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February 29, 2016


Anne J

You would think that among what passes for the adults in the republican monkey cage, one, just one of them would take some kind of responsibility for what they helped bring forth. How can they be so blind as not to see what is so obvious? They can't be. Do they think that ignoring the fact of their decades long complicity in inflicting the orange menace on the country lets them off the hook? Apparently it does, because they're still writing and they're still shilling.

Peter G

I can think of nothing more delightful in this election cycle than watching the rats scurrying aboard the stinking ship. And as much pleasure as I derive from reading your pearls of wisdom and their attendant links the gory mayhem of Redstate has its own fascinations. Can anything be sweeter than watching its denizens thrash about in all directions as the very strategy they've pushed forever brings them to their knees? Pete Sessions has joined the Trump parade and has gone from a highly regarded conservative (they grade all legislators with every mention) to an inconsequential bum of suspect intelligence. In a more general way the one time rabid conservative hoards with which they intended to beat their impure party into conservative submission have magically transformed into hoards of ignorant bumpkins armed with torches and pitchforks that, goddammit, are roaring outside their own gated community.

It wasn't supposed to be this way! One of their elected politicians, a Cruz preferably, but a Rubio or some such at need, was supposed to be determined by them and set at the head of the pitchfork parade. First to take the party and then the country back from the forces of evil. One can only wonder why they would preach endlessly about the venality and unwholesomeness of party politicians for the screaming barbarians at the gate heard that part loud and clear.

Peter G

You'd think would be true. But I think they've got that guy tied up in a back room with a bag over his head. It looks to me like their unofficial campaign motto for the forthcoming presidential election is going to be Look What You Made Us Do!


One facet of Trump's borderline personality is that it drags down people who empathize with him in any way. Will's "a drunk with a bullhorn reading aloud James Joyce’s 'Finnegans Wake' under water" is the Republican intellectual's equivalent of Rubio accusing Trump of wetting his pants. George is still clueless about the game Trump is playing too. That can be taken from "His obvious aim is to chill free speech, for the comfort of the political class". No. His obvious aim is to display contempt for the media, for the incitement of his followers. The media is held in contempt by the public only slightly less than politicians.

Btw, Turgidson is right that Ben Domenech, along with other Federalist flacks, is now one of the important voices of the right.

David & Son of Duff

Well, indeed, all might not be well on the good ship 'Republican Party' but at least it has a crew on board! On the Democrat ship, by contrast, the crew appear to be deserting as as they can:

"Many commentators have noticed that blacks constituted a higher percentage of South Carolina Democratic voters this year, 65 percent according to the exit poll, than they did in 2008, 55 percent. But this represents not a surge of blacks into the electorate, but rather the fact that black turnout declined by only 18 percent, whereas white turnout fell nearly in half, by 44 percent."

Or put another way:

"Democrats in 2016 are only getting about two-thirds of the primary votes that they received eight years ago.

Republican turnout in the South Carolina primary, by contrast, was up more than 70 percent from 2008.

South Carolina's turnout numbers are not an anomaly. They're consistent with other primaries to date. Republicans are psyched. Democrats are demoralized."

Both those quotes which appeared at The American Thinker are from different commentators.

Peter G

Let us agree where we can. To Trump's hoards someone like Will is merely another effete intellectual telling them they are dumb. I expect that will have the usual effect.

Peter G

Ah! I think I see your point. The surge in Republican primary turnout represents not anxiety over what is about to happen to them but enthusiasm for their excellent field of circular firing squad shooters. And that when the slanging is done they all embrace in brotherly love and sing Kumbiah on the way to victory. While the lower Democratic turnout represents not a belief that things are proceeding in an orderly way and Hillary has a lock but an apathetic stupor that will persist into the election. Unfortunately David this scenario requires that the Republican candidate say absolutely nothing between the time they become the candidate and the election. Or somehow find a way to appeal to the primordial instincts of their hoard without anybody else overhearing.

I would describe this philosophy not so much as whistling past the graveyard as singing a merry tune while sitting next to your own open grave. Dream on.

David & Son of Duff

I'm not "dreaming" about anything, Peter, although the thought of a Trump presidency gives me nightmares to the extreme point that if it comes down to him or 'HillBilly' I would cover my eyes, block my ears (my dear, that voice!), hold my nose and vote for her - if I had a vote, of course.

Incidentally, I see reports today that Trump could beat her in New York!

David & Son of Duff

And by the way, this quotation amused me:

"The two, chief enemies of the free society or free enterprise are intellectuals, on the one hand, and businessmen, on the other, for opposite reasons. Every intellectual believes in freedom for himself, but he’s opposed to freedom for others. . . . He thinks . . . [that] there ought to be a central planning board that will establish social priorities. . . . The businessmen are just the opposite — every businessman is in favor of freedom for everybody else, but, when it comes to himself that’s a different question. He’s always “the special case”. He ought to get special privileges from the government, a tariff, this, that, and the other thing. . ."

Guess who said that.

Peter G

I've seen reports that the earth is flat and the moon composed of green cheese.

Peter G

No need to guess, that was Milton Friedman the freshwater Keynesian economist. As far as it goes he is probably right. Guess which party is loaded with ideologically driven intellectuals and a very powerful business wing? Your turn.

David & Son of Duff

Well, with Bernie and 'Hillbilly, I guess you mean the Democrats!

Peter G

You would preserve your batting average of being always wrong. I can respect that. But it is nice to see you approvingly cite a Keynesian economist. That's progress.


You're right. However, what's more interesting is Will's state of mind. He more represents the thinking of the type of person that controls the R party, and he's still not coping well at all.

David & Son of Duff

It would depend, Peter, on what you mean by 'Keynesian', the slippery fellow changed his mind about so many things, er, that's Keynes, by the way, not Friedman.


In a stunning report by the New York Times, Republican sources confirm that party leadership is planning to destroy Trump and give Hillary Clinton the win rather than let him have control of the GOP.

To rally depressed Republicans, McConnell has hatched an unthinkable tactical retreat: Let Hillary Clinton win and focus on maintaining control over the Senate.

Clinton is who the rethuglicans want. Wonder why. Oh right it's pragmatic.
More of the same

The Dark Avenger

"When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?"

"The very stupid have one thing in common. They don't change their views to fit the facts. They change the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs changing."

The Dark Avenger

"The very powerful and the very stupid"

David & Son of Duff

And yet ... and yet ... The Boston Herald reports that in Mass. 20,000 Dems have left the Party and either joined the Trump bandwagon or become independents.

The Dark Avenger

Except it seems to be an error, not some sort of mass leaving of the MA Democratic Party:

Secretary of State, William Galvin, a Democrat, said he is concerned that as many as 20,000 people who meant to register as “unenrolled” instead mistakenly registered for the United Independent Party, a party established by Evan Falchuk, an attorney who ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2014.

If you’re registered as an unenrolled voter, you can choose which party ballot to pull on primary day. But if you’re registered with a specific party, you can only vote in that party’s primary. There is no candidate running for president from the United Independent Party.

“Unfortunately, voters who may not be that sophisticated, when they see the word ‘independent,’ think they’re independent, they can do whatever they want,” Galvin told WBUR’s Newscast Unit. “Which, if they were a true unenrolled independent, they could, but not a member of [Falchuk’s] party. So we’re trying to fix it as best as we can.”

Peter G

They want her so bad they are about to spend more money than has ever been spent in the history of humanity trashing the one person they secretly want to be president. Apparently she's like a Mogwai with water. If the Bernie Bros keep stabbing her in the back and the Republicans stab the in the front she just transforms into something more powerful and dangerous.

But there is an element of truth in what you say. It is a retreat by the Republicans to try and save something from the wreckage of a Clinton landslide. That doesn't mean they want the landslide.

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