Republican Gala in NYC

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are speaking tonight at a Republican gala at the Grand Hyatt hotel on 42nd St. in New York City.

Will Trump remind everyone he built the hotel at age 27, and 20 years later sold his interest for $140 million? It was his first big real estate deal. In 1976, the hotel was called The Commodore, and really run-down.

Here's a thread to discuss the Republican event tonight.

Update: Trump did indeed begin with his Hyatt hotel deal and he went on and on about it for far too long.

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    Channel surfing (none / 0) (#1)
    by ragebot on Thu Apr 14, 2016 at 10:54:54 PM EST
    I caught the last couple of minutes of Trump's blabbing being carried live on Fox.  Once he stopped talking Fox went back to Megyn's show and she seemed to be griping about how the first twenty some minutes of her show was devoted to Trump's coverage.

    I thought Trump was (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 12:56:13 AM EST
    boring, but I tuned back in later and listened to  the Fox focus group of Republican voters discussing the candidates and then John Kasich's speech. He is so much more knowledgeable and  experienced than Trump and Cruz. He has a positive rather than divisive message. He stresses unity. I can't figure out why Republicans haven't championed his candidacy.

    It was also interesting to see the focus group's reasons for choosing and rejecting among the three candidates. In order of preference, I'd have to say Kasich is least objectionable, followed by Trump. Cruz is just abominable and a frightening  prospect.

    Kasich may seem so (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 02:51:15 PM EST
    But it's not because of who is standing next to hm.  He is an arch conservative.  He is probably one of the most anti choice governors in the country and has done as much as anyone to limit choice.

    It bother me to see Kasich being called a moderate because he is running against lunatics.  He is not a moderate.


    Sorry (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 04:18:34 PM EST
    That should read

    It's only because of who is standing next to him.


    some of the comments (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 01:05:54 AM EST
    of the focus group were absurd. One guy who seemed very blue collar said glowingly of Trump, he's  "everyman, he's me" and and you and you.

    A woman claimed planned parenthood doesn't really perform any services other than abortion, the stuff about medical services is all a lie, and Trump bought into it.

    Another woman explained Cruz's New York values and said it's about conservatives like her who can't speak at work or they'll be fired. (i.e,.  everyone in charge at every workplace in NY is a leftist who doesn't allow opposing views to be spoken aloud.)

    Really head-swimming stuff.

    Ted Cruz was speaking in the background as I wrote this comment. I wasn't listening, but couldn't help be jolted when I heard him chillingly say, ""We are coming to kill you."


    This is the problem with the most (none / 0) (#6)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 12:11:43 PM EST
    so-called conservatives. Their worldview is totally skewed and not based in reality. It's the 'bubble' that Bill Maher speaks to regularly. I have a friend in N. Virginia that is completely convinced that Obama is coming for his guns, still.

    About 50% of the Repub;s base has left the (none / 0) (#8)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 02:49:59 PM EST
    party and coalesced around Trump as a protest against the BS the elites have been passing out for years. Cruz gets the hard conservatives and Kasich the remainder.

    About the only thing the RNC can say in their defense is that they have no super delegates.

    Just unpledged ones appointed by the state bosses.


    I would probably vote for Kasich (none / 0) (#4)
    by McBain on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 01:22:21 AM EST
    the problem is he's just not exciting or controversial enough for most people.

    "Television... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 11:30:06 AM EST
    the drug of the nation, breeding ignorance and feeding radiation...

    It's the perpetuation of the two party system
    where image takes precedence over wisdom
    Where sound bite politics are served to
    the fastfood culture

    Where straight teeth in your mouth
    are more important than the words
    that come out of it
    Race baiting is the way to get selected
    Willie Horton or
    Will he not get elected on...Television"

    The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy way back in 1992...and more spot on than ever.


    why? (none / 0) (#12)
    by linea on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 08:31:04 PM EST
    i read kaisch's policy proposals and he's espouses a generic GOP platform. it's indistinguishable from cruz's generic GOP platform...

    ... get rid of abortion, urinate on SocSec and Medicare for the elderly, etc., etc.

    the only difference is cruz trotting out the (disengenously proposed) flat tax again (that again) and on the campain trail cruz verbally parroting trump on a wall (disengenously again).

    what exactly makes you prefer kaisch's generic GOP talkimg points over cruz's generic GOP talking points?? kaisch is more likable??


    More reasonable (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by McBain on Sat Apr 16, 2016 at 11:44:54 AM EST
    At this point I trust him, more than the other four candidates, to make important decisions.  I also don't want 4-8 years with an unlikable president in office.  People don't like Clinton, Trump and Cruz. Sanders is too much of a socialist for me, so that leaves Kasich.

    Who's your preference, right now?


    People (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Apr 16, 2016 at 02:24:52 PM EST
    won't like Kasich either once the press actually starts paying attention to him.

    That might be true (none / 0) (#16)
    by McBain on Sat Apr 16, 2016 at 07:10:52 PM EST
    His skeletons haven't been discovered yet.  I still think his personality and overall demeanor are superior to any of the other four.  

    I find (none / 0) (#17)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Apr 16, 2016 at 07:44:46 PM EST
    him strange with his twitching and then he seems to blurt out strange things like telling the Jews that it's Jesus blood they use for Passover.

    He does seem to have some physical issues (none / 0) (#18)
    by McBain on Sat Apr 16, 2016 at 09:47:23 PM EST
    that make him look older than his actual age.  

    For Some Belly Laughs (none / 0) (#19)
    by RickyJim on Sun Apr 17, 2016 at 09:27:53 AM EST
    from Kasich, try this.

    Cruz ain't the same old bag of worm food (none / 0) (#13)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 09:12:49 PM EST
    but he is a bit of a flip flopper.

    Ted Cruz yesterday, bravely tilting at the windmills of domestic battery abuse.

    Ted Cruz today, equally tight-a$$ed but denying it all.


    My favorite quotation from (none / 0) (#11)
    by ragebot on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 05:22:45 PM EST
    Voltaire is "If you would speak with me define your terms".

    I suspect your definition of "more knowledgeable and  experienced" is not the same as the folks who support Trump.

    Much has been made of how much better Cruz is at dealing with rules related to how delegates from Colorado are chosen.  Many folks who support Trump don't view this as a positive, in fact they actively dislike people with that type of knowledge and experience.

    No question Kasich's positions are much closer to Hillary's positions than Trump or Cruz, so it should come as no shock that someone supporting Hillary would support Kasich over the other two choices.


    I didn't see any of them (none / 0) (#7)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Apr 15, 2016 at 02:41:24 PM EST
    But I understand Cruz's mike was cutoff halfway through his speech.... Payback's are hell.