This Ann Coulter column saddens me. Coulter doesn’t just attack Cruz, she does it in the most mendacious way, by twisting Cruz’s policies into their unrecognizable antitheses.
Coulter seems to have forgotten that Cruz is just like her. Both Coulter and Cruz are very smart conservative lawyers who developed a thick skin, along with debating skills, during tireless hours of arguing with liberals. They’re principled enough to have become iconoclasts of the conservative establishment. Coulter should be supporting Cruz, not attacking him. Sigh.
RACIST liberals have been deserting The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah for paler pastures. But maybe they should give him a second look. The man has been brilliant on Donald Trump.
Thanks to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz hasn’t taken much of a beating from people not named Trump. Like Bernie Sanders, Cruz is in the enviable position of running against an unpopular candidate in a primary.
Cruz should capitalize on this even after the primaries are over. His campaign strategy for the general election should be one of “bringing people together,” like Barack Obama purported to do. By contrasting his youth, principles, and optimism with Hillary’s lying, small-c conservatism, and jaded cynicism, Cruz could cruise to victory.
Latest polls here.
Who will win the Wisconsin primary?
Total Voters: 70
Someone chalked “Stop Islam” and “Trump 2016” at the University of Michigan. Muslim students washed out the “Stop Islam” chalkings, but left the Trump ones alone because they apparently qualify as political speech.
What if, instead of “Stop Islam,” the chalker had written a choice verse from the Quran? For example:
Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land.
If students erase the verse, it’s sacrilege. If they don’t, it’s offensive.
The trouble with Trump, according to a Republican strategist:
“It’s like taking a wagon full of nitroglycerine across the prairie. It’s great if you get to the mountains and blow them up for gold. But it’s pretty unpredictable.”
Ted Cruz’s campaign strategy was based on support from Southern evangelicals in the early primaries. Ironically, he may beat Trump because the remaining states, like Wisconsin and California where Cruz now leads, aren’t Southern and evangelical.
Students woke up Monday morning to find messages written in chalk all over campus, in support of Donald Trump. That afternoon, a group of 40 to 50 students protested. According to the student newspaper, the Emory Wheel, they shouted in the quad, “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!” and then students moved into the administration building calling out, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
Jim Wagner, the president of the university in Atlanta, met with the protesters and later sent an email to the campus community, explaining, in part, “During our conversation, they voiced their genuine concern and pain in the face of this perceived intimidation.
That alone almost makes me want to vote Trump. Almost.
Successful people move often during their lives. They have to, in order to go to the best colleges, work in the best job markets, raise their kids in the best school districts…
Maybe the poor just can’t afford to move:
Geographic migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that the percentage of Americans who move to a different state or a different county within the same state has plummeted by nearly half since the 1980s. As Justin Fox points out at Bloomberg, it’s even worse for white Americans with no college education, a rough approximate of the working-class whites derided for their supposed lack of initiative. Poorer Americans are now more likely to stay put. To put it simply, they don’t have enough money to move.
Personal savings rates have plummeted, especially for the poor. Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings for emergencies. So we shouldn’t expect people who have an income hovering around the poverty line to have the funds to rent a truck, drive to an economically robust area (invariably with a higher cost of living), and put down the money for rent and a security deposit on a place to live. And that’s if they can pass the credit check most landlords require without having a job. The other option for those frozen out of a lease is a week-to-week motel stay, which is even more expensive.
Then there’s the matter that we don’t make many social services—things like Medicaid, housing assistance, and unemployment benefits—portable across state or, in some cases, county lines.
As a well-off elitist, I have a recommendation: The poor should simply set their minds on moving, and save up for it by temporarily giving up gas-station coffee, six-packs of beer, or lottery tickets. If you’ve been to a 7-11 recently, you know this is feasible. And it’s a small sacrifice in comparison to the ones I gladly made when I was a starving student.
Donald Trump’s vocabulary is so limited that I wonder about his intelligence, how he managed to make fortunes, and how he’s managed to dispatch so many of his Republican rivals.
However, The Donald’s low-brow speaking style may appeal to blue-collar people because he talks like one of them.
Has-been actor Scott Baio confirms that the limited vocabulary and over-simplified style is an asset to some voters:
“It’s very simple, because when he speaks I understand him,” Baio told Pirro. “He speaks like I speak, he communicates with people very well. I want him, as any one person can do, to go into Washington and blow it up.”