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Filthy Bilge Rats Early TGIF Edition 10-23-15

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Jeb Bush Campaign circles the drain…

No sooner than George W. Bush gets done with a fundraiser for Jeb that turns out to be a flop, and reveals his animosity for Ted Cruz, we find out that the Jeb campaign is on the ropes – maybe even on the mat and trying to struggle to its’ feet to beat the 10 count. A little boxing lingo there for you fight fans.

Anyway, it is being reported over at Breitbart and elsewhere, including the WSJ, that the Bush clan are getting together for a pow wow this weekend at the family compound in in Houston and at some meetings with what’s left of the donor base.

The Wall Street Journal notes – “As Jeb Bush heads to Texas on Sunday to rally top fundraisers along with his father and brother, former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, the family’s vaunted financial network is mostly disengaged and splintered—and his campaign stock is falling,”

WSJ goes on to report,:

“About 170 donors who have each raised at least $50,000 are expected to attend social gatherings and strategy briefings over two days,” the WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus (editor’s note – not Bettie Ballhaus!) and Christopher Stewart wrote. “Those who have raised at least $175,000 will have the most access to the Bush family, including a reception with former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush.”

Bush’s polling is in the root cellar, not the wine cellar. And that would not be, in and of itself a disaster – except for the fact that throwing more money at his campaign is not going to stanch the stench that makes GOP voters clench. He just has supported campaign themes such as “acts of love” and Common Whore – pardon me, Common Core  – that have a high puke factor with all of the Republican base but ‘Bush botz’. And I have some Bush Botz friends and I say that with the utmost fondness.

Bloomberg News quotes campaign insiders that the Bush organization has instituted “across-the-board pay cuts” for all of its staff. Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin and Michael Bender reported:

“The campaign is removing some senior staff from the payroll, parting ways with some consultants, and downsizing its Miami headquarters to save more than $1 million per month and cut payroll by 40 percent this week, according to Bush campaign officials who requested anonymity to speak about internal changes.”

It is also coming to light that senior-level staff and consultants are going to be put on a volunteer basis. Look for an exodus of such individuals while they still have opportunities perhaps, to hook on to other campaigns, presidential or otherwise. Hired guns are hired guns. Stop paying them and they take their side irons somewhere else where they can get cash for brandishing. Simple stuff.

Don’t drink the Purple drank that says that there are more than a few true believers in the upper ranks of these campaigns. There aren’t.

No matter what you think of Trump – and you know what I think of him, he has served the purpose of busting off a cap into the Bush campaign run. Not that it took that much doing or that Bush needed much help.

Megyn Kelly (oh dear Lord how I love her – one of the few bright bulbs on FN) blindsided Bush last night with this:

KELLY: According to the latest ABC News poll he’s (Trump) at 32, you’re at seven, in seventh place. The Real Clear Politics average, he’s at 27, you’re at seven, in fifth place. He has said that if his poll numbers tank, he’ll get out of this race. But what would it take to make you get out?

Side note; Of course, Bush will be as myopic as his donors will allow him to be, and so Jeb came back with this neat little whistling in the graveyard ditty right before Halloween …

BUSH: I’m not getting out. My — I believe that we have a plan to be very competitive in the early states. We have the resources to stay with this. I’m campaigning hard, I’m campaigning with heart. I’m campaigning in a way that will draw people toward our cost. Herman Cain was the winner at this time when he was running. Hillary Clinton was up by 26 points in October against Barack Obama. Rudy Giuliani was the frontrunner, you know, eight years ago. So this is the beginning of hard race. I never thought it would be easy and it certainly hasn’t been and I believe that I’m going to win the nomination.

To which I would respond – as David Spade and Helen Hunt famously said in the SNL skit “Total Bastard Airlines” … “Buh-bye, let’s go … out!!!

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Filthy Bilge Rats PM Edition 10-21-15

Is Trump truly inevitable?

There’s a great deal of discussion among potential voters of the conservative persuasion (myself included), speculating on the Donald Trump juggernaut. Is it unstoppable? Even the media spends an inordinate amount of time on the subject. I hear it coming loudly in the periphery of my hearing from the loft, where my dear 95 year old father in law, uses CNN as ambient noise for a good portion of the day.

Yes, I know exposing a senior to CNN is considered a form of elder abuse, but I’m too cheap to cough up the money for the next cable tier that has Fox News. You see, in red state areas, the cable providers know that more often than not, they can extort extra money from tea party people to get FN. I won’t knuckle under.

But back to McDonald – tea party “happy meal” that is bound to make them ill at some point.  A friend of mine on FB, first name Ed, with whom I habitually banter and spar, replied with this outstanding and pithy outline of why Trump is not exactly the fait accompli that many suppose he is. I couldn’t improve on it, so here it is verbatim. Thanks, Ed:

a. polling suggests that Trump voters are far less likely to vote in Republican primaries and caucuses than republicans who support other candidates;

b. polling also shows that Trump has fairly high negatives among Republican voters, which suggests that there is a low ceiling to his potential support that is probably below 50%. While this does not matter when there are 15 candidates in the contest, it will matter when the field is winnowed down to 3 or 4 candidates;

c. Iowa is a caucus state, and local organization and a good “get out the vote” operation is key to victory. If 2008 and 2012 is any guide, the candidate who can get the support of the religious right is most likely to do well in the Iowa caucuses. And based on interviews with local political pros, as of today, Ben Carson is far better organized than Trump among Iowa’s religious right voters;

d. New Hampshire Republicans, many of whom are former residents of “Taxachusetts,” are typically more anti-tax than the average Republican voter. They may not respond well to the idea that Trump has expressed support for increasing taxes on the wealthy.

The only item that I thought might not be a prime factor, was the one above, labeled (d) – but it is possible that Ed understands the situation on the ground in NH better than I.

This week,

I released the first in a series of composite narratives about people in America who rely on their 2nd Amendment freedom, not only to defend the Constitution from critical mass tyranny, but as a practical matter of daily security. They will be the folks that will resist the plans of the gun confiscating crowd perhaps most fiercely. My concept here, is that if you happen to be in a group of people and the discussion turns to firearms and the pros and cons of gun freedom – the most effective argument is the experiences of real people.

I put the brakes on one individual, who said she thought a longer waiting period for the background check was a good idea. Not surprisingly, this was a New England lass. I said, “suppose that a woman has a man – a potentially violent man, stalking her and is threatened with rape or physical assault. How much longer should she have to wait?” … crickets.

If you haven’t read it yet – here’s a link to the column. Let me know if you’d like to see more:

https://blastedfools.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/i-gun-owner/

Some of my readers…

will know who Marine Le Pen is and some won’t. For those of you who don’t – you should get to know her. Aside from Nigel Farage of England’s UKIP (United Kingdom Independent Party) and Geert Wilders, Dutch anti-Islamic immigration politician and the founder and leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid – PVV); Ms. Le Pen is the leader of the French nationalist political party – the National Front (FN), the third-largest political party in France.

Le Pen is also the leader in France against the Islam-ization of her country, and as a result, has come under attack by the national Socialist government of Francois Hollande and his administration. The Hollande administration, uses militant Muslim proxies to file charges against Ms. Le Pen on hate speech charges.

The most recent event, detailed here, is remarkable because, even though Ms. Le Pen has been dragged into court, even the government’s prosecutor is telling the judicial panel in the case that charges should be dismissed, on the basis that Marine Le Pen has not violated any law!

Elections are coming up in France, and Ms. Le Pen’s political enemies want her spending her days in court instead of out on the campaign trail. With any luck – maybe we can flip that paradigm here in America and use it against a genuine menace to our body politic and system of government – Hillary Clinton. Hmmmmmmmmmm.