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Scott Adams debate analysis

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, thinks that Chris Christie’s “Linguistic Kill Shot” on Rubio was too good to come from Christie and that Trump gave it to him before the debate.

I think that Scott Adams’ theory is far-fetched. The simple explanation is that Chris Christie was very good at taking out opponents in debates in New Jersey, but during the primary debating season he was either intimidated or trying to act more presidential. But this being the last debate before Christie drops out, he figured he had nothing to lose so he acted more like his New Jersey self.

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Despite his takeout of Rubio, Christie also doesn’t ever say anything deep or original at these debates. He always has the same answer, that he had gubernatorial responsibilities and he will do the same for the country that he did for New Jersey. And because he was a lawyer, somehow this makes him tough on terrorism. Huh?

Kasich is the one who presents a unique position, that of the adult in a room full of children. Will it work? People who want amnesty within 100 days of Kasich being elected will surely vote for him. And the GOPe could get behind that. At least Kasich isn’t an immigration flip-flopper like Rubio, the guy who drafted the “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill with Chuck Schumer that he now claims he didn’t support. Kasich has integrity in his continuing policy to stick it to working American citizens by legalizing millions of illegal immigrants.

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I think Kasich has a shot of coming in ahead of Rubio on Tuesday. He only needs 14% of voters to support him, and he was already at 11% before the debate where Rubio got demolished and Kasich had a good night. He only needs to gain another 3%. It could happen.

If Kasich pulls it off, the GOPe will be in panic mode. Should they continue to support Rubio, or dump him and support Kasich? By the time they figure out what to do, Trump will have swept Super Tuesday with the GOPe vote splitting three ways between Rubio, Kasich and Bush.

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I also predict that Christie drops out after doing poorly in NH. You could read the tea leaves in the debate. Christie had the mental attitude that this was his last debate.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 7, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Yes, Christie is a good debater who is aggressive and combative. I’m not sure why Adams is attributing Christie’s performance to Trump without any specific information. It kind of makes Adams look like a jock sniffer for Trump.


    February 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm

  2. I think your analysis is off. Rubio is not GOPe. He betrayed GOPe by running; betrayed his mentor, Jeb Bush. where do you get this from? GOPe is Jeb. Since he tanked, the E has been running around like a chicken with its head cut off. They will probably settle on Kasich – or sit it out.


    February 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    • If Kasich takes second place his ‘victory’ speech will be unbearable.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      February 7, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    • I agree that the GOPe was probably not enthused about Rubio running. I’m sure they wanted to hold him in cold storage for a few years. But Trump had skewered Jeb! so effectively that he never got off the ground. But yes, Rubio IS GOPe now. He’s pro amnesty and neo con all wars all the time, so he’s exactly what they want.

      Mike Street Station

      February 7, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      • I agree the Rubio is GOPe, but in NH I noticed that the crowd seemed to be only in Jeb’s camp and they weren’t cheering for the bubble boy. I think Trump was on the correct path, these state GOP operations are all staffed up with former Bush people and they are staying loyal and willing to do anything to help the family. Rubio’s one of theirs, but they still aren’t completely happy with him.

        Trump approaching the GOPe is like someone pursuing a hostile takeover of a company where the board and management have been enriching themselves at the expense of the shareholders. You better believe they are going to fight to hang on to their sinecures.


        February 7, 2016 at 11:24 pm

  3. Adams has jumped the shark. He had a couple useful insights early on about the Trump phenomenon, but now just wants attention.


    February 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm

  4. I think Cruz will come in 2nd by over-performing his polls since his supporters tend to be older and hard-core conservatives.


    February 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    • Cruz’s slimy repulsiveness grows more obvious by the day. I’m not making any predictions as to who will come in 2nd, just that it will be a surprise. It won’t be Rubio, it won’t be Cruz. I’ve been to NH and they are pretty sharp, no-bullshit people, unlike the dopes in Iowa.


      February 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

    • How awesome would a Cruz Sanders GE debate be. The crusty old commie would be surgically dismantled.

      Lion of the Turambar

      February 8, 2016 at 11:01 am

  5. My take is Rubio stayed repeatedly on message, even when Christie was attacking him for that.

    Too much groupthink in the media. It’s like a recent Clinton comment on her fees. The audience loved it, but the next day they’re going on like it was a gaffe.


    February 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

  6. Republicans better pray the Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders AND the economy takes a dump. The GOP has had years to field suitable candidates and they’ve come up with clowns. The Clinton machine will make mincemeat of its opponent.


    February 7, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    • No matter who the Reps run, Dems will call them clowns and say they belong in a clown car.

      Jay Fink

      February 7, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    • Meanwhile, the best the Democrats can come up with are two shrill socialist geezers? Eight years of hopenchange have destroyed that party.


      February 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      • Bernie isn’t any more socialist than Obama, he’s just not as good at hiding it. And unlike Obama, Bernie is genuinely concerned about prole whites.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      • But most prole whites do not believe in socialism policies!


        February 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      • Because of anti-socialism propaganda and not because of anything inherent about being prole.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      • I’m a conspiracy theorist type of person, because I believe elites propagate propaganda to control the masses and profit from them. They strip proles of any welfare entitlements and give them to NAMs, hence all the income inequality in this country. The sad thing is that many proles don’t even want it, still believing the American Dream is attainable as it was 1960, if one works hard.


        February 8, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      • The party establishment opposes Sanders. They’ve always been all about Clinton, and she’s a formidable candidate.


        February 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  7. Rubio’s low IQ finally caught up with him. He can memorize lines, and that’s about it.

    This is a guy who was the main Republican in favor of the war in Libya. Literally just drop bombs on a Muslim country, kill its leader, and think that everything’s gonna be great! Absolutely disqualifying. How could anyone be that stupid? Other fun facts:

    1) Voted with Lindsey Graham against Cruz and Rand in order to continue Muslim immigration into the country
    2) Like Jeb!, supports women joining the draft, and unlike Cruz
    3) Calls for an approach to Russia that prioritizes “human rights,” which basically means forcing gay marriage and feminism on them


    February 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    • But that Libya position was also Obama’s and Hildebeast’s – nobody says they’re dumb. Rubio speaks extemporaneously in complete sentences, which few can do as you’re aware. So how is he dumb? He’s just a guy with no natural advantages in life who got his big break from a car dealer who’s main interest is more car buyers, hence pro immivasion. Why do we have to say anything more than that?

      Cal Worthinton

      February 7, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      • He went to law school at the University of Miami. He’s good at memorizing a few lines, he’s hard working and conscientious. Not very smart.


        February 7, 2016 at 9:22 pm

  8. Christie wasn’t just a lawyer, but a US Attorney, and an extremely effective one at rooting out corruption. He was to NJ politicians what Giuliani was to the New York mob. But rather than talk about that, he tries to link it to terrorism, because US attorneys prosecute terrorism cases, and he lost touch with his investment banker wife for a few hours on 9/11.

    Dave Pinsen

    February 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm

  9. Dave Pinsen

    February 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    • Thank you. This picture had me chuckling for several minutes.


      February 7, 2016 at 11:34 pm

  10. Guys: why are middle eastern and mexican proles so good looking, but American mid western proles so ugly?

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 7, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    • ROFL.


      February 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      • Its because they’re from the 2nd world and food is expensive so they’re thin. But they’re not from the 3rd world where food is so scarce that they look as if suffering from malnutrition. Midwesterners need to stop eating so much.


        February 7, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      • mexicans are not thin. they’re really fat, mexico is a really overweight country

        james n.s.w

        February 8, 2016 at 2:33 am

      • A fat hog from the Midwest and a nemesis to many of Lion’s Readers: Michael Moah


        February 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      • Mexicans are short legged and barrel chested, broadly built rather than fat. And these guys have mostly pretty physical jobs they couldn’t do if they were carrying a lot of serious extra fat.


        February 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    • Lots of attractive white proles in the South though. Even people who are a little chunky have nice faces and dress well. Women wear makeup. Only in the mountainous areas do the proles get ugly and frumpy. Maybe people of German descent look worse than people of British descent when they get a little overweight. Also Midwesterners have worse fashion sense.


      February 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    • You’re joking, right?

      I see plenty of Middle Eastern and Central American proles where I live. They are are short and squat, with bad skin and bad teeth. Their brutish stupidity is written plainly on their ugly faces. Their young women go through a brief period of attractiveness before they turn into fire hydrants.


      February 8, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      • Their young women go through a brief period of attractiveness

        Exactly. Midwestern prole women don’t, despite their elite German/Scandinavian genetics.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 8, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      • The top picture is a photo of a ‘dreamcatchers’ club from Burlington, IA public high school. The second of students from a Guatamala HS. The IA gals may not be great, but they’ve got one up on the Central Americans in the looks department.


        February 8, 2016 at 11:11 pm

  11. Scott Adams is one of a few high-IQ weirdos who make me think “pattern recognition on overdrive.”

    His analysis of Trump is certainly more good than bad, but half the time he seems to see things that really aren’t there . . . although I’m pretty sure he’s brighter than I am so maybe it’s me who’s missing something.


    February 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm

  12. Scott Adams is a classic hedgehog. Persuasion is one thing but, unlike winning, isn’t the only thing.


    February 7, 2016 at 10:32 pm

  13. Cruz is the only real threat to Trump. Trump will win New Hampshire easily, and then South Carolina will determine the nominee one way or another. Only Trump and Cruz have a chance in South Carolina, so the race for the nomination is between the two of them.

    I mentioned before that I thought Rubio’s “surge” might end up helping Trump because Rubio could be smacked down in debate whenever it was necessary to do so (although I thought it would be on the immigration issue), and it seems as if that is indeed the case. The “surge” blunted Cruz’s Iowa momentum even though Rubio himself has no chance.


    February 8, 2016 at 12:19 am

    • He still needs to be smacked down on immigration. Not just to get Rubio, but to get the issue out in the open so we can draw the battlelines. So far, Rubio has coasted on doubletalk on immigration because every debate moderator and reporter who interviews him agrees with him. But the public needs to see that vampire in the sunlight.

      Mike Street Station

      February 8, 2016 at 8:27 am

  14. To a hammer, everything is a nail. To Scott Adams, everything is seen through the Master Persuader lens, even if it shouldn’t be.

    His insights were really interesting for a while, but he really is a onetrick pony, and the trick is over.



    February 8, 2016 at 9:19 am

    • Even the “Master Persuader” stuff is mostly BS. Sure, Trump’s a good salesman, but he’s not doing well because of persuasion. He’s doing well because he’s basically the only guy tapping into an underserved market among voters on immigration. If Trump were running on a pro-immigration platform, he would not be doing well and would not be persuading all these people to support him.


      February 8, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      • I believe the immigration policy helped him, but Scott Adams has convinced me that there is a lot more to Trump’s popularity than just immigration. Even though Scott Adams has gone a little off the deep end in his last few posts.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      • Yeah, but let’s face it, Trump would be at around 0 in the polls if he was running on a pro-immigration platform. He wouldn’t be able to persuade himself to the top with that platform, no matter how masterful he was.


        February 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm

  15. I agree with your predictions, but I’m a little more certain that Kasich is going to come in second. He’s the adult you vote for, when you have no one else to vote for. He projects a reassuring persona to befuddled moderates.

    As for the Dilbert guy, he’s off his gourd, but he sure does make a good living off of it, doesn’t he?


    February 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm

  16. Dilbert has lost his mind. He just did a whole story about Islamophobia before going back to paranoia about mind control technology. He had some good shit back in the day about crazy wimmen and giant SUVs that ran on owls, but lately he’s gone too mainstream lamebrain PC to be edgy.
    If you’re reading this Dilbert, you can’t be edgy and teacher’s pet at the same time. Its like those damn old hippies who still wear jeans and love beads and scream about antidisestablishmentarianism and then support Big Government. Government Stooge and Rebel do not mix, Dilbert.

    Joshua Sinistar

    February 8, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    • Wow, I didn’t know he was that nuts.

      There’s a wing of the paleo-libertarian right that is politically in remission now, but they are around. Instapundit was one such. He used to espouse the singularity, transhumanism, head-freezing, all that Kurzweill bullshit. Instapundit doesn’t do that anymore now. Mostly he gulps supplements and pumps iron a la Mark Rippetoe, hoping it will help him prolong his life. So stupid.


      February 8, 2016 at 6:22 pm

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