The GOP Debate

Not sure when I fell asleep. And frankly I can’t believe I fell asleep! Kim Strassel was there!

Ah well….
I did see a lot of arguing. I did see Trump holler out that Bush (W) had lied to get us into Iraq. I would say that would take him down and Ace seems to think that will do it, but Trump dominates the Drudge poll so there is that and the fact that I’ve been wrong about what Trump supporters will put up with countless other times.

I believe what will be more likely to happen is that all the protest votes this season will turn serious due to Scalia’s death. Rubio did well. Cruz was not asked a lot of questions. And Bush looks/acts like a little boy. (yes, he appears younger than Rubio to me)
Consider Kasich and Carson not worth considering. SC is still a week away so there is time for all of this to settle in.

RIP to Justice Scalia.
And while I do believe Obama has a right to offer up a replacement…there is this…..and turnaround IS fair play Ds.

I’m still at
Cruz
Rubio
Biden (there is no way Hillary can survive, is there? and no way that Sanders can run, can he?)

QOTD

Via the WSJ from Peggy Noonan.
regarding Sanders’ support.

In the young his support is understandable: They have never been taught anything good about capitalism and in their lifetimes have seen it do nothing—nothing—to protect its own reputation.

This is so true!! I am friends with a few 5th graders who have had an earful from their cranky ol’ Aunt Terri about capitalism due to their regurgitation of teacher thoughts on the subject of capitalism.

Cease Fire in Syria

Between the January cease fire and now the February cease fire, it might make more sense for the UN to invite actual Syrians to the table to see how many really agree to a cease fire.

Ministers holding crisis talks over Syria have agreed to cease hostilities within a week, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Key points:

Seventeen countries agree to ‘cease hostilities’ in Syria within a week
Humanitarian aid efforts will be accelerated
Russia, US remain divided over fate of Syrian President al-Assad
The 17 countries meeting in Munich agreed “to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week’s time” and immediately expand delivery of humanitarian aid, he said.

“We have agreed to accelerate and expand the delivery of humanitarian aid beginning immediately,” Mr Kerry said.

Seventeen countries, but not Isis.
Seventeen countries, but no rebels.

If the ceasing is all one sided, how long will this last?

New Hampshire

Wow! Even with the journolist declaration that Bernie can’t win minority votes, that was interesting. And honestly, around here in Boulder County the fact that a socialist could win doesn’t surprise me. People here look at Europe and think….That’s not so bad.

2 articles….
1 – discusses the Dem race and the infighting as if it’s a bad thing. Without once mentioning the reasons that Clinton might be a bad candidate this column begs Dems to get along for the sake of the party because you know, Hillary is going to win and Bernie supporters will need to get out and vote for her.
Huh?

Democrats once complained about going through the motions of an inevitable Clinton “coronation.” The party may end up facing a very different problem: Convincing Sanders’s ardent base to recover from the Bern and mobilize behind Hillary. Democratic voters’ passion in the primary stage is good, but the consequences of a mass voter strike would threaten the core principles that liberals have worked so hard to protect.

2 – notes Hillary’s 2 fatal flaws. Both of which she highlighted in NH. Trying to wow those who hate Wall Street while taking their money and treating the rest of us as idiots about it and then noting how she’s a progressive who “gets things done”….like what?

It doesn’t highlight her criminality, but I suppose that’s for another day.

Congrats to Sanders and to Kasich, who I apparently need to get to know before March 1.

Iowa

Interesting day today! Be wise Iowa!

I ran across http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3423959/No-link-migrant-crisis-wave-New-Year-sex-attacks-Arab-North-African-men-women-Cologne-say-EU-leaders.html linked by Maggie’s Farm that brings to light yesterday’s politico story about Trump.

re-cap: Trump exists due to people outside of the beltway being fed up with being “fed” what they are to think and believe based on non reality. You can start with illegal immigration. Immigrants are great etc, etc, etc and we’ve all met them and worked with them. No problem. And then you meet one or two people who’s wayward daughters get involved with a statutory rapist illegal immigrant that she can’t get deported due to who knows why or you live next to a small house occupied by about 20 young men in what is meant to be a family neighborhood or you, an educated person, can’t get hired doing construction or at the library because you don’t speak Spanish.

These are the realities.

The story linked is about the EU actually discussing their thoughts in memo form. These ideas are probably also true for EU officials’ neighborhoods, but what about the rest of the people?

There is ‘no link’ between the migrant crisis and the wave of sex attacks in Cologne during New Year celebrations, EU officials believe.
The European Commission wants to remove ‘false associations’ between the increasing number of some criminal acts and the arrival of migrants, documents show.
Internal minutes taken at a cabinet meeting on January 13 suggest officials are also growing concerned about the possibility of a public backlash in relation to the attacks.

After being fed bullcrap for so long, a rational people will do what it takes to oust the ruling class. If Trump appears to be that route, then that’s what’s going to happen.

What stories would others running downplay in order to make themselves look good. (let’s not review Clinton – that would take a month)
Rubio is in bed with sugar. Would he ever admit that paying farmers to produce sugar is pretty much anti-health?
Cruz is in bed with Goldman Sachs (literally). Would he choose them as “too big to fail” if they needed to fail?
Even if one of them would admit ala Trump that they use the system to get where they are, it would be a breath of fresh air.

Trump

I do keep searching for reasons to like him and understand the phenomenon.

I think this politico column definitely does the trick.

A taste.

Conservative voters are being scolded for supporting a candidate they consider conservative because it would be bad for conservatism? And by the way, the people doing the scolding? They’re the ones who’ve been advocating for open borders, and nation-building in countries whose populations hate us, and trade deals that eliminated jobs while enriching their donors, all while implicitly mocking the base for its worries about abortion and gay marriage and the pace of demographic change. Now they’re telling their voters to shut up and obey, and if they don’t, they’re liberal.

I stand firm on what I said yesterday, but this is a good column.

February 1 is right around the corner

And it’s time to weigh in.

I still love Fiorina, but she can’t win.
Cruz IS unlikable, but what do I care?
Trump is Obama on steroids.
Rubio – I actually like this guy. I know, I know. But he’s smart, he’s quick on his feet, for the most part he sounds authentic. I don’t like his war mongering, but I’m fine with his being in the gang of eight.
Christie – I actually like him too. He could run a presidential office and listen to the constitution.
Rand Paul – Yeah, I like him, but he can’t win.

Trump – Here is David Harsanyi expounding on all the things Trump could mean.

There are many potential outcomes to a Donald Trump GOP nomination. And every one of them is a disaster for conservatives.

He misses one thing. It IS possible for Trump to win the Presidency, and have the Presidency humble him just enough for him to do right. He doesn’t know much about the position. It IS possible. Obama knew the job and also “knew” he was better than the job. I don’t think Trump knows the job enough yet to think that. Does that make sense?
We’ll see.

Trump v Clinton – I gotta go Trump
Trump v Bernie – I would have to think again. Bernie could ruin the country completely, but he is not the devil. Hillary would take it straight to hell.
Clinton or Bernie vs anyone else – I’ll take anyone else on that stage.

For now, right this second – Cruz.

“Sick of Hearing about the Damn Emails”

Bernie Sanders was correct last night. The American People (or rather I) am sick of hearing about the emails.

If only they had all been turned over when first requested.
If only they didn’t contain state secrets.
If only they weren’t collusions with business people about foreign affairs.
If only they had been properly protected.
If only they hadn’t been wiped.
If only, if only, if only……….

But that isn’t the case. And Hillary’s fitness for duty is wrapped tightly around the email debacle. If Anderson Cooper and the Democrats don’t see that, well, shame on us.