Kingmakers Remorse

Shadenfreude Can Be Amusing

Tonight The Donald had a {boisterous voice} huge win, winning winning! night in Nevada.

He is now lined up to sweep “Super Tuesday” and march to dominance of the Republican Establishment. All while never getting over 1/2 of the vote of the Republican voters.

This is entirely the fault / product of the Republican Kingmakers.

On the other side of things, the Democrats have the prospect of The Liar In Chief vs The Socialist. I’m not sure which “win” would cause me the most mirth at their expense. HilLIARy has some rather intense negatives. (Almost as intense as The Donald…) and she may well end up under indictment during her campaign.

The only other candidate they have running is The Socialist who would like to repeat here the Great Peoples Victories of Venezuela, Cuba, The USSR, Maoist China, Pol Pots Cambodia, North Korea, not to mention the entirety of the Eastern Block of Europe (Poland, Czechoslovakia, Eastern Europe, Ukraine, etc. etc. as part of the Soviet sphere socialist states) and most of Latin America at one time or another. To say they have a choice between bad and worse is an understatement.

This is entirely the fault / product of the Democratic Kingmakers.

I have to say that, as an Independent, it does warm my heart to see both party machines so perplexed and frustrated. They’ve screwed over the rest of us so much for so long, it’s nice to see them shoot their own toes off.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of folks, IMHO.

The History

Once upon a time, the USA had a people oriented primary system. It took a fairly long time, but “sedate” was a very good weeding out process. There was time to ‘work out the kinks’ in any one candidate and pitch out the ones who didn’t wear well.

Prior to that, the President was appointed by the Senate Legislature. That was a near zero length process and worked fairly well too. Yes, the appointment process had the risk of a bit of ‘lock up’ some times if the Senate Legislature were in turmoil. But perhaps that was a good thing as it prevented a crummy President from being put into power and left there for 4 years. It also was prone to abuse by power brokers leaning on Senators and Representatives to influence the result. At any rate, the Constitution was changed to direct election of the President; removing some of our “republic” structure and putting in more “peoples democratic” structure.

Unfortunately, even as noted by the ancient Greeks, democracy is an unstable and undesirable form of government. It tends to crush minority rights ( “Democracy is 2 wolfs and a sheep voting on what’s for lunch.” sums up the problem), and it tends to vastly overspend the national wealth until collapse follows (see Greece today as an example, but there are many many more “modern democracies” in the same boat, increasingly to include the USA. Why “Democratic Socialism” is a “twofer” of failures…)

So in an attempt to make things “better” we moved to democratic election of the President. BUT, the same power brokers who used to buy Senators and corrupt the choice of the President started working on our Primary System to make it more to their liking.

I vaguely remember the time before there was a Super Tuesday. I was just a kid then. Nobody paid much attention to places like Iowa, and the National Media usually reported the ‘early races’ in the pages of the newspaper somewhere. Delegates were slowly accumulated over months as candidates slowly crossed the nation, running a campaign in one State after another.

The whole process was timed so that a candidate could take a train or bus and ‘make the rounds’ without much money. Sometimes a ‘favorite son’ from one State would rack up those delegates, and not much else. Sometimes a slow build would start under one candidate, and just as surely the attacks would build showing their flaws, and they would fade in later States. Often the end of the primary elections would have a load of folks headed to the convention with nobody having enough delegates to win “on the first ballot”. Then the horse trading would begin. Someone with a minority of delegates would “pledge” to someone with more, making their total rise. Maybe traded for a V.P. slot if they had a big number, or traded for a minor appointment for just a few. The usual messy stuff of politics.

It worked pretty well, most of the time. But The Kingmakers wanted more. The party machine would sometimes be surprised with who got the most votes. Buying a candidate didn’t get you much if they didn’t get the nomination. The whole thing was too unpredictable for folks who wanted to assure THEY gave you a choice of their Republican v.s. their Democrat. So things began to change.

The new TV Media began to cover things, putting emphasis on the early States. Pushing “momentum” as a deciding issue. TPTB started to push for more “winner take all” States to stack the deck in favor of the single candidate with the most initial push behind them (i.e. power broker money and party machine endorsement). That way, by putting some “English” on the dice at the start of the roll, it was cheaper and more assured that their pick would get the win.

This had the consequence that by the time the primary voting got part way done, the later States had no impact at all. Thus the “race to relevance” began. Ever more States started moving their primaries to earlier dates. This caused some ‘tiffs’ and both Iowa and New Hampshire were NOT happy at the prospect of their slightly irrelevant States losing their special status. The end game was a gentleman’s agreement that no State would infringe on them, and that most States would pile up on just a couple of dates. Thus was Super Tuesday born.

Now this pleased the Power Structure greatly. They could have all the appearance of a People’s Choice process, but between big money and big connections making their candidate first out the gate fastest, and with Super Tuesday and “winner take all” States increasing, they introduced a huge hysteresis into the process. A little push at the start could “flip” the switch into a stable “win” that could not be overcome. Unlike the older, slower process where you had to rack up delegates all the way to the end; and even then could easily end up in a ‘brokered convention’. (To deal with that, Super Delegates were invented that are representatives of the Party Machine and get to put a giant Party Thumb on the scales as needed to keep moneyed party officials happy).

Any candidate not endorsed by The Party Machine tended to die out in the first few States, and the “approved” candidate easily pushed to the victory via that excess accumulation of delegates thanks to the “winner take all” States and the money needed to campaign in all those Super Tuesday States all at the same time. Those $Millions of advertising dollars and the need for huge campaign “contributions” (i.e. being bought).

The Power Brokers were happy and content for many years.

But What About Now?

On the Democratic side, Hillary was “anointed” back during her run against Obama. Yet she didn’t get the nod. Just could not pull out of the pack and The One did. That hysteresis bit hard. Once she was ‘behind the curve’, the system worked as designed (though not as intended) and shut her down.

This time she would take no chances. Word went out (IMHO based on what was observable) to the Democrat Politicians that anyone who stood up the the Clinton Machine would incur the ire of the The Party and not be allowed to keep whatever seat they presently held. (This, in a real irony, is called “Party Discipline”. Screw the people, it’s The Party that matters… One thinks of “Bondage and Discipline” each time that Party Discipline is uttered…) So Hillary was to have a clear field without any surprises. There was a token alternative put up in a very weak candidate (who’s name escapes me now… O’Malley? Something like that. Weak, forgettable, and no threat). They even let Crazy Old Uncle Bernie run so Hillary would look more “right wing” in comparison to The Socialist and thus look more acceptable to the general public.

Things didn’t work out as expected.

By stacking the deck that way, in an attempt to guarantee NO CHOICE to the Democratic party members, and shove the Liar In Chief down their throats, they went over the line. The Democrats have come out in large numbers for Bernie. Now all that hysteresis is biting, hard, but not in the direction desired by The Party Machine. They will need to fall back on those Super Delegates to erase the will of the people.

http://www.democraticconventionwatch.com/diary/4795/

Has The Bern with 51 delegates and HilLIARy with 52. A “dead heat”. BUT, the “superdelegate” count is The Bern 16, The Liar In Chief 432.

Right there in one number you can see the Party Money Machine thumb on the scales. Can Bernie “pull it out”? Sure, with some massive wins on Super Tuesday. Or if that indictment comes down.

But just look at the damage done. Hillary has had to move dramatically “to the left” and essentially is “outed” as a “3rd Way Socialist”. (Billy Boy is on video saying he’s a “3rd Way” guy). Now we’re highly likely to see the direct will of the people thwarted by the Political Machine as those Superdelegates (i.e. party hacks) hand Hillary her Coronation Win.

In any case, “we the people” are getting to watch The Machine in action and we don’t like it.

The Republicans Lament?

Over on the Republican side, Jeb! was the anointed one. They had something like $115 Million behind him, along with broad and deep party machine ties. Jeb! was a very good governor of Florida. He quite likely would have made the best President of the lot of them. But the people have just gotten fed up with the crap coming from Washington D.C. and the complete spineless and sold out behaviour of the Republican Machine. Jeb! is just too nice a guy and too willing to push The Agenda.

Along comes Trump.

Trump looks at the field, looks at Hillary, and sees a big fat opportunity. He may also be fed up with the crap too. ( I’m fairly sure that with his, er, personality quirks, he was likely dissed by some of the old money folks along the way… and that would not sit well with him.) Nobody expected the Trump Inquisition…

He doesn’t need their money to have huge media coverage. He doesn’t need their endorsements to have name recognition. He runs.

Now that excessive hysteresis in the process again starts to bite, way hard.

After the first few States, he’s got “momentum” galore. Jeb! went down in flames. Now the House Money is looking for a new horse to buy back and floundering. Super Tuesday is about a week away, and their is no prospect in sight of a way to prevent Trump from running the table. Those “winner take all” delegate States are going to hurt, too. Even with just 37%, Trump is “winning winning winning”. That was supposed to be the “small but victorious” margin for The Machine Candidate that would let THEM ‘lock it up’ way early.

Now, were we back in The Old Way, none of this would matter. A half dozen more States, one at a time, and with proportional allotment of delegates, you would have a couple of minor candidates at the convention who would horse trade delegates for a cabinet position or some such, and / or you would have Rubio and Cruz settling on P and VP slots and using their combined more than 1/2 the delegates to take the nomination. Trump with his 1/3 would have a lot of say in the process, but not the win. Maybe put him in charge of “Housing and Urban Development” and let him graft off a few more $Million… via well structured contract bids.

But no…

The Party Machine had to rig the game so that the most money up front with the fastest momentum had “the edge” in name recognition and delegate count hysteresis. Just didn’t figure on a guy with a few decades of name recognition, no need to advertise, and a ‘pitch’ that keeps the cameras on him taking the early lead. (In fairness, they also didn’t figure on a Cuban Sandwich making Jeb! look like baloney in slimy mayo… and didn’t expect that the two of them would be in a dead heat splitting 1/2 the party vote and triggering that ‘winner take all’ penalty box.)

In Conclusion

Both Party Machines have their panties in a bunch right now.

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of folks.

The Republicans have the biggest issue, IMHO. If they can’t get the 2 Cubans out of their cage match and with one of them taking a big lead, enough to edge ahead of Trump, they WILL have a Trump Candidate. After Super Tuesday it will be almost impossible to prevent. This behaviour is by their own design, so they will have a bit of a think on it, I’m sure.

The Democrats have a big issue too, or rather 2 big issues. Do they run The Socialist, or do they run Indictment-Soon Lies Like A Rug? Had they not tried to stack things up front, and instead had some decent alternatives in a long slow primary process; they would have a strong candidate in hand and on stage even now. But this behaviour is by their own design too. But not to worry, those super delegates will gift the nomination to Hillary, the people be damned. I just wonder what that will do for her “popular support”… It could very well Piss Off a generation of young Democrats.

But soon enough we’ll have the end of this horror show hall of mirrors. Then we’ll be able to quote someone or other, who said: “The voters have spoken, damn it.”

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29 Responses to Kingmakers Remorse

  1. EM – thanks for the explanations. It makes more sense now. Jeb! does seem to be competent but not charismatic, and except for the dynastic connotation would likely have done a good job. In some ways the dynasty isn’t such a bad thing, since the job really needs training from an early age to do well.

    Looking from across the pond, Trump actually looks like the most-qualified for the job even though some policies don’t look to be logical. No matter how big a wall is built on the Mexico border it will have two ends (and a top and bottom) and will thus be porous, and Guantanamo Bay is a poor substitute for justice – kicking the can down the road. Overall, though, maybe he will cut the government waste, get value for money and improve the living-standards of the average American. Hard to predict, though, since the Establishment will work against that and there’s a lot to overcome.

    Overall, though, the race looks pretty negative with people trying to dig dirt about the other candidates rather than saying exactly how they will improve things. Even Trump seems to only have fairly-vague intentions and not many firm policies, so you need to judge on his track record of succeeding in business.

    Since we’re entering a period of great change, with automation taking over the majority of mundane jobs and regulatory problems making it difficult to start a new business doing a new kind of job, it looks to me that a pretty radical solution will be needed to stop the majority of people being stuck on Welfare with no traditional jobs to go find. You’re going to need a President who can create a new paradigm and make it stick, since the old solutions obviously will fail.

    Looking back at previous elections, it does seem that in general the people have chosen the most-competent of the selection available to them. The skill of the Parties is thus in rigging the field and limiting the choices such that their preferred candidate is the obvious choice. If I’m right on this, that makes Trump pretty likely to be your next President. That will be interesting….

  2. Jack says:

    Good article. Same is happening here, Australia. People are fed up with being pushed around by PC hypocrites and slick spin from both sides of politics. I suspect the same is happening in the UK.
    Hypocrites because after dismantling apartheid in South Africa and after Martin Luther King, the PC logic free zone now wants segregation by race,

  3. philjourdan says:

    I do not care for Trump. But I love what he is doing to the Republican establishment. And that is good. And his efforts are already being felt. Witness the SCOTUS nominee decision. It is about time. Should he win, I will vote for him. But the Republicans are really the misdirection in this magic act. The real magic is going to take place on the democrat side.

    There is no secret that Obama hates the Clintons (he made Hillary SOS just to get her out of the way). Yet he “appears” to be supporting her. Some wonder why. Misdirection. Bernie is the fly in the ointment. His surge means Obama’s plans are in danger of failure. And what would those plans be?

    Obama is running both the DOJ and FBI. And the leaks have become a steady stream. Of course Hillary is blaming the VRWC, but that again is misdirection. The Republicans are powerless to do anything about Hillary’s crimes. Only Obama has that power. His plans were simple and simplistic (and that is why he has to endure egg on his face). Hillary marches through the primaries on her way to the nomination, and the boom falls! Indictment. What are the democrats to do? OMG! – Draft Biden. That was always the plan. Originally,. Obama was going to stay neutral (act presidential is what they call it), but Bernie forced his hand and made him appear to side with Hillary to get the black vote (and even that is now failing).

    The more Bernie surges, the more Obama has to go all in for Hillary, and the more capital he has to expend to get his real choice, Biden. And in the end, it may be all for nothing if Bernie takes it outright.

    So grab some popcorn (put butter on mine) and sit back. The republicans are bucking the system. But the democrats are where the real theatrics are!

  4. Fred says:

    Why Trump is running. Revenge will be sweeter when he uses Obama’s pen and phone to get rid of the Obama legacy.

    ..

  5. Richard Ilfeld says:

    SInce we are demolishing conventional wisdom ……

    Lets make the assumption that the Donald is not really so impetuous as to nuke someone over a perceived slight. The conventional wisdom is that a “businessman” cannot manage Washington because of the differences in the way things get done. The main difference is that things don’t get done, cost effectively or even in the desired direction.

    I wasn’t alive for Teddy Roosevelt’s first term. But I can imagine Trump wanting to fire a apparachnick who has avoided his job by watching porn, or commited fraud on a VA waiting list, or as an EPA operator poisoned a river.

    Politicians “reform” things by appointing a commission, maybe a czar, and promising change.

    We haven’t had a president who takes over a daily briefing, and says to the press, and the folks “they tell me I can’t fire a guy who cheats the public by watching porn all day? What the Hell is that?”

    The cockroaches who have enabled bad behavior will not come into the light to defend it.

    The standard government response to reform is to stall. The Annoyance will be gone in four years and can be enveloped and distracted……

    Except maybe this guy is different. Maybe this guy pick a target. Likely the VA, because I think as Commander in Chief he has unusual legal sway there. He comes on the next day ands says that “taking care of our military is a national security issue, so here is what congress is gonna pass, or I’m gonna declare an emergency and do it”

    The the next day he comes out and says, ” our health is at risk, the EPA has screwed up, so here’s what congress is gonna do…”

    Note the PR difference. The chosen one has based his “pen and phone” BS on congress disagreeing with him — 30 % support.

    Donald the instinctive politician is looking for permission to fire a public servant who has been watching porn all day or killing veterans – and demanding a quick deal from a maybe Republican congress rather than bypassing them. 75% support. Who is gonna stand up,in public, and assert that watching porn on the job is a civil right?

    That wall he wants to build? Hey, its already in the law, as is deportation. You want to bring reason to the legal system? Enforce the laws we have, good and hard! Tell the army corp to Git er Done, and the ICE folks to defend, with national guard backup. And actually enforce E -verify , VISA rules, and withold funds from sanctuary cities. That’s all in the law, folks.

    And then our blusterer in chief goes back to the daily briefing and says ” I’m enforcing the law. These clowns have said for years we are a nation of laws, Now they want different laws, or want to make stuff up?” It’s has been so long since anybody had the balls to talk back to a liberal in public and ignore political correctness that they won’t know how to react……

    Hell,we lost the constitution years ago. The Donald won’t bring it back, but the usccession of two demagogue might illuminate its value.

  6. Larry Ledwick says:

    I feel the same way about the politics, the thing the machine politicians never figure out is eventually they will step on too many toes, and the public will invite in someone to do a little house cleaning. Even if the fumigator smokes a cigar and stinks the place up, it is still better to have all the roaches gone.

    I have seen other comments about the similarities between “The Donald” and Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy was a boisterous loud mouth obnoxious personality to the political power brokers and they did not take him seriously, but his antics and passion clicked with the public and he came in on a reform ticket with his “square deal” that championed the average guy in the arena vs the elite sitting in the box seats. He did some house cleaning to break up trusts and although he was a champion of Progressive ideals he did knock the establishment on its ear and unexpectedly came out of the experience credited as being one of our best Presidents.

    I am hoping the Trump would work out the same way once he got the reins of power. There are a lot of sacred cattle to gore in Washington and he seems to have the personality to do it with relish, and he clearly has a take no prisoners approach to anything he peruses.

    I already have the popcorn bowl out and waiting for the big show as this is clearly out of the control of the establishment. I also would not be the least bit surprised for a sudden massive leak on the Clinton email scandal followed by an indictment at the worst possible time (ie just before super Tuesday or just before the convention, and a rapid tail spin into the ground for her campaign followed by a anybody but Bernie effort to fill the void).

  7. In the world of politics:
    1. Change the name of a thing and the thing changes to match the name.
    2. Because the end justifies the means, any means chosen will result in the desired end.

    Meanwhile back in the real world
    1. A name is an assigned symbol of a thing but the thing remains the same no matter the name.
    2. A specific end can be achieved only by a specific means. Desire has nothing to do with it.

    The reason world of the political king makers is falling apart is that reality is what it is and the king makers are only pretending they can bend reality to their whims. They think all they need to do is spend a lot of money and they can magically make all their whims come true. Reality doesn’t need money to be what it is.

  8. EMS. A little long on conspiracy and short on the probable cause of most of it – stupidity.
    It doesn’t matter that much what the candidates promise as the power to do things lies with Congress. The important thing a president can do is start a war. If the hated war hawk Hillary wins it will be more of the same. She is establishment.

    If either Trump or Bernie win it will shake up Congress and keep the discontent alive long enough for the next Congressional elections to make a change. I hope… it maybe Boobus Americanus’ memory is so short they will have forgotten. The present Congress is so beholden to special interests and tribalism we would be better off selecting candidates with a pin from the phone book.
    With the changes coming from Ai, robotics and LENR we really need a better government but will probably have to wait for riots.

  9. gallopingcamel says:

    In 2004, 2008 and 2012 none of the major party candidates offered anything that made sense so I did not vote for them.

    This time one candidate is proposing to close or curb the US Department of Education while returning the control of K-12 education to the local community. If that candidate gets nominated I will show up to vote on November 8.

  10. Wayne Job says:

    Best political commentary I have ever read. Thanks EM

  11. J Martin says:

    @ gallopingcamel. Who’s the k12 candidate ? Armchair interest as I am a Brit watching this from afar. Perhaps Super Tuesday will be renamed Super Trumpday.

  12. Pouncer says:

    “Prior to that, the President was appointed by the Senate. That was a near zero length process and worked fairly well too”

    I am sure you mis-typed a thought there. Members of the Senate (once elected in the state legislatures, later subject to “popular vote” by the state citizenry at large) MAY have also stood for election by the citizenry for the very-short-term membership in the “Electoral College” (EC). The EC was sort of a US version of the British Parliament in keeping with the whole separation of powers / checks and balances philosophy. But given its very limited role, any well-known local post-master might have as easily won an election to the EC, too. The EC took only the one duty of electing a President (Presiding Officer, Prime Minister, Commander in Chief — every knew at the time the office would first fall to George Washington and as to the nomenclature of the office itself and the job of naming it, most people’s attitude was “Let George do it.” ) and the Senate and House took other duties of Parliament, like making national laws, naming post offices after cronies, etc. There was an interesting wrinkle at first, in that the candidate voted to _*second*_-place by the EC would be awarded the job of presiding over the (separate body of the) Senate. The second-place choice, as Vice-President- also stood by waiting for the first choice guy to keel over dead. The real job in the Senate was usually just a headache, but enjoyed the interesting power to break ties. This tended to mean that when, say President John Adams wanted a big navy with big ships and the majority of the House and just half the Senate sided with him, the other half of the Senate could throw the entire decision up to Vice-President Thomas Jefferson, who liked the idea of a small militia-style “coast guard” with minute-men sailors and lots of little re-purposed fishing boats. This also meant, theoretically, the members directly elected to the EC by individual voters could put an administrator in charge of the Senate wholly unsupported by. or even opposed by, the power-structure of the various state legislatures who appointed every other member of the Senate. Checks-and-Balances: the system was intentionally designed to “gridlock” on divisive questions. (In the event, Adam got his Navy started over Jefferson’s objections, and Jefferson was quite pleased to have such a navy to go over and destroy Muslim Terrorist States around Libya (a.k.a. “the Barbary Pirates”) when he took his own turn as Commander-in-Chief.)

    The EC worked so well that the Congress got fed up and removed most of its power. Power to choose the VP (presiding over the Senate) was given to the candidates for President, and shortly thereafter the actual job of presiding over the Senate was given to a Senator elected by the membership for that purpose — a member obviously more attuned to “getting the job done” for his fellow-Senators than the Presidents’ or EC’s choice of presiding parliamentary officer might be.

    Nevertheless the EC continues to select Presidents unless nepotism or other weirdness rears its head. As when John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson dueled, er, campaigned, for office and neither quite earned a majority. So the EC, as designed, punted to the House of Representatives (NOT the Senate) where the federal legislators directly who were elected by the citizenry (not the state legislature’s intermediaries in the Senate) compromised and awarded the White House to the devil-they-knew — Adams — rather than the popular war-hero Jackson. This model continues in (oddly) the Party-of-Jackson, where “super-delegates” to the party convention may decide on the party nominee for the general presidential election, quite distinct from the choices of the regular-delegates elected by the general citizenry.

  13. Larry Ledwick says:

    Chris Christy just endorsed Trump — who thinks this is a play for a Trump Christy ticket?
    Christy as a backup would make Trump a far more appealing choice to those who think Trump doesn’t really have a handle on some issues. It would also set up Christy for a future presidential run.

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    The EC was also intended to be a check on the tyranny of the majority, where if the general public unwashed masses wanted to elect a loon to the presidency the “smarter more worldly” Electoral College could blunt that push by choosing to go for the better political candidate rather than the popular one. Interestingly enough this is exactly what is happening in the Democratic primary where the power of the political machine is pushing Hillary to the front of the line even though the unwashed masses think she is a disaster candidate. Unfortunately the “popular” candidate is also a disaster of a different sort. so it is a choice of evils at this point on both sides really as the candidate choices this cycle are really nothing to write home about at this stage of the game.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    @Pouncer:

    I often take criticism for being too prolix, so I try hard to be more brief. Yet then I take criticism for leaving out detail… Sigh.

    I did make a mistake in saying Senate when I ought to have said Legislature, as both Senate and House members did the picking. I’ve corrected that.

    Also, I deliberately left out the whole electoral college intermediation as in early history it was less of a political issue. The major purpose being to assure a rapid election result in an era where a full national popular vote count could take years via horse and buggy… and introduce its own hysteresis and assurance of fewer ties. (I also left out the House picking a President when there is tie and a few other edge cases…) It just wasn’t important to the point that the party system is newer and the President was picked, not elected, in the past. And yes, yes I know that the Electoral College technically has a election, but not one by the people…

    I also didn’t spend time on the many year process of one State at a time moving to popular election of electors instead of Legislature appointment and the period of hybrid mixed selection. Just not really relevant to the point that back at the start it was a selection, not an election, and now it is an election by the people (even if intermediated).

    Anyone wanting that detail can look here:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States)

  16. John Robertson says:

    Thanks E.M, great insight.
    Yup the power brokers rigged the system, now that cheat comes back to haunt them.
    This is a cleansing election, if Trump is what he seems, then the citizens are applying a reset to a corrupt system.
    If Trump is a trojan horse, then the citizens will have to do the clean out themselves.
    If the parasites think voters are angry now, they had better learn to pray that Trump wins.

    This is the best election of my life time.
    The elites have totally lost the narrative, their control of the message has evaporated and their fearful hysteria grows with each success by Trump.
    Every attempt to diminish Trump seems to empower him, because the liars blew their cover completely with their slobbering love affair with Obama.
    The complete failure of the elected houses to restrain Obama spending and the endless demonizing of those within the congress who actually tried, by the media.

    Now, as attempts to diminish Trump blow up, the media machine turns on “Trump Voter” as stupid and ignorant.Insane with rage.
    As the Art of War stated;Never interrupt your enemy when they are making a mistake.
    The enlightened ones, are shooting their feet off.
    Popcorn in hand I am enjoying the continuos meltdowns.
    i am fascinated by the Romney attacks on Trumps taxes, the difference between private citizen and public leech does seem to escape Romney and the MSM.
    I expect an IRS “leak” of Trumps taxes, which will backfire explosively.
    The IRS is an campaign issue.
    Government corruption such as this,”Not a smidgin of corruption”.
    “On the advice of my attorney, I invoke my 5th……”
    Enrages the taxpayer.

    Rules for thee but none for me.
    The modern versions of the French aristocracy are accelerating toward their guillotine moment, just as clueless as their predecessors.

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have given up trying to figure out who is doing what to whom, mostly just enjoying the movie and will make a decision on who to vote for or write in when it all shakes out.

    I told a friend recently that I was glad Trump was running and he looked at me like I was crazy. I had to explain to him that by that I meant in the same sense that you would be glad a bull got loose in a china shop that was cheating its customers or a crooked used car lot had all their cars vandalized. It is obvious that the corrupted system is so embedded in the culture of Washington, the media and the power players that the normal means to reset the system are just feel good knobs connected to nothing to make the public think they have some input.

  18. I strongly suspect that the so called tipping point that the green blob et.al. have made so much noise about was a misdirection to hide their fear of the political tipping point in progress. They thought they could get away with it but it is simply too huge of a scam to hide. All pyramids collapse, especially ones built upon the quicksand of deception.

    Aren’t we the lucky ones to be living in such interesting times?

  19. gallopingcamel says:

    @J. Martin,
    Presidential candidates write books. Obama wrote books and was elected POTUS twice.

    So I read “A More Perfect Union” and “Crippled America”. While I liked both of them I decided to send money to Ben Carson and his fortunes sank like a stone.

    “Crippled America” proposes closing or curbing the Department of Education so as to return control of education to the local community. This is the only education reform presented by any presidential candidate over the last 30 years that will improve public K-12 education.

    I helped set up eight charter schools that are locally controlled and now that advantage may be extended to every government school. Hallelujah!

    Starting out my preference listing for for GOP presidential nominees was:
    1. Ben Carson
    2. Donald Trump
    3. Carly Fiorina
    4. Ted Cruz (very reluctantly)

    If none of them makes it Boris Johnson will get my vote for the fourth time in 12 years.

  20. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is an interesting take on the upcoming election and how some of the establishment Republicans are really old school blue dog Democrats at heart and might switch back to support Hillary if Trump takes the nomination for the Republican candidate for President.

    http://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-trump-panicking-robert-kagan-15329

    It does sort of explain a few things. I never thought of it exactly this way but the general premise is that there is a group of people who are AC/DC about the two major parties, and they were prefectly happy to shift from the democratic party when it took a hard turn to the left to become Republicans (RINO) who really at heart were Democrats in hiding, and if Trump gets the nod, they might be equally willing to abandon the Republican party if it tries to move back to the right and away from its current Democrat-lite form.

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Interesting read.

    Maybe having the Democrat Lite neocons exit would be a good thing. I can live without their international adventurism and desire for a socialial interventionist Federal govt.

  22. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Another Ian
    This seems to be trending thing as the push for international one world government moves out of the back rooms and into the light. Obama supporters did the same think in Israel.

    http://www.newsmax.com/world/GlobalTalk/netanyahu-israel-elections-obama/2015/01/27/id/620977/

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    Now it is going to get interesting, Jeff Sessions just endorsed Trump.
    For the out of US folks Jeff Sessions is a hard rock conservative Senator, it would b hard to find someone with better conservative credentials. Even more interesting is he has been working with Trump in the background for some time, sounds like the legitimate conservative wing of the Republican party is willing to jump on the band wagon to get access the the coalition of voters they have been trying to mobilize for 20+ years. If this association jells it could spell the end of the old “establishment” Republican party. Only time will tell if there are any poison pills in this deal.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/28/in-major-blow-to-ted-cruz-sen-jeff-sessions-of-alabama-endorses-donald-trump-for-gop-nomination/

  24. gallopingcamel says:

    Given the ability of the GOP establishment to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory election after election it seems clear that McConnel, Priebus and the other RINOs need to “Walk the Plank”.

    Their game plan was to coronate Jeb Bush using $100 million from the “Donor Class”. The Democrats planned something similar for Hillary Clinton. You can bet that such dismal candidates would fail to inspire the electorate so that voter turnout would be low.

    To everyone’s surprise it is possible that a non-establishment candidate will be nominated in which case voters like me will show up and create a landslide (sunami?). My prediction is that a non-establishment candidate will be the next POTUS because people like me will be motivated to show up to vote after a decade or more of apathy.

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    Saw an interesting hit piece on CNN. The talking head badgers Trump about repudiating the endorsement by David Duke. Trump says he doesn’t know the guy and would have to find out about him first. In following news, reports say Trump refuses to disavow racist…

    So now ignorance of the PC Hotbuttons can get you labled racist…

    Heck, you could name anyone in the Black Panthers to me and I would not know who they were. Does my failure to repudiate those quasi famous folks make me a pro black violent supporter, or just ignorant of their names?

    The Stupid is strong in CNN…

  26. pyromancer76 says:

    I see this thread is still live with 2/29 comments. I did not see a reference to Sundance’s thesis at conservativetreehouse. I recommend his ideas about “splitter strategy”, “trip wire”, and “cold anger”, somewhat similar to what E.M. described in the core thread. Sundance has investigated in depth the machinations of the elite Republican Party and their donors. It is a good read, imho. The latest post with references to the thesis is from 2/26 — http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/02/24/tripwire-alert-understanding-why-mitt-romney-is-making-ridiculous-claims-about-donald-trumps-taxes/

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