You can smell it in the air. We're going to have a three-way race.
True, Donald Trump just picked up an endorsement from Dick Cheney, to match his endorsement from John Bolton. (Yet there are still ninnies -- paid, no doubt -- who argue that Trump is the peacemaker and Hillary the warmonger.) But Cheney no longer has any clout.
Look at the reactions of other prominent Republicans: It's disaster for The Donald.
Lindsey Graham says he won't vote for Trump or Clinton
. Lindsey finally admits the truth: He swings neither
"I don't believe that Donald Trump has the temperament and judgment to be commander in chief. I think Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I'm not going with him."
has made it clear that he cannot support Trump.
Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy.
Although Paul Ryan says that he will meet with Trump before they go their separate ways, it's very clear that the separation is final
Mr. Ryan has become increasingly depressed about the tone of the race within the Republican Party, several people who have talked to him in recent weeks said. He could not bring himself to give even nominal support to Mr. Trump, despite pressure from more conservative House Republicans, after the candidate disparaged various ethnic groups and accused Senator Ted Cruz’s father of conspiring with Lee Harvey Oswald, among other inflammatory comments. Those remarks determined Mr. Ryan’s course far more than the considerable differences on policy between the men.
Marco Rubio won't endorse Trump, and probably won't even vote for him. And why should he? Trump's trash talk during the primaries caused a rift that he cannot now heal.
have prevailed over Rubio without humiliating the man, but -- dummy that he is -- Trump does not understand the virtue of allowing an opponent to save face. Trump is a chess-player who thinks only one move ahead. Roger Stone is only a little better: He can think two
moves ahead -- but no further.
The Trumpers, in their arrogance, may think that they can win the presidency without the Republican party, but they're fooling themselves. The sleazeball tactics of a Roger Stone go only so far. I've been studying that man's life -- and guess what I found? Stone loses more often than many people realize
Carl Paladino didn't became Governor of New York, did he?
(Of course, Stone would deny that he had anything to do with Paladino's effort. Stone's Rule: Always use a cut-out.
It's falling apart for Trump. Right now, as we speak, during his moment of triumph. It's falling apart.
The anti-Trump GOP-ers are clearly prepping the way for a third-party run. That's why House Republicans are refusing to get behind their ostensible presidential nominee:
In the 48 hours since Donald Trump essentially clinched the GOP presidential nomination, many House Republicans facing tough elections this fall have grasped for a third way between embracing Trump and rejecting him: stalling for time. House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke for many of his members Thursday when asked on CNN whether he was ready to support Trump, saying "I'm just not there yet." A number of Ryan's most vulnerable colleagues had already said much the same thing. Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Trump had a long way to go to earn his support. Reps. Rod Blum (Iowa) and John Katko (N.Y.) simply did not respond to requests for comment. Several congressional Republicans, like Michigan Rep. Mike Bishop, tempered statements that they would support the GOP nominee with criticism of how Trump has conducted his campaign.”
These people have gotten the word. Option Three is a-coming.
is talking openly about Option Three.
First, I would support only an independent bid that has a decent chance to succeed — either in getting the 270 electoral votes needed to win or, more likely, denying that Electoral College majority to any candidate, which would throw the election into the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. There, Clinton would stand the least chance of winning.
A good point, that. The Option Three candidate need not win the most electoral votes in order to win the presidency. As noted above, House members are refusing to get behind Trump -- and that refusal has important ramifications.
Neither Trump nor Stone saw that
coming, did they?
Now that Donald Trump is the last man standing in the Republican presidential race, his critics in the party are intensifying their search for a candidate they could back as a serious third-party alternative.
Political operatives are courting donors, calling potential candidates and developing legal contingency plans for overcoming onerous ballot qualification laws.
The group Conservatives Against Trump, which includes blogger Erick Erickson, has been holding calls and meetings to discuss third-party candidates as well as other options to stop the New York billionaire from winning the White House.
Side note: Why so much talk about the JFK assassination now?
And why has the topic been commandeered by creeps (Jones, Stone, Morrow) whom Kennedy would despise if he were alive today?
For some weird reason, the JFK assassination has become a sub-theme of this campaign. Trump relies on the behind-the-scenes efforts of the consummately vile Roger Stone, author of an LBJ-diddit assassination book that was very successful -- and very, very
I don't get it. Most people consider the JFK buffs to be a tiny niche audience, so why would Trump even bother to play up to them?
I asked that question of a leading researcher, and I hope he won't mind my repeating his answer. He said that the JFK angle constitutes "an easy way to engage the kook crowd whom Trump appeals to. The right wing conspiracy lobby, more so than the Christian one is set to become a big player in U.S., politics. Look at Alex Jones and other talk show hosts going nuts."
The Alex Jonesians are the (anti-)intellectual heirs of the John Birchers. The Birchers and other far-rightists concocted all sorts of anti-Kennedy conspiracy theories while the man was still alive.
Trumpers, Jonesians and neo-Birchers should keep their lying mouths off of the events of November 22, 1963. If you're not the sort of person who would have voted for Kennedy, you have no right to talk about his death. Assassination research is for LIBERALS ONLY.
Trumper, reactionaries, Tea Partiers -- you want to know who killed JFK? Look in the mirror.
crime. Own it.
I would note that the Tea Partiers
still revere the memory
of James Jesus Angleton
, the actual mastermind of the assassination.
Finally: A word about that "Evil Hillary" diatribe you've been composing in your head.
I get several of these each day. They are never published, but they keep coming.
At first, they annoyed me -- but then the thought hit me: Some Clinton-phobe just spent an hour putting together a propaganda piece which will never see the light of day.
Why should I complain about that?
It's better for you to send your propaganda to me
, as opposed to some other blogger who might actually publish your words. That's why I encourage you to spend the next few hours composing a really long diatribe on the topic of Why Clintons Are Evil
I hereby promise, with fingers firmly crossed behind my back, that your words will
be published -- not as a mere comment, but as a full post. But that outcome will come to pass only if your text is very
long, and only if you have devoted at least four hours of your life to the task.
You'll increase your chances of appearing in these pages -- of dominating
That Bastard Cannon -- if there is clear evidence that you've really put some effort into the task. Provide footnotes. Go over your text five or six times, correcting all errors of spelling and grammar.
If you devote an entire day
to the job, your heroism will be rewarded. I hereby swear by almighty Dolos
to keep up my end of this bargain.