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Is ISIS On The Verge Of Being Routed?

By The Reverend Published: February 8, 2016

On the eve of the New Hampshire primaries, Real Clear Politics polling averages on the GOP side are as follows: Trump 31.6%, Rubio 14.6%, Cruz 13%, Kasich 12.4%, Bush 9.8%.

On the Democratic side RCP has Sanders ahead of Hillary in New Hampshire by 53.3% to 40.6%.

In an earlier post I explained how I had been surprised that Donald Trump had not let fly with the eff-word during one of his stream of consciousness events. Four days ago while campaigning in New Hampshire, Trump came very close. In fact, if you review this YouTube take, you'll see that The Don actually does silently mouth the word "phuck" while talking about bringing U.S. "businesses back" from "Mexico". Here's exactly what Trump said.....

"We're going to have businesses that used to be in New Hampshire, that are now in Mexico, come back to New Hampshire. And you can tell them to go (mouthes the word phuck) themselves because they let you down and they left. We want the businesses that stay..."

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SuperBlow VIII

By The Reverend Published: February 7, 2016

I tuned in late to ABC's GOP Primary Clown Show last evening. I took in about 15 minutes of the Show....all I could take....but my initial impression was how much the Show seemed like a parody, like something Saturday Night Live would do. It was the most bizarre thing I've witnessed yet in these Clown Shows.

No one is "learning" anything from these GOP Clown Shows. No single Clown stands out, virtually no Clown answers make any sense, and the intramural tit-for-tat backbiting among Clowns....perhaps entertaining a couple of months ago....seems childish and...well...kind of stupid, today.

Okay...transcript is found here...but to be quite frank about it, don't waste your time reading it....last night's Show was truly the worse yet.

I don't know whether it's caffeine....or prescription drugs, or what it is....but BoyMarco Rubio sounded a tad deranged last night.....

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No. We. Can't.

By The Reverend Published: February 6, 2016

I am seeing a meme developing on the pro-Hillary side of the Democratic Party which needs to be examined to see if it has any validity. The idea being spread by Clinton surrogates, like Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Claire McCaskil, and others, asserts that a Madame President Hillary would be able to work with congressional Republicans to "get things done"...whereas a President Sanders could not.

Set aside the "No We Can't" "pragmatic" message that Hillary has been using to counter Bernie's call for a "political revolution".....a message I find quite strange coming from a presidential candidate. Is it likely that a Hillary presidency would be any more successful than Obama has been in finding bipartisan agreement with Republicans in Congress?

To start, I would elected Republicans, and Republican voters, seem more in the mood to compromise with Democrats today than they were in 2009? Not a rhetorical question. The answer is, obviously, no. Next comes the you think that the RINO-hunt by GOP voters that's been underway for all of Obama's presidency, where elected Republicans who have previously compromised with Democrats to get something done are singled out in GOP primaries for removal and replacement by a more "pure" uncompromising winger.....will end anytime soon? Very unlikely.

"Taking our country back", "making America great again" doesn't include compromising with Democrats. It's either total Democratic capitulation...or nothing at all. Our way....or no way. Do you think a Hillary presidency is more likely to motivate elected Republicans to compromise with Democrats, or more likely to motivate Republicans to harden themselves even more so against any compromise whatsoever? Yeah, me too.

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Bernie v Hillary, Round One

By The Reverend Published: February 5, 2016

Transcript of last night's debate between Hillary and Bernie found here. 

Observation: It's quite noticeable how the Democratic debates actually deal with real policy issues in comparison with the Clown Shows from the Republicans.

Last night's debate was a good one. Not a kiddie table debate, not a Performance by Clowns on a stage out-testosteroning one another.......this was an adult discussion by adults.

Rather than go question by question, I've cherry-picked an exchange which, I think, best contrasts the most important distinction between Clinton and Sanders. Chuck Todd asked Sanders why important Democrats, like Howard Dean, are supporting Hillary....

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Desperately Seeking Stained Dresses

By The Reverend Published: February 4, 2016

Republicans have been search, search, searching for that "blue dress". They actually thought they had found the "stained" damn thing when Benghazi!...the production....aired continuously for two years. But alas, they had only callously exploited the death of four Americans, shamelessly, in the hopes of diminishing Hillary's 2016 prospects.

Just like in the 90's when the "vast rightwing conspiracy" was searching destroy Bill Clinton's presidency.....Whitewater, TravelGate, Vince Foster's suicide, etc.....whenever one hysteria-well runs dry, another is quickly found. And so it is with Hillary. With Benghazi interest receding, the "blue dress" for Republicans has become Hillary's emails. By god, they finally got what we have been hearing.

As is usually the case, some important Republican figure publicly opines that a Clinton has done something highly illegal...which is then taken as Village and winger gospel.....and spread nationwide as if it is factual. Here is.... a former federal judge who served as attorney general during former president George W. Bush’s administration.....also named as an early adviser to the Jeb Bush campaign....Michael Mukasey...last August....

“I think the more dangerous part of this, from her standpoint, is not so much the placement of the material here as wiping the server.”

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Taking From The Olds To Benefit The Haves

By The Reverend Published: February 4, 2016

Two more Clowns have fallen out of the GOP Clown Bus. Rand Paul and Rick Santorum have "suspended" their campaigns......word usage I have never quite understood. The word "suspending" means, like, a temporary interruption in a process which you hope to continue at a later time. The proper word there should have been "ending", not "suspending". But I guess the word "suspending" is more, you know, politically correct.

Meanwhile, the Speaker formerly known as Boehner's beard, Paul Ryan.....fresh from yet another House vote, this time to override an Obama veto of a stunt-bill to repeal Obamacare...which, as predicted, failed telegraphing to seniors and near-seniors that he and his TeaNut compatriots are coming after their Medicare and Social Security....

“I believe we are one presidency away from losing control of the situation,” Ryan told a room full of conservatives at Heritage Action’s annual policy summit.

“If a progressive gets the White House, then we won’t have the kind of entitlement reform we need to get our debt under control and to get our budget balanced. ... [W]e will have a real crisis on our hands.”

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Hpoelessly Divided

By The Reverend Published: February 3, 2016

Warning: The following blog post may leave readers distraught. If you are prone to being easily depressed, The Reverend advises caution in reading further.

New York Magazine interviewed 100 GOP voters from Iowa and New Hampshire. The article they put together detailing those interviews is worth a read....just to see how uninformed and confused many likely-Republican voters are in 2016. The takeaway by the writers was that what Republican primary voters are looking for in a presidential candidate is a....strongman....

This attraction to strength seems to be connected to an inchoate sense that the world is falling apart. The voters we spoke to were concerned about a lot of potential threats — terrorist, economic, and cultural — and hoped that a strong president would protect them from dangers within as well as from abroad. Voters said they no longer felt free to be themselves in their own country — policed in their speech, unable to pray publicly or even say “God bless you” when someone sneezes. “Everything’s so p.c.,” said Priscilla Mills, a 33-year-old hospital coordinator from Manchester. “And then the second you do say something, you’re a racist.” Trump, who had 21 percent of the vote in our small sample, has capitalized the most on the political-correctness grievance, which is likely to surface in the general election no matter who becomes the nominee.

I talked to a 30-something insurance agent this week who had a Trump sticker on his vehicle. I asked him...why do you like Trump? The answer was Fox boilerplate stuff....but what stood out to me was the notion that the Obama years have been, somehow, exceptionally destructive for the United States and Americans.

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What Does It All Mean? Not Much

By The Reverend Published: February 2, 2016

Hillary and Bernie finished the Iowa caucuses in a virtual dead heat. Mrs. Clinton with 49.9%, Sanders with 49.6%. Hillary will claim 28 Iowa delegates at the DNC Convention, Bernie will claim 21 Iowa delegates at the DNC Convention. Martin O'Malley dropped out of the Democratic primary race after last night's results came in.

On the GOP side of things, Ted Cruz took 27.7% of Iowa caucus goers, Don Trump took 24.3% and Marco Rubio took 23.1% of the Iowa GOP caucus vote. Cruz will claim 8 Iowa delegates at the GOP Convention....Trump and Rubio will both claim 7 delegates a piece. Mike Huckabee "suspended" his campaign.

A few thoughts....

1-Jeb Bush won 2.8% of Iowa GOP caucus goers. I'm not sure how long the Bush family will endure the humiliation of painfully watching Jeb being rejected by Republican voters. Bush is staged to do a bit better in New Hampshire where Real Clear Politics has him at 10.3%, one third of Trump's leading 33.2% in the state. Will Jeb wait until he is embarrassed, big time, in his own home state of Florida before he drops out? Probably. But he should get out after New Hampshire. Why? Because Jeb is polling at 6.6% in his home state.

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The Beginning

By The Reverend Published: February 1, 2016

Yes, someone has to go first.....but make no mistake, the results of the Iowa caucuses are a teeny, tiny snapshot of who a very small number of Iowa voters favor. In 2008, for example.....

“The Democratic winner, Barack Obama, received the votes of just 4 percent of Iowa’s eligible voters. Mike Huckabee, the Republican victor, attracted the support of a mere 2 percent of Iowa adults,”

Further, in the Republican Iowa caucuses of 2012 only 19.8% of registered Republicans in the state participated...which represented only 5.4% of all registered Iowa voters.

So: Not representative of much of anything.

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Poisoning The Children....To Save Them

By The Reverend Published: January 31, 2016

I have heard quite a lot from GOP hopefuls about how "our children" are being burdened with so much government debt....and how, by god, when they are president, they're going to do something about it. Federal government spending, we are told repeatedly by GOP Clowns, must be significantly reduced to save the future lives of the "children" of today from being enslaved to paying down federal debt.

The message? Republicans, deeply, care for America's children.....

Emails released by the office of Gov. Rick Snyder last week referred to a resident who said she was told by a state nurse in January 2015, regarding her son’s elevated blood lead level, “It is just a few IQ points. ... It is not the end of the world.” Dr. Hanna-Attisha and others who have studied lead poisoning have a sharply different view of lead exposure, for which there is no cure. “If you were going to put something in a population to keep them down for generations to come, it would be lead,” Dr. Hanna-Attisha said.

“It is just a few IQ points. ... It is not the end of the world.”

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