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By John Ruberry

Building upon Peter Ingemi’s RH’s spectacular Trump’s China Call is a Deliberate Overreach from yesterday, it’s my turn to add my two yuan into the discusssion.

The media loves to dismiss Donald Trump as a showman–as if there was no showmanship with Barack Obama–but those under 45 first encountered our next president as a real estate developer, albeit a flashy one. Developers are many things, including, yes, deal makers, as well as a negotiators. In regards to that last one, when you are sitting across someone you are negotiating with, or as it usually turns out, haggling with, a strategy that has worked since the Babylonian era is to get the person sitting on the other side of the table from you off of his script and on to yours. One tactic is known as “getting-yourself-inside-their-heads.”

And that’s something that Trump may have accomplished by accepting a telephone call last week from the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, which has caused a kerfuffle. Because the United States recognizes communist China as the legitimate government off all of China, including Taiwan, a president hasn’t spoken to a Taiwanese leader since 1979. Of course we still have extensive trade relations with the island nation–oops, breakaway province–and we still sell Taiwan weapons. If they are ever fired in defense it would very likely be against the Chicomms.

Oh, Taiwan and China are major trading partners.

Trying to understand international relations is a descent into madness.

Trump made the re-negotiation of what he calls bad trade deals a central campaign promise. Of course those bad deals with China, if they really are awful, are good ones for the Chinese. If Hillary Clinton won last month’s presidential election China could look forward to at least four more years of crony socialism from the former secretary of state. Since then China has been bracing itself for a return to the bargaining table, preparing for difficult deal making with this New York capitalist.

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

But Trump, who was a very good baseball player when he was young, threw a curve ball at the Chinese.

He accepted a phone call.

He got inside their heads.

Trump knows what he’s doing.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Update (DTG): I’d like to take credit for the piece that John is referring to but that one was written by RH (NG36B) one of the newest additions to our magnificent 7 writers. I’m delighted to have both John & RH on the team

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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Ben Franklin:  You seem a little distracted, Mr. Adams.
John Adams:  I had thought that you were with us.
Ben Franklin: As I am, as I am.
John Adams:But not enough to come out and say so.
Ben Franklin: Politics is the art of the possible.  What did you get by opposing the motion? It was carried with our without you.  All you did was make enemies and make yourself feel better, of course.
John Adams:Do you not believe in saying what you think?
Ben Franklin: No, I’m very much against it.

John Adams Independence 2008

Did anybody catch this interesting bit of misdirection in this Politico piece:

Up until moments before Friday’s vote, Pelosi hadn’t told a soul how she was going to vote on TAA or Trade Promotion Authority, the fast-track trade law Obama was seeking.

To the untrained eye that suggest that Nancy Pelosi was undecided on the trade bill but consider this:

On Thursday, Pelosi and Boehner huddled on the House floor and swapped vote counts, according to sources in both parties. Pelosi said her numbers were very bad for TAA. Boehner said he thought Republicans could produce 100 votes, three times as many as they usually do for the bill. Pelosi shot back “How about 150?”

Now tell me if Nancy Pelosi was undecided on the trade bills, why would she bother counting the vote, particularly with Boehner who was trying to get the bill passed.  Then there is this:

So just before noon, with debate already underway on the House floor, Pelosi picked up the phone and called Boehner to inform him that a must-pass component of the White House trade package was going to fail. It was the second such warning from Pelosi to Boehner in two days.

“Are you still going ahead?” Pelosi asked him, according to sources familiar with the call. “Are you going to pull the bill?”

Also consider how he framed her opposition in the closing speech:

“We have an opportunity to slow down,” Pelosi said. “Whatever the deal is with other countries, we want a better deal for America’s workers.”

That speech gave the green light for Democrats to vote against this bill and also gave cover for Hillary Clinton to say something:

“Here’s what I think should happen now,” Clinton said. “The president should listen to and work with his allies in Congress, starting with Nancy Pelosi, who have expressed their concerns about the impact that a weak agreement would have on our workers, to make sure we get the best, strongest deal possible and if we don’t get it, there should be no deal.”

The Politico piece implied that Nancy Pelosi had been undecided on this bill until finally braking with the president.  The truth is she wanted this bill and wanted this bill bad enough to warn Boehner that he didn’t have the votes in the hopes it could be pulled until they managed to find the needed vote them.  Her call for a “better” deal was not a heads up to the

But it was a signal to the White House that she is willing to try again if they can fake a tiny tweak so she can claim that the deal has been “improved” and if there is the slightest chance that the White House can spin it she will be back ready to vote with them.

Politico would like the reader to think that Nancy Pelosi made a tortured decision to oppose the president based on principle, what she did was just politics, politics that Dr. Franklin would have recognized in a second.

Update: While Politico was busy spinning Nancy Pelosi, Jake Tapper & his staff are unspining Hillary Clinton
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The Defeat of trade legislation by an outsized 302-126 vote has some obvious winners and losers, the biggest loser of course being the White House that sent the president to lobby for a vote that came up 92 votes short.

President Obama suffered a major defeat to his Pacific Rim free trade initiative Friday as House Democrats helped derail a key presidential priority despite his last-minute, personal plea on Capitol Hill.

One of the winners here is Bernie Sanders, although he was not able to stop this legislation in the Senate he has been very vocal in his opposition to this making it a campaign issue.

There is little doubt in my mind that his raising of the issue on the trail making it the talk of every single safe liberal district that would normally be able to provide Barack Obama the needed tough votes gave liberals pause.

Sanders acknowledged that the trade agreement remains secret and said that “talks to the reason why you should vote against it.”

“If a major major bill, which deals with 40 percent of the world’s economy, is coming before the United States Congress and members of Congress of don’t know what’s in it, you think that might be a good reason to vote against it,” he said.

Granted he didn’t use that standard for Obamacare but either way this being an issue at a time of year when there is plenty of time for someone to start a primary race made this vote too hot for many house Democrats to handle.

But if Bernie Sanders has gotten a win there is one other person who is not only glad to see this bill gone but even happier to see it lose by a large margin and that’s Hillary Clinton who has been taking a bruising from Sanders on the campaign trail:

This week, ahead of Friday’s House vote on giving the president trade promotion authority, Sanders turned up the heat on Clinton.

“I frankly don’t understand how you could be a major candidate for president of the United States — Hillary Clinton, or anybody else — and not have an opinion on that issue,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg’s Al Hunt on the Charlie Rose Show on Thursday. Asked if Clinton’s stance amounts to a “cop out,” Sanders said yes.

This vote was considered such a nail biter that the President himself went to lobby house members and if the vote was a nail biter, in either direction, it would have spelled trouble for Hillary.

If the Bill lost by just a few votes Sanders would not only be able to take the victory lap that he surely will, but would be able to note that this victory was done without any help from the supposedly influential Democrat front runner.

And if the Bill passed by just a few votes (as such votes often do) it would have been even worse. Sanders would have pointed to the Clinton silence and blamed her for not doing anything to stop it. That would have made her silence even deadlier.

However with the bill not only defeated but defeated by such a large margin Hillary can say it was a non issue as there was “no chance” of this bill passing and bush off critique of her silence noting the bill’s failure was a forgone conclusion and given the ignorance of the voters who support her she would be almost certainly able to pull it off.

So Bernie take a bow but be aware that while Hillary isn’t saying anything in public she is sitting in her motorcade smiling.

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So lets get this straight.

We have a communist state where the individual is subordinate to the party, where demonstrations are crushed, where Nobel peace prize winners are imprisoned, that has enslaved Tibet for half a century.

And this guy is shocked that they don’t give a damn about workers in their factories?

Cox and Forkum put it best: They are communist dictators you fools!

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