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Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar zic says:

    Yesterday, Jonathan Bernstein suggested that Cruz has already been winnowed

    Considered through the light of Kazzy’s post on Olympic medals, this leads to a host of questions I don’t dare ask for fear of going Heisenberg on Cruz.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      Bernstein touches on a major point that a lot of commentators on the GOP minimize: They really don’t like losers. Which in my view makes suspect the notion that they will indefinitely accept minority status for the same of ideological purity.Report

    • Avatar Kolohe says:

      Though Norquist himself has been somewhat marginalized lately. There’s been a more or less sensible line of attack against him lately that he’s the epitome of the inside the Beltway Establishment Republican, and there’s a completely unhinged line of attack that accuse him of being a sekrit muslim because of whom he has married.

      And, as has been pointed out often, a Cruz Prez nomination will require an epic pirouette on ‘natural born’ and birthright citizenship.

      Cruz is going to be in a Senate for a long time before he has to face any voters. His actions lately almost certainly guarantee him a substantial war chest in perpetuity. With that, and a political seat that tilts in his party’s favor for the foreseeable future, he has the ability to spread the wealth.

      Cruz’s influence is still waxing, not waning.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        And, as has been pointed out often, a Cruz Prez nomination will require an epic pirouette on ‘natural born’ and birthright citizenship.

        Like that would be a problem. Remember “Every nominee deserves an up or down vote”?Report

      • Avatar Kolohe says:

        It’s enough for a Santorum or Huckabee campaign to file a lawsuit, or simply win the issue outright among Republican primary voters.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        Honestly, I don’t think so. It was always a fake issue that was really about blackity, blackity, black, black black. You might recall that George Romney was born in Mexico, and when he ran in 1968 it wasn’t an issue, period, nor did Mitt get asked about it once.Report

    • Avatar zic says:

      I have to think of Cruz through the whole package, including immigration and Latino outreach.

      Feels to me like he might have been set up to bring the Tea Party down; a little AA action decided to either sink and purge a problem or swim and widen the party base. And through that lens, it feels White Privilege won out. God, I hate having these thoughts.Report

  2. Avatar zic says:

    Mike Schilling, I’m sort of curious about how you did this. The link on the front page mentions the similarity between Cruz and Bill Murray; but in the text above, they’ve vanished like a ghost, and the holy spirit’s taken over.

    I think Schilling’s holding out on the source of his powers.Report