Pre-GOP Debate Thoughts and Predictions…

2016 is the fight we’ve been waiting for…

The debate moderator is CBS News political director John Dickerson.  He will be joined by CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett, and to provide the Rupert Murdoch influence, The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel.  The debate will air live on CBS from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST tonight.

Fox News has already positioned their optics and narrative front-man John Roberts on the ground in/around Greenville.  The Roberts production team is one of the key follows for anyone interested in discovering where Fox News executives are directing the public’s attention.

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South Carolina has been hosting the evangelical-dominated Faith and Values conference in advance of the debate tonight.  The audience has been carefully selected from conference attendees and professional republican party insiders.

Given the absolute need for young Marco Rubio to regain his viable candidate footing, every possible lean and party indulgence will be apportioned to provide maximum benefit.  Knowing also that Roberts production staff is on the ground at the venue, The Peace Center, we can remain confident Murdoch is leveraging furiously on behalf of his preferred candidate, Rubio.

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Governor Jeb Bush can be easily be expected to continue trying to make his attack approach personal upon the GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.  Acutely rehearsed and poll-tested sound bites aimed at defining Donald Trump’s temperament, gruff persona, and generally vulgarian nature.

Jeb will be well aware of the audience, any arrows thrown in the direction of Rubio will be nerf darts to avoid the rehearsed, quick-worded and lane clearing retort.  Bush doesn’t have Christie to defend his honor in Greenville.

Rubio will attempt to leverage his freshman senatorial studies, and continue advancing the proposition only he possesses foreign policy experience.   Trump would be wise to remind the audience that a weakened America makes concerns of a Syrian invasion force several notches ‘less than’ on the scale of importance.

After all, either we have a country, or we don’t – and nation building in Libya is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things if more Boeing’s move to China.

Rubio will most certainly be advised to go on offense against Trump, because, as unbelievably as it might seem to most, young Marco needs to remove the optic of Jeb as *cough* strongman against the Donald.

Important to note the polling angle here.  A successful forward pathway for Rubio goes through Trump, not Cruz.   However, the pathway for Cruz gets harder if Rubio falls, because it makes Trump stronger.  So don’t expect to see Cruz go after Rubio, that job will have to be left to Jeb Bush and Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz is at his maximum support threshold, and the current polling internals show that Rubio is #1 if you remove Donald Trump.  It benefits Ted Cruz to keep Marco Rubio in his current place.

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Hopefully, there will be an opportunity for Trump to leverage the missing Chris Christie and emphasize the remaining memory of Rubio’s 25 second DC talking-point rehearsal which plays well for the Sunday talks but does little to solve any significant crisis.  Despite the Nikki Haley pearl-clutching annoyance conveyed within the truth – it still remains truthful to point it out.

Governor John Kasich has quadrupled down on the nice-uncle John strategy, and continued throughout the week to say his heart will lead his building tender-sensibilities coalition.  Prior banker status and angry-man role not withstanding.  Dear John has assured a national audience of his intent to listen more to the suffering masses and internalize their anxieties.  A new era of ‘super-duper-participation-trophies-for-all’ a possible platform plank, no splinters of course.

Of course senator Baal Cruz will evoke passages of the constitution, decry a borderless country he previously supported, generally reverse all of his prior positions, and challenge Marco Rubio to a contest of who can bomb North Korea or Syria the fastest.

Sitting on the edge of the stage playing with the kids is a great optic during commercials, and helps avoid the fact none of his ‘My Dear Friends’ on the stage wants to be anywhere near the guy.  Juan is the loneliest number….  

The attacks on candidate Trump are transparent:  “Heartless Eminent Domain” and mean businessman stuff from Bush.  “Abortion and other constitutionally important social issues” from Cruz.  Claims of “Single-Payer” healthcare advocacy from both.

All of which can be swatted away with a blend of policy and linguistic kill-shots.

Only one person can arrive at the White House without any IOU’s waiting on the oval office desk.   Only one candidate can claim their Super-PAC is the American people.  Only one candidate can point out the Crony-Capitalism of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the flaws with Trans-Pacific Trade, shipping jobs and manufacturing overseas etc.

Only one candidate can successfully talk about the border wall being paid by Mexico who are now, more than ever, dependent on U.S. dollar remittances ($25B) than their entire energy sector including oil development ($23.5B).  Yeah, Mexico will pay for the wall, those recently released statistics provide just the leverage Trump was talking about.

Only one candidate can talk about saving Social Security and Medicare through expansive domestic economic growth, and a change in the U.S. economic model to take advantage of our keen innovation, entrepreneurship and domestic resource development.

Only one remaining candidate has actually created anything, built anything, or even employed anyone.  Only one candidate has put his own money, created wealth, on the line to succeed or fail, and not spent his life dependent on exploiting the money of the U.S. taxpayer.

There are many endorsements entirely dependent on this debate outcome.  Either supporting Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio – who gets them depends on who does best.

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270 Responses to Pre-GOP Debate Thoughts and Predictions…

  1. facebkwallflower says:

    Cruz may be the only “true conservative” but There can only be one “true Trump”.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Artist says:

      what does that even mean…that Cruz is the only ” true conservative” ?
      He voted for TPP, thinks John Roberts was swell ( Obamacare!! ) on and on and on…for those not paying attention to what he DOES, maybe his words are Conservative ( what about that dual citizenship Canadian thing?)
      I dunno, he just seems like a GOPe shill to me.

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      • facebkwallflower says:

        Exactly! Which is why I was snarking about it. I don’t want the “truest conservative” or “truest Christian”. At this point I don’t even want to be identified politically as/with the “Christian conservative block”. I want “true Trump” and nothing short of that.

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    • If true conservative means supporting bestiality then I guess Cruz IS. His state enacted a law to make it LEGAL, 1974 and to this date he has said nothing and done nothing about it. Yet it is in the same bible verse he uses to fight homosexuals. I find that very odd and at best hypocritical to his own beliefs. Homosexual marriage is also one of his major talking points and hallmarks and he uses that same bible verse as his reason, I wonder why he doesn’t champion the rest of the verse about bestiality?

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    • jeans2nd says:

      I would sure like to know who gets to decide what a “conservative” is. Would that be an Eisenhower conservative? Goldwater? Nixon? Reagan? Bush? Which Bush? They sure do not all fit my definition of “conservative,” And that is what counts for me.

      Liked by 1 person

    • JJ says:

      A Candian true conservative?? Not this time.


  2. Clc says: can we please talk about the TPP. here is a good description of it from Storm Clouds Gathering. expose the globalist now!

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  3. TwoLaine says:

    Pre-debate humor.

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  4. ZZZ says:

    Got three mailers today – I am in the Upstate of SC.

    (1) “Ted Cruz, The Consistent Conservative is Not so Consistent”; “Ted Cruz vs. Ted Cruz”
    Pointing out several key issues where he has waffled (Syria, Edward Snowden, Funding our Troops, Protecting our Homeland) –> Rubio fans

    (2) “Which Marco”; “Marco Rubio Just another Washington politician we can’t trust”.
    Pointing our his MAJOR waffling on immigration. –> Bush fans

    (3)”Where Did Marco Rubio Charge $22,000 in Personal Expenses?” “ON A REPUBLICAN PARTY CREDIT CARD”;”IT’S A QUESTION OF JUDGMENT” (Apparently this was in 2015 and 2010; Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times. Could be why not so much support in Florida.) –> Bush fans

    So someone is busy…too bad they wasted these very nicely made items on me and my family.
    Into the circular file they go!

    And I have to say, RightToRiseUSA…is a bit off-putting to me…who in the world comes up with these names? And I find the weird named things usually related to the Bush campaign.
    I really don’t get the moniker…anyone else?

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  5. NHVoter says:

    Dana Loesch is a POS and an idiot.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. ajbenius says:

    By the way, what is up with the Cruzbot logic that Trump won New Hampshire only because it is a liberal state? Iowa is also a liberal state that voted for Obama twice and has voted for a Republican only once from ’88 and onward. At least NH voted GOP twice- 1988 and 2000.

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  7. Paula says:

    Trump has such a huge presence that everyone else on the stage looks small. When Cruz tries to talk tough, it’s obvious he’s acting.

    If anything is going to make Rubio sweat more, it’s the idea that he has to take on the big dog. During the last debate, when Rubio had his malfunction, Trump turned to Rubio and very gently rebuked him for something, but when Trump turned towards him, I caught the look of shear panic in his eyes, like, ” Oh No! You’re not going to hit me too?” Poor guy. I expect to see quite a bit of sweating from Rubio tonight.

    Cruz will continue to reveal to America what a little or pri@& he is. Might score some debate points, but will lose more likability points.

    Jeb will still come across like Jeb.

    Trump has TOTALLY got this one.

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  8. NHVoter says:

    I have a feeling that Trump & Rubio may team up tonight to go after Cruz who has been outright lying about both of them.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Spencer's Mom says:

    Is it my imagination, or do Ted Cruz and Mark Levin have a “similar sounding” voice?

    Liked by 2 people

  10. NHVoter says:

    Justice Scalia has died. Horrible. May he rest in peace.

    I bet Cruz will politicize this and say he’s the only one who can be trusted to appoint SCOTUS justices. Ugh.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. John Doe says:

    Off Topic, but not. Justice Antonin Scalia has died. Pray for America.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Melanie says:

    Supreme Court Justice Anton Scalia has passed away. There will be a bloodbath in the Senate over a replacement.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. KBR says:

    Cruz 🐍
    Rubio 🤖
    Bush 💩
    Trump 🇺🇸

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  14. Trump needs to call out the GOPe-loaded audience, right off the bat, and provoke a nice big booo from the hacks. It’s campaign marketing GOLD.

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  15. Martin says:

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  16. cheekymeeky says:

    It’s going to be an interesting night.


  17. Martin says:

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  18. Dora says:

    I hope Trump brings this up1

    Liked by 3 people

  19. Akela says:

    Could someone remind me what GOPe stands for? I missed it on the first goround.



  20. jello333 says:

    Prediction: There will be questions about the removal of the Confederate flag (and other symbols), and the intend will be to try to “trip up” Donald in some way or other. Wouldn’t be surprised if this lead into a whole, sick debate about BLM and their ilk.

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  21. Martin says:

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  22. lovely says:

    My prediction: Rubio does a terrible job, he is a naturally nervous guy and he compensates for that nervousness by giving rote replies, Christie effectively took Rubio’s safety net away from him and Rubio is going to be very nervous.

    Kasich talks about his daughters and has a bit of a Sheriff Andy Taylor vibe to him.

    Jeb talks about his brother and the love that the Bush family has for SC, also I’ll bet Jeb crosses his arms across his chest in self indignation a few times. Jeb snipes at Trump.

    Cruz talks about his Constitutional knowledge and points to Justice Scalia’s death as proof of how important our next presidential pick will be and that someone like Trump’s sister or Laurence Tribe,are who we would get with Trump.

    Trump is steadfast repeats the truth, talks about Cruz being a dishonest cheater and Jeb being a low energy guy.

    Ben Carson supports Trump albeit in a very subtle way.

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  23. benY says:

    We desperately need to come up with a new word for “true Americans”. “Conservative” has, just like all the other words that once meant something has been co-opted.

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    • Gail Combs says:

      Patriot although they are now equating that with the nastier definition of Nationalism.

      From the Oxford English Dictionary:
      1. Patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts: an early consciousness of nationalism and pride

      1.1 An extreme form of patriotism marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries: playing with right-wing nationalism

      Why is a ” feeling of superiority over other countries” now considered evil? Do we really think Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe or Afghanistan are the equal of the USA? Or is a ” feeling of superiority over other countries” a threat to the plans of the globalists.

      Is Mr Trump’s stirring of patriotic feelings the real threat and the reason the Globalists call him another Hitler?


      • southernbychoice says:

        For Gail Combs: Re: patriotism and nationalism–Thomas Paine quote, “It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”

        I always likedTomas Delorenzo’s’s definition of patriotism and nationalism. A patriot loves his country and the people, a nationalist loves its government. Sorry, forgot which of Delorenzo’s books in which iI read it.


  24. Dora says:

    He can feel confident. Today Donald Trump won the Washington & Lee Mock Convention.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Cameraman says:

      And not even close.

      Donald J. Trump: 1320 (53%) – wins by 27 points.
      Ted Cruz: 652 (26%)
      Marco Rubio: 399 (16%)
      Jeb Bush: 72 (3%)
      John Kasich: 19 (1%)

      “Throughout the convention’s 108-year history, Washington and Lee students have been correct in their predictions 19 times out of 25. They’ve been correct about the Republican Party since 1948.”

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  25. I hope Donald Trump makes a comment about the RNC’s dishonest attempt at raising money for him!

    Liked by 3 people

  26. benY says:

    Does Cruz ever just answer a question. All this POS does is give speeches.


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