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4/27/2016

Cruz & Carly For the Win

Filed under: General — JVW @ 12:38 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Earlier today, Ted Cruz announced that he would be holding a major press conference n Indianapolis at 2:00 pm Pacific Time. Fox News and others are now reporting that Cruz will announce that he has designated Carly Fiorina as his running mate should he win the GOP nomination. Ms. Fiorina was rather gratuitously insulted by the current GOP front-runner this past fall, to which she responded in kind.

I thought that Carly Fiorina and Scott Walker were the two candidates who suffered the most from a certain reality television celebrity sucking all of the air (or, in this case, the news coverage) out of the GOP primary race this past fall. In my book, the two of them were the best candidates in the non-Washington category, but were swamped by the siren call of celebrity. I hope this announcement portends lots of appearances by Ms. Fiorina on the campaign trail, especially since she has no qualms about telling it like it is where Hillary Clinton is concerned, much to the wailing consternation of sensitive and fussy lefty journalists.

Here’s hoping.

– JVW

201 Responses to “Cruz & Carly For the Win”

  1. Is this where I go to say “Ding”?

    JVW (eabb2a)

  2. I was a Walker guy too, JVW. Then I switched to Fiorina and now I feel somewhat guilty for bringing my jinx to Cruz. But we still have life in the Cruz campaign and with Fiorina as a running mate he just may reanimate the party for some common sense.

    Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  3. And yeah, Fiorina will certainly smack the cackle off Hillary.

    Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  4. there must be a strange but potent force called desperation gravity what pulled them together from across space and time

    happyfeet (831175)

  5. Back in elementary school, the boys would offer up the no-win question: if you were standing up to your neck in [insert slang term for feces here] and someone threw a bucket of [insert slang term for urine here] at your head, would you duck?

    That’s pretty much how I feel about the upcoming presidential election.

    Like the Rt Rev Hoagie™, I began supporting Governor Walker, and ten moved to Mrs Fiorina. Given my record of jinxing candidates, John Hitchcock asked me not to endorse Ted Cruz when Mrs Fiorina dropped out, and I complied with his wishes.

    Mrs Fiorina would make a great Vice President, and I thought that she’d make a great President, but I fear that this move is too little, too late.

    The very disgusted Dana (f6a568)

  6. Nah! This is a smart move by Cruz. Given the situation his situation was in, putting Carly Fiorina on the ticket is a no-brainer. It shows there’s still fight in the Canadian Jesus.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  7. Let’s face it, yesterday’s primaries demonstrate Cruz is simply not that strong a candidate. You can’t chalk it all up to those states having lots of moderate-liberal voters. I think Trump more than likely hits the first ballot magic number.

    Gerald A (7c7ffb)

  8. I’m going to repeat a post I made a few minutes ago in the TRUMP thread:

    Cruz picking Fiorina pretty much ices it for Trump. Fiorina brings almost nothing ti Cruz — women are not going to be less likely to vote for Trump because of Carly, she shares Ted’s coldness and stridency and adds no charm where charm would be easy to add. She has some serious baggage in the superficial mythology of the MSM.

    Frankly, Cruz has run a terrible campaign. It has succeeded this far because he was the last Republican standing and he wasn’t hogtied to the DC establishment. But it has just been terrible.

    He has had several opportunities to put Trump down and he has not mananged to turn the trick. Yes, Rubio could have helped him, but it was Cruz’ job to convince Rubio, not Rubio’s job to sign up, and Cruz couldn’t close the deal.

    He missed another one here — clearly they were talking with Kasich about the VP slot and that criss-cross was the consolation “prize.” Whatever Kasich wanted, Cruz wouldn’t give.

    TFB. Say hello to President Clinton and an continued slide into mediocrity and malaise.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  9. I was a Walker guy too, JVW. Then I switched to Fiorina and now I feel somewhat guilty for bringing my jinx to Cruz.

    For all we have sparred, Hoagie, yes, exactly that. I just don’t see Fiorina adding much to Cruz. Coals to Newcastle.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  10. I have this image of a remake of Back to the Future, where Marty goes back from 2018 to 1988 and is trying to convince Doc Brown that he’s from the future…

    Dr. Emmett Brown: Then tell me, future boy, who’s President of the United States in 2018?

    Marty McFly: Sorry to bother you, sir.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  11. Don’t despair fellas, I too was a Walker fan, but since I switched to Trump instead of Cruz your assumptions about jinxing Cruz don’t hold water. You’re off the hook.

    I could cite reasons Cruz failed to catch on with rank and file GOP voters, but it would only open old wounds and bring pain to the recently afflicted. After all nobody wants to carry cement to Portland.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  12. I was thinking he would name Beck, considering how the wheels have fallen off his campaign. A sammich maker for v.p. yawn.

    mg (31009b)

  13. We’ve waited for the nomination of a “true conservative” for a long time. I’m still hopeful it happens this cycle, as it would be good for the country and would also be the proof or debunking of what so many have claimed would be the Road to Success.

    In other news, Newt Gingrich says the anti-Trump peeps need to get over it.

    Colonel Haiku (2dbed4)

  14. they did a routine like that on the kimmel show, on the 30th anniversary,

    narciso (732bc0)

  15. I do hope that Trump picks Newt as VP. Beldar can explain why.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  16. just for some levity,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0VGRlEJewA

    narciso (732bc0)

  17. Not that it matters who Trump wants as VP — he’s so weak going in that he’s gonna have to accept whomever the convention chooses (assuming they can find someone to agree).

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  18. #17

    Not that it matters who Trump wants as VP — he’s so weak going in that he’s gonna have to accept whomever the convention chooses (assuming they can find someone to agree).

    Kevin M (25bbee) — 4/27/2016 @ 1:28 pm

    (assuming they can find someone to agree).
    – that is a big IF

    Joe - From Texas (debac0)

  19. narcisco-

    Thanks for that. I wonder, if I write in “Biff” will they count it for Trump?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  20. I wonder how much–if any–of this is intended to be Trump bait? You *know* he won’t be able to resist saying something stupid and offensive about this event. If he does, HRC should start worrying because the increased discipline involved would imply he’s becoming more dangerous.

    M. Scott Eiland (b97d1e)

  21. So Ted Cruz won the nomination without winning a state or even a county?
    Bold move teaming up with his co conspirator in the Mrs Trump nudie pic episode.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  22. Fiorina is the only one who has successfully attacked Trump, and she may be able to add some votes in the GOP primary. She also is one of the few people who has wholeheartedly supported Cruz.win or losr, Cruz needs someone he can trust.

    DRJ (15874d)

  23. I meant to say she could add votes in the GOP primary in California.

    DRJ (15874d)

  24. Cruz is on TV making the case for Carly Fiorina, he makes a better case for her than he does for himself. If he wins the GOP nod, she’s only a heartbeat from the presidency.

    He’s angry and it shows. He’s lost in time, yesterday’s mud-slinging demagogue unable to grasp Marshall McLuhan’s great insight: The Medium is the Message. Cruz’s lecture style is old hat, the digital age has left him in the wake of an authenticity gap: he cares more about himself than he does for the people he seeks to lead, and it shows.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  25. Who is subservient enough to satisfy Trump? He might pick the equivalent of Dan Quayle.

    DRJ (15874d)

  26. Ahhhh, the Hillary voter:

    https://youtu.be/j4Ed042HOBo

    Hoagie ™ (e4fcd6)

  27. Frankly, Cruz has run a terrible campaign. It has succeeded this far because he was the last Republican standing and he wasn’t hogtied to the DC establishment. But it has just been terrible.

    I disagrer. He is the last man standing because he has run an excellent campaign. No one gave him a chance two years ago.

    DRJ (15874d)

  28. Cruz ran on prinviple. That not what people want but sticking with your principles is what let’s us live with ourselves no matter what happens.

    DRJ (15874d)

  29. Very odd news conference…

    Colonel Haiku (2dbed4)

  30. Cruz’ father was a preacher so it’s not surprising Ted comes off as so preachy. Fiorina is much better at the podium than he ever was. She speaks from the heart, he speaks in the cadence of a formal debater, it’s boring and it shows. She’s a better candidate.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  31. well his original field was engineer, that’s why he was in new orleans, and then they moved to
    alberta, where they had more opportunity,

    narciso (732bc0)

  32. In fairness, Doc Brown might say “Who?” to either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton if he asked the question in 1988. Even *Bill* Clinton was just the guy who made an inept nomination speech for Dukakis that year, and Trump–while becoming more famous due to “The Art Of The Deal” being out the prior year than he had been–was nowhere near as famous/infamous as he would become later.

    M. Scott Eiland (b97d1e)

  33. If Trump is the nominee, it’s on his supporters to deliver a general election win. They can’t, and it will be their fault for ignoring Trump’s flaws and thinking everyone would ignore them, too.

    DRJ (15874d)

  34. I’m impressed, Carly Fiorina is making a difference. She just might put the Cruz/Fiorina ticket in the winner’s column in Indiana. The game is on.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  35. Fiorina is giving a great speech now. Wow.

    Dana (20ed87)

  36. But Carly is on fire!

    Colonel Haiku (2dbed4)

  37. I meant to say she could add votes in the GOP primary in California.

    Maybe, but most people never get past the second paragraph and the TV news is so utterly superficial.

    “Woman who laid off 40,000 workers named to ticket to fight Trump!”

    Her best bet would be to come out swinging against H1-B visas and high tech firms that lay off American engineers while outsourcing their work to “consulting” firms filled with foreign nationals.

    Fight fire with fire.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  38. This is a political milestone. Carly Fiorina is articulating the principles Americans admire. She’s making he bones.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  39. I should point out that in the same week that Intel announced it was laying off engineers, I received headhunter notices about consulting engineering jobs there, at VERY low pay rates. Not hard to see what kind of people they are looking for.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  40. Scott–

    In 1988, Trump was builing the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City and in 1989 BttF II was lampooning him as Tycoon Biff. So, yes, he was well known in 1988. Hillary was some hick governor’s wife.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  41. ropelight–

    Come on in from the cold. We have cocoa.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  42. It’s a matter of degree–Ronald Reagan had been President of the Screen Actors Guild for years by 1955, along with having the rather memorably silly acting roles that tended to stick in people’s minds. The kind of stuff that would have had Doc Brown saying “Donald Trump? Now I *know* you’re crazy!” weren’t really out there as much yet. Don’t forget that Doc Brown was a recluse living in his lab, not a normal pop culture consumer.

    M. Scott Eiland (b97d1e)

  43. No thanks, I’m particular about who I drink with.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  44. As a silicon valley outsider, I didn’t know what to think about her, whether she was good or terrible, knew people argued both ways.

    IDK if this will help or not.

    At the moment I have a sinking feeling of so close but not close enough, especially with Kasich hanging around.

    And as I said, this is not sour grapes,
    but looking at the obvious, slap you in the face evidence.

    MD in Philly (75cf1d)

  45. DRJ, true enough. My expectation is that, as the Republican candidate, Trump would do very well in those “blue” areas that he won yesterday. Very well for a Republican, that is. He might even get 45% of the vote in November. He might win a majority of votes in a few “red” states outside of the east coast as well. But the Electoral College vote won’t even be close. This will be the beginning of Trump’s supporters’ education, or maybe they’ll just stay angry. I rather doubt they will have the staying power to work for Republican victories in the off years. I rather doubt they even want Republican victories in local, state, or Congressional elections. If Trump is their candidate, the Republican Party may have committed suicide with its feckless custody of the Congress.

    That said, I’m still hopeful for Cruz. He has chosen Fiorina as his VP, and he has a decent war chest. It’s painfully obvious that he didn’t spend any of it on these hopelessly “blue” states. This is too bad, because he has something to offer the voters in these states, even if they don’t know it. But he doesn’t have the freedom to spend money where it won’t yield a payoff. The test will be the next round of primaries, Indiana (May 5th, 57 Ds), Nebraska (May 10th, 36 Ds), West Virginia (May 10th, 34 Ds), Oregon (May 17th, 28 Ds), and Washington (May 24th, 44 Ds). Most analysts are writing off West Virginia and Oregon, but yesterday’s east coast results might light a fire under mainline Republicans in those states, especially the Fiorina and Rubio crowd. In any event, it is reasonable to think that Cruz needs to get a majority of these Delegates if he is to remain the blocking force needed to deny Trump a first round victory at the Convention.

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  46. Yesser that there is a real game changer!

    mark johnson (eeeb9d)

  47. Fiorina & Cruz = Green eggs & ham. Truly.

    DCSCA (a343d5)

  48. Cruz failed in the deep south. He needed to win S.C. early in hoping Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, N.C. and Louisiana would follow.

    mg (31009b)

  49. Cruz vows to stop Trump in New Zealand Primary.

    DCSCA (a343d5)

  50. Carly wanna cracker? C’mon. Sing for us. Carly wanna cracker?

    DCSCA (a343d5)

  51. Cruz might’ve won if he’d gotten a nose job years ago. He’s a handsome man but that pointy honker makes him look like a door-to-door salesman, sketchy. It’s off putting.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  52. They call this a ‘Hail Carly’ in the Canadian Football League, eh!?

    Like ‘basketball rings.’

    DCSCA (a343d5)

  53. note how they are doing an all court press for lbj, all is forgiven,

    http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=363093

    it’s up there with wendell pierce as clarence thomas, and anthony hopkins as nixon,

    narciso (732bc0)

  54. I’m not sure that two rejected and eliminated candidates like Cruz and Firioni can trump one candidate who has the support of the people. In fact, it will probably exponentially inflate the rejection factor against Cruz.

    Although, if I was a betting man, I would bet Fiorino for Trump’s VP choice if I got better than 4 to 1 odds. She could end up Trump’s VP in an agreement. I’d give her better odds than Cruz, Rubio or Kasich being that VP pick for Trump. I’d put her viability equal to Christie and higher than Carson, the Mass guy who lost to Warren whose name I’ve already forgotten, Huckabee or Santorum. Of course I don’t know what kind of deals have already been made over there.

    jcurtis (8a3bba)

  55. Carly Fiorino is like Chinese food, it tastes good, but after few hours you’re hungry again.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  56. Now, Mr. Ropelight…given your comments about name calling, you must be trolling. Hoping upon hope that someone will respond to your comments about Cruz’s nose and the bizarre comment about Fiorina with the Trump Orange Caterpillar response. Or run product reviews of Trump Steaks.

    No one will take your bait, of course. Heh™.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  57. Cruz is a clever guy – more clever than I am – and I am constantly left wondering about his underlying strategies. I’ve been thinking Carly is intended to be a bludgeon to use against Clinton, but just now it occurs to me that she’ll be just as good against Shorty. Perhaps even better.

    I say this because Shorty has a nasty reflex to personal attacks, especially when they come from women. Carly’s job should be to get under Shorty’s skin and trigger the reflex. Trump’s woman problem is one of only a few themes that might provide leverage here in California among our mushy Republicans.

    I was also thinking that part of Cruz’ objective is simply to reward and promote a friend and ally, who shares a similar world view. The warmth of the relationship was on view during the announcement.

    ThOR (a52560)

  58. well putting down a marker, like reagan did with schweiker, who ultimately served in his cabinet,

    narciso (732bc0)

  59. Jester, do you deny that Cruz has a long pointy nose? And, that it spoils his looks?

    ropelight (2f9716)

  60. Ropelight is an arse. The nose-job kid is special, because everyone knows you get a nose-job to make your nose bigger, crooked, and less attractive. Maybe the liar can show us photographic evidence from the time period where Cruz went and got the worse nose-job in politics.

    JD (34f761)

  61. Nevermind, I read ropelight’ nonsense wrong.

    JD (34f761)

  62. Ropelight, do you deny that Shorty’s mouth looks like an anus? And, along with his silly hair and constant mugging, that it spoils his looks.

    The reason reason Shorty is the Kim Kardashian candidate is that both the candidate and his followers give great weight to what the rest of us see as superficial attributes.

    ThOR (a52560)

  63. He was too busy engaging in the type of attacks he rends his garments over to write well.

    JD (34f761)

  64. Trump is living proof that there’s no surgical fix for looking like ten pounds of sh*t in a five pound bag. No matter how much money your daddy left you.

    Leviticus (6ea25f)

  65. Well, OK, but I’d still be interested in knowing what assumption guided you down the garden path?

    ropelight (2f9716)

  66. Bobby Knight is on TV with Donald Trump.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  67. The GOP really, really needs to get Kasich out of the race. They need to make the consequence to him of not getting out as clear and as dire as possible.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  68. Bobby Knight is on TV with Donald Trump.

    Jesus wept. Couldn’t they get Lindsey Lohan?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  69. Bobby Knight would be the Donald Trump of basketball, if he’d had everything he needed to win handed to him by by his predecessors and you could con your way to winning basketball games.

    Leviticus (6ea25f)

  70. Bobby Knight vs Carly Fiorina, Carly Fiorina vs Bobby Knight – head to head – you pick ’em and let the devil take the half-steppers.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  71. it occurs to me that she’ll be just as good against Shorty. Perhaps even better.

    And perhaps even against Jar Jar. As in, “He’s the kind of guy who, when forced to choose between Heaven and Hell, compromises on Heck.”

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  72. From this picture, does it look to you like Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina have the same nose? :)

    The amused Dana (1b79fa)

  73. So, you’re going to vote for Kasich?

    ropelight (2f9716)

  74. Bobby Knight vs Carly Fiorina doing what? Basketball? Yeah, sure Knight. Running something complicated, like the US Government? No, I’ll go with Carly.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  75. Trump, when forced to choose between Heaven and Hell would ask which one had more bimbos.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  76. Thanks, Dana, I got a good chuckle from your picture. Although I watched Fiorina’s acceptance speech live, it wasn’t till I clicked on your pic link that i saw the similarities. Good eye.

    ropelight (2f9716)

  77. Teddie-pie and carly-pupperoni gonna get down to business on day one bow chika bow bow and this means they gonna do the constitution on everybody!

    DO NOT BE ALARMED

    “Grown adult men – strangers – should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls,” Cruz said, and this is a very good summation of the Ted Cruz agenda where he do the constitution on you.

    We’ll have the federal government making sure the bathroom experiences are top-notch and pleasing.

    Meanwhile carly-pupperoni will build moar boats. Boats of many different shapes and forms. Boats of many different sizes and colors. Navy boats!

    So to review:

    Pleasing bathroom experience! (No trannies)

    Moar boats!

    Constitution done all over you!

    It is truly an age of wonders.

    It is truly an age of cruzorina.

    Pls to vote accordingly. (Looking at you hoosiers)

    happyfeet (831175)

  78. This was the right move for Ted Cruz, but it strikes me as too little, too late. We don’t know if Carly Fiorina is going to help him or not as a running mate, but by waiting this long, she won’t have as many opportunities to help him.

    Mrs Fiorina said that she voted for Senator Cruz in the Virginia primary on March the Oneth. If she was going to help him, Mr Cruz should have taken this decision by mid-March, and gotten whatever help her running mate status would give him in some of the primaries which have already passed.

    The Dana who isn't giving up yet, but doesn't have a lot of hope (1b79fa)

  79. Well, it took 73 posts before Mr. Feet couldn’t help himself.

    Again.

    That’s his thing. What I would love, above all things, is have him face to face with the people he insults.

    Bet he would be very different. And not because of manners.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  80. yes, and national review should have endorsed him right off, and cotton, and sasse, and company should have come together, they should have toned down beck’s delivery, water under the bridge now,

    narciso (732bc0)

  81. I think the selection of Fiorina is interesting if only because of what Trump said about her. It was cruel and personified his denigration of women. There’s a terrific campaign ad in that clip that the smart and clever Cruz campaign should work on. If they can press that issue hard, it might pull in some of the women that aren’t in the tank for Hillary. And that is no small amount.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  82. she was popular among the pundits, but not really among the voters, and there is the point of the exercise,

    narciso (732bc0)

  83. Same gropelight, different day. We’re not giving him the validation that Trump does, and that makes him want to cross his arms, stamp his foot and grimace.

    nk (dbc370)

  84. If he got together with happyfeet, they could work it up to a Cossack dance routine.

    nk (dbc370)

  85. I think that we must all admit that, just maybe, none of us have a great record at predictions the past few cycles.

    We decry emotionalism driving Trump support (because honestly, he has no policy statements that are coherent or consistent…just “feel good” slogans). Yet what are we doing?

    Trying to discuss emotionalism.

    What I want to see are policy debates. Trump knows what will happen if gets on stage, one on one, with Cruz. Which is why he isn’t doing it.

    Trump is by his nature reactive and not thoughtful. Cruz’s move is a solid one, and serves to make Trump look as if he isn’t thinking ahead (not his strong suit). Cruz is trying to tempt him into a blunder, or serious of nutty statements again.

    We shall see.

    But it would be better to see some debates.

    Maybe Trump has learned what the nuclear triad is by now. Or his “top men” might have.

    We shall see.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  86. nk, I did not have a pleasant day. You made me laugh out loud.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  87. Like this one, nk?

    Chuck Bartowski (211c17)

  88. nk, I see the dance like this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw0IakmQri0

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  89. the priebus rnc pissed away the opportunity for policy discussion by letting tapperbash propaganda sluts hijack all the debates

    too bad so sad

    you guys will learn to play this game one day i have every confidence

    happyfeet (831175)

  90. OMG, Chuck. We posted the same thing.

    High five.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  91. Oh, and Mr. Feet? Maybe you will learn to vote someday, too.

    I know it is a lot of trouble.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  92. wednesday is not a good dancing day it’s too soggy

    happyfeet (831175)

  93. narciso,

    The advantage of a Fiorina is two-fold: she has the appeal and ability to connect with people that Cruz lacks, and she is fearless in her attacks on her opponents. She will be the necessary attack dog while Cruz focuses on the issues. I don’t think an aggressive attack-style comes naturally to Cruz. And it shows. However, it is in Fiorina’s wheelhouse. And she does it with style and class.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  94. Surprise. Drudge is once again showing his loyalties.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  95. Any day is not a good day for you to vote.

    Probably just as well.

    I laughed when I read you blaming other people from Trump’s inability to discuss policy.

    Especially given the top three roles he thinks government should have.

    http://www.allthatsnews.com/articles/politics/donald-trump-shares-his-thoughts-role-government

    Whoops. That’s some conservative thinker there! Milton Friedman approved!

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  96. Dana, I am hopeful. CF is tough when tough is necessary.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  97. I suppose a signal to california, where she once was based, but it ignores the makeup of the demographics needed, she did good in the debates, but couldn’t close the deal,

    narciso (732bc0)

  98. Heh, Chuck and Simon!

    nk (dbc370)

  99. that sounds like a romance novel blurb Dana

    And she does it with style and class.

    but Fiorina’s life is about to become… intensely complicated. Campaign manager Dirk Whisperbritches has his eye on carly-pups – her every move leads her ineluctably deeper into Dirk’s web of intrigue… and pleasure.

    It’s cruzorina crazy! Kindle edition contains bonus carly-pup thinkings on fetuses and also boats.

    happyfeet (831175)

  100. Can you imagine, narciso, CF versus HRC in a Lincoln Douglas debate?

    We don’t have debates anymore.

    When I was a debater in high school, folks who talked over another person lost points.

    From Trump, he should lose time in his next bit for each interruption.

    In other words, he would only get to speak once.

    Or…he would learn discipline, and outline his plan. Either way, win win.

    But I know how I would bet.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  101. So, Dana, do you believe me now that Mr. Feet has a problem with the ladies?

    And can you imagine CF’s response to his witty repartee? I’m smiling thinking about it.

    Because if Mr. Feet ever had to face someone, he wouldn’t act that way.

    Weird.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  102. you so into me

    happyfeet (831175)

  103. Why, my guess is that, if Mr. Feet tried to talk that way with CF, he would….

    Well, “Pee Stank” would be his new nickname around here. Amply earned.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  104. It’s true, Mr. Feet, that I minored in psychology in college, and wrote a paper for my abnormal psychology class.

    I think you are a scared little troll.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  105. true, simon, we have matches refereed by pete rose (tapper, bash, dickerson, harwood, (cantwell’s paramour) and megyn doing her best rachel mcadams pose, this why nehemiah scudder would come to pass, in the crazy years,

    narciso (732bc0)

  106. I just don’t get it, narciso. Much needs to change. Otherwise, we will be in this mode forever:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsqJFIJ5lLs

    I honestly think most people want to hear about policy issues, and VPs, and things of that nature.

    Many people are responding to bravado from Trump, because they are angry at all the PC nonsense.

    But me, I think letting Trump explain himself and his beliefs (instead of spouting slogans) is the goal: if he is great at explaining his world view, wonderful. If he shows himself to be a yelling empty suit, that’s good too.

    We have become a nation of slogans.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  107. Frankly, Cruz has run a terrible campaign.

    I don’t think his lack of a competitive edge can be traced to anything he has or hasn’t done. Seems like he’s managed things fairly well, and he seems the most honorable of the bunch, far surpassing that of Bill’s wife and the “you’re fired!” guy. Cruz certainly is philosophically far more sane than someone like super-squishy John Kasich.

    I’ve mentioned this repeatedly, but I’d say Cruz’s most significant shortcoming is his lacking greater charisma, or his not having enough of that intangible quality that triggers the warm fuzzies in various people. Such a characteristic helped propel the current occupant of the Oval Office in 2008 and certainly didn’t hurt that person’s standing in 2012. It’s a major reason the US has been seeing its chickens coming home to roost for these past 8 years.

    Mark (fb60e8)

  108. well were’s still in the post jugurthan war stage, before the social wars (things to look forward to) and of course the triumvirates, on any given day, the typical press hack is an inch deep, at cnn, we’re talking centimeters, this is why I include details outside thunderdome or the quarter quell,

    narciso (732bc0)

  109. I can’t identify too much that Cruz could have done differently. At the tactical level there was a general failure in the early going to hit Trump hard enough. But all the others made that mistake too. I recall one instance in one of the early debates where Trump accused Cruz of something ludicrous or maybe responded to something Cruz said with an obvious lie, and Cruz just let it go. But all the other candidates made the same mistake.

    Gerald A (7c7ffb)

  110. rush explained the reason for this, cruz prepared to confront the establishment hence the delegate ground game, he also thought he could leverage the trump voters, those who did a frontal attack, perry and jindal perished as you recall.

    narciso (732bc0)

  111. ok yeah they maybe shoulda trial-ballooned carly-pup a lil more

    happyfeet (831175)

  112. Three reasons that Fiorina is a good choice for Cruz:

    –proven ability to get Republican votes in CA primaries (the general election doesn’t matter: if CA was somehow in play it would mean a Republican landslide);

    –moderate enough to provide some balance for the ticket, but not so much as to drive off a significant # of conservative voters with Trump lurking, and;

    –in an election where HRC is going to be engaging in continuous bad faith accusations of sexism against any who dare oppose her, having a running mate able to counterpunch while immune to the usual antics of HRC’s minions and the MSM itself is really valuable.

    M. Scott Eiland (9fd59f)

  113. When it comes to odd things, Mr. Feet, perhaps you should consider your own advice.

    Just sayin’.

    Are you angry your two dads didn’t sing you lullabyes?

    Show tunes might be better!

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  114. lapidus showed how this so in sweden,

    http://www.mx.dk/nyheder/kobenhavn/story/10233641

    narciso (732bc0)

  115. I think you are correct, Mr. Eiland. Good analysis.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  116. narciso, who do you think beat up the guy? I doubt that was an exercise machine accident.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  117. any of a half dozen parties, who he had doublecrossed at one time or another, recall tony the ant, tried to blow him up once,

    narciso (732bc0)

  118. for thirty years, he has been slouching out of searchlight, after they took down laxalt,

    narciso (732bc0)

  119. happyfeet,

    You know, I have no doubt that you, like your candidate, will smear Fiorina, and attack her on her looks, clothes, mannerisms, and any other superficial nonsense you can pull of out of your sexist hats, but that won’t change the fact that if she had the opportunity to debate you about all that is Trump, she would kick your ass in a New York second and leave you flat on the ground in a puddle of your own pee stank crying for your mama.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  120. Planned Parenthood is already hysterically crying like a bunch of little girls:

    “A Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina ticket should give women in this country nightmares,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a statement. “Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina both want to criminalize abortion, and would rather shut down the government than allow low-income women to access birth control and lifesaving cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood.”
    “Their agenda is so unpopular that both Cruz and Fiorina resort to blatant, inflammatory lies to legitimize their extreme beliefs,” she added. “These lies truly threaten women’s access to health care in this country.”

    Dana (0ee61a)

  121. dana, you know rabid pikachu shows no respect for any qualified one, worthier candidates have been subject to his wrath,

    narciso (732bc0)

  122. Mr. Trump’s won an exponentially greater number of electoral context in less than a year than poor ugly carly-pup’s won her whole life

    happyfeet (831175)

  123. ugh

    *contests*

    happyfeet (831175)

  124. i hate my iphone more than zika virus

    happyfeet (831175)

  125. Thank you, Dana.

    You know, it all comes down to genuine policy issues.

    If there are genuine policy issues, those get discussed.

    When one doesn’t have genuine policy issues, or cannot be bothered to read or think, one is left with silly insults.

    Trump does it. Not all of his followers do.

    But those who do are embarrassments to the philosophy they claim to honor.

    Dana, I appreciate your efforts to resist the coarsening of our culture.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  126. I’m still voting for Cruz in the June primary here, but we’re screwed. The Orange Julius Caesar will be the nominee; he will lose overwhelmingly; the Senate and perhaps even the House will go Dem; and Hillary will put in place a 7-2 leftist SCOTUS that will endure for decades and eliminate the 2d and probably the 1st Amendment.

    Tell me again why Canada is worse? Or Australia?

    Mitch (bfd5cd)

  127. feets can say all the horrible things he wants to say about Clinton for months and months on end without objection – and as soon as he starts saying bad things about Fiorina, he’s a sexist with mommy issues.

    How bout this (as a recipe for consistency): happyfeet viscerally disdains and attacks the Annointed. That may be a frustrating quality (for those seeking an Annointed), but there is some definite social utility in it. Do you really think he gives a hoot about the success or failure of Donald Trump? I don’t.

    His purpose is to expose.

    Leviticus (6ea25f)

  128. genuine policy issues

    “Grown adult men – strangers – should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls,” Cruz said.

    happyfeet (831175)

  129. And I think the “ugly” line says it all.

    Hey Trump supporters? Proud of Mr. Feet?

    Again, real policy differences are worth discussing.

    People with, um, issues not so much.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  130. Not everyone feels that way, Leviticus. Many posters here haven’t done that.

    Because your opinion here is the correct one: if something is wrong one way, it is wrong the other.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  131. i liked carly fine til she started lying about the wiggly table fetuses and then everyone is like oh well her lies are ok cause of one time i saw a documentary where they lied very similarly and it’s like standard practice

    and then i remembered that she worked the corners for Meghan’s coward daddy Friday night through Sunday morning

    and then i realized i did not know this person

    i did not know this person at all

    happyfeet (831175)

  132. no he’s more like the twelve monkey horde, from the new season,

    narciso (732bc0)

  133. and what’s up with the boats thing

    how many boats do we really need

    happyfeet (831175)

  134. ooh yes yes monkeys i’m a do season 1 if amazon has it good idea

    happyfeet (831175)

  135. ok here we go

    happyfeet (831175)

  136. Simon,

    If I had ever seen a single word of protest regarding the invective leveled at Clinton, I would be more open to persuasion on this point.

    Leviticus (6ea25f)

  137. And as for Mr. Feet, Leviticus, I believe you give him far, far too much credit for consistency.

    I have asked him repeatedly to write something cogent and clear outlining his positions, rather than discussing urinary incontinence and making crude comments about religious folk.

    The latter is easier for him than the former.

    Your opinions differ from mine, and I’m clearly not your cup of tea, but you work quite hard to be polite and consistent. Thus, many people, including myself, take your comments more seriously and think about them carefully. This is what I thought the goal of Patterico’s site was meant to be.

    As always, just my opinion.

    But I dislike offensive stuff, and always have. To me, Trump represents the triumph of the coarse. Which is why I very much want to hear him outline his strategies and plans…instead of insult and snark.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  138. about 500 ships, give or take, they employ many people doing useful work, the only keynesian program that had some success,

    narciso (732bc0)

  139. P.S. I have certainly done that in the past, sir. I don’t think calling HRC “Cankles” does a darned thing.

    And I have certainly objected to the offensive “pee stanky” nonsense.

    There is, of course, plenty of noise. And much coarseness to go around.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  140. To me, Trump represents the triumph of the coarse.

    me too my brother

    me too

    happyfeet (831175)

  141. one wishes one never had to hear from her again, like a khaleesi warlord, she has wrought so much harm on every continent sans antartitica,

    narciso (732bc0)

  142. Simon,

    Consistency is never total. We achieve threads of consistency, more of them if we strive for them. I will not argue that happyfeet strives to maximize the number of his threads of consistency, but I will argue that he has at least one. And that should provide onlookers with a lens to view the rest.

    Leviticus (6ea25f)

  143. I believe nk has informed us: “consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.”

    Leviticus (6ea25f)

  144. Leviticus, you have kindness and patience in your heart. I appreciate your point of view, even when I do not agree.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  145. WORLD PREMIERE IN INDIANAPOLIS! “DESPERATELY SEEKING LOSING” STARRING CARLY FIORINA & TED CRUZ.
    OPENS NATIONWIDE, TOMORROW!

    DCSCA (a343d5)

  146. gosh we go from otis redding to diego rivera before the two-minute mark even

    this show is a lot to process

    happyfeet (831175)

  147. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”, and it was Ralph Waldo Emerson, the guy who got fired for driving his herd across Concord Bridge, who said it.

    nk (dbc370)

  148. A healthy correction, no doubt, but the point remains.

    I am far from a kind or patient commenter on this site (particularly in this election), as is happyfeet. But another consistency: I cannot recall one instance, ever, where he has leveled a personal arrack against another commenter on this site.

    Leviticus (6ea25f)

  149. I was waiting for that, nk. There are days, sir, that I wish I could sit and sip some ouzo with you and listen to you hold forth. I never took literature or philosophy or history in college—my brother and late father insisted I learn for myself. You would be a good resource.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  150. simon, what is it like being in an environment, that would have driven giordano bruno to self immolate, being the modern university campi,

    narciso (732bc0)

  151. not to mention galileo, where studies supporting fracking, are suppressed because of s entiment, there in lies the name of this plague of decontruction,

    narciso (732bc0)

  152. To answer your question, narciso, I am temperamentally unsuited to academic life. I enjoy research with my students, and I adore teaching. But what I like best is talking with students. Other academics? Not so much. The old joke (older that Kissinger, who did not originate it): the reason academic infighting is so bitter is because the stakes are so low.

    That’s quite true.

    Like Adam Sandler in “Happy Gilmore,” I just go to my “happy place” during most meetings.

    But the students are fun. Sure, most of them have odd ideas about economics and the real world, but they are young. And a LOT of students suspect that I don’t march in lockstep. You should hear the stories I do.

    Some days, I feel like Renault in “Casablanca.”

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  153. Heh! I stayed for two days in a philosophy class and then dropped it. My one literature class was in German. One of the books was Biederman und die Brandstifter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fire_Raisers_%28play%29 (The Arsonists) an allegory about Hitler’s voters. Heh, again!

    Everything else I picked up here and there.

    nk (dbc370)

  154. Me, too, nk.

    I re-read “The Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius every year. Ditto T.E. Lawrence’s “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.”

    But I try to read new things. Even if they are old.

    Hoffer’s “The True Believer” is deeply creepy nowadays.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  155. Oh! And Augustine’s “The City of God” knocks me out.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  156. I wrote a paper on goethe’s faust, the sources were harder then you would think, and the deconstructionist ravagers, were already showing signs,

    narciso (732bc0)

  157. Leviticus,

    If I objected every time Mrs. Obama, Mrs. Clinton, Fiorina or Sarah Palin were unfairly criticized, there’d be no time to talk about anything else. But, for the record, I have spoken up on numerous occasions in regard to each of them being undeservedly criticized (usually something re their appearance/age). So no, it’s not just when Fiorina is attacked.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  158. I was reeeeeeeeally hoping for a unified Cruz/Rubio ticket soon after Florida was decided. If that had happened, Cruz would be wiping the floor with DJT.

    The timing of this announcement was excellent. He needed to preclude as much “loser” or “weak” talk as he could and the NE slaughter was gonna happen, regardless any words or actions he took. Now, Carly starts with essentially a clean slate. If Cruz somehow/someway connives a win in Indiana, credit will absolutely and properly redound to her, as well. The media and the dems destroyed sarah before she got off the announcement stage. They will not be able to do that this time. If Cruz wins in Indiana, our lying leftists have no chance of dismissing her merely with contempt.

    I would have gone with Haley, but as far as I could see, Cruz had no choice but to choose a female. Bottom line: Fantastic timing. Solid choice. This is addition by addition.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  159. “i liked carly fine til she started lying about the wiggly table fetuses”

    FFS, happyfeet.

    Dana (0ee61a)

  160. I finished by short story, Donnie’s Problem. Comments 32, 96 and 97 on the Trump thread.

    nk (dbc370)

  161. *my* short story

    nk (dbc370)

  162. Leviticus and Simon – you aren’t way off on hf, but is inconsistency is found at a more base level. Cults of personality are good, and bad, depending on how he sees the optics of the issue. Tranny girls used to be awful, and are now revered, due to
    Perceived optics. He preaches freedom but when he gets on a roll, he always lets his inner authoritarian out. The inconsistency is based on a lack of underlying principles.

    JD (34f761)

  163. dreaming that cruzorinamerica can make you free is good yes yes yes

    acting like you already are is better though

    happyfeet (831175)

  164. And for the record, while I wildly disagree with Happyfeet, often, he remains one of my favorite people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and calling him a friend.

    JD (34f761)

  165. back at you Mr.

    happyfeet (831175)

  166. This is what I have meant for some time, JD. HF gives the appearance of a lazy troll just causing trouble and intentionally being offensive. I “get” the idea that he doesn’t insult anyone here personally, but it does not impress me—just makes him look cowardly and lazier.

    He should break the Fourth Wall, and write an essay about what he really believes, and why. This would show he doesn’t have to call women names, or be vulgar about religion, etc. And he might be able to win over some people to his point of view.

    Of course, I could say the same about DJT, couldn’t I?

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  167. what is the pikachu really like, jd, personality wise,

    narciso (732bc0)

  168. He needs to stop complaining about the weather. No true Chicagoan will ever say that it’s anything but a nice day.

    Or is that Minnesotans? Anyway, same difference.

    nk (dbc370)

  169. He is a great, kind, gentle good person, narcisco.

    Simon – I used to understand the underlying principles, but now I think
    It is really just optics.

    JD (34f761)

  170. so it’s more of a performance piece,

    narciso (732bc0)

  171. I think it’s really, really cool that some of the people in this online community know and like each other in the real world. It’s a testament to this medium.

    Leviticus (6ea25f)

  172. No. Not at all. His disdain for Palin was even greater in person than he ever let on here. Lol

    JD (34f761)

  173. I’ve long wondered if Cruz and Fiorina had some sort of political alliance, ever since this story in October;
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-did-ted-cruzs-pac-give-half-a-million-to-carly-fiorinas/

    Short version, a Cruz superPAC gave a half million to a Fiorina superPAC.

    So far as I know, there’s nothing illegal about that no matter what the motive, I just find it interesting.

    As for whether this VP pick will help or hurt Cruz, my guess is it will help, but not hugely; it gets the spotlight off Trump’s win last night, and it also reassures a segment of Cruz supporters who were nervous he’d pick someone awful for VP in order to make a deal for their delegates.

    Where I’m not sure Fiorina helps is California (no more so than other remaining states, anyway); she hasn’t lived there for years (she moved to Virginia after losing her senate race).

    Overall, I’d say this was a good move by Cruz.

    Arizona CJ (da673d)

  174. I didn’t think that was possible, so it was at brooksie or frum levels,

    narciso (732bc0)

  175. Honestly I just skip over anything crappyfeet writes. It’s all worthless dribble. I don’t care about who he is in person. He’s terrible online.

    Patrick Henry, the 2nd (ddead1)

  176. Let me change the subject by saying that I agree 100% with this by JVW:

    I thought that Carly Fiorina and Scott Walker were the two candidates who suffered the most from a certain reality television celebrity sucking all of the air (or, in this case, the news coverage) out of the GOP primary race this past fall. In my book, the two of them were the best candidates in the non-Washington category, but were swamped by the siren call of celebrity.

    Particularly the second sentence. Not that I needed any more reasons to detest Badgerhead.

    nk (dbc370)

  177. no, it was the bill come due for five years of inertia, by the party establishment,

    narciso (732bc0)

  178. Leviticus #168: it’s even more than that. Though I have never met JD and Patterico in real life, when I had an internet related problem that could have caused me trouble at work, they both pitched in to help. They didn’t need to do so. And there was no way to repay them, nor did they hesitate for a second.

    My late father had a saying that sticks with me. The measure of a person, he told me, is how they treat people they don’t like much. It’s easy to treat people you like well, or professionally, or kindly.

    I think of that often. Ancora imparo.

    Simon Jester (2ce2d4)

  179. john_bolton_trumps_analysis_of_obama-clinton_policy_right_on_target.html

    I tend to like Bolton, a generally right-leaning straight shooter. However, it’s hard to know exactly how sincere Trump is when he pushes an “America First” line, or an attitude increasingly out of fashion in a phony-baloney, amoral-United-Nations world. But his willingness to at least utter that phrase puts him ahead of the ethos of “Goddamn America,” increasingly popular among the modern-day left, including Hillary and, of course, the former member of Jeremiah Wright’s congregation now taking up space in the Oval Office.

    Mark (fb60e8)

  180. I am quite sure I do not understand why (despite the text explaining it), but 538 gives Cruz a better-then-even chance of winning Indiana (53%). I am not aware of any poll showing him with a lead tonight. This was also before Carly was chosen and before Knight rallied with DJT. Seems to me that Cruz’ chances, if anything, went up today.

    http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/election-2016/primary-forecast/indiana-republican/?ex_cid=538twitter

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  181. the priebus rnc pissed away the opportunity for policy discussion by letting tapperbash propaganda sluts hijack all the debates

    Oh, bite me.

    Any debate with Trump in it became impossible. He just yelled over everyone with insult and invective. Frankly, they should have called security on him and hustled him out after the first dozen tirades. In a bar he would have been bounced.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  182. Ed–

    Cruz was about 5 points back before Kasich backed away in Indiana. It’s possible that Cruz could pick up half of Kasich’s votes and win if the Kasich voters dislike Trump enough.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  183. no, it was the bill come due for five years of inertia, by the party establishment,

    The party had a good plan, which was terribly fkuced by Romney losing. Without the Presidency there’s a limit to what you can do, and the timidity in the US Senate was mind-boggling. McConnell saw no problem marking time for 4 years and didn’t get it that his base would not wait.

    And in doing so, he’s lost the Senate, the House, the Presidency and probably a dozen statehouses. It will take years to rebuild and it probably will be the Tea Party that does it. Not Trumpies allowed.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  184. Oh! And Augustine’s “The City of God” knocks me out.

    I wonder what Trump’s take on that one is.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  185. Oh, St. Augustine is a great town. Just tremendous. I’ve been there lots of times. Just tremendous people. Great people.

    nodald krump (dbc370)

  186. I cannot recall one instance, ever, where he has leveled a personal arrack against another commenter on this site.

    I think (as I just said in another thread) that is a very good point.

    Happyfeet rarely bothers me the way he bothers some others, and I think his very studious efforts to refrain from attacking other commenters directly may be part of the reason.

    He does get to me sometimes with the trolling. It seems like he is smarter than his (satirical?) support for Trump might suggest — and his double standards applied to Trump vs. Cruz (or Trump vs. Hillary) are so blatant as to be literally laughable.

    But he’s not the first guy I have seen engage in a laughable application of ridiculous double standards.

    The comments about the wiggly fetuses are pretty vile. But then, his abortion-related comments often are.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  187. Team republican will die when they loose the house and senate. They stink when they have control.

    mg (31009b)

  188. shirley, kevin they are not serious, when the dems held one body, they held reagan’s feet to the fire, and were not held responsible for their irresponsibility,

    the fact that they confirmed walking insults to jurisprudence like wilhemina wright, after they took power, that several senators entertain giving garland a vote, when by consequence, leahy didn’t do the same for judge hanen or estrada,

    narciso (732bc0)

  189. 177. Ed from SFV (3400a5) — 4/27/2016 @ 10:43 pm

    Re: http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/election-2016/primary-forecast/indiana-republican/?ex_cid=538twitter

    I am quite sure I do not understand why (despite the text explaining it), but 538 gives Cruz a better-then-even chance of winning Indiana (53%).

    That’s because it doesn’t explain it.

    It explains that they weigh different polls separately, depending on their track record, and actually projects not a percentage, but a range, and that that range narrows as it gets closer to the election, and that the longer ago a poll was taken the less weight it gives it. And it is obvious that the range can translate into a certain proability of winning.

    The only clue as to what they are actually doing is this:

    Polls are also adjusted for house effects, which is a tendency to consistently show different results for a candidate than the average of other polls.

    This is probably a standard explantion, which is why it probably does not explain the following fact:

    I am not aware of any poll showing him with a lead tonight.

    It may be that fivethirtyeight.com considers all the polling organizations that took Indiana polls to give results that are biased toward Trump, as compared with other polling organizations, or as compared with the eventual election results.

    Now there is another thing which fivethirtyeight.com has said, which is that as it gets closer to the election polls tend to converge toward each other, but not necessarily toward the truth. This is because adjusting the sample to correct for the low response rates – now running at around 8% or so – is an art and not a science, and no poll wants to look like too much an outlier, so they change the way they weight the different parts of the sample to give results that are not too far off from other polls.

    Now I don’t know what they did over here, but to give Cruz a 53% chance of winning, he has to be in the lead in weighted average of polls, and that seems hard to do with no poll showing Crz in the lead, so I assume that what fivethirtyeight.com is doing is to assume that all these Indiana polls are polls that are biased toward Trump.

    But whatever they is doing, it is not explained here.

    Sammy Finkelman (047868)

  190. http://music.blog.ajc.com/2016/04/28/prince-found-with-opioid-medication-on-him-at-time-of-death/

    The media struggle mightily with the small truth that Prince was as much a no account hop head as Elvis, and let the bigger truth, that Chicom knock off designer drugs crossing borders due to the current admins incontinence, have kill thousands of Americans, and now a celebrity of note.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  191. the establishment is equally unwilling to hear the truth, be it washington, london or berlin,

    http://www.dw.com/en/thilo-sarrazins-new-book-a-case-of-wishful-thinking/a-19222156

    narciso (732bc0)

  192. shirley, kevin they are not serious, when the dems held one body, they held reagan’s feet to the fire, and were not held responsible for their irresponsibility,

    Don’t call me Surely. With the House in Democrat hands, Reagan managed to cut the top tax rate from 70% to 28%, restore the national defense, kill inflation and bring the Soviet Empire to the point of dissolution. By the time he was done, a world that had been sliding towards socialism was open for business in a way that had been unimaginable 8 years earlier.

    And even that was with Dole standing on the brakes in the Senate.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  193. But Trump is no Reagan. Trump is a Democrat’s caricature of Reagan, and not a very convincing one.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  194. If somebody else already said this, I missed it. More than anything else, Cruz picking his VP now is a signal to Trump that there will be no deals, no throwing in the towel, an all or nothing fight to the finish.

    nk (dbc370)

  195. I see that the National Enquirer is now running a story saying that Cruz’ father was a pal of Lee Harvey Oswald. It’s more likely that Trump hired James Earl Ray.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  196. People whose lips move when they read want to know, Kevin.

    nk (dbc370)

  197. happyfeet diskappeared after JD verified he’s nice

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  198. Popeye? Is that you?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  199. Smacks of desperation to me. Who picks a veep when they are not sure of winning the nomination? That’s just plain stupid. After indiana loss, Cruz is toast. Go Trump!

    The Emperor (5de954)


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