Anybody but Trump

Trump speaks at the South Point. (R-J photo)

Tonight’s the night. Nevada Republicans caucus to pick their choice for a presidential candidate.

According to the latest CNN poll, Donald Trump is the choice of 45 percent of the state’s likely GOP caucusgoers, trailed by Marco Rubio at 19 percent and Ted Cruz at 17 percent, with Ben Carson and John Kasich in single digits.

Trump’s support appears to be up from the 36 percent in a CNN poll in October — at which time I asked: “What the hell are you thinking?” In an editorial this past week, I pointed out that Donald Trump has never been and is not a Republican. His core political philosophy is: Whatever is good for Donald Trump — everyone else be damned.

In fact, Trump is nothing more than a stalking horse for Hillary Clinton. He jumped into the race shortly after a phone call from Bill Clinton in which he reportedly told Trump, according to the Washington Post, “that he was striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right.”

A WaPo source described Clinton as “upbeat and encouraging during the conversation, which occurred as Trump was speaking out about GOP politics and his prescriptions for the nation.” Trump has given money to the Clintons’ campaigns and their foundation.

Cruz speaks in Summerlin (R-J photo)

The lede photo and story in today’s Las Vegas newspaper was of and about mainly Trump. Of course, the quotes from Trump’s South Point rally were strictly name calling, boastful promises and vague one-liners without substance or specifics — such as saying of ISIS, “We’re going to knock the hell (out) of them.”

On the Nevada section cover of the paper, columnist John L. Smith — under the hed, “Trump putting on huge act as conservative” — ranted about “America’s fascist Fabian,” who entertained the crowd with his “self-aggrandizing and increasingly popular Gorgeous George routine.”

Smith slammed ridiculous Trump with sharp ridicule that ended with a lament:

The list of those Trump has gone out of his way to offend is extensive (I apologize if I’ve left you out), but along his campaign’s Borscht Belt circuit he has denigrated women’s looks, former POW U.S. Sen. John McCain, Mexicans, a disabled New York Times reporter, the Chinese, the French, a billion or so followers of Islam and Pope Francis.

Just telling it like it is, his followers shout. He’s not politically correct! Yeah, Chauvinism! Go, hate speech!

Trump isn’t a candidate. He’s a comb-over Mussolini.

And it seems to be working.

Then he concluded with this pun on Trump’s gimme cap slogan: “For now, our fascist Fabian is making America grate again.”

Over on the editorial page, the editorial, for the third time I think, made a strong endorsement for Rubio, whom Smith had just called “inexperienced.”

The editorial said Rubio “has strong conservative credentials, but he also has the ideas and charisma to bring independents and moderates under the GOP tent on Nov. 8,” even though he was a member of the Gang of Eight and has been more willing to compromise than Texas’ former solicitor general and U.S. Supreme Court clerk Cruz, who is unwavering in conservative principle and won Iowa, though he opposed corn ethanol subsidies. Trump said those subsidizes put people to work.

But, anybody but Trump.

Even the paper’s Bernie Sanders-supporting socialist columnist called out Trump, even though Trump is more like Sanders than an actual Republican. He called Trump “a television entertainer who’s managed to tap into a deep vein of voter frustration over Washington, D.C. gridlock and what Trump claims is a politically correct culture that silences real debate. (Translated, of course, that means the God-given freedom to insult anybody you want, from immigrants to the handicapped to the media to women to politicians and Washington lobbyists.) Seriously, when you have the pope calling out your schtick, you’ve really got to question your life choices.”

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer has said of Trump:

Cruz may be anti-establishment but he’s a principled conservative, while Trump has no coherent political philosophy, no core beliefs, at all. Trump offers barstool eruptions and whatever contradictory “idea” pops into his head at the time, such as “humane” mass deportation, followed by mass amnesty when the immigrants are returned to the United States.

That’s the reason his harebrained ideas — barring all Muslims from entering the country, a 45% tariff on Chinese goods, government-provided universal health care through “a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people” (why didn’t I think of that?) — have received such relatively little scrutiny. No one takes them seriously. His actual platform is all persona — the wonders that will emanate from his own self-proclaimed strength, toughness, brilliance, money, his very yugeness.

The National Review devoted an entire edition to conservatives bashing Trump.

The New Times today has a piece pointing out that Trump is a political zero in New York, noting: “The major banks, for their part, say they are leery of lending to him after having lost millions of dollars on past deals. Lawyers and contractors he has hired in the past say he is slow to pay his bills, and often shortchanges them. Even the few Wall Street executives who say privately that he is a friend are loath to speak publicly about him.”

Lest we forget: Trump has called himself a liberal and said the country is better off when Democrats are in the White House.

He recently advocated a universal single-payer health care system similar to Canada’s and what Sanders proposes.

Trump has proposed huge tariffs that would set off a trade war and kill jobs.

In the Reno newspaper he wrote a piece calling federal ownership of federal land an impediment to economic development, but when asked at a Las Vegas gun show about federal land being relinquished to the states, he said, “I don’t like the idea because I want to keep the lands great, and you don’t know what the state is going to do. … I mean, are they going to sell if they get into a little bit of trouble? And I don’t think it’s something that should be sold.”

On education, after once calling Common Core a disaster, he then said Common Core is here to stay, but now says it has to go.

Trump  calls for deporting everyone residing here illegally but then letting the decent and law-abiding ones back in. We get stuck with the bill coming and going.

“I think eminent domain is fine,” he has said, specifically referring to the Kelo court decision that let communities grab private property from one person to give to a company that might generate more tax revenue. He tried to use eminent domain to grab a woman’s home so he could build limousine parking for one of his casinos.

He supported Obama’s bank bailouts and ruinous and futile stimulus spending.

Since earlier calling for longer waiting periods and tougher background checks before one might purchase a gun, he now claims to be a staunch defender of the Second Amendment.

The Tax Foundation calculates that Trump’s tax proposal would increase the federal government’s deficit by $10 trillion.

Anybody but Trump.

Rubio at the Silverton today. (R-J photo)

 

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21 comments on “Anybody but Trump

  1. John Gordon Edwards says:

    I am reminded of the saying that litigators who resort to bluster have no viable arguments. I think that applies here although Trump isn’t a lawyer to my knowledge. I wonder how much it will cost to build a 1,200-mile fence along the Mexican border — through some of the most desolate terrain in the Americas — and how soon it will have more holes than a mosquito net. Oh, I forgot. Mexico is going to pay for the fence.

  2. Barbara says:

    I agree, and here is an abbreviated version of what I plan to say tonight at the caucus as a volunteer for Senator Cruz:

    At the 13 Senator Cruz was introduced to the Constitution. He learned of rights bestowed by the Creator, and since Ted’s father had escaped torture in Cuba, these God given rights held a special meaning to Ted. He memorized the Constitution verbatim, and he toured the State of Texas giving speeches on it to clubs.

    Ted decided to make defending the Constitution his life’s work. He worked 2 jobs, and with scholarships, grants, and loans, paid his way through Princeton. He went on to Harvard Law School and graduated with the highest honors. After graduation he clerked for Chief Justice Wm. Rehnquist. Later as the top lawyer for Texas he argued 9 cases before the Supreme Court.

    In one case, Medellin v. Texas, he took on President Bush who had issued a Memorandum directing the state to set aside the conviction of 51 Mexican nationals and comply with the ruling of an international court. Ted won this case on the grounds that no President has this authority to direct a state to comply with international law. Jose Medellin, who had brutally raped and murdered to teenage girls, was duly executed in March 2008.

    It takes real fidelity to the rule of law to take on a sitting President from your own party and state. Ted believes strongly in state sovereignty, and he has promised to work to return the land now held by the Feds to the State of Nevada.

    We are only one justice away from losing our individual rights, the right to keep and bear arms, religious liberty, freedom of speech.Who can we trust to appoint judges who will interpret the law and not make laws? Who has a record of taking on the special interests? Who always stood up for the people, who has a demonstrated record of character and leadership, who has never broken one campaign promise?

    Campaign promises are many times forgotten when one gets to Washington. Let’s look beyond our emotions to the record. Ted Cruz is the only candidate whose word is his bond. When you look at the record, I’m sure you will join me in voting for Senator Ted Cruz.

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    No one comes to the presidency fully defined and prepared, the most egregious example is Obama, the current president. He came as a cypher, no experience and no official record of qualification, it was enough that he was a presentable black man, seemingly amenable to politician’s blandishments, “not too dark and no Negro accent”. Career politicians don’t like Trump because he thinks for himself and isn’t of their brotherhood. We need someone that can send Hillary Clinton into anonymity, a purgatory of sorts for her. Prison should be her future but anonymity is the best hope. Trump won’t play second fiddle for the Clintons, he knows he’s already bought and sold them.

  4. Betrayal…fueled by extreme anger is what I believe is driving the Trump phenomenon. Conservatives, libertarians and even moderate Republicans have been betrayed by Governor Sandoval, Senator Roberson, Speaker Hambrick and their cronies who forced through the largest tax increase in the Battle Born State’s history. It was lavishly praised by Democratic State Senator Tick Segerblom. The folks supporting Trump believe he is the only candidate who will kick over the tables in DC. They’re sick and tired of the broken promises and empty assurances of the political class. I only hope cooler heads and inquiring minds will eventually prevail and see through the Donald’s indignant bluster. I’ll be caucusing for Ted Cruz tonight.

  5. Nice job, Barbara. Washington hates Cruz. That is a ringing endorsement.

  6. Rincon says:

    I find myself agreeing with most of you for a change. There’s something very wrong with the Republican Party base.

  7. nyp says:

    ‘a presentable black man….”

  8. Vernon Clayson says:

    Yes, nyp, a presentable black man, your Harry Reid said it himself, “not too dark and doesn’t have a Negro accent”, As for that Negro accent he doesn’t say “aks” for ask but that droning preacher’s pulpit voice and cadence has become tiresome. Anyone else notice the earlier smiling jazzbo image is no more, now all photos show a glowering Idi Amin look.

  9. nyp says:

    “Smiling jazzbo … a glowering Idid Amin look … he doesn’t say ‘aks’.”

    Today’s Republican party.

  10. Patrick says:

    I suppose it must be difficult for conservatives during this race president to realize that the only “true” conservatives in the race are faring so poorly against a candidate few people believe is a conservative, but they don’t seem to take away the lesson here.

    Conservatives, with conservative principles (like anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion, Christian Evangelicalism, small government, lower taxes) just aren’t popular opinions/issues in the country at large.

    The crisis of confidence that republicans had after Obama swept the country with during the run-up to his first election resulted in lots of hand wringing, and ultimately a conclusion among the far right that their only mistake was….not being even more right wing. So, they tried, the brought out the Astroturfers and the Birchers, and the…other parts of their confederacy to no real avail, and the consequences are being visited on them in this election season.

    Watching a candidate like a Hillary Clinton, someone with the highest unfavorable ratings maybe ever see in a candidate, and certainly one who is unpopular among true liberals, seem to dominate any likely conservative candidate offered, is laughable because conservatives just don’t seem to get it.

    Ah well Thomas, better to hold true to your principles I guess.

  11. Winston Smith says:

    From http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=jazzbo

    A jazz musician, DJ, connoisseur or aficionado, esp. an older male.

    Term may have originated with Al “Jazzbeaux” Collins (1919-97), legendary Bay Area DJ.
    “These are the things this jazzbo knows …” — Robert Christgau, on Dave Frishberg

    And how did Democrats describe Bush II?

    http://www.newstalk1130.com/onair/common-sense-central-37717/the-same-liberals-crying-about-the-12568830/

  12. I’ll stick to libertarian principles rather than compromise and accept socialism-lite, whether from Hillary, Bernie or Donald.

  13. Winston Smith says:

    Nice try, Patrick, but no.

    As you well know, your Democrats got the shit kicked out of them in 2010 and 2014 because of the anger on the right with Democrats AND RINO neo-cons. Seeing this anger, Trump has been pushing a very few select right-wing hot button issues, especially ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION (not anti-immigrant), and that, unfortunately, many on the right have reacted positively to, without really examining Trump in toto.

    Many on the right support Trump because he “appears” to be the antithesis of the last two (R) presidential nominees, both milquetoast RINOs, McCain and Romney, but his conservative cred is even less that those two. Hopefully, this fact will become apparent before the convention.

    Meanwhile, many Democrats will continue to support Big Hill, even if she gets indicted over the e-mail scandal, which shows their underlying, “ends justify the means” mentality.

  14. Patrick says:

    Winston the Democrats lost those off year elections like the party in power always does. Couple their losses in those years, with the fact that democrats held more office up for election and the results were predictable. Add in that the liberal side of the Democratic Party has felt betrayed somewhat by the president, and therefore turned out in fewer numbers that would have even been expected and viola’ republicans win.

    But, CONSERVATIVES, have been beaten back so consistently, including in this race, that you’d think they’d learn something. But clearly, with all the confusion as to why their chosen candidates in this presidential election have done so poorly, they haven’t learned a thing.

  15. Rincon says:

    “I’ll stick to libertarian principles rather than compromise and accept socialism-lite, whether from Hillary, Bernie or Donald.” Individual egalitarianism works best when resources are infinite and individuals few (I think I stole that from somebody). That’s part of the reason that urbanites tend towards Liberalism and rural folks towards Conservatism.

  16. Nyp says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha

  17. The so-called caucus at Basic High was an absolute nightmare. It was one of the most disorganized events I have ever had the displeasure of being at. It took two hours to go from the back of the line to the entrance of the school. The set up inside was a disaster with a bottleneck just inside the door. Little or no help trying to find your precinct…and when they said they were finally going to try an impromptu caucus at 7:00 pm…hundreds of folks were still in line outside. This was NOT a caucus…it was a fustercluck! It’s time to abandon this mess and go to a primary.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Looks like the GOP only cares about voting integrity when Democrats are voting

  19. Rincon says:

    Sounds like Republicans run caucuses like they run the country – by obstruction.

  20. Patrick says:

    Rincon:

    I think you misspelled “ruin”.

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