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Video: Robert Reich Endorses Cruz

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:28 pm

Sort of. At least, Robert Reich explains why you should vote for Ted Cruz.

“I’m Ted Cruz, and I approved this message.”

Thanks to John Hitchcock.

P.S. The line about Cruz approving the message is a joke.

Open Thread: South Carolina Results

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:13 pm

Polls are closed and results are starting to come in. Me, I will stay glued to the Decision Desk HQ, in particular the South Carolina GOP results (obviously). Their Twitter feed is here.


Who would have ever thought it, at the beginning of this campaign?

Donald Trump Says One Thing But Does Another. So What’s New?

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:07 am

[guest post by Dana]

Hypocrisy. It appears to be a theme today! Hypocrites abound on the left, the right, and those who maniacally dance all across the board like Donald Trump. The candidate, whose “Make America Great Again” campaign focuses on bringing jobs back to America (from China, Mexico, and elsewhere), continually boasts:

I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. I’ll bring back our jobs and I’ll bring back our money.

Now he is calling for a boycott against Apple until the company cooperates with officials. This reminds of Trump’s speech at Liberty University last month, when he promised:

“We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries.”

And in the same speech, the self-proclaimed “free-trader” said:

Free trade is good. But we have to do it [force them back to the US]. Or we won’t have a country left.

All of which strikes me as funny, because:




Justice Scalia And The Hypocrisy of Democrats

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:07 am

[guest post by Dana]

President Obama and Mrs. Obama paid their respects to Justice Scalia at the Supreme Court yesterday. It took less than two minutes. Which is a whole lot better than having to sit through a long, boring funeral, right??

While Josh Earnest was evasive a few days ago when asked whether golf is on the president’s schedule for today, he indicated yesterday how the president will spend at least part of his weekend. Perhaps between tee-off times:

On Friday, Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said that Mr. Obama intends to spend much of his weekend digging through information about possible nominees to the Supreme Court.

“The president’s team over the course of this week has spent a lot of time preparing materials for the president’s review,” Mr. Earnest said. Mr. Obama will spend a “significant portion” of his weekend reviewing those materials, he said.

President Obama’s own hypocrisy notwithstanding, he has made it clear that he believes the Senate has an obligation to act on any nominee he brings forth, right here and now, and for the Senate not to act is yet another example of Republican obstructionism. But, of course, when he was in the Senate, it was different:

We also know that Hillary Clinton believes the same as the president:


But Clinton goes even farther, at least by saying publicly that any delay is typical Republican racism at work. Because when Republicans adhere to the Constitution oppose President Obama, it can be for no other reason.

And Harry Reid also agrees with the president:

“If my Republican colleagues proceed down this reckless path, they should know that this act alone will define their time in the majority,” Reid wrote. “Thinking otherwise is fantasy. If Republicans proceed, they will ensure that this Republican majority is remembered as the most nakedly partisan, obstructionist and irresponsible majority in history.”

But Harry Reid, like Hillary Clinton and President Obama, is just one more big, fat hypocrite.

And let’s not forget Chuck Schumer, who in 2007 certainly sang a different tune than he does today:

Hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat. These are loathsome people, but *by not attending the service for Justice Scalia today, the president loses out on an opportunity to at least give the appearance of meaning it when he lamented his inability to “reduce the polarization and the meanness in our politics.”. I’m not even talking about him leaving the vacancy appointment to the next president, but just attending the funeral of one of the most brilliant and profound jurists of our day. Had he been able to muster up the dignity and selflessness to attend, and in spite of his political differences with Justice Scalia, President Obama could have demonstrably taken the high road and reminded the nation that an extraordinary American, who worked tirelessly to uphold and protect the U.S. Constitution, deserves to be honored. Unfortunately, the high road is bereft of the pettiness and polarization and meanness in politics that are the lifeblood of this president.

So, ultimately, it’s best that the president opt out of today. Because if he did attend, there is no doubt that his hypocrisy, deceit, and lack of respect for the Constitution would accompany him, tainting that upon which Justice Scalia stood.

*This assumes that the Scalia family made no request that President Obama not attend the services. I haven’t been able to find any confirmation of such a request.


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