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Sunday March 06 2016

I recently said here that I was finding it to be a pleasure to be contemplating the rise and rise of Donald Trump, but I also said that it was a guilty pleasure, and I really meant that.  Mostly, the phrase “guilty pleasure” is used to describe a pleasure that is merely rather uncool, like liking Abba even before the gays did, which is exactly what I did because I liked them as soon as I first heard them win the Eurovision Song Contest, and this despite their absurd trousers.  But that’s not a “guilty pleasure”.  A guilty pleasure is when you enjoy something immoral, like Donald Trump and Donald Trump doing well.  There was never anything morally wrong about Abba, and I never felt in the slightest bit guilty about liking them.

The immorality of Donald Trump is that he is the living embodiment of crony capitalism, and crony capitalism is the problem, not the solution.  He might become a good President, but only if he turns over an entirely new leaf and starts believing in non-crony capitalism.  This is not impossible.  Having been one of these creatures himself, Trump may at least be able to spot other creatures of this genus, and he may decide that whereas being a crony-capitalist was good for him, a super-abundance of crony-capitalists is bad for America.

But why take the chance?  Just as likely is that Trump will carry right on being a crony-capitalist, this time by obliging all the other crony-capitalists with little slices of his Presidential power, and charging them each a fee.

Based on what little I know of him, Cruz seems like the least worst Presidential candidate with a serious chance of winning, and now it is starting to look as if he just might win.  I said in that earlier piece that Trump was going to walk it, but now it seems he might not even stagger it.  Cruz might win.  I have liked Cruz ever since I heard an interview someone did with him, during which Cruz revealed that he was enthusiastically pro the Constitution of the United States.  Wow, that’s subversive talk, of the kind that I personally like a lot.

Here is how a commenter ("Prince of Whitebread"), on the piece linked to above, puts it:

I would ask the Trump supporters why Trump continues to get press and airtime far in excess of the others.  Answer: Trump is the Candidate the MSM wants to face Hillary. The PajamaBoy Press soils their onesies every time they contemplate Ted Cruz debating Abuela Hillary. They know he’d destroy her with logic, facts, the Constitution, and her own gymnast principles.

“Abuela” is, I believe, the Spanish for Granny.

So, are the hoards of Trump enthusiasts now starting to agree with such anti-Trumpery, and to switch to the man that the establishment truly hates and truly fears?  Would Cruz winning the Republican nomination, and in due course the Presidency, be a non-guilty pleasure?  Or is he just another version of the establishment?  Is he terrible too?

LATER: Roger L. Simon:

Which leads me to the real topic: Trumpophrenia. I suffer from it and it’s only getting worse. I change my opinion about Donald almost every five minutes - and I can’t be the only one. There may be millions of us.

I am not alone.

Trump can smoke Hilary much better than Cruz can.  People keep emphasizing the Trump’s white following, but most blue collar people who like real men are going to cross over for him.

Trump also seems capable of not starting a war with Russia.  Everybody else appears to be insisting on doing things that will likely require a Russian response.

Cruz talks about the Constitution, but that’s all it’s going to be.  I haven’t heard him defending the ranchers in Oregon.  A man gets shot in the snow, murdered basically, and I haven’t heard anything about it from any of these bastards.

Which is why I don’t vote.  But if I had to guess, I’d guess Trump may keep America together a little longer.  We feel justice has not been done, for a very long time- meanwhile those favored by the progressives appear deaf to it.  Courts, ultimately, are a proxy for violence, and since our courts no longer dispense justice, it is only a matter of time before violence erupts.  If Trump wins some of the people will feel vindicated.  If he manages to materially improve any of these people’s lives, then we might manage a few more decades as states somehow ‘united.’

Posted by August Hurtel on 07 March 2016

See neo-neocon.com for lots more along the lines of why not Trump.

He’s long had a large plurality of 30-40% of the Rep primary voters—so 60-70% are NOT Trump.

But Cruz, too, is anti-establishment (Trump said to Ted: “nobody likes you, nobody in Washington ...")

Cruz is (too?) smart, (too?) principled, with a slightly high nasal voice.  I’ve long been supporting him - my sister likes Trump!  Make America Great again—at least Trump has the right goal.

Obama’s voice is so beautiful.  Reagan’s was great, too.  Sarah Palin’s is terrible, so is Hillary’s.  Even Carly’s was poor.  Thatcher’s was (perhaps surprisingly?) quite melodious.

Cruz can certainly win; but so can Trump; and so can there be a brokered convention, none get the 1291 (?) needed for first ballet win.

[In Slovakia, the KDH failed to reach the 5% threshold to get in, so my #6 wife (ordered by preferences) would have gotten in with some 1600 more KDH votes instead of 4.94%.  ]

Posted by Tom Grey on 10 March 2016

http://neoneocon.com/ << sorry; she’s one of my favorites, so I just click…

Posted by Tom Grey on 10 March 2016

Trump is almost there, he has won a lot of popularity regardless of all the bad publicity, He´s the kind of Guy that takes the Bull by the horns…

check out:  http://megacomerciales.com/

Posted by Joe Q on 17 March 2016
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