Hostilities

TrumpsterSenator Ben Sasse told the Nebraska Radio Network, regarding Donald Trump:

“You have a front-runner who has been able to wage, pretty much, a hostile take-over of most of a party, because it wasn’t clear what the principles of the Republican Party really were, unfortunately.”

But is that really what happened?

Here is an interesting definition of a “hostile takeover”:

A hostile takeover is the acquisition of one company (called the target company) by another (called the acquirer) that is accomplished not by coming to an agreement with the target company’s management, but by going directly to the company’s shareholders or fighting to replace management in order to get the acquisition approved.

According to this scenario, Trump went directly to the voters, instead of going to the “management” of the GOP to take it over.

In other words, Trump didn’t get the blessing of the “Establishment” first.

I’m just trying to wrap my head around all of the explanations for the Trump “take over” because back last summer no one — including me — ever suggested that Trump was anything more than a reality show buffoon who will go nowhere.

Now they say he’s a reality show buffoon who must be stopped at all costs.

But there has to be some recognition of the feelings of Republicans that Trump is tapping into. And note that it is all about the “feelings”, because if people did study his past positions, they would reject him as a reformed Democrat, at best.

Instead people are taking his statements of change at face value and looking to his leadership in general.

Example:

I was listening to Adam Carolla about 3 years ago talk about his experiences behind the scenes with Trump on Celebrity Apprentice. He noted all the kookiness in Trump and his pompousness and all else. But at the end he noted (from memory), “There is something about the guy though. If we were in trouble and he said, ‘we’re going this way,’ I’d say, ‘I’m following you boss.'”

This whole “Trump is evil” mantra is getting silly, and will backfire in the end on everyone who seems to want it.

They’re blockading Trump rallies now? Oh yeah, that won’t super piss-off his supporters and lead others to criticize the radicals. And then pretty soon, those on the fence will be supporting Trump just to piss off the radicals.

Or maybe Ted Cruz can lead the party to the Promised Land. All Cruz talks about is following the Constitution. If that’s all Republicans want, he should be the guy.

But keep in mind that those seemingly closest to Cruz — his fellow Senators — all seem to hate him. That’s not for nothing.

Note that Senator Sasse still seems to be talking about defeating Trump — as opposed to seeing Ted Cruz win.

Sasse is still trying to beat something (Trump) with nothing (that awesome other unnamed non-Trump candidate).

 

Cooked?

The Cook Political Report says that the Nebraska 2nd District House race has gone from “Democrat Toss-Up” to “Lean Democrat”.

That seems to slice it pretty thin, but I’m not sure what the difference that is in the race.

The moment Brad Ashford beat Lee Terry, he was favored in the next race because he was the incumbent in a swing district. And Ashford arguably hasn’t done much to change that.

Can he be beaten? Sure.

But there has been near zero campaign against him to date — with the GOP fight still under the political radar with only a month and a half to go.

And what’s the main issue in THAT race? The last OWH question to Don Bacon and Chip Maxwell was, “And what do YOU think about Trump?

There is some suggestion that Trump and Cruz are going to have a bad influence on the down-ballot races, but I’m not sure anyone knows what sort of effect either of them would have at this point.

But 8 months out from the General Election, you want to say that the 2nd District leans toward the incumbent? Whatever.

 

Don’s true feelings

And just because I haven’t quoted him in a few weeks, here’s the LJS’s Don Walton pointing out what a bunch of dogmatic, non-independent, party-allegiant hacks the liberal Democrats in the Unicameral are.

Wait, The Don said THAT?

In so many words. See he wrote (once again..)

And the conservative Republican newcomers who placed independent judgment over allegiance to party or governor or dogma are still there.

It is always interesting to see what Don thinks a “conservative” is.  Needless to say, he must think the Democrats are horrible for their strict, non-wavering party votes time after time after time after time.

Because otherwise he’d write something about that?
Yeah?

 

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108 comments

  1. bynd says:

    The biggest detriment to getting a Republican President is Mitch McConnell. An old, ineffective doofess who the establishment guys running for the office look like.

    The biggest argument to elect Trump is Mitch McConnell. Mitch makes a great contrast so that the opposite of him looks like a great leader.

    They should have kept their mouths shut and pressed on with their duty as Americans see it. Street Sweeper was right.

    Obama’s pick gives the independents pause about automatically believing HRC will name a radical justice to the SCOTUS.

    Would independents really vote to put one party in charge of all three institutions? They would not view it that way with Trump.

    HRC is the most qualified. What the heck does that mean? Best back stabbing, ruthless, immoral one of the bunch?

    Hey Street, when will you join the Trump Team as an adviser?

  2. Trump, with George Stephanopolous yesterday, on a Palestinian-Israeli deal, when asked how he’d define a good deal.

    “Well, I define that tomorrow, because I’ll be defining it tomorrow. I’m not going to define it now. I’m not going to define it tomorrow.”

    What, other than idiocy, would you call this babbling? And what intelligent human being, having heard it and a hundred similar examples, could possibly contemplate making this creature President?

    • The Grundle King says:

      Allow me to answer for the resident Trumpkins…

      “We don’t care.”

      You see, they don’t care about a deal between the Palestinians and the Israelis, because it’s an agreement between two groups of people they generally despise (the latter a little less openly than the former). So it’s likely not a focal point for them, and they need not worry about Trump’s inability to articulate ANY sort of opinion on such an important foreign policy matter.

      I mean…Trump’s foreign policy seems to end at “Build a wall then nuke ’em all.” And I think his supporters are fine with that. All they appear to care about is laying waste to the “GOP establishment” because said politicians aren’t bat-shit-crazy enough…and also at somehow getting back at Pres. Obama for 8 years of bumbling, executive orders, and golf. Jokes on them, I guess…Obama leaves office next January, no matter what.

      • The Grundle King says:

        No, he didn’t. And that fact does not justify putting another idiot in the White House.

  3. The Conservative Electorate in this country, in the aggregate, no longer trusts The Republican Establishment or those politicians who have clearly aligned themselves with said “Establishment.”

    Enter Trump, a guy whose message of “Americans First” is not only resonating with Conservatives, but also Independents and even a solid percentage of Progressives. In this regard, Trump is showing himself to be the ultimate “Uniter” at a pivotal time in American History.

    Trump has my support, and my vote.

    • The Grundle King says:

      What’s funny is this…

      I have a feeling most of the Trump supporters (and indeed, Trump himself) were very focused on Obama’s history when he ran for President the first time around. It went a little something like this, “Is he from Kenya or Hawaii? Where’s his birth certificate?!! What about his American citizenship when he was a student in Indonesia? His only job was ‘community organizer’, and he smoked dope! Plus, he lazily voted “present” for the majority of his votes as Senator!”

      But now, these same people (and indeed, Trump himself) want the rest of us to pay no attention to Trump’s own history. Forget the fact that he’s asked the government to bail him out, repeatedly. Forget the fact that he supported partial-birth abortion. Forget the fact that he supported gun control. Forget the fact that his marital fidelity rivals that of an elephant seal. Forget all of that…and listen only to what he’s saying right here and now…and invest absolute trust in what he’s selling at this moment.

      The phrase, “There’s a sucker born every minute,” dates back over 100 years. Based on the world’s population growth and the current level of support for Trump, I’d say it’s far more often than that.

      • Wake Up says:

        Google the CEO of “Platinum Health Care” and allegations that his company recently settled out of court. Then look at his connection to SEVERAL companies that have donated HUNDREDS-OF-THOUSANDS of dollars to the super PAC “Stand For Truth” (which supports Cruz).

        Also I see that Neil Bush has joined Cruz’s finance team. Yes, the same Neil who is the brother of George W and Jeb, and the son of George HW. The same Neil that was a Director of Silverado Savings and Loan (Google that for a very interesting story).

        Cruz is backed by the Glen Beck (koo koo).

        Cruz’s wife was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs. The same Goldman Sach who loaned 7-figures to Ted Cruz’s senatorial campaign.

        Cruz has become as “Establishment” as it gets.

      • Wake Up says:

        No Gererd, my definition of “Establishment” is a well-connected, rich and/or powerful group of self-professed “elite” that holds authority over a particular group or organization — in this case, the “organization” is the Republican Party.

        This is not a difficult concept to grasp…even for someone like you.

      • Wake Up says:

        Gererd,

        As I clearly stated before, The Establishment owns Cruz…he would be a puppet-President just like every President that came after Reagan. You must have a reading comprehension problem, or perhaps a few screws that are loose…maybe both.

      • This is called ‘attempted proof by repeated assertion’. Repeating nonsense does not make it any more persuasive.

        No, in no meaningful way is Cruz an establishment Republican. He’s been a guerilla war with the GOP establishment for years. The fact that some of them are now willing to embrace a man they loathe shows how completely unacceptable Trump is.

  4. Macdaddy says:

    Trump doesn’t have my support or my vote but I understand why others do support him. Both parties are responsible. President Obama has done nothing but try to undermine this country and the GOP helps him. Given multiple opportunities, the GOP refuses to actually oppose him but use so many weasel words it would make Bill Clinton proud. And with Google translator, we know what those words mean. We watched Mitt Romney fold in the last election. Hillary Clinton won’t be a pushover and it will take someone with a killer instinct to defeat her. Trump has shown he has that. Even my guy, Cruz, showed a tentativeness last year that gave me pause. I think he can deliver, but Cruz has to win first and in order to do that, he has to recognize Hillary for the psychopath that she is and ignore the two X chromosomes. Can he? I think he can, but with Trump, I know he will and not only that but also beat her over the head with both X chromosomes. He’ll just wait until he gets in office to be a disaster. And it will be YUUUGE!

  5. taxpayer says:

    So Sen. Sasse is representing Nebraskans in the U.S. Senate by spending a large portion of his time campaigning against Donald Trump? Is this why we elected him to the Senate in 2014?

    What a disappointment Sasse has turned-out to be…it sure didn’t take long (2 years) to see how worthless he’s going to be as our Senator. He reminds me of Lee Terry, except more smarmy.

  6. Establishment Sasse says:

    If you remember Shane Osborn had the early blessing of Mitch and the Senate Establishment. Then Ben patched things up with Mitch, made his deal, and dried up Shane’s funding. Ben Sasse saw how Cruz became the odd an out and Sasse fully embraced the Establishment by getting along and going along with the Senate Leadership. I respect Cruz way more than Sasse.

  7. The WaPo fact checker awarded Donald Trump the rare and much coveted upside-down Pinocchio award for his ‘position(s)’ on H1Bs.

    “We don’t know exactly what to make of his stance — and it’s unclear if Trump even knows himself. However, what we unequivocally can say is that Trump deserves a handful of Upside-Down Pinocchios for his flip-floppery.”

  8. The Eye Ball says:

    Apparently, many Nebraska Republicans don’t get it. Many want a more civil government which actually works to solve problems. A billionaire who throws insults around is not the answer.

    Trending on Twitter right now is a topic which just shows what people really think of Trump. Do you really want a Trump sign in your yard?
    #SaferThanATrumpRally

    • taxpayer says:

      Trump rallies have become a magnet for ultra-left-wing, violent extremists who will do whatever it takes to cause mayhem. You’d have to either be a fool or a liar not to acknowledge this fact.

      No, I won’t place a Trump sign in my yard, because I know that makes me a target for the aforementioned left-wing extremists; instead, I will vote For Trump in both the Primary and General Election.

  9. Bluejay says:

    The MSM and DNC is already spinning the following meme out to the 10% in the middle: Trump is a sexist, racist, hater and bully.

    It is working. Demography and the Electoral College is destiny. Trump loses and Hillary or Biden is President.

    Ted has the ball and is down 10 with about two minutes left on the clock.

    I have never been more discouraged about politics.

    • Wake Up says:

      Ted Cruz has less of a chance winning the General Election than does Trump. Cruz’s close ties to Goldman Sachs, the backers of the “Stand For Truth” super PAC, and nut-job Glen Beck make him utterly unelectable.

      Wake Up…and join us on the TRUMP TRAIN!

      • Bluejay says:

        Close ties to GS?

        His wife worked there because she is really smart and he borrowed some money from GS.

        HRC, on the other hand, got bribes disguised as speaking fees and millions in campaign contributions from everyone on the Street.

      • Wake Up says:

        Investment banks like Goldman Sachs don’t lend $1 Million to U.S. Senators with relatively little in personal assets without expecting favors down the road. Grow up.

  10. Bluejay says:

    Even the Dems here (if they were being honest with themselves) would admit that not only is Hillary is incompetent, she is an unindicted criminal.

    If she didn’t have the name brand recognition and that whole historic woman thing going for her, she’d be nothing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Bluejay,

      Fantasy land. Not more than a smattering of Dems, anywhere on the planet, believe HRC to be incompetent.

      Just because your party has gone stark raving mad, doesn’t have a damn thing to do with our side of the aisle.

      Here’s a headline from today’s Politico you’re certain to love –
      “Trump puts GOP House majority in jeopardy”

      Imagine, Bluejay –
      White House – Dem, almost assured, thanks to Toxic Ted and the Tufted Talking Yam
      Senate – Dem, almost assured.. ditto
      House – Dem.. ditto Admittedly a longshot, but now a shot nonetheless – Then we, the Rational Americans who give s%^& about the nation we leave behind for our children, WE take our country back!
      Back from the Bible-bangers, anti-science crackpots and the Agenda21 Black Helicopter Liberation Armies.

      • Cousin Fester says:

        The GOP House ain’t been doin’ it’s dang job ever since they got power. What Obammy wants, he gets. Why should we care if’n they lose control now?

      • Bluejay says:

        Sparkles:

        If you think the private server and theft of our national secrets is not important, you are delusional.

        Foreign policy is in shambles and it is all on Hillary. Iran, China, Russia, ISIS, Libya, Iraq and the Muslim migration to Europe. Did I leave anything out? I won’t pin North Korea on her as it is hopeless.

      • Sparkles says:

        Bluejay,

        Please remind me again which national secrets HRC stole?
        I’ll wait.

        You’re also clueless re Clinton’s foreign policy tenure, but don’t take my word for it, take it from former Republican Secr’s of State and GOP Presidential hopefuls –

        Henry Kissinger: “[Hillary Clinton] ran the State Department in the most effective way that I’ve ever seen.”

        Condoleezza Rice: “Hillary Clinton is someone I’ve known for a long, long time. She’s a patriot.. I think she’s doing a fine job. I really do.”

        Rick Perry on Hillary Clinton: “Very, very capable public servant. Great Secretary of State, first lady, and she’s very capable.”

        Lindsey Graham: “She’s dedicated to her job. She loves her country. And she understands the issues, and there are a lot of them… But more importantly, I think she is a good role model. [She is] one of the most effective secretary of states, greatest ambassadors for the American people that I have known in my lifetime.”

        Marco Rubio to Secretary Clinton: “I want to share sentiments of my other colleagues of tremendous respect for the hard work and service that you’ve put in on behalf of our country, both as a member of this chamber and then, obviously, now in—in the role you have.”

        John McCain: “I think the international star is Secretary Clinton,.. She has done a really tremendous job.”

      • Cousin Fester says:

        @Sparkles, 4:24pm,

        Looks to my simple eyes like you have jes’ proved that there ain’t really any diff’rence between the Democrats and Republicans in the upper echelons of them parties.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Come folks, face the music.

    The GOP is Old Yeller.
    It’s been been frothing at the mouth, raving mad for a while now.
    It’s time to do the right thing and put it out of it’s misery.

  12. bynd says:

    It seems that what most people do not understand is that Trump represents a third party even though he isn’t an independent third party. All those things that he has done in the past for the Dems and his stance on PP and pro choice neutralizes those one position Dems for those causes. They can vote for the Donald. In addition, he has given money to such as HRC. Makes him bipartisan. etc. etc.

    Yet he appeals to those who are tired of PC and politicians not thinking of this country first. Those politicians who make it all about everyone else not from this country even though they have done nothing to build this country. There is nothing wrong with considering this country and it’s citizens first.

    In Trump they can elect a Republican but it is not like putting another establishment Republican in charge when they already control the House and Senate. Rhetoric is rhetoric. But outside of that, he checks more boxes of the middle voters than any other candidate.

    If he gets elected it will a profound time in American politics. Because next time, both parties will have to move towards Trump and away from zealot partisanship. And that folks, is not a bad thing.

  13. Bluejay says:

    All the bribes the Clintons took when she was at State never get talked about. The Foundation was set up to do that and it worked well.

    If Hillary wins who is going to stop her from cutting great personal deals as President? Five or ten million here adds up.

    She will be immune from impeachment and indictment. Katie bar the door.

    • Cousin Fester says:

      Yessir,,,,,,and that is why I will be votin’ fer Donald Trump. ’cause he is the least dirty of all my choices fer el presidente un novembre

    • Sparkles says:

      Bluejay,

      “All the bribes the Clintons took when she was at State never get talked about.”

      More nuttery.
      The Clinton’s are most investigated, most highly scrutinized and most relentlessly villainized two individuals in the history of mankind.
      So please, point out for us a single bribe Hillary Rodham Clinton has taken as Secr. of State.
      Just one.
      Surely, throughout the decades of relentless pursuit, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars spent – turning over every rock, sifting through every trash can, examining under a microscope thousands upon thousands of communiques, witch hunt after witch hunt – baseless conspiracy theories after baseless conspiracy theory – SURELY you have ONE F*%&^ING SHRED of evidence to support your accusation of bribery… NO???

      We’ll wait.

      • Sparkles says:

        More nuttery.

        This time in book form, from Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and author of 2008’s:
        Makers and Takers: Why conservatives work harder, feel happier, have closer families, take fewer drugs, give more generously, value honesty more, are less materialistic and envious, whine less … and even hug their children more than liberals.

        Real solid source there.

      • Cousin Fester says:

        oh, ther’s plenty of ev’dence; yer jes’ ignorin’ it like a good lil’ democrat

  14. Ricky says:

    Does anybody besides me think Ben Sasse is a really weird guy?
    I see Mr Ricketts family gave millions more to try to stop Mr Trump. It might backfire; who is more popular; Joe Ricketts or The Donald?
    And Brad Ashford will coast to re-election. Oh wait I forgot my city councilman failed Republican Franklin Thompson endorsed that Bacon guy. Oh, that makes a lot of difference! So did Aimee Melton of the Omaha City Council. What partisan losers those people are. They were willing to give Omaha Performing Arts 11 million dollars of taxpayer money for no reason whatsoever.
    Omaha and Nebraska would be better places if they were not led by Republicans.
    ricky

  15. Google

    The most baffling moments from Donald Trump’s Washington Post ed board interview.

    Donald J Trump is deranged. He spent 550 words defending the size of his hands. He replied to a question about using tactical nukes on ISIS by arguing Rubio and Bush are low energy individuals.

    Hard to believe there are people here defending this lunatic.

  16. The Buckley Club has a fine list of Trump supporters, enablers, and apologists. Sorry, local Trumpkins, none of you made it. Maybe if you grew a pair and posted under your own names…

  17. Lil Mac says:

    This Blog string was started today and it already has 85 comments. Out of those 85 comments (not including Street Sweeper’s initial text) here are the total counts of word-mentions by all bloggers.

    47 Trump
    16 Republican
    15 Cruz
    13 Clinton
    9 Sasse
    7 GOP
    2 Democrat
    0 Bernie
    0 Sanders
    0 Kasich

    This is what people here are talking about. An interesting pattern.

    • The Truth is True says:

      I hope Trump wins. He’s the only person running who is likely to put the interests of Americans before his own.

      • The story of Trump’s business career has been to carefully shepherd his own assets, while persuading others to take all the risks. It’s clear he puts his own interests above all others.

      • taxpayer says:

        Gertard,

        In “Business” that’s called “Smart”…a taxpayer-teat-suckling state employee like yourself probably can’t relate to that though.

      • The Grundle King says:

        RL, would you please refrain from using words the Trumpkins won’t understand? Just because they’re disliked, doesn’t mean they should be left out of the conversation. 😉

  18. Ben the Coward says:

    If I remember right, Ted Cruz endorsed Sasse. Where is Ben Sasse on Cruz? Oh that’s right, he is hiding until the convention. Nebraskans are starting to figure out Runza boy is DC Establishment.

    • History Repeats says:

      Remember how Nebraska Republicans turned on Hagel for his antics. Ben Sasse is out pacing Chuck by 8 years. Keep it up Ben, ask Kay Orr, Chuck Hagel and Lee Terry what happens when you lose touch with us.

  19. Eyerowknee says:

    Professor Gerard Harbison is a Trump tool. But the poor fellow cannot see that.

    Grundle King says much the same as GH but under a pseudonym and in logical non-absolutes; “I think… it seems… I have a feeling most of the Trump supporters…” Why GK and others feel a need to analyze Trump’s support while they don’t question their own support for Cruz, Kasich, Clinton or Sanders is odd, but no matter. GK acts more wisely than GH.

    Macdaddy says: “Trump doesn’t have my support or my vote but I understand why others do support him…” Reasoned and by using a pseudonym he doesn’t risk his reputation, job, etc. Wise too.

    “Gerard Harbison” however says of Trump and his supporters: “idiocy… babbling… creature… Walking Dead… your stupidity… you have no interest… you won’t face… Trump has no policy positions on anything… deranged… (homosexuals) your Trump-love… Trumpkins, none of you made it. Maybe if you grew a pair and posted under your own names…”

    Ah ha! There it is. Tattooing your name on your forehead in a public blog where no one’s mind is being changed is the supposed height of courage. Prate under your name to people who don’t care.

    The “word count” mentioned above includes this professor who cannot stop talking about Trump.

    Like Media and party executives, GH, GK, and MD apparently think 1+ billion dollars in Trump’s Earned Media is somehow free media, which of course cannot be true else all candidates would freely have it. And thus in a rather impressive irony, these and other Trump haters prove Trump’s applied psychology profoundly effective in triggering the blinding and reactive effects of Trump haters’ political correctness. Trump causes his detractors to advertise Trump again and again and again; like fish hitting bait to the point of exhaustion. And they call Trump stupid.

    • Yes, I say those things, because they’re obviously true, and because I’ve also posted numerous examples of Trump’s babbling idiocy, which the nuts and cretins who support him would prefer to ignore.

      Of course you don’t care. You’re a Trumpkin.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Eyerowknee, you said “And they call Trump stupid.”

      I don’t believe I’ve ever called Trump stupid. He’s actually proven himself quite intelligent by garnering the support of the very people he looks down upon. He’s so savvy, in fact, that he’s convinced many self-proclaimed conservatives to abandon almost all of their conservative principles in support of him. It doesn’t matter to his supporters that they have almost nothing in common with the man, aside from a desire to see Obama’s birth certificate. What I do believe is that he’s incredibly narcissistic, arrogant, and scornful towards those who oppose him…kinda like a white Obama. He’s a modern day snake oil salesman who promises the miracle cure for all that ails…and like any good snake oil salesman, he’s not going to tell you what’s in the cure, or how it works.

      No…by all appearances, Trump is incredibly smart.

      His supporters, on the other hand, are about as dumb as they come.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Cry about what? I don’t worship ANY politician, unlike Trumpkins, so I’m not really sure what it is you think I have to cry about.

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