Patterico's Pontifications

7/24/2016

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Kicked to the Curb

Filed under: General — JVW @ 10:42 am

[guest post by JVW]

As Democrats gather in Philadelphia to coronate Her Clintonic Majesty, the Past, Present, and Future Inevitable Next President of the United States, Hillary! Rodham Clinton, they will apparently do so without their candidate’s most loyal foot soldier. In the aftermath of a Wikileaks document dump showing that employees of the DNC actively sought to undermine the candidacy of Senator Bernard Sanders (Dem Socialist – VT), the party has announced that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Congresswoman from Florida, will not preside over the convention nor will she have any speaking role.

This brouhaha comes as the Democrats attempt to contrast themselves with last week’s GOP convention in Cleveland, with the Philadelphia meeting stressing themes of party unity. Three of the four nights of the Democrats’ gathering feature banal themes that make use of the word “together”: “United Together,” “Working Together,” and “Stronger Together” (the fourth night features the theme “Still Getting Away with It after All These Years”). The revelations in the Wikileaks email dump that key DNC employees conspired to use Sanders’ religious faith (or lack thereof) against him in Bible Belt primaries has roiled the Sanders folks who have long complained that the DNC had tilted the primary rules to favor Mrs./Senator/Secretary Clinton. For his part, Sanders has called upon Wasserman Schultz to step down as DNC Chair — probably a fait accompli after the election is over — and he has already endorsed her far-left primary opponent who is running against her in this election cycle.

Sanders could have kept his powder dry and held off on endorsing Clinton until the convention, which would have brought an element of excitement to what otherwise promises to be a dull and overly-scripted four nights. Had he done so, he might have had more influence over her Vice-President pick and he might have even pulled the party even further to the left in the run up to November than it has already traveled. Instead, he meekly and obediently climbed aboard her bandwagon two weeks ago, suggesting that at the end of the day his candidacy was a lot more about tactics than principle, and that rather than changing the corrupt culture in Washington he merely wants to redirect it to his own ends.

The joke on Sanders is that the big money men in his new party are not going to accept some far-left lunatic in the role of DNC Chair, so look for Hillary to appoint a longstanding Washington insider and party hack and for the Senator from Vermont to go back to his role as the gadfly crank occupying the crazy end of the political spectrum. Well played, Hillary!, well played indeed.

7/23/2016

Trump: I Entered During Ted Cruz’s Speech to Tweak Him

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:02 pm

Well of course he did.

“You know what, he’s lucky I did it,” Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg published Saturday. “I walked in and the arena went crazy. Because there’s great unity in the Republican Party and people don’t know it. Had I not walked in, I think that audience would have ripped him off the stage. I think I did him a big favor.”

Trump was also asked if he had walked into the arena during the speech in order to “tweak” Cruz.

“Tweak him?” Trump responded. “I would never do a thing like that. But yes.”

P.S. Here is a fascinating piece that will be ignored by the sheep who follow Donald Trump. Baaaaaaaaaaaa!

Trump Threatens Super-PAC Against Ted Cruz, Doubles Down on Cruz’s Dad

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:55 am

So, Donald Trump once again blamed Ted Cruz for the fact that he called Cruz’s wife ugly, once again suggested Cruz’s dad was close with Lee Harvey Oswald, and suggested that the National Enquirer deserves a Pulitzer Prize.

Then, he formed a plan to create a Super-PAC to defeat Ted Cruz in the future.

Donald Trump plans to create and fund super-PACs specifically aimed at ending the political careers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich should either run for office again, after both snubbed the Republican nominee during his party’s convention this week, a person familiar with Trump’s thinking told Bloomberg Politics on Friday.

The plan would involve Trump investing millions of his own money –perhaps $20 million or more — in one or two outside groups about six months before their respective election days if Texas Senator Cruz or Ohio Governor Kasich stand for office again. The person said Trump is willing to set up two separate super-PACs – one for Cruz and one for Kasich – and put millions into each.

The person also said that Trump would be willing to invest tens of millions more if necessary to ensure his former competitors didn’t win another race.

Trump will never actually do this, of course — a fact that keeps me from being less upset about it. But the fact that this even occurs to him, to me, means that this man is the enemy of conservatism, every bit as much as Hillary Clinton is the enemy. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Justin Amash are the sort of people who matter to me. Their opponents are the enemies of limited government and the Constitution . . . whether they put a D behind their name, or an R.

In case you’re inclined to attribute this to an anonymous source, and to tell yourself that Mr. The Donald would not actually consider such a thing . . . well, he broached the idea himself at his little press conference yesterday.

By the way, go ahead and watch as much of Trump’s performance as you can stand. If you can do it without retching, you have a stronger stomach than I.

And all the while, as he says these things, soulless Mike Pence stands up there and chuckles and shakes his head while smiling. Oh, that scamp Donald Trump! with his continued attacks on Ted Cruz’s dad! If you want to see what you look like after you sell your soul, you look like this:

Turns out you can still be quite presentable. Handsome and distinguished-looking, even. When you sell your soul, there is not necessarily a clear outward indication that you have sold your soul.

But you still have.

P.S. David Duke is running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. A smattering of reaction:

Hey: if he’s the last vote to push the GOP into a Senate majority, you have to vote for him! Right? Right?

I wonder if Donald Trump would start a Super-PAC to defeat David Duke.

I actually don’t wonder; that was irony. But I think someone should ask him.

Hillary’s Friday Afternoon News Dump: Tim Kaine

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:25 am

Hillary Clinton has selected United States Senator Tim Kaine to be her . . .

Sorry, I keep trying to finish that sentence but I get hit by an attack of yawns every time.

7/22/2016

Munich Shootings; Obama’s Head in the Sand

Filed under: General — JVW @ 11:58 am

[guest post by JVW]

At least six people have been killed in shootings at a city mall in Munich. Eyewitnesses report three shooters, and as of this moment no one has been apprehended.

Meanwhile, a commenter at Powerline directs us to this telling juxtaposition that appears on CNN’s homepage:

Juxtaposition

Shame on those dead Germans for getting in the way of the President’s moral preening.

– JVW

I Guess You’ll Have to Tell Me How Last Night Went…

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:50 am

…because I tuned it out.

My mom is in town and we went for a walk around the Venice canals. We found the house where Harry Bosch visits the “boot” girlfriend in the first season of the Amazon series.

I see John Hinderaker saying of Ivanka’s speech that, sure, she suggested “new and bigger government programs” . . . but apparently her ability to read from a TelePrompTer was nevertheless so amazing that he asked: “Is there a Senate seat we could put her up for?”

If you want to know how someone as unqualified, incompetent, and unlikeable as Hillary Clinton got elected to a Senate seat in New York, there’s your answer. On both sides of the aisle, we love love love to keep electing anybody and everybody from the same family. On Twitter, some people observed that the love of the Trumps appears to be the GOP’s desire to have its own Kennedy family.

As far as Trump’s speech: didn’t watch it either. I’m more interested in the reaction of members of the GOP to Trump (and to Cruz’s speech) than I am in Trump. Peggy Noonan said of Cruz today: “What a jerk.” She loves her some Obama and some Trump, but “support the Constitution” makes you a “jerk.” After New York Attack Poodle Peter King declared Ted Cruz an “asshole,” RNC guy Sean Spicer agreed with the assessment on national television. Did he ever declared Trump a “jerk” for mocking the looks of Cruz’s wife, or for mocking John McCain’s wartime captivity? I’m going to guess no.

An illness is passing over this party, as real as the norovirus that hit the convention in Cleveland, but more pervasive and noxious. I’m going to stand clear until it passes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. At least I won’t catch it.

P.S. If you want any further proof that the RNC is a pack of liars, and that they hate and have slandered Ted Cruz, read this post by Leon Wolf. It’s not just Trump. Increasingly, it’s the party itself.

UPDATE: Aaaand now Trump is again insinuating Cruz’s dad was involved with JFK’s assassination. And defending the National Enquirer as a news source. Enjoy, loyalists. Enjoy.

7/21/2016

Republican Convention Open Thread: Can We Take One More Night??

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:00 pm

[guest post by Dana]

This is the last night of the convention. Ivanka Trump will be introducing her father, Donald Trump, who is expected to accept the Republican nomination for the presidency.

A talking head on Fox News said that various campaign people are saying that they hope Trump stays on point, sticks to the speech, and does not go off on his own.

You can peruse an annotated version of the prepared speech here.

Anyway. Buckle up.

And get your adult beverage of choice ready.

–Dana

When Voting One’s Conscience Becomes A Threat To Others

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:39 am

[guest post by Dana]

Was there ever a more dreadful thing said by a politician ?

And to those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.

This isn’t hard: If Donald Trump has indeed convinced voters that he will guard our nation, protect our freedoms, and honor the Constitution from all enemies, then the collective conscience of America-loving voters will naturally be turned toward him on November 8. But, ironically, when freedom of thought and freedom to stand on principle is encouraged in the public square by a bold politician, it results in a fierce outcry of protest. Not the conscience! Anything but that! (One almost gets the impression that there are those who wouldn’t object too much if a political body compelled the individual vote… just this once, you know, because so much is at stake.) Clearly, a lot of Americans have not bought what’s being sold, and as a result, an appeal to the individual conscience becomes a dangerous thing with which to contend.

Unvelieveably, this is America, right here, right now. And this is the pro-liberty side of the aisle.

A lot of us still believe that all of our freedoms should be celebrated, our liberty treasured, and that working hard to protect them is a calling for every American. So when I hear a politician imploring me to vote my conscience and to think and decide as an individual, I’m not going to scream at him to shut-up. I’m going to celebrate, because the last thing I want is apparently the first thing others need: to be told what to do.

–Dana

A Message to Anyone Who Criticizes Ted Cruz for Standing Up for His Family

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:49 am

I have said since May 3 that refusing to endorse Donald Trump would be smart politics for Ted Cruz. Here are my thoughts from May 3:

Later that day, Cruz pulled out of the race. He remained mostly silent about Trump. As the other toadies like Rubio, Scott Walker, and (sadly) Rick Perry fell in line, I mocked them without mercy — and pledged that I would do the same to Cruz if he endorsed Trump.

I remained skeptical that he would endorse — but when I heard that Cruz planned to speak at the convention, I worried. To me, any endorsement of Trump, even half-assed or tepid, would have been an act of disrespect to Ted Cruz’s family. Even if he didn’t endorse, I worried that Cruz would try to walk a line and end up being too clever by half.

It still could have played out that way. But then Donald Trump’s people orchestrated the booing of Ted Cruz, for not explicitly endorsing Trump.

It was a wholly premeditated spectacle. The bully Trump planned it this way. It was to be the final humiliation of “Lyin’ Ted.”

And yet, Ted Cruz stood firm.

And with that, a speech that could have been perceived as a standard-issue extolling of constitutionalism was transformed into an epic stand on principle.

I opened this post by noting that standing on principle is Cruz’s brand. His speech last night was calculating, I believe — but the calculation was: I am the sort of person who stands on principle. My supporters like that. I am going to continue to be that sort of person.

That’s my kind of “calculation.” Especially when it comes to defending family.

Anyone criticizing Cruz today has to be willing to say: “Donald Trump could mock my wife’s looks, and slander my dad, and I would support him.” If that’s the sort of person you are — the sort of person who does not respect his family enough to stand up for them, regardless of the cost — then stand up and say so. Be proud. Own it.

And then get off my site.

If you’re voting for Donald Trump because you think he’s the lesser of two evils; because you think Hillary is clearly worse; because you reject leftism and know Hillary will foist leftism on us and only suspect Trump might . . . then you and I are cool. I respect that position. It’s not my position — but if it’s yours, I respect it, and I respect you.

But if you’re going to knock Ted Cruz for standing up against a man who bullied his family, I don’t respect you. I don’t want you here. Feel free to leave. It may make this place smaller, but it will make it better.

I do not want to see this site turned into a replication of what I watched on the convention floor last night: a group of howling apes flinging poo at a good man who stood on principle and refused to kiss the ring of a man who repeatedly insulted his family.

The GOP ought to be taking out the trash, but they’re not. I can’t control that. But I can control my space. If you can’t respect a man who stands up for his family, get out of my face.

7/20/2016

“Lyin’ Ted” to Speak Tonight

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:09 pm

Donald Trump’s tweet suggesting his wife is ugly has never been deleted.

As much as I despise this clown show, I confess: I’ll be very interested to see how Cruz handles this tonight.

UPDATE: Very well done by Cruz. In light of the boos, and the chanting for an endorsement for Trump, his refusal to endorse came across as a classy, principled, and rather pointed “fuck you” to Donald Trump. I am proud of Cruz tonight.

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