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The Kavanaugh Hearings: America’s Long National Nightmare Continues

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Okay, so, time to switch to Under Armor or New Balance. – The geniuses at Nike decided that Monday, which was Labor Day, would be a great time to unveil its new ad campaign star, unemployed ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  Alienating half of your potential customer base at the outset seems like an odd marketing strategy, but hey, I don’t sell athletics shoes for a living, and I’m not Nike’s target consumer anyway.  So, no doubt things will work out fine.  Or not.  Either way, I won’t be buying Nikes anymore, and neither will millions of other Americans who think it’s inappropriate to take a knee during the National Anthem.

Man, no one could’ve seen this one coming.  Oh, wait… – Tourism is down in Lexington, Virginia.  Not just down – wayyyyy down.  Why is this a thing in Today’s Campaign Update, you ask?  Why, because Lexington, VA is the home of the Red Hen Restaurant.  You remember that place, right?  Yes, this is the establishment owned and run by the lunatic leftwing social justice warrior who, along with her staff, refused to serve White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family when they attempted to dine there a few months ago.

The incident didn’t end there.  Not content to merely run the Sanders brood out of her own mediocre establishment, the Red Hen’s proprietor led a gaggle of her rancid staff across the street to harrass them as they attempted to eat at another Lexington restaurant.  Such lovely people, these leftists.

Anyway, as is always the case in this world – and will be the case with Nike, by the way – actions have consequences, and the consequence for the Red Hen and the other unlucky businesses that share streetfront property with it in Lexington, is that business is bad.  Not just “bad,” but baaaaaaaaaaaadddd.  The Director of Marketing for the local tourism board, Patty Williams, told reporters over the weekend that the area is still feeling effects from the ridiculous incident.  “For a town our size, it was a significant impact,” she said.  Go figure.

But hey, the board has a plan, and that plan is to spend millio…er, thousands of dollars (because that’s all they have available to them) on a campaign to “spread positive messages of the area,” messages that will presumably include an assurance that visitors to the city are not required to patronize the Red Hen and its ill-tempered, childish staff of SJW snowflakes.  No doubt this marketing plan will work every bit as well as Nike’s new marketing plan will work.  Hey, maybe Lexington can get Collin Kaepernick to do some spots for its campaign as well.  After all, the dude has nothing else on his plate.

Our long national nightmare continues… – Ok, we got one day off after the 8 Days of John McCain’s Traveling Funeral Show ended, and that’s it.  Now, get ready for four straight days of wall-to-wall fake news media coverage of fake hearings related to the nomination of Bret Kavanaugh to become the next associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Truth:  Bret Kavanaugh is an extremely well-qualified candidate to sit on the nation’s highest court, a widely-respected jurist with a long history of decisions at the federal district and appellate court-levels that place him square in the mainstream of American jurisprudence.  In a real world in which things like truth and respect for America’s institutions reigned, these hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee would last about half a day, the end result of which would be a near-unanimous vote by the committee to recommend his confirmation to the full senate.

But this is not the real world; this is today’s Washington, DC.

Reality:  Democrats on the Judiciary Committee will turn these hearings into a three-ring circus, and their co-conspirators in the fake news media will join them in attempting to brainwash you all into believing that Kavanaugh is Darth Vader incarnate, an evil monster who is coming after every woman’s reproductive rights and who wants everyone to be killed on the streets by guns.  Rank demagogues with presidential aspirations on the Committee, like California Senator Kamala Harris and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, will use their time questioning the nominee to burnish their street cred with the party’s far, far, far left voter base.

Rank demagogues who are too ancient to hold presidential aspirations on the Committee, like California’s Dianne Feinstein and Vermont’s Patrick Leahy, will barely be able to read and recite questions written for them by their unpaid interns and have no earthly idea what Kavanaugh is talking about when he answers them.  Leahy, who has was first elected to the senate by the brain-dead voters of Vermont in 1974, has been a Democrat mainstay in every controversial supreme court nomination since Robert Bork in 1987 and has yet to ask a cogent question of any nominee of a Republican president.  That’s quite a record.

The rest of the Democrats on the Committee will also ask questions, but no one will care.

The thing to know about this nomination is that it has already been won, barring some major brain fart by the nominee while at the witness table this week.  He has already received the tacit endorsement from all the GOP squishes like Susan Collins, as well as from the always-difficult Rand Paul, so Kavanaugh will in all likelihood get 50 votes from Republicans alone, which is all he needs to be confirmed.  Add to that 3 or 4 Democrat senators like Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin who are in tough re-election campaigns in Republican-majority states, and you end up with essentially the same number of votes to confirm received by President Trump’s first nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

So the spectacle we’re about to be pummeled with throughout this entire week is basically just four days of hyped-up Kabuki theatre.  The outcome has been pre-determined, but the actors still demand they get their full time on stage.

Are you ready for your screen test, Ms. Harris?

Just another day in Kabuki dance America.

That is all.

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Random Sunday Thoughts: Is Rand Paul Smart Enough To Become a Hero?

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

  • Senator Rand Paul has a real opportunity this week to turn himself into a real, true presidential contender in either 2020, should President Trump not run for re-election, or in 2024.  He can do that by becoming the deciding vote to pass the Graham/Cassidy Obamacare reform bill in the U.S. Senate.  Yes, he would need either Lisa Murkowski or Susan Collins to also act like real Republicans and support the bill, but Murkowski definitely seems to be get-able in that regard.
  • Think about it:  By casting that single vote, Rand Paul could become a hero to President Trump’s voter base – which according to recent polls makes up a strong majority of the GOP’s total voter base – a hero to everyone who hates the execrable jerk John McCain – which also makes up a majority of the GOP total voter base – and a hero to the millions of Americans who have seen their ability to access real healthcare insurance decimated by Obamacare.  Yes, it would go against the Senator’s precious libertarian principles, but at some point, if he truly wants to be president – as he seemed to sort of want to during the 2016 campaign – actually getting stuff done is going to have to supersede those principles.
  • This week could be a real, true Rand Paul moment.  Is he smart enough to realize it, and take advantage of it?  Sadly, the smart money is probably on ‘no.’
  • How stupid are NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and many NFL owners?  They are so damn stupid that, when President Trump went off on their ridiculous failure to discipline players who are killing their product’s TV ratings (down 20% in the last two seasons) that they actually responded by defending those players.  That, folks, take stupid to previously unknown heights.
  • The NFL seems to have lost sight of who makes up most of its audience.  The preponderance of the NFL’s audience is made up of blue-collar working class Americans, the overwhelming mass of whom think it is really important to honor this country’s flag by standing during the national anthem.  It is not a coincidence that the NFL has seen its TV ratings go into free-fall since Collin Kaepernick started his “look at me” act on the sidelines, and was able to continue to do so without consequence.
  • Some apologists for these player like to argue that the NFL’s ratings are down because their games are boring.  Hell, NFL games have been boring people stiff for a quarter of a century now, but the ratings didn’t start collapsing until the National Anthem protests started.  If the NFL brass – except for Jerry Jones, who has made it clear to his Dallas Cowboys that they will stand for the Anthem or be benched – wants to pretend its problem has nothing to do with the protests, then no one will be able to halt the killing of the League’s Golden Goose.
  • All that having been said, I have no doubt at all that all these NFL social justice warriors who today kneel on the sidelines while making millions of dollars a year will be far happier in the future, when their non-football skill sets allow them to earn $12 per hour putting boxes onto trucks at the loading docks behind the local Wal Mart.  So you go, guys!  Power to the people!!!!!!
  • I just can’t wait to see how many NBA players start their own kneeling acts during the playing of the National Anthems before their games.  That’s going to be awesome, and make the NFL’s SJWs look like child’s play by comparison.  Given that I haven’t watched a full NBA game since about 1988, the death of that sport will make no difference in my life anyway.
  • And the virus has even spread into major league baseball, as Bruce Maxwell, a nitwit mediocrity for the also-ran Oakland A’s decided he needed some attention on Saturday, too.  This one kind of bothers me, since I’ve just begun to watch MLB games again this season, but as long as it doesn’t spread to the Texas Rangers or Los Angeles Dodgers, I’ll be cool.
  • Hey, I’m old enough to remember when all SJWs went absolutely berserk and demanded punishing a player named Tim Tebow, who kneeled in prayer to God before NFL games.  I also remember how the same sports and establishment fake news media that is today supporting the anti-flag kneelers ridiculed Tebow for expressing his beliefs in that way.  Funny how that works.

Just another day in Social Justice Warrior America.

That is all.

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