What is Sinema’s preferred gender pronoun (America needs to know)

  • Arizona elects second ‘Flake’ in a row to Senate
  • State’s voters breathe easy… We damn near elected a genuine American hero!
  • RINO Revenge?
  • FIRST PROUD PART-TIME LESBIAN ELECTED TO U S SENATE
  • A strict vagitarian she is not
  • It’s about time! America’s Bi-Sexuals have gone too long without congressional representation
  • Krysten Sinema: Let’s see whatcha got…oh, never mind

Democrats netted another Senate seat Monday night after Republican Martha McSally conceded Arizona’s race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

Along with Nevada, that makes two GOP-held Senate seats that will be Democratic next year. Republicans, meanwhile, netted three seats as their candidate is leading — though facing a recount — in a fourth race, in Florida.

With her victory Ms. Sinema becomes the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Arizona in nearly a quarter century.

She’s also the first openly bisexual person to be elected to the Senate, gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign said.

Ms. McSally had led the count on election night but as more ballots were counted, Ms. Sinema took the lead. As of Monday night she was nearly 40,000 votes, or nearly 2 percentage points, ahead.

This may offer some explanation for McSally’s loss…but not enough!

How could Arizona elect someone like Kyrsten Sinema?
By Monica Showalter  ( excerpt)

McSally may have lowered her own voters’ enthusiasm factor by acting standoffish from Donald Trump at first, although she did take a Trump endorsement in the end. Also, radio host Mark Levin complained that McSally refused to go on his program, which sounds like a rather bad mistake. So, she may have failed to whip up the GOP base, while Sinema’s gaffes were natural base whippers for the Democrats. Democrats, in other words, probably liked her gaffes, while moderate suburbanites probably looked at her nothing-special congressional record, giving Sinema a win-win, while McSally stayed on the fence about Trump.

The one lesson of the midterms was that GOP candidates who distanced themselves from Trump tended to do very poorly, as Trump himself made clear enough, going all Hugo-Chavez in style by reading off names. (Chavez used to do that kind of thing). Hard as that might be to take for those who were already licking their wounds from defeat, it’s pretty obvious Trump was right. Voters like a strong horse, a winner, and if you don’t want to be with the winner, some are going to turn to the other party. Perhaps McSally’s earlier distancing of herself from Trump was fatal and the eventual Trump endorsement she got was too little too late.

Now we have a new lefty in the Senate, and while she may cause problems for Republicans, her past gaffes ought to be good fodder for her ouster in six years. Given McSally’s considerable merits, it’s a darn shame it should take that long

Additional reading from American Greatness:

Arizona Illustrates the RINO Revenge

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The Snipes Biography: Are you kidding me?

  • Florida’s Integrity Snipe
  • The Snipe’s real, just not the integrity
  • Read the full resume

For some ‘fun’ reading, V’pac readers are urged to browse the biography of  75 year old “Dr.” Snipes’, of Broward County Florida vote counting fame, as proudly brought to us by the Broward County Supervisor of Elections website. (“Dr.” Snipes biography may be even more impressive than “Dr.” Christine Blasey Ford’s).

Are you kidding me?! (highlighted or boldface are ours)

– “Due to her commitment to continuous improvement through voter education, awareness and outreach, Dr. Snipes has served as keynote speaker for hundreds of groups and organizations throughout Broward. She is also an active member of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) where she serves on committees and participates in state conferences and meetings. Dr. Snipes serves as the chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee and co-chair of the Continuing Education Program (CEP) for supervisors and their staff. She recently served on the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) study group regarding Elections Management Guidelines. “

– “…under her leadership more than 50,000 local high school and college students have been registered to vote.”

It is a questionable achievement given that that cluster “matriculates” every year and is pretty much an automatic for every Registrar. But we wonder in her case what the breakdown of those registrations are between Democrat and Republican?

Even WashPost Concedes Broward Elections Supervisor Is Incompetent at Best (See below)

– Incompetence is not a crime. If it were, Dr. Snipes would be serving Life Without Parole!

– Incompetence is a resume’ enhancer for many Democrats…look at Maxine Waters!

– Glad that JEB Bush isn’t making any more appointments these days

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About the Supervisor

No, that’s not Donna Brazile, also of election integrity fame. That’s the charming and delightful Brenda Snipes, taken circa 1905.

Dr. Brenda Calhoun Snipes, a native of Talladega, Alabama, has resided in Broward County since 1964 when she and her husband Walter Snipes moved here to begin their professional careers as educators. Dr. Snipes received her formal education in the public schools of Talladega . After completing Westside High School, she entered the historical Talladega College where she majored in modern foreign languages. After moving to Florida, she earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Adults from Florida Atlantic University, and she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. (The NSU Sharks compete in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Sunshine State Conference.)

Dr. Snipes was recruited to come to Broward County by Mrs. Blanche G. Ely, who was the principal of Blanche Ely High School (What are the odds?? Blanche Ely High School is a high school located in Pompano Beach, Broward County, Florida. The school is named for Blanche Ely, former principal and social activist) . Dr. Snipes began her career as a teacher at Blanche Ely High School. She moved through the education ranks serving as a teacher of students from elementary through adult and vocational education. She served as a program specialist, district level administrator, co-principal, and principal. While serving as co-principal, and principal at C. Robert Markham Elementary School, Dr. Snipes was credited with using her staff development and leadership skills to improve and accelerate the teaching and learning process at Markham.

(Would you believe, with all those ‘skills’ poorDr. Snipes can’t run a second rate county election system?)

Prior to her retirement from the school district in June of 2003, Dr. Snipes had been promoted to the position of area director where she was responsible for leading principals at sixteen schools and centers. Dr. Snipes is a highly regarded education consultant and has traveled to other counties and states to serve as a consultant in leadership for principals and district level administrators. She has served as adjunct professor in educational leadership at Florida Atlantic University. She also served as mentor to students in the teacher preparation programs at Nova Southeastern University.

Because of her extensive and successful leadership and administrative skills, Dr. Snipes was asked by Governor Jeb Bush to serve out the term of Supervisor of Elections in Broward County. She began this appointment on November 20, 2003. She was re-elected for a four-term in November 2004, 2008, 2012, and again in 2016. During her tenure in this position, she has held several successful elections (2018 wasn’t one of them…unless you’re a Democrat) and under her leadership more than 50,000 local high school and college students have been registered to vote.
Due to her commitment to continuous improvement through voter education, awareness and outreach, Dr. Snipes has served as keynote speaker for hundreds of groups and organizations throughout Broward. She is also an active member of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) where she serves on committees and participates in state conferences and meetings. Dr. Snipes serves as the chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee and co-chair of the Continuing Education Program (CEP) for supervisors and their staff. She recently served on the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) study group regarding Elections Management Guidelines.  (Can you believe this??!!)

Dr. Snipes and her staff successfully bid to host the FSASE Summer conference scheduled for the summer of 2011. That was the first time in the history of the association the conference was held in Broward County. (Obviously this bio not recently updated.)

Dr. Snipes is an active member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. As a community member, Dr. Snipes has served on various boards and committees. She is a graduate of Leadership Broward (Class XI). Dr. Snipes is an active member of the Broward County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she has served in many leadership capacities. She served three terms as president of this organization whose mission is public service. She has served as a Corporate Board member with the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. She has received awards and recognitions from a diverse group of community organizations.

Dr. Snipes and her husband Walter are the parents of two adult daughters, Derrice who is a grants management director at Southwest Community College in Memphis, and Melanie, an attorney in private practice in Georgia. Dr. Snipes has two grandchildren, Ellyn Alexandria and Kamille Ruth.

Even WashPost Concedes Broward Elections Supervisor Is Incompetent at Best

By P.J. Gladnick | November 10, 2018

Although the mainstream media continues to deny the many allegations of corruption and fraud against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Brenda Snipes, even they are forced to concede the overwhelming evidence of incompetence on her part. The absurdly high level of incompetence on display by Snipes is too much for even some in the liberal media, which would normally be expected to jump to her defense especially since the highly questionable Broward ballots threaten to deprive Rick Scott of his U.S. Senate victory over incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.

One example of the admission of Snipes’ utter incompetence (but not of corruption) comes in this November 9 Washington Post article by Amy Gardner, Beth Reinhard, and Lori Rozsa:

During the 2004 presidential election, Snipes blamed the U.S. Postal Service for losing 58,000 absentee ballots, then later announced that only 6,000 ballots had disappeared. Postal officials said they had done nothing wrong. Then Snipes’s office dropped off 2,400 blank absentee ballots for voters at the post office on a Saturday before the election, after mail carriers were already gone for the day.

And in 2016, Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz faced a primary challenge from a Bernie Sanders-backed candidate, Tim Canova, in Florida’s 23rd District. Canova sued Broward election officials and asked to inspect the physical ballots in the race. Snipes was accused of destroying the physical ballots while saving digital copies as the lawsuit was pending — a violation of a federal statute requiring that congressional ballots be saved for 22 months after an election.

Hmmm… Mere incompetence or outright fraud?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution also revealed on November 10 the Defcon 1 level of Snipes’ incompetence:

Some of the previous glitches that have occurred during Snipes’ tenure as supervisor of elections:

A court ruled Snipes had broken election law when she destroyed ballots from the 2016 election 12 months after it, instead of the 22 months required by federal law, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Election results in the 2016 primary were posted on the election office’s website before the polls closed, the newspaper reported.

In 2012, nearly 1,000 uncounted ballots were discovered a week after the election, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

In 2004, approximately 58,000 mail-in ballots were not delivered to voters, the newspaper reported.

“Glitches.” It sounds so much better than outright fraud. And perhaps this could explain the liberal media embracing the idea of just the incredible incompetency of Snipes.
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And here’s the Wikipedia sanitized version Ms, Doctor Brenda Snipes’

ALLEDGED (sic) incompetence (before “Updating” Nov. 10, 2018):
Brenda Snipes 2018 Midterm Elections Alledged* Incompetence
Brenda Snipes accidentally mixed more than a dozen rejected ballots with nearly 200 valid ones, a circumstance that has led to Republican alleging that she is incompetent.

The mistake — for which n
o one had a solution Friday night, 9th November 2018 — was discovered after Snipes agreed to present 205 provisional ballots to the Broward County canvassing board for inspection. She had initially intended to handle the ballots administratively but agreed to present them to the canvassing board after Republican attorneys objected.

Broward must present its unofficial vote total from the midterm elections to the state by noon Saturday, 10th October 2018. Recounts are expected in races for U.S. Senate, governor and commissioner of agriculture. Snipes has become a target for Republican politicians alleging corruption and incompetence after her office was still counting thousands of early and absentee ballots in the days following Tuesday’s 6th November 2018 election.

* correct spelling is “alleged”

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Probably not a topic for a pickup line with a liberal . . .

  • Why would you want to date a liberal anyway ?. . . never mind but read on
  • Obama operation choke point dead to rights

 

If you have a close acquaintance, or maybe even a family member who proclaims their liberalism, here’s a simple direct question you might ask of them; it requires only a simple direct answer:

“Do you approve of government regulators, or other federal agencies, taking it upon themselves to shut legal businesses out of the banking system, if the services or products they provide are considered by the leadership of those agencies to be ‘abusive,  fundamentally wrong, hurt people, or are damaging to the nation’s culture and morality’?”

(If you’re pressed for an example, you might suggest agencies dedicated to providing abortions to underage girls without informing or requiring approval of their parents or legal guardian. Another might be companies in the soft porn industry or purveyors of contraceptives the agency heads consider ‘dangerous’.

Just don’t suggest at the outset the examples of firearms dealers or ‘payday lenders’ when discussing the topic with a liberal.    DLH

Forbes article, Nov 5, 2018:

Newly Unsealed Documents Show Top FDIC Officials Running Operation Choke Point

Last week brought new revelations regarding Operation Choke Point, the Obama administration’s effort to freeze politically disfavored businesses out of the financial system. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), who helped lead a multi-year effort to shut the program down, highlighted some of theses newest findings and pointed out that stopping Operation Choke Point is not a partisan issue.

For those unfamiliar, Choke Point consisted of bureaucrats in several independent federal agencies taking it upon themselves to shut legal businesses – such as payday lenders and firearms dealers – out of the banking system. Given the nature of the U.S. regulatory framework, this operation was easy to pull off.
Officials at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), for instance, simply had to inform the banks they were overseeing that the government considered certain types of their customers “high risk.” The mere implication of a threat was enough to pressure banks into closing accounts, because no U.S. bank wants anything to do with extra audits or investigations from their regulator, much less additional operating restrictions or civil and criminal charges.

Later, in April 2013, Joel Sweet, a Justice Department official heavily involved in the initiative, emailed senior officials at the FDIC, the FTC, the CFPB and other federal agencies with “a simple and elegant idea about how to protect consumers from predatory PD lenders.” The idea involved banning banks from “originating debit transactions against the bank accounts of non-customer borrowers.” (See page 16).

In an email to Director Pearce, for example, [Atlanta Regional] Director Thomas Dujenski emphasized that he was “sincerely passionate” about the fact that “I literally cannot stand payday lending. They are abusive, fundamentally wrong, hurt people, and do not deserve to be in any way associated with banking.” Director Dujenski continued: “I really hope this bank we discussed truly gets out of this on their own as they are indicating….I hope my persuasion skills are still effective :)” (See page 22).

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Paul Ryan to go full Boehner and be a southern border fencing contractor

We must have wandered into one of John Boehner’s pot sales seminars but here goes:

We would like Paul Ryan to resign while initiating a special meeting for Republicans to  elect Jim Jordan to serve as Speaker for the remaining two months of the current congress.  His sort is what is absolutely needed now to lead Republicans, not just when Pelosi takes the gavel.

Jordan should immediately move to pass laws in the so-called lame-duck session for as long as needed to get done what Paul Ryan sabotaged or opposed or was hypocritical about or was too feckless to make happen.

In particular a border fence and hard-core illegal entry laws and an end to granting citizenship to children of people here illegally. At the same time and at least as important,  pass real healthcare reform or anything to further gut the Obamacare takeover regime still in operation. And there are other important matters as well, such as actually defund Planned Parenthood.

These must be done in ways that will make the opposition trying to undo them more difficult. Position the opposition to have to overcome a Presidential veto.

It is what Democrats would do to advance their agenda.

Of course the scenario requires a commitment  from Mitch McConnell which makes plausible our initial theory as to how this thought process came about.

Remembering Ryan hypocrisy:

 

 

Ryan should think of his future and do what Boehner has done, cash in after leaving office and get into business supporting  certain things he previously opposed.  You know he is going to cash in.

R Mall

 

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Acosta generally accosts the truth

Poster from over the transom, commentary below

 

I doubt there’s any value in reading this story. The bullet points are enough. It should be sufficient to ask on what grounds a suit can be based as long as the White House allows credentials for a reporter from CNN? Since when is it not entirely appropriate to ban a disrespectful, arrogant, ‘white privileged quasi-reporter’. An entire network, although an irresponsible, dishonest one at that, has not been banned. Only a narcissistic turd the network made the mistake of hiring in the first place.    DLH

  • CNN is ‘preparing to SUE’ the White House after Trump administration revoked Jim
  • Acosta’s media credentials, alleges a veteran journalist who claims he has been asked to write an affidavit on the broadcaster’s behalf
  • CNN might be preparing to sue the White House over Jim Acosta’s press credentials being revoked last week
  • Floyd Abrams, a veteran lawyer and expert in First Amendment law, said CNN had a strong case for a lawsuit
  • Former ABC anchor Sam Donaldson revealed he had been asked to help prepare an affidavit to support CNN’s case
  • He initially said he understood CNN and Acosta had already filed the lawsuit
    But CNN later said a decision has not yet been made in regards to legal action
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How could the effeminate ‘Fancy Boy’ Macron possibly be insulted ?

  • (ahem, we’ll try – see meme montage below)

‘Very insulting!’ huffs the UK Daily Mail

‘Very insulting! ‘Trump touches down in France to commemorate end of World War One with attack on his host Emmanuel Macron for suggesting Europe needs its own army to protect itself from the US

Donald and Melania Trump arrived in Paris at 10:07 pm local time Friday evening
At 10:10 pm Trump assaulted French President Emanuel Macron on Twitter

Macron said this week as he called for an EU army: ‘We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America’

Trump said the assertion was ‘very insulting’ given how much the United States puts toward Europe’s security through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Macron said Trump’s decision to pull out of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia was hurting Europe’s security as both countries’ leaders traveled to France

Leaders are in Paris for an Armistice Day celebration at the Arc de Triomphe
Trump claimed as he left D.C. that dignitaries are flocking to Paris because of him
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The UK newspaper is highly indignant that President Trump showed a distinct lack of appreciation for the effeminate French president Emanuel Macron’s absurd call for an “EU army” that ‘would protect the continent’ from, presumably, its enemies, China, Russia, and the United States!

We think that President Trump’s retort to Emanuel “the Fancy” was quite appropriate. In fact, we believe our president was quite restrained in his reaction.

– Trump appropriately pointed out that M. Macron’s perceived enemy, the USA, has carried the load of protecting Europe and NATO for decades; without America, Paris could proudly display the Arc de ‘Defaite’! And, do you think President Trump thought Macron’s suggestion was “insulting”? I do.

– What’s “insulting” Monsieur Macron, is the thousands of American GI’s who lie in rest in cemeteries throughout France and Europe who died to preserve freedom for the world and for countries now populated by many people who disrespect their sacrifice…and that most certainly includes a French president closer in maturity and intellectual honesty to America’s Ocasio-Cortez than the average GI who stormed the beaches at Normandy or the Doughboys who fought in the trenches on the western front.

_ That the French president is delusional enough to think that France and many of the European nations would be able, or even willing, enough to defend themselves today is laughable.      DLH


So urged on by the controversy we offer the following, some don’t need a caption

 

Napoleon he is not, but he pranced with a horse once

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He writes almost inconsolably but Gene needs to know

  • Perhaps other readers can help him get over his distress
  • V’pac publishes fearlessly

Roger,
Rejection. It’s a bitter pill. The QC Times declined to print this letter. They noted they’d printed (2) other letters “critical” of their position. I had to look up “critical” in the dictionary. For a second I thought I’d been misusing it all these years.

I sent it in on Oct. 28th. I waited, and waited and waited. Finally, I sent a follow-up email. Oh, we’re not going to use it. Maybe I’m a prima donna, but isn’t it customary to say, “Thanks, but…”? Not to be full of myself, but they pay for drivel less entertaining than my letters.

As for the rejection; Was it something I said?       Gene

Gene’s letter to the QC Times  (Gene is now consigned to wearing a “purple letter” of political incorrectness)

Editor: (QC Times)

Kudos to the QC Times’ investigative team for exposing one of the area’s most heinous bad-actors, and plastering her photo all over the front page. (Oct. 25th)

What was her crime? Was she: The killer in one of Davenport’s unsolved murders? Involved in a high-speed chase, endangering the lives of innocent motorists? The gunman in one of the almost daily “shots fired” incidents?

Nothing so trivial as that. This villainous vixen went to a costume party as a character from the stupid movie Napoleon Dynamite. Our perpetrator is white, the character she portrayed is black.

We can’t have that. Even worse, when she’s not at costume parties threatening civilization, she’s a teacher. Society isn’t safe with her having contact with young minds.

The school district’s opened an investigation. I’m not sure if they can “lock her up”, but they can ruin her career. The QC Times has already done its number on her reputation. But is that sufficient punishment for such an egregious act?

I was surprised the (ex)superintendent even made a statement. With Davenport’s school district under State supervision over its racial policies, I’d expected, “No comment”.

My reaction? “What hypocrites.” Davenport’s school district’s condemnation of this teacher’s like the pot calling the kettle… Then I remembered, Davenport’s schools wouldn’t call the kettle anything, they’d put it in Special ed.

Someone decided this woman’s “transgression” warranted half of the front page. Has the threshold for destroying someone’s life been lowered to, “exhibited bad taste that led to hurt feelings”? If so, Congratulations.

Eugene Mattecheck Jr. Moline

Our reply:

Gene –

It got worse, besides the front page treatment they even editorialized about how horrible the act was and how lessons must be learned.

In answer to your question:

Being rejected by the QC Times  . . . is like being rejected by a sorority of politically correct liberal prigs

Being rejected by the QC Times . . . is like being rejected by the QC Torquemada

Being rejected by the QC Times . . . is like being rejected by a cancer study ‘cuz you don’t have it

Of course readers get our drift and can add their own

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Makes perfect sense – because it’s all about how one feels

  • He feels younger so you should legally honor that
  • Otherwise you are full of ageism and you are cold-hearted and discriminatory and a fascist and . . .

Listen to some of the points as to how society discriminates unfairly against age  and perceived age.  It just isn’t fair. This guy from the Netherlands purposefully or not ridicules some of the basic holdings of the transgender rights non-sense movement.

Related reading: AP story here

By the way, when I was 18 I wanted to be able to buy beer.  Heck I worked in a grocery store and sold it all the time.  I felt really mature and that the one size fits all rules were fuddy duddy rules, religious or social taboos, restrictions that had no place in a free unbiased enlightened society.

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More election analysis – the culture divide

From:

What’s being said about the 2018 elections, three days later

By Dave Andrusko

Like many people, for the last few months I spent a considerable amount of time analyzing and writing about what we thought might happen Tuesday night. Watching Fox News (which was surprisingly less-than-friendly to pro-life Republicans) and CNN (which at times must have surprised itself by actually coming close to acting responsibly ), I was amused by how people just wrote their own preconceptions into their analyses which (like sportscasters calling a football game) changed with every change of possession—that is, as new data poured that invalidated what they had just announced from on high!

As you know, in the House Democrats gained in the mid-to-high thirties range(very modest by standards of the last three decades).

The number of Senate Republicans could be as high as 54, if pro-life Martha McSally maintains her lead over pro-abortion Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona, and pro-life Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith prevails over pro-abortion Mike Espy in a runoff in Mississippi November 27. (There were multiple candidates and no one candidate received the necessary 50%. Under Mississippi rules, the top two candidates then face off.)

After the fact, as is the case with every election, the results are interpreted, and interpreted again, and then over-interpreted. But are there any generalizations we can make with some certainty?

Many of the discussions zone in on the obvious. We are a closely divided nation, at least when it comes to voting, and perhaps beyond. What explains that?

*For one thing Democrats had much more success in large urban areas and a number of suburban areas. Rural blue-collar America—“flyover country” to the dismissive elite which writes most of the political reportage—remained Republicans’ most loyal constituency.

As David Catanese put it succinctly

Red turf turned redder and the blue dots got bluer. The urban-rural split widened, a feat many prognosticators thought to be impossible.

*For another, for all the talk about President Trump “nationalizing” the election, Democrats made advances largely by fielding candidates who, rather than running against President Trump, instead focused (as one Democratic operative put it) on “kitchen table, pragmatic issues.” Many were ingenious at muddling their pro-abortion positions, steering the conversation to local issues.

* As we look ahead, it is important to remember that they are the very same media elite which wholeheartedly shares Hillary Clinton’s view that a large portion of President Trump’s supporters really are “deplorable.” Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes more veiled.

The test case for this cycle is pro-abortion Sen. Claire McCaskell whom pro-life Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley handily defeated.

At the New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann’s post drips with scorn. As the friend who forwarded the story to me shrewdly observed, Lemann is schizophrenic. Take this ugly portrait:

One has to wonder in retrospect, though, whether it was wise for her to spend as much time as she did barnstorming through deep-red rural Missouri. McCaskill’s Twitter feed is a long stream of photographs of her in low-ceilinged, fluorescent-lit meeting rooms, explaining to a few dozen usually older voters that she had delivered, and delivered for them, and would keep delivering if reëlected.

“Low-ceilinged, fluorescent-lit meeting rooms.” Wow! The only thing he forget were the cigarettes.

And yet he is lamenting that supposedly only Democrats like Claire McCaskill can save these hapless rubes. Indeed Lemann sees in her a kind of benighted nobility:

The better part of the Democrats’ complicated history is their long-term advocacy for people whom the market economy has left behind. If the Democrats become the party of college-educated suburbanites, who’s left to fight for such people, as opposed to offering up a series of cartoon villains for them to blame and to hate? Fighting for them, believing in them, is what Claire McCaskill went down doing.

If Missourians believed that, she would be still be senator.

*Of course, we’re told incessantly that the smart people vote Democratic and that (stop me if you’ve heard this before) they represent the “wave of the future”. A better way of understanding the divide is culture, beginning with faith, specifically religious attendance.

While John Allen is talking about Catholics, it likely applies perfectly to Protestants as well:

Also, the results confirm that the Republican v. Democrat split correlates with how often Americans say they go to church.

Overall, 63 percent of Americans who say they “never” attend religious services voted Democratic, while 51 percent of those who say they go a few times a month, and 61 percent of those who say they go once a week or more, backed the Republicans. In general, 57 percent of those who go at least once a month went for Republicans, while 56 percent of those who go less often voted Democratic.

*One other thought, which brings many items together. With Democrats now commanding a majority in the House of Representatives, some pretend they will control their id. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The party is more militantly pro-abortion than ever and assumes that history is on their side and, should it prove not to be, it will attempt to intimidate, often through surrogates.

But, as Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, whose home was surrounded by menacing thugs Wednesday, said, “I’m not going to be bullied and intimidated,” neither will we.

Tuesday night after Josh Hawley defeated McCaskill, he delivered some of the most thoughtful, encouraging remarks I can ever remember hearing.

Hawley began, “Tonight the good Lord and people of Missouri have given us the victory.” Strike One against him.

After thanking President Trump (Strike Two) for his call of congratulations (and the help he delivered when he came to Missouri to campaign for him), Hawley said

“This election has been about our way of life. It’s been about the Heartland’s way of life. It’s been about the way of life that built this country, the way of life that sustains this state, a way of life built around our churches and our faith and our families, our neighborhood and our schools. And I said from the very beginning that this was about defending our way of life. It was about renewing it for a new day and tonight the people of Missouri said we believe in that way of life. We believe it’s not the past, it’s the future. It doesn’t represent something that is gone forever. It represents the best of America and tonight the people of Missouri have said that our way of life and our values are going to renew this country and that is what we are about.”

Strike Three. Don’t you pro-lifers, you cultural conservatives, you deplorables know your place?

Actually, we do. And that includes taking back what pro-abortion Democrats took away three days ago.

 

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Reading assignment and hoo rah / hooa -hooa

This Des Moines Register article,–  its good, fair, and off the mark aspects  —  serves as a launching point for thought and discussion as to what happened in Iowa and beyond.

Results of split-ticket voting in Iowa confound experts after midterm election

More in response and to add in coming days we hope.  Also looking forward to commentaries from some of our go-to favorite columnists.


In the mean-time we cheer the appointment and initial “signs” from Iowa’s own Matt Whittaker in his new position as acting Attorney General of the U.S., replacing Sessions.

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