Election 2016

Dems & Reps Are Melting Down. These Two Tweets Help Explain Why

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is a seriously deranged male chauvinist pig, while Obama praises Cuban education.

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If you've ever wondered why an increasing number of people are ashamed to be identified as either Republican or Democratic, consider the two tweets that appear below.

They differ in tone, subject matter, and in many other ways, but they help to explain why, as Gallup has documented, "Democratic, Republican Identification [Are] Near Historical Lows." In fact, just 29 percent of people are willing to cop to being a Democrat these days, which represents the lowest number since 1988 (when 36 percent called themselves Democrats). For Republicans, the current percentage is 26 percent, up one whole point from last year but well below the 31 percent proud to wear red back when the first George Bush was taking on Mike Dukakis. I'm happy to take all bets that when Gallup surveys folks next year, the GOP number will be at an all-time low.

A new CBS/New York Times polls finds that fully 60 percent of Republicans "are mostly embarrassed by their party's presidential campaign."

Who can blame them, when party heavyweights tweet stuff like this:

Trump's retweet of a supporter's photoshopped image is perhaps the crassest, most pathetic, and rankly misogynistic campaign statement in decades. But it is hardly the only reason why 60 percent of Republicans are embarrassed by their party's campaign.

I'll get to the president's own pathetic statement about the wonders of Cuban public education in a moment, but first let's focus on the GOP's breakdown and dysfunction, which features Republican solons not just joining the #NeverTrump movement but even hatching plans to deny the billionaire developer the nomination by any means necessary.

So let's be clear: The problem isn't that Trump is so deviant from GOP orthodoxy but that he so closely apes the party that he is helping to destroy. Yes, he's a "fake" Republican who showed very little interest in the party before deciding to run for president under its aegis. Conservatives and establishment characters can complain all they want about how he's not principled or serious or that he's even less well-read in the Constitution than he is the Bible.

What they can't do is explain very well where he departs from exactly the sorts of policies they've long espoused. Lest we forget (and libertarians who think about voting Republican shouldn't ever forget this), one of Ted Cruz's and National Review's main attacks on Trump is that he is weak on immigration! Seriously! Here's a guy who not five minutes into his announcement that he was running for president started calling Mexicans rapists and disease-ridden vermin and crowing not just that he was going to build a wall but that he would make the Mexican government pay for it! But according to Cruz, NR, and "real" conservatives, Trump would let some of the deportees back into America eventaully, so he's full of it.

When it comes to trade, Trump is no free marketer. But did you get a load of what Cruz, John Kasich, and Marco Rubio said about the topic at the last debate featuring a quartet? In different but distinct ways, all the candidates trimmed their devotion to free trade. Cruz walked away from earlier support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a imperfect trade pact that whose negotiations were started by George W. Bush, and support for "trade promotion authority" (TPA), which would allow President Obama negotiate all details and then submit a final deal for an up or down congressional vote. TPA is completely routine in these sorts of deals, by the way. Maybe Cruz just doesn't want to give a win to a Democrat? Maybe, but then what does that tell you about his principles? Rubio brayed on and on about Cuba and sugar protectionism and Kasich even invoked the need for "fair trade," which is protectionist garbage. Trump's proposed trade war with China sounds like something out of The Weekly Standard in the late 1990s, when that mag was figuring China was the next big fight for the U.S.

But, but, but…Trump is into eminent domain and no "real" conservative can abide that! In one of the early debates, Jeb Bush (remember him?) took it to The Donald about the billionaire's sad-sack attempt to use government muscle to squeeze an old lady out of her house in Atlantic City. In the debate, Trump was talking about the Keystone XL Pipeline, which he correctly said would never get built without a ton of eminent domain. Now, given that the pipeline will be run by a private company, there's a strong case against invoking eminent domain here, which should only be used for public purposes, right? Like building public schools and hospitals and roads. The case is complicated enough, though, that the Institute for Justice, the libertarian legal nonprofit that made eminent-domain abuse a national issue a decade ago, hasn't taken a position on Keystone. But Jeb Bush and every other Republican on that debate stage had. They supported building it and they claimed that it was in fact a public use. Indeed, in Ted Cruz's Texas, that sort of action to support the construction of pipelines owned and operated by private companies is totally accepted.

I raise this not to support eminent domain in this instance but to underscore that all the Republicans who complain that Trump is not one of them, they really have trouble explaining exactly how his policies contradict their own preferences. One of the places where that seemed to be the case was foreign policy or, more specifically, the war on terror. For a while, at least, Trump seemed to be less interventionist than the modal Republican and in his recent AIPAC speech he had the temerity to question whether NATO should still be funded mostly through American dollars. Once upon a time, he suggested he'd be a neutral negotiator in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, but he dutifully walked that back. But even if he is not as obviously interventionist as, say, Ted Cruz or Hillary Clinton, he's no so slouch when it comes to killing people in the name of national security, is he? Trump's enthusiasm for waterboarding and torture, not to mention the indiscriminate killing of innocents, is grotesque. And fully in line with Republican policies back when George W. Bush was running the show. Is he the only Republican calling for ending immigration from Muslim countries and turning away the few thousand Syrian refugees that might be headed for the United States? Hardly.

In the wake of the Brussels attacks, his main rival, Ted Cruz, called to renew a demonstrably failed program to surveil Muslim communities. Mentioning Cruz, of course, brings us back to the rancid tweet above, where Donald Trump recirculated a fan's unflattering image of Heidi Cruz. This came after a Cruz super-PAC (which legally can't coordinate with any candidate's campaign) had circulated semi-nude pictures of Trump's wife Melania, a former model, in an attempt to undermine support for The Donald in the Utah caucuses. Trump responding by threatening "Lying Ted" that he would "spill the beans" about Cruz's wife, Heidi, a Goldman Sachs employee and former George W. Bush administration official (most speculation of what the beans are includes a 2005 incident in which Mrs. Cruz was deemed "a danger to herself" by the Austin Police Department).

To his minimal credit, Cruz is taking the high road in this latest flap, calling Trump a "coward" and refusing to rise to his rival's bait and insult Mrs. Trump. At the same time, Cruz is hardly above what even the anti-Trump organ National Review calls "dirty campaign tactics," most spectacularly sending out phony notices of voting violations and spreding false rumors about Ben Carson dropping out of the race in Iowa. The incredibly low and increasingly ugly Republican race for the nomination may well represent the logical endpoint for a party that has long hewed to a take-no-prisoners approach to politics and policy. And it should hardly be surprising that it may well have created an opening for someone like Donald Trump to win the GOP presidential nomination. How exactly do conservative Republicans, who have spent decades denouncing all criticism of their reactionary social positions as just one more symptom of "political correctness" and the hyper-feminization of America, credibly get annoyed when their own candidates play rough with one another?

While it's tempting to see the 2016 Republican meltdown as rooted primarily in rhetorical overload, that would be a mistake. Fundamentally, the problem facing the GOP and people's loss of confidence in it is about policy. Specifically, it's about the absolute failure of the Republicans to deliver on any of their promises earlier in the 21st century when they held a lock on both houses of Congress and the presidency. The GOP did not simply fail at leadership, they were catastrophically awful. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, first came The Patriot Act and a whole host of initiatives that violated civil liberties (the extent of these only only came out later). Foreign policy was a complete disaster, including two major wars that were poorly conceived and incompetently prosecuted. On the domestic front, Republicans tripped over themselves to expand Medicare, federalize K-12 leducation policy, loosen requirements on food stamps and disability, and ultimately expand spending and major regulations in ways not seen since LBJ pursued his wars on poverty and in Vietnam. In the close of the Bush years, Republicans ralled around a tax-rebate stimulus that was pointless and bailouts for Wall Street and the auto industry. That they did all this while attacking the Democrats as the party of big government and wild deficits didn't help matters.

But of course, the Bush years and absolute GOP policy failure only takes through 2006 or 2008 at the latest, and thus doesn't explain why the same CBS/New York Times poll that finds 60 percent of Republicans are ashamed of their own party also finds that 61 percent of us believe "that things have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track" and less than half of all Americans approve of the job Barack Obama is doing.

In his first couple of years in office, when he had a veto-proof majority in the Senate, the president effectively got everything he wanted, particularly his still-unpopular health care plan and a record-breaking stimulus whose benefits have yet to materialize. Time and again, Obama and the Democrats descended into parody, as when it turned out that self-described most transparent administration in history was maintaining an extra-judicial, secret kill list and massively expanded surveillance of communcations by ordinary Americans. The reflexive attitude of Democrats is still to "blame Bush" for all the ills of the world or, same thing, Republican obstructionism.

And even when Obama does something absolutely proper and correct—such as normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba, the event that generated the tweet at the top of this column from his advisor Valerie Jarrett—he manages to alienate even people who agree with him. "Cuba has an extraordinary resource," he pants, while in a communist country that had actually imprisoned political activists in anticipation of his visit, "a system of education which values every boy and every girl." As Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, himself a longtime advocated of opening up Cuba and who accompanied Obama on his trip, told Reason at a January conference we held in Havana, "Cubans will tout their three successes: healthcare, education, and science. I think Americans would come down here and see the three failures of socialism: breakfast, lunch, and dinner."

To be sure, Jarrett's retweet of her boss's platitude is not crass or contemptible in the same as Trump's bon mot about Heidi Cruz. But in the end, it speaks to the same evacuation of common sense and responsibility in contemporary American politics. Both Democrats and Republicans have had their turn in the sun in the 21st century and each has, by common acclamation, failed not just miserably but spectacularly at governing a country in which only 18 percent of us trust the government to do what is right all or most of the time.

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One immediate result is that each party's frontrunner—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton—is disliked by a majority of Americans. That's one way to make history: force Americans to pick between cancer and poison.

Here's another. Force at least one of the major parties (or elevate a third-party to major status) that takes seriously what we all know to be true: Americans are mostly socially liberally and fiscally conservative and a majority is tired of "government doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals." There's a reason why the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, is already polling in double digits months before the LP's convention.

It's not because he is promising to be all things to all people and expand wars, surveillance, free health care and college, and keep unisex bathrooms from darkening the doors of public schools. It's because we are tired of political parties that turn every aspect of human activity into partisan battlefields and that regularly completely switch positions without acknowledging it while pretending to embody timeless "principles." It's because we are tired of political parties that turn the world into literal battlefields (in this, Hillary Clinton is at least as belligerent as any Republican) and spend more and more money while blaming the other side.

We yearn for an alternative and, given the utter bankruptcy, ugliness, and banality of this campaign so far, we might just get it.

Last summer, Reason spoke with Gary Johnson about the new phenomenon that was Donald Trump, the end of the Republican Party, and the future of American politics.

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      1. “buzzfeed headline” & long-winded political/cultural analysis deploring the status quo. Toss in the endlessly-reused ‘Libertarian Moment’ claims somewhere. call it good.

        1. “10 gifs your doctor doesn’t want you to see”

        2. ….says the guy who didnt read the article. I dont mind a bit of Gillespie-bashing, but if you want to bitch about reading, maybe a magazine isnt the best place to do it.

    1. I just skipped to the tweets, and I think I got the gist of it.

      1. All I got was Jarrett truly is a vile creature.

    2. Saw something about someone or something talking about Donald Trump…or something. Does that count?

  1. Trump’s retweet of a supporter’s photoshopped image is perhaps the crassest, most pathetic, and rankly misogynistic campaign statement in decades

    That can’t be true. Even if it was, I do not see much difference between Trump doing his own dirty campaign work, and the candidates of the past hiring someone to surreptitiously engage in dirty campaign propaganda.

    1. Yeah, to be honest, it’s actually one of the most *honest* campaign statements I’ve seen in a long time: in that it’s being honest that it’s all a load of bullshit that’s based on popularity and TEAMs and assholes and crudity.

      Personally, I *like* it when the bread and circuses doesn’t pretend to be anything but what it is.

      1. Yes. Another benefit is that the James Carville/Karl Rove/David Axlerod of the Trump campaign is not going be revered by their Team, and Team-affiliated media.

      2. I *like* it when the bread and circuses doesn’t pretend to be anything but what it is.

        Agreed.

      3. I don’t see where the author of the original post claimed the tweet wasn’t “honest.” And being “the crassest, most pathetic, and rankly misogynistic campaign statement in decades” isn’t mutually exclusive with being “honest.”

    2. How about the time Lee Atwater found out someone had mental problems when he was younger and got institutionalized so he joked that they ‘hooked him up to a car battery?’

  2. the crassest, most pathetic, and rankly misogynistic campaign statement in decades

    As noted, only if you believe that the attacks on Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina, to name just two, weren’t coordinated by a campaign.

    This campaign has a ways to go yet before we get to the rank misogyny directed at Palin, in particular.

    1. Please……..everyone knows Palin doesn’t count and she deserved it.

  3. Objectively, which is worse:

    The Trump tweet, or the Jarrett tweet.

    Personally, I think carrying water for a brutal totalitarian dictatorship is worse than making fun of somebody’s wife. But that’s just me.

    1. I think carrying water for a brutal totalitarian dictatorship is worse than making fun of somebody’s wife.

      its a million times worse. Particularly given that the cuban system of education spits people out into a world where people aren’t actually free to utilize their talents.

  4. Americans are mostly socially liberally and fiscally conservative

    Socially liberal: Government should force people to do things I approve of, but shouldn’t stop people from doing things I approve of.

    Fiscally conservative: Other people should take fewer benefits and pay more in taxes.

    Tell me that isn’t what those terms mean in practice.

    1. I was going to say something like…

      “Socially liberal: Goes berserk about any state-level restriction on abortion, but doesn’t really care that drugs, prostitution, and assisted suicide are illegal in most of the country”

      …but yours works too.

    2. OK.

      Socially liberal, as it relates to libertarianism, means government has no say in our personal decisions.

      Fiscally conservative, as it relates to libertarianism, means there should be fewer people taking benefits, and workers (and corporations) paying less in taxes.

      The Democrats are no more socially liberal than Republicans are fiscally conservative, and what is currently in practice bears no resemblence.

      Ross Perot lives?

  5. This article is so frustrating! After demonstrating that politicians are horrible, lying scum and unworthy of our trust, the author starts promoting a politician!!!!

    It’s at the point of farcical cliche; the battered woman fleeing into the arms of yet another abusively violent aloholic ne’er-do-well!

    HOW MANY TIMES MUST YOU BE BETRAYED BY A POLITICIAN BEFORE YOU RECOGNIZE THAT THEY ARE EVIL SCUM AND SHOULD BE REPUDIATED AND REJECTED AT EVERY TURN?!?!?

    1. The pants shitting over Trump is all about class. To people like you and I who are not part of the political class, Trump is just another politician. To the political class he is an outsider. And as an outsider is totally unacceptable and by definition worse than even the worst member of the class. They are also completely unaware of how much the rest of the country hates their guts and how in what low regard they are held. They actually think calling Trump a liar and a scumbag means anything to people.

  6. That comment by Obama was even stupider than the one about how he welcomes criticism from Castro.

    1. I half-jokingly said Obama likes the Castro dictatorship more than he likes Republicans, but now I’m beginning to think that’s true.

      1. I think it is very true. The worst thing about Obama’s Presidency is that he says worse things about fellow Americans than he does about some of the most evil political leaders on earth.

        1. I think that’s because we let him down daily John. Not a day goes by when we do not somehow show ourselves unworthy of his great dreams and grand designs.

  7. the crassest, most pathetic, and rankly misogynistic campaign statement in decades

    Is this more crass than Joe Biden telling a black audience that Mitt Romney wanted to “put them back in chains”?

    1. Yes, but I think it’s less crass than Harry Reid lying about Mitt Romney not paying taxes then saying it was okay to lie because Mitt Romney lost the election.

      1. I think telling black people the other side is going to put them back in slavery is, considering this country’s history, about as crass a statement as a politician can make. It is just appalling.

  8. It’s like retard Woodstock; somebody put acid in the cake.

  9. Here is another example. Is this worse than when James Carville said of Paula Jones, a woman we now know told the truth and was sexually harassed by Bill Clinton, that you “drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.”?

    The histrionics over Trump are just sad.

  10. So let’s be clear: The problem isn’t that Trump is so deviant from GOP orthodoxy but that he so closely apes the party that he is helping to destroy.

    Krugabe’s going to accuse you of plagiarism.

  11. So “Social Liberally and Fiscally Conservative” isn’t this nothing but a reactionary appeal to a non-existent 1960s-70s past? The idea being that libertarianism is a combination of Republican Fiscal Policy and Democratic Social Policy. This overlooks the big-spending nature of the Republicans and the busybody nature of the Democrats and glosses over the entitlement state.

    1. The problem is they never honestly define “socially liberal”. Socially liberal is more than just abortion and government endorsement of sodomy. No one who endorses the scope of government control over our lives that progressives endorse can be called socially liberal in any meaningful sense of the term. Yet, reason allows them to do it.

      And fiscally conservative is even more meaningless. Fiscally conservative just means you want the government to pay its debts. You can believe in a huge government and still be “fiscally conservative” if you endorse the high taxes necessary to pay for that government.

      1. Socially Liberal — Weed, ass sex, Messicans.

        Fiscally Conservative — ????,????,????

        We could try to come up with some snappy elements.

      2. Yeah this, “most people are social liberals and fiscal conservatives” statement needs some evidence for how much Nick and others love to claim it. I run into plenty of people who pay lip service to that. But try to get into specifics, they show they aren’t that. “Drugs? No, those are too dangerous, society would fall apart if you legalized that.” “Military? No we need to spend more on that.” “Smoking? Do you know the dangers of second-hand smoke!? Needs to be banned in public.” Yeah, what they mean is, people should be free to do things they’re good with doing. Not something they’re personally into? Ban it, or if they’re nice just regulate it heavily. When they say government should cut spending, it should only be cut in areas they don’t care about. Increase spending on what they do like.

  12. In fact, just 29 percent of people are willing to cop to being a Democrat these days, which represents the lowest number since 1988 (when 36 percent called themselves Democrats).

    So what?

    In November, the Democrats are very likely going to win the popular vote for the 6th time in the past 7 elections. Why should they worry about the percent of people who call themselves Democrats? They seem to be doing OK in a more relevant stat: “percent of voters who will vote D no matter what.”

    1. The Republicans were greatly outnumber in party identification back in the 1980s when Reagan was winning 49 states. The whole thing is absurd.

  13. I’m shocked, shocked that Obama’s Cuba trip would result in apologia for Castro’s regime. Will this apologia overthrow Castro?

    1. Obama’s fellatio act aside, I do think retail diplomacy will spell the death of the current regime and what we knew was Cuba. It’s a horse/barn door kind of thing. It will, of course, take time. And yes, it’s a bit disheartening to Cubans here that we aren’t treating a brutal regime like a brutal regime, but it’s probably the best way to go. Proximity alone to the U.S. means opening the door a crack will result in an eventual flood.

      Similar to Viet Nam, which is becoming more and more free market by the day.

  14. How are the Democrats “melting down” if Hillary is elected in November?

    1. Exactly. If they win with her, they can win with just about anybody besides post-scandal John Edwards or Eliot Spitzer.

      1. And since the the President is completely unaccountable unless his own party or the media agrees goes against him, Hillary will be above the law and totally unaccountable to anyone. She will either establish a defacto dictatorship or go so far that the entire country rises up and throws out most of the Democrats in Congress to stop her. It is going to be a giant train wreck.

  15. Finally, an election year when more people than just the libertarians are deeply unhappy with the candidates that the Janus party has coughed up for PotUS.

    1. We are all Libertarians now!

    2. They may claim to be unhappy with the candidate, but you bet your ass that they’ll vote partisan because “fuck the other guy”.

  16. For the millionth time, the candidates are merely a manifestation of the instability within the masses. Instability that is the result of corrosive socialism of the last 100 years. It’s coming to a breaking point. And every special interest, and all those voiceless trailer park folk, and OWS’er, and every scared college student/mouse are soon going to be at each other’s throats. Read what is soon coming BEYOND Trump.

    When the reality hits that there’s only one $65,000,000,000,000 pie, and not TWO $65,000,000,000,000 pies, there’s going to be a LOT of pissed off people, angrier – MUCH angrier – than they are now. The MIDDLE CLASS is getting radicalized (of course fractured in opposite directions whether you work in the private sector or the public sector). Once people find out that they either have their savings, or entitlements, or a meager combination of both, the gloves are going to come off and we’ll all be pining for the salad days of Donald Trump.

    1. Things get ugly when you run out of other people’s money. Despite all of the rhetoric about taxing the rich, the government has been funded by the middle class. That is where most of the tax money comes from and they are the ones most fucked by the debt and printing money. Yes, they also benefit a lot form Social Security and Medicare but they are the ones that pay for those things. Meanwhile, the really rich and establishment institutions like universities and the entire non profit sector don’t pay a dime. And while the middle class is getting squeezed more and more, CEOs and wall street types make more and more money. The middle class is catching onto this. Trump is just the latest manifestation of this. There will be others. And each one will be more nasty than the last.

      I am not as pessimistic as you are. Our government and our political institutions are calcified and in desparate need of renewel. The people running those institutions and benefiting from the current system will not go voluntarily. There is going to have to be some kind of democratic revolt and convulsion that throws them out. It will be hard and will result in a lot of tears and lost wealth and lost opportunity but we will come out better for it on the other side.

  17. Reason writers don’t seem to understand that populism is totally in with both sides of politics. Only a year or two ago, many typical conservatives were rock solid in their support of free trade and the free market. The Republican party is squishy on those issues, but they’re capable of producing libertarianish candidates who can run on them at state levels (at least). In fact, Rand Paul was running as recently as this January.

    And he went nowhere. The voters disillusioned with the status quo abandoned him and the establishment candidates and flocked to Trump and Sanders. You can’t win the primaries if you champion free trade. The left always hated competition and the republican side is becoming dominated by angry whites in poor areas who feel they’re being left behind.

    I wonder if Reason writers regret not falling behind Rand. Of course it’s not their job to help elect someone, the likes of NRO or Salon would make the case. They were sniping at him for not sufficiently cutting national defense and other squabbles. I get tired of the publication’s purity game, to be honest.

    1. I get tired of the publication’s purity game, to be honest.

      Especially in that it was never intended to be a movement publication.

    2. If Trump supporters were asked if they supported a federal tax that would make all imported goods more expensive, in the hopes that this tax would eventually lead to having goods produced here, how do you think they would answer?

    3. The funny thing is the left hates the trump supporters.

  18. tl;dr

    Why is Reason mad at Obama for saying that? It seems it would be polite if Obama visited Fidel Castro and at least said one nice thing about Cuba. Who would he be kidding? Granted, it’s a crappy communist country, even the commies in America admit it. That tweet looked more like he’s patronizing people who believe in public education.

    1. I’m waiting for the SJWs to pounce on the tweet. “Every boy and girl”.

      Not only did he say boy first, he also alludes that there are only two genders.

      I might be waiting a while.

  19. I don’t want Trump or Hillary in office, both are dangerous to your liberty, and neither have the character to be president.

    I will be voting for Gary Johnson, there just isn’t any other alternative when both the Republicans and Democrats are complete crap.

  20. You’re such a phony Nick. Eminent domain? Keystone?

    “The case is complicated enough, though, that the Institute for Justice, the libertarian legal nonprofit that made eminent-domain abuse a national issue a decade ago, hasn’t taken a position on Keystone.”

    I wonder why. Oh that’s right. IJ was funded by both the Kochs and ALEC. Gee, I guess oil pipelines owned by private companies is eminent domain that they will just have to live with. For obvious reasons.

    And after all what you list about the GOP, the best you can come up with to suggest immoral equivalence with the Dems is a tweet? And a tweet that says males and females in Cuba have equal access to education? Which it seems like they do?

    Good try.

    1. *correction. Funded by Kochs and worked with ALEC.

    2. Yeah, that’s totally what it is.

      Never change Joe. Never change.

    3. I used to think that Nick wasn’t a great writer who also didn’t have the time or inclination to do proper research.

      Now I think he’s actually a terrific writer who choses to write these shallow emotional pieces purely for click-bait. (As expected, from an editor.)

      Go with what pays the bills, I guess…

  21. GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is a seriously deranged male chauvinist pig,

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  24. “o be sure, Jarrett’s retweet of her boss’s platitude is not crass or contemptible in the same as Trump’s bon mot about Heidi Cruz. But in the end, it speaks to the same evacuation of common sense and responsibility in contemporary American politics.”

    Yeah, he should have gone to Havana and told them how great the educational system is here in the U.S. It would have been better if he brought along a laugh track.

    1. What is wrong with the educational track in the United states? Are you saying Cuba is better?

      1. I mean there’s a lot wrong with our education system, 99% of it due to poor government management, blatantly corrupt unions, and other cultural factors relating the the welfare state (how many trailer trash kids are doing all that good, and how much of that is due to the fact they come from parents who may have little to no ambition or drive?).

        Somehow I don’t think that’s what commie kid is complaining about though…

        1. “Well,” not “good.”

          Not bad for white trash, eh?

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  28. I lean libertarian with a small ‘l’ because Libertarians with a big ‘L’ tend to use words like ‘misogyny’ which no hetero male would ever utter and they’re always talking about Gary’s Johnson.

    1. Their shit’s all retarded and they talk like fags.

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  31. I am no Trump supporter.
    However,
    I also can’t stand to watch a “libertarian” website parrot the same lies as the Main Stream Media.
    Trump did not call Mexicans “rapists and disease-ridden vermin”, he referred to “some” Illegal Immigrants as such.
    Once I see a lie of that magnitude then I stop reading.
    Nick, tell things straight or go home.

  32. Trump’s retweet of a supporter’s photoshopped image is perhaps the crassest, most pathetic, and rankly misogynistic campaign statement in decades.

    Why is Trump’s picture so crass?

    The nude picture of Melania was captioned as:
    “Meet Melania Trump. Your next first lady. Or, you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday.”

    Comparison headshots of the two potential first ladies seems appropriate at that point. Is a guy supposed to just not respond when his wife is maligned?

    Oh, that’s right, Trump did it, so hysterical pants shitting is required.

    1. Yes, Nick’s failure to mentions the priors to the Trump tweet is transparently dishonest.
      The surprising thing here is the increasingly hysterical pants shitting on the part of the Reason staff.
      I’m waiting for the article which is just a combination of the words fuck and Trump. Should be along soon.

  33. Cruz walked away from earlier support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a imperfect trade pact that whose negotiations were started by George W. Bush, and support for “trade promotion authority” (TPA), which would allow President Obama negotiate all details and then submit a final deal for an up or down congressional vote. TPA is completely routine in these sorts of deals, by the way.

    Why does it take 2000 pages to say, “We absolutely entirely support ‘free’ trade, and the only tarriffs necessary are to pay for our bloated inspection bureaucracy”?

    The other 1999 1/2 pages are NOT “free trade”, and should be shunned by anyone with a brain.

    Meanwhile, Nick Gillespie- a “libertarian?”- supports a trade deal begun under GW Bush and supports the current process of allowing a idjit leftist dumbfuck of an administration President to fuck “free” trade in the ass as “routine”…

    Has “the jacket” crawled away in shame yet?

  34. Does Reason not have an editor? The total sloppy state so many of these articles get posted in is quiet pathetic. So many blatant errors that stand out just on one read.

    1. Well, I applied for a proofreader position once and didn’t get so much as a rejection letter.

      Oh, and that time I met Ed Kreweski (sp?) at an event where he was representing Reason he seemed like an aloof prick who apparently couldn’t be bothered to even rise to “buis/cas” dress levels.

      I think “sloppy” may be an apt descriptor for corporate culture at Reason.

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