Weekend at Raul’s

Actually, it’s been a lot longer than a weekend. Spanish tourist, José Carlos Díaz Fernández died in Cuba in what’s being reported as a traffic accident. That was on March 8th. But the bereaved family hasn’t been able to navigate the bureaucracy of the “Worker’s Paradise” to get the body repatriated to Spain.

La Voz de Galicia reports, that no date has even been set to send the body. It is reported that Díaz Fernández had trip insurance. Apparently there is no coverage to protect one from the slow moving and indifferent Castro dictatorship.

Buyers of trips to Cuba be warned.

Wet Foot/Dry Foot: It’s complicated

Yesterday afternoon we were greeted with the news that the Obama administration had immediately canceled the “wet foot/dry foot” policy for Cuban migrants and the curious thing is that nobody knows exactly how to react.

One thing is clear, everybody hated the policy. But why?

For one thing it created an arbitrary finish line that migrants could attempt to reach, knowing that if they got there they would be granted legal status in the US, and after one year, permanent residence (a green card). The absurd end of the race was documented many times on Florida beaches and as far north as the Carolinas. Often times migrants would jump off their boats and rafts, making a mad dash for dry land and legal status while police and other officials tried to keep them at bay.

Another thing about wet foot/dry foot is that it instantly created gigantic incentives for human trafficking. Over the years we’ve documented the explosive growth of the migrant smuggling industry. So-called go-fast boats regularly make the run to Cuba to pick up migrants and drop them off in different places near US soil, all for a hefty price that is usually paid by the migrants’ stateside relatives.

But wet foot/dry foot isn’t just about crossing the sea. It’s about the many land journeys taken by Cubans through Latin America, where they are unwelcome, to get to the US border with Mexico where the same finish line could be found.

Literally tens of thousands of Cubans arrive in the US and attain legal status because of wet foot/dry foot annually. That’s over and above the 20,000-25,000 annually that come in an orderly fashion via an annual visa lottery. The result is that for the last twenty years the US has received a veritable uncontrolled flood of Cuban refugees.

For its part, the Castro regime spends a good amount of time denouncing the policy despite the fact that it does draw some benefits. For one thing, it’s clear that the smugglers operate with a wink and a nod from (and probably suitcases full of cash for) regime officials. There is simply no way a militarized country that claims to be constantly on guard for invasion from its “imperialist” neighbor could be blind to the many vessels coming going.  Also, all outward migration from Cuba acts as a pressure escape valve, as the most desperate to leave take desperate measures to leave. A disaffected Cuban dissident is no longer a threat once outside of Cuba.

Still the regime has often denounced wet foot/dry foot and claiming that it is the reason so many Cubans want to leave Cuba, for false promises of streets paved with gold in the United States. Of course those legends have nothing to do with the grinding poverty and hopelessness of the totalitarian dictatorship in Cuba, right?

What bothers me about wet foot/dry foot in addition to the above, is the nature of today’s Cuban migrant. It strikes me that their motivations for coming to the US are no different than migrants from every other country. They simply want a better economic life than their country can currently afford them. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Millions around the world have same dream but they don’t have that finish line to reach. Fundamental fairness dictates that there be a uniform policy toward economic migrants from the various Latin American countries. That’s not to say that there aren’t still legitimate political exiles coming but, from what I’ve read, the procedures to achieve political asylum remain unchanged.

The truth is that most wet foot/dry foot beneficiaries aren’t anti-Castro. Most are actually apolitical. A lot of them end up being crooks and lowlifes, Che Guevara’s new man. Many return to Cuba on vacation as soon as they get their green cards. And they do so loaded with cash and duffel bags of stuff bought at places like ¡ño que barato! As Val Prieto has often noted, the Castro regime’s most profitable export is Cubans. So not only are most of these dry foot migrants not opposed to the regime, they are loyal customers of Castro, Inc.

In any case, the policy has been in place for two decades and everyone hates it. But now it seems everyone hates a change in the status quo.

My issue with the change is that I feel like there’s something we do not yet know. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. I suspect, based on the many unilateral concessions that the Obama administration has made to Raul Castro over the last two years, that somehow the regime managed to position an end to wet foot/dry foot as a concession on THEIR end. Which would mean that they get a concession from the United States in return. An easy two for none for the regime.

The other thing that’s hard to reconcile is that Obama’s new policies toward Cuba have actually led to increased repression on the island (since the U.S. has shown no sign of challenging the regime or expecting different conduct) and increased outward migration. And now the administration is closing the door. There’s an incongruity there.

I am very suspect of anything Obama does regarding Cuba. He’s proven that he’s a sympathizer and not a critic of the regime. That said, because the wet foot/foot dry foot policy was so absurd and flawed that I am happy it’s gone.

As to what happens next, we’ll just have to see as the biggest wild card of all, Donald Trump, gets inaugurated. On Cuba, like on virtually every other issue, nobody knows what US policy will look like going forward. We can only pray for the best.

History will not absolve him…

This is the file obituary I wrote for PJ Media back in 2006. It finally ran today.

History Will Not Absolve Fidel Castro


Fidel Castro Ruz, Cuban dictator of almost five decades, has been proclaimed dead by official Cuban sources. No cause of death has been officially given though Castro had been ill since July of 2006 when it was suddenly announced that he underwent emergency intestinal surgery and was “temporarily” handing over power to his younger brother Raul. Castro is survived by his longtime companion Dalia Soto del Valle and several children from various relationships. There has probably been no modern leader with as much disinformation surrounding his biography as Fidel Castro.


Castro was born in Birán in eastern Cuba on August 13, 1926. He was born out of wedlock, the third of seven children of Angel Castro Argiz and his then teenaged servant Lina Ruz Gonzalez. Castro’s father, a Spaniard who fought as a loyalist in the losing cause against Cuban independence, emerged as a wealthy landowner with a reputation for stealing land and property. The elder Castro is said to have harbored anti-American sentiments because of the U.S. victory in the Spanish-American War. Apparently those sentiments were passed on to Fidel, as they were a hallmark of Castro’s rule in addition to deception, capricious micromanagement, and egomania.

Fidel Castro’s childhood was indelibly marked by his illegitimate status. His academic career was plagued by discipline problems. Fidel’s father Angel eventually divorced his first wife and in 1943 he finally married Lina and recognized her children, including Fidel and Raul, who bears no resemblance to his brothers and has long been suspected to be the product of an affair Lina had with a corporal in Cuba’s rural guard.

A little-known episode from Fidel Castro’s childhood years took place in 1940 when he wrote a letter to U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt in which he lied about his age, saying he was two years younger than he really was and asking Roosevelt for a $10 bill. History professor Antonio de la Cova characterizes this as the first documented lie told by Fidel Castro and a sign of a child who was highly deceitful and manipulative. It also shows an early awareness of American power. In the letter, Castro offers to show Roosevelt where Cuba’s mineral wealth is hidden in exchange for the money.

Continue reading at PJ Media. 


Trump and his embargo-skirting past

Marc Caputo of Politico contacted me yesterday about Trump and the U.S. embargo on the Castro regime. He quoted me accurately in his piece but I wanted to expand on what I told him. His questions were about support for the embargo and whether it’s waning among Cuban-Americans.
The answer is that it’s complicated. Certainly the embargo enjoys less support these days than it ever has. But it’s not because minds have been changed. The complexion of the Cuban-American community has changed and Obama’s moves since December 17, 2014 have been demoralizing to us hardliners.
Here’s some quotes that Caputo didn’t use (I’ve edited for coherence and grammar):
I think a lot of Cubans of my dad’s generation are so invested in beating Hillary and the Democrats that they’ll forgive Trump of anything. It’s the same reason so many other conservative constituencies are doing it.
Ten years ago Obama’s opening to Castro would have engendered a much different reaction. Obama finally moved the Overton window on Cuba. The old guard is dying or feels defeated.
I’m supporting Johnson despite his anti embargo stance. I’m still for it. I think it protects American business and taxpayers, but that genie isn’t going back in the bottle.
It’s a crazy year. All Trump supporters are gambling they will be able to influence policy. Trump does or says one thing one day and the opposite the next. It’s his M.O. Nobody knows where he really stands on anything. They project things on him, like Obama in 2008.
What Hillary will provide is something predictable to be opposed to, rather than trying to bend over backwards defending the indefensible from Trump. Look at Rubio’s messaging, ‘Help me stop Hillary’s agenda.’
I just think most people aren’t thinking about Cuba as they decide, and if they are the options are all equally bad. Kind of takes issue off the table.
He asked me if this was a change in opinion about the embargo and I said,
Attrition and defeatism, not a change in opinion.
He asked about pro-embargo exile groups and I said,
That’s the thing, they aren’t strong like before.
We talked about one particular group and its leader and I said
He is a good man. Again a shitty situation. No doubt he’d prefer Jeb or Marco or Ted. He knows there’s no influencing Hillary. Like there’s there’s no influencing Obama. If the story had come out in primaries it would be different. But the chips are on the table and the ball is spinning. It’s politics now, not policy.

See the human zoo, step this way…

From the Dallas Morning News we get another report about Carnival Adonia’s maiden cruise to Cuba. Between the lines some truth escapes.

But stray just slightly off the plazas, and the scene changes from one of grandeur to one of neglect and decay. Paint peels from graffiti-emblazoned buildings like blistered, sunburned skin. Rust runs like tears from wrought-iron balconies.

Peña says that’s why her 90-year-old mother, who lives in Miami, has no desire to return to Cuba. “She lived in Cuba in all its glory, and she doesn’t want to see it like this,” Peña said. “I have heard the stories since I was very young about the glory and the glamour and the marvel of Cuba.”

But have no fear…

The glamour is still there; you just have to know where to find it. A cocktail party at the newly restored Gran Teatro de La Habana is a good place to start. Marble angels that seem to float against the theater’s ornate baroque facade greeted Adonia passengers who sipped mint-infused mojitos in the cavernous entry hall.

Afterward, many departed for a show at the Tropicana Club, a world-renowned cabaret show that features scantily clad dancers in elaborate headdresses strutting across the stage like exotic birds.

Yes, exotic birds. I’ve been saying it for years. Visiting Cuba is like visiting animals at the zoo. You get to observe these animals in their natural habitat all while you return to the comfort of your stateroom.


Later, when everyone’s intoxication with the island’s music, architecture and natural beauty was at its peak, they encountered a sobering reminder that Cubans live with shortages of basic items.

Locals approached, politely asking for soap, pencils and other necessities. For Peña, this dearth of essentials was especially distressing because it affects Cuban family members. She’s confident the lid of this time capsule that is Cuba is slowly being pried open, providing hope for people who have lived without it for so long.

Now I see the wisdom of Obama’s “normalization” strategy. It doesn’t matter that military dictatorship of Cuba gets rich off of American tourists. Those same tourists might leave some spare items behind along with a prayer.

“I gave some sundries out, and a wonderful woman named Tomasa asked me if I believed in God,” Peña said. “We prayed for each other’s families and both our countries.



Cue the sad trombone. Cuba cruises end up sucking


According to an AP story, Fathom cruises, the Carnival Cruise sub-brand, is having growing pains with its itineraries to the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

The cruises to the Dominican Republic, meanwhile, which invite passengers to volunteer on projects like reforestation and teaching English, are proving to be a hard sell and have been steeply discounted, with the initial $1,540 ticket price cut to as low as $249. “People don’t know why they would want go and pay to work somewhere,” said travel agent Gloria Hanson. “People want a vacation.”

And the Cuba cruise? Glad you asked. Hanson had this to say:

“This cruise is not for everybody,” she said. “It’s a tiring cruise. You’re walking, walking, walking. You’re not coming back to the ship to have drinks and party. It’s not that kind of a cruise.”

Even Fathom’s ship, Adonia, is different from the glitzy megaships that have become standard in the U.S. cruise industry. Adonia is smaller than many ships, carrying just over 700 passengers. It also has no casino and doesn’t offer the comedy clubs and Broadway-style productions that cruise passengers have come to expect.

When asked about the situation, Fathom flack Tara Russel says:

“We are pioneering two products the world has never seen.”

Yes, and they are also two product the world has never asked for either.

Anyone who gets on a Fathom cruise to Cuba deserves to get Zika.

Cardinal Ortega steps down


The Associated Press is reporting that Cardinal Jaime Ortega has stepped down according to a Vatican announcement on Tuesday.

I’m not an expert on the Church in Cuba and don’t know anything about his replacement, Juan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriguez, the archbishop of Camaguey, but the way I read it the departure of Ortega is a welcome sign as he’s been one of the key collaborators with the Castro regime.

About that cruise ship that’s going to Cuba…

The bad public relations for Carnival’s Fathom Cruises keeps piling up. It turns out that the ship, the MV Adonia, that is scheduled to sail to Cuba was found to be deficient in meeting safety standards set by the U.S. Coast Guard and that it’s first voyage to the Dominican Republic under Fathom’s flag was canceled.

A groundbreaking moment for Carnival Corp.’s new social-impact cruise line, Fathom, came to a halt Monday when it was forced to cancel its soft launch.

The 710-passenger Adonia, which was scheduled to leave Sunday for its first seven-night cruise to the Dominican Republic, was delayed by a series of routine tests being performed by the U.S. Coast Guard. Adonia has been moved to Terminal C; the tests are still underway.

According to a Coast Guard spokesperson, “The vessel had run into some issues; the main issues were that the fire screen doors, approximately 30 of them on one of the decks, were inoperable. We’re working with the cruise ship to make sure that this is taken care of before they can get underway.”

Not the Adonia. Yet.
Not the Adonia. Yet.

One can’t help but to feel a little glee at Carnival’s misfortune. A little bit of karma for the cruise line which has agreed to enforce Cuba’s apartheid policies by denying Cuban born Americans from sailing to Cuba. It should be noted that this ship is not new. It was built in 2001 and it’s small by cruise standards. Honestly, I hope the vessel gets impregnated with norovirus.

A primer on repression in Cuba

In light of President Obama’s trip to Cuba and all the attendant media coverage I thought it would be good to reprise this post from 2011. It’s a primer on repression in Cuba for the novice.

In castro’s Cuba people live in fear of government reprisals if they are deemed to be critical of the regime or found to be otherwise “counterrevolutionary”. To be counterrevolutionary, or against the Cuban Revolution, is the gravest of sins. The “Revolution” is the government and vice versa.

In order to protect themselves, average Cubans have become experts in something called the “doble moral” or being two-faced. That is to say they have learned to say one thing publicly while believing the exact opposite privately. For example, a Cuban citizen might tell a tourist or a foreign journalist a glowing appraisal of fidel castro and Cuba’s medical system but privately he may be cursing both. It’s hard for many Americans to fathom this because we’ve become quite accustomed to saying whatever we want about our leaders and the industries that are supposed to serve us. That’s because we have freedom and they don’t.

Once a Cuban citizen appears on the radar of the regime as a possible counterrevolutionary there are many tactics the regime uses to silence them. It used to be that they would simply arrest and prosecute the offending citizen for crimes against the revolution and sentence him/her to a long prison sentence. This is still in the regime’s toolbox but not the preferred method since it’s much easier for the rest of the world to find out about such things and public relations is very important to the dictatorship. This is why it prefers to use more subtle methods.

Knock, knock. Who’s there?
One method of repression is a visit from a state security agent. He will visit the offending citizen and have a “come to Jesus” reminding him/her about how much the state has done for that him/her and the the all-encompassing power of the state to take everything away. Essentially this is a veiled threat of much more distasteful tactics to come if the subject does not cease and desist in his/her objectionable discourse or behavior.

The honor of your presence is requested
One of the favored methods is to serve the subject with a summons to appear at a local police station. The purpose is to have a similar type of discussion as above but within unfriendlier confines. The obvious fear of those voluntarily appearing at police station is not knowing when or if they will be allowed to leave.

Round up the usual suspects
A little further up the repression scale is the temporary detention. In this case security agents will pick up the subject and detain him/her for an undefined period of time (usually overnight). This of course reinforces the fact that you are at the mercy of state.

The Upright Citizens Brigade
No, I’m not talking about an improvisational comedy troupe. The official name is “rapid response brigades” and they are made up of Cuban citizens that are specially trained for their task which is to disrupt any public protests against the government. The brigades are mobs, usually led by state security agents in plain clothes and are made up of both men and women. These brigades are among the most important tools the regime has at its disposal. Because the regime’s official discourse is that there is very little opposition in Cuba (none legitimate because according to them all dissidents and opposition members are in the service of the US government) the rapid response brigades give the regime a plausible degree of cover with the compliant foreign media. For example, if a 4 or 5 dissidents stage a protest in a public place and begin attracting attention a rapid response brigade will be dispatched to the scene. The mob will throw rocks and yell revolutionary slogans to drown out the protestors. The resulting media coverage will be about a small group of citizens protesting the government who were met by a much larger pro-government “counter-protest”. The anti-government folks are usually roughed up in the process and we’ve posted many pictures here at Babalu of bruised and beaten dissidents and opposition members.

Ostracize me
Because the castro regime is totalitarian it controls virtually all aspects of Cubans’ lives. From the ration booklet that provides the little food available, to the home one lives in to the job one works at, it’s all under the authority of fidel castro and his underlings. In a free society if you lose your job you simply go out and find another employer. But in Cuba there is basically one employer. Get on his bad side and you’ll literally be on the street selling black market peanuts for figurative peanuts.

Forgive them for they know not what they do
Once a Cuban citizen has become a full-fledged enemy of the state they are subject to jailing as mentioned at the top. A show trial is held and after the defendant is found guilty he/she is sentenced to a long prison term (upwards of 15 years is typical). This causes a great deal of discomfort for the regime. As long as the regime has political prisoners rotting in its dungeons Cuba is subject to criticism from human rights groups and its goal of gaining political and economic legitimacy in the world is damaged. This is why the regime periodically purges itself of prisoners by forcing them into exile. We’ve recently seen such forced exile when Havana’s Catholic Cardinal Ortega brokered a deal with Cuba’s dictators to release a large number of such prisoners to Spain.

To summarize, the regime has no shortage of creative techniques to keep the streets quiet of protests. The castro brothers routinely surveil and harass their critics. They detain them and jail them and then banish them. They ostracize them and mobilize against them. Just because they haven’t seen the need to roll tanks on the streets does not mean they are not willing to do so. In 1994 a mob of disenchanted youth began throwing stones in protest of the government near Havana’s harbor drive (known as “el Malecon”) and the military came in to restore “order”.

Keep all of this in mind over the coming days and weeks and we’ve seen a discernible increase in the number and intensity of protests against the castro regime recently. Spread the word about Cuba. The enemy of the dark is light. Explain to those who are unfamiliar with the above exactly how the regime stifles dissent and how the media is too cowardly to report it because they fear losing the necessary accreditation for their Cuba bureaus.

A brief tutorial on Cuba, Castro and Obama

A message to the Rolling Stones from Cuban Rocker

The following is a message to the Rolling Stones from Cuban Rocker, Gorky Aguila. Translation below.


Eh, listen to what I gotta say, my brother. We, when you go over there, I’m talking to you Mick Jagger, yes, you, look over here, over here, you and your band. When you go over there and when Obama goes over there. We probably will be stuck in a cell in the interior ministry. I don’t know if we’ll be able to play a gig in the cell, but most probably they’ll put each musician in his own cell and we won’t be able to hear each other, you see? I’m a musician that’s censored in Cuba. I’m a musician that doesn’t have the right you have to play where you want, understand?

So at least inform yourself. That’s all I ask. Yell whatever you like but inform yourself. And if you want to play because you want to play in a tyranny, do whatever floats your boat but this, hopefully this gets to you, what I’m talking about here. In Cuba musicians are censored. There are musicians that aren’t allowed to play, there are women that are beaten by the government. And I would love to tell it to the artists, my brother, inform yourselves first about what’s going on in Cuba and at least let out a “down with Castro” you know, a little one, my brother. C’mon Rolling Stones, go for it, my brother. Ah Keith Richards! Keith Richards, he’s crazier. Keith Richards, say something, my little brother, say something, go for it with 100,000 watts, “down with you know who!” Shit!

Myopic, stupid, and irrational.

That’s how I characterize the primary electorate in the Republican Party. This is new for me. I always had faith in the wisdom of the average American. No more. I should have known after the mass delusion of 2008. I chalked that up to eight years of bad press for George W. Bush and two unpopular wars. I also thought that, beyond the die hard lefties, the people who put Obama over the top were swing voters who unknowingly were attracted to what they felt was some sort of movement, even if they didn’t really realize what exactly that movement was about. Here was a young, charismatic candidate that seemed to embody the American dream. They could be excused for not scratching too deep below the surface.

I used to have confidence that the “low information voter” was a Democrat or at least Democrat-leaning. Now I know that they form at least a plurality in the entire electorate.

As 2016 approached it seemed that the stars had aligned in favor of the Republican party and the conservative grass roots that were then engine behind it. The GOP had control of a majority of state legislatures, Governor’s mansions and the House and Senate. The Democrats appeared ready to nominate an avowed socialist or a corrupt former First Lady with blood on her hands and an ongoing Federal investigation hanging over her head. All voters had to do was pick one of the 16 or so candidates whose name was not Donald Trump.

But the Republican primary electorate is myopic, stupid and irrational. All of this talk of anger is hogwash. I’m angry too. But my anger doesn’t cloud my judgement. If you’re angry because of the debt, the constitutional overreaches, taxes, regulations, the liberal Supreme Court, crony capitalism, government corruption, Obamacare, and the federalizing of every problem then the rational answer is to nominate a conservative. But we don’t have a rational electorate in the Republican party. The average Trump voter has somehow decided that the way to solve all these problems is to nominate a person whose position on these all these issues at some point in the recent past was identical to the President’s. Why? Because they are myopic, stupid, and irrational.

Oh and because they’re bigots. That’s right, Trump’s incredible (in the literal sense of the word, as in not to be believed) rise can basically be attributed to one thing, his off-handed remarks about Mexican immigrants. I say off-handed because we now know that Trump doesn’t prepare speeches. He also doesn’t maintain any sort of consistency. He says whatever he wants whenever he wants and it doesn’t matter if it contradicts previous statements or actions. So Trump has a brain fart about Mexicans and suddenly he’s the darling of the bigots within the GOP. Then as he begins to snowball, a great mass of myopic, stupid and irrational people join in. The result is that the presumed nominee is the only person in the field that has lower favorability ratings than the old harridan, Hillary Clinton.

Let me tell you something about illegal immigration. A lot of Cuban-Americans look down their noses at illegal immigrants from Latin America. They will tell you that they came here legally and a country has a responsibility to defend its borders. Both statements are true, of course, but they are also only part of the story. Before the robolución, Cubans had an open door to this country. Despite that, more Americans went to live in Cuba than vice versa. Then, since cagastro took over, Cubans have enjoyed a very generous status to enter the United States. It’s easy to say you came legally when it was made easy for you. What isn’t easy is to leave your country behind because there’s no opportunity there and to search for a better life in America despite the fact that you don’t have permission to be here. Yes, it’s “illegal” but don’t kid yourselves, bigots. It’s an administrative violation. Yes, there are criminals among these immigrants but don’t kid yourself, bigots. We home-grow the vast majority of criminals in this country.

This nativist furor has been some time in the making. It started with Tom Tancredo and Lou Dobbs. Soon it was Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin Sean Hannity and, I hate to say it because she was once a great friend to this blog, Michelle Malkin poisoning the well with their anti-immigrant rhetoric. Oh and let’s not forget the patron saint of hateful bigoted bitches, Ann Coulter. A pox on all their houses. It all came to a head with Trump’s verbal diarrhea.

A message to Americans who hate illegal immigrants: if you lost your job to an illegal immigrant who doesn’t have an education or that doesn’t even speak English, then I humbly suggest the problem is with you, retard, not the immigrant. I challenge each and every one of you to go out and pick oranges in central Florida for a day like Morgan Spurlock did. Then come tell me about immigrants stealing the good jobs. Pfft.

And if you are one of those aforementioned “holier than thou” Cubans who thinks you’re somehow better than the Mexican who cuts your lawn, let me inform you of something: the people that vote for Trump don’t make any distinctions. You’re a lousy stealing, raping, murdering Mexican to them too. Don’t kid yourself. They hate you just as much.

Now having Trump beat Rubio so overwhelmingly in Florida is a double punch in the gut. Val had a great post on Facebook about it today:

…if you’re a bright, principled and young conservative candidate you will be running against three entities: The Democratic party, your own party candidates and the mainstream media. If you happen to be a true Hispanic to boot, you will also be running against the Latino advocacy media, the xenophobic fringes of your own party and the latino entitlement body politic.

I hate to admit that was naive about all of these things. Or rather I was kidding myself. I wanted to believe that the GOP really was the party of Lincoln, the party of Civil Rights. I wanted to believe that our party was indeed color blind. I wanted to believe that Nikki Haley and Tim Scott and Marco Rubio would stand as proof that what the truly hateful leftists say about the Republican party was false. But as it turns out, neither party has a monopoly on racists and we’re about to nominate the perfect liberal caricature of Republicans, and the best part is that he has always been and always be a New York liberal Democrat.

Each person must do what their conscience dictates. For me, the Republican party is merely an organization. It was once a great organization that stood for great things. It no longer does. I personally can’t be a member of an organization that Donald Trump is ostensibly the head of. I can’t be the member of an organization (The Republican Party of Florida) whose members rejected a conservative Floridian in favor of a liberal New York demagogue who feeds on bigotry to fuel his blind ambitions. I’m a conservative. That’s why I’m leaving the Republican Party. Today I mailed in the form to change to “no party affiliation” after being a Republican since my 18th birthday.

“But what about beating Hillary?,” you say. Well, I don’t want Trump to beat Hillary. If we are going down as a nation it should be on the Democrats’ watch. We can’t elect a Democrat who says he’s a Republican just to say we’ve won and feel better. Conservatives need to find a way to stop Trump and if we can’t stop Trump, then we need to find a third option for November. Sorry.

Besides Trump doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning in November and the reason is simple. ANY GOP candidate would need to do better than Mitt Romney did with women, young people, educated people and minorities. Guess who is completely turned off by Trump? You guessed it: women, young people, educated people and minorities. Clinton currently beats Trump by 6.3 points according to the Real Clear Politics average of head-to-head polls. Don’t believe that those polls are predictive? In 2012, during March, the polls had Obama ahead of Romney by 4 points. Obama’s margin of victory in November: 4 points. Don’t kid yourself, there aren’t enough disaffected hillbillies in Appalachia and the hinterlands to make up for all the people like me who voted for Romney but will never in a million years vote for Trump, the real estate seminar con man.

Secondly, what if Trump were to win? Could you imagine being saddled with this guy representing you for four long years and having to defend him? Remember defending George W. Bush? It was exhausting and he was George Fucking Washington compared to Trump. And then in 2020 to have defend Drumpf in a re-election bid? If you think I’m prepared to do that, you’re out of your Goddamned mind. I would prefer to oppose President Hillary than even think about defending President Scumbag. Why? Because I’m not myopic, stupid, or irrational.

When Super PAC advertising isn’t so super

I’ve been thinking a lot about Super PACs lately and how they operate to support a candidate that they can’t legally coordinate with. The whole idea is really kind of absurd because it relieves the candidates of responsibility for the messages. But the truth is that a well-run Super PAC doesn’t have to coordinate directly with the candidate it supports. The people that run the Super PAC merely have to be good observers of their candidate’s campaign and its moves.

This article gives a perfect example.

The Rubio-supporting Super PAC mentioned in the linked article pulled an ad they were going to run, apparently because they felt it wasn’t tonally aligned with the campaign Rubio is running. Smart. The flip side is that they could have damaged Rubio by running the original ad.

The exact opposite is taking place today as a Super PAC in support of Jeb! Bush is attacking Rubio for immigration reform, an issue that Bush and Rubio agree on!

It’s like Mike Murphy never had his heart into backing Bush. He just wants to beat up Marco.

All of this begs a question. What are the possibilities of using a Super PAC for foul play against a candidate it’s supposed to be supporting? Can a PAC set up ostensibly to support a candidate but instead muddy up the water around the candidate? Perhaps intentionally?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not for eliminating Super PACs. I think the curtailing of political speech in the name of “campaign finance reform is an affront to the constitution. The obvious answer is to get rid of the donation limits to candidates and have full disclosure. That way we know this candidate is paid for by George Soros or Norman Brahman or whatever.