20 years ago the Media found itself in a situation they didn’t want to be in. The had gone all in on the death and funeral of Princess Diana when the day before her funeral Mother Theresa of Calcutta died. This invariably produced coverage comparisons that didn’t make the MSM look good like this from Mike Barnicle at the globe:

Realistically, nobody expects the coverage of Mother Teresa’s passing to equal the volume accorded Princess Diana. After all, Mother Teresa does not have two handsome children to appear in solemn procession behind her casket. Will not have millions of bouquets tossed in the street outside her palatial home. Wore only one outfit. Touched the emotions of a largely invisible group and did so far from the light of glamour.

That cut the MSM to the quick and they were put on the spot as a network exec admitted

One network news executive who requested anonymity said, “Honestly, we wouldn’t be sending all of our anchors and covering Mother Teresa’s funeral so extensively if it weren’t for all the Diana coverage.

“We’d be strongly criticized if we didn’t cover Mother Teresa in a big way.”

And while he made up for it by giving Christopher Hitchens one more chance to hit her during the funeral,the late Peter Jennings didn’t like being in a box.

ABC’s Jennings said TV news is in a no-win situation: “Mother Teresa’s death has not led to the worldwide frenzy that led us to break into coverage (for Diana). Given the extent to which the media covered Princess Diana, we will invariably be criticized for our coverage of Mother Teresa. But Mother Teresa is a very important story, and I don’t think the two should be compared.”

And that Brings us to Claire McCaskill and Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle.

As I’ve already written McCaskill when it comes to electoral politics McCaskill is one of the smartest pols in the game. She knew that 2012 was iffy and made sure post Obamacare she faced a Republican of her own choosing (instead of the one Sarah Palin had backed) She was willing to go after Harry Reid in a public way when it would be noticed but wouldn’t make a difference in terms of the Senate and knowing that she was going to need Trump voters tweeted out

and having made the statement against violent protests at the inauguration she backed them up despite loud objections from the left figuring it was all good:

So she will rejoice in stories like this and posts like this and highlight them to distance herself from the violent protests because regardless of the face she presents to the twitter world the radicals in her state who turned a thug like Michael Brown into a gentle giant know that the reality is she has their back.

Well unfortunately for her, one of those lefties Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal choose this time to on facebook her hope that the President of the United States be assassinated.

Missouri lawmaker acknowledged Thursday that she posted and later deleted a comment on Facebook about hoping for President Donald Trump’s assassination, saying she was frustrated with the president’s response to the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

and in a state that Donald Trump won by almost 20 points and the GOP controls both houses of the legislature by wide margins local democrats Democrats wasted no time calling for her head:

Stephen Webber, the Missouri Democratic Party Chair, said in a statement, “State Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s comments are indefensible. All sides need to agree that there is no room for suggestions of political violence in America — and the Missouri Democratic Party will absolutely not tolerate calls for the assassination of the President. I believe she should resign.”

The Senate Democratic Causus is condemning the comment. Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh said, “I strongly condemn and disavow Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s horrible comments. Promoting, supporting or suggesting violence against anyone, especially our elected leaders, is never acceptable. There is too much rancor and hate in today’s political discourse, and Sen. Chappelle-Nadal should be ashamed of herself for adding her voice to this toxic environment. Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s unacceptable behavior has no place in our caucus, the Capitol, or the Democratic Party. Let me be clear, her views in no way represent the constituents of the 14th District or the great State of Missouri.”

And with the combination of political violence in the news her own statements about getting past last week’s violence, and the electoral polling in Missouri going in the wrong direction tide of Claire McCaskill joined in as well:

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party both called Thursday for the resignation of Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, for posting a Facebook comment stating: “I hope Trump is assassinated!”

“I condemn it,” McCaskill said in a brief emailed statement. “It’s outrageous. And she should resign.”

Now that’s a very clear statement with no ambiguity at all, but there is one thing I find odd and interesting about her condemnation of Maria Chappelle Nadal.  While you can find Senator McCaskill’s condemnation of State Senator Maria Chappelle Nadal words mentioned in just about every news story on the subject, you know where you won’t find it, at least as of 8 PM Eastern time last night?  Anywhere on her twitter feed.

That might seem odd until you consider this story

Which was reported from Netroots nation

let’s keep in mind that Evans is a left-leaning candidate hoping to change Georgia from red to blue. But that’s not enough. It seems the issue is, at least in part, that Evans is white.

Evans, a Smyrna state legislator who is white, was drowned out by demonstrators supporting Stacey Abrams, an Atlanta lawmaker who is black. A phalanx of sign-wielding protesters formed a line in front of her as soon as she took the podium, while others chanted “support black women” and “trust black women.” What followed was several minutes of pleading – “ let’s talk through it,” Evans implored repeatedly – and an attempt to plow through the speech.

Like I said Claire McCaskill is a smart woman who knows that while she can’t win Missouri without Trump voters the last thing she needs is far left of the party that dominates social media coming down on her for daring to call for the resignation of a black woman Senator in her state.

That’s the type of thing that can produce a primary candidate of color who while not a big danger to win in a general election is likely to force her to make public statements that she really doesn’t want to make.

McCaskill may have had no choice but to condemn Senator Nadal but she’s no fool so she’ll do all she can to make sure her condemnation remains as local a story as possible.

That being the case let me repeat my advice of January to her potential opponents.

If I was running the RNC or a conservative pac I’d encourage donors to quietly start financing a radical leftists, possibly a black nationalist to primary her and point to this event as a reason to do so

Hell if it was my call I’d take a card out of McCaskill’s own deck and quietly finance a “Draft Maria Chappelle Nadal for US Senate” movement.  I suspect the end result would be quite efficacious for the GOP.

And remember any Democrat who does anything to prevent a black woman from running for that seat must be racist.


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Last week I wrote about the political reasons for Niki Tsongas’ decision to not seek re-election in the 3rd district now let me say a few things about her.

It’s been my experience that people in general like her. My local paper the Sentinel and Enterprise which I quoted yesterday had quite few things to say on the subject. This comment from Fitchburg Mayor Steve DiNatale was typical

“She’s one of the few people in such a powerful position that I’ve known in my years of public service that you can phone up and get a response,” said Fitchburg Mayor Stephen DiNatale. “We’re going to miss that.”

I can vouch for this. I interviewed Tsongas for the first time during the Fitchburg 4th of July Parade when Fitchburg was removed from the 1st district and moved to the 3rd when Massachusetts lost yet another seat in congress.

and I covered her regularly. In the four years that she was my rep I covered her campaigns, her debates and events. She was always polite and always took the time to invite me to cover events when she was in the area even though she knew I was opposed to her. This piece from my Examiner.com days puts it well (via the wayback machine):

She also commented on the various scandals, saying we must learn from Benghazi and stating bluntly “IRS must be unquestionably A-political” but when questioned on an independent counsel ducked instead praising the President for being public and active in his efforts to increase transparency.

While one might question her definition of transparency on the part of the White House there is no question of her own. She took more than a dozen questions from different voters, invited others to leave recorded messages. Asked several poll questions to get feedback from all people on the call and not only didn’t exclude people who disagreed her she proactively called them to be invited to the event.

That willingness to engage can’t but help in 2014 which promises to be a tougher election than the last. Agree or disagree on issues one can’t help but note the first job of a Representative is to treat the voters you represent properly.

Don’t get me wrong she was a savvy pol and this was reflected in easy wins in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Perhaps if she was in a less competitive district she might have been tougher on conservative media but even if she always voted against me she was never afraid to hear the opinions of her political opponents nor was she one to demonize us.

Put simply, the only bad words I have to say about Niki Tsongas concern her voting record. She is a lady who respected the people she represented and in an age when Maxine Waters is the face of the Democrat Party and the left is literally gunning for Republicans, that respect is going to be missed.  The Democrat Party is poorer for their loss of her.

Congresswoman Tsongas interviewed by DaTechGuy 1/2013

On the day I promised my wife I would abandon the internet until we got home from Hampton Beach my congresswoman decided to call it quits.

Having imprinted the 3rd Congressional District with the indelible mark of her family’s public service, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas will step away from Congress at the end of her current term to help nurture her family’s next generation.

First elected in 2007 to a congressional seat her husband Paul wielded to great effect, Tsongas has made a name for herself as a fierce advocate for women in the military, veterans benefits, and health care. Her recent bids for re-election have been forgone conclusions, but Tsongas said in a statement announcing her decision that the time has come to move on.

“I am so grateful to those who have been there since day one, and to the many great Americans who I have met along the way, all of whom have served as my inspiration and support,” Tsongas said. “I have learned in life that there is a time for endings and for new beginnings. After much thought, I have decided that this is one of those times.”

Tsongas, who is 71, has three daughters and two grandchildren, with another expected imminently. She said she plans to spend more time “enjoying and celebrating” them after her term expires at the end of 2018.

Now I’m a big fan of spending one’s golden years with the children and grandchildren and in that sense I completely agree with Congresswoman Tsongas’ decision, but I couldn’t help notice how this announcement contrasts with a story in the very same paper just four months ago:

REP. NIKI Tsongas put to rest growing rumors that she’s be retiring from Congress in 2018, when her present two-year term is up.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not going anywhere but to work. I’m happy, healthy, and committed to helping my constituents on issues that are so important to them,” said Tsongas, who represents the 3rd Congressional District.

Asked to explain the persistent rumors, Tsongas said, “I think it is age-driven. I’m 71 and some people might be thinking I’m going to retire. But that’s not something I’m thinking about.”

So the question on the floor is this:  What changed in the 107 days between April 23rd and August 9th that converted the story of  Niki Tsongas retirement from a rumor to be quenched to a reality to be celebrated?

Might I be so bold as to suggest that the congresswoman , who has been covered and interviewed by this blogger, just might have seen this post:

 Sunday, even after the GOP fell on it’s face over Obamacare and the White House was playing musical staff Nancy Pelosi is reportedly saying stuff like this

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday it was “unimportant” for Democrats to win back a majority in the lower chamber in the mid-term elections, The Hill reported.

“That’s so unimportant. What is important is that we have the lively debate on a better deal,” Pelosi told Fox News host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about the chances Democrats had to win back the House in 2018.

What does that tell you?  It tells me that no matter how bad things look for the GOP the American people have decided that the Democrats are worse.

Now perhaps it’s huberis to think that Congresswoman Tsongas first heard about Minority Leader Pelosi’s declaration here but I suggest it would be naive to discount this story from the Congresswoman’s calculations.

Or  to put it another way, in April when Nancy Pelosi was talking Democrats taking congress, and the prospect of a committee chair and the power that comes with it was there, Congresswoman Tsongas was all about working for the people of the 3rd district.  Once it became clear that even an outside chance of  such a prospect meant staying in congress until she was closer to eighty than seventy, enjoying one’s golden years with the grandchildren while one is healthy enough to enjoy them trumped another guaranteed lustrum or two in the congressional minority.

FYI here is the interview with Congresswoman Tsongas that the image at the top came from

Closing thought,  Interesting that the Democrats didn’t ask her to resign early and generate a winnable special election in a deep blue state that they could tout isn’t it?

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by baldilocks

:::until they get into office:::

The Democrat Party’s latest strategy sits poorly with some of its loyal backers.

The Democratic party is facing a revolt from the left after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman said the party would back pro-life candidates in 2018.

The DCCC chairman, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, told The Hill that there will not be “a litmus test” for candidates on the subject of abortion. Lujan’s comments come as Democrats attempt to rebuild a broken party that has hemorrhaged elected offices on both the state and national level.

(…)

“I’m afraid I’ll be withholding support for the DCCC if this is true,” said former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, whose name was briefly floated this year as a candidate for DNC chair.

“What better strategy than to betray their base and reaffirm that women’s basic rights are negotiable and disposable,” said prominent liberal columnist Jill Filipovic.

“Reducing the rights of those with child-bearing capacity to a mere matter of opinion is utterly unconscionable,” declared New Republic writer Rachel Cote. She added: “The Democratic Party is in fact saying that there’s ‘no litmus test’ regarding their colleagues’ support of basic bodily autonomy. Terrible.”

Saying that the Democrat Party had taken the lead on abortion advocacy is a Captain Obvious assertion, but individual Democrats are far less homogenous in their opinions and beliefs about abortion. And now, after a long record of losing elections, with the 2016 election being the straw, the Party wants to win again.

And such is the nature of politicians and political parties regardless of affiliation: say what you need to say — even repudiate your most revered sacrament – then, when you win, drop the mask.

One more thing: I’ll bet that the usual suspects hollering about the DCCC’s pragmatism are merely playing their assigned roles; they won’t withhold any support, at least not where it counts: funding. They’re supposed to cry out in public protest about this. After enough pro-life Democrats and some Republicans are lured back into the fold, the professional Democrats will tighten their rhetoric right back up.

No, I don’t trust any of them. Why do you ask?

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by baldilocks

I get bashed occasionally for being a conspiracy theorist, though it occurs to me that this is what prosecutors are. Is conspiracy theorizing without a license a crime?

Anyway, as I read the following, a long-term personal conspiracy theory came to the fore.

…Senate Republicans, while performing very admirably in replacing Justice Scalia with Justice Gorsuch, have had their pockets picked with the courts of appeals.

Federal courts of appeals decide over 60,000 cases a year while the Supreme Court decides only 80.  We could have a Supreme Court of nine Justices Gorsuch and still lose 59,020 cases a year.  That is a pretty bad situation for Republicans in the judiciary.  Moreover, the current imbalance has occurred almost entirely because of the bad-faith dealing of Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has outwitted Republicans at every turn. (…)

President Obama was elected in 2008, and he also appointed two Supreme Court justices.  He appointed 55 judges to the federal Courts of Appeals and 268 to the federal District Courts.  Senate Republicans filibustered some of Obama’s judicial nominees, and as a result the Democrats, who controlled the Senate in 2013 abolished the filibuster of lower court judges and of executive branch nominees.  Obama proceeded to appoint very ideological left wing judges to the Courts of Appeals where they were ineffectually opposed by the Republican Souter-O’Connor-Kennedy judges who Senate Democrats had “allowed” to get 60 votes during the George W. Bush presidency.

The author of this op-ed terms this state of affairs as “outrageous” and “theft.” Outrageous it may be, but theft? If someone gives you an item, you haven’t stolen it.

I’m of the opinion – the conspiracy theory, if you will — that almost all politicians above dog-catcher are tainted in some manner and vote according to the measure of unseen influencers who hold something over their heads. Party matters not.

More than once, people have asked me to run for office. The first time I was asked — by a local friend who I trust — I almost took the bait. But the more I observed about the political behavior of both party’s adherents on all levels, the louder my internal warning bells clanged. “Don’t connect to the matrix,” said you-know-Who.

Conservatives haves referred to the GOP as the Stupid Party, but I don’t think most of them are stupid. They do believe that most of us are, however. That’s why many of them pretend to believe what conservatives believe, but do what they want after winning office. “What they want” often being nothing.

Maybe they’re right.

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As you might have heard Democrat Rep Maxine Waters had a town hall in her district that surprise, surprise included a chant calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment

She led her supporters in a chant to “Impeach 45,” repeating it over and over

Now there was a lot of pushback to Congresswoman Waters at that event that you can read about here here and here but while the counter protestors are fun I have a more basic question for the California rep who is anxious to see President Donald Trump impeached.

Where is YOUR impeachment resolution?

You have been calling for Donald Trump impeachment since practically the day he was sworn in, you have also been a member of congress since 1991. Surely a woman with 27 years of experience in the house is capable of writing and presenting a resolution of impeachment without waiting on anyone else.

Furthermore if the American People are dislike President Trump as much as you and the media insist (Chuck Todd kept bandying around a 38% support figure) such a resolution should not only be greeted with joy by Democrats, but with 2018 coming up and Democrats and the media allies insisting that the midterms are a disaster waiting to happen for the GOP thanks to Trump surely a person as eloquent and experienced as you can bring them around if not by the merits but by the potential political consequences?

And just think if you can get the votes, the trail in the Senate would not only help the Democrat Senate efforts in 2018 but then you can make the case that is so clear to you and your supporters to the entire world, namely that Donald Trump is unfit to be President of the United States of America.

Now I know some people like myself have suggested that such a move would end in disaster to the left, that the lack of actual evidence of impeachable offenses would rapidly become apparent and that rather than a chance to demonstrate Democrat power, it would be a trap of your making that would shatter your party even further.

But what do I know? I’m just a conservative writer and blogger and you’ve been in congress longer than my children have been alive.

Show the world how much better you know than me, introduce a resolution of Impeachment into the congress and reap the praise of progressives everywhere.

I dare you.

11th Doctor:  Hello, hello, Gallifrey High Command, this is the Doctor speaking.
10th Doctor:  Hello! Also the Doctor. Can you hear me?
The War Doctor:  Also the Doctor, standing ready.
The General:  Dear God, three of them. All my worst nightmares at once.

Doctor Who The Day of the Doctor 2013

Here is my prediction for today.

There are going to be three different James Comey testimonies.

First of all there is going to be the actual testimony, the testimony that is going to take place that will be in the congressional record and shown by CSPAN etc in full.  That will involve taking questions with Democrats trying to spin things one way and republicans the other.  The testimony for which his opening statement is actually out.  In that testimony.  In that testimony there will be a few things the administration doesn’t like but the reality is there will be nothing even remotely criminal, let alone impeachable that comes out of his lips.

If you are an average american who doesn’t follow sites, or a person who hasn’t gone all in on the Trump = Hitler/Caesar/Nixon nonsense, that is what you will hear.  There may in fact be a tiny percentage of the “never trump” team who are grounded in reality that will see and acknowledge it.

This is reality.

Second there is going to be the James Comey testimony that the media reports to people who didn’t watch it.  That will consist of the sound bites most damaging to the administration, it will be presented with video the most dramatic and accusatory questions by Democrats and spun by pundits on panels 80-100% against the president as a powerful message by a brave former public servant who this same media villainized literally until the day he was fired.  In this coverage on the news side you will see it spun in conjunction with the various investigations as one more black mark against this administration, while on the pundit side, you will hear plenty of people comes as close to the line as possible to imply that proves illegality by the Trump administration but the vast majority will make it a point not to cross that line, particularly in print media like newspapers.

This is spin, the taking of actual events and twisting them to the political advantage of the left.  Or as it’s called these days #fakenews

If you are someone who regularly buys what the MSM sell then this is what you will see.  It’s worth noting that there will, in my opinion quite a few in the media, particularly older members of it, who will pretend in public, that this is what they saw, but will in private admit they saw the first.  If you are an anti-trumper who hasn’t gone full fanatic yet, this is what you will likely see.

Finally there will be the James Comey testimony on Never Trump social media and such shows as Samantha Bee’s.  This will consist of sound bites or individual lines that they will maintain PROVES Trump has committed impeachable offenses.  Much of it will be similar to what the MSM presents be the testimony but it will willing to cross that line from reality to fantasy.  It will be the testimony seen through  that “alternative movie”  that Scott Adams often talks about and spun by those who make their living off of keeping the most fanatical anti-Trump members of the left on perpetual outrage.

If you are a full blown far left fanboy/girl/te/le/zi/ki/ type who teaches gender/race/transgender/ studies this is what you will see.

No amount of reality will move you from this spot.  If anyone brings up the actual testimony or the actual law, they will be ignored at best and attacked at worst and even the people who go for the media spin will be considered “Trump Deniers” for not crossing the line by them, ironically those same people in that center section will use this group to show they are the “reasonable” ones.

Spoilers note, only the first one is actually real

Update: A preview of #comeyday?

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As I write this, the House is pushing for a floor vote on the American Health Care Act. It “hangs in the balance” as some mainstream media news outlets are saying, but that doesn’t really paint the picture properly. In reality, it hangs over the GOP’s head in two major ways.

If it passes, things get really interesting in the Senate. There, the GOP cannot afford more than a couple of internal detractors and in the current form, there are more than enough. We haven’t seen the final version, but unless major changes were made, it’s very possible it could pass the House and get shot down in the Senate.

If it doesn’t pass the House, the spotlight is on the Freedom Caucus. President Trump has allegedly threatened Congressman Mark Meadows and others with losing their seats in 2018 if they don’t vote for it. Just as in the Senate, it would take major revisions for most Freedom Caucus members to reverse their publicly stated stance that they will vote against it.

This bill in its current known form is not what conservative/Federalist voters have asked for, nor is it what they were promised. I’ve gone on record as calling it Obamacarelite, RINOcare, Ryancare, and Swampcare. Based upon the latest push by the President, I’m calling it Trumpcare. He didn’t write it, but he’s pushing for it hard. President Obama didn’t write the Affordable Care Act, but he pushed for it just as hard as Trump is pushing for the AHCA.

Here’s the thing. People weren’t dying on the streets before Obamacare. I’m not so naive as to think we can or even should go back to the previous system. In fact, I think the previous system was already too burdened by government regulations. As conservatives who believe in the free market economy, we recognize that the best way to make health care truly affordable for the masses is to get government out of the picture. They need to open it up to competition across state lines.

Some will point out that tens of millions of Americans will “lose” their health care if we don’t pass something. They’d be technically right. However, a large bulk of those “losing” their health care coverage will do so willingly, as should be their right. There are conservatives who point out that it’s not fair for people to not carry health insurance and rely on taxpayers to pay big for their emergency care when they need it, but that’s singular and very shortsighted. The cost to taxpayers to cover uninsured emergency procedures is infinitesimally small compared to the cost we pay for ACA or the cost we would pay if AHCA passes.

What about pre-existing conditions? I have some experience with that, though I won’t bore you with the details. I’ll tell you this: government should be the last line of defense only. With both ACA and AHCA, they are inserting themselves into the front lines for health care. The community, charities, family, friends, and organizations designed specifically for such things will help those who cannot get their health needs met due to not being able to get covered. In a world with GoFundMe, it’s very unlikely that anyone who needs something won’t be able to get it. For those who do, that’s when the government as the bottom safety net can come in and save the day. This level of engagement should be very rare. If there’s minimal involvement by government to simply keep people from falling all the way through the cracks once they’ve failed to receive enough help through all the other options, that’s still a fraction of the cost to taxpayers.

The net result of full repeal would be to allow the consumer-driven market to push competition and make insurance companies beholden to the people. It amuses me when people say, “But repeal will only make the health insurance executives richer!” As Trump would say… “Wrong!” They love having millions of Americans who would never willingly purchase health insurance being forced to buy it by their government overlords.

Get government out of health insurance and premiums will go down for a vast majority of Americans. Allow the free market economy and the crowdfunding power of 2017 (plus charities, family, and community) to help those who need it the most. Government’s only role should be as the absolute last resort. Just repeal it.

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Former Congressman Bob Michel died last month just shy of his 94th birthday.

Michel was elected in 1956 and represented his district in Illinois until his retirement in 1995 he became a member of the GOP leadership in 1975 and became house minority leader in 1981 until his retirement so for 20 years he was either the GOP leader or the #2 man in the house for the Republican party .

Given that he was in congress for the passage of some of the most consequential laws on the books (such as the various civil rights act) during Vietnam and Watergate, and was in the leadership during the Reagan and Bush years you might think that Congressman Michel’s death might have gotten a little more attention.

You would be wrong.

You see even though he served under GOP presidents for more than half of that time you almost never saw hide nor hair of Mr. Michel on the evening news, or on the cable shows or getting much press in the paper. In fact the one memory I have of him was a reference in Tip O’Neil’s autobiography where he gives a quip about how Michel has “his eyes on the speaker’s chair” and that it’s all he’s going to have and I was an absolute news junkie in my youth.

Why, is this the case? Well that’s because during his entire 38 years in the congress he was in the minority and no matter what his opinion on legislation barring a huge divide among Democrats on an issue neither his party’s opinion in general nor his own opinion in particular mattered one jot (although the National Review would disagree). If a Democrat was in office they weren’t needed and if the GOP was in office it was all about securing enough democrats to pass the president’s priorities

“But DaTechGuy?” You ask, “That’s ridiculous, after all Nancy Pelosi has spent the last 6 years in the minority, she has little or no chance of getting back the majority before 2022 and the next round of redistricting and thus practically zero chance of influencing any legislation, yet every single day you have the media quoting her, the Newspapers making headlines of her declarations and the Sunday shows discussing her moves. And not only her a day doesn’t pass when a Democrat congressman is not on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC CBS, PBS etc talking about their priorities.” In fact Nancy Pelosi was on Jake Tapper’s show this week!

And my answer is, Exactly.

Bob Michel was a republican, a conservative, maybe not as conservative as some but a conservative nonetheless.

That means as far as the MSM was concerned. He was a non-entity, a minor personage, a person whose opinion was not sought, whose comment was not important enough to be worth the time of a media whose only objective is to advance the desires and the objectives of the Democrat party.

So the next time someone tells you that the idea of the MSM being “Democrats with bylines” or “out to get Trump”, or the “opposition party” is nonsense, particularly someone my age. ask them who Bob Michel is and what they remember from his time in congress.

Their silence and ignorance will speak volumes.

My wife came home from the Hospital Monday evening and Tuesday was spent running around to do everything from getting her car inspected (and arranging for repairs when it failed) securing a recliner for her to sleep on as she can’t manage the stairs, helping with changing her dressings and cleaning her wounds, while keeping up with the basic housework so I found myself crashing during the Trump speech and didn’t watch it until the rerun at midnight (when I had to wake her for her antibiotic).

We had months of the media and the left painting Donald Trump as the 2nd coming of Hitler, we’ve had the media whining like a stuck pig when they were hit, we had Nancy Pelosi warning her crowd not to should out “you lie” everyone was braced for a circus as the media reported that the left was ready to troll him…

…and then he spoke and reality set in.

The American people not only saw they had a president, a competent and organized president who knows what he wants to do, and those Americans not only saw Trump for what he was, those same Americans who have been watching people go absolutely nuts, protesting, screaming, needing therapy by his very existence saw these folk, who have been lionized and promoted by the media, for who and what they are: deluded, dangerous and deranged.

How bad was it for the Democrats? This screen shot from the speech illustrates their dilemma.

Now it’s not unusual for the party in opposition to refrain from standing and clapping when the President speaks but what is the line Democrats are all sitting for while the GOP is standing and clapping?

Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people – and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path.

My job is not to represent the world.

My job is to represent the United States of America. emphasis mine

How do you convince a nation to vote for your candidates, to hire your people for the job of governing if the very idea that the person they hire should represent the people who hired him or her is anathema to your party?

Why did they sit? Because their party has become so radical, so extreme, so hateful that to stand for such a statement would be to invite a primary challenger, particularly for those in the bluest of blue states. In fact it wouldn’t surprise me to see some blowback on those who stood when when the president said we need to work with, not against those in law enforcement.

What is the ultimate proof of this thesis? The Democrat response was not given by a potential presidential candidate such as an Elizabeth Warren, not by one of their sitting governors such as Washington’s Jay Inslee. Not even by a longtime member of the Congressional Black Caucus like John Lewis.

No the Democrat response was given by a 72 year old former governor of a state who was replaced by a republican in the last election by a vote that shocked the media.

Why did they choose an old white guy, older than President Trump from a red border/southern state to respond rather than a sitting office holder? I suspect because the party couldn’t risk the American people seeing a radical response from a Democrat true believer nor would any individual Democrat risk giving a measured clam speech that would offend their base.

To be sure there were individual bits that people can disagree with and might argue about, but while this speech was given to the congress, it was directed to the American people and those who watched it liked what they saw:

President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress received largely positive reviews from viewers, with 57% who tuned in saying they had a very positive reaction to the speech, according to a new CNN/ORC poll of speech-watchers.

Nearly 7-in-10 who watched said the President’s proposed policies would move the country in the right direction and almost two-thirds said the president has the right priorities for the country. Overall, about 7-in-10 said the speech made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country.

And yet in the very next paragraph, CNN felt compelled to downplay and discredit their own poll and explain said support away

The survey, conducted among a group of Americans who said in interviews conducted before the speech that they planned to watch and agreed to be re-contacted, only reflects the views of those who watched the speech, not of all Americans.

That’s how upset they are.

Now tomorrow things will be much as they were before. President Trump will continue to tweet, the media will continue to hit him and he’ll hit back, the hollywood and education sectors will continue to excoriate him and the protests against him will soldier on and cable news networks will continue to highlight and promote any person who opposes President Trump and turn taking a picture on a couch into the next great outrage.

But most of the rest of the country, the part that is too busy to live and die by what these people say, will go back to their lives reassured that the country is in safe hands.

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