A few more ‘gaffes’ like this, and Trump will be the nominee

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For months now, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has been forthright about Donald Trump and his impact on the Republican Party, this week urging conservative voters to “tell Donald Trump to go to hell”.

“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party, and he doesn’t represent the values that our men and women in uniform are fighting for,” Graham told CNN, arguing that Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is empowering ISIS, making it easier for them to draw recruits and putting our own troops at much greater risk.

I agree with much of what Graham says, and I’m glad he’s out there saying it. But here’s the thing:

In a new poll of likely Republican voters taken by Fox News, the “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot” leads with 35 percent of the vote, 20 percentage points higher than anybody else in the race. And those aren’t national numbers; they’re from South Carolina, Graham’s own state. A total of 48 percent of South Carolina Republicans list Trump as their first or second choice as nominee, and 42 percent embrace Trump as the Republican most likely to defeat the Democrats in November.

Graham, on the other hand, gets a whopping 2 percent of the vote from his fellow Palmetto State Republicans. So if it’s a question of who has the better understanding of the GOP electorate, I think we have our answer.

A new national Bloomberg poll, taken in the wake of Trump’s proposal, confirms that unhappy conclusion.

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In short, the statement that many establishment Republicans believed would finally disqualify Trump as a serious candidate has instead been embraced by two-thirds of the party base. Digging deeper into the Bloomberg data, a majority of 51 percent of Republicans said they “strongly favor” the proposal banning all Muslim immigration, if only “temporarily.”¹

In fact, 37 percent of GOP voters say that after hearing the proposal, they are now more likely to vote for Trump; just 16 percent say it makes them less likely. And that show of support creates an interesting dynamic in next Tuesday’s GOP debate in Las Vegas.

So far, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and John Kasich have joined Graham in strongly condemning Trump’s proposal, and again, that’s to be applauded. The problem is that among the five of them, they account for a combined 10 percent of the GOP electorate. They have neither the standing nor the heft to make their criticism stick. Nobody is going to listen to them, and the more strongly they condemn Trump, the more popular they are likely to make him.

Marco Rubio and Ben Carson, each with 13.6 percent of the national vote, are the only GOP candidates with any real traction to have challenged Trump’s proposal, although they’ve done so in less strident terms. It will be interesting to see how courageous they are next week in confronting Trump and in trying to appeal to what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”

At the moment, those angels aren’t much in evidence.

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¹You know, “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” as Trump puts it, which sounds pretty permanent to me.

 

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hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

How many people who claim support of the Donald's proposal have actually spent even 5 minutes in quiet contemplation of the logical extension of this?

How will international commerce be conducted? Exactly what will we, as Americans lose once this is in place?

What is it that has to be "figured out"? Who will decide that "it" has been "figured out"?

What level of intelligence will the country have in Muslim countries when they order our diplomats and foreign officers out?

There are dozens of unintended consequences. Do you care? Or do you just want to "shake things up"?

YouLibs
YouLibs

skydog


Trombone Shorty is playing the Georgia Theater tomorrow night. I wish I'd thought to tell you sooner.

TBS
TBS

That dude and his band can do it

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

we are led by horrible, horrible people -sheetz.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

Dagnabbit! I still can't get videos,there goes FNM. I'm going to use another browser and see what happens. Whew!

skydog12
skydog12

@SFM_Scootter

Scoot, My son convinced me to get a Mac a few years ago. That`s the best thing I ever did.

With all the porn I watch, I was having PC`s crash terminally about once a year.

My Mac has never had a virus or any problems in the last 3 years.

td1234
td1234

Well isn't this just the real way progressives think. This one just said it out loud. 


"Loring Wirbel, board member of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Colorado chapter and co-chair of the ACLU’s Colorado Springs chapter, called for supporters of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be shot before they vote for the billionaire businessman.

Comparing Trump to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, Wirbel wrote in his Facebook page:

The thing is, we have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for Trump and say, “This is Goebbels. This is the final solution. If you are voting for him I will have to shoot you before election day.” They’re not going to listen to reason, so when justice is gone, there’s always force, as Laurie would say.



Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/12/10/colorado-aclu-board-member-shoot-trump-voters-before-election-day/#ixzz3u1YfBpbK

Peachs
Peachs

@td1234 just kick em out of the country, more for the rest of us...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234 @Visual_Cortex 

And I'm sooo sure, btw that you have never ever felt that way about those mooching, worthless, hard-wired (surely!) to violence supporters of the Bamster, and BLM, and what not, right td1234?

No, you've always been the righteous forgiving Christian when you get angry about... stuff. I'm sure!

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex If that kind of statement was made in public about Obama or Clinton then the person would be arrested by the SS before the sun went down. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234 @Visual_Cortex 
And you know that this person isn't a person of interest even as we speak with the folks who are tasked with keepin' the assassinations down to a tolerable level here, because...?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234 
Fun fact--I publicly called for Democrats who support this stupid Muslims RAUS! business to be shot as well!

Ok, I wanted to shoot them with Moonbat Betty's specially configured Super Soaker. But I did use that verb. "Shoot."

well, shoot! Better lock me up then...

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234 
called for supporters of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be shot

Ok, let he who has never called for that cast the first stone.

breckenridge
breckenridge

The majority of republicans, but not Americans, are in favor of Trump's proposal to keep Muslims from coming to America.


Well at least they are consistent.  They've never thought the 1st Amendment is important.

Peachs
Peachs

@breckenridge and what is a majority of Republicans number wise, that we get so upset about, this is the headline that makes it seem so much more important, like the score of a bush league baseball team that really means nothing. 

td1234
td1234

@breckenridge Temporarily is the term you conveniently forget to mention. The halt would happen until the GOVERNMENT could get their act together and stop allowing terrorist into the country. 

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex Can you please show us where in the Constitution it says anything about non citizens (not even in the country) getting the privilege of its protections?  

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@breckenridge

25% of Democrats are not against Trump's proposal, breck. As far as the 1st amendment - perhaps you should see td's post above and Peacher's reply. lol

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

On another front....


"On Wednesday, Cigna CEO David Cordani said the giant insurer won’t commit to offering policies on the ObamaCare exchanges beyond next year. This, just two weeks after a similar announcement from the country’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth.

The problem: Exchange policies (written by Democratic politicians and bureaucrats) turn out to be a good deal only if you’re sick. Healthy folks have been opting out — so not enough are paying premiums to make selling the policies profitable."

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@RaindroidWillBoy @Visual_Cortex 
I've funded my own family's health insurance entirely on my own dime in the past. I know bloody well what I'm defending, and I also know bloody well that part of the insurance companies' collective strategy is to cry early and often in hopes of negotiating a sweeter deal for themselves.

They've been pulling this nonsense for as long as they've been regulated, and they've been regulated for many, many, years at the state level. So when they cry and moan today, forgive me if I choose to do something more productive with my time than to listen to them. (Sampling my own flatulence noises and setting that audio to popular classical music comes to mind as one such preferred endeavor.)

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@Visual_Cortex @RaindroidWillBoy


Anecdotal stories such as yours do no equal data.  Keep in mind they are under no obligation to participate. Also know that less than 10 million are utilizing exchanges which is not a material share of market. The adverse selection was predicted by all in my profession.  Also predictably, this bill was not thought thru to address such critical items.


Finally, 86% of those enrolled in exchanges get subsidies and a significant number will no longer qualify for same adding to those buying coverage when they get sick or shortly thereafter.  

skydog12
skydog12

I went and saw David Letterman's favorite stand up comedian last night. I have seen Red Foxx, Chris Rock, Ceech and Chong, and many others, but none were as funny as Norm McDonald. After the show he hung around and shook everybody's hand (300) and was still on fire funny. Not one political joke, too easy for this man.


He is at The Inprov in Bulkhead tonite and tomorrow.


We stopped in the Whole Foods prior to the show and standing in line behind us was Thomas DeMitrof, the Falcons General manager. That was funny too. My son was asking him some correct questions about the Falcons. He had no answers.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFjEvl43zYY


Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

For a second there I thought is signed into Facebook by mistake.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@SFM_Scootter @Visual_Cortex @skydog12 @Philo_Farnsworth 
A dot goin' round sounds like Windows is telling you that everything's running slow, hang on, it'll be a minute... hang on... no, hang on ...

Have a tablet that does that a lot as well. Basically stopped using it because I got tired of waiting. (And I'd link to a Kinks song with the same title, but I didn't want to make you miserable.)

Oh, and I've noticed that this latest blog platform gets really memory intensive after you've been participating for awhile and the posts add up. You kinda have to exit and re-load the page sometimes. But you've probably tried that already, right?