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100 Days of Trump: Why Kellyanne Conway represents a major threat to liberal orthodoxy

Much has been written in the past several months about Kellyanne Conway being the first woman to ever lead a winning presidential campaign, with a great deal of the coverage centering on the New Jersey native’s humble background and her unique ability to mentor her sometimes irascible boss into a much more effective candidate and president-to-be.

But for all her trailblazing accomplishments on behalf of the female gender, Conway is being given very little credit from leftist feminist groups who see her more as a turncoat and an intellectual lightweight because she’s Kellyanne Conwaynot a liberal Democrat. And now we’ve learned that’s not even the worst of it – Conway is being “threatened” in other ways as well.

Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner reports, “Kellyanne Conway, counsel to President Trump, on Monday said she has received pieces of mail that contained suspicious white powder on multiple occasions and has had to employ a security detail for her personal protection as a result of the media's coverage of the new administration.

“This was shared matter-of-factly while discussing the press pool's false report over the weekend that the Martin Luther King Jr. bust had been removed from the Oval Office.”

It should be noted that the Time reporter in question (Zeke Miller) on the King bust controversy quickly recognized his error and corrected it via Twitter. But by that time the press had already jumped on the matter, using a bit of mistaken reporting to further their narrative that Trump and his administration is full of civil rights haters.

Conway used the King Jr. bust story as an example of the media’s fixation on negative reporting which has led to her receiving death threats and the potentially lethal mail packages. Isn’t it sad that a successful woman like Conway is targeted specifically because she works for a man who speaks and acts like he intends to restrain the federal government and give it back to the people?

It is shameful, but the media excels at spreading shame. Libel and slander are their chief business – at least where conservatives are concerned -- and journalists hide behind the First Amendment because they know they can pretty much say anything they want and not be held to account.

As far as the media assault on Conway personally, it doesn’t end with Martin Luther King Jr. busts or white powder packages. Kyle Feldscher of the Washington Examiner reports, “In a Facebook post from Monday, (Fox Business correspondent Charles) Gasparino said he saw Conway get involved in a fight between two men in tuxedos during a ball on Friday.

“’Inside the ball we see a fight between two guys in tuxes and then suddenly out of nowhere came Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway,’ Gasparino wrote in his post, ‘who began throwing some mean punches at one of the guys. Whole thing lasted a few (minutes) no one was hurt except maybe the dude she smacked. Now I know why Trump hired her.’”

After wanting to throw some “mean punches” (at protesters) myself on Inauguration Day, I can certainly understand where that type of anger might come from – but this report on Conway doesn’t smell right.

Whether true or not (and I doubt it, even though Gasparino is a Trump supporter) it underscores the media’s continuing fascination with the “celebrity” element of Trump and the people around him. Trump’s pre-politics reality show “The Apprentice” was about a tough talking no-nonsense boss whose catchphrase was “You’re fired!

The media would like nothing better than to carry that image forward to paint the new president as a heartless uncaring and vindictive man who would callously remove the bust of a civil rights icon from his office and whose staff gets into fist fights at inaugural balls.

Conway has been around the world of politics for her entire career, so she knows the game. The last few days have marked the beginning of a relentless media war to discredit not only President Trump but also his ideas.

That’s the root of the issue. The “celebrity” aspect of Trump draws in viewers and readers but the real danger to the establishment media and the Washington status quo is found in Trump’s willingness to come in and for lack of a better way to put it, wreck the place.

This creative destruction isn’t being achieved by removing or replacing busts in the Oval Office, but by Trump’s executive actions thus far (just on Monday alone Trump nixed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, imposed a federal hiring freeze and reinstated the Mexico City policy banning taxpayer funds for abortions abroad).

Because of Trump’s success, those around him will likewise become targets of the media. Kellyanne Conway is perhaps the most visible of all of Trump’s close advisors because one, she’s an attractive, well-spoken articulate woman and two, because she represents everything that the leftist feminist movement is not.

Conway didn’t need the system’s help in reaching her lofty position in the White House. There was no affirmative action policy to save her a place, no threats of sex discrimination lawsuits and no benevolent liberals giving her a job because of her gender.

Conway is conservative and has never tried to hide it. She’s succeeded where the others failed. Contrast her with the gaggle of cackling Democrat female crows in the Senate like Elizabeth Warren and Patty Murray. Who would you rather sit next to in a meeting?

Does anyone send them white powder in the mail?

Trump’s quality control measures are ruffling the feathers of the establishment

Less than a week into the Donald Trump presidency, a couple themes are already emerging. One, by signing executive orders that fulfill major campaign promises concerning trade, building pipelines, reducing the size of the federal government, restraining Obamacare and ending federal funding of abortion, Trump is proving that he’s unafraid to step on the establishment’s toes to keep his word.

And two, there’s going to be a major new emphasis on accountability in the Trump administration. Such is the case with federal departments as well.

Josh Dawsey and Nancy Cook of Politico report, “The White House is installing senior aides atop major federal agencies to shadow the administration's Cabinet secretaries, creating a direct line with loyalists who can monitor and shape White House goals across the federal bureaucracy.

“The aides chosen by the White House—given the title of senior adviser in each agency—have already been responsible for hiring at some departments and crafting the blueprint of Trump policy before the Cabinet members win Senate confirmation to take office. They have worked with congressional aides, lobbyists and others seeking influence in the new administration.”

The purpose of these “senior advisors” is purportedly to provide the White House a view from the inside of each department. The advisor will report back to Trump’s inner circle such as son-in-law Jared Kushner or Reince Priebus.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Only the media would portray internal accountability measures as though they’re sinister attempts to dictate the entire operation from above. I think the more common name for this practice in the real world is “quality control.” If you’re not going to monitor your managers and employees, why bother having a chain of command in the first place?

And seriously, why would any of the cabinet secretaries object to such oversight? Do they think they’re not going to have to answer to anyone?

Critics of the Trump policy point out that these positions carry with them a high degree of authority yet do not require Senate confirmation. After witnessing the debacle of administration nominees being subjected to the whims of Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his frivolous band of Democrat interrogators the past several weeks, we’ve all seen that there’s only so much value to be derived from having the Senate look over and approve appointments.

Politics is the lone motivator for Democrats. If Trump wants some of his people looking over the shoulders of the department heads, that’s a good thing, not to be condemned. If the agency people know someone’s watching them, they’re a lot more likely to stick to the policy and budgetary goals set by the man who was elected and is ultimately accountable to the real folks who matter – the voters.

One such area where there will no doubt be a lot of scrutiny is defense spending. President Trump promised to restore the greatness of the American military but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to do it by dumping more dollars into the defense budget.

And some in the president’s own party are apparently already taking issue with the likely new Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney.

Jeremy Herb of Politico reports, “South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney is a tea party stalwart who has fought for years to chop defense spending, often with help from liberal Democrats like former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. He has cheered the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration that have slowed the rise of federal spending, much to the dismay of the Pentagon and its contractors.

“Now Trump has tapped him to lead the Office of Management and Budget, the primary gatekeeper for the president's annual spending plans. And that has many defense boosters wondering what will happen to Trump's campaign pledge to lift the military’s congressionally imposed spending caps.”

No one can say for sure exactly what Trump meant during the campaign when he said he wanted to increase spending on the military. The candidate Trump talked often about limiting fraud, abuse and overspending in the government and if there’s one federal responsibility that needs a serious looking into in this regard, it’s military expenditures.

The defense bureaucracy alone is massive. Do the Republican hawks truly feel nothing can be eliminated from the military budget?

In his inaugural address Trump promised to take a fresh look at military commitments around the globe. I can’t help but believe somewhere along the line Mulvaney and the new leaders will find ways to save a lot of money, keep the military first-rate and not have to up the budget.

It will be a challenge, but being accountable to the American People always is.

Democrats stonewall Jeff Sessions but they can’t stop Trump from returning to Capitol Hill

He’s served alongside them in the Senate since 1997 and endured a full two days’ worth of questions and answers before the Senate Judiciary Committee weeks ago, but that apparently is still not enough time for the dimwitted Democrats to review the record of Jeff Sessions before a vote is taken to confirm him for Attorney General.

Jordain Carney of The Hill reports, “Senate Democrats are delaying a key vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions's nomination to be President Trump's attorney general, arguing they want more time to review the pick. 

“’As we have done for most nominees...I'm asking that the vote for Senator Sessions be held over until next week,’ Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday…

“[Feinstein] said at Tuesday's committee meeting that she believed lawmakers should take more time to review Sessions's nomination in the wake of the women's marches nationwide last Saturday. Quartz estimated that one out of every 100 Americans took part in the protest.”

Aside from the fact the “protesters” really didn’t have a clue what they were demonstrating about other than vague notions of “climate change” and trying to ensure no one legally protects innocent unborn life, wasn’t the Democrats’ main beef about Sessions the assertion that he harbored hidden racial prejudice – not that he was a sexist?

It seems obvious the Democrats themselves don’t have a clue as to what they believe or what they’re even in the Senate to do in the first place. As Senators, they’re supposed to represent the interests of their respective states in Congress.

Is Dianne Feinstein serving California by calling for a week’s delay in her committee’s vote to confirm the next attorney general? Everyone knows Sessions is going to be confirmed by the full Senate. Find me a Democrat who denies it and I’ll show you a liar.

Then what’s the point of delay? Politics. What a bunch of losers is the Democrat Senate caucus. Again, shameful.

One thing they won’t be able to delay, however, is President Trump’s first appearance before a joint session of Congress, which has now been set for February 28.

Christina Marcos of The Hill reports, “Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that he’s invited President Trump to speak before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28.

“Trump's remarks will technically not be a State of the Union address. It is traditional, however, for incoming presidents to speak before Congress in their first months in office.”

I’m guessing Trump will make his speech into some sort of State of the Union Address, though I can’t imagine that it will differ in content and emphasis all that much from his inaugural oration.

Since Democrats can’t delay Trump’s return to the Hill, maybe they’ll just refuse to show up. At last count over sixty Democrats were planning to boycott Trump’s inauguration ceremony, though I don’t recall seeing an official final tally of those who refused to attend.

In staying away and making a spectacle of themselves at the same time, the Democrats are only reducing their power and say-so in what’s going to happen in the next four years.

One thing’s for sure – Attorney General Jeff Sessions (he will have been confirmed by then) will be in attendance. Sessions along with all of Trump’s advisors and cabinet members will join President Trump in applauding a new direction in the country. And there’s nothing the Democrats can do to stall it.

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About those punches...

Twitchy.com has more to the story - apparently anarchist thugs attacked Scott Baio outside the ball, and then a troublemaker in a tux went after him inside. When the aggressor wouldn't quit, Conway stepped in, then when charm didn't work, punches did!
http://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2017/01/24/yowza-kellyanne-conway-reportedl...

Team Trump sure is must-see TV!!