A few days ago I wrote that the entire NFL protest business was a trap for Democrats that they cheerfully walked right into:

this helps Trump in places that he needs to win again and hurts him in places that he’s doesn’t, while helping the left in places that they are already winning in and hurts them in swing states and districts.

Because nothing is going to win over white working class voters than a bunch of rich athletes talking about how oppressed they are by the country that made them rich.

I got a lot of grief over thing on twitter both from the left and from nevertrumpers who insisted that this was a huge defeat for Trump and a huge win for the NFL and that the President has embarrassed himself.

Three days later this is from the Hill:

While Democrats broadly say Trump’s fight with the NFL and NBA will help them politically in both the 2018 and 2020 elections, they also appear wary of completely entering the fray on the controversial issue.

Potential candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) didn’t put out press releases on the issue or weigh in on Twitter, at least as of Tuesday night.

That’s odd? I thought the media both political and sports called this a losing issue for Trump.

Democratic insiders, strategists and sources close to potential candidates say it’s tricky to work out the right message that knocks Trump for what many privately see as race baiting but that is not perceived as criticism of the flag or anthem.

Being cast as insufficiently patriotic is a charge countless Democrats have had to deal with for generations.

“I think everyone is aware of the tight rope we have to walk on this issue,” said one Democrat who has spoken to Democratic National Committee officials about the latest controversy. “I think that’s something we’re all trying to figure out now.”

Harris’s and Warren’s offices declined to comment for this story. Sanders’s and Booker’s offices did not respond to requests for comment.

Remember these are national democrat candidates who are trying to appeal to Democrat primary voter and not even the candidates of color like Booker or Harris are willing to go out there.

If these national ultra liberals candidates are not willing to put themselves out there, how much less willing will Democrat candidates for Senate in Red States be willing to do so?

To find out I called Claire McCaskill’s office to get commentary I was transferred to the Press office’s voice mail where I left a message asking “Does Senator McCaskill support or oppose NFL players kneeling for the National anthem?”

Over the next several days I’m going to call offices of the all the other Senators running for Re-election in 2018. It will be interesting to see if the answers vary based on both party and how their state voted in 2016.

I’ll give the last word to Ari Fleischer

I think 2018 will be just as much fun.


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In between reports on Hurricane Harvey the press is managing some outrage over the pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio who had been jailed for criminal contempt.

While the pardon was not a huge surprise (and the timing on a Friday evening during a Cat 4 Hurricane makes the ultimate news dump) rest assured that by the time we get to the Sunday News shows there will be experts on the left beating their breasts over it and insisting that it’s a sign of racism on the part of Donald Trump and his supporters and breathlessly predicting their fall.

He’re why that effort will fail in a single headline:

Trump pardons controversial
Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was
convicted of contempt for refusing to stop
targeting illegal immigrants for arrest

The american voters who gave Trump his majorities in 29 states understand that an illegal immigrant is, by his very presence, breaking the law, and the very idea that it’s “controversial” to target those breaking the law for arrest is so asinine and so nakedly political that sensible voters reject it out of hand.

To be sure in the blue media this will be yet another sign of the apocalypse and the never trump forces in the GOP will find themselves prominently featured by the press condemning this.

However that willingness to make this move and telegraph it in advance knowing the reaction it would cause will only reinforce the solid support this president has among his base of deplorables who will see the media reaction and realize they still don’t get it.

I think Trump already has his path for 2020 mapped out and intends to have the media and left pave it for him.

They just haven’t figured it out yet.


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We’ve talked about how the events on the Boston Common justified some folks on the left and a few days later we named the Honorable Mentions in the Contest of being the big winner from events on the Boston Common.

Now the time has come to name the biggest single winner from the events of last weekend: Donald J. Trump.

To some of you this might seem counter intuitive. Since Charlottsville the entire MSM has fully embraced their new “Donald Trump/Nazi/KKK” meme to the point where you have to make real effort to find the word “Russia” in any kind of coverage anymore.

Furthermore in Boston for a week we’ve heard about a Nazi/Klan rally about to happen in Boston and once the event took place the media fully embraced the tale of tens of thousands of ordinary citizens assembling without violence united to counter the Nazis and their hero Donald J Trump.

Unfortunately for the MSM there were two problems with their uncritical assessment of the events of Boston. First of all the conspicuous lack of Nazis to protest.

IF ONE LINE captured the essence of Saturday’s Boston Common rally and counter-protest, it was a quote halfway through Mark Arsenault’s Page 1 story in the Boston Globe:

“‘Excuse me,’ one man in the counter-protest innocently asked a Globe reporter. ‘Where are the white supremacists?'”

That was the day in a nutshell. Participants in the “Boston Free Speech Rally” had been demonized as a troupe of neo-Nazis prepared to reprise the horror that had erupted in Charlottesville. They turned out to be a couple dozen courteous people linked by little more than a commitment to — surprise! — free speech.

And then there were the actions of some of the protesters particularly the ANTIFA folks which while downplayed by the national and local media were highlighted by Boston Police Tweets like this

and this:

and covered like my own and others showing ANTIFA thugs being, well Antifa thugs

And a few days later in Arizona, they were going after police again:

A group of anti-Trump demonstrators used gas canisters, rocks and bottles to assault police Tuesday night and create havoc at what officials said was mostly a peaceful protest in Phoenix.

Video captured by a local reporter also shows a smoking object being thrown at police while hundreds of officers attempted to keep order at a rally after President Trump’s speech at the Phoenix Convention Center had ended.

Targeting police might be popular with the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democrat party, but swing voters who don’t like their car windows smashed or their small business vandalized might not be all that anxious to vote for a party whose foot soldiers are masked and whose violence the media is defending them and calling em peace activists.

And even if you accept that the violence was from a comparatively small part of the crowd in Boston, the chants calling the USA racist and fascists were not.

Yeah that will get you those votes you need to flip back swing states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Iowa.

And while you aren’t seeing the MSM play any of those chants trust me, videos like that one are being shared all over facebook and the fact that they can be seen on facebook and not on ABC/NBC/CBS/MSNBC or CNN will simply confirm the President’s charge that the MSM have been conveyors of fake news all along.

The events of Boston and Phoenix might make folks in blue states and a media obsessed with statues and millionaire footballs players without seven figure paychecks feel good about themselves

But the reality is those events are walking talking Trump 2020 ads that are going to coin votes for him in every swing state that the left has to win back if they are going to beat him next time around.

Now of course it’s possible that Donald Trump might decide that as much fun as it is to bait the left and the Establishment GOP he’d much rather go back to his old life.

But if he decides to run for re-election, in my opinion, the events of Boston and Phoenix have already done the job.

Useful idiots indeed.


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Bob:No no, kamo perolalosi, meredite, nokolapati pob lakino lapa lamakine pukete. PERO NO! Labi bibap, nure barata, papu tabushi,…[laughs]…So… instoo meradante, la pate, yes ki giban, PATUTEE!!!

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Now that hopeful spin for the left for an upset in Kansas were proven baseless,  Democrats having no bench and still smarting from Hillary’s defeat have decided to learn the exact wrong lesson from the election of Donald Trump.

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she has been asked by top Democrats to run for office.

The star of “Veep” responded that it will never happen, according to the Washington Post.

Because nothing says “winning” like reviving the old “I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV meme:

In fact the New Republic has been all aboard the celebrity express for a bit:

Democrats would do well to embrace her and fellow Hollywood stars. The party could recruit Streep and others to bait Trump, and perhaps, as Moore suggested, groom some to be presidential candidates. In 2020, the Democrats could run Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, Matt Damon, or Rosie O’Donnell. Some might guffaw at this idea. After all, wouldn’t running a celebrity candidate further associate Democrats with coastal elitism? But Democrats’ main problem last year wasn’t in appealing to anti-elitist voters; it was in getting out the party’s base. A magnetic, attractive movie star would have a far better chance of accomplishing that than just another accomplished, dowdy politician.

Of course Trump one advantage that a lot of celebs did not. He actually had decades of running a business empire before he ever appeared on TV and while his celebrity certainly helped in terms of bypassing the media (something a liberal celeb doesn’t need to do)and establishing a persona (which was no different than his existing reputation) based on the interviews I did during the primaries of voters, it wasn’t his celebrity that put him over the top as much as the combination of his business experience and his willingness to say bluntly things people were afraid to.

Of course a celebrity candidate might energize low information voters on the left and if the Democrats want to run someone who will just be a figurehead for the deep state they’re welcome to do so, but I suspect even with yesterday’s defeat in Kansas in a race against a weak opponent after 90 continuous days of attacks on both the GOP and the President, they haven’t quite reached the point where they go with a King Bob slate.

Even if he does give one hell of a speech.


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