Too Early To Look At 2020?

Yeah, I know. We haven’t even completed Donald Trump’s first year in office, and already the rumors are flying about who is going to run on both sides of the aisle. Is it too early to look at 2020? Actually, yes…it probably is, but since when has that stopped us from taking a look?

I think on the GOP side, the president will most likely get a primary challenge. He’s pissed off enough people on the right that he most likely will get a few Senators or Governors that throw their hat into the ring. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bob Corker of Tennessee was in that mix, and you know John Kasich, Ohio’s Governor is just itching to get back at Trump, right? I mean, I’m not sure who else is going to run IF (and that’s a pretty big “if”) Trump decides to go for re-election. If he doesn’t, it’ll be an open field both ways, with possibly Mike Pence stepping up to the plate. Other than Pence, I would think you may get Scott Walker running again, and maybe Chris Christie even though he will be out of office for a while (it gives him more time to lose some weight and run).

On the Democrats’ side, I’ve heard rumblings that they are bolstered with new confidence after maintaining the Governor’s mansion in Virginia (weren’t they supposed to win that anyway?), which has become a blue state over the last decade or so. Well, that and taking back the Governor’s position in New Jersey, which is always left-leaning, and it’s a wonder how someone like Chris Christie even got in in the first place. Those aren’t what I would call “red state busters”. Now, if places like Arizona or Utah were to change to a Democrat Governor (though Arizona has been known to do that…the last one was Janet Napalitano), it might shake some heads.

Anyway, I’m hearing that soon to be former Governor Terry McAuliffe may run. Corey Booker, the Senator from New Jersey is a possibility, and you’ve always got the dynamic duo of Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, and Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren, now that Hillary is finished in politics.

Early predictions are going to be all over the road as to whether the GOP can hold the White House after four years of Donald Trump or not. Personally, I think a lot of it is going to depend on the economy. I’ve heard a lot of scuttlebutt that the economy is getting set to tank again and pop some bubbles in the stock market. If that’s the case, and it’s as severe as everyone thinks, the Republicans could be in trouble. If however, the economy chugs ahead at a nice pace, and Trump doesn’t start a war with North Korea, and fixes Obamacare and the Tax Code, and also starts building a wall on the southern border…he could want to run again. My early hunch says he’s going to be bored with the job and want to get back to Trump Tower. Just a hunch.

Whatever happens, one thing is for sure…it’s going to be dirty…it’s going to be nasty, and I wouldn’t put it past either side to pull out all the stops.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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What “Big” Dem Wins Tuesday Actually Tell Us

I think we kind of owe it to the snowflakes out there to allow them to celebrate today a little bit. I mean, they’ve had so little over the past 12 months to cheer about. Maybe the defeat of the Obamacare repeal, and that’s been about it! So, in light of Tuesdays “Big” election win for the left, allow them the day to celebrate.

For the record, in case you weren’t up watching the election returns, Ralph Northam defeated Ed Gillespie for the Governor’s Mansion in Virginia. Northam was the Lieutenant Governor under Terry McAuliffe, and Ed Gillespie was the former head of the National Republican Party. It was a 9 point win for Northam.

Meanwhile, up the coast a ways, Dem Phil Murphy beat Republican Kim Guadagno for the Governor’s seat in New Jersey. Murphy had been predicted to cream Guadagno, and he did just that.

OK, those are the big headlines. Here’s the analysis. Neither is a huge upset for the Dems. Here’s why. First of all in Virginia, the Democrats held the Governor’s mansion. Why is it such a big deal to believe that the Lieutenant Governor wouldn’t succeed the sitting Governor? It happens all the time. Not a huge surprise there. The only thing that I would consider to be “huge” was the fact that it was within 10 points. I mean, Hillary Clinton took Virginia for cryin’ out loud. It’s a blue state!

Now, let’s go to New Jersey. They have a sitting Governor by the name of Chris Christie, who according to the people with poofy hair and pomade who live there, was only hated slightly less than Satan. After eight years of Christie, this very liberal state was ready to get back to it’s roots, and that’s just what they did. In fact, the exit polls showed that the disdain for Christie was a huge reason why folks didn’t go for Guadagno. And are you really surprised that a Dem wins in New Jersey? If you answered that yet, you need to have your head examined!

Neither of these wins are a) a major Democrat victory. Both should have been expected and b) a “referendum on Donald Trump” as the snowflakes like to say. There was no referendum here. You had two left-wing candidates in two left-leaning (or very left) states that beat two conservatives. What is so referendum like about that? It’s only an upset when you don’t expect to win going in, folks. In these cases, I would have expected both Murphy in New Jersey and Northam in Virginia to win, just like I expected the Republicans to hold on to the House and Senate seats they gave up when those occupying the seats moved into the Trump administration. Those weren’t “upset” Republican wins. They didn’t show that the country was moving away from Democrats. They were in states Trump won, in districts (in the House races) that had been GOP. Where is the big upset there? Buehler? Buehler?

No, Tuesday’s races did one thing. It confirmed that both New Jersey and Virginia are blue states. It elected the people that were ahead in the polls from the start, and no, it wasn’t a referendum on anything. It’d be like if we elected a Republican to replace Jeff Flake out here next November. It’s an upset if we don’t, and had Guadagno and Gillespie won…those races would have been upsets! Enjoy the wins, Dems…reality settles back in tomorrow.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Flake Retires…Arizona Celebrates

The junior Senator from Arizona took to the Senate floor yesterday, proceeded to blast Donald Trump for tearing the country apart, and then announced he was retiring from the Senate after serving just one term. It was a move that didn’t surprise anyone in the Grand Canyon State. Flake was looking at a very uphill battle against Dr. Kelli Ward who had already announced her candidacy to unseat him in next year’s primary.

I think Flake realized he wasn’t going to win, and if he did, what was he going back to? Getting bashed by Donald Trump can’t be a lot of fun. Both Senators from Arizona have been disappointments actually. In fact, you have to go back to Jon Kyl, who Flake replaced in 2013 after Kyl’s retirement before you find a decent Senator from our state.

Arizonans actually took the news of Flake’s retirement quite well. He’s never been more than a fiscal conservative (neither has McCain), and he just skated by his first election beating former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona by 3% in 2012. I have a hunch Flake wasn’t looking forward to running against Lake Havasu City’s Ward. Word on the street is, he would have gotten waxed!

So, that has opened the door for two other local Republicans to quickly announce they were running for Flake’s seat. I doubt they can beat Ward…after all, they ARE Johnny Come Lately’s, aren’t they? And no…I’m not running!

To have Flake retire is a breath of fresh air in this state. I never met the guy, though I did communicate with him via email on a few issues. He seemed committed to his belief, and that’s good, it’s just bad that I didn’t always agree with him. I put him in the same category as John McCain. He probably does the state of Arizona more harm than good running as a Republican. He’s a moderate at best, and a pretty poor one at that.

Oh…and my liberal friends will love this…Flake was born in a place called, and I’m not kidding…”Snowflake, Arizona”. He now lives in Mesa…east valley, near Tempe where Arizona State is located.

Look, on a personal note, I think Arizona could do much better. There are true dyed in the wool conservatives here that would make a difference in DC. We haven’t elected on in quite a while, but we have a chance to. Kelli Ward isn’t without baggage. She makes some “Pelosi-like” statements from time to time, and for that she gets branded a little weird, but I do like her stance on a lot of things.

As for Flake, his leaving the Senate isn’t going to cause much of a ripple. He wasn’t in the leadership being a first-termer. And he really didn’t do a whole lot while he was there. I have no idea where he goes from here, but I’m sure it’ll be in politics somewhere on the state level. He may run for the State Senate or State House (they’re pretty much interchangeable out here). Either way, he’ll be out of my hair!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Should We FINALLY Find Out?

It happened some 54 years ago. I don’t know about you, but I was 6 years old. I was in the first grade at Lincoln Elementary School in a small town in Southeastern Michigan. We all remember where we were when we heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. I was walking home from school, which let out early. I didn’t know why we got out early, we just did. The neighbor girl said Kennedy had been killed. I didn’t believe her. That was until I opened the front door to the house and my babysitter was sitting on the couch watching TV, and said, “Yes…he was killed today”.

Now, 54 years later, there is a cry among those in Washington DC politics for the government to finally come clean. There is a move in congress, a bi-partisan effort, to actually release the government documents, telling the world what the government knew and when they knew it. It would detail all of the gory details we have been spared all these many years. All of the conspiracy theories would finally be put to rest.

I gotta say…I’m not sure I want to know.

It isn’t going to bring Kennedy back. It can’t do anything to enhance the federal government’s position, which today isn’t good. If the report comes out and says the federal government knew nothing of the assassination, then the conspiracy theories will just continue and call it a cover-up. If the government comes out and says yes…it WAS the FBI, or the CIA, or Lyndon Johnson, or aliens from another planet, then will your faith in the government be restored or destroyed? I don’t see how this helps the government either way. And frankly, I’m not sure I want to know.

Oh, there’s a curiosity there, to be sure. After spending four days after the shooting in front of the TV with wall to wall coverage of everything Kennedy (and no cartoons! which for a 6 year old was the worst punishment ever!), it was the first time I ever remember seeing a “news channel” in today’s parlance…24/7…nothing but Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, and Howard K. Smith. No commercials, no breaks, straight news. And it did get boring.

I’m just not sure putting this to bed once and for all is going to actually put this to bed once and for all. And so it probably would not achieve the intended result. It’s even more questionable that we as Americans, shouldn’t know what happened to our elected leaders, two generations after they were taken out by an assassin’s bullet. I’ve always said that if some governmental agency could take out the President, then nothing in this country is sacred or safe. They could take out any one of us, at any time, for any reason. I guess I just don’t want to believe that of America. I guess I just don’t want to know!

But it looks like soon, we all will be forced to relive that day, so long ago!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Eating Their Young…

I always thought this would happen sooner or later. After all, you can’t have a political party that is made up of a bunch of idealists that have one agenda without having them eventually turn on each other. It’s like the PETA people getting upset because the environmentalist whacko’s that want to have the wind replace oil are killing off millions of birds with those giant windmills.

Or the labor unions that are losing thousands of jobs on a site because they happened to find a spotted tuft-titted mill mouse in an area where their latest building project, or road, or some other project is slated to be built on. And now, the left is turning their attention to eat their young…the internet moguls.

Facebook is the latest company that is feeling the wrath of the left. Apparently Mark Zuckerberg has upset a ton of people because he sold ads to Russia during the election (or at the very least, Russian sympathizers that were trying to influence the outcome of the election through the ads). And right behind him is Apple, and AOL, and Intel, and a lot of other tech companies that are run by up and coming leftist billionaires. And you want to know something?

It’s a really stupid move from the leftist snowflakes!

You have a Democrat party that is at the weakest it’s been in almost a century. There is no leadership, there are few statewide candidates, and even fewer major national candidates waiting in the wings. There are tons of people screaming and fighting with each other, each trying to push or pull the party in one direction or another. You’ve got the “Sanderistas” trying to move the party left. You’ve got others trying to move the party back toward the center after the Obama disaster. And you’ve got the Clintons still thinking they are relevant, and refusing to go away.

And they thought the GOP had problems?

We are certainly at a crossroads in American politics. And I’m one that kinda sorta believes that what’s going on in both sides is a generational shift that we haven’t seen since the ‘60’s. Both parties are fighting with each other more than they are fighting with the other party. And that’s because the old guard like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Dick Durbin are dying out and are being replaced by up and comers like Al Franken and Corey Booker. On the Republican side, you’ve got the old guard of Mitch McConnell and John McCain being shoved out by upstarts like Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan (though he’s more like the old guard), and Rand Paul. Who will win? Obviously, the new guard will eventually take over.
What it’s going to mean is that you’re going to have a more leftist leaning Democrat party, and a more conservative leaning Republican party. That means fewer people working across the aisle, and more gridlock in DC. And my hunch is, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The fewer laws that get passed in this country, the fewer freedoms the federal government can take away. It’s only a matter of time before Congress becomes a Parliament, and the President becomes a Prime Minister. Just wait and see!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The End of “Resist” Movement

Yeah, I know…snowflakes everywhere are cringing. It’s 9 months into the Trump presidency, and apparently the “Resist” movement that they started is falling apart like everything else the left tries to build. What’s the reason for the collapse?

Donald Trump himself.

See, Trump went to the snowflakes in Congress and reached a deal on the debt ceiling. That meant that the snowflakes weren’t going to resist him, but actually WORK with him! Can you imagine? What do you think all of these people that sign all of their emails “RESIST” are thinking now that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and company are siding with the guy they are supposed to be “resisting”? Isn’t that the actual definition of hypocrisy?

The thing the leftist snowflakes don’t seem to want to understand (because we know they are all the smartest people in the world, right?) is that Trump has out-played them. They wanted to resist him in every way possible, because they couldn’t believe he would actually beat them in the election. Well, he did, fair and square. So, resist him at every turn became their motto. Except they also realized they’d never get anything done. So, they figured they’d try and work with him. The result was, he was open to working with them! You never got that with Bobo Obama! He was too self-absorbed to be able to work with anyone and compromise.

Here’s the thing that is interesting. In signalling that he was willing to work with the right AND the left, Trump has actually made Washington work again. Dems are slowly learning that they can get their ideas presented and that the good ones will actually be accepted. Republicans are learning that they’d better have good ideas, or at least show they want to work with the president on his agenda, because if they don’t he’ll leave them flat. And that folks, is the magic that Donald Trump brings to the White House.

You want to wonder how he could become a billionaire on just a million dollar loan from daddy? That’s it. He works with people and the only thing he cares about is are they able to get the job done. He actually is succeeding with his political agenda by putting politics aside. That’s a very interesting concept, but as historians study this guy up the road, years from now, they are going to find that you don’t have to be an idiot like Obama was to try and get programs through. You don’t have to sign executive orders. You just have to be able to work with Congress. It’s taken Trump 9 months to figure that one out, but now that he has, I’m pretty sure he’s going to be working to get the rest of his agenda fixed.

And if the GOP doesn’t want to climb on board his train, that’s fine…they can catch the next one at the station. In fact, as I watch stuff around the country, I’m becoming more and more convinced that Trump is gaining popularity (it’s at 46% now) simply by ignoring political parties and going with what he told the American people during the campaign, and working with anyone that will work with him.

So much for resistance!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The End Of Partisan Politics?

Donald Trump may just have done what no other president since George Washington has done. He may have ended partisan politics in Washington with his deal with the Democrats to raise the debt ceiling. Now, it’s way too early to decide if that actually happened, but by turning on his back on the party that elected him, and doing a deal with the devil, so to speak, he may be signaling an end to two party politics in this country.

Is that all bad? Nope. In fact, it’s actually great. Because in the future, if this becomes a reality, you’re going to have PEOPLE running for office, and not parties. Think of it this way. You’ve got Bill Smith running against Harry Jones for your Senator’s seat next November. You actually have to listen to what Smith and Jones have to say before pulling the lever. Today, it’s the lazy way out. Too often I’ve caught myself not really knowing where the candidates stand on the issues, but one has an (R) after their name and the other has a (D). I usually pull the (R) unless I know that person (like John McCain) is a dud.

Once you get rid of party labels, you’re going to have a real representation in DC. It’s not going to be what Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer think about things. You’re going to have people crossing the aisles all the time to do business with people who are like minded on that issue. Isn’t that really what the founding fathers wanted? I mean, we all know that they didn’t want political parties, and see where it’s gotten us? Isn’t it time we actually listened to what the candidate believed rather than which party they belong to?

Now, there are some down sides, as there are in every idea. You’re going to have more than two people running for pretty much every office. There won’t be the “protection” you get from running in a primary or not now. Currently, if you’re a popular incumbent, you can pretty much guarantee that you won’t have to spend time or money in the primaries. You will have to do that because there won’t be a Democrat and Republican primary any longer. There will be 25 names running for office. That means you have to choose based on their ideas who you like. Yeah, it means more work for you and me. It also will probably mean that IF you do your due diligence, you will get better representation. Have you ever voted for someone and been disappointed when they didn’t do what you thought they would? Get rid of the party system, and you’ll understand where they are on the issues!

Now, I realize that we may end up going back to the party system, and it may be more like Canada or Europe where you’ve got a zillion parties out there. But it’ll be a lot better than the gridlock and stupid calls we have coming out of Congress now! And I bet they have a much better approval rating than 10%!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!