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Iowa Governor Wants “To See Cruz Beaten in Iowa”

Iowa Governor Wants “To See Cruz Beaten in Iowa”

Governor’s son “spear-heading a group promoting biofuels”

As Donald Trump ramps up his attacks on Ted Cruz, the Washington Post is reporting that “The Republican establishment really, really doesn’t like Ted Cruz.”  This premise is nothing new to those of us who have been following Ted Cruz’s career in the Senate and his presidential campaign, and to many serves as a feather in Cruz’s cap.  The vitriol against him, though, is becoming quite pronounced . . . and not just from Trump.

WaPo writes:

There’s an assumption among casual consumers of politics that establishment Republicans loathe Donald Trump. Not really true.  Yes, they worry about what Trump might do downballot to the GOP if he is the nominee. But most view him with some mix of puzzlement and fascination. The Republican establishment saves its actual hatred for one man and one man only: Ted Cruz.

The evidence WaPo trots out is Iowa governor Terry “ethanol” Branstad.

Witness Terry Branstad, the four-term governor of Iowa and, without question, the face of the Republican establishment in the state. On Tuesday, he told reporters that he wants to see Cruz beaten in the Iowa caucuses in 13 days — a remarkable admission by a sitting incumbent of such long standing.

Remarkable?  Hardly.  Read on:

Yes, I know that Branstad’s reason for opposing Cruz is that the Texas senator opposes the Renewable Fuel Standard — a key provision for Iowa’s ethanol industry. (Cruz says he supports ethanol and biofuels generally but opposes all subsidies and mandates for the energy industry.) And yes, I know that Branstad’s son is spearheading a group promoting biofuels and making sure the presidential candidates address the issue.

Even so, it is an amazing testament to how widely disliked Cruz is by the party establishment that Branstad is willing to go on the record against him this close to the caucuses.

This example is exactly why the GOPe “really really doesn’t like” Cruz: he doesn’t walk in lock-step with them, including when they are feeding our tax dollars to their cronies.

WaPo gets it right at the end of the article:

What’s not debatable is the Republican establishment’s outright contempt for Cruz. What’s less clear — at least to me — is what effect, if any, it will have on Cruz’s chances in Iowa or anywhere else. Branstad is popular, no question. But  Cruz will paint him as simply part of the very establishment that has screwed things up — in Washington and in Iowa — for years.  Of course “they” don’t want me to win, Cruz will argue. They want to keep their hands on the levers of power.

Branstad coming out against Cruz  could  simply reaffirm his basic outsider message, which already has a demonstrated appeal in Iowa and elsewhere.

All this hand-wringing about the GOPe not liking Cruz or about Cruz being unable to work with Congress should he be elected strikes me as more than a bit silly.  Not only will the GOPe warmly embrace Cruz should he be the nominee and eventually win, but they will be bending over backwards to do so . . . for at least as long as he stays popular with the American people.

How do we know this?  Because that’s what happens.  Remember the horrible loathing that seethed between Obama and Hillary during the 2008 campaign?  It was almost surreal how each candidates’ supporters behaved and the things that each candidate said / implied about the other.  While there is no love lost between them, they managed to not only work together, but now Hillary, having served as Obama’s Secretary of State, is promising to protect and build on Obama’s legacy should she be elected.

We see this every single election cycle on both sides of the aisle, and the wagons always circle around the eventual candidate . . . no matter what was said during the primaries.  Indeed, both Trump and Rand Paul have already signaled that they will support the eventual GOP nominee.

It’s worth listening to Mark Levin remind us about the depth of hatred the GOPe had for Reagan and remembering how successful his presidency was.


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The Ethanol industry is nothing but a giant crony-capitalist corporate welfare scheme. We need to cut government dependency of all varieties.

    Humphrey's Executor in reply to Paul. | January 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Its an abomination. Kudos to Cruz for having the guts to come out against it in Iowa.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Paul. | January 19, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    This will show the rest of the country whether Iowans are voting for what is overall the best thing for the nation, or what will benefit them; who will send them “the bacon” at the expense of the rest of us.

    janitor in reply to Paul. | January 19, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Ethanol subsidies are crap. And ethanol fuel is bad for your engine as well. BUT Iowans need them right now in this bad economy and eliminating them is for way later. There are more important things to attend to.

      Ragspierre in reply to janitor. | January 19, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Spoken like a true Establishmentarian.

      Cruz allows for the market distortions to be phased out, understanding economics as he does.

      T-rump allows for them to be increased.

      You could go to work for McConnell as a publicity shill. “Well, we’re going to fight and win next time, when the economy is stronger…”

      TX-rifraph in reply to janitor. | January 20, 2016 at 3:21 am

      There is always somebody who benefits from corruption and theft. Does that make it good policy?

T-rump has not only sold out already to BIG CORN, he’s calling for HIGHER subsidies and ethanol mandates.

He did while attacking Cruz from the LEFT as a tool of “big oil”.

AND he lied, straight up. He said it was about “making America great again”.

We have oil so cheap, it can’t be economically produced in some fields right now. We don’t need no steeeekin tax-payer robbing market distortion for T-rump cronies in Iowa.

    smalltownoklahoman in reply to Ragspierre. | January 19, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    And that distortion leads to a huge difference in price per gallon at the pump. I usually see nonethanol gas selling for $.40 or more per gallon than the stuff with ethanol in it. This matters to anyone who either prefers or actually needs to keep ethanol out of their engines.

Just a matter of time before Rags calls someone a “lying sack of shit.”

Should be fun.

    Ragspierre in reply to Vince. | January 19, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Did you read the quotes from the Progressive sell-out in the Hill piece?

    Those are his words, Vince. Read ’em and weep.

Deep breath. This article is from the Washington Post.

The Washington Post is not a friend of any Republican, or Conservative. They are happy to report any nasty little detail they can find about Repubs or Conservties, exaggerate it to the point of hyperbole, and stand back, hoping they cause a fight.

    The federal subsidies exceed $25 billion per year. So yeah, take a breath, you’re getting robbed so the pols of both flavors can buy votes.

“Not only will the GOPe warmly embrace Cruz should he be the nominee and eventually win, but they will be bending over backwards to do so . . .”

The establishment GOP I’ve seen might appear to circle the wagons, but will then quickly about face to form a circular firing squad. There are a lot of old bulls and even a few young steers and heifers that need to be culled from the herd.

Agree with Paul. Ethanol and big sugar subsidies are forms of corporate welfare. Hope the majority of Iowans are smarter than their governor.

I just threw another couple quid Ted’s way, just to make sure that Terry Branstad understands where the rest of us stand.

God bless Cruz for not giving in to the Ethanol lobby. And boo to everyone else, including Trump, Palin, Brandstad, and the rest.

There is a point where everyone’s mettle is tested, faith is tried, etc. This is one such moment, and I am doubling down on the one guy who sees the current crucible for what it is. The next time I read that someone “dislikes” Cruz, I will assume it means they are corrupted by someone Ted won’t get in bed with until proven otherwise.

Legal Insurrection was a wonderful blessing when I found it so many years ago – I stumbled on to it around the time it was founded. And enjoyed it ever since.

Whatever happens in the next couple months in the primary, the fight goes on.

And keep on commenting, Rags. Most of the lurkers love what you have to say. Its been fun reading your comments for a long, long time. Keep on keeping on.

    Ragspierre in reply to PrincetonAl. | January 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you, my friend. It’s part of who I am. I appreciate the good folks here, and the Prof.’s patience with my passionate Scots-Irish nature.

The Friendly Grizzly | January 19, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Terry Branstad is just advocating “gibsmedat!” for his owners, the farmers. He expects Iowans to vote for whoever brings home the taxpayer subsidies for their ethanol scam.

The taxpayer should no more be subsidizing ethanol than it should be distorting the automotive market by granting tax credits for hybrid cars.

    You are correct, and this illustrates the corrosive powers of government handouts. The pols want to get EVERYONE hooked on the “freebies” as it creates a corrupt environment that will keep them in power for ever, and which will slowly erode the freedoms of everyone not in power. The very thought of it makes me want to barf, or go build a guillotine.

Governors want what is best for their state. This should not surprise anyone. The ethanol fuel standards are already set to expire in 5 years. Get a grip.

You know what is 1000 times more important than the already set to expire ethanol fuel standards? Electing a president who will build tbe wall, enforce our laws, deport illegals, bring jobs back, and make great trade deals.

Trump is the only candidate. He is smart enough to pick the right fights.

Corn. GMAFB.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Gary Britt. | January 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    The ethanol fuel standards are already set to expire in 5 years.

    Unless they are renewed, and I am willing to bet they will be.

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | January 19, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    “Governors want what is best for their state.”

    Well, you just defined “the Establishment”. HEH…!!!

    See, T-rump showed he’s PART of that, plays THAT game, by THOSE rules. POLITICS…as USUAL.

    Conversely, Cruz showed this thing called INTEGRITY, and LEADERSHIP.

    These are BIG lessons in this election, cult boi.

      PhillyGuy in reply to Ragspierre. | January 20, 2016 at 11:21 am

      pugs..what leadership or integrity does Cruz show? He hasn’t gotten a single bill passed in his name. He’s flipped on several issues, tried to make people believe his amendment to the Gate of Hate bill was a poison pill when interviews at the time have him suggesting the amendment will make it a better bill so it can pass. When he says he “led the fight,” it’s code for I never actually got anything passed. I remember once he gave this stirring speech on the Senate floor in front of no one except the cameras.

      He’s a first term senator with no legislative accomplishments at all. Based on that, he’s a JAG. He’s a speechmaker. That’s his main skill.

      You certainly can identify with his ideas and his platform. No problem with that. But he is clearly not a leader in the slightest bit. He hasn’t gotten anything done at all. He hasn’t “stopped” anything. The other senators ignore him. So if you’re using his experience as a senator as a credential, then one could only conclude he needs more time. His management experience is limited to 2 stints running smaller departments than any mid-level manager in a corporation.

        He hasn’t gotten a single bill passed in his name? So what? Up until recently there was ZERO hope of anything conservative being passed with Hairy Reed, that corrupt, pederast, lying scumbag in charge of the Senate.

        Perhaps you should consider what Cruz was able to block. Preventing crap legislation is every bit as important as passing new legislation. Perhaps even more important if you’re conservative.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to Gary Britt. | January 19, 2016 at 11:12 pm


    You already admitted on a different thread that Trump’s words effect your political opinions far more than all his part actions. That Trump means what he is currently saying seems to be an article of faith among his supporters. Ho are you any different than those voters who preferred to be willfully ignorant of the sum of Barack Obama’s career so they could believe his lofty 2008 campaign promises?

      I think there is a question in there somewhere but honestly I can’t tell what it is. Maybe I’m wrong and there is no question just a statement, but I’m not clear on that either. Not trying to be a smart arse. I just don’t understand what you are trying to say or ask.

    TX-rifraph in reply to Gary Britt. | January 20, 2016 at 3:34 am

    “Governors want what is best for their state.”

    Such a nice sounding vague platitude that can be challenged in so many ways. Utilitarian rationalizations are seductive. They are also morally vacant.

    If I pay you money for your vote using my money, is that bribery?
    If I pay you for your vote with money forcibly taken from somebody in another state, is that bribery plus theft?

Sarah Palin did not “abandon” Ted Cruz. She endorsed Trump.

She essentially said in her speech that we need Ted Cruz to stay in the Senate right now.

(And later, we need him on the Supreme Court.)

So much crying and grinding of teeth over Branstad and Palin Endorsement of Trump.

All these so called good conservatives doing character assassinations on good people like Palin, Schlaffly and others in same manner as liberal elites going after a conservative.

Then there are the elitist posts lamenting how the cruzbots are so much smarter than everyone else so at least they can console themselves with that thought as their boy Cruz goes down in flames holding an ear of corn.

Cruz decides to fight to the death over an already expiring ethanol fuel standard when there are so many many more important things to worry about FIRST.

For Cruz corn is the hill to die on. Not immigration. Not deportations of illegals, Not building the wall, Not jobs and the economy. No for Cruz Corn is the hill to die on.

Cruz is not really a big picture strategic thinker now is he.

Big picture strategic thinking isn’t one of the skills needed by career government employees. Just one of many reasons I have always said Cruz needs to study under Trump for 4 to 8 years before he could be ready for the big chair and executive decision making.

Cruz is starting to look more and more desperate at his campaign appearances. The pressure is building and Palin and Branstad have destroyed his entire final 2 weeks till caucus messaging plan.

Trump isn’t David Dewhurst. Cruz is learning the hard way.

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | January 19, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    And, yet…

    oddly, Cruz didn’t sell out for a few hoped-for caucus votes.

    Cruz seems to be, based on conduct, in the cat-bird seat, and Duh Donald seems the one in desperate straights.

      You are correct Rags. Cruz made a list of all the things he wanted to do for the country IF he is elected President. And he has put CORN at the top of that list. If he dies on the CORN hill, items 2 through 1000 die with him.

      For Cruz corn is the hill to die on.

      And they say Cruz is a smart guy?!

        Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | January 19, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        Oh, I’d say you are just transparently lying again.

        I’d say that Cruz made a list, and it runs something like this…

        1. understand the Constitution

        2. to mine own self…and to integrity…be true

        3. show leadership in all I do

        4. never sell out for a few cheap votes

        Duh Donald should ask for a copy.

          No rags you don’t get it. Cruz put corn as #1 on his list. He has chosen to fight to the death over corn. If he lives OK. If he dies, nothing else on his list matters because he’s dead (metaphorically speaking) and not president. So constitution, etc. whatever you want to put. None of it will matter if he dies on the corn hill in Iowa.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | January 20, 2016 at 9:40 am

          Gag on that thing, Gaghdad Bob. Just gag.

          You are all bullshit, all the time.

          Such childish and immature posts as the one above are so common for you that it is hard to imagine they could harm you further. They do however also harm whom you support. In this case Cruz. It remains surprising that your uncontrollable urge to stomp your feet hold your breath and blather about like a spoiled two year old is more important to you than supporting your guy Cruz.

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | January 19, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Do you, cult boi, think that crony subsidies for ethanol that distort markets and put tax-payer $$$ in the pockets of BIG CORN are going to “make America great”?

    Yes or no, please.

      I think in a war you have to pick and chose your battles. You have to prioritize. I think building the wall, deporting illegals, enforcing our laws, building the economy, and bringing back our jobs are the most important things. I think these things are easily 1000 times more important than risking death over a fuel standard that is already set to expire in 5 years.

      I think the ethanol fuel standard is NOT an existential threat to the continued survival of our country. On the other hand almost all the things I listed above are essential to the continued survival of our country.

      I think an executive sees the big picture and thinks strategically. Cruz is not exhibiting those traits.

      If Cruz manages to win Iowa he will do so in spite of himself. Cruz winning Iowa is far more important to Cruz than to Trump. If Cruz doesn’t win Iowa his campaign will do the Carson belly flop in the polls.

      For Cruz the war will be over if he doesn’t win Iowa, and he has chosen to put it all on the line to fight for a 20% reduction next year in an ethanol fuel standard that is set to expire in 5 years.

      Not smart in my opinion. He’s supposed to be smart. That is not smart.

        Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | January 19, 2016 at 11:54 pm

        “I think the ethanol fuel standard is NOT an existential threat to the continued survival of our country.”

        But Progressive deal-making IS, and we’ve seen NOTHING but that in this incident.

        So you must agree with me that T-rump just lied about ethanol subsidies being part of “making America great”.

        Because he certainly DID lie.

Off topic, but somewhat related.. Just wanted to mention that Iowa establishment GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley (age 82) is seeking his 7th consecutive term (first elected 1980) as Iowa senator running unopposed in the republican primary.. That is all …

    I’m curious do you think it is good or bad that Grassley is running again??

    I guess he must be very popular in the state if he didn’t pick up a primary opponent.

    Personally, I think at that age he should have not run for the 6th term. But I don’t live in Iowa and don’t have a dog in that fight.

Midwest Rhino | January 20, 2016 at 5:48 am

The ethanol subsidies ended already. They still have the mandates, and the Big Oil propaganda. Fossil fuels have gotten more subsidies over the years, by far. Even more when one considers the “oil wars” and all the secret promises made to the Saudis and others. Greenspan told Bush it was essential to the global economy, to keep the trade lanes open for oil … and in we went, for 20 years, basically.

Levin did a rant on ethanol a couple weeks ago. After swearing he is not in the pocket of big oil, he did his screaming thing while reading off all the lies and propaganda big oil puts out. I usually can count on him to be more studious. For one thing corn is not bad for newer engines, except small engines haven’t adapted, probably because they make a ton on replacing carburetors. If they don’t have a fuel cutoff they should be run dry each time.

We used to subsidize farmers directly (still do to a lesser extent) because they overproduce. Boom and bust is harder on farmers trying to keep the farm, than the teacher or cop, or many workers that only have to make the house payment. They still have programs (CRP and others) that pay farmers NOT to grow. But there is still land management.

I won’t bother with all the myths put out by “Big Oil” and others. A mandate does suck, but a solid base of farmers is a national interest, since we like to eat. Many countries have good land but they don’t have good farmers. Largely because those countries tend to steal from the private land owner, rather than support them. Mugabe is trying to bring back the white farmers now, since his people are now fed by the UN, after they used to be a breadbasket of Africa … heh.

Ethanol is just one prop that helps PRODUCE and sell a product rather than give direct payments for NOT growing. It helps support large swaths of the country, AWAY from Texas and Big Oil.

“Subsidies” are everywhere, as Romney pointed out about the 47%. Which I keep pointing out, is 47% of FILERS. There are only 125 million filers, so only 66 million pay at least some income taxes. The rest get SUBSIDIZED. And the cop or teacher have a job for life, usually early retirement with great benefits. The farmer’s job is 50% more dangerous than the cop’s, but he funds his own health care and usually works into his 70’s or longer, no special pension, no guarantees.

I see very little understanding on this subject .. a lot of hate. The left claims ethanol is about global warming which is nonsense. But food production is vital, though we could just let the Goldman Sachs bailout boys buy all the farms, and import another 30 million immigrants as slaves to run them. We do indeed seem to be heading toward a nation of oligarchs and crime syndicates.

I mentioned before the state efforts to rebuild the wine industry in Illinois over a decade ago. But we compete directly with illegal labor in California and “free trade” from Chile. So the equilibrium point, is the point where American wages equal China wages. I bring this up to those that say … well just produce something else … easy peasy. I have a horticulture degree and am always looking for alternatives as a kind retired person always looking to help. But the economics of “free trade” squeezes out most ideas, and I’m not going to import 100 slaves. The “buy local” thing has merit, but gets taken over by “sustainability” leftists. I’ll probably just say “screw it” and enjoy life.

To “Make America Great Again” we have to consider first what is great for America. Moving business to cheap labor (or moving cheap labor here) is not great for what we are traditionally as Americans. What is bad for America is good for the corporate lobbyist whose client wants the profits from overseas, and cares not that we are building an enemy’s commie/slave culture in a foreign land, where pollution and rape and rampant.

Food production AND energy are national priorities, part of providing for the national defense, really. Wars indeed are fought over food and energy. Too bad so many savage nations are enriched just by sitting on Big Oil. Our best technology has made them very wealthy and powerful.

    Ragspierre in reply to Midwest Rhino. | January 20, 2016 at 8:55 am


    And LOTS of it.

      snopercod in reply to Ragspierre. | January 20, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Intelligent responses like that demonstrate that you’ve lost the argument. MR wins by default.

        Ragspierre in reply to snopercod. | January 20, 2016 at 10:18 am

        “Brevity is the soul of wit”.

        Screw you.

        See how well that works?

        I’m not about to fisk…or argue with…that lode of crap, just call it what it is.

        With Rags making such childush commentary on behalf of Cruz I’m sure Cruz has the immature 5th grader vote locked up.

        Sometimes brevity is the way the stupid try to hide their stupidity.

          Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | January 20, 2016 at 11:42 am

          But Butt Boi For Trump, I didn’t mention Cruz, so you’re just making shit up again.

          If you want to support the gonzo arguments made by Midwest Rhino, go for it.

          I’ll happily screw you to the wall, and put on display your economics idiocy.

          The only idiocy you ever show Rags is your own. You constantly show that in big bold bright colors. If you think you can take apart MW’s post then do it. We both know you are just talking your usual BS

          Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | January 20, 2016 at 3:16 pm

          But Butt Boi For Trump, I didn’t mention Cruz, so you’re just making shit up again.

          If you want to support the gonzo arguments made by Midwest Rhino, go for it.

          I’ll happily screw you to the wall, and put on display your economics idiocy.

          I’m busy being a lawyer, so put up your lies…er…defense of MR, and I’ll get to you later.

    Ethanol subsidies have not ended. They’ll cost in excess of $25 billion this year. Yes, they’re SLATED to end, but I think we all know how often government handout programs actually end. You wait, there will be moves to extend them before the expiration date is actually reached in a few years.

      Not sure you are correct Paul. I believe ethanol subsidies have ended excepting only something for “biomass” whatever that is. What remains are the ethanol fuel standards requiring the manufacture of 10% ethanol.

      Cruz has argued that he wants to see 20% and 25% ethanol, but I digress.

      The ethanol fuel standards are not a direct or actual subsidy payment, but they do have the effect of increasing demand for corn.

        Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | January 20, 2016 at 3:38 pm

        “Cruz has argued that he wants to see 20% and 25% ethanol, but I digress.”

        You also lie.

        Cruz was saying he’d like to see blends offered in the marketplace.

        Not MANDATED like your Progressive croney capitalist wants.

        See now, stupid?

        Tax breaks for Master Limited Partnerships and Biodiesel Excise tax breaks both extend through 2016, and these two alone are estimated to account for more than $25 billion in breaks to the industry annually.

        It is true that the targets for percentage of ethanol sold (as a percentage of gasoline sold) have been relaxed, and some other smaller subsidy programs have been trimmed, but that’s just nibbling around the edges.

      Ragspierre in reply to Paul. | January 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Even if Rep. King attempts to argue that the RFS isn’t a subsidy, he surely can’t ignore all the other government giveaways for ethanol. The industry enjoys subsidies through farm bill energy title programs such as the Rural Energy for America Program and the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels; tax breaks such as the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit, Master Limited Partnerships, and biodiesel tax credits; and various Departments of Energy and Transportation programs. Worse yet, on Sept. 30, another member of the Iowa Congressional delegation Senator Harkin (D-IA) proposed billions more in new ethanol subsidies such as those for blender pumps, storage tanks, and biofuels pipelines.

      Sorry Mr. King, but subsidies for corn ethanol still exist, unnecessarily burdening taxpayers and consumers at a time when the U.S. can least afford it. If we want to get serious about kicking the habit of irresponsible spending that has ballooned our national debt, we should start by accepting reality.

        Rags is a lying SOS. Often a lazy disingenuous liar. As in this case.

        The post above was not written by Rags. It is just a cut and paste from a ln out of date propaganda piece written 2.5 years ago in October 2013.

        It is a factually inaccurate out of date propaganda piece written by a left wing progressive anti-business anti-free enterprise anti fossil fuel democrat socialist 9rganization.

        That is right Mr. Principled conservative who can’t write anything on his own but only cuts and pastes from other sources and presents them without attribution as if he wrote it copies and pastes bull rap from left wing democrat socialist advocacy groups.

        Such a principled conservative Cruz has in Rags.


Latest Poll out in Florida. TRUMP 48%. Yes you read that correctly Trump has post last debate jumped 12% points and is not at 48% with a more than commanding 32% point lead over Cruz at 16%

Source: Florida Atlantic Univ.

Method: Phone

Date: 01/15/2016 – 01/18/2016

Voters: 386 (Likely voters)

Margin of Error: 4.9 %

Full Result:

Trump 48%
Cruz 16%
Rubio 11%
Bush 10%
Carson 3%
Kasich 2%
Christie 3%
Paul 3%
Huckabee 3%
Fiorina 1%

Most recent national poll from Monmouth:

Trump 36%; Cruz 17%.

Can’t wait for latest polls in Iowa to come out. The one’s next week will be even better for Trump after Palin and Branstad.

Also, latest polls in New Hampshire show:

Trump 27%; Cruz 9% (tied for 4th-5th with Christie).

Like I said above If Cruz doesn’t win Iowa his campaign is DEAD, and Cruz has decided to live or die on Corn Hill over a 20% reduction in next years ethanol fuel standards, which are set to expire anyway in 5 years.

Cruz is not too smart. Willing to sacrifice everything over something so relatively minor and unimportant.


Palin appearing with Trump right now in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Big applause, Big enthusiastic support for Palin and Trump.

How could Cruz let Palin get away?? I guess Cruz never read the “Art of the Deal”.

Cruz #NotSmart

Want to know about Trump from the Past. Here is Trump on Oprah 25 years ago talking then about how our lousy trade deals are ripping the country off. How we protect mega rich countries in middle east and get nothing for it to cover our costs. Consistent and steady, then and now.

I’d forgotten how good Palin is at working a crowd and turning a phrase !!


Trump ballsy enough to put immigration and other issues on the table.

Other candidates wear political correctness like a suicide vest.

Trump self made success. Yuuge success. Trump wants everyone to succeed.

Trump wants to put us back to work.

Funding Obamacare and Obama’s immigration amnesty unlawful orders isn’t conservative; open borders aren’t conservative; trillions more omnibus spending debt isn’t conservative; so GOPe and others that are suddenly worried about ideological purity have no standing to tell us Trump is not conservative enough.

Wow, Trump now takes the stage.

Trump in Tulsa Oklahoma 15,000 to 20,000 crowd, had to turn 7,000 away.

Meanwhile Cruz is speaking to a couple guys on a bus somewhere in New Hampshire.

How sad.

The crazy lies of a pathological narcissist faced with a threat to his deep, dark insecurities.

Welp, it’s over for Cruz.

T-rump earned the coveted Bob Dole endorsement today.

He already had the McConnell endorsement…


    Dole endorsed Bush. Then Christie and Rubio after Bush.

    But he like the majority of the country likes Trump more than Cruz

      Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | January 21, 2016 at 10:19 am

      See, Gaghdad Bob, you have no sense of humor, which is typical of the fanatical follower.

      And, of course, you are objectively wrong about Cruz and T-rump.

      T-rump is the only person in the current political scene who is LESS liked than Hellary Clinton.

      True fact.

This guy belongs in the same garbage can as Nicki Haley, Jeb! Bush and the rest of the democrat republicans.

Norman Lear is finally right about something political: Trump is America’s middle finger. (That finger is also pointed at the likes of Lear.)