Archive for April, 2016

Patio Man’s Revenge

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Donald Trump got lucky-ish on the calendar.  The New York primary was in just the right spot for him, to curb the slow momentum of Ted Cruz, and instead launch Trump on to the momentum to claim the big prizes for the next week’s primary matches.

If New York had been one primary on a larger primary night — one of more than one states, maybe Ted Cruz would have had a chance to do something.  IE: By skipping New York entirely.  But since New York was sitting there and he was involved in the fight, he had to put himself out there… somehow.  And the problem was… there is nobody worse than Ted Cruz to do this.  So Ted Cruz wanders around in the heaviest of Democratic districts in hopes that there might be an enclave of, say, Conservative Orthodox Jews to get him something from the troubles of landing in New York, and having his “New York Values” line thrown back at him by the city.  But the die was cast.

Who knows?  Maybe if the “Republican Establishment” choice (even by default) had been someone else, someone might have had a chance to crack New York, and curb the momentum from what had been petering out to a second round balloting to a first round Trump win.  But the problem is… there is no worse pick for The Republican Establishment alternative.

On Wednesday, the former speaker gleefully unloaded on Senator Ted Cruz before a crowd at Stanford University, colorfully describing the Republican presidential contender from Texas as “Lucifer in the flesh.”
“I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” said Mr. Boehner, who has made previous disparaging remarks about Mr. Cruz in both public and private, though without comparing him directly to Satan.
An affronted Mr. Cruz, fighting in Indiana to keep his presidential bid alive, responded that he barely knew Mr. Boehner.
“If I have said 50 words in my life to John Boehner, I’d be surprised, and every one of them has consisted of pleasantries,” Mr. Cruz told reporters, noting that he had never really worked with Mr. Boehner.

And so it goes to the hail mary in Indiana — which still probably won’t curb the first call win for Trump.  Carly Fiorina is Cruz’s running mate.  Which is all very… weird.

I’m getting “John Kasich — Stop Trump — Stop Hillary.  OREGON VOTES” ads on the internet.  Yeah.  Sure.  If you can, go do that.  Ignore the crickets.

David Brooks doesn’t realize how ironic he is.

I was surprised by Trump’s success because I’ve slipped into a bad pattern, spending large chunks of my life in the bourgeois strata — in professional circles with people with similar status and demographics to my own. It takes an act of will to rip yourself out of that and go where you feel least comfortable. But this column is going to try to do that over the next months and years.

I knew I couldn’t be the only person to note this with a smack at my head.

This is a rather interesting admission from the author of Bobos in Paradise, the chronicler of life along the D.C. Metro’s Red Line, the bard of the “utopian conservatism” of Patio Men living the good life in the sprawling suburbs.

Well… the beat… goes on.

euphemisms gone awry

Friday, April 29th, 2016

My guess is he’s probing for possible room-mates, and this is a setting I’d more than expect to hear this:

“Are you 4/20 friendly?” […] “4/20 Friendly?” […] “(sigh) Do you smoke marijuana?”

My best guess is that if you have to answer what ‘4/20 friendly means’, whatever they think of marijuana — whether negative or positive or even (probably infrequent) casual user…

the answer is no… they are not “4/20 friendly”.

lessons from the Oregon Voters Pamphlet

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

David Morrison is running for city commission to defeat cell phone radiation.
Dave Stauffer is running for Secretary of State to promote an invention which will solve the country’s environmental problems.
Donald J Trump supports free and fair trade, and opens and closes with the same statement about making America Great Again.
Sam Carpenter, running for the Republican nomination for Senate, conflates defeating career politicians with defeating political correctness.
Mark Callahan, running for the Republican nomination for Senate, seems to be trying for Trump supporters with a line about making Oregon Great Again, and Cruz supporters by being a true constitutionalist conservative.
Dan Laschober has unilaterally declared “Obamacare” to be the “Lie of the Year” for 2013.
Allan Alley bemoans a high high school drop out rate and high food stamp usage, and announces that Oregon has the “greatest people in the country” — a curious soliloquy that’s either a contradiction or not depending…
Sid Leiken, running for Secretary of State is sick of the one party rule AND the bickering between the parties… which should be solved by one problem over-ruling the other, I’d think.

party bosses fix a square state

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Ted Cruz tweets:

Donald, over 1.3mm people just voted in UT, ND, WI, CO & WY. You lost ALL FIVE in a row, by huge margins. #NoWhining

Donald Trump tweets in response:

Lyin’ Ted Cruz can’t get votes (I am millions ahead of him) so he has to get his delegates from the Republican bosses. It won’t work!

Both right.  I suppose.  Masses of people voted in Wisconsin, but… how many people just voted in Wyoming?  It’s not even within the right of the decimal point “point three”.

And here was Trump’s big plan to win the state.

While Trump continued campaigning in New York ahead of Tuesday’s primary, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin canceled her trip to Wyoming to stump for him at the convention. Instead, a local Trump-preferred delegate, Claire Powers, spoke for him.

She read a poem at the end of her speech that began, “Who do we want, Cruz or Trump?” The crowd interrupted her by shouting back — “Cruz!”

Does Wyoming love Palin?

It all ups to a good sojourn for Cruz, giving him a chance to vacation away from his wacky mis-adventures in New York City to more… shades brushy and thus welcoming environs.

Notable too:

In the 11th district, which includes parts of the Atlanta metropolitan area, former Rep. Bob Barr and former district chairman Scott Johnson, both Cruz supporters, were elected delegates along with current district chairman Brad Carver, who told POLITICO he’s neutral in the process.

Wait.  Isn’t Barr a member of the Libertarian Party?

i have no clue whether students for trump supports trump or not

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Pearls Before Swine on Campus Free Speech.

A bit at the heart of why some people who shouldn’t much like Donald Trump based on his politics (What brand of conservative are you?  The answer is the one that values bombast above all else.  See hereabouts.) throw some support for him.  And so comes in the case of the Portland State University student who started up a Students for Trump group, and ended up shouted down by protesters.  The name “Students for Trump”?

If this was Students for Cruz or Students for Kasich, they probably would have shown up and screamed at us, but it wouldn’t have been as interesting and it wouldn’t have been on this same level.

All right.  So this is just a students Conservatives or Republicans group, with the moniker “Trump” tossed in as act of provocation.  Oh, for the good old days when you knew “Students for Goldwater” was actually for Goldwater.

I disagree with much of his economic policies. What I like about him is that he is a symbol of reaction.

Interesting that he embraces that word.  But I suppose.

why you oughta believe Paul Ryan

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

If we go ahead and assume that Paul Ryan would really want to be one of those “Presidents”…

… and, as evidence, we might point to the fact that he tried to be vice-president four years ago…

you have to know that the way to not do so is to win out in a brokered and bitterly divided convention, of modern historical anomaly, where he wasn’t even an option going in…

… hell.  Better to be the Republican vice president this time around, coming out of that thicket.  See Roosevelt, circa 1920.

Something like the luck Mitt Romney had in not winning the nomination in 2008, even if 2012 didn’t work out for him either.