Donald Trump made a horrible misstep when he diluted his position on deporting illegal aliens. It’s been one of the primary reasons that he’s been as successful as he has as a first-time candidate. He seems to have corrected course (mostly), but he’s done his brand some lasting damage. I don’t believe that he can withstand making that mistake again. No matter what the media and the two political parties tell you, this election is all about the specific issues that Donald Trump has put forward — it’s not about the likability or popularity of either candidate.
Many people on my side of the aisle are celebrating the release of Democratic National Committee emails that show that they were in the bag for Hillary Clinton all along. This is unsurprising to anyone who pays attention to politics. It’s been the disgust with the corrupt ruling elite that has fueled the candidacies of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. The emails confirm that both of these candidates were completely correct – the system was rigged against them. Trump was adept enough to decimate a field of 16 candidates, despite the wishes of his party’s ruling elite. Sanders was not as fortunate — and that is partially his own fault.
Political opportunism is nothing new to billionaire Michael Bloomberg. As a life-long Democrat, he had no problem with switching political parties in 2001 to ride Rudy Giuliani’s Republican coattails and win the mayoralty of the city of New York. It didn’t take long for him to show his liberal, big-government, nanny state proclivities.
Tuesday’s Democratic debate was nowhere near as compelling as either of the two Republican debates, but it was eventful because the front runner wasn’t knocked from her position. Hillary Clinton made it through unscathed, and she’s the automatic winner as nobody scored any political points at her expense. That’s the way things work in primary debates and boxing. You need to knock the champ out to be declared the winner.
When Donald Trump watched Megyn Kelly’s return to her show on Monday, he decided to take a few shots at her on Twitter. This caused a bit of blowback from the media, but who else really cares? It won’t cost The Donald a single vote. When Kelly decided to spearhead an attack designed to end Donald’s candidacy she became his political foe. Now she finds herself subject to his Twitter attacks:
We are a nation of laws, not men. When there are legitimate suspicions regarding illegality or impropriety at the highest levels of government, we have mechanisms in place to ensure at least an appearance of objectivity during an investigation. One of these would be the Attorney General referring matters to the the Office of Special Counsel. Appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate Executive Branch officials shields the Administration from accusations of a cover-up. Why hasn’t this occurred in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email system and server during her tenure at the State Department?
For quite some time our politicians have gotten away with lying directly to the American people. President Obama said that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” when attempting to sell us on Obamacare. That wasn’t exactly true. George W. Bush said that we shouldn’t engage in “nation building,” and yet that was the core strategy he utilized while waging war after 9/11. Bill Clinton lied to us so often that Democrats started bragging about what a great liar he was. Hillary Clinton has also been lying to us, and we’ve known it all along.
The media and the professional political class are dumbfounded at the rise of Donald Trump. First they said that he was only pretending to run for President for the free publicity. Then they said that he’d never publicly release his financial information. Then NBC, Univision, and Macy’s severed business ties with him. That was probably a mistake if the idea was to stop his White House run, as he now has nothing to lose.
On Saturday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said on Breitbart News: “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people. I read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store. It’s got to be stopped.” For this bit of salient analysis Huckabee is being castigated by the Anti-Defamation League, most of the media, and the ruling elites of both political parties. For his part, Huckabee not only hasn’t backed down, he’s vigorously defending his position.