Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Trump Wins in New Hampshire---Convincingly

As the polls predicted, Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Primary last night in convincing fashion, garnering over 35% in a field of eight Republican candidates.  Second place went to Ohio governor John Kasich with 15.9%, followed by Iowa winner Ted Cruz at 11.6%, and Jeb Bush at 11.1% in fourth place.  Falling down the ladder a bit, Florida Senator Marco Rubio finished in a disappointing 5th place with 10.6%.  The remaining candidates finished in single digits: Chris Christie 7.5%, Carly Fiorina 4.2%, and bringing up the rear was Dr. Ben Carson collecting only 2.3% of the vote.

On the Democratic side, as predicted, self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders blasted Hillary Clinton out of the water with a whopping 60% of the vote to Clinton's 39%.  Terms like painful, crushing, and angry were employed in describing how far Clinton has fallen from the once "inevitable" distinction she held just six months earlier.  In a state where both Bill and Hillary won in previous primaries, the Granite State was not too kind to Mrs. Clinton, where Sanders garnered 70% of the youth vote.  In what's being called "a sharp rebuke to establishment politics that will likely set off warning bells among the Democratic elite", it should be noted that a much similar rebuke is also coming from the Republican side of the coin.

Here comes the canned establishment Media spin----

The ink wasn't even dry in publishing the results of the NH primary before the Media began spinning their deceitful web of obfuscations and prognostications, but Hillary's formidable fire-wall appears to becoming a worn-out picket fence that may not hold back the anger from an electorate overwhelmingly rejecting the status quo establishment both the Media and the pundits will battle going into South Carolina and beyond.

With 79% of Democratic women ages 18-29 supporting Sanders over Clinton in New Hampshire, Clinton's expectation of the Black and Latino vote might become a wash.

In the Republican race, even Fox News failed, (again), to provide Iowa winner Ted Cruz with any ink, but seemed to hold out hope for Bush or Rubio, the establishment Media's final pair, both who have yet to win a primary. Historically, no Republican candidate has gone on to win the Presidential nomination that didn't win in either Iowa or New Hampshire---a fact the pundits/journalist at Fox conveniently forgot to mention.  
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, though, is staying behind -- returning to his home state after a disappointing sixth-place finish with a mere 8 percent of the vote. He told supporters he planned to make a decision Wednesday on the way forward with the viability of his campaign now in serious doubt.

The rest head to the Palmetto State, each facing a unique challenge: Trump aims to hold his front-runner status after cementing it in New Hampshire on the heels of his Iowa loss. Kasich, while getting a big boost out of Tuesday’s contest, will look to demonstrate he can play beyond New Hampshire. And as Cruz and Bush look to build on their performance, Rubio is vowing to improve after a rocky debate seemingly disrupted his momentum. 
"That will never happen again," Rubio told supporters Tuesday, referring to his Saturday debate performance.
On twitter, Patrick Frey at Patterico was the first to mockingly repeat Rubio's repetitive nature.  

Patterico ‏@Patterico 7h7 hours ago

Patterico Retweeted Marco Rubio

And let me also say: listen to this, that will never happen again.

FollowMarco RubioVerified account‏@marcorubio

"Our disappointment tonight is not on you. It's on me. I did not do well on Saturday night. So listen to this, that will never happen again."

Meanwhile, earth to journalist----DONALD TRUMP WON! And he may even sweep through South Carolina with another victory in his "Make America Great Again" hat.

Updates to follow........

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Splashed Across the Drudge Report Headlines

The link leads you to this WND Exclusive:

Conservative icon calls media favorite 'lackey for the establishment'

In the story, Schlafly doesn't make any bones about how disappointed she is with Rubio:

“When Marco Rubio ran for the Senate in Florida, I think I was the first one to endorse him,” said Phyllis Schlafly. “I made a trip down to Florida in 2009 just for the purpose of helping him.” 
But Schlafly, a legendary conservative activist, author and WND columnist, now says she is bitterly disappointed by Rubio’s record. 
“Once he got elected, he betrayed us all,” she told WND. “He said he was against amnesty and against the establishment. And once he got in, right away, he became an agent of the establishment. And now, of course, he’s big for amnesty and letting all the illegal immigrants in. He betrayed us a number of times on that issue.”
One thing is clear, Rubio won't change.  Which means we, the people must do the "changing".  The full-throated push for Rubio became apparent when he finished third in Iowa and the Establishment Media treated him as if he'd won the Caucus, bypassing the story of an historic Hispanic Ted Cruz victory.  

But once again, the Media believes they alone are the gate-keepers of the White House, and we, the sheep, must follow them blindly into the den of wolves---by voting for their hand-picked candidate.  

There's really only two choices left on this ticket---Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. Any other choice, (especially Rubio), leaves us right back where we were in 2008 & 2012 with a McCain/Romney ticket.  Read the Schlafly story in its entirety if you have any doubts that Rubio is anything other that the Establishment's pick.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cruzin' to a Victory in Iowa UPDATE: Mainstream Media Glosses Over Historic Latino Win

Ted Cruz pulled out a simi-surprising victory in Iowa last night, upsetting Donald Trump's plans to sweep the first two primaries in the Republican nomination process.  With a record turnout of reportedly 180,000 Republicans, (that the media claimed would favor Trump), Cruz simply "out-organized" the rest of the field as Iowans embraced an anti-establishment outsider.  With several cards stacked against him, (Iowa Republican Governor Branstad calling for his defeat, the media and his fellow candidates questioning his eligibility, and telling Iowans they could live without government subsidies), the man who un-apologetically thanks God for his accomplishments, promises to restore the Constitution and defend the religious liberties afforded to all Americans, the Cruz-Crew defied all of these odds.
"Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next president of the United States will not be chosen by the media, will not be chosen by the Washington establishment, will not be chosen by the lobbyists, but will be chosen by the most incredible, powerful force — where all sovereignty resides in our nation — by we the people, the American people," Cruz declared.
The rejection of the Republican Establishment candidates left a clear message that Americans are indeed sick and tired of a status quo Washington Cartel deciding who will represent them in the White House.  60% of the total vote went to non-establishment candidates.

(Sidenote:  A quick scan of google with "Cruz Wins Iowa" shows much of the media emphasizing a Trump's loss)

Ted Cruz finished ahead of Trump 28% to 24%, while Marco Rubio came in just one point behind Trump at 23%.  Official results can be found here.

On the other side of the isle, Hillary Clinton found herself in a dog-fight against self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders.  As of midnight, (Iowa time), neither state officials or the media could make the call for a winner.

Although CNN forced themselves to report Clinton claimed the victory, it's hard to understand how a 30 point lead over Sanders just 90 days ago, justifies a "victorious" claim.  Cruz took a stab at the two Democratic contenders during his victory speech, stating "one candidate who is a socialist, and the other who pretends she's not".

With the momentum clearly in Ted Cruz's corner, (and reportedly $19 million still in his war-chest), the race for the White House finds the Establishment Media---and the power-brokers in Washington---scratching their collective heads as the race moves to New Hampshire, where the latest RCP polling has Trump up on Cruz by 18-25 points, and Sanders has a commanding lead over Clinton by 21-30 points.

(Sidenote 2: Two candidates called it quits last night.  Former Governor Mike Huckabee on the Republican side, and former Governor Martin O’Malley on the Democrat's side.  Overall, the "governors" did not fair well last night where Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich – all finished below 3 percent.)

Update:  Since the American Media can't/won't report what happened last night, I guess we'll have to depend on an over-seas publication:
“Do not think that just because the high profile rebels didn’t win that Iowa wasn’t the scene of a rebellion. Last night, tectonic plates shifted in American politics: quietly, subtly. But the ground still moved. 
On the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton was taken to a “virtual tie” by a 74-year old socialist. On the Republican side, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz – two halves of the same anti-establishment revolt – polled over 50 per cent in a Republican caucus with a historic turnout. And even Marco Rubio, whose name will dominate media coverage the days to come, represents a rebellion of his own. The squares are fighting back against the whacko-birds.”
Three cheers for the squares.

Update: Terry Schilling at the Daily Caller pointed out how the Mainstream Media basically passed over what should have been the Headline of the night, the fact that a Hispanic-American had won a primary for the first time in American history.
"Ted Cruz is the first Hispanic-American to ever win the Iowa Caucus. And not only that, he is the first Hispanic-American to win any presidential primary – for any party – ever. And it was the religious right that pushed him to victory. 
51 percent of Iowa caucus-goers – some of the whitest voters in the country – voted for Latino candidates. Cruz received 28 percent of the vote, while Marco Rubio placed third with 23 percent."
Throw in Ben Carson's 9% and that means Republican minority candidates received 60% of the Iowa vote.  So much for the pathetic narrative that Republicans are racist.  Instead, the media focused most of their attention on three white people---Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary.

Monday, February 1, 2016

2016 Iowa Caucus

Let the games, (Caucuses) begin.  The Media has spoken, (both liberal, and not so liberal, ie Fox News Crew), and, the political pundits have all had their say. Even Tom Brokaw says, "don't underestimate the power of social media", and we shall indeed see how this power is displayed in the days ahead. 

But, for now, today in Iowa, it's up to the People.

Off and on today, yours truly will be live-blogging the "final" words of the media and the pundits, and, at the end of the day, reporting the results of this first primary stop for the Politicians---

The top three Republican contenders are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio.  Dr. Ben Carson is not far behind these three, but the rest of the field is in single digits, including the disappointing campaign of Jeb Bush, who's only managing a 2% margin.

On the other side of the isle, the Democrats will decide between Hillary and Bernie in a closely contested race.  It was only a few months ago that Mrs. Clinton maintained a healthy lead over Sanders.  That has all changed.

From the Media and the Pundits:

The National Review, (who wrote a scathing anti-Trump "editorial" by the entire writing staff---now deemed "Editors"---is post today that a Trump win in Iowa really doesn't mean that much, with a most lede-ing title:

"Why the Iowa Caucus (Probably) Won’t Alter the Fundamentals of the GOP Race"

CNN's morning headline:  "Donald Trump defies political gravity"

From the Twitters-phere:

The Daily Caller ‏@DailyCaller 1h1 hour ago
On The Collision Course With Ted Cruz And Marco Rubio In Iowa

Bloomberg Politics ‏@bpolitics 1h1 hour ago
The choice for Iowa Republicans: Trump's strength or Cruz's purity

Much more to come.................

Shocking statement from MSNBC's Chris Matthews: "One of greatest campaign slogans I've heard in years"----Make America Great Again.

Narrative of the Day, working up & repeated often this morning: "It's only one state in a long process".

Sunday, January 31, 2016

2016 Presidential Election Begins---An Angry Electorate Going to the Polls

On the eve of the Iowa Caucus, the first state to begin the 2016 Presidential Election process, one constant impression stands out---the electorate is angry.

While the Mainstream (Liberal) Media has done their best to gloss over an Obama Presidency that still leaves this nation "progressively stagnant" with failed domestic and foreign policies, (along with the disdain for "leadership" in Congress), an angry electorate appears to be ready to toss all the rascals out.

And, as the Republican constituents have made it perfectly clear they're in no mood for a conventional leader, (another Bush, Christie, or Kasich), the Democrats have moved even farther to the left with two candidates destined for rejection.  One, (Hillary Clinton), would have us follow the Obama path of a "socialist-lite" government, while the other, (Bernie Sanders), wants to expand the Federal Government's intrusion of liberties into a full blown Socialist State, putting an end to Capitalism, individual responsibility, and, most likely abolishing the Bill of Rights.

(For the record, a McClatchy news article begins to explain this anger, but includes Sanders as a potential solution).

Enter, the Anti-Establishment Candidates

Fed up to their eyebrows with the conventional candidates who would keep the status quo in Washington, (that has basically failed for a few decades), Republicans, (Conservatives, Moderates, Independents, and even many Christians), are abandoning all "conventional wisdom" in choosing a President.  (Note: I put conventional wisdom in quotes because this election cycle contains a complete reversal of what term used to mean).

Leading the final polling in the Des Moines Register is none other than Mr. Unconventional himself, Donald Trump at 28%.  The independent-minded billionaire, turned politician, is collecting the results of an angry electorate, the disenchanted followers of "hope and change", and certainly the status quo Washington D.C. Cartel who can no longer hide behind their hollow promises of making life better for the middle class.  And, in spite of Obama's apology for America's Exceptionalism, Donald Trump has promised to Make America Great Again.  

Five points behind Trump is the other "non-conventional-anti-establishment" candidate, Ted Cruz at 23%.  Despised by many of his fellow Senators, (for mostly bucking the Obama Doctrine, and the D.C. status quo Cartel of both Democrats and Republicans), Cruz has carefully followed the coattails of Trump's anti-establishment campaign, leaving the electorate with two choices of "outsiders". With the exception of Marco Rubio, (at 15%), and Dr. Ben Carson at 10%, the rest of the field of Republicans are in single digits, with Jeb Bush falling the furthest, garnering only 2% "support".

For a change, all the money in the world, (and in the pockets of Pacs), may not change the feelings of an angry electorate.  Monday night, we may see exactly how angry a nation can get when they've heard enough of the phony promise-keepers, asking them, [the electorate], for their hard-earned dollars to propel their ambitions. 

One thing is clear---no one's filling Donald Trump's pockets to advance their status quo agendas, or another making of a conventional President.  And, it's driving the Media and the political pundits completely mad.

If were lucky, perhaps they'll be angry too.       

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words-----Part Two

Missing in action is the lady who would be coronated, Hillary Clinton, who couldn't make it back from a commercial break in time for the live coverage. The official excuse from the Clinton campaign was there was only one bathroom for the ladies, and some one had beaten her to the room, (despite her political operatives foreseeing the potential debacle and saving her place in line).  An "over-caffeinated" staffer of Presidential candidate Martin O'Malley had some how jumped ahead of line.

Also during this "debate", Mrs. Clinton made up another "video whopper story", claiming ISIS is showing Donald Trump videos for recruiting purposes.  Fact-checkers the following day searched in vain for the video, (even the Liberal News Network CNN disputed Clinton's contention), but all they could find is an old Mohammad video blamed for the "spontaneous demonstration" that caused the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.  Factcheckers were not necessary in Mrs. Clinton's Benghazi whopper---a non-terrorist attack---because her President, and then National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, both backed her story up claiming there was no pre-planned terrorist attack on the consulate.

As many will remember, Mr. Obama was working on his re-election bid, and the campaign was claiming "al Qaeda was on the run, and Bin Laden was dead". 

Patching this narrative together with Obama's complete withdrawal of troops from Iraq, (to stake the claim that he'd ended a war), an actual terrorist attack murdering an American Ambassador would have destroyed the President's claim that his foreign policy leadership was working perfectly.  With just two weeks before the election, and Susan Rice's blitz of lies, (and both Obama and Clinton blaming the attack on a video-maker) an ever complicit liberal media rubber-stamped this false narrative, and Obama went on to win his second term.

It should also be mentioned that this "debate" took place on a Saturday evening the same time as the much of the national audience were viewing a Jets/Cowboys football game.  The next Democratic Debate is scheduled for a Sunday, when not one, but two NFL playoff games are to be nationally televised.  It's obvious to almost everyone that the DNC intends to keep Mrs. Clinton from as little exposure as possible in this pre-determined Coronation.

One could guess keeping Mrs. Clinton off the stage might have been a little over-kill.  But then, Mr. Obama's tardiness to the podium, (during most of his press conferences), keeps Mrs. Clinton joined at the hip---in both policies and appearances---with the current occupant in the White House.  Coupling this with the whoppers both seem to tell on a regular basis, an American electorate can look forward to what the weatherman* says, "there will be no change".

* (I threw in this politically incorrect term purposely to point out we should all remain gender-neutral during this campaign period---a reminder Mrs. Clinton should remember---on her way to the lady's room.)