Batman: No Joker, you’re playing the wrong game, the old game. Tonight you’re taking no hostages. Tonight I’m taking no prisoners.

Batman The Dark Knight #3 1986

When the history of Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation is written the single most critical sentence of the story will be the answer that Donald Trump gave to a reporter who asked if his name should be withdrawn after the last minute allegations brought up against him.

What a Ridiculous Question!

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That answer encapsulates the difference between Donald Trump and the regular Washington Insiders.

The regular Washington insiders fear the media, fear the press and fear the left, they would have hedged, they would have been cautious and if a republican like say Mitt Romney was in the White House and reacted that way the Senate would likely have followed their lead in doing so played the game on the left’s terms.

Not President Donald Trump.

President Trump doesn’t fear the media and delights in keeping them on the defensive and because he leads from the front, Senate Republicans do not see the need to run in fear and thus the Democrat’s big bluff is going nowhere.

In fact it’s very likely that this will turn into yet another fiasco for the left as it will not only energize the right two months before an election where the GOP needs them to turn out but given the reactions we’ve seen it might even scare some moderates into thinking that they just might not want the type of people willing to do this kind of thing in power.  In fact we might already have seen the first sign of this:

Voters elected political newcomer Pete Flores to the Texas Senate on Tuesday, flipping a Democratic district red for the first time in 139 years and bolstering Republicans’ supermajority in the chamber ahead of the November elections.

A retired game warden, Flores defeated former state and U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego for the Senate District 19 seat after receiving backing from some of the state’s most prominent politicians, including Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and U.S. Sens John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

Hillary won this district by 12 points and the last time a Republican held it was during the Hays Administration Yet in a year when the Democrats are convinced that they will take a US senate seat in Texas from Ted Cruz then can’t hold a seat they’ve held since reconstruction?

Don’t tell me this Kavanaugh business had nothing to do with the result.

Like on DACA the Democrats are playing the old game and they are going to discover that the old rules of fear and intimidation just don’t work against this administration.

And I suspect that they are going to have a nasty surprise come November.

I can’t wait.

Closing thought, remember the only reason the Media can’t push their Kavanaugh message is because Trump has neutered them.  I submit and suggest Without his war on the media the Kavanaugh nomination would be toast.

From Batman the Dark Knight Returns Issue two Story and Art Frank Miller

220lb Sociopath Thug: S…Solid man.. I’ll tell you.. Deal is …no cops man… I walk What do you say man?

Batman: I don’t think you understand the situation. You’re not in a position to negotiate. Let me show you…[removes cape from thugs head revealing that he is suspended upside down from the top of the tallest skyscraper in Gotham city.]

220 lb Sociopath Thug: AAAAAAAAAAAA!

Batman, The Dark Knight Returns #2 1986

I think the Harvey Weinstein left have no understanding what they have just done when it comes to Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump so for the sake of their futures I’m going to explain it to them.

Imagine if you are a public figure, say a congressman, or judge or an established or rising star in media.

Now imagine for a second if a person with vast resources was willing to invest a large amount of money say $150,000 over the course of one year to research your life and find incidents that might destroy you as a public figure.

Imagine if there such a person willing to spend this money to hire private investigators to talk to every teacher, every high school classmate or sweetheart. To dig deep enough to find anything even slightly untoward, from a college party to a meeting with a colleague, to a weekend away. Imagine there was money to look up every person who had a grudge with you over the years who might have a different memory of events than you do and get such people to talk.

How well do you think you would stand up to this kind of scrutiny?

Now imagine that you know of such a person with the resources to do this to you if he so choose, furthermore imagine that this person you know has a reputation for being thin skinned about personal attacks and has a reputation for hitting back hard when someone goes after him.

Finally imagine that knowing all these things you spend two years demonizing said person, demonizing the people who work for him, condoning physical attacks on such a person and attempting to destroy the reputation of anyone who dares freely associate with him and doing so with the knowledge that during the time you are doing these things said person temporarily does not have access to his vast resources to retaliate.

What do you think will happen the day that he once again has access to said resources to spend as he sees fit? I think such a person just might decide to use said resources to take revenge on these folks.

Donald Trump will not be president forever, but when he leaves office either after a first term or a second he will once a again be a private citizen with vast resources at his disposal and a very long memory. Given how the Democrats and the media have treated him culminating with the current attack on Brett Kavanaugh what do you think the odds are that he decides to invest in such an enterprise? I think right now the odds favor it.

Given Trump’s billions it would be very possible for citizen Trump to dedicate $125 million dollars to such an enterprise. Based on my $125K per figure quote that I gave he could finance investigations of 1,000 such public figures. That would be enough to crawl up the ass of every sitting Democrat member of congress and every single sitting federal judge who was appointed by a democrat with money left over to include every single ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CBS television host who has gone after him and most if not all of the talking heads to boot.

Now normally an ex president doesn’t get involved in such things after leaving office but with the incredible attacks on him combined with Barack Obama breaking this tradition do you really think for one moment that Donald Trump will sit back and not take revenge on these people once he’s out of office, and remember he was deeply involved in many of them and likely has heard plenty of stories about these jokers to start with over the decades.

I think these people have no idea what they are going to unleash and if they are the slightest bit smart will start to reverse course or they will wish they were the thug from that Batman comic.

Yesterday was 9/11 again and my opinion on hit hasn’t changed.

 

The days we need to be remembering are the fall of Saddam (April 9th); the fall of the Taliban government in Afghanistan and Tora Bora (Dec 17th); and the death of Bin Laden (May 2nd). We should hold those days high, and make sure that not only do we remember and celebrate those days—but those we defeated remember it as well. Those days should be celebrated just as we did with VE and VJ Days, right up until the greatest generation was replaced by the baby boomers, and those World War II landmarks began to fade from memory.

When the war is won, then perhaps things will be different—but as long as we are still fighting, a somber remembrance is the wrong thing to do.

So while the rest of the country puts on their sackcloth for 24 hours, I will respectfully pass on that. Instead, I will pop a cork to the passengers of Flight 93 for producing the first in many U.S. victories during the War on Terror and toast the troops who continue to win one of the toughest wars our country has ever fought.

 

They’ve be time to mourn when our enemies are dead.


Glenn Reynolds made this prediction on 9/11

 

VIRGINIA IS MAD. So am I. Hell, so is everyone. And the TV footage of jubilant Palestinians just proves what I’ve always suspected — they just don’t get it. They’ll learn. Oh, how they’ll learn. Even if it turns out that this was done by the Chinese, or disaffected high school students, their jubilation will be long remembered. The American role as “mediator” in the Middle East is over. Since — though they don’t realize it — that’s the only thing that has kept the Palestinians in the game since 1991, their future is likely to be grim, now.

 

Alas neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama saw fit to teach that lesson then along came Donald Trump…

President Trump appears to have undertaken a revolution in Middle Eastern diplomacy. Reportedly, the United States will eliminate refugee status for the descendants of Palestinian refugees of 1948, the only group of people anywhere in the world to inherit refugee status. The U.S. also reportedly will eliminate funding for UNRWA, the only UN agency dedicated to a single group of refugees, namely the Palestinian Arabs. . . .

This should have been done Sept 12th 2001. Who knew that it would take Donald Trump to see the Palestinians for what they are.


speaking about Trump and 9/11 this cartoon

and this op-ed

“Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could.”

are getting a lot of critique but you have to remember something. 9/11 was just a bunch of terrorists murdering Americans, Trump put the power of the left and their allies in the deep state at risk, no naturally that’s more important to them.


Breitbart reports that 10 NFL players protested this week. I looked them all up, they have something in common. None of them are rookies.

At National Review Kyle Smith has a mostly good piece about how the Democrats have become the Kaepernick party.

Nike’s net approval rating plunged an astonishing 34 points last week, the kind of polling shift you wouldn’t expect to see unless Air Jordans were proven to cause ankle cancer. Keeping Kaepernick front and center in the national discourse is a bad move for a sneaker company, a bad move for the pundits and activists who cheered it, and a bad move for any Democratic office-seeker. If voters get it into their heads that this November 6 is about whether you should kneel or stand for the national anthem, it won’t work out well for Democrats in the short or long term.

I think every democrat running in a swing district needs to have Kapernick campaign with him and if they don’t it proves they are racists.


I do take issue with one remark of Smith’s piece at NRO

President Trump is a political genius in much the same way that Wile E. Coyote is a mechanical genius, but he has proven that he has some lizard-brain, WWE-tinged sense of how to push the public’s buttons.

If Trump is Wile E Coyote, then how come he keeps winning and his enemies plots all end like this:

I’d say it’s Trump that plays Road Runner to Nevertrumps Coyote.


Back to 9/11 a sec I found this old interview of me from 2011 done on 9/11/2011

The key line is this

“Barack Hussein Obama in the worst free agent signing and most expensive free agent signing in the history of the country and every Democrat in congress and every Senator in congress and every Democratic governor whether they show up on stage with him or not is on his team.”

If I was Donald Trump I’d play that message every single day till election day 2018 and maybe even till election 2020

(It’s amazing how much I’ve aged since then)


In that same video I predicted the Democrats would lose that election day.

I’m repeating that prediction today


As we all watch the cone of Hurricane Florence head toward the east coast we need to be thankful that we have a full week’s warning and plenty of time for people to get ready. Imagine what it must have been like for people 100 years ago when you might get a day or two’s warning at best or 150 years ago when there would have been no warning at all.

We don’t understand just how lucky we are sometimes.


Is it just me or does anyone else have an awful feeling that the media/left is watching with breathless anticipation for Hurricane Florence to hit in the hopes that in the wake of massive flooding massive destruction and devastation they can blame Trump for not moving fast enough to score points this election cycle?

There was a time when such a thought would never have entered my head.


Finally it’s been amazing to watch the media suddenly get all protective of the church now that the scandals threaten Bishops, Cardinals and Pope that they perceive are on their side politically. It demonstrates abuse victims were merely a means to an end to the media/left enabling an attack on an institution who opposed them on abortion and gay marriage. But I’m not worried about the Church in the long run because it’s not the Bishops Cardinals or even Pope that will ensure the faith remains. it’s people like Lucy from California

Christ and Church are greater than any one Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, Scandal or even era. Those things all change, God does not.

Image Shealah Craighead Feb 2017

While I was busy watching the Red Sox close out the Braves with TWO of the most impressive comebacks I’ve ever seen in one game (and watched Drew Pomeranz likely pitch himself off the playoff roster) and driving to Irondale to conduct an interview at EWTN word leads out that the so-called Resistance isn’t just trying to destroy the Trump administration from the outside:

 In a striking anonymous broadside, a senior Trump administration official wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times on Wednesday claiming to be part of a group of people “working diligently from within” to impede President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations” and ill-conceived parts of his agenda.

Trump said it was a “gutless editorial” and “really a disgrace,” and his press secretary called on the official to resign.

Trump later tweeted, “TREASON?” and in an extraordinary move demanded that if “the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”

As you might guess this story is producing more ink than the entire squid population of the known universe from speculation to who this person is , if this is a constitutional crisis, or treason, etc etc etc but everyone is missing what I believe to be the real significance of this revelation (assuming that it’s true of course) , and no it’s NOT that this proves the existence of the deep state although that is a significant development and a win for Trump.

The real significance of this revelation by the NYT of a mole with is this:

Consider the following, So far during his presidency Donald Trump has managed to:

Create a booming economy

Create a soaring stock market

Push through a record number of Conservative Judges

Win significant trade concessions favorable to the United States 

Promote the Pro-Life Cause

Open negotiations with in the Korean Peninsular that have the prospect of bringing actual peace

Decimate ISIS

Make the US energy independent

Cut regulations by the bucketful

Advance Tax Reform and relief

Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem

Cut funding to Palestinian Terrorists

Induce Nato allies to increase their defense payments

Bring manufacturing jobs back to the US

produce record employment for blacks and Hispanics

ALL WHILE AT THE SAME TIME (according to the NYT) A PERSON OR PERSONS UNKNOWN IN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN SECRETLY WORKING TO UNDERMINE HIS EFFORTS.

Run that through your head for a second.

That Donald Trump has compiled the above record is an accomplishment any president would be proud of.

That Donald Trump has compiled the above record of accomplishment while practically the entire media, education, entertainment and elite political culture has spent every waking moment of the last 2 years trying to undermine him is incredible

That Donald Trump has compiled the above record of accomplishment while practically the entire media, education, entertainment and elite political culture has fought him AND if the NYT is accurate, Persons or Persons unknown working inside the administration have been actively trying to thwart him, then Donald Trump is undoubtedly the greatest and most successful occupant of the White House since day one period!

Or put it another way, if Trump has managed all this with at least one high level saboteur working against him can you imagine what he’d accomplish without a traitor in the house?

The NYT doesn’t realize it, but they are asserting that Donald Trump is the most accomplished occupant the White House has ever seen and I guess they’re right.


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From the Daily Wire:

Illegal immigrants are opting out of government welfare programs out of fear of Trump Administration crackdowns coming done the pike, reported POLITICO on Monday.

Due to a proposed Trump Administration rule to deny legal status to illegals on welfare, both legal and illegal immigrants have been inundating health care providers with calls demanding they be dropped from federal assistance programs like WIC. “Agencies in at least 18 states say they’ve seen drops of up to 20 percent in enrollment, and they attribute the change largely to fears about the immigration policy,” says the report. (…)

There were some 7.4 million women and children enrolled in WIC when President Donald Trump first took office; that number declined to roughly 6.8 million in May. The drop-off in WIC enrollment is also being attributed to a bolstered economy and a decline in immigrant birth rates.

Voluntary removal from these types of government programs suggests that the former recipients already had additional and alternative resources.

That further shows that there will always be a segment of people who will take advantage of any system if the system allows it. Here in California, a majority of voters agreed that illegal aliens should not have access to government services, but one of the courts nullified this outcome. In hindsight, that nullification was the beginning of California’s descent into Leftist Utopia that presents itself before us.

Some have suggested that the savings resulting from the voluntary removal might also help fund the building of the southern border wall — funded by Mexico, or, at least, by Mexicans.

Another promise in process of being kept?

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Because I’m on vacation (it’s so odd to be somewhere an not waiting to interview someone or have to work) I’m not paying attention to things as closely as I might but I was rather shocked to see this headline at Hotair:

Reports: Trump Allies Furious About Shots Taken At Him During McCain’s Funeral, Want Him To Respond

This headline seemed completely counterintuitive to me and in the Hotair article Allahpundit said exactly what I was thinking:

Trump is better off shrugging off the jabs and declining to return them. He won. He has nothing left to prove. Meghan’s shots at him weren’t taken from a position of strength, like when Obama goofed on him to his face at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner while official Washington laughed. They were taken from a position of weakness, in a moment of grief both for her dad and for the sort of political sensibility he represented, which is now also passing from the scene. That may explain why Ivanka and Jared felt comfortable showing up. They weren’t outnumbered. It was everyone else in the room who’s outnumbered.

Or put simply the worst thing Trump could do is counterattack here since it would change the narrative to one that favors his political victory to one that does not.

As this was very obvious to me I went to the Politico article that it linked to read it for myself and I kept waiting for quotes from Trump allies demanding that he go online and respond.

I saw this:

As Washington mourned McCain, Trump’s people grew angry. Some even hoped for — but didn’t get — a blistering tweet from the president. And they privately chastised Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, for attending the senator’s memorial service.

“@realDonaldTrump ran for @POTUS ONE time and WON,” tweeted Katrina Pierson, an adviser to Trump’s campaign. “Some people will never recover from that.”

and I saw this

His friends and allies fumed. Trump had endured a week of criticism for his handling of McCain’s death, but the eulogy from the late senator’s daughter Meghan was the last straw, according to three people close to the White House.

But I looked high and low and I didn’t see anyone advocating Trump going on the attack against his own interest nor did Politico name such a person and that’s when I figured it out.

The people upset that Trump didn’t attack aren’t Trump’s “Allies”, it’s Politico and Trump’s enemies.

I surmise that the #nevertrump left completely expected a Trump counterattack and actually felt freer about attacking him because they were sure they would be able to pivot any outrage to any counter attack that the President would make.

But Trump so far has been too smart to attack a woman upset at her father’s death and unless that changes it’s very likely that #mccainstone will be to #nevertrump in 2018 what Wellstone was to the Democrats in 2002.

I submit and suggest that Politico was trying to either trick Trump into changing his mind about responding or if that doesn’t work to try and create a new narrative with supporters of Trump being the villain that Trump refuses to be.

In other words, this entire story is fake news.

However this tweet is not

Apparently plan C for the left will be to normalize funerals as political events.  I’m sure this will play well with voters in swing states in 2018

How on earth does President Trump manage to get such stupid foes?



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Professor Van Helsing: Gentlemen we are fortunate
Dr Seward: Why?
Professor Van Helsing He’s an imbecile

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As I pointed out a few days ago the 2002 Wellstone funeral ended up costing Democrats a Senate seat in Minnesota and was widely credited with helping the GOP in a midterm election that would normally have been considered bad for them and suspected that one of the reasons why Sarah Palin was not invited was they didn’t want reaction shots of her while the speakers decided to make the event a nevertrump extravaganza and closed my piece saying:

Now I could be completely wrong about this and I hope I am but given the history of the last two years and the willingness of anti-trump forces to cross lines that were hitherto sacrosanct, I wouldn’t bet against it.

Well I spent the day flying to Atlanta and visiting with my Pal Vinnie, his brother Joe and finally having the pleasure of introducing my wife of thirty years to their 90 year old father who is a gentleman who can tell you real stories of Jim Crow in the 40’s having lived through it as a black man.  My wife and I had a spectacular evening chatting about life, history and the lot around the dinner table in the old fashioned way so I missed all the the McCain funeral.

Alas it’s apparent that my hopes that celebrating a life well lived was not enough for those in attendance:

It’s a fair knock to say that Meghan’s shots at Trump were impolite, not so much to Trump himself but to Trump supporters who admired McCain and tuned in today in good faith to hear a celebration of his life, not to have more mud flung at their guy. (I wonder how small the overlapping section is at this point in the Venn diagram of “Trump supporters” and “McCain admirers.”) Ivanka herself and Jared Kushner were in the audience to pay their respects and found themselves having to sit through this. Awkward, to say the least. Ultimately, though, what we dislike about “politicizing a funeral” is that it takes an occasion devoted to the deceased and turns it into a platform for the speaker’s agenda.

Now while I’d be a tad inclined to give Meghan a bit of slack as the death of her father might have clouded her judgement a tad, ex President’s Obama and Bush have no such excuse:

John McCain’s daughter and two former presidents led a public rebuke of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics at the late senator’s memorial service Saturday in a call for a return to civility among the nation’s leaders.

The nearly three-hour service at the Washington National Cathedral was a remarkable show of defiance against a president McCain openly defied in life as the antithesis of the American spirit of service to something greater than any individual.

Even more incredible than this to me however is the fact that there are people on the left who are absolutely giddy about it, in fact one was so giddy he took the trouble to tweet me about it:

Allahpundit states the obvious

Meghan’s going to spend the next 48-72 hours being lectured by Trump fans for her supposed lack of decorum, never mind that POTUS could start belching into the mic at his rallies like Booger from “Revenge of the Nerds” and would be cheered for his show of “authenticity” and refreshing disdain for political politesse. It’s a valid criticism in this sense: If the roles were reversed and Ivanka Trump had chosen the occasion of her dad’s funeral to take a shot at McCain, no doubt the entire political class would start clucking about “politicizing a funeral” too.

And apparently the trend of turning funerals into political forums was not confined to McCain’s. Apparently groping Ariana Grande was not the only outrageous thing that took place at Aretha Franklin’s funeral

“Then this orange apparition had the nerve to say she worked for him! You lugubrious leech!” he bellowed, apparently meaning that President Trump is a sad and mournful bloodsucker. “You dopey doppelganger of deceit and deviancy!” he continued, sticking with the alliteration theme. “You lethal liar, you dimwitted dictator! You foolish fascist!!!”

His use of the word “fascist” brought many in the cheering crowd to their feet.

Nothing says respect for the dead like using them as a prop for political attacks.

Now it’s clear that those in attendance loved those attacks and that many on the left cheer them but in an election year where your base is already energized the last thing you want to do is to energize your opponents and I can’t think of anything that’s more likely to make Trump voters run to the pols than what took place at these two funerals. The effect of all of this is going to be Wellstone on steroids.

The only thing more shocking than their actions is their apparent ignorance or indifference as to what the electoral effects of said actions will be.

If you judge a man by the wisdom of his enemies one must conclude Donald Trump has to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

Cue Renfield:

Closing thought. While I’ll take the political advantage given my side, I’d just as soon have done without said advantage for the sake of showing respect for the dead by allowing both the McCain and Franklin funerals to be about remembering the deceased.

I suggested a few days ago that the reason the MSM has gone all in on John McCain was the chance for him to play useful idiot in their quest to hit the GOP in general and Donald Trump in particular, however it was my opinion that while the coverage would reflect this the funeral itself would not be used in such a way as it would not only be demeaning but remembering the results of the Wellstone memorial which backfired spectacularly when turned into a political rally.

And then I read this:

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who was Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has been excluded from his funeral.
Breitbart News has independently confirmed an earlier report in People magazine, which reported that Palin was not sent an invitation, and was told through intermediaries to stay away from the ceremony.

McCain fundraiser Carla Eudy confirmed to People that Palin had not been invited — possibly, People speculated, at the behest of the McCain family.

The news comes on the tenth anniversary of the date in 2008 when Palin was announced as McCain’s pick for Vice President.

Now if there is one person who remained unshakably loyal to John McCain it was Sarah Palin who continued to defended him even as his former campaign staff have made a career of going after her and even as McCain himself claimed that he regretted picking her as a running mate. Furthermore there is no question that regardless of any provocation that might arise at the event, Palin would be unlikely to carry herself in any way that even suggested disrespect to the family.

So why exclude her when such an exclusion can bring nothing but bad press:

The amazing thing about the snub is that refusing to offer an invitation costs more than extending one would. It would have been the easiest thing to say “let bygones be bygones,” have Palin quietly attend, and thus avoid any headlines about her not being asked to show up. To absorb coverage like this the McCains really must have wanted her to stay away, a dishonor otherwise seemingly reserved for their least favorite people. That’s a shame.

That’s Allahpundit at Hotair and he makes a good point, one would think that it would not be worth the bad press to keep her out since it is unthinkable that she would make trouble or even react poorly if others did.

And that’s dear friends precisely the point.

The reason why the Wellstone memorial cost the left so dearly wasn’t just because of the overt political tone of the event, but it was because it was done in the presence of political foes who had shown to pay their respects.  As Jessie Ventura the Governor of Minnesota at the time put it:

“I went to pay my respects in the manner we were asked to do so, and I think that it was very deceitful to turn it into a political rally,” he said. “I know the head of the Democratic Party is trying to sit and say, these were spontaneous speeches and all that – well, if you believe that…”

And as Time magazine reported at the time the political fallout hurt the Democrats in more places than Minnesota:

A backlash against the politically charged service almost certainly helped Norm Coleman beat Walter Mondale for Wellstone’s Minnesota Senate seat. And a private poll by Bill Clinton’s former pollster, Mark Penn, suggests the service backfired on Democrats nationally as well.

Penn found that 68% of voters knew about the service a high awareness of an event broadcast live nationally only on C-SPAN. What’s more, 49% of voters said the service made them less likely to vote for a Democrat and 67% of independents said they felt that way. One Democrat who quickly sensed that the service was a political disaster was Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, a possible 2004 presidential contender.

Kerry would go on to lose to George W Bush that year.

Now you might be thinking “DaTechGuy, you’re crazy, John McCain was a republican, what makes you think his funeral will be turned into a Democrat rally?”

Yes John McCain was a republican, he was also the deciding vote to save Obamacare and has been an unrelenting voice attacking President Donald Trump event to the very end.

I think the family knows that this funeral has the potential to turn into a #nevertrump event and the only thing worse that Sarah Palin walking out of such an event would be Sarah Palin NOT walking out such an event and absorbing hits and or boos with dignity.  I think they figure that the hit they’ll get for not inviting Palin is a lot better than risking a political disaster that would empower President Trump and his allies in the GOP

Now I could be completely wrong about this and I hope I am but given the history of the last two years and the willingness of anti-trump forces to cross lines that were hitherto sacrosanct, I wouldn’t bet against it.

These days it’s really reached a point where there isn’t really a whole lot of point reading what the MSM will write about the president as one can predict it with unerring accuracy, but this Yahoo story Trump warnings grow from forgotten Republicans   by Steve People is so hysteric in nature and so nonsensical in it’s conclusions that it deserves a good old fashioned blogger fisking.

It starts with the very first paragraph My fisking in red italic

Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week’s bid for a political comeback IHe wasn’t “forced out” he lost an election.  By that definition Hillary Clinton was “forced out” of the White House” . Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose to leave on their own. What he means to say is that he knew he would lose a primary election so he decided to retire rather than face the wrath of voters  Others still serve, but with a muted voice.  Oh there are a bunch of people in congress who think like this, trust me 

Whether members of Congress, governors or state party leaders, they are struggling to fit into President Donald Trump’s Republican Party.  There’s no bigger struggle for a GOP office holder than dealing with fitting in to a party that has brought the country unprecedented growth. 

The expanding list of marginalized GOP leaders underscores how thoroughly Trump has dominated — and changed — the Republican Party in the nearly two years since he seized the presidency.  Seized?  He won a crowded primary field winning the vast majority of states and then won in the electoral college winning in states that other GOP candidates have only dreamed of winning for decades.  When Barack Obama won an overwhelming victory in 2008 did the AP say he “seized the presidency”?    The overwhelming majority of elected officials, candidates and rank-and-file voters now follow the president with extraordinary loyalty,   If he commands extraordinary loyalty from the overwhelming majority of elected officials and voters that suggests he’s doing something right even if he strays far from the values and traditions many know and love.   Showing deference to the Democrats and not fighting back against a media that hate the GOP and their voters is a cherished tradition of the GOP ruling class

The Republicans left behind are warning their party with increasing urgency, though it’s unclear whether anyone’s listening.  Warning them about what winning is bad for you?

“I hope this is a very temporary place for the Republican Party,”  Yes victory brings responsibility and we can’t have that said Corker. “I hope that very soon we will return to our roots as a party that’s very different, especially in tone, from what we’ve seen coming out of the White House.”  Our roots as a party where leaders are fetters and accepted at all the right parties but rejects the concerns of the voters 

The forgotten Republicans — people like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and Ohio Gov. John Kasich  They’ve not been forgotten by the MSM — have been unwilling to sit quietly as Trump steers the GOP away from free trade, fiscal responsibility, consistent foreign policy and civility.  You mean from unfair trade, a  stagnant economy, a foreign policy of retreat and meekly accepting the barbs of the media and left.

Isolation and political exile have been their rewards.  And praise from the MSM which always celebrates any Republican willing to attack any GOP president particularly when he advances conservative causes.

Their diminished roles leave fewer Republican leaders willing to challenge Trump under any circumstances, even in his darkest moments.  Yeah how dare more GOP pols fail to complain about American success

Fact checkers have recorded an extraordinary level of false and misleading statements flowing out of the White House.  These would be the same fact checkers who never challenged “If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan and if you like your doctor who can keep your doctor.  And beyond dishonesty, some of the forgotten have decried a disturbing pattern of racially charged rhetoric on issues like immigration, Obeying the law is now “racially charged” NFL anthem protests Standing for the National anthem is now “racially charged” and Confederate monuments.  Put up by a lot of democrat pols (including Nancy Pelosi’s father with the blessing of the Democrat Party.

“White nationalism isn’t something I’m ever going to be comfortable with. But it is embraced by, or simply doesn’t bother, a lot of Republicans,” said former Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges, once a Trump confidant who was forced from his leadership post after criticizing Trump in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.  Nothing guarantees you a quote in a AP story like calling Trump voters “white nationalists” even when many of those same voters pulled the lever for Obama twice.

After Trump’s victory, Borges returned to practicing law, while he continues to play a modest role in local politics.  He has to work for a living these days.

“To me, it became a matter of how much of your soul are you willing to sell. I would be the wrong person to be leading this party right now,” Borges said.  If you think your voters are a bunch of racists and advancing the pro-life cause and a strong economy is selling your soul then yes you don’t belong leading any state GOP party.

Trump remains popular among rank-and-file Republicans. And the vast majority of Republican candidates across the country this midterm season are pledging unconditional loyalty — and being rewarded with primary victories.  In other words the president is appealing to the actual voters and candidates who do the same get elected, how horrible!

Gallup found that 82 percent of Republicans approved of the president’s job performance earlier this month. That’s compared to just 34 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats.  Amazing the GOP likes it leader more than Democrats and despite our constant attacks a solid third of independents like him too, which incidentally matches his support among African Americans.

Kasich, who has not ruled out a primary bid against Trump in 2020,  HA AHH HAH AH HAH HA HA I’m glad I wasn’t drinking when I read that   said the president’s approval is misleading because the universe of people identifying as Republican is shrinking.

“We’re dealing with a remnant of the Republican Party. The party is not what it was,” Kasich said in an interview.  Nothing says the GOP is shrinking like holding all three branches of government and a majority of the state houses and governorship.

The term-limited governor said he’s content to focus quietly on addressing issues like the opioid epidemic and urban violence on a bipartisan basis while the Trump-led GOP focuses on partisan squabbling.  Urban violence you mean like in the Democrat controlled cities like Cleveland?  Great job you’re doing there pal.

“Let those in the Republican Party who want to be ideological and partisan, let them wallow in their own failures,” said Kasich.  A strong economy, the stock markets booming, unemployment particularly among blacks Hispanics and youth and and successes from North Korea to Syria?  This must be some new definition of “failures” that I haven’t heard of.

Other GOP leaders aren’t feeling quite so emboldened.  Other GOP leaders still have to face voters.

Pawlenty’s quest for a third term collapsed after Republican primary voters determined his experience — and his years-old description of Trump as “unfit and unhinged” — weren’t welcome.  Amazing a person who hits a popular party leader isn’t’ embraced by the party voters, what is the world coming to? 

Pawlenty politely declined to be interviewed, but a former aide, Alex Conant, said this week’s result, like those of other primary elections this year, sent a clear message about the modern GOP.

“There’s not a lot of room for dissent in the Republican Party right now,” Conant said. “Moderates don’t feel welcome. And if you’re not loyal to Trump, there’s not necessarily room for you.”  Or, if you don’t support policies that GOP votes actually like you won’t win a GOP primary.  What a concept!

The details may be different, but Pawlenty’s unexpected exit is reminiscent of that of other public officials who have struggled to find their footing in the Trump era.  You mean business as usual of paying lip service to voters while enabling the deep state isn’t paying off anymore?

Bush, another Trump critic, declined to comment for this story. He has been forced into silence, Forced?  The Bushes have been a lot less shy about hitting Trump than they were Obama at least in part, for fear of hurting his son’s political career. In June, Donald Trump Jr. withdrew from a fundraiser for Texas land commissioner George P. Bush after Jeb Bush criticized the president’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border.  How DARE Trump Jr. not raise money for Bush’s son just because dad hit him for obeying a law signed by George W. Bush and not repealed by Obama!

Another periodic Trump critic, former House Speaker John Boehner, is in the midst of a 20-stop bus tour to help raise money for vulnerable House Republicans.  I’m sure president Trump approves of that.

Just don’t ask whom he’s raising money for.  What districts he stops at might be a clue.  If only a reporter bothered to ask

Spokesman David Schnittger said it was up to each of the campaigns involved to disclose Boehner’s help. “I’m not sure anyone has exercised that option to date,” he said.  You mean to say the endorsement of a speaker who didn’t manage to get things done might not sit well with some GOP primary voters?  Well who wouda thunk it?

Boehner’s successor, Paul Ryan, has seen his once sky-high career prospects flounder in the Trump era.  Somehow I think he will land on his feet. The 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee has occasionally criticized Trump, but he is retiring at the end of the year.  In fairness to Ryan he never wanted to be speaker anyways, he wanted to be…a LUMBERJACK

In South Carolina, Republican Rep. Mark Sanford narrowly lost his June primary hours after Trump tweeted he had been “very unhelpful” and highlighted the congressman’s extramarital affair.  You mean to say hitting Trump and running off with his mistress didn’t play well with votes?  Who wouda thunk it?

Days later, Sanford described Trumpism as “a cancerous growth.”  If this economy and prosperity is a cancer may America be afflicted with it. As he prepares to leave Congress, he’s warning the GOP the cancer is spreading.   We can only hope this prosperity continues to spread

“We have a president that will tell numerous dis-truths in the course of a day, yet that’s not challenged,”  In fact we had 300+ newspapers standing united taking a day off from challenging Trump to say with one voice that Trump isn’t challenged Sanford said in an interview. “What’s cancerous here is in an open political system, there has to be some measure of objective truth.”  Alas the MSM has never been a fan of objective truth..

“I’m baffled by the way so many people have looked the other way,” he said.  People aren’t looking the other way, they’re seeing the results of Trump’s presidency and applauding.

Asked whether he feels like he fits in today’s GOP, Sanford said simply, “No.”  I agree, entrenched deep state pols looking out for their own wealth don’t fit in at all anymore.

Back in Ohio, Borges vowed that his departure from politics was only temporary. Rephrased, I want back on the gravy train!

“The Trump phenomenon is going to end at some point in time.  Now there’s a bold prediction. That might be six years, that might be two years, that might be sooner. No one knows,” Well Trump is in his 70’s and time does march on so that’s a pretty safe guess the former Ohio GOP chairman said. “When it does end, it’s the job of a lot of us … to make sure that the party is still populated by good, honest, decent candidates and officeholders who we can continue to be proud of.”  It’s up to us to make sure that once Trump is gone it’s business as usual for all us insiders returns because they’re not pride in serving voters by giving them what they want.

The real interesting point is this.  Even if a different GOP candidate had won the presidency then this article would still be written but the people complaining about said candidate would just be more obscure.  There is never a time when the MSM is not running a story about how some in the GOP are upset with the leadership.  It’s what they do.


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by baldilocks

Normally, I try to offer something that few other bloggers are talking about, but not this time.

I remain fascinated by the very existence of John Brennan, former director of the CIA, and his sense of entitlement to this country’s national security secrets. Even more riveting that his predecessors and peers obviously share this attitude.

You all do remember what I used to do for a living, right? Well, when I stopped doing it — in 1994 — my security clearance and access to information was revoked. Naturally.

And the same has been so for countless others who were granted access to classified information due to their jobs, but left their job positions for whatever reason.

But we were just worker bees. The recent screaming fit thrown by Brennan after President Trump revoked his access exposed that there are two sets of rules in the intelligence community: one for the lords and another for us serfs.

I suppose that I shouldn’t be shocked by it — especially after Hillary Clinton skated away from legal consequences for doing something that would have put me in jail — but I am.

The great thing about it all, however, is that President Trump’s

actions exposed this elite layer in the intelligence community to the world. When he announced his intent to yank Brennan’s clearance, Brennan and friends responded like Pavlov’s Dogs.

The list of former senior intelligence

The infamous James Clapper.

officials who signed the letter includes James Clapper, a former Director of National Intelligence, and seven CIA Directors including Robert Gates, William Webster, George Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta and David Petraeus.

There is more than one person on this list who I wouldn’t trust to walk my dog.

“As former senior intelligence officials, we feel compelled to respond in the wake of the ill-considered and unprecedented remarks and actions by the White House regarding the removal of John Brennan’s security clearances,” they wrote.

“We know John to be an enormously talented, capable, and patriotic individual who devoted his adult life to the service of this nation,” the letter continued.

“Insinuations and allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Brennan while in office are baseless,” it added.

Some of the officials who signed the letter noted that they may not side with Brennan’s comments or choose to go public with any comments, but “We all agree that the president’s action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances – and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech.

Emphasis mine. As if Brennan will need a security clearance to throw his next tantrum.

I don’t think that these IC elite puppets get that they and their ilk have been outed to the world, but I get it. And the great thing about it is that they did it to themselves by falling in line behind a POS like Brennan. I guess I expected them to be more circumspect about their privilege, being spooks and all.

Brennan must have something on all of them …

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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