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Trump tied with Cruz in Texas!

I warned in a tweet yesterday that the Texas poll happened before the South Carolina primary and didn’t account for Trump’s momentum:

Well today there’s a new Emerson University Texas poll which was conducted entirely after the South Carolina primary, and we see a much different picture:

Cruz 29%
Trump 28%
Rubio 25%
Kasich 9%
Carson 4%

And now, after the Nevada caucus in which Trump had his most dominating win so far, and Cruz came in third behind Rubio, the scales could tip even more to Trump’s favor in Texas.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 24, 2016 at 1:39 pm

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  1. Actually the numbers above say Trump -1, Cruz -8 and Rubio +10.


    February 24, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    • You mean that Rubio, on the surface, appears to be the primary beneficiary of changes since the previous poll and not Trump?

      Well Rubio is still in third place behind Cruz and Trump. And Trump win some more support after Nevada.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 24, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      • Yes. I don’t know if it’s the same people being polled or anything, but I interpret the above as Cruz being dropped by the voters and the field starting to coalesce around two contenders. At least in Texas, but I guess this could be happening elsewhere too. More precisely, it looks like some Cruz and all ¡Jeb! voters have gone to Foam Boy and Kasich.


        February 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      • Yeah it suggests that if they get it down to Rubio and Trump, Rubio will win.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        February 24, 2016 at 11:07 pm

  2. Good news! A new RCP poll shows that most primary voters want Trump to buy Lion’s blog and rename it “Trump of the Blogosphere.” I say that social proof and a desire to be seen as a winner will lead even more primary voters to take this position in the future. Lion, don’t worry. You can always manage the blog for Donald. Start considering a price now. No point in trying to fight the inevitable. And don’t expect loyalty from any of your regular commenters – none of them will leave in protest. The blog will be vibrant and Trump will cause it to be more popular than ever. Donald always gets whatever he wants – trophy wives, the presidency, other people’s blogs, etc……


    February 24, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    • If Trump wanted to offer me a position in his administration as a blogger, that would be awesome. Unfortunately, I doubt that would happen.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 24, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      • You seem to be missing my point (or perhaps ignoring it.) I know you’d love to be on Trump’s payroll. The point is that you wouldn’t want him taking over your blog after all the years you’ve spent making it the unique place it is today. He’s be sweeping away years of work – and a part of you. I feel like Trump is doing the same thing to the Republican party and conservative movement that I’ve supported for 35 years. Not an exact analogy, of course. But you see my point.

        Speaking seriously, I would be heartbroken if you sold this blog to Trump. He is in no way the refined man and superior thinker that our Lion is – the quality of the posts/comments here would certainly begin a very steep decline. Sort of like seeing a charming little village of stately homes and little Mom and Pop shops bought out and turned into a mini Las Vegas. UGH!


        February 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      • “The point is that you wouldn’t want him taking over your blog after all the years you’ve spent making it the unique place it is today.”

        If he offered me enough money I would sell it to him. I can always do other stuff on social media, but my blog doesn’t pay my rent.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 24, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      • @MaryK —

        “I feel like Trump is doing the same thing to the Republican party and conservative movement that I’ve supported for 35 years”

        MaryK, I understand social conservatism like you do. Your grief is understandable but I think your anger is misplaced.

        When Indiana tried to give an inch of freedom to religious objectors to gay “marriage” and the conservative establishment folded like a cheap suit under the weight of the leftist business establishment hypocrites like Apple, the conservative movement as you knew it was already dead (that was the SoCon’s Waterloo according to Rod Dreher). When the Supremes created gay “marriage” out of thin air and instantly invalidated the Constitutional amendments of most states while the pope did nothing but bash conservatives, the conservative movement as you knew it was dead. When Romney in 2012 couldn’t bring himself to voice a bit of support for Chik-fil-A when it came under attack for its founder’s views, that was a sign that the rot ran deep. When ‘conservatives’ line up to attack Russia, the only socially conservative power standing, the sickness was terminal.

        Trump didn’t kill it.

        What religious Americans can plausibly hope for is to have a bruiser in the court, someone unafraid to take on the leftist totalitarians.

        Ronald Reagan was a confident man much loved by the religious right. As far as I know he hardly ever went to church. But he was a winner who was quite sure he when he was right and was utterly immune to the kind of shaming that the left uses. Familiar?

        Cheer up. Conservative Christians, pathetic as they may seem, have the only game going in town, as far as healthy living and civilization itself goes. What else is there? Atheism? Islam? There is nothing else. The landscape is one of sick, miserable people full of neuroses trying to make other people miserable. They are all terrified of dying and have no game plan to confront either their own mortality or any kind of suffering at all.

        Cheer up and be a happy rebel, knowing that you are superior. Religion is a necessary component of civilization and high living and these defectives have nothing. They will get sick and die screaming in terror at dying, crawling back to the shredded memories of their youthful faith like the pathetic losers that they are, who only suck energy from each other and have no strength inside.

        Walk around with your head held high, feeling the awesomeness of actually, genuinely being better, superior, more civilized than the suffering degenerates around you. History vindicates you.

        You tried to help suffering people through a public social conservative movement. They rejected it completely. Live your life in peace, excellence and guiltless superiority knowing you tried to help these degenerates.

        You are victorious if you can see it; they have an ideology of misery and nihilism, you have something much better. They dine on feces and pretend their hardest that it is delicious. Laugh! Try not to gloat though, but be gracious in your victory.


        February 24, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      • @MaryK,

        Social conservatives have lost every major battle in the last 25 years. Your beloved Republican Party folded like a cheap table under the Obama onslaught during his 2nd administration. I understand your loathing of Trump, but where is your country going to be after 30 million MORE illegals flood it, and after our industrial base is completely sold off to Asia/Mexico? Who facilitated the entrance of the illegals (the cheap labor lobby) and which party has been the tribune of “free trade” (i.e. free death) since Reagan?

        Yesterday I heard Trump say that our trade deficit w/Mexico is 54 BILLION. I thought, “he’s exaggerating, couldn’t be.” I looked it up. He’s right.

        Look up the disastrous figures about the debt, about trade deficits, about how Bush increased federal spending massively (remember the Medicare entitlement?), and then preach to us about Trump the liberal.


        February 24, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      • “Wen we look back someday at the catastrophe that was the Bush administration, we will think of many things: the tragedy of the Iraq war, the shame of Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib, the erosion of civil liberties. The damage done to the American economy does not make front-page headlines every day, but the repercussions will be felt beyond the lifetime of anyone reading this page.”

        “But the other side of the ledger groans with distress: a tax code that has become hideously biased in favor of the rich; a national debt that will probably have grown 70 percent by the time this president leaves Washington; a swelling cascade of mortgage defaults; a record near-$850 billion trade deficit; oil prices that are higher than they have ever been; and a dollar so weak that for an American to buy a cup of coffee in London or Paris—or even the Yukon—becomes a venture in high finance.”

        OK, the price of oil has dropped.

        Such gifts the GOPe has given us, MaryK! Thank you!

        Jeb Bush didn’t get near what he deserved. He deserved to have his house foreclosed, his business declared bankrupt, and his health care taken away.


        February 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      • Nice post Dan. Sorry to focus on what I didn’t like about it, but I take issue with the Russia part. They are not and will never be friends of the West, and being anti-gay-marriage does not make up for the assassination of political opponents and state control of the media. Truth and thought have inherent value. I know the alt-right likes to pretend the solution is a nice alt-right dictator, but that’s just a game. In reality, Putin is a tyrant and Russia is not better for it. Nor are they better for having chosen to align themselves with China instead of becoming part of Europe. In fact, this itself demonstrates Russia’s irreconcilable otherness: they chose China. The alt-right thinks China has inherited the torch of civilization, and as the West diminishes, will carry it forward. It will not, simply because its people are not high enough quality, morally or creatively, to do so. That is why its society is corrupt at every level, from top of the Party to the anesthesiologists who must be personally bribed in order to give their patients enough painkillers. Cheating is assumed. The prosecution of “corruption” itself is a political weapon. The people churn like hive bugs around the entrances to elevators and trains as if they have no idea there might be anyone inside who wants to exit. They are deficient.


        February 24, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      • By the way, for those who think Trump plans on being isolationist, Drudge paraphrases/quotes his website:

        Bolstering the U.S. military and “deploying it appropriately in the East and South China Seas” are other goals.

        “These actions will discourage Chinese adventurism that imperils American interests in Asia and shows our strength as we begin renegotiating our trading relationship with China,” the Trump website states. “A strong military presence will be a clear signal to China and other nations in Asia and around the world that America is back in the global leadership business.”

        This makes me like him more.


        February 24, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      • What America needs is a patriotic nationalist party to replace the indistinguishable establishment parties of today. I hope, and Trump did say so, that this movement will become a sustainable force that will change the political landscape forever. This is the only thing that will save this country.


        February 24, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      • @Perturabo,

        The alt-right favors China? I’ve spent too much time reading their sites and I’ve been horrified by most of what I read, but I missed that. Clue me in. Thanks.


        Russia is NOT conservative. It’s a very f’d up country, Russians are heavily into alcohol, public drunkenness everywhere – have you been?

        Which reminds me….Russian soldiers went on a mass rape orgy dwarfing the recent rape orgy in Germany, after WWII. How does the alt-right square their bedrock love of Germany with their newfound love of Russia as the repository of whiteness? Oh well, consistency was never their strong suit.


        February 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      • Dan, thank you for the attempt to make me feel better. I appreciate it. Most of what’s making me angry about Trump’s victory is the Republican primary voters and the conservative movement leaders who are going along with supporting him. It’s not Trump himself. I don’t hate the man..

        I agree that social conservatives have been losing for a long time. And most of their loses are their own fault. But this doesn’t mean I should just give up and feel satisfied that history will prove me right in the end. I still have to live in this country. The culture wars are not going to go away. The Left never backs down. They spot any sign of weakness and pounce on it. To win, social conservatives have to first admit that most Americans are not really socially conservative in any real way – and then discuss a plan to win people over. Yet instead of facing this painful reality they seem determined to just pretend that things will be fine when we elect a socially conservative president – and then fool themselves into thinking that Donald Trump is that person.

        I have zero reason to think Trump is any kind of conservative. He hasn’t shown loyalty to a party, a philosophy, a religion – nothing outside of himself and his money. He changed party registration 5 times. His opinions have been all over the place for years. He shows little self-restraint or modesty, and has little tact. OK, he raised good, moral, productive children. I’ll give him credit for this. But this man became a Republican ten minutes ago, and now wants to lead the party and the nation. It’s instructive that so many conservatives are supporting him out of anger and frustration – as if political decisions should be based on emotions. And we should never hear the line “it can’t get any worse under Trump.” Things can always get worse. A true social conservative knows this.

        If I were to base my decisions on emotion I’d be ready to throw mud on the State of Liberty – or as it may come to be called, “Donald’s lady with a torch.”

        Schlafly and Buchanan are conservative movement heavyweights who can never be forgiven for this betrayal.


        February 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      • When Trump wins, he will have a mandate to do something about illegal immigration. So he will do it in order to preserve his legacy.

        As far as other policy stuff, the President has less control over policy than people think. Only Congress can change laws. As the chief executive of the federal government, I trust Trump to be better at that than a Senator. Trump was the CEO of his business.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 24, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      • And to pertaboos crazy rant, haven’t you noticed how your beloved Europe is committing suicide lately? Putin isn’t a nice guy but maybe he’s the guy Russia needs right now or do you have some kind of special insight on Russia that makes you more qualified to tell them what they should do?

        Russia tried the Western way in the 90s and it was a lost decade of misery corruption and debauchery.

        By the way, the West itself will be undergoing massive social change that will make it unrecognizable one way or another soon. Trump is our proto Putin, a relatively reasonable response to civilaztional death.


        February 24, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      • Putin has intelligent comments about America, but, Trump excluded, you don’t hear a word of sense from the surrender crop of American politicians.


        February 24, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      • Gothamette, a number of bloggers (whom I don’t read anymore due to Jew-haters in the comments who seem to have the tacit approval of the blogger) such as Jim and Xenosystems have frequently held China up as superior to the West. Xenosystems may even be on the payroll of the Chinese government, because it’s hard for me to believe anyone would say things like “breathtakingly beautiful Shanghai…” after experiencing it beyond a superficial level unless one were paid to do so. By the way, a lot of Russian girls are prostitutes because the country is in such bad shape. Something like 3 million. A much higher rate than in America, despite the fact that America is full of NAMs. It’s a yuge rate.

        Jumpinjackflash, you didn’t say whether it is the Russia portion or the China portion of my post that you find to be a “crazy rant.” If it is the China portion, I assure you that you are ignorant on the subject. If it is the Russia portion – Russia has aligned itself with China and it may slide toward becoming a Chinese client state, because China has an economy and Russia does not. It has also actively interfered with US foreign policy, which should not be permitted regardless of one’s opinion about that policy. We can’t allow people to show us up like that. That, plus incompatibility with Western values about freedom and the rule of law (it has been a thug-state for a century), should make it clear that Russia is not our friend. Trump might surprise you in how he handles Russia, if he is really the nationalist he seems to be. He has already stated that he plans a show of military force to cow China. Remember that he’s not part of your little online clique with its set of prescribed opinions. He might actually like America.


        February 24, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      • @JJF,

        “By the way, the West itself will be undergoing massive social change that will make it unrecognizable one way or another soon. Trump is our proto Putin, a relatively reasonable response to civilaztional death.”

        Discuss. I’m always interested in others’ dystopian fantasies.


        February 24, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      • I was talking about russia I have no insights on China. You ignored my comment about Europe so that’s noted. Don’t you think we would be rightfully worried if Russia had missiles in Cuba like we do in Poland and Turkey? Russia is acting on its own self defense and America is the aggressor here it seems to me. Our foreign policy is a fiasco so it might actually be a good thing when Russia shows us up because it humbles the liberal neocon establishment.

        The dystooian scenario is that the West becomes al eurabia and northern Brazil in the USA. Is Paris still Paris if it’s full of minarets and Africans? Will Europeans descendent’s become fearful minorities in their own countries? It’s either that or a turn to nationalism, ethnocentrism, away from free market capitalism and probably much more to Christianity. Of course a traditional Europe and USA would also be unrecognizable to is but at least we could save ourselves


        February 25, 2016 at 6:06 am

      • @Perturabo,

        “Gothamette, a number of bloggers (whom I don’t read anymore due to Jew-haters in the comments who seem to have the tacit approval of the blogger) such as Jim and Xenosystems have frequently held China up as superior to the West…”

        1. I read most alt-right blogs at one point out of horrified curiosity, and because I’d get book ideas from them. A few are widely read, if insane. But every website is infested with rabid Jew-haters in the comments, and there ain’t no “seem” about it. The approval is open. If you don’t want racists and Jew-haters, and in general mean-spirited assholes, say so, and don’t approve their comments.

        2. The childlike admiration of Russia and China is pitiable. Nuff said, but I cannot resist pointing out that you can’t idolize Russia and love good ole Nazi Chermany at the same time. These guys are blithering idiots. Please WNs, go to Germany and say nice things about Russia, pretty please. Or go to Russia and extol the satanic Reich that caused the deaths of 20M of your countrymen! I would love to see it.

        This reminds me of their farcical foray into Hungary. These innocents abroad didn’t realize that the Hungarians didn’t want anything to do with them and booted them out. Mewling and whining about free speech, they fumed and pissed about Hungary until the great Victor Orban stood up to the migrant invasion, at which point he became St. Victor. (I admire Orban.)

        Same deal with France. France is viciously attacked by treasonous home-grown Muslims and all they do is sneer that France doesn’t really believe in true free speech, because they prohibit Holocaust denial. I say: France has a right to be France, and if they prohibit certain kinds of speech because of bitter history, that’s their business. Shut your f’ing mouth, or keep ranting away on alt-right sites, which is the same thing.

        Sorry for the rant, Lion. I loathe these guys and I think they turn off a lot of people. I attack them whenever I can. Trump freed my soul.


        February 25, 2016 at 8:34 am

      • MaryK —

        “I have zero reason to think Trump is any kind of conservative. ”

        Here are some yuuge reasons:

        (1) True conservatives hate political correctness, understanding that it is choking conservatism (and free thought for that matter). Trump is a warrior against political correctness more than anyone while many ‘conservatives’ (e.g. Romney) are actually part of the political correctness problem. Political correctness is a straightjacket that ensures problems cannot be solved and liberal victories are locked in.

        (2) Trump has a traditional home where he is the breadwinner and his wife stays at home raising the kid. This is very conservative. (In this way, Obama actually has a slight conservative streak himself, in his personal life.)

        (3) Trump has conservative intuition when he leads on issues that are not yet part of official Conservatism. For example, in terms of criticizing Black Lives Matter or condemning Merkel’s idiocy he is conservative, and practically the only one in US politics saying anything. These are important matters of conservatism where the official folks are completely out to lunch. Meanwhile idiots such as Rand Paul want us to empty the prisons.

        (4) Trump did speak out in 2012 against gay marriage and took a lot of flak against his hotels because of it. He didn’t back down. He confidently defended a Miss America contestant Carrie Prejean when she was attacked for her views on marriage.

        (5) Trumps wife is eastern European, where views are considerably more socially conservative.

        (6) The military is the most conservative part of America and Donald Trump is in *lurve* with them; Melania must be jealous. Liberals are really awkward around the military while Trump is at his happiest around soldiers.

        (7) Donald Trump concealed carries. That is unheard of for an upper class person from New York City. Its would even be a small minority in a place like Texas. I am sure the percent of Democrats that concealed carry hovers around zero percent.

        (8) Trump really hates Obama. Says all the time that he’s the worst President ever, and tried to attack Obama from a birther perspective which is very far right. No Democrat could hate Obama that much.

        (9) Trump called Sanders a Communist. Yeah, baby! This shows that his conservative impulse goes way back, to Reagan and the 1980s. That a Reagan era slur.

        Open your eyes!! As I said, Reagan almost never went to church. Church is not all of what makes a conservative. Rev. Al Sharpton spends half his time in churches. The pope is far left, an actual Marxist if you look into his past. The fact that Trump got in a scuffle with Bergoglio should count as point number 10.


        February 25, 2016 at 9:34 am

      • @jjf,
        I didn’t ignore anything, if you were talking to me.


        February 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      • Dan, your post was well-written and well-thought out, but it just proves my point. Look at how you have to stretch the definition of “conservative” to someone anti-communist, someone who has a heterosexual marriage and children, hates political correctness, etc.. Many liberals fall into these categories too. You’ll remember that these same arguments were used to console the right that Rudy Giuliani was also a conservative. Whenever someone tries to defend a candidate by saying “He may not really be one of us, but he has the same enemies. See?” you know you’re bending the pieces to fit the puzzle.

        Also, if you’ve read my many comments here you’ll know that I don’t really care if a candidate is personally religious. I’m more interested in morals than religion. If Trump dealt with this problem I might take him seriously. Instead he’s trying to BS the Christian Right with talk about how the Bible is his favorite book (as if that’s significant anyway – one might easily enjoy the Bible for it’s elegant stories or its influence on Western culture rather than its theology.) I can easily imagine Trump’s candidacy being a way that he and a select group of Manhattan plutocrats are trying to take over the Republican party and bring it back to Rockefeller Republicanism. Michael Bloomberg’s threat to run as an independent is bogus. Who is he fooling? Trump as Republican nominee would be Bloomberg’s dream come true. He’d love nothing better than two socially liberal nominees for president.


        February 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

    • Haha now that’s how you do it Mary! I usually find your anti trump comments annoying but this one was classy,fun and dare I say it, trollish?

      In the future social scientists will consider trolling an art form and 2016 election will have made it mainstream


      February 24, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      • Thank you , Jack. I attribute my excellent trolling abilities to my being born in a crossfire hurricane.


        February 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      • MaryK’s comments often remind me of “eloH” over at MPC.


        February 24, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    • MaryK: I basically am a conservative. I believe in limited government, low taxation, strong homogeneous communities and am anti gay marriage. I am so socially conservative that I even like Islam due to it’s misogyny and homophobia.

      The difference between us is that I recognize that 40 years of mass immigration from the 3rd world has made conservatism electorally irrelevant at the national level. That is why I support Trump, a man I would never have supported even 8 years ago.

      Otis the Sweaty

      February 25, 2016 at 1:58 am

      • “MaryK: I basically am a conservative.”

        You can’t be a conservative and a capitalist at the same time. You know who wrote very insightfully about this contradiction? The Unabomber. Also Houellebecq. Capitalism breeds discontent. Actually also Marx wrote about its revolutionary potential, and that it was a necessary step on the road to socialist revolution.


        February 25, 2016 at 8:13 am

      • Yeah that’s a weird spot to be in I share your sentiments about Islam. I suspect that they are so shitty because of polygamy and their racial handicap but if white people coopted Islam would it save us possibly?


        February 25, 2016 at 8:20 am

      • If you want an Abrahamic religion that’s stricter than Christianity, why not try Orthodox Judaism?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 25, 2016 at 8:55 am

      • You can’t be a major industrial power and not have social security benefits and government-insured health care.

        As for the misogyny part, why not just ditch the stupid monotheism and go back to what they had in ancient Greece? I’m quite serious, not trolling. I’ve always wanted to ask someone that.


        February 25, 2016 at 8:23 am

      • Islam is exceptionally misogynistic. It explicitly defines women as inferior and implicitly declares women are property of their husbands. There really is no parallel to it in any other major faith.

        Otis the Sweaty

        February 25, 2016 at 9:21 am

      • Islam is truly misogynistic at its root. That’s why I question the soundness of mind of anyone who admires this religion.


        February 25, 2016 at 2:08 pm

  3. I’m feeling the social proof element already. Just a few weeks ago, it was still taboo to talk about supporting Trump to co-workers and friends. Now I feel like I would have no problem talking about voting for him because he is winning all these primaries and it feels normal and right. And with the media talking about him being a frontrunner, my support is validated. I predict lots of normalish people to support Trump because everyone else is.

    robert rhodes

    February 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    • And I predict a very “interesting” Republican convention if social conservatives are forced to support a decadent plutocrat from New York City who created his own brand of Republicanism and then converted to it a few months ago as a man in his late 60’s.


      February 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      • “Mr Trump, build up this wall!”


        February 24, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      • Trump was the one most unhinged with outrage on twitter when Obama won re-election. He calls Obama the worst president in history and thinks it is terrible what Obama has done to Christianity. He has been with the same woman for 20 years and his children have been raised remarkably well. He never drinks. In terms of children, he has five, which is a substantial affirmation of life, if you ask me.

        Who knows whether he’ll help things, but it can it be any worse than it already is, with social conservatives powerless and the butt of every joke?


        February 24, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      • Trump should have another kid right now. A guaranteed win. Imagine Trump with a new borm baby in his arms talking about America’s future? He can totally do it. May set off a whole chain reaction of copycaters, totally neat.


        February 24, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      • “In terms of children, he has five, which is a substantial affirmation of life, if you ask me”

        I’ve heard this argument before – that the more children you have the more “pro-life” you can be seen as (even regardless of how you come down on the abortion issue.) It sounds nice until you stop and think about it. Don’t many inner-city men have many children? Popping out babies doesn’t mean a woman will even do what’s best for her children – as Bristol Palin has shown by being unconcerned about whether her offspring will have contact with their fathers. Trump was married 3 times and had 3 children with the first wife, and one each with wife #2 and wife #3. I’d have more respect for him if he took the Mitt Romney route – marrying once and having a lot of kids with his only spouse. And I say this as a childless divorced woman.


        February 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

  4. Any thoughts on Melania’s not very good english? She drops articles all over the place and has a thick accent.

    slithy toves

    February 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    • Eastern Europeans, for some reason, are not good with using articles.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 24, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      • It is not an Eastern European thing, but rather a Slavic one. The vast majority of Slavic languages don’t have articles.

        Count Dracula

        February 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    • Her English is adorable. She wears too much black eyeshadow.


      February 24, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      • She comes off as very haughty and aloof. She also comes off as someone who will have basically no influence whatsoever on policy so she doesn’t really matter to me.

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        February 24, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      • Melania actually is fairly smart. Listen to her in sit down interviews. She gives incisive answers to often ‘gotcha’ questions about her husband’s ‘vulgarity’ and ‘racism’. She has a lot of common sense and doesn’t get flustered by tough questions.

        Andrew E.

        February 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

    • Then there’s Jeb’s wife…


      February 24, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    • It’s amazing that she’s even writing articles at all if English is not her first language.


      February 25, 2016 at 5:33 am

    • “Any thoughts on Melania’s not very good english? She drops articles all over the place and has a thick accent.”

      She speaks English better than Columba, so glad we avoided that trainwreck of a first lady. Plus Melania is multilingual. I think she speaks German, French, and Italian as well as of course Slovenian.

      Mike Street Station

      February 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm

  5. Lion, I know you’ve done stuff on philanthropy, so here’s one for ya: the guy who founded Nike is giving $400M to Stanford, to rise to $750M for master’s and Ph.d. scholarships. How many will go to native born white straight men?


    February 24, 2016 at 7:10 pm

  6. The entire Trump Clan looks stunning. They exude beauty and strength like aristocrats of old. There is no hokum, no unnecessary sentimentality, and no pretense of being average. They are what the Republican Party used to be a hundred years ago…stern and unapologetically elitist with a sense of noblesse oblige. The proles love a man of privilege when he embraces his birthright and is willing to lead them into battle. Trump will be a strong and noble King.


    February 24, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    • Actually I have word that Trump’s youngest son has some sort of developmental or learning disability.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 24, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      • That’s interesting. It may have to do with the age of the parents. Get us the skinny.


        February 24, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      • They are an impressive bunch nonetheless. I have read that Donald and Melania didn’t hire a nanny for Barron but preferred to raise him themselves. Another plus in the character department.


        February 24, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      • They do have a nanny. You read that in People, which is a fiction mag. PageSix had the truth.


        February 25, 2016 at 8:17 am

  7. The Cruz campaign said there have already been 500,000 early ballots cast. If that’s true, that might be bad for Trump, since Cruz has been ahead in the polls. But maybe Trump’s more enthusiastic supporters would have been more likely to vote early. The turnout in 2012 was 1.45 million, but I don’t know how much of that was early voting. If we knew, we could get a sense of how much higher the turnout might be.


    February 24, 2016 at 7:34 pm

  8. Vincent

    February 24, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    • These are the losers who engaged in a full scale jihad against Buchanan types in the late 90s. The point when I quit subscribing. May their now long decline into total irrelevance continue unabated.


      February 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      • First they attacked the Buchananites as not real conservatives, and kicked them out of the movement, then they attacked the ones who opposed war with Iraq, and kicked them out of the movement, and with the Trumpites gone, there is virtually no one left in the movement,

        Mike Street Station

        February 25, 2016 at 3:19 pm

  9. By this time I’d have thought the Trump juggernaut would have attracted more high-level loyalists. It’s still only Trump, Ann Coulter, and Jeff Sessions pulling the whole train.

    Mark Caplan

    February 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    • That might be part of his success. Who wants Boehnors, McConnel, et al’s endorsement? Not Trump. And it’s been good judgment so far.


      February 24, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    • And Phylis Schlafley, Pat Buchanan and Conrad Black. You know, the kind of people the NRO types sought to ostracize in the 90s. Schlafley may be the single greatest conservative of the last fifty years, Reagan excepted. She stopped the ERA.


      February 24, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      • Reagan sucks. What did he do besides make people feel better about the country (while he set it on the path to ruin) and play out post WW2 soviet containment policy to its natural end?

        Lloyd Llewellyn

        February 24, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      • Right, Charlie Wilson’s War in Afghanistan was really Reagan’s war. But I give him credit for the ICBMs in Germany. Dunno if you are old enough but there were massive peace demos against them & he held firm.


        February 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    • It’s still only Trump, Ann Coulter, and Jeff Sessions pulling the whole train.

      Amazing isn’t it. Out of 300+ million people.

      I liked Coulter, always thought Sessions was one of the best on the immigration issue but too Christian conservative on others but I never expected Trump to come out of nowhere.

      Never saw The Apprentice but I remembered him from 1980s NYC and the Stern show mainly in the 90s.

      Can you imagine it now without Trump?? Just Hillary and Jeb and Rubio and maybe Scott Walker.

      With Paul Ryan in power, 8 years of Obama, Republican hacks everywhere, Liberal scum all over the media, schools and internet!!!

      I hate that it is only Trump and he is flawed but without him it would be horrific.


      February 25, 2016 at 12:24 am

      • Wow I find rare 100% agreement with Rifleman. Trump has been a shot in the arm to a dispirited people. As a businessman he must be saying, “I found four core issues that no one else was talking about, not even a little. How come no competition.”

        And the GOPe cucks STILL can’t figure out what hit them! That’s the best part!

        I’m sick of reading anguished comments from realists who say, “Why can’t they understand us? Do you hear us how?”

        Who gives a shit! We’re taking over.


        February 25, 2016 at 8:21 am

  10. Another poll from TX. This one has The Donald tied with Cruz with Rubio a distant third. Taken after SC but before Nevada. Says Cruz may be fading.

    Andrew E.

    February 24, 2016 at 9:38 pm

  11. Obama now considering nominating a Republican (Brian Sandoval) for the Supreme Court slot.

    He knows he can’t get a liberal in place so he figures that a Republican somewhat close to the center is better than a more stringent conservative that a GOP president would surely nominate.


    February 24, 2016 at 11:31 pm

  12. And now Romney joins the dog pile on Trump. . .

    The infernal establishment elites really are hellbent on having the white and middle class dead and gone.

    They *really* don’t believe the people should have a say in their fate.


    February 25, 2016 at 12:32 am

  13. Whatever else Trump has accomplished, he’s freaking out the Slate/NYtimes, etc crowd.

    Republicans are supposed to be this way and be wrong but decent. Trump is not playing that game. Uh-oh!

    Fun stuff.


    February 25, 2016 at 1:03 am

  14. @Dan “(In this way, Obama actually has a slight conservative streak himself, in his personal life.)”

    That seems to be true of a lot of successful liberals. The live the traditional lives that evangelicals can only dream about privately, yet publicly praise dysfunctional lifestyles. They are Belmont after all.

    Mike Street Station

    February 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    • “That seems to be true of a lot of successful liberals. The live the traditional lives that evangelicals can only dream about privately, yet publicly praise dysfunctional lifestyles.”

      Very well said.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 25, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      • In other words he’s a major phony. People from dysfunctional backgrounds are much more dependent, easier to control


        February 25, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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