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CNN: GOP Establishment Plots ‘Trump Takedown’

By 9.1.15

CNN is on the case. (And yes, full disclosure, I am now a CNN commentator.)

As discussed on John King’s Inside Politics, and seen here on the CNN website, the main headline reads:

GOP establishment plans Trump takedown

The sub-head reads:

An anti-Trump ad deluge after Labor Day?

And the story says:

It’s no secret the Republican establishment is unnerved by Donald Trump and his lead in national and key state polls.

And now, after weeks of assuming his support would be fleeting, there is a debate about how to take aim at Trump -- and just who should finance such an effort.

CNN’s Maeve Reston noted that most GOP strategists see risks in having the attacks come from the other candidates or their directly affiliated super PACs. So, she reports, there is conversation about what other group might raise money for anti-Trump TV ads.

Hillary Clinton “Very Accessible” At $1000-Per-Plate Dinner

By on 8.31.15 | 4:58PM

Hillary Clinton is a very accessible human being, at least according to a woman who paid $1,000 for the chance to eat rubber chicken and rub elbows in the Hamptons with the Democratic Presidential candidate. 

Hillary, herself, is in East Hampton for a much-needed vacation away from the filthy masses, and while there, she's raising money from her rich neighbors. The fundraiser in question was held on the grounds of the Patricof estate, owned by venture capitalist Alan Patricof, chairman of Apex Partners. Guest feasted on incredibly expensive chocolate chip pancakes, as their precious little hooligans played in a private petting zoo. The adults engaged in witty banter about current events, the mimosas were flowing, and Hillary Clinton was her charming, bubbly self - to people who were writing checks, of course.

 

Fundraisers Bail on Jeb!

By on 8.29.15 | 5:28PM

Politico is reporting that three of Jeb!’s fundraisers have quit the former Florida governor’s campaign. (One of these fundraisers carries the last name of Money — good grief, even Charles Dickens didn’t stoop to this.)

I can’t help but be amused by the guy who attempted to account for the departures on the basis of personality conflicts rather than on the obvious fact that candidate Jeb! is going nowhere. And going there very expensively. The latest polls put his support in the mid-single-digits. He currently resembles Alice in her shrinking phase.

This should come as no surprise as Jeb! has strategically positioned himself precisely 180 degrees out from the conservative Republican base on important issues, and as a campaigner he’s a bigger bore than W’s last dry well.

Hillary Clinton: Republicans Want to Put Immigrants in ‘Boxcars’

By on 8.28.15 | 4:06PM

Very few people called Hillary Clinton out on her "Republicans are terrorists" comment from yesterday, so she appears to be doubling down on the inappropriate historical allusions. 

Today, though, instead of saying that Republicans were just like those guys in the Middle East who sell women into sex slavery, mutilate their genitals, gang rape them repeatedly and then sell their organs on the black market for cash, she noted that Republicans who oppose immigration reform are just like those Nazis who rounded up Europe's Jewish population in railroad cars bound for concentration camps.  

Clinton was asked by a reporter how she would handle the millions of illegal immigrants currently in the country. “Well, I’m glad you asked me that,” she responded. “Because I know that there are some on the other side who are seriously advocating to deport 11-12 million people who are working here.”

The Morning Spectacle: Best Buddies

By on 8.28.15 | 10:16AM

The weekend is so close you can taste it.

In Our Sights

House Majority leader John Boehner would do well to remember that people carry cell phones with them to donor dinners now. And the ones who don't don't necessarily have similar feelings about Ted Cruz

Speaking of, while Democrats are busily whipping votes to get the Iran deal past a Republican blockade in the Senate, Ted Cruz is taking matters into his own hands. The circus comes to town on September 9th, tentatively.

Flashback

Trump’s No Chump (From February 2000)

By 8.28.15

(This review is taken from The American Spectator’s February 2000 issue.)

The America We Deserve
Donald J. Trump with Dave Shiflett
Renaissance Books / 286 pages / $24.95

Reviewed by Dave Shiflett

Editors’ note: No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you: This review is indeed written by the writer who co-wrote the book under review. The age of New Politics demands new approaches. So enjoy this New Review.

President Trump—now there’s a bold concept for this new millennium.

It’s not for everyone. Donald J. Trump, the nation’s most flamboyant billionaire, has deeply alarmed the political class by threatening to wade into its most sacred process and buy its most exalted office-without its permission! Politics Inc. is outraged. Murdoch’s Beltway Standard goes so far as to call Trump a chump—on its front page! Other Toadtown analysts, including the Washington Post’s fashion writer, insist the man has no substance.

Hillary Clinton: Republicans Are Totally Like ISIS Terrorists

By on 8.27.15 | 5:40PM

A couple of weeks ago, Republican legislators took on the task of "defunding Planned Parenthood," a measure that was generally doomed to failure, but designed to make a statement that doing things like chopping up aborted babies and shipping them off for science experiements, were part of a looser definition of "womens health" than most people are typically comfortable with. A few states ultimately succeeded in revoking state-based funding for Planned Parenthood, and several attorneys general are investigating claims that Planned Parenthood is collecting more than just reimbursements for supplying lots of baby livers and brains.

But, according to Hillary Clinton, who, by virtue of being a woman who happens to be running for President and is, therefore, the only candidate with any concern for women's needs, anyone who would question Planned Parenthood's decision to cut into a baby's face while its heart is beating is basically the same as ISIS "rebels" who round up women for sex slavery, behead thousands of "apostates" in the Middle East, and finance their operation with black market organs they take from their prisoners. 

Most People Associate The Word “Liar” With “Hillary Clinton”

By on 8.27.15 | 12:05PM

Quinnipiac is probably in the bag for Bernie Sanders (and who wouldn't be after that dramatic spoken word performance we posted in the Spectacle yesterday?), so take the results with a grain of salt, but according to a poll they released this morning, the top word people associate with Hillary Clinton is, "Liar."

This is basically Hillary Clinton's worst week ever, you guys. Somebody send the poor lady some shoes. Or a box of wine.

Those are a lot of negative adjectives. For every "experience," there's about a hundred "dishonest"s. And while a few people managed to call her "brilliant," a couple people are still convinced she's been hiding bodies, not just email servers. 

The Morning Spectacle: On The Upswing

By on 8.27.15 | 8:58AM

In Our Sights

Jeb Bush has an education reform plan that's definitely different from Barack Obama's. But only if you consider that Jeb Bush's plan not only pays for two years of community college, it also pays back everyone who doesn't eventually graduate. Because if there was one flaw with Obama's plan, it was that it wasn't expensive enough.

In a meeting with Republican leaders, Donald Trump promised not to run as an independent if he doesn't get the Republican nomination. Probably. Okay, no he definitely won't run as an independent. Maybe. As far as he knows. Now.

Media Matters

Jorge Ramos Gets Trumped

By 8.27.15

Jorge Ramos played the race card in an Iowa press conference.

Donald Trump would have none of it. Bravo.

So as the scene unfolded on CNN, there is Donald Trump in Iowa, holding a press conference.

And from off screen comes this insistent voice — barely heard as there was no microphone for the unidentified speaker. But even barely heard it was clear whoever it was had a cause to promote — an agenda. Trump, the anti-Hillary who repeatedly talks to reporters of all stripes, all networks, all publications, was clearly in the process of calling on another reporter. The speaker was having none of this. He demanded attention from Trump — right NOW! 

As it came clear that Trump — no Bernie Sanders he — was not going to be bullied by whomever and would actually run his own press conference — the cameras pulled back to reveal the rude guy.

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