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.”
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.
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.
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.
These two people seem deserving of each other’s company.
The weight ratings of intended stages for the two need to be pre-verified. (That was a bit petty, but accurate.)
The Republican Party candidates seem intent on destroying the entire brand.
These taunts are below even grade school boys poking fun at each other, let alone coming from aspiring presidential candidates.
Remember that quote, “If you break it, you buy it”?
So Reince, along with Boehner and McConnell, are now within a few months of having broken it, which WILL be the result of a Trump nomination.
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
“That was the end of that campaign, by the way, when they chose Ryan,” Trump said during a campaign event at a retirement community in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. “And I like him. He’s a nice person, but that was the end of the campaign.”
The previous Quinnipiac poll, from 12/16 – 12/20, had Clinton up by 31.Trump is now up by 20. The previous Quinnipiac poll, from 12/16 – 12/20, had Trump up by 9.
I caught bits and pieces of the GOP’s shitshow of a debate in South Carolina last night (state motto: “Our proudest moment was in 1861!”). But I’ll leave it to a much better writer than I to sum up just how bad this was, and how we’ve descended to this point in our politics. Charlie Pierce, take it away!…
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….
Some observations and thoughts:
DEMOCRATS—Hillary is in trouble. It’s Groundhog Day for her, 2008 all over again….
REPUBLICANS—Don’t believe polls. We were supposed to witness the Trump juggernaut. Instead, Donald Trump had to accept second place with a smile….
While credible candidates are flying the red-eye special to New Hampshire to launch a frantic week of speeches and stumping for votes Carson is heading home to get a change of clothes. His campaign announced that he will leave Iowa and head to Florida to get some clean clothes.