November 10, 2016

Well that turned out to be a long night, didn’t it? Feel much better after a two-hour nap this afternoon. Had a 6 AM call after champagne at whatever godly hour it was when FOX News called the state of Pennsylvania for Trump, sealing his victory. It’s going to fascinating to watch what happens in Washington once the adults get in and kick all the crooks, social-justice warriors and adolescents out. It can’t come soon enough, and you can bet the January 20th festivities will be celebrated in the Richard household. We’ll make ourselves quite a party – heck, I might break out my old black tux to do it up formally!

In the meanwhile, some random thoughts on the biggest upset in American political history, and one of the most important presidential elections we’ll ever see…

If you want to see just how out of touch and out of time the mainstream media are you only need to compare how I spent election night the last three presidential election cycles. In 2008, it was in front of the TV watching FOX News. In 2012 it was at the PowerLine and National Review Online Corner blogs monitoring their real-time feeds from their own correspondents. Last night I spent it on
Styxhexenhammer666’s YouTube channel, watching him do all the election monitoring and calling things as he sees them. I had heard of his channel from someone at the Conservative Treehouse blog (where I occasionally comment), and I wasn’t disappointed. The guy knew his stuff and had a refreshing way of cutting through all the bullshit over on the cable networks with his running commentary and responses to his YouTube channel followers. I had FOX News on in the other room, and the difference between the styles might as well have been the difference between driving a Maserati and a Model T. His technology and way of communicating pointed to the future, FOX News seemed dated and obsolete by comparison.

Speaking of FOX News, what a terrible performance for election night. Their sets and graphics were terrible and confusing (at least compared to CNN for what little I saw). Brett Baier was, as usual, a competent and informed professional, but the rest of them – most especially Megyn Kelly, Karl Rove, and Juan Williams – were beyond pathetic. Kelly’s star has really lost its shine, and the rest of them came across as nothing but anti-Trump shills all night. For example, thanks to Styxhexenhammer666, I knew before midnight EST that Trump had the votes needed in the right counties to take both Pennsylvania and Michigan, that he was going to just barely lose NH, VA, and MN, and would be the next President. Like I say, the man knew his stuff.

I guess we all now know what that mysterious blue state was I predicted before the election. It was, of course, Wisconsin. My AZ GOP contact had that one in mind when I first spoke to him weeks ago, but everyone – and I do mean everyone – he spoke to had to promise not to reveal it for fear the Clinton campaign would suddenly get the fever to make a visit or two before the election. The GOP had a serious psy-ops effort going there in the weeks leading up to the election led by Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus. Why Clinton never visited WI won’t be a mystery for long because there will be volumes coming out about not just how lousy a candidate Hillary Clinton ended up being (no surprise there) but how poorly-managed her overall campaign was.

The car comparison above works as well with the way the Clinton and Trump campaigns were managed. Think about it: as Michael Wolff writes in this Hollywood Reporter column:

Ads don’t work, polls don’t work, celebrities don’t work, media endorsements don’t work and ground games don’t work.

The media turned itself into the opposition and, accordingly, was voted down as the new political reality emerged: Ads don’t work, polls don’t work, celebrities don’t work, media endorsements don’t work, ground games don’t work.

…And then there was the wholesale destruction of what is perhaps the most important media assumption: that advertising matters. A not inconsiderable portion of the profitability of most media companies comes from the extra many billions of dollars that’s poured into local television every four years. Clinton spent the usual quota (buying, for instance, almost 80 percent of the more than 120,000 campaigns ads during the general election in Florida), Trump only a fraction thereof, redefining not only how to run for office, but the symbiotic relationship of the media to politics.

The irony is too painful: Trump the media candidate turns on the media. The flat-footed media became for the nimble Trump his punching bag and foil (while all the time the media assumed Trump was the flat-footed one). It gave him his singular, galvanizing and personalized issue — it’s the media, stupid.

As it turned out, the massive Trump rallies ridiculed by the mainstream media throughout the campaign had an energizing effect on social media, and vice-versa. Trump’s ability to out-hustle Clinton on the stump, repeatedly and strategically, put the right folks in the right states in the voting booth at the right time. If indeed Clinton won the popular vote (something I don’t believe because of the massive voting fraud operation that will come out eventually), she won the battle but the Trump campaign won the war. I tried to tell my Goodboys buds what was truly happening when I was back in Massachusetts last week, but they wouldn’t listen – no surprise there, no one listens to The Great White Shank. They bought the conventional wisdom being spewed out daily by a conventional media that was unable (or unwilling) to see the seismic change taking place around them.

As I alluded to in my last post, watch what happens to the Democratic Party in the coming weeks, months, and even years. The mainstream media would have you believe it was the Republican Party that was ready to crack up (and, had Trump lost, it very well might have), but it’s the Dems who are about to leash a circular firing squad the likes of which you’ve never seen before, and personally, it will be a joy to behold. Many will want to point fingers at the Clintons, of course – and rightly so for her being yet again such a terrible candidate – but the fact is the Clintons are nothing more than a by-product of a political party that is nothing more than a corrupt, reckless, and lawless criminal enterprise from the bottom up. The entire Democratic Party establishment and its relationships with Big Media, Big Money, and Big Power has been revealed as a cancer eating away at every American institution, and it needs to be destroyed.

Jim Newell’s column at Slate is also a must-read, as much for Democrats as it is for anyone interested in politics, for he paints a truly bleak picture of what the Democratic Party has become:

The Democratic Party establishment has beclowned itself and is finished.

I think of the lawmakers, the consultants, the operatives, and—yes—the center-left media, and how everything said over the past few years leading up to this night was bullshit.

The midterm losses? That was just a bad cycle, structurally speaking; presidential demographics would make up for it. The party establishment made a grievous mistake rallying around Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t just a lack of recent political seasoning. She was a bad candidate, with no message beyond heckling the opposite sideline. She was a total misfit for both the politics of 2016 and the energy of the Democratic Party as currently constituted. She could not escape her baggage, and she must own that failure herself.

And it’s not just in Washington where the Democrats have destroyed themselves: look across the political landscape where Democrats are becoming an increasingly-endangered species when it comes to governorships and state legislatures, even in so-called “blue” states. The American political map is getting redder and redder, leaving fewer and fewer truly blue states. And those states, like Massachusetts, are nothing cesspools of egregious corruption at all levels, suffocating taxation, and over-regulation. The Democratic Party is dying a slow and agonizing death, and its a story no one in the mainstream media has the guts to report.

As for the Clintons themselves, this election ought be the end for one of the most vile and corrupt political families in American history. Roy McAvoy in Tin Cup said that when a defining moment comes, either you define the moment or the moment defines you. To which his caddy Romeo replied, “That may very well be true, Roy, but in your case the moment was shit.” Last night was the Clinton’s defining moment, and it was shit. And rightly so, because, between Clinton’s tenure at Secretary of State, the e-mails, the Clinton Foundation and all the graft, the money, and the pay for play it was the Clintons who took a collective dump on the American political system and its rule of law, solely for their own personal advantage. And who in the end do they blame? Everyone but themselves. They are a vile, disgusting, soulless bunch who ought to be condemned to the far-reaches of hell. But I’d settle for jail.

One final note: so much for the Barack Obama legacy. The only reason he ever got voted in to begin with was because of his skin color. Alternatively, the mainstream media would have you believe that it was Hillary’s gender that prevented her from becoming President. No. It was the fact that the woman running for President was a terrible candidate, a vile, hateful, corrupt, bitchy, and shrill Washington elitist, lacking in both warmth, personality, and substance. That, my liberal friends, is why she lost. For the second time Hillary saw this as her right to be the candidate for President – everyone else, the Democratic Party, and the country be damned.

More coming in the days ahead.

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