Category: Elections

Right Distortion

As mentioned in an earlier comment this week addressed to Cress, it bugs me when right leaning blogs take a tidbit from a statement by the opposition and runs with it to the point of absurdity. Yes, usually in the body of the piece clarification is provided as well as context, but even then, a slant exists that spins the intent beyond reason. Allowances are implied, he (she) has done/said this kind of nonsense before so naturally our spidey sense tingles and the natural progression of this is ,”There he goes again”. But really, this is lazy journalism, especially when the filters are put down and statement is evaluated with attention to meaning.

Obama did an interview with Rolling Stone which came out 2 days ago, here it is. As smart as Obama is, he gets the implications of a Trump win, the total repudiation of his policies, and the damage that will ultimately ensue to his legacy, clearly a bitter pill to swallow. I was never a “He hates America” convert, but I was a “He is doing great damage to the country I love and needs to be removed” convert. And for the smartest guy in the room, rejection has to be killer.

The section of his interview I wanted to dwell on is this;

And part of the challenge, though, that we do have, and this is something that I’ve been chewing on for a while now, is that there is a cohort of working-class white voters that voted for me in sizable numbers, but that we’ve had trouble getting to vote for Democrats in midterm elections. In this election, [they] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments. That part of the critique of the Democratic Party is accurate. We spend a lot of time focused on international policy and national policy and less time being on the ground. And when we’re on the ground, we do well. This is why I won Iowa.

Having stupidly gone to war with Foxnews in the past, a natural reaction would be to parse out more Foxnews hatred and focus only on that, hence we have stuff like this;

He (briefly) acknowledged that Democrats did not effectively campaign in enough working class environments. Yet, he then quickly blamed the defeat on one of his favorite targets: Fox News.

Forgetting the word “part” which means a portion, headling ,”Obama blames Fownews for defeat” will grab clicks from those expecting pettiness from the president, no doubt about it.

Personally, I think Obama’s assessment is not only accurate but honest. Unlike Romney, who tagged Trump supporters as suckers, Obama understands that many of these white middle class voters supported Obama (twice) but did not support Hillary, and the fault lies with the Democrats. They dropped the ball, took many of these voters for granted and did not do the leg work the out reach that Obama did.

Now the Foxnews part, Obama is right on this as well, but probably does not understand the why. Restaurant and bar owners have Foxnews on because that is what the customers want. No secret ploy perpetrated to proselytize chicken wing eaters, you don’t alienate your clientele, keep them happy and they come back. A smarter candidate would realize this, but Hillary was too scared. Whether it be feeling that she was entitled or a total disregard for her competition ( a natural reaction, to be sure) she did not do any hard interviews or go on Foxnews to reach the other side. Trump was everywhere, all networks, anyone with a microphone and an audience, he was there. But Hillary holed up, did no interviews no press conferences, counted her victory before it happened and dissed the very voters she needed,this is all on her.

A word about Obama’s legacy. It is hard to feel sorry for a guy that is set for life financially, will constantly feed his ego with public appearances, all paid, and will, like Carter, spend the rest of his life re writing history making his legacy less stinky than it really was. Obama can always say that his heart was in the right place, wanting healthcare for the downtrodden, giving minorities more of a voice, being a compassionate open border guy and getting us out of needless wars (oops, that didn’t happen). He followed the progressive model page by page, believing it’s inherent goodness, while ignoring the realities of its failures. Much of his legacy will be dismantled, but its of his own making considering the nefarious method, using executive orders and executive memoranda to write law, something the executive branch was not designed to do, and sneakily doing an end run around congress. Another one of his failures, the guy who thought he could convince, sway, persuade anyone to his side of an argument could never work within the system and get Congress to do much of what he wanted.

Quadrupling Down On The Stupid

What’s that old Napoleon adage ,”Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake”? I guess we can add the Einstein definition of insanity;

House Democrats re-elected Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday to lead them through the next two years of the incoming Trump administration, as the San Francisco Democrat fended off a challenge from Ohio’s Tim Ryan.

Ms “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” has led the democrats to 4 straight defeats in elections to control The House, this last one a blood bath so massive as to make Quentin Tarantino upchuck his breakfast. The logical response would be reflection, re calibration, a change of direction in course, nope, they are going to do the same thing over (times 4) and expect a different result.

But it’s worse than that. Mustering up some token resistance, they manage to find a Pelosi lite, some guy nobody heard of from the Midwest, a guy that has almost an identical voting record as Pelosi (Obamacare, check, stimulus, check, cap and trade, check, voting down the Keystone XL pipeline, check check). Missing the point as usual with these guys, geographical diversity is the goal, not ideological. So, they want the SF liberal back, fine by me. Improving the economy or the lives of average Americans will always take a back seat to Which Lives Matter Right Now.

It looks like democrats like their “swampy” environs just fine. Re-centralize the power, as if it wasn’t centralized already. The old way, reward loyalty with campaign cash and committee chairs, and punish those that do not fall in line, Tammany Hall politics at it’s finest.

I’m With Kellyanne

I must admit, seeing Romney interviewed for a position in the Trump Administration, let alone the very superlative position of Sec. of State, I was flummoxed. Mending fences, all good, a cabinet of adversaries ala Lincoln, OK, I can get behind that, but Romney, seriously? Considering all the bad things Romney said while Trump was running, this was really an exercise in mollifying the inner party opposition. And because of the “out of left field” nature of the pick, it took me a while to wrap my head around it. OK, wrap concluded, I don’t like it.

Not only is it abrasive to the base;

But internally, given the support our resident lefty’s have given Romney (clearly a direct violation of my “the level of their howling is directly proportional to my level of support” premise), more reflection was needed.

Yes, I was pretty hard on Trump as well, and he deserved every bit of derision he got by doing and saying dopey things. But even my harsh critiques did not reach the level of animus that was displayed by Romney. Another distinction, I am a private citizen targeting a very narrow audience.

Personally, consistent with everything I know about Trump (or at least what he has displayed publicly) Romney was never ever going to be seriously considered. If there is one thing (of which there are many) both Obama and Trump have in common, it is the petulant, petty, and vindictive nature for pay back.

My preference for Sec. of State is David Petraus, and he is getting his chance to lobby for the position today.

Not only does Petrause have the resume, but his ideology is more in line with the PEOTUS.

Another consideration, more subliminal, is the “Fuck You” factor. Along the same line of revoking every single Obama executive order and executive memoranda on day one, hiring military men who butted heads with Obama has it’s own level of satisfaction. Petraeus, Flynn, Mattis, get them on board immediately.

Yes And No

News came out this morning that Trump will not prosecute Hillary, for anything;

(CNN)During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, would join crowds of his supporters in chants of “lock her up!” and said to her face during a debate that if he were president, “you’d be in jail.”

But now that he actually will be president, Trump says he won’t recommend prosecution of Clinton, who he told New York Times reporters has “suffered greatly.”
What’s more, he said the idea of prosecuting Clinton is “just not something I feel very strongly about.”

Kelly Ann Conway talked more about this morning on Morning Joe;

Before we talk about Hillary, some constants were re enforced about the MSM; first, they are lairs, and second, they have no honor. An off the record meeting means you don’t write about what happened or what was said, and yet they did. As mentioned in my piece yesterday, Trump has the full measure of the MSM, has no allusions about how he will be treated.

Some supporters are not happy with his decision not to go after Hillary since this was one of his campaign promises (get used to it, there will be quite a few broken promises).

The other day I was toying with a post about exactly this. my positions was thus; leave her be with regard to her emails and her server, but keep the 4 or 5 separate investigations going with regard to the foundation.

After the election Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, reported that it was still full speed ahead Re: Hillary’s emails;

“It would be totally remiss of us to dismiss [the email investigation] because she’s not going to be president,” Chaffetz said of the defeated Democratic nominee.

“I still have a duty and obligation to get to the truth about one of the largest breaches of security at the State Department,” he said. “Tens of thousands of documents still have not been turned over to Congress.”

Now, that is off the table, as it should be. No doubt other Republicans think differently on this, that a breach is a breach, nobody is above the law, the duty to go where the evidence leads is not abrogated by the result of the election. And there is zero doubt in my mind that if the roles were reversed, no quarter would be given, compunction would override protocol and the investigation would continue.

I believe that a president must be magnanimous, compassionate, and have the good of the country as paramount to his judgement. Since he does represent all of the people, an incoming president can never do wrong by being judicious, and starting off showing superlative character and forgiveness can pay dividends down the road.

But the foundation is an entirely different animal. This was a family affair, leveraged even beyond the influences of the Sec. of State. Dubious accommodations were made out side her governmental role, between the foundation and her role as probable next president.

All this seems academic since it appears Trump put the kabosh on all Clinton investigations.

Fine, one last distraction.

What, You Mean I Won?

Serendipitous, that’s for sure.

Since the election several events have transpired which indicate a lack of planning or forethought, even bordering on ,”I’m The Man, wait, now I got to do what?”

First, Trump’s finances. Even on the 10% chance (generous odds, to be sure) that he would win, you would think that Trump lawyers would have had a contingency plan for a separation, something lawful that Trump could do to avoid any conflicts of interest, an appearance of muddled loyalties or a concerted effort for pecuniary enrichment. But no, it is like he started thinking about this like yesterday. Some slack is given because his position is without precedent, does not fit nicely into a box, and will require some “creative” solutions. Blind trusts mean just that, you (or your kids) can’t manipulate or manage it. This, obviously, will not work with Trump. The other day I heard some money guy on foxnews recommend that he liquidate all his holding, nonsense. Aside from the tax consequences staring at him, why should anyone become poorer or suffer in any way financially while being President? If he wants his kids to mange his business affairs, that is his choice, and since none of them will hold any official position in the administration, no conflict there. But he still will have an ancillary effect, will be in communication with his kids and they in turn have his ear. Quite a quagmire.

Then we find out that Melania wants to stay in NY, to keep Barron in his school there, and to not live in the WH, didn’t they talk about this prior to him running? Personally, I would rather live in Trump Tower as well, have you seen that place? but what a logistical nightmare for the Secret Service, and for the local police. Yesterday I read now that Trump is President, the NYPD has to keep an additional 1000 officers on duty for protection, security, and traffic control around Trump Tower, when he is in NY. What a mess. And the travel back and forth between the 2 locals. You think multi million dollar Obama vacations looked bad, wait till the taxpayers see his travel bills. Although he does have his own plane, maybe he will fit the bill.

I have said it before here, running for President (and winning) is pretty cool, a definite feather in your cap, but Trump has no idea how disappointing, frustrating and unfulfilling the actual doing of the job will be.

Trump’s Ace In The Hole

While watching Megyn last night I saw a truly fascinating interview, take a look;

I had never hear of this guy, that will soon change.

The prevailing view is that the dems are the tech party, tech savvy computer users that grabbed the millennials and boosted Obama into the WH. I have written a few posts condemning the GOP and their antiquated devices in politicking. How great it is to see that they have entered the 21st century.

MARK ZUCKERBERG IS trying hard to convince voters that Facebook had no nefarious role in this election. But according to President-elect Donald Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale, the social media giant was massively influential—not because it was tipping the scales with fake news, but because it helped generate the bulk of the campaign’s $250 million in online fundraising.

“Our biggest incubator that allowed us to generate that money was Facebook,” says Parscale, who has been working for the campaign since before Trump officially announced his candidacy a year and a half ago. Over the course of the election cycle, Trump’s campaign funneled $90 million to Parscale’s San Antonio-based firm, most of which went toward digital advertising. And Parscale says more of that ad money went to Facebook than to any other platform.

“Facebook and Twitter were the reason we won this thing,” he says. “Twitter for Mr. Trump. And Facebook for fundraising.”

And we learn a little bit about Jared’s bona fides. I’m going to find out more about this guy, especially if he is part of the new WH.

Oh, and all that whining from Hillary that Comey torpedoed her chances (everyone’s fault but her own, so predictable), turn out to be just more Clinton hyperventilating.

Life’s Lessons, Not Easily Learned

One of the monumental consistencies the left had exhibited over the years, such sore losers. Not only sore, but mean and delusional. I guess this comes with winning most of the time, but crickey, when they don’t get the results they want, it is an opening of the flood gates;

Funny, but I never saw Foxnews commentators equating the new guy, Obama, as president as “Hell”, but that is what you get over there.

It is traumatic not getting your way, especially since your POV is the only real POV to consider, so now we have cancelled tests in universities, and walk out’s of students, lead by lib teachers, all chanting ,”Not my president”, and you wonder why 1) our kids don’t learn in school and 2) they will grow up ill equipped to compete in a global economy.

I remember being somewhat disappointed in 2008 and really disappointed in 2012, but life goes on. A sense of stoicism and resiliency is the by product of disappointment at the polls, I suggest we teach them these life lessons by handing them defeat after defeat, good for the soul and all that.

They told me if Donald Trump was elected…

Because he was such a belligerent buffoon, he was almost certain to start WW3. Then again, news like this, coming from the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s administration, where then SecState Clinton showed her awesome diplomatic skills and “reset” the frayed relations evil warmongering Boosh so damaged with the Russians. shit, I remember the current Community Organizer in Chief and the wanna-be crime syndicate kingpin that wants to get the job mocking those that warned the reset had failed and in fact had caused relations to really sour. I guess this sort of stuff makes sense if you have the ability to see the nuance in things. At least that’s what the collectivist crime syndicate tells us rubes when we try to point out their dissonance and discorded bullshit.

I am going what I have seen from Obama. He promised to stop all the strife, heal the world, and stop the rising oceans, only to start even more wars than war mongering Boosh. Shit, he even managed to un-win both of those wars Boosh started and had all but wound down, despite the treasonous attempts by the left to make them fail. Now the Middle East is a disaster, Iraq and Afghanistan are firmly in the loose column, with Egypt (Arab spring baby!), Libya (where they went to war so a Clinton partner-in-crime could make money on oil), and Syria all turned into disastrous war zones. Iran is getting a nuke, Saudi Arabia is fighting the Iranians in Yemen, Turkey clearly is heading down the path to an Islamic dictatorship after what now looks like a clearly staged coup attempt that allowed Edrogan to purge his political enemies, and Israel is waiting for Obama to screw them one last time on the way out.

Things are not better elsewhere either. North Korea is still a huge problem. The Philippines is shifting towards China, Japan and South Korea are thinking they may need their own nukes because the US can’t be trusted (and they are right), Russia as shown above is causing trouble, and there are scores of other hot spots across the globe where a military forced to keep a ridiculously high tempo and is wearing down the people and gear it has are being told to do more with less. In fact, the world is probably in a more precarious and dangerous situation – due to lack of leadership from someone I will leave unmentioned – than it was since the Cold War. And maybe it is even worse than that. not that things are very good here at home either. Rigged primaries, rigged campaigns, cheating and lying, abuse of power and blatant banana republic legal challenges, all hidden by a complicit group of propagandists claiming to be objective.

What you didn’t know any of that? Maybe that was because of the DNC operatives with bylines now finding no reason to complain about the US being belligerent. After all, these are not really war-wars, and this strife can’t be blamed on the inept foreign policy of th last 8 years, right? Obama, and by definition both his previous and future SecStates, are doing it for peace! Not to steal oil, or avenge daddy, or whatever other stupid trope the left fed people back when. Hillary, having such a long and distinguished resume of great achievements, will fix it all!

No matter who wins this election, Americans lose. I guess the choice is between which one will do the least damage, and I that those of you thinking that will be Clinton need to lay off whatever controlled substance you are abusing.

Have you heard about this from the DNC operatives with bylines yet?

You would certainly think that Attorney General Loretta Lynch facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a secret meeting she had with Bill Clinton on a plane on June 27 would be top news. But the only place I found this was in the foreign press. I am certain the reason that the DNC operatives with bylines are not reporting it is because it would be yet another nail in the coffer of the corrupt Clinton and democratic party apparatus. It is a scandalous thing that when this occurred the DNC operatives with bylines chose to attack those pointing out this smelled of something downright dirty and corrupt. It is even more disturbing that they are ignoring the story and just more proof that they are completely in the bag for these criminals. The sad truth is that we have been turned into a banana republic by these crooks.

Down With The Global Progressive Consensus

I was going to include the latest (maybe the greatest) Pat Condell video in a comment section here, is response to Cress still whining about the Brexit vote and how somehow Brits standing up to authoritarianism, wanting more control over their own affairs, and wanting a separation from a government entity that did not have their best interests at heart, that somehow this was voting “against” something instead of “for”. But since Pat is addressing his video to Americans and the upcoming election, it was well worth a tussle;

When Trump first hit the mashed potato circuit, his calling card was border security, given the refugee crisis that is turning Europe into a garbage dump (as championed by Sweden before them) this is not a model I want to emulate. Many Brits did not like it either, thus, Brexit.

And in yet another example of the EU wanting to be more like the Soviet Union in it’s hay day, they now want to pass a uniform (code for increase) corporate tax rate for all EU members;

France and Germany are pushing plans to introduce a minimum corporation tax rate across the continent, it was reported today, in a move that could result in higher taxes on British companies.
European officials will debate plans to set a EU-wide floor on corporation tax in order to crack down on tax havens such as Ireland and Luxembourg, it emerged.

See, some EU countries, specifically Ireland and the Eastern European nations, have figured out that lower corporate tax rates makes them more competitive, provides incentives for big corporations to settle there, which not only provides much needed tax revenue, but it hires their workers and buys their goods. These upstart countries figured out that 15% of a lot provides more tax dollars than 40% of a little.

Well, we can’t have that. So now the EU will use it’s iron fist and autocratic power to compel these other nations to raise their corporate tax rates, more in line with the crazy European model of taxation thru the kazoo. And you wonder why some Europeans are fed up with Brussels telling them what to do. A few hundred years ago 13 peep squeak colonies felt the mother country no longer had their best interest at heart, desired and fought for a separation. How lucky the Brits were that they did not need to shed blood in order to achieve autonomy.

As usual. Pat make a compelling case for Trump. I think he is somewhat mistaken in saying Trump speaks his mind and that is a good indicator of what he believes. Most of the time Trump does not even know what he believes. But the “American way vs. the European way” is accurate.

My prediction has not changed, Trump will lose, but how delicious would it be to see the left, academia, MSM, and Hollywood all self combust in a fiery conflagration?