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Wednesday, March 16, 2016


My prediction: Very soon, Trump will announce Kasich is his running mate. Rumor will have it, it was a GOP-brokered decision.

Report from The Last English Prince:
CNN proclaimed as Trump left the stage, "The GOP has been destroyed tonight." 
And then, they repeated it.   
I appreciate that Trump stated tonight, "America will be great again but it takes the rich. Sorry, but it does." He brings a good balance in discussing corporate inversion, trade, etc. and takes the script away from any remaining Occupy Wall Street idiocy. 
He is also a class act. He placed his campaign manager on the stage. I am sure he did that because of what happened with Michelle Fields. He also had "Hope" (cannot remember her last name) on the stage too. She is an assistant of his, from Texas, and I think she graduated from TCU (Texas Christian University). It has a decent journalism school.   
Trump also referred to journalists as "disgusting people". smile *

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Anonymous The Last English Prince said...

I am not sure that he will pull Kasich into his political configuration. I lean more toward Governor Chris Christie. He is a political workhorse and most likely has a greater strategic depth regarding the inner workings of the GOP. Trump will put the GOP on a very short leash and not the other way around.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:36:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance of Dr. Ben Carson being his running mate?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 3:33:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Here's the logic behind my prediction:

1) Trump is all about making deals to win

2) Trump is used to managing large projects and large organizations that do large projects

3) Trump knows that he has to have all his ships going in the same direction

4) The GOP needs to save face

5) Trump will make Kasich his VP as a trade to the GOP that will a) help them save face and b) get them to STFU

6) WIN

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:07:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...


It looks like Trump may lose Missouri.

If he does, this is going to go on awhile longer before we have a clear nominee.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:27:00 am  
Blogger midnight rider said...

Well at least we know my Rubio/Haley prediction of some weeks ago was wrong.

Thank God!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:13:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

CNN proclaimed as Trump left the stage, "The GOP has been destroyed tonight."

And then, they repeated it.

I hope that certain someone, member of the GOP's inner circle, is having nightmares. Last October, I tried to tell him this was coming. He blew me off as an idiot.

But understand that the GOP establishment will not give up. They're taking this all the way to the convention floor -- and probably beyond, too.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:43:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

About Trump's putting Kasich on the ticket at VP...

Yes, that would help the GOP establishment save face.

Not sure that it will be Kasich as VP, though.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:50:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

In the WaPo:

Rubio’s demise marks the last gasp of the Republican reboot

...Rubio, whose ascent was propelled by a network of powerful players for years, was supposed to be the candidate best positioned to stop Trump and prevent a Republican rupture.


Following Romney’s defeat in an election many Republicans thought they should have won, party leaders concluded that the only way to regain the presidency would be to engage the growing and diverse electorate that President Obama had won over twice. The RNC drafted an “autopsy” that recommended bolstering appeals to women and minority voters, while reform conservatives drafted their own manifesto.

Rubio had been building his base among these Republicans since January 2011, when he began his Senate term. He joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and began to speak at think tanks and meet with scholars, most of them former staffers from George W. Bush’s administration. He hired a number of them for his own staff.

During his breaks in the Senate, Rubio would often tell colleagues how he was reading papers sent to him from former Republican officials or how he was about to have lunch with another bold-faced name from the Bush years. On his computer, he kept a “drop box” of related policy files compiled by his advisers.


“The critique was there: The Republican Party was out of touch,” said Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and former George W. Bush speechwriter. “But the breakdown occurred because we got into a cycle where policy didn’t matter at all. Policy was not just secondary, but it was almost not even in the conversation. And when people tried to interject policy — whether it was Rubio or Bush or others — there was just no appetite for it. It didn’t catch on.”

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said that Rubio campaigned in a way that quickly became obsolete.

“Rubio was prepared, much like Jeb Bush, for a reasonable dialogue in Washington policy language, offering positions that reflect 40 years of national security and foreign-policy experts. All of that disappeared. The market didn’t care,” Gingrich said....

There's also this in the article:

“The party finds itself catching up to its base. Those very elegant papers it published and conferences it held may have been good and smart, but they didn’t really matter,” said William J. Bennett, a conservative talk-show host and former education secretary in Ronald Reagan’s administration. “Instead, everyone who’s been prominent for the last 15 to 20 years finds themselves getting pushed out.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:20:00 am  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

This will be interesting because I think Kasich meant it when he said no way would he even CONSIDER IT, and it looks as if it's PERSONAL.

I think he despises Trump.

I also find all the crap about Trump 'taking over the GOP' a bunch of shit. Trump is SINGULAR and from so far outside he can't 'take over' squat.

He is either a chance for Conservatives to reconnect with the people and renew themselves, or a blip on the path to a well deserved DEMISE

Right now it sure looks like the latter.

So, here is my prediction, in 4 years watch for me volunteering somewhere for a radical SOMETHING. HRC is going to win in an election in which the GOP DIES and this will be an America of the left.

We're on the express elevator to hell people, GOING DOWN!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:45:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

From "Seven top Republicans lay out how the GOP should respond to Trump as front-runner" by Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary, 2001 to 2003:

If Donald Trump becomes the GOP nominee, the United States will no longer have a two-party system. We will have three blocs.

One: a liberal bloc that’s home to Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Two: a conservative bloc led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and others. And three: a populist bloc that has no fixed ideology but is led by the singular personality of Trump.

Trump is not really a Republican. He is an independent who has leased the title of Republican so that he can temporarily affix it to the campaign he is building. He’s a wrecking ball, swinging through the Republican Party, destroying the GOP positions on entitlement reform, free trade and Planned Parenthood.

But if he’s the nominee, his wrecking ball will swing through the Democratic Party, too. Republicans have long dreamed of growing the party with blue-collar, working-class Americans, and especially against Clinton, Trump has a chance to gain these new voters. Many low- and middle-income workers who know this economy isn’t working for them are Trump voters-in-waiting.

Trump changes everything. He changes the math. He changes the ideology. He changes what’s considered acceptable behavior. The big question is: Can he change who wins the White House?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:52:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I can't see that any GOP candidate can win against the Clinton Machine.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:54:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"destroying the GOP positions on entitlement reform, free trade and Planned Parenthood."

SO what? The GOP isn't serious about entitlement reform, it is a position not a goal.

For the GOP "free trade" is a fig leaf for cheap labor and cheap goods and is destructive of the American middle class.

And the GOP isn't serious about defunding Planned Parenthood. Which isn't defunding at any rate since they can still operate on the private dime.

Taking a wrecking ball to it all? Good.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:07:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I think Trump would beat Hillary, Epa.

If Kasich has a personal vendetta against Trump he is a fool.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:10:00 pm  
Blogger Nicoenarg said...

I thought his VP could be Newt Gingrich, but what do I know!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:58:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

That would be great. I like Newt.

But I think he will do something that will allow the Republicans to save face, and get them to STFU.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 1:07:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess is Trump will pick who he believes will either bring in, or guarantee his hold, on the largest number of EV. It will be a tough choice but I don't expect any Palinesque moon-shots.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 1:33:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

Trump CAN beat Hillary because he can get D's to vote for him, and new voters. But he cannot do this if the GOP does to him what they did to Goldwater.
If they don;t go 3rd party but turn their backs, campaign on their own, make NO MENTION of the top of the ticket, everyone not solidly in the Trump train will understand, and vote D.

The only thing that MIGHT change that equation is if Trump goes all in with his $ on commercials, etc and gets key people to come over an BE on TV

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 3:49:00 pm  

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