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Sebastian Gorka is Gone, But the Trump Agenda Rolls Along

Today’s Campaign Update 

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

  • Deputy National Security Advisor Sebastian Gorka resigned late Friday, leaving behind a plaintive, drama-filled letter of resignation.  The letter is fairly long, but this passage neatly encapsulates its sentiments: “[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House.  As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.” So, Dr. Gorka is the latest of the original set of Trump advisors to be forced out of the White House by Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.  But don’t worry about the good doctor:  in its own report on the resignation, Breitbart notes that it is currently negotiating a deal to bring him on staff as a commentator.  He won’t be going hungry anytime soon.
  • Don’t get me wrong here – I like Dr. Gorka and have always found him to be an astute analyst of the problem of Islamic terrorism.  As such, I’d much rather have him in the White House than outside of it.  But President Trump has made his choices for who his senior advisors will be, and has clearly gone with the Generals.  These generals serve at the pleasure of the President, so if Mr. Trump were unhappy with the many staff changes that have taken place since General Kelly assumed his new position, he’d have full power to stop them.  That that hasn’t happened tells us all we need to know.
  • Mr. Gorka’s letter also contains the following ominous sentence:  “The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech [on the situation in Afghanistan] removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost.”  This is nonsense, a sentence Mr. Gorka no doubt drafted in a fit of pique.  The fact that the speech did not include the utterance of either of those phrases does not at all mean that the President has lost focus on eradicating ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban, or on punishing nations like Pakistan that harbor those and other Islamic terrorist groups.  The U.S. military campaign to eradicate ISIS continues to produce excellent results, and the President, in his speech, gave his generals explicit authority to step up the campaign on Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
  • Indeed, despite the exit in recent weeks of several “Trump loyalists” (as the fake media describes them) during August, there is no noticeable corresponding let-up in the Trump agenda.  This week we have seen the President pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, reversing a kangaroo court ruling by an outlaw left wing judge; threaten to shut down the government if he doesn’t get funding for the border wall; order General James Mattis to indefinitely suspend recruitment of trans-genders into the military forces; and prepare paperwork necessary to end DACA, yet another Obama-era open borders program.
  • Those are just the high-profile items that the fake news media has made a big deal of.  There continue to be dozens of administration initiatives taking place under the radar to reorganize inefficient bureaucracies, rescind or rewrite horrible Obama-era regulations – like EPA’s heinous “Waters of the U.S.” power grab – and fire or isolate disloyal apparatchiks at various agencies.
  • This has been the story of the Trump Administration for seven months now:  While the fake news media focuses on sensational stories like Russia Collusion, Charlottesville riots and Civil War statue removals, the Administration’s senior leadership continues to execute revolutionary changes in the way the government functions while flying underneath the media radar.
  • So don’t worry about Sebastian Gorka.  He’ll be just fine.  Like Steve Bannon, he may well be a more effective advocate for Trump policies at Breitbart than from within the White House, as his own letter states.  Meanwhile, the Trump agenda continues to move forward.  Hey, maybe these generals are “Trump loyalists”, too.  Just a thought.

Just another day in White House revolving door America.

That is all.

 

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John McCain’s Right Mind Has Always Been Wrong

Today’s Campaign Update 

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

  • The Democrat Party left him. – West Virginia Governor Big Jim Justice announced yesterday that he will be changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.  This move is most likely motivated by simple political survival instincts, as Donald Trump won the state in 2016 by an enormous margin over Hillary Clinton.  Justice’s shift means that the GOP now controls 34 of the 50 governor’s offices in the country, and controls both the governorship and legislatures in 26 of 50 states.  This is the legacy of the abuses of the Obama years.  Thanks, Barack!
  • Et tu, Joe? – One can only wonder how much longer it will take WVA’s Senator Joe Manchin to make a similar political calculation.  Manchin is without doubt the most moderate Democrat in the senate today, and would likely vote with the Republicans well over half the time were he left to his own devices and not often held hostage to hardcore partisan politics.  He’d better think fast, since he’s up for re-election next year in what has become one of the reddest red states in the country since his last election bid in 2012, thanks mainly to public reaction against Barack Obama’s aggressive efforts to kill the state’s coal industry.
  • Are we past the Senatorial trading deadline? – Speaking of party switchers, nominally Republican Sen. From the News Media John McCain told the Arizona Republic on Thursday that he is in talks with one party’s senate leader about reviving the whole Gang of 8 Immigration “Reform” (i.e. open borders and amnesty) plan!  Of course, that party leader is Chuck Schumer, not Mitch McConnell.  Hey, here’s an idea, how about the Republicans just offer to trade John McCain for Joe Manchin, and call it even?  At least then, both men would be inhabiting their natural environments.
  • McCain logic 101. – Oh, but the Senator From the News Media wasn’t done.  He also has decided that the whole 16 year ongoing fiasco in Afghanistan is all the fault of …wait for it…DONALD TRUMP!  Yes, Senator, because everything was always great in Afghanistan for the 15 years prior to January 20, right?  My goodness.
  • By the way, if you are sitting there thinking that McCain’s latest bits of mendacity might mean that he is not in his right mind due to his fight against a very aggressive form of brain cancer, think again.  This is McCain in his right mind – it’s just that his right mind has always been wrong.
  • Bloomberg is reporting that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster has concluded all by himself that Susan Rice is just a wonderful person whose national security top secret clearance needed to be renewed, and taken action to unilaterally renew it himself.  Isn’t that great?  Just further proof that some folks just need firing, and John Kelly needs to get busy.
  • They’re a determined bunch. – A year ago today, congressional Republicans were the single most hated segment of the Washington DC establishment.  They got lucky, though, as the Trump Campaign bailed them out of what otherwise would have been a major defeat at the polls.  But they have squandered that good fortune, and are now, a year later, right back into the same situation, thanks in large part to their refusal to move on the major elements of the Trump agenda.  In its latest poll released yesterday, Quinnipiac places congressional public approval at a record low 10%, down from 18% in March.  It wasn’t easy to squander such a golden opportunity, but it is impossible to overestimate the ability of a bunch of Republicans to screw up a good thing.  Great work, guys and gals!
  • Oh, yeah, and Special Swamp Creature Robert Mueller leaked that he has convened a grand jury so he can start issuing subpoenas now.  The Swamp is intent on taking this President down, and perfectly willing to take the country down with him if need be.  Don’t kid yourselves otherwise.

Just another day feckless Republicans America.

That is all.