Thursday, July 21, 2016

Politico: Cruz Snubs Trump

Mod: I know we don't do national politics on this blog. Or we didn't up until recently. But this country is well into one of the most bizarre elections in its history, so I figure The Tattler might as well get on board and talk about it. After all, everybody else is. And last night at the GOP convention we all got to see something that I thought was truly remarkable. A former candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, an individual who took an extraordinary amount of ugly abuse from the eventual nominee, including gratuitous insults regarding his wife's appearance along with lunatic accusations that his father was in on the JFK assassination, paid him back and then some. No matter what you think of Ted Cruz, this was an extraordinary moment in American political history. Here is how Politico.com describes what went down.


CLEVELANDTed Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump in daring and dramatic fashion on Wednesday, telling delegates to “vote your conscience” in a 20-minute snub that played out in slow-motion on national television.

“We deserve leaders who stand for principle, who unite us all behind shared values, who cast aside anger for love,” Cruz said. “That is the standard we should expect from everybody.”

It was a standard that Cruz determined Trump did not meet. The Texas senator, who is widely believed to already be planning to run for president again in 2020, paused dramatically toward the end of his speech as the delegates shouted for him to endorse Trump.

“Don’t stay home in November,” Cruz told the audience. “Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

It was a shocking rebuke coming from the same stage where Trump had become the nominee only 24 hours earlier and where he will address the nation on Thursday. And Cruz slowed to take in the scene. "Do it baby!" came one shout from the crowd. But Cruz would not.

“I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation,” Cruz said, as boos rained down from Trump’s home state, who were seated front and center, and throughout the hall.

To add to the high drama, Trump arrived inside the arena just as Cruz was wrapping up. Cameras cut to Trump, who wore a tight smile and gave a thumbs up to the crowd.

The Utah delegation, a bastion of Cruz supporters, loudly chanted "Ted! Ted! Ted." The Arizona delegation, a Trump stronghold, counter-chanted "Trump! Trump! Trump!"

Cruz’s advisers, past and present, cheered him on online. “Tough decisions are easy to criticize. Incredible leadership from Cruz tonight,” wrote Brian Philips, who worked on Cruz’s campaign. “Friends, we can put this Party back together.”

“This is the speech of Cruz's life,” said Amanda Carpenter, his former communications director.

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Poll: Libertarian Johnson beating Trump, Clinton among active troops

Mod: Being Libertarian means opposing US overseas military interventions except under the most dire circumstances. A viewpoint that I personally support. After all, what did we accomplish by going into Iraq outside of getting close to 5,000 American military killed? With that in mind, here is a surprising report from The Hill.com (link) about who the members of our military could be voting for this coming November.

Military troops favor Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president over Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, according to a new survey.

Johnson garnered 38.7 percent of the active duty vote, versus 30.9 for Trump, and 14.1 for Clinton, according to the survey, which was conducted via the popular military personality Doctrine Man.

Although the survey was not a scientific poll with a margin of error, it provides a snapshot of the preferences of about 3,500 active duty, reservists, retired and former members of the military and their family members, 95.7 percent of which were registered voters.

Among all services except for the Navy, Johnson performed better than Trump and Clinton.

Current, reserve and former members of the Army preferred Johnson at 35.4 percent. Trump, the Republican nominee, came in second at 31.4 percent, and Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, at 15.3 percent.

Among the Marine community, an overwhelming 44.1 percent chose Johnson, while 27.1 percent chose Trump, and 12.7 percent chose Clinton.

The majority of the Air Force respondents chose Johnson at 39 percent, but Trump next at 29.9 percent and Clinton at 12.9 percent.

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72 comments:

  1. Let us recall that Ronald Reagan did not endorse Gerald Ford in1976, either.

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  2. A True Choice in 2016July 21, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Here's a Johnson supporter. Who's with me? This great country should not have to choose between two awful options. For me, at least, a social progressive and a fiscal conservative is better than Clinton or Trump.

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    1. Johnson and his running mate, William Weld, are both former two term Republican governors. Which means they are far more a Republican ticket than the one headed by former Hilary Clinton fundraiser Donald Trump.

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    2. I voted for Ross Perot, who I thought was an honest man who would bring genuine reform and good sense to the government. 20 million other people did, too.
      That's when I learned that third party candidates are a sure way for the Republican or Democrat in the lead to win.

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    3. Trump could end up being the third party candidate.

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  3. People are disgusted with government politicians.
    8 years of radical left wing politics have gone way too far.
    Look what happened in Brexit vote.
    People all over the world are experiencing the final death of Marxism, Socialism and Communism...failed systems.
    Trump will likely win.

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    1. 7:31: Glad to hear that you'll won't be accepting the failed systems of social security and medicare or using any portion of the failed socialistic systems of infrastructure on which most of us depend.

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  4. "Vote your conscience" is the most shocking thing anyone has said in this election cycle....

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    1. The Republican party is in a free fall. Freakiest convention since the Democrats in 1968.

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    2. If many Trump supporters voted their consciences, David Duke would be in the running.

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    3. voting my conscience means voting for neither. Clinton is a snake and Trump is a moron

      8:28, David Duke had most of his financial support from Orange County

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  5. Fabulous picture of the Trumps.

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    1. Ivanka has got the Barbie Doll schtick down pat. The other two ladies, not so much.

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    2. Think of it, she writes her own speeches, too!
      http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/donald-trump-melania-trump-knauss-first-lady-erections

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    3. 8:03, I'd heard about that picture but hadn't seen it. Awful.
      The GOP used to take pride in their dignity. The Republican leaders' women now look like expensive call girls.

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    4. It would be humiliating for our country to be in any way represented by a woman who was paid for photos like those.

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    5. I think of Stepford Wives rather than Barbie Dolls.
      Good Stepford wives worship their men.

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  6. Ted Cruz shows his true colors, communist like his father was from Cuba. Maybe we can deport him since he was born in Canada.

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    1. Nothing like independence and mentioning individual conscience to identify a commie, huh, 8:09?

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    2. Since his father (ted cruz) was seen with an assassin of John F. Kennedy I guess there is nothing more to talk about then, commies profess all the liberties and self rule crud but when the rubber meets the road then it's all gone in a New York Minute.

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    3. Here is how a two face or country politician justify's his actions: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/07/21/cruz-defends-rnc-speech/

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    4. 8:32 I doubt anyone on the left wishes to quash any inquiries into papa Cruz's alleged ties to assassination.

      Seems like quashing that inquiry would be a Republican wish even though they still obsess over a suicide that took place 20-something years ago.

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    5. Crack or belladonna?

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    6. Cold War dude is rockin'!

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    7. 8:09. Please keep posting.....your stupidity is truly laugh out loud funny.

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    8. So have I missed a major announcement of historical fact, and we now know with certainty that Kennedy was assassinated by some friend of Cruz's father, for Castro, after the Castro assassination attempt failed?
      How was this documented?

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    9. Someone posted a blurry photo on the Internet claiming it showed Cruz's dad with Lee Harvey Oswald. Nobody paid much attention. That is, until Trump picked up on it.

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  7. Isolationist we cannot be; sorry Gary. Cruz has been interesting and standing alone in the Senate; but a tantrum and sore looser he definitely should be in time out and retire.
    The Military will not forgive or forget Benegazi. and being ordered to stand down. Trumb is not a politician but understands business; not being a politician he owes no one and can't be bought. Watching political history in the making we may end up with a three or four party choice in the future.

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    1. Trumb? As in rhymes with dumb?

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    2. Maybe dumb is better than rump.

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  8. Bold move, Tattler. Since every possible political perspective lives in Sierra Madre, this should be a somewhat disharmonious thread today!

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    1. I'm scared of it.

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    2. There is quite a range of political perspectives from those who believe all conservatives are racist to those who believe the left somehow wants to give our country away.

      But allow me to introduce some harmony:

      We all will cash our social security checks, we all will accept medicare, and we all will use the socially provided infrastructure. Isn't it nice that we all have these lefty things in common!

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    3. We need someone now that Ailes is out

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    4. Quite a week for conservatives. They lost they guy who invented Fox News over sexual harrassment, and the Republicans nominated a guy who used to be a fundraiser for the Clintons. What's next? State delegations walking out while Trump speaks?

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  9. More than a speech: How Cruz destroyed the ‘lesser of two evils’ narrative https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/07/more-than-a-speech-how-cruz-destroyed-the-lesser-of-two-evils-narrative#sthash.5IvjcjVH.dpuf

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    1. Ted Cruz on Thursday strongly defended his refusal to endorse Donald Trump during his Republican National Convention speech, saying he's not "in the habit" of backing politicians who attack his family.

      "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," Cruz said at a morning meeting where he faced sharp questions from the Texas delegation in Cleveland.

      http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/20/politics/ted-cruz-republican-convention-moment/

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  10. “...some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” - Alfred

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  11. Regarding the duties of the President, Section 1, Article 2 of the US Constitution states: Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:- "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and I will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Mr.Trump appears to have very little knowledge and no regard for the Constitution. Vote your conscience.

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  12. As Prez; you surround your self would top shelf persons; dry counties are included. Cruz parts both sides of the isles in the Senate; no waterboarding joke here. Rumb rhymes with Shrillery who fell on her head and is technology stupid. No wait. Rumb? No wait, isn't her firstman a Rumb kind of guy? We all have to admit Republican women are hot. Dems; absolutely not.

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    1. Gross comment

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    2. The mental aptitude of Trump supporters is exceedingly low.

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    3. I've become convinced that the Republican party is anti-education.
      Reason and logic are the enemies.

      But, yes, some of the women do very good impressions of sex-bot dolls.

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    4. So many fake blondes.

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  13. One of the things that really bugs me about Cruz is his Dr. Seuss/government shutdown stunt. Estimates are as high as $24 billion to taxpayers/effects on the economy. All this for a grandstanding strategy that had no chance whatsoever of succeeding. So much for being a fiscal conservative. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/aug/07/rand-paul/rand-paul-rightly-says-government-shutdown-was-mor/

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  14. Wow, the mysogynists are out in full force today. Those of you tearing down women because of their physical appearance should be ashamed of yourselves. Women are not objects, and do not exist just to look pretty and be your personal eye candy. Discuss the issues, debate the merits of one position over another. But do NOT tear down a woman because of how she looks.

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    1. Why do so many women bleach their hair, stretch their faces and inflate their breasts? So wierd

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    2. Trying to please their men....
      And it takes a lot of time, energy and money to look like that. They have to spend 3/4 of their days on maintenance. God forbid they age.

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  15. Clinton and the rest of the party establishment are happy to take the left - wing approach. She dances to tune of: slides to the left. Most Trump supporters are disillusioned with the Kingdom of Obama and Clintons, Bush did not far well in his second term either. Ted Cruz inspired no one but himself,

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    1. Bush really ruined it for everyone

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  16. 109 degrees and Trump could be our next president. I think it's the end times.

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  18. It's been very interesting watching bands forbid Candidate Trump from using their music, though he does seem to ignore them. "We are the Champions" was playing the night before last, if not last night. The convention has just come to order now, and a band was playing. I know that the Mod has some experience with the music industry, so was wondering what kind of punishment it is for a band to actually have to play to convention crowds?
    Now they have a little girl belting out "Let there be Peace on Earth."

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    1. Dear five year old child.
      Only occasionally flat.

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    2. Who chose their entertainment?

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    3. Some guy is trying to get the crowd going with All Night Long. Hard gig.

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    4. This is painful.
      The convention is, after all, a serious matter, and not a kegger.

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  19. Anti-Education? Do the Dumbs support school vouchers? Freedom for families to choose? If the music is forbidden just don't purchase or download the groups that appear to only play to the tune of "what does it really matter"$$$ now every body wave...put your hands in the air, like you just don't care....

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    1. Republicans don't want higher education - they want "PhDs in common sense".
      Except in some of their leaders. It's really 1984, a class of a few educated people with a huge underclass of drones. That would suit the GOP.

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  20. The Republican Convention has made me feel like I live in an entirely different country than they do. Name's the same, but what they are describing? Not the same place.

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  21. What? You just realized you are better off than you thought you were. Name's the same, but what they are describing is a party of change. Glad you threw Cruz and welcome.

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  22. Listening to Trump - the peace party with law and order. He is truly scary. There are precedents.

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  23. "Nobody knows the system better than me." - Donald Trump

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  24. Man seeing that convention made me feel like I was watching a WWE wrestling interview with Vince McMahon

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    1. The mistake on the lake had the feel of a Nuremberg party rally.

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  25. Your blog certainly brought out the worst of people today, Crawford. Noticed that No one said anything good about the events at the convention, and there were some, nor did they mention how bright and articulate the Trump women are. He must have done something right in their upbringing.

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    1. Yes, he did. He left their upbringing to his ex-wives.

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    2. Articulate plagiarism!

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