Poll Shows Democrats = Socialists; Cruz Cans; Nevada Caucus; And Replacing Scalia *Open Thread*


Yes, it is official. In a descent one can only  chalk up to a lack of education and brainwashing by university professors, Democrats seem to think Socialism is a GOOD thing.

According to the latest poll, almost 60% of Democrats now think being Socialists is A-Okay. From Politico (via Legal Insurrection):


Nearly six-in-ten Democratic primary voters believe socialism has a ‘positive impact on society,’ according to polling conducted this month for the right-leaning issue advocacy group American Action Network and provided to POLITICO.

Democratic voters in every age group, every gender, and every race view socialism favorably, according to the early February telephone poll of 1,000 likely Democratic primary voters fielded by Republican firm OnMessage Inc. and commissioned by AAN, which is tied to the Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC dedicated to House Republicans. And among people 45 and under — a group that has helped power Sanders’ primary performances — the ideology is preferred to capitalism by a margin of 46 percent to 19 percent.

The polling made a specific point not to mention Sanders or Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to AAN president Mike Shields, as part of an effort to avoid findings that simply reflect that race. Instead, he said, it was inspired by a pair of television interviews in which Democratic Party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was pressed on the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Wow. It just boggles the mind that more than half of Democrats think Socialism is a good thing. That being the case, I would like to extend a personal invitation to them to move to Venezuela, Cuba, Greece, or even Puerto Rico (bonus – no passport needed!) to see what Socialism in action looks like. That way those here who are the takers can experience firsthand the logical, and stunning, end results of Socialism.

Once again, Branco sums up what the Democrats are doing to this country perfectly, and more succinctly. From Legal Insurrection:

Democratic Socialism

And there ya have it.

Meanwhile, as you no doubt have heard, one of the frontrunners had a major shakeup in his campaign on Monday. That would be Sen. Ted Cruz who fired his Communications Director for re-Tweeting a blatantly false and insulting video about Sen. Marco Rubio. Politico has the story (via  Townhall):

Ted Cruz’s campaign on Monday apologized to Marco Rubio for publicizing a story misstating the Florida senator’s remarks to a Cruz staffer in South Carolina.

Rubio ran into Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, and a staffer in South Carolina on Saturday at a Hampton Inn. According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, which posted the video, the blog also had staffers present during the encounter.

The website reported that Rubio suggested that the Bible did “[n]ot have many answers in it.”

Cruz communications director Rick Tyler posted the story on Facebook but later deleted it and apologized after a Cruz staffer said Rubio didn’t make any such comment.

“I want to apologize to Senator Marco Rubio for posting an inaccurate story about him here earlier today,” Tyler said. “The story showed a video of the Senator walking past a Ted Cruz staffer seated in the lobby of a hotel reading his Bible. The story misquoted a remark the Senator made to the staffer. I assumed wrongly that the story was correct. According to the Cruz staffer, the Senator made a friendly and appropriate remark.”[…] (Click here to read the rest.)


I like Sen. Cruz, but this kind of thing seems to keep happening with his campaign. I get that a candidate cannot control every single little thing, and that is why he or she hires people to handle things FOR them. Communication would be a particularly important component of any campaign. That this happened on the eve of the Nevada Caucus, and about a week before Super Tuesday is extremely bad. Hopefully, Cruz can right this ship and fast, or else it will continue to have a negative impact on his campaign.

And speaking of Nevada, it is the next state to have its say. Nevada uses a caucus system like Iowa. The Hill has a few things for which to look, including highlighting this Nevada reality:


Nevada is a notoriously difficult state to poll. So while pundits and political junkies have labored on every fluctuation in the dozens of polls in other early-voting states, Republicans head into Nevada largely flying blind.

There have been just five polls of Nevada Republicans aggregated by RealClearPolitics during this cycle — three by Gravis and two by CNN/ORC — and just two of them in 2016.

CNN’s most recent figures showed Trump with a dominating lead, followed by Rubio and Cruz locked in a tight race for second.

The lack of polls is likely purposeful. Pollsters rarely find success in Nevada, which that led to a similar dearth of polling there in 2012.

In 2008, RealClearPolitics’s final averages had Romney with 26 percent and John McCain in second, with 21 percent. Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giulianni and Fred Thompson all trailed in a tight race for third. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

In other words, we will know who wins when they win.

Finally, the words of Democrats continue to come back to haunt them when it comes to replacing Justice Scalia. This time, it is this little flashback of none other than current Vice President Joe Biden speaking out about NOT replacing a retiring Justice during an election year (via the Daily Signal):

Needless to say, the response of Republicans to this is, “Okey dokey! If you say so, Vice President Biden!” And that it is why it is important to do things for the RIGHT reasons, not the Party reasons. Just sayin’.

That’s it for me. What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.


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9 Responses to “Poll Shows Democrats = Socialists; Cruz Cans; Nevada Caucus; And Replacing Scalia *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Cruz did do something. He fired the man responsible for many of the dirty tricks and apologized to Rubio. And Rubio then went into a lengthy rants about how Cruz would do anything to win. As if they all wouldn’t. Looks like Rubio has teamed up with Trump to take Cruz down. It may just work. When Cruz is getting called a liar from both sides, as if the others were honest injuns, the name calling soon become fact. I was starting to like Rubio. His ungracious response to Cruz’s apology ended that. Whiny little ass.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Ted Cruz asked his communications director Rick Tyler to resign Monday after Tyler distributed a video that falsely depicted Marco Rubio dismissing the Bible.

      And justly so. Because how anyone could think for a minute that a man as smart as Ted Cruz would use such a pathetic ploy. I doubt he fired Rick Taylor for anything except being stupid. That’s just politics and much as I don’t like it I don’t see anyone rising heads above the others in the ethics department.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, and yes – it was for being stupid, basically. And no, no campaign is clean. I noted the other day that voters here polled said Trump ran the nastiest campaign here. But the MEDIA is focusing on Cruz’s because of Iowa and Trump’s non-stop attacks.

        So, yeah, Cruz had to do something, though it sure would be nice if the media actually focused on the crap TRUMP spews, like calling Cruz the “biggest liar in the world,” and I think he called him sick, too. It is pathetic that Trump is not being held to account for his ad hominem attacks on Cruz (and others). So sick of the media not doing its job…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          That’s what enrages me, they nitpick Cruz and Rubio to death but give Trump a pass. Has the whole country gone insane?

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Absolutely they do. It is astonishing to me. They talk abt how he is “Teflon Trump,” without acknowledging that THEY made him that way! Ugh…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes, Cruz did fire him, as I noted in the post. That was most definitely the right thing to do, and I am glad Cruz took that step. He needed to do so to restore credibility to his campaign.

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is precisely what I have been saying. The news coverage has been SO slanted, it is blatant: http://m.newstalk1130.com/onair/common-sense-central-37717/how-the-liberal-media-is-picking-14409215/

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

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