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Transition to Trump: Liberals obsessed over “fake news” of Electoral College revolt

“By show of hands, how many of you believed the election was over when Pennsylvania was called for Donald Trump in the early morning hours of November 9, giving him more than 270 electoral votes?”

It sounds like a query pollster Frank Luntz might pose to one of his focus groups or even an inquiry a high school civics teacher would present to his less-than-informed students to test their knowledge of constitutional procedure.

Jeff SessionsBut it’s not a concept that should be going through the minds of members of the Electoral College at this point, since the matter is settled. Unfortunately for America, it appears to still be an issue -- astonishingly enough, there are people out there who believe the election isn’t over.

According to news reports, there’s a small group of Democrat electors from Washington (state) and Colorado that are hard at work trying to overturn the clear results of last month’s election. Since their states were won by Hillary Clinton, they’re not duty bound to vote for Donald Trump – but they’re trying desperately to find enough Republicans from Trump-won states and convince them to do the unthinkable and cast their electoral votes for someone other than him (as would seem to be permissible under the Constitution but not necessarily under individual state laws).

Fortunately for sane people, one Republican who might have provided an “alternative” to Trump told them to leave him out of it.

Kyle Cheney of Politico reports, “[John] Kasich’s call came as a group of Democratic electors — with the support of a single Republican elector in Texas — signaled they were coalescing behind Kasich as the most broadly acceptable choice. But Kasich’s statement could send them back to the drawing board.

“’I am not a candidate for president and ask that electors not vote for me when they gather later this month. Our country had an election and Donald Trump won.’ Kasich wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. ‘The country is divided and there are certainly raw emotions on both sides stemming from the election. But this approach, as well meaning as it is, will only serve to further divide our nation, when unity is what we need.’”

Unity indeed. Kudos to John Kasich for saying “no thanks” to the desperate dreamers, but the Ohio governor wouldn’t have needed to make such a statement a month after the election was decided if he’d just thrown his hat in the Republican ring when it counted before the voting took place.

With so much talk of “fake news” dominating the news cycles recently, couldn’t it just as easily be argued that a story about a small band of Democrat electors from two states trying to overturn the results of the national election with some desperate ploy is just as “fake” as anything else?

They have about as much chance of success as the Polish cavalry did in taking on the German panzer tanks in the opening battles of World War II. That story turned out to be a fake, too. Instead, it’s like a suicide run to draw attention from a hapless news media that will cover anything if it’s “fake” and stupid enough it seems.

Even if the news media’s fantasy came true and this band of desperate anti-Trumpers managed to convince 37 Republicans to abandon the president-elect (which would give him only 269 electoral votes and therefore send the matter to the House of Representatives) they still don’t have a candidate dumb enough to take part in the scheme.

As I’ve said before, this is perhaps just the final gasp of the forces that have never been able to accept the fact that an “outsider” like Trump could actually upset the political system to the extent he has in the past year-and-a-half. A similar group (ironically also inspired by a Republican from Colorado, Kendal Unruh) tried unsuccessfully to prevent Trump’s nomination at last summer’s Republican convention.

The single “faithless” elector from Texas referenced in the Politico story above is Chris Suprun. Suprun’s getting his fifteen minutes of fame by doing something that’s virtually unprecedented in American history -- and making a goat out of himself in the process.

Suprun wrote in the New York Times, “I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think presidents-elect should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.”

The balance of Suprun’s op-ed might just as well be taken verbatim from one of the all-too-common #NeverTrump diatribes before the election. Maybe he copied it from The Resurgent or RedState. I don’t know. It’s just a bunch of fluffy nonsense about “duty” to choose someone qualified for the office and he can’t vote for Trump in good conscience because of his children’s future … blah, blah, blah.

Suprun’s piece also contains some falsehoods: “Mr. Trump urged violence against protesters at his rallies during the campaign.”

I guess Mr. Suprun hasn’t seen the Project Veritas videos that show Democrat operatives discussing how they intentionally fostered violence at Trump rallies to discredit him.

Suprun’s ignorance and arrogance is inexcusable from a person tasked with such high responsibility. But where “fake news” is concerned, I guess we shouldn’t expect anything less. Suprun is apparently a paramedic by profession – maybe he’d be better off performing triage on his own insecurities.

Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions to get help in battling the left’s fake onslaught

Speaking of helping out where it’s needed most, Donald Trump’s nominee for the all-important position of Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions, is certain to face fierce resistance from Democrats during his confirmation hearings.

Fortunately for Sessions – and law and order loving conservatives all across the country – there’s already some organized assistance headed in his direction.

Byron York of the Washington Examiner reports, “Anticipating what could be a grueling confirmation fight, supporters of attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions plan to launch a website they hope will serve as a clearinghouse for information on Sessions as well as a daily rebuttal of the charges Democrats launch against him.

“The site, ConfirmSessions.com, is expected to go live Wednesday morning. It will be a project of Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal group last in the news with a splashy effort to stop the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.”

Here’s a link to the group’s site. Thankfully there was no need to stop Garland’s nomination, since Sen. Mitch McConnell actually held the line against Obama’s appointment. Good for him.

York also reported that Judicial Crisis Network’s chief counsel and policy director, Carrie Severino, “says the site would feature biographical information on Sessions, in-depth material on his record, a collection of endorsements of his nomination, like those from several former attorneys general and the Fraternal Order of Police, and also be a source for pro-Sessions articles or pieces rebutting attacks on him.”

This backup couldn’t come soon enough as it’s already clear Sessions will be forced to endure everything the left’s got in trying to defeat him, simply because enforcing the law on immigration and other matters will deprive these rabble rousers of their last remaining excuses for existence.

With at least 52 Republicans in the next Senate and likely a few Democrats certain to be in Sessions’ corner, his opponents will need to sway a good many votes when the time comes (remember, only 50 votes plus Mike Pence would be required to confirm). The only means for them to do so is to politically “scare” senators into rejecting Sessions.

Sessions’ squeaky-clean personal life won’t provide enough openings for his enemies. Three decade-old shouts of “racism” probably won’t even be sufficient. The left will be looking under every possible rock to find dirt on the Alabama senator and his career that they can use against him.

We’ll probably even see a few “fake” witnesses come forth and tell fantastic stories akin to Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.

Groups like the Judicial Crisis Network will be instrumental in steering the news cycle back in a positive direction when the leftist winds are at their strongest. It sounds like they’ll be going on offense instead of sitting back and taking the best that the left has to offer and countering it with defensive retorts. I believe the old saying is “fight fire with fire.”

When combatting the corrosive nature of “fake news” generated by the Democrats and the media (one and the same), it’s imperative to offer truth as your best weapon. After all, it’s the one absolute defense to defamation. It doesn’t take a lawyer to figure that one out.

Trump’s pick to lead on Homeland Security and EPA will help him erase the awful legacy of Obama

From the transition rumor mill we’ve received word that Donald Trump has named his pick for the Department of Homeland Security and also for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Keith Koffler of the Washington Examiner reports, “President-elect Donald Trump has tapped retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of homeland security, putting yet another general into a key national security post, according to reports…

“Kelly, 66, is not expected to face difficulty being confirmed, according to the Post. He is viewed as a border security hawk who will please Trump backers looking for the president-elect to follow through on vows to limit immigration.”

A separate report indicated Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead his efforts to clean up the overreaching EPA.

A previous Washington Examiner article reported Kelly “would bring a different set of skills to DHS considering his extensive military background. The four-star general commanded Marines during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and made significant advancements in efforts to stem the flow of drugs from Central and South America during his tenure as the head of U.S. Southern Command.”

Prior to the reported appointment, some were expressing concern that Trump was choosing too many generals for key posts in his administration. It’s not a surprise that Trump would bring in military top brass considering his love and respect for the men and women in uniform.

And apparently the fact that Kelly would likely receive little resistance to confirmation was a factor in his favor. The same Examiner story above indicated Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach would assume the role of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

Taken as a team, Kelly and Kobach would likely prove very effective in reversing the deterioration in illegal immigration enforcement America experienced under Obama.

And with the green lobby’s public enemy #1, Scott Pruitt at the EPA, liberals must be livid about the prospect of all their work going for naught.

The challenge to undo Obama is significant, but with Trump’s appointments thus far, the president-elect appears serious about keeping his campaign promises.

The thought has to worry the left.

Alex Simendinger of Real Clear Politics wrote, “With gusto, Donald Trump promises to unwind President Obama’s governance with the stroke of his presidential pen and the support of a GOP-controlled Congress…

“Before the election, the president told voters his agenda was at risk and would be eliminated by Trump. After the election, Obama searched for a rosier prediction, saying it would be politically challenging for the new administration to unwind the Affordable Care Act, immigration enforcement waivers, the Iran nuclear deal, and corporate and international commitments to curb reliance on fossil fuels, because each presented complex moving parts, eager beneficiaries, and geopolitical implications beyond the declarative simplicity of Trump’s campaign vows.”

Of special note is the “eager beneficiaries” part of the Obama equation. It’s true, Obama and the Democrats have worked diligently for eight years to create as many dependents as they could possibly manage.

And it’s also true that unraveling the damage that Obama and his ideological soulmates have done is not going to be accomplished overnight. Americans instinctively know this and are likely to give the new president leeway if they perceive he’s moving in the right direction.

Trump’s latest cabinet appointment will most certainly leave that impression, just as his selecting Sen. Jeff Sessions and General James Mattis to join his administration have inspired positive reactions from everyone but the “fake news” media.

It took decades to get into this mess; it’ll take years to undo it.

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