‘What happened to our party? What happened to the conservative movement?’

As a concise distillation of the mindset of the GOP electorate, it’s hard to top this statement from a Trump supporter participating in an Indiana focus group last week (h/t Political Insider):

“America doesn’t want a politician. We’re sick of career politicians. We did what we were supposed to do. We wrote the letters, we made the phone calls, and they did not listen, and we’re out to clean house.”

While watching the GOP debate tonight, keep those words in mind. Every Republican presidential contender on the stage will be playing to that frustration and betrayal. That is the North Star by which they will align themselves, and if you’ll forgive the awkward metaphor, that is the Mecca toward which they will genuflect. They are caught in a trap of their own making.

Once you’ve convinced your followers that Barack Obama is an alien presence in the White House, someone who poses a dire threat to everything they hold dear, including family, Christianity, capitalism, firearms, democracy and American exceptionalism, they’re going to know what you intend to do about it. They have been told and came to believe that their country can be saved only if they gave the money, purged the RINOs, sent the letters, joined the email lists and voted to elect a Republican Congress. So they did all that and more.

The result? A GOP Congress that at this very minute is cutting a budget deal with Obama, that is voting to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, that won’t defund Planned Parenthood and has proved itself utterly hapless in confronting Hillary Clinton. As the Trump supporter explains, the base has carried out their end of the bargain, but the political establishment acts as if this were politics as usual. They want someone who will promise action commensurate with the threat they’ve been sold.

As the pollsters who conducted the focus group concluded:

“The media keeps waiting for this to fade, but listening to these voters suggests that it may not fade. For those who keep waiting for the “establishment” candidates such as Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Chris Christie to emerge, it may not happen. Listening to the voices in Indianapolis, for those who say “it cannot happen here,” it could happen in 2016.”

Over the last few days, we’ve also seen frustration of a different sort finally begin to surface. “What has happened to our party?” Kasich wailed plaintively in Ohio, astonished by the “crazy” positions taken by his party’s frontrunners. “What has happened to the conservative movement?”

“If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, then I don’t want to have any part of it,” Bush told a crowd in South Carolina. “… That is not my motivation. I got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around and be miserable, listening to people demonize me and feeling compelled to demonize me. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham is equally bent out of shape. “On our side, you’ve got the No. 2 guy (Ben Carson, who) tried to kill someone at 14, and the No. 1 (Trump) is high energy and crazy as hell,” he complained. “How am I losing to these people?”

Graham is not only losing to “these people,” he’s polling so poorly that he doesn’t even qualify to be on the main stage. Kasich and Bush will be there, but even with their recent remarks, I’d be shocked if they did anything but play to, encourage and amplify the anger that their party has done so much to foment. None of them, for example, will admit to supporting the budget deal with Obama, even though it greatly benefits the country and was cut in large part to save the eventual GOP nominee from the political damage that a government shutdown would cause.

The smarter ones among them sense what lays at the end of this long, dark path, but they don’t know how to change course.

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JKLtwo
JKLtwo

When the Demwits get around to their next "debate" please grill them about fantasy football like the Republicans got last night.  Please, please, please, please...

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@JKLtwo I haven't looked, but I suspect these outfits are based offshore so the feds have no jurisdiction over their gambling operations.  

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@fiftythreepercenter @JKLtwo

They have no jurisdiction because there was a carve-out for fantasy sports in legislation from about ten years ago. And it made some sense at the time--then, "online fantasy sports" meant maybe ten guys putting in $250 apiece over the course of a season, messaging each other their trades and whatnot. Not something the Feds really needed to regulate.

The Feds have looked the other way over these daily sites, they could put the hammer down any time they wished if they really wanted to.

Headin' upstairs.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Lots of panoramic views down heah in your Golden Isles

Let's take look at the big picture.

A whole party of con-men & shysters is being exposed.

And there's nowhere for them to run & hide.

And their victims - the poor hard-working low education low information bubbas have fallen for the nigerian prince email scam - for the last time - and they're mad about it. Bubba & Brittany don't know exactly what they're mad about yet, but they know it doesn't trickle down and jayyyysus-ah aint the answer to all their problems.

they're figurin it out, and i wouldn't want to be those scammers when they do.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

fair. Oh, the Democrats are next on the list. I'm just sayin bubba's mad at at the trickle down scam, he just doesn't know it yet. Dems are guily too. Like I said, they're next.

TetoLeo
TetoLeo

Moderators in a debate should be like officials, umpires or referees in a sporting event, in that at the end of the night if they did a good job, they are not talked about or even remembered.  Only the competitors should be remembered.  However sad to say for the republicans and for voters that was not the case.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

amen bro leo - I did NOT buy my ticket to see the likes of Kramer, etc be an idiot

I paid to see Jeb!, Rubio, & Trump be idiots

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

Did somebody say Kucinich

The description of the attack was changed to "demonstration" in talking points crafted by the CIA after State Department input. "(O)n the eve of an election, that brought in a whole new narrative about foreign policy, about dealing with terrorism and about the consequences that led to four deaths of people who served the United States," Kuchinich said.


"Secretary Clinton has to be accountable here," he said. "And she has more questions to answer."

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@Eye wonder You might want to wait until this one finishes.  It would also help if this "transparent" administration wasn't so busy hiding everything they can...

Demwit response so far:  Hillary lied again.  Yawn.  Tell us something we don't know...

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

Benghazi!!!!!!

Let's have another committee!!!!!!!'

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

get 'future Speaker' Martha Roby on it!

Why are you all laughing? It's not funny.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"Yes, reporting what she was told to report by intelligence resources, we've been through this."


Is there some part of her telling her own family and other national figures a completely different story your tiny little brain is just not capable of understanding?   My God, dude, give up the stupid routine already.  You're not fooling ANYBODY with it any more.  Just stop!!!

td1234
td1234

@fiftythreepercenter Hillary lied after 4 people died to protect her job. 


She knew it was a lie and sent Susan Rice out to tell the lie to the American people that Sunday on all 5 networks. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234 Seems to be a lot of moving of goalposts with silly bumper sticker memes.....  why I believe you and the others in the clown car used to claim Hillary lied and people died....  now its "lied after they died"  and that is still a lot of buffoonery and 'stuff". 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

 And Hillary said that we had a spontaneous demonstration in Bengahzi that was cause by a YouTube video when 4 Americans died. 

Dana Perino , Bret Bair and Greta Van Susteren all say, "What?"

Fox's Dana Perino: "An American Citizen Died ... It Is Happening Across The Middle East Because Of A Video That Was Produced In The United States." On the September 11, 2012 edition of Fox News' Hannity, Fox host Dana Perino explained that there were many protests occurring throughout the Middle East and North Africa over the anti-Islam video, and blamed a protest over the video for the death of Americans in Benghazi

Fox's Bret Baier: "There Was ... Protest Over The Video At The U.S. Consulate In Benghazi." On the September 11, 2012 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier, Baier reported that there was a "protest over the video" in Benghazi

Greta Van Susteren: "Both Attacks Were Triggered By A Movie Produced In The United States That Protesters Say Is Anti-Muslim." On the September 11, 2012 edition of Fox News' On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Van Susteren twice repeated an Associated Press story that cited an anti-Islam video as a trigger for the Benghazi attack

TUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUBERS !

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@Kamchak @td1234 You're blaming them for reporting the incident as it was relayed to them from the administration?????


Swinging for the fences.....   And missing....

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak Yes, news reporters report what the politicians say so what is your point? 


They were lied to and repeated the lies. Who started the lie? Hillary or Obama? 

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@Kamchak @td1234 I know, it's terrible when they actually use the BS being put out by the White House in a news cast...

straker
straker

Kamchak - "Oregon restaurant made him prepay for breakfast"


Does this mean the world ends tomorrow?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@InTheMiddle2 

 The 44-year-old Eason, a Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy and real estate agent, said he went Dec. 16, 2014, to the Vancouver restaurant and ordered breakfast — and the waitress told him he must pay for his food before she would serve him.

McDonald's has waitresses?

Since when?

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@td1234 @Kamchak It's proof to kammie all white people are racist.  Oh, I mean the R ones, not the D ones.  


I wonder why they would choose this black man to prepay after other patrons walked out on their bill?  Can anybody think of a possible reason?  

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Kamchak Every time I go to McDonalds I need to pay in advance, must be a conspiracy.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@Kamchak My friend got $500 in a lawsuit against Denny's for that.  It never happened, but he said it did so they paid him...

KUTGF
KUTGF

more fact checking:

  • Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said it was “total propaganda” to say he was involved with a controversial nutritional supplement company, but he appeared in promotional videos for the company, touting its products.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that Social Security would be insolvent in seven to eight years. But even after the trust funds are exhausted — estimated to be in 14 to 19 years — the program can still pay out 73 percent of benefits for several decades.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz said women’s wages have declined under Obama, when in fact the latest figures show their wages have increased.
  • td1234
    td1234

    @KUTGF And Hillary said that we had a spontaneous demonstration in Bengahzi that was cause by a YouTube video when 4 Americans died. 


    Obama said I would be getting back $2500 with Obamacare. 


    td1234
    td1234

    @Numbers_R_Us When you become intelligent enough to actually know what a lie is then come back and talk. 

    Visual_Cortex
    Visual_Cortex

    @td1234 @KUTGF


    And Hillary said that we had a spontaneous demonstration in Bengahzi that was cause by a YouTube video when 4 Americans died. 

    Yes, reporting what she was told to report by intelligence resources, we've been through this.


    Obama said I would be getting back $2500 with Obamacare. 

    No, he didn't.

    td1234
    td1234

    Maybe the next Democrat debates needs to be moderated by Rush, Hannity and Levin. 

    td1234
    td1234

    @KUTGF @td1234 Republicans did not get to pick the moderators. The channel did. 

    KUTGF
    KUTGF

    @td1234 LOL... rightttttt  LOL....  And by the way, who also picked the station to broadcast this debate?

    KUTGF
    KUTGF

    @td1234 Sweetie, you don't like who the GOP picked as moderators? 

    KUTGF
    KUTGF

    Fact Checking:


    Former CEO Carly Fiorina claimed that 92 percent of the job losses in President Obama’s first term belonged to women, but women — and men — gained jobs by the end of Obama’s first term.

  • Businessman Donald Trump disputed the idea that he had criticized Sen. Marco Rubio and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for supporting H-1B visas. In fact, Trump’s immigration plan, posted on his website, is critical of both of them.
  • Trump also claimed his campaign was 100 percent self-funded, but more than half of the money his campaign has raised came from supporters’ contributions.
  • FIGMO2
    FIGMO2

    And your liberal contributors DID WANT an insider with corporate ties?

    Not a Bernie supporter, but he doesn't count because the Washington dems and the MSM don't want him to count.

    The frustration seen in Jeb Bush is because he felt entitled. Hillary does too.

    Jeb's out, Hillary's in. What does that say about your side, jay?


    Paul42
    Paul42

    When are our cons going to take up Kasich's point that the announced tax and budget plans are fantasies that will add trillions to the deficits?

    KUTGF
    KUTGF

    @Paul42 Have you checked the temperature outside....not nearly cold enough for that to happen. 

    InTheMiddle2
    InTheMiddle2

    @Paul42 Tax plans are never passed, just adjustments to tax rates. Lobbyists and lawyers own the tax plans.

    td1234
    td1234

    @Paul42 When are our progs going to admit that DC cannot keep spending like a drunken sailor on shore leave for the first time in a year? 

    Visual_Cortex
    Visual_Cortex

    @Paul42

    When are our cons going to take up Kasich's point that the announced tax and budget plans are fantasies that will add trillions to the deficits?

    See Bill Orvis White's take below, please.

    fiftythreepercenter
    fiftythreepercenter

    @Paul42 As soon as Kasich's comments rise to the level of anybody caring about them.  


    Otherwise known as "not any time soon..."

    td1234
    td1234

    @Numbers_R_Us The individual being able to keep more money and spending it in the best of their family is 1000 times better then sending it to DC, and after they get their cut, decide how to spend the money.