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Myth, Lies and the Rubes That Love Them!

There are a number of myths that have grown out of this election season. Sadly, there is no shortage of people who have happily abandoned reason and skepticism to gleefully immerse themselves in the mythology.

One myth I like most is the talk of Donald Trump’s “genius” in dealing with the press and labeling. In gaining press, Trump has had to do exactly NOTHING. Because of the circus-like atmosphere of his events, the certainty he will say something stupid (which will be immediately reworded by his cult), and the fact that the press wants him to win the nomination, no genius had been needed in getting in every news cycle.

Consider this. Before leaking he was going to make a VP announcement, when was the last time you saw a FOX News camera, in split screen trained on an empty podium over the words “Awaiting a Cruz Event”? This, while the talking heads went on with the rest of the news. When was the last time you saw an anchor raise his hand and say that Cruz was at the podium and they were cutting to the event, no matter how important the news at hand was?

I’ll save you the energy. The answer is once or twice since the beginning of the election season. But three or four days a week we see that camera pointed at a Trump podium with the anchor breathlessly announcing they will be cutting away the moment the Donald arrives to speak. Here’s breaking news; the same news that was broken here since last summer. The media are carrying Trump. All the major networks and newspapers do because they can’t wait to destroy him in the general election and FOX because they don’t want to get scooped and miss yet another cringe-worthy speech.

No other candidate has gotten such fawning treatment from the media. BJ Bill’s wife is the only close second.

On labeling. I have repeatedly heard that Trump is a “master” at labeling the opposition. Really? I mean, EFFING REALLY?! The examples of this “mastery”? One is “Lyin’ Ted”. Say anything you want about Ted Cruz. But you can’t change facts just because Trump chooses to ignore them. Not only is Lyin’ Ted not a mark of ANY kind of genius; but it refers back two or three months to issues that Cruz truthfully stated that he personally had nothing to do with. In one case, he fired the staffer who did. No matter for a growing number of fatuous fairy tale lovers among us. The cult leader came up with the ingenious name that a 4 year-old could have invented. So it must be true. Brilliant!

Another “brilliant” label: “Crooked Hillary”. It seems that Trump was the last person on the planet to discover Hillary Clinton is a lying, unscrupulous criminal. So Trump mustered all the marketing ability he’d learned in a lifetime of exaggerating his worth and abilities. He studied the situation intensely and came up with the incredibly creative moniker “Crooked Hillary”. His cult followers, and enablers like Eric Bolling, cheered the amazing creativity on display. Who on earth could have thought of such an amazing label?

Personally, I think “BJ Bill’s Wife”, coined here, is a far better reference, but that’s just me.

And what of other myths? Here’s one. “Clinton cares about black people.” Unless you aren’t an Occupy Wall Street sissy or living under a rock, that one SHOULD leave you in stitches. There is no evidence on record anywhere outside of an election appearance that indicates Hillary would give a damn if all the minorities in the country slid into a sink hole. And she wouldn’t. Clinton ONLY deals with any minority on a wholesale basis when it is going to benefit her. Since the only time talking to a roomful of black people during an election will benefit her, that is the only time you’ll see her doing so voluntarily.

What Hillary cares about is money and power. The latter more than the former, but as much money as she can get to acquire more power. accordingly the only people she cares for are gullible rich people. And even then, the caring isn’t sincere. She must drive away from Hollywood events laughing her fool head off at the naivety exhibited by the entire entertainment industry. But hey, they’re famous and have big bucks. They live in nice houses and dress well; so she much prefers their company to anyone else’s, save Wall Street executives living in the Hamptons.

As I stated in an earlier post, Clinton doesn’t care about anyone south of Manhattan and anyone not wealthy enough to live there.

I could go on all day about myths here; Ted Cruz’s religion, Bernie Sanders’ understanding of Denmark, John Kasich’s sincerity. They are all BS. And we all know it. And yet, a third of us in each party, have chosen to believe the BS we are being fed and beg for more. That is enough to keep the two worst candidates in our history on a path to nomination. It virtually guarantees Mrs. BJ will be our next president.

But there is one more myth I’ll hit on. It is the most important myth; and the most disturbing. This is how I first approached the myth in a previous post:

As of this week I am beginning to suspect the FBI of slouching toward the Clinton vortex of corruption.

We have heard FBI Director Comey say repeatedly that the FBI was apolitical and above reproach on issues political. Then, oddly, we hear that same thing repeatedly from the Agent heading up the terror investigation in San Bernardino. Why the hell would he say that? He is investigating a multiple homicide.

I am beginning to suspect that we are being inoculated [by the repetition of the phrase “the FBI is apolitical”] in preparation of the announcement that no charges will be recommended by the FBI.

This would, of course, be ridiculous. No competent law enforcement officer can say that there has been no crime committed here. And those crimes are serious. The only question is how many.

It is now late April. Clinton will soon have the nomination sewn up. Clearly, Comey has been given orders to slow-walk this investigation. They had enough evidence to arrest Clinton the day they discovered she had a private server in home, on which she held official information. But Comey is allowing his people to be used, their offices disgraced, by political hacks. I suppose that makes him a hack as well.

Oddly, this points back to the media carrying Trump. They cover his every word, no matter how stupid, while the most scandalous criminal in American political history cruises toward the White House. They make Trump the story, not Clinton.

And 60% of you shrug your shoulders. I am ashamed of what we have become.

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It Is Happening As I Said It Would!

As I have warned countless times here, and in my book last summer, (example here) the press is starting to ratchet up the pressure on Trump; but only a tiny bit. The MSM, who have been carrying Trump since June, are almost 100% certain that he is going to be the nominee. So they feel confident enough to start tenderizing him.

In the last three interviews I’ve heard, the hosts are for the first time, pressing Trump to answer questions. The interview with Chris Matthews is one example. For months, when asked a tough question, Trump would meander through several disjointed thoughts, often falling back on how he built a great company. He kept a battery of stand-by distractors as well; look at my poll numbers, unfair, nice to me and believe me. The questioner might take a second stab at it and meet the same wall of mud. Then it would be on to the next question. But now, they are pressing until they get an answer. Matthews, who has a reputation as a hothead, effortlessly parried Trump’s non-answers until he got what he wanted – a predictably absurd response. They still haven’t opened up with all guns. That will come in July. But they are working their way up to it.

Have no doubt, it will happen. And it will be ugly. Trump has only now started to be challenged. And these first few punches, on abortion, the “arm pulling incident” and nukes, are so general, so basic, he should have been able to swat them away like gnats – and he couldn’t. He is not equipped. If the Donald thinks that having to follow party rules like everyone else is “very unfair”, wait until someone asks him a question about something he didn’t read on Twitter that day – and insists on a coherent answer!

I have been trying my best to warn people about this happening. But the parade marched on, everyone with big grins on their faces. The only times the grins would fade was when critics would point out Trump’s obvious, fatal flaws. Then the drones would attack the messenger, just as Donald does; just as (not too ironically) the Clintons have always done. And the parade moves on again, never challenging, never questioning.

Mark my words, and you’ve been reading it here for months already: If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, within one week he’ll be interviewed. The interviewer will bring up a boatload of stuff networks have been sitting on since last year! The interviewer, whether it’s Matt Lauer or Megyn Kelly or whoever, will twist the knife and not let up until Trump is left stammering with a confused, angry look on his face. And then it will be over. Worse, it will be pathetically easy to set Trump back on his heels like this, even for the most inexperienced reporter in the business.

Later, he’ll complain that the question was “unfair”, as is every question he can’t answer. He’ll say he was “treated very poorly” as he always does when challenged. But the media that carried him all this time, and for this very reason, will laugh loudly at him. There will be no suggestions that he may have a point, in that odd way Trump may accidentally hit on something. There will be only a bonfire of scorn and editorial ridicule.

Remember John McCain. At the time he was running for the presidency, he was one of the most respected politicians in the country. He was an institution. Remember also, the campaigns were only slightly more civil eight years ago. Throughout the primaries, McCain’s biggest sales lines were his ability to work across the aisle and how much the press loved him. He called it being a “maverick”. The press used the same term and spoke glowingly of him. Then he was nominated. From that day until November, he couldn’t have bought a break from the media for love or money. And his favorable ratings going into the general election towered over what Trump sees now. Shredding Trump in a general election will be child’s play.

These words are not written to diminish Trump’s competencies. Just as Ben Carson was a gifted surgeon, but lacked the wide-ranging understanding a strong executive needs, Trump has his own arsenal of talents. He is better suited for an environment where he demands unstintingly what quarry a marble casino floor comes from, then commits the money to do it. This is where he has always and correctly been driven by personal gain and profit. But he lacks the dispassion and the ability to go beyond self-interest required to be the President of the United States. Such attributes are antithetical to the person of Donald J. Trump. Further, he demonstrates no aptitude for complexity and nuance.

Donald Trump would be a disastrous nominee. First, because he is not the man his followers think he is. But secondly, because no one wants to see the moment I described earlier, whether it is in an interview or a debate. It would not only ensure a Clinton presidency, but it would be pathetic beyond words to witness.

Spare Trump the disgrace. Save the country from Clinton. Vote for somebody else; anybody else.

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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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