Reince Ruins

The reality is that Priebus has been wrong an awful lot of times. In 2012, though most polls and all poll aggregators showed an advantage for incumbent President Barack Obama, Preibus was bullish about the chances of his challenger Mitt Romney. Preibus predicted Romney would carry Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa, all states Romney lost.

And this wasn’t just sunny salesmanship. Priebus seemed to be among the many Republicans living in a bubble who adamantly insisted the polls were biased because they assumed too large a Democratic turnout. He blasted “a narrative out there that I just think is blatantly uninformed, which is the fact that the Democrats have this great ground game. I think we’re going to crush the Democrats on the ground. I just don’t think they’ve got a very good ground game. I’ve looked through it, I’ve seen it. It’s all smoke and mirrors.”

After the election, which had exactly the sort of Democratic turnout the polls predicted, Priebus took it all back: “our ground game was insufficient… we were behind in both data and digital; and our primary and debate process needed improvement.”

Via Murphy’s Law: Will Priebus Destroy The Republican Party? » Urban Milwaukee.

Perhaps Not His Only Mistake 

And by the way, as I said yesterday, Rubio has all the information he needs to know that if his goal is to stop Trump, he should get out now, endorse Ted Cruz, and give Cruz a chance to win Florida. If he doesn’t, he should be held responsible for the failure to stop Trump. And I’d assume it means that Rubio prefers Trump to Cruz, but that’s an assumption based on a weak foundation — that Rubio is good at making decisions.

Via Althouse: “Inside Rubio’s collapse: A fateful decision that helped unravel his campaign.”

Rubio’s Big Mistake 

Rubio thought he could play Trump’s game, but he had way too little respect for that game and thought he could jump right in and do it well, while provoking the man who’d developed it, practiced it in public for many years, and who came to that style as a natural expression of his thoughts and feelings. Rubio’s decision was either foolish or utterly desperate. If it was foolish, we don’t need a fool for President. If it was desperate, that means Rubio had already lost and he knew it.

Althouse: “Inside Rubio’s collapse: A fateful decision that helped unravel his campaign.”


The hair-on-fire panic in the Republican elite about the Trump juggernaut would be funny if it wasn’t so serious and dangerous. The GOP has set themselves up for this through their coordination with national and local talk radio hosts — not to mention Fox News — for years. Talk radio hosts are the least original “entertainers” in the history of the world, taking their marching orders for Republican operatives since the beginning, creating false realities, driving false narratives, misrepresenting what Democrats really believe and personally attacking anybody who would dare to stand in the way of their funhouse-mirror reshaping of the national and local debate.

Via Plaisted Writes: Trump the Prepper.

Time’s Running Out 

Unless the supporters of Donald Trump are measuring themselves for brown shirts they need to now admit that Trump’s failure to explicitly disavow the Ku Klux Klan simply makes him disqualified for seeking the White House. I have heard and read a lot over the past seven months but the revulsion I have over Trump’s lack of common sense, moral fiber, back bone, and mental abilities concerning the KKK is breathtaking. If one were forced to concoct an outrageous scenario involving Trump it would have been almos

Via Moment Of Truth For Donald Trump Supporters @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.


So, Unlikeable apparently made it and Unthinkable came close.  Obviously it is way too soon to begin to start counting Trump out, but this might serve as a wake-up call for him.  I don’t know how well bombast plays in New Hampshire but my guess is not very well.  It will be interesting to see if he dials his personality back a bit or if it will continue to be a “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” classic approach for The Donald….

Via On To New Hampshire…@ Curmudgeon’s Corner.