Political Hay

Political Hay

The GOP’s Trump Derangement Syndrome

By 12.10.15

The headline in the Washington Post editorial ran this way: 

It’s time for Republicans to renounce Donald Trump’s candidacy

And like chastened children, all too eager to please, leaders in the Republican Party stepped forward after Trump’s comments on momentarily halting Muslim immigration as a temporary safety precaution and did just as instructed. Meanwhile, in a new Fox News poll in South Carolina, of which half was taken after he made his statement on halting Muslim immigration, Trump went up by eight points. All of which says everything you need to know about why so many Republicans and conservatives across the land have developed such a loathing for their own party’s leadership.

Among those doing some version of what the Washington Post and other Establishment — and liberal — elites demanded:

Political Hay

Trump’s Word Isn’t Worth the Hot Air

By 12.10.15

Any day now, Donald Trump may walk back his Monday call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” If so, he won’t change his mind because he regrets insulting Muslim Americans — no small number of whom, unlike Trump, have served in the military — or because his rhetoric threatens to isolate this country when it needs allies, especially in the Middle East. He’ll change his mind because he never really means anything he says.

Trump doesn’t even mean it when he gives his word in writing. Remember when The Donald signed a pledge in September not to run as an independent candidate if he fails to win the Republican nomination? The pledge did not equivocate. No worries. By November, the billionaire scion was inching away from that pledge and hinting that it would apply only if the party were to treat him “fairly.”

Political Hay

He’s Smarter Than They Are

By 12.9.15

You might not have noticed this, but on Monday morning Monmouth University released a poll on the GOP primary race in Iowa that showed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vaulting into first place with 24 percent of the vote, five points ahead of the supposed GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

You might not have noticed it, because by Monday afternoon Trump had put out a bombshell of a statement calling for a ban on entry into the United States of any and all Muslims until the government “figures out what the hell is going on.” No more were there headlines about Cruz’s quiet building of a juggernaut political organization and his efforts coming into flower as the potential new frontrunner in the race. Instead, we were treated not just to Trump’s plan to rid America of the Islamic menace but the breathless and hysterical reaction to it by the Washington elite of both parties.

“Unhinged,” said Jeb Bush.

“This is not conservatism,” said Paul Ryan.

“Disqualifying,” said President Obama’s media shill Josh Earnest.

“Goes against everything we stand for and believe in,” said Dick Cheney.

“A race-baiting, xenophobic bigot,” spat Lindsey Graham.

Political Hay

Choosing Decline

By 12.4.15

On November 21, the voters in Louisiana spoke loudly in their preference not to have David Vitter as their governor. This was both understandable, as Vitter’s past history of dalliances with ladies of the evening — even though not repeated since it ended some 14 years ago — had been a constant source of embarrassment, and puzzling, since Vitter’s runoff opponent, Democrat John Bel Edwards, offers virtually nothing that Louisianans have been asking for in recent years.

Political Hay

The Disgrace of Planned Parenthood

By 12.1.15

Here we go again.

In the wake of the shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, liberals jumped to blame conservatives and pro-lifers. Here’s PP’s president Cecile Richards, as reported by Politico

Following last Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, the organization’s president on Monday denounced those who put heated political rhetoric ahead of women’s health care.

Political Hay

Last Call for Ethanol

By 11.30.15

A federal program, once launched, is impossible to kill. It doesn’t matter if the scheme wastes money. It doesn’t matter if the program doesn’t work. It doesn’t even matter if the program does the very opposite of what it is supposed to do. Every government program enters the world with an army of fairy godmothers prepared to fend off any effort to cut the cord — hence the staying power of ethanol.

When President George W. Bush signed legislation to expand a federal requirement to blend gasoline with ethanol in 2007, he could claim with some credibility that he was pushing a renewable alternative to fossil fuels, on which Americans were so dependent. Yes, there were skeptics. I was one of them. But the Bush Renewable Fuel Standard flowed with the mainstream of American politics. In the 2008 presidential election, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was a big booster of the ethanol mandate.

Political Hay

Trump and the Mosques

By 11.24.15

Here are the headlines: 

• “Pastor at St. Margaret Mary Parish resigns amid FBI investigation.” The opening, from a TV station in Kentucky:

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – Father Stephen Pohl resigned on Thursday, Aug. 20, from his position as a pastor of the St. Margaret Mary Parish.

Pohl is under investigation by the FBI and is accused of taking inappropriate pictures of children.

• “FBI investigates possible child pornography at Independence church.” This headline is out of Independence, Missouri, the story opening reading:

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) — The FBI is investigating an Independence Catholic church following what they say were two downloads of child pornography.

Political Hay

Ratings Trump Respect and Dignity at NBC

By 11.22.15

Donald Trump is like a contagion who infects everyone around him. Once you’ve kissed, you can never wipe his saliva off your face. Consider the venerable (in its own view) NBC. This year, the network fired Trump, only to find it is Trump Lite.

On June 16, when Trump was announcing his candidacy for the White House, the billionaire reality-TV star faulted Mexico for sending problem people to the United States. Quoth Trump: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Those comments were stupid and racist — and they should have caused Trump to tank in the polls and ended his vanity campaign.

Instead, they cost Trump some must-miss NBC TV — the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Also, he wouldn’t appear on future episodes of Celebrity Apprentice. “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” a statement explained. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”

Trump responded that NBC was “weak” and trying to be “politically correct.”

Political Hay

When Trump Fought the Racists

By 11.13.15

And so the cry went up.

“Trump is a racist!” was the mocking cry from an off-stage Larry David when Trump recently hosted Saturday Night Live. The David bit was designed to make fun not of Trump but Trump’s critics. In this case a left-wing group calling itself deportracism.com which, without the slightest sense of irony, put together a thoroughly racist ad having children spewing obscenities as they proclaimed their allegiance not to America and its ideals but rather to their race. A chilling reminder of all those fresh-faced young Germans of long ago pledging allegiance to their Aryan race.

All of this is already old news. But there is a much older “old news” story about Trump that has now resurfaced — a story that paints a highly accurate portrait of the real Donald Trump — the guy who has no time for racism and anti-Semitism and stood up in public to fight both. 

Political Hay

Now, You Have Matt Bevin

By 11.4.15

Matt Bevin, a well-spoken and uncompromising conservative businessman, challenged Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell . in the Kentucky 2014 Republican primary.

He didn’t win. He didn’t actually come close, losing an ignominious 61-39 race to the GOP’s most powerful senator. Bevin, a down-the-line conservative of the Tea Party variety, engendered all the vitriol the Republican establishment could summon; he was the poster child for the “destructive” insurgent candidate.

Interestingly, after Bevin was beaten by McConnell, he tried again — this time for governor of Kentucky. And he won in the primary.