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Thursday, March 03, 2016

I, too, wish it were not Trump

Instead of a victory party on the night of Super Tuesday, Donald Trump held his first press conference as the presumptive nominee of the party. His tone and his words were softer, and his mood calmer. He flashed the CEO Trump throughout the short question-and-answer period.

I want to make this clear: I, too, want someone better than Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.

But the truth is, Republicans have no one better. In the marketplace of ideas, he made his case and won.

You think I am happy with this? I am not. But I accept the vote of the public in 15 states.

The party was only kidding itself when it said it had a great field of candidates. That was not true. The party had a bunch of Senate back-benchers and governors seeking their third term. I guess for Rick Perry, that would be a fourth term.

And the truth is the Republican Party is saturated with intellectual mites and sellouts. If I hear one more time that Free Trade creates jobs I will -- ignore it again. Free Trade creates no unique jobs, OK? Those transportation and retail jobs we added would exist regardless of whether the cars are made in Flint, Michigan, or Lagos, Nigeria. The real problem is the latter place helps bolster a blood-thirsty dictator. We have a big problem. Yes, I know about free trade and free markets and all that. But the Chinese stack the odds in their favor. There are few absolutes in life. Free trade ain't one of them. We need to re-negotiate the terms.

But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants free trade and so everyone in the Conservative Commentariat bows to this false idol. There is a conservative argument for protecting U.S. industry. We did that throughout the 19th century. But we went to far with that, too.

Then there are 11 million illegal aliens living amongst us. The same Chamber that tells us that Republicans must support open borders to broaden the party's base by attracting Hispanic voters are now alarmed because Trump is bringing in millions of new voters to the party, something no Republican presidential candidate has done since Reagan.

Trump is an asshole, but I support his ideas. Yes, we need to speak English in America instead of Politically Correct/Government Approved Language.

Yes, we need to build a wall.

Yes, we need to pause Muslim immigration.

He's not for small government?

None of them are.

Name an agency any of the governors cut. Name it.

Rubio and Cruz can promise to be small government all they want, but they sure love to spend other people's money on the campaign trail, don't they? They now are spending millions on senseless attack ads long after they lost the race. Oh and now Rubio is saying Trump has a small dick. How Rosie O'Donnell of Rubio.

And there is Trump, spending his own money and watching every dime. You want media? Go out and earn it, and he has -- every damn minute and every damn second.

I know, he's no Reagan.

Hell, Reagan was no Reagan. The Reagan Myth came only after years of the Washington pundits pissing all over him.

Since Reagan, Republicans have looked for the next Reagan. If Trump is successful, we will be looking for our next Trump.

It's over. He won. People need to go out and get drunk, and get a good night's sleep. Then come back to work and stop the Clintons from returning to the White House.

In the meantime, I am working on my post-nomination book. Spoiler alert: It won't be about Mitt Romney.


  1. Free trade is generally beneficial, but it does injure certain interests and sectors and has been oversold.

    There wasn't anything sorely wrong with Govs. Perry, Huckabee, Walker, and Jindal. They might have pre-empted Trump by articulating and emphasizing a clear plan for immigration control.

    Sen. Cruz is about the best of the candidates who have been competitive. Trump is a complete wild card and has many issues.

  2. Nice concession speech Don. The Rs have failed miserably and Donald Trump is the product of it.

    I stand by what I said months ago .... history will be very unkind about the next four years of this country, regardless of whether Trump, Hillary or Sanders is elected president. This country's blind allegiance to a label - whether it is "Rs" or "Ds" and not to ideals has brought us all to this point.

    1. If you look at turn-out figures for Super Tuesday you will see that Republican turn-out was way up from 2008 & 2012 while LibDem turn-out was way down. Lots of people who formerly considered themselves Democrat Party voters went over to the Republican side to vote for Trump. That doesn't seem like "blind allegiance to a label" to me it seems more like true democracy in action; the people speaking their minds through the ballot box.

  3. I didn't think much of Rubio before he decided he was running for "last comic standing."

  4. Any trade bill over one page in length is not "free trade," especially when it is written by corporate lobbyists. "Free trade" is a scam being sold to sell you something against your best interests.

  5. "Yes, we need to speak English in America instead of Politically Correct/Government Approved Language."

    Yes, I agree. I also propose that all business - public, private, and governmental - should be conducted in English. All "press 1 for English" and similar questions asking which language you wish to use should be eliminated.

    That being said, The Donald was not my first choice as a candidate, but I agree with a lot of his ideas and I'll gladly vote for him rather than let Hillary or The Bern become president. - Elric

  6. Beautifully put, Don. I agree 100% with your summation. Trump wasn't my first (heck, not even the second) choice, but the voters spoke pretty definitively on Tuesday.

    I think what it comes down to is what Lincoln said about getting rid of U.S. Grant when he heard the man was a drunkard.

    "I can't spare this man: he fights."

  7. I'm under no illusions about The Donald, but his enemies in the Establishment are more noxious right now.

    It really is true, isn't it? It's not just talk radio babble. The Republican Establishment doesn't want to win. Its interests conflict with the public interest.

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  9. You have been the voice of reason throughout this and still are.

    Thank you, sir.

    PS Most of our Presidential heroes weren't as good as they've been cracked up to be.

    This is what happens when you have to elect human beings to public office.

    1. "PS Most of our Presidential heroes weren't as good as they've been cracked up to be."

      That's true.

      "It's my estimation that every man ever got a statue made of him was one kind of sommbitch or another. Ain't about you, Jayne. It's about what they need." - Malcolm Reynolds

      Maybe Trump is just what we need right now. He might just reduce government to an absurdity - sort of a "reset" that may let someone serious come forward in four or eight years.

      Then again, he may do better than everyone expects. The Donald is a boor, he's an asshole and a blowhard - but he's not stupid. He may be just the sumbitch for the moment.

  10. Oh good, it is coming down to a commie, a crook or a con man. I guess "the people" will get what they want and deserve.

    1. Did you get an advance look at Roll-Over Romney's statement for his presser today? He has come out and called Trump a phony. Funny he didn't say that when Trump supported his pillow fight run against Obama in 2012.

    2. Too bad Romney never had the balls to go after Obama like he did Trump; same for McCain who likes to talk shit all day about his fellow Republicans, but couldn't muster the courage to say anything about The Won. Voting Republican is like committing Polish suicide.

  11. While Trump is in the lead, it's not yet over. I do not intend to resign myself to his inevitability before I even get a chance to vote in the primary.

    This is a man who admires Putin, admires Kim Jong Un, thinks the Tiananmen Square massacre was a great show of strength, and wants to sue people for disagreeing with him. He is an enemy of human liberty, and therefore morally unfit for the job of head of state of a free people. So are Hillary, and Obama, for that matter. If he wins, the election results will not cure the defect.

  12. I wish other candidates like James Webb were still running.

    1. James Webb. Who write a passionate but well-reasoned article in the Washington Monthly in 1979 opposing women in combat.

      Then when he entered national Democratic politics and encountered its feminazi wing (the "women of the fevered brow" as R. Emmett Tyrell likes to call them) giggled and said, "Oh don't be silly! I never wrote the things I wrote."

      But yes Webb was certainly the best Democrat. Surely that is damning with faint praise.

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  13. What do I do now with the Walker/Fiorina bumper sticker I made for my car?

    1. Scrape it off, put it on your wall, captioned "What Might Possibly Have Been".

  14. Remember Churchill about Democracy? Analogous to Trump?

    Terrible, but best available - at least of those who have been running.