I had hoped to try to speak to Kellyanne Conway after her Hannity appearance concerning something with WQPH 89.3 FM but I had waited in the press scrum for a while when I decided I was wasting my time and continued with my interviews. At this time I came across Steve and Shen.

There were not fitting in the frame well so I decided to flip the camera and film then at a 90 degree angle and edit the video later.

At this point I was starting to run out of gas and decided it was perhaps time to sit a bit, I headed toward the entrance of the hotel and saw old friend Ed Morrissey of Hotair sitting there and Ed being Ed consented to an interview.

Ironically as the interview went on Kellyanne Conway walked by with a crew, I continued my interview but as soon as it was over I was off after her. I figured the odds were against catching up but decided it was worth a shot.

I headed back toward the press registration area and lo and behold there she was taking question from press. I headed down the escalator and got a shot.

Kellyanne and the press

As she finished and started heading up I was a few steps behind her, at this point I introduced myself as someone who works with WQPH and mentioned their scheduled pro-life events the weekend of Divine Mercy Sunday asking if the administration would have an interest in sending a representative.

Her assistant took my card, and she said she would need the information sent so I presume I will be hearing from them at this point she turned toward the speakers room and I offered her Cannoli, to my surprise she accepted and took one as she vanished through the door. (It turns out that would be significant the next day but that’s a much later post).

You might wonder why I didn’t try to go for a press question but the WQPH need was the priority and as she was speaking the next day I figured I’d have another shot but the fact that Kellyanne Conway had one of the 40 Cannoli I brought was an amusing fact that I’d be able to talk about for a while.

Too bad I didn’t get a chance to find out if she liked it.

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here)

2/23
Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Vernuccio
CPAC 2017 Photos & Brief videos from the Sean Hannity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advocates: Melissa of Able Americans, Matt of American Majority
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #NeverTrump to Evangelical Coordinator) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall

2/22

Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Republican (and Kasich delegate)
CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

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Curly: Soitenly, we’re all incompetent!

The Three Stooges: Slippery Silks 1936

All the talk Thursday night was about the unanimous ruling of the 9th circuit concerning President Trump’s Temporary Travel ban from seven countries named by the Obama administration as potential Terror problems.

President Trump came in with a tough playing field in hand and took quick action and when the 9th circuit made its ruling the president tweeted this out:

As the media, Democrats, liberals in Hollywood  amazon and others are busy high fiving themselves they don’t seem to have realized the impossible position they’ve put themselves in and the frankly no lose position they’ve put the Trump Administration in concerning the war on  terror, at least politically.

If the administration is able to keep the country safe and prevent attacks, they will naturally get the credit for it and Trump’s tough talks only reinforces that he is taking steps, even against opposition, to do so. There is likely little the left could do about that.

However if the administration foils any Terror plot and even a single one of those plotters is a muslim immigrant who was either

Previously vetted by the previous admin
From one of the named countries in the current POTUS’ executive order
Was in contact with terrorists from one of the named countries

The administration can trot this out not only as proof the ban but can even suggest that said plot only reached whatever stage it was at BECAUSE of the lack of a ban and can point an accusing finger at the left if they do so.

That’s bad enough but if there is a successful attack of any type involving any persons with any or all of the attributes I’ve already listed the problem for the left is even worse, particularly given this news:

A staggering 77 percent of the 1,100 refugees let in since Judge James L. Robart’s Feb. 3 order have been from the seven suspect countries. Nearly a third are from Syria alone

If the travel ban had been in place or if it had run its course the left could have proclaimed it ineffective, now thanks to the court and their own high level efforts that situation is completely reversed.

This president will IMMEDIATELY point at the Democrats and the left opposition to his travel ban and extreme vetting as the cause for said successful attack (and don’t think for a moment he won’t do this, we aren’t talking George Bush, this is Donald Trump).

He will fix not only fix the blame firmly there but will be able to point to his tweet of Friday to showcase the fact that he feared this might happen. And he will invariably get that tweeted out before anyone of the left is able to mount any defense.

Furthermore given that the media’s trust ratings are further below sea level than the dead sea, attempts to counter such a move are likely to fail with all but your most partisan allies.

Congratulations Democrats, liberals, media, you have by your political efforts and your court filings successfully not only reinforced in the public’s mind Trump anti-terror efforts, guaranteeing him credit for any successful defense but you managed to at the same time transfer the political responsibility for any successful terror attack in the foreseeable future from this administration to yourselves. In fact you didn’t just transfer it, you went out and seized it.

I often say the right thing is usually the smart thing, often the wrong thing is often the dumb thing. The left’s move was not only wrong as it makes America less safe, it was VERY stupid setting yourself up as targets both actual and political.

It was something I didn’t think you would be stupid enough to do…but you were!

Closing thought. If Amazon is taking a victory lap how long do you think it will take any terror victims to use that fact to sue them for a small fortune for enabling such an attack?

Update: The Conservative Treehouse gets it:

If President Trump does nothing, the underlying challenges to the Executive Order continue forward in the courts, while he gets his SCOTUS pick -Gorsuch- on the bench. If he so chooses, the DOJ can eventually bring the case to the Supreme Court, where almost everyone admits the Ninth Circuit and Judge Robarts decision will be overturned and all of the protestation from the left will have been for naught.

In the interim of the slow case proceeding, ANY instance of violence and terrorism provides President Trump the opportunity to use his bully pulpit -and Twitter- to hang the occurrence, foreign or domestic, like a millstone around the neck of Democrats up for elected office in 2018.

There is no downside on the domestic security agenda for President Trump; however, the Democrats are fraught with fear that something might just happen. Ultimately, THIS, the politics behind the entire construct, is the reason for the ninth circuit tonight asking for an en banc hearing of their own judicial ruling.

What you haven’t heard that the 9th circuit has apparently decided to appeal the ruling of it’s own 3 judge panel to itself?

Maybe it’s just me but I’ve never heard of a judicial circuit appealing it’s own ruling to itself


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This took Trump what Ten Days?

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, in a phone call on Sunday with U.S. President Donald Trump, agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, a White House statement said.

Trump, during his presidential campaign last year, had called for Gulf states to pay for establishing safe zones to protect Syrian refugees.

A statement after the phone call said the two leaders agreed on the importance of strengthening joint efforts to fight the spread of Islamic State militants.

“The president requested and the King agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as well as supporting other ideas to help the many refugees who are displaced by the ongoing conflicts,” the statement said.

This is what you get when you have a president & administration of action vs one of hashtags.

Via the Conservative Treehouse who notes:

This is a jaw-dropping exhibition of the scope of President Trump’s strategic leverage. Remember how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refused to take the bait from Senator Marco Rubio regarding Saudi Arabia? Put this outcome in the dividend column.

I have an odd feeling the press and protesters will have very little to say about this.

Update: Short Answer Yes.

Can anyone tell me what the Obama Administration and their team of the smartest people in the world have been doing these last 2 years?

Update 2: Don Surber

President Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman agreed on creating a safe zone for Muslim refugees within the Middle East, the New Indian Express (as well as Reuters and Bloomberg) reported.

Conservatives have long asked why America and Europe must take in refugees when their Arab Muslim neighbors have the money to help their fellow Muslims.

Trump is making it so.

I’m amazed that Surber doesn’t have an admin job yet.


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Howard: Well, where are you going?
Sheldon: Where are you going?
Raj: We just told you.
Sheldon: I just told you.
Howard: No, you didn’t.
Sheldon: Well, it’s your word against mine; see you in court.

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If you turned on the MSM yesterday the only story that apparently exists is the assertion by the president that Hillary Clinton’s popular vote margin was due to millions of illegal aliens voting.

As you might guess the entire MSM is up in arms we’re talking full hysteria mode:

I’m sure these upstanding media folk are thinking (for the upteenth billion time) that they’ve finally got Trump and now they’ll be able to bring him down.

But what they don’t realize is that they’ve fallen into his trap once again.

First of all he’s gotten the MSM to bring up this subject meaning that many people who didn’t entertain the possibility of illegal voting will now start entertaining it.

Second of all in the same week that the MSM which has a 14% approval rating was caught falsely claiming that Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King from the oval office you have them asserting that this claim is isn’t true, or “debunked”. Given the level of trust that the MSM has with the public that very assertion that Trump is lying, made by them at a point where their credibility and popularity are dwarfed by Trump will trend to make people believe it.

But this is all preliminary, the real snare is this.

There is one sure way to definitely debunk President Trump’s claim, and that’s to examine the voting in blue enclaves that overwhelmingly voted Hillary, areas that for the most part unexpectedly don’t have voter ID laws in place, and do some good old fashioned investigative reporting.

And this is the trap being laid.

I strongly suspect that said enclaves can not stand the scrutiny that such an investigation would bring. Thus if any press organization decides to launch one, even if ostensibly to debunk claims of voter fraud, they are likely to get a lot of pushback in said Democrat enclaves. Will by their very nature reinforce the idea that the Democrats are hiding something.

And even worse what if such fraud is found? How will the MSM play it? “Trump was lying about 3,000,000 illegal aliens voting, we only found evidence of 100,000 to 500,000 nationwide” Yeah that’s going to bring him down.

If it is suggested to the MSM that they should consider such an investigation they will likely answer: The burden of proof is not on us. Yeah THAT’S going to really play well with a population that doesn’t trust them.

Of course the ultimate trap would be for the president to bluntly say that if states like California wish to ally my fears they can simply pass and enforce voter ID laws to assure the integrity of the vote.

I wonder how the MSM will react to that?

UPDATE: How do define a sucker in three steps

Ana Navarro after Trump’s remarks:

So what does Trump do? He orders an investigation!

President Donald Trump called on Wednesday for “a major investigation” into voter fraud, following through with baseless claims he has made since November’s election alleging millions of illegal votes during the general election without citing any evidence.

“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and … even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” Trump wrote in two consecutive tweets.

Ana Navarro after Trump announces the investigation that she said he wouldn’t

SUCKERS!


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I was working into the wee hours of the morning when I saw this at the Huffington Post

Southwest Plane Turns Pink Lights On For Women’s March Participants

The story said the following

Things got lit on a Southwest Airlines plane carrying men and women to the Women’s March on Washington.

Two women shared pictures of their Thursday flight, which turned on pink lights apparently in support of its passengers to mark Saturday’s special occasion.

“When your Southwest flight crew celebrate a plane full of kickass women and men going to the Women’s March by lighting it up #lit #womensmarchonwashington #lovetrumpshate,” Instagram user @kpmagnolia wrote in the caption of her photo of the colorful pink lights.

Now this would seem a bad idea as Southwest Airlines is not a niche market that caters exclusively to pro-abortion anti-trump people who think believing Catholics are Nazis so I wrote the following email to Southwest to clarify their position.

Hello:

I will be writing a story concerning the decision of a southwest crew to honor the so called “women’s march” on Washington DC as reported by the Huffington Post here

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/southwest-plane-carrying-womens-march-participants-turns-pink_us_58822e01e4b0e3a735687c05?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

I have several questions:

1. The so called “Woman’s march” specifically excluded pro-life women, does this mean that southwest Airlines embraces the Agenda of Planned Parenthood and those who oppose this administration and reject the hundreds of millions of pro-life people such as the hundreds of thousands who will be going to Washington for the march for life later this month?

2. The so called “Woman’s march” was explicitly anti-trump. does this mean that South West Airlines endorses the anti-trump message of the so called “Woman’s march” and embraces the designation of President Trump and his supporters as “anti-woman” and “nazis” by the marchers?

3. According to the Huffington post a statement by Southwest on the matter said this:

While we’re unaware of details surrounding a specific flight, our flight crews celebrate, commemorate, acknowledge and share in special moments with our customers all the time,

That being the case, given the fact that the March for life brings 100,000+ people to DC each year and the inauguration of Donald Trump brought 500,000 supporters to the capital can you cite a single instance of a southwest crew celebrating, commemorating or acknowledging these pro-life or pro-trump flyers?

4. Tens of millions of supporters of Americans voted for Donald Trump and he won the popular vote in 30 US states, what assurance can you give votes like myself who voted Trump that this is not a signal by Southwest that it will treat those who oppose the president in a more favorable manor that those who supported him, and given this public support of those who oppose the president that is now being reported nationwide what tangible proof of support will you give voters Trump voters who like all Americans have many choices when it’s time to fly, that flying southwest airlines does not constitute financial and moral support for those who oppose this administration and those who voted for it? [note the “and” in that last sentence should have been vs]

I intend to publish my piece by Monday 5 AM EST Said piece will include this email and the questions within. I will be glad to publish your response to these questions with them if I received them by 5 PM EST Sunday. If I receive them at any later time I will publish their response the following day.

Peter “DaTechGuy” Ingemi
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P.S. As both a journalist who has often used Southwest airlines to go to events I am covering and as a voter who voted for Mr. Trump this time around your responses will be instrumental to my choice of airlines in the future.

Sunday morning Southwest replied with the following email:

Hi, Peter,

Here’s our statement in its entirety; we don’t have additional details to share at this time:

While we’re unaware of details surrounding specific flights, our Flight Crews celebrate, commemorate, acknowledge and share in special moments with our Customers all the time.  Some of our aircraft are equipped with mood lighting and while this was not a companywide initiative, at times, our Flight Crews will adjust the lighting for a Customer or group of Customers traveling on their flight.  For example, in October, one of our Flight Crews changed the lighting to honor a breast cancer survivor onboard their flight.

Emily

This is pretty much a reiteration of the statement already given.

Now I’ve flown Southwest & I like them and it’s not out of character for them to accommodate a particular batch of passengers, so to me vital question of this batch actually is #3  If Southwest can produce examples of their aircrews acting to support a group of pro-life or pro-trump flyers in a public way like this one I and I suspect others will be satisfied that this was the attempt of a particular crew attempting to inspire a particular group of passengers and give this a pass, but to do so risks the wrath of folks who have already demonstrated a willingness to retaliate with violence.

So how do we of he right respond?

Do we follow  the example described by Shelby Foote of Robert E. Lee who in late 1863 when an angry southern woman brought a group of young southern ladies before him who had attended a concert given by Union General John Sedgwick while occupying their area responded to both the indignant woman and the embarrassed girls thus:

I know General Sedgwick very well.  It is  just like him to be so kindly and considerate, and to have his band there to entertain them.  So, young ladies, if the music is good, go and hear it as often as you can, and enjoy yourselves.  You will fin that General Sedgwick will have none but agreeable gentlemen about him.

This is the line of Becca Lower a person not unfamiliar with the wrath of the left who reacted saying

In other words emulating General Lee, this is just a Southwest crew being nice so she’ll it go. This is certainly a Christian approach and consistent with American Values as they once were in our culture.

Alas another Lee from our modern era named Spike has, this very week, given us an example that is much less forgiving on accommodating those who encourage the political enemies of the left:

One singer, however, has learned the hard way that you don’t cross the elite in the entertainment world without paying a price. Grammy winning artist Chrisette Michele performed at one of the balls last night, reportedly receiving $250K for her efforts and an international audience. But that’s not all she got. She also received what amounted to a pink slip from Spike Lee who was reportedly “considering” using her music in an upcoming project.

Director Spike Lee has revealed he was considering using a song by Grammy winner Chrisette Michele in an upcoming project but has decided not to following her decision to perform at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Thus following Spike’s example the response would be:  “If Southwest wants to accommodate the anti-trump left and doesn’t do the same for us they can join join the list of companies who have decided to take sides in the culture wars and can pay the price as pro-life people and Trump supporters have plenty of other airlines to choose from.”

This would also be consistant with what Jazz Shaw calls the new rules of engagment in political warfare:

But as far as I can tell, the gloves are now fully off and there are no longer any rules on the political battlefield. Democrats and liberals in vast numbers are trying to destroy the Trump presidency before it’s even begun and the silence of the Fourth Estate has placed the media seal of approval on the effort. They are hoping to shut down the executive branch and are clearly willing to engage in a scorched earth policy to achieve that goal. So the next time a Democrat winds up winning the White House, you can expect the same in return. I don’t care if they elect a white man, a black woman or a transgender Latino pirate. I don’t want to hear any kvetching from MSNBC about racism, sexism or any other isms. Everyone is free to simply swamp the public square and reject the election results if they don’t like them, no matter what the next president has done or, more likely, not even had time to do.

Progressives started this phase of the war

Perhaps almost as important, we must remember that if we emulate Robert E Lee’s forgiving and understanding response, no matter how proper it might sound to us as Christians, we are by emulating a Confederate General which by our current media template would make us all slavery supporting racists.

While if instead we emulate Spike Lee and retaliate against Southwest and any other company that serves the general public giving notice from this point on if they aid the enemies of this administration they are our enemies and we will no longer patronize them, we are emulating a person who is considered a black pioneer for equality in culture by that same media template.

So if the end result is that employees of business all over the nation are terrified of saying or doing anything that could be construed as being supportive of one side vs the other, (Can you imagine the result if President Trump tweets on this to his 20 million followers?) I’m sure our media and cultural better will tell us that’s certainly a small price to pay to avoid emulating a rebel general suggesting reconciliation even if it means that the right now has the same power to intimidate business that the left enjoyed in the past.

Isn’t it?


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Starting tomorrow the rubber hits the road we will now see if he can cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a Herring govern.

If he can win the war on terror and turn the economy around he’ll be a winner in my book.

DaTechGuy Jan 20th 2009

8 Years ago I wrote a post titled President Bush rank:  Obama where I ranked the Bush presidency vs others presidents.  After ranking Bush I said this about the incoming Obama administration:

President Elect Obama has the potential to end up anywhere on his list. The trick is not to under rate him due to unreal expectations or overrate him due to his unique place in history. Lets hope he earns high ratings due to high performance. As of today it will come down to the economy and the war on terror but who knows what tomorrow will bring?

Well it’s eight years later and now we know so let’s again look at my grouping from the past.

I grouped them into 5 sections the top teir one being

TR, Cleveland, Lincoln, Polk, Washington 

As I said at the time both Cleveland and Polk are great presidents who don’t get enough credit these days.

The 2nd group was

Reagan, Truman, FDR, McKinley, Monroe, Madison

As the years go by Reagan continues to knock at the door of that top level but in my mind still doesn’t get in, and while many of my fellow conservatives would disagree I say victory in WW 2 when the world was at Stake trumps FDR’s socialist New Deal

The 3rd Group was

Kennedy, Ike, Coolidge, Hayes, Jackson, Tyler, Jefferson, John Adams and now George W Bush

The Obama years particularly the comparison concerning the war on give the temptation to move Bush 2 into the higher level but I’m not quite there yet, plus his foolish response to the financial crisis at the end of his term enabled a lot of the trouble that Obama made during his years.

Put simply Barack Obama has no business being mentioned in the same league with with any of those first three tiers

The 4th group was

Clinton,GHW Bush, Ford, LB Johnson, Taft, Andrew Johnson, Pierce, Fillmore, Taylor.

And Obama doesn’t rank with any of the.   Ford did yeoman’s work restoring the country, Clinton while a walking scandal was able to work with a GOP congress, Johnson for all the disaster of the great society has the civil rights act and was actually winning in Vietnam before the left undercut him, Taft while no TR continued man of his policies and while Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore and Zach Taylor either failed to stop a coming civil war or failed to unite a nation after one, all respected the rule of law or the Constitution.  And the First Bush not only won the 1st Iraq war but managed to build a international group to support it.

The bottom tier of US presidents is

Carter, Nixon, Hoover, Harding, Wilson,  B. Harrison, Garfield, Grant, Buchanan, WH. Harrison, Van Buren, JQ Adams.

Barack Obama owns this bottom tier and the question really is where within it does he lie?  It’s a measure of how bad the Obama years were that it forces us to make levels in the bottom tier of presidents in order to find his true ranking.

The best of that bottom tier are:  Wilson, Nixon and WH Harrison and Ben Harrison his grandson and Obama can’t compete with any of them

He easily ranks below Wilson because Wilson’s win in the 1st World War Trumps Obama’s failures, He also ranks below Nixon because not only did Tricky Dick have many actual accomplishments he only talked about weaponizing the IRS to use against his foes the Obama administration actually did it.  In many ways the Obama years where an image of what the Nixon might have been if the press was solidly republican and saw their duty as defending him.  Ben Harrison managed to blow the country’s surplus by giving it out to civil war vets and creating a giant deficit that still haunts us today and his tariff policies were awful which is the reason why his successful foreign policy agenda doesn’t get him out of this level  He ranks below WH Harrison because Harrison died within a month of being sworn in and doing nothing would have been better than the Obama years.

How sad is it that a literal “Do nothing” president is far superior to Obama

The next level of that bottom tier are  Garfield and JQ Adams Obama is not as good as either

Adams is the best of this batch, he came in under a cloud and accomplished little despite his incredible skills, but he also didn’t have any big failures, Garfield didn’t get much of a chance getting shot very early in his terms but his fight over patronage in NY puts him over obama.

That leaves Carter, Hoover, Harding,  Grant, Buchanan, Van Buren and  can Obama beat any of them?

There are two distinct groups here, Buchanan, Van Buren and  Hoover served at a time of Crisis and failed

Grant, Carter and Harding all came in after a crisis and either didn’t succeed or made things worse.

of the six Harding is the easiest to rank above the others simply because of the economic state of the country.  His scandals were unable to make things worse.

Hoover and Van Buren both served in times of crisis and despite good records proved unequal to the task but both of them rank above Obama as neither was able to make a bad situation worse and made honest efforts to solve problems.

That leaves Grant, Carter and Buchanan  vs Obama This is tough.

Grant likely has to make the top of the list here, His presidency was scandal ridden but had at least four years of prosperity and his foreign policy was mixed rather than a failure.

Carter has to come in next, his policies harmed the economy tremendously, his foreign policy was for the most part disastrous from giving away the panama canal to the Iran Hostage crisis and only his hijack of the talks between Israel and Egypt save him from dead bottom.  The line that Jimmy Carter was a best case scenario for Obama which started to be said around 2012 turned out to be very true.

So that puts it down to Obama vs Buchanan as to who is the worst president of all time.

The Failures of the Obama years from the massive corruption, the use of government as a weapon against political enemies, the enabling of our foes and the subjugation of our friends combined with a dismal economy and the war on Christianity both overseas and at home makes Barack Obama unique among president in that you have to go back to Jefferson Davis to find an American president more dedicated to harming the United States of America than him.

However while Obama’s failures might have lead to civil war Buchanan’s actually did.  While one could argue that the crisis was building for years so you can’t blame Buchanan one might also argue that he saw it coming and did not act to prevent it.

In both cases Obama’s actions and Buchanan’s inaction were consistent with their worldviews.  Buchanan’s sympathy to both Slavery and the south and Obama’s dislike of America and embrace of our enemies made any other result unlikely.  Obama suffers because in comparison because of the high expectations the people had of him but Buchanan suffers because unlike Obama he actually had years of experience in both the House and Senate as well as being Secretary of state to an ambassador to both Russia and England.

Frankly in my mind you could choose either as the worst of the lot and not have a bad pick but if I’m pressed to choose I’d have to put Obama above old Buck simply because Obama was an inexperienced and incompetent Chicago machine pol who had no business being president thus his failures, while deliberate, are not entirely unexpected.  Buchanan was an experienced and seasoned pol and diplomat so in my mind his culpability for the failures which led to incredible bloodshed are considerably worse.

So as of right now I rank Barack Obama as 43rd out of 44 presidents of the United States edging out James Buchanan.  I’m sure others can make a case to reverse this order but that’s how I see it.

Meanwhile we have Donald Trump coming in.  He has two intrinsic advantages:

The media and those who write history absolutely hate him so not failing will be seen as a success.

He follows the worst administration in 156 years so he can’t help but do better.

I think for Trump success or failure will come down to three things:

  1. The Economy.  If growth returns then that is what people will remember
  2. War on Terror.  Trump has a tough call here, he wants to both fight the war while keeping the US out of nation building.  That’s a tough combo to pull off but if he can stop ISIS while securing the US he’ll be a success
  3. The Southern border.  Normally this would not be as important but because he made it an intrinsic part of his campaign if a wall is not up or at least substantially built that will hurt him

Again like Obama he could end up anywhere on this list but if he manages these three things he will likely make at least tier 2.  If he manages at least 2 of them tier 3.

Eight Years ago I said it would be fun to find out where Barack Obama would end up on my list.  I was wrong, so rather than say the same about Trump let me just say it won’t be boring.


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