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Another story from an unhappy Republican….

…from Tom Nichols, Opinion columnis @ USA Today….

Republicans once believed in limited government, fiscal restraint, support for the defense and national security establishments, family values, and a strong American role in maintaining global order. More than that, we were the party that believed in logic and prudence over emotion. Our hearts were perhaps too cold, but never bleeding.

Today’s Republicans, however, are a party of bellowing drama queens whose elected representatives blow up spending caps, bust the deficit, and attack America’s law enforcement and national security agencies as dangerous conspirators. Their leader expects banana republic parades, coddles the Kremlin, protects violent men in positions of responsibility, and overlooks child molestation. The rank-and-file GOP members who once claimed that liberals were creating a tyrannical monarchy in the Oval Office now applaud the expansion of the presidency into a gigantic cult of personality.

So, am I still a Republican?….


People to watch for reactions from the Mueller Grand Jury charges….

The Key Players – Legal And Political – Whose Reactions To The Indictment You Should Watch

Obviously we’ll be closely watching special counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump. But as this drama unfolds, Perry Bacon says we should also be paying close attention to the reactions of these other players:

  • Rob Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller
  • Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan
  • North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr
  • The leading Republican men on Trump and Russia: Mike Conaway, Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy, Chuck Grassley, Devin Nunes and Thomas Rooney
  • The anti-Trump wing of the GOP — both inside and outside the Senate
  • Pro-Mueller GOP senators
  • Other Republicans in Congress
  • Democrats



I will add Donald J. Trump….

His lawyers are going to HAVE TO sit on their client to keep him quiet…Pardon’s at this time would probably be tricky as some lawyers have pointed out that if a pardon is given?…That person loses their 5th admendment rights to NOT answer questions about what they have done and could be counter filed….Manafort is also under investigation by the NY State Atty general’s office whose actions cannot be pardoned…

Is the Grand Ole Party in a ‘freefall’?


A new poll point strongly to this…

But it’s just one poll…

If other polls confirm this?

Watch out for next years midterms…

Could the  Republican Civil War be it’s own fault for big loses in next years elections?

Voters are souring on the Republican Party, and they place more trust in the Democratic Party when it comes to health care, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today national poll of registered voters.

Voters’ assessment of the Republican Party has plummeted to 62 percent unfavorable/23 percent favorable, significantly changed from the 55 percent unfavorable/32 percent favorable registered in a June poll conducted by the Suffolk University Political Research Center. The Democratic Party recorded a 48 percent unfavorable/37 percent favorable rating in the most recent poll.

“The Republican Party is in freefall,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “In March the GOP had a 48 percent unfavorable rating, in June the negative swelled to 55 percent. Today the GOP unfavorable is 62 percent. What’s next?”….


In the end?…The Grand Ole Party people DO have Trump’s attention…Not the Trump loyalists …

Remember ALl the noise Donald Trump made about running against his adopted party?

Remember how all the party people, beliveing that Donald Trump, the entertainer and snake oil salesman had NO CHANCE of winning the Republican nomination let alone the White House snobbed him and said ‘un nice’ things about him?

Remember how the Trump loyalists stayed with their guy and acted crazy like him?

Remember how EVERYBODY thought Trump would ‘shake tthings up in Washington’?


The Grand Ole Party types ARE holding Trump’s ears

Except for Steve Bannon….

Almost NONE of Trump’s early supporters are getting appointments or influence ….They have been in the media trying to keep Trump from naming Mitt Romney Sec of State…Chris Christie is back in Jersey…Rudy Guiliani is a forgotten man…Kellyanne Conway won’t join the Trump admin and others are just bidding their time ….The Old Bush people ARE sowing influence ….(And even some Reagan era people such as Kissenger, Dole , Gates and Session’s)

The Republican party establishmnet and elites are fine thank you….

They’ve been with him from the beginning — when no one believed he could win, and when the Republican Party establishment wanted absolutely nothing to do with him.

But now, as President-elect Donald Trump builds out his administration, the loyalists who helped launch his campaign and powered its stunning early victories are growing worried they won’t be getting plum jobs.

Many of them say they’ve heard nothing about their career prospects and, during furtive huddles, have been commiserating with one another about how they can’t seem to get their calls to top Trump transition brass returned. Some are convinced that party establishment figures who’ve taken the reins of the transition are giving them short shrift.

Compounding their frustration is that a number of top posts are going to mainstream party figures who previously actively opposed Trump. The president-elect is seriously considering tapping Mitt Romney, a onetime leader of the Never Trump movement, to be secretary of state. He has already made Todd Ricketts, whose family funded an anti-Trump super PAC during the primaries, deputy commerce secretary. And on Thursday, Trump met with retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis, who had been vetted by Hillary Clinton as a possible vice presidential choice but now may end up in Trump’s administration….

“Even most of the people closest to Trump have not been offered jobs,” said one transition source. “I get that some of these people are concerned, but many of them have been told that they’ll be taken care of. There has actually been an effort to keep them.”

For some, the reassurance isn’t enough.

“None of us are exactly Cabinet-level,” said one staffer who is among those pining for a job but so far hasn’t been given any promises. “Most of us just want to do a good job and help the country, but apparently we don’t play the game very well.”



ALL of the ex-General’s who will head Dfense and Intelligence jobs served under President Obama at some time in the last 8 years….

Politico does ANOTHER Trump Campaign’s in Trouble piece…

Politico points to a discourse between the Trump campaign ,which isn’t spending IT’s Money, and doing much of ANYTHING , and the Republican party types (Political and Money) who Trump HAS been beating up since the begiing of the primaries….

The rsult is Donald Trump doesn’t REALLY have a coherent campaign….

And while SOME national polls show a tightening in the race…

2 months out from the November Election day and less that 2 weeks from mail-out ballot voting?

The State polls…. Which REALLY count ?

Show Donald Trump is in Deep Shit……

The plan to get to 270 electoral votes remains unclear. The battleground state deployment plan is a work in progress. Money from big donors is slowing to a trickle. And aides are confused about who’s calling the shots.

Donald Trump’s campaign is teetering, threatening to collapse under the weight of a candidate whose personality outweighs his political skill. And now, with 22 days until the start of early voting, the GOP nominee is running short on his most precious commodity: time.

Late last week, with Labor Day and the final stretch of the 2016 campaign approaching, Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met with Republican National Committee brass — including chief of staff Katie Walsh and political director Chris Carr — in New York City. Kushner, who has in many respects assumed the role of campaign manager, asked a series of direct questions to the GOP officials — all surrounding the troubles the party was having in deploying field staffers, opening up swing-state headquarters, and establishing field offices in battlegrounds that will decide the election.

Those present for the meeting, and those briefed on it, insisted there were no fireworks, no drag-out fights. But they said Kushner’s questions reflected a growing realization within Trump’s team that for all the party’s talk about implementing a major swing-state deployment plan, it hasn’t yet materialized.

For weeks, Republican officials and operatives have groused about a dearth of campaign infrastructure in battlegrounds across the country — a state of affairs that could have an impact on GOP candidates up and down the ballot. But like many aspects of the Trump campaign, the deployment plan has been wracked by confusion, false starts and a lack of quick decision-making.

By late August, finger-pointing had begun: In interviews, a Trump aide accused the RNC of slow-walking the process, while RNC officials blamed the lag on dysfunction within the campaign.


Ted Cruz does NOT endorse Donald Trump…Day Three…2016 GOP Convention…

And he got booed for telling the Republican Convention audience before him to ‘vote their conscience’…..

The 2020 GOP Presidential Primary race has begun in earnest…..

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz got booed off the stage Wednesday.
The Texas firebrand delivered a prime-time address at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and urged Republicans to vote their conscience in November, prompting disapproval from the thousands of Republicans on the floor of the convention.

“To those listening, please, don’t stay home in November,” Cruz said, a plea that suggested he was about to endorse Republican nominee Donald Trump. But he didn’t.

“If you love our country and love your children as much as I know that you do, stand and speak and vote your conscience,” Cruz said.

“Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

Cruz’s return to the national spotlight — he had been largely silent since he returned to the Senate following a brutal primary loss to the real estate mogul in May — focused on his message of America flourishing under the leadership of a true constitutional conservative.

“Heidi and I are so honored to join you here in Cleveland, where LeBron James just led an incredible comeback victory. And I am convinced America is going to come back, too,” Cruz said at the outset of his remarks. He spoke for more than 20 minutes before he was booed off the stage.

Cruz has remained one of the GOP’s most prominent holdouts even as other former Trump rivals offered tepid endorsements of the controversial Republican nominee….


The Gloves come off among GOP 2016 Presidential hopefuls….

The guys may not be in hurry to go after Donald Trump , except for John Kasich….


They ARE going after each other…..

From immigration to government surveillance, guns and terrorism, the rivals are increasingly willing to draw distinctions — and call each other by name — as they move to secure the loyalty of early-state voters just starting to pay attention to the race.

The feuding is particularly notable among New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who have shown signs of strength in recent weeks and are attempting to carve out distinct identities within the party.

Christie, who campaigned here Tuesday, pitches himself as a seasoned executive and former prosecutor with more experience than the two rookie senators. “I’m talking about anybody who doesn’t have the requisite experience to make the tough decisions they need to be president,” he said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” adding that Rubio, Cruz and others “have no experience in governing.”

Christie’s comments come as Rubio and Cruz are engaged in an increasingly bitter back-and-forth over immigration, surveillance issues and national security — sparring that has become more intense in the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris…..


Donald Trump 8/10/15 PM Update….Polls…FOX…Hillary…

Trump continues to climb in the polls…..He and Roger Ailes have a terse meeting of the minds and Hillary Clinton gets her digs in at Trump……

After almost a week?

Trump is STILL dealing with the FOX debate fallout….

But the noise is STILL eating up the air in the political world….


A new Morning Consult poll finds Donald Trump’s lead over the Republican field grew in the several days after his performance at the first GOP presidential debate.

Trump leads with 32% — up 7 percentage points over last week’s poll — followed by Jeb Bush at 11%, Ben Carson at 9%, Scott Walker at 6% and Marco Rubio at 6%.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds Trump leading with 24%, followed by Jeb Bush at 12%, No other candidate earned more than 8%….


FOX’s Riger Ailes and Trump make-up?

Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes says all is well between himself and Donald Trump after the real estate mogul spent days lambasting the network and anchor Megyn Kelly for the questions he received at the first Republican debate.

Ailes said in a memo obtained by CNN that he had a “blunt but cordial” conversation with Trump on Monday.

“Donald Trump and I spoke today,” Ailes said in the statement. “We discussed our concerns, and I again expressed my confidence in Megyn Kelly. She is a brilliant journalist and I support her 100 percent.”

“I assured him that we will continue to cover this campaign with fairness & balance,” Ailes continued. “We had a blunt but cordial conversation and the air has been cleared.”

The memo is in line with a tweet Trump sent out earlier in the day saying he and Ailes had smoothed things over…..


Hillary takes a swing at Trump and the Other GOPer’s

Hillary Clinton thinks that Donald Trump’s comments about Fox host Megyn Kelly were “outrageous” but so are Republican policies about women.

“I’m just going to leave my comments where they are,” Clinton said to reporters after a town hall in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Monday. “I thought what he said was offensive, and I certainly think that it determines the kind of reaction that it’s getting from so many others.

“But I think if we focus on that, we’re making a mistake,” she said. “What a lot of the men on that stage in that debate said was offensive.”

Clinton then took aim at Sen. Marco Rubio. During the Fox News GOP debate Thursday, the Florida senator said he never said he supported a rape and incest exception to abortion bans….


Can Donald Trump win against FOX News?…..(And the Republican Establishment?)

FiveThirtyEight doesn’t think so…..

If that’s true?

Trump has a problem…..

The FOX questioning was surprising tough….

Let’s remember FOX makes it’s money from the establishment Republican’s

If Trump thought he was gonna go into the debate and waltz over the first hits from the Grand Old Parties proxies, he was surly fooling himself….

Fighting them will keep him in the spotlight…..(This my third post on him this morning)…..

But the GOP is just about done making ‘nice ‘to a guy waging asymertical warfair against it….

Donald Trump is a master at playing off the public’s distrust for the news media, portraying every negative story as a needless distraction from his quest to “Make America Great Again.” You’d think this strategy would become tiresome, but there’s a market for it, especially among Republicans, who are more distrustful of the mainstream media than Democrats.

But one exception to this distrust is Fox News, which hosted the first GOP debate in Cleveland last night. According to a March Quinnipiac poll, 80 percent of Republicans say they trust Fox News either “a great deal” or “somewhat,” as compared to 16 percent who say they trust the network “not so much” or “not at all.” Those numbers are almost identical to the high marks Democrats give MSNBC and the other news networks.

So a Republican [ Trump is NOT a Republican Nate ] complaining about unfair coverage from Fox is like a Democrat complaining she’s been thrown under the bus by MSNBC (or at least anyone at MSNBC other than Joe Scarborough). Regardless of the merits of the case, the plea is likely to fall on deaf ears…..



This whole thing is prime example why Jeb Bush (A politican) was careful last night and Trump wasn’t….

Jeb is in second place, and will stand to gain with a Trump fall from grace…

GOP insiders: Donald Trump is biggest loser

Donald Trump’s first presidential debate was a disaster.
That’s the assessment of Republican insiders in this week’s POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top strategists, activists and operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire. They offered their reactions immediately after watching Thursday’s 9 p.m. prime-time debate in Cleveland.

Forty-four percent called the controversial real estate mogul the biggest loser of the evening, critiquing everything from his refusal to rule out a third party run, to perceived misogynistic comments to his acceptance of single-payer health care in other countries.

“Trump is an egomaniacal thug and everyone who never watched The Apprentice now knows that, too,” an Iowa Republican charged.

“What was his worst response: third party, chauvinism, single-payer, or bankruptcies?” railed a New Hampshire Republican, who like all participants was granted anonymity in order to speak freely. “His limited number of supporters can’t look the other way on this stuff forever.”

“Trump came across as peevish in his refusal to support the victor of the primary process,” said another New Hampshire Republican. “As a Republican I was proud of all the candidates on the platform with the exception of Trump.”


Who are Trump supporters?

Regular Republican’s…..

As radical as some might think he is?

Polling show’s more mainstream GOPer than a Lot of people think….

As it turns out, the Trump coalition looks a lot like the rest of the Republican Party. Other than a spike in support in the Northeast, there is little in recent polling data to distinguish Trump’s supporters from the heart of the GOP primary electorate. Even immigration hardliners support him at the same rate as the rest of the Republican Party.

“It’s a strange coalition of people,” said Patrick Murray of Monmouth University. “We can’t pin them down demographically. … It appears he’s cherry-picked individual voters.”

Interviews with Trump supporters at a rally on Saturday in Phoenix and in New Hampshire, where he was among the first candidates to hire staffers, suggest he is attracting Republicans from many corners of the party who are drawn to his image as a straight-talking businessman who would shake up politics as usual.

“The issues that are driving the average Trump voter are, first and foremost, that he’s not a politician. Secondly, he is self-funding his campaign, so he can’t be bought,” said Steve Stepanek, Trump’s New Hampshire co-chairman, who supported Newt Gingrich in 2012 and Rudy Giuliani in 2008.


Where do Republicans go from this weeks political hits?

Two rulings by the nation’s highest court are slaps in the face to Conservative Republicans….

Across the cultural landscape, the national consensus is evolving rapidly, epitomized by this year’s convulsions of celebrity, social issues and politics — including the acceptance of Caitlyn Jenner’s gender identity, Pope Francis’s climate-change decree and the widespread shunning of the Confederate flag.

Then came Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. As rainbow colors bathed the White House and other landmarks in celebration, the entire field of Republican presidential candidates condemned the ruling.

This uneven terrain is now a key battlefield in the 2016 campaign, unnerving red America and fueling intense debate within the Republican Party about how to navigate such changes — or whether to adapt to the mainstream at all.

“Most Republicans look at what’s happening and think we’re watching a new stage of left-wing nuttiness,” said former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). “It’s just surreal.”


But as much as people want to crow for the progressive movememnt in some social issues …..

Things are NOT as clear as the media would paint it….

While the Supreme’s handed down their version of things…

The oppostion out there among the right remains….

Gay’s can STILL be discrimanated aginst based on rlgious grounds….

The Republicans who have a majority in Congress have indicated that they will STILL seek to overturn Obamacare, and if they where to hold their majorities in next years election and grab the Presidency?…I fear America COULD be wrenged back to the 1950’s…..

For now though, we can look to see Republicans focus on other policy…..

Economics and Foreign Affairs….

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nomination front runner, has been campaigning in the Economic front already and has Foreign Affair experience…

The critical question is whether the Republican Party will embrace such a message in order to seize what many party officials see as an opening to turn the election toward economic and national security issues.

It will not happen easily: Every major Republican presidential candidate criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday affirming same-sex marriage as the law of the land.

Of course, many of the Republicans running for president are keen to move on from the culture wars, but others, like Mike Huckabee and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, are already seizing on matters like same-sex marriage and what they call judicial overreach to distinguish themselves in a crowded primary field. And the conservative activists and interest groups that play an important role in the primary will not let any of the candidates simply move on….


The fight for Same-Sex marraige OVER before the Supreme’s got it on the docket…

State and Federal Courts had been ruling FOR the view that the court would expound….

That like the band on interacial marriage….

Such bans exclude a class of Americans…

Public opionoin turned ona dime after President Obama changed HIS mind a changed the military’s policy on the subject of gays…

After THAT things advanced at ‘warp’ speed to a place the court just about HAD to go….

And even Republicans began to announce that they too knew, worked and sometimes had personal expereineces with gays….

They may continue to knock the courts decision…..

But in a way the court has given the socila conservatives an out….

That sigh of relief you heard following the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide wasn’t just from LGBT activists; it also came from savvy Republicans who had been quietly rooting for just that decision for a very long time.

Publicly, of course, most Republicans, and particularly those running for president, disagreed with the ruling to one degree or another. There was the angry denunciation — “Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that,” said Bobby Jindal — and the careful line-walking — “I believe in traditional marriage. … I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments,” said Jeb Bush.

But, the simple political reality is that the fight over gay marriage has long been over. Public opinion has surged in favor of allowing gays and lesbians to marry over the last decade, and young people (even Republican young people) are far more tolerant of allowing gays to marry than are those 65 years and older…..