21 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-9-16

  1. We’ll have to see if McMullen gets any traction. Potential candidates are popping up everywhere now.
    McMullen makes good points. We are at the edge of disaster.
    But I don’t see anything we can realistically do about it.
    So far as I know, my qualifications are as good as his.
    But I choose not to run this time.

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  2. McMullin the Mormon has one goal here. To put Utah in play, and swing it to Hillary. That’s it. He’s Mittens Romney, without the personality. Yawn.


  3. And let’s face it, this late in the game, he won’t even be able to get on the ballot in some states. He’s the Never Trump group’s final chance, and he has no chance.


  4. Looks like Hillary has gotten the never sought after anti-gay terrorist endorsement.


    “Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd in Kissimmee, just south of Orlando. She was supposed to be talking jobs, but started the speech off paying tribute to those affected by the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

    “I know how many people, families, loved ones, and friends are still grieving, and we will be with you as you rebuild your lives.”

    “WPTV happened to notice the man, who has a mustache and was wearing a red hat, behind Clinton. It was Seddique Mateen, the father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen.”

    “”We’ve been cooperating with the federal government, and that’s about it,” he said. “Thank you.” Mateen didn’t want to answer any other questions, but just hours later, we ran into him by chance at a rest stop on the way back to West Palm Beach. He wanted to do an interview and show us a sign he made for Clinton.

    “Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions,” he said.”


  5. More on the so-called “conservative” McMullin and his “just win one state” approach.


    “Evan McMullin’s bid for the presidency is a quick study. It doesn’t matter that so many state ballot deadlines have already passed. The only one that really matters for him comes on Aug. 15, when he needs to turn in 1,000 signatures to be listed as an independent presidential candidate on Utah’s ballot.

    Look at the resume: a decade in the CIA, MBA from Wharton, Goldman Sachs gig, policy work on the Hill. Now that we’ve listed the unimportant parts, let’s get to the meat of the matter. McMullin was born in Provo, Utah. He is a Mormon and holds an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young. McMullin knows what’s up here, and he “plans to aggressively contest” Utah, according to BuzzFeed’s story breaking the news of his candidacy. McMullin’s first campaign logo depicts the letter “M” with one star over it. It’s an apt symbol for a candidate whose success will be measured by his ability to win one state.

    The “Utah strategy” is one that Never Trump Republicans have been toying with since well before McMullin came into the picture. It was one justification for the seemingly endless efforts to recruit Mitt Romney into the race, and it’s a state in which Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is working hard as well (often in spite of himself.) McMullin’s ties to Utah make him a much more competitive fit for the state than, say, Tennessee’s David French would have been; if he has enough money behind him, it’s not out of the question that he might jump into contention in the state.

    This is where the Utah strategy’s underpants-gnome problem asserts itself, though: How does a strong Utah performance, or even an outright Utah win, help Never Trumpers arrive at a January 2017 inauguration that swears in neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump?”

    It doesn’t. But it can ensure an easier path to victory for Hillary, which is the real goal here, ‘cuz Never Trump, right?.


  6. From michelle’s link:


    … The most common way God judges is with the natural consequences of our choices and behavior. This is especially true in politics, which is mostly downstream from – and a reflection of – the broader culture. In other words, especially in our country, we tend to get the leaders we deserve. Which is why this November we should cast our vote with fear, trembling, weeping, praying for mercy, and maybe even while wearing sackcloth and ashes. …

    … I hope there are some things on which we Christians can agree.

    First, our deepest problems aren’t political ones, and the state is not able to address them. Looking to the state for hope is always misguided, but every four years we seem to fall for it.

    Second, although the presidential race is the only one being talked about, the most important political decisions we will make this year, I’m convinced, will be the local ones. The only thing to mitigate the chaos created by an ever-encroaching federal government convinced of its own indispensability is a stronger local, civil society.

    Third, as Eric said recently on BreakPoint, the Church must be the Church. Look, the Church is not reliant one bit on the state to do the life-giving, Gospel-proclaiming, brokenness-restoring work God has called it to do. The Church is the most effective institution of social change, period.

    And finally, but most important, we pray for God’s mercy. He judges the wicked by leaving them to their own devices. The sooner we abandon those devices and turn back to God, the better. And, I am not speaking here about “them,” those outside the Church. No way. As Peter wrote in his first epistle, “it’s time for judgment to begin in the house of God.” May God have mercy, but if He brings judgment, so be it.

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  7. Interesting talk with my dogs’ doc this morning on politics (he’s also politically conservative and a Christian, though Ted Cruz was definitely not his cup of tea 🙂 ; don’t know what it was about Cruz, but he definitely was/is a lightning rod for even principled conservatives).

    He thought if the Libertarians were perhaps fielding a better candidate it might give some people *someone* to vote for, but … alas. He fears Clinton.

    He’s praying, I’m praying.

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  8. Donna,

    Speaking of Cruz…..

    Consequences and repercussions…..? 🙂


    “I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Mike McCaul and any other prospective primary challenger will wait until the results are in on November 8th before deciding whether to leap. There’s no sense trying to punish Cruz for his betrayal of Our Leader at the convention until we know whether he’ll still be Our Leader in 2018 or not.

    In the wake of Cruz’s controversial speech at the party convention where he refused to endorse Donald Trump, the Texas senator’s GOP critics believe there could be a new opening for an intraparty challenge. And behind the scenes, GOP donors and Texas politicians have urged Rep. Mike McCaul to consider mounting a bid against him in 2018, according to three sources familiar with the matter…

    “Mike is very well-networked within the donor class,” [fundraiser George] Seay said. “He knows an awful lot of people.”

    Well-placed Texans predict that the strongest primary challenge to Cruz would come from a business-allied Republican who can capture both the party’s moderate wing and also the aggrieved Trump voters who felt snubbed by Cruz’s high-profile non-endorsement. And sources trying to recruit McCaul into the race believe he can be convinced to run if big donors in the state decide not to put their money behind Cruz…

    Republicans say McCaul is not actively making moves to launch a challenge, given that the race is still two years away. But he is hearing pitches from donors and elected officials about a possible run, and listening intently, sources said.
    Right, McCaul is almost made to order in terms of knocking off Cruz in a primary. Angry Trumpers might want blood but they’re not going to beat a well-organized incumbent like Cruz with an underfunded Paul-Nehlen-type character whose only media strategy is lobbing angry rhetorical grenades at Traitor Ted. They need a pro with money behind him, and they need to accept that the best strategy against Cruz is a pincer movement with Cruz-hating establishmentarians attacking on one flank and Cruz-hating grassroots Trumpkins attacking on the other. In theory Cruz is vulnerable because there’s reason to believe, at least for the moment, that he’s lost some of his own considerable fundraising firepower. Sheldon Adelson reportedly turned him away from his box at the convention when Cruz stopped by to see him after his speech and the Mercer family rebuked Cruz publicly in a statement to the New York Times a few weeks ago. If big money starts moving from Cruz to McCaul and if Trump fans in Texas hold a grudge for the next two years, then yeah, maybe McCaul can make a dent.”

    Cruz is certainly vulnerable. His WSJ poll numbers post-convention show his numbers collapsed with the GOP and Indies. It did rise among Dems however. His fav/unfav numbers went from 45/27 pre-convention to 34/46 after. He’s made no friends anywhere thru this.


  9. Hmmmmm…..

    Meh, I’m sure it’s just more coincidences…. It just happens around the Clintons.


    “Since the Democratic National Committee emails were leaked a few weeks ago, three people associated with the DNC have all been found dead under what could be questionable circumstances. Some — including Bernie Sanders supporters — suspect the Clintons were behind the deaths, just more episodes in the alleged “Clinton body count” dating back to the 1990s. Others dismiss the speculation as left-wing conspiracy nuts. But until the police have completed their investigations and the medical examiners have released autopsy reports, it is premature to make any determinations.

    Seth Rich

    DNC staffer Seth Rich was mysteriously murdered in the streets of Washington, D.C., on July 10. Although it is being investigated as a robbery, his wallet, credit cards and watch were not taken. The 27-year old was shot in the back on July 10 at 4:15 a.m. near his affluent neighborhood, while he was reportedly walking home from his girlfriend’s apartment. Police still have no suspects, witnesses or motive. His mother told the local NBC station that there were bruises on his face, knees and hands, apparently from trying to fend off his attackers.

    Some are speculating that Hillary Clinton is behind the murder, because Rich could have been the DNC staffer responsible for leaking the 20,000 damaging DNC emails to Wikileaks. The allegation is that powerful Sanders allies convinced Rich to leak the data. He had previously worked on the U.S. Senate campaign for Nebraska businessman Scott Kleeb, who lost his election. The Clinton Global Initiative provided funds for a clean energy business started by Kleeb, which had come under investigation after losing $300,000 in 2010 and another $300,000 in 2011 despite the subsidies. Rich was also previously employed at a data firm that had worked with the Clintons. After news of possible corruption emerged between the Clinton Global Initiative and Kleeb, supposedly that led to Sanders’ cronies pressuring Rich to leak what was going on.”

    “The myth-debunking site Snopes labeled the suspicion over Rich’s death as false. This is strange, since how does Snopes know that it is false? The police haven’t even completed their investigation yet, which Snopes admits. Many murders go unsolved, including several of the strange deaths of people associated with the Clintons. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information about who killed Rich.”

    “John Ashe

    The former President of the United Nations General Assembly, John Ashe, mysteriously passed away on June 22, a few days before he was scheduled to begin pretrial meetings involving shady financial dealings regarding a former Clinton crony. Local police officers said he died from dropping a barbell on his throat while working out, but the UN oddly first claimed he died of a heart attack. The 61-year-old was supposed to testify against Chinese real estate developer Ng Lap Seng, who was implicated in the “Chinagate” scandal for funneling money to the DNC for Bill Clinton through Arkansas restaurant owner Charlie Trie. Ashe was arrested last year for allegedly taking over $3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen, including over half a million from Ng Lap Se, in exchange for building a United Nations conference center in Macau.”

    Just another reason to question the veracity of Snopes’ claims on anything. Like FactCheck, they have an agenda.


  10. I have no gift of prophesy.
    However, this is bigger than the Democratic/Republican agendas. The entire world is falling apart.
    Perilous times ahead and we aren’t going to have leadership, regardless of which of these two gets elected.
    We literally saved the world in the early forties. We were a great nation once. But we blew it.
    I see the turning point as the assassination of JFK.
    I didn’t vote for Kennedy, I didn’t like him when he was president. But LBJ was a disaster.

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  11. The sixties, it was.
    Like I said, when Kennedy was killed, LBJ came in and started (again) the liberal agenda perfected by FDR which solved all of America’s social problems.
    That, and the Viet Nam war, set the country on the path to destruction.

    The kids who were demonstrating in the sixties are teaching your children now.

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  12. I predict Cruz will defeat any primary challenge from an alliance of the three liberal Texas Republicans and the Trumpkins. Some of the Trumpkins will vote in the Democrat primary, many more won’t vote at all, and a large group will conclude they can’t handle the Texas heat and will move back to Michigan.


  13. You know I love a good conspiracy, and this just keeps getting more interesting. This is the same guy mentioned in the TownHall piece above. Curiouser and curiouser….


    “Julian Assange seems to suggests on Dutch television program Nieuwsuur that Seth Rich was the source for the Wikileaks-exposed DNC emails and was murdered.”


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