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Democrats hoping for disaster

By not confirming President Trump’s national security team the first day in office, Democrats are signaling that their resistance, aka their political stunt, takes precedence over national security. That’s a disgusting signal to send. It’s one thing to not confirm Rex Tillerson immediately. There were legitimate questions about him. It’s quite another to not confirm […]

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Keith Ellison will miss inauguration

It isn’t surprising that the AP is reporting that Keith Ellison will miss Friday’s inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump. That’s as surprising as reports that Donald Trump is rich. What makes this information newsworthy, in my opinion, is Rep. Ellison’s statement on why he isn’t attending. The AP quotes him as saying “I will not […]

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About that Trump-Lewis feud

This Washington Post article didn’t highlight what’s actually happening. Abby Phillip’s article starts by saying “A public feud between Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) seemed to jettison any lingering hopes that the inauguration would temporarily ease partisanship in Washington and instead threatened to widen the rift between the two parties.” What’s actually happening […]

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Ellison’s DNC campaign

Keith Ellison is hoping to turn his support of Bernie Sanders, then Hillary Clinton, into a winning message in his bid to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). At this point, outsiders think Rep. Ellison is the leader to succeed Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as the full-time chair of the DNC. Whether DNC […]

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Why the media missed the Story of the Year

Salena Zito’s article turns the spotlight on the MSM, aka the Agenda Media, to highlight why the media got this election badly wrong. Early in the article, Salena wrote about the NY Times, saying “Take The New York Times’ public editor’s laudable call for more diversity in the newsroom. ‘The executive editor, Dean Baquet, is […]

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Dishonest Democratic centrists

Prior to this op-ed, I thought that the Democrats most prone to delusion lived in fever swamps with Keith Ellison, Nancy Pelosi and Babs Boxer as neighbors. Thanks to Stan Greenberg’s op-ed, I have to consider the possibility that the entire Democratic Party is nuts. Greenberg’s op-ed starts by saying “President Obama will be remembered […]

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Moveon.org still is influential

Saturday afternoon, Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn.org, appeared on Fox News to talk about the incoming Trump administration. Saying that his presentation was nothing but the typical litany of progressive chanting points is understatement. After the interview, I visited MoveOn.org’s website. What I found was what I expected to find. One interesting thing […]

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Pelosi’s leadership challenge

Rep. Tim Ryan, (D-OH), has run an aggressive campaign against Nancy Pelosi. Whether he wins (odds are against him winning) or not, Rep. Ryan has highlighted what political analysts have known for eight years: that the Democratic Party isn’t a healthy, thriving national party. Thanks to the Democrats’ humiliating defeats in 2010, 2014 and 2016, […]

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Trust Robert Reich’s blueprint?

Democrats should follow Robert Reich’s blueprint to revitalize the Democratic Party. One of the parts of the article that’s interesting reading the part when Reich starts talking about insiders. Specifically, he said “the Democratic party apparatus is ingrown and entrenched. Like any old bureaucracy, it only knows how to do what it has done for […]

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Dems’ biggest big picture problem

Salena Zito’s latest column deals with the Democrats’ problems connecting with voters. In the article, she quotes “Bruce Haynes, founding partner of Purple Strategies, and a GOP strategist.” Haynes is right in stating that the Democrats’ “challenge is they have lost their connection with the American voter. In short, they have a macro problem.” Haynes […]

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Congressman with ties to Nation of Islam wants DNC job

In the postmortem of a very disappointing election, Democrats are taking steps to re-create their party as they prepare for a very gloomy-looking future. But if you think that means they will work on becoming the more-inclusive party they always…

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FNS, Dems in disarray edition

This past Sunday, Chris Wallace’s panel broke things down beautifully why Hillary Clinton lost. One of the eye-popping exchanges came when Chris Wallace asked “You know, George, one of the things that, and we’ve been around too long probably, we shouldn’t tell people that, but one of the things I’m always amused by is at […]

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Return of the Nutroots lefties

It’s impossible to think that the Nutroots lefties aren’t intent on holding onto their hold of the DNC after reading this article. These people aren’t willing to admit that most people think they’re nuts. For instance, when Katrina Vanden Heuvel spoke, she said the “people in South Carolina who run hotels, who understand — self-interest. […]

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The Democratic civil war starts

This article in The Hill points to the Democrats’ uncivil war within the ranks. What’s important to highlight is the fact that both sides are right. For instance, The Hill reports that Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary, said “This has been a huge refutation of establishment politics and the political organization has got […]

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Mapping this election

If pictures are worth 1,000 words each, then this election has given us a ton of words worth pondering. Before getting to the pictures, though, it’s important to establish a foundation for why these pictures happened. Victor Davis Hanson wrote this article, which explains, at least in part, why Hillary was doomed before the start. […]

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Nolan votes against VA accountability

According to this roll call vote, Rick Nolan voted against a bill that a) had broad bipartisan support and that b) would have held VA officials accountable. Why Nolan voted against accountability is inexplicable, especially in light of the fact that Nolan’s congressional website issues page on veterans insists that “America’s obligation to our veterans […]

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Bureaucrats hate accountability

It isn’t likely that you’ll hear Denise Specht criticize Jeff Johnson’s plan to audit every government agency, though you might hear Specht rail against teacher testing. Scott Leitz isn’t publicly complaining about Jim Noble’s audit of MNsure but that’s mostly because whining about it won’t sit well with the public. MNsure is a mismanagement disaster. […]

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Community Action shuts doors

After fleecing taxpayers, Community Action Partnership of Minneapolis has shut its doors: DHS auditors accused the corporation of spending more than it helped. The state wants Community Action Minneapolis to repay more than $850,000 in grant money that was spent incorrectly. The audit showed more than $200,000 paid for unallowable costs like cruises, golf trips […]

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Dayton: Arsonist with a fire hose?

Jeff Johnson’s campaign is highlighting what’s been happening with the Community Action Partnership of Minneapolis fiasco. This time, the Johnson campaign highlights Gov. Dayton’s past statements about the Community Action Partnership of Minneapolis: Johnson has proposed performance and fiscal audits of all state programs, beginning with human services programs, to determine which ones work and […]

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Obama, Dayton chase outdated society

Thanks to Katherine Kersten’s great article, we now have the details of how President Obama and Gov. Dayton are chasing outdated models of society: In coming months, the council will release a draft of “Thrive MSP 2040”, its comprehensive plan to shape development in the seven-county region over the next 30 years. Powerful forces are […] . . . → Read More: Obama, Dayton chase outdated society . . . → Read More: Obama, Dayton chase outdated society