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May 4, 2016

Only one Senate Republican has endorsed Trump.

Sessions.

This is NOT a united party. Far from it. Last night a Redstate editor, Ben Howe, actually tweeted "I'm with her".

The Republican Party is not going to magically unfracture itself. Sure, most republican congress critters will half heartedly climb aboard, but a loud minority won't. I don't see Lindsey Graham on board. Or McCain. And 6 of the 7 republican blue state senators are up for reelection and endangered. I can't see them even murmuring Trump's praises.

A General Election fight is far different from a republican primary battle. Trump is not prepared for it.

May 4, 2016

Where Were You The Night the Republican Party Died?

NEW YORK—Where were you the night Donald Trump killed the Republican Party as we knew it? Trump was right where he belonged: in the gilt-draped skyscraper with his name on it, Trump Tower in Manhattan, basking in the glory of his final, definitive victory.

“I have to tell you, I’ve competed all my life,” Trump said, his golden face somber, his gravity-defying pouf of hair seeming to hover above his brow. “All my life I’ve been in different competitions—in sports, or in business, or now, for 10 months, in politics. I have met some of the most incredible competitors that I’ve ever competed against right here in the Republican Party.”

The combined might of the Republican Party’s best and brightest—16 of them at the outset—proved, in the end, helpless against Trump’s unorthodox, muscular appeal to the party’s voting base. With his sweeping, 16-point victory in Tuesday’s Indiana primary, and the surrender of his major remaining rival, Ted Cruz, Trump was pronounced the presumptive nominee by the chair of the Republican National Committee. The primary was over—but for the GOP, the reckoning was only beginning.

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But unity may not be so easily summoned. As Trump’s hostile takeover of the party drew to a close, many of its leaders, particularly members of the conservative intelligentsia, were in revolt. George Will had denounced “collaborationists” who sided with Trump, branding them “ineligible to participate in the party’s reconstruction.” David Brooks had proclaimed “a Joe McCarthy moment,” adding, “People will be judged by where they stood at this time.” They had stood athwart Trump’s nomination, yelling, “Stop!”—but the Republican voters had ignored them, and now they feared their party was lost.

Could it ever be regained? Many partisans surely would rally around the nominee like they always did, not seeing what was supposedly so world-historically terrible about Trump, or seeing his opponent as a greater evil. But to the anti-Trump faction, the GOP they cherished for decades as a vehicle for right-of-center ideas seemed to be no more. It was likely too late for a third-party candidate to swoop into the breach. With Trump’s nomination, the old party establishment went into exile, perhaps never to return. On Twitter, conservative operatives, writers, policy wonks and talk-show hosts gravely lined up to turn in their Republican registrations. “I am a fiscal conservative and I am a social conservative,” declared blogger Ben Howe. “That will not change. But I will not vote for an egomaniacal authoritarian.” The New York Daily News’s cover showed a red, white, and blue elephant in a casket.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/the-day-the-republican-party-died/481176/

May 4, 2016

Vermont's huge eb-5 scandal is likely the tip of the iceberg

I don't know if anything has been posted here about this, but it's a serious scandal. It was obvious to many, many of us in the Northeast Kingdom that this was an in your face ponzi scheme. We've been saying so for years. Meanwhile, despite how obviously ludicrous these developers claims were, virtually every pol in the state was carrying water for them. And in Vermont, all the top pols are dems. These two shysters gave big bucks to pols and to the Vermont democratic party. this is devastating to the area.


Even the snowy slopes of rural Vermont aren’t too remote for allegations of large-scale fraud.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a civil lawsuit alleging a “massive eight-year fraudulent scheme” involving a series of real-estate developments by Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont and a federal program that offers green cards to foreign investors.

The complaint filed in federal court Tuesday alleges that the owner and chief executive of the resort “systematically looted” more than $50 million raised from dozens of foreign investors in what the agency called a Ponzi-like scheme. The SEC claims they used funds from newer investors to fill budget shortfalls in hotel and condo projects, as well as using investor money for personal gain.

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The lawsuit is hardly the first allegation of fraud involving the federal immigration program, known as EB-5. The program gives green cards to foreigners who invest $500,000 in businesses that are measured to have created 10 jobs per investor. Others cases have popped up in Chicago and California, and the SEC put EB-5 investigations on their priority list this year.

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http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/04/14/sec-suit-alleges-massive-ponzi-like-scheme-centered-near-vermont-ski-resort/#:NyYTybvQGh4tTA

May 4, 2016

Trump's parade of Achilles heels

He's the most undisciplined candidate evah.

He's ludicrously thin skinned

His braggadacio is insanely over the top

He believes, truly and completely, that he has the most relevant foreign policy experience.

Debates. He'll be shredded- and not just by Hillary.

No, I'm not saying he can't win, but I am saying the General election is very different from the republican primary. And he doesn't have the awareness or discipline to run any other way than he ran in the primary.

Hillary would have to run an epically bad campaign to lose to him.

May 4, 2016

Seriously, can you picture Cruz endorsing Trump??

That would be worth watching. The two of them have built up some impressive enmity between each other. I just can't picture it.

May 4, 2016

Calling for Bernie to drop out is silly

His staying in won't throw the election to Trump. Hillary should be able to beat Trump handily, if only because he's the most wildly undisciplined candidate in history. The republican party is split and these are rifts that are not easily healed. Bernie isn't hurting her simply by staying in until all the primaries are over. He's not going to drop out no matter how plaintive your cries. Just be patient. He will endorse her and he will campaign for her. Having won, it would be wiser to demonstrate a wee bit of graciousness, and stop excoriating Bernie and all of us- his supporters.

It's one thing to be a sore loser. Being a sore winner is just counter productive.

May 3, 2016

Bernie and his small donors shattered an accepted "truth".

No, you don't need to rely on big money donors, bundling and superpacs to fund a national campaign. Exploding that myth is a huge contribution to our body politic. And the fact that Bernie did it is going to ripple into the future. It has had an impact and that impact will grow.

I'm one Bernie supporter who is far from disappointed. He did so much better than I imagined. He ran a great campaign. Issues that he brought to the forefront will continue to resonate.

I don't think much of the aggregate wisdom of American voters, but I can't believe that collectively we'd elect the orange fascist buffoon over Hillary. I don't want to think about what it says about this country if we do. I've been dipping into the Rise and Fall, and one of the things Shirer did so well was describe the German people in the mid thirties. Yes, I am comparing Trump to Hitler. Not the Hitler in the bunker, but Hitler of the 1930s.

Trump's bold buffoonery is as dangerous as the most Machiavellian tactics, if not nearly as focused.

I'm not telling anyone that they should vote for Hillary. I believe that it's perfectly legitimate to choose how you'll use your vote. And let's be real; If you live in a deep blue or deep red state, it really doesn't matter if you vote for her, but Trump is inconceivable. He horrifies me more each day. Or rather the symbiosis of trump and his supporters horrifies and disgusts me more each day.

I don't think Hillary will be good for the country or the world, but Trump?

That's just sheer insanity.

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