Out and About on a Friday

Some Democrats, after four straight House election losses, are looking for new leadership. It won’t happen. Nancy Pelosi is a woman – Democrats can’t force her out because that would be a sexist thing to do (per Democrat ideology). Until she quits, they are stuck with her.

Story is that Ford called Trump and let him know they aren’t moving a factory to Mexico. If true, then elections really do have consequences.

Democrats using Trump Hate for fund raising. Given what we know of our Democrats, the money will come pouring in. I’d like to note, however, that Hillary massively outspent Trump and it didn’t work. Money does not win elections. Period. End of story.

Don Surber is rather pleased as punch at the way Trump is treating the press.

Keith Olbermann offers himself as Leader of the Opposition. I’m now looking forward to the 2032 primaries when there will be a hot fight to succeed President Pence.

There are two ways you can find out about the inner workings of modern Feminism – go and study it deeply with the real risk of chronic depression, or you can just let Robert Stacy McCain do it for you.

Mark Steyn:

The problem for the left is that, when everyone’s Hitler, nobody’s Hitler.

At which point, enter the Teflon Pussygrabber.

Stephen Carter rather nails it:

Too many of my progressive friends seem to have forgotten how to make actual arguments, and have become expert instead at condemnation, derision and mockery.

But, we here already knew that – just from reading the comments.

Ann Althouse:

Trump needs help, she says. And these people need jobs and power, she doesn’t say. The elite, her people, lost the election, but they should have the victory anyway, because a “young man” and a “beautiful lady” spoke of fear. Throughout the whole political season, Trump was battered with the fear of fear, and now he’s won and he’s told to pander to the people who said whatever they could to oppose him, the people who stoked the fear that he needs to prioritize calming. As if it could ever be calmed, as if his opponents will ever stop stoking it.

Barbara Boxer – the good news is that she’s retiring.

There’s a guy who is a “Beyonce scholar”…and he’s just about what you’d expect him to be.

President Trump’s toughest fight will be with the bureaucracy. My thinking: bring in Governor Walker as point man on reforming it.

In a country still about 70% Christian to some degree, turns out that attacking Christianity wasn’t a winning idea for Democrats.

The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man. – G K Chesterton

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8 thoughts on “Out and About on a Friday

  1. Cluster November 18, 2016 / 7:51 am

    To borrow a trendy phrase from the media, I am going to get out over my skis on this one and predict that Trump could be one of the most effective and successful Presidents we have had in a long time. Why is that? First of all, we have never had a President with as much executive experience at running large organizations as Trump. Secondly, we are seeing a willingness on his part to reach out to, and seek counsel from those who opposed him and of whom have different world views. And finally and maybe most importantly, he will be working with united and focused Republican majorities at the both the federal and state levels who are determined to enact their reforms. Trump is a pragmatist who will not only put the right people into the right positions, but will expect them to perform and will hold them accountable. I also like how cost conscience Trump is. He won the presidency on a shoe string, relatively speaking and knows full well that simply throwing money at a problem doesn’t work – when was the last time we had a President, or even a politician with that mindset?

    VP elect Mike Pence was quoted as telling the GOP Congress to “buckle up”, things are about to get real and I am really looking forward to it.

    • Retired Spook November 18, 2016 / 9:20 am

      And finally and maybe most importantly, he will be working with united and focused Republican majorities at the both the federal and state levels who are determined to enact their reforms.

      Don’t forget the Article V Convention of States movement that is really starting to pick up steam. After reading everything I can get my hands on, both pro and con, I’m convinced the COS is the only way we’re ever going to get our country back.

    • Amazona November 18, 2016 / 12:08 pm

      I think a characteristic of Trump that will help him be effective is that when he thinks he is right he just doesn’t give a crap about fallout. That can be a bad thing, and it came close to losing the election for him, but when a president is not primarily a political animal with one eye on his political future he can do a lot of things that another man might not be able, or at least willing, to do.

      My preference going into this election cycle was not to have a bull-in-the-china-shop candidate, but now that we have one, it ought to be interesting. Trump might turn out to be an interesting hybrid of canny businessman and Godzilla.

      • M. Noonan November 18, 2016 / 11:02 pm

        He’s making some very deft moves, in my view – he might end up far better than any of us expected.

  2. Cluster November 18, 2016 / 8:15 am

    I just heard an amazing stat. The average age of Democratic leadership – 75. The average age of Republican leadership – 48. Which party do you think is best positioned for the future?

  3. Retired Spook November 18, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Three good picks for key positions.

    President-elect Donald Trump signaled a sharp rightward shift in U.S. national security policy Friday, naming Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA and former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.

    And something that we’ve talked about extensively on this blog that looks like it’s going to be front and center in this administration:

    Flynn, who has called Islam a “political ideology” that “hides behind being a religion,” will work in the West Wing and have frequent access to Trump as he makes national security decisions. Trump said in a statement Friday that Flynn would be “by my side as we work to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, navigate geopolitical challenges and keep Americans safe at home and abroad.”

    (emphasis – mine)

    • M. Noonan November 18, 2016 / 11:01 pm

      Lots of people in the NatSec community are very down on Flynn…I don’t know him from Adam, really, but given the near universal disdain he is being held in, I’m thinking he’s a perfect fit. Groupthink is the deadly error in National Security.

  4. rustybrown2014 November 19, 2016 / 12:39 am

    Hey gang, been busy and traveling but wanted to chime in and share my delight with how the transition is going so far. It’s great to see that Trump appears to be serious about pursuing the bedrock of his agenda. Sessions and Bannon in particular are great choices; love watching progressive heads explode with those picks! I think our progressive friends have forgotten that we had an election and they lost (funny, it wasn’t that long ago). Their antics further alienate them from the rest of the country and myself; I think I left the safety pin brigade just in time.

    Keep up the good work, I’ll have more time to post in a bit and there are interesting days ahead. Don’t know if any of you saw this but I think it’s an excellent piece and I’m disseminating it out to my friends in hopes of exorcizing the Trump phantoms swirling around in their heads:

    http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/11/16/you-are-still-crying-wolf/

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