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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mental Infirmity?

With a hat tip to Rick Well's post Pelosi Brain Drained – Freezes Up, Can’t Babble, Words Just Won’t Come Out for this video:

Read Rick Wells's entire post HERE.

Some have spoken of the need for San Fran Nan to go. See Call for Pelosi to ‘pass the torch’ — from fellow Democratic congresswoman.

In fact, suggestions to that effect have been ongoing since at least June.

The Democratic Party may be stuck, however, in that none of the fresher-faced candidates who are obviously angling for White House loom particularly large. Furthermore, Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Biden do not seem ready to step aside — particularly in the minds of members of the Cult of Obama.  As for Elizabeth Warren:
Another problem is that early efforts to gather momentum for new candidates, may already be losing steam. The right has begun investing in damaging storylines around Elizabeth Warren, for instance, attacks that closely resemble portrayals of Clinton as, for instance, hypocritical and untrustworthy.
On top of the above, we read in the October 6, 2017 edition of the Washington Post: Trump is on track to win reelection. For those who do not have a subscription to the Washington Post, the entire article is copied and pasted below the fold and worth your time (emphases mine).
By Doug Sosnik October 6

Doug Sosnik, a Democratic political strategist, was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 2000.

More than half of Americans don’t think Donald Trump is fit to serve as president, yet he has a clear path to winning reelection. If Trump isn’t removed from office and doesn’t lead the country into some form of global catastrophe, he could secure a second term simply by maintaining his current level of support with his political base.

We have entered a new era in American politics. The 2016 election exposed how economic, social and cultural issues have splintered the country and increasingly divided voters by age, race, education and geography. This isn’t going to change.

What have changed are the political fault lines that have driven the debate since the early 1980s.
Until now, the ideological divides between the parties were largely differences around social issues, defense spending and trade, as well as tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Today, the central issue has become populism as voters have moved away from the two political parties and increasingly self-identified as independents.

In 2016, Trump capitalized on this changing political environment. He consolidated the growing number of angry voters who felt let down by the people and institutions controlling power in the country. Trump’s support from these voters is personal, not ideological. That explains their willingness to stick with him despite his failures of leadership.

Since Trump’s inaugural address, his focus has been on maintaining his support among this loyal base rather than expanding it. As counterintuitive as it may seem, this could be a winning political strategy.

First, Trump knows that gaining the support of a majority of voters in a presidential election is not a requirement; it’s simply an aspiration. In fact, two out of the last three presidents were elected despite losing the popular vote.

Second, the continued decline in support for both political parties works to Trump’s advantage. The lack of voters’ faith in both parties increases the probability that there will be a major third-party candidate on the 2020 ballot. It will also lead to other minor-party candidates joining the presidential race. The multi-candidate field will further divide the anti-Trump vote, making it possible for him to get reelected simply by holding on to his current level of support.

Third, despite dismal poll numbers, Trump enters the contest with a job approval rating that is certainly at least marginally better than what the current national polls would suggest. Throughout the 2016 election, most analysts tracked the national polling, which failed to capture Trump’s strength in key battleground states. Current surveys continue to understate his support. Many national polls survey all eligible voters, rather than registered or likely voters, which can underestimate Trump, and some voters may be reluctant to admit that they are pro-Trump at all. Add to that the fact that Trump effectively demonstrated during the 2016 campaign that he is capable of expanding his support by effectively demonizing his opponents.

Fourth, Trump’s support has largely remained durable with a core group of supporters. These are the voters Trump was referring to when he said that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and he wouldn’t lose votes. There is another group of Trump followers whose support isn’t unequivocal, but they have stayed with him because they still believe he will blow up the system and bring about real change.

In order to maintain and nurture his base, Trump will continue to embrace conflict, which will probably solidify his historically low approval ratings. Trump cannot win a two-person race this way. But he can prevail in a field with strong independent candidates on the ballot.

So for Democrats and others who want to beat Trump, unifying behind one candidate will be essential. In addition, Trump must carry Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2020 to win. Efforts should begin now to chip away at his support in these states.

It would be as big a mistake to assume that Trump cannot win reelection in 2020 as it was for those of us who never thought that he could become president in the first place.
The above essay garnered an inordinate number of comments. 6.5k! Comments at the WaPo rarely get that much attention.

Interesting times, huh?


  1. Why would we want Pelosi to retire? Let the Dems keep fighting among themselves. Let the Senior moments roll on.

    1. Egg-ZACK-Lee!!!

      A good rule of thumb wpuld be: Never intervene when an enemy is making an ass of himself, or noticeably deteriorating.

      The longer this Whacko-Witch stays in office the better it makes her opponents look.

  2. Replies
    1. More likely an overdose of Botox, if you ask me.

      I've read that BOTOX is an active ingredient in RAT POISON.

      It couldn't happen to a nicer girl, don't you think?


    2. From the Above-Cited Article on BOTOX

      It is the most poisonous substance known to man. A couple of teaspoons would be enough to kill everyone in the UK. A couple of kilos would kill every human on earth.

      It is so dangerous that it is manufactured in military installations and at around £100 trillion per kilo it is also the most expensive substance ever made.

      Yet despite being so toxic and so costly it is in huge demand. Many people pay large amounts of money to have it injected into their foreheads.

      It is botulinum toxin - better known as Botox - a toxin produced by bacteria first discovered in poorly prepared sausages during the 18th Century. It was named after the Latin for sausage - botulus

  3. Nurses are sent out to pasture when there is concern of declining cognitive ability. I am sure that is true of other fields requiring clarity of thought.

    Pelosi does not seem clear-headed at this point and her career needs a taxidermy consult. Of course there are staffers who will keep her propped up and do the job for her, because her job provides for their employment.

  4. @Bunker,

    "Why would we want Pelosi to retire?"

    EXACTLY; she's a gift that keeps on giving!

  5. There are too many activist cause and victimology lanes converging on the city center of Demoncrapville. The election year clown car pileup will be spectacular.

    1. SF,
      The election year clown car pileup will be spectacular.

      Multiple upvotes!

      I'll bring the popcorn, you bring the beer.

    2. The Know Nothing cult (aka the contemporary Republican party) has finally gerrymandered its way to power.

    3. Speaking of victimologies...

      How does the black community explain the success of Nigerian-Americans?

      from Wikipedia - According to census data, almost 40% of Nigerian Americans hold bachelor's degrees, 17% hold master's degrees, and 4% hold doctorates, more than any other ethnic group in the nation.[10]

      Many cite a combination of factors that have contributed to the large number of educated Nigerians in America. Seeking chances for better job opportunities and economic stability has led many educated Nigerian professionals to migrate to America over the years. Similarly, the Diversity Lottery Program increased the number of Nigerians who were able to receive visas in America to study. Finally, Nigerian culture has long emphasized education, placing value on pursuing education as a means to financial success and personal fulfillment.[11] Famous Nigerian Americans in education include Professor Jacob Olupona, a member of the faculty at Harvard College of Arts and Sciences as well as Harvard Divinity School. Migrating to the US from Nigeria more than 40 years ago, Professor Olupona has furthered the academic study of traditional African religions, such as the Yoruba traditional religion, and has been a vocal advocate for Nigerian Americans and education initiatives.[12]

      A disproportionate percentage of black students at elite universities are immigrants or children of immigrants. Nigerian immigrants have the highest education attainment level in the United States, surpassing every other ethnic group in the country, according to U.S Bureau Census data.[13] Harvard University, for example, has estimated that more than one-third of its black student body consists of recent immigrants or their children, or were of mixed-race parentage.[14] Other top universities, including Yale, Princeton, Penn, Columbia, Duke and Berkeley, report a similar pattern.[15] As a result, there is a question as to whether affirmative action programs adequately reach their original targets: African Americans who are descendants of American slaves and their discriminatory history in the US.[14]

      The top five U.S. institutions with the largest student population of Nigerian descent (in no particular order) are Texas Southern University, University of Houston, University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Texas, and Houston Community College. In the 2015–2016 academic school year, 10,674 Nigerian immigrants studied in the U.S. which was the highest number in 30 years and the highest number from any African country.

      Haven't Texans been labelled the most "racist" of all Americans?

    4. Ducky, No leftwing excuse screed is complete without also blaming the "antiquated" Electoral College and calling American voters stupid.

      You whining progs scream about jerrymandering (which Democrats engage in as well--look at an electoral map of California) but you can't gerrymander state boundaries and Republicans continue to crush Democrats in state-wide elections.

      Have you ever considered that ordinary Americans simply don't like Democrats? With Harvey Weinstein types your favorite poster boys, you may consider its your repellent image turning off the normals.

    5. :)

      Media narratives are ruining the black community. A black girl even thinks that her own Nigerians parents are "racist" against black Americans.

    6. Silverfiddle, I'm merely responding to the habit of the fringe right calling the democrats the party of racism when we are currently seeing the emergence of the Know Nothing Republican heritage.

      Call it indoctrination.

      Ordinary Americans? Then the fact that the majority of votes have been Democrat in the last couple decades yet we are governed by the minority means everything's fine.

      Harvey Weinstein types? You mean Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly?

    7. No, Canardo. Obviously he meant "types" like Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and General MacArthur.

    8. SF wrote:

      "There are too many activist cause and victimology lanes converging on the city center of Demoncrapville."

      To which I feel compelled to add:

      LEFTIST ACTIVISM is making "VICTIMS" of us ALL.

    9. Democrat "majorities" come from densely-packed urban areas and one-party California.

      If prog lefties weren't scared of the vast swathes of America outside the city hives where patriotic, hard-working Americans live, work and play, you guys could distribute yourselves a little more evenly and maybe pick up some more election wins.

      Fat pig blowhards exist on all sides. Amazing what it took for the progs to finally repudiate Weinstein, when his raping and sexual coercion had been going on for decades. Lurid stuff you lefties are into, and the projection and tu quoques reveal a sick mindset. Nobody here defended O'Reilly or Ailes.

    10. Farmer asked:

      "How does the black community explain the success of Nigerian-Americans?"

      Perhaps because their black African blood has not yet been tainted with effete, degenerate caucasian American genes.


    11. Also, Inspector AIPAC,

      Your point about Texas's reputation as a "racist state" and the high degree of Nigerians who, apparently, have prospered there was not lost in me. It's a point well taken.

    12. Let's not forget those stalwart bastions of the left, JFK, LBJ, Ted(the swimmer)Kennedy and last but not least, and friend of Weinstein, BJ Clinton.

    13. "How does the black community explain the success of Nigerian-Americans?"

      Because Nigeria, sent us the very best that they have. Why else?

    14. Jon, From the Nigerian immigrants I've met and spoken to; I would say, they are here to accept the American dream, for a chance to succeed through hard work, to escape endemic corruption and seek safety from criminality. They love this country and that makes them the very best. They are self-selected.

    15. Sounds like in this particular case, the immigration system is working well. :)

  6. Replies
    1. From the artucle BB cited:

      "Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon reportedly has told people he thinks President Donald Trump has just a 30% chance of completing his four-year term."

      The detail came in an explosive report from Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman on Wednesday that cited several sources close to the president." .

      Sounds like more bogus reportage [ i.e."FAKE NEWS"] from the Left to me, BB.

      The words I've put in bold face type give it away: "Reportedly" - "Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman" - "several souces close to the president" –– all such pointedly vague stuff is highly suspect –– a trick tenedentious urinalists use ALL the TIME to besmirch, vilify, and impugn the integrity of public figures they seek to destroy with snide innuendo.

      The nasty trick is not working as well as it used to as more and more "just plain folks" are becoming aware of the treachery and duplicity to
      which they have been routinely subjected for well over sixty years.

      "We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore."


    2. FT,
      Yes, it looks like one of those "according to unnamed sources" scams.

  7. Despite producing dreadful "optics"
    Bloggers won't adhere to topics.

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    1. Domenico Allesandro Puttanesca said

      Every bit of that is FAKE NEWS, or as FT would prefer us to say, "Bogus Reportage."

      You have reported CONJECTURE and SNIDE INNUENDO as FACT wthout supplying a shred of PROOF that any of those people actually SAID any of those things.

    2. That's the main reason that This Scum isn't allowed to comment here. Please ignore its comments and they will be removed as I take out the trash.

      It's like an obscene phone caller, if you react it receives sexual satisfaction.

    3. Domenico Allessandro Puttanesca said

      Then why do so many here persist in stroking Ducky's perverted tail feathers by honoring his asinine assertions with any kind of response at all?

      Canardo's as bad or worse than This One in my never humble opinion. They are both cut from the same bolt of cloth.

      None of that ilk deserves anything better than a slap in the face or good swift kick in the shins, and immediate deletion on discovery.

    4. Domenico,
      Duck has some minds his manners here at this site. I know that he doesn’t always do so at other sites.

      Yes, I lurk without commenting at many sites.

    5. Um, Duck minds his manners — not bad minds his manners. Damn iPhone and its tiny screen (iPhone 5s).

  9. People like pelosi and waters need to stay and stay in the news as well. The gift that keeps on giving.

  10. FROM AOW's posted article:

    "The lack of voters’ faith in both parties increases the probability that there will be a major third-party candidate on the 2020 ballot."

    Shades of Teddy Roosevelt and the [failed] Bull Moose Party!

    ALSO: Remember H.Ross Perot? He captured nearly 20% of the vote in his ostensible Upstart Attempt to win the presidency from George H.W. Bush, and wound up handing the White House to B.J. Clinton wit a plurality of the vote that fateful year.

    ALSO: We could make a mighty good case for saying that DONALD J. TRUMP is the de fcto head of an-as-yet-undeclared Third Party who wrested victory from the Establishment Uniparty.

    Mr. Trump represents the ANTIBASTARD PARTY of the the FEDUP SCREWITALLS who now comprise more than half the nation.

    1. FT, I agree with your assessment on 3rd parties but the way I see it; the RNC is responsible for the problem. Instead of dragging their feet, like butt hurt juveniles, they should go along with Trump and fulfill their promises to the voters. (You know, the live and legal voters.) They seem more interested in garnering power to the establishment or their own personal checkbooks.

      Remember my name, fame
      I'm gonna live forever
      I'm gonna learn how to fly, high
      I feel it comin' together
      People will see me and cry, fame
      I'm gonna make it to heaven
      Light up the sky like a flame, fame
      I'm gonna live forever
      Baby, remember my name
      Remember, remember, remember, remember
      Remember, remember, remember, remember

    2. Warren,
      The GOP members in Congress have, for the most part, never intended to keep their promises. Instead, those promises have been mere talking points so as to garner votes and, as you said, to line their own pockets. A pox on these sh*t weasels!

  11. National political office is Hollywood for ugly people unless they come up with a power broker gig like Weinstein. If your goal is to be a star, (political or show biz) there is no difference between; If you don't do what I want you'll never work in this town again! It's still an immoral an unethical abuse of power. And they never want to give that power up.

    Petty and not so petty tyrants. Each and every one.

  12. A brain-freeze, gibberish spouting dottering fool... Pelosi Galore is the perfect spokesmouth for the morally and intellectually bankrupt Democrat Socialist Party.

  13. I wonder San Fran Nan is availing herself of this service:

    An old-school pharmacy hand-delivers drugs to Congress, a little-known perk for the powerful.


    ...Nearly every day for at least two decades pharmaceutical drugs have been brought by the carload to the Capitol — an arrangement so under the radar that even pharmacy lobbyists who regularly pitch Congress on their industry aren’t aware of it.

    The deliveries arrive at the secretive Office of the Attending Physician, an elaborate medical clinic where Navy doctors triage medical emergencies and provide basic health care for lawmakers who pay an annual fee of just over $600. Every one comes from Washington’s oldest community pharmacy, Grubb’s.


    Mike Kim, the reserved pharmacist-turned-owner of the pharmacy, said he has gotten used to knowing the most sensitive details about some of the most famous people in Washington.

    “At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

    “It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.'”...


    “I still remember John Kerry — it was literally like the day after he lost [the 2004 presidential election], he came in and he was just standing in line with everybody else,” Kim recalled. “I just remember seeing him standing in line and almost feeling sorry for him — one day he’s a superstar, he’s got his entourage and security detail, and the next day he’s just by himself, he’s picking up his prescription.”...

    More at the above link.

  14. Learn the five signs of Alzheimer's disease and how to spot them.
    I wander if the largest part of those deliveries are to the DemocRats-and the largest part of the delivery there is to Pelosi Galore?
    Yes those drug runs are for Alzheimer's patients.


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