A big night for Fiorina; a tough transition for The Donald

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After watching three hours of mind-numbing debate last night, my two big takeaways would be:

1.) Carly Fiorina was almost flawless. Her simple response to Trump’s “face” insult was spot on, and I’m sure it struck home with a lot of people, men and women alike. She showed the capacity to absorb lots of information, synthesize and own it and then present it back to listeners in succinct, cogent language. Put another way, she’s willing to do her homework, which is more than can be said for some of her colleagues on that stage last night.

This was Fiorini’s first showing among the 11 at the “adults’ table.” I’d say her performance pushed her into the top five or six. If she can build an organization and raise the money — both of which ought to be strengths, given her corporate background — she might be able to become more than that. I’ve always said that non-politicians underestimate how hard it is to play the game at the national level; she may prove to be the exception.

2.) Donald Trump is in an awkward place, and it shows.  He’s just not comfortable. Over the last week or two, you could see it begin to dawn on him that he actually has a chance to win the GOP nomination for president of the United States. It is within his grasp, or so he now thinks. And once that thought hits home with a candidate, it changes everything. (The same thing happened to Howard Dean in 2004, and the realization ruined him.)

Until now, Trump has had nothing to lose. He could be free-wheeling and aggressive, and the crowds loved him for it. Now, in his own mind at least, he does have something to lose. He has the White House to lose. As a result, you can see him trying to become more cautious, more professional. He’s actually trying to sound nice, and is toning down the irresponsible rhetoric a notch or three. You could also hear that realization seep into his speech in Dallas, when he basically begged the crowd for its permission to start taking big campaign money to fund the ads that a true campaign will require. (They said no).

The problem is that as Trump tries to make that transition, against character, he inevitably becomes more like other politicians.  He begins to hedge, to talk about nuance. The brash authenticity disappears. How do you keep that maverick, off-the-cuff approach that made you a phenomenon while also protecting a big lead in the polls that can disappear as quickly as it arrived?

He’s searching for that sweet spot, and in truth it may not exist.

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notagain
notagain

It would be a gift if Obama would move to Georgia and become our first mixed race Governor.

lvg
lvg

@notagain He is not totally corrupt- Georgia voters like our governors corrupt.

straker
straker

KUTGF - "telling police that they need to respect the community they work with"


Which police are you talking about?


All police departments in America?


Some of them?


Maybe your little mind needs to be more precise.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@straker Nope.  We have seen too many videos of different police departments failing to respect the community.  I believe they all need to consider whether they offer the same respect to the community that they ask from the community.


Perhaps your little mind needs to pay more attention.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@straker Ask Tamir Rice who was shot with in milliseconds by police when all he had was a toy gun at the playground.   Ask John Crawford who was shot with in milliseconds because he had an air rifle that he was looking at in K-Mart.  Oops, my bad you can't because they are dead.

KUTGF
KUTGF

Well I see that Bristol Palin has spoken her little mind on Obama and the muslim kid who made a clock:


This is the kind of stuff Obama needs to STAY out of. This encourages more racial strife that is already going on with the “Black Lives Matter” crowd and encourages victimhood.

The police made a mistake, clearly.

But why put more people against them? Why egg it on? Childish games like this from our president have divided our country… even more today than when he was elected.


Cause you know its clearly something that needs to connect this kid, a victim of islamophobia, to BLM to false claims about cop killing, to creating an atmosphere..... It would never be about perhaps telling the police that they need to respect the community they work with. 


http://wonkette.com/594037/bristol-palin-can-make-babies-wheres-her-white-house-invitation#krIbJdZVhgv7FsFO.99

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@KUTGF What she managed to roll out the bed and make a statement?  She must be knocked up, AGAIN!

fedup52
fedup52

What lies? PP supports abortion and the selling of baby parts after the harvest them. Is that a lie? 

+++++

I was thinking of selling con grown up parts.  I could not give away the defective parts.  LOL

KUTGF
KUTGF

@fedup52 Can anyone recommend a good guide to wines to enjoy with the harvesting?  The science that has been performed by Carson and many others with fetal tissue has saved many lives and I am all for celebrating it.  I am also for more birth control options and other actions to reduce the need for any abortion. 


I know little lying td will tell me about my moral deficiency.  But then after seeing him in practice and all his lies and other scummy posts and claims, I frankly would think that being in a "heaven" with him would in fact be its own hell. 


Remember he boiled for your sins, if you don't sin, he boiled for nothing.  ;)

GaBlue
GaBlue

LYIN' BIDGE SHEETZ!

gotalife
gotalife

Watch the President speak and the look on their faces when he accepted that peace prize. He war mongered with bluster on Iran to shock them. It is a classic.

gotalife
gotalife

pp videos are edited  bs People have a few drinks and joke around after work. Fake scandals is all they have to run on.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@gotalife  Kinda like they are running around soaked in gasoline, daring anyone to light them up.

gotalife
gotalife

Dealing with the regional power of Iran and open up the embassy is another idea and that time has come.


North Korea wants attention so that is a diplomatic opening using the President's respect doctrine.

td1234
td1234

Thank you Pentagon and WH for recognizing and rewarding  these brave Americans for taking out a Islamic terrorist. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234

But did he say the MAGIC WURDS?

Cuz everyone knows if you don't say "MUZZIE TERRA" it doesn't count, amirite?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 If you were really sincere about thanking them td you would write a letter instead of posting it on Jay's blog.  Stop pump faking.  

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

 and only done for the purpose of buying Obama off to support their nuke agenda. 

Odd that this piece from the BBC didn't put that spin on it.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34277960

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would, its ex-secretary has said.

Geir Lundestad told the AP news agency that the committee hoped the award would strengthen Mr Obama. 

It's obvious that Tucker Carlson's Internet Home For Fascists Who Can't Read Good is playing fast and loose with things other people did not say.

TBS
TBS

achieved 

TBS
TBS

But they archived their goal

Get the duped brigade to read then go talk about it and post it on other blogs

Bwhhahaaha

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TBS 

And then go to Dweeby's Rock and Roll Bar and Shrills to brag about how he schooled the libs.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Kamchak @td1234

Tucker Carlson's Internet Home For Fascists Who Can't Read Good is playing fast and loose with things other people did not say

Water is also still wet.

LeninTime
LeninTime

By the way, Visual, and PaulNH if you're around, speaking of Aussieland, did you see they just had another little overnight palace coup this week? Abbott is out and Malcolm Turnbull is in as PM. 

Imagine waking up and learning that power brokers inside a major party had booted your country's leader and replaced him? 

This is the third such coup that Australia has seen in 5 years. They've had 5 prime ministers now in as many years.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@LeninTime

I didn't know that. but I guess in the great scheme of things, Australia's kind of an inconsequential place, not really much on my radar.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Visual_Cortex @LeninTime 

I didn't know that. but I guess in the great scheme of things, Australia's kind of an inconsequential place, not really much on my radar.

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Actually not at all. As the world's no. 12 economy and the only country in the world that is a continent, it plays a critical strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region. 

But amid intensifying geopolitical struggles between the West (esp. Washington) and China, Australia has increasingly found itself subject to a fierce struggle over its economic ties with China, it's largest trading partner, and its traditional geopolitical alliance with Washington. Hence much of the tension behind the scenes leading to the coups.

gotalife
gotalife

Decriminalize weed and drug addiction is a great idea and that time has come..

straker
straker

td - "the Nobel prize committee"


How many people are on that committee?


If one says it was a mistake, do all the rest agree?


Did this even cross your little mind?

TBS
TBS

Does it matter either way?

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@TBS  Nope, but after last night the available grasping straws are becoming more sparse.

TBS
TBS

LHU

You noticed that as well, huh?

Great call

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

It's what blowhard cowards do. ..

gotalife
gotalife

The gop will stay the course on playing politics and do nothing.


There is only one party that are competent enough to govern. 

TBS
TBS

Cool

Take it back

He still going to be POTUS until Jan 2017

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@OldEngineer @td1234 - since he won't be running for office again, at least not as president, you are really putting yourself out, now aren't you?

Do you have voter remorse on Obama?

td1234
td1234

@LordHelpUs What lies? PP supports abortion and the selling of baby parts after the harvest them. Is that a lie? 


Abortion is evil and the American taxpayer should not send funds to PP. Let them survive on their own. Is that a lie? 


PP was established by Sanger for the sole purpose to control the undesirable populations in our society. Is that lie? 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@td1234 Forcing women to have rapist babies is evil.  When you can have a baby stuck in your body for 9 months, then you can talk, until then STFU already.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@JohnnyReb do i have voter remorse on Obama? no. do i wish some things would have been done differently or not at all. yes. remorse, though, nope. he's what i expected . . . and heads and tails above anything the GOP was running either cycle. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@ByteMe @td1234

Forcing women to have rapist babies is evil.  When you can have a baby stuck in your body for 9 months, then you can talk, until then STFU already.

And that's putting it more kindly than I would.

td1234
td1234

@ByteMe How often does that happen? 1% less than 1% of all abortions and this is your justification for killing millions of babies? 


These babies blood is on your hands and all the people like you. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@consumedconsumer @JohnnyReb - even the old man McCain on a bad day would have been better.  Romney, much much better.

Obama has done so well, he will keep the next president quite busy undoing all his disasters.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @ByteMe These babies tissue are all in your body and all people like you if you have ever received a vaccine, how does that feel?

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Desperately trying to change the subject from your lies about PP?

idigalot
idigalot

Yes indeed.. Let's compare where the USA is now in September 2015 and where it was in say September 2008. Which would you prefer?

idigalot
idigalot

How about we let women decide the abortion issue, and have the men just step back and watch how that works out.