Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
C’mon, Alabama GOP voters – can’t you do better than this? – The most useless attorney general in American history, Jeff Sessions, announced on Thursday that he will seek to regain his old senate seat in the 2020 election. Presumably not satisfied with the way his do-nothing tenure at DOJ ended, Sessions now wants Alabama voters to allow him to write a different, hopefully more positive end to what had been a pretty solid political career prior to 2017.
After spending two solid years doing literally nothing related to trying to bring the members of the DOJ/FBI/CIA coup cabal to justice, its pretty hard to make a case that Sessions deserves any sort of a second chance from Alabama voters. Though he did have a solid record as a real conservative during his years in the senate, Sessions’ mendacity during his term as AG should be disqualifying.
He enters a crowded race for the Republican senate nomination, joining a field that already includes the terminally goofy Roy Moore and former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tubberville, among others. Moore, of course, was the candidate who was so inept and damaged by scandal that he actually managed to lose an Alabama senate seat to a damn Democrat, the putrid Doug Jones.
Conservatives across the country are hoping against hope that Alabama GOP voters can nominate someone who can regain the seat, and maybe Sessions is that guy. Rewarding Sessions’ disloyal performance as President Trump’s attorney general by giving him back his senate seat will inevitably leave a very bad taste in every Trump supporter’s mouth, but if that is the price that must be paid in order to maintain a GOP senate majority, then so be it.
Kanye, 2024? Don’t laugh. – If you’ve been paying close attention, you knew that this was pretty much inevitable. Are you ready for First Lady Kim Kardashian? If not, you’d better start preparing yourself.
In an appearance at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City on Thursday, Kanye West had this to say:
“When I run for president in 2024, we’re going to definitely- yo whatchu all laughing at?” West reacted to the laughing crowd. “When I run for president in 2024, we would’ve created so many jobs that, in fact, I’m going to walk.”
“What I’m saying is, when y’all read the headlines, ‘Kanye’s crazy,’ this and that, this and that, it’s like one in three African Americans are in jail and all of the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing! They’ve got no opinion! They’re so scared!”
Granted, interpreting what comes out of Kanye’s mouth is a bit of an art form; but then, the same could be said about Donald Trump, the guy who happens to be President of the United States. It is a mistake to assume that Mr. West is just shooting off his mouth here, and that he really isn’t planning to go into presidential politics. Frankly, I think it is more likely than not that that is exactly his intention.
After all, Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian have achieved more from a public policy perspective during 2019 than anyone currently in the Democrat presidential field. Let’s all remember that the couple were the driving force behind the criminal justice reform bill passed into law earlier this year, the single biggest piece of legislation moved by the current congress. Yes, it will sound absurd to some, but they have already demonstrated that they deserve to be taken far more seriously than someone like Tom Steyer or Preacher Pete or even Bernie Sanders, who has gotten no major legislation done during his 30+ years in the U.S. Senate.
Everyone needs to recognize that Donald Trump, the most unorthodox nominee in American history and a man who won his election with a campaign staff of about a dozen people and the sheer force of his will, changed this country’s presidential political paradigm, probably forever. Trump will be re-elected in 2020 and serve out his two full terms in office. After that, it is far more likely that the GOP nominee in 2024 will be some other completely unorthodox candidate than some standard-issue politician, and another wipeout in 2020 will make it more likely that the Democrat Party will also start looking for an unorthodox candidate of its own.
For either party, that person could be someone as minimally-unorthodox as, say, Ted Cruz or an Oprah Winfrey, or it could be someone as radically unorthodox as Kanye West. Keep in mind, that, when he and Melania rode down that escalator at Trump Tower back in 2015, President Trump was considered to be so radically unorthodox that literally no one in the DC Swamp took him seriously.
So now the definition of what it means to be radically unorthodox has shifted, thanks to Trump’s election. Rather than laugh about the prospect, as most in the GOP no doubt are doing today about Kanye’s remarks, the Republican Party needs to recognize that Mr. West has an enormous following, made up in large part of African Americans who are fed up with 50 years of empty promises made by the Democrats.
These are people who are sick and tired of life on the liberal “plantation,” and of demagogic hucksters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson pretending to speak for their entire segment of the population. With Democrat voter fraud efforts growing larger and larger with each passing election cycle, devising more and more ways to enable the expanding population of illegal aliens to cast votes for Democrats, the GOP must recognize that it should be actively courting West and his support base rather than insulting them and pushing them away.
So, laugh at Kanye and Kim if you want to; just recognize that by doing so you are are laughing away a huge political opportunity.
That is all.
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