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George Will Goes Over the Side

By 5.3.16

And I like George Will.

But I have to say, the Washington Post columnist is exhibiting a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. As here, in a column titled:

If Trump is nominated, the GOP must keep him out of the White House

In which Will goes further (if that’s possible) than earlier screeds by writing:

Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party’s history. These collaborationists will render themselves ineligible to participate in the party’s reconstruction.

Loose Canons

Time to Tutor Trump

By 5.2.16

George Will, writing in the Washington Post yesterday, said that if Donald Trump is nominated conservatives should help him lose all fifty states. Will wrote that they should do this in order to “…reap the considerable satisfaction of preserving the identity of their 162-year-old party while working to see that they forgo only four years of the enjoyment of executive power.”

Will is wrong, appallingly so. That’s obvious to anyone who values our national security more than the identity of the Republican Party.

Political Hay

Trump Does the Pennsylvania Political Polka

By 4.28.16

Strike up the music the band has begun
The Pennsylvania Polka.
Pick out your partner and join in the fun
The Pennsylvania Polka.
It started in Scranton, it's now No. 1
It's bound to entertain you
Everybody has a mania
To do the polka from Pennsylvania

And so go the beginning lyrics to what is perhaps (qualifier intended for fans of other songs) the unofficial hymn to William Penn’s Commonwealth. Way back there when Gerald Ford was president I recall being at a GOP fundraiser in Philadelphia where Ford and former Pennsylvania Governor and then-Ford UN Ambassador William Scranton were the stars. In the middle of the event, the band conveniently struck up the Pennsylvania Polka, which features the line that “It started in Scranton” — the namesake ancestral hometown of Bill Scranton — and the ex-governor jumped to his feet with wife Mary and actually did the polka to the roar of the crowd.

Political Hay

Ted Cruz’s Kasich Problem

By 4.26.16

I confess I am astounded.

Having written some columns in favor of a Trump-Cruz ticket, knowing that one primary after another has anti-Establishment candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz collectively racking up as much as 80% of the vote, it certainly seemed crystal clear what Republican voters were saying.

Under no circumstances did they want an umpteenth GOP Establishment candidate who was nothing more than Democrat-lite or so tied into the Establishment that one could be sure only that the last thing they would bring to the White House was serious change. Clearly, in the minds of GOP voters Trump and Cruz were the anti-Establishment guys. Hooray!

And then? And then.

Campaign Crawlers

The Donald Comes to My Neck of the Woods

By 4.22.16

The line to get into Harrisburg’s venerable Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center snaked around the huge buildings. It was, to borrow a phrase, “yuge.” And it was still a full three hours early.

After all the fuss about Trump rallies, finally here was one mere miles from my front door. I could see for myself — and I did.

Wow. 

Some 10,000 Pennsylvanians and others would eventually pack inside, and it can be seen here in several places. 

Yes…ahem…that is me The Donald is referring to in the beginning and a few other places. But I’m not writing about this rally for that reason — (although thanks, Donald, for the shout out!)

Culture Vultures

Megyn Kelly and the Liberal Mean Girls Crowd

By 4.19.16

Here’s the headline from Mediaite on April 6th. 

Megyn Kelly on Media’s Trump Obsession: We Should Worry About ‘Our Souls and Journalism’

Here’s the headline from the New York Times on April 13th:

Megyn Kelly Meets With Donald Trump

Kelly said to Katie Couric that “…we all have to worry about numbers to some extent, that’s the reality of TV news in 2016, but we also have to worry about our souls and journalism.”

Then, barely a week later, the Times was reporting this about the state of Kelly’s soul:

Media Matters

Dear Boston Globe

By 4.12.16

Sometimes you just have to laugh at the pathetic nature of a liberal media outlet. In this case, the Boston Globe.

They create an Onion-style front page that in fact is reflective exactly of both liberal hysteria and the bald hypocrisy that infects the left on a massive scale. The whole purpose of the satirical “Trump” front page apparently was to get people to read this editorial with the breathless, pleading headline:

The GOP must stop Trump

And why? This editorial is so rich it deserves an answer. So, letter to the editor style, allow me:

Dear Boston Globe editors:

Wow! What an amazing front page. Where to begin?

Let’s start with the editorial you wanted all of us not in the Ruling Class to read. You have given your readers so much to work with, but let’s start with that faux headline:

DEPORTATIONS TO BEGIN
President Trump calls for tripling of ICE force; riots continue

Political Hay

Cruz’s Goldwateresque Mistake

By 4.8.16

Barry Goldwater was not one to mince words. 

Thus it was that in one news conference circa December 1961 he said this:

“Sometimes I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea.” 

Ouch. President Dwight Eisenhower took the time to caution on saying things like this, telling Goldwater: “Barry, you speak too quick and too loud.” Goldwater is said to have ruefully acknowledged Ike’s advice, saying: “There are words of mine floating around in the air that I would like to reach up and eat.”

Political Hay

Teddy Roosevelt’s Wisdom for Donald Trump

By 4.5.16

Donald Trump has a problem with women.

So say the sages of the political elites in both parties and throughout the media. Samples? Here’s Gallup with a poll out on April Fools’ Day — excuse me, April 1st — headlined:

Seven in 10 Women Have Unfavorable Opinion of Trump

The accompanying report begins this way: 

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Donald Trump’s image among U.S. women tilts strongly negative, with 70% of women holding an unfavorable opinion and 23% a favorable opinion of the Republican front-runner in March. Trump’s unfavorable rating among women has been high since Gallup began tracking it last July, but after rising slightly last fall, it has increased even further since January.

And Trump and Hispanics? As they say in Brooklyn, fuhgettaaboutit. As the Washington Post, taking a break from its almost rabid anti-Trump editorials, informs here:

Coulter, Gingrich Distancing from Donald Trump?

By on 3.29.16 | 11:24AM

It's looking more and more like Trump will fall behind in Wisconsin — especially now that Scott Walker has announced his support for Ted Cruz, and the "Dean of Conservative Talk Radio in Wisconsin wasted the Donald in an interview yesterday — and more and more as though Cruz is pulling even with Trump in California. The Donald desperately needs to take big chunks of both states if he has even a bare hope of winning the Republican nomination outright, but his hope is slowly fading.

But is "Trumpmentum" really slowing? The national poll numbers can only indicate so much. The real indication that people might finally be falling off the #TrumpTrain could be the high profile endorsers...who are slowly coming to terms with their full-throated defense the New York billionaire, apparently as a result of Trump's tweet disparaging Heidi Cruz.

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