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No, Mitt Romney Would Not Have Won In 2016

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In the midst of the latest dust up between Donald Trump and Mitt Romney, the latter of which went after the president over the current Ukraine mess, a common theme has popped up in the Trump-skeptical Republican circles.

It goes something like this: The only reason Trump won is because he faced a bad candidate and the only reason Mitt Romney lost is because he faced an unbeatable juggernaut, thereby Mitt Romney is actually a better candidate compared to Trump. The purpose of this argument is to assert that we need to go back in that direction post-Trump.

You see this come up anytime someone criticizes Romney’s performance in 2012, which Trump did earlier over the weekend. I suppose it makes certain people feel better to assert that Romney was actually the superior candidate, thereby reinforcing their biases against Trump. To be frank though, this analysis is total crap and relies on several false assumptions.

First, to say Romney would beat Hillary because she was a “uniquely terrible candidate” means we must assume Romney was not a terrible candidate himself. I’d confidently posit that he was. Romney was every anti-Republican stereotype wrapped into a perfectly punch-able package. You could not have created a candidate in a lab that more perfectly alienated blue collar workers in the the rust belt than Mitt Romney. While a certain segment of Republican finds him extremely endearing, most people did not. They found him to be a contrived, flip-flopping politician with neither an ability to connect with the average voter, nor the politics to satisfy the metropolitan elite.

Secondly, the idea that Barack Obama was an unbeatable, flawless candidate is a complete rewriting of history. In reality, his approval ratings languished in the low 40s for much of the campaign until Romney became the set alternative (again testifying to the fact that Romney just wasn’t a very good candidate). Obama was mired in a bad economy and numerous foreign policy blunders. While it’s hard to remember now, there was actually a time in 2016 where a lot of prognosticators weren’t favoring the former president to be re-elected. Was Obama a better candidate than Hillary Clinton? Sure. But did he present some insurmountable challenge for an otherwise awesome candidate in Mitt Romney? Hardly, and it’s just excuse making for Romney’s failures to pretend otherwise.

Lastly,  we constantly hear that Romney won more popular votes in 2012 than Trump did in 2016. But so what? We don’t elect people via the popular vote, as I think we all know. The map Romney would have needed to win is far more important. Could he have won the rust belt? Let’s talk about it.

This analysis is extremely flawed.  Yes, Romney managed a handful more votes in WI than Trump. You know where he didn’t come close to besting Trump though? In Ohio, in Michigan, and in Pennsylvania.

For example, Trump won OH by 7 points and over 200,000 votes. He put up nearly 300,000 more votes there than Romney did, who lost the state by 3 points. In fact, Trump won more votes in 2016 in OH than Obama did in 2012. The same story plays out in Michigan, where Trump won more total votes than Romney and won the state, whereas Romney lost it by 10 points. But would Romney have somehow pulled CO and NV instead? Highly unlikely given how blue those states were turning before 2016 even happened. Perhaps he’d have made it closer, but closer doesn’t win elections.

Here’s the biggest false assumption though. Trump didn’t win 2016 simply because Hillary was a terrible candidate in a vacuum. He won because he relentlessly went after her, pulling her down to his level and ultimately overtaking her. In short, Trump is the one who made her a terrible candidate. Would Romney have done that? Would he have brought Juanita Broadrick to a debate or pushed the email scandal to its limits? Of course he wouldn’t have. He’d of told us how he’s friends with Hillary but that he just doesn’t think she’s right for the job. We’d have gotten the same milquetoast, low energy campaign he gave us in 2012 and it’d have led to his defeat.

The point is this. Enough pretending that Trump didn’t do something special in 2016. Enough downplaying his unique ability to connect with Democrat leaning blue collar workers. Stop acting like actually fighting back is irrelevant in politics. It’s time to start recognizing the political lessons Trump has exposed, even if you don’t like him personally.

So no, despite what some conservatives are saying, Mitt Romney would not have won in 2016 and he was not a superior candidate to Trump.

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Hillary: Trump Knows He Really Lost. Joy Behar: ‘He Has Every Criminal Working for Him.’ Baghdad Bob: ‘Saddam Won!’

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It’s a good thing I can type without seeing the screen. ‘Cause I’m wincing as I write this.

Yikes.

In my opinion, the worst thing you can do if you lose in a competition — the most effective way to humiliate yourself — is speak out against the person who beat you.

That’ll make you look:

  • immature
  • crazy

After a certain amount of time, if you’re still raging, “deranged” might be an appropriation addition to the list.

I’m not insisting those three characterizations apply in every situation, but I believe there are far less accurate guides.

Someone who apparently disagrees is Hillary Clinton, who went on The View Wednesday in order to illustrate that fact to the whole world.

Sheesh.

Last week, I covered the former First Lady ironically claiming President Trump is obsessed with her.

On the ABC talkfest, daughter Chelsea seconded that notion:

“He’s obsessed with her.”

Joy Behar concurred:

“He’s obsessed with you! Also, they’re chanting, ‘Lock her up.’ I mean, he has every criminal working for him and they’re worried about locking you up. What do you make of that?”

He has every criminal working for him??

What the $*@!?

In my view, at the national level, Democrats come across as unhealthily fixated on The Donald. They appear to be headed, therefore, toward a fate similar to the one Hillary’s still talkin’ about.

With barely a year to go before the election, there seems to be almost no attention to putting forth a superior candidate with superior ideas. Their most trumpeted efforts regard, rather, trying to undo 2016 goofily.

They’re even willing to lose Joe Biden as a candidate in order to push Ukraine in the attack against the President (here, here, and here).

The DNC is gonna be pushing at Trump for the next year, and then in November, he’s just gonna run between their legs and into the end zone.

And Hillary ain’t helpin’ ’em none.

Hit it, Hill:

“First, I do think that he knows that he’s an illegitimate president.”

The audience cheered.

“And because of that, he’s very insecure about it.”

Some would certainly say a man who sits on a golden toilet is insecure; others might assume he has an asstronomically high opinion of himself.

What do you think is the case?

Mrs. Bill Clinton didn’t really expound upon the idea; she was too busy saying she never really lost:

“Look what he’s trying to do now. Part of the Ukraine scandal that is slowly coming to light is he’s trying to figure out how to say, no, no, it wasn’t the Russians even though our intelligence community and everyone who has looked at this said yeah, it was the Russians. He’s trying to say no, somehow it was Obama, Hillary, whoever. So he’s obsessed with the fact that he was helped a lot in unprecedented ways.”

Still wincing.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here, here, and here.

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Hillary: Trump is obsessed with me because he has a guilty conscience over 2016

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Via the Free Beacon, this reminds me of Anthony Scaramucci claiming that Trump secretly has poor self-esteem and is forever overcompensating for it.

Are we watching the same person?

He doesn’t privately fear that he’s an illegitimate president or harbor a “guilty conscience” that he won unfairly. He fears, and resents, that other people view him that way. To the extent that he remains focused on Hillary (he mentions Obama much more often than her, no?), it’s partly a product of that resentment and partly because she was such a useful foil for him in 2016. The one Democrat in the country whom we know for a fact he can beat in an election is Clinton. The whole point of the outreach to Ukraine about Joe Biden was to try to rerun the 2016 playbook against him if he made it to the general election — just like Hillary, he’s another swamp-dwelling Washington mainstay who landed a top job in the Obama administration and used his influence to benefit himself and his own. Hillary’s campaign received help from Ukrainian officials too, which explains why Trump continues to entertain the conspiracy theory involving CrowdStrike and the DNC server. At a moment when he’s not polling well head to head against any top Democrat, anything POTUS and his team can do to keep an unpopular figure like Clinton front and center is good for him.

How nice of her to lend him a hand with this latest media tour! And with buzzworthy social-media shots like this:

A tantalizing thought from Jacob Heilbrunn: Could Trump’s impeachment jam encourage her to jump into the race? My money’s on “no, no one is so lucky that they’d get to face Hillary Clinton twice,” but keep hope alive:

Clinton’s aggrievement about the 2016 election should hardly come as a surprise. The belief that the election would be rigged was originally floated by Trump, but after he triumphed it was suddenly embraced by Democrats. The inconclusive Mueller Report was supposed to represent an extensive attempt to get to the bottom of the controversies swirling around the election and Russian influence, but only ended up heightening partisan polarization.

Now it’s difficult not to wonder if Clinton is pining for another go at Trump to try and prove that she has what it takes to oust him from the Oval Office. The conventional wisdom is that Biden is too old to make a real run for it and that Elizabeth Warren is too left-wing. Wall Street hates her as much as she hates it. By contrast, Hillary comes from what used to be called the New Democrat wing of the party. Wall Street loves her as much as she loves it. If she jumped in the race now, she could argue that now more than ever Democrats need her to regain what was stolen from them in 2016. The name of her book about the race was called What Happened. Now she could declare, “It’s happening!”

She’d lose the primary in a landslide if she got in, I suspect. She’d look strong early as Biden’s voters stampeded from him to her, abandoning a candidate who’s underwhelming on his best day but now saddled with Ukraine baggage, but the name of the game in this year’s race is “electability.” Democrats aren’t rolling the dice on anyone whom they have reason to believe would underperform against Trump. And as I say, there’s only one Democrat in America whom we know for a fact is capable of doing that.

Exit question: Between Trump and Hillary, who’s more obsessed with whom? Read Miranda Devine on that subject.

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Hillary: We should move towards impeaching this “corrupt human tornado.” Comey: No, we shouldn’t.

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These two kids. Always at odds!

If you read the headline and thought, “I’m sick to death of the entire cast of characters from 2016,” bad news — we’ll be relitigating the Election Of The Damned for the rest of our miserable lives. Night and day, on and on, for decades. It’s even possible that Trump and Hillary will each live another 15 years and still be sniping at each other on Twitter or whatever hellish social-media nightmare ends up replacing that platform by 2034.

Get comfortable, is what I’m saying. This “Twilight Zone” marathon never ends.

“I’m in favor of moving toward impeachment,” [Clinton] said. “I did not come to that decision easily or quickly, but this is an emergency as I see it. … This latest behavior around Ukraine, trying to enlist the president of Ukraine in a plot to undermine former Vice President Biden or lose the military aide he needs to defend against Trump’s friend, Vladimir Putin — if that’s not an impeachable offense, I don’t know what is.”…

Calling Trump a “corrupt human tornado,” Clinton told PEOPLE it is the constitutional duty of the House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings “not happily or with glee,” but in the interests of national security.

“The president of the United States is betraying our country on a daily basis,” she said, adding, “This man who is in the Oval Office right now is a clear and present danger to the future of the United States.”

You would think that the guy who may or may not have inadvertently cost her the presidency, who’s spent nearly every waking hour of the past two years pressing the case that Trump is a human wrecking ball slamming against democratic norms, would join her in wanting him out of office ASAP. Not so. James Comey was asked about the new Democratic impeachment push today and reprised a line he’s used before: American voters would be “let off the hook” if Congress intervened to cut short Trump’s presidency. The only way to undo the mistake of 2016, Comey says, is to have the people who sent him to Washington now send him home.

I’ve never understood his “let off the hook” point. It’s as if the American electorate is a naughty child that needs to sit in the corner and think about what it’s done until it’s ready to apologize. Why does he believe that a country capable of nominating and electing Trump in the first place will have some crisis of conscience about him in 2020? If Trump loses, it’ll likely be due to a combination of fatigue and his Democratic opponent this time not being quite as personally obnoxious as his last Democratic opponent. Anyone who’s casting a ballot against him on moral or ethical grounds likely already voted against him on those grounds three years ago: Say what you want about Trump, he is who voters thought he was. I don’t know why Comey’s giving the people who made him president the benefit of the doubt in implying that all of this is somehow surprising and disappointing to them.

Beyond that, if you take his point seriously that only the electorate should properly undo the mistake of the electorate, it’s a recipe for endless abuses of power by Trump. The president is a man who takes advantage of opportunities; Comey’s essentially saying that Trump shouldn’t be impeached no matter what corrupt opportunities he chooses to take advantage of. Imagine what that might look like in practice over the next 13 months. I get that his mien is “disappointed schoolteacher,” but no matter how much he might prefer to scold voters until they see the errors of their ways, there has to be *some* form of misconduct hypothetically that would properly trigger impeachment in the House. Does this Ukraine thing rise to that level? If not, what does?

He can’t really mean to imply that *nothing* would reach that level.

His point about Trumpers viewing impeachment as a “coup” is sounder, and has been made elsewhere:

The wrinkle, though, is that much of the country is likely to view a repudiation next fall at the polls that way too. Not the same number as would view impeachment as illegitimate, of course: If Trump lost decisively at the ballot box, maybe 25 percent would treat the result as some sort of scam versus the 50 percent or so who’d treat impeachment as a coup. But if the election is close, as it’s apt to be? Imagine if Trump had lost Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida in 2016 by the same whisker-thin margins he ended up winning them by. It would be an article of faith among righties to this day, just as it’s an article of faith for many lefties, that the vote was rigged somehow. Illegal aliens voted or the Clinton machine had the numbers manipulated or what have you. Trump himself would have egged on those beliefs every day on Twitter and Fox News. And that’s what’ll happen if he loses narrowly next year — in which case how different is impeachment really from losing an election in terms of legitimacy?

In lieu of an exit question, read this short but interesting thread from David Drucker about a conversation he had with “a Republican who is measured & knowledgable.” What if Trump *and* Biden each had innocent intentions in their interactions with Ukraine?

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This Trump-Ukraine “Whistle-Blower” Story Is Ridiculous and It’s Going to Blow Up In the Media’s Face Again

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You want to know why conservatives hate the liberal media and have no faith in many commentators on their own side? All you have to do is look at the reactions to this stupid story.

Yesterday, a supposed “bombshell” dropped via numerous anonymous sources that the much ballyhooed “whistle-blower” complaint against Trump involved him encouraging Ukraine’s new president to continue it’s corruption investigation into Joe Biden. To this point, we actually have no specifics saying Trump promised him anything after that request and you’d be remiss to ask why it’s wrong to ask an ally to look into corruption involving U.S. citizens.

Let me quote myself responding to the most fleshed out account of what is claimed to have happened. This was posted late last night.

As per usual, the media are losing their minds. Trump was pressuring an ally to conduct an investigation! It’s unheard of and unprecedented! Who could ever do such a thing!?

Oh, I don’t know. Maybe the Obama administration when they were working with UK intelligence, including using foreign assets, to target Trump in 2016? That seems like much more of a big deal given the only real allegation here is that Trump asked Ukraine to keep an already occurring corruption probe going in which we have the target on tape admitting what he did. I was assured that what happened in 2016 was above board because the Obama administration had legitimate suspicions. You know who else has legitimate suspicions? President Trump, because again, its on freaking video.

But ask yourself this. Why is the corruption Trump was asking to be probed not the actual story here? Let me refresh your memory of exactly what we are dealing with.

Yes, that’s Joe Biden, on tape admitting he threatened to withhold $1B in loan guarantees from Ukraine if they didn’t fire a prosecutor that was close to taking down the company his son worked for. Seems pretty corrupt doesn’t it? Yet, the media yawned. They didn’t care at all. It was barely reported and the “fact-checkers” rushed to deliver half-true ratings, shilling for Biden as not being aware his son was a member of the board of the company. It was all predictable.

But Trump asks Ukraine to keep looking into the issue and amazingly, the media care. Not only do they care, they want him impeached for “treason” over it. Yes, that was an actual thing said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning.

So to recap, being on video trying to extort Ukraine to protect your son is perfectly acceptable. Asking Ukraine to not drop their investigation into someone who tried to extort them to protect their son is impeachable. Does that make sense? No, it doesn’t.

And as to this “whistle-blower,” he’s not one at all.

No, what it means is that an intelligence official has no right to force declassification of presidential communications just because he disagrees with what was said. That’s not being a whistle-blower. It’s being a partisan. The constitution gives near total unanimity to the President in conducting foreign policy. That means if he wants to ask an ally to investigate corruption or risk straining cooperation, he’s entitled to do so. You can not like it and you can vote him out in 2020 in response. But the laws don’t suddenly change just because Donald Trump is president.

The hypocrisy being displayed in the mainstream reporting of this story is mind-blowing. But the hypocrisy is part of the grift.

Perhaps the only thing more frustrating though is seeing some on the right rush to Twitter to proclaim how terrible this all because that’s what a certain wing always does. And when this blows up in the media’s and their faces (again), they’ll insist it was all just an honest mistake. Rinse and repeat.

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Hillary Clinton Gets Schooled by Pro-Clinton Author After She Denied Getting Election Help from Google

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There’s so much evidence that Google was in the tank for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 elections that it’s hard to keep up with it all. As time goes on, the evidence begins to look even worse as researchers who are provenly pro-Clinton even begin to turn against her over it.

On Monday, Trump tweeted about a report that shows Google manipulated 2.6 million to 16 million votes in favor of Clinton during the election, making his victory over her even bigger. He also suggested she should be sued.

Clinton fired back by claiming that study had been “debunked.”

“The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted,” tweeted Clinton.

Enter the study’s author and “strong” pro-Clinton supporter, psychologist Dr. Robert Epstein, who wasn’t exactly keen on Clinton telling the world that his study is illegitimate.

Epstein began his own Twitter response by correcting Trump’s assertion that the study said Google was intentionally manipulating search results, but then turned his sights toward Clinton, saying it hurts him to do it but Clinton should be ashamed of herself.

Epstein noted that Clinton relied on Google for “money & votes” with the largest donor being Alphabet/Google. He also noted that people associated with Google offered to run her tech campaign and even created companies for the sole purpose of putting Clinton in office. What’s more, nearly all Google employees at the time donated to Clinton’s campaign.

Now, switching to Hillary Clinton: This is going to hurt me to write, because I & my whole extended family have been strong supporters of the Clintons for decades. I have a framed, signed letter from Bill on the wall near my desk. But Hillary should be ashamed of herself.

Hillary has long depended on Google for both money & votes. Her largest donor in 2016 was Alphabet/Google. Her Chief Technology Officer during the campaign was Stephanie Hannon, a former Google exec. And then there’s Eric Schmidt, longtime head of Google …

A leaked email showed that in 2014 Google’s Eric Schmidt offered to run Hillary’s tech campaign (see pic). In 2015, Schmidt in fact funded The Groundwork, a highly secretive tech company, the sole purpose of which was to put Clinton into office.

About 96% of 2016 campaign donations from Google employees went to Hillary. And Elan Kriegel, Hillary’s Chief Analytics Officer, credits his 2012 tech team, informally supervised by Eric Schmidt, for half of Obama’s win margin: nearly 2.5 million votes.

After all these blows to Clinton, Epstein’s finisher came in the form of asking Clinton why his work is being quoted by prestigious venues across the globe if it’s been so debunked.

Somebody get Clinton a rag to wipe all that egg off her face.

Stories consistently emerged even before the elections that there were clues to Google rigging results in favor of Clinton, beginning with a video that went viral that showed Google’s search results offering positive results about Clinton, even when negative things were typed in.

There were also stories behind the scenes with suggested claims from YouTube personality Phillip DeFranco that he wasn’t included in that year’s YouTube rewind after refusing to make a pro-Clinton video via his channel for Google.

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Reminder: These Same “Journalists” Covering 2020 Were Coordinating With Hillary Clinton In 2016

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As the race for 2020 begins to heat up a little bit more every day, it’s worth remembering just who the people are that are shaping the coverage of our upcoming election.

Who can forget the picture of Andrea Mitchell and company smiling in delight at the mere sight of Hillary Clinton on her campaign plane? Whether they realized it at the time or not, that shot was destined to become a microcosm of just how biased the media had become. Things went far beyond just fawning photos though. As we’d later find out, a laundry list of “journalists” were directly coordinating with the Hillary Clinton campaign in an effort to beat Donald Trump.

James Hasson provides a great reminder in a recent thread of just how pervasive these relationships were between the press and Clinton.

Let’s also note that Thrush got caught up in a #metoo scandal as well. But because no one in media is every allowed to actually fail on their merits, Thrush is now back at The New York Times. Being a liberal forgives all sins in the world of the mainstream media.

What you’ll note about all of these people is that they were never punished. At no point did their publications apologize for their unethical behavior. In fact, many of them ended up with promotions in the coming years. Maggie Haberman still spouts off as if she’s a moral authority and principled journalist. John Harwood is as dishonest as ever. Glenn Thrush was temporarily sidelined over sexual harassment claims, but he’s already back in the club less than a year later.

Here’s the other thing though. While the media and the Democrats were never going to hold themselves accountable, you’d have thought the Republican party would react differently to preserve their own self interests. Instead, we’ve seen no real change in the dynamics at play. The networks and papers these people worked for still enjoy access as if nothing ever happened. The GOP still gives them interviews, invites them to conventions, and Donald Trump is still giving Maggie Haberman quotes. Notice the contrast between that and how the DNC reacted the moment they saw an opportunity to shun Fox News and ban them from hosting debates.

There’s no accountability within the halls of American journalism. There’s only narratives and if you are willing to push said narrative, you can get away with just about anything. Right now, Don Lemon is currently being sued for assault and there’s even an eye witness corroborating the accusation. Has CNN pulled him off the air, even as they’ve previously pushed far less credible allegations against Republicans? Of course not. Rules for thee but not for me might as well be their motto.

In the end, the same people who betrayed their journalist integrity in 2016 and beyond are shaping coverage of 2020. These people deserve no assumption of credibility. On the contrary, you should expect their bias and underhanded behavior to escalate to a far higher level than the previous presidential election. Getting rid of Donald Trump has become a religious tenant to the left in this country and their stenographers in the press aren’t going to play anything straight.

Republicans are going to have to get much smarter in how they combat this stuff because things are going to get much worse over the next year.

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Ted Cruz: Let’s face it, Fox News went all-in for Trump in the 2016 primaries

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A fun little trip down memory lane occasioned by reporter Tim Alberta’s new book about Trump’s takeover of the GOP. First, the clip:

I remember that period well because the deep freeze between Cruz and Fox News wasn’t just happening behind the scenes. My first memory of it was this tweet published by Cruz’s spokesman in March 2016, the same date Cruz identifies in the clip as the moment when Fox went face-first into the tank for Trump:

That was posted a week before the Wisconsin primary, which ended up being Cruz’s biggest win of the campaign. All of the other major contenders (unless you consider John Kasich a “major contender”) had dropped out by that point, giving Cruz a long-awaited de facto one-on-one fight with Trump for the conservative base. Cruz thought he could win that fight. Although Trump had piled up more states and delegates to that point, there was always a theory that he owed that success more to the fact that conservative votes were splintered among a variety of candidates than to his own electoral strength. Once the conservative side of the field cleared for a single champion, i.e. Cruz, righties would unite around him and start propelling him to victory after victory in the later states.

Wisconsin seemed to be proof of concept. Cruz beat Trump there with Scott Walker’s endorsement and was angling to pile up some more wins in the midwest in anticipation of a brokered convention. He already had stalwart conservative talk radio hosts like Mark Levin and Glenn Beck behind him. If he could win over Fox News, the biggest megaphone in conservative America, he just might turn the tide of the race.

Alberta sets the scene on April 5, hours after Cruz won Wisconsin.

He continues:

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You can understand his frustration. Fox News and its primetime hosts had promoted the tea-party message of small government and “constitutional conservatism” relentlessly since 2010. Cruz had very consciously positioned himself as the purest populist expression of that philosophy in the Senate, even shutting down the government in 2013 in a futile bid to block ObamaCare’s implementation, because he figured it would help make him Fox’s preferred candidate in 2016. And you know what? It probably would have had Trump not run. But he did run, and Ted Cruz ended up watching the ground shift right under his feet. Suddenly all of the Fox guys decided that, when it came to populist conservatism, they could do without the conservative part so long as they got a double dose of populism. Righty media had spent six years, day by day, hour by hour, insisting that only doctrinaire conservatism could save the country.

And then, in the course of a year — really, the first third of 2016 — they decided it wasn’t that important after all. Cruz went out on a limb ideologically at Fox’s invitation and then Fox sawed it off.

Cruz’s anger at the network had already become evident before Wisconsin, not just per the Phillips tweet above but based on the fact that he did a one-hour town hall event with Megyn Kelly the night before the primary after allegedly turning down invites from Hannity for 10 days, a notable snub. A few days after Wisconsin, he was irritable in reminding Bill O’Reilly that he had spent a lot of his time on the air lately defending Trump. By April 19, after being blown out in New York, Cruz got testy in an interview when Hannity pressed him on whether he’d try to win the nomination on the convention floor despite finishing second in delegates. By the next day, he was telling other interviewers, “There are hosts who make the decision to go in the tank for Trump,” naming a few like Beck and Levin who *hadn’t* done that and pointedly omitting Hannity and O’Reilly.

On May 4 he got walloped in the Indiana primary and the race was over.

He’s asked in the clip up top why he thinks Roger Ailes and Fox went in the tank. I think that’s simple: Fox follows its viewers as much as it leads them and Ailes recognized that they were responding much more enthusiastically to a charismatic reactionary than to a charmless “constitutionalist.” For all the hype in the mainstream media about right-wing broadcasters supposedly leading their audiences by the nose, there’s a reason why people like Rush Limbaugh profess to no longer care about debt and deficits and it’s not because they’ve had an ideological conversion. They know that if they get on the wrong side of their audience’s opinion, there are 10, 20, 30 competitors who will stay on the right side to lure that audience away. Ailes, for all his power, knew that righties wanted Trump, so Fox wanted him too.

Although the fact that Trump was personally chummy with him, O’Reilly, Hannity, Giuliani and the rest of the authoritarian media-savvy bridge-and-tunnel strain of “conservatism” surely didn’t hurt either.

Exit question for Cruz: Would he have won the primaries if Fox had in fact gotten behind him in 2016? I say no, just because, again, righty media tends to follow, not lead. Fox would have cut Trump’s margins of victory but in the end Trump’s brand is more powerful than Fox’s is.

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Trump Lawyers Release Bombshell Video that Vindicates Him In Unwanted Kiss Lawsuit

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President Trump is currently embroiled in a civil suit brought by a former campaign staffer named Alva Johnson. One aspect of it is accusations of pay discrimination but the real blockbuster charge has been that Donald Trump supposedly forced himself on her and kissed her without her consent.

Sounds serious, right? The media have certainly treated it as such, with Johnson being given the red carpet treatment on CNN and MSNBC.

Things just took a dramatic turn though. Trump’s lawyers managed to dig up actual video of the encounter and it essentially vindicates the President. In fact, it makes Johnson look like a malicious liar given that the video appears to show her leaning in and actually kissing him on the cheek.

Here’s the video and it’s readily apparent there was absolutely nothing improper about what happened.

By comparison, here’s how Johnson originally described the encounter in her lawsuit per CNN.

“As Defendant Trump spoke, he tightened his grip on Ms. Johnson’s hand and leaned towards her. He moved close enough that she could feel his breath on her skin,” the lawsuit states. “Ms. Johnson suddenly realized that Defendant Trump was trying to kiss her on the mouth, and attempted to avoid this by turning her head to the right. Defendant Trump kissed her anyway, and the kiss landed on the corner of her mouth.”

In reality, he didn’t come close to mouth to mouth contact as she alleged and it appears he didn’t even actually make mouth to cheek contact. This was simply Trump doing the typical European style greeting you see all over the world. He also did not ever touch her hand at all, much less forcibly tighten his grip on it.

For their part, Johnson’s lawyers are laughably claiming this vindicates them somehow by proving they did meet. Yes, Trump has said in the past he doesn’t know who she is. That’s completely consistent with the fact that this is 1) the only time they interacted and 2) she was one of thousands of staffers across the country. Of course he wouldn’t recall who she was.

I’ll also note that Johnson herself never described the encounter as problematic until much later, saying that she hadn’t realized he’d committed battery against her until she saw others come forward during the #metoo movement. Yes, she is alleging what’s in that video is battery.

Look, I’m all for giving victims room to prove their case without being attacked but this lawsuit is complete garbage. It’s a reminder of how false accusations can be wielded against people in powerful positions and why skepticism is warranted in all cases.

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New Book Details the Trump Campaign’s Behind-the-Scenes Handling of the Damning ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape

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A new book by a Politico contributor reveals the Trump campaign’s reaction to the notorious Access Hollywood tape which spawned a million pink hats and a million mischaracterizations.

In American Carnage, Tim Alberta captures the moment top campaign officials learned of the tape and its contents:

Trump looked at [Reince Priebus], put the packet on the table, and slid it across. The party chairman began to read, the room now filling around him with the rest of the team. They had all seen it: an email exchange with Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, who claimed to have an old audio recording of Trump making exceedingly lewd remarks about women and boasting of his ability to get away with sexual assault.

I’d like to stop right there — that would be one of those million mischaracterizations.

To be clear, Donald Trump did not “[boast] of his ability to get away with sexual assault.”

Trump did, rather, say that women would “let” him grab them. That’s a very important distinction.

Back to the book:

Fahrenthold had sent over the alleged quotes and was requesting comment from the campaign for a story that would run later that day.

“Wow, this isn’t good,” Priebus said, his eyes fixed on a single line. “This is really, really bad.”

The group was paralyzed with silence. Finally, Kushner piped up. “You know, I don’t think it’s all that bad.”

“Jared, what are you talking about?” Priebus said, burying his head in his hands. “This is as bad as it gets.”

Tim asserts Trumps advisers held to hopes the claims were false. Those were, however, dasedh against the rocks of recorded reality when a copy of the tape was sent over.

Kellyanne Conway recounted The Donald’s surprise:

“It was a moment of humility and vulnerability. He legitimately did not remember saying that.”

As per Carnage, the exposure scooted away some members of the GOP establishment, and fear abounded that Mike Pence would disassociate as well.

But Donald was determined.

Not for a moment would Trump consider quitting the race. He was unmoved by the rebukes of the Republican lawmakers who were piling on with excoriating statements; most of them, he scoffed, were the same people who had opposed his candidacy from its inception.

For a hot second, the chronicle notes, New York’s most famed eccentric agreed to go beyond his apology video and give an interview to ABC in the name of damage control. He abruptly about-faced.

The book claims Trump’s clinching of the presidency came during the 2nd debate, at which he showcased Bill Clinton’s accusers and relentlessly obliterated Hillary over her email scandal.

It was, without question, the ugliest and most vitriolic presidential debate in the mass-communication era. And it was exactly what Trump needed. Facing pressure unlike any White House hopeful in memory, the Republican nominee didn’t just get off the mat; he came up swinging. It made all the difference. Within 48 hours the bleeding had stopped: Republicans ceased their calls for his withdrawal, Pence dutifully returned to the stump and his campaign went on as though nothing had happened.

“Went on as though nothing had happened” seems a fair assessment of Trump’s inimitable style and history. The man knows how to rebound.

Where the election’s concerned, Democrats haven’t seemed to possess the same.

That’s why, as I sit in Los Angeles writing this, I may well be within 1000 yards of a still-worn kitty cap.

For more on American Carnage, please see AOC’s response to a Trump move chronicled in the exposé here.

What are your thoughts on the whole Access Hollywood dustup? What was your reaction then? Has your attitude changed? Please let us all know in the Comments section.

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