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Alabama Republicans…Stay home if ya want to…don’t vote for Roy Moore or Doug Jones…Red State

…by Carl Arbogast @ Red State…

Whatever the case may be, no reason exists to vote for Doug Jones. The notion that staying home “is not good enough” comes only from Democrats who want to shame you into voting for their guy. But why on earth would people vote for the person who upholds ideals and supports policies that are a 180-degree departure from their own? That’s crazy talk.

Doug Jones is a liberal. And yes, a Democrat winning in Alabama would be a significant setback for the GOP in advancing a legislative agenda in Congress.

Well, that’s too bad. 

Too many Republicans have made their bed, and now they have to lie in it. Of course, Moore could still win which means Republicans would have the votes they need but would also have to answer for every goofball thing Moore ever said and will have to answer questions regarding the accusations over Moore’s dark past.

That said, don’t allow yourself to be bullied into a voting for a liberal Democrat. It’s not necessary. Stay home if you have to. But don’t sacrifice your ideals for political expediency…..

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Focus Group Results Show Trump In Danger Of Losing Part Of His 2016 Voter Base

by Susan Wright @ Red State…

During the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump managed to pull in a lot of diverse voters. Besides the partisan Republican crowd, there were independents who couldn’t see themselves voting for Hillary Clinton, and reportedly, even Democrats, disgusted by the shenanigans that gave them Hillary Clinton as their nominee, rather than Bernie Sanders.

That last group was like the Bizarro World opposites of the NeverTrumper delegates that attempted to stop a Trump nomination on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, last year.

Whatever the makeup, Trump got the right people voting for him, in the right places, at the right time, and it worked.

Now, however, with the first year of his first term near to completion, it seems the novelty of voting for a wacky chaos candidate may be wearing off, for some.

A recent online focus group of voters from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan seems to indicate that Trump could lose a chunk of his 2016 supporters, heading into the 2018 election, and well-ahead of his 2020 reelection bid.

That particular chunk would be those who were previously Obama voters, but chose to back Trump in 2016.

It was a former Obama campaign manager, Jim Messina, who put together the focus group.

“The white Obama-Non-Clinton voters we surveyed were clear: If the economy does not improve measurably, they are not going to give Trump a second chance—and they already have a clear reason to explain his failure: Twitter,” Messina explains in a Politico op-ed.

“The members of our focus groups worried that Trump was so pre-occupied with picking Twitter fights and the general chaos of his administration that he was not focusing on making the economy better,” he added.

They’re not the only ones who have expressed concerns over President Trump’s inability to act as if his intellect is at least, to some degree, advanced beyond that of a 13-year old mean girl on social media…..

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Donald Trump stuck it to his own party yesterday…Was that Good or Bad?…Two views from the Right…

I always repeat that Donald Trump ran AGAINST his own adopted parties guys….Over at Red State , the conservative’s seem to agree….

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Pictured: House Speaker Paul Ryan looking for the least rude way to ask President Donald Trump what in the actual hell he’s doing. Probably.

In a surprise move yesterday… actually, you know what? No. It wasn’t a surprise move. Donald Trump struck a deal with Democrats. He said before he would strike deals with Democrats. He was a lifelong Democrat with Democrats ideals and beliefs. His views on spending align with Democrats. His views on immigration align with Democrats.

Nothing about what happened yesterday should come as a shock. Donald Trump sided with the Democrats. Here we are, Trump choosing to deal with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer over the leaders of his own party in Congress, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. It seems like an odd thing to happen, especially given that Trump’s most ardent supporters have been bragging about his ability to fight the liberalism invading the country.

So, when Trump chooses to side with the liberals, you would expect outrage, right? Well, only if you haven’t been paying attention to where this is going.

See, this isn’t Trump  caving in to the Democrats. No no no. This is Trump sticking it to the Establishment, you guys. That’s all. He got Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell real good, you see? The Trump fanatics, Trump cultists, or whatever you want to call them, have moved the goalposts. This is no longer about the Democrats. It’s about The Establishment….

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But over at another Conservative Republican blog , Resurgent,…they aren’t so happy….

….By  @ Resurgent….

…..The President did us all a favor.

But there is a problem. By giving the Democrats a three month extension, the President has essentially compressed the legislative calendar. The GOP will now have to do tax reform, immigration, spending, and debt ceiling all at one time. This exponentially increases the odds of a terrible deal.

With the President siding with Pelosi and Schumer so publicly, he has given the GOP every reason to publicly claim the President must want to work with the Democrats. And work with the Democrats they will — to undermine the President.

Using the newly compressed legislative calendar as an excuse, they will undoubtedly cut several bad deals with Democrats and lump them all together in a couple of pieces of legislation. Remember, there are two parties in Washington, the stupid party and the evil party. Occasionally they get together and do something that is both stupid and evil and the press heralds it as a bipartisan accomplishment.

We are on the road to stupid and evil more expeditiously because of what President Trump just did….

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Republicans are going after Kamala Harris already…

The RedState conservative site is on her case already….Trying to define her early….

Children are our nation’s future. We must listen to them about what they care about and give them a voice in our government.

It’s the kind of ooey, gooey, feel-good nonsense that liberals love to spout. Because everyone knows that a Democrat senator who tweets that children are our future is destined for great things. Why, she should be president for that kind of out of the box thinking!

To gauge how feasible Kamala’s idea is, I went to my 10-year-old daughter and asked her what she would do if she had a voice in the government.

Her answer? She’d make sure every family in America got a dog. And families who have a dog allergy would get some other kind of animal….

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RNC To GOP Candidates: Fealty To Donald Trump Or Else…Red State…

Party loyalty in politics is nothing new. The fact is, most people who vote for Democrats and Republicans are “party” people. Meaning it doesn’t much matter what positions an individual candidate or office holder has on issues. Voters walk into a booth, look at the party and vote for the Republican or the Democrat. It is the case in most scenarios, and that’s just a fact.

Hard-core supporters are there and don’t like it when you criticize their guy. That’s understandable as well. But those are issues between voters, not the party and the candidates running under the banner of that party.

When it comes to candidates and people in office, the Republican National Committee has a responsibility to back Republicans. As much as it stung for some people, Donald Trump won the nomination, and the party infrastructure backed him. It didn’t matter if he smeared fellow Republican candidates with lies and ridiculous conspiracy theories. The party supported him because it does so for Republicans. 

However, it doesn’t appear as though that kind of thinking applies to other Republicans now, especially if they’ve been critical of Donald Trump:

The Republican National Committee isn’t spending big for New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno because the RNC doesn’t think she has been loyal to President Trump, NJ.com reported Wednesday.

Guadagno, currently the lieutenant governor under Gov. Chris Christie (R), is viewed skeptically by the RNC because of her criticism of Trump after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape and as a lost cause, the report said.

“[The president] is unhappy with anyone who neglected him in his hour of need,” an RNC insider reportedly said, referring to Guadagno’s public disavowal of Trump last fall after the surfacing last year of the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women. 

If the RNC stated that they weren’t going all in because Guadagno is trying to ride into office on the scorched coattails of Chris Christie, that might make some sense. But that isn’t the justification here. The thinking appears to be Guadagno didn’t rush in to defend Donald Trump when audio tape revealed he thinks men in positions of power can do what they want with women sans repercussions.

What Guadagno did was not unreasonable. She was hardly the first Republican to distance themselves from Trump when that tape hit the public airwaves. Now the RNC is going to withhold funds and assistance from a Republican candidate because of Donald Trump? Since when did the RNC become beholden to one person instead of the party as a whole?

It only proves Trump doesn’t just want loyalty. He wants slavish devotion. Fealty. Without it, he has no use for a person. It is a dangerous method if the GOP wants to grow…..

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Dear Lefty Media: Democrats Are Still Unpopular In The Suburbs…

Why is it that every time the Democrats suffer a defeat, the media rushes to their aid, giving us the “it’s merely a flesh wound!” prognosis, and telling us here’s how the GOP is actually going to have its clocked cleaned any minute now. Any minute.

So it is with this well-written, well-researched, and wrong piece from Politico Magazine, titled: “The GOP’s Suburban Nightmare.”

Giving credit where it’s due, this writer does his homework in attempting to craft a convincing argument that Trump’s poor(er than Reagan) showing in suburban America is a sign of the impending doom of the GOP — even as early as the 2018 midterms.

It’s a good piece from the perspective of: it’s readable, engaging, has lots of interesting information, etc. It’s a fun read. It’s just wrong.

And here’s how I know.

It uses Atlanta and the Ossoff/Handel race as its jumping off point, making the fast argument that Trump only barely beat Hillary Clinton in the suburbs during the 2016 election. 49% to her 45%, the article says. Then it says this:

Karen Handel’s Georgia special-election victory Tuesday enabled the GOP to kick the can down the road, but not for long. The same Atlanta suburbs that once produced Republicans like Newt Gingrich voted for Clinton in November. They followed up a few months later by nearly sending a 30-year-old, first-time Democratic candidate to Congress. Republicans may be gloating now, but it’s an ominous sign for the 2018 midterm elections, when control of the House is likely to hinge on roughly two or three dozen suburban districts currently held by the GOP.

“Nearly.” I’m from Atlanta and we have a saying in the South: almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades…..

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House Votes to Gut Dodd-Frank….

The Bill was passed to put some oversight over the financial markets which tanked during 2008/2009 and almost caused a 1930’s type financial Depression for  America and other countries….

There is virtually NO chance the Senate will agree to this….

But again?

House Republicans do something to prop up Donald Trump’s campaign pledges….

The House of Representatives pushed through a bill Thursday that would gut many of the key banking reforms implemented after the financial crisis.

In a primarily partisan vote, the House passed the Financial Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs Act, a highly controversial measure that stands virtually no chance to pass the Senate.

Among the most significant provisions are measures that allow banks to escape heightened regulatory requirements and cut stress tests back from their current annual schedule, while the bill also eviscerates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

President Trump campaigned on getting rid of Dodd-Frank, which many say is a job-killer.

“This is a symbolic victory for the House Republicans,” said Sean Tuffy, who oversees global regulatory intelligence at Brown Brothers Harriman. “The Senate’s been pretty clear that they’re going to pursue financial regulatory reform, but on their own terms.”

The Choice Act represents the second major piece of legislation the House has passed that will have little chance of becoming actual law. GOP lawmakers celebrated the passage of the American Health Care Act in early May even though that too is likely to see substantial changes…..

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A Conservative questions where should he sign up these days?

RedState runs a piece from a Conservative that is questioning  faith in the  Grand Ole Party and explores other political choices….

Some Conservatives ARE NOT going along with Trump’s Republican Party….

Yesterday’s news that a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress from Montana body-slammed a reporter has me pensive once again about where I and other conservatives like me belong.

Greg Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault for lifting The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs by the neck and slamming him to the ground hard enough to break his glasses, all because Jacobs asked for a response from the candidate regarding the CBO’s scoring of the American Health Care Act. Newspapers have pulled endorsements in what will hopefully not be the last of the repercussions for Gianforte’s conduct. (Hat tip to Andrea Ruth for such a fantastic job following this story.)

One congressional candidate, who is already facing swift and harsh backlash — some social media defenders notwithstanding — is only one straw, but it’s just the latest in a series that has made it harder and harder to take the Republican Party seriously anymore. Founder of the Gianforte Family Foundation, whose mission it is to “support the work of faith-based organizations engaged in outreach work, strengthening families, and helping the needy,” Gianforte also has worked with Focus on the Family and donated over a million dollars to a creationist museum. He is a poster child for political engagement by a conservative Christian entrepreneur.

And this becomes his witness.

Liberals punch people and set fire to tires in order not to provide a platform to views they don’t like too, so violence as a solutionto ideological challenges is largely the order of the day in American politics. Without a doubt, it is a pervasive problem across the spectrum.

Yet in spite of the if-it-bleeds-it-leads bias toward reporting the outrageous, I argue that the biggest problem in the American political system is that there is an overwhelming lack of seriousness. It infects the GOP at least as much as any other party, and when it sufficiently debilitates its host, the host sees only escalating absurdity as the way forward.

I remain a registered Republican. Certainly I approve of a greater number of GOP politicians — Ben Sasse, Mike Lee, my own state of Michigan’s lieutenant governor, Brian Calley, for example — than of any other party, but that is mostly due to the fact that the only rival to the Republican Party in size is the Democratic Party. Before I’m a Republican, I’m a conservative, but the movement and its party manifestations over the past five, but especially two, years have threatened to return it to the laughable status it maintained prior to the work Bill Buckley and so many others did to make it intellectually respectable — and elect Ronald Reagan.

Kristen Soltis Anderson at The Washington Examiner recently highlighted the fact that young people are abandoning the GOP ship like it just hit an iceberg. In 18 months, 23 percent of those 18-29 defected from the party and have not returned. As no course correction appears forthcoming, there’s no reason to expect that to change any time soon.

From personal experience, I can attest to the fact that Christians under forty are marching out of the Republican tent, because they are finding it difficult to reconcile their faith with a party whose titular head shows a callous disregard for the very minorities and vulnerable people we conservatives told ourselves our policies best served….

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‘Fake News’ for Conservatives

Is this how far Trump supporters will go? They’re so willing to divert attention from President Trump’s problems that they spread conspiracy theories?

Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich are not low profile Republicans and two of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters. They’re covering the Seth Rich/Wikileaks conspiracy without any regard for Rich’s parents who have disavowed the “reports” and asked people to stop.

Dave Weigel at The Washington Post has an excellent piece detailing the story and how it turned into a yarn that should only reside on nutter sites like InfoWars:

On July 10, at 4:19 a.m., gunfire was detected in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. Not five minutes later, police found Seth Rich, a 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer, lying on the ground, dying from a bullet wound to his back. A conscious Rich was transported to the hospital; by daybreak, he was dead.

Nearly one year later, Rich’s death remains one of America’s thousands of unsolved murders — and the focus of endless conspiracy theories, spread this past week by Fox News, alt-right social media, a local D.C. news station and the Russian embassy in Britain. The reemergence of the conspiracy theory this week, which did not lack for real news, revealed plenty about the fake news ecosystem (or to use BuzzFeed’s useful phrase, “the upside-down media”) in the Trump era. It also happened to cause untold pain for the Rich family, which has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the so-called private investigator who led this dive back into the fever swamp.

Here’s what we learned.

TV news can be an easy mark. This iteration of the Seth Rich story started when the District’s own Fox 5 ran a Monday night “exclusive,” citing one source — a Fox New legal commentator, Rod Wheeler — for a “big break in the investigation.” Reporter Marina Marraco reported that “conspiracy theories” could “be proven right,” as Wheeler was saying what had been rumored since last year: Rich might have leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks, making him the target of an assassination.

“You have information that could link Seth Rich to WikiLeaks?” asked Marraco.

“Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed,” said Wheeler, who Fox 5 identified as the Rich family’s investigator.

Within 24 hours, reporters at NBC News, CNN and The Washington Post had debunked the story. First, Rich’s family quickly corrected the idea that Wheeler was on their payroll; he was hired by Ed Butowsky, a Texas businessman who had grown interested in the case. Next, Wheeler told CNN he hadn’t actually obtained information linking Rich to WikiLeaks — Fox 5, he insisted, had told him to say so.

Marraco did not cite any sources except Wheeler — not the Rich family, not D.C. police, not the mayor’s office, not the DNC. Wheeler, a very occasional TV pundit, was noticeably skimpy on details, suggesting he had a source who’d told him eyeball-to-eyeball that Rich’s computer was in lock-up and that it had evidence of WikiLeaks contact. But he was murky on whether D.C. police or the FBI allegedly had the laptop, and the family quickly reported that neither did.

It is worth reading the article in its entirety since Weigel does a great job in detailing all of it and how “fake news” is still a problem among conservatives…..

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Red State on the Trump Republican Nomination….

Donald Trump’s Nomination Is A Farce And A Sham

The most egregious example of the RNC and Priebus protecting Trump came when THEY awarded all 40 of Utah’s delegates to Donald Trump, a guy who got a whopping 14% of the vote in Utah back in March. All of Utah’s delegates are supposed to be for Ted Cruz, who won Utah’s primary in a landslide.

Next Priebus and company did the exact same thing with Washington DC’s 19 delegates. They were supposed to go 10 Rubio, 9 Kasich and the Districts delegate on the Rules Committee was assured that that was want would happen tonight. Instead of honoring the vote, the RNC pulled a fast one on the DC delegation and gave Trump all 19 delegates, delegates he did not earn.

If that protectionism of Trump wasn’t enough the RNC also monkey’d around with Alaska’s delegation and once again Priebus and crew awarded ALL 28 delegates to Trump, when he was only supposed to get 11, Ted Cruz was to get 12, and Marco Rubio 5.

Even the Iowa delegation got in on the act as the states GOP chairman and his team did what they promised they’d do in June and gave all 30 of Iowa’s delegates to Trump, despite the fact that Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses and many of Iowa’s delegates were very openly #NeverTrump.

Ever Since Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the race following the Indiana primary Donald Trump’s been virtually guaranteed getting the 1,237 delegates needed to be the GOP presidential nominee, barring any freeing of the delegates to vote their conscience; an effort Priebus and the RNC insured wouldn’t happen at both the rules committee last week and again Monday when they refused to allow a roll call vote on the rules.

Thus, Trump doesn’t need any protecting, especially not tonight.

But, protect Trump they did….

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Trump Surrogate: Trump Isn’t a Racist…Red State…

Trump Surrogate: Trump Isn’t a Racist, He Just Lives in the Real World Where Mexicans Can’t be Fair to White People

This is definitely the most bizarre explanation I’ve ever heard anyone give for why someone is NOT a racist. Top Trump New York surrogate and bona fide crazy person Carl Paladino was on Carol Costello this morning, and offered this jaw-dropping explanation for why, in his mind, Trump is NOT a racist:

Costello: Erick Erickson, he’s a conservative blogger, he’s an anti-Trump conservative, he does not like the media, either. But he wrote this this morning of Donald Trump and his continued attacks on Judge Curiel: “So the party of Lincoln will entertain a racist as its leader in the name of winning? What good does it profit a party to win the White House and lose its soul? Because the odds are the party will not win the White House and will forfeit future victories as it sees Hispanic voters, black voters, and a solid number of Evangelicals flee the party of racists.” What would you say to Erick Erickson?

Paladino: Erick Erickson just likes to use the term “racist.” (Ed. note – LOL). Trump is not a racist, by far he is not a racist. This is incredible that you want to pull this word out and use it, because it always pushes back on the white guy. That’s not fair. And it’s not a fair description of Donald Trump. Donald Trump might have some anxiety about this particular judge because he lives in the same real world that I do, where this type of thing does go on, where ethnicity means something…..

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Trump VS Social Conservatives….Red State

Donald Trump Does What Obama Couldn’t Do: Crush Social Conservatives

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during while speaking at a rally in Millington, Tenn. Tough talk about torture is a guaranteed applause line for Donald Trump on the GOP presidential stump. Trump has repeatedly advocated waterboarding, an enhanced interrogation technique that simulates the feeling of drowning. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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Barring some earth-shaking change of events that involves Saint Michael and the Four Horsemen, I’m not voting for president this year. I do my best not to cooperate with evil and evil is all that is on the top ballot spot for both major political parties. The extant third parties are so loonie that I’ll not cast a vote an inadvertently be responsible for giving them permanent ballot access. In a year that should have been a triumph for conservatives of all stripes, a year in which we filled the primaries with some of the most qualified, thoughtful, articulate, and conservative candidates in the history of the republic, we have seen the GOP hijacked by an unrepentant charlatan.

What has been more disgraceful is seeing people that I’ve supported selling their integrity as though it was a Blue Light Special at K-Mart… only cheaper.

It all started with the collapse of the Evangelical movement as popularly recognized. Back in January, Jerry Falwell, Jr., endorsed Donald Trump. He told his flock and followers that it didn’t make any difference that Trump was a liar or a serial adulterer or that he had cheated workmen of their wages or brought about the financial ruin of small businesses or flim-flammed the gullible out of their money for a Trump University degree. Render unto Caeser, mother****er, was what Falwell proposed. We don’t need a pastor we need a savior.

This was a disappointment, but, as I wrote at the time, not a huge surprise. The American Evangelical movement has been around long enough that it has accrued those barnacles that attach themselves to Catholicism and Mainline Protestantism, the “cultural” members who have jettisoned the baggage of beliefs that were just too hard in favor of modernity, but who have retained an attraction to the superficial artifices of faith and worship….

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Symtoms of Trump’s NOT being able to get the Republican Conservatives united behind him?

The Dog…

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Cruz campaign wanted Cruz/Rubio Ticket to stop Trump….

Cruz Campaign: Unity Ticket with Rubio was the Only Way to Stop Trump

By: Sara Gonzales (Diary) @ Red State..

CNN reported Sunday that top officials from the Cruz campaign say Ted Cruz was eyeing a unity ticket with Marco Rubio as his VP running mate.

The campaign admitted they conducted several secret polls in five states- Illinois, Arizona, Missouri, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. The result? A blowout of 65 percent to 35 percent, and the takedown of Donald Trump.

Cruz officials say Cruz couldn’t ever reach Rubio on the phone, and their attempts through friends and emissaries to get Rubio on board were unsuccessful. They speculated Rubio was holding out for a contested convention or just waiting for another shot in 2020.

However, a source close to Rubio told CNN there were never any concrete offers to accept or reject a unity ticket, only vague discussions from donors.

But they did add that Rubio wouldn’t have been interested either way, citing several reasons. He felt that two Washington D.C. Senators coming together to dump Trump would have played into Trump’s outsider narrative. He didn’t think they would complement each other well as two Cuban freshman senators. And lastly, he felt the nominee should keep their options open until the convention to make sure they didn’t limit themselves by picking someone too soon.

While this news is particularly depressing to hear, I am disappointed in the Cruz campaign for pointing fingers at this stage….

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Republicans Should Confirm Merrick Garland ASAP…Red State….

Leon H. Wolf (Diary) @ Red State….

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, this is not even a close call. There is absolutely no reason to drag this out any longer. Garland is not a great choice, but he is not a terrible one, either. And more than anything, he is old (for a modern Supreme Court appointment) and will be up for replacement in probably 10 years instead of 20 or 30….

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Another weekend where Trump loses to Cruz in Delegates….

Ted Cruz and HIS people along with state party GOPer’s are STILL out hustling Donald Trump for delegates …..

While the media story is Trump’s Iit’s over….

It REALLY isn’t…..

Weekend Delegate Results. Non-Trump Kicks Trump’s Ass In the Delegate Chase 

More states chose delegates this weekend.

Topline Summary. Over 170 delegates were selected. Cruz took over 80 of them. Trump about 60. A dozen were committed. Kasich got about a dozen. Rubio got seven. If you look at the Cruz vs Trump counts it was merely bad for Trump. If you look at the battle as Trump vs. Not-Trump, it was a slaughter.

Alaska. Cruz took 12 delegates, Trump 11, and Rubio 5. This is in line with caucus results.

Arizona. This was another Trump bloodbath. He got two loyalists in two of 28 at-large delegate positions. Branch Trumpidian, former Governor Jan Brewer, was denied a slot as a delegate and she had a sad. Full story posted earlier today.

Arkansas. Trump took 6 delegate slots, Cruz took four, Rubio took two. This is in line with the primary votes.

Delaware. 13 delegates chosen by the state party. None of them have a stated allegiance.

Massachusetts. Trump won 23 of 27 delegate postions. How did the do that? By bringing in carpetbaggers:

Trump helped his cause most in Massachusetts, where a well-organized effort — aided by a cavalry of Trump supporters from New Hampshire — scored 23 of 27 delegate slots for the New York billionaire.

You do what you gotta do, but this is really a metaphor for the entire Trump campaign. He can’t win with the GOP voters in a state so he has to rely on Democrats, independents, or, in this case, ineligible voters to win.

Missouri. Cruz took 18 of 24 delegate position.

South Carolina. Three delegates were up for grabs. One went to a Cruz loyalist, the other two had no announced commitment though one leans toward Kasich…..

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While Trump says he’s over 1,000 delegates?

The Tally from AP does NOT have him quite there yet…

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Donald Trump does NOT have 100 Black pastors endorsing him…Red State….Update!

Donald Trumps campaign tried to sell us that they would roll out 100 Black pastors that would endorse their guy…..

Ain’t Gonna Happen….

(And Red State, a Conservative blog, is out with the story!)

Those 100 Black Pastors: “We Never Said We Would Endorse Trump.”

Last week, Trump made a major deal out of the fact that 100 black pastors were going to endorse him after a major meeting with him at Trump tower. This announcement was touted in a major way, to the point that it was reported virtually everywhere as major news. And in fact, it would have been major news. As my colleague streiff noted yesterday, the fact that such a large number of black pastors would have found it socially acceptable to endorse Trump in public would have been at least credible evidence of Trump’s appeal to black voters (which he has been boasting about on the campaign trail despite the complete lack of evidence that he has any).

Trump’s statement on the matter was clear and unequivocal:

The meeting was described by the campaign in a press release as, “a coalition of 100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders who will endorse the GOP frontrunner after a private meeting at Trump Tower.”

Here is the actual truth of what occurred – Trump invited 100 black pastors to meet with him. Apparently he did not tell them that by accepting the invitation they were agreeing to endorse him. Not even all 100 agreed to come….

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After prematurely announcing the endorsements of 100 black pastors — prompting several to protest they were not, in fact, supporters – Donald Trump’s campaign abruptly cancelled a press conference with the group scheduled for Monday afternoon at Trump Tower….

This is not a press event, but a private meeting, after which, a number of attendees are expected to endorse Mr. Trump’s campaign for President. This is closed to press and therefore no media credentials will be provided,”

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