2016 Presidential Primary

And another one (and another one) bites the dust: Christie and Fiorina

by Skip February 10, 2016

That would be both Chris Christie AND Carly Fiorina – after really disappointing results (and blowing millions of bucks), they have dropped out of the race seeking the Presidency.  TMEW asked me about Carly as she had boasted that she was going all the way as recently as last night; all I could do is […]

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BlogHeadline of the Day – NH First in the Nation edition

by Skip February 10, 2016

New Hampshire decides: Senator Venezuela vs. Citizen Vuvuzela (H/T: Overlawyered)

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2016 NH FITN: Decision Desk HQ

by Skip February 10, 2016
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2016 NH FITN: Fox News

by Skip February 10, 2016

  Updated at 95% reported.  

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NH FITN winnows the field – Christie to take stock of his campaign

by Skip February 9, 2016

Given the Iowa results and now his disappointing finish (8% with 75% of the vote in), NJ Governor Chris Christie is going home to NJ tomorrow and to talk over the what’s what with him, the lack of positive results, the aspect of going forward, and I bet, campaign funding. And, oh yeah, he’s bumped […]

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The 2016 Presidential Primary: the personal

by Skip February 9, 2016

TODAY, for the first day in months, I did not receive a single political mailer.  However, the GOTV (Get Out The Vote) machines all cranked up but I was surprised that I only got 8 calls: 1 call to vote from Kasich, 3 from the Donald, and 4 from Cruz. I just got back from voting (Yes, […]

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2016 Presidential Primary – Dixville Notch

by Skip February 9, 2016

Voting started at 12 midnight with 9 total votes cast:  Republicans: Kasich – 3, Trump – 2    Democrats: Sanders – 4 (H/T: WMUR)

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GraniteGrok Endorsement: Ted Cruz for President

by Skip February 8, 2016

Updated: Originally posted 11/18/15.  Bumped for tomorrow’s First In The Nation Primary The last couple of election cycles, the ‘Grok as been rather stingy with endorsements. We decided that we would raise our bar high and no longer do the “least worst” that we did in some cases in the past.  We decided that it […]

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Guest Post by former NH State Senator Fenton Groen: “Why I support Cruz”

by Skip February 8, 2016

Hello Friend, Tomorrow we in NH have the privilege to cast our votes in the first in the nation primary. I hope you will join me in voting for Senator Ted Cruz. I believe Ted Cruz has the ability to lead our country back to traditional conservative values in the way that Reagan did after […]

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On this, Rubio is right and Jeb! can’t fix nothing

by Skip February 8, 2016

Shot: Marco Rubio: Let’s dispel with this notion that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing.” Chaser: Jeb Bush: “My pledge to you: When I’m president I will not blame Barack Obama for a single thing,” he told listeners at the Nashua Country Club in Nashua, N.H. “The day that […]

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“BREAKING. Rand Paul’s New Hampshire Campaign Chair Endorses Ted Cruz”

by Skip February 8, 2016

Just in: Rand Paul's New Hampshire state chairman Sen. Avard has endorsed Ted Cruz's campaign, he tells a crowd here pic.twitter.com/fOGnGlRjhi — Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) February 8, 2016 Good choice, Kevin! I agree with RedState; while not necessarily spot on the social issues, Cruz comes closest on Constitutional governance. (H/T: RedState)

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Seriously? A great exhibit of “polls suck nowadays”

by Skip February 8, 2016

And not just because they may show results that I don’t like.  It is well known that the polling industry hasn’t been doing all that well the last few cycles with results that didn’t match reality.  Think Brat over Cantor where the TEA Party guy (Brat) was predicted to get swamped by the #3 guy […]

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Futures predictors already saying Rubio has already lost?

by Skip February 8, 2016

OK, perhaps not the most accurate of methodologies but it IS real people putting their REAL money where their mouths are.  Or, to put it another way, where the profit leads – and profits seem to be racing away from Marco Rubio (reformatted, emphasis mine): BEDFORD, N.H. (MarketWatch) — It won’t show up in the […]

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NHSecState predicts record NH FITN turnout

by Skip February 5, 2016

And it definitely shows a higher intensity level on the Right than for the Left (emphasis mine, reformatted): CONCORD — Secretary of State Bill Gardner is predicting a record 550,000 votes will be cast in Tuesday’s Presidential Primary. He believes 282,000 Republican ballots will be cast – a record for the GOP – and 268,000 Democratic ballots, […]

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And then there are some that are already dust already – and this one is shrinking to it

by Skip February 4, 2016

If you are cutting half your staff before just only the second voting contest of the 2016 Presidential Primary, you’re already in deep sneakers: On the Ropes: Ben Carson Cuts 50 Staffers; Down to Handful of Advisers Salaries are being significantly reduced. Carson’s traveling entourage will shrink to only a handful of advisers. And instead […]

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Advantage: Lewandowski

by Skip February 4, 2016

This was a rather amusing mano-y-mano smack talk: Ryan Williams vs Corey Lewandowski.  The former, a Sununu/Romney/NH GOPer staffer / spokesperson and current Jeb! spox, the latter a former Senator Bob Smith staff member and successful AFP Exec director and current national Campaign Manager for Trump.  Establishment vs Insurgent.  Who do you think got the upper hand […]

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And then there are some that are already dust already – and this one won’t admit it.

by Skip February 3, 2016

That would be Jim Gilmore – military vet and former Governor of Virginia. Another nice guy to boot but he just hasn’t caught on.  But in fact, if he was a writer, he’d be in the vanity (re: self-publishing) business for all of the excitement he’s generated.  Yes, he’s quite intelligent and his ideas and […]

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And the next of what might be “…and another bites the dust” – Rick Santorum bows out

by Skip February 3, 2016

Yeah, tonite seems to be Prez Wannabee night here on the ‘Grok with news on the front runners and the “fall overs” as well.  We can now add Rick Santorum to the latter group.  As he said, this is just not his year – he never got out of single digits and did rather poorly […]

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So it has come to this….for Jeb!

by Skip February 3, 2016

This is really dismal – if you have to ASK for applause for yourself, what does that say both you and your campaign? “My pledge to you, I will be a commander in chief that will have the back of the military,” Bush told the crowd. “I won’t trash talk, I won’t be a divider-in-chief […]

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It had nothing to do with him being a one term Senator

by Skip February 2, 2016

“Seven years ago, we made a huge mistake,” Christie said at Wellman’s Pub in West Des Moines. “We elected a first-term United States senator to the presidency of the United States. Somebody who had never managed anything more than a 30-person Senate staff, and who never had made a decision of consequence that they were […]

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Chris Christie? May want to rethink your notion of “safe”

by Skip February 2, 2016

instead of “safety theater”: incompetence. SHOT: Chris Christie defends TSA, says getting blown up is ‘inconvenient.’ CHASER: “The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that the acting administrator for the Transportation Security Administration would be reassigned, following a report that airport screeners failed to detect explosives and weapons in nearly every test that an undercover […]

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Breaking News: Ted Cruz declared winner of Republican Iowa Caucus

by Skip February 1, 2016

Data analytics and a ground game beat celebrity.  Republican candidates dropping out: Mike Huckabee.  Democrat candidates dropping out: Martin O’Malley. Percentages with 99% of the votes in. Cruz – 28% Trump – 24% Rubio – 23% Carson – 9% Paul – 5% Bush – 3% Kasich – 2% Fiorina – 2% Huckabee – 2% Christie […]

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Iowa: but there is still a reason they (and we) play the game

by Skip January 30, 2016

Said mostly about sports but still in politics too.  This is just out – the Bloomberg Politics / Des Moines Register poll.  I hadn’t taken much notice of this in previous races but I am seeing, not that this “breaking news” is out, it is rather spot on the majority of the time.  Sure, it […]

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It used to be only dead girls and live boys…

by Skip January 24, 2016

I’ve pretty much stayed out of the “Trump is a conservative / no he’s not” mess that is raging in the part of the Right political blogosphere.  Sure, I’m watching it as it is part of the messy sausage making process of who we end up have representing us.  But I will say that the […]

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LIVE BLOGGING: Ted Cruz at Exeter Townhall

by Skip January 20, 2016

Grokster Mike is at the Exeter Townhall where Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX and running for the Republican nomination for President) will be speaking at the first event of his day: Live streaming video by Ustream

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Marco Rubio – still a member of the Gang of Eight?

by Skip January 18, 2016

Boy, Marco squirms in and out of the “immigration hole” faster than the Eldest’s pet snake.  We Conservatives had problems with this former TEA Party darling since he decided that he would hook up with Senator Chuckie Schumer (D-NY) who basically took him to the cleaners w/respect illegal immigration.  A lot of us went “HUH?” […]

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Meet The Press – Stephanie Cutter sees no difference between Socialists and Liberal Democrats

by Skip January 17, 2016

On Meet The Press today, Steve Schmidt (of the failed McCain campaign) brought out that 43% of Iowa Democrats self identify as Socialists and not as capitalists.  I didn’t know that but it is an eye-popping statistic lending credence that the Democrat Party has gone far more Left than the Republicans have gone  Right.  After […]

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Jeb! Bush – sounding like the Dems on college affordability

by Skip January 16, 2016

“If you are elected president, how will you make a college education more affordable?” The Concord Monitor had a piece “Where do the presidential candidates stand on college affordability?” that outlines some of the Prez Wannabees positions on that subject.  Frankly, I disagree with the question; why is it the proper role of Government of […]

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Cruz starting to answer back Trump’s trumpeting?

by Skip January 12, 2016

This may get interesting – the master of the media and celebrityhood vs the number one debater: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.  Certainly, anyone that catches The Donald’s ire and has tried to fire back has dropped in the polls like the proverbial lead balloon (seeing that none of them have the Mythbuster’s lead balloon […]

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FITN: now BOTH of the majority media outlets banned from NH debates? Here comes The Donald!

by Skip January 10, 2016

This is funny as all get out! Earlier this First In The Nation Primary season, the Democrat National Committee kicked WMUR to the curb over the inability of the Hearst Corporation (owners of WMUR) to come to terms with their unions.  UL, batter up?  Nope – yer OUTTA there! ABC dumps Union Leader; Trump claims […]

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