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Transition to Trump: If a Democrat skips the inauguration ceremony, will anyone even care?

On the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s history making inauguration, Democrats continue their quest to delegitimize his convincing victory in order to score political points.

In what began as a minor bit of whining from eternally race-obsessed Congressman John Lewis last weekend has turned into a full scale revolt that now includes over five dozen Democrat congressmen.

Inauguration flagsAs expected, the soon-to-be president is taking it in stride.

Fox News reported yesterday, “At least 60 Democratic members of the House of Representatives have opted to miss Friday's ceremonies, most notably Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who said last week that he did not consider Trump a ‘legitimate’ president.

“’I think he just grandstanded, John Lewis, and then he got caught in a very bad lie, so let’s see what happens,’ said Trump, referencing Lewis' initial claim that Trump’s would be the first inauguration he’s missed – despite having previously boycotted George W. Bush's 2001 inauguration.”

In the interview with “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt Trump discussed a lot more than just Lewis’s boycott but it seems to be this topic – along with Trump’s future tweeting plans in the White House – that the media is most focused on.

In addition to dismissing Lewis’s childish “I’m not going!” tantrum as “grandstanding,” Trump added that he hoped the Democrats would give him their tickets. If they don’t turn them over to Trump I can think of at least one other person who wouldn’t mind sitting up by the capitol building with a terrific view of the festivities.

According to the Encarta dictionary, “grandstanding” means to “seek attention or admiration; to show off in order to impress people, especially spectators.” That’s a fine definition but I don’t think it quite encompasses the Democrats’ behavior in this instance. In a political sense, “grandstanding” to Democrats means to seek out a sympathetic member of the media (not difficult), spout off a bunch of nonsense about racism, make sensational claims like the Russians stole the election and then run and hide until the next scandal.

The “grandstanding” motive for Democrats this week is to try and discredit Donald Trump’s presidency before it even starts.

If you’re John Lewis, you know your name conjures up all the right pictures in the media’s mind – you know, white southern segregationists standing at the schoolhouse door, signs that say “whites only”, police with scary looking dogs and firehoses and separate but equal lunch counters. The only problem is, none of those things exist anymore and haven’t for decades. As time marches on, fewer and fewer can even testify to instances of overt discrimination – at least that which was sanctioned by law.

Hollywood keeps the images fresh in the entertainment realm but for people like Lewis, their entire reason for existence is fading from view like the grainy black and white films of the sixties. The media keeps the concept of “racism” alive because it gets people agitated. And the Democrats bring it up because it motivates their base to vote.

While there certainly still are a few fringe wackos who adhere to the old attitudes, their numbers are so small that only the media notices them. A group of backwards morons with a website doesn’t mean the population at large is racist. Republicans are constantly branded with the race tag, but is there a single member or senator who vouches for racist individuals or groups?

No.

It would be difficult to count how many times Trump and his campaign surrogates were asked to disavow former KKK leader David Duke during the 2016 campaign. It wouldn’t matter whether Donald Trump or any other Republican would swear on the Bible that he’s not a racist since the next journalist or cable talk show host is itching to ask him about it. Controversy sells, the truth doesn’t.

That’s why Trump says he needs to continue to use electronic means to fight back even after he’s sworn-in tomorrow. Good for him. Trump says social media is a great way to directly reach 50 million people. Why shouldn’t he use it?

As for Lewis and his 60 (or more) boycotters, what do they hope to achieve? As members of an already numbers-challenged minority in the House, these people are only further isolating themselves from political relevancy. They are doing their constituents a disservice by carrying on this way, since what Republican is going to listen to their concerns on legislation going forward when they’re claiming the president isn’t even legitimate?

It’s incredible shortsightedness. Trump will be sworn-in, the Republican majority will begin the process of “making America great again” and John Lewis and crew will be forgotten by Monday.

It looks to me like the Democrats could use a good political strategist…because it’s obvious they don’t have a clue.

Media frets Trump taking office without a cabinet, but Democrats are the ones to blame

First the media accused Donald Trump and the senate Republicans of trying to jam cabinet nominees through the confirmation process without adequate time to look into the nominees’ backgrounds and now some of them are complaining that Trump will take office without secretaries to run the agencies.

Burgess Everett and Josh Dawsey of Politico report, “When Bill Clinton was sworn into office 24 years ago, every single member of his Cabinet but one was confirmed by the Senate within two days. When Donald Trump is sworn in on Friday, he’ll be lucky to have half that many installed.

“With Republicans in control of the White House and the Senate, it wasn’t supposed to be this difficult for Trump to get his team in place posthaste, especially since Democrats did away with the 60-vote requirement for Cabinet nominees. But all signs are pointing to a slog for Trump and the Senate GOP, even if Republicans believe eventually all of Trump's picks will be approved.”

Once again, another media report implies Trump and his team are incompetent or worse – stupid. No wonder Trump feels compelled to hold onto his tweeting ability. This Politico story demonstrates amply why media bias needs to be answered by someone from “within.”

For their part, the Democrats are claiming Trump’s cabinet choices themselves are the cause of their confirmations being delayed (more on this below). Seeing as Trump put forward some pretty wealthy individuals and, in the words of one Democrat senator, “people with enormous conflicts of interest,” they insist additional scrutiny is called for.

That’s not to say some of Trump’s picks won’t squeak through by the end of the week. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are in negotiations about approving much of Trump’s national security team on Friday, potentially giving him a defense secretary, a CIA chief and homeland security head on Day One. A few of his less controversial nominees may also be approved soon after, including Elaine Chao as transportation secretary and Ben Carson as housing and urban development head,” the Politico writers added.

As for the rest – especially the more “controversial” ones – the country can expect delays and plenty of hot air emanating from the mouths of Democrats who are suddenly concerned about “vetting” after pushing for years to admit tens of thousands of Muslim refugees from the Middle East into the United States. Even Obama’s own people have admitted they can’t be properly screened.

What’s a potential terrorist threat in comparison to the danger imposed from a rich guy or gal who could be trying to scam money off his or her new position? More likely the Democrats are terrified that Trump’s supremely capable and accomplished people will actually get government working while making them look like idiots in the process.

And if Congressman Tom Price’s confirmation hearing on Wednesday is any indication, Democrats’ stonewalling is the primary reason why Trump’s cabinet nominees might be delayed from taking office in the first place. Democrats seemed a lot more concerned about Price’s stock trades than they are about his ideas for instituting a quality health system.

Courtney O’Brien of Townhall reports, “HHS nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) had the task of explaining his plans for repealing and replacing Obamacare at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday. But, he had the additional task of defending his personal character.

“Since President-elect Donald Trump announced Price as his pick for HHS secretary, critics have dug up his record to prove he's too extreme for a presidential administration. Some media outlets even predicted he will be a nightmare for women thanks in part to his views on birth control. These attacks culminated on Capitol Hill as liberal senators used the hearing to try to paint Price as a compassionless, greedy politician.”

Prior to running for office Price was a practicing orthopedic surgeon, so it’s safe to say he knows more about actually providing healthcare to people than any of the pontificating Democrats who were questioning him. All the Democrats wanted was to protect federal goodies for their pet constituencies under the guise of “women’s healthcare.”

Particularly bothersome were questions from Senators Elizabeth Warren, Tim Kaine, Patty Murray, Al Franken and Bernie Sanders. What a collection of winners. I wonder if any of them ever had a real job in their lives where they needed to worry about budget constraints or compliance with burdensome government regulations.

It is so obvious from the looks of these hearings (including Tuesday night’s over-the-top inquisition of Betsy DeVos) that Democrats aren’t interested in any kind of ordered and civil confirmation process, instead engaging in a televised witch hunt chock full of character assassination and reputational slander.

As another example, Democrat vice presidential loser Senator Tim Kaine used about half of his time with Price talking about the latter’s support for the Confederate battle flag when Price was in the Georgia legislature over a decade ago. Kaine said he was particularly bothered that Price wanted to commemorate southern civil war history without any mention of the word “slavery.”

Let’s not forget Kaine himself is from Virginia and served as mayor of Richmond, which has dozens of Confederate monuments and houses the Museum of the Confederacy. And why not? The city happened to serve as the capital of the Confederacy. The Democrats can’t change that fact, much as they’d enjoy trying.

Harboring beliefs contrary to the politically correct thought police will get you in trouble these days, at least while cameras are rolling. Add implied racism to the growing list of Democrat reasons why Price shouldn’t be confirmed. As if they would vote for him in any case.

No wonder the process has slowed to a trickle. I’m guessing when all is said and done and Trump’s appointments are confirmed by the Republican majority plus a few Democrats that the new department heads will have extra incentive to do damage to the liberal agenda while managing their agencies.

Be careful what you ask for, Democrats.

Schumer rips Trump on the “swamp cabinet,” but Democrats are the real bog creatures

In observing a number of confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees the past week I’ve garnered that there are not only huge policy differences between the Republican and Democrat parties, there are temperament differences as well.

Several of the Democrats have appeared outwardly angry in questioning the people they’re charged with providing “advice and consent,” a hostility that must make most people watching downright uncomfortable. Thankfully it hasn’t appeared to have shaken the nominees in the slightest.

It almost seems like the Democrat senators must be getting their “be nasty” demeanor orders straight from the top. Senator Chuck Schumer took over for notoriously surly and uncooperative Harry Reid but there doesn’t appear to be any change in tone.

Jordain Carney of The Hill reports, “Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) tore into Donald Trump's nominees on Wednesday, saying the president-elect is setting up a ‘swamp cabinet.’

“’This is a swamp cabinet full of bankers and billionaires,’ Schumer told reporters at his weekly press conference.

“The Senate minority leader also criticized Republicans for scheduling so many hearings — some of them even as nominees failed to hand in paperwork to the Office of Government Ethics.”

It’s sad that Democrats see Trump’s team of outsiders as “the swamp” while preferring to cohort with career politicians who’ve done nothing but spend other peoples’ money all their lives.

Schumer is a prime example of a “swamp creature,” having graduated from Harvard law school in 1974 and then going straight into the New York legislature in 1975. He’s held office in one form or another ever since, running in safe districts and never having lost an election.

Meanwhile Senator Patty Murray grilled Tom Price about healthcare policy (and his stock portfolio) but she’s been a politician for over 30 years herself, having been an environmental lobbyist prior to that. Senator Elizabeth Warren (aka “Pocahontas”) attacked Betsy DeVos over her views on school choice but Warren herself slithered around in academia before turning to politics.

Democrats should think twice before claiming others are part of the “swamp.” Most Americans aren’t wild about politicians – and with this current group of Democrats crawling around in DC, it’s easy to see why.

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"Democrats'" scorched-earth tactics

The main reason Donald Trump won the Republican Primary, and then the election, is that the voters realized that we NEEDED someone who could fight fire with fire. Thank God he's chosen nominees who have the fire discipline to remain composed and professional during the hearings, thereby contrasting themselves with the anti-American, Obamunist haters who are interrogating them.