No More Being Terrorized By a Minority

24 04 2015

USA

The Hill:

Gun-control advocates have high hopes for Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, viewing her as an ally who can finish the push for tightened background checks that has stalled in President Obama’s second term.

Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, has been a staunch advocate of gun-control proposals, such as expanding background checks and banning assault weapons. Last summer, she ripped groups that oppose those ideas as out of step with public opinion.

“We cannot let a minority of people, and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people, hold a view point that terrorizes the majority of people,” Clinton said during a CNN town-hall event.

That’s right.  We must not let minorities terrorize people anymore.

Ferguson, border surge, World War T, &c &c.





Scottsplaining

23 04 2015

Las Vegas

One reason I’ve been cynical of Scott Walker’s recent Sessionsesque pronouncements on immigration is because he has sucked from the Sheldon Adelson teat in the past, and I was thinking that it wouldn’t be long before we get news of him doing it again.

Well, forget about that.

This might explain why Walker has had his sudden about face to our side on immigration patriotism.  It is probably all personal revenge against Adelson for picking Marco Rubio and not him.

The reason why I think Adelson’s endorsement and money is done with immigration politics in his mind far more than “stand with Israel” politics is that everyone in the Republican field “stands with Israel.”  He’s not endorsing Rubio to head off the anti-Israel foreign policies of Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush (*), Rand Paul (who is “evolving” to that end more and more), Mike Huckabee, et al.  That’s for damned sure.  If Adelson wants a Republican Presidential candidate who stands with Israel, all he needs to do is pick a name out of the hat.  Meanwhile, Adelson money can and does have leverage over immigration politics within Republican Presidential politics, and open borders helps Adelson’s bottom line.

UPDATE 4/24

(*) – There is gossip that Adelson is dumping Jeb Bush because ole Jebby is embracing James Baker, who had none too nice things to say about Israel and Jews during the father Bush’s administration.  Really though, you think a President Jeb Bush isn’t going to “stand with Israel” enough to make Sheldon Adelson happy?  Forget about that high school lunch room gossip.





Campaign 2016: The Mindless vs the Clueless

22 04 2015

USA

Really?  Don Lemon is asking if white Republican Presidential candidates are black enough?

Is Don Lemon black enough?

Anyway, let’s have a look-see:

Believing Hillary Clinton has the women vote all but sewn up, they’re coming after voters of color.

Don’t be so sure of that.  Assuming HRC is the Democrat nominee, I don’t think the politics of the women’s vote will much change in 2016 compared to 2012.  The Republican will carry married white women by landslide margins, those with children by even bigger landslide margins, and the Democrat, HRC or otherwise, will carry all other kinds of women by landslide margins.

Late last year in October in an interview with Politico Rand Paul said he believes a GOP candidate, probably him, can get at least a third of the black vote, if not more.

Paul said,  “I don’t want to limit it to that. I don’t want to say there’s only a third open. … The reason I use the number ‘a third,’ is that when you do surveys of African-American voters, a third of them are conservative on a preponderance of the issues. So, there is upside potential.”

According to Politico last year Paul also met with black leaders in Ferguson, opened up a GOP outreach office in a black neighborhood in Kentucky and spoke at the National Urban League convention.

He’s also been speaking a lot about fair sentencing for crimes where blacks are disproportionately affected.

He was one of the sponsors the Fair Sentencing Act, which President Barack Obama signed last year.

Is Rand Paul black enough?

Remains to be seen.

No, it doesn’t remain to be seen.  Any given Democrat will get almost 100% of the black vote versus Rand Paul.

What about Mike Huckabee?

Huckabee says he has more street cred than any of the 2016 Republican hopefuls, telling The Hill last September, “I know how to govern. It’s about developing relationships, building camaraderie, building trust. I don’t think you’ll find a Republican who got 49 percent of the African-American vote, as I did, in my reelection as governor. That had high Hispanic support. Those are things I think could be valuable to the party.”

And what did Arkansas get with “49% of the black vote” and “high Hispanic support?”  Mike Huckabee as Governor.  Good ole race pandering xenophiliac white-hating Mike Huckabee.  I’ve always said here that I wouldn’t want anything more than a fringe percentage of the black vote and nowhere near a majority of the Hispanic vote, because I know what it would take to get anything more than that, and that which it would take is bad for white people.  What happens when a Republican does well (relatively speaking) among blacks and Hispanics?  Not only Gov. Mike Huckabee, but also Gov. Krispy Christie.

Besides, any given Democrat will get almost 100% of the black vote and around two-thirds of the Hispanic vote versus Mike Huckabee.  There are lots of Republicans who do not too badly, relatively speaking, among black and Hispanic voters in gubernatorial politics, but it doesn’t translate at all to Presidential politics.  That’s because gubernatorial politics and Presidential politics are different.  Mayoral politics and national politics are different, a point which I drove home with my endorsement of Rahm Emanuel for Chicago Mayor.

Is Marco Rubio black enough?

Well, he thinks so.

The Florida Republican has been openly discussing his love affair with rappers Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.

It is an obvious attempt to reach out to young and black voters.

First off, both Tupac and Biggie were murdered in quasi-gangland affairs, second, Tupac was murdered in 1996 and Biggie in 1997, the former will have been 20 years during the general election campaign season next year.  What young people or black people really care about Tupac or Biggie anymore?

While Mitt Romney did get 20% of black men under 30 versus Obama, all that means is that of the five black men under 30 that actually voted, one voted for Romney.  Irrelevant constituency.

Any given Democrat will get almost 100% of the black vote versus Marco Rubio.

…Jeb Bush…

Yawn.

Any given….aw hell, you know the drill by now.





Hillary Revolutionary Clinton

22 04 2015

New York

Here’s what she means when she says she wants to “topple the top 1%.”

Because she’s in the Top 0.01%, what she really wants to do is topple the bottom 99% of the top 1%.  In other words, in Trudeauese, she wants to “punch down.”

There’s no group of people in this world who hate the rich more than the ultra-rich.

UPDATE

Related.  Honestly, there’s no hypocrisy here.  They’re just making noise hoping that you don’t notice their tax debts.  And they also think that the “rich,” that is, people who have a little less than they do, should pay more so they themselves don’t have to.





Other Side

21 04 2015

USA

Even though I think Scott Walker is all hat and no cattle with his recent Sessionsesque immigration pronouncements, we have to remember that there’s a whole other political party.  And here’s one glaring reminder why they’re losing working-middle class white voters more and more with every election, even though Republicans don’t have a solid lock on them and many of them don’t deserve their votes:

Since Walker has moved forward with this new strong pro-American worker position on immigration, he’s been berated by strongholds of the liberal establishment including MSNBC, Mother Jones magazine and the Huffington Post.

Mother Jones magazine is of course named after Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, who helped organize coal miners, those being American workers.

Definitely read the whole thing, though I think it would have benefited with a short rebuttal of the implicit ZOMG GREAT HISPANIC VOTER TIDAL WAVE LOL~!!!!!1 mentality that the other side is peddling.

Also, it has RINOs enraged.

 





Curse Word

20 04 2015

Virginia

LAT:

Democrats’ hunt for the white working-class male voter

(snip)

“I think this is where Democrats screw up, you know?” former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who says he may run for president, told Yahoo News recently. “I think that they have kind of unwittingly used this group, white working males, as a whipping post for a lot of their policies. And then when they react, they say they’re being racist.”

This is the first time in a very long time that we’ve heard or read an actual or speculative Presidential candidate say or write that a subset of white voters have and should have racial interests that are different from non-white voters in that same subset, and furthermore, that they should be listened to and politicians should appeal to them.

I think you actually have to go all the way back to David Duke to find that.  I don’t even think PJB ever actually used such clear racial rhetoric.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is aiming its big guns in the general direction of the Commonwealth of Virginia as you read these words.





Roger Ailes, WTF?

20 04 2015

New York

ailes

Could that possibly have anything to do with a certain cable channel being nothing more than the communications arm of the Jeb Bush campaign and also censoring discussion of the right’s most important issue?

To wit:

As the country enters a presidential campaign season with dynastic implications, Ailes has a dilemma: How much oxygen does he give the fringe GOP candidates who could torment likely frontrunner Jeb Bush and potentially aid Hillary Clinton in the process. It’s not a question he answers directly. “I just don’t think I should weigh in on it, even in the press because people will think, ‘Well, that’s the way he’s making the network go.’ But it looks like Hillary is going to do whatever she wants,” he says, “and the press is going to vote for her.”

“The press is going to vote for her.”  You have a lot of nerve saying that, considering that the media you run has already voted for Jeb Bush.  Even though the “fringe” candidates that “could torment” Bush really haven’t created any substantial compelling political daylight between themselves and Bush.  Certainly not enough to win crucial swing voters in crucial swing states.

We have no interesting candidates because a combination of media, donors, consultants, pollsters and focus grouppers has ensured that the candidates we have are mostly boring, uninspiring, talentless hacks spouting irrelevant obsolete boring uninspiring bromides and platitudes.  Both left and right, Democrat and Republican.








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