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Friday, March 04, 2016

Trump doesn't need CPAC

Donald Trump canceled his appearance at CPAC near Washington on Saturday, preferring to stage rallies in Kansas and in Orlando, Florida, going where the votes are.

I am resisting writing that he's going to Disney World.

Oh wait, I just did.





From the Roll Call:
Trump was scheduled to speak early in the morning at Maryland’s National Harbor. Instead, he’ll appear in Wichita at what a press release called “a major rally” ahead of the Kansas Caucus and also will speak at the caucus itself.
He will then depart for Orlando, Florida, for an event his campaign said would draw some 20,000.
Trump thanked American Conservative Union’s Matt Schlapp and all other executives for the invitation to speak at CPAC, and said he hoped to appear there next year “as president of the United States.”
This makes sense to me. He does not need them. Many in the Conservative Commentariat are openly hostile to him. Indeed, anyone who complains about Trump's dump of the Mugwumps is being less than candid. From Atlantic Monthly:
One day earlier, there had been rumblings of a revolt. “We’re gonna do a walk-out on Mr. Trumpster,” William Temple — a fixture at the conservative convention held just outside Washington, D.C., who Newsweek once described as the face of the Tea Party — said Thursday, eagerly telling anyone who would listen about his plans to defy the Donald if he showed up on Saturday when he was slated to speak.
Trump spoke a few other times at CPAC. As the battle cry of Cleveland Indians fans goes: Wait till next year.

18 comments:

  1. Whatever happened to the Tea Party?

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    1. TEA Party still exists in the form of 2-year Congressional picks all over the map.

      Mine will be re-elected this year for standing by his campaign promises.

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    2. Is he standing by Trump?

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  2. What amazes me about Trump is that for every 4 mistakes he makes, he does 10 things right.

    As for those 4 'mistakes'? 2 are usually lies made up by malicious reporting and 1 is actually a positive that goes over the press/establishment's head. (For example, every time Mexico slams him.)

    Any politician with a 1-in-10 ratio like that is damn good at retail politicking, and Trump's never had any 'training' in the sport. He's a damn natural.



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    1. He's a salesman and has been selling Trump! for almost forty years. He's pretty good at that.

      - Mikey NTH

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    2. He uses all the lies of a salesman such as the "A" rating that Trump U has at BBB. He even published a page that showed an A but that was a bit outdated as Megyn pointed out. That is pure unadulterated lying and the Trump Hive ignores such shenanigans.

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    3. He uses all the lies of a salesman such as the "A" rating that Trump U has at BBB. He even published a page that showed an A but that was a bit outdated as Megyn pointed out. That is pure unadulterated lying and the Trump Hive ignores such shenanigans.

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  3. I'm here at the event right now and can tell you that ALL the juice evaporated after word spread he'd cancelled. It felt almost like the attendees were getting ready for a beheading, only to find out the victim had escaped.

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  4. When Trump wins the Presidency, they're going to have to do a find/replace on that "Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds baked in a pie" rhyme, because there'll be that many Republican job applicants eating crow.

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  5. To beat Hillary, the last thing a candidate needs now is coverage showing them as the "principled" conservative love-child.

    The "principled" conservative onslaught against Trump is a general election positive.

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  6. Maybe he didn't want to meet up with the psycho Beck, who threatend to stab him to death , playfully of course.

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  7. BTW, looking back at the KKK kerfuffle, with perfect 20/20 hindsight I can say that Trump should have declared he would be happy to denounce the KKK if Hillary denounced the Muslim Brotherhood. Doing that might cause a bit of discomfort for Hillary since, as I understand it, the mother of her chief aide, Huma Abedin, who lives in Saudi Arabia, is an avowed supporter of jihad and connected to the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group. That should have been Trump's one and only, absolutely final statement on the matter, the press be damned.

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  8. He might be saving that for the election.

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    1. Yes! A Trump-H.Clinton debate would be a great joy! A true treat!

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  9. Since Donald does not meet the definition of a conservative, he should never been invited and neither should John Kasich. I see that he is now clarifying that his last name is pronounced kay-sick, which is appropriate.

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  10. Since Donald does not meet the definition of a conservative, he should never been invited and neither should John Kasich. I see that he is now clarifying that his last name is pronounced kay-sick, which is appropriate.

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    1. I've called myself a conservative for all of my adult life. I started reading NR and Human events when I was in high school. One thing I realized through all this is that defining what qualifies as a conservative is difficult. Even after reading The Conservative Mind by Kirk,it is hard because vague. One thing that the Trump phenomenon has exposed is how people who have considered themselves conservative have been told by the establishment what qualifies or not for a long time,and much of this his has involved being literally forced to hold our noses and vote for people we haven't considered to be one of us in election after election. I remember sitting in the NRA convention in Louisville the year McCain was nominated, listening to him and Romney speaking, and looking around watching the blank faces and tepid responses to these men, realizing that we were going to lose the election because of the non-patriot we had been forced to swallow. Please. Define conservative for me. No, I don't want a list of things Trump has said. Give it to me in terms I can apply in 100 years, like Kirk tried to do. If you try to do this you may come to the same conclusion two conservative hero's did when they refused to call themselves conservative: Whittaker Chambers, and F.A. Hayek. "Conservatism" ends up being something so vague that we project our own prejudices into it in defining it that when we try to use it as guidance for future policy, it comes up wanting, and we have witnessed all manner of progressive and liberal heresy coming from people we have regarded as our leaders in every generation. Chambers left NR because, in my opinion, he was tired of being a hit man for Buckley and Kirk. He refused to call himself a conservative, instead referring to himself as a man of the right. Reagan's eleventh commandment says that we are to never speak ill of a fellow Republican. No longer considering myself a Republican, despite having given so much money through the years (life member) they, like the ghost of a relative who was always asking for money haunting me, I no longer care so much about this, but what I do know is that the more moderate wing of that party has maintained control, while rendering it less effective, by punching to the right. If this goes on much longer, we will either not have an opposition party, or one so weakened it will be rendered permanently irrelevant. Don't be fooled by the last two congressional elections. Those were reactions to Obama. The folks know that the reason we had him was because the establishment basically put him there and kept him there, either out of incompetence or design. Whatever. Fact is we're tired of the games. This is the Republican party's last shot.

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