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Election results…

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I grasp why Democrats are claiming that their  election wins  in  Virginia and New Jersey are stupendous,  but really,  how amazing is it that Democrats would win in states which did not go for Trump in the last presidential election?  Ed Gillespie made  some mistakes  in his campaign,    but he is scarcely the boogeyman some have tried to make him out to be.

Trump’s coattails are very short,  but that is what I would expect from a man who has such a large personality.   Whether the election results actually qualify as  a backlash  is a subject for debate from my point of view.   I do agree that the results were a wake-up call.  Voters are reminding the Republican swamp denizens that they  expect results,  not more rhetoric  and whining and crawling under their desks.

UPDATE:  George Neumayr  sees things  pretty much from my side of the fence.

 

 

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November 10, 2017 at 3:31 pm

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French elections…

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A win by Marine Le Pen would  be devastating  according to Ben Rhodes, the Obama former national security adviser.   Does he actually believe that his former boss will be able to influence this election?   No doubt he and Obama nodded sagely when a German pundit said that Le Pen would break down  the European Union even if she loses.

There is a fairly strong belief that the  recent terrorists  attacks in Paris are helping Le Pen because she doesn’t share the Left’s fondness for unlimited immigration and a relaxed attitude about terrorism.   Obama called to congratulate her rival, Emmanuel Macron,  whose  view is  that terrorism is just part of daily life one must get used to,  which is something the two men certainly agree on.

I rather suspect the French are weary of being set up like prey in a trap and will put Le Pen through to the next round.    I think the Germans and Swedes are as well,  but I could only guess as to whether the French elections  portend anything  for those of other nations.  If you can spare a few extra minutes,  do read this excellent piece by Christopher Caldwell, here  (h/t Andrew Stuttaford at The Corner).

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April 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm

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Je suis confus…

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His Oneness is  now meddling  in France’s presidential election,  which he also did while President.   Isn’t this precisely what Democrats are accusing the Russians of doing in ours?    But what I find most interesting is Obama’s admission that he is  a progressive.

Democrats are fine with one of their own meddling,  which would include Obama’s efforts  to dislodge  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu using taxpayer money.   Indeed,  the U.S. has a very long history of mucking about  with elections in other countries.   American Democrats are better known for interfering with U.S. elections by stealing identities, stuffing  ballot boxes,   stealing votes,  or the more modern efforts of George Soros-funded groups which sought to  put in place  Secretaries of State,  on the theory that it’s better to own those who count the votes than those who vote.

Governments meddle everywhere.  It is our job to defend against the intrusions  not sit in the corner sobbing with our thumbs in our mouths.  It should be instructive that the Democratic National Committee had lousy security on its servers,  just as the Obama Administration did on the ObamaCare websites,  while the hackers who targeted the republicans National Committee were blocked out.

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April 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

Watching Super Tuesday…

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Real Clear Politics is offering some  timely suggestions  for making sense of the elections today.   If this doesn’t help,  just have another beer.

That said,  it’s highly unlikely that the big election day will be  the end  of the process.

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March 1, 2016 at 10:07 am

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Residents vs voters…

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This lawsuit challenging  the way  Texas draws electoral districts could have far-reaching consequences in elections.  The issue is whether districts should contain the same number of people or whether they instead should contain the same number of eligible voters.

Many government programs count the total number of people, which magnifies the power of urban areas and diminishes that of rural areas.   That is an advantage Democrats will fight furiously to keep,  so you can be sure they are watching this case closely.

 

 

 

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December 8, 2015 at 11:48 pm

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Heed Gov. Walker…

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Congressional Republicans  should listen  to Gov. Scott Walker.   For starters,  the man has won three elections in four years.  He has done what he said he would do,  despite the ferocious attacks by unions and recalcitrant Democrats,  and an obviously media bias.

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November 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Democratic America…

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This shows  the areas controlled by Dems.   Does it match your expectations?.

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November 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

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