Daily Archives: July 15, 2020
If you ask me, as we write the 15 July 2020 Trump has only one enemy, and his name is Donald Trump. Unless he does some very stupid things on the Lockdown, or DACA, or other stuff (and just to reiterate: I did not like his treatment of Jeff Sessions, at all…) he should drive over Creepy Joe with the steamroller, and when Trump is done with him, Creepy Joe will not even… remember what hit him.
One of the greatest danger I saw for Trump’s re-election is a “soft” approach on the “second wave”, which tries to appease Dr Fauci and the Scarf Lady (though it seems to me the former is far more insidious than the latter) for fear that the Democrats unleash hell on him because of his allegedly “wrong” approach to the virus. Note to Trump: the Dems would unleash hell on him even if he did exactly what they ask, from here to election day.
Trump seems to have understood that appeasing the two is not going to pay and would, in fact, be a huge risk. The evidence? Peter Navarro went at Fauci with the shotgun, listing a series of mistakes, from big to huge, that make the man a guy not to listen to.
There can be no doubt that this happens with the permission, or after the instructions, of Trump himself.
Of course, Trump is in a delicate position here, as there can be no doubt that he has listened to Fauci too much, and for too long. But hey, Trump is not an expert, Fauci and Birx are (supposed to be). It is not unreasonable to simply argue that you listen to the Government experts, until the facts prove that the experts were not so expert after all.
Trump should now follow the example of the excellent Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who 1) chose a course based on sanity and common sense, and 2) was man enough to stay the course, even after weeks of prophecies of doom and hysteric journalists screaming Mass Murder.
This virus is on the way out. Trump must accompany the reopening of the Country and actively fight the false narratives of the inflated “cases” and bogus “hospitalisations” the Democrats are now trying to use. He also needs to spread a message of resilience, self-reliance, optimism, and confidence in the future of the Country. It takes some attributes, of course. But if you have no attributes you have no business being a President, either.
I’d love to see DeSantis as the Republican candidate in 2028 or 2032, perhaps even in 2024. He certainly seems to have what it takes in the most important times: the times of emergencies and of the temptation of easy solutions.
Let us hope Trump does not listen to the likes of Jaranka, and keeps a cool head about this.
I dedicate a lot of attention to the 2020 US Presidential election, because I think that Trump’s re-election is a key component of the March Towards Sanity that is taking place in part of the West and will, God willing, keep going in the next years. So much is at stake (abortion first, but also First and Second Amendment, judicial sanity and avoiding being run over by a Marxist mob among other things) that there can be, in my estimation, nothing more Catholic than drumming for Trump’s re-election.
However, there is a second aspect of the November election that is almost as important as the President: the US Senate.
Whilst it is certainly better to have Trump as President, even without any of House or Senate majority, than having Biden as President, however the arrangement of House and Senate, it is fairly obvious that the Senate will be a very important battleground in the societal conflicts of the next four years. As I write this, RBG is hospitalised, again, and it is highly improbable that she will survive the next mandate (heck: she might not survive next week…). Add to this the Wide Latina with a serious case of the diabetes, and Justice Breyer about to become 82, and you get the picture. Plus, all the other judicial appointments. Plus, the ability to better push his agenda if he has reasonable control (talking to you, Ms Murkowski, Ms Collins and Ms Romney) at least of the Senate.
Alas, I am not sure that things are really going in the right direction there. The Alabama Republican primary saw the safe winner in November, Jeff Session, soundly defeated by a political unknown with several weak flanks called Tommy Tuberville.
You might say that this is different than the last Alabama Senate election, when Roy Moore very narrowly lost to Doug Jones. Jones also voted against Kavanaugh, thus making it even more difficult to be re-elected. But make no mistake, the Democrat will go for Tuberville’s jugular; and, in this, truth or facts will not have to play any role at all.
I am pretty sure that they will unleash an emotional tempest against him, to sway the estrogen-laden part of the voters, including the estrogen-laden male voters. he will be Christine Blasey Ford-ed like there is no tomorrow. Women will come out stating he touched them inappropriately circa 1982, or circa 1892, they won’t remember exactly but it will be irrelevant. He will be Kaepernick-ed by his former Black players like it’s riot day in Minneapolis. Financial dealings, locker talk, everythign since his birthday will be unearthed. Again, there is no need to find anything substantial. Emotional rubbish or outright lies will be just fine.
Granted: Tuberville will have a great advantage that Roy Moore never had, as Trump will likely fight like a lion for him no matter what “tapes” come out. But will it be enough? Roy Moore seemed a likely win, too.
By contrast, Jeff Sessions, albeit in my estimation a failure as AG, would have been the most loyal, most dependable Senator Trump could have wished in the Senate, and his decades of scrutiny and vast personal integrity would have made any attack virtually impossible. Session was not the ideal candidate of a too emotional, vindictive President, but he would have been a virtually 100% November winner. Tuberville was certainly able to excite the Republican grassroots, but again, Roy Moore is a big cautionary tale here.
If Sessions had won yesterday, I would have relaxed, thinking that the Senate battle begins with the retaking of the Alabama senate seat. As it is now, I think it will be the dirtiest battle since Kavanaugh, and it could have been avoided.
Not a good omen, for sure.