There is No Defense for This…..Mr. Trump

by C. Edmund Wright on August 16, 2017

No hell no, I don’t have to choose the cultural Marxists on the left OR THESE MONSTER NEO NAZIS.

ROVE-STUPID: BANNON-SMART

by C. Edmund Wright on March 1, 2017

Bannon in Q and A in 2014 - back when he was concerned about crony capitalism.

Bannon commissioned Edmund Wright an entire series at Breitbart attacking the Establishment

When Steven K. Bannon commissioned yours truly in early 2015 to write the Breitbart series “Rove-Stupid,”  based on the 2013 book about Rove and the establishment, I realized that there was someone who loathed the Republican establishment even more than I. Previously, I was not aware this was even possible, but Bannon is like that. He is full pedal to the metal, and more intense, singularly focused, and passionate than anyone you’ll ever meet. We agree on most things, including the fact that Karl Rove was an accurate prototype for the incompetence, isolation, tone deafness and corruption of the GOP-E – even on issues where Rove was not specifically involved. That’s why both this series, and my book, featured “Turd Blossom, aka Rove,” in the respective titles.

That said, there was no way to know at the time that one day Bannon would in a manner of speaking become Karl Rove. He’s nothing like Rove of course, but he is in the exact same position for President Donald Trump that Rove occupied for George W. Bush. The analogy plays out further, as Bannon is considered more dangerous than Trump by elements of the left, much as Rove was more of a left wing target at times than Bush.

Rove went out of his way to insult Wright's book just seconds before addressing NC GOP Convention in 2013

Rove went out of his way to insult Wright’s book just seconds before addressing NC GOP Convention in 2013

Moreover, many assumed Rove the brain behind Bush, and we’re seeing some of that with Bannon as well. After Bannon’s CPAC appearance, Charles Krauthammer proclaimed him the “brains of the operation.” The implication, left unspoken, was that Krauthammer meant the entire administration, not just the West Wing support staff. On this, Krauthammer and Saturday Night Live agree, even as SNL meant it as a dig at Trump, while Krauthammer’s point was to compliment Bannon as someone with serious intellectual heft.

The paradox of all of this is stunning. Like much of what happened over the past couple of years, the scenario of Bannon filling Rove’s role would’ve been rejected in a movie script as too fanciful.

And yet here we are. I would never insult President Trump by suggesting that Bannon is the brains behind Trump, but it is clear that Bannon is now one of the most influential people on the planet, and that Trump would likely not occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were it not for him. By the way, this started playing out long before Bannon officially joined Team Trump in August of 2016. He had unofficially joined more than a year earlier, putting the growing influence of Breitbart pretty clearly behind Trump, and this is a significant fact of history, equal in importance to his ultimate official hiring.

Consider: the nexus of Breitbart, Drudge, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity was a powerful force for Trump, worth billions of dollars of earned media, with much of it coming during the crucial early period when Trump was transitioning from a novelty act into a serious contender. In a March 2015 piece here, and here, I flatly stated that the incredible power of Breitbart, Drudge and the top talkers would determine the next nominee. This was months before Trump entered the race, but it is clear that Trump dominated this universe, while Ted Cruz was second. Isn’t it interesting how the voting mirrored that result exactly?

Now we can argue about whether these outlets powered Trump, or whether Trump powered them, and the truth is it’s probably some of both. We can speculate as to whether or not he would’ve successfully made the leap to serious contender without their help, but one thing we know for sure is that the end result is not up for debate. Donald Trump was nominated, then elected, even as so much of the nation remained in denial about the possibility of either.

Bannon saw this coming early on, and in a manner, that few if anyone else did. Then again, Bannon peered into the future in the 90’s and saw the incredible iconic nature of Seinfeld as well, and negotiated himself a piece of that action. That too, was a prophetic move. I’d love to know what he thinks “the next big thing” will be. Hell, it may be him, and one particular emphasis of his at CPAC makes me hope he is.

That is his promise to “deconstruct the administrative state.”  Be still my heart. For years, the administrative state, or as I call them, the cubicle dwelling vermin at all levels of government, has been my main target in multiple books and hundreds of columns. These are the un-elected, un-accountable and un-firable reptiles who we pay to destroy our property rights, our businesses, our religious freedoms and anything else they can regulate out of existence.

The bureau, as Milton Friedman called it, is the deadliest government cancer, even more so than punitive taxation (which is also a big problem). My 30 years owning multiple businesses has convinced me that Friedman is right. That’s why I stood and cheered at this pronouncement by SKB, and I wasn’t even in attendance live.

Moreover, the administrative state is one of the GOP blind spots. This is another example of “Rove Stupid” in contrast to “Bannon Smart.” The bureau is what sustains the “swamp.” The biggest part of the swamp is the administrative state, and to the extent that we do have a “uni-party” in Washington, it’s their entanglement with all the bureaucrats that feed it. It is the source of the mischief with Obama Care, and with heretofore poor border enforcement. It’s one big reason Washington DC is among the nation’s richest areas.

The administrative state isn’t merely “an issue” – it’s part of every issue. At the bottom of almost every issue is this question: will we live in a free society, or one run by bureaucrats who are not accountable to us?

It wasn’t until Bannon joined the team officially that Trump started to aim his blistering communications skills directly at the administrative state. In fact, there is evidence early  on that this was not an emphasis of Mr. Trump’s, which was the main part of my hesitancy to board the Trump train. Thus my enthusiastic welcome of this discussion during the last eighteen days of the campaign, and Bannon’s re-emphasis of it this week at CPAC.

Deconstructing the administrative state is Bannon Smart. Not recognizing it as a major fault line in the country is Rove Stupid.

As for the series Rove-Stupid? Once Trump, Cruz and Ben Carson pretty much lapped the field and proved that no establishment figure was going to get the nomination, we had secured a major victory over them, and I declared that victory on Christmas Eve in Breitbart. It wasn’t a total victory, nor a permanent one, but it was a big one. To the extent we can roll back the administrative state, that will be another.

Edmund Wright is a contributor to American Thinker, Breitbart,  Newsmax TV, and author of several books including the Amazon Best Selling Election Book WTF?: How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost …Again. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final 18 minutes of Super Bowl = Final 18 days of Campaign

by C. Edmund Wright on February 6, 2017

With eighteen days to go in the Presidential campaign, thinks looked very bleak for Team Trump, not to mention the Republican majority in the Senate. With eighteen minutes to go in Super Bowl 51 regulation time, things looked even bleaker for the New England Patriots, who were 25 points behind the Atlanta Falcons. The eventual winning teams had contributed to their own troubles to this point with a series of unforced errors.

Obviously we know how both stories ended, and we know that both required a steady, not rapid, progression of events.

The slow shift in the campaign at the eighteen day mark came in Gettysburg, where Trump revealed his “Contract with the American Voter,” a mostly conservative manifesto of policy solutions from a candidate not known for his conservatism. It was a subtle shift, perceptibly, but it was to start a chain of events that eventually carried Trump over the finish line.

As the 18 minute mark in the Super Bowl, LeGarrett Blount ran for 9 years, his longest carry of the night. It came one play after Tom Brady had scrambled for 15 yards, one of the longest carries of his career. Those two plays, hardly the stuff of highlight reels compared to other moments in the game, also marked a subtle but necessary shift. New England finally scored a touchdown a minute later, and the comeback was on, albeit at a very slow pace.

Four days later, on October 26th, Trump had his finest moment of the campaign – with his brilliant “under budget and ahead of schedule” speech – one he set up perfectly by baiting the media in with the assumption they could embarrass him for taking a day off the campaign to open the property. The laugh was on them, as the speech was a campaign home run, given that nothing under Obama had ever been ahead of schedule, let alone under budget.

 

 

And yet, as you know, both teams came back to win dramatic and satisfying victories – while those on the losing side are left to suffer through the worst kind of defeat possible.

 

Gorsuch Nomination Validates the Reluctant Trump Voter

by C. Edmund Wright on February 4, 2017

ALSO PUBLISHED AT AMERICAN THINKER: 

The inspired nomination of Judge Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is, among other things, a moment of validation for the reluctant conservative Trump voter above all. It is frankly an embarrassing rebuke to the hard-headed #NeverTrump advocate to be sure, and yet, on the other extreme, this pick has nothing to do with the influence of the early adopting hard-core Trump support either. This, even as some who fit the latter category are embarrassing themselves in the media with childish sore winner triumphalism, not to mention a total lack of logic and history, over how the pick came to be.

A sober study of the events leading to the pick of Judge Gorsuch makes it crystal clear that the Gorsuch pick, and in fact Trump’s entire list of 21, was a reaction to, and a creation of, reluctant conservative supporters. I will connect these dots, but first, it is important to define a few terms — and have a little fun.

The #NeverTrump voter is pretty easy to identify. These were the stubborn members of both the Republican establishment, and yes, some from the Tea Party-limited government-liberty wing, who failed to realize that general elections are indeed practical nonemotional binary civics exercises. No one’s conscience was on the ballot, and it almost never is, given that no single person’s conscience is responsible for the choices available. The choices are the choices. Conscience votes are for primaries.

Also consider Jonah Goldberg’s “crap sandwich” analogy, one where he said he’d just skip lunch, thank you very much. It’s cute and represents a big part of #NeverTrump logic, but it’s flawed. Jonah, you can’t skip lunch, because none of us can. Just like us, you were either going to have a President Hillary or a President Trump, and not voting was never going to exempt you from the problems or benefits of either result. Open mouth, insert sandwich — and it matters not that you refused to order from the menu.

As for the crap sandwich itself, the pick of Gorsuch proves that Trump was not as bad as #NeverTrump imagined. If crap sandwiches give us Gorsuch, I’ll take two, thank you very much. Hillary would not have given us Gorsuch, and crap is too polite a word for what is in her sandwich.

Seriously, #NeverTrump was #NeverSignificant in the first place. It was a small handful of media figures, who vote in deep blue states for the most part, and have negligible impact on moving the needle in the national discussion. Besides, a number of #NeverTrump types came around to voting for him, or at least, against Hillary, in the long run anyway.

On the other side of the gulf are the early adopting hard-core Trump supporters. These are the people who were on the Trump train long before the list of 21 judges emerged, and they demanded nothing of Trump in this regard, or any other. Whatever Trump did or said was their agenda. Many in this universe insisted that anything short of total devotion to Trump was proof of one being an establishment hack, a cuckservative, or a globalist.

These hard-core supporters cheered Trump when he was conservative, but showed an amazing flexibility to instantly convert to the liberal positions on Kelo, the ethanol scam, Code Pink trutherism and universal health care to stay lock stock in sync. A couple prominent talk show hosts (ahem Rush, Sean…..) exhibited an amazing ability to remain oblivious to these developments.

Many in Camp Hard Core simultaneously insisted that Trump “tells it like it is” and “is a man of his word,” and yet, “everything is just a negotiating starting point.” They cheered his deportation squads, and also his decision to send only the bad hombres back, not to mention his nonsensical touchback amnesty ideas. And so forth.

When they weren’t sure what Trump was up to, they insisted he was playing a kind of mystical 4-D chess, while the mere mortals who trod the soil were playing checkers and thus could not fathom his genius at work. Under no circumstances was fallibility even considered. Ever.

In the happy middle of these two camps are the people who were reluctant Trump voters. Perhaps unenthused would be a better term. These were voters who were somewhat lukewarm to Trump — to those who were cold to Trump, but simply were #NeverHillary under any circumstances. Those votes each counted one, just like the dead people and illegals who voted for Hillary, and are far more legitimate, by the way.

As it turned out, Trump dominated two voting blocs; voters who couldn’t stand either candidate (49-29), and those who considered the Supreme Court picks as issue numero uno (56-41). Both of those groups would fit under the reluctant Trump umbrella, and had he not dominated both subsets, Hillary would be president today.

The latter category is key, as most of those who voted for Trump, and listed the court as the most critical issue, were indeed reluctant Trump voters. How do we know? Because the full-on supporters were on the train before any talk of the court even came up. They cheered him when he criticized Antonin Scalia with racially charged left-wing talking points, as well as when he was somewhere between Barack Obama and Justice Roberts on government-run health care. Trump’s list was in no way aimed at his early adopters. They didn’t care. Clearly.

No, this list idea didn’t come about until he had clinched the nomination in fact, during a period when there was much doubt about his ability to unite the party behind him.

Enter Rick Santorum, who at the time was indeed a reluctant supporter. He rebuffed Trump’s first request for an endorsement, and on Trump’s next try, Santorum agreed with one condition: that Trump release a list of potential appointees to which he would stick, and that this list must include Judge Hardiman, a personal friend (and excellent judge). The list was not aimed at Santorum so much as it was the wider universe of resistant conservatives.

Members of the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, two groups well to the right of Trump, worked on the list. When acceptable to Santorum, he endorsed Trump. The list was then used, wisely and widely, as a comforting commitment to reluctant supporters. Charles Krauthammer, no Trump fan, hailed the list on Fox News as having a “dramatic effect” while observing that “the one thing holding back people who have resisted supporting Trump or at least the major thing is the fear of what a Clinton presidency would do to the Supreme Court and how it would change it for a generation. Now you get a list of 11 who are quite sterling.”

He was right on all counts. This list, and the inherent promise, gave us reluctant Trumpers some much needed fodder as we jousted with our #NeverTrump friends. And we did, often.

The roll was then expanded by ten more names, including that of Judge Gorsuch, with input from Steve Bannon and Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society. Bannon clearly knew where Trump’s support was too weak, and was determined to firm it up. Yet again, the list of 21, and the late addition of Gorsuch to that list, was a creation of, and a reaction to, one group of people: conservatives reluctant to support Trump.

This is not to discredit Trump in any way. He agreed to have a list, and to release it, and then he stuck by it. Good for him, and good for America. Such outside the box thinking and follow through is rare in politics, and refreshing. The important lesson, however, is that reticent supporters perform a very valuable function for Trump. They are the much needed guardrails for a president who is admittedly nonideological, and who’s base support refuse to ever criticize him.

Without them, plus the Republicans in Congress they helped elect, there is no chance of ever having a justice named Neal Gorsuch. Now that would be a crap sandwich indeed.

Edmund Wright is a contributor to American Thinker, Breitbart, Newsmax TV and Talk Radio Network. He has written several political books, and worked directly with Steve Bannon at Breitbart

 

GORSUCH: Fan-damn-tastic Court pick by Trump

January 31, 2017

MORE LATER – of course….but a great pick.

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Realities about illegal immigration and jobs most Americans ignore: Top 5 LIST

January 31, 2017

NOTE: As I have time, this list will expand. Illegal immigration is a tremendous problem, and one that must be addressed. I applaud the idea of securing the border, be it a wall like Trump is talking about, or other measures. We have no sovereignty if we have no southern border. There seems to be […]

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Jeffrey Lord’s almost sexual infatuation with Trump: He goes Code Pink to defend the Donald

January 29, 2017

Perhaps no longtime conservative has fallen so far intellectually in the pursuit of promoting the infallibility of Donald Trump as Jeffrey Lord. Formerly of the Reagan Administration, and since a writer and cable news contributor, Lord has seemingly jettisoned common sense and many core principles since June of 2015 in a race to be the […]

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Why Some Trump Support is Downright Scary

January 18, 2017

Would you call it insanity to be so in the tank for Donald that you lose all sense of reality? For instance, how about trashing the Republican Congress for a tariff bill that is VERY CLOSE to what Donald has been promoting for 18 months? Would that be insanity? Maybe, but at the very least, […]

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Trump Phenomenon Explained (From 2012-13)

December 2, 2016

Yesterday a loyal reader sent me this as a reminder — words I had written in late 2012 – for a book published early 2013. Kinda nailed it…. ‘One of the widespread misconceptions about this disdain for the establishment is the assumption that the only source of tension is their betrayal of conservative principles. That’s […]

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TRUMP MEGA (Make the Establishment Great Again)

November 29, 2016

Names Mitch McConnell’s wife to the cabinet…..LOL – and if that weren’t bad enough, names ultra elitist and ultra globalist Steve Mnuchin as Sec of the Treasury. Trump is draining the swamp alright – RIGHT into his administration of swamp monsters! For amazing intellectual yoga from the Trumpanzee nation, check this link out.

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