Republican leaders supporting Trump? Say it isn’t so!

It comes as no surprise that there are Donald Trump supporters in Utah, but up until today I have taken some pride in the fact that Utahns largely seem to have been able to resist the blandishments of this mountebank. In a Utah poll out yesterday, Trump runs behind Cruz, Rubio, and Don’t Know. But also out yesterday is the announcement of a Utah Trump organization featuring some important names from the Republican Party and business community. Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund leads off with the fatuous statement that Trump constitutes…

2016 Republican nomination delegate allocation

One of the positive changes the Republican party made in 2012 was to change the way delegates were distributed. Before, there were many states who wanted to move their primary or caucus earlier in the calendar year to gain more influence. Now the first four states serve as a winnowing process, but it doesn’t mean that a state that doesn’t vote until March or April can’t make a difference. South Carolina is the only state that is winner-take-all before March 15. It looks like Donald Trump is on his way…

The 90s are back…and they still suck!

“Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you. That is how I know you go on.” —from the song “My Heart Will Go On”, by Celine Dion No one actually likes Hillary Clinton. Not one person. She is shrill, condescending, insincere and just flat out unlikeable. Those who support her and claim to hold some form of affection for her do so for limited reasons. In short, they hate Republicans. And Hillary and her husband Bill are the idiosyncratic emblems for those who hate Republicans. The Clintons…

The Salt Lake Tribune is responsible for Donald Trump

A few years ago I cancelled my subscription to the Salt Lake Tribune. I did so after the editors made it clear to me that I was too stupid to understand them – perhaps too stupid to live. You see, the Tribune editors are paid-up members of the class bien-pensants, those enlightened souls who know – much better than we do – just what is good for us. You will have your own list, but here’s a quick start on mine, of the things I’m sick of having crammed down…

62 things I learned from the South Carolina #GOPDebate

What happened during the South Carolina #GOPDebate? 1. CBS made sure they didn’t repeat ABC’s snafu by having all of the candidates walk out on stage together. 2. The positioning is L-to-R John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ben Carson. Based on the cheers at introductions, most of the people in the room are not Trump or Carson voters. 3. Moderator John Dickerson has a moment of silence for Antonin Scalia. Five of the men bowed their heads and close their eyes. Trump stares straight…

Our extremist nation: Trump or Sanders?

Do you want the fascist or the socialist? The New Hampshire primary didn’t hold as many surprises as the Iowa kerfufflaucus. The final two polls going into Tuesday showed that Donald Trump would win, John Kasich would take second, and Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush would be fighting it out for third. That Rubio fell down to fifth has to be blamed on his performance at the Saturday night debate, and the coverage that resulted from it. Christie, Fiorina and Carson were expected to finish sixth, seventh and…

Polite Politics Podcast Season 2, #8: New Hampshire and the Trump Phenomenon

The latest Polite Politics Podcast breaks down what happened in New Hampshire and how the primary campaign will look moving forward. Along the way, best-selling author and persuasion expert Kurt Mortensen drops by to explain the Donald Trump phenomenon. Be sure to listen to the latest Polite Politics Podcast. Need more politics? Subscribe!

Highlights from the ABC New Hampshire #GOPDebate

The ABC #GOPDebate event was advertised to start at 6:00pm MST, but that was a bait-and-switch because the first 15 minutes were actually spent by Clinton Foundation donor George Stephanopoulos asking the panel what the pre-game narrative was. Then, in the most awkward introductions in debate history, Chris Christie came out, but Ben Carson didn’t hear his name, so he stood there, offstage, smiling for the camera. At one point you even see a stagehand poke his head and telling him to go, but Ben refused. So Ted Cruz went…

Preview of the ABC New Hampshire #GOPDebate

To set up the stage for the ABC New Hampshire Debate in the Republican primaries, we need to first see what Iowa taught us. 1. The polls haven’t settled yet. I’ve been grousing about the polls looking sloppier and sloppier as Iowa approached. Small sample sizes. Large margin of errors. The final poll that was supposed to be the best was the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll, which had a MOE of 4%. So by almost that percentage, they overestimated Trump and underestimated Cruz, and Rubio did over 8% better in…

Race for the White House 2016: Narcissist-in-Chief?

The Iowa Caucus has passed, and the surprise of the week reveals that Ted Cruz won overall while Donald Trump slipped to second, despite every prior poll suggesting a different outcome. While this is a bit of an upset, there may be a few reasons not related to positions, policies, or promises that could explain the phenomenon. Americans are clearly upset at “the establishment.” But many Americans are also frustrated that the current administration seems to be taking the country down a primrose path, with a very uncertain destination. Barrack Obama…