The choice of Carly Fiorina invalidates most reasons for supporting Ted Cruz
After the announcement today of Carly Fiorina, by Ted Cruz, as his running mate, I no longer can support this candidacy and the candidate advancing any further in this year’s 2016 presidential contest for the GOP nomination for president. This is a move that, in my mind, almost completely invalidates all the reasons for supporting Cruz in this race. And remember, I declared my support not long ago to #NeverHillary and I still stick to that. I will never support anything, anyone, or otherwise that helps Hillary Clinton become president.
For several months I have supported Ted Cruz for president, advised everyone who would listen to vote for him in the primaries, and then I voted for him in the primary myself on March 1. I made the case so many times for nominating yet another first term senator for president, who although not perfect, had many qualities that made him the best choice for the nomination this year among the candidates who were running. I made the case many times how much he’s a solid conservative Republican who would do what needs to be done as president, and appoint great choices for Supreme Court justices, and federal judges, all the positions in the cabinet and all the other appointments that presidents make. I believed that he, as much as anyone else, understands that personnel is policy, and the people a president appoints are every much as important as the policies the administration will advocate and advance.
The first key personnel choice, that is usually made by nominees who are assured of winning the nomination as opposed to a candidate who has not yet won that nomination, is the choice of a running mate to be the candidate for vice president, the second highest office in the land. The key qualification for a candidate for vice president, since they can become president, is being qualified to be president. This choice also is the candidate’s first chance to prove that they have solid and sound judgment, and that they understand that personnel is policy. So what do we get from Ted Cruz’s first appointment, as someone who would be president, for the second spot? We get someone who most Republican voters have rejected, this year, for president, namely Carly Fiorina. Almost no one deemed her to be qualified for president, therefore, why would anyone suggest she is qualified to run for vice president? Why did Ted Cruz come to this judgment and select her to be his running mate?
I will not mince words. This running mate choice by Ted Cruz today is an abominably terrible choice. It is the wrong candidate for vice president, announced at the most wrong time, and done for all the wrong reasons. This choice, and its timing, strikes out on all counts. This has been described as a desperate “hail Mary” by pundits. They’re right, it’s a hail Mary that was intercepted in the end zone and returned for a touchdown by the opposing team. Use all the sports cliches you want, but this very terrible call by Ted Cruz is game, set, and match for Donald Trump, who will win the GOP nomination this year. I cannot support this nomination in any way. I am not leaving the Cruz campaign, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan referring to his departure from the Democrat Party, the Cruz campaign has left me, and millions of others, behind with this completely un-smart decision to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate today.
What was the major reason for supporting Ted Cruz and opposing Donald Trump for the nomination? Consistent, courageous, constitutional, conservative reigniting the promise of America? Remember that? Was it for real or just talk? And we were told how un-conservative Donald Trump is. A candidate promising a consistent, courageous, constitutional, and conservative administration should know that personnel is policy, and creating and building such an administration would start, when the choice is announced at the right time, with an announcement of a candidate for the nomination for vice president who fits that description. Congressman Dave Brat would be perfect. But I know not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and someone like South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley or New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez would have been an excellent choice.
But also-ran presidential candidate, and abysmally failed former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, is the best that Ted Cruz can come up with? Really? First, Fiorina is not a conservative. Not even close, as President Obama said. Not. Even. Close. She wasn’t successful in the business world, she was a disaster as CEO of HP and then got fired by the board. She was an epic failure as Republican nominee for California Senator against Sen. Barbara Boxer. She failed badly as a presidential candidate this year, coming in something like seventh place in a field of 16 candidates. How does the seventh place also-ran candidate some how bring energy and balance to a Ted Cruz presidential ticket? Is this for real? Is this a really bad April fools joke announced 26 days too late? Is this possibly the worst running mate choice ever made by someone who has chance (quickly fading after this announcement) of winning the nomination of one of the two major parties for president? Maybe George McGovern’s choice of Thomas Eagleton in 1972 was perhaps a more unwise choice.
If this is the best that Ted Cruz can come up with, in making his first major personnel decision, what kind of appointments will he make as president? How can I assume he knows what are good choices for justices, judges, and cabinet appointments if he actually thinks anointing Carly Fiorina for vice president is a good choice? This appointment is a joke. If you had told me four months ago that any candidate would have picked Carly Fiorina for vice president, I would have asked, are you predicting that is who Donald Trump’s choice will be? If you had told me that Ted Cruz would nominate Carly Fiorina for vice president, I would have asked you, what are you smoking? Now I’m asking what is Ted Cruz been smoking?
This choice destroys every main reason for supporting Ted Cruz for president. He has appointed someone who is clearly not qualified for the office, and someone who is clearly not a conservative and is clearly less conservative than any of the other candidates still in the race for the GOP nomination this year. Ted Cruz was the only remaining candidate not named Donald Trump who still had some outside chance of winning the GOP nomination for president. Now that clearly will not happen. Ted Cruz will lose many supporters with this move, and Donald Trump will easily win most of the remaining delegates on his way to exceeding the needed 1237 delegates and winning the nomination. I strongly hope that Trump will make a better nomination for vice president when the time comes, because clearly he will be the 2016 GOP nominee for president.
Defeating, and saving the country from, Hillary Clinton is the highest objective for November. I don’t want the sophistry about Donald Trump being just as liberal as Hillary Clinton, because it’s clearly not true, even if Trump may not be as conservative as many of us would prefer. But he is going to be a Republican nominee, and unifying behind his candidate in Cleveland will be necessary for defeating Hillary Clinton.
Ted Cruz has, with the announcement of this incredibly bad choice for a running mate, reached the same stage of the process that Bernie Sanders has reached in the Democrat nominating process. They should both withdraw, and for the sake of their respective parties unifying for November, support the presumptive nominee of their parties. Staying in the race beyond this point for either of them can on decrease the odds that their party’s nominee wins in November. For our side, the Republican Party nomination contest, that means it’s time for Kasich and Cruz to step out and support the nominee who has been chosen by the highest number of voters, and pledged delegates, in the nominating process.
There is no doubt that Trump will reach 1237 delegates, and legitimately win the GOP nomination by the party’s nominating rules. That being the case, it’s time to unite behind the nominee and beat Hillary Clinton in November. We have a nominee and it’s time for all Republicans to support the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, to beat Hillary in November.
Hillary Clinton is dangerous
Hillary Clinton’s first 100 days in office will be a very tramatic time for America. She would support and expand President Obama’s unconstitutional immigration executive action, while fast tracking naturalization. She will ensure that the eleven million people living in this country illegally can and do stay, passing “comprehensive immigration reform,” known as amnesty. It’s likely that if she were to become president, republicans would lose the senate and have a narrowed majority in the House of Representatives. She will use her electoral mandate to get some Republican support.
Secondly, she will appoint a extreme liberal to the Supreme Court, likely ideologically in tune with Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. They ultimately would overturn the Heller decision, the Hobby lobby decision as well as the decision overturning much of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, they would likely rule against conservatives in the event any state should pass restriction on abortion or Planned Parenthood. We could even see abortion clinics at Walmart, just like we do hair salons. It would be so easy to get an abortion, because the supreme court would find that not only is it a right in the sense that a woman has the option to have one, they would find that a woman has the right to get the RESOURCES for an abortion, which would ultimately come from general revenue funds. To pay for this, democrats would abolish tax-exempt stratus from charities across the board, and instead tax their revenues at the regular rates, which could top 40 percent.
Third, she will move for Cap and trade, and institute a tax on vehicles that the government deems “inefficiant.” This would include millions of vans, buses, SUVs, box trucks, semi trucks, and millions of other vehicles. In other words, unless you drive a Honda Civic hybrid, you’re screwed. Of course, if you work for the government and use your vehicle in the commission of government services, you’ll be exempt from these rules. But hey, I geuss we’re “protecting the environment,” right? Expect this tax to be at least 10 percent of your vehicle’s value, if not more, and if the data shows the tax is ineffective, President Clinton could raise the tax to 15 or 20 percent. You may or may not have the right to contest the value of your vehicle, depending on weather President Clinton puts those provisions in the legislation. But would that be a violation of due process? Nope, not according to Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court.
Fourth, she’ll be one of the biggest neoconservative presidents we’ve ever seen. She is and has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for regime change, a foreign policy that has never worked out well in the history of the United States, as it didn’t in Egypt or libya, it won’t anywhere else, unless we’re literally prepared to take over their land permanently, which isn’t something neoconservatives favor. She will be more aggressive on foreign policy than George W. Bush, in part because she agrees with the ideology and part due to her not wanting to be perceived as weak by other world leaders. Hilary Clinton will involve the United States in every foreign conflict, arguing its in our “best interest.”
Fifth, she will support the passage of “reasonable gun safety measures” that will infringe our second amendment rights. The first step in this process will be to pass “common sense background checks,” then everything else will fall into place. She will then ask congress to pass the “assault weapons ban,” and then ultimately through a blue state like California enacting a new law, her Supreme Court will find it’s unconstitutional for an individual to keep guns in their homes, and we must surrender them to our local authorities or ultimately face prosecution. She will shut down every gun shop, and outlaw the sale of bullets except to the police and the military. I predict the first offense would be a felony, punishable by no less than five years in prison.
Hillary Clinton would not be a one term president, either. With the millions of voters that will come into the country and the ones living here already being legalized, they will support her in droves because they will have bought into the Democrat’s lie that the Republican Party does not care about them or their well-being. After two terms in the White House, we face the prospect of having a potential 7-2 progressive majority, which would nullify every constitutional right we hold dear. Under Hillary Clinton, we would likely have no hope of another Republican president for at least 20 years, and by then the party would be totally different, something we as conservatives may not even recognise.
It’s up to us to stop her, and I hope you’ll join me in that effort.
Donald Trump, in his first 100 days as president would do many great things for our nation. He would immediately sign an executive order banning muslims from outside our country from entering the United States. He would follow up by calling other countries such as China to advise them that if they do not stop manipulating currency and taking advantage of the United States, we would retaliate by imposing a 25 percent tariff on products imported from China. If they do not follow through, he will propose legislation to the United States Congress requesting that the 25 percent tariff be made law. This would inevitably cause the markets in China’s economy to slow dramatically enough to bring them to the negotiating table. Odds are, they will cease the currency manipulation in order to continue doing business with the United States.
I also predict within the first 100 days he will begin negotiations with Mexico to build the wall along our southern boarder. He will tax the remittance payments from Mexico, which amount to a total of $24.8 billion dollars. Taxing this revenue could in part pay for the wall. He has also argued for restructuring NAFTA to force Mexico to pay for the wall, and he could also put a temporary tariff on Mexican products entering our country. These things combined would mean the wall would be built and paid for within a relatively short amount of time, no big deal.
Third, he will appoint a Supreme Court Justice like Raymond Gruender, a judge appointed in 2003 by President George W. Bush who will uphold the rights of the unborn and shoot down liberal crackpot judicial rulings. He will not appoint a Sotomayor or a Kagan, which is some of what you hear from those who are opposed to a Trump presidency from within the party. He may not pick Gruender, but he will pick someone with the same judicial philosophy. Trump will not appoint his sister, as that would be perceived as corrupt. He is likely to nominate someone as conservative or more conservative than Scalia.
Fourth, he will defund planned parenthood, using the veto pen if necessary. Planned Parenthood is a terrible organization which has performed 300,000 abortions per year in this country, according to the Heritage Foundation. Mr Trump has given them credit for some services they may provide, but he seems to understand that there are many other women’s health centers the funding could go to to provide mammograms and pre-pregnancy birth control, and he will redirect these funds away from Planned Parenthood and put them into those organizations that do not practice and authorize abortion.
And fifth, and possibly the biggest one of all: He will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. He has advocated medical liability reform, as well as abolishing insurance company monopolies in given states, therefore allowing nationwide competition. On this issue, he is a bit different from most Republicans – I believe he will keep a portion of the medicaid expansion to cover those who otherwise would be UNINSURABLE. Understanding that insurance by nature is to cover generally healthy people who are unlikely to need coverage vs the medical necessity of those with disabling conditions who otherwise would be excluded from healthcare “insurance.” There will likely be a board to determine if someone is capable of getting insurance on the open market without being deemed “uninsurable.” This is necessary, because in order to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans must offer a viable option to ensure coverage to the most vulnerable who fall in the income gap, or we will be accused of being heartless again.
Seventh, he will protect our gun rights which are under continued assault by the left and those who wish to infringe on our right to keep and bear arms. I believe he will propose and get passed National Concealed Carry, which would abolish most of the nutty far-left gun laws that exist in some of these states that are run by liberals. While he used to be in favor of gun control, he has since evolved on the issue, with members of his family registered members of the National Rifle Association (NRA.)He will also appoint Supreme Court justices who will uphold the Heller decision.
Eighth, he will roll back some of the disastrous rules made by this administration imposed on the coal industry. He understands this bureaucracy is out of control and out of touch. He may or may not be able to get rid of the EPA entirely due to its entrenched status in Washington D.C. But at a minimum, he can drastically scale it back and allow businesses and coal miners to continue to make a living while breathing a sigh of relief.
Mr. Trump will have a lot on his plate when he takes office, but he will do these things within his first 100 days. There is a lot of damage he will have to undo that was inflicted upon this nation by President Obama. If we want to turn this country around, there is only one choice, and that is Donald J. Trump.
Dear voters, I know you all have individual opinions about who should be nominated. Right now, we have only one real choice: We must nominate Donald J. Trump for the presidency. This is a moral imperative if nothing else. Ted Cruz has run an honorable campaign, he has spoken about the conservative agenda in ways that have excited many voters, however he lacks the mandate from the electorate. More states have gone to Trump (21) than Cruz (11) and weather or not he won a majority in any of these states is a mute point because NO one won a majority in any state, with the possible exception of Ted Cruz in a few small caucus states.
Trump has also won more popular votes than any other candidate, and voters believe their voices should be heard. The arguement that Trump has only received 37 percent of the vote and therefore everyone else was voting against him doesn’t fly either, because in any of these states the Kasich, Rubio, Bush, Carson, Christie, and Fiorina votes didn’t go to Cruz either. None of these candidates have won a “majority”. It’s almost impossible for any candidate to win a majority of the delegates in a field of 17 candidates. The standard isn’t fair, and voters agree, according to a new NBC News poll, over 60 percent of voters believe the person who has won the most votes going into a convention should be nominated. That’s because most voters believe in a democracy, weather we live in a constitutional republic or not. Voters want their voices heard. That’s probably why 45 percent of voters in this same poll believe it would be acceptable for Trump to run as a third party, as 47 percent do not. If we potentially lose 45 percent of our party, it could be fatal. When perception is matched against the “rules,” the perception will always defeat the “rules.”
But what about the delegates? Don’t they decide the nominee? Technically, yes, they do and they have for many many years. But in the age of the 24/7 media and the primary and caucus system influencing perception, its difficult politically not to give the nomination to someone who has won more votes, more states and more delegates. I’ve heard many Cruz supporters argue that it’s entirely up to the delegates, and they are 100 percent correct. It’s also up to voters in November, and if they choose not to turn out for our nominee, we will lose to Hillary Clinton. We cannot allow the perception of a rigged political process to take hold. In today’s America, voters demand their say, weather they technically have a right to it or not.
Where do we go from here? That’s a good question. I think we must put our emotions aside and focus on what’s really important here, as I discussed in my previous article. The #NeverTrump crowd needs to think about what they have fought for over the last several decades AND what they fought against. Most conservatives didn’t fight against Donald Trump in the 90s, but they did fight the Clintons. They fought Hillary when she tried to install universal healthcare, they fought for justice when agents were fired from the travel office. They fought against the Clintons when Bill Clinton vetoed welfare reform, until he signed it. I don’t remember a lot of conservatives fighting against Donald Trump in the 90s, because Donald Trump said at the 1988 convention that he was a Republican… that’s right…all the way back to 1988.
Ted Cruz is a smart man, with a great political future. As Donald Trump’s vice president he would be in good position to run in the year 2024, after serving two consecutive terms as Trump’s right hand man. As a original voter for Ted Cruz, having lived in Texas in 2012 and voted for him in both the primary and general elections, I know Ted Cruz is a man of integrity, and I look forward to him supporting this party and becoming president in the future.
We’re headed for a massive electoral defeat this November. That’s the analysis of the media pundits and many of the conservative activists on both sides of the debate over who should be the nominee. The reason? Voters want their chosen candidate and want to screw the other major contender out of the nomination. Trump voters think Cruz is a scumbag who is abusing the rules process and gaming the system to get delegates he doesn’t deserve; likewise Cruz voters believe Trump is a fraud, a fake conservative who should not be nominated under any circumstance. To them, he is a bully, a demagogue, a scam artist and someone who has teamed up with the Clinton machine to defeat conservatism and define the party for decades.
This is poisonous
Both Cruz and Trump love this nation. No one should be publishing this kind of garbage on Facebook and twitter, putting up signs and posters demonizing the other candidate. Both Trump voters and Cruz voters need to take a MAJOR chill-pill and realize what’s really at stake here: Do we really want a Hillary Clinton presidency? The same Hillary Clinton who will use the judiciary to undermine our freedom of speech, our gun rights, our privacy rights, states rights, and not to mention every other right in the constitution. Are we willing, as a party, to give up every single thing we hold dear because we hate each other so much? It’s the heat of an election cycle, and I get it that people are very very passionate. So let’s translate that passion into a positive energy.
The only solution is a Trump-Cruz ticket. This would unite our party like nothing else. Everyone would get what they want, at least in part, and it would result in a majority of the party uniting behind the Republican ticket in November. We cannot win this election if 63% of Trump supporters are willing to vote for him as a third party option and 2/3 of non-Trump supporters are willing to vote third party if he is the nominee. We as supporters of either Trump or Cruz cannot and do not control what our candidates do. We control what we say and do online. We are responsible for our own actions, not those of anyone else. To both the Cruz and the Trump fans: I respect you both. You both love this country. I do too. I don’t want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency because it has the potential to destroy this country. We, as conservatives are family.
If we don’t win in November, we all hold responsibility in equal proportion. No one is innocent, we all participated in the savaging of each other, doing everything we could do to alienate the other faction of our party, pissing each other off daily with our vitriol. I have tried myself to stay out of this mess to whatever degree I could. But I have fallen short at times, and that’s something I deeply regret. It didn’t build the party or contribute anything positive.
The healing begins with you and I, and I hope you’ll join me in making an effort to heal this party and win a huge victory this November. Let’s prove the pundits wrong.
Republican Primary Election 2016
By Bill Collier – For election 2016, outrage has followed outrage. Now comes this “outrageous” statement by Reince Priiebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee regarding the role of delegates for election 2016. According to the Examiner
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cautioned supporters of Donald Trump who vocally disapprove of the GOP’s delegate allocation and selection process.
“By the way, this is a nomination for the Republican Party,” Priebus told 620 WTMJ in Wisconsin. “If you don’t like the party, then sit down. The party is choosing a nominee.”
Preibus also added:
“[S]omewhere along the line, the people decided wouldn’t it be a good idea if we expanded the interest here and had statewide primaries and caucuses and then we would tie the hands of the delegates for just one — just one — vote. And then after that vote, they could go back to the old way,” Priebus said. “That’s what’s going on here.”
Of course, this outraged many, for whom the primary is a sort of election whereby the Party nominee is chosen by the votes cast. It isn’t and it NEVER HAS BEEN.
The truth of the matter is that primaries are merely a way to “expand the interest here” in the process. They certainly serve to test nominees before the convention. But the idea that they would only be chosen from persons who ran on state ballots…..that has only ever been the case since 2012. Meanwhile, the Convention rules for 2016 HAVE NOT BEEN WRITTEN YET.
I know, it seems odd, you enter a contest in which the final RULES for choosing who wins that contest won’t be set until pretty close to the END of the actual contest. In short, primaries are a beauty contest. The fact we’ve had so many years in which the beauty contest aligned with the party membership’s interests is something a bit unusual. It has been a good run.
Of course you will be forgiven if you think that your registration card means you are a party MEMBER. In reality, in terms of how things REALLY work, party members, the people that get to call the shots (and choose the delegates), are the people that go to party meetings, volunteer, give money, and otherwise SUPPORT THE PARTY.
The party doesn’t belong to the public. It is a PRIVATE organization, The people with the MOST POWER are the people who EARN standing in committees and as delegates through the votes of party MEMBERS who actually show up and invest in the organization itself. This is not the kind of work many conservatives have done, frankly, so the more center-right moderates tend to have the most power and, to be totally blunt, THEY HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT to decide who will represent an organization which they have invested in.
How many of today’s primary voters have any vested interested in the PARTY ITSELF as an institution, as a living and breathing political community, bound together by its platform? I suspect very few, as a percentage.
There can and should be no argument that Priebus is right, and Ted Cruz, who insists the party MUST choose him or Donald are wrong- the entire FICTION that primaries are like ELECTIONS, settled merely by who gets the highest number of votes, has been maintained for too long. How many people say “I’m a conservative first and then a Republican?” They are not vested in the PARTY as an institution, but in their ideology. Whereas some of us are vested in the PARTY which we see as the BEST and most vital institution to advance a conservative political agenda, but only if our fellow conservatives actually get involved in building and strengthening our Party.
But that is a different rant.
So I have laid it out here.
The PARTY is going to choose it’s nominee. The people who actually invest time and money in the party should have the most to say about the nominee. For them the survival and success, and health, of the institution is AS IMPORTANT as winning an election. In fact, and I know some will not agree, the survival of the party is actually more important than winning an election. People who focus only on elections and not building the party overall are playing chess instead of checkers.
But the WAY this is being handled by the Party leadership is abysmal. Although some might say, come what may, a good hard dose of reality might be the best solution in the long term. It may in fact serve the health of the Party. A Trump win could represent a populist and non-conservative hijacking of the Party. This could be bad for the long-term survival of that party. This could leave conservatives with a choice between a libertine populism married to economic isolationism, aka Trump, versus libertine socialism coupled with its own form of economic isolationism.
But if the Party wants to both survive AND win the election, because the stakes are so high overall, then it might not want to be so blunt in its honest talk. Iit might want to at least show some compassion for the millions of potential voters who have always believed that whoever gets the most votes among the slate of all candidates in a primary should be the nominee. These people have never heard of all the arcane and Byzantine processes needed to turn the guts and gore of primaries and elections for delegates into a nomination. The sausage making being made bare, outrage has grown upon outrage.
The delegates are elected by local party organizations. This is how it is with election 2016 as it has been from the beginning. They might not feel bound to vote for your candidate after the first round of voting if no majority emerges. For those upset by this, I wish to offer my sincere apologies. We who have always understood this process have failed you. We have not disabused you of the false belief that primaries are meant to serve more than an advisory role in the overall process. We have not let you know the process places the most weight not in the will of voters who have no vested interested in our Party but in the people whose blood, sweat, and tears have built and maintained this Party since its inception.
As a concession prize I can offer you some advice: if you want the GOP to champion YOUR causes and beliefs….start going to local party meetings and events, even on a Saturday, start giving money, and start volunteering. Start being part of building your own local party. Invest yourself in the only organization in America capable of championing conservative causes. Stop trying to work so much outside of the Party that its survival and welfare mean nothing to you. Election 2016 is revealing the ugly truths about politics. They must be given with a does of sugar if they are going to be swallowed.