Wow! The Clinton Machine is Done!

In most of the articles this morning, the story is the horrendous polls and how inaccurate they were. And why? Because they underestimated the white vote.

Per the Daily Mail, here is the breakdown.

It’s kind of interesting. Trump did not do badly with Latinos and held his own with blacks in comparison with other elections.

I think the articles should be about what a tremendously horrible, rotten, corrupt candidate the Dems put up this year. You have 2 candidates. Both are bad. One is corrupt and has been working to make this a banana republic bought and sold through the Clinton Foundation for years. The other – he’s insulting, and mean, and rude. Sorry guys, I’ll take insulting, mean and rude over absolute corruption and the continuation of corruption any day. With Trump there is a chance. With Clinton it would have been the same old same old.

Articles/Columns to read:
Daily Mail’s wrap up

From the WSJ before the election – this column was worthy.
David French of the National Review

At the same time that I’ve been Never Trump, I have also been Never Hillary. There is a measure of real justice in the America’s rejection of Hillary Clinton. The electorate has directly and intentionally rebuked her corruption, her double standards, and her arrogance. This election was less about the love of Trump (though many millions do certainly love him) than it was about rejecting the colossal hubris of the progressive establishment. This is a good thing, a very good thing indeed.

Kevin Williamson of the National Review

There is not much to celebrate in the elevation of Donald Trump, but there is much to celebrate in the defeat of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Some time back, I described the Clintons as the penicillin-resistant syphilis of American politics; it turns out that there is a treatment after all, though it may remind us of some of the more exotic and unpleasant treatments that were relied upon in the time before antibiotics. Mrs. Clinton is an unusually unlikeable figure, having as she does the same sliminess and slipperiness as her husband but none of his facile charm and nearly flawless political instincts. She is also wrong about some fundamental things: what the Constitution means and how the Supreme Court should interpret it, abortion, gun rights, crime, education, taxes, the economy. . . .

From Richard Fernandez of PJ Media with a hat tip to limited government:

It’s not enough to give nice speeches or engage in teaching moments.. The facts are more important. Michael F. Cannon tweeted: “think of your least favorite presidential candidate. Now imagine s/he wins. Doesn’t limiting government power seem like a good idea?” Would the progressives agree with that now?

Da people were done with corruption and the unfairness of our justice system. They were done with passing down the presidency:Clintons/Bush’s (if you go back to the primaries).
Trump gave a great acceptance speech last night. Kudos to him.

May God be with him to humble him for this great opportunity to give power back to the people and the states of this nation. I am happy the GOP won both houses. They will work to keep him in check without automatically treating him like the devil as the D’s would have done.
He has a chance.

And so to does the Supreme Court!!!

What Changed Now

So yesterday I wavered. I don’t know if it’s the polls showing Trump is going to lose (this hasn’t bothered me before). Was it the weekend hot mic? (no – who didn’t know this of Trump?)

It’s the lack of understanding/compassion from the Trump campaign for the rest of the GOP.

And I have no respect for the GOP. The GOP is at fault for Trump. In their quest to not have a Ted Cruz or even Marco Rubio as their nominee in favor of Jeb Bush, they boosted Trump. They could have found tapes of how awful Trump is. They could have shown some minimum amount of understanding and compassion for those who actually need to compete with illegal aliens. They could have adjusted rules so that there weren’t 18 (18!!) people in the primary.

So they made their bed.

Trump is smart enough to realize his own personality and traits that are not presidential. He’s not a professional politician and he could easily discuss how he doesn’t quite get what all is needed, but that he does need a GOP congress if he’s going to get things done. Instead – he doesn’t care.
Just because Paul Ryan is vilified by many on the right doesn’t mean he didn’t get elected and gets to serve in his spot. Trump could easily ignore what’s going on with Ryan by just suggesting that he understands, but that when he’s elected President, they’ll all figure out how to get along. Isn’t that what’s done in business?

Why is this unforgivable to me vs Trump’s support of Kelos? I think it just may be that final straw on the camel’s back. It’s not any worse than anything else. And maybe it’s because Colorado no longer feels in play so I have a little leeway.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have money for a real Libertarian candidate next time that morphs into the new GOP? Come on – you know the GOP is dead and gone.

Also I lost a friend this weekend. He died within 3 months of diagnosis leaving behind a wife and a wonderful 4 year old girl. This election really doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things.

The Latest

I haven’t added fuel to the fire of late, so I might as well now……
The ol’ pile on Trump re the Khans.

Here’s what those talking heads don’t get. Trump talks like a lot of people. (sure – a bit loony, but like a lot of people) He says whats in his head. He questioned being questioned about sacrifice. Did Trump sacrifice a son? No – of course not. Is sacrificing his time/energy to build businesses while making money a comparable? No – of course not, but he lashed out like many do.

Presidential? No. Human? Yes.
Then of course he can’t shut up. He hasn’t been “trained” properly and will never be trained. So he brings up Mrs. Khan. Yes, many of us know Muslim women who speak for themselves, but we also read of those with genital mutilation, those who aren’t allowed to drive, or talk to boys or kiss before marriage or, or, or, or. Trump has no filters, but for the media to act like his thinking is beyond the pale is pretty stupid. No – it’s ‘in the tank for Hillary’.

For Obama to go out and suggest Trump is unfit for office by making an unfiltered statement is ridiculous compared to the stunts of the Democratic nominee and the people who continue to support her.

Obama said that denunciations from Republicans of Trump’s remarks “ring hollow” without an accompanying withdrawal of support.

“I don’t doubt their sincerity. I don’t doubt they were outraged by some of the statements that Mr. Trump and his supporters made about the Khan family,” Obama said. “But there has to come a point in which you say, ‘Somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.’ “

Surely you could say something even worse here about the Dems. Democrats have yet to renounce the lying and blame shifting of Hillary Clinton. They have yet to denounce the politics of personal destruction or the shady money deals in Haiti for the Clinton Foundation. There has to come a point where you realize the nominee doesn’t have the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world..”
Unless of course, the most powerful position in the world is all, and I mean all about what you look like on TV.

QOTD

From House of Eratosthenes, who has a great image, so click on through.

Now can we start up some real investigations into what went on with Lois Lerner’s e-mails and the IRS’ treatment of the Tea Party groups? Just look at the pattern…
2008: Obama fever!
2010: The democrats get a shellacking because of disenchantment with Obama’s policies.
2012: ?????? Mystery force gets Obama re-elected ?????
2014: The democrats get a shellacking…again.
It looks a lot more like a natural learning process, than a back-and-forth shaking of something, like a Shake Weight or a can of spray paint. At least, it looks like that without the aberration of 2012. Putting 2012 back in, it looks more like the Shake Weight exercise — but, the electorate doesn’t move that way. It hasn’t. When has it? EVER?
Shenanigans were goin’ down. It is almost a certainty. And even if it is not the case, the priority should be to get this checked. The government taking control over the process by which it receives its “consent of the governed,” is a grave scenario indeed, probably the shortest path to tyranny and enslavement available to us.

Which Party Believes in More Freedom?

And which party believes in capitalism and individual responsibility and would never ever regulate something like “common sense”?

My answer. Neither.

Political momentum to keep a ban on cellphone calls during flights gained momentum Monday as lawmakers said it would be crazy to allow them.

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) became the second lawmaker after Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to offer legislation to keep the ban in place.

“Let’s face it, airplane cabins are by nature noisy, crowded, and confined,” said Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “For those few hours in the air with 150 other people, it’s just common sense that we all keep our personal lives to ourselves and stay off the phone.”

How hard is it to come up with a set of beliefs and then live with them?

Elections have Consequences

Because it cheers me. ht jg

Since it is probably a safe bet that many of Juicy Couture’s (former) employees voted for Barack Obama, it appears that they are (or should be) learning three things simultaneously:

1. The law of unintended consequences;
2. Elections do matter; and
3. There’s no free lunch.

In their case, as with so many other Obama supporters, one might add: Be careful what you wish for because you might just get it.

Links

The Hill has a great column showing how Boehner and McConnell have been winning big time lately.

Don’t tell the Tea Party, but the tag team of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are currently mopping the floor with Barack Obama.

The president convincingly won a second term in November, but since that time, the congressional Republican leadership has outfoxed, outmaneuvered and plain out-strategized him on just about every issue.

It bugs me that “Don’t tell the Tea Party” bit. It seems everyone wants to define the Tea Party. In this instance, those who oppose the traditional GOP. I think of the Tea Party in far more generic terms as those who put their foot down on government spending. If Boehner/McConnell can do that, as they did with this sequester, then all hail Boehner/McConnell.
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Protein Wisdom is keeping up on the 2nd Amendment fight in CO. Is it a fight? No, not really….lets file it under elections have consequences, because the 2nd amendment is dead here.

My name for this current assembly can be summed up thus: “How the West was lost.” And with it, a tradition of rugged individualism, struck down with the stroke of a pen from a bunch of effete, cowardly lawmakers riding what they think is a momentous wave of anti-gun sentiment.

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And the thing is…..I have no idea if there is a wave of anti-gun sentiment or not. I know longer have faith in “the people”. Today’s Morning Jolt contains this quote from Jim Geraghty has been my thought since the election.

Right now, there’s a conundrum at the heart of the conservative movement. Our entire philosophy is about trusting the people, in faith that they know what’s best for themselves, can spend their own money more wisely than the government can, and find the solutions that work best for their communities . . . and right now, we don’t really trust the people.

Not that I think anyone else other than the individual can make the right choice, but clearly the individuals out there are not to be trusted either.

Drew at Ace of Spades thinks the trust is amongst the GOP and I guess it sort of is, because you used to be able to count on half the country to have their brains in tact, and then we end up with an election that includes a huge amount of people on the right staying home in a snit because Romney wasn’t conservative enough for them. Or those others who thought Obama just needed more time.
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Since the sequester barely cut spending to levels seen in just the last few years you would think it would be no big deal. BUT when the government wants to make certain everyone notices, they can.

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And Denver Police Chief, Robert White is an admirable guy when it comes to taxpayer money. Kudos!!

Denver Police Chief Robert White rejected scores of performance evaluations for civilians who work for the police department, saying the ratings were too high and “not everyone is outstanding.”…………….”It’s so much easier to give everyone something than making those tough decisions. That is part of what we are changing in our agency.”

White said he sent back all of the evaluations after noticing many employees had been given “outstanding” or “exceeds expectations” or “successful” ratings — or 5s, 4s or 3s on the 5-tier scale — entitling those employees to a merit raise……………..You are doing a disservice to the exceptional employee by saying that everyone is exceptional.”……………..”There is going to be a lot of grief,” said Denis Berckefeldt of the Denver Auditor’s Office. “He is not going to be making a lot of friends. Usually everyone gets a satisfactory or above. The agencies don’t downgrade anyone. No one wants to do that. People say, ‘It’s not my money. Why do I care?’

2013, And Now it All Starts to Make Sense

Yes, Glenn, that DOES make sense!
By pushing gun laws here and pushing guns on the southern hemisphere through Fast and Furious, Obama is doing all that he can to arm everyone in this hemisphere so that we are ready for the space alien invasion.

Shoot, perhaps the “morally superior civilization” that David Brooks thinks Obama comes from is alien itself and he is here to help us through this invasion. [ht Maggie’s Farm]

With that……Happy New Year dear readers!!!
Happy New Year.

The Cliff

It’s pretty impossible to negotiate when your opponent knows you are a reasonable man and will do anything, anything, to avoid the cliff itself.

If you think Speaker Boehner is a champion of limited government, you are wrong. But if you think that there is no reason to take his side against the President’s on taxing and spending — you are wronger than all of them put together.

Obama wants the cliff. Everything after the cliff will get blamed on Republicans who will finger point until they are gone. We are going over unless Boehner agrees to the exact terms Obama wanted at the start (which would be impossible for him to say no to).

The question becomes, what next?
Obama may kill off the party, but he can’t kill the ideas. (can he?)
Obviously the right is tired now. And disappointed and cranky about the election. There is a bit of “hell – who needs it” going on.
What next? Another tea party rising? Or do we really hit rock bottom here and go so far under that the country becomes Greece.
I don’t know, but Ayn Rand sure does look pretty prescient these days as I sit in my own malaise too.