President Donald J. Trump is demonstrating to friends and foes alike that he will keep his word. Those who hate President Trump such as certain leaders in the Middle East should both fear and rejoice in the fact that President Trump keeps his word. Fear President Trump because he says and does what he means. Rejoice in President Trump because he keeps his word and therefore is someone you can make a deal with and be sure he will keep his word.
Liars like Diane Feinstein today attack President Trump for keeping his word. But as the Washington Free Beacon notes, it was Senator Feinstein that negotiated years ago to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Feinstein lobbied and voted for the legislation which passed the congress in an overwhelming vote. Feinstein and Obama Dimocrats lied about moving the embassy for decades. President Trump keeps his word.
President Trump understands that change is required from failed policies of the past. President Trump keeps his word.
There are massive Trump earthquakes, Trumpquakes. There are TrumpNados. There is the Trump vortex. There are Trump storms. All these political weather phenomena were easy to predict, as we did, and future ones even easier to forecast as we exit the first ten months of the Trump presidency.
Think about it. It’s not been an entire year yet. It’s only a little over ten months ago that President Trump was inaugurated. Yet every day, in between Trumpquakes, TrumpNados, and vortex, there are the Trump storms. All can be better understood by reading a new insider account about the Donald J. Trump campaign written by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. We’ll discuss the book below and the implications of what can be learned by reading it. First some TrumpStorms.
The Trump storms? We define these as less than quakes and nados but still significant events. In other words, for every Hurricane Irma there are snow storms or rain storms that can flood cities or bring avalanches of either mud or snow. President Trump is constantly churning storms. Some Trump storms are missed because of the little attention paid to them by Big Media or quickly cast aside due to the massive Trumpquakes or TrumpNados that gather all the attention.
TrumpStorms? Consider, President Trump today overturned Obama’s collusion with the United Nations as President Trump pulled the United States out of a global migration and refugee pact that was to lead to a bigger and uglier “Global Compact for Migration“. This will be little noticed but obviously will have a great many implications for “America First”.
TrumpStorms? Consider, this morning President Trump traveled to Utah to overturn Obama’s massive overreach in declaring millions of acres (3.6 million acres, larger than Connecticut) as “national monuments”. Citizens of Utah hated Obama’s grab so President Trump will reduce the size of the “monuments” (as 18 previous Presidents have reduced such sites) to a more rational size. President Trump told Utah Senator Hatch, “I’m approving the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase recommendation for you, Orrin.” Trump is so nice, isn’t he?
But hold on there pardner. If you think that President Trump travels across the country to just shrink some national monuments you have another thing to think about. President Trump in this trip also seeks to shrink that varmint Mitt Romney.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney wants to replace Senator Hatch as the carpetbagger who returns to carpetbag Utah so Romney wants Hatch to retire. President Trump is squashing Romney the varmint. Senator Hatch will accompany President Trump in the round trip flight. President Trump will sweet talk Senator Hatch into staying. Sidewinder Romney knows this Utah trip is designed to roll over him so varmint Romney says he is too busy elsewhere to attend the rally with President Trump and Senator Hatch. Trump is so smart, isn’t he?
TrumpStorms? Before President Trump left for Utah, he slapped the F.B.I. and Special Persecutor Mueller by implication. This TrumpStorm has sired other TrumpStorms. First there was the revelation that the F.B.I. agent in the Hillary Clinton email investigation hates Trump. We now know this because Agent Peter Strzok was having an affair with an F.B.I. lawyer and the I.G. at the D.O.J. got wind of the relationship and the whole story blew up so fast and furious that Mueller had to get rid of Strzok in order to try to hide the damage to the F.B.I. and the Mueller persecution. These revelations perhaps explain why the DOJ and the FBI did not respond to letters from the House and Senate investigation committees sent months ago which touched on this Strzok creep.
President Trump left for Utah but he first slapped at the F.B.I. which is in “tatters” because of all the Comey corruption. It didn’t take long for Comey and Eric Holder, who was the AG held to be in contempt of congress, to attack President Trump for his attack against the swamp monsters at the F.B.I. and D.O.J. It’s a laughable spectacle. The Mueller investigation has been trumped and in need of investigation.
Byron York surmises that the entirety of the Mueller persecution is reduced like burned soup to the unconstitutional Logan Act and that the Logan Act was the pretext used by Obama henchmen to try to undermine President Trump. At USAToday James Robbins thinks it is all about Obama’s plans to destroy Israel and how President-Elect Donald J. Trump wisely blocked Obama. Classic Liberal Alan Dershowitz agrees it is about Israel and mocks the notion from that idiot Feinstein that President Trump is in any way involved in “obstruction of justice”.
McCarthy does say one thing we consider dumb. Just plain dumb. But that is because McCarthy is a lawyer. We hear this argument repeated repeatedly, mainly by lawyers and people who have never been involved inside a political campaign. The argument is that President Trump does himself harm with his tweeting and commenting on this legal case. We entirely disagree.
Why is President Trump smart and the smart Andrew McCarthy dumb (along with all the others who say the same thing)? Because from our personal experience when it comes to governmental scandals we can say one thing beyond doubt: THE POLITICAL TRUMPS THE LEGAL.
Any politician under investigation or involved in a scandal should worry first and foremost about the political base. As long as your political base remains on your side it does not matter what happens in the legal realm. Bill Clinton was impeached and had all sorts of legal troubles but his political base remained firm and the impeachment failed and Bill Clinton left office with super high approval ratings. Remember Senator Vitter? He had sex with prostitutes and diapers were involved and his wife had attacked Hillary Clinton for staying with Bill and Vitter’s wife said she would get rid of her husband if he ever engaged in sexual hijinks. When it was discovered diaper boy Vitter paid prostitutes the wife still stayed with him and Vitter fought on to election victory. Remember Judge Roy Moore who was left for dead a short while ago? President Trump endorsed Moore today and Moore is likely headed to the senate. The political always trumps the legal. Keep your base and you keep your job.
Which brings us to the book about the campaign to make Donald J. Trump President Donald J. Trump.
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The new book on the Trump presidential campaign “Let Trump Be Trump” is written by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. Big Media will excerpt all the bits they presume to be ugly and ignore all the lessons of what a brilliant campaign Donald J. Trump waged.
Big Media’s Washington Post breathlessly reports that the billionaire candidate loves McDonald’s. Bill Clinton loved McDonald’s too. But we are supposed to be shocked that the everyday billionaire devours “two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted” for dinner on his big fabulous plane Trump Force One.
The Washington Post is likewise shocked that the music of Elton John blares loudly on the plane so that staffers “can’t hear themselves think.” Great shock erupts from the Post as it is discovered that time miser Trump likes his clothes steamed while he is still wearing them. The Post calls these “surreal examples” instead of the routine time management and typical crazy of a campaign.
The Washington Post is apoplectic by what we find most wonderful. It seems that Trump screams a lot. “Trump screams at his top aides, who are subjected to expletive-filled tirades in which they get their “face ripped off.’”
It somehow does not register with the Post that Trump won the election. Trump won because he and only he was in charge of his campaign. Compare and contrast that method of operation to the losing campaign and figure out “what happened” and why Trump deserved to win and why Hillary deserved to lose.
Trump won because he did not make decisions by committee. Trump led. Trump decided. Trump managed. Trump did it all. All the aides that worked for Donald J. Trump knew without any doubt who was in charge:
“Sooner or later, everybody who works for Donald Trump will see a side of him that makes you wonder why you took a job with him in the first place,” the authors wrote. “His wrath is never intended as any personal offense, but sometimes it can be hard not to take it that way. The mode that he switches into when things aren’t going his way can feel like an all-out assault; it’d break most hardened men and women into little pieces.”
The authors “both had moments where they wanted to parachute off Trump Force One,” but they said they got used to it. [snip]
In a section of the book written by Lewandowski, Trump is described as flying on his helicopter when he learns that Manafort has said “Trump shouldn’t be on television anymore, that he shouldn’t be on the Sunday shows” and that Manafort should appear instead. Trump was angrier than Lewandowski had ever seen him, ordering the pilot to lower the altitude so he could make a cellphone call.
“Did you say I shouldn’t be on TV on Sunday? I’ll go on TV anytime I g–dam f—ing want and you won’t say another f—ing word about me!” Trump yelled at Manafort, according to Lewandowski. “Tone it down? I wanna turn it up! . . . You’re a political pro? Let me tell you something. I’m a pro at life. I’ve been around a time or two. I know guys like you, with your hair and skin . . .”
Lewandowski called it “one of the greatest takedowns in the history of the world.”
“Tone it down? I wanna turn it up! . . . You work for Trump, chumps. It’s not the other way around like with other candidates. Trump is in charge. Trump prevailed because of this attitude to get the job done. If you are sick, what matters is the mission, so if you have to, get off the plane. If you are not ready to rock when Trump climbs on board the plane then you get left behind because what matters is the mission. The mission was to get elected. Trump told The Swamp he could not and would not be stopped:
The authors wrote that as panic ensued among some Republicans, the party’s national chairman, Reince Priebus, decided not to show up at a New York City meeting. Bannon called Priebus, asking, “Where the hell are you?”
“I got off the train in Newark,” Priebus responded, according to the book. “I’m going to turn around.” The book notes that Priebus has said he always intended to come to the meeting.
As Bannon tried to convince him that everything was all right, Priebus said that Republicans were abandoning the candidate. “It’s horrible . . . people are dropping like flies,” Priebus said, according to the book. Once he arrived at the meeting, Priebus said that Trump would either “lose the biggest electoral landslide in American history” or should drop out of the race.
“First of all,” Trump responded, according to the book, “I’m going to win. And second, if the Republican Party is going to run away from me, then I will take you all down with me. But I’m not going to lose.”
Trump was not going to lose. Why? Because TRUMP was not going to lose. It wasn’t the aides, it wasn’t the organization, it wasn’t the money, it wasn’t the plane. It was Trump. Trump was not going to lose.
Yeah, we’re kinda pissed off with President Trump.
Today President Trump continued the charade tradition of past presidents and he “pardoned” two turkeys. It’s a tired charade and frankly unworthy of a president.
We wanted President Trump to come out and declare “I am not pardoning these two turkeys by the name of Wishbone and Drumstick. Instead I order them to be served as dinner on Thanksgiving Day. I just can’t wait to sink my jaws on Drumstick and make a wish for tax reform legislation to pass using Wishbone’s very bones to help make my wish come true.”
Both Drumstick and his friend Wishbone will live out their years at Virginia Tech’s “Gobbler’s Rest” enclosure, where last year’s pardoned turkeys — Tater and Tot — currently reside after then-President Barack Obama kept them off the carving board.
Trump noted that he’s been “very active in overturning” executive actions taken by his predecessor — but not this time.
“I have been informed by the White House counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked,” Trump joked. “So, Tater and Tot, you can rest easy.”
Hey, you can’t always get what you want, but we got what we needed. What we needed was a reminder, not much of a reminder because we do remember every single day, to give thanks, for the election of Donald J. Trump.
Yes, there is a lot to be thankful for this first year of the great Trump election. We wrote a big article on the Judge Roy Moore race for publication today but instead we will postpone that one in order that we may all give thanks for the little and big things that happened to us since the last Thanksgiving Day when we praised the Lord we had survived the horrors of the Barack Obama years.
Since Thanksgiving Day 2016 we have witnessed the fall of huge chunks of the vile leftists who hid behind their claims of creative class rights to assault women. But that is best left to our article on Judge Roy Moore. Suffice for now to quote Matt Drudge’s headline “Charlie Rose, Charlie Fell”. Chortle, giggle, giggle.
Okay, we can’t exactly wait until our Judge Roy Moore article to ask a question about Barack Obama and Nancy Pelousy and all the Democrats who ran congress for many years: Where were they and why did they allow the attackers of women like John Conyers to pay settlements with taxpayer dollars to women they assaulted/harassed? Let’s have investigations, special prosecutors, to ask why Nancy Pelousy, Harry Reid, and Obama Dimocrats did nothing to stop the sexual assaults when they were in charge. Oh Happy Day to ask such and many more questions on this year’s Thanksgiving!
There is so much to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving. Thank you to the Almighty who raised up this imperfect vessel called Donald J. Trump to be our Gideon. Thank you Hollywood leftists for all the entertainments of scandals and depravities which we will all soon know about as you expose yourselves to be the loathsome reptiles you are to all the world.
We understand why Hillary Clinton is deranged and unhinged. Hillary Clinton in 2016 ran, as we repeatedly declared before, during, and after the 2016 election cycle, the stupidest campaign we have ever seen. Our “thought crime” amongst many of our pro-Hillary readers during the 2016 campaign who became unhappy and upset with us for writing the truth was that we saw the stupidity of Hillary2016 and wrote it down for posterity before others had the intelligence and courage to write what was obvious. Hillary Clinton ran the stupidest campaign in 2016 and we are not alone in that assessment. Hillary Clinton’s strongest advocates in the past, such as Stanley Greenberg, have pretty much written the same assessment; the only difference is that we wrote our assessment when it mattered, when Hillary could have changed her crackpot trajectory.
Hillary Clinton’s book “What Happened” is a manifestation of a deranged, unhinged, mind in the throes of madness. It’s not a grand madness such as that suffered by Medea. It is not a comic lunacy exhibited by Mean Girls. It is not even a redeeming madness such as seen in “A Woman Under The Influence“. Hillary Clinton’s madness is tawdry and cheap. It is a maudlin public pity play which deserves nothing but virulent contempt.
Hillary Clinton’s book should not have been called “What Happened”. Hillary’s book shoulda been called, recalling Hillary during the Whitewater scandal, “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, How I Failed To Run A Smart Campaign And Instead Ran The Stupidest Campaign Ever.”
Hillary’s book coulda been called “The Queen of Denial – How I Failed To See 2016 Would Be A Change Election So I Ran A Status Quo Election Campaign Then Instead Of Admitting MY Failures I Persisted In My Refusal To Acknowledge Them.”
Hillary Clinton’s book woulda been more honest if Hillary Clinton called it “Election For Dummies: How To Run The Stupidest Campaign Ever By Hiring Your Enemies And Insulting Your Voters Who Want Change Not More Of The Same.”
It’s madness upon madness from Hillary Clinton. In her hysterical madhouse tour to sell books and justify her madness Hillary Clinton has made putrid statements attacking President Donald J. Trump. Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton we have a long memory.
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We remember the Hillary Clinton we supported. Barack Obama and the totalitarian left attacked Hillary Clinton in 2008 when she declared that if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons she would “obliterate Iran”. We applauded.
Hillary Clinton made the same clear case against Iran, and declared that she wanted Iran to understand the consequences of their actions, as President Donald J. Trump made against North Korea. Yet now, the wretched Hillary Clinton attacks President Donald J. Trump for the same logical stance.
“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran (if it attacks Israel),” Clinton said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them,” she said.
“That’s a terrible thing to say but those people who run Iran need to understand that because that perhaps will deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish and tragic,” Clinton said.
Hillary Clinton slammed President Trump’s speech at the United Nations, calling it “dangerous.”
“I thought it was very dark, dangerous, not the kind of message that the leader of the greatest country in the world should be delivering,” Mrs. Clinton said Tuesday night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” [snip]
“What I hoped the president would have said is something along the lines of ‘we view this as dangerous to our allies, to the region and even to our country. We call on all nations to work with us to try to end the threat caused to us by Kim Jong-un,’” Mrs. Clinton said, referring to North Korea’s leader.
President Trump at the United Nations declared his preference for diplomacy even as he listed the many crimes committed by North Korea against its people and its neighbors, including the kidnap victims snatched by North Korea. Then President Trump made a clear statement to North Korea: The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. That’s much more diplomatic language than “obliterate”.
Hillary Clinton’s attacks against President Trump are the work of a deranged, unhinged, mind. Either that or she is a liar who has forgotten her own “obliterate” form of diplomacy. Perhaps these unhinged statements, or lies, are why more Hillary voters regret their 2016 vote than Trump voters.
In 1994 Hillary Clinton held a long press conference to address the Whitewater scandal. It was that lovely pink Chanel suit that inspired the color scheme for this website. It was a lovely Hillary Clinton that declared criticisms of her failure to answer Whitewater questions earlier as “coulda, woulda, shoulda” wastes of time. What Happened happened, argued Hillary Clinton and there was no point in revisiting the past.
But now, Hillary Clinton in her latest book, is in full couldawouldashoulda nonsense. Let’s play couldawouldashoulda to demonstrate to Hillary Clinton and her cohort of the mad why couldawouldashoulda is so utterly stupid.
Goose meet gander. Are Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton voters justified in the “if only” couldawouldashoulda game? Play couldawouldashoulda from the Donald J. Trump point of view. If the Access Hollywood tape had not aired so near the election Donald J. Trump coulda won bigger. If the GOP establishment had rallied to Donald J. Trump and supported Donald J. Trump he shoulda won bigger. If Donald J. Trump raised more money from the super rich and outspent Hillary, not Hillary outspending Trump, he woulda won bigger. If Big Media was not so invested in attacking Donald J. Trump he couldashouldawoulda won bigger. If Bernie Sanders had not given Hillary Clinton a pass on her email scandal during the primaries then Donald J. Trump couldashouldawoulda won bigger as the email scandal woulda resonated even more. If the Russians buying ads on Facebook to support Black Lives Matter and Hillary had been exposed during the election Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If more illegal aliens had killed more Americans like Kate Steinle and Big Media did not try to cover up the news then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If Ohio governor John Kasich had lived up to his pledge to support the GOP nominee and attended the GOP convention to laud Donald J. Trump then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush had not attacked Donald J. Trump and used their power and influence to support Donald J. Trump instead of attacking Donald J. Trump especially at and around the GOP convention then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If GOP elected officials like Kelly Ayotte had supported Donald J. Trump instead of opposing him and asking him to drop out of the race Kelly Ayotte would still be a senator and Donald J. Trump would have won New Hampshire and couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If Big Media had exposed all the lies and corruptions of Barack Obama’s Iran deal then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If all the lies of Barack Obama had been discussed and highlighted by Big Media then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If, to carry on with the Hillary Clinton madness, it had rained and flooded out New York City on election day then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If California had been burned down to the ground with wildfires in the big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger.
Trump out-campaigned Clinton by 30 percent in Florida, winning by 1.3 points a state that had gone Democratic in 2008 and 2012.
In Pennsylvania, Trump made 23 percent more visits and won the previously blue state by 1.2 points.
The biggest disparity came in Ohio, where Clinton made 17 stops and Trump made 26. He won the state by more than 8 points. In North Carolina, Clinton made 16 stops as Trump made 23, and he took the state by a little under 4 points.
And in what may prove to be this cycle’s most stunning 11th hour upset, Michigan hosted Trump 13 times in the last 100 days. Clinton visited just six times in comparison…
If Hillary Clinton had a brain left she would read our analysis before the 2016 election. Years before Hillary Clinton registered Hillary2016 we discussed why Hillary Clinton was running a stupid pre-official campaign. After Hillary2016 was announced our analysis continued and we pointed out all the failures and future failures to come.
What Happened in 2016? We laid it all out years before the 2016 election began. In September of 2013 we called Hillary Clinton 2016 a “Muddled Message Mess”. Hillary Clinton was a Muddled Message Mess in 2013 because she could not choose whether she wanted to run as a “stay the course” candidate in 2016 or as a “change” candidate. In “Muddled Message Mess” we declared that 2016 would be a “change” election. Stupidly, irredeemably stupidly, Hillary Clinton first tried to have it both ways then Hillary eventually slit her electoral wrists when she became the Obama Third Term.
It wasn’t just a Muddled Message Mess. The entirety of Hillary2016 was a mess. Robby Mook did not have the stature nor the smarts to be the campaign manager. With a name like Mook it is almost like advertising his ineptness.
Robby Mook failed because Hillary Clinton failed. In 2008 Barack Obama won because Big Media race-baited Hillary Clinton during the primaries and then John McCain was race-baited during the general election. In other words, Barack Obama won in 2008 because he understood that after eight years of George W. Bush it was “time for a change” and ever the flim flam con man Barack Obama took full advantage for self-advancement to fool the idiots who supported him.
Instead of the correct analysis, that race-baiting by Big Media on behalf of Barack Obama in 2008 is what got him the nomination and eventually victory in the general election, Hillary Clinton and Robby the Mook convinced themselves than nonsense such as metrics and analysis is what won the victory.
We wrote our many analyses of the stupidity of the Hillary Clinton campaign starting years ago and culminating on election night. This week in the leftist American Prospect a longtime friend of the Clintons let loose with his analysis of the 2016 election and Hillary Clinton’s failures. Notice how the analysis and language of Stanley Greenberg mimics the language and analysis from what we wrote years ago:
How She Lost
Malpractice cost Clinton the election, but her ambivalence on big issues was produced by big structural factors that affect all Democrats.
By Stanley Greenberg
Hillary Clinton’s tragic 2016 campaign faced withering criticism in the press, social media, and now, in Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s inside account, Shattered. From my vantage point as lead pollster for the Democratic nominees in 1992 and 2000, part of the closing clutch of pollsters in 2004, and invited noodge in 2016, I have little quarrel with the harshest of these criticisms. Malpractice and arrogance contributed mightily to the election of Donald Trump and its profound threat to our democracy. So did the handling of the email server, paid Wall Street speeches, and the “deplorables” comment. And her unwillingness to challenge the excesses of big money and corporate influence left her exposed to attacks first by Bernie Sanders and then by Donald Trump and unable to offer credible promise of change. [snip]
For me, the most glaring examples include the Clinton campaign’s over-dependence on technical analytics; its failure to run campaigns to win the battleground states; the decision to focus on the rainbow base and identity politics at the expense of the working class; and the failure to address the candidate’s growing “trust problem” or to learn from events and reposition. [snip]
The campaign relied far too heavily on something that campaign technicians call “data analytics.” This refers to the use of models built from a database of the country’s 200 million voters, including turnout history and demographic and consumer information, updated daily by an automated poll asking for vote preference to project the election result. But when campaign developments overtake the model’s assumptions, you get surprised by the voters—and this happened repeatedly.
Campaign manager Robby Mook and his team believed that identity politics, demographic trends, and Trump’s temperament would be enough to win, so they could avoid confronting the “trust problem.”
Astonishingly, the 2016 Clinton campaign conducted no state polls in the final three weeks of the general election and relied primarily on data analytics to project turnout and the state vote. They paid little attention to qualitative focus groups or feedback from the field, and their brief daily poll didn’t measure which candidate was defining the election or getting people engaged.
The models from the data analytics team led by Elan Kriegel got the Iowa and Michigan primaries badly wrong, with huge consequences for the race. Why were they not then fired? [snip]
Campaign chair John Podesta wanted to fire Mook, but Clinton stood by him. She rightly admired previous campaigns in which big data and technology were big winners, yet in 2008 it was the candidate and his appeal more than the technical wizardry that pushed Obama over the top. [snip]
For Clinton, however, giving up the analytics team was like giving up consultant Dick Morris at earlier tough moments—a man who was thought to bring unconventional powers to play. That Mook didn’t share his results with others in the campaign reinforced his mystique as a data wizard. But that lack of transparency was malpractice. Standard practice is immediately sharing national, battleground, and state polls, as well as automated canvassing and other metrics with the senior campaign team at the very least, usually with the war room, and sometimes the whole headquarters. That is how a nimble campaign operates.
The malpractice grows exponentially with their failure to focus like a laser on winning each target primary or battleground state. Rather than shifting resources and media buys across states based on the analytics’ projection of cost per delegate or voter, they needed to focus on how to win each must-win, winner-take-all state. That meant more distinct state strategies, focus groups, and state tracking polls right to the end.
The campaign’s approach senselessly and increasingly drove up Trump’s margin in white working-class communities, tipping Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The analytics model built around these assumptions was so simple-minded it portended disaster. Despite overwhelming evidence that the Democratic base wasn’t consolidated or excited, the campaign believed Trump’s tasteless attacks and Clinton’s identification with every group in the rainbow coalition would produce near universal support. Thus, they stopped trying to persuade voters and measured only the probability of support for Hillary. The campaign’s task was turning out those Clinton voters, and they fell frustratingly short.
Hillary Clinton ran a stupid campaign. In 2008 Hillary Clinton was not able to understand that what matters is getting delegates during a primary. Barack Obama’s campaign only cared about delegates. Vote totals did not matter. Hillary Clinton would win huge victories at the polls then get few delegates from those victories. Barack Obama would barely win or lose but would gain lots of delegates. In caucus states Barack Obama worked with the establishment to get delegates while the Hillary Clinton campaign mostly ignored the corrupt caucus states. The results of this 2008 stupidity meant that Barack Obama got more votes from playing insider games (recall Florida and Michigan).
In 2016 Hillary Clinton learned nothing. Against Donald J. Trump Hillary Clinton ignored white working class voters who lived in swing states. Hillary Clinton did not learn from 2008 that in a general election what matters are electoral votes not huge margins in numbskull states like New York, California, and Illinois. Hillary Clinton did not learn a thing from 2008. Hillary Clinton has not learned a thing from 2016. It wasn’t couldawouldashoulda reasons she concocts. Hillary Clinton lost because she did not have a clue about what she needed to win.
Clinton and the campaign acted as if “demographics is destiny” and a “rainbow coalition” was bound to govern. Yes, there is a growing “Rising American Electorate,” but as Page Gardner and I wrote at the outset of this election, you must give people a compelling reason to vote. I have demonstrated for my entire career that a candidate must target white working-class voters, too.
Not surprisingly, Clinton took her biggest hit in Michigan, where she failed to campaign in Macomb County, the archetypal white working-class county. That was the opposite of her husband’s approach. Bill Clinton visibly campaigned in Macomb, the black community in Detroit, and elsewhere.
The fatal conclusion the Clinton team made after the Michigan primary debacle was that she could not win white working-class voters, and that the “rising electorate” would make up the difference. She finished her campaign with rallies in inner cities and university towns. Macomb got the message. “When you leave the two-thirds of Americans without college degrees out of your vision of the good life, they notice,” Joan Williams writes sharply in White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America.
Additionally, Sanders campaigned against bad trade deals like NAFTA and the TPP to show he’d battle for working people. NAFTA was the work of Bill Clinton and the TPP was a signature initiative of Obama. Hillary Clinton needed some distance. My wife, Representative Rosa DeLauro, headed up the anti-TPP forces in Congress, but despite her incessant lobbying of Podesta, Clinton offered only a muddled opposition.
Stanley Greenberg’s article deserves a full read. Of course, what we wrote years ago is a much more important read for anyone trying to understand what happened in 2016.
Greenberg writes about the “Trust Problem” and why it grew as the campaign progressed “progressively”. But Greenberg misses the point we never have that Hillary Clinton’s biggest “trust problem” was that no matter what policy proposals she made no one believed her because they did not think she could get the job done. Trump supporters believed Trump would and could get the promises he made done. It was the old Bill Clinton motto come to life “better to be strong and wrong than weak and right”. Even if you believed Hillary Clinton and believed in her policy proposals you did not think Hillary could or would get the job done. That was the real “Trust Problem”.
Greenberg does not get the full reason why Hillary Clinton lost as well as we do. But he has some gems:
Shattered suggests that Obama advisers inside and outside the campaign, including David Axelrod and David Plouffe, believed Hillary Clinton herself was the principal obstacle and doubted the campaign could course-correct. Mook and team believed that identity politics, demographic trends, and Trump’s temperament would be enough to win, so they could avoid confronting the “trust problem.”
Greenberg has his own couldawouldashoulda:
What might have happened if Clinton had attended a focus group herself, as Nelson Mandela did in 1993 when our research showed that his African National Congress was seen as “out of touch” and taking too long to bring change? What might have happened if she had watched people expressing their exasperation and desperation with the economy and politicians—and talking about her ties to Wall Street, her perceived lack of truthfulness, or their knowing nothing of her economic ideas? But the Clinton campaign never facilitated that kind of redirection.
Hillary Clinton was so deluded that she became the Obama Third Term in a change election year:
Hillary Clinton fully identified with President Obama’s vision on identity, opportunity, honest government, inequality, the economy, and America’s upward direction, viewing his campaign and governance as successful. She stocked her campaign with his consultants and those who had worked in his White House.
Barack Obama and his Third Term, Hillary Clinton were and are still deluded under their blanket of leftist delusion:
Obama and Clinton lived in a cosmopolitan and professional America that wasn’t very angry about the state of the country, even if many of the groups in the Clinton coalition were struggling and angry. Clinton decided only reluctantly to qualify that narrative in favor of one more sensitive to those who were left behind.
Obama’s refrain was severely out of touch with what was happening to most Americans and the working class more broadly. [snip]
Incomes sagged after the financial crisis, pensions lost value, and many lost their housing wealth, while people faced dramatically rising costs for things that mattered—health care, education, housing, and child care. People faced vanishing geographic, economic, and social mobility, as Edward Luce writes so forcefully. At the same time, billionaires spent massively to influence politicians and parked their money in the big cities whose dynamism drew in the best talent from the smaller towns and rural areas.
Clinton’s default position was Obama’s refrain about America, but she did invite real discussion of these issues and got close to embracing a change posture during some economic speeches and her convention address, and in the debates. But when the campaign got rocked, she reverted to the Obama narrative.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton wanted the Obama Third Term. America however wanted CHANGE. Not false hope and chump change. America in 2016 wanted real CHANGE from a change candidate. Greenberg cites Hillary Clinton’s repeated failures to understand America in 2016 and his personal interactions with Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 for course corrections which did not happen (Early on, I chided the campaign privately for starting every economic talk with dutiful praise for Obama’s handling of the economy, and later told them not to keep saying, “America is already great.” The new American majority, I wrote, “is looking for a president who will address the building problems”—and “not a third term of Obama.”
Hillary Clinton wanted to be the Third Obama Term come Hell or high water. Donald J. Trump promised a change he could deliver. Hillary Clinton offered policy that failed and would fail again. Hillary Clinton deserved to lose and she lost.
Read this anecdote via Stanley Greenberg and see why Hillary lost:
Right before the Connecticut primary, I watched Clinton and my wife, Representative DeLauro, host a café discussion with working women. Beforehand, she greeted me warmly, and afterward Rosa and I hung back in the holding area to let Clinton and me speak alone and frankly. She was really moved and disturbed by what she had heard on the campaign trail, recounting the similar stories from women in suburban Philadelphia, Tampa, and Brooklyn. “They’re in such pain. People are at their wits’ end. They feel hopeless.”
I said, yes, that is exactly what’s happening in the country, which she acknowledged, but then said, “How do I talk about their pain without sounding like I’m criticizing President Obama and his economy? I just can’t do that.”
If you think we are tough on Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016, Stanley Greenberg calls Hillary2016 “completely schizophrenic” (“I just can’t understand why you feel the need to run on progress. You are the past and Trump is change and a better life. You sound clueless in blue collar America.”) Hillary2016 and Hillary Clinton were a muddled message mess.
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The madness of Hillary Clinton is cheap and tawdry. Unlike the great madness of Medea in the play by Euripides, Hillary Clinton’s excuses for her election loss are like piss compared to fine wine.
Medea, the princess who helped Jason steal the Golden Fleece from her father the king, went not so much mad, as vengeful. Medea fled her native land with Jason out of love; Medea loved Jason so much she chopped her brother into pieces, threw the butchered meat of her sibling into the sea so that her father who gave chase in ships would be delayed as he religiously stopped to pick up the pieces of his dismembered son. When Jason of Corinth leaves Medea in order to marry the Greek princess of Corinth, Medea kills the princess as well as the two children she has borne Jason. It is Jason who is driven into madness by the vengeful and righteous Medea. No tears or couldawoldashoulda from the powerful Medea.
No Medea here. Hillary Clinton is deranged and unhinged in a most tawdry manner. Like a homeless hag muttering to herself, ordinarily we would ignore her. But madness is contagious. Hillary Clinton is deranged and unhinged because she never saw what was right in front of her.
Up to the very last hours of election night 2016, Hillary Clinton and Hillary voters were absolutely sure that Hillary Clinton was set for a win. It was delusion.
We knew Hillary Clinton was going to lose. On the Friday before the Tuesday election we published our election prediction and a map of which states Hillary would lose and which states Donald Trump would win. We had doubts about New Hampshire and Colorado. We forecast a Trump win with 281 electoral votes. We only left three states as “too close to call”. Those states? Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. We thought Trump would win at least two of those states which would make for a larger margin of victory.
On election night, as the New York Times projected a 98% chance of a Hillary win, we provided stellar election coverage (our comments section is an historical record of the play-by-play as the election hurtled towards a Trump victory worthy of Greek drama from the ancient world.) Other websites on the left called a early victory for Hillary. We said, “Trump Will Win.”
The goons of the left knew deep in their bones that Hillary would win. The New York Times, Nate Silver’s silly 538 site, Huff n’ Puff Post loons, DailyKooks, all declared a quick and easy victory for Hillary Clinton even as the night disappeared with only three hours left. Those last three hours however made our analysis that much smarter.
Hillary Clinton never saw it coming. The train. The Trump train. The Trump train that was about to mow her down. And that is why Hillary Clinton is deranged and unhinged.
Hillary Clinton and her voters acted out the latest American Horror Story: Cult. They were sure of victory. No way a man that had never run for political office or been an Eisenhower who won the war in Europe, no way could he win. No way. No way. No way. Then he won.
The unthinkable happened.
Joan Didion’s old essay On Morality: Because when we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are all in bad trouble. And I think we are already there.
The fashionable madmen and madwomen are in a whine of hysteria. Hillary Clinton and her failure to see reality and her moral imperative to be in the White House once again has driven the madmen and madwomen into the streets.
Madness is contagious.
The contagion continues to spread. It is now on football fields. But there is a cure. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were cured after years of madness.
We’re hiding under our pink covered beds. If you’re not hiding like us, you are in trouble. We’ll explain why we should all be hiding at the end of this article even as we munch on and savor our deep dark Belgian chocolates and sip some Champagne.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it.
The action Monday is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.
Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours being cleared by courts.
The justices will hear arguments in the case in the fall.
The lower courts and their orders that overturned Constitutional government are the big losers on this one – right alongside their jihadist Muslim terrorist brethren. Trump wins bigly.
The Supreme Court will hear the case sometime in the fall, long after the Trump travel ban has expired. We fully expect that with this UNANIMOUS Supreme Court decision President Trump will win again (and again, and again) on immigration issues. Make America Safe Again!
The now-deleted story, by investigative reporter Thomas Frank, was published Thursday and cited a single, unnamed source who claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into a “$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team four days before Trump’s inauguration.”
But by Friday evening, the story had vanished from CNN’s website. It was not immediately clear when the story was removed, but a tweet linking to the story, from CNN’s Politics account, was also deleted sometime Friday evening.
A source close to the network, who requested anonymity to discuss the matter, told BuzzFeed News earlier that the story was a “massive, massive [f***] up and people will be disciplined.” The person said CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker and the head of the company’s human resources department are “directly involved” in an internal investigation examining how the story was handled.
Giggly bigly! Trump hating CNN gets schlonged and the Trump hating lowlifes at Buzzfeed are the ones that report President Trump’s bigly win!
In wake of story retraction, CNNMoney exec editor sends memo to staff mandating all "Russia-related content" must be cleared by him or VP pic.twitter.com/2Y6QMZj1h5
Ha! We’re under our beds giggling, munching those deep dark Belgian chocolates, and gulping down some of that Champs.
Big Media is not alone as President Trump schlongs them. President Trump is now, get this, schlonging that fey loser Barack Obama – ON RUSSIA!!!!
The Trump hating, Bezos owned, Obama lovin’ Washington Post provided President Trump the opportunity to schlong and schlong again. The Post reported on Friday that Barack Obama “choked” (that’s a Trump word) in his response to the Russian alleged interference in the 2016 elections. So now President Trump, alleges “COLLUSION” by Barack Obama with Russia:
The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win..
That’s a double schlong! President Trump not only turns the tables on the Big Media “collusion” narrative. President Trump declares that Obama purposefully “colluded” “obstructed”. Yeah, that Obama promise to the Russians, secretly captured by a hot microphone, that after the 2012 elections Obama would be more “flexible” (like a long time whore advertising the many positions his flexible body can contort into) fits right into the President Trump’s counterattack of today.
All this winning is why we’re hiding under our beds.
You should be hiding under your bed too (survival hint: take some dark Belgian chocolates and Champagne with you).
Consider this as to why you, like us, should be hiding under your beds: In our Hiroshima/Nagasaki article, we explained that the totalitarian left will never stop madly crazy attacking President Trump until their Hiroshima/Nagasaki moment arrives (which will be after the next elections at the earliest). In “Seven Days In June” we explained that the hysterical hair-on-fire naked fury crackpot all out frenzied leftist hatefest and lunatic asylum craziness against President Trump has not reached peak madness.
We are now concerned, and hiding under our beds, because it is very possible that we are about to witness full all out beyond description total insanity total hatred total zombie walking dead eat your intestines chew on your brains gouge out your eyes furious crackpot cray-cray! Yeah, Justice Antony Kennedy might retire this summer.
If Kennedy leaves, the totalitarian left will leave us all speechless and unable to describe with any measure, the level of their madness.
Hide under your beds. As the Trump victories pile up, the totalitarian left is about to explore the outer limits of madness. Hide. Bed. Chocolates. Champagne.
Make the F.B.I. great again – arrest, prosecute, imprison James Comey. If Special Counsel Mueller does not immediately raid the homes and offices of James Comey and his partner in crime Daniel Richman (who has now fled the scene of the crime[s] in order to avoid interrogation by the authorities), to seize computers and other materials pertinent to his investigation, then Robert Mueller himself deserves to be investigated by a special prosecutor. Robert Mueller has a decision to make: stand by the law or by his long time pal the corrupt James Comey.
When Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel we celebrated. We celebrated because the more Swamp Deep State players come forth to attack President Trump openly, not from the shadows, the easier it will be to take down the Deep State “resistance” to a duly elected President. We wrote, “The more the political establishment swamp tries to destroy President Trump however, the closer they are to their own destruction.” This prediction is comeying truer and truer.
At the time we also declared, “We’re gonna need a special prosecutor to investigate the special prosecutor.” Ain’t that the truth!
We were wrong about one particular detail. We thought the leaker of the Comey memo was Comey crony Benjamin Wittes. We were wrong in that particular instance but Robert Mueller should question Wittes under oath (and seize his computers) to determine if Wittes conspired to leak on behalf of Comey previously.
Because of his self-confession we now know the illegal leaker was Former F.B.I. Director James Comey himself using a cutout crony from Columbia. What Comey confirmed is the extent of Deep State corruption and that we face an attempted coup by the Obama Dimocrat and GOP establishment Deep State against a duly elected President. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich strikes all the necessary warnings about why we believe Special Counsel Mueller is a crony creep of clown Comey:
The most startling revelation from fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony this week was his barefaced admission that he intentionally leaked details of his private conversations with the president to the press in an effort to prompt the appointment a special counsel.
When asked Thursday by Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine whether he shared the memos he wrote about his conversations with President Trump with anyone outside the Department of Justice, Comey answered:
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter – didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons – but I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
This statement is tremendously important because it completely delegitimizes Robert Mueller’s so-called independent investigation and reveals it as poisoned fruit.
Poisoned fruit of corruption. Robert Mueller must either prove himself via a raid of Comey’s hideouts and computers, as well as the deep holes of his crony friends and computers, or Robert Mueller himself must be viewed as corrupt.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed though the efforts of James Comey. James Comey wanted to interfere in the ongoing investigations by Congress and the F.B.I. So James Comey corruptly interfered with the investigations and thereby violated the law which prohibits interference with government investigations. Corruption. Jeff Sessions must intervene and demand the resignation of Robert Mueller and prosecution of Mueller and his leaker employment office pal James Comey.
Think about it: Comey was the top law enforcement officer in the nation before he was fired on May 9. Had he felt a special counsel was necessary to investigate possible Russian influence in the 2016 election, he could have requested one from Congress at any time. If he felt his conversations with President Trump warranted additional attention, he could have approached Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about it.
But instead he decided to do nothing. Comey apparently didn’t think there was need for a special counsel until the Monday after he was fired, according to his testimony.
In a clear act of retaliation, Comey went outside the system and shared secret information with the media via a college professor-friend, in a calculated attempt to inflict pain on the Trump administration. Further, he said he turned all his memos about his conversations over to the special counsel upon his termination – so Mueller’s investigators already had all they needed to make their own decisions.
But Comey knows that the press feed off attacking Trump. He also knows that they have an incomplete, false understanding of the Russia investigation and would therefore gladly perpetuate the false narrative that Trump was somehow under investigation. He saw a chance to cause drama, and he took it.
Yet this is the same person who on Thursday, under oath, exonerated Trump on the Russia question. Collins asked Comey two very direct, simple questions. She asked, “whether there was any kind of investigation about the President underway” and “was the President under investigation at the time of [Comey’s] dismissal on May 9?”
For both questions – under oath – Comey answered “no.”
Gingrich correctly announces the death of the “collusion” angle of the Deep State abuse of power against a duly elected President. Then Newt Gingrich goes for the kill:
But there’s another wrinkle in this story: Comey and Mueller are very close.
Throughout his testimony, Comey described Mueller as “one of this country’s great, great pros,” called him “the right person” to lead the Russia investigation, and said “Bob Mueller is one of the finest people and public servants this country’s ever produced. He will do it well. He is a dogged, tough person, and you can have high confidence that, when it’s done, he’s turned over all the rocks.”
When Senator John Cornyn asked whether anything Comey had testified would “impede the investigation of the FBI or Director Mueller’s commitment to get to the bottom of this,” Comey stressed that the appointment of Mueller was “a critical part of that equation.”
Let’s also not forget that 97 percent of campaign donations from Department of Justice employees went to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The culture and people at DOJ are predisposed to be hostile to President Trump.
So, what we have here is a fired FBI director, who leaked private material to the press, so he could get his friend appointed as a special counsel in order to take retribution on the President – with the aid of a department full of federal lawyers who would have rather seen Hillary in the White House. And we are supposed to believe this will be an objective, unbiased investigation?
Comey’s testimony – and the situation he orchestrated around it – really show the depths to which the deep state will go – working around Congress, outside of even the federal process – to damage and undermine President Trump. And it perfectly illustrates how sick the system has become. [snip]
Make no mistake: This is not about law and order, it is not about justice, it is not even about any investigation. This is about influence peddling, this is about the search for vengeance, and this is about stopping the revolution President Trump was elected to implement.
This is everything that sickens normal Americans about the swamp.
America is on a knife’s edge. The question is now whether Republicans in Congress will have the courage to stand with President Trump and fight the deep state that was personified in Comey’s testimony Thursday.
The GOP establishment is in cahoots with the Obama Dimocrat Deep State opposition to a duly elected President of the United States. It is citizens who must stand up against the cowardly Comey cronies who strike from the protection of shadows.
The testimony of James Comey proved long on atmospherics and short on ethics. While many were riveted by Comey’s discussion of his discomfort in meetings with President Trump, most seemed to miss the fact that Comey was describing his own conduct in strikingly unethical terms. The greatest irony is that Trump succeeded in baiting Comey to a degree that even Trump could not have imagined. After calling Comey a “showboat” and poor director, Comey proceeded to commit an unethical and unprofessional act in leaking damaging memos against Trump.
Comey described a series of ethical challenges during his term as FBI director. Yet, he almost uniformly avoided taking a firm stand in support of the professional standards of the FBI. During the Obama administration, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave Comey a direct order to mislead the public by calling the ongoing investigation a mere “matter.” Rather than standing firm on the integrity of his department and refusing to adopt such a meaningless and misleading term, Comey yielded to Lynch while now claiming discomfort over carrying out the order.
When Trump allegedly asked for Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn or pledge loyalty, Comey did not tell the president that he was engaging in wildly inappropriate conduct. He instead wrote a memo to file and told close aides. He now says that he wishes he had the courage or foresight to have taken a stand with the president.
However, the clearest violation came in the days following his termination. Comey admits that he gave the damaging memos to a friend at Columbia Law School with the full knowledge that the information would be given to the media. It was a particularly curious moment for a former director who was asked by the president to fight the leakers in the government. He proceeded in becoming one of the most consequential leakers against Trump.
Comey said that he took these actions days after his termination, when he said that he woke up in the middle of the night and realized suddenly that the memos could be used to contradict Trump. It was a bizarrely casual treatment of material that would be viewed by many as clearly FBI information. He did not confer with the FBI or the Justice Department. He did not ask for any classification review despite one of the parties described being the president of the United States. He simply sent the memos to a law professor to serve as a conduit to the media.
As a threshold matter, Comey asked a question with regard to Trump that he should now answer with regard to his own conduct. Comey asked why Trump would ask everyone to leave the Oval Office to speak with Comey unless he was doing something improper. Yet, Trump could ask why Comey would use a third party to leak these memos if they were his property and there was nothing improper in their public release.
In fact, there was a great deal wrong with their release, and Comey likely knew it. These were documents prepared on an FBI computer addressing a highly sensitive investigation on facts that he considered material to that investigation. Indeed, he conveyed that information confidentially to his top aides and later said that he wanted the information to be given to the special counsel because it was important to the investigation.
Many in the media have tried to spin this as not a “leak” because leaks by definition only involve classified information. That is entirely untrue as shown by history. Leaks involve the release of unauthorized information — not only classified information. Many of the most important leaks historically have involved pictures and facts not classified but embarrassing to a government. More importantly, federal regulations refer to unauthorized disclosures not just classified information.
James Comey must be prosecuted by Special Counsel Mueller or Mueller will be incontrovertibly exposed as a Comey crony who owes his job to Comey and further exposed as a co-conspirator in a conspiracy to interfere in a federal investigation[s]. Turley correctly notes how Comey corruption taints the entire F.B.I.:
Comey’s position would effectively gut a host of federal rules and regulations. He is suggesting that any federal employee effectively owns documents created during federal employment in relation to an ongoing investigation so long as they address the information to themselves. FBI agents routinely write such memos in investigations. They are called 302s to memorialize field interviews or fact acquisitions. They are treated as FBI information.
The Justice Department routinely claims such memos as privileged and covered by the deliberative process privilege and other privileges. Indeed, if this information were sought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) it would likely have been denied. Among other things, the Justice Department and FBI routinely claim privilege “inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency.” [snip]
Besides being subject to nondisclosure agreements, Comey falls under federal laws governing the disclosure of classified and unclassified information. Assuming that the memos were not classified (though it seems odd that it would not be classified even on the confidential level), there is 18 U.S.C. § 641, which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.”
There are also ethical and departmental rules against the use of material to damage a former represented person or individual or firm related to prior representation. The FBI website warns employees that “dissemination of FBI information is made strictly in accordance with provisions of the Privacy Act; Title 5, United States Code, Section 552a; FBI policy and procedures regarding discretionary release of information in accordance with the Privacy Act; and other applicable federal orders and directives.”
One such regulation is § 2635.703, on the use of nonpublic information, which states, “An employee shall not engage in a financial transaction using nonpublic information, nor allow the improper use of nonpublic information to further his own private interest or that of another, whether through advice or recommendation, or by knowing unauthorized disclosure.”
The standard FBI employment agreement bars the unauthorized disclosure of information “contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI” that impact the bureau and specifically pledges that “I will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient without prior official written authorization by the FBI.”
Had Comey taken the minimal step of seeking clearance, the department would likely have said that this was FBI information and not personal information. Comey instead decided to ask forgiveness rather than permission.
Comey is also subject to bar rules on releasing information inimical to the interests of his former employer. For example, under professional rule 1.6, lawyers need to secure authority to release information that “(1) reveal a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client; (2) use a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client to the disadvantage of the client; [or] (3) use a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client for the advantage of the lawyer or of a third person.”
Comey actually showed both how to and how not to disclose such information. When Comey released the information, he knew that he was going to be called to Congress where he could disclose this information properly after giving the White House a chance to claim privilege. Instead, he decided to release the information early. Why?
Comey gave two equally implausible explanations. First, he suggested that he wanted to get the information to investigators. However, he knew not only that he was likely to testify but that these memos would inevitably be demanded by both congressional and federal investigators. Second, he said that he wanted to ensure the appointment of a special counsel. However on that Monday, many of us were saying that such an appointment was virtually inevitable. More importantly, he could have given the memos to investigators and properly laid the foundation for a special counsel.
The fact is that the leaking of the memos worked to the advantage of James Comey, not Robert Mueller. Comey was able to take over the narrative and news cycle after Trump had publicly belittled him and his record. Special counsels do not like leaks of this kind. It would have been far better for the special counsel (or Comey’s own former investigatory team and congressional investigators) to have the memos confidentially.
Um, didn’t James Comey lead an “investigation” swamp thing Lynch dubbed a “matter”, against Hillary Clinton for the very reason of mishandled government documents?
If we are to believe Jimmy Comey, he is a self-confessed coward. If we are to believe Jimmy Comey, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a coward too. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has not seized computers from Comey and his Columbia crony. Special Counsel Rober Mueller is either a corrupt co-conspirator against a duly elected President or a coward – OR BOTH!
Former FBI Director James Comey is master operator on the Washington scene. That is the predominant impression I came away with from Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday. It is an impression that is consistent with his self-serving confessions of uneasiness, discomfort, confusion, cowardice, fright, tongue-tied wonderment and the like. What manner of man (let alone FBI Director) is this?
Comey has met with his friend Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to supervise the investigation into Russia-related matters and whatever else strikes his fancy. Comey is Mueller’s old colleague and friend. We learned yesterday that once he was fired by President Trump Comey himself sought to engineer the appointment of a special counsel. Mission accomplished. [snip]
Comey testified that he read the memo to Richman for the purpose of having Richman transmit the contents to “a reporter” (presumably a Timesman).
Why use a cutout? Comey testified: “Because I was weary [of] the media [that] was camping at the end of my driveway at that point. I was actually going out of town with my wife to hide. I worried it would be feeding seagulls at the beach, if it was I who gave it to the media.”
Here the clock strikes thirteen. This is ridiculous. [snip]
What is Comey talking about? And by the way, what other seagulls has he fed? As I say, this guy is a master operator. He is a master operator who can dish out a patently absurd story with a perfectly straight face.
Today fired former FBI Director James Comey stated that he leaked data to a Columbia University friend who in turn provided the leaked information to the New York Times. Comey did this even though he stated under oath in the past that he never leaked information to the press.
The current updated analysis of the most recent list of so-called ‘leaks’ being reported and repeated by the liberal mainstream media (MSM) involving President Trump includes at least 38 leaks in total.
Many of these ‘leaks’ are now proven fabrications and the probability that many remaining ‘leaks’ are completely inaccurate is very high. [snip]
Of the 38 leaks listed below, nine are related to James Comey.
How many of these did Comey actually leak? [snip]
The President has the law on his side. Attorney General Sessions needs to add these entities and individuals to a growing list of corrupt swamp dwellers that need to be brought to justice. Former FBI Director Comey needs to be added to this list.
Drain the Swamp!
The list of leaks is long. Special Counsel Robert Mueller must investigate these leaks. Or is Robert Mueller himself a leaker? Or, as is apparently true as demonstrated by the lack of raids on the homes, offices, and computers, of James Comey and Daniel Richman, is Robert Mueller only interested in protection of his pal and co-conspirator James Comey?
No raids, no seizures of computers and records, point to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as corrupt as his pal Jimmy Comey.
Jimmy Comey aided and abetted swamp thing Loretta Lynch’s successful attempts to aid the Hillary Clinton political operation in 2016. Robert Mueller is in collusion with James Comey in a conspiracy to destroy a duly elected American president. Robert Mueller knows there is no “obstruction of justice” to investigate as it relates to President Trump. If there is “obstruction of justice” the obstruction is from the Comey/Mueller conspiracy to destroy a duly elected American president, especially as we all are now in agreement (including Chris “tingles” Matthews) that the “Russia collusion” lie is now proven so false even Obama Dimocrats have abandoned that sunken craft.
Update: #ArrestComey. Jimmy “Olive Oyl” Comey admitted Obama thug Loretta Lynch interfered in the investigation of Hillary Clinton yet Comey kept his mouth shut when the law requires him to speak out. Olive Oyl Comey also provided a government document to his crony at Columbia University with the intent that the government document be leaked. Jonathan Turley makes the case for #ArrestComey based on 18 U.S. Code § 641:
One of the most interesting new disclosures today in the Comey hearing was the admission by former FBI Director James Comey that he intentionally used a “friend” on the Columbia law faculty to leak his memos to the media. Comey says that he did so to force the appointment of a Special Counsel. However, those memos could be viewed as a government record and potential evidence in a criminal investigation. [snip]
The problem is that Comey’s description of his use of an FBI computer to create memoranda to file suggests that these are arguably government documents. Comey admitted that he thought he raised the issue with his staff and recognized that they might be needed by the Department or Congress. They read like a type of field 302 form, which are core investigatory documents.
The admission of leaking the memos is problematic given the overall controversy involving leakers undermining the Administration. Indeed, it creates a curious scene of a former director leaking material against the President after the President repeatedly asked him to crack down on leakers.
Besides being subject to Nondisclosure Agreements, Comey falls under federal laws governing the disclosure of classified and nonclassified information. Assuming that the memos were not classified (though it seems odd that it would not be classified even on the confidential level), there is 18 U.S.C. § 641 which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.”
There are also ethical and departmental rules against the use of material to damage a former represented person or individual or firm related to prior representation. [snip]
Moreover, if Comey was sure of his right to release the memo, why use a law professor to avoid fingerprints?
I find Comey’s admission to be deeply troubling from a professional and ethical standpoint. Would Director Comey have approved such a rule for FBI agents? Thus, an agent can prepare a memo during office hours on an FBI computer about a meeting related to his service . . . but leak that memo to the media. [snip]
Comey’s statement of a good motivation does not negate the concerns over his chosen means of a leak. Moreover, the timing of the leak most clearly benefited Comey not the cause of a Special Counsel.
Comey colluded with Deep State leakers to destroy President Trump because Jimmy Comey is a Deep State Swamp leaker. #ArrestComey #ArrestDanielRichman.
Olive Oyl. James Comey is Olive Oyl. A talk skinny bitch always getting into trouble yelling for someone to help her when she is the one that got herself into trouble in the first place.
North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, asked Comey, “Did the president at any time ask you to stop the FBI investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections?”
The former FBI director replied, “Not to my understanding, no.”
Burr followed up by asking if any member of the administration made this request, and Comey replied, “no.”
Whiny bitch-boy Phony Baloney Comey who investigated, then contrary to the law did not prosecute Hillary Clinton, confessed he too is guilty of the same crimes as Hillary Clinton! Hillary Clinton was investigated for her violations of law in the way she negligently handled classified government documents. Well, Phony Baloney Comey did the same thing only much worse and Phony Baloney Comey admitted his criminal acts with government papers:
Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged that he orchestrated the leak of a memorandum detailing his private interactions with President Donald Trump during testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday morning.
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” Comey said. [snip]
He added that he did so in hopes that his account might spur the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign’s contacts with elements of the Russian government, and any subsequent cover up.
So in order to influence government policy and appointment, Comey leaked classified government documents from a law enforcement agency during an active investigation.
Phony Baloney Comey corruptly leaked classified government documents of an investigation because he wanted to steer the investigation corruptly.
Later in the hearing, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noted that one of the three things Trump asked Comey was: “Can you please tell the American people what these leaders in Congress already know — what you already know, you told me three times — that I am not personally under investigation.”
“You know,” Rubio continued, “this investigation is full of leaks, left and right. I mean, we’ve learned more from the newspaper sometimes than we do from our open hearings, for sure.
“You ever wonder why, of all the things in this investigation, the only thing that’s never been leaked is the fact that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the fact that both Democrats and Republicans and the leadership of Congress knew that and have known that for weeks?”
Good news for the Great President Donald J. Trump did not leak because Comey the whiny bitch did not leak it. Comey only corruptly leaked information damaging to President Trump.
The Comey revelations that he was a leaker explains why as Director of the F.B.I. Comey did not pursue investigations against leakers. Comey corrupted his office to protect himself and other leakers. Comey corruptly leaked to influence a federal investigation. That’s a crime.
Hillary Clinton has disappeared. President Trump fired F.B.I. Director Jim Comey and Hillary Clinton has remained absolutely quiet. We’ll explain why, now.
Throughout the presidential campaign in 2015/2016 then candidate Donald J. Trump spoke to huge rallies of supporters who shouted “Lock Her Up!!!” Once candidate Donald J. Trump won the election because of his victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s heart softened, along with, some would argue, his head. No longer did President-Elect Donald J. Trump want to “Lock Her Up!!!” President-Elect Donald J. Trump sweetly declared that he did not want to see his vanquished opponent dragged off to prison in an orange outfit which few can pull off fashion-wise.
To this kindness, Hillary Clinton replied with some trepidation. Hillary Clinton first vowed to help President Trump succeed. That was Phase I of Hillary into the woods.
Into the woods went Hillary Clinton looking for the magic items to make her wishes come true. Then came Phase II of Hillary and her magic beans.
The magic beans were the bean soup of excuses Hillary Clinton made to herself and Big Media to explain away her stunning loss to the guy that Big Media hated and that had held absolutely zero elected office. But the complete Phase II of Hillary Clinton’s Grimm Fairy Tales began the day Donald J. Trump became President Donald J. Trump and President Donald J. Trump appeared with F.B.I. Director James Comey who appeared to be secure in his job.
F.B.I. Director James Comey was a fool to believe his job was secure just because he appeared at a staged event with President Donald J. Trump. But an even bigger fool was Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton believed James Comey would remain F.B.I. Director. James Comey had protected Hillary during the presidential campaign by (1) not indicting Hillary with the false excuse that the law to prosecute required “intent”; (2) providing immunity to many top Hillary aides without getting anything in return; (3) never putting Hillary Clinton under oath and never recording on video the “interrogation” of the supposed “winner” which could be seen repeatedly on television just before the election of 2016.
Hillary Clinton believed James Comey would remain F.B.I. Director and therefore she was safe from further prosecution. Apparently Hillary Clinton never saw Donald J. Trump’s reality show “Apprentice” nor “Celebrity Apprentice”. Just because President Trump appeared with Comey for a televised event did not mean Comey would not be fired.
At that point Hillary Clinton came out of the woods to attack President Trump. Phase II was a “blame the Russians” excuse mongering to attack the legitimacy of President Trump’s election and also to try to rally the losers who voted for her.
Phase III of Hillary Clinton’s descent into madness was her declaration that she was about to start a political action committee called “Onward Together” as a rerun of her failed “Stronger Together”.
“Onward Together” was Hillary Clinton’s most fatal mistake. She now faces prison and a life wearing a hideously unfashionable orange jumpsuit.
Shortly after Hillary Clinton raised her head to announce “Onward Together”, F.B.I. Director James Comey lost his head in a reality show called “Loser Clown Apprentice” hosted by President Donald J. Trump.
Hillary had once again miscalculated badly. Hillary should have taken President Trump’s act of grace in not prosecuting her as a gift. Instead Hillary calculated that she was safe with Comey and that she could attack President Trump.
Hillary Clinton should have breathed a sigh of relief that she would not be imprisoned and found a way to make her life with granddaughter Charlotte happy. Instead Hillary Clinton chose to “resist, insist, persist, enlist”. Somehow Hillary forgot about the Inspector General.
So why is Hillary Clinton hiding now that James Comey lost his battle with President Trump? Because there is an Inspector General investigation which likely means a Hillary indictment.
There are two Inspector General investigations at the F.B.I.
The first investigation is to determine whether the F.B.I. conducted the Hillary Clinton email investigation competently and according to law and the rules of the F.B.I. The second investigation by the Inspector General is to determine whether now acting F.B.I. Director McCabe acted ethically when he refused to recuse himself from the Hillary Clinton investigations because his wife who ran for political office in 2016 accepted donations from Hillary Clinton friends and cronies. In addition Acting Director McCabe did not disclose his wife’s involvement in political office seeking and donation fundraising. The investigations of the Inspector General are mostly ignored by Big Media even as the consequences of the investigations pose massive ramifications for Comey and Hillary:
FBI ACTING DIRECTOR ANDREW MCCABE ALSO BEING INVESTIGATED OVER CLINTON EMAILS
Following President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, Andrew McCabe, the deputy director, will temporarily lead the bureau. The president dismissed Comey because of his handling of the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, according to a memorandum by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but McCabe is also under scrutiny for his involvement in the Clinton emails matter.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General announced in January that in response to requests from members of Congress, organizations and the public, it was opening a review of the FBI’s handling of the Clinton matter. Among the aspects that the office said it would review were “allegations that the FBI deputy director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters.” [snip]
“FBI’s senior leadership should never have allowed that appearance of a conflict to undermine the bureau’s important work…. If Mr. McCabe failed to avoid the appearance of a partisan conflict of interest in favor of Mrs. Clinton during the presidential election, then any participation in this inquiry creates the exact same appearance of a partisan conflict of interest against Mr. Trump,” Grassley said. [snip]
Comey was also a subject of the inspector general probe, and the review will likely continue without him, Michael Bromwich, who was inspector general under Bill Clinton, told Newsweek Tuesday night. Bromwich told Newsweek in March that a review of this scope will perhaps take at least a year and involve interviewing witnesses and reviewing electronic communications. The office will then provide its findings to the Justice Department and to the public, and the department will decide on sanctions, which could be suspension or termination.
McCabe has real problems with these investigations. But Comey, even though his head is rolling down a hill somewhere, has bigger problems:
The Justice Department inspector general will review broad allegations of misconduct involving FBI Director James B. Comey and how he handled the probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices, the inspector general announced Thursday.
The investigation will be wide-ranging, encompassing Comey’s various letters and public statements on the matter and whether FBI or other Justice Department employees leaked nonpublic information, according to Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz.
The inspector general’s announcement drew praise from those on both sides of the political aisle and again put a spotlight on Comey, who emerged as a controversial figure during the 2016 race. [snip]
Comey has also been criticized for months by former Justice Department officials for violating the department’s policy of avoiding any action that could affect a candidate close to an election. President-elect Donald Trump has notably declined to commit to keeping the FBI director.
Brian Fallon, a former Clinton campaign spokesman, praised the investigation Thursday. [snip]
Horowitz wrote that his inquiry will extend back to at least July — when Comey announced he was recommending the Clinton case be closed without charges. [snip]
And he said he would also probe whether Peter Kadzik, the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, “improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign and/or should have been recused from participating in certain matters.” Kadzik used to be the lawyer for Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and WikiLeaks released hacked emails showing communications between the two men about the State Department’s review of Clinton emails for Freedom of Information Act purposes. [snip]
The tarmac meeting could be encompassed in the investigation of possible leaks of information, and Horowitz wrote that his investigators would consider “other issues that may arise during the course of the review.”
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R- Iowa), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, took note of the omission.
“It’s good to hear that the Inspector General agreed to my request to look at multiple concerns that I raised throughout the investigation,” Grassley said in a statement. “Conspicuously absent, though, is any specific reference to the Attorney General’s failure to recuse herself from the probe, particularly after her meeting with former President Clinton. It’s in the public interest to provide a full accounting of all the facts that led to the FBI and Justice Department’s decision-making regarding the investigation.”
This is deadly stuff and explains why Hillary Clinton is back in the woods, not heard from since Comey was schlonged by President Donald J. Trump.
Hillary Clinton is back in the woods because she understands that an F.B.I. Inspector General report that declares Comey and McCabe acted either illegally, unethically, or in violation of rules and regulations PUTS HER IN GREAT PERIL. If the Inspector General concludes the Hillary Clinton email investigation was improperly, illegally, or unethically, handled, then the obvious course will be that the Hillary Clinton investigation will be reopened. Hillary Clinton better get ready to wear orange jumpsuits even Martha Stewart could not fashionably wear.
Hillary Clinton should have been grateful to President Trump when he declared he did not want to “Lock Her Up!!!” Instead Hillary miscalculated that Comey would protect her.
In all this President Donald J. Trump revealed his other secret weapon! English is President Donald J. Trump’s superpower #1. President Trump has two other superpowers for us to consider today.
Consider this entire Comey/Hillary episode. President Trump was generous when he put aside “Lock Her Up” as an aim. Hillary Clinton in Phase I promised to help President Trump. Then in Phases II and III Hillary Clinton lost her mind and decided she was safe with Comey at the F.B.I. and therefore could attack President Trump.
How did President Trump respond? He let the dogs run wild in Phase I and II of Hillary’s miscalculations. Then in Phase III, President Trump struck.
Trump adviser vows to release video of Hillary’s concession
A key member of President Trump’s communication team says he has video of Hillary Clinton’s concession call and is promising to release it in the near future.
On Tuesday, Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, tweeted a screenshot of a telephone call Clinton aide Huma Abedin made to Kellyanne Conway on election night to concede. The photo shows a two-minute call from Abedin at 2:30 a.m., with her telephone number blurred out.
This is a clever attack against Hillary Clinton’s political posturing. First Hillary Clinton said she would not question the election results – then Hillary Clinton questioned the election results and blamed everyone and everything except her “muddled message mess” of a campaign. In one fell swoop President Trump calls out Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisies as well as dominates the news cycle the moment the video/audio of the concession calls are made public.
President Trump has an amazing capacity to gauge reality. Donald J. Trump was a reality show star. But in the greatest game of reality TV President Donald J. Trump is King of Reality.
President Trump fired Comey in a most unexpected and most unusual manner. It was a transcontinental schlonging. Big Media, the left, the kingdom of kooks, went mad, hysterical! And that is how President Trump wins.
No need to restate all the madness of Big Media and the left at President Trump’s removal of Comey. Anderson Cooper rolled his eyes, “it’s a coup”, “Trump will be impeached in 30 days”, Trump will be impeached in 15 days”, “IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP, IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP, IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP, IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
The president has wormed his way out of far worse jams.
The permanent crisis that is the Trump administration broke new, deeper ground on Tuesday afternoon as Baby Donald sacked FBI Director James Comey, whose sleuthing into connections between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia had discomposed him. The public uproar sounded immediately, as the cable channels went Full Bore Blitzer in their coverage and nearly every commentator and anchor (outside of the Fox News Channel) spotted the parallels between the Comey canning and President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre, the 1973 firing of an independent special prosecutor snooping into his Watergate misconduct and crimes. [snip]
The Comey affair surpasses all previous Trump-devised news events in part because it came so unexpectedly. [snip]
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin went falsetto in his outrage, correctly noting that Trump’s given rationale for the firing—Comey’s handling of the Clinton email case last summer—was a tissue-thin pretense: He had decided Comey must go and assigned the backing documentation to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. That the president had the right to fire Comey didn’t make the firing at this junction right, Democrats, a scattering of Republicans, and the non-Fox commentariat howled, setting the stage for what promises to be a weeks-long news festival of accusations and recriminations. [snip]
Of course, an entire Zappos warehouse of shoes may drop, but Trump knows from experience that he can still bend the news arc in his direction and take the news edge off his lawful act with a well-timed wrist flick. [snip]
The usual Trump Twitter bullshit, which he resorted to Wednesday morning, won’t be enough to stay the criticisms and calls for an independent counsel. [snip]
As I write, there are 32 Comey stories above the fold at CNN.com.
The current crisis is a case in point. Trump’s wits have allowed him to survive worse crises than this. File today’s New York Times and Washington Post in a safe place and revisit them this time next month. Trump may eventually face the comeuppance his foes dream of, but not over shoving Comey out the door.
That insult heavy “analysis” does not fully understand why President Trump will outlive “it’s over for Trump” heave hos. Why will President Trump survive and thrive? Why has President Trump, like candidate Trump, survived and thrived? Because President Trump’s view of reality is congruent with reality.
What astonishes is that not only does President Trump see reality, President Trump acts boldly on his vision of reality. President Trump succeeds because what Trump sees as reality is reality.
Do Americans share Big Media’s hysteria over Comey? Even leftist Big Media sees the non-writing on the FaceBook wall:Despite the wall-to-wall media coverage, most Americans — according to Facebook interactions — cared less about James Comey being fired than other big moments so far in the Trump administration.
The F.B.I.? Consider this: FBI Gives Hollywood Hacking Victims Surprising Advice: “Pay the Ransom” Hacking is a major and growing problem and the F.B.I. does not inspire confidence at all in any of this. Hacking, emails, F.B.I. says “pay the ransom”. Is that what the F.B.I. did with Hillary? Does the F.B.I. think the anti-Trumpers there can win against President Trump if the F.B.I. Trump haters there attack the President? All an F.B.I. or Comey attack against President Trump will prove is that many in the F.B.I. are using their legal powers illegally to act politically. Result will be Trump makes his point and wins again.
Consider all the news other than Comey the Clown related news from these past few days. Remember way back to last week when Obama Dimocrats giddily proclaimed the Republicans would lose the 2018 elections because of ObamaCare repeal? Then reality hit. Aetna is pulling out of ObamaCare. Premiums will rise dramatically. Disaster for Obama Dims. Trump got reality right (ObamaCare is in a death spiral). Obama Dims got reality kooky (and don’t care ObamaCare is in a death spiral).
With the latest departures, more than 40 percent of U.S. counties would have only one insurer selling coverage on their marketplaces for next year, according to data compiled by The Associated Press and the consulting firm Avalere. That assumes no other insurers leave and none step in by the time customers start shopping for coverage in the fall.
These state-based marketplaces, known as exchanges, were established by the Affordable Care Act as a place for customers to compare prices and buy coverage, often with help from income-based tax credits. They provided coverage for about 12 million people this year.
The idea was that competition for customers would keep prices low. But insurers faced big losses in some markets, and they got less financial support from the government than they expected. They’ve been raising prices and pulling out of some markets altogether in response.
Consider, the OPEC oil cartel thieves worry about President Trump’s promise to Make America Great Again. OPEC wants America to stop producing so much shale oil because oil prices are plummeting with the over supply. “I think [OPEC] are now acutely aware that they don’t have the kind of influence they used to have 10 years ago, and that shale is now the swing producer in the market.” President Trump schlongs OPEC!
Consider, China and President Trump art of the deal.After months of bashing China for its trade practices, the Trump administration said it had agreed with Beijing on a broad range of measures aimed at improving the access of American beef producers, electronic-payments providers and natural-gas exporters, among others, to the world’s second-largest economy.
Big Media is focused on hysteria. President Donald J. Trump is using his superpowers to Make America Great Again.
In the battle of Big Media hysteria versus President Donald J. Trump, the reality is that President Trump sees reality.
President Trump’s superpowers – he makes his enemies go mad, he speaks in American blunt power English not Oxford/Harvard debater masturbators’ mush-mouth muddles, and he sees and acts quickly on his vision of reality which is the reality of most Americans.
Update: Happy Birthday Melania! We’ll celebrate your birthday when we have more time – after the tech hamsters fix our comment log-in problems.
While we wait to celebrate, there is lots of news on topics we wrote about in the original article below. The big surprise today is a potential order on withdrawal from NAFTA. This potential NAFTA withdrawal is likely more art of the dealing. President Trump this week imposed stiff duties of 3% to 24% on Canadian soft lumber in an effort to “level the playing field” for American lumber companies. A potential NAFTA withdrawal is a Trump art of the deal Trump card to move matters along more favorable lines to the U.S.
As to North Korea warmongering, fear is growing that NK is shrinking their nukes to make it easier to place them on missiles to attack the United States. President Trump, as promised, invited all 100 senators to the White House for a briefing on the North Korean threats.
We won’t make any dirty jokes about Li’l Kim’s li’l missile – we’re too busy beating the tech hamsters to get them to fix the comments section.
The war for the West is on. After the opening moves, all the chess pieces are in place.
In America the modern day Paul Revere and Winston Churchill, combined into one Donald J. Trump is now fully engaged after almost 100 days in the Oval Office. In Europe, whatever happens in the second round of voting, Marine Le Pen finds herself at Poitiers, ready to refight the Battle of Tours. In Asia, the American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is engaged in military exercises alongside Japanese warships, soon to be joined by the USS Michigan and other mighty American warships, as they all get ready for a bloodletting in the Korean peninsula. Even Barack Obama is back from vacation with the rich and famous ready to make more money by flim-flaming the most gullible on the left.
Chess players and Churchill get it: “This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning.”
The French election results are good news. While it is true that Macron, a globalist pawn, is likely to win the second round of the election in France; while it is also true that Marine Le Pen is not a favorite of ours because she is more socialist than many understand; while it is also true that Marine Le Pen will now face the full brunt of the French political establishment and all the institutions of the French Republic; while it is also true that all the polls show defeat for Le Pen and victory for globalist pawn Macron… there are good tidings in the results from the election in France.
The good news as we reflect on the revolutionary election in France? First giant bit of good news is that the establishment political parties are defeated. Yes, Macron is a globalist pawn but Macron ran as a pretend “outsider” because that is the only way to win. We explained this in July 2015 in regards to the “mystique” of candidate Donald J. Trump:
Despite all these ideological attacks and corporate desponsorship attacks, and Big Media attacks, Donald Trump is growing in popularity with the voters. Why? We explain in simple English the Donald Trump mystique:
WHEN YOU ARE IN A SNAKE PIT YOU DON’T CARE WHO HANDS YOU A STICK.
We’ve been warning about this for the longest time. In recent elections in so-called “democratic” countries – the voters are being ignored. In election after election, voters vote for an establishment political party – then once in power the political party they voted for stabs them in the back. Witness the 2014 elections in the United States in which the Republican Party won elections based on opposition to Barack Obama then once in cozy offices they pull out all the stops to assist Barack Obama to pass ObamaTrade. This happens over and over and over.
Eventually voters catch on and they decide to vote for the biggest motherf*cker around who will do what they want. The voters find themselves in a snake pit, surrounded by vipers, and they reach up to grab whatever stick is handed to them.
In Europe, extreme right wing parties increase in popularity. Why? Because the voters find themselves in a snake pit – betrayed by the political parties they vote for based on lies. Eventually the voters say “Fu*k you motherf*ckers, Fu*k you” and Marine Le Pen gathers strength in France, Denmark goes right wing, and the rallies in Germany grow and grow. In many of these cases the issue is immigration and illegal immigration.
The voters trapped in the snake pit learn.
Second bit of good news from the revolutionary elections in France? Marine Le Pen is one Muslim terrorist attack from leading the French Republic.
The Socialist Party’s official candidate Benoît Hamon came sixth with a paltry 6.2 per cent of the vote, meaning the two major French parties mustered less than 27 per cent of the vote.
The two finalists offer France two very different visions of Europe and the world, with Mr Macron billing himself as the progressive versus conservatives, and Ms Le Pen as the patriot versus the globalists.
On Europe, he wants to further beef up the euro zone, while Ms Le Pen intends to leave the euro and hold an in-out referendum on EU membership within six months of taking power.
Most of the defeated contenders instantly called on their supporters to vote for Mr Macron, with Mr Fillon warning that Ms Le Pen would lead France “to ruin and European chaos”. [snip]
From his Paris headquarters, an ecstatic Mr Macron, 39, an ex-investment banker and economy minister, said: “We are clearly turning a page of French political life.”
His pole position vindicated his huge bet to leave the government of Socialist president François Hollande a year ago to found his own movement, En Marche! (Onwards!), on a “neither Left nor Right” platform.
Many predicted the bid by a political novice who has never held elected office would burst like a bubble of champagne Socialism.
Speaking from her stronghold in Hénin Beaumont, a former mining town in northern France which has an FN mayor, Ms Le Pen insisted: “The first step that will lead the French to the Elysée has been taken.”
“Either we continue on the path of total de-regulation, offshoring, mass immigration, free movement of terrorists, the reign of big money. Or you choose the France of borders that protects your identity,” she said.
“It is time to liberate the French people.”
Marine Le Pen, flawed as she is, with economic policies we disagree with, is a latter day Joan of Arc. She is rallying the French nation to defend itself. Whether she wins or loses in the second round of elections, Marine Le Pen has set the terms of the argument that must be discussed in France and in all the West. For Marine Le Pen, as we wrote in that July 2015 when “it’s over for Trump” was conventional wisdom, the issue is immigration, and the Muslim soft invasion of Europe.
As in the Battle of Tours, Marine Le Pen is fighting the invasion of Europe by Muslim culture, ideology, and population. The actual military Battle of Tours fought off an armed invasion. The battle Marine Le Pen wages is thus far political, cultural, ideological, and the military aspects are restricted to Muslim terror bombings. Marine Le Pen is one Muslim terror attack away from becoming the official leader of the French nation. But whatever happens on the electoral front, Marine Le Pen will eventually win the argument and the modern battle because her analysis of France invaded is obvious to all that are willing to see the terrorist attacks and the population invasions for what they are.
In France, we are at the end of the beginning.
In America too, we are at the end of the beginning.
Even as we celebrated our 10 year anniversary, President Donald J. Trump will celebrate his first 100 days as President this coming Saturday. President Trump will not only celebrate this milestone on day 100. Because Big Media planned one of their Trump-hate orgies, this one known as the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, on the same Saturday – President Trump with his 100 day celebration schlonged the Big Media animals. It is a joy to behold.
I just love this. Vogel managed to unintentionally condense "Why everyone hates the American media" into 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/rz37OjnCWq
Agenda: Shortly after Donald Trump won the election, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Republicans had to “go big, go bold, and do things.” So far, the GOP has not delivered.
“They have the House, they have the Senate, they have the presidency — and nothing’s happening,” lamented PJ Media co-founder Roger Simon earlier this week. “Nothing, that is, that Donald Trump doesn’t do by himself. … The Republicans in the legislature are a disgrace.”
Congress did pass, and Trump signed, 13 bills to undo last-minute Obama administration regulations. And the Senate approved Trump’s Supreme Court pick. But what about actually advancing long-awaited Republican legislative priorities, like ObamaCare repeal and tax cuts? Nada. [snip]
That is, after all, what’s happened in the past when one party gained control of the White House after securing both the House and Senate. Lawmakers rushed to enact key pieces of their agenda that had been bottled up by the opposition, or that the president ran on. [snip]
There’s plenty of blame to go around for the GOP’s lack of achievements so far. But Ryan has been the biggest disappointment, since the House is where things get rolling.
Ryan earned his reputation for his ability to dive into big issues and produce thoughtful, innovative conservative reforms. So far, his ability to act aggressively and unify his caucus around anything has been sorely lacking.
If Ryan can’t figure out how to do this, and soon, he should consider handing the Speaker’s gavel to someone who can “go big, go bold, and do things.“
It is the end of the beginning. This week, with the first “skinny” budget due in order to avert a government shutdown, President Trump will have to take on the Paul Ryan establishment head-on. Already, Big Media wants to help Paul Ryan shut down President Trump and close the door on his great big beautiful wall:
Trump’s Wall Demands May Decide Whether 100th Day Is a Shutdown [snip]
Trump’s biggest demand is a Democratic deal-breaker: money for his long-promised border wall with Mexico. Democrats hope he’ll blink to avoid an embarrassing milestone for a new president trying to prove he can govern. A partial shutdown would start on Saturday, Trump’s 100th day in office.
“The Wall is a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!” Trump wrote Monday on Twitter.
There is an out for both sides — a short-term spending plan that would provide another week or so for negotiations after the deadline early Saturday.
“We feel very confident the government’s not going to shut down,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday, although he said he wouldn’t guarantee it. The spokesman wouldn’t say whether the president was willing to shut the government down over funding for the border wall. [snip]
Right now, each side is dug in. And Trump is making things more complicated, not less. At the same time as budget talks intensify, he’s pushing House Republicans to re-start work on an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill after the last one imploded in March when conservatives walked away.
Trump’s also planning to announce at least the broad parameters of a tax overhaul on Wednesday that seems sure to have plenty to annoy Democrats, including likely tax cuts for corporations and high-earners.
On top of that, Trump insists he won’t go quietly even if Republicans and Democrats cut a deal. [snip]
Republicans may not be willing to allow the government to shut down over the wall.
“I wouldn’t risk a trillion-dollar funding bill for a $3 billion wall,” Representative Tom Cole, the Oklahoma Republican who sits on the House appropriations and budget committees, told MSNBC Monday. “There’s another way, another time to get this.”
Through it all, Trump has sounded upbeat, saying he thinks negotiations are in good shape to avert a shutdown.
The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members.
President Trump is attacked by Big Media because he wants to fulfill his campaign promises. President Trump is under attack by Big Media and the rest of the political establishment because he wants the congress to work, actually work, not just go on vacations they call “recesses”.
The Michigan is armed with around 150 Tomahawk missiles, with a range of about 1,000 miles.
All 100 U.S. senators will be briefed on North Korea at the White House late afternoon Wednesday. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will do the briefing, according to a Pentagon spokesman.
Tuesday is Army Day in North Korea and U.S. intelligence is expecting some kind of “firepower display.” North Korea has continued its show of defiance, detaining a third U.S. citizen, Tony Kim, on Saturday.
The North has also continued its barrage of aggressive language, threatening the Vinson — its forces are “combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” state-run media bragged.
However, Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico Governor who has also served as U.N. Ambassador, has previously negotiated prisoner releases with North Korea, and he suggested that the taking of detainees might indicate there’s a “path forward” with North Korea. Prisoner releases in the past have led “to at least a dialogue.”
“They use…these detainees from the United States as bargaining chips,” he told CBS News. “They always want something in return.”
Porcine Bill Richardson demonstrates the problem with Obama Dimocrats. Instead of expressing outrage at the capture of American citizens to be used as pawns, the squealing Richardson thinks this is good news because North Korea can now use a hostage to get “something in return”. But North Korea is dealing with President Donald J. Trump not the fey weakling Barack Obama.
The Obama loving Politico today reports, on Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway. Barack Obama infuriated the Justice Department, with his release from prison, as part of the Iran deal, men considered to be “threats to national security”. The Muslim men Barack Obama released from prison include three who illegally procured for Iran microelectronics for cruise missiles, a man serving an eight year prison sentence for “conspiring to supply Iran with satellite technology and hardware”. Obama also removed a $10 million jury imposed penalty for money received from Iran by the former prison inmate. Obama also “dropped charges and international arrest warrants against 14 other men, all of them fugitives” wanted by Interpol. Not only that, Barack Obama removed “Interpol red notices and dismissed any charges against 14 Iranians”. Barack Obama protected, aided, and abetted the Persian Empire of Terror and assorted terrorists interested in acquiring nuclear weapons.
“That may be about to change” reports Obama loving Politico. Why? Because President Donald J. Trump, that’s why.
For Barack Obama, revealing reports such as the one from Politico are the end of the end.
For President Donald J. Trump, it is the end of the beginning. There is lots more winning to come.
The country, had to hit Ba-rock bottom. We are reconciled to the Barack Obama presidency now that it is over. We are reconciled to the Obama occupation of the White House because we realize that as painful, as horrible, as destructive and hateful as it was, the country had to hit rock bottom. The eight years of Barack bottom horrors had to be endured so that we could enjoy the election of Donald J. Trump, the man that ran on the idea of “Make America Great Again”.
It’s our tenth anniversary. On April 19, 2007 we began to publish this website. How does the preeminent pro-Hillary Clinton website go from there to proud support of Donald J. Trump? How? Donald J. Trump answered that question for us all with the selection of his campaign theme song: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want. . . but if you try… sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.”
America needed Donald J. Trump. To get there, to get to the top, we had to endure the Obama swamps, the bottom of the barrel. We had to hit Ba-rock bottom.
A Hillary Clinton victory in 2008, as much as we wanted it, was not what the country needed. A John McCain victory in 2008, as much as we wanted it, was not what the country needed. A Mitt Romney victory in 2012, as much as we wanted it, was not what the country needed. We didn’t get what we wanted. We got what we needed.
John McCain, war hero, was not about to end the neo-con wars. Mitt Romney was the cause of our meltdown when we realized that he would not win. Mitt Romney at best would have been a slow motion mud-slide like President George H.W. Bush. Hillary, McCain, Romney would have been much much better presidents than Barack Obama. But the country needed to hit Ba-rock bottom just like any drunk or addict before it could recover, get better, become great again.
After the disaster called George W. Bush, we thought it could not get worse. We were wrong. George W. Bush was the top lid on a barrel of bottom called Barack. In early 2007 we saw what Hillary2008 and Hillary Clinton did not see. We saw the threat Barack Obama posed.
So, we began to publish in order to convince the campaign and our very high up in Democratic Party politics friends that Obama was a threat. We supported Hillary Clinton in 2008 and were attacked by just about every Big Media outlet, from the left, right, and center. The DailyKooks hated us. All the Barack Obama supporters hated and attacked us for telling the truth about that lowlife from Chicago.
We pointed out that almost nothing was known about Obama and the little that was known was ugly. We talked about Giannopoulos and Rezko and the freezing tenants, but no one cared. The Obama cult of clowns and corruption was intoxicated on that elixir of political depravity, Hopium.
We warned Hillary Clinton in 2007 and onwards that Barack Obama had to be exposed as a liar and corrupt Chicago clown. But Hillary Clinton 2008 was a campaign that thought they would win and needed to tolerate Obama in order to win the general election with a unified Democratic Party.
We supported Hillary Clinton in 2008. We supported the Hillary Clinton that for clarity’s sake declared that she was prepared to “obliterate” Iran. We supported the Hillary Clinton that had a well thought out health care plan. We supported the Hillary Clinton that supported Israel. We supported the Hillary Clinton that supported abortion rights for women and demanded abortion be “safe, legal, and RARE”. We supported the Hillary Clinton that fought for what she believed was right and did not give up.
Commenter Wbboei loves to quote Tallyrand on the restoration of the Bourbon kings in France, “they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing”. Same with Hillary.
As in 2008 when she did not attack Barack Obama with the ferocity required so that she would win the general election with a unified Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton in 2016 learned nothing. Hillary2016 handled socialist kook Bernie Sanders as a doddering grandpa she would tolerate so the unified Democrats would glide to victory with her at the prow of the Titanic.
That was the least of her unlearned lessons. After the treachery of Barack Obama and her fellow Democrats in 2008, Hillary Clinton in 2016 welcomed all the men with blood drenched knives from 2008 into her latest venture. We warned Hillary to no avail. Some of our readers were offended when we asked the question that needed to be asked in October of 2014: Is Hillary Clinton Stupid? Or Sabotaged? The answer in retrospect is that Hillary stupidly sabotaged herself.
Hillary in 2016 hired Obama loyalists for her campaign. These Obama loyalists cared more for Obama than Hillary. At times it appeared that Hillary cared more for Obama than for Hillary. Hillary Clinton, despite our warnings, increasingly turned herself into a human shield for Barack Obama.
ObamaCare was hated by the public in every poll. Bill Clinton called ObamaCare “crazy”. Obama shield Hillary Clinton defended ObamaCare. Hillary did not say, “ObamaCare is a mess, we need to replace and repeal it. I know how to do it. We’ve seen how government cannot run our health care system well so we must rethink all our assumptions and come up with a better plan. I will come up with a better plan than the one I had in 2008 now that we have seen the horrible job government has done with health care. We must be guided by the facts and our experiences. I will repeal and replace ObamaCare.” Someone else, with a winning message, said what Hillary should have said. He won.
The new technologies in health care, especially sonograms, should have caused Hillary Clinton to repeat “safe, legal, and RARE” in regards to abortion. Instead Hillary Clinton became an abortion absolutist for abortion on demand and no time limit on the procedure, not even minutes before child birth. It was an untenable position. Why not face reality and declare that the viability tests of Roe v. Wade had to be respected and maybe even restructured with less time available to abort. It took a former pro-choice New Yorker to voice the overwhelming public opinion and attack “partial birth abortion”. After the Gosnell horrors were revealed, a smart pro-choice candidate should have learned a more centrist path on this issue.
A woman candidate should have spoken out on the horrors of female genital mutilation even if it offended Muslims. Hillary stayed quiet.
On Israel and Iran, Hillary Clinton applauded filthy Obama attacks on Israel and a horrible nuclear agreement with Iran. Donald J. Trump stole the old “obliterate” posture against Iran once voiced by Hillary Clinton.
On Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, the man to trust is Donald J. Trump in large part because of his positions on NAFTA, TPP, and illegal immigration.
While Hillary Clinton ends her campaign with sick calls for “an intervention” to stop Donald J. Trump supporters from voting for him, Trump has followed our advice and on the first day of November staged an all out substantive attack on ObamaCare. In the closing days of the 2016 campaign Hillary Clinton is the undisputed candidate of the ruling class status quo engaged in substance-less personal attacks against a foe who grows stronger every day. In the closing days of the 2016 campaign there is no doubt that Donald J. Trump is the candidate of change and of substance. [snip]
The policies in this election boil down to one word: CHANGE!
This election as we have repeatedly written is a CHANGE election. The candidate of change will win and will deserve to win. The candidate of change is Donald J. Trump.
In 2007 we began to publish and we named our website “Hillary Is 44”. It wasn’t her age, “44” referred to our hope that Hillary Clinton would become the 44th president of the United States.
After the 2008 election cycle some thought we should change our name because Barack Obama occupied the office as the 44th president of the United States. We persevered with our Hillary Is 44 name because, we cleverly argued, Grover Cleveland was elected twice to nonconsecutive terms which meant that the next president after Barack Obama would become the 44th person to take the oath of office which meant Hillary Clinton could still be “44”. It was a “Clintonian” clever devise on our part.
Now that the 2016 election cycle is almost over, our name which began with such high hopes has taken on another meaning. Hillary Clinton is become the Obama Third Term if she is elected. Hillary Clinton is running as the Obama Third Term. To us it is as if Hillary Clinton indeed is now 44. “Hillary Is 44” is now an epithet.
The United States cannot survive an Obama Third Term. We cannot survive more debt, more deficits, more war, more gangster government, more government control of the economy, more politically correct totalitarian government, more identity politics which insults our humanity and individuality, more abuse by the IRS against political opponents, more government control of health care, more lies piled upon lies by high officials protected by the “Department of Justice”. We do not want an Obama Third Term under any guise.
We let the facts lead us to our conclusions. We did not let our conclusions lead us to our facts.
The facts are that Hillary Clinton, as a political tactic or in an honest conversion, became the Obama third term. We warned against that. We warned that 2016 was to be a “CHANGE” election, years before Hillary2016 came into existence. Instead of CHANGE, Hillary chose “status quo”. It killed her.
Donald J. Trump became the candidate of change. Trump savaged, with the joy of a child lasciviously licking an ice cream cone in August, all that Obama implemented. Hillary? Hillary mumbled about something about saving something about mumble, mumble, that added up to a dog chewing on it’s own vomit. It was disgusting.
But overall, Hillary2016 takes home the prize for klutzes and clods. [snip]
Bernie Sanders’ “A Future To Believe In” is a variation of Obama’s “Change You Can Believe In”. It’s an attack against Hillary and her credibility. But don’t tell Hillary2016 that. They’re liable to hurt their wittle heads. The Sanders’ campaign has many Obama aides as does the Hillary campaign. But somehow Hillary2016 does not understand that the assault on her is an attack on her credibility, honesty, trustworthiness. Hillary Clinton blathers on about this plan and that plan and “I will do this” and “I will do that” but few believe her because, well, Hillary is not “change you can believe in” or represents “a future to believe in”. The attacks on Hillary Clinton are personal and she responds with policy. Have you ever seen anything so stupid? It’s 2008 all over again, only dumber because we’ve seen this before.
Has there ever been a political campaign dumber than Hillary2016? No. Hillary2016 is the dumbest campaign ever. [snip]
Some campaigns stumble due to unexpected events, unmet expectations, lack of money or even some plain ol’ circumstances beyond control. But Hillary2016 is plain ol’ stupid. [snip]
From before its inception and since we have written about two particularly stupid assumptions Hillary Clinton stupidly accepted. Stupidity #1: the necessity to hire campaign operatives for Hillary2016 more interested in protecting Barack Obama than helping Hillary Clinton. Stupidity #2: acceptance by Hillary Clinton of the pro-Obama hires explanation for why she lost in 2008.
The pro-Obama Praetorian Guard infesting Hillary2016 convinced Hillary Clinton that her big problem in 2008 was she kept on changing strategies and tactics instead of sticking with the political plan outlined by her campaign when it began. This is an entirely stupid lie. Hillary was defeated in 2008 in large part because Big Media protected Barack Obama no matter what Obama did, and attacked every Obama opponent as racist no matter how valid and non-racist the attack was. Hillary Clinton did not lose in 2008 because she changed her strategy when circumstances changed. If anything Hillary Clinton should have been swifter to change and much much more “nuclear” in her attacks on the corrupt Chicago crony Barack Obama.
That rewritten history lie by Barack Obama operatives infesting Hillary2016 has negative dramatic impact on Hillary2016. [snip]
Donald J. Trump is the one in total control of this presidential race and Donald J. Trump is the one who not only sets the agenda but also the narrative and all the cul-de-sacs of that narrative.
Hillary2016 and Hillary Clinton are irredeemably stupid if they think the “I am the responsible, experienced, and most qualified candidate” strategy will win the White House in 2016. It didn’t in 2008 when Hillary Clinton faced a fey legislator without accomplishments other than self-promotion. Hillary Clinton’s “experienced” strategy failed in 2008 and it will fail in 2016. But don’t tell any high level Hillary Clinton operative that because they will enter a psychotic state of denial. [snip]
Contrary to all our repeated warnings and advice Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 chose a stupid strategy. We warned that 2016 would be a change election. The “change” candidate would win. The “stay the course” candidate will lose. Hillary Clinton chose to follow the Obama Praetorian Guard advice, and “stay the course” became the Hillary2016 strategy. This has led to catastrophe. [snip]
Can any of this be documented for the numbskulls at Hillary2016? Yeah. We wrote in 2013 this was a change election and the candidate of change would win. From Egypt to ObamaCare we wrote it was the candidate of change that would win.
The white working class should have been the bedrock of the Hillary2016 campaign. But Hillary Clinton abandoned the white working class so the white working class went to Donald J. Trump. Now the black vote is walking away too.
Hillary2016 is the dumbest campaign organization ever. [snip]
A smart campaign would have seen this disaster coming. A smart campaign could correct it’s stupid moves. A smart campaign would rethink it’s strategy and tactics. A smart campaign would see disaster coming. Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 won’t know what hit them.
So guess what? In the last weeks before the election, the Hillary Clinton campaign did no polling. No. Polling. Whatsoever. Oh, it had data. Lots and lots of data. Analytics, even. Data analytics! But it had no independent information on the overall field of battle in states like Florida, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
So when the election began to turn Donald Trump’s way, the Clinton campaign had no idea.
This is one of the thousand revelations in “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” the new book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes that, for political junkies, redefines the word “juicy” for our time.
Campaign honcho Robby Mook “was worried about overspending . . . so he declined to use pollsters to track voter preferences in the final three weeks of the campaign.” Mook had learned from his time on the Obama 2012 campaign, Allen and Parnes write, that “old-school polling should be used for testing messages and gauging the sentiments of the electorate and that analytics were just as good for tracking which candidate was ahead and by how much in each state.”
Allen and Parnes report that the Republican National Committee did know — but just couldn’t accept it. The RNC didn’t brief reporters on early November polling data it had developed in Michigan and Pennsylvania “because the upticks there were so rosy that party officials didn’t believe their own data.”
The day after the election, Hillary asked Mook “which decisions had been misguided, where they had erred in strategy and tactics. ‘Our data was wrong,’ he said . . . ‘OK,’ she replied.” [snip]
Hillary’s dead-end defenders and those who want a Satan-ex-machina explanation for the November result can point to FBI Director James Comey’s stop-and-start-and-stop email investigation or Russian meddling. But “Shattered” should shatter any illusions that the Hillary election machine would have run smoothly or successfully in their absence. The campaign was a disaster from the get-go.
Hillary2016 was the dumbest campaign ever, as we wrote at the time, and as many now write in retrospect.
Today, wrapped up in full Cassandra garb, we speak prophesy again. At some point, Barack Obama and his lies will all be exposed. Already we see investigations into Obama’s corruption of intelligence agencies to spy on Donald J. Trump and President-Elect Donald J. Trump. But we mean much much more. Our prophesy relates to all the many articles we wrote about Barack Obama and his crooked henchmen back in the 2007/2008 election cycle. All that stuff, Rezko, school grades, the freezing tenants, all that stuff at some point will emerge. Some of the Obama dirt will emerge sooner rather than later:
Think You Know Everything About Obama? Guess Again, Says David Garrow
The Pulitzer-winning biographer is about to dump hundreds of pages of Obama on us next month. And his version of young Barry’s life doesn’t track precisely with the one we know. [snip]
For more than 8 eight years, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian has been toiling away at what will be the most comprehensive biography ever published on Obama’s life when it comes out on May 9. [snip]
“This covers everything from when his father leaves Kenya in the late 1950s, really up through 2016, though the book primarily focuses on the period up through 2007.”
Despite Obama being in the public eye for more than a decade, Garrow chuckles at the idea that there is little of significance left to learn about the former president.
“I think that people irrespective of their political views or partisan identification will be astonished—I cannot say that too strongly—will be profoundly astonished by how much important substance of Barack Obama’s life has not previously been known,” Garrow said.
Indeed, Garrow is extremely critical of what he sees as the shallowness of the media’s coverage of Obama’s history.
“What most disappointed me back in the context of 2008 was how little interest U.S. journalists of all stripes took in the eight years that Barack spent in Springfield, Illinois, in the state legislature,” Garrow said. “There is not even, as we sit here today, a good magazine article out there about Barack’s time in the Illinois state legislature.” [snip]
“Barack and his closest friend in the early 1990s, when they were in law school, wrote several hundred pages of a proposed book manuscript that was never published,” Garrow said. “Particularly the 140 pages or so of that manuscript that are about race give significant insight into Barack’s thinking, you know, when he was leaving law school, about to enter into public life in Illinois.”
Asked whether any of the revelations in his book could have derailed Obama’s candidacy had they come out in 2008, Garrow said quite possibly.
“Had some Republican opposition researcher come up with” the book manuscript he wrote in law school, Garrow said, “there are multiple things that could have been used to Guinier him,” referring to how Republicans used controversial comments made in law review articles to derail President Bill Clinton’s nomination of Lani Guiner for assistant attorney general for civil rights in 1993.
“There are other examples,” Garrow added. “I think even back in 2008, 2009, from the very get-go, I was surprised at people’s willingness to assume that Barack’s memoir, Dreams From My Father, was without question historically reliable.”
“I thought from the beginning that that was probably too charitable a presumption,” he went on, hinting that his book will pick apart claims made in Obama’s highly praised post-law school memoir.
Garrow has met several times with President Barack Obama to discuss the book, though most of what went on in those conversations, he says, is off the record. Nonetheless, Garrow admits Obama “very strongly” disagrees with some of the claims he makes in the book.
“What I would fairly say, and we see this again very much in the present day, is that when one becomes president of the United States, it’s not uncommon for that person to think that their memory, their version of events, inescapably trumps all other people’s versions,” he explained.
But Garrow has done his homework. “I, all told, did more than 1,000 interviews for this,” Garrow said, noting the book is nearly 1,500 pages long. “It’s well over more than 200 pages of end notes,” Garrow pointed out. “The index, which was what I most recently had to sign off on, is 68 pages.”
Garrow is probably too sympathetic to Barack Obama to really unload on Barack. Garrow has written books on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement of the 1960s so it is likely he will hold back on calling scum “scum”. But this will be the first book that begins the search at the bottom of the barrel.
There will be more books and more revelations about Barack Obama and the books and revelations will be released before the 2020 elections and maybe Barack Obama will be off vacation by then. An avid reader for all these books will be one, President Donald J. Trump. And President Donald J. Trump will let us all know exactly who Obama is, even more than he has already. We will enjoy President Trump as he enjoys his reading.
That’s the other reason President Trump won. He is so young and happy. Hillary Clinton on the other hand probably lost in 2016 because she was too old.
Donald J. Trump, older in years than Hillary Clinton romped across the country in a perfect representation of what Democrats once called themselves, “happy warriors”. The “politics of joy”.
Hillary Clinton on the other hand, younger in years than Donald J. Trump, became a shield maiden:
Aragorn: You have some skill with a blade.
Eowyn: The women of this country learned long ago, those without swords can still die upon them. I fear neither death nor pain.
Aragorn: What do you fear, my lady?
Eowyn: A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire.
Aragorn: You are a daughter of kings, a shield maiden of Rohan. I do not think that will be your fate.
Unlike Bill Clinton who fought his party and the left and dragged both to the center and victory, Hillary Clinton clipped her wings and stayed inside those gilded bars. Then use and old age led her to accept the cage. Instead of using her skill, she hid behind her privilege. Then failure took her.
Donald J. Trump, older in years than Hillary, was a happy warrior. He fought with valor against his own party and everyone else. Trump won. Trump deserved to win.
Ten years after we began to publish, we are at peace.
Jared Kushner should be worried. Steve Bannon should be worried. Reince Priebus should be worried. They should all be worried and that’s because of President Trump’s brilliant management style.
Every management style has plusses and minuses. We happen to prefer President Trump’s management style. The other management style used by people such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama simply does not work in our modern society with all its divisions.
Trump’s management style? President Trump is the center of the wheel. This makes President Trump a centripetal force when it comes to information. PDT sucks up information from all his aides, TV, publications, critics, everything and everyone.
The management style we don’t think works for a modern president is the pyramid management style. That is the management style of people like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. This pyramid style is very structured and everyone has a place in the pyramid. The president at the top of the pyramid has all his/her incoming information filtered through those immediately below him on the pyramid.
Big Media and the establishment of the country prefer the pyramid management style. Everyone has a place and all information is filtered through the pyramid. There are few if any surprises in the pyramid. The pyramid management style is excellent if your goal is structure and order. It’s not so good at getting things done other than the conventional. Lately conventional does not work.
President Trump’s management style is a vortex. It appears to be chaotic to everyone but the president at the center. Everyone competes to get the attention of the vortex center and the old rules of hierarchy and order are caught in the whirlwind.
Big Media hates the vortex. Big Media has long believed they are the masters of information. Big Media has been usurped by the center of the wheel for information gathering and information dissemination. Consider the latest “analysis” by Vanity Fair in their much discussed (by Big Media and Trump haters) article on the Trump White House:
THE INSIDE STORY OF THE KUSHNER-BANNON CIVIL WAR
West Wing sources come clean about the backstabbing, the bullying, the distrust, and the buzzing flies. [snip]
Priebus’s role is, by Trump’s design, less powerful than that of a traditional chief of staff. Typically, the chief of staff is meant to serve as the main gatekeeper to the president—having one person atop the hierarchy with unquestioned authority is essential—but Trump’s management style has long been to pit top aides against one another, and almost any senior aide can just wander into the Oval Office.
Oh, the horror!!! Vanity Fair cannot comprehend a free flow of information to the president. Vanity Fair craves the pyramid structure which has so spectacularly failed American voters/citizens with such regularity.
As a public service we will digest and excrete the entire Vanity Fair article which has titillated Big Media narratives for our readers. Vanity Fair‘s entire article on the Trump White House is one cheap and easy conceit. Vanity Fair declares that the Trump White House is like a “reality show”. The entire article populates the imagined “reality show” with characters from the Trump orbit. Isn’t that a “wow” so very very original? Uninspired bitchiness from hacks is the fare of Vanity Fair these days.
As with everything from Big Media these days, insipid chit-chat is what passes for “analysis” from Vanity Fair. Big Media takes everything Trump and puts a negative spin on it. It’s easy to do. Anyone can do it. If you have a loving relationship with a person, just label it “co-dependent” or “exploitative”. If a wonderful new technology is developed, describe all the horrors that could potentially come from the technology. You fall in love, “oh girlfriend you’re gonna regret it”. Anything and everything is turned into negative energy chit chat. Whatever it is, it is not “analysis”.
Good analysis of the Trump White House should examine the benefits and drawbacks of the Trump management style. The big drawback of the Trumpcentric universe is that if anything happens to Trump there will be a black hole of gravity at the center which will threaten to consume everything. Also, for the not very astute outside the vortex, the vortex appears as chaos. But as has been demonstrated since June 15, 2015 the vortex wins in the end and creates its own order and results. As long as President Trump remains healthy and active, we believe the benefits of the Trump vortex are greater than its deficits.
Of course the Trump vortex is not very good for those who work for Trump. The voter and President Trump benefit from the vortex but not the aides.
Consider Jared Kushner, the son-in-law. Big Media has declared that Jared Kushner is now king of the hill. To the extent that Kushner is family he is well positioned. Kushner, to quote from the chit-chat Vanity Fairairhead gossips is ascendant:
Ivanka Trump, who could play the No-BS Heiress in our reality show, and her husband, Jared, the Crafty In-Law, are both children of privilege and are both extraordinarily loyal to their fathers. The senior administration official told me that, with this president, it is “family above all else. That’s how he has lived his life. Anybody thinking they are going to win a fight against the family is not very smart.” Kushner has reportedly described himself as a “first among equals” among White House staffers—not an endearing self-assessment, but probably an accurate one—and has been given an almost laughable assortment of responsibilities. He is tasked not only with bringing peace to the Middle East but also with re-inventing the way the entire government does business. He is heavily involved in policy regarding China. He recently made a surprise trip to Iraq. In addition, he is now the boss of his father’s former tormentor, Chris Christie, who heads a White House commission to tackle the opioid crisis. Christie was the prosecutor who helped put Jared’s father, Charles Kushner, in prison, and Jared has not forgotten.
If Vanity Air tried to do “analysis” not gossip the mag rag could have pondered the situation Jared Kushner finds himself in. From the world of real estate in New York/New Jersey Jared Kushner has a background not entirely dissimilar from President Trump. But where President Trump is the center of the vortex, consuming information, and due to his life in public and the tabloids, able to command from the executive suite – Jared Kushner has very specific assignments to carry out on behalf of President Trump.
President Trump can make general decisions and issue orders. But no one expects President Trump to be an operative who picks up the hammer and saw to get the job done. That is precisely the situation Jared Kushner is in right now.
Jared Kushner has some very specific assignments. Will he succeed or fail? Middle East peace, China, opiods? That’s a very diverse portfolio. If Jared Kushner succeeds in these tasks who would be so churlish as to be unhappy he has done his job well? If Jared Kushner fails, then he will be called Icarus.
Anyone recall candidate Ben Carson? To be discreet and our typical sweet selves we won’t quote what Candidate Trump said about Candidate Carson. But it had something to do with Carson trying to kill his mother. Candidate Lyin’ Ted? Again, discretion is the better part of our nature, and we don’t mention Candidate Trump saying something about the assassination of JFK and Heidi and Daddy Cruz. Now Cruz helps PDT. Remember the wack-a-doodle two headed dentist, Candidate Rand Paul and the mockery unleashed by Candidate Trump against the diminutive senator? Senator Rand Paul is now a big Trump fan. What happened? It was the Trump Doctrine at play:
Do what President Trump wants you to do, and he loves you. Stand in President Trump’s way and a MOAB lands on your head.
Remember when Candidate Trump denounced NATO as obsolete? Now NATO is dancing to President Trump’s tune – taking on once-upon-a-time friend Putin and paying up on their dues. Result? President Trump no longer slaps NATO as obsolete. Trump “Art of the Deal-ed” them. President Trump got what Americans wanted – so as long as they do what this American president wants, NATO’s wheel spoke is up.
Remember the Import-Export Bank that Candidate Trump denounced – promised he would destroy? NeverTrump hysterics flow from President Trump’s latest moves on the Import-Export Bank. What did President Trump do? President Trump violated his campaign pledge to eliminate the bank. Or did he? President Trump just appointed Scott Garrett to the Import-Export Bank Board. Who is Scott Garrett? He hates the Import-Export Bank and nothing can be done without his “yes” vote.
China’s spoke on the wheel is up right now because China is doing what President Trump wants for the American people. Remember what President Trump said about China on the campaign trail? For diplomacy’s sake we won’t quote Candidate Trump. As long as China does what President Trump wants, China will be wined, dined, and praised. Until the moment when the wheel turns China is on top. The wheel will turn when President Trump makes more “Art of the Deal-y” demands.
Deng Xiaoping Theory (simplified Chinese: 邓小平理论; traditional Chinese: 鄧小平理論; pinyin: Dèng Xiǎopíng Lǐlùn), also known as Dengism, is the series of political and economic ideologies first developed by Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. The theory does not claim to reject Marxism–Leninism or Mao Zedong Thought but instead seeks to adapt them to the existing socio-economic conditions of China.
Deng also stressed opening China to the outside world, the implementation of one country, two systems, and through the phrase “seek truth from facts“, an advocation of political and economic pragmatism. [snip]
One of the most famous maxims of Deng, dating back to the years before the Cultural Revolution, states that “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice.” In other words, he did not worry too much about whether a person is a revolutionary or not, as long as he or she is efficient and capable to do the job under the socialist economy. (This statement came to stand in opposition to the ideas of class struggle projected into economic relations, the latter being epitomized in a phrase “a socialist train coming with a delay is better than the capitalist one that comes on time“).
China largely owes its economic growth to the pragmatism of Deng Xiaoping’s theory. The task faced by Deng was twofold: to promote modernization while preserving the ideological unity of the CPC and its control of the difficult process of reforms.
If President Trump quoted commie Deng Xiaoping our Big Media would fawn all over sweetie pie commie Trump. President Trump is not commie Deng but there is no doubt that President Trump aides should remember “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice.”
During the presidential campaign Candidate Donald J. Trump stunned many when he either redefined “conservatism” to be what he thought. Remember “I am for free trade but I also want fair trade” that so shocked the conservative priesthood? Candidate Trump especially shocked, when denounced because he was not a “conservative, and responded with “who cares?”
That’s what so many who lament the rise of Kushner and the slump of Steve Bannon don’t get. After the failure of ObamaCare repeal because of the Freedom Caucus, President Trump did his usual “Art of the Deal-ing” moves. Trump immediately declared he was through with ObamaCare repeal, denounced the Freedom Caucus, and announced he would triangulate with Democrats to pass legislation. This shocked the pearl clutchers.
To slap awake the Freedom Caucus and wake them to the dangers of not passing ObamaCare repeal soon, President Trump played his trump card – Steve Bannon. If the Freedom Caucus did not cooperate even with a powerful Steve Bannon cajoling them, then either Steve Bannon is useless in dealings with the Freedom Caucus, or the Freedom Caucus is too contrarian to ever get anything done.
President Trump’s argument is “if this cat can’t catch mice, get rid of him. I’ll get rid of the rats another way.” The threat from President Trump is credible, not because of how he MOABed ISIS or Tomahawked Syria (although that does demonstrate the “#DFWM” doctrine) but because of campaign history. Corey Lewandowski was viewed as indispensable, until Paul Manafort became indispensable, until Steve Bannon/KellyAnne Conway became indispensable. Now Jared Kushner is indispensable.
All President Trump was doing was “Art of the Deal-ing”. President Trump knows Obama Dimocrats won’t help him or the American people to see Candidate Trump’s promises fulfilled. But the threat did some awfully good artful dealing. For all the complaints, the fact is that the Freedom Caucus came forth with a bit more pragmatism and now ObamaCare repeal is once again on the table and soon to be voted on.
Which brings us to Deng Xiaoping again. Something conservative NeverTrumpers should keep in mind. Let’s invert a Dengism to see what President Trump would like to do: “a capitalist train coming with a delay is better than the socialist one that comes on time“. That’s contrary to the postulate of the efficient cat. But it is a warning that the TrumpTrain will roll in the direction of Candidate Trump’s campaign as long as it rolls but if you try to stop it for reasons of ideological purity, then watch out, because the cat in the dark will come back. In other words what matters to President Trump is to get the job done, hopefully in the right way, but whichever way, the job will get done. The job, is Make America Great Again.
Some don’t understand that for President Trump the job is to Make America Great Again, not make ideology or particular leaders, or something or other great again. The threats of scandal thuggery coming from people like Mike Cernovich who are infatuated with themselves, are going nowhere. President Trump does not faint. The well intended warnings about false friends from Kurt Schlichter are best directed at those that think they can use President Trump as their toy.
Schlichter makes some good points about how close President Trump is to total victory and winning, winning, winning. But President Trump is the one who performed the miracle of election and he deserves better than faint praise.
President Trump knows what he is doing. He is at the center of the vortex. We recall when Vladimir Putin was going to be his best friend. Then Putin thought he was king of the hill. So Trump had to MOAB drop the Trump doctrine on Putin’s head.
The same forces aligned against Candidate Trump are still spreading the “chaos” “sell-out” “not a real conservative” narratives to undermine President Trump. But President Trump continues to strike like a TrumpNado for his goal of Make America Great Again.
President Trump is at the center of the vortex and in calm control. Where Big Media and NeverTrumpers see “chaos” President Trump sees the vortex of information flows. President Trump understands the vortex he is in. President Trump at the center of the vortex knows how to use what orbits around him to move in the direction he selects.
America’s enemies, foreign and domestic still don’t see the vortex, the TrumpNado as an intelligent force, moving deliberately to strike.