Friday, December 15, 2017

Primaries and RINOs

For John, BLUFI believe the Democrats are still not getting it.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The GOP’s self-destructive primaries have cost it a lot of power, particularly in the Senate. By Ezra Klein@ezraklein Dec 14, 2017, 10:50am EST.

Here is the lede plus one:

It’s an article of faith among many Democrats that Republicans have somehow escaped the electoral consequences for the increasing extremism of their party. Doug Jones’s narrow victory over Roy Moore on Tuesday night looked, to many liberals, like a rare exception. But as political scientist Matt Glassman points out, it’s far from alone.

Starting around the 2010 Tea Party surge, Republican voters have repeatedly chosen the most extreme candidates during primaries, and have paid a real electoral price, particularly in the Senate.

And then he goes on to list five examples going back to 2010.

I am living in a nation populated by a lot of pundits who just don't get it.

It provides clarity of thought once you acknowledge that the various Tea Parties were not extremists, but rather folks who wanted adherence to the principles of the Republican Party.  That is to say, no RINOs—no Republicans in Name Only.

There is this group of people out there, enough to get Mr Donald Trump the Electoral College votes he needed to be President.  They are concerned about RINOs in office, about people on Capitol Hill who are hard to distinguish from Democrats, except for the Democratic Party urge for a Sampson Solution to the current Presidency.  These voters, in other states, are not so keen on the Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush leaders of the Party.

Hat tip to Memeorandum.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Misunderstanding Democracy

For John, BLUFOur betters would deny us our vote, our chance to pick whichever snake we fancied.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Journalist has a problem with democracy, as it gives people power over their government

From the site Lifezette and Reporter Kathryn Blackhurst, 13 December 2017.

I guess Ms Elise Jordan, of Time Magazine, doesn't go with Newspaperman H L Mencen, who told us "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

Here is the lede plus three:

MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan complained Wednesday about how “unfortunate” it is that the Republican Party’s ability to craft its tax reform bill with a congressional majority resulted from “how you voted in an election.”

Yes, she really did say that. LifeZette replayed the video clip multiple times.

The House and the Senate reached a deal Wednesday in reconciling their separate bills — a move that brings President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to deliver tax reform closer to fruition. But Jordan, a Time magazine columnist, took issue with the fact that presidential and congressional elections have consequences.

"And I think it's unfortunate that we are designing — that we are designing public policy in a way that, you know, comes down to how you voted in an election," Jordan said.

Remember the famous American who told us "elections have consequences"?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Trumps Bad Karma

For John, BLUFI think this is a short term effect, but Steven Bannon may be a problem.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from The Boston Globe and Columnist Michael Cohen and his "Truth and Consequences" column, 14 December 2017.

Here is the lede plus three:

Donald Trump’s endorsement track record over the past couple of months is, how shall we say, not good.

First he endorsed Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican Senate primary … and Strange lost by ten points to Roy Moore.

Then he endorsed Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor’s race … and Gillespie lost by 9 points, the largest margin of defeat in a state gubernatorial election in 32 years.

In the Alabama Senate race, Trump went all in on Roy Moore … and we know how that turned out.

I like Michael's writing and respect his analysis, but I think he may be in error here.

Regards  —  Cliff

Suing For the Right to Speak

For John, BLUFWhy is free speech so hard?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The College Fix and Associate Editor Greg Piper, 13 December 2017.

Well, not exactly.  They did say they could do it in the Free Speech Zone, open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Otherwise they need to obtain a permit 72 hours in advance.

Thank God for the Court System.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Main Justice

For John, BLUFThis is NOT about Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but about the Department of Justice, or "Main Justice".  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The sub-headline:

They want a probe into “obvious conflicts of interest” in the Department of Justice.

From The Huffington Post, By Ms Willa Frej, 12 December 2017.

Here are two key paragraphs:

″The Department of Justice and FBI cannot ignore the multiple problems that have been created by these obvious conflicts of interests,” Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s lawyers, told Axios on Monday night after the Fox report.  “These new revelations require the appointment of a special counsel to investigate.”

. . .

Nevertheless, the president’s legal team said they trust Mueller and want to “get to the finish line” with him.  They said they plan to fully cooperate with Mueller’s investigation, confident that Trump will be cleared of wrongdoing.

So, is the Department of Justice living up to its English Motto.


Not everyone things so.  There is a concern about a Conan the Barbarian desire on the part of the people in Main Justice to win, whatever it takes.  A view that if you weren't inherently a criminal you would never have come to our attention, so we have to deal with you for being the criminal you are.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

It Is Always Trump's Fault

For John, BLUFYes, we would not be hearing about this if Ms Clinton had won the Electoral College.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Daily Caller, by San Francis Attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon, 12 December 2017.

Like I say, this, like everything else, is Donald Trump's fault.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Keeping Promises

For John, BLUFKeeping your promises is not normal.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Daily Mail (UK), by Journalist Piers Morgan, 11 December 2017.

BINGO.  The author hits right on target.  President Trump acts like he believes those who elected him will stick with him if he fights for what he promised them.

And, he is correct.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff