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    fascist Ted Cruz is still more dangerous Stephen Rosenfeld Alternet 03 09 16 Permalink Posted at 2 02 PM Tagged ted cruz donald trump gop republicans joseph mccarthy richard nixon Mitch McConnell 2016 presidential race politics Political Theatre Feb 27 The Bully s Pulpit pt 1 In a presidential election cycle that seems to defy logic few things have made more sense than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsing Donald Trump Oh yes it makes perfect sense In fact Christie s endorsement of his former presidential rival makes a lot of what s been going on with the Republicans make a lot more sense Chris Christie we can never forget is a bully He enjoys it He thrives on it He s built his entire political career on it Few things seemed to give candidate Christie more pleasure than spiking his rivals such as what he did to Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the New Hampshire debate his last It did nothing to help Christie s own result but it sure as hell hurt Rubio s which was almost entirely the point What we must recognize is that it s entirely probable that Christie knew he would do poorly in New Hampshire He saw the same polls everybody else did and he had a few of his own that likely confirmed the worst He knew the end was coming This makes his choice of whom to attack and just as important whom not to very telling He was either going to succeed beyond all expectations or he was going to go down in flames and take someone unworthy of his respect with him It s a classic bully move Marco Rubio is a career politician working his way up the food chain because that s what career politicians do He is also visibly an empty suit the product of machine politics He is a candidate groomed for success not because he has great intellect or imagination but because the camera loves him He is also heavily scripted and almost always comes across as inauthentic This is a weakness one of the worst you can have in politics As much as it may offend a bully and make that bully s attacks that much more vicious for it Rubio s weakness was always something to be exploited by any rival Chris Christie of course is a bully a vicious one and that night he was looking for a victim He needed one to make his performance complete Of all the candidates on stage in New Hampshire that night Rubio had exactly what Christie was looking for he was a symbol of the Republican political elite someone polling better than Christie and with his particular weakness the easiest of any of them to throw off his game Go back and look at videos of that exchange Look at the joy Christie felt the bloodlust on display the gratification he felt in that moment If he couldn t win he was going to

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  • Political Theatre - Ted Cruz Just Reminded The Republican...
    Just Reminded The Republican Establishment Why They Hate Him Ben Walsh Huffington Post 04 17 16 Permalink Posted at 11 43 AM Tagged ted cruz 2016 presidential race politics economics domestic policy republicans the gold standard Political Theatre View the

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    why making the correct choice for president is so very very important Ironically or not Scalia s ideology turns out not to be so important As a right wing extremist please let us not pretend the word conservative has anything to do with it Scalia was notorious He embraced humanity s right to abuse to bully one another if they could Protecting the weak from those who would abuse them is not what government was ever intended to do Good will cannot be legislated therefore a law that attempted to do so was abhorrant This was what he preached in his black robes Again though had he been as far left as Thurgood Marshall the vacancy he created at this time in America s political history would have made no difference The rhetoric would have changed but not the gamesmanship behind it As Scalia happily and most likely derisively would have told you the United States Senate is under no obligation to confirm any nominee chosen by a president for any office If they find the nominee unworthy of the nomination they may reject that nominee by a simple up or down vote The Constitution sets no time limit on filling judicial ambassadorial or executive vacancies You don t have to tell congressional Republicans that though They ve made it a mission to block President Obama s nominees since before he even took office They ve blocked more of his nominees than of all other presidents combined It may be as close to shrinking government as they re ever likely to get at least in the sense of how they actually want to shrink it For many voters shrinking government means reducing waste which is to say wasting their money on things that don t help them There is a lot of government waste much of it tied up in expenditures tacked onto bills by the very same politicians crying about shrinking things What they mean when they say it however is reducing government s ability to function Blocking federal judicial nominees makes it harder to sustain prosecutions and possibly more important civil cases because cases languish for years Blocking executive branch nominations makes it harder for government to oversee those oh so intrusive laws that they pass the ones meant to police banks and toxic waste disposal Obama s nominees have waited longer than anyone else s even if they are confirmed so yes if the Republicans want to sit on their hands and drag their feet they can Of course Just because we can is hardly the sort of slogan you want to run with in an election year at least not in a country where you aren t guaranteed 99 of the vote with a few abstentions It s certainly not something you want to trot out in a presidential election year in this country not that that will stop them from trying The statements made by Republican presidential candidates in the hours after Scalia s death was announced were pretty laughable each assuring the American public that the next president should get to make the decision by which they shamelessly meant themselves Still none of them can hold a candle to the man who has already stated with utter certainty that he will give that next Republican president that opportunity Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that he will not allow a vote on a nominee until the next president takes office because the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice No really that was his press release You can t make this stuff up He or his staff wrote that with a straight face The man currently working in the Oval Office the same President Obama who is currently in his eighth year of waiting for nominees to get a vote probably doesn t think it s that funny Of course he doesn t have to Give it a couple of weeks Timing on something like this is important There will be the pageantry of a state funeral filled with praise and bipartisan good will or something like it This will be followed after a week or so by the more humble pageantry of the official nomination At that point Obama has them or could if he understands the hand he s been dealt not by Scalia s passing but by the Republicans foolish arrogance The second McConnell declared that he would not allow Obama a sitting president to select his own nominee he set the table for how the Republicans might just lose even more than the presidency From the moment Obama introduces his choice Democratic candidates will have an issue Republican obstructionism For years Republicans like Mitch McConnell have bragged about their ability to obstruct anything He did this because he hoped Americans wouldn t know or care enough about government to understand the damage he and his friends were inflicting on the same people who elected them Give them something simple on the other hand like a single Supreme Court seat held hostage oh yes the Democrats will use that word hostage and you have something you can hang on any Republican s neck Seriously you want to get someone who s been on the fence about voting for a Democrat let alone voting tell him about the jerks who are holding a Supreme Court seat hostage for almost a year Better yet show them pictures The longer Republicans try this during an election year as opposed to when people are distracted and looking the other way the better it will be for Democrats Or anybody running against them High voter turnout is what Republicans are buying with this and that s one thing that never goes their way Imagine this unlikely scenario Senate Republicans hold out for almost a year keeping their solemn vow not to allow Obama another Supreme Court justice The cost however was a disaster for their party House seats

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    politics racism economics gerrymandering voting rights act voter turnout Political Theatre Jan 26 Senator Elizabeth Warren Calls for Action to Root Out Influence of Money in Politics YouTube Permalink Posted at 11 37 PM Tagged elizabeth warren citizens united corruption politics economics united states supreme court 2016 presidential race wall street Political Theatre Aug 03 How Libor whiz Rain Man became the guy everyone was going to blame Reuters Kristin Ridley Reuters 08 03 15 The dream of financial traders is no longer merely to have the houses the cars the bling and enough money to live like royalty it s to be promoted high enough never to have to fear prosecution DW Permalink Posted at 3 29 PM Tagged libor ubs citigroup citibank corruption regulation middle managers 2008 financial crisis wall street economics politics the cheating culture aggressive selfishness greed Political Theatre Jun 30 Joseph Stiglitz how I would vote in the Greek referendum Business The Guardian Joseph Stiglitz The Guardian 06 29 15 Permalink Posted at 12 52 PM Tagged greece economics austerity imf troika the eurozone the european union leverage politics Political Theatre Dec 17 BBC News Viewpoint Why the shadow of WW1 and 1989 hangs over

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    domestic policy Apr 17 Ted Cruz Just Reminded The Republican Establishment Why They Hate Him Ben Walsh Huffington Post 04 17 16 Permalink Posted at 11 43 AM Tagged ted cruz 2016 presidential race politics economics domestic policy republicans the

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    the gold standard Apr 17 Ted Cruz Just Reminded The Republican Establishment Why They Hate Him Ben Walsh Huffington Post 04 17 16 Permalink Posted at 11 43 AM Tagged ted cruz 2016 presidential race politics economics domestic policy republicans

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  • Political Theatre - Wieners Circle Sells "Trump Footlongs", 3-inch hot...
    Footlongs 3 inch hot dogs Almost a month ago but still a perfect day for it DW Permalink Posted at 5 06 PM Tagged donald trump donald drumpf politics 2016 presidential race republicans chicago the wieners circle Political Theatre View

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    are picking apart the remains of the Rubio campaign today possibly even members of that campaign They ll use metaphors sports ones will be popular but they ll all boil down to this Rubio was poorly prepared poorly advised and may well lack the talent and skills to be president So what does he do now What do Republican voters do now They have three candidates none of whom will stop campaigning until after they ve had their time on the convention stage in Cleveland At least one you know who keeps threatening to campaign longer if he erm his voters don t get their way The one thing that seems certain apart from Trump instigated violence is that Cleveland is where this and possibly the entire Republican Party as we ve known it ends Rubio will be there How could he not be Right now the anti Trump Republicans have three realistic tickets they could propose Cruz Kasich Kasich Cruz or Kasich Rubio Yes Rubio might still make it to November We must not forget as much as Trump is feared Cruz is still hated and the distance between the two might be paper thin Even before that first nerve wracking floor vote bargaining will be taking place behind closed doors and finding a way to keep Cruz from heading the Rublican ticket will be part of that Cruz for all of his Nixonian charm polls badly among centrists Unlike Tricky Dick his seeming role model Cruz can t benefit from imploding Democrats he can t even hope to prey on weak Democratic campaigners No this year it s his party s turn and if that isn t clear now just wait til July Kasich knows this as well as anyone He polls best against the Democrats If he can hold on until the convention and he can then he can hope to be the compromise choice That means Cruz or Rubio gets the VP nod One of them more likely Cruz would rather stay in the Senate than accept it Expect Rubio to endorse Kasich if only for this reason He ll be expected to endorse someone but it won t come without some assurances a spot on the ticket being the biggest That comes with a speaking slot at the convention and the chance to set himself up for another run in four or eight years It certainly makes sense for Rubio It s just a question of how much sense it would make for Kasich He d likely pick up Rubio s tiny selection of delegates and the prospect of an Ohio Florida ticket still must be appealing no matter how poorly Rubio did in his home state And yet that loss may still feel like a liability in July Rubio might seem like so much dead weight Better to make his deal with Cruz with his better debate performances and his better polling against Democrats Kasich would have to hold his nose but isn t that what it is to be a Republican these days Just ask anyone having to vote for a Republican in the Senate Daniel Ward Permalink Posted at 1 01 PM Tagged marco rubio 2016 presidential race politics donald trump ted cruz john kasich cleveland republican convention ohio florida Done or Undone Mar 09 Donald Trump may be an actual fascist Ted Cruz is still more dangerous Stephen Rosenfeld Alternet 03 09 16 Permalink Posted at 2 02 PM Tagged ted cruz donald trump gop republicans joseph mccarthy richard nixon Mitch McConnell 2016 presidential race politics Political Theatre Mar 02 View high resolution superbole org Permalink Posted at 6 53 PM Tagged Donald Trump donald drumpf benito mussolini il duce il dunce il douche fascism bullying politics 2016 presidential race Political Theatre Feb 27 The Bully s Pulpit pt 1 In a presidential election cycle that seems to defy logic few things have made more sense than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsing Donald Trump Oh yes it makes perfect sense In fact Christie s endorsement of his former presidential rival makes a lot of what s been going on with the Republicans make a lot more sense Chris Christie we can never forget is a bully He enjoys it He thrives on it He s built his entire political career on it Few things seemed to give candidate Christie more pleasure than spiking his rivals such as what he did to Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the New Hampshire debate his last It did nothing to help Christie s own result but it sure as hell hurt Rubio s which was almost entirely the point What we must recognize is that it s entirely probable that Christie knew he would do poorly in New Hampshire He saw the same polls everybody else did and he had a few of his own that likely confirmed the worst He knew the end was coming This makes his choice of whom to attack and just as important whom not to very telling He was either going to succeed beyond all expectations or he was going to go down in flames and take someone unworthy of his respect with him It s a classic bully move Marco Rubio is a career politician working his way up the food chain because that s what career politicians do He is also visibly an empty suit the product of machine politics He is a candidate groomed for success not because he has great intellect or imagination but because the camera loves him He is also heavily scripted and almost always comes across as inauthentic This is a weakness one of the worst you can have in politics As much as it may offend a bully and make that bully s attacks that much more vicious for it Rubio s weakness was always something to be exploited by any rival Chris Christie of course is a bully a vicious one and that night he was looking for a

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