November 5, 2020

I suppose this was to be expected, given all the forces I have repeatedly outlined in prior posts being against the re-election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. But I certainly didn’t expect the kind of total bullshit shenanigans that started around 4 AM EST Wednesday when it seemed like Wisconsin and Michigan suddenly “found” 100K votes for “Slo’ Joe” Biden when up until that point the President seemed to have things in hand. So now we’re going to relive 2000 Bush vs. Gore all over again, but this time in as much as six states if the Trump campaign is smart.

Me? I want to see a recount – and a validation – of all votes in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada. And that’s OK – the new prez isn’t sworn in until January so I’m good with taking the time and doing it right. If Biden is, in fact, determined to be the President-elect, fine, but I don’t think it went down that way. As Richard “Hooper” Dreyfuss said in “Jaws”:

You want to be sure
I want to be sure
We all want to be sure, OK?

Me? I’m not just thinking about the various states in question. I want ALL the states recounted – by hand, by county and/or precinct. Every American voter deserve to know their ballot had the same treatment as everyone else’s. Too much time? Too much money? Bullshit. Nothing is more important to the national consciousness as knowing we’re not a friggin’ banana republic, so that what has happened this year isn’t repeated in subsequent midterm and presidential elections. This kind of thing might have been acceptable back in Tammany Hall days, but it’s the 21st century and we have the ability to make sure everyone’s vote counts the same as everyone else’s shouldn’t be that hard. If it’s gonna take the Supreme Court to finally lay down the law in the land, I’m good with that no matter which way the pendulum swings.
Personally, were I Donald Trump, I have nothing to lose and I’m takin’ it to the barricades. To quote Hillary Rodham Clinton, Trump “should not concede under any circumstances, because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually I do believe he will win if we don’t give an inch, and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is.” And if the Washington swamp GOP doesn’t side with him he should call them out and take them down with him as well. This is no longer an election for just folks fu**in’ around; this is war, the future of our republic.

If we’re going to leave this in the hands of the bureaucrats and technocrats we are doomed. To quote the late, great Andrew Brietbart.

Oh, and, by the way, I stand by my Election Day prediction. I never thought it would end up being this bad.

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November 3, 2020

After a brief return to playing “Pool Guy” today I plan on spending Election Night splitting my time between Styxenhammmer666‘s YouTube broadcast and a broadcast planned by Larry Schweikart, Tracy Beanz, and the best pollster in the business. If you’re looking for something a little less bull-shitty and unconventional (and more substantial) than what you’ll see on the major news and cable news networks, check them out – you won’t be disappointed.

I watched President Trump’s last rally last night – his fifth of the day. Regardless of how Trump’s campaign turns out he has changed political rallies and campaigning forever by combing multi-day and multi-state visits with multi-media presentations. His re-election campaign has been a tour de force. His GOTV game will likely be shown to be nothing short of awe-inspiring. Say what you want about the man, but he is a political figure the likes of which we shall never see again in our lifetime. Folks talk about Barack Obama’s 2008 as transformative, but the fact is that as an African-American president he only made race relations worse in the United States. And if Donald Trump is re-elected he will be known for closing that breach for all time. You watch.

…say what you want about the man, his reelection campaign has been a tour de force. rump did his job. Now it’s our turn. Vote for Trump like your life depends on it.e

Tucker Carlson has been really firing on all cylinders lately, but his Monday night monologue is exactly what this election is all about. I’ve been saying all along that the Washington swamp knows this is their last chance to retain power. They’re scared to death about a Trump second term because he knows where all the bodies are buried and, more importantly, who was responsible for burying the bodies. And if he wins it will be a beautiful thing to watch.

Political campaign conventional wisdom says you never hold rallies on Election Day. Reason being, you want your staff and your supporters focused on getting people to the polls and voting. Haven’t I told y’all if you want to know how the campaigns are thinking just watch what they do and where they go? So it has to be viewed as a sign of desperation that the Biden campaign is holding seven – count ’em, seven campaign events scheduled for today. That’s nuts. Period. The campaign should have been dragging Biden’s feeble, confused bones around to daily rallies months ago, rather than hiding him in the basement.

…it’s really pathetic, and you leftist/progressives out there ought to be beyond pissed that a supposedly “professional” national campaign is being run like this. It’s laughable.

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November 2, 2020

Well, it wouldn’t be the day before Election Day without a final reading of the tea leaves. And I’ll be the first to admit I don’t have the firmest grasp on knowing what exactly is going to happen – anyone who tells you they do is blowing smoke up your cabooskie. Between all the voice by mail, COVID-19 “fear porn”, early voting, and the usual crappy job by the mainstream media pollsters who have only recently started hedging their bets after months and months of moving their favorite narrative (Trump bad, Biden good) forward.

On top of that, you have had the globalists and “big” everything: Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big Education, Big Media, Wall Street, Hollywood, and hundreds of thousands of unelected bureaucrats in the Washington swamp throwing everything they possibly can at President Trump to sabotage and undercut his administration at every turn. It’s been incessant, and real, since the moment Trump was elected. There are literally trillions upon trillions of dollars at stake, and these powerful forces know that if Trump is re-elected he’s going to be coming after them.

On the other side of the equation, you have enthusiasm for the President off the charts. What all the forces mentioned above don’t understand is the personal connection that exists between Trump and his supporters. The size of the Trump rallies this past weekend are like nothing anyone has ever seen. You wouldn’t have all these spontaneous Trump car and boat rallies on weekends, and most recently, weekdays, without that kind of connection. These are people who love their country, have seen their country and their freedoms under attack by the media, the so-called “experts” and “scientists”, and governors who have indiscriminately taken their freedoms and livelihoods away. They see organized leftist groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa burning, looting, rioting and threatening the very security of their neighborhoods and homes.

…most importantly, they see Donald J. Trump as the sole guardian standing against these forces.

It’s a given fact that Trump got 18.1 million votes – the most of any incumbent – and 94% – the 4th highest of all time – in the Republican primaries. In a campaign where the President was running virtually unopposed and folks didn’t need to come out. This means that Trump will have a unified Republican party on Election Day. It also means that he will get a surge in in-person voting. The pollsters know this. They know there will be more Democrats voting for Trump in the mid-west “battleground” states than Republicans voting for Biden. They also know that Trump will be getting more Hispanics and more African-American voters than he did in 2016. And, as the great Larry Schweikart has been pushing for months, they also know the typical youth GOTV for Democrats on major college campuses has been severely stunted this year because of lockdowns and COVID-19 precautions.

So that’s where things stand this year. So many variables, so many unknowns. And I’ll admit, I felt a lot more comfortable about my prediction back in 2016 than I do this year. And if I’m wrong – which I don’t think I will be – life will still go on. Even under a Harris administration (Biden being tossed to the curbside before January 20) I’ll still be fighting my driver, looking for work to supplement my pension starting in December, and thinking and writing about life in general. But, as “Slo’ Joe” is wont to say, “here’s the deal”:

All my sources tell me there has been a BIG move towards Trump in the last week, accelerating over the weekend. Biden is increasingly seen as for lockdowns, national mask mandates, closed schools, and control of every aspect of our lives by the socialists and the globalists, whereas Trump is for freedom and “America First”. I’ve heard from my GOP party “insider” – confirmed elsewhere – that the Biden campaign knows it is in deep doo-doo. For him, the final Des Moines Register poll showing Trump up by seven is indicative of how the “battleground” states will go.

So without further adieu, here is my bottom line prediction:

Based on the latest information, Trump should take Pennsylvania but there are significant Democratic forces marshalled against him to prevent all the votes that will come in tomorrow to be counted. So I’m going to leave that as a toss-up. I’m not 100% sold on Nevada right now, but I’m assured by my “GOP part guy” that Trump is looking very good there, so I’ve marked it as red. We shall see.

(Here’s a handy hint: keep a close eye on how Virginia and New Hampshire go tomorrow night. If either of them break for Trump you’re looking at a bona fide landslide, meaning New Jersey, New Mexico, and Oregon could most definitely be in play. Likewise, if Florida is not called by Wednesday AM and is seen as up for grabs, then North Carolina could also be in play for Biden.)

I predict the Republicans will gain one seat in the Senate.

I believe the House of Representatives is definitely in play, although I can see a scenario where the GOP falls a few seats short. Again, any even slightly moderate “red wave” will give the GOP the House.

Again, I wish I could be as certain of this as I was in 2016, but the unknown variables out there are what they are.

No matter what, whether you’re a die-hard Democrat, rabid Republican, or an unaffiliated independent or undecided get out there and vote so your voice is heard. These kinds of chances only come every four years, and elections have consequences.

May the force be with you, and may God bless America.

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November 1, 2020

We’ve made it through Halloween and have reached the final weekend before Election Day. Don’t know about y’all, but we had a fairly steady stream of trick-or-treaters from dusk to 8 PM. Not as many as previous years but more than I though we would have during “these uncertain times”.

I know you’re all excited about my Election Day prediction; I will have it for you on Monday’s post after one last check with my own trusted sources (and hopefully a validation from my GOP party guy). There’s last-minute movement taking place and I want to make sure I try and catch it. Stay tuned!

R.I.P. Sean Connery. A great actor. His James Bond was certainly OK, but I liked him best in “The Rock” and “The Hunt For Red October”. One. Ping. Only.

So the supposedly “great” Nate Silver at 538 is only telling you today what The Great White Shank told you back in October. And for him to come out two days before the election with this tells me he’s now hedging his bets to save his reputation and suspects things are very bad for the Biden campaign.

Which doesn’t surprise me to any extent – the enthusiasm for the President is off the charts, to an extent that even the mainstream media pollsters are only now starting to admit to. There is no way they can look at their numbers against the no-longer anecdotal evidence from the size of the Trump rallies and the spontaneous parades breaking out all over the country on a daily basis and deny the reality out there.

Don’t believe me? A 96-mile Trump parade in Pima County, AZ? I was actually caught in the middle of a mini Trump parade on the 202 loop yesterday – a bunch of pickup trucks driven by 20-somethings. People honking at them all over the place. The enthusiasm for the President is real, which in turn will make voters originally planning to vote against him to either stay home or vote for him. I’ve always believed there are voters who feel better about voting for the person they think will win.

…not to mention the fact that there are clips all over the internet like this and this. Not only is there zero enthusiasm for Joe Biden – it’s all Trump Derangement Syndrome hatred – but it’s pretty clear what’s going on is tantamount to elder abuse. It’s not that Biden has just lost his fastball, he’s now the equivalent to Dr. Fauci on the mound. I wish I could say I feel sorry for the guy, but the fact is he’s a crook, and has always been a pathological liar and a clown.

…and his so-called “campaign” has been a joke that will be written about for years as to its incompetency. His basement campaign was nothing but a way to keep him and his mouth shielded from the public, with good reason. Their COVID-19 “fear porn” strategy has worked against them, leaving them overly-reliant on vote by mail; they’re just now realizing how important a ground game is. Begging for door-knockers the weekend before the election is not a good sign.

…which is why progressives are going to be beyond pissed off if Biden loses the election. It was the Washington power elites that forced Elizabeth Warren out of the primaries to make way for Biden to knock off Bernie Sanders, and the push-back against the likes of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi is going to make the “Halloween” movies look like a garden party. I sure hope it happens because I’ll need all the popcorn I can get to enjoy the show.

If you live in a “blue” state you need to be watching carefully what is going on all over Europe. I have little doubt that you’re about to enter a second phase of lockdowns that will last all winter. The amount of “fear porn” being pushed out there is beyond irrational, and the totalitarian fascists overlording “blue” states are heavily influenced by their socialist peers in Europe.

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October 28, 2020

I’ve got just one more day here in Massachusetts and I have to admit that, while it has been great to visit my dad and get his bank accounts access issues all taken care of and to see my friends, I’m ready to go home. All this mask-wearing and “fear porn” has me feeling anxious and claustrophobic. It all seems so pointless. I picked this up from none other than the CDC:

And for this we’re wearing masks and destroying our freedoms and livelihoods?? It’s really pathetic.

Sorry, Democrats – you can bitch and moan about Amy Coney “Syd” Barrett being confirmed as a Supreme Court judge all you want, but you only have yourselves to blame. Don’t thank Mitch McConnell and President Trump, blame former Nevada senator (and former Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (who should have announced her retirement while Barack Obama was president, and, of course, the typically stupid and clueless political chops of New York senator (and Minority Leader) “Chuckles” Schumer.

I don’t see a whole lot of enthusiasm for President Trump’s chances in New Hampshire in conservative polling circles with this one exception, and I think I know why. Just driving around the seacoast area on Monday the ratio of Biden/Harris signs to Trump / Pence had to be 90/10 – more than I remember ever seeing during the 2016 campaign. Now, the seacoast is obviously more liberal than the rest of the state, but were Trump to have an honest chance in NH I would have expected to see far more signage in his favor.

Talk a bout a tweet that didn’t age well. I just can’t imagine the kind of hubris it takes to have had the chutzpa to tweet something like that. Man, did we dodge a bullet!

…but it shouldn’t be surprising: there appears to be zero – I mean zero – physical energy out there for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I saw a dozen or so Biden folks at a major intersection the other day but heard no one beeping their support for them as I waited at the red light. And the Biden / Harris rallies (to whatever extent they can be called rallies) are a joke. Here in Massachusetts there are lots of Biden signs inside the I495 belt, but that’s to be expected: it’s as “blue” an area as you’re going to find in the good ol’ U S of A. But it’s not a positive call for Biden’s election: around here it’s Trump Derangement Syndrome and Trump hatred to fullest extent.

…in fact, outside of perhaps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” I would hazard a guess most of these folks around here haven’t a clue as to a single thing they support Biden for. Just as long as it’s not Trump. And I don’t have to tell you for the umpteenth time that a negative vote is not one that results in elections being won.

This is what life in Joe Biden’s America is going to look like if he is elected:

…and what life in Donald Trump’s America looks like.

Honestly, which one would you choose?

This picture captures perfectly the Joe Biden campaign:

Now it’s back to my Arizona return prep. While the autumn colors and chill have been a nice break from the Arizona summer, it’s good to know some things never change when late October arrives. Now I’m looking forward to getting back to some warm sunshine. Not looking forward to the plane ride back, tho – it’ll be non-stop mask wearing for a good nine hours.

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October 26, 2020

I know the title of this post comes from a classic Pink Floyd song, but what it really is about comes from the opening lines of that classic Buffalo Springfield song:

There’s something happening here
what it is ain’t exactly clear.

If you follow the mainstream media the CNNs, MSDNCs, Washington Posts, and New York Timess of the world, you can be excused into thinking that, at least as far as this year’s presidential cycle is concerned, 2020 sounds like 2016 all over again. You’ve got the pollsters all agreeing that Biden is ahead by a lot but that the polls may, or may not, be tightening. You’ve got Donald Trump running as a political outsider hosting large and enthusiastic in-person rallies while his long-time Washington insider opponent is virtually nowhere to be seen. And you have the mainstream media doing everything it can to suppress anything negative about that Democratic candidate while pushing everything negative it can find about Donald Trump.

Can we at least all agree on that?

But this year there is something different. Go to Google, Facebook, or any other internet search engine you wish and under news type in “Trump car rallies” and see what you find. What you will see is a phenomena you will never hear about from the national media and the cable news networks. Here is just an example:

In New York.
In Beverly Hills, California.
At a Joe Biden rally in Pennsylvania.
In Arizona.
In Connecticut.
In Miami, Florida.
In Ohio.

…and that’s just a handful of what has been going on every weekend for the past few months. I think it all started with massive boat rallies in Florida and other places, and the concept just spread like wildfires across the country. They’re everywhere, they’re large, and they’re unlike anything seen in any election cycle, like, ever.

What this tells me is that there is a wellspring of Trump support out there that few, if anyone, have an idea about – how deep it might be. Frankly, even I don’t know – I’m just communicating what I see and hear. What’s most interesting to me is that these rallies are not spontaneous – they’re being coordinated using the very same social media tools the firms who provide them are using to suppress Trump support and help Biden any way they can. It’s quite satisfying to hear about. Talk about live by the sword and dying by it! These people are not stupid, they see what’s going on out there:

They see the media in every form, national and local, overwhelmingly aligned against Trump.

They see Washington and the political establishment overwhelmingly aligned against Trump.

They see Wall Street overwhelmingly aligned against Trump.

They see the nation’s intelligence infrastructure (DOJ, FBI, etc.) actively working against Trump.

They see the war-mongers of past administrations all aligned against Trump.

The see the Facebooks, Twitters, Googles, Apples, and Microsofts of Silicon Valley universally aligned against Trump.

They see the education establishment, the universities they attend and finance for their children’s education and their local school boards, universally aligned against Trump.

They hear the calls to end funding for law enforcement and, even while “Big Tech” attempts to stifle any news about them, fear Antifa and Black Lives Matter radicals, protestors, and looters coming after them and their neighborhoods should a local police officer harm in any way some doofus of color who refuses to follow their orders to cease and desist.

I have a theory: until COVID-19 came along, I don’t think the average American truly appreciated the vast societal and cultural forces aligned against President Trump. But after nearly eight months of “fear porn” being shoved down their throats by ever form of media there is, day in and day out, they’ve been given a glimpse to the extent and depth of these forces. They’ve seen their jobs go up in smoke, their children’s learning reduced to remote and after-school activities curtailed, and their churches closed. They see the various COVID-19 rules, regulations, and restrictions handed down by their elected officials as confused, conflicting, and of little sense. They hear ad nauseam about the number of COVID-19 cases but little or nothing about their actual chances of dying from it. They know the virus is dangerous and that reasonable precautions need to be taken, but there’s a nagging suspicion that it’s nowhere near as bad as folks are making it out to be.

They sense this because whenever any kind of promising or alternative drug or regimen for treating COVID-19 comes out they see and hear the mainstream media, politicians, social activists, their state and local health officials, and – incredibly – even doctors and scientists belittle and argue against those treatments.

So when it was announced that ~ 40 White House people – including the President and the First Lady – contracted COVID-19 and all seem to have recovered – and quickly, they’re now suspicious that they’ve been lied to all along. And if they can be lied to about COVID, they know they can be lied to about anything and everything. And as a result, they are now seeing – perhaps for the very first time – what the majority of well-meaning, wanting to just get along, “live and let live” Americans who don’t live in Washington D.C. or in the elitist, liberal enclaves along the east and west coasts have been seeing and saying for years:

They hate us.
They disdain and despise us.
They hate this country and the freedoms it was founded upon.

So in 2020, unlike perhaps any prior election before, this has become a battle of “us” vs. “them”. What Democrats and liberals refuse to understand is that the people who support Trump don’t just support him, they believe in him To those like us, Trump isn’t just a president, he’s a leader of a movement. Sure, he’s far from perfect: he’s crass, egotistical, and abrasive. But he means what he says and says what he means. He doesn’t bullshit or blow smoke up your ass like your average politician. He doesn’t disguise the fact that he loves this country and puts America first. He doesn’t care what color, creed, gender, or race you are, he’s a defender of America and everything its stands for. He said in 2016 what he would do, plain and simple, and he’s followed through on pretty much everything.

The majority of Trump’s supporters don’t care about Hunter Biden – they know the Bidens are no different than anyone else in Washington or in their state and county governments who pad their pockets in return for influence. But what they are now seeing, for perhaps the very first time, are the vast forces arrayed and aligned against the president. They feel the hatred and disdain shown us by the so-called “elites” who think they know better than anyone else what’s best for everyone except them. They fear that if they so much as hint at supporting Trump in any way they risk losing their job, their friends, and even the prospect of seeing their grandchildren. The fear is palpable: I’ve seen it and heard about it first-hand working the pool supply gig this summer.

The great unknown, of course, is how deep this sentiment is; we won’t know for sure until all the votes are counted. But there is evidence, both anecdotally (above) and in early vote by mail numbers and trends seen in Florida and certain “battleground” states, that something unusual may be going out there. And I have a sense we’re going to know exactly what that unusual is a week from tomorrow.

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October 25, 2020

So here I am back in Massachusetts to help my dad with a few things related to his bank accounts and to spend some quality time with my Goodboys pals. The weather has been very typical of late October New England – kind of gray, a little chilly. Most of the color has passed, but there remain some splotches of bright orange and reds against the dull yellow and brown trees. After the summer we had in the Valley of the Sun the coolish weather actually feels pretty good!

My trip out here was unfortunately far more eventful than I would have liked. Everything related to travel, of course, revolves around COVID-19 and the use of masks. In a flurry of activity related to mask-wearing and social distancing amongst travelers, I left my iPhone in the back of my Uber transportation and spent the better part of Thursday trying to coordinate with Uber and my driver – a very nice older gentleman – to get it back, which I did on Saturday. One tends to forget how much reliance one puts on a damned phone, but the Thursday incident reminded me just how much I use it, especially when traveling. Thank God for Siri!

It was strange flying in the COVID-19 era. My Jet Blue flight was barely half-filled, there were no restaurants or lounges open at either the Phoenix or Boston airports, so I went the entire day on Thursday without a morsel of food or a drop of cocktail, something which distressed me to no end! And all this mask wearing is really getting on my nerves. You say masks work, huh? well then explain to me why Massachusetts – a fairly rigid state when it comes to mask-wearing is in the middle of a new increase in COVID-19 cases. I don’t care what the so-called “experts” (who haven’t been right about anything this year) or the “scientists” (who are nothing but a bunch of political hacks) say – it’s all bullshit.

I’ll say it again: you take away all the deaths caused by primarily Democratic governors who killed tens of thousands of senior citizens by forcing COVID-19 patients into nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and all you’re left with is a very bad flu year. And no one has the guts to publish the real numbers that back this up. And what, in turn, do we get for all this “fear porn”? All the problems, issues, and casualties resulting from enforced seclusion, depression, self-destruction, elimination of jobs and means of employment, and children forced to learn remotely and not able to interact socially with school kids their age.

And it’s all become political.
And it’s all become bullshit.

It’s been a bit busy the past couple of days so I haven’t had as much time to keep up with things going on politically. Have you heard there’s a presidential election coming up in nine days? I’m here in Massachusetts through Thursday and will be trying to post some interesting stuff over the next few days to kind of give you an idea where things stand – and are leaning – as we head into the final weekend before the election. I already have my prediction as far as the winner and the number of electoral votes that will be won, but I want a few days to let it set before I unleash the hounds.

Stay tuned…

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October 20, 2020

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS” – George Orwell, Animal Farm

So I’m starting to get my level of tolerance up knowing I’ll be heading back to Massachusetts on Thursday and having to wear a mask from the moment I grab my Uber ride to the airport until the moment a taxi drops me off at the Fairfield Inn in Woburn nearly 12 hours later. It sucks. I really despise the whole mask-wearing bullshit – in my view it’s nothing more than an effort by Democrats, liberals, a fear-mongering media (national and local) and the globalists who are using masks to dehumanize humanity.

Here’s my problem with masks: when does it all end? And what measure will be used to end the mask-wearing? The fact is, no one has an answer. We’re all just friggin’ sheep to politicians (and that includes the media’s favorite gasbag Dr. Fauci) who know absolutely nothing about anything. Just listen to us. We know what’s good for you because you obviously don’t. Heaven forbid if you don’t wear a mask! You’re a granny killer (though not at the level that Democratic governors condemned elderly folks to death by allowing COVID-19 patients into nursing homes and long-term care facilities). It’s a visceral thing for me, and it’s only out of love for my dad and my friends that I’m even doing this.

The fact is, COVID-19 is not the end of the world. It never was. The truth remains that, while not a flu, it is not anymore deadly than a bad flu season. Of course, saying something like this might get my blog silenced by the assholes in Big Tech who are accountable to no one. Heck, anyone who goes against the endless selling of “fear porn” by the media and Big Tech will get you shamed or silenced. I’ll tell you folks in Big Tech this: get down on your knees and pray that Donald Trump doesn’t win re-election because I can guarantee you he will be coming after you just like ol’ TR came after the trusts.

You want to wear a mask? By all means do so to your heart’s content. But until I see cords of bodies stacked at every intersection I won’t buy into the fear porn. COVID-19 is not a death sentence like they make it sound, and there is nothing you can tell me that will convince me otherwise. It’s all bullshit, and I hate being a member of the sheep.

…which reminds me of a certain Pink Floyd tune.

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October 18, 2020

We’re a little more than two weeks out from the presidential election and there is some weird you-know-what going on. Anyone who knows exactly what’s going to happen on November 3 is kidding themselves. For one thing, sixteen days in an election cycle is a lifetime in politics, even more so this year because voting has already started both in person and by mail in many states. So what you’ve basically got are the “official” polls on one side and on the other side folks attempting to project the final vote tallies by the number of mail-in ballots already received based upon party registration.

The problem with the polling is, as Richard Baris and others will tell you, is that nothing appears to have changed since 2016. The mainstream media’s pollster darling is Nate Silver. He didn’t get anything near right in either 2016 or the 2018 midterms, but still the media flocks to him like pigeons to a statue not yet hauled down by the likes of Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Now, Baris and others will give you all kinds of reasons why Silver’s methodology sucks, but they’re not in the mainstream media, so their voices are like the psalmist crying out in the wilderness.

As for those attempting to interpret the results of the voting already going on, The Great White Shank has been following the Twitter accounts of Larry Schweikart, Cotto/Gottfried, and M. Joseph Sheppard, among others. I like these guys because, while most certainly supporters of President Trump and the conservative cause, they’re not afraid to link to similar election watchers on the Democratic / liberal side of the aisle. I’ve also got my GOP insider guy who has been kind enough to drop me a text every once in a while when he thinks there’s information worth sharing.

So what do the tea leaves tell me at this point? First, let’s discuss two possible outcomes available to us at this point:

1. A “blue wave” fueled by a combination of Trump hatred and semi-enthusiastic support for “Slo’ Joe Biden. Certainly, the same pollsters who projected a Hillary win in 2016 are saying something similar for 2020. The Biden campaign is flush with cash from Wall Street, the unions, Hollywood, and Big Tech, and the early vote-by-mail numbers appear to heavily skewed in favor Democrats. These are all fairly persuasive, but I look at the Biden campaign and I see far more evidence to the contrary: it has started telling voters not to trust the pollsters, that the race is far closer than it appears. Just two weeks ago, the Biden campaign, which up to that point had been emphasizing social media out of COVID-19 concerns, started opening GOTV offices in several “battleground” states. And then there was Friday’s announcement that Barack Obama was going to hit the campaign trail on his behalf in places like Philadelphia and Detroit; that tells me that there are concerns about black voter enthusiasm, crucial to a Biden win.

And then there’s the issue about the Biden rallies. Even given COVID-19 concerns, his rallies generate little in the way of interest and enthusiasm, both online and in-person. The evidence is out there there for everyone to see, and it’s non-existent. Especially interesting to me is the lack of down-ballot candidate presence at Biden’s rallies. Politicians know the importance of aligning themselves with winners: were Biden so popular you’d think he’d have candidates running in close races beside him to gin-up interest. Larry Schweikart wonders if the Democrats’ campaign of COVID-19 fear-mongering will have a dampening effect on voter enthusiasm, most especially on the youth vote with so many colleges being remote this year. Sure, the rabid Trump haters will come out in droves – and perhaps that’s what the Biden campaign is counting on – but in an election that will come down once again to the Electoral College and not the popular vote, I’m not sure that’s a winning strategy.

2. A “red wave” fueled by Trump enthusiasm and a hidden Trump vote amongst Democrats and independents not being picked up by the pollsters. Anecdotally, judging by the Trump campaign’s “peaceful protest” rallies and the crazy number of Trump “flash mob” car and boat rallies taking place every weekend across the country, one has to wonder if once again the pollsters are missing something akin (or even greater) to what happened in 2016. Certainly, the enthusiasm of Trump voters is off the charts, and his rallies are heavily attended both in-person and online (for example, the Carson City, NV rally tonight already has nearly 900K online viewers). And if you watch any of the Trump rallies you know there are any number of down-ballot candidates more than willing to share the locale with him. Another difference between 2020 and 2016 is that the Trump campaign appears to have chosen to emphasize its GOTV effort over traditional media buys. How this will play out on November 3 is anyone’s guess, but I can tell y’all this: if the Trump ground game in other “battleground” states is anywhere near like it appears to be here in Arizona, his campaign is going to get people to the polls.

Conventional wisdom, of course, is that this is going to be another close election, one determined by whose campaign is able to get their base out the most. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t think anyone knows what is going to happen this year. Between the COVID-19 lockdowns and the increased vote by mail, any models and projections based upon returned ballots and voter registration will be purely speculative.

My tried-and-true approach is to infer where the race stands by watching what the campaigns are doing. And it is here I have to admit I have no clue what the Biden campaign is doing. I don’t understand Biden’s decision to stay off the campaign trail for the next four days so he can do “debate preparation”. I don’t buy it – why would a Washington swamp creature with nearly a half-century of political experience require any more debate preparation time than he’s already had? And I don’t think he’s doing it duck the New York Post‘s Hunter Biden corruption allegations; surely he knows Trump is going to make them an issue at Thursday night’s debate. Unless Biden has no plans to debate Trump on Thursday night, but I honestly can’t see him ducking that. So I don’t know what the hell is going on – maybe thebradfordfile is right: he’s giving up. But if he feels he doesn’t need to campaign because he’s confident of a win, well that doesn’t jive with his campaign’s other recent actions mentioned above. You know Trump will be everywhere doing multiple rallies between now and Election Day, so his strategy is obviously to keep the enthusiasm meter running on the red, nail down his base, and attempt to extend that enthusiasm (and therefore expand the electoral battlefield) with independents and whatever undecideds there might still be.

Of course, given that this is 2020 I still think there’s something going on out there that I’m missing. There are just too many variables. What impact will any additional Biden family corruption allegations have on independents and undecideds? It’s a given that Biden will announce his intention to pack the Supreme Court if elected as soon as Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination is approved. What impact will that have with independents who haven’t yet voted? Are there other “October surprises” out there? And if so, will they make any difference at this point? If the Thursday night debate actually occurs, what – if any – impact will it have? What will be the impact of the Democrats front-loading their vote with vote-by-mail? Does it only serve to cannibalize their typical Election Day voting numbers? So the Biden campaign’s body language and general strategy seems strange to me.

I just think at this point we haven’t seen the end of 2020’s surprises. Which is why I’m having a hard time getting answers from the tea leaves. Plenty of questions, tho…

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[UPDATE} ….and here you have two different sources for the same thing – early indications that what the Schweikart link about is talking about. From Democratic mouthpieces like Politico and theThe New York Times, no less. Possible indications that the Dems know they are in trouble? Perhaps thebradfordfile is right?

Biden/Harris rally in Minnesota.
Harris rally in Orlando.
Yep, the enthusiasm is palpable! Hence today’s headlines above.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 20:01 | Comments Off on Reading More Tea Leaves
October 16, 2020

Quick takes on Thursday night’s battling town halls – NBC’s Savannah Guthrie vs. Donald Trump and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos vs. “Slo’ Joe” Biden:

1. There is little doubt between the two who had the toughest interrogator; it was the President. Lots of folks are unhappy about Guthrie’s performance, but not me. I expect anyone at this point in an election cycle who chooses to do one of these so-called “town halls” to go into the lion’s den. Personally, I don’t want Trump being interrogated by the likes of Shawn Hannity. Sure, I thought Guthrie came perilously close to being a nagging shrew at times, but I also wanted to see how the President handled himself under fire, and to that extent I thought he did just fine.

2. On the other hand, Stephanopoulos showed himself to be nothing put the partisan pussy that the Biden campaign needs at this point. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican – I cannot for the life of me understand how a so-called “journalist” from the ABC News division didn’t ask the Democrat candidate running for President of the United States about the biggest story in America today: crack addict Hunter Biden peddling influence with Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs and the Chinese Communist Party while his father was Vice-President. Regardless of your political views, the questions should have been asked; to not do so is nothing but political malfeasance and, in the end, it did Biden (or ABC and Stephanopoulos) no good.

3. Anyone who watched both town halls couldn’t deny the difference in vibes that existed between both programs. Trump’s townhall had a truly live and positive atmosphere; whether the questioner was leaning for or against the President (whether or not you believe he answered their questions sufficiently, something I think he could have done better), one cannot deny President Trump looked healthy, engaged, at ease, and forthright. I especially liked his answer regarding Roe vs. Wade – he basically put himself firmly as a supporter of the courts and the law of the land. He was disarming, in good spirits, and seemed to genuinely enjoy the give and take involved.

4. Biden’s town hall, in stark contrast, seemed to be absent of any real energy of any kind. Given the softball questions offered by Stephanopoulos, Biden was allowed to virtually sleepwalk though the entire event. Believe me, this did not help Biden in any way: voters want to see their candidates have their feet put to the fire. Compared to Trump’s assertiveness and confidence, Biden came across as just another boring Washington pol with that innate swamp creature ability to speak volumes without saying virtually anything. When I heard this my bullshit meter went past red:

Joe Biden just related another swimming pool story. This time, when he was 8 years old and he saw two men kissing each other, his dad told him, “It’s simple, they love each other.”

Doubtful in 1950 in Scranton. You may hate that, but c’mon maaaan, 1950?

Corn Pop was unavailable for a comment.

Joe Biden is full of shit. Hat tip: PJ Media.

5. I think Richard Baris has the line of the night (if you watched NBC’s town hall you’ll know what he’s talking about):

Truly folks, it was something. Did you see it? Are they aware of how it looks when they act like this?

Black women shaking their heads at the ridiculous line of questioning from a privileged white shill woman like @SavannahGuthrie.

Incredible optics.

Bottom line: tonight’s “town halls” did nothing to advance Biden’s candidacy, and those who will have turned in (and it will be seen far more watched the President than watched Biden), whether they personally like Trump or not, will grudgingly have to give him his due by going into the lion’s den.

Tonight was a win/win for the President.

Where’s Hunter?

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 02:22 | Comments Off on The Great Town Hall Battles

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