Sunday, February 28, 2016

“Get In The Plane And Go Home. It's Over There. Go Home.”

Millington, TN—At a Trump rally yesterday, Chris Christie climbed the steps of the stage set up inside a hangar with Trump’s corporate airplane in plain view.  After about two minutes of praising the presidential front-runner and poking fun at rival Rubio, an open mic caught Trump telling Christie to “get in the plane and go home.  It’s over there.  Go home.”  It was a humiliating way of saying that the also-ran was nothing more than an opening act.  As someone on Twitter opined, “…the political equivalent of leaving the money on the nightstand.”

A Trump spokesperson did not respond to requests for an explanation.  Hours later, however, Trump Social Media Director and Senior Adviser Dan Scavino tweeted:

GOP Insiders Determined to Make Their Suicide a Messy One

With the most popular Republican Presidential candidate (and possibly the top two) in open existential warfare with the GOP leadership, it's clear that the party, as we know it, will not survive into 2017.  A leadership change is being forced by deeply unhappy conservative voters, but the old guard leaders, represented by Senators McConnell and Graham and House Speaker Ryan (and Boehner before him) are not going quietly into the night.

In fact, recent actions by the party indicate an unthinkable level of willingness to self-destruct, even to purposely lose the election rather than allow a popular outsider like Donald Trump to win the nomination and the general election.  According to Politico, GOP leadership is taking measures to set up a possible independent run at the last minute in order to split the vote and prevent their own candidate from winning the general.

Although shockingly deceitful and destructive, such a move actually makes sense.  The current party leadership might survive another loss to Democrats with whom they share more in common than they do with their increasingly alienated constituency.  But they might not survive a huge victory by a free candidate, like Trump, "loaded for bear" against them.

Another strategy reported by the New York Times is for the GOP leadership to force a brokered convention and nominate a candidate friendlier than Trump: Marco Rubio or John Kasich - but NOT Ted Cruz.  BlurBrain commented about this as follows (emphasis mine):
Why not just run Romney or McCain again? 
Once again the Party elites are bound and determined to find some way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by dumping some lackluster nominee on the unwilling Republican voters in the mistaken belief that only some Johnny Milquetoast RINO can appeal to the wider segment of society. 
Dude, we tried that, TWICE and it failed... 
How about for a change they just let the people decide who they want, for better or worse and then get the hell out of the way? 
This election isn’t going to be about ‘likes and wants’ as much as who you hate and fear the most. And right now it seems the GOPe is siding with the Democrats.
UPDATE:  Welcome readers of Adrienne's Corner.  We are honored that she linked to this post. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Has The Peasant Revolution Petered Out Already?

Sanders was in the air when the race in South Carolina was called by all the networks for Clinton, flying from one campaign stop in Texas to another in Minnesota.

“In politics, on a given night, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Tonight we lost,” Sanders told reporters after getting off his chartered jet in Rochester, MN where he was staging an evening rally. “I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her very strong victory. Tuesday over 800 delegates are at stake, and we intend to win many, many of them.”

Delirium must be so freeing. 

Taunting The Subway Pitchman

Nope.  I’m not talking about the spokesman for the sandwich joint who got arrested on child pornography charges, but the guy that came under a blitzkrieg of fire at the last GOP debate for being a purveyor of the bargain to be had on a shady deal—“the Manhattan street corner watch salesman.”

Donald Trump is proud of his “brand” but even the richest of brands are robbed by poor character.

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz tag teamed The Donald and never relented.  In debates past, Trump has successfully absorbed the mockery from his rivals on stage, but Thursday’s debate was a different animal altogether.  It started earlier in the day with failed 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s incendiary charge of a possible “bombshell” in Trump’s tax returns.

That opened the door to Rubio reminding debate viewers of Trump’s hiring of undocumented Polish workers to build his signature skyscraper in New York City, his fake Trump University and his clothing line and ties made in Mexico.

The con man is a dark triad of psychopathy, Machiavellianism and narcissism.  (Ever notice how Trump always refers to himself in the third person?)

Con artists surround us:  Bernie Madoff.  Nigerian princes.  Psychics. But we never think we’ll fall prey to their wiles. We damn sure can spot a gimmick a mile away.  Right?

Beware the Ides of March.  There’s a little trick from the con artists’ handbook—Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People—called the Mark Anthony Gambit.  The premise comes from Shakespeare in which Mark Anthony begins a funeral oration for Julius Caesar, “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.”  Anthony’s rhetoric exudes the art of persuasion and an artifice used to veil intent.

Behold “the art of the deal.”

Friday, February 26, 2016

Mean Tweets: GOP “Thunderdome” Debate—Donald Trump Edition

Trump's Baloney: It's Y-U-U-U-G-E!

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Mean Tweets: GOP “Thunderdome” Debate—Marco Rubio Edition

Mean Tweets: GOP “Thunderdome” Debate—Ted Cruz Edition

Mean Tweets: GOP “Thunderdome” Debate—Ben Carson Edition

Mean Tweets: GOP “Thunderdome” Debate—Kasich Edition

GOP Thunderdome Debate

I must admit that Thursday night’s debate from Houston was one helluva barn burner.  Normally, as I dutifully watch these things, I find myself nodding off.  Not so this time.  With Jeb out of the picture the war of words between Rubio, Trump and Cruz was brutal.

I’m still trying to decide who will get my vote.  I have a few days left before the window on early voting closes and I want to beat the rush because I’m a billionaire recluse and don’t like being among the great unwashed.

Marco Robot transformed himself into Master Blaster from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.  It’s fair to say that Trump’s heavy application of orange spray tan made him remarkably thin-skinned for this debate..

For the last 7 months Trump has repeated the same phrases ad nauseum.  He touts what he will do when he is president but fails to give details.  The only thing I’ve noticed he changes from stump speech to stump speech is the placard on the front of the podium at which he speaks indicating the city in which the speech is being held.

Up to now, the debates have been an exercise in futility for Cruz and Rubio, but on this night their combination one-two punch found its mark.  The chink in Donald’s armor was revealed.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

And The Oscar Goes To…

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony will be this Sunday, February 28, 2016.  All the voting has been completed and the results have been hermetically sealed and kept in a No. 2 mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnall’s back porch since noon today.  No one but me the great seer, soothsayer and sage “Curmudgeon The Resplendent” knows the contents.  Using my borderline psychic powers I alone have divined the answer to who will be presented with the Oscar for Best Actress In A Leading Role For Pathological Liar.

Actually, I’m not all that resplendent.  Everybody in America knows the wretched fossil who held up a presidential debate because she took so long to bite off a log and took to barking like a dog at a political stump speech has a history of deflections, deceptions and untruths lies.  Even her staunchest supporters are wetting their beds over her “credibility deficit” due, in large part, to the interview with Scott Pelley during which he asked, “You talk about leveling with the American people.  Have you always told the truth?  Her answer was, “I’ve always tried to.  Always. Always.”

When Pelley pointed out that she had given herself “wiggle room” in her response she bristled saying, “Well, no, I’ve always tried…”

Pelley pressed her, “I mean, Jimmy Carter said, ‘I will never lie to you.'”  Visibly shaken by the hardline insinuation, Clinton said, “Well, but, you know, you’re asking me to say ‘Have I ever?’  I don’t believe I ever have.  I don’t believe I ever have.  I don’t believe I ever will.  I’m gonna do the best I can to level with the American people.”

Last Friday before the Democrat Caucuses in Nevada, Stephen Colbert pointed out the sheer stupidity of her answer.  He brought a small boy on stage with him to demonstrate how one should lie when faced with a searing accusation.

Hillary requires no tutelage on the subject of lying.  She is a Professor Emerita, JD, Ph.D.  See for yourself in the video embedded below.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Any Resemblance is Purely Coincidental

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Doddering Septuagenarian Milksop: “There’s Something Rotten In Denmark And It Ain’t The Cheese”

Now that we have Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina under our belts, the focus of the punditry class and the #FeelTheBern lemmings are perplexed over the assignment of delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

The ragtag but committed Bernie bloc has “revolted” against super delegates. Unlike Republican delegates who are bound to support the winner of a given state’s popular vote, unelected Democrat super delegates are free to support any candidate at the convention.

One particularly nasty George Soros backed PAC has petitioned the DNC commanding that super delegates “must stand with voters and honor the outcomes of primaries and caucuses held across the country.  The Party’s base simply will not tolerate any anti-democratic efforts by super delegates to thwart the will of the people.”

“The Clintons can get a delegate lead quicker than we can, and they have a way to gut out the delegate fight,” said Tad Devine, a senior adviser to Sanders. “We have to turn victories in state after state into big momentum that can change the numbers.”

The Barking Chihuahua already has a huge lead over the doddering socialist fool in support from super delegates.

Ol’ Bernie believes his campaign will bring about “one of the great political upsets in American history.”
Better wake up Bernie.  Your supporters only thought they saw their hands dropping their ballots into the box.

Monday, February 22, 2016

John Kasich And Wilma Flintstone

Not being a feminazi myself I took little offense at Republican presidential candidate John Kasich saying on the campaign trail today, “How did I get elected? I didn’t have anybody for me. We just got an army of people who—and many women left their kitchens to go out door to door and put yard signs up for me all the way back when things were different. Now you call home and everybody’s out working, but at that time…it was an army of the women that really helped me get elected to the state Senate.”

One woman at the town hall meeting chided the mailman’s son, “Your comment about women came out of the kitchen to support you…I’ll come to support you, but I won’t be coming out of the kitchen.”

Good grief!  All these SJW’s getting their feelings hurt—Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

When asked about the comment, Senior Communications Adviser Chris Schrimpf insisted that Kasich’s remarks were completely benign.

“John Kasich’s campaigns have always been homegrown affairs,” said Schrimpf. “They’ve literally been run out of his friends’ kitchens, and many of his early campaign teams were made up of stay-at-home moms who believed deeply in the changes he wanted to bring to them and their families. That’s real grassroots campaigning and he’s proud of that authentic support. To try and twist his comments into anything else is just desperate politics.”

Kasich is not a misogynist; he’s just stuck in a time “way back when things were different” like maybe The Flintstones.

Go Home Twitter; You're Drunk

Has Twitter Finally Screwed the Pooch?

Full-blown Social Justice War has been brewing at Twitter-Incorporated for some time.  It heated up considerably a few weeks ago when they hired controversial feminist Anita Sarkeesian to head up their freshly-minted, Orwellian-named "Trust and Safety Council."  It became rapidly clear that this was no mere token effort as Twitter immediately followed up this action by banning well-known conservative voices, and partially disabling the accounts of others in the name of "safety."

One of the first to fall, at least temporarily, was British anti-feminist Milo Yiannopoulos. Friday, conservative blogger and noted feminism critic, Robert Stacy McCain also found his account disabled, prompting supporters to mount a #FreeStacy campaign. Apparently, though, Twitter has taken no action to disable certain liberal hate sites, like one intriguingly named @KillDonaldTrump.

But, it may already be too late to save Twitter from their latest foolishness.  They seem to have dug in, and conservatives are now asking if the monopoly of left-leaning social media has become too repulsive and anti-freedom to be tolerated any longer.

An excellent discussion about these developing events can be found in today's Federalist article by Robert Tracinski.

Game Of Thrones: “Winter Is Trumping”

The Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, appears in scenes from the HBO series Game Of Thrones in a brilliantly edited video mashup.  Trump, wielding a Valyrian steel sword, says he will build a wall to restore “control”, complains about the Pope and promises to bring back “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

The next time you try to seduce anyone, don't do it with talk, with words. Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean.





UPDATE:  We wish to thank Wombat-socho for linking to us in his Rule 5 Sunday:  Disney Girls post and can assure you there is no danger of you being fed to man-eating tigers.  Enjoy your week.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Moment With Granny

Shaggy and Scooby are aghast at the enormity of Granny Clinton’s bottom
As I was wading through photographs today I happened upon a hilarious one showing someone dressed in a Scooby Doo costume entering the employees’ entrance at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas before the caucuses opened this past Saturday.

I don’t know whether this was part of the schtick at the casino or some evil plot cooked up to mock Hillary’s barking like a dog at a rally in Reno earlier in the week.  In any event I appropriated it to use in this Photoshop™.

I worked it into a photograph of Granny speaking at a campaign rally at Texas Southern University in Houston just a few hours after defeating doddering milksop Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses.

As you can see The Ice Cube In Heels is now using teleprompters and wearing glasses on the campaign trail and…as always, her ass is M-A-S-S-I-V-E.

Notes appear on a teleprompter after Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at a campaign rally at Texas Southern University on February 20, 2016 in Houston, Texas. 

Jeb's New Logo

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Livestreaming: Donald Trump Rally in Atlanta, GA (2-21-16)

Event begins at 4:00 PM ET.

UPDATE 2-21-16 5:34 PM:  This event has just concluded.

Jeb E. Coyote (Beep Beep)

Jeb Bush suffered through a series of humiliations that made up his campaign for president.  He often reminded me of Wile E. Coyote devising elaborate contraptions with materials purchased through the Acme Corporation which always backfired.

The Bush Team tried every trick they could think of rather than bend to the political winds. His mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, implored voters to side with her son. George W. Bush joined him in South Carolina to battle his brother’s nemesis.
Voters deemed Jeb too old-school for a party surging toward a new identity.
“The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken and I really respect their decision,” said Bush, who grew emotional as he announced he would end his run for the White House.

Your Dazzling Moment Of Zen

Our Rocket Scientist-In-Chief


No, really.  This issue of Popular Science actually came in the mail today.  They really interviewed Barack on the future of science and technology.  And he told them.  Because he had a real technical job once.  Working in a Baskin Robbins in Honolulu.  And, uh, physics is a big part of golf.

UPDATE:   Thanks to The Pirates Cove for linking to this blog post.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Two Corinthians Walk Into A Bar…

During Donald Trump’s convocation speech at Liberty University in January, he read notes written out for him by Tony Perkins who is the president of the Family Research Center.

Trying to woo evangelicals, Trump declared that Christianity is under siege and quoted a Bible verse written in the aforementioned notes.  The problem was it read 2 Corinthians 3:17.

"We're going to protect Christianity. I can say that. I don't have to be politically correct...Two Corinthians, 3:17, that's the whole ballgame...is that the one you like?" Trump asked, drawing laughter from the crowd of students who knew Trump was attempting to refer to "Second Corinthians."  He was still able to draw applause by reading the verse, “Where the Lord is, there is liberty.”  That specific verse is prominently displayed throughout Liberty’s campus.  Of course, the pundit class had a field day with Trump’s “stumble”. 

His boastful claims that he will build a wall and have Mexico pay for it or the more incendiary comment wherein Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States prompted Pope Francis to say the following, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel. As far as what you said about whether I would advise to vote or not to vote, I am not going to get involved in that. I say only that this is man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and I will give him the benefit of the doubt.”

Immediately after the pope's comments were made public Trump responded, "For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man's religion or faith."

He went further, saying, "If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS's ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened."

The businessman said that Francis had "only heard one side of the story" and hadn't seen the crime, drug trafficking, and negative economic impacts on the US. He also slammed the Mexican government, saying they are "using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so."

Mollie Hemingway, opining at The Federalist believes that the Vicar of Christ’s “straw man” approach didn’t help to convey his message.
There is absolutely no question that Christians are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. How we manifest that love when it comes to others is actually open to some debate. Consider how you manage your own home. If you’re Christian, you should believe in caring for those who are impoverished. Very few would argue, though, that this means you must open your home to everyone who seeks shelter. Prudence is also a virtue that helps guide the Christian. This is complicated even more when you deal with the reality that the United States might be inhabited mostly by Christians but does not set policy according to the New Testament.” 
“There is an entire book of the Old Testament about a godly man who is called to Jerusalem to build a wall around it. There are walls around portions of various cities, including the Vatican and Jerusalem. There are walls around our dwelling places. And there are even metaphorical walls that enable us to have healthy relationships. So no one thinks “only” about walls and walls aren’t even necessarily bad, Biblically speaking.”

Photo Optics Of A Graceless President

Place Your Bets

“I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America. But it doesn’t mean I won’t run.”

I noticed that several folks weighed in on Twitter about The Hill’s piece by Jordan Fabian, “Biden could live with Clinton or Sanders, but criticizes both.”

One tweet suggested that America should place it’s bets now while the odds are good that crazy Uncle Joe finally gets into the presidential race.

Marco Rubio’s campaign tweeted a photograph depicting Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rubio together on stage dubbed “New American Century.”

In my opinion it is a positive image.  Contrast that with what the Democrats have trotted out— a humorless aging hippie peacenik socialist who honeymooned in Moscow, wrote pornography, worked as a carpenter (he was a shitty carpenter) and never had a steady paycheck in the first four decades of his life.

Bernie Sanders boasted on Thursday at a town hall in Las Vegas that feminist hero Gloria Steinem named him an “honorary woman.”  The DNC could draft Caitlyn Jenner as the first transgender president using Steinem’s logic.

And then, you have The Ice Cube In Heels who squirmed uncomfortably when interviewed by CBS’s Scott Pelley:  “You talk about leveling with the American people.  Have you always told the truth?”  Clinton answered, “I’ve always tried to.  Always.  Always.”

Pelley came back at her with, “Some people are gonna call that wiggle room that you just gave yourself.”  “Well, no. I’ve always tried—,” she said.
Pelley pressed her, “I mean, Jimmy Carter said, ‘I will never lie to you.'”  Visibly shaken by the hardline insinuation, Clinton said, “Well, but, you know, you’re asking me to say ‘Have I ever?’  I don’t believe I ever have.  I don’t believe I ever have.  I don’t believe I ever will.  I’m gonna do the best I can to level with the American people.”

Vice President Biden says he could “live with” Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders but offered critiques of both candidates running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. 

“I can live with either one of them,” Biden said in a joint interview with The Washington Post and Politico published tpday. “I can support either one of them; I just have a different sense of how we should be talking about the issues that face us, to enhance the possibility that we keep the White House.”

The Democrats are in a deep, deep mountain of manure.  I hope the Republicans don’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  America cannot endure anymore desolation, transformation, lawlessness and corruption on either side of the aisle.

Will Joe get in?  Place your bets.

Jiggery-Snubbery From POTUS: The Calculated Insult

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's courtroom chair is draped in black wool crepe to mark his death as part of a tradition that dates to the 19th century.

What makes Washington’s little acts of thoughtlessness so telling is that they attract more attention than doing the right thing would.

The “constitutional law professor” can’t be bothered to attend the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer’s former head of the Auto Task Force, Steven Rattner tweeted, “If we want to reduce partisanship, we can start by honoring great public servants who we disagree with.”

Even more astounding to me is lefty fan boy, Chris Hayes tweeted. “Some amazing advice my mom gave me once:  ‘If you’re wondering whether you should go to the funeral, you should go to the funeral.”

This isn’t the first time Obama hasn’t shown leadership or respect for the office he holds.

During the 2013 memorial service of Nelson Mandela, the president, acting like a child with no apparent sense of upbringing or decorum, was caught taking selfies with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.  So outrageous was his behavior that First Lady Michelle Obama switched seats with her husband to bring an end to the embarrassing sophomoric behavior.

In August 2014, Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene became the first US general killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was the first U.S. general to die in combat since the Vietnam War. Following his death, the president said nothing about the incident.  A national security official said, “the administration does not want to signal that the death of a general officer merited a different response than any other service member’s would.”  During the funeral service, Obama was golfing in Martha’s Vineyard while on vacation.

Then, in September 2014, when journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, the president took a quick break from his vacation to publicly address the brutal act, but hit the golf links seven minutes after he concluded his brief statement.
The most shameful rebuff from this president came with the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 2013 that enraged our staunchest allies the British people.

Bear in mind that when the Democrats’ “messiah” took office his awkward naiveté was unbelievably epic.  There was the removal of the Churchill bust from the Oval Office, the iPod loaded with his speeches that he presented as a gift to the queen and the boxed set of 25 DVDs of American movie classics he gave Prime Minister Gordon Brown after he had graciously gifted him with a pen set crafted from the timbers of the 19th century British naval ship HMS President (the sister ship of HMS Resolute that provided the wood for the Oval Office’s desk) that had served on anti-slavery missions off the coast of Africa.

And let’s not forget the equally insulting gift his wife gave Brown’s two little sons.  The “last-minute” gifts of toy models of Marine One scooped up from the White House gift shop was an outrage.

President Obama is rudeness personified.

“As the world bids farewell to Lady Margaret Thatcher today, it’s hard not to notice that America’s official presence at the state funeral for England’s most significant prime minister since Winston Churchill will be underwhelming,” wrote The Post. “Instead of sending a high-ranking member of his own administration to lead the official delegation, President Obama has dispatched two former Republican secretaries of state, George Shultz and Jim Baker. Nothing against these men, but we can forgive the British for regarding Obama’s choice as yet another snub.”

Her ideological rival on the bench, Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted of her treasured friend, “I disagreed with most of what he said, but I loved the way he said it. A great legal mind has been lost, but his influence on the Supreme Court and the legal profession as a whole will remain for years to come.”

No president has skipped the funeral of a sitting Supreme Court Justice in 60 years.  Obama is making history by his unprecedented and disgraceful disrespect.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest would not offer information on what the president will be doing while the nation mourns the loss of this great man, but rest assured the District of Columbia’s weather forecast of 63 degrees and sunny skies tells me all I need to know about POTUS’s plans for the weekend.  You effing slob.

Reason #32,937 Why Most Liberals Are Going Straight to Hell

Don't give me that "not all liberals would dance on Scalia's grave" nonsense.  Yes, they would.  They despised Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, just like they hated Reagan and Thatcher.  All because he was a consistent voice for constitutional rule of law which keeps us from total dictatorship and mob rule.  And they'd dance on that grave 30 seconds after they spent an hour explaining to you why it's disgraceful and dangerous to dance on bin Laden's grave.  You know, if he had one.  Because that's the kind of people they are, as proven by this tweet here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Live By the Poll, Die By the Poll

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A Shock To The System

Dan Riehl of Breitbart.com shared the substance of a recent interview with Pat Caddell in which he said, “Cruz’s or Trump’s election would be a shock to the system.”

Caddell continued, “We are seeing the transformation of the paradigm of politics. All the old rules are failing. All the old assumptions don’t work. And we have a new set of assumptions evolving. And we have a public that no longer seems to want to eat the dog food that the establishment has dished out and are, in fact, going for choices that are outside the boxes of our ordinary politics.”
Nine months ago the conventional wisdom was that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton would win election easily. “The country,” Caddell noted, “is saying we want something different.  And we want to take back…most importantly, reclaiming our sovereignty.  People seem to have gone from being passive observers to active participants.”  Caddell believes that many people who usually don’t vote will come out this election cycle.
Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent for The Washington Examiner, attended the rally in North Charleston, SC Monday night.  Former president George W. Bush and wife Laura were the star attraction in an effort to boost Jeb’s floundering campaign.
York interviewed 41 attendees.  I gathered from his report that most were there to see the former president who is beloved by South Carolinians.  As he interviewed them it became obvious that their love for W doesn’t transfer to his brother Jeb.
When York asked whether, looking back, going to war in Iraq was a mistake, seventeen said yes, it was a mistake. Seventeen said no, it was not a mistake. And seven said some variation of, "It's complicated."

Many of those who said the war was a mistake took care to add that they thought W did the best he could with the information he had at the time. Many of those who said it wasn't a mistake said they don't necessarily approve of it today, as they look back, but they don't want to apply 20/20 hindsight and criticize a decision made 15 years ago. Some blamed today's mess on Barack Obama. In other words, no matter what they said, they were inclined to cut W some slack.

Some of the "It's complicated" people seemed truly torn by the question. In the end, he came away with the impression that most of them didn't really disagree with each other very much. Some of them leaned a little more to the "mistake" side than others, but none of them were in a mood to blame the former president sitting on the stage.

South Carolina Republicans place a lot of value on loyalty. Many have supported the Bush family over the years, and they'll always feel warmly toward any candidate named Bush. But their feelings about Jeb just don't rise to the level of their devotion to W. It's hard to imagine that changing in the few days left before the South Carolina primary.

During last Saturday’s GOP debate, Marco Rubio responded to Donald Trump’s statement that “the World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign.  Don’t forget that.”  During the heated exchange between Bush and Trump, Marco Rubio said, “I just want to say, at least on behalf of me and my family, I thank God all the time it was George W. Bush in the White House on 9/11 and not Al Gore. And you can—I think you can look back in hindsight and say a couple of things, but he kept us safe. And not only did he keep us safe, but no matter what you want to say about weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein was in violation of UN resolutions, in open violation, and the world wouldn’t do anything about it, and George W. Bush enforced what the international community refused to do. And again, he kept us safe, and I am forever grateful to what he did for this country.”

I believe, just as many others do, that Rubio’s response was not intended to answer Trump’s charge but was a play for the Jeb vote.

Jeb’s polling numbers are in single digits.  He’s shown no inclination to drop out of the race and may be stubborn or prideful enough to stick it out until after Super Tuesday when Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia all go to the polls.

Former president Bush’s appearance in South Carolina seemed more like Jebland giving itself permission to say to his supporters “we did all we could”.

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