Never Forget Open Thread: Don’t Take Your Eye Off That Cruz Guy

If #Failgunner Ted is currently refudiating the Short-Fingered Vulgarian, it means he thinks it’s better to wait for Deadbeat Donald to crash’n’burn in November, by which time the “Cruz 2020: He TOLD You So” campaign will be ramping up. Because it’s not like it’s so hard to win favor with his fellow Repubs…

… unless you’re Ted Cruz, because nobody likes Ted Cruz. For good reason.



Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Our Failed Mainstream Media

Mr. Pierce, needless to say, has a damning transcript, to which he adds:

This is going to be a real crisis for elite political journalism from now until November, perhaps the deepest crisis elite political journalism has faced since the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, and that one didn’t turn out well at all. The Republican Party is about to nominate an utterly truthless fellow who doesn’t know how much he doesn’t know and is prepared to lie his way past everything he doesn’t know anyway. I’m afraid that elite political journalism is so wedded to “balance” that it is in no way prepared to cope with a post-reality candidate. (Professor Krugman shares this concern.) “Fair enough” and “gotcha” are not appropriate answers to the assertion by a candidate that he plans to heal the national economy by setting up a roulette wheel and two blackjack tables in the Department of the Treasury.
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Never Forget What Got Us Here

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So this happened:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s committed to supporting Donald Trump’s presidential bid.
But, the Kentucky Republican wrote, he has expectations of Trump — who he said “now has the opportunity and the obligation to unite our party around our goals.”

McConnell said in a statement Wednesday night that he plans to support the real estate mogul, who became the GOP’s presumptive nominee once Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his campaign after losing Indiana’s primary on Tuesday night and Ohio Gov. John Kasich then dropped out of the race on Wednesday.

“I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters, and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee, is now on the verge of clinching that nomination,” McConnell said.

“Republicans are committed to preventing what would be a third term of Barack Obama and restoring economic and national security after eight years of a Democrat in the White House,” he said. “As the presumptive nominee, he now has the opportunity and the obligation to unite our party around our goals.”

There’s going to be a whole bunch of #nevertrump wankery in the upcoming months, but that doesn’t mean they will do anything to defeat him. They may choose to sit out as these two profiles in courage, Bush 41 and Bush 43, but they won’t actually vote for the only other option in the race. But it needs to be said over and over and over again. We are hear because of the Establishment GOP.

For the last couple decades, the GOP has been eagerly supporting the political equivalent of suicide bombers. You can go through the list of the top tier un-elected idiots, whether they be Joe the Plumber, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, the entire coterie at Red State and Hot Air and the National Review, and the gun nutters and fascists and Bundy bros that they all play footsy with, and every one of them was all in on the teahadists and shit fer brains when it served them. And then the elected nutters from Steve King to Bachmann to that you lie shitbird to on and on and on. I’m not even going to waste your time and give you acid indigestion listing all these toilet bowl clingers.

So yeah, now you’re against Trump. You’re so fucking principled. It’d be horrible for conservatism if Trump wins.

Fuck you.



Open Thread: (Character) Assassins on the Loose in Indiana!

This is 2016, and #LeeHarveyOswald is trending on Twitter, because such is the state of the Republican presidential campaign. Per Politico:

Donald Trump on Tuesday alleged that Ted Cruz’s father was with John F. Kennedy’s assassin shortly before he murdered the president, parroting a National Enquirer story claiming that Rafael Cruz was pictured with Lee Harvey Oswald handing out pro-Fidel Castro pamphlets in New Orleans in 1963…

“I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” Trump continued. “It’s horrible.”

Trump’s tangent followed his rebuke of Rafael Cruz using the pulpit to court evangelicals for his son.

“I implore, I exhort every member of the body of Christ to vote according to the word of God and vote for the candidate that stands on the word of God and on the Constitution of the United States of America,” Rafael Cruz said in a video clip aired by Fox News. “And I am convinced that man is my son, Ted Cruz. The alternative could be the destruction of America.”

Asked to respond, Trump called it a disgrace. “I think it’s a disgrace that he’s allowed to do it. I think it’s a disgrace that he’s allowed to say it,” he said, before touting his support from Jerry Falwell Jr. and other evangelical leaders.

“You look at so many of the ministers that are backing me, and they’re backing me more so than they’re backing Cruz, and I’m winning the evangelical vote,” Trump continued. “It’s disgraceful that his father can go out and do that. And just — and so many people are angry about it. And the evangelicals are angry about it, the way he does that.”…

Failgunner Ted promptly returned fire, per the LA Times:

“This man is a pathological liar,” Cruz said. “He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth.”…

Cruz called Trump “a narcissist at a level that I don’t think this country has ever seen. … Everything in Donald’s world is about Donald.” Not only that, Cruz said, Trump is “utterly amoral. Morality does not exist for him.”…

For good measure, Cruz also called Trump a “serial philanderer.”

“And he boasts about it … describes his battle with venereal disease as his own personal Vietnam,” Cruz added…

Me, I’m rooting for injuries. But the Sad! part — to quote one contestant — is that we all know where this will devolve, once Cruz has lost his final primaries…



Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Kewl Meme, Bro

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Alas, all but the swiftest political cartoonists are too late to the ball — Sunday’s non-agression pact doesn’t seem to have survived even till Tuesday’s primaries. As Mr. Pierce predicted, this was a two-car funeral for the principals to bollix up…

That Cruz—as unprincipled an opportunist as anyone not named Willard Romney—would do something he’d previously said he never would do was completely predictable. However, it seems more than passing odd that Kasich is surrendering Indiana to Cruz. He’s the governor of neighboring Ohio. In exchange, he’s accepting the job in places like New Mexico and Oregon. And, in general, the assumption that Cruz or Kasich voters will go along for the ride here is a real longshot. Strategic voting always is a nice theory, but it depends on an extraordinarily engaged electorate, a largely notional concept that has been pretty effectively refuted by the hard mathematical reality of He, Trump, Frontrunner. A voter attracted by Kasich’s alleged “moderation” is unlikely to be attracted by an extremist theocrat like Tailgunner Ted Cruz. The odds that a great number of them will do so are even longer…

Josh Barro explained, in Business Insider, that “The Cruz-Kasich alliance against Donald Trump won’t work because it’s not an alliance”. And before midnight Monday, Claire Landsbaum at NYMag could write that “The Cruz-Kasich Deal Is Already Falling Apart”:

“I never told them not to vote for me — they should vote for me,” Kasich said of his Indiana supporters during a press meeting in Philadelphia on Monday. He clarified that, just because he’s not “spending resources” in Indiana doesn’t mean he’s given up there. “We have limited resources,” he said. “Mine is like the people’s campaign; we’ve been outspent basically 50 to 1.” Kasich also reportedly plans to keep raising money in Indiana and to meet with the state’s governor on Tuesday…

Cruz also seems to believe Kasich is giving up his bid for Indiana; at a rally in Borden, Cruz said it was “big news that John Kasich has decided to pull out of Indiana to give us a head-to-head contest with Donald Trump” and that the deal to split up resources in the three states “made sense from both campaigns.” But the Trusted Leadership super PAC, which supports the Texas senator, will reportedly continue to air an anti-Kasich ad there, hinting that Cruz might not be as confident in Kasich’s deference as he claims…

Wonder if Cruz has previously had to deal with a politician as faithless as he is himself? Well, he’s found a new highly-volatile almost-certainly-temporary ally with whom to bait the media…



Open Thread: Who Among Us…

… has not seen an opportunity and seized it? asks Disgraced Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, per the Chicago Sun-Times:

Federal prosecutors portray former House Speaker Dennis Hastert as a serial child molester who agreed to pay millions to cover up his shameful secrets — but former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay describes him as a man of “strong faith” and “great integrity.”

“We all have our flaws, but Dennis Hastert has very few,” DeLay wrote to Hastert’s sentencing judge. “He is a good man that loves the Lord. He gets his integrity and values from Him. He doesn’t deserve what he is going through.”

DeLay penned one of 41 letters released publicly on Friday in support of Hastert, just days before the Yorkville Republican’s sentencing. Included are letters written by Hastert’s wife, two of his sons, two of his brothers, former Congressman and head of the Central Intelligence Agency Porter Goss, former Illinois Attorney General Ty Fahner, several ex-congressmen and a few retired law enforcement officers, including retired Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall and members of the U.S. Capitol Police force.

The letter writers call Hastert, now 74, a great friend, great public servant and great American…

Also a grown man who used his job as a wrestling coach to shop for vulnerable adolescents he could use as sex toys, but hey, everybody needs a hobby.

Leo Kocher, the head wrestling coach at the University of Chicago and an associate professor there, wrote that Hastert helped when the U.S. Department of Education created a strong incentive to eliminate intercollegiate athletic opportunities through Title IX.

“He never said no when it came to his being able to help in any way to stem the senseless devastation of non-scholarship sports opportunities,” Kocher wrote, adding Hastert “was driven in this by pure concern for, and loyalty to, the youth — boys and girls — whose development was at stake.”…

PHRASING!

Also, it would be interesting to find out exactly how Hastert came to have a couple spare million to use for hush money, but then, money is the only topic the American media is more squeamish about than sex.



Late Night Open Thread: Trust Your Intuition

Ted Cruz aces the difficult task of being even creepier than Donald Trump.