GOP powerbrokers don’t take Trump seriously

Fred Dicker writes, “GOP big shots aren’t taking Donald Trump seriously”:

““It WON’T be Donald Trump.” That was the near-unanimous view of some of the nation’s wealthiest and most influential Republicans Saturday night as they gathered for a political briefing at billionaire Wilbur Ross’ Southampton estate with national GOP Chairman Reince Priebus … “These are people who know Trump well, people who have known Trump for years as part of the social and financial fabric of the city,” the source said. “They’ve worked with him, they’ve dealt with him, and they know that, ultimately, he is going to crash and burn.” …”

I don’t know if he’s going to crash and burn or if he just decides one day to drop out, but I do not believe he is going to get the GOP nomination. His campaign does not appear to be driven either by ideology or grassroots, but by his celebrity. That is going to get old. As times goes on people will start focusing more on the issues and Trump has been all over the map on many of them. When that happens Trump will bow out.

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Hillary’s decline

Hillary Clinton’s continued decline has pundits openly talking about her not getting the Democrat nomination for president next year.  John Podhoretz’s op-ed at the Post says they have no choice to go with her as they have nobody else ready to step up and take her place.

For all her problems, the e-mail scandal, her habitual lying and the strong personal dislike people have for her, Hillary’s number one problem is that there is absolutely no grassroots enthusiasm for her campaign.  Zero.  There’s isn’t even any astroturf.  It’s all her professional political machine.

As with Bob Dole and John McCain, Hillary believes she is entitled to the nomination, that it is her turn to get it.  There is no talk of her merits, issues or what is best for the party.  This is what sunk Dole and McCain and what will sink her campaign as well.

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Shootings up in Rochester

First New York City, then Syracuse and now Rochester.  All three have seen an increase in shootings this year.

I blame Cuomo yet again.  (It doesn’t get old doing this.)

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

The vast majority of problems in the state can be explained by reading this Politico article, “Under new leadership, an old guard hangs on“:

“… Leading stalwarts of the generation of lawmakers that came up with former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate majority leader Dean Skelos say they’re not going anywhere, and that they feel as comfortable with the new leaders as the old ones …”

God bless Tammany Hall.

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Fiorina builds up NY staff

The NY Post reports that Carly Fiorina is building up her New York campaign staff and Assemblyman Kieran Lalor is on it. His announcement mentions Fiorina’s support for 2A. Click the date link below to see his post:

This morning I was named NY co-chair for Carly Fiorina's presidential campaign along with Nan Hayworth Nan Hayworth and…

Posted by Kieran Lalor on Thursday, August 13, 2015

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