RoasTED at #RNCinCLE

Before we get into last night’s festivities, first we must address Nebraska GOP delegate (and Sarpy County Election Commissioner) Wayne Bena’s encounter on the convention floor with Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog (a/k/a Robert Smigel):

So, in light of Triumph’s observation about Mr. Bena, we give you this version of “If They Mated”:




So the media is pretty much ablaze today with Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement speech to the Republican Convention last night.

My thoughts:

Ted Cruz is done Presidentially. I’m not sure I’d bet that he’d lose in a Senate primary, but his calculation last night was poor.

His bet, like many other #NeverTrumpers is that Trump loses badly, and then he rises as the party savior in 2020.

Instead he got the entire convention arena to rally around Donald Trump and boo him off the stage. People used to wonder why so many, if not all, of his colleagues in Washington hate him, and now he summed it up for them.

And Cruz is now seeing how he miscalculated as well. He is telling reporters this morning that he didn’t endorse because Trump insulted his wife and father. So it wasn’t because Trump wasn’t conservative enough? Which is it, Senator?

G’bye Ted.

Other conservative writers are popping up this morning giving multiple huzzahs to Cruz to “sticking to his principles”. But once again, this was a politically calculated speech that Cruz gave. Just like it was Cruz’s political calculation to be warm and fuzzy to Trump, back when Trump was destroying Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

So those, like Jonah Goldberg (one of my favorite writers), wrote

But if the choice is between forgiving Ted Cruz’s obvious political calculation to become the standard bearer of an authentic conservatism or Donald Trump’s lizard-brain narcissism where no principle or cause outranks his own glandular desire to be worshipped, like a conqueror atop the carcass of conservatism, I choose Ted.

Which is an interesting consideration.

But I’ll at least give Jonah the credit for writing “if”.

Because that’s NOT the choice.
The choice is not Trump or Cruz.
It’s Trump or Hillary.

That’s it.
That’s the choice.

So writers like Jonah or National Review’s Kevin Williamson can characterize the choice of Hillary or Trump as “between gonorrhea and syphilis” and har-har at their cleverness. But actual voters will be making that choice for who is President.

As near as I can tell, people like Williamson and Senator Ben Sasse plan to either sit on their hands or flush their votes on Gary Johnson or something. And maybe those votes don’t matter in Nebraska or DC. But they certainly do in Ohio and Pennsylvania and Florida.

So here’s the question, which I posed to Williamson on the Twitter, and he directed me to his vast volume of writings to dig for the answer:

Are you for Hillary or Trump?

If you say Trump, but only because Hillary would be more awful, fine.
(Jonah Goldberg has said this.)

Heck, I’d even take a version of…

“I am a Constitutionalist, and I think almost any of the other GOP candidates would have been better than Trump. But I know that Hillary will be much worse than Trump, so I will vote for Trump. But I will hammer him every day and on every issue where he is not in line with my Constitutionalist thinking. And I also hope to bring him around to my side. But, assuming he doesn’t change, I will also advocate for the Republicans replacing him in 2020. In the mean time, I know that Hillary would be worse, and will vote Trump…”

Or, if you say Trump is so bad that I’ll gulp and vote for Hillary, and then try to defeat her after 4 years, fine. I disagree strongly with that position, but OK.

But this “neither” territory is a crock (along the lines of Gary Johnson).



From a few there last night after the Cruz speech:

Dirt bag.

From Hal Daub: “He showed tonight why he lost.

Deb Fischer: “Everybody pledged that they were going to support the nominee. It’s too bad he didn’t.

And from an unnamed former U.S. Senator sitting with billionaire Sheldon Adelson (who refused to let Cruz into his suite after the speech): “He’s a piece of sh*t.

And enough of this, “All he said was vote your conscience!” The “conscience” part was Cruz’s code for “Don’t vote for Trump! Wait 4 years and vote for me!

Newt even put a nice spin on it saying, “There’s only one ticket that will protect the Constitution, Trump-Pence.


We ALL scream

And a hearty meat and potatoes speech from Mike Pence.

But here’s another point from a column from Jonah Goldberg yesterday:

He said that in the past, conventions were about everyone coming together and picking a candidate all the party could agree on. Some like strawberry, some like chocolate. But some hate both. So they pick vanilla because EVERYONE likes vanilla.

And a few months back, he was pointing out that Scott Walker was leading the polls (remember that) because he was the vanilla candidate that everyone could agree on.


Now…some in the GOP are saying, “That Moosetracks is actually laced with Ex-Lax.

Others are saying, “No it’s not. And even if it is, we are going to be force-fed ice cream tonight, and the coconut-kale flavor over there is also laced…with cyanide. So I’ll take my chances with the Moosetracks.


Angus farming

Yesterday it was announced that Falls City, Nebraskan Charles W. Herbster was named the Trump campaign’s National Chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee.

Later in the day Herbster sponsored the dinner for the Nebraska delegates in Cleveland.




And a few pics from the Nebraska Twitterers yesterday…


Tweetin’ the night away

The big conclusion tonight!

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  1. Mistake by the Lake says:

    So Trump planted a false story about Cruz in the National Enquirer, called his father a murderer and his wife ugly , and never apologized. And Cruz should have endorsed anyway?

    When the Trump wing of the GOP is poison, after Hillary’s landslide, Cruz will still be there, uncontaminated by the noxiousness of the Trump candidacy and the election disaster.

  2. Sparkles says:

    Much more important than Cruz relieving himself on the Trumpkins, was what der Donald regurgitated in an interview last night with the New York Times.
    In a reach around to his pal Putin, Trump went on record to state that he wouldn’t necessarily defend the United States’ allies in NATO if they were attacked by a foreign power.

    The Tufted Talking Yam has just offered up the Baltic countries all along Russia’s border.. hell, the entire European continent, to the hegemonic zeal of Valdmir Putin.

    WW III, anyone?

    Is there truly no offense too great, no utterance too moronic, that would finally dictate country before party?

    • Mistake by the Lake says:

      I know. The hypocrisy of attacking Cruz for not following through on the ‘pledge’, and then proposing to renege on our NATO commitments.

    • bynd says:

      So, the Europeans are not capable of defending themselves? I thought all the libs wanted the troops home? It’s nice to know that Sparkles believes we should be the police and armed services of the world. Not exactly a plank in the Democratic platform.

      And just which world leader’s opinion should we care about? Whether they admire BO or not. Just who is this perfect leader whose country is running so smoothly that we should be proud to call them a friend, instead of another sycophant who wants our money and protection?

  3. Anonymous says:

    “Its Trump or Clinton. That’s the choice.” In the practical sense that is correct.

    In the legal, moral and any & every other sense, that phrase is incorrect. I’m voting for Johnson. Its my right to do so and I can so vote. That in itself exercise the voting machinery, to account for some other choice. No, Johnson will not be elected president but that is not the point. This country was not founded with only two boxes, Republican & Democrat. If we want more boxes, different boxes, we need to create and choose different boxes. This requires a sustained effort over time to subvert, diminish & eliminate what currently passes for “choice” in politics.

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” FYI, Gandhi did not say this. I don’t know who did but I still like the phrase.

    • Sparkles says:

      The choice also isn’t “Trump or Clinton” because, as has been reported, Trump wants nothing to do with the governance of our nation.
      He would entirely outsource all policy, foreign and domestic, to the V.P.

      Trump would simply serve as figure head (a giant, orange one, capable of only a tiny little span of attention) and revel in the lavish appointments afforded a President.

      • Mistake by the Lake says:

        ..and start a war, now and again. And be a laughingstock, though he’s already a laughingstock to most of the world. And so are we, for allowing him this close to the presidency.

      • Sparkles says:

        Mike Pence served 12 years in Congress without a single piece of legislation bearing his name being passed into law.

        Pence was, and is, yet another “Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order,” who’s efforts were always keenly focused on championing pet projects of the far right, like the efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and opposition to same-sex marriage.

        It was in April 2001, at the behest of Big Tobacco who was at the time testifying before Congress, that Mike Pence penned an article declaring matter-of-factly, “Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.”
        Chew on that one a bit.

        It is Mike Pence who has described himself as a “kind of like Rush Limbaugh on decaf.”

        That’s exactly who need – a craven culture warrior – making f%*&ing decisions about the immensely complicated, incredibly important issues facing a struggling American middle class and working poor – Americans who are committing suicide in record numbers.
        And monumentally important issues facing the security and prosperity of our nation and the delicate balance of power in a rapidly changing world.

        For some reason, I can’t help but think of LBJ’s “Daisy” ad of 1964.

      • bynd says:

        From Forbes,
        The most successful leaders are instinctual decision makers. Having done it so many times throughout their careers, they become immune to the pressure associated with decision making and extremely intuitive about the process of making the most strategic and best decisions. This is why most senior executives will tell you they depend strongly upon their “gut-feel” when making difficult decisions at a moment’s notice. Beyond decision making, successful leadership across all areas becomes learned and instinctual over a period of time. Successful leaders have learned the mastery of anticipating business patterns, finding opportunities in pressure situations, serving the people they lead and overcoming hardships.

        “If you pick the right people and givethem the opportunity to spread their Wings-and put compensation as a carrier behind it- you almost dont have to manage them.” — Jack Welch

        It’s not about selecting a great individual to do a job. It’s about matching the right individual to the right situation and using the right process to get it done,”

        reat leaders surround themselves with greatpeople. Lone ranger leadership is doomed tofail, there is no one great person that is going to transform an organisation it takes a strong team and a great leader.

        I start with the premise thatthe function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” -Ralph Nader

        Say what you want, those who understand the business world know that the successful fail before they succeed more often than not. Look at Trump’s children. You can even complain he contracted out the raising of his children. But it appears that he did it to the right people.

        Trump is a winner. You may like how he wins, but he is a winner. So, do you want a winner in charge who knows how to surround himself with other winners, or another politician who surrounds herself with other politicians.

        Ironic that liberals rail against the free market and the large companies who supposedly run this world. But, isn’t that just pointing out how successful they are? Are they not on the fore front of even societal change. LGBT being something they embraced long before the pundits and activists. Trump has hired and made successful more women than Hillary could dream of. It is his actions that need to be measured. His mouth was nothing different than every other politician’s mouth in every other race, just to a greater degree. The best part is, he wants to complete the wall the US has been building for years. Even BO has built a lot of it. But some how, when the Donald states it, the libs get all in a tizzy.

        If nothing else, Trump cares about his legacy. He will do anything to insure it is intact when he leaves office. It is a powerful motivator. Hillary’s legacy will be solidified as the first woman elected as President of the USA. Just as Obama was the first black. I do not think the historians will treat Barack well. And Hillary once elected, could care less. She will have her lackeys to blame and fire while she keeps things sliding off her back like water off a duck.

        Time to get rid of the emotion and see what is real.

  4. The Eye Ball says:

    This board needs to ask a question. You hate Cruz, you hate Rubio and you hate Sasse. So just what does the GOP stand for? Is the GOP just one big hypocritical team engaged in political combat for power?

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for perfectly describing modern politics, Democrat & Republican. Are Libertarians more virtuous? No, just realistic. That’s why we want the smallest possible government under the greatest possible restraint. Humans constantly struggle with lack of virtue – don’t compound the problem by giving that lack of virtue unlimited, unrestrained power.

      • bynd says:

        Just curious, why does Peter Thiel support Trump? I don’t really know much about him. Is he just another pseudo libertarian? Or a true realist.

    • Khan says:

      I don’t hate those guys. I don’t love them, either. I don’t love or hate Donald Trump, either.

      The GOP means nothing to me, essentially the same as what I mean to them. They stand for keeping Hillary effing Clinton out of the White House. Good enough for this election. I affiliate with it toward that end.

  5. Anonymous says:

    SS stands for nothing. No, wait. He stands for being close to those in power. All he cares about is being invited to the right parties. He throws a hissy fit when Brad Ashford says some off the cuff remark walking in a parade, but cares nothing that Trump says he won’t defend a NATO ally. Ben Sasse at least stands up for what he believes in. More than I can say for the Trumpkins.

      • My friends call me Vlad says:

        Yes…yes… Own two feet. I like this, comrade. Especially Estonia, yes? No good beat-nik.

        My good friend Kim Jong-Un and I support Trump because he, like a strong Russian bear, stands for America getting its nose out of world business. No harm has ever come from letting a power hungry dictator take over some minor regions in Europe, eh? There’s no way that could ever get back to the great ole US of A.

        The Kremlin likes this thinking. Keeping up the good work, comrade bynd.

      • bynd says:

        Idiot, what exactly did we do to keep Russian out of Crimea? How have we pushed them out of east Ukraine? What have we done with or for them in Syria. What about Abkhazia and South Ossetia? The cold war was over years ago. Yet, Russia now does as it pleases. It is the best ally Iran has and sells to it what ever it wants despite any international ban. And do you really believe that BO will go to war with Russia to stop it’s expansionism?

        Oh and let’s not forget how suing the Chinese in an international court has lead to them totally abandoning their new islands in the South China sea and scurrying back to the mainland. And how many troops has NATO sent to the Ukraine?

        There are non so gullible as those who think our military, as decimated as it is, is any kind of threat to the other powers that be. And they show that every day.

        You are at best a fool at the worse, a Regan supporter who has never grown up and matured.

      • Sparkles says:

        “There are non so gullible as those who think our military, as decimated as it is, is any kind of threat to the other powers that be.”

        It’s quite clear you have no f&*%ing idea what you’re talking about.

      • Mistake by the Lake says:

        Actually, Anne Applebaum today in the Washington Post makes a credible case that Trump is Putin’s Manchurian Candidate.

      • Sparkles says:

        “Russia is clearly participating in the Trump campaign. The theft of material from the Democratic National Committee a few weeks ago was the work of Russian hackers. Russian state media and social media, together with a host of fake websites and Twitter accounts with Russian origins, actively support Trump and are contributing to some of the hysteria on the Internet.”

  6. Sassehole Cruz and Lipcheese Ben says:

    Political correctness is a mighty systemic political disease that, among other things, has the donkey crapping out America haters, wimps and cuckholds like Obama and Hillary, but which also has the elephant evacuate turds like Sasse and Cruz.

    Ben and Ted are not the enemy in front of us, but rather teammates stabbing us from behind.

    Despite the fact that every American who is today throwing rocks, molotovs, shooting police and slaughtering innocents are registered Democrats, they are at least in front of us. As dangerous as they are, and as Hillary indeed is, we have them in view. We can dodge their destruction.

    On the other hand, as ultimately feckless be the un-brave Cruz and Sasse at our backs, those bastards are firing into our backs, into our nominee, firing into Republicans.

  7. Mistake by the Lake says:

    ‘Cuckold’. Which may be the first intended insult the majority of its users can’t spell.

    This stupid really are revolting.

  8. bynd says:

    Sparkles, sparkles sparkles, once again, a declaration that means nothing. An irrelevant post from an irrelevant person who can only use foul language and make demeaning remarks. The communications of the illiterate and ignorant.

    But the most insidious and perhaps least understood fear is the fear of becoming irrelevant.

    This particular fear, surprisingly common among successful people, comes from the typically shocking realization that what you think, say, and do, what once caused hoards of people to stop what they were doing and pay attention, no longer matters … to anyone.

    Sparkles = irrelevant.

    • The Grundle King says:

      I have a question for you. When you sign a piece of paper that says you WILL do something, do you stand behind that signature? Do you sign it with the intention that you will carry out your duties?

      Like it or not, America has made commitments. To weasel out of those commitments because the POTUS, whoever that may be, decides he/she doesn’t like them…sure it imperils folks a few thousand miles away (which may or may not be your concern)…but it also undermines our nation’s credibility. If we don’t stand for truth and honor, then what do we stand for?

      • bynd says:

        As an ATC hired after the strike, I wasn’t in support of the strike to begin with as, yes, they signed a pledge. Yet I understood and supported their grievances. But many took what they believed was a moral stand also believing they couldn’t all be fire. No one would pull that trigger. And they thought Regan was on their side. Right down to the bitter end and then it was to late. Wow how did work out for them.

        The issue I pointed out is that we have abrogated many of our responsibilities under our treaties already. And now we stumble over our honor and commitment to the treaties we signed and say hurmph, we will be there regardless? Like we have been lately?

        You can’t win at poker if you can’t bluff. And you can’t bluff in this world when your leader and military are viewed, rightfully so, as weak.

        We are losing piece by piece. Because I doubt you would find any leader in this country willing to go to war with Russia or China over a Baltic state. But for them, we believe they would. They are the bullies, we are the bullied. Right now, it is the way of the world.

        Now we are paying the price for when BO told Putin how he would be in a much better position after his reelection. And then he would stop the missile defense system Russia was so upset about.

        If you don’t have the stomach to do what is necessary to win, you better weasel out. You can then buy more time for your demise.

  9. bynd says:


    “It’s quite clear you have no f&*%ing idea what you’re talking about.’
    Your critical thinking, logic and presentation are beyond reproach. LOL

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