Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

You know, that really could be the Republican Party’s official motto.

If you’re Republican voter, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that the GOP just cannot get its act together.

In 2012, Barack Obama was already considered the biggest failure of a President since Jimmy Carter. He had “One Term” written all over him. The Republican party should have won that election hands down.

But instead, they nominated a milquetoast, Northeast moderate who was the progenitor of the single worst “signature achievement” of Obama’s first term: Obamacare.

What should have been an easy win became a decisive loss.

Now here we are in the beginning of the 2016 election and Republicans running for President seem poised to once again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

The Democrat Party is running two very repugnant candidates — one a venal, felonious opportunist and one a decrepit old socialist without a clue about the real world. Democrat voter enthusiasm is at an all-time low. Who can blame Democrat voters for not being excited. Look at their miserable choices. I mean, you know it’s bad when a brain-addled nitwit like Joe Biden would be considered an improvement.

This should be an easy win for the Republican Party.

And yet.

Yesterday, I saw a story that was making the rounds on the Internet that Marco Rubio was caught on video insulting the Bible. When I first saw it, I thought, “Oh, come on!”

I watched the video in question and frankly, couldn’t understand a word he said. But the subtitles added claimed he pointed at the Bible and said that “there aren’t any answer in there, especially that one.” I watched the :29-second clip repeatedly and never once heard what the subtitles were claiming he said.

But the Cruz campaign promoted the video with screaming headlines that Rubio was mocking the Bible.

Are you kidding me?!

And let me guess. Paul McCartney was murdered in 1968 and if you play a Beatles album backwards you can hear John Lennon saying “I buried Paul.”

Jeeze Louise.

Last night, the Cruz Campaign Communications Director Rick Tyler (who was pushing the video with the bogus subtitles) apologized for promoting the video and admitted the story was inaccurate.

Now, look. We all can be taken in by reports we see on the news or Internet that turn out to be inaccurate or contradictory or even flat-out false. I’ve been taken in a couple of times over this past year. It is the nature of modern instant communication. We are barraged with news and information 24/7. Even mainstream cable news outlets get it wrong sometimes — like, for example, reporting on the evening of the Iowa Caucus “breaking news” that Ben Carson was taking a break after Iowa while pontificating at how unusual and unprecedented it is.

But Presidential campaigns should hold themselves to a higher standard. We’re talking about electing a President of the United States here. This isn’t a game, you guys. Between Rubio’s campaign hysterically accusing Cruz of planting a false Facebook story about Trey Gowdy or the Cruz campaign accusing Rubio of hating the Bible because of a garbled, inarticulate video, I’m beginning to think we’re setting ourselves up for another “Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory” moment here.

Note to the Cruz and Rubio campaigns: Cut it out! For God’s sake!

We have a Socialist and a felonious criminal running for the Democrat nomination. And every stupid, childish, sniping thing you two are doing will come back to bite us in the ass in the General Election.

But you can’t help yourselves. You’re going after each other like a couple of teenage girls vying for Head Cheerleader.

snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

You’re acting like a couple of clowns. It’s beneath the dignity of the office you seek to hold.

And don’t give me this garbage that you can’t be held responsible for what your campaign people do. Yes you damn well can. The buck better stop with you, or neither of you are fit to be President.

Senator Cruz, with all due respect, you need to clean house. What the hell good is it to have a “solid ground game” if your “solid ground game” is populated by shiftless jerks who play fast and loose with the facts? If you want anyone to believe you can act as an Executive, it’s time to kick some asses — even if that means firing people.

Same goes for you, Senator Rubio. Your hands aren’t clean in this. Even when you acknowledge that you have no proof that the Cruz Campaign was behind that stupid Facebook post, you still kept pounding away.

Listen, you guys. Your stock is plummeting here. We have a country to save. We have got to stop this Leftward march off the cliff.

And it isn’t just that this behavior brings dishonor to our country. It’s that it makes both of you look like sniping girls. I half expect you to get into a hair-pulling, fingernail scratching chick fight at the next debate.

For heaven’s sake. The two of you are acting like Krystle and Alexis from Dynasty.

Are you vying for the female vote by trying to act like a couple of girls?! Cut it out!

Man up. When it comes to your campaigns, you are the commander. You are the General. Take some responsibility for your campaign and your campaign staff. And, frankly, if you can’t do that, maybe you aren’t ready to be Commander-in-Chief.

This “win at any cost, even if we have to act like douche-bags to do it” will damage the Republicans’ chances in November. Does that not even matter to you? You don’t think Hillary Clinton won’t make full use of all this childish “You stop! No, you stop!” bullshit the two of you are resorting to?

Though you may not be the source of this stupidity, you are the candidate. You need to take some responsibility for this, exert some authority over your campaign staff and get your houses in order.

We have a nation to save. Why don’t the two of you start acting like you know that?

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4 thoughts on “Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

  • February 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    As long as Rubio and Cruz continue to play the blame game in government-speak (he voted against this; he sided with those people; he didn’t support that; blah, blah, blah) they will continue to lose to Trump. Trump doesn’t call his opponents out for their voting records or their particular position on ‘x’ detail of a trade agreement or immigration policy — he calls his opponents out for being low energy, stupid, lying, cheating, etc., and this promulgates the notion his opponents are traditional government functionaries who talk change but can’t make change. Unfortunately, as long as Rubio and Cruz engage in this nonsensical waste of the voters’ time with cheap shots at records people detest they are doomed to fail. Congress has the lowest approval rating for a reason and these guys want to run on their records — puh-leeze, what the heck kind of a strategy is that??? Filibustering or siding with Dems on an issue didn’t create jobs, didn’t make us safer, didn’t stop the flow of illegals across the border, etc. People want action. “I’ll build a wall!” and “I’ll bomb the s**t out of them!” are plain speaking actions everyone understands and not government-speak. They may not be the best actions, but they are actions nonetheless and an ever-growing mass of people want to see something tangible NOW, however sophomoric it may be, rather than listening to something that’s so esoteric as to be more of the same government gobbledygook for not getting anything accomplished.

  • February 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I came across this today. It’s thought provoking.

    Trump Is Not Conservative, He’s A Pragmatist
    By Mychal Massie on January 19, 2016 in Daily Rant, Race & Politics 5

    We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner with friends at the home of other friends. The dinner conversation was jocund, ranging from discussions about antique glass and china to theology and politics. At one point reference was made to Donald Trump being a conservative to which I responded that Trump is not a conservative.

    I said that I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned. But I get ahead of myself.

    Viewing problems from a liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.

    Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending, globalism to the detriment of American interests and well being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff – appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.

    Immigration isn’t a Republican problem – it isn’t a liberal problem – it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.

    The impending collapse of the economy isn’t a liberal or conservative problem it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect. Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.

    Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.

    As a pragmatist Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through a Carl’s Hamburgers.

    I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.

    You may not like Donald Trump but I suspect that the reason people do not like him is because: 1) he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians; 2) they are unaccustomed to hearing a candidate speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who own them vis-a`-vis donations; 3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology; and 4) he is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.

    Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns. Bush can deny it but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts that people don’t give tens of millions without expecting something in return.

    We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worst off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?

    I submit that a pragmatist might be just what America needs right now. And as I said earlier, a pragmatist sees a problem and understands that the solution to fix same is not about a party, but a willingness and boldness to get it done.

    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common among those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure. Be sure to register Republican.

    Feel free to copy and paste.

  • February 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    But I doubt you’ll get any decency from Rubio . . . . .

    I know, sure as hell, there won’t be any from Trump.

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