Thursday, February 04, 2016

Jimmy Carter Would Choose Trump Because Trump Is "Completely Malleable" Without "Fixed Opinions" He Would "Fight For". Ouch!

Trump picks up Sen. Scott Brown and Sen. Tim Scott and then President Jimmy Carter?

Worse yet, is Trump's response to Carter's "endorsement". "He's got good taste." Carter has good taste in liking completely malleable people without fixed opinions they would fight for? Trump didn't even think to say that President Carter picked the right man for the wrong reasons. Heh.

This comes after "Trumpertantrum".

Not a good couple of days for Donald Trump.

How Rumors Get Started--Not So Smart Rubio Email

Update: Rubio campaign doubles down on stupid on an email sent out today. This is the way rumors and misunderstandings begin. Sigh.

I received this today in my inbox from the Rubio folks. Not too bright. I did a double take before taking the time to read the email.

It's a reminder of how the Carson folks shot themselves in the foot by letting CNN know Carson was not going to New Hampshire but back to Florida and then to Washington, D.C., after the Iowa primary. CNN's first reaction (which apparently was the same as some of the anchors at Fox News) was that Carson was no longer a serious candidate.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Cruz Shows How to Deal with "Trumpertantrums"--with Wit

Update: video below (H/T Patterico)

Ted Cruz responds with almost Reaganesque wit to Donald Trump's demand for a new election in Iowa. This guy is proving he deserves to be in the top tier.

From National Review:
At a press conference before a meeting with voters in Goffstown, New Hampshire, the new frontrunner in the Republican race pulled no punches. “It is no surprise that Donald is throwing yet another temper tantrum – or if you like, another Trumpertantrum,” Cruz said. “It seems his reaction to everything is to throw a fit, and I understand that Donald finds it very hard to lose. But at the end of the day, the people of Iowa spoke.” 
“There’s a reason that Donald engages in insult after insult – because he can’t debate the substance,” Cruz continued. “He doesn’t actually want to talk about issues.” 
The Texas senator wasn’t done. “Donald’s insults get more and more hysterical the more and more upset he gets,” Cruz said. “I think they’re very funny. I wake up every day and laugh at the latest thing Donald has tweeted.” He questioned Trump’s temperament for the job of commander-in-chief, saying “we’re liable to wake up one day and Donald, as president, will have nuked Denmark.” 
“You know, my girls are five and seven,” Cruz said. “And I got tell you, Caroline and Catherine are better behaved than a presidential candidate who insults people every day.” The line drew cheers and huge applause from the assembled New Hampshirites waiting to meet him. 
Asked whether Cruz planned to fire the staffers accused of misleading Iowa caucus-goers, the senator demurred. “This is not a campaign that scapegoats our staffers, that holds someone out and fires them for political purposes,” he told a reporter. “And I would not that the news story we passed on was true and accurate . . . is it a dirty trick to pass on your news stories?”
That's got to leave a mark.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Ted Cruz First Hispanic to Win a U.S. Presidential Primary

Iowa primary winner Ted Cruz with his father Rafael Cruz on the eve of his historic victory
Mark Levin points out that we just had a U.S. history first. A Hispanic candidate has won a U.S. presidential primary for the first time in the nation's history. Did you hear any major news networks interviewing Cruz about how it felt to be a trailblazer as they did to Barack Obama? Or celebrating the history of it? Neither did I.

The media is not interested. Firsts are only for liberals.

What a great day for Hispanics to place first and third in a U.S. presidential primary. But, yawn, who cares about Hispanics--except when they vote Democrat.

Ben Carson Not Ready for Prime Time

Update 3: Back to square one. Carson is again blaming Cruz with an anger he does not have for CNN. No mention of CNN in this "Here are the facts". Very sad.

Update 2: A Ben Carson email to supporters today names CNN as culprit, and there is no mention of Cruz. Maybe Carson listened to what O'Reilly was saying. This is a good sign.

I post this sadly because I have supported Dr. Carson since last August.

Dr. Ben Carson is a smart man and a good man. But, in the midst of a storm, he is apparently guided by others or not able to think through an issue clearly.

Doctor Carson was on the O'Reilly Factor tonight talking about tactics that the Cruz campaign used during the Iowa caucuses. Apparently CNN tweeted out false information that Carson was quitting the race. Cruz people then argued at some of the caucuses that Carson voters should support Cruz in light of that information.

Carson is mad that Cruz people did this and that Cruz didn't have better control over his people. But, under Bill O'Reilly's questioning, Carson did not appear a bit incensed at CNN and the person in their organization who sent out the false information. Carson is only angry at Cruz and wants to see Cruz organization heads tumble. Nothing about CNN heads. Actually, nowhere in the entire interview does Carson show anger at CNN or question their reporting/tweeting ethics.

Hmm. This sounds totally political. Carson doesn't want to say bad things about CNN because they have power to really hurt his campaign beyond losing a few votes in Iowa. O'Reilly, of course, is very interested in blacking CNN's eye as a Fox News competitor. O'Reilly showed more interest in the media lie than Carson.

All in all, Carson's reaction seems to be that the lie itself is a tempest in a teacup, but the people who believed the lie are the real villains. Sort of like blaming IRS functionaries for carrying out targeting orders given to them and letting the higher decision makers go free. Not the kind of man who should be making hard decisions in the White House.

Note: Updated with video of the entire interview.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Major Pro-Life Leaders Urge Iowa Voters to Choose Anyone but Trump

An impressive group of pro-life leaders has come out against Donald Trump's candidacy.  These are women for whom political policy and philosophy are primary. In other words they care about actual outcome not about political power.

They fault Donald Trump for being very positive appointing a judge to the Supreme Court who struck down a partial birth abortion ban in New Jersey (Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry). Trump has also spoken positively about pro-choice Senator Scott Brown as his VP choice. Further, they are "disgusted" with Donald Trump's treatment of individuals, including women like Megyn Kelly and Carly Fiorina and those he exploits in his strip club casino. I agree with them 100% and am now officially anti-Trump.

Marjorie Dannenfelser
Here's their statement
Dear Iowans, 
As pro-life women leaders from Iowa and across the nation, we urge Republican caucus-goers and voters to support anyone but Donald Trump. On the issue of defending unborn children and protecting women from the violence of abortion, Mr. Trump cannot be trusted and there is, thankfully, an abundance of alternative candidates with proven records of pro-life leadership whom pro-life voters can support. We have come to this conclusion after having listened patiently to numerous debates and news reports, but most importantly to Donald Trump’s own words. 
The next president will be responsible for as many as four nominations to the Supreme Court. Mr. Trump has given us only one indication about the type of judges he would appoint, and it does not bode well for those who would like to see the court overturn Roe v. Wade
Penny Nance
Mr. Trump has said his sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who struck down the Partial Birth Abortion Ban in New Jersey, would be a “phenomenal” choice for the court. Earlier this month, Mr. Trump also said he thought pro-choice Senator Scott Brown would make a “very good” Vice President. If one truly believes, as we do, that abortion is the taking of an innocent human life and is committed to the pro-life priorities of ending abortion after five months, and defunding the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, it would be a disaster to have a vice president who disagrees. 
Moreover, as women, we are disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular. He has impugned the dignity of women, most notably Megyn Kelly, he mocked and bullied Carly Fiorina, and has through the years made disparaging public comments to and about many women. Further, Mr. Trump has profited from the exploitation of women in his Atlantic City casino hotel which boasted of the first strip club casino in the country. 
Star Parker
America will only be a great nation when we have leaders of strong character who will defend both unborn children and the dignity of women. We cannot trust Donald Trump to do either. Therefore we urge our fellow citizens to support an alternative candidate. 
Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life 
Denise Bubeck, Member and Iowa Volunteer, Concerned Women for America 
Kendra Burger, Director of Educational Outreach, Iowa Right to Life
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List
Christine Hurley, Iowa Pro-life Activist
Beverly LaHaye, Founder and Chairman, Concerned Women for America
Marilyn Musgrave, Fmr. Congresswoman, VP of Government Affairs, Susan B. Anthony List
Penny Nance, President and CEO, Concerned Women for America
Star Parker, Founder and President, Urbancure
Luana Stoltenberg, Iowa Leader, Operation Outcry
Disclaimer: Titles and affiliations are for identifications purposes only.
The money I would have sent to SarahPAC over the coming months is going to go to some of these organizations instead.

[Governor Palin, please listen to these women and defend babies in the womb and women from disparaging treatment such as you have received from the national media and liberals. Please don't follow in the steps of Rep. Bart Stupak who, to his later sorrow, believed President Obama's false promises.]