a liberal Democrat about an hour ago. God help us.

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    1. Worse than a stinking actor that co-starred with a chimp!!

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  10. So sorry to see that you have joined the Hive, Jean-Luc. The question here is 49% of what? If three million Conservatives brought down Willard in 2012, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

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  11. So sorry to see that you have joined the Hive, Jean-Luc. The question here is 49% of what? If three million Conservatives brought down Willard in 2012, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

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