It’s a call for a soft coup against the duly elected president. The call for a soft coup comes from the highest levels of the FBI and the DOJ. The “protection” is straight out of a 1950s melodrama.
Except, it’s not a military plot. It’s a plot against democracy and the American people by the corrupt intelligence agencies.
We knew it was going to get much worse. In June of this year we warned that those who thought the attacks against President Trump would cease or even get less hysterical were gravely deluded. We warned the attacks against President Trump would only increase as the Deep State FBI CIA DOJ got more and more desperate to destroy the President who stands in their way.
The investigators need to be investigated, preferably at an autopsy of themselves and their agencies. They are entirely corrupt:
MORE: Timeline of texts from former Special Counsel investigator Peter Strzok may raise concerns about his impartiality and will likely raise more questions about the Clinton server investigation, @PaulaReidCBS says
Special Counsel's office telling me that Peter Strzok was removed from Russia investigation in late July, "immediately" after text messages were discovered. First reports of demotion came out in mid-August. News of texts broke on Dec. 2. More than 4 month lag time.
Two FBI officials who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation exchanged text messages last year in which they appear to have discussed ways to prevent Donald Trump from being elected president.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok wrote in a cryptic text message to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer and his mistress.
“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” Strzok wrote in the text, dated Aug. 15, 2016.
Andy is likely Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Text-from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page (Andy is Andrew McCabe): "I want to believe the path u threw out 4 consideration in Andy's office-that there's no way he gets elected-but I'm afraid we can't take that risk.It's like an insurance policy in unlikely event u die be4 you're 40"
These are but some of the revelations that began to leak out during the vote tally of the Alabama election. The leaks are text messages from the top of the FBI. But it gets worse, much much worse:
The co-founder of Trump dossier firm Fusion GPS confirmed in court filings on Tuesday that he met last year with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr and hired Ohr’s wife to help with the opposition research firm’s investigation of Donald Trump.
Glenn Simpson said in a declaration filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. that he met “at [Ohr’s] request” weeks after the presidential election. Simpson stated that Ohr, who recently held the position of deputy assistant attorney general, sought the meeting “to discuss our findings regarding Russia and the election.”
The DOJ’s Bruce Ohr asked to meet with Fusion GPS. And the meeting was about Russia and the election, as requested by DOJ’s Bruce Ohr. DOJ official Bruce Ohr knew all about Fusion GPS and its corruptions because his wife worked for Fusion GPS!!! It’s much much worse:
Simpson also disclosed that Fusion GPS hired Ohr’s wife, Nellie, to serve as a subcontractor on Trump-related work.
Trump defenders have seized on the Ohr’s relationship with Fusion GPS. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow cited the revelations to call for a second special counsel.
In his declaration, Simpson referred to Nellie Ohr as “a former government official expert in Russian matters” who Fusion GPS hired “to help our company with its research and analysis of Mr. Trump.”
It is not clear what government position Simpson was referring to in the declaration. But a 2010 Justice Department report shows that Ohr worked at that time as a researcher for Open Source Works, the CIA’s in-house open source research shop.
FBI, CIA, DOJ. All working together on a soft coup d’état against the American government and democracy itself.
The revelations emerge as part of a concerted effort to block more revelations from exposure. As we wrote back in August, Fushion GPS is in large part a Big Media scandal and Fusion GPS is doing everything it can to protect corrupt Big Media. We described a great deal of this in Apocalypse Now! Corrupt Big Media Tool, Fusion GPS And Obama Scandals
With the latest revelations more pieces of the Big Media Fusion GPS FBI CIA DOJ puzzle begin to fit ever tighter:
In addition to his meeting with Simpson, Bruce Ohr also met last year with dossier author Christopher Steele. Fox News reported last week that Ohr’s meetings with Steele occurred before the election.
Ohr still works at the Justice Department, but he was stripped of one of his positions last Wednesday after Fox News inquired about his meetings with Simpson and Steele. He remains as director of Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Nellie Ohr’s work for Fusion GPS — which Simpson referred to as “confidential” — was revealed Monday night. Fox News reported that she worked for the oppo firm during the presidential campaign. It was unclear until Simpson’s disclosure whether she worked directly on Trump-related matters.
Simpson says in his court filing that he acknowledged during his Nov. 14 interview with the House Intelligence Committee that he met with Bruce Ohr. Fusion’s attorneys pointed to the apparent leak of his testimony to argue in favor of a temporary restraining order to block the release of the firm’s bank records.
The committee and Fusion have been locked in a battle since October over the bank documents.
Republicans on the House panel have issued a subpoena for the records in hopes of identifying some of Fusion’s clients and contractors. Fusion’s lawyers have argued that the subpoena violates Fusion’s confidentiality and First Amendment rights.
The issuance of the subpoena has already had some results. Perkins Coie, the law firm that represented the Clinton campaign and DNC, came forward in October to disclose that it hired Fusion for the project that produced the dossier. [snip]
Fusion was caught off guard by a subpoena issued to the bank — TD Bank — by Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence panel.
Fusion’s lawyers cited all of the revelations about Simpson’s testimony as evidence that the House’s subpoena for the TD Bank records “is part of a punitive effort by Chairman Nunes to retaliate against Fusion and to interfere with its constitutional rights.”
“The subpoena is an effort to harm Fusion and its associates. It seeks to divert attention away from, and interfere with, the investigation and to expose Fusion’s associations with other individuals and entities that have nothing to do with the Russia investigation,” the complaint reads.
The Deep State, Academia, Big Media, CIA FBI DOJ are co-conspirators in the attempted destruction of our democracy. They are not the heroes, they are the enemy of the American people. They have been winning for decades. Now comes President Trump and they are desperate animals trapped in fear.
The fight did not end on election night 2016. All that happened on election night 2016 was the American people got a fighter and a fighting chance of winning back our republic.
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.
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.
The answer to THE great mystery, which almost every sentient being knew the answer to, is fully revealed. For weeks, after the Summer of Trump III, the great mystery has been why the Obama Dimocrats have changed their approach to President Donald J. Trump.
Obama Dimocrat Senator Feinstein said some nice things about President Trump and was immediately attacked by the Kook left. Nancy Pelousy and Cryin’ Chuck Schumer too signaled they were not about to continue their ceaseless and wild attacks against President Donald J. Trump. These goofballs even signed on to agreements which benefit President Trump even as Big Media attempted to explain it all as a victory for Pelousy and Cryin’ Chuck. “What the Hell happened?” asked the dummies such as those at Axios, who cannot not see the obvious so they come up with crackpot theories instead of looking at what is staring at them in their faces.
Let’s recap: Pelousy and Cryin’ Chuck along with the entire asylum full of American Horror Story Cult Obama Dimocrats were fully engaged in #TheResistance. The plan was to not let President Trump be “normalized” as a legitimate President. The entire Obama Dimocrat strategy was to portray President Trump as Herr Hitler. Resistance! Unfurl the Resistance!!! flags. Let Antifa roam the streets as the black-shirt army of the leftist Resistance! to Herr Hitler!!!!!!!!!!
But how can President Trump be Herr Hitler if #TheResistance Obama Dimocrats are cutting deals? “How can this be?”, asked those who already knew the answer. For the dummies, the American Horror Story Cult of leftist Kooks, the Obama Dimocrat establishment of totalitarians, the answer is finally revealed. The answer is what we here suspected all along. Polls. Focus groups.
Democrats have attacked the president every which way, but polling and focus groups show none of it’s working.
Democrats tried attacking Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency. They’ve made the case that he’s ineffective, pointing to his failure to sign a single major piece of legislation into law after eight months in the job. They’ve argued that Trump is using the presidency to enrich himself and that his campaign was in cahoots with Russia.
Data from a range of focus groups and internal polls in swing states paint a difficult picture for the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election. It suggests that Democrats are naive if they believe Trump’s historically low approval numbers mean a landslide is coming. The party is defending 10 Senate seats in states that Trump won and needs to flip 24 House seats to take control of that chamber.
The research, conducted by private firms and for Democratic campaign arms, is rarely made public but was described to POLITICO in interviews with a dozen top operatives who’ve been analyzing the results coming in.
“If that’s the attitude that’s driving the Democratic Party, we’re going to drive right into the ocean,” said Anson Kaye, a strategist at media firm GMMB who worked on the Obama and Clinton campaigns and is in conversations with potential clients for next year.
Worse news, they worry: Many of the ideas party leaders have latched onto in an attempt to appeal to their lost voters — free college tuition, raising the minimum wage to $15, even Medicare for all — test poorly among voters outside the base. The people in these polls and focus groups tend to see those proposals as empty promises, at best.
Antifa blackshirt thugs, Bernie Sanders’ Bros and Hos, Hillary Clinton, Big Media, will respond that President Donald J. Trump is a chaotic mess and that is a big turnoff. In a political version of the Family Feud game show however, the vox populi has a different and very Trumpian answer:
Pollsters are shocked by how many voters describe themselves as “exhausted” by the constant chaos surrounding Trump, and they find that there’s strong support for a Congress that provides a check on him rather than voting for his agenda most of the time. But he is still viewed as an outsider shaking up the system, which people in the various surveys say they like, and which Democrats don’t stack up well against.
“People do think he’s bringing about change, so it’s hard to say he hasn’t kept his promises,” said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake.
Yes, that is the same Celinda Lake quoted that we featured in our July 25 analysis (…40 million Americans who voted last year will likely not show up at the polls for the 2018 midterms — and that two-thirds of those “drop-off” voters will be millennials, unmarried women and people of color.) Lake’s predictions for 2018 are dire for Obama Dimocrats, as we discussed. In that same analysis we quoted Obama Dimocrat Willie Brown who said pretty much the same as the focus groups confirm:
In focus groups, most participants say they’re still impressed with Trump’s business background and tend to give him credit for the improving economy. The window is closing, but they’re still inclined to give him a chance to succeed.
More than that, no single Democratic attack on the president is sticking — not on his temperament, his lack of accomplishments or the deals he’s touted that have turned out to be less than advertised, like the president’s claim that he would keep Carrier from shutting down its Indianapolis plant and moving production to Mexico.
Voters are also generally unimpressed by claims that Trump exaggerates or lies, and they don’t see the ongoing Russia investigation adding up to much.
The Russia election theft fable won’t work???? But, but, but what about Herr Hitler #Resistance and Charlottesville and NAZIS!!!!! and alt-right!!!!!!!! and oh my god what about Hitler…. Hitler people, Hitler!!!! What about Hitler????? Um, the Family Feud answer is…:
The president’s equivocation on neo-Nazis was not as much of a political problem as his opponents want to believe, Democratic operatives say, and shifting the debate to whether or not to remove Confederate monuments largely worked for him.
“He is the president. The assessment that voters will make is, is he a good one or not? While Democrats like me have come to conclusions on that question, most of the voters who will decide future elections have not,” Canter said.
But what about #TheResistance!!!! What about POLICY!!!!!! POLICY, people, policy!!!!! Surely Obama Dimocrat American Horror Story Cult policy will save the day against Trump, right? RIGHT???? Policy will work against President Trump, right??? Um, WRONG:
Many of the proposals Democrats are pushing fall flat in focus groups and polling.
The call for free college tuition fosters both resentment at ivory tower elitism and regret from people who have degrees but are now buried under debt. Many voters see “free” as a lie — either they’ll end up paying for tuition some other way, or worse, they’ll be paying the tuition of someone else who’ll be getting a degree for free.
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Gerstein Bocian Agne Strategies conducted online polling of 1,000 Democrats and 1,000 swing voters across 52 swing districts for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Their advice to candidates afterward: Drop the talk of free college. Instead, the firms urged Democrats to emphasize making college more affordable and reducing debt, as well as job skills training, according to an internal DCCC memo.
Where are the Big Media headlines about the Obama Dimocrat Congressional Campaign Committee lies about free college tuition? Big Media continues to protect their brethren Obama Horror Story Cult.
But what about “free health care” and Bernie’s Medicare for all lies? Policy people, policy. Surely free health care is a winner against Herr Hitler, right??? Right??? Wrong:
Medicare-for-all tests better, but it, too, generates suspicion. The challenge is that most voters in focus groups believe it’s a pipe dream — they ask who will pay for it and suspect it will lead to a government takeover of health care — and therefore wonder whether the politicians talking to them about it are being less than forthright, too.
Wait until the failed single payer systems of California, Vermont, and Colorado get a full airing during election season. That’s why Obama Horror Story Cult Dimocrats are in for a bloody end of gruesome death.
But what about the minimum wage? The minimum wage, people!!!! Surely the minimum wage will lead Obama Dimocrats to victory against President Trump, right? Right??? Wrong:
Raising the minimum wage to $15 is as unpopular as it was when the Obama White House tried to make it Democrats’ rallying cry in the 2014 midterms. Participants in battleground-state focus groups said they see that rate as relatively high and the issue in general as being mostly about redistributing money to the poor.
The DCCC memo urges candidates instead to talk about a “living wage,” or to rail against outsourcing jobs.
“What you’re seeing is this thing that Democrats cannot seem to figure out — this notion that somehow if we just put the words together correctly that’ll be the winning message and we’ll win,” Kaye said. “That is the opposite of how the electorate is behaving.”
Raise the minimum wage and everyone else has to get a raise and then prices rise, so after all the economic dislocation, the status quo returns. If the government “gave” every American one million dollars a lollypop would rise in price to $50.00.
But, but, but, immigration and trade, people!!!! Immigration and trade!!!!! Immigration and trade will save Obama Cult Horror Dimocrats, right? Right????? Um, WRONG:
On immigration and trade, voters remain largely aligned with Trump. Data show that voters believe that the economy is moving in the right direction and resent Democrats attacking its progress.
Obama Dimocrat strategists are very worried. They see what we see in the polling data and in the zeitgeist.
Obama Dimocrats will resort to lies as usual. These dopes will try the same playbook of loser plays against President Trump that worked so well against the hapless Mittens Romney:
More and more, Democratic operatives are gravitating toward pushing for an argument that Trump is just out to make his rich friends richer, at the expense of everyone else. They believe they could include all sorts of attacks on his decisions under that umbrella, from stripping regulations on credit cards to trying to end Obamacare to pushing for corporate tax breaks.
Will that tactic work? No. President Trump is not Kittens Romney. President Trump has already made it clear that in any tax reform or tax cut his goal is to help the middle class even if that means the rich get schlonged.
The Virginia Governor’s Race May Decide The 2020 Presidential Election [snip]
The Bill To End Virginia’s ‘Winner Take All’ System
The answer is in a bill that was put forward in the Virginia House of Representatives, one that would end Virginia’s ‘winner take all’ electoral vote system: [snip]
Republicans have a near two-to-one advantage in the House of Delegates, 66-34, and a majority in the Virginia Senate 21-19. Current Governor McAuliffe is term limited, and if the GOP’s Gillespie is elected in 2017, the stage would be set for Cole to reintroduce the bill, which would then be free from the danger of a veto.
Donald Trump won the Electoral College handily 306 to 232, but that is of course no indicator of how close the race might be in 2020. If it were a Reagan-type blowout, then how Virginia’s electoral votes were allocated would be of passing interest. On the other hand, if the race were more akin to the Gore/Bush 2000 campaign, any change to Virginia’s apportionment would become vital, if not the deciding factor.
That’s a longer way of saying that in 2020 the state of Virginia will once again be in play but that whatever happens it is likely that President Trump will do well in Virginia, a state he lost in 2016. If the winner takes some system is approved, President Trump will get a bunch of electoral votes no matter who “wins” Virginia in 2020. That’s bad news for Obama Dimocrats. It’s another boulder thrown into the scales of the 2020 election which we predicted President Trump will win. Bigly.
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So what is this “real estate scandal” we referenced in our title?
Picture a billionaire at the bulk discounter Costco, not buying anything, rather shoplifting, stealing, all he surveys. Picture this same billionaire at Van Cleef and Arpels, the jeweler on Fifth Avenue. He is not buying anything there either, rather shoplifting, stealing all he surveys. It is President Donald J. Trump and one of, if not the greatest political real estate thefts of all time.
We’ve explored this grand theft politics before. But the theft is now so wildly promiscuous and threatens to grow so massively that only an Obama Dimocrat RICO action could stop it. But it won’t. It won’t stop.
@RealDonaldTrump Walks Away With The Clinton Coalition
The bedrock of a winning coalition, the people Barack Obama dismissed in 2008 as “bitter” and clinging to their guns and Bibles, used to be the FDR coalition and the Clinton coalition. No longer. They are now part of the Trump Triumph. Hillary2016 has abandoned them so they have abandoned her. [snip]
The white working class chased out of the Democratic Party by Obama’s Kook coalition had no where to go but to the Republican Party. Now the former Democrats join in solidarity with the long time populist Republicans – ergo TRUMP.
President Donald J. Trump is the greatest of American political real estate thieves. President Trump stole the Clinton coalition. President Trump stole the Republican Party. President Trump is stealing the Democratic Party of FDR/Kennedy. It’s a political real estate scandal.
President Trump has taken the real estate from the full spectrum of the right wing (far right, moderate right, liberal right) as well as the all important center of the political world, and is on the move to steal the center left and the moderate left. The only real estate President Trump will not steal is the kingdom of Kooks far far left and the dirty swamp.
But is picking up extremely valuable abandoned property, theft? Or is it smarts? The Obama Dimocrat Horror Cult is about to find out just how smart President Donald J. Trump is.
Update: President Trump in Florida to survey the damage and make sure recovery and repairs are carried out as he has ordered.
In case you missed it, President Trump in Florida discussed THE WALL:‘If we don’t have the wall, we’re doing nothing’. President Trump made that comment after some earlier squishy comments in Washington. Here’s the quote in full (at 5:01 in the video): “But we’ll only do it if we get extreme security… if we get not only surveillance… but everything that goes along with surveillance. And ultimately we have to have the wall. If we don’t have the wall we’re doing nothing.” There’s also this (at 5:30) “At some point they’re gonna have to. They cannot obstruct the wall. The wall to me is vital. If I don’t get the wall then we will become the obstructionists.” And this (at 5:42): ‘”We have to have an understanding that whether it is in the budget or some other vehicle, in a fairly short period of time the wall will be funded, otherwise we’re not doing any deal.”
President Trump understands the vital nature of the WALL to his supporters. He will negotiate as a master of the Art of the Deal. The bottom line is results. Results he promised. Representative Steve King is correct that a betrayal on this issue is a betrayal on all issues:
We are sure President Trump will repeat his promises about the WALL to great cheers from those that voted for him in 2016, as he campaigns around the country in the next several weeks for tax reform. Big Media along with Pelousy and Cryin’ Chuck will continue to sow discord among Trump supporters. As long as President Trump keeps his promises as he has on issue after issue, there will be no discord. The base will remain intact and an immovable object.
Today we present a picnic basket of analysis for those of you on the run to take with you as you flee from Hurricane Irma or recover from Hurricane Harvey.
Let’s start with the hurricanes and how the winds are blowing in our political cultural storms (then we’ll get to the fun stuff of American Horror Story and Star Trek and what that says about the zeitgeist).
On Hurricane Irma: run. This one is gonna be a Hillary2016 size disaster. It’s easy to see how bad this storm is going to be just by looking at its size. Run ladies and gents in Florida, run. Pretend a naked Michelle Obama is chasing you. Run!
Hurricane Irma, like Hurricane Harvey will cause a great deal of damage. Houses will float. Roofs will fly.
Hurricane Irma has already blown the roof off of two politicians and let us see them for who they are. We mean Governor Abbott and Governor Rick Scott. Governor Abbott of Texas, the guy in a wheelchair, acted like a superhero movie star. Abbott was everywhere seemingly bereft of sleep for days in order to take care of Texas citizens. Bravo Governor Abbott!
Governor Rick Scott. We’ve always had doubts about this guy. He looked kinda weird to us with his unblinking eyes, chrome dome head, and stilted speaking manner. We were chagrined when he was elected governor of Florida because his opponent was such a loon. Still… we have had reservations about this Rick Scott guy. Had. Hurricane Irma has exposed Governor Rick Scott of Florida as a strong leader who provides timely information and is doing everything we think he should be doing and doing it well. Bravo Governor Rick Scott!
Pay attention to these two governors. They both have a bright future in politics. Governor Abbott has already passed his test of leadership with his command of the Hurricane Harvey disasters.
Governor Rick Scott has passed his test of hurricane preparation but he still remains to be tested during the storm and as recovery begins. We suspect from his performance thus far that he will pass these tests superlatively as well. If Governor Rick Scott does well in the week and weeks to come it is likely that he will become, as we have predicted, the next Republican Senator from Florida if he decides to challenge Obama Dimocrat Bill Nelson in 2018.
What do Governors Abbott and Scott have in common? Well, they are both Republican governors. Most importantly they are both strong supporters of President Donald J. Trump. This means a strong desire by both federal and state governments to do the best jobs possible because there is good will amongst all the parties involved in hurricane disaster preparation.
There is more of course to these double hurricanes than weather or the political fates of two governors. Hurricane Irma, like Hurricane Harvey, will have political ramifications greater than most anticipate. For instance we already see how even the most anti-Trump Big Media outlets have to admit that President Trump’s quick and effective disaster relief efforts elevate his stature as well as the polls which cannot measure the full support of the public for President Trump.
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Thanks to GonzoTx in our comment section we have been alerted to a Mark Steyn quote which summarizes what has struck us about the political moment we are in. Steyn writes, culture trumps politics. We have to add, Trump trumps the culture.
What few anticipated was the cultural revolution that President Trump was about to light up as well. This cultural revolution was not entirely a surprise because Donald J. Trump so dominated the news. No other political candidate has set national conversations at the kitchen table and on congressional and Big Media panels to discuss the size of his hands, his hair, his skin coloration, his family, his taste in furniture and decorations, his lunch/dinner habits, his pizza eating style with fork and knife, his possessions, his demeanor, his tone, his counter-punching style, his ego, his private conversations, his public declarations, his movements, his height, his wife’s heels, in short everything about The Donald.
This is not to say that other candidates and presidents have not been put under a microscope. But Donald J. Trump is a nonstop source of conversation. Donald J. Trump is like the mystical cup the Norse god Thor drank from which contained an ocean of drink. This obsession with Trump is astounding.
Obsession has led to the cultural moment. President Trump we now can see, trumps the culture. This is not due to those that admire the man. President Trump trumps the culture because his enemies have made him the cultural icon and brand of the coming era.
It’s a bit like reverse Chairman Mao. The enemies of Chairman Mao in China wanted to get rid of him. They surmised that there were two ways to remove the Chairman. One way was to trash him and bury him. The other way was to elevate him so much he became irrelevant. With President Trump the NeverTrump right-wing and the totalitarian leftists have decided to deride and resist President Trump using all the tools of the culture. But instead of the dominant cultural elites’ destruction of President Trump, what is happening is that President Trump is warping the culture, devouring the culture, trumping the culture! It is astonishing to witness.
Among Republicans on Capitol Hill, “I’ve never heard members and senators so angry at the president of their own party,” one durable Washington hand told me after yesterday’s round of check-in calls. [snip]
Our thought bubble for the president when he spontaneously made the fiscal package deal in front of a chagrined Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan: “You say I can’t make deals anymore? Hold my Diet Coke, and watch this! You say I’m beholden to Mitch and Paul? Watch me make a big deal without them!”
A top aide puts it slightly more diplomatically: “He read the room. Instinctual. … He’s a dealmaker. He saw a deal.”
The NeverTrump right however is irrelevant. They have nothing to offer but anger and rage alongside their words and delusions. Pat Buchanan who ran for President in 1992 and discovered the misery of the white working class in New Hampshire and elsewhere that year was attacked by these loons as a socialist because of his desire to do something to help. Because Buchanan did not bow to the Chamber of Commerce Buchanan was denounced as a leftist. Buchanan is a precursor to Donald J. Trump. Buchanan understands what it is that President Trump dealt to the do nothing congress:
Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!”
And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his or its own agenda, that caused Trump to pull the job of raising the debt ceiling away from Republican contractors Ryan & McConnell, and give it to Pelosi & Schumer.
Hard to fault Trump. Over seven months, Congress showed itself incapable of repealing Obamacare, though the GOP promised this as its first priority in three successive elections.
Returning to D.C. after five weeks vacation, with zero legislation enacted, Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were facing a deadline to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government. [snip]
Will he give up on free-trade Republicans to work with Democrats to protect U.S. jobs and businesses from predator traders like China? [snip]
We could be looking at a seismic shift in national politics, with Trump looking to centrist and bipartisan coalitions to achieve as much of his agenda as he can. He could collaborate with Federalist Society Republicans on justices and with economic-nationalist Democrats on tariffs.
Pat Buchanan understands that President Trump is a political force akin to the prairie fire that burns the fields and yields a new harvest from the soil enriched by the death of what once was. The totalitarian left understands this too. That is why we are at this political/cultural moment.
The NeverTrump right wing is a collection of crickets making night sounds in the fields before the prairie fire burns them dead. They don’t matter.
The totalitarian left that tears down monuments and demands political censorship of speech they don’t like is aghast at what is witnessed. The totalitarian left reacted with rage against Senator Feinstein when she suggested that President Trump might not be the devil. The totalitarian left reacted with resistance and rage when their leftist leaders Pelosi and Schumer made a deal with the person they think is a Hitler. “How can you make a deal with Hitler?”
If Pelosi and Schumer agreed to a deal with the man that is hated by the left as Hitler (hey, wasn’t Hitler a socialist too?) then maybe Hitler is not Hitler? What to do, what to do?
The right wing is irrelevant. The totalitarian left is politically neutered but not yet irrelevant. Increasingly the totalitarian left understands their political irrelevance.
Because the totalitarian left understands they are politically irrelevant, the totalitarian left has retreated to the academic heights to fight for relevance. But that has not worked out too well either.
Big Media failed. Politics failed them. Academia failed them. The last refuge for the totalitarian left is the cultural heights they dominate. The left decided to fight President Trump with their most powerful weapon: culture. The cultural elites and their celebrity centurions who hate Trump decided to attack President Trump with the powerful tool that has always worked for them. Culture.
Enter Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence, a beautiful young star of the Hunger Games series (a film series that can be seen as a cinema prognostication of the rise of Donald J. Trump), as well as X-Men and other good films is the star of her latest release, “Mother!“. On a publicity tour Jennifer Lawrence continued her war against President Trump:
In an interview with Channel 4, a British public service television network, American actress Jennifer Lawrence blamed the recent hurricanes on Donald Trump’s voters, because they don’t believe in man-made climate change. During the lengthy interview on her new movie Mother!, the conversation turned political about halfway through. After discussing the alleged pay gap between men and women, the interviewer asked Lawrence about climate change and the political climate in America.
“I mean when the director was asked about the film, why it was so dark, he said, ‘It’s a mad time to be alive.’ And there is certainly an end of days feeling about it. For many people, in America who would say, [grimaces] perhaps it’s truer there at the moment than anywhere else,” the Channel 4 reporter prompted Lawrence to comment.
“It’s scary,” she responded. “You know, it’s this new language that’s forming, I don’t even recognize it. It’s also scary to know, that climate change is due to human activity, and we continue to ignore it, and the only voice that we really have is through voting,” Lawrence stated.
“And you have voted very recently, as a country” the interviewer acknowledged.
“And we voted, and it was really startling,” Lawrence added. She then insinuated that the hurricanes were “Mother Nature’s rage and wrath” at America for Trump.
“You know you’re watching these hurricanes now, and it’s really hard especially while promoting this movie, not to feel mother nature’s rage and wrath,” she stated.
“It’s not just about climate change though is it, in America? It seems to be a time of huge division,” the reporter added.
“Yeah, it’s really polarizing and upsetting. You know I’ve heard things and seen things on T.V. in my own country that devastate me and make me sick, and it’s just really confusing,” Lawrence stated.
“Do you find President Trump confusing?” the reporter pressed further.
“I don’t find him confusing. I think I know exactly what he is,” Lawrence said solemnly before smirking.
Wrapping up the interview, the reporter asked Lawrence how she felt about the future. The Hollywood actress didn’t have much hope with Trump leading the country, calling her recent film a “howl of rage” in response to what’s going on in America:
“I have to feel hope, you know you have to feel hope. You can’t just fall into despair. But a producer on the movie called this film, ‘an impotent howl of rage.’ It’s like a helpless howl to the moon, like, it’s just an assault.”
Lawrence has been outspoken about President Trump before he was even president. Back in 2015, she cried that it would be “the end of the world” if he took office, and told Trump “f**k you” during a 2016 televised talk show appearance. After he won the election, Lawrence penned an open letter to young women on the feminist side Broadly, that the election should “enrage them.”
“[L]ike Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman — don’t be afraid, be loud!” she wrote.
Jennifer Lawrence might be pretty, young, and whatever. But what Jennifer Lawrence most informs us of is how President Trump is even expanding his assault on the establishment with the aim of conquest of the cultural heights now controlled by the totalitarian left.
Jennifer Lawrence confesses that a film producer called her latest film “an impotent howl of rage. It’s like a helpless howl to the moon, like, it’s just an assault.” Then Jennifer proclaims that she herself has “to feel hope, you know you have to feel hope. You can’t just fall into despair.”
Jennifer Lawrence wants “hope and change” because she does not want to be defeated. JL advises the leftists to be enraged. In the end Jennifer Lawrence is in despair because she sees as well as everyone on the left that President Trump is setting their cultural heights on fire.
All the left can offer as ammunition against President Trump is “an impotent howl of rage… a helpless howl to the moon.”
Jennifer Lawrence is not the only one howling impotently from the leftist cultural heights. The latest politically correct Star Trek is howling along impotently:
Star Trek: Discovery to tackle Trump-era political divide
Exclusive: ‘The Klingons are going to help us look at certain sides of ourselves and our country’
We predict this impotent howl at the moon from an exhausted TV franchise will go the way of Manimal.
These are all examples of impotent howls of rage from the totalitarian left. But to understand the coming cultural overthrow of the left there are few better examples than the latest offering from the American Horror Story franchise, Cult:
The story AHS: Cult surrounds Sarah Paulson‘s character, whose numerous phobias including her fear of clowns worsens after Donald Trump shocked the world and won the 2016 election last November while at the same time a cult of scary clowns begin a murderous rampage in her town.
We thoroughly enjoyed American Horror Story: Coven, the second season of the American Horror Story franchise. We enjoyed AHS so much we even wrote the Obama version of the series.
Our enthusiasm for AHS was due mostly to the wonderful acting of a bunch of women such as Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates. AHS soon degenerated into gore and blood for the sake of gore and blood. The subsequent reincarnations of the series we peeked at then left.
We pretty much decided never to waste our time on sensationalistic drivel of blood and gore. Then we heard about the new season and we doubly resolved not to watch more Trump bashing. Then, curiosity beat us like rented mules, and we proved the Mae West or Oscar Wilde adage as true – “I can resist anything but temptation.” We watched.
It is supposed to be anti-Trump. But what it is supposed to be and what it is are two different things.
AHS is no longer a vehicle for great women. It is now the Evan Peters show. He is a very good actor who has appeared in an X-Men movie, Jackass and other entertainments. AHS is now a vehicle for Evan Peters.
In AHS Peters is a Trump supporter as imagined hysterically through the eyes of the left. He mocks illegal immigrants by singing “La Cucaracha” and they beat him up. He is also clearly a killer. He’s too cute however to be frightening.
What is frightening are the Hillary supporters. What is very funny are the Hillary supporters. The lead woman character, a lesbian married to a lesbian and with an adopted male boy, is just plain nuts. She didn’t even vote for Hillary. She voted for Jill Stein – in Michigan. As she is reminded by an indignant Asian man, Jill Stein got more votes in Michigan than the margin Trump won by. The Asian man’s wife also did not vote for Hillary because as he screams at her “You were too busy with Etsy to vote”. Then the lead Hillary supporter who voted for Jill Stein weeps. It is all comedy.
She didn’t vote for Hillary but she weeps on the shoulder of her wife all the while crying hysterically “Merrick Garland… Merrick Garland… what’s gonna happen to Merrick Garland???” It is so intentionally overdone we all get the joke. To Hell with Merrick Garland the never on the Supreme Court loser that lost big on election night 2016.
The humor does not stop there. The nanny to be to the lesbian couple was a woman studies major who took time off from school to campaign for Hillary. On election night this millennial college student on leave is upset with CNN for declaring Trump as the newly elected president because CNN did not preface the announcement with a “trigger warning”. By the way, she is a killer too.
The lesbian in chief on election night refuses to believe the announced results. She declares “I won’t believe it until Rachel Maddow says it. She is the only one I trust.” The Evan Peters character crushes a bag of Cheetos and applies it to his face, a direct reference to NeverTrump Glenn Beck who did the same during the primaries to mock President Trump.
It’s all an impotent howl at the moon. It’s blood and climate change gore we likely won’t watch again. The cult, the kooks, the embarrassments are not the Trump supporter. The cult of kooks are the Hillary supporters in need of trigger warnings and Rachel Maddow. American Horror Story: Cult is the story of a deranged cult unable to deal with reality. It’s not about clowns. It’s not about Trump. It is about the triumph of Trump.
In 2017 the story is not clowns nor hurricanes. The story is the TrumpNado. The TrumpNado that has knocked down the corrupt political establishment. The TrumpNado that threatens to bring down the cultural establishment too.
The TrumpNado is blasting forth from sea to shining sea, from North to South, in a destructive path through the heartland of the GOP establishment, Academia, Big Media, and the cultural heights of the left. The TrumpNado will level them all. That’s what they fear. The TrumpNado!
Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday appeared to link the shooting at a congressional baseball practice that injured at least five to the controversial production of “Julius Caesar” in which the slain Roman dictator was outfitted in a way that resembled President Trump.
Following the shooting Wednesday morning, President Trump’s son retweeted a comment from CNN and Fox News contributor Harlan Hill, who drew a straight line from “events like today” to “glorifying the assassination” of the president in a theatrical production.
A gunman in Alexandria, Va., fired scores of rounds at Republican lawmakers and aides who were practicing before the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game, which was set to take place on Thursday.
GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), an aide to Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) and others were wounded, according to multiple reports.
The tweet refers to the Public Theater’s New York current run of “Julius Caesar.” The actor playing Caesar is intended to resemble Trump with blondish hair, a two-piece suit with a long tie and an American flag pin.
The president’s son is among those who have questioned if art that is turned into “political speech” could affect its taxpayer funding after the Shakespeare in the park production.
The play followed on the heels of the public outcry when comedian Kathy Griffin posed in a photo shoot where she held a fake, bloody severed head that resembled Trump.
Scalise is undergoing surgery after being shot and he is said to be in stable condition, according to his office.
The leftist thug has been sent, via express bullet train, straight to Hell. The death of this leftist thug means one less vote for his idol Bernie Sanders the socialist kook. Also this leftist’s trip to Hell means one less “superfan” of Rachel Maddow.
There are a lot of details. It was the security detail of Steve Scalise that returned fire on the leftist thug. If not for the fact that Steve Scalise is a member of the GOP leadership and therefore has a security detail, the leftist thug would have been in a free fire zone able to kill Republican congressional members and staff at will:
Scalise and several others were injured, but it could’ve been far worse, the senator — who was there — said. [snip]
But according to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who was there, it could have been far, far worse. Had Capitol Police not been there as part of a security detail for Scalise, Paul said in an interview with MSNBC, “it would’ve been a massacre.”
Paul explained that after the gunman fired 50 to 60 shots, hitting Scalise and others, he was eventually taken down by Capitol Police. But, he pointed out, those Capitol Police officers were only there in such force because Scalise himself — as Majority Whip, he is a member of the Republican leadership team who travels with a security detail — was present.
“Everybody probably would’ve died except for the fact that the Capitol Hill Police were there, and the only reason they were there is because we had a member of leadership on our team,” Paul said. “If Scalise wouldn’t have been on the team — unfortunately he was hit and I hope he does well — but also by him being there it probably saved everyone else’s life, because if you don’t have a leadership person there, it would’ve been no security there.”
He continued: “Because there’s no escaping a guy with — if he’s got several hundred bullets, and we had no weapons, and no place to hide. So if he would’ve advanced on the rest of us, there would’ve been no chance. The only chance we had was that the shots were returned by the Capitol Hill Police.”
Time to get armed in D.C. if you are a Trump supporter. Time to get armed in college if you are a Trump supporter too. Time to get armed everywhere in America if you are a Trump supporter. Think we exaggerate or overreact? Not with these animals on the loose:
Left-Wing Twitter Celebrates Shooting of Rep. Scalise
No sooner did news break that a gunman shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) were left-wing Twitter users celebrating the attack — in which two Capitol Police were also shot, as well as a congressional staffer, and possibly more.
Activist and media personality, Tariq Nasheed, appeared to indicate support for the shooting on Twitter: [snip]
Author Malcom Harris, “joked”(?) that the shooter may have simply been acting in self-defense: [snip]
Twitter user “Leon Trotsky” wrote that Scalise’s shooting was “karma” for his “tea bag” beliefs: [snip]
Twitter user “Charles Oakley” wrote that “the KKK fucker deserved it”: [snip]
Technology writer WaltIsFrozen said the attack will have a “silver lining” if the shooter was indeed targeting Republicans specifically: [snip]
“RestlessNews” created a meme that suggested the attack is the definition of “karma”: [snip]
Other left-wing Twitter users said they hoped this shooting would encourage Scalise to rethink his support for gun rights — as he’s a “whore” for the NRA: [snip]
Others tried to use the atrocity as an excuse to make jokes about health-care reform: [snip]
Others suggested the Scalise shooting was justified owing to the congressman’s beliefs: [snip]
UPDATE: The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, appears to be a Bernie Sanders fan. His Facebook page reads, “Democratic Socialism in Three Words: ‘We the People.'”
One of his most recent posts says, “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.” [sic]
“I want Bernie to Win the White House.” he wrote Aug. 12th, 2016.
Today is not “send a leftist thug to Hell” day. Today is Flag Day. Today is President Donald J. Trump’s birthday.
President Trump received an early birthday gift when this week his wife Melania and young son of 11 years Barron Trump moved to the White House now that young Barron has finished his school year.
We wish President Donald J. Trump a very happy birthday and a healthy and long life well past the next eight years he will live in the White House.
Today is also Flag Day. The “President’s Own” The Marine Band is a happy confluence of the birthday and Flag Day as they play “Stars and Stripes Forever”.
Hear that leftist thugs?
As to the American flag itself, the symbolism is appropriate and lifts the patriotic heart. In addition the American flag has a lovely design – it is a lovely flag. There are other flags that are nice looking, but the American flag has a certain oomph to it. That deep blue field with the glow of stars on it, the stripes of alternating red and white which while resting colorfully grabs the attention with it’s dignity.
The American flag when in movement, when the wind catches it…
It’s a grand ol’ flag. It’s a high flying flag.
Forever in peace may it wave. It’s a emblem of, the land… the home of the free and the brave.
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.
This is the story of three missiles. One missile is surrounded by 58 other Tomahawk missiles that struck at Syria. Another missile is the heat seeking missile Obama Dimocrats fired at President Trump. This second missile has gone rogue, changed target, and instead of chasing President Trump is now fixed upon Barack Obama’s leading-from-his-behind ass and about to penetrate that well used tunnel.
The third missile? Gorsuch. Neil Gorsuch. Associate Justice to the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch. That’s the missile with the biggest payload. This multiple warhead missile will keep destroying its targets for twenty, thirty, or forty years.
As we do, President Donald J. Trump expects to appoint more missiles to the high court. As we do, President Donald J. Trump believes there will be four more:
President Trump believes that he will have the opportunity to pack the Supreme Court with five judges, making him only the seventh president to appoint a majority and potentially cementing his legacy and that of the conservative court well past 2055.
Today the Scalia replacement. Probably in June the Anthony Kennedy replacement. The relatively young Clarence Thomas at 71 will resign too and President Trump will appoint a much younger version.
We suspect Stephen Breyer will recognize the ceaseless 5-4 victories will not validate his continued presence away from retirement. After that, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will succumb to a life away from the court too.
At today’s ceremony at the White House, President Trump slathered Justice Anthony Kennedy with so much praise it reminded us of that line from The Women. As chimes play in “Black’s Fifth Avenue” department store one woman asks “What’s that?” The other woman responds “The bums rush in melody dear.”
Do you hear those chimes sing Justice Anthony Kennedy?
President Donald J. Trump is ready for the Kennedy retirement. Politico has the details:
After Donald Trump wrapped up his first speech to Congress and worked his way through the crowd, he lingered on his handshake with Anthony Kennedy, the 80-year-old Supreme Court justice.
The boom mics picked up their seemingly private conversation.
“Say hello to your boy,” Trump said, “Special guy.” “Your kids have been very nice to him,” Kennedy replied. “Well,” Trump said, “they love him, and they love him in New York.”
While the White House is focused this week on shepherding Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, through the Senate confirmation process, the president and his team are obsessed with the next possible vacancy. [snip]
One back channel is the fact that Kennedy’s son, Justin, knows Donald Trump Jr. through New York real estate circles. Another is through Kennedy’s other son, Gregory, and Trump’s Silicon Valley adviser Peter Thiel. They went to Stanford Law School together and served as president of the Federalist Society in back-to-back years, according to school records. More recently, Kennedy’s firm, Disruptive Technology Advisers, has worked with Thiel’s company Palantir Technologies.
In fact, during the early months of the Trump administration, Gregory Kennedy has worked at NASA as a senior financial adviser as part of the so-called “beachhead” team. Both Kennedy boys were spotted at the White House last month for the administration’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration (Justice Kennedy is Irish Catholic). In February, Ivanka Trump attended oral arguments of the Supreme Court with her daughter. She was a guest of Justice Kennedy. [snip]
Those close to Trump’s judicial-selection process stress that they’re not pressuring Kennedy to hang up his robe, only seeking to put him at ease.
Um, “only seeking to put him at ease” is the bum’s rush in melody dear. Those lines of communication from the Trump family and allies should have Chuck Stumbler and his Obama Dimocrats worried sick.
That list of of potential Supreme Court appointments? That’s also a list of potential President Trump appointments to the Appellate Circuit. Many of those soon to be announced appointments are undergoing F.B.I. background checks. Neil Gorsuch is not the sole move on the judicial chessboard by President Trump. And, after Neil Gorsuch, it all becomes easier for President Trump which is why we understood the Obama Dimocrats would filibuster – even though that was a suicide move.
The exercise of the “nuclear option” returns Senate procedures to what they were 15 years ago. The filibuster was simply not employed for partisan purposes against a nominee who had majority support before Harry Reid started filibustering George W. Bush’s lower-court nominees in 2003. (Infamously, the Senate denied Miguel Estrada an up-or-down vote seven times to prevent Bush from later having the opportunity to elevate the first Hispanic justice.) Reid used the “nuclear option” to eliminate that sort of filibuster a decade later, so perhaps this week’s action should be called “thermonuclear.” [snip]
The next nominee. By filibustering the milquetoast Gorsuch despite the high probability and repeatedly expressed intention of the Republicans to go nuclear, the Democrats have destroyed any leverage they had over the next nominee. Should there be another vacancy under President Trump while the GOP controls the Senate, there will be zero incentive for the President to moderate his choice. It’s not at all clear that Republican senators such as Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and other “institutionalists” would’ve gone along with a “nuclear option” to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a nominee more controversial than Gorsuch. But now they won’t face that dilemma.
Whoever said you can’t win by picking unwinnable battles never said it to Chuck Schumer. Democrats opted to fight the good fight, which tends to undermine future attempts to fight the winning fight. This represents a role-reversal of sorts for Democrats and Republicans. Until recently, conservative legislators played Charlie Brown kicking the football to the role of Lucy pulling it away played by Republican presidents, whose stealth nominees invariably revealed themselves as liberals once on the court.
Democrats nominated just eight of the last 25 justices to the Supreme Court. But because Republican presidents nominated the likes of Earl Warren, William Brennan, Harry Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, and David Souter, liberal majorities ruled the Supreme Court throughout the lifetimes of just about everybody reading this. The phenomenon, captured in the title of Patrick Buchanan’s 1975 book Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories, effectively meant a veto on conservative laws, particularly ones passed at the state level. Jurists nominated by Republicans authored the decisions in Roe v. Wade, Kelo v. New London, National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius, and so many lesser-known cases whose decisions usurped the rights of states and individuals.
John Stuart Mill didn’t call conservatives “the stupid party” for nothing. But even slow people figure it out, albeit, as their name suggests, more slowly, and conservatives blocked George W. Bush’s suspected stealth pick Harriet Miers and stood firmly in blocking a vote on Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland. [snip]
The payoff for McConnell’s gambit on Garland appears especially generous given the widespread declarations that replacing Antonin Scalia with a consistent liberal vote represented a historic sea change. “The Supreme Court’s Conservative Run Is Over” (Politico), “The Conservative Era of the Supreme Court Is Over” (Los Angeles Times), and “After 45 Years of Conservative Rulings, Here’s What a Liberal Supreme Court Would Do” (Washington Post) read a few of the headlines. What a difference a year makes!
The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch via the destruction of the filibuster is a major immediate and long term victory for President Trump. “Democrats nominated just eight of the last 25 justices to the Supreme Court.” But because of obstruction, their nominees were not ideologically committed and soon moved to the left. From now on that won’t happen. And if President Trump appoints 5 young Justices to the high court, the likelihood that Obama Dimocrats will appoint even a single Supreme Court Justice in the next 25 years is de minimus. Thank Barack Obama and the Mistake in ’08.
I don’t want to jinx anything, but President Trump may be experiencing the best sequence of events since he became president. Just this week, he received bipartisan support for his military strike in Syria, secured Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court, had impressive meetings with both King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi of Egypt, caught a break with the Susan Rice scandal, and it appears he has walked away from a successful encounter with Chinese President Xi Jinping — all without knocking it off the rails with a wayward tweet. And it’s not just me saying that, no less than Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass wrote that this was “arguably [the] best of Donald Trump’s still young presidency, from [a] successful strike in Syria to confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee.” [snip]
McConnell was correct in saying, “Certainly, this is an important day in the history of the Senate and in the Supreme Court.” And if Gorsuch’s confirmation is the only legacy Trump walks away from office with, it will be a great one.
In politics, just like in golf, luck counts. The fact that Trump launched an attack against Syria while his Chinese counterpart was present and able to witness the aftermath in the media was a powerful stroke of good luck for the White House. In case Xi needed any reminding of just how serious Trump may be about taking action in North Korea, the Syria attack couldn’t have been a better example or come at a better time. By all accounts, expectations for their meeting were low. But reports indicate that Trump and Xi had substantive, mostly positive conversations, perhaps leaving the Chinese president with a lot to think about. [snip]
But Trump’s luck didn’t end there. He caught another break with the Rice scandal being revealed when it was. The story has legs, and it’s become a counterweight to the media’s appetite for a Trump-Russia connection. The unmasking fiasco is distracting from the circus show that is the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation, but it won’t peak until Rice testifies under oath. And at that point, who knows which direction the investigation will take? For now, the intensity of the media’s search for a silver bullet in the faux Trump-Russia connection has subsided.
Um, it wasn’t “luck”. President Trump knows who did what to whom on the Rice story. What is happening now is a theatrical lifting of the curtain and a spot light hitting the culprits. President Trump made his own “luck” on Susan Rice.
President Trump also prepared for “luck” on the meeting with President Xi by hiring some tough hombres who have studied China trade policies for a long time. President Trump also sent top emissaries such as Secretary of State Tillerson to South Korea in previous weeks to pave the way for action on North Korea. As President Xi had his entrée served, President Trump knew what was about to happen in Syria. President Trump knew that the main course at dinner was a lesson to President Xi on what to do about North Korea.
North Korea itself was on the menu.
Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, and Obama Dimocrats, are about to get a fork stuck in them too.
We now have a “Trump Doctrine”. The “Trump Doctrine” has a flag.
The “Trump Doctrine” is 21st century Teddy Roosevelt. It is a doctrine fully compatible with “America First”.
Contrary to the misinformation from some websites and Big Media outlets, President Trump’s latest after dinner activities – as noted in an update to our previous article, is not President Trump fallen prey to the “swamp” or a born again neo-con. Some even dare suggest that President Trump has abandoned his previously stated admonishments against America “nation building” foreign nations or abandoning his pledge to be the President of the United States, not the world. That is doltish and stupid analysis.
President Trump wants his focus to remain “jobs, jobs, jobs”. But this does not mean that when challenged by jackals across the sea (or domestically for that matter) President Trump will take blows upside the head without a forceful response. This lion will not just roar, this lion will bite.
‘Decisive’ Trump uses missile strikes to show Syria and the world there’s a new sheriff in town
For Donald Trump the decision to launch cruise missiles at a Syrian regime air base was a carpe diem moment. One that allowed him to seize on immediate opportunities.
First of all, it broke with Barack Obama’s policy towards Damascus, re-establishing the “red line” his predecessor had allowed the Assad regime to cross. [snip]
Faced with a similar situation, Mr Trump used the crises to prove to Syria, America and the world that there is a new sheriff in town.
And it could not have come at a more opportune moment.
Mr Trump was today holding a high stakes summit with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president. At the top of the agenda was North Korea’s growing nuclear ambitions, with Mr Trump wanting to push a hesitant Beijing into punishing Pyongyang. [snip]
“With this Trump put the Assad regime on notice, and sent warnings to the Putin, Jinping and Kim Jong-Un regimes too,” Gen Allen added. [snip]
In choosing to strike only this target, Mr Trump sent a clear message that this was a punitive response to the chemical attack; and not an effort to remove Assad. [snip]
Qusai Zakaria is a Syrian opposition activist who survived the chemical weapons attack in Moadamiya, Damascus in 2013. I was speaking to him by phone when he found out that the US had launched the strikes.
“Oh my dear God. Oh my God. Thank you so much!” he said, over and over, overwhelmed and overjoyed. “I am going to name my son Donald, if I have one. This man is a hero. He has balls.“
It was a world-wide warning to enemies foreign and domestic not to tread on Trump. As the Telegraph further notes, we are not the only ones that understand that this was a test of the new Trump administration by jackals:
Mr Zakarya said he believed that the chemical attack in Idlib had been part of a new regime push on the province that has become one of the last remaining rebel bastions in Syria.
He said in the days leading up to the attack, the regime had dropped some chlorine gas bombs in the area. “They were testing the waters,” he said.
“These were small attacks but they wanted to see how the Trump administration reacted.”
When Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, said last week that the Syrian people should be left to decide whether to keep Assad, Mr Zakaria said, the regime took that to mean that the US didn’t care. [snip]
After years of inaction, and perceived American disinterest in the carnage that has seen more than 400,000 people killed in Syria, these strikes will change that, Mr Zakarya believed.
“This is will give Syrian people hope. It’s all about hope,” he said. It’s a new era that shows that America will actually do something. It shows there are real red lines in Syria.”
President Trump will not be gulled into a Syrian swamp. President Trump drains swamps.
Trump’s Syria Strike Sends Not-So-Subtle Warning to U.S. Rivals
President Donald Trump’s decision to strike Syria sent a powerful message around the world — one that could be read very differently in Moscow, Pyongyang and Beijing.
For Russia, it may finally put to rest expectations from the 2016 campaign that Trump will pursue closer ties with President Vladimir Putin, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
For North Korea, it was a warning the U.S. is willing to act unilaterally.
And for China, whose leader Xi Jinping was dining with Trump right before the missiles took flight, the attack was a potent sign of the new American president’s unpredictability.
Notice how Bloomberg News shifts their earlier narrative to one that somehow it is a failure for President Trump that he will now not be able to “pursue closer ties with President Vladimir Putin”. It’s a shift in the Big Media narrative that we applauded Ann Althouse for noticing. John Hinderaker at Powerline notices the very same narrative shift by Big Media:
THE NEW YORK TIMES WORRIES ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA
That was then: Donald Trump is a tool of Russia, our mortal enemy. (As of when? Some time after 2012, when the 1980s wanted their foreign policy back.) Trump had business dealings in Russia, has spoken favorably of Vladimir Putin, the Russian regime wanted him elected president, his policies are pro-Russia, his aides probably colluded with Russian spies to steal the election by breaking into Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s email account (or something).
Trump’s recent blistering attacks against Hillary proved how amusing this “plant” theory is. But any tool will be used to bring down Trump’s challenge.
Such is the desperation among certain GOP candidates that they want to believe that Trump is a plant.
Eventually, Trump’s pounding of Hillary in debates and in his massive rallies convinced many Americans, but not the lurid NeverTrump loons, that Donald J. Trump wanted to become President and that he was not running to somehow help Hillary. The NeverTrump dolts, with their constant declarations that Trump was a sure loser in November 2016, never let go of their “Hillary plant” craziness and even unto election night they screamed from their swamps that Trump was a “Hillary plant”.
The “Hillary plant” crackpottery promulgated by the NeverTrump GOP establishment and assorted idiotic GOP websites planted an idea in the left wing hemisphere of the political world.
The left wing loons and DailyKooks grafted a new entity onto the “plant” theory. In their minds Donald J. Trump, President-elect Donald J. Trump, then President Donald J. Trump was – ta da – a “Putin plant”.
As we wrote in our previous article, the “Putin plant” theory has taken a lot of blows lately. Leftists Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone and Noam Chomsky have both mocked the “Putin plant” articles regularly harvested in left wing websites and Big Media outlets.
But the biggest explosive devices to demolish the “Putin plant” theory are the ones launched by President Trump against Syria/Russia while he dined with the Chinese President.
Yup, the Trump is a “Putin plant” theory has gone up in smoke on a Syrian airfield. Big Media will now try to sell the narrative that President Trump threatens war with Putin.
Big Media and doltish websites were wrong when they declared Trump to be a “Putin plant”. Big Media and the running dogs of the left are equally wrong when they sell the notion that President Trump risks war with Russia. As we wrote previously, the recent Muslim terrorist attack on Russia has awakened Russia to the Muslim threat within their own borders. Vladimir Putin might be unhappy that President Trump has exposed the soft underbelly of Russia in Syria. But Vladimir Putin understands that he has bigger fish to fry when Muslim terrorist bombs are going off in his homeland.
Of course, no logic will persuade the DailyKook left that President Trump is anything but a faithful or faithless “Putin plant”. Because of this, the totalitarian left now rejoices that at last they have President Trump right were they want him and that once again – and this time it is for real, “it’s over for Trump”.
For the left, President Trump is about to go down like a harlot at an all night road house. Yes, from “Hillary plant” to “Putin plant” to “Putin pictures” President Trump is about to be framed by naked pictures.
The “logic” of these poxed heads is that now that President Trump has Tomahawked Putin, Putin will release the naked Trump pictures. That’s right. President Putin who the left claims placed President Trump in the White House, only to be betrayed by President Trump as he chowed down with President Xi, will now take his revenge on President Trump and release all the blackmail materials and naked pictures. We can’t wait. We want to see those non-existent pictures.
The naked Trump pictures will show President Trump with two massive brass balls. President Trump’s enemies, foreign and domestic, will be impressed, and jealous.
Update II: Lots of good analysis produced on the Susan Rice story. There’s this one at NeverTrump site NRO by the smart Andrew McCarthy who understands Trump was Watergated. McCarthy states that Rice unmasked names not because she did not know who the masked names were, nor to “investigate” because the White House does not investigate – F.B.I. C.I.A. N.S.A. investigate, but rather to unmask specific names to leakers down the line who would not know the identities of the masked names.
Likewise, NeverTrump lunatic headquarters Red State exposes CNN refusal to take the Susan Rice/Barack Obama Watergating of Trump seriously because their lead reporter (Jim Sciutto) is an old crony employee of both Obama during the Susan Rice era and her corrupt Big Media husband who is president of ABC News.
Fresh evidence the Russia ‘scandal’ is a Team Obama operation
The Russia Big Media distraction is produced, directed, and acted by Barack Obama thugs. That’s why Barack Obama ran away to hide in French Polynesia for a month in mid-March. Obama doesn’t want to answer questions now that he is caught like a rat. He knew it was coming once Trump tweeted on March 4. It’s not just to get away from the ogre Michelle.
The lesson: don’t mess with President Trump. PDT got it right. Don’t play chess with the master. Don’t.
Update: Big Media will not fry Rice. Big Media thus far has ignored the Susan Rice abuse of power story because it directly implicates Big Media. Don’t forget Susan Rice is married to Ian Cameron, the executive producer of ABC News. Rice’s deputy was Ben Rhodes. Ben Rhodes is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes.
Big Media is the enemy!
Chess players understand what President Trump is up to – he’s castling. The dullest amateur military historian can see what the Obama Dims are up to too.
This first week of April finds President Trump making large moves on the chess board. There’s a big meeting with massive ramifications, which we have been writing about for a long time, regarding Egypt. There is the massive move to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. On North Korea and war, we also see a massive move in a meeting this week with the President of China. There’s the Susan Rice revelation today too. It’s all big moves.
On the Obama Dimocrat side, military historians will recognize the strategy. It’s a civil war reenactment of Pickett’s Charge.
Because it is so simply stupid as strategy, let’s start with Obama Dimocrats. Their strategy against President Trump is exactly like the ill-fated, obviously stupid, Pickett’s Charge:
Pickett’s Charge was the culmination of the Battle of Gettysburg. Taking place on July 3, 1863, the third and final day of battle, it involved an infantry assault of approximately 15,000 Confederate soldiers against Union Major General George Meade’s troops’ position along Cemetery Ridge, manned by some 6,500 Federals. The assault would take the nine brigades of Confederate soldiers over three-quarter mile of open ground susceptible to cannon fire the entire time. The ill-fated assault resulted in over 6,000 Confederate casualties and marked the end of the battle of Gettysburg as well as Lee’s last invasion of the north.
That exactly describes what Obama Dimocrats are up to on the Gorsuch Supreme Court fight. They are going to CHARGE!!!! against President Trump in “open ground susceptible to cannon fire the entire time” for no discernible victory scenario. Already the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the Gorsuch nomination 11-9 on a purely partisan vote. The fight now moves to the full Senate.
The result as we have repeatedly written is that Obama Dimocrats will lose their Pickett’s filibuster against Gorsuch and every Supreme Court fight thereafter. This will lead to President Trump given a completely free strategic hand for his next Supreme Court picks.
Why are Obama Dimocrats charging across a vast open field, without political cover, constantly under fire, with no hope of victory, with only immediate and long term defeat possible? Because the left has gone mad, entirely hopelessly crazy. Anyone who read the first of the series of L.A. Times editorials this weekend sees the crazy.
The L.A. Times calls President Trump an “unprepared and unsuited” doofus who can’t get anything done while at the same time in full panic attack about all the “damage” President Trump has already done. Both of these allegations cannot be simultaneously correct. The L.A. Times is deranged as can be seen by it’s scenario about what can be done to politically assassinate President Trump:
Where will this end? Will Trump moderate his crazier campaign positions as time passes? Or will he provoke confrontation with Iran, North Korea or China, or disobey a judge’s order or order a soldier to violate the Constitution? Or, alternately, will the system itself — the Constitution, the courts, the permanent bureaucracy, the Congress, the Democrats, the marchers in the streets — protect us from him as he alienates more and more allies at home and abroad, steps on his own message and creates chaos at the expense of his ability to accomplish his goals?
That deranged paragraph is actually a good bit of counter analysis. It actually explains a great deal of what the left is up to. This leftist blueprint sees that President Trump will not let the problems of Iran and North Korea fester but will instead take action. The blueprint plan of the totalitarian left is also calling for “the courts” and “the permanent bureaucracy” along with Dimocrats in Congress and kooks in the streets to attack President Trump in any and every way possible.
Which brings us to President Donald J. Trump and what he is up to.
President Trump is playing political chess. As in the board game of kings, first come the opening moves. In the opening moves chess pieces are deployed tactically to achieve strategic aims. Some pawns are sacrificed for the greater good. Then when all the opening moves are exhausted, the King castles.
Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel
White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. [snip]
The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel’s office, who reviewed more of Rice’s requests and instructed him to end his own research into the unmasking policy.
The intelligence reports were summaries of monitored conversations — primarily between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, but also in some cases direct contact between members of the Trump team and monitored foreign officials. One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration.
This leak is a defensive and offensive chess move. It comes as the Supreme Court fight heats up and should tangentially aid the case being made for a Gorsuch elevation to the court by undermining the Obama Dimocrats. This report not only defensively vindicates President Trump’s assertion that he was being surveilled, it also exposes Susan Rice and the Obama thugs as the snoops and leakers who sought to politically damage President Trump, in an offense move.
This castling report mocks Susan Rice’s “I know nothing about this” assertions on PBS in March. Back then Susan Rice also asserted “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that account today.” Susan Rice might have been surprised that Chairman Nunes told the truth for all to hear. Susan Rice and all Americans now can see that Chairman Nunes handled himself very well. Contrary to what Big Media reports, Chairman Nunes “strange behavior” was not strange at all:
It emerged last week that he traveled to the White House last month, the night before he made an explosive allegation about Trump transition officials caught up in incidental surveillance. At the time he said he needed to go to the White House because the reports were only on a database for the executive branch. It now appears that he needed to view computer systems within the National Security Council that would include the logs of Rice’s requests to unmask U.S. persons.
So all that talk about disarray and wild charges from President Trump are now proven to be that the “wild” charges are accurate and the “disarray” a tactic to expose culprits.
It’s the same call when it comes to the “wild” “disarray” on healthcare. It’s President Trump playing normal, regular, political chess, albeit very smartly. President Trump knows exactly what he is doing when he attacks even those from his own political party:
GOP leaders, remember Trump ran against your pieties … and won [snip]
President Trump acts decisively, reflecting his entrepreneurially background, and expects similar alacrity from Congress. The American people entrusted the GOP with a level of power not seen in nearly a century and they expect results. This is especially true of the party’s most loyal supporters who are tired of excuses from their elected representatives. That sense of frustration, even betrayal, set the stage for the accession to power of Donald Trump.
Remember that Republican voters categorically rejected the party’s dream team during the primary in favor of an outsider who happily overturned many conservative pieties. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Donald Trump ran against the congressional leadership of his own party and won.
For those confused about President Trump unfairly attacking the Freedom Caucus for righteously opposing the dreadful ObamaCare repeal/replace bill be confused no longer. Trump is castling here too. President Trump has two trains running and he can jump back and forth at any time of his own choosing. President Trump is a smart chess player playing chess on both trains. That’s why President Trump will attack NeverTrumpers like Amash of the Freedom Caucus and threaten primary challenges while also sweet-talking and golfing with Senator Rand Paul who is an ally of the Freedom Caucus.
That’s all domestic policy chess moves. The stunning stuff in on foreign policy.
President Trump today met with President Al-Sisi of Egypt. Barack Obama trashed Al-Sisi and wanted him removed. President Trump plays chess with Al-Sisi.
Since January 1, 2015 it was obvious to us that President Al-Sisi is the solution to the problems of the middle east. It started with that excellent New Year’s Day speech. Al-Sisi understands that Muslims have to stop Muslim terrorism. By March of 2015, it was even clearer that Al-Sisi should be a strong American partner alongside Israel.
In March of 2015 we wrote about Al-Sisi yet again. It was election eve in Israel. Obama was attacking Netanyahu. What did Al-Sisi do at this crucial moment in history as Netanyahu faced potential defeat and Barack Obama used State Department funds to attack Netanyahu?
Al-Sisi declared he spoke with Netanyahu “a lot” thereby providing a great deal of political cover for the embattled Israeli Prime Minister at a pivotal moment. Al-Sisi declared Barack Obama had “turned his back on Egypt”. Al-Sisi asked for American help and a partnership. Barack Obama trashed Al-Sisi and would not even meet nor talk with him. Barack Obama imposed military and economic sanctions against Egypt. Al-Sisi denounced the very idea of Iran having nuclear weapons. Al-Sisi defended Israeli interests and promoted regional stability. In short, Al-Sisi proved he was a friend of the West and the United States and therefore Barack Obama attacked Al-Sisi.
We have always thought that peace in the middle east will require a well-funded (by Saudi billions a year) Egyptian military allied with America to block Iran and Muslim terrorists. We suspect that President Trump shares our views. That’s why today, President Trump met with President Al-Sisi and on Wednesday for the second time hosts Jordanian King Abdullah II. Later in the month President Trump will meet with Mahmoud Abbas.
These meetings are a warning to not only the “Palestinian” leadership but also to Iran. Watch out fellas! It’s President Donald J. Trump you are dealing with, not weakling Barack Hussein Obama. Trump is about to castle on your azz.
We recently discussed the likelihood of all out war against North Korea or at the very least a powerful attack. We suspect the meeting this week with the Chinese President is President Trump castling before his attack on the North Korean dictatorship which threatens the United States.
Speaking after talks at the defence ministry with his South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo, Mr Mattis told reporters that “any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming“.
North Korea conducted its fifth test of a nuclear device last year, and claims it is capable of carrying out a nuclear attack on the US, though experts are still unconvinced its technology has progressed that far.
It has also said in recent weeks that it has a new intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of reaching the US mainland, which it is prepared to test launch at any time.
The latest North Korean missile launch has been submarine based. An intercontinental ballistic missile might not be necessary for North Korea to attack the United States (presumably California or Hawaii – both states Trump lost in his election).
President Trump does not have to lecture the Chinese president on any of this. The Chinese president knows all this and knows that under Obama nothing was done to stop North Korea. But, it is President Trump now. President Donald J. Trump.
President Trump is about to tell the Chinese President to prepare to pay for food and homes for 25 million refugees from North Korea. Just as immigration is the #1 nexus issue for President Trump, China might have an immigration crisis soon too. “Do something to stop North Korea Mr. Chinese President, or else!”
It’s chess, American style. President Trump just castled. Get ready to rumble.