Four Nays

15 02 2017

Washington, D.C.

Four solid Republican nays on Puzder.

Four is more than three, and three is all that’s necessary to make Puzder’s nomination toast, browner than a Hardees breakfast.

I’ve been saying that Betsy Wetsy is the Trump cabinet pick I dislike the most.  And I’m still holding to that.  But the more I see of Puzder, the less I like, and if you want to argue for Puzder being the worst, I won’t retort.  Plain words, four Republican Senators are saving Trump from a decidedly less than stellar pick.





Trumpstock

15 02 2017

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

A massive political Woodstock with OCGE as the keynote speaker, attended by as many people as possible that both support him to some extent (or people that are neutral about him yet dislike the deep state’s machinations), and are part of the country’s formal and informal, official and unofficial, armed forces, everyone from the highest ranking military generals down to your grandpa with his thirty-aught-six.  They all could be armed, or most of them could be real-looking fake arms.

Trump could just babble on in his usual stream-of-consciousness that he perfected on the campaign trail, and he could really talk about nothing.  It really doesn’t matter — The critical element here isn’t what Trump would say, it’s who he would be saying it to.  The purpose is to send a message to the deep state that they’re out of line and to cut the crap, or else.

Unless they want November 3, 2020 to be just another day.





Twenty-Four Days

14 02 2017

Washington, D.C.

My whitey sense tells me that the real reason Trump gave Michael Flynn the heave-ho is because of some blatant lie.

To think, Flynn was on Trump’s VP short list.





It Was Bound to Happen, One Night Again

13 02 2017

Washington, D.C.

My first real schisms with the OCGE.

Asset forfeiture.

Ex-Im.

To add to one I already had, Eminent Domain.

He might be able to make an argument that Ex-Im isn’t that bad.  But he won’t be able to talk his way out of asset forfeiture in my mind.  And also, whenever he tries to defend EmDom, he winds up engaging in generic apologetics.  Nobody is claiming that EmDom shouldn’t exist at all.  What we grind over is its use for non-public projects.





Why Am I Thinking About Andrew Jackson Right Now?

9 02 2017

San Francisco

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Beats me.





Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, Officially

9 02 2017

Washington, D.C.

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Not so long ago, I was thinking that Sessions would be the one standing behind the podium.  Back in 2013, when I predicted that the 2016 Republican nominee would be either (A) An outsider insurgent while running as a Republican and running as a long time elected Republican official, would portray the perception if not the reality that he was engaging in a hostile takeover of the party, or (B) Jeb Bush, I was thinking that Sessions would be the (A).  I was right, in all but the precise identity of the individual.

Curiously, he didn’t state his full legal name when taking the oath a few minutes ago.

Already, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has named state AG Luther Strange as Sessions’s temporary replacement in the Senate; Strange had every intention to run himself for Senate in 2020 because everyone presumed that even if not for this, Sessions was on his last Senate term anyway.  Therefore, I presume Strange will run himself in the special election in 2018 and then in its normal cycle in 2020 if he wins.  Bentley appointed Strange to get him out of Montgomery because Strange wanted to see Bentley impeached for some reason.  Also, the first time I mentioned Strange in this medium was back in 2006 — Strange beat George Wallace, Jr. in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor, but then lost in November to the Democrat, an heir to the long time Folsom political dynasty in the state.  Four years later, Strange came back and won Alabama AG.





Taking an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity

7 02 2017

St. Paul, Minnesota

This is why I get paid the big bucks, to fish and ferret out angles that everyone misses to make profound points.

AR and Sailer have already linked to this essay in City Journal about equitypalooza in the St. Paul Public Schools, so many of you have already read it.

Here’s the part that really jumped out at me, but as far as I can tell, didn’t jump out at anyone else:

In November 2015, St. Paul voters vented their frustration with Silva’s policies in a dramatic way. They overwhelmingly elected a new school board with a strong anti-Silva majority. Caucus for Change, a teachers’-union-organized group, engineered the victory.

This is, of course, another example of the mostly unnoticed schism that has opened up in the liberal political universe between neoliberals/plutocrats/SJWs on one side, and the teachers’ unions (mostly NEA and AFT) on the other side.

Ironically and sadly, I’m writing this on the day that Betsy Wetsy was confirmed as and then sworn in as Education Secretary.

I have known for some time that most unionized public school teachers want no part of the neolib/rich/SJW psuedo-moral crusade against them, and they mostly don’t agree with the annual cavalcade of leftard political resolutions that officially emanate from the NEA and AFT.  This is why the union in St. Paul organized to swab the deck of the equity wackadoodles and replace them with relatively sane people, because teachers, union members, were constantly getting assaulted, and even beyond that, the discipline-exempt wild dindu students were making actual education all but impossible.

Teachers’ unions can be picked off and a permanent wedge between they and the Democrat/left can be driven into the ground.  In fact, it never had to be the case where they were ever that tight.

It is said way too often that social issues are the opiate of the right.  In reality, the opiate of the right for a long time, a drug habit not kicked until very recently, about the time the OCGE rode down the escalator, was libertarian economic ideology.  For the many reasons that its influence was a political success retardant, it started a doomsday machine which drove the right and teachers’ unions further and further apart, when by all rights, considering all the other factors, they should have been getting closer and closer together.  The right’s economic libertarianism and the resultant disdain for public education was the initial spark that drove public school teachers and their unions into the hands of the Democrats and the left.  Once they got there, this only gave the Republicans and the right the incentive to be all the more hostile to teachers’ unions.  As the blogger Education Realist has amply demonstrated, voucher mania, which started on the boilerplate Republican right, but later became a neoliberal obsession, really had nothing to do with conservative virtue signaling for the educational well being of black students, because the politics of vouchers were pushed in big cities but not in the black belt of the Deep South.  No, the real reason for vouchers was busting the NEA and AFT, so that it decouples the Democrat Party from its prime funding source.  EdReal’s hint is that the teachers in big black cities are almost entirely union, whilst teachers in the Deep South black belt are not.  The NEA and AFT figured out what was going on, and only ran further away from the right.  The vicious cycle continued:  The NEA and AFT co-signed the kook left’s agenda, which drove the right further way and made them more hostile, on and on it went.  However, the right is to blame for setting the doomsday machine in motion.

If the greater American right had ditched the milk jug of economic libertarian ideology on the expiration date printed on its carton, and not let it linger in its refrigerator, then it would have been able to open itself up to more creative political strategy about education policy and trying to make friends with the teachers’ unions.  Sure, the Jews are always a problem, and we all know that they will always use their influence to cock block genuinely nationalist politics.  But that doesn’t mean that the right couldn’t have nuanced the politics of the situation to something more fruitful than economic libertarianism but not to a point where the Jews would have dropped the hammer.  Like I said, the Republicans and the right have been trying to separate the unions from the Democrats for a long time, but they did it in such a way where the results were just the opposite.

A golden opportunity to stop the doomsday machine presented itself starting several years back, when the neolib/rich/SJW colossus overtook the teachers’ unions within the Democrat Party in terms of being able to swing the policy stick, a stick that winds up being beaten against the heads of unionized teachers.  As you can read in this City Journal article.

Enter Donald Trump.  He broke the blue wall of the Electoral College in no small part because he was the Republican nominee for President who in the post-Reagan era most openly broke with economic libertarianism.  So what does he do?  He falls right back into the same swamp he pulled his (adopted) political party out of with this dunderhead pick of Betsy Wetsy.  She’s personally no worse than any other vouchers-uber-alles advocate, and like most well to do conservatives or Republicans or their silver spoon wives who advocate vouchers, she outsources her thinking on education policy to the nearest libertarian/ish ideologue.  The reason I think it’s a bad pick was because she gives the left an excuse to paper over its internal civil war on education, which at least for now they have.  Remember, we want to drive Davis Guggenheim and Randi Weingarten further apart, not closer together.  At the very least, Trump should have picked someone who would not have made such kissing-and-making up possible, and ideally, he should have picked someone who would have exacerbated it, and the only way to do that would have been to pick a union sympathizer.  My recommendation was the aforementioned blogger Education Realist.  The weird part about that is that there is an identifiable conveyor belt from EdReal straight to Trump personally — Steve Sailer reads EdReal and EdReal often comments on Sailer, Ann Coulter reads Sailer, Steve Bannon reads Coulter and Breitbart runs her columns, and Bannon works directly for Trump and has his ear.

I think that this could well be the biggest wasted opportunity of the OCGE’s years in power in terms of practical politics, which in turn is a wasted opportunity to knock the social justice agenda flat on its ass.