Eric Florack on January 16th, 2019

If there’s one thing that can be said about Elizabeth Warren declaring her intent to run for the presidency, it’s that there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of enthusiasm among Democrats about it.

Similarly, Bernie Sanders’ presidential plans don’t seem to raise anybody’s heart rate… Nor does Joe Biden’s. The artificial Hispanic, Beto O’Rourke? Flatline. (Name recognition doesn’t help when people can see clearly that there’s no “there, there. How bad does one have to be for Democrats to see you as nothing more than a ball of fluff and salesmanship? Kamala Harris? Yawnsville. AOC? Laughter. (Clouds must look down on that one and say… “Hey that one is shaped just like an idiot!”) Andrew Cuomo? Yes, he’s making a lot of the right left-wing noises. For example, the recent banning of plastic bags in New York, unilaterally….(the legislature was nowhere to be found on that one.) The reality is, the man is one step away from a corruption investigation which will kill any chances of his participating.

So it is across the board. The fact of the matter is that the Democrats have absolutely nobody that can possibly run in 2020 with the slightest chance of actually obtaining the White House. And it appears they’ve begun to notice.

Oh sure, there’s lots of vitriol coming out of the Democrats for Donald Trump and anything else to the right of Fidel Castro these days. Trouble is, from their viewpoint, there’s nobody that can fulfill these socialist wet dreams of theirs. Nobody that’s actually able to garner votes in the general election, will ever make it past the left wing of the Democrat party, and versa/visa And the thing is the Democrats as a whole, know it. The understanding is beginning to Dawn on them that’s simply hating Donald Trump is not worthy reason to elect someone. One must have an actual, workable, agenda. the agenda that we see amongst the Democrats these days, particularly in the list above is, “free stuff for everybody”… And the recognition has begun to dawn, that’s such an agenda is unsustainable.

Oddly enough, that understanding comes from eight years of watching Obama’s incompetent bumbling, and from watching the man who they consider to be a total screwup setting the country on the right path again pretty much before the echo died from taking the oath of office.

Oh don’t misunderstand me, they will eventually find somebody to be the Democrat standard-bearer in 2020. The thing is even the Democrats have begun to understand that they will be approximately as popular as Walter Mondale, and for the same reasons.

Eric Florack on January 15th, 2019

A while ago I ran a post saying that France and the yellow jacket movement was the canary in the coal mine for the rest of the world, including these United States.

Today, I observe Glen Reynolds pretty much making the same points I did and expanding on them.

“But the New Class isn’t limited to communist countries, really. Around the world in the postwar era, power was taken up by unelected professional and managerial elites. To understand what’s going on with President Donald Trump and his opposition, and in other countries as diverse as France, Hungary, Italy and Brazil, it’s important to realize that the post-World War II institutional arrangements of the Western democracies are being renegotiated, and that those democracies’ professional and managerial elites don’t like that very much, because they have done very well under those arrangements. And, like all elites who are doing very well, they don’t want that to change.”

It is worth the read.

Addendum Eric

The degree to which people do not understand this worldwide movement has resulted in tomorrow’s no confidence vote in the UK.

Popcorn, anyone?

davidl on January 15th, 2019

What law moral, or legal, did Laura Loomer break that thousands of wetbacks did not also break?  From Newsweek, via Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit:

Right-wing activist Laura Loomer reportedly jumped the fence around House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California house on Monday and set up a tent to protest, according to a Daily Beast reporter.

The reporter, Will Sommer, tweeted at around 3 p.m. EST: “Laura Loomer has walked off the stream, on her way to Pelosi’s house. One of her crew is claiming that it’s legal to jump the fence because there were no ‘no-trespassing’ signs. I don’t know about that!”

“One of Loomer’s pals is urging viewers to come and ask for ‘sanctuary’ at Pelosi’s house. He claims they’ll be allowed to stay and won’t get in legal trouble because ‘we’re not antifa.’ Hmm!” he continued.

Reax:

WALLS ARE UNAMERICAN, WE’RE TOLD: Right-Wing Activist Laura Loomer Allegedly Trespasses at Nancy Pelosi’s California House to Stage Protest.

Is it illegal to breach an immoral barrier to break an immoral law? Well apparently not according to Mrs. Pelosi. Surely Mrs. Pelosi can not demand one standard for our national border and yet another for her own personal border.

Speaker Pelosi, I ask you to tear down your fence.

Eric Florack on January 14th, 2019

The Democrats are still demanding government be open the before they talk about funding the wall. They sound like Wimpy from the Popeye cartoons. “I’ll gladly pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today.”

You know, since the Democrats have pulled this nonsense repeatedly over the years, maybe the better picture to paint is this one:

(Okay, I have to admit Lucy looks an awful lot more like Dianne Feinstein, than Nancy Pelosi, but I think the point’s taken.)

Jim Daws, over at the American Thinker suggests that the President has the Democrats cornered on this one. I think he’s right. Even the traditional wacko left such as Cher Bono are saying the Democrats have overplayed their hand.

Why on Earth should the President give up the leverage that he’s got in this situation?

Meanwhile ponder the idea that the little gargoyle from North Korea is begging to come back to the negotiations table. Consider a world where a communist dictator is easier to negotiate with then the Democrats.

Eric Florack on January 14th, 2019

Kevin McCarthy.

The moment his name came up for Republican leader in the House, I was suspicious. His “teamwork”, we will call it, with Paul Ryan is one major reason why.

Remember Paul Ryan kept telling the president that he didn’t have the votes for the wall, and when it came down to it… he had more than enough votes… Overwhelming numbers.

The only reason Ryan didn’t want to bring it to the floor because he doesn’t believe in it.

I have long since come to believe that McCarthy has the same problem, the same lack of belief in actually being conservative.

Now, before you tell me this, I will say that Kevin McCarthy has in the past come out repeatedly for border security. Including, the wall. Thing is, so did Chuck Schumer.

Now, long time readers to this website will know that we have been calling for a long time for a complete change of GOP leadership. We have been saying that the American people, and particularly the GOP rank-and-file has longed for such a change, believing that there is a huge disconnect between the GOP leadership and the GOP rank-and-file.

I have to tell you in all honesty that it’s going to take some serious convincing for me personally to believe that Kevin McCarthy doesn’t suffer from that disconnect, and is the wrong choice for minority leader in the House.

From an article in The Federalist today…

That brings us to the final point of comparison. Britain’s Telegraph recently reported that UK schools are teaching British children that “Trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods” and that “menstruation must be inclusive of all genders.” You read that right.

In the span of 100 years, Bri\ntain has gone from producing men who were so eager to fight and die for their country that 16-year-olds lied about their age to enlist when the minimum age was 19, to teaching primary school boys that they can have periods just like girls and offering feminine hygiene products in boys’ bathrooms. This phenomenon isn’t unique to the U.K. U.S. colleges, like the University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, and Brown University offer menstrual products in their men’s rooms, in the name of “menstrual equity” and as a sop to a miniscule “transgender” population.

Can any culture—British, American or any other—raise “rough men” ready to defend it against a ruthless enemy when it cannot even fix in the minds of its developing youth what their sex is? What would Winston say? I’ll take Sgt. Jason McClary any day.

The answer of course is no, they cannot. Interestingly enough, the Russians and the Chinese aren’t having that problem. Perhaps it’s time for us to examine just why that is. For all the worry about Russian influence on our elections, maybe it’s time we examined the rock being created in our culture at least some of it by the Russians…. encouraged by the UnAmerican left.

There’s this, also… The mentioning of Winston Churchill brings to mind the first action of the Obama White House, removing the bust of Winston Churchill from the oval office, and for the last 30 years or so, at least since the end of the prime ministership of Margaret Thatcher, the attempt on the part of the British government to separate itself from Churchill’s legacy.

Addendum: Eric

After this was posted, I’ve noticed that Ed Driscoll over at instapundit has mentioned the same article. His comments on the subject as always, are worthwhile.

davidl on January 14th, 2019

The New York Times is reporting, via Last Refuge, that Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is “cancer free:”

U.S. Media Really, Really, R.E.A.L.L.Y. Need Everyone to Know that Justice Ginsberg is Healthy…

Reax, Sundance

“The more he spoke of his honor, the faster we counted the spoons“… That’s the first sense that comes to mind as left-wing media narrative engineers keep pushing a story that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is “recovering”.

A skeptic would suspect the more accurate medical term for an eighty-five year old patient after a second cancer surgery would be “in remission.”

My question is not if Associate Justice is cancer free or in remission, but Rather is RBG still alive?

After the hysterical hissy fit and liars’ parade of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, can you put past the ‘rats to stage another parade of liars the Associate Justice Ginsberg is still alive?

Eric Florack on January 12th, 2019

According to a report at the Michigan Star:

A Change.org petition calling for the impeachment of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) already has close to 160,000 signatures.

“This woman is an anti-Semite, a war mongering hate filled Palestinian who has vowed to try and destroy our constitutional rights, hates America, hates American citizens,” the petition states. “She’s a danger to our sovereignty, a detriment to society, and to this country, and is unfit to serve in any capacity within our government.”

Apparently, at least some folks can still properly identify problems.

Eric Florack on January 11th, 2019

Let me start this out by saying that there is only one reason why the Democrats in Congress are putting up such a stink about putting up the rest of the wall on the Mexican border. It’s because they hate Donald Trump, because he is a check on their power.

The Democrats know that their chances of obtaining the White House and for that matter holding onto their 2018 Congressional gains, are completely gone if the wall goes up as Trump demands.

Everything else, and I mean everything else being offered by the Democrats at this point is completely vacuous, particularly in light of their previous positions on the subject.

The Democrat desperation, which is displayed as their hatred for Donald Trump is the only reason that anyone can come up with to explain their 180-degree turnaround.

The reader is invited to try to change my mind in the comments. First however, watch this:

I am on record many times as saying that the primary motivation for Democrats is their power. When they pull a shameless flip flop like this, and hope that nobody sees it, you know that they’re feeling their power threatened.

Eric Florack on January 10th, 2019

So, we’re 20 days into this supposed government shutdown. And the funny part is the world hasn’t ended yet.

Of course, this runs precisely contrary to the wailing and gnashing of teeth coming from Democrats of late.

The fact of the matter is what we’re dealing with is a number of governmental agencies which we would be better off without. By definition, non-essential expenditures.

it seems to me that the Democrats would be wise to consider that the longer this goes on the more the American people begin to recognize that the people put out of work by this government shutdown probably shouldn’t have been on the government payroll in the first place.

Eric Florack on January 9th, 2019

No, Mr. President. Do not open the government until such time as the Democrats back down and the wall is fully funded.

I will remind you what happened to President Bush when he compromised with Democrats on promises that they would deal with his concerns at the time. He went against his pledge for no new taxes because the Democrats demanded it, and swore they’d be good and do their jobs if he did. The Democrats then turned around to use that broken promise to beat mr. Bush about the head and shoulders come time for reelection.

To the Republicans in Congress, grow a spine. Stand up for what’s right.

Tell the Schumer and Pelosi they get absolutely nothing until the wall gets fully funded. Don’t let the party of Bill Clinton dictate to us what’s moral and what is not.

That is all.

Eric Florack on January 8th, 2019

A few things that crossed my mind today…

If there are as is claimed, 63 genders, why is it the Golden globes only have male and female categories?

Am I the only one who has noticed that after it hasn’t snowed for a long period of time, people forget how to drive in slippery weather?

The anti-semitic anti-israel wing of the Democrat Party is out there for all to see now. Except of course for the Press who hasn’t made any notice of it at all and I sort of wonder why nobody calls them on it.

Consider the quote above. Now, you late a trial. Doesn’t matter what the charges are. She’s the defendant. When the judge reminds her of her arguments about how facts don’t matter, one wonders what she will say.

Speaking of such things isn’t it interesting how left who has been spending the last 40 some-odd years trying to tell us that morality was unimportant that a personal choice, now abandons that idea and claims it’s more important than fact? Nancy Pelosi call your office.

Does anybody really believe that someone taking their oath of office on a Koran really has the best interests of America at heart and will support freedom of religion which is the first amendment to the Constitution they are supposedly swearing to uphold?

If fences don’t work, then why did the DNC have a 4 mile long 9 foot high fence around their convention in Philadelphia in 2016?

davidl on January 5th, 2019

Not content to lead her caucus of clowns, Mrs. Pelosi joined in on the act and act the part of a clown, yet again, from Last Refuse:

Earlier this week DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was planning to deliver a border security briefing to leaders of congress. After announcing they did not want to gain national security information that was adverse to their political interests, Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority House Democrat Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democrat Senator Dick Durbin refused to attend the DHS briefing.

Today, after accepting the democrat’s political position, President Trump sent a letter to congress along with the full Border Security Briefing outline (full pdf below).

We have a long standing problem with illegal immigration. Sticking your head, up your …, well in the sand will not strengthen our national border.

davidl on January 4th, 2019

The 116 Congress has been seated, Mrs. Pelosi has regained the gavel as speaker, and her circus animals have wasted no time laying scat to the grounds, from Fox News:

Within hours of being sworn into the 116th Congress, newly elected Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., already is facing backlash for her comments on the job – after a profanity-laced pledge to pursue President Trump’s impeachment.

Appearing at a reception in Washington, D.C., hosted by liberal group MoveOn, Tlaib wrapped up her remarks by recalling a conversation she had with her son.

“When your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look! You won! Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t.’ Because we’re gonna go in there, we’re gonna impeach the motherf—-r,” Tlaib told the crowd, which roared with approval.

Did anybody think that anybody who replaced John Conyers as representative for Michigan would have to be an improvement?  Evidently not, democrats have a large pool of scum candidates, and the pool is very deep.

If Mrs. Pelosi has any hope of maintaining even the marginal levels of comity for which the House is infamous, she needs to keep her charges on the reservation. 

davidl on January 2nd, 2019

The partial shutdown theater had another public performance, this time at the White House, from Washington Times:

President Donald Trump invited congressional leaders from each chamber to a White House briefing on border security Wednesday as the partial government shutdown wore on over funding for a border wall, with Trump tweeting: “Let’s make a deal?”

[…]

The invite comes after House Democrats released their plan to re-open the government without approving money for a border wall – unveiling two bills to fund shuttered government agencies and put hundreds of thousands of federal workers back on the job. They planned to pass them as soon as the new Congress convened Thursday.

Both President Donny and Speaker Tablecloth are playing to their respective bases. Mrs. Pelosi’s base is federal government union employees. Donny’s base is the American public.