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A good Tweet of mine might normally get a dozen or so likes – the Tweet I did suggesting we’re going to primary Romney after his witness vote is up to 429 likes. Methinks ol’ Mitt really screwed up on this one.

What was the upside for him? A kind mention or two in the MSM…but the downside is he’s revealed he’s learned nothing and forgotten nothing. A fit of pique over Trump not making him SecState and he’s placed himself in real jeopardy for re-election in Utah.

Impeachment wraps up on Wednesday – though some Democrats are saying they’ll go right back to it. It wouldn’t surprise me: kamikaze attacks seem to be all they have left. This may well allow the GOP to take back the House in November. If we’re going to re-elect Trump, and I think we will, how many Trump voters will be inclined to vote down-ballot for a Democrat who is almost certain to impeach him again in 2021?

Coronavirus: getting a little more interesting out there. What I’m wondering about is why we care so much? Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from the flu and what I haven’t heard is that this flu is particularly more deadly or infectious than any other flu. Why the big deal about it? It would be sad if an additional ten or twenty thousand Americans die this year because of the flu, but that wouldn’t be an Earth-shaking tragedy. I’d only be worried about a flu which is set to kill millions…something like the Spanish Flu 1918-1920 which killed many tens of millions (in a much smaller global population). Is this what some are expecting and only letting it slowly dribble out? Or is it just a big nothing?

Bolton’s betrayal has been rankling me – and makes me wonder if any of them, Democrat or Republican, can be trusted? I think of the way that MacArthur was slandered into political irrelevance while his much less competent former subordinate, Eisenhower, is still lauded to the skies. Has it been that for a very long time, the good people have been destroyed so that the bad people can thrive? So that, really, bad people can make themselves look good? How many of the heroes of the past 100 years have survived real scrutiny? How many supposed bad guys have, on second look, turned out to be rather heroic? LBJ was a racist pig of a man. JFK was jumping on everything in a skirt. MLK has very definite questions about his morality. Truman sent men to die in a war they weren’t allowed to win. The Elder Bush let the completely defeated Saddam survive. Meanwhile, we know Joe McCarthy was completely right; that per MacArthur there really is no substitute for victory; that Patton correctly perceived the threat of the USSR…and all of them were taken to task by the same people telling us that people like Truman and Kennedy are icons of public service. And keep in mind that I’m deeply versed in history and am only now coming to this realization…how much less will less informed people see it? We are indebted to Trump – by accident or design, he exposed the essential corruption at the core of American institutions.

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Interesting article about the Trump/Bolton dynamic. You may have been wondering – many have – how an Establishment guy like Bolton manages to work with Trump? Well, the bottom line is that Bolton is a patriot, first and foremost. Bolton knows that his job is to provide the President with the best advice possible…and then let the President decide the course of action. Bolton is, apparently, abrasive and pushy (and this does some times rankle Trump), but at the end of the day, when the President decides, Bolton backs the President. This isn’t the first time a leader had someone like that on his team – and the best leaders have two or three like that. You have to, if you want to win…you need people who aren’t afraid of you, who can shake you up, but who will also do as they’re told.

Omar’s family is keeping to Omerta about her marriage issues – to the point where even reporters trying to figure it all out just can’t do it. To me this means that there is something in there hideously embarrassing.

NR article about how the Left is convinced they’ve already won in 2020. I’ve seen this for about a year – especially after the mid-terms. the Left isn’t convinced they will win: they are convinced that they already have won; with a subtext that if Trump did somehow manage to win, it could only be via fraud. The Left looks at the vision of future America and the 2044 Presidential election wherein a majority of Americans will be non-white and so their future is assured, no matter what. No one seems to have told them that Texas is only 45.35% white. But, be that as it may, they are certain – and that is why they are pushing themselves ever further Left. They’ve already won, you see? And that means the Left has won…so by insisting upon open borders and Medicare for all, they are just doing what they were elected to do (next year, but don’t confuse the poor dears).

Meanwhile, some polls have Trump garnering support of 45% of Latino voters.

Boris Johnson will be the next British PM…and he’s pledged to get Brexit done, but I doubt he will. Certainly not the full break with the EU that the Brexit vote ordered. Britain is done. They lay supine under Iranian threats because they don’t have a fleet large enough to fight. They get arrested for saying The Bad Words. There’s nothing left.

Cory Booker says he’d like to beat Trump up. I doubt that Trump is worried.

We have to discuss nutsack waxing because our Tru-Con Expert Betters spent the last 50 years making sure Big Corporation was taken care of while civilization died.

Newt Says He’d Ask John Bolton to Be Secretary of State

The Washington Times reports,

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich promised conservatives on Tuesday he would ask former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton to be his secretary of state if he’s elected president next year, according to several of those who met with him.

Hours later he repeated that vow publicly to the Republican Jewish Coalition, winning a round of applause.

“If he accepts it, I will ask John Bolton to be secretary of state,” said the former House speaker, who national polls show has vaulted to the top of the Republican presidential field and leads in three of the first four states that will vote for the next Republican nominee.

During the closed-door meeting in Arlington, Mr. Gingrich spoke and fielded questions for about two hours from 70 conservatives, and many said afterward that they came away impressed.

 So what do you think? Also, have you seen Newt’s new ad?