Today was the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and the first order of business was for the entire Republican National Committee and Donald Trump supporters to turn it into a clown show, by repeatedly denying a roll call vote on the convention floor over the convention rules.
When it became clear in the ensuing chaos that there was more support for a roll call than rubber stamping, Womack attempted a second voice vote, declaring the Yea’s have it.
Only one problem as the audio and video clearly show, the Nay’s, those wanting a roll call, were in the majority(at least vocally).
From there things ended up back at the petition to force a roll call vote, where CNN’s Dana Bash reported Trump and RNC officials twisted the arms of state delegations backing the roll call vote forcing 3 states to drop out(as the RNC puts it), leaving the roll call forces 1 state short of the number needed to press the issue.
All of this led Virginia delegate, and Cruz supporter, Ken Cuccinelli, toss throw down his credentials and storm out of the Quicken Loans arena. Reports are that the Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia delegations have all walked out of this clown show.
Reince Priebus, Steve Womack, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and the rest of the RNC and Trump teams have since the rules committee meet last week been actively working to suppress all possible opposition to Trump nomination just as feverishly as Turkey’s Islamist Fascist Erdogan has been purge his country of opposition.
This clown show of a convention(and its only Monday), the way the RNC and its leadership have been acting and behaving, and the long-standing goon and bully tactics of the Trump campaign team, should be reason enough for every Republican leaning voter to demand that Reince and every one else at the RNC must resign immediately.
If this debacle of a convention continues on its current pace by Thursday night there won’t be a Republican Party; we’ll have the Trumpsters, the GOP establishment, and conservatives all splintering off into their own parties/camps, and there will probably never be any reconciliation in any of our lifetimes.
Congratulations Reince and the RNC, your protectionism of Trump, and Trump himself, is going to kill the GOP long before we ever get to November.
God, deliver us from this hellish nightmare and bless Ted Cruz with the GOP presidential nomination; this country can’t take much more Trump.
As we get closer to this Saturday’s primary vote in South Carolina GOP front-runner Donald Trump is going from being an egotistical jackass claiming that he really won the Iowa caucus, and feeling free to be a vulgar populist, with sound bite sized policy positions into an unhinged stark raving mad lunatic, and it is all because of the serious threat Ted Cruz posses to winning the GOP nomination.
Today(Monday) at a rally in South Carolina Trump went on the attack against Cruz and the Republican National Committee over this past weekends GOP debate. Trump thinks the RNC stacked the deck against him Saturday night because the audience was full of boo-birds aimed at Trump. This is prompting Trump to resurrect his intentions of running third party or independent, and would thusly guarantee that Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would be elected President(God Help Us).
Trump has also been on the attack today and over the weekend against Cruz as Cruz has launched a series of brutal campaign ads targeting Trump by highlighting Trump’s own past policy positions. This has in turn caused Trump to accuse Cruz of lying about him and he’s again threatening to bring a birther suit against Cruz seeking to have him disqualified from being President.
Like I said Trump is going from being a jackass of the egomaniacal bent into an unhinged lunatic.
Being booed at a GOP debate shouldn’t be anything new to Trump, if my memory serves he’s gotten boo’s at nearly every debate.
And Ted Cruz isn’t lying about Trump’s past support of abortion, or liberal Judges, these are well documented facts, facts Trump can’t stand having repeated to a nation full of voters who only really know him because of The Apprentice TV show.
As Cruz said Monday at a press conference in South Carolina, Trump is flailing away at Cruz to generate a smoke screen so that every one is talking about Trump’s latest attacks instead of talking about Trump’s record. They(Trump and Marco Rubio) scream liar at Cruz because the truth hurts, and Cruz has been hitting them with nothing but the truth.
Trumps decent into the insane asylum made Saturday’s South Carolina debate nearly unwatchable. His constant attempts to say that Cruz’s spreading of a CNN story about Ben Carson as the Iowa caucus started was tantamount to cheating and thus completely nixes the results, which had Ted Cruz winning Iowa with a record number of votes, is asinine to say the least. This whole birther crap is a non-issue, but if Trump wants to bring it up before a court or a states Board of Elections, he’s free to do so, however the result will be identical to want happened recently before the Illinois Board of Elections, a definitive declaration that Ted Cruz is indeed a Natural Born Citizen. And railing against the RNC, which is a nearly inconsequential organization, is just plain stupid.
Having high poll numbers in August isn’t the same thing as actually winning an election, Trump is starting to learn this, he’s also probably starting to see his SC poll numbers collapse once again to Cruz(as happened in Iowa), and he is reacting badly to it. Trump probably thought that he’d run the table on his ego, bravado, and sound bite campaign slogans alone. Reality is being a bitch to him, and he can’t stand that; Hence his temper tantrums, and decent into sheer lunacy.
With any luck voters in South Carolina, Nevada, and the rest of the states coming up get as sick and tired of Donald’s act as everyone else is and dumps him for the true conservative leader this nation desperately needs right now, Ted Cruz.
Speaking at Tuesday nights meeting of the LaSalle County Tea Party Republican National Committeewoman, and former RNC Secretary Demetra DeMonte took a question from the audience about the growing anger the conservative base of the Republican Party has with GOP leadership who continually lie to get elected and make big promises only to do nothing once they get to Washington, and worse.
DeMonte said that she shares those frustrations and wants to see the Republican Party embrace conservatives more.
As one of Illinois members to the Republican National Committee DeMonte has helped get the RNC to take policy stand to help fight against Common Core, earmarks, and defend religious liberties.
DeMonte understands why people are attracted to the message Donald Trump has been offering as a Presidential candidate. Note DeMonte is not endorsing any candidate at this point in time.
She also is a fan of Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin.
After months of self-examination into why the 2012 election went so badly for the Republican party the RNC and chairman Reince Priebus released its “autopsy” this morning. To summarize Haley Barbour, Sally Bradshaw, Ari Fleischer, Zori Fonalledas, and Glen McCall who wrote the report, believe that the GOP has to become Democrats-lite in order to win elections in the future.
Among things contained in the report are recommendations to embrace amnesty and class warfare, reaching out to the likes of the NAACP and La Raza(groups dedicated to advancing liberalism and Democrat candidates), and of course ignoring and/or marginalizing the Tea Party, along with growing the RNC bureaucracy and consultant class.
Joel Pollack writing at Breitbart found these nuggets within the report:
the report implies that the GOP should back away from “Third-party groups that promote purity” (54)–an apparent swipe at the Tea Party.
the report calls on Republicans to adopt the Democrats’ class warfare and to attack bonuses and large CEO retirement packages.
the sort of growth the report’s authors seem to envision is of the party bureaucracy itself. Repeatedly, the report calls for hiring new staff, creating new committees, and spending more money. In many ways the RNC’s report reads like a government policy prospectus–full of earnest exhortations and ambitious targets, bereft of common sense principles and clear, attainable priorities.
the report declares that the GOP is stuck in an “ideological cul-de-sac” and requires “a more welcoming conservatism.” (5) To that end, the report insists that the party “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” (8) It also calls for Republicans to imitate the left’s identity politics, creating a “Growth and Opportunity Inclusion Council” composed of “nonwhites” who are meant to help increase diversity.
If you are so inclined you can read the full 100 page report here, but I wouldn’t bother because this 5 month exercise really isn’t worth the paper it was written on. The RNC could have saved themselves some time and money and just said that they think the GOP’s future is Lindsey Graham, Karl Rove, John McCain, Jeb Bush and Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard and not Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Tim Huelskamp, and the Tea Party.
As Rush Limbaugh has been pointing out to his listeners for months(which obviously doesn’t include the big wigs at the RNC or within the GOP establishment) we already passed amnesty once as Republicans, Simpson-Mazzoli, in 1986 and guess what Hispanics didn’t start voting in droves for Republicans. I seriously have to wonder if the Republicans pushing amnesty, which is what they mean when they say comprehensive immigration reform, haven’t seen these stats as produced by the Pew research center.
In 1984 Ronald Reagan got 37% of the Hispanic vote on his way to a 49 state rout of Mondale. Simpson-Mazzoli was passed and signed into law in 1986 giving some 3 million illegal immigrants amnesty under the promise we would never do it again and that the border would be secured(my how some people never learn). In 1988 George W. Bush got 30% of the Hispanic vote. That there in and of itself proves that the amnesty granters dreams of Hispanics voting Republican in future elections won’t happen.
This isn’t the first time, nor sadly will it be the last, that the GOP establishment and the powers that be have tried to water down what it means to be a Republican. There has been an ongoing battle within the GOP since the days of Barry Goldwater(and even before) over the identity of the party. For decades, whether it be the Rockefeller Republicans of old or today’s Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, and Bill Kristol’s, there have been those trying to brand and shape the GOP into nothing more than Democrats-lite. From amnesty for illegal aliens, to raising taxes on the” rich”(as Bill Kristol championed during the fiscal cliff) there are forces at work trying to blur and confuse people as to what separates the GOP from the Utopian Statist Democrats.
Well Ronaldus Magnus had the answer to this people in 1975 at CPAC and if the RNC really wanted to put out a way forward for the party they would have simply recited this passage word for word today(and for the last 5 months) because this is the building block for how Reagan won two massive landslides.
I don ‘t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party” — when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.
It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?
Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?
Let us show that we stand for fiscal integrity and sound money and above all for an end to deficit spending, with ultimate retirement of the national debt.
Let us also include a permanent limit on the percentage of the people’s earnings government can take without their consent.
Let our banner proclaim a genuine tax reform that will begin by simplifying the income tax so that workers can compute their obligation without having to employ legal help.
And let it provide indexing — adjusting the brackets to the cost of living — so that an increase in salary merely to keep pace with inflation does not move the taxpayer into a surtax bracket. Failure to provide this means an increase in government’s share and would make the worker worse off than he was before he got the raise.
Let our banner proclaim our belief in a free market as the greatest provider for the people. Let us also call for an end to the nit-picking, the harassment and over-regulation of business and industry which restricts expansion and our ability to compete in world markets.
Let us explore ways to ward off socialism, not by increasing government’s coercive power, but by increasing participation by the people in the ownership of our industrial machine.
Our banner must recognize the responsibility of government to protect the law-abiding, holding those who commit misdeeds personally accountable.
And we must make it plain to international adventurers that our love of peace stops short of “peace at any price.”
We will maintain whatever level of strength is necessary to preserve our free way of life.
A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.
I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.
Good-bye Karl Rove, Bill Kristol, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, Keven McCarthy and the rest of the GOP’s old bulls(as Mark Levin calls them) it is time for new leaders to take the reigns, leaders who stand on principle, leaders like Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Tim Huelskamp, Jim Bridenstine, Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, and the millions of Tea Party grassroots activist to take control of the party.
*update: Bill Kristol has a major hate on for Rand Paul, he again attacked the Senator on FNC today. Mind you that Bill Kirstol gave a full embrace to the Arab spring which has turned into the Arab winter as Al Qaeda, Islamist, and Sharia law spread across the Middle East and North Africa. While I don’t agree with all of Rand or Ron Paul’s views on foreign policy(In fact I’ve got big issues with Ron as one can read in my ebook We Can Do Better) All these attacks Rand Paul has been getting from the GOP old bulls(McCain, Graham, Kristol) over his drone filibuster are totally off base. Rand Paul was right during his 13 hour filibuster and Bill Kristol has been wrong about a lot including the fiscal cliff and the Arab spring.
*update II: Mark Levin tonight on his radio program said that John Boehner and Reince Priebus need to be thrown out.