You Are Invited to a Focus Group Viewing Tonight

I want to invite you guys to watch something tonight from 7pm ET to 9pm ET.

I have put together a panel of undecided voters in Georgia. The SEC Primary takes place on March 1st. Georgia and Texas have the most delegates at stake that day. With Cruz in Texas, Georgia is getting a lot of candidate focus. Cruz has built up a massive organization in the state, but there are still a lot of undecided voters.

So what do they think of the race?

The week before Thanksgiving I surveyed my listeners. Out of over 200,000 who were sent the survey, the final tally was just over 20,000 responding. From that pool of responses, I have pulled out people who have voted in Republican Presidential primaries, intend to vote in this one, and in two separate questions declared themselves undecided.

I will be traveling around the nation at the beginning of 2016 doing these discussion groups in Iowa, South Carolina, Florida and other states. But tonight I start with Georgia undecideds.

We’ve put together a 40 person panel that demographically will look close to the demographics of those who will vote. They are mostly female, mostly from the Northern Atlanta suburbs, mostly protestant, and mostly middle class.

You can watch the livestream tonight by going to this link. It begins at 7pm ET and runs till 9pm ET tonight.

Mocking God Is Not Done Without Consequence

“[T]he tendency of the political right these days is to presume a mentally unstable person or an Islamic radical. The tendency of the political left is to always blame their political opponents.”

Most Americans pray. Most Americans believe in the power of prayer. They may not all pray to the same god, but they pray. On Wednesday afternoon, three gunmen went into a Christmas party in California and began killing people. They were Islamic radicals. Two were married and are now dead, leaving behind an orphan. The attack, according to the police, was not spontaneous, but was well planned and orchestrated.

As the attack was unfolding, various people on social media began offering up prayers for the fallen and those in harm’s way. Presidential candidates offered up prayers. This has happened in the past. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and others have all responded in the same way in the past. But Wednesday was different.

As statements of prayers poured in, noted voices on the American political left began lashing out and shaming those doing so. Zack Ford of the liberal Think Progress tweeted, “Stop thinking. Stop praying. Look up Einstein’s definition of “insanity.” Start acting on gun violence prevention measures.” Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut tweeted, “Your ‘thoughts’ should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your ‘prayers’ should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.” The headline of the New York Daily News declared, “God Isn’t Fixing This.”

Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the liberal site DailyKos, first tweeted blaming Republicans for the shooting, writing, “Yo GOP, kinda hard to talk about ‘keeping people safe’ when your peeps are shooting up America.” Then, when it turned out not to be Republicans doing the shooting, he turned to mocking thoughts and prayers. Among several tweets was, “You know what won’t do s*** to stop mass shooting? ‘Praying’.” Gene Weingarten, a columnist for the Washington Post, joined in with, “Dear ‘thoughts and prayers’ people: Please shut up and slink away. You are the problem, and everyone knows it.”

On the other side of the nation from where I am, while these liberals were mocking people for praying, the victims and their families were praying and asking others for prayers. Emma Green, writing in The Atlantic on this new trend of “prayer shaming,” noted, “‘Pray for us,’ a woman texted her father from inside the Inland Regional Center, while she and her colleagues hid from the gunfire. Outside the building, evacuated workers bowed their heads and held hands. They prayed.”

What a juxtaposition. Another is this. As shootings like this happen in the United States, the tendency of the political right these days is to presume a mentally unstable person or an Islamic radical. The tendency of the political left is to always blame their political opponents. As the shooting reports broke last Friday in Colorado, before any facts were known, I was already getting emails from leftwing activists blaming Republicans. As the shootings began this Wednesday in Colorado, leftwing activists immediately concluded it was another rightwing Christian male.

The political left seems more and more comfortable with the idea that it is and always will be the majority in this country. They are a bit more free with their thoughts as a result. They ridicule those who pray and those who do not want to violate their faith and conscience. A friend noted in an email this morning, “America has many things to answer for, but I’ve never seen these people spit on God’s blessings during an actual catastrophe. That seems new.” God is not mocked without consequence. “How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.”

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To Stop Ted Cruz, The Fates of Donald Trump and Marco Rubio Are Now Intertwined

The attacks on Donald Trump by the establishment are not forthcoming. Do not expect them to happen. Expect instead that Marco Rubio starts going up in the polls. It has come to this — the establishment of the Republican Party has decided that Ted Cruz must be stopped. The way to stop Cruz is to not touch Trump and start helping Rubio.

This goes back to the story the other day about Karl Rove helping Ben Carson. The Establishment has decided it wants to keep Trump and Carson in the race for as long as possible. They are now calculating that Bush, Christie, Kasich, Fiorina, etc. can get out and that will give Rubio enough momentum to beat Cruz + Trump + Carson.

The thinking is that as long as Trump is there, Cruz cannot grow further. If Trump gets damaged, his support would go to Cruz. At least that is the thinking.

The Texan portrayed himself as a third way between the stalwart, non-interventionist views of Senator Rand Paul and pro-interventionist policies in pursuit of spreading democracy and human rights through the Middle East that Rubio espouses. Cruz’s belief is that trying to democratize those societies can be counterproductive and that U.S. military power should be focused narrowly on protecting U.S. interests.

“If you look at President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and for that matter some of the more aggressive Washington neo-cons, they have consistently mis-perceived the threat of radical Islamic terrorism and have advocated military adventurism that has had the effect of benefiting radical Islamic terrorists,” he said.

So now the fates of Donald Trump and Marco Rubio are intertwined. The Establishment will treat Trump with kid gloves in hopes of boosting Marco Rubio. All’s fair in love and politics. It might work for them. The Establishment tends to have an advantage. And remember, the way the GOP has stacked the delegates, more moderate Republicans have an advantage.

In reality, the GOP nominating contest will be decided by an intricate, state-by-state slog for the 2,472 delegates at stake between February and June. And thanks to the Republican National Committee’s allocation rules, the votes of “Blue Zone” Republicans — the more moderate GOP primary voters who live in Democratic-leaning states and congressional districts — could weigh more than those of more conservative voters who live in deeply red zones. Put another way: The Republican voters who will have little to no sway in the general election could have some of the most sway in the primary.

All this will be brought to bare not to stop Donald Trump, but to stop Ted Cruz.

Karl Rove Helping Ben Carson Has Everything to do With Ted Cruz

The press corps tends to go with the cheap, easy, and spoon-fed narrative. That narrative is that Karl Rove is opening doors and rolodexes for Ben Carson to stop Donald Trump.

That’s not it and people in the know, know it.

Carson is collapsing and his support is headed to Ted Cruz. In Iowa and elsewhere, Carson voters are toying with Cruz and Rubio. Rove wants an establishment guy.

On Bloomberg Politics With All Due Respect earlier this week, Rove listed Bush, Christie and Marco Rubio as the three candidates most likely to knock Trump off when “the other 70 to 75 percent of the party begins to coalesce behind somebody.”

Rove knows the odds are with Rubio as Bush is cratering and Christie has been moved to the kids’ table debate. But he has to worry that enough Trump and Carson supporters go to Cruz that it galvanizes the base toward Cruz. Immigration has become the galvanizing issue of the day and to much of the base Cruz trumps Rubio on that.

So Rove needs to keep Carson viable long enough to hold off Cruz. Don’t believe me? Look at the polling. Trump is holding steady at about 30%.

The [“other 70 to 75 percent” in Rove’s quote is a] reference is to Trump’s polling numbers. Though consistently leading the Republican pack since the summer, Trump has never been able to get much past the 30 percent mark in the polls tracked by Real Clear Politics.

Carson is starting to crash, Rubio is going up, and Cruz is going up. Cruz is going way up in Iowa and the Rubio camp has started firing shots at him on national security. It is just not a coincidence that now that this is happening, Rove is helping Carson.

If you have ever read Rove in the Wall Street Journal or listened to him on television, or for that matter read the Wall Street Journal editorial page, which worships Rove, all are consistently anti-Cruz and fear him as the nominee.

Rove helping Carson may superficially appear to be about Trump, but the reality is this is all about holding off a Carson supporter shift to Ted Cruz.

Hey Scott Pelley (@ScottPelley) and Steve Capus (@SteveCapus), Why Cecil and Not Cecile?

Cecil the Lion died in Africa and Scott Pelley of CBS News and his Executive Producer, Steve Capus, made sure the world knew.

But here at home, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood is leading an organization that is crushing the heads of children, harvesting their brains, hearts, lungs, livers, and other viable organs, and selling them for a significant amount of money.

Planned Parenthood has hired a Democratic communications firm that has been pressuring the media to avoid covering the scandal at all. It appears to be working. Pelley and Capus have avoided the story like the plague. According to the Media Research Center, their network and the others gave more coverage to Cecil the Lion in twenty-four hours than to the Planned Parenthood story since July 14th to now.

Let’s review the bidding.

We first saw Planned Parenthood employees discuss harvesting organs. Planned Parenthood responded that they did so, but not for profit.

We then saw Planned Parenthood employees haggling with buyers over price, demanding higher prices.

Then we saw behind the scenes where they had a buyers market. Children’s body parts were around the room.

The response from Planned Parenthood went from denial to hiring a crisis communications firm well connected to Democrats and members of the press that has demanded the press not cover the story. In fact, after the Politico tweeted out that Planned Parenthood wanted the press to “suppress” the story, the Politico even deleted that tweet.

Those of you concerned should call Steve Capus and Scott Pelley at (212) 975-3247 and ask why they are shying away from this story.

Hey Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) and Patrick Burkey (@PatBurkey), Why Cecil and Not Cecile?

Cecil the Lion died in Africa and Lester Holt of NBC News and his Executive Producer, Patrick Burkey, made sure the world knew.

But here at home, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood is leading an organization that is crushing the heads of children, harvesting their brains, hearts, lungs, livers, and other viable organs, and selling them for a significant amount of money.

Planned Parenthood has hired a Democratic communications firm that has been pressuring the media to avoid covering the scandal at all. It appears to be working. Holt and Burkey have avoided the story like the plague. According to the Media Research Center, their network and the others gave more coverage to Cecil the Lion in twenty-four hours than to the Planned Parenthood story since July 14th to now.

Let’s review the bidding.

We first saw Planned Parenthood employees discuss harvesting organs. Planned Parenthood responded that they did so, but not for profit.

We then saw Planned Parenthood employees haggling with buyers over price, demanding higher prices.

Then we saw behind the scenes where they had a buyers market. Children’s body parts were around the room.

The response from Planned Parenthood went from denial to hiring a crisis communications firm well connected to Democrats and members of the press that has demanded the press not cover the story. In fact, after the Politico tweeted out that Planned Parenthood wanted the press to “suppress” the story, the Politico even deleted that tweet.

Those of you concerned should call Patrick Burkey and Lester Holt at 212-664-4971 and ask why they are shying away from this story.