Patterico's Pontifications

5/27/2016

Ted Cruz On Whether A True Conservative Should Support Trump

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:42 pm

[guest post by Dana]

In a radio interview earlier today, there was this interesting exchange between Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell and Ted Cruz:

CAMPBELL: This is something many of my listeners are struggling with. Should a true conservative, should a true conservative support Donald Trump if in fact he is the Republican nominee.

CRUZ: Well, that’s a decision that every voter is going to have to make. And it’s going to be a decision that is going have to come from prayer and careful examination as to whether he has demonstrated he has earned your vote. Whether he has demonstrated that he is standing for the principles that built this country. I am where I think a lot of voters are, which is looking and listening. I am deeply concerned for our country.

To my ear, this sounds like a no for Cruz supporting Trump – at this point anyway. Given that the vast majority of former Republican candidates and a long list of elected officials who claimed to be conservatives, have fallen in line and announced their support for Trump, there is a curiosity about whether Cruz will likewise yield. It would be refreshing to see a politician remain true to his conservative principles, ideals, and convictions, and announce that, in good conscience, he is unable to support a non-conservative, Big Government type who has trouble distinguishing fact from fiction, and easily lies when it’s to his advantage. And even when it’s not. There’s also this: If Cruz were to announce his support of Trump, the fallout would likely result in even greater damage to his credibility than what Marco Rubio is currently enduring.

–Dana

An Exhaustive Summary of the People Responsible for Trump’s Rise

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:55 am

1. Trump.
2. Media people who gave Trump free air time.
3. People who voted for Trump.

That is all.

Trump’s Face-Stabbing Mob Partner

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:08 am

Telegraph (a bunch of lefties who can be safely ignored):

A rRussian-born fraudster who Donald Trump has claimed he would not recognise was a key player in several of the billionaire’s business ventures, the Telegraph can disclose.

Mr Trump signed off on paperwork which made clear that Felix Sater was one of the figures in “control” of Bayrock Group, the property firm building three developments using his name, an investigation has found.

The findings appear to contradict statements by the would-be president and his lawyer, distancing him from Sater, who was convicted for helping to lead a $40 million mafia-linked stock fraud scheme.

Mr Sater also spent time in jail for stabbing someone in the face with the stem of a margarita glass.

I call BS. Those glasses have round bottoms so they can sit on the table. How are you supposed to stab someone with something round? You ever try that? It doesn’t work!!

[end Trumpkin-style spin]

Ah, hell. Y’all spin this on your own. I’m out, remember?

5/26/2016

It Starts to Get Interesting in the Golden State

Filed under: General — JVW @ 11:08 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Both Fox News and the Sacramento Bee are reporting on the latest Public Policy Institute of California poll that shows Hillary! Rodham Clinton, the Once and Future Inevitable Next President of the United States, with a slim 46% – 44% lead over Socialist senator Bernard Sanders of lily-white Vermont in the upcoming June 7 California Democrat Presidential Primary Election. This represents a tightening of the race since March when polls had Her Clintonic Majesty up 48% – 41%, and it’s a huge departure from the 18-point lead that the ABC/SurveyUSA poll released earlier this week showed. Significantly, however, no poll released this far has shown Sanders with a lead in the California primary.

As of 11:00 pm Pacific Time tonight, the Los Angeles Dog Trainer hasn’t seemed interested in reporting these latest updates. Recall that they have already endorsed the former First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State/IT Whiz for the job.

I followed through on my threat to change my party registration from GOP to No Party Preference, only to discover that the NPP ballot does not include the Democrat Presidential candidates. I received a helpful text from the Bernie Bros (I do not recall opting in to receiving texts from any candidate) telling me that I had to request a Democrat ballot by Tuesday, May 31 if I wanted to vote by mail (I’ll be out of state on primary election day, so that’s imperative), or I need to request a Democrat ballot at the polling location on election day or at the County Election Office before election day. This is fair warning to anyone who wants to join the Democrat fray.

– JVW

Hillary Has Been Lying Through Her Lying Teeth

Filed under: General — JD @ 4:27 pm

[guest post by JD]

Hillary and her flunkies have been lying through their teeth about Hillary’s unsecure server since before it was even discovered 15 months ago.
The server was not within the guidelines set by State. 

The server was no approved by State. 

The server was not up to Dept security guidelines. 

The distinction between breaking the rules and breaking the law is disingenuous and misleading. She did both. 

Not all of the emails were disclosed to the appropriate parties. IG staff got access to emails not previously released. 

Hillary, and her staff, are not fully cooperating, as she routinely claims. She declined to cooperate with the investigation by way of her attorney, as have some staffers. 

Discuss 

——JD

UPDATE: Didn’t the report claim her actions were not illegal? How, you might ask, would they know — with an investigation still proceeding?

Answer: the fix is in.

Trump Did Not Know About Gang of Eight Bill When He Announced His Candidacy

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:12 pm

Reassuring!:

He explained the genesis of his heterodox views. “I’m not sure I got there through deep analysis,” he said. “My views are what everybody else’s views are. When I give speeches, sometimes I’ll sign autographs and I’ll get to talk to people and learn a lot about the party.” He says he learned that voters were disgusted with Republican leaders and channeled their outrage. I asked, given how immigration drove his initial surge of popularity, whether he, like Sessions, had considered the RNC’s call for immigration reform to be a kick in the teeth. To my surprise, he candidly admitted that he hadn’t known about it or even followed the issue until recently. “When I made my [announcement] speech at Trump Tower, the June 16 speech,” he said, “I didn’t know about the Gang of Eight. … I just knew instinctively that our borders are a mess.”

We are going to be in the very best of hands.

P.S. Marco Rubio is drooling to give a speech at the convention in favor of Trump, a guy he called a con artist to whom we could not entrust the nuclear codes. I love politicians!

5/25/2016

Katie Couric Gun Documentary Deceptively Edited

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:48 pm

This one is bad. Basically Couric asks a gun group: if you don’t have background checks, how do you prevent felons and terrorists from getting guns? Then the gun group is shown silent for several seconds, looking at each other blankly, and putting their heads down as if ashamed of their lack of an answer. Only — you guessed it! — the footage of them being silent was spliced in. The audio proves they had responses. Check it out at The Free Beacon — and all hail the power of New Media!

Sen. Tom Cotton Summarizes the Awful Career of Harry Reid

Filed under: General — JVW @ 1:37 pm

[guest post by JVW]

As we count down the final months of the odious, loathsome, execrable, Congressional career of Senator Harry Reid — or, as he is often styled here, Hairy Reed — we have plenty of opportunities to lament the ugliness that this vile and cantankerous blowhard jerkwad worm has unleashed into our body politic. It’s not just that Reid is notoriously corrupt, a low-down liar, and a bigoted race-hustler who thinks nothing of bullying private citizens for the imaginary crime of participating in the political process and who has never managed to satisfactorily prove that he is not a pederast. No, the real problem with Reid is that he combines his numbskull demagoguery with shamelessly self-serving partisan tactics. He is such an awful character that even his home exercise equipment appears to rightfully loathe him.

So it was earlier today, as we mark our calendars to reflect that we only have eight more months of suffering through this pompous ass’s malodorous contribution to the debased political culture of these times, that Reid took to the Senate floor to whine about a Defense Appropriations bill which he claims was crafted in secret by Senator John McCain and is laden with earmarks. Reid’s ugly grandstanding proved too much for freshman Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, who took to the floor to deliver a withering broadside against the despicable Nevadan. Watch it in its glorious entirety.

The traditional phony comity in the Senate is archaic, hypocritical, and disgusting. Indeed, following Cotton’s woodshedding of Reid, the Senate Minority Leader took to the floor to refer to Sen. McCain as “my friend” and to laud his service to the country and otherwise regurgitate all the other usual insincere banalities that are the coin of the realm in that chamber. This country needs less of that sort of pro forma pageantry and more of the honest and direct assessment of Congressional dysfunction that Sen. Cotton provided. That’s not to argue that we should devolve into the crude and mindless insults that have become common this election season, it’s merely to suggest that where a truly horrendous colleague like Harry Reid is concerned, Senators need to put aside the Emily Post and start to channel their inner Juvenal: “What can you do when the man himself / Is more dreadful and dire than any accusation you can bring?”

– JVW

5/24/2016

Trump Now Claiming He Never Said He Raised $6 Million for Veterans

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:03 pm

WaPo:

Almost four months after promising $1 million of his own money to veterans’ causes, Donald Trump moved to fulfill that pledge Monday evening — promising the entire sum to a single charity as he came under intense media scrutiny.

. . . .

When asked Tuesday whether he had given the money this week only because reporters had been asking about it, Trump responded: “You know, you’re a nasty guy. You’re really a nasty guy. I gave out millions of dollars that I had no obligation to do.”

Problem is, he claimed he had raised $6 million, and then ponied up around $4.5 million. So he’s short $1.5 million. Which he could easily fill the gap from his supposedly large personal fortune. So, will he?

Thing is, Trump also lied about whether he ever claimed to have raised $6 million:

Trump also said he had never actually promised that the fundraiser had raised $6 million. “I didn’t say six,” he said.

But, in video of the event, Trump tells the crowd, “We just cracked $6 million! Right? $6 million.”

Trump was told that he did, indeed, say “$6 million.”

“Well, I don’t, I don’t have the notes. I don’t have the tape of it,” he said. “Play [the tape] for me. Because I’d like to hear it.” Before the video could be cued up, Trump had moved on.

And the Washington Post had let him. Meanwhile, did he ever answer any questions about being John Miller without hanging up? Nope. That passed and so will this. He’ll tell a different lie and all the dogs in the media will go chase that car instead.

5/23/2016

Politico Employs Classic Methods of Leftist Bias Re the VA Head

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:11 pm

Politico follows the usual lefty playbook when it comes to portraying a screw-up by a member of a Democrat administration. Don’t focus on the screw-up. Focus on the attacks by the political opponents of the guy who made the screw up.

As I observed 12 years ago of the Los Angeles Times (but the criticism holds for any Big Media publication):

When the paper disagrees with criticism of a candidate, it is portrayed as an attack by political opponents. When the paper agrees with the criticism, the criticism becomes a mysterious and disembodied (but ever-growing) entity.

In another old post, I even took an article full of descriptions of attacks by Republicans (“seized on” and “threw [some leftist] on the defensive” and so forth), and rewrote it to show how you could spin it the opposite way.

The Politico piece has the classic “seized on” and “lashed out” formulations, as well as the sympathetic portrayal of the guy from the Democrat administration all hunkered down, just defending himself from all that Republican attacking. I won’t link it. Just Google “Republicans lash out at VA secretary for ‘Disney’ comparison” if you want to read it. Here is an excerpt:

Republicans are lashing out at Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald after he invoked Disney when talking about how veterans’ care should be judged.

McDonald on Monday was talking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast when he referenced the amusement park owner as he hit back at critics focused on long wait times for veterans seeking medical care.

“What really counts is how does the veteran feel about their encounter with the VA. When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is what’s your satisfaction with the experience,” he said.

Republicans quickly seized on the comments, holding them up as the latest example of the Obama administration’s callous approach to veterans.

See? Republicans are “lashing out” and “seized on” the comments, while the VA head simply “hit back” — as you do when you are the victim of a bunch of “lashing out” (which sounds awful mean).

This is how they take some dipshit who isn’t doing squat to help veterans, and who makes a callous and jaw-dropping statement about it, and somehow turn him into the victim. Meanwhile, veterans are dying right and left, but never mind all that.

It’s good to just sit back and analyze this crap from time to time. They never ever stop doing it.

I hate them all.

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