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It’s Cruz or Rubio – and they know it

Bryan Fischer

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In last night’s GOP debate, Donald Trump was, for him, quite subdued. He even kissed and made up with Ted Cruz, telling everyone that Cruz has a “wonderful temperament,” and folks had nothing to worry about with him. In my view, he’s setting the stage to endorse Cruz when he drops out.

Trump only showed flashes of his favorite slash and burn technique in spirited exchanges with Jeb Bush. There clearly is no love lost between those two. Bush had a poor outing, even stumbling in his closing statement. He’s in low single digits, and did nothing last night to pull himself out of the ditch. His candidacy is effectively over.

It’s still hard for me to see Trump going the distance. He has a $10 billion empire, as he constantly reminds us, and I don’t see any way he’s going to let someone else run that thing for the next four or eight years. He’d have to put his entire operation in a blind trust, and Trump knows you don’t maintain and grow an enterprise of that magnitude by blindly trusting other people to manage it for you.

His candidacy is now beginning to cost him money and prestige. His name was literally ripped off a posh resort in Dubai, and left lying in shards on the ground. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club took the British Open away from the Turnberry links in Scotland, which Trump owns. They’re worried about boycotts and protests, and worse. A links golf course would be about as exposed to a Muslim-inspired attack as anything you can think of.

This is on the heels of the PGA taking its prestigious Grand Slam of Golf away from a Trump course in California. And it’s getting ready to yank the WGC-Cadillac Championship from his famous Doral course in Florida.

Trump currently makes a fortune selling his name, which is associated with luxury and elegance. When people see his name on a development, they associate it with class. Once his name loses its mystique, that money-making pipeline will dry up in a hurry. Trump is running out of time to salvage what is left of the magic of his name.

Trump is likely to lose Iowa to Cruz by a significant margin, as Cruz is locking up the evangelical vote in the Hawkeye State. His cause in Iowa has been helped enormously by high profile endorsements from Rep. Steve King, Iowa Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats, syndicated radio host Steve Deace, and a consortium of pro-family leaders headed by Tony Perkins of the Family Reserch Council.

Trump will stay in the race at least until New Hampshire, which he is likely to win. That would set the stage for him to pull out of the race in a face-saving way, going out as a winner, reminding everyone of his “YUGE” role in focusing the national debate on illegal immigration and the threat of Islam. Then he can throw his support to Cruz as the guy who can carry his anti-establishment torch across the finish line.

Trump may be a little bit like the dog who unexpectedly catches the car. Now what do I do with it? I frankly think he is as surprised as anyone at the intensity and longevity of his support. I don’t think even he realized just how outraged the American people are with the political establishment on both sides of the aisle. The only other one in the race who does understand and who is in a position to tap into that fierce energy is Cruz.

I believe being president would both bore Trump to death and agitate him endlessly. He has no interest in being a member of a co-equal branch of anything. I’m not sure he ever thought he would get this far, and now that the sobering reality has hit, I believe he’s thinking about an exit strategy. If Trump has to choose between money and power, he seems like the type who will choose money in the end. For him, money is power.

Rand Paul had the best night of anybody on the stage, but it’s too little and too late for him. He didn’t lay a glove on Cruz all night, which is an indication that they are like-minded on many things, including unconstitutional NSA surveillance, Muslim immigration, and a lack of interest in putting American boots on the ground in Syria.

Cruz and Rubio both had good nights, but Cruz bested Rubio on the surveillance issue and on immigration. Rubio’s Gang of Eight bill is his Achilles’ heel and will in the end prove his undoing. Rubio declared his support for amnesty again last night, which rewards those who flout American law. Cruz, on the other hand, spoke openly of deporting illegal aliens for the first time I can recall. If Trump’s soaring numbers mean anything, they mean the American people are not in the mood for amnesty in any way, shape, or form. The Gang of Eight bill is like an anvil around Rubio’s neck and it will drag him to the bottom.

Cruz rightly pointed out that his bill, the USA Freedom Act, which brought to an end the flatly unconstitutional mass collection of metadata by the NSA, improves the ability of law enforcement to focus on actual threats and more comprehensively mine available communications data to get the bad guys. Rubio is not going to win that argument.

Ben Carson was fine, but his lack of a commanding presence will cause the air to slowly leak out of his balloon. Chris Christie had a good night, as did Carly Fiorina, but they have too much ground to make up. John Kasich was, well, John Kasich, and his numbers are unlikely to budge much.

The plain fact is that the GOP race is now a three man affair: Trump, Cruz and Rubio. When and if Trump passes the torch to Cruz, it’ll be a two-horse affair. And Cruz will pull away down the stretch.

Bryan Fischer is a senior columnist for Cowger Nation, and the radio host of Focal Point, where he provides expertise on a wide range of public policy topics.

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  1. George Lujack

    George Lujack

    December 17, 2015 6:13 pm at 6:13 pm

    I know Brian, you do not like Trump. He is too crude for you. But if you actually believe this race is between Cruz and Rubio, you are quite delusional and have no understanding of the grass roots conservative feelings of the American people.

    • David H.

      December 17, 2015 7:51 pm at 7:51 pm

      FRC is about to endorse Cruz. Hence Bryan’s Post.
      Me personally, I think it is too soon to endorse a candidate. A lot can happen between now and the Iowa Caucus.
      I Know many evangelicals do not like Trump, for the reasons we discussed regarding the Moralistic Therapeutic Deism That the evangelical church has turned into. It will be hard for Trump even to overcome the endorsement. Too many follow the leadership of the FRC (Family Research Council)

  2. 2016bladeandsoul

    January 22, 2016 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm

    Your company is very impressive .

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WATCH: Roy Moore releases statement, still not willing to give up on Alabama U.S. Senate race.

Caiden Cowger

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MONTGOMERY, AL — Judge Roy Moore is still not giving up on his Alabama senate race. The Republican candidate expressed on Wednesday that he is still waiting on the military ballots, to see if the election will be close enough for a recount.

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ROY MOORE, STANDING STRONG

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Despite repeated calls from Democrats, establishment Republicans, the mainstream media, and other leftist political operatives demanding Judge Roy Moore withdraw his nomination from the upcoming U.S. Senate election in Alabama, he has stood strong and has refused to step down. Moore’s refusal has his political opponents in a panicked frenzy not seen since the nomination and election of President Donald J. Trump.

What have Moore’s opponents accused him of? A crime? No. Moore is accused of initiating contact, termed “a sexual encounter,” with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. Likewise, he is accused of similar such events as dating an assortment of 16, 17, and 19 year old women. DATING! That’s right, dating and with parental consent. Oh, but he may have “touched” or “kissed” one of them, so say his accusers! These events allegedly occurred 38-years ago, when Moore, now 70, was 32! Talk about due process and stretching the statute of limitations to new limits!

Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has vowed to stay in the race and has called many of the accusations against him “completely false.”

Even if these allegations were true, they are not crimes. The Alabama legal Age of Consent for sexual contact is 16 years old. Thirty-one states have set their age of consent at 16, the lowest age of consent in any state. Are we going to make up laws to lock up men, if while on a date with women, a man “inappropriately touches” a young woman, but she rejects his advances and he stops? Is this attempted rape according to feminists? Does the same standard apply if a woman touches a man’s chest or lap? Can this then be reported as unwanted “inappropriate touching,” which can irreparably destroy a man’s life going forward?

You may as well lock up all the men in the country and / or disqualify them from running from public office if making the slightest physical advance towards a woman, or the accusation of doing so, becomes an unforgivable crime. Oh, I suppose it is, but only if they are Christian-values Republicans. More, no pun intended, on that later…

Ivanka Trump told the Associated Press that she believes the stories of the women who have accused Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of pursuing them as teenagers. Ivanka said, “There’s a ‘special place’ in hell for people who prey on children,” regarding the Moore accusations, and further stated,”I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”

Ivanka, darling, now that your daddy is president, I am sure it is your wish to be loved by the establishment who hate both you and your father. I’m sure you think a great way for you to do this is for you to join them in condemning Moore. Ivanka, speaking of your daddy President Donald J. Trump, did you know that the same kind of accusers vilified your father, but you asked us to trust you, because you knew your father loved women? Ivanka, did you know that your daddy Donald is 71, is on his third marriage, and his current wife Melania is 47-years-old and Donald Trump is 24 years older than her? Did you know the age difference between a 32-year-old man and a 16-year-old woman is 16-years, which is less of an age discrepancy than Donald and Melania have? Ivanka, did you know that your daddy Donald was caught on tape bragging about “grabbing women’s pussies?”

Ivanka, you claim that you see no reason to ever disbelieve a woman who accused Judge Roy Moore of sexual misconduct / inappropriate touching. Can you really be that dumb and naive? I have a viable reason and explanation for you. Politics. Lying liberal women used by Democrat operatives to bring down the candidacy of a Republican U.S. Senate candidate who they loathe, Judge Roy Moore.

The National Republican Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee have pulled their financial support from Moore’s campaign. As the Republican establishment turned its back on Moore, the people have risen up and donations have poured in for Roy Moore. Many Senate Republicans have urged Moore to drop his bid, whether or not he is guilty of anything. Moore and his campaign have made it clear that this isn’t what he intends to do, and have questioned the legitimacy of his signature in his accusers’ high school yearbook. Moore has called the allegations fake news in an attempt to dismantle his campaign.

Democrat operatives love using forgeries, such as the seemingly obvious forgery of Roy Moore’s signature in his accuser’s yearbook. Liberals vehemently defend such forgeries, such as was the case with Obama’s forged birth certificate, then tactically vilify anyone who would question the authenticity of the forgery, as with Obama’s birth certificate, as a “birther.” In this case of Roy Moore, liberals rail against anyone who would question the integrity of young (now old) women who would never lie about allegations of sexual misconduct. Many on the political left have been quick to say that Moore’s young accusers (now old and some openly Democrat supporters) would never lie. The dangerous belief that young women would never fabricate a lie once led to the execution of 20 persons, five additional deaths, and hundreds of arrests and imprisonments in the Salem witch trials of Massachusetts in 1692-1693. Roy Moore is likewise facing a Washington establishment witch hunt.

Bill Clinton had oral sex performed on him by an intern during his presidency, but liberals and the mainstream media saw no reason to disqualify him and remove him from office. Republicans were roundly criticized for impeaching a sitting president, who not only took advantage of an impressionable young intern, but then lied under oath about it. Furthermore, the mainstream media routinely turned a deaf ear to the numerous groping and rape accusations made against Bill Clinton.

This brings us to the real reason Judge Roy Moore is under attack. No one cares about tales of Roy Moore dating, kissing, and touching legal aged young women. Moore is a Christian-values candidate who unashamedly governs and legislates according to his conscious and faith. He has stood against the U.S. Supreme Court, defending Alabama’s Constitution and laws against the imposition of gay marriage imposed upon the people of Alabama. The pro-homosexual establishment government and mainstream media, who are at war with traditional Judeo-Christian morality, will use any means necessary to try to destroy Roy Moore, an honorable candidate for U.S. Senate who stands for the values that they abhor, as they continue on their maddening self-destructive quest to transform America into a atheistic secular society, ridding the nation of all its Judeo-Christian values and foundations.

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The Lynching Of Judge Roy Moore– What The Heck Happened To Due Process?

Joe Dan Gorman

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WRITTEN, CREATED, ENGINEERED, AND PRODUCED BY JOE DAN GORMAN

40 year old allegations and no due process. What country is this?  And this is being allowed to impact the balance of OUR US Senate?

This is EXACTLY why DUE PROCESS -and not MOB JUSTICE- was put in the US Constitution by our Founding Fathers.

I’m not at all surprised by Swamp creatures – BUT SEAN HANNITY?  Shame on Sean for giving the Judge Moore a 24 hour ultimatum.
We cannot let them win.

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