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Trump supporters want him to keep beating on GOP lawmakers…

Those supporters feel that Donald Trump should continue a ‘scorched earth’  policy aimed at those who he needs to get anything done in Congress….It really hasn’t been effective recently and going into the fall Trump will need even more from those he is attacking daily as they deal with legislation to keep the country running….

Steve Bannon and now Roger Stone will continue their efforts to ‘shake things up’, which plays to Trump’s penchant to swing at anything that gets in his way of not getting what he wants…

The guy seems unable to adjust to the to the fact that he is President and needs to work with his fellow adopted party leaders to get things done…

He always gave on that he liked Putin and Saddam types of guys, eh?

Republicans on Capitol Hill lament President Trump’s aggressive behavior toward them, but some people in the president’s orbit are urging him to up the ante even further.

They say that, far from making nice, Trump needs to instill fear so that lawmakers do not feel at liberty to thwart him.

“Most members of Congress are arrogant, and until a scalp is actually taken they are going to continue to be defiant,” longtime Trump friend Roger Stone told The Hill. “All he needs to do is punish one incumbent and I think you’d see a sea-change.”

Advice like Stone’s feeds the president’s instincts to hit back hard against those whom he believes have wronged him: a list that at present appears to include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as well as GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.).

Trump’s biggest defeat to date, on his attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act, came at the hands of McCain and Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska.), who joined Democrats to sink a Senate bill.

Other Trump loyalists join Stone in arguing that the president should neither forgive nor forget.

“He is 100 percent correct to go after McCain, Flake, Murkowksi,” said Sam Nunberg, who worked as an aide to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Nunberg also expressed the hope that Trump would be able to engineer the defeat of Collins in a GOP primary if she sought to become Maine’s governor.

But Nunberg drew a distinction between those senators who have been critical of Trump and the GOP leadership on Capitol Hill.

“I do think it is counterproductive for him to have a strained relationship with Leader McConnell,” Nunberg said, citing both the danger to Trump’s legislative agenda and the widespread support McConnell enjoys among his colleagues.

Steve Bannon, recently ousted as Trump’s chief strategist, does not appear to be in a compromising mood, however. He promised to keep up his own attacks on McConnell in an interview published by The Economist on Friday…..

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While he checks the media everyday?

In order to protect him from the crazies?

John Kelly is further isolating  the man….

And Trump’s support numbers continue to inch DOWNWARD as he continues to try leverage those supporters possible votes  against Republicans across the country who are NOT happy with him and must decide what to do…..

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Polling Update for October 6, 2016…John McCain will Keep his day job looks like…Ohio Update…

Look at Arizona Sen. John McCain!

Has New Hamshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte had the voters come back to her?

Clinton getting the polls to creep back her way?…(Two in a row with her ahead of Trump…)

And President Obama is just sailing on above 50% in the approval department….
Thursday, October 6

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Rasmussen Reports

Clinton 41, Trump 43, Johnson 8, Stein 3    Trump +2

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

The Atlantic/PRRI

Clinton 47, Trump 41      Clinton +6

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton

LA Times/USC Tracking

Clinton 43, Trump 47    Trump +4

New Hampshire: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Boston Globe/Suffolk

Clinton 44, Trump 42, Johnson 5, Stein 1    Clinton +2

Indiana: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson

WTHR/Howey Politics

Trump 43, Clinton 38, Johnson 11    Trump +5

Michigan: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Detroit Free Press

Clinton 43, Trump 32, Johnson 10, Stein 3     Clinton +11

*Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

PPP (D)

Trump 43, Clinton 44, Johnson 5, Stein 2     Clinton +1

Florida: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Emerson

Clinton 44, Trump 45, Johnson 4, Stein 3    Trump +1

Florida: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Univ. of North Florida

Clinton 41, Trump 38, Johnson 6, Stein 3    Clinton +3

Nevada: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson

Emerson*

Clinton 43, Trump 43, Johnson 9   Tie

Arizona: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Emerson

Trump 42, Clinton 44, Johnson 9, Stein 1     Clinton +2

Arizona: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

OH Predictive Insights

Trump 42, Clinton 42, Johnson 5, Stein 1    Tie

Tennessee: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Vanderbilt University

Trump 44, Clinton 33, Johnson 7, Stein 1     Trump +11

Maryland: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Wash Post/Univ. of Maryland

Clinton 63, Trump 27, Johnson 4, Stein 2    Clinton +36

Rhode Island: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Emerson

Clinton 52, Trump 32, Johnson 5, Stein 5     Clinton +20

Massachusetts: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein

Western NE University

Clinton 58, Trump 26, Johnson 7, Stein 4    Clinton +32

New Hampshire Senate – Ayotte vs. Hassan

Boston Globe/Suffolk*

Ayotte 47, Hassan 41    Ayotte +6

Florida Senate – Rubio vs. Murphy

Emerson

Rubio 47, Murphy 39    Rubio +8

Nevada Senate – Heck vs. Cortez Masto

Emerson

Heck 45, Cortez Masto 41    Heck +4

Arizona Senate – McCain vs. Kirkpatrick

Emerson

McCain 52, Kirkpatrick 36    McCain +16

Maryland Senate – Szeliga vs. Van Hollen

Wash Post/Univ. of Maryland*

Van Hollen 58, Szeliga 29     Van Hollen +29

New Hampshire Governor – Sununu vs. Van Ostern

Boston Globe/Suffolk*

Sununu 40, Ostern 36    Sununu +4

President Obama Job Approval

CNN/ORC

Approve 55, Disapprove 44     Approve +11

President Obama Job Approval

Rasmussen Reports

Approve 50, Disapprove 50     Tie

….for information on the abovce polls…Read Clear Politics.

  • Update….

Ohio PPP poll added after post first out….Ohio is just about the ONLY Obama 20008/2012 state that Obama carried that has NOT been polling for Hillary Clinton recently….

….from PPP on their Ohio poll….

PPP’s new Ohio poll finds that the race in the state continues to be very tight. Hillary Clinton’s at 44% to 43% for Donald Trump, 5% for Gary Johnson, and 2% for Jill Stein. If voters had to choose just between Clinton and Trump, Clinton’s advantage remains one point at 48/47.

Ohio’s emblematic of what we see in much of the country. Voters don’t like Hillary Clinton- she has a 42/54 favorability rating. But they like Donald Trump even less, with his favorability coming in at 38/56. To put Trump’s unpopularity in the state in perspective, we asked Ohioans whether they have a more favorable opinion of Trump or the University of Michigan- and ‘That School Up North’ beat out Trump 48/33.

One thing that could help Clinton win Ohio in the end is that voters in the state say they’d rather have four more years of Barack Obama as President than Trump, 51/45. If Clinton can effectively convince voters she would be the continuation of the country’s current direction that they prefer to the sharp pivot a Trump presidency would represent, it could put her over the top here….

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Clinton VP choice Tim Kaine has GOP admiriers’…

If in fact the 2017 US Senate winds up like the present polling numbers suggest and the upper US legislative body forms up as basicly 50%/50% Dem’s and GOPer’s?

Time Kaine as the tie breakers will be welcomed to step in by many in the GOP….He is looked as a guy Rubibaicans MIGHT be able to work with…..

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While Republicans are loath to praise Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, some GOP senators have kinder words for her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

Several GOP senators have welcomed Kaine’s record of bipartisanship and said they would be willing to work with him on a number of different issues, Politico reported on Saturday.

“He could be a tremendous asset,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said. “He understands the issues, he cares about having an outcome and I think he could be very effective with working with people here.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Kaine is widely liked by the whole party and maintains his focus on substance.

“I don’t know anybody on the Republican side who has a bad thing to say about him. He doesn’t go out of his way to go after people politically and he’s all about policy,” he said.

However, while some may have positive things to say about Kaine, others in the GOP are skeptical that he will remain bipartisan under pressure…..

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Republicans talk up keeping the Senate….

They are saying that Republican voters WILL NOT let Democrats tie down ballot races …..

They feel that Republican’s could hold their majority in the Senate….

Republicans and Democrats say the fight to win control of the 115th Congress will start in earnest this weekend, now that both parties have laid out their markers during national conventions.

“Democrats haven’t really started the process of tying Trump around Republican necks,” said Jon McHenry, a prominent Republican pollster. “The swing state Republicans who hold their seats this fall will be those with a good story of vision and accomplishment to tell that allows them to run independently of Trump.”

The Hill interviewed more than a dozen strategists involved in the battles for the House and Senate in reporting this story. Those strategists laid out two starkly different paths each party is pursuing: Democrats hope to nationalize elections by tying Trump to every Republican running for office. Republicans hope to localize races by focusing on issues specific to their constituents.

Republicans hold 54 seats in the Senate, which means Democrats must win four seats and the White House to reclaim control of the Senate, or five seats to win an outright majority…

If Democrats have any serious advantage 100 days out, it is an organizational edge that Republicans will struggle to match. The Clinton campaign has been coordinating with Senate campaigns in battleground states for months, sharing data, voter lists and even offices: The Clinton campaign shares a headquarters with Feingold in Wisconsin, has four joint offices with Democratic campaigns in North Carolina and 18 offices shared with McGinty’s campaign in Pennsylvania.

The nature of the Senate map, in which Republicans are defending more than twice as many seats as Democrats, always meant the GOP would be playing defense this year. But the Trump-led disaster that Republicans once feared has yet to develop, which has party strategists in high spirits.

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GOPer’s getting ready for 2020…Life AFTER Donald Trump….

Most high level Republicans these days believe that Donald Trump will NOT be elected President….

They now have to figure out HOW they will salvage their party for 2020….

That AFTER some have to carry Trump on their backs….

It’s June 2016. Time to think about the 2020 election.
The 2016 GOP convention is still weeks away, but would-be contenders — from Ted Cruz to Tom Cotton — are already laying groundwork for the next Republican presidential primary. While some are lining up blue-chip staff, scheduling trips to early primary states and setting up political action committees, others are huddling with the party’s biggest financiers.

But they’re all struggling with the same conundrum: how to get around Donald Trump.

It’s a complex calculation. Whether they choose to support Trump or to oppose him — or something in between — future Republican candidates could find themselves explaining their decision for years to come.

The pitfalls are obvious: Throw your support to Trump, and be tied to him. Buck him, and risk turning off his supporters.

“Trump will have a very negative impact on our brand, and what potential candidates do regarding Trump could impact them in the 2020 general election,” said Jason Roe, a veteran Republican strategist who advised Marco Rubio during this year’s primary. “On the other hand, not getting behind Trump will hurt them in the 2020 primary. It’s a tough spot for our party and those candidates.”

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Trump may GET Huge media attention But That attention is increasingly negative…

Donald trump has been pimping the media from the jump….

A savy Entertainer/Businessman …he has worked hard to dominate the news cycles…..And to paint the media as bad guys…While continually engaging them in conversation on the phone….

Along the way he has stepped on many toes….

In addition, places like here have called the cable news outfits out for letting themselves BE pimped….

Hillary Clinton on the pother hand NEVER liked or trusted the media in the first place….

But, with Trump and Sanders playing to media for free coverage ?

Hillary Clinton has had to avail herself of more media exposure….

And since she doesn’t do large venues….

Her close encounters have left her in better stead with the media….

During the divisive 2008 primary contest between Clinton and Barack Obama, former President Clinton said the media rooted for the current commander in chief. By and large, that was true, though it was at least partly attributable to how poorly Hillary Clinton’s 2008 communications team dealt with reporters.

Clinton wisely tapped a whole new media team for her 2016 run, and that has smoothed over tensions from eight years ago.

While many political reporters are likely to vote for Clinton in the fall, that doesn’t mean the Clinton messaging team has it easy. Trump has attracted massive television ratings for political media outlets, and competing with him on the airwaves will be a challenging task.

Trump has also used his fights with the media effectively as part of his us-against-them narrative.

In some ways, not having the media on Trump’s side plays into his hands….

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Political Roundup for May 3rd, 2016…Maine GOP Sen Susan Collins for Trump VP?….RRH Elections….

President:

California: Trump’s recent surge has not missed the Golden State, as a SUSA poll gives the Billionaire a commanding a 54-20-16 lead over Cruz and Kasich. Notably, Trump is polling 6 points better than Cruz against Clinton here, and is trailing Clinton by 22 points compared to Romney’s 23 point loss here in 2012. This poll also has Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez advancing in the state’s Washington-style Top-two Senate Primary, though it doesn’t give the specific numbers.

Florida: A recent poll of Florida has Cruz barely doing better than Trump in the GE, while Rubio has a narrowly positive image in the state. Murphy (D) is also leading all Senate match-ups except against Rubio, who beats him by 8, but seeing as Murphy’s numbers don’t change much at all between the match-ups, I’m not sure how reliable his leads are. If nothing else, it suggests that Rubio does potentially have a future in Florida electoral politics despite getting walloped there by Trump this year. Gov 2018?

Johnson: The Libertarian Presidential candidate and former Republican New Mexico Governor has make a direct appeal to anti-Trump Republicans, asking for their votes. I fully expect Johnson to poll in the mid teens for a while but slowly fade away as the election gets closer and closer, mimicking the trajectories of all of the notable 3rd party candidates in recent years. This goes double for when people start actually paying attention to what policies the Libertarian party usually runs on. Who’s up for withdrawing from NATO?

#NeverTrump: Very visible cracks are beginning to show in the ranks of the #NeverTrump brigades. Rick Perry recent said that he’d vote for Trump at the end of the day, and even Bill Kristol said that we should “never say never” regarding Trump, though he later tried to walk it back. A Trump win in Indiana probably opens the floodgates of acceptance as it would more or less signal the end of any realistic way for Trump to be denied a majority of the pledged delegates.

Ohio: PPP did a poll of Ohio. Of note is that Cruz is doing even worse than Trump is against Clinton, which I’d normally be suspicious of given PPP’s history of producing what I would call “tactically damaging” poll results for Republicans in the past, but given that a number of other recent polls have Trump doing better than Cruz, I’d say its not impossible.

Rubio: Marco Rubio is reportedly holding off on endorsing Cruz because he’s worried that the association might hurt his own future runs for political office. He still says he supports Cruz, and has been doing work behind the scenes, but in all honesty I wouldn’t want to be tied to the rapidly sinking ship that is the Cruz campaign at this point either.

Trump: Democrats are planning a massive ad blitz on Trump after the California Primaries, where they expect him to effectively sew up the nomination. This is the same strategy the Democrats used on Romney in 2012, though I’m not sure how well it will work given that Trump, unlike Romney, pretty much generates his own media attention. You can’t really catch him napping or unable to answer. Either way, this will be the test of whether or not Trump really is hugging his floor, or if the GOP is just staggeringly incompetent when it comes to political attacks.

Trump-VP: When asked whether or not she would accept Trump’s Vice Presidential nomination if offered, Susan Collins basically refused to answer the question. Trump could do worse for VP than the Maine moderate with a strong independent brand, though this would probably sink Collin’s attempts at Re-election if she does accept. Most likely this is Collins just trying not to piss of Trump supporters in her state…..

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Political Roundup For March 21, 2016…Write Off Utah for Trump…RRH Elections

Good morning, and happy National French Bread day.  Have a baguette for me.  Here is your roundup to start the week.

Presidential News:

Utah:  As you may have heard yesterday, Y2 Analytics released a poll of the Utah primary showing Cruz out to a huge lead, which will be buoyed by a Romney statement that looks a lot like an endorsement.  Kasich is in second, followed by Trump in a distant third.

New York:  A poll of New York puts Trump 50 points ahead of Cruz and 60(!) points ahead of Kasich.  Take this one with a grain of salt though.  Kasich may be in third, but coming in at 1% doesn’t pass the smell test.

Trump:  Protesters in KKK hoods have to realize that they’re only helping Trump, right?  An African-American Trump fan reacted to the provocation, and was arrested for violently attacking one of the hooded protesters.  There’s going to be some blowback on Trump inciting this violence, but maybe protesters wearing KKK hoods should bear some of the blame?

Kasich:  Governor John Kasich gave a positive interview over the weekend explaining his rationale for staying in and framing a contested convention as just one part of the political process.  He also has a good line about being at the 1976 Convention.

Rubio:  Florida Senator Marco Rubio has basically taken himself out of the political environment for everything on the horizon:  Senate this year, being a VP nominee for another candidate, and running for Governor in 2018.  These weren’t Shermanesque statements, but they would involve some serious acrobatics for Rubio to walk them back…..

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RedState…Could Rubio endorse Cruz???…Rumors…..

RUMOR. Marco Rubio MAY Endorse Ted Cruz Tomorrow

Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. talk after a Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Rumors. Rumors. Rumors. What would a political blog do if it didn’t have rumors to monger.

First, don’t blame me. Blame Bill Kristol

 

A rapprochement between Cruz and Rubio was hinted at last night when Rubio pointedly noted that Cruz was the only conservative remaining in the race. Arizona votes on Tuesday and if Rubio wants to have an impact this is his best bet. In most polls, Trump leads Cruz by about 12 points, or basically the same level as Rubio’s support.

Is this possible?

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Trump threatens House GOP Speaker Ryan….

Donald Trump is so high on himself that he has gone out a threaten GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan against NOT being nice to him on the issue of  David Duke and the KKK….

This plays to Trump sense of being the King, but also points to Trump’s lack of knowledge how government works….

If…IF he was to actually become President?

Trump would probabaly need MORE from Ryan than Ryan would need form him….

Without support fromn Congress?

Trump would have a hard time doing much of anything except call up his media friends….

Donald Trump warned Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that he’ll have to pay the price if he doesn’t get along with a President Trump after Ryan repudiated him for failing to disavow backing from David Duke.

“I’m going to get along great with Congress. Paul Ryan, I don’t know him well, but I’m sure I’m going to get along great with him,” the front-runner for his party’s nomination said during his Super Tuesday speech. “And if I don’t, he’s going to have to pay a big price.”

The comments came after Trump had a huge night on Super Tuesday, racking up victories in Massachusetts, Arkansas, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

The real estate mogul has had a tempestuous relationship with party leaders, including Ryan, who previously had criticized Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the nation.

On Tuesday, without naming Trump, the Speaker criticized Trump over the controversy surrounding Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard who encouraged his followers to back the celebrity billionaire….

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Update….

Soemone with some brains has done the right thing for King Donadl who tends to NOT think certain things thru in advance….

Twitter….

POLITICO ‏@politico 8m8 minutes ago
Donald Trump’s campaign reached out to Speaker Paul Ryan’s operation to chat http://politi.co/1LzsWtI | AP

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Karl Rove…Not so fast on Trump….

The Republican icon isn’t a Donald Trump fan…

But his comments ring true…

“Donald Trump scored a very impressive win in Nevada, taking 45.9% and 14 of the state’s 30 delegates to the GOP convention. But the Republican nomination is far from settled,” Rove said in the piece. “After four contests, only 133 of the convention’s 2,472 delegates have been selected.”

The American Crossroads super-PAC leader said Trump’s overwhelming Nevada win is not a sign that conservatives are coalescing around the billionaire businessman, pointing to polls that show late-deciding voters swinging toward primary rival Marco Rubio.

“The choices made by late-deciding voters would be a sign of consolidation, but in South Carolina Mr. Trump drew only 17% of those who made up their mind in the final week of the campaign,” he said. “Among the 30% in Nevada who decided in the final week, Sen. Marco Rubio carried 42%, far more than any candidate.”

While Rove said Republicans still have time to rally behind a non-Trump candidate, he said that time is quickly running out to do so.

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Trump supporter call Cruz a “pussy”…Trump makes sure Everyone hears that…

Only Donald Trump can get away with this….

And the media LOVES it!….

While they caution that Trump is crass….

His rants generate media time….

The Trump show is ALIVE and WELL….

(The comment was yelled by a woman…)

Trump was touting his hardline stance against terrorists from the Middle East when he mentioned Cruz’s response during the debate Saturday on the use of waterboarding.

“Honestly I thought he’d say, ‘absolutely’ – and he didn’t,” Trump said, suggesting that Cruz was concerned about how some might take his answer on the subject.

“She just said a terrible thing,” Trump said, stopping his own remarks at the arena in Manchester and pointing out a woman in the audience, beckoning her to raise her voice.

“You know what she said? Shout it out, ’cause I don’t want to,” Trump continued. “OK, you’re not allowed to say – and I never expect to hear that from you again – she said … he’s a pussy.”

“That’s terrible, terrible,” Trump said as the audience erupted into a mix of laughs and cheers and he threw his hands into the air and moved away from the microphone…..

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Can Ted Cruz carry a Iowa Win much farther?

The Texas GOP Senator has captured the Iowa win by being Hardest rightwingnut in the  2016 Presidential field….

That worked in Iowa to get him a win against Donald Trump who most Conservtive insiders don’t consider part of their club….

But as the GOP race moves on?

The voters of the party includes less very conservative’s and more moderate and even liberal GOPer’s….And come the general election ?…Any GOP nomiee will HAVE to find their way back (in PERCEPTION at least) to the political middle…

And THAT does NOT bode well for Cruz , who seems to have already fallen behind Marco Rubio in the polling….

This theory is from Nate Cohn over @ The Upshot at the NY Times and it seems lpauible to me and establishment GOPer’s (Who Hate Cruz) hope he’s right….

Ted Cruz kept his hopes alive with a come-from-behind victory in the Iowa caucuses this week. But the way he won raises serious questions about his chances later on.

He won Iowa for one reason: He excelled among people who described themselves as “very conservative.” They voted for him by a big margin; he won 44 percent of them to Donald Trump’s 21 percent, according to exit polls. He lost every other ideological category, and often by a lot.

The national Republican primary electorate is far more moderate than Iowa’s, so Mr. Cruz will need to attract a far broader coalition. The history of recent conservative Iowa winners — like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee — offers plenty of reasons to wonder whether he can count on doing so.

In entrance and exit polls from 2008 and 2012, there was no primary state where the G.O.P. electorate was as conservative as it was in Iowa. Only Nevada had a similar ideological composition.

It is not a coincidence that Iowa and Nevada stand alone with so many “very conservative” voters and so few “moderates.” They’re both low-turnout caucuses, which tend to attract the most committed Republican and conservative activists. The Iowa electorate might look a lot more like the one in neighboring Wisconsin if it adopted a primary system.

As it is, “very conservative” voters outnumbered the combined total of self-described “moderate” and “liberal” voters by a 32-point margin in Iowa in 2012 — but by no more than 15 points in any primary state (Louisiana). Even in primary states with well-justified conservative reputations, like Texas or Alabama, “very conservative” voters outnumbered the total of self-described moderates and liberals only by a four-point margin. In the north, “moderate” and “liberal” usually outnumber “very conservative” voters, and often by a wide margin….

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For those who think ALL Republicans are JUST Conservative right wing nuts?

Nope….

The number of moderate and liberal GOPer’s have increased according to a gallup poll….

The percentage of Republicans identifying as conservative on both dimensions has dropped 15 percentage points since 2012, largely offset by an increase in the percentage who identify as moderate or liberal on both dimensions. Still, the current ideological positioning of Republicans is not unprecedented; the proportion of social and economic conservatives was as low or lower from 2001 through 2005…..

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The Republicans HAD a Ted Cruz WIN ‘A comin….’It was just a matter of Time…

They HAVE planted the seeds by ALLOWING the RightWingNuts in their party to  go on unchallenged …..

You know….

Government shutdowns…

Challenging people who did NOT follow their ideological line etc……

Now the Senator that the party people hate is causing them the ‘Willies’…..

The Republican Party did not decide to elevate Ted Cruz to frontrunner status. To the contrary, Republicans (and many others) compared Cruz to Barry Goldwater, and, rather bafflingly, made a concerted effort to weaken Cruz in a way they never did to Trump.

But over the past several years Republican leaders made a variety of decisions that prefigured both the Trump phenomenon and Cruz’s Iowa victory:

  • The decision to organize a hysterical scorched earth obstruction and propaganda campaign against President Obama, priming Republican voters to expect their party to elevate unyielding Obama antagonists.
  • The decision to allow the faces of the conservative entertainment complex to become influential party actors.
  • The decision to grant a reactionary faction of elected Republicans veto power over the party’s agenda, and to reject the conclusion that the party’s foremost imperative was to be more welcoming to minorities and immigrants…

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Marco Rubio gets a chance to go after Ted Cruz….

With Donald Trump out of the room?

Marco Rubio got a chance to go after Ted Cruz …..

And he did so….

Republican presidential candidates spar at the 7th GOP debate in Des Moines, Iowa

Rand Paul and Marco Rubio piled onto Ted Cruz at Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate, accusing him of lying about his opposition on immigration to seem more conservative.

“This is the lie that Ted’s campaign is built on, and Rand touched upon it, that he’s the most conservative guy and everyone else is a RINO,” Florida Sen. Rubio said, using the acronym for “Republican in Name Only.”

“The truth is Ted, throughout this campaign, you’ve been willing to say and do anything in order to get votes.”
Rubio also accused Cruz of helping design former President George W. Bush’s immigration policy, which provided a path to legal status for those who entered the country illegally.

Rubio’s barbs followed those from Kentucky Sen. Paul, who called the Texas senator the “king” of accusing others of not really being against amnesty.

“That’s a falseness, and that’s an authenticity problem, that everybody he knows is not as perfect as him because we are all for amnesty,” he said…..

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The fight for 3rd Place in New Hampshire GOP Primary……

With Trump is the lead in the polls…and Cruz in second …..And Christie losing his numbers in the last few weeks ?

The race is ON for third place!

The folks here at the PDog feel that the people  below 3rd place might have to drop out of the running if they don’t make above 3rd….

The race for the Republican nomination might be turning into a two-man contest in Iowa, but here in New Hampshire, four contenders vying to be the mainstream alternative to Donald Trump or Ted Cruz still have a fighting chance.

Even with the Iowa caucuses less than a week away, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie are dedicating significant time to the first primary state because for at least two of them, a finish outside of the top three could spell the end.
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While Rubio and Bush aren’t ignoring the front-runners — Trump and Cruz — Kasich and Christie spent much of Monday and the weekend picking apart their competition in the more mainstream lane, looking to steal a voter here and there to squeeze out that coveted third-place finish.

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