Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How'd that referendum on Trump work out?

The special election in the 6th District of Georgia was universally billed "a high-stakes referendum on Trump" in all the much hyped build-up coming from the left and its media allies.  Not a local election, not a fluke election.  A moment-of-truth Referendum on Trump.
After all, weren't President Trump's poll numbers down?  Didn't the "resistance" put on a mega-protest show and continue its tantrum in all the days-of-rage riots on college campuses?  Wasn't President Trump engulfed in scandal for colluding with the Russians to win the 2016 election that was rightfully Hillary Clinton's?  Weren't the leftists whispering: "President Pence"?
Rubbing their mousy hands together with glee, it's pretty clear that leftists thought they had a certain victory in the bag with that "narrative," along with a perfect post-election analysis, no matter what the Georgia voters thought about it.
Get a load of this now comical pompous pre-election analysis that ran earlier this week in the New York Times (emphasis mine):
The hard-fought battle for Mr. Price's seat in Atlanta's northern reaches has not only become a financial arms race – by far the most expensive House contest in history – it has evolved into one of the most consequential special elections in decades.

Republicans, weighed down by Mr. Trump's growing unpopularity, must demonstrate they can separate themselves from the president enough to hold suburban districts that only now are becoming battlegrounds.
And Democrats, facing a restive base hungry for victory after disappointing losses in Montana and Kansas, are under pressure to show they can notch something more than a moral victory in the sort of affluent seat they will need in order to take back the House majority.
An outright win in Georgia would serve as validation of the party's overall strategy.
Didn't turn out as they thought it would.
So it was a referendum on Trump?  Maybe so.  Lookee here: what were the locals saying when Karen Handel won the special election last night?  From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Handel thanked President Donald Trump and other prominent Republicans who supported her in the nationally watched runoff, leading to cheers of "Trump, Trump, Trump" from the crowd at the Hyatt Regency in Dunwoody.
Trump!  Trump!  Trump!  Guess it really was a referendum, but not with the "narrative" Ben Rhodes and all his fellow Democratic Party coevals and media toadies thought it would be.  Apparently, hating Trump is not sufficient to win elections these days.
The reality it shows is that Georgia voters and Americans in general are tired as heck of the left's kitchen-sink Energizer Bunny-style efforts to delegitimize President Trump – whether through tantrums, thuggery, lawsuits, special prosecutors, fake news, gobs and gobs of campaign cash, or "any means necessary."
Handel wasn't always riding high in the polls, but when it came down to brass tacks and the coinciding news was in all the disgusting efforts to stop President Trump and the agenda the people elected him to accomplish back in Washington, Handel's numbers crossed the victory threshold.
Democrats, of course, are horrified, though some are trying to put the best possible face on it, and others are vowing to double down on extremism.  To take two examples spotted on Twitter:
Dont lost your mind over GA-06. We have healthcare to fight for right now and 94 R held seats more favorable to Ds https://t.co/h2AoYt8j6m
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) June 21, 2017
There'll be Democrats who feel as tho they lost b/c moderating message.
They'll want to go militant progressive for 2018.
They will be wrong pic.twitter.com/LWl7406X5Z
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) June 21, 2017
What they won't do is take an honest look at themselves and why voters chose Trump.
There are two things to observe about this.
One is an observation from Peggy Noonan, who pointed out a few months ago that Trump's support isn't likely to tank or fade for the simple reason that voters took a long time to make up their mind on whether to support Trump.  Making that mental "investment," they weren't about to scrap it over something small or stupid.
The other thing is that Democrats have yet to confront the problem as to why they are losing elections.  The big reason is that they have swung hard left on every single issue they once had moderates on – immigration, government spending, health care, law and order, terrorism.  In every single instance, it's a stance that benefits some special interest group and leaves the average voter with the bill.
What's more, it's a creepy kind of left-wingery – one that benefits corporate interests at the expense of Main Street.  Whenever some big-spending, freedom-ending intrusive Democrat program is rolled out "for the children," you can bet there is a plethora of corporate hipster crony capitalists slavering in the rafters over all the new contracts to come.  The backwash is massive speaking fees these corporate beneficiaries shovel out to Democrats once the programs are enacted.  This is not the party of the little guy.
And it's an inflexible, brittle stance as well.  Like Obama, the left finds it impossible change course when it goes too far.  It just keeps digging deeper and deeper into its left-wing party line, intensifying it and thrilling its special interest activists and Sorosian NGOs determined to "make a difference."
Voters can see that – and yet at election time, the Democrats don't run one of these new-style extremists emblematic of who they now are.  Such extremism is reserved for leftist representatives in safe and longtime seats such as Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).  The Democrats run what they claim is a "moderate," figuring that voters won't notice how far the party has shifted left.  Figuring that the youth gambit would work in the States as it did in France and Canada, they ran a candidate who tried to capitalize on his youthfulness – in this case, the 30-year-old documentary filmmaker named Jon Ossoff, who didn't even live in the district he purported to represent.  He just said he hated Trump – and proposed a raft of tax hikes to prove he was a business-as-usual Democrat, not a new-style street extremist or Sorosian crony.
It doesn't work.
Now the Democrats are left with a steaming pile of $23 million in campaign debt, shelling out $200 per vote, all because they thought hating on Trump was a winning strategy that would thrill the voters.  And if that isn't clear enough a message, a similar race in the 5th District of South Carolina came out the same way.
The left wanted a referendum on Trump.  Today, they got it.


From Rush.................

My Bold Pajama Boy Prediction Comes True

RUSH: Let me give you the short takeaway here, folks. You have no idea the degree to which the media and the Democrat Party are destroyed today. I’m talking about how they feel. You have no idea. I don’t care what you watch, what you read, you will not be allowed a peek inside what they really feel. Complete and utter defeat, frustration, devastation, and they have no answers.
Greetings, Rush Limbaugh here, great to have you. Telephone number, 800-282-2882. The email address, ElRushbo@eibnet.us.
All they’ve got is chasing a bunch of Russian ghosts. They’re back at it again today with another congressional hearing. And Jeh Johnson, another vaunted Obama administration guy brought back up, and he was being asked today about what they knew about Russians tampering and hacking with the election. I just want you to hear this.
Mike Conaway from Texas: “One of our purposes this morning was to reassure the American public with [regard] to the 16 election and also secondly look at what we do in future elections going forward. You said in your opening statement, in your prepared remarks that to your knowledge there was no vote tallying changes, that no one’s vote was voted one way and recorded some other way. Is that still your opinion with respect to the 16 election,” the intrusions, whatever they might have been, by whoever, the vote was not affected?
JOHNSON: Based on everything I know, that is correct. I know of no evidence that through cyber intrusions, votes were altered or suppressed in some way.
RUSH: So what are we doing here? They are continuing to chase ghosts. They cannot win elections. I know many of you got tired of me pointing out the fact that the Democrats continue to lose elections because you said to me, “Rush, it doesn’t matter, they’re still winning.” That’s because the media is not on the ballot. The media is running the left wing now, not on the Democrats. But the Democrats not being able to win elections means the media has no way of implementing or exercising electoral power.
The Democrats’ electoral power has never been this low since the 1920s. A New York Times headline: “Democrats Seethe After Georgia.” Quote, “Our brand is worse than Trump!” A prominent Democrat consultant. They are just devastated today. I cannot describe it to you. You’re going to have to take my word for it just like I asked you to take my word for it back on June the 9th.
RUSH ARCHIVE: The Pajama Boy, Ossoff, is up 49-47, maybe 49-47 and a half over the Republican candidate. And it’s getting close. I have people that live there who are sending me notes that are in panic. They’ve never seen an election in their district this intense, with this many spots on TV and with this much hatred being bandied about. You can see it in the emails, you can read it. They’re scared to death that this Pajama Boy guy, who doesn’t even live in the district is going to win it. I don’t think so. Keep your powder dry. The Drive-Bys want you panicking just like any other election. They want you thinking all is lost. They want you thinking that Trump and you and everybody else is going down, down, down and that they’re on this great resurgent path, and they ain’t. They’re not.
RUSH: And I went to further predict that they were going to lose this, even on a day that Politico was reporting Ossoff was up by seven points, there were a couple of other polls, and I stood — I didn’t stand — I sat right here behind the Golden EIB Microphone, and I told you he was not going to win. The Democrats were not gonna win this, and I kept getting email from people who live there, “Rush, the latest WSB poll, every Democrat is voting for Ossoff and 15% of Republicans are.”
I wrote back, “It’s not going to happen! Ossoff is not gonna win!” They would write back, “But all the money, my God, it’s Hollywood, it’s –” That’s the way to look at it. They cannot buy an election. They had all this outside money. Folks, they don’t know how to connect with people. They nominated a guy who doesn’t even live in the district, who they think is the quintessential Millennial Pajama Boy. They think this is the way to go after Trump. They have no idea what they’re doing! They are not this great, vaunted machine that you have always thought of them to be.
I’ll tell you why. They are being consumed by a number of things. They’re being consumed by hatred and rage. They are being consumed by their inability to deal with reality. They have been pursuing ghosts for a year. They dare not enter the arena of ideas. What is their objective? Even if they get rid of Trump, it doesn’t mean that Hillary’s gonna be president. But they’re not going to get rid of Trump.
Let me tell you what this election means. This means the Republicans in Washington now have — and I don’t think they had an excuse before this, but they really have no excuse now. They have no excuse for not joining the Trump agenda. They have no excuse for not trying to push it forward.
They’ve been waiting, some of them we know, been waiting for Pence, some of them been waiting for impeachment. I’m talking about Republicans. Some of them have been waiting, they’re unsure what’s gonna happen. They live in Washington. They’re affected by the media every day. They do not know. They have not the confidence that you and I have and so they live with the possibility every day the Democrats are gonna succeed in getting rid of Trump.
The only way that can happen is if they win the House of Representatives in 2018. And would somebody tell me where there is evidence they’re gonna do that? They cannot win elections. They spent more money on this election than any congressional election in history. They tried to put together — folks, the way they ran this campaign is the way they’ve been running campaigns. They go after every victimized group in this country and try to build a coalition out of it, every victim, every grievance, every group they can find.
Then they get money coming in to support a candidate who supposedly is sensitive to all of these victories and all of these groups. Homosexuals, transgenders, trans-species, women wearing those stupid hats. It’s nothing but a collection of people that are enraged and angry. And they’re putting people off. The dirty little secret is that the media and the Democrat Party is turning off average Americans. They are not persuading. They are not convincing people Trump is a reprobate.
I even read a couple pieces today by a couple Republican Never Trumpers, and they’re bitter. They’re bitter that Ossoff lost. They’re bitter that Karen Handel won and these are Republicans, slash conservatives. I’m not gonna name names because I told you I don’t try to set up phony rivalries and this kind of stuff. The names don’t matter. You can guess. You know who the Never Trumpers are out there, and it doesn’t matter who; it’s the sentiment that counts. And they join the Democrats today in being devastated and despondent.
Nobody can believe this. But our U.S. economy is poised to take off, and when it does, the Democrats are gonna be left in the dust, folks, and it could be for a long, long time. They could be chasing Russian spies for the next 10 to 15 years, because they literally have nothing else. Wait ’til you hear me go through the Stack of Stuff today, some of the headlines, some of the stories, some of the excuses, some of the reaction. It is just priceless.
But the inarguable reality here is that the Democrats are 0-for-4 in special elections. And in every one of these elections, the media told the nation that this was the election where the American people, filled with rage and buyer’s remorse over Donald Trump, were going to express their disgust with Trump. And they were going to, in each of these elections, tell the American people they were sorry they voted for Trump. And this was gonna be the method by which the American people admitted their mistake.
Except it hasn’t happened yet. The people who continue to lose elections are Democrats. And it doesn’t matter what kind of Democrat they nominate. It doesn’t matter what kind of money they get to support whatever kind of nominee; they do not know how to beat Donald Trump.
They haven’t the slightest idea. They are depressed and despondent. You should see — I didn’t watch, I didn’t watch cable news last night, I don’t need to, folks, but somebody sent me a screenshot of CNN right after they had to project that Ossoff was gonna lose. It’s David Chalian, Gloria Borger, some guy I don’t know here, and Dana Bash, and I’m telling you, it is funereal, the look on their faces, utter despondency.
They really thought, they really believed they were gonna win. Their polls told them that Ossoff was gonna win big until the day before the election. The day before the election the polls began to tighten and Ossoff was down by two and they were starting to get nervous.
You remember the talk, they started resetting expectations. “Well, you know, maybe it’s been overhyped. Maybe it’s not that important.” But they went into last night thinking they were gonna win, hoping and thinking just like they thought Hillary was gonna win.
Nate Silver sent out a tweet on the 14th of June at 6:08 p.m. It was after he had analyzed the latest polling data. Nate Silver tweeted: “My analysis means there’s a 70% chance that Ossoff wins and a 30% chance that math is dead and data is broken.”
Well, math is dead and data is broken. Why do you think these polls continue to get it wrong? Why did they get Trump-Hillary wrong? Why did these polls get every special election wrong? It’s quite simple. They’re oversampling Democrats, number one, even in Republican districts. But number two, whether they are aware of it or not, they are stacking the deck. They are using polling data to try to influence and shape public opinion rather than reflect it. And this is another reason for their crash-and-burn and severe disappointment, because look at all the work the media did here.
You know, in addition to the money that the Democrats raised, 99% of the money came from outside the district, and it was oriented toward every victim group you can imagine and every grievance. That’s the Democrat Party coalition. They made this decision back in 2011. They were going to try to build a massive governing coalition, on what? When we talk about grievance groups and victims, what are we really talking about? We’re talking about people who are not self-reliant.
The modern-day Democrat Party, American media, led by Barack Obama, are actually trying to transform America away from a self-reliant, ruggedly individual, capitalistic nation into one where everybody is a victim and a member of a grievance group and is depending on government to take care of and get even for ’em. You look at every group that makes up the Democrat coalition, I don’t care what, look at the angry feminists, look at African-Americans, look at Hispanics, whatever group, they’re all angry.
The Democrat Party is not satisfying them. The Democrat Party is not making them happy. The Democrat Party is not delivering on the promises of utopia and a rising standard of living. The Democrat Party can’t even save the planet. The Democrat Party can’t even sell a hoax like climate change. And everybody that votes for them is feeling let down and disappointed, dissatisfied.
Because the Democrats and the media have given themselves a very difficult task: to build a winning coalition built on fatalism, built on pessimism, built on anger and rage. It’s not how you do it. They’re empty. They literally have nothing that is new or relevant to our times. They’re so far out of the zeitgeist they’ve got nothing to do but chase this mythical Russians stole the election from them. That Hillary should be in the White House. That they should be controlling the House.
And this why the people that vote for them are so despondent and now engaging in continuing unbalanced, insane behavior. Try this headline from The Daily Caller. This will make you laugh. No, I’m not gonna read the headline. I’m gonna read the opening paragraph. “A precinct captain for Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff’s congressional campaign complained recently that many of his constituents are hard to reach because they still live at home with their parents.”
They don’t know how to reach them to bleed them dry. They don’t know how to reach potential Ossoff voters. They don’t have their own phones, they’re living with Mom and Dad. They don’t know how to reach them. They don’t know how to reach them to ask them for money. They don’t know how to reach them to ask them to go to door-to-door. They don’t know how to get hold of them because they’re living with mom and dad.
I didn’t make it up. I didn’t say it, a Democrat consultant, Democrat organizer. Jessica Ziegler said to Slate.com, “Those were the angriest people,” referring to the Republican parents of the young Democrats. “When you are targeting their child, or heaven forbid their child might not think the same way as them, it becomes ugly.”
So now the parents of these Democrat kids living at home have become the targets of Democrat organizers. Jessica Ziegler, “Those were the angriest people,” referring to Republican parents of the young Democrats who are impossible to reach ’cause they still live at home with Mom and Dad. “When you are targeting their child,” when Democrats are trying to reach their children, it becomes very, very ugly because their kids are Millennial Democrats and they’re voting in ways that Mom and Dad don’t agree with and don’t understand.
So Mom and Dad are helping shelter their own kids from Democrat outreach, making it harder for Democrats to reach potential Millennial voters because they’re still living at home and cannot be independently sought.
“Ziegler, who has been quoted in a number of Slate articles and a NYTimes piece, added that the police had even been called on Ossoff volunteers on a number of occasions. Ziegler focused on encouraging young voters to turn out by recruiting recent high school graduates to get in touch with their peers over social media.”
They’re lost. And now in the New York Times they’re openly complaining, “Our brand is worse than Trump’s.” Do you realize for a Democrat to say that, do you know how bottom of the barrel that is?


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