Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Democrats Depressed, Disoriented, Demoralized, Devastated and Discredited [by Trump’s Triumph] ^ | Thomas Lifson 

It was the worst night for Democrats since November 8, 2016. After President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress, Rachel Maddow looked as though a loved one has just died – the same face she had on Election Night. Her fellow panelists, desperate for something to criticize, focused on the president using two hands to pick up a cup.
The estimable Roger L. Simon explains the grim face and wonders if the Democratic Party died last night:
The Democratic Party members watching that speech looked like a party of the living dead. They didn't know how to react. They didn't know if they were Americans. They didn't know who they were.
Every time Trump called for bipartisanship for the good of our country, they winced. They couldn't stand it and didn't know how to react because they are the least bipartisan people in the world and they scarcely know what cooperating is. Working together is not in their natures.
The Democrats' response was simply pathetic, delivered by a former governor of Kentucky who was replaced by a Republican. The party that is obsessed with identity politics chose an old white guy with white hair who reminded every cable TV viewer of a pitchman for products and services sold to seniors.

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Van Jones has MAJOR epiphany after Trump’s speech: ‘He became POTUS in that moment. Period’

BPR ^ | 1 Mar 2017 | Michael Dorstewitz 

In a word, there was a moment in President Donald Trump‘s address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night when he was especially presidential, and that fact wasn’t lost on the left.

That moment came when he honored slain U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens: and the chamber rose as one to give Carryn Owens, his widow, who was seated to the right of first daughter Ivanka Trump, a prolonged standing ovation.

“He became President of the United States in that moment — period,” CNN political commentator Van Jones said after a clip was played.
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Holder: Obama is 'ready to roll' (what crap) ^ | 2/28/17 | Edward-Isaac Dovere 

Barack Obama is getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics, his friend and former Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday.

Holder said he’s been talking to the former president about ways — including fundraising and interacting with state legislators — that could help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Obama asked Holder to chair last year.

“It’s coming. He’s coming,” Holder said, speaking to reporters at a briefing for the new group. “And he’s ready to roll.”
Throughout, Holder said, Obama “will be a more visible part of the effort.”

Holder also predicted that the usual pattern of the party in the White House losing state legislative seats in off-year elections would hold next year, but “I expect we’ll see that on steroids with President Trump.”
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Democrats Groan When Trump Announces Office To Help Victims Of Immigrant Crime [VIDEO] ^ | 2/28/17 | Chuck Ross 

Democratic lawmakers let their opposition be known Tuesday to President Trump’s plan to open an office aimed at helping the victims of crimes committed by immigrants.

Democrats groaned loudly when Trump announced the creation of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE), an office which will fall under the purview of the Department of Homeland Security.
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More than 200 companies express interest in border wall construction

The Hill ^ | 02/28/2017 | Tim Devaney 

Hundreds of companies are lining up to bid on building President Trump’s controversial border wall.

As of Tuesday evening, 225 companies — mostly construction and engineering firms — have expressed interest in building the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a website for contractors interested in doing business with the federal government.
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Morning Joe Panel Terrified That Trump Wants to Win Wars! ^ | February 28, 2017 | Jackson Richman 

On Morning Joe Tuesday, the panel discussed President Donald Trump's upcoming address that evening to a joint-session of Congress. The speech expected to cover his latest budget proposal, including a $54 billion increase in defense spending from which the panel deduced that the Commander-in-Chief "does not sound like a peace-time president."

"That is a tremendous amount of money to spend on ramping up the military," ​ New York Times political reporter Jeremy Peters said. "$54 billion. That does not to me sound like a peace-time president." Co-host Mika Brezinski looked to hype Trump as erratic and said, "When you hear it in its totality from a president who undermines judiciary, president who flouts First Amendment and calls the news media ‘fake news,’ and now is talking about winning wars, I have to tell you, it feels ominous."
Morning Joe Panel: Trump 'Does Not Sound Like a Peace-Time President'
"I don't think it's an exaggeration at this point. I'm hoping we get more measured tones tonight," she added.

Agreeing with Brezinski, Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa took a nuanced stance. "What's he going to say with this upcoming report on the Islamic State? He's asked top military officials in the country to prepare a report on how to confront Islamic state," he said. "This comes as he's asking for $54 billion in military spending and after Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, as we all know talks in pretty big terms about the west and Judeo-Christian values. Is Trump going to adopt a military plan that follows in a path that's not nonintervention something he said in his campaign?"

Toward the end of the discussion Brezinski said, "Putting his money where his mouth is, talk about winning wars, are we going to war? With who?"
In sharp contrast to the morning show panel, Arizona Senator John McCain and Texas Representative Mac Thornberry voiced their concerns that the Trump administration was not increasing defense spending enough following the deep cuts of the Obama years.

"While we cannot repair all of the damage done by these cuts in a single year, we can and should do more than this level of funding will allow," Thornberry said in a statement. "We cannot make repairing and rebuilding our military conditional on fixing our budget problems or on cutting other spending. We owe it to the men and women who serrve and to the American people to protect our nation's security under all circumstances."

McCain chided the President's $603 billion defense budget and said, "With a world on fire, America cannot secure peace through strength with just 3 percent more than President Obama’s budget.”

"In other words, President Trump intends to submit a defense budget that is a mere 3 percent above President Obama’s defense budget, which has left our military underfunded, undersized, and unready to confront threats to our national security,” McCain added.

Both McCain and Thornberry proposed $37 billion more than Trump wants allocated for defense.
Here is the February 28th exchange:

Morning Joe


6:05:30 AM- 6:13:06 AM [7 min., 14 sec.]

MARK HALPERIN: There's a Rubik’s Cube of what he can do to get different support from different factions. Bob put it on the toughest part of the cube right now: is there a way to simultaneously unite Republican party who is divided on defense spending and how quick the Affordable Care Act needs to be repealed and try to reach out to Democrats?

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Mika, right now the people that he's been going before are not really that popular. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll yesterday, and we're going to be showing some of these numbers throughout the day, you look at Donald Trump he's 43-47 upside down. That's better than the Republican Party, better than the Democratic Party, much better than Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi. So Donald Trump for the first time since president, Paul Ryan 34, 45, Trump 43, 47. Republican Party 35, 43, Democratic Party 30, 46, which is the number really stuck out to me. Usually if you're in the minority those go up. Mitch McConnell upside down, Nancy Pelosi upside down as well. Donald Trump as he goes in will know he's the most popular politician in that chamber. We'll see if it provides him that touch of graciousness we thought was missing in the inaugural address.

MIKA BREZINSKI: Certainly pushing money doing in different directions. One inspiring way of doing that is to say we don't win wars anymore, which was the headline of the next story. President Trump outlined major shift in priorities, he wants to win wars. $54 billion swing toward defense spending offsetting with equivalent cuts and leaping with the discretionary budget more than a trillion dollars unchanged. The president justified the move while speaking to a group of governors at the White House yesterday.


PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have to win. We have to start winning wars again. I have to say when I was young in high school and college, everybody used to say we never lost a war. We never lost a war, you remember. And now we never win a war. We never win. And we don't fight to win. It's either win or don't fight it at all.

SCARBOROUGH: I think most people would want the second part of that, don't fight it at all.

BREZINSKI: I think we want to avoid war, I guess. I don't know. Where are we going here?

SCARBOROUGH: The art of war, the greatest general, wins without ever fighting a war. You're right, including Donald Trump who talked about during his entire campaign the fact we fought too many wars and we needed to bring American troops home.

JEREMY PETERS: That's right. He campaigned on no more stupid wars. Of course, I would imagine there are -- we're not going to get into stupid wars, we're only going to get into smart wars.

BREZINSKI:  Sounds like they want to go to war. There's an emphasis on winning.

PETERS: That is a tremendous amount of money to spend on ramping up the military. $54 billion. That does not to me sound like a peace-time president.

SCARBOROUGH: Just for the record, for our men and women in uniform that might be discouraged, just for the record I want to say most of the war we've fought, most of the military we've done have been successes over your lifetime, young kids. We hit Grenada.

HALPERIN: Decisive victory.

SCARBOROUGH: Decisive victory. Go USA! Our Falklands. Then Panama. Remember Noriega had the sword and said you'll be ensnarled in the jungles; this is going to be -- people were saying Panama was Spanish for Vietnam. We went in. Our military get Noriega and he's been sitting in a jail in  Miami since in a couple days. The greatest coalition since World War II, an extraordinary military success. You can talk about the politics of it. The second as tragic as it was, our military troops fought through it all and by 2009 any military history will tell you 2009, 2010 our military stabilized a situation completely under chaos the year before. Afghanistan, what was our goal in Afghanistan? It wasn't to take over Afghanistan. It was to go over and break up Al Qaeda's network. We did. Osama bin Laden is dead and the network was shattered in a million pieces. So you look at military operations, it's not to go seize oil and plant a flag and sing "We Are the Champions." It's you lay out military objectives, you give those objectives to your troops. Time and time again over the past quarter century, our men and women in uniform have done exactly what their civilian commanders have asked them to do in an extraordinary way.

BREZINSKI: I would that's what the commander in chief ought to honor before saying anything about an impending war, which at this point you would think we’d want to avoid on every level given where we've been. When you hear it in its totality from a president who undermines judiciary, president who flouts first amendment and calls the news media ‘fake news,’ and now is talking about winning wars, I have to tell you, it feels ominous. I don't think it's an exaggeration at this point. I'm hoping we get more measured tones tonight.

SCARBOROUGH: That's why tonight is so important. It's so important, Robert, that he moves past his fights with the independent judiciary, he moves past his fights with the press, he moves past these other fights, you could say with Hollywood actresses and everybody, and takes the high road and says this is what we've done and this is our vision moving forward.

ROBERT COSTA: I think Mika's point about foreign policy is critical. What's he going to say with this upcoming report on the Islamic State? He's asked top military officials in the country to prepare a report on how to confront Islamic state. This comes as he's asking for $54 billion in military spending and after Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, as we all know talks in pretty big terms about the west and Judeo-Christian values. Is Trump going to adopt a military plan that follows in a path that's not nonintervention something he said in his campaign?

PETERS: Something you hear from Trump, Sean Spicer, everyone in the White House, it's not accidental. Trump is keeping his promises.

BREZINSKI: Putting his money where his mouth is, talk about winning wars, are we going to war? With who?

PETERS: They are talking about everything from nominating somebody like Gorsuch to defunding Planned Parenthood, promises they made to conservative base of voters that got behind Donald Trump. They want to make sure those people know Trump hasn’t forgotten them.

Democrat 'Women in White' Remain Seated As Trump Asks Congress to Honor Our Soldiers! ^ | February 28, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien 

President Trump spent several moments during his address to the joint session of Congress on Tuesday honoring the bravest among us: our soldiers. Upon the mention of our military, the entire room--Republican and Democrat--were on their feet. Well, almost everyone.
Unbelievably, a handful of Democratic women who had dressed in white (for reasons hard to understand) to protest the president, remained seated at the mention of our soldiers.
You would think supporting our military would be a bipartisan issue.
Shortly after that, Trump recognized fallen Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, who died in a raid on an al Qaeda compound in Yemen in January. His widow, Carryn Owens, was one of Trump's special guests tonight, sitting right beside his daughter Ivanka. What followed was a beautiful tribute to her brave husband. Throughout the president's remarks, Mrs. Owens glanced to the sky and let her tears fall. It was one of the most emotional moments ever to occur at a joint session of Congress.
It really exposed the contrast of the moment. Dana Loesch said it best.

President Trump Makes the Union Great Again!

Frontpage ^ | March 1, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield 

The Empire State Building was built in a year. During WW2, we built almost 100,000 aircraft in a year. The 1,700 mile Alaska Highway was completed in a year.
Compare that to Obama’s California high speed train to nowhere which got its start in his stimulus plan in 2009 and whose deadline he had to extend to 2022. In the 19th century, railroad crews laid 10 miles of track in one day between sunrise and sunset.
It took a decade and billions of dollars for New York City to build a subway that runs 20 blocks.
But in a bold and courageous address, President Trump laid out a tremendous vision that runs from transforming our education and health care systems and rebuilding our military, to curing diseases, unleashing technological wonders and even, “American footprints on distant worlds.”
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Turns Out, Noncitizens Did Vote In November, Only Question Is How Many?

Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/28/2017 | Staff 

Voter Fraud: Remember all those media reports calling President Trump a liar for claiming that noncitizens voted in the November elections? Turns out, he was more correct than the press.
Trump is certainly guilty of wild exaggeration with his claim that he would have won the popular vote if millions of noncitizens hadn't illegally cast ballots. But the press reaction to Trump's statements was even more off base.
Time magazine, for example, declared: "We already know that ineligible noncitizens do not vote in American elections — including the 2016 election."
It and other news outlets pointed to a paper by Harvard researchers that claimed "the likely percent of noncitizen voters in recent U.S. elections is zero."
Politico ran a piece by one of those Harvard professors, who stated emphatically that "There is no evidence that noncitizens have voted in recent U.S. elections."
No evidence?
Turns out, there is evidence, if you look for it. The latest comes from an investigation by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who found 821 noncitizens were registered to vote in the state and 126 of them had voted in prior elections, including 82 who cast ballots in 2016. These aren't huge numbers, but they are more than zero.
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With One Terrific Speech, Donald Trump Becomes President Trump!

Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/1/2017 | Staff 

State Of The Union: President Trump's address to Congress and the American people did more than just deliver the usual banal presidential laundry list — it turned a man that many thought lacked the temperament and vision to be president into a real president.

Yes, he repeated his campaign vows to repeal and replace ObamaCare, to lower taxes and make them fairer, to deregulate, to rebuild America's infrastructure, to give parents and their kids school choice, to enforce America's immigration laws, and to strengthen our defenses.
Those are all welcome ideas that will strengthen America for all of its citizens, not just a privileged few.
And there were lines that were also meant to bring a divided America together. Early on, he said:
"Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice — in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart. A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our Nation. And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is the Renewal of the American Spirit. Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead."
But it went way beyond just rhetoric, and was notably short on policy specifics. It was not a wonkish speech at all.
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Networks Yawn as DNC Lurches Further Left ^ | March 1, 2017 | Brent Bozell 

While the media do everything but spontaneously combust at the sight of President Trump, they ignore the other party in turmoil. Over the course of eight years, President Obama plunged the Democrats deep into a crater. But his media buddies paid no attention because nothing Democrats do or don't do bothers them.
For weeks now, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison have been campaigning to lead the Democratic National Committee. And for weeks, the networks have ignored it. They would rather spend hours analyzing whether Trump is going to keep disrespecting them. (News flash: He will.)
The actual event, the narrow election of Perez, who then created for Ellison a deputy chairman position, drew a minute or two of attention on the newscasts. Compared with the hostile ardor of their Trump coverage, it was sterile and (intentionally?) boring.
This makes no sense. The media have hyperventilated about the "alt-right" and the anti-Semitism and the Islamophobia that are allegedly infecting the Republican Party. If that's acceptable journalism, why not pay attention to Ellison's radical record? Making him deputy chairman doesn't make it less newsworthy.
You, dear reader, decide whether Ellison's past, as chronicled by the Washington Free Beacon, is disturbing and worthy of coverage. He compared 9/11 to the Reichstag fire that led to Hitler's rise. He defended Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam against (easily proven) charges of anti-Semitism. He said that black Americans don't have to obey the government because it considers them to be "less than human." And he met in Saudi Arabia with a radical Muslim cleric who endorsed the killing of U.S. soldiers.
Perez also has a record on race worth recounting. The Free Beacon noted that as head of the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, he dismissed a voter intimidation case against two members of the New Black Panther Party who threatened voters at a polling place in 2008. He also took the position that white people were not entitled to protection under the Voting Rights Act.
But who needs scandal? The DNC publicity prize goes to PBS "NewsHour" co-anchor Judy Woodruff, who brought on Democrats Jaime Harrison and Symone Sanders on Feb. 24 and asked these open-ended whiffle balls:
"What should the message of the Democratic Party be right now?"
"Is there a positive message right now for Democrats?"
"What's more important for Democrats now, to focus on winning back working-class white voters, or to shore up the Democratic base among African-Americans, among labor unions and so forth?"
A college freshman could have penned a tougher inquiry. Washington Post reporter James Hohmann was the media-elitist outlier, suggesting that the narrative of this race ought to be that the Democrats lurched too far to the left to be competitive. On Feb. 13, he wrote after a candidates' forum: "It was striking during a two-hour forum here in Charm City that not one of the 10 candidates for chairman suggested the party should moderate in response to last year's losses. Indeed, there was no substantive discussion about policy at all during the Saturday evening event. It was taken as a given that all the aspirants are committed liberals."
Analysts noted that Perez was one of the most progressive members of Obama's Cabinet, yet there were still obedient publicists like Jane Pauley on CBS announcing, "(Perez's) election is seen as a win for the moderate wing of the party." What moderate wing?
Just as the media don't see their untrammeled advocacy against Trump as damaging to their brand, they don't see lurching further to the left as a problem for Democrats. In both cases, conservatives may enjoy watching them flail hopelessly inside their leftist bubble.

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