Saturday, August 13, 2016

Trump or game over

Lion Blog writes:
Game over if Hillary wins

Let’s go back to 2012. Mitt Romney lost. But it was NOT game over for Republicans. They maintained dominance in Congress, they blocked Obama from granting statutory amnesty to illegal aliens, not much changed in four years.

Now, a lot of #NeverTrumpers think that the same thing will happen again, and they can run a “true conservative” candidate in 2020. Assuming Republican primary voters will select a “true conservative.” Even if Mitt Romney can be considered a “true conservative,” in 2008 voters selected John McCain (a very moderate pro-amnesty Republican who made deals with Democrats) and of course this year they selected Donald Trump. Primary voters NEVER selected a conservative firebrand like Ted Cruz. George W. Bush was very conservative on Christian issues, but under his presidency we saw massive increases in government spending and government debt, stupid wars in the Middle East that in the long run accomplished no useful goal, and he supported the amnesty bill. The Republican primary process is not capable of selecting a great candidate. Trump is the best we are going to get.

(1) It’s hard to see how the Supreme Court remains conservative or even moderate after Hillary gets to select at least one liberal justice to replace Scalia, ...

(2) Republicans will be utterly demoralized and there will be forces saying that the key to the Republican future is to agree to amnesty for Hispanics who are “natural conservatives” and will start voting Republican if only Republicans weren’t so hostile to immigration.
. He is Jewish, but obviously disagrees with all the Jewish Trump haters.

He is right about this. Hispanics are not natural conservatives. I think that the Karl Rove theory is that Hispanics are Catholics, Catholics and Republicans are anti-abortion, so Hispanics will vote Republican. But this analysis is wrong. American Catholics are not even particularly Republican. Hispanics have very high illegitimacy rates, and thus are not particularly Catholic. Opinion surveys of Hispanics show them to be closer to liberal Democrats. And then there is the identity politics of the Democrats, which is to cater to those who hate white ppl.

Trump certainly has exposed a lot of traitors within the Republicans. A lot of Republican politicians have succeeded by promising conservatives things and not delivering, and sometimes actively working for immigration that will destroy American conservatism.

Dilbert writes:
The mainstream media knows they are smarter than Donald Trump. ...

The reality of Trump’s clever persuasion is crystal-clear to anyone who thinks Trump is smart. Trump was clearly joking about the “founder” part to get people squawking, and it worked. Total success. Brilliant technique.

Now the media has a big problem. They can’t admit that they were extraordinarily dumb in this situation and Trump was brilliant. That reality is invisible to them because it doesn’t fit their worldview.

So…cognitive dissonance happens.

This is a textbook set-up for cognitive dissonance. The facts we observe (Trump is smart, the media is gullible) is opposite of the media’s worldview in which they are smart and Trump is uninformed. So what do they do?

They act as if Trump is the dumb one in this situation. Because that fits their worldview.

And…they … fact-check his claim.

Meanwhile, the unhypnotized laugh themselves into a stupor watching this spectacle of cognitive dissonance. Humor aside, it is a marvelous and incredible thing to behold. ...

Oh, and Trump hates babies, and he also wants a 2nd amendment supporter to assassinate his opponent. As long as the media is being dumbasses, they might as well fact-check that stuff too.

I have never been so entertained.
Yes, it is funny to see fact-checkers rush to the Democrats' defense, and argue that Obama and Clinton do not actually carry ISIS membership cards in their wallets.

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