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Evaluating the 2016 Tennessee Republican Party convention delegates – Part 3: At-large delegation

Boss Haynes photo: Getty Images

Boss Haynes  (photo: Getty Images)

By Horatio Bunce

 

This post is Part 3 in a series of posts evaluating the 2016 Tennessee Republican Party convention delegate slate produced after closed-door meeting and vote by the party executive committee. The state GOP has a convention delegation consisting of 58 members. There are also Alternates in addition to the 58 Delegates. The party leadership selects 17 of the 58 delegates. Three of these 17 are the existing state party chair, the RNC committeeman and the RNC committeewoman. The other 14 are selected by the state party leadership. This represents 29% of the total state delegation being selected by the established party leadership – not the Republican primary voters (or as RNC committeeman Curly Haughland refers to them: “the general public”). Getting to select where 29% of the delegation fits is a pretty good head start, wouldn’t you agree?

 

Since the delegate slate is disputed behind closed doors and you are only presented with a “final slate”, this requires an autopsy to determine just whom the party leadership chose as their 14. The party peppers the ballot both with at-large and congressional district delegates committed to various candidates. Some of these are incumbents that will carry name recognition, others are state executive committee members that apparently are not satisfied with choosing themselves in the 14 and also appear on the ballot. Covering enough of the candidates with party loyalists ensures an additional level of control post-election that can extend beyond 29%. Part 1 of this series identified a number of people on the delegate slate who did not appear on any Republican primary ballot. These obviously seem to have been selected by the party leadership and represent a total of 8 Delegates and 4 Alternates. Not only did party leadership choose these people (many among themselves), they also can dictate which candidate they “support”. Three of the 8 delegates are Haynes, Lambert and Ryder as expected automatically in, but still controlling which candidate they “support” (Cruz, Trump and Trump).

 

Part 2 of the series identified a number of people on the delegate slate who actually were on a Republican primary ballot and had declared themselves as “committed” to a candidate (or uncommitted in one case), and were subsequently rejected by primary voters, but now are listed as a delegate for a different candidate. These also obviously seem to have been selected by the party leadership and represent an additional total of 4 Delegates and 9 Alternates. Now at a total of 12 Delegates and 13 Alternates chosen by party leadership with their “support” dictated/changed as necessary. Why is this declared “support” important? After the elections only certain candidates are eligible for delegates. If you want certain people, who backed a loser the voting public wanted nothing to do with, to go to the convention…well, PRESTO! just change them into a delegate “committed” to the winner. More of these selections can be weighted to the winner of the primary, so if the establishment candidate “won” you have a commanding lead with hand-picked loyalists. If the establishment “lost” (see Single Digit Jeb, Rubio, et al) then you can poison the well of the not-supposed-to-win delegation with the same loyalists and displace delegates that supported that candidate. It’s a win-win scenario – for the established.

 

So there are at least five more Delegates and one Alternate owed to the party’s prerogative. This post will examine the At-large voting results to identify some more. The At-large delegates appeared on every Republican primary ballot in Tennessee. You could select any 14 of them, mixing and matching between “committed” candidates if you chose. Thus, the voting for the at-large delegates are a pretty good reflection of the statewide will of the primary voters. You would naturally expect the top 14 delegates in the at-large voting results to appear on the delegation slate. When are you going to learn Charlie Brown? Here are the at-large voting results presented in order by votes received and indicating the status of those top 14, along with some additional names highlighted that are part of the delegate slate that cannot be there except by choice from party leadership, because the voters did not choose them:

 

 

 

You will notice three of the top 14 did not make the slate as Delegates, only Alternates. In the case of #13 Rep. Shiela Butt, this is possibly understandable as there are no other committed Cruz at-large Delegates with less votes, only additional Alternates. However, in the case of Sen. Stacey Campfield and Martha Ruth Brown, both finished in the top 14, are not in the state party’s slate as Delegates, yet others found well down in the voting made the slate as Delegates for Trump (see #41 Sen. Bill Ketron and #60 Kay White). This, despite both Campfield and Martha Ruth Brown individually acquiring more votes than Bill Ketron and Kay White combined. Incumbent Ketron leapfrogged seven other Trump supporters that received more votes than he did. White jumped past 10 others. These are apparent party selections for delegates, bringing the total identified to 14. You will also note highlighted in red #59 Kelsey Ketron, party SEC member and daughter of incumbent Sen. Bill Ketron. She also appears to have been chosen by the party as there were many Trump supporters receiving more votes that could have been chosen as Alternates (or arguably were chosen by voters). This brings the party-selected Alternate count identified to 14. Also highlighted in red are #86 Rep. Gerald McCormick as a Rubio Delegate, #106 Nathan Buttrey, formerly “committed” to Single Digit Jeb, now as a Rubio Alternate and #116 Rob Ailey, formerly “committed” to Huckabee, now as a Trump Alternate. These are obviously party selected, but the last two were counted in Part 2 as changing candidates. Thus, as all the other Delegates and Aternates allowed to switch candidates, they are double-dippers. They provided noise in the at-large ballot, displacing delegates that may have actually been “committed” to Jeb or Huckabee and now displacing delegates that actually still are committed to Rubio and Trump. Now the score is 15 Delegates and 14 Alternates. Perhaps you could argue all four of the Rubio Delegates chosen from the at-large results are party-selected as no Rubio delegate finished in the top 25. Perhaps the explanation is that these are awarded proportionally also. However the at-large delegate award is Trump 9, Cruz 4 and Rubio 4. Maybe it’s Common Core Math. At the most, there are two Delegates to go. In Part IV, I will attempt to identify any additional party-selected delegates appearing on the slate from the Congressional Delegates.

 

Why “Dr.” Russell Moore’s political view is irrelevant

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Russell Moore and Single Digit Jeb – photo: NAMB

by Horatio Bunce

“Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

1 Thessalonians 5:20-21

“Dr.” Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has had his share of the “news” limelight in recent months due to his Trash Trump on Twitter campaign which is mostly self-promotion and making merchandise of the people, but I guess every business ministry has to get publicity somehow. And, like Glenn Beck, Moore has also criticized evangelical voters who selected Trump and has gone so far as to compare them to the Israelites who begged Aaron to fashion a golden calf for them to represent the “gods that brought us out of Egypt”. He even had his own presidential candidate forum in Nashville last August. Actually, his organization announced a “series” of forums, but only the first one happened. Moore claimed to have invited all candidates that were “polling at 10 percent or higher to be interviewed, including Hillary Clinton…”. Uh…..right. So of course, only Single Digit Jeb showed up. And they got to watch a video interview of Marco Rubio. Now keep in mind, this is in front of a crowd of 13,000 Southern Baptists. Apparently “tea party darling” soon to become “evangelical” candidate Ted Cruz wasn’t interested? Well, actually Russell didn’t invite the Southern Baptist candidates, nor “evangelical” candidate and winner of the 2012 TN primary, Rick Santorum:

“As for Southern Baptist GOP candidates, specifically former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Gov. Rick Perry, Moore told Christian Examiner he did not invite them because that would have turned the forum “into a moment of identity politics instead of a time of conversation.”

[T]o do so would have sent a signal that we were looking for spiritual qualifications for civil office,” Moore said.

HUH? Isn’t that what Moore is complaining about NOW when it comes to Clinton and Trump – their lack of spiritual qualifications for civil office (whatever that means)? Did he really think putting these “non-Baptists” in front of a crowd of 13,000 Southern Baptists did not have the effect of identity politics – requiring the same kind of pandering they all did for Iowa?

Other Southern Baptists have noted Moore’s expressed liberal views – which happen to align more with Single Digit Jeb and Marco Rubio than other candidates, who also just happen to be the only two candidates to get the face time with Southern Baptists at Moore’s Civil Forum. Let’s face it, they didn’t typically draw 13,000 to their rallies later in the campaign.

For me though, this isn’t why I’m not interested in hearing from Moore, his ERLC or the SBC on how best to pick the next King Saul. My objection goes back to 1992. Back then the SBC publication, Baptist and Reflector, gushed about the “Southern Baptist” team of Bill Clinton and Al Gore and how they were the “evangelical” candidates. I was a “young skull full of mush” Limbaugh fan and his “talent on loan from God” had plenty of ammo for why not to vote for Clinton/Gore. Moore was old enough to vote back then. Maybe he remembers the SBC pumping up Hillary Clinton’s husband and lock-box Al. Or since he works there, maybe he could get the archives folks to post some of those 1990’s editions (I guarantee that I will be watching for it). So when “Dr.” Moore, who obtained his training from the same folks that pushed Bill Clinton in 1992, can admit maybe, just maybe the SBC played a part in training this generation in looking for golden calves from Bill’s wife….well, he might be relevant again.

Evaluating the 2016 Tennessee Republican Party convention delegates – Part 2: Hey, weren’t you with that other guy?

Boss Haynes (photo: Getty Images)

Boss Haynes photo: Getty Images

by Horatio Bunce

“And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.

One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?

Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.” John 18:25-27

This is Part 2 in a series of posts evaluating the 2016 Tennessee Republican Party delegate slate approved by the TNGOPe (“e” =  establishment). Part 1 detailed the many delegates and alternates appointed by the establishment themselves that appeared on no ballots you had access to. Thus, this portion of the convention vote is contrived by party leaders – not you the voters. However, this is just part of the shenanigans pulled by Boss Tweed Haynes and the GOPe. If you are watching the “news”, the GOPe ridiculed the Trump campaign claiming “they should know the rules better” when confronted with their absolute disregard of the Republican primary voters and replacing their votes (or not allowing a vote at all) with delegate slates totally manufactured by the entrenched party elite (see Colorado and Wyoming for example). However, it seems to be lost on the GOPe that when ridiculing the Trump campaign, they are simultaneously mocking YOU, the voter who thinks your primary vote actually counts. For some reason you have this silly idea in your head that when you and your neighbors voted for 14 state-wide, at-large delegates, that the 14 receiving the most votes would go to the convention, and when you and your neighbors voted for 3 congressional district delegates that the 3 receiving the most votes in each district (9 districts * 3 = 27) would go to the convention, but awarded proportionally – and that these 41 delegates would support the candidate they were listed as “committed” to. Boy, were you ever wrong.

In this post I list the delegates selected in the Boss Haynes TNGOPe slate that actually switched candidates from those they listed themselves as committed to on your ballot. That’s right. On your ballot some delegates were “committed” to certain candidates that you did not support (and therefore did not vote for them), but now have managed to find their way onto the TNGOPe delegate slate – now allegedly supporting a different candidate, and more importantly, DISPLACING DELEGATES THAT YOU ACTUALLY DID VOTE FOR. This slate of delegates was manufactured by the party behind closed doors and is not a representation of your voting. This slate had to be approved by the TNGOP state executive committee. Not all state executive committee members voted with Haynes approving this slate. Those will be named also. Republican party rules also called for the candidates receiving delegates to be consulted and approve the list of delegates allocated to them by the party. You can be the judge if that actually happened

You can find a sample ballot for the 2016 Republican presidential primary for Blount County here.

You can find the “unofficial” voting results here

You can find the Tennessee Republican party approved slate of delegates going to the 2016 national convention here.

Below you will find a marked-up version of the delegate slate with boxes and arrows indicating what I call “irregularities”, such as people who were not on the ballot at all, people who now are delegates representing a different candidate than they did on the ballot, or people who now are delegates that should not be if the will of the primary voters were recognized.

The following are now listed as delegates or alternates by the TNGOP who were “committed” to someone else on the ballot.

Delegate Name        Committed to on ballot              Now representing           Position

Paul Chapman                        Single Digit Jeb                      Ted Cruz              Delegate

Sara Sellers                             Marco Rubio                       Ted Cruz              Delegate

Karen Brown                          Carly Fiorina                          Ted Cruz              Alternate

Julia Hurley                            Single Digit Jeb                     Ted Cruz              Alternate

Lora Jobe                                John Kasich                         Ted Cruz              Alternate

Jennifer Winfree                    Marco Rubio                           Ted Cruz              Alternate

Nathan Buttrey                     Single Digit Jeb                       Marco Rubio         Alternate

Linda Buckles                        Ben Carson                            Donald Trump      Delegate

Melissa Gay                           Marco Rubio                          Donald Trump      Delegate

Rob Ailey                                Mike Huckabee                     Donald Trump      Alternate

Tina Benkiser                         Ted Cruz                               Donald Trump      Alternate

Ted Hatfield                           Uncommitted                        Donald Trump      Alternate

Susan Richardson Williams   Single Digit Jeb                         Donald Trump       Alternate

Analysis:

According to TNGOP rules (at least at time of primary) there were three candidates that should receive delegates in a “winner take most” fashion: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Well, here are 13 delegates/alternates that didn’t receive the necessary votes from their neighbors (that they ask to pay for their private club elections) to legitimately be chosen ahead of those you actually did vote for. Instead, the TNGOPe TRASHED YOUR VOTES for actual delegates committed to your candidate and substituted these shills.

Notice a pattern?  Of the 13 imposter delegate/alternates, six of them or 46% replaced Ted Cruz committed delegates on your ballot that actually received votes. Another six of them or 46% replaced Donald Trump delegates on your ballot that actually received votes. Only one displaced an actual committed Marco Rubio delegate.

Four of the 13 (31%) were Single Digit Jeb supporters on your ballot.

Jennifer Winfree was committed to Marco Rubio on the ballot. Couldn’t she displace an actual Marco Rubio delegate (that received more votes than her) instead of stealing from Ted Cruz?

Tina Benkiser was committed to Ted Cruz on the ballot. Couldn’t she displace an actual Ted Cruz delegate (that received more votes than her) instead of stealing from Donald Trump?

12 of the 58 delegates and 13 of the 55 alternates now shown as selected by the TNGOPe, not the voters – 21-24% of the vote already fixed – with people either not on the ballot at all or who are now deceiving by allegedly changing their “commitment”.

Finally, this is not new. Remember the excuses you were told when Rick Santorum “won” with no committed delegates on the ballot in 2012. Tennessee’s delegates to the Republican convention delivered a 100% unanimous vote for Mitt Romney, when over 70% of you did not vote for him. Do you still believe the line that the GOPe losers keep getting unanimous delegate votes because of “open” primaries?

In Part 3, we will look at even further denial of the will of the voters where certain party insiders displaced committed delegates who received more votes.

Evaluating the 2016 Tennessee Republican Party convention delegates – Part 1: Hey, nobody voted for them!

Boss Haynes - photo: Getty Images

Boss Haynes photo: Getty Images

by Horatio Bunce

This is Part 1 in a series of posts evaluating the 2016 Tennessee Republican Party delegate slate approved by the TNGOPe. Much is being made of the Trump campaign “whining” about being cheated when it comes to delegates selected by the GOPe. Alleged GOP “outsider” Ted Cruz seems to be getting much of the benefit of the totally “insider” selected delegate states (see Colorado and Wyoming) where no vote of the people is taken. Cruz “the outsider” calls Trump a sore loser and says he should know the rules of the game better. Apparently “outsiders” are all “inside baseball” that way. I am willing to bet most loyal Republican voters that have held their noses voting for Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander, etc. also aren’t aware of those rules. They think when they cast votes for committed delegates that the elections are fair, the delegates receiving the most votes win and go to the convention voting for the candidate they committed to. Yet again and again they find themselves taking another one for the team when the RNC feeds them their fourth or fifth choice of candidate as the nominee and your “conservative” committed delegates you thought you had deliver another unanimous convention floor vote for the next yellow dog.

So, let’s take a look at the 2016 Tennessee Republican party approved slate of delegates and compare that to the ballot you were given and the recorded votes. You probably read/heard some weak stories about the slate like this reported in a scorecard fashion like Trump 33, Cruz 16, Rubio 9 and probably thought, “that sounds about right based on the popular vote, right”? You have to actually look at the delegates approved by the state party to see what the result is. In this post I will address delegates and alternates on their approved slate that nobody voted for – because they were not on the ballot. Now, this is also part of those “rules” that the GOPe and Cruz make fun of Trump for not knowing and being a “sore loser”. I’m expecting you will be just as “sore” when you see what has been done to your votes.

You can find a sample ballot for the 2016 Republican presidential primary for Blount County here.

You can find the “unofficial” voting results here.

You can find the Tennessee Republican party approved slate of delegates going to the 2016 Republican National Convention here.

Keep in mind that not all delegate candidates appear on your ballot, since the congressional district portion of the ballot where you selected three delegates are only those residing in your district. There are nine congressional districts in the state. The at-large delegates are the same on every ballot as they can reside anywhere in the state. You selected up to 14 of them, presumably those declaring themselves committed to your candidate. Many of these congressional and at-large delegates are party insiders, incumbents or former office-holders.

If you take a look at the party-approved slate of delegates you will notice several names that did not appear on any ballot, i.e., nobody voted for them:

Scott Carey – Cruz Delegate – attorney, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson and general counsel to the state Republican party

Chris Devaney – Cruz Delegate – Former state party chair 2009-20015, resigned to become executive director of Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti just a few months after defeating Joe Carr for the position. Also supported Lamar Alexander against primary challenger Joe Carr.

Frank Colvett – Cruz Alternate – Memphis city councilman, Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee member and TNGOP Treasurer

Paula Sedgwick – Cruz Alternate – Bartlett, TN alderman, Haslam appointee, Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee member

Just look at all those Cruz “outsiders”!

Ryan Haynes – Rubio Delegate – Pigeon Forge liquor-by-the-drink lobbyist (while a Knox Co. representative), current state party chair.

Dave Black – Rubio Alternate – Founder and chairman of Aegis Sciences Corp. and husband of U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

Bill Haslam – Rubio Delegate – Achieve Inc. board member, Common Core promoter, project manager for federal testing entity PARCC, Utah test question renter, and oh yeah, the governor.

Betty Cannon – Trump Delegate – TNGOP Vice Chairman

Ken Gross – Trump Delegate – Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee member and known anti-Trump facebook poster. Interesting he is now a forced-upon-you delegate for the man he called a “liberal Democrat”.

Peggy Lambert – Trump Delegate – Republican National Committee member for Tennessee, former Blount county commissioner

John Ryder – Trump Delegate – Republican National Committee member for Tennessee, RNC General Counsel, He was the chairman of the Redistricting Committee and the RNC Presidential Nominating Schedule Committee. He was a delegate for the 1984, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions. Ryder served on the Temporary Delegate Selection Committee and currently serves on the Rules Committee.

Beverly Knight Hurley – Trump Alternate – Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee member from Davidson County

Gee, look at all that establishment support for not-a-Republican Trump! Who Knew?

There are now 14 delegates appointed by the state executive committee of the party. They pretty much appoint themselves, and a few slots are automatic: the party chair and the two national committee members (Haynes, Lambert and Ryder). These appointments are a relatively “new” thing implemented by the party in 2012. Why? To remove you pesky voters from the process. It is getting harder all the time to force the next Single Digit Jeb on you. So throw in an automatic 25% of the vote fixed in advance and voila, they can “elect” a yellow dog if necessary. In this case, the GOPe are now on Plan C with Cruz and likely do not truly support him either, but these fix-is-in delegates will vote as required for two rounds at the convention. More importantly, they will be a protectionist vote of the establishment when it comes to the required votes on potential rules and procedures changes. Their RNC “rules” expire every four years and have to be renewed before business at the convention. Don’t forget John Boehner and his teleprompter from Florida. It was getting messy. The GOPe needed to “fix” things so this didn’t happen again. However, a 40% populist vote for Trump wasn’t supposed to happen. The TNGOP fix-is-in construct did not account for that kind of opposition. So, even more rigging is necessary, which we’ll look at in Part 2.

2016: The Year the Americans Found out Our Elections Are Rigged

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Boss Tweed or Ryan Haynes? photo: Getty Images

by Horatio Bunce

I want to encourage you to read an article at TheAntimedia.org and watch/read the linked information there.

via TheAntimedia.org:

“What we are witnessing — for the first time on a large scale — is the political establishment’s true role in selecting the president of the United States. The illusion of choice has become apparent. The establishment anoints their two picks for president, and the country proceeds to argue vehemently over the two candidates they are spoon-fed. This dynamic is reminiscent of a prophetic 1998 quote from philosopher Noam Chomsky:

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

Ahh, the illusion of choice. Sure, in reality there are third party candidates who should be given a fair shake, but in our mainstream media-augmented reality, third parties do not exist. They aren’t mentioned. They aren’t even included in presidential debates. This is another way the media stifles healthy debate, stamps out dissenting opinions, and preserves the status-quo.

We The People” don’t choose our presidents; they are hand-picked by a powerful group of political party insiders — parties that have long since sold out to the highest bidders. What we have on our hands in America is a rigged oligarchy, and that’s not a conspiracy theory — it’s fact.

Linked in the article is a video of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz explaining Democratic party superdelegates:

[Schultz]: Unpledged delegates exist, really, to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists. We are, as the democratic party, really highlight and emphasize inclusiveness and diversity at our convention and so we want to give every opportunity to grassroots activists and diverse committed Democrats to participate, attend and be a delegate at the convention, and so we separate out those unpledged delegates to make sure that there isn’t competition between them.

To show I am “fair and balanced”, listen to Republican National Committeeman Curly Haughland explain how your Republican primary votes for delegates don’t mean anything either:

[Haughland]: “We have a problem with the media unfortunately, the cable networks are trying to determine…”

[CNBC]: “I don’t think this is a problem with the media, I’ve heard from a lot of voters who say if they feel like their votes got stolen, that they would be very unhappy and very angry. I think you are looking at a different situation. I realize these have been the rules, but the last time these rules were put in place was 1976 – it’s been a long time since then.”  

(ed: Right……back when the GOP fought just as hard against Ronald Reagan as they are Trump today and stole the nomination from him to usher in Leslie Lynch King, Jr., a.k.a. Gerald Ford, the appointee who was never elected to office by anyone – to ultimately hand the win to Jimmy Carter).

[Haughland]: “Yeah, they’re still there. Yeah that’s a problem. The, the uh, the media has created the perception that the voters will decide the nomination and that’s the conflict, that’s the conflict here. The question is…”

[CNBC]: “We feel like we live in a democratic society, what you’re telling me is it’s not a democratic society and your votes don’t necessarily matter because it’s a democratic representation, correct?”

[Haughland]: “No that’s not what I’m trying to say, what I’m trying to say is that there’s a…we’re just one of the political parties. There’s [sic] many political parties. But political parties choose their nominee, not the general public, uh, contrary to popular belief….again…”

[CNBC]: “Then why bother holding the primaries?”

[Haughland]: “That’s a very good question.”

Indeed. But hey Big Two sheep, thanks for paying for it all! We appreciate your financial “participation” general public….uh, I mean “Friend”!

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Colorado GOP announces via Twitter that the Republican peasants’ votes won’t be necessary this time around.

Remember when there was a “natural interest” in National Enquirer stories?

by Horatio Bunce

Remember when stories about presidential candidates merely being in the same hotel building with a woman who was not their wife was a big deal to the GOPe? How the GOPe operatives wrung their hands about “double standards” and how “different it would be if this was a Republican”?  Unless of course you mentioned John McCain because then the GOPe became unglued. Watch as alleged Cruz Cuban Mistress Crisis player Amanda Carpenter discusses the merits of National Enquirer journalism when John Edwards was the target:

Funny, now she calls them “tabloid trash”. Note how CNN quickly squelches the conversation after trying the pre-emptive strike to divert the discussion altogether.

Now, if you still believe in the conservative vs. liberal “news” facade, ask yourself where are all the CNN/MSNBC/Salon/Huffington stories on the #CruzSexScandal? Shouldn’t they be attacking a “conservative” when they have the chance?

If Cruz really is a “tea party darling” “outsider” to the GOPe (despite endorsements from Rick Perry, Romney & Jeb!, working for G.W. Bush, etc.), it seems that they would be on top of this  over at Fox/Townhall/ConservativeReview too. But, you say, what if they are making sure the stories are really true first? You mean like they did the non-existent “endorsement” of Donald Trump by David Duke? It’s the same “news” organizations after all.

Over at Planet Kolob, Glenn Beck has already fabricated an excuse to stay behind Cruz (and/or save face as a false prophet): as long as it wasn’t five women – during the campaign. He gives three reasons why he doesn’t think the scandal is true:

Here are the things that I came up with…

First is Ted Cruz. He doesn’t have enough game. We’re not talking Tom Cruise. It’s Ted Cruz, have you watched him?

He’s like that in real life, what you see in the debate is how he always is…

He’s exactly the same. So A, the game. I just don’t see it…

PAT: Maybe during the campaign, you could theoretically see how people are like–

GLENN BECK: Okay, I don’t believe it.

So, number one, no game. Two: I have spent a lot of time with him on the campaign trail. My wife has too. Women especially, and how many times has he been here in the makeup chair with the makeup ladies… That’s where all the dirt comes from, they always have radar because they are always sitting there. I’ve never seen it, my wife has never seen it, women..

If you are going to be a sexual predator –and that’s what you would have to be for five women in four years– a sexual predator. You would see signs of it.

You would hear people say: Oh man, I get a funny feeling from him, you know he said something werid to so-and-so, right?

We’ve had that happen… There’s never been anything said about [Cruz].

Third, This guy is driven… Ted has known that he could be the president from the beginning.

STU: Preparing for this for his whole life.

BECK: I think so. You are not as driven as he as, you are not as smart as he is, and then go in for your last four years before you’re going to run for president, you don’t get to 2012 and say you want to run for president, and think you can get away with it. All recently…

There’s absolutely no way this guy, so buttoned up, knowing that he could be president of the U.S. is that stupid…”

Well, did you notice anything missing from Glenn’s reasoning? What about listening to his god? Didn’t his god tell him Cruz “was anointed for this time”?

“But then he [Dr.Kidd] says, ‘But God has not revealed Ted Cruz as the divinely anointed alternative either.’

To you, Dr. Kidd. To you. To you God hasn’t revealed Cruz as divinely anointed. I understand that. And I respect your opinion on it.

But here’s mine: I have seen this man’s life. I have watched this man. I have prayed about this man. I have prayed about it by myself, out loud, in quiet, with my family, with my staff, and I happen to believe that Ted Cruz actually was anointed for this time. Would there not be someone that was in the pool that might have the right qualifications for God?

Is he that disinterested in all of us? Or is it perhaps possible that just like in the Bible, people were raised from birth for a specific time? Are we that inconsequential, Dr. Kidd? Are we really not that important enough for him to raise someone up, at this critical juncture?”

Or is this going to be another “If that’s what I had said, but that’s not what I said,” moment from the Planet Kolob camp? I’ll answer Glenn’s question “Would there not be someone that was in the pool that might have the right qualifications for God?” with another question:

When did God (the Lord Almighty, the Great I Am, Creator of the universe – not Elohim from Planet Kolob) ever instruct his people to select a man to rule over them?

Deuteronomy 18:22

22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Maybe Beck’s false god, Elohim of Kolob, made him do it

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photo: theconservativetreehouse.com

by Horatio Bunce

In my theory, the establishment shills are fatally flawed – because they are designed to fail when and if necessary. Also, indiscretions are kept as leverage. And as Fox News chief Roger Ailes admitted to “do[ing] the Rubio thing”, the GOPe game has changed to doing the Cruz thing.

“Beans”? – National Enquirer Runs Story of Multiple Ted Cruz Affairs…

The list of ladies includes CNN contributor Amanda Carpenter:

Amanda Carpenter is the conservative activist, CNN contributor, and writer for Mark Levin and the Conservative Review who recently published a “BLACKLIST” targeting anyone who supports Ted Cruz’s primary opponent, Donald Trump.”

Also pictured is Donald Trump’s campaign national spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson. Wow, if that is true, Cruz has to have been sweating bullets since she came on the campaign scene.

So, what to make of Glen Beck’s accusations of southern voters?

But all throughout the South the Evangelicals are not listening to their God. Let us raise a standard in Utah. Let us do this one thing perfectly right….So here’s what I’m saying to you — the reason why I’m bringing this up, and I’ve been wanting to say this for a very long time: Where the hell are the priesthood holders? Where are you? Thank you. It’s time to stand up. It’s time to stand up. You know what time it is. The priesthood is supposed to rise up and restore the Constitution. Now is that time. Period.”

I am not sure what god we were supposed to be listening to. See Glen, unlike your Planet Kolob gospel from those gold plates nobody ever saw, the Lord Almighty has already sent a Great High Priest, a priest after the order of Melchisedec – AND THERE IS BUT ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN – and it ain’t no stinking earthly king. I am sure good evangelicals know where to find that in Hebrews.

Fiorina Endorses Cruz

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photo: Reuters

by Horatio Bunce

Remember, I asked you to watch for endorsements by the shills as they drop out. This is because any delegates they have earned along the way go to the endorsee. It reveals the GOPe (e=establishment) pre-selected “nominee” for you.  GOPe  vote splitter candidate Carly Fiorina endorsed Ted Cruz today.

“There are some people in our party saying Donald Trump isn’t so bad … but he’s a deal maker; he can make deals. The truth is Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two sides of the same coin. They’re not going to reform the system, they are the system,” she said.

Says Fiorina….as she endorses an incumbent U.S. Senator. Ah yes, the Ron Paul Treatment™. We know it well. Say they aren’t a Republican, say a vote for them is a vote for Democrats, make up a new name to call them so you never refer to them as Republican, etc.

The Tennessee Republican primary ballot revealed that Fiorina was merely a shill campaign with only two at-large delegates to choose from – and one of those an incumbent state representative. I.e., if you used all 14 of your at-large votes then 86% of your delegate vote had to be for someone else. The GOPe must cover their bases in the proportionally awarded delegate states and ensure they have placed sufficient connected party faithful with all candidates they expect to earn delegates on primary day. Just study the committed delegate names a little. You’ll see what I mean. Note to Jerome Moon: your services will no longer be required per Roger Ailes.

Well, it isn’t easy maintaining a pretend campaign (and there were several of them) for president and pay for keeping up appearances through February, but this shill campaign has had to wait until after Super Tuesday to cough up their earned delegate (as in she only has one) since Single Digit Jeb! was failed Plan A and Rubio/Cruz was Plan B. And, since Fox News chief Roger Ailes has declared “we can’t do the Rubio thing any more”, the only choice remaining is to give the delegate….uh, I mean endorsement, to Cruz.

But maybe the question Cruz supporters should be asking/answering is:

Why did Ted Cruz’s PAC give half a million to Carly Fiorina’s?

“The Cruz PAC raised just over eleven million dollars by the end of June, nearly all of it from a Robert Mercer, a Wall Street hedge fund manager. The $500,000 donation to CARLY for America is its largest expenditure to date. The remainder of the $36,169 it spent went to polling research and legal fees.”

Will the Republican Party of Blount County release its bylaws before picking the County Clerk and Highway Superintendent?

The Republican Party of Blount County, Tennessee hasn’t exactly been known for transparency or fairness.  Several Republicans were denied entrance to a meeting in 2013.  The Party left Commissioner Jim Folts off its website.  When I was asked to speak to the Republican Party about why I thought Ron Paul was the best choice for President in 2012, then Chairman Susan Mills wouldn’t let me speak even though I had been an approved delegate candidate for Ron Paul, twice (2008 and 2012).  When Gerald Kirby lost his primary commission race to Jamie Daly, the party big whigs went to work for Kirby’s write-in campaign, even though party leadership is suppose to support Republican candidates.

Now the Republican Party Executive Committee will get to pick the Republican candidates for Blount County Clerk and Blount County Highway Superintendent.  The selection meeting will be a spectator sport.  You and I will be able to watch but we will not be able to participate.

The August general election for these two offices could be a Soviet style election.  If the Democratic Party doesn’t nominate candidates and no independents run, then the people of Blount County will get to go vote the R party or not the R party.  Actually it will be worse than that because you won’t even get to vote NO on the candidate.

Unless someone runs as a write-in, any write-in votes will not count.  Even if an independent or Democrat runs, barring some major scandal, the Republicans will win.  There are no independents or Democrats in elected office in Blount County, excluding the nonpartisan School Board.

With this kind of power, the Republican Party should release its bylaws.  I asked the Blount County Republican Party Chair, Patsy Lundy, for a copy of the bylaws.  She said the bylaws were being revised.  That’s the same excuse that has been used to deny releasing the bylaws for years.  The Tennessee Republican Party said it is checking with the County Party to see if the bylaws that it has are current.

I asked Lundy for a copy of the current bylaws.  She said she would check with some people (apparently the Chair has to get permission from her bosses) to see if she could release the bylaws to me.

The bylaws for the Blount County Democratic Party are available on the Tennessee Democratic Party’s website.  The Blount County Libertarian Party uses the bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee.  Both are available online for review, although the bylaws posted for the State Libertarian Party are over 4 years old.

People are talking about the Republican establishment coming unhinged because more voters are backing Trump than Rubio.  People would do well to pay attention to what the local GOP is doing.  Since it is likely that the Republican Party Executive Committee is going to pick 2 of our local office holders the least the Executive Committee can do is release its bylaws.