The Republicans are ready to win – once they’ve dumped Donald Trump

American conservatism has become accustomed to a narrow, purist appeal. It doesn’t have to be

1 August 2015

9:00 AM

1 August 2015

9:00 AM

Lunatics with money are never ‘mad’, only eccentric. In America, they are also Republican presidential candidates. So Donald Trump, a barmy billionaire with a mouth bigger than his bank balance is leading the race to be the party’s next nominee. It’s a sad indictment of the American political process. And it is a distraction from how strong American conservatism could be.

More than a dozen major Republicans are standing. Jeb Bush is notable for his establishment support, Scott Walker for his credentials as a governor who took on the unions, Marco Rubio for his charisma and ethnicity. In such a wide field, however, polling points are spread thin. Trump’s on top with only around 18 per cent support — outpacing more serious candidates largely because people have heard of him.

Trump is famous as a businessman and a TV personality, and for having hair that looks like something which laid down and died on his head. His politics are capricious. He has in the past been an independent, a Democrat, one of Hillary Clinton’s donors, a Tea Party maverick and a birther who demanded to see President Obama’s birth certificate; now he’s an everyman who hates Chinese businessmen and illegal Mexican migrants. He launched his candidacy by saying that Mexico was sending its rapists across the border, and is now involved in a row about whether a man sexually assaulting his wife ought to qualify as rape. Senator John McCain, the former presidential candidate, said that Trump had ‘fired up the crazies’. Trump replied that McCain was only considered a war hero because of his time in a Vietnamese prison camp, adding: ‘I like people who weren’t captured.’ Trump has never served in the armed forces.

Donald will probably fade away by the end of summer. Freak candidacies always flare up in the months before the first contests of Iowa and New Hampshire. Fans of American politics may recall that about this time in 2011 everyone was worrying that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann might be a goer. She was the unblinking lady who once said The Lion King was gay propaganda. But she fizzled away as they all do, because Republican voters are far more rational than early poll numbers suggest. Their primary races come down to two candidates: the well-financed establishment moderate and the outsider conservative. The moderate almost always wins easily. True, right-wing messiah Ronald Reagan won the nomination as the conservative, but it took three goes and he was far more centrist than is generally remembered.

This year’s sane candidates are already piling in on Trump, condemning his remarks about Mexicans and McCain and demanding that he quit the race. In that same spirit, a few weeks ago the party responded to calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina’s statehouse grounds with a surprising answer: ‘Take it down.’ The party that since the 1960s had courted white Southern voters by playing the Dixie card had — depending on your point of view — either surrendered to multiculturalism or embraced racial reconciliation. It is significant that the Republican governor of South Carolina is an Indian-American woman and its junior senator is an African-American. Those two are the future of the conservative movement.

A Republican party distancing itself from politicians who label Mexicans rapists, or gay people a threat to the American way, would be more in tune with a country trending left on social issues. It would be well positioned for next year’s battle against Clinton, who despite her seemingly inevitable nomination as a Democratic candidate remains unloved by a large proportion of Americans and vulnerable over her record as Secretary of State.

Moreover, the Grand Old Party’s more hawkish approach to world affairs might be popular again. After a period of non-interventionism in foreign affairs, US voters increasingly want to re-engage. The terms of the recent Iran deal may have spooked them. Many are concerned about Obama’s disengagement from the Middle East, a bold recalibration of policy that conservatives fear has left Christians, Jews and moderate Muslims at the mercy of radical Islamists.

At home, polling suggests conservatives are in a narrow popular majority when they warn that the debt is too great, that Obama has overspent, and that healthcare reform is becoming a long-term problem. All that disenchantment was expressed in last year’s midterm elections, when the Republicans swept Congress. Obama’s time in office has done little to transform the lives of the poorest, — as race riots have shown. Working-class blacks remain under-employed and over-imprisoned. Obamanomics has most of all benefited the businessmen on Wall Street. Donald bloody Trump.

The problem is that these are all problems. The answers aren’t so obvious and the right doesn’t even seem to be looking for them. American conservatives have become good at articulating the anger of a dwindling demographic — the 18 per cent who nod without thinking when Trump speaks. But that fury has hardened into a policy-lite dogma that pushes the Republicans further away from the White House with each passing year.

Back in 2010, it looked like the British Tories had sold out to the left to get in government, while the Republicans were sticking to their ideals. Now it is the Republicans who are desperately looking for more flags to lower because their reactionary politics has locked them out of power. Cameron’s Tories, by contrast, are setting out their most ambitious conservative reform agenda since the 1940s — enacting radical ideas that will help the poor into work and save taxpayers money. Compromising with modernity could help Republicans get conservative stuff done.

But we return to that old problem: what would they do? Daniel McCarthy, editor of the American Conservative, says that the size and loudness of the Republican field proves that no one part of the right has ideas compelling enough to break through — ‘which leaves room for an outsize, outrageous personality, in this case Trump, to grab attention’. He may be correct. At this stage in the contest good ideas are few and far between. But maybe some sense of direction could be gained by at least purging the bad ideas. Even if it can’t agree what it is for, the Republican party might find unity in stating what it is against. Crushing Trump under the right’s foot might be the beginning of the search for a moral platform that appeals to everyone.

Got something to add? Join the discussion and comment below.

Tim Stanley is a historian and a Telegraph leader writer

You might disagree with half of it, but you’ll enjoy reading all of it. Try your first 10 weeks for just $10

Show comments
  • marxistgulag

    Donald Trump Flies Into Scum UK: Most Evil Nation On Earth


    That scion of freedom and national integrity, the man who is bringing down the anti-American, anti-white, Marxist, leftist, suicidal Obama regime in the United States, is bravely flying as we speak into the terrorist gulag that is Zionist occupied Britain.

    Already it’s Jewsmedia, the most corrupt in the world, whose day to day job is to cover up for a paedophile state committing mass genocide of the indigenous British people through mass 3rd world immigration in the interests of it’s Jewish bosses who own and control the mind-controlled, brainwashed asylum, are gathering to subvert Mr Trumps two day holiday break from his 2016 presidential campaign with plans to ignore the rules of a press conference solely focussing on golf in order to launch a cultural Marxist attack on himself and his family, while it’s Jewish owned and run security services will no doubt be staging rent-a-mob protests.

    The Koch brothers, the Jews along with billionaire Sheldon Adelson who control Republican and Conservative members of the US Senate and Congress and the Tea Party through sheer financial power, have declared against Mr trump who has himself declared he doesn’t want or need their money. “Mr Trump is not a Koch-sucker like the rest of the controlled politicians” said one supporter of the man loved by real Americans and the man who, if he survives the schemes of transnational Jewry and international Marxism to bring him down, will be the next President of the United States.

    Many Americans are concerned that Mr Trumps private Boeing jet will be flying through air space controlled by those historic butchers of women and children from Dresden to Tripoli; the psychopathic killers of the Rothschild Air Force.


    Interestingly that also criss-crossing the ocean is illegitimate US President Barry Obadinga, currently on a trip to spread the popularity of Sodomy in Africa.

    Mr Trump who has upset the plans of the transnational Jewish banksters and their Goyim puppets and tools to create a one world government without borders and a Jew World Order as demanded in Torah and Talmud, is flying right into the lair of the Satanic leaders of world Jewry, the evil hands behind the last two world wars and the creation of the Holohoax; The House Of Rothschild.

    • Infidelissima

      it’s cute that mental asylums allow internet time

      • goodsoldier

        Very funny, really.

      • marxistgulag

        Cultural Marxism: An offshoot of Marxism that gave birth to political correctness, multiculturalism and “anti-racism.” Unlike traditional Marxism that focuses on economics, Cultural Marxism focuses on culture and maintains that all human behavior is a result of culture (not heredity / race) and thus malleable. Cultural Marxists absurdly deny the biological reality of gender and race and argue that gender and race are “social constructs”. Nonetheless, Cultural Marxists support the race-based identity politics of non-whites. Cultural Marxists typically support race-based affirmative action, the proposition state (as opposed to a nation rooted in common ancestry), elevating non-Western religions above Western religions, speech codes and censorship, multiculturalism, diversity training, anti-Western education curricula, maladaptive sexual norms and anti-male feminism, the dispossession of white people, and mass Third World immigration into Western countries. Cultural Marxists have promoted idea that white people, instead of birthing white babies, should interracially marry or adopt non-white children. Samuel P. Huntington maintained that Cultural Marxism is an anti-white ideology. Critics of Cultural Marxism have maintained that Cultural Marxists intend to commit genocide against white people through mass non-white immigration, assimilation, transracial adoption and miscegenation.

        • Infidelissima

          if you think anybody actually reads your sh!!, then you’re more insane than I thought

          • marxistgulag

            There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.

      • marxistgulag

        Concepts to oppose Cultural Marxism:

        Genophilia: The love of one’s own race. A natural instinct that Cultural Marxists want to deny (at least for whites).

        Identitarian Religion: An older form of religion that stresses ancestral obligations. Adamantly opposed by Christian Cultural Marxists (at least for whites). Throughout nearly all human history, identitarian religion (aka, ethno-religion), has been the norm.

        Leukophobia: The irrational fear of whites organizing racially.

        Nation: The very word ‘nation’ (from Latin ‘nasci’) implies link by blood. The traditional (non-Marxist) understanding of nation implies racial homogeneity. (Until very recently Europe has always been racially homogenous and USA, in 1960 census, was 90% white.)

        Notable Quotes:

        “The very essence of Cultural Marxism is the support of mass immigration / open borders.”

        “The end goal of Cultural Marxists is white genocide.”

        “Political correctness is Cultural Marxism.”

        “Cultural Marxists have taken over the institutions of the media, education, mainstream Christianity (conservative and liberal), law, and finance. Their goal is the annihilation of Western Civilization in general and white people in particular.”

      • marxistgulag

        Further Reading:

        Critiques from a secular perspective:

        Kerry Bolton: “Revolution from Above”

        Steven A Camarota: “74.7% of Mexican immigrants use some form of welfare in the USA” and “Legal and Illegal Immigration Driving Down American Wages”

        Thomas Carter: “What Race Are Hispanics?”

        Alfred Clark: “95% of white Americans have no African ancestry”

        Gregory Cochran: “Zones of Thought”

        Jason Collins: “Immigration Externalities”

        F. Roger Devlin: “Immigration and Human Nature: A comprehensive diagnosis of our current insanity”

        Documentary: The Frankfurt School and Cultural Marxism, Pt. I & Pt. II

        Peter Dodds: “International Adoption: In Whose Best Interest?”

        Economy in Crisis: “Karl Marx supported free trade”

        A.J. Fisher: “Problems with Mixed-Race Families, Marriages, Relationships and Adoptions”

        Fjordman: “When Treason Becomes The Norm: Why The Proposition Nation Is Our Primary Enemy”

        Free Congress Foundation: History of Political Correctness & Cultural Marxism

        Génération Identitaire: Déclaration de guerre (Declaration of War)

        Paul Gottfried: Strange Death of Marxism and “Yes Virginia, There Is A ‘Cultural Marxism'”

        Tim Haydon: “Cultural Marxist Terror in Academia”

        Human BioDiversity: A Dictionary

        Kathryn Joyce: “The Evangelical Orphan Scam”

        William Lind: “The Origins of Political Correctness”

        Kevin MacDonald: “Cultural Marxism & Immigration,” “Immigration And The Unmentionable Question Of Ethnic Interests,” and “The Boasian School of Anthropology”

        Helmuth Nyborg: “The decay of Western civilization: Double relaxed Darwinian Selection”

        Justin Raimondo: “Trotsky, Strauss and the Neocons”

        Edwin Rubenstein: “Legal Immigration – The Bigger Problem”

        Phillipe Rushton: “Ethnic nationalism, evolutionary psychology and Genetic Similarity Theory”

        Phillipe Rushton: “Shared Genes: The Evolution of Ethnonationalism”

        Science Direct: “Modern genetics proves race is real and important”

        Science Direct: “Cultural Marxists Declare War Against Darwinism”

        Smash Cultural Marxism: “An Introduction to Cultural Marxism”

        Steve Sailer: “Where Dawkins Fears To Tread: Ethnic Nepotism And The Reality Of Race”

        Steve Sailer: “How Diversity Destroys Social Trust”

        Frank Salter: “Estimating Ethnic Genetic Interests: Is It Adaptive to Resist Replacement Migration?”

        Frank Salter: “Misunderstandings of Kin Selection and the Delay in Quantifying Ethnic Kinship”

        Frank Salter: “The War Against Human Nature: Race and the Nation in the Media”

        Stephen J. Sniegoski: “Trotsky and Neoconservatism”

        Jared Taylor: “Pathological Altruism” and “Towards a World Brotherhood of Europeans”

        Nancy Turner: “Key Characteristics of White Trash”

        Western Spring: “The Coudenhove-Kalergi plan – The genocide of the Peoples of Europe”

    • Lawrence James

      Were you listening to the Horst Wessel Leid when you wrote this ?

  • polistra24

    The “size and loudness” of the field proves only one thing. Any time you see 30 candidates running for Party X and 1 candidate for Party Y, it shows you that the insiders know Party Y is the selected winner this time. The 30 on the X team are taking this opportunity to audition, practice, and pick up money without any danger of actually winning.

    If the Repooflicans had been the selected winner this time, we’d see Jeb Bush standing alone on the Repoof side and 30 candidates on the Dem side.

  • Ralph

    The GOP can win but at present they are copying Labour and letting an idiot extreme get all the news, which the biased US media will run and run and run with.

  • PeterK10

    Tim Stanley writes about Trump’s candidacy: “It’s a sad indictment of the American political process. And it is a distraction from how strong American conservatism could be.” Such a statement is typical of today’s journalist, who rarely gets his ass out of the chair in front of his computer. The nomination and election (twice!) of the Marxist Negro has been a much sadder indictment of the American political process, Mr. Stanley.

    Trump is fearless, unapologetic, and willing to say what millions of P.C.-cowed Americans have been dying to say for years. Namely: The GOP and Democrat ruling elite are basically the same robots; uncontrolled immigration will be the death of America; climate change is a crock; and “progressive politics” are a tired farce wrapped in lies.

    Mr. Stanley wouldn’t understand that, though, because the only Americans he likely speaks with are John McCain and Nancy Pelosi.

    • dalai guevara

      When one is mad there is hardly the need to put that into writing in a public forum.

      • PeterK10

        What’s your excuse?

        • dalai guevara


    • Nick G

      “Negro”…. I can’t believe I’m reading that on a comment board in 2015. Shouldn’t this whole comment be removed as inappropriate? I don’t care what the rest of your comment states, this type of racist language is revolting.

      • PeterK10

        Bet you wouldn’t flick an eyelash over use of “Caucasian” or “whitey.” You are Exhibit A of what’s wrong with this p.c.-saturated world.

      • Richard Charisma

        What do you mean? Negro is a valid word, isn’t it? Its in the Oxford dictionary. It comes from the latin word for black.

        • freddiethegreat

          More specifically, those of West African ethnic origin – ie Negroid as opposed to Hamitic or Bantu. The idea that it is somehow insulting is strictly a Lefty social construct, to be ignored.

        • Gilbert White

          There are many scientific nouns with derivations of the word negro in them. To change them all would confuse chinese scientists and others reading our scientific works. Meanwhile Guido is busy turning RoP ers into a new pejorative.

      • Malcolm Stevas

        Get a sense of proportion. It’s silly, but hardly “revolting” to any mature adult.

      • Robbydot1

        People like you are part of the problem. Technically Osama isn’t a Negro, but the term is factual not rasict. Ni;;er would be racist, Negro isn’t.

        • Infidelissima

          even if it were…..*shrugs*

    • Child_of_Thatcher

      Trump is shooting up in the polls and people like Tim Stanley can’t understand it. People should be hugging Mexican gang bangers and attacking racists but instead they support Trump. How can it be?

      • PeterK10

        The political left fears what it cannot control, like guns, Mexicans, Muslims, and Donald Trump. So they kiss up to Mexicans and Muslims, demonize gun owners, and try their damnedest to destroy Trump.

        Great username, BTW.

    • Damon

      “The nomination and election (twice!) of the Marxist Negro… .”
      And his skin colour is relevant here, because… ?

      • PeterK10

        Because President Lenin and his two Attorneys General, Holder and Lynch, put race on the front burner every chance they have had. To them, white=bad; any other color=virtuous.

        I, therefore, will not shrink from using the same cheap, race-based tactic. Any other questions?

      • global city

        see post below for the reason why it is relevant. Obama is race baiter and Alinskyite of the first order….sad to say, as I thought his Presidency would lance a boil in US society at one time. how foolish was I?

        • PeterK10

          At least you realized the man was a fraud eventually. Some still see him as The Second Coming.

    • Malcolm Stevas

      Ah, the “Marxist Negro” – one doesn’t have to be any sort of fan of O’bama (the dusky Irishman) to regard this as ever so slightly tendentious, or borderline batty.
      It doesn’t matter what Trump says – and I happen to agree with some of his analysis, if he means what he says – because he’s an idiot. The last US President I had time for was Reagan, to my surprise, and GW wasn’t the fool his enemies made him out to be. But Trump in the White House? God help us. America deserves better.

      • PeterK10

        Why is “Marxist Negro” borderline batty? Oblather’s father was Kenyan; so he’s at least half Negro. Of course, he was brought up with more privileges than most Caucasians, so perhaps the label is an exaggeration. How about Negro-lite?

        As for Marxist, one of Oblather’s strongest influences was Frank Marshall Davis, a staunch and active member of the American Communist Party in Chicago. One of Oblather’s closest advisers, Valerie Jarret, had a father and grandfather who were also active members of the American Communist Party IN CHICAGO!

        The two Marxist-suffused fledglings, Oblather and Jarrett, flew from their Chicago nest in hopes of bringing their misguided early training into the American political process. Thanks to the stupidity of the American voter, they have succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

        Look, the election is over a year away (that this campaign is even underway is idiotic). Huge events might occur in the time before the election. For now, Trump is giving Americans something to cheer about; it’s been a long while since some of us have cheered. Can you allow us that?

        • Malcolm Stevas

          Well sure, but cheering about Trump seems a bit of a come down for a great nation. I mean, you’ve had better Presidential candidates – like we’ve had better Prime Ministers.

          • PeterK10

            Do we have the best GOP candidates ever? No, but I like having more than one or two possibilities on the GOP side.

            You must remember that Reagan was excoriated by both GOP insiders (Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush for starters) and the press before his nomination. The script was typical: Reagan was stupid, he was a warmonger, he was racist, blah, blah, blah.

            The perfect candidate never appears because of the flaws of human nature. However, the right to vote should always be exercised. As they say in sports, “You win some. You lose some. But you suit up for them all.”

            BTW, I agree with your earlier statements about Reagan and G. W. Bush.

          • haywardsward

            See response to Malcolm Stevas re The Gipper and The Faux Texan

          • PeterK10

            If cannot see the value of what Reagan did for the US economy, then you cannot see much. You’re mired in the debt argument but neglecting the facts that job growth was astronomical because taxes had been cut. Everyone profited from Reaganomics, as everyone will in a well-oiled economic system.

            GW and Oblather continued spending like fools but had slow or stagnant job growth. Entitlements have expanded beyond belief. That’s not how it’s done; a welfare state is not a roaring economy.

            BTW, Clinton only handled the economy sanely because he was forced to by Newt Gingrich and the Republican Congress. That was a Congress that had some testosterone, unlike the current Ship of Fools.

          • haywardsward

            So why do the numbers come up as such that from 1978-2005 with 2 Democratic and 5 Republican Administrations these figures,

            Democratic Federal Spending up by 9.9%. Federal Debt by 4.2%, GDP by 12.6%.

            Republican Federal Spending up 12.1%, Federal Debt by 36.4% , GDP by 10.7%

          • PeterK10

            I don’t know what you’re arguing here, and I’m bored by this tangent frankly. I admitted that GW was a wild spender.

            Spin numbers until you’re blue in the face, but the economy was thriving under Reagan. The fallout from it gave Clinton a free ride. Bush and Obummer have been disasters economically, and the latter is destroying the economy on purpose.

          • haywardsward

            An economy thriving, not for all though and what about the National Debt which climbed from US$995 billion, when Reagan took office, to $4 trillion by the end of Bush1’s presidency. Reagan and Bush Administrations increased it as a % GDP from 26% to 42%.

            It and other figures show an argument that though the GOP claim to be the fiscally responsible party it is just not so.

            More like fiscally risible!

          • mohdanga

            At least Trump talks about illegal immigration and other issues that the MSM had labelled as verboten. What other country would allow tens of millions of illegal immigrants in then have its lefty leaders tell them how good it is for the host population?? It is astounding.

          • Malcolm Stevas

            What other country? Mine…

      • haywardsward

        It was the Republicans under Reagan with the so called Reaganomics when the US economy started down ever increasing slippery slope from creditor to debtor nation.

        In 1981, shortly after taking office,The Gipper complained of “runaway deficits” that were then approaching US$80 billion, or about 2.5% GDP. But within only two years his policies had succeeded in enlarging the deficit to more than US$200 billion, or 6 % GDP.

        At the end of the Reagan/Bush era it was down to US$150 billion, still almost double what it had been under Carter. However the National Debt had climbed from US$995 billion, when Reagan took office, to $4 trillion by the end of Bush1’s presidency. Reagan and Bush Administrations increased it as a % GDP from 26% to 42%.,

        Clinton managed hold/wind back both of them in returning the budget to a surplus of some US$280 billion and reducing the National Debt to 35% GDP..

        But Dubya, The Faux Texan and late encumbrance in the White House, even managed to outdo “The Gipper” and his own Dad.

        He set another unenviable record. The deficit was to be $482 billion in the 2009 budget moving from black to red ink in the order of US$750 billion from the end of Clinton’s term.

        Partly caused by the Iraq Fiasco and the Afghan Imbroglio, The Three Trillion Dollar War. This the only conflict since the War of Independence to be fought on credit.

        Next came the Wall Street Tsunami which washed over the world and led to the GFC, the Global Financial Chicken that came home to roost.

        It was also under The Faux Texan that the US debt limit was raised seven times.

        All of which left a huge and noisome pile of financial and fiscal chicken ordure for any incoming Administration, Democrat or Republican.

        So much so that currently the USA needs to borrow about 40% of the funds needed to keep the it running.

        It is interesting to note that from 1978-2005 with 2 Democratic and 5 Republican Administrations these figures.

        Democratic Federal Spending up by 9.9%. Federal Debt by 4.2%, GDP by 12.6%.

        Republican Federal Spending up 12.1%, Federal Debt by 36.4% , GDP by 10.7%

      • Richard Charisma

        I agree. GW was much more intelligent than he was given credit for. He was quite a genius in my opinion. Ronald R was one of the all time greats. He belongs in the top 5 presidents of the US in my opinion. *(and FDR does NOT!).

        But I don’t think you give the Donald his due credit. Sure, he has a bombastic and unconventional manner. But that doesn’t mean he’s an idiot. I love the way he comes out all guns blazing whenever he is attacked by another well known person. He knows that the best defence is a good offence and he doesn’t hold back, and I respect that about the man.

        I also give him credit for his good grasp of economics and wealth creation.

        • Malcolm Stevas

          OK, I’m happy to give him the benefit of the doubt. With hindsight, although I now (like you) have much respect for the Reagan presidency, at first it was easy to dismiss him as an intellectual lightweight, a B-grade movie actor – which image I’m happy to acknowledge was very mistaken.
          Maybe Trump will come good.

        • haywardsward

          Dubya hid that intelligence very with all those strange Dubya aphorisms.

          He was completely duped by the neocon/neozionist/PNAC’s smoke and mirrors act , falsified intelligence plus the mendacity of Ahmed Chalabi and the INC which led to the Iraq Fiasco.

    • Robbydot1

      Brilliant summation.

  • Donald Trump would make a far better President than Obama ever has. You’ve got your priorities completely wrong. Obama will soon be labelled the worst president in American history. There is also a distinct possibility he may face criminal action in the future. Donald Trump is simply unPC has been saying the unsayable.

    • Bluebottle

      “saying the unsayable”…you mean lying?

      • How does that compare to Obama? I think Obama is in another league to Nixon and others – the politically correct are just trying to hide from the revolting truth.

        • haywardsward

          Tricky Dicky is in a league of his own, Those Watergate tapes and his dissembling led to probable impeachment so he beat that ignominy by resigning. While still refusing to admit that he had done anything illegal.

          • Watergate wouldn’t even have been investigated under Obama. I think you’re totally mistaken. It’s Obama who’s in a league of his own.

          • haywardsward

            A complete non sequitur!

          • PeterK10

            Watergate was a cabal of press and Georgetown Democrat insiders to finally take down Nixon for his anti-communist successes while in Congress and as vice-president. Minor crimes were committed by the Administration, but crimes were also committed by the “investigators” (such as tampering with the Grand Jury). Katherine Graham, Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein were far from saints. But most lefty “saints” have feet of clay.

            Nixon’s presidential capabilities far surpassed the treasonous and dangerously inept Obama. Nixon got a raw deal.

          • haywardsward

            CREEP’s minor crimes?
            Besides its re-election activities, employing money laundering and slush funds?

            Used $500,000 in funds supposedly for Nixon’s re-election in legal expenses for the five Watergate burglars after their indictment in September 1972?

            The break in, the cover up, the presidential dissembling shown by the tapes, perjury by a number of Nixon’s staff, all show clearly criminal action linked to that break in of the DNC offices?

    • Scradje

      Obama is mounting a serious challenge to Jimmy Carter for being the worst president in history. Come on Obama, one more push and you can make it!

      • Infidelissima

        I think Obama wins, solely because it’s quite an achievement to make Bush look smart, and he did it really well.

        • haywardsward

          You obviously forget the stunned mullet/rabbit in the spotlight look on Dubya’s face concerning both the 11 September incident and when he was having a briefing on Hurricane Katrina

      • freddiethegreat

        Considering his position in the world, he is already not only the worst, most useless US president in history (and will even take some beating in the future) but also the worst leader in the world in all history.

        • Scradje

          Hard to disagree. Having already allowed the fascist thug Putin to spit in his face he has now allowed key Putin ally Iran to walk all over him and get access to $150Bn to spend on its nuclear and terror networks. You couldn’t make it up! I think the US needs a president with a strong military background who understands the true threat posed by these rogue states. I cannot think of anyone suitable except maybe Alan West and he’s not even running. Trump says he’s a fan of the military but dodged the draft.

          • David Brown

            The Republicans are as much for allowing the Mexican invasion of the United States as the Democrats . All part of the plan for the North American Union.
            As for Cameron and Syria – Telegraph comments are closed- If Cameron had used RAF firepower to topple Assad then ISIS would now be in control of Syria,

          • Scradje

            Re your first point; agreed. Re your second; there is or was a an anti-Baathist alliance of several groups called (I think) The Syrian National Council, who would have been the beneficiaries, not Isil. Not terribly nice people but not savages like Isil and not fascists like the Assad government.

          • David Brown

            i do not know if Cameron intended to aid ISIS, But that would have been the outcome,
            If it was only fully – look at the consequence of his actions. Tunisia gunman trained there. Africans are swarming into Italy via Libya .
            What is Cameron doing to protect our country from invasion nothing other than say its concerning

          • Scradje

            As stated, he intended to aid the SNC. Had that policy been followed, the fiends of Isil would not have obtained a foothold.
            The invasion from the shores of Libya will stop only when the traffickers are shot, their boats sunk and the illegal immigrants turned around without appeal.

          • David Brown

            ISIS are in parts of Libya thanks to his disposing of Gaddiff.
            I agree that all or almost all the migrants are returned to their point of origin or a safe African haven. Where these people come from it can be seen on the internet that we are letting them into England.

            Cameron may pretend to be concerned but he will do nothing to protect England any more then Theresa May who says its now a global problem . As in Japan. The Conservative party as it is now are a bunch of decadent liberals who care nothing for England just themselves and their rich pals

          • Gilbert White

            Sniffer dogs and fencing would be more useful in Dolphin Square, Westminster.

          • Gilbert White

            Be realistic. You could have got Terry and Arfur Daley onto the Eyeranians case and their word no matter the detail would mean nothing. At some point the facilities will be bombed.

          • Scradje

            At present it may be possible to destroy them all with conventional explosive. Although only the US has this capability. There may come a time, if, when Israel feels that no one will deal decisively with the menace of an islamofascist nuclear-armed state that they will have to consider a pre-emptive nuclear strike.

          • haywardsward

            Apropos of circumventing the draft Dubya and Five Deferment Dick come to mind. But will stick to The Faux Texan

            Dubya, the late unlamented encumbrance in the White House applied to the National Guard when there were 100,000 other young men in line before him, all hoping to escape the draft for the Viet Nam Farrago. In Texas 500 applicants were competing for only four places available in fighter pilot-training in the Air National Guard.

            Dubya failed the medical test, the dental exam and finally he scored a rock-bottom 25 percent in the pilot aptitude examination. That compared with the average score of applicants taking the pilot aptitude test at 77%.

            More than 95 percent of the testers scored higher than the Faux Texan! But somehow, just over a week before the expiration of his student draft deferment he was accepted into the Texas Air National Guard and somehow promoted to 2nd Lt. This all without having graduated from flight school.

            Later Dubya refused to take a physical because there was a new requirement for a drug test. That gets his flight status dropped so he is no longer a pilot.

            Finally in his UMPR it says “NO RPT 1 YR” which means that he did NOT report to any guard unit for an entire year. Under the National Guard System you have to attend a drill one weekend a month and spend several weeks each year in training.

            So he should have been drafted and shipped out.

            Most of this information is from Deserter: Bush’s War on Military Families, Veterans, and His Past /Ian Williams.

            New York : Nation Books, New York : Nation Books, ©2004
            ISBN 9781560256274

          • That’s what we need all right, a Neocon ultramilitarist in the White House.

          • PeterK10

            That’s correct. You couldn’t make this up.

            Oblather’s actions are not mistakes but a solid plan to cripple America permanently. Instead of being clapped in irons, though, the man and his entire Administration are met with little to no resistance from the Republicans… or anyone else. Guess no one has thought much about what a world without a strong America would be like.

        • Damon

          “… [B]ut also the worst leader in the world in all history.”

          Congratulations on not giving way to hyperbole or exaggeration.

        • haywardsward

          Robert W. Merry political editor of The National Interest hardly a left wing site in the article below has that late unlamented Dubya in the bottom five of POTUS.

          In the article he addresses where Obama might sit in the future and discusses the other four in his list.


          Mr Merry’s five worst in ascending order are Buchanan, Pierce, Wilson, G. W. Bush and Fillmore

      • Gilbert White

        True, but be grateful to Obama he kept the gruesome twosome out of the Whitehouse.

      • haywardsward

        Well I visit all sorts of sites to get an idea of what is going on with the POTUS runup and Robert W. Merry is political editor of The National Interest hardly a left wing site


        Mr Merry’s five worst in ascending order are Buchanan, Pierce, Wilson, G. W. Bush and Fillmore

    • dalai guevara

      Obama’s legacy will be piping down the American gobbyness, healthcare for all at a price and closing Gitmo at the end not the beginning of his Presidency. Your grandchildren will give him demi-god status.

    • haywardsward

      Robert W. Merry is political editor of The National Interest hardly a left wing site


      Mr Merry’s five worst in ascending order are Buchanan, Pierce, Wilson, G. W. Bush and Fillmore

    • haywardsward

      All sorts of sites have pieces on the POTUS runup and judging best and worst POTUSs

      It was interesting to see that Robert W. Merry who is political editor of The National Interest, hardly a left wing site, in the article below has that late unlamented Dubya in the bottom five of POTUS.

      In the article he addresses where Obama might sit in the future and discusses the other four in his list.


      Mr Merry’s five worst in ascending order are Buchanan, Pierce, Wilson, G. W. Bush and Fillmore

  • Douglas Redmayne

    As long as whoever wins doesn’t start capping on about abortion: a certain vote lose.

  • J K

    “A Republican party distancing itself from politicians who label Mexicans rapists, or gay people a threat to the American way, would be more in tune with a country trending left on social issues.” – I can only take this to mean that if the country was ‘trending right on social issues’ – that would encourage more Republican politicians to label Mexicans as rapists – because presumably such naked xenophobia appeals to conservative values. I mean I’d always suspected this was the case – but who knew that Tim Stanley would be prepared to endorse such thinking?

    • Child_of_Thatcher

      He labelled Mexican illegal immigrants that way after a girl was murdered by one. He didn’t even say all of them only that many were coming over and clearly that is true. Illegal immigrants are responsible for about 30% of crimes in the US at about 3% of the population.

  • sidor

    At least some degree of common sense would definitely be beneficial for the US politics. The real dangerous loonies are madam Clinton and mcCain.

  • Richard Charisma

    What you’re missing Mr. Stanley is the massive appeal Donald Trump has to the Black community in America. Look at these rap songs written about him:
    Go to youtube and look at all the video blogs by black guys and women supporting Trump and declaring they will rip up their Democrat party membership.
    Trump has viceral appeal to the blacks in America, and I mean isn’t it strange that after years of pulling their hairs out trying to figure out how to appeal to minority voters in the American electorate, as soon as a man comes along with natural appeal to blacks, Republicans vilify him and negative attack articles are written about him such as this one!

  • Disqus249b03

    Tim Stanley is the cuckservative’s cuckservative.

  • Bruce Lewis

    What will ya’ll say when Hillary is NOT the candidate? Her campaign is imploding and Biden is taking a second look at running, as he apparently promised his dying son that he would.

    • sidor

      Let’s pray for that. Anyone would be better than her.

      • Infidelissima

        Hitlery and her terrorist snacking-rug.

    • Infidelissima

      i will say ‘HA-HA’

  • Callipygian

    Everyone understands that Trump is a freak show and that when it ends, politics for grown-ups can proceed. As it will, if we leave out the Democrats from the ‘grown-ups’ description.

  • Holybaba

    America deserves better than Odrama, and Trump is much better.