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Sunday, March 06, 2016

Is it their Republican Party anymore?

Cruz knocked down Trump on Saturday. Of that there is no doubt. We shall see if Trump gets off the canvas.

But the one thing is clear: The establishment is dead. Rubio Jebbed. He has won but 1 of the first 19 states. The race is now between the antidisestablishmentarians of the Republican Party: Cruz and Trump. the party hates both, which another reason I like them.

Don't take my word for it. Others are saying it.

Whilst I want foreigners to butt out of our election, I do acknowledge that many of them have insights into our politics that deserve repeating. There is much wisdom in their words.

You can tell -- because they agree with me. Take this guy's take on the Republican Establishment.

"Is the Republican party really theirs any more? Or is it undergoing the sort of change the Tory party underwent in the Eighties, when Mrs Thatcher attracted vast numbers with no heritage of voting Conservative? It smells like that," Simon Heffer of the Telegraph wrote today.

The Tories hated candidate Thatcher just as much as Republicans hated candidate Reagan.

Now antidisestablishmentarianism refers to 19th century opponents of the disestablishment of the Church of England by liberals, so my use of antidisestablishmentarian is figurative. The Washington Establishment seeks to continue to disestablish Republicans as the Party of Reagan. None of their candidates from Jeb to Rubio would have supported Reagan in 1980. Cruz and Trump carry parts of his mantle. Cruz the conservatism; Trump the ability to win over independents and Democrats.

The pattern (imperfect) is Cruz wins closed primaries and caucuses, and Trump wins the open ones. Cruz is better organized, but Trump wins converts to the cause.

Trump is electable according to Heffer:
A distinguished professor at an Ivy League university told me last week that Mr Trump’s impetus comes from the fact that real wages for the average American have not risen since the mid-Seventies. President after president has promised to change this, but failed. Some have elevated America’s standing in the world – Ronald Reagan remains beloved of both Republicans and Democrats for that reason – but economic nirvana remains elusive. Mr Trump’s constituency of predominantly white working-class and lower-middle class voters have had enough, and want a different leadership.
Mr Trump endures almost universal abuse and ridicule on television and in most of the press. His family’s original name – Drumpf – has become a national joke. Endless clips are broadcast of him contradicting himself. He is branded an “extremist” and a “loose cannon”. Mr Romney – who begged for Mr Trump’s endorsement in 2012 – called him “a phoney, a fraud” who would prompt a recession and endanger national security. The liberal media vilify him – the New York Daily News last Wednesday published a feature on countries where people might emigrate should “The Donald” be elected.
However, the more the elite in politics and the media attack him – however merited their attacks may be – the higher his ratings go. Groups who abjured him now embrace him. Evangelicals – a significant constituency – have pledged support, despite Mr Trump’s being a pro-abortion secularist who is on his third wife. They share his belief that the economy needs radical change, and America must be great again.
Now of course, readers know this. You are the smartest people in the world, far smarter than me. I learn far more from my readers than I inform them.

Heffer concluded: "The revolt here against the political class may only just have started. Not long ago none of us thought Mr Trump would get the nomination. We were probably wrong. Now, everybody – led by Republican grandees – thinks Mrs Clinton will obliterate him. We could be wrong again. The fight is portrayed as establishment versus anti-establishment. But it also one of reason against emotion, and it is far from clear reason will prevail."

A Trump-Cruz ticket would seize and unite the party in July, and cleanse America of the stained blue dress of Clintontude.

Oh and if I prove prophetic and live to be my mother's age (and it continues to rise) I will be around to remind another generation that the establishment hated Reagan -- and Trump.


  1. The way things have gone it seems like Trump might be making a huge mistake by naming anyone other than Cruz as his VP.

  2. Don, what I actually see is Trump's candidacy morphed in August to a proxy run by Senator Jeff Sessions. At the time he released the "Trump Immigration Reform Plan" I started calling it the "Trump-sessions Immigration Reform Plan."

    This was cemented on August 21st when Sessions appeared on stage with Trump in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama:

    Then, Trump released his Trade Plan; and in January Sessions' top staffer Stephen Miller was loaned out to the Trump campaign. This all culminated in Sessions' endorsing Trump 8 days ago.

    1. Trump doesn't share a billing with anyone, his NRP doesn't permit it.

    2. Trump doesn't share a billing with anyone, his NRP doesn't permit it.

  3. Not only have the real wages of workers not risen under President FU, but retirees can only watch helplessly as their life savings steadily lose value as the near-zero interest rates imposed by the Fed fail to keep up with inflation, low that it is.

    1. I doubt we have any real idea what the actual inflation is, and that's the way the Dems want it.

    2. Scott Burns calls it the Great Yield Famine:

      --There was a time, in days of old, when people could deposit money in a bank and earn interest on it. Yes, I know that’s hard to believe. So here are some real believe-it-or-not facts:

      The last time anyone earned 6 percent on a 6-month certificate of deposit was December 2000.
      The lowest yield on 6-month CDs immediately after the Internet crash was 1.01 percent in June 2003.
      The highest yield on a 6-month CD since June 2003 was 5.22 percent in July 2006.
      Today, the highest yield 6-month CD in the entire country is 1.10 percent. That's according to But the vast majority of banks offer less than 0.15 percent.--

    3. I have a number of 30 year government iBonds from a few years ago that are now earning 4.5%. If the "official" inflation rate goes up, so will the interest rate on those bands. You can't get that sort of rate any longer.

  4. Trump's supporters like his attitude, and don't care about his lack of erudition.

  5. Bill Bennett been talking about this on his morning show; I know Trump had a meeting scheduled with Bennett and had been talking to Art Laffer and a few other good advisors so that is encouraging. Powerline bloggers despise Trump, as do many other solid Republicans who are not necessarily GOPe.

  6. It's no secret I'm not a Trump guy, but if he's inevitable, and as much as Cruz is my guy, I'd rather see Trump pick Rubio. He picks Rubio it effectively shuts the chattering anti-Trump class up somewhat (I think), and some of their plans to do hit pieces on Trump may soften up because they'll feel like they have a confederate inside Trump's camp. I think Rubio made serious mistakes in trusting democrat and mushy-heads like McCain (Gang of 8), but I think he's learned from it and is extremely salvageable as a conservative. I also don't think Trump has it in him to do the president gig for 8 years, so maybe get Rubio trained in having some nuts and some edge and let him take over. All the meanwhile, Justice Cruz is making his mark on the Supreme Court where he can do a lifetime of great work. Carly Fiorina has to have a job within the administration somewhere: she's way too valuable of an asset to let go to waste.

    1. People who stray from leftist orthodoxy do so from experience. There is a process, a long process, in becoming right wing, and it has much to do with character. But it is always a mistake to think that someone who has strayed from conservatism is a conservative.

    2. Sure, let's just toss out everybody who's done something assinine from time to time. Reagan trusted the democrats on immigration; out he goes.

  7. We need to apply the same rules from banking and finance to university research grants, trial lawyers, and union funds. Professulas, trial lawyers and union organizers are Obama's core constituencies. Islamosympathic gutterswabbing clothing and pierced privates spread disease. Passive aggressive labor unions grab our guns, cars (congestion pricing), balls (SONDA), wallets, and homes. Professulas molest more youth than clergy do, while their posh pensions graze on stumbent loan interest from vacuous degrees in basket weaving commie nutty organizing. Apply Sarbanes Oxley to non-profits! Repeal the sixteenth amendment before any VAT. All the homeless are drugged out hippies. Waste all stumbent subprimes, so professulas need to sell their affectation glutton art and work instead of diverting tuition and Y2K scams to soviet freezeniks! Grynch soviet wealth fund abetting aghadhimmic peakies now that oil plummets! Parasites complain about salaries but pig out with benefits. Global warming is a grant grubbing extortion racket. Urban sprawl annoys terrorists. Hazards and pollution stem mostly from mandates. Aqua volte! This land wasn't built by bullocraps.