Trump's Super Tuesday Press Conference: He's a "Unifier"

Trump finally takes the stage, 40 minutes late. Christie opens for him, saying nothing of import. Trump begins with it's so good to be at Mar a Lago again. He congratulates Ted Cruz for Texas (but doesn't mention Oklahoma, which was also called for Cruz before he took the stage.) He says it was a tough night for Rubio. Trump says he will spend a lot of time in Florida, and reminds us how many employees he has there. He goes into Henny Penny mode, America is falling apart. (Christie, now standing behind him, grins like a little kid when Trump mentions his name three times. He looked genuinely happy for five seconds.) [More...]

Trump said he's watching all three networks, CNN, Fox and MSNBC, and they're all being nice to him so he's going to be nice too. "See, I'm being diplomatic." He then bashes Rubio as very nasty and says he has a right to be nasty because he's losing. Trump says says Chris Christie called him on the phone last week and said "This is a movement."

He disavows some group (was it the KKK? He didn't use its name.) He then bashes Obama, and asks whether he even speaks to Congress anymore. Trump says when he's President, he'll make really good deals for America. He says Obama doesn't know how to make a deal. (What an absurd statement.)

He talks about the arrogance of former Mexican president Vicente Fox. He repeats how bad Fox was to use the F word. Trump insists Mexico will pay for the wall 100%. He's a businessman. He knows how to make deals. Politicians (except for Chris Christie) don't know how to make deals. He's now repeating himself from the other night about New Hampshire and heroin. I so rarely listen to Trump, but I've already heard all the things he's saying tonight.

Trump says "Radical Islamic terrorism" is a big, big problem. He says he has a big, big heart, but we have to know who's coming into this country. He's going to make the Gulf states (in the Middle East) pay for something (I couldn't hear what.)

Trump talks about his ride down the escalator with Melania when he announced his Presidential bid as if it was a great event. (Does anyone remember the Jon Stewart Daily Show rant about Trump on the escalator? It was very, very funny.)

Done. What an inconsequential speech. Trump had nothing important to say. Now he takes questions.

Trump says he's a unifier. Once all this is over, he will focus on beating Hillary, "assuming she's allowed to run." He doesn't know that she will be allowed to run. He touts the number of new Republicans he's brought to the party. He answers a question about Planned Parenthood by saying he's going to be very good for women's health issues.

He says he's going to do great with African Americans and Latinos because he's going to create jobs. He's going to make Apple start making iPhones in the U.S. instead of China.

He's back on Rubio and calls him a Don Rickles without the talent. He says Rubio is the loser of the night. He liked Rubio until last week when he went negative.

Our country is going to H*ll. He calls Hillary's record as Secretary of State "abysmal." "What she did was a criminal act." "I'll be very surprised if she is allowed to run." "What she did was wrong."

He doesn't know Paul Ryan well but he thinks he is going to get along well with him. He ends by thanking everyone. His family is not with him because Ivanka may have her baby in the next week so they are with her.

He repeats that he is a unifier. He'd like to see the party unify. The end.

The Fox pundits and host call his speech "presidential."

Lingering question of the night: What did Trump promise Chris Christie? If it was the VP slot, I predict it was a scam, and Trump, if the nominee, will end up picking someone else as his running mate. (I'll laugh out loud if he ends up picking Rubio.)

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    Trending on Twitter now (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by jbindc on Tue Mar 01, 2016 at 09:13:10 PM EST

    Because he looked like a hostage.

    He did (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Mar 01, 2016 at 09:40:08 PM EST
    and boy are those tweets funny.

    ha! Well I guess a weekend at Mar Lago is not as (none / 0) (#13)
    by ruffian on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 03:38:53 PM EST
    much fun as it sounded.

    I love reading (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by pitachips on Tue Mar 01, 2016 at 09:45:45 PM EST
    Jeralyn's recaps. When they quote Trump I read the lines in his voice.

    "Wall Street's Big Short: (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Mr Natural on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 09:36:02 AM EST
    - President Donald J. Trump"

    David Ader, chief government bond strategist at CRT Capital Group in Stamford, Connecticut, said Trump's history raises questions about his ability to run an organization as unwieldy and complex as the government. The businessman has in the past filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the Trump Taj Mahal casino and Trump Plaza Hotel.

    Ader says the uncertainty would cause investors to flock to safe-haven U.S. Treasuries should Trump take office.

    "It's one thing to run casinos that have gone bankrupt, it's another to run a country and its foreign policy," he said.

    He's a "Unifier" (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by Mr Natural on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 01:15:08 PM EST
    He's right.  We're unified - against him.

    Can we talk about the GOP master plan? (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 01:48:34 PM EST
    Holy hell.  I'm trying to avoid my conspiratorial nature that's telling me Donald is actually paying the republican establishment to do what they are doing.

    First you get all the fat cat donors to have a.well publicized stop Trump conference call

    Nothing will speak to the raving buggeyed masses like donors who fear they are losing control.

    Then you 47% Mitt to ride in on a rented white horse

    Seriously.  Someone is getting paid to think this stuff up.  

    And I the Donald is paying them.

    I for one (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by CST on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 01:52:05 PM EST
    Am not itching for those establishment Republican endorsements of Hillary.

    If they want to vote for her, fine, but do they HAVE to tell everyone?


    On one level (none / 0) (#11)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 03:03:21 PM EST
    yeah. On the other level how does the GOP who has spent 25 years screaming she's the she devil from hell turn around and endorse her with again confirming to the Trump voters that they really have been playing them for decades now?

    I Would Think... (none / 0) (#12)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 03:15:12 PM EST
    ... this could back-fire next time they are up for election and their constituents decide they aren't down with it either.  Could get us a couple extra seats in Congress.

    or it could (none / 0) (#14)
    by CST on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 04:08:48 PM EST
    Replace them with even more right-wing candidates.

    Just saying.


    Better Chances... (none / 0) (#15)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 04:26:08 PM EST
    ... with an open seat than no open seat.

    They (none / 0) (#22)
    by TrevorBolder on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 09:49:07 PM EST
    Will be primaried

    Ok (5.00 / 3) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 06:27:38 PM EST
    This is weird enough to share.  Friend of mine did this.   I suspect a lull in actual work and ADHD took charge.


    Vocals and visuals by my friend Karen.   N really SFW

    Awesome (none / 0) (#17)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 06:37:25 PM EST
    Rat a tat a tat, (none / 0) (#25)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 07:51:08 AM EST
    bang bang!

    Jeesh, Howdy, that's what youtubers dream of being able to do with the imagery rolling around inside our heads.  There's no point in asking the wannabe's question, (What tools did she use?) because the big tool in her toolbox is the decades of doing it.

    Perfect in so many ways.


    My guess would be a package called Shake (none / 0) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:08:01 AM EST
    It's big right now.   She's a pro.   impressive IMDB list but she's a bit of a renaissance person.   She has written a couple of books.   Including one of limericks and also has a limerick website.

    Like I said ADHD.

    you should leave what you said in a comment on YouTube.  She would love it.


    White nationalists physically pushing (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by ruffian on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 08:48:08 PM EST
    A Black Lives Matter protester out of a rally in Loiusville, while Trump keeps yelling 'out, out' - film on Maddow just now. God, this is past funny now. Disgusting is putting it mildly.

    I'm sure the Trump crowd was just trying (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Peter G on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 09:16:24 PM EST
    to discourage the BLM folks from playing the race card, like progressives always do, just to divide America and keep it from being Great.

    I feel much better now (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 06:55:58 AM EST
    Middle of a Chris Christie (5.00 / 1) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 12:35:17 PM EST
    News conference.  Explaining support.

    He invokes the Bush/Reagan "voodoo economics".



    Bully, (none / 0) (#57)
    by KeysDan on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 01:30:11 PM EST
    bully, old chap.

    At this point (none / 0) (#3)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Mar 01, 2016 at 09:41:01 PM EST
    I am ready for Trump to go away. I am really tired of him always being on TV. Of course, that's really not all his fault. The TV news people could cut back on their coverage.

    The general premise of this Gingrich article (none / 0) (#6)
    by Green26 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 11:46:06 AM EST
    is correct, although not some of the other stuff in it. Assuming Trump is the nominee, Repubs not supporting him will have to decide whether to support him, not vote, or vote for Hillary. I assume alot of Repubs saying they won't support Trump now will eventually vote for him. Some won't, though. And, as I've said, I just don't see independents moving to Trump in large numbers.

    I don't understand some polls showing a Clinton-Trump race close. Makes no sense to me. Maybe I haven't seen the right or good polls.

    The Repubs may have to figure out what is best for them to protect their majorities in Congress and forget Trump if support for him is going to hurt them in Congress. Don't have any idea what that might entail, and don't know if there's a strategy for holding Congress that doesn't include supporting Trump. I would think Trump would hurt some Repub election chances, but don't know.

    Fiscal Times article.

    I know some of you don't want to even consider any possible Clinton issues coming from the FBI investigation, but I still think issues, of some sort, are possible, however remote. If any big one ever arose, that could make the presidential race even more crazy.

    Of course there are independents (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by itscookin on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:46:29 AM EST
    who will vote for Trump. Who do you think gave him the win in Massachusetts? Why do you think there are 20,000 fewer Democrats this year there? They didn't leave the party so they could still vote for Hillary or Bernie. The most dangerous thing you can do is to underestimate his appeal just because you can't see it yourself.

    You leave out (none / 0) (#7)
    by jbindc on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 11:57:55 AM EST
    Republicans who publicly support him ("for the goid of the party") who provately won't vote for him.

    Republicans are ... (none / 0) (#18)
    by Robot Porter on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 07:39:56 PM EST
    going through a crisis much as Democrats did from 1968-1992.

    I thought they were disciplined enough to do it in a more orderly fashion than Dems. But apparently not.

    All the smart people in party know that Trump will lose, and the Trump wing of the party is ultimately doomed to oblivion.

    But these are day-to-day politicians. So they need to know how long term is that oblivion, and will siding with the Trump forces get them short term benefits.

    That's the real calculus.


    Well (none / 0) (#19)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Mar 02, 2016 at 07:51:08 PM EST
    it's Newt who is a part of creating the Frankenstein's monster and who led the GOP to disaster in the 1990's. He's the one who in 2012 started screeching about Obama being some anti colonial something based off of that movie by that guy that was indicted. Sorry I can't remember any of the names. And it's the same old Newt still shopping conspiracy theories. It seems like he's trying desperately to make people vote for the GOP by trying to scare them into voting for the GOP. More than likely his yammering will help Hillary if history proves anything.

    Romney has replaced Bush (none / 0) (#24)
    by CoralGables on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 07:42:41 AM EST
    Trump has a new foil and he's non-stop this morning hammering Mitt Romney. This plays perfectly into the Trump narrative of attacking Republican "losers" and "light-weights". How the GOP decided Romney should be the attack dog is beyond me.

    Seriously (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:37:43 AM EST
    Baffling.   They are saying the other campaigns, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich, are not thrilled about it either since Mitt is not going to endorse all he is really doing is sucking up air time with an endeavor that nearly everyone seems to think will actually help Donald.

    Oh and a bunch of rich donors are going to run ads.  That'll do for sure.

    The best line I've heard about this is that if Mitt really wants to to serious damage to Donald he should endorse him.

    The debate tonight should be worth watching.  Donald and Megyn, together again.


    Scratch that thing I said (none / 0) (#31)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:40:25 AM EST
    About not watching the next republican debate.

    Most likely the Mitt hidden plan (none / 0) (#34)
    by CoralGables on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:58:32 AM EST
    is to be the alternative at a contested convention. To do that he needs to slow the Trump train. He's certainly not going to endorse anyone else right now as he attacks Trump.

    I repeat (5.00 / 2) (#36)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 10:25:01 AM EST
    God is not generous enough to allow the republicans to deny the voters and coronate Mitt.   I could not imagine a better scenario for democrats.

    They most certainly can deny Donald Trump ... (5.00 / 1) (#62)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 02:56:35 PM EST
    ... the nomination if he fails to meet the threshold of 1,237 delegates in order to secure it on the first ballot. In fact, you can count on that effort if he falls short of that magic number.

    But it's a high-risk proposition at best, and it really all depends upon Marco Rubio winning Florida and John Kasich winning Ohio. If Trump takes even one of those winner-take-all states, he's got an inside track to the nomination. If he wins both, he's likely on glide path to a first ballot triumph.

    That said, if Trump really does desire to be an effective and compelling presidential nominee, then he needs to start expanding his base of support beyond hardcore fans and opportunists such as Chris Christie and Sarah Palin. That means scoring outright majority victories in the remaining primaries, rather than continuing to rely upon garnering a plurality against a fractured competition. He won Virginia with only 35% of the vote, which means that 65% of Republican voters still prefer someone else. In Texas, he didn't even crack 30%.

    At this particular point in an admittedly front-loaded primary process, those are highly problematic numbers in major states for any prospective nominee, because they indicate that not only will the party likely fail to coalesce around him but further, it may instead fracture very badly under the deadweight of his divisive and controversial candidacy during the ensuing general election campaign.

    Just break out the Ouija Board and channel George McGovern, who nevertheless secured the 1972 Democratic nomination despite winning only 25% of all primary votes cast in a hotly contested four-way race, if you don't believe me. (My apologies for the noxious comparison to the late Sen. McGovern, a good and decent man who devoted his entire adult life to the service of his country, and was the virtual antithesis of everything Donald Trump stands for.)

    If that happens, and Republican candidates in downticket races break ranks with Trump and flee for the hills in desperate individual efforts to salvage their own respective campaigns, a united Democratic Party behind Hillary Clinton's leadership would stand poised to score a sweeping and decisive triumph across the board, running the table through Congress and down to the statehouses themselves.

    That's the Republicans' unstated nightmare scenario.


    Fiiiine (none / 0) (#39)
    by CST on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 10:48:47 AM EST
    Do you think he's generous enough to give us Ted Cruz as the nominee?

    Because frankly, I'd take that.  Donald is way scarier.

    God wants you to drop out now Rubio.


    Probably not (none / 0) (#41)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 11:02:38 AM EST
    I agree

    The thing is I think a lot of people are beginning to agree.  Which is why probably not.


    Who Else Do They Have ? (5.00 / 1) (#53)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 12:48:07 PM EST
    A Bush or two, Newt, McCain probably wouldn't be bad, but it takes a certain personality to go up against Trump.  Who wants to be venomously hated by a lot of republicans and listen to Trump calling you a loser every chance he gets on the TV, especially, you know, when you are a loser in terms of running for president.

    They sent Romney out as the suicide bomber but forgot to pack the explosives now it like he's on Jeopardy hitting the button and nothing.

    What's Boehner up to ?


    Yup, they are a leasderless party which is how (none / 0) (#54)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 12:50:25 PM EST
    Trump stepped into the vacuum to begin with.

    Calling General Petraus!!


    Yes, I don't (none / 0) (#56)
    by KeysDan on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 01:25:08 PM EST
    see excavating Mittens from mothballs is the most effective tactic.  But, as you note, what Republican can do it--Lindsey has tried, even calling, reluctantly, for Republicans to rally around Cruz. Probably, because Cruz can more reliably be counted on to bomb first and ask questions later..

     Although, Rubio has been really successful with his teenage boy jokes, winning Minnesota and all. Maybe, we can look forward to more of same from him tonight.

     Maybe, just maybe, some Republican will take a look at Trump's so-called policies, for example, his hot -off- the -griddle health care plan. But, then, that will be hard to do, most agree with its core, repeal Obamacare.

     This thin gruel for health care devotes much of the plan to repeal. Then comes Trump's next pledge: "...and replace it with something terrific."

    And, he sure delivers:  His "terrific-care" is warmed over Republican emergency room care, free markets, save big bucks by providing no care to "illegal immigrants" (you can hear the cheers), block grants for Medicaid for those red state Governors to plug all those holes in their budgets due to tax breaks for the wealthy, and, the innovative and creative ideas of allowing deductions for premiums, allow health care savings accounts. get rid of regulations and remove of all those lines for demarcation of places, called states. Competition in health care is a winner.

    And, Trump lives up to his word in that he would keep "pre-existing" conditions: "terrific-care," will return America to the dire conditions that pre-existed the Coolidge Administration.  

    So, what's there for a Republican to criticize? Come to think of it, Romney may be the best they have. Mothballs do air out, over time, and we can handle the smell until then.


    Donald Trump (none / 0) (#59)
    by jbindc on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 02:02:43 PM EST
    On Romney's speech:

    "I don't know what happened to him," Trump said during a rally in Portland, Maine. "You can see how loyal he is. He was begging for my endorsement. I could have said Mitt 'drop to your knees.' He would have dropped to his knees."

    Exactly what you'd expect, (5.00 / 2) (#60)
    by NYShooter on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 02:11:56 PM EST
    Any response to Romney's substantive charges?

    Of course not. Again, exactly what you'd expect.

    Do his followers care about the truth of his charges? If they cared about the truth we wouldn't be having this discussion.


    I think (none / 0) (#61)
    by jbindc on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 02:13:53 PM EST
    There's a double entendre there.

    ... the virtue of self-reliance. When my grandmother went into labor in 1928 while pregnant with my aunt, she couldn't get ahold of a doctor or anybody else and ended up having to drive herself clear across town to the hospital.



    Funny, Actual Headline (none / 0) (#63)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 03:04:26 PM EST
    Christie on Trump Press Conference Flap: 'No, I Was Not Being Held Hostage'

    No, I was not being held hostage," he said told reporters during a press conference in New Jersey. "No, I was not sitting up there thinking 'Oh my God, what have I done?'"

    "I wasn't upset, I wasn't angry, I wasn't despondent," he said. "I wasn't anything other than happy that we had done as well as we had done that night, and listening to someone giving a press conference in front of the national press corps. "

    We ?  That sounds like VP talk to me.

    What an endorsement.


    I detect a (5.00 / 1) (#64)
    by KeysDan on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 03:16:10 PM EST
    similarity between the Romney and Trump campaigns: Romney strapped his dog, Seamus, to the roof of his car; Trump has his new puppy, Christie, tied to the rack.  

    Why Am I Imagining... (none / 0) (#65)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 03:32:07 PM EST
    ... a Chris Christie hood ornament that when Trump's chauffeur hits the horn, mini-Christie yells profanities at other drivers.

    Because I've already called first dibs on ... (none / 0) (#69)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 05:24:58 PM EST
    ... the vision in which Christie assumes the role of the oversized Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from "Ghostbusters," stomping on everything in sight.

    It has (none / 0) (#35)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 10:04:17 AM EST
    devolved into a full throttled food fight right now. Romney jumping into the fray has done nothing except turn it into a five way food fight. People who thought Romney was fine 2012 are now repeated Democratic talking points against him. It's more biazzaro clown circus freak show.

    If I could handle the dog and pony show (none / 0) (#37)
    by CoralGables on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 10:42:47 AM EST
    I'd tune in tonight just to see how many times Romney is called a loser.

    Andrea Mitchell (none / 0) (#40)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 11:00:53 AM EST
    Is VERY impressed with Mitt.  I haven't seen her this excited since her last Don Rumsfeld interview.

    The response will be interesting.

    Personally I think it's an invitation to not take the bait and just brush Mitt off if he's capable of doing that.


    No way (none / 0) (#43)
    by CoralGables on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 11:22:54 AM EST
    Trump voters probably hate Mitt. It's like a big fat softball hanging right over the middle of the plate. Trump is taking this one over the fence while Rubio plays the role of Romney lapdog.

    If I was advising Donald (none / 0) (#44)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 11:27:16 AM EST
    I would tell hm to make that Reagan related quote from the time of Goldwater  "a time for choosing" the second slogan of his campaign.

    A time for choosing.  Them or me.

    I don't expect a muted response.

    One tweet already

    "Thanks Mitt"


    Aside (none / 0) (#45)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 11:35:50 AM EST
    Is it because there are no open threads or are the email trolls SERIOUSLY asleep at the switch?

    That was rhetorical


    Btw (none / 0) (#46)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 11:39:09 AM EST
    Will Bernie stump this?

    Decision time Bernie.


    Well (none / 0) (#48)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 12:12:31 PM EST
    after beating the same story for a year now maybe even they are getting weary of it.

    I realize he's preaching to the choir (none / 0) (#47)
    by CST on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 11:53:14 AM EST
    But I do like this one line:

    "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,"


    I hope Hillary is taking notes (none / 0) (#49)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 12:12:44 PM EST
    That's a good one!

    There was a commercial on this morning (none / 0) (#52)
    by jbindc on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 12:46:53 PM EST
    While I had CNN on - don't remember the PAC that sponsored it - it was ALL about Trump University and lying and fraud.

    South Florida is getting pummeled (none / 0) (#55)
    by CoralGables on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 12:53:05 PM EST
    by the Conservative Solutions PAC commercials on this topic (it's Marco Rubio in disguise)

    As is Trump's standard tactic (none / 0) (#58)
    by NYShooter on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 02:01:11 PM EST
    he sued one of the first "students" that joined the class action suit against him.

    Fortunately, the judge saw it for what it was, and ordered him to pay her approximately $800,000.


    Trump supports the Arts, uhhh (none / 0) (#28)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:15:06 AM EST
    On Monday, February 8th, 2016, Trump spoke at a Rotary Club gathering in Manchester, New Hampshire, where several Arts Action Fund members were present and attempted to ask Trump about his position on the arts.

    While he answered few questions, he did remark on his aesthetic goals for his proposed border wall with Mexico. Trump said he wants to add some designs to the wall so it looks "real nice" because "someday they might name it after me." (Source: Americans for the Arts Action Fund)

    Trump released a health care plan (none / 0) (#29)
    by CST on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:25:25 AM EST
    Surprise!  It's a lot like all the other Republican health care plans.  Link

    No universal coverage, no protection for pre-existing conditions, but hey - you can buy your insurance from Alabama!  And he'll get people off of CHIP by giving them jobs!  Why didn't anyone else think of that?

    Pardon my ignorance (none / 0) (#32)
    by jbindc on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:54:43 AM EST
    Or Trump's,  but CHIP is for CHILDREN, right?  Is he going to abolish child labor laws too so they can get insurance?

    Don't worry, the labor camps will (5.00 / 2) (#38)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 10:45:06 AM EST
    be top notch!

    That's one way... (5.00 / 3) (#42)
    by kdog on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 11:12:13 AM EST
    to close the Trump Tie Factory in the Shenzen Province and bring the jobs back home!

    I believe history teaches us that little kids are especially good at servicing textile machinery...like Trump, they have small hands well-suited to the task.


    the relevant section (none / 0) (#33)
    by CST on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:57:48 AM EST
    "To reduce the number of individuals needing access to programs like Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program we will need to install programs that grow the economy and bring capital and jobs back to America."

    I'm going to give him some of the benefit of the doubt and assume he's referring to the parents.  

    But that was my first thought as well.


    I read (none / 0) (#50)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 12:25:58 PM EST
    the synopsis of the Romney speech and it made me laugh. I guess he's laying out all the talking points for the GOP to use against Trump. However I think that it's going to fall on deaf ears and he had to use the requisite character assassination on Hillary.

    Romney thinks that Trump is a sure loser to Hillary. So he thinks Rubio or Cruz would win a general election? ROTFLMAO.

    No. Rather, he likely envisions ... (none / 0) (#67)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 05:01:45 PM EST
    ... a scenario by which a hopelessly brokered convention turns to His Romneyness and exalts his praises, beseeching him to save the party from itself, upon which he thereby arises from his seat and reluctantly agrees to do so -- but only after Laurence Harvey, hiding in the rafters, takes out both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz before Frank Sinatra can stop him.

    Maybe the (none / 0) (#66)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 04:46:49 PM EST
    GOP should haul out Nancy Reagan to try to stop Trump. They've hauled out about everybody else.

    'Not even my wife knows' (none / 0) (#70)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 06:20:59 PM EST
    secret Donald Trump voters speak out

    On paper, I probably look like a guaranteed Cruz or Rubio vote. I'm a millennial woman, my parents immigrated from Castro's Cuba, I work as a trial attorney in Miami and I'm a born-again Christian. But I'm voting for Donald Trump, and I've convinced all my friends and family to do so as well.

    His candidacy is a happy accident that is currently ripping the soul of America apart, which is something that I think we desperately need (and deserve) at this time in our history, for better or for worse. I support whatever strange gods happen to be behind his candidacy, for, as Martin Heidegger proclaimed in his famous Der Speigel interview, although for slightly different reasons, "Only a God can save us."

    I'd advise a little less quoting of German (5.00 / 1) (#72)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 06:50:19 PM EST
    Philosophy right about now. A little too on the nose,

    I see (none / 0) (#73)
    by FlJoe on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 07:25:55 PM EST
    the bumper sticker now "Make America great again...rip out it's soul".

    Best Anti-Trump Strategy For the Republicans (none / 0) (#71)
    by RickyJim on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 06:29:03 PM EST
    is to claim that he isn't as good a business man as he claims to be.  My theory is that Trump is insecure about the fact that some people, to whom he can be compared, are much wealthier.  I think that is the root of why he is reluctant to release his financial records and has consistently lied about his net worth. He will never own up to the fact that many of his business ventures were failures and he has sought bankruptcy protection several times.  In the Forbes world billionaire list Michael Bloomberg is #8 at $40B, Sheldon Adelson is #22 at $25.2B and Trump is tied with a bunch of others at #324 with $4.5B.

    And, that number (none / 0) (#76)
    by NYShooter on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:11:49 PM EST
    is only a "best guess" figure.

    He lists his "Brand" (his name) as being valued at Three Billion.

    But, besides his net worth being far lower than he claims, I think the fact that he gave next to nothing to charity, and, virtually nothing to veteran's organization, would be right up there as personal embarrassments.


    one of the co-chairs of his veterans outreach org (none / 0) (#84)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:40:31 PM EST
    got arrested today in the Bundy mod crime spree. Oops.

    For the Record... (none / 0) (#106)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Mar 04, 2016 at 09:49:26 AM EST
    ... Sheldon Adelson is in serious trouble, it's why I suspect he was incognito in Nevada when Trump was there.

    Trump defends his privates in the debate (none / 0) (#74)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:07:38 PM EST
    Yes, new low reached.

    Ha (none / 0) (#75)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:10:33 PM EST
    You beat me.

    You know it's all downhill from here.


    The crowd is like watching (none / 0) (#77)
    by jbindc on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:12:14 PM EST
    A monster truck rally.

    So embarassed for my hometown.


    Complete with the yahoos behind (none / 0) (#83)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:37:06 PM EST
    the moderators making faces and waving. Never seen anything like this in a presidential debate.

    lol. look on the bright side... (none / 0) (#109)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Mar 04, 2016 at 12:44:05 PM EST
    they didn't throw any octopuses.

    Rupert tweets (none / 0) (#78)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:16:31 PM EST

    Rupert Murdoch  ✔‎@rupertmurdoch
    As predicted, Trump reaching out to make peace with Republican "establishment". If he becomes inevitable party would be mad not to unify.


    "We're finished with Rubio," Roger Ailes told one of the network's hosts recently, according to three unnamed sources. "We can't do the Rubio thing anymore

    Final question (none / 0) (#100)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:58:32 PM EST
    FOX wants unity

    Say it John (none / 0) (#79)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:18:20 PM EST

    Only man that could ever reach me (5.00 / 3) (#92)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:01:48 PM EST
    You reached into the vault for this one (none / 0) (#102)
    by CoralGables on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 10:55:01 PM EST
    Glad someone got it! (none / 0) (#104)
    by ruffian on Fri Mar 04, 2016 at 06:56:20 AM EST
    A little Dusty makes everything better.

    Then he'd look into the camera's eye... (5.00 / 1) (#108)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 04, 2016 at 12:40:23 PM EST
    Lord knows to my surprise...

    The only one who doesn't totally scare me,
    Is the son of a mailman.
    The only boy who ain't totally crazy,
    Is the son of a mailman
    Yes he is, he is, ooh, yes he is


    Time to remind us all (none / 0) (#81)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:23:48 PM EST
    You are above all this

    Marco is sweating (none / 0) (#80)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:20:24 PM EST

    This is like a Cuban ham sandwich (none / 0) (#82)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:33:37 PM EST
    With broccoli on the side

    Hey! I happen to like broccoli! (none / 0) (#111)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Mar 04, 2016 at 09:04:54 PM EST
    It's brussel spouts that suck!

    Almost an hour in (none / 0) (#85)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:49:06 PM EST
    And Mitt has hardly caused a ripple.  Even the also rans dont want to bring it up.

    I think he expected to set the tone.

    Ok I've reached my limit (none / 0) (#98)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:31:15 PM EST
    Obamacare : job killer! Hahahahaha

    Good night!


    What is he talking about? (none / 0) (#86)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:54:51 PM EST
    The 9/11 pilots wives leaving the US before the attacks? Never heard that one.

    Which is scarier (none / 0) (#87)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:58:00 PM EST
    The talk or the cheering crowd ?

    The crowd of course (none / 0) (#89)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:59:55 PM EST
    Beautiful theater though (none / 0) (#90)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:01:05 PM EST
    I hope it forgets this night.

    My friend Stef (none / 0) (#93)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:03:10 PM EST
    Who photographs theaters photographed this theater.   It really is great.   Did you see the sign out front.

    No, missed that. I was remembering her (none / 0) (#95)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:04:18 PM EST
    photos though. Great series.

    Yeah, the Fox Theater (none / 0) (#97)
    by jbindc on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:15:00 PM EST
    Is really beautiful.  It was built in the 1920s and has had realky big names perform there.   I saw an interview wirh Martha Reeves, of Martha and the Vandellas, and she said they were performing on stage there when they got word that MLK was assassinated.

    It's right across the street from both Comerica Park and Ford Field,  so on rare Sundays in the fall, you get huge traffic jans if there's a foirball game, a baseball game and a performance that all let out about the same time!


    Too many Fox Theaters (none / 0) (#101)
    by CoralGables on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 10:54:00 PM EST
    I've enjoyed the one in Miami and the one in Atlanta.

    Also one in St Louis (none / 0) (#107)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 04, 2016 at 10:41:15 AM EST
    Amazing.  It was restored when I lived there.  It has a giant organ that rises out of the orchestra pit rotating.

    Stan Kan would always play it for silent horror films on Halloween.


    When they (none / 0) (#99)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:44:21 PM EST
    come up with this kind of stuff I have to wonder did they all take LSD before the debate or did they forget their meds or are they using Alex Jones conspiracy site for real research.

    Just when you think it can't get any more bizarre it does.


    My cousin said (none / 0) (#103)
    by jbindc on Fri Mar 04, 2016 at 04:56:05 AM EST
    The local news reported that they only had 50 tickets available to the public.

    I guess the rest go to big donors and maybe they bus people in?


    Yes. There were only 25 (none / 0) (#105)
    by Towanda on Fri Mar 04, 2016 at 08:45:10 AM EST
    tickets available for the last Dem debate -- also a small venue, on a campus, so the tickets went to students.  Based on their GPAs.  (I liked that.)

    And yes, the hundreds of party officials and Dem donors were brought in by bus, because the entire neighborhood was closed down for three days by Secret Service.  And every nearby parking lot and street was needed for dozens of massive tv trucks and trailers.  And for the helipad for security and news copters overhead for hours.

    And the small venues are made smaller, in terms of seating, because of the massive tv set that needs to be built for debates.  So, with more than 400 other media credentialed for the last Dem debate, they were set up in a huge room in another building on the campus.



    Kasich makes me nostalgic for the old style (none / 0) (#88)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 08:58:19 PM EST
    Republican that I just disagreed with but didn't detests with every fiber of my being.

    Only relatively (5.00 / 1) (#91)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:01:30 PM EST
    Not that long ago he was considered an arch conservative

    Yeah....worked with Reagan (5.00 / 1) (#94)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:03:27 PM EST
    I'm sure I detested him 30 years ago!

    John Kerry is applauding that ringing (none / 0) (#96)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 03, 2016 at 09:06:42 PM EST
    defense of flexibility. I bet he wishes he could have sold it as well.