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Commentary coming from the outside is really bad. Punditry on the modern left has largely devolved into little more than histrionic virtue signalling and moral posturing. Though the relevant data is seconds away, 0.4 minutes for verification is too much to ask as the same nonsense shows up over and over in the mouths of major media and in the feeds of the blue checkmarks.

– Kobach is an extremist who only appeals to a subset of the right. Kansas has a lot of moderates. He can’t win the entire state!

In 2010, Kobach won the statewide election for secretary of state, beating Democrat Chris Biggs 59%-37%. That was the same election in which Sam Brownback dominated Democrat Tom Holland, 63%-32%.

Four years later he won it again, this time beating Jean Kurtis Schodorf 59%-41%. His reelection was especially impressive as it happened alongside governor Brownback’s narrow 50%-46% reelection victory against Democrat Paul Davis.

During this time Kobach was writing laws for states and municipalities designed to give them tools to deal with the illegal invasion the federal government refused to do anything about. Though the mendacious media dropped this “breaking story” days before the 2018 gubernatorial primary, Kansans have known about Kobach’s activities for the better part of a decade. That’s why it didn’t move the needle then and it won’t move it in November.

– Kobach is Brownback on steroids!

Jeff Colyer was Brownback’s running mate in 2010 and again in 2014. He was twice elected lieutenant governor, sworn in alongside Brownback both times.

The Democrat Governors Association, the outfit feeding this mantra to clueless commentators, had the cue cards ready to go for Colyer. As Brownback’s right-hand man he was going to continue to former governor’s disastrous policies. When Kobach primaried sitting governor Colyer, the DGA simply replaced all instances of “Colyer” with “Kobach” in the scripts and carried on as if nothing else had changed.

When someone makes this accusation–that Kobach is Brownback’s successor–point out that Kobach literally defeated Brownback’s successor in the primary. Chances are you’ll get a deer-in-the-headlights reaction. Lots of people outside the state simply have no idea.

Colyer is Brownback’s solemn simulacrum. Brownback and Kobach couldn’t be further apart on the National Question, however. Brownback was a reliable, consistent voice for “comprehensive immigration reform” as senator in the 2000s and did nothing to discourage illegal aliens from squatting in the state he was governor of from 2010 through 2018.

– Kobach brought in new electronic voting machines for this election! We need paper ballots! A hard copy is insurance against digital shenanigans!

The new voting machines used in the August primary printed out a paper copy of each electronic ballot that was cast. Voters were able to review the paper ballot themselves before handing it over to an election official.

– More than twice as many people voted in the Kansas 2018 Democrat gubernatorial primary as voted in the 2010 or 2014 primaries! Impending blue wave!

While technically true, the Democrat candidates in both 2010 and 2014 ran unopposed for their respective nominations. This time around there were five people on the Democrat ballot for governor.

In 2018 there were 153,865 votes cast on the Democrat side compared to 316,887 on the Republican side. Republican turnout was more than twice as high as Democrat turnout was.

I’d be remiss not to note that this white pill contains some impurities. There are a fair number of people in the state–nobody knows the figure for certain, but I’ve now verified three people in my own real life social network who fit the bill–who are genuine RINOs. They are registered Republicans only for the sake of participation in Republican primaries. In general elections, they reliably vote D down the line. Because Kansas is such a heavily Republican at the state level, this allows them to always have some actual electoral influence at the voting booth.

But even if we assume that 1-in-3 non-Kobach votes were cast by RINOs intending on voting D in November, Kobach still wins 57%-43% among combined primary votes.

Herb and Chad bury the hatchet
Herb and Chad bury the hatchet

And Colyer is throwing his support (at least publicly) to Kris. He could have pulled the pin on the recount grenade to try and blow up Kobach’s chances in November. Instead, he honorably conceded. Two days after that–tonight–Kobach and Colyer held a joint rally to thank their supporters and to showcase a united front. The internecine fighting that happened during the primary will be a distant memory in twelve weeks.

Parenthetically, to understand the mindset of the modal Kansas Republican voter, listen to Colyer’s concession speech. Bear this in mind when watching the general election campaign from afar. Kobach is rock solid where it counts, but he does have an election to win and he is going to have to calibrate his message accordingly to do that.

There is also Greg Orman, a rich cosmopolitan businessman running as an independent. He is essentially a chamber of commerce-approved leftist. He is an open borders zealot who is likely to steal more votes from Democrat Laura Kelly than from Kobach. In 2014, Orman challenged Republican senator Pat Roberts in the general election after Democrat Chad Taylor withdrew to make it possible for Roberts to be unseated. Roberts was reelected, but Orman got 43% of the vote. As a consequence he is now a known entity with a lot of name recognition.

It is no surprise that Kobach is consistently naming both Kelly and Orman as his opponents in November, while Kelly is risibly pretending Orman doesn’t exist.

Transitioning away from standard attacks against Kris Kobach for Kansas (they’re so clever, aren’t they? Hey, hey, hey), here’s another reason this election is so important. Kobach, a white goy from the midwest, went to Harvard for his BA, Oxford for his PhD, and Yale for his JD. He emerged from those three anti-white immersion centers as an unapologetic America First father of five with middle American sensibilities.

He’s as sharp as a tack and intellectually unshakable. Unlike a pugilistic Trump or a holy-rolling Ted Cruz, Kobach’s the type a moderate white professional is not embarrassed to vote for. He’s a guy they can imagine as a trusted lawyer or accountant. The Democrats are trying through sheer force of will to paint him as an incompetent boob, but five minutes of hearing him speak dispels that notion:

Notice how sharp he is on the language. They’re “illegal aliens”, not undocumented whatevers. It doesn’t matter if they “work hard”, they have no claim to squat on American soil.

The rapidity with which Kobach and Colyer have buried the hatchet could be seen as an indication that Kobach is going to cuck.

In my estimation, though, it is far more likely that this is an early indication of what the Republican party’s realignment is going to look like: America First hard-edged civic nationalism assuming the senior position in the party’s internal coalition, while the chamber of commerce libertarianism that has characterized the GOP since Reagan gets demoted to junior partner.

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  1. I had assumed that Colyer would drag out a recount to make himself a Never Trump hero, but, all of sudden, Colyer does the loyal thing for his party and concedes, depriving the MSM of an internecine fight to weaken Kobach. I'm genuinely impressed.

  2. Yeah, it's good to see this wrapped up and Colyer doing the gracious loser thing, instead of the Never Trump idiocy.

    You can't blame our people for being skeptical, and constantly wary that evidence that Kobach isn't the real thing is coming. We've all been burned too many times. But you knew that.

    It sure seems like Kobach could be the guy we've been waiting for. It's a damned shame he isn't in the DHS chair. But I suppose that doesn't set him up so well for a possible 2024 prez campaign which may be just what we need in the long run.

    It sure would be nice if he were regularly consulting with Trump though, keeping the fire burning there in D.C. We need another good shitlord up there.

  3. I marvel at Kobach's ability to deliver the regular GOP talking points to regular GOP voters without pooping on those of us who value the character of Heritage America. If I wish for anything more from Kobach, it is for some louder dog-whistles, but I understand my head is filled with a death-metal din that is hard to overcome with ultra-sonic tones.

    Reading Greg Orman's Wikipedia page I see he made his money by selling "Environmental Lighting" to KCPL. Truly a modern entrepreneur, exploiting the green madness for bux, he didn't stop there. Made some great friends at Goldman Sachs, bought some federal reserve buildings – This guy is the anti-Ron-Paul.

    Also, take a look at the wonderful collection of "centrists" Orman donated the bulk of his political money to: Common Sense Coalition – gross!

    Orman has clearly been grooming himself to be the very worst sort of camouflaged Democrat; he flouts his business credentials to trick moderate GOP cucks while exploiting the cracks in the political economy for profit. His real policy choices are about strip-mining the culture and offloading costs to government. Needless to say he would make Kansas an immigration sanctuary. Orman is the perfect synthesis of the neo-liberal neocon – which in a way, is exactly what he claims to be.

    Democrats have a hard choice between Orman and Laura Kelly. They should flip a coin.

  4. @Steve Sailer and AA : is there a site wich make list of GOP candidates at all level (states legislatures, senate, house, governors) with GOP tendencies ? (nationalist/trumpian/paleo, neo/Cruzian/tea party, RINO/Rokfeller centrists) ?

    BTW I am building a graphic of elected members of DP and RP since 1880 with this methodology :
    each state senate=100 people, each state court=100 vote, house : realigned to actuel 435 members, senate, realigned to actuel 100 members, governors realigned to 50, plus the president.

    I admit it could seems a little bit artificial, but having the same number from 1880 to 2018 help to detect the real hard long trends.

    (and if a state didn't exist in 1880, I will use the results of the first election organized)

  5. Steve,

    Likewise. Colyer's attacks on Kobach during the primary were exactly the kind that will be utilized by Kelly (the D) in November (i.e. hitting Kobach from the left and picking on him for losing to the ACLU), so that makes it doubly surprising. A week ago, it looked like the Kansas GOP was headed for a mini civil war that would drag on as November approached. What a difference a week makes. Now we have a clear nominee and a unified public front. It's Kobach's to lose.

    Duke,

    I've only briefly talked to him in person (and for media like the Topeka Capital Journal, he has no idea who I am and the campaign has certainly never paid me a dime) but I've followed his career for over a decade and he has always been rock solid on immigration. He doesn't need to make it a big issue now because people who care about the National Question will back him. He needs to win the boomercons and the Flanderses of the state now.

    Joe,

    He never qualifies or apologizes for any of his positions. It's confidence without feigned arrogance.

    Yeah, it's funny that Orman is running on a platform of "tired of the partisan nonsense? Vote for me!" when he is the dream candidate for both party establishments. If either one could elect a guy like him, they'd love to do it. The base, though, is another thing. D voters increasingly don't want a white guy and R voters increasingly refuse to tolerate an open borders guy.

    Philippe,

    There are sites like NumbersUSA that do grade cards on specific issues. You could build your own list from a collection of those sites if you wanted to.

  6. Civic nationalists are cucks. Blood and soil!

  7. "Moral panics usually precede major shifts in a society’s Weltanshauung and portend schisms within the reigning religion. Right now the moral panic is White supremacy, fascism, neonazism, and sexual predation by creepy anti-Chads, and the reason for the panic is that the priest class and the laity feel threatened by a coming powerful heresy. Lesson: avoid being an identifiable locus of hate and fear by heretic hunters in the grip of a moral panic."

    Found that on Heartiste.

    He's onto something; the moral panic about Satanism and pedophilia in the 80's was indicative of people becoming very judgemental and cynical, so that by the late 80's/early 90's it was very difficult to do anything in life lest you be accused of….Being a bad person. The onset of the culture wars in the mid-80's was instigated by a desire to remove your responsibility for society's condition by blaming other people; and what better way to kick other people to the curb than by saying that they literally worship Satan or that they destroy children.

    It all sounds laughable to us these days, but back in the 80's and early 90's it wasn't unheard of for parents to throw rock records away on the grounds that they would "corrupt" kids. By the late 90's, the culture war had advanced enough that people chilled out. We accepted that we'd transitioned to a different phase, and that was that. No need to get carried away. I understand that most Gen X parents prefer to gradually expose their kids to horror movies, "obscenity", and so forth. They want to guide their kids gently, and they accept that their kids may have problems, but that's just life. Whereas Boomer parents in the 80's and 90's were obsessed with the idea of creating the perfect environment for their kids, and flat out blocking contact with material or people deemed to be "bad", often on the most dubious grounds. You see in movies like The Burbs (1989) how paranoid people were getting back then. Not even the most generic All-America suburb was safe anymore. But that was an "unravelling" phase, where people look for excuses to stay out of things and stay away from people. Recall the idiotic "anti-Halloween" phase that happened from about 1988-1995, which aligned closely with the "born-again" Christian tomfoolery that took off with Boomers in the late 80's.

    What's scary and "damaging" about Halloween?

    – The creepy imagery
    – The occult/pagan/pan-Celtic European connotations (remember, all goody two-shoes Born Agains believe in global Christianity, not worship of European traditions).
    – The decidely un-wholesome nature of the junk food passed around, and the pranks people pull.

    What was considered (relatively) harmless fun in the 1950's-much of the 80's suddenly became Evil.

    So yeah, the current moral panic about "white nationalism" is indicative of neo-liberal fears that perhaps, people have turned their back on having a pan-globalist identity.

  8. "Yeah, it's funny that Orman is running on a platform of "tired of the partisan nonsense? Vote for me!" when he is the dream candidate for both party establishments. If either one could elect a guy like him, they'd love to do it. The base, though, is another thing. D voters increasingly don't want a white guy and R voters increasingly refuse to tolerate an open borders guy."

    Like Agnostic says, this is Know-Knothingism reincarnated. He's trying to appeal to people terrified of great change instigated by one side and/or the other. When Clintonites say stuff like "America never stopped being great", the message is clear: vote for me (or us) and get more of the same stuff that originated in the 80's and 90's. It's interesting that the New Right often wants not Clintonite liberalism to be the order of the day, but rather, wants the New Left to make gains and leave the Centrists behind. And another tell-tale sign of Know-Knothingism is the number of "conservative" (cuck) elites and "thinkers" who tried to persuade people to vote for Clinton(!). Naturally these same people also shuddered at a Bernie run.

  9. Feryl,

    What is the sentiment in MN wrt to Keith Ellison? Does his presence on the Dem ticket potentially lead to a GOP landslide? (1978)

  10. In a CT Dem primary, a middle aged white woman (Mary Glassman) was beaten by a black woman (Jahana Hayes). Glassman had the endorsement of the Dem establishment, as well as Our Revolution (the Bernie PAC) and…..The Chamber of Commerce! Although ORev claims to have a litmus test involving single payer, evidently they didn't apply it to Glassman whose own website doesn't mention the issue. Nor does her website mention a specific minimum wage increase, which ORev also claims to support.

    It looks like the power players in the Bernie wing are still not quite able to shed the Centrist establishment (the article mentions the Dem Congress. Campaign Committee which encourages Dems to avoid talking up single payer).

    There's always the possibility that a Hayes type could be co-opted/bought off, assuming they weren't crooked to begin with. But when even the CoC jumps into a Dem election to try and stop you….Well, that says something. Much like how the deep state creatures have emerged from hiding in a desperate attempt to stop anything that has a whiff of reform and rebellion, it looks like the most crooked elements of cuck inc. might opt to align more and more with "centrist" liberals as way to try and keep the neo-liberal era alive.

  11. Feryl,

    That's an interesting result, the GOP primary also produced a Hispanic nominee, and this is the same district that many years ago had a black GOP congressman Gary Franks.

    I don't think socialist sentiment is truly hardened among a grassroots that is more interested in changing ethnic representation that adjusting economic disparities. The teacher strikes were great propoganda, but the unions still look like the odd man out as the Dems no longer need their turnout abilities. Formerly diehard ANC Communists were somehow reconciled to neoliberalism, and Muslim invaders in Europe tend to prefer bloc voting for the center-left party versus the largely native vote for the far-left parties.

  12. "What is the sentiment in MN wrt to Keith Ellison? Does his presence on the Dem ticket potentially lead to a GOP landslide? (1978)"

    Who knows?

    He's running for attorney general, which most people don't care all that much about (I'd guess that over 50% of people couldn't even name their state's AG).

    It's virtually impossible to gauge the mood of voters, since 90% of conservatives have been muzzled (and stuff like the Alex Jones Ban/war on free speech ain't helping). I don't attend any kind of political functions or rallies, either.

    Also, vice president means nothing in the pres. election. Really, it doesn't. Given that, I don't think Ellison will have much of an effect on the other races. Obviously, the allegations could still damage Ellison's own chances with fence sitting voters.

    WRT VP, I believe it can be summed up like this: Either the VP smoothly packages and parrots the president's ideology (to the yawns of the public, see Mike Pence), or he fails to do that very well and is the butt of jokes (Dan Quayle). Either way, the VP is of negligible effect on the race. Most people don't understand, or don't care that much about, the whole line of succession thing…Even if they probably should (see LBJ). Besides, the presidents themselves consume so much of the limelight there's not much room for anyone else.

    WRT Quayle, he was the butt of a famously embarrassing one-liner ("you're no Jack Kennedy", the somewhat nerdy Quayle was told). Yet even Quayle did not stop Bush from winning in 1988. Quayle is one of the most picked on figures in our history, but at the end of the day he never really was a detriment.

  13. Feryl,

    While its anecdotal and therefore useless, I can testify to hearing numerous "Moderates" that claim Sarah Palin was so personally enraging to them that they quit the GOP. I see this as ironic, as Palin was a moderate Governor that raised taxes, and came from a working class background. Of course her ignorance was fully displayed.

    I'm of the opinion that Romney would have been better served with Rubio as his running mate than Ryan. Florida was a close call, and Rubio wasn't tied to the "privatize Medicare" debacle. Neither Ryan nor Cheney damaged the ticket, but they did not enhance it. Cheney had no business in power given his health issues, John Engler or Tommy Thompson would have been better running mates. Knowing Bush however, we're lucky we didn't end up with Spencer Abraham as VP.


    Given the high likelihood of the Dems occupying the House majority, what are the odds that Trump can triangulate? I've suggested using the Dem caucus splits to have the GOP vote with some Dems to make Tulsi Gabbard the new Speaker. She's wildly ambitious enough to take it. That makes her an instant candidate for the Presidency in 2020, but her foreign policy views are offensive to the establishment.

    Re: When I referred to the "ticket", I meant the "slate" of nominees for the statewide positions. The term "ticket" originally refers to ballots pre-printed by the party in the days before we had secret ballots.

  14. "Muslim invaders in Europe tend to prefer bloc voting for the center-left party versus the largely native vote for the far-left parties."

    That really doesn't matter, except in contests mostly or totally involving non-white enclaves.

    If even the US still has sizable white control of elections after 50 years of increasingly non-white demographics, I can only imagine what voter demographics in Europe are like, what with all of these countries being 90-95% white before the late 90's.

    Elections remain the domain of more affluent and older voters. Period. Why do we get these Colyers and Yoders, a good 15 years after their sell-by date? Because elites (who still call the shots, and, well, they always will) who produce and tailor candidates to elite sensibilities must find a conscience…..Or a brain, in order to understand the danger of ignoring rising signs of opposition towards elite corruption.

    As long as gaining money and power (and elite esteem) outweighs any urgency at taking the difficult steps toward genuine reform, we won't have much to cheer. Elites in the 1920's and 30's were growing alarmed at the increasing lack of trust in the system, urban over-crowding, immigrant gangs, and so forth. They figured that the public would get violently angry at them for not being responsible, so they set about implementing reforms to calm the public mood and reassure people. Flash forward to today, in which the Me Gen is still whining about unions, high taxes, abortion (pro or con, doesn't matter), still pretending that one party or another is why things suck (nope, dumbasses, it takes both sides to produce such mess). On and on. And the Me Gen just wants candidates who'll validate the individual's "success" and arrogance. Lower class voters have been completely marginalized and alienated, and often don't even bother to vote at all. At the end of the day 50+% of the Me Gen simply doesn't want anyone telling them what to do with their body, their time, their money, etc. That kind of narcissism equal a society without functioning leadership, accountability, or team work.

    Christ, do ya really think the average Millennial is over joyed to vote for a Yoder-type? Boring yuppies and Christ-cucks, I'm afraid that the Boomers will have wrecked dozens of countries before their wretched influence finally wanes.

  15. John Henry,

    Asserting how deep Kobach's philosophical beliefs go on the question would be pure conjecture on my part. He is the best of what's around, though.

    216,

    Polling at the time showed Palin giving the McCain ticket a big boost–the only time in the entire 2008 election cycle that he polled higher than Obama, albeit it only lasted for a few days. It just doesn't matter much.

    What I don't understand is why running mates aren't at least occasionally announced during the primary (outside of obviously desperate situations like Ted Cruz tapping the witch who ruined HP). If I'm Elizabeth Warren, I'm talking to Deval Patrick or Cory Booker about being my VP, something we'll announce before the primaries even start as a way to dampen non-white enthusiasm for Kamala Harris.

  16. Feryl,

    Not all Euro countries use the district system for elections, many have some type of proportional representation. Specifically, in Germany there is a mixed district/proportional system. The Muslim invaders either vote SPD or Green (white center-left). Die Linke is strongest in the East, with a lower base in West German cities overrun by the Merkeljugend. It was arguably the SPD that forced Merkel's hand wrt to the invasion, if the coalition had collapsed she was looking at a snap election at a moment when the Greens were rising in the polls. One can even blame the "petulance" of AFD voters in 2013, where they got 4.7% of the vote and therefore got no seats. The CDU would have otherwise had a majority, albeit one formed on the "full cuck" strategy.

    From the standpoint of naked self-interest, it would incentivize Muslims to split their vote between the parties as to ensure that an anti-Muslim backlash could be contained. The center-left is in retreat Europe-wide because they got used to bloc voting immigrants that didn't demand much from them. At some point, the invaders will form their own parties as they already have in the Low Countries, perhaps that could trigger a backlash as even the far-left can't swallow naked sectarianism.

  17. For this matter, a lot of early Gen X-ers have neo-liberal Stockholm syndrome from being siblings of Boomers, and from coming of age in the 70's and 80's when the American worker's reputation fell flat on it's ass, immigration surged, and birth rates plummeted. A lot of early Gen X-ers constantly demonize the Great Society type values that they blame for the drug problems, cults, crime, new age stuff, and welfare bums of the 60's and 70's.

    These Gen X-ers tend to think that society became a lot better after Reagan's "reforms" in the 80's, which helped produce the political and economic stability of the 80's and 90's. People born in the 1960's are the strongest Republican cohort for a reason. And it's not for reasons that the Alt-Right approves of. No, they love the GOP because Reagan ostensibly restored order, sanity, and individual initiative to America. This cohort regards the 1960's itself to be a giant failure, an indictment of liberal values. People born in the 1970's and 1950's are more likely to regard the 1960's as a well-intentioned mixed-bag, and feel sad that in the 70's and especially 80's, we seemed to just give up on the idea of progress.

    In reality, "Reagan's revolution" was the opening flash of the neo-liberal movement of mass incarceration, mergers and acquisitions, a shrinking middle class, and elite decadence. But us people born after 1970 have virtually no reason to feel as if any of this did us any good. With the exception of some chest-thumping types who want the free for all to continue forever.

    And those 60's births are plainly delusional about the actual culture of the 1960's. Disease rates were low (rates of infection declined from about 1940-1980, then urban overcrowding and high immigration levels resulted in growing infections in the 80's and subsequent decades), divorce fairly low, crime didn't really go that high until around 1966, immigration wasn't phased in until 1968, John Lennon's dis of Jesus was widely hated throughout America, vice cops continued to roust gays from bars and public parks into the early 70's, etc. Not until around 1972 was the Me Gen's cultural revolution really beginning to take hold (Roe V Wade, the DSM removing homosexuality from it's manual of disorders, gay characters appearing on sitcoms, porn being publicly screened and advertised in several big city newspapers, etc.) The reality is that economic justice measures, worker protections, and common sense environmental legislation took precedence over normalizing perversion. The 1970's is when the opposite began to happen. The conservatives began to mount a counter-offensive in the mid 70's; the only problem is that they simultaneously began to preach the importance of destroying the New Deal. So, how exactly do you expect people's "values" to improve when you start telling them that your money belongs to you and it's not for the government to "confiscate" and "waste".

    The Reagan "revolution" has brought us mass murders, child mauling dogs, corporate consolidation, NINJA loans, disease epidemics, and so forth. What "values" did we buy into? Pity the anti-social cranks who grew up *in the 70's* and talk so much shit about the 60's. Ya know, I didn't grow up back then but at least I did some research, instead of getting drunk on the yuppie mythos.

  18. AE,

    There's an element of horse-trading that goes into VP and Cabinet selections. Naming the VP well before the convention gives away the leverage. It also increases the risk that the nominee has to be ditched. One might as well ask why we have fake candidates running in the presidential primaries.

    Warren cannot name Patrick as VP, same state. Patrick has delusions of returning to national power, but he's a poor fit in an increasingly socialist party. Massachusetts is a "weak governor" state, and the Dem supermajority in the legislature marginalizes the already structurally low powers of the Governor. That's why the state will eagerly elect a GOP Governor. Booker is a good fit for Warren, despite both being coastal and Northeastern. Assuming the Speaker Gabbard scenario happens, he might end up as her running mate.

    The interesting thing about the VP is that the Constitution assumes that it won't be held by someone as the same party as the President. The original method was that the second place finisher was the VP. That changed after Burr, but it is still possible if there is no electoral college majority (Senate chooses VP). So we could have President Trump and Vice President Booker. That would guarantee a coup, Pence was also a mistake as he's what made the Charlottesville JCS coup threat viable. Alternate Timeline VP Rand Paul would have been even worse for the neocons than Trump.

  19. You can't understand a decade as a child. You're too shallow and not perceptive enough of people. You really need to have been in middle, and perhaps even high school, or older, to really get a feel for a decade. Steve Sailer often says that the 1960's actually happened in the 70's, when he talks about popular conception of the 60's. Much of the fashion and culture we associate with the 60's didn't emerge until the last several years of the decade, and even at that, it was confined to some campuses and the counter culture. Looking at baseball cards, for example, most athletes continued to have short hair and shaved faces into the 70's. It isn't until around 1973 that mustaches, long side burns, and longer hair come into style. By the late 70's, full beards had become more acceptable (with about 20-30% of athletes sporting them, and about 20-30% having mustaches or long sideburns; 30-40% being clean shaven). Beards go somewhat out of style in the later 80's, only for the goatee to be huge in the 90's.

    Remember that facial hair is a sign of rising corruption, since facial hair is a cheap way to demonstrate status via older age, and in more corrupt periods we like to advertise status.

    Oh, and 1976 was when NFL weights really started going up, and the 1976 Olympics are generally thought to be the first Olympics with very widespread doping (notably, several Western countries hired and used trainers/coaches known to be devotees of "enhancement"). Steroids were a niche thing in the 1960's (and heavily associated with the Soviets), then made increasing inroads as the 70's went on. Interestingly, basketball players were rail thin in the 70's and 80's, as baskeball players and even many baseball players didn't lift weights until the 90's.

  20. Feryl,

    Reagan came into office facing the problems of stagflation, which the economic orthodoxy had previously said was impossible. The era of cheap oil was over, but Reagan presided over a temporary oil glut that created the illusion that it was back. And the Afghan invasion by the USSR revived the Great Game spectre with the twist of threatening the Persian Gulf oil.

    All of these problems disappeared, which in politics is a disaster because you can't exploit them anymore. Reagan cleaned up arguing for the B-1 Bomber, which cost us additional numbers of the then secret B-2 bomber. But Trump isn't going to win re-election by arguing for the B-3 bomber. The same thing happened with the TPP, Trump scuttled it on Day 1, and it vanished from debate. Instead we got to watch rogue judges trash the travel ban.

    This is why Trump should have remained in the Paris treaty, the Senate lacked the two-thirds majority for ratification, and he could have simply neglected to enforce it. That would have meant more political capital from a less secure fossil fuel industry. Harming Trump currently is the rise in gas prices, thanks to neocon belligerence. Hmm…would an insecure fossil fuel industry have had greater motivation to increase supply…

  21. O/T

    https://twitter.com/senatormcdaniel/status/1030208178804457472

    Let this be a lesson, it's not your culture Chris, you aren't the Silent Majority, you are a despised intransigent minority that will soon be stripped of power just as the Afrikaners were.

  22. On the day that the media bashes Trump on 8/16 the Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning Trump's attacks on the press.

    There was not a single word that related to the Press's extreme bias against the conservatives.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/senate-unanimously-passes-resolution-declaring-the-press-is-not-the-enemy-of-the-people/

    It really does seem to be cucks all the way down. No exceptions.

    Meanwhile AP, CNN, NYT, Politico, NBC the WaPo and BuzzFeed — basically the entire mainstream media, sued for the names and addresses of the Manafort Trial Jurors. What the F.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/08/17/co-conspiring-media-coalition-sue-for-names-addresses-of-manafort-trial-jurors-judge-ellis-refuses-no-verdict-reached/

  23. 216,

    Agree with that sentiment.

    That said, it shows the utility of throwing polls. He has other ones that get one-hundredth of that response rate. Obviously the anti-Lee results were realized by calling in help from the outside.

    A local talk radio station in our market had a poll on the KS governor race last week. When I first saw it, Kelly (D) was up 40% to 10% on Kobach. Pushed it and managed to get it to close at 27%-27%.

    Dan,

    The Russia Hoax is a tiger the left can't get off of. It's obviously fake but there is so much emotion invested in it on the left that it has to be willed into reality.

  24. I watched a White House press briefing with Sarah Sanders. One hundred percent of the 'questions' were gotcha attempt attacks on the Trump, every question. And all questions are practically the same and almost uniformly unrelated to any issues that people care about.

    Most questions were 'Russia, Russia, Russia' and Sarah Sanders said, 'I would direct you to outside counsel' about thirty times. It seemed 2/3 of the reporters in the room banged their thick skulls on the same wall. And then time was over.

    These people are so uninteresting. So unoriginal. Such clones of each other.

    To think, Obama had scarcely a single hostile question. I don't know why Trump doesn't open up the WH press room equally to conservative and liberal press.

  25. I'm going to be the countersignaller again. There is sort of a bifurcation in what you would call an alpha male. Kobach is under the "asshole football coach" spectrum of alpha. On the other spectrum is someone like this

  26. edit: I'm not saying Kobach is an asshole but that he sort of reminds me of a typical coach type of guy.

  27. Yeah, if actually working in the United States were the standard for staying here, we could deport y'all tomorrow. Sadly, it isn't #mayonnaiseonwelfare

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