I wrote a post at PJ Media not too long ago about Kashich’s – uh – unseemly evolution from thinking the idea of a brokered/contested convention was “cockamamie” only a couple of months ago – to where he is these days – bringing it up in interviews as something that will be really fun – a really “cool” civics lesson for the kiddies.
In case you didn’t know, the Kasich campaign was scoffingat the idea of a brokered convention back in February:
During a conference call with reporters, the Ohio governor’s senior strategist John Weaver called the idea “cockamamie” and dismissed a New York Times story describing Kasich advisers quietly seeking support for the strategy. Instead, Weaver described a path — one that many establishment Republicans have in turn described as cockamamie — to hang on by a thread through unfriendly Super Tuesday contests and out-wait other faltering rivals to wind up in a head-to-head race with Trump.
Then, he said, Kasich could win the nomination on the convention’s first ballot.
The next day on the Hugh Hewitt Show, Kasich suggested that he hadn’t given much thought to the prospect of a brokered convention and pretended he had barely even heard of such a thing: “I don’t know what they call it — some call it brokered — there’s other names for the convention,” Kasich said haltingly. “Is that a possibility? Anything’s a possibility in this year. But I don’t really anticipate that happening,” he said, still insistent that he was the guy who would secure the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination (even though it was mathematically impossible at that point.)
Now, we’ve gotten to the point where not only do they “anticipate that happening,” they actually anticipate that the perennial also-ran will come out on top.
“Reeko,” longtime reader and friend of the ND blog, has graciously offered to write some posts here for the duration of the 2016 campaign.
He’s a fellow conservative who works in a secret capacity for the United States government (hence the pseudonym) and can give an insider’s perspective on some of the issues.
His interests include politics, military, foreign affairs, science, theology, history, anthropology, weapons and martial arts, birds, airplanes, and Texas trivia, among many other things.
“Forsazh” is Russian for “afterburner” – as in jet engines. 😉
Unlike me, Reeko supports Donald Trump (!) and in good time will probably get around to explaining why.
To start off, he wanted to talk about former NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s potential entrance into the race. (7-Eleven hardest hit.)
Alternative title, “Send in the Clown”:
Well, that didn’t take long. Bloomberg. Yes, the old Blooming Idiot himself.
So, I guess that question has been answered. (Who will replace Hillary on the Dem ticket?) Crazily, but answered just the same, much like getting a reading from a windsock in a hurricane.
Somebody on the Left must’ve run the electoral numbers and panicked. Cynicism much perhaps? Or does it not look like they are trotting out M. J. Bloomberg to at least try to keep NY from going all Trump Blue in the general election?
Yes, NY will vote solidly for Trump, making that a Red State for the first time since 1984. Of course Bloomberg is most likely to stay officially an “Independent” just like B. Sanders is an “Independent” yet neither of those capitol “I”s are gonna be able to save the DNC from the coming disaster in November:
NY = 29 electoral votes; FL = 29; TX = 38; The solid South = 111 (minus SC, still 102 because that State is goofy) and, the biggest electoral prize of all, yes, even California is in play for Trump. It will be a landslide no matter which way the math works out. The Left is grabbing at NY with everything they have, or else the Dem Party will be demolished.
The Oligarchical Rulers of our country are absolutely besides themselves with fear. “Obama’s legacy” …this is it: The end of the Democrat Party as we know it. With powerful assists from Soros and both Clintons. At long last!
This mortifying embarrassment of a president has said a lot of stupid things over the years regarding corpse-men, 57 states, the Austrian language, bowling in the Special Olympics, etc – but this doozy has to take the cake because the subject matter is so serious and he made the gaffe overseas in front of an international audience.
While giving a press conference in Paris, President Barack Obama told reporters that the mass shootings that plague the United States just never happen in other countries.
“With respect to Planned Parenthood, obviously, my heart goes out to the families of those impacted,” Obama said in response to a reporter’s question. “I mean, I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries.”
For those living under a rock, the city of Paris itself was just hit with a series of simultaneous terrorist attacks. The majority of 130 deaths were in mass shooting attacks, where the ISIS-affiliated terrorists attacked public places with automatic rifles. Nearly one hundred people alone were killed in just one mass shooting at the Bataclan theater.
Paris was also the site of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack earlier this year. Al-Qaeda-affiliated gunmen slaughtered 11 innocent people in that rampage.
Mass shootings just don’t happen in other countries, this assclown says — in a country that has seen two mass shootings, this year.
Unbelievable. It’s Obama’s favorite anti-gun talking point – in the states.
As he stood there at the podium in Paris, you could almost see the gears jamming in his head as he suddenly realized where he was. At that point he paused, and awkwardly shifted to his rote anti-terrorism talking points.
We’ve had seven years now of Obama screwing things up and not taking responsibility for it, so it should come as no surprise that he is blaming the GOP for his latest fiasco.
Obama’s $500 million program to train and arm the Syrian rebels has flopped in spectacular fashion,so naturally the craven Obama regime is pretending they had nothing to do with it – it was all the Republicans’ fault. Obama never thought it would work. He just went along because John McCain and Lindsey Graham were just so goshdarn insistent he couldn’t say no. He didn’t want to hurt John McCain’s feelings, so he magnanimously let him try something big.
It’s offensive frankly, that anyone would point fingers at this president, when the fault so clearly lies with the Republicans in Congress. Obama’s fighting to make the world a better place for you and me, and other people keep spoiling it.
JOSH EARNEST (9/16/15): Many of you have understandably asked me questions about the claims of our critics who suggest that the administration should invest more deeply in training and equipping members of the Syrian opposition, that that was the recipe for success … That is not something this administration ever believed, but it is something that our critics [Read Republicans] will have to answer for.
EARNEST (6/30/14): The president for some time has been concerned that the lawlessness and violence we’ve seen in Syria does have a destabilizing, dangerous impact … A way to address that, in our view, is to bolster the moderate opposition, provide them additional assistance.
BARACK OBAMA (9/07/14): We have a Free Syrian Army and a moderate opposition, that we have steadily been working with, that we have vetted … At the West Point speech I gave, I said we need to put more resources into the moderate opposition.
EARNEST (9/09/14): The president does believe that there would be value…to ramp up assistance that we provide to members of the moderate opposition.
JOHN KERRY (9/18/14) Stepping up the efforts with respect to the moderate opposition is an essential piece of any strategy against ISIL.
OBAMA (9/18/14): With this effort, we will provide training and equipment to help them grow stronger.
EARNEST (9/16/15): But I think it’s also time for our critics to fess up in this regard as well. They were wrong.
Is this not what we’ve come to expect from these insufferable A-holes?
You may have figured this out long ago, but it just hit me — and if you figured it out long ago and you’ve been trying to get through here and tell me, I wish you’d have gotten through. For those of you who figured it out and I didn’t, I’m just now getting to it. I apologize for being a late arrival to the party, but now — now — it all makes sense. For five years Obama has never once allowed himself to be seen as governing.
He is constantly campaigning against mysterious forces who have ill intentions trying to harm you and this great country. There are these figures behind the screen, behind the curtain. Romney was one. Bush was one. There are others. Obama’s trying to expose them.
Rush would go on to develop this thought into what he called the Limbaugh Theorem, which is that “Obama has mastered the ability to always be seen as opposing everything that’s happening, even the things he is causing to happen. He is on a perpetual campaign.”
Yeah, who could have seen this coming? Besides practically everyone?
On September 17, 2014, I regretfully reported that the GOP-led Congress had very stupidly voted to authorize Obama’s (obviously underdeveloped) plan to arm and train the terrorists rebels.
I really really want to be wrong about thinking this is a huge mistake, but I have a very bad feeling about arming people with values and loyalties so antithetical to ours with American weapons. My greatest fear is that these weapons will eventually be turned on American soldiers, and will lead to more Christians and ethnic minorities being slaughtered in the Middle East.
Why on earth do we think this is a good idea?
One thing I didn’t foresee was the colossal waste of money we would spend to arm and train 4-5 dudes. I mean – I think we all could have predicted that it was not going to be cost efficient with Obama in charge – but $500 mil to arm 5 guys, huh? That is some impressive malfeasance right there – even for the Obama administration.
And it all comes courtesy of the Stupid Party.
Take your bows, Lindsey and John. Brava.
Just when you think it can not get any worse…tomorrow comes.
More from the UK Telegraph:
Telegraph: Reports indicate US-trained rebels crossed into Syria, immediately handed weapons over to Jabhat al-Nusra. http://t.co/hx2TjD6zU8
Courtesy of Foreign Policy, a mind-bogglingly stupid and vapid piece by a law professor at Georgetown University, former counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011 and former senior advisor at the U.S. State Department.
A few — admittedly sappy — thoughts on the power of #LoveWins.
Brooks actually argues that by posting images of jubilant gays embracing and waving rainbow flags – we will help defeat the ISIS extremists.
Do you want to fight the Islamic State and the forces of Islamic extremist terrorism? I’ll tell you the best way to send a message to those masked gunmen in Iraq and Syria and to everyone else who gains power by sowing violence and fear. Just keep posting that second set of images. Post them on Facebook and Twitter and Reddit and in comments all over the Internet. Send them to your friends and your family. Send them to your pen pal in France and your old roommate in Tunisia. Send them to strangers.
Yes, it’s sappy. But this has always been the dream of America: a dream of freedom, of a land where no one would force their religious beliefs on anyone else. A land where all people would have the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A land where we could seek change peacefully and trust our laws and institutions to respond to our deepest hopes.
Yes ma’am it’s sappy all right. And stupid. And dangerous.
The idea that posting images of gays celebrating will somehow warm the cockles of the terrorists’ hearts, rather than further inflame them, is completely batshit.
Islamic Jihadists aren’t Americans. They aren’t sexual libertines. They don’t “go along to get along.”
They become even more determined to annihilate you.
Behead you, shoot you, crucify you, push you off the top of a building, hang you from a crane – etc.
It is much, much more likely — or certain — that the Islamic State sees the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage as evidence of the United States’ decadence and societal decay, and that this will serve to embolden and encourage them.
There is another glaring fallacy in her “analysis”: if the Nazis and Soviets and KKK and Pol Pot and Rwandan génocidaires ever really learned that “brutality and fear can keep people down for only so long,” they didn’t learn it in the manner Brooks seems to think they did.
It is hard to tell how, exactly, she thinks they learned this. By viewing photos of loving couples of any persuasion? Did a photo of an embracing couple move Adolf Hitler to call his genocidal armies back home and close the extermination camps?
Does the name “Rosa Brooks” ring a bell?
It did for me, so I did a word search on my blog, and found that in April of 2009I created a new acronym just for her.
OMGWSS=Oh my God, we’re so screwed.
Today’s OMGWSS – Rosa Brooks, the Obama administration’s new adviser to Michelle Flournoy, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, “a position described as one of the most influential in the Pentagon”. Read this and weep:
In 2007, she labeled al-Qaida as “little more than an obscure group of extremist thugs, well financed and intermittently lethal but relatively limited in their global and regional political pull.