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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio Ridge ticket? on: August 30, 2015, 10:32:44 pm
They would certainly carry Naples, Idaho.

I see what you did there - I had the same thought myself but you beat me to it. (Misread the title that way at first and went, huh?)
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chris Christie Compares Immigrants to FedEx Packages on: August 30, 2015, 09:47:07 am
I love the way Trump is pushing all the Republican candidates into new heights of over the top stupid.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb: Trump's sister is pro-choice, don't vote for Donald! on: August 28, 2015, 01:54:08 pm
Why do people consider Jeb the smarter one again?

Apparently only because they'd never seen him in action on the national stage before.
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton compares pro-lifers to terrorist groups on: August 28, 2015, 12:09:51 am
What Rick Santorum called "a movement of love" goes and blows up clinics, shoots doctors, and even mails anthrax to Planned Parenthood headquarters, and that's not domestic terrorism? Practically every act of domestic terrorism since the end of the Vietnam War has been committed by right wing moral crusaders or anti tax "sovereign citizens."

You're against "Islamophobia", right? Your relation of the pro-life movement to domestic terrorism is just as ridiculous as generalizing Muslims to al Queda and ISIS.

Your comparison is inaccurate.

The pro-birth movement and it's associated terrorism are to Christianity, what Islamic fundamentalists and the terrorism they support are to Islam.

We certainly shouldn't condemn all Christians because of a small number of pro-birth, anti-choice nuts. But we should allow neither the open encouragement of repression nor of terrorist acts in the name of 'freedom of religion'.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton compares pro-lifers to terrorist groups on: August 27, 2015, 03:55:16 pm

She is (for a change), right. The more strongly anti-women message of the Republican Party is something that would be right at home among extremist Muslims, including those in terrorist groups like ISIS.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How brutal is this Scott Walker clip? on: August 26, 2015, 01:18:38 pm

Just another drop into the very large bucket that will be dragging his campaign to its well-deserved end.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Had the strangest dream last night about a 2016 GOP primary field shakeup on: August 26, 2015, 01:14:11 pm
I'll be honest. I think Jeb Bush is the best candidate the GOP has had since Ronald Reagan. But, enter Condi Rice, and I have a dilemma. Rice is a guaranteed general election winner. I'd still probably support Bush, but I'd be almost as happy with Rice.

Rice is barely Republican by today's standards. Combine that with her being black, female and single and the rightwingnuts will bail on the party, staying home or running Trump, Cruz, or some Tea Party darling as a third party.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How brutal is this Scott Walker clip? on: August 26, 2015, 01:11:52 pm
But three times in four years

Look at his opponents. How dumb did the Wisconsin democratic party have to be to let Tom Barrett, who Walker beat just two years earlier, be their candidate in the recall? And Mary Burke, for all her personal merit, was anything but an experienced opponent.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which candidates will endorse Trump if they withdraw? on: August 26, 2015, 01:27:43 am
All of them, IF they think he's actually going to win the nomination. Not a one of them has any actual principles.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Candidate likeliest to win in the 2016 Republican nomination? on: August 26, 2015, 01:23:44 am
Jeb, followed by Rubio if Jeb can't pull his campaign together. I know the Donald is popular now, but I can't see him holding it together through February.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: NC and VA GOP may demand candidates swear off 3rd party run for ballot access on: August 25, 2015, 07:38:10 am
This is playing into Trump's hands. Every time the Republicans lurch in the directory of party control, instead of voter control, Trump's populist schtick gains credibility, while the Republican establishment looses credibility.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Scott Walker: I don’t have time for Black Lives Matter — on: August 23, 2015, 12:48:37 am
Scott Walker: I don’t have time for Black Lives Matter — let’s talk about ‘things that matter’

ccchttp://www.rawstory.com/2015/08/scott-walker-i-dont-have-time-for-black-lives-matter-lets-talk-about-things-that-matter/

I've been predicting Walker was going to start saying self-damaging things since before he got in the race, glad to see that's finally happening.
13  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What is the absolute best that Trump could do in the general election? on: August 21, 2015, 10:29:54 pm
Absolute best has already been covered so I'll go with "realistically possible best" - Trump runs a good campaign with no major foul-ups and picks a decent VP (for giggles, lets say he convinces Nikki Haley to take the VP nomination and she works out well), against a troubled Democratic campaign, where the candidate makes several large public gaffes and can never really unite the party, and the VP choice of Julian Castro fails to not-quite Sarah Palin levels, coupled with a major national disaster (economic, military, or natural) that President Obama is blamed for.



Dem: 233
Rep: 305
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rasmussen: 57% of Republicans think Trump will be the nominee on: August 21, 2015, 10:04:32 pm
Will the massive loss of Trump in the general be what finally jolts the Republican Party to its senses? This may be the beginning of the end for our long nightmare. Is the moment of reckoning finally approaching at long last? Shall we be able to reclaim the Grand Old Party from the loons once their nakedness is shown to all?

If Trump gets the nomination, the GOP goes the way of the Whigs.
Trump has always maintained that his hair is real.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Your honest reaction if Donald Trump wins the presidency on: August 21, 2015, 10:00:59 pm
Trump or no Trump, I've been seriously looking for a job in my field in Canada for several months now. I'm not committing to Canadian citizenship yet or anything, but I absolutely want to have that option a few years from now. I think the problem is bigger than Trump, he just casts it into sharply lit relief. (I won't be sad to have that option if Trump's president though.)
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump Expecting 30,000+ At S. Alabama University: HELD AT FOOTBALL STADIUM on: August 21, 2015, 11:42:57 am
"Ultra Nationalism." 

You're using hyperbole; he's not SD.

On immigration issues, he's far more ultra nationalist than Putin. Even crazy Putin would never in his wildest dreams consider deporting 11 or 12 million of his own citizens. Actually Putin is trying to do the exact opposite, trying to artificially highten considerably the birth rate of Russia, cause he's seriously worried that Russian influence in the world could shrink considerably with a declining Russian population. Strange that Trump doesn't see this, that both the economic and diplomatic influence of the US will decline in the future if the government forcibly remove 4% of its own population. Soon enough, China will have a bigger economic impact in the world than the US and apparently Trump wants to hasten that paradigm shift. Even China's military power is increasing by between 10% and 20% every year. Trump's response is to make the US even smaller and less significant.

As if those "citizens" are contributing anything to America's success. They are nothing but a parasitic burden.

But how would the 1% get anything done if they had to mow their own lawns and change their own bedsheets?
17  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Kasich: I would ban teachers' lounges on: August 19, 2015, 07:12:37 pm
Wow. Just... wow.

What's next? A pledge to a Constitutional Amendment banning teaching of that controversial "Round Earth" theory?

If this is what he drives the Republicans to, I'm starting to see Trump's appeal.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump Effect: Jeb Bush calls for greater enforcement against ‘anchor babies’ on: August 19, 2015, 07:08:13 pm
This is amazing! Not only is Trump is like a giant anchor, tied to the whole Republican Party and dragging them down into the muck, he's also giving the "best" of the their candidates the chance to prove that they are cheap opportunists without any courage in their convictions.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: TRUMP: What the $@&# is going on.. on: August 18, 2015, 05:22:16 pm
My best guess is that "the base" is really, really tired of the same old, same old. The crash and the Great Recession (which still isn't really over for many people) hurt a lot of the Republicans middle-income and lower voters. People who don't want a tool of the 1% or a clone of George Bush, nor a religious zealot, even if they are socially conservative and generally aligned with Republican beliefs. There are candidates in the race who could stand out as something different : Paul, Rubio, Fiorina, and maybe even Christie. But so far they've failed to do so, and even deliberately tried to align themselves with the establishment.

I think that what a decent-sized slice of Republicans want is a candidate who will shake things up (because the Republican status quo isn't working) and maybe even really lead, all without crossing any lines that they really care about. No one but Trump is even close to doing that. No one ultimately cares if he'd be a good candidate or a good President. What they care about is that he's the only one in the correct part of the field.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Walker Campaign in Free Fall? on: August 18, 2015, 02:46:56 am
Walker can't fall out of the race yet,  he hasn't even started chewing on his own ankle. All he's done is be a bland nobody. As someone who expected far, far worse from him, I'm very very disappointed.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Huckabee to hold fundraiser in West Bank settlement on: August 18, 2015, 02:32:21 am
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Who-needs-Iowa-Huckabee-to-hold-fund-raiser-in-West-Bank-settlement-412418?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is on jury duty in New York, and Marco Rubio and John Kasich are stumping at the Iowa State Fair, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will travel to Israel Tuesday and hold an afternoon fund-raiser in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh.
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Huckabee explained in a CNN interview on Sunday why it was important for him to be in Israel, right now, rather than Iowa, saying, “I have got a lot of friends there. And a lot of Americans live there. We’re doing some fund-raising, but, more importantly, I will also be visiting with a number of officials and discussing the Iranian deal, because I think it’s the most dangerous situation that we face, not just for the Middle East, but for the rest of the world, in a long time.”


So apparently he's fundraising from American citizens living in Israel? (Because otherwise I don't think it would be legal...)

The IDF must be sweating over this... Huckabee makes an amazingly fat target for ISIS or other jihadis.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Does Huckabee think he can win in a general election? on: August 18, 2015, 02:30:10 am
He thinks he can win a better contract for his new show on FOX News.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton email megathread on: August 17, 2015, 01:07:33 am
There's some serious denial going on here about just how big a deal this is. There's a decent chance that the Democratic frontrunner could end up under federal indictment during this election season. Even Ted Cruz could win under those circumstances.

We have people here posting that this story is nothing, or nothing but partisan slander, or whatever. You'd better wake up. This is going to be huge.

I really don't think it is. The government loves to classify stuff, including stuff that's already public knowledge. (Remember when government employees weren't allowed to look at news stories about Snowden?) A huge chunk of this is going to turn out to be: "So-and-so emailed about topic X, which was classified, but there were also news reports on CNN about it." I'm almost starting to wonder if the whole thing isn't a deliberate bait and switch directed at Republicans.

There are plenty of very good criticisms the Republicans could make of Hillary, on many topics. But instead, they're going to spend months (and months, possibly all the way through next summer) raving about Hillary sending Top Secret information (implied to be about anti-terror black ops and nuclear readiness) in her email. And then what's likely to actually come out, for anyone to read, is some people (not Hillary herself) talking about trivial junk, most if not all of which was already being discussed in the media at the time.

And the Republicans will just have wasted a huge chunk of time and resources on a snipe-hunt that made them look like vindictive idiots.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Why is support for non-politicans stronger now than in 2012? on: August 17, 2015, 12:56:50 am
Romney is more competent than any of the establishment candidates running now, and Trump is more competent than any of the anti-establishment candidates running in 2012.

How so?

To venture a guess - Romney looked better and had a better media presence on the national stage, and he also had a record as both a successful business executive and governor, plus his much-praised turnaround of the Salt Lake Olympics. While there are some decent governors on the Republican stage, none of them can match his accomplishments out of government.
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump releases detailed immigration policy paper on: August 16, 2015, 05:02:48 pm
More proof that Donald Trump is a LYING IDIOT!

Panic mode. Flipping out like this is not going to help your boy Jeb.

Yes, I am in panic mode. Donald Trump hates freedom. he hates capitalism. He hates immigrants. He hates women. He hates America. He is dumb, incompetent, and clueless on the economy and foreign policy. He is angry, bitter, and divisive. His supporters are not well read. Yet, he leads in public opinion polls and makes all Republicans look awful. 

From the perspective of someone on the other side of the isle (way on the other side), your description applies equally well to all the Republican candidates, not just Trump.

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