Why Trump and Cruz dominated campaign


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Three stories today illustrate forcefully why voters in 2016 chose Donald Trump first as their Republican presidential candidate, with Ted Cruz a very strong second, while rejecting forcefully the establishment standard-bearers such as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich.

The first story shows video of Hillary Clinton baffled because a businesswoman’s health insurance costs doubled since Obamacare was passed. Watch the video. She can’t even consider the possibility that Obamacare is the cause. She in fact says it is “a big step forward” only to have hostile groans ripple through the audience. Later she bluntly says “”What could have possibly raised your costs $400? That’s what I don’t understand?” and members of the audience once again laugh at this blindness.

Everyone knows that Obamacare has been a disaster that is driving costs up. Clinton refuses to recognize that, which is why she is having so much trouble clinching her party’s nomination, and why people dislike her so much.

The second story is about an investigation being launched by Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Senate Republicans into the squelching of conservative news stories by Facebook. Rather than figure out how to get some control over the budget, these clowns want to harass a private company. Facebook’s actions might have been politically motivated, dishonest, and aimed at censoring conservative viewpoints, but they were also entirely legal under the first amendment. As noted here, the Senate has no business investigating Facebook. The Republicans calling for this investigation should sit down and shut up. Moreover, by even focusing on this Thune is demonstrating why the Republicans who now run Congress have failed so miserably in garnering voter support.

The third story is an example why Cruz, and Trump, were successful and popular with voters In his return to Washington, Ted Cruz didn’t whine about his defeat by Trump, or attack or insult the voters. Instead, he focused in on why Trump and he did well.

“All across this country people are hungry for change. This election cycle should be a wake-up call to Washington, D.C.,” the senator from Texas said outside his office. “The frustration and volcanic anger with Washington was echoed throughout this election.”

If the Republicans had for example simply done what Ted Cruz has tried to do in Congress these past few years, get Obamacare defunded, even if it meant closing down the government, they might not now be faced with having Donald Trump as their standard-bearer. By refusing to fight for the things the voters wanted, they disqualified themselves in the voters eyes, which is why they lost.

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6 comments

  • LocalFluff

    Opposition is the health of a nation. Three out of four leading candidates are outsiders. Can only happen in America. You the people actually have the choice. Same or different. In Europe, we only have the old ghosts of commies and nazies as alternatives to the kings who somehow still parasite on our dying societies. I doubt Trump will make the cowboys come to save us again. We can’t afford to pay for it. Trump save America. Good for you.

  • D Johnson

    Thune is from South Dakota.

  • Steve Earle

    “….If the Republicans had for example simply done what Ted Cruz has tried to do in Congress these past few years, get Obamacare defunded, even if it meant closing down the government, they might not now be faced with having Donald Trump as their standard-bearer….”

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    Exactly This. And I would also add the complete lack of action on Illegal Immigration. I believe if they had done something useful about either one they would be doing well. If they had tackled both as they promised they would be looking at historic levels of support.

    Of course the downside would be that one of the RNC Candidates would now be winning the Primaries and he (probably Bush? yes?) would immediately water down if not reverse any gains that may have been made by that point on Obamacare or Immigration…..

  • mpthompson

    Robert, very well stated. I agree with you on all three points.

  • Phill O

    The Clinton speak is have government run the thing as in Canada where we wait for years for procedures and if we go outside the system, we are cut off forever for that need. Oh yah, I know of people who have died waiting!

    Right on Obama (turkey).

  • Phill O

    “LocalFluff
    May 11, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Opposition is the health of a nation. Three out of four leading candidates are outsiders. Can only happen in America. You the people actually have the choice. Same or different. In Europe, we only have the old ghosts of commies and nazies as alternatives to the kings who somehow still parasite on our dying societies. I doubt Trump will make the cowboys come to save us again. We can’t afford to pay for it. Trump save America. Good for you.”

    Excuse me! You can not afford to pay for it?

    Much Canadian and American blood was spent to save Europe from the NAZIs and Europeans would not shed blood in other countries conflicts, leaving the dying to British, Australian, Canadian and many many Americans. Europe can not afford to be lax on their military. They are putting the money into social programs which are causing the problem in the first place. I do not thin the Trump is wrong on this matter. My question is whether he is a liberal in disguise like Mulroney was for Canada.

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