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My Election Predictions

I was talking to Mike Kupari about this yesterday, mostly being my usual optimistic self, and telling him don’t worry, the election wasn’t going to be Donald Trump versus Bernie Sanders, so there was no reason to flee and build a compound in Costa Rica just yet. He suggested I write it up for the blog, so what the heck, here goes.

Note, these aren’t endorsements, they’re predictions. So you don’t need to yell at me for not backing your dude. Yes, I’m sure your Candidate X is super awesome, and I’m a stupid jerk face for not seeing it.

My prediction is that the republican nominee will be Ted Cruz. The democrat nominee will be Hillary Clinton.  At this early point in the campaigns I got Dole, Bush, and Romney right. McCain surprised me, but I think I was just blinded by my dislike for him. I predicted Obama as soon as he got done with that first original DNC speech, and sadly got that one right. Though I was surprised how fast he usurped the Clinton machine.

Here is my reasoning. First, the democrat side is really easy to predict. You’ve got one batty old socialist and a slightly battier old socialist. Though I’ve been told that Hillary Clinton isn’t actually a socialist because the way she loves taking bribes is very capitalistic. Good point.

Bernie is nuts, but he’s honest. He skips right over all the typical democrat feel good, heart string tugging reasons why they think the government should control everything, and gets right to the government controlling everything. He is economically illiterate. Those Occupy Democrat memes going around Facebook where they are quoting Bernie fucking up some basic economic principle are literally painful. Every time you share one of those, an accountant dies.

The only reason Bernie is actually polling surprisingly decently is because many democrats sense just how lackluster Hillary is. However, Hillary is still going to get the nomination. Because as much as democrats like to think that they’re all about tolerance, there is something incredibly emasculating about watching your candidate get chased off the podium of his own rally. There’s a reason the Black Lives Matter protestors haven’t invaded Hillary’s space, because we all suspect she’d shriek “GUARDS! SEIZE THEM!” super villain style, and then have them devoured by her nanotech enhanced attack weasels.

Hillary may be a liar and a cheat, and she’d sell your children’s organs to Russian mobsters to make five bucks, but at least she’s not a total chicken shit. So, barring the highly unlikely event that Hillary gets arrested by the FBI for one of her multitude of scandals between now and the primaries, Hillary is it.

On the GOP side it gets really hard to predict just because there are a slew of candidates. Right now I see it going Cruz, with an outside chance of Rubio or Walker. Yes, I know that isn’t what the polls say right now, but this is how I see it playing out.

Trump is a stunt candidate. He’s sitting around twenty percent, lots of people are flipping out about it, and the media is loving that. But the rest of the GOP can’t stand him. As we head into the primaries we always do this thing, where somebody will pop up, the voters will say Oooooh New and Shiny, they’ll surge, and then once people have a chance to actually look at what they’ve really done, they come back down.

The thing everybody needs to remember is that every single election cycle we go through this period where the media tries to pick the eventual GOP candidate for us. Their criteria are A. Can the democrat eventually beat them? And B. If they do somehow win, will they not rock the boat too bad for democrats? McCain is the greatest example of that ever. This time around their obvious pick was Jeb Bush. For weeks it was Jeb, Jeb, Jeb. Only Jeb was dull and Trump makes great TV. If you look at early polling it almost always correlates with how much media attention the candidate is receiving. So, a candidate polling at 5% is usually getting 5% of the coverage, etc.

Trump comes along, he’s bombastic, unapologetic, and simply does not give a shit. The real lesson to be taken from Trump and Bernie is that many Americans are so damned tired of the establishment and the media that they’ll root for anybody, no matter how crazy they are, if they’ll just quit sucking up and actually stand for something.

But here is the problem with Trump, and it isn’t his personality or being willing to insult people (because if I’m judging these people on personality, I’d probably get along with him in person way better than most of the others, and the Rosie line made me do a spit take). It is because he’s been a Republican less time than Bernie has been a Democrat. When I’ve talked to the hard core Stormtrumpers they’ll say he’s great on the border! Okay, but what about his record on abortion, guns, crony capitalism, government intervention, eminent domain, and single payer healthcare? Suck, suck, suck… oh but on that one he evolved… This week.

For the people convinced that Trump is the Real Conservative in the race, and that the other 15 are all RINOs, put down the crack pipe. This is the same guy who a couple of years ago was outraged about violent videogames and saying how somebody needed to do something about them. Yeah, there’s a dude totally grounded in the Bill of Rights.

And before any fanatical Trump fan yells at me again about Megan Kelly was mean and how I just listen to FOX News, I cancelled cable like a year ago, so I don’t watch TV news unless I’m on it. Sheesh. The hard core Trump fans remind me a lot of the old hard core Ron Paul fans.

So with all the attention in the world, he’s leading at 20%, but that’ll die down as the novelty wears off. Most people aren’t single issue voters, and they’ve already put up with two terms from a malignant narcissist, why pick another? Trump will eventually drop out and use his celebrity to make even more money, much of which he’ll donate to democrats and democrat causes.

Then it gets really complicated.

Carly Fiorina did really well on the first debate, and then kicked Chris Matthews’s ass (see that thing above about people being hungry for anyone who will stand up to the media). I’ve got several friends who are hard core Fiorina supporters, but I have another friend who worked for her at HP who really found her business practices shady, but I’ve not had a chance to delve into that enough to comment.

A lot of people are thinking it would be a good match up because Fiorina is a woman and Hillary is a sort of woman shaped carbon based life form. And it could possibly derail Hillary’s main campaign platform of Vote For Me Or You’re a Misogynist Pig. Which will probably be similar to Obama’s Vote For Me or You’re Racist and Vote For Me or You’re Racist 2: Extra Racist.

However, according to the media we all know that Republican women aren’t real women. Just like Ben Carson, Tim Scott, Mia Love, Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, and Walter Williams aren’t actually black people either.

The strategic problem for Fiorina is that because she is a Republican woman, and she has done well, expect the media to go full Palin on her. If she does have any questionable business dealings, they’ll be huge headlines for weeks on end (unlike deleted emails, missing classified documents, and getting ambassadors killed, because what difference does it make?). She’s still a possibility, but if there is anything even vaguely shady or potentially shady, the media will use it as a club to discredit her. Nothing freaks out the media worse than female or minority republicans.

Once people get tired of the Trump show, that hunger for bucking the establishment and telling the media to bugger off will still be there. And this is why I think Ted Cruz will move into the lead. He’s been a pain in the establishment’s ass. The left wing media hates him. And you can usually tell who the media really fears by how much they try to ignore them, or talk about them, rather than to them (gee whiz, I can’t imagine where I came up with that theory!).

Cruz has an elected track record. He’s got actual conservative cred. He’s one of the Tea Party generation that’s been replacing the greying and thankfully dying off big government GOP. Is Cruz a fantastic candidate? Nope. His track record isn’t perfect and he looks a lot like a young Grandpa Munster. Once they can’t safely ignore him, expect the media to go after him extra hard. The thing Cruz has going for him on that front is that they’ve been trying for years, and they’ve already spilled every bit of dirty laundry they had to discredit him back during the government shut down fight.

The biggest hurdle Cruz has won’t be the DNC or their tame news media, it will be the McCains, Hatches, and Grahams of the GOP. Because they really want a Jeb or a Christie. (note, I didn’t put Lindsey Graham in that list of potential presidents, because nobody, and I’m including Lindsey Graham, think that Lindsey Graham can be president).

On Jeb Bush… Ain’t gonna happen. He was the media’s initial pick, and it was even more painfully obvious than when all the democrats showed up in our open primaries to “cross the aisle” to nominate McCain, and then promptly ditched him for Obama on election day. But Jeb’s got zilch. Actual conservatives don’t like him, the Tea Party hates him. On the issues, he’s mumble mumble amnesty and mumble mumble that’s not what Common Core was supposed to mumble. Seriously, do you know any actual voter who likes Jeb? Can you think of one? I can’t. Jeb has all the suck of the old, dying, big government GOP, so the conservative base will be even less enthusiastic for him than they were for Romney and McCain, with the added benefit that his last name is Bush, so automatically half the country hates him.

Chris Christie is beloved by the media because he’s loud, and the biggest big government big republican they can have lose to Hillary, and if Christie happened to somehow beat Hillary, then they’d only be stuck with a republican who was electable in New Jersey. Christie came to prominence because of that same phenomena that is floating Trump now—which I think will eventually give it to Cruz—in that he’s willing to be disagreeable. Sadly, he’ll buck the media, but he won’t buck the establishment because Christie is the establishment. By volume, he’s half the establishment. And I’m saying that as a 6’5” 300 pounder myself.

On the far side of Christie is Rand Paul. Now personally, I really like Rand. I think he’s actually got real convictions and he’s got guts. As hipsters where whining in one tweet about the horrible evil Tea Party, and their next tweet was lamenting how bad it was the government was reading their emails, a guy elected by the Tea Party was the one fighting to get the NSA to quit reading their mail.

If you had to name three elected officials in the GOP who have been the biggest pain in the establishment GOP’s collective ass over the last few years, it would be Paul, Cruz, and Mike Lee (that’s my senator! I don’t claim Hatch). Luckily, I think Lee is too antisocial to ever run for president, which is good, because I want him to eventually replace Mitch McConnell and his weird turtle face.

But between Rand and Cruz, Cruz is polling better now, and seems to be having a better run of it. Gut feeling, barring a really good showing, I think Rand is principled enough that he’ll drop out after the first couple of primaries to not split the Tea Party contingent, and the liberty minded republicans who are backing Rand will go to Cruz. That’ll be the jump. Of the other candidates, who else would they support? A regular Rand ally, or one of the bigger government types? That’s a no brainer and several percentage points.

That’s if the Tea Party side coalesces into one favorite. The establishment side is split too, so it’ll be interesting if they all get behind one person.

There are two others that I still see as strong possibilities, Rubio and Walker.

Scott Walker is an election winner and a union buster, two things that really appeal to the base. He had a pretty vanilla showing in the last debate. He’s squishy on some core issues, but the feeling I get is that for some reason he’s a relative unknown to most primary voters. Which again shows that who the media most fears, they ignore, until they can’t, then they lie. They did the lie/fear thing in Wisconsin, but at the national level it has mostly been ignore. So if Walker does something really interesting enough to sneak past the Trump circus sucking up all the coverage and oxygen in the room, he could still have a shot.

Rubio is an interesting one. If you’d asked me four years ago who I thought the GOP front runner would be today, he probably would have been my call. It seems like he’s got a lot of national electability, but his problem is that he straddles the line between big government establishment republican and small government conservatism way too much. Note, to all aspiring young politicians, if perpetual loser John McCain wants you to team up with him on a big controversial issue, RUN AWAY! The whole fishing boat, speeding tickets, NYT expose helped him more than anything else. It humanized him and made him relatable. But there are too many issues he has sucked on with the base, so I think he’s going to fall by the wayside.

If several of the candidates drop out and toss their support behind Rubio or Walker, it could very well go their way.

Cruz and Rubio are both Latinos. Some republicans seem to think that is like a magic bullet, and suddenly republicans are going to get the Latino vote. That’s stupid. Just stop. The concept of “Latino” as a demographic is horribly flawed and unrealistic to begin with. How in the hell can you expect to stick people whose ancestors originate from one whole continent, the bottom half of another continent, and the west end of a third continent, islands in every hemisphere, spread over like 30 countries, in America between one and ten generations, and expect them to be this homogenous voting block?

Though since Cruz and Rubio are both Cuban, I expect to see the media declare that Cubans aren’t real Latinos. Sort of like when the government declared that Portuguese are Latino, and I was all like MWA HA HA HAAAAA I’M OFFICIALLY A MINORITY and they were all like oh shit what have we done?

On the same note, some republicans seem to think that if we run Ben Carson, republicans will suddenly get the black vote. I like Ben Carson. I think he’s probably a really good man. I also think focusing on his race is an incredibly stupid philosophy, and one that the democrats will beat republicans at every time. Identity politics are stupid democrat games. Don’t be surprised when you play their game and lose. That’s because they make the rules and game is rigged. You want to win, convince people that you’re worth voting for.

The problem with Ben Carson is that he’s not a politician, and it shows. You’d think being a non-politician at a time when everybody hates politicians would be a winning proposition, but they still have to know how to play the game. Trump isn’t a politician either, but he is a consummate game player. Fiorina isn’t a politician, but judging by how she rolled Jabba the Matthews, she’s got game. As a brain surgeon Carson is probably the smartest guy on the stage, but he’s not a political animal. Hillary has 1/3 of Carson’s IQ and none of his humility, but my gut feeling is that she’d walk all over him in a debate. Then Carson had to go and suck on guns, which is a kiss of death issue with the base.

Kaish… I’m not even going to bother to look on Google to see if I spelled that right. I have no idea why he is there. Non-entity. He could be the best candidate ever, who is right on every single issue, but I wouldn’t know, and neither do any of the voters. Perry just can’t seem to shine. Lots of Texans seem to love him, but he’s got zero momentum. Jindal, same thing. Barring any sort of super brilliant coup maneuver, I don’t see these guys moving up.

Lindsey Graham… Holy shit, just shoot me now. If Lindsey Graham got elected president I’d volunteer for that one way trip to Mars, and if that was a no go, I’d build my own rocket. He’s everything wrong with John McCain and the GOP, only he’s not a war hero, and has a lisp.

Again, these are just my guesses. I could be totally wrong. I also predicted Romney was going to win in the electoral college (to be fair, he only lost by like 600k spread across four swing states, so it wasn’t like I totally blew it). But the democrat side is going to be Hillary, unless she is arrested and can’t make bail.  Republican side, I figure Cruz, with an outside chance of Fiorina, Rubio, or Walker.

However you look at it, no matter who wins, we’re going to end up with somebody better suited for the job than Barack Obama. Sadly, I’m including Bernie Sanders in that equation, and that’s really saying something.

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Francis W. Porretto
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Francis W. Porretto
2 years 8 days ago

From your lips to God’s ear, Larry.

David MacKinnon
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David MacKinnon
2 years 7 days ago
Should have waited just one more day Larry! Watching the breaking news that the FBI seized Hillary’s E-mail and thumb drives. I never thought she was ever hiding her dirty digital deeds from Congress or Republicans. If the press can suppress mass killings of babies for spare parts for profit, they could shield Hillary from this. No, IMHO she was trying to hide her corruption from the powers that be in the Obama administration. Its no secret (ow, pun!) that Valerie Jarrett and the Clintons hate each other . Its like THUNDERDOME politics! Two Progressive Feminist enter, one leaves Federal… Read more »
Shadowdancer
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Shadowdancer
2 years 7 days ago

Yeah, as predicted they spun it to being anti-medicine, anti-women’s rights crap.

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styrgwillidar
1 year 10 months ago

My guess is that the Obama Admin is pressuring Hillary to quit of her own volition, ratcheting up the pressure. Hence the leak from the FBI that work related emails were recovered on her server. She probably has too much on too many people (and committed donors) for Obama to let the FBI investigation turn into actual charges- but the threat and pressure are there. My prediction is that he’ll continue the push to slide Biden into the race as the favorite– on the condition Biden picks a rabid left-winger as VP, Warren.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
2 years 8 days ago

“devoured by her nanotech enhanced attack weasels”

Stop it. You’re making her sound cooler than she really is. 😛

Zsuzsa
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Zsuzsa
2 years 8 days ago

I know. I read that line and thought, “Hillary has nanotech-enhanced attack weasels? I may have to take another look at her!”

Bruce
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Bruce
2 years 8 days ago

That could cost you your eyes…

snelson134
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snelson134
2 years 8 days ago

Or turn you to stone…..

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
2 years 7 days ago

Nanotech enhanced weasels ripped my flesh!

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nomen nescio
2 years 7 days ago

DEMOCRAT GIR-R-RLS with a teeny little mustache
DEMOCRAT GIR-R-RLS in the NGO…

Av willis
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Av willis
2 years 7 days ago

That might have been the most metal thing I’ve heard all day

Brian Niemeier
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Brian Niemeier
2 years 7 days ago
David Krumm
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David Krumm
2 years 7 days ago

lol – when I read that line I thought “Wait! I finally understand the Hillary appeal. It’s some kinda freaky kin k thing!” I’d always assumed she was a *weak* candidate because she’s evil and completely unlikable. Those are her strengths.

TMLutas
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1 year 10 months ago
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Miguel
2 years 8 days ago

It is gonna be gladiatorial… not fun to watch either.

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Keith Glass
2 years 8 days ago

Politicians going Full Gladiator ?

Remind me to stock up on popcorn and fixings. Several 50-pound sacks, and 100 or so pounds of butter should do . . .

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WyrdBard
2 years 8 days ago

Run off by right of arms… this has some appeal though I’m not sure how much merit it has.

Bruce
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Bruce
2 years 8 days ago

Only if they don’t go with period costumes. Especially for Hillary. (shudder)

jdgalt
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jdgalt
2 years 8 days ago

Where’s Jesse Ventura when we need him?

David MacKinnon
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David MacKinnon
2 years 8 days ago

Living tax free in Mexico, squatting on a dead American hero’s money. You know, taken from his widow and fatherless children.

For real….

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
2 years 7 days ago

Spouting conspiracy theories and suing the widow of a genuine hero.

John D
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John D
2 years 7 days ago
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Keith Glass
2 years 8 days ago

I tend to agree that it’s likely to be Cruz. I halfway expect a Cruz-Fiorina ticket.

If it’s Walker. . . .Cruz will not be on the ticket. Carly still might be Veep. My evil fantasy comes when the first Supreme Court Justice retires or dies: President Walker, flanked by Attorney-General Gowdy . . . are in the Rose Garden announcing their nominee. . .and Ted Cruz walks into view. . .

TheObserver
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TheObserver
2 years 8 days ago

In the alternate capitol of Denver Colorado after Washington DC is burned down by the Iranian nuke.

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kensieg
2 years 4 days ago

Why Denver? Why not Dallas?

Stoutcat
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Stoutcat
2 years 8 days ago

Oh, holy mother of sweetness and light; Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court. I love that idea so much I am speechless.

Da Beav
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Da Beav
2 years 7 days ago

The thought of the response from the so-called press and the Dumbocrats has made my trousers a bit snug.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 7 days ago

I prefer Napolitano and Paul, with Cruz in the executive. But I won’t quibble.

Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 7 days ago

Oh my word…imagine…Cruz and Scalia…in the SAME ROOM. It would either explode or…I don’t even… Cruz on the Supreme Court…yes please! Just have clean-up crews ready for all the squishy messes made by leftist heads going *pop!* and splattering everywhere. *happy sigh* We can even “donate” the “legally obtained” “tissue” to research companies! Shoot…that was meant to be funny, but now I’m nauseous. 🙁

Da Beav
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Da Beav
2 years 7 days ago

Accidentally voted that down. Stupid Nook!

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gmmay
2 years 7 days ago

It would certainly increase the carbon footprint of the Donks from all of the spontaneous combustion.

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Tregonsee
2 years 8 days ago

I tend to lean to Walker as the best of the GOP governors in the race. It is hard not to like Fiorina, and IF nothing comes up significant, I fully expect her to be the VP. I can’t see any major party ever having two white, straight males on the ticket again.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 8 days ago

It’s hard to like her after you spend 15 minutes researching how she ran Lucent, Compaq and HP all into the ground, and then stepped away pretending like it wasn’t her fault.

Sure, she says all the right things in debates, but she’s a frighteningly incompetent executive.

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Andy
2 years 8 days ago

And if she hadn’t done the things she did, they would have died on the vine 15 years ago. And I say that as someone who was “fired” by her actions.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 7 days ago

Unless you’ve got some kind of inside info that everyone else doesn’t know shoot, I’m calling BS. She was a laughing stock in the tech industry. When people started talking about her candidacy, I thought they were joking. Especially after she lost her House bid.

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TRX
2 years 7 days ago

I got all the IT industry weeklies and newsletters back then. If there was anyone who *didn’t* hate Fiorina they weren’t saying much. Even the stockholders were spooked.

You weren’t the only one who thought her candidacy was a joke…

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1 year 11 months ago

This. I work in a small tech firm. Everyone over 30 remembers when she came in, cut all R&D at HP while changing the slogan to “invent”, then getting fired when the board realized that she’d destroyed HP as a center of jnvention.Accurate or not, this perception has caused her to be one if the most loathed executives in modern history, right up there with Bob Nardelli.

Basically, she’s unelectable in tech, so, if she gets the nod, the socialist ones will vote Democrat and everyone else will vote Libertarian.

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ConceptJunkie
2 years 3 hours ago

Biden/Webb 2016. You read it here first. Hey, it could happen.

Can you imagine Biden in a debate with Cruz, Fiorina, or Walker? They’d have to spot him 5 questions off the top.

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John Van Stry
2 years 8 days ago

I’m not so sure on Hillary anymore. She’s got too many enemies in the DNC, and I think she’s got too much baggage now as well. Just as Obama eased her out last time, I really think someone else is going to ease her out this time.
Not quite sure yet, but again, I’m not so sure Hillary is going to get the nod.

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2 years 8 days ago
The sense I’m getting from the Left side of aisle is that they really, really want an alternative to Hillary. Even her most hard-core supporters can’t name an accomplishment of hers other than having been born with an XX genotype. Plus, this is a party of novelty junkies who decided she was too uncool 8 years ago; she hasn’t gotten any younger and hipper since then. Yeah, everyone is sticking with her now, but after the first high-profile endorsement goes to Fauxahauntas or Crazy Uncle Joe, I predict dozens following. Hillary’s only hope is to hang onto the idea that… Read more »
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2 years 8 days ago

Their problem is that Obama could hide his far-left ideology behind centrist platitudes and of course the press was in love with Historic First Black President. Warren or Sanders will have a much harder time.

I think people underestimate the chances Biden will win the nomination. Hillary is too corrupt and the others are too extreme or totally unknown.

ConceptJunkie
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ConceptJunkie
2 years 3 hours ago

I don’t know if Biden could secure the nomination. Even the left knows he’s senile. Bernie Sanders on the other hand is gaining a lot of traction with his brilliant political philosophy of “free everything for everyone”.

I’ve been on the fence as to whether the country is beyond the point of no return for several years, and if he’s nominated, and Finagle-forbid, elected, it will be a foregone conclusion.

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LittleRed1
2 years 8 days ago

And the MediaMatters/former ACORN money is pouring in against Webb and Sanders. If Biden tosses hat in officially, it could get really strange, in terms of who is protesting who with whose money.

ConceptJunkie
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ConceptJunkie
2 years 3 hours ago

Yeah, watching the lefties eat their own at the Sanders event in Seattle was very popcorn-worthy. Now that their Messiah and Prophet is out of play, and there’s not another obvious one to replace him yet, at least there will be some entertainment value in the next 15 months.

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Stephen St. Onge
2 years 7 days ago

        Hillary’s accomplishments?  She spotted Bill as a comer way back when, and snagged him.

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nomen nescio
2 years 6 days ago

She also successfully ran Bill’s “bimbo eruptions” war room twenty years ago, sending out James Carville and George Stephanopoulos every Sunday morning to go on the talk shows and slander whichever woman had accused Bill of rape that week. “When you drag a dollar bill through a trailer park you never know what you’ll find!” Clearly this is a defender of the poor and the powerless, and a defender of women from those who would abuse them. Clearly, sir.

TRX
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TRX
2 years 7 days ago

Every election, I stand there with my card and marker and think, “three hundred million Americans, and it comes down to choosing between these two (or three) bozos?”

I still advocate the Powerball election system. When the balls generate a valid Social Security Number, that’s who fills the office. Doesn’t matter if they’re senile, imprisoned, “abled”, or whatever. Yes, we’d get some bad politicians that way… but realistically, how much worse could they be?

Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 7 days ago

ROFL. I’m totally laughing. No those aren’t tears and I’m not weeping. Seriously. *suspicious sniffle* Anyway, how sad is it that I actually went “hmm…that…might…” before smacking myself? It really *is* that bad. :-/

PS: what about SSN’s that are stolen/manufactured for…”undocumented immigrants”? :-p

Nighthawk
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Nighthawk
2 years 6 days ago

Then we might get an actual dead guy for president.

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nomen nescio
2 years 6 days ago

We could do worse than King Log. And we have.

ConceptJunkie
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ConceptJunkie
2 years 3 hours ago

Well, to be fair, with the Powerball system the people who are really in charge wouldn’t be any different.

TheWriterInBlack
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TheWriterInBlack
2 years 8 days ago

The “math lesson” in The Magnificent Seven may come into play here:

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
2 years 7 days ago

Yeah, even the hardcore Dems are getting tired of the “inevitable” Hillary.

PavePusher
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PavePusher
2 years 8 days ago

No matter who wins, the USA loses.

TheObserver
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TheObserver
2 years 8 days ago

The USA is lost regardless. You don’t kill 50 million human beings for sake of convenience and escape judgement.

Joseph Capdepon II
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Joseph Capdepon II
2 years 8 days ago

What are you babbling about?

Steve Johnson
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Steve Johnson
2 years 8 days ago

Abortion, Joseph.

Joseph Capdepon II
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Joseph Capdepon II
2 years 8 days ago

So God is going to punish the United States for abortion? Is that what he is saying?

SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 7 days ago

God is the universe’s number 1 abortionist. 2/3rds of embryos don’t make it to term.

snelson134
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snelson134
2 years 7 days ago

The problem is you ain’t God, to make that decision. What I want to know is when you’re going to pardon Mengele? After all, he said the same thing.

SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 7 days ago

It just religious superstition which is fine as long as we don’t use it to constrain the liberty of the non superstitious – but alas the religious right thinks their mythology should have the force of law. Reminds me of a line from one of my favorite songs:

“So youre screaming bloody murder about the Taliban regime
For subjugating women and being too extreme
And basing legislation on some ancient, holy book
Does that sound a bit familiar?
Heres a mirror, have a look! “

gmmay
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gmmay
2 years 7 days ago

The concept of protecting life is hardly confined to the Religious Right or mythology.

snelson134
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snelson134
2 years 7 days ago

Actually, the only reason anyone screams about the Taliban is that their religion says kill all non Muslims; there is nothing in the New Testament that says anything remotely like that, liar.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 7 days ago

The religious right thinks no such thing. Prove it, retract it, or stand denounced as a vile liar.

SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 6 days ago

LOL @ vile liar.

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Doug Loss
2 years 6 days ago

We all notice that you didn’t attempt to provide evidence for your delusional assertions.

Nathan
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Nathan
2 years 7 days ago

I wonder what that lyricist believes about Das Capital…

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
2 years 7 days ago

IOW, you try to claim the people you hate are like the Taliban so you can feel all righteous. Except if they were like the Taliban you’d be fleeing for your life.

Achillea
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Achillea
2 years 5 days ago

numbers, I’m a pro-choice, pro-SSM Wiccan. I have no use for the Christianist loonies pounding away on their keyboards screaming ZOMG! MOLOCH-WORSHIPPING BABYKILLERZ!!1!!!!1!, but to equate them with murderous assholes who are actually killing babies (and women, and gays, and anyone at all they deem insufficiently pious) often in particularly gruesome ways, shoots right past stupid and into total idiocy. That kind of asshattery is exactly why SJWs are due only contempt and mockery. You might as well be typing with a crayon. Get back to me when Operation Rescue starts lopping off heads.

Wes S
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Wes S
2 years 7 days ago

Oh, look, somebody scribbled something on the wall over here.

“Mene, mene, tekel upharsin.”

Whatever could *that* mean . . .

Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 7 days ago
I wrote a long reply to you, and the internet are it. I clicked post comment, and…poof. Anyway, I upvoted you. A!Eric has many wounds to heal and far to go before we can say that the Constitution is more than a shredded piece of paper again. And our descendants will look back on the innocent, helpless babes we’ve slaughtered, or permitted to be slaughtered, in the name of “equality” and recoil in disgust. Oh, and “SJWnumbers”? The Democratic party is the one that supports suppressing puberty and mutilating little boys and girls. That mirror? Have a look in it… Read more »
Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 7 days ago
I edited it, but, again, the comment system ate it. Here: I wrote a long reply to you, and the internet ate it. I clicked post comment, and…poof. Anyway, I upvoted you. America has many wounds to heal and far to go before we can say that the Constitution is more than a shredded piece of paper again. And our descendants will look back on the innocent, helpless babes we’ve slaughtered, or permitted to be slaughtered, in the name of “equality” and recoil in disgust. Oh, and “SJWnumbers”? The Democratic party is the one that supports suppressing puberty and mutilating… Read more »
Mike
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Mike
2 years 8 days ago
Republicans: Walker as President, Nikki Haley as VP (do you really think the Confederate flag thing happened in a political vaccum?) – alternate VP Fiorina. Dems: Clintron as President, unknown as VP. Perhaps a governor from a swing state. Sanders – can’t run as a Dem. I am amazed that no one is talking about the fact that he is a registered Independent. He can’t be on the primary ballot in many key states (think NH or 5 of the 6 Super South states) unless the state Democratic Party Committees pass a motion to permit it – Clinton has those… Read more »
TheObserver
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TheObserver
2 years 8 days ago

Elections in this country are won or loss in the south. The Confederate flag has enraged so many it is scary. The flag rally at Stone Mountain in Georgia had heavily armed people show up. It came within sight of going out of control.

Nighthawk
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Nighthawk
2 years 8 days ago

I might, or might not, have been one of those people.

SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 7 days ago

Yes – it is indicative of the Republican Southern Strategy losing steam. Who would have thought it would take this long to take down a flag that is roughly the US equivalent to a Swastika?

One of the things I am looking forward to before I pass on into the great nothingness, is the final death of Dixie. Can you hear the death rattle?

snelson134
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snelson134
2 years 7 days ago

Since the Southern Strategy was debunked long ago, the rest of your analogy is equally inaccurate. If Dixie is dying, why are people moving there from blue heavens like CA?

David MacKinnon
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David MacKinnon
2 years 7 days ago

Snelson,
SJW numbers has already stated he is one of those Blue Boils that infect the anus of the great state of Texas. My guess is that he would not be a native but some socialist hell hole transplant, and knows from personal experience what you are talking about. And, you just used logic and common sense against a Liberal. They are immune.

snelson134
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snelson134
2 years 7 days ago

He’s a chew toy; I’m posting for the spectators.

Eric Weder
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Eric Weder
2 years 7 days ago
David macKinnon
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David macKinnon
2 years 6 days ago

Fine Eric, I’ll concede the point.
Maybe all Liberals are not Social Justice Warriors.
However, every last stinking Social Justice Warrior IS a Liberal.
So sorry if we failed to make that oh so fine distinction.

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
2 years 7 days ago

Now, now. Can’t expect the drone to go off script. Too much of a strain on SJW’s poor overworked neural net.

Mike
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Mike
2 years 7 days ago

I don’t know about the Southern Strategy being over – if a candidate w/p/s in the first primaries (NH, IW etc.) and then sweeps Southern State Super Tuesday on 1 March (FLA, TX, GA etc.) that is likely game, set and match.

If the ‘classified material on her server’ imbroglio sticks to Clinton, then expect Biden to step in.

nomen nescio
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nomen nescio
2 years 7 days ago

Not trying to be That Guy, but I have noticed over the years that all the exact same people who hate the Confederate Flag hate the American flag too, for all the exact same reasons.

TheWriterInBlack
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TheWriterInBlack
2 years 7 days ago

he exact same people who hate the Confederate Flag hate the American flag too

Not exactly concurrent sets but a lot of overlap.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 year 10 months ago
I dislike the flags of the CSA because I hate the Democratic Party, and have little regard for their attempt to take their marbles and go home. The folks who want to dig up the dead and deface memorials are being hypocritical, because they are not cleanly sweeping all signs of the Democratic Party from the record. They aren’t proposing that Wilson, FDR, and JFK, fraudulently elected by white supremacists, be erased from history, so they are clearly picking and choosing what is convenient now. Secondly, the six flags over Texas are Spain, France, Mexico, Texas, CSA and USA. The… Read more »
Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
2 years 7 days ago

You are consumed by the thoughts of something/someone you hate being destroyed, and yet think you are a good person?

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
2 years 7 days ago

SJW Numbers- You really should go and read Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72”.
At the end, when asked for his analysis of the McGovern loss, he does not jump on the Southern Strategy/Racist Poopyheads bandwagon.

TallDave
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TallDave
2 years 7 days ago

The Republican Southern Strategy was to invade, burn everything between Atlanta and Savannah, end slavery, and eventually capture huge numbers of voters when their incomes rose in the late twentieth century.

Ingenious, really.

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Doug Loss
2 years 7 days ago

Oh come on. You can’t possibly be dense enough to believe the lies you spew here.

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
2 years 7 days ago

I’m sensing college sophomore. The sneering condescension despite a demonstrable lack of knowledge, the painfully apparent lack of real world knowledge and experience, and the obvious parroting of talking points he does not understand all point to this.
Which is to be expected- many of us were smug little know-it-all gits at that rather naive stage of life.

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Doug Loss
2 years 7 days ago

You do know you’re talking about the Democrats, right? When have they ever bothered to follow their stated rules when what the want to do is in conflict with those rules? If the Dems see Hilary tanking, those rules will mean nothing.

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SirBrass
2 years 8 days ago

What scares me is if Trump goes Perot and decided to run as a 3rd party candidate and basically splits the non-hilary voters, thus guaranteeing a Hilary win.

And Cruz is the man I want in the first place and have wanted for quite a while now.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 8 days ago

At this point, who cares? The Hildabeast is unlikely to be any worse than Obama, and only marginally worse than ¡Jeb! would be. I doubt American’s problems are going to be fixed at the ballot box.

Wes S
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Wes S
2 years 7 days ago

I’ve pretty much resolved that if Jeb and Hillary are coronated as the nominees, or if it’s Jeb, Hillary and Trump, I’m going to vote “Hemp Ropes and Streetlights” on the presidential write-in ballot.

Because in a sane America none of those three would be anywhere near the nomination . . . and the country’s screwed whichever one of them wins.

John Van Stry
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John Van Stry
2 years 8 days ago

Trump won’t run as a third party, he just refused to say he wouldn’t, because he knew it would raise more attention if he did that. The only reason Perot ran was because he HATED BUSH PERSONALLY. He had no intentions of ever winning (Perot was an ass like that I’ve been told by people who worked for him), he just wanted to make sure that Bush did NOT win.
Trump knows as a third party he couldn’t win, an he won’t throw his money away like that.

Nah
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Nah
2 years 7 days ago

Perot ran because Clinton bribed him to split the GOP vote.

JSF001
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2 years 7 days ago
Your assuming he would be planning on winning. As Larry Corria mentioned he isn’t really a republican. He supports most of the democrats platforms, and has donated plenty of money to the Clintons. He could simply be purposely splitting the republican vote to guarantee Hillary wins. Sure it might cost a bunch of money initially, but I bet Trump could still turn around and make a bunch of his money back off of a “failed” presidential bid, maybe even turn a profit. On top of that having the president personally owe him for her win, would be an extremely valuable… Read more »
Josh
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2 years 8 days ago
Larry, As an Ohioan I can assure you that Kaisich is as establishment as Yeb and Christie. In fact, he is probably more so. This is the guy who expanded Medicaid in Ohio and said that his faith was the reason he had to do it. The real reason is he wanted that sweet sweet federal cash to make it look like he balanced the budget. In 2017 when that money dries up it is going to make our state budget look worse than when he started out. I hope you are right about Cruz. He will mop the floor… Read more »
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Suburbanbanshee
2 years 8 days ago

Kasich isn’t a bad guy, per se, and he is clear on the fact that he’s a Republican and not a Democrat. But otherwise… eh.

OTOH, he has a really good combat accountant for State Treasurer, and he’s made some other good picks. He’s not out committing felonies every day, either, and he’s clear on the fact he’s elected. So he’s definitely not the worst thing that could happen.

Josh
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Josh
2 years 8 days ago

I will agree with you on Josh Mandell. His website that shows every check the state writes and to whom is one of the greatest ideas ever. I am really not a Kaisich fan though. He is not a criminal but he quickly abandoned many of the promises he made the base to get elected the first time. I think the reason he got reelected had more to do with his lack of opposition within his party and from the criminal democrat who ran against him.

AuricTech
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AuricTech
2 years 3 days ago

“I hope you are right about Cruz. He will mop the floor with Hilary if he can get her to show up to a debate.”

Hillary, on why she backed out at the last minute on the first Cruz-Clinton debate:

“I unexpectedly had to launder the cash… I mean, launder the cat. Besides, at this point, what difference does it make?”

G.K. Masterson
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G.K. Masterson
2 years 8 days ago

I don’t disagree with your conclusion but would like to know your thoughts on why Cruz is outpolling Paul (I, like you, prefer Rand Paul over most of the others but don’t have too much of a problem with Cruz other than him being a bit of an unknown quantity in my books).

— G.K.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 8 days ago

More presidential hair? Nobody can imagine a President with hair that looks like that guy from the Pet Shop Boys.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 8 days ago

Also; Paul is weak on immigration, which is the Schwerpunkt issue right now. As Ann Coulter keeps saying, if we keep losing on immigration, nothing else much matters.

Cruz is my top pick, but he could really stand to learn a style lesson or two from Trump. He doesn’t have his charisma, but some of that can be learned.

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G.K. Masterson
2 years 8 days ago

Yeah — I’m not too wild about any of their views on immigration. They all keep focusing on the Mexican border and I get it; that’s a hot-button big topic issue. I’m worried about the HB-1 visa issue thing, though, and how it’s gutting the STEM sector right now.

Stephen St. Onge
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Stephen St. Onge
2 years 7 days ago

        Immigration is the issue that illustrates what modern politics is really about.  The culture of the U.S. is to be destroyed, by running in immigrants faster than we can assimilate them.

        And faced with the choice of doing something about this, or putting up with it, YOU ALL will put up with it.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 7 days ago
Yeah, sure. 95% of our LEGAL immigration is BS and fraud, and our immigration policy—both with regards to legal immigrants and illegal immigrants both—is societal suicide. Any candidate can have my vote if the adopt the following platform: Shut down the border hard. Take every EPA and IRS employee that hasn’t been jailed, give them a gun and put them on the border if they want a federal job. Tell them to shoot anything that crosses it, even if it’s just a jackrabbit. Nothing gets across. Take every immigrant—regardless of country of origin, legal status, ethnicity, or anything else—who’s on… Read more »
Leah
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Leah
2 years 6 days ago
heh. when my family first came to US, on legal refugee visa (long story), we were on public assistance for a bit. I don’t think it was longer then maybe 6 months? but that gave us an opportunity to get situated, for my parents to brush up on their English (they tried to study it before moving, bless them, but its hard enough to learn a new language when you are older, its harder when you have few opportunities to practice with native speakers), update necessary licenses and find jobs, for me to find a job. going to be 20… Read more »
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DaveP.
2 years 4 days ago

“…and in any case, unless you are native american? at some point, your family were also immigrants…”
Horseshit comment, unless you somehow think the Noble Savages evolved in Ohio.
Americans have every right to legislate who can and who can’t come into their country, and to demand the removal of those who came here illegally.

Peter O
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Peter O
2 years 8 days ago
I’ve got at least one decently-connected friend laying down Kasich as the eventual nominee. He’s arguing that the BIGGOP wing still has enough influence force to win, and that the rest of the factions will be too divided to pick a selection in time. Of the acceptable BIGGOP candidates, Bush/Christie/ Kasich/Rubio, Bush is too damaged of a brand & he’ll be jettisoned soon, Christie is too belligerent and not from a swing state, and Kasich is a governor with the resulting executive experience over Rubio. Kasich also has significant ties to the Bush administration, so He’ll be able to pick… Read more »
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SJW75126
2 years 7 days ago

I hope your friend is wrong Peter. Kasich would be a formidable opponent and I want the other side to win. I don’t think he is going to make the mistake of adding a Sarah Palin to the ticket which bailed us out once before.

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Jeff Gauch
2 years 7 days ago

Well that does it. No Kasich.

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WyrdBard
2 years 6 days ago

Eh, don’t play mind games with folk like numbers up there. Do what they HATE. Research and make an informed decision.

Eric James Stone
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Eric James Stone
2 years 8 days ago

I think your analysis is very realistic. Personally, I favor Fiorina, but I think she’s still a long-shot for the nomination.

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T.L. Knighton
2 years 8 days ago

I personally like Rand Paul on a lot of things, but I don’t think he’s got a chance in hell. Two core issues for the GOP this cycle are foreign policy and immigration, and he’s vulnerable on both.

At this point, I have no prediction for the GOP side, but I think Biden has a real shot on the Dem side. He doesn’t have Hillary’s baggage and he’s not Bernie Sanders either.

Levi
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Levi
2 years 7 days ago

I cannot believe that Biden has any chance at all at the Dem nomination and would be an instant loss in an election if it did happen. Not even the Dems take him seriously. No one else can claim to be the presidential candidate endorsed by Osama Bin Laden (see SOCOM-2012-0000019 obtained in the Abbottabad raid). One of the many examples of the incompetence of Obama was whatever cynicism (assassination insurance?) or irresponsibility led him to make Biden his VP.

SteveW
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SteveW
2 years 8 days ago

“Every time you share one of those, an accountant dies.” My first thought was “uh oh, Larry is an accountant.” Second was a mental image of Tom Stranger tossing less valuable accountants in front of Larry.

Bruce
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Bruce
2 years 8 days ago

Now if only we could find that for lawyers…

Kevin Findley
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Kevin Findley
2 years 7 days ago

It’s called the Bill of Rights

kamas716
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kamas716
2 years 8 days ago

Nice summary.

Personally, I’d take Cruz, Walker, Paul, Rubio or Carson. I don’t think Trump is electable.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 8 days ago

I think the conventional wisdom about who is or isn’t “electable” has been backwards for years.

Zsuzsa
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Zsuzsa
2 years 8 days ago

Just ask Presidents Kerry, McCain, and Romney.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 7 days ago

Or Reagan.

Henry Smith
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Henry Smith
2 years 8 days ago

Boy. All the Smart People are gonna look really stoopid when Trump gets the GOP nomination . Impossible! Can’t happen! Flash in the pan! Uh huh. You too, Larry, ya big lunkhead.

But relax: It’s going to be fun, and entertaining. Hillary will win, but she’ll win no matter who the GOP puts up. How do you compete with Free Stuff and Sit-on-your-Ass? THAT’S today’s winning platform!

TheObserver
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TheObserver
2 years 8 days ago

…and meanwhile, back at the abortion clinic, more organs are harvested for resale.

Just like back in the 1940’s, just outside of town, humans were killed and burned to ashes in the millions.

Judgement is coming, irregardless of who is elected president.

jdgalt
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jdgalt
2 years 8 days ago

Planned Parenthood did no wrong, and its so-called scandal is exactly the kind of red herring non-issue that the Left tosses out every election cycle to see if we’re stupid enough to waste effort on it. Please, just once, let’s not be.

Josh
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2 years 7 days ago
@jdgalt You are missing the boat on this big time. Have you actually watched the videos or are you just glomming onto the narrative that they are doctored and aren’t really that bad? I know there is a segment of libertarians who think that social issues are losers. I can agree that there are some I simply don’t care about or think that the government shouldn’t be involved in to begin with. Abortion is one that I do care about and it is overwhelmingly unpopular with the general population when it comes to abortions at stages where the “fetus” looks… Read more »
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snelson134
2 years 7 days ago

Since the organization that released them has NOTHING to do with the Left, and the unedited videos are stomach churning examples of both the “banality of Evil” and obvious violations of Federal law against abortion for body parts which no one who actually watched them would consider a red herring, you’ll understand why I’ll ignore your concern trolling.

Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 7 days ago

Still puzzled by the downvotes…unless it’s because of “irregardless” because…that’s just wrong. It’s *regardless* dangnabbit! Other than that, yeah. If folks who love near a PParenthood had to witness the more lucrative side of their business, they’d do the same thing that the townsfolk who lived next to concentration camps did in many cases once they were forced to face what they had ignored was happening right next door: eat a bullet. Mutilated infants have that effect.

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WyrdBard
2 years 6 days ago

I think it may be more with the general attitude of ‘God is going to destroy us for our sins so don’t try’ that seemed rather rife in that post.

Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 6 days ago
Ohhh. Well, I read it more as “Genocide has a price, and, even if we stop the slaughter now, we’ll be paying that price, in guilt, in shame, and sure, in eventual examination by a higher power, regardless of who we elect.” I get that it’s not exactly a pretty picture to paint of the future, but honesty isn’t always pretty. Sure, I love my Nation, but I’m also fairly certain that the bad, sometimes horrific things that my Nation has, as an entity, allowed to be perpetrated within its borders, by people claiming to belong to it, have a… Read more »
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Av willis
2 years 8 days ago
Carson was a big dissapointment for me. I loved his speech at the prayer breakfast a few years ago, and most of what I’ve heard from him was solid gold. Then Ferguson happened and he had to open his cheesepipe. Specifically, he went on record as feeling Wilson was justified in his shooting, (so far, so good, ) but that the whole scenario could have been prevented by training police to shoot for the legs. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect a doctor to know the finer points of use of force, but I expect him to have heard… Read more »
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Zsuzsa
2 years 8 days ago

I’m thinking Carson could do more good as a cultural figure than a political one at this point. The job of getting our country back to the point where “more free stuff” is not our rallying cry is too big for just the politicians, and I’m thinking Carson could do a lot of good in that fight.

LittleRed1
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LittleRed1
2 years 8 days ago

Carson is very deliberate, which is what you want in a neurosurgeon. That’s not necessarily what looks good on camera, or comes across as rallying the troops.

David MacKinnon
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David MacKinnon
2 years 7 days ago

Dr. Ben Carson as the Sec. of Education? He’s a great example of how far a thirst for learning can take a person, no matter how far down the totem pole they started. No better person to surgically remove the Progressive cancer infesting the Dept. of Education. I mean, its not like Brain surgery or anything 🙂

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Jeff Gauch
2 years 7 days ago

Me, I want Mike Rowe as SecEd. For reasons beyond the head-exploding it would cause, but not many of them.

Alex
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Alex
2 years 6 days ago

Surgeon General. The man can give a speech, which is mostly what Surgeons General do these days.

nomen nescio
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nomen nescio
2 years 7 days ago

Indeed. I, personally, think Dr. Carson would make a fine Surgeon General.

Jen
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Jen
2 years 8 days ago
My ticket is Walker – Rubio. If the unions in Wisconsin haven’t managed to ruin Walker by now, it can’t be done. They couldn’t even find a way to make shit up about him – so in my opinion, he is untouchable. Walker also plays the “normal guy” card better than any of the rest. Rubio as Veep for one simple reason – FLORIDA. He may not bring in the Latino vote (what the hell does that even mean?) but he WILL get the Cuban vote in a critical swing state. (Side note: Normalizing relations with Cuba right now wasn’t… Read more »
Sianmink
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Sianmink
2 years 8 days ago

Rubio is probably needed for the republicans to carry Florida, and Florida is essential in this election.

Joshua
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Joshua
2 years 7 days ago

Cruz isn’t firebrand enough. He needs to absorb some if Trump’s style to win. Your electability triangulation us what gave us Dole and McCain, and your brushoffs are what would give us another Reagan landslide.

Alex
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Alex
2 years 6 days ago
If Cruz’s views on social issues are unacceptable to you, I can’t imagine how you stomach Rubio, whose views on abortion are to the right of Cruz’s (i.e., no exceptions at all). Then again, I stopped believing people actually believed their reasons for voting for someone way back in ’96. An acquaintance told me that he was voting Clinton/Gore over Dole because Gore was in the military. Clinton’s “I loathe the military”, the fact Gore was in the press pool smoking dope instead of seeing actual action, and the fact Dole was a freakin’ war hero with the physical disabilities… Read more »
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boballab
2 years 8 days ago

“If Lindsey Graham got elected president I’d volunteer for that one way trip to Mars, and if that was a no go, I’d build my own rocket.”

This just in Scalzi registers as a Republican and comes out as a Lindsay Graham supporter.

Cara Halvorson
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Cara Halvorson
2 years 8 days ago

Cruz has a lot of backers from what I can tell. Even though I vote for him here in Texas I just don’t think I want him as president. He’s just too goofy. I like Walker. I’m hoping after all the poseurs fall away that he’s the man left standing.

And, “and he looks a lot like a young Grandpa Munster” damn near caused me to develop a hernia from laughing so hard!

Mark Olivares
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Mark Olivares
2 years 8 days ago

Most awful possibility: With so many candidates, the primaries are all over the map, and no one emerges as a strong front-runner. We get a brokered convention, the conventions tells us You’ll Get Jeb and You’ll Like it. Hillary is elected in a landslide and makes Jeb her Pet Republican nano-weasel in charge of Open Borders as a reward.

So about that Mars probe, Larry, how big can it be and is Orion drive still on the table?

Stephen St. Onge
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Stephen St. Onge
2 years 7 days ago

        Every campaign, someone talks about a brokered convention, and every convention since 1952, the guy who won the most support in the primaries gets the nomination on the first ballot.

        IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN.  Not today, not tomorrow, not ever, NEVER!

Hateful electrician
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Hateful electrician
2 years 8 days ago

I think everyone is missing the obvious. The democratic candidate will be Barack Obama again, I’d be willing to bet on it.

Joseph Capdepon II
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Joseph Capdepon II
2 years 8 days ago

How does $5k sound? I take cash only. No checks.

snelson134
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snelson134
2 years 7 days ago

Don’t know about Barack, but there was a rumor for a while that Moochelle was going to run….

RemnantPsyche
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RemnantPsyche
2 years 7 days ago

If she doesn’t run for office now, I feel comfortable predicting she will later. Automatic votes from the Obama congregation, endless “historic!” fawning by the media and leftoids… seems too good to pass up. That’s unless she really hates being in the spotlight as much as it was rumored at one point.

SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 7 days ago

Fantasy rumors about Michelle are a fantasy past time for the right wing conspiracist. I am still waiting for that Video tape of her to come out and sink Obama’s chance at winning the election. That and Mitt Romney’s landslide.

snelson134
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snelson134
2 years 7 days ago

Idjit says what?

SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 6 days ago

Yes you do.

Stephen St. Onge
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Stephen St. Onge
2 years 7 days ago

I’ll take some of that action, assuming we can agree on a stakes holder.

Stuart the Viking
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Stuart the Viking
2 years 7 days ago

Every election cycle this same bullshit comes up. It’s either [outgoing pres] “is going to declare martial law and cancel the election” or “is going to use some loophole to run for a third term” (or military action, or executive order, or bla bla bla).

I had some progressive friends who were ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED that Bush Jr. was going to refuse to stand down after his 8 years and set himself up as Pres for Life.

It ain’t gonna happen.

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
2 years 7 days ago

I’m also pretty sure Obama wants out- he’s really not a guy that rolls with the punches, nor handles criticism well. Contrast Bill Clinton who seemed to thrive on negative press.

Nighthawk
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Nighthawk
2 years 8 days ago

I’m completely entertained by Trump.

It’s really too early for me to worry much about any of this. I believe there are 17 candidates? Hopefully soon one (or more) a week will start dropping out. I heard on the radio that Perry can’t pay his staff, so he may be one of the first to drop out.

Sianmink
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Sianmink
2 years 8 days ago

As a nanotech-enhanced attack-weasel, I take offence at your assumption that I would work for a bat like Hillary.

TheWriterInBlack
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TheWriterInBlack
2 years 8 days ago

Your prediction is pretty close to my best hope (best halfway realistic hope anyway–the odds of getting an ideologically libertarian candidate with a realistic view of foreign policy within even long range missile range of the candidacy are long at best).

My fear is Trump pulling a Perot, running as a third-party/independent while still mouthing at least a few conservative platitudes thereby splitting the conservative/libertarianish vote handing the White House to Hillary even _without_ fraud.

TheWriterInBlack
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TheWriterInBlack
2 years 8 days ago

Guest? I thought I was a semi-regular. 😉

Achillea
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Achillea
2 years 7 days ago

It’s Guests all the way down.

Seanstr
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Seanstr
2 years 8 days ago

I tend to agree with Larry. One more point on Cruz is that, next to Dr Carson (a brain surgeon), he is by far the smartest GOP candidate. I wish he had more of that Reagan-ish charisma, but I hope his pure intelligence can compensate.

David, internet troll
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David, internet troll
2 years 7 days ago

I’ll take Jindal for $1000, Alex. He doesn’t get a lot of attention, but Jindal is a scary-smart geek boy. Unfortunately, he debates and comes across as a scary-smart geek boy, so he has almost no chance of being elected.

Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 7 days ago

Yeah, I was surprised how much I liked him when I did some research. He is a smart fellow. Sadly, you’re right, he isn’t likely to win a primary OR an election for president.

ConceptJunkie
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ConceptJunkie
1 year 11 months ago

I’ve really liked Bobby Jindal since he first became governor, but I don’t think there’s much chance of him going far.

Brian
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Brian
2 years 8 days ago
I still expect Walker comes out ahead of Cruz as the candidate most likely to unite the party. From the talk I’ve seen, apart from the occasional idiot Trumpkin, no one on the right who’s heard of Walker actually opposes him. He’s a second or third choice for a lot of conservatives, but no lower than that. And of the major Republican factions, Walker’s the only one that doesn’t turn off any of them: Establishment/pragmatic Republicans: Favor Jeb/Christie/Kasich, OK with Walker/Fiorina/Carson/Huckabee, opposed to Cruz/Paul/Rubio/Trump Religious conservatives: Favor Huckabee/Walker/Cruz, OK with Jeb/Rubio/Fiorina/Carson/Kasich, opposed to Trump/Paul/Christie Libertarians: Favor Paul/Cruz/Walker, OK with Fiorina/Carson/Rubio,… Read more »
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Nohbody
2 years 8 days ago
(Still getting that stupid “social plugin not configured” thing, grumble grumble…) While I’m in no way a Trump fan, I have noted one particularly amusing side effect of his candidacy. On another forum (won’t link or identify it, they’re tetchy about importing or exporting drama), the majority of the members apparently think he’s the lefty equivalent of the Antichrist, or at least the bogey man the way they talk about how the Sanders/BLS thing makes a Trump or Cruz presidency a certainty. It amuses me (possibly too much so) that something that’s so unlikely as Trump actually making it to… Read more »
Nighthawk
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Nighthawk
2 years 6 days ago

It’s really funny how bent out of shape people are getting over Trump. So far he’s able to put both feet in his mouth and come out smelling like a rose. But eventually, he’ll do himself in with something or another.

Glytch
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Glytch
2 years 7 days ago

Unfortunately the only way to get someone to do the job well would be to elect an honorable, hard-working individual who doesn’t want the job…

Kevin Findley
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Kevin Findley
2 years 6 days ago

Yep. What this country needs is our version of Cincinnatus. I say we draft Larry!

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Adam Lawson
2 years 7 days ago

“Lindsey Graham… Holy shit, just shoot me now. If Lindsey Graham got elected president I’d volunteer for that one way trip to Mars, and if that was a no go, I’d build my own rocket.”

And I’ll volunteer to help.

In 2008 I told all my friends, “If McCain picks Graham as his VP candidate, I will vote Democrat out of spite.” If he’s the nominee: I will vote Democrat out of spite.

Cadeyrn
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Cadeyrn
2 years 7 days ago
Regrettably, I don’t think the Republicans have anyone who can beat Hillary. The race is quite literally hers to lose. The question is: why? There are two reasons in my mind: 1) The Republicans don’t have an actual platform other than “We’re not those people!” and 2) what platform the Republicans have is antithetical to concepts of liberty and freedom. They desperately need to win because a) Congress is up for grabs, and b) lots of Supreme Court justices may retire or die and then be nominated by the next President thereby potentially shifting the balance of the Supreme Court… Read more »
snelson134
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snelson134
2 years 7 days ago

“Universal healthcare” is not a “social issue”, it’s a “we can’t afford it” issue.

Cadeyrn
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Cadeyrn
2 years 7 days ago

It is an appropriation of private and public funds to buy votes. The government denied it was a tax, but the only way the Supremes could contort the case to be even plausibly Constitutional was to find that it was, in fact, a tax. They should have proceeded to the rational conclusion that, since the government denied it was a tax, it was not presented to the public as a tax, therefore it could not be sustained as a tax and had to be struck down. Still, it’s all water under the bridge, over and done.

David MacKinnon
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David MacKinnon
2 years 7 days ago

Cadeyrn,
Yeah, its a damn shame Republicans didn’t just win the mid terms in an epic landslide. Your so right that wanting less soul crushing big government makes people less free. If that pesky George Washington had only given up that lost fight 250 years ago, to smoke a bowl, why…. We’d all still be good little subjects of the Queen!
I do however, totally agree with you about CCW, so I won’t tell you to just fuck off.

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Bugmaster
2 years 7 days ago
I personally would love to see a candidate who runs, and wins, based on a platform of individual liberty; I just don’t think it is very likely to happen. Both parties have drawn fairly arbitrary lines in the sand, and polarized the voters around them. Republicans are against gay marriage, Democrats are for it. Democrats are for abortion; Republicans are against it. Republicans love guns; Democrats hate guns. And so on. Every election cycle, both parties energize their base by screaming about their stock set of issues as loudly as you can. Democrats are all bloodthirsty baby-killing monsters ! Republicans… Read more »
Cadeyrn
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Cadeyrn
2 years 7 days ago

Largely correct. Also, the NSA has co-opted all of the politicians. Is it even possible for them to vote to restrict domestic spying? Problematic.

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WyrdBard
2 years 6 days ago

You give them waaaaay too much credit. Way, way, way too much credit.

Stephen St. Onge
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Stephen St. Onge
2 years 7 days ago

        Ah, the great Supreme Court mirage.  It never dies.

        It doesn’t matter which party wins the White House, or which people get put on the Court.  The decisions will amount to ‘the Progressive platform is required by the Constitution’.  When the crunch comes, its conservatism who get crunched, always.

SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 7 days ago

Well yes – there is a right to liberty.

But conservatism doesn’t always get crunched. There is that Citizen’s United decision.

nomen nescio
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nomen nescio
2 years 7 days ago
And a relative tiny handful of recent decisions like DC vs. Heller that have deceived, sad to say, the pro-gun-rights people into thinking there’s been a sea change. For example, in my opinion Heller vs. DC was symbolic only, in the sense that Federal court orders pertaining to it are even now being contemptuously ignored by the governments of not only Chicago (see also, McDonald vs. Chicago) but Washington DC, against whom the decision was handed down seven (7) years ago. Nothing is happening. No consequences are being created. The Supreme Court is refusing to take up further firearms-related cases… Read more »
SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 6 days ago
The second amendment should be repealed. It really is an awful goof. Seems that Hamilton was right and Jefferson was wrong. We had a constitution. We didn’t need a bill of rights. The second amendment does not say “guns”. It says arms. And it says that the right to those arms cannot be infringed. It literally grants Donald Trump the right to a hydrogen bomb – or anyone else. No – one can’t limit guns such as assault weapons under the second amendment. Nor any other kind of weapon. Or …. we could just say the founders didn’t mean what… Read more »
nomen nescio
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nomen nescio
2 years 6 days ago
“but but but nuclear weapons” is a red herring. Nuclear weapons are so expensive and resource-intensive that creating one requires the resources of a nation-state, and success still eludes many nations after decades of research. Otherwise? I rather like having rights, thank you very much. But to get to the root of the matter: Citizens are armed, because a state can only exist legitimately at the pleasure of the citizenry and not one instant longer. The people must maintain the balance of power and no government can ever be given a monopoly on the means or use of force; such… Read more »
gmmay
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gmmay
2 years 6 days ago

You do realize that there’s more in the BoR than the right to bear arms?

Love the silly H-bomb canard. But it’s good to see you demonstrate that you understand the 2nd Amendment.

You can tell that when the H-bomb ploy gets trotted out that someone’s getting desperate.

Always good for a laugh. Thanks.

SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 6 days ago
I do. So did Hamilton. But Hamilton’s argument was… well let Hamilton explain it to you… “It has been several times truly remarked, that bills of rights are in their origin, stipulations between kings and their subjects, abridgments of prerogative in favor of privilege, reservations of rights not surrendered to the prince. Such was Magna Carta, obtained by the Barons, sword in hand, from king John…It is evident, therefore, that according to their primitive signification, they have no application to constitutions professedly founded upon the power of the people, and executed by their immediate representatives and servants. Here, in strictness,… Read more »
Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 6 days ago
The right to murder for conveniences sake is most certainly *not* enshrined within the Constitution. Indeed, the right of each and every citizen to not have their life, their very breath, stolen from them by callous, selfish, monstrous tyrants such as yourself is one of, if not *the* fundamental principles within that Constitution. Just because a toddler has his or her voice stolen, his or her lungs ripped out, and a woman forcibly links him/her to her body, making that toddler incapable of surviving for nine months without her body, does not make that voiceless, lungless little girl or boy… Read more »
SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 6 days ago

Bib wrote: ” Or maybe you’ll call them “blastocysts” or “clumps of cells”…”

That would be correct at a stage of development. A fertilized egg isn’t a person. An abortion isn’t murder. You are welcome to your opinion however and my advice would be for you to not have an abortion. We call that “choice”.

You know it is rather funny. Getting all riled up because others don’t share your opinion is what the pup packs are all about, yes?

TheWriterInBlack
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TheWriterInBlack
2 years 6 days ago

You are welcome to your opinion however and my advice would be for you to not have an abortion. We call that “choice”.

Does that apply to other things? Don’t like guns, don’t get one? Don’t like theft, don’t steal? Don’t like rape, don’t commit it? No need to pass laws against them.

Or maybe “don’t like X don’t do it” isn’t the automatic “answer” you feel* it is.

*started to type “think” there but “thinking” has little to nothing to do with your posts.

snelson134
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snelson134
2 years 6 days ago

Issued that apology to Mengele yet?

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Doug Loss
2 years 6 days ago

You do know that you’re outing yourself as a complete lunatic here, right?

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
2 years 6 days ago

As to the second amendment – it is poorly thought out, poorly written and an all around bad idea. But it is what it is.

Ah, you’ve gotten to the “it’s true because I say so” level of desperation.

Did you have problems downloading the latest script?

TheWriterInBlack
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TheWriterInBlack
2 years 6 days ago
As to the second amendment – it is poorly thought out, poorly written and an all around bad idea. Actually it’s quite clear, well written, and concise. That it doesn’t say what you want it to say does not change that. Sweetened condensed milk, being necessary to this recipe for key lime pie, the right of farmers, to keep and raise cows, shall not be infringed. Nobody but a complete idiot would suggest that the right to keep and raise cows put foward here was limited to sweetened condensed milk, that only the sweetened condensed milk has the right to… Read more »
SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 5 days ago
Writer in Black said: ” Nobody but a complete idiot would suggest that the right to keep and raise cows put foward here was limited to sweetened condensed milk, that only the sweetened condensed milk has the right to keep and raise cows.” That’s a lot words to argue against a point I was not making. I actually agree with you that “shall not be infringed” means “shall not be infringed”. If you your neighbor wants to keep grenades, he can keep grenades. That’s why it needs to be repealed. What Scalia does is try to rationalize what kind of… Read more »
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Doug Loss
2 years 5 days ago

Oh son, do you really think you have any possibility of repealing one of the amendments in the Bill of Rights? If you could even come close, you’d be fomenting another civil war. And trust me, your side wouldn’t be the winners.

Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 4 days ago

Indeed. But maybe SJWnumbers *wants* to spark off a second civil war. I really don’t know.

TheWriterInBlack
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TheWriterInBlack
2 years 5 days ago
“poorly thought out, poorly written” And that’s bullshit. It means exactly what it says, exactly what it’s intended to say, and serves the exact purpose it’s intended to serve. It’s only idiots who desperately want it to mean something else that find it at all confusing. Grenades? Did you know that the army has a training manual on improvised weapons that includes both homemade firearms and homemade explosives? It’s ostensible purpose is use by special forces to train foreign insurgents but it’s available online. I have it in PDF. That manual includes explosives manufacture using ordinary, readily available, chemicals. If… Read more »
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Joe in PNG
2 years 5 days ago
Actually, at the time of writing, common citizens could own cutting edge “military” hardware like cannon, canister and grapeshot for same, warships, ect. Don’t forget the BOR was written by people who had just finished a revolution, who had a distrust of standing armies, and who modeled their new government after the best points of the Roman Republic. One of those points was civic militarism- where the citizens possessed arms and fought for the state directly in times of need. Or, if needed, they could throw out a government grown corrupt or abusive (King Tarquin for instance). Remember, professional standing… Read more »
Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 4 days ago
Nicely put. Also, there were pistols with 10+ barrels in use at the time (pepperbox) and even a primitive Gatling gun! (Idk if you know this, Jo, but I’m assuming our friendly neighborhood anti-gun-nut doesn’t) Single shot muskets were common, sure, but the Founders were knowledgeable mem, and were well aware of just how dangerous and destructive weaponry could be and how much more dangerous it could get. That was their point. If you want to remake the Constitution, that’s one thing, and I’ll be happy to fight to prevent it. But saying “it doesn’t matter, because ‘the future!'” is… Read more »
Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 4 days ago

Never mind. Found it. Sheeeit I’m a little scared to know how easy this is to find! Forget 3D printed pistols, the feds should be shitting themselves over *this*! *shiver*

Bibliotheca Servare
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Bibliotheca Servare
2 years 4 days ago

Ahem…PDF? Ya don’t say… That wouldn’t be an easy PDF to find, would it? I’ve made black powder, but it’s never a bad idea to know *more* ways to make things go bang. In my opinion, of course.

nomen nescio
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nomen nescio
2 years 5 days ago

What if rights are the obligations of the state to the citizen under the social contract?

gmmay
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gmmay
2 years 5 days ago

Thankfully others have chimed in to school you once again on writings you barely understand, let alone have read comprehensively.

So much bullshitting just to try a bait and switch with gay marriage.

Your trolling loses its punch when it gets this schizophrenic.

TheWriterInBlack
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TheWriterInBlack
2 years 6 days ago
Nuclear weapons are ridiculously expensive and, even with current restrictions, it’s only that rather extensive, and large, infrastructure is needed to produce them that keeps them out of private hands. And despite all that if someone like Trump really wanted a nuclear weapon I suspect that they would have one, restrictions or no. Yet what would he want it for? What possible reason would justify a wealthy businessman spending that much money on a nuke? It doesn’t make money for him. It doesn’t increase his “quality of life”. He’s not threatened by foes that the deterrent effect of nuclear reprisal… Read more »
SJW75126
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SJW75126
2 years 6 days ago
Hamilton has become my favorite. To me his vision of the nation and then later his vision of the constitution seems to be the correct one. To see that one should read Scalia’s dissent in the Lawrence case. This is a case about gay rights and their liberty to express their affection to each other. Scalia is on the wrong side of that case and if you read his dissent you have him arguing for state police powers to be able to regulate masturbation. What a novel argument from a justice. Not so novel for conservatives in Texas. The Texas… Read more »
Alex
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Alex
2 years 6 days ago

If Hamilton were your favorite, you couldn’t be a leftist.

Unless you mean that phase where he wanted a monarch over the new United States…

TheWriterInBlack
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TheWriterInBlack
2 years 6 days ago
And yet Hamilton was a strict constructionist, the Federal government has no power not explicitly granted to it in the Constitution. The first Amendment was unnecessary because The Feds weren’t granted any power to regulate speech, the press, religion, etc. The second unnecessary becuase they were not granted the power to regulate arms. And so on. If Hamilton is your favorite how can you possibly support any of the 99% (at least) of the stuff the Federal government is doing that isn’t listed in the Constitution? Or maybe you’re just taking a Humpty Dumpty approach to words, “a word means… Read more »
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SJW75126
2 years 5 days ago
Writer in Black Said: “If Hamilton is your favorite how can you possibly support any of the 99% (at least) of the stuff the Federal government is doing that isn’t listed in the Constitution?” To Writer in Black: You know – it is nice to read a well thought out argument without animosity. Thank you for that. To answer your question, consider the Jefferson/Hamilton debate over the establishment of a National Bank. Jefferson arguing that the word “necessary” means required and Hamilton saying that “necessary” in that since would be nugatory. “Necessary” often means no more than useful according to… Read more »
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Doug Loss
2 years 5 days ago
“Settled by decision?” No such a thing. Decisions, especially at the Supreme Court level, have not been eternal and immutable. They have been overturned, and can be again. As to the Constitution not being a statue, of course it isn’t, no one ever maintained that. What it is, is a contract between the people, the states, and the federal government. The various clauses of this contract have been more or less observed over the past 2+ centuries, but have now been fairly comprehensively violated by the federal government. Such violation in any other contractual arrangement would cause the contract to… Read more »
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Doug Loss
2 years 6 days ago

Of course he’s your favorite. He advocated a strong central government with all control flowing down, rather than a federal system with substantial authority staying with state and local governments. You statists are all alike.

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gmmay
2 years 5 days ago
Your commentary is an elegant synthesis of both Brandolini’s and Poe’s Laws. I know you’re trolling, but I just can’t resist jumping on the Correct SJW90210 Train. No one was denying gays the right to express themselves through marriage. Gays have always been able to get married. They have always been able to enter into legal contracts with one another. So please, spare us all the beauty pageant argument about “affection”. Submit it for a GEICO commercial. Lawrence was never about affection, no matter how many Hallmark cards Kennedy ripped off in his Opinion. To avoid Brandolini’s law and save… Read more »
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Doug Loss
2 years 6 days ago

You must know that you can’t possibly win on that position. Are you really stupid enough to try?

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
2 years 6 days ago

Wow, you just really need attention, don’t you?

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
2 years 7 days ago

Oh look, another “reasonable” “surrender to your doom” posting.

*rolleyes*

Nighthawk
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Nighthawk
2 years 6 days ago

Yep. None of them are seeing what Trump is exposing. The big issues at this moment are immigration and PC. Not the Libertarian dream list.

Lotharloo
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Lotharloo
2 years 7 days ago
@Caderyn: After reading pages of comments, this is the first really smart one that I see. Completely correct. GOP should look at Canada and see how Harper constantly kept winning elections by ignoring social red herring issues like gay rights and abortions. It is time to move on. Gay marriage is accepted by all except the older generations who are beginning to die out, luckily. Going against gay marriage will also lose independent votes who have conservative economical leanings but progressive social leanings. Yeah, but it won’t be happening this time. If somehow the GOP nominee wins, it’s because of… Read more »
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Doug Loss
2 years 6 days ago

Dream on. You’re living in the standard leftist fantasy world; those of us here in the real world know that you’ve opinions aren’t remotely based on reality.

Lotharloo
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Lotharloo
2 years 6 days ago

Rob Corddry coined the phrase “facts have a well-known liberal bias” and it is true in this case:
http://www.gallup.com/poll/169640/sex-marriage-support-reaches-new-high.aspx
Running on social causes such as opposition to gay rights is doomed and the generation who likes such tactics is dying out.

Achillea
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Achillea
2 years 6 days ago

That’s about the only case it’s true. The vast majority of the time, reality skews hard to the right.

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
2 years 5 days ago

Funny enough, I’d say that the “Right” is moving in a more Libertarian direction, while the Left is sliding towards Statism.
(If I wanted to get really nasty, I’d mention that “returning to Statism would be a better way to express that thought. SJ Numbers may go on regarding the ‘Southern Strategy’, but remember that Mao, a definite Leftist, was murdering millions.

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Doug Loss
2 years 5 days ago

Polls are, by their very nature, ephemeral. Furthermore, it’s well known that virtually any result desired can be obtained by tailoring the questions properly. The only reasonable conclusion is that you’re pushing your agenda and hoping that no one recognizes the weakness of your argument. Well, or that you are deluded enough not to get that yourself.

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
2 years 5 days ago

Polls can be tailored to “prove” a view is “correct” based upon whom you poll. The possibility of people answering polls not giving an honest answer (“Do you own guns?” “Nope!”) seems to be deliberately ignored as well.

Though I do wonder why, if gay marriage is so popular, why their advocates haven’t won many statewide referendums and in fact have used the courts to impose it?

gmmay
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gmmay
2 years 5 days ago

And yet it seems to fail by large margins every time it was put to a vote. So do I believe your polls, or the actual votes?

Might want to re-evaluate your understanding of bias.

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
2 years 5 days ago

Judging from the flash mobs and use of lawfare against people who disagree with gay marriage I wonder how many in the polls Lothy handwaves about include people who said “yes” because they were afraid they’d attract attention and get their lives ruined?

Sort of how some progs crow about “polls” saying gun ownership is low… except would you answer a question from a stranger on whether or not you were armed?

(“I maxed out my Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer manifest a few weeks ago, does that count?”)