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Why Trump’s Supporters May Just be for Real

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

Think about it, who else but true believers are going to go out in the cold and the rain last night in NH to attend a Trump rally? While everyone else is shutdown for the holidays he's still out in full force and they are still out in full force to see him. I give him and them some credit at least. Nothing drives me crazy more than how everyone goes home for the holidays in the Beltway press. No news for the week! Cable show after cable show-no Rachel Maddow, no Chris Matthews, no Joe Scarborough. There's a word for these folks: pikers.  Trump warned the crowd that the media is saying 'Gee Trump has lots of supporters; let's see if they vote.' He again warned that they hit the polls. There has been varying stories about Trump's 'ground game/' Some say he hasn't done enough, others say he's done more than is appreciated. Josh Marshall argued that the ground game is not that important outside of the caucuses-which is just in a few states, Iowa, and...

Some Thoughts on the Tamir Rice Decision

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

I watched the press conference of the Cleveland Mayor, Frank Jackson, and the police chief, Calvin Williams-who happens to be black-and thought they did a pretty good job. Despite no charges against Rice there will be a review and if those involved acted wrongly they will be disciplined accordingly. Will this mollify public outrage? No. There are too many problems with the picture. "On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was throwing snowballs and playing with a toy pellet gun in a Cleveland park when a police car rolled into the snowy field. Within two seconds of getting out of his squad car, officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed the 12-year-old. The officer has claimed he thought the pellet gun was a real firearm.""On Monday, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced there will be no criminal charges filed against the officers...

Yes Trump is the Perfect Candidate-for Democrats

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by Mike Sax 1 Comment

Regarding the recent war between Trump and HRC, I've argued that it's a win-win for both of them. It helps him with his base, her with her base with the only victim being the GOP Establishment. Chris Hayes had a very interesting interview of the Union Leader's Grant Bosse-the UL endorsed Chris Christie a few weeks ago. Bosse was very dismissive of Trump's criticism of the paper. But I thought that Hayes actually got him in a telling moment when he pointed out that the UL endorsed Pat Buchanan in 1992 and 1996. As Hayes pointed out, Trump and Buchanan have very similar appeals on things like immigration, the trade deals, etc. Bosse had no real answer but that Buchanan was 'serious' because he had a past as part of the Nixon and Reagan White Houses so somehow he but not Trump would know how to deport all the Latinos presumably. Furthermore, under questioning, Bosse also revealed himself a Trump-Clinton truther-he agrees with the conspiracy theory that Bill Clinton told Trump to run....

Rush Marcus’ Great Adventures in False Equivalence

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

This has been my point regarding all the medial handwringing over the rise of Trump. They-along with the GOP dog whistle tactics-have created the space for a Donald Trump to rise and thrive. I don't mean the media is wrong to cover Trump-that's absurd. It's a campaign for President and the man is leading his primary by a lot. The idea that the media should refuse to do so in the hope that this will bring down his poll numbers is absurd and wrong. They have no right to pick a winner in the GOP primary. But I've argued that what has really upset the media about Trump is not so much because he's told a lot of lies or that he's said a lot of really racist and bigoted things, but that he has broken their rules. The media is upset to the extent that he has showed their irrelevance. They have many times decreed he's done and that hasn't been the case at all-the opposite has proven true. The media may not care that much about the truth or bigotry but they do care about their own ability...

How I Became a Chris Christie Democrat

Posted on: December 28th, 2015 by Mike Sax 1 Comment

The reason is that it's becoming clearer and clearer that the Establishment needs Rubio to win NH-not necessarily outright; Trump may well win the whole thing, but he must place first among the Establishment candidates. If he doesn't this could hobble his entire campaign early. Chris Christie has surged into contention in NH. However, if he places first among the Establishment it's doubtful that he'd have the legs to carry the Establishment's flag all the way to the nomination with all his baggage both ideological-too moderate-and personal-Bridgegate. Christie has been hitting Rubio very hard lately. He's been quite rightly arguing that Rubio ought to resign his Senate job as he is not doing it. The puzzle for me last week was why wasn't Rubio hitting back. The answer is that Rubio isn't good at such confrontation-he likes prepared lines.  What we have seen over the weekend is that his...

Virginia Republicans not Treating Trump Fairly!

Posted on: December 28th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

The GOP has been cheating to keep black folks and other Dems from voting for years. This was aided by the Roberts Court striking down Clause four of the Voting Rights Act. Now the Virginia GOP is trying to disenfranchise Trump voters. "If Donald Trump plans to win the 2016 republican nomination, he may have to do so without any help from the voters of Virginia. The republican party leadership in the state is taking unusual steps to prevent Trump from doing well in its primary voting, and if the measures aren’t reversed in court beforehand, it could ensure that an actual republican wins the state’s delegates, shutting Trump out entirely.""The move involves forcing those Virginia residents who want to vote in the republican primary to sign something called a “statement of affiliation” in which they confirm they are in fact republicans. While there may not be any enforceable legal consequences involved, it could be enough to scare independents away from showing up and voting...

Kasich Says Trump has Toned Down the Rhetoric

Posted on: December 28th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

He just said something that is news to everyone: Donald Trump has toned it down lately. Huh? When exactly did this start? "Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Sunday that poll leader Donald Trump has “toned down the rhetoric” — a remark that might come as a surprise to supporters of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton."“I’ve been listening to him lately, and you notice he’s toned down the rhetoric,” Kasich said on ABC’s “This Week.”"His comments come amid a controversy over Trump’s use of the word "schlonged" to describe Clinton’s 2008 loss in the Democratic primary to Barack Obama.""Kasich was asked Sunday whether he would support Trump if Trump wins the GOP nomination. The Ohio governor declined to answer the question, instead saying that Trump is “toning it down.”“I’m just hoping as we go forward that he’s going to be a unifier,” Kasich said. “If we have a candidate that comes into Ohio who’s a divider, there’s no chance...

Good News and Bad News for Marco Rubio

Posted on: December 28th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

The good news is he has a major Congressional Republican endorsement. The bad news is who it's from. "Marco Rubio, despite being the republican establishment darling of 2016, is twenty points behind in his own party’s primary race and has struggled to garner endorsements from republican luminaries. Now Rubio has landed a high profile endorsement from a republican congressman, and ordinarily it would be something to write home about. The trouble in this case: the endorsement is coming from Trey Gowdy, who was last seen being crushed by Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearings.""Can Rubio be serious about wanting the endorsement of a congressman who is widely considered the biggest punchline in all of congress? Trey Gowdy is, after all, the guy who insisted on pushing forward with the Benghazi witch hunt against Clinton while the rest of his party had largely moved on from the losing battle. Gowdy spent eleven hours being embarrassed by Clinton in a face-off that was so one...

I’m not Sure Donald Trump Knows What Sexist Means

Posted on: December 28th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

He is claiming that Bill Clinton is a 'sexist' and that therefore his campaigning for his wife won't hurt her, if not hurt her: "Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, increasingly focusing on Hillary Clinton rather than his GOP rivals, says he's not concerned by reports Bill Clinton will soon hit the trail for the Clinton campaign.""I think that Bill Clinton turned out to be a liability against Obama when [Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama] ran against each other in 2008," Trump said Sunday morning on "Fox and Friends." "If you look at that whole campaign, it was a mess. [Bill Clinton] said things that were very problematic and troublesome ... certainly Bill Clinton is not going to be the end-all in the campaign.""Trump also explained his charge, made in a tweet Saturday night, that Bill Clinton has a "penchant for sexism." In the tweet, Trump said "Hillary Clinton has announced that she is letting her husband out to campaign but HE'S DEMONSTRATED A PENCHANT FOR SEXISM,...

Trumpenfreude in the White House

Posted on: December 27th, 2015 by Mike Sax No Comments

Trumpenfreude is a great coinage from Krugman:"You know what I’m talking about, of course — that feeling of glee mixed with fear as one watches the cynical race-baiting of the Republican establishment finally come home to roost, confirming that you were right to be shrill (and the centrists were naive), but with the slight admixture of panic because one of these guys might actually become president." out Obama and his team are having Trumpenfreude as well:"Inside the White House, poetic justice looks a lot like Donald Trump."Past and present aides to President Barack Obama are gloating that a Republican leadership they say defined themselves by blustery opposition—and used it to win the House, then the Senate, and stand in the White House’s way at every turn—is getting devoured by a candidate personifying the anger agenda."“It’s not so much a reaction to Obama,” said one person familiar with the president’s thinking about...

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