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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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By John Ruberry

There are cries on both sides of the political aisle for a return to civility.

When did it go away?

It happened fifty years ago in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention.

The left killed civility.

The documentary Best of Enemies, available on Netflix, centers on ten debates broadcast on ABC during the 1968 Republican and  Democratic conventions between left-wing author Gore Vidal and National Review founder William F. Buckley, whose remaking of the conservative movement resulted in the election of Ronald Reagan at president twelve years later.

Buckley and Vidal’s feud went back years earlier and continued until their deaths.. Both men had polished mid-Atlantic accents and were masters of grammar. Debate moderator Howard K. Smith called them “two craftsmen” of language as he introduced the duo at their first debate during the GOP convention in Miami Beach.

There the similarities ended. Buckley was a devout Catholic and Vidal was a hedonist.

Over the course of the debates the rancor metastasized. By the final debate the hatred between the two men–yes, they really despised each other–was evident. When Smith brought up a protest in Chicago’s Grant Park and queried Vidal if it was “a provocative act to try to raise the Vietcong flag in the park in the film we just saw,” name calling followed. Vidal told Buckley that he was a “crypto Nazi” which led the usually genteel Buckley to respond angrily, “Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in your goddam face, and you’ll stay plastered.” It was very likely the first time “queer” was uttered on television when it referred to homosexuality.

The Chicago Police of course, on live television in front of millions of viewers, including myself, beat many of the protesters with billy clubs in front of the convention headquarters hotel. The chaos ironically helped elect Republican Richard Nixon president. What a report later called a “police riot” of course occurred at the Democrats’ convention and Chicago’s mayor, Richard J. Daley, was one of the most powerful Democrats in America.

The night after the riot, Daley explained on CBS, very late in the evening when few people were watching, that the cops’ tempers were inflamed because they were pelted with bottles and bags filled with feces and urine.

How uncivil is that?

Antifa, the enforcement wing of the leftist movement, utilizes feces and urine attacks at their protests.

A couple of years later in an incident recalled in leftist Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” guidebook, there was a protest of lawyers inside the Chicago federal court building during the Chicago Seven trial. The Seven were alleged conspirators who were being tried, quite unfairly it turned out, for disrupting the 1968 convention. The courthouse protest was put to bed by a federal judge, William Campbell, which compelled one of the assembled lawyers to shout, “Fck you Campbell!” Alinsky didn’t scold the sole heckler, instead he admonished the other attorneys for not starting a “fck you Campbell” chant.

Antifa loves four-letter word chants. As do many other left-wingers.

Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis was about Alinsky. And a Chicago Alinkskyite organization gave Barack Obama his first political job.

In spite of, or probably because of the insults, the Vidal-Buckley debates were a huge hit for little-watched ABC News. As Best of Enemies points out, CBS’ still relatively new 60 Minutes quickly utilized the format with its Point-Counterpoint segment between a liberal and conservative, which was hilariously parodied on Saturday Night Live. Of course SNL’s writers gave the nasty punchline to Aykroyd’s conservative alter ego, “Jane, you ignorant slut.”

As for the shout-shows on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, they also can look to the Vidal-Buckley debates for their genesis.

As for Donald Trump, sure he’s a crude man. But he is simply fighting back.

And where were the obscene chants when the Tea Party movement was at its peak? When have Trump supporters tossed urine and feces at their opponents?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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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.

Tuesday’s primary results in Florida was a bit of a surprise on both sides of the aisle but also give the people in Florida one of the clearest choices in the nation in terms of the direction they want to go.

On the GOP side an establishment republican Adam Pullman with an acceptable record on the state level was blown away by Congressman Ron DeSantos who topped 56% in a six man field but outperformed the polling in the state by 15 to 24 points depending on the poll.

DeSantos went all in for both President Trump and the wall in what is considered a swing state and apparently that was the difference between a plurality and a clear overwhelming majority

On the Democrat side the surprise was even greater as a daughter of a former Governor and Senator who was not shown behind in any poll was defeated not by her closest rival but by the mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum who is as far left as they come having been  endorsed by both Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer

The real interesting thing here is in the five candidate field both Gwen Graham and her chief rival Philip Levine outperformed their polling average Graham by 5.5 pts and Levine by 1.5 pts but Gillum blew away the polling.  His polling average was 12% going into election night and he finished with 34% of the vote.

Or to put it another way according to the polls  26% of the GOP electorate and 23% of the Democrat electorate was undecided and unless the polls were spectacularly wrong just about every undecided republican went for DeSantos, Trump Man and every single undecided Democrat went with Gillum the Bernie Bro.

This is horrible news for the establishment in both parties but in my opinion it’s great news for the country as a whole.  Jazz Shaw puts it well:

The state parties had their own preferences, but for Florida’s voters, it seems to have wound up being a battle between President Trump and the combined forces of Bernie Sanders and billionaire donor Tom Steyer. (There’s an odd combination for you, eh? A socialist and a guy who rode capitalism to the halls of financial power.) While everything can (and likely will) change over the course of two years, this race can almost be seen as a microcosm of 2020.

To be sure there are some twists, you have two ethnic candidates where the whole black vs Hispanic thing could get interesting and there are some corruption issues in Gillum’s city that might sway a vote or two but the big thing is Gillum’s platform based on his advertising is as left as you can get:  Jazz Shaw again

BEAT THE NRA
HEALTHCARE FOR ALL
$1 BILLION FOR EDUCATION
BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS
$15 MINIMUM WAGE
ABOLISH AND REPLACE ICE
END STAND YOUR GROUND
LEGALIZE MARIJUANA
IMPEACH TRUMP

Not exactly a moderate platform, eh? We’ll see how that plays on the Redneck Riviera.

Now here in Massachusetts you might not be able to tell if that was the platform of the Republican or Democrat candidate for governor (if you don’t believe me remember our republican Governor just signed a $15 minimum wage bill and pot stores are opening up all over the state) but in normal and sane parts of the country this is as loony left as it comes.

Which means that barring a sudden turn to the left by DeSantos or to the right by Gillum, which I suspect neither sides base would forgive Florida has been given the rare privilege of a clear distinct choice between two paths for their state.  Trump & Capitalism, or Bernie and Socialism, or as Rush puts it does Florida want to be America or does Florida want to be Venezuela.

Barring some unforeseen revelation that torpedoes one candidate or the other this is what it’s going to come down to.

I think it’s very healthy for voters to have such a clear choice and to choose their fate. For the sake of their state I hope they make the right choice but either way Florida voters will get the government they deserve.


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By John Ruberry

While “the betters” on the Sunday talk shows were praising John McCain, who died from brain cancer Saturday, Mrs. Marathon Pundit turned to me and asked, “Why isn’t anyone talking about the number of houses he owned?”

The TV talking heads weren’t.

In his laudatory statement about the Arizona senator’s passing, of course Barack Obama didn’t bring up the houses. But in 2008, when a Politico reporter asked the Arizona senator how many houses he owned, and in a awkward manner, McCain replied that he didn’t know. He suggested that the reporter check with his staff.

Watch Obama–the pertinent section begins at 1:38–mock McCain for being an out-of-touch elitist over the houses gaffe.

The correct number was eight, if you include the homes owned by McCain’s wife.

Obama’s campaign used the McCain houses remark in television ad. Which, in one of the McCain campaign’s better moments, led a spokesperson to retort, “Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses?”

Obama still owns that mansion, purchased with guidance from Chicago political fixer Tony Rezko. And he now owns a second mansion, this one with–wait for it–a wall, in Washington.

McCain was tortured by his North Vietnamese jailers during his five years as a prisoner of war. Those injuries made it very difficult for him to type and use a computer. Which led the Obama campaign to run this sneering ad against McCain:

CNN didn’t begin its piling-on against prominent Republicans with the rise of Donald Trump, its Jeanne Moos sardonically reported on the McCain computer kerfuffle during the ’08 campaign.

When asked a town hall in 2008 about a George W. Bush statement that American troops might be serving in Iraq for 50 years, McCain musingly replied that they could there for “maybe 100.”

Let’s add some context here. Over seven decades after the defeat of the Axis powers there still are American troops stationed in Germany, Italy, and Japan. Only extremists from both sides of the political aisle are calling for their removal.

Obama pounced on McCain for the 100-years remark. “Instead of offering an exit strategy for Iraq” Obama said a month later, “he’s offering us a 100-year occupation.”

A lie.

McCain never spoke of an “occupation.” Obama pulled out our troops from Iraq in late 2011 and bragged about it in during his reelection campaign. Three years later ISIS seized nearly one-third of Iraq. Then Obama dispatched combat troops to Iraq again. About 5,000 of them remain.

Obama, as he is about so many other things, was wrong about Iraq.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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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