Friday, March 25, 2016

Karl Denninger, “Cruz... You’re A Disgrace”

What's this all about? This, below...

“Cruz... You’re A Disgrace”
 by Karl Denninger

"Oh c'mon Ted, you can do better than that. “I want to be crystal clear: these attacks are garbage. For Donald J. Trump to enlist his friends at the National Enquirer and his political henchmen to do his bidding shows you that there is no low Donald won’t go. These smears are completely false, they’re offensive to Heidi and me, they’re offensive to our daughters, and they’re offensive to everyone Donald continues to personally attack. Donald Trump’s consistently disgraceful behavior is beneath the office we are seeking and we are not going to follow.”

So let me see if I get this right.

First, you didn't post a denial of the allegations- just that the "attacks" are alleged "garbage." You're a lawyer; you know damn well what you're doing in that regard. Note that nowhere is the sentence "I have not engaged in any form of sexual contact with anyone other than my wife since we were married." Why not?

Second, a SuperPac that supports you posted a (presumably stolen) image from GQ featuring, allegedly, Trump's wife.  It was targeted at Mormon women through your nice little "data mining" game in Utah. (Oh, and if that image wasn't stolen but rather was purchased then it gets quite a bit more interesting because the transaction is a business record and can be subpoenaed, should anyone- like the FEC- care to do so.)

When called on it by Trump you said "that wasn't me"- but didn't disavow the PAC or the ad.

Now, a third party tabloid, which Trump does not own or control in any way, runs a story alleging you've had five affairs, including one with a hooker. This tabloid, I remind you, has a history of being right when it comes to political sex scandals, in that they nailed Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart and more.

But you, Cruz, you lying snake, are now trying to claim that Trump personally attacked you and your wife in this fashion.

Wait a minute here Ted... Unlike the SuperPac that is directly in support of you (and by law has to declare same) The Enquirer is in no such position, either legally or otherwise. Now it is true that they have issued an endorsement for Trump but then again newspapers issue endorsements all the time, and both you and the other candidates are always fishing for them.

So there is far less connection, in point of fact, between The Enquirer and Trump than there is between your supporting SuperPac and you. Yet you claim that Trump is responsible for what a newspaper publishes, while at the same time you refuse to take responsibility for what the SuperPAC supporting you publishes.

Never mind timelines- the Enquirer is a print publication. Your "friends" attacks on Trump's wife are too recent to have resulted in The Enquirer running this story as it takes too long to set up and do. No, this has been in the works for a while, and rumor has it that it was Rubio's opposition research people who uncovered it. That makes sense too, given Rubio's, uh, "dark side" association history. I remind you that there is plenty of evidence in public that this little ditty was known among journalists for quite some time yet was spiked by multiple news outlets until the Enquirer ran it.

Finally, being that it's Good Friday, I seem to remember something out of Genesis 3 relating to serpents speaking with forked tongues, and, well, nude women were involved there too, weren't they?

As for The Enquirer, I'll lay odds, considering that there are now other journalists, including at least one from a well-known national paper who say that at least some of the claimed "mistresses" are correctly identified, that (1) it's true and (2) you and your buddies in the media have intentionally tried to spike the story and, until now, had succeeded. Gee, that wouldn't extend to people who apparently had knowledge of the spiking being fired, would it?

Just remember, Ted, that Richard Nixon tried to spike the Watergate story and it didn't work out so well for him.”

“Anonymous Claims They HAVE PROOF of Cruz Affairs”
A little song to console you, Ted...

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