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Telling The Truth About Trump Is Not Why We Lose

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I am happy to say that I was out in front of telling conservatives to rid themselves of the stench of Donald Trump over a year ago. Here is some of what I wrote:

There is no nice way to say this: Donald Trump is a clown. He’s a charlatan who cares about one thing, and one thing only: Donald Trump.

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I’ve never taken Trump seriously, and I have no fears at all about him winning the GOP nomination in 2016. But it’s increasingly difficult to take seriously the organizations and media outlets that allow this buffoon to pretend he’s actually a conservative.

If they’re stupid enough to buy the snake oil he’s selling, I don’t want any part of it.

I am still not worried about him winning the nomination. Despite his current numbers, the fanfare will wear off after some time. We saw the same thing play itself out in 2011. It may go longer this time largely because people already have a familiarity with Trump. The country is not seeing him for the first time.

Still, the push-back against people who have warned that Trump is a fraud has been ferocious and it comes from people who claim they do not even support The Donald in his presidential bid. They say that, but latch on to whatever stupid thing Trump is spouting like you used to see in those old E.F. Hutton commercials.

Early on, criticism of Donald Trump was limited to Trump himself. Trump is not a conservative. He’s not even really a Republican. He’s an opportunist that has largely supported Democrats and liberal causes in the past and still does today. But he said some things about immigration and that got some people to run around in a tizzy like Lorraine McFly, asking her friends about Marty, “Isn’t he a dreamboat?” It also made their knees jerk in response to criticism, so much so that they took any criticism of Trump personally and started lashing out like you’d said something about their mother.

The problem is not with the critics. If a friend of mine came to me and said, “I got this email. The attorney for some Nigerian price wants me to help them free up funds. If I allow them to deposit some of that money in my account I get to keep some of it,” I’d calmly explain how it was a scam and to stay away. If he told me again that he thought it was a good deal, I’d be more firm in telling him he was going to be ripped off.

If he still insisted and told me he was going to send them his banking information, I’d say to him, “Well then you’re a goddamned idiot.”

There really is not much difference as it relates to Trump. There are only so many times you can tell people what a joke he is before you start to realize the people still buying his nonsense aren’t all that bright.

There has been no shortage of butt hurt coming from the corners of the site that bears the name of Andrew Breitbart. Recently, GOP consultant Rick Wilson has taken to the airwaves and pages of Politico and IJ Review to excoriate Donald Trump and supporters who seem happy to be taken in by the charlatan. Well, that was too much for BannonBart’s John Nolte. He responded by writing up this half-assed piece where he tries to be amusing and also claims that what Rick is doing with respect to Trump is why Republicans lose.

First off, in laying the groundwork for his screed, Nolte remarks the GOP has lost the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 elections. This is easily dismissed as it has nothing to do with anything he’s whining about:

1. In 2000, Al Gore should have won in a walk. Simple as that. That he lost the electoral college vote was pretty remarkable.

2. George W. Bush did not win in 2004 simply because it was a time of “war.” He won because of a superior Get Out the Vote operation and he came up against a pretty weak opponent in John Kerry. GWB was beatable. It just didn’t happen.

3. Obama would have beaten any Republican candidate in 2008. It was a year for Democrats and Obama was not going to lose.

4. Obama won largely the same way GWB won in 2004. Great GOTV operation and a weak candidate.

If Nolte wants to believe this is all the fault of GOP consultants than perhaps he can point out which candidates would have done a better job. In 2000, GWB’s only competition was…..John McCain. In 2008, McCain’s main competition after Giuliani dropped out was….Mitt Romney.

He then goes on to hit Marco Rubio, proclaiming after he was elected that “the first thing” he did was to join up with the Gang of 8 in their immigration reform plan. I was critical of Rubio on that front but it didn’t happen until 2013, a full two years after Rubio took office and after he was voting against Obama’s spending bills.

And then Nolte gets to the heart of the matter. Whenever

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you’re talking with a Trumplestiltskin about Trump being awful for the GOP, it won’t be long before they are shouting, “Oh, and who do you support? Jeb?!?!” Sure enough, Nolte went there with Wilson:

Like an embittered Gollum-In-Glasses protecting “My Precious” Jeb, Rick Wilson, a top Republican media consultant, appeared on CNN last night to hurl criticism mixed with a lot of faux-macho ad-hominem at Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Did you guffaw at the Lord of The Rings analogy? Me neither. Still, leaving aside Nolte’s swipes at Rubio and Jeb, that still leaves 14 other candidates including Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, etc.

The conversation in these cases almost always turns to “the base” and how RINO hack losers like Rick Wilson cannot stand “the base.” Of course, the base is hard to define these days. I consider myself to be the base. But I think Trump is a charlatan and a clown. Therefore, I am a RINO squish faggot according to some of the “real conservatives” out there.

“The base” has become a spin-off of sorts, similar to the ultra-violent IRA splinter group that Sean Bean was part of in ‘Patriot Games.’ They’re doing their best to kill the GOP from the inside, running around screaming, “IT DOES MOTTER!” (Irish accent) when something doesn’t go their way.

If Nolte wants to get worked up over polls with 300 GOP primary voters, fine. But don’t give us this nonsense that Rick Wilson is the reason we lose. There is more danger of losing not these crank “base” voters, but voters on the fence. Voters who haven’t been a part of the process but see what damage Obama has done. I am more worried about losing those voters than some mythical faction of the GOP that would ignore a candidate like Ted Cruz, who actually brings some conservative bona fides to the table, than a clown like Donald Trump.

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By day, Jay is a supply chain analyst for a company in the Atlanta area. He lives in Canton, GA with his wife Sylvia, their two teenagers, Michael and Ally and their idiotic dog, Lucky. Jay has been following politics closely since 1992 when he was a moderate Democrat. It was Bill Clinton’s lie about a middle class tax cut that pushed Jay over the edge to conservatism and celebrated when the GOP gained control of Congress entirely in November 1994. Jay also loves photography. You can see that work at Caruso Photography.

41 Comments

    • Mike Lion

      August 18, 2015

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      With regard to the elections of 2004 and 2012: both winners were incumbents with united parties behind them. Only 5 times (since 1900) have incumbent presidents lost reelection; each time their party was divided or faced a third party challenge. (The 5 “losers” were Taft, Hoover, Ford, Carter, and Bush 41.)

      Sometimes an incumbent wins in spite of a divided party (Truman 1948).

      With regard to the election of 2000: only once since WWII has a party won three straight terms: the 1988 election of Bush 41after 2 terms of Reagan. Otherwise it has been two terms and out for both parties. Reagan was an effective and popular president. Obama: not so much.

  1. FlameCCT

    August 17, 2015

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    I would suggest taking another look at your analysis. The Republican base is tired of the lies from politicians, especially those like Boehner and McConnell. The consultants are connected with the candidates and the Republican Establishment. Moreover it appears that the Republican Establishment is just as Progressive (USA’s version of Marxism) as the Democrat Party and both attack Conservative, Liberals, and Libertarians. When one evaluates the actions of the current leadership in both the House or Senate as well as the Republican Establishment; one sees them supporting Progressive actions and punishing those who oppose them. This leads to the image of Republicans as no different than Democrats and the rise of support for someone like Trump.

    I would prefer a Conservative candidate however I will accept a Libertarian or even Liberal over the Progressive candidates supported by the Progressive controlled Republican Establishment.

  2. Kauf Buch

    August 17, 2015

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    So…WHO IS YOUR PREFERRED CANDIDATE?
    And, how do you suggest s/he should/can win?

    ANYONE can throw spitballs from the balcony, as you do in this article.

    The DEMs are Marxists.
    The GOP Establishment are enablers of the aforementioned DEMs.

    So…what is YOUR PROPOSAL to break America free of this political pestilence?

  3. Hank Scorpio

    August 17, 2015

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    “The Republican base is tired of the lies from politicians…”

    I don’t think that is true at all, at least not Trump voters. They are swallowing up Trump’s lies and backing the RINOest RINO of the RINO wing of the GOP Presidential field. (That’s a 3 RINO rating, maybe if Trump makes it classy he can get that 4th RINO). What other description can be applied to a guy that voted for Obama? What actual conservative missed that train wreck coming down the tracks back in ’08. Of course the answer is none.

    The best part is they love him because he’s “doesn’t care what people say” and “can’t be bought”. How they miss that he doesn’t care what they think either is beyond me. They are allegedly sick of politicians saying one thing and doing another so they back a guy that says things completely outside his political history because…they like what he says!

    But I’m not so sure they are the real ‘base’. Being angry at the GOP leadership does not necessarily make you part of the GOP base. That describes Obama, too. I’ve been reading what they say for a few weeks not and don’t notice much of what I call conservatism. I spend the last 2 days trying to advocate for small gov’t approaches to immigration and got told we need big gov’t solutions because Trump said so from Trumplets. Often in words that the internet probably should have turned in to a Crayon font. Lots of White Supremacist undertones when they talk actual issues—which they don’t do much. They don’t care he’s advocated gun grabbing or single payer healthcare (on the debate stage, no less!!) or any of the other lefty positions he’s taken, voted for Obama or is chummy with the Clintons. He’s one of them anyways. Any one of those things is a dis-qualifier with every conservative I’ve ever known.

  4. Cliffyk

    August 17, 2015

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    The more the establishment rails against him the stronger my support becomes. He scares the crap out of the liberals, the RINOS and people like the author of this piece–and I like that because they need to have the crap scared out of them:

    “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.””

    • exiled on main st.

      August 18, 2015

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      We rightly make fun of leftists because they are driven by emotions and feelings. “I feel like I’m sooooo caring because I voted for Obama!” “Stop it! You’re offending me! You can’t say that!”

      But it looks like some people on our side are just as driven by emotion as the left. “The more you hate on Trump, the more I love him, because GFY so there!!” People who have disowned other candidates because they disagree with them on one issue forgive Trump anything, because it’s so much fun to see him throwing spitballs at he GOPe and media. Well, yeah, it is kinda fun. But, as an earlier commenter wrote, he’s going to throw spitballs at all his followers as well, and then it won’t be so much fun. I fully understand the anger against the GOPe – supporting someone who is not a conservative is not the solution to the problem. In all honesty, I don’t know what the solution is. I don’t trust any of them. I really don’t trust Trump.

    • Jay Caruso

      August 18, 2015

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      Oh that’s another one that omitted. I criticize Trump the ass-clown because he “scares” me. The only thing that scares me is EIGHT FUCKING YEARS OF HILLARY CLINTON and if Trump is the nominee, Hillary will party harder than she normally does.

      • Anonymous Coward

        August 18, 2015

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        You are scared because you have not yet given up on America the way many people did after the American people decided they wanted four more years of the worst President in American history in November of 2012. If you saw things like the acquiescence to Iran with nuclear weapons and the consequent nuclear arms race in the Middle East as inevitable at that point, you have gotten beyond fear to resignation at this point.

        The best comment I have read on Donald Trump is that you are not a fool if you support him but you are a fool if you believe him.

      • FlameCCT

        August 20, 2015

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        Hey Jay,
        The only ass-clown I’ve seen in this whole debacle has been the Progressive Republican Establishment and their psycophants (specifically spelled that way.) I said above, Trump is exposing the Progressives in the Republican Party that have taken the conservative base for granted for far too long. I would also suggest that if the Republicans choose someone like Cruz then Trump will support the candidate, however if they choose another Progressive Republican Establishment candidate like Bush then he will not support the candidate.

  5. RightWay79

    August 18, 2015

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    Amen, Brother Jay!
    In my darker, more tinfoil hat-ty moments, I swear that the Progressive Left has inserted subliminal messages into the Breitbart sites and truly hardline Talk Radio shows.

    Trump has to…. HAS TO be a Progressive plot to destroy Conservatism…. right?

    That the people defending Trump(!?) are so vicious in their protection of him just baffles my mind. It honestly make no logical sense.

    The only reasoning they seem to have is: “We’re ANGRY”.

    Oh…. ok. Then , by all means go ahead and support a fake Conservative. That makes perfect sense.

    I’ve tried to keep my tongue and be civil… but the vitriol being spewed at anyone who criticizes Trump is really starting to get to me. How can we get people to wise up? And is it too late?

    Not to cast aspersions on all of Trump’s supporters… but, I haven’t really had to go too deep into comments on Conservative web sites in order to get into arguments with honest to goodness White Nationalists. Not gonna lie…. it is scary out there in the comment sections of the Breitbart sites (and Hot Air and Daily Caller).

    What’s a(n actual) Conservative to do when the ‘movement’ has been hijacked by Populists, Nativists, and Nationalists?

    • FlameCCT

      August 20, 2015

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      I would suggest continue to support a Conservative candidate instead of Progressive Republican Establishment candidates like Bush, Christie, Kasich and some other questionable candidates who’ve made deals with Progressives.

  6. J.J. Sefton

    August 18, 2015

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    And yet he’s in the lead. Trump’s candidacy and its effect says more about the sorry state of the GOP-establishment than it does about Trump.

    Here’s a question Jay:

    If Donald Trump does win the nomination, will you stand behind him and support him? Will you at least hold your nose and cast your vote for him like the rest of us stupid, unwashed proles did for Mitt, McStains, Dole, Dubya, Ford etc., ad nauseum?

    I can’t wait for the shoe to be on the other foot and (rhetorically) kick you and those like you in the ass.

    • V the K

      August 18, 2015

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      I don’t embrace the Trump phenomenon. But if I were part of the GOP, instead of attacking Trump’s supporters, I would be looking at their enthusiasm and wondering why my preferred candidates don’t get that kind of energy. I would be carefully studying his messaging and techniques to see if I could learn something from them that might improve my candidates electoral prospects.

      I guess that’s why I’m just a moron in flyover country instead a wealthy Republican consultant.

  7. Paul

    August 18, 2015

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    “The more the establishment rails against him the stronger my support becomes. ”

    My six-year old daughter has stronger reasoning skills than this.

  8. V the K

    August 18, 2015

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    The GOP-e are still the world champion grand masters of “not getting it.” The only reason Trump has legs is because the GOP-e has screwed over the conservative base too many times. McConnell and Boehner have done nothing but rubber stamp Obama’s agenda since winning congressional majorities. (Obamacare – fully funded. Executive Amnesty – fully funded. Obamatrade – passed. Planned Parenthood – Fully funded.)

    The GOP-e is forever chasing after “moderates and independents” and done so by watering down their candidates to the degree that they stand for nothing. Caruso can spin all he wants, but since 1992 the GOP has always nominated an “electable moderate” and lost the popular vote in 6 out of 7 elections.

    • Jay Caruso

      August 18, 2015

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      I’m sorry but what does Boehner & McConnell have to do with ignoring actual conservative candidates like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal?

      And “the GOP” doesn’t nominate candidates. GOP voters do. Your ire is being directed at the wrong people.

      • V the K

        August 18, 2015

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        Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are relevant because they are the de facto leaders of the GOP, and they lead GOP majorities in Congress; majorities that have acquiesced to Obama on Every Major Issue.

        A fish rots from the head; and the failure (or betrayal) of the leadership flows down to the party as a whole. A lot of people formerly inclined to vote GOP are going Fox Mulder; we trust no one.

        For the record, I don’t support Trump. My preferences (in order) are Paul, Walker, Cruz. But like a stray dog that’s been hurt too many times, I don’t even trust the guys I support.

      • Geoff Holden

        August 20, 2015

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        ‘“the GOP” doesn’t nominate candidates. GOP voters do.’ then I guess you don’t remember the names Chris McDaniel or Dr. Milton Wolf, huh? for a “real elitist” you are pretty uninformed.

  9. Jakee308

    August 18, 2015

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    yeah. That’s how you persuade people to listen to your arguments. Call them names, tell them they’re stupid and then mock them.

    Let’s spell this out; Trump fans don’t trust him or necessarily believe he’s going to do or be able to do what he’s saying. We just like the fact that he’s saying this stuff. And making a pointed argument about building a barrier and enforcing the laws. Because unless you’re brain dead, there is no earthly reason for the United States to continue to allow so many people to come here and drive the price of labor down, inflate our welfare rolls, burden out schools and municipal services, increase crime and the cost of incarceration of those criminals.

    None. Except to moneyed interests and political manipulation of the electorate (that’s the Democrats getting more votes by importing more voters who will likely vote Democrat. And don’t say they can’t vote because in many states they can either legally or illegally and we know how much they respect our laws)

    So we see our country about to be invaded with the tacit approval of both parties. An invasion which will leave the country impoverished, financially burdened and politically imbalanced.

    And we’re not going to let that happen without a fight.

    We’ve been lied to for 30 years about how the border would be made more secure. It hasn’t happened.

    It’s been sidelined by both parties for various reasons (some named above) and it is now to the point where we either stop the invasion or give the country up to whatever fate awaits it. We’re going to try to stop it. And Trump has made the claim that he will do so. And others now are starting to realize that it is going to be a factor in the coming primary election and in the 2016 Presidential election.

    Get on board, get out of the way but stop being a know it all and stop insulting us.

    • Jay Caruso

      August 18, 2015

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      Look at my example. How many times does a person need to be told Trump is a fake before they get it? If they’re going to ignore all the warnings, writing on the wall, his own words and his own actions, what else are we to conclude? If a person hasn’t been persuaded at that point, then there’s nothing left.

      Want me to stop insulting you? Stop insulting my intelligence by pretending Trump is anything other than a snake oil salesman.

      • Andy

        August 18, 2015

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        But what if they are all fakes? If no one trusts anything that comes out of any candidates mouth – a problem for both sides – then what motivation is there is to support a boring, uninteresting liar?

        Democrats must be ok with their candidates lying to them, or neither BS or Billary would be allowed anywhere near a podium. Republicans used to think they could trust their elected leaders until Boner and McConnell killed that hope dead as dead can be. So if all of the candidates are goddam liars out to screw the electorate, then at least we can get some entertainment value.

        And despite Trump being a lying liar who lies – and I’m sure that is true – he is the only one who dared cross the dreaded Zuckerberg to suggest replacing all Americans with brown democratic voters might possibly not be the best ideas he’s ever heard of.

      • Anonymous Coward

        August 18, 2015

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        For at least thirty years the Republican Party has been lying to voters about enforcing the immigration laws. Why are you so upset that so many people have decided to back somebody else who will lie to them about immigration when he makes the people who were lying before so unhappy?

        I am not sure how support for Trump breaks down between naive believers and nihilistic former Republican Party activists who have been aced out of a voice in the Republican Party by sophisticated insiders.

        Tell me, who is the Governor of Virginia? The GOP establishment was perfectly content to see Hillary Clinton crony Terry MacAuliff win by 2% rather than provide any support to Ken Cuccinelli who had won the Republican primary against the Republican establishment candidate.

        John F.Kennedy once said something to the effect that those who make peaceful change impossible make violent revolution inevitable. There is some application to the support for Trump. There was absolutely no protest from the Republican establishment when Lois Lerner was abusing the power of the IRS to destroy the Tea Party movement. Instead, they concentrated in preventing the Tea Party from beating any of their candidates in the primaries.

        The GOP establishment succeeded in demonstrating who owns the party and who does not. You are happy with that. Plenty of people have not yet found a new home but they are quite happy to kick the people who rubbed their noses in the fact that they really don’t have a home in the Republican Party.

  10. Phil

    August 18, 2015

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    Huh. Another strident bashing of Trump supporters by a pseudo-elitist loudmouth calling the election like its a fantasy football game. How rare. Until I hear any of the candidates take a bold position on anything, I’ll be sitting over here in the Trump tent.

  11. Brewdog

    August 18, 2015

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    Trump is handing the GOP a tremendous opportunity and if the Republican party fails to pick up on it, it’s not Trump’s fault.

    There is clearly an enormous amount of support for real border enforcement. Criticize Trump’s policy statement on immigration all you like, but for future negotiations this is now the floor. Democrat dreams of open borders is the ceiling. Previously, the floor for the border enforcement side was a sort of soft amnesty and empty promises to secure the border. This is a winning issue and so far it seems the only other Republican willing to unabashedly campaign in favor of real, significant border enforcement is Ted Cruz.

    Trump is also showing Republicans how to deal with the legacy media, and that includes Fox News. Remember when Trump’s comments about Mexico were supposed to sink him? Didn’t happen. Republicans need to learn the lesson. Stop apologizing and supplicating. Stop embracing the conventional wisdom.

    Trump is not going to simply fade away because conservatives discover that he lacks conservative credentials. This is a party that in recent elections has nominated Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Bob Dole, and conservatives were wary of GWB, too. Clearly, there is a path to the nomination that does not routinely exclude less-than-pure conservatives. Lots of people would consider Jeb and Kasich and Carson to be far from ideologically pure, but not much time is being spent on tearing down their credentials.

  12. toby928(C)

    August 18, 2015

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    He then goes on to hit Marco Rubio, proclaiming after he was elected that “the first thing” he did was to join up with the Gang of 8 in their immigration reform plan. I was critical of Rubio on that front but it didn’t happen until 2013, a full two years after Rubio took office”

    Which was actually worse. Rubio inject immigration directly into the Presidential Election knowing full well it was going nowhere and could server no purpose other than beating up the Republican nominee.

  13. Luke

    August 18, 2015

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    It is impossible to reform the country without first reforming the republican party.
    The party has made it clear that this will happen only over their dead bodies.
    Those parameters are acceptable.

    It is hardly my fault that the GOPe set up the primary system to favor squishy charlatans with name recognition.
    I’ve railed against it for decades.
    And I’m really going to enjoy the screams getting louder as purple Iowa and blue New Hampshire have their say.
    You set up the petard.
    You can sit on it.

    I notice, btw, that you don’t deign to mention the conservative candidates in the last several primary seasons.
    They did exist.
    And I’m very familiar with how they were shunted off to the sidelines.

    Here are your options:
    You can surrender and coalesce behind a candidate that is actually conservative.
    Or you can hold out to the bitter end, and we will happily shove Trump down your throat.
    Your choice.

  14. Carl Wright

    August 18, 2015

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    The GOP is a clown car. Trump just happens to be the funniest clown. It really doesn’t matter what he says or what he does. The republican voter has ample evidence that their vote means nothing to the house and senate leadership so why not waste it on the most entertaining buffoon? The sideshow that is the establishment GOP panic is now well worth the nickel.

    • Geoff Holden

      August 20, 2015

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      Entirely correct. First destroy the DC establishment with the Hammer of Trump. Then rebuild the country. There is no other path back.

  15. Dwatkans

    August 18, 2015

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    People like Rick Wilson are exactly the problem with the GOPe and the reason that they don’t win elections. They think the way to win is to focus test everything, say nothing specific because God forbid someone get butt hurt, and stand for nothing.

    Nonsense. GOP “consultants” have the courage of their convictions, but they have the convictions of a coward.

    The way you win is by boldly stating your positions, then defending them while at the same time selling them to the public. Conservative principles are wonderful and easily sold because they work. (See Walker, Scott for a good example)

    The problem Harvey Milquetoast types like Wilson have with Trump is that Trump doesn’t need them. They’ve made a living going from losing campaign to losing campaign shilling the same old pandering bullshit. If someone like Trump is successful, other candidates might just learn what it takes to win, and where would the parasite consultants be then? Out of a job, that’s where.

    Trump scares the shit out of Wilson because in Trump, Wilson sees the end of his gravy train. If there’s no more slop in the trough, he might just have to work for a living, and that terrifies him.

  16. Trubador

    August 18, 2015

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    I’ve said it before (multiple times) and I’ll say it again (and will keep saying it ’til it sinks in). Don’t be so easily fooled, people.

    Trump is a self-promoting carnival barker who, up until a few months ago, has supported policies championed by the leftists or denigrated those held by the right (e.g., Obamacare, immigration, the Kelo decision, bank bailouts, abortion, etc., etc., etc.), donated to the likes of Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Hillary, and the Clinton Foundation, had a meeting with Clinton just before his announced candidacy, has the hissy-fit/bully temperament of a 12-year-old (we already have that in the WH these last 7 years), who lacks tact, decorum, and common decency, and who is the epitome of corporate crony capitalism – someone who can use pennies on the dollar from his multi-billions to buy influence and favor, and who already has the support of the likes of Icahn and Buffett.

    Imagine what the bulk of the MSM will do to him in debate Qs and news exposés down the line. He may be expressing certain things on the campaign trail that resonates with segments of the populace (expressing frustrations pent up in the citizenry), but it’s all narcissistic rhetoric, and he ain’t the guy you want as standard bearer and running the WH.

    Why not? Because his actions and intentions are 180 degrees from what he’s currently stating with a microphone up to his mouth.

    I repeat, don’t be fooled.

    • Carl Wright

      August 18, 2015

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      Remember the midterm elections when the GOP ran on a platform of stopping Obama? You mean don’t be fooled like that, right?

  17. skzion

    August 18, 2015

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    You forgot to quote one particular part of your previous article:

    “Donald Trump is yet another person on a long list of people who have flirted with the idea of running for public office. I say “flirt” because they rarely – if ever – run. “

  18. jdavid

    August 18, 2015

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    I (a paleo-con) LOOOOOOVE Trump ’cause he is blowing up the GOP/con-media Establishment machine. All the rest of the blather, like this article and comments on it, are just more of the endless repeating of prior elections and the wonkish-sounding ignorant analysis while the country accelerates its spin down the porcelain throne, with the obvious cooperation of both wings of the one party that now runs this country to its final end. I see exactly the same words, expressions, promises, predictions, super-secret inside knowledge as every election back to the seventies when I first started paying attention.

    Trump is a caricature, larger-than-life enough to be a Hollywood cartoon character, and just super-sizing all of the lies politicians tell to get elected, but… He is blowing things up, and forcing the real politicians to some kind of stand on something, and exposing the criminal cartel (Ted C’s use of the word is apt) now raping and pillaging the citizens and answering to no one, it has thus far appeared, are not ever going to be held accountable. He is telling the truth about dangers millions of people stay awake at night worrying about, and that IS a first, and the *Truth* as shouted by Trump is galvanizing citizens who know it and are validated now in their knowledge and fear of it.

    Walker and Cruz are already joining Trump (and Sessions) in telling people they do realize what’s going on, and are “ME-Too-ing” Trump. They will probably be joined shortly by other candidates, and as the facts are revealed and elaborated upon, and the real culprits in both parties are identified and confronted (theoretically). I doubt that Trump gets to the general election, but on his way in that direction he is leaving a path of destruction of the people I have come to loath with every fiber of my being, the gangsters at the top (or from the depths) in the miasmatic swamp in DC. Blowing up the DC combine is the only way, if there is one at this point – which I doubt – that people have a chance of regaining some say in their ex-democracy.

    Cruz or Walker, or maybe the minority outsider anti-Barack, will pick up Trump’s voters, and there will be many more of them this time, who will have been watching a celebrity doing a big, exaggerated show for them for months, and getting them more emotionally invested than usual in an election. I rather doubt that, seeing these possibilities begin to loom, the Establishment and King Barack will allow a regular lawful election take away the insiders’ power, and will find some way to keep the present royal on the throne. Harrison J Bounel is not going to let his revolution be countered…

  19. Optimus Maximus

    August 18, 2015

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    It absolutely amazes me that the author and other GOPe types can not see where this is going. Trump will continue to lead the polls, until the author’s more conservative favorites pick up and commit to also completing Trump’s issues that the majority of the voters have demanded for decades. Trump is reviving the Reagan coalition behind those 80% issues Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions group has been touting for years as a way for conservatives to win, but which the GOPe had done nothing to advance, and has spent most of their powder denigrating anyone who championed those issues. This is not Rocket Science. This is representative government 101.
    The problem is that the political leadership of the GOPe is fearful of losing the support of their crony capitalists supporters and their funding base, and have no interest in these issues. The average voter is furious that these common sense issues have been promised and then ignored after elections for decades. These voters could care less about the former political persuasion or positions of anyone that promises to get these things done. They care more about their record of success in getting things done as well as their effectiveness in shutting down denigrators of those positions, whether those denigrators are in media or politics. I’m enjoying the spectacle of Trump telling those denigrators where to stick it, and watching his poll numbers rise as a result of the majority of American voters agreeing with him. Trump is giving a seminar on how to re-build the Reagan coalition, and the rest of the class should be taking notes if they want to have a prayer of winning.

  20. Geoff Holden

    August 20, 2015

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    You should let your ‘idiot dog “Lucky”‘ write the blog. He probably won’t mind being forced to eat this tripe later on.

  21. bluesdoc70

    August 21, 2015

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    Truth is the owners of the Republican party don’t care if it’s Hillary or Jeb. The party hacks care because they want to divide up the political spoils.
    But the owners the multi-national corps. and K-Street also own the democrats and they know the game is played at the nominating level. Get their candidates nominated and it’s heads they win tails you lose.

    I’ve been around since Truman and my gut is these people are not going to allow real change. If it looks plausible that change may actually occur through legitimate means then buckle up. No telling what will happen.

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