How many more ‘big nights’ does Donald Trump need?

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The #NeverTrump movement is approaching its moment of reckoning. The star of their nightmares, their own personal Freddy Krueger, is up 20 comfortable points in Pennsylvania, 21 points in Maryland and 27 in Connecticut, according to the RealClearPolitics average. Voting patterns in the two smaller states voting today, Delaware and Rhode Island, suggest that they’ll probably fall into line with their larger neighbors.

And if Trump does pull off that sweep, his opponents will awaken tomorrow morning with just 10 states remaining on the primary/caucus calendar in which to turn things around.

For some, hope still abides, if only because the alternative is too harsh to swallow quite yet.

“When you have the kind of front-runner who two-thirds of Republican voters don’t agree with, you have to go to an open convention,” David Beightol, who worked in the George H.W. Bush administration, insisted to the Wall Street Journal at a John Kasich town hall in Maryland.  “It’s the only option for us now.”

But Beightol and others are operating on an outdated premise. Trump’s support may once have been limited to a fifth, then a quarter, then a third of the party, but that last supposed ceiling is so two months and several primary victories ago. He’s wearing them down and winning them over. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll out this morning puts support for Trump at 50 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters. Fifty-eight percent told pollsters that if Trump has the most votes or delegates coming into the convention, he should get the nomination even if he falls short of the magic delegate majority of 1,237.

Just 29 percent think Trump should be denied the nomination under those circumstances.

Then there’s the reality that the only flesh-and-blood alternatives whom the #NeverTrump camp can offer to voters are Kasich and Ted Cruz. They’re the last two standing of what was supposed to have been the deepest GOP field in more than 30 years, yet neither of them seems the slightest bit capable of competing against Trump for public support. He campaigns in Technicolor, they operate in black and white.

True, Cruz has McGyvered himself a decent chance at the nomination should the convention deadlock, but that will do him no good unless he first stops Trump in a primary or two. I’m just not sure where that happens, and I’m not sure whether Cruz has the political skills needed to pull it off. We have seen many remarkable things in this political season, and will no doubt see more to come, but I never imagined Cruz trying to sell himself as the candidate of party and national unity, as the healer of Republican wounds.

Cruz is the one who inflicted many of those wounds, and people do remember.

 

 

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gadem
gadem

He looked like a racoon last night

foo2u
foo2u

It looks like a civil conversation broke out in here last night... That's unusual.

Did TD ever present his "proof" that the Big Bang was only 2000 years ago? Or "proof" that I've ever changed my blog handle?

rimsky
rimsky

@foo2u Have you ever seen change his views?  You will see the sun rise in the west before he changes his dogma.

Peachs
Peachs

Sometimes I think they protest to much, that they really like Hitler, as their leader, but that doesn't play well in print.  


I really think the press, falls far short, of figuring this new generation out, because it takes a new formula ,and most old people ,are hook ,into the printed press, or cable news, for that matter.  Instead of celebrating the new wave, they make their bucks scaring hell out of the old folks. You have Trump who scares and Sanders who gives hope, washed away by a political machine. 



lvg
lvg

Trump is going to stomp on Hillary and  start airing her dirty laundry.

Peachs
Peachs

@lvg seems she has had a time to watch his moves and would predict them.  I don't find her as astute as the national press does, but that is her spin, not the real press anyway.

td1234
td1234

Donald Trump employs more women than men at the upper echelons of his real estate empire, and in many cases pays them more, according to the Republican presidential candidate’s attorney.

Appearing on “CNN’s New Day” with Chris Cuomo, Michael Cohen, Trump’s general counsel and an executive vice president at Trump Organization, said that while the billionaire’s companies employ 57 percent men and 43 percent women, “there are more female executives at the Trump Organization than there are male.”

“And women who are similarly situated in positions similar to that of their male counterparts, are actually paid more,” Cohen said.



Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/08/17/attorney-trump-companies-employ-more-female-execs-than-male-video/#ixzz46zmsPetK

honested
honested

@td1234 

I guess when chump releases the last ten years of his tax returns, we will all have an opportunity to confirm this.


Of course, since the second portion is from daily caller, I won't be holding my breath.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@PaulinNH @Doom Classical liberal @td1234


I would not be at all surprised if he really did have that many women in important positions. 


One thing I've noticed that I find peculiar about this whole season regarding Trump. I've not seen any of his former employees who knew him come out and bash him. You would think if he were such a bad guy you would see former employees bashing him. But I've seen none of that yet. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@td1234  Are 3 of the "female executives' named Ivanka, Tiffany and Melania?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I'm out, folks.  Just idle speculation going on now.  Sleep well! :-)

td1234
td1234

Trump has more women in high ranking positions than most of corporate America and this is in the Construction industry.  

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@td1234


I have to admit. In the very little bit of the apprentice that I saw I was surprised about the number of women he had vying for C level positions relative to other companies. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@td1234  Not trying to be snarky, but how do you know this?

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@PaulinNH @td1234


Because Trump said so on the apprentice. LOL! Just kidding. I wondered that myself. I suppose maybe that was a talking point of Trumps though I don't see how it can possibly be verified. In Trump's defense though I'll repeat that I did notice a lot of women contestants in his show for C level positions. 

honested
honested

@PaulinNH @td1234 

Guesses come to mind, like bright-butt, newsmax, FauxNewz, sludge report, for starters.

honested
honested

@td1234 @PaulinNH 

There have been articles written about cavemen riding dinosaurs and the loch ness monster, but that doesn't demonstrate any factual evidence.

gotalife
gotalife

Next Saturday night is the last correspondence dinner for the President.


I bet it will be hilarious.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Mary Elizabeth Sings

Do we really want Donald Trump's finger on the nuclear button?

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We already know that Hillary Clinton wanted a no-fly zone in Syria, perhaps the single most dangerous and bloody measure possible with explosive and potentially incalculable consequences geopolitically. 

Sorry, but however much of a loose cannon Donald Trump may seem to be in his rhetoric, with Hillary Clinton we have actual past performance in positions of power that indicate the dangerous foreign policy delusions of which she's capable.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@Donnie_Pinko


Don't forget that she was the architect of regime change in Libya as well. And of course we helped promote regime change in Egypt as well- temporarily handing that country over to the Islamic Brotherhood until the army stepped in. In terms of running around toppling govts she's up there with any war hawk. 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@gotalife @Donnie_Pinko 

A no fly zone in Syria would be potentially more destabilizing and dangerous than Bush's Iraq invasion. And it would be at least as bloody.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@Donnie,

HC, has her flaws but Trump is unpredictable and doesn't know much about foreign policy . .which is dangerous

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

"that Hillary may be more conservative than Donald Trump?"


A very high chance that she would govern more conservatively than Trump- at least on economic and trade issues which is what interests me. Either way the progs win.  

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@honested @Doom Classical liberal


The good news for you guys is that in the unlikely event that Trump wins I honestly think he would govern in a very socially liberal fashion- pro gay rights, etc. And I don't care much about that. And in terms of trade I think he would govern from the leftist view of stopping outsourcing and raising tariffs in order to protect American jobs. Its a populist stance but at the same time more in line with progressive views than con views.  

honested
honested

@Doom Classical liberal @honested 

Apparently, all it takes these days to be a 'true con' (a laughable idea) is a tax evasion scheme, a tattered bible, several guns and a warped interpretation of the Constitution.

At least, that's what's on public display.

honested
honested

@Doom Classical liberal @honested 

Not at all.

I just tire of pretending the ideology of professional frauds is worthy of anything but derision.

Having spent decades having to explain to morons why progressive/socialist ideology is superior and more often than not making converts, I feel validated.

Yet I provide you the opportunity, what is a 'true con'?

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@honested @Doom Classical liberal


Dude, all I ever see from you is hyperbole and empty rhetoric. 


There are progressives that can make good, logical arguments for their cause and who have some salient points to make. But you're not one of em. Not even close. 

honested
honested

@Doom Classical liberal @honested 

What is a true con?

My grandparents were old school cons.

They lived frugally, were ardent conservationists, made a great effort to treat people fairly, paid their taxes diligently, were a bit racially prejudiced and spent way too much time in church.


What is the difference in a modern 'true con'.


I just want to see Centralized Single Payer health care, a return to at least a 65% top marginal Federal Income Tax Rate, elimination of the cap on 941 payroll taxes, see the military budget cut in half, promote the Equal Rights Amendment, place a 1.00 per gallon (minimum) tax on motor fuel, firmly enforce separation of church and State, in the first six months of the next administration for starters.

td1234
td1234

@Doom Classical liberal I disagree of the trade stance. I think his trade stance is way more in line with the Great one. RR had no problem with placing tariffs on countries that he thought was not trading fairly.