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Kayleigh McEnany helps deranged WH press corps to do their jobs properly

Trump’s new Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is doing such a great job with the White House press corps. In this video clip she turns their lack of journalistic integrity back on them by providing a list of questions to pique their curiosity about #Obamagate instead of letting them indulge in their favorite pastime of creating false narratives.

Chicago Mayor berates her constituents

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot lambasted her constituents for violating stay at home orders and threatened them with arrest, fines and jail time during the COVID19 pandemic.

We particularly found her “we are never getting out of this” and “we are watching you [on social media]”comments galling.

Could it just be that South Dakotans behaved better because their governor treated them as adults and asked them to exercise common sense? Or are Chicagoans fed up with being lectured to like children when their leader doesn’t practice what she preaches?

You be the judge.

Admittedly she was criticizing those hosting, organizing and attending parties during the pandemic.

Unfortunately, Democrat leaders have shown a lot of hypocrisy during the crisis.

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio justified his visit to the gym with, “‘I need exercise to be able to stay healthy and make decisions

Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama implored people to stay home for their own good just days after her husband was spotted on the links in DC.

Lightfoot has ordered people to stay home unless for essential services which excludes hairdressing. Yet she followed her peers and had no qualms visiting a hair salon.

The Mayor’s excuse was, “I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media and I’m out in the public eye.”

Maybe when Chicagoans see their mayor indulge in double standards their own sense of fear dissipates? So much for “leading by example!

Michelle Obama wins Most Admired Woman award. Donald Trump Most Admired Man alongside her husband

How worthy can any poll honestly be to rank Hillary Clinton the “Most Admired Woman” 17 years in a row? Michelle Obama has now won the Gallup award back to back in 2019, although she slid from 15% to 10%. Lucky that Michelle and Barack Obama have moved into a $15m mansion by the shores of Martha’s Vineyard because they might need the extra space to store all of the trophies.

While it will no doubt appease the left to have her win, they may not be too pleased to discover that Donald Trump tied with Barack Obama for “most admired man.”

Ouch! How telling is that to have a poll like Gallup that can rank crooked Hillary for 17 years straight now award Trump equal first in a country which suffers from so much Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS)? Even Melania Trump, the figure so many magazines refuse to put on their cover, took second place.

Maybe Americans love the current first couple more than the media makes out.

Biden’s vote-winning strategy

Always a useful show of character when one has to use ad hominem attacks – weight, fitness, age and intelligence to defend a position against an 83-yo. And no, Trump is no saint when it comes to hurling insults. Although the difference between Trump & Biden is that the former is well known for that persona from his reality TV days whereas the latter is trying to deny his bitterness which extends to challenging an octagenarian to a push-up contest.

Yet none of it really matters. The most revealing sign of Joe Biden’s campaign is that Barack Obama, the man who called him the “best vice president America has ever had” and bestowed upon him a Presidential Medal of Freedom, has said absolutely nothing to support him in his presidential campaign. Tells us all we need to know.

But it gets worse. Rasmussen Reports noted, “59% of Democrats say it’s important for their party to choose a woman or person of colour as their presidential or vice-presidential nominee, including 26% who feel it’s Very Important.

Now that Harris is out and Elizabeth Warren is taking, what will they do if a cantankerous old jock gets the nomination?

It’s hard being perfect

Obviously, a very daft thing to say. Self-appraisal is so vacuous. Then again, Trump is the master of lighting fires for the media to chase. True to form they’ll wail for days over this comment questioning his intelligence to deflect from impeachment and demands for his tax returns. Yet is this quote remotely surprising?

According to Trump, he’s said he is a

“stable genius,”

that “no one respects women more than I do”, 

“I will build a great wall–and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me–and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words”

“I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

“Ariana Huffington is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man–he made a good decision.”

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”

“My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”

“I Have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”

“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”

“I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.”

“The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.”

N.B. the last two were Obama.

Nancy Pelosi wasn’t much better – “We have to pass the bill for you to find out what’s in it.”

Does the data show Donald in the dumpster?

Midterm

This is a simple schematic of first term presidents and the results at the ballot box of their first mid term. Since 1910, the incumbent parties have invariably lost ground. More interestingly, Democrats had control of either/both House of Reps and Senate during Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush Sr – all Republicans. Republican Presidents Taft, Harding, Hoover, Eisenhower and Trump lost the House at the midterms. Truman, Clinton and Obama suffered the same fate for the Democrats.

Trump achieved the highest number of Senate seats taken by a first term Republican president for over 100 years. George W Bush achieved rising numbers for HoR/Senate  post 9/11 but only Democrats have achieved the feat – Woodrow Wilson, FDR and JFK. Perhaps the irrelevance of the outcomes in the mid-terms is that despite the floggings Wilson, Truman, Ike, Reagan, Clinton, Bush Jr and Obama all were comfortably reelected for a second term.

Given the headwinds Trump was facing from the mainstream media, his unorthodox outbursts, twitter tirades and so forth, the electorate didn’t grant the Democrats a huge gift  they were expecting. Even worse they gave Trump a bigger authority to appoint SC justices should an opportunity arise by bumping his numbers in the Senate. Not surprising given the shocking gutter level political theatre over Justice Kavanaugh, vindicated by  victims confessing they had lied.

The Democrats should still be concerned that the $70mn spent on Beto O’Rourke came to nothing.  Beyonce also endorsed Beto. Oprah endorsed Abrams in Georgia – who is likely to lose. Taylor Swift endorsed Bredesen – who also lost. All four candidates openly supported by Obama lost. So much for celebrity power swaying electorates. It probably had a counter effect.

Even worse, in Nevada a brothel owner and reality TV star won his race despite dying last month. It is hard to work out what is the bigger tragedy. Voting for someone dead or being the competing Democrat to lose to a dead person. A Republican is to be appointed to the seat by county officials.

We shouldn’t forget that the Republicans had the highest number of sitting member retirements at a first midterm in the House of Representatives for 88 years. 25 seats had a new face. Republicans won re-election as governors in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maryland – three of them deep blue states. Where was the mainstream media on that?

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Turnout was good (for a mid term). 48.1% voted in 2018. In the last 100 years the average has been 41%. Only in 1966, did the first midterm of LBJ exceed this level at 48.7%. So much for either party causing a red or blue wave. Less than half of eligible voters showed up on November 6th 2018. More cared, but not enough.

Felons make for an interesting outlier subset. While it is hard to know their exact voting intentions, for the Gubernatorial in Georgia, would 219,431 felons have made a difference for Abrams? She trails Kemp by just under 100,000 votes. So if 55% of felons (the Georgia midterm turnout ratio) voted, 120,687 votes were up for grabs. Were it legal for Georgian state felons to vote, she would have been wise to campaign there.

Felons

Now that the Democrats have the lower house, one wonders why they have put Nancy Pelosi in charge of the House? This is possibly to be contested. Up to fifty Democrat congressmen might oppose her for Speaker. Trump couldn’t wish for a better adversary as her litany of gaffes will undoubtedly embarrass her party. Pelosi represents pretty much everything Americans have come to despise about the Democrats.

More worryingly, Maxine Waters is being put in charge of the Financial Services Committee. At a point in the cycle where financial acumen is probably most required, this is an embarrassment, made worse by her open calls for payback.

The Democrats need fresh faces. Ones that will look for bipartisan support. If the Democrats embark upon a cocktail of revenge politics and look to push for investigation after investigation in order to impeach Trump but end up with nothing they will be seen for what they are – a party completely self-absorbed with petty vendettas. The toxic Senate debacle should have given them warning enough that voters won’t tolerate more political roadkill like that going forward.  Yet Pelosi will likely use her subpoena powers to drag everything through the gutter instead of working to improve things for Americans. Failure here will only lead the electorate to conclude they wasted two years and gift wrap 2020 for Trump.

This mid-term election was anything but a slam dunk. Put aside personal hatred of Trump, look at the data and see that Americans did not write him off as many pundits predicted. It should be more scary to realise that he is probably more Teflon-Don than he was in 2016. Second biggest mid-term turnout in history, highest net gain of seats in the Senate in 100 years for a first term GOP president, record dollars thrown at Democrat candidates backed by Trump-hating billionaires. At the end of the day folks, this is just the data talking.

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These results may surprise many

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We are often told by the likes of Pelosi et al that race relations in the US have never been worse than now. More narrative busting from Rasmussen,

”Voters feel young black Americans are better off under President Trump than they were under Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey shows that 32% of Likely U.S. Voters believe life for young black Americans has gotten better since Trump’s election. Slightly more (36%) say life for these Americans has gotten worse, while 26% think it has stayed about the same.

But in March 2014, just 16% said life for young black Americans had gotten better since Obama’s election five-and-a-half years earlier.  By July 2016 in Obama’s final year in office, only 13% thought life was better for young blacks.

Even black voters are nearly twice as likely (28%) to say young black Americans are better off now than they were in the closing year of Obama’s presidency (15%).

Forty-seven percent (47%) of all voters, however, believe race relations are worse since Trump’s election. Still, that compares to 60% who felt that way after eight years of the Obama presidency. Just 20% say those relations are better now, while 30% rate them about the same.