The Trump Phenomenon Explained

From:,  by John P. Warren,  on Nov 2, 2015,  see the article HERE. For months now, pundits and establishmentarians have depicted American anger at upside down government as a phenomenon that will just go away. It won’t. Whether you like Mr. Trump’s manner or his manners, whether you like his positions or his politics, what has attracted so many people to him is his willingness to tell it like it is, to cut through a lot of political baloney and get to the point of a matter. To him goes the credit for upping the game of most other … Continue reading

Rubio: Donald Trump’s plan to deport illegals, build border wall, “makes no sense”

From:,  by Katie McHugh,  on Oct 26, 2015,  see the article HERE. Failed ‘Gang of Eight’ architect said on Sunday that frontrunner Donald Trump’s immigration plan to put Americans ahead of foreign workers and alien criminals “makes no sense.” “No, his rhetoric is a little louder, but if you think about where he was six months ago, his position on immigration six months ago was nothing like what he’s saying now, and even what he’s saying now borders on the absurd,” Rubio said on CNN’s State of the Union. “He’s going to deport all these people, and then he’s going to allow … Continue reading

Got qualms about Donald Trump?

From:,  by Ben Schreckinger,  on Oct 18, 2015,  see the article HERE. I’ll readily admit that I do – have qualms that is. While I do appreciate the way that he’s side-tracked the seemingly inevitable coronation of Jeb Bush by the establishment wing of the Republican Party, I’m personally not sold that he is suited for the job of POTUS. He’s probably best at negotiating deals, buying and selling real estate properties and self-promotion. Of course, the self-promotion is what has catapulted him into the lead for the Republican nomination. And it’s also what’s been keeping him at the top. But just how … Continue reading

Mark Cuban, Republican, EXCEPT for this.

. Mark Cuban: I’d like to be a Republican, but …   Says party has 1 big problem that’ll crush it in every election Joe Kovacs Published: 08/12/2015 at 12:00 PM – WND     Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and star of TV’s “Shark Tank,” says he would prefer to be a Republican, but the GOP has one big problem that will “crush” it in every presidential election until it’s solved. According to the Dallas Morning News, in a Tuesday post on his Cyber Dust social-media app, the famed investor explained, “I would prefer … Continue reading

The GOP Establishment’s Grand Plan (and How Trump Can Sink It)

Much of the information in this essay was gathered from a blog called The Conservative Treehouse and written by “Sundance,” so all credit goes to him. I’ve just gathered and summarized data for this post from several of his articles found on blog and condensed the content into space more fitting for a single piece on Hardnox & Friends’ blog. I’m providing links to his original articles at the end. It appears that Sundance has a good handle on the GOP establishment (GOPe) thinking and so far, his predictions seem to be pretty accurate. You may agree or disagree, … Continue reading

Donald Trump is set to blow up GOP orthodoxy — again

From:,  by Byron York,  on Aug 29, 2015,  see the article HERE. First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration. Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security. Now Trump is preparing a tax proposal that will again set him far apart from the party’s powers-that-be. The problem for the establishment is that Trump’s positions on all three issues are more in line with the majority of American voters than the establishment’s preferred policies. By using his popularity to force outside-the-GOP-box ideas into the Republican presidential debate, Trump is displaying an … Continue reading

Blame Liberals for the Rise of Trump

From:,  by S.E. Cupp,  on Aug 27, 2015,  see the article HERE. There are a few existential questions which man has struggled but failed to answer conclusively, despite Sisyphean efforts, such as: Why are we here? What happens when we die? And why do kids go ape for “Frozen”? To these we may add another, which will go down as one of the great enigmas of modern American history: Why Trump? His rise — and, more inexplicably, his durability — has baffled even the most open-minded of us. But when man can’t explain something, he settles for the next … Continue reading

I couldn’t last through all of The Donald’s speech

I watched The Donald tonight (ok, part of it). He was greeted by (they say) 20 to 30,000 screaming supporters as he held court for almost an hour. I have to say, in all honesty, I was not only disappointed, but turned off by his self-centered diatribe about himself and how he was the only human on planet earth who could do what must be done. As I’ve written recently, I was impressed by his immigration paper and although I found a couple of his items to be much more difficult to implement than he lets on, it was still … Continue reading

Trump’s Immigration Proposals – One Guy’s Analysis

Following is my own personal analysis of Donald Trump’s position paper on immigration. I did some amateur digging and gathered more detail on Mr. Trump’s proposal to satisfy my own questions about his statements. I confess to being skeptical about Trump since he comes across to me as an arrogant, loudmouthed blowhard. But recently, he has been saying things that I believe needed to be said while the other candidates have been mute. Oh, we hear the platitudes and sound bites where they declare that they came from humble beginnings and have consistently fought for the middle class, but most … Continue reading

Cruz, Trump in Secret Talks

It’s a bromance with a payoff—the senator has been developing the billionaire’s support and their aides are even discussing joint events, but if Trump drops out, Cruz aims to clean up. From:,  by Tim Mak, on Aug 19, 2015,  see the article HERE. Emphasis is Garnet92’s Donald Trump and Ted Cruz’s mutual admiration is turning into a conservative bromance—one that could have a huge strategic payoff for the Texas senator’s presidential campaign. Behind the scenes, Cruz has been methodologically developing Trump’s support. The two candidates have met in person at least five times and talk by phone occasionally. And … Continue reading

Napolitano: Donald Trump Has Touched a Raw Nerve

Judge Andrew Napolitano on why Donald Trump is dominating the GOP race. Stirring the pot is indeed good.  The GOPe is tone deaf.  Maybe Trump will improve their hearing.  The problem is that the professional politicians and consultants have their heads wedged in dark places. ~ Hardnox

GOP Debate: Between the Serious and the Circus

From Canada Free Press Not everyone is titillated with the recent GOP debates in Cleveland. Critics from the pragmatic to the hyper-critical, analysts and pundits alike are weighing every nuance from the serious political and policy questions to the humor. Dallas freelance writer Nelson Hultberg director of Americans for a Free Republic has offered a scathing critique on Canada Free Press entitled “The GOP Debate—Miserable Irrelevancy.” Hultberg says, “Unfortunately this two-tiered debate was just one more exercise in the miserable irrelevancy of the media’s handling of “political affairs” in America today.” The Debate is Not about Trump – it is … Continue reading

Uh oh: Trump down nine points after debate in new Rasmussen national poll

From:,  by Allahpundit,  on Aug 11, 2015,  see the article HERE. I’m not telling you these polls are correct, just like I didn’t tell you yesterday that that bombshell Morning Consult survey showing Trump rising to 32 percent after the debate was correct. We’re tracking all of the polls this week to see what the consensus says, as that’ll be a reasonably good indicator of where the race really stands right now. The good news for Trump fans via Rasmussen: He’s still leading the field. The bad news: For the first time since the start of Trumpmania, he’s losing … Continue reading

Ted Cruz Warns Republicans About Smacking Donald Trump

From Right Wing News: Ted Cruz adheres to Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment and simply will not talk ill of other Republican candidates. He saves that for the corrupt Washington Cartel and the Marxist Democrats. That applies especially to Donald Trump. They are friends and Cruz respects the 10’s of thousands who are flocking to hear what The Donald has to say. Someone should tell Rand Paul that. The only reason he is slamming Trump is for attention. He’s fallen in the polls and off the radar and this is a desperate attempt to be relevant in the race for the presidency. Ted … Continue reading

Trump the Teenage Bully?

From:,  by John Fund,  on Aug 9, 2015,  see the article HERE.  Emphasis is Garnet92’s He’s no P. T. Barnum, he’s Neidermeyer from Animal House. As much as I’ve slammed The Donald for his inconsistent and incoherent policy views, I’ve always praised Trump’s intelligence: “He is the P. T. Barnum of American politics, a brilliant self-promoter who knows exactly what he’s doing and who changes his opinions constantly to match what he thinks audiences want to hear, much as Barnum used to switch out circus acts between towns on his tour.” A liberal defender of Trump, former CNN host … Continue reading

George Will: Trump Supporters Need to Come to GOP on Our Terms

From Conservative Treehouse: In a very clear and deliberate delivery of how the GOPe establishment view those who do not want to accept Jeb Bush in the White House, the republican party elitist and BFF of Charles Krauthammer, George Will, outlines the acceptable parameters for Donald Trump supporters -those unwashed, unintelligent masses- to be good little Republicans. Money quote (ie. Sunlight upon how the GOPe feel about you) at 04:33: […]  These are voters the Republicans want, the Republicans want all voters, and particularly these voters, but to say that he’s tapped into something;… {shaking head} … Henry Wallace tapped into something, with … Continue reading

Trump campaign claims it fired top advisor — he says he quit

From:,  by Larry McShane,  on Aug 8, 2015,  see the article HERE. I’m fired? No, you’re fired! GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump announced Saturday that he axed top advisor Roger Stone — only to hear Stone insist that he really dumped The Donald. Veteran political consultant Stone said his departure was spurred by Trump’s decision to continue trash-talking Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after Thursday night’s debate. “Sorry @realDonaldTrump didn’t fire me — I fired Trump,” Stone tweeted Saturday. “Disagree with diversion to food fight with @megynkelly.” The ensuing sideshow, with Trump insulting Kelly via Twitter and in a … Continue reading

Comments from the Cheap Seats

. Comments from the Cheap Seats Posted by Marcia Wood, July 29, 2015 at 9:00am     Our history establishes that many, many of our Presidents were not Governors, nor real professionals in any particular field. Some were farmers, journalists, ranchers, engineers, soldiers, sailors and pilots. So what are the requirements for a man or woman running for the Presidential seat of our USA? No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be … Continue reading

Donald Trump Would Pick Trey Gowdy for Attorney General

From Political Insider: Donald Trump is taking the 2016 Presidential campaign by storm! Trump, who would be a bold defender of conservative principles in the White House, announced on Twitter who his pick for Attorney General is. His choice is South Carolina conservative Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), who continues to Chair the U.S. House of Representative’s Select Committee on Benghazi. Gowdy has been a consistent thorn in the side of the Obama administration, exposing the White House’s incompetence on issues ranging from amnesty, IRS abuses, and the illegal deletion of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. As Trump tweeted, “@HillaryClinton’s … Continue reading

Rush Limbaugh: Trump Tells Establishment to ‘Go to Hell’

From:,  by Sandy Fitzgerald,  on Jul 20, 2015,  see the article HERE. Donald Trump is defying “conventional belief” by doubling down and refusing to apologize to Sen. John McCain for comments made over the weekend that at first questioned the senator’s reputation as a war hero before saying that he is one, talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Monday. “The American people haven’t seen something like this in a long time,” Limbaugh said on his radio program. “They have not seen an embattled public figure stand up, double down, and tell everyone to go to hell.” Limbaugh insisted that … Continue reading