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Thursday, February 18. 2016
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I get so tired of this. It's a lot like the "Romney cut a kid's hair!" stuff. Chelsea and Ivanka are friends. That's why you saw the Trumps with the Clintons. Trump has attacked Hillary more than Cruz has (and more effectively. She will have problems with the War on Women card this election).
Cruz supporters need to realize that should Cruz win the election, he will need everyone's support. If he keeps up with the attacks on Trump (and if his supporters keep calling Trump supporters names), he will not get those votes.
So the problem is the attacks on Trump, not Trump's attacks on other people.
Perhaps if the video was about Trump's attacks on other people, Teri would have had a different response?
I believe it was right after New Hampshire, I happened to turn on the radio as Sean Hannity was interviewing Ted Cruz. For three or four minutes all Cruz did was name call and trash talk Trump. I finally shut it off. It made Cruz sound like an 8th grader. It was very disheartening as Cruz is my guy.
Trump is going to do what he is going to do. It would be nice if Cruz could play the grown up, but I guess that is not going to happen.
I am tired of it also. Most of this stuff has been out for public consumption for years. I've watched enough videos from the 80s and 90s (plus my own memories of this guy from decades ago) that I see pretty much the same guy. In fact 20 or 30 years ago he was using a lot of the same language and same discussion points. Nothing much has changed. I know about his bankruptcies, I know about the eminent domain issue, I know about his marriages and divorces, I know about his past in business. Got it already.
At least one thing is appealing about Trump: he is speaking his mind. He is not memorizing things that others wrote for him and spewing them back in debates. He literally is answering questions as they are given to him with no artifice or pre-planning by campaign lackeys about what will go over well with the voters today. He just says what he thinks.
It is that clear honesty - yes, honesty - that is appealing after years of slick politicians who say anything and everything to get elected.
When you have MORE military voters voting for Trump in SC after his 9/11 and Iraq War remarks, it is clear that it is about Trump's leadership and his ability to get things done. Military members appreciate strength, leadership, and even someone who says a bad word or two.
Wow, you're tired of this. After a couple of months. That sounds similar to people being tired of ALL those other politicians, who are just not delivering for you like you dreamed. I conclude that Trump supporters tire easily. Tired people vote feelings. They reframe bluntness as honesty. They reframe shooting from the hip as "speaking his mind." They reframe long strings of vile accusation as "saying a bad word or two." Business scandals are unimportant because...because...they aren't new.
Because anything more would take too much energy.
No, it's because this is how it always plays out in the primaries. We see everyone's dirty laundry. They dig into all and blanket the airwaves with it. Guess what? Everyone has dirt. Everyone has made bad choices. Everyone has something in their past they are not proud of.
So, no, it doesn't matter to me. It really does not. Remember all the crap thrown at Bush in 2000? Are you saying that I should've NOT voted for him because of the dirt slung at him...some of which was true? What about the revelations now that G.W. Bush used eminent domain to build a parking lot next to a stadium in Texas? What about Jeb's use of eminent domain to toss a veteran off his property?
I mean, really, they ALL have dirt. The question is whether or not you trust the candidate to do what he says he is going to do. Isn't it?
I'm with you. I don't question that someone can change their mind over issues as they age, but I am suspect when they change many large philosophical questions in a relatively short period of time, and that coincides with those positions being advantageous to them at the moment. I also think Trump says what he thinks, etc, but he doesn't seem to know much about most topics. Kids say the darndest things is cute, but for a grownup to try to talk about things like the nuclear triad as a Presidential candidate and not have a clue is not cute or refreshing. It is what it is. He is ill informed. For those who like Trump, Cruz is like him, brutally honest, but better informed.
Trump built his businesses in towns controlled by communists and mafiosi. He had to schmooz with them to do business. What he actually thinks of them is hard to tell.
I'm waiting for the pix with Gotti et al to come out.
PS If you want to know something true about Trump, look at his wives. He is an alpha male. Jeb, on the other hand, is a true gamma. He would be a hapless President.
While I could imagine that paying the Hildebeast to come to your wedding might help firm up some business deal, I'm at a loss how volunteering that he's pro-abortion - even late term - would help. But then maybe it would. Taking that as the case, then it seems the real issue is that a business man feels the need to grease a politician's palm schmooze, that is an issue that a candidate should attack - especially a business man! He is apparently ok with doing business as though he was in a banana republic and accept that that is just the way business is done.
Trump is not a conservative, but then the Republican Party is not a conservative party. It was founded as a radical abolitionist party, and it has had a progressive wing from the git go: Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Hoover, Henry Wallace, Nelson Rockefeller, Nixon, Bush I and II. The Republican Party is a center/left party with a dominant left wing. Conservatives and libertarians support it, because the alternative is a socialist party with a dominant communist wing. Trump is a perfectly good Republican
Agreed. I thought I had made that point here but it was somewhere else on Maggies. The Republican Party claims to be conservative but it is not and as you say, there is nowhere else for conservatives and a few libertarians to go.
My point here is that I imagine a business man would prefer to deal straight with the government and the government to deal straight with him rather than having to pay tribute to politicians and bureaucrats to conduct business. Trump accepts this seemingly without complaint as though this is a corruptocracy. Certainly there is always going to be some element of that but the worse it gets, the worse the business climate and the worse for everyone - other than those who pay and are paid. I would hope that somebody running for president who is intimately aware of the situation would take the opportunity to at least comment on its corrosive nature and pledge to do something about it so we don't end up like Mexico.
What you are saying - and your point is VERY clear - is that it is OK to be a leftist/progessive as long as you call yourself a Republican, i.e. labels matter more than actions.
Sad and Sick
We say that we want people to run for office that are not professional politicians. Then we treat all their past statements as if they were. I believe that people are capable of changing and that their positions can change. There are a lot of men that say that they are pro abortion that find their beliefs change (Gerald Van Der Lueen at American Digest has written on this.) I am inclined to cut Trump some slack on this.
And I found Cruz's attacks at the last debate to be a serious turn off. He doesn't know what Trump would propose as a Supreme Court nominee. What I would like to know is how Cruz would get his nominee confirmed. He seems to have burned a lot of bridges in the Senate.
Trump still believes that the government's use of eminent domain to take private property from one person and give it to another private person or company that they favor, i.e. he favors the Kelo decision. The MOST fundamental job of government in a free society is the protection of property rights. Trump disagrees.
Reagan was buddies with Tip O'Neal. Scalia was buddies with Ginsburg. And believe it or not, they had their pictures taken together in both cases. This video is ridiculous.
All of the Rubio and Cruz supporters better figure it out that unless things change, Trump is the nominee. So either get behind the imperfect Republican or plan on backing the perfect Socialist.