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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!!!

Filthy Bilge Rats Morning Edition 10-21-15

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need to get these guys back out there hooking and booking

Q. What are ICE officials doing, now that Obama has relieved them of their day to day responsibilities for internal immigration enforcement?

A. Organizing sex parties

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Tuesday that it is investigating reports that a supervisor used government time to recruit workers for private sex swinger parties at his home.  An internal misconduct investigation is looking into the claims centered on workers in San Diego, ICE spokeswoman Lauren Mack told NBC News in a statement.

It follows a report by the San Diego Union Tribune that an accusation of gross sexual misconduct was made in a complaint submitted to the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year.

The newspaper said employees at the ICE Enforcement Removal Operations office in the city complained that they had been approached during work hours to participate in the parties held at the home of a supervisor in the office along with his wife, who is also an agent.

“The agency takes all allegations of misconduct seriously,” Mack said in the statement. “The matter you reference has been referred to ICE Homeland Security Investigations Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for further investigation. That inquiry is ongoing and, as such, we are unable to offer further comment at this time.”

The complaint, which has been seen by the newspaper, says the recruitment has been going on for more than a year, and alleges the practice is coercive of subordinate employees and an abuse of authority. It said workers were approached about the parties by the supervisor, whose wife is also an employee.

While the looting of the country by government, the political class and its benefactors continues apace, America has other more pressing priorities (From the Hollywood Reporter) …

The months and months of hype have paid off for Disney and Lucasfilm this afternoon, as theater chains began offering advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters two months from today on December 18. Perhaps a little too well, however. Legions of Star Wars fans immediately rushed to online ticket sellers to secure their seats but alas, the force is not strong with them. The sudden rush of demand from Jedi-happy fans has caused loading issues and site outages on purchasing platforms including Fandango, the Alamo Drafthouse, and AMC Theaters.

As I have stressed repeatedly, the Democrats and Republicans (at least at the party leadership level), have more in common with one another than not. Usually, a consistent effort is made to maintain the phony optics of conflict, but now and then they let their guard down and demonstrate that they are as different as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

Congressman Paul Ryan in what he thought was a venue safe from scrutiny of anti-Amnesty forces, made some remarkable comments at the Erie House in Chicago, in concert with Democrat open borders champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who has recently endorsed Ryan’s House Speaker bid to replace John Boehner.

Ryan outlined the desirability of a system that eliminates all restriction in current U.S. Immigration law regulating the importation of workers. “We want to have an immigration system that… has gates open to the people who are coming in pursuit of their version of the American dream,” Ryan told the crowd.

He went on to diminish the value of national sovereignty and enforcement of borders. “America is more than just a country,” Ryan said. “It’s more than Chicago, or Wisconsin. It’s more than our borders. America is an idea. It’s a very precious idea.”

Most strikingly, as this is the money quote – Ryan lays bare the fact that the Democrats and Republicans are not really two parties, but in reality, merely two (sometimes) competing divisions of a massive political racketeering operation. “Luis talked about his peaceful protests and the arrests that resulted from them,” Ryan said. “That just goes to show that Republicans and Democrats might do things a little differently, but we don’t always see things differently. And that’s the point I just simply want to make here today.”

In a related theme…

George W. Bush, also thinking that his comments would not be fodder for general consumption, admitted that Ted Cruz is the Republican in the GOP presidential race that the GOP establishment is most concerned about. W, told contributors in a donor event for brother Jeb, (that was so unsuccessful that organizers had to hustle last minute to pimp drastically discounted tickets to the gathering), that “I just don’t like the guy”, referring to Cruz.

Attendees noted that Bush referenced the nomination race with regard to Ted Cruz, “He said he thought Cruz was going to be a pretty formidable candidate against Jeb, especially in Texas and across the South.”

What is really eating at Bush and the GOP establishment? Aside from Jeb’s poll numbers plummeting, anyone – particularly as effective as Ted Cruz, that can articulate a genuine move towards limited government, scares the GOP leadership to death. The Republican party as it is presently constituted, is unsustainable, if the national government is reduced in size, scope, spending and power. The same is true of the Democrats, but Democrats are convinced that their voters want more government, not less.