Open Thread

So, a woman in Massachusetts attacks a man for wearing a MAGA hat. All too common SJW action these days – but there’s a twist: she is an illegal immigrant and is now in ICE custody.

We’ve gone far wrong when foreigners illegally in our country think they have to right to do anything political. And how many are there like her? This really burns me up: it is like these people think we’re garbage and don’t even have a right to our own nation.

Leftist sucker Jorge Ramos got arrested by his hero Venezuelan dictator Maduro…Ramos found out that dictators brook no opposition of any kind. I’d like to feel sympathy for Ramos, but I can’t: if in 2019 you don’t understand that socialist dictators are bloodthirsty savages, then you are simply too stupid for words.

A warning that just because the Democrat primary is a clown car of socialist idiots, don’t think they can’t win. Do read it: it is important. The Democrats can win in 2020. I think their chances are better than usual at ousting an incumbent President because (1) the entirety of the global Establishment will help them in any way possible and (2) Trump is a polarizing figure who will generate a backlash. Now, on the flip side, (1) Trump is a polarizing figure who can get his own base to the polls and (2) outside the social media fever swamps, people are feeling pretty good about the country. But make no mistake about it, 2020 will be a hard fought campaign and, likely, a narrow decision regardless of how it goes.

Never Trumpers are determined, not to beat Trump, but to cause him enough damage that Democrats can beat him. They are going on history here: no President challenged in the primary has won a second term. That is true: but the thing is, each President challenged seriously in the primary was being challenged because it was perceived he wasn’t doing what the rank-and-file wanted done. The Never Trumpers despise the GOP rank-and-file. This is a revolt of the Cocktail Party. Even if they got a serious contender (like Governor Hogan of Maryland), it would immediately be perceived by GOP voters as the rise of the swamp…such a candidate, even if well funded, would be lucky to hit even 10% in any early primary, and that would be that. And, of course, everyone involved would have to go into it knowing that never again would they play any role in GOP politics. Most Never Trumpers are likely ok with that – this is being done as their last effort under the title of Republican…to try and give Democrats victory and then slide into Democrat party positions as a reward for their betrayal of the GOP.

13 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Retired Spook February 26, 2019 / 6:03 pm

    I read your linked article, and, while I question some of his reasoning, I certainly agree with his final paragraph:

    So it’s possible that the country could get, for the first time in its history, an experiment in socialist governance, mixed with a far-left push on high-voltage social issues such as immigration, political correctness, and racial politics. That would be a recipe for failure, leaving the country even more desperate for political leadership to restore stability.</blockquote

    • M. Noonan February 26, 2019 / 11:39 pm

      I think it just important for us to not get complacent…these people are determined to win; and the Never Trump people are as determined to destroy the GOP which rejected them as much as the Democrats are. They are wicked, stupid people but they are determined and they’ll have an endless supply of money along with 95% of all major media behind them.

      I’m gearing up for the fight – I was (and, really, am) tired of politics…but I think 2020 is for all the marbles. We win this, or we lose for good. Matt and I have already started talking up a refresh to this blog to bring it into the Trump era. I think blogs like this will be crucial in 2020 as Social Media ever more ruthlessly censors Conservative voices. As Glenn Reynolds points out, it was a gigantic mistake for us to abandon blogs in favor of Facebook and Twitter to begin with…we placed ourselves at the mercy of the left’s permission to speak. Anyways, I’m going to do my small bit.

  2. Amazona February 26, 2019 / 8:12 pm

    Milton Friedman said that you can have open borders or you can have the welfare state. Some Leftist claims this really means you CAN, just that you would have higher taxes, but that is nonsense. A welfare state without limits on who can stroll in to claim a share in it will collapse as there is no taxation high enough to support it.

  3. Amazona February 26, 2019 / 8:16 pm

    Until the Right abandons the addiction it shares with the Left to Identity Politics, and stops arguing on the bases of emotion and issues and starts discussing unemotional abstract plans for the best blueprint for governing the nation the Left will continue to gain power, because emotions and issues form the foundation of Leftist appeal.

    When you let the other team make the rules, you can’t win.

    Trump was changing the dynamic by not letting the other side make the rules, but the people supposedly on his side were blindsiding him. I think 2020 should be a referendum not just on Trump but on those who are so willing to undermine him to try to gain political traction.

    Sadly, I include Colorado’s Cory Gardner in that group.

    • Cluster February 26, 2019 / 10:51 pm

      You’re exactly right. Trump not only changed the rules he obliterated the rules and Democrats are still trying to recover. Trump does not cower or take the bait. He played the bigger role in the government shutdown by allowing Congress the opportunity to send him a bill and in the process exposed Nancy as the petty partisan anti American b**ch that she is and with the national emergency he will still get more wall and more border security which any rational clear thinking American wants.

    • M. Noonan February 26, 2019 / 11:42 pm

      Not sure about Gardner’s chances – he’s got a very Joe Heck feel about him…I don’t think he understands, just as Heck didn’t understand, that unless you’re in a deep Blue State, you can’t run away from Trump. He is our guy, for good or ill. We stand or fall with him…and might as well make a virtue out of a necessity. True, embracing Trump might cost him some votes, but it’ll fire up the Trumpster base in Colorado and give him a chance to make a real fight of it.

      • Amazona February 27, 2019 / 1:19 am

        Gardner ran as a conservative and then started to tuck his tail between his legs when a NeverTrumper gave him the stinkeye, or when he started to worry about what people would think if he voted against that absolutely horrible bill to keep the government open. He caved to the howling about people not getting paychecks, in a state where a bank offered interest free loans with six months after paychecks resumed to repay, with such minimal application hassle that someone could expect to walk out of the bank with a check. The governor approved a fast track for unemployment. The temporary shutdown was not that big deal here, and I think most of the federal employees are Dems anyway. But he got frazzled, I think, by the possibility of standing with Trump hurting him at the ballot box, and right now I think I would support a primary challenger. His efforts to straddle issues made him a nothing.

        Yes, maybe he does have a personal dislike for Trump. A lot of people do. But I don’t think, if directly challenged, he could explain how or why his comments made this country a better place. He was not elected to indulge in petty personality disputes, but to represent the conservative cause. He and Mike Kaufmann both made snide comments about Trump, and Mike lost his reelection bid. As the song says, you’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything, and it was never clear if Cory ever really stood for anything.

        And his staff is absolutely awful. I sent him a short and reasonable letter and got back a canned reply that referred to something not in my letter–whoever sent it clicked on something from Column B instead of Column A. It was so obviously not a response to anything I said, it showed total indifference to the fact that I wrote. I wrote back with that kind of comment and got back the exact same canned non-response. He ran as a small town guy who was in touch with Colorado, and quickly became unreachable and spineless.

  4. Retired Spook February 26, 2019 / 10:09 pm

    Last night on The FIVE, Juan Williams jumped in with a bunch of Leftist talking points that directly contradicted facts that had been laid out by another member of the panel. I don’t remember exactly what the topic was, but the part that struck me was when Greg Gutfeld said, “Juan, you never listen.” It reminded me of a short but insightful book by Sydney Harris back in the early 70’s entitled Winners and Losers. The phrase that has stuck in my mind ever since describes most Liberals to a T.

    “Winners listen.
    Losers just wait their turn to talk.”

    It’s why you hardly ever hear a Liberal say, “I never looked at it that way,” because they don’t listen; they just wait till it’s their turn to talk. It also dovetails with one of my all-time favorite quotes: “better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

  5. Cluster February 27, 2019 / 9:39 am

    Let this one sink in:

    Late in the afternoon on February 25, extremist Senate Democrats voted in favor of legalized infanticide.

    I agree with the President:

    “The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth….This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies.”

    This should completely disqualify the current Democrat party from having any more say in the future of this country.

  6. Cluster February 27, 2019 / 12:40 pm

    Lara Logan continues to impress me:

    Journalists are not activists. We may share the passion for a particular cause, but our job is to follow the facts wherever they may lead. We can’t ignore something that reflects badly on a noble cause, as an activist might. We have to care about the means as much as the end because our duty is to search for the whole truth.

    Nor are we lawyers in a court of law, cherry-picking facts to prove our case. Fortunately, there is only one truth. How we feel about it, how we perceive it, those things are subjective but the truth itself is not.

    Above all, we are not propagandists or political operatives. That is not our job.

    It is a fact that the vast majority of journalists in this country are registered Democrats. The colleges we come from are similarly dominated by one political ideology. This matters today because the reporting has become so one-sided. As we try to figure out why people have lost faith in our profession, let’s start by being honest about who we are.

    • JeremiahTMM February 28, 2019 / 4:56 am

      The colleges we come from are similarly dominated by one political ideology. This matters today because the reporting has become so one-sided.”

      Right there is what caught my eye. She states the problem then the outcome.

      Conservatives and liberals can no longer co-exist. The left wants complete power and control, and they are not going to give up until they have it. They salivate at the idea of a Stalinist-style regime in the White House, and elimination of the very rights guaranteed citizens in the greatest nation on earth.
      As long as liberals are alive they will remain the most dangerous threat that it faces.

  7. Cluster February 27, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    “A racist, a conman, and a cheat” … well that describes just about everyone in politics Michael. You will have to do better than that:

    Michael Cohen will make several bombshell allegations about President Trump during his testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, including that he overheard political operative Roger Stone tell Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign that he had spoken to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about the release of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee.

    While Cohen will offer scathing testimony against his former boss, he also claims he has no “direct evidence” that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. Cohen will also testify that, contrary to recent BuzzFeed News report, Trump did not directly instruct him to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

    Cohen, who will begin a three-year prison sentence on May 6, will also provide numerous anecdotes from his decade of working for Trump which he says shows the former real estate mogul to be “a racist…a conman…a cheat.”

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