Naming Names: A More Precise Look at Why The Republican Party is Dying | RedState

An earlier post today I gave my readers a look at the most recent polls and the candidates and I found another article that kinda goes along with my earlier piece……even conservatives are not too optimistic on the future of the GOP…………

I have read Red State for many years now……I have mixed emotions about Erickson….there are times when he is very insightful and then he drifts off into the never-never land of the nutty professor…..

I recently read a piece in Red State that I feel I need to pass on to my readers……this is one of those occasions that I agree with Erickson…….unless the GOP gets its stuff together it will be a party from the past..

Both Ross Douthat and I have concluded that the Republican Party is set to learn the wrong lessons from the rise of Donald Trump. The party, as we know it, is going to die because the party leadership is incapable of changing. We should examine part of this from one side that rarely gets mentioned — consultants. The consultant class within the GOP has arranged | Read More »

Source: Naming Names: A More Precise Look at Why The Republican Party is Dying | RedState

After reading this let me know what you think……is the GOP a dying party?

I Like Ike!

I recall the election of 1950’s….that was the slogan du jour for the GOP nominee……I do like Ike he was a soldier that was honest about what war is and what war does…..

He also warned the country about a growing Military-Industrial Complex…..the drawbacks of such an industry….but I appreciate his thoughts on war…..most of all.

Shame that money has replaced common sense in the GOP………only a moron would prefer war to a peaceful solution…….Listen to IKE….he was a smart man!

 

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An interesting thought by one of Ike’s contemporaries……we may not appreciate the speaker but the words are powerful……

 

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GOP’s Endangered Species

About a week ago I saw a report that Rick Perry was not paying his staffers, apparently he is out of money.  Remember last year when he was one of the “anointed” ones…..a front runner if you will…….and now he is barely hanging on by his toe nails.

This news got me to thinking…..4 years ago the presumptive front runner of the 2012 election season for the GOP was Tim Pawlenty and he dropped out before the Iowa Caucasus….

Now on to this election…..Perry looks like he will have to bow out either before or just after Iowa….that is unless he can find a treasure chest with campaign cash inside…..will there be others?

There are 18 GOP candidates and Iowa looms but can all the candidates make it through to South Carolina?

Of course they cannot……..by South Carolina there  will be 10 or so candidates left in the field…..it may surprise you to learn that some of the most popular candidates from 2012 will be the first to crap out.

My how times have changed……huh?

Seven GOP candidates who could drop from ’16 race before Iowa | TheHill.

Tea Party Explained?

They Came From Beyond Reason…….would have been a great title for a 50’s movie from RKO, starring Dan Durea…..if only……..

The election of ’08 brought to the forefront of politics the Tea Party…..and ever since people have tried to explain just what exactly the TP is all about……I think I have found a plain, simple and very to the point explanation of what the TP is……..whatcha think?

 

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Trump/Kelly Saga Or They’re So Lame

I guess today I need to bow to social convention and post on some of the mundane worthless stories that Americans find so damn interesting (no accounting for intelligence).

I am amazed that the cock up between “Mr. Hair” and Megyn Kelly, FOX News anchor….this whole thing is mind numbingly mundane and worthless……but conserv after conserv has come to the forefront and demand that Trump act like an adult (not gonna happen) these people have whacked the Donald’s pee-pee over his comment and some have even gone so far as to call it disgusting…..and some have just mumbled because they are afraid to get on his bad side…….

First, all this lip service is just so much BS……it is what everyone tuned in for….the ratings were phenomenal…….people wanted to see what the Donald would say……the viewers got what they tuned in for…..THEATRICS!  That whole thing was designed to be a win-win scenario…..all sides came out of it all the better….it delivered!

Second, Trump did not actually answer a single question but instead delivered his usual platitudes and brashness……nothing about actual policies or stands other than his usual find a scapegoat…..he was telling people what they wanted to hear and he got what he was there for….APPLAUSE!

Last, Trump’s lame ass comment about Kelly…..if he had made the statement about a liberal then every conserv on the planet would have jumped to his defense…….saying the he was just “telling it like it is”…..again all this was just for show and the mindless bought it hook line and sinker.

This country has more problems than can be repaired in a lifetime and yet we want some egotistical dickhead to go off and play his little game……..there is NOTHING to Trump…..but HAIR!

It is just silly that this is still a story in the media……..I guess the Clinton e-mails will be the next to be dragged on…..and on…..and………

2016 GOP Debate: The First

Still NO word about the military takeover of Texas…….(Waiting)……….(moving on)……..last night was the very first in the list of GOP debates……finally we can have some closure over the cock up on who would qualify to be on stage……

Next the newest cock up for the GOP….Planned Parenthood……the timing was perfect……it came before the debates and gave the idiots to fixate on….that is other than real issues……the backbone of GOP politics…….imaginary crises……….

Okay on to the debate tonight!

The truth is I was not going to watch any of the candidates debates because they are going to be silly……like the news……..this country infrastructure is going to Hell and the best politicians can do is grab their crotch and bitch about Planned Parenthood…….this is a diversion…..emotional religious bullshit to keep from discussing real problems…….

I decide to watch the first one to see just how humorous and uninformative it could be…….The candidates on stage Thursday night whose poll numbers have been around the low- to mid-single digits include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

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But first there was the “Kiddie Table” debate of those candidates that could not muster enough interest to make it to the “Big Dance”……..

Their better-polling rivals get to debate in prime time, but seven Republicans tried to make the most of it in the first Fox News debate today. Based on the early reviews, it seems that one clearly did: Carly Fiorina. She “nailed it,” observes the Washington Post. The former Hewlett-Packard exec didn’t get flustered, answered questions clearly, and won rave reviews on Twitter. “They should invite carly fiorina back for the 9 oclock debate,” wrote Newt Gingrich. Some highlights from the forum with her, Rick Perry, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, and George Pataki:

  • The presence of Donald Trump came up early. Fiorina quipped that she didn’t get a phone call from Bill Clinton before deciding to run. “Did any of you get a phone call from Bill Clinton? I didn’t. Maybe it’s because I hadn’t given money to the foundation, or donated to his wife’s Senate campaign.” But she also acknowledged that Trump has tapped into something real, notes the New York Times.
  • Perry “appeared to pick up steam as the debate wore on, and he likely exceeded the low expectations that were set after his 2011 debate debacle,” writes Colleen McCain Nelson at the Wall Street Journal. Asked to use two words to describe Hillary Clinton, Perry opted for three: “Good at email.”
  • Graham also went after Clinton: “To all the Americans who want a better life, don’t vote for Hillary Clinton,” he said in answering a question about the economy. “She represents the third term of a failed presidency.”
  • Santorum hasn’t been happy with his second-tier status, but in his first debate answer tonight, he “cleverly notes he was even further back four years ago before winning a string of states,” tweeted Gerald Seib of the Wall Street Journal.
  • Jindal, asked about Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s decision to accept an ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, said, “I don’t think anyone should expand Medicaid,” but held back on going after his fellow candidate. In the view of Politico, Jindal “didn’t deviate much from talking points or otherwise do much to stand out, but was articulate in his delivery.”
  • Pataki said he undid many of Mario Cuomo’s executive orders when he became governor of New York. “I would do this to Barack Obama’s executive orders.”
  • Gilmore called President Obama’s executive orders on immigration illegal and said they show “contempt for the rule of law.”
  • Attendance in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena was relatively sparse, reports AP.
  • The Washington Post provides a full transcript of the debate here.

Best in show:  Fiorina

Should of stayed home”  Jindal

And now the main event………

The first GOP debate was nothing but a new Reality Show, all that was missing was a couple of big breasted blondes crying, yelling and throwing things.

The GOP debate on Fox News tonight proved to be Trump-centric as he and his nine rivals—Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich—tried to emerge from the pack. (As Carly Fiorina did in the early debate.) In fact, Trump fielded the very first question, and it was a doozy. When all the candidates were asked if anyone was unwilling to pledge support to the eventual nominee and to rule out a run as an independent, only Trump raised his hand. “I will not make the pledge at this time,” he said. Other highlights, via CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post:

  • Christie vs Paul: After Paul said, “I want to collect more records from terrorists, but less records from innocent Americans. … I’m proud of standing for the Bill of Rights, and I will continue to,” Christie responded, “That’s a completely ridiculous answer. … How are you supposed to know? … When you’re sitting in a subcommittee blowing hot air, then you can say things like that.”
  • Bush on political dynasties: “I’m going to have to earn this.” And on the Iraq war: “Knowing what we know now with faulty intelligence … it was a mistake. I wouldn’t have gone in.” CNN’s David Chalian: “Nothing about tonight’s debate indicated that Jeb Bush is in the driver’s seat of this campaign. He seemed much more like a passenger—and at times a nervous and unsure one at that.”
  • Paul vs Trump: “He buys and sells politicians of all stripes. He’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons,” said Paul. Trump responded that he’s given money to Paul, too.
  • Kasich: “Donald Trump’s hitting a nerve in this country, he really is. … For people to want to just tune him out, they’re making a mistake.” He also gave an impassioned answer about his support of gay marriage, here. Writes Nicholas Confessore at the New York Times: “I think Kasich has been extremely effective up there. Lots of confidence, talks like a real person, and so far has successfully defended his biggest vulnerability–the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.”
  • Rubio: “How is Hillary going to lecture me about living paycheck to paycheck? I was raised paycheck to paycheck.” Rubio generally won praise tonight for his answers.
  • Trump on political correctness: “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t, frankly, have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either.”
  • Carson: He said Hillary Clinton “counts on the fact that people are uninformed.” At another point, he thanked the moderator for a question and added, “I wasn’t sure I was going to get to talk again.”
  • Cruz: “It’s not a question of stupidity. It’s that they don’t want to enforce the immigration laws,” he said of unnamed GOP colleagues. Mostly though, Cruz had a surprisingly quiet night.
  • Walker: “Every section of the world that Hillary Clinton touched is more messed up today than it was.” He also said Iran and ISIS were “tied together.”
  • Huckabee: “The military is not a social experiment,” he said in discussing gender diversity and LGBT benefits. “The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things.”
  • Christie on New Jersey’s financial trouble: “If you think it’s bad now, you should’ve seen it when I got there.

Summary?

Best In Show:  Kasich

2nd Fiddle:  Rubio

Tried Too Hard:  Paul

Should Of Stayed Home:  Huckabee

Not Ready For Prime Time:  Carson

All in all I was unimpressed…..but debates seldom impress me for they are mostly talking points…..little to do with real problems…….

Yawn!  Time for bed…….

Step Right Up! Debate Tonight!

For my last post of the day I would like to say a few words about the GOP debate tonight featured on FOX News…….the first part of debate night will be the “kiddie table” debate of those poor souls that could not find a way to break into the top 10……sad that this debate will have more actual candidates than the “big dance” later………

My friends and I have been talking about the possible questions that will be asked by FOX……I say there will be Planned Parenthood, Iran nuke deal and a whole array of softball questions…..nothing of substance……since it i the GOP there never is any substance……

But what do others think  about the questions that should be asked?

The first GOP primary debate is tonight and while the questions—just like the participants—will be chosen by Fox News, there are a lot of interesting suggestions out there for the 10 candidates to face.

  • Thomas Friedman at the New York Times would ask this: “As part of a 1982 transportation bill, President Ronald Reagan agreed to boost the then 4-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax to 9 cents, saying, ‘When we first built our highways, we paid for them with a gas tax,’ adding, ‘It was a fair concept then, and it is today.’ Do you believe Reagan was right then, and would you agree to raise the gasoline tax by 5 cents a gallon today so we can pay for our highway bill, which is now stalled in Congress over funding?” If no candidate answered yes, Friedman would have another question: Why has the center-right in this country completely disappeared?
  • The conservative Daily Caller has no fewer than 27 questions for the candidates: Seven general ones, including “Do you believe President Obama is a bad person, or just politically misguided?” and two for each candidate. One of its questions for Trump asks him to explain exactly what he got in return for making political donations to Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel at the Washington Post also has a lot of questions, few of which are likely to be asked on Fox. Among them: “What’s the matter with Kansas?” “Republicans have argued for decades that lower taxes, less government spending, and less regulation would boost the economy,” she notes, but that’s not how things have worked out under Gov. Sam Brownback.
  • The Dallas Morning News suggests seven questions, including: “Two Muslim gunmen were shot dead in Garland, Texas, illustrating the danger of radicalized Islam. How would your policies toward terrorism and the Islamic State differ from the Obama administration’s?”
  • Twitter users have offered plenty of questions under the hashtag #DebateQuestionsWeWantToHear, including “Which of your relatives did worse as president?”
  • Charles F. Pierce at Esquire has personalized, one-liner questions for each candidate. For Trump: “Dude, seriously?”

Do you have any ideas on the questions?

In case you would like something to do while the clowns perform……….

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Time for some rest……and Down The Rabbit Hole!