Leftists Turn Against Nancy

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Nancy Pelosi is paying a price for statesmanship.

Remember when this blog wrote about liberals saving us from Antifa?

But one group can save us from the Antifa caliphate. An unlikely group. A group you’d never believe could be the heroes of this terrifying story.

Who’s this group? Who will save America? Who will preserve Western Civilization? Christendom? Judaism?

Not the Right.

Not the Center.

Not the Great “Undecided” Voter.

No, if you want to be saved, look left, young man. Look left.

The left can save us.

Not the “leftists.” Not the progressives. They’re on Antifa’s side. (Until Antifa turns on them.)

But liberals.

Our friendly liberals.

Pelosi Steps Toward the Middle

The day after I wrote that post, Nancy Pelosi spoke out against Antifa’s violence. Before Paul Ryan. Before Mitch McConnell. Before Jeb Bush. Before Marco Rubio. (As far as I know, only Paul Ryan has walked back his support for Antifa. Mitch, Jeb, Marco, Mitt, and McCain are still Antifa supporters.)

While the Republican sissies wrung their hands, Nancy Pelosi was busy disavowing:

Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts. The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.

After condemning leftwing violence, Pelosi has become friendly with President Trump. She worked with the president on hurricane relief, debt ceiling, and DACA. I wrote about Trump’s deals with Democrats here and here.

I previously warned that leftists are not liberals. Today, Nancy Pelosi learned that lesson. The hard way.

Nancy Pelosi had to be rushed off stage for her own safety. Safety from a mob. A mob of angry leftists. Leftists angry because Nancy condemned Antifa and ate dinner with Trump.

As The Gateway Pundit reports:

Nancy Pelosi was set to speak about the DREAM Act when too many angry DACA recipients surrounded her and screamed at her demanding answers on their future and claiming every illegal immigrant be protected.

Pelosi said, “It’s clear you don’t want any answers. It’s clear,” as she was rushed out of the event to safety.

Mitch and Paul Are In Trouble

My theory on Trump’s deals with Democrat leaders goes like this:

  1. Trump wants to get stuff done. Stuff that makes America great again.
  2. Trump is not an ideological conservative, so he has no qualms with working with Democrats to make America great.
  3. Trump is sick of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and the do-nothing, cowardly Republican Congress.
  4. Trump cozied up to Nancy and Chuck Schumer to advance his agenda and to humiliate Ryan and McConnell. And it’s working.
  5. Finally, if GOP internal polls show voters support Trump’s outreach to Democrats, Congressional Republicans will demand that Ryan and McConnell knock off their middle-school games and get to work.

Ryan and McConnell have a window. A window to return to the president’s side. A window through which they can shove some important legislation like Obamacare repeal, tax reform, and infrastructure. A window to retain control of Congress.

But that window is closing fast.

Leftists and GOP Establishment Are Pushing Trump and Pelosi Together

With each leftist attack against Pelosi, she’ll develop a new respect for and camaraderie with President Trump. Today, Ms. Pelosi must have felt like she was in a foxhole with The Donald.

Think about it. Donald Trump treats Nancy Pelosi better than her own constituents.

And Nancy Pelosi treats Donald Trump better than Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell treat their party’s own president.

Psychologically, idiots on the right and violent thugs on the left are pushing Trump and Pelosi into a stronger alliance. Trump can do a lot to help Democrats in 2018.

What you’re seeing play out in Washington is a world-class strategy master in Trump. Trump is running circles around self-serving strategic novice Ryan. And Ryan’s weaknesses could really hurt the conservative agenda.

Watch for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to say nicer things about Trump’s United Nations appearances than Ryan or McConnell say. And then expect to see Congressional Republicans head off to some posh resort for a weekend of teambuilding.

And remember you heard it first on Hennessy’s View.

 

 

I disavow every Republican who disavowed Trump’s tweets

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When Reagan was president, we wanted him to hit back harder on the press. We wanted him to put Sam Donaldson in his place. We wanted him to call out the fake news.

2/5/1981 President Reagan during an interview with Sam Donaldson of ABC News Leslie Stahl of CBS News and Judith Woodruff of NBC News with James Brady at the Cross Hall White House Library

But Reagan didn’t.

Reagan was a gentleman.

We respected that.

But we wanted him to break form and hit those bastards hard. With his brilliant wit.

When Trump punched Mika and Joe in their surgically-lifted faces this morning, I laughed. I cheered.

They had it coming. They EARNED a presidential takedown. They earned it. They got it.

When Nancy Pelosi, former lube rack swimsuit model, took to the podium to call Trump sexist, I laughed. What a stupid hypocrite Pelosi.

Nancy Pelosi: Lube Rack Model

When I heard Republicans disavowing Trump’s tweets, I yelled. Almost cried like Chuck Schumer.

Republicans are so weak. Weak Republicans. Man up.

The press deserves every ounce of scorn, ridicule, and condemnation it gets. There’s no life form lower than a lefty journalist. When low-IQ idiots like Mika Brzezinski get called out by a president, they have it coming. It’s just. It’s deserved.

I am damn proud that my president remains true to his rallying, street-fighter campaign. I’m proud that Trump verbally punches stupidity in its plastic-surgery-lifted face (as Michelle Moore might say).

Michelle Moore, St. Louis Tea Party Coalition Executive Director

I hope Trump’s tweets hurt their feelings. Screw their feeling.

Trump isn’t Reagan. Trump is the Wolf. Trump gets the job done. He’s filling the gaps Reagan left open. He’s punching stupidity in the mouth. And you love it.

Keep winning, Donald. We love you.

Obamacare Repeal Vote Results (Prediction)

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Today, President Trump changed the game. He changed the Prisoner’s Dilemma (coordination) into a game of Chicken (competition).

Lifer Republicans have no experience with games of chicken. They were raised on coordination games.

By changing the game to Chicken, Donald Trump greatly increased the chances that phony Paul Ryan’s healthcare will PASS.

Here’s why briefly.

Psychologically, people always think they have more time. Republicans, in particular, believe time is limitless. Lifelong Republicans think they can delay any decision until the decision they want is a given.

But Trump said in effect, “vote tomorrow. I’m moving on.”

That’s a very strong move. And it scared the shit out of Republicans. Even Freedom Caucus snowflakes who accused the President of ignoring them. (Not all Freedom Caucusers are snowflakes. But the pansies who complained about their lack of access to the President should be driven out of the caucus and out of the Congress. They’re weak.) Enough Republicans believe that it’s this or nothing. It’s this or Obamacare forever. It’s this or total failure of the last 8 years of Republican politics.

So my prediction is that this pathetic bill will pass.

I hope, but don’t predict, that House Republicans will remove Paul Ryan from the Speakership. Paul Ryan is a weak and failed Speaker. This bill should have been ready on January 20. Ryan’s selfishness caused this crisis. 

For the record, I also hope the bill passes. Not that I like the bill. But I think it can be improved with future legislation. If it fails, we will live with Obamacare for the next 100 years. Too many people worked too hard for too many years to let that happen.

Strategy, not hyperventilation.

P.S. Nothing in this post should be construed as an endorsement of Paul Ryan. I think Paul Ryan is a disgusting, weak person. But I believe Trump. He walks away from negotiations that are going nowhere. When he says “take it or leave it,” he means. He has a history.

Welcome to the America of Our Dreams

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Jim Durbin called me this evening. “Are you excited?” he asked.

Jim was in the crowd at the very first Tea Party in St. Louis, February 27, 2009. A cold Friday. He and more than a thousand other folks took off work and school to see what this protest was all about. Like so many others, Jim knew America needed a change. A big one. A change built on the hopes and dreams and fierce independence of ordinary people. We could no longer trust America’s future to academics and political professionals.

“Excited bout what?” I asked.

“The inauguration tomorrow,” he said.

I’d almost forgotten. Between my never-ending cold and work and family and the Blues’ lackluster home play, so many other things compete for my brain time. I felt bad that I didn’t feel better. Which reminded me of a story we read in 7th grade (was it 7th?) about Christmas spirit and a little kid who didn’t have any.

The kid in that Christmas story was struck by Christmas spirit on Christmas eve. My epiphany struck when I opened some old emails.

These emails were responses to a “thank you” email I sent to Tea Partiers in November. My email thanked them for being part of the movement that culminated in a 1,000 seat shift from Democrats to Republics since 2009 at all levels of state and federal government including, now, the seat in the Oval Office. That email was to thank the people like Jim who no longer trusted academics and professionals to chart a course for America’s future.

As Donald Trump prepares to take office as our 45th President and the first of a kind, I thought I’d share a few of your words with the world. You say it better than I ever could:

Don’t you see that the Tea Party was the precursor of Donald Trump’s election? We laid the groundwork with all those rallies and protests and afterparties.  If Trump is faithful to his word and follows through with his promises to us, the ideals that we struggled for will come to fruition. Back in April of 2009 when I went to the Kiener Plaza rally, I KNEW that the Tea Party would be an historic movement, that we could make a difference.  God bless you and, yes, Dana too, for helping us to take America back. God bless Donald Trump and God Bless America! — Donna R.

It finally feels good after all these past 8 years. God bless you Bill. — Edward H.

I heard someone recently say what happened to the Tea Party and I said we are the Tea Party.  You were such a prominent part of the entire movement.  Thank you for the reminders.  I have a photo album with many of the events.  I truly feel like there is a dark cloud removed from our future.  However, we can never take this great country for granted.  God has answered our prayers and now we need to be worthy.  Thank you for all the passion there is no replacement and money cannot buy it. –Jane P.

Some of us have complained or protested when someone implied that the Tea Party is dead. I don’t think it was ever dead – it went underground and that’s where it continued its mission of upsetting the apple card and unconventional methods of doing things the unconventional way.

Thanks for recognizing that MAGA is and was the ultimate goal of the Tea Party. –Frieda K.

God Bless America and please make it great again! –Judy H.

I received dozens of other notes that mistakenly thanked me. I really didn’t do much, but I appreciate your kind support and kind words.

Shakespeare said, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” Fifteen hours from the moment I write these words, the Tea Party’s dream will rendezvous with its hard-earned destiny. That destiny, far too big for one man to contain, will nonetheless be personified by Donald J. Trump.

On this last night of America’s dark winter, I will tell you that Mr. Trump said it best when he told the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial tonight:

I had something to do with it but you had much more to do with it than I did. I’m the messenger. I’m just the messenger. And we were tired, and I love you. Believe me, I love you.

Thank you, friends. I look forward to laying down our tools of protest so we can pick up hammers and shovels and get to work Making America Great Again!

How to Win Consistently

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If your favorite player hits a home run or scores a goal, but your favorite team loses, what have you accomplished?

If an athlete you despise makes a horrible error but the hated team he plays for wins the championship, how do you feel?

In several races across Missouri, some people seem willing to lose the war if it means they can win their private battles. That’s pretty sad, isn’t it?

In the race for governor and the race for US Senate, I hear people working against their own interests for extremely selfish reasons. But the only way to show you’re a consistent person is to elect Trump, Blunt, and Greitens on Tuesday.

US Senate

Suppose Donald Trump wins but Roy Blunt loses. And a few other Republican Senate candidates lose. It’s possible that President Trump could face a Senate controlled by Democrats. In that case, you won’t get a single piece of legislation you want. You’ll get only what Mitch McConnell compromises with Chuck Schumer. Have fun with that.

Plus, Jason Kander is a far left progressive. He’s opposed to the 2nd Amendment because he will get to keep his assault rifles and side arms. That’s how elitism works, and Kander’s all for different rules for different castes. And Kander loves the lobbyists as much as the lobbyists love Kander. It’s a regular affair with those two.

If Hillary wins, don’t you want every possible Republican Senator to form a firewall?

If you want Trump and Trump’s policies, you have to give Trump a Senate that will enact those policies. Kander won’t do that. Roy Blunt will. So vote for Blunt on Tuesday.

Missouri Governor

Suppose Chris Koster wins. You won’t ever see Right to Work in Missouri. All the good bills that Nixon vetoed, Koster will veto. All the favoritism Nixon showed, Koster will show. Missouri’s embarrassing fall to the bottom of the economic barrel will continue. That fall might even accelerate. Who knows.

In Chris Koster’s Missouri, failing schools and falling bridges will remain the norm. Fortune 1000 companies will continue to flee our state. And rioters will be allowed to control your streets. If Chris Koster was afraid to do something about Ferguson as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, imagine how cowardly he’d act as governor.

Or you can show consistency by voting for Eric Greitens. Greitens started off as a Democrat, but he realized his philosophy was out of sync with that party’s beliefs. So he embraced the GOP and some of the most conservative GOP leaders embrace Greitens.

As governor, Eric Greitens will sign Right to Work. He will lead his party to make Missouri great again by getting us out of the bottom quintile of economic despair. Greitens will confront riots with all the determination and courage you’d expect from a Navy SEAL war veteran. And he’ll elevate our political discourse like no one else.

Consistency

Most people want to be seen as consistent. We want people to think we’ll do the right thing even if it hurts. Maybe it hurts you to vote for Blunt or Greitens, but deep down you probably know voting for Blunt and Greitens is the right thing.

Trump will win Missouri by 15 percentage points if you vote. If Missouri voters do the right thing, Blunt and Greitens will win by 15 points, too. If they don’t, it’s because many Missouri conservatives would rather lose the war for America than lose a skirmish for their pride. And that would be so sad.

How to be inconsistent

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This post is about why you should vote for Eric Greitens. But first, let’s take a stroll down memory lane.

Remember August 2015? It was hot, of course, but everybody was talking about when Trump would fade. For example, here’s the RCP Afternoon Edition from August 7, the day after the first GOP debate:

Whose Party Is It, Anyway? – Molly Ball, The Atlantic
The Republican Debate Was Awesome – David Harsanyi, The Federalist
You Cannot Embarrass Donald Trump – Ezra Klein, Vox
The Beginning of the End for Trump – Ed Rogers, Washington Post
Martin O’Malley, the Dems’ Fallback? – Michelle Cottle, National Journal
The Religion of Climate Change – Nicholas Hahn, Wall Street Journal
Why the Iran Deal Will Work – Ernest Moniz, Chicago Tribune
Schumer’s Iran Deal Statement Is a Game-Changer – Joel Pollak, Breitbart
Don’t Worship Reagan, Learn From Him – Arthur Brooks, Changing Lanes
Is Trump a Clinton Plant? – Brent Budowksy, The Hill
The Post-Debate Power-Rankings – Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner

It’s fun to click a few of those links and reminisce, isn’t it? Like the Post-Debate Power Rankings that listed the candidates chances of winning the nomination. Walker, Bush, and Rubio were ranked 1, 2, and 3. Trump was down with Jim Gilmore and Ben Carson.

Ed Roger of WaPo declared the beginning of the end of Trump. (I did, too.)

At the time, there two basic objections to Trump. One faction felt Trump’s behavior discredited the process. I was in that group. Trump: The Clown is the first section of my book.

The other faction believed Trump a low-information liberal masquerading as a Republican. This group included both strict, orthodox conservatives and hardcore neo-con establishment types. I was part of this group, too. (See this.) The latter group makes up most of NeverTrump.

Those who saw Trump as a clown in August 2015 came quickly to realize he’s actually a perfect reflection of we, the people. And a Master Persuader. I realized this early on, accepting that Trump is probably the candidate we deserve. But I resisted supporting him because of my love of limited government and his history of big government ideas.

To me, the most intellectually honest people in America are those orthodox conservatives who have since embraced Trump. Think of Victor Davis Hanson and Roger Kimball. They know Trump is risky when it comes to conservative ideas, but he’s conservative “enough” and the alternative would be disastrous for America and for conservatives. Therefore, they’re willing to take their chances by endorsing Trump. They’ve put America’s future ahead of their own personal preferences. For that, we should thank them.

I know some NeverTrumpers call us inconsistent sellouts. Some even call us racist, sexist monsters. One prominent NeverTrump believes people like me would use time-machine technology to go back to 1930s Europe to help Hitler and Mussolini defeat the Allies. Then they criticize Trump’s hyperbole.) But we who support Trump see our support as consistent with Reagan’s admonition from the 1960s: America is freedom’s last bastion. If we lose it here, there’s no place to go. Therefore, survival of the American nation and the rule of law trumps a few policy differences. Trump might be a threat to parts of the conservative agenda, but Hillary is a threat to the survival of the country.

Okay. The reason I mention all that Trump stuff is this: Most Missouri conservatives are fully onboard the Trump Train. Even Rep. Ann Wagner changed her mind today and announced she’s voting for Trump. All of my activist friends are onboard the train.

The weird thing is, some of my friends are NOT on the Greitens train. And THAT is wild inconsistency.

I’m not going to tell you you have to vote for Eric Greitens. I’m not even going to tell you that I’ll be mad if you don’t. That’s up to you.

But I will say I cannot figure how any conservative can overcome all of Tump’s flaws to support him but fail to overcome Greiten’s past positions. Greitens is a true American hero and remarkable leader. He’s recognized around the world as a great leader. The Democrats showered him with attention to get him to run as one of them.

But Greitens wanted to be consistent with his core philosophy, and his philosophy aligns better with the conservative faction of the GOP. So he left the party of his youth to become a Republican. And he’s become more conservative even in the two years I’ve known him.

If you want to know what inconsistency looks like, think about these people who support Trump but question Eric Greitens. That’s inconsistency I can’t reconcile.

If you do think about it, you’ll probably expect, like me, that Greitens and Trump will both win Missouri by 12 points or more. If that doesn’t happen, it’ll be because some of us are intellectually inconsistent.

Vote for Eric Greitens. Make Missouri great again.