A lot of my friends on the right don’t like Jake Tapper much these days Jon Nolte who I absolutely love dropped him last year over these two interviews:

In full grandstanding, self-righteous mode (we’ve seen this Tapper come out against Republicans before), Tapper hammers Trump over this judge 23 times — 23 freakin’ times! Tapper refuses to move on for about 4 minutes.

Note, though, how Tapper hides crucially important and mitigating information from his audience, like the judge’s cozy relationship with the racist hate-group La Raza.

And this is not the first time in his quest to destroy Trump that Tapper has hidden information from his audience.

Back in February, Tapper asked Trump if he would condemn David Duke and the KKK. Trump famously bungled the question, but during the interview, Tapper chose not to disclose the crucially important fact that less than 24 hours earlier, Trump had not only disavowed David Duke but done so without being asked to do so. Tapper pretending that for the first time he is asking Trump to do something he had just voluntarily done is propaganda not journalism.

With all of that in mind, watch the video below… The key part of Tapper’s Hillary Clinton interview occurs near the end at the 6:20 mark, where Tapper practically apologizes to Hillary for bringing up the myriad of scandals surrounding the corrupt Clinton Foundation (“And I’m not equating Trump University with the Clinton Foundation,” Tapper squeaks.). Moreover, after she not only dodges the question with lies (“we’ve disclosed everything“) and then uses the question to attack Trump, Tapper doesn’t ask a SINGLE FOLLOW UP (much less 23).

And since Trump’s election has been even harder on him:

Note how Tapper carefully avoided stating that Trump mocked an actual disability. Well, he cannot come out and say that because it is a lie. If you recall, though, that was the original charge — that Trump openly mocked the specific handicap of this reporter. But now that everyone knows that this accusation is a lie, in order to keep the accusation alive, Tapper weasels his words into the more generalized charge that Trump “make[s] fun of disabled people” — as though Trump should condescend to the handicapped and treat dishonest reporters with a disability any different from dishonest reporters without one.

The latest entry comes from another friend Stephen Krusier

I’ve been mystified for the last couple of years as to why so many conservatives on social media think that Jake Tapper is one of the good guys in the MSM. Yes, he gives support to the military, which one doesn’t see a lot from the leftmedia. Beyond that, however, he is a garden-variety Democrat advocate media hack. He loves sticking it to conservatives on social media and Republicans whenever he can. This nonsense he’s offering the equally hacktastic Colbert only makes sense if you are in the camp that doesn’t acknowledge the essential truth about Joe McCarthy: that he was right.

Let me stipulate for the record that both Krusier and Nolte are right that Jake is wrong about Trump and that he seems to have it in for him more than other do.  My purpose in this post isn’t to defend Jake Tapper as I already wrote that post months ago but I do want to make an important point concerning Jake Tapper.

He elected Donald Trump.

Now you might be thinking “DaTechGuy you’re crazy, how can you make a statement like that?”

Here’s how.

I will concede that Jake was very hard on Trump during the run up to the election but he was also willing to hit Clinton both before the primaries :

While this morning Politico was spinning Nancy Pelosi Jake Tapper decided in proper journalist fashion to unspin Hillary Clinton

as members of the Obama administration can attest, Clinton was one of the leading drivers of the TPP when Secretary of State. Here are 45 instances when she approvingly invoked the trade bill about which she is now expressing concerns:

Tapper’s piece give 45 examples of Hillary Clinton publicly supporting the bill.

and right before the general election when Donna Brazile feeding her questions came out

Jake Tapper told me earlier this morning that the news that his former CNN colleague, Donna Brazile, obtained questions in advance of a CNN Town Hall event and then forwarded them to the Clinton Campaign was “very troubling” and “horrifying.”

Now of course both of these were pinpricks  compared to the anti-Trump onslaught but the day Jake Tapper elected Donald Trump wasn’t a day when he reported on Clinton lies or pushed Trump.  It was Sept 11th 2016 when he choose to report the news straight as it happened while everyone else did not.

Let me take you back to that fateful morning.  Hillary Clinton was at a 9/11 ceremony and suddenly had issues.   Fox’s Rick Leventhal immediately tweeted it out and wrote about it

and while conservatives were all over it,  immediately everyone on the left went into full damage control spin mode to protect her and CNN was the worst:

I’ve just sat through a Mr. Seltzer and a panel of three discuss the story, the only person I knew off the top of my head was the ultra far left Katrina vanden Heuvel of the Nation. UPDATE: another was David Zurawik of the Baltimore sun and the other Tara Sotmayor) They had very little to say about Hillary Clinton but a lot to say about Fox news. They had no problem using words like “conspiracy”, “irresponsible” and were united in painting the Fox story as poorly soured, overblown and attacking the network for reporting it. Nowhere on the panel was any person defending the story, or providing any balance and let me remind you this is a show about taking an unbiased look at the media.

For a full hour they played this story as if it was completely phony something that the MSM could easily ignore and discount as a Fox/Breitbart trick.  I was watching them do it at the time and tweeted:

And then Jake Tapper took over, live.

Instead of the usual repeat of the 9 am show Tapper took the stage live and did something nobody on the network did, he treated the story as an actual news story, showed the video and questioned. Here is what I wrote at the time:

meanwhile in a disasterous devleopment for the Clinton Campaign Jake Tapper is now live on CNN meaning that the network will practice actual journalism for a while.

In fact he just played the video of her stumbling.

On twitter you could see the meme change in real time

And the whole conversation changed

Once Tapper played it as straight news so did Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post

I wrote this on Tuesday morning:

The simple fact is that there is zero evidence that anything is seriously wrong with Clinton. If suffering an occasional coughing fit is evidence of a major health problem, then 75 percent of the country must have that mystery illness. And I am one of them.

Well, that is no longer operative. Context matters. A coughing episode is almost always just a coughing episode. But when coupled with Clinton’s “overheating” on Sunday morning — with temperatures something short of sweltering — Clinton and her team simply need to say something about what happened (and why the press was in the dark for so long.)

and the dam was broken.

Hillary’s health was no longer a story confined to conservative media, it was a legit story to be reported by the MSM.

The sage of election 2016 Scott Adams put it best 

when it comes to American psychology, there is no more powerful symbol of terrorism and fear than 9-11 . When a would-be Commander-in-Chief withers – literally – in front of our most emotional reminder of an attack on the homeland, we feel unsafe. And safety is our first priority.

Hillary Clinton just became unelectable.

I submit and suggest none of this breaks into the MSM if either CNN decides to play the repeat of Tapper at noon that day or Jake decides to play down the incident as Reliable Sources did before him and the rest of the CNN team did after he got off the air.  This was breaking news happening on a Sunday where people were available and would naturally switch to CNN to find out about breaking news and there was Jake Tapper, the single most trusted reporter on that station playing it straight.

Now my fellow conservative writers and bloggers can argue that this moment doesn’t cancel out Jake Tapper’s anti-Trump obsession for the last year and I’m sure they will make plenty of fine points 90% of which that I might agree with.

But for my money none of that can happen if Tapper decides to tow the Hillary Campaign line during those critical two hours.  Even Hillary voters understood that she was dishonest but the idea that she might not be up to being President physically was established that day and it was Jake Tapper who did it.

I think I, the entire country and the world, is in his debt for it.

Closing thought:  I suspect we’ll see a counter point suggesting that this is why he is so hard on Trump, he blames himself for his election.


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For the next three days I’m going to be flat out.  Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for life who you’ve seen hosting EWTN’s series Defending life, will be doing several events in several cities for WQPH 89.3 and I’ll be covering him and those who attend the various, events, masses and dinners over Divine Mercy Sunday.  You can get tickets for the various dinners and lunches here and the events are open to the public so I hope to see you in Boston, Malden, Medford and Fitchburg particularly at the Eucharistic Procession on Saturday in Fitchburg.

If you are only interested in mass there will be four two of which he will be the celebrant.

Sat 8 AM  St. Joseph’s Church Medford  Fr. Imbarrato celebrant

Sat Noon St. Bernards Church at St. Camillus Parish Fitchburg

Sat 5 PM Madonna of the Holy Rosary 118 Theresa st. Fitchburg 

Sunday 4:30 PM  Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine Boston Fr. Imbarrato celebrant

(the Final Mass will be preceded at 2:30 by confession and a Holy Hour)

Full details are here.


Speaking of life the most pro-life president of my lifetime has once again taken concrete action defending it.

America’s largest provider of terminations, Planned Parenthood, described the new measure, which has delighted pro-life conservatives, as “designed to undermine women’s health”.

The new law nullifies a rule finalised in the last days of the Barack Obama administration that effectively barred state and local governments from withholding federal funding for family planning services, regardless of whether groups offering these services also performed abortions.

The new measure cleared Congress last month with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

The Yahoo article describing this drips with contempt but this was also a win for States as Hotair noted:

When the vote was cast, Senator Joni Ernst praised the bill. “It should be the right of our states to allocate sub-grants under the Title X program in the way that best fits the needs of the people living there,” Ernst said according to a report in the NY Times. She added, “Unfortunately, like many other rules issued during the Obama administration, this rule attempted to empower federal bureaucrats in Washington and silence our states.”

I think it’s really something that the items this president has managed to advance have been pro-life.  I’m ecstatic.


Also at Hotair it seems like the most prolife president in my lifetime will be meeting with Pope Francis after all:

Just to John Gizzi’s point, I just want to make sure I note that we will be reaching out to the Vatican to see if a meeting, an audience with the Pope can be accommodated.  We’ll have further details on that.  Obviously, we’d be honored to have an audience with His Holiness.

Gronk scores? (Well, we’re used to that.) What’s odd about this is that several questions had come between Gizzi’s exchange and this later answer. The question on the table when Gronkowski interrupted was about NAFTA. No one had followed up on Gizzi’s question, but Spicer returned to it anyway. Hmmm.

At least as late as last night, the Vatican still hadn’t heard from the White House, either. America Magazine’s Gerard O’Connell reports that the Holy See’s diplomatic office is happy to arrange the meeting if they get the request:

While Francis has been a mixed bag great on confession and the danger of the devil and weak on Dogma (we still haven’t seen an answer to the four Cardinals dubia on the Amoris Laetitia footnote concerning marriage and communion)  on the issue of abortion he has been very clear in both speeches and encyclicals condemning it, although if you listen to democrats and the media it’s as if he never has.

Meanwhile Trump has so far been falling on the Paul of Tarsus vs the Simon the Magician side of the conversion scale.

They should have a lot to talk about.


Speaking of life guess what’s alive again? An Obamacare repeal compromise:

You can understand why the compromise might appeal to both the conservative and moderate wings inside the GOP. For the Freedom Caucus, it means red states will be able to shed onerous federal regs and offer a greater variety of health-care plans, replete with lower premiums for consumers. For the Tuesday Group, the fact that waivers are available but not mandatory means that blue states will be able to keep the more robust ObamaCare rules intact if they like. In that sense, the plan bears a slight resemblance to Bill Cassidy’s and Susan Collins’s proposal, which would have repealed ObamaCare and then let each state choose whether to “reimplement” it or to build their own tailor-made system. The new GOP deal doesn’t go that far but it’s a step in that direction vis-a-vis EHBs and community rating. If you believe a Freedom Caucus source who spoke to CNBC, there are 25 to 30 FC members ready to flip to yes to vote for this deal — a bit surprising given libertarian suspicions that waivers will be harder for states to obtain than everyone thinks.

And of course if it defends Planned Parenthood as well that’s going to be a biggie too.

There is a lot of talk about the first 100 days but I think that’s arbitrary, I’d just worry about getting it done period because it it gets done then we can always do more later.


You know what might also be alive again?  Ann Coulter’s speech not just At Berkeley but invited BY Berkeley which claims they have…

identified an appropriate, protectable venue that is available on the afternoon of May 2. While it is not one we have used for these sorts of events in the past, it can both accommodate a substantial audience and meet the security criteria established by our police department. Earlier today, we informed both the Berkeley College Republicans and the Coulter organization of this development, and we look forward to working with them. We will disclose the exact location of the venue once we have finalized details with both organizations.

Hotair explains the volte face:

She was going to show up anyway and create a security clusterfark for them when the usual suspects inevitably started smashing windows. That was the nuclear option. Berkeley doesn’t care about bad press from the right; the fascist left wears that as a badge of honor. They don’t care about First Amendment lawsuits either. But if the town is going to burn on the 27th and they’re going to get sued by the victims for not having done more to provide security, then sure, they’ll spring into action and find a “protectable venue.” If this standoff is destined to happen, better from the school’s perspective that it happen in an environment they can sort of control than one they can’t. Coulter forced them to choose. Any other conservative speaker with the guts and the dough to provide their own security, just in case, can probably get other public universities to back down with the same threat.

Coulter has told them they can go pound sand she’s coming the 27th anyway:

Hours later, Coulter shot down the invitation in a series of tweets and said she will speak at Berkeley on Thursday as planned not only because she “can’t do May 2,” but “THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!”

That week is “Dead Week,” a time when classes are suspended so students can study for exams.

“It’s at an awful time,” said Naweed Tahmas, 20, of the Berkeley College Republicans student group that invited Coulter. Also, the last day of instruction is three days later.

“Do not fall for b.s. Berkeley press release claiming they ‘rescinded’ cancelation,” Coulter tweeted. “GOOD NEWS FOR CA TAXPAYER! You won’t be required to pay $$$$ to compensate me & my crew for rebooked airfare & hotels. I’m speaking on 4/27.”

Your move Berkeley.


There was an interesting piece on Jake Tapper in the Washington Free Beacon worth quoting:

In a candid interview with GQ published Tuesday, Tapper acknowledged that after his tough interviews of administration figures like Kellyanne Conway, he picked up a following from many critics of President Donald Trump.

“It’s nice to be recognized, but I also know that a lot of the people who are happy with me now are not going to be happy with me in four to eight years,” he predicted.

Tapper said that he was just as tough on Obama, and earned his share of grief for it at the time.

“A lot of people sending me nice tweets today were cursing me when I was asking questions about Benghazi in 2012,” he said.

“President Obama was not friendly to the press, but the press was very friendly to President Obama,” Tapper told GQ. “I mean, President Obama did not like me, and I understand why. I was a pain in his ass and I didn’t drink the Kool-Aid, and, you know, a lot of other people did.”

This is what I’ve been saying for years, that once a Republican was elected, conservatives would think Tapper had turned on them, but he’s never been with us, he’s just been a reporter who actually reports.  Yeah he’s gotten a thing wrong or two on Trump (who he clearly doesn’t like) but I’m not going to throw Jake out of the bus for being what he’s always been, a journalist who asks a lot of tough questions that make people in power uncomfortable, whoever they are.


Some culture?  Olivia De Havilland (who I think my wife resembles) is the last great star of Hollywood’s golden age still alive, from Captain Blood (1933) to Gone with the Wind (1939) she’s done it all and this week demonstrated the class of that bygone generation in reply to questions concerning a new mini series Feud about Hollywood circa 1963.

De Havilland is played on the series by fellow Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones as a regal friend and supporter of Davis, but she was not consulted by the show’s creators — Murphy recently told THR that he “didn’t want to intrude on Ms. de Havilland” — so THR emailed her (yes, she uses email) to ask for her thoughts about the show and the women at the center of it.

“I have received your email with its two questions,” De Havilland replied. “I would like to reply first to the second of these, which inquires of me the accuracy of a current television series entitled Feud, which concerns Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and their supposed animosity toward each other. Having not seen the show, I cannot make a valid comment about it. However, in principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves.”

Added De Havilland, “As to the 1963 Oscar ceremony, which took place over half a century ago, I regret to say that I have no memory of it whatsoever and therefore cannot vouch for its accuracy.”

I’m with Vulture.com here

Now, time to find a throw pillow large enough to embroider with every word of this email.


Susan Sarandon is one of the Stars of that series playing Joan Crawford.  She is an ultra leftist but as this story shows, she is an honest one:

“It doesn’t matter if you’re outspoken about Trump, because Hollywood hates Trump,” she says. “But it was brave of Richard to say what he said. He was drawing attention to the things that everyone has agreed not to pay attention to. That’s the sin.”

She’s talking about Richard Gere who has been blacklisted in Hollywood for the crime of Supporting Tibet and criticizing China and even indy films are iffy now:

Gere is now appearing in “Norman,” the story of a Jewish “fixer” who gets involved with an Israeli politician. He’ll soon star in “The Dinner,” a modest story about two couples arguing over their adult children’s troubles.

Pure indie filmmaking. Yet even some indie films are off limits to him now.

“There was something I was going to do with a Chinese director, and two weeks before we were going to shoot, he called saying, ‘Sorry, I can’t do it,’” confides Gere. “We had a secret phone call on a protected line. If I had worked with this director, he, his family would never have been allowed to leave the country ever again, and he would never work.”

It’s a reminder that China is the same dictatorship it always was, but just imagine if they told Hollywood to lay off of Trump or no $.  It would be fun to see which Hollywood types would bite their tongues off.  Sarandon wouldn’t, that’s why I respect her.


An earlier item mentioned Gronk that is Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski who was part of the Pat’s continent that visited the White House and caused the Patriots to call out the New York Times for Fake News:

and they posted a tweet comparing two compatible super bowl win visits

If you want to know why so many non-New England fans hate the patriots it’s because most can only dream about tweets that say “The last time the [insert their home team here] won two Super Bowls in three years”

and while the NYT has offered a mea culpa (via hotair)

You’ll notice that the 800+ retweets that got is a lot less that the Times original 50,000+


Finally while the Boston Bruins (down 3-1) and the top seeded Boston Celtics (down 2-0) are nearing first round playoff elimination and the Boston Red Sox season just starting (10-6) 3rd place in the East have are all newsworthy I think the big story is the real likelihood that Superbowl Hero Malcolm Butler might be done in New England:

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has signed his restricted free-agent tender, which opens the possibility that the team could trade him.

Because a player can’t be traded unless he is under contract, Butler’s status was in limbo until he signed the $3.91 million tender.

Here’s why it makes it likely that he’s done here

The thinking would be similar to what the club did in 2016 when it shipped defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a late second-round pick. The Patriots knew they were unlikely to sign Jones to a big-money extension after the season when he became an unrestricted free agent, so they decided that getting something valuable for him one year earlier was a worthwhile investment. They ultimately turned the pick they received for Jones into two players — starting guard Joe Thuney and promising receiver Malcolm Mitchell — en route to a Super Bowl championship.

Butler might even bring the Patriots a greater return in a year in which the club’s earliest selection in the draft is currently early in the third round, No. 72 overall. If the Saints were willing to return the first-round pick they received from the Patriots (No. 32 overall) in the Brandin Cooks trade, that might be enticing for Bill Belichick. Or a combination of high second- and third-round picks might even be viewed as more valuable to Belichick for a player who is unlikely to return to the team in 2018 after New England invested five years and $65 million in free-agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Of course they might just decide they want to extraordinary CB’s this year to make the defense even more airtight.

He’s one of the few people to whom a Superbowl victory can be directly traced and is rightly considered by the NFL as the top Interception of all time:

I’d be sorry to see him go but if he ends up with a big contract elsewhere I’m happy to see him cash in, he earned it.


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As all of you who read this blog know I’ve always liked Jake Tapper, both personally and professionally. In our encounters both online and in person he never treated me with any less respect because I was a blogger and was kind enough to come on my show when invited.

Furthermore during the Obama years he was practically alone in questioning the administration and democrat leaders when the rest of the press gave them a pass. I’ll never forget watching during the election season when the story of Hillary having to be helped into the van broke. When “reliable sources” was one the whole story was treated as if it was a plot from Fox meaning that his was something completely to be ignored, at Noontime Jake came on live and suddenly it was treated as the serious news story that it was, right up until the moment that he went off the air and CNN went back to Clinton defense mode.

Many times I’ve said that Tapper’s conservative fans had better get ready because once the GOP was back in the White House they would find themselves unable to tell the difference between him and the rest of the MSM because he would be just as tough on our side as he was on their.

All that being said Tapper’s statement “…I did fact checks about Barack Obama, too, not at the same rate, nor was there a need for them at the same rate,” was a self-inflicted wound. It suggests that he is deliberately being harder on Trump than the very dishonest and dishonorable Obama administration.

There are two reasons why I suspect this is the case:

1. Literally but not seriously vs Seriously but not Literally

One of the things you will note about American Pols, particularly our Democrat friends is how carefully they parse their words, Bill Clinton’s “It depends on what the meaning of the world ‘is’ is“, Al Gore’s “No Controlling legal authority” or any of the carefully worded denials of wiretapping by Obama era officials concerning the Trump campaign immediately come to mind.

Donald Trump is the completely opposite of this. He tends to talk like a normal person because his background is not political. Because he is less exact about what he says the political press has a field day fact checking words while missing the valid points he is constantly making. As Salena Zito put it

“The press takes Trump literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.”

If you spend your career looking for falsehoods in carefully parsed words a guy like President Trump is going to completely overturn the standards by which you judge what a pol says.

That’s just life as it is.

2. The fat pitch that was missed.

The second reason has to do with the infamous interview with candidate Trump before Super Tuesday when Jake gave him the “Denounce David Duke” question.

This frankly was pretty much a pro-forma question, a slow pitch over the plate that Candidate Trump should have hit out of the park with no problem. As I said at the time:

Forgetting all the circus that has come since, the bottom line is you don’t get a much fatter pitch in the game of politics than: “Do you denounce the KKK and David Duke?”

He didn’t

It was also a very odd error as I said at the time:

It’s doubly confusing given that in the past he had no problem disavowing Duke in his reform party days and even did so on Friday when Chris Christie endorsed him.

Frankly given that past and the fact that Trump isn’t stupid, I presume his performance with Jake Tapper was the ultimate brain fart

However double standards (Where was the Obama denunciation of terrorist Bill Ayers in whose house he started his campaign) bad mics brain farts or whatever it was an unenforced error that not only is still being used to portray Trump as something he’s not made, in my opinion a huge impression on Jake. Look at his face during that exchange and it speaks volumes.

Now you might say that’s unfair, you might say (as I do) that the racism and antisemitism charges against Trump are ridiculous on their face but I’ll not deny Jake the right to make a judgement based on what he himself heard (I don’t know if they actually see each other during such exchanges) at the time during his own interview.

All that being said I think it would be a good idea for Jake to clarify and modify his remarks because what he said doesn’t reflect well on him (I’d say it doesn’t reflect well on mainstream journalism, but mainstream journalism doesn’t reflect well on mainstream journalism so this remark won’t make it any worse). He’s a good guy and a fine journalist and should no more be defined by this mistake that Donald Trump should by is gaffe of last February.

Now there may be some readers here who object to this, but as I said, I like Jake Tapper, both personally and professionally and I would no more throw him under the bus over a single gaffe than I was willing to throw Donald Trump under the bus when the Bush tape came out when everybody and I mean EVERYBODY wanted Donald Trump with a rope around his neck.
That’s not how I work.

Closing thought. Be aware that if Mr. Tapper is still in the field of journalism the next time a Democrat is either in the White House or Senate Majority Leader or Speaker of the House, rest assured that my conservative friends who are now having a fit will suddenly find themselves warming up to him when he once again becomes the only member of the mainstream press who questions a word they say, unless by some miracle the rest of the media develops ethics by that time.

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Yesterday I had a long debate with the #nevertrump hashtag over the effectiveness of Trump’s attacks concerning Hillary and Bill’s past. It was occasioned by Jake Tapper’s tweets concerning Vince Foster noting that there is

I argued that while I disagreed with the tactical move of invoking Foster (particularly when there are so many genuine Clinton outrages out there) strategically I understand what is being done.

The twitter conversation that followed convinces me that people don’t understand the change in the culture that has enabled Trump.

The best way to explain it is, believe it or not. The VA Disney business.

for the last few years we have been hearing horror story after horror story on the VA from wait times to the treatment of vets in the care of the VA. These stories include seeming lack of consequences for those responsible for these disasters.

Yet it didn’t make a difference, Obama administration did not feel the need to make changes and the media did not see the need to hold them accountable.

However once the conversation turned from the actual problems in the VA to a minor remark over Disney lines and here comes the outrage and the apology.

Jake also covered this story

What does that tell you? That the actual reality of a situation is less important that the cultural sound bite.

And that more than anything else explains the electoral success of Donald Trump.

The GOP 2016 field was incredible, you had senators like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul and Governors like Scott Walker and Rick Perry and many more who not only had accomplishments but had fought for conservatism and conservative principles.

But Donald Trump recognized however that in the current culture, a culture created and encouraged by the left, that the minutia is not what people are interested in, and has packaged his two big general principles (anti-illegal immigration, anti-islamic terror) in a way that is both entertaining and projects strength, while attacking his opponents in ways that do the same.

Furthermore consider this tweet from #Nevertrump in the midst of a debate on Trump’s tactics

That argument unfortunately flies in the face of math, after all if I was a person looking to maximize my vote total I might be more interested in getting the votes of the 3.19 million people who follow a WWE star like say Shawn Michaels than the 478 thousand who follow Jake Tapper.

After all there is a reason why Mattel makes and Amazon sells a Sean Michaels Action figure but does not offer a Jake Tapper one.

Put simply there are more votes in the tactics Trump is using that might draw the occasional debunking by Jake, then it restraint that never occasions such a critique.

Donald Trump and his campaign figured this out very early, never Trump has not

This isn’t a pro-trump position, or an anti-Jake Tapper position. It it a pro-math position.

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Super Tuesday is done and if there is one thing he can say for sure it’s this.

The chances of Donald Trump failing to win the GOP nomination is shrinking.

To be sure he lost Texas to my man Ted Cruz, who for good measure added Oklahoma and Alaska meaning that Cruz beat him in two states that pundits didn’t expect him to win at the start of the day.

Meanwhile Marko “wunderkind” Rubio finally got a win under his belt. Rubio managed to win Minnesota with Cruz second meaning we’ve found a state that Trump didn’t manage to come in at least second. (Of course it’s a state that the GOP hasn’t won since the Nixon Landslide of 1972 and has very little chance of winning this time but I digress).

It’s true everybody got a share of Delegates, even John Kasich who proved as NH goes so goes Vermont , but as Real Clear Politics notes (via Instapundit) Trump currently leads combined the non-trump forces in delegates. Things are looking good for him, that’s a neutral objective fact.

However if you’re not a fan of neutral objective facts, your favorite moment of the night was Jake Tapper’s interview with Marco Rubio’s which ended thus

Excuse me?

Now I share the worry that Donald Trump may not be as conservative as he claims to be and that’s why I support Ted Cruz and continue to do so.

But I’m sorry if you are going on national TV at a point when you hadn’t won any states give a victory speech and tell people that you are the guy to win it all, and then insist that you are going to stop Donald Trump, You’re the con man not he.

Cue the Hitchhikers Guide:

Perhaps Marco can catch up with Trump in 7 and a half Billion years and stay on the donor gravy train till then.

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One final word on Trump’s appearance on Jake Tapper, it reminded me of a famous story about Mickey Mantle in 1968 his final season in the Majors.

The Date was September 19th 1968 The Yankees were losing to Detroit 6-1 in the their final game of the year at Tiger Stadium when Mickey Mantle came to the plate with one out in the 8th for the final time before the fans in Detroit.

In three plate appearance Mantle had a hit and two walks and had scored the only Yankees run on a bases loaded walk with two out in the 6th when he stepped into the batter box to face Denny McLain but while the Mick was having a better day then his team, in truth Mantle was, by this time was a shadow of his former self.

Only his 106 walks (2nd behind Carl Yastrzemski’s 119) gave any sign of the player he once was. In 1968 he would hit a career worst .237 driving in only 54 runs. And while his 18 home runs would lead that Yankees that season it would be his lowest power production in a season when he had played more than 100 games and had 400 plate appearances.

Meanwhile the man on the mound Denny McLain was on his way to one of the greatest seasons ever for a pitcher in the modern era. He would win the Cy Young AND MVP with a 31-6 record and a 1.96 ERA despite leading the league in Innings pitched (336) complete games (28) batters faced (1304) and ironically home runs surrendered (31).

Mantle had been a hero to McLain and with the game in hand decided he was going to let him make some history. I’ll let the Mick himself tell the story himself:

Mantle didn’t swing at that first pitch dead center over the plate that he knew was coming and describes the look Freehan gave him as if to say: “How did you not clobber that pitch?”

Forgetting all the circus that has come since, the bottom line is you don’t get a much fatter pitch in the game of politics than: “Do you denounce the KKK and David Duke?” and when Trump didn’t knock that fat pitch out of the park the look of disbelief on Jake Tapper’s face must have been very much like the look Bill Freehan gave Mantle that September day in Detroit.

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Caleb: There’s no virtue in dying, Leela.
Leela: That rather depends on what you do to avoid it

Doctor Who, The Face of Evil 1977

There is one more point I would like to make concerning Linda Stasi’s Piece in the NY Daily News beyond what I said yesterday

There is a sentence in said piece where Stasi was condemning one of the terror victims from San Bernardino that our friends at Gateway Pundit highlighted.

The killer, however, became half of an Islamic Bonnie & Clyde, while the other died as the male equivalent of Pamela Geller.

This line speaks volumes and I submit and suggest that this was not a coincidence or just a bit of hyperbole, this was a dog whistle.

This was a message to potential Islamic killers that the New York Daily News and Linda Stasi believe that their sworn enemy Pamela Geller a US citizen who has spoken out about the dangers of Jihadist terrors are considered beyond the pale by them and that while it is required of them to offer pro-forma condemnation of any attempt to murder her, as far as they are concerned she has it coming.

It is a very public proclamation that while you might have a few disagreements on issues such as gay marriage (or more relevant concerning ISIS gays being tossed off of roofs) the NY Daily News and Linda Stasi are not completely unsympathetic to Muslim grievances and feeling that apparently drive them to murder.

Jake Tapper in a tweet yesterday noted the oddity of the tone that he is seeing concerning San Bernardino

Jake I don’t think it’s strange at all. The whole concept of joining the “kill me last” caucus is about establishing to the potential killers you should not be considered a legitimate target. Of trying to preserve one own’s life, unlike the secondary target of the Daily News Piece Pam Geller who bravely asks the question Stasi, the Daily News and many journalists will not.

American Muslims for the umpteenth time are wailing about a fear of reprisals – reprisals that never actually come in reality, but are always the focus of media obsession after every jihad attack. The blood of American Christians and Jews is still on the floor and the walls of a Christmas party, and they are playing the victim. How savage.

Why aren’t American Muslims mourning our dead? Why aren’t American Muslims using their money and influence to call for an “enlightenment” in Islam, a purge of the Quran and the Islamic texts and teachings that call for jihad and genocide?

The difference is quite striking isn’t it.

I’m fond of life and I’m sure Pam is too, but may I never be so fond of life that I would treat those who would murder either a friend such as Pam Geller or a person I hold in contempt such as Cecile Richards, with sympathy simply to increase the odds of saving my own skin.

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what most of them are worth.

This week Jake Tapper put out a tweet that was absolutely delightful:

Now this was an excellent tweet, as of this writing it had over 1000 retweets and favorites and I smiled when I saw it.

But when I thought about something struck me about this tweet, Yes it’s clever, it plays on the campus reform story and given what’s been going on at Yale and Missouri is very appropriate, but then I asked myself this question:

I asked myself Could you see any member of the Mainstream media other than Jake tweeting out something like this and I’m forced to conclude that there is not, in fact I would expect some would actually consider themselves “triggered” by it.

If that doesn’t make you sad for your country I don’t know what is.

I’ll give the last word to a fellow on twitter who gave Mr. Tapper what was in my mind the highest complement a reporter can receive

Just remember guys, Jake does what he does not because he’s with us, but because he’s a proper reporter. Don’t expect him to be any easier on us when conservatives are in power than when liberals are.

OK I’ve had a few hours to sleep on it and here are my debate takeaways.

Winner:  Main Debate Rand Paul:  Despite not having much time in the early rounds won two segments.  Made strong cases for everything he believed and sold his positions well.  Accomplished everything he needed to do, the only question is do people agree with those positions.

Winner: First Debate Lindsey Graham:  Memorable lines , humor and again made the case first for a ground war against isis, the single most important issue for the future of the country and for pressing the Obama administration in the senate.

Graham will get a small bump because he’s polling so low with Paul it’s harder because he’s making cases for things that many in the base disagree with.

Five interesting points.  

My two “winners”  are both people I disagree with.

Not only were there no bad debate performances in either debate but there was an awful lot of substance in them (particularly in debate 1)

The debate was specifically designed to promote confrontation .  It did and the candidates made the most of them.  I’m sure to the ratings delight of CNN

While it was a very long night for the Candidates it was even longer for the moderators who did an excellent job.

There wasn’t a person on either stage (even the ones I disagree with) that didn’t make themselves more credible it was like a convention of British Sea Captains from the Napoleonic Wars

 

Let’s go through the candidates starting with debate 2 in sort of the order of how they did.

Marco Rubio:  2nd place  Did exactly what he had to do, got noticed, had memorable moments and made excellent cases over an over.  Gave donors a reason to stay.

Carly Fiorina:  Completely justified her promotion to the main debate stage in a situation where he needed to do so.  Strong answers, and played to the MSM expectations and brought up the Planned Parenthood videos which will play very strongly to the base.

Chris Christie:  Reminded every conservative in the country why he was so popular before and used his time wisely.

Mike Huckabee:  Every chance he got she knocked it out of the part and really did a great job on the Kim Davis question noting the accommodations for Islamic Terrorists vs a Christian Clerk.

Jeb Bush:  A slow start but showed energy and reassured the donor class that was worried with a friendly establishment audience.

Donald Trump:  Target #1 of everyone there.  Brought up two excellent points (having to be friends with everyone in business and the threat of North Korea) that had previously been ignored.  Proved he could take a punch which is an important quality in a front runner.

Ted Cruz:  Like Huckabee took good advantage of every chance he had to talk, if he had been given the chance to make his climate change response might have been able to win.

Scott Walker:  May have saved his campaign by coming back strong

Ben Carson:  Gave good answers but criticized for being low key.  But that’s how he is.

John Kasich:  The least memorable performance of the night, yet still a good one, seemed kind of a poor man’s Lindsey Graham.

Debate 1:

Rick Santorum:  A very strong performance, made the best case for a min wage hike (I disagree there) that I’ve heard so far.

Bobby Jindal:  Really strong appeal to the base, very energetic again did the job he needed to do getting noticed.

George Pataki:  Had the single best hit on Hillary in either debate noting that she was a Senator from NY the target of terror attacks and still did what she did.

Short Term:  Tactical results:

Who was helped the most last night?  Carly Fiorina, she realized right away what the pundits were looking for & gave it to them.  Lots of credibility.

Who was hurt the most last night?  Ben Carson, the media has spun this as a defeat even though he is presenting himself the same as he always was.  The media template is to give Carly the push at his expense.

Long Term Strategic results:

Who was helped the most long term?  Donald Trump:  Not only did he dominate time and prove he could take every punch thrown at him but because nobody did bad enough to be eliminated that guarantees the vote will remain divided.  The longer that’s true the bigger advantage he has.

Who was hurt the most last night?  John Kasich:  Not because he did bad, he didn’t but because Jeb Bush did better and he is the establishment Bush fallback position.

A much longer post is coming about:

The flexible 14th amendment Kim Davis  Birthright citizenship

Ironic moment of the night:  Jeb Bush hits Kim Davis for not obeying nonexistent federal law while insisting he would not hit Colorado for ignoring explicit federal drug laws.

Most significant post debate moment:  Frank Luntz group, nobody in the group said Ted Cruz won but every single person in the group was impressed by him.  Continues to play the long game.

Am I the only one who noticed….The post debate interview with Donald Trump where he talks about getting to know his opponents.  I think it was rather revealing & will affect the way he counterpunchers in the future.

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what they’re good for.

While this morning Politico was spinning Nancy Pelosi Jake Tapper decided in proper journalist fashion to unspin Hillary Clinton

as members of the Obama administration can attest, Clinton was one of the leading drivers of the TPP when Secretary of State. Here are 45 instances when she approvingly invoked the trade bill about which she is now expressing concerns:

Tapper’s piece give 45 examples of Hillary Clinton publicly supporting the bill.

Here is number 22:

22. November 10, 2011: America’s Pacific Century
“There is new momentum in our trade agenda with the recent passage of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and our ongoing work on a binding, high-quality Trans-Pacific Partnership, the so-called TPP. The TPP will bring together economies from across the Pacific, developed and developing alike, into a single 21st century trading community. A rules-based order will also be critical to meeting APEC’s goal of eventually creating a free trade area of the Asia Pacific.”

It’s got to be a real frustration for the left to have a person doing actual reporting on a network that’s a news source for their low information voters.

The question is will Democrat votes who are willing to vote for Hillary Clinton even though they don’t trust her, care..

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