Liberals used to hate and fear him, then they laughed at him, and now they mostly just ignore him. Being on MSNBC now and then is hardly the beginnings of a comeback.
Movement conservatives don’t trust him or embrace him as one of their own because he does off-the-wall things like going to the border with soccer balls and teddy bears and getting all touchy-feely with the ghost of Martin Luther King Jr. A few months ago he made National Review’s “Against Trump” squad, but has been scarce there since. Frankly, he doesn’t seem to have a lot of business acumen. Oh, and he’s a Mormon, which makes him theologically suspect for some.
The new crop of aggressively alt- or nationalist or racist Volks (whatever) mock him for being an unapologetic sentimentalist, for the way he stood on the human trap door that is Ted Cruz for months, until the drop dropped, leaving him swinging, and in general just for being a little too earnest and preachy. Also not cutting edge technologically; I mean, just look around you.
Too bad! His historical analyses, political judgments, and Howard Beale-ish prophecies (except the one about a revived Caliphate, I’ll give him that) have all been great comedy. But I do admire the way he urges his flock to hold fast, to look first to family, church and community, and not to accept authority without criticism, even of him. I’ll miss him.
September 28, 2016 at 2:51pm
Yes, purely political. So, I’d guess, is this ceremony honoring these cops. If the Media Research Center really wanted to help them, then in addition to this “participation trophy”(thanks for that one, DSMike) they might have given them some money to help compensate them for pain and suffering and probably considerable legal expenses. Also the three cops who do not appear, who–you may have guessed already–are black.
September 28, 2016 at 1:27pm
Accept-the-Truth & Seelow: They were not held legally responsible, but in practical terms they were. If they had belted him in and kept an eye on him in the van, he might be alive today and doing well-deserved time. Instead they handcuffed him, tossed him into the vehicle and treated him to what is known as a “rough ride.” These officers were cleared by the justice system. Freddie Gray never got into the justice system because he died on the way.
 September 28, 2016 at 1:22pm
Three white and three black officers were charged. The three black officers do not appear in the video. Were they not invited? Were they invited but declined to attend? Were they there but for some reason not on camera? It’s not as if their identities are unknown.
September 28, 2016 at 12:24pm
The debate organizers made two mistakes.
First, they should have been debating the proposition “Black Lives Matter Is Beneficial to Race Relations in the United States.”
Second, they should have called in Campus Security with backup from the Ann Arbor PD.
 September 28, 2016 at 11:23am
Trump is a guy who sometimes seems stuck in the ’80s if not before, but let’s give him a pass on this one. Still, if he had a cold or allergies, he could easily explain why he seemed to lack stamina as the night wore on. Strange that he and his campaign have not done so.
I agree with Drako about Trump flagging 30 minutes into the debate. For all we know he could have had allergies or even pneumonia and strangely neither he nor his campaign said a word about it. They should have been more transparent. Instead the claim was his mic was bad and the moderator was biased when clearly the problem lay elsewhere.
I agree with Morning Joe, Dean should apologize for this groundless comment about Trump’s possible cocaine addiction just as Trump did when he falsely suggested that Ted Cruz’s father was involved with the Kennedy assassination. Apparently there’s a double standard, and most of the media are letting Dean skate.
Maybe it is Trump who is allergic to Clinton and not the other way around.
 September 28, 2016 at 11:20am
DS Mike: It would not have been hard to see that Gray was belted in, or to have somebody in the back of the van to keep an eye on him. You don’t have to hate cops to see that. Yes, it’s the equivalent of a participation trophy–for participating in negligent and unprofessional behavior.
 September 28, 2016 at 11:08am
Except that they did not do their job, which was to transport Gray safely to jail.
If a man wants to harm himself, it is hard to stop him...I know you are a Blaze cop hater and I see your point, but are you capable of seeing the other side?
DS Mike: It would not have been hard to see that Gray was belted in, or to have somebody in the back of the van to keep an eye on him. You don't have to hate cops to see that. Yes, it's the equivalent of a participation trophy--for participating in negligent and unprofessional behavior.
Not negligent according to the court or they would have been found guilty. See how that works? It's called our justice system.
Gray was a grown man, he chose his path in life. Unfortunate for him, he like so many black men, chose the wrong path. Speaking of wrong paths. Why do you walk out, mid block into oncoming traffic?
Police AKA black man babysitting services.
Accept-the-Truth & Seelow: They were not held legally responsible, but in practical terms they were. If they had belted him in and kept an eye on him in the van, he might be alive today and doing well-deserved time. Instead they handcuffed him, tossed him into the vehicle and treated him to what is known as a "rough ride." These officers were cleared by the justice system. Freddie Gray never got into the justice system because he died on the way.
September 28, 2016 at 11:04am
What woman with a cheating spouse doesn’t think the other woman is a slut, a bimbo, a ho and mo? Hillary’s treatment of Bill’s extramarital honeys should not be surprising, whether she was First Lady or not.
[-2] September 28, 2016 at 10:59am
Next time we have a debate like this one, with the audience not allowed to cheer or boo, Trump should wear an earpiece sending the responses he’s used to into his ear. He looked very uncomfortable when his best rally lines dropped into silence. Sad.
Of course you, as a flaming liberal, would say that.
 September 23, 2016 at 4:32pm
“Cruz’s spokeswoman did not respond to a request for a comment from TheBlaze.” This will have Beck drinking again.
 September 23, 2016 at 11:11am
Probably there’s some theological understanding there, but aren’t we entitled to be at least a little skeptical? “God is a good gift-giver” in particular stands out for its repetition of hard gs. I note there’s also a documentary and an upcoming book for sale.
Yes, you can be skeptical and I will, and have, fight for your right to be so...just try not to disparage those who do believe...
To a layman, yes, that is just repetition of hard sounds. To educated people, it shows that at a very young age, this little boy is writing words with stylized alliteration. Alliteration, the repetitive use of sounds, is a literary technique that is typically used by "Wordsmiths" or people who talk very quickly and succinctly in order to emphasize or accessorize their language.
The use of alliteration in mute / nonverbal individuals is almost nonexistent, making this even more odd and remarkable.
I guess you can be skeptical all you want. That's your choice. But blind skepticism is just as bad as blind faith. Keep that in mind as you ponder these thaumaturgical events.
Actually, the message was more likely this;
" Good God mother...where's the gift you gave me?"
[-14] September 23, 2016 at 10:29am
More presidential than Trump, more honest than Hillary. “What have you got to lose?”
How is disobeying our laws presidential? He has said many times he will let illegal immigrants stay, where have you been?
Actually, Johnson has said numerous times that he would give illegals who are currently in the country a way to become legal, but that he wouldn't just grant them all amnesty. He is against amnesty. He is also against Trump's wall idea.... I kind of like Johnson....
 September 23, 2016 at 10:28am
No, but they may have to when (as is rumored) Ted Cruz endorses Trump.
I have a disturbing vision of Trump sitting on an ornate throne decorated with skulls and such, wearing a bronze breastplate and greaves and holding a sword, with Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani chained voluptuously at his feet in leather bikinis, as in a Frank Frazetta illustration. Make it stop, make it stop.
I've had that very same "vision". The concept must be catching on.
 September 23, 2016 at 9:27am
From Officer Shelby’s description of Crutcher’s behavior, I think it’s very likely he was in fact “on something.” The widely circulated chopper video doesn’t show the minute or so before the shooting, nor does it give us Shelby’s point of view, from which she could have seen that Crutcher was reaching toward his car window but not that the window was closed. Several times previously he had to be warned to keep his hand out of his pocket, probably arousing the suspicion that he had a gun somewhere.
[-1] September 22, 2016 at 3:29pm
There is no evidence whatsoever that Warren has ever used her alleged Indian ancestry for college admission, academic promotion or financial gain.
When Harvard was challenged to present evidence that it had a “diverse” faculty, it used her presence on the faculty as evidence. That is all.
[-2] September 22, 2016 at 2:30pm
The media have been merciless regarding what Trump has said in the course of this campaign.
Regarding what he’s done–his shady business dealings, scamming Trump University “students,” racial discrimination in housing going back forty years, his death-defying sexual history–not so much.