Did Chicago Just Kill Wokism?

It was as if the good people of Chicago, those that are left anyway, have decided that enough was enough. When you look at it, Chicago had always been viewed as a wonderful place to visit, and a very neat place to live. Of course, I have always had a different view of Chicago. My view included getting stranded at O’Hare when I was a kid because of a bad snowstorm. It included a Thanksgiving morning several years ago driving back from Marquette University at midnight after doing a ballgame, and running into a traffic jam in Chicago with blinding snow. But to a lot of people they look past the traffic and the weather. I suppose that’s a good thing.

However, they just couldn’t overlook the crime.

And because of that, soon to be EX-Chicago mayor, Lori Lightfoot bit the bullet herself on Tuesday this past week and died. She will no longer be the Mayor of the Windy City. She finished third in the voting with just 17% of the vote becoming just the first mayor in 40 years to lose a reelection bid. This after she ended up being a rock star four years ago getting 75% of the vote. Why? She was terrible at her job.

Lori Lightfoot may just go down in history as the worst mayor this country has ever seen. She swore up and down that murders in her fair city were down every year she was in office. That was a lie. In fact, data showed that the murder rate in Chi-town went like this: 2019 (when she first took office) 477 murders. 2020 there were 754, and in 2021 there were 768 murders.

I never really caught on to the Lori Lightfoot phenomenon. OK, so she was the first black woman and first openly gay person to run the city. I get that. She was also terrible at her job. She had no political savvy what-so-ever. She had the absolute worst hair in the world. She couldn’t sing, and she couldn’t dance. And the hats. Don’t get me started on the hats!

Look, I’m sure it wasn’t because she didn’t try. She showed up for work everyday, and she tried. But I liken her a lot to Pete Buttigieg who became the Transportation Secretary, after serving as mayor of a town near Chicago, South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg isn’t qualified for his job either. Oh, he served, but there was a reason he got the nickname “Pothole Pete”. And if you think I’m getting on both of these just because they’re gay, I’m not. I could care less what they are, or what color they are. I look at job performance. Lori Lightfoot was the biggest example of why liberalism doesn’t work until Joe Biden came along as President.

The left needs to wake up to what just happened in Chicago, and what’s going to be happening in a lot of other “woke cities”. They’re going to find out that liberalism doesn’t work for one simple reason, and by the way, no liberal has ever been able to defend this one. They always run out of other people’s money. You can’t just throw money at a problem and hope it goes away. That’s what liberals do to make themselves feel better.

In fact, watch what happens in another liberal city, Denver, Colorado. In that town, another beautiful city by the way, the city council has decided to give homeless people $1,000 a month for a year in a test to find out if they use the money wisely. What they want to find out is how many of them will try to find a place to live with the money, and how many will choose to live on the streets, buy booze or drugs all on the taxpayer dime. Sociological experiment? Apparently. Actually it’s just another wokism gone awry.

And in Chicago, the people have indeed spoken. What that means as I sit here this morning is that our country still does work. I was wondering whether that was the case or not. We still can get rid of crappy politicians at least on the local level, even in a liberal bastion like Chicago. And if it can happen there, it can happen in any city in the country. Chicago after all, is one of the most corrupt towns on the map.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Biden Snubs His Own

Joe Biden probably never realized what it was he was doing. He thought jetting off to Poland, taking a 10 hour rail trip to Kyiv, and meeting with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and promising another half billion dollars to fight the Russians would show the world he still has “it” by going into a war zone.

What he most assuredly didn’t realize was that there was a little town in eastern Ohio, that noticed all right. They were incensed to the point that he chose, on Presidents’ Day of all days, to visit Ukraine instead of going to see East Palestine, Ohio, where residents are still wondering if they are even going to be able to live a normal life or not after a train derailed there will ten carloads of toxicity in the air and seeping into the ground.

Now, being a former Ohioan for some 30 years, I can tell you flat out. East Palestine, Ohio is not your typical Ohio town. It’s like a lot of other towns in that part of the state. They have relied heavily on the auto industry, which shut down one of the larger auto plants in the country a few years back, and they really don’t have a lot going for it. The people are hard working, scrappy folks that are about as blue collar as they come. And they are rock-ribbed when it comes to believing in God, and America. Financially, it couldn’t have hit a worse town in the state.

And I have to sit here, some 2,400 miles away from East Palestine, and wonder why in the world Joe Biden chose to snub this town after telling them that anything they needed would be delivered (before FEMA denied them relief), and then jet half a world away to meet with Zelenskyy. Why couldn’t he have stopped off in Ohio first? It would have added about three hours to his entire trip.

It probably wouldn’t have garnered him many votes though. Those people were wondering why it was Pete Buttigieg hadn’t shown up there. Instead, they got the head of the EPA to show up for an hour. He had no answers. He had no suggestions. He told them he was sorry for their plight, and moved on. No Biden. No Harris. No Buttigieg. And no answers.

Even Donald Trump had scheduled a trip into the community. Of course, this IS Trump Country. Most of the eastern part of the state is very conservative, and they probably would love to see The Donald far more than seeing Biden in the first place. I saw a clip where the Mayor of East Palestine was being interviewed and was absolutely livid that Biden would choose to go to Poland and Ukraine rather than come to Ohio. And don’t think it won’t come back to bite the president in the rear end. It most certainly will.

What’s happening in Ukraine is indeed monumental on a world stage. We’re going to get into that more tomorrow. But when you compare what happened in Ohio and the thousands of lives that have been uprooted, (population 4,761), you have to wonder why Biden would snub this community? If an area gets hit by a tornado, or a flood ravages a community, he’s quick to drop whatever it is he does, and get over there to give them whatever it is that they need. When a train derails threatening thousands of lives with toxins, does he send anyone? Just a lacky from the EPA. He’s too busy to worry about East Palestine. Probably because he got his ass whooped there in 2020.

The simple question is, is Joe Biden president of Ukraine, or Poland? Or is he the president of the United States? If he believes he is indeed the president of this country, he needs to start acting like it. Or his first term in office, will be his last. Then again, we can only hope that’s true right away!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Pete Buttigieg Just Sunk His Chances…

The Transportation Secretary of the Biden administration, Pete Buttigieg has pretty much taken himself out of the running for the Democrat nomination for president in 2024. And he can’t blame Republicans, he can’t blame Kamala Harris, or Joe Biden. This one is all Pete’s. Once again, Pete has proven to the nation one thing.

He sucks at his job.

Buttigieg has been Transportation Secretary for two years now. In that time, he’s been embroiled in a couple of scandals that have proven he’s not big enough for the job. In fact, as I understand it, there are several in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana that think he wasn’t big enough to be mayor of that town. Apparently, filling potholes was a problem for “Mayor Pete” even back before he thought he should run for president.

Buttigieg ran into trouble when the supply-chain debacle took hold in this country. A Transportation Secretary that has something on the ball would have been front and center during that time. Remember the store shelves being empty? That was Pete Buttigieg’s fault. It was his fault because he had no vision. See, a person with vision would have realized that coming out of lock-down pandemic like COVID would cause problems. You had to first and foremost get the people back to work. Truckers’ were lax in getting back to work for basically one simple reason. Gas prices were through the roof and diesel was even higher. Why would anybody in their right mind decide to take a job as a trucker to lose money?

And yet, Buttigieg compounded that problem by taking a leave of absence, so he and his partner could celebrate adopting two brand new babies. He was all for the PTO back then after his adoption. What he wasn’t all for was solving a national problem that landed on his doorstep. And so, ships filled with shipping containers lined up off the coast of Long Beach, waiting to unload their goods from China. And without a lot of longshoremen to unload the goods, and truckers to move them from Cali to the rest of the country, the goods sat…and store shelves remained empty. And Mayor Pete was nowhere to be found.

Then you’ve got the possibility that there would be a railroad strike that could shut down that industry. The Biden administration worked long and hard trying to reach a conclusion. And don’t believe that the Transportation Secretary wasn’t in the middle of that one! But in the end, Biden couldn’t do anything about it. Buttigieg couldn’t do anything about it. Their leadership skills were sorely lacking when it came to getting a binding agreement between the unions and management. Instead, the issue was punted to Congress, who basically had to declare that the agreement that was originally penned would stick and both sides would have to abide by it. What it meant was that railroad workers wouldn’t be getting the one thing they were seeking…paid time off for sick leave.

Fast forward to this Christmas. Southwest Airlines was hit with yet another weather related problem. We didn’t hear from Buttigieg on the problem for days. All airlines suffered delays and cancellations, but none were stung more than Southwest, who cancelled well over 12,000 flights and delayed more than 25,000 others leading up to and just after the Christmas holiday. Where was Buttigieg? Nowhere to be found. Oh, he did make an appearance to say that he was on top of things. He issued a strongly worded statement to the CEO of Southwest Airlines saying he was going to make sure to look into it. However, there weren’t any real teeth in that bite.

And if you go ahead and look backward a bit, Buttigieg was interviewed on a national TV program and said that he thought there wouldn’t be a problem with travel around Christmas. He was sure everything was running smoothly.

It’s obvious that Buttigieg is in way over his head on this job. I mean, let’s face it, being the Transportation Secretary is more of a figurehead position. This year has been one where that particular position has been thrust front and center in the public’s eye. In every instance, Pete Buttigieg was nowhere to be found. And when he was found it was a dollar short and a day late of getting anything done to solve the problem.

And he wants to run for President?

All of the polls out there show Joe Biden as the person most people think will be the Democrats’ nominee in 2024. In second place is K-baby Harris. Pete Buttigieg is third. Tell me that none of these three folks will be on the ballot in two years…PLEASE!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

If Not Biden, Who?

Most of America, according to the latest polling, don’t want Joe Biden to run for president in 2024. They’ve had enough. Some 70% of Americans have said they want someone new in the White House come January 20th. And while we’ve certainly all been able to detail all of the foibles of #46, the question remains, that if not Biden, who?

Oh, it’s not just Republicans that are clamoring about someone new either. Democrats are starting once again, to climb on board.

If you’ll recall, well over 50% of Democrats basically said they wanted someone other than Biden back in the summer. I think I saw that number peak around 65% of Dems. Right after the midterms, when the Democrats out-performed their expectations, Biden saw a bit of a bump. All of a sudden, folks started realizing that he WAS going to run again, and that they were going to have to deal with him in the primaries if they wanted someone else. The folks rooting for Biden to run, especially on the Democrat side dropped to under 50%. But it’s back above now.

So, it begs the question…if Joe Biden doesn’t run, who do Democrats turn to in order to keep control of the White House? The big three names that keep popping up are K-baby Harris, by virtue she sits in the second seat right now, Gavin Newsome, current Governor of California, and Transportation Secretary, :Pete Buttigieg. But as always happens, even when it seems that the nominee is a shoo-in, like with Hillary Clinton, there are some token candidates running against the favorite. I expect that to be the case this time out as well.

So, will Bernie Sanders run? The guy is older than dirt. Elizabeth Warren has about as much baggage as Hillary had. You’ve got Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, who just won reelection in November. And then you’ve got the regular cast of characters that we’re all familiar with. The Cory Bookers’, the Amy Klobuchars’, and it drops off from there to include what I call the “Marianne Williams’ list”. These are people who may get 1% in the primary voting but have no chance at winning the nomination. In this group I would add people like Sanders, Warren, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Stacey Abrams, North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, and New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu. They would fill out a debate stage, but so would mannequins.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that if you look at that list, the Democrats have a very short bench. They did as well in 2020. I mean, if they were that close to nominating Bernie Sanders? It took a last minute pitch from James Clyburn to sway the South Carolina vote Biden’s way? As long as the GOP decides to run someone of quality, and I’m not including Donald Trump in that mix, I think they are going to have a very hard time beating any GOP candidate, especially someone like a Ron DeSantis.

Now, understand, I’m not saying DeSantis is the ONLY Republican candidate that has a shot at winning the White House. I’m sure there are others out there that haven’t yet expressed a desire to run, but could. I’m saying at the moment, DeSantis is head of the class.

Democrats have a very difficult task ahead of them if you think about it. Let’s say Biden does decide to run. Let’s say he does get the nomination again. It’s going to be a very difficult election season for the left. I’m not saying impossible, just difficult. Not only do you have an unpopular president running for reelection during a time when the economy is predicted to be less than ideal, but you also have 21 Senators that are looking to defend their seats. It’s highly likely IF the GOP can find quality candidates to fill those rolls, that they take the Senate in 2024.

The key here is to understand that most Americans, and I’m not saying all Republicans, just most Americans don’t want Biden to run, but they also don’t want Trump in politics any more either. I think that’s the message that we have to take away from last months’ midterms. Trump proved to the world he doesn’t have the Midas touch when it comes to picking and endorsing candidates. We saw that in the four battleground states, and we saw it in the Arizona Governor’s race (which Kari Lake still is fighting by the way).

Regardless what Biden decides to do as far as 2024 is concerned, unless there is a surprise candidate out there, it’s going to be a real interesting time to watch!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Let’s End The Hypocrisy

I’ve written about this for eons. I’ve talked for what seems like decades about the fact that we have what liberals are decrying is “an emergency that will end mankind”, and yet they continue their tarnished ways, and we continue to live.

I’m talking about climate change.

I’m not a climate change denier. Climate change IS occurring. After all climate change is the actual definition of climate. Yes…climates change over time. Earth has had more than one instance of an ice age. Are we covered in ice today? No? That would be a climate change, wouldn’t it? The Sahara Desert in Africa was once a virtual Garden of Eden. It was rich with plant-life and teeming with animals. It had plenty of water. Today? It’s baren and devoid of those resources. The reason? Climate change. So, please don’t confuse me with a climate change denier. Nothing is further from the truth. Climate is always changing.

I’m talking about “man-made” climate change. And I’m talking about the left’s hypocrisy on the subject.

I’m going to use three examples to show what I mean. If I ask you to name a couple of the eco-terrorist climate change activists, you’re probably going to include a couple of these. Oh, you may say that Greta girl’s name from whatever Scandanavian country she’s from (I keep forgetting). By the way, she’s all grown up now. But she isn’t one of them. She’s been used by the movement her whole life. No, I’m talking about Al Gore, John Kerry, and let’s throw in Pete Buttigieg for good measure shall we?

Al Gore says he lives a “carbon neutral lifestyle”. If that’s the case, I bet you and I live a negative carbon lifestyle. Al doesn’t own a private jet. He just uses more energy than if he did. His 10,000 square foot mansion in Tennessee consumes more electricity than the average home does in 21 years. In one month in 2016 (yeah, I know…6 years ago) he used enough electricity to power 34 homes. The energy he uses to heat his swimming pool is enough to power six Tennessee homes for the entire year. And that’s AFTER he spent over $10,000 to “upgrade” his house with energy saving devices. Carbon neutral? I’ll let you be the judge.

Let’s move on to John “I served in Vietnam” Kerry. He’s supposed to be Joe Biden’s “Climate Change Czar”. Well, as the “official” climate change guy for the country, maybe he can answer the question why he flies so much in private jets, spewing tons of carbon into the atmosphere? In 2021 alone, Kerry took 16 round trips around the world, not just down to the corner store for a gallon of milk, but around the world traveling to climate change conferences in private jets. Some Czar!

And Pete Buttigieg? How in the world could lovable Mayor Pete be included in this list? Well, this year he’s flown private jets to visit places in Florida, Ohio, New Hampshire, and others states, and off to distant countries a total of 18 times! He could have flown commercial. He chose not to. Now, his predecessor, Elaine Chao (who’s married to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, got lambasted by the left because back in 2017, she took private jets a total of SEVEN times! Buttigieg is on track to go almost three times as high. And he talks about climate change when he’s out and about.

That’s hypocrisy. It’s not alright for you to drive Jimmy to soccer and Jane to dance class (I’m aware how sexist that sounds), but it’s OK that these guys can use more electricity than a nuclear power plant generates or than trips to Europe for meetings on private jets can pollute the atmosphere. Question. Couldn’t those meeting have been held on Zoom so the participants could stay at home and “save the planet”?

And speaking of saving the planet, are we? I mean, look, according to what we’ve been told by Hollywood leftists, governmental activists and people like Gore and Kerry for decades, we should all be underwater by now. Oceans were going to flood New York and Miami by the year 2000! We were going to burn up because of ozone holes that would engulf the earth. And yet, we’re still here and those two cities are still dry. What’s up with that?

What’s up with that is that the climate change eco-terrorists see this as a great way to grab power, stifle your freedoms, and increase your taxes without much fuss out of you. After all, who could deny saving the planet? We’ve got nowhere else to go! But when the various countries involved in this (and yes, it’s been a big conspiracy) started fudging the data of their various reporting stations to show the earth was warming far faster than it really was, it got people to wonder whether the whole thing was a scam. It turns out, it was. At least the man-made cause of it.

In the end, there is no need to get rid of fossil fuels. There is no need to go to EV’s and keep your house at unreasonable temperatures. We certainly need to be good stewards of the planet, but we don’t have to buy into false narratives. That’s what the left is expecting us to do. Get smart and do your homework. See exactly what’s being asked of you!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Kicking The Can

I think it was two months ago that Joe Biden first came up with the fact that his administration needed to get involved with the pending rail strike in this country that effected some 12 different unions. I remember him saying that he was set to help both sides come to an amicable agreement. We’re two months down the road, and there are still differences. Big differences. In fact, the Biden administration has admitted that they can’t solve the impass. So what’s Joe to do?

Kick the can to Congress and tell them it’s their problem now!

This is just like Biden. If you look over the last two years of his presidency, he has time and time again taken the real heavy lifting topics, like the rail strike, and kicked it to someone else so he wouldn’t do the lifting. After all, the guy is 80 years old now! He could easily throw out his back.

He first kicked a can K-baby Harris’ way on the southern border crisis. Of course, she’s been trying to find someone to kick the can to ever since. He kicked a can to Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg on the supply chain problem, which got in the way of Buttigieg’s personal vacation time and family leave time. Very little has been done there. He’s kicked a can to Europe when it came to the climate. Oh, I know he talks a good game, but he doesn’t follow through with it, allowing Chevron, as I said yesterday, to drill for oil in Venezuela. And it goes on and on. The man wants to be Teflon coated, but he’s not.

Biden originally said he was going to tackle this problem. Oops. Or did he. Well, he did, and according to his press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre said time and time again that Biden was “personally involved” in the negotiations. That came as a surprise to Biden, who over the Thanksgiving weekend, while vacationing in Nantucket, said he had not personally gotten involved in the dispute at that point. Someone is missing some facts somewhere!

Now, Biden is kicking the can on the potential for a rail strike to Congress, telling a lame-duck session of the Legislative Body to come up with a solution. It’s not like they don’t already have enough on their plate with the budget running out on December 16th, and the debt ceiling about to be breached. And now Congress needs to act quickly to get this done by December 9th. And actually sooner because the rail lines will stop hauling hazardous material on December 5th. Of course, Congress is expected to start voting on this as early as today.

This is the latest example of the leadership style of a weak president. Are you telling me that someone like an Abraham Lincoln or a George Washington, or even an FDR would sit around and complain about not being able to get a deal on a rail strike and then kick it to Congress to do with less than a week to do it in? Biden’s had two months and couldn’t make progress. What makes anyone with a sense of honesty in their soul feel that Congress, that monolith body that takes forever to decide what to order for lunch can do in five days? Especially do so in a fair manner whereby both management and the unions get a fair shake. It’s upset the unions, and they aren’t sure they are going to be able to go along with it.

If the GOP isn’t busy already making commercials for 2024 highlighting the foolishness of this president, they are doomed to lose yet another election to the Democrats. If you’re telling me that the Republicans cannot find someone, ANYONE to defeat Joe Biden after the miserable two years he’s had and the mistakes he’s made, then we deserve to be a socialist country. Hell, you or I could run for president and defeat Joe Biden. I think the only person that says he’s a Republican that probably could and would lose to Biden is Donald Trump. But that’s the topic for yet another blog.

Both Republicans and Democrats on the Hill say that they can come together to solve this problem. And the problem is, is it going to be something that the unions and management will both agree to? Now to be sure, Congress can and has done this before. In fact, back in 1991, Congress voted to have union workers end a strike that had started just hours before and get back to work. So, this is nothing new for folks on the Hill. The problem for Biden is what that’s going to look like to the union heads, and will he still be the most union-friendly president in history? I think not.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Too Early To Look Ahead To 2024?

This is going to upset a lot of you. I get that, and I respect that. But there is some logic to my madness here. I know we are in the process of closing the books on a Joe Biden Midterm Election Red Wave. That’s a wonderful thing. And, as any political junkie would do, I’m taking a look at 2024 already. I know we’ve got a couple of years before the next federal election, but it’s going to be a rather tumultuous time, regardless what is decided on which candidates will be nominated to lead the charge to the White House.

On the Democrats’ side, I don’t see Biden doing it. Oh, he’s going to come up with some plan, some reason to not run. Maybe it’s health related. Maybe he’s just too tired. Maybe he doesn’t like the fact he got his ass handed to him in the midterms and he isn’t going to be able to run over all of the Republicans like he did in the past. Maybe he’s just told one lie, one gaffe, one mis-step, one “I’ve never discussed business dealings with Hunter” stories too often. I don’t see him running for reelection. He did after all say he was a placeholder to the next generation, right?

So who do the Dems run? Oh, the usual cast of characters. You’ll have K-baby Harris, Pete Buttigieg, I’m sure Beto O’Rourke will at some point throw his hat into the ring. You’ll certainly have Gavin Newsome running. But other than that, do you really see anyone on the horizon that is fit to lead? I don’t. Sanders and Warren are too old, and will be too far out of the mainstream by the time we get there. AOC is too young and too stupid. And nobody outside of her district thinks highly of her. I can’t seen anyone but the four I’ve listed joining the fray, but you’ll always have the Amy Klobuchar’s of the world wanting everyone to believe they are ready for the big time. They’re not.

And on the Republican side, it’s going to really boil down to two people. Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump. You’re starting to see that already with Trump starting to throw barbs DeSantis’ way. I would be very disappointed if Ron decided not to run, and actually would be somewhat disappointed if Trump decided to run. Look, Trump did some good things in office. He really did. He was caustic to the point of pissing people off, and was probably the most responsible Republican for giving us Joe Biden. Now, I’m not saying that after Obama, Democrats didn’t deserve to be pissed off. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Trump’s demeanor was the wrong way.

As far as running, if you’re going to make the case that Biden is too old for the office (and he is), then you have to say the same thing about Donald Trump. From a policy standpoint, Trump is exactly what we need. But from a personality standpoint, we need someone that is more of a politician and less of a Manhattan real estate developer. Oh wait! We have that in DeSantis, don’t we? And the only other person besides Trump and DeSantis that has a shot would be Mike Pence. What’s interesting is that the betting odds sites that I look at show that DeSantis has about a 67% chance of winning the GOP nomination in 2024. Pence is second with 58%, and Trump is third with 47%. And while the same bettors think Trump is probably the most electable, with 31% agreeing (DeSantis is second with 16%), Biden is 3rd with 12% and Harris fourth with just 5%.

It’s way too early to be determining anything, but I find it interesting that the bettors think that while DeSantis should get the nomination, he’s only half as electable as Trump is! It will make for an interesting two years.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Peter Principle

Oh, you know what that is. Basically, the Peter Principle is what happens when someone appears to have done a great job, they get promoted up the line, and do a slightly less great job. It keeps going until they get promoted to a job they suck at. And that is exactly what we see happening in our federal government right now.

Think about it. With very few exceptions, most of the people in Congress (and in the White House) started out on the local level. Maybe they were on a School Board somewhere, or a City Council. And then they went to the State House, and then the State Senate. Some may even have graduated to Governor of their state. And then they decided to run for a federal office like a Representative or a Senator. And there they realized they didn’t have to do much else for the rest of their lives.

And, for the most part, they got less and less effective the higher they went. Take Joe Biden for example. He started out his political career running (and winning) for a seat on the New Castle (DE) County Council. He was there for about two years before running for the US Senate, and winning. That was back in 1972. He was in the Senate from January of 1973 until he became Bobo Obama’s Vice President in January of 2009! Let me do the math…that was 37 years in the US Senate. You would figure he would have done a lot in that time. Well, sort of. He was instrumental in passing the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which to this day African Americans blame him for. Oh. And he was the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee that basically shot down Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court back in 1988. Three years later, he was still on that committee as the whole Clarance Thomas/Anita Hill thing took place. His questions were so convoluted that Thomas had a hard time keeping up with what he was asking.

As Vice President, Biden did one thing typically. He increased the wealth of his son, Hunter, and himself by taking Hunter with him to Ukraine and China so the kid could make millions. Of course, we know by the leaked emails now that “the big guy” got about 10% of the take. That has yet to be proven, but it shows Joe’s penchant for the “one set of rules for thee, and another set for me” theory. Biden also was the guy that former Obama Defense Secretary, Robert Gates said, had “been on the wrong side of every foreign policy decision for the past 50 years.”

If there was ever a Peter Principle come to life for real, it’s been Joe Biden. Of course, you can point to others in his administration who have followed the same path to “success”. Alejandro Mayorkas, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, and yes, even Karine Jean-Pierre have all used the Peter Principle to advance themselves in government.

Now, before the two or three liberals who read this explode, telling me that there were several Republicans out there doing the same thing, I would agree. The Peter Principle is certainly non-partisan! But for illustration’s sake, it’s a LOT easier to bring up the current Democrats’ foibles, as they are so obvious and so many.

The Peter Principle is alive and well at every level of business and government. We have it here in the desert, where I sat on a Board of Directors for almost seven years. We hired a guy to be GM that daily proves me right that he had no business being interviewed, much less hired. It’s plaguing our nation, and it needs to stop. We have to stop hiring people based on the fact that they currently work somewhere, or they have the right gender or color of their skin, or they are of a certain sexual orientation. Here’s a novel concept. Why don’t we hire the best person for the job regardless all of the other factors? That would seem to make sense to me. I don’t have a clue what Democrats are missing!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Trump Indictment?

It’s looking more and more that Donald Trump may indeed get indicted by the Department of Justice over the whole Mar-a-Lago raid thing. And while that doesn’t intimate that he’s going to be found guilty at all, it does throw a little bit of a monkey wrench into the 2024 presidential campaign, doesn’t it?

I mean, if Trump is indicted for any crime between now and November 2024, there is a good chance it will turn off a portion of the electorate. What does that mean? Well, I would suggest that a certain percentage, and I’m not going to speculate on what that is, would turn their nose up at him and go with someone else for their presidential choice. I’m NOT saying that person would be Joe Biden or any other Democrat by the way. There WILL be a primary prior to the general election!

But let’s look at this in a little greater detail.

If Trump were to get indicted one of two things will happen. First, the Republican Trumpers will rally around him. It will energize his base twenty times what the Mar-a-Lago raid did. Second, it will damper the enthusiasm of independents to vote for him. Will it be enough to bring him the nomination? Not sure. But there is a third option out there that people are indeed starting to talk about.

It’s Ron DeSantis.

With DeSantis being hit this past week with a class action lawsuit over flying 50 illegals to Martha’s Vineyard, as a “human trafficking” scheme, (which Biden did like 200 times as many), the public is overwhelmingly backing the Florida governor against the Democrats. 72% of the people surveyed in a Rasmussen poll said they were happy to see what DeSantis, Abbott, and Ducey were doing.

DeSantis is a rock-ribbed conservative that’s not afraid to rock the boat to get his message across. He’s inventive and creative when it comes to how he gets that message across. Does that sound like another possible Republican candidate? Put another way, if Trump were to face indictment, do you think that most Trump fans could find comfort in a Ron DeSantis candidacy? My thoughts would tend to sway to yes.

The question is, would DeSantis be able to beat a Democrat. Again, my thoughts are that he would, and rather handedly. DeSantis is currently running for reelection against former Florida governor and current US Representative, Charlie Crist (a former Republican who flipped parties). DeSantis is ahead handedly in every single poll that’s been taken. Floridians love him, even against one of their former governors! And I feel that he’s not quite as loud-mouthed as Trump is. He can act more presidential, which has been one of the biggest knocks on Trump all along.

Besides, who are the Democrats going to throw at him? K-baby Harris? Pete Buttigieg? Gavin Newsome? C’mon. There isn’t anyone on their bench strong enough. And Biden is making it more and more clear that he’s not going to be running for reelection. He all but said that in his 60 Minutes interview. Republicans don’t need to worry if Trump gets thrown under the bus. There is someone with all of his policies, all of his showmanship, and not nearly the baggage as Trump waiting in the wings. Should be a good time through 2028 and beyond!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Could This Be The Democrats’ Play?

Sitting here this morning looking at a long list of Democrats that have indicated at one time or another that they want to be President of the United States, and a list that’s growing of those that know they can’t back Joe Biden for reelection. None of the people on the “I Wish I Were President” list have the ability to excite the Democrats, much less the Independents and the Republicans to a point where they can win. We’ve seen most of them before. The Bernie Sanders, the Elizabeth Warrens, the Pete Buttigiegs, and the like. The list goes on and on.

From where I sit today, the Democrats don’t have an exciting player in the field other than Sanders, who is great at packing arenas with college kids, because of his desire to erase their college loan debt, and give them free tuition. But when you look at the Amy Klobuchars, the Hillary Clintons (yes, she’s still thinking about running), and the K-baby Harris’ of the world, you have to stop and wonder…the bench may be long, but there’s no one of quality sitting on it. Even a Gavin Newsome has problems should he decide to enter the fray.

But there is an interesting choice that is on the sidelines that few are talking about. Her name is Liz Cheyney.

I know, I know. She’s just got blown out in her primary in Wyoming a week ago. That’s never a good sign for someone that wants to run for the White House. Typically that nomination goes to winners, not someone that can’t even win a primary to keep their congressional seat! But what if Cheyney decided to switch parties in order to run against Donald Trump? She said she’d do anything in her power to make sure he doesn’t win, right? Would it include switching parties?

In the short view, I don’t think that would matter. Liz Cheyney doesn’t have a very good aptitude for things. Not even for the Democrats. She is a one-note-Samba. It’s “Defeat Trump at all costs”. The rest of her platform is basically non-existent. Cheyney is not a strong candidate, even if she isn’t running as the anti-Trump candidate. Yes, she won Wyoming by 20 points two years ago. That’s a far cry from 270 Electoral College votes!

And if you make 2024 solely about Donald Trump, he probably would win. Trump is great when people are talking about him. He’s great when HE is the message, and if Cheyney were the Dems choice for the nomination, she would have nothing else to say except, “Vote for me, I’m NOT Donald Trump!”

And then we are faced with the same question…if not Biden, who? And that’s a question no one on the left wants to answer just yet!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!