Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
Written by DOUG JOHNSON
The Horse Sense Blog compares the nonsense in today’s news with good ol’ fashioned horse sense.
Here’s the Nonsense: The GOP can stop Trump if they just continue to point out that his followers are foolish clowns and he’s a sideshow, not a serious Republican candidate.
Here’s the Horse Sense: The only way to keep Trump from both the nomination and a third party run is to accept him as a candidate and beat him on the field of ideas.
First they didn’t think he’d run. Then he announced he was running. Then they said he’d never file the required financial information. Then he filed the financial information that confirmed his run.
At every turn not only the pundits and media doubted Trump, but the Republican Party doubted him. And at every turn he’s proved them wrong. Then they attacked him (actually, they continue to do so) and his poll numbers continue to rise.
Even the other Republican candidates, with the exception of only a few, have attacked him. And there’s a good chance that those childish attacks will do them serious damage with the voters. Breitbart even reported that one of the GOP’s top strategists ran to Politico to bash Trump’s followers as “clowns.” (Hmmm…makes you wonder if he and McCain have been talking!)
The GOP is terrified of Trump and are hoping that attacking him will destroy his candidacy. Their attacks do nothing but drive more people to support Trump. And now, even though Trump has said he wants to run as a Republican, it is being reported that the GOP have been trying to plot ways to try to keep him out of the debates.
Even though Trump has plainly said that all he wants is for the GOP to treat him fairly. And most likely if they would do that he would play as part of the team and if he didn’t get the nomination he wouldn’t run as a third party candidate. But, they continue to push him away. They use the political methods of Democrats to try to shut down the most popular candidate in the Republican field.
The only thing they will succeed at by doing this is that they will drive the voters away from the party. It won’t matter whether Trump runs as a third party candidate because these voters will not support any Republican if the GOP treats a favored candidate this way. They will stay home and not vote, or they will find independent candidates to vote for, but either way the GOP will lose their votes because of their treatment of Trump, which simply comes across as the disdain the GOP has for them as voters.
Many people are afraid of a third party run by Trump, but they don’t realize that the GOP is sealing their fate by their actions, not by the choices Trump makes. Their actions tell Trump’s voters that they are not important to the party.
If the GOP wants to eliminate Trump’s chances of becoming the nominee, then their other candidates need to start talking like Trump with straightforward truths that speak to the hearts of Americans. And they have to present solutions that are better than Trump’s solutions.
The only way to stop Trump is to beat him with better ideas and solutions. Trump has said he wants to run as a Republican and if he’s beaten with better ideas he would most likely support that candidate with better ideas and not run as a third party candidate. But if he continues to be treated the way he’s been treated, there’s a great chance he will leave the party and run as a third party candidate.
The politics of Washington won’t work this time. They must embrace Trump’s candidacy as a legitimate Republican candidacy and win the voters away from Trump with ideas or they will lose the voters altogether. It’s that simple.
And if they can’t come up with better ideas and solutions, then they should welcome Trump as the man who is articulating a message that Americans of all kinds are embracing. Even lifelong Democrats like the school teacher in Laredo that said this week he’ll vote for Trump because Trump offers solutions.
Trump is appealing to voters across party lines and even people who normally don’t vote. There’s no other Republican candidate getting that kind of response from the public.
If Republicans want to win elections, they have to have better ideas, not play the personal attack game. Americans are tired of Washington politics and they’re not going to put up with it.
If Republicans insist on Washington politics as usual, they’ll lose the voters regardless of whether or not Trump is in the race.
Submitted by: Veronica Coffin
Written by SeeingRedAZ
Mayor, City Council Districts 1, 4, 5 and 7, and four Propositions will be on the ballot
If you’re one of the few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic, you might have felt a bit like Rip Van Winkle Sunday morning. Although the Phoenix City Election is scheduled for Aug. 25, the newspaper has already called the mayoral race in a presumptuous editorial titled, “Stanton’s second act.” When he was elected in 2011, Greg Stanton received a joint congratulatory call from Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano.
The newspaper dismisses 2016 challengers as “unknown,” finding them not worthy of mention in the lengthy opinion piece. We support Anna Brennan, who clearly has an uphill battle —- as did conservative Prof. David Brat who toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, after being outspent $5.7 million to $231,000.
Although the mayor and council purport to be politically unaffiliated, it’s a foolish guise. Even the leftwing newspaper referred to Greg Stanton as a “progressive,“ the preferred terminology of liberals trying to sound forward thinking. The editorial was notable for admitting “he was lifted to office on the shoulders of public sector labor unions, especially police and fire.” The editorial bemoans what it references in these words, “Stanton has been afforded few opportunities to reward his political benefactors.”
There are countless problems that affect Phoenix. First and foremost, Stanton presides over a Sanctuary City. The Republic gives him accolades in this bizarre manner, “If this mayor is famous for nothing else, it is his efforts to refashion Phoenix as a walkable town.” Seriously.
It’s not by accident that liberals like Greg Stanton get elected in the nation’s sixth largest city in a red state. Voter turnout is notoriously low during August in Phoenix. Many residents have not yet returned from their summer vacations, contributing to the often 20+ percent participation. The solid voting blocs are those reliable unions who “lifted him on their shoulders“: police, fire fighters and unionized teachers. Stir into that mix other City of Phoenix employees, and the outcome becomes obvious as special interest groups disproportionately influence the vote to the left.
General participation would be greater and the costs lowered if city elections were consolidated with state and federal elections rather than off-year stand-alones. Keeping them as they are is doubtless part of the status quo strategy.
Americans for Prosperity answers the questions and exposes the fallacies about Arizona ballot Proposition 104. SRAZ urges a NO vote against doubling the city transit tax over 35 years and spending over $31 billion on the unaccountable light rail expansion. Notice all of the campaign signs in support and none in opposition? That alone tells who has the money and benefits from the expansion. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club recently released its study on the Phoenix Transit Plan Tax Hike.
Take time to arm yourself with the facts. Prop. 104 deserves a NO vote. Find your City Council District here.
There are four Propositions on the ballot, 100, 102, 103 and 104 which is discussed in this post. Watch for those related to union pension spiking and reforms in future reports.