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A Few of My Visits with the Four Morons

For those new to my work, I here do refer to Reid, McConnell, Pelosi and Ryan (formerly Boehner). The list is not exhaustive. But you can make a game of finding the rest of the references.

Well, Thank You, Mister Speaker!

The Emperor Has No Vocabulary!

Do You Remember NOW?

Is Woodward Really Such a Boy Scout?

The Entire Federal Government is a Sewer. I Blame You!

How Low Can We Go?

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Well, Thank You, Mister Speaker!

Who remembers how Paul Ryan (R-WI) coyly demurred when asked if he intended to be Speaker of the House upon Boehner’s departure? Nooooo. He said. He was happy with his committee chair and he had no further ambitions in the house. But as soon as Umpa Lumpa vacated, Ryan was not only ready to run, but had a prepared list of demands which, amazingly, included the unanimous support of the republican caucus and weekends off.

I can respect the free weekends.

He damn near got the unanimous acclaim. For the skeptical few who knew better, i.e. the people who recognized him as a clone of Umpa Lumpa, their refusal of support was quickly vindicated. In his first three acts as Speaker, Ryan gave Obama everything he wanted, getting nothing of value in return. On the budget and Obamacare, Ryan simply showed the Democrats his belly and urinated.

We can’t fight now, he explained, we need to hold our fire and fight the big battles next year. We can’t send Obama a bill he’ll just veto. We can’t use our constitutional power of the purse to affect outcomes.

Uh, Paul…Yes, you can. It is called doing your duty and representing the people who not only elected YOU, but put your caucus in the majority. Those same to whom you have pandered and promptly ignored in the last several congresses. YES, you can and should send bills to be vetoed. Let the Dems try to defend their position and then blast their argument! That’s the process outlined in the little constitution you cynically used as a prop in your 3/23 speech.

As for his primary assertion, next year never comes in terms of Republicans finally fighting for something.

Like Boehner, Reid, Pelosi and McConnell, Ryan believes that the legislative process works this way: One of the four morons or the president (in this case, the 5th moron) wants a bill passed. The five meet in the White House to “negotiate” until the Democrats get everything they want. In the case of Boehner’s last budget negotiations, the Dems took the entire $5 trillion show and gave Boehner a $250 million dollar cut to some low level program as a “compromise”. Then the shitty deal, now called a bill, is brought before congress. If there is any debate at all, it is simply 90 minutes of theater, and a vote is immediately held with Republican “leadership” pressuring their own caucus to vote for the shitty deal.

Clearly, Speaker Ryan has not read the little book he waves around at speeches. If he has, then he is a coward, corrupt, or Illiterate. Perhaps he is all three. (Nah, he can read.)

Over the past several months,Trump and his supporters have gotten a boatload of grief from this website. You can find two examples here and here.

But there is one thing that will have me standing shoulder to shoulder with the looniest of what I call the Trump cult.

Ryan Announces His Candidacy

In a nakedly choreographed maneuver, Paul Ryan just happened to have an interview on FOX on 22 March. He was asked questions that brilliantly “presaged” the speech he was to give from a committee room on 23 March. During that interview, asked if he would accept a convention site nomination in the event of a stalemate, Ryan smiled and shook his head, as if to say, “Silly Megyn.” He said that’s not going to happen. He told Kelly that the nominee should be someone running now. Sound familiar?

This was as slick a sidestep as anything a Clinton could devise. Ryan leaves the scantiest of wiggle room, so he can later say, “Well, I sure as heck didn’t expect this! But golly, if it means that much to you…”

He then made his speech, complete with four flags in the background, as if he was already the head of state (or in a campaign). He used phases like, “dare to inspire!” and “go bold.” He complained that when people “don’t trust politicians, they loose their trust in institutions.”

Wellllll! Good Morning, Mr. Speaker! Maybe you get it! But the apparent reason you were making the speech was to combat the tone and tenor of the ongoing campaign. That is to say you were speaking in opposition to Donald Trump.

Who doesn’t know that it is Ryan and the other morons that have caused the rise of Trump? People aren’t so much supporting Trump as venting their anger at you, Ryan! And now you want to be the answer to that anger? Well – thank you, no!

I have defended procedure, including rule 40b of the Rules of the Republican Party. If one candidate doesn’t have the full 1237 delegates, the process outlines very clearly that the selection will occur at the convention. That is what everyone signed up for. If they don’t understand that, they are too stupid to be president. BUT –  if the GOP decides to throw in a ringer, just to upset the apple cart, I will be among those yelling the loudest. Just as I would be if Trump didn’t have the requisite delegates but the party slid him the nomination by some kind of royal proclamation.

I’ve always tried to promote my work, including this site. But I never did anything outrageous. If the outcome of this primary process is manipulated by anyone other than the candidates, including efforts to thwart Trump; outrageous I will be. And I’ll have the credibility of being Trump’s meanest critique. And when I say candidates, I include all those who suspended their campaigns. They are still officially in it and in the event of a stalemate, they would not be interlopers to the process. But now, Ryan has announced his candidacy by denying it. He, sure as hell, better not be the SOB at the podium when the balloons and confetti start falling.

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How Everyone Can Ruin the GOP

There seems to be tremendous misunderstanding of rule 40b of THE RULES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY [1. AS ADOPTED BY THE
2012 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION TAMPA, FLORIDA AUGUST 27, 2012 **AMENDED BY THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON APRIL 12, 2013, JANUARY 24, 2014, MAY 9, 2014& AUGUST 8, 2014**] among even supposedly capable reporters and journalists/bloggers. This misunderstanding of the rules could very well serve to exacerbate the growing friction surrounding a possible open convention.

I will attempt to clarify the rule for anyone who might be interested in actually knowing the facts. I am of the mind that many see things in the rule that aren’t there to forward their own agenda or to elevate their candidate to an imaginary status. Others simply get it wrong.

In his 13 Dec article for Real Clear Politics, David Byler demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of 40b. And he is not alone.

Many people think if someone gets to the convention floor with a plurality of votes, and a majority of delegates in 8 states, then that candidate must be given the nomination or some kind of affront must have been committed. But Rule 40b, found in the first link above, states with crystal clarity that the eight state delegate majority only permits a candidate to enter his name for nomination at the convention. It means nothing in terms of that candidate actually being nominated.

The growing chorus among Trump supporters is that if they have the PLURALITY of delegates by July (leaving aside the existing byzantine rules governing each state’s processes) that Trump should be the nominee. Well, sorry to disappoint everyone, but at the moment, the rules in place at the time all candidates entered the race DO NOT say that.

To get the nomination before the convention a candidate must have garnered 1237 (a MAJORITY or more than 50%) of all delegates. If no one has achieved that, then the rules for nominating a candidate at the convention are in effect. This is not a plot to stop Trump. This is not the establishment attacking anyone. It is a simple case of following the rules. You know, rules; those things Democrats and College crybabies like to ignore.

At the moment, there is no ethical reason to suspend the rules in favor anyone. So, if we get to July and no one has the 1237 required for nomination, all three remaining candidates must demonstrate that they have carried the majority of delegates in 8 states in order to advance to the convention as a candidate. It is altogether possible that John Kasich will fall short of this mark (I can hear John now, whining to anyone who will listen, “But hey, I carried Ohio. I should be allowed to compete at the convention.” Sorry, dude.) That will likely leave Cruz and Trump.

Beyond 40b

Now, if no winner emerges from the first vote, the chairman will call for repeated votes between Cruz and Trump to see if anything shakes loose in either direction. After the first vote is taken, many delegates will not longer be bound to the candidate to which they were previously bound. There is the possibility that a new player or a previous candidate who had suspended their campaign could declare their candidacy. In such an event the rules committee could provide for that new candidate.

So far, there is nothing here that anyone can hypothetically cry about in advance of the convention. If any of these eventualities occur and an unreasonable or violent outburst result, the damage done to the party will be on the heads of those facilitating or committing unreasonable or violent acts, not the GOP.

If however, the rules of the convention, or qualifying for the convention, should suddenly be changed to the disadvantage of any candidate – OR – should the GOP blatantly take sides against any or all of the primary field and put forward a ringer to compete at the convention, then all damage to the party will be on the GOP itself.

The rules in place are perfectly reasonable. To quell the rising rancor in the GOP, the mature, ethical and responsible approach would be the following:

  1. GOP: Butt out. Enforce the rules and let the voters decide who  they want as a candidate.
  2. Candidates: quit crying about process and get back to the issues, primary among which is the economy and jobs. Leave process to the GOP (so long as the GOP respects point 1).
  3. Voters: Pay attention to what candidates are saying and make your decisions based on the quality of the argument. Don’t be conned by empty populism (Trump) or identity politics (Cruz). Make them work for your vote.

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The Emperor Has No Vocabulary!

My earliest mentions of Trump, going back to the first few days of his campaign – you can find it all on this site – spoke to his utter incompetence as a communicator. I was, and I am still shocked at the seemingly intelligent people who say that while the Donald is not a good speaker, he is just  “telling it like it is.”

WTF? Trump hasn’t told us anything since he kicked off his campaign other than how ignorant he is of the real world. That would be the world outside real estate investing.

As I have said repeatedly here, it is Trump’s followers who constantly try to translate his gibberish into intelligent English. Usually these translations have absolutely nothing to do with a word the candidate has actually said himself. And there is no reasoning with the Trump cult.

It is interesting to note that the media is finally taking Trump to task for his nonsensical and self-contradictory speech.

But perhaps a bit of accurate satire could do the trick. The problem with satire and political cartoons over the past several years is that they rarely hit home as good satire should.

Firstly, good satire, real satire, is based on a nugget of truth. You take a true statement and then register your approval or disapproval in a comedic or hard-hitting way. You rarely see that in modern satire. I’ll give you an example.

One of the most popular images employed against the GOP is the elephant; fat, evil-eyed, surrounded by, or in some way catering to, bankers and Wall Street types. The images are often creative and funny, but don’t rise to the level of actual satire because they are not true when talking about rank and file republican politicians. And when you are trying to direct that fire on the Four Morons[1. You can search that term on this site.] and their cadre (friends of the Chamber of Commerce), you are portraying a group that is nowhere near as adept at sucking up corrupt dollars as their Democratic counterparts. Big money interest in politics is what feeds the crony capitalist system. And the GOP is simply not good at it.

But every so often you come across satire that is right on target. In this case the satirist uses the candidate’s undeniably silly words against him. And the statements on display here are vintage Trump. It captures the very nature of his entire persona, the essence of his communication skills. I am not kidding…let me tell you…believe me.

This is funny and accurate.

Trump’s most lucid moment to date was his recent appearance at American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Speaking from a teleprompter (I am not knocking this like some in the press are) he still managed to sound like a second rate thinker. His speech writer(s) created a piece that they felt Trump could pull off by throwing up a standard, 30 year-old, laundry list of pro-Israeli junk all candidates in every party say at such events. In evidence, Trump offered “Let me tell you…” and “believe me” (the latter nine times before I stopped counting) along with several minutes dedicated to his heading up an Israeli Day parade.[2. No one realized his statement that many others had turned the honor down before he was even asked was not evidence of anything other than a group was desperately seeking a celebrity and had to settle for Trump.] The entire presentation was devoid of substantive, actionable pronouncements.

Contrast his AIPAC speech to those of Cruz and Kasich. (For the record, I like Kasich and he will never be president. I personally dislike Cruz and voted for him.) Theirs were cogent, concise and gave examples to convey not only where they stand, but their understanding of Israel and its challenges. They left no doubt about their intentions and abilities to carry them out.

While it is certainly within the realm of reason to disagree with anything either of them said, to put Trump’s empty can of stuff on the same plain as either of the others is to take flight from reality.

There seems to be quite a few people taking that trip lately. Is it simple, intellectual laziness?

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Any Adults Out There?

We’ve watched more then once as the GOP has pissed away elections they should have won in a walk. But this time, they have really screwed the pooch. It all could have been avoided if the candidates themselves understood the basic realities pointed out in my book. Having failed to do so (Trump follows only chapters one and two then proceeds to destroy himself from there), they have put the party on a collision course with disaster. And the party hacks are accelerating the process.

A bit of petulance is common in every election season. “If my guy isn’t elected, I’m not going to vote in November.” Translation: “I’m a worthless crybaby who doesn’t really understand the political process.”

But I never thought I’d see the day where the sissy boys and cranky girls dominated the conversation. Especially in the GOP! I certainly never considered for a moment the biggest cry baby and sissy bait would hold the lead in the nominating process this late in the game.

We’re still months from the convention, but there stands Donald Trump, crying that if he holds the lead come convention time, but doesn’t have the requisite votes to carry the nomination, rules should be set aside just for him. He should be handed the nomination anyway. He has even telegraphed to his drones what they should do if he is forced to endure rules like everyone else. “Very bad things will happen” and “riots in the streets” are his way of directing the actions of his cult and threatening fellow Americans. It’s like whining to the AAU, “Aww, c’mon! I got within two tenths of a second to the world record. Just give it to me. If not my team mates just might beat up the time keeper. I’m just sayin’.” So damned childish!

The only correct statement a responsible adult should make to the question – what will happen in the event of a contested convention? – can certainly note peoples frustration, but should also include a strong and clear admonishment against violence or destructive behavior. This, especially after Chicago.

But that’s not what Donald wants. He wishes to incite violence. Later he’ll say. “I didn’t want this. But look how I am treated. It’s so UNFAIR.” His cult drones, and the media talking heads who want to rip him apart in a general election, make excuses for Trump. But his earlier remarks to already excited crowds, (“I’d like to punch that guy in the face” and “Knock the hell out of them, seriously – knock the hell – I’ll pay the damages”) were intended to incite violence. Period. Why? Because Trump thinks he’s special. He really believes he is personally important enough that you should hurt another human being to advance his campaign. And he is adolescent enough to say so.

In a blizzard of blindingly ignorant remarks he’s made since he announced his candidacy, these incitements are the worst. They are lowest, most despicable I’ve ever heard directed to supporters by a presidential candidate. It should earn him our ridicule and scorn, not excuses and votes.

Let me put it another way. If Hillary Clinton said that if the GOP did xyz, “cars would burn, people might get hurt,” the very same Trump goobers would be screaming, veins protruding from their foreheads, what a horrible person she is. But I know most of the people I speak of right now are cementing further in their own minds that Donald Trump is their lord and savior, and anyone who says otherwise is a hater.

There is a special place for people like this on the college campi across the country where students are demanding safe spaces, gender neutral locker rooms, dorms just for gay people, a vote on tenure, formal, mandatory seminars to make whites aware of their “white privilege”, the hiring of coaches based on race (not talent), e-i-e-i-o. The list goes on and on at demands.org. Of course, none of this has anything to do with the quality of the education these precious snowflakes aren’t pursuing.

The Donald supporters carry the very same type of message. I don’t care about the rules. I want to be treated better than the adults because I am special and my favorite candidate thinks following rules is, “so unfair”.

The author is blowing raspberries!

HOWEVER, if the GOP is stupid enough to change the rules before the convention, say increasing the number votes needed to carry the nomination uncontested or bring in a ringer prematurely, I will stand right next to the most rabid Duck Dynasty fans and scream right along with them. Then results WILL be the GOP’s fault.

Everybody needs to grow the hell up. The candidates need to follow the rules that were in effect the day they threw their hats in the ring. The GOP needs to let the process play out, and voters need (if they wish to avoid a Clinton presidency) to respect the existing process. And if he is honest, and the rules are followed, Trump must do two things. First, he must come out forcefully against any moronic or violent behavior by his fans and then in keeping with his word, stand by the ultimate nominee (which still may be him). Anything other will prove beyond a doubt that he really is just a shill for the Clintons and has been all along.

So GOP, butt the hell out! Quit trying to hatch pathetic schemes to derail candidates. If you favor a candidate (one that’s on the stump right now!), make your case and win by the weight of your argument. Or just be quiet. Donald; you claim to be the greatest deal maker in history. Okay, so fight for your 1237 delegates. If you don’t have them by the time the convention rolls around, use that brilliant deal making skill at the convention and get the nomination anyway. I mean, you constantly say the you make great deals, right? This should be a walk in the park.

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Love Letter to Trump Supporters

I am going to ask Trump fans to park their credulity for just a few minutes and read this piece with an honest and open mind.

I have said many times here that no one has been harder on Trump than I am. I also said, until a month ago, that no one wanted him to be the real thing as much as I do. I kept hoping for the moment when he would suddenly start communicating a real message in a grownup fashion.

Yes, I know what you may be thinking. I don’t understand, right? He just tells it like it is. He speaks the truth. He has promised to deal with all the corruption and waste in Washington. People don’t like him because he is not politically correct.

The fact is, he has said of none of these things. He has not stated clearly one point or one plan. He hasn’t spoken truth. YOU HAVE. I am always surprised by the “explanations” Trump followers give for the nonsensical remarks Trump makes. His answers to every question trail off in a parenthetical breeze having addressed absolutely nothing. Then his supporters, you, hit the social media sites and provide your own answers, usually very good ones, that have absolutely nothing to do with anything the Donald has ever said.

The puzzling thing is you are politically aware, most of you. You do understand what this country needs. And yet you have thrown your lot in with a guy who has demonstrated time and again that he is far less qualified to be president than you are.

As for political incorrectness, it would be one thing if Trump delivered even one answer with a sound argument and coherent structure. If he did so in a way that was intentionally confrontational, ignoring the whiners on both sides of the political aisle; if he didn’t pander to the racial, sexual, income and religious dividers of the world, that would be politically incorrect. I’d happily applaud it. But ignorance and immaturity are not examples of political incorrectness. They are simply ignorance and immaturity.

Let’s take a moment to break down a typical Donald answer to a question. This one is a classic.

How can anyone, honestly and objectively see that piece and say to themselves, “This guy has what it takes to be anything other than a Real Estate huckster.”

Then there is the icky Mussolini factor. It is one thing to say that his facial expressions and mannerisms resemble Il Duce. I don’t care about that. It is kind of funny. But his petulance and animosity toward the media have gone beyond anything we’ve ever seen in a serious candidate for political office…except for Il Duce.

His complaint? “They are so mean to me!” “I don’t know why they hate me.” “They are very unfair!” “I’m going to take them to court.” and he names names! In which free, representative republic are we to feel safe about a potential president crying about the media the way Trump does?

More importantly he NEVER takes his detractors on through sound argument. He has no argument. He can’t even remember what is was his tormentors disagree with him on. It is enough in his mind to cry like a University of Missouri student about how unfair they all are.

And just who are these big meanies who have the nerve to disagree with him? In the case of an interview with FOX on Sunday, we are talking about Megyn Kelly, Charles Krauthammer, Steve Hayse, George Will and Chris Stirewalt. (During this tear jerking segment Trump qualified his complaint: “CNN s nicer to me” Well, no surprise there. They want him to win the nomination so they can tear into him in July. CNN and other liberal outlets are betting the farm Trump will lose to Hillary and are happy to help.) But…Hayes? Krauthammer? Will? He called these guy a disgrace. And what is their crime against humanity? They disagree with Trump. Or in their analysis they have shown why others are better candidates. The inhumane bastards!

As I said above, they have simply presented arguments that don’t align to Trumps chaotic view of reality. Their arguments are cogent and well-delivered. Trump isn’t capable of answering the arguments sensibly. So, he cries about how unfair they are.

He even called out David Brooks and said, “He treats me horribly.” Have you EVER in your life heard a more pathetic and childish characterization made by a politician? Well, by one running for a GOP nomination anyway? But David Effing Brooks? There has never been a more balanced, light-handed commentator to the left or the right. If he has issues with you, you need to reassess quickly.

And how do the Trump followers characterize disagreement or support for another candidate? Well, “hate” of course. If you disagree – with Trump, Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Sanders, Clinton or some less mature middle school girls – you are a hater.

And then there are remarks like this!

To say things like that in front of a crowd you just got stoked up, isn’t politically incorrect, it is criminally irresponsible. It is, in a word, imbecilic. And yet you have people like Eric Bolling, Sean Hannity, Andrea Tantaros and many other, FOX News all, utterly in the bag for the Donald and doing the same job you are doing on social media; translating Trump’s nonsense into fantasy answers and policy positions.

What would a presidential press conference be like if he were lucky enough to beat Clinton? Interrupting questioners as he does constantly? “Excuse me! Excuse me! I never said I’d get rid of Obamacare! I never said it!”

“But you did. Back in February…”

“Excuse me! Excuse me! I never said it. I said I like the mandate.” (In reality he said both three days apart in late February.) “You are being very unfair. VERY unfair. I could take you to court for lying about me. I have an approval rating…Excuse me! I have great approval rating. I have a higher approval rating, depending on where you look, than anyone in history.”

When you see a man is as immature, unfocused, egocentric and uninformed as Donald J. Trump, why would you want him anywhere near the White House?

We’ll leave his mob ties, shady deals and totally lop-sided support for liberal politicians out of the discussion. I think it is fair enough to say the average citizen is much smarter than Donald Trump and leave you wondering why you are actually wasting your intelligence on him.

Related:

I don’t ENTIRELY disagree with all these tweets. But it is disturbing how much he tweets and how silly many of them are.

The F**king Bridge Is Out!

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The F**king Bridge Is Out!

Next Tuesday’s News

In about 48 hours (3/15/16), if the polls are accurate, Marco Rubio will officially become the Michael Dukakis of the Republican party. By holding on, out of ego or poor judgement, for too long, he will hang the sign “loser” around his own neck. And I’m not saying that in the sense that I think Rubio is an actual loser. I don’t. I like him. I like his style and his command of the facts. I am referring to the modern media machine and the label he’ll carry forever; the man who couldn’t carry his own state in a primary. He will be looked upon as damaged goods. Thanks to video, he will remain forever un-electable.

The sad part is he had two major opportunities to avoid this fate. The first step he took toward disaster is the one all the candidates to drop out, up until now, took as well. For months he ran a formulaic, risk-averse campaign. Recite your points, avoid controversy and move on to the next city. I was a voice in the wilderness, both here and in my book, virtually screaming at the candidates, especially the Republicans, NOT to do this. Not only is it not necessary, it has been for some time counterproductive. The Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street and the entire Democratic Party have proven the assertion.

What’s more important, we had an advantage for a party who would run a balls-out, hard-hitting campaign. We have truth and history on our side. But no. Thirteen of the original seventeen GOP candidates (and their EFFING handlers) decided they wanted to run their campaigns right out of the McCain/Romney play book.

Epic fail.

More recently many people – you may have read it here first – were calling for Rubio to drop out and for Cruz to pick him up immediately as running mate. They would have done well together and would have annihilated Trump. We can safely assume Cruz’s people advanced the offer. We can be equally sure Rubio’s people declined. This was a monumental mistake. Marco Rubio is a young man. He would have had four to eight years as VP. He’d have come out of this campaign a winner. AND he would have been a near shoe-in in 2020 or 2024.

When Rubio finally drops out[1. One hope he doesn’t embarrass himself the way Jeb did by hanging on endlessly and looking pathetic. I called Jeb “dead man walking” at the second debate and never changed my position.] Cruz may still offer him the early slot. But he will be handing it to a man who damaged his own brand needlessly by going to Florida and losing. That would be the same man who on Tuesday will hand Donald J. Trump a boatload of delegates that would have gone to a Cruz/Rubio ticket.

Sometimes it really sucks to be right. This is like watching a slow-motion train wreck months after you told everybody the bridge was out.

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Post Debate Quick Shout-Out Series: Kasich

John Kasich had his best night so far. The previous debate wasn’t too bad either. It isn’t likely to help him. Even if he wins Ohio, a huge IF, he is not going to be president. He won’t even be the nominee. He pretty much has his portion of the kindly grannies and McConnell Republicans locked up. He shares this group with Rubio. Neither is going to add substantially to their existing numbers.

Here’s why. The vast majority know that his answers are formulaic, feel good, government drivel. Consider his comments on Social Security. He pounded away on his experience fixing SS the last time. Nobody fixed it the last time. Enough congressmen mustered the guts to kick the SS can down the road about 12 years instead of to the next election year. They walked the problem about half-way to the Baby Boomer retirement line and stopped. Now he wants to approach the looming SS deficit with the same attitude. This will make the problem worse than it already is. Even people who don’t know such specifics about this and other of his “policies” have a gut feeling that Kasich is an empty suit and they are right.

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Post Debate Quick Shout-out Series: Cruz

This was not Cruz’s best debate by far. He was to evasive of direct questions, appearing as if he were going to make a related point and work back around to the answers. Instead he avoided answering the question altogether.

His mannerisms have become absurd. I make jokes about his gay priest sermon-delivery style. It hasn’t gotten any better. It makes him look exceedingly insincere.

Full disclosure: I did vote for Cruz in the Mississippi primary. I do believe he is the more capable of the four left in the field. He started out as my possible distant fifth choice when the race started last summer. But he has a better plan than the other three men in most areas. Next to Kasich and Rubio he looks a bit stiff.

Of course, next to Cruz, Donald Trump looks like a window-licking retard. So we have that going for us, anyway.

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Post Debate Quick Shout-out Series: Rubio

Last debate before Florida and Ohio.

Marco Rubio looked and sounded better than he has since the second debate. He was relaxed, on message and not robotic. There is the slimmest of chances it may help him in Florida. Good policy answers he won hands-down on H1B and Social Security.

Full disclosure: Mississippi had its primary on Tuesday. I held my nose and voted for Cruz. He is better qualified and philosophically further from Mitch McConnell than Rubio. McConnell sees his job as supporting anything Harry Reid and BHO want.

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