Horse trading, South Carolina

There seem to be some similarities on the Dem and Republican sides. My observation is the establishment on both sides is looking past New Hampshire and Iowa to South Carolina. They are planning or hoping to build a consensus from there forward for the establishment candidates and establishment itself.

Establishment is taking it on the chin this year. Both sides are lining up paying close attention to Iowa and New Hampshire. That may be the usual course but both seem like they are following a similar pattern. We are trying to judge the races(each) by events in Iowa and New Hampshire while those are looking increasingly irrelevant. Could they cancel each other out? But the establishment on both side is looking at South Carolina.

That’s why I chuckled as Jeb rolled out the endorsement from Lindsey Graham. It reveals the importance of SC to Bush — his only chance. Not only for SC but for establishment to break the barriers it has so far been unable to do. It’s all Jeb can hope for.

The establishment seems to be playing virtually the same strategy game, with Jeb Bush being a harbinger. While we are consumed by Iowa and New Hampshire, they are betting their estabo marbles on some momentum they can build from South Carolina on.

So my point is estabos on both sides are looking to start hijacking or stealing the election there. I said on both sides. Dems are engaged in a social debate, and queen-estabo- Hillary plans on South Carolina being her firewall and beginning of her victory. Bernie does not seem to have an answer for that. I don’t know if conservatives have an answer yet for the big establishment roll out? They both can be very persuasive when they want to be.

How does the establishment RNC deal with a lead candidate who is not going to be begging for money and groveling? A candidate who looks past estabos like they do anti-estabo front runners? That scenario looks more like war, politically. Finally the establishment is on defense against the ropes. Can they endure the onslaught and still survive? Or are they beaten clear back to their respective corners? Is the RNC forced to try making concessions to save themselves, just like they do with Democrats everyday?

RightRing | Bullright

We reached the point…maybe of no return

We have reached the point. No, not the point of fusion, antimatter, or quantum physics squared, or the missing link. We may have reached the point where estabo candidates think Trump could win Iowa and potentially the nomination and, according to some, possibly the White House. Granted there is a ways to go, but that sort of sentiment is bound to have an effect on the election.

But then leave it to a politico like Mark Halprin to state the obvious, and cause everyone to start to talk about it, gasp, openly. Sea change is here?

Halperin: Trump Reached ‘Turning Point,’ ‘Most’ Estab Cands Think He Can Win Nomination

by Ian Hanchett17 Aug 2015 | Breitbart

Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor Mark Halperin stated that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has “reached a turning point” where the “establishment candidates” think he can win Iowa, “most” believe he can win the nomination, and “a significant number think he could win the White House” on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Halperin was asked his writing that “Most importantly, we’ve reached a turning point with Trump, the major establishment campaigns of both parties now think Trump could win Iowa, and most of them think he could win the nomination, and a significant number think he could win the White House.” And that the campaigns were in “full freak out mode.”

More: http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/08/17/halperin-trump-reached-turning-point-most-estab-cands-think-he-can-win-nomination/

I’m not sure which part scares the estabos most: that he could win the nomination, or that he changed the race? (it may seem like the same thing but I don’t think it is.)  Apparently it has them in scramble mode. Perhaps because they now see anger on both sides?

Is that all it takes a Trump to come along and do this? Heaven knows we’ve been sending them the strongest possible messages for six years, or longer. Finally, maybe because they see it in black and white in the polls and in popular opinion?  Maybe because they see a potential threat with the popularity and money? At any rate, the establishment are finally sitting up and taking notice.  And they don’t like what they are seeing.

Well, they tried dismissing him, ignoring him, calling him names and ridiculing him….. never mind media’s evolution. It’ll be interesting to see if they see him as the problem.

Hillary Road Tour Roundup

Surprise, surprise, Hillary has a staged and choreographed meeting with Iowans. Problem is they passed it off as meeting with average, everyday Americans.

Only in a world where “everyday Americans” are all Democrat organizers or activists. Yea, that’s the ticket. That could happen, sure.

A Democrat operative and a Planned Parenthood official sit down for a cozy chat, after being summoned, as just ordinary Americans. What’s another staged event between Democrats? The Left asks what’s the matter with that? How about everything.

Then once again, we have to read it from British news because media here dare not report the obvious truth. That would be traitorous. That is not the worst of it. Just look at Hillary’s statements vs. reality. She’s almost as good at escaping reality as Obama.

Statements that all her grandparents immigrated here. Well, not really. But her campaign explanation is that Hillary always thought of it that way. (and she always thought of herself as being president, too, so that means…) Yes, the explanation is as bad as her lie.

“All my grandparents, you know, came over here,” she said. A spokesperson said her “grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants.”

Just like she ran for cover in Bosnia under sniper fire, when there really was no sniper fire. Oops. So reality is only a figment of our imagination. About that misspeak, she said, “I say a lot of things — millions of words a day — so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement.”

“We’ve got to figure out in our country how to get back on the right track.”

That’s as rich as it gets. She was part of Obama’s administration and admits we are not on the right track. Of course, polls reveal people do not believe we’re on the right track. (29.6 – right vs. 60.5 – wrong, after Obamacare) But sooner or later she will have to state where all she agrees with the administration and that she will continue those plans. Well, maybe a different day. Now she’ll say we need to get our country back on the right track. If we were serious about doing that, she is the last person the people should elect. Then she aimed at our broken political system.

“We have to start breaking down the divisions that have paralyzed our politics.”

Right, and who is that directed at? She’s been one of the most divisive persons in Washington, next to Obama. Hillary talked about getting dark money out of politics.

“We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment.”

But while she is raising 2.5 billion dollars, she will spend as much money as needed to win. Then we can talk about limiting money. Now, she will talk about it while doing the opposite. Hillary is almost as big of Hypocrite as Obama. If she was not a hypocrite she couldn’t run. That’s a pregnant thought. There is no way she could run if she was honest. Start there.

At an Iowa event she said, lecturing about those at the top:

“The deck is still staked in favor of those already at the top. There’s something wrong when the CEOs make 300 times the typical worker. I want to stand up and fight for people…so that they can get ahead and they can stay ahead.” -[…stacked deck?]

“I’ve been fighting for children and families my entire adult life. I was thinking about the lessons I learned from my church. You are supposed to give back, you are supposed to do what you can to help others.”

That is, unless those others happen to be in a consulate in Benghazi asking for luxuries like more security, then she has to draw the line there. Once attacked, she has to lie about what happened for the good of those she is helping.

She listed her resume experience, adding, “and then as Secretary of State, standing up for our country.” Oh, is that what she calls it? As we knew then and know now, she was standing up for herself, to protect herself. Which means like setting up her own private server in NY and deleting what she chose from the record. I’d call that standing up for our country, like she did for an ambassador and three American heroes in Benghazi. Then being accountable (lack thereof) in the aftermath.

“So when I look at where we are as a country, I’m just so absolutely convinced that there isn’t anybody anywhere who can out-compete us, who has better values, who can do more to provide more people the chance to live up to their God-given potential. But we can’t take that for granted, and so I want to be the champion who goes to bat for Americans in four big areas, four big fights that I think we have to take on because there are those who don’t agree with what I think we should be doing. And they are pretty powerful forces.”

1-We need to build the economy of tomorrow not yesterday.

2-We need to strengthen families and communities because that’s where it all starts.

3-We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a Constitutional amendment.

4-And we need to protect our country from the threats that we see and the ones that are on the horizon.

Fights, she calls them. Can you imagine the inner conflict going on in her head? Right, there is none, no conscience. The buzz word is always “fight”. From the woman who could not fight for those in a real fight in Benghazi, with their lives on the line for the country and her policies. But Democrats love to use the word fight all the time.

The only threats she is worried about are those which threaten her or the Clintons, i.e. emanating from the vast right-wing conspiracy — not the country. Iran, ISIS, Islamic terrorism, Boko Haram, or Russia… not so much.

Hillary’s campaign trail of lies, misspeaks, hypocrisy, double speak, double standards, evasion, and staged events. Void of the substance she claims to stand for.

RightRing | Bullright

We’re not in Kansas anymore

Eight States Are Facing Double-Digit Premium Hikes In 2015

11/12/2014 | Daily Caller

Louisiana and Kansas are facing Obamacare premium hikes of more than 15 percent on average. Iowa, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will see rate lower double-digit rate hikes as well.

And it doesn’t include information from Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, North Dakota or Massachusetts. Alaska alone has some of the highest rate hikes on Obamacare exchanges in the country — Premera Blue Cross is upping rates between 35 and 40 percent and Moda Health by between 22 and 29 percent.

More: http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/12/eight-states-are-facing-double-digit-premium-hikes-in-2015/

Effects of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) aren’t just for policy wonks in think tanks.

Trial lawyer lobby: Democrats’ golden parachute

The many, the proud, the arrogant… and the powerful

Trial Lawyers Spend Big on Democrats

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
April 2, 2014 8:10 am

Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) shot to fame last week for his cringeworthy gaffe, making Iowans question whether or not he really is the man for the Iowa Senate seat, for which he is running.

In front of a group of trail lawyers, Braley mocked Grassley saying he is “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”

Though he has since issued an apology, Braley’s dig at Grassley could cost him the election as Americans are becoming weary of lawyer politicians and a legal system they believe is out control. […]

More: http://freebeacon.com/politics/trial-lawyers-spend-big-on-democrats/

Becoming? Americans have been weary of them for years. It’s the kind of self-serving flatulence that’s ruining our environment. (not the only)

John–“two Americas”– Edwards should be their poster child. If people think Democrats stand for the little guys, think again.

“I loved it for the decades I did it, and I think it’s what I was born to do,” — Edwards said on opening a new law firm last fall, with an office in DC.

It’s always for the poor, little people. (wink wink)

RightRing | Bullright

If it looks like a duck…it’s a pig.

And adding a little lipstick to it would not hurt.

February:

WASHINGTON | Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:58pm EST
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama proposed slashing subsidies to the booming agriculture sector by $32 billion over the next decade, just as Congress begins the lengthy process of overhauling the expiring U.S. farm law.

August 13, 2012 Obama speech in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Coinciding with Obama’s appearance here was an announcement from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture that it will purchase up to $170 million worth of agricultural products– a move intended to buoy an industry ailing under a major drought. – DesMoine Register reports.

Now he is actually stumping on farm subsidies, after proposing huge cuts in his budget. His criticism is aimed at Ryan for standing in the way of a farm bill. Now he wants to portray Ryan as the cutter in chief. Aka the bad guy. So he’s calling the Iowa dogs out to attack Ryan on standing in the (his) way.

Sure it is hypocritical, but its also his political M O. He proposed cuts, including 5 billion/year direct payments to farmers, hoping for 32 billion cut over 10 years.

Now he and his dep of Agriculture announce a 170 million dollar agri-products spending (subsidy) program to Iowan farmers, in a thinly veiled vote purchase. 100 million in pork products. Along with pushing a farm bill. This also had an immediate effect on hog futures, pushing them up 1.70 for December contracts.

Ref:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/13/us-usa-budget-farm-idUSTRE81C18R20120213
http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/08/13/in-council-bluffs-president-obama-offers-help-to-farmers-support-for-wind-energy/

No word yet on the mood of pigs.