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Donald Trump is Squirrel Nuts Crazy

Donald Trump prepared to go it alone if GOP won’t get on board

GOP leaders have yet to abandon Donald Trump, but the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said this week he’s ready to kick them to the curb and go it alone against Hillary Clinton if they don’t man up.

In some of his most dismissive comments yet, Mr. Trump said other Republicans need to either get behind him or “just be quiet” — adding to the increasing heartburn among Republicans, particularly those on Capitol Hill whose electoral fortunes are tied to the erratic billionaire.

“You can’t make this up sometimes,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said at a press briefing Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Trump’s admonition came after several weeks of chiding from fellow Republicans who decried his proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S., and who said his attacks on a federal judge’s ethnicity were unbecoming. Mr. Ryan had called it “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”

“The Republicans, honestly, folks, our leaders, our leaders have to get tougher. This is too tough to do it alone. But you know what? I think I’m going to be forced to. I think I’m going to be forced to,” Mr. Trump said on Wednesday.

Clinton losing interest in accommodating Sanders and his liberal followers


Progressive leaders are still hoping to force likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to the left, but a party insider said Thursday she’s rapidly losing interest in accommodating any more demands from Sen. Bernard Sanders and his followers.

The insider, who requested anonymity, said the struggles of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump give Mrs. Clinton far more room to maneuver, leaving her less beholden to the liberal voters who backed Mr. Sanders.

That could leave her on a collision course with progressives, who are still pressing for Mrs. Clinton to drift further toward Mr. Sanders‘ positions on everything from a national $15 minimum wage to stiffer action on climate change.

“The real issues are finally on the table. Expanding Social Security. A $15 minimum wage. Single-payer health care, tuition- and debt-free public college, and reining in Wall Street.  Dozens of other common sense ideas, on everything from racial justice and ending mass incarceration to ending fossil fuel subsidies to combat climate change, to 12 weeks of paid family leave, to pursuing diplomacy over war,” Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn. Org Political Action, said this week.

His organization has formally backed Mr. Sanders, and he and other progressive leaders say the energy within the Democratic Party is coming from their side, not from the center — and so the party should move in that direction.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he won’t vote for Donald Trump

Maryland’s Republican governor said Wednesday that he doesn’t plan to vote for the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

“No, I don’t plan to,” Larry Hogantold The Washington Post when asked Wednesday whether he would cast a ballot for Mr. Trump.  “I guess when I get behind the curtain I’ll have to figure it out. Maybe write someone in. I’m not sure.”

The first-term governor said he isn’t “pleased” with any of the candidates in the presidential race.

“I don’t think either party has put up its best candidate,” he said.

Mr. Hogan has repeatedly said he doesn’t support Mr. Trump, but declined to say whether he would vote for the real estate mogul until now, The Post reported.  Mr. Hogan said he does not plan to attend the Republican National Convention.

Elizabeth Warren tells Clinton she must beat Trump: ‘Don’t screw this up’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren put pressure on Hillary Clinton on Friday, telling the former first lady in no uncertain terms she must prevail in the fight against Republican Donald Trump.

“Don’t screw this up,” the Massachusetts senator told Mrs. Clinton during a meeting at Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn, according to reports in the Boston Globe and other media outlets.

Ms. Warren’s trip to New York seems to offer further proof that the liberal populist senator is being heavily considered to be Mrs. Clinton’s vice presidential pick. Ms. Warren endorsed Mrs. Clinton last week.

While inside Clinton headquarters, Ms. Warren reportedly talked to Clinton staffers about protecting President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and keep in place the Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulations. Reining in Wall Street is the issue for which Ms. Warren is best known.

Choosing the senator as her running mate could help Mrs. Clinton secure the backing of progressives who had flocked to Sen. Bernard Sanders’ campaign and remain skeptical of the former secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton’s ties to Wall Street, among other things, have given many liberals pause.

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 6 points: poll


Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads likely GOP nominee Donald Trump by 6 points, according to a national poll released this week.

Mrs. Clinton was at 43 percent in the CBS polling released Wednesday and Mr. Trump was at 37 percent. The 6-point lead for Mrs. Clinton is the same margin from last month.

The survey was conducted from June 9-13, and most of the interviewing was done before the terrorist attack in Orlando early Sunday. Mrs. Clinton effectively wrapped up the Democratic nomination by winning four of six states that voted on June 7.

With Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson added to the mix, Mrs. Clinton was at 39 percent, Mr. Trump was at 32 percent, and Mr. Johnson was at 11 percent.

Mrs. Clinton, however, still faces hurdles with the private email server she set up for use as secretary of state.

About two-thirds said she did something wrong when she set up the personal email address and server for work. Forty-one percent said what she did was illegal, 25 percent said it was improper but not illegal, and 26 percent said she did nothing wrong.

Trump Is a Man on an Island -- and He's Sinking

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

Trump is a man on an island -- and losing
Yesterday, we saw President Obama and Hillary Clinton deliver a tag-team slam on Donald Trump over the presumptive GOP nominee's reactions to the tragic Orland shooting. "Are we going to start treating all Muslim Americans differently?" a visibly angry Obama asked. "Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to start discriminating against them because of their faith?" 

Almost at the same time, Clinton added this: "One day after the massacre, [Trump] went on TV and suggested that President Obama is on the side of the terrorists. Now just think about that for a second.  Even in a time of divided politics, this is way beyond anything that should be said by someone running for president of the United States." 

Trump delivered his own counterpunch at his rally in North Carolina. "I watched President Obama today and he was more angry at me than he was at the shooter." But as the Democratic Party has rallied around Clinton (save for Bernie Sanders -- more on that below), Trump is pretty much all alone here in his reaction to Orlando. 

"I'm not going to be commenting on the presidential candidates today," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, per Benjy Sarlin. "I am not going to spend my time commenting about the ups and downs and the in-betweens of comments," added House Speaker Paul Ryan. And then there's this: "Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C., paused a moment after being asked by NBC News whether he had any thoughts on Trump's response to Orlando. 'You know…hmm,' he said. Then without another word, he walked onto the Senate floor."  Hmm indeed.

GOP leaders pull a Marshawn Lynch

The Republican reaction was akin to Marshawn Lynch declaring to the media at the Super Bowl, "I'm just here so I don't get fined."   Two other GOP comments stood out to us yesterday.  There was Sen. Lamar Alexander declaring that Trump isn't the party's nominee -- yet.   "We do not have a nominee until after the convention," he said.   And Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2-ranking Republican in the Senate said he's done talking about Trump.   "Wish me luck," he said, according to Politico.

And on top of it all, Trump is losing.  After our NBC|SurveyMonkey poll showed Clinton now with her biggest lead over Trump, a new Bloomberg poll from yesterday found Clinton ahead by 12 points, 49%-37%.   As we wrote last week, Trump has the rest of this month to calm his party.   If he doesn't, the GOP is in big trouble -- and all bets are off.

Obama spoke out against Trump for international reasons as much as domestic ones.

One final point to make about Obama's slam on Trump yesterday: He responded to Trump for international reasons as much as domestic ones. Obama wanted to counter Trump's post-Orlando speech for an international audience.

Bernie Sanders hasn't played his hand well -- at all

Well, the 2016 primary season came to an end last night with Hillary Clinton beating Bernie Sanders in DC, 79%-21%. And it came to an end without Sanders conceding or endorsing Clinton, although the two met last night and released positive-sounding statements. 

Here's the reality: Sanders hasn't played his hand well. Many of his demands from yesterday (wanting Debbie Wasserman Schultz out of the DNC, ending superdelegates, having more open primaries) seem small. By not conceding a race he trails by every measure possible, he seems even smaller. 

And smaller still is the real leverage he holds, especially after losing eight out of the last 11 contests, after Obama and Warren have already endorsed Clinton, and after polls show Clinton increasing her lead over Trump. The irony here is that Sanders already won -- he performed better than anyone imagined, and he already effectively moved Clinton and her campaign to the left. 

But one of the arts in politics is declaring victory after you've already won. But Sanders continues to march on… Here's the delegate math after last night's DC primary:

In pledged delegates, Clinton is ahead by 392 delegates

Clinton 2,217 (55%)
Sanders 1,825 (45%)
In overall delegates (pledged + super), Clinton leads by 925 delegates

Wasserman Schultz doesn't 100% guarantee she'll remain at the DNC through November

As for DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she refused to 100% guarantee that she would remain in her job through November, per her interview on "MTP Daily" yesterday.

TODD: Do you feel as if your job is part of this negotiation between Clinton and Sanders?
SCHULTZ: No. What I know is that we are working hard to make sure that we have the best nominating convention that any political party has ever put on that will launch our nominee to the White House...
TODD: So would you say definitively you're not leaving this job before the end of November, period?
SCHULTZ: No. I am going to continue to be focused on electing a Democratic president.
TODD: One of my producers isn't fully -- you are -- you plan on being the chair of the DNC through the election in November?
SCHULTZ: I am planning on continuing to focus all the way through the election to the end of my term on making sure that we can elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

The Democratic race, by the numbers

With the Democratic primary season now over, here are some additional numbers to chew on:

Total votes won: Clinton 16.0 million, Sanders 12.3 million

Total states and territories won: Clinton 34, Sanders 22

Total number of primaries won: Clinton 28, Sanders 10

Total number of caucuses won: Sanders 12, Clinton 6

Total spent by campaign: Sanders $202 million, Clinton $174 million

Portman flips on federal gun ban for those on terrorist-watch list

"U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said Tuesday he favors a federal ban on weapons sales to those on the U.S. terrorist watch list, even though he voted against a similar proposal last year," the Plain Dealer writes. It's worth watching to see what other vulnerable GOP senators up for re-election this fall do - like Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson, and Pat Toomey. All of them voted against the legislation last December.

On the trail

Hillary Clinton delivers a speech on national security in Hampton, VA at 1:15 pm ET… Donald Trump holds a rally in Atlanta, GA at noon ET.

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Monday, April 4, 2016


STASI: 2016 presidential election madness is caused by the media    By   LINDA STASI

Hillary Clinton winks and smiles in an episode of “Broad City." Comedy Central

Hillary Clinton winks and smiles in an episode of “Broad City."

Racists, bigots, pompous asses, unhinged religious fanatics, self-loathing children of immigrants, xenophobes, liars, cheats, smug self-promoters, Wall Street prostitutes, hate mongers, gun crazies, do-as-I-say hypocrites, failed business moguls, one victimized wife, an absentee “bridge” player, a brainless brain surgeon and one old socialist. These are the best presidential candidates America could come up with to run our country? Yes, but now (pick from several choices above), we all know Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the ones left standing — until they bloody each other down.

And it’s all the fault of people like me.

We in the media — neutral, left and right — are the ones that caused this blight of buffoons to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting country.


We, along with legions of social media addicts, conspiracy theorists, and high-priced whores known as political advisers, have made it impossible for anyone who isn’t a sociopath, (as opposed to a socialist), to run for higher office.

Why don’t we have a JFK, a Reagan, an FDR stepping up to the plate any longer? It’s simple, stupid.

It’s because the best American minds in the world of business and politics don’t want their children, their spouses, their private lives, their college misdeeds, their every misspoken word, every sexual encounter, and every business deal spun into something rotten.

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Florida. Gerald Herbert/AP

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Florida.

We’ve made it as though smoking a joint is worse than being a racist. As though being a crazy evolution denier and global warming scoffer is better than being a liberal.

As though saying that Jesus has chosen you to be President is saner than saying the Iraq War destabilized the Middle East.

As though fighting an assault-weapons ban is safer than confronting the statistics of mass murder. As though saying you’d like to punch someone who disagrees with you is more logical than saying you believe in diplomacy. As though filling the uninformed with fear of foreigners and black teenagers is more sensible than the facts.

As though coveting the support of the least informed, the most bigoted, the most fearful and the most volatile, the most easily swayed, is healthier for this nation than winning over the most level-headed.

As though accusing your opponents of incompetence before endorsing them for your own political gain isn’t dangerous as hell.
As though screaming about outsourcing jobs while having your goods manufactured in China isn’t two-faced.

As though making it impossible for immigrants to move here, even though you are the son of immigrants, isn’t despicable.


As though John Kasich isn’t the most decent of them all.
As though stealing someone else’s campaign themes, or encouraging hatred, as the two leading contenders have done, is ethical.

As though we don’t owe each other a big apology for not telling the truth loud enough and clear enough — and screw the hits, the shares, the frigging social media likes.

The truth is that the emperor isn’t naked after all. The presumptive emperor is wearing a Chinese-made suit from the Trump collection.


Sarah Palin speaks at a campaign event for Donald Trump in Tampa, Florida.


Instead of being by the side of her husband, who has a collapsed lung and broken ribs and shoulder from a snowmobile accident, Sarah Palin was on the Trump stump Monday using subliminal racist language to align herself with the man who can put this idiot into a cabinet position.

She told a crowd, “And what we don’t have time for is all that petty punk-ass little thuggery stuff that’s been going on with these quote, unquote protesters.”


Sarah calls protesters “thugs” but last time she made news stumping for Trump, her son Track was at her home getting arrested for punching his girlfriend in the face while brandishing an assault rifle.

“Thug” used to be the “microaggressive” subliminal way of saying “guinea” and “wop” until “Guido” became its reprehensible replacement.

Now “thug” is the subliminal white way to use the “N-word” without being accused of using the “N-word.” Black people know it and everybody in the political world knows it. She knows it, too.
Is there a subliminal word for “stupid?”

Richard Simmons called into “E.T.” and the “Today” show voice, not video to prove he’s alive and well. Charles Norfleet/FilmMagic

Richard Simmons called into “E.T.” and the “Today” show voice, not video to prove he’s alive and well.

Wait loss: Has Richard Simmons finally lost so much weight he’s disappeared into nothingness? The weight loss guru in the man-short-shorts has disappeared and his friends think his housekeeper is holding him hostage by witchcraft. Simmons called into “E.T.” and the “Today” show voice, not video to prove he’s alive and well. It only convinced everybody that he’s not. . . . Broken men: Now he finds out! Two years after Kristen Stewart broke up Rupert Sanders’ marriage by cheating with him on her then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson and breaking his heart, she’s breaking the Internet by kissing a girl, the French singer, Soko. . . . Cruz control: Caitlyn Jenner got past her gender confusion only to find herself the tragic victim of political confusion. She says she wants to be the “trans ambassador” for LGBT-repulsed Ted Cruz if he becomes President. She also maintains that Donald Trump is good on women’s issues. She needs more time as a woman to understand that she has become a blockhead.



A fawningly unfunny preview of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” has Hillary Clinton winking her way into a fake Clinton campaign headquarters as stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer babble incoherently with shock and awe.

Each time Clinton blinks, lights blow out. What that magic means is hard to know except that tragically the preview leaked just as the news hit that the House of Representatives was considering a bill to make magic a “recognizable art form.”

Do art forms now have to be recognized by Congress to be acceptable? One of the bill’s sponsors is Staten Island’s own, Rep. Dan Donovan, who replaced congressional-illusionist-turned convict, the sleight of hand, quick of fist Michael Grimm. Must be something in the water in Staten Island.

A preview of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” has Hillary Clinton winking her way into a fake Clinton campaign headquarters as stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer babble incoherently with shock and awe. Comedy Central

A preview of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” has Hillary Clinton winking her way into a fake Clinton campaign headquarters as stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer babble incoherently with shock and awe.


Why don’t airline captains ever get on the PA and announce what the hell is going on when the plane hits tremendous turbulence? It’s inhumane.

On Monday night, on a Delta flight coming back from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the plane felt like it hit something, started dipping, shaking and dipping some more. Or that’s what it felt like. The hung-over lady weightlifter I was sitting next to and I held hands and low-screamed. Not one word from the cockpit. We were sure we were going down. However, there is some good news. The lady weightlifter and I are now engaged much to my husband’s surprise.

12 YRS. A ‘SLAVE’?

Former stripper Amber Baptiste says Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Michael Goguen, kept her as a sex slave for a dozen years.

No, not like she was tied up in his basement and he fed her dog rations through a cage or anything. But by taking her on trips and giving her hundreds of thousands of dollars and then giving her an STD, while he busied himself marrying two other women. She alleges that during the 12 years he kept raping her.

Baptiste is suing Goguen because he then promised her $40 million to keep her silence but didn’t pay the whole amount. So wait. You can sue for breach of blackmail?


Can Trump Be Stopped?

By Patrick J. Buchanan | October 20, 2015 | 5:05 AM EDT

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Anderson, S.C.   (Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP)

Three months ago, this writer sent out a column entitled, "Could Trump Win?" meaning the Republican nomination.

Today even the Trump deniers concede the possibility.

And the emerging question has become:   "Can Trump be stopped? And if so, where, and by whom?"

Consider the catbird seat in which The Donald sits.

An average of national polls puts him around 30 percent, trailed by Dr. Ben Carson with about 20 percent.   No other GOP candidate gets double digits.

Trump is leading Carson in Iowa, running first in New Hampshire, crushing the field in Nevada and South Carolina.   These are the first four contests. In Florida, Trump's support exceeds that of ex-Governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio combined.

If these polls don't turn around, big time, Trump is the nominee.

And with Thanksgiving a month off, then the Christmas season, New Year's, college football playoffs and NFL playoffs, the interest of the nation will drift away, again and again, from politics.

Voting begins Feb. 1 in Iowa. Super Bowl Sunday is Feb. 7. And the New Hampshire primary will likely be on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

We are only three months out, and Trump still holds the high cards.

After months of speeches and TV appearances, he is a far more disciplined campaigner and communicator.   In a year when a huge slice of the nation is disgusted with political correctness, wants to dethrone the establishment, wipe the slate clean and begin anew with someone fresh, Trump is in the pole position.

His issues — secure the border, send illegal immigrants back, renegotiate rotten trade deals that shipped our jobs abroad — are more in tune with the national mood than pro-amnesty, Obamatrade or NAFTA.

Wall Street Journal conservatism is in a bear market.

Trump says he will talk to Vladimir Putin, enforce the nuclear deal with Iran, not tear it up on Inauguration Day, and keep U.S. troops out of Syria.   And South Korea should pay more of the freight and provide more of the troops for its own defense.

A nationalist, and a reluctant interventionist, if U.S. interests are not imperiled, Trump offers a dramatic contrast to the neocons and Hillary Clinton, the probable Democratic nominee.   She not only voted for the Iraq war Trump opposed, but she helped launch the Libyan war.

The lights are burning late tonight in the suites of the establishment tonight.   For not since Sen. Barry Goldwater won the California primary in 1964 have their prospects appeared so grim.

Can Trump be stopped?

Absent some killer gaffe or explosive revelation, he will have to be stopped in Iowa or New Hampshire.   A rival will have to emerge by then, strong enough and resourced enough to beat him by March.

The first hurdle for the establishment in taking down Trump is Carson.   In every national poll, he is second. He's sitting on the votes the establishment candidate will need to overtake Trump.

Iowa is the ideal terrain for a religious-social conservative to upset Trump, as Mike Huckabee showed in 2008 and Rick Santorum in 2012.

But Carson has preempted part of the Evangelical and social conservative vote. Moreover, Sen. Ted Cruz, an anti-establishment man, is working Iowa and has the forensic abilities to rally social conservatives.

Should Trump fall, and his estate go to probate, Cruz's claim would seem superior to that of any establishment favorite.

Indeed, for an establishment-backed candidate — a Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal — to win Iowa, he must break out of the single-digit pack soon, fend off Cruz, strip Carson of part of his following, then overtake Trump.   A tall order.

Yet, the battle to consolidate establishment support has begun.   And despite his name, family associations, size of his Super PAC, Jeb has lost ground to Marco Rubio.   Look to Marco to emerge as the establishment's last best hope to take down Trump.

But if Trump wins in Iowa, he wins in New Hampshire.

The Iowa Caucuses then, the first contest, may well be decisive.   If not stopped there, Trump may be unstoppable.   Yet, as it is a caucus state where voters stick around for hours before voting, organization, intensity and endless labor can pay off big against a front-runner.

In Iowa, for example, Ronald Reagan was defeated by George H. W. Bush in 1980.   Vice President Bush was defeated by Bob Dole and Pat Robertson in 1988. Reagan and Bush I needed and managed comeback victories in New Hampshire.   One cannot lose Iowa and New Hampshire.

Thus, today's task for the Republican establishment.

Between now and March, they must settle on a candidate, hope his rivals get out of the race, defeat Trump in one of the first two contests, or effect his defeat by someone like Carson, then pray Trump will collapse like a house of cards.

The improbabilities of accomplishing this grow by the week, and will soon start looking, increasingly, like an impossibility — absent the kind of celestial intervention that marked the career of the late Calvin Coolidge. 

Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past thirty years—or on another planet—you know who she is. And you probably have an opinion.

"I mean, not too many people with the one name, Hillary," Virginia's Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe told CNN. "I guess a few others. Madonna, a few others ... But everybody knows Hillary."

That's the blessing and the curse. Hillary Clinton does not start her campaign at the starting line, like most. She's a woman who has written two autobiographies — one called "Living History"— and has a resume that checks almost every box, except the one she wants to check this time around: Madame President.
    A Mr. and Mrs. President?
    A Mr. and Mrs. President? 01:03

    She's been through it all, and then some. So it's easy to ask why she would actually do this: another campaign, more targets on her back, the possibility it won't succeed. Again.

    But the tugs at Hillary Clinton to run are much stronger, as it turns out. The tug of the huge Clinton network. The tug of her husband, Bill Clinton. The tug of history as a woman, to be sure. And the tug of national service which, many point out, is what Hillary knows best.

    "It's not just 'I have to do this, I have to make history, I have to be the big shot, they have to play Hail to the Chief when I walk in the room,'" says friend, adviser and fundraiser Paul Begala. "It's really a sense that she's got this agenda and this is the way to get it done."

    Friday, November 27, 2015

    Republicans Are Revolting

    The republicans are revolting and they don't get along too well among themselves either.     Is that sentence true or what?      On both counts.

    The Bush Family Fantasy

    In the Republican debates Jeb Bush had the gall to claim that his brother kept us safe, even though more than 3,000 Americans perished nearly a year into George Bush's Presidency.   Trump had to remind him that in fact 9/11 happened under W's watch.   We haven't been attacked since Obama became President.   He also got Osama bin Laden. 

    Republicans downplay the former as luck, and claim Obama took too much credit for the latter. Neither is true, but the Republicans never give Obama credit for keeping us safe during two terms, and not just after a major terrorist attack..

    Immigrant Bashing

    The Republicans blame illegal immigrants for America's problems, and Trump shamelessly labeled Hispanics, drug dealers and rapists, followed by,  "But I'm sure there are a few who are good people."   Now he's insulting Syrian refugees as terrorists, and he wants to bring back waterboarding.   Perhaps he should ask John McCain, who he insulted by saying he prefers heroes who weren't captured, whether waterboarding is a smart anti-terror strategy.   The Republicans need someone to blame for America's ills so no one focuses on their agenda, which is entirely aimed at the 1 percent.    They create fear  in the hearts of people who get all their info from Fox News to keep them distracted.    But it's the Republican's lamentable lack of agenda that would benefit 99.9 percent of Americans that's to blame.

    The Republican candidates pledge to give their billionaire donors more tax cuts and to dismantle every government agency.  How will that help the 99.9 percent?

    The Republicans' political interests are at odds with those of nearly every American, and they hide this by promising the shrinking middle class they'll benefit from it too. 

    They won't.   Republican voters who aren't wealthy might want to stop voting against their own economic interests.   Supporting billionaires' positions when you're struggling financially is counter-intuitive.   The Republicans oppose a $15 an hour minimum wage by falsely claiming that unemployment follows minimum wage hikes.   In fact it never has.   And demonizing Black, Hispanic, and Middle-Eastern people won't create good paying jobs, but it occupies the Republican base by giving them someone to hate.

    Extraordinary Stupidity

    W. was shockingly unaware there are two Muslim sects, Sunni and Shia or that they detest each other.   Isis and al-Quaeda were born from the chaos after Saddam Hussein's demise.    Blaming Obama for not leaving more troops in Iraq to prevent the chaos falls on deaf ears since nearly every American wanted our troops out.    For Dick Cheney and his friends the war was economically self-serving, and by the way Dick, stop telling everyone that Obama is the worst President ever because you were, without the title.    Your 
    continued justification for the Iraq War even pissed off Fox News anchors.

    Chicken Hawks=Chicken Poop

    With the exception of Rand Paul, an isolationist, the other Republican contenders are chicken hawks.    Each is chomping at the bit to send troops into battle to satisfy the base.   Trump says he'd bomb Isis into oblivion, but since we're already doing this he's just throwing red meat to the mob.    Jeb insisted he'd go to war again in Iraq even knowing what we know today, and he wants to send ground troops into Syria, which in Yogi Berra vernacular is deja vu all over again.

    Not Our Problem

    The Middle East is a Muslim problem only Muslims can resolve.   Our interference will never create peace between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and it won't make democracy grow either.   If we overthrow Assad, a worse dictator or a religious zealot will move in.   The slogan, fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here is meaningless and meant to put fear in American's hearts.   Our safety is based on not being over there in the first place.   And in terms of Israel, which Republican candidates fervently pledge to protect, no Democrat, including Obama ever suggested walking away from them.

    Window Dressing

    Republican challengers adamantly oppose the anti-nuclear treaty with Iran for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which is their obsessive hatred for Obama, who they've treated like a black interloper whose success must never be repeated.

    They publicly disrespect him, thus emboldening each other's racist attitudes.    Their claim that racism is over is racist because it's not.   Can anyone imagine the Koch brothers hugging Ben Carson?    Yeah, sure you can.

    Lynch Mob

    Donald Trump's anti-immigrant lynch mob is proof that America's educational system is broken, because fanatical support for a racist businessman whose simplistic ideas best represent the world views of a comic book hero, is just ignorant.   And his steady stream of racist lies is being gobbled up by his mob as gospel.    Cheering Arabs in New Jersey after 9/11, a total fabrication is his latest red meat offering, along with America taking in 250,000 Syrian refugees when the number is only 25,000.    I don't know if his adherents are the dumbest, most simple-minded Americans in history, but they're serious contenders for the title. 

    Trump is an unconscionable narcissist whose only goal is to be admired, even if it's for all the wrong reasons.    And let's be clear, he has no interest in becoming President.   This is a game he's playing like opening casinos and bankrupting them.   He's gambling with the lives of Americans who are rightfully concerned, but he offers nothing but egotistical rhetoric.   The Republicans are in a Catch-22 with Hispanics.   They revile them publicly but they can't get to the White House without their votes.   Robin Williams delivered a line to an uptight Army Sergeant in, Good  Morning Vietnam that fits Trump's myopic followers perfectly;   they're in more dire need of a blowjob than any white men in history.

    Roman Circus

    The Republican debates have the feel of the Roman circus.   The gladiators try to bloody each other sufficient to get thumbs up from religious zealots, anti-evolutionists, racists, billionaires,  anti-labor activists, angry white men, xenophobes, and high school dropouts.   Their attitudes about women are antediluvian, which I'll 
    define for the Republican base;   relating to the period before the flood mentioned in the Bible. And let's not forget the Republican's fake war on Christianity and Christmas, which they manufactured to distract the base and keep them fired up.   That more than 40% of Republicans believe Obama is a Muslim is an admission of ignorance that the base seems proud to display. 

    Huckabee said yesterday that Obama will make Americans memorize the Koran.   And remember the woman at the Republican town hall meeting who said she didn't want the government interfering with her Medicare?    Some of the candidates proudly claim not to believe in evolution, climate change, or that the planet is billions of years older than their base insists it is. Anti-science is their true religion.

    Best Choice

    I admit I'm not an avid fan of Hillary's, but I'll support her because she's smarter than the bag of hammers running against her.    And if there's one lesson we learned from the Bush years, it's that brains count in the White House.    Electing a Republican means the dwindling middle class would vanish, the 1 percent will get richer, more military involvements, the planet will move closer to extinction, and not one job will be created. 

    Sure, Hillary is supported by special interests too, but hers don't oppose a $15-an-hour minimum wage, believe that climate change is a hoax, fear the "browning" of America, or that Sharia Law is actually a threat to the American legal system.

    The GOP candidates pretend they're Ronald Reagan's successors.   They're not, and he would be appalled by their simple-minded rhetoric.

    Don't Waste Your Vote

    Bernie Sanders is like the curmudgeonly uncle who pontificates over Thanksgiving dinner, and while he may have more egalitarian ideas than Hillary, he's highly unlikely to win.   The last time Democrats stood up for their principles they supported Ralph Nader and we lost the White House to one of the worst Presidents in history.   It's Hillary or disaster, so remember that when you're in the voting booth thinking about making a principled statement.


    From the beginning of his campaign, the billionaire showman has demonstrated a knack for winning the spotlight with incredible boasting and a penchant for lobbing incendiary rhetorical bombs.    But in the last week, Trump seems to have outdone himself with his penchant for controversy, and the Republican Party is worried about it.

    Earlier this week, the Republican presidential front-runner embarked on a 96-hour-long tour de force of racially charged statements.    He re tweeted false statistics about black-on-white crime that seem to have originated from a neo-Nazi Twitter account.   He defended the idea that Muslim Americans could be registered in special databases, even as reporters asked him to distinguish between his proposal and Nazi registration of Jews in Germany.    He insisted that there were large crowds of Muslims in New Jersey cheering as the World Trade Centers collapsed on 9/11, a claim that has not been corroborated by any serious source.   And when a peaceful Black Lives Matter protester at one 
    of his rallies was assaulted by Trump's supporters, he condoned the act by saying,   "Maybe he should have been roughed up."

    Trump is no stranger to exploiting racial tensions and tapping into white nationalist sentiment — both serve as the very foundation for his candidacy.    But, over the past several weeks, he's been so unabashedly confrontational that some members of the Republican establishment are making a new concerted effort to portray Trump as having gone off the deep end.    Whether or not they agree with some of his points, it's clear that Republicans are concerned about the party's public image in the the general election and feel the need to not only take Trump down as a nominee, but distance the entire party from many of his views. 

    Toward that end, a number of Republicans have decided to ramp up the attacks dramatically: They're characterizing him as an out-and-out fascist.

    The F-word:  CNN's MJ Lee has a useful round-up of Republicans who are deciding to unite around the "fascist" label.   As she points out, a number of prominent voices in the Republican race have decided it's an appropriate way to characterize Trump's rhetoric.

    One is Max Boot, an adviser to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who tweeted that Trump deserved the fascist label.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's national security adviser John Noonan thinks the Muslim database isn't just a precursor to a Nazi-like regime, but actually a plain element of one as he launches his attacks agasinst Trump.

    Steve Deace, a radio show host in Iowa who has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz in the primaries, said Trump was guilty of fostering "creeping fascism".   
    The very introduction of the "fascist" label by some Republicans is remarkable.   But it isn't a sophisticated appraisal of Trump's theory of change as much as an attempt to absolutely repudiate some of his most controversial rhetoric and to draw a line in the sand in what the party should be able to say about Muslims.

    The line might be boldly drawn, but it's not enough to stem the party's problem with alienating the Muslim community.   Bush and Cruz have called for a religion test for Syrian refugees and for prioritizing or exclusively taking in Christians fleeing the war-torn region.    Sen. Rand Paul has called for denying visas to people from countries with active jihadist movements and barring refugees from 34 countries — including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran — from housing benefits.    Republican governors across the nation have said that Syrian migrants are not welcome in their states.

    Will claims of Trump being a fascist bring him down in the polls?   It could hurt.   But so far the man has virtually defied every law of politics that forecasters have expected to take him down for months.   The reality is that it's not just Trump that feels this way about Muslims, it's quite a bit of America. 


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