Archive for the ‘Fun with Elections’ Category

In the revolt against The GOP Establishment, it’s important to differentiate several distinct clusters of entities that might occasionally be called “establishment”, and to narrow down who rightly deserves the moniker.

First and foremost are the axis of the Donor Class and their agents in the government. This includes the Chamber of Commerce, any company that might benefit from the Ex-Im bank, Wall Street firms, the Big Agriculture/Ethanol axis, etc. The subservient politicians of those entities are more than willing to pretend to support free markets, stricter immigration, and generally smaller government… for about the first thirty seconds after they are elected and have to vote on something that contradicts one of their benefactors’ interests. In case there is any question, all national GOP bodies (and probably most of the state bodies) fall into this category.

Secondly, there are the “Business of Conservatism” crowd. These people sell conservatism and conservative-flavored-outrage products to individual voters in exchange for donations to keep fighting for the cause. Much like charities, there is a spectrum of honest effort toward effecting change versus callous and parasitic exploitation of their donors. I leave it as an exercise to the reader precisely which groups belong in this category and where they belong on the spectrum.

Lastly, there are the intellectuals, writers, and pundits. This includes National Review, The Weekly Standard, the American Spectator, individuals such as George Will and Thomas Sowell, and I would probably include such organizations such as AEI and the Hoover Institution.

Some organizations such as Heritage probably straddle these last two categories since they do put out quite serious public policy analysis but also engage in the Business of Conservatism. Certain talk radio hosts also straddle these last two categories since they too sometimes engage in both serious policy discussions but also outrage peddling. Again, the exact identities of these radio hosts and their position on the spectrum is left as an exercise to the reader.

I consider the intellectual-pundit category not to be engaged so much in the “Business of Conservatism” in that business is generally not so good. These folks rely on what Dennis Prager has termed “moral bank accounts” for their paychecks. When they make a “withdrawal”, they risk making a bad business decision. And yet, occasional withdrawals are a necessary part of the job.

When I say “Establishment”, I mean primarily the Donor Class and their agents in the government and party infrastructure.

So when National Review and other noted and respected writers take a principled stance against Trump while simultaneously agents of the donor class are warming to Trump, I don’t think it’s entirely accurate to suggest that “The Establishment” is trying to take out Trump. NR is much less “The Establishment” than are Bob Dole and Trent Lott.

To the extent that The Establishment has let conservatism down, it is much less NR than it is the Donor Class. NR, whatever missteps they might have made over the years, doesn’t get rich by selling out conservatism. The Donor Class does.

Myth: If you aren’t for Trump, you’re in favor of the Establishment.
FACT: A lot of us have been working against the Establishment for years. Also, the Establishment hates Cruz more than Trump.

Myth: Trump is the only reason we’re talking about immigration.
FACT: Would that be why John McCain was forced to lie about supporting a fence back in 2010? Because nobody was riding him about that?

Myth: Trump is the best bet to beat Hillary Clinton.
FACT: Hillary may have defeated herself with this email stuff, but Trump has absurdly high negative ratings. (And yes, I would still vote for Trump over Hillary and/or Sanders. As a long-time GOP voter I am very familiar with voting for the lesser evil.)

Myth: Trump’s previous positions don’t matter.
FACT: Somebody who doesn’t understand conservatism and feel it viscerally is unlikely to be able to defend or promote conservative positions on an ongoing basis. (See Romney, McCain, etc.)

Myth: Trump is conservative.
FACT: Anybody who has been in the conservative movement for more than five seconds knows Trump isn’t conservative. Trump has a history of actively undermining conservative causes.

Myth: Trump will get things done to fix our problems.
FACT: This is the new version of Obama’s “Hope and Change”. Long on rhetoric, short on substance. Trump is almost certainly a stronger and better deal-maker than Obama, but so is a head of cabbage.

Given my lack of posting at all I hope I can be forgiven for double-posting on the Palin endorsement of Trump.

Consider me officially out of the Sarah Palin fan club. It’s been a long time coming, but here it is.

Up until yesterday you might have gotten me to be a Palin apologist.  She was treated poorly by McCain’s stooges, Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, who did not even remotely understand the great gift that they had squandered. This gave license (-as if they needed it) for the major media to crucify her.

When properly prepared, she could give a damn good speech.  Once upon a time even her off the cuff stuff wasn’t too bad.  Obama had in fact palled around with terrorists, namely Ayres. “Drill baby, drill” was not only right, but downright prescient.  In stark contrast to Obama and the progressive movement generally, she once displayed a healthy epistemological humility that folks like me appreciate in a politician — the kind of humility that keeps a person from trying to half-assedly socialize a fifth of the economy with some slap-dash legislation that nobody ever bothered to read.

Naturally, after her career as an office-holder was clearly over, she got lazy. I get it. I’m lazy too.  If I could be paid to crack-wise at CPAC with Big Gulp in hand I’d do it in a heartbeat.

But this Trump endorsement… dang.  I just can’t wrap my head around that one.

Oh, that’s motherfucking liberal fucking media.

I saw the hate-fulled, attack-mode, leftist douche-tools admit that Carson was talking about when he was 14 and younger and all the fuckheads they managed to find were in his high school so they wouldn’t have know about him in junior high and younger but that didn’t stop them from “asking questions” about Carson’s discussion of his life.

Questions about the last 20 years of Obama’s life were out of bounds but ‘interviews’ with fucking lying, hate-filed assholes about Carson’s life from 50 years ago are fair fucking game.

I hate those fuckheads, and the only person I’ve ever hated before was Yassir Fucking Arafat.

He created a death-cult of a statelet where children are brought up to want to die killing other children, the fucking assholes in our media are happily destroying the rule of law and the American experiment in self-governance, happily aided and abetted by our fine establishment betters in both parties who are trying to shove another Clinton V. Bush election which will turn off most of America.

Motherfuckers.

 

An aside, am I the only one boycotting TVLand for dropping the Dukes of Hazzard while still keeping that racist asshole, Steve Harvey, hosting Family Fued?

 

Certainly not that funnydamentally changed.

Planned Parenthood is killing babies in certain ways so they can sell the body parts. I can’t sell my own kidney, but they can sell parts from 8 and  3/4 month, “partially” born ‘fetuses’ and it’s apparently a “GOP war on women thing.

 

Today’s Hillary Clinton email ‘scandal’ update (Yawn) Like the dead baby deal, the media is pretty uninterested and frams it , when they mention it, as “The GOP has new allegations against Hillary!”

 

Day 800 and something of the IRS “scandal”, which the media is similarly utterly uninterested in.

 

This one is pretty darn funny.  I mean it’s endy, but it’s still pretty good.

Andrew Klavan, Why are Conservatives Attacking Conservatives?

He doesn’t mention who he’s talking about, but I think I can assume he’s not talking about Rush Limbaugh badmouthing Ted Cruz.

If he’s including Trump or Jeb Bush attacking each other, well, that’s not a conservative attacking a conservative, it’s a huckster/pretty darn liberal huckster attacking a big-gov, pro-illegal immigration establishment prick.

Bush is only a ‘conservative’  in the social conservative sense (if he’s even that, I don’t know care enough about him to find out). Like W nominating Harriet Myers and we were supposed to be happy because she would vote the ‘right’ was on abortion.

I haven’t paid enough attention, but if Cruz is attacking Fiorina is attacking Scott Walker, then let me know, otherwise, wake me up when M’Shell enters the fray.

 

The worst story of the day and why I used that title,

The U.S. Army is kicking out a decorated Green Beret after an 11-year Special Forces career, after he got in trouble for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating up his mother when she reported the incident.

 

Fricking horrible.

ISIS, sensing weakness, is still working on shutting America up.

The personal address of an anti-Muslim activist was tweeted Friday from a Twitter account bearing the name of a man believed to be a British Islamic State jihadist kingpin. The tweet about Pamela Geller, who heads a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative, came just hours after a third man connected to a plot to kill her and murder Boston police was arrested.

“#GoForth,” the Tweet urged via a hashtag after revealing Geller’s New York City address, apartment number and all.

We need to kill a lot of those bastards to let them know they can’t fuck with America. Too bad America is run by assholes who hate America only slightly less than the jihadi assholes.

This is a good response

 A New Hampshire man wants to defy an Islamic prohibition on depicting the prophet Muhammad in pictures and plans to host a “Draw Muhammad” art contest in August.

 

One quibble with the “journlist” who wrote that passage, it should be “Islamist prohibition (fatwa)” not “Islamic”, as the Taliban is one who decided that it was against their form of murderous Fasco-Islamism.

 

Speaking of assholes who hate America, and what it stands for, the California Democratic Party!

All hopes were dashed when one of DeMaio’s former staffers named Todd Bosnich accused him of sexual harassment in the final weeks of the campaign. He even produced threatening emails which he claimed were sent to him by someone in the DeMaio camp.

Democrats welcomed the scandal and although DeMaio strongly denied the charges, he was defeated by Democrat Scott Peters.

Now the LA Times is reporting that the staffer Todd Bosnich made the whole thing up and has even admitted his lies to the FBI, which was part of the investigation.

You know what will happen to this guy who lied to sway an election and who lied to the FBI?

Not a fucking thing. It wasn’t Martha Stewart, it’s the Dems after all, they do not have to obey laws, customs or even decency.

 

This is just funny.  Weasel Zippers notices this tweet.

 

Now, she might have stood up near Putin, but she certainly did not stand up to Putin, and as for being in the Situation Room when bin Laden was killed, well, I was situated in a room when he was killed too. Does that mean I’m ready to be POTUS? Eh, maybe I should marry some guy who cheats on me to make me really ready. Too bad AZ doesn’t do gay marriage yet.

 

This seems promising,

The Iowa Supreme Court has affirmed the right to be drunk on your front porch.

But I do not like this part

The Supreme Court agreed, declaring the front steps of a private residence not a public place if the homeowner hasn’t invited the general public to be there.

Yeah, see, if I want to have a party where I get drunk, it’s still my fucking property and it isn’t “public” drunkenness even if I invite people to my house to get drunk with me. They aren’t publicly drunk even if they’re on my property either. But then, my home is the State’s Castle these days.

 

Paco asks

Are country music songs starting to all sound the same to you?

 

Brain noticed it first.

tter? Have any of you ever heard of this twitter thing? I don’t know if it will last, but you to have love this

Okay, that’s funny.
Via Weasel Zippers.

Not so funny?

The principal of North Miami Senior High School,Alberto Iber, lost his job after posting on Facebook about McKinney. He watched the video and posted the following message:

“He did nothing wrong. He was afraid for his life. I commend him for his actions.”

Free speech? That’s like something we don’t need anymore, our social, moral, political and intellectual betters know what we should and should not be able to say.  Maybe they could start a dictionary (that link disappeared so here’s the wikipedia page for it) so we would know what was okay and what wasn’t.

That’s from the same guy.

If I ran twitter, I would have some way to keep track of what certain people say, I don’t like oh, say…..following him around and seeing what he says.