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Abandon GOP Ship?


The Associated Press ‏@AP 3m3 minutes ago

BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulation.

Looking forward to hear sore losers Governor Greg Abbott, AG Ken Paxton, and Dan Patrick moan.

Looking forward to hear from Wendy Davis.

Well, we got this:

Houston Chronicle Retweeted

Brian M. Rosenthal ‏@brianmrosenthal 13m13 minutes ago Austin, TX

From Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Ruling is “devastating blow to the protection of the health and safety of women in Texas”

Thanks for looking after women, pal!

Nice way to start the week.

Today is about GOPer across the country either running from Donald Trump or coming out in opposition to Trump. To date, Commentary has not seen a single prominent Democrat oppose or abandon Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign. I wonder if the GOP ship has enough lifeboats?

Trump has a 70% unfavorable rating and a poll released yesterday says 64% think he is unqualified to be president. That’s why Trump will be doing nothing but 100% attacks on Hillary.

Check this tweet:

NYT Politics ‏@nytpolitics 2h2 hours ago

Trump says Cruz and Kasich should not expect to address the G.O.P. convention if they continue to withhold support

This headline from Politico today:

Hardly anybody wants to speak at Trump’s convention

POLITICO reached out to more than 50 prominent Republicans. Few said they plan to attend the convention in Cleveland, let alone speak.

And parts of the story:

“I am not attending,” said South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, who is overseeing the high-profile congressional Republican investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of the attacks on Benghazi. Gowdy, who said he was taking his family to the beach instead, hasn’t gone to conventions in the past and didn’t plan to now. “I’m not,” said South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, a former two-term governor. “But hope you have a good Thursday!” “Don’t know,” said Sean Duffy, a reality TV star-turned-Wisconsin congressman, “I haven’t thought about it.” Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo: “I won’t be there.”


New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte “is not attending the convention,” said a spokeswoman. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner “is not attending the convention,” his office said. A spokesman for South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham: “He announced back in May he’s not attending.” For South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley: “The governor has not been asked to speak at the convention and has no plans to.” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn: “There are no plans for him to speak.”

Here is the entire article:  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/hardly-anybody-wants-to-speak-at-trumps-convention-224815.

Commentary is figuring former Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick will probably speak in Cleveland. Unless Sen. Ted Cruz is ready to bow before Trump, he won’t.

In August of 1999, the Chron Sports Section came out with the All Time ‘Stros Team. Who did they name as the All Time Team Skipper?

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist George Will is leaving the GOP because of Trump. This is what George Will told fellow GOPers recently: “Make sure he loses. Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House.”

And the beat goes on. From Reuters:

Henry Paulson, a Republican who was U.S. Treasury secretary during the 2008 financial meltdown, on Friday called a Donald Trump presidency “unthinkable” and said he will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton.


Brent Scowcroft, a national security adviser to two Republican presidents, endorsed Clinton on Wednesday, and Richard Armitage, a deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, said last week he would support her.

Also from Politico:

The lonely lives of Latinos for Trump 

Lifelong friends unfriend them on Facebook. Siblings and parents refuse to talk politics. Their kids are home from college stoked about the socialist Bernie Sanders. 

Sure, their candidate may love them and be three weeks away from becoming the GOP presidential nominee. But it still isn’t easy being a Latino for Donald Trump.

Here is the entire Poltico story on the Lonely Boys, err Latinos: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/donald-trump-hispanic-voters-224789.

Trump is also having a hard time attracting good help. Top GOP talent don’t want to have anything to do with the fella. Here is from an AP story:

Donald Trump has finally acknowledged that to best compete against Hillary Clinton he needs more than the bare-bones campaign team that led him to primary success. But many of the most experienced Republican political advisers aren’t willing to work for him.

From Texas to New Hampshire, well-respected members of the Republican Party’s professional class say they cannot look past their deep personal and professional reservations about the presumptive presidential nominee.

While there are exceptions, many strategists who best understand the mechanics of presidential politics fear that taking a Trump paycheck might stain their resumes, spook other clients and even cause problems at home. They also are reluctant to devote months to a divisive candidate whose campaign has been plagued by infighting and disorganization.

“Right now I feel no obligation to lift a finger to help Donald Trump,” said Brent Swander, an Ohio-based operative who has coordinated nationwide logistics for Republican presidential campaigns dating to George W. Bush.

“Everything that we’re taught as children — not to bully, not to demean, to treat others with respect — everything we’re taught as children is the exact opposite of what the Republican nominee is doing. How do you work for somebody like that? What would I tell my family?” Swander said.

Here is the entire AP story: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f873962acf334563a1ec585cab0766c4/need-help-trump-finds-few-willing-work-him.

Bill Virdon of course was named All Time ‘Stros Skipper by the Chron Sports Section in 1999 of course.

Hey, we took the series in KC and are two games above .500. We play three in Anaheim to close out the month and right now we are in the thick of the AL Wild Card hunt. Not bad at all.

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