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Narcissistic Personality Disorder is real, and not a label to throw around loosely. Psychiatrists weigh in on what it means for President Trump. USA TODAY

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When Republican Sen. Bob Corker said last week  that President Trump hasn’t “been able to demonstrate the stability” needed for success and recommended he “move way beyond himself,” it was news mostly because Corker has been one of Trump’s key supporters in Congress.

Then James Clapper, who served in top intelligence jobs under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Wednesday morning questioned Trump’s “fitness to be in this office” and said he was worried about the president’s access to the nuclear codes. Clapper, who had a long military career, is a close friend and longtime colleague of Trump’s Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, a former Marine Corps general.

“If in a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there’s actually very little to stop him,” Clapper, former head of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said on CNN. “The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there’s very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary.”

Until now, talk of Trump’s erratic behavior and alleged narcissism was common on social media, late-night talk shows and among political opponents. But Trump’s “fire and fury” comments about North Korea, a raucous rally in Arizona Tuesday and changing response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., crossed a line for some Republicans and brought the conversation into the mainstream, even among some supporters.

A poll by the media and technology company Morning Consult over the weekend showed 55% of respondents said Trump was not stable.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a former constitutional law professor at American University, sponsored legislationin April that would set up an independent commission to determine if any president no longer has the physical or mental capacity to perform the duties of the office. The 25th Amendment to the constitution was ratified 50 years ago and calls for such a body but it was never set up.

The bill now has 28 co-sponsors and while more can’t be added until Congress goes back into session Sept. 5, Raskin says there’s been “a sudden spike after every acute episode” involving Trump’s behavior.

“We need every tool in the constitutional tool kit to be able to deal with the unfolding and accelerating crisis of presidential power in America today,” says Raskin.

Raskin notes the commission would also be in place if future presidents can no longer serve, but former New Hampshire Republican Sen. Gordon Humphrey urged the New Hampshire congressional delegation this month to support it because Trump is “impaired by a seriously sick psyche.”

Speculation about the president’s mental health has also spawned a cottage industry of psychiatrists and authors opining on his fitness for office.

Yale forensic psychiatrist Bandy Lee is consulting with Democratic members of Congress and other psychiatrists about setting up an expert panel to advise Congress about Trump’s mental health. Lee, who said she is speaking out because of Trump’s “dangerousness,” edited the upcoming book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, to which 27 mental health professionals contributed.

Psychiatrist Allen Frances, meanwhile, who conceived of the diagnostic definition of narcissistic personality disorder, is coming out next month with his own book, Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump.

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“Narcissistic personality disorder describes a debilitating need to project grandiosity so as to fight the inner feelings of low self-worth,” says Lee, who works internationally on predictors and prevention of violence. “In extreme forms, narcissistic personality disorder is one of the disorders most associated with violence and is sometimes considered to be on the same spectrum as antisocial personality disorder, or sociopathy.”

“He’s not going to be defeated by a bunch of mental health workers saying he’s crazy,” says Frances. “The way to defeat him is political.”

Unlike all the empathic people who were “grieving openly about the terrible loss of life and threat of racism” after Charlottesville, “narcissists care more about being right or promoting a point of view,” says psychiatrist Judith Orloff, author of The Empath’s Survival Guide, which includes a chapter on narcissism.

“If a narcissist is forced to comply with a belief they don’t really have, they will go through the motions of ‘saying the right thing’ but then retract their statement when they have a change,” says Orloff.  “Narcissists aren’t open to being told what to do and they will rebel against that.”

After Trump’s declaration a week before Charlottesville that military action by North Korea would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Lee and four other psychiatrists who contributed to her book wrote a letter to all members of Congress.

“It no longer takes a psychiatrist to recognize the alarming patterns of impulsive, reckless, and narcissistic behavior — regardless of diagnosis — that, in the person of President Trump, put the world at risk,” read the letter to Congress. “We now find ourselves in a clear and present danger, especially concerning North Korea and the president’s command of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.”

A leading Republican senator says Donald Trump has not yet shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed. (Aug. 17) AP

Tony Schwartz, who co-authored Trump’s 1987 book Art of the Deal but then became one of the president’s sharpest critics, had stopped speaking publicly about him in recent months but appeared on MSNBC Sunday and discussed Trump’s narcissism and impulsivity. Schwartz, who runs a human resources consulting firm called the Energy Project, also contributed to Lee’s book. He tweeted Sunday that Trump is “prima facie mentally ill,” noting that one doesn’t need to be a psychiatrist to see it.

Schwartz says he decided to talk about Trump again because of North Korea and Charlottesville.

“I am deeply worried that Trump’s deep deficits and his resulting lack of self—regulation and judgment puts our country and the world at risk of obliteration,” he says.

These may be scary — crazy, even — times, but many psychiatrists including Orloff refuse to comment directly about the president.

Some say it’s unethical and unfair to those with mental illness to do anything close to rendering a clinical opinion on a public official’s mental health. The White House seems to agree.

“With all the ‘medical opinions’ out there it’s as if doctors have left their practices due to the Obamacare disaster and are now attempting careers in TV,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “This is nothing more than another absurd attempt to attack the President. It did not work during the campaign, and it will not work now. “

The Goldwater Rule

Even so, a leading mental health association is loosening restrictions on some of its members.

The American Psychoanalytic Association last month gave members permission to discuss Trump’s mental health publicly without concern for what’s called the Goldwater rule. The psychoanalytic association has psychiatrist members, but also includes psychologists and other types of mental health counselors.

During the 1964 presidential campaign, the magazine Fact published the results of a survey about questions surrounding Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater’s mental health. After losing the race in a historic landslide, Goldwater sued the magazine and won a libel suit, an extremely difficult accomplishment for a public figure. Since then, psychiatrists have generally steered clear of analyzing the mental health of public officials.

“If one has questions about an individual’s public behavior or capacity to govern, it’s incredibly problematic to conflate with a mental illness,” says psychiatrist and Harvard Medical School professor Rebecca Brendel.

Brendel is a consultant to the ethics committee of the American Psychiatric Association, which authored the Goldwater ethics rule. It says psychiatrist members of the American Psychiatric Association shouldn’t offer a “professional opinion” about someone in the public eye … “unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.”

Doing so when it’s about an individual a psychiatrist hasn’t treated diverges from established treatment methods, which include “careful study of medical history and first-hand examination of the patient,” wrote psychiatrist and APA President Maria Oquendo.

Mental illness and physical illness “are not clearly so separate,” says Brendel, who asserts that a medical assessment is required to make sure any apparent psychiatric symptoms aren’t caused by medical problems.

Lee, who is no longer a member of the psychiatric association, says she respects the Goldwater rule but disagrees with what she says was an “expansion” of the rule issued in March that said a psychiatrist compromises “both the integrity of the psychiatrist and the profession” by offering any public opinions or comments about public officials.

She isn’t making a diagnosis and agrees that doing so “from afar is not only unethical, but impossible.”

 “I only mention words and behaviors in relation to the president that point to his dangerousness,” says Lee.

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Ben Rhodes and the ‘Retailing’ of the Iran Deal

Here’s what the New York Times Magazine’s story gets wrong.

Several days ago, I received an email from Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of a Washington think tank called the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Dubowitz is an expert on sanctions, and has been one of the most ardent and effective opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement (though not quite effective enough to stop it, as he himself would note). The subject line of Dubowitz’s e-mail was, “Rhodes,” and his message to me was simple: What Ben Rhodes just did to you is terrible. “You’re a great reporter,” Dubowitz wrote. “Keep up your important work.”

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My problem, at that moment, was that I didn’t know what Ben Rhodes—President Obama’s deputy national security adviser—had done to me. But Dubowitz’s Don’t worry, you’ll probably be okay in the long run-tone put me in an apocalyptic frame of mind.

Dubowitz was referring, it turns out, to a single line in a long profile of Rhodes in the New York Times Magazine, written by the one-time Atlantic writer, and current Tablet Magazine literary editor, David Samuels. The profile posits that Rhodes manipulated the press, and the public, into believing various untrue things about the Iran deal. Deep in the article, Samuels named me as one of those manipulated reporters, writing, in a discussion about the way he believes information to be transmitted today, that, “For those in need of more traditional-seeming forms of validation, handpicked Beltway insiders like Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor helped retail the administration’s narrative.”
On one level, I found this brief passage amusing, because, as Dubowitz and others in the opposition camp might acknowledge, I have not been an overly enthusiastic advocate of the Iran deal. Laura Rozen’s colleague at Al-Monitor, Arash Karami, made note of this as well, asking on Twitter, “in what sick DC warped world is Jeffrey Goldberg in anyway sympathetic to Iran? It’s beyond delusional.” (Karami, to be sure, is a bit unfair in his characterization of my position: I like Iran very much, but I’m not fond of the Jew-hating, gay-hanging, Baha’i-persecuting, terror-loving, nuke-seeking, misogynistic, fascistic clerics who currently rule the country).

On another level, though, I did not find this mention of my name amusing at all, because Samuels is making a serious, unsourced, and unsubstantiated allegation against me in an otherwise highly credible publication (one for which I happened to work, in fact). And he did so without disclosing that he holds a longtime personal grudge against me.

On Friday, I sent an e-mail to Jake Silverstein, the editor of The New York Times Magazine, outlining my concerns. In brief, I noted that the accusation Samuels leveled against me was unfair; that he had not given me an opportunity to respond (nor was I ever contacted by a fact-checker); and that he offered no proof that I “retailed” anything on behalf of the administration. I also provided Silverstein with links to several articles I had written during that period that were critical of the Iran deal, and of the U.S. approach to the issue (including a post unambiguously titled, “Iran is Getting Away With Murder”).

I also wrote, in my e-mail to Silverstein, “As you may remember, I interviewed the President a number of times during the Iran negotiations, but, like your colleague Tom Friedman, I used those opportunities to ask the President about the tactics and premises of the negotiations. Ultimately, as an opinion writer, I came to the conclusion that the Iran deal was a deeply imperfect agreement that was nevertheless better than any proposed alternative. But I managed to come to that conclusion by myself.”
I also told Silverstein of my unhappy history with Samuels. I won’t bore you with this sad story, but five years ago, his wife, Alana Newhouse, offered me a position at Tablet Magazine, which she edits. I accepted the job, but then I quickly came to feel that she and David—he was a senior editor at Tablet—weren’t dealing with me in a straightforward way on a number of fronts, and, ultimately, I chose to stay at The Atlantic. Since that time, I have been the intermittent target of criticism in Tablet, and a more-than-intermittent target of Samuels’s personal animus. (He is not particularly careful about sharing his negative opinions of me—or others, by the way—with people who are friends of mine). Samuels should have disclosed this history to the reader.

Silverstein wrote back almost immediately, at good length, and with considerable sympathy for my concerns. (He has allowed me to quote from his response): “I want to be clear that I don’t think this implies that you were not one to ask difficult questions of the administration, or publish any pieces that made defenders of the deal unhappy,” Silverstein wrote. “That’s obviously not the case. Yours has consistently been one of the most important voices writing about foreign policy in the American media. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think that. And clearly that includes Rhodes, who is too smart to expect that a writer like yourself could be spun like the 27-year-olds he seems to have such contempt for. A better way of putting it may be that, according to David’s reporting, on this particular subject, Rhodes seemed to think that where you were coming out on the deal was in sync with where he was, and this led him to consider yours a valuable platform.”

Silverstein went on, “I don’t deny that David put some English on the ball in his portrayal. As you know, he is, by nature, a dyspeptic writer. But his assertions are backed up by the reporting he did. That said, I did not know about his history with you. This troubles me, and it’s certainly something I’ll bring up with David, but I don’t believe it had a material effect on the outcome here.”
Silverstein, in my opinion, did not respond to the core question: When, and where, did I do this “retailing”?

I also called Ben Rhodes. Like many reporters in Washington, I’ve known Rhodes for years, and have interviewed him repeatedly. (One of Samuels’s strangest assertions is that Rhodes is an “invisible” player in Washington; he does not seem invisible here, and he is also among the most frequently quoted senior administration officials in—wait for it—The New York Times, as has been noted to me by several Times reporters who were appalled by the Samuels piece).

I asked Rhodes if he told Samuels that he, or other administration officials, had ever handpicked me to retail their case for the Iran deal. This is what Rhodes said: “I told him that our goal was to try to convince you and a handful of other columnists that the Iran deal wasn’t a total catastrophe. I told him I don’t think I ever convinced you that it was a good deal.” I asked again, “Did you tell him that I was handpicked by you to ‘retail’ your public relations message?” “Of course not,” Rhodes said.

It is not unusual, of course, for an administration to try to convince journalists that it is right and that its critics are wrong. The reverse is also true: Opponents of the Iran deal tried to convince me, and other journalists, that the agreement was, contra Rhodes, a catastrophe. These people would include such figures as Dubowitz, Senator Lindsey Graham, and various Israeli officials.

I don’t want to litigate the underlying premises of the Samuels’s piece here—though I know that people like Mark Dubowitz have much interesting commentary about what Rhodes said concerning the Iran deal, and I hope to explore this subject further. The main reason I don’t want to litigate the content and conclusions of the piece here is that I don’t trust the reporting.

I would say that Carlos Lozada’s evisceration of the piece in The Washington Post—published under the non-subtle headline, “Why the Ben Rhodes profile in the New York Times Magazine is just gross”—captures many of my feelings about it, particularly about its aesthetic shortcomings. One of the substance-related oddities of the piece is that it doesn’t address what is actually Rhodes’s most concrete accomplishment in government—leading the secret negotiations that restored diplomatic relations with Cuba. This is a controversial accomplishment—many of the administration’s critics believe that it ceded too much to the Cuban government in the course of these negotiations, but it is an actual accomplishment, one that provides insight into what could be called the Obama Doctrine.
In addition to my concerns about Samuels’s deployment of unsubstantiated allegations in the piece, and about the obvious lack of fact-checking, I consider it a strange lapse on the part of the Times Magazine to keep from its readers the fact that Samuels was an ardent opponent of the Iran deal, and was advocating, as early as 2009, for the bombing of Iran. This doesn’t disqualify him from writing about Rhodes—if anything, this disclosure would have made the article more interesting, if he had leveled with the readers about his actual views.

On Sunday evening, in another e-mail exchange, Silverstein wrote (again, in an on-the-record response):

I want to be clear about what the piece was not saying. Neither David nor the Times Magazine was saying that you were some kind of unthinking shill for the administration. Of course not. In the context of that paragraph, what I took the sentence to mean is that Rhodes and the people working for him on the Iran deal had a small group of journalists in the traditional press who they saw as the most important conduits for them to get their message out, and that you were among that group (perhaps the most important in that group). David was describing a system for crafting and disseminating information, and this paragraph tried to show how the people operating that system saw the press, and in particular, saw you. David has extensive reporting—many hours of taped interviews—that supports the notion that Rhodes and others around him saw you as a key figure in how they would get their message out to the world. But let me be clear: It is not our belief that they felt this way because they saw you as intellectually pliable, or someone who would do their bidding.

As far as proof goes, we have David’s interviews. But again, as I said in the earlier email, since this was a story about Rhodes primarily, we didn’t elect to go into this material. (I also believe that it is reasonable to assume that, because the administration has trusted you so many times with such significant access, that, well, they trust you. Though again, I feel compelled to add that them trusting you is not itself evidence that you are in cahoots with them. And also to add that the work you produce with that access is of great value).

I want to reiterate that I am sorry for the fact that David did not reach out to you before publication to tell you what his reporting showed, and to get your response. That should have happened. But having spent some time today going back over David’s reporting with him, I still don’t think this merits a correction. That said, I am going to submit this to the standards editor at the Times tomorrow and see what he thinks. And if he feels that a correction of any kind is warranted, we will post it as soon as possible.
I would note that Silverstein is acknowledging, in this e-mail, that the Times did not attempt to figure out whether or not I actually did the thing Samuels accuses me of doing before publishing the accusation against me.

I did not raise the separate but related issue of Samuels’s accusations concerning Laura Rozen with Silverstein. She is waging her own fight there, apparently, and she has found plenty of support among fellow journalists who believe that Samuels has smeared her. I know Laura, though not well, and I would definitely not place myself in her ideological camp on matters related to Iran or Israel. I would say, however, that she is a dogged reporter, and Samuels’s own limitations as a reporter come through with clarity in his treatment of her. He quotes, in that same passage in which I am referenced, a White House aide named Tanya Somanader, as saying, “Laura Rozen was my RSS feed. She would just find everything and retweet it.”

Samuels is implying here that Rozen was doing the bidding of the White House, but he doesn’t seem to understand her role. Rozen’s Twitter feed, for those of us who covered the Iran negotiations, was famous. She was absolutely frenetic, tweeting about everything—who was talking to whom in the hallway, which foreign secretary had stepped out to go the bathroom—and she seemed to retweet everyone, from Ayatollah Khamenei to Benjamin Netanyahu. Rozen was an important part of my Twitter feed, too, and she was also an important part of the Twitter feed of Iran deal-opponents. It appears that Somanader was suggesting to Samuels—assuming she was quoted accurately—that she read Rozen in order to develop an encyclopedic understanding of what other people were saying about the negotiations. It seems as if something else that Samuels doesn’t understand is Twitter, which you should understand, if you’re going to write about it.

For those eight people who are still reading this, I’ll let you know if and when the Times corrects the story.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/ben-rhodes-and-the-retailing-of-the-iran-deal/481893/

 

My extremely lukewarm take on Ben Rhodes

A few thoughts about the New York Times Magazine profile that’s transfixed foreign policy watchers.

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While Spoiler Alerts was trying to enjoy a long weekend, the rest of the foreign policy community was all abuzz over David Samuels’s New York Times Magazine cover story on deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. The profile offered up lots of juicy details, including Rhodes’s love for Don DeLillo, his intellectual affinity for President Obama and his abject disdain for every foreign policy analyst residing in Washington.

Since the article went online late last week, scorching hot take after scorching hot take has appeared: See Eli Lake, Max Boot and Tom Ricks for withering takedowns of Rhodes, and Daniel Nexon, Nexon again and The Washington Post’s Carlos Lozada for withering takedowns of Samuels. Indeed, the kerfuffle created by the article was big enough to force Rhodes onto Medium in an attempt to clarify some things.

I debated the Rhodes piece with Heather Hurlburt over at Bloggingheads. Reflecting upon the story and the takes on it, I’ve come to three definitive conclusions:

1) Ben Rhodes has been at his current job way too long. Here are some direct quotes from Rhodes that make their way into Samuels’s essay:

Don DeLillo is “the only person I can think of who has confronted these questions of, you know, the individual who finds himself negotiating both vast currents of history and a very specific kind of power dynamics. That’s his milieu. And that’s what it’s like to work in the U.S. foreign-policy apparatus in 2016.”

“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus, Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

“In the absence of rational discourse, we are going to discourse the [expletive] out of this. We had test drives to know who was going to be able to carry our message effectively, and how to use outside groups like Ploughshares, the Iran Project and whomever else. So we knew the tactics that worked.”

Pretentious? Check. Arrogant? Check. Burned out? Check, check, check.

That Rhodes said this stuff to a reporter is not shocking at all, because he has been muttering stuff like this on the record to reporters for a while. Last fall, for example, he told the New York Times’s Robert Draper, “The discourse in Washington just becomes like a self-licking ice cream cone of maximalist foreign policy.” Rhodes’s comments to Jeffrey Goldberg in the latter’s long Obama story are similarly dripping with condescension toward the foreign policy establishment.

Rhodes has been at his position for more than seven years. He has a lot of political battle scars to show for it. But there’s a reason that people usually only hold jobs like Rhodes’s for just a few years before they move on: They are absolute killers of the soul. The longer Rhodes has been in the West Wing, the more contemptuous he has sounded about everyone not in the West Wing.

Clearly, Rhodes and more hawkish foreign policy types won’t see eye to eye. But I’ve talked to a few less-than-hawkish types over the weekend who are pretty infuriated by the fact that Rhodes sounds so sure that he has gotten foreign policy right. At a minimum, anyone with a hand in running American foreign policy while the Russian “reset” collapsed, the Arab spring curdled, and Syria, Libya and Yemen disintegrated might consider whether such self-certainty is truly deserved.

I get Rhodes’s frustration, but there’s a point where contempt for others seeps into how one does the job, and I’d wager that Rhodes hit that point, oh, around 2013. For the sake of his well-being, I hope he leaves the White House before 2017.

2) Samuels is pitching a really strange thesis. Samuels actually wrote this sentence: “It has been rare to find Ben Rhodes’s name in news stories about the large events of the past seven years, unless you are looking for the quotation from an unnamed senior official in Paragraph 9.”

This makes me wonder whether Samuels has read anything by anyone about Obama’s foreign policy over the past seven years. Even over just the past year, Rhodes has appeared rather frequently in The Washington Post. As someone who reads a fair amount about American foreign policy, I’ve become pretty confident that when there’s a big foreign policy story, someone will quote Rhodes at some point.

So that was a small, weird sentence by Samuels, but one that raises questions about his thesis:

Rhodes is a storyteller who uses a writer’s tools to advance an agenda that is packaged as politics but is often quite personal. He is adept at constructing overarching plotlines with heroes and villains, their conflicts and motivations supported by flurries of carefully chosen adjectives, quotations and leaks from named and unnamed senior officials. He is the master shaper and retailer of Obama’s foreign-policy narratives, at a time when the killer wave of social media has washed away the sand castles of the traditional press. His ability to navigate and shape this new environment makes him a more effective and powerful extension of the president’s will than any number of policy advisers or diplomats or spies.

If Rhodes is the president’s master national security storyteller, then he’s pretty bad at his job. The American people quite like the current president, but they sure as hell do not like his foreign policy. I can hazard a guess as to why. The point is that Samuels’s overarching argument — that Rhodes is some narrative puppetmaster dominating the foreign policy narrative through social media — is a total crock. To wit …

3) The debate about the Iran nuclear deal did not play out in the way that Rhodes or his critics claim. The most controversial part of Samuels’s story covered the Obama administration’s war room, which prevented Congress from rejecting the Iran deal. According to Samuels, Rhodes’s social media game was so strong that the White House successfully parried the rhetorical assaults against the deal.

As someone who was conscious in the summer of 2015, I remember this playing out very, very differently. Opponents of the Iran deal massively outspent and out-advertised proponents. Furthermore, contra Samuels, this blitz had an effect; in polling, the Pew Research Center found that there was an appreciable increase in opposition to the deal over the summer. But Pew also found something else: despite the blizzard of advertising and media coverage surrounding the Iran deal, respondents stated that they knew less about the contours of the deal two months after the debate started. Why? Because the issue “had not resonated widely with the public.

I’ll leave it to partisans to debate whether Rhodes and the White House shaded the truth more than opponents of the Iran deal. I’m trying to make a different point: None of it mattered. The opponents of the Iran deal spent enormous sums of money to agitate against the deal, but the issue never caught on with the American people. This allowed the White House to secure the loyalty of most Democrats. In other words, Rhodes’s efforts had little effect on the debate.

It’s almost as if, regardless of what anyone thinks, neither Rhodes nor his critics control the foreign policy narrative.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/05/09/my-extremely-lukewarm-take-on-ben-rhodes/

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Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm Indiana Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Congressional District Caucuses: Saturday 9 April 2016
State Committee Meeting: Wednesday 13 April 2016
Primary: Tuesday 3 May 2016
Republicans
Candidate Popular
Vote
Delegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
Trump, Donald John, Sr. 340,461  52.80% 51  89.47%   51  89.47% 51  89.47%
Cruz, Rafael Edward “Ted” 236,671  36.70%        
Kasich, John Richard 50,599   7.85%        
Carson, Benjamin Solomon “Ben”, Sr. 5,427   0.84%        
Bush, John Ellis “Jeb” 4,171   0.65%        
Rubio, Marco A. 3,110   0.48%        
Paul, Randal H. “Rand” 2,445   0.38%        
Christie, Christopher James “Chris” 1,080   0.17%        
Fiorina, Carleton Sneed “Carly” 896   0.14%        
(available)   6  10.53%   6  10.53% 6  10.53%
Total 644,860 100.00% 57 100.00%   57 100.00% 57 100.00%

 

Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm Republican Convention
Presidential Nominating Process
Debate –  Fox – Cleveland, Ohio: Thursday 6 August 2015
Debate – CNN – Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California: Wednesday 16 September 2015
Debate – CNBC – Boulder, Colorado: Wednesday 28 October 2015
Debate – Fox Business News – Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Tuesday 10 November 2015
Debate – CNN – Las Vegas, Nevada: Tuesday 15 December 2015
Debate – Fox Business Channel, Charleston, South Carolina: Thursday 14 January 2016
Debate – Fox – Iowa: Thursday 28 January 2016
Debate – CBS – South Carolina: February 2016 (presumably)
Debate – NBC/Telemundo – Texas: Friday 26 February 2016
Debate – CNN – TBD: March 2016 (presumably)
Debate – Salt Lake City, Utah (announced 20 February 2016): Monday 21 March 2016
41st Republican National Convention: Monday 18 July – Thursday 21 July 2016
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Candidate Popular
Vote
Delegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
Trump, Donald John, Sr. 10,465,863  39.98% 1,008  42.66% 43  39.45% 1,051  42.52% 1,008  40.78%
Cruz, Rafael Edward “Ted” 7,153,757  27.32% 550  23.28% 20  18.35% 570  23.06% 546  22.09%
Kasich, John Richard 3,730,140  14.25% 154   6.52% 3   2.75% 157   6.35% 154   6.23%
Rubio, Marco A. 3,495,759  13.35% 173   7.32%   173   7.00% 173   7.00%
Carson, Benjamin Solomon “Ben”, Sr. 728,404   2.78% 9   0.38%   9   0.36% 9   0.36%
Bush, John Ellis “Jeb” 274,691   1.05% 4   0.17%   4   0.16% 4   0.16%
Uncommitted 72,663   0.28% 11   0.47% 24  22.02% 35   1.42% 121   4.89%
Paul, Randal H. “Rand” 63,039   0.24% 1   0.04%   1   0.04% 1   0.04%
Christie, Christopher James “Chris” 56,326   0.22%        
Huckabee, Michael Dale “Mike” 49,607   0.19% 1   0.04%   1   0.04% 1   0.04%
Fiorina, Carleton Sneed “Carly” 37,792   0.14% 1   0.04%   1   0.04% 1   0.04%
Santorum, Richard John “Rick” 16,604   0.06%        
No Preference 9,299   0.04%        
Graham, Lindsey Olin 5,663   0.02%        
Gray, Elizabeth 5,449   0.02%        
(others) 5,433   0.02%        
Others 3,911   0.01%        
Gilmore, James Stuart “Jim”, III 2,669   0.01%        
Pataki, George E. 2,036   0.01%        
Cook, Timothy “Tim” 517   0.00%        
Jindal, Piyush “Bobby” 222   0.00%        
Martin, Andy 202   0.00%        
Spoiled ballots 137   0.00%        
Witz, Richard P.H. 104   0.00%        
Lynch, James P. “Jim”, Sr. 100   0.00%        
Messina, Peter 79   0.00%        
Cullison, Brooks Andrews 56   0.00%        
Lynch, Frank 47   0.00%        
Robinson, Joe 44   0.00%        
Comley, Stephen Bradley, Sr. 32   0.00%        
Prag, Chomi 16   0.00%        
Breivogel, JoAnn 16   0.00%        
Dyas, Jacob Daniel “Daniel”, Sr. 15   0.00%        
McCarthy, Stephen John 12   0.00%        
Iwachiw, Walter N. 9   0.00%        
Huey, Kevin Glenn 8   0.00%        
Drozd, Matt 6   0.00%        
Mann, Robert Lawrence 5   0.00%        
Hall, David Eames          
(available)   451  19.09% 19  17.43% 470  19.01% 454  18.37%
Total 26,180,732 100.00% 2,363 100.00% 109 100.00% 2,472 100.00% 2,472 100.00%


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Ted Cruz Unloads On “Pathological Liar” “Bully” “Serial Philanderer” Donald Trump during indiana press conference on primary day. watch desperate ted cruz reach from deep within his ass to pull out these precious butt nuggets. Ted Cruz just came out and RIPPED into The Donald for his ridiculous comments this morning about his father, calling him a pathological liar, the biggest narcissist ever, utterly amoral, a serial philanderer – and that’s what the CNN host recited after the presser. He also called out Fox News and shut down an MSNBC reporter for asking the same question twice. The Ted Cruz campaign has responded to Trump’s conspiracy comments from this morning and even blasted the media for enabling Trump to do this:
Per @alanhe, Cruz campaign out with a statement blasting Trump and media over Trump/Lee Harvey Oswald comments: pic.twitter.com/NKv4yI1c6J — Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) May 3, 2016 Cruz spokesperson Alice Stewart emails a statement on Trump’s fresh conspiracy theory about Rafael Cruz: pic.twitter.com/jLvoNR7Z9E — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) May 3, 2016
at a press availability Tuesday morning in Indiana, he completely lost it on MSNBC Cruz beat reporter Hallie Jackson when she tried to ask him again. After going off on Donald Trump’s problems with women for several minutes, Jackson took another run at the question, and when Cruz curtly cut her off, Jackson hung in there as he continued to scold her: Hallie Jackson: Senator, these are some of the strongest words you’ve used against Donald Trump yet. You know I have been with you, I heard you talk about him. Today feels different for you. I’m going to ask you a question and you’re going to say I sound like a broken record, and you’re going to say that Donald Trump is not… Ted Cruz: If you sound like a broken record, does someone else have a question? You have asked one already, Hallie. Hallie Jackson: But Senator, why not say once and for all, Senator, once and for all, will you support him as the nominee? I don’t understand why you won’t answer the question, Senator. If you say he’s a liar, Jess, I’m sorry, but if you say he’s a pathological liar… Ted Cruz: Hallie, you have asked one already. Hallie Jackson: But why not definitively say? Cruz’s treatment of Jackson notwithstanding, if any of those reporters were worth a damn, they’d have insisted Hallie get an answer before allowing Cruz to move on. There’s no one question limit, and he had already recognized her for a question, so his dismissal of her was pure cowardice, and not the sort of thing that demonstrates respect for women, or for the press.

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Ted Cruz laid into Donald Trump with his most personal and toughest criticism since the GOP presidential campaign began, calling him a “pathological liar” on Tuesday who doesn’t understand the difference between the truth and lies.

Cruz prefaced his comments by saying that for the first time, he wanted to say exactly what he thought of Trump after the front-runner suggested Cruz’s father might have had something to do with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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The Texas senator accused Trump of being both disingenuous and self-aggrandizing, saying Trump was a “narcissist” at a level “I don’t think this country has ever seen.”
“Donald Trump is such a narcissist that Barack Obama looks at him and says, ‘Dude, what’s your problem?’ ” Cruz said.

“Whatever lie he’s telling, in that minute he believes it, Cruz added. “But the man is utterly amoral. Morality does not exist for him.”

He criticized Trump for tweeting an unflattering picture of his wife, Heidi Cruz, saying it is just one piece of evidence that Trump is scared of “strong women.”

“It’s why he went after Heidi directly, attacked her and smeared her,” Cruz said. “Heidi isn’t pretty enough for him. … Donald is a bully. … Bullies don’t come from strength, they come from weakness. … There’s a reason Donald builds giant buildings and puts his name on them everywhere he goes.”

“Donald has a real problem with women,” Cruz continued.

He then noted that Trump defended boxer Mike Tyson, who was convicted in Indiana on rape charges, and told Trump’s supporters they should not believe their favored candidate.

“Donald is cynically exploiting that anger, and Donald is lying to his supporters,” he said. He went on to insist Trump would betray his them by not doing what he promises, including his pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Cruz’s all-out assault suggested his campaign might be nearing its breaking point.

Cruz raised the stakes for a one-on-one confrontation with Trump in Indiana last week, signaling he believed he could defeat the GOP businessman in the state. Polls now show that Cruz is behind Trump, who is expected to win the state on Tuesday. With a win in Indiana, Trump will be the presumptive GOP nominee and Cruz’s hopes for a contested convention this summer where he could emerge as the nominee will fade.

Cruz has appeared frustrated in recent days.

On Monday, he made the unusual move of confronting a group of Trump supporters outside his campaign stop. As Cruz sought to reason with the men, he was met with derision about being born in Canada, insults about his wife’s employer and doubts about his chances of being the GOP nominee.

On Tuesday, Trump’s comments about Cruz’s father and the Kennedy assassination appeared to set the Texan off.

“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said, calling into “Fox and Friends.” “Nobody even brings it up; they don’t even talk about that.

“What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting?” Trump asked.

Cruz said the country is facing the “abyss” with the possibility of Trump as president.

“If Indiana does not act, this country could plunge into the abyss,” he said.

He dug into Trump’s past as a Manhattan playboy, savaging Trump for bragging about his infidelities.

“Donald Trump is a serial philanderer and he boasts about it,” Cruz said. “This is not a secret, he’s proud of being a serial philander. I want everyone to think about your teenage kids. The president of the United States talks about how great it is to commit adultery. How proud he is, describes his battle with venereal disease as his own personal Vietnam. That’s a quote from the Howard Stern show.

“Do you want to spend the next five years with your kids bragging about infidelity?”

Cruz has been looking for a game-changer in Tuesday’s Indiana primary. He brokered a deal with John Kasich, the other GOP candidate in the race, that led the Ohio governor to give up campaigning in the state in a move meant to help Cruz and hurt Trump.

Cruz also named Carly Fiorina as his running mate in a bid to change the race’s momentum.

So far, the moves do not appear to have made much difference.

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In his tirade, Cruz also singled out Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, the media titans who control Fox News, accusing them of being in the tank for Trump.

“Network executives have made a decision to get behind Donald Trump,” Cruz said. “Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes at Fox News have turned Fox News into the Donald Trump Network, 24-7.”

Cruz said Murdoch has a history of “picking world leaders” abroad but said he’s never before asserted that kind of influence in the U.S.

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Barack Obama’s Hidden Past – With Bill Whittle (Part 2)

Barack Obama’s Hidden Past – With Bill Whittle (Part 3)

Gen44: The Stunning Narcissism of President Obama

I’m the Fourth Best President™ in American History ~ Barack Obama

KNOW SAUL ALINSKY AND YOU KNOW BARACK OBAMA AND HIS REGIME

Saul Alinsky Takes the White House

Mark Levin – Oct 14th – Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals (Part 1 of 3)

Mark Levin – Oct 14th – Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals (Part 2 of 3)

From Al Capone to Saul Alinsky to Barack Obama -Methods of Organizing

The Chicago Way – The Untouchables

Obama Campaign Accuses Mitt Romney Of Committing A Felony Or Lying To The American People

Did Mitt Romney Commit A Felony By Failing To Correctly Report His Status At Bain Capital?

Obama Ad Calls Romney ‘The Problem’ With Job Losses To China

Obama Criticizes Romney Jobs Record In New Ad

Obama for America TV Ad: “Makes You Wonder”

Why Would Mitt Romney Invest Millions in the Cayman Islands?

Unrelenting Obama Jabs at Romney’s Job Record

Mitt Romney on US Immigration Policy: Why Won’t He Give a Straight Answer?

Mitt Romney Versus Reality: Global Edition

No Evidence

Political Payoffs And Middle Class Layoffs

Federal Reserve Exposed, Corrupt Banking Families 1/2

Federal Reserve Exposed, Corrupt Banking Families 2/2

PICKET:(VIDEO) Obama – ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen’

“…President Barack Obama addressed supporters in Roanoke, Virginia on Friday afternoon and took a shot at the business community. President Obama dismissed any credit business owners give themselves for their success:

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.

“…There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires. …”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/jul/15/picketvideo-obama-if-youve-got-business-you-didnt-/

The Invincible Lie

By Thomas Sowelll

“…The really big lie — and one that no amount of hard evidence or logic seems to make a dent in — is that those who oppose raising taxes on higher incomes simply want people with higher incomes to have more money, in hopes that some of their prosperity will “trickle down” to the rest of the people.

Some years ago, a challenge was issued in this column to name any economist, outside of an insane asylum, who had ever said any such thing. Not one example has yet been received, whether among economists or anyone else. Someone is always claiming that somebody else said it, but no one has ever been able to name and quote that somebody else.

Once we have put aside the lies and the convoluted use of words, what are we left with? Not much.

Obama is claiming that the government can get more tax revenue by raising the tax rate on people with higher incomes. It sounds plausible, and that may be enough for some people, but the hard facts make it a very iffy proposition.

This issue has been fought out in the United States in several administrations — both Democratic and Republican. It has also been fought out in other countries.

What is the real argument of those who want to prevent taxes from rising above a certain percentage, even for people with high incomes? It has nothing to do with making them more prosperous so that their prosperity will “trickle down.”

A Democratic president — John F. Kennedy — stated the issue plainly. Under the existing tax rates, he explained, investors’ “efforts to avoid tax liabilities” made them put their money in tax shelters, because existing tax laws made “certain types of less productive activity more profitable than other more valuable undertakings” for the country.

Ironically, the Obama campaign’s attacks on Mitt Romney for putting his money in the Cayman Islands substantiate the point that President Kennedy and others have made, that higher tax rates can drive money into tax shelters, whether tax-exempt municipal bonds or investments in other countries.

In other words, raising tax rates does not automatically raise tax revenues for the government. Higher tax rates have often led to lower tax revenues for states, the federal government and other countries. Conversely, lower tax rates have often led to higher tax revenues. It all depends on the circumstances.

But none of this matters to Barack Obama. If class warfare rhetoric about taxes leads to more votes for him, that is his bottom line, whether the government gets a dime more revenue or not. So long as his lies go unchallenged, a second term will be the end result for him and a lasting calamity for the country.”

http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2012/07/12/the_invincible_lie/page/full/

The Invincible Lie: Part II

By Thomas Sowell

“…As far back as the 1920s, a huge cut in the highest income tax rate — from 73 percent to 24 percent — led to a huge increase in the amount of tax revenue collected by the federal government. Why? Because investors took their money out of tax shelters, where they were earning very modest rates of return, and put their money into the productive economy, where they could earn higher rates of return, now that those returns were not so heavily taxed.

This was the very reason why tax rates were cut in the first place — to get more revenue for the federal government. The same was true, decades later, during the John F. Kennedy administration. Similar reasons led to tax rate cuts during the Ronald Reagan administration and the George W. Bush administration.

All of these presidents — Democrat and Republican alike — made the same argument for tax rate reductions that had been made in the 1920s, and the results were similar as well. Yet the invincible lie continues to this day that those who oppose high tax rates on high incomes are doing so because they want to reduce the taxes paid by high income earners, in hopes that their increased prosperity will “trickle down” to others.

In reality, high income earners paid not only a larger total amount of taxes after the tax rate cuts of the 1920s but also a higher share of all the income taxes collected. It is a matter of record that anyone can check out with official government statistics.”

http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2012/07/13/the_invincible_lie_part_ii

Background Articles and Videos

Obama’s Real History – The “Lost” Years

Glenn Beck GBTV Real News 2012 04 30 E139

Sam Vaknin Analyzes Barack Obama (Part 1)

Sam Vaknin Analyzes Barack Obama (Part 2)

Sam Vaknin Analyzes Barack Obama (Part 3)

Sam Vaknin Analyzes Barack Obama (Part 4)

Sam Vaknin Analyzes Barack Obama (Part 5)

Obama: Narcissist’s Reaction to Failure and Defeat

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Narcissistic Defences and Personality

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