Monday, October 24, 2016

What? Atlas Shrugged?

That boring, insipid, perverse tripe is his favorite novel?

Not Les Miserables or The Grapes of Wrath?

And they made him Speaker of the House?

Well, it wasn't The Turner Diaries, anyway.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pat Buchanan considers this a deal breaker

67,000 Virginia Ex-Felons Just Got Their Voting Rights Back

Note that this move by the VA governor was ruled constitutional by the VA Supremes.

And note that if felons can't vote a very large percentage of American blacks will be permanently disenfranchised - something PB and his like view as both good in itself and good because it hurts the Democrats.

Pat Buchanan: Traitor.

Every form of so-called but grossly mislabeled conservatism in America today is revolutionary in its longing to destroy the real, the actually existing America.

Every form of so-called conservatism in America wants to roll back over a century of progressivism, from the achievements of TR, Taft, and Wilson through those of FDR, Truman, LBJ, and Nixon, right up to those of Barack Obama, America's first African-American president and one of our best.

All of the American right is the radical right.

And the worst of it is the white nationalist, Buchananist right currently lead by Donald Trump, The Duce of the new America First movement, even more repugnant than the original.

An Establishment in Panic.

Pat Buchanan, himself, has gone full-bore revolutionary anti-American.

He now hates the system and the establishment, what America has become since the dawn of the 20th Century, so mightily, that there is really no excuse for it in his view.

In the mind of Pat Buchanan, bringing down America is now the work of patriots.

In Pat Buchanan's inverted world, the America of pre-1950 white supremacy and clericalism is the only legitimate America, the only America worthy of love, loyalty, and respect.

And the bare-knuckle capitalism of the McKinley era is the touchstone of legitimacy.

The former damns nonwhite immigration and would exclude nonwhite Americans from political equality, while the latter damns the Welfare State and the Regulatory State - indeed the whole edifice of over a century of progressivism - as ugly corruptions of the Republic.

And he thunders that his real Americans, the 35 to 40% rump of bitterly resentful, ignorant, and stupid white folks (I no longer think it uncivil to call Trump supporters "lizard brained") who he thinks think just like him, would be right to bring it all down with revolution.

To keep the record straight, I loathed the delusional Marxist and New Left revolutionaries of the sixties and seventies who never really stood a chance, but I both loathe and fear the delusional right wing revolutionaries of our time because, having wrapped themselves in the flag like Sinclair Lewis' American fascists, they are much, much more dangerous.

Far from deploring Trump's rhetorical attacks on the legitimacy of the electoral process because they destabilize the country, Pat Buchanan welcomes them and longs for them to bring down an America he despises with all his heart.

That is the tone in which he writes, now, and that is the sort of language he uses.

Pat Buchanan: Traitor.

Pat Buchanan Defends Donald Trump

Jay Nordlinger is mistaken.

The real conservatives in America don't call themselves that and are in the Democratic Party, and have names like Hillary and Barack.

As for the people who call themselves conservatives, there are only the revolutionary radicals Trump likes and the revolutionary radicals Nordlinger likes.

Not all of it is completely insane

28 Things Donald Trump Promises to Do as President

But a lot of it is.

And the protectionism seems to be fading, quite a bit.

Fan mail from Michael Tomasky

Hillary Clinton Stays Undefeated Against the Alpha Males

Maybe we'll get lucky and she'll have a Democratic Congress for her first two years, at least.

Maybe longer, if Trump does as much lasting damage to the GOP as has sometimes been suggested.

Pray this holds up for a few more weeks

Even if you're an atheist.


Clinton Vaults to a Double-Digit Lead

Hillary Clinton has vaulted to a double-digit advantage in the inaugural ABC News 2016 election tracking poll, boosted by broad disapproval of Donald Trump on two controversial issues: 

His treatment of women and his reluctance to endorse the election’s legitimacy.

Likely voters by a vast 69-24 percent disapprove of Trump’s response to questions about his treatment of women.

After a series of allegations of past sexual misconduct, the poll finds that some women who’d initially given him the benefit of the doubt have since moved away.

Fifty-nine percent of likely voters, moreover, reject Trump’s suggestion that the election is rigged in Clinton’s favor, and more, 65 percent, disapprove of his refusal to say whether he’d accept a Clinton victory as legitimate.

Most strongly disapprove, a relatively rare result.

All told, Clinton leads Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, 50 to 38 percent, in the national survey, her highest support and his lowest to date in ABC News and ABC News/Washington Post polls.

Gary Johnson has 5 percent support, Jill Stein 2 percent.

And this.

The share of registered Republicans who are likely to vote is down 7 points since mid-October.

. . . .

Trump is just +4 among whites overall, 47-43 percent, a group Mitt Romney won by 20 points in 2012. 

Broad success among whites is critical for any Republican candidate; nonwhites, a reliably Democratic group, favor Clinton by 54 points, 68-14 percent.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Talk about usurpation.

Trump apparently thinks he can do a lot by sheer executive command, rather than by making proposals to the Congress.

You know, the branch of government that has exclusive power to make the laws.

Trump makes 'closing argument'

The parts of his program that aren't downright evil are ridiculous or stupid.

Who is "rigging" the election?

Western PA Republican circulates fake meme about online voting in PA

A Republican public official and lawyer is breaking the law, circulating misinformation about voting in the coming presidentials, targeting supporters of Hillary, specifically.

It is the Republicans who are trying to "rig" the election by interference with voting

Pennsylvania GOP Files Federal Lawsuit To Allow Out-Of-County Poll Watchers

Nobody can watch you actually vote.

If you are not voting for the first time at your polling place no one can ask for identification, and in any case only officials could do that.

(But see below.)

We use computerized voting in Mt Lebanon, PA, so I don't know just what there is to watch that pertains to counting; it's not like there are going to be a lot of hanging chads.

Do they want to stand around outside the buildings and gawk at the lines of voters?

I really have no idea how this is supposed to relate to any sort of feared fraud.

Just looks like bullshit and posturing, to me.

And maybe a dash of voter intimidation, if they try to lurk menacingly at polling places.

Half of Republicans would reject election result if Clinton wins: Reuters/Ipsos

And these Republicans are stupid, lying, or both.

But these Democrats aren't much better.

Only half of Republicans would accept Clinton, the Democratic nominee, as their president. 

And if she wins, nearly 70 percent said it would be because of illegal voting or vote rigging, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.

Conversely, seven out of 10 Democrats said they would accept a Trump victory and less than 50 percent would attribute it to illegal voting or vote rigging, the poll showed.


Can Pro-Trump Poll Watchers Disrupt Voting In Pennsylvania?

This simply shocks me.

What crackpots, to write laws like this.

This is just an atrocity.

Did you need another reason to hate Republicans?

Imagine somebody at your polling place, somebody you've never seen before in your life and who is not even from the same county as you, pointing you out in line and calling over an election official to challenge your right to vote at that polling place.

I have lived at my current address and voted at my polling place for nearly twenty years.

Imagine how much this jackass harassment would piss me off.

This is worse, much worse, than being asked by an official for a photo ID.

Pretty nearly everybody has some form of photo ID.

But what if none of your neighbors who actually know you, at least by sight, is in the polling place at the time?

As the Politico piece notes, a provision in the state election code provides that any poll watcher or other voter in the polling place at the time can challenge the identity or residency of someone showing up to vote.

And, in such a circumstance, the law requires the challenged voter to sign an affidavit attesting to his or her identity and residence, and to find a witness from the precinct who can also sign an affidavit vouching for the voter's identity.

According to Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of State Marian Schneider, there's case law that says there must be a rational basis for a voter challenge. 

If the voter doesn't sign the affidavit or find a witness, she noted, he or she can vote by provisional ballot.

The truth is it takes a lot of effort to recruit hundreds of people, train them, and dispatch them to unfamiliar polling places to challenge voters en masse. 

But Howard Cain, who was a Democratic field operative for 25 years, says mass challenges aren't really about disqualifying voters.

"You don't have to be successful in these challenges," he said. 

"You just have to create enough confusion and temporary chaos at a polling place so that people go, 'I'm not going to stay here and put up with this nonsense, I'm out of here.' That's what the real goal is."

"We do not keep American democracy 'in suspense'."

Dana Milbank: Trump can’t just be defeated. He must be humiliated.

Only once since 1948 has Arizona gone Democratic in a presidential election, and that was the Ross Perot-skewed 1996 contest. 

But Trump’s manifold charms — most recently his threat to ignore the results of the election — have given Hillary Clinton a five-point lead in this red state, according to a new Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. 

Disgust with Trump sent thousands of white, black and brown Arizonans on Thursday afternoon into the Phoenix Convention Center (where Trump weeks ago pledged mass deportation of illegal immigrants) to hear Michelle Obama denounce Trump’s assault on the democratic process.

“We are fortunate to live in a country where the voters decide our elections,” the first lady said. 

“The voters decide who wins and loses. Period. End of story. And when a presidential candidate threatens to ignore our voices and reject the outcome of this election, he is threatening the very idea of America itself, and we cannot stand for that. We do not keep American democracy ‘in suspense.’ ”