January 2016

“Sociopaths cannot love, by definition they do not have higher values, and they almost never feel comfortable in their own skins. They are loveless, amoral, and chronically bored, even the few who become rich and powerful.” ― Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door

Ted Cruz is not new to pissing people off. He has been shadowed by antipathy from his college days, through his work on George Bush’s 2000 election, to his Senate half-term. He is an odious man with all the qualities of an odious man. Ego, self-regard, arrogance, abrasiveness, pride, vanity, smugness – salted with a suspicion of sociopathy. All of which lies as a mantle on a pathological liar.

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 4.37.50 PMLet his latest mailing stand witness to Cruz’s malignancy. In Iowa, winners are decided by caucus. It is a complex process – where success rests on turnout. Cruz’s solution? Send out what appeared to be an official mailing, abrading Iowans for their ‘failure’ as a voter.

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 4.40.35 PMThis accusatory document was sent in an envelope boldly stamped: ‘PUBLIC RECORD’, ‘VOTER VIOLATION’, ELECTION ALERT’, & ‘FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED’.

The Cruz campaign’s actions were so egregious the Iowa Secretary of State had to reassure the citizens that how often or not you voted was not monitored. And that a spotty or non-existent voting record was not a violation.

Was Cruz abashed by this psychological abuse? Good God no. He is not a man to admit error – or even understand he made one. In his words, “I will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote.”

Regardless, it is shatteringly poor judgement on Ted Cruz’s part. With fortune, this shameless shenanigan will bite him in the ass.

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One oddity of the 2016 primaries is that not all voters are slavishly loyal to party. For a significant number, the choice is between Trump and Sanders. Also for most GOP voters Trump is either their first choice or doesn’t rate highly at all.

 

 

 

 

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Conservatives Celebrate Inertia, Indolence, and Lack of Ambition.

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“You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.” ― Robert A. Heinlein Conservatives celebrate the virtues of ‘fly-over country’ – home to Bubba and other small-town, ‘real’ Americans. The virtues of these landlocked folk are enumerated as common-sense, tradition, religion, patriotism and gun ownership. Does this celebration of the heartland bear scrutiny? […]

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Political Droppings – 1.29.15. – Clown Trump; London Boy Trump; Trump & Sanders, the Sunshine Boys; Scorched Earth in Iowa; Hillary Redux.

January 29, 2016

“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.” – Francis Bacon Donald Trump crows that the size of the audiences shows the size of his support. Actually not. He does lead in the polls, but many of the people coming […]

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Political Droppings – 1.28.16 – Craven Conservatives; Trump’s New Found Veteran Love; Not an Atheist, Good Enough; Ignorant Pundits.

January 28, 2016

“I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.” ― William F. Buckley Jr. Conservatives have a strange conception of courage. First, they are allergic to military service – let alone combat. There are exceptions – but in the main, conservatives are theoretical warriors. Second, the ‘toughest’ candidate is the […]

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Political droppings – 1.28.16 – Bigots for Cruz; Editorial Ineptitude; What Makes a Christian?

January 27, 2016

The establishment may be inching toward Donald Trump, but Ted Cruz continues to attract leading religious bigots. The latest being Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council (HRC) – another of these benignly named groups whose heartless mission is to deny others what they enjoy. (h/t Mediaite) ****************************************************** (Update: It seems this story reported […]

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Political Droppings – 1.26.16. – Planned Parenthood Isn’t a Criminal; Republican Liars; Chris Christie’s Money For Nothing; More….

January 26, 2016

“Politics is show business for ugly people.” – Paul Begala In Harris County, Texas, a Grand Jury considered evidence that Planned Parenthood had committed crimes in its treatment of fetal tissue. It concluded that Planned Parenthood had not. However, the grand jurors did decide that the undercover, ‘gotcha’ videographers had, And passed down an indictment on […]

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The Republican Establishment Inches Towards Trump. Too Soon?

January 25, 2016

“Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass.” ― William Shakespeare The Republican establishment has determined that Trump will be their candidate. He wasn’t their first choice. In the early rounds, the mere idea he would last in the race […]

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Political Droppings 1.23.15 – Bernie’s America; Palin’s Incoherence; Beck Backs a Defective Washington

January 23, 2016

“A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.” ― George Bernard Shaw America used to be an optimistic place. Reagan referred to it as “a shining city on a hill”. It’s not that we thought we were perfect – but we felt we were pretty good. But […]

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The GOP Establishment Celebrates the New Establishment Candidate.

January 21, 2016

“Being an American means never having to say you’re sorry.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus The Republican establishment so despises Ted Cruz that they are coalescing behind Donald Trump. Trump is, by any standard, far from Republican orthodoxy. And certainly not the candidate the GOP’s 2012 ‘autopsy’ had hoped for. But when the alternative is […]

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