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Transition to Trump: Kellyanne Conway in the White House makes it a very Merry Christmas

As America heads into the Christmas holiday this weekend the Trump transition team special-delivered yet another “present” to the tens of millions of people who voted to make him president last month.

Louis Nelson of Politico reports, “Kellyanne Conway, who served as President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager and has been a senior adviser to his transition team, will serve as counselor to the president in the incoming administration.

Kellyanne Conway“In its Thursday morning announcement, Trump’s transition team said Conway will ‘continue her role as a close advisor to the president and will work with senior leadership to effectively message and execute the Administration's legislative priorities and actions.’”

Earlier this week it was reported Conway was moving to Washington to enable her to work full-time in the Trump administration, so we figured news of her specific role in the White House would be forthcoming at some point (she currently lives in New Jersey).

Casual observers of Trump’s transition probably hadn’t even noticed Conway was not yet “officially” part of his White House team since she’s been almost a daily fixture on TV news programs and various other events featuring Trump transition and campaign staff.

Who can forget it was Conway herself that started the anti-Romney public relations campaign a few weeks ago which was soon joined by Newt Gingrich and several others. The lobbying effort possibly led to Mitt’s name being removed from serious consideration for the position of secretary of State.

Ever since taking over the campaign manager’s position (from Paul Manafort) in mid-August, Conway has acted as the steadiest influence on the candidate himself. As an easily recognized pollster who’s been appearing on TV for years, Conway instantly added credibility to a team that needed a shot in the arm after the public relations disasters that plagued the campaign after the party conventions in July.

Someone from the “outside” had to come in and tell the “outsider” that he was shooting himself in the foot answering every little Khizr Khan news blurb.

Since that time, whenever there was a need for comment on a statement or event, Conway was there. It’s gotten to the point where people associate Conway with Trump almost as much as they do Trump himself and certainly more than some of his other close advisors such as chief of staff Reince Priebus or senior advisor Steve Bannon. While these men may be more prominent behind the scenes, Conway has become the public face of the Trump political operation.

I can’t imagine the Trump political brand without Kellyanne Conway.

It’s a great thing for Trump and conservatives in general as Conway is extremely articulate, sharp, principled, attractive and just aggressive enough to cut through the liberal media’s more obvious bias. Her opinions are based in fact and never delivered with the hard edge associated with liberal female commentators. If you don’t believe it, just watch “The View.”

It certainly is a relief that there’s going to be someone with Trump’s trust and ear to be with him during the tough times up ahead – and there will be many. Somehow it’s appropriate that an extremely successful woman will be helping to steer the ship. Take that, liberals.

Her role as “counselor to the president” is not clearly defined, though I’d imagine Conway will be out front speaking to the media on a regular basis, just as she did during the campaign. Of course there have been rumors for some time that Conway would take the White House Press Secretary’s job, though the whispers died down shortly after  she announced that she wouldn’t be working in the administration due to lifestyle considerations.

Now, perhaps Conway will fulfill a lot of the functions of the Press Secretary without being tied to the regular briefings of the position.

(Note: After the news was released on Conway it was announced that Sean Spicer would be assuming the Press Secretary role.)

In a statement released by the transition team, Conway said “I want to thank the President-elect for this amazing opportunity. A Trump presidency will bring real change to Washington and to Americans across this great nation. I am humbled and honored to play a role in helping transform the movement he has led into a real agenda of action and results.”

It could easily be argued Trump wouldn’t have won the election without Conway’s guidance. That will be a matter for political scientists and historians to debate from this point forward. But with all that Kellyanne Conway has already done for Trump and the country, it will only get better from here.

Instead of a White Christmas, Democrats dream of ditching the Electoral College

Do you hear what I hear?
Do you see what I see?

While most of us are celebrating Christmas this year with a renewed sense of expectation that our government will return to its constitutional roots, liberals are lamenting the season with cries of anguish at the prospect that their man and his legacy are moving out of the White House within a matter of weeks to clear the way for someone who only promises to take down all their tinsel.

There will be plenty of wine consumed around Christmas dinner tables this year, all celebrating the birth of the savior; but only about half of the celebrants will be seeing that bright star in the west as a sign of hope that our world will be truly safer and more peaceful in the coming years.

The other half it seems would much rather bellyache over the Electoral College.

Al Weaver of the Washington Examiner reports, “A growing number of Democrats are interested in changing or even completely eliminating the Electoral College, after President-elect Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, but won a majority of the electoral votes that were up for grabs.

“Democrats in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation aimed at building pressure to scrap the centuries-old system, and replace it with a simple popular vote. Under the change, Clinton would have become the 45th president of the United States, since she won about 3 million more votes than Trump.”

This crackpot mission has about the same chance of succeeding as me waking up on Christmas morning to find a pot of gold under the tree. If there’s one good thing that will emerge from all this Democrat blather and hatred towards the Electoral College, it’s that the American public has awakened to the need of retaining it and to the wisdom of the Founding Fathers in creating it.

It’s perhaps ironic that the Democrat charge is being led in the Senate by California Senator Barbara Boxer, a four-term senator who’s retiring this year. Over the years Boxer has acquired a reputation as one of Washington’s most liberal – and useless – elected officials, so it’s fitting that her last hurrah should be advocating for a pipedream like trashing the Electoral College.

But before you get too excited about Boxer leaving, consider she’s being replaced by current California Attorney General Kamala Harris who promises to be just as awful as Boxer. And California’s other senator is Dianne Feinstein…enough said.

Perusing the list of supporters of a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College (also contained in Weaver’s article), you’ll notice most of the members are from the non-competitive coastal states that went heavily for Hillary Clinton. California alone gave her a 4 million vote margin of victory.

No wonder people in flyover country want to hold onto the Electoral College. It saved us from becoming one giant sanctuary city like the Golden State has become.

And it’s not like the Democrats weren’t in on the efforts to try and subvert it going into the official Electoral College vote last Monday.

Kyle Cheney of Politico reports, “[A] batch of correspondence obtained by POLITICO shows members of Clinton’s inner circle — including senior aides Jake Sullivan and Jennifer Palmieri — were in touch for weeks with one of the [dump Trump] effort’s organizers as they mounted their ill-fated strategy. And despite repeated requests for guidance, Clinton’s team did not wave them off.

“Call logs, emails and text messages reveal a Clinton campaign walking a tightrope — never fully endorsing the effort, but intentionally declining to stamp it out. The approach was comparable, one former campaign official said, to the campaign’s passive-but-not-dismissive response to long-shot recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.”

It’s not clear from Cheney’s article just how Politico obtained this information, but at least it doesn’t appear that they’re blaming/crediting the Russians for providing it.

I think if the Clinton campaign had even a smidgen of belief that such an effort could have succeeded they would have been all over it. Ethics and scruples aren’t in major supply where the Clintons are concerned. If there had been a groundswell of public opinion to tip the Electoral College – other than the “safe space” college-aged loser protestors – you can bet all of the Clinton higher-ups, including the candidate and her husband, would have been leading the way.

Instead, the Electoral College performed its constitutional duty without drama. The system worked as intended. The institution itself isn’t in serious trouble, either. Democrats would be a lot happier if they’d just come down from their perch and accept the will of the voters.

Then it would be a very Merry Christmas for everyone.

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and Economic team will shake-up the status quo

As we inch ever closer to Inauguration Day there’s been a lot of talk in the media about the amount of resistance Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees are likely to face during their confirmation hearings before the Senate starting next month.

The Democrats’ endeavor to stop the cabinet nominees will be intense, but I can’t help but think the hearings will just serve as a warm-up act for the confirmation battle to come over Trump’s Supreme Court nomination.

Perhaps with an eye towards taking some pressure off that particular nominee, Trump’s team is looking to find a young, solid conservative who will have a good chance to get through confirmation.

Greg Stohr of Bloomberg reports, “For his first Supreme Court pick, Donald Trump wants someone with deep conservative credentials to avoid the sort of surprises that have beset past Republican presidents. Someone young enough to ensure a long tenure. And maybe even a state court judge or someone without an Ivy League pedigree.

“Trump’s criteria, as shared by a person familiar with his deliberations, point toward William Pryor and Diane Sykes, two federal appeals court judges he mentioned on the campaign trail, along with as many as seven other judges on a list released by the campaign in May. That list is the focus of the president-elect’s deliberations, the person said.”

The source apparently indicated Trump may announce the appointment ahead of his swearing-in on January 20. If true, the hubbub surrounding the inauguration festivities could help distract from the Democrats’ initial negative publicity salvos against the designated person.

But make no mistake; there will be a furious effort to stop whoever Trump selects, especially if the nominee has any kind of pro-life views on record.

A similar though much smaller political earthquake could be waiting for Trump’s latest designees to his economic team, which promises to change course rapidly when it comes to trade policy and passing regulations.

Nick Timiraos, David Benoit and Damian Paletta of the Wall Street Journal report, “The president-elect announced the creation of a new National Trade Council inside the White House to facilitate industrial policy and named an ardent skeptic of trade with China, economist Peter Navarro, to head it.

“Later, he tapped billionaire investor Carl Icahn to serve as special adviser on overhauling federal regulations, a job with sweeping implications given Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to remove 90% of federal rules that affect American jobs.”

In making these moves Trump was in keeping with his campaign promises to put American workers first when considering trade relations with foreign nations and also in eliminating the crushing burden federal regulations impose on businesses and the economy.

Icahn is a billionaire and will be serving in a non-paid advisory capacity. Navarro has written several books on China and promises to be a different type of voice in dealing with trade in the pacific region.

These are exciting developments in formulating Trump’s administration. The new year is going to bring about a dizzying array of changes. In some ways, the “new” federal government won’t be recognizable in relation to the “old” one. That’s a big enough reason to celebrate right there!

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Here’s wishing you all a blessed, meaningful and very Merry Christmas!

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Supreme Court Appointments

Here's an idea: Nominate Ted Cruz for Antonin Scalia's seat on the Court, and if the Obamunists shoot him down, then nominate Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who would also be an excellent choice, particularly for defeating the Left-wing culture warriors' War on Sanity.