Ahhhh…… The “Big Tent” Republican Party!!!!!



House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) 35% attended a Colorado fundraiser Wednesday with roughly 100 attendees, where two people are claiming Boehner referred to GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 96% as a “jackass,” The Daily Caller reports.

The fundraiser was for GOP Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) 60% in Steamboat Springs. Boehner reportedly commented on Cruz’s presidential campaign by saying that it keeps “that jackass” out of Washington, D.C.

Ed MacArthur attended the event. “I don’t think it’s terribly speaker-like, and I think it kind of goes against everything that Reagan ever said about disparaging Republicans,” he says.

“It’s becoming very disturbing to me that we can’t have good, polite conversation,” MacArthur stated. “It all has to be at the throat.” MacArthur added, though, “I do believe he’s got the right to say it.”

A second individual confirmed Boehner’s remark. “I about fell on the floor,” this witness tells The Daily Caller. “To build coalitions to work together in Washington, D.C., you don’t start it out by calling your colleague a ‘jackass,’” the source said.

For those who may not know, Reagan articulated a rule, aptly called the Reagan rule.  That is ‘don’t publicly speak ill of fellow Republicans.’ 

Well, this won’t be news for any regular reader here, but, I’m constantly disappointed with the Repub leadership we most recently empowered.  Their lies are simply that.  They’re not to be believed.  Note, that Boehner doesn’t have to deal with Cruz.  Boehner is Speaker of the House, while Cruz is a Senator.  They don’t officially interact, and I’m fairly sure they don’t personally and privately. 

Oddly, what Boehner purports to advocate are very similar to the things Cruz advocates.  Still, Boehner is more insulting towards Cruz than he is towards Hillary or Sanders. 

On a related note, Trump is still dominating the polling of Repubs.  Hillary is still dominating the Dims, but, she’s waning.  From what I can see, Biden can make it a two man race by announcing.  And, by “two man” I mean, he’ll suddenly make Hillary irrelevant.  Biden enjoys 18% support even though he’s not running.  If he throws his hat in the ring, he’ll bounce 15 points, and they’ll all come from the Hillary camp.  Sanders’ base is the hard left.  They’re not going to switch to Biden even though Biden, in many ways, is more left than Hillary.  Biden will get the pragmatic leftists who don’t believe Hillary, nor Sanders has a chance in hell. 

But, they’re all going to hang in there, and support their candidates of choice.  Why?  Donald Trump. 

I hope people don’t get me wrong, I love what Trump is doing.  I’m also very concerned, and people should be on guard for what is a likely scenario.  Trump is doing an “in your face, I don’t care about your PC bs” thing.  I love it!  And, so do, apparently, 28% of the Repubs.  He advocates shutting down the border, as any sensible American would and pokes his thumb into the eyes of the LSM.  It’s fantastic! 

The problem I have with Trump is that he’s not a conservative.  He never was.  Sure, people can change.  Reagan was famous for his quip about being a Dim in the past. 

Now, I consider our border the most serious issue of the present.  But, it isn’t the only issue, though, a lot of our problems could be solved or helped by securing the border and thwarting illegal immigration.  Trump also brought up the H1B visa problem!  <—- Money shot!!!! 

But, then, this happened ……. he recently got into an argument with Ramos the Univision moron.  Ramos near correctly stated that 45% of illegal immigrants are in the US because of overstayed visas.  Trump responded by saying he didn’t believe Ramos.  If the Donald had the ability to think and process information while being spoken to, there would be a much easier, better, more founded response.  ……. So, less than half of the illegals are overstayed visas?   Yes, that would be part of my “Securing America” plan!  

We have to make sure that our next president can fix problems while not creating larger problems.  26% of the Repubs state that they’ll never support Trump ….. that’s significant.  Sure, I think all of us have compromised on who we said we’d never support in the past.  John McCain is a great example for many, Mitt Romney for many others. 

With Trump’s H1B assertion, I’ve opened the door for him.  Currently, I won’t support him, but, I’ll allow for him to convince me.  But, he won’t.  Yes, he’s leading in the polls, but, he’s not going to get the Repub nomination.  His past provides enough ammunition to destroy many of the demographic edges he now holds.  Everyone in the campaign knows what I know, they’re just waiting for the field to winnow a bit.  For instance, Trump now holds 24% of the Repub “White” born again evangelists.  As a contrast, Ben Carson has 13% and Huckabee has 3%.  When things get heated, does anyone believe that’s going to hold?  As the field narrows, and assuming both, or either, Carson and Huckabee are still in it, there’s 0% chance those percentages are going to hold. Zero.  None of his opponents have made any noise about his repetitive bankruptcies.  There’s a zero percent chance that it never becomes an issue before the election.  In about 10 seconds during a debate I could provoke Trump into devolving to a cursing tirade with no substance.  (I actually have an affinity for such things!)  I could probably provoke him to physically attacking me.  Megyn Kelly is punk!   

I think frequent commentator Dirk hit the nail on the head.  Trump is going to be a player in this election.  But, I don’t think he can win the Repub nomination, much less, the general election.  Once Trump fails in the Repub nomination, he’s going to try a 3rd party route.   I’d be all for that, except it will be a “Donald Trump” 3rd party rather than a 3rd party about ideas.  Once he loses he’ll take his toys and go home.  Can anyone say “Ross Perot”?  But, then, his advocacy becomes marginalized.  Can anyone say “Ross Perot”? 

I hate to be the wet blanket, and I know some will vehemently disagree with me, but, let’s make a check list …..

Is Trump a fiscal conservative?  There’s no real fiscal conservative emphasis in his campaign which I can see.  Is Trump a moral conservative? ……. HAHAHAHAHAHQHAHAHA!!!!!  Uhmm, no. He’s not. 

Don’t let them do what Dirk warned against!  If Trump is your man, then, make him, force him to be the total package!  A US president has to be much more capable than what he’s demonstrating to me.  “Bimbo” is fine as a lay person to describe a “bimbo”.  For a president, I believe a more articulate description is called for. 

As a final note, some may notice the apparent hypocrisy of the post.  That is, I criticize Boehner for calling Cruz a “jackass”, and note the Reagan rule while I criticize Trump.  As long term readers will note, I’m more critical of the people who I have hope in.  I want and demand better from them, much more than I would expect from the people I’ve written off.  The people I’ve written off …. well, they give us their worse and what more can I say about them?  Boehner is a liar and a failed person in a leadership position.  He’s not going to help us.  Trump can, but, we have to demand more from him.  He has to do better, or, he won’t get my support.  He has to be smarter, he has to be less divisive.  He has to be more articulate and more convincing that he has our interests at heart. 

My mind can’t get over his “Rosie” comment when challenged by Megyn Kelly about how he described women.  He said something of the nature that is was “just Rosie”.  No, sir.  Yes, I deplore her.  Probably more than Trump does.  But, Trump is asking to be her president, as well as mine.  Not one of us deserve “well, it’s just Joe, or it’s just Kathy”.  We’re all citizens, and if you can’t have the interests of all citizens in your heart, you can’t, or shouldn’t be president.  Argue the ideas, argue the notions.  Attack them vehemently!  But, don’t attack the people you wish to represent.

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20 Responses to Ahhhh…… The “Big Tent” Republican Party!!!!!

  1. Jim Masterson says:

    The problem I have with Trump is that he’s not a conservative.

    Amen to that! I have four obvious problems with Trump:
    1) He supports the progressive tax system;
    2) He supports the ACA (Obamacare);
    3) He supports Planned Parenthood; and
    4) He supports a tax on wealth (not ever the far leftist Democrats have gone there yet).


  2. gator69 says:

    Trump is a progressive. He believes that government needs to be “managed” from the top down, and that he is smarter than the rest of us. Hello Teddy Roosevelt, hello Woodrow Wilson.

  3. Lars P. says:

    Looks like the Financial Times is a barbarous relict and should be trashed in the history garbage bin:

    • DirkH says:

      ftd – FT Deutschland – was becoming rabidly pro Euro and pro EU everything in the last stage of their earthly existence. They closed shop in about 2010 as nobody loved them anymore.

  4. Latitude says:

    you missed it….Trump said he would not run third party

    Why do republicans hold their candidates to a higher standard than democrats? What we need….finally…is a rock star

    • suyts says:

      I did miss that! But, then, do you believe that he won’t consider it?

      • Latitude says:

        right now…no

        He’s whooping ass on all sides right now….they are going to paint him as some radial racist tea party redneck….then he might

        Probably won’t happen though, he’s teaming up with Cruz to storm Washington…he’s getting the air time he needs..and looking right standing in front of Congress…credibility

        ..here’s the nasty secret…there’s just as many democrats that like him too
        The biggest play was them claiming he’s not really a republican, that gives the democrats all the excuse they need to vote for him too

      • suyts says:

        Yeh, I know. I wasn’t going to bring that out ’til later.

        • Latitude says:

          I say f-it….. we’ve lost every election by running some half dead “safe” candidate…Bush won only barely because Gore was so much worse.
          Let’s get off our high and mighty high horse and win a damn election first…
          Obama won because he was perceived as being non-political, a rock star, and could damn well fire up an audience and get them on their feet….first you have to wake them up to get them to vote

          Trump is firing them up….keep in mind….anyone else is going to be second choice

          Trump is the closest thing we’ve had to a rock star that can do that

        • suyts says:

          It’s a long election season. My experience is that the early leaders never win. Recall, Hillary was perceived as the favorite all the way up until she lost. Our rock star is Ted Cruz.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Fun story of the day:

    Could Sarah Palin join the Donald Trump ticket?

    At very least a Trump/Palin ticket would absolutely infuriate the GOP suits.

    • Latitude says:

      My money is on a Trump Cruz ticket right now…
      Cruz is having a hard time getting his face and message out there….Trump is the opposite….Trump donates the rock star image, Cruz donates the accountability

      • Latitude says:

        BTW…if republicans don’t get away from these sissy little whiny corrupt boys
        More than anything, republicans need a rock star

    • suyts says:

      I don’t think Cruz will play second fiddle to Trump. He’s doing this to get his face out there. Cruz destroys Trump in a final debate. For right now, though, yes, it’s a symbiotic relationship.

      Palin won’t join Trump for the very reason I’ve stated. Trump isn’t a conservative. Or, I could be overestimating both Palin and Cruz, and their quest for power trumps their ideology. But, I don’t think so.

      • Latitude says:

        but saying “Trump isn’t a conservative” is the best thing we can say…

        Obama would not have won without the crossover vote…

        I know tons of hard core liberals that are solid in the Trump camp right now…
        saying he’s not a conservative is the best thing they can hear

        Another point, I also know tons and tons of legal immigrants….they are 100% behind Trump
        ..they can not stand illegal immigrants

        • suyts says:

          I would distrust the “hard core liberals”. There’s no way they’d vote for Trump if Sanders is the choice, and Sanders is the choice if Biden doesn’t run. Hillary is done unless something drastically changes.

          As to the legals, yeh, the ones I know don’t much care for the illegals. It’s a natural response. We forced the legal immigrants to jump through our hoops so they could be here, and now, the illegals are demanding the same as we gave the legals, but, without the hoops. Who wouldn’t resent that?

  6. Latitude says:

    title revision:

    Republican establishment calls Cruz jackass for bucking system…
    …Cruz numbers soar
    It ain’t the base they thought it was

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