Trump No Longer Even Pretends To Be a Republican

Scott Walker’s budget reforms in Wisconsin are one of modern conservatism’s greatest success stories. So why would Donald Trump attack them? Because 1) he is not a Republican, and 2) he is not a conservative. Trump went after Walker yesterday:

“Wisconsin is in turmoil,” Trump told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Iowa. He pointed to the state’s roads, schools and hospitals, which he said were all “a disaster.”

This is the kind of smear the Democrats perpetrate against Walker, but why would any Republican join them? This, too, is straight out of the left-wing playbook:

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A blast from the borscht belt

You don't hear much from Jackie Mason any more -- if I remember correctly, he got in trouble about 20 years ago for insulting David Dinkins -- but he's still around. And he's still got a fastball when he wants to use it. He makes a valuable point here:

Mason put his comic chops to use in analyzing the inspection of Iran's nuclear facilities as it is laid out in the deal. “Instant” inspections will only take place 24 days after requested, giving time – he charged – to clean up the site to be inspected."First Obama said we can inspect them any time, any place, whenever we please. Now it turns out ‘whenever we please’ except when they don’t allow it.  If they don’t want it it’s up to them. So then we have to wait 28 days [sic] to inspect, as if to say for the 28 days we can trust them completely, because they’ll do nothing. They’ll just hold the bomb in front of us waiting for us to come so they can show it to us. That’s how stupid this negotiation is to us," he said."Do you know that in the restaurants of New York, they have an inspection system. You can surprise any restaurant without notice that you can walk in and inspect them… So we are protected in this city from a bad tuna fish.  We’re not protected from a bomb but we’re protected from a bad quality of a tuna fish," Mason joked.

Maybe if we can't get inspections, we could use Yelp.

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Minnesota’s silent crisis?

There’s a situation that’s approaching crisis status here in central Minnesota. The federal refugee resettlement program is out of control because local governments are saying that it’s beyond their control because it’s funded by appropriations from the U.S. State Department. Meanwhile, the State Department is able to say that their funding of the program is limited to 6 months, which means that cities and counties have their budgets exhausted faster by what essentially is a massive unfunded mandate from the federal government.

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What Sen. Cruz said

The charter for the Export-Import Bank ended on June 30. That’s the good news. Congress now seems to be resurrecting the bank. That’s the bad news. The Wall Street Journal editorial reporting the events in process is “Raising Ex-Im from the dead” (accessible via Google here).

The Journal editorial states that, as part of the trade bill jostling, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised Democrats a vote on renewing the Ex-Im Bank. Senator Cruz took to the floor yesterday to, ummm, discuss the process and accuse Senator McConnell of lying about it (video below). Cruz’s speech has been widely reported. Politico’s story on it is here.

Senator Cruz’s presidential campaign is of course the backdrop to the speech. The Atlantic’s Russell Berman provides a cynical gloss on Cruz’s speech in which Allahpundit joins here. Senator McConnell himself appears to be exercising his right to remain silent.

 

Video via The Right Scoop.

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Few questions usually result in fewer answers

Despite 65 MN Republican state legislators requesting him to do so, Little Lord Fauntleroy Gov. Mark Dayton will not call for an investigation of the local Planned Parenthood clinics in light of revelations that other PP clinics sell body parts from aborted babies. No shock really, especially when you consider Dayton dismissed the GOP legislators' letter as "grandstanding."

Kind of an aside here, but I notice that whenever Dayton is on the defensive (i.e. can't intellectually refute a claim made by detractors), he usually blurts out the knee-jerk accusation of "grandstanding." Whether it's in response to criticism of his attempts to unionize daycare workers, or his preemptive warnings about how the GOP should behave in special legislative sessions (2013 and 2015), or reacting to a press conference where Republican senators discussed MNsure reforms, our perpetually petulant governor appears to be verbally deficient (to say nothing of his incoherence) in his outrage.

I digress. 

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Stadium woes - redux...

"Given the skill level of the two political hacks that are in charge of this thing, it is amazing we are this far along..."

In my years of contracting, I learned one basic fact of life. Costs never come in as projected. Oh, as much guessing as possible is taken out of the projections. But even with that, the final cost is either going to be higher or lower than the estimate. Is it possible for a huge, multi-year project like the Viking stadium to come in on budget right to the penny? Sure it is. Statistically, it is also possible to win the power ball ten years in a row.

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Background Check System Failed In Lafayette Murders

John Russell Houser, the “drifter” who murdered two and wounded several more in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, was crazy as a loon. That isn’t unusual in such cases, but what is unusual is that Houser was involuntarily committed to a mental institution in 2008. That fact should have prevented him from buying the gun that he used to commit murder, but the federal government’s NICS system failed. The Associated Press reports:

Despite obvious and public signs of mental illness — most importantly, a Georgia judge’s order committing him to mental health treatment against his will as a danger to himself and others in 2008 — Houser was able to walk into an Alabama pawn shop six years later and buy a .40-caliber handgun.

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John Doe targets in Wisconsin can finally tell their stories

Now that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has forcefully terminated the John Doe investigations in Wisconsin, the targets of those probes can now speak openly of their experiences at the hands of politically motivated prosecutors. Some of those experiences began leaking out a few months agocourtesy of David French and his mainly unnamed victims of the Government Accountability Board’s jeremiad against Scott Walker supporters. The court decision offers a few more description of the nighttime and dawn raids on homes and the prosecutors’ abuse of the rights of those targets, but now with the case at an end, the victims can finally speak openly to what happened.

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Judicial Watch: IRS e-mails linked donor lists to audit targeting

nd once again, a potential link between the IRS targeting scandal and Barack Obama himself comes to the fore. Judicial Watch recently forced the IRS to part with more of its internal communications related to the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, and this group of e-mails puts more meat on the bones of the scandal. After Lois Lerner’s tax-exempt group began demanding donor lists from these groups as a prerequisite to consideration, the IRS used those lists to determine audit targets:

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Trump: If RNC isn’t “fair” to me, I’ll run as an independent; Update: Flip-flop from … the day before

After a few days of vacation, I wondered whether the Donald Trump phenomenon would have burnt itself out somewhat, as it did four years ago in a summer fizzle. Instead, Trump’s polling has strengthened nearly to the same level as in the spring of 2011 among Republican primary voters. So why is Trump picking this time to threaten to leave the GOP? The Hill’s exclusive interview with the mogul this morning includes a demand for fairness from the RNC from Trump, with an explicit warning that Trump may consider a third-party run:

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