"This idea that people are following Trump only for the celebrity joy ride, that if they just understood the kind of radical, anti-American ideas he advocates they would drop him, is garbage. If the pope couldn’t dent Trump, Romney surely will not."
…well, OK, if you think you’d probably be doing something better with your time, but aside from that…if you think the all those shocked, shocked Republican bigwigs didn’t know these Trumpians were the very people who’d been voting for them all these many years you’re not thinking.
Meanwhile, the problem with dumping Trump is that the other two, Lyin’ Ted and little Marcio, are no bargains either. Clinton might be their best bet.
"The B-52 Stratofortress will start its first bombing campaign against ISIS in April, the Air Force Times reports. It’s not clear how many B-52s or airmen will be involved."
"In interviews, even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr. Romney four years ago rebelled against his message and plan. 'I personally am disgusted by it — I think it’s disgraceful,' said Lola Butler, 71, a retiree from Mandeville, La., who voted for Mr. Romney in 2012. 'You’re telling me who to vote for and who not to vote for? Please.'"
…with the stuff that regularly winds up on the front page of the New York Times these days, but the National Enquirer is giving its all. From the current issue…
30 Celebs You Won't Believe Are Huge Trump Fans! https://t.co/XmZNIpXjhV— Time To Break (@timetobreaknow) March 4, 2016
"She will be [Cruz’s] "trans ambassador," round up her Kardashian-Jenner daughters — Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall, and Kylie — and together they will serve on a hypothetical trans issues board to advise Cruz."
The Republican food fight last night was the end of the debate season for me. I’ve heard enough to make up my mind about the candidates of both parties. Unless somebody wearing a white hat rides in at the last minute—and we’re fast running out of minutes—or unless Bernie manages somehow to prevail with the Democrats, I’m backing the Greens and Jill Stein.
In all likelihood, however, the eventual winner will be an R or a D. And those two parties are both making a bad, potentially disastrous mistake in their own respective unlovable ways in assuming Donald Trump is the easiest candidate for the Clintons to beat. He’s not.
If Trump gets nominated by the Rs, and I think he will in the end, I have a nickel here that says he’ll go all the way. Trump’s supporters aren’t interested in conservative values or constitutional squabbles or in all the vast array of Clintonist 12-point plans, they’re interested in Winning So, So Much.
Sinclair Lewis, in his 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here, invokes Chesterton: “There is only one thing bigger than a very big thing, and that is a thing so very small that it can be seen and understood.”
Trump is the maestro of small.
"Nearly 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Bill Clinton’s arrest for violating Massachusetts election law on Super Tuesday by campaigning close to — and even inside — polling places.…
"'Bill Clinton does not vote in Massachusetts, and would have no other business in a polling station on election day besides campaigning for his wife,' the petition on Change.org states."
"Mitt Romney’s attack on Donald Trump was concise and well-written and, by calling the front-runner a “phony” and a “fraud,” hit all the erogenous zones of the anti-Trumpsters. But in the end, the speech flopped because, like so much else of Romney’s career, the message was muddled."
You gotta admit it’s fun to watch.
Hey, it’s an election year.
"'I would sooner vote for Josef Stalin than I would vote for Donald Trump,' said Mr. Boot…"
Does this guy know Stalin is dead? Is Stalin a zombie?
(Max Boot is currently currently serving as a foreign policy advisor to attack-puppy Marco Rubio.)
"Max Chaz, who backed Mr. Romney in 2012, arrived in a “Make America Great Again” hat that is the hallmark of Mr. Trump’s campaign."
Oh wait. They did.
"Because a one-term governor of Massachusetts — the author of RomneyCare, the model for ObamaCare — is the obvious guy to save the Republican Party."
If everybody who has ever threatened to leave the country after a certain election result actually had, we'd have a whole lot shorter lines at Disneyland.
"Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has focused on Michigan as a place where he should perform well."
The governor of Ohio is going to win in Michigan? That’s just crazy talk.
Usually we have to wait until the county fair in September to see a demolition derby, but this year there’s one in March, March 3rd, tonight, in, appropriately enough, Detroit, on Fox News. That’s right, folks, step right up, time for another rollicking Republican primary debate. We’re expecting to see an extravaganza of Trump-bashing sufficient to make us all long for the tender mercies of W, Rumsfeld and Cheney. This morning’s New York Times documents in detail the huge array of anti-Trump forces at the ready, noting…
The urgent new efforts, led by a group of corporate executives, financiers and Republican strategists, came as more party leaders expressed fear that Mr. Trump’s nomination would taint the party with a stigma of bigotry and recklessness.
(No kidding, Dude; italics mine.)
The only point of suspense concerning tonight’s debate is whether or not New Jersey governor and former candidate Chris Christie (whom the Times’ Gail Collins is calling Trump’s Chewbacca) will get to stand behind The Donald on the stage.
Bring plenty of popcorn.
Meanwhile, in other news of moment, the city of Portland Oregon has been attacked by toxic moss (that’s right, moss); some kids at Harvard have the mumps (that’s right, mumps); and one Clinton campaigned for the other one, possibly illegally, in Massachusetts (what else is new?).
"Lindsey Graham, who recently joked that, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you,” told Charlie Rose that “we may be in a position where we have to rally around Ted Cruz.”"
"The Republicans seem to be reeling, unable or unwilling to comprehend that a shady, bombastic liar is hardening the image of their party as a symbol of intolerance and division."
(Fro a New York Times editorial.)
Meanwhile, here, in honor of The Donald, I plan to spend the morning hiding under my bed—also it’s raining pretty hard and very windy, so who wants to go out in that anyway? It will clear up this afternoon.
"F.B.I. personnel apparently believed that by resetting the iCloud password, they could get access to information stored on the iPhone. Instead, the change had the opposite effect — locking them out and eliminating other means of getting in."
"We can argue about the evident failure of the donor class to unite behind a message, strategy, and funding plan to take out Trump as he inevitably wrecks the GOP on his way to having his weirdly coiffed head handed to him by Hillary Clinton’s campaign death machine, but in the shorter term Trump has the capacity to destroy a lot of Republican officeholders on the way."
"From Massachusetts, for instance, The Post’s Ben Terris argues that Trump is the favorite because he’s perfectly channeled the voice and spirit of a loudmouthed sports fan from the state. 'People follow politics here like they follow the Patriots or the Red Sox. They want to know a politician is a fighter and has their back,' state Rep. Geoff Diehl said. 'Nobody has been able to lay a fing-ah on Trump!' a Massachusetts man declared to a local radio station. As Ben puts it, 'These voters don’t care that the Globe recently ran an editorial entitled ‘Massachusetts Must Stop Trump’; they’re not even troubled by their own doubts that Trump can fulfill his promises. All that matters is that, for the first time in memory, a candidate is speaking their language.'"
"'Hillary has built a large tanker ship, and she’s about to confront Somali pirates,' said Matthew Dowd, the chief strategist for former President George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign, who is now an independent."
"Man, who would have expected the ride we’re all having right now? … The money’s rolling in and this is fun.
“…Sorry. It’s a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going."
"The crash may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hitting another vehicle and making an error."
"Thomas’s unusual silence over the years has become a curiosity over the years. Thomas has previously said he relies on the written briefs and doesn’t need to ask questions of the lawyers appearing in court."
[Regarding Trump] "'It’s scary,' South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has endorsed Rubio, said on ABC’s 'This Week.' She added: 'I think what he’ll do to the Republican Party is really make us question who we are and what we’re about. And that’s something we don’t want to see happen.'"
I’ve been trying to forget about politics for a little while (at least until tomorrow) but that quote is way too good to pass up.
Actually the whole idea of the Republican party “imploding” is pretty funny.
"Donald Trump’s distinctive rhetorical style — think of a drunk with a bullhorn reading aloud James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” under water…"
"The prediction wizard told university alumni gathered in Manhattan Monday night that Trump has a 97 percent chance of beating Hillary Clinton and a 99 percent chance of stomping Bernie Sanders, according to the school’s newspaper, The Statesman."
She was ticketed for littering.
"Democrats in 2016 are only getting about two-thirds of the primary votes that they received eight years ago.
"Republican turnout in the South Carolina primary, by contrast, was up more than 70 percent from 2008."
"The polls found that Clinton often had higher negative ratings with voters than did the more-controversial Trump, whose inflammatory pronouncements have often angered and even horrified many of his fellow Republicans."
"Given current population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, only about 205,000 people in the U.S. have a February 29th birthday. For the world‘s population approximate 4.8 million have a February 29th birthday."
"Mr. Stevens acknowledged that the company’s new offering “does sound a bit creepy.”"
Says the Times:
Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, which has tens of thousands of billboards across the United States, will announce on Monday that it has partnered with several companies, including AT&T, to track people’s travel patterns and behaviors through their mobile phones.
Where is Lady Bird when we need her?
"Long before the FBI asked Apple to hack their own phones, the government pushed tech companies to strengthen security."
"Charlie Sheen, who exactly six months ago was gunning to be blowhard billionaire Donald Trump’s running mate, has jumped aboard the #AnyoneButTrump train."
GOP becomes Junior High School Party.
"The awkward adaptation of author EL James’ erotic novel nabbed five prizes at Saturday’s Golden Raspberry Awards, including tying with superhero flop 'Fantastic Four' as the year’s worst film. 'Fifty Shades' also ‘won' for worst screenplay, worst actor for Jamie Dornan, worst actress for Dakota Johnson and worst screen combo."
"Americans have one remaining bigotry.…We don’t want to be around anyone who disagrees with us.”
–The other Clinton
…but Jeb got eight percent of the votes in South Carolina yesterday. So maybe he was rewarded for dropping out, who knows. Meanwhile Slick Hilly bernt the Bern.