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White Working Class Voters Won’t Be Fooled By Kaine VP Pick—Especially When He Campaigns In Spanish



Huck And TomAs recently as 1992, an earlier Clinton campaign put two white male Southerners in the White House, so it says a great deal about the modern Democratic Party that Hillary Clinton selecting a white male as her running mate is controversial. Latinos wanted Julian Castro or Tom Perez, blacks wanted Cory Booker or Deval Patrick, and feminists wanted Elizabeth Warren. Tim Kaine is not only a white male, but the Catholic son of a Scots-Irish welder—the background of a prototypical Trump voter. Perhaps the choice reflects, as the New York Times put it, the campaign’s concern “about its deficit with white men”. [ Hillary Clinton Selects Tim Kaine, a Popular Senator From a Swing State, as Running Mate, by Amy Chozick, July 22, 2016]. But it won’t work.

Despite Kaine’s working class origins, his time at Harvard Law School and as a volunteer at a Jesuit mission in Honduras were obviously more formative. Further, his National Governors Association bio boasts he spent 17 years as a lawyer “specializing in fair housing law and representing clients discriminated against on the basis of race or disability” i.e. breaking up white blue collar communities and displacing white workers, especially males, with Affirmative Action quotas.

On immigration, the key issue Read more >>

After Cleveland: Why The Neocons Are Still #NeverTrump



Needless to say there’s frantic Main Stream Media spinning after Donald Trump’s powerful (and immigration-patriotic) acceptance speech at the GOP convention in Cleveland. I believe it’s important to note that much of it comes from neoconservatives—for example Jennifer Rubin [email her] wrote in the Washington Post  “enraged, angry rant”  seemed “more indicative of a televangelist or a 1930s fascist leader than a president of the United States.” The neocons believe Trump represents what they themselves would call an “existential threat” to their grip on the American Right. They may be right.

Here's Bill Kristol's tweet on the speech: Read more >>

Ted Cruz and the Trump Takeover

The self-righteousness and smugness of Ted Cruz in refusing to endorse Donald Trump, then walking off stage in Cleveland, smirking amidst the boos, takes the mind back in time.

At the Cow Palace in San Francisco in July of 1964, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, having been defeated by Barry Goldwater, took Read more >>

Contemplating Cleveland: Is Trump The Next McKinley?



Adapted from Tom Piatak's speech to the John Randolph Club in Cleveland last year. See also Peter Brimelow's  Nation, State, Secession—And An American Reconquest Of America

Ted Cruz’s very public reneging on his pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee is being praised by both American Conservative’s Rod Dreher and National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru. It's hard to think of a more damning indictment than that! But divisions in the party are not worse than divisions in the country. Accordingly, I offer the example of my home city of Cleveland, where the GOP convention is being held, and of a president from my home state of Ohio, William J. McKinley, as evidence that divisions can be healed. And, by a curious coincidence, McKinley’s policies were eerily similar to those of Donald J. Trump.

This is not the first time America has been deeply divided. The various crises of the 1850s culminated in a great war in which over 600,000 Americans were killed. And during those various crises, the part of America in which the GOP convention is being held was as partisan as any watcher of FOX News or MSNBC today.

Cleveland in 1860 remained what it had been at its founding, Read more >>

Ann Coulter: Michelle Obama’s Speech Was Trite, Too—But Nobody Said Anything



When MSNBC signed off at 3 a.m. the first night of the Republican National Convention, they were still talking about Melania's speech.

For five solid hours, MSNBC had been obsessing over two paragraphs of Melania Trump's speech that were nearly identical to Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech.

The similar passages were:

  • The only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams!

  • Your word is your bond!

  • May your tomorrows be brighter than your yesterdays!

  • From tiny acorns great oaks grow!


melania-trump-michelle-speechMSNBC covered the banal sayings as if Melania had been caught selling secrets to the Soviets. All night, commentators somberly intoned,  It's essential that the campaign get out in front of this. Trump needs to apologize ... Now is the time for him to demonstrate crisis management skills—and this IS a bona fide crisis.

The network presented a split screen presentation of the two paragraphs next to each other, with a color-coded bar showing when the plagiarism becomes more intense. Hosts read the corresponding parts of the speeches over and over again. Lawrence O'Donnell pronounced Read more >>
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