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100 Days of Trump: Why the Democrats are now the evil AND stupid party

An old saying (reportedly coined by the late journalist Sam Francis) goes that the Democrats are the “evil” party and Republicans are the “stupid” party. The adage has stuck over the years – chiefly because there’s a lot of truth in it -- but with the Democrats choosing another compromised D.C. establishment insider as their new party chairman over the weekend, the “evil” party just might take on the “stupid” tag in addition.

Jonathan Easley of The Hill reports, “Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez has defeated Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee in a blow to Sen. Bernie Democrat donkey1Sanders (I-Vt.) and the progressive wing of the party.

“Perez won with 235 votes on the second ballot, with 218 votes needed to reach a majority. Ellison topped out at 200 votes in both rounds of balloting.”

Make no mistake, Ellison wouldn’t have been any better; in fact, the Minnesota congressman is one of the most contemptible politicians in the whole country. But Perez is equally as liberal. The Democrats lose in either case.

As is typical with the Democrats, there were widespread accusations of vote fixing on both sides. It was ugly. Bernie Sanders and his troupe of hardcore leftists backed Ellison. It doesn’t matter; the party is all about socialism these days regardless of who occupies the chair.

In Perez the Democrats elevated a dedicated party establishment partisan who served at the cabinet level in the Obama administration and vows to be Trump’s “worst nightmare.” I doubt it. If (previous chair) Debbie Wasserman-Schultz wasn’t enough to make people cringe why would someone like Perez be more effective at it?

It won’t matter. The Democrats can’t even figure out what went wrong the last time around.

Gabriel Debenedetti of Politico writes, “Unable to get closure on the party’s stunning losses in November, nearly 20 Democratic interest groups, operatives, and state committees have commissioned their own private 2016 election autopsy reports...

“While Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and members of his team have been privately presenting their own findings to Clinton and other influential party figures, the absence of a full, public accounting of the factors and forces underlying her shocking loss has generated a cottage industry of projects dedicated to explaining and understanding how things went so wrong for the party in November.”

There certainly must be a lot of hand-wringing in Democrat conference rooms these days. I’ll make it easy for them by explaining in simple terms why Crooked Hillary lost last November:

1. She was an awful candidate that few liked, including most of those who voted for her;

2. Clinton lacked a real message other than “I’m a woman!” and “here’s more free stuff.”

3. Democrats were overconfident and ignored the real mood of the country; they only listen to themselves.

4. The quick movement under Obama to ditch traditional American values was roundly rejected by America.

5. Americans wanted a Supreme Court that doesn’t legislate from the bench.

6. The GOP has caught up to the Democrats in terms of data operations and ground mobilizing.

7. The Democrats have devolved into the party of coastal elites and those they dupe into maintaining their power base.


8. All the big liberal donors in the world can’t overcome ineffective messaging and a bad candidate. There just aren’t enough people out there who are up in arms about transgender bathroom rights to deliver them victories.

There are many more reasons, but why pile on.

See? Didn’t I just save Democrats a ton of money by telling them exactly what they need to know without hiring a gaggle of consultants to juggle statistics?

To be fair, the Republicans underwent a similar bloodletting after 2012 where the brain trust of establishment consultants basically concluded the GOP lost because it wasn’t liberal enough on immigration. Yeah, that worked real well in 2016.

Thankfully, the Republicans are just “stupid” and not “evil.” Maybe Trump can do something about the “stupid” part. Conservatives will be happy to help him.

Sour poll numbers likely mask the reality that is a successful Donald Trump

The news media was abuzz on Friday as President Donald Trump delivered a well-received speech to thousands of conservatives attending this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington DC.

Trump had spoken at the conference several times before (the first time was 2011), which at the time seemed a little curious since the wealthy real estate developer and reality TV star never really identified as a conservative. Nevertheless, Trump’s brand of populist conservatism drew generally positive reviews in those appearances as he talked about conservative themes and openly mused about running for president someday. Not many took him seriously.

This time in speaking as president of the United States, Trump’s visit offered a whole new level of gravity to it.

Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner reported, “President Trump on Friday took credit for transforming the Republican Party to a stronger, populist movement that will focus first and foremost on American interests, in his highly anticipated speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday...

“Trump ticked through the actions his young White House has taken to date, from re-authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, cracking down on illegal immigration, preparing a surge in military spending and withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership…

“Trump dedicated a significant portion of his speech to his grievances with the media, an institution he has frequently blamed for twisting narratives about his campaign and administration. But Trump said the American people proved themselves stronger than the media by voting for him.”

Yes indeed. For America to reward a brash talking non-politician with 306 electoral votes was definitely a leap of faith. You can chalk it up to Trump’s unique ability to conceptualize and tap into the considerable anger that had built up under eight years of establishment rule under Obama (and eight years of George W. Bush prior to that) or to his unrelenting verbal assaults against the despised ruling class in Washington.

Either way, Americans came out by the millions to vote Trump into office, largely with the objective of trying something new in government. And Trump is correct – he’s definitely strengthened the Republican Party, turning what had been a constant conservatives vs. establishment fractious mess into a governing coalition that includes conservatives, populists, working class Americans and yes, even some establishment business interests.

The jury is still out on how all of these groups will ultimately coexist, but for now there’s relative peace in GOP-land and it’s all because of Donald Trump. Who would’ve ever thought?

From what it sounds like Trump’s CPAC speech offered a preview of what he will talk about tomorrow night when he heads to Capitol Hill to deliver his first annual address to a joint session of Congress.

Though the president wasn’t shy about conveying his accomplishments thus far in office, Trump promised there’s much more to come in the months ahead as the party works together to pass an agenda designed to improve the lives of all Americans.

As he does so, Trump will no doubt have to continue to account for his relatively low standing in the opinion polls. Just as they were prior to the election, Trump’s approval rating is still underwater according to most surveys.

But could the polls simply just be wrong -- again?

Byron York of the Washington Examiner wrote, “There's no denying Trump's [weak] numbers, but it is reasonable to question whether they say what they seem to say.

“According to the RealClearPolitics average, Trump's personal approval rating was 58.5 percent disapprove, 37.5 percent approve on the day he was elected president. In exit polls that day, 60 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of Trump, versus 38 percent favorable. A candidate with a disapproval rating around 60 managed to win Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and other key states on his way to winning 306 electoral votes and the presidency.”

I remember seeing the exit poll results on election night and initially thinking they were problematic, but as soon as the subject of “change” came up and something like 82 percent of those people who wanted change the most chose Trump, I figured he would do well.

Though no one would realistically claim there’s a great deal of sunshine to be found in Trump’s favorability numbers, it’s important to remember that Democrats aren’t exactly popular either. While it’s true that Barack Obama left office with an approval rating above 50 percent, his policies didn’t enjoy similar appreciation.

And we’re not even talking about Hillary Clinton here. Does anyone by any stretch of imagination believe she was popular? Didn’t she lose to the guy who couldn’t win? What would her approval ratings look like if she’d won the election?

I’m guessing they’d be similar to Trump’s right now – or worse.

Besides, just as people were hesitant to openly voice support (to pollsters) for Trump before the election, the same phenomenon could be reoccurring now as well. With all the radical leftists breaking windows, burning stuff and shouting uncontrollably during congressional town hall meetings, it’s not like people are anxious to talk about being a Trump fan in public.

Like it or not, people feel for their safety thanks to the antics of the unglued radical fringe out there. The “silent majority” is silent for a reason.

York concludes, “[T]he conventional wisdom is that Trump is a walking disaster at the polls. Yes, the numbers, read the conventional way, are bad for Trump. But the lesson of 2016 was that there might be something about Trump that defies conventional measurements. And now, the critics who say President Trump is beyond recovery might be making the same mistake they made just last year.”

York’s article suggested some people who are currently “unfavorable” towards Trump could be persuaded to support him if his policies end up growing the economy and for lack of a better way to put it, “Make America Great Again.”

Conservative policies work if given the chance. Trump appears to be providing it. His numbers will likely improve accordingly.

Media depicts Trump as a hapless buffoon, rings of George W. Bush

It seems obvious as the days go by the establishment media’s sole aim with President Donald Trump is to lie in wait, dissect his public utterances for perceived factual errors or omissions and then run with them to try and inflict damage on the administration.

The only problem is nobody’s listening anymore – at least to the media.

Josh Dawsey of Politico reports, “Now, when Trump makes public declarations that aren't true or clash with what his Cabinet secretaries say, Republicans barely look up, aides and members say. Even some Democrats are now trying to assess if pointing out a misstatement will get any traction…

“GOP lawmakers are starting to get desensitized, even if they don't like his misstatements. Last week, after saying he was not a fan of the ‘daily tweets’ and the president's off-message fights, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he didn't expect Trump to listen. At an overseas conference last week, Sen. John McCain helpfully encouraged foreign officials to simply follow the president's actions because he said Trump often contradicts himself.”

Does John McCain ever contradict himself? Did the media love McCain this much in 2008?

Dawsey’s Politico story is full of the usual condescension and judgement from that publication. The liberal view is always that Trump pops off with wild boasts that simply aren’t true instead of reporting on the gist of what he says that always contains some realism.

A good case in point was Trump’s observation last week on terrorism and Sweden. Instead of seeing the comment for what it was – an ad lib mention during a speech about the Muslim immigration problem in this country and others – the media delighted in picking up the Swedish prime minister’s jabs at the president.

Well, Sweden DOES have an immigration problem. Rich Lowry wrote an excellent piece detailing it. I wonder if you polled a bunch of native Swedes if they’d admit there are issues in their country and all over Europe with poorly vetted Muslim immigration from war-torn countries. The fact there hasn’t been – yet – a major attack in Sweden doesn’t mean the potential isn’t there for one. Isn’t that what we’re talking about these days, what will eventually happen?

And the media hoots whenever Trump mentions voter fraud too. Does voter fraud not exist? Were no illegal votes cast in the last election? Can’t legal immigrants (but non-citizens) easily register to vote under the lax verification system? Do liberals seriously claim this doesn’t happen…at all?

The same media fixation with Trump misquotes was true during last year’s campaign as well. Trump quickly became known for stretching the facts on a range of subjects. We here at pointed them out and so did most outlets of conservative media. It took a while to get behind Trump because of them.

But nothing in politics is ever perfect and it’s always a matter of weighing reality and actions versus assessing the absolute veracity of quotes or statements. Politics is politics. Truth is truth.

If truth of statements is the ultimate arbiter of value, the Democrats would not rate well at all. Obama told a number of whoppers literally on a daily basis – “If you like your doctor you can keep him” – and the press didn’t go bonkers over the hyperbole.

Obama would talk on and on about the health of the economy and the jobs that were being created at the same time as the welfare rolls swelled and disability claims reached record levels. People were getting “sick” just to draw a social security check.

The media’s “Trump’s a buffoonish liar” narrative differs little from their campaigns against George W. Bush and other Republicans before him. Remember the line about Bush lying his way into the Texas National Guard to dodge serving in Vietnam? The claims didn’t have any truth to them but it made Dan Rather even more famous.

The establishment media depicts Republicans in this manner because it serves to undermine the legitimate things that are getting done under Trump’s presidency. Obama once said he was still relevant because he had a “phone and a pen.” Well, that phone and pen now belong to Trump.

And he’s using them no matter what the media does to discredit him.

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