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The Speaker Crisis and the Rape of the ‘Typical American’

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For the last week our Democratic friends, from the president’s press spokesman down to the usual suspects in the media, have been sneering at the Republican House Speaker election.

I get why Democrats would find it comical to see democracy breaking out. They don’t really do democracy in the Democratic Party. Not if they can help it.

But democracy is actually happening right now in the Republican Party and it is not hard to figure out why. Rank-and-file Republican voters are not happy with the national party leadership and many of their representatives are trying to send that message to the party leadership. Speaker resignations and candidate withdrawals are a sign, not of clown-car crackup, but a shaking of the foundations.

We also know why the foundations are shaking.

For 50 years the ruling class of the United States has ignored the needs of the “typical American.” Since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts in the 1960s typical Americans have been told to sit down and shut up. First was the need to provide Affirmative Action for the victims of slavery, although plenty of other Americans had suffered dreadful exploitation and oppression before coming to the Land of the Free.

Then the typical American had to wait while high-status women were integrated into the workforce and had broken the notorious glass ceilings. Centuries of patriarchy and the Double Standard had marginalized well-born women from the chance to work in a cubicle and from experiencing their inner CEO.

Today, of course, the pressing need is to integrate gays and lesbians into the full enjoyment of the civil rights they were denied since the end of the Delian League or at least since just before the riots at the mobbed-up Stonewall Inn.

Call it a political rape culture that has marginalized and oppressed the typical American. For the last 50 years.

The Republican Party, according to Michael Barone, has always been the home of the voter that thinks of himself as a “typical American,” and so the plight of the typical American has gradually morphed into massive discontent among Republican Party voters.

Unfortunately the leadership of the Republican Party has done very little to connect with the discontent of the typical American voter, and the reason is very simple. The cultural hegemony of the gentry liberals has meant that anyone speaking or articulating the grievances of the typical American has been branded as a right-wing extremist or at the very least a racist, sexist, or homophobe. So bitter experience has trained the leaders of the Republican Party not to touch the hot stove that might end their careers.

But now the proscription against the free expression of political views in typical America has broken, and in the most fascinating way possible: outsider candidates for president have profaned the sanctuaries of political correctness lovingly built by the priests of the Frankfurt School and lived to tell the tale. Donald Trump has expressed the dearest hope of every people, to live in their homeland unmolested by invading hordes; he still lives. Ben Carson has expressed the notion that a Muslim might not be the best thing in the world as President of the United States right now; he still stands upon the hustings. And Carly Fiorina has lobbed an anti-abortion nuke right into the mens-room at the Kremlin mixed gender bathroom at the DNC, and the liberal ladies who lunch are all telling each other in shocked whispers that they can’t believe a womyn could say that.

But, raped and humiliated as we are by 50 years of gentry liberal political rape culture, we typical Americans don’t want to crawl into a safe space. We want to march to the sound of the guns and make America not just great again, but a country just and free in which people that go to work, follow the rules and obey the law can work and wive and thrive, and their children and their children’s children too. And we want our leaders to follow us.

There is no mystery about what needs to be done. First of all, cut the tax on work. Second, reform entitlements to restore justice between the generations. Third, cut the 50 percent tax rate on people working out of the welfare trap. Fourth, free our kids from government child-custodial facilities run by liberal union trusties. And then there is defense and foreign policy, which will have to start from zero after the Obama follies.

Dream on, you say. But nothing changes unless you Have a Dream.

I also have this growing prejudice – a prejudice that I find difficult to control and which I invite you to share—that All Government is Injustice. So a people “just and free” would necessarily suffer very little government. And very little political rape culture.

~~  Christopher Chantrill ~~

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Justice launches first campaign ad of 2016 election

CHARLESTON, WV — The ad features employees of the Greenbrier talking about their boss Jim Justice.  Average people in various jobs in the opulent four-star resort talk about how Justice single handily guided the Greenbrier back from the brink of nearly closing.  It closes with Justice,backed by several hundred employees, claiming he can do the same thing for West Virginia.


“It tells his story, or at least the narrative they want to get across,”said Democrat Political Consultant Mike Plante. “Which is that Jim Justice saved the Greenbrier.  They’re banking on West Virginians being proud of the Greenbrier and identifies him with that story.  It credentials him as a job creator.”

The high end production value adds to the 30 second television commercial.  It also comes more than away from the 2016 general election. Plante said it’s the earliest he can ever remember a candidate going up with a campaign ad.

“Gaston Caperton went up in November or December,” said Plante. “Coming up in October, this is even earlier and I think the message to Senator Cole is ‘Bring your checkbook.‘”

Justice’s personal wealth is expected to be a factor in both the primary and then the general election campaign if he were to win the nomination.  It’s a very strong start according to Plante.

“It’s a good, upbeat, aspirational, introductory ad that tells you something about Jim Justice and who he is,” Plante said. “Then it pounds the message of jobs and job creation.”


Conservative West Virginia group spent $1M last year

CHARLESTON, WV — A conservative group spent $1 million last election year as it helped boost Republicans into the majority in the state Legislature.

Go West Virginia Inc. revealed the totals in a 2014 tax filing, but didn’t disclose donors.

The nonprofit bought advertisements bashing Democrats, which helped Republicans clinch their first legislative majorities in more than eight decades.

Go West Virginia gave $355,000 to another ad-buying conservative group, Grow West Virginia, which does disclose donations. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform gave Grow West Virginia $500,000.

Go West Virginia held a $25,000-per-plate January fundraiser. The nonprofit canceled a $100,000-per-plate fundraising breakfast in March after media outlets reported on it.

Honest West Virginians, a union-funded group, spent almost $1.4 million as the top outside spender for state Democrats last cycle.


The Debate’s Biggest Loser Might Be ... Joe Biden

One theme emerging from the post-debate coverage: Hillary Clinton did so well that she beat a man who wasn’t even present. It seems that Joe Biden’s no-show status might have made a late entry even more challenging:

  • Run, Joe? After the debate, six in 10 Democrats participating in a caucus for Politico said Biden should not run. Just 38% thought he should.
  • Moment passed? At the Washington Post, Chris Cillizza includes Biden on his list of debate losers. If the VP were hoping Clinton would stumble, he miscalculated. “I think it’s reasonable to ask whether, by not announcing before the debate, Biden may have missed his moment to strike when Clinton was at her weakest.“
  • A longer shot: Biden was “perhaps the biggest loser” of the night, observes John Zogby at Forbes. “While his draft committee ran a powerful ad showing the person and his values in Mr. Biden’s own voice, the fact is that Mrs. Clinton was just commanding.“ Filing deadlines will soon force Biden’s hand, but “I don’t see how he chooses to run now.“
  • Smart move: A pre-debate analysis at the Christian Science Monitor made the case that it was wise for Biden to sit out the debate, because it would allow him to assess his chances. “If he thinks her performance is not particularly compelling, or if he thinks that she signals anything to him that suggests she might have a problem in the general election, I think that’s what convinces him to throw his hat in,“ says one analyst. He may have his answer now.
  • No space? “When Biden takes a fresh look at the Democratic field, he may see that Clinton has solidified her standing with establishment Democrats while (Bernie) Sanders has kept his grip on populist progressives, leaving even less space for him,“ writes James Oliphant at Reuters.
  • Unless ... “Perhaps the biggest strategic winner was Joe Biden because Clinton was unable to definitively rout Sanders, who faces looming questions about mainstream appeal and general electability,“ writes Carrie Sheffield at Politico Magazine. The VP “may feel growing confidence after tonight that he may be able to split the middle of the Democratic Party, siphoning enough of Clinton’s support to forge a victory.“


10 Best Trump Tweets From Debate

Donald Trump wasn’t about to let Democrats steal the spotlight Tuesday night. As promised, he live-tweeted the debate, though he was relatively restrained by Trump standards. Some memorable ones:

  • “Can anyone imagine Chafee as president? No way.“
  • “Sorry, there is no STAR on the stage tonight”
  • “All are very scripted and rehearsed, two (at least) should not be on the stage.“
  • “Sanders said only black lives matter - wow! Hillary did not answer question!“
  • “Wow, I am giving a speech on OAN. Much more exciting than debate!“ he wrote, referring to One America News network.

 

  • “The hardest thing Clinton has to do is defend her bad decision making including Iraq vote, e-mails etc.“
  • “The trade deal is a disaster, she was always for it!“
  • “O’Malley, as former Mayor of Baltimore, has very little chance.“
  • “Putin is not feeling too nervous or scared.“
  • “Get rid of all these commercials.“


Enemy You’re Most Proud Of? Jim Webb Makes It Personal

In the final question of the night at Tuesday’s debate, Anderson Cooper asked the candidates which enemy they’re most proud to have made over the years. The responses, as rounded up by the Guardian:

  • Jim Webb: “The enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me, but he’s not around right now to talk to,“ said the Vietnam vet.
  • Bernie Sanders: “At the top of the list, I would love Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry.”
  • Hillary Clinton: Her list was longest: The NRA, health insurers, drug companies, the Iranians, “and, probably, the Republicans.“
  • Martin O’Malley: The NRA, he said to applause.
  • Lincoln Chafee: The coal lobby, over climate change.


Sanders’ Line on Clinton’s Emails Gets Huge Applause

The issue of Hillary Clinton’s emails came up about an hour into the Democratic debate Tuesday night, giving Bernie Sanders a prime opportunity to pounce. Instead, he defended her and called it a non-issue with a line that drew long applause and even laughter:

  • “ Let me say something that may not be great politics, but the secretary is right—and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about the damn emails. Enough of the emails, let’s talk about the real issues facing the United States of America.“

Clinton herself laughed and thanked Sanders, and the two even exchanged a handshake, notes CNN. Before Sanders spoke, Clinton derided the House panel investigating her emails as a “partisan vehicle” designed solely to bring her down in the polls, reports the New York Times. But “I am still standing,” she said. “I am happy to be part of this debate. And I intend to keep talking about the issues that matter to the American people.” When Lincoln Chafee chimed in on the scandal and its ethical implications, Anderson Cooper asked Clinton if she wanted to respond. “No,“ she said simply, again to laughter and applause.


Al Franken Pushing to Make College Textbooks Free

Al Franken knows how ridiculous the cost of college textbooks can be, and he want to do something about it. That’s why the Minnesota senator and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin on Thursday introduced the Affordable College Textbook Act, a bill that would give grants to higher-ed institutions so they can create textbooks accessible for free online—which would, in turn, ostensibly push the costs of textbooks down, the Chicago Maroon reports. “The traditional publishing market is not providing students the materials they need at a cost they can afford,“ said Durbin, who introduced a similar bill in 2013 that never went anywhere. These “open textbooks” would be available for professors, students, and pretty much anyone who wanted to use and distribute them, City Pages reports.

Franken noted the cost of textbooks has risen 82% (three times the inflation rate, per US PIRG) over the past 10 years and that a student coughs up an average $1,200 for books and supplies each year, Northern Public Radio notes. And, per a 2014 US PIRG report, 65% of students say they’ve opted not to buy a text because it was too much money; nearly half the respondents said textbook cost impacted how many and which classes they registered for. “Students would say, ‘I have to pay $150 for this paperback book,‘ and the professor of the course—who was in the room—said, ‘$150?!‘ She didn’t [even] know,“ Franken says, per Northern Public Radio. “Isn’t that amazing?“ A higher-ed advocate for US PIRG tells City Pages that “for students and families that are already struggling to afford a college education, it’s not just an expensive textbook anymore. It’s a serious barrier.“ Durbin expects opposition from at least one group, per the Maroon: textbook manufacturers.


Donald Trump Hosting SNL Next Month

Yes, this is really happening: Donald Trump is hosting Saturday Night Live on November 7, reports NBC, which notes that the gig falls almost exactly one year before the presidential election on November 8, 2016. Trump last hosted the show in April 2004; this time around, the musical guest will be Sia. Sample Twitter reaction from BuzzFeed’s social media director: “Donald Trump will be hosting SNL, with musical guest: That aunt who is suing her nephew.“


Huckabee’s Joke About Sanders, Dog-Eating Backfires

Donald Trump wasn’t the only Republican candidate live-tweeting Tuesday night’s Democratic debate. Mike Huckabee was likewise frolicking on Twitter, though he might be regretting his decision in the light of day, reports NBC News. “Racism exists because we have a sin problem in America, not a skin problem,“ Huckabee tweeted at one point. Then he followed up with this: “I trust @BernieSanders with my tax dollars like I trust a North Korean chef with my labrador!“ After fierce backlash from users who said he was perpetuating a racist stereotype, he later added, “Poor liberals think it’s racist to deplore a brutal dictatorship.“

Clinton, Sanders Clash on Guns, Economy, Foreign Policy

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LAS VEGAS — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed over U.S. involvement in the Middle East, gun control and economic policy in the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, vigorously outlining competing visions for a party seeking to keep the White House for a third straight term.

Yet in a moment of political unity — and levity — Sanders leapt to Clinton’s defense on the issue of her controversial email practices as secretary of state.

“The American people are sick and tired are hearing about your damn emails,“ Sanders exclaimed as the crowd in Las Vegas roared with applause. A smiling Clinton reached over to shake his hand and said, “Thank you, Bernie.“

While the five candidates onstage took issue with each other, they also repeatedly sounded traditional Democratic themes — such as fighting income inequality — that are sure to carry over to the general election campaign against the Republicans.

First, the Democrats must choose their own candidate. And throughout most of the two-hour debate Clinton played the role of aggressor, an unexpected shift for a candidate who had barely mentioned her Democratic rivals since launching her campaign six months ago. Until now, Clinton and Sanders — who has surprisingly emerged as her toughest competition — have circled each other cautiously and avoided direct attacks.

After Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, derided “a casino capitalist process by which so few have so much,“ Clinton said it would be a “big mistake” for the U.S. to turn its back on the system that built the American middle class. Asked whether she thought Sanders, who has a mixed record on gun control legislation, had been tough enough on the issue, she said simply,“ No, I do not.“

While Sanders is drawing big crowds on the campaign trail and challenging Clinton’s fundraising prowess, he’s largely unknown to many Americans. Tuesday’s debate offered him a high-profile opportunity to cast himself as an electable alternative to Clinton and appeal for support beyond his liberal base.

Sanders has sought in particular to distinguish himself from Clinton over foreign policy, an issue where she is often more hawkish than others in the Democratic Party. The former secretary of state reiterated her call for more robust U.S. action to stop the Syrian civil war and defended her judgment on international issues, despite having voted for the 2002 invasion of Iraq.

Sanders called the Iraq war “the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of our country” and said he would not support sending American combat troops back to the Middle East to fight terrorism.

“Nobody does, Senator Sanders,“ Clinton interjected.

Clinton’s confident performance was likely to ease anxiety among supporters who have questioned her campaign’s handling of the email controversy. One question still to be answered: how her showing will affect Vice President Joe Biden’s decision about making a late entry into the Democratic race.

Biden has been deliberating about his political future for months and is expected to announce a decision within days. Debate host CNN kept an extra podium on standby in case he decided to show up, but the vice president instead stayed in Washington, where he was watching the debate at his residence.

Even with the swirling Biden speculation and Clinton’s email controversy, the Democratic contest has largely been overshadowed by the Republican primary, where more than a dozen candidates are fighting to overtake billionaire Donald Trump. The real estate mogul still made his presence known Tuesday night, sending a torrent of Twitter commentary on the Democrats’ performances.

“Sorry, there is no STAR on the stage tonight!“ he wrote.

While the Republican primary has been roiled by the emotional debate over immigration, the Democratic candidates were largely united in their call for providing a path to legal status for the millions of people currently in the U.S. illegally. The party is counting on general election support from Hispanics, a group that overwhelmingly voted for President Barack Obama in 2012.

Joining Clinton and Sanders on stage in Las Vegas was a trio of low-polling candidates looking for a breakthrough moment: former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley; Jim Webb, a former Navy secretary and U.S. senator from Virginia, and Lincoln Chafee, the Republican-turned independent-turned Democrat from Rhode Island.

For Clinton, the debate was a much-needed opportunity to focus on policy in addition to the controversy over her exclusive use of personal email and a private Internet server during her tenure in the Obama administration. The email issue has shadowed her rollout of numerous policy positions and has hurt her standing with voters.

Clinton said her email use “wasn’t the best choice” and cast the issue as a politically motivated effort by Republicans to drive down her poll numbers. She highlighted comments from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who bragged about how a House committee investigating Clinton’s role in the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, had hurt her politically.

“I am still standing,“ she said.

The only candidate on stage who challenged Clinton on her email practices was Chafee, who said “credibility is an issue.“

The former secretary of state has also faced criticism that she’s shifted her positions on trade, gay marriage and other issues to match the mood of voters — a charge she denied Tuesday.

“Like most human beings, I do absorb new information, I do look at what’s happening in the world,“ Clinton said. Pressed specifically on her newly announced opposition to a Pacific Rim trade deal she touted while serving in the Obama administration, Clinton said she had hoped to support it but ultimately decided it did not meet her standards.

She was asked how her administration would differ from Obama’s.

“Being the first woman president would be quite a change,“ she said.

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Hillary Explains Why She Literally Does Not Sweat

Hillary Clinton apparently does not sweat, a fact that BuzzFeed calls a “well-documented ... piece of Clinton trivia,“ something noticed by reporters and confirmed by people who know her. The presidential candidate was asked about it on the website’s Another Round podcast Sunday: “In preparation for this interview, I watched a lot of your interviews, and I noticed you never sweat, like physically. I’ve done like a little bit of press and I get so hot—TV lights, stage lights. ... What is your secret?“ Her response, after a bit of discussion about her deodorant (“solid block”):

“You guys are the first to realize that I’m really not even a human being. I was constructed in a garage in Palo Alto a very long time ago. People think that, you know, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, they created it. Oh no. I mean, a man whose name shall remain nameless created me in his garage,“ she said. “I thought he threw away the plans, at least that’s what he told me when he programmed me—that there would be no more. I’ve seen more people that kind of don’t sweat, and other things, that make me think maybe they are part of the new race that he created: the robot race. ... But you have to cut this, you can’t tell anybody this. I don’t want anybody to know this. This has been a secret until here we are in Davenport, Iowa, and I’m just spillin’ my electronic guts to you.“


Nixon Note Exposes Lie About Vietnam Bombing

A newly released note reveals a pretty big presidential lie, the Washington Post reports. As Richard Nixon was in the beginning stages of running for re-election, anti-Vietnam War sentiment was strong in the US, and Nixon was looking for a way to settle the conflict without it being labeled a loss for the US. Bombings were one of the few ways the president had left to put pressure on Hanoi, and in December 1971 he ordered that North Vietnamese targets be bombed once again. Shortly thereafter, there were reports of a North Vietnamese buildup, which worried Nixon because it could mean an offensive was coming. On January 2, 1972, Dan Rather asked Nixon during a primetime TV interview, “On everyone’s mind is the resumption of the widespread bombing of North Vietnam. Can you assess the military benefits of that?“ Nixon answered in the most politically expedient—though not actually true—fashion.

“The results have been very, very effective,“ Nixon said, then announced that he was going to bring home, essentially, the last of the US combat troops in Vietnam. But the very next day, at the top of a memo to National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, Nixon complained, “K. We have had 10 years of total control of the air in Laos and V.Nam. The result = Zilch. There is something wrong with the strategy or the Air Force.“ That note is revealed in The Last of the President’s Men, a book by Bob Woodward out Tuesday based on previously unreleased documents taken from the White House by Alexander P. Butterfield, deputy to Nixon’s chief of staff and the man who told Senate investigators about the White House taping system during the Watergate scandal. As Woodward writes, though Nixon knew the bombing was not working, he continued intensifying it to bolster his chances of re-election because doing so was “politically popular.“ Kissinger apparently agreed, telling Nixon weeks before the election, “I think you won the election on May 8,“ when Nixon ordered more military targets bombed and Haiphong Harbor mined. Click for more from the book.

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