1. Who, of all the leaders* in the OTHER** party, do you want to be THEIR presidential candidate ?
2. Who, of all the leaders in the OTHER party, do you think would be the hardest to defeat ?

*using the term “leaders” loosely to include those who have and haven’t officially announced.

**Trail Mixers not wishing to identify their party preference are encouraged to list more than one political party and the candidates of choice to answer X-R’s questions


37 thoughts on “TRAIL MIX STRAW POLL #2”

  1. From Military Times:

    The unplanned deployments of Marines along the U.S-Mexico border, among other unplanned demands has strained the force to the point that it faces “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness,” is Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said this week.

    The March 18 memo, first reported by the Los Angeles Times,was addressed to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer as part of a lengthy request to seek funding relief for the Corps.

    Without relief, the Corps would be forced to cancel a number of key exercises in Twentynine Palms, Alaska and Scotland, Neller warned, which would further degrade readiness.


    BTW, 1. Cruz 2. Thune

  2. Apparently SFB has been kidnapped and the twitter box taken away.  No tweets that read from him again this morning.  His attack on Sen. McCain went too far for some of his cult/mob.  They just will not say so in public.

  3. a special thank you to X-R (and to pogo belatedly) on behalf of jace and me for today’s thread.  the march madness of taxes and tourneys have been bumps ( more like boulders re new 1040) on the trail of creativity so I really really appreciate any threads that are submitted.   here’s to fearless leader reappearing soon… how has he done it all these 14 years?

  4. NYTimes:

    In Golan Heights, Trump Bolsters Israel’s Netanyahu but Risks Roiling Middle East

    President Trump declared on Thursday that the United States should recognize Israel’s authority over the long disputed Golan Heights, delivering a valuable election-eve gift to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but jettisoning decades of American policy in the Middle East.

    Mr. Trump’s announcement, in a midday Twitter post, came after persistent pressure from Mr. Netanyahu, a close political ally who is fighting for his survival in the election scheduled for April 9, and has invoked his friendship with the American president as a prime argument for staying in office.

    But Mr. Trump’s move, while popular in Israel and among some lawmakers in Congress, is likely to be condemned almost everywhere else. The United Nations has rejected Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights since 1967, when Israeli troops seized the 400 square miles of rocky highlands from Syria during the Arab-Israeli war.

    It will also reverberate throughout the Middle East and could undermine Mr. Trump’s long anticipated peace proposal for Israel and the Palestinians. The White House has been enlisting support for the plan among Arab leaders who now face the prospect of acquiescing in the loss of land they had long claimed as Arab.


  5. bbronc, his tweet on the golan hts might have triggered mommy taking his toy away before he blew up the world.

  6. bannon’s answers to X-R straw poll from Washington examiner via msnSteve Bannon: This is the Democratic ticket Trump should fear


    President Trump’s former campaign chairman Steve Bannon reportedly said that the president’s most dangerous 2020 opponents would be former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.



    “Beto on the ticket with Harris is the most dangerous ticket for Trump,” Bannon told a conservative group in Italy, according to the Daily Beast.


  7. the guardian:

    A group made up of more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes across the United States has filed a massive lawsuit accusing members of the Sackler family, who own the maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, of helping to create “the worst drug crisis in American history”.


    The lawsuit represents communities in 26 states and eight tribes and accuses Sackler family members of knowingly breaking laws in order to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars, while hundreds of thousands of Americans died.


    “Eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the opioid epidemic,” the lawsuit, filed earlier this week in federal court in the southern district of New York, states.


  8. also in the guardianMay’s appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date


    n the unlikely event that May does win the support of the Commons when the Brexit deal goes to MPs again on Tuesday, the UK will stay a member state until 22 May to allow necessary withdrawal legislation to be passed.


    “The 12 April is the new 29 March,” an EU official said.


    Donald Tusk, the European council president, told reporters in a late-night press conference that he had several meetings through the evening to secure May’s agreement.


    He said: “What this means in practice is that, until that date, all options will remain open, and the cliff-edge date will be delayed. The UK government will still have a choice of a deal, no-deal, a long extension or revoking article 50.”


  9. I want trump to be the republican nominee.  Anything short of SFB going down in defeat by the people of this country wouldn’t be as satisfying.   That is …..    unless…..    he gets defeated by republicans nominating someone else or he leaves office for whatever reason.

  10. Romney should run- he’s already been put through the mill.  So, he strapped a dog to a car…

  11. I think Mittens might like to run but he would have to see lots of goopers starting to peel away from Trump

    When Trump voters (sic) say they like him because he has gotten so much done – I wish some idiot reporter would ask the obvious follow-up question — Give me an example of something he has done. please.

  12. kgc, other obvious follow-up questions to the twit and his cult when they say witch hunt should be asking them one by one about the convicted Trumpian liars and the indicted Russians.

  13. by George, the latest from the hill:

    “THINK about the fact that we don’t just have a mentally unstable president—but a president who thinks he needs to be re-elected to avoid being indicted. (At least in that one respect his thinking is clear.),” Conway tweeted.

  14. bbc:

    A petition on Parliament’s website calling for Brexit to be cancelled by revoking Article 50 has passed three million signatures.

    The petition has attracted two million signatures in the past 24 hours.

    Asked last night if it showed a rising anti-Brexit mood, Theresa May said the UK had already decided to leave in the biggest ever democratic exercise.

    But Lib Dem MP Layla Moran said the petition could “give oxygen” to the campaign for another Brexit referendum.

    “I hope the prime minister listens but she has a long history of not involving Parliament and not wanting to involve the people,” Ms Moran said.


    People signing petitions on the Parliament website are asked to tick a box saying they are a British citizen or UK resident and to confirm their name, email address, and postcode to sign.

    In January, MPs debated whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal, after a petition calling for that got 137,731 signatures.


    Speaking on Thursday night after the petition passed the two-million mark, Mrs May said the public had already had their say on EU membership.

    “They voted in 2016, they voted to leave. I think the time is now to deliver for the British people, the time is now to make the decision.”

    In December, the European Court of Justice ruled that the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union.

    This means the UK can decide to stay in the EU without the consent of the 27 other member states.

    On Thursday, the petition calling for this quickly passed the 100,000-signature threshold needed for it to be debated in Parliament, garnering nearly 2,000 signatures a minute at one stage.

    However, it is not the most popular ever on the Parliament website.

    A petition for a second EU referendum in June 2016 attracted more than four million signatures and was debated in the Commons – but thousands of signatures were removed after it was discovered to have been hijacked by automated bots.


  15. “Mittens might like to run but he would have to see lots of goopers starting to peel away from Trump” -kgc

    …slandering dead war-heroes might be a start towards that.


    That’s right, Republicans: your President is a draft-dodger that publicly insults the service of combat-veterans.  Good job.

  16. All gave some, some gave all- except for one guy that had their rich father get them a deferrment and then insulted the other two groups, 40 years later.

  17. Yes John McCain is the one responsible for aggressive behavior toward Iran George Conway is right

  18. Right Bink

    Trump is a delusional narcissist

    His supporters aren’t deplorable they are stupid  must be products of charter schools owned by the big idiot herself  Miss Betsy

  19. So many repub politicians seem to have begun their careers in politics at tender ages, by listening to Pat Boone songs and billy graham preachings, while chewing the paint off the family window sills.

  20. I’d like to see trump run (without the nomination, but pence for his running mate ) from his new home in Ossining, NY. Slogan : 4 More Years !

    Meanwhile, roy moore and arpaio run as ‘honest republicans’ with the nomination. Slogan : Here Come Da Judge or Moore/Arpaio Great Again MAGA

    However, since I have to pick from the ANNOUNCED candidates, I’ll have to give the ripper nomination to William Weld (with whoever he can find). Weld America Together Again (WATA)

  21. Moon Grifter*

    Moon Grifter, off to soil the world,

    There’s such a lot of world to soil.

    I’m fleeing that old hangman’s thread,

    Slipping ’round my head,

    I’m just like Daddy Fred,

    Moon Grifter, that’s me.

    *Apologies to Mancini and Mercer


  22. Political Haiku

    Prom night with

    Apple blossoms;


    grabs below.

    One hand slapping


  23. He’s in FL, selling the family farm. Nice to read you again, Mr Sturgeone. You’ve been missed.

  24. United we stand, Untied we fall. Tiny change, big consequence.

    So all the newsruminators in the heard are mooing about the report they haven’t read.

    “Maybe this.” “It could be that.” IF this, then that.” “Or, Something else.” “It probably isn’t.” “The odds are.” “It’s highly unlikely.” “What will happen next?” “We may have to jump the gun a little, here.” “Imagine.”

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