Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Tired of all the WINNING!™

You and I might not be, but Schlichter can name you plenty of folks who are.

Slowly, it’s dawning on Trump’s enemies – on our enemies – that this isn’t just an unfortunate, temporary bump in the road to the Californiaization of America, but a U-turn. The people who elected Donald Trump were something his allegedly conservative Never Trump opponents never were: serious about being conservative. It’s easy to grift the donors with big talk about culture wars and policy initiatives when you never expect to be in a position to actually pull them off. But the Normals finally got sick of election year bomb-throwers morphing into pliable puffboys once their reps crossed into the Beltway. And that’s how you got Trump.

Suddenly, the fake hardcore facade of Conservative, Inc., was revealed for what it was – a pose, an act, tiresome political voguing. When someone finally showed up who actually wanted to act on all the things the pro-cons had been talking and writing about for decades, well, that didn’t leave a lot of room for those who only wanted to talk and write and luxuriate in being insiders. Never Trumpism spends a lot of time whining about how Trump is “vulgar” and “unfit,” but what these guys really resent is that he has embarrassed them. He showed them up. He did what they had been yakking endlessly about doing, and they hate him for it. They much prefer the quiet dignity of losing under a Bush or a Romney to obscurity under a Trump.

It’s crisis time for Conservative, Inc. The Eagle Liberty Forum of Conservative Freedom and Liberty can’t fill its annual dinner tables anymore, even with a keynote speech by Ben Sasse on how “True Conservatism™ Morally Obligates Us To Lose And Not Offend The Elite Rather Than Win And Displease Our Betters.”

That’s why they hate Trump. He didn’t make them irrelevant; he just showed the world that they were irrelevant. And that’s unforgiveable.

Trump’s kickin’ it old school in his enemies’ heads, chillin’ in their cerebral crib. His foes defined themselves by not being him. The Democrats’ tax policy? Not Trump. Their regulatory policy? Not Trump. Their foreign policy? Not Trump. And it’s the same with the allegedly conservative Never Trumpers. How do you get an alleged conservative to oppose moving our embassy to Israel’s capital? Get Trump to finally do it.

They are all about Trump, 24/7. CNN, and its silly Don Lemons and Tater Stelters, need Trump. They obsess over him, for without Trump they are nothing. The Resistance? They have nothing but Trump to fill their empty lives, getting giddy every time some media outlet reports that someone who knows somebody who heard somebody say that maybe Mueller is investigating someone who met Trump once for felony jaywalking. The Supreme Poo-Bah of the HIPAA Court is readying his Grand Warrants of Arresting – it’s gotta be true cuz I read it on the interwebs!

Trump owns his foes. They are mere satellites orbiting around him, and his gravity is all that keeps them from spinning off into space. They have willingly submitted to the reality of a Trumpocentric political universe. It’s hilarious.

Ain’t it, though. Ain’t it just. This is probably the most important part of all, though:

Their impeachment fever dreams are fading, so they look at popularity polls and take solace at the numbers. They took solace in them on November 8, 2016, too.

It amazes me that some of us to this day are baffled and/or fretting over Trump’s supposed “unpopularity” according to the very same polls which have never yet been right about him, not even once. The feeble guesswork of the polling apparatchiki—part and parcel of Ruling Class manipulation, most of it—is another thing that stands exposed by the Trump Awakening, but some folks still haven’t realized it for some reason.

But come on: can anybody out there seriously claim to expect honest, reliable truth from any poll done by ABCBMSNBCNN, the NYT, or the WaPo? And if you do, can I please request that you share whatever the hell it is you’re smoking with the rest of us?

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Compromise, or surrender?

Much as I love him, and you all know I do, I fear I’m gonna have to raise a quibble or three with Schlichter on this one.

We conservatives need to get our heads right about the mid-terms or liberals will end up guzzling patriot tears and their gloating will be flat-out intolerable. We’re not doomed in 2018 – I mean, it’s not like tax reform or pulling out of the Paris Climate Scam, which have already killed millions of people, including me and you. But, if we fail to get on course for victory then we’re going to see Nancy Pelosi and the Gropeocrats back in charge and trying to make America into California.

Trust me. You do not want to live in the United States of California.

Right as rain there, and nothing but the inarguable truth. Onwards.

So, the first step toward victory is some real talk about us normals – you know, conservatives who are more concerned with our country than with muttering about principles and trying to sell cruise cabins. We need to talk about how we’ve screwed up and how we need to change what we’re doing wrong. We got lazy after we vanquished Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit and installed what has turned out to be the most conservative president since St. Ronald. We had the House, and we had the Senate, so we relaxed. Sure, we’ve gotten some great things done, but every step has been a battle thanks to the enraged Dems, their lying media pals, and that cheesy bunch of Never Trump weasels who are motivated by rage at how we dissed them and their Conservative, Inc., cronies. The enemy is creating a sense of permanent chaos, and they intend to present themselves as a return to normality. “Vote for us liberals and everything goes back to normal,” they’ll lie. They’ll actually amp up the insanity with impeachment shenanigans and obstruction, and they’ll probably bumble their way into provoking a short and hilarious civil war.

Quibble One: “Vote for us liberals and everything goes back to normal” is a…umm, LIE? No, actually, that sounds like nothing but the naked truth to me. The problem here is, what they think of as “normal” IS pretty much accepted as normal now: a hamfisted, incompetent, bloated, meddlesome, and tyrannical government; a moribund, zombified socialist economy unresponsive to any and all attempts at “fixing” it; the scorn and contempt of governments around the world as our “leaders” bumble their way into foreign policy disasters one right after another; traditional American values and institutions, the long-cherished pillars of our strength and prosperity, now in smoking ruins; our soldiers’ lifeblood spilled on ground not worth holding—half-heartedly fought, miserable little wars we don’t intend to win against enemies we’re too squeamish to name, in places where we have no discernible national interest, our soldiers crippled by ridiculous ROEs that render them little else but walking targets; yielding the leadership role to a morally bankrupt and wholly corrupt UN that regards us only as a cash cow and a source of blue-helmeted cannon fodder to be squandered pursuing unworthy objectives and enforcing unenforceable edicts—and a sense of doomed hopelessness about it all enervating the Normals, who are rightly disgusted by the whole dismal tarpit and despairing of finding a means to extricate ourselves from it.

Yep, that would be Progressivist “normal” all right, and has been our unpleasant reality for at least a decade if not longer. It is by no means any kind of lie to say a vote for them is a vote to go back to that. After all, the restoration of that dysfunctional, destructive order remains the only program they have on offer.

We have to stop them, but stopping them starts with us fixing what we’re doing wrong. We can only change ourselves, so we need to do that.

Not at all sure I’m down with that one either, but I’ll leave it for now and come back to it.

Yeah, I know the Trumpaphobic True Conservatives™ are desperately trying to regain their power and prestige after we rejected them along with the rest of the Jeb!-loving Establishment Fredocons who never managed to conserve anything except the cash they raked in falsely promising to fight fight fight. But we’re not talking about them now.

We’re talking about us now. Let’s talk about what we did wrong. Let’s talk about what we need to change, because if we don’t change The Swamp is going to swamp us. Our opponents are motivated. They are organizing. They are targeting the weakest Republicans, and in Virginia and Alabama they snatched seats we should have kept or taken.

Quibble Two: we didn’t have any real chance of taking anything in Virginia. As basically the physical home of the Deep State, it’s long been as blue as blue states come. The recent Democrat-Socialist win there shouldn’t have come as any surprise to anybody, and the prospects for “taking it back” (actually, converting it) aren’t going to be any too good for a long while yet, most likely. Ambitions are fine and all, but tempering them with a bit of hard-nosed realism is probably the wise course.

In Virginia, we had a huge, bloody primary fight that left the winner weak going into the general. Ed Gillespie is an Establishment meat puppet, but he would have been okay, and “okay” is better than any commie Dem. We need to pick our fights. Here’s a news flash – the most conservative candidate won’t win every time. We need to figure out who is the most conservative candidate who can win, and back him/her – that’s the old Buckley rule. The purge of the squishes must come later. We need raw numbers, and if that means accepting the occasional Susan Collins, fine. She’s the closest thing to a win in Maine, so accept that and move on.

Um. Okay, let’s call it Quibble Three: I agree that insistence on ideological purity is likely to prove self-defeating sure enough, but Collins is probably a lousy example of a reasonable, worthwhile compromise which demands anything more of us in the way of “support” than simple resignation to the world’s imperfect nature. Truth is, she can be relied upon to vote against anything remotely “conservative” way more often than not (her almost shocking vote for the tax reform bill notwithstanding), and that just ain’t good enough. Any compromise that requires backing her is going to end up costing way more than we’ll ever get back. It ain’t a “compromise” at all, really. It’s closer to a surrender. Losing her seat to a Democrat Socialist wouldn’t make a difference worth discussing; as a practical matter, it’s a de facto wash.

A better example of effective realpolitik would be, say, Rudy Giuliani. You won’t find any electable soul more conservative than him in NYC, and nobody should be wasting any time looking. He’s far, far preferable to nearly any other New Yorker you could name—even with his stated enthusiasm for “assault weapon” bans and other such tramplings of the 2A thrown into the mix. And since there’s no more prospect of New York’s suddenly going from blue to red (or even a light-ish purple) in the near future than there is in Virginia, Giuliani is definitely somebody I could imagine supporting, maybe even for Prez should Trump suddenly become unavailable or disinclined. A fair bit more than reluctantly, too. Again: onwards.

I get mad too. I’m furious with the Elderly Mutant Establishment Turtle. But I’m an adult, not a child, and sometimes I have to delay my unholy vengeance. We worry too much about purging our ranks and not enough about making sure we still have ranks to purge. Oh, the accounting shall come – we will have our revenge. But today we need to keep control of Capitol Hill so Donald Trump can keep packing the courts, gutting the bureaucracy, and winning the war against jihadi dirtbags.

We can wait to get even.

Exhibit A is Roy Moore. Face it – we screwed that up bad. He was a terrible candidate, and terrible candidates lose.

Let’s concede he was treated unfairly by the lying media. Gloria Allred and her scuzzy minions lied about him. Team McConnell spent a ton of much-needed money trying to force a GOPe stooge down Alabamians’ throats so The Tortoise wouldn’t have to deal with the uppity Mo Brooks. Maybe there was some voter fraud. All that’s irrelevant.

Quibble Four: no, it most certainly is NOT. Not when Moore’s loss is directly attributable to the Deep State GOPe’s treachery: his margin of defeat appears to have corresponded almost exactly to the write-in votes encouraged by the Vichy GOPe (caveat: there’s some reasonable dispute about this, and not all of those votes have been counted yet as far as I know).

I’m perfectly willing to countenance throwing some (tepid) support behind a squish here and there when it’s necessary, just as a matter of recognizing certain sad realities about where we are as a country. Not so for treacherous Deep State shitweasels like Yertle McTurtle or Jeff Flake—or, yes, Juanny Mav. They’ve put knives enough into our backs already, will never be anything other than what they are, and my concern over whether a Democrat Socialist might replace them or not couldn’t be discernible with an electron microscope. One more time: onwards.

We have a lot of Senate races coming up. I like some of the more conservative folks – Dr. Kelli Ward in Arizona, Austin Petersen in Missouri. But here’s the thing – if they, fairly or not, allow themselves to be marginalized such as they are less likely (to) win the general than their GOP primary opponents, I’ll toss them over. Nothing personal, just business.

Quibble Five: they most certainly WILL be marginalized, and it will NOT be fair. Anybody who considers regaining the Alabama seat a gimme, a sure thing, is kidding himself. The Left WILL pull out all the stops next time. They saw how well their smear campaign against Moore, bereft of a shred of credible evidence behind it, worked for them: the Vichy GOPe accepted their premise and stampeded from Moore as if he’d been a leper, just like they’ve always done, and led a lot of others over the cliff with them.

If McConnell hadn’t piled on Moore from the very start—which, of course he did, having been in on the scam from go—and had instead gotten behind him wholeheartedly, we wouldn’t be talking about any Senator Jones right now. As such, announcing your willingness to “toss them over” beforehand—i.e., preemptively agreeing to accept the premise of their smear campaign before they’ve even ginned it up—seems like a terrible, terrible mistake to me.

And yes, I do in fact see the irony in being annoyed with McYertle over his refusing to do the very same thing I’m jumping on Schlichter for suggesting. In my humble defense, the difference—slight though it may seem—is that McYertle’s refusal got us Jones in Alabama. Whereas, all we get from going along with Schlichter’s proposal is…McYertle. Who do you think will wind up doing more damage long-term? Jones is a pipsqueak who’s already backpedaling a bit on his hardcore Marxism and declared his willingness to cooperate to at least some small degree with Trump. McYertle has smugly sabotaged most of Trump’s legislative agenda, Obamacare reform among other things, his unexpected ramrodding of the Gorsuch appointment via the so-called “nuclear option” being a highly laudable exception.

I firmly believe that, instead of “cleaning our own house,” it’s both more productive and more vital to crush the Left, and keep right on crushing them. Any time spent on walking around the battlefield shooting our own wounded is time not spent taking the fight Leftwards, although it’s surely true that we’re going have to fight the Vichy GOPers as well sooner or later.

Rather than debating whether we ought to be lending any helping hands to affirmed Deep State tapeworms like McConnell, McStain, or Flake, we ought to be attacking the Left every chance we get, with everything we’ve got, until they’re down to stay. To recycle one of my favorite old metaphors: after we’ve severed the head, burned the corpse, scattered the ashes, and salted the ground under the Left there’ll be time enough to deal with the traitor scum in our own ranks.

But all of this kind of misses the real point anyway: it’s now bootless to talk about Republican this or Democrat that, liberal me or conservative you, as if any of those terms still had much in the way of either relevance or meaning. As my old friend Chris Pfouts used to like to say, it’s worse than a waste of time. The real distinction is to be made elsewhere now:

One of the telling aspects about the Trump phenomenon was just how over-the-top many of these first wave alt-media types were in their opposition to Trump. Guys like Erick Erickson and Glenn Beck were such rabid Trump haters, it was assumed they were being paid to do it. PJ Media had a gaggle of unhinged Trump haters on their site. Red State turned itself into such a clown show, they endorsed Hillary Clinton. The hipster conservatives of a decade ago were now the squares wagging their fingers at the kids.

There are a couple of lessons here for the people forging ahead with alt-tech as well as alt-media. One is that to be an alternative, to truly challenge the status quo, the nature of the alternative has to be incompatible with the nature of the orthodoxy. Otherwise, the big fish eat the little fish, so the little fish of alternative media get gobbled up. This is why Andrew Torba is adamant about his stance on terms of service. He has correctly discovered that to be a challenge to Twitter, Gab has to be a break from the orthodoxy.

That’s something the Left quickly understood in their march through the institutions. What was set up to keep the old WASP elite in power, could easily turn them into shaggier versions of the people they replaced. That and those institutions failed to defend the old guard against the radicals. The Left has systematically altered the institutions of American life to maintain their dominance. The Left did not just march through the institutions. They altered them, like a virus alters the host’s healthy cells to replicate itself.

That’s another lesson. The people in charge are well aware of how they gained their position. They are not about to make the same mistakes as their predecessors. When Siaka Stevens gained power in post-colonial Sierra Leone, one of the first things he did was destroy the rail line between Bo and Freetown. The reason is it crippled the economy of his primary political rivals. Even though it damaged the nation’s economy as a whole, what mattered to Stevens is it helped him stay in power. The Left thinks the same way.

What that means for alternative media and alternative tech is they have to remain independent and hostile to the orthodoxy. A guy like Richard Spencer, racing to be on liberal media when they call, is going to be destroyed eventually. He’s not as clever as he thinks and Lefty plays for keeps. The same holds for technology. Again, Gab is a good example of how to do it right. They are building their own financing mechanism so they don’t have to sell their souls to the Silicon Valley oligarchs.

Finally, the PJ Media experience says something else. Even as these first wave populist outlets were absorbed by the blob, the audience continued to grow. This is another lesson of history. Once people break free from the old intellectual and moral restraints, they don’t go back to the old ways. We are in the midst of an intellectual revolution, where the old modes of thought are challenged by new modes of thinking about politics, society and the human condition. Old media has the money, but new media has the numbers.

In the end, it is always about the numbers.

Which means Old Media won’t have the money a whole lot longer, either. Back to Schlichter:

The lessons are clear. We need to understand that our enemy is serious, motivated and intent on finding and exploiting the weaknesses in our candidates. We need to be ruthless in deciding who is most likely to win, even if it means backing someone who is 80% with us instead of 90%. It means being coldly rational instead of over-heatedly emotional.

We need to win the midterms next year. We need to get our heads right to do it. Yeah, our enemies are horrible and politics is unfair. Boo hoo. We can’t change that. The only thing we can change is ourselves, and we need to or we’ll get crushed.

I won’t argue with that too much, other than to note that the only real change we need to make is to realize fully how the ground has shifted under everyone’s feet. The Left has been thrown into confused despair by it—those among them who are even aware of it at all, that is, which would seem to be a pitiful minority—and is lashing out in every direction both futilely and hilariously. It’s Liberal Sideshow Bob in his field full of rakes; he can’t help stepping on one no matter which way he turns.

I can see Schlichter’s point, I guess, just a little bit. But in the final analysis, as Kurt himself said, it’s the rough equivalent of the old Buckley argument: we must support the most conservative candidate who can win. That proposition got us McCain; it got us Romney, and it would have gotten us Jeb if we had yielded to its temptation last time around. And it’s never gotten anybody a single damned thing else.

Which is all the more reason why we need to keep our focus on seeding that field with more rakes for Liberal Sideshow Bob, over and above any other consideration. It ain’t no time to be navel gazing, therefore I don’t see any pressing need to worry about throwing away any effort in the direction of propping up untrustworthy mountebanks like McYertle, Flake, or any other Deep State puke just because they ain’t Democrats. Not if it means loosening our strangling grip on Lefty’s throat before he’s well and truly out, I don’t.

It’s beginning to look now as if the most positive thing likely to come out of any of this might be the final destruction of the Republican Party, with its Statist charlatans and con-men shuffling on off to the Democrat Socialists where they belong, and the rest of them joining the rest of us in inaugurating a real opposition party at last. That redrawing of the battle lines into something more accurately representing the situation as it actually exists would be welcome indeed as far as I’m concerned.

The creation of the Republican Party and its relatively rapid emergence as a viable alternative during the turmoil of the pre-Civil War period seems to me to be worthy of consideration here. Would anybody want to argue that the times we’re now living in are very much less turbulent, the struggle less existential, the stakes less consequential? Could be it’s another of those ideas whose time has finally come, as I always say. It’s a cinch that Republican perfidy and overall uselessness has made it a whole lot more likely.

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More on Moore

Coulda appended this to the earlier post, but that one was already long enough, and it’s Steyn, so you know I’ll be excerpting the living hell out of it, taxing poor old “fair use” to within an inch of its life.

Back then, there were lots of 32-year-old men chasing 19-year-old girls – the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, to cite only the most obvious example. It was a common plot in big worldwide hits: When the Oscar-winning Best Picture An American in Paris was shot, Leslie Caron was 19, and Gene Kelly was pushing 40; when the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady opened, Julie Andrews was 19, and Rex Harrison was pushing 50. You can’t find a single contemporary review of either that so much as notices the age difference. My old friend Alan Jay Lerner authored both scripts and won Oscars and Tonys respectively, and, as a practical matter, it was the only plot he knew how to write: My Fair Lady (1956) – older, sophisticated, mature bachelor takes young unformed girl in hand and moulds her; Gigi (1958) – older, sophisticated, mature bachelor takes young unformed girl, etc, etc; Lolita, My Love (1971) – older, sophisticated mature, etc, etc, etc …ah, but that was one reprise too many of “Thank Heaven for Little Girls”.

As Alabama’s most eligible bachelor, Roy Moore liked nubile young women, and nubile means “marriageable” (from the Latin, nubilis). Indeed, he eventually married one of them – the aforementioned client of barristerial Jewry. Today, in the western world, nubile girls are no longer regarded as marriageable: They’re supposed to go to college and think about settling down and having one yuppie designer kid when they’re 39. I see I’m in danger of connecting Roy Moore to my big-picture demographic thesis, so let me just note that the chattering classes’ conviction that dating teenage girls makes one a paedo doesn’t seem to extend to the expanding cohort of Muslim politicians: David Cameron’s Islamic poster-gal Baroness Warsi was married at 19 to her Pakistani cousin.

Strictly on the merits, the original Washington Post story would have been better solely focused on the fourteen-year-old accuser, but they – and much of the coastal commentariat – couldn’t resist what the locals evidently discerned as a not so subtle dig at Alabama mores more generally. Unfortunately for him, Moore lacks the nimbleness of Donald Trump, who can skip through fields of lethal mines like a frog skimming lily pads without a care in the world. For all the talk of the new populism, it’s worth remembering that the Trump of 2015 is not of general application: he was a unique combination of brilliant instinct, low cunning, and a celebrity status that made him all but indestructible to the usual cannily timed “dirty tricks” – which is what the Moore story, like the Billy Bush tape, was.

Nonetheless, Moore lost narrowly enough to suggest that it wasn’t the accusations that did him in. He could have survived those, just about. What killed him was that he was running against both the Democrats and the Republicans – including Alabama’s own senior senator, Richard Shelby. (Trump post-Billy Bush was in a similar position, as the likes of Paul Ryan, Kelly Ayotte, etc, stampeded to distance themselves.) But Roy Moore was the nominee only because the smart guys over-invested in Luther Strange (just as in 2015 they over-invested in Jeb Bush).

And they’re still pissed off about that, too, and intend to have their revenge. Moore was but a down-payment on it, and now that they see how well their smear campaign worked out, the already-slim chance of Trump getting much of his agenda past them just dropped to near zero.

But don’t worry, say the usual geniuses: Doug Jones is just this season’s Scott Brown. As Massachusetts did with Elizabeth Warren, Alabama will return to the natural order of things in 2020. Well, maybe. But, as we’ve just seen, the one thing you can take to the bank is the Stupid Party’s unerring knack to out-stupid themselves. In the meantime, a Congressional majority already vulnerable to the monstrous egos of John McCain, Susan Collins et al just got shaved to a micro-sliver: Mike Pence is going to be spending a lot of time at the Senate casting the deciding vote – assuming, that is, McConnell has any legislation he can actually get to the floor.

Assuming he even WANTS to, more like.

A final thought on Moore: Yes, he’s a kook, and an insufficiently nimble one to dodge the incoming schoolgirls. But as I wrote three months ago:

Whatever one feels about Roy Moore, he’s principled enough to be willing to lose his job over the Ten Commandments and same-sex marriage. That’s unusual in American politics.

I’ll say. Listening to Doug Jones’ victory speech, I found my heart sinking under the weight of all the usual tinny boilerplate, culminating inevitably in that most exhausted invocation of Martin Luther King and the arc of the moral universe bending toward justice, which was in fact formulated not by King but by the 19th-century abolitionist Theodore Parker. But Obama had it sewn on an Oval Office rug and no Dem is gonna argue with that. Jones seemed the very epitome of the hollow men of the professional political class. He’ll fit right in.

By contrast, Moore may be a kook, but he’s authentic. Listening to the outrage he’s able to provoke merely by sounding like Jesse Helms’ simpleton brother, I found myself pondering how far the GOP has gone in a generation – to the point where Moore is getting berated by Republicans for being insufficiently keen on gay sex. That’s all very well, but it does rather give the impression that the GOP is merely the Democrats a couple of electoral cycles down the road, and that circa 2025 some Dixie troglodyte will be getting slapped around by the right-wing punditry for objecting to transgendered chiefs of staff or whatever.

Let ’em go right ahead; they’ve long been quite comfortable with their role as surreptitious background aides to the Democrat Socialists, and that they can remain for all me. It was still kind of shocking to me to see them actually gloating openly over a fucking defeat, but it really shouldn’t have been. Nice thing is, their having come out into the open so brazenly can only be a good thing. Such exposure of their core treachery will surely drive more people away from their worthless party, thereby hastening its overdue demise.

For myself, I said a long time ago that I was all done with the Repukes, and other than Trump, I still very much mean it. They are and will remain dead to me, along with the whole passel of UniTard cucks at NRO, Bill Kristol, and the rest of the sorry-ass lot of them (confession: I made the mistake of looking in on the Corner today just out of curiosity, to my immediate regret; it’s a mistake I ain’t likely to be making again). With this nasty business, we’re back to the old anti-GOP war-cry: Burn. It. Down.

And fast, too. The sooner the Repuke Swamp frauds are forced to reveal themselves fully and just merge outright with the Democrat Socialists, the sooner the rest of us can get a true opposition party established, and perhaps make a start on reining in their beloved Deep State at last. I can’t say I consider it at all likely, but it would be wonderful and inspiring if Trump decided to run for re-election as a third-party candidate; he’s probably the right guy for that job too, and it ain’t as if he has to take the Repukes fighting against his agenda into consideration, since they’re already doing that anyway.

Go for it, Mr President. As a friend of mine says, you gotta cut the grass to see the snakes.

Update! Why yes, they do hate you this much.

When Moore unexpectedly defeated the vanilla Alabama Republican Establishment candidate, Luther Strange, McConnell and the GOP elite were put on notice. They threw everything they could at Moore. It was Mitch McConnell and the Republican elite who first put the media on to these unsubstantiated rumors about Roy Moore—just as it was the Republican Establishment that put the FBI and media onto the fictitious Trump-Russia “collusion” dossier in the summer of 2016. These Republican “leaders” will brook no compromise with their own base if it means empowering people who might threaten their little fiefdoms in Washington, D.C.

The entire Alabama special election was a case study in how the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Partyhates the average American. The GOPe understands that any Republican candidate will win Alabama when the senate seat is yet again up-for-grabs. But very few Republican candidates will actually fight to protect the middle class and against their donor interests as Moore would have done. This is the true reason they are happy to be rid of him. The GOPe is firmly in the hands of their corporate masters, which is why they fought so vociferously to get a Democrat elected in Alabama. This was about defeating you first, so that they can put their preferred Republican globalist candidate in office at the next election.

Still don’t believe the bipartisan fusion party hates you? Listen to Doug Jones’ acceptance speech. While celebrating his victory last night, Jones made the dubious claim that his election represented a historical fork-in-the-road for Alabama. Finally, according to Jones, Alabama had taken the correct turn at this fork by electing him, because so often Alabamians had taken the wrong path. They can rest easy, I suppose, knowing that now they have Doug Jones there to tell them all about their wrong choices. Here we have an elected official describing the way in which the state that just elected him is an embarrassment to him. Why, we haven’t experienced a Democratic leader who hates his own population this much since…well,  since the Obama Administration!

And what can the overwhelmingly Republican voters of Alabama expect? An ungodly assault on children, as Jones supports the most aggressive pro-abortion policies. They can also anticipate a complete stall in Trump’s governing agenda, as the Republican majority in the Senate is narrowed to just one seat. Alabama voters essentially will get two years of everything they’ve always disagreed with. But, hey you’ve squelched a sexual predator (or did you?)! Everyone should feel good about Doug Jones’ victory last night. Chuck Schumer certainly does. So, too, does the mainstream media. Hell, even Mitch McConnell is happy. If that doesn’t show you how dangerous the Establishment is, I don’t know what will.

It also shows us that, though staggered by the unexpected roundhouse punch of Trump’s election, they’re still on their feet. They aren’t quite done yet, and will NOT be going gently into that good night. A mere TKO won’t suffice; they’ll have to be knocked OUT, flat on their backs on the canvas showing nary a twitch of movement, and a full ten-count issued.

Their revolting display today illustrates why I’ve said for a goodish while that I consider the Repukes to be even more despicable than the Democrat Socialists. The DS’s are now pretty much up-front about their Marxist fervor for wrapping the tentacles of government around every facet of American life, never to be removed or loosened. The Repukes, on the other hand, still hope to deceive with a lot of fraudulent blah blah blah about their desire to limit government, cut spending, and so on, not one word of which they have any intention whatsoever of delivering on.

No, they like their Deep State, their DC Swamp, just fine, thanks. And they absolutely will not countenance any sincere attempt at dismantling or draining it without a fight. Make no mistake, people: they’ll do battle against us one hell of a lot harder than they ever will their Uniparty comrades and co-conspirators, the Democrat Socialists. After all, that’s a fight their hearts are truly IN.

Lots of folks, even some otherwise well-meaning ones, are piling on Bannon right now over his choice to pick a fight with swamp-snake McConnell, and announcing it in broad daylight. But it was the right choice, and the right fight. His only error was in believing that McConnell was weaker than he actually is. Like any other vampire, Yertle McTurtle has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, plenty of power left and decades of DC career-politician experience to ensure he deftly wields it. It’s going to require one heck of a struggle before he finally goes down for good.

A mere stake in the heart ain’t gonna do it, see. You gotta lop off the head too, then burn the corpse and scatter the ashes. It’s the only way to be sure.

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Uniparty, cucks (BIRM) win big!

And they’re pissing themselves with joy over it.

Several establishment Republicans cheered as the Alabama Senate Republican candidate Judge Roy Moore lost to his Democratic opponent Doug Jones.

Here are some of the establishment Republicans who praised Roy Moore’s loss in the Alabama Senate race on Tuesday:

National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman Cory Gardner (R-CO) said in a statement, “Tonight’s results are clear – the people of Alabama deemed Roy Moore unfit to serve in the U.S. Senate. I hope Senator-elect Doug Jones will do the right thing and truly represent Alabama by choosing to vote with the Senate Republican Majority.”

Republicans lost another lawmaker in their slim majority in the Senate. Now the GOP only controls 51 seats in the upper chamber of Congress.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who donated $100 to Doug Jones’ campaign, tweeted on Tuesday, “Decency wins.”

The Mitch McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund cheered Moore’s loss in a statement, saying, “This is a brutal reminder that candidate quality matters regardless of where you are running. Not only did Steve Bannon cost us a critical Senate seat in one of the most Republican states in the country, but he also dragged the President of the United States into his fiasco.”

There’s more, all of it wretched and disgusting. My thought, though, is this: maybe the proper response is to keep right on giving the Republicrats what they seem to want most, by either staying the hell home or voting for Democrats in every election. Hey, it’s really the only way to promote those Real True Conservative Values™ you so cherish, right, cucks?

Oh, and make no mistake, this WAS a “victory” for the Unitards and their campaign against Moore Trump:

The race came so close, write-in ballots could have decided Jones’ victory. Jones won with 49.9 percent of the vote, 671,151 votes. Moore still took 48.4 percent of the vote, 650,436 votes. A full 22,819 votes went to write-in candidates. It may be unreasonable to suggest every write-in voter might have pulled the lever for Moore, but if they had, the Republican would have won.

And let’s see, who was it again that suggested Real True Conservatives™ resort to a futile write-in attempt? Why, the bugmen, that’s who:

The trouble is there has never been a more stark choice for conservative voters. Roy Moore is staunchly pro-life, while Doug Jones wants to put abortion mills in the nation’s grammar schools. Moore is an immigration patriot, while Jones is an open borders absolutist. Moore is a social conservative, while Jones embraces the Progressive social agenda. Of course, the big issue is that Moore will be a reliable vote for Trump’s judicial nominees, while Jones will be another vote against anyone to the right of Chuck Schumer.

This glaringly obvious set of facts presents a problem when trying to convince conservatives to not vote for Moore. The first card played by the bugmen is always to dismiss the target as unqualified. That was the game they played with Trump, dismissing him as a reality TV star. In the case of Roy Moore, they keep insisting that he has wacky ideas about the law and government. Unsurprisingly, that’s the first point in that French column. David French is not clever enough to be anything but ham-handed in his work.

If they cannot use their claims to authority as a means to dismiss the target, they resort to character assassination. This was the tactic they tried on Trump, by trying to paint him as a sexual predator and abuser of women. Somewhat comically, the bugmen played this card on Moore, planting absurd stories about him from 40 years ago. Bugmen lack a spine, as well as a soul, so they just assume everyone is as weak-willed as they are, when it comes to standing up to pressure. They always get this wrong.

In the end, the only thing left for these guys is to lie, and that is the one thing that comes naturally to them. Somewhat amusingly, French finishes his column with:

Anyone who tells you that your choice is limited to pro-abortion Doug Jones or an incompetent, unfit apparent child abuser like Roy Moore is simply lying to you. If you are a faithful conservative, you can write in a different name or stay home. You can reject the choice served up by the plurality of Alabama GOP primary voters and simply say, “If you want my vote, you have to do better.”

Gee, funny how I don’t remember these useless, fork-tongued cucks making any such assertion when they were attempting to cram McStain or Romney down our throats only a few years back. Oh well, onwards:

Elections in America are almost always binary choices. This election is a binary choice between the Democrat and the Republican. If conservatives listen to the bugmen and stay home, Jones will win. That’s how it works. The inescapable logic of French’s argument is that he wants Jones to win. He lacks the guts to say it, but that’s what he is doing. The whole point of his effort against Moore, and the work of other bugmen his handlers have deployed, is to damage Moore so that Jones is able to win the election.

That’s the irony of these efforts. Conservatism is, if nothing else, a practical acceptance of the world as it is. The choice in an election is between two less than ideal options. If there is ever a time when you have the perfect candidate in a race, it means you are dead and are in heaven, where you get to vote for Jesus Christ. On this earth, the choice is always between two flawed men. French’s argument, in addition to being childish and stupid, is the exact opposite of the conservative position with regards to political choices.

Moral nullities like French like to bang on about their principles. He has the habit of posting pictures of himself from when he was a rear echelon guy in Iraq. It’s a cheap tactic he learned from John McCain. He’s the type of guy Ralph Waldo Emerson had in mind when he wrote, “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” That’s because the talk of principles from bugmen like French is just another tool of the trade. His job is (to) promote the interests of his masters. That’s the life of every soulless bugman.

Indeed it is. Incredibly enough, perennial losers like French—flush with this “victory” and made cocky by the back-to-the-future renewal of their Washington Generals relationship with the Democrat Socialist Globetrotters—are now puffing out their sunken chests (covered in ribbons and medals from their heroic REMF JAG-lawyer service in Bumfuckistan, where on a clear day they could almost hear the bullets flying at better men than they) and proudly declaring their intention to “retake” the Senate seat in 2020 with a Real True Conservative™ candidate, someone much more amenable to pretending to “fight back” against the Democrat Socialists while nobly losing every battle. Because Principles, you guys.

Unfortunately for them, their next chosen Potemkin warrior will assuredly be smeared the same way Moore was, leaving the bugmen slackjawed, confused, and helpless to respond. This flummoxed condition will hold indefinitely, at least until the rest of us are finally forced to admit that real change is unachievable under our squalid and corrupt system until a viable third party is established, thereby creating an effective work-around nullifying future bugman skullduggery.

Unfortunately for the rest of us, it’s far more likely that we’ll see Civil War v2.0 first, which has now been made almost inevitable by yesterday’s demonstration that there is no voting our way out of this mess. Thankfully, the bloodbath will probably have the effect of washing the DC gutters clean of said corruption and squalor, if nothing else. And then along will come the ever-reliable David French and his Shitweasel Squad or their successors, to consolidate another Pyrrhic “victory” by bravely shooting the wounded.

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Trump at war

As are we all.

Steve Bannon: This is a war. This is a war for our country. This country, we’ve been in this war for a while. It’s going to take another 15, 20, 25 years and we’re going to be one thing or the other on the other side of this. We’re either going to be the country that was bequeathed to us by the 14 or 15 generations that came before us, or it’s going to be something radically different.

What do you think was the specific messaging that drove those low propensity voters to actually, at the end of the day, pull the trigger for Trump?

Pat Caddell: Yeah, as I said, my question all along had been whether those voters would respond.  Alienation can often make people depressed and not participate. What did it, I think, is if you look at the last 8 to 10 days of Trump’s message, where he said, “This isn’t about me and Hillary. This is about you and them.”  Essentially a campaign that said your country is going to hell. You have to do something. And whether it was on immigration, which was a big issue, trade, where the country had taken a huge leap, or basically the idea, which I think was the most powerful of all, of “drain the swamp” and the corruption. Enough people felt that they, with good reason, would want a change, and they took the biggest gamble in history.

By every other measure we have had, this never should have happened. But the reason it did is because the country has never been where we are except twice before. I believe in the 1820s and the Civil War – well three times – and the Great Depression.  And what we have is a new paradigm in politics. This isn’t the traditional Democrat/Republican, Liberal and Conservative. This is inside, outside, us, them and the question of who’s country it is, and I have said to Steve the other day, and I’ll end on this note: At the heart of it is a perception. The subtext is that they know that their leaders are trying to manage the decline of America.

Steve Bannon: No, the issue of the polling and the analytical work, which was so thorough — this is not some slapdash poll like is done all the time. This was really deep analytical work. The question that the American people answered — 75 percent of your countrymen think America’s in decline. And what they understand is the country is in decline, right?  Particularly vis-à-vis the rest of the world. And that’s what the elites, that was the whole contrast in the campaign. Hillary Clinton and the Republican elites are very comfortable managing that decline.

Pat Caddell: Yes, they believe their destiny, I think, is to make sure it’s soft, we’ll be like the British. I have news for them: this election in 2016 and the ones that are coming are really about the fact that this country will not go gently into that good night of decline. They will rage, rage against the dying of the light.

We can only hope that there are enough stout American souls left among ‘us to stem the dismal tide. I especially like this part:

Pat Caddell: The issue is the country. It’s not which party. It’s going to be who owns the country, them or you. And the question is is America going to go into general night of decline or are we going to turn things around for our children and grandchildren. These are great moral questions.  And that is the new battleground that needs to be fought. And let me just say something. The media. The press, which was you could argue is adversarial, but what we have is not adversarial. We have a partisan opposition press which works hand in glove with the Democrats, which is the most corrupt media, and which, by the way, as a believer in the First Amendment, totally threatens the First Amendment, because as I have tried to say to people, when they figure out, which they have, that they can not only tell you who you must vote for, but they can tell you what truth you’re allowed to know or not to know, as we have seen in all of this other stuff with Russia, all of the stuff with the Clinton Foundation, all these things. The real question becomes why do we need a First Amendment if they’re not going to do their job, which is to be the tribune of the people and instead become the outriders of one political movement or another.

Steve Bannon: See, I look at it differently than Pat. I like having the media as the opposition party because they’re so dumb and lazy. I detest them. I detest them. Dumb, lazy, worthless. A great opponent. One last thing, we’ve got to wrap up here, is that it’s about the President. It’s about Donald J. Trump. Look, I got the great opportunity. I’ve known him for years, but I didn’t know him that well until I got into the campaign. I saw it every day. Here’s a guy, everything you see in the mainstream media is basically nonsense. Here’s a guy that was worth, I don’t know, five, six, seven, eight billion dollars. I don’t know the exact number, but a lot of money. He was 70 years old. He has a lovely wife, a great family, great kids, grandchildren. The friends he’s got from the sports and entertainment world and the business world are so close to him and such great people. He just had a perfect lifestyle. I mean here’s a guy at 70 years old that’s going around not just buying great hotels and refurbishing them and making them part of his Trump organization, but buying great golf courses and making them better and getting them in the U.S. Open or the Open Championship. It’s the kind of thing you would do, all of us would do when we’re 70 years old.  He ran for President of the United States. He’s not a narcissist and not in it for his ego or anything like that. You couldn’t do it for that. I saw this guy every day on the politics of personal destruction where they came after him hammer and tong. And you guys only saw a tenth of it. If you saw the other 90 percent, you’d just be stunned. These people know no bounds. I don’t really disagree with it because I see what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to take control of the most powerful nation on earth, and they’re prepared to do anything to do that.

Donald Trump is an American hero because he had the courage to step up and run. In that primary, if you think about it, with Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and Christie, go through all of them, 16. That was the Republican Party’s an entire generation of their best politicians that have been kind of bred for 10, 20, 30 years. And as good as those gentlemen are and Carly Fiorina, there’s not one, or even combined could they have taken on the Clinton apparatus. The Clinton apparatus is a killing machine, and it took somebody like Donald Trump, a blunt-force instrument, to defeat it.

Bang ON. You’ll want to read all of this one, gang; it’s just slap full of good, fascinating stuff. It’s a pity Bannon isn’t still working directly for Trump; this is a guy who truly gets it, with insight more penetrating than just about anybody else, and ingenuity and aplomb enough to have pulled together a cohesive, long-term vision for how to straighten out the mess fifty or sixty years of Progressivist misrule has wrought. Both Bannon and Caddell have some pretty choice things to say about Her Herness that you’ll get a solid giggle out of, too.

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Playing rough

This. This right here, dammit.

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.” Here’s my answer:

We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain? We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.

This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party. I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks. I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent. Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

I’d say “articulate” is off, as is made apparent by any of the multiple YouTube clips of the hilarious stuttering clusterfuck that ensues every time his Teleprompter crashes on him. His reputation as a “great orator” was never anything more than a useful deceit perpetrated and maintained by his Praetorian Media props, and one look at those YouTube vids establish him beyond debate as nothing more than a bumbling, witless boob in far over his head, that frightened deer-in-the-headlights stare washing over his face and the “Uh, uh, uh, uh, ah, um, uh”s piling up faster and higher.

“Polished,” I’ll grant; his handlers buffed him to a fine chamois as an essential element of the whole con—which, given his prickly, unjustified arrogance and inexplicable egomania, must have been a mighty tough job indeed, one that even Mike Rowe would find too odious to accept. But the most apt descriptors of him are the ones I’ve always used: cunning, oleaginous, sneaky, and slick. Anyway, onwards.

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming. Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

Great stuff—GREAT fucking stuff—from a guy who clearly Gets It. And incredible as it may seem, it just gets better from there. Read every deliciously satisfying word of it.

This brilliant, incandescent rip was posted by Evan Sayet, who I have to admit to being not too familiar with. But I’m fully “woke” to him now, and I’ll sure be keeping a sharper lookout for his work from here on out.

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The Neocon Follies

Not nearly as good as vaudeville when it comes to pure entertainment value. But they do have their moments.

Jonah Goldberg has been a particularly oleaginous Trump hater. Back in the primary, his game was to play the guilt by association gag on the NRO blog. For instance, when NeverTrump loons claimed David Duke was a Trumper, Goldberg made the claim that Trump’s dismissal of it was proof he was in the KKK. It’s the oldest Leftist ploy. One Prog lies and the other swears to it. That’s because the Progressive mind sees no clear line between the truth and a lie. One is as good as the other, as long as it furthers the cause.

You see that with this post from Jonah Goldberg at National Review. Ostensibly it is a post about sexual misconduct. In reality, it is a game of moral equivalence so he can denounce Roy Moore, a proxy for Trump.

Whenever popular passion swamps politics, true-believing zealots and opportunistic demagogues will exploit that passion. The zealots will overreach. The demagogues will demagogue — using a good cause to destroy political enemies and defend unworthy allies. Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is credibly accused by nine women of preying on teenagers, one as young as 14. Harvey Weinstein is credibly accused by at least 50 women of a long list of offenses, including rape. Democratic senator Al Franken has been accused by two women of inappropriate advances or groping.

Notice the slight of hand. Calling the Moore accusers credible is what people in the business call a lie. The best you can say about some of them is they are not obviously insane. The worst you can say about Moore, is he wanted a young wife forty years ago when he was still a relatively young man. Franken and Weinstein, in contrast, are admitted degenerates. There is a mountain of corroborating evidence to support the claims against them. Goldberg knows this, but he lies anyway, because that serves the cause.

That’s the thing to keep in mind with the neocons. Neoconservatism was never a right-wing phenomenon. It was a Progressive heresy, and only a very narrow one. Their dispute with the Progressives was never over ideology. It was over tactics. The neocons wanted to aggressively wage jihad against the Soviets. After the Cold War, they wanted to use the American Empire to make the world safe for global Jewry. Otherwise, they were perfectly fine with the Progressive social project, as long as it did not harm the war effort.

Hence the immediate adoption of the “repeal AND REPLACE” subterfuge, instead of just “repeal,” which would have been the correct conservative position. Not that these clowns ever had any intention of actually doing either, as is now all too apparent.

Actually, many of the neocons WERE Progressivists, for many years, although it wouldn’t necessarily be accurate to say of Goldberg himself. These specimens of the breed were libs who were frightened half out of their notional wits by 9/11, and needed some way to embrace the wholly unfamiliar and uncomfortable idea of America fighting a “good war,” which is what Afghanistan was to them (Iraq, not so much). Then, once they felt all safe and protected and cozy again, many of them reverted back to their old liberalism, although some still do refer to themselves as “conservatives” for whatever reason. See: Rubin, Jennifer for a prime example.

The funny thing about this is many neocons over the years have made this argument about Progressives. Jonah Goldberg was fond of pointing out that the Left was an ends justifies the means ideology, while the Right was a means justifies the end ideology. That was just another lie to further the cause. When the game is to trade away the culture for a free hand in foreign affairs, they needed a way to explain away their failure to conserve anything on the domestic front. Principled failure was the answer.

The truth is, conservatism is the rejection of ideology, and therefore a rejection of both sides of the neocon coin. Roy Moore, like Donald Trump, is no one on the Right’s idea of the perfect candidate. There is no such thing. Moore serves a purpose, faults and all, that no other candidate serves. He’ll vote the right way on the important issues. The same is true of Trump. He can be vexing, but he has a knack for finding the best answer when it matters the most. That’s conservatism. Muddling through from one thing to the next.

Hmm. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think ZMan may have just reclaimed the term “conservatism” there, and made it something other than an embarrassment again.

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Crunch time

The Moore business might end up being more important than we think.

This may be the last chance for the GOP. If they don’t pass a meaningful tax cut by Christmas, it’s on to campaign season. Legislation will cease. They can run on their lack of accomplishment and squandered opportunities. How will that play with the GOP electorate?

Republican voters are likely to stay home next November. They won’t vote for Democrats, but instead will throw up their hands in exasperation. Why bother voting for a party that accomplishes nothing, despite all their promises and big talk?

How easy it would have been for Republicans to repeal Obamacare, cut taxes and build the wall. They would have controlled Congress for a generation. Leaving the Democrats wandering in the wilderness. A lost opportunity for the GOP.

A refused opportunity by the GOP—one they’d rather reject than see business-as-usual disrupted by organic, voter-driven change they’re not themselves in charge of.

Elections have consequences. Suppose the House flips to Democrat control? If it does, you can bet that they will vote to impeach President Trump on day one. Articles of impeachment, however nonsensical, have already been drawn up.

Unlike the Republicans who promised to repeal Obamacare on day one, the Democrats won’t dither. This will be a campaign promise the Democrats will honor. Before the end of January 2018, the Senate will be gearing up for an impeachment trial.

Will the Senate flip? Less likely but every seat counts, even in Alabama.

Two-thirds of the Senate must convict and remove a president. Which is why every vote matters. Even Roy Moore’s. It’s not inconceivable to find 15-20 NeverTrump GOP Senators voting to remove Trump from the White House. McCain, if healthy enough, would vote that way. Moore would not. His current electoral opponent Doug Jones undoubtedly would.

The Senate trial would drag on, much like the Robert Mueller Russia collusion investigation, casting a cloud over the White House and any Trump initiatives.

Even if not removed from office, Trump’s term would effectively be over. Judicial appointments, especially to the Supreme Court would be held up under the premise that a president who may soon be removed from office shouldn’t be making lifetime appointments to the bench. Same with any significant legislation. Trump would be placed in a box that even his force of personality couldn’t overcome.

Could an impeached President Trump win a second term? Would he even try? Why would he bother? Who follows Trump? Third time’s the charm for Hillary? Handsy Joe Biden? Al Franken, if he skates on his predatory activities as Bill Clinton did? Pocahontas Warren?

This is make or break time for the GOP. Can they get their act together and get something done after a year of shooting blanks? Will the GOP work to defeat Roy Moore over 40-year-old dodgy allegations? Giving another Senate seat to the Democrats?

Is this how the GOP wants things to play out? Incompetence or deliberate? If tax cuts crash and burn like everything else this year, I will conclude that this is deliberate. It’s not hard to figure out.

No, it really isn’t. The big question here is whether the Vichy GOPers are smart enough to see how seriously their treachery will harm not just Trump but themselves too, and how much keeping DC business as usual staggering along for just a little bit longer is going to wind up costing them in the long run—and whether their instinct for self-preservation is strong enough to drive them to reverse course, stop misleading us about their intentions, and start doing what they were sent to Mordor on the Potomac to do: corral government back inside its proper Constitutional boundaries; restrain its intrusion into our lives and on our liberties; start untangling the Sargasso of burdensome regulation that strangles economic growth; cut taxes and rein in the IRS; make a start on reducing the size, scope, and power of the bloated federal bureaucracy; repeal Obamacare and undo the general destruction Obama wrought; build the damned wall and get immigration under control. In short, to begin working to thwart and defeat the Democrat Socialists, rather than cooperating and colluding with them.

As the man says, if they’d only do this, they’d control Congress for…hell, way longer than just a generation, is my guess. Yes, it would make them unpopular with the liberal media, who will do their dirty damnedest to trash them for their sudden about-face to honest, effectual opposition—and so what? They are and do already, and always will, unless and until Republicrats just abandon all pretense and embrace socialism full-throatedly. Hostility to conservatives is a permanent state of affairs with the media; it’s their default position, and it would never even occur to them to question it.

But unpopularity with the liberal press is hardly a disqualifier for conservative electoral success nowadays; it certainly isn’t among their supposed base. Quite the opposite, really, and Republicans needn’t concern themselves overmuch—or at all—with it. The press still dreams of holding onto their accustomed sway as gatekeepers to power without even realizing the rest of the fence has collapsed into ruin all around them, kicked into flinders by a dispersed, ungovernable, and effective New Media which is augmented by the people’s contemptuous distrust of the old guard, and which is immune to the liberal media’s influence, uninterested in their approval, and reliant on neither their permission nor their help.

In truth, Establishment Media’s approval of any purported “conservative” candidate (not that it would ever happen) would amount to a kiss of death for many of us, their condemnation a de facto endorsement, if not an actual prerequisite for our support. Moore himself just might be Exhibit A in support of that proposition:

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Judge Roy Moore, the conservative GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, maintains a solid lead over Democrat Doug Jones, a new poll obtained exclusively by Breitbart News shows.

The poll from WT&S Consulting of 11,641 likely voters conducted from November 18 to November 20, with a margin of error of 1.2 percent, has Moore at 46.4 percent—towering six points over Jones, who is stuck down at 40.5 percent—while 13.1 percent are undecided.

The survey includes 60.9 percent Republicans and 39.1 percent Democrats—approximately the margins by which President Donald Trump defeated failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton in Alabama.

“This survey shows Roy Moore tracking down slightly since the allegations were released by the Washington Post but still holding a 5.9 percent lead,” pollster John Wahl told Breitbart News.

Well, well, well. It begins to look as if the full-court Democrat Socialist/Vichy GOPe double-teaming of Moore might not be working out quite as expected. If he wins despite their skullduggery, it would be as resounding and obvious a repudiation of the status-quo Ruling Class swine of both Uniparty wings as one could wish—one that the Republicrats in particular would almost be forced to finally heed, and which would transform a potentially damaging problem into a golden opportunity. All of which would be a consummation most devoutly to be wished indeed.

Establishment GOPers—those who aren’t too deeply immersed in the McConnell sewer, at least—would do themselves a real favor by: abandoning their oh-so-moral preening; rediscovering a healthy skepticism about a bunch of dicy allegations from 40 years ago that can never be proven now anyway; re-learn the once-sacred principle of innocent until proven guilty; taking cheerleading for suspect allegations and demands to enforce a double standard from media figures and political hacks with far less than saintly motives for the cynical manipulation they are; publicly granting one of their own party’s candidates the benefit of the doubt for a change and offering him some support until his guilt is established by something more solid than innuendo; and above all, swallowing their self-righteous, prissy outrage over Trump and their butthurt over the Outsider Electorate’s defiant refusal to humbly choke down one of their chosen Sixteen Dwarves in the primaries last year and making the most of a real win for once, instead of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory via snooty dismissal of the author and agents of it.

Which, y’know, is what’s really keeping this shit-show rolling.

The party wagons seem always to circle to the Left; they always protect their own, no matter how appalling the transgression or how obnoxious the insincerity of the contrition expressed by the transgressor when he finally realizes he’s well and truly cornered. There’s no reason those wagons either couldn’t or shouldn’t circle Right now and then too. This would seem to be a good time for breaking out of the old rut, being that it’s probably the GOP’s last chance for avoiding a descent into the depths of futility and irrelevance from which they will never resurface. We’ll shortly see for ourselves whether they’ve learned anything at long last.

(Via Bill)

Gotta love it update! Another poll via Bill showing Moore’s lead holding at six. The Establishment rats have got to be just about literally shitting themselves at this point. For those fastidious few NeverTrump holdouts who are still complaining about what a deplorable, awful, icky year 2016 was: just what is it about this long-overdue comeuppance for the long-entrenched Powers That Be that you find yourselves unable to derive at least some enjoyment from?

Plainspoken update! Trump tells it like it is:

“I can tell you one thing for sure. We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” Trump said in brief comments to reporters. “Jones, I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on the military.”

Trump insisted, “I can tell you for a fact, we don’t need somebody that is going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the Second Amendment.”

Which reminds me of one of the most ubiquitous and tiresome of liberal tics when promoting the “reasonable, common-sense” gun-grabber agenda, which Jones just trotted out yet again:

According to the Alabama Political Reporter, Jones described himself as “a Second Amendment guy,” but stressed that some gun control is necessary. He said, “We’ve got limitations on all constitutional amendments in one form or another.” This position is contrary to the clear language of the amendment, which states that the right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”

He stressed that he loves to hunt but still believes in “smart” gun laws.

A “Second Amendment guy,” is it? Gimme a break, fuckface; the idea that you think we’re stupid enough to swallow that crap is an insult all by itself, and you shouldn’t oughta be shoveling it. Any fool trusting the likes of you to honor or safeguard his right to anything at all deserves the grievous bodily buggering he’s going to end up getting.

Do note the part I bolded, however: they ALL do this, every last one of ’em, and we all know good and well it’s nothing but a bullshit lie. Even a lowly pissant pussy-boy like Obama attempted it: remember the hilarious photo of him gingerly mishandling a shotgun a few years back (one of many uncovering his hapless-twerp nature for anyone with eyes to see), pretending to a longstanding affection for skeet shooting? It was perfectly clear to any real shooter that it was probably the first time in his life he’d ever had one in his hands. He’s a far greater hazard to unwary onlookers in the proximate vicinity than he’s ever going to be to any clay disks.

And so I’m quite confident it is with this Jones reprobate. If he ever once actually shot a gun in his entire life, he most likely wet himself when he did; like most libtards, it would have required all his will and self-control to keep from collapsing into weeping, babbling, twitching catatonia in visceral reaction to the sheer horror of it all.

The plaintive bleating of this I’m a hunter, I’m a hunter! No seriously, you guys! Now, let’s ban guns! I love me some Second Amendment, and my fondest desire is to see it further gutted! tommyrot is a particularly useless and feeble attempt at misdirection anyway, one that will never come off with anybody the least bit knowledgeable about the 2A: nowhere in the Constitution is hunting mentioned even once, and no spurious “right to hunt” is enshrined in the Second. This is all perfectly in accord with the Founders’ oft-expressed intentions in writing the 2A, their perspicacious and astute insight into the machinations of despots, and their beliefs on the best way to forestall them.

The Second simply ain’t about hunting; it’s about tyranny. It only stands to reason, then, that tyrants are naturally going to want to fool you into believing it’s about hunting. And they’ll say anything they think they have to, no matter how foolish it makes them look, to successfully accomplish their little bait-and-switch con job.

Unfortunately for them, this gossamer-thin ploy is just another cheap trick, and it falls on its face every damned time just as it rightly should; the Goosesteppin’ Left aren’t going to be impressed with the idea of protecting any rights at all, and will be offended, frightened, and confused by any claim to proficiency with firearms no matter how transparently false. Meanwhile, real Americans already all too familiar with the Left’s nefarious designs on our unalienable rights, the absolutely vital Second Amendment one in particular, aren’t being fooled for a second by such ludicrous see-through twaddle. It’s a lose-lose gambit for these blowhards, and for all their cunning and guile you’d think at least one of them would be astute enough to recognize it.

I say again: how could anyone claiming to be a conservative NOT be absolutely delighted by the prospect of seeing this belly-crawling Alabama shit-snake go down in defeat, however he may feel about Moore? It’s baffling, is what it is. Or very damned suspicious, take your pick.

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Keep up the skeer!

What winning looks like.

In the escalating war within the Republican Party, there is one fact that both sides increasingly agree on: the forces being ushered by Steve Bannon are currently winning.

The former White House chief strategist and chairman of Breitbart News has pledged to purge the GOP of its “squishy” establishment members—a delineation that he said extends to everyone in the Senate, save Ted Cruz. So far this cycle, even his critics concede that he’s encountered light pushback.

“Steve Bannon is like ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” said Rick Wilson, a longtime GOP strategist who counts himself among those trying to stop the Breitbart CEO’s growing political influence. “He’s funded by billionaires, he has a shallow, catchy message that appeals to marginally-educated fanatics, and until the good guys start dropping JDAMs on his people, his skill at asymmetric warfare seems formidable. Right now, the good guys are grounded from fear and inertia.”

Do you consider yourself part of the traditional Republican base? Because if so, that’s you this suppurating Establishment pustule is talking about, you marginally-educated fanatic, you.

“There’s a war for the future of the GOP and the only person who seems to be fighting it is Steve Bannon. Its really dispiriting,” [sic] Tim Miller, a Never-Trumper who served as comms director for Jeb Bush’s 2016 campaign, tweeted on Tuesday. “Going to wake up one day and have Chris McDaniel, Chemtrail Kelli [Ward], Sheriff Joe [Arpaio], and Roy Moore as nominees & still nobody will fire a shot.”

Oh, bullshit. You backstabbing liars have been fighting just as hard as you can every single step of the way, using every dirty and underhanded bit of skullduggery you can conceive of, from the moment Trump took that famous escalator ride (in truth, long before that, going back to the days of the ill-fated Tea Party). What you’re doing is not refusing to fight; you’re losing, that’s all. Hell, a HUGE part of your problem is that you’ve fought us a hell of a lot harder than you ever did Obama or the Goosesteppin’ Left all along. As such, your defeat amounts to the healthiest development we’ve seen in American politics in my lifetime.

And those close to Flake concede that he knew he would lose his election and didn’t want to endure—and force his family and staff to endure—another year of futile campaigning.

“Steve Bannon did not scare him out of the race. Donald Trump did not scare him out of the race,” a source familiar with Flake’s thinking told The Daily Beast.

Actually, the millions of us who elected and still support Trump—along with the worm Flake’s subterranean and still-sinking poll numbers—drove him from the race. He couldn’t win, because the majority of us, even in the state that has sent McStain back to the Senate time after time for the last twelve or fourteen decades for some unfathomable reason, are finally fed up with his kind—with their lies, their deceptions, their refusal to support the principles they falsely claim allegiance to, their willingness to repeatedly betray their base for thirty pieces of DC Swamp fool’s gold. At long, long last, the business-as-usual party (in both senses of the word) is over.

Be sure to read the rest; for a Daily Beast article, it’s as delicious as sweet, sweet RINO tears.

Oh, and a side note on my continuing use of that term: yes, I know that RINO (Republican In Name Only, natch) is kind of dated. The truth is, the GOP is currently so constituted that “moderate”/liberal sellouts like McStain, Flake, et al are actually far more representative of this useless and superannuated collection of perennial losers than not. So RINO would fairly seem to be something of a misnomer, at least in terms of its being an accurate description of who and what we’re talking about.

But I’ll keep using it, at least for a while yet, because I figure you guys all know exactly who I’m talking about when I refer to the slugs and shitweasels as “RINOs.” Trust me, it doesn’t indicate any illusions on my part about what the Republican Party now is, and in truth has been for a long while now. It’s handy, it’s convenient, it’s well-established, and its meaning remains clear enough, even if there remain only the merest handful of people in the party who truly give a damn about such things as fighting our wars with the intention of winning them, stopping the advance of toxic liberalism, putting America first in foreign affairs, and getting our domestic house back in something resembling proper order.

So as long as that stays so—and as long as there’s a hope, however faint, of yanking the tattered old escutcheon back from the clutches of the living-dead usurpers who have so stained it and making the Party itself something halfway respectable (and useful) again, I’ll most likely go right on using it.

At least until something better comes along, anyway.

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Draining the swamp

One stinking, slimy rat at a time.

What Flake said on the Senate floor, a screed castigating Donald Trump and moaning about the coarseness of our discourse despite being flogged as “historic” by the usual suspects in the Democrat/JournoList mob, was as unremarkable as his career. Much of it may have contained some truth, but then again I’m sure Harvey Weinstein gave a hell of a speech about respect for women at some point. The messenger can certainly pollute the message, and Flake’s minuscule approval rating has nothing to do with Donald Trump — it has a lot more to do with a familiar pattern of campaigning as a principled conservative while governing as something else. People will only put up with being treated as marks for so long, and then they become weary of the exercise.

And no, you don’t get to call yourself a “libertarian” when you vote to continue the Export/Import Bank and give a “yea” to the Cromnibus bill.

This continuing Establishment perfidy is why Trump is in office, after all — something Corker, another Senate dinosaur ripe for the asteroid strike, should take heed of. Corker, who became persona non grata when despite warnings from nearly every quarter within his own party he shepherded the Obama Iran deal to legitimacy, simply will not shut up about Trump and his fitness to hold the office in which he sits. This as Corker, like Flake, has thrown in the electoral towel.

Hey, it’s a start.

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This is not the Republican civil war you are looking for

Limbaugh quotes Hanson:

RUSH: Victor Davis Hanson. He’s got a piece at National Review today called, “The ‘Never Trump’ Construct.” Now, this is a long piece, and I would actually would love to read it to you word-for-word, but I’m not going to because it’s too long. But it’s interesting with the point that I made in the previous hour. “For all the talk of a Civil War in the Republican Party over Donald Trump, 90% of Republicans ended up voting for him.”

So where is this civil war in the Republican Party? He’s not denying there’s a civil war. What he’s denying is that it’s over Trump, and he’s drawing a distinction between voters and people in Washington, voters and the establishment. And as far as concerned are concerned, there isn’t any civil war going on with Trump.

It’s not Trump that they’re angry at. ‘Cause Donald Trump got about the same percentage of the Republican vote as John McCain in 2008, slightly less than Romney in 2012. “So the present civil war did not translate into much in 2016. United or divided, the Republicans have lost the popular vote in four out of the last five national elections — 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016 — not because large numbers of Republicans voted for the Democratic candidate, but because there are not enough Republicans to begin with.

“And their candidates were not able to capture enough independents and Democrats, or to motivate enough first-time or lapsed Republicans to register and turn out to vote, or to flip new demographic groups to conservatism. Trump won no more of the voters who turned out and who identified as ‘conservative’ than did Romney. But again,” the key difference, “Trump apparently did get Democrats, independents…” You know, this is a point that I make during the campaign when I was cataloging the supposed rage and anger of the Never Trumpers in the Washington establishment.

These Romneys, the McCains, what did they all say that they needed to do? When Rand Paul ran, he came by my office, and he made the point: “We can’t win with just Republican votes! We gotta go get Democrats. We gotta go get independents.” Well, Trump did! Trump should have been heralded by these people. He actually did what they claimed had to be done, which is why they claim they supported amnesty. The way they decided to do it, the Romneys and McCains — the way they decided to get Democrat votes — was to go Democrat light.

You know, be in favor of amnesty, be in favor of some national health care, but not like Obama’s. In other words, the McCain-Romney approach was, you know, tell enough to fool conservatives into thinking you were one while you were really going out and trying to appeal to Democrats and so forth. But they didn’t appeal to Democrats in the right way. They tried to peel off Democrats by being Democrat light, rather than what Trump did to get them. What did Trump do to get these disaffected Democrats, independents, Reagan Democrats?

What did he do? “Make. America. Great. Again.” Trump ran against the administrative state. Romney, McCain, George W. Bush were Obama, Hillary. They were the administrative state. Trump gave everybody the blueprint on how to win. The civil war — and this is not a surprise — remains the Never Trumpers on the Republican side, who join the Washington establishment in opposing Trump simply because he’s an outsider. Now, the nub of this…You should really read the whole thing, but the nub of this happens near the conclusion.

“Again, Trump is a symptom of widespread disgust, not the head of a carefully crafted ideological movement with a checklist of issues.” Now, some of you may disagree with that. Some of you may say, “No, no! Trump has an agenda, and he announced it every campaign appearance. There’s five or six items. Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam. Everybody knows what his issues were.” What Mr. Hanson is saying here is that he doesn’t have an ideological agenda based on ideological principles and so forth.

He’s got an agenda, but Trump is a symptom of much more. 

He damned sure is. I’m coming to believe, though, that, far from failing to grasp why Trump won, the NeverTrump fools, knaves, and blackguards know full well how and why he trounced them…and it scares the establishment shitweasels to death.

In the end, it still comes back to just the one thing: draining the damned swamp. Nobody ought to be surprised at how the alligators—or swamp rats and mosquitos, more like—feel about that.

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Good riddance, redux

Fuck Flake.

This guy, Jason Johnson, is a former Ted Cruz strategist, and now is at an outfit called J2 communications.

He posted a series of tweets discussing the #SalonHot25’s/Weekly Standard’s/Chuck Schumer’s favorite liberalitarian Senator.

1) Tempting to comment on Flake’s floor speech. Instead, offering context on his view of “governing” by highlighting a few of his votes.

2) Jeff Flake was 1 of 10 Republican senators who voted to confirm Loretta Lynch for Attorney General
3) Flake voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.
4) Flake voted against Sen. Mike Lee’s 1st Amendment Defense Act
5) Flake voted for Obama’s $1.1 trillion Cromnibus 2015 spending bill
6) Flake voteed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank
7) Flake voted for S.2114 which increased Russia’s power at the International Monetary Fund
8) Flake voted for a CLEAN debt limit suspension (2014)
9) Flake was 1 of 11 Republican senators who voted to confirm Janet Yellen
10) Flake voted for the Ryan-Murray budget which lifted spending caps & raised fees (taxes) in exchange for promises of future spending cuts
11) Flake voted for the Gang of 8 amnesty bill
12) Flake voted for the post-Newtown gun grab
13) Flake voted AGAINST The Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 (S.1292)
14) Flake voted to increase debt by $900 billion in exchange for the promise of discretionary cuts in the future (2011)
15) Flake preferred John Kasich over Cruz or Trump in the 2016 GOP Primary.

The Republicrat collaborationist organization truly lost themselves a staunch defender of the DC status quo with Flake’s decision not to run for re-election as McCain’s trusty buttboy-alternate. Guess even a slimy dumbass like him is not too stupid to see the humiliating writing on the wall eventually. Those rock-ribbed conservatives at CNN were crushed by his preemptive capitulation, naturally, but found themselves deeply moved by his “this is not the Swamp I know and love!” speech, as you’ll see if you click on through to the rest of Ace’s post.

One down, a whole gaggle more of ’em to go. For myself, I’ll just repeat yet again: guys like you are PRECISELY why we elected Trump, you two-faced, fork-tongued frauds.

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Principles

Whatever that might mean.

We normals are sick of being looked down upon and exploited by a bunch of people who, if this was a movie, would be played by James Spader – except trainwreck 2017 James Spader, not louche/suave 1986 James Spader. I guess that makes Bill Kristol the Nepo-Con Duckie, if Duckie was a less-cool, backstabbing deep-state-loving weasel trying to sell Molly Ringwald a cabin on one of his crappy cruises.

In place of trying to earn respect by demonstrating competence, they’ve chosen to try to diss us into submission. George W. Bush decided to go all Mean Girls in a speech that insulted his (former) supporters while delighting the left, and therefore the Never Trumpers. Now, if you read W’s speech on paper, every word of it about bigotry being bad is true. But you give speeches in context, and here the context is decades of leftists and their media poodles falsely accusing the normals of racism and bigotry. So when W adopted that language, he also knowingly or negligently adopted that narrative; the former newspaper and current brochure known as the L.A. Times crowed: “In stunning attack, George W. Bush rebukes Trump, suggesting he promotes falsehoods and prejudice.”

And so, of course, the supporters of this Trump guy are therefore….  Well, you get the picture. That is, if you’re not being willfully obtuse, like the Fredocons, who were delighted that Bush decided to break his 16 years of super-principled silence in the face of liberal attacks to slander the very people who had voted for him and defended him. If being “principled” means letting liberals use you like a slit trench then trashing the people who had your back to please the people using you like a slit trench, you can keep your damned principles.

This kind of disingenuous crap is why we despise the Fredocons. Like Bush, who has junior clan members he wants the normals to support someday, they won’t come out and trash normals directly. Bush got elected on normals’ votes, and Skippy Bush and Buffy Bush and Thurston Bush III will all need normals’ votes down the road, so he’ll try to get his snippy cheerleader digs in at the guy who humiliated his family without fully burning the bridges. But we’re woke, as the hep kids say, and Conservative, Inc., can’t thread that needle anymore. The problem for them is that we now know where their loyalty really lies – Bush and the rest had a choice between us and their YaleHarvardWherever Skull n’ Bonesey fellow travelers, and the choice was easy. At the end of the day, politics gives way to elitist courtesy, and Bush will sit giggling with Obama and Clinton before he dirties himself by associating with the guy we chose over Sr. Please Clap.

The establishment has learned nothing. It’s members keep thinking that if they can be just a little more insulting, just a little more condescending, we’ll finally learn our place – which they contend is at their feet, forking over our lunch money. If there is a liberal narrative, the gang of Salon-approved pseudo-cons is going to sign on. So when it’s a competition between a true hero like General Kelly and a leftist Democrat who looks like the result of Huggy Bear hooking-up with Ana Navarro, well, word on the street is “They’re with her.

How do they see this ending? Do they see us somehow coming crawling back to them, begging, “Please, Mr. Kristol, please provide us your guidance! We need you. Now, where do I sign up for a cabin? I heard David Brooks and Bret Stephens will be giving a talk about how the Second Amendment should be repealed out on the lido deck and that they’re serving complimentary Zima and screw-top Chardonnay.

Do they think once Donald Trump is out of office, either after eight years or less if they manage to pull off some sort of deep-state coup in conjunction with the liberals they prefer to us, that we’re just going to quit? Really? Can they truly imagine that Conservative, Inc., gets to start back up again when we come to our senses and get un-woke? Do they think they’ve got a path to victory, where victory is really just our submission to their prissy dictates?

Even worse, “victory” for them and their Ruling Class, Uniparty co-conspirators just means more losing for the rest of us.

It’s Schlichter, and trust me when I tell you you’re going to want to click on through for his last couple of paragraphs.

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Mr Integrity speaks out!

After eight years of being “too classy” to speak out against the jug-eared commie asshole Obama, George Dubya Bush—the man who lost the War On Something Or Other by refusing to stand by his earlier pronouncements and fight the damned thing; the man who gave us the idiotic “Religion Of Peace” formulation, no less—now decides to open his piehole uninvited.

While neither Bush nor Obama mentioned Trump by name or referred to his claims this week that he had been more attentive to relatives of slain US service members than they were, they used coincidental events to register their alarm with Trump’s politics.

In New York, Bush delivered a strong indictment of Trump’s populist nationalism, condemning trade protectionism and bemoaning how politics had fallen prey to “conspiracy theories” and “outright fabrication.” He also warned of the impact of “bullying and prejudice” in public life. It was not hard to work out who he was talking about in one of his most vehement interventions in politics since he left office in January 2009.

And thus does the last feeble spark of respect and admiration I might have harbored for this Ruling Class rumpswab gutter and go out. What’s next, George? A PSA ad with Pelosi and Ogabe lecturing us on the need for “unity” and unquestioning support for our masters?

While such obvious criticism of an incumbent president by ex-presidents is extraordinary it is also a metric of the highly unusual times and the shock to the political system embodied by Trump’s election.

And the increasing desperation of the Ruling Class to get the damned wool back in place over our eyes, too. Alas, it’s not as if it’s the first time this “classy” guy broke his “silence” to defend Ruling Class priorities and the Swamp status quo, either:

Former President George W. Bush said Monday that the media is “indispensable to democracy,” a break from the position of his fellow Republican, President Donald Trump, who has called the press “the enemy of the American people.”

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. That we need the media to hold people like me to account,” Bush told Matt Lauer, anchor of NBC’s “Today” show. “I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”

Jeez, nice little tongue-bath for the lying blackguards of Praetorian Media there, moron. No wonder they seem to like him so much better now than they did then. Note, too, the critical caveat this genius deftly leaves out: yes, an honest media IS in fact indispensable to democracy. We don’t have one of those, unfortunately. Which is a big part of why our “democracy” is where it is.

Fuck off and die, George. I spent a lot of effort over a lot of years defending you from the America-hating Left, not realizing that you were way more closely aligned with them than you ever will be with me. You and your kind won’t fool me again, I assure you.

It really is true, folks: Republicrat and Demican, “liberal” and “conservative”—those are artificial distinctions, designed to prevent us from recognizing the actual dividing line. It’s Ruling Class versus the rest of us, and that’s all there is to it.

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The root of the problem

Is Bob Corker.

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon called on Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to “resign immediately” on Monday evening after Corker revealed on Sunday that Bannon was right when Bannon said the Republican establishment wants to “nullify the 2016 election” in which Donald Trump won the White House by aggressively running on an economic nationalist agenda.
Corker got into a Twitter spat with Trump on Sunday, tweeting that, “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

He then told the New York Times that “except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here.”

Appearing on Fox News’ Hannity, Bannon said that Corker “is an absolute disgrace” and should “resign immediately” and allow a real conservative like Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to be appointed if he has “any honor, any decency.” Bannon said Corker decided to not run for reelection “because he saw what happened in Alabama” and knows he would “get crushed in a primary.”

“He doesn’t have the guts to get back in the race,” Bannon added.

Corker told the Times about the “tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.” Previously, Corker has said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “help separate our country from chaos.” He has also questioned Trump’s fitness to be president.

Corker’s comments proved that Bannon was correct when he told CBS anchor Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes that the “Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election.”

“I think Mitch McConnell, and to a degree, Paul Ryan. They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented,” Bannon added. “It’s very obvious.”

It sure is. I was all set to unleash a long rant about all this, and then it hit me that Bannon just said it all. I’ll content myself with restating the obvious yet again: The Republican Party as currently constituted will NEVER be part of the solution. It is a firmly-entrenched, enthusiastic, dedicated, and irredeemable part of the problem. It must be either remade root to bough, or destroyed utterly. Personally, I much prefer the latter; no matter how much re-jiggery and pokery is done, I will never trust them again. What’s the old saying again? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me ten thousand times, and I’m a fucking idiot, and deserve what I get.

I think I got that mostly right, didn’t I?

The redoubtable Jeff Lord adds:

So a look at the results of the 2016 presidential election in the great state of Tennessee reveals the following:

Donald Trump: 1,522,925 — 60.7%
Hillary Clinton: 870,695 — 34. 7%

Seems pretty definitive to me. The people of the Volunteer State voted overwhelmingly for Trump, for change — and against the Establishment, the latter stubbornly unwilling to do what GOP voters have demanded in bringing that change.

Allow me to elaborate. Corker’s behavior is exactly what is wrong with the GOP Establishment. It explains exactly why Breitbart’s Steve Bannon is out there on a mission to get people like this out of the Senate. It explains why Judge Roy Moore won that Alabama Senate GOP primary. More to the point, it explains exactly why Donald Trump is in the White House in the first place.

And it explains what they’re going to get in the next couple of elections, too—and what’s going to happen to them if they ultimately succeed in disenfranchising over half the country and thwarting the clearly-expressed will of the people with their malignant, un-American Swamp skullduggery this time around. Warning to the Ruling Party: any victory you gain now will prove fleeting, and as damagingly Pyrrhic as one could possibly imagine. Continue backing the Left’s coup attempt at your own damned peril, you treacherous, lying backstabbers.

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War of words

Schlichter hits–and misses a little, too.

When I saw the compromise news, I thought it odd that Trump had agreed with the Democrats about something, but I wondered what the collective freakout was all about. Perhaps I didn’t understand the GOP’s clever play. So I asked on Twitter, “I’m just curious about what the GOPe’s plan for victory on the debt ceiling was. Their track record is so good that I’m sure it was awesome.” Maybe I was missing something. Maybe there was some great plan that the Republicans had created that somehow Trump truncated. Turns out I was not missing anything. There was no plan. This supernova of fake outrage was just another inept ploy to undercut the president as part of the establishment’s never-ending campaign to regain the power we voters stripped from it in retaliation for its failure.

 By the way, I have yet to get an answer to my question, and gosh, I’m thinking that might be because there was no great plan for victory in the debt ceiling fight. Get a hold of yourself – I know it’s shocking to hear that the Congressional GOP might blindly stumble into a debt ceiling fight and end up in a humiliating defeat, but that’s the kind of wacky, out-of-the-box thinking I’m all about.

After all, it’s not like the Republicans have a long and proud tradition of botching every single debt ceiling fight they ever wandered into, but it was definitely going to be different this time somehow, according to informed sources within the unicorn community.

Note that the Congressional GOP was so upset about this compromise that it passed it in a day. Remember that when you’re being encouraged to tear your hair out because Trump funded our own red state voters and avoided the headlines like “Republicans hold hurricane victims hostage in debt ceiling government shutdown Armageddon!” Yeah, we would have totally won that argument.

But uh oh! It turns out some GOP congressjerks have a big case of the sad feelz because of Trump’s utter TOTAL COMPLETE TREASON BETRAYAL by extending the debt ceiling three months. It’s clear he’s a total liberal because the True Conservative fallback position was to extend it six months, and those extra three months WERE EVERYTHING SOMEHOW FOR SOME REASON UNICORNS UNICORNS UNICORNS!

 I guess the True Conservatives are still mad about how Trump forced them not to repeal Obamacare, a mantra they had spent seven years repeating like they were Rainman, except without the “savant” part.

Do Trump’s supporters care about these arcane D.C. manhood measuring games? No. Normals want stuff to get done, and if the GOP can’t do it and dealing with the Dems can, then guess what? No one outside the Beltway cares if the Smarmy Dope and Elderly Mutant Establishment Turtle got disrespected. We avoided was a fight right now that would have taken up the 12 whole days of legislative work that Ryan and McConnell somehow stuffed into the 30 days of September after taking August off. Now the Congressional GOP is free to focus its entire attention on failing at tax reform.

Trump isn’t “betraying” the base. He’s treating the Congressional GOP like the hacks they are. They have done nearly nothing except posture, pose and issue passive aggressive proclamations about how Trump offends their tender sensibilities. Trump doesn’t respect them because they haven’t earned any respect; this week, he saved them from making fools of themselves once again, at least until the holidays.

We’re winning, not in huge, sweeping moves, but in inches. Grant, not Patton, people. Trump nominated a bunch of new conservative judges this week(though the president has yet to win a yuge victory by nominating the great Don Willett). Did you hear about that from the Tru Cons? Remember ISIS? Soon, no one will. DACA is going to die, maybe not as fast as we’d like but the unconstitutional executive order is gone. And gee – that six months phase out ends right after the debt ceiling fight comes back. “Republicans hold up hurricane relief” is a bad headline. “Democrats want to shut down government unless illegals get amnesty” is a good headline – though we can all feel the throbbing, aching longing of the GOPe to rollover on immigration, and its capacity to blow the communications piece is limitless. Finally, the fascist kollege kangaroo kourt rules Obama imposed are going away – the very thing the Tru Cons have been (justifiably) crying about for years in intermittently-read cruise brochures like The Weekly Standard.

Ahh, but that “good headline” isn’t one anyone will ever see, which is where Schlichter misses. One giveaway that such a headline will never, ever run anywhere but in Shclichter’s column is the way the propaganda division of Leftard Inc has now pulled yet another one of their famous nomenclature switcheroos, from “undocumented immigrants” (itself substituted for “illegal aliens,” which at least had the twin virtues of being both honest and direct—characteristics that are to “liberals” as garlic is to vampires) to…wait for it…

“Undocumented CITIZENS.”

No, really. I’m not joking. Seriously, you guys.

The Associated Press (AP), against the dictates of its own style guide, employed a new and unprecedentedly inaccurate euphemism for illegal aliens Thursday, referring to them in an article as “undocumented citizens.”

Previously, the AP instructed journalists not to refer to illegal aliens as “illegal aliens” or “illegal immigrants,” instead asking that each case be taken with specificity, telling the Washington Post in 2013, “Specify wherever possible how someone entered the country illegally and from where. Crossed the border? Overstayed a visa? What nationality?”

The AP had yet to use the “undocumented citizens” term–until now. The term incorrectly cites that illegal alien DACA recipients are undocumented, despite their documented status by the federal government. The term also incorrectly gives U.S. citizenship to illegal alien DACA recipients, despite none of the program’s recipients holding citizenship.

Aww, who cares about such picking of nits? Long as they all get to vote, right, guys?

Such Orwellian fiddling about with language and meaning is a tried-and-true Leftard stratagem going back to at least Stalin, if not further. Hey, how do ya think Progressivists became “liberals”—and what we now acquiesce in referring to as “classical liberals” became “conservatives”—in the first place?

But Schlichter certainly seems to understand well enough that the struggle is no longer between “liberals” and “conservatives,” or even between Republicrats and Demicans. It’s between Statists and…well, what the heck ARE we going to call ourselves now, anyway? I’ve been trying out Alt-American here and there, but I don’t know if that one really works either. Suggestions are welcome in comments, of course, so have at it, if y’all are so inclined.

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The Great Cuck Chuck 2018!

Yes. Yes. A thousand times, yes.

It’s fairly well grasped by even Joe Schmoe that Trump has no friends in the corrupt ruling class. The Dems, the GOPe, the media, the Creep State, academia, Big Tech, the billionaires, the Mohel Minority…they all hate Trump and all work tirelessly to thwart his nationalist populism vision. The evil arrayed against Trump is truly impressive, and terrible in scope. Even a God Emperor can’t stand against those odds and win without a little help from his friends. His friends…the half of the American people who voted for him.

As Agnostic writes, we the people are Trump’s leverage.

On that note, what we should strive toward is a Great Cuck Chuck of 2018. Political and social agitation can create a groundswell for the ousting of GOPe cucks, either by primarying them or, if necessary, by supporting any halfway sane Dems against them in the general mid-term election. Traitors first, enemies second.

Trump may have to wait until after the 2018 midterms when the cucks are swept from power to begin enacting his pro-Heritage America agenda with a vengeance. Trump can play a part in making the Great Cuck Chuck of 2018 happen by dissociating himself from Congress as much as possible. Withhold his endorsements, endorse upstart populists, talk about “working with sensible Dems because the GOP isn’t interested in making America great again”, etc.

Trump has made a couple of, shall we say, unfortunate endorsements to date. And his White House has been purged of every staunch MAGA ally, leaving the Obama stay-behinds and Deep State termites in place to sabotage and undermine the agenda he was elected to enact. One could be pretty pessimistic about that; I’m on the fence, myself. But in the end, as Codevilla says below, this uprising is a lot bigger than Trump, and will go on without him should he either be thwarted or decide for whatever reason not to dance with who brung him—choosing to betray them in traditional GOPe fashion instead.

(Via WRSA)

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Irreversible revolution

Another great one from Codevilla.

As I explained a year ago, by 2016 the ruling class’s dysfunctions and the rest of the country’s resentment had pushed America over the threshold of a revolution; one in which the only certainty is the near impossibility of returning to the republican self-government of the previous two centuries. The 2016 election is not reversible, because it was but the first stage of a process that no one can control and the end of which no one can foresee.

Donald Trump is not and never has been the issue. With or without Trump, the nightmare of those who resist the 2016 election was, is, and will remain the voters who have chosen and will continue to choose candidates who they believe are committed to reducing the ruling class’s privileges and pretensions.

Let us be clear: the 2016 electorate chose Trump and they saw Trump as the vehicle by which to challenge the ruling class. During the first half of 2017, the Republican Party finished discrediting itself as a possible vehicle for that job. Since this is so, were Donald Trump seriously to bid for the presidency in 2020, it would have to be by leading a new party focused on the identities of anti-ruling class Americans. Carrying the Republican label would be an impossible burden.

Were an energetic, unambiguous, unapologetic Trump to affirm the majority of Americans’ political identity, not all Republicans would follow. Nor does he need them all. By bringing new elements into his following and, yes, by dropping some Republicans from it, Trump would effectively build a new party, with intact credibility. The departure of major corporations from his business council—big business is deeply unpopular on Main Street America—is an example of  how to gain by shedding baggage. At any rate, it was never possible that the entire Republican Party would represent America against the ruling class.

But by the same token, each action taken by anyone who is creating a new movement must speak for itself more loudly and clearly than the words used to explain that action. Democracy does not tolerate pairing big words with small accomplishments. Today, Trump’s role in fulfilling the political marketplace’s demand is up to him even more than it was in 2016. But now as then, America’s open political marketplace invites all. The anti ruling class constituency is bigger than ever. If Trump does not lead it, someone else will.

Precisely. As Glenn Reynolds always says: if you hate and fear Trump and end up succeeding in seeing him thwarted, just wait till you see what we send you next.

Read all of it.

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Winners

And losers.

They’ve lost their reasons for not being able to do anything. Reince Priebus was on this program four days after the election, the first thing out of his mouth before I even asked him a question, “I know what you’re gonna say, and you’re right, we have no more excuses, no more excuses.”

But yet they offered more excuses. You know what the new one is? We don’t have 60 votes in the Senate so we really can’t do anything.

Well, not until they do away with the filibuster. But that’s just another false promise they don’t intend to keep.

Now, folks, after seven or eight years of the Republican Party promising every election to do everything Republican voters expect and promising to do these things, Republicans didn’t not promise, they did. They were gonna get rid of Obamacare, replace it, do something. They were gonna cut taxes, gonna stop this spending, and we were going to get control of the border.

It is an interesting question: What happens when the president of the United States is a Republican and the rest of his party is doing everything it can to undermine him and his agenda? What happens? What’s in the minds of Republican members of the House and Senate? After two years of openly opposing Trump, openly thwarting. After seven years of promises and now the chance to do it all, the Republicans have a chance to do everything they said they were gonna do, they control Washington, electorally.

Folks, they have an opportunity to do everything they have been promising to do, a once-in-a-career opportunity. They’re never going to have this kind of power. And what are they doing? Nothing. In fact, it’s worse than nothing. It appears to outsiders that they are part of the effort to thwart and stop Trump.

Do they think this behavior is gonna be rewarded with reelection? Do they think that the American voters are gonna blame all of this on Trump and reelect Republicans and try to get rid of Trump? And what does Trump do when it comes time to run for reelection? Does he run as a Republican or does he say, “This party isn’t gonna exist! This party is killing itself. This party’s eating itself. This party’s committing suicide. I’m not gonna be a part of it.” There are a lot of questions here, the answers to which are open ended.

This party is a false-flag operation, in clandestine collusion with their Uniparty cohorts for years. But now they’re in one hell of a mess, because we’re onto them at last. They now stand irrefutably exposed as frauds, as phonies, as liars; the Obamacare-repeal charade did that all by itself, let alone all their other betrayals over the years—although I’d argue that the loathsome toad McConnell’s declaration of his intent to destroy the Tea Party ought to have been enough to unmask them.

They will never be part of the solution. They are part of the problem. As Bozell said the other day: they aren’t interested in draining the swamp. They ARE the swamp. They’re in a trap of their own devising, and there is no easy way out for them now. In fact, there may be no way out for them at all.

And they better be paying attention to what’s going on in Arizona. Jeff Flake, who wrote this op-ed basically trashing Trump, has an opponent, Kelli Ward. This is the woman that ran against McCain and came up a little bit short. Jeff Flake has just 21% of support from Arizona Republicans for reelection against Dr. Kelli Ward. She’s coming in at 47%. This is a poll from JMC Analytics. It was a survey of 500 Arizona Republican voters. When you’re down 25 points, this is characterized as being an almost irreparable shape.

So Trump has his rally in Arizona, where, what, 19,000 people, some inside, some outside, and there was a headline out there, “Flake Tries to Make Nice with Trump.” That was in The Politico. And we know why. ‘Cause he’s in dire straits here running up against Dr. Ward. Probably has seen these poll numbers.

And here is a pull quote: “That an incumbent U.S. Senator like Flake could be polling as low as 21 percent in his own primary, while a challenger like Ward has pulled 26 points ahead of him at 47 percent, is almost unthinkable with nearly a full year to go until the August 2018 primary…When asked if Flake should be renominated in 2018, an astounding 66 percent said that someone else should represent the Republican Party on the Senate ticket.”

Flake thought that he was endearing himself. Flake’s one of these guys that believes the media presentation of Trump and his voters. Flake thinks ’cause the media hates Trump that everybody else hates Trump so all he’s gotta do is get on the anti-Trump bandwagon and write that op-ed and he’s gonna be celebrated and hoisted up and applauded, and it’s just the exact opposite. And you know the rest of the Republican Party is watching.

They damned well better be. Because a day of reckoning is coming real soon. It’s gonna be a real come-to-Jesus moment for them, and as I said, I really don’t see a way out…except in the “out on their asses” sense.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of assholes, if you ask me.

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Off the (guard)rails

No doubt Trump is somehow to blame for the Loser Right’s sniveling, cringing embrace of permanent subservience and vassalhood to the Ruling Left, too.

The renowned Dr. Charles Krauthammer, arguing on camera against Laura Ingraham, pronounces the President’s remarks at his press conference on the Charlottesville, Virginia melee a “moral disgrace.”

The specification is Mr. Trump’s insistence that at Charlottesville, there was violence on both sides. To say this was a dastardly abrogation of duty, even though the Doctor himself acknowledges it to be true (“Yes, there was violence on both sides.”). It is true, but “not the point.” It is not the point because all the leaders “in this generation,” all except Trump, recognize the unique importance and evil of white racism in American society. And so, if there was a faction in the streets of Charlottesville that stood for racism, it is immoral to criticize another faction opposing it.

It makes no difference what the other faction did, or what part it played in the mayhem. It makes no difference that the “Unite the Right” demonstrators had a permit, affirmed by a court of law. It is immaterial whether all of those protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue were actually Nazis or Klansmen. It does not matter that the President had denounced the Nazis and the Klan in his second statement, and specifically the one who murdered a woman with his car. Trump must be deemed to have taken all that back when he said there was violence on both sides. And it makes no difference whether the bloody confrontation was, in effect, engineered by calculating politicians, who restrained the police from intervening to prevent violence. All Krauthammer knows is that there were elements harkening back to Jim Crow on the scene, and so it is a moral disgrace to talk about anyone else.

Of course, moral disgrace is one thing, and moral imbecility another.

Read all of it, wherein Krauthammer’s commonality with the moral degeneracy of the Left is spelled out in revolting detail. Good thing he and his pitiful ilk have been left behind by events and rendered entirely irrelevant now, eh?

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Bill of particulars

If you ain’t pissed off, you ain’t paying attention.

Every Republican candidate’s stock speech sounds the same, the thunderous roar about a government out of control, federal spending out of control (insert charts and graphs and why, if you stack hundred dollar bills, they will reach the edge of the universe), federal taxes out of control (insert comparisons to socialist countries), the federal bureaucracy out of control (insert metaphors about chains, yokes, and the like), the family shattered with federal funding of abortion a crime against humanity (watch for it — there! The heart-wrenching sob), and our military is emasculated.

Two more items were added to the menu, courtesy of Obama. Obamacare Will Be Repealed! and Illegal Immigration Will Not Stand!

In 2009, the Democrats controlled everything, partly due to the Republicans’ cowardice on Capitol Hill, and in part because of some of the most inept candidates and campaigns America has seen in years. The Obama folks could have played it safe but went for socialist gold, using the power of the legislative and the executive branches (and later the judiciary, thank you Justice Roberts) to advance their agenda.

That included federal spending on a level unmatched in human history resulting ultimately in a $19 trillion in debt we simply cannot pay, and with so many tens of trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities that “infinity” is not far behind. One seventh of the economy was confiscated by the federal government with the passage of Obamacare. Our national borders were declared open and discussions over our national sovereignty closed. And to top it off, the Democrats all but declared themselves above the law.

The GOP harrumphed that this would not stand, by God! If only…if only America would vote them into the majority.

And we all know what THAT got us.

Bozell goes on to recite a litany of betrayal, collusion, and deceit that of right ought to shame even the most brazen professional politician…but, somehow, doesn’t. This would have to be my favorite line of the piece:

There is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. Put them together. They are the swamp.

Which would explain why they’re all so damnably resistant to draining it, of course. As I’ve said so many times: no, we don’t need a third party. What we DO need is a second party, to stand in true opposition to the Government Party, the Beltway Bandit Party, the Business As Usual Party.

(Via WRSA)

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“Lots of cant, no solutions”

Schlichter uses the Loser Right’s lamentations over the Arpaio pardon as his jumping off point:

What will bring the Rule of Law back? How do we get to the Conserva-Eden we are expected to act like we already reside it? Perhaps another statement of principle? Maybe another post on some unread conservajournal? I know – how about more complaining about how frustrated conservatives are uncouth and should just sit there and take whatever fascist garbage the left dishes out?

I always thought it was conservative to punish wrongdoers. The other side abandoned the Rule of Law, so I would think that they might – maybe – learn a lesson by experiencing the consequences of their bad choice. But apparently punishing wrongdoers is now off the table because some other principle, of which I was unaware during nearly four decades inside conservatism, requires we never ever retaliate. 

So, my finger-wagging True Con friends, what’s your plan? How do we go from liberals abandoning the Rule of Law, and such ancillary and associated components of a society based on liberty like free speech and free enterprise, to a liberty-based society operating under the Rule of Law? “Elect more True Cons!” isn’t a plan; it’s an aspiration, and not much of one. I don’t need another cliché, or another citation to general principles, or some variant of my new favorite, all-purpose get-out-of-having-an-actual-plan-free card, the old “We’re better than this” line.

See, I reject the notion we are ever somehow morally obligated by conservative principles to lose to liberals. If I have to swallow something awful, I’ll take half a loaf any day over an entire loaf of liberal dung like Felonia von Pantsuit. I think the new rules are terrible, and they are antithetical to everything I’ve worked for since before many of my Fredocon critics were a tinge of regret growing in their mommies’ bellies the morning after. But I refuse to sit back and allow libs to be victorious because I won’t dirty my hands fighting fire with fire. If that makes me not conservative enough for some, I can live with that. I can’t live with leftist tyranny.

I think you want to rely on the power of conservative ideas and sort of hope they spontaneously erupt into a conservative paradise via a right wing Big Bang without you actually having to fight for them. After all, fighting is messy and unseemly, and you also have to ally yourselves with…those kind of people, if you know what I mean, and I think you do. It’s so embarrassing having to explain them to your liberal peers. Many of these misbegotten normals are baffled by fancy sandwiches and stuff.

Before you give me more grief for allying with the Republican in the White House – you know, that guy your party elected – I’m going to need your plan. See, we need real solutions, and my solution is fighting back hard and ruthlessly.

Works for me. In fact, I’m coming closer and closer to embracing the “kill ’em all, let God sort ’em out” approach as the only practical and effective way to get them off our necks, and I don’t care even a little bit whether Conservatism Inc is good with that or not. Denying the enemy the head of Sheriff Joe, as Kurt puts it, is but a single step in the right direction along a long, hard road. There are a lot more of them ahead of us, and as we continue putting one foot in front of other, the plaintive bleating of the irrelevant Loser Right will fade to a barely-heard background hum. Which is all to the good if you ask me.

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Bipartisan?

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

The truth about Swamp-gate will continue to be buried by a media that is using the First Amendment as weapon to mortally wound our democratic institutions. (At The New York Times, for example, freedom of the press does not include appearance of any pro-Trump columns, or letters to the editor; and news reports are overwhelmingly hostile and insulting to the president.) For the Swamp’s denizens, the purpose of American democracy is to serve those seeking, quoting Madison in Federalist No. 57, the “ambitious sacrifice of the many to the aggrandizement of the few.” Mueller’s grand jury proceedings are, essentially, a disinformation effort for the convenience of the Nullify November 8 media. The disinformation campaign has already raised, falsely, the cry that the rule of law must be protected from Trump.

The democracy-hating left has no more use for “the rule of law” than it does for constitutional government. The aggrandizing forces behind surveillance-gate, leak-gate, unmasking-gate, and Russia-gate have no respect for the rule of law. For them, the law is what they say it is. The most glaring example of The Swamp’s disdain for the rule of law, of course, is its contempt for our immigration law — and its brazen use of “sanctuary cities” to defy Congress — that is to say, the will of the people — on immigration.

As the left rejects immigration law, it rejects the election of President Trump.

Madison, in Federalist 41, offered another sage observation.  “A bad cause seldom fails to betray itself.”  Swamp-gate is a very bad cause, indeed. It represents a campaign by desperate people to destroy once and for all the American spirit of liberty.

Hamilton in Federalist No. 1 pointed out that history shows that liberty-loving republics are usually overthrown when politicians first pander to the people, starting out as demagogues, ending up as tyrants. The Democrats are doing their part to affirm Hamilton’s insight that demagogues are tyrants-in-the-making. Sadly, when a Republican senator, North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” August 6, with a Democrat colleague, Chris Coons, in support of legislation to elevate Special Counsel Mueller above reasonable accountability, we have bipartisan collusion to make The Swamp, not America, great again.

Well, not exactly, no. To have “bipartisan collusion,” we’d need to have two political parties, one in opposition to the other, wouldn’t we? Instead of just the one group of charlatans, grifters, and frauds in gossamer-veiled collusion with each other like we have now, I mean.

Hate to contradict the Bible and all, but: the love of money is the root of all evil? Personally, I prefer the career-politician idea for that ignoble distinction, myself.

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Part of the problem

What the hell is wrong with Arizona voters, anyway? We finally look as if we might stand a chance of being shut of the odious John McCain at last, and then this stinking turd floats to the top of the bowl.

It was we conservatives who, upon Obama’s election, stated that our No. 1 priority was not advancing a conservative policy agenda but making Obama a one-term president—the corollary to this binary thinking being that his failure would be our success and the fortunes of the citizenry would presumably be sorted out in the meantime. It was we conservatives who were largely silent when the most egregious and sustained attacks on Obama’s legitimacy were leveled by marginal figures who would later be embraced and legitimized by far too many of us. It was we conservatives who rightly and robustly asserted our constitutional prerogatives as a co-equal branch of government when a Democrat was in the White House but who, despite solemn vows to do the same in the event of a Trump presidency, have maintained an unnerving silence as instability has ensued. To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching normalcy required a determined suspension of critical faculties. And tremendous powers of denial.

We Trump supporters do not WANT “normalcy” in DC. We want disruption, an end to the status quo you sanctimonious GOPe weasels, Democrat Socialists, and Beltway bandits of every warp and woof are all so jealously guarding. Your precious “normalcy” is nothing but a recipe for frustration, defeat, and disaster for the nation you misrule. As for the GOPe, your “principled conservatism” has failed to conserve a single goddamned thing. “Normalcy”? Um, thanks, but no thanks, pal.

I’ve been sympathetic to this impulse to denial, as one doesn’t ever want to believe that the government of the United States has been made dysfunctional at the highest levels, especially by the actions of one’s own party.

Refusing to recognize that that is indeed the case, and has been for a goodish while, is the REAL denial. Such obliviousness would have to constitute denial so purblind and obtuse as to spill well over into delusion, in fact.

Meanwhile, the strange specter of an American president’s seeming affection for strongmen and authoritarians created such a cognitive dissonance among my generation of conservatives—who had come of age under existential threat from the Soviet Union—that it was almost impossible to believe.

Hm. Don’t suppose the names Pinochet, Marcos, Somoza, Palavi, or Hussein ring any bells with you, then? Not that I’m proposing that there weren’t sound enough reasons for American support for any or all of them, mind; realpolitik is like that sometimes. But to get suddenly sniffy about it when someone you don’t like is in the White House—someone who happens to be a member of your own party—is what’s almost impossible to believe.

Even as our own government was documenting a con­certed attack against our democratic processes by an enemy foreign power, our own White House was rejecting the authority of its own intelligence agencies, disclaiming their findings as a Democratic ruse and a hoax.

Which is PRECISELY what it was: an attempt to excuse and rationalize away an UNEXPECTED!™ election loss that only a delusional Democrat Socialist—or one of their eternally biddable GOPe rumpswabs—could have failed to see coming….provably fabricated from whole cloth by the minions of the most corrupt and degenerate candidate ever to swindle and hoodwink her way into high office.

I know I shouldn’t at this point, but I do still find it stunning that so many Vichy GOPers would rather have seen Hillary as President than Trump—and are actually willing to publicly admit it. If there’s one single thing that would demonstrate what their commitment to “conservative principles” is really worth, that would have to be it.

So, where should Republicans go from here? First, we shouldn’t hesitate to speak out if the president “plays to the base” in ways that damage the Republican Party’s ability to grow and speak to a larger audience.

Don’t look now, but a lot of Republicans rode into office on Trump’s coattails, because a lot of Americans want to see the DC swamp drained. You want to “damage the Republican Party’s ability to grow,” you just keep right on preserving the Deep State we sent him to Washington to discomfit and dismantle.

Second, Republicans need to take the long view when it comes to issues like free trade: Populist and protectionist policies might play well in the short term, but they handicap the country in the long term.

Ask anybody currently riding around on a new Harley about that one, bub. While you’re at it, ask which staunch conservative hero implemented the temporary measures that kept them around.

Third, Republicans need to stand up for institutions and prerogatives, like the Senate filibuster, that have served us well for more than two centuries.

The filibuster—which, by the way, has NOT been around for two hundred years quite yet—the fucking filibuster? Oh God, I think I’m going to puke.

But hey, you and the rest of the Vichy GOPe keep taking that “conservative principles” “high road,” chumps. And keep right on nobly losing at every turn, too, and pretending it’s really because you fought the good fight and stood up for those precious “principles,” instead of being in barely-clandestine cahoots with your “partners across the aisle”—keeping your snout in the trough to gulp down whatever meager scraps of leftover swill your “partners” in the “loyal opposition” will allow you to grub up, and just never mind the wanton destruction you’re helping them wreak. You’re fooling almost no one but yourselves at this point.

Talk about being in “denial.” If I thought for a second Flake truly believed any of this claptrap, I’d say the irony was so caustic as to actually cause physical wounds.

But I don’t, and neither does he. It’s just another ruse, a desperate, last-ditch stratagem intended to keep the tattered mask from falling to pieces altogether and blowing off with the first breeze. I’ve been saying for a while now that I consider the GOPe to be even more despicable than the Democrat Socialists; this half-assed, pitiful charade is why. It’s time to bring the curtain down on the GOPe’s long-running shitshow, and I frankly don’t care all that much how it gets done.

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An idea whose time…

is way, WAY overdue.

I think the time is approaching if it’s not here already to strongly consider actively abandoning the GOP. Perhaps as someone suggested the President himself can instigate the formation of an actual opposition party, not to oppose Democrats but to oppose Washington DC as it exists today. He’s not going to get much accomplished through normal order and legislative processes. And after he departs, seven years from now (please G-d) the cancer will still be here. So now is the time to lay the groundwork for the long war. And battle number one is assembling an actual army composed of people on our side with our ideals and goals in common. And that would be his greatest accomplishment.

I was talking about this exact thing with a friend earlier today, and it’s my notion that there’s probably a better chance than we realize that he will. After the insulting Rename/Retreat dumbshow in Congress last week, Trump can’t possibly have any more illusions about the likelihood of his ever getting any meaningful support from the GOP, legislative or otherwise, in Congress.

America desperately needs a real second party. It could not be more plain what most of the Republicans have come to view as their role and function in our broken system, and it is nothing remotely like what they’ve been publicly claiming. It’s time to drop the final curtain on this all too lame and contrived theatrical production and get back to some sort of reality.

Really, the writing was on the wall for many of us back when McConnell boasted about setting out to destroy the Tea Party movement…and then did it, and crowed about that, too. Ever since then, and especially now that we’ve seen their farcical playacting over Obamacare, I’ve considered them to be far, far worse and more despicable than the Democrat Socialists. At least the Democrat Socialists are upfront about their loathing for us. The Republicans pretend to be on our side, to wish to advance the agenda we wish to see advanced, when nothing could be further from the truth.

That makes them lower than whale-shit in my book, and nothing would please me more than to see Trump get a true opposition party cranking. He’d need to stay entirely mum and wait until after his re-election to do it, of course, and working out the details, the political maneuvering and legal ins and outs and such, would be a daunting job. But I can’t say I’d be all that shocked by such a move, and I’d stand up and cheer if he did. It would indeed be his greatest accomplishment, and that’s nothing but the truth.

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