Tuesday, July 11, AD 2017

So Donald Trump Jr. was conned during the campaign into meeting with a female Russian attorney who allegedly had dirt from the Russian government on Hillary Clinton.  The meeting was held, the Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had no information on Clinton and wanted to talk about her pet cause, Americans adopting Russian kids.  The biggest foe of the Trump administration is the clownish manner in which they often conduct themselves.  As for going to a foreign government to get dirt on a political adversary:  bad, very bad, and very common, as the Clinton campaign demonstrated by working with the Ukrainian embassy in regard to producing dirt against Trump.  Go here to read all about it.

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  • Hah ha. People said they wanted someone other than an experienced politician.
    The public got what they wanted, good and hard. H.L. Mencken called that “democracy”.

  • Considering that the other choice in the general election was experienced politician Hillary Clinton, I’d say that the people were right. (Initially I was not going to support Trump, but Hillary convinced me ultimately of the folly of that course.) As for Mencken, his main political impulse was sheer contempt for anyone unfortunate enough not to be Mencken.

  • What’s troublesome about this is that Jr. didn’t bat an eye when this Goldstone character said ‘It’s part of … support for…”. The optics are terrible, though the meeting itself was unremarkable.

    The ‘collusion with Russia’ meme appears to be a DNC-CNN-WaPoo-NYT circle jerk and partisan Democrats in fora like this cannot seem to specify just what form the ‘collusion’ took and what were its effects. It’s a reasonable wager that the Washington insider nexus operating through Mueller and his crew of Democratic party donors will gin up some indictment derived from an obscure provision of the U.S. Code that’s seldom if ever enforced (see Dinesh D’Souza). Our elites are unworthy people, in large measure one suspects because our professional-managerial class is liberally salted with people who would have been shunned as sleazeballs or dismissed as terminally vapid in 1960. Remember Peter Orszag, BO’s budget director. At one time knocking-up your girlfriend and leaving her in the lurch (at age 40!) would have been a career ender. It was noted without comment in the media. You cannot blackmail people anymore because they have no shame.

  • How is it that going to LISTEN to someone who says “I have evidence of criminal activity that, if true, you really need to know as a basic civic duty, but it’s also useful for you” has turned into “information that would hurt Clinton”?

    Source: “I have evidence that person is doing (crime)!”
    News: “Person who talked to (source) about negative information is guilty of (crime)!”

  • When I saw Shea getting kind of giddy over this I wondered what the other shoe was about. I haven’t been so confused about what is supposed to be a crime since the Scooter Libby debacle. I did laugh at Glen Reynold’s point: From “hacking” to “collusion” to “willingness to collude.”

    If Dems keep up with this insanity, they may have to invent new words for what will be done to them in 2018.

    @FoxFier – Andrew Klavan has a running saying about that. IIRC it’s something like, “If the leak hurts a conservative it is the story, if the leak hurts a liberal, the story is how did you get the information.”

  • The liberals hate Russia today because she has rejected communism and is returning to her Christian Orthodox roots. It’s really that simple. Indeed, when she was communist, Bernie Sanders vacationed in Russia and tried to turn Burlington, VT into a little Moscow. And later on Hillary sold Russia 20% of our uranium. And Obama told the Russian President to tell Putin that after he was re-elected, he would have more maneuvering room.

    If the Russians did everything being attributed to them, then our alphabet would be Cyrillic and our language a Slavic derivative.

  • LQC, now that you mention it. I’ve often tried to explain to my boys what it was like growing up in the Cold War (real old timers tales). I also try to explain how, as the 80s unfolded and I moved from middle school through college, it was easy to see that many on the left, especially among the younger gang, seemed to prefer the USSR to the US. There was certainly no holding back when they welcomed Gorbachev and his wife. It was like the Beatles coming to America. And I can remember how they lifted up Gorbachev over and against the always inferior dolt Reagan. I guess that’s why, despite the fact that Trump did do and say things I found objectionable, his praising of Putin over and against Obama never phased me. But I’ve wondered why, apart from pure political expediency, the the Left seems to have hated Russia again, especially since we were told in 2008 that Russia was no big deal. That might not be altogether wrong.

  • “But I’ve wondered why, apart from pure political expediency, the the Left seems to have hated Russia again”
    Russia is definitely moving in the direction of banning abortion, due to pressure from both the Russian Orthodox Church and demographic studies. Of course the Left would hate Russia for that. It’s just too bad that the Putin version of fascism gives them some small credence. A truly democratic Russia would be a much better witness for life.

  • It’s just too bad that the Putin version of fascism gives them some small credence. A truly democratic Russia would be a much better witness for life.

    Russian revanchism is contextually mild and Russia currently expends just 4% of its domestic product on the military. For all that the regime is abusive, there’s more political pluralism than there has been at any time in the modern era bar the period running from 1905-18 and 1988-2004. There’s a considerable inventory of state-owned industry, but I don’t think formal cartels encompass much of the economy; there is at least notional antitrust legislation. Union penetration is about 50% of the workforce. I think you do have tripartite boards of a sort you had in Spain.

    It’s an abrasive and officious authoritarian state, not a fascist mobilization state.

  • “It’s an abrasive and officious authoritarian state, not a fascist mobilization state.”
    I think that’s about right, it’s more like Franco’s Spain than Mussolini’s Italy. I think we can use the word ‘fascism’ with the understanding it casts a wide net.

It Was the Russians! It Was Comey! It Was the New York Times!

Wednesday, May 31, AD 2017

Ah, the country truly dodged a bullet last November.  Clinton has a thousand reasons for why she lost instead of the real one:  her campaign message boiled down to this:  “Hey, you ignorant peasants, vote for me, it’s my turn!”  I guess excuse-making is better than looking in the mirror and thinking:  “Somehow I managed to lose to a man who had been never been elected  dog catcher, whose campaign organization was congealed chaos, who had worse media than Satan, who had half the campaign funds that I had, who often had difficulty getting out three consecutive coherent sentences,  who had more women alleging gross behavior than even the accusers of my “husband”, who had a large section of his party in revolt against him, who has mutant hair, and who hawked steaks and other Trump products during his campaign!  What does that say about me?”


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  • In fairness to Hillary, losing the presidency to a septuagenarian adolescent like Donald Trump a hard thing to live down, especially when you have the Clinton Machine at your disposal.

  • Greg, I think we agree.

    It may be akin to Greek Tragedy. Only thing corrupt, incompetent Hillary exhibits not one instance of hamartia, but 40 or 50 fatal flaws.

    It must be gravely disappointing considering the hubris of this seventy-something crone, the smartest woman on the Planet, to lose an election that she and her crime syndicates (Clinton Foundation, DNC, the media) had rigged.

    Equally troubling must be that the American people decided that the madwoman from Chappaqua was less desirable than a septuagenarian (good word!) adolescent that trolled, and continues to troll, the elite, infallibly ignorant ruling class.

  • Chiming in…..the third presidential debate was classic Trump; “She’s a nasty woman.”
    I lost it. Popcorn flying. The truth, which the left doesn’t believe to be substantial, is that She Is A Nasty Woman! Her actions count and her words are urine… unbelievable.

    Culture of personality worked for Obama in 08′. First female POTUS didn’t take. A hint for the left…when your nominee for the great office of President has an odor thought to be originating from her feet but you toss her into the race anyway… please don’t cry the blues on late night television for months after the election. You look stupid. Instead. Make sure your nominee has had all her shots and wears clean underwear.. possibly some feminine hygiene products…then dress her up in a pantsuit and tell her that her smile is….well, genuine. Even if it isn’t.

    Just say-in’.

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Donald J. Trump

Friday, January 27, AD 2017



And a special hello to all of you in this room who have known and loved me for many, many years. It’s true. The politicians. They’ve had me to their homes. They’ve introduced me to their children. I’ve become their best friends in many instances. They’ve asked for my endorsement and they’ve always wanted my money. And even called me really a dear, dear friend. But then suddenly, decided when I ran for president as a Republican, that I’ve always been a no-good, rotten, disgusting scoundrel. And they totally forgot about me.

Donald J. Trump, Al Smith Dinner, October 20, 2016

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  • Lol….oddly Trump while being a fibber several times a day…is also at others moments, the only one in politics who will say certain things that are true. He will get the money for the wall from Mexico but he’ll do it indirectly. The Pope criticized ” walls and wires” in the El Pais interview and later said he would not name names. Trump has everyone fibbing circuitously including the Pope and everyone at the NY Times. On voting fraud, he could be way off but a 2012 Pew study noted that 4.5 million voting slots are potentially open to abuse and they are composed of the dead still on register and people moving from state to state and ending up registered in several or multiple states. Trump is waking up many of us to the advantages of a disruptive outlier…and Bannon, no relation, is also a non diplomatic straight talker. They’re both outliers and Trump can also be a regular liar. But I love that he counterpunches the media but I wish he’d ignore trivia like crowd numbers. He will ignore the media on conflicts of interest because he actually is not legally bound in that area except as to emoluments to foreign government personnel. A brewing disaster will be when he hits ISIS probably with Delta force operations. They will bomb his hotels and golf courses in return …but I suspect they too will be counterpunched if they do.

  • I would just like everyone to know that so-called misogynist woman-hater, woman abuser, woman-denigrator Donald J. Trump has appointed Kristine Svinicki as the Chairperson of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
    During Barack Hussein Obama’s reign of terror on the nuclear energy industry, she had often been the lone voice of reason in an organization whole given over to Dr. Jerry Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy. She alone had the intestinal fortitude to stand against the actual, real woman abuse that former NRC Chairperson and anti-nuclear wacko nut case Democrat Gregory Jackzo (whom that man of sin and depravity appointed to Chairpersonship). He repeatedly and consistently berated, denigrated and left in tears and misery women staff in the US NRC. Svinicki, a Republican, wrote a letter to the White Chief of Staff detailing what was going on just before the 2012 election, and that embarrassed godless Obama in his mantra about the Republican war on women such that Obama had to demand Jackzo’s resignation. I got to find that letter and post a link to it. As far as I am concerned, she will make a great Chairperson.
    Something else that isn’t talked about much is that many of my friends in the nuclear industry have stated that she is lesbian. I can’t find any corroboration of this in the popular new media and calumny is always sinful, but frankly I don’t give a darn. If she is lesbian, then she doesn’t have this Democrat narcissistic need for popular name recognition that goes along with coming out of the closet. And she darn sure doesn’t force that style of life on anyone else. And she’s Republican, too! Further, she keeps her private business private and I respect her for that. God bless her, lesbian or not.
    Yes, Trump makes another good choice. And lawyer bureaucrat Stephen Burns (who as Chief Counsel in the NRC defended Jackzo during the charges of woman abuse) is demoted from Chairpersonship, and Iranian Jeff Baran (think on that, folks, think on that) – the third Commissioner – will likely be out when his term ends. Besides Republican Svinicki and Democrats Burns and Baran, there are two other slots open that Obama did not fill (I think Congress stopped him). Since the law allows three persons from the majority party and requires two from the minority, those slots will be filled by Republicans – appointed by “let’s reduce the regs by 75%” Donald J Trump!
    Things are looking good, folks. Contrary to Democrat fears that a fossil fuel enthusiast like Trump would oppose nuclear, the opposite may be the case. Why? Because Republicans believe in the Free Market and in availability of energy supply, not in its constriction with useless, worthless solar and wind.
    To the Democrats and the anti-nuclear nut cases – one and the same – I say, “You lost. We won. Get over it, cry babies!”

  • Not to belabor a point, but this statement quoted from Trump above is so very true:
    “But then suddenly, decided when I ran for president as a Republican, that I’ve always been a no-good, rotten, disgusting scoundrel. And they totally forgot about me.”
    This is always and everywhere Democrat behavior. Just read this example from Kristine Svinicki’s testimony to the Committee on Oversight and Government Report in the US House of Representatives – go read page 2 about the abominable behavior of Obama’s appointee Gregory Jackzo, former NRC Chairperson:
    This kind of stuff NEVER occurred before even under Jimmy worthless Carter and William Jefferson “I did not have sex with that woman” Clinton. I have been in nuclear power since my reactor operator days on a nuclear submarine in 1976, and NEVER have I seen this kind of behavior in nuclear energy till Barack Hussein Obama came on the horizon. NEVER. Here is Representative Darrell Issa’s report on the whole thing:
    Want to know why the country languished for the past 8 years? Because of crap like this. And for all of Trump’s faults, he isn’t going to let crap like that slide on by any more. Obama is evil. The Democrats are evil. Period. Trump ain’t no paragon of virtue, but maybe he is our King Cyrus, our Emperor Constantine. One thing for sure: he’ll be hated and reviled by all the right – er, I mean left – thinking people.
    God bless Donald Trump.
    God bless Kristine Svinicki.

  • I knew I would find the letter. All 4 NRC Commissioners signed it but Svinicki wrote here. It was addressed to White House Chief of Staff William Daley back in October, 2011. This is the kind of crap that Democrats do which has ruined our country.

  • The man (Trump) is not perfect, as none of us are, but he knows hypocrites when he sees them.. and is not afraid to say so-

  • If Svinicki is a “lesbian”, then she is certainly not qualified for any job. Why are the mentally ill being promoted to important positions? Find a real man or woman to do the job, not a self-identified pervert…..

  • Dan, with all due respect, I work with gays, straights, Christians, Muslims, Jews, men, women, and at one time even a cross gender person. I oppose sodomy and lesbianism and Islam and cross genderism. But I will treat every co-worker as an equal. And I darn sure respect Kristine Svinicki.
    Further, being an alcoholic dope fiend, I am mentally ill too. So I got no room to complain. Instead, I go to mtgs and do my moral inventory with my priest in the Confessional. That’s my medicine.
    Regardless of what Chairperson Svinicki does in her bedroom, (1) she keeps it private and (2) she is a darn good and competent engineer. God bless her in her new position.
    I am sorry I said anything now.

  • “If Svinicki is a ‘lesbian’, then she is certainly not qualified for any job. Why are the mentally ill being promoted to important positions? Find a real man or woman to do the job, not a self-identified pervert…..”

    I am in no way defending perverted sex, but people committing perverted sex acts (which also include heterosexual fornication, masturbation, & adultery) does not mean they are mentally ill & cannot hold down a secular job. They do so all of the time. They have spiritual problems for sure; they don’t necessarily have mental problems.

  • I want to be clear about something. Chairperson Svinicki is NOT here at this forum to defend herself. The allegations which I noted about her alleged sexual persuasion are NOT independently corroborated. Calumny is a sin, so I should never have mentioned the allegations even though I did so in her defense. Furthermore, this woman is a true heroine because she stood against the arrogance and egotism and abusive behavior of former Chairperson Gregory Jackzo (a liberal progressive Democrat in the very mold of Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton). His ruthless, despicable and abhorent behavior against women staff in the US NRC is well documented and independently corroborated by both the US Congress and the US General Accounting Office. Also, Chairperson Svinicki is a REAL engineer and has REAL integrity and a profound sense of ethics. I base that observation on years of readiing various documents that she wrote during her tenure in the NRC, and comparing them to documents written by worthless useless liberal progressive Democrats like Jackzo and his immediate successor Allison MacFarlane. Lastly, to make this relevant to Donald’s post, just as Trump is now regarded as a rotten no good scoundrel by all the right – er, left – thinking people, so will Chairperson Svinicki for NO other reason than she doesn’t conform to the liberal proogressive norm.
    God bless Donald Trump
    God bless Kristine Svinicki.
    I don’t don’t give a flying hoot what she does in the privacy of her home.

  • I’m going to assume that the recent snafu on the “7 country muslim ban” back into the country is more due to DJT’s lack of executive experience in protocol and the thorough realization of the impact exec orders have than anything proposed by the left (i.e. an example of “hate”).

Conservative Ivory Towers and Trump

Tuesday, January 24, AD 2017


Father Rutler at The Catholic World Report has a good post on the conservative establishment and Trump:


We heard and read much commentary from ivory towers during the presidential campaign of 2016, some of it from academicians, and most of it from journalists, television commentators and pollsters for whom the imperium of reality is a form of colonial oppression. One self-styled conservative faculty member at Columbia University confidently predicted : “After Trump gets wiped out this November, the passions will cool. Unlike some past elections, this election won’t be close enough for anyone to argue that the opposition stole the election.”

Another contributor to a leading conservative journal added shortly before the voting began: “No one outside Trump’s evaporating base of diehards seems to think nominating a buffoon was an especially good idea. Yet there he stands, setting conservative politics back a decade every time his tongue makes it past his teeth.”

Their bewildered surprise on election night showed how locked and lofty their towers are, and how quickly perception withers in the groves of Academe. The object of their indignation and scorn, of course, was the billionaire candidate, who is the sort they might solicit for donations to the endowments and fellowships off which many of them live, but who would not be welcome at any of their Chablis and Brie symposia which they are deluded enough to think make a difference in the world. Various professors and journalists published “Never Trump” proclamations which made some cogent points for anyone interested in substance, but which were impassioned beyond reason and conspicuous for a kind of snobbery peculiar to arrivistes.

The veneer quickly shattered when they lapsed into middle school name-calling. Many of these were not liberal in politics, as the term now is used. A considerable number would call themselves social conservatives, and might even think of themselves as strong Catholic apologists. They were not satisfied to state their objections to Mr. Trump’s contentions and avowals, for they resented with unedifying condescension that he was not the sort who belonged in their circle and was stubbornly insolvent in their abstract alchemy. He was “manifestly unfit to be president of the United States” and gave offense with his “vulgarity, oafishness, and shocking ignorance.” He speaks with a “funky outer-borough accent.’’ As though these writers had a copyright on the tradition of culture, they complained: “Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.”

The palpable disdain from the Ivory Tower was not because reality has a bad taste but because it is in bad taste. Many of the same voices were relatively mute during the past eight years of our nation’s moral disintegration, possibly out of reluctance to lose status on campuses which have become ethical wastelands.

Before the election, which they assumed would bury conservatism in a landslide, the hyperventilating professors, journalists, and clerics, were preparing to preen that they had been prophets. When the polls closed, they suddenly learned to their dismay that humanity consists of humans, the cipher for whom was “uneducated white males” who had not matriculated in the shade of the Ivory Tower. It is not beyond some of them to shy from the fact that they bet on the wrong horse. Now there is some chagrin that the winning horse has left them at the gate. This brings to mind the incident in 1914 when none of the three white cassocks fit the small and bent figure of the newly elected Pope Benedict XV. The papal haberdasher was hastily summoned to make adjustments. When he told the Holy Father that he knew he would be elected, Benedict said, “Gammarelli, if you knew, why didn’t you make me a cassock that fit?”

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  • My stepson heads finance for Amgen Corporation for all of Taiwan. At Christmas I said to him on Facetime, ” You’re going to hear from Trump”. He burst out laughing…” we already have”. Because our major media hate Trump, his effect on the corporate world is being grossly underestimated. The NY Times has the reporters skilled for data that is complimentary to Trump but it won’t get done. They are obsessed with working towards his demise so they have Paul Krugman laughing at Trump’s account of crime and unemployment by citing the long term decrease ( not the last two years uptick to include also…overdoses) in crime and the sanated lower unemployment figure sans those who dropped out from job searching. If Hillary were in and spoke remotely like Trump on those two issues, Paul Krugman would use Trump data to buttress her despondency. That how the very smart Times lies daily while accusing Trump today of continuing some lie of his. Conservatives of the textbook sort on the other hand can in some cases believe in the free market in places where it is problematic. Luxuries and their prices should not be regulated. No one needs a boxster Porsche. But the lower classes of all colors need through their own fault the antidote for drug overdose and the price for that antidote tripled in several months such that small towns who carried it in their ambulances six mnths ago, cannot afford it now. Trump is non doctrinaire. He will regulate drug prices where research costs seem like bs to him…if he can do so. Having done selfish things in business, he is jaded about excuses because he has used them. Scripture says…”the fool when he walketh in the way, calls all things foolish.”. It’s a factor with him as to the drug industry who in his eyes are robbing from the insurance industry like United Health. The trick is to find out to what extent his cynicism is correct.

  • Google Diocletian’s Edict on Price Controls sometime and ask yourself how that worked out for the Roman Empire.

    Look, I’m glad Trump won, but he’s not infinitely preferable to Hillary Clinton. For me the point of diminishing returns is reached if & when he becomes a slightly more palatable, Americanized version of Peron

  • Donald Trump is the Blue Dog Democrat of our times with strategy focusing on working people and conservative values. He has a clear mind and a strong will. He will identify all the obvious problems and fix most of them. He will be opposed by all those with serious spiritual and mental problems, i.e., those with a very clouded view of reality. These folks would include those mentioned by Fr. Rutler plus Pope Francis and most of the clergy in the Catholic Church. This will be a war of values from which none of us can escape and all of are involved.

  • I look at the red portions of our national map and think of the Vendee during revolutionary France, and of Trump as a Neo-Jean Chouan and his movement as a latter day Chouanneire. The French Revolution is a pivotal event in human history. The Reformation and the so-called Enlightenment were antecedent but in a significant sense the French Revolution has not ended. Tempered by an honest appreciation of human nature, my sympathy is more with the peasants, the hoi polloi who elected Trump than with the urban effete who disparage him. And this from an admirer of William F. Buckley Jr. and long-time subscriber to the National Review. Like Jean Chouan and you and me, Trump is a fallible human being. But he is also rather unique, a billionaire who has long rubbed blue-shirted elbows with the hard-working and practical men and women in construction and learned a great deal about life from them. There is much about which to be happily optimistic.

  • I am ill reading your snobbish comments. I and millions of other highly educated professional people who are famous and admired have been part of the movement from the first. Mr. Trump is a truly fine and brilliant man who has made mistakes as we all have. And you deserve to suffer shame for maligning him. May God help you.

  • Ernest, we have had price controls in this country for over 1/2 a century. Just check out the Department of Agriculture’s propping up of various food commodities prices. The generation before me, in my family, tells a story of the US Dept of Ag telling my paternal grandfather how many rows of what crops he could planting his own privately farmed land. My grandfather was told that, should he plant “extra” rows, that a government would arrive post haste, & destroy those “extra” rows. I think a lot of what is done with food controls in this country has been & still is pure Communism. The Feds have literally paid farmers not to plant their fields with crops. The Feds have completely interfered in the free market by deliberately raising the costs of gas/oil and subsidizing failing green energy like ethanol and wind power. And don’t get me started on Obamacare.

  • “In short, they were more comfortable with conservatism being under assault by liberal control of Washington than they were rolling the dice with Trump.”

    I would say that some of these “conservatives” referenced had their cake and icing as part of the Establishment and could have cared less, except in theory, that the rest of the country is going to Hell in a hand basket. No only are “conservatives” under assault, they have been all but completely run out of the public square. Hence, the requirement that public school teachers, paid with tax dollars, not call biological boys and girls–“boys” & “girls.”

  • My altogether too dense reference to the French Revolution aside, the liberal left is so possessed of their progressive conceits they cannot see the damage they have inflicted upon the ordinary people. Hence Trump, and I wish him every success.

  • There is also the matter of Hillary Clinton. Her extremely careless acts would subject her presidency to blackmail and worse. And while we conscientiously avoid working at the rumor mill, there have been many allegations which bring into question her stability and psychological profile. Her finger on the button?

My Heart Bleeds

Tuesday, January 10, AD 2017


Following President-elect Donald Trump’s victory and Republicans’ major electoral gains in November, outgoing Obama employees and loyalists to failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have found their job prospects in the District foundering, according to Politico.

“It feels like there are just thousands of us trying to find a job, and there are no jobs,” longtime Clinton aide Mira Patel, who worked for Clinton in her Senate, State Department and 2016 campaign offices, told the outlet.

Following Trump’s surprise victory Nov. 8, Democratic operatives no longer have some 4,000 presidentially appointed jobs for which to apply when the billionaire businessman takes the oath of office Jan. 20.

The Democratic workers who were expecting to see a Clinton White House are reportedly finding the transition especially difficult:

Clinton aides appear to be having a harder time, both emotionally and practically.

“There’s anger, there’s frustration, there’s anxiety, there’s burnout,” said Russ Finkelstein, a managing director at Clearly Next and longtime progressive career guru (including as a founding team member at the lefty jobs board Idealist.org) who has been counseling Clinton alumni.

“People are in shock,” said Anastasia Kessler-Dellaccio, 35, who quit her job at Sister Cities International to run Foreign Policy Professionals for Hillary. Some Clinton campaign workers say they’ve lost their bearings because they’re so rattled by the differences in Trump’s values from those represented by Obama and Clinton.

Kessler-Dellaccio added, “I think people, myself included, are trying to figure out, ‘How do I recalibrate my dreams?’”

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  • “…because they’re so rattled by the differences in Trump’s values from those represented by Obama and Clinton.”
    So Obama and Clinton have “values?”

  • Diddums. Their time with Obama and Clinton have made them unemployable. They are now relegated to the ranks of the Deplorables.

  • “I’m not like other people. I can’t stand pain. It hurts me.” – Daffy Duck

    It’s like these guys think they’re the first ones to ever go through this. If you lose a campaign, odds are good that you have some disagreements with the winner. People you disagree with get the jobs, and you don’t. You’re not entitled to power.

  • The video was priceless. Ann Coulter can take a punch and now the part of the video on her is super priceless. And I unlike Donald McClarey never thought Trump would win especially after the sexual allegations of late in the campaign…? early October. It was the most interesting election ever for odd reasons…but the news media and celebrity world as a rule were lockstep headed for a lemming cliff dive because of their internal pressures to conform to each other.
    And I wish Trump would twitter as to whether any of the celebs moved to another country….Amy Schumer, ? the black activist whose name escapes me….etc.

  • I am trying hard not to feel happy about this.

  • These freaking wimps had no problem in putting Christian bakers out of business for standing by their Christian consciences. They had no problem with ensuring businessmen were drummed out of industry for maintaining a personal belief in the sanctity of marriage and human life. They had no problem in demonizing, marginalizing and intimidating 60+ million Americans whom they deemed to be deplorable. To them what I would say begins with an unprintable epithet. And Philip, I am happy about this because it’s God’s justice. For 8 long reads we have put up with these people. Enough is enough.

  • While reading this I remembered and re-heard my mother’s voice from my teen years: “you don’t have anything to do? You don’t have anything to do? I’ll find you something to do.”
    Hearing that had a way of causing an attitude re-adjustment.

  • Mrs. Dellacio’s a PR hack. Behind the link in the uncharacteristically sour face of Jennifer Psaki, another PR hack. These are people whose metier is pushing stuff in the media. I find it amusing that Google HR is acting as a job placement service for Clinton aides. Bill Gates and Microsoft tended to avoid political entanglements (at least until the Justice Department came after them). I am curious as to why tech companies have in the last dozen years elected to make themselves auxilliaries of the Democratic Party.

  • Schadenfreude, I think it’s called.

  • I hope you can all become, in the words of John C. Calhoun, net tax payers instead of net tax consumers which you have most likely been throughout your “working” lives.

  • Now is their opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a Republican in D.C. Good reality check. Might even save their souls. Let’s hope so.

  • Remember “shovel ready jobs”? Remember Obama was going to use all that money to repair the infrastructure ? Let’s give them each a shovel and put them to work !
    Timothy R.

  • Let’s give them each a shovel and put them to work !

    They’re PR hacks. Shoveling it is their vocation.

  • Maybe they should see if the Clinton Foundation is hiring.

  • Maybe they should see if the Clinton Foundation is hiring.

    The income stream from pre-paid bribes is drying up, so, no.

  • “How do I recalibrate my dreams?” -Kessler Dellaccio

    It’s funny isn’t it?
    How will she move past this collosal disappointed?

    It’s easy. Like the younger snowflakes at Harvard, a fresh supply of colored pencils and a 100 page coloring book will occupy that troubled mind. This is what Anastasia is in need of. Oh. And a reminder that Hillary Clinton stalled out and concocted lies costing the REAL lives of four true Americans in ’12.

    “Obama and Clinton have values?” -Don L
    Yes…If zero can be counted as a place value.

  • Watched Trump’s press conference today. He declared CNN a fake news channel to their reporter’s face. I wonder if he will follow through and stop giving them press credentials.

  • I think Trump should simply stop catering to any liberal news outlet: ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC. Just stop giving them an audience. All they do is twist and turn the truth no matter what. So to hades with them. Let them read Trump’s twitter feed for the latest. Meanwhile, keep Fox on board. Is that biased? You betcha. But nothing says Trump can’t do that. It’s time to muzzle the liberals.

  • Lucius,
    At the press conference Trump would not take a question from CNN whom he called fake news. It was weird. Trump would permit multiple questions from each reporter because he often would just ignore all but one of their questions so by allowing five questions, it gave him an assortment to pick from….lol.

  • If you remember, when Obama first entered that Office, he would just wave off reporters like they were flys.
    And they would all buzz off !
    Timothy R.

  • Instapundit: “You would need a heart of stone not to laugh like a hyena.” Additionally, thank God these filthy animals aren’t, at this moment, feverishly working to destroy our country and our way of life.

  • “Obama and Clinton have values?”

    Everyone has values. The question is whether those values line up with the Good.

  • Remember that movie “The Fly” ? It was the biography of a CNN reporter.
    Timothy R.

Change of Heart

Friday, December 23, AD 2016



I think the antics of the crazed left since the election of Trump are costing them supporters.  Case in point, Rod Dreher publishes a letter from a young mother:

I’m a secular/agnostic Californian and longtime reader of your blog. I’ve enjoyed your books beginning with Crunchy Cons, and have valued your insights over the years.

Though you don’t know me, I feel like I know you and your family. And I want to share with you, from the liberal bastion of Northern California, that I am officially tired of the type of people who have surrounded me my entire life. In the wake of Trump’s election, I am experiencing “tribe fatigue.” I’m not tired of The Other, Detestable Tribe. I’m tired of my own.

A bit about me: I am a [deleted] with two young children. My parents were non-religious Democrats, and my ex-Catholic mom loathes organized religion to this day.

So I was raised a secular liberal. My college professors were secular liberals. During my journalism phase, my newspaper colleagues were secular liberals. My law school professors and peers were – in the vast majority – secular liberals. Almost everyone at my corporate law firm was a secular liberal. My California neighbors and friends are secular liberals, as are my colleagues. My mother, siblings, and their spouses are all secular liberals.

By all rights, I should be a member in good standing of their tribe, “liking” their Facebook posts and joining their candlelight vigils against the evil Trump Administration. But November 8 and its aftermath revealed to me that I am just so tired of these people. I can’t be like them, and I don’t want my kids turning into them.

I am tired of their undisguised contempt for tens of millions of Americans, with no effort to temper their response to the election with humility or empathy.

I am tired of their unexamined snobbery and condescension.

I am tired of their name-calling and virtue-signaling as signs of supposedly high intelligence.

I am tired of their trendiness, jumping on every left-liberal bandwagon that comes along (transgender activism, anyone?) and then acting like anyone not on board is an idiot/hater.

I am tired of their shallowness. It’s hard to have a deep conversation with people who are obsessed with moving their kids’ pawns across the board (grades, sports, college, grad school, career) and, in their spare time, entertaining themselves and taking great vacations.

I am tired of their acceptance of vulgarity and sarcastic irreverence as the cultural ocean in which their kids swim. I like pop culture as much as the next person, but people who would never raise their kids on junk food seem to think nothing of letting then wallow in cultural junk, exposed to nothing ennobling, aspirational, or even earnest.

I am tired of watching them raise clueless kids (see above) who go off to college and within months are convinced they live in a rapey, racist patriarchy; “Make America Great Again” is hate speech; and Black Lives Matter agitators are their brothers-in-arms against White Privilege. If my kids are like that at nineteen, I’ll feel I’ve seriously failed them as a parent. Yet the general sentiment seems to be these are good, liberal kids who may have gotten a bit carried away.

I am tired of their lack of interest in any form of serious morality or self-betterment. These are decent, responsible people, many compassionate by temperament. Yet they seem two-dimensional, as if they believe that being a nice, well-socialized person who holds the correct political views is all there is, and there is nothing else to talk about. Isn’t there, though?

I am tired of being bored and exasperated by everybody. I feel like I have read this book a thousand times, and there are no surprises in it. Down with Trump! Trans Lives Matter! Climate deniers are destroying the planet! No cake, we’re gluten-free!

These are good people in a lot of ways. But there has got to be a better tribe.

That leads me to . . . drum roll . . . the Christian Right. It is no small feat, switching tribes. It feels stressful and weird to abandon your tribe for the Detested Other Side.

Since November 8, my husband and I have been taking the kids to church. (He is politically conservative with a religious bent, so no argument there.) I have come this close to buying a giant poster of the American flag for the living room. I may do it still.

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  • The most bizarre thing about this the left is melting over someone who is not even a conservative.

  • Yes, but he is much more conservative than the Northern California echo chamber. He also lead the charge against political correctness. Just maybe this had the effect of causing some on the Left to think about arguments they’d never heard before.

  • The young mother above and her children are the refugees that we don’t hear about.
    Waking from a perpetual nightmare and walking away from a tribe filled with hate of neighbor that isn’t in their camp, contempt for all outside their tribe and apathy for things conservative. I predict that these refugees will grow in number.

  • Remember, folks, it’s liberal-ISM. It is just like alcohol-ISM. It’s I, Self and Me. That’s what causes alcoholism (“the bottle was only a symptom of our disease” – Bill Wilson in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous), and it is what causes liberalism.

  • I had a college friend from San Francisco. He established a law practice there. He was in town once, and my wife and I had dinner with him and his wife. They began talking about overpopulation, and how they think it’s selfish to have children. My wife and I have eight children. They began talking about how abortion is needed to protect the environment from overpopulation. I am a pro-life activist. On Facebook, it got worse. And worse. And worse. He was insulting to everyone outside of San Francisco who had ever been his friend, while insisting he was not. Finally, I cut ties with him. He wasn’t like that when we were in college together. It was sad. He seemed to have a compulsion to show just how great a guy he was by holding all of the right opinions, and denigrating anyone who held a different opinion. He had ZERO insight into how this looked to other people. It reminds me of the society in Brave New World, which looked with disgust at things such as natural childbirth.

  • St. Augustine wrote in the fifth century that enemies of the Faith, sinners, et al should be loved in Christian charity because as long as they live they may come to a better mind.
    Also, as LDQ above notes: liberalism is a pathology.

  • What an enchanting voice to read such a mysterious beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing. This woman’s children will be well schooled.

  • T Shaw wrote, “St. Augustine wrote in the fifth century that enemies of the Faith, sinners, et al should be loved in Christian charity because as long as they live they may come to a better mind.”

    The Doctor of Grace also says, “For the effectiveness of God’s mercy cannot be in the power of man to frustrate, if he will have none of it. If God wills to have mercy on men, he can call them in a way that is suited to them, so that they will be moved to understand and to follow. It is true, therefore, that many are called but few chosen. Those are chosen who are effectually [congruenter] called. Those who are not effectually called and do not obey their calling are not chosen, for although they were called they did not follow.” [To Simplician 2:13]

  • My impression of libelism ( oh, you meant LIBERALism ) is summed up in a picture of that great scholar, Timothy O’Leary. He’s squinting off in the distance, with one hand shading his eyes.
    And the caption reads, “I wonder if I can make it to there, from here ?”
    Maybe they’re on a noble ( Nobel ) quest like Star Trek. Only the “Final Frontier” could be
    Canada, or, Venezuela.
    Timothy R.

  • O’Leary might have been the originator of the awesome and mystical New Age quote,
    “No matter where you go, there you are”. Gives me chills.
    Timothy R

  • I hope she’s strong enough to keep at it. If you’re not use to it, social pressure is insanely hard to resist.

  • For several years here in the San Franpsycho Baytheist Area, I had a license-plate holder I had brought up from Arizona, “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. My son–in-law was USMC 1st Light Armored Recon, participated in the first wave assault on Baghdad and also helped clean out Fallujah. I was quite proud of it. The plate had migrated in time to Mrs. Phoenix’ car.
    However, it is now relegated to an honorable place in the garage: why? A few months back, she was disembarking from her car when a man, possibly in his 40’s, saw it and verbally assailed her, a-la-crazed-lefty-on-Jet-Blue-flight-vs-Ivanka-Trump, in very tony Saratoga, screaming, at her and pointing at it, “What’s that supposed to mean? Why d’ya have that?”–He was an anti-Bush, anti-war, deranged lefty, as he proceeded to make evident. (Oh, how I wish I had been there, but.. Besides these types run crying were somebody to give them a boo-boo.) “He was really brave to assail a chubby lady in her middle years,” was Mrs. Phoenix’ comment.
    After this near-confrontation (it actually was the 2nd of its type ), the license-plate – holder with the obviously incendiary message, went to the garage wall of honor. Not worth dealing with the loon-left here.
    Peace on earth.

  • 🙁 Sounds like the spiritual brother of the guy who went from complementing my (admittedly adorable) baby girl to accusing me of wishing his death and destroying the world when he saw that there were *three* car seats in the back of my van. (And one booster, but I don’t think he could see that. And he couldn’t tell I was pregnant, either.)

  • Steve Phoenix, if I meet a person like that, then one of the two of us will not be walking away. I am done with these godless leftists. Dear Lord Jesus, please grant to your unworthy servant the courage of your man of honor Caleb who at 85 years of age was ready to drive the Anakim out from the land!
    Joshua 14
    6 Then the people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal; and Caleb the son of Jephun′neh the Ken′izzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God in Ka′desh-bar′nea concerning you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Ka′desh-bar′nea to spy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. 8 But my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God. 9 And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children for ever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ 10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness; and now, lo, I am this day eighty-five years old. 11 I am still as strong to this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war, and for going and coming. 12 So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day; for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities: it may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out as the Lord said.”
    13 Then Joshua blessed him; and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephun′neh for an inheritance. 14 So Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephun′neh the Ken′izzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 Now the name of Hebron formerly was Kir′iath-ar′ba;[a] this Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. And the land had rest from war.

  • I voluntarily enlisted eight days after graduating from Rex Mundi HS. I couldn’t wait because someone(s) had murdered my hero, John F. Kennedy. the news Media was predicting that we would soon catch up with the killer(s) and kick butt. And I wanted to get my licks in !
    Well, I wound up being gone for four long years. The last three years of that time I was stationed with an MP unit in Germany. I was homesick and missed my Family. I missed my Hometown too !
    When I finally arrived at our small Airport, I couldn’t wait to get off the plane and step, once more on friendly soil ! I took one step into the Terminal and some dirtbag ran up to me and spit on my uniform ! Welcome home.

  • It is a strange grace to have returned to the San Franpsychopath Baytheist Area about 5 years ago for work and family reasons, having been gone to Arizona about 20 years, to witness the “progressive” drift of the society, just like the California seismic plate and the San Andreas fault, drifting further and further left, further and further out to sea. ( But for the grace of God and the traditional Catholic Faith, which I badly drifted from by my 20’s, there go I. ) These people have no mooring, and the very darkest of spirits loves a vacuum.

    Some here are almost irretrievably self-deluded (the first victim of lying is yourself, of course). There are many good and devoted people still here of course. But they cant speak up, or they lose their job, they (by the loon-left, who once bitterly complained of John Kerry’s quite-legitimate “Swift-Boating”) will get “Facebooked” (Disgracebooked), and they often too have family to care for. I also care for my disabled brother as well, and that keeps me in check; also it isn’t fair to make Mrs. Phoenix, who was shaken by the sheer bitter viciousness of the verbal attack, the 2nd of its kind occasioned by little more than a license-plate holder, suffer along with me.

    After all, I know of one lefty-loon who walked up to a Jesuit priest in the Haight-Asbury a few years ago, and stuck a knife in the back of his head, outside St. Agnes Church where he was greeting people. Yeah, that didn’t make the news. He miraculously recovered, but he has never been the same.

    A strange grace, you say? Well, it is always good to see what the deranged left is up to, and it helps to therefore be ahead of the curve. The “Sanctuary Cities”, the public nudity (be very careful where you drive in SF: check ahead), the decades-old, laissez-faire, total ignoring of violations of law and code (that is what occasioned the Oakland Warehouse fire a few weeks ago, where 33 people died: gee, with great mayors in Oakland’s past like crack-addict Ron Dellums, toke-smoking now-gov Jerry Brown, and ultra-leftist Jean Kwan, how could anything go wrong witht that leadership and enforcement of law?), and now the movement to secede from the Union—the same people who went nuts over Texas’ and Gov. Rick Perry’s threats to secede a few years ago, isn’t it precious?

    We have our escape already planned in a few years. I still have a house in Arizona and will probably buy another in gun-loving Utah or Wyoming. But I will still maintain a foothold, here to watch. And watch California, the new Atlantis, sink into the waves of the angry Pacific. Keep lots of Jiffy-Pop ready.

  • Maybe we could chip in and get all of the Liberals in Wash.DC one of those Medic-Alert
    necklaces. Only theirs’ would say, “Help! I’m having a lucid moment. And I can’t find my
    stash !”
    Timothy R.

  • Atheism is unconstitutional, patently violating our First Amendment. The atheist must be tolerated as a deathbed convert. Aldous Huxley, cold blooded atheist, author of Brave New World had his normal Christian character hang himself in a cold-blooded act at the end of the book. Huxley died the same day JFK was assassinated and no one knew he was gone for ten years. Brave New World was Huxley’s wish for us.

Yawn, Trump Wins Electoral College

Tuesday, December 20, AD 2016


The attempt, predictably, to generate an Electoral College revolt against Donald Trump failed miserably yesterday.  The College met around the nation on Monday and Clinton suffered the defection of five faithless electors to two for Trump.  Here is the tally:  304 for Trump, 227 for Clinton, three for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one each for Sanders, Paul, Kasich, and Faith Spotted Eagle (yeah, you read that last one correctly).  Now the deranged Left can spend their time coming up with cloud kukooland schemes as to how the Republican Congress will fail to certify the Electoral College votes and Trump will thus be denied the Presidency.  Leftist special snow flakes simply do not inhabit the same frame of reality the rest of us occupy.

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  • Failure to accept reality is a sign of madness. Let’s just hope they keep it up which will guarantee they will never win again. These guys need a paradigm shift very badly.

  • The god of liberalism is Caesar. But who is Caesar changes. When liberals get a Caesar whom they don’t like, their god becomes their demon. This is fitting. Trump will remember who opposed him and will respond in kind. He has already said that his favorite Bible verse is the one about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I believe he was being honest. The IRS investigations into conservative non-profit organizations under Obama will pale in comparison. Again, how fitting. Snow flakes will not just melt but be vaporized into wisps steam.

  • . The morning briefing from the nytimes in my email didn’t mention that Clinton had more defectors ( lib doing briefing) but their longer article today did with the granular detail I like about their data reporting and ( about their recipes). Trump related stocks have been stalled for a week around this electoral thing I suspect. We’ll see today if the banks continue upward since futures on Bank of America are positive this AM….though they can be a delusion many mornings.

  • Big banks today are up double the market rise….that is the result of this electoral worry being over on Wall St.

  • Had I been an elector pledged to Hilary, I would have not only changed my vote to Trump, but encouraged all my colleagues to do so as well in express repudiation of the crybullies trying to game the system. Let a unanimous vote for Trump be a cold slap to sore losers.
    Hey idiots, we have a day you make your voices heard. It’s called ELECTION DAY and you go VOTE. It was funny to see Mark’s last gasp of hope die.

  • “A sense of humor is a Saving Grace” – my mother – Cecile Anzlyne said that.

  • I went to the neighborhood Chipotle today, and was reminded what a difference 8 short months makes: remember when the Queen-Elect and her head female drone Huma showed up as though British royalty incognito and sending the NY Times crew into a frenzy of excitement?


    And now Ozymandias lies in the dust.

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Liberal Celebrities and the Electoral College

Friday, December 16, AD 2016


Fresh off their success of convincing their fellow citizens to elect Hillary Clinton President of these United States, Hollywood celebrities are attempting to convince Republican members of the Electoral College to betray the people of their states and not vote for Donald Trump when the Electoral College meets on December 19.  This is hilarious for several reasons:

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End of the Recount Farce

Tuesday, December 13, AD 2016


I haven’t wasted the time of TAC readers in covering the moneymaking scheme of Jill Stein, former green party candidate, in calling for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, due to the fact that the recounts had no hope of success, if by success altering the outcome of the election was the goal.  Clinton was beaten so thoroughly in the electoral college that in order to change the outcome recounts would have to award her all three states.  The smallest vote gap was in Michigan of approximately 10,000 votes, and any recount, based upon history, would barely make a dent in such a total.

Only one state did a recount, Wisconsin, and the Badger State as a result of the recount increased Trump’s vote margin of victory by 162 votes.  In Michigan the state appellate court shut down the farce.  In Pennsylvania Federal District Judge Paul Diamond, in a truly blistering decision, refused to order a recount:


Unsuccessful Green Party Candidate Jill Stein and Pennsylvania voter Randall Reitz allege that because Pennsylvania’s voting machines might have been “hacked” during last month’s election, I must order the Commonwealth to conduct a recount of the votes cast for President. There are at least six separate grounds requiring me to deny Plaintiffs’ Motion. Most importantly, there is no credible evidence that any “hack” occurred, and compelling evidence that Pennsylvania’s voting system was not in any way compromised. Moreover, Plaintiffs’ lack of standing, the likely absence of federal jurisdiction, and Plaintiffs’ unexplained, highly prejudicial delay in seeking a recount are all fatal to their claims for immediate relief. Further, Plaintiffs have not met any of the requirements for the issuance of a mandatory emergency injunction. Finally, granting the relief Plaintiffs seek would make it impossible for the Commonwealth to certify its Presidential Electors by December 13 (as required by federal law), thus inexcusably disenfranchising some six million Pennsylvania voters. For all these reasons, I am compelled to refuse Plaintiffs’ request for injunctive relief.

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  • Regarding the Dem’s curious double standards, recall that back in ’83, when
    Ted Kennedy was gearing up to run against Reagan, he actually appealed to
    the Soviets to help him win the ’84 election, promising to aid the Soviets in their
    dealings with the president in the meantime.
    It wasn’t until 1991, after the fall of the USSR, that damning Soviet records of the
    communications were unearthed. The Democrats largely ignored the discovery
    of the documents, and Kennedy continued his Senate career without any
    The Democrats were indifferent when it was one of their own who actually did
    attempt to get the Soviets to interfere in an American presidential election. Yet
    they clutch their pearls in horror and indignation at the slightest rumor that Russians
    might have helped their candidate lose this year. Just when I thought I couldn’t have
    more contempt for that party, they hit a new low…

  • “The Russians did it” is all the talk of the news media. Obama wants a special study done and completed on Russian hacking before he leaves office. Even the CIA is reported to have said it’s Russian hacking. But Hillary’s uranium deal with the Russians is ignored. And Obama saying to the Russians before the last election that he’ll have more flexibility is ignored. Addtionally, Hillary’s private email servers (where she illegally stored national security information) having been hacked by foreign governments is ignored. This is amazing. These accursed Democrats make one excuse after another and then ignore the very real treason occurring in front of their faces!
    BTW, I am convinced that if Russia were still communist and not returning to her Orthodox Christian roots, the Democrats would never blame Russia. Just look at how they defend and extol the one China policy (where China is communist) against Trump having received a phone call from the President of a free Taiwan!
    Democrats invested a lot of power into the Presidency when Obama occupied the White House. They had better beware for Trump will now use that power. He isn’t going to take crap from the liberal progressive news media as other past Republican Presidents did. I think ultimately that is dangerous, but it is the situation which the Democrats created.

  • Double standards. The IRS 2012 tea party crimes are far more serious.
    Obama/Hillary spent nearly eight years politicizing/weaponizing the CIA, DoJ, FBI, IRS, etc. Now, President Trump may wield those weapons.
    LQC, Agree with all you posted. Plus, the libs were 100% ok with the USSR expending $1 billion (in 1960’s/70’s) dollars to bankroll stooges’/useful idiots’ opposition to the US military in the Vietnam War and way ok with Teddy Chappaquiddick asking the Kremlin to assist him in becoming president.
    Here was an important (sarcasm) interference by foreign hackers: Russian hackers (mind control!) forced Hillary to call half of America “irredeemable” and “deplorable.”
    Likely, the hacks were inconsequential to the outcome. In truth, the so-called foreign hackers and Wikilieaks did the work that the lying, liberal (redundant) media refused to do.

  • I quote this frequently, but The left is a machine for seizing and retaining power. Once you discard the notion that they’re operating on the basis of any fixed principles whatsoever, their actions make a lot more sense.

  • The terms coup d’état and putsch come to mind but we will settle for farce.

  • This is off-topic. I navigated here from another of your pieces which quoted extensively from Christopher Johnson’s “Midwest Conservative Journal”. I have long been a reader of MCJ. However, lately, ESET has been blocking me from the site on my laptop, They cleared this up once, but it’s back again. I can’t get to the site, and I can’t get to Mr. Johnson’s email which is linked to the site. I’m trying to find out what is going on and if it is going to be fixed. (I was not the only one having the prob last I was on. I was able to access the site from my tablet, which is not, admittedly, as secure as my laptop. Last night, alas, I instead had a phony “virus alert” hijack my link to MCJ and take over Chrome. Took me an hour to get rid of it, and I am loathe to attempt accessing MCJ again.) In any case, is there any way you could get this message, and my email addy to Mr. Johnson? I truly miss MCJ!

  • This is beautiful.
    So the unsecured emails, some of which the FBI classified as highly confidential, were haphazardly shared from the incompetent former Secretary of State and NOW it’s the Russian interference in our elections.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    She dog was her own worse enemy and if it did happen that Russia was involved in said matter I wouldn’t doubt for a moment that they were assisted due to Hillary’s sloppiness.

    Good grief.

  • Dinesh D’souza …….. I call it Job security for him, the DNC in 2016…and Russia did it!….Wiener’s wiener did it!…just too funny.

    Dinesh just might run out of storage space for his next feature explaining the left and it’s sewer rats.

  • The Democrats are their own worst enemies. If they were smart, they would not utter the word “email” except under torture.

  • William P Walsh.


  • “I truly miss MCJ!”

    I will contact Christopher Johnson about this.

  • Now comes the Detroit News, in an article dated 12/13/16, entitled “Too Many Votes in 37% of Detroit’s Precincts.” This is a must-read-and-archive article, in order to understand the sinister quality of John Podesta’s late-Election Night statement “Go to bed..Let’s get those votes counted and bring this home.” (While we sleep in bed, they ‘create’ ballots?)
    It also is a key task for the future, to true the vote in all states and major cities.

    Detroit and Wayne County did their best to erase Trump’s lead of 309,000 votes at 11pm CST—a stupendous lead (according to the NY Times own Election Predictor website, there should have been a 95% certainty of Michigan falling to Trump, and only perhaps 700,000 to 800,000 votes left to count: Hillary would have to garner about 90% of the remaining vote, or more, to win the state. Statistically impossible?). And yet, Detroit and Wayne County, where everyone now knows corruptions is rampant, did its best to help Podesta “bring this home”:

    The article has so many salient facts. One is really ironic: Jill Stein’s recount couldn’t succeed in Michigan, because 10% of the counties couldn’t be counted —because state law prohibits a recount where there is an “unbalanced precinct” (more or less ballots than voters who voted according to the voting registers) or because the seals on the official ballot boxes had been broken—indicating tampering: ballots being “added in” (as I mentioned in a post Nov. 9th about ballots being Xeroxed and added to the count) or “taken out”. Once a ballot has been “cast”, there is no identifying who cast it. So, if you are a good Donkey-Party Guy or Gal, just copy extra ballots and throw them in. Oh, you will have to break the seal.

    60% of Detroit’s precincts couldn’t be recounted because of these “discrepancies” (thank God for a good state law that foresaw a Podesta in the future). And two-thirds of that number, or about 37%, “had too many votes”. (See, I told you so: as a recovering ex-Democrat, I know these people. When I lived in St. Louis, if you were to check things there, well…)

    One Wayne County ballot box only contained 50 of the 306 ballots supposedly cast, according to the precinct register. (The way it works in MI, as it does in California and Arizona and last I know in St Louis, which is an independent free state of Missouri), a scanner records the ballot, then the ballot is slipped through a slot in a locked box. The box is not opened until after the precincts close and the number of ballots counted and matched against the register. Guess what: a whole lot of extra ballots, and in Detroit/Wayne county, guess what again? Hillary supposedly got 95% of the vote. A virtual statistical impossibility.

    Later in the article, the news writer tries to dismiss the discrepancy issue, saying that there was a discrepancy of only 388 ballots/votes. How do you know? If ballots are missing, were they ever really cast by a “real” citizen? 248 precincts has more votes than those cast. Some were only off by 1 ballot—but 52 were “5 and over”—How many over, is the question?

    144 more precincts were too few votes with no explanation. So how do we know these were even true votes cast?

    Besides requiring all states to verifier their voter rolls against the Department of State’s list of actual US citizens and legal residents (that is how you get a passport, right?), Trump’s admin needs to work within state frameworks to get each state to have an audit process for all votes cast.
    One thing that could be done is to stamp every ballot (face down of course) with a Bates-number (an increasing ordinal # device), prior to being put in the ballot box: that would numerically sequence and verify the ballots actually cast and in what order. At the end of the day, if it is discovered there is a break in the Bates# sequence, you know ballots have been added (no Bates#) or taken out (Bates# of 8XXXX1 to 8X201 missing). It is a standard practice in the banking and accounting industry to detect fraud.

  • I asked this elsewhere, but I can’t figure out why Russia would want an unknown like Trump as president to the point of attempting to hack an election when there was Hillary with a foreign-policy track-record that is at best mediocre and at worst feckless? What does the Left think the motive is that isn’t a fairytale?

  • Dunno, Mr. Phoenix. It looks like technical problems given the scale of it.

    One problem we have which was alluded to is a disorganized electoral calendar and an accumulation of offices which have been elective since the Jacksonian era. Some of the errors were attributable to technical difficulties counting multipage ballots.

  • I shall repeat, that none of what has been revealed by whomever released it has been factually refuted by the Democrats. As to why the Russians would prefer Trump, or why the we should prefer the Russians over China may have more to do with mutual national interests than mere politics.

  • Typos!!! Please excuse them and maybe plain grammatical stuff too. 🙁

  • “Dunno, Mr. Phoenix. It looks like technical problems given the scale of it.”

    I seriously doubt it. We have witnessed similar events showing clear, predictable patterns in our state’s Democratically controlled voter precincts. These events have been across multiple areas & multiple election seasons–many of which I or people I know witnessed first hand. In one instance, a poll watcher saw a Democratic election official stuffing a ballot box by voting for individuals who had not come to vote in the last hour before the poll was to close. In another instance, entire stuffed ballot boxes in the loft of a barn were found in a rural precinct. I have found early voting fraud first hand. I have also found fraudulent early voting taking place in a local nursing home, first hand. And then there have been those precincts where more people voted than were registered to vote, etc. This isn’t even half of the types of fraud we have witnessed over the years. There are almost endless possibilities for voter fraud.

  • The libs are obsessed with Putin the same way your wife’s crazy girlfriend (every woman has one) is obsessed with her ex-boyfriend.
    You know the one I’m talking about.

  • Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft critiques Michigan City Clerk’s claim that the voting machines “double-counted” the votes. He claims:

    “Once they started the Michigan recount in earnest, and knowing he would be exposed, the Detroit City Clerk Daniel Baxter all of a sudden started claiming that the optical scanners which read the paper ballots did not work the day of the election. Baxter blamed the discrepancies on decade-old voting machines. That is his cover story. Nothing like this was mentioned until he realized their voting fraud scheme would be detected.”

    “Baxter’s claim is that, when trying to push the ballots through the readers, the ballots would be stuck and they’d have to push them through again thus ‘ACCIDENTALLY’ resulting in a double count. He says the poll workers sometimes ‘FORGET’ to adjust the machine count and instead let the ballot count twice.”

    This story just isn’t credible — blaming the machine, blaming the workers.


    However, where one non-Clinton pollworker watched the results, only 50 votes were in the box, out of 306 “verified” on the exterior seal and 306 in the book: This according to 2014 Republic candidate Ken Crider and his wife Penny Crider:


    “The tag on the box said 306 and the book said 306 and the ticket said 306, so there should be 306 paper ballots on the box, right. Well when they pulled out the ballots the stack seemed short and when they finished separating the two page ballot to count the Presidential page only guess how many ballots were in the box? 304 no, 299 nope, 200 nada, how about 100 wrong again. There were only exactly 50 paper ballots in a locked sealed box that again was supposed to have 306.”

    Sounds like an effective vote-multiplying plan that Podesta had in mind when he wanted ‘all the votes to be counted’…while we sleep.

Hillary Clinton: The New Coke of Presidential Candidates

Saturday, December 10, AD 2016


Christopher Johnson at Midwest Conservative Journal brings us this election factoid:


Seems that during the recent campaign, Hillary Clinton spent twice as much as


Hillary Clinton and her supporters spent a record $1.2 billion for her losing presidential campaign — twice as much as the winner, Donald Trump, according to the latest records.

The president-elect, who confounded critics during the campaign by saying there was no need to raise or spend $1 billion or more, ended up making do with $600 million.

Clinton’s expensive machine tore through $131.8 million in just the final weeks, finishing with about $839,000 on hand as of Nov. 28.

Team Trump spent $94.5 million in the home stretch — from Oct. 20 to Nov. 28 — and had $7.6 million left.

The figures include all spending by the campaigns, PACs and party committees.

But still lost the election to


Which means that


will the next president of the United States.

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  • Towards the end of the campaign, there were more than enough TV ads for Hilary. It was all Trump said this, Trump said that.
    It takes a special kind of hypocrisy to bring up Trump’s 2005 conversation when Bill Clinton actually did worse things to women. No advertising can wipe that out.
    Trump was drawing huge crowds everywhere he went and the attendees really didn’t care if Trump read the teleprompter or said what he felt like saying.
    Obama aside, there is a real distaste for the Democrat Party outside of its strongholds in Chicago, the West Coast and the Northeast. Returning to the same ossified leadership proves they have learned nothing.

  • After drinking down six Cokes, the voters threw Seven Up.

  • Money is way overrated in political campaigns. The main drivers for more money are the consultants and sellers of advertising. This is especially true when the opposing candidate is a walking advertisement himself.

  • My blood pressure hasn’t been this good since political commercials and debates started up. Actually, the absence of Hillary Clinton, in general, has been a healthy and refreshing cleanse, including mental health advantages..better sleep to name one. To find out liberals blew over a billion dollars dressing up a career pig, taking her to the show, and loosing is icing on the cake.
    Looks like religions won’t have to change their views on killing children after all.

    Bronze statues of the Benghazi four should be erected on the National Mall. A tribute and reminder…..never again a pig in decision positions… never Hillary.

  • “Bronze statues of the Benghazi four”

    Not a bad idea, certainly some sort of memorial at least to the two seals who were killed from lack of support by the government.

  • I can’t take credit for the idea.
    I read the proposal on the net three years ago.
    I’ll try to find it. It would serve two purposes.

  • The only ones who liked the dog food were those in large cities like Boston, NYC, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, LA, etc.
    I don’t understand such people. We had some at work. One cried and pitched a fit on the day after of the election – a young millennial who never knew anything except Obama and liberal progressive feminism. Another – also millennial – has since the election refused to talk with me even though before the election we had many civil discussions on all sorts of things. Poor spoiled little brats. One wonders what kind of parents they had.

  • http://www.teapartytribune.com/2014/05/11/combat-veterans-creating-memorial-statue-to-honor-benghazi-heroes-glen-doherty-and-tyrone-woods/

    The next link is similar, however the artist gives us more details;


    To find this on the Mall in DC is a home run.
    Maybe it can happen with this new administration! Let’s pray that it will be there.. please.

  • Crooked Hillary spent $1.6 billion lying about President Trump because she does not possess sufficient actual achievements and qualifications to fill in a 15 second time slot. She and her geniuses apparently concluded that she couldn’t win on the issues. Ergo, it was 24/7 calumnies and detractions against President Trump.
    She and Obama, arguably, are the best things that ever happened to the GOP, not to mention America’s gun manufacturers.

  • “I don’t understand such people. We had some at work. One cried and pitched a fit on the day after of the election – a young millennial who never knew anything except Obama and liberal progressive feminism.”

    I may have made a permanent enemy at work the morning after the election. One of my co-workers, who could have sent an email, instead chose to have admin call 6 of us from our job duties to a large conference room–literally had us sit there for 20 minutes while she stood right outside the door literally doing nothing most of that time–then she came into the room and with what she thought was a captive audience tried to start having a fit and telling us how she had cried all night over the results of the election. Under the pressure of an overloaded work schedule & deadlines, I and another staff member simply could not take it. I bluntly pointed out to her that we were on state time to which she replied that she had an opinion and that she could express it. I told her that the state wasn’t paying me to listen to political opinions to which she restated that she could express her opinion. At that point another staff member asked her if we were done with the meeting which finally helped her realize that she was supposed to be working and that she was keeping an entire department from doing their work with her shenanigans. After all of that, she made a 30 second statement, again that could have been sent by email, and we were released. Why in the heck do people think I should care about their political opinions at work?

My Dad and the 2016 Elections

Wednesday, November 23, AD 2016



Like most people I guess, the two people in this world who had the largest impact on me were my parents.  Considering how large they loom in my memories and in my heart, it is hard for me to comprehend that my Mom has been gone from this Vale of Tears for almost a third of a century, and my Dad for just over a quarter of a century.  I look at myself now and I recognize that most of what I am is an amalgam of their qualities that I received, either through genetics or what they taught me when I was growing up.  Intellectually probably my debt to my mother is greater.  She was the reader of the family, and I received from her a love of verbal sparring, logic and an endless thirst for knowledge.  Politically I received more of my inheritance from my father.  My Mom was inclined to the liberal side of the ledger, although the Democrats lost her vote when abortion became an issue.

My Dad, and go here to read about him, came from a long line of Republicans, probably dating back to the Civil War.  My branch of the McClareys never had much money, but we usually voted Republican.  My Dad had no great fondness for the Republican party, having a low opinion of almost all politicians whatever they called themselves, but he had certain beliefs and instincts that led him to vote for  Republicans.  Always something of a rebel, too much Irish blood in his veins not to be, he always thanked the Union steward in his plant who handed out voter guides because it was handy for him to know who his Union endorsed so he could vote the opposite way, he disliked most things big:  Big Business, Big Unions and, especially, Big Government.  It is from my father, back in the early sixties, that I first heard the Libertarian, “Their ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”  Dad taught me  that everything in this world has a price tag, and nothing is free but the grace of God.

While not being fond of the rich, he once succinctly defined feminism as “Games for rich women.”, he had nothing but scorn for those who sought to live off the government.  The salaries that Union bosses got used to drive him up the wall.  The dishonesty of television commercials would sometimes elicit a derisive snort from my laconic father.  Any sort of sham or pretense produced a strongly negative reaction from my father who was a naturally honest man.  The idea that government could solve problems, outside of perhaps winning wars, he regarded as a simple lie.  When Walter Cronkite used to say at the end of his news broadcast on CBS, “Well that’s the way it is.”, my father’s rolled eyes gave his assessment of how much he accepted that contention.

In regard to the 2016 elections, other than knowing that he would sooner have lost a right arm than vote for Hillary Clinton, I only know one thing for sure about Dad and his reaction to the elections:  he would have loved how the confident prediction of almost all pollsters that Hillary would win came tumbling down.  Dad hated polls.  He hated that anyone thought that they could predict an election before the votes were counted.  That seemed wrong to him.  When it comes to making predictions on elections, obviously I have not followed in my father’s footsteps, but in his belief that it is human hubris to pretend certainty when massive amounts of people are involved in making up their minds, I do agree with him.  So, here’s to you Dad!  I am sure you privately shook your head about your eldest son and how he seemed to pay little attention when you spoke, or argued with you, but I was actually paying close attention, and the older I get the more I appreciate the instruction I received from you and Mom.  May my kids say the same a quarter or a third of a century from now about me and their mother, especially when their thoughts, as mine are now, turn to family and absent loved ones at Thanksgiving.

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  • Slainte to you and yours.

    My favorite quote from your Dad; ” Nothing is free but the grace of God.”


  • Will post more later, but I am reminded of a phrase frank j Fleming wrote that I’m sure your dad would enjoy:

    “The only thing governments are good at is destroying things. That’s why I prefer mine pointed at other countries.”

  • What a beautiful remembrance of your father. I also really like this: ” nothing is free but the grace of God.”

  • Thank you Clara. Dad was a man of few words, but when he spoke he was often eloquent.

  • “My Mom was inclined to the liberal side of the ledger, although the Democrats lost her vote when abortion became an issue.”

    Mine too.

  • Finally got around to what I meant to post earlier (though I could swear there was a link somewhere I wanted to post but can’t recall now).

    I look at myself now and I recognize that most of what I am is an amalgam of their qualities that I received, either through genetics or what they taught me when I was growing up.

    You know, as I watch my friends have children, I find that a blessing. There’s something… comforting to know that this person who’s company I enjoy, who’s personality I delight in, will have an echo of themself continue on, lighting the world up as only that person can. It helps one to understand why our ancestors considered it so tragic for a person to die without offspring.

    having a low opinion of almost all politicians whatever they called themselves

    Well that’s just good, common sense. 😉

    Dad taught me that everything in this world has a price tag, and nothing is free but the grace of God.

    EVERY Dad should be teaching it (yep, mine did too) and if a Dad teaches no other lesson to his kids, it should be this one. (It’s hard for mom to teach it since… well for awhile she was your free lunch.) That there are so many fatherless homes nowadays goes a big way towards explaining why everybody’s forgetting this.

    the older I get the more I appreciate the instruction I received from you and Mom.

    Yeah, that’s the curse of life, isn’t it? To realize your parents were right all along. 🙂 I need to see if I can make some “i told you so” greeting cards. Might be a big business there.

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  • Stuck on stupid, now the fascists are calling us racists and idiots.
    Iowahawk: “Colleges [and blue big cities] are breeding grounds of totalitarianism in a wilderness [red states] of liberty. “an oasis of totalitarianism in a desert of freedom,”
    The left’s universal impulse is to bully the right.
    Colleges and the lying media are cesspools of dishonesty, intolerance and totalitarianism. Red states, i.e., real America voted against the evil.

  • And after this election, they are doubling down. The Left was always good about hiding its true beliefs/intentions. No longer. Thank you.

  • Jonah Goldburg’s “Liberal Fascism” is definitive. The mask is ripped from the face of the Left. Thank God from whom all blessings flow.

  • My apology for misspelling Goldberg.

  • This is a post-election homily delivered at St. Mary Catholic Church, Norwalk, Connecticut. (It was given at a traditional Latin Mass, hence the title’s use of old-calendar terminology.) http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/11/sermon-for-26th-sunday-after-pentecost.html

  • It is high time Liberals thought about the future–their future, our future. Because right now they have no future. What they have is mirage. The very groups that make up their coalition are–in their many weird ways of posturing–grotesque to most working Americans. Just look at the recent rioting for example. The rioters didn’t even vote, and they didn’t even care. They had to be paid by George Soros.

    The liberal cult is childishly immature (college campuses), thuggish (Black Lives Matter), sexually unrestrained (LBGT), celebrating the abnormal (feminism), opposed to free speech (Political Correctness), etc.

    What happened November 8th was no accident. It is fairly simple. Normal folks took their country back.

  • Chris Schaefer, thanks. Good, thoughtful points in the sermon. Wonder how it was received in the blue state of CT?

  • By no means am I using this observation as a measuring stick, however it was interesting at my polling station. I counted 14 men and four women at the time I was in line.

    Has anyone read any stats on male turn out vs. female turn out?

    Just wondering.

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Demographics and Democrats

Thursday, November 17, AD 2016



I am always amused by theories that, on the American political scene, a party has an electoral lock on the White House or that one party will be in control of Congress forever.  Such theories tend to be plentiful just before they are punctured.  The latest popular theory on the left is that the Democrats, due to illegal immigration from Mexico, will soon have total political dominance.  This has been bruited about since the 2000 election, so “soon” is not a precise term.  Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics takes a look at it:

The black vote: Neither of Barack Obama’s wins in 2008 or 2012 were dependent upon African-American turnout.  But it certainly helped.  Had the Republican nominee in 2008 received George W. Bush’s share of the black vote, and had African-American turnout resembled 2004, President Obama’s 2008 lead would have been halved.  In 2012 it would have been reduced to a single point.

The possibility of a reversion-to-mean among African-American voting patterns in 2016 was always a very real one.  If you look at turnout rates as reported by the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey dating back to 2002, African-American rates have always lagged Republican rates by around five points, give or take (though if you control for socioeconomic status, African-Americans are more likely to vote than whites).  This was true in 2010 as well as 2014.  The exceptions were 2008 and 2012, when African-American turnout rates exceeded white rates. 

Now, it was possible that we had entered a period with a “presidential” electorate and a “midterm” electorate, but it was foolish to dismiss the possibility of a mean reversion once a charismatic history-making candidate such as Barack Obama didn’t top the ticket.  With the African-American share of the electorate declining to 12 percent in 2016, I think it’s pretty clear that something along these lines occurred. 

Likewise, with Donald Trump winning a larger share of the black vote than Mitt Romney or John McCain did, and with the midterm electorates looking more like the electorates of 2002 to 2006, we have to take seriously the possibility of a mean reversion there as well.

Hispanics: Analysis focuses on the “fast-growing” Hispanic vote, but the Hispanic share of the electorate has actually increased glacially.  It was 8 percent of the electorate in 2004, 9 percent in 2008, 10 percent in 2012, and 11 percent in 2016. If we rely on the census data for the electorate, it has been even smaller.  The fact that Hispanics are increasingly adopting a “white” identity (what Reihan Salam calls “racial attrition”) may blunt this growth in the future.

Moreover, I’ve long believed that analysis of what motivates Hispanic voters misses the mark.  White and liberal analysts are far too reductionist when it comes to these voters, and for some reason have decided that immigration reform is a make-or-break issue for them.  This ignores an awful lot of contrary evidence, such as the fact that a majority of Hispanic voters told exit pollsters in 2008 that immigration reform wasn’t important to them, or voted Republican anyway.  It ignores the fact that sizeable minorities of Hispanics voted for anti-illegal immigration candidates such as Jan Brewer and Sharron Angle.  It ignores the fact that a large number of Hispanic voters backed Propositions 187 and 209 in California, and so forth.

I was always skeptical (though not entirely dismissive) of the idea that Hispanic voters were on their way to voting like African-American voters. Given that Donald Trump has likely out-performed Mitt Romney among Hispanics, I think it is safe to say that 27 percent represents something of a floor for Republicans.  It could be the case that Republicans will suffer further erosion here over time, but given that, over the long term, the Hispanic vote has gradually become more Republican (Bill Clinton, Michael Dukakis, Jimmy Carter and George McGovern all won larger shares of the Hispanic vote than Obama did in 2012), and that Hispanics become more Republican as they move from the border to the burbs, and that Hispanic immigration has for now leveled off, it may also be the case that the Republican share of this vote will grow.

Whites: I have written extensively about the Republican voting trend among white voters, especially among working-class whites. That is obviously an incredibly salient point in the wake of this election, where whites without college degrees voted like Hispanics, but with the impact Hispanics would have if they constituted 40 percent of the electorate. It is true that there weren’t enough working-class whites to win the election for Trump, as many asserted during the campaign.  But it was closer than a lot of people think.

I’m not going to rehash everything here; it is pretty well covered in the links.  I will just make two points.  First, mocking the GOP as the Party of White Voters was, from an electoral perspective, extremely short-sighted.  White voters are still 70 percent of the electorate (probably more). Winning around 60 percent of those voters will win a party an awful lot of elections.  If Trump were to bring college-educated whites back into the fold, that share will grow.

Second, this chart should have really scared Democrats a lot more than it apparently did.

Women: Here, I can be brief.  Analysts are right to examine the gender gap – the distance between the male share of the vote and the female share of the vote – but they are wrong to make predictions based upon it.  As I wrote earlier this year, the gender gap giveth, but it also taketh away. We see this on full display in 2016.  The 24-point spread in 2016 was actually the largest on record.  But like the year with the second-largest spread (2000) and the third-largest spread (1980), it ended in Republican victory.  In fact, looking at the years with the four smallest gender gaps in history (1976, 1972, 1992, 2008) we may reasonably ask ourselves if perhaps large gender gaps tend to hurt Democrats.

Overreach: The major theme of my book is that all party coalitions fall apart because, well, governing is hard and it inevitably forces parties to choose among members of their coalition.  More importantly – and this is where I think realignment theory isn’t just wrong but also counterproductive – parties see their wins as a sign that they’ve finally “won” at politics.  But this hubristic take is always wrong, and usually destructive. Such hubris destroyed the Republican coalition in 1910 when they thought they had won a mandate to pass the self-serving Payne-Aldrich tariff. It weakened the Democratic coalition in 1937 when FDR believed he had a mandate to pack the Supreme Court and pass the Third New Deal.  It destroyed the Republican coalition in 2005 when George W. Bush famously quipped that he had earned political capital and intended to spend it.

I have little doubt that a belief that demographics would save them at the presidential level led Democrats to take a number of steps that they will soon regret, from going nuclear on the filibuster to aggressive uses of executive authority.  But one thing deserves special attention.  A good deal of e-ink has been spilled describing the ways in which the culturally superior attitudes of the left drove Trumpism.  This too, I think, derived from a belief that history had a side and that progressives were on it, combined with a lack of appreciation of just how many culturally traditionalist voters there are in this country.

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  • How much does the “gender gap” change when broken down into “single” women and married women, or even more so, minority and white women?

  • Trump won a majority of white women. Single women currently tend to vote Democrat and married women currently tend to vote Republican.

  • According to the Pew Research Center, while it is true that non-college whites supported Trump by a very high margin, 67% for Trump to 28% for Clinton — a 39% margin — white college graduates also supported Trump 49-45%, a 4 point margin, that was the same margin that McCain won in 2008, 51% for McCain, 47% for Obama. In 2012, Romney won white college graduates 56-42%, a 14-point margin:


  • “Hispanic” is a term used by the US government to classify people in the US with ancestry from Spain, Portugal or any Latin American country. My wife is Hispanic. She was born in Colombia. She is white. My sons are “Hispanic” on the basis that their mother was born in Colombia. My oldest son looks as Hispanic as any eight year old you would see in Warsaw.
    My yongest son has black hair, green eyes and his skin tone is just a shade darker – he looks Mediterranean. Many “Hispanics” either already have or will get married to regular white people of European descent and eventually their kids will be….wait for it…..white. I’ll bet this goes on a lot in American Catholic dioceses in Florida, Texas, etc.

  • The fact that Hispanics are increasingly adopting a “white” identity

    Maybe because many Hispanics are in fact, you know, white? If by “white” you mean Anglo, there may be a point. But if by white you mean of European descent, then Hispanic is about as descriptive or predictive as “American.”

  • For example, a blond haired, blue-eyed Argentinean surnamed Bach would be considered “Hispanic”. Quite helpful.

  • Correct c matt. Of course most Hispanics in Latin America, outside of Argentina and Chile, have some Indian blood, but then again that is also true of a lot of Americans, including myself. Get the border under control, bring illegal immigration down to no more than around 100,000 a year, and assimilation will take care of the rest, especially since Mexican demographics are crashing.

  • I have always thought that the assumption that Hispanics would vote Democrat was misguided. For one, they tend to be a fairly religious cohort, especially Catholic. In recent years, they have also tended to move to evangelical Christianity. Both of these Christian faiths have a strong hatred of abortion, one of the pillars of the Democratic platform. Thus, while an individual Catholic or evangelical may vote Democrat for pro-immigration reasons, others may out of their faith reject that party.

  • I don’t buy the rubbish that Hispanics are natural conservatives. However, as they assimilate I expect them to follow the usual path of most immigrant groups and vote more Republican over time. The fact that Trump got 30% of the Hispanic vote when he was portrayed as the devil incarnate in regard to Hispanics, indicates that the process is under way.

  • How’s the demographics of Central America doing? Central America is now a major source of illegals entering the USA via Mexico.

  • Just a bit above replacement rate and falling.

  • My question is how did gerrymandering affect the election, if at all?

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  • But not an illegal immigrant, Michelle….funny how the distinction gets lost constantly by your side.

  • bill bannon …..you have proven that less is more.

    (Illegal immigrants)

    I’m asking one question.

    Why on earth doesn’t the United States of America help rid the factions that are in bed with corruption that is Cartel Mexico, Central America and South America?

    If the Government’s below our borders are bought and paid for buy the Cartel’s then can we help to overthrow the governments that are doing nothing to protect their people, and by doing this help them to thrive in their homeland?

    No immigration issues from Mexico if we help to clean up the problem in Mexico. Corruption and violence in a Government that is to suppose to provide protection and fairness is only going to lead to exodus.

    Obviously, I’m not a student of political science, but my simple guess is that Mexicans Central Americans and Southern Americans fleeing their homelands are because of corruption within the government.

    Good guess or poor guess?

  • Three….not one, but three questions.
    I suffered in basic arithmetic as well. 🙁

  • Philip,
    Mexico et al is a bottomless pit like Afghanistan….which has swallowed billions of our dollars in aid and is still a corrupt culture. We need to spend money on the US. Mexico has plenty of money and is not considered poor by the IMF etc.

  • She’ll make a boatload of cash giving speeches to left-wing Amen Corners. She is probably glad to get the hell out of the White House.

    White Billionaire Evicts Black Family from State Owned Home for Own Selfish Use.
    No doubt you’ve seen this before ? 🙂

  • Mexico is its own victim. She rejected Christ and His Church Whom she actually persecuted under Plutarco Elias Calles. She has shown the whirlwind. Until she repents, no amount of money can improve her lot.
    PS, this is a foretaste of what is in store for us were we to elect one such as Calles, hateful of traditional Christianity. We came close this time.

  • Michelle is giving mixed messages with her sign. Now, they are against immigration? Stupid is as stupid does.

  • At least Michelle has a job worth refilling. Her last job before First Lady was as Director of Community Outreach for a Chicago area hospital. When her husband won election to the US Senate, her salary was tripled. Not coincidentally, that was also the first time in her life she was proud of her country. When she then went to Washington as part of her husband’s election to the presidency, her position was not refilled.

  • Don’t hold your breath waiting for Obama, Crooked Hillary or this witch to condemn the post-election violence.
    Michelle Antoinette is being replaced by an immigrant that doesn’t hate America and white people. Good riddance.
    She and her nincompoop husband are proof that affirmative action (a low and moderate IQ mind is a terrible thing to waste) is a failure.

  • @bill bannon

    Is there such a thing as justice for the average José in their respective countries?

    If the people have extremely limited access to justice, and are threatened by Cartel’s on a regular basis, you can’t help but to sympathize with them. If these living conditions are unbearable, deadly in some cases, then what can we do to create a safe environment in their homelands?

    If we don’t help them we can expect millions more seeking refuge in the land of the free.
    Walls can slow the process but won’t stop the flood of illegals from digging there way in.

  • I don’t hthink Mexico is as bad as Afghanistan…but it can come close. The entire country out to be under military occupation as Japan was under General McArthur. It is a failed state.

    The US cannot absorb all the poor of Latin America. The USA is $20 trillion in debt. Our economy is stagnant and not enough of our own citizens can find work. Our health care system is under the strain of Obumblercare. Our education system is failing us. The USA is not a bottomless pit of money. The Catholic bishops of the USA and Latin America need to hold the Latin American governments accountable for their corruption and their failures. They are to blame for the poverty and misery.

  • Philip,
    ” What can we do to create a safe environment in their homelands?”. We….we….we are not even securely housing our mentally ill in asylums in New York and as a result they are pushing commuters in front of trains…several just recently. We….we….we are giving the mentally ill the delusion that they can live in society and we…we are giving them sufficient welfare rent to live near ghetto predators. America first. Pay for asylums here. Jose should band together with other Jose’s and clean up their own countries. That’s what Iraqis are doing in Mosul right now…because we…we are not doing it.
    Scarface….” I didn’t tell you to say you were in sanitation…I told you to say you were in a sanitarium.”

  • bill.

    Cleaning up their own mess hasn’t worked out well. Expect more Josés…wall or no wall.

Ten Simple Ways to Lose a Presidential Election

Wednesday, November 16, AD 2016


I always thought that Bill Clinton had preternatural political skills.  During Hillary’s campaign this year his appearances tended to be lackluster and he gave off an air of frustration.  Perhaps this is why:



In the waning days of the presidential campaign, Bill and Hillary Clinton had a knock-down, drag-out fight about her effort to blame FBI Director James Comey for her slump in the polls and looming danger of defeat.

‘I was with Bill in Little Rock when he had this shouting match with Hillary on the phone and she accused Comey for reviving the investigation into her use of a private email server and reversing her campaign’s momentum,’ said one of Bill Clinton’s closest advisers.

‘Bill didn’t buy the excuse that Comey would cost Hillary the election,’ said the source. ‘As far as he was concerned, all the blame belonged to [campaign manager Robby] Mook, [campaign chairman John] Podesta and Hillary because they displayed a tone-deaf attitude about the feeble economy and its impact on millions and millions of working-class voters.

‘Bill was so red in the face during his conversation with Hillary that I worried he was going to have a heart attack. He got so angry that he threw his phone off the roof of his penthouse apartment and toward the Arkansas River.’

Bill has a luxurious penthouse apartment with an outdoor garden at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock.

During the campaign, Bill Clinton felt that he was ignored by Hillary’s top advisers when he urged them to make the economy the centerpiece of her campaign.

He repeatedly urged them to connect with the people who had been left behind by the revolutions in technology and globalization.

‘Bill said that constantly attacking Trump for his defects made Hillary’s staff and the media happy, but that it wasn’t a message that resonated with voters, especially in the rust belt,’ the source explained.

‘Bill always campaigned as a guy who felt your pain, but Hillary came across as someone who was pissed off at her enemy [Trump], not someone who was reaching out and trying to make life better for the white working class.’

According to the source, Bill was severely critical of Hillary’s decision to reject an invitation to address a St. Patrick’s Day event at the University of Notre Dame.

Hillary’s campaign advisers nixed the idea on the grounds that white Catholics were not the audience she needed to reach.

Go here to read the rest.  The Hillary Clinton campaign was a monument to political malpractice.  Here are ten simple ways to lose a presidential election.  The Clinton campaign was guilty of each one of them.

  1. Campaign theme-Don’t have one.  Clinton’s theme was the vapid Stronger Together.  She might as well have been running on Apple Pie.  Trump’s campaign theme of Make America Great Again, tied in with his constant assertion that nothing works in America anymore.  That most people believe that something is deeply wrong with the country is borne out by the polls that constantly show most Americans believing that the country is on the wrong track.
  2. Ignore the Election Calendar-Americans routinely toss out the party in power after eight years.  Any member of the same party running after a two term president is going to have an uphill climb and should plan accordingly.
  3. Despise your Adversary-Ignore his strengths and concentrate on what a loathsome character he is in your eyes.
  4. Campaign Lackadaisically-Clinton, perhaps due to her health, often had one or two campaign events a day.  Trump would usually have four to five massive rallies all about the country.
  5. Identity Politics-Split the American people up into warring factions and cater to some of them.  Forget that other factions will almost always deeply resent this favoritism.
  6. Believe the Polls-If the polls show you ahead, relax and attempt to coast to victory.
  7. Enthusiasm-Ignore that your adversary has lots of it on his side and you have nil.  Assume that a good ground game can compensate for the fact that most of your voters view you, at best, as a typical pol.
  8. Economy-Pretending that the economy is good at a time when millions of workers have abandoned job searches as futile is a sure path to popularity on election day.
  9. Rely upon the Media-If the media is on your side relax, even if most voters view the media as unreliable.  The voters were probably just joking when they began repeating the old Soviet joke:  There is no truth in Pravda (Truth) and there is no news in Izvestia (News).
  10. Believe your own Hype-The handouts you give to the media should be accepted as Gospel Truth in campaign headquarters.  Yell good news to the rafters and ignore bad news.





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18 Responses to Ten Simple Ways to Lose a Presidential Election

  • As to number 3, it seemed to be effective to an extent. But you can only demonize a demon so much until it no longer has any effect.

    As to number 4, one thing that impresses me about Trump is his physical stamina. For a seventy year old man, he has no shortage of energy.


    Perhaps Bill’s crack on Obamacare at one of Hillary’s rallies was pay back for getting shut out of the campaign. But again, you can hardly blame Hillary’s campaign staff for keeping Bill at arm’s length. In his narcissism, he has an uncanny ability to make everything about him. Not the qualities you want in a surrogate.


    Let’s face it Bill Clinton was a master at getting himself elected, but has the coattails of a cut-off tee shirt.

  • If not for 60 years of left-wing public education wasting (a young mind is a terrible thing to waste) young minds and 365/24/7 media lying, Hillary should have lost by 20 million votes.
    Hillary promised to continue Obama’s economic programs which are contrary to economic growth and prosperity for the forgotten (hated?) white, lower classes which felt left behind by globalization and the many programs that advanced green graft and Wall Street concerns.
    Dan Mitchell, “This is the bitter fruit of creationist economics, the erroneous belief that government activity can somehow conjure new wealth and value.” Economic policies based on emotions never solve anything.
    “When did Americans decide that 1% or 2% economic growth is acceptable, that puny wage increases are inevitable, and that we should all merely shrug and get used to the country’s diminished expectations? …the first quarter is further evidence of what has been the weakest economic expansion in the postwar era. …All of this continues the slow-or-slower pace of this entire expansion that began nearly seven years ago. Each year has had a similar GDP dip, and growth has never exceeded 2.5% (2010). The American economy hasn’t grown by more than 3% since 2005 (3.3%), the longest such stretch of malaise that we can find in the Bureau of Economic analysis tables going back to 1930. …Faster growth is possible, but it will take better policies.”

    “This would place his presidency fourth from the bottom of the list of 39*, above only those of Herbert Hoover (-5.65%), Andrew Johnson (-0.70%) and Theodore Roosevelt (1.41%).”
    The media propagandized everything Hillary said. In truth (the first casualty in liberal politics), the economy could only have hurt Hillary.
    Contrary to all the hype, the election proved that eight years of 1% GDP growth is unacceptable to Americans.
    It could have worked as it did in 1992. Instapundit quoted Powerlline, John Hinderaker: Why it isn’t “the economy, stupid,” this time:
    “In 1992, Bill Clinton announced that “It’s the economy, stupid.” That was pretty much the sole theme of his campaign. He ludicrously claimed that the country was then experiencing “the worst economy since the Great Depression,” a lie that the press, to its everlasting shame, not just allowed but often endorsed. So what was the level of GDP growth that Clinton relentlessly denigrated?
    “According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the quarterly growth numbers for 1992, in chained 2009 dollars, were 4.8%, 4.5%, 3.9% and 4.1%. That’s right–the growth that Bill Clinton derided as the “worst economy since the Great Depression” was around four times what we are now seeing under Barack Obama. And Hillary Clinton promises to continue Obama’s anti-growth policies.”

  • Number 11: Never play poker with just two cards: racism and gender victimology. Both are accusatory, negative and frankly tiresome, not good when you have but an “ex-wife’s screeching nagging personality.”

  • 6a. Believe the positive polls.
    6b. Don’t believe the negative polls.

    Don’t do one without the other!

    I mean, everyone’s talking about the polls being wrong. But they showed the race tightening nationally in the final couple of weeks, and they’d showed Clinton weakness in swing states for months. They must have been showing low voter enthusiasm.

  • In his narcissism, he has an uncanny ability to make everything about him

    Hill and Bill are two peas in a pod – Trump forced her to change her campaign slogan with one line. In response to her narcissistic “I’m with Her” he retorts “I’m with America.” Millions of “I’m With Her” signs hit the trashbin.

    Another couple losing strategies – blame everyone but yourself for your failures – the Russians, the FBI, Assange; and get the most obnoxious annoying celebrities to endorse you – repeatedly – by lecturing voters on how stupid they are for not doing exactly as the celebrities demand. Yes, a half naked pierced purple haired twerking Miley Cyrus makes a perfect endorsement for the most powerful secular position on Earth.

  • A house divided against itself cannot stand. Donald McClarey mentioned preternatural skills. The evil ones making tools and fools of the left are dividing against each other, as of course they have always been. There is no harmony in hell. Only discord- howling wailing discord.
    Some of the wiki-leaks indicate a familiarity with satanic rituals. Long ago, the Devils’ own fall was caused by himself. He has wielded some limited power in the last 100 years and is, as they say on the radio- “up against a hard break.”
    We realize that poor Miley Cyrus and so many others have just been totally fooled. We hope and pray for grace- not as a result of our repentance, but enabling us to repent.

  • For what it’s worth, let’s not forget that twice Ross Perot helped elect Slick Willy by pulling many financial conservatives away from the Republican nominees. In the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections Bill Clinton did not have majorities of the popular vote.

  • Yes, and we might add seeking a job for which you do not qualify by accomplishment, temperament, intellect and moral bearing.

    Conclusion: The Democrat Party is bereft of ideas and border on the absurd when they present their two candidates in the Primary: Hillary–First woman President or Bernie, the first Communist President. Hopefully, Republicans will make the most of this opportunity.

  • “Campaign theme-Don’t have one”
    One recall’s Disraeli’s novel, Coningsby:
    ‘And now for our cry,’ said Mr. Taper.
    ‘It is not a Cabinet for a good cry,’ said Tadpole; ‘but then, on the other hand, it is a Cabinet that will sow dissension in the opposite ranks, and prevent them having a good cry.’
    ‘Ancient institutions and modern improvements, I suppose, Mr. Tadpole?’
    ‘Ameliorations is the better word, ameliorations. Nobody knows exactly what it means.’
    Plus ça change

  • let’s not forget that twice Ross Perot helped elect Slick Willy by pulling many financial conservatives away from the Republican nominees. I

    IIRC, survey reseach on Perot voters showed he was drawing about equally from the candidates. He’d have to have taken about 2/3 of his voters from Bush to have accounted for Bush’s loss. The 1992 election was strange, inasmuch as an incumbent president was rejected for no obvious reasons in favor of a shady character like Bilge Clinton. I’m thinking that both the 1992 election, the 1997 election in Britain, and the 2008 election here demonstrate the effect of boredom and branding on crucial components of the electorate.

  • I think George Bush could never gain his footing in 1992 due to the lunatic rantings of Perot against him and the Republican party which always served to distract from Bush focusing on Bill Clinton. Of course the main problem for Bush was that he was President only because in 1988 the American people decided to give Reagan a third term. By 1992 it was quite plain that Bush wasn’t Reagan and that was probably the death knell for him after his raising taxes fiasco. Bush ironically thought to the end he would turn it around as he had in 1988, failing to comprehend what a uniquely bad candidate Dukakis had been and the role Reagan played in his victory

  • And then there was the whole getting “Comey’d” by Lawrence Walsh thing.

  • further thoughts on amateurishness and losing election plays

  • Don’t agree.


    I do not see any of the advertisements as responses to Perot’s signatures. The 2d and the 3d were definitely attacks on Clinton.

    I think some of the rubrics which had contained the degree to which the media aided and abetted the Democratic Party were no longer observed by 1992, while some of the trust the media had accumulated in the Newseum era had not. Both the Democratic Party and the media were promoting the idea that the country was in economic distress when it was not. You could see George Bush’s approval ratings plummet for a year and a half. Some of that was to be expected as they were abnormally elevated at the end of Gulf War I. Keep in mind that the recession lasted 8 months and ended in April 1991, but you would hardly have known that from the coverage. Propaganda can move the needle.

    One shtick partisan Democrats deployed routinely for about 20 years was smearing Republican candidates over their military service record. (A tactic the Kennedy claque developed for use contra Hubert Humphrey). Hendrick Hertzberg was a frequent practitioner, but a less severe offender than rank-and-file Democrats who send ’round repulsive memes. In truth, the notable participants in the presidential sweepstakes with anomalous service records have been Joseph Biden, Bill Bradley, Al Gore, Alan Keyes, and Jesse Jackson. To that you might add Jerry Brown and Gary Hart, who were perpetual students (9 and 10 years in college) at a time when graduate students were excused. The only candidates definitively implicated in something sketchy to avoid military service have been Bernie Sanders, Pat Robertson, and …Bilge Clinton. They ran a man they knew perfectly well had scammed around to avoid fulfilling his ROTC service obligations and ran him against a combat veteran. How did that succeed?