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Friday, March 11, 2016

12th debate, 12th Trump win. It's over

Any Monday Night Football fan who goes back to when Howard Cosell was alive, remembers Don Meredith singing as the game got out of hand, "Turn out the lights, the party's over."

Do Republicans hear him singing now?

They should. Last night's debate showed Trump's opponents have nothing left to offer America except their sadness, their disappointment, and their "Blood, Sweat and Tears" albums.





First, the reviews. John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, had a rough night watching three losers sigh while Podhoretz's worst fear gloated.

"It’s fair to assume that the GOP candidates challenging Donald Trump Thursday night in Miami saw reams of polling and focus-group data suggesting that the direct confrontations Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz had staged against him in the last two debates would be disastrous for them," Podhoretz wrote in the New York Post.

"And so Thursday night they didn’t go in for the kill; indeed, they didn’t go in for so much as a tickle. It was, perhaps, an unfortunate moment for peace to break out for those of us who view a Trump nomination with dread."

Get over yourself, buttercup. He's in. He can lose Florida and Ohio on Tuesday and still win. Cruz cannot, and I really do not see Cruz taking either one. As for the other two, they are where the Cleveland Indians usually are in July, not mathematically eliminated yet, but waiting for next year nevertheless.

This was the 12th debate, and Trump has won each one, including the one he boycotted. Why? Because Trump framed the nomination as a referendum on Donald Trump from Day One. Voters know him. They don't know those other three guys. It is that simple.

The fight is out of the other candidates.Trump taking Michigan and Mississippi on Tuesday pretty much decided the election, and people are accepting it. Two stories before the debate showed the party is over.

There is this from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Action movie and television star Chuck Norris has dropped out of a Ted Cruz rally sponsored by a super PAC at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, saying that he was not endorsing any candidate for president.
In a confusing series of events, Norris, who gained fame on Walker, Texas Ranger, was first featured as a speaker at the Cruz event on an Event Brite invitation from Keep the Promise PAC, one of several similarly named political action committees that support the Texas senator in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination. North Carolina is one of several states, including Florida and Ohio, holding a critical primary Tuesday in what is being described as another Super Tuesday.
What? I thought he had endorsed Cruz a few days ago. He had been campaigning with Cruz, now he is not.

The second story involves Jeb Bush.

From CBS:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will meet with every remaining GOP presidential candidate except Donald Trump before Thursday's debate in Miami.
Bush has met with Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday and plans to meet with Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Thursday before the Republican debate tomorrow night, a Bush aide confirmed to CBS News.
It's unclear why Bush is meeting with the three contenders, but the fact that he's not meeting with Trump signals he is trying to strengthen any efforts that could bring down the GOP frontrunner.
Maybe. Maybe not. It could be he is going to tell the gentlemen, it's over.

Or more likely, it is my wishful thinking, hoping this all ends soon. The party needs to accept the verdict of the voters, unite, and defeat Hillary.

And they will.

18 comments:

  1. A lot of Republicans may think of Donald Trump as a turd in a punchbowl, but he's a solid gold turd. - Elric

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    1. He's the Baby Ruth (see National Lampoon's "1962 High School Yearbook Parody".

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  2. So conservatives/Re will vote for Trump because "he is not the Democratic nominee" and Ds will vote for their nominee because "he/she is not Trump."
    In other words, Americans have no true candidate to rally behind. Just when it couldn't get any worse after 8 years of Dubya; there's 8 years of Obama. Even sadder: The next prez will be worse than these two. This country is in trouble.

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    1. You need to listen to some Beatles, brother, and cheer up. DJT is gonna make a GREAT prez. Better, better, better (it can't get no worse). Big D is right on the money. And this talk about "conservatives" walking out in Cleveland is utter bullshit. Who'll be their candidate? Susan Collins?? Hahaha...

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    2. "Big D" is right on the money in that Trump is going to win the R nomination but even Big D doesn't care for Trump. He holds his nose while advocating for Trump.
      I think what will make Trump a horrible president is that he will become bored and aloof very quick once it becomes obvious he cannot get what he wants from an uncooperative Congress who will laugh in his face when he demands his way. This country is going to grind to a halt if he is at the helm.
      Conservatives won't walk out in Cleveland (other than maybe because they will realize they are in Cleveland and then bolt the most depressing city in America). But I can't see them being excited about a pro-choice; pro-gay marriage; pro-big government; anti-property rights nominee.

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    3. Not impressed at all with your comments. It's easy to tell you apart from the others that go by Anonymous here. You need to get a life and learn not to be so full of yourself.

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    4. Hi Teapartydoc ... even though you don't subscribe to the Tea Party mantra. I'm not looking to impress and if having an opinion is being "full of myself" well, then, there are plenty of overweight people commenting on this blog.
      You supporting Trump over the other Rs looking to win the nomination?

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    5. Anon@10:48, Trump lives to deal. He will make deals with congress.

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    6. I'm not a fan of Trump. I could start to feel better about him being the republican nominee if he showed even the slightest hint of preparedness of actually doing the job. I find his lack of understanding in the global interest of our country and how it relates to our allies and our enemies quite disturbing. At this point in the process he should have a good grasp of the players and a coherent plan. It appears that his thought process has not developed beyond getting elected. I sure hope he picks a capable VP because he may indeed make history by getting booted out of office. This is not a reality TV show, and I for one resent the the flipency that he has demostrated so far. I don't understand why people think because he is a billionaire, that that somehow qualifies him for the job. Let's draft Mark Zuckerburg then, of maybe Bloomberg. They could buy and sell Trump over breakfast.

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    7. I was for Cruz until recently. Going Trump. In fact, if the GOPe manages to steal the nomination from him I plan to write him in.

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    8. ...and Ds will vote for their nominee because "he/she is not Trump."

      Not sure if you've been paying attention. The D's are already crossing over to vote for Trump.

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  3. The one question I have which I have never heard asked, let alone answered, is what is the real Donald Trump like when he is not playing Donald Trump? That is, when he is negotiating a sale, contract, loan, zoning waiver, what is he like? It could be that the two are the same, but it seems unlikely. Two people, one I know personally, have mentioned that at meetings he comes in prepared, asks good questions, and shows quick understanding of the answers. I hope and yes pray that is the real Donald Trump.

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    1. His kids seem to love him and his former employees are very positive, witness this interview - on CNN yet.

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  4. A lot of Cruz people bring up Trump's negatives.

    As Don notes, that's because Cruz is still an unknown. The whole banking connection through his wife, the outsider who really the ultimate insider, the holier than thou attitude, and, of course, Ted's very weird Dad would give plenty of grist for the media mill.

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    1. And Trump as a politician is still not an unknown??? Just today he alluded to a new, pumped up military under his command as one reason why Mexico will pay for his $10 billon border wall.

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  5. The general election will NOT be Trump against hillary. The dems are comfortable with hillary as long as the polls show her ahead of Trump. Once hillary drops below Trump in the polls, and she will, she will be indicted. She will be forced out and biden will be "persuaded" to run to save the country from Trump. The general election will be Trump vs biden, the hero who "very reluctantly" agreed to come out of retirement.

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  6. People are just sick and tired of the treasonous war-mongering neocon filth.

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    1. You mean Obama and his Middle East escapades?

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