Debate Numero Uno

by: the Common Constitutionalist

On Thursday rumor had it that instructions had gone out from the RNC or other establishment inner circles to take Trump out during Thursday night’s debate. Those of us who heard the rumor figured one or more of the candidates would be charged with the task.

Who knew it would turn out to be the Fox News team of moderators – or at least two of the three. As it turned out, not one candidate stepped up to take down Trump in any sustained way. It was left up to the two moderators Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly. Bret Baier appeared to remain above the fray.

Personally, I haven’t liked Wallace for years. He’s been on the establishment team for a while now. But Kelly was a major disappointment. I thought she was better, and fairer than this. But she too has shown herself to be just another establishment toady.

From the very beginning of the debate, I recall talking out loud to the TV, saying that this was going to be a night of gotcha questions. And that’s what it turned out to be. Whoever the establishment wanted targeted would be taken out, and tonight it was Trump. Next time and maybe someone else.

But the other candidates either didn’t get the memo or simply chose not to play the game. They seemed content to just let it play out. Her motivation seemed apparent when Kelly asked Trump to explain his one-man war on women. When he tried to make a joke of it, she turned cold as ice. She acted like a rhymes-with-witch. At that point it appeared to be a perfect opportunity for one of the other big tent candidates to join in the fray. But none did. read more

From Forums to Focus Groups: Trump Tops Them All

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Did you watch the candidate forum in New Hampshire? If you did, there should no longer be any question as to why Donald Trump is kicking everyone else’s butt, and he wasn’t even there.

He’s brave enough to speak his mind, without fear of consequence. He doesn’t care, or at least he doesn’t appear to care. What he says is not contrived – it’s not practiced or memorized talking points. It’s the opposite of everyone else.

All the others just sound phony. They may be much more knowledgeable – much more sincere – but no one cares. Just listen to the other candidates – all of them. Put your biases aside. I did.

No one seems to care that The Donald has no specifics on any of his big plans. Presently, voters are buying attitude and attitude alone. It doesn’t even matter as much what he says – it’s how he says it. He makes people want to stand up and say, Yeah – You Get Um!

How is he going to secure the border? He says he’s going to build a huge wall. How is he going to do it? I don’t know – nor does anyone else, Trump included. But it doesn’t matter. He says it with an attitude that people believe. If Trump says he’s going to do something, it will get done.

And Donald Trump speaks English. No, not the Queen’s English, or English from an Ivy League law school, but flawed every-man English.

Frank Luntz conducted a focus group in New Hampshire a few days ago. One woman piped up. She was a diehard Trump supporter. She said, “the other Republicans better stop making fun of him [Trump], because they made fun of Ronald Reagan…” A man behind her started in, saying the Trump is not who he says he is. “People have not done their homework on Donald Trump. Look at his books. He’s been all over the fence on his views over the years. He changes his views like he changes his underwear.” read more

Breast-Feeding the Children – At Least Those Who Survive

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well, the left is predictable if nothing else. Surprise – it’s the kickoff to “World Breast-Feeding Week.” What an odd coincidence that an article just happened to be posted at the New York Times just days before the commencement of “World Breast-Feeding Week.”

We’ve all heard the claim by attorney Elizabeth Beck that Donald Trump had an absolute meltdown during a 2011 deposition. The innocent Ms. Beck merely asked if she could take an hour break to pump some milk for her three-month-old daughter.

That’s when Trump “got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, you’re disgusting,’ and he ran out of there,” Beck told CNN.

Yet both Trump and his attorney recall the incident a bit differently. Attorney Allen Garten said, “She was disgusting. She was attempting to breast-feed – to pump in the middle of a deposition, in a deposition room with five lawyers and was not excusing herself.” Garten said that Beck had “orchestrated the stunt because, ‘she ran out of questions and she didn’t know what to do.’”

Beck said Trump displayed a “lack of self-control,” and added, “What kind of leader of the United States would that be? Is he going to behave that way when these negotiating treaties with China or Russia?” read more

Podcast – Shocker: Republican Leadership Hates Ted Cruz – They All Want You To Hate Donald Trump

In this episode I discuss the courage of Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, for calling out Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, repeatedly calling him a liar, because that’s what he did and that’s who McConnell is. I also discuss The Donald and how he continues to befuddle the left, the pundit class and the smarter than you and me pollsters. They just can’t understand why people love him.
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Podcast – We Will Make You Love the New Bruce Jenner – Donald Trump Goes After John McCain

In this episode I discuss that those who wish to push the trans-agenda are not content with mere tolerance. Now we must embrace and rejoice the faux-transformation of Bruce Jenner. Only then will they be satisfied – for about five minutes. And The Donald is at it again. This time he’s going after John “the Maverick” McCain in response to a comment by McCain about Trump. It classic Donald! read more

The Cruz-Trump Meeting – What Does It Mean?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So what are we to make of the Cruz/Trump meeting this past Wednesday? Many have reported on it but both candidates are fairly mum. Prior to the meeting Trump said: “I don’t know why I’m meeting with him, to be honest, but I do have respect for him.”

Some would say that the comment is a bit a they swipe at Cruz, but I believe it’s just Trump being Trump. I think he likes being the maverick by portraying his candidacy as him against the entire Republican Party. And for the most part, at least thus far, he’s been pretty successful. Not that he necessarily has a strategy, but if this is it, it’s working.

I also think he may have been a bit taken aback by Cruz’s support of his illegal immigration “straight talk.” I’m guessing he expected the entire field to run away from his stance, if he thought about it at all.

But then Ted Cruz stepped up to defend him. So now it appears they are unlikely allies, at least on this one issue. And as far as The Donald saying what he said about the meeting with Cruz – I don’t buy it.

Sure, Cruz can definitely use an ally like Trump at this point, and he’s certainly intelligent enough not to go all in with Trump. But The Donald will need Cruz also. He can possibly be Trump’s voice of reason if and when he starts going off the rails – especially in the debates. read more

It’s Time For Some Radical Conservatism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We on the right are sick and tired of quiet, measured conservatism. We need a fighter, and this is the soul reason Donald Trump has had so much success in such a short time.

We’re sick of the Bush’s kinder and gentler, compassionate conservative line-of-crap approach. We want – we need a warrior. Donald Trump has discovered this and has tapped into it. No one else on the right has seemingly figured this out – not even my man Ted Cruz.

There’s only one problem. Yes, Trump is definitely a warrior, but he’s no conservative.

Many on the right (me included) have stated that it’s perfectly reasonable to change one’s mind on any issue, but to do so requires a kind of come-to-Jesus moment, as it were – a reflective or life changing event. I’m not talking about waking up one day to realize you all of the sudden prefer creamy over chunky peanut butter. I’m talking big issues.

Yet regarding something major like immigration, taxes, abortion and support of Democrats, I’ve neither seen nor heard of such events to cause me to believe Trump is the me man he says he is, or more to the point – the man people want so desperately to see him as.

As an aside: does this sound familiar? Is this not exactly what we said of Obama – that people just wished him to be, therefore he was?

I’m not here to bash Trump. I actually think he’s doing yeoman’s work driving the issue bus, but we need a firebrand who is a conservative through and through. read more

In Defense of The Donald

by: the Common Constitutionalist

As republicans our number one job – our overarching, maybe our only concern is to not upset anyone – particularly protected groups. We can’t say anything about the overwhelming and disproportionate amount of black crime, black murders, etc. They say this will anger the “black community.” We can’t stand up against same-sex marriage or any LGBT cause or we’ll anger the gay community. And we darn sure can’t have anything but respect and reverence for people who cross our southern border illegally, particular Mexicans. That is certain to cause ever single person of Latin heritage to instantly and forever turn against us.

And Donald Trump has broken this most important commandment, for he dared to be brutally honest about what’s really happening on the border and who is making the crossing. read more

I Really Wish I Could Support Trump

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I really want to like Donald Trump. I really wish I could support The Donald, but if you’ve read anything I’ve written about him you’ll understand I just can’t – but I want to.

Right now he is saying what every conservative is thinking. We on the right have been craving a candidate who will take it to the left – no backing down – no compromise. And Trump is filling the bill – like Newt Gingrich on steroids.

Many would say – yeah well – it’s all an act. He knows his audience and he’s playing right to them – telling them what they want to hear. While I agree that he is a showman and he is playing to the audience, this is no act.

What we see is who he is. He’s rich and he’s powerful and he relishes any opportunity to say so. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s about time we heard from someone who is not ashamed of their wealth, especially because he earned it.

The fact is I do on some level, really enjoy Trump. I’ve heard he is a nice guy, but he’s also an arrogant loud mouth. Yet you can’t help but smile when he’s verbally beating down the left. We can’t help but react with a, “Yeah – go get um!” And really, there’s nothing wrong with that, to a point. read more

The Popular Progressive Populism of The Donald

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A couple of days ago Donald Trump appeared on Mark Levin’s radio program. Frankly I was surprised Trump agreed, considering in 2011 Mediaite  reported that Mark said the following about Trump: “Levin was on fire as he provided a series of arguments to discredit nearly every perceived benefit of a Trump candidacy. Suggesting Trump’s proposal for a tariff on goods from China is as horrible of an idea as many of Trump’s other past positions, Levin said even if ‘all your supporters are going to give you a pass on every damn thing you’ve ever said or done’ Levin will not be along for the ride. And in his final parting shot, since Trump repeatedly argues his success as a businessman would make him a great President, Levin humorously concludes, ‘if I follow your logic, Bill Gates ought to be President of the United States because he’s worth ten times what you are too, and yet when it comes to economics and government he’s an airhead just like you.’”

But Mark was more than kind and allowed Trump to speak his mind, even paying him a compliment saying that he got a call from his father who said, “I like this guy. He says what he needs to say. He’s standing up for America.”

Mark was discussing with The Donald just why his message appears to be resonating. Mark said, “number one you’re not a Washington guy, number two, you’re a successful businessman and number three, you’re talking up America.” Trump responded by saying that it’s because people are sick and tired of our stupid representatives. “They’re giving away our jobs, they’re giving away our money, they’re giving away our manufacturing, they’re giving away everything – we get nothing.”

And then Trump uttered his all-too-familiar refrain that China and Mexico are kicking our butts. He cited the case of a Ford plant being built in Mexico for $2.5 billion, to make trucks and cars and parts and ship them right back to the United States. “We get nothing,” he says. “We get no jobs, we get no tax, we get nothing.” read more