Trumpmania, or “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Coronation”

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This was supposed to be Jeb’s year. But I never believed it. I’m trying to figure out The Donald. I think these guys are onto sumptin:

The bottom has fallen out for Jeb Bush. The newest poll of Iowa has Bush at 5 percent. He’s at 7 percent in New Hampshire and 9 percent in South Carolina. As recently as mid-July, Bush sat atop the Real Clear Politics national average, eight points ahead of his nearest competitor at 17.8 percent. Now, he trails Donald Trump and Ben Carson, in third at 9.7 percent.

Bush’s well-documented weaknesses as a candidate — perceived conservative heresies on immigration and Common Core, a politically inconvenient last name – didn’t seem to be hurting him when he was on top seven weeks ago. So what explains his sudden slide?

Alex Castellanos, a former ad-man for George W. Bush’s reelection campaign and a CNN commentator, suggests that frontrunner Donald Trump is making Bush look small.

“Americans are afraid their nation is in decline; they are going to lose the country they love,” Castellanos says. “They want a leader as big as their fears. Right now, a lot of Republicans see that big leader as Trump, and no else is at the big boys’ table with him.”

Castellanos contends that until a candidate proves he is “big enough” to do the job, nothing else matters — not being a conservative, not being a loyal Republican, not even major policy differences. “What good is policy or ideology if you aren’t big enough to get anything done anyway?”

I gotta admit. I never saw Donald Trump coming.But I wasn’t the only one.

Victor Davis Hanson:

Trump’s successes have come about not because of a brilliant new Contract with America or because he is reassuringly conservative on the issues. His diehard supporters — and even those who would never confess that they derive a perverse and stealthy delight from watching him put down the New York/Washington political and journalistic elite — don’t care that just in the last decade he has flipped on all the issues. They apparently ignore the fact that Trump is often self-contradictory, as he wings his way through endless interviews and blustery press conferences.

What fuels his candidacy is attitude — in particular, disdain for those who undeservedly believe they warrant deference. Behind the bombast and the waving hands, he gives the impression of having contempt for the ruling class, of which he is so intimately a part. He winks at us as if to say, “I hang out with these people, and, trust me, they are even worse than you suspect.” His voice has the brash accents of the New York sidewalk, rather than a passive-aggressive Ivy League modulation. His narcissism is unlike Barack Obama’s serious sort (e.g., “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director”). Indeed, Trump’s egotism is a caricature of narcissism itself, in which the only adjectives are superlatives and the only measure of being “great” and “a winner” is net worth or celebrity. Yet somehow TRUMP plastered over everything does not bother people as much as Barack Obama’s faux-Greek columns, Latinate mottos, and promises to cool the cosmos.


Trump sized up a favorable landscape in 2015–16, and he grasped that the dissatisfaction arose from more than Obama’s profligate borrowing, amnesties, no-growth economic policies, lead-from-behind and reset foreign policies, and hands-up-don’t-shoot racial posturing. The populist furor was also fueled by style. Voters are tired of the DNA of professional politicians, the 24/7 politically correct equivocation, the “I take full responsibility” media pseudo-apology, and the Pajama Boy nasal snarkiness.

Trump has had the skills to turn the primary campaign so far into a war of raw emotion. He channels General George S. Patton — who practiced his facial expressions in front of the mirror and whose line about preferring to kill rather than die for your country Trump recalibrated in his tasteless attack on John McCain. Trump understands that an army really does not march just on its stomach, but is fueled by its emotions.

Anyone who has sales experience knows that most buying decisions are made emotionally. If you are a realtor you put a couple drops of vanilla extract in the oven and turn it on low and make the whole house smell like cookies. Prospective buyers walk in and immediately make an emotional connection to their childhood.

Then all you have to do is let your prospects talk themselves into buying. Sometimes it’s just a matter of not letting them talk themselves out of buying.

There is a sales technique called the “warm puppy.” Let’s say you have a (prequalified) middle-aged guy who is thinking of a sensible economy car now that the kids are grown and gone. Have him test drive a sports car, like a Mustang or a Corvette. Let him take it home overnight.

If you hand someone a warm puppy, they don’t want to put it down.

Donald Trump is a salesman. He knows how to push people’s buttons. Barack Obama hired a bunch of experts to do what Donald Trump has been doing his whole life. Trump is connecting with people emotionally. You cannot defeat emotion with logic.

You can try talking logically to Trump supporters about why they shouldn’t support him until you are blue in the face, but it won’t do any good. You are gonna have to convince them emotionally or he will win.

This is not about intelligence or who is the best informed voter. We’re all human and we are all subject to emotional manipulation. Those of us who are immune to Obama’s “charms” are still human, but for various reasons we never made that emotional connection that seduced so many of our former friends.

The same thing applies to Occupy Wall Street. Remember how Riverdaughter and our old friend RalphB seemed to be seduced by a cult when they went to OWS rallies? Somebody pushed the right buttons.

Here’s another example. Ever know someone who seemed to have their shit together and then they fell in love and their life fell apart? It wasn’t because they were stupid. It was emotion. Young people are generally more susceptible than us old fogies, but we can be stupid too.

Donald Trump did not create the current political climate, but he’s taking advantage of it. It’s like he caught a perfect wave. The question is how far he can ride it.


I just wanted to add that four years ago Mitt Romney made a very good logical case for why he should be POTUS. Obama and Harry Reid spent the campaign telling people that Romney gave a woman cancer and abused his dog and cheated on his taxes.

Who won?

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117 Responses to Trumpmania, or “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Coronation”

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    I try to be objective and separate what I want to happen from what is really happening. Like him or not, Trump is for real. That doesn’t mean I support him or think he’ll win.

    But like a 500 lb gorilla in your living room, he can’t be ignored.

  2. Myiq2xu says:


    There are no rational means of predicting the ‘future of humanity’ over a long period or foretelling the nature of ‘social formations’ in ages to come. The idea that we can make such forecasts ‘scientifically,’ and that without doing so we cannot understand the past, is inherent in the Marxist theory of ‘social formations;’ it is one reason why the theory is a fantasy, and also why it is politically effective. The influence that Marxism has achieved, for from being the result or proof of its scientific character, is almost entirely due to its prophetic, fantastic, and irrational elements. Marxism is a doctrine of blind confidence that a paradise of universal satisfaction is awaiting us just around the corner. Almost all the prophecies of Marx and his followers have already proved to be false, but this does not disturb the spiritual certainty of the faithful, any more than it did in the case of chiliastic sects: for it is certainty not based on any empirical premises or supposed ‘historical laws,’ but simply on the psychological need for certainty. In this sense Marxism performs the function of a religion, and its efficacy is of a religious character. But it is a caricature and a bogus form of religion, since it presents its temporal eschatology as a scientific system, which religious mythologies do not purport to be. . .

    At present Marxism neither interprets the world nor changes it: it is merely a repertoire of slogans serving to organize various interests, most of them completely remote from those which Marxism originally identified itself.

  3. Myiq2xu says:

    Hammer of Kraut:

    Monsters shall always be with us, but in earlier days they did not roam free. As a psychiatrist in Massachusetts in the 1970s, I committed people — often right out of the emergency room — as a danger to themselves or to others. I never did so lightly, but I labored under none of the crushing bureaucratic and legal constraints that make involuntary commitment infinitely more difficult today.

    Why do you think we have so many homeless? Destitution? Poverty has declined since the 1950s. The majority of those sleeping on grates are mentally ill. In the name of civil liberties, we let them die with their rights on.

    A tiny percentage of the mentally ill become mass killers. Just about everyone around Tucson shooter Jared Loughner sensed he was mentally ill and dangerous. But in effect, he had to kill before he could be put away — and (forcibly) treated.

    Random mass killings were three times more common in the 2000s than in the 1980s, when gun laws were actually weaker. Yet a 2011 University of California at Berkeley study found that states with strong civil commitment laws have about a one-third lower homicide rate.

  4. Myiq2xu says:

    Jonah Goldberg:

    According to polls, the No. 1 thing Donald Trump’s fans like about him is that he “tells it like it is.” I think his fans are wrong about this. But that’s a column — actually a lot of columns — for another time.

    It is true, however, that there is something refreshing about the way Trump talks. It’s not actually candor, though lots of people mistake it for that. Rather, he’s unfiltered. The one thing you can be sure of is that he hasn’t consulted with a political consultant about how to talk. He doesn’t worry what the liberal editors at the New York Times or the Washington Post — or, for that matter, the conservative editors at National Review — think of him.

    I’d be willing to bet that if there’s a single newspaper in the country that Trump cares about, it’s the New York Post. The Big Apple narcissus has spent his entire career looking for his reflection on Page Six of New York’s true paper of record.

    And that’s because the Post actually cares about not only informing its readers but entertaining them as well. Its no-holds-barred, New York tabloid style comes closest to Trump’s own way of talking. His recent rant about former representative Anthony Weiner’s being a “sleazeball” and a “perv” was not only accurate, but it reflects the way normal people talk. That’s refreshing.

    • NewOrleans says:

      Compare comments from The Donald and The Jeb! in the last few days:

      The Donald in NJ: “Make sure he writes well about me. If he doesn’t, kick his ass.”

      The Jeb!: “He attacks me every day. He attacks me every day with barbarities.” or
      “He wants everyone deported, which would tear family lives asunder.”

      Asunder? Barbarities? What the hell?

      As scary as it is, far too many people can’t name the Vice President of the United States. On a very special, very scary 4th of July edition of Watters’ World, some potential voters revealed that:
      – we declared our Independence from King Arthur. Or maybe King Tut.
      – we declared Independence in 1973.
      – Abraham Lincoln was our first President.
      – Alabama, Oregon, Arkansas and England were part of the original 13 colonies.

      How many regular people are going to listen to The Jeb! and say “He’s my guy. He speaks just like me?”

      • Somebody says:

        Good point NOLA, kind of reminds me of one interview John Kerry did in 2004. I think it was a late night show, could have been John Stewart. Anyway the host asked him if he and Theresa got a nickel every time someone bought a bottle of ketchup and he replied “Would not that it were”. Hahaha, even the host was taken aback. John Kerry could not connect with the average Joe. It seems that Jeb can’t connect either, however I do know he has the capacity to connect like that…….hmmmm, must be his consultants. So many of the R consultants seem to be like an albatross around their candidates necks.

        • mcnorman says:

          Exactly. The coronation of Barry happened because the emotional cord was the race card. It’s been overplayed. The only ones screeching are the BLM phonies. Trump speaks to the people not at the people. The candidates have long forgotten who they are supposed to serve. That is what makes him palatable to the masses.

        • swanspirit says:

          I remember reading years ago about the way George W. Bush addressed the public, and the assessment of his speeches concluded that he usually spoke at about the level of a third grader, which is why his appeal was so broad, and so many people understood him.

  5. Underwhelmed says:

    Biden’s appearing on what was the Jon Stewart show, I read somewhere or other today. I guess they’re really serious about screwing the pooch for Hillary.

  6. Lulu says:

    Most of the writers cited were of the Bush is inevitable school until the very last few days. All of the Bushes are extraordinarily mediocre. Old Man, Shrub and especially Jeb. Their strength went to the connected quality they had with inherited wealth (which was petering out in the 1950’s hence Old Man had to hot foot it to Texas and gamble on wildcatting) of their ancestors including Prescott who was a notorious drunk US Senator. Old Man compared to Lloyd Benson was really a cipher but his connections got him the WH for one term, and Shrub two. Jeb is the sclub who was sent to Florida. Jeb was following the Bush formula of bullying for money (pledges to be technical as it is not in the bank and he has pledgers welshing and the semi-mandatory stint as a crook Lehman Bros misusing public retirement funds), professional party machinery who needs to get paid lined up, and the media who likes his bi-partisanship watered oatmeal type of delivery. Also he is an open borders guy which the globalists want. This tepid old scheme has been in the works for years.

    So what went sideways? Last summer. The summer of illegals. The summer of busing on the citizen’s dime hordes, gangs and cartel mules, lying and giving away US sovereignty. It was shocking, scary, and deeply disturbing. Both Dems and Repubs “leaders” thought it was great. The same “writer thinkers” cited thought so too. We aren’t the United States of American anymore but the way and feeding station of the great blob of the western hemisphere. And we should be ashamed to not want to house, feed, educate, medicate, and kiss the feet of our needy and moral betters the poor of the world. Jeb has always been pro-third world feel good “work for a dollar a day” as that is what he was raised to be as a robber baron descendant but he is good because he married one. This was a plus for Jeb until the preference cascade started. Screamed down by the media, churches, Dems and Repubs it festered. Until it didn’t anymore. Trump is the reaction to Obama. Trump is the reaction to a moribund and deeply crooked Repub party. Also to political correctness, thought and social control, class divides, regionalism, ageism, etc. Marketing is mass communication and that is central to politics in a large country. Trump is better at it so far since the media trained him for it to make money.

    It is utterly fascinating. It is the pendulum that was ignored. Much of Trump’s polling indicates that it is a large number of voters who were kicked out of the Dem party by Obama-ites in 2008. AND pissed off Repubs who were used then ignored in 2010 and 2014. Both parties are and have been in crisis primarily for their semi-hidden agendas and blatant lying. This is the reaction. After demeaning and name calling the “public thinkers” are having to acknowledge it. Where it will lead I have no clue but things have already changed. To knock off a Bush is a big fucking deal.

    • 49erDweet says:

      The ride could be just a long tumble off a high cliff onto the rocks below, or it might be a thriller roller coaster run that stretches the thinking of both parties way beyond their current comfort zones. Anticipation!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait!!!!!!!

      • Lulu says:

        Absolutely. What has been so interesting is the enormous push-back against Trumpism (what else it can be called at this point I don’t know) that has so spectacularly backfired. Again a lot of this comes from the Obama. Name calling, demeaning, exiling, shaming doesn’t work or at least not as well as it did in 2008 and the years since. The Republican “public thinkers” who are mostly just paid propagandists just like the Dem ones had to go hardcore insults to get the schmucks back in line. It didn’t work on most. Now they are jockeying around trying to find a new marketing pitch. Now the Perinos and Hammer of Krauts are trying to push Fiorina (they just got CNN to manipulate the rules) and Carson as kinder gentler acceptable alternatives. They still hate Cruz. LOL.

    • Somebody says:

      Actually Jeb was the son pappy and Barbara always thought would go into politics. He was much smarter, a much better student and far more serious than W. Jeb went to Florida for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was setting himself up for a POTUS run…….Texas electoral votes are never really in question, but FL is the consummate swing state.

      The plan ran off the rails when Jeb didn’t win against Lawton Chiles in his first attempt to be Governor of Florida. The he coon walks just before the light of day…….this is an MSNBC link pardon me for that, but it was the first one that popped up recapping that election…..I’ll find some others later, bottom line Jebbie was the son that was supposed to carry on the family tradition, W was a fuck up and a drunk.

      Agree however about Jeb’s views, he’s definitely an open border guy, he’s very much in the mold of his daddy, moderate to liberal in some areas, one world order kind of guy, without a doubt a chamber of commerce, country club republican.

      I also agree last summer was a big awakening for a lot of people here in the US. Particularly because the Obama administration shipped so many of the immigrants all over the country. Suddenly the illegal immigration problem wasn’t a border state issue anymore it was in everyone’s back yard. Those policies continue with immigrants the administration is bringing in from other places around the globe particularly from the middle east and parts of Africa. Just yesterday we noticed a large group of what appear to be middle eastern men walking from an apartment complex here in our small town. They didn’t find this place on their own, they were placed here I’d bet money on it.

      • Lulu says:

        Yebby maybe was supposed to be the presidential one (I think it is an urban legend myself) but he screwed up really early by marrying what’s her name while still in college. She was supposedly illegal (hence act of love). Yeb was sent out of Texas because of that. The private story of that is very interesting but mostly gossip. The other two fuck-up sons were managed in Texas.

        • DeniseVB says:

          My take away from Barbara Bush’s memoir was how little she talked about Jeb compared to her other kids. I don’t think he was the favorite son. GWB was a pistol, but he was fun and a loving son.

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  7. DeniseVB says:

    Love him or hate him, The Donald is having a blast ! I’m rooting for him and mostly because he’s brought fun back to politics and he’s messing up the duopoly along the way. He dazzles us with his brilliance and baffles them with their own bullsh*t. Loving it !

  8. DeniseVB says:

    • Lulu says:

      The Republican and media pitch that Carson is going head to head is hilarious. Did you know that they are tied! It’s true. I saw it on Fox! Give Ben some money!

      Disclaimer: I support no candidate this go round. I am just hooting from the bleachers. I see Carson as a transition position. People don’t flip from a traditional party candidate like Walker or !Jeb in one step. It would cause too much cognitive dissonance and be too unconformable. Like going from liberal Dem to Independent to Repub it takes time. And people are at all stages of metamorphosis which is why political consultants are trying to slow it down with verbal, social, and party bullying. Repubs are very cliquish and you can only join on their terms usually. Not this time! The drunk motorcycle gang has crashed the country club dance. .

      • DeniseVB says:

        You know how they came up with that Tie ? Adding the lst choice and 2nd choice numbers together. Ben just scored higher as a second choice than the rest of the field.

  9. helenk3 says:

    Jeb comes across as though he would be happier as president of Mexico not America

  10. Jeffhas says:

    I think it’s even deeper then just the emotion and salesmanship. I think he’s actually smart… In a cutthroat, and cunning, businessman sorta way.

    For example. The war on Megyn Kelly is not about Megyn, it’s about Ailes and Murdoch. It’s about threatening their Golden Goose if they don’t get their thumbs off the scale for Jeb! He isn’t asking for them to put their finger on the scale for him necessarily, just stop the stealth preference or else… Or else he’ll show them how they won’t get 24 million people to watch their debate, he won’t give interview after interview on their channel to attract eyes, and he may even go after their new Marquee Personality and damage her (even just a little) certainly in the eyes of those who are supporters of his.

    He is playing at a whole different level then the rest of the candidates. He is playing like he’s about to make a mega-business-deal come to fruition…. And he seems very familiar with how to do that and win… He is using the skills of one of the top businessmen in our country to win this ‘deal’, and he’s proving that multibillion dollar businessmen are waaaaay smarter then meager politicians who could never survive (or thrive) in the high level business world. He’s showing the public exactly what they have been thinking for years, that our politicians are not the best and brightest, they’re just mediocre con artists that couldn’t make it in the real world, so they went into the world of cronyism and lobbying off of our teats instead.

    • Lulu says:

      I think you are right on. Obama is the ultimate of the sub-par crony and it is so obvious. !Jeb was selected (or possibly self-selected) to continue it all but with a Repub (and Latino Ole!) bent. Besides it’s their turn damn it. They were so smug they didn’t see the hostile takeover coming.

      • lyn says:

        You are on fire today, Lulu.

        • Lulu says:

          I went on an internet break for a couple of days to clear my head out. I also started researching some techniques for sewing a jacket and got so confused I had to stop that too! I readily admit I get overwhelmed with information so I sent out emails to family and friends that I was going radio silent for a few days. Then I ate pie and took naps. It was great.

    • Myiq2xu says:


      Recently I asked three quite different Americans — who, on ordinary calculations, should not like Trump — what they thought of him. The first s a local Mexican-American barber. He could offer no logical rationale for his enjoyment of the Trump candidacy other than that Trump is a “jefe” — a big man who gets things done by any means necessary, a crew boss to the world. I sensed that there was also an embarrassed weariness with illegal immigration.

      • Lulu says:

        There is also a social class and aspirational element to the “already here” Hispanics and the new ones. I won’t violate what some legal immigrants (now citizens) told me confidentially but there is an element of “I left Mexico to get away from this shit” to it. They feel snookered by the political elites.

        • Lulu says:

          They also feel they can’t speak openly or they will get hammered by the La Raza types and shunned or boycotted.

          • leslie says:

            Yup. I’ve had similar conversations (at work especially) well, that was before I “retired” – They still haven’t processed my retirement, except they are no longer paying me. I have not received any retirement benefits and every time I call, I get the same old song and dance about how “it takes time” to process everything. No matter that 2 friends who retired from the same place only a couple of months earlier, started receiving their benefits the month following their last day.
            One person in particular used almost the same words: “I left there (Mexicao) to get away from this”. I haven’t had the opportunity to talk about this lately. . . . . . . . maybe this week.

    • mcnorman says:

      His rules are not that of the GOP which makes for great reality tv.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I see it played out like a Big Brother season, only with less annoying contestants. Watching the alliances being made (Trump, Cruz, Carson, Fiorina) against all the rest of the field is better than any semi-scripted reality show !

        Those 4 could easily start their own party … in fact, I see others in the field that could help create a major split in the GOPe. Then there’s Sarah, firmly planted on Team Trump.

        Politics is the only sport where the fans can play too !

        • lyn says:

          I like everyone in The Alliance!

        • Myiq2xu says:

          Just wait until next summer when Trump starts looking for a running mate. Best reality TV show ever.

          • DeniseVB says:

            I think he’s already started his political version of the Veep Apprentice. As I recall from the couple of seasons I watched (before he went with the celebrity schtick), he never really hired the butt kissers. He seemed to like the ones who challenged him hardest and stuck to their convictions and if they were successful, survived another week. For grins, I found season 1 and who could forget Omarosa 🙂 Didn’t we all love to hate her? I was surprised she made it so far, but she was great for ratings.


            Actually, this is not a bad way to pick an adminstration. I see Ted Cruz using the Bill Rancic playbook, tough, loyal and really smart 😉

  11. DeniseVB says:

    LOL !

  12. helenk3 says:

    part of the problem that few are talking about and causing anger is education in this country today. It has been taken over by anti-american ideas. If Trump starts attacking that he is going to win. People want the best for their kids, they are not getting it and have not for a while. Both teachers and pupils are not happy with the lowering of standards and the failure to prepare kids for the future

  13. helenk3 says:

    whtch Trump may hay with this

  14. DeniseVB says:

    Gird your loins Baltimore …. I think the DA and Mayor are the real criminals in this case, just my opinion I could be wrong 😉

  15. helenk3 says:

    I am not sure this will play. I never tried to post a video other than you tube


  16. Dora says:

    My 2 cents.

    Business people rely on politicians and political bosses for contracts and permits. As an example, Mayor Boomberg denied permits to Walmart because he didn’t like the fact that they sell guns. They were forced to locate their stores outside the city limits. There are no Chick-fil-A restaurants in the city either for the same reason. Following the republican debate, De Blasio tried to have the contract between the city and Trump International suspended indefinitely. Fortunately, his attempt was unsuccessful. But this does show you how much influence they have.

    During the time Trump did many of those interviews we are now seeing, Bill Clinton was a popular president and in 2000 Hillary became the senator of NY. As a real estate developer, living and working in NYC, I’m sure that Donald Trump knew better than to say anything to get the Clintons upset. He isn’t crazy, you know.

    Besides all that, I don’t really care what he said 15 or 20 years ago. It’s not important and not relevant to what is going on now. I know people who feel the same way.

    My most important issue is immigration. The illegal invasion needs to be stopped. We have to close the border somehow. If it takes a wall; then build one! All else is on temporary hold until this is accomplished for the very simple reason that “If we have no border, we have no country”!

    Rant over.

    • Lulu says:

      Yes! It really is that simple and foundational. The so-called village idiot can see this but the elites do not dare. Social, budget, legal, jobs, crime, etc starts there. It will not solve everything but it is a Yuge! start. The various elites do not want it solved because their ox(en) will be gored. They will try valiantly to muddy the issue, change the subject, make scare statements, exhibit hysterics but it is the crux and the preference cascade flows from it.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I hear ya Dora, great rant ! Trying to portray a businessman in alliance with any one politcal party is just stupid (like JEB! is doing, just makes him look like he doesn’t understand big business wheelings and dealings).

      I follow local NYC news and I think DiBlasio’s going to be a one termer, he’s lost Gothamist ! I read where he attended all 3 BoSox and NYmets games and rooted for the Red Sox ! That alone could mortally wound him.

      • leslie says:

        It appears that DiBlasio has been thumbing his nose at NYC since his election. How many mayors would side with ppl taking a whiz in the streets of the city? or shame the “men in blue” rather than stand with them during crises? I don’t know what his purpose was – running for mayor. I don’t know whose ring he was kissing when that happened. Do you?

    • leslie says:

      And it is a very expensive school at that. I have a friend who teaches at the Lake Forest branch. The tuition is Yuge! and the students are pampered and privileged and often – before they are out of high school – are world travelers with connections in high places throughout this and several other countries. They will not be affected by the influx of illegal immigrants (aliens) unless they choose to be.

    • mcnorman says:

      Jorge is an asshole. He is very much an elitist. I knew Jorge when he was a small time journalist. Very much the climber, and no surprise at how he is an elitist now. He’s so distasteful to those who knew him from before he became the legend in his own mind.

  17. leslie says:

    “I just wanted to add that four years ago Mitt Romney made a very good logical case for why he should be POTUS. Obama and Harry Reid spent the campaign telling people that Romney gave a woman cancer and abused his dog and cheated on his taxes.
    Who won?”

    I love this post. In fact, I’m going to send it to my daughter who really, intensely, whole-heartedly dislikes The Donald. I know she sees some men who have had deleterious effects in her life when she hears/sees him. She does not understand why I smile and sometimes laugh while Trump is brash, overblown, conceited. In fact just the other day, she asked me if I’d really vote for him when I explained my amusement and sometimes giddiness as he pulls the MSM and professional pols every which way.
    I voted for Mitt.

    • Somebody says:

      Trump is sort of like the Newt Gingrich this time around, but polling much better. Gingrich is great at putting the media in their place and turning gotcha questions around.

      We all enjoyed watching Newt spar with the media and some of the other candidates, but we didn’t vote for him. That being said if my choice is between Sanders and Trump, it’s Trump all the way baby!! Never say never, at this point we don’t know how the primaries are going to end up and who the nominees will be.

  18. Dora says:

    What country is he running in? I seem to have forgotten. I think he might have forgotten too.

    In Miami ­ and en Español ­ Jeb Bush punches back at Donald Trump’s ‘blah blah blah’

  19. helenk3 says:

    there was another cop killed on August 31st in Texas. not much known about it at this point.

  20. helenk3 says:

    does anyone here think that 2008 was a turning point for political parties in the country? How many millions left or were basically told to leave the democratic party that year? How many rather then turning to the Republican party became Independents? The Republican party is making the same mistake now and there is an underlying anger because they did not use the opportunity given to them in 2012. This gives Trump a large base to work with. Just my opinion

      • dm says:

        I have been saying for quite some time that the entire worthless lot of them (politicians) need to go. I really don’t think I’m alone in my anger, resentment, and general fed upness. This is what is getting people’s attention in regards to Trump. Right now, he is representing many americans, rather than our own elected officials. He is saying the things that many want to hear. We are all living that famous Network moment…we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore! Short of a revolution (which is still not entirely out of the question for some) we the people via Donald Trump are trying to get those Dem/Repub elite idiots to pay attention. I’m loving every minute of this…I hope (I know, pretty pointless) that in the end, this has a positive impact on what is going on in America.

  21. leslie says:

    OT~ BTW: the search for the killers of the Fox Lake, IL officer has caused the cancellation of schools in the area (both yesterday as well as today). Last night the news stations here encouraged people to check (by phone) on their neighbors to make certain they were okay and to contact local police if there was any hint of danger. The fear was that the killers might have taken hostages in order to hide out in local homes. Commuter trains were also canceled last night and early this morning. Now, the trains are running, but no one is leaving their homes due to the fears of harm by the killers who may or may not still be in the area.
    The Fox Lake police station has been draped in purple and black bunting. There is great sadness in that area. The officer was well-liked by the community.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Small towns are the most disturbing to follow since it makes you think, yeah, this sh*t can go down anywhere. My fear is that the LEO was bum rushed and held his fire, this has been happening all too often now since BLM destroyed Darren Wilson’s life.

      • lyn says:

        From The (Warped) Wrap: “Fox News is covering the Black Lives Matter movement at length, mostly in a negative light. The network is currently focused on the violent murders of two police officers over the last few days, suggesting there’s a ‘war on cops’ in America.”

        Prove us wrong, sociopaths!

        • DeniseVB says:

          Remember when they blamed crosshairs on a Sarah Palin political strategy map for the Gabby Giffords shooter ? BLM is so much worse than that, obviously 🙂

  22. Dora says:

    The BLM leaders are controlled by Soros. What could the republicans possibly be planning? I smell a rat here someplace. Watch out Donald!

    BREAKING: RNC Is Talking With #BlackLivesMatter Activist Leaders

    • DeniseVB says:

      Funny, I don’t remember the DNC ever, EVER, talking to the Tea Party leaders. Why should they we they had Obama’s IRS setting ’em straight.

  23. mothy67 says:

    I don’t think you can ignore the fact that Trump is funny. I throw up in my mouth when jeb says I have love in my heart. So gross. Trump is and always has been sober. DC isfilled with self important sots.
    Justified or not HRC comes off as bitter and cold.
    I really liked Walker but he never could have taken down the jeb machine. Donald aside 16 candidates. Enough to make jeb the winner by default. I watch my parents and siblings react to Donald. Life long democrats that have been abused. Trump is a white knight for the middle class.
    LOLA wrote a beautiful post the other day. Sad for me I have too much anger to get on board.

  24. DeniseVB says:

    According to Sabo’s website, Ted Cruz has ordered a thousand of these posters for his DC rally with Trump next week.

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    A terrible deal with Iran!

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    A terrible deal with Iran!

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  29. mothy67 says:

    Sometimes you have to stand back and get a better look. It is going to be 90 degrees tomorrow. I told the pup I would take her to the pool. She asked a friend and it balooned to 20. I got a call telling me one adult per 5 kids. I was so annoyed but i had to step back. Local pool is safe and clean. They will not let you in without proof you live in the borough. I was so mad at first but it makes sense. I trust my pup and her friends but I cannot keep track of ,20 kids. One girl got caught on tape stealing an iPhone 6. Somehow her theft became poor her. It is okay to steal because feelings. Kid is being raised by her grand parentd. So is my crud. No pity. Buck the fuck up. She is not stupid. She openeda back pack and chose to steal. She made a decision a bad one.
    I love what Lola wrote buty give a damn is in the shop.
    I see a lot with kids. This feral child pulled up my frnce coaxed the dog out and then came o my door saying she found him. How do you deal with tha. I had bought shaypup a lab. Microscopes telescopes. She broke it all. I tried to be kind she told me about how allen are assholes.MY dad doesn’teven know my middle name. What can I do? I tried I cannot fix that. YOU cannot replace familiar love. I let pup do her hand springs in the front yard. Bet your ass I am hiding behinda curtain watching..SO easy she knows she matters. Feral child noone cares. I love the line from Delmore Schwartz “In dteams begin responsabilities” Have a kid grow up.

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