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More Dominoes Fall

This weekend has seen an unprecedented number of NFL players kneel, stand at inattention, or be absent for the national anthem, all in response to Pres. Trump’s Friday diss of players’ political protests.

During an Alabama rally, he claimed that players who protested the national anthem should be fired.  Now, even more of his supporters are voicing frustration with his focus on non-policy issues, and his attempts to curb free speech.

Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is the first minority man to own an NFL team.  He is also a past supporter of Trump.  However, at Saturday’s London game, he stood in solidarity with his protesting players.

Khan is one of seven NFL owners who have contributed $1 million or more to Trump.

Trump ≠ Conservatism

“Somehow an explanation of Donald Trump’s political success has to incorporate the fact that Trump won a higher share of the Latino vote and black vote in the presidential election of 2016 than Mitt Romney did in 2012.”

David Frum argues that Trump’s ascendancy is less about something old (racism, nativism, protectionism), than about something new (discouragement, political exploitation).  Do you agree?

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/perlstein-trump/523170/

“Look for the Helpers”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers

Volunteer lawyers, and civil rights groups that quickly became legally victorious, turned out Saturday in response to the betrayal of green card residents traveling into the US.

For American residents from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen who were traveling yesterday, their airport detainment and threat of deportation brought out demonstrators from both sides of the aisle to America’s major airports.

Those detained included the disabled, elderly, and children, and at least one service member. Most were released by early this morning without an explanation, indicating a lack of clarity between the Dept of Homeland Security and federal court.

While a few GOP legislators have public denounced the executive order (along with business leaders who have key employees being held), most have been silent, yet are airing their grievances behind closed doors, likely because of a reluctance to make themselves an enemy of their own ruling party just one week into the term.

This executive order has the unintended consequence of actually encouraging illegal immigration, since the reward for jumping through all the legal immigration hoops is a terrifying disruption of normal life.

WaPo: “Americans have seen the last four presidents as illegitimate.”

“We talk about all this with detached regret, as victims of distant politicians’ antics, when we are in fact protagonists in this tale, helping to determine the tenor of our politics. The Internet and social media have engaged millions of Americans in politics more directly than ever before, and the results haven’t been pretty.”

Read the whole thing here:*
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/20/americans-have-seen-the-last-four-presidents-as-illegitimate-heres-why/?utm_term=.d7180578e1af

*Note: Digital access is unlimited through Sat in honor of the inauguration!

 

Why Clinton Lost in Michigan (and Elsewhere)

Michigan highlights the campaign problems that repeated all over the Midwest: an inability to react to changing facts on the ground.

“Trump won the state despite getting 30,000 fewer votes than George W. Bush did when he lost it in 2004.” Now re-read that sentence.

“(The national campaign plan) was very surgical and corporate. They had their model, this is how they’re going to do it. Their thing was, ‘We don’t have to leave [literature] at the doors, everyone knows who Hillary Clinton is,’” said one person involved in the Michigan campaign. “But in terms of activists, it seems different, it’s maybe they don’t care about us.”

Some pieces of the article sound like petty he-said/she-saids, with unverifiable anecdotes. However, the fact that TV ads in Michigan were nearly nonexistent does indicate support was taken for granted.

“Brooklyn’s theory from the start was that 2016 was going to be a purely base turnout election. Efforts were focused on voter registration and then, in the final weeks, turning out voters identified as Clinton’s, without confirmation that they were.”

Nonetheless, the official reasoning for the Dems’ loss is that key states’ numbers went south during the week leading up to the election, after FBI Dir James Comey used his position to very publicly raise suspicion about Hillary’s emails and integrity.

In either case, this chapter can serve as a lesson for what campaigns CAN control–the dangers of sole reliance on centrality and bureaucracy. The fact that liberals (who by definition more heavily favor federal control over the states)  suffered by this fallacy is perhaps poetic justice.

Debate Grades: Trump C, Clinton A, Wallace A

This was the debate for intellectuals.

Sec. Clinton A: She was nearly flawless.  As poised as we’ve ever seen her, she had a well-thought-out answer to every question, and took every attempt made to rattle her to instead demonstrate her superior IQ.  She never flagged during her 90 minute slayage.  Also, the white jacket was bomb and the whole suit was impeccably tailored.

 

Trump C: He showed how little his range of points is.  Everything about America is a “disaster,” he is still sore about Bill Clinton’s NAFTA, and is victimized by women who supposedly want to be famous for having been groped by him (as Michael Che aptly said, it’s “every little girl’s dream.”)

 

Wallace A: Showed us how moderation is done.  For the first time in any debate this year, he actually held up his hand and said “No” to someone trying to talk out of turn. He also forced the candidates to answer the questions at hand, and addressed factual errors from past debates. This was a major credibility win for Fox News.