Lion of the Blogosphere

More thoughts about Trump and Carson

The elites, and that includes both the Republican Party elites, the media elites, and the Club for Growth elites, are out of touch with the average American. This is especially ironic on the part of media elites who will gleefully attack a political candidate they don’t like as being out of touch with average Americans. That’s how they took Romney down and ensured four more years for Obama.

I endorsed Donald Trump on July 17, one day short of two months ago. Since my endorsement, Trump has surged in the polls and every other candidate supported by the elites has dropped. The MSM should be reading my blog if they want accurate predictions. Two months ago, everyone who supposedly considered themselves in the know was predicting that Trump’s campaign would fizzle out or even “implode.” But nope, the opposite happened.

Let’s talk about Ben Carson, the only other guy who has risen substantially in the polls. It’s typical in Republican presidential nominations that a candidate arises who is beloved by the hardcore religious right but is not particularly liked by anyone else and would not have a realistic chance of winning against a Democrat if he somehow magically won his party nomination. In 2008, that candidate was Mike Huckabee. This time around, that candidate is Ben Carson.

Carson’s Bible-based income tax plan (which would be a massive tax cut for the rich and create a massive budget deficit) is even more moronic than Huckabee’s “FairTax.” Ben Carson says:

What I agree with is that we need a significantly changed taxation system. And the one that I’ve advocated is based on tithing, because I think God is a pretty fair guy. And he said, you know, if you give me a tithe, it doesn’t matter how much you make. If you’ve had a bumper crop, you don’t owe me triple tithes. And if you’ve had no crops at all, you don’t owe me no tithes. So there must be something inherently fair about that. And that’s why I’ve advocated a proportional tax system. You make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You make $10, you pay one. And everybody gets treated the same way. And you get rid of the deductions, you get rid of all the loopholes. And I have a lot more to say about it.

And then, let’s point out that Carson has a very long record of being a creationist and evolution debunker. The liberal MSM will have a field day with that if Carson ever becomes the Republican front-runner. But for now, they are keeping silent because they want Trump to go down. They know Trump could actually win against a Democrat, but Carson has zero chance. And they like the idea of Carson as representing the so-called “wing-nut” wing of the Republican Party, allowing elite liberals to feel smug in their superiority over them.

Could the Republican Party elites actually rally around Carson because they are desperate for anyone but Trump, and would rather lose to Hillary than have Trump win the nomination?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 16, 2015 at 10:28 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. “It’s typical in Republican presidential nominations that a candidate arises who is beloved by the hardcore religious right.”

    I think a better formulation is that each election cycle some portion of the R primary voter universe lands on a neutral stalking horse candidate when answering polls who generally has the advantage of being so unknown that the still-to-get-engaged members of the primary voting cohort can project all of their favorite qualities onto that person. As you note, this support fades as the all-to-human candidate’s profile gets filled in.

    Curle

    September 16, 2015 at 10:38 am

  2. Before Trump, I favored Ted Cruz, but he turns out to be another insufferable Godbag. And I go to church, too. But it embarrasses me to see my candidate go off like that in what should be a more secular campaign. I guess his evang base would say it’s because I’m Catholic.

    Mrs Stitch

    September 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

  3. And would [the GOP elite] rather lose to Hillary than have Trump win the nomination?

    Yes. This is what they recently did in Virginia to Ed Gillespie and Ken Cuccinelli. GOP Donors flat-out refused to give them the money they needed for winnable races.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/11/ed_gillispie_super_pacs_virginia_senate_race_why_didn_t_anyone_help_him.html

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/ken-cuccinelli-fundraising-gap-099239

    DSGNTD_PLYR

    September 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

  4. You’re assuming Hillary will be the dem candidate. She’s tanking in polls with Sanders taking the lead in Iowa and NH. What are your thoughts on Sanders? He has a prole Brooklyn accent even after all those years in Vermont.

    slithy toves

    September 16, 2015 at 10:58 am

  5. Carson doesn’t understand the text. Biblical tithes amount to over, 20% of a farmer’s produce. There is also 10% levy on new born animals. These are divine commandments and have nothing to do with taxation. Jewish kings levied their own taxes according to their needs. There are no Biblical restrictions on the
    taxation by a secular authority. Bible doesn’t deal with this issue, it’s the domain of the secular, not religious law.

    Yakov

    September 16, 2015 at 11:04 am

  6. There is definitely a cohort of “pro-life uber alles” voters out there, and yes, they always seem to converge around the holiest roller in the mix. Carson’s blackness just adds a bit of razzmatazz to it. He seems like a decent guy, albeit delusional in some respects, and I hope he isn’t the nominee because the media will destroy him as soon as that happens, and he doesn’t deserve it.

    As for the elites, Trump has them in panic mode. He’s already unseated (and depantsed) the prescriptive nominee Heb! and now they don’t know who to turn to next.

    “I think God is a pretty fair guy.”

    Wow.

    peterike

    September 16, 2015 at 11:14 am

    • This stuff is catnip to evangelicals.

      Curious

      September 16, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  7. We’ve already had a Magic Negro, another one won’t help.

    Glengarry

    September 16, 2015 at 1:06 pm

  8. I’m not saying Trump will win, but he sure looks like the only one with a shot. And I think the MSM fully agrees with me.

    Glengarry

    September 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm

  9. “What I agree with is that we need a significantly changed taxation system. And the one that I’ve advocated is based on tithing, because I think God is a pretty fair guy.”

    Only in America can someone express a thought as stupid this and be taken seriously.

    Jimi

    September 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    • I find it charming, but as long as it doesn’t go any further.

      Yakov

      September 16, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  10. “Could the Republican Party elites actually rally around Carson because they are desperate for anyone but Trump, and would rather lose to Hillary than have Trump win the nomination?”

    Yes.

    And while I don’t have any information to independently confirm this, I would not be surprised if there are Republican establishment types informally advising Carson, giving him money, or both. What else explains Carson’s quick rise?

    The GOP establishment would rather lose the election than have Donald Trump as president. If Trump is somehow elected president, you can count on the insiders of both parties doing everything they can to ensure he is a one-term president.

    Sgt. Joe Friday

    September 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  11. I see no problem with a tithe.

    Why should the government get HALF of ALL MONEY!

    Fucking parasitic scum.

    jjbees

    September 16, 2015 at 5:12 pm

  12. “The MSM should be reading my blog if they want accurate predictions”

    On the strength of what you have said in the past I had 2 pounds on Scott Walker and 2 pounds on Mike Huckabee. Admittedly Huckabee’s price came in for a while so I was able to lay it off.

    martin

    September 16, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    • Walker was doing well in the polls until his horrible debate performance.

      Huckabee could still make a comeback but I think that Carson is the man for people who voted for Huckabee in 2008. Who could have predicted that a black brain surgeon would supersede Huckabee?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm


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