Several death sentences appeared in the past 72 hours. Judge, jury, executioner is President-Elect Donald J. Trump.
Death Sentence #1:“We Don’t Need You Guys Anymore”. Die, Big Media, Die. This death sentence was spoken by Dick Cheney, authored by Donald J. Trump:
Cheney To CNN’s Barbara Starr: Trump Took Us To Point Where We Don’t Need You Guys Anymore
CHENEY: I think one of the reasons people get so concerned about the tweets is it is sort of a way around the press. He doesn’t have to rely upon, uh, rely upon — this is the modern era, modern technology. He’s at the point where we don’t need you guys anymore.
Die Big Media, die. Trump gets around Big Media with his Tweets. A single camera trained on the elevators in Trump Tower commands all the attention. The camera ignores the Big Media Trump haters. The American public can see who goes up and down without a pundit. [We’ll have more from Cheney shortly.]
Beijing today lodged a formal protest with the U.S. because President-elect Donald Trump, bypassing established diplomatic channels, spoke to Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen yesterday by telephone. [snip]
Why? In a few short minutes over the phone, Trump implicitly recognized Taiwan’s status as a sovereign state, thereby breaking with decades of settled China policy.
The call, as many have noted is the first known interaction between a U.S. president or president-elect with his Taiwan counterpart since the Carter administration broke diplomatic relations with the island.
Regardless of what Trump and Tsai said to each other, the fact the call took place would be sufficient to upset Beijing’s leaders, who view Taiwan as part of their People’s Republic of China.
Tsai, on the other hand, believes she heads a state called the Republic of China. Formally, her government takes the position it has sovereignty over all China but, as a practical matter, acts as if it is sovereign over only the main island of Taiwan and scattered islands it in fact administers.
Washington recognizes Beijing as the lawful government of China but in substance maintains the dispute between the two sides is unresolved and insists the resolution of the matter, when it occurs, be peaceful. The Taiwan Relations Act, U.S. legislation passed in 1979, provides for unofficial ties with Taipei and creates limited obligations to protect the island from Beijing. This American posture has continued, with only minor modification, since that time.
Trump, however, seemed to change everything Friday.
The entire take on China/Taiwan by Gordon Chang deserves a reading. China for a long time has played North Korea and nuclear bombs against the United States and its allies in an obvious way but the West and its hapless diplomats have responded like running dogs for a decayed decadent system. Trump changes all that.
FMR. VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY: One of the most important things [President-elect Trump] can do is exactly the opposite of what his predecessor did. With respect to Iran and nuclear weapons, and don’t make the mistakes that the situation he is inheriting from the Obama administration represented. With respect to our status in the world, the capabilities of our forces, the belief on the part of I believe many of our friends and allies that they can no longer trust the United States or count on our guarantees. I think we need to do major progress and reverse the Obama policies and not that’s not a place for President Trump to start.
That’s pretty much what we wrote last month: do the opposite of what Obama did. And what Carter did too. American policy on China is not working. Rewrite the China policy. President-Elect Donald J. Trump pronounced a death sentence on the currently not working China policy. Foreign policy experts are shocked and in a fury. President-Elect Donald J. Trump is exactly right and Trump changed China policy before he is president, with a single telephone call he answered. Good job!
What Trump has done is not “reset” Washington’s relations with China but put them on an entirely new footing. Up to now, Beijing has kept the initiative, and American presidents, especially George W. Bush and Obama, have merely reacted, trying to build friendly relations in spite of increasingly bold Chinese moves. The concept was that Washington had to maintain cooperative ties, increasingly considered an end in itself.
Trump, by seemingly not caring about Beijing’s reaction, has cut China down to size, telling its autocrats he does not fear them.
Just about everyone assumed the Chinese would create a crisis for Trump in his first months in office, just as they created crises for both George W. Bush—in April 2001 with the detention of the crew of the U.S. Navy EP-3—and his successor—the harassment of the Navy’s unarmed reconnaissance vessels, the Impeccable and Victorious, in March and May 2009.
Instead, Trump took the initiative and created a crisis for China’s leaders, and he did that more than a month before taking the oath of office.
Therefore, Beijing is bound to find the next months unfamiliar and unsettling.
There is, if you need a metaphor, a rather large bull in the china shop. And, yes, that could be a good thing.
Trump’s triumph puts Italy’s Renzi in difficult position
Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the U.S. presidential election is likely to make it even harder for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to win a crucial referendum on constitutional reform set for December.
Renzi was one of the few world leaders to publicly endorse Hillary Clinton and Trump’s triumph has not only put the Italian premier in a difficult diplomatic position, it has also underlined the rise of anti-elite sentiment around the world.
“This factor is weighing against Renzi because at the moment for many Italians he represents the establishment,” said Roberto D’Alimonte, politics professor at Luiss University in Rome. [snip]
“The Trump win does show that populism continues in 2016 and suggests a ‘no’ vote in the Italian referendum could be stronger than we assumed,” David Zahn, the head of European fixed income at U.S. fund manager Franklin Templeton, told Reuters. [snip]
Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement currently heads the opinion polls and its founder, Beppe Grillo, hailed Trump’s victory, seeing it as a vindication of his own maverick stance.
“It is those who dare, the obstinate, the barbarians who will take the world forward. We are the barbarians! The real idiots, populists and demagogues are the journalists and the establishment intellectuals,” Grillo wrote on his blog.
Jumping on the U.S. election bandwagon with an eye to the forthcoming referendum, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party put out Tweets saying “In America, they voted NO”.
The group’s parliamentary leader Renato Brunetta called on Renzi to resign immediately and not even wait until Dec. 4, saying his pro-Clinton stance had weakened Italy’s standing.
“From this day forward Matteo Renzi is politically finished, he is a dead man walking,” Brunetta said in a statement. “No other European country sided with one of the two contenders like Italy did. Now Renzi must reap the consequences and take responsibility for his bad choices.”
When Beppe Grillo started to make headlines as the leader of Italy’s biggest protest party more than six years ago, it was hard to avoid the puns. A comedian turned politician, Grillo was laughed at and branded a “clown.”
But by 2013, the laughing subsided, and German magazine Der Spiegel already had called him “the most dangerous man in Europe.” Three years later, he may finally be living up to that description, according to his critics.
On Sunday, a majority of Italians voted against legislative reforms in a referendum, according to major exit polls. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who had pushed for the reforms and was forced to call the referendum, admitted defeat on Sunday evening and announced that he would hand in his resignation on Monday. [snip]
Similar to Trump’s “drain the swamp” political message, Grillo has taken a strong anti-establishment and anti-corruption stance, accusing Renzi of preventing economic and anti-corruption reforms. [snip]
Referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Gillo said in an interview with the Financial Times last year: “They have a kind of illness, it’s called alexithymia, which means difficulty recognizing the emotions of others: pain, pleasure, joy. . . . They don’t care if they have to put tens of millions of people into hunger to balance an account, it’s collateral damage. We’ve entrusted our lives to people who know nothing about life,” he said.
Life just got a boost in Italy and world-wide because of Donald J. Trump.
Will this last? Can this go on? Is this Donald J. Trump victory/victories just a one time magic moment that will flicker away like a candle that dies leaving only a trail of smoke? Look to Pennsylvania for the answer.
Death Sentence #4: “he made Philadelphia irrelevant.”
As we analyze the numbers from election night, we can only be amazed. The Decision Desk analysis concludes that everything Hillary2016 did was right if only the opponent was not Donald J. Trump. Michael Barone finally came to the conclusion we did last year that Hillary2016 would destroy lumps like Jeb Bush, John Kasich, even Ted Cruz:
Would Another Republican Have Defeated Hillary Clinton?
Donald Trump charted a new course to the presidency, and both parties have a great deal to learn from it. [snip]
That opening was the fact that Democrats were taking for granted their above-national-average support from non-college-educated outstate voters in their determination to build a new, “ascendant” majority of blacks, Hispanics, single women, and Millennials. They figured that outstate Obama voters were locked into the Democratic party and didn’t need any special attention. Turns out they weren’t and they did.
So the familiar partisan lines of the past 20 years have been redrawn, and now we have a more downscale Republican party and a Democratic party confined to its coastal and campus cocoons.
As we wrote so many times before, the Obama “coalition of the ascendant” was a suitable demographic for a situation comedy on TV, but not as a foundation for a political party that wants to govern and grow. The numbers from election 2016 confirm our analysis.
Will it all last? As Decision Desk notes, what Donald J. Trump did was astounding and deserving of respect:
Ring Around the Collar: The Philadelphia Suburbs And The 2016 Election
In June, I authored an article for The Federalist in which I argued that Donald Trump would not win Pennsylvania because any gains he might make with white working class voters would be insufficient to overcome the steep losses he was likely to suffer in the Philadelphia area. [snip]
Trump did badly in the Philly collar. From the Clinton campaign’s perspective not badly enough, perhaps; and certainly not the 20-30% debacle many polls were forecasting. Yet his margins in the Philadelphia area normally would have been enough to keep the Keystone State in the Democrats’ vaunted “blue wall.” Barack Obama won 690,000 votes in the Philly suburbs in 2012. Hillary Clinton received 729,000. Romney got 567,000. Trump dropped to 550,000. That’s a swing of 46,000 votes to Clinton. [snip]
What Donald Trump demonstrated with this year’s electorate is that a historic turnout by white working class voters could be and in fact was – contrary to the expectations of all but a handful of pundits – sufficient to negate the Democrats’ traditional advantage in the Philadelphia region and put Pennsylvania in the GOP column for the first time since 1988. Whether this lesson can be repeated is an open question, but it is one students of American politics will be studying for many years to come.
Since this post was published, the City of Philadelphia released its final vote tallies for the 2016 election. Donald Trump’s total increased to just under 109,000 votes, while Clinton’s soared to 584,000 votes, an increase of 21,000 and a mere 4,000 short of Obama’s 2012 total. Delaware County also has updated its figures. Hillary Clinton’s margin improved to 67,000 votes, as she did 12,000 votes better than Barack Obama did in 2012. Trump’s total in Delco also rose by 4,000 votes. He now stands 5,000 votes above Mitt Romney there. [snip]
Incorporating this new data yields the following updated results. Clinton’s total in the Philadelphia collar stands at 737,000 votes, an improvement of 47,000 on Barack Obama’s 2012 total of 690,000. Trump’s total rises to 554,000, which is 13,000 short of Romney’s count. This means Clinton’s improvement in the suburbs, which initially stood at 46,000, is now 59,000 votes. The updated totals in Philadelphia also reduce the swing there from 35,000 towards Trump to a more modest 17,000. Instead of coming out of the Philadelphia region only 11,000 votes ahead of Barack Obama, as my original calculations indicated, Clinton came out 32,000 votes ahead. What these updated results tell us, therefore, is that in Philadelphia Hillary Clinton performed more like Barack Obama, and Donald Trump performed even worse than Mitt Romney, than initially believed. In other words, Trump’s victory in Pennsylvania, impressive as it was, was even more impressive than it seemed at first glance.
Trump pulled off the near impossible: he made Philadelphia irrelevant. Whatever one thinks of the man, this feat is worthy of, nay demands, respect.
Read that again: Trump’s victory in Pennsylvania, impressive as it was, was even more impressive than it seemed at first glance. He made “Philadelphia irrelevant.”
It’s a death sentence for the Dims.
China, Europe, those that want to destroy the West, take heed. President Donald J. Trump is not Barack Obama. Trump is not even president yet and already the heads roll.
America’s enemies, take heed – America and the West are back, ready and willing to fight.
Update: We won’t get to relive election night after all. The Green-with-envy Partay has collapsed in the attempt to stop President-Elect Donald J. Trump. No recount in PA. Darn. We so wanted to relive that grand election night. With Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, Donald J. Trump has 280 electoral votes, ten more than needed. President-Elect Donald J. Trump.
First Ford, then Carrier, and now possibly Oreo! Yup, President-Elect Donald J. Trump has done more for American workers than the present occupant of the White House has done in eight years.
President-Elect Donald J. Trump convinced Ford to keep jobs in the U.S. Today it was a wonderful event as President-Elect Donald J. Trump confirmed at a public event that Carrier jobs have also been saved. Now President-Elect Donald J. Trump might make those horrible Oreo cookies Great Again. The rumor is that the maker of those horrible Oreo cookies might make them tasty again by keeping jobs in the U.S.
He’s not even president yet and already you can feel the chains coming off as President-Elect Donald J. Trump Makes America Great Again.
This Carrier deal is very important. It’s important not only for the details of what happened but because of the message it sends.
This Carrier deal is not only good for the families of those whose jobs have been saved, politically important for what it says about the hard work and savvy of the President-Elect, and a shrewd and sharp knife against such as Paul Ryan. We won’t expand to much on all of this at this point; we won’t note the presidential election to come next year in France and the rise of François Fillon and other interesting repercussions of the “immeasurable” “vastness” of the “Trump Revolution” here in the United States on November 8, 2016.
We just want to enjoy tonight’s Victory Tour Thank You Tour as it begins in Cincinnati, Ohio. While we watch President-Elect Donald J. Trump in Cincinnati at 7:00 p.m. we will imagine Ohio Governor John Kasich watching this as well then we will chortle, giggle, and continue to enjoy the vastness of the Trump Revolution.
Can we have more Victory Tour Thank You Tour dates please? We just can’t get enough.
We have an idea.
We have a Great Idea, a Big Idea: We hereby declare December 1, to be a day to celebrate the election of Donald J. Trump and say “Thank You, Donald J. Trump”. We declare that on December 1 the nation shall have a reenactment of November 8, 2016 election night.
On this holiday we have just declared, we do like those Civil War reenactment guys that dress up as Union and Confederate troops and reenact battles. But we’ll reenact the drama of election night. We can once again be nervous, clutching our pearls at the beginning – even though we are sure of the outcome. Filled with trepidation and hope as the candles burn and there are no more fingernails left to bite and the night progresses. Then the great exultation and “hurrah” as the night sky filled with immeasurable vastness of real hope and real, not chump, CHANGE fills the sky like fireworks. We can even wear funny hats and Make America Great Again hats and Cat in the Hat hats. Make it fun. Endless winning!
We know some will say “We don’t need to reenact election night 2016 because for the next month we can enjoy as Donald J. Trump wins the Wisconsin recount, then the Michigan recount, then the Pennsylvania recount.” And yes, we do enjoy the recounts as certain supporters and candidates make greater fools of themselves. But we want more.
We want more. We’re not tired of winning. Maybe we should ask the fools to file for recounts in Texas — and Georgia — and Utah — and Ohio — and Alabama — and — well every state so we can have endless winning. We want more recounts. Pleeeeaaaseee.
We’re not tired of winning. We’re not Auntie ‘Em. We’re not tired of winning.
Update: Our fourth point at the end comes to fruition. Trump wins again and the GOP can giggle in glee: Nancy Pelousy is again voted by Dimocrats to be the top Dimocrat. Dimocrats never learn:
Pelosi got 134 votes to Ryan’s 63. The victory sends a message that while there’s a growing appetite for major changes in the party’s leadership structure and messaging tactics, it’s not strong enough to loosen Pelosi’s grip on a liberal-heavy group that’s rarely challenged her authority.
Ryan and his supporters had argued that the Democrats’ grim performance in this year’s elections — the latest in a string of cycles planting Republicans firmly in the majority — was a clear signal that Pelosi’s leadership strategy has failed to attract the broad coalition of voters required to return the Speaker’s gavel to the Democrats’ hands.
The critics pointed, in particular, to the party’s alienation of the middle-class Rust Belt workers, who flocked to Trump and secured victories for a long list of vulnerable Republicans down the ballot.
As our article explains, this is great news for President-Elect Donald J. Trump and the GOP. This means the Dimocrats will take longer than ever to turn to the center and sanity. It’s bad news for the nation but in the rivalry between parties the last thing the GOP wanted was for the Obama Dimocrat Party to become once again the Democratic Party of FDR/Kennedy/Clinton. The Dims remain the party of the loons and President-Elect Donald J. Trump can continue to rack up big victories such as the Carrier deal which saves American jobs.
President-Elect Donald J. Trump can only giggle at the prospect of our fifth and sixth points coming to fruition. Good times. America Great Again – coming soon – after January 20, 2017.
President-Elect Donald J. Trump is in a win/win/win position; Jill Stein is playing a very smart game; Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 are once again, as we have previously written, proving Hillary2016 is the dumbest campaign ever. Let’s look at the recount follies.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s call for a recount in three states Donald J. Trump won is a flim-flam scam worthy of flim-flam master Barack Obama. Stein’s game is all about the future of the Green Party and the 2020 beatdown of the Obama Party. This is something Republicans and Democrats don’t see as they mock or revile Jill Stein. Played correctly by President-Elect Donald J. Trump this could be yet another nail in the party of Barack Obama.
Look at how brilliantly Jill Stein has played the game. Jill Stein lost massively (1.04% of the vote, up from 0.36% of the vote in 2012) and in certain states (Michigan, Wisconsin) won enough of the vote to deny Hillary Clinton victory in those states. Jill Stein during the campaign attacked Hillary Clinton more than she attacked Donald J. Trump. Now, for the dimwits who hate Donald J. Trump, Jill Stein is a heroine. In one brilliant move Jill Stein went from hated in some quarters of the left, to respected, and perhaps even financed. Well played, girlfriend, well played.
Jill Stein helped Donald J. Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton during the campaign. Immediately after the campaign, Jill Stein gets money from Hillary Clinton supporters (and presumably some other nefarious sources such as the Soros family). Jill Stein attacked Hillary Clinton and she is rewarded with millions of dollars for her scam recounts from Hillary supporters! Jill Stein, also with this brilliant recount scam, has garnered more Big Media attention (12x the coverage), than she received during the entire presidential campaign.
But the millions of dollars scammed from the dimwits and the Big Media limelight are not what Jill Stein is up to. Jill Stein has bigger aims than filthy lucre and spotlights of Big Media and leftist love. Jill Stein has much bigger aims which the Republican Party, and President-Elect Donald J. Trump should be very happy about. Jill Stein’s smart moves, of course, completely elude the dumb-ass Hillary2016 campaign.
Jill Stein is up to something very very smart. Jill Stein if successful will destroy whatever remains of the entity that Barack Obama has trashed. Jill Stein doesn’t need to win the recounts. Jill Stein doesn’t even need to win. All Jill Stein wants is to leverage this election cycle for half a percent or perhaps a full percent (or 2 or 3 or 4 or more) of additional voter support for the Green Party in future elections. The results if that strategy succeeds is that the party of Barack Obama will never recover enough strength to win another presidential election unless it bows down to the Green Party. Repeat: Jill Stein and the Green Party strategy is to get enough support that the Obama Party cannot win without capitulating to the Greens. Well played, girlfriend, well played.
Jill Stein played her low cards with an experienced gambler’s dexterity. Having hurt Hillary Clinton during the election, Jill Stein became the Joan of Arc for Hillary Clinton supporters. Stein’s calls for money to finance her proposed recounts got her more money than her campaign ever received. But that was just the beginning. Jill Stein set herself up as the Joan of Arc fighting for the discouraged saps that voted for Hillary Clinton. This led to Hillary2016 once again proving itself, yet again, to be the dumbest campaign we have ever seen.
Perhaps it was fear of Jill Stein’s audacious move to fit into the armor of Joan of Arc that led Hillary2016 into further stupidity. But it is hard to tell. Hillary2016 was always doing the wrong thing at the wrong time so that perhaps it was just a force of habit that best explains the latest stupidity. Whatever the reason, Hillary2016 decided to join the Jill Stein recount follies.
FLASHBACK: Clinton blasted Trump for not saying he will accept election results…yet now her campaign joins Wisconsin recount effort pic.twitter.com/dVqiFvJR5U
How dumb was the Hillary2016 alliance with Jill Stein? First, Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 marked themselves as following the leader, Jill Stein. Second, Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 convicted themselves of fetid hypocrisy with the calls for a recount because of their earlier condemnations of Donald J. Trump and his wise declaration that he would wait and see if the elections were fair before he would commit to a blanket acceptance of the results. Add to that the fact Hillary Clinton conceded the election and asked Americans to unite behind President-Elect Donald J. Trump and the foolishness of the enterprise becomes transparent.
It’s bad enough that Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 come off so hypocritical in this recount foolishness. But the greater stupidity is that this endorsement of the Jill Stein scam helps Jill Stein and does not help Hillary Clinton nor Hillary2016 at all. How does this recount nonsense help Jill Stein politically? Look at what Jill Stein is up to. In Pennsylvania, Jill Stein is using the recount to get three voters to sign up for her in every election district to pursue the recount that will likely never happen. That’s a potentially powerful organization in Pennsylvania in 2020 even if not all of those that sign up support the Green Party in future elections. Why Hillary2016 enables this threat to the Obama Dim Party is a mystery that can only be answered by “stupidity”.
But wait, the stupidity of Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 is even greater than all that. To experience in full the stupidity of Hillary2016 look no further than the statement issued by Marc Elias, the Hillary Clinton attorney:
Listening and Responding To Calls for an Audit and Recount
Over the last few days, officials in the Clinton campaign have received hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton. [snip]
It should go without saying that we take these concerns extremely seriously. We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted. [snip]
First, since the day after the election we have had lawyers and data scientists and analysts combing over the results to spot anomalies that would suggest a hacked result. These have included analysts both from within the campaign and outside, with backgrounds in politics, technology and academia.
Second, we have had numerous meetings and calls with various outside experts to hear their concerns and to discuss and review their data and findings. As a part of this, we have also shared out data and findings with them. Most of those discussions have remained private, while at least one has unfortunately been the subject of leaks.
Third, we have attempted to systematically catalogue and investigate every theory that has been presented to us within our ability to do so.
Fourth, we have examined the laws and practices as they pertain to recounts, contests and audits.
Fifth, and most importantly, we have monitored and staffed the post-election canvasses — where voting machine tapes are compared to poll-books, provisional ballots are resolved, and all of the math is double checked from election night. [snip]
Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides. If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well. We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount. But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.
The campaign is grateful to all those who have expended time and effort to investigate various claims of abnormalities and irregularities. While that effort has not, in our view, resulted in evidence of manipulation of results, now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.
Absorb the full stupidity of that statement. In short it says “It was an honest election our investigations reveal, but we will follow the leader, Jill Stein, and participate in the recount, which is sure to change absolutely nothing, because so many of you are feeling bad.”
We’re all for recounts if the aim is to determine whether or not the will of the voters was determinative. In 2008 when Barack Obama challenged the Hillary Clinton victory in New Hampshire we applauded because we wanted to see Barack Obama humiliated yet again as we relived the glorious victory. If these Jill Stein/Hillary2016 recounts were about determining the will of the voters we would be in support of them. But these recounts are an attempt to delegitimatize the amazing victory by Donald J. Trump in this year’s elections.
Frankly we are enjoying these recount follies. For the next few weeks we can enjoy reruns of the Donald J. Trump victories and this time have sufficient opportunity to savor them. Some will say that we are selfish voluptuaries engaged in sensuous pleasures by reliving election night 2016. Guilty. We also enjoy the spectacle of Jill Stein as she takes money from those she previously robbed and they donate the funds willingly.
We should not be alone in this bliss. The Republican Party and it’s leader, President-Elect Donald J. Trump should cherish this moment too.
President-Elect Donald J. Trump and his GOP rightfully denounce the recount effort as an attempt to delegitimatize President Donald J. Trump. All the same, the GOP and Trump functionaries have to see that the rise of Jill Stein and the Green Party mostly helps the GOP and President Donald J. Trump. The GOP and President-Elect Donald J. Trump get to have their cake, eat it too, and have Hillary2016 pay for it. Marvelous!
There’s an unresolved senate election in Louisiana but the Obama Party is too busy with recounts to do anything to win the race. Even the dim see the light somewhat:
“It’s a waste of time and money. It is not going to change anything,” said Democratic strategist Joe Trippi, who served as campaign manager for former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign.
“I think it probably was the Stein people looking for a way to stay relevant, raise some money and take the stink off of them. Instead of everybody screaming, ‘You made Trump happen,’ she is counting the votes to change that whole narrative.”
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. King Trippi knows Hillary2016 is deaf, dumb, and blind. Hank Sheinkopf can see the future, “It will create further depression among the extreme Hillaryites.”
So who wins this battle on a strategic level? Obviously Trump. The attempts to delegitimatize President-Elect Donald J. Trump lead to the delegitimatizing of Trump’s opponents instead. Big Media tried to hurt President-Elect Donald J. Trump with this recount story but instead Big Media is forced to show the recount as a clown car of ridiculousness:
As Stein points out herself in a video posted on Sunday, initiating a statewide recount of Pennsylvania’s vote is “especially complicated.” [snip]
Stein’s lawsuit would have to present evidence that election fraud was probable in Pennsylvania. Democratic Secretary of State Pedro Cortes says there’s no evidence of voting irregularities during the Nov. 8 election
“Absolutely not,” Cortes told reporters. “There is no evidence whatsoever that points to any type of irregularity in any way, shape or form.”
While Stein is essentially alleging that errors, tampering or hacking had occurred to affect outcomes in the three states, even computer scientists who recommended a recount to rule out tampering have gone to great lengths to make it clear there is no proof of hacking or fraud in the election results. [snip]
So instead, Stein is promoting an “especially complicated” voter-initiated recount effort that involves three voters in every precinct or election district in Pennsylvania submitting a notarized affidavit to the clerk in their individual election districts. [snip]
According to the Department of State, there were 9,163 voting precincts in Pennsylvania during the 2016 election. So Stein would need over 27,000 voters to file notarized affidavits, but it’s unclear if that avenue is even still available.
According to Wanda Murren, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, the deadline under the law for a voter-initiated recount at the county level had been Monday, Nov. 21. [snip]
Complicating any recount effort is the fact that Pennsylvania is one of 15 states that use electronic voting machines that don’t have a paper-backed audit. [snip]
Even if Stein were able to overcome the odds and initiate a statewide recount, it’s doubtful Clinton would be able to overcome Trump’s 70,638 lead in Pennsylvania.
There is no way to overturn President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s lead in Pennsylvania. Even if there was, which there isn’t, the election would go to the House of Representatives wherein the Republican congress would vote Trump.
Pennsylvania is the toughest nut to crack and is a must crack. Pennsylvania alone provides Donald J. Trump with enough electoral votes to make him president. As Pennsylvania is solid Trump, there are problems in Wisconsin too:
The Wisconsin Elections Commission agreed Monday to begin a recount of the presidential election on Thursday but was sued by Green Party candidate Jill Stein after the agency declined to require county officials to recount the votes by hand.
It will be a race to finish the recount in time to meet a daunting federal deadline, and the lawsuit could delay the process. Under state law, the recount must begin this week as long as Stein or another candidate pays the $3.5 million estimated cost of the recount by Tuesday, election officials said. [snip]
Citing the results of a 2011 statewide recount that changed only 300 votes of 1.5 million, Elections Commission chairman Mark Thomsen, a Democrat, said this presidential recount is very unlikely to change Republican Donald Trump’s win in the state.
If these cases ever make it into court the testimony by Democrat officials that Trump won fair and square will carry great weight. The New Yorker is reduced to bitter tears of reality:
The Recount Road to Nowhere
A candidate needs two hundred and seventy Electoral College votes to win the Presidency. Trump has three hundred and six, and Clinton has two hundred and thirty-two. [snip]
A recount would have to reverse the results in all three states to get Clinton to two hundred and seventy. And, as fivethirtyeight.com noted, this has never happened in cases where the margins are as large as those in Wisconsin or Pennsylvania; even Michigan would be at the edge of past experience. (It is worth noting that Jill Stein won enough votes in Michigan and Wisconsin to account for Clinton’s losses there.) Stein’s Wisconsin application lists a number of reasons for a recount, most of which are paraphrases of a single thought: the Russians might, just might, have fixed the election—after all, they hacked John Podesta’s e-mail.
Into this futility came the Charge of the Dim Brigade. Hillary2016 is truly the dumbest campaign ever and in this post campaign period proves itself to be the dumbest post campaign campaign ever! As M. Joseph Sheppard notes, this level of stupidity can easily lead to long term GOP dominance.
First, President-Elect Donald J. Trump should secretly be happy with Jill Stein’s strategy to build up the Green Party and Naderize future elections against the Dims.
Second, the GOP should be ecstatic that Jill Stein will Naderize the Obama Dimocrat Party further into oblivion.
Third, this recount nonsense helps the GOP win the Louisiana Senate race and 53 GOP seats in the U.S. Senate while the Obama Dimocrats are busy chasing their tails and ratcheting up their level of stupidity.
Fourth, the GOP and soon to be President Donald J. Trump can only giggle with glee at the prospect of a Nancy Pelosi win to be the top House Dimocrat.
Fifth, President-Elect Donald J. Trump and the GOP should restrain their public giggles and laughter as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren drag the Dim Party of Obama further and further left, if that’s possible.
Sixth, President-Elect Donald J. Trump and the GOP should take tranquilizers to further restrain their public giggles and laughter at the prospect of the new DNC Chair – the black, Muslim, leftist loon, Keith Ellison who will no doubt drive away whatever white working class support the Dims have and flee to the GOP.
Seventh, President-Elect Donald J. Trump should continue to be the smart tactician and appoint the best persons to his cabinet and be ready to roll out the erasure of the Obama horror soon after January 20, 2017.
Lastly, we should all brace ourselves for more winning!
Wanna be snakebit by SnakeMitt? Candidate @RealDonaldTrump warned President-Elect Donald J. Trump about the danger of vicious vipers.
Donald J. Trump knows how to hire people. Trump hires the best. Trump knows how to hire for his company. Trump knew how to hire for his campaign. Remember “The Apprentice”? Remember “Celebrity Apprentice”? Donald J. Trump hires the best and his judgement should be trusted.
However… Does anyone want President-Elect Donald J. Trump to be Snakebit by SnakeMitt? Candidate Donald J. Trump warned President-Elect Donald J. Trump about snakes.
Here’s our latest video:
Mitt Romney says “You knew damn well I was a snake, before you took me in.”
For the first time in the 21st century, Americans (starting in January 20) will have a leader worthy of the people. After 16 years of horror America is not only back from the precipice of death but on to a wonderful, dare we say “great”, future. Rejoice, rejoice, there’s much for everyone to be thankful for this Thanksgiving 2016.
First of all, if you are reading this, you’re alive. Give thanks for the joys of life. Whatever “challenges” or difficulties you face, you’re alive. Be really thankful.
Because we mostly talk politics here, let’s talk politics and be thankful. For those that voted for President-Elect Donald J. Trump the joys of the season have an extra sprinkle of tidings of great joy. Think back to how the country would have gone down the drain under an Obama Third Term and all the disasters averted, and rejoice, rejoice, rejoice.
Of course, President-Elect Donald J. Trump has much to be thankful for throughout his blessed life and we are grateful he has taken on the burdens of office. President-Elect Donald J. Trump has much to be thankful for being himself.
For those that voted for Hillary Clinton you can be thankful for all the votes she received and that she now can enjoy her family in retirement. As the Clinton Global Initiative falters, because without political power the donations will dry up, lots of people will be able to find new avenues to explore and new jobs to find.
For Barack Obama and his cult you may find solace in knowing that now Barack Obama can golf and finesse his flim-flams and corruptions without having to pretend he cares for anyone other than himself. Moose and squirrel are free to enrich themselves, unless they are indicted.
Those that detest political corruption, have a great deal to rejoice about this wonderful Thanksgiving. Not only are the corrupt flung out into the streets to ply their whoring out of political office, some still in politics are facing justice. Remember the guy we wrote about several times by the name of Preet Bharara? Well, this Thanksgiving Preet Bharara lived up to what we wrote about him. Read what we wrote back in June, then enjoy this big meal cooked just in time for Thanksgiving:
The feds’ Albany corruption probe inched closer to Gov. Cuomo Thursday with the unsealing of charges against two of his most trusted former aides — who imitated “Sopranos” mobsters by using “ziti” as a code word for alleged cash payoffs tied to the governor’s pet upstate projects.
Longtime Cuomo family loyalist Joseph Percoco — whom the governor once called a “third son” to his late father, Mario — was accused of pocketing more than $315,000 in bribes by shaking down a Maryland-based energy company and a Syracuse development firm in pay-to-play schemes.
Disgraced lobbyist Todd Howe, who hired Percoco as an intern for then-Gov. Mario Cuomo, was also revealed to have secretly pleaded guilty Tuesday to a slew of graft and tax charges in a deal to cooperate with authorities.
Howe’s admitted crimes involve pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars from developers to rig bids on multimillion-dollar state contracts linked to the upstate Buffalo Billion economic-revitalization plan — at the same time he was working as a consultant to the taxpayer-funded program. [snip]
When asked if he was willing to give Cuomo, who was not charged, a “clean bill of health,” Bharara did no such thing.
“There is no allegation of wrongdoing or misconduct by the governor anywhere in this complaint. That’s all I’m going to say,” Bharara said.
Bharara — who already has won corruption convictions against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos since Cuomo disbanded the Moreland Commission on corruption at the state Capitol — also declined to say if investigators had interviewed the governor as part of the continuing probe.
“I will tell you, I really do hope there’s a trial in this case so all New Yorkers can see in gory detail what their state government has been up to,” Bharara said.
Cuomo’s name does crop up repeatedly in the complaint.
The FBI has multiple investigations on the books involving the Clinton Foundation, according to The Daily Caller.
The one in New York City, where the charity is based, is reportedly headed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, a prosecutor who made a name for himself in the midst of the the financial crisis by acting on fraud and public corruption cases.
That the United States Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York is chasing the case could spell trouble for the Clintons.
An official who spoke to The Daily Caller said an investigation by Bharara’s office ‘would be seen by agents as a positive development as prosecutors there are generally thought to be more aggressive than the career lawyers within the DOJ.’
The public can give thanks that the corrupt will soon be imprisoned. The corrupt can be thankful that they will live for years knowing they will have three good meals a day and free housing courtesy of the Department of Prisons. Give thanks you corrupt bastards. Give thanks. Everyone wins. Sometimes you get what you want and what you need.
Let it bleed. While investigators investigate, corruption is rooted out, we find President-Elect Donald J. Trump is busy uniting the country this Thanksgiving, being gracious, while still knowing the corruption will be removed:
What a joyous Thanksgiving. Lift a glass to the hardworking people who voted for Donald J. Trump!!! They truly are the salt of the earth who have saved the country.
Sometimes you really do get what you want. “Thanks.” Give Thanks.
Born into slavery as one of the youngest of thirteen children of James and Elizabeth in Ulster County, New York, in 1797, Sojourner Truth’s given name was Isabella Baumfree. As almost all of her brothers and sisters had been sold to other slave owners, some of her earliest memories were of her parents’ stories of the cruel loss of their other children. [snip]
In 1843, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth – her name for a traveling preacher, one who speaks the truth – and left New York. She traveled throughout New England, where she met and worked with abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, and Frederick Douglass. Her life story, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave, written with the help of friend Olive Gilbert, was published in 1850.
While traveling and speaking in states across the country, Sojourner Truth met many women abolitionists and noticed that although women could be part of the leadership in the abolitionist movement, they could neither vote nor hold public office. It was this realization that led Sojourner to become an outspoken supporter of women’s rights.
In 1851, she addressed the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, delivering her famous speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” The applause she received that day has been described as “deafening.” From that time on, she became known as a leading advocate for the rights of women. She became one of the nineteenth century’s most eloquent voices for the cause of anti-slavery and women’s rights.
February 1, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the President of Gays & Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies met with each other on Friday, along with other heads of affinity groups from the State Department, during which time Clinton again voiced her pledge to review the inequities in how the State Department treats its gay and straight employees.
Michelle Schohn, president of Gays & Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, raised the issue of how the department treats its gay employees during the brief meeting, and Clinton again promised to review current policies. Schohn stated: “It was an overwhelmingly positive meeting. There wasn’t a lot of time to talk with her because she was meeting with all the affinity groups, so we each got a tiny chunk of time to be able to say something to her.”
January 29, 2009
NOLimits.org - Because we want to stay connected with the wonderful people we met and worked with all over the country in the last two years.
Because we want to share our ideas and experiences, our common goals, and nonpartisan solutions to the challenges that we face - and there are no limits to what we can achieve when we do.
And because we want to keep working for a better future for every child, from every family – a world in which no limits is not just our goal, but a reality!
NoLimits.org will "keep you up to date with news about issues on which Hillary took a lead and we know you care so much about," group President Ann Lewis said in an e-mail to as many as 2 million people culled from the Clinton campaign database.
Because No Limits is a registered nonprofit, "it cannot do anything political. It has to be nonpartisan," said Lewis, a longtime senior adviser to Clinton.
In Clinton's job as secretary of state for President Obama, her political dealings are highly restricted.
For example, she shut down her political action committee.
Some, like Democratic consultant and former Bill Clinton aide Chris Lehane, dismiss talk that the group could be a springboard for Clinton to try again for the White House in, say, 2016.
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," Lehane said. "I think this is just [a] group of folks who developed relationships in an intense [electoral] environment and want to stay together."
But the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato countered: "Whenever a group like this says it's not a political organization, you just know it is."
"Maybe [this] is Hillary's answer to Obama's new 'change' group that controls his golden mailing list. Maybe it's a way for Secretary of State Clinton to mobilize backing for her objectives at the State Department," he said. "And maybe [it's] a standby committee of supporters in case Hillary decides to get back into elective politics."
Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf said NoLimits.org is "one way to make sure that she - and/or the former President - still have political leverage."
Hillary World-Wide January 26, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton Meets Afghan Women Lawyers. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton met today at the State Department with fourteen prominent Afghan women judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. These jurists were in Washington to participate in a training program arranged by the Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. Secretary Clinton told them: "Your American friends greatly admire your bravery and courage. It is your work in the tough environment of Afghanistan for women lawyers that will bring real reform and the rule of law to the Afghan people. As President Obama made clear yesterday in his first foreign policy announcement, we are committed to supporting your efforts to bring security and stability to your country."