March 31, 2016

Is There Any White Knight That Can Emerge From the Shadows at the Convention?
— Ace

Imagine this plausible scenario:

Trump does not get to 1,237, and has become even more unacceptable to the party as a whole than he is now.

Trump carpet bombs Ted Cruz and makes him even weaker in the general election than he is now.

Kasich continues being Kasich.

Assuming the convention is contested and Cruz has been too damaged to be a strong candidate (a plausible thing because you know Trump's not going down alone), and assuming the party rewrites the rules (as you know it would, in this situation) to permit delegates to choose virtually anyone--

Can anyone think of anybody who would 1, be broadly acceptable to the party regulars, and 2, look good in a general election, that can suddenly emerge from the wreckage?

And no, not Paul "Professor Open Borders" Ryan. F*** that guy especially.

And No... Not other people who have already been rejected soundly by voters, like Rubio and Jeb.

Boy the Establishment just never gives up, huh?

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1 SMOD.

Posted by: kathysaysso at March 31, 2016 09:54 AM (43OZ6)

2 First!

Posted by: Flyguy at March 31, 2016 09:54 AM (8DgV/)

3 MITTENS! /sarc

Posted by: Jimmy don\'t play that at March 31, 2016 09:54 AM (F5OyJ)

4 Herb Cain.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 09:54 AM (IV1em)

5 Zombie Reagan?

Posted by: professor_chaos at March 31, 2016 09:54 AM (ESWK5)

6 The party "as a whole" has ceased to exist. 

Posted by: kathysaysso at March 31, 2016 09:55 AM (43OZ6)

7 Rubio? *ducks and hides*

Posted by: SwansonNation at March 31, 2016 09:55 AM (1oKaO)

8 Cthulhu will dominate your weak convention.

Posted by: RoyalOil at March 31, 2016 09:55 AM (fQ/0p)

9 Allen West!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anti-Hill at March 31, 2016 09:55 AM (3aBcq)

10 Jim Gilmore

Posted by: xav at March 31, 2016 09:55 AM (LzauL)

11 I can't think of a single Republican right now who is worth a damn. I'll probably write-in Rush or Mark Levin.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 09:55 AM (IV1em)

12 Shouldn't have read the content first. Just wait for them to push JEB! back down our throat. I would think that Perry or Walker might be strong candidates considering the executive experience and the conservative bonafides.

Posted by: Flyguy at March 31, 2016 09:55 AM (8DgV/)

13 Mr. Ace O Spades, from NY.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (2PHKP)

14 >>.6 The party "as a whole" has ceased to exist. true, but who knows. maybe there's someone who could unite people. especially as the prospect of a White House, COngress, and Supreme Court ALL controlled by socialists looms.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (dciA+)

15 Rick Perry and/or Bobby Jindal

Posted by: mov at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (kUmUV)

16 White Knight?!?!?!?!?!?!?! You racist bastage!

Posted by: SJWs 'R' Us at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (DN9jO)

17 Teh Maverick, John McCain!

Posted by: just wait, you won't believe what happens next at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (IQI2h)

18 Looking for political saviors is a fool's game. Trump or Cruz. Anyone else is a suicide attempt by the GOPe.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (uURQL)

19 Teh Jeb!

Posted by: johnd01 at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (ukNFU)

20 BROTHER CAVIL 2016 I have a plan...

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Restorationist at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (9krrF)

21 Nikki Haley? Anything wrong with her?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (1xUj/)

22 I can think of a few people, but mostly it is people who I would find acceptable (and that includes Ryan). When you get down to it, I keep coming back to Perry or Walker.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (gmeXX)

23 I'll do it. I could use the golf practice.

Posted by: krakatoa at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (RCS9o)

24 I'd guess Mitt Romney is who the party will push. Him and Ryan, part Deux.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 09:56 AM (2PHKP)

25 Shit...no choices. Bobby Jindal & his horrible speaking skills? Rick Perry and his awful statements? Bring back Rubio cuz Hillary will look ancient next to him?

Posted by: Anti-Hill at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (3aBcq)

26 Bob Dole wants you to know that Bob Dole stands ready to answer the call of party and country. Bob Dole is tan, rested and ready. I'm Bob Dole and I approve this message.

Posted by: Bob Dole at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (noWW6)

27 Kaytlin Jenner?

Posted by: johnd01 at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (ukNFU)

28 Robert the Bruce!

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (/tuJf)

29 Clint Eastwood

Posted by: wooga at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (LUtLU)

30 And no, not Paul "Professor Open Borders" Ryan. F*** that guy especially.-ace He's nearly as bad as Trump. I like Walker, Perry & Jindal. My guess a brokered convention would not nominate anyone who ran in 15-16. My guess would be Mitch Daniels of Indiana

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (voOPb)

31 Looking for political saviors is a fool's game. I keep saying, we ain't voting our way outta this one. Battlefield's in the minds, hearts, and souls, and we keep surrendering the field.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Restorationist at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (9krrF)

32 Maybe some one from the military?

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (/E+t2)

33 Walker or Perry. Or maybe a political hybrid. WalkerPerryJindel It's like puppymonkeybaby, except with nuclear codes.

Posted by: ZBBMcFate at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (k7D+q)

34 No one comes to mind.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (mR7Es)

35 Scott Walker?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (w4NZ8)

36 21 Nikki Haley?

Anything wrong with her?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 02:56 PM (1xUj/)


I've got a short memory, but something about a short guy and a flag.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (2PHKP)

37 >>.1 Nikki Haley? Anything wrong with her? ... woman who delivered the Pro-Amnesty SOTU rebuttal against the party? No, I can't think of anything wrong with her.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (dciA+)

38 Cthulhu 2016 Why choose the lesser evil?

Posted by: Pissed Off Citizen at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (DN9jO)

39 My first choice has always been Bobby Jindal.  Second was Rick Perry.  Third was Ted Cruz.  I really like Scott Walker, but he needs to take one for the team and keep Wisconsin Red.  You notice the others are all from Deep Red states so its not the greatest loss when they move up or out.

Posted by: JeffreyL at March 31, 2016 09:57 AM (mXv3y)

40 Wildcard. Ms. Condolezza Rice. The revenge of Dick Morris.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (gmeXX)

41 I don't think Trump carpet bombs Cruz.

I also think that Cruz is sharp enough to pull in more   delegates   in the second or third round  and pull it off.

I don't think the GOPe will be able to put in a nominee that is not    Trump or Cruz without fatally damaging the GOP.


Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (Qvgg/)

42 Me. That's right, feckin' me. Also available for parties and bar mitzvahs. Paba free and dishwasher safe for 2016!

Posted by: Cap City Daydrunk at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (O50yS)

43 Why the Knight always got to be White? Huh.. what's up with that?

Posted by: IreneFingIrene at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (fYFzF)

44 23 I'll do it. I could use the golf practice. Posted by: krakatoa at March 31, 2016 02:56 PM (RCS9o) We would have early morning chuckles besides on Saturdays?

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (voOPb)

45 No McCain! No Romney! Fresh face? We don't have any, we just have retreads.

Posted by: Anti-Hill at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (3aBcq)

46 Nah, nobody. Screw 'em all. Back to bed, still sick.

Posted by: Blano at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (uiVGU)

47 Clarence Thomas Samuel Alito Maureen Scalia and if we need to have someone who ran, Carly Fiorina - everyone's 2nd choice

Posted by: KK at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (5WKRz)

48 Is There Any White Knight That Can Emerge From the Shadows at the Convention? Who's looking for a White Knight?

Posted by: ThePrimoridalOrderedPair at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (zc3Db)

49 (also hypo allergenic with no static cling)

Posted by: Cap City Daydrunk at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (O50yS)

50 C'mon.  The GOPe will only accept a nominee who is 100% open borders. American workers and middle class hardest hit.

Posted by: mrp at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (JBggj)

51 West

Posted by: E.T. at March 31, 2016 09:58 AM (yq4gk)

52
A Sessions/Mike Lee team would be nice.

Trump might even get out of the way for Sessions.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2016 09:59 AM (ODxAs)

53 I've been a Scott Walker enthusiast from the beginning, and personally would like to see him get the nod, but seriously think of this: He dropped out the race and never won a single delegate. The counter-argument from the Cruz and Trump voters will be hard to dispute: So, Walker gets handed the nomination by quitting at the start of the race, while Cruz and Trump fight like hell and take their lumps for months and months, only to have Walker and fresh and pristine step back into the race at the last moment and waltz across the finish line in first place? UNFAIR. That's all true. It will feel like theft. At this point, only Cruz or Trump deserve the nod, because only they have fought for it to the end.

Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 09:59 AM (jBuUi)

54 You know who this benefits.....

Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at March 31, 2016 09:59 AM (ByqK7)

55 I got nothing. If it's not Trump or Cruz, the dominant antiestablishment vote getters, it's nobody. I sit it out.

Posted by: mega machines at March 31, 2016 09:59 AM (fbovC)

56 Carl Sternovitch? (I'm not even sure I remembered that right)

Posted by: BunkerInTheBurbs at March 31, 2016 09:59 AM (kXzR8)

57 Condi would be fun for all the head explosions on the left.

Posted by: ZBBMcFate at March 31, 2016 10:00 AM (k7D+q)

58 woman who delivered the Pro-Amnesty SOTU rebuttal against the party? No, I can't think of anything wrong with her. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 02:57 PM (dciA+ Skirt. Pulse. Bandersnatch's undivided attention

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2016 10:00 AM (voOPb)

59 Colin Powell - he's still highly regarded by both sides and hasn't rubbed too many people the wrong way.

Posted by: Dixie at March 31, 2016 10:00 AM (ltDdP)

60 Ace, do you think, in this scenario, it would have to be some one who has a presence publicly now or someone who could be selected at the convention and then make their case on the campaign trail?

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:00 AM (/E+t2)

61 Gawd damn straight. Go google Alamo In the Ardennes. You sofa surfers don't understand that the military and national security is at stake.

Posted by: Unfettered Power at March 31, 2016 10:00 AM (mcm0N)

62 >>> So, Walker gets handed the nomination by quitting at the start of the race, while Cruz and Trump fight like hell and take their lumps for months and months, only to have Walker and fresh and pristine step back into the race at the last moment and waltz across the finish line in first place? UNFAIR. what does fair have to do with it?

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:00 AM (dciA+)

63 Bob Dole is tanned, rested and ready!

Posted by: Bob Dole! at March 31, 2016 10:00 AM (+Fl7e)

64

Sarah Palin

Posted by: mrp at March 31, 2016 10:00 AM (JBggj)

65 Sessions....there's a thought. Even though he went off the deep end with diarrhea mouth.

Jeff Sessions could work.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (2PHKP)

66 41: "I don't think the GOPe will be able to put in a nominee that is not Trump or Cruz without fatally damaging the GOP." I don't think they care. They are both extraordinarily short sighted and vitally invested in the status quo. If they can't be the ones running the party, I believe they would rather burn it down.

Posted by: Azenogoth (Freedom or Fire) at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (4nmNX)

67 Mark Levin

Posted by: phxjay at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (IHK5T)

68 Smod --that nihilism is for chicken shits.

Posted by: Unfettered Power at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (mcm0N)

69 I don't think anyone fits that bill, I do think that if Cruz picks the right vp candidate that could help sway those on the fence, much like it did when George W. announced Cheney as his V.P. pick.

Posted by: spypeach at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (nyYhO)

70 woman who delivered the Pro-Amnesty SOTU rebuttal against the party? No, I can't think of anything wrong with her. Eh. I have an insufficient grievance harbor. So amnesty is the only issue and nobody passes the test?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (1xUj/)

71 I can't believe I'm going to say this, but Ted "Boring-Ass" Cruz is the best of the bunch. The man lacks the 'essential spark' to win a national election.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (IV1em)

72 I'm tan, fit, and ready. Me and my running mate, Charlie "Orange" Crist.

Posted by: Jon Huntsman at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (dJmIF)

73 >>>61 Ace, do you think, in this scenario, it would have to be some one who has a presence publicly now or someone who could be selected at the convention and then make their case on the campaign trail? i think if this keeps getting bad it could be anyone who promises some degree of psychic relief to an emotionally battered party frankly I liked wooga's "Clint Eastwood" suggestion

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (dciA+)

74 John Bolton!

Posted by: Kevin Canuck at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (Hlv/w)

75 So, Walker gets handed the nomination by quitting at the start of the race, while Cruz and Trump fight like hell and take their lumps for months and months, only to have Walker and fresh and pristine step back into the race at the last moment and waltz across the finish line in first place? UNFAIR. what does fair have to do with it? ----------- Exactly. Besides, Cruz will likely back him strongly. Albeit with some concessions.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (gmeXX)

76 I was a Scott Walker at the start but he completely shit the bed. He brought less energy than Ben Carson and that is one low bar. If we are going to bring in someone new they have to have to be known nationwide and at least bring some enthusiasm. That man is not Scott Walker.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (/tuJf)

77
Scott Sterling knows how to take a punch and get up.  He's a fighter!

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2016 10:01 AM (ODxAs)

78 So when does the Establishment and the Conservative Wing embrace and forget about each other's faults? Now, CA Primary, Convention?

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2016 10:02 AM (voOPb)

79 If the GOPe installs someone who did not run, they not only lose the election, but cease to be a viable party.  The money dries up.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2016 10:02 AM (Qvgg/)

80 Bob Dole is tanned, rested and ready.

Clinton vs. Dole II--This time with Jello!!

Posted by: RoyalOil at March 31, 2016 10:02 AM (fQ/0p)

81 Godzilla,or,Gojira if you prefer.

Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2016 10:02 AM (B48dK)

82 If not for my golf game, think of the children. Because children. Also: Children. Krakatoa 2016. "You know. For kids." http://tinyurl.com/jar93dc

Posted by: krakatoa at March 31, 2016 10:02 AM (RCS9o)

83 Jeff Sessions could work. ...I'll allow it. /twitches

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Restorationist at March 31, 2016 10:02 AM (9krrF)

84 Well, the person would have to be hard line on illegal immigration to satisfy all those who are "law and order" types and think America is a nation of laws.

And he would have to support keeping the immigration gates open so that we can keep wages down and businesses can hire the workers they need for less-than subsistence wages.

What we need is someone who can simultaneously .be on both sides of this issue and on many other issues.  We need is someone who can be FOR the little guy and also knows how to cut deals among the fat cats.  Someone who is both pro-choice and for punishing women who get abortions..  Someone who can argue against H1B visas and at the same time expalin why we need them to staff sorts in Florida.

Who out there can do all this?


Posted by: Kasper Hauser at March 31, 2016 10:02 AM (HqpV0)

85 Like I said in the previous thread... I can't think of anyone the GOPe would put up there in a contested convention who I would want to vote for. And that's kind of bad.

Posted by: Witchdoktor at March 31, 2016 10:02 AM (PFy0L)

86 60 Colin Powell - he's still highly regarded by both sides and hasn't rubbed too many people the wrong way.

Posted by: Dixie at March 31, 2016 03:00 PM (ltDdP)

Ah yes.  Colin Powell.  Who voted for Obama.

WTF?  Did you leave your sarcasm indicator off?

Posted by: kathysaysso at March 31, 2016 10:02 AM (43OZ6)

87 Skirt. Pulse. Bandersnatch's undivided attention Who told you I was that shallow? Was it everything I've ever said?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 10:02 AM (1xUj/)

88 Scott Sterling knows how to take a punch and get up. He's a fighter! ---- Love that man.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at March 31, 2016 10:03 AM (KUaJL)

89 But wasn't Mitt set up as the white night after his press conference? Wasn't that the whole point of that shit show? Mitt knows best, Mitt will now have to step in and rescue the rubes from Trump?

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 10:03 AM (2PHKP)

90 MATT DAMON!!!!!

Posted by: MATT DAMON!!! at March 31, 2016 10:03 AM (H9MG5)

91 Condi would be fun for all the head explosions on the left. Posted by: ZBBMcFate at March 31, 2016 03:00 PM (k7D+q) Condi's an incompetent POS who all but endorsed Barky in 2008 while she was sitting in Bush's cabinet. I'm still trying to figure out what her qualifications were to get her into any of the positions she had. She was, allegedly, a Russian expert but totally screwed up everything with the Russians during her tenure as SecState.

Posted by: ThePrimoridalOrderedPair at March 31, 2016 10:03 AM (zc3Db)

92 No, there isn't.

If Trump (or Cruz) get the majority, the party is bound to nominate him.  Whether it's a good idea or not.

If the party bypasses the system and arbitrarily names someone else, you disenfranchise all of those voters and kiss a united republican party goodbye forever.

And you know, maybe that's would be a good thing at this point.

Because think about it, if that scenario happens, it will only be the establishment telling their base to F off and electing THEIR guy, some open borders corporate donor shill RINO who can't wait to run into Harry Reid's office with his pants down.


Posted by: Agent Cooper at March 31, 2016 10:03 AM (0q1Bt)

93 Nikki Haley?

Anything wrong with her?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 02:56 PM (1xUj/)



Yeah,  Vic  pretty much convinced  me she's  got to be the #1  possible choice  here.  Which  is  why I don't expect  they'll allow it. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:03 AM (TOk1P)

94 I'm just sorry Thomas Sowell is 85.  He can run rings around anybody even at his advanced age.

Posted by: E.E. Knight at March 31, 2016 10:03 AM (7b4Mw)

95 Dick Cheney

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:03 AM (gmeXX)

96 scott walker failed for a reason.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:03 AM (dciA+)

97 Scott Sterling knows how to take a punch and get up. He's a fighter! Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2016 03:01 PM (ODxAs) Wow. That glorious face. I think we have a winner.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:03 AM (uURQL)

98 Ace- we are going through something new this time around. Sure contested conventions have happened before, but that was in an era with much less communication. With 24/7 news stations, blogs, social media, everyone who is interested is much more savvy than before. So, NO. There is no white knight that would get the "party" and I quote that for a reason, to coalesce behind. The delegates and actual card carrying party members may well be happy with a convention pick not on the ballot, but the supporters of those candidates who were rejected will likely walk away from the process, and cause a landslide win for the weakest Dem candidate since Carter.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at March 31, 2016 10:04 AM (kKHcp)

99 what does fair have to do with it? Posted by: ace It has this to do with it: Many "GOP voters" will just stay home if they feel the party insiders simply ignored the primary votes and undemocratically selected their Chosen Man. The disgust quotient will go through the roof, even if the Chosen Man is "acceptable." Americans hate being disrespected and deceived. A party-chosen non-Cruz non-Trump nominee will feel like a stab in the back. At that point, I would actually have to concede that Hillary will win easily, simply by default because only Democrats will show up at the polls.

Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 10:04 AM (jBuUi)

100 >>But wasn't Mitt set up as the white night after his press conference? Wasn't that the whole point of that shit show? Mitt knows best, Mitt will now have to step in and rescue the rubes from Trump? Say what you want about that shit show but the race started turning after that speech. It didn't just happen.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2016 10:04 AM (/tuJf)

101 Scott Walker, if not him then Dave Grohl. Like to have a Foo Fighter in office. Er, wait he loves Obama...crap. This ain't no fun anymore

Posted by: Jimmy Gee at March 31, 2016 10:04 AM (rJfD1)

102 John Bolton, the Furious Mustache!

Posted by: just wait, you won't believe what happens next at March 31, 2016 10:04 AM (IQI2h)

103 Clint Eastwood?

Posted by: donna at March 31, 2016 10:04 AM (O2RFr)

104 Harold Stassen. This is his year!

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 10:04 AM (4/i9Y)

105 frankly I liked wooga's "Clint Eastwood" suggestion

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 03:01 PM (dciA+)


He's eighty something gazillion years old, and getting leftier each year.


Posted by: kathysaysso at March 31, 2016 10:04 AM (43OZ6)

106 My first thought is that this isn't a bad thing. We spent so much time beating eachother up this primary, someone fresh for the general is a curveball for the media and the dems who haven't had the chance to think about how they're going to tear that person down. Then I remembered that this is the GOP, and they'll probably pick Romeny again. I don't trust our side with this sort of n-dimensional chess. Our side couldn't win at checkers.

Posted by: joe, living dangerously at March 31, 2016 10:05 AM (KUaJL)

107 Nikki Haley...ideally with Condi Rice as her back-up.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:05 AM (g8Hfr)

108 Haley is pro amnesty and took a piss on the Confederate flag to appease the BLM mob. She also went down on Mario.

Hell with her.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 10:05 AM (2PHKP)

109 Sorry, not playing this particular reindeer game. The rules are not going to change to allow any old body to be selected and there is nothing Trump can do to Cruz that he hasn't already done.

Posted by: redbanzai at March 31, 2016 10:05 AM (3JA/M)

110 Tan, Rested, and Ready: Dick MotherF***in Cheney to the rescue!

Posted by: SaveFarris at March 31, 2016 10:05 AM (OzJKq)

Posted by: Kasper Hauser at March 31, 2016 10:05 AM (HqpV0)

112 What the hell is wrong with Cruz anyway? Why does he insist on staying the course? Is he comfortable in 2nd place? Do something different Ted! Do something, anything. Make news. Say something bold. The man sucks as a candidate and is giving you a preview of what he'll do as the nominee trailing Hillary Clinton in the polls -- nothing.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 10:05 AM (IV1em)

113 14 Ace, The time has come Dick Cheney

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (g8Hfr)

114 Stone Cold Steve Austin has a few wins left in him.

Posted by: brak at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (MJuTN)

115 >>>Many "GOP voters" will just stay home if they feel the party insiders simply ignored the primary votes and undemocratically selected their Chosen Man. in my hypothetical, it appears that Trump continues to be Trump -- unelectable -- and Trump damages Cruz so much he's almost as unelectable. Staring down the gun of the White House, Congress, and Supreme Court all in socialist hands, you continue to demand that we go forward and Lose Graciously? I'm getting a little desperate.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (dciA+)

116 White knight or Darth Cheney?

Posted by: t-bird at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (F1ndw)

117 So it's agreed. Jim Gilmore then.

Posted by: blaster at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (2Ocf1)

118 Yeah sorry,Nikki Haley is dead to me,politically.

Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (B48dK)

119 111 Posted by: SaveFarris at March 31, 2016 03:05 PM (OzJKq) Great Minds comrade

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (g8Hfr)

120 No, but seriously, I think Walker or Jindal would be just fine. If we want to pander a bit more, maybe Martinez. Perry would be good if someone can keep him off the painkillers - can't have him forgetting any more lists of 3.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (4/i9Y)

121 scott walker failed for a reason. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 03:03 PM (dciA+) ---------- He simply failed in running in this election. Otherwise, he has been a pretty good success. Your pickings are pretty slim if you are looking for someone outside of Trump and Cruz who did well this year. Did Walker fail to catch on - of course. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't be a decent choice to heal the wounds of a broken convention. He is still the guy that took on the progressive left in WI. He is the one who battled in election after election there.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (gmeXX)

122 Condoleezza Rice perhaps.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (/E+t2)

123 Is There Any White Knight That Can Emerge From the Shadows at the Convention?


No. There isn't such a person. They have to nominate someone, but he won't have appeal beyond the establishment.

Posted by: zmdavid at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (xqRaG)

124 Yellowstone Caldera will Blanket America with . . . Love.

He will bring us closer than ever, as we huddle for warmth.

Posted by: RoyalOil at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (fQ/0p)

125 I have a couple of questions: Whose name has not been floated by one pundit or another? Have any of these people who have been suggested publically said they would like to be nominated this way? This whole panic-stricken stop-the-Trump-monster is getting kind of silly.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet - Source for Your Primary Season Melee Weapons! at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (hLRSq)

126 79: "So when does the Establishment and the Conservative Wing embrace and forget about each other's faults?" Judging by some of the words flung about around here, I'm going to go out on a limb and say "when hell freezes over". The varying R factions seem to hate each other with more venom than they dislike the D's. I don't remember folks taking candidate A or B so personally last time around.

Posted by: Azenogoth (Freedom or Fire) at March 31, 2016 10:06 AM (4nmNX)

127 I would guess that after Trump's   comments yesterday, he isn't going to be in first place come convention time.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (Qvgg/)

128 GOPe is a fucking zombie

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (zOTsN)

129 Jim Gilmore

Get in line, pal.

Posted by: Other at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (F1ndw)

130 What if the GOP were to nominate Obama for a third term?

He's better than Hillary, Sanders, Cruz, Trump, or Kasich...and he has proven his ability to win national elections.

Just thinking outside the box here....

Posted by: Kasper Hauser at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (HqpV0)

131 My vote would be for Walker, but don't underestimate Rubio......

Posted by: donna at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (O2RFr)

132 At that point, I would actually have to concede that Hillary will win easily, simply by default because only Democrats will show up at the polls. Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 03:04 PM (jBuUi) Trump would do 3rd party at that point, I think. Would be interesting if he could beat the GOPe or even beat out the Dems.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (uURQL)

133 120 Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2016 03:06 PM (B48dK) She is prisoner to PC in some ways to be certain but she is pretty, has ran a state budget effectively, and has a functioning hoo hoo that still appeals to humans.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (g8Hfr)

134 >>> The man sucks as a candidate and is giving you a preview of what he'll do as the nominee trailing Hillary Clinton in the polls -- nothing. we should get on board with Trump, the guy who's at 75% unfavorable with women and 60% unfavorable iwth men. he's a real winner. He's so good at persuading people with his Good Brain and his Best Words.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (dciA+)

135 so, deus ex RNC machina?
 
I think this is also the plan for addressing the $120 trillion in unfunded mandates --
 
"and then a miracle happens".

Posted by: GnuBreed TC>>DT>>>>HC/BS [/i] [/b] at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (gyKtp)

136 Is there a young, smart, conservative vet?

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (zOTsN)

137 "Stone Cold Steve Austin has a few wins left in him.

Posted by: brak at March 31, 2016 03:06 PM (MJuTN) "

By gawd King, he just broke Hillary in half with the Stunner! She has a family, King!

Posted by: Jim Ross at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (4/i9Y)

138
I am not kidding when I say this in the current media age we live in, but if Bill Whittle was nominated, I think he could win.  His commercials are already done, just replay youtubes.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (ODxAs)

139 82: "Godzilla,or,Gojira if you prefer." Gojira. Their song Flying Whales is the awesome sauce.

Posted by: Azenogoth (Freedom or Fire) at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (4nmNX)

140 124 Condoleezza Rice perhaps.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 03:06 PM (/E+t2)


Birmingham's own. I'd vote for her. Democrats would say she's not black enough and has a fake woman card or something.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (2PHKP)

141 The better question at this point might be "What wrong lesson will the GOPe learn from this?" Don't let people like Donald run? Become like the Dems with super-delegates all up in their business? Everything will be fine as long as we get our own way? The inmates are running the asylum and nothing is going to change after this either way.

Posted by: Flyguy at March 31, 2016 10:07 AM (8DgV/)

142 Rudy Giuliani!

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:08 AM (gmeXX)

143 128 Posted by: Azenogoth (Freedom or Fire) at March 31, 2016 03:06 PM (4nmNX) The DC GOP set the table for the hatred IN the party by deciding they hated their tea party wing more than Obama.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:08 AM (g8Hfr)

144 This whole panic-stricken stop-the-Trump-monster is getting kind of silly. Posted by: *Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet - Source for Your Primary Season Melee Weapons! at March 31, 2016 03:06 PM (hLRSq) This is an existential threat. Obama? Milk his bad record for a few election cycles and increase the campaign donation coffers. Trump is the Real Enemy.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:08 AM (uURQL)

145 Nikki Haley already showed us she'll bend like the willow reed. She'd never stand up to the Democrats in Washington and she'd give us a lecture about how good it is to get along. No thanks.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 10:08 AM (IV1em)

146 Senator Mike Lee but the Establishment would hear of it.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:08 AM (/E+t2)

147 Unite the clams!

Posted by: John 'Bravefart' Kasich [/i] [/b] at March 31, 2016 10:08 AM (gyKtp)

148 Ahem.

Posted by: Kodos, Kang 2016 at March 31, 2016 10:08 AM (yfObW)

149 Jim Gilmore Get in line, pal. Posted by: Other We are the other people. You're the other people too.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (FkBIv)

150 I'm curious how the rules would get changed (specifically Rule 40b) since it is the delegates who vote to change those rules. And given that all the delegates are largely either Trump's or Cruz', I'm unclear as to how Rule 40 gets changed.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (wPIZb)

151 141 Yeah,they actually did call themselves Godzilla before they found out that was the Americanized version.

Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (B48dK)

152
If we are going to bring in someone new they have to have to be known nationwide and at least bring some enthusiasm.

That man is not Scott Walker.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2016 03:01 PM (/tuJf)



Nationwide... hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmmmmm

Posted by: Fivehead Peyton at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (TOk1P)

153
Bill Whittle/Mike Rowe 2016 might get me off my duff.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (ODxAs)

154 Carly Fiorina!

Posted by: Liz O at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (SWEn6)

155 There is no other, let it burn they said.

Posted by: akak at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (S8xs0)

156 Sacred honor compels me to inform you that Nikki Haley got coopted by GOPe. As did Tim Scott.

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (zOTsN)

157 >>>Trump is the Real Enemy. This is true. Trump is even an enemy to his own campaign.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (/E+t2)

158 Mitch Daniels? How restrictive could his contract with Perdue really be?

Posted by: jackson6644 at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (LdQY0)

159 Elect me. I can get the job done. Trust me.

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (Fmupd)

160 Say what you want about that shit show but the race started turning after that speech. It didn't just happen.
======================

Of course it didn't.  It wasn't the speech.  Nobody gives a flip for Mitt outside of Utah.  Now, the mountains of SuperPac money raised for anti-Trump ads, now that was something.

Posted by: mrp at March 31, 2016 10:09 AM (JBggj)

161 146 Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 03:08 PM (uURQL) Heh...no the problem is Jombo geraghty hating "trumpkins" more than Socialists, La raza, and BLM...

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:10 AM (g8Hfr)

162 You do know what happens as the first order of business on the first day of the convention, don't you? They make rule changes. "...The Rules Committee doesn't get to pick and choose from among the previous rules; it has to come up with a complete package from scratch every four years. The 115th Congress cannot operate until it first passes a rules package, and we're the same way, " Spicer says. Each convention passes its own new set of rules, and they can be similar to prior ones, or they can be vastly different. It depends on what the delegates want..." tinyurl.com/hcex8fb

Posted by: just wait, you won't believe what happens next at March 31, 2016 10:10 AM (IQI2h)

163 Newt.

Posted by: Serious Cat at March 31, 2016 10:10 AM (UypUQ)

164 Unity ticket - top 2 = Pres / VP

Posted by: @votermom at March 31, 2016 10:10 AM (nbrY/)

165 but don't underestimate Rubio...... ------------- Gotta admit, I'm not estimating him very high. His political instincts seem to be wanting at this point. I think he has a future, but it is a more distant future.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:10 AM (gmeXX)

166 @65, I agree. Palin couldn't hurt, and she'd make Bernie or Hillary look like the zombies they are.

Posted by: MathMom at March 31, 2016 10:10 AM (L4G9B)

167 Say what you want about that shit show but the race started turning after that speech. It didn't just happen.

--

It was also at that time that Rubiato dropped out.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2016 10:10 AM (Qvgg/)

168 115: "Stone Cold Steve Austin has a few wins left in him." If he gives scankles a Stone Cold Stunner at the debate, he has my vote in perpetuity.

Posted by: Azenogoth (Freedom or Fire) at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (4nmNX)

169 The better question at this point might be "What wrong lesson will the GOPe learn from this?" Doesn't matter. Whigs 2.0 shall join their forefathers.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (uURQL)

170 Alan West has a bimbo problem, or at least I have heard that. Plus. Michelle Fields. So. No. Sadly

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (zOTsN)

171 >>>I'm unclear as to how Rule 40 gets changed. From the cursory research I've done, party officials meet first behind closed doors and decide on rules.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (/E+t2)

172 Of course it didn't. It wasn't the speech. Nobody gives a flip for Mitt outside of Utah. Now, the mountains of SuperPac money raised for anti-Trump ads, now that was something. Who needs anti-Trump ads... He's a one Man Anti-Trump ad....

Posted by: donna at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (O2RFr)

173 How come ya 'rons never talk about Gary Johnson?  There has to be a good reason.  The dude left the GOP in 2012 (or it left him...) and he ran a big construction biz and all that and he's not 100% a dick.

Posted by: Pipe Holder at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (Z/diL)

174 Colin Powell - he's still highly regarded by both sides and hasn't rubbed too many people the wrong way.Posted by: Dixie Pee Wee Herman only rubbed himself the wrong way.

Posted by: mega machines at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (fbovC)

175 I an outsider in one of the slots, VP, would work that is hardline ant illegal immigration and a law and order guy, like Sheriff David Clark, that black sheriff from Milwaukee. Maybe Guilanini on the top of the ticket, but I'd like someone better than him

Posted by: L, Elle at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (2x3L+)

176 >>>This whole panic-stricken stop-the-Trump-monster is getting kind of silly. Posted by: *Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet - Source for Your Primary Season Melee Weapons! trump is an unelectable thug-clown who has worse favorability with women than Willie Horton. So his nomination delivers not just the WH but the Congress and SC to the socialists. So tell me how he's NOT the real enemy. This idea that somehow this babbling, repulsive idiot is going to take a Smart Pill one day and become a good candidate is insane. People are who they are. We know who trump is. He is a spoiled brat-bitch lazy moron who couldn't be bothered to open up a book even with the country on the line.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (dciA+)

177 ......Rand Paul? Keeping the dream alive.

Posted by: Bee at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (w2wkZ)

178 Fred Thompson! Oh wait...

Posted by: bosk at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (n2K+4)

179 Proven constitutional conservative with backbone...Mark Levin.

Posted by: phxjay at March 31, 2016 10:11 AM (IHK5T)

180 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. He can bring in the FDR fans, being a wheelie-charioteer and all that. Plus, a long and steady conservative record, as well as being 3x more articulate than Gov. Perry, withal. Plus, Texas! All the better to watch effete liberal editor's haids go all 'splodey, n' such. And he could always run over Hitlery's walker. My money's on The Chariot in that case. Jim Sunk New Dawn Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim[/i][/b][/s][/u] at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (McRlu)

181 Mitch Daniels? ---------- I'm a big fan of Mitch. Unfortunately, he hasn't run for a campaign in a while. I do think you would need someone who has at least run somewhat recently. Again, I always get back to Perry or Walker.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (gmeXX)

182 I say we run with the first guy who evokes Ronald Reagan's name three times.

Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: Fritz at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (UzPAd)

183 Palin? She's getting a fake judge reality show. Goodness no, that ship has sailed

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (zOTsN)

184 If you want to keep the Dems out and also kick the GOPe into the back room, Trump and Cruz best find a way to swap spit--while hating each other. It has been done before in the name of victory(think Kennedy-Johnson). It is victory we want-- right Ace? Or is it victims?

Posted by: Lower Class person whose opinions need to be guided at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (3ZttN)

185 Ben Sasse.

Posted by: Mr. Brown at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (iB5ig)

186 I haven't ruled out running for office.

Posted by: Tim Tebow at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (H9MG5)

187 I want a candidate who won't be afraid to rip Hillary's throat right out and expose her spinal chord.  I want a candidate who will stop the damned immigration mess.  I want a candidate who is alpha rather than gamma.  I want a candidate who can articulate things without swearing or preaching or stammering. 

Posted by: kathysaysso at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (43OZ6)

188 Haley is pro amnesty and took a piss on the Confederate flag to appease the BLM mob. She also went down on Mario.

Hell with her.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 03:05 PM (2PHKP)



I  thought she was pro-illegal  mexican  too, but was told that's not the  case.



As  for  the  Confederate  flag deal, I have to admit I don't really care. 

Posted by: Fivehead Peyton at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (TOk1P)

189 Rand Paul is announcing an endorsement tomorrow, that may clear some of this up

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (Qvgg/)

190 168 comments and only one 'Racist' tag assigned to White Knight? As disappointing as a Republican primary season!

Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 10:12 AM (NUqwG)

191 Mattis, James.

Posted by: Roland THTG at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (QM5S2)

192 Get off my  foot,  Manning.

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (TOk1P)

193 >>Palin couldn't hurt AHOY!

Posted by: PALINISTO! at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (mEs7I)

194 you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.

Posted by: Bigby's Fist, Punching 2x As Hard at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (3ZtZW)

195 >>>182 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. He can bring in the FDR fans, being a wheelie-charioteer and all that. Dammit Jim! Why didn't I think of that? I bring shame to the Lone Star State.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (/E+t2)

196 Republicans lost the Senate and House last October. Trump had nothing to do with it. Besides, Republican control of the House and Senate is in name only. Democrats, with a handful of Republicans, are passing all the bills.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (IV1em)

197 Yeah, it will be Ryan. He will hem and haw a lot, like he did before becoming Speakers and the we will hear a lot from professional GOPers about how Ryan needs to sacrifice for God and country and then Ryan will "cave". And I can look forward to a nice, quiet day at home in november.

Posted by: Dixie Wetsworth, Florida at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (BUIPT)

198 Who I want running now and who I would just like to install as President is different. I really would like to have seen what a Romney presidency would have done. His chance has come and gone though.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (MSiSP)

199 Peyton Manning isn't doing anything.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (2PHKP)

200 Tartaglia is a pimp. It was Barzini all along. Romney's been leading #NotTrump for at least a couple of months including by using Rubio as his Rent Boy. Another tell was his "there are some jobs no American will do" joke at a Republican event leading into the the War on Wives. You know Romney wants it and would have run if the GOPe Inner Circle hadn't decided it was Jeb's turn. Romney's argument is that he won more delegates and more voters than anyone -- albeit in 2012 -- and that the 17 who ran in 2016 are by definition losers. He'll say that he nearly beat the charismatic Obama and is the one to beat Hillary. Add Kasich as VP to win OH and PA. It's either that or Romney's plan has been to push Ryan. But Romney is up to something.

Posted by: Ignoramus at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (r1fLd)

201 "trump is an unelectable thug-clown who has worse favorability with women than Willie Horton.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 03:11 PM (dciA+) "

Willie Horton has his number retired by the Tigers. He's a perfectly cromulent fellow around women as far as I know.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (4/i9Y)

202 Colon Powell is a race warrior fucktard. No No No

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (zOTsN)

203 I want a candidate who won't be afraid to rip Hillary's throat right out and expose her spinal chord. Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat?

Posted by: brak at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (MJuTN)

204 Zombie Don Meredith.  He accepts the nomination, gets up, sings "Turn Out The Lights", and then has a team of mercenaries Red Wedding the convention.  He then gives his concession speech for the general and returns to the grave, mission accomplished.

Posted by: FaCubeItches at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (rznWS)

205 I care about the CBF because she folded like a cheap tent.What else would she fold on?

Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2016 10:13 AM (B48dK)

206 I'm your huckleberry.

Posted by: Mitt Romney at March 31, 2016 10:14 AM (o9vm9)

207 78 Scott Sterling knows how to take a punch and get up. He's a fighter! Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2016 03:01 PM (ODxAs) With a face like a brick wall! A brick wall that feels pain, and cries a LOT!!!

Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2016 10:14 AM (0mRoj)

208 I want Mike Rowe.

Posted by: Tim in GA [/i] [/s] [/b] at March 31, 2016 10:14 AM (v28Hg)

209 210 I want Mike Rowe.

Posted by: Tim in GA at March 31, 2016 03:14 PM (v28Hg)



Ooooooooohhhhhhh.....Winner.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 10:14 AM (2PHKP)

210 I'm am telling you that at a certain function in DC last Jan, GOPe was clustered around Romney like he was Elvis

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:14 AM (zOTsN)

211 >>Is there a young, smart, conservative vet? Good idea. Everyone trusts a Veterinarian.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 10:14 AM (mEs7I)

212 A Cruz and Trump unity ticket would bring the party together and marginalize the GOPe. That would be best, but it's gotten so personal and ugly and neither would accept the VP spot. Though Carson was able to forgive being compared to a child molester and accused of being pathological so maybe it's possible.

Posted by: L, Elle at March 31, 2016 10:15 AM (2x3L+)

213 People are who they are. We know who trump is. He is a spoiled brat-bitch lazy moron who couldn't be bothered to open up a book even with the country on the line.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 03:11 PM (dciA+)


Don't hold back, Ace! 

Posted by: kathysaysso at March 31, 2016 10:15 AM (43OZ6)

214 Fred Thompson! Oh wait... Shit. I'd vote for Teh Fred's dessicated corpse.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 10:15 AM (1xUj/)

215 >>I want Mike Rowe. Get in line, Honey.

Posted by: Anderson Cooper at March 31, 2016 10:15 AM (mEs7I)

216 Haley...took a piss on the Confederate flag >AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 03:05 PM (2PHKP) --------- She didn't piss on the elongated battle flag, she just pissed on anyone who cares about the flag.

Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 10:15 AM (NUqwG)

217 The Establishment will compromise: Neil Bush

Posted by: CJ at March 31, 2016 10:15 AM (9KqcB)

218 Scott Walker. I floated this a few weeks ago.

Posted by: Pastafarian at March 31, 2016 10:15 AM (LqrRo)

219 How about Tom Cotton? Lots of good slogans could be made with that name.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at March 31, 2016 10:16 AM (MSiSP)

220 >>>With a face like a brick wall! A brick wall that feels pain, and cries a LOT!!! Holy shit! I nearly pissed myself with laughter reading that!

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:16 AM (/E+t2)

221 What if the GOP were to nominate Obama for a third term?

Have to admit, he does work well with a Republican Congress...

Posted by: t-bird at March 31, 2016 10:16 AM (F1ndw)

222 AHOY!
===============

I hear the trumpets' call!

Posted by: mrp at March 31, 2016 10:16 AM (JBggj)

223 "Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat?

Posted by: brak at March 31, 2016 03:13 PM (MJuTN) "

That Outworld birth certificate is going to be a problem, but I think we can deal with it.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 10:16 AM (4/i9Y)

224 179 ......Rand Paul? Keeping the dream alive. Posted by: Bee at March 31, 2016 03:11 PM (w2wkZ) ******* LOL! There's another thing Trump crushed like a walnut under Chris Christie's ass.

Posted by: Unfettered Power at March 31, 2016 10:16 AM (mcm0N)

225 If, in your view, every experienced formerly conservative officeholder has been either co-opted by the GOPe (i.e. Ryan) or ran and failed (i.e. Jindal/Walker/Perry), that only leaves total outsiders and freshmen congresspeople as possible white knights that The Horde could accept. And after Trump, the "total outsider" probably won't have much luster. I'm surprised no one mentioned Ben Sasse yet. Totally new, but what do you have to lose? He's actually a real human being who knows what you know and doesn't sound like an android saying it on television.

Posted by: A Liberal AoS Reader, Really! at March 31, 2016 10:16 AM (7BtbV)

226 @14: "especially as the prospect of a White House, COngress, and Supreme Court ALL controlled by socialists looms."

That's pretty much guaranteed whichever major party wins.  The Dems want to kamikaze the country on afterburner.  The GOP is content to do it at Full Military Power.

Posted by: FaCubeItches at March 31, 2016 10:16 AM (rznWS)

227 I saw Flying Whales open for the Butthole Surfers in '94 at the Palace

Posted by: Doom Rider at March 31, 2016 10:16 AM (0LQ4f)

228 Gen. Emilio Molina Vargas

Posted by: AtlasMugged at March 31, 2016 10:16 AM (K1eTv)

229 How about Tom Cotton? Lots of good slogans could be made with that name. ----------- Is he eligible - age wise? Too bad he's not about 44 - would be a better choice.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (gmeXX)

230 >>>Peyton Manning isn't doing anything.<<<

Too much baggage with that whole tea-bagging his college trainer fiasco.

Posted by: Fritz at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (UzPAd)

231 Colon Bowel... the guy who voted for Obama (probably twice)... yeah he'd be perfect.

Posted by: said no one... EVAH! at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (H9MG5)

232 Unfortunately, I see Trump more willing to go third party then work with Cruz as some sort of Kingmaker. I do think I've seen a lot more of Gingrich recently, and he's been fairly complementary of Trump and Cruz. He may be angling for that position. I liked him in 2012, and even though he's a little odd, I think he'd be a good compromise between the establishment and the outsiders. Whether Trump supporters would back him is another question...

Posted by: Grimaldi at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (OkOX2)

233 Is there a young, smart, conservative vet? ---------- Tom Cotton is the jackass you are looking for!

Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (NUqwG)

234
The guy wearing the purple turban?

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (RcpcZ)

235 John Bolton,, he knows how to treat a lady...

Posted by: Michelle Fields at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (HSmrB)

236 Ah, 187 beat me to it.

Posted by: A Liberal AoS Reader, Really! at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (7BtbV)

237 Tom Cotton?

Posted by: StPatrick_TN at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (dF04M)

238 Peyton Manning isn't doing anything.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 03:13 PM (2PHKP)



Except  feeding pizzas  to stoners  in Denver.  And I do have  that  whole  sitting on  a  chick's  face   in the locker  room  thing  hanging  out there.  

Posted by: Fivehead Peyton at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (TOk1P)

239 Playing this out, and with recent events of Trump tripping on his dick and Cruz really not getting people excited - a new candidate is picked.  Who out there can really excite the base, draw in independents and get them all to show up on election day?

If that happens, whomever comes out with the party's nomination must be someone that will excite the base for it to be successful.  Anything less and it's time to dig the grave of the GOPe.  Though that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing at this point in time.

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (jxbfJ)

240 There is nobody acceptable.  they all support Amnesty, TPP, more spending, more gov't, "fixing" Obamacare, not getting rid of any programs, divisions, or agencies, not reeling in the regulatory agencies, and not prosecuting all of the corruption/abuse - Hillary, Lerner, etc.

And, if they claim otherwise, they'd be lying.

There is no acceptable republican.  All republicans at that level are part of the Uniparty/Globalist cabal that seeks to undermine America at every turn.

So, to answer your question, no - there is no "white knight".  Sure, there may be someone that a majority of "r" voters buy as a "white knight", but that person will, if elected, simply continue all of the policies of the last 16 years.

there is almost no hope for America.  Because not enough "conservative" voters have woken up to the reality.  And, if they haven't at this point, they never will.

Posted by: Golden at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (3ZtZW)

241 You've got to admit, Nikki Haley has some things going for her: Southern but not obviously so, ethnic but not obviously so, a governor, has a vag just like the Hildebeest. Plus she's actually sort of MILFy. She's endorsed but has been otherwise above the fray.

Posted by: joncelli, Bridge Troll and Crossbow Afficianado at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (PjWy4)

242 Can anyone think of anybody who would 1, be broadly acceptable to the party regulars, and 2, look good in a general election, that can suddenly emerge from the wreckage?



Not really, just like the idea of lefty heads asplodin' if the R's put up a black woman as their candidate.

Posted by: Blanco Basura at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (4WhSY)

243 Can anyone think of anybody who would 1, be broadly acceptable to the party regulars, and 2, look good in a general election, that can suddenly emerge from the wreckage? Of course! Unfortunately, they're all dead. AND FUCK YOUR RULES ACE (please don't ban me) JINDAL JINDAL JINDAL JINDAL JINDAL *breathes into paper bag* Okay, okay, I'm better now. Ummmm. Mitch Daniels? *draws hearts* Though, frankly, if I were him I'd be all yeah no I was already not running because of what you vicious pieces of river bottom sewage were saying about my wife and that had nothing to do with Trump. Hmmmm. *ponders*

Posted by: alexthechick - Destroyer of Gaia and Seductress of Savagery at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (mf5HN)

244 So tell me how he's NOT the real enemy. This idea that somehow this babbling, repulsive idiot is going to take a Smart Pill one day and become a good candidate is insane. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 03:11 PM (dciA+) He's your real enemy, ace. He's not my enemy, and it's very helpful to see which people I thought were on my side ... aren't. Break open the Valurite, more campaign entertainment is incoming.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:17 AM (uURQL)

245 Fuk it I'll run, I'm as republican as Trump is plus I've been filming Huma and Hildabeast for years so she won't go after me. I'll need a Johnson running mate tho, Weiners and Johnsons for America Finally the fucking we all deserve. I dunno, might need some work on that but it's a good start.

Posted by: Anthony Weiners Ghost at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (N1ljp)

246 MATTIS and WEBB! The Marine Team to get us outta this trouble.

Posted by: dc at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (oY/R7)

247 Rudy Giuliani

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (JU+4H)

248 Whoever we nominate, I hope he/she/it has what it takes to be a Wartime President, because I don't think they will have a choice in the matter.

Posted by: Lincolntf at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (2cS/G)

249 >>>I'm surprised no one mentioned Ben Sasse yet. He's hardcore on the #NeverTrump side. The Trumpers would never coalesce behind him. Nice pick though.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (/E+t2)

250 Gingrich sat on the big couch with Hillary and scolded us about global warming. He isn't the one. He is a Gadfly

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (zOTsN)

251 Rand Paul.  Maybe.  People could get to a disgusted combination of "Well, it could have been worse" and "Let's just get this over with already."

Maybe.

No one else comes to mind.

Posted by: we're doomed no matter what at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (bGLSw)

252 in my hypothetical, it appears that Trump continues to be Trump -- unelectable -- and Trump damages Cruz so much he's almost as unelectable. Staring down the gun of the White House, Congress, and Supreme Court all in socialist hands, you continue to demand that we go forward and Lose Graciously? I'm getting a little desperate. Posted by: ace At that point we're talking about "degrees of unelectability." In your scenario, both Trump and Cruz are unelectable, but a substitute nominee would ALSO be unelectable. It has also been forcefully argued that both Hillary and Sanders are unelectable too. I agree with all of it. Trump, Cruz, Hillary and Sanders are completely unelectable, as would be any substitute GOP nominee. BUT, if they're ALL unelectable, then suddenly they're all electable again, because ONE OF THEM IS GOING TO WIN. THis will be the "anti-election" to beat all previous "anti-elections," when 90% of the voters will be voting AGAINST the greater of the two devils in the race.

Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (jBuUi)

253 Tom Cotton

Posted by: Hercules Rockefeller at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (qf/3k)

254 192 168 comments and only one 'Racist' tag assigned to White Knight?
As disappointing as a Republican primary season!

Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 03:12 PM (NUqwG)


Because that dead horse has been beaten into a fine red mist. 

Posted by: kathysaysso at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (43OZ6)

255 Trump is the Real Enemy. Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 03:08 PM (uURQL) The whole exercise is getting silly. I stick by that assessment. Want to get out of the silliness and into a spot where people can start turning down the volume on their emotions - and it is the panic-stricken emotions that are running everything right now - and be productive? Start asking real questions: (1) What issues are the issues this race is turning on? (2) No, not the issues you want them to be, but the issues that are. (3) What candidates are believable on those issues? (4) Can these candidates close a sale? (5) Do these suggested candidates have any actual constituency in the party? (6) Have these candidates the fire within to go out and win this? (7) Have these candidates agreed to this abuse before you float their names? That's just in my mind since we are no longer doing a bar-stool exercise but are actually trying to put a real operational campaign plan together at the beginning of April.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet - Source for Your Primary Season Melee Weapons! at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (hLRSq)

256 Okay, how about another GQ model?  That guy from MA or VT, or whatever who keeps running but is only good for pretty on the couch with the Fox legs -- whatever his name is.

Posted by: mustbequantum at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (MIKMs)

257 >>It was also at that time that Rubiato dropped out. Nope. That was weeks later after Florida. Romney actually mentioned that people should support Rubio in Florida. I'm not saying that Romney's speech turned the entire race but it was the first stake in the ground and opened the door for other #neverTrump people to jump onboard.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2016 10:18 AM (/tuJf)

258 156 Carly Fiorina!

Okay by me.  But then, RINO.

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2016 10:19 AM (3e8zv)

259 83 If not for my golf game, think of the children. Because children. Also: Children. Krakatoa 2016. "You know. For kids." http://tinyurl.com/jar93dc Posted by: krakatoa at March 31, 2016 03:02 PM (RCS9o I'll work for ya in WI

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at March 31, 2016 10:19 AM (voOPb)

260 >>>He's not my enemy, and it's very helpful to see which people I thought were on my side ... aren't. Well, maybe the door should be on your back side then.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:19 AM (/E+t2)

261 EARNHARDT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Dude That Always Yells Earnhardt at March 31, 2016 10:19 AM (1JnAL)

262 Jindal couldn't get reelected in LA now Nope

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:19 AM (zOTsN)

263 Gen. Mathis?

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at March 31, 2016 10:20 AM (rQnnW)

264 Ugh. For me, it's the Cruzinator or... or, what?

Posted by: Skookumchuk at March 31, 2016 10:20 AM (/WPPJ)

265 Americans hate being disrespected and deceived. === Exactly Ace. To remind you of your own words: People may not ever admit they were wrong, but they can readily identify with being LIED to, and they never forgive that.

Posted by: Bigby's Fist, Punching 2x As Hard at March 31, 2016 10:20 AM (3ZtZW)

266
Rick Santorum.

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2016 10:20 AM (RcpcZ)

267 Eric Cantor... seriously you guys. What a unifier.

Posted by: scofflaw_x at March 31, 2016 10:20 AM (y9ZJX)

268 BUT, if they're ALL unelectable, then suddenly they're all electable again, because ONE OF THEM IS GOING TO WIN. ----------- In a year where Trump is leading the GOP nomination, anything is possible. Just playing Ace's game, that Trump and Cruz are not going to win ... then who. There are only 4 possible choices in my book: Kaisich, Ryan, Perry, and Walker. The latter two seem like the better bet to me.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:20 AM (gmeXX)

269 Scott Walker. I floated this a few weeks ago. Posted by: Pastafarian at March 31, 2016 03:15 PM (LqrRo) _____ Nah, this whole coronation business is toxic enough, they wont make it even more risky by drafting someone who was explicitely rejected by the voters. Even the GOP isnt THAT dumb.

Posted by: Dixie Wetsworth, Florida at March 31, 2016 10:20 AM (BUIPT)

270 BRADSHAW!

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 10:21 AM (mEs7I)

271 Carly Fiorina.

Posted by: scofflaw_x at March 31, 2016 10:21 AM (y9ZJX)

272 What's Flava Flav's stance on immigration?

Posted by: Flyguy at March 31, 2016 10:21 AM (8DgV/)

273 STEVE HOLT!

Posted by: Steve Holt at March 31, 2016 10:21 AM (mEs7I)

274 Fiorina is my VP choice for whoever is the nominee. Of course she wouldn't accept it if Teump is the nominee.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at March 31, 2016 10:21 AM (MSiSP)

275 252 Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 03:18 PM (zOTsN) AHEM! I cuckolded him. //San Fran Nan

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:21 AM (g8Hfr)

276 BTW - I just want to note that desperation is the anti-aphrodisiac. It doesn't help with sales (Gil the salesman from The Simpson's) or elections either.

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet - Source for Your Primary Season Melee Weapons! at March 31, 2016 10:21 AM (hLRSq)

277
Tom Ridge!

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2016 10:21 AM (RcpcZ)

278 The perfect candidate is the Joker. Did I ever tell you how I got these yuge scars?

Posted by: derit at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (OC+TJ)

279 HODOR!

Posted by: Hodor at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (mEs7I)

280 It is obvious, since the GOP wants to become the GFY party, just nominate Hillary and get it over with.


Posted by: Plato at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (UsCnO)

281 Is he eligible - age wise? Too bad he's not about 44 - would be a better choice. Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 03:17 PM (gmeXX) He's 45 counting by islamic years. The Constitution doesn't specify Julian or Gregorian years and we all know that Thomas Jefferson had a koran ...

Posted by: ThePrimoridalOrderedPair at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (zc3Db)

282 If Trump is such a terrible candidate who everyone hates, how is it that he is winning? I know, it's like that GOPe money man said: all he has is a lot of votes.

Posted by: blaster at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (2Ocf1)

283 Cannot be anyone who has run this year. Not just Bush or Rubio. Cannot be Walker, or Jindal, or anyone else who was in the field. Tim Scott.

Posted by: RichieC at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (838ff)

284 we don't need a white knight. we have hillary

Posted by: nckate at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (A/qli)

285 >>> He's not my enemy, and it's very helpful to see which people I thought were on my side ... aren't. really? You're surprised that people aren't jumping on your "marriage means a woman consents for life to sex whenever her husband wants it" platform?

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (dciA+)

286 >>HODOR! Fascinating. Do you have a newsletter?

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (/tuJf)

287 If you accept the premise that the Establishment GOP don't want to win as badly as they want to maintain the status quo -- their places at the feeding trough -- then it is clear there is only one outcome at the Convention. Paul Ryan is the nominee, or someone like him, then blame Trump! Cruz! for the 2016 Presidential loss.

Posted by: Carmen M Fabella at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (RHjCR)

288 I will enter the race on a platform of constitutional constitude, reverse mortgages, respect for human rights and a category in which every right answer contains the letters BALLS

Posted by: Alex Trebeck at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (8ZskC)

289 A repeat, but it's on point: We nominate a Frankenstein monster out of the best parts of the GOP governors: Bush's money connections Perry's swagger Christie's loud mouth Huckabee's piety Kasich's faux sincerity Walker's day manager skills Jindal's night manager skills Pataki's funereal calm and Jim Gilmore's enormous schwanzstucker Its twooo, its twooooooo!

Posted by: Ignoramus at March 31, 2016 10:22 AM (r1fLd)

290 Likely a circle suicide for the GOP if Trump gets to 1100 or more and is not picked. All the zealots will stay home and Hill wins the election.

Posted by: tonynoboloney at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (02AXE)

291 Fiorina was my first choice. She didn't grow. She didn't rise to the challenge. She would get creamed in the general.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (1xUj/)

292 So, Walker gets handed the nomination by quitting at the start of the race, while Cruz and Trump fight like hell and take their lumps for months and months, only to have Walker and fresh and pristine step back into the race at the last moment and waltz across the finish line in first place? UNFAIR. what does fair have to do with it? Fuck fair. If this is how we roll, then there is NO reason to have primaries. Then there is NO reason to be in the Stupid Party...except now we can call it the stupid, evil party. Why stay? For the fiscal sanity? Coherent foreign policy? I'll just go dem and line up at the trough.

Posted by: Blue Hen at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (326rv)

293 Cannot be anyone who has run this year. ----------- If we add that parameter to the hypothetical, then I'd say it will be Ryan.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (gmeXX)

294 43 Why the Knight always got to be White? Huh.. what's up with that? Posted by: IreneFingIrene at March 31, 2016 02:58 PM (fYFzF) ========== Because the Black Knight had his arms and legs eaten off by a killer bunny.

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (iQIUe)

295 Perry? He has endorsed Cruz, early

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (zOTsN)

296 Ulysses S Grant?

Posted by: Amichel at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (6rBpp)

297 264 Jindal couldn't get reelected in LA now Not a few months ago but they are having buyer's remorse right now.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (MSiSP)

298 Rick Perry. He could say that the indictments were hampering his campaign before. Now they are dismissed.

Posted by: Alix at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (MpfHK)

299 perry is soft on immigration and furthermore has had two times to do something, and didn't do anything either time.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (dciA+)

300 282 Posted by: Plato at March 31, 2016 03:22 PM (UsCnO) One better confuse the f*ck out of the left... Nominate Barney Zanders

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:23 AM (g8Hfr)

301 BRADSHAW! Any of the first 600 Chins in the Chinese phonebook.

Posted by: rickb223[/s][/i][/b] at March 31, 2016 10:24 AM (hpmES)

302
Duke Cunningham.

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2016 10:24 AM (RcpcZ)

303  Retiring to a log cabin in the woods without access to news is sounding better and better every day

Posted by: Buzzsaw at March 31, 2016 10:24 AM (P/aDH)

304 >>Jindal's night manager skills iswydt

Posted by: Joe Biden at March 31, 2016 10:24 AM (mEs7I)

305 Too bad the GOP convention is before the Dem convention, or else we could nominate the ultimate M. Night "what a twist" mindfuck candidate - Bernard Sanders!

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 10:24 AM (4/i9Y)

306 An interesting name assigned to a Trump "senior advisor": Sarah Huckabee Sanders It's like cross-party incest.

Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 10:24 AM (NUqwG)

307 If you accept the premise that the Establishment GOP don't want to win as badly as they want to maintain the status quo -- their places at the feeding trough -- then it is clear there is only one outcome at the Convention. Paul Ryan is the nominee, or someone like him, then blame Trump! Cruz! for the 2016 Presidential loss.

Posted by: Carmen M Fabella at March 31, 2016 03:22 PM (RHjCR)



Yep.

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:24 AM (TOk1P)

308 Not Hillary.


Honestly, I don't know of anyone in the GOP who could excite at this point. Just not Hillary.

Posted by: Hillary! at March 31, 2016 10:24 AM (NOIQH)

309 I suppose it's too late to resurrect Calvin Coolidge.  I'd have voted for him.

Posted by: Qoheleth at March 31, 2016 10:24 AM (iIzG7)

310 Gingrich might be a good option. He can speak very well -- in early 2012 I saw him on the telebishion speaking at a town hall in NH, he spoke for maybe 45 minutes without looking at papers and sounded quite, and I say this as a compliment, professorial -- and he can run on his record from 1995 to 1999. Who forced welfare reform on Clinton? Who said we could actually get to a balanced budget if we tried? (hint: not Clinton) And I think if given the chance he would walk all over Hillery in a debate. just a dream, I suppose: the GOPe will use that logic and tell us that that's why we need to run Ryan.

Posted by: Satan of Cloggenstein Vt at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (qSIlh)

311 >>> If Trump is such a terrible candidate who everyone hates, how is it that he is winning? Trump is on a downward trajectory and he's going to get manhandled as far as the convention goes. His best bet was to get 1,237 delegates. Unfortunately his enormous Wharton brain and classy mouth are preventing this.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (/E+t2)

312 I agree with all of it. Trump, Cruz, Hillary and Sanders are completely unelectable, as would be any substitute GOP nominee.

BUT, if they're ALL unelectable, then suddenly they're all electable again, because ONE OF THEM IS GOING TO WIN.

THis will be the "anti-election" to beat all previous "anti-elections," when 90% of the voters will be voting AGAINST the greater of the two devils in the race.

Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 03:18 PM (jBuUi)

They're only unelectable to the people who are informed. To the un/misinformed anyone is electable.

Posted by: zmdavid at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (xqRaG)

313 Marco Rubio comes back

Posted by: bestie21 at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (HUeC4)

314 Since the GOPe allowed Trump to hijack the party in the first place, I tend to believe their judgement isn't all that trustworthy at this juncture.

This is why I'm the thinking the GOPe will select George Clooney.

Posted by: Fritz at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (UzPAd)

315 We nominate a Frankenstein monster out of the best parts of the GOP governors: Bush's money connections Perry's swagger Christie's loud mouth Huckabee's piety Kasich's faux sincerity Walker's day manager skills Jindal's night manager skills Pataki's funereal calm and Jim Gilmore's enormous schwanzstucker You forgot sanctimoniousness

Posted by: Rick Santorum at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (8ZskC)

316 How Harding won the contested GOP convention of 1920 on the 10th ballot. http://observer.com/2016/03/ what-the-gop-should-know-now-about- warren-g-hardings-presidential-win-in-1920/

Posted by: ArthurK at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (h53OH)

317 Palin is tannes, rested and ready

Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (WHCGI)

318 If you accept the premise that the Establishment GOP don't want to win as badly as they want to maintain the status quo -- their places at the feeding trough -- then it is clear there is only one outcome at the Convention. Paul Ryan is the nominee, or someone like him, then blame Trump! Cruz! for the 2016 Presidential loss. ------------- No way they would run Ryan if they thought they would lose. Why weaken him for no purpose. If they need a standin to minimize the losses - Mitt is the guy. He has no future. But you wouldn't saddle the current Speaker with a Presidential loss for so little.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (gmeXX)

319 So we are all agreed, it's Lindsay Graham.

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, aka MrCaniac at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (1JnAL)

320 >>> Is there a young, smart, conservative vet? Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 03:07 PM (zOTsN) I love Congressman Christ Stewart. Author, vet, conservative, smart. Virtually unknown outside of Utah though.

Posted by: LizLem at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (hvf9s)

321 The guy Sidney Blumenthal called "a vicious prick" in an email to Hillary---for VP.

Posted by: Unfettered Power at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (mcm0N)

322 I don't honestly know, if Ted isn't the choice I'll be disappointed but Hildabeast must loose.

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (fizMZ)

323 Because the Black Knight had his arms and legs eaten off by a killer bunny. Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 03:23 PM (iQIUe) ____________________________ Boy does that hit close to home...

Posted by: Michelle Fields at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (HSmrB)

324 I'm telling you, Scott. Or Hailey. Hell, I'd take Kelly Ayotte at this point. (I would, too. She'd at least be a fun weekend.)

Posted by: RichieC at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (838ff)

325 i think Newt is positioning himself for this, and to be an acceptable choice for the Trump supporters, and he's cagey enough to jump on a hard-on-immigration line. then again, he'd be a terrible candidate. but I see him making moves.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:25 AM (dciA+)

326 The only way I see this working is if the trump/Cruz ticket combined and I do not see that happening.

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (zOTsN)

327 That's a joke.

Posted by: Unfettered Power at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (mcm0N)

328 Ace at 97: "scott walker failed for a reason. " Yes, and the reason was the crazed orange asshole with a wombat on his head, sucking all of the oxygen out of the race, with the assistance of the liberal media determined to once again choose our candidate for us. But OK, let's say Walker is out. Fuck it, let's go full retard. It's got to be a celebrity, apparently, because otherwise, establishmentGOPeTheyTerkErJerbsWharbggll. Chuck Fucking Norris.

Posted by: Pastafarian at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (LqrRo)

329 Mike Pence. He's got presidential hair.

Posted by: scofflaw_x at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (y9ZJX)

330 Walker dropped out long before any Primaries took place, so it's not like national voters rejected him on a ballot, he just didn't have the money/poll numbers to think he could run a viable campaign with a dozen or so other contenders. He probably should not have gotten in, but I don't fault him for getting out.

Posted by: Lincolntf at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (2cS/G)

331 Or better yet Hunter Pence.

Posted by: scofflaw_x at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (y9ZJX)

332 Cheney/Rumsfeld 2016

Because of the sheer number of heads that would splode.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (2PHKP)

333 tom cotton.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (dciA+)

334 perry is soft on immigration and furthermore has had two times to do something, and didn't do anything either time. ----------- So what? Everyone has a knock against them. Playing your game, you have to pick someone. You have to look past some faults.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (gmeXX)

335 Oh, I don't know, Huckabee. So beyond giving a sh-t it ain't funny. The guy who actually wins the most delegates is a human dumpster fire; the Tommy Wiseau of politics. The alternative; someone picked by the Republican Establishment -- an organizational dumpster fire; the Comcast Customer Service Department of politics. Shotgun to the face or shotgun to the balls. Some choice.

Posted by: V the K at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (O7MnT)

336 Unfortunately his enormous Wharton brain and classy mouth are preventing this. Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 03:25 PM (/E+t2) That sentence sounds exactly like someone else I know but I just can't put my finger on who that is ...

Posted by: ThePrimoridalOrderedPair at March 31, 2016 10:26 AM (zc3Db)

337 perry is soft on immigration and furthermore has had two times to do something, and didn't do anything either time.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 03:23 PM (dciA+)



Plus  he would have to run  an  uphill battle against the notion that  he's smart.  Not  dumb.  Not like everybody says. 



Tough sell.

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (TOk1P)

338 -----
Even the GOP isnt THAT dumb.
---------------

HAH!  Here, hold my beer...

Posted by: Teh GOP at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (pMGkg)

339 To hell with it.  I'll run.

Posted by: Qoheleth at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (iIzG7)

340 NEWT SMASH

Posted by: Moon Colonies at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (mEs7I)

341 Sarah Palin would be an electrifying choice.  Palin vs. Hillary


Posted by: mrp at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (JBggj)

342 Wait, we are going to give Ryan the Speakkership and the presidential nomination without working at all for either? Who does he have pictures of?

Posted by: blaster at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (2Ocf1)

343 >>> I suppose it's too late to resurrect Calvin Coolidge. I'd have voted for him. Posted by: Qoheleth at March 31, 2016 03:24 PM (iIzG7) Put together!

Posted by: LizLem at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (hvf9s)

344 *shakes head* I have no interest in nominating Trump but I cannot believe we're arrived at rooting for backroom deals to override the electorate. I am "glad" (entirely the wrong word but lack a better one) that Cruz benefits from the LA shenanigans but really... that's bullshit. I am so sick and tired of this two party stupidity. It's brought us nothing but disaster. Every damn election we have to hear about "electability" and everyone's raving about making sure the "party" has someone that is acceptable to everyone else. Everyone who get's elected is whipped and threatened to support The Party over their constituents, or else. Meanwhile we all go on pretending that we still live in a Democracy, much less a Republic which ceased to exist decades ago and going nuts every four years about who the next farce is who will "Save the Republic!" It's a joke. There is no part of any of this that even remotely resembles the Constitution anymore. There is no consent of the governed much less government by the people. The saddest part of all of it is that the vast majority of people don't care and are running head long into making things even worse. Am I exaggerating? Pick whatever candidate you like from any of the past or current presidential elections in the past several decades. Go down the list of their positions and promises and tell me which of them actually falls within "solemnly swear to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution or the United States" or anything resembling powers or responsibilities allocated to the Executive Branch? Every day in this cycle, we have people who have had it on with the GOP on the basis of Constitutionality... yet cheer to candidates that are promising to dramatically expand Executive powers even further. You know, I kind of hope that the convention goes full retard and Trump ends up running third party. I hope the same happens with the Democrats and Bernie get's the majority of the regular delegates and it turns into a shit show about super delegates. I hope we go in the fall with all four of the current leading candidates running against one another under different banners while the parties nominate some other imbeciles. Enough with the farce. Bring on the next civil war already and let's get it started with the Parties that brought this whole shit show about.

Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (XItbt)

345 Et tu, Brute?

Posted by: George Caesar at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (UzPAd)

346
Tom DeLay

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (RcpcZ)

347 265 Gen. Mathis?

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at March 31, 2016 03:20 PM (rQnnW)


I saw an article hypothesizing this earlier this week.  Intriguing.  Honorable, awesome leader, more foreign policy experience than anyone else including Hildebeast.   Would need to know more, but I could get behind him if he ran. 

Posted by: Our Country is Screwed at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (jxbfJ)

348 Tom Cotton---and then Thune because....

Posted by: Unfettered Power at March 31, 2016 10:27 AM (mcm0N)

349 >>> How Harding won the contested GOP convention of 1920 on the 10th ballot. Didn't Lincoln win on the 7th ballot?

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:28 AM (/E+t2)

350 OMFG HODOR, now why didn't anyone think of that earlier!

Posted by: Anthony Weiners Ghost at March 31, 2016 10:28 AM (N1ljp)

351 Trump would do 3rd party at that point, I think. Would be interesting if he could beat the GOPe or even beat out the Dems. It is mathematically impossible for Trump to win as a 3rd party candidate. See Eno's column at Conservative Review: "Trump Independent Run All But Impossible, Ineligible in at Least 13 States" Now consider if Trump still does run 3rd party and thus, no one gets to 270 electoral college votes in the general. It goes to the House to decide between Hillary, Trump, and Cruz. No others may be considered. Food for thought.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 10:28 AM (wPIZb)

352 The Noooge. Crossbows FTW!

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2016 10:28 AM (8ZskC)

353 You all can write my name in.

Posted by: Lisa Morecokeski (R-AK) at March 31, 2016 10:28 AM (H9MG5)

354 Scott Walker and James Mattis in either order for Pres and VP.

Posted by: Eric at March 31, 2016 10:28 AM (JlJW4)

355 206 Zombie Don Meredith. He accepts the nomination, gets up, sings "Turn Out The Lights", and then has a team of mercenaries Red Wedding the convention. He then gives his concession speech for the general and returns to the grave, mission accomplished. Posted by: FaCubeItches at March 31, 2016 03:13 PM (rznWS) So let it be written, so let it be done!

Posted by: joncelli, Temporarily Yul Brenner at March 31, 2016 10:28 AM (PjWy4)

356 312 Gingrich might be a good option. He can speak very well -- in early 2012 I saw him on the telebishion speaking at a town hall in NH, he spoke for maybe 45 minutes without looking at papers and sounded quite, and I say this as a compliment, professorial -- and he can run on his record from 1995 to 1999. Who forced welfare reform on Clinton? Who said we could actually get to a balanced budget if we tried? (hint: not Clinton) And I think if given the chance he would walk all over Hillery in a debate. -------------- I think too may ppl hate him over social/personal stuff. I saw him live on the stump in '12 and he was fantastic. Hell, I think I even voted for him in the primary.

Posted by: BunkerInTheBurbs at March 31, 2016 10:28 AM (kXzR8)

357 Warcock 2016......Now with more heart

Posted by: Rance Stoddard attorney at Law at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (2cfUo)

358 So what? Everyone has a knock against them. Playing your game, you have to pick someone. You have to look past some faults.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 03:26 PM (gmeXX)


Yes, but this election was driven by illegal immigration. All of the candidates had to move to a "no amnesty" position (as fake as those positions are). Trump staked his entire campaign on it and is winning.  So, to pick a candidate that is bad on this particular issue would be stupid.


Not to say the GOP isn't stupid, it is.

Posted by: Golden at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (3ZtZW)

359 >>Sarah Palin would be an electrifying choice. Palin vs. Hillary The thought of the two of them screeching at each other for months is depressing.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (/tuJf)

360 251 >>>I'm surprised no one mentioned Ben Sasse yet. He's hardcore on the #NeverTrump side. The Trumpers would never coalesce behind him. Nice pick though. Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 03:18 PM (/E+t2) ******* Jonah Goldberg ended his column the other day by saying "This ends in tears either way. Pick a side." Or something like that. I think he's probably right. If Trump doesn't get the nod, like Ace said he will go absolutely apeshit all the way to the election, and his hardcore supporters probably won't come around anyway. Might as well pick the best authentic, unspoiled conservative shot for the future, and to protect the downballot. Not sure if that's Sasse (could be), but that's the idea. Even *I* know how ugly it will be if the GOPe throws Ryan or Romney up there, even if they don't.

Posted by: A Liberal AoS Reader, Really! at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (7BtbV)

361 I miss Coke Bear

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (mEs7I)

362 Didn't Lincoln win on the 7th ballot? There was no Rule 40b in place until 2012.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (wPIZb)

363 Someone who can restore our constitutional republic, eventually. Our Pinochet. Democracy is a lost cause at this point.

Posted by: thespellingpolice at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (UlI/7)

364 THE BARBED COCK OF DICK CHENEY!!!

Posted by: Tom Servo at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (/jecC)

365 But OK, let's say Walker is out. Fuck it, let's go full retard. It's got to be a celebrity, apparently, because otherwise, establishmentGOPeTheyTerkErJerbsWharbggll. Chuck Fucking Norris. Posted by: Pastafarian at March 31, 2016 03:26 PM You squish, the right answer to yuge is to propel the Nuge

Posted by: derit at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (OC+TJ)

366 i think Newt is positioning himself for this, and to be an acceptable choice for the Trump supporters, and he's cagey enough to jump on a hard-on-immigration line. then again, he'd be a terrible candidate. but I see him making moves. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 03:25 PM (dciA+) **** Yep. Great attack dog. Terrible candidate.

Posted by: Tim in GA [/i] [/s] [/b] at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (v28Hg)

367 Rob Portman because Ohio. Still need to consider the electoral map.

Posted by: Unfettered Power at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (mcm0N)

368 Rush/Levin 2016

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (2PHKP)

369 The real problem here is that anyone chosen by the Primary in this scenario, would have to be an insider... Which, to many of us, IS the problem. Professional Politicians have led this country to a place we don't want it to be...

Posted by: Don Quixote at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (qf6WZ)

370 It will be Rubio. I've said all along he would be the nominee. Let's see if I'm right.

Posted by: jewells45 at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (l/N7H)

371 I find Palin less coherent as time goes by I could go with Tom Cotton. However I think the GOPe has decided to lose and throw this to Hillary. Not kidding. She is actually their preferred candidate. They are aiming to lose with dignity, or something

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (zOTsN)

372 "tom cotton."

The ONLY member of the Senate who had the brains and integrity to vote against Bob Corker's farcical enabling bill that allowed Obama and Kerry's "nuclear deal" with Iran.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2016 10:29 AM (noWW6)

373 So we are all agreed, it's Lindsay Graham.

Posted by: Ashley Judd's Puffy Scamper, aka MrCaniac at March 31, 2016 03:25 PM (1JnAL)



Yes!  President Ms.  Lindsay  will go over to the Middle East  and pound those  dudes. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (TOk1P)

374 You know, I kind of hope that the convention goes full retard and Trump ends up running third party. I hope the same happens with the Democrats and Bernie get's the majority of the regular delegates and it turns into a shit show about super delegates. I hope we go in the fall with all four of the current leading candidates running against one another under different banners while the parties nominate some other imbeciles. Enough with the farce. Bring on the next civil war already and let's get it started with the Parties that brought this whole shit show about. Posted by: Damiano Seconded!

Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (jBuUi)

375 I do have to say though, I'm kind of at a point where if it were Paul Ryan on the ticket I'd think twice before I stayed home. I mean, I'd still stay home, probably - but I would feel a twinge of guilt.

Posted by: Witchdoktor at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (PFy0L)

376 Staring down the gun of the White House, Congress, and Supreme Court all in socialist hands, you continue to demand that we go forward and Lose Graciously? I'm getting a little desperate. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 03:06 PM (dciA+) The political equivalent of a "last call" booty call on a bar pay phone, if you will.

Posted by: Jollyroger at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (t06LC)

377 Fiorina/Christie....the ball buster twins. With Fiorina ...There goes the Dems' womyn-hating- GOP meme. And Christie proved he can stomp a mud hole in a GOP pretty face. So let Hill hire one of the Castro boys as her running mate and let the Fat Man do a repeat performance. Bitch on bitch with the Fat Man for muscle.

Posted by: Lower Class person whose opinions need to be guided at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (3ZttN)

378 248 MATTIS and WEBB! The Marine Team to get us outta this trouble. Posted by: dc at March 31, 2016 03:18 PM (oY/R7) If Mattis agrees to tell the Democrats that if they fuck with him he will kill them all he can have my vote, several times.

Posted by: joncelli, Temporarily Yul Brenner at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (PjWy4)

379

 

Likely a circle suicide for the GOP if Trump gets to 1100 or more and is not picked. All the zealots will stay home and Hill wins the election.

 

 

I don't think he'll have that many zealots left by the time the convention rolls around

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (lKyWE)

380 Shooting in Richmond Va. bus station, 4 victims 2 are police officers, suspect shot by a police officer.

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (fizMZ)

381 Newt because moon bases--are a terrible thing to waste.

Posted by: Unfettered Power at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (mcm0N)

382 How about this guy? http://tinyurl.com/lvy9sd7

Posted by: Serenity Now! at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (BDZWU)

383 Ace at 97: "scott walker failed for a reason. " Yes, and the reason was the crazed orange asshole with a wombat on his head, sucking all of the oxygen out of the race, with the assistance of the liberal media determined to once again choose our candidate for us. Chuck Fucking Norris. Posted by: Pastafarian That was a factor. Along with him changing his stance on amnesty and a path to citizenship. We talked about it here. At the time, we suspected that he was another one who didn't get any value for his super professional national campaign advisors.

Posted by: Blue Hen at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (326rv)

384 I doubt he'd be interested, but I'd like Bob Gates.  He's relatively apolitical, highly experienced, and thoroughly tested. 

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (3e8zv)

385 >>The thought of the two of them screeching at each other for months is depressing. Hillary would be rubbing up and down the podium like a feral cat in heat.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 10:30 AM (mEs7I)

386 Palin vs. Hillary === Pfft. Tonya Harding, so she can kneecap Hillary.

Posted by: Bigby's Fist, Punching 2x As Hard at March 31, 2016 10:31 AM (3ZtZW)

387 Mike Rowe

Posted by: RichieC at March 31, 2016 10:31 AM (838ff)

388 Perry I would also say Romney/Rubio.. But, I would prefer Perry.. His background as a governor.. good solid conservative.. and just his demeanor would propel him well above Hillary in any polls.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at March 31, 2016 10:31 AM (so+oy)

389 I could go with Tom Cotton. However I think the GOPe has decided to lose and throw this to Hillary. Not kidding. She is actually their preferred candidate. They are aiming to lose with dignity, or something ------------ If you really believe that then Mitt is your man. In fact, if Mitt does get it, then you know this is their preferred strategy.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:31 AM (gmeXX)

390 Walker clearly was robbed by the oxygen-sucking antics of You Know Who, but there's every reason to think that he would fare very well in the general against the press, the culture, academia, and the Dems. Seems reasonable.

Posted by: rhomboid at March 31, 2016 10:31 AM (QDnY+)

391 >>> OMFG HODOR, now why didn't anyone think of that earlier! Posted by: Anthony Weiners Ghost at March 31, 2016 03:28 PM (N1ljp) Someone is warging into Trump and making him say crazy things!!! I knew it!!!

Posted by: Trump and GoT Fan Conspiracies at March 31, 2016 10:31 AM (hvf9s)

392 At least FIFTY ISIS supporters are working as baggage handlers, cleaners and catering staff at Brussels airport, claim police

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 10:31 AM (iQIUe)

393 Bringing back even some of what this country has lost in the last 10 years or so is going to be up to the states and cities. DC is not capable of supporting anything close to constitutional government anymore. It's truly a lost cause. I'm really not sure why I've gotten worked up at all over this election. In the end, it won't make a damn bit of difference in a town like DC.

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2016 10:32 AM (Fmupd)

394 >>but I see him making moves. He's always trying to bring a camera into the bedroom...oh, wait.

Posted by: Callista at March 31, 2016 10:32 AM (mEs7I)

395 Sarah Palin has the distinction of having endorsed Trump and Cruz for high political office.

Posted by: mrp at March 31, 2016 10:32 AM (JBggj)

396 Cruz has no chance of getting the nomination. The party bosses despise him and they're only using him to deny Trump. Meanwhile, Kasich, being a loyal party man, is in there specifically to deny Cruz. If they were fine with Cruz getting the nomination they would've gotten Kasich out weeks ago. At the convention the GOP will do their best Judge Smails interpretation and tell the consistent 70% of primary voters who didn't want any of their guys, "You'll get nothing and like it!" It's going to be Romney followed by a massive loss in November.

Posted by: Ghost of Lee Atwater at March 31, 2016 10:32 AM (JxMoP)

397 381
Likely a circle suicide for the GOP if Trump gets to 1100 or more and is not picked. All the zealots will stay home and Hill wins the election.


Yup.  Because hurt feelz trump everything.

Posted by: pep at March 31, 2016 10:32 AM (3e8zv)

398 My Friendsh, I am ready, reluctantly, to humbly accept your nominashun.



And, you have nothing to fear from my vice presidentshial pick, Lindshey Graham.

Posted by: John McCain at March 31, 2016 10:32 AM (OZmbA)

399 really? You're surprised that people aren't jumping on your "marriage means a woman consents for life to sex whenever her husband wants it" platform? Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 03:22 PM (dciA+) Heh. It's the only way to go back to a sane implementation of marriage. But that's besides the point. Declare war on Trump, ace. Have at it. Open hostility is is better than when you were concern trolling whether Christians could really accept Trump's faith.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:32 AM (uURQL)

400 No, there's is no white knight. You know this. It's all gonna burn ace, Let it

Posted by: Bob at March 31, 2016 10:32 AM (FPJlY)

401 Enough with the farce. Bring on the next civil war already and let's get it started with the Parties that brought this whole shit show about. Posted by: Damiano Seconded! Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 03:30 PM (jBuUi) 7.62x54r is down to .35 per round. Just sayin' is all.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 31, 2016 10:33 AM (/D5Lf)

402 Haley is pro amnesty and took a piss on the Confederate flag to appease the BLM mob. She also went down on Mario. Hell with her. Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 03:05 PM (2PHKP) Zactly. To hell with her.

Posted by: Blano at March 31, 2016 10:33 AM (NHQQx)

403 Ok How is Cotton on the border? And GOPe is going to do something to depress their own vote and throw it to Hillary. On purpose. She is thier preferred candidate

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:33 AM (zOTsN)

404 But, I would prefer Perry.. His background as a governor.. good solid conservative.. and just his demeanor would propel him well above Hillary in any polls. Sorry. Soft on immigration from a border state. He has seen the devastation first hand and he is still soft on immigration.

Posted by: rickb223[/s][/i][/b] at March 31, 2016 10:33 AM (hpmES)

405 387 Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 03:30 PM (mEs7I) Sobs uncontrollably.... //Huma Wienah

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:33 AM (g8Hfr)

406 If Hillary gets the nod I don't think the Republican lose the House. The Senate will likely remain Republican. I figure people will want divided gov't. And does SCOTUS really matter? Even with a Rep. Pres. we'll likely end up with a squish and SCOTUS has shown that they don't follow the law. There is no one at this point. Look at the NR articles crowing and basically telling the peasants to sit down and shut-up.

Posted by: WOPR - Nationalist at March 31, 2016 10:34 AM (LTDSy)

407 Yep. Great attack dog. Terrible candidate. Yeah. I'm going to mangle a programming reference, but he's like the off bit in a byte. You'll get seven great Newtisms in a row, and then he Newts himself in some embarrassing way. I think he would be an actually good president, but...

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 10:34 AM (1xUj/)

408 Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 10:34 AM (mEs7I)

409 Mattie, as much as I like him, would not win. He never married and never had kids. His 40+ career has been dedicated to the art of war, which is why he's called "The Warrior Monk". Has there ever been a lifelong bachelor elected to the White House?

Posted by: SMFH while circling the drain... at March 31, 2016 10:34 AM (rlfds)

410 Mike Pence/Hunter Pence ticket. "Give ya two pence for your vote" they'd say.

Posted by: scofflaw_x at March 31, 2016 10:34 AM (y9ZJX)

411 "Bringing back even some of what this country has lost in the last 10 years or so is going to be up to the states and cities."

Shorter: California is even more boned.

Posted by: Qoheleth at March 31, 2016 10:34 AM (iIzG7)

412 Mattis...dammit.

Posted by: SMFH while circling the drain... at March 31, 2016 10:34 AM (rlfds)

413 There is the option of letting Trump have the nomination, and then lining up behind Gary Johnson. Imagine if the RNC just didn't put its resources behind Trump and backed Johnson instead. It would essentially become a three-way race.

Posted by: V the K at March 31, 2016 10:34 AM (O7MnT)

414 I've got it. We need someone who can win OH and PA, and even make waves in IL and MN. We need a celebrity who isn't involved in politics, but not an egomaniac. We need someone who isn't a coastal elitist, someone who will resonate with 'flyover country.'

Morons and 'Ettes, your 2016 GOP Presidential nominee - Jim Thome.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 10:34 AM (4/i9Y)

415 A quick and dirty history of political development. 1) Strongman rules with the mob. Strongman dies. Civil war to determine new strongman. Civil war weakens country in the face of foreign countries. 2) Hereditary monarchy to eliminate or reduce civil wars. Some monarchs determined by heredity are evil or embiciles. Country weakened 3) Everybody agrees to determine government by ballot. 4) Some reject the results of the ballot box and resort to thuggery. 5) Strongman rules through the mob. Rinse, repeat.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks at March 31, 2016 10:34 AM (Nwg0u)

416 George Mason University renames law school ..

'The Antonin Scalia School Of Law'.


I can see our future ..

The Barack Obama School of Occidentophobic Studies

Posted by: Sandy Burger at March 31, 2016 10:35 AM (e8kgV)

417 Or Ham, I love to see HRC lie about Benghazi with him on the stage

Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 10:35 AM (WHCGI)

418 "7.62x54r is down to .35 per round."

Put me down for four more spam cans.  I'm in.

Posted by: Qoheleth at March 31, 2016 10:35 AM (iIzG7)

419 This is easy... If we want to lose to Hillary in what should be an election impossible to lose, we pick any of the establishment people - from Walker to Perry and everyone in between. If we want to lose in a landslide to Hillary, we go with Cruz. The hard core establishment republicans, those who depend on the party for their employment, lobbyists, etc. will only vote for an establishment pick, but they are a tiny number. They will end up voting for Hillary as Ace will. We have one hope of recapturing all the disenfranchised Trump voters and the vast majority of regular republicans, along with white working democrats and a bunch of women by going with Mike Rowe. No shit. It's the only play that makes sense and that everyone can agree on.

Posted by: jwest at March 31, 2016 10:35 AM (Zs4uk)

420 How about me ? I kinda made a name for myself. People know what I did.

Posted by: Rance Stoddard attorney at Law at March 31, 2016 10:35 AM (2cfUo)

421 @375 are we still doing phrasing?

Posted by: blaster at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (2Ocf1)

422 Bob Dole

Posted by: Bob Dole at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (Nemct)

423 "Has there ever been a lifelong bachelor elected to the White House?

Posted by: SMFH while circling the drain... at March 31, 2016 03:34 PM (rlfds) "

James Buchanan. So not a great track record. And some people think he might have been, you know, teh ghey.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (4/i9Y)

424 >>>Has there ever been a lifelong bachelor elected to the White House?

Posted by: SMFH while circling the drain... at March 31, 2016 03:34 PM (rlfds)<<<



I was trying.

Posted by: Miss Lindsey Graham at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (H9MG5)

425 Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 03:27 PM (XItbt) One major issue is the way the Electoral College works... Most States are pretty locked in politically... so the Presidency is decided by who KowTows to the few swing states the most.... that's where they spend all their time and effort... And the Parties WANT it this way.... What should happen is each Congressional District should get ONE Electoral vote (for who wins that district) and the whoever wins the States should get the Votes for the Senators... Right now, because of the Bay Area and Los Angeles, my vote is taken for granted, even though MY District is pretty Conservative...

Posted by: Don Quixote at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (qf6WZ)

426 I don't know if it's despair that's finally overcome me, but today I just lost all emotional interest and finally began to laugh about all of this. This thread especially has me in tears. Not laughing at anyone else's anger or pain, but all of us throwing our hands up and suggesting everyone from Mike Huckabee to Chuck Norris. I don't know how we ended up with the 5 candidates everyone wants the least, but zombie is right in saying this will be the mother of all anti-elections. It's honestly hilarious. What else can you do?

Posted by: Alex #11 at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (EUMt/)

427 I think Trump supporters would be apt to stay home more if Cruz gets the nomination since he would directly be blamed for stealing the nomination. A person who wasn't involved in the primaries would be more acceptable to them.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (MSiSP)

428 Charles Martel.

Posted by: Duncanthrax the Bellicose at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (ml1PM)

429 STOP.



BAITING.

repost:
Ah, so you think willpower will restore mastery over your domain.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (DL2i+)

430 I say we lock up South Dakota by nominating Dan Dority, resident of Deadwood,and a real fighter.

Posted by: irright at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (pMGkg)

431 I agree: Tom Cotton. Education similar to Cruz, except when his clerkship was up he volunteered and had at least one, I think more, tours of duty. He first got wider attention when he sent a fierce op-ed to the WSJ from the front line. Here's my favorite part about it: lots of lefties read his biography and said he wasn't real, no one could be that much of a hero, the Republican party had made him up.

Posted by: Wenda (sic) at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (pZEKq)

432 Shakes the Clown.

Posted by: Abiss at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (UsgHM)

433 Second look at Chet Wallaby?

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 10:36 AM (mEs7I)

434 Anyhow, srsly - NO there isn't a White Knight. Also, the GOP is the Real Enemy. They're not getting out of this intact, and you* ought not try to save them - they are worthless, their brand is dogshit, and they'll never win another general in your lifetime. Thwart what's coming and it'll only get worse for you. [you, your == editorial, not personal]

Posted by: Bigby's Fist, Punching 2x As Hard at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (3ZtZW)

435 Likely a circle suicide for the GOP if Trump gets to 1100 or more and is not picked. All the zealots will stay home and Hill wins the election If the Orange Imbecile gets 1200+ delegates but loses at the convention I'll be jerking it in a circle, square and a triangle.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (7uCni)

436 Carson was saying yesterday that Hillary is their preferred candidate

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (zOTsN)

437 382 Shooting in Richmond Va. bus station, 4 victims 2 are police officers, suspect shot by a police officer. Posted by: Skip ------------- Damn. That's right near The Diamond. I used to live pretty close.

Posted by: Chi at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (LUPlG)

438 Bringing back even some of what this country has lost in the last 10 years or so is going to be up to the states and cities. DC is not capable of supporting anything close to constitutional government anymore. It's truly a lost cause. Leave DC in place and it will interfere with the process. Look up the AFFH reg that just got finalized, or the EPA's shenanigans, or Mooch's school lunch crap, or... We may well be at the point where, if DC cannot be retaken...

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Restorationist at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (9krrF)

439 Serious Question: Do you personally know *any* Trump supporters who have changed their minds? And I don't mean went from, "Trump ain't my first choice, but he ain't so bad," to "No, sorry I just can't." (That was my journey.) I mean went from "Make America Great Again" to "Never Trump." I don't think leaving a cult is that easy.

Posted by: V the K at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (O7MnT)

440 I think Trump supporters would be apt to stay home more if Cruz gets the nomination since he would directly be blamed for stealing the nomination. A person who wasn't involved in the primaries would be more acceptable to them. Am all in for Trump. Trump or Cruz. Any other nominee from the GOP can fuck off.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (uURQL)

441 Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 03:18 PM (jBuUi)They're only unelectable to the people who are informed. To the un/misinformed anyone is electable. I'd really like to see a study, if one can be done honestly and accurately, of what percentage of voters are informed and go to the polling place on their own volition and what percentage are just bodies bussed in by the parties. I'm guessing the latter would be more than the former or at least an even split.

Posted by: All Teh Meh at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (hQ4EJ)

442 The man sucks as a candidate and is giving you a preview of what he'll do as the nominee trailing Hillary Clinton in the polls -- nothing. Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 03:05 PM (IV1em) er... ah... the people polling hate Cruz too, why are looking at their work for your approval? If you believe Cruz can't do anything right to win and also believe Hillary is inevitable then accept the media has you where they want you.

Posted by: DanMan at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (RusNE)

443 tom cotton on immigration http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/07/16/ tom_cotton_a_key_house_voice_on_immigration_reform_119235.html

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (dciA+)

444 Thomas Sowell would be my first choice because he embodies a traditional approach to conservatism, I think. Not that I still trust him, but I think Trey Gowdy has potential to be a good president. My non-starter choices would be Rick Perry because he has the good sense to get good people to do the work. Second non-starter choice would be Mark Levin because he is f--king brilliant, I think, about politics in general and the constitution in particular. If we were ever going to pick somebody who really believes the country can come back, and has ideas to make it happen, it would be Levin.

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (4ng05)

445 It's the only play that makes sense and that everyone can agree on. Posted by: jwest No to both.

Posted by: Blue Hen at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (326rv)

446 >>STOP. BAITING You'll go blind!

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 10:37 AM (mEs7I)

447 People keep mentioning "Mike Rowe" seriously as a viable candidate, but I've never even heard the name before. How can he possibly be a winning candidate if even a political news-addict like me has never even heard of him? Who the heck IS Mike Rowe?

Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 10:38 AM (jBuUi)

448 I wouldn't mind Newt as a VP. Great attack job with an excellent working knowledge of Congress.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2016 10:38 AM (/tuJf)

449 A piece of paper that says
Fuck Obama
and undoes everything he did the last 7.5 years.
And nothing else.
Then we'll all try again in 2020.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 10:38 AM (DL2i+)

450

 

At least FIFTY ISIS supporters are working as baggage handlers, cleaners and catering staff at Brussels airport, claim police

 

 

Just trying to turn their lives around

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at March 31, 2016 10:38 AM (lKyWE)

451 When is Ace going to own up to his own blame in this whole scenario with his month of Trump apologia. It was sickening. He's on the list of media types that can never be forgiven for their role in this mess.

Posted by: Amerigo Chattin at March 31, 2016 10:38 AM (drV3j)

452 >>>"Might as well pick the best authentic, unspoiled conservative shot for the future,..." Will this person ride a unicorn into the convention too? >>>"... and to protect the down ballot." I have no interest in protecting any of these jackasses. Not a single one of them. At this point, I'd prefer to see President The Rent is Too Damn High Guy, Vice President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Commacho, Speaker Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Judy.

Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 10:38 AM (XItbt)

453 Outside of stories, if you are looking for a White Knight to save you then you are doomed. Why don't we eschew the depression and watch how things play out? Or is pushing the emotional buttons in the brain too intoxicating for that?

Posted by: *Mikey NTH - The Outrage Outlet - Source for Your Primary Season Melee Weapons! at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (hLRSq)

454 James Buchanan. So not a great track record. And some people think he might have been, you know, teh ghey.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 03:36 PM (4/i9Y)



"might have been..."



You misspelled  "definitely was." 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (TOk1P)

455 Trump is Mubarak. Cruz is the Muslim Brotherhood. The shadow GOPe nominee is the "light of democracy that will surely shine after the Arab Spring" Yeah, turns out that in political warfare it's the guys with the actual organization and strategy that win, despite whatever desperate wish casting might say.

Posted by: JT at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (DcVaI)

456 What happened to that other governor of SC? Told everyone he went for a walk on the Applachain trail but actually flew down to Argentina to bang a cocktail waitress or something. Decided to come back resign, leave his wife and kids, to be with the cocktail waitress. Seemed other than that he was pretty solid. Mark Sanford. That's him. That would change the topic.

Posted by: scofflaw_x at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (y9ZJX)

457 This is one year when a lack of charisma won't hurt so much. I mean, Hillary is no Obama. Nothing remotely cool about the Hag. Time to run a bore, I say! And Jim Gilmore is the man! After all of the excitement of Trump and the primaries, his very dullness is appealing. He is a pleasant man, intelligent enough, and was a quite competent governor of Virginia. (Okay, okay, no one really noticed him at all when he was governor, but I take that as a plus.) He ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and made only one firm promise, to drastically reduce the car tax. He kept his word. Sure, he's GOPe, but he's not snotty or preachy about it the way Jeb!!!, Ryan, and Kasich are. And I think he could take Virginia. (Seriously.)

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (T/5A0)

458 411 Mattie, as much as I like him, would not win. He never married and never had kids. His 40+ career has been dedicated to the art of war, which is why he's called "The Warrior Monk". Has there ever been a lifelong bachelor elected to the White House? Posted by: SMFH Jesus, have 4chan start a rumor he is gay, it will be 49 state sweep.

Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (WHCGI)

459 The easiest thing for GOPe to do is depress their own vote and throw to Hillary

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (zOTsN)

460 Nikki Haley?

Anything wrong with her?


Flagged herself out of the race before leaving the pits.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (DL2i+)

461 Who the heck IS Mike Rowe? He's got skeletons in his closet. Opera skeletons.

Posted by: derit at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (OC+TJ)

462 39 My first choice has always been Bobby Jindal. Second was Rick Perry. Third was Ted Cruz. I really like Scott Walker, but he needs to take one for the team and keep Wisconsin Red. You notice the others are all from Deep Red states so its not the greatest loss when they move up or out. Posted by: JeffreyL at March 31, 2016 02:57 PM (mXv3y) Same, except I had Perry first then Jindal. I've always really liked Cruz, but he was my third pick because talky Senator and lack of executive experience. I'd be down with Zombie Fred Thompson at the top of the ticket.

Posted by: Mandy P. (Not Patinkin), lurking lurker who lurks at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (KkVB6)

463 I can't stay & im sure it's been mentioned &/or linked-Draft Paul Ryan is real. The one who couldn't beat Slow Joe in a debate. Republicans & Independent Republicans (me) do not want that fool who isn't any better than Boner as Speaker. Romney & I saw rumor at HA or The Right Scoop that Rick Perry didn't vote in Texas R primary so he could run as third party candidate. It was at one or both of them.

Posted by: Carol at March 31, 2016 10:39 AM (sj3Ax)

464 Walter E. Williams. Rock solid conservative with a healthy dose of libertarian thought.

Posted by: Serenity Now! at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (BDZWU)

465 People keep mentioning "Mike Rowe" seriously as a viable candidate, but I've never even heard the name before. How can he possibly be a winning candidate if even a political news-addict like me has never even heard of him? Who the heck IS Mike Rowe? Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 03:38 PM (jBuUi) Reality TV show host, dirty jobs. Shows off the hard and necessary blue collar work that gets done around the country. Trying to restore a respect for the trades, and remind people that college is not the only career path.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (uURQL)

466 Can anyone think of anybody who would 1, be broadly acceptable to the party regulars, and 2, look good in a general election, that can suddenly emerge from the wreckage?
---
Late, so I expect this has been said a half dozen times, but...

If there were any hero in the GOP with broad support, he'd have run and no one would be talking about Trump today. The problem is anyone with an (R) after their name is tarnished by the (R) due to the party's performance in office.

Even if there was (and it would have to be like Jeff Sessions running on protecting the country from Mexico and islam himself, or someone we have fond memories of, *like* Demint or Newt), he's going to appear at the convention and have to go straight into part 2 of your question, which will immediately turn most of us off.

And he'd have to continue the anti-gope themes that took Trump to prominence, which means they'll never put him through the convention anyway.

Posted by: Methos, AoS commenter since 2006, now apparently non-voting democrat at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (ZbV+0)

467 We may well be at the point where, if DC cannot be retaken... Posted by: Brother Cavil, Restorationist at March 31, 2016 03:37 PM (9krrF) That may be so. But at the same time, the concept of the entire nation as a life-support system for DC is unsustainable. It didn't work for Rome. It didn't work for Moscow. It won't long work here.

Posted by: V the K at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (O7MnT)

468 I think Trump supporters would be apt to stay home more if Cruz gets the nomination since he would directly be blamed for stealing the nomination. A person who wasn't involved in the primaries would be more acceptable to them. Is this a guess or is it based upon anything? my guess (note level of spitballin') is that trump supporters would be more amenable to someone who actually ran from beginning to end over someone who got installed. That.Is. A. Guess.

Posted by: Blue Hen at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (326rv)

469 The issue here is not which imperfect candidate gets the nod. The issue is whether thug violence or the ballot determines the winner.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (Nwg0u)

470 Jesus, have 4chan start a rumor he is gay, it will be 49 state sweep. Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 03:39 PM (WHCGI) --- Exactly.

Posted by: SMFH while circling the drain... at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (rlfds)

471 Read up on some Brokered Conventions. It's usually the 3rd or 4th place guy. It will be Kasich if it goes to Brokered Convention.

Posted by: naturalfake at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (0cMkb)

472 >>>People keep mentioning "Mike Rowe" seriously as a viable candidate, but I've never even heard the name before. How can he possibly be a winning candidate if even a political news-addict like me has never even heard of him? Who the heck IS Mike Rowe? mike rowe hosts "dirty jobs" and has the right political/philosophical/moral position on the value of work. He almost certainly leans right. However, his actual political statements are restricted to things about work, and about the college-is-everything crowd denigrating the value of vocational training and any sort of work that isn't in an office with internet access. apart from being a likable semi-celebrity, i can't think of any reason to think he'd be a good president, or that he has any desire to be a politiician.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (dciA+)

473 there ever been a lifelong bachelor elected to the White House? Posted by: SMFH Yes.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (MSiSP)

474 Lynn Swann.

Posted by: scofflaw_x at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (y9ZJX)

475 Why don't we eschew the depression and watch how things play out? ------------ Hey, I'm willing to do that. Why be depressed? I'm hoping for Cruz, but would be fine if a contested convention leads to Perry or Walker or Cotton. There are a lot of variables and its a strange year. Anything is possible.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (gmeXX)

476 Wasn't it something like this that got Eisenhower nominated? Maybe that Marine General really has a shot.

Posted by: scorecard at March 31, 2016 10:40 AM (rnH8X)

477 Newt

Posted by: Chris at March 31, 2016 10:41 AM (LQPji)

478 Yorgi Huntsman?

Posted by: Axeman at March 31, 2016 10:41 AM (2mC6G)

479 The easiest thing for GOPe to do is depress their own vote and throw to Hillary Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 03:39 PM (zOTsN) Losing is easier than winning. Losers will rather lose than win.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:41 AM (uURQL)

480 140 I am not kidding when I say this in the current media age we live in, but if Bill Whittle was nominated, I think he could win. His commercials are already done, just replay youtuHelles. Posted by: Guy Mohawk A dream (bridge) to far... But, oh, what a dream!

Posted by: AmeriDan at March 31, 2016 10:41 AM (YLLPb)

481 Who the heck IS Mike Rowe? He's got skeletons in his closet. Opera skeletons. And a fake rubber dick.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 10:41 AM (1xUj/)

482 James Buchanan. So not a great track record. And some people think he might have been, you know, teh ghey. Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 03:36 PM (4/i9Y) "might have been..." You misspelled "definitely was." Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 03:39 PM (TOk1P) Is it racist or homophobic to say that Barry isn't our first gay president?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2016 10:41 AM (493sH)

483 I, for one, would happily participate in a "Draft Sharkman" effort at the convention.

Posted by: Sharkman at March 31, 2016 10:41 AM (QWtgr)

484 Tim Scott - He'll lose, but not badly. He won't embarrass. And he might actually do it, because it would position him well for the future. Nicki Hailey - Good record, polished, not perfect on issues but not terrible, appealing contrast to the Beast, and I personally would enjoy seeing her on TV more. Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie - Impressive guy. Will go as far as he wants. Would he want to? No idea.

Posted by: RichieC at March 31, 2016 10:41 AM (838ff)

485 Picking a governor with a decent speaking style and governing record with Sessions as VP to give Trump a way to exit and save some face (will he take it?), seems reasonable, which is why it won't happen.

Posted by: Schaeffer at March 31, 2016 10:42 AM (8t5CA)

486 Reality TV show host, dirty jobs. Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens Ah, OK. I don't watch TV, which explains why I've never heard of him. If he gets the nod, I predict Hillary will win 100% of the electoral college.

Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 10:42 AM (jBuUi)

487 A man who will cut your nuts off... with his teeth!

Posted by: Mike Rowe 2016! at March 31, 2016 10:42 AM (H9MG5)

488 Late to thread tied up trying to download music and bandwidth so shitty had to close everything else.  But maybe they can get Nikki Haley.  She has disappointed me a few times lately but based on her overall record she is the best and most conservative Republican available.

Posted by: Vic[/i] We Have No Party at March 31, 2016 10:42 AM (vvmPQ)

489 "Mark Sanford. That's him. That would change the topic.

Posted by: scofflaw_x at March 31, 2016 03:39 PM (y9ZJX) "

Sure, why not? A Mark Sanford / Larry Craig ticket. Maybe Mark Foley can be their campaign manager.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 10:42 AM (4/i9Y)

490 Allen West?

Tom Cotton?

Gah!

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 10:42 AM (NOIQH)

491 Terence Stamp will be the white knight. KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!

Posted by: bretzysdude at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (l7LiB)

492 449 People keep mentioning "Mike Rowe" seriously as a viable candidate, but I've never even heard the name before. How can he possibly be a winning candidate if even a political news-addict like me has never even heard of him? Who the heck IS Mike Rowe? Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 03:38 PM (jBuUi That's what makes him the perfect candidate. Who the fuck ever heard of Barack Obama before the election? Rowe has the looks, voice, demeanor and he can think on his feet. Best of all he's a blank slate that everyone can project their best hopes on. That's what it takes to win.

Posted by: jwest at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (Zs4uk)

493 Comey? Comes off really well.

Posted by: TedCruzLegThrill at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (VekM5)

494 >>> by nominating Dan Dority i choose adams. and hawkeye for the chuckle.

Posted by: concrete girl at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (ceWrl)

495 I'm not even going to post it again, I think once every couple of days is enough. So I'll just say Muppet Walter Screaming. Our mascot. Everybody thinks everyone else is delusional and the only cure is to scream louder.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith[/s][/i][/b][/u] at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (wB8Tg)

496 Bob Gates told Obama early on that Obama's plan for Afghanistan wouldn't work.

Obama snorted contemptuously and told Gates to implement the plan anyway.

Gates did. It didn't work.

It got a bunch of American servicemembers killed and maimed to no productive end whatsoever.

If Gates had just refused and resigned at the outset, I'd be inclined to back him. After what actually did happen, no.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (noWW6)

497 I'm confused, I thought the rules were no one who ran already. Re: Ben Sasse - Yeah, there's someone for whom I previously had some mild respect and nope. Nope nope nope nope nope. Once again, I expect that those who are in public life comport themselves with more dignity and class than I do on here. If you don't? Then I will presume you want to be treated like just another blog commenter. Bluntly, I would value most of the Horde above nearly anyone in elected office.

Posted by: alexthechick - Destroyer of Gaia and Seductress of Savagery at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (mf5HN)

498 Grover Cleveland was a bachelor also when elected but he eventually got married.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (MSiSP)

499 People keep mentioning "Mike Rowe" seriously as a viable candidate, but I've never even heard the name before. How can he possibly be a winning candidate if even a political news-addict like me has never even heard of him? Who the heck IS Mike Rowe? Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 03:38 PM (jBuUi) He used to have a show "Dirty Jobs". He maintains a generally neutral official stance on politics but has been a major drum beater for telling whiners on all sides to STFU, go out and get a job that actually produces something, live within your means and earn your way up the ladder by hard work (and until then, be proud of hard work, even if it's shoveling shit). Honestly, I love the guy.

Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (XItbt)

500 474 Posted by: ace at March 31, 2016 03:40 PM (dciA+) The fact he doesn't want the job qualifies him for it IMHO... that is how low the career political class and let's be honest Trump *is* a politician he just bought pols has sunk in my eyes.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (g8Hfr)

501 Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho. Seems fitting this election cycle.

Posted by: johnd01 at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (ukNFU)

502 462 Nikki Haley? Anything wrong with her? Flagged herself out of the race before leaving the pits. Posted by: DaveA at March 31, 2016 03:39 PM (DL2i+) --------------------- Yup. She's shown herself to be very weak-kneed and prone to shitting all over the people who voted her into office. I have been very disappointed in her.

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2016 10:43 AM (Fmupd)

503 Fuck that guy in particular That's not who we are.

Posted by: Speaker Paul Ryan at March 31, 2016 10:44 AM (LYCUN)

504 Nikki Haley? Anything wrong with her? Flagged herself out of the race before leaving the pits. Pulled a Danica Patrick. Crashed and burned.

Posted by: rickb223[/s][/i][/b] at March 31, 2016 10:44 AM (hpmES)

505 Here's the thing, I can totally believe the GOP has a plan for torpedoing Trump at the Convention. However, I totally cannot believe that the GOP has any sort of plan for addressing the anger that made Trump possible, much less the challenge of wooing disgruntled Trump voters to support whoever they would replace him with. The Leadership of the GOP is incapable of strategic thought.

Posted by: V the K at March 31, 2016 10:44 AM (O7MnT)

506 Bill Whittle/Alfonzo Rachel 2016

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 10:44 AM (NOIQH)

507 Folks, this idea that Hillary is going to be indicted - that the FBI is getting closer to indictment. We all know that's a charade, don't we? Comey himself is going to interview her. At the end of all this, when no case is brought against her because of political corruption, it will be Hillary's platform to say that she was cleared, that a full investigation was done. Listen, if we can't get an indictment of Lois Lerner, a nobody, why in the world does anyone think we are going to get former first lady and leading presidential contender Hillary Clinton indicted? Seriously. The left is in almost complete control of all our bureaucracies. They have the DOJ. They have the FBI. They have whoever else might be involved. Clinton is not going to be indicted.

Posted by: Sambo at March 31, 2016 10:44 AM (CwNIZ)

508 A man who will cut your nuts off... with his teeth! Nix Trump, say Eunuchs on the stump

Posted by: derit at March 31, 2016 10:44 AM (OC+TJ)

509 mike rowe hosts "dirty jobs" and has the right political/philosophical/moral position on the value of work. He almost certainly leans right. However, his actual political statements are restricted to things about work, and about the college-is-everything crowd denigrating the value of vocational training and any sort of work that isn't in an office with internet access. apart from being a likable semi-celebrity, i can't think of any reason to think he'd be a good president, or that he has any desire to be a politiician. Posted by: ace That explains a lot. Sounds like he would be a "single-issue" candidate -- praising blue-collar jobs. He'd win on that front, but surely would get sliced and diced and shredded on every other policy front. Hillary would eviscerate him.

Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 10:44 AM (jBuUi)

510 Sure,    let's go with Hailey,    who used her time in the response to the SOTU to personally attack       the    GOP   primary voters.   Man, what a great choice!

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (Qvgg/)

511 So bottom line is it is Trump or Cruz and both sides think the other one will lose in a landslide with a few people who would vote for either. Should be a fun convention.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (gmeXX)

512 Karl Sternovich. He's tanned, he's rested, he's sleeping with your daughter.

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (4ErVI)

513 She's shown herself to be very weak-kneed and prone to shitting all over the people who voted her into office. So... she should become a Republican Senator, is what you're saying.

Posted by: V the K at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (O7MnT)

514 not randy ted cruz he likes black teenage trannys. d.c. madam's lawyer says.

Posted by: randy teddy is perv at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (RZbLX)

515 I see someone beat me. Abbott - (Newt/Scarborough/sop-to-the-Trump fans) has been my "unity ticket" preference for a while.

Posted by: fightwinger at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (sQQU0)

516 In the 2020 cycle, is immigration still gonna be The Issue, or will it be something new that disqualifies additional previous conservative heroes like Cruz? The terrain seems to be shifting quicker these days Still lol@this blog treating Trump as maybe-not-unelectable until right after Rubio dropped out, btw.

Posted by: Observer at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (WD2tM)

517 Bob Gates told Obama early on that Obama's plan for Afghanistan wouldn't work. Obama snorted contemptuously and told Gates to implement the plan anyway. Gates did. It didn't work. It got a bunch of American servicemembers killed and maimed to no productive end whatsoever. If Gates had just refused and resigned at the outset, I'd be inclined to back him. After what actually did happen, no. Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2016 03:43 PM (noWW6) A lot more people needed to tell Barry to go fck himself. What was he going to do? Cry into his pillow or call them a racist. Either way the country would have been much better off if people stood up to the queen

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (493sH)

518 "But maybe they can get Nikki Haley. She has disappointed me a few times lately but based on her overall record she is the best and most conservative Republican available."

Amnesty squish.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (noWW6)

519 #DraftMattis

Posted by: Yankee: ROTOR SELF-WINDING at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (mZS3c)

520 Is it racist or homophobic to say that Barry isn't our first gay president?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2016 03:41 PM (493sH)



When in doubt, assume both. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (TOk1P)

521 >>>462 Nikki Haley? Anything wrong with her? ... Well, if you *must* know...

Posted by: Will "Sacred Honor" Folks at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (dciA+)

522 ...DC... Wanting to close the DC Metro for maintenance is suspicious. I wonder if there hasn't already been several DC attacks and the information is being stored with FDR's wheelchair and Hillary's walker. They hit Brussels. DC would have to be as high or higher on their list.

Posted by: scorecard at March 31, 2016 10:45 AM (rnH8X)

523 Mike Rowe for VP

Aside from zombie, great name recognition...

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 10:46 AM (NOIQH)

524 RE: 173: party officials changing the rules. 1. There are over 100 elected members to the convention committee. Many will be in Cruz's camp. They won't change this rule and even if they did it would likely never be changed in favor of someone who didn't run in the primaries. 2. It probably doesn't make any difference anyway since the delegates themselves vote on things like rule 40 (it was amended from 5 states to the 8 state threshold last time around by the delegates, not the convention committee.) 3. Even Rince Priebus said he thought it was unlikely the delegates would alter Rule 40. I don't think they will be changed unless Cruz doesn't get 8 states (he should have this by next week though), and Trump doesn't get to 1237.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 10:46 AM (wPIZb)

525 Posted by: Blue Hen at March 31, 2016 03:40 PM (326rv) Just an opinion.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at March 31, 2016 10:46 AM (MSiSP)

526 And if Hills is not indicted, we riot! Because: National Security Matter! Benghazi Lives Matter!

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 10:46 AM (iQIUe)

527 @146: "Trump is the Real Enemy."

He's not an enemy at all.  He's a murder weapon - nothing more. He's the instrument to destroy the GOP, and he's perfect at doing it.

Posted by: FaCubeItches at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (rznWS)

528 Can anyone think of anybody who would 1, be broadly acceptable to the party regulars, and 2, look good in a general election, that can suddenly emerge from the wreckage? - On a similar topic, didja see you can now buy Unicorn Kisses flavored seltzer? See WZ, scroll down.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (Nwg0u)

529 Karl Hungus

Posted by: Jackie Treehorn at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (mEs7I)

530 >>> People keep mentioning "Mike Rowe" seriously as a viable candidate, but I've never even heard the name before. How can he possibly be a winning candidate if even a political news-addict like me has never even heard of him? Who the heck IS Mike Rowe? Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2016 03:38 PM (jBuUi) WHAT?! For shame. Enjoy. https://www.ted.com/talks/mike_rowe_celebrates_dirty_jobs?language=en

Posted by: LizLem at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (hvf9s)

531 No Rick Grimes? or Daryl/Carol? It's like I don't even know you people.

Posted by: Gouverneur Morris at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (dQJCS)

532 No question, Scott Walker The ultimate coup would be if he could get Jeff Sessions as his running mate, but that's less likely At a certain point, if trump starts polling in the high 30's against Hillary he'll be removed one way or another.

Posted by: Lex at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (B/caQ)

533 The question may be moot. If You-Know-Who is cut from the fold, he might well go Independent. If that happens, many of cultists will follow. The results will be very, very bad for the country.

Posted by: The Svengali-Perot Society at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (9mTYi)

534 A man who will cut your nuts off... with his teeth! Posted by: Mike Rowe 2016! at March 31, 2016 03:42 PM (H9MG5) It's the most humane way to do it. And he's manly enough that it's not gay.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (uURQL)

535 109 Haley is pro amnesty and took a piss on the Confederate flag to appease the BLM mob. She also went down on Mario.

Hell with her.

Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 31, 2016 03:05 PM (2PHKP)


I know she pissed on the flag but I do not remember her being pro-amnesty.

Posted by: Vic[/i] We Have No Party at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (vvmPQ)

536 >>Wanting to close the DC Metro for maintenance is suspicious.


For 6 months, right (I was locked out of WashPost site)???

Yeah, not suspicious at all.
Especially considering that there's a metro stop a mere two blocks north of the WH.

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (NOIQH)

537 @149: "Unite the clams!"

Said Hillary to Huma.....

Posted by: FaCubeItches at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (rznWS)

538 Grover Cleveland was a bachelor also when elected but he eventually got married.

Posted by: Joe Hallenbeck at March 31, 2016 03:43 PM (MSiSP)



To a 19 year old.  The girl  who had been his former ward.



Not  ghey.  Just a pedo. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (TOk1P)

539 Bolton....Michael Bolton.

Posted by: Crrr6 (hotair refugee) at March 31, 2016 10:47 AM (Vqcn4)

540 Posted by: Will "Sacred Honor" Folks at March 31, 2016 03:45 PM (dciA+) THREADWINNER

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 10:48 AM (mEs7I)

541 Bob Gates told Obama early on that Obama's plan for Afghanistan wouldn't work. -------- As opposed to the plans from the prior seven years that were a Yuuuuge success!

Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 10:48 AM (NUqwG)

542 The question may be moot. If You-Know-Who is cut from the fold, he might well go Independent. If that happens, many of cultists will follow. The results will be very, very bad for the country.

--

Not if he has to spend his own money.   Waste of cash for a guaranteed loss.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2016 10:48 AM (Qvgg/)

543 If the GOPe were smart, (I know, I know)- there's a simple solution to this dilemma: and one that they've used before. They need to replay Reagan/Bush with Cruz. Sure, they don't get what they want with Cruz. But, he's part of the Party, so that's a minor win for them. And just like with Reagan, they know that after 8 years of Cruz, they can have 4-8 years of the Bush-like Substance as Prez to reset things back to their way of liking. We win as we get a real conservative. Plus, if he follows Reagan's basic road map, we get an awesome economy for roughly 30 years until the GOPe and Dims finally load on enough BS to fuck it up. Really, this is their only intelligent play. And one that lets them carry both the House and Senate as well. Buuuuuuut, they're too stupid to go this route.

Posted by: naturalfake at March 31, 2016 10:48 AM (0cMkb)

544 Forget a white knight, how about a dark knight. Maybe not the hero we need. The hero we deserve. Batman/Dent 2016. Because at this point a fictional character is better than we have.

Posted by: Jollyroger at March 31, 2016 10:48 AM (t06LC)

545 Trump is Joe Biden with more money.

Posted by: Tilikum KAW SPI at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (u0kqM)

546 It's funny we keep discussing this like our opinions matter.

Posted by: Buzzsaw at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (P/aDH)

547
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (RcpcZ)

548 WHAT?! For shame. Posted by: LizLem ------------ Why would I watch that, when I could be watching 'Dancing With the Stars'?

Posted by: LIV at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (9mTYi)

549 All those blue collars currently flocking to Trump would vote for Rowe in a heartbeat, he's one of the few that doesn't view American workers as expendable trash.

Posted by: All Teh Meh at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (hQ4EJ)

550 I could vote for Tom Cotton. Debates with Hillary in email and Benghazi! Oh my Good on the border, as far as I can tell. Great on national security Needs a veep strong on economics

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (zOTsN)

551 Trump voters will not vote for any insider. They simply will not show up in Nov. Too many bridges have been burned.....and they know for a fact now how much they are hated by the Republican party. So Cruz will have to run against Hill without them.

Posted by: Pam at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (cF0hS)

552 How about Joni Ernst?

Posted by: RichieC at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (838ff)

553 In the 2020 cycle, is immigration still gonna be The Issue, or will it be something new that disqualifies additional previous conservative heroes like Cruz? The terrain seems to be shifting quicker these days If immigration is not dealt with, then Balkanization of the Formerly United States will be the Issue.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (uURQL)

554 Christine O'Donnel : 2016 Good Witch v Bad Witch

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (mEs7I)

555 randy ted cruz is a tranny loving pervert!

Posted by: randy teddy is perv at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (RZbLX)

556 Forget a white knight, how about a dark knight. Maybe not the hero we need. The hero we deserve. Batman/Dent 2016. Because at this point a fictional character is better than we have. Posted by: Jollyroger at March 31, 2016 03:48 PM (t06LC) Adam West with Burt Ward as his VP. Quick to the Bat Wheelchairs!!!

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (493sH)

557 543 Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 03:48 PM (NUqwG) comparatively? Yes. Obama's "Surge" failed because of shit RoE.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:49 AM (g8Hfr)

558 To a 19 year old. The girl who had been his former ward. Not ghey. Just a pedo. Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 03:47 PM (TOk1P) Wait, Wut? You can do that?

Posted by: Bill Clinton at March 31, 2016 10:50 AM (t06LC)

559 Peyton Manning. He just retired from his day job. He can wrench Colorado back from the Dems. Free pizza at the polls sways some of the FSA. Of course he is smart enough, just look at that forehead. If he picked Cruz or somebody very wonkish ala Dick Cheney to sooth the "too inexperienced cries" he could pull it off. Whether he could talked into any such thing is another matter entirely.

Posted by: Palerider at March 31, 2016 10:50 AM (dkExz)

560 It's funny we keep discussing this like our opinions matter. Posted by: Buzzsaw ------------------ It's escapism.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 31, 2016 10:50 AM (9mTYi)

561 The Republican Prty put up Bob Dole who didn't even break 40% nationally.

Posted by: blaster at March 31, 2016 10:50 AM (2Ocf1)

562 You'll get Thad Cochran and like it.

Posted by: Judge Elihu Smails, RNC Chairman at March 31, 2016 10:50 AM (iynDC)

563 It's funny we keep discussing this like our opinions matter.

Posted by: Buzzsaw at March 31, 2016 03:49 PM (P/aDH)



I'm discussing it because  I've had a hard week of work, and I'm sitting  here  now without any pressing concerns.  So yeah. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:50 AM (TOk1P)

564 If we wanted a really smart guy: Prof. Volokh Another pretty serious choice for me would be Glenn Reynolds.

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at March 31, 2016 10:50 AM (4ng05)

565 The problem with the "white knight" scenario is that the GOP is still in complete denial as to what created Trump's success in the first place.  the GOP has doubled-down on all the things that created Trump.

so, it is highly likely that a large swath of Trump voters will not vote for said "white knight", which will doom that person as a candidate.

It's also questionable, at this point, whether these voters - myself included - will vote for any down-ticket GOP candidates. 

I see no difference between the GOP and the DNC - and before people start lecturing me - I'm talking about actual actions - not rhetoric.  This claim that the GOP will accomplish this or that conservative goal is not supported by any historical evidence. Which brings me back to the first point - the GOP is in complete denial about what created Trump's success.

And, I'm not claiming Trump is conservative.  I'm arguing that voters are fed up with being lied to about every single issue by the GOP. I'm arguing that voters are tired of being called racists by "conservatives" and the GOP for not wanting an amnesty and for wanting border security.

Everyone who is so upset about Trump's success is whistling past the graveyard.  Stopping Trump wins you nothing.  It solves none of the problems that led to Trump's success.  Likely it will exacerbate those problems.  Coupled with the derision aimed at people supporting Trump and why would anyone in that camp vote GOP again?

It is you who are cutting off your nose to spite your face.  You claim to want to "save the party" by defeating Trump, but all you are doing is exacerbating the problem.

And again - I don't claim Trump is conservative or even a great candidate.  But he has been successful for a reason.  And, despite what you believe, it is not because everyone who supports him is an idiot or racist or whatever else you tell yourselves.

Posted by: Golden at March 31, 2016 10:51 AM (3ZtZW)

566 How about a dead guy?  Abe Lincoln?  Golf game not so good, but better than Hillary, at least.

Posted by: One-Eyed Cat Peeping in the Seafood Store at March 31, 2016 10:51 AM (aeVIR)

567 Joni Ernst / Long Dong Silver 2016 : Big Fake Pork

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2016 10:51 AM (mEs7I)

568 It's escapism.>>>

I keep reading so it must be working.

Posted by: Buzzsaw at March 31, 2016 10:51 AM (P/aDH)

569 507 Here's the thing, I can totally believe the GOP has a plan for torpedoing Trump at the Convention. I'm still wondering how they would do that. If Trump gets to 1237 then they can't stop him. If he doesn't then the delegates will vote for Cruz to be the nominee on the 2nd ballot. They just will. The rules won't be be changed to allow someone like Rubio or Kasich on the ballot so Cruz will be the nominee if Trump can't get a majority on the 1st ballot.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 10:51 AM (wPIZb)

570 In the 2020 cycle, is immigration still gonna be The Issue, or will it be something new that disqualifies additional previous conservative heroes like Cruz? The terrain seems to be shifting quicker these days. ********* I'm old enough to remember when a certain Anchor Spinner--Michelle Malkin wanted to impeach a wartime president over port security. John Kerry actually ran on that. Then ruined Perry over the immunizations. Fools a lot of people that little Liberal does.

Posted by: Dick Nixon hates Twitter and Does Not Use It at March 31, 2016 10:51 AM (mcm0N)

571 The Republican Prty put up Bob Dole who didn't even break 40% nationally. Posted by: blaster at March 31, 2016 03:50 PM (2Ocf1) But he could keep it going for 4 hours

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2016 10:51 AM (493sH)

572 Cotton/Walker I could do that.

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:51 AM (zOTsN)

573 I care about the CBF because she folded like a cheap tent.What else would she fold on? Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2016 03:13 PM (B48dK) I went out and bought one in that bitch's honor.

Posted by: Blano at March 31, 2016 10:51 AM (uiVGU)

574 Give it to a modern day John Wayne who doesn't want the friggin job. That's the only way you know the job will get done properly. Sheriff David Clarke. Carly for VP.

Posted by: FEDUP at March 31, 2016 10:51 AM (Tw6RS)

575 People are equating pro-amnesty with any Republican that hasn't called Latinos a horde of rapists. Trump is conning everyone,saying one thing to the New York Times and to the base another.

Posted by: Lex at March 31, 2016 10:52 AM (e6bkB)

576 Obama's "Surge" failed because of shit RoE. Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 03:49 PM (g8Hfr) -------- Sure. Victory was just around corner number 5 'til Obama blew it.

Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 10:52 AM (NUqwG)

577 If there ever was a serious "Mike Rowe for President" movement, I get the impression that he'd politely say, "If nominated I will not run, if elected I will not serve" if it were attached to any of the current political parties. Both the left and right try to coopt him from time to time and he always makes a point of staking a neutral claim and sticking to his own principles. In my book, that makes him the best possible candidate for anything since George Washington.

Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 10:52 AM (XItbt)

578 391 I could go with Tom Cotton. However I think the GOPe has decided to lose and throw this to Hillary. Not kidding. She is actually their preferred candidate. They are aiming to lose with dignity, or something I was actually told via a phone conversation from a Convention of States captain in Michigan that they were voting for Hillary if Trump got the nomination. Truth.

Posted by: tonynoboloney at March 31, 2016 10:52 AM (02AXE)

579 Are we ready for some levity? I propose some levity. Hillary says she has a "real" grandchild, to contrast with Bernie who has grandchildren by adoption and by marriage. http://bit.ly/1Op4etV

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 10:52 AM (1xUj/)

580 To a 19 year old. The girl who had been his former ward.

Not ghey. Just a pedo.


Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 03:47 PM (TOk1P)

Wait, Wut? You can do that?

Posted by: Bill Clinton at March 31, 2016 03:50 PM (t06LC)



Not if you're already  married, fake Bill.  If that's the case, just fly to somebody's  island, where  you can  have all the underaged poon you can  afford.  And you can, indeed, afford it. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:52 AM (TOk1P)

581 Ben Sasse? Tom Cotton? Both young, with conservative street cred, and Cotton's a combat vet. Both are probably more acceptable to GOPe than Cruz, but have been in DC briefly enough to have not gotten much establishment stink on them. Of the two, I'd pick Sasse because he's so damn articulate on constitutional conservatism, and I think he DGAF about having a lengthy DC career and would be willing to roll the dice.

Posted by: prayerborne at March 31, 2016 10:52 AM (2dcM4)

582 Imagine Cotton shredding Hillarys performance at the state DEPT Me likey

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:52 AM (zOTsN)

583 If he just need someone who will win, how about Bill Belichick?

He'll tape the Democratic strategy meetings and deflate the wheels on Hillary's Hoveround. Win at any cost.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 10:52 AM (4/i9Y)

584 Can anyone think of anybody who would 1, be broadly acceptable to the party regulars, and 2, look good in a general election, that can suddenly emerge from the wreckage? --- I cannot imagine any set of circumstances where Scarlett Johannson does not look good.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at March 31, 2016 10:53 AM (PNcou)

585 I don't think they will be changed unless Cruz doesn't get 8 states (he should have this by next week though), and Trump doesn't get to 1237.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 03:46 PM (wPIZb)


I don't think Trump (or Cruz) gets to 1237 but that doesn't mean the rules have to change. It just means it will go to multiple ballots.


I agree with the rest of what you said but will note that there should be a rule change to rule 40(d) and hopefully will be. 40(d) doesn't even allow the votes for candidates that did not meet the 8 state majority rule in 40(b) to be announced and counted. Call it the Willard spite rule and kick it to the curb.

Posted by: redbanzai at March 31, 2016 10:53 AM (3JA/M)

586 561 Peyton Manning. He just retired from his day job. He can wrench Colorado back from the Dems. Free pizza at the polls sways some of the FSA. Of course he is smart enough, just look at that forehead. Posted by: Palerider at March 31, 2016 03:50 PM (dkExz) Can't wait for the transcripts from his alleged sexual assault during his time at Tenn. to be read aloud on the news around the clock.

Posted by: Jollyroger at March 31, 2016 10:53 AM (t06LC)

587 Neil Bush

Posted by: ima dumbfuck at March 31, 2016 10:54 AM (m/Gc2)

588 You really need to give me a break. If Cruz is weak in the general it's by his own hand and the fact that as more people who thought he was a good alternative to Trump see him, they discover he's a suck ass candidate. He's the reconstituted version of Romney with some enchiladas on the side You know, the candidate you've been pushing as the second coming and only person that can beat Hillary. Geez- who are they polling anyway to determine Cruz could beat Hillary? Trump is the only guy whose general election chances are being stomped by an unholy coalition of Democrats, Establishment types ans so called conservatives. Oh yeah and that woman faking she was battered who is now being back up by a prosecutor that is a Hillary benefactor.

Posted by: Marcus T at March 31, 2016 10:54 AM (390ue)

589 Folks can speculate all the live-long about who might be able to forestall the coming divorce of the establishment from the base of the GOP. It won't matter. Seems that the establishment is hell-bent on one-last "we're putting up who we want and you serfs better get in line or else we get HILLARY!!" charge which will fail utterly, gloriously and spectacularly. Caveat: I've been off the GOPe reservation since 05/05/11

Posted by: DocJ at March 31, 2016 10:54 AM (zrsn3)

590 The problem with the "white knight" scenario is that the GOP is still in complete denial as to what created Trump's success in the first place. Posted by: Golden at March 31, 2016 03:51 PM (3ZtZW) That's a bingo! And not just the Vichy GOP ...

Posted by: ThePrimoridalOrderedPair at March 31, 2016 10:54 AM (zc3Db)

591 Bear Grylls/Mike Rowe. Kurt Schlichter/Milo Yiannopoulis There would be stereo 'lamentations of their women' and riots nonstop.

Posted by: Al at March 31, 2016 10:54 AM (Y9gDM)

592 I feel like if someone ran for President under the name President McPresidentface.... he would have a pretty good chance at winning.

Posted by: V the K at March 31, 2016 10:54 AM (O7MnT)

593 >>Hillary says she has a "real" grandchild, to contrast with Bernie who has grandchildren by adoption and by marriage.


She is such an AWFUL candidate.
So tone deaf, stiff, screechy, etc.


How is the GOP not eating her freakin' lunch?????

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 10:54 AM (NOIQH)

594 The Republican Prty put up Bob Dole who didn't even break 40% nationally.

Posted by: blaster at March 31, 2016 03:50 PM (2Ocf1)



But he could keep it going for 4 hours

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2016 03:51 PM (493sH)



No, he  couldn't.  Five  minutes  after the polls closed in the east, Clitton  was  announced as having been reelected. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:54 AM (TOk1P)

595 I cannot imagine any set of circumstances where Scarlett Johannson does not look good. Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at March 31, 2016 03:53 PM (PNcou) 30 years and Botox. Lots of Botox. You'll always have Avengers.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (uURQL)

596 Read up on some Brokered Conventions. It's usually the 3rd or 4th place guy. It will be Kasich if it goes to Brokered Convention. Posted by: naturalfake Egad that's depressing.

Posted by: Blue Hen at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (326rv)

597 James Mattis. No greater friend, no worse enemy. Plus if you f*** with him he'll kill you all.

Posted by: Darren at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (oE+6d)

598 Podcast this week? I miss them. I am sick of Rush & I love Levin, but listening to him raises my blood pressure. I won't listen to Boston's Howie Carr, because it's a 4 hour Trumpfest & I'm pissed off at that station for dumping both Limbaugh & Levin.

Posted by: Carol at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (sj3Ax)

599 I guess we need to start by explaining politics to everyone... First off, this is not a year that a politician is going to win in. So, if your favorite candidate has held public office and has a record, you need to move on. Second, the vast majority of voters don't vote on issues. They vote for the tallest, best looking, best smile, person they most want to have a beer with, etc. Sure, you want someone who shares your view on narrow policy issues, but you're only 5 or 10% of the electorate. Third, when the dust settles on the these primaries, pretty much everyone on our side is going to be damaged to one extent or another. Rowe would be untouched. Fourth, his Q rating is through the roof. No one dislikes him, so he'll probably take every state.

Posted by: jwest at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (Zs4uk)

600
I'm still wondering how they would do that. If Trump gets to 1237 then they can't stop him. If he doesn't then the delegates will vote for Cruz to be the nominee on the 2nd ballot.

They just will.

The rules won't be be changed to allow someone like Rubio or Kasich on the ballot so Cruz will be the nominee if Trump can't get a majority on the 1st ballot.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 03:51 PM (wPIZb)


This.

Posted by: redbanzai at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (3JA/M)

601 Actually, Comey would be a pretty interesting choice. 1) He's actually a Republican who donated to both McCain and Romney. 2) He knows, and more importantly Hillary knows, she's guilty as hell. The debates would be a hoot.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (/tuJf)

602 Tom Cotton would be better as VP. He's 36, so he's going to get dinged for being too young and 'inexperienced.' Sure, Obama was also young and inexperienced, but we all know that the Dems play by a different set of rules.

But I suppose he's "pure," because he hasn't been in office long enough to fuck it up.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (4/i9Y)

603 579 Posted by: RioBravo at March 31, 2016 03:52 PM (NUqwG) It's a CoIn op you don't "win" you stabilize. President Chim Chim over there was in a lot better position in 2007 than 2009. You win, the only acceptable response to 9/11 was a live action rendition of "Carebears the Motion Picture"... Goddamnit I hate the Short Attention Span Theater we've evolved into that got snowed by a media hammering the lowest % of casualties to deployed assets we've ever had in this level of conflict. Obama's casualty %s are HIGHER per deployed thousand than Bush's BTW.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (g8Hfr)

604 Daniel Hannan because he's as American as Obama is.

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (4ng05)

605 411 Has there ever been a lifelong bachelor elected to the White House? Posted by: SMFH while circling the drain... at March 31, 2016 03:34 PM (rlfds) ------------------- Outside of Buchanan, there was Cleveland, who was a lifelong bachelor when he was first elected. While in office he married a beautiful young woman half his age. By all accounts it was a happy marriage.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at March 31, 2016 10:55 AM (T/5A0)

606 "...it is not because everyone who supports him is an idiot or racist ...." Yes. Some like seeing women roughed up. (I denounce myself)

Posted by: Tilikum KAW SPI at March 31, 2016 10:56 AM (u0kqM)

607 Hillary says she has a "real" grandchild, to contrast with Bernie who has grandchildren by adoption and by marriage. She is such an AWFUL candidate. So tone deaf, stiff, screechy, etc. How is the GOP not eating her freakin' lunch????? Posted by: Lizzy at March 31, 2016 03:54 PM (NOIQH) Because the Republicans are too busy with their circular firing squad. Look at the cretins the Dems are running. The Republicans need to focus their fire on them

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2016 10:56 AM (493sH)

608 Read up on some Brokered Conventions.

It's usually the 3rd or 4th place guy.


It will be Kasich if it goes to Brokered Convention.


Posted by: naturalfake

Egad that's depressing.

Posted by: Blue Hen at March 31, 2016 03:55 PM (326rv)


No it won't. Kasich does not make the cut under the old rules much less the new ones.

Posted by: redbanzai at March 31, 2016 10:56 AM (3JA/M)

609 I cannot imagine any set of circumstances where Scarlett Johannson does not look good.
Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at March 31, 2016 03:53 PM (PNcou)


That might be true, but I can't imagine a set of circumstances where Scarlett Johannson can act.

Posted by: Golden at March 31, 2016 10:56 AM (3ZtZW)

610 Christine O'Donnel : 2016 Good Witch v Bad Witch Posted by: garrett I'm having flashbacks again. Also: *golf clap*

Posted by: Blue Hen at March 31, 2016 10:56 AM (326rv)

611 I gratefully accept the nomination. Thank you.

Posted by: Surellin at March 31, 2016 10:56 AM (V4N/S)

612 I was just about to say again "Paul Ryan" will he their pick, but read in and realized that you're asking us for our hopeful. I like Walker but not sure he can win against Hillary. Same with Perry. How about Mike Lee? Carly?

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at March 31, 2016 10:57 AM (sDNJ7)

613 I would vote for Tom Cotton. PrescientEleveny!!!'s head would explode with crazy excitement.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at March 31, 2016 10:57 AM (SEFXb)

614 Read the sidebar about Cotton

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:57 AM (zOTsN)

615 00 James Mattis. No greater friend, no worse enemy. Plus if you f*** with him he'll kill you all. Posted by: Darren at March 31, 2016 03:55 PM (oE+6d) Yes please. Plus he will beg you, from the depths of his soul, not to commit suicide by f--king with him, first. A true humanitarian.

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at March 31, 2016 10:57 AM (4ng05)

616 566 If we wanted a really smart guy: Prof. Volokh Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at March 31, 2016 03:50 PM (4ng05) He's a naturalized citizen, remember?

Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 10:57 AM (iQIUe)

617 Forget about everything except beating the democrat. Period. The two front runners now for the nomination are flawed in that regard. She's so bad Ted may beat her. May. He'd have a harder time with Bern maybe. The Marine looks good. Draft him. Duty and all that.

Posted by: Tattaglia in Miami at March 31, 2016 10:57 AM (zmZ2x)

618 I could live with Carly too. I think she would beat the Grandmonster.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at March 31, 2016 10:58 AM (SEFXb)

619 Watching an old Gunsmoke. Matt and Festus just killed Archie Bunker.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks at March 31, 2016 10:58 AM (Nwg0u)

620 I just had a thought.

Did anyone watch Fargo this season?

Because I thought Bruce Campbell did a pretty good Reagan, within the script he was given.

Posted by: Methos, AoS commenter since 2006, now apparently non-voting democrat at March 31, 2016 10:58 AM (ZbV+0)

621 I am taking a cotton to Cotton

Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 10:58 AM (zOTsN)

622 Are we ready for some levity? I propose some levity.

Hillary says she has a "real" grandchild, to contrast with Bernie who has grandchildren by adoption and by marriage.

http://bit.ly/1Op4etV

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 03:52 PM (1xUj/)



What an amazing  human  being she is.  She is EXACTLY  like that harpy  you know, who  has been married for 40 years, and turns  her nose up at   everyone  she knows  who are divorced,  except  everyone she knows, knows  her husband  is  banging  his secretary. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 10:58 AM (TOk1P)

623 ...The results will be very, very bad for the country... I'm thinking Obama has already destroyed the US. Give W some credit too (TBTF bank bail out). Now we see if someone can put it back together or if we get open rebellion. Watch capital flee. TBTF will have a hard time getting a bail out this time.

Posted by: scorecard at March 31, 2016 10:58 AM (1uTkE)

624 Tom Cotton.

Posted by: Rachel Jeantel at March 31, 2016 10:58 AM (y5bPZ)

625 The rules won't be be changed to allow someone like Rubio or Kasich on the ballot so Cruz will be the nominee if Trump can't get a majority on the 1st ballot. Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 03:51 PM (wPIZb) This. Posted by: redbanzai Oh good. We're back to "it can't happen". I feel soo warm and fuzzy now. Now try convincing Ace of that. And Romney.

Posted by: Blue Hen at March 31, 2016 10:59 AM (326rv)

626 I hope we haven't already given up on the idea of pr0n star candidate.

Posted by: what's Annette Haven up to these days? at March 31, 2016 10:59 AM (2WoCi)

627 Mark Levin
- Constitutional scholar
- Full grasp of policy, govt processes, and history
- Ability and experience communicating complex issues in thoughtful and reasoned manner without teleprompter or notes
- Has a backbone and not afraid to forcefully call out BS...whether democrat or republican
- President of Landmark Foundation that fights for limited govt
- Well established record of believing in all the core conservative principles  
- Largely responsible for the Article V convention movement

Posted by: phxjay at March 31, 2016 10:59 AM (IHK5T)

628 Has no one suggested Louie Gomert?

Posted by: RedDish on the tablet at March 31, 2016 10:59 AM (5eXg1)

629 Holy crap--Comey is tall.

Posted by: Dick Nixon hates Twitter and Does Not Use It at March 31, 2016 10:59 AM (mcm0N)

630 Dumbass Trump may have put his S.C. delegates in jeopardy reads a post at the Right Scoop.

Posted by: Arson Wells at March 31, 2016 10:59 AM (/E+t2)

631 622 No,some criminals shot him.

Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2016 10:59 AM (B48dK)

632 625 Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 03:58 PM (TOk1P) Not a bad analogy... of course she is cuckolding Bill with Huma.... I dunno she sucks ass but how many LOVs will ever hear her gaffes?

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 10:59 AM (g8Hfr)

633 Shooting at Greyhound Bus station in Richmond, VA?

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 11:00 AM (IV1em)

634 Goddamnit I hate the Short Attention Span Theater we've evolved into that got snowed by a media hammering the lowest % of casualties to deployed assets we've ever had in this level of conflict. Obama's casualty %s are HIGHER per deployed thousand than Bush's BTW. Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 03:55 PM (g8Hfr) How is that when we're not at war/there are no boots on the ground/they're a JV team, etc.....

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 31, 2016 11:00 AM (/D5Lf)

635 For the hundredth time, a stripper/pornstar candidate would make this whole mess at least a little enjoyable.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2016 11:00 AM (e3bId)

636 He's a naturalized citizen, remember? Posted by: Bruce With a Wang! at March 31, 2016 03:57 PM (iQIUe) Well, if that's the case, Obama was a foreign student long before he ever became a natural born citizen. All I'm saying is... THERE ARE WAYS!

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at March 31, 2016 11:00 AM (4ng05)

637 Scarlett Johannson- "Avengers" vs Diana Rigg in "The Avengers" from the 1960s-for the old geezers who actually remember that series. That would be another version of Mary Ann vs. Ginger Not that you could tell it from that series so much, but Diana Rigg is a great actress. Scarlett-not so much and I prefer brunettes, not that I would have been likely to have had sex with either one of them, but I can still opine on feminine beauty.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2016 11:00 AM (w4NZ8)

638 I have this hopeful feeling that Trump is trying to throw it to Cruz.   Because if he was, he wouldn't be doing much different.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2016 11:00 AM (Qvgg/)

639 Imagine Cotton shredding Hillarys performance at the state DEPT Me likey Posted by: ThunderB He had a chance to do that in committee and let Hillsapopping run rings around them. He won't fight any more than Ryan or Romney did.

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i] [/b] at March 31, 2016 11:00 AM (A/3fN)

640 Yes, because popular voting is so passe. Let's just stuff the ballot box because some people don't like the guy with the most delegates. It's like Venezuela, only with a little more mom and apple pie. You have to laugh at the fact Republicans are becoming everything they allegedly despise You know, for the children.

Posted by: Marcus T at March 31, 2016 11:00 AM (390ue)

641 Tom Cotton does seem like a pretty nifty In-Case-of-Emergency choice. Any Arkansans know if he ever got tagged with anything in his Senate race?

Posted by: fightwinger at March 31, 2016 11:00 AM (sQQU0)

642 599 Read up on some Brokered Conventions. It's usually the 3rd or 4th place guy. There aren't really that many contested conventions in modern history to look at and hardly any brokered ones. So this factoid probably doesn't apply this year. But the thing is, Trump has been terrible at mustering supporters at state conventions to be his delegates. In fact, there are Cruz people being elected as Trump - 1st ballot delegates, in states like Georgia as we speak. Trump is such a terrible manager that his ostensible delegates at the convention will vote for Cruz if Trump can't win on the first ballot. So this is a rare year when the leading contender for the nomination is such an organizational disaster that his own delegates aren't really his. Turns out that Cruz is a better businessman than Trump is.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 11:01 AM (wPIZb)

643 Shooting at Greyhound Bus station in Richmond, VA? Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 04:00 PM (IV1em) 3 injured. 1 in custody.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 31, 2016 11:01 AM (/D5Lf)

644 Now womens soccer players are complaining that men soccer players make 4X the $$. It's not fair, they say.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 11:01 AM (IV1em)

645 Admiral Stockdale.

Posted by: Ross Perot at March 31, 2016 11:01 AM (Fq7j4)

646 Because I thought Bruce Campbell did a pretty good Reagan, within the script he was given. Posted by: Methos, AoS commenter since 2006, now apparently non-voting democrat at March 31, 2016 03:58 PM (ZbV+0) So a Reagan actor? I like your train of thought. But should it be Reagan, or zombie Reagan? It would be a national service if he ate the brains of the Democrats.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 11:01 AM (uURQL)

647 >>Christine O'Donnel : 2016 >>Good Witch v Bad Witch I'm green, rested and ready!

Posted by: Christine O'D at March 31, 2016 11:01 AM (nXeSu)

648 Jim Webb. Military; formerly Republican; short-lived Democratic presidential run 2015.

Posted by: m at March 31, 2016 11:01 AM (S/1cF)

649 Cruz/Bolton.  Oh yea, I'm getting all excited thinking about it.

Posted by: Jaimo at March 31, 2016 11:01 AM (9U1OG)

650 I just had a thought.

Did anyone watch Fargo this season?

Because I thought Bruce Campbell did a pretty good Reagan, within the script he was given.

Posted by: Methos, AoS commenter since 2006, now apparently non-voting democrat at March 31, 2016 03:58 PM (ZbV+0)



He  did.  It was a great.  I  could see Campbell doing this in real life.  Being Reagan II. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 11:01 AM (TOk1P)

651 Nood.

Posted by: HH at March 31, 2016 11:01 AM (DrCtv)

652 Mark Levin who sucked Trump's tail pipe? Get Sputniked.

Posted by: Dick Nixon hates Twitter and Does Not Use It at March 31, 2016 11:02 AM (mcm0N)

653 The rules won't be be changed to allow someone like Rubio or Kasich on the ballot so Cruz will be the nominee if Trump can't get a majority on the 1st ballot. Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 03:51 PM (wPIZb) This. Posted by: redbanzai -------------- Cruz is definitely sitting pretty. But under Ace's scenario, Trump neuters Cruz somehow to where Cruz sheds some support. I think that is possible. Right now, I'd give Cruz better odds at winning the nomination, but I'd still take the field.

Posted by: SH at March 31, 2016 11:02 AM (gmeXX)

654 >>>>>No it won't. Kasich does not make the cut under the old rules much less the new ones. 1. Those rules can and will be changed, and when they are changed it will be concrete proof that the fix is in. 2. The party big shots have been quite explicit this year in pointing out that the party picks the nominee, not the voters. 3. The party bosses despise Ted Cruz. There is no way they are going to pick him. They may not pick Kasich either but they'll at least throw him a bone for being a loyal soldier.

Posted by: Ghost of Lee Atwater at March 31, 2016 11:02 AM (JxMoP)

655 Ace, much like Bonnie Tyler before him, asks "Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?"

The answer, of course, is no. There's just a sea of imperfect candidates. But many of them could probably beat Hillary, who is still the same flawed, deeply disliked candidate she's always been.

Posted by: broseidon king of the brocean at March 31, 2016 11:02 AM (4/i9Y)

656 647 Well,they are saying the women's team made more revenue but they get paid less.Probably true since they have actually won something .

Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2016 11:02 AM (B48dK)

657 637 Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 31, 2016 04:00 PM (/D5Lf) Exactly...we do not have 7500 "not troops" in "not Iraq" even as we type "not taking casualties" at ~3 wounded per day... the difference is the media refuses to report on it. Obama passed "Evil Dumb Chimpy" in % of US casualties in 'ghani back in '14 IIRC...and NOBODY CARES. Fuck these people in particular.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 11:02 AM (g8Hfr)

658 Yes, because popular voting is so passe. Popular voting was never a thing. The convention rules are roughly analogous to the electoral college. They're meant to be a check on the popular vote.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2016 11:02 AM (1xUj/)

659 That might be true, but I can't imagine a set of circumstances where Scarlett Johannson can act. Posted by: Golden at March 31, 2016 03:56 PM (3ZtZW) Porn? She did date post roids Sean Penn. I bet she has some "acting" experience IYKWIMAITTYD

Posted by: Jollyroger at March 31, 2016 11:02 AM (t06LC)

660 >>Because the Republicans are too busy with their circular firing squad. Look at the cretins the Dems are running. The Republicans need to focus their fire on them



Which is one of the reasons Trump got so much traction despite being....ill-equipped for the long haul.

*facepalm*

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 11:03 AM (NOIQH)

661 "I prefer brunettes" - FenelonSpoke Things of Which She Said.

Posted by: ReactionaryMonster Bravely supporting kittens at March 31, 2016 11:03 AM (uURQL)

662 Posted by: phxjay at March 31, 2016 03:59 PM (IHK5T) Levin would never accept it.

Posted by: RWC - Team BOHICA at March 31, 2016 11:03 AM (/D5Lf)

663 263 EARNHARDT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted by: Dude That Always... FREEBIRD!!!

Posted by: AmeriDan at March 31, 2016 11:03 AM (YLLPb)

664 Coburn? Scourge of waste, fraud and abuse - traditional conservatives Passed a nothing burger govt transparency bill with Senator Obama; also gets along with Obama - general election crowds Border Security First and fought against incentives/rewards for entering illegally - Trump crowd Either that or Mitch the Blade....

Posted by: BF at March 31, 2016 11:04 AM (kTwWN)

665 625 Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 03:58 PM (TOk1P)


Not a bad analogy...

of course she is cuckolding Bill with Huma....

I dunno she sucks ass but how many LOVs will ever hear her gaffes?

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 03:59 PM (g8Hfr)



Yeah, I honestly  don't believe  she has a sexual  relationship  with Hooma.  And  maybe  with no other females either. 



Still, you could  go with  another  analogy:  The  nasty  faced  broad  who talks  about drug  addicts all the time, and goes  home and gets  drunk  every  night. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 11:04 AM (TOk1P)

666 I am writing in Alexandra Daddario for President with the caveat that all Presidential addresses must be conducted in the nude or at least a bikini.

Posted by: Damiano at March 31, 2016 11:04 AM (XItbt)

667 Wow. I forgot about Bolton. He'd be awesome, as long as everyone understood going in that anyone left of almost every currently serving D.C. Republican, wouldn't vote for him. He'd be great just for the entertainment value of watching him mind f--k this countries enemies. A Bolton presidency would be remembered by the world for a thousand years.

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at March 31, 2016 11:05 AM (4ng05)

668 Tim Allen could be the last man standing

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at March 31, 2016 11:05 AM (PNcou)

669 Are Trump supporters seriously upset about this? An obvious joke made on the Jimmy Kimmel show? A joke. A JOKE. - The point is, this joke provides the media, Hill, and Bernie thugs with ammunition to attack Cruz. It is idiotic to attack Trump for Fields and to think that similar attacks, which your disavowal of Trump justifies, won't be used against Cruz. Let he who is without sin run as a Republican.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks at March 31, 2016 11:05 AM (Nwg0u)

670 Trump is the only guy whose general election chances are being stomped by an unholy coalition of Democrats, Establishment types ans so called conservatives. Oh yeah and that woman faking she was battered who is now being back up by a prosecutor that is a Hillary benefactor. Posted by: Marcus T .............................. Trump is being stomped on by his own mouth. Period. He has no clue about policies.. when asked a question about something any presidential candidate should have opinions on, he shits the bed.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at March 31, 2016 11:05 AM (so+oy)

671 Sorry, there will be no White Knight (rayyycist!!!) If Trump has the most delegates and someone else gets it, his people will revolt en masse and not support the nominee. If it's Trump, enough Republicans will stay home for the same reason. The establishment will never give it to Cruz. So if they put up some establishment guy the Reps will lose the general. If it's Trump, same result. So either way we're fucked. The ONLY good thing to come out of this entire mess is that MAYBE it woke up the GOPee to the fact that the conservative party of their party is tired of their bullshit and working against us. That is the only good I can see coming out of this.

Posted by: Minnfidel at March 31, 2016 11:06 AM (btH0m)

672 I am taking a cotton to Cotton Posted by: ThunderB at March 31, 2016 03:58 PM (zOTsN) With Slim Pickens as his VP. Cotton/Pickens

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2016 11:06 AM (493sH)

673 ...Turns out that Cruz is a better businessman than Trump is... Cruz is a more details man. Otherwise you are saying running for office is a business. Farming the Government? Criminal Justice Business? Corleone has to share his judges?

Posted by: scorecard at March 31, 2016 11:07 AM (rnH8X)

674 1. Those rules can and will be changed, and when they are changed it will be concrete proof that the fix is in.
2. The party big shots have been quite explicit this year in pointing out that the party picks the nominee, not the voters.
3. The party bosses despise Ted Cruz. There is no way they are going to pick him. They may not pick Kasich either but they'll at least throw him a bone for being a loyal soldier.

Posted by: Ghost of Lee Atwater at March 31, 2016 04:02 PM (JxMoP)


Not that paranoia is unwarranted but you guys are ascribing too much power to the GOPe. The delegates have to pass the rules and will not if they are amended in the fashion you imagine.



So healthy caution is smart but tin foil hats are not... this is not 2012. If it were, Jeb! would already be the candidate.

Posted by: redbanzai at March 31, 2016 11:07 AM (3JA/M)

675 Harvey Dent

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at March 31, 2016 11:08 AM (PNcou)

676 668 Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2016 04:04 PM (TOk1P) Huma slept in her room, and was around her ~19 hours a day. I could give three f*cks if she is a kitty licker... I'd rather her tongue itcher not be a Muslim Brotherhood Operative.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 11:08 AM (g8Hfr)

677 #509 Re; Hillary is not going to be indicted. Agree. Having a close friend who was a federal investigator...... you can start putting all your money on the 'not indicted' side of the possible outcomes.. Comey would NEVER interview Hill if this was (or could) go to court.

Posted by: Lower Class person whose opinions need to be guided at March 31, 2016 11:08 AM (3ZttN)

678 Cotton/Pickens Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2016 04:06 PM (493sH) --- I'm sure we can count on blacks to pick Cotton

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at March 31, 2016 11:09 AM (PNcou)

679 Forgot about Buchanan. Mattis would be an interesting candidate, but he'd have to deal with the "gay warmonger" smear. Doubt he wants to deal with that.

Posted by: SMFH while circling the drain... at March 31, 2016 11:09 AM (rlfds)

680 ...Trump is being stomped on by his own mouth. ... and the mouths of others. :-) Plenty of others. :-) Don't like a guy from NY? Wait till you have to work with one from NJ. :-)

Posted by: scorecard at March 31, 2016 11:09 AM (1uTkE)

681 680 Posted by: Lower Class person whose opinions need to be guided at March 31, 2016 04:08 PM (3ZttN) DoJ is horning in on our failure theater action! //Your GOP Senate

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 11:09 AM (g8Hfr)

682 I didn't see Jim DeMint mentioned, but he kind of honchoed the rise of the conservative in congress, didn't he.

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at March 31, 2016 11:09 AM (4ng05)

683
Mitch McConnell

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2016 11:10 AM (RcpcZ)

684 But I suppose he's "pure," because he hasn't been in office long enough to fuck it up. Cotten is a solid C rating over at Conservative Review. He's a squish. Think of him as Kasich when Johnny was a young guy, full of hope and vigor.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 11:10 AM (wPIZb)

685 591 He's the reconstituted version of Romney with some enchiladas on the side Posted by: Marcus T at March 31, 2016 03:54 PM (390ue) ---------------- Enchiladas? Really? I highly doubt that his Cuban father so much as heard of enchiladas before he came to the US!

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at March 31, 2016 11:10 AM (T/5A0)

686 Ken Howard??? No wait....that was the White Shadow! and he's dead.

Posted by: Anti-Hill at March 31, 2016 11:10 AM (3aBcq)

687
John Boehner

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2016 11:11 AM (RcpcZ)

688 If Trump has the most delegates and someone else gets it, his people will revolt en masse and not support the nominee. If it's Trump, enough Republicans will stay home for the same reason. The establishment will never give it to Cruz. So if they put up some establishment guy the Reps will lose the general. If it's Trump, same result. So either way we're fucked. The ONLY good thing to come out of this entire mess is that MAYBE it woke up the GOPee to the fact that the conservative party of their party is tired of their bullshit and working against us. That is the only good I can see coming out of this.

Posted by: Minnfidel at March 31, 2016 04:06 PM (btH0m)


"The most" doesn't matter... as much as Trump supporters (and Trump himself) like to pretend that there are special unwritten rules that justify them rioting if they don't get what they want, there are not. THE RULES say the nominee has to get 50% +1 (1237 delegates). If Trump does not get that, he will not get the nomination and nor should he. The less than 40% do not get to dictate to the 60% who the nominee should be.

Posted by: redbanzai at March 31, 2016 11:11 AM (3JA/M)

689 Ted Knight is white. Love a man who can tell you you'll get nothing and like it

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at March 31, 2016 11:12 AM (PNcou)

690 Look, any convention-selected pick isn't someone you are nominating in the realistic expectation, or even hope, that they will win. It is someone who won't lose too badly and will further the long term goals. To me those goals are actual immigration enforcement, and us recognizing that the Trump and yes, Sanders voters have a point. The working class really has been screwed, by both parties. So, lose, but not badly, some hope of getting working class voters back off the Trump bandwagon. That means it CANNOT be Mitt, or Ryan. Those are basically walking, talking "eff you"s to everyone who has a problem with where the Establishment GOP has brought us.

Posted by: RichieC at March 31, 2016 11:12 AM (838ff)

691
Charlie Crist

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2016 11:13 AM (RcpcZ)

692
Trey Gowdy

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2016 11:13 AM (RcpcZ)

693 >>Now womens soccer players are complaining that men soccer players make 4X the $$. It's not fair, they say.


I say apply Alinsky rules: athlete pay should be equal across the board, regardless of gender. Make WNBA starting salaries the same as NBA, etc.

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 11:14 AM (NOIQH)

694 can't think of any reason to think he'd be a good president,

He does win on the "has been in a sewer" vs. "completely full of shit" scale.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 11:14 AM (DL2i+)

695 I'm not 35 yet but I am willing to falsify my birth certificate. For the good of the country.

Posted by: Kevin DuBrow at March 31, 2016 11:14 AM (bMcUX)

696 >>Now womens soccer players are complaining that men soccer players make 4X the $$. It's not fair, they say. --- remind me again how a league that bans male players is legal?

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at March 31, 2016 11:15 AM (PNcou)

697 >>Comey would NEVER interview Hill if this was (or could) go to court.

Well that's depressing.
Why is he interviewing her then?

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at March 31, 2016 11:15 AM (NOIQH)

698 Redbanzai wrote: Not that paranoia is unwarranted but you guys are ascribing too much power to the GOPe. The delegates have to pass the rules and will not if they are amended in the fashion you imagine. So healthy caution is smart but tin foil hats are not... this is not 2012. If it were, Jeb! would already be the candidate. Exactly so. The delegates control the convention, not the rules committee. Yes, the committee proposes but the convention votes. Plus, the rules committee is going to be risk adverse. Changing the rules to favor someone like Kasich would be considered to be dangerous by the committee plus, lots of Cruz people are on that committee. Further, there is the practical aspect of the fact that the only reason to change the rules would be to favor someone who they think would be preferable and, as this thread shows, no one fits that bill that can win. Better for the delegates to have their say. There is going to be wheeling and dealing on subsequent ballots but most of these delegates will be unbound by that point. So it's not like Rubio or Kasich can force any of their people to join with someone else. Most of these delegates will be activists and will see that Cruz offers the anti-establishmnetarian position without the Trump vulgarian narcissism. This is why they will move to Cruz. In fact, if Trump were not in the hunt right now, everyone would see Cruz as the burn-it-down candidate.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 11:16 AM (wPIZb)

699 And in a larger sense, and as Ace alluded to a while back, we need to stop with the nonsense that we need an ideologically pure candidate, especially on economic matters. I know your strongly held beliefs on regulation, free trade and anything that looks like redistribution. And I don't effing care. Winning requires a coalition. Your only choice is who you partner with. That means you have to give way on something. We need a more populist economic policy, unless you want us all replaced with more convenient voters, who will speak perfect Spanish while confiscating guns and storing them in a transgender bathroom.

Posted by: RichieC at March 31, 2016 11:16 AM (838ff)

700 Corey Booker. Senator from New Jersey. He's not a Republican, but neither is Donald Trump! He's a guaranteed win.

Posted by: Haiku Guy at March 31, 2016 11:16 AM (hmj8n)

701 the GOP has a plan for torpedoing Trump

Or at least another round of failure theater - now with hair spray.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 11:17 AM (DL2i+)

702 Cleta Mitchell

Posted by: Mr Macca Bean at March 31, 2016 11:17 AM (4ng05)

703 Not if he has to spend his own money. Waste of cash for a guaranteed loss. Posted by: Vashta Nerada ---------------- Are you suggesting that Svengali is primarily motivated by his own ego/well-being? I will soon be posting a strongly worded insult.

Posted by: A Strumpet at March 31, 2016 11:17 AM (9mTYi)

704 Yes, because popular voting is so passe. Let's just stuff the ballot box because some people don't like the guy with the most delegates. It's like Venezuela, only with a little more mom and apple pie. You have to laugh at the fact Republicans are becoming everything they allegedly despise You know, for the children. Posted by: Marcus T at March 31, 2016 04:00 PM (390ue) If Trump can't get to 1237 even with all the "first past the post" primaries that already award an outsized proportion of delegates to someone under 50% but ahead of the rest of the pack, he really hasn't earned the nomination and the convention attendees owe him nothing but their pledged votes on the first ballot. To suggest that the "first past the post" rule be extended to the nomination itself is like a double-mulligan for Trump. How many does the guy need, anyway?

Posted by: HTL at March 31, 2016 11:18 AM (NAWno)

705 Not that paranoia is unwarranted but you guys are ascribing too much power to the GOPe. The delegates have to pass the rules and will not if they are amended in the fashion you imagine. So healthy caution is smart but tin foil hats are not... this is not 2012. If it were, Jeb! would already be the candidate. Posted by: redbanzai So Romney was wearing a tin foil hat when e said that he would accept the nomination. And Boehner was wearing one too. Got it. So much for, It's possible but there's no precedent.

Posted by: We at March 31, 2016 11:18 AM (326rv)

706 Hugh Hewitt? His motto could be "It's gonna be HUGH!" (as in yuge!)

Posted by: Anti-Hill at March 31, 2016 11:19 AM (3aBcq)

707 Brain Tumor/Explosive Diarrhea 2016

Posted by: Dack Thrombosis at March 31, 2016 11:19 AM (4ErVI)

708 Sessions? why not

Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 11:19 AM (s+xE2)

709 I like Dick Cheney. The resulting Donkey Freakout would be LEGENDARY!

Posted by: Haiku Guy at March 31, 2016 11:19 AM (hmj8n)

710 @91 I'm fucking Matt Damon, and I endorse this message

Posted by: Sarah Silverman at March 31, 2016 11:22 AM (BYSrJ)

711 Scorecard wrote: Cruz is a more details man. Otherwise you are saying running for office is a business. What I'm saying is that Cruz is proving to be a great administrator to match his political talents. Sure, the guy is obviously the smartest man in any room he walks into and that means he knows details. But he has also amassed skilled campaign teams on the national and state level. Essentially, he is the CEO of a major, national organization. And yes, it's a business. The fact that Cruz is killing Trump at the organizational level tells us a lot. Now, that doesn't mean that absent his constitutionalism, I would vote for him just because of his administrative skills. I vote for the constitutionalist first and the business acumen second. But it's ironic that Trump can't manage his own campaign to save his life.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 11:22 AM (wPIZb)

712 "The most" doesn't matter... as much as Trump supporters (and Trump himself) like to pretend that there are special unwritten rules that justify them rioting if they don't get what they want, there are not. THE RULES say the nominee has to get 50% +1 (1237 delegates). If Trump does not get that, he will not get the nomination and nor should he. The less than 40% do not get to dictate to the 60% who the nominee should be. Posted by: redbanzai at March 31, 2016 04:11 PM I am not talking about rioting nowhere in my post did I mention that. I am talking about enough of his supporters sitting out the election all together. Same goes if Trump does get the nom, there's enough Republicans that would stay home. Either way it's a loss in the general.

Posted by: Minnfidel at March 31, 2016 11:22 AM (btH0m)

713 If Trump can't get to 1237 even with all the "first past the post" primaries that already award an outsized proportion of delegates to someone under 50% but ahead of the rest of the pack, he really hasn't earned the nomination and the convention attendees owe him nothing but their pledged votes on the first ballot. Posted by: HTL i agree. As does the party. They have realized that they can't surpass him, but they need to prevent him from walking in with 1237. Got that. I also get that they are vilifying him now because when round #2 comes round, they want people to start defecting from him to someone else. That's also part of this process. Got that too. Who is, and who might become eligible as of round #2? If it remains the top two, then Trump is still in it. if the field expands somehow, Trumps' chances worsen, (which most people want), but if/when that happens, all the questions raised here come to the fore. if it stays between guy #1 and guy #2, will we see the GOP throw genuine support behind Cruz? We certainly aren't seeing it now.

Posted by: Blue Hen at March 31, 2016 11:24 AM (326rv)

714 osted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 04:08 PM (g8Hfr) 680 #509 Re; Hillary is not going to be indicted. Agree. Having a close friend who was a federal investigator...... you can start putting all your money on the 'not indicted' side of the possible outcomes.. Comey would NEVER interview Hill if this was (or could) go to court. Heard the exact opposite, he is going to supervise interview to protect the FBI from HRC screaming inanities ten minutes afterwards.

Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 11:24 AM (s+xE2)

715 where Scarlett Johannson does not look good.

Mug shot.
http://tinyurl.com/h6exywn

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2016 11:25 AM (DL2i+)

716 "The most" doesn't matter... as much as Trump supporters (and Trump himself) like to pretend that there are special unwritten rules that justify them rioting if they don't get what they want, there are not. THE RULES say the nominee has to get 50% +1 (1237 delegates). If Trump does not get that, he will not get the nomination and nor should he. The less than 40% do not get to dictate to the 60% who the nominee should be. Posted by: redbanzai ------------------- All true. Human beings have a seemingly infinite capacity for gross rationalization to justify their behavior. To this very day, Perot supporters will staunchly proclaim that they 'did the right thing'. That the consequence was eight destructive years of Clinton, setting the stage for what we are facing right now , moves their psychology nary a bit.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 31, 2016 11:25 AM (9mTYi)

717 Heard the exact opposite, he is going to supervise interview to protect the FBI from HRC screaming inanities ten minutes afterwards. Posted by: Jean ------------------- Heard that pigs will be flying.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at March 31, 2016 11:26 AM (9mTYi)

718 "Assuming the convention is contested and Cruz has been too damaged to be a strong candidate (a plausible thing because you know Trump's not going down alone)"

I like your implication that we haven't already passed that point.  Naive, but I like the optimism.

Seriously, the Trump+Rubio "Lyin' Ted" blitz every time Cruz said anything an utter imbecile could misinterpret has ensured Hillary's biggest weakness gets neutralized if Cruz runs against her.  Cruz is still my guy since I can't justify voting for the conman (voters who think Trump is the one and only person in the world who will carry out campaign promises are so cute), but I'm under no illusion that he can beat Hillary now.

Your "Trump's not going down alone" is quite accurate; you're only mistaken that it hasn't happened yet.

Posted by: Cortillaen at March 31, 2016 11:27 AM (DQa6v)

719 So Romney was wearing a tin foil hat when he said that he would accept the nomination. And Boehner was wearing one too. I don't get this comment. Romney won the nomination outright without any rules change. They didn't even need to change rule 40 from the 5 state threshold to 8 to stop Ron Paul last time out since I think he only got a majority in 2 states anyway. As for Boehner, I don't recall that he was ever nominated for president. Must have missed that year. ;-)

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 11:28 AM (wPIZb)

720 Christine O'Donnell?   That could get hairy...

Posted by: Reggie Love at March 31, 2016 11:30 AM (y5bPZ)

721 What about Jim Jordan? Has kept his hands clean of the primary politics, as far as I know he's a rock solid conservative, and popular in his Ohio (swing state!) district. Caveat: I don't know much about him. But that was part of what I was looking for. If you've been in Congress nearly a decade and I still don't know who you are, it means you probably haven't been outright offensive to pretty much anyone. Which is what I think it would take to unify the party again.

Posted by: Sayyid at March 31, 2016 11:30 AM (5y71V)

722 Of course Trump and Cruz could always cut a deal

Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 11:31 AM (s+xE2)

723 Ghost of Lee says: The party bosses despise Ted Cruz. There is no way they are going to pick him. They may not pick Kasich either but they'll at least throw him a bone for being a loyal soldier. The delegates pick the nominee. Not the bosses. Those guys can't even pick their nose. People think the "bosses" make our choices. Wrong, the media convinces voters to pick our nominee. So the people do. They're trying to do it again this year by pushing Trump non-stop. Let's hope cooler delegate heads prevail and they give us Cruz.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 11:32 AM (wPIZb)

724 It seems the obama Left is back to assassinating cops in broad daylight.

Posted by: intellectual nudity at March 31, 2016 11:32 AM (IV1em)

725 Well they could always nominate Bernie Sanders. Bernie could then switch from Democrat to Republican (not hard since he is a Socialist Independent who already switched to run as a Democrat). Bernie would keep his current voters and pick up all the "burn the GOPe down" voters as well. And with both sets he could easily beat Hillary. "/sarc"

Posted by: Bellator at March 31, 2016 11:32 AM (BeYLL)

726 What about—work with me here—what about a Jeb/Rubio ticket? Smells like a steaming sackful of VICTORY to me!

Posted by: shoutingboy at March 31, 2016 11:32 AM (hj9/K)

727 717 Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 04:24 PM (s+xE2) It is *unusual* of course how common is 1245 security breaches running for office? Thing is Ogabe is all in on her. I think he runs interference for her.

Posted by: sven10077 at March 31, 2016 11:32 AM (g8Hfr)

728 Me. I am a likable fellow and can appeal to all constituencies. My platform can be summed up in the following statement: You CAN always get what you want. Working together, we can get beyond need.

Posted by: Headless Body of Agnew at March 31, 2016 11:33 AM (FtrY1)

729 I say, Cruz. Trump can try and poison the well all he wants, but I think if Cruz fights him to a stalemate, that would be a huge win for him, in a sense. It will have meant that he had to fight his way back from the dead to derail Trump. In the process, I'm assuming that this would make him a much better candidate, as he will have had to earn the nod at a brokered convention by being the person who demonstrated that Trump could be stopped. I feel like we're already seeing signs of Cruz improving as a candidate. Plus, he would have a monstrous apparatus in place for the general election.

Posted by: William Shatner's Pants at March 31, 2016 11:35 AM (T0SPa)

730 Mark Levin has publicly endorsed Ted Cruz.

Mark appears to be genuinely concerned about the direction of this country.  Maybe I'm wrong...but I truly believe it is more than book sales for him.  If there was a ground swell of support that provided him the nomination...I don't see how he couldn't accept it.  It would provide him much more opportunity to affect the change he and so many of us want.

Posted by: phxjay at March 31, 2016 11:36 AM (IHK5T)

731 You know, technically, Bush 41 is available. yeah! How about Bush/Carter, running on the Failure platform?

Posted by: WaitingForMartel at March 31, 2016 11:37 AM (BYSrJ)

732 South Carolina governor Nikki Haley.

Posted by: matthew49 at March 31, 2016 11:40 AM (iYPEX)

733 OK I'm from Texas, so take it with a grain of salt. Greg Abbot Mike Pence A guy who *looks* like a president, but in truth, is a bit of a douche: John Cornyn, Texas' other senator. A guy who *doesn't* look like a president, but who in person is funny as hell - US Rep Louie Gohmert

Posted by: the other coyote at March 31, 2016 11:41 AM (yK44T)

734 Peyton Manning. He"s free, knows how to sell himself, and can yell "Omaha! Omaha!"at the state of the union. Seriously, you think he knows less about leadership than any of the candidates?

Posted by: azjaeger at March 31, 2016 11:43 AM (oFEKl)

735 Carly Fiorina

Posted by: Ujorge at March 31, 2016 11:44 AM (D0AzC)

736 Ben Sasse, if I can dream big.

Posted by: Raul Johnson at March 31, 2016 11:46 AM (MiBr0)

737 Or Mitch Daniels. How could I have forgotten him. Would have been my first choice if he had run.

Posted by: Raul Johnson at March 31, 2016 11:47 AM (MiBr0)

738 I'd put money on a Sen or Gov Manning in the future

Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 11:47 AM (s+xE2)

739 736 OK I'm from Texas, so take it with a grain of salt. Greg Abbot Mike Pence A guy who *looks* like a president, but in truth, is a bit of a douche: John Cornyn, Texas' other senator. A guy who *doesn't* look like a president, but who in person is funny as hell - US Rep Louie Gohmert Posted by: the other coyote at March 31, 2016 04:41 PM (yK44T) Yeah, the country is crying out to vote for a politician right now. Maybe these guys will be the ones instead of the 15 or so we've gone through already. At least these picks show we're focused. None of that "thinking outside the box" stuff for us. The last thing we need is someone who fill stadiums and have people wait hours to hear them. Too much excitement is bad for serious politics. Keep these suggestions coming. We're close.

Posted by: jwest at March 31, 2016 11:47 AM (Zs4uk)

740 730 717 Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 04:24 PM (s+xE2) It is *unusual* of course how common is 1245 security breaches running for office? Thing is Ogabe is all in on her. I think he runs interference for her. Posted by: sven10077 I think a leaked FBI "indict the bitch" memo is almost better than a fumbled prosecution.

Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 11:53 AM (s+xE2)

741 Bill Shatner: ...brokered convention by being the person who demonstrated that Trump could be stopped. We need to remember that it only becomes a "brokered convention" if rule 40 is suspended. At that point all bets are off because suspending rule 40 would take such a gargantuan effort on the part of the GOP bosses that they would have already destroyed the process. They would then be adding insult to massive injury to install their own guy like say, Ryan. Ryan would win about one more state than Trump were Trump nominated, that being Wisconsin. Still, Hillary wins the rest.

Posted by: beeblebrox has 2 heads at March 31, 2016 11:55 AM (wPIZb)

742 Karl Rove. Once he pulls out the white board at the first debate, Hillary is toast..

Posted by: Texas 1836 at March 31, 2016 12:01 PM (y3ZTV)

743 Biff Hardslab. He tells it like it is.

Posted by: Biff Hardslab at March 31, 2016 12:02 PM (aRUb8)

744 beeblebrox: "We need to remember that it only becomes a "brokered convention" if rule 40 is suspended." I don't think that's true. Even with rule 40, anyone could be chosen on a later ballot. e.g. On convention day, say Trump has 1100 delegates, Cruz has 900, the rest are scattered. Only Cruz and Trump have 8+ states. First ballot: No majority. Now the delegates are freed. So, say Walker-Mania sweeps the convention. Eight midwestern states's delegates get together and say "we loves us some Walker." In each of those states, more than half of the (now unbound!) delegates sign a statement saying "we're backing Walker". Bang, Walker now passes Rule 40. The key thing is, *bound* delegates can't sign the rule 40 statement for anyone but the guy they're bound to--but after the first ballot, any delegate can back anyone.

Posted by: shoutingboy at March 31, 2016 12:04 PM (hj9/K)

745 Mattis was quietly approached. He declined. Not interested, even to play Cincinnatus. Petraeus was a closet lib, and with the sex scandal he's done. Maybe a cabinet gig. Stanley McChrystal is both a genius and a confirmed Obama hater, but he's pretty burned out after being in the middle of the war's dark side since 2001. Doubt he'd want it either. Personally I am a huge fan of LTG Bolger, but he's teaching college history in retirement and quite happy.

Posted by: Colonel Kurtz at March 31, 2016 12:11 PM (+Iexe)

746 Nope. Nobody. It's either Trump or Cruz or the Deluge. Same for the Dems--if Queenie melts, it's Bolshoi Bernie or else. I'm good with Ted. he's fought for the Constitution in Court and won. He shut down the Gummint. I'm a #NeverTrump now, but we do need to By God control the borders and visas, kick terrorists ass, stand up to Obama/Iran and screw political correctness forever.

Posted by: The Wolf Who Cried Boy at March 31, 2016 12:17 PM (Ndje9)

747 Jim Webb. Anybody mention him yet?

Posted by: MaxMBJ at March 31, 2016 12:19 PM (eXTZt)

748 Clearly, we need a great American for this job!

Posted by: Sean Hannity at March 31, 2016 12:23 PM (3b9U4)

749 If the convention picks a 'reasonable' candidate, then the potential for an FBI leak goes way up. Session's would guarantee it.

Posted by: Jean at March 31, 2016 12:26 PM (s+xE2)

750 If you want a brokered convention for any reason, bend over, grab your ankles, and get ready for the Jebster.

Posted by: Random Thought Generator at March 31, 2016 12:41 PM (wLLbf)

751 Trump would have easily beaten Hillary, but he was hammered mercilessly 24/7 for eight months by right-wing conservative bloggers and pundits.

Posted by: Gobbagoo at March 31, 2016 01:01 PM (H7eLj)

752 @748 Something I remember seeing previously in a book... What if the Democrats and Republicans BOTH nominated him? Hillary melts down, Matthis enters as non-partisa, and he gets nominated by both parties and elected to universal acclaim in the Electoral College? Would be an interesting scenario. But yeah, he's the only person other than Trump or Cruz that wouldn't start a fire in the GOP.

Posted by: Zack at March 31, 2016 01:04 PM (rEXZX)

753 Mitch Daniels or Greg Abbot.

Posted by: jimveejr at March 31, 2016 01:13 PM (2s1Lx)

754 Not that it much matters, as it's now buried, but: Cleanup on aisle 516. You can tell who the left really fears: Look for the guy that's being smeared for his appetite for black tranny hookers, by pimple-faced Feministing slags trolling under unfamiliar names.

Posted by: Pastafarian at March 31, 2016 01:15 PM (pCf+a)

755 "I don't think that's true. Even with rule 40, anyone could be chosen on a later ballot. " However, there are ~150 or so unbound delegates. They MUST vote for an eligible nominee on the first ballot (as I understand it.) so if Trump is the only one who crosses the 8-state threshold, and gets enough delegates for ALL of the unbound delegates combined to push him over the edge, he becomes the nominee by default (unless they pull the rug out from under him.)

Posted by: Zack at March 31, 2016 01:17 PM (rEXZX)

756 "Gobbagoo" at 754: And if you want to know who the left would actually pick for us if they could, look for the guy propped up by those same pimple-faced beta-male trolls.

Posted by: Pastafarian at March 31, 2016 01:17 PM (pCf+a)

757 >>> Pee Wee Herman only rubbed himself the wrong way. Better Paul Reubens than Paul Ryan.

Posted by: fluffy at March 31, 2016 01:17 PM (2hcmo)

758 Nope. Trump's already dropped a huge deuce in the GOP punch bowl. Cruz probably only nominee that wouldn't result in the destruction of the Party and the conservative movement.

Posted by: El Alamein at March 31, 2016 01:36 PM (uNpJu)

759 How is the GOP not eating her freakin' lunch????? Posted by: Lizzy at March 31, 2016 03:54 PM (NOIQH) - - - Didn't you hear? Trump is the 'real' enemy.

Posted by: Community Organizer at March 31, 2016 01:37 PM (GN7Er)

760 @494 Actually that sounds like a great idea. Mike Rowe- if he'd be willing- would be perfect. He could get most of the Bernie supporters, most of the Trump supporters, and all the traditional conservatives would go for him too. The only people left swinging in the wind would be the Establishment of both parties, who would go for Clinton. Other choices now that I'm thinking: Tom Cotton as others have mentioned would be a great compromise candidate who could unite the Trump and non-Trump forces. He's fiercely opposed Obama, has gotten things done, and is more charismatic than Cruz. Bob Corker would be similar- he'd be a choice closer to the Establishment, but he's still lead the charge on opposing the Iran Deal, got SOMETHING done, even if it was precious little, but still has a blue-collar background to fall back on to draw in Trump and Sanders supporters. He's actually proposed a lot of ideas to oppose Obamacare- things to replace it, things that chip away at it. Corker/Kasich, with a promise to nominate Cruz to the Supreme Court if elected, or Corker/Cruz, or Corker/Rubio would be a decent ticket.

Posted by: Zack at March 31, 2016 01:40 PM (rEXZX)

761 Perry, or Jindal

Posted by: hurricane567 at March 31, 2016 01:48 PM (iQn09)

762 Col. Peters! Called Obama "da kitty" on live TV.

Posted by: jazzuscounty at March 31, 2016 01:49 PM (QYKC+)

763 Walker is the obvious unite-everybody candidate. A great conservative, and he hardly says anything so he doesn't say anything that is scary to the Megan Kelly, Michelle Fields, twit-wads of the world who are more interested in their social connections than in anything principled. Hell, David Brooks might even like him. Yet he is not just very conservative but is very effective. That's why I was for him from the start, but his penchant for not saying anything was no match for Trump, so he got nowhere. Now suddenly his mild manner is looking like the right asset for the moment. Is there ANYBODY who has a problem with Walker? Even the establishment might tolerate him. But he won't speak up for himself. We need to speak up for him.

Posted by: AlecRawls at March 31, 2016 02:47 PM (5z7RS)

764 "31 ... we ain't voting our way outta this one" Sing it, Brother Cavil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9xQlcvNlxg "and tomorrow - next year - it's the same old thing again"

Posted by: Lord Prufrock Brothyjest at March 31, 2016 02:51 PM (lqeGC)

765 JAMES GARFIELD

Posted by: 1880 at March 31, 2016 03:31 PM (Tj8Tv)

766 I wonder if the GOPe would go all crazy at the convention and invoke Rule 34.

Posted by: a440hz at March 31, 2016 03:33 PM (FAPxv)

767 I've told you guys on several occasions that this would happen, that a vote for Cruz is a conscious choice to go back to letting the GOPe pee on you and tell you it's raining.

And now here's Ace, himself, asking us to envision a scenario in which we'll lower our heads again and pretend that those dicks gathering overhead are actually clouds.

I understand why so many of you Cruz supporters turn that hard turn into moonbat territory. It wasn't Romney's speech, as I've seen a couple of people suggest in this thread.

It was the death of Justice Scalia. That was when you guys decided that we Trump supporters are just playing a little game of rebellion against The Man, man, and that it was now time for us to put away our game and get serious about the future of our country.

But I am serious. If I've learned anything during this second Obama term, it's that the Establishment will always find something really, really important to dangle in front of us and call us to heel again. They're free to keep getting shittier and more worthless with each passing day, because they can count on the Democrats to get worse, too, and scare us back into the GOP's venomous embrace.

It will not stop until we make it stop.

I want Trump to wrap up this nomination, and force the GOPe to make a hard choice for once... accept the will of our voters, or tear our mask off and blatantly screw their chosen candidate out of the nomination?

Frankly, I'm fine either way. And that's why I sort of resent the fact that so many of you are 100% on board with #NeverTrump, because if you get your way the GOPe will be spared from making that decision.

Also, I think Trump would do much better in the general election than current polls are suggesting, for several reasons, but I've rambled on long enough, here, and I'll save that discussion for some other time.

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 03:47 PM (0OG8D)

768 I want Trump to wrap up this nomination, and force the GOPe to make a hard choice for once... accept the will of our voters *** The problem with myself is that I don't believe that Trump will make that noble stand against the establishment. What you don't see is that Cruz backers think that he will because he has done it several times already in DC.

Posted by: jazzuscounty at March 31, 2016 03:55 PM (QYKC+)

769 I could see a scenario where Scott Walker is called up (he never really got beat up in the primaries) or Rick Perry. I'd also like to see them take a look at someone like Stanley McChrystal (I'm not sure he is a R)

Posted by: K Dubh at March 31, 2016 04:06 PM (6aqR0)

770 With apologies for the necromancy, I need to add a joke only Minnesotans will understand. I hear Amy Klobuchar is on the short list!

Posted by: Sayyid at March 31, 2016 04:16 PM (5y71V)

771 #771: Oh, I've seen that, all right, and I think it's all a big scam Cruz is pulling.

Let's examine one of those "noble stands" from Cruz.

Cruz got together with Paul Ryan to write an editorial in the WSJ to try to sell the general public on the awesomeness of the TPA bill, which would bypass the Constitution and make it pretty much impossible for Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty NOT to pass through two legislative chambers ostensibly controlled by Obama's opposition.

Once the TPA was safely passed, and the Republican-controlled Senate had held its pretend-vote against the TPP, Cruz came out and said he'd only supported this bill because Mitch McConnell had lied to him and told him there would be no floor vote on some other petty, unrelated bill (the ExIm Bank, IIRC).

The usual GOPe stalwarts (such as McCain, Graham, and Hatch) came out swinging against Cruz for this "unprecedented" breach of Senate protocol. Hatch, as the Majority Whip, promised serious punishment for Cruz, and was certainly in a position to make that happen.

At the time, I cheered right along with you guys. "Just try it, Hatch; I triple-dog dare you!"

But as time passed, I noticed something... there was no effort to punish Cruz.

Not only that, but McConnell himself had nothing to say about the incident.

This is the same McConnell who'd boasted of plans to crush the TEA Party everywhere, and said he'd like to punch every anti-establishment voter in the nose.

Why would he suddenly be so shy about speaking out against a TEA-Party-supported Senator who'd attacked his integrity in no uncertain terms? Why would he not get behind Hatch's plans to punish Cruz?

Another detail that jumped out at me... McConnell was not present on the Senate floor on that day that Cruz had scheduled the time to make that speech.

I'm convinced that Cruz must've worked it all out with McConnell in advance. And McConnell must've told Hatch to back down, in exchange for Cruz not actually calling him a liar to his face.

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 04:22 PM (0OG8D)

772 And if you don't think Trump will "make a stand" against the GOP Establishment... what the hell do you think he's been doing for the past nine months? Playing tiddleywinks with them?

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 04:25 PM (0OG8D)

773 Mattis /Cotton it Giuliani / Cityon

Posted by: Eli Cash at March 31, 2016 04:34 PM (KvNJG)

774 Ret. Marine Gen. James Mattis a.k.a "Mad Dog"

Posted by: Bill S at March 31, 2016 04:36 PM (bqR+I)

775 Tommy Shanks!!!

Posted by: Corky St.Clair at March 31, 2016 04:48 PM (w+mZJ)

776 All right, here's my personal challenge to every Cruz supporter who thinks Cruz is not a liar...

Cruz keeps accusing Trump of attacking his daughters.

Please, show me one instance of Trump attacking Cruz's daughters.

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 04:55 PM (0OG8D)

777 @774 Be fair. The TPA doesn't bypass the constitution. Requiring by law an up or down vote on a treaty doesn't bypass the constitution. Show me where the constitution requires senators to be able to offer amendments to a treaty or a bill before voting on it. Also, keep in mind that the Trans-Pacific Partnership isn't ratified yet. Nothing is agreed to because Congress hasn't actually ratified the thing. Also remember the House is irrelevant for the purposes of ratifying a treaty- only the Senate has to ratify it, albeit it has to do so by a 2/3rds margin. And the ExIm Bank isn't exactly petty, any moreso than the TPA- it was corporate welfare and it should've been left dead. McConnell went silent to avoid another government shutdown. He knew that if he actually punished Cruz for speaking out, the conservative members of the Senate would force him out of the leadership in a heartbeat. Nothing would pass by unanimous consent until hell froze over, and everything would've bogged down in the mud. Cruz would've come out on top. McConnell knew when he was whipped.

Posted by: Zack at March 31, 2016 05:00 PM (rEXZX)

778 "Cruz keeps accusing Trump of attacking his daughters." Link the plural instances.

Posted by: Zack at March 31, 2016 05:03 PM (rEXZX)

779 Vote for me.

By cracky, Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks.

Posted by: General Buck Turgidson at March 31, 2016 05:06 PM (6CCkt)

780 #780: It was a bypass of the Constitution because the Constitution requires a 2/3 vote of the Senate to ratify a treaty.

The TPA called instead for a simple majority in the House and Senate to change that requirement to a 1/3 majority in the Senate to ratify this particular treaty.

Also, McConnell had just easily shot down a TEA-Party-supported primary challenger. And Cruz was polling at about 5% in the presidential primary at the time. Why would McConnell think he was licked right then?

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 05:15 PM (0OG8D)

781 @783 No. It receives an up or down vote. A majority is still required, in BOTH houses. It's a simple majority to require a simple majority. It's also notable that it passes as legislation, not a treaty- so it can be repealed by an act of congress just like it was passed by an act of congress, rather than being subject to the mechanisms in the treaty. And anything implemented under executive authority (e.g., any implementation that depends on federal rulemaking, like how certain terms are defined) can be unilaterally dismantled by the president as well. And he's licked because even one person can hold up the show in the senate, causing days of delay. A group of ten or twenty can get him kicked out of leadership with obstructionism.

Posted by: Zack at March 31, 2016 05:31 PM (rEXZX)

782 @783 Also, what it sounds like you think is that you think that they can filibuster the vote to reject the trade bill, which is explicitly not the case. And even if they could, because they're passing legislation, the trade bill doesn't just pass into law if they don't engage in a vote. All you have is that Congress is in violation of an (unenforceable) law that lacks civil or criminal penalties attached to it.

Posted by: Zack at March 31, 2016 05:34 PM (rEXZX)

783

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Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 05:34 PM (0OG8D)

784 He says in both instances that "children and spouses are out of bounds.", and then follows up with a remark about Donald Trump's remarks about Heidi Cruz. Never does he actually directly link his daughters to Donald Trump's statements, and nowhere does he claim Donald Trump ever attacked his children. It's quite plain that the part about his children is a reference to what happened earlier in the campaign when the Washington Post put out that cartoon about his daughters, and is a more general statements about the limits of propriety in politics.

Posted by: Zack at March 31, 2016 05:44 PM (rEXZX)

785 #785: A treaty normally requires 67 votes in the Senate, as currently constituted, to ratify it.

The TPA said, "we're gonna pretend the TPP isn't a treaty; we'll make it a simple bill, with the exception that if the TPA passes by a simple majority in the House, and gets past the filibuster for a simple majority in the Senate, it'll then require 67 votes in the Senate to override, rather than to ratify, this particular treaty represented by the TPP."

34 Senate votes and a mere majority in the House is thus all that is needed to ratify the TPP, despite the fact that the Constitution calls for at least 67 Senate votes to ratify a treaty.

If all that is needed is 34 votes, the filibuster rule doesn't even apply. You need 40 votes for a filibuster.

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 05:51 PM (0OG8D)

786 #787: I've shown you two instances of Cruz accusing Trump of "going after my daughters".

Now, show me one instance of Trump actually going after Cruz's daughters.

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 05:55 PM (0OG8D)

787 #787: Cruz most definitely linked all that to Trump, just like he links everything bad in the world to Trump.

"Trump is a sniveling coward; you go after my wife, you go after my daughters..."

"Trump is a sniveling coward; you go after my daughters, you go after my wife..."

"Trump questioned our level of involvement in NATO, and that's why we just had that terrorist attack in Brussels; it's all his fault!"

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 06:04 PM (0OG8D)

788 James "Mad Dog" Mattis. Google that name, my friends. You WILL vote for him.

Posted by: Michael Haz at March 31, 2016 06:05 PM (Hobdi)

789 Even if Trump doesn't reach 1237, he can still get the White House easily; all he has to do is build a hotel in DC and find a cooperative judge.

Posted by: Athelstan Cyning at March 31, 2016 06:08 PM (xHH+A)

790 Scott Walker...

Posted by: marine43 at March 31, 2016 06:14 PM (/Y6iD)

791 Ida Lupino

Posted by: CB at March 31, 2016 06:19 PM (qqyG8)

792 Here's a funny thought... when Ace was fighting a frivolous lawsuit a couple of years ago, the dockets identified him as a female.

He is now a big-time Cruz supporter, and poo-poos the idea of Cruz having cheated on his wife.

One of the women shown as a possible Cruz mistress in the National Enquirer is Amanda Carpenter.

Amanda Carpenter= A.C.

Ace is spelled A.C.E.

Is Ace actually Amanda Carpenter?

I'm just kidding. I know Ace is not Amanda Carpenter. I sent him an email once, and he (I presume accidentally) responded from an account that gave me his real name. I promptly forgot it, because I figured it was a mistake and he didn't actually want me knowing that information.

Even if you waterboarded me, I'd never remember the name on that email.

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 06:20 PM (0OG8D)

793 Barack Obama's half-brother.

Posted by: MaxMBJ at March 31, 2016 06:31 PM (eXTZt)

794 Oh, hey, do you guys remember that time two years ago, when Chris McDaniels was challenging the mummified remains of Thad Cochran for his Senate seat, and the National Republican Senate Committee leveraged all the powers of its Grassroots Outreach division to drag Cochran across the finish line with race-baiting attacks on McDaniels?

Good times, right?

Incidentally, do you know who was the NRSC Vice-Chairman in charge of Grassroots Outreach at the time?

It was Ted Cruz.

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 06:34 PM (0OG8D)

795 Wow, so Paul Ryan is on the shit list now. I can only hope one day the nation is deserving of the AoSHQ pure candidate. Whoever the fuck that is. Pick up a rifle and stand a post...

Posted by: pdiddy at March 31, 2016 06:52 PM (OZ5xF)

796 #798: In 2014, the GOP-controlled House passed a "continuing resolution" calling for something like $868 billion in spending. And the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a "continuing resolution" calling for $986 billion.

The two bills went to the resolution phase; the GOP-controlled House sent noted "budget hawk" Paul Ryan to represent them in the negotiations, while the Democrat-controlled Senate sent noted "drooling imbecile" Patty Murray to represent them.

Paul Ryan, leveraging all his skills as a negotiator, managed to compromise that spending bill all the way to $1.1 trillion, way more than even the Democrats wanted.

Yeah, that's the guy I want leading us and negotiating with foreign nations on our behalf.

Posted by: Prothonotary Warbler... Ask not for whom The Donald Trumps. at March 31, 2016 07:03 PM (0OG8D)

797 "If Trump does not get that, he will not get the nomination and nor should he. The less than 40% do not get to dictate to the 60% who the nominee should be. " So the alternative to the candidate who gets 35-40% is someone who got 0% because they never ran in the election in the first place and participated in exactly zero of the gazillion debates and hasn't had a year to make gaffes and be scrutinized? Yeah, that's much better than nominating the guy who busted his chops the past year to get the plurality.

Posted by: Moron Labe at March 31, 2016 10:54 PM (Q1Btd)

798 @788: No, it doesn't. If the TPP gets a majority for Cloture, but not for Approval, and the "Resolution of Disapproval" fails, the TPP is not passed, period. Find anything in the law that says otherwise. @789, @790 He didn't say that or any of those things in any of those links. He's never said ANTYHING explicitly saying Trump talked about his daughters. Feel free to screenshot me and prove me wrong. I can't prove it's not there, but you CAN prove it's there.

Posted by: Zack at April 01, 2016 12:20 AM (rEXZX)

799 @801 That post was originally a lot longer, but the server is chugging hard and wouldn't let me post the actual quotes from the law itself. Look up Section 106. Also, keep in mind that these rules can be changed by either house at any time, Quoting from an article: "Such power is not merely theoretical. It is precisely what then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi did to the Colombia FTA in 2008 after President Bush submitted its implementing legislation."

Posted by: Zack at April 01, 2016 12:21 AM (rEXZX)

800 We had one shot at saving America in my opinion, and we are in the process of blowing it -- in fact, we have probably done so.

I was willing to take Trump or Cruz. Either one would have been miles above Hillary Clinton, but both sides savaged the other, and now the GOPe stands on the brink of handing us another milquetoast candidate who might as well be a Democrat. Does anyone here actually think voters will flock to such a candidate? I didn't think so.

The GOPe doesn't care what happens to the country as long as they keep their power and position. The actual welfare of American citizens matters to them less than that forgotten banana peel lying in the gutter.

Hello President Clinton. Goodbye America.

Posted by: Nancy at April 01, 2016 07:22 AM (0J6YE)

801 It has to be someone with national name recognition now or someone with a story AND who is prepared who can capture that recognition quickly. A person without the name recognition has to sell themselves AND their positions and time will be at a premium. Also remember parties exist to win elections. Nothing more. Nothing less. To win, our candidate needs to peel off enough of the middle and keep the right. The entire ticket needs to be evaluated for that. If amnesty is the only issue, there are no candidates that will fit that bill. On any issue, any possible candidate will have a heresy. A fact of life. In order: Ryan, Haley, Abbott, Martinez, Scott (of SC), perhaps Scott (of Fla). I doubt Daniels would run. Pence, perhaps? Willing to hear other names, but hearing a lot of silence.

Posted by: Vairish84 at April 01, 2016 08:16 AM (hjp//)

802 Answer: NO.

No, because it's a dumb idea.
No, because parachuting a candidate in (think Alan Keyes 2004, Walter Mondale, etc.) almost never works.
No, because the Rules Dont Allow It. Rule 40 = 8 state majority delegations. They'd have to change that to "nominate whoever the hell you want" - to sneak Mitt in, so ... Ron Paul?!? Gary Johnson?!? Tom Tancredo?!? Sarah Palin!??
No, because a majority of delegates will be genuinely for Cruz and/or Trump and they don't want that.


Posted by: Keep Calm Cruz On at April 01, 2016 08:17 AM (yTnTP)

803 "Declare war on Trump, ace. Have at it. Open hostility is is better than when you were concern trolling whether Christians could really accept Trump's faith."

Warfare now beats a redo of the Todd Akin campaign,
Trump-style, in the fall ... and 4 years of Hillary.

ugggg.

Problem with Trump boosters is they have a rotten lying, unfit, unqualified and unelectable candidate and keep thinking that any conservative people telling them he's a rotten candidate is a sign of Establishment Eeevil LibMedia Conspiracy GroupThink ... when it's just facts and logic.




Posted by: Keep Calm Cruz On at April 01, 2016 08:21 AM (yTnTP)

804 "At a certain point, if trump starts polling in the high 30's against Hillary he'll be removed one way or another."

TRUMP ALREADY IS.

The latest Fox poll had it at 51% Hillary, 38% Trump.
Blowout landslide unelectability.

Posted by: Keep Calm Cruz On at April 01, 2016 08:22 AM (yTnTP)

805 "If Trump has the most delegates and someone else
gets it, his people will revolt en masse and not support the nominee."

Yawn.  Trump's base is old white people who get easily conned into buying Time Shares and are the targets for those ads making people invest in gold.

The uneducated part of his base are Reality TV fans.

Nobody can make stupid people vote, and even if they could I'm not sure it's a great idea.

We have an easier job defeating Hillary without Trump's base than with Trump as a candidate.

Posted by: Keep Calm Cruz On at April 01, 2016 09:20 AM (yTnTP)

806
"And, I'm not claiming Trump is conservative. I'm arguing that voters are fed up with being lied to about every single issue by the GOP."

Trump is a non-conservative RINO. and Trump is an untrustworthy liar. And he gets support from people who are sick and tired of untrustworthy lying non-conservative RINOs.

Trump is a symptom of the problem...
NOT THE SOLUTION.

Posted by: Keep Calm Cruz On at April 01, 2016 09:22 AM (yTnTP)

807 Shall we try Russian Roulette? Trump, Cruz, Kasich and one bullet.

Posted by: Kaliofornia Kafir at April 01, 2016 10:28 AM (pM95H)

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