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Presidential Horse Race 2016: Conservatives Hope for Change after Day Three of the DNC

The man has been president for almost eight years and it’s still hard to get used to the fact that a political lightweight “community organizer” from Chicago with a golden speaking voice actually was elected to lead the free world.

That was the main takeaway from day three of the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia, a night when the proverbial torch was passed from the “old” guard to the next generation of corrupt socialist Constitution-Obama conventionignoring Democrats.

The only problem is the “old” guard is represented by our recently graying 54 year-old president Barack Obama and the “new” blood is 68 year-old rapidly mentally decaying Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.

You can throw equally uninspiring 58 year-old vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine into the mix for the new guard and it doesn’t make things much better. For those who didn’t know him, Kaine made his national spotlight debut on Wednesday night and often mixed Spanish with English during his speech in order to pander to one of the party’s core constituencies, a disgraceful act of defiance that rubbed illegal immigration into the faces of millions of Americans who are furious at the notion of paying for sustenance and services for people who violated the law to live here.

The first three days of Democrat speakers have certainly provided all the contrast one would need to make a choice in November’s election.

Of course the “star” of the evening on Wednesday was Obama himself who spoke after Kaine and rambled on for nearly fifty minutes about all the changes that have taken place under his watch. My favorite line of the evening was “Progress does happen. If you doubt that...just ask the marine who serves his country without hiding the husband he loves.”

My instant reaction was, “The Marines died by the thousands on the sands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa for this?” My, how far we’ve come…or gone. After eight years of Obama, it’s most definitely closer to the “gone” category in my estimation.

It seemed to me Obama spent the bulk of his time taking an in-your-face victory lap on Wednesday night, but he also dedicated much time in trying to sell Americans on the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, as if dredging up another tired old liberal would complete the job he started.

It will finish one thing, I’m sure – America.

People want change alright…and it ain’t gonna happen under Crooked Hillary. The Editors of the Washington Examiner write, “The success of ‘doom and gloom’ candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in this year's primaries was no accident, for about 70 percent of Americans view the country as being on the wrong track. In fact, the polling averages suggest that the public has viewed the nation as being on the wrong track every single day of Obama's presidency so far, and there is no sign of that changing. Just as he never found a way in eight years to bring back strong economic growth, Obama never found a way to cure the sour national mood.”

Obama’s speech was carefully crafted to fester that “sour mood” for the half of Americans who can’t stand him and the over sixty percent who are just as indignant towards Hillary.

The mood wasn’t any better earlier in the evening when 73 year-old “Lunch bucket Joe” Biden delivered his farewell address, looking just as aged and careworn as Crooked Hillary. Biden spent the balance of his time bashing on Donald Trump, who looks quite spry and capable compared to the old socialist crowd.

But even with the current Democrat VP nominee sandwiched in between Biden and Obama, the evening was defined by the underwhelming performance of Tim Kaine.

Taking on the traditional role of attack dog, Kaine tried to make the case that he trusts Hillary Clinton and Americans shouldn’t trust Donald Trump with the levers of power.

Needless to say, he couldn’t pull off that one, though the partisan Democrat audience appeared to consume every word as though it were tasty as a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Syrupy sweet to the taste buds on the surface, but heartily substance free at its core (more on Kaine below).

All in all, day three of the Democrat convention didn’t reveal anything that was truly surprising or new in the conversation concerning who should be the next president. Tired and decrepit House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi probably made the biggest gaffe of the day and it wasn’t even from the speaker’s podium.

Tim Hains of Real Clear Politics reports, “In an interview with PBS's Judy Woodruff, Rep. Nancy Pelosi says that the ‘three G's’ are leading uneducated white men to vote for Donald Trump: ‘Guns, Gays, and God’.”

76 year-old out-of-touch wealthy northern California liberal Pelosi said, “I think that, so many times, white — non-college-education — educated white males have voted Republican. They voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God, the three G’s, God being the woman’s right to choose.

“That is softening. Some of those people were never going to be voting Democratic anyway. But I believe that, with the turnout that we expect to have, we will draw some of them in with our message, and enough other people to win the election.”

This is the woman who led the House Democrats from a majority as recently as 2010 to a 55-seat deficit today. It’s clear she knows a lot about what the voters want, doesn’t she?

Obama, Biden, Kaine, Pelosi and Crooked Hillary better hope their constituencies deliver on Pelosi’s theory because a large swath of America is mad as you-know-what…and the Democrats offer them absolutely nothing. That was abundantly obvious on Wednesday night.

Leading #NeverTrumper’s vote for Peyton Manning falls incomplete

I’ve never really understood people who don’t like or follow politics because not only is it fascinating to observe public opinion as it sways back and forth, sometimes it’s even downright entertaining.

Wednesday was one of those “entertaining” days when leading #NeverTrumper Erick Erickson published a post saying he intends to vote for…Peyton Manning for president. I kid you not.

Erickson explains at The Resurgent, “I’m voting for Peyton Manning for President of the United States in 2016. The odds are that he won’t win. But I’m voting for him...

“Peyton Manning is a winner. He has a terrific comeback story. He has far better grades than Trump ever had in school. He is a good and decent man of a good and decent family with a good sense of morality and strong character. He is everything we could hope for in a President of the United States.”

I don’t want to take much – or any – credit for pointing Erickson towards Manning, but I’m guessing I was probably the first to suggest (in jest, of course) that the recently retired quarterback could make for a potential #NeverTrump replacement for Trump at the party convention.

I wrote on June 6, “The #NeverTrumpers would be much better off urging someone like Peyton Manning to run – he’s a Republican (or at least he appears to be), he’s available now that he’s no longer throwing footballs for a living, he’s independently wealthy because of his huge playing contracts and lucrative endorsement deals and even that tiny percentage of people who don’t identify him as a quarterback probably have seen his catchy Nationwide or Papa John’s commercials.

“He’s also used to making speeches and answering invasive dumb questions from the media.”

Again, I was joking in offering such a proposal (this was about the time when National Review writer David French was considering a run). I have no way of knowing whether Erickson actually saw the post, but I refuse to take credit for putting Manning’s name out there as a potential presidential candidate.

Who knows if Manning himself will respond to Erickson’s gesture, but I’d speculate that the longtime football player would have the common sense to realize there’s only one legitimate alternative to Hillary Clinton in 2016 – and that is Donald Trump.

If Manning hears about his name being put forward for president, he should do the proper thing and announce his intention to vote for Trump and also articulate the reasons why he came to that conclusion. Trump could even call a press conference for the endorsement.

On a more serious note, no one should care what athletes or celebrities think in the world of politics – unless, of course, they’re running for office themselves. Famous people get to where they are in life by being particularly good at something…acting, swimming, running fast or in Manning’s case, throwing a football accurately and excelling under pressure.

Being a great actor or athlete doesn’t qualify one for president and neither does building great buildings or hosting a reality TV show. And needless to say, one spouse riding on the coattails of the other is even less worthy of consideration for leadership. That’s basically the definition of a follower.

But Donald Trump offers more than just a resume; he’s risen to win the Republican nomination because of his ideas and willingness to articulate a message that’s been suppressed for so long by the establishment media and leadership of both parties.

I’m in agreement with Erickson that Manning seems to be a very good man and decent human being. But he’s not running for office and he’s never advanced any kind of policy agenda. If Manning would make such a great president in Erickson’s eyes, he should at least participate in the public debate.

One of Erickson’s – and most #NeverTrumpers – main problems with Trump is his background and lack of specificity in terms of what he would do once in office. Couldn’t the same be said of Peyton Manning? What would he do on day one, sign an executive order declaring Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday?

On the other hand, Donald Trump has detailed proposals. It took him a while during the primaries to get there, but now we know where he stands, on the record, on most issues.

This election is not a personality contest. It’s about the future of the country. Whoever wins the election in 2016 will bring along serious and lasting consequences for the country. Literally, our lives, fortunes and sacred honor are at stake.

Erickson is taking an awful cavalier attitude towards the election. He may be serious about writing in Manning’s name but I’m guessing a lot of his readers aren’t amused.

I’m sorry, Erick, but voting for Peyton Manning is a wasted vote. Any vote for someone other than Donald Trump helps Hillary. It’s time for everyone in the #NeverTrump cabal to stand up and acknowledge that fact.

Don’t believe the media spin, Tim Kaine is PLENTY liberal enough for the Democrats

Speaking of politics and entertainment, one of the more comical lines of media reporting stemming from Hillary Clinton’s naming of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate is the possibility that Kaine isn’t liberal enough for the ever left-leaning party to support for the nation’s number-two.

Let me assure you liberals, as a long-time resident of The Old Dominion, Kaine is plenty liberal enough.

Burgess Everett of Politico writes of the liberals’ dilemma. “Kaine’s reputation is as a liberal-leaning centrist from a swing state: He’s pragmatic because he has to be, even as he occasionally tangles with the Obama administration on foreign policy and national security. The convention here has shown that the party still has a problem with liberal voters, given the constant jeering of mentions of Clinton by die-hard Sanders supporters.

“And that’s not a dynamic that Kaine’s selection has changed – a quandary that puts his address on the third day of the convention under a microscope. Given that Sanders supporters even heckled Warren for praising Clinton, Kaine will need to be prepared for some dissension from the ranks.”

Granted the Democrat party has moved significantly left in the past twenty years, but even measured by Obama-like liberal standards, Kaine should qualify well. His American Conservative Union lifetime rating is 0 (Kaine only has three years of service to score, but he’s never cast a conservative vote since he’s been in the Senate). Kaine also received an “F” grade from the National Rifle Association.

As governor of Virginia, Kaine not only fought for gun restrictions, he also went against the will of small business owners by banning smoking in all restaurants.

In the Senate, he’s been an ardent backer of Obama’s entire agenda.

But these things might not be the worst of it. Kaine is a dedicated abortion advocate too. In an editorial published Tuesday in Time, heinous Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards writes, “The good news is there has never been a presidential ticket more committed to women’s health and reproductive rights than that of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. And we have never needed their leadership more…

“Since 2012, I have had the opportunity to work with, and get to know, Senator Kaine. He has been an incredible ally in the Senate, as Planned Parenthood Action Fund has battled back against attacks on women’s ability to access birth control, repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and attempts to block women from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers.”

If there’s a better liberal stamp of approval for Kaine anywhere, I’d like to see it. Richards is so out there in left field that she speaks glowingly of the decision to kill one of her own unborn babies (the clean way to say it would be “terminate a pregnancy”) because she and her husband had decided their family was “complete.” So she murdered her child as a birth control measure.

Sick. How else would you describe it?

The liberal knock against Kaine seems to concern his past support for trade agreements like TPP, but he’s recently reversed his position on the matter to match Hillary Clinton’s. Kaine also uses the flimsy excuse that he’s “personally against abortion” but supports its legalization and access – and I assume he, like his running mate, now favors federally funding it, too.

Kaine apparently has supported oil drilling in the Atlantic at various times and seems to be in favor of new energy production techniques such as hydraulic fracking. But I’m betting now that he’s tied to Hillary, he’ll change his mind on those issues, too.

In essence, Kaine is known around these parts as a dyed in the wool liberal. He makes former Virginia Senator Jim Webb (lifetime ACU rating 15%) look conservative in comparison. Only in the wacked out, Bernie Sanders supporting, Hillary nominating Democrat party of 2016 would Tim Kaine ever be considered a “moderate.”

There doesn’t appear to be any aspect of the progressive agenda Kaine doesn’t support. He would make an awful vice president, folks.

Trump trying desperately to steal attention away from the Dems in Philadelphia

Donald Trump found a way to be present on all four nights of the Republican convention last week in Cleveland, likely figuring since it was his show, he needed to be seen (even if only on video).

For Trump it’s one part narcissist and two parts smart media manager for him to believe he should be the center of attention at all times in order to drive viewer interest as well as sell the Trump brand to voters. Why else do you think the Trump family members all had prominent speaking spots each night?

With the Democrat convention taking place in Philadelphia this week, Trump has had to work much harder to try and steal some of the spotlight away from Crooked Hillary, Crazy Bernie and the rest of the Democrat socialist crowd.

And it seems he’s found a way to do it, by keeping the DNC email scandal planted firmly at the top of the news cycle.

Ben Kamisar of The Hill reports, “Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hopes that Russian hackers have obtained the tens of thousands of emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from her private email server.

“’If they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do,’ Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, told reporters on Wednesday at a press conference at his Miami-area hotel.”

In saying so, Trump not only jabbed at the heart of Crooked Hillary’s criminal reputation, he also managed to keep the controversy afloat to fuel the Bernie Sanders people for another day or two.

Earlier Wednesday Trump sent out a series of tweets in response to Tuesday night’s line-up of speakers at the DNC. Apparently that action didn’t generate enough outrage from the media so The Donald must have decided to goad Clinton some more over the Russian/email controversy.

Naturally, the Clinton campaign wasn’t happy. Senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan responded in a statement, “This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent.”

Somewhat oddly, the Clinton camp is claiming it’s a national security matter to encourage Russia to get involved in the election. But isn’t the real national security issue all about Clinton’s intentional mishandling of her own emails and what’s in them?

I think the Hillary people are so frustrated because it’s also the first time the Clinton machine has ever matched up against an adversary like Trump. In contrast, Bill only had to deal with courtly old George H.W. Bush and nutcase Ross Perot in 1992 and then establishment dinosaur Bob Dole in ’96.

Those guys are all meek as lambs and played by the rules, as did Obama for the most part in the 2008 Democrat primaries. Obama didn’t need to do anything extraordinary to beat Clinton because he knew instinctively that she’s an awful candidate who would beat herself.

Trump doesn’t appear to be leaving victory to chance. Hillary Clinton’s ethics problems are the issue in 2016 and he’s not going to allow them to go away.

Trump’s latest dust-up with Megyn Kelly is nothing but a diversion

Finally today, yet another sign Donald Trump is working overtime to draw media attention away from the Democrats in Philadelphia was his decision to once again pick a fight with familiar foe Megyn Kelly of Fox News.

Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner reports, “Donald Trump reignited his feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly Tuesday. The Republican nominee took issue with Kelly's on-air comment that Trump planned to ‘bomb the oil fields so that he can decimate ISIS's oil source.’

“’You have no idea what my strategy on ISIS is, and neither does ISIS (a good thing). Please get your facts straight — thanks. @megynkelly,’ Trump tweeted late Tuesday.”

I can’t think of any other reason for Trump to reignite the flames with Kelly except for a desire to generate attention from a media that’s always looking to report on a Trump controversy.

It’s kind of like a military diversion. You have one squad make a lot of noise in one location so the enemy keeps their attention focused anywhere except for where you plan to attack.

Trump knows that anytime there’s “Trump” and “Megyn Kelly” in the same sentence, people will instinctively turn their heads. And reporters will rush to cover it like stampeding elephants.

I saw several reports on this topic yesterday…and it’s not exactly that newsworthy, is it?

Donald Trump knows the media and they’re giving him all the coverage he can bear.

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