Trump picks up disenchanted Obama voters

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Why these Obama voters are backing Donald Trump

Farmington, New Hampshire (CNN)Eight years after they drew inspiration from Barack Obama’s insurgent campaign, some of the very voters who helped elect the first African-American president are standing behind a candidate whose image and message are strikingly different: Donald Trump.

Obama campaigned on themes of hope and change; Trump declared in his June announcement speech that the American Dream was dead. Obama called on the country to shed racial divisions; some of Trump’s biggest applause lines are his pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border and ban Muslim immigration. Obama is a gifted orator with a cool and intellectual demeanor; Trump is an improviser with a knack for dramatic flair.

Gary Chagnon, a machinist from Barnstead, voted for Obama in both 2008 and 2012. He recently submitted an absentee ballot for Trump, and said he was drawn to Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

“We don’t need hope and change,” Chagnon, 50, said. “We need somebody with a set of balls, so to say.”

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Chagnon’s wife, Annette, also supported the President twice, and this time plans to vote for Trump. A 51-year-old working in the shipping industry, Annette said she doesn’t feel the country is safe and cast blame on Obama.

“He’s a little too lax on our borders. I don’t think he’s paid enough attention to that and it contributes to us having homegrown people coming in and killing us,” she said. “I don’t like it and I like that Trump is right on that.”

Sizable lead for Trump

Trump has a sizable lead in New Hampshire ahead of Tuesday’s primary. A CNN/WMUR poll released on Sunday found that 33% of likely Republican voters say they’ll back Trump, giving him a 17-point edge.

The support Trump is drawing from independents and even voters who have tended to vote for Democrats in the past exemplifies the non-traditional nature of the real estate mogul’s campaign. And that support could prove to be critical for Trump here in a state with an outsized bloc of independent voters.

Many independent voters who supported Obama in 2008 quickly turned on him after he took office, frustrated over the state of the economy and in many cases disenchanted by Obama’s signature health care law. After winning 52% of independents in the 2008 general election, Obama trailed Mitt Romney among independents four years later, 45% to 50% (Obama won New Hampshire both cycles).

In the final stretch of Obama’s two-term tenure in the White House, national security concerns, including the threat of ISIS and the flow of undocumented immigrants and refugees into the country, are increasingly pronounced.

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Americans are now more likely to say that terrorists are winning the war against the United States than at any point since the September 11, 2001, attacks, a CNN/ORC poll showed in December.

Amid heightened concern about national security, voters are looking for not only a change in direction but also a shift in tone. Trump, with his no-apologies attitude and brash rhetoric, is appealing to those desires.

Chris Hickey, a retired Army veteran from Wolfeboro, is an independent who voted for Obama in 2008 and Romney in 2012. This year, he’s most likely to vote for Trump, whom Hickey called a “no nonsense” candidate.

‘A little rough around the edges’

“He’s a little rough around the edges at times but I think he’ll do a good job,” he said. “One of the things I don’t like about President Obama — he’s always apologizing, it seems to me, for the United States. And I don’t think Trump will do those things.”

The sentiment isn’t limited to New Hampshire.

Jeff Heiden, a Trump fan from Marshalltown, Iowa, said Obama was the first Democrat he ever voted for in a presidential election.

“He was different and he had a lot of good ideas and it sounded like he could make some changes in Washington, D.C.,” said Heiden, 58. “I regretted voting for him so the second time around I voted for Romney.”

In Iowa last week, Trump was the favorite among GOP caucusgoers for whom the top quality in a presidential candidate was the ability “bring change” to the country (33% of them voted for Trump), according to exit polls. He also performed best among caucusgoers whose first priority is that a candidate “tells is like it is” (an overwhelming 66% of these people backed Trump).

Trump was one of the three top GOP candidates among self-proclaimed independents participating in the GOP caucuses in Iowa: 22% supported Trump and another 22% supported Rubio, while 19% chose Cruz.

“It’s called leadership. Mr. Trump’s support transcends traditional boundaries because he has a vision and a strong message that resonates,” said Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. “Mr. Trump is a uniter and has the ability to bring people together with his common sense solutions.”

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Bill Hillsman, a political consultant who has worked with many independent candidates, said the most defining characteristic of independent voters is that “they hate the status quo and believe huge change is needed.”

“Obama isn’t that much different from Trump. He was promising big change, he managed to look like an outsider and a fresh face, and he got people to believe in him, not just in what he was promising issues-wise and policy-wise,” Hillsman said. “Many of these independents now see in Trump what they wanted Obama to provide. The Donald is most definitely outside the system, yet people feel like they know him.”

Inspiration turns to disappointment

When retired elementary school teacher Joan Chase casts her ballot for Trump this year, it will be the first time that the 70-year-old has ever voted for a Republican. She voted for Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

At a recent Trump rally in Farmington, Chase said the immense inspiration she once felt watching the president soured over the years, turning into irreversible disappointment.

“I thought he was the hope, only to find out he’s not carried through with what he led people to believe,” she said. “He seems to be just undecided and I don’t know — weak.”

Her partner Harry Harrison, a Vietnam veteran who also voted twice for the president, interjected from beside her to criticize Obama’s “hopey, changey thing.” Unlike Chase, Harrison has largely supported Republican candidates in his life — the only other Democrat he ever backed for president was John F. Kennedy. Trump, he said, is the country’s “last hope.”

“I feel totally betrayed,” Harrison said of Obama. “If we don’t see a Trump in this Oval Office, I don’t think this country will survive to see another election as the country we knew it and the country I fought for.”

The Civil War of the Right

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The Civil War of the Right

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The conservative movement is starting to look a lot like Syria.

Baited, taunted, mocked by Fox News, Donald Trump told Roger Ailes what he could do with his Iowa debate, and marched off to host a Thursday night rally for veterans at the same time in Des Moines.

Message: I speak for the silent majority, Roger, not you, not Megyn Kelly, not Fox News. Diss me, and I will do fine without Fox.

And so the civil-sectarian war on the right widens and deepens.

And two questions arise: Will the conservative movement and Republican Party unite behind Trump if he is the nominee? And will the movement and party come together if Trump is not the nominee?

A breakdown of the balance of forces in this civil-sectarian war finds most of the media elite of the right recoiling from Trump, while Trump leads by a huge margin in Middle America.

National Review, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, Wall Street Journal, and the conservative and neocon columnists on the op-ed pages at The Washington Post and The New York Times have almost all come out viscerally against Trump.

He, in turn, has trashed several by name. Wounds have been inflicted that will not soon be forgiven or forgotten.

But while columns and magazines appear in print twice weekly, weekly, biweekly and monthly, millions listen to talk radio every hour of every day. And though websites might be updated daily, radio, more than print, is a medium that moves people.

Among the top talkers, Trump gets more than a fair hearing. Some of the talk shows with the largest audiences are sympathetic, others are supportive. And the Drudge Report, the daily newspaper of Middle America, tracks Trump’s every move.

In the media battle, then, the media elite are being swamped by Trump. And Trump is winning the political battle as well. According to almost every poll, state or national, Trump is ahead of all rivals, with his closest challenger trailing by 10 or more points. Among the populist and Tea Party right, Trump has lapped the field, and he is now competitive among Evangelicals.

How will the civil war on the right end?

Because the differences are not simply about personalities and politics, but principles and policies, it may not end with this election.

There is talk of having the anti-Trump conservatives unite behind the one establishment candidate — Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Chris Christie — who emerges strongest after New Hampshire, to storm through the later primaries and take down Trump.

Yet such a scenario seems implausible.

That audience of 24 million that tuned in to the first Fox News debate and the 22 million that tuned in to the CNN debate were drawn to Trump, and Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, because these men seemed to represent real change.

Democrats who support Bernie Sanders and Republicans who support Trump may disagree on where America should go, but both agree on the need for America to radically change direction.

Yet, if this battle for the GOP nomination should yield another establishment Republican, would not all the fire and energy of the campaign of 2015-2016 soon disappear?

Consistency not being their long suit, some among the conservative elites who denounced Trump’s walkout from the debate, threaten to walk out of the party should Trump win.

But walkout is an option open to populists as well. And if, after the rise of the Tea Party, the capture of Congress in 2014, the Trump-Cruz-Carson rebellion, the GOP offers the silent majority yet another establishment candidate, will populists and Tea Party types rally to him?

Perhaps. One recalls that, after the Revolution of 1789, the march on Versailles, the guillotining of Louis XVI, the rise of Robespierre, and the Era of Napoleon, the French got the Bourbon Restoration — Louis XVIII, brother of the beheaded king, sitting on the old throne.

Still, if the populist-conservative struggle of the last five years, to put behind them the days of Bush 41 and Bush 43, produces Bush 45, or his moral equivalent, how many would shoulder arms and march for him?

And, again, the argument over the acceptability of Trump aside, there is a deeper conflict within the GOP and conservative movement that may be irreconcilable. Millions of conservatives and independents believe it was the Republican policies of the recent past that also failed America.

The Bush-Clinton-Obama trade policies produced the $12 trillion in trade deficits, which measures the net export of U.S. factories and manufacturing jobs, which explain the wage stagnation.

The Republican-neocon foreign policy of intervention and nation building is a primary cause of the present disasters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

The immigration policies championed by Bush Republicans as well Clinton and Obama Democrats produced the immigration crisis that propels the Trump campaign.

In short, it will be difficult for populists to unite with Beltway conservatives in 2016, when the former see the latter as part of the problem, not the solution.

Debunked: Trump’s “Flip Flops”

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MICHAEL SAVAGE NEWSLETTER: What’s wrong with having a deal-maker in the White House?

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MICHAEL SAVAGE NEWSLETTER: What’s wrong with having a deal-maker in the White House?


donald-trump-capitolWelcome to “The Michael Savage Newsletter,” your daily report on all things “Savage.”In today’s issue: A day after his latest interview with Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Savage took issue with pundits who think Trump’s description of himself as a “deal-maker” is a negative attribute.

“That’s criticism? That he’s a deal-maker?” he asked his “Savage Nation” listeners.

That’s how Congress works.

The problem is we don’t have a deal-maker.

We have people who will capitulate to the Democrats. That’s not deal-making.

A deal is made when you get what you want, or as much as you can get out of what you want, rather than nothing, which is what the Republicans have been taking. Less than zero.

A deal-maker takes a deal, and he builds his building.

It may not be as tall as he wants it to be. It may not be as deep as he wants it to be. But he builds the building.

And you idiots, you purists, say, “Hey, he made a deal. He didn’t build that building he said he was going to build. It was only 110 stories. We wanted a 200-story building. We’re purists.”

You schmucks, you’re the ones who don’t know anything. You never did anything in your life. You don’t own a business. All you do is talk and sit on the Internet. Keyboard warriors. Microphone warriors. Never owned a business. Never worked in the private sector.

Trump lives in the real world. That’s what we need.

I told you that I walked across the aisle. I told you that over and over again.

It was the Dubai Ports deal from 2006.

… There was a deal made because we all opposed it for logical reasons at the time, which were security concerns.

… I reached across the aisle to [Democrat Senator] Charles Schumer.

He came on the show and brought it to national attention, and he sank the deal.

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Limbaugh digs a deeper hole in his attacks on Trump

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SHOCK: Rush Limbaugh “sells out:” praises Rubio as Reaganesque, lashes out at Trump

Still Report #569 – Cruz Using Hi-Tech Dirty Tricksters

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Still Report #569 – Cruz Using Hi-Tech Dirty Tricksters

Published on Feb 2, 2016

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Good evening. I’m Still reporting on politics.
Last night, serious allegations of vote fraud were leveled against the Ted Cruz camp by Dr. Ben Carson.
Just before the voting began, Dr. Carson was receiving excited calls from his workers reporting a large turnout for him at caucus sites:
“I got calls from several people who told me their internal intelligence said that I was going to do extraordinarily well.”
It all started out 33 seconds before 7pm, which was the official time for the start of the Iowa Caucuses.
The Ted Cruz 2016 official Twitter site sent out this tweet seconds before the top of the hour:
“CNN is reporting that Ben Carson will stop campaigning after Iowa. Make sure to tell all of your peers at the Caucus supporting Carson that they should coalesce around the true conservative who will be in the race for the long haul: Ted Cruz!”
Perfect timing! The Cruz speakers at caucuses across Iowa got up and repeated the news to the assembled crowds and urged Ben Carson voters to switch immediately. How many is not known, but at the very least, several sites.
This was quickly followed by an official Ted Cruz 2016 press release on official stationary:
“Breaking news. The press is reporting that Dr. Ben Carson is taking time off from the campaign trail after Iowa and making a big announcement next week. Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz.”
By 7:07 pm, a mysterious former CIA operative supporting Cruz by the name of Dan Gabriel chimed in on his twitter account:

“Source inside Ben Carson’s New Hampshire campaign just confirmed to me: Ben Carson is out. Choose Cruz.”
Gabriel’s Twitter account “@danpgabriel” boasts that Gabriel is:
It also boasts that Gabriel specializes in:
“insurgencies, foreign and domestic.”
According to one veteran intelligence source, this sets off massive alarm bells for anyone who has worked in the intelligence community. By claiming to have worked in domestic insurgencies, Gabriel is admitting to something that may be criminal, but at least flies in the face of the spirit of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 and the Insurrection Act of 1807 and subsequent amendments that prohibit military personnel from being used to meddle in domestic policies within the United States.
According to the source, although CIA personnel may be exempt from these laws, such activities are at least frowned on by the intelligence community for obvious reasons – namely destroying the Social Compact – that government is your protector, not your enemy.
By the time you watch this report, Mr. Gabriel’s site may have been scrubbed.
Another odd thing about Gabriel’s twitter page is the banner photo features a bullet hole in the left temple of Saddam Hussein. What is the message here?
Also, Gabriel claims be following 58,700 people. How is that possible for one human being?
Late-breaking news on this Gabriel guy. According to a user, Gabriel is the founder of Applied Memetics, LLC. He is an ex-CIA counter-terrorism officer who has ties to – wait for it – George Soros.
One of Gabriel’s jobs is apparently to sow division between Carson and Trump. One Gabriel tweet stated:
“DIRTY TRICKS! #Trump campaign started #Carson rumor?? Odd,” tweeted Gabriel.
Gabriel tried to delete his tweets, but the Twitter user who captured Gabriel’s tweets, is “BigFry Social Media@BigFryMedia.

BigFry posted the Internet archive of Gabriel’s tweet for permanent proof of the deception operation just after midnight early this morning, Feb. 2.
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Then when he got up this morning, he exposed Gabriel to the world at 09:34 am:
“Attention Trump Supporters Cruz adviser @danpgabriel been caught in a dirty trick lying about Carson then blaming Trump. Block him & RT!”
As you can see, I’m running 10 hours behind the real-time events, but that’s still days ahead of the MSM.
Note to you Twitter experts out there. Send this stuff to me. I’ll put it up.

So, it looks like Ted Cruz is employing top Social Media agent provocateurs to work a Nixon-esque dirty tricks campaign.
If you remember, about a week ago, I dubbed Cruz, Clinton 3.0.
At least one other campaign immediately smelled a rat as well.

Ryan Rhodes, Carson’s Iowa state director, showed reporters a text on his phone from Barbara Heki, a Mike Huckabee supporter:
“The Cruz speakers at our caucus announced Carson was suspending his campaign for a while after caucus. They did this before the vote. Same thing happened at another caucus. Sounds like slimy Cruzing to me.”

Illinois starting to rev up for Trump

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I just received this email from Kent Gray, Trumps Illinois State Campaign director.  The Illinois Primary is March 15 and this month the Trump Train is loading at the station.  Please take a look at the information below about how the Trump team is organizing in Illinois….CTP

Monday night was the Iowa Caucus, and the traditional kickoff to the presidential election. Mr. Trump came in a strong second place and secured 7 delegates to the Republican National Convention. The campaign team in Iowa did a great job. In fact, Mr. Trump received more votes Monday night than any other Republican Candidate for President, ever…except one. Senator Cruz had focused all of his energy in Iowa over the past month, and he also had a strong showing. Congratulations are in order for his first place finish.

Mr. Trump gave a great speech in Des Moines Monday night. If you didn’t catch it, you can see it here:

Next week is the New Hampshire Primary, and we believe it will be a great night for Mr. Trump.

Right before our team headed to Iowa to help with the final push, I took delivery of a semi truck full of Trump yard signs. They look great. I was able to get a couple boxes of them put together and dropped off at the Sangamon County Republican headquarters. If you are in the Springfield area, you are welcome to drop by their office by the Illinois State Fairgrounds and pick up a sign. My team will be distributing yard signs to the county GOP organizations that have offices over the next week to ten days.

Lincoln Day Dinners are starting, and Sangamon County hosts the longest running one in the US. This year, nationally known broadcaster Laura Ingraham will be in Springfield. The Trump Team will be out in force, and we will have literature, bumper stickers and yard signs available. I am a former chairman of the event, and it is always a great event. If you would like to come join us, or attend the dinner, the information is attached:

A little further down the calendar, Former Congressman Alan West will be speaking at the Effingham County Lincoln Day Dinner on February 26th.

Thanks for all your support of Mr. Trump. Please forward this email along to any of your family and friends that would like to get involved and Make America Great Again.

It is easy to sign up at

All the best…

Kent Gray
IL State Director
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As the 3 stooges of Limbaugh, Levin, and Hannity attack Trump they continue to fall in the ratings.

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“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty.” – – – – John Adams

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Long Goodbye?
  • While the column below is by a left-wing site, ratings are ratings.  I have seen Limbaugh’s ratings decline first hand in my SoCal radio market.  Conservatives like Sean Hannity and Mark Levin have also seen a ratings decline.
  • Personally I grew tired of brainless cheerleader Conservative talk (GOP is good, Demo is bad).  For the last five years I have moved over to independent Conservative talk show host Dr. Michael Savage who is not afraid to directly attack the open borders, Leftist drift of the GOP.
(Salon)  –  The good news for Rush Limbaugh: One month after being notified he was getting dumped by his Boston talk radio host station, the talker has a new AM home in the city.
The bad news: The station currently boasts a 0.6 rating, trails four non-commercial stations in the market, and becomes yet another big-city, cellar-dwelling outpost that Limbaugh is forced to call home.
The station, WKOX, is the type of “bottom-rung” affiliate that Limbaugh was rarely associated with during his halcyon days as the king of talk radio. But those days seem to be dwindling as the Boston fall from grace has previously played out for Limbaugh in places like Los Angeles and Indianapolis. In each instance, Limbaugh exited a prosperous, longtime radio home and was forced to settle for an also-ran outlet with miniscule ratings.
Dumped in Los Angeles
I started listening to Rush on day one in L.A. on 50,000 watt KFI.  He
was a powerhouse.  Today KFI has dumped Rush on to low rated KEIB.
Three months later, Limbaugh’s KEIB is a ratings disaster, coming in 37th place in the second largest radio market in America with a .5 rating
share in March, the most recent month available.

How small is KEIB’s audience? So small that eleven non-English radio
stations have larger audiences in Los Angeles. And so small that KEIB actually
trails four college-run, non-commercial stations in the market. (Read More)
Here’s what happened in Boston, and it’s becoming a trend. In May, WRKO announced it wasn’t renewing Limbaugh’s program, which meant the host would have to find a new home on the dial. No problem, right? Hopping around to another affiliate isn’t that unusual in the world of syndicated radio. What was unusual, at least for Limbaugh, was that not one other Boston station moved to pick up his show. Years ago, general managers lined up for the chance to broadcast Limbaugh’s ratings heavyweight show and jumped whenever it became available in the market.

Dr. Savage is my choice for
independent Conservative talk radio.
But no more. With ratings issues in recent years and selling the show to advertisers becoming increasingly difficult, stations seem reluctant to pay a steep price for Limbaugh’s program. (But yes, Limbaugh’s syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks, still pays the talker $50 million a year.)
In Boston, Limbaugh had to once again be bailed out by his corporate bosses. Formerly known as Clear Channel, iHeartMedia owns the syndication company that produces and sells Limbaugh’s radio show. iHeartMedia also owns hundreds of radio stations.
So with no takers in Boston, iHeartMedia turned to its lowly WKOX station, scrubbed its Spanish language format, and will flip it to “Talk 1430” on June 29, where listeners will hear a hodgepodge of far-right talk mixed Fox Sports Radio programming.
And don’t expect Limbaugh to turn things around for WKOX. His show struggled on WRKO, which boasts a 50,000-watt signal. In contrast, WKOX broadcasts from a tiny 5,000-watt signal, which doesn’t even cover the entire Boston metropolitan area.
Does this demotion sound familiar? The same Limbaugh farewell just played out in the red state of Indiana where the talker was dumped by his AM home of 22 years, WIBC in Indianapolis. After WIBC announced the programming divorce (the station was reportedly having trouble finding advertisers for Rush’s show), no other stations in the market stepped forward to buy Limbaugh’s program, which meant he had to be bailed out by iHeartMedia. The radio giant shoehorned Limbaugh onto its lowly rated all-sports channel in the market. (Current rating: 0.5.)

Read More . . . .

Conservative Talk Decline
The 2011 ratings chart shows Limbaugh at 15 million listeners and Hannity at 14 million.  The American public may be getting tired of an often mindless format that worships any asshole with an “R” after his name.

Rush Limbaugh’s downward ratings spiral

So called Christian Cruz uses page from Obama’s playbook to steal win in Iowa

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DEVELOPING: Rubio joins Trump and Carson in condemnation of “dirty tricks” in Iowa. Calls for new election grow louder