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Only Trump

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Remember this blog post?

Trump has disappointed me as President. He has not become more presidential. He has not been able to get control of the Deep State or keep his own people from leaking stuff to the media. He has let a bunch of conservative hacks take control of his healthcare and tax policies, and it’s clear that he, himself, is clueless about any of the details of what they are doing, or that they violate Trumpism. If the voters wanted conservative hacks running the country, they would have just voted for Ted Cruz in the primaries and not Trump.

And finally, his atrocious and shameful public dissing of Jeff Sessions is what has inspired me to make this post.

Michael Wolff’s book is consistent with what I wrote above back in July, which is why I generally believe most of it, because it explains everything. I guess I finally stopped giving Trump the benefit of the doubt after he he publicly went off the rails on Jeff Sessions.

And this doesn’t change my belief that Trump is the best president we could have hoped for (based on who was running in 2015) despite how horribly flawed he is.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 16, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Politics

Bannon subpoenaed to grand jury

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Grand jury testimony is secret, so we will not find out what’s said unless there are leaks.

This is good news for Bannon personally. Mueller is not interesting in prosecuting him for anything if he intends to question him in front of a grand jury, because grand jury witnesses get use and derivative use immunity, which isn’t as good as transnational immunity, not by a long shot, but it makes it a lot harder to prosecute the witness.

Grand jury witnesses have no Fifth Amendment right to remain silent because theoretically they cannot be prosecuted for anything they say.

Based on the book Fire and Fury, Bannon hates Kushner and will happily cooperate with Mueller in order to get back at him. Bannon presented himself as being too smart to get anywhere near the Russia thing, so he may not know anything that isn’t already public knowledge. On the other hand, he may have picked up various dirt on Kushner during the course of his association with Trump, which he can squeal in theoretical complete secrecy to the grand jury.

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January 16, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Politics

Trump represents true Democracy

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So much handwringing by the liberal mainstream media about how Trump is the end of Democracy or something apocalyptic like that.

Trump is the guy that the average non-elite American would vote for without the elites whispering in their ears and subtly brainwashing them into voting only for candidates who represent the values of the elites.

If one-person one-vote means something (a phrase that the liberal mainstream media loves when a majority-black city elects a black mayor), then it means that the people elected don’t represent the top 10% (nor the bottom 10%), they represent the middle.

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January 16, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Politics

Fire and Fury: I can’t believe I read the whole thing

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With my attention span ruined by the internet, it’s hard for me to finish a book these days. Luckily, this book wasn’t too long. The uncut edition of Stranger in a Strange Land is twice as long.

These are the important points:

1. Bannon was a loose cannon. More leaks came from Bannon than anyone else. Bannon hated Jared and Ivanka, referred to as “Jarvanka” throughout the book, and leaked stuff to make them look bad.

There’s more about Bannon in the book than anyone else, indicating that Bannon spoke to Michael Wolff more than anyone else.

Bannon definitely dug his own grave.

2. Kushner also leaked a lot, mostly to make Bannon look bad.

3. Hope Hicks is a more important person in the White House than I had realized. Bannon hated her too.

4. Stephen Miller is strangely absent throughout the book, but in the very few occasions where Wolff mentions him, Wolff presents him as being incompetent and not well liked. I don’t take this as the gospel truth, this could be a combination of Miller being good at staying out of the way of people like Wolff combined with someone else, most likely Bannon, badmouthing him.

Now why would Bannon badmouth the guy most on his side? Because that’s how Bannon is, disrespectful of everyone else, almost as bad as Trump when it comes to being jealous of other people stealing his spotlight.

5. Throughout the book, Trump is presented as utterly incompetent. This appears to be how everyone in the White House views him.

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It looks like Jarvanka won their battle against the Bannonites (except that Stephen Miller is still there and has unofficially taken over Bannon’s role as chief political strategist), and the White House is now an uneasy alliance between Jarvanka and the three generals (Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis) with Tillerson on the side of the generals. The leaking stopped after Preibus and Bannon were kicked out.

Based on this book, I predict that Stephen Miller’s days are numbered, and then the Trump administration becomes a globalist Wall Street dominated administration because only Jarvanka will be left to direct Trump.

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My other reaction to this book is why would anyone with a good high-paying non-government career want to give that up to work in the White House? Actually, that message finally seems to be getting out, and Trump is having trouble attracting new talent.

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January 15, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Books, Politics

What is Mike Pence up to?

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As I’ve pointed out many times, the Vice President doesn’t do anything besides attend funerals and other events that aren’t important enough for the President to attend himself. Mike Pence has taken that role to heart and has stayed out of the spotlight.

A year ago there was the impression that Pence was more important than he really is because of a news story that Pence was pissed that Flynn lied to him, but based on Wolff’s book, that was likely some bullshit that someone who hated Flynn (which was everyone besides Trump) leaked to the media. As Wolff pointed out in the book, Flynn didn’t report to Pence and has no duty to be straight up with him.

Wolff also said that Pence’s own staff is the opposite of the Trump staff. They work well together and never leak anything to the media.

Anyway, this proves that I was 100% right that Pence was a great pick for Vice President (because he looked good in the Vice Presidential debate and now in office he stays out of the way as much as possible). People doubted me. The only downside of Pence is that too many people might prefer him over Trump.

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If only people paid more attention to what I say about Vice Presidential nominees.

Sarah Palin: I said she was horrible, and McCain lost by a huge margin.

Paul Ryan: I said he was a weak pick, better than Palin but still weak, and Romney lost, but by a smaller margin then McCain lost.

Mike Pence: I said he was a great pick, and Trump shocked the world by winning.

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January 12, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Politics

The DACA injunction

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The extreme-liberal judge’s injunction against Trump ending DACA will eventually be overruled by the Supreme Court.

Until that happens, I predict the following:

1. Trump, who gets very angry when he’s not respected, will insist that much more on ending DACA.

2. The Democrats will never agree to a deal that keeps DACA gut gives Trump other restrictionist immigration laws because now they think they can win in the courts.

Therefore, thanks to this extreme-liberal judge, nothing gets passed, and DACA will eventually be dismantled after it gets to the Supreme Court, although liberal judges can delay the dismantling for at least another two years.

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January 10, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Law, Politics

Why you should like Jarvanka if you like Donald

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Do you really think anyone else in the administration besides Jared Kushner and Ivanka cares about the President? I bet everyone else in the White House would be pretty happy if Donald Trump went away and Mike Pence became president.

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January 10, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Politics

Steve Bannon

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Poor guy is just unable to keep his mouth shut in front of people who aren’t his friends. Which was no one at the White House and no one who is a reporter of any kind. He should have taken the advice of Gordon Gekko. “If you need a friend, get a dog.”

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January 9, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Politics

Did Trump want to put Rudy Giuliani on the Supreme Court?

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That’s what Michael Wolff alleges in Chapter 6. Trump saw the Supreme Court nomination as a reward to give to people who helped him and not as part of an ideological battle to remake the federal judiciary. And he was rather clueless about how badly a Giuliani nomination would go down in the Senate. Giuliani is no legal scholar. And he forgot or at least didn’t care about his campaign promise to nominate someone from a list of candidates that was provided by a guy from the Federalist Society.

Luckily the people around him interceded (Wolff specifically mentions Bannon and Preibus) and didn’t let him nominate Giuliani.

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January 9, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Politics

Cory Booker in 2020?

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Tall light-skinned black guy, Stanford grad, Yale grad, on paper he’s the perfect candidate.

Female candidates have not done well on national tickets. Remember Geraldine Ferraro, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton? Surely the adult Democrats don’t want to risk checking the female box again when they can check the black box which has had proven success. That means no to Kemala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar.

The only other male candidates in the running are Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, and people seem to keep forgetting how old they are.

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Also note that Booker is exactly the kind of Democrat that rich donors and corporate executives want. He’s known to be very business-friendly for a Democrat.

Of course certain liberal SJW elements of the electorate may hate that, but they don’t donate big money.

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Pretty amazing that the reason some commenters say Corey can’t win is not because he’s black, but because he’s not married with children.

There have been plenty of politicians who are not married with children, this seems like a non-issue to me. Certainly a non-issue for winning the Democratic nomination.

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January 8, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Politics

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