Sheriff Bart: Oh, baby, you’re so talented… and they are so dumb.

Blazing Saddles 1974

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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Dr Seward: Why?
Professor Van Helsing He’s an imbecile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allahpundit states the obvious

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cue Renfield:

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