Philadelphia freedom


Polls this morning have Trump leading Hillary. (Though always remember that the most important poll…is the most recent one released on the Twitter.)

All the while, the Dems are coming apart before even being gaveled to order.

And then, there is a long article (on BuzzFeed, but still) about “How Donald Trump Broke The Conservative Movement (And My Heart)“.

But here’s the deal: The Conservative Movement hasn’t been stopped. And it doesn’t even necessarily need to be redefined.

But it’s goals should be spelled out for the public, and should be counted, for or against them, depending on success.

Repeal ObamaCare. Get rid of Common Core. Abolish the IRS. Get rid of just about ANY government agency. End abortion. Stop wasteful government spending.

Is there a significant measure of success on any these issues?
Sure there’s some chipping, but is anyone looking at these and saying, “well Conservatives kicked ass on THAT issue“?

Back in the day, the main goal was stopping Communism, and that seemed an unlikely goal. Then Gorbachev came in and started giving in to Reagan (defined however you’d like, if that helps you). And once Communism was defeated in Europe — and the Chinese moved to a pro-capitalism society — goal achieved.

And now? Whither conservatives, right?

Newt Gingrich nailed it back in 1994 with his Contract for America. He chose things that COULD get done. Can you name ANY of them? But in the end he held up a piece of paper with checkmarks on it, and victory declared.

But what are Congressional Republicans running on today?
Where is their contract?

Maybe its just figurative, but shouldn’t that be something that Paul Ryan puts out?
Something that is EASY to understand and point to?

Quick, what are Trump’s plans?
1) Build a wall.
2) Stop terror.
3) Make America Great Again.

That last one is even more generic than the second, but it is still harkens back to the quote from a lady at one of his rallies months back: “He wants to make America great again! See, it’s right there on his hat!

Point is, Conservatives need to do more than just spell out which philosophers they stand by. And they need to do more than just talk about which values are important.

Again, MORE than just those. Because those are still important, for a base.

But they need an easy LIST of what they CAN accomplish — and then tick those things off the list next year. And they need to be able put them through with a President Donald or a President Hillary.

And they’ll also need to figure out a way to have something that can pass where they can take credit, without getting overshadowed. (Does anyone remember the Senate or the President getting credit for Gingrich’s Contract with America?)

There is a giant vacuum right now for almost ANY Congressional leader to step up and declare what is “Conservative”, give a list of what they can pass, then take it up next year.

Of course it probably should have been done last week, but whaddayagonnado?


Blame it on Rio

Donna Brazile has been suspended from CNN while she is now the “temporary” chair of the DNC, after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was busted for doing what everyone knew she was doing.

But Brazile could have kept her gig at CNN. The REAL reason she was dumped is clear:

Colluding with Republicans.
NEBRASKA Republicans…


And be sure to listen to the most recent interview on The Wheels Down Politics Show podcast, with Nebraska convention delegate Sam Fischer, recorded immediately after the convention close.


Burning down the House

And just for fun, there’s an analysis that shows the Electoral College Vote being TIED 245-245 (a 0.5% chance, but still…).

So suppose the vote goes to the House!

Who do THEY choose in the end?

You could argue that a non-Trump win would mean some sort of revolt. But suppose Hillary wins the popular vote. Then there would be a strong argument for Republicans to pick someone who both sides could agree on.

Alas, this is as unlikely as Trump winning the GOP nomination…


Philly Phanatics

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The Bernie Sanders campaign banned all the biggest troublemakers from representing them as delegates in Philly. After seeing these people on social media for the past year everyone understands why.

    • Turd Juice says:

      Sanders’ supporters have a right to be angry now that all the facts are “out there” — I look forward to watching the train-wreck of a convention in Philly this week. LOLOLOLOL!!!

      • Reality says:

        The Dem convention will proceed like clockwork.
        It will be 4 days of inspiration and specific policy proposals on how to move our nation forward.

        I will be as Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake vs. the Republican’s Bennie Hill, Yakety Sax closing skit.

    • Anonymous says:

      It must be hard for Linda Anderson to claim she is a spokesperson for the Sanders movement when the Sanders campaign specifically banned her as a delrgate.

  2. Mistake by the Lake says:

    Except Trump has already confided to the New York Times that he might not build a wall. And he can’t stop terror, an international problem. As for ‘make America great again’, the idea a single leader could that smacks of fascism.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “Never apologize, it’s a sign of weakness.” John Wayne

    In her leaked Email, DNC Chair Wasserman wrote that Bernie Sanders has “never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do.” — It’s true. Bernie isn’t a Democrat.

    Trump wouldn’t apologize for saying that, let alone resign over it. Then again, Trump wouldn’t suggest Sanders is ignorant of DNC methods. We all saw Sanders hijack the DNC and screw it like a drugged donkey. Bernie today demands the DNC platform be changed. But it isn’t his party. Why is he allowed inside its convention? Why is he allowed to be a candidate? It is not his party.

    With respect to my socialist neighbors, who think Sanders is great, Bernie isn’t running as a Socialist Party candidate and he’s not attending the CPUSA convention. Ex-Democrats like Reagan, Pence and Trump all ran for office as registered GOP members. Ex-Republican Hillary runs as a Democrat member. Sanders has never been a Democrat. He criticizes Democrats regularly.

    Sanders being the DNC’s nominee is like Mexican Illegals voting in US elections. It is insanely dishonest. Yet the Senate Democrat Caucus calls Bernie “part of the family” and expects him to be at platform meetings. Guys, family or not, Bernie is screwing your daughter. And that’s what you get for decades of feeling relatively instead of thinking specifically.

    This makes Trump and the GOP primary look smooth as silk.

      • Ike says:

        On paper? Was the screenplay written on paper? Was the paper made from a tree? From a forest? Did the tree come from a forest?

        Stupid little Libtard.

    • Anonymous says:

      Bernie Sanders was an Independent for most of his career. He always caucused with the Democrats. He registered as a Democrat before he entered the race.
      Please at least attempt to have some familiarity with the truth. It may be hard, but you can do it if you try.

      • Smell My Finger says:

        That poll changes multiple times each day. Now it shows Trump leading by a little over 13% – still substantial.

      • Poll Challenged says:

        The poll you are citing is ‘substantial’ only if the election were held today.

        All modern conventions have produced a bump, as is true with Trump.
        All modern campaign trajectories have then reverted back to their approximate pre convention levels within a few weeks post convention.

        Although, I’ll agree that it is a sad, even somewhat frightening indictment of our country (more specifically our educational system) that someone like Donald Trump is viewed by so many as even remotely qualified to be POTUS.

      • Smell My Finger says:

        A “bump”? Are you serious? Dude is leading by 13% — that’s f’ing HUGE!

        This is going to be a landslide.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Poll Challenged, Silver is not a poll but an odds prediction based on polls. Rather like odds on a horse race. That is what is cause the confusion, his figure does not involve % of voters. He has been very good odds maker, like a character out of Guys and Dolls.

  4. The Eye Ball says:

    Excellent evaluation! The problem with the Mitch McConnell Republicans is they never did have a plan on being conservative. That is the crux of the problem.

    But many Republicans still don’t get it. One theme at the convention was to “make America safe again”. Do Republicans know how jarring that is on the ears of us who opposed the Patriot Act and the government TSA?

    At the same time, Trump attacks free trade. There are farmers in this country who remember Carter’s grain embargo and even if they like most of what Trump says, they may not support him.

    Conservativism is not dead but it is dead to much of the GOP.

    • Smell My Finger says:

      How do you know Trump won’t suspend or eliminate the Patriot Act? Or TSA?

      Trump has never threatened to embargo anything; however, he will attempt to level the playing field by THREATENING to imposing tariffs on cheating countries…if these countries refuse to play fair, then I expect he WILL make good on his ultimatums. This is a good thing…it’s called LEADERSHIP and it’s what we should expect from our President.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “How do you know Trump won’t suspend or eliminate the Patriot Act? Or TSA?”

        Right…he’s going to make America safe again by eliminating the most effective available tools to do so.

        Then again, maybe I’m wrong…maybe the wall everyone thinks is going to happen will really be a dome.

    • Turd Juice says:

      America is operating at maybe half it’s potential; in myriad categories. America is not “great”, but it can be.

      • Sparkles says:

        ‘half it’s potential’

        Yea, don’t we all long to turn back the clock to the FULL potential of the GW years! Dial it back to when the GOP controlled the White House, Senate and the House for 6 of 8 years. A reign of incompetence and malfeasance leaving America on the very precipice of financial collapse certain to bring down every global economy with it.
        As collapse leaving a hapless GOP Admin in hiding, while leaving millions of Americans newly unemployed and homeless. A collapse directly associated with the unprecedented spike in suicide of middle aged Americans as they watch their simple hope of modest security in retirement, die.
        Thanks, GOP!

        A FULL potential GOP that left more than 4000 Americans dead and Trillions in treasure charged on a credit card issued by the Bank of China. Two simultaneous wars that would topple every precariously balanced political domino in a dangerously volatile mideast. An imbalance insuring a generation of more bloody civil warfare.
        An imbalance handing to Iran – wrapped in a Republican Red bow – a regional hegemony they could have never themselves attained.
        Thanks, GOP!

        Or the FULL potential of eight years of the Bush Admin ‘palling around’ the WH, Camp David and Crawford, Texas with the entire lineage of the House of Saud, a nefarious cabal who – as George drove them around the ranch – were simultaneously funding the most extreme terror network on the planet.
        Thanks, GOP!

        Or the FULL potential of that GW Bush proclaiming of Donald Trump’s BFF, Vladmir Putin:
        “I looked the man in the eye. I found him very straight-forward and trustworthy – I was able to get a sense of his soul.”
        Thanks, George!!

        Or how about the FULL potential of those special moments when America was caught perpetrating a multiplicity of war crimes by torturing and killing people in secretive Black Sites around the world. (an estimated 50 prisons have been used to hold detainees in 28 countries, in addition to at least 25 more prisons in Afghanistan and 20 in Iraq. – plus 17 ships used as floating prisons)
        Thanks, GOP!

        Speaking of war crimes – how sweet would it be if we could re-live the world wide release of the torture photos from Abu Ghraib.
        Thanks, GOP.. We are SO GD proud to be Murricans!!!

        Or the floating bodies of Katrina.
        Heckuva job, Brownie!

        Or the clandestine attack and overt politicization of the Dept of Justice in an effort to stack the Federal Bench with Republican toadies.
        Thanks, GOP!

        Yep, GOP rule sure did bring us some GREAT times!
        And I know you and der Donald are sincere about Making America GREAT again, cause your hat f’ing says so!!

        (yes, of course there were dem politicians who played a role in the economic collapse, but the blame is simply not equivalent)

      • Turd Juice says:

        Hey Sparkles,

        Most of us Trump supporters feel as strongly as you do that indeed, GW Bush’s presidency was a complete failure. You certainly will get no quarrel from me on this topic.

      • Sparkles says:


        If Trump nation is convinced America is a real sH^&hole at this moment, do you mind if I ask when it was last great?

        Maybe you all imagine it was greatest when Reagan was providing military aid and weapons to Saddam Hussein, even though at the time Saddam was engaged in chemical warfare.

        Of course, his aid to Iraq was before is aid to Iran and the famous arms for hostages appeasement by our noble leader.

        Or maybe we were Great while, under Reagan’s watchful eye, we were smuggling cocaine into America to raise money with which would were secretly funding the Contra rebels?
        I wonder if Nancy’s astrologer was needed to help coordinate the dates for the those flights into America filled with Escobar’s happy powder. You know, of course, it’s well documented that Nancy and Ronnie were both deeply interested in astrology. When scheduling Ronnies calendar, almost every meeting and/or event of importance they required the advise of their astrologer re exactly what the stars foretold.

        Then the true greatest of the HUD rigging scandal, when the Dept of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Samuel Pierce and his associates rigged low income housing bids to favor Republican contributors to Reagan’s campaign as well as rewarding Republican lobbyists.
        Sixteen convictions were eventually handed down.

        And no book on the Age of Reagan can be complete without a review of the Savings & Loan scandal and the Keating Five. More than 1000 bankers convicted. And until GW and his Insane GOP Clown Posse came along, considered the worst public scandal in U.S. history.

        And can’t forget those EPA scandals. Over twenty high-level EPA employees were removed from office during Reagan’s first three years as president. The most prominent scandals involved the targeted release of Superfund grants to enhance the election prospects of local officials aligned with the Republican Party.

        Maybe we were at our greatest when Reagan withdrew from his duties as President in his final years, as the comfort of TV reruns and old movies in the private residence occupied most of his days.

        Maybe our zenith of greatness was the bombing that killed 241 Marines in Beirut, spurring Reagan to launch an attack… on the island of Grenada.

        And of course it was Reagan who originally armed and supported the Mujahideen rebels in Afghanistan. Many of whose members, like Osama bin Laden, would later use their experience in Afghanistan to help them form the terrorist organization Al Qaeda.

        Maybe our moment of glory came when the white minority in South Africa brutally repressed the black majority, an act that lead Congress to overwhelmingly pass the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, which applied sanctions and pressure to South Africa to end Apartheid.
        Reagan opposed sanctions on South Africa and vetoed that bill. Congress overrode his veto.

        The Reagan Presidency was rife with scandal. Scandals resulting in the investigation, indictment, or conviction of over 138 administration officials, the largest number for any U.S. President.

      • Turd Juice says:


        Since you asked, I’d say America was last “great” from approximately 1953-1963…before that, from about 1829-1849. If Trump wins, I fervently believe we’ll have our third “great” period of the past 200 years.

      • HTH says:

        I’m going to go ahead and put the odds that Tony/Turd Juice’s dates end right before the Civil Rights Act and shortly before the end of slavery is a coincidence at 0%.

        Trump supports… the company you keep is David Duke, Putin, and Jong-un. Compared to that posse, I’d take Hillary anyday.


      • Sparkles says:

        Dwight D. Eisenhower, In office, January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961

        Throughout his presidency, Eisenhower adhered to a political philosophy of dynamic conservatism. A self-described “progressive conservative,” he continued all the major New Deal programs still in operation, especially Social Security. He expanded its programs and rolled them into a new cabinet-level agency, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, while extending benefits to an additional ten million workers.

        Appointed the Supreme Court William J. Brennan, a Democrat who became a leading voice for liberalism and Chief Justice Earl Warren.
        Eisenhower noted privately that Warren “represents the kind of political, economic, and social thinking that I believe we need on the Supreme Court … He has a national name for integrity, uprightness, and courage that, again, I believe we need on the Court”.
        In the next few years Warren led the Court in a series of liberal decisions that revolutionized the role of the Court.

        Jan 31, 1955 –
        “As a nation, we are doing less than now lies within our power to reduce the impact of disease. Many of our fellow Americans cannot afford to pay the costs of medical care when it is needed, and they are not protected by adequate health insurance…

        ..I recommend, consequently, the establishment of a Federal health reinsurance service to encourage private health insurance organizations in offering broader benefits to insured individuals and families and coverage to more people.

        In addition, to improve medical care for the aged, the blind, dependent children, and the permanently and totally disabled who are public assistance recipients, I recommend the authorization of limited Federal grants to match State and local expenditures.”

        “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

        “Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book…”

        “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

        Dwight Eisenhower would be cast out of the modern Republican party.

      • Turd Juice says:


        The dates I shared had nothing to do with civil rights and the Emancipation Proclamation — things like Civil Rights improve naturally as a society evolves, and then dissolve as the leftists gain a firm grip on government.

        No, the “great” years I chose had more to do with economic growth and the percentage of households that “moved-up”, economically speaking.

        BTW, I’ve only posted under the name “Turd Juice”

      • Turd Juice says:


        Indeed, Dwight WOULD be cast from today’s GOP…as would Trump if not so many regular folks were paying attention. Dwight was a good man…a leader – as is Trump.

      • Mistake by the Lake says:

        Someone should tell the Turks “Civil Rights improve naturally as a society evolves”. Or the Iranians. Or the Russians.

  5. Ricky says:

    NU Board of Regent member Hal Daub skipped the only Regent meeting held in four months for the RNC.
    And the meeting was Friday, and the convention ended Thursday.
    I thought the people elected Daub to represent them as a Regent, not to pledge loyalty to the GOP?
    Aimee Melton sipped a Omaha city council meeting as well.
    Isn’t it great to have the Repubs in office? Just kidding it’s not good at all.

    • bynd says:

      Ricky, So some Repubs leave the state and you can’t tell the difference because things still run smoothly. And in your mental midget mind that is a bad thing. Definition of a good boss, he can leave and you can’t tell the difference in the work area. You really have no clue do you. But I bet the USPS closed down every time you abused your sick leave because you were just so valuable. Abuse of sick leave is a punishable offense. Thank goodness you were a very good liar and never got caught. Or did you?

      • Ricky says:

        Once again anonymous coward, you make no sense. And this December I will be retired from the USPS for five years, Time flies.

      • bynd says:

        Ricky, In this state, the Republicans are in charge. The Dems suck and you are a perfect example of why. No clue Ricky. I’m sure the USPS has been doing much better in the last 5 years. Deal with all of it and quit whining.

        And it is obvious why none of this makes sense to you, you are a zealot, zombie, partisan. Never had a thought of your own only parrot the Dem line. Duh!

    • Anonymous says:

      I thought the Regents met every six weeks. Are you sure they went four months without a public meeting? Seems odd.

      • Anonymous says:

        As long as the Regents do their job – namely keeping their direct reports nuts in a vice – they may not need to meet often. Less opportunity for mischief.

  6. Mistake by the Lake says:

    The Washington Post has an interesting analysis of how Putin’s puppet, Donald Trumpski, gutted from the Republican platform attempts to offer support to Ukraine. Hardly unexpected, given the Trump and his campaign manager are both in the Russians’ pocket.

    • bynd says:

      And Putin had BO’s balls in his hand and squeezing hard. But we all know, they didn’t hack HRC’s phone or server while she was overseas. Nope never happened. LOL

    • Bluejay says:

      There is no proof the Russians were involved in the leak. It could have been Iran in gratitude for the
      Iran deal. Or Bernie moles in the DNC.

      No proof!

  7. Mistake by the Lake says:

    Meanwhile someone quipped that Michelle Obama is the first person to speak at both the Republican and Democratic conventions.

    • Sparkles says:

      Interesting read yesterday at Vox:
      “A Republican intellectual explains why the Republican Party is going to die”

    • Uh Oh... says:

      An estimated 10 million registered Democrats have evidently pledged to leave the Democratic Party this Thursday in protest of the nomination being stolen from Bernie Sanders.

      Go to the 2:20 mark of the video to hear about “DemEXIT”

      • Trumpkin's Synaptic Void says:

        Wow, you’re really onto something.
        A video of a random protestor pulled from a Feel The Bern crowd crowd by a Fox ‘News’ reporter.
        A protestor warning of a coming Dem apocalypse – in two days. An apocalypse this protester has says is so well planned as to have a name – the “DemEXIT”.
        A mass exit we’re told, on Thursday, will lead to 13,000,000 democrats abandoning the Democratic party. Countless millions surely turning to Donald Trump.

        I see, as of this morning their Facebook site, DemEXIT, has a total of 164 likes.

        But much more ominous, DemEXIT on Twitter has tallied an impressive 879 followers, so this may indeed be real game changer.

  8. Vince McMahon says:

    Looking at what happened last night, the DNC clearly screwed Bernie and his supporters. Then Bernie, despite being screwed, and having talked about being screwed before, decides to go endorse the very person who screwed him. In the end, the DNC didn’t screw Bernie. Bernie screwed Bernie.

    Then you have a guy like Ted Cruz. Cruz has a brass set. The establishment didn’t want him. He didn’t care. The establishment told him to shut up and endorse the nominee. Cruz didn’t. Cruz didn’t give in and yet he is what is wrong with politics?

    • Uh Oh... says:

      When weighing the consequences of a Hillary victory and what that would mean for future of the Supreme Court against Cruz’s supposed love of constitutional law, Cruz’s speech at the GOP convention really diminished everything the guy has ever stood for as a public servant. In other words, most Republicans expected more from a guy like Ted Cruz.

    • Sparkles says:

      Your 9% is a prediction is and estimation of what would happen were the election held today.
      You tossed out the same nonsense yesterday from the very same site which had predicted yesterday that – were the election held yesterday – Trump would win by 14% (hence, Trump dropped 6 points overnight).

      The only number that matters is the one tallied at the end of the day on November 8th. Luckily –
      The actual prognostication, for Nov 8, from this very same site (Nate Silver):
      “Polls-plus forecast – What polls, the economy and historical data tell us about Nov. 8”
      Clinton by 20 points – 59.6% to 40.4%

      Then again, the veteran pollsters will tell you polls are historically almost meaningless in late July.
      But what is truly unique and highly relevant to this election cycle, is that between now and election time Trump is certain to offend at least 3 more demographic subsets, he’s bound to mock a few more invalids, guaranteed to spew countless more invectives and likely to imperil yet more international alliances. Then of course is the assurance of cluelessly flailing and sputtering throughout several debates as HRC disassembles him.
      Add to that the blossoming of his ongoing bromance with Vladmir Putin and his campaign’s odious connections to Russia, it’s ruthless oligarchs and it’s hacker underground.
      And to top it all off, we’ll likely be treated to ongoing revelations about the myriad people and small businesses Trump has defrauded and the empire of grift he has cultivated.

      Yep, way too early to put a cap on how gargantuan this blowout may become.

      And the kicker – 88% of the Congressional seats are up for renewal this fall – sleep on that.

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