The Trump Transition “TT” at minus 5 weeks. (really more like 4 1/2 ’cause I was in the middle of nowhere Texas on Friday…)
December has 2 weeks, and 3 more in January. Sporadically I’ll put up additional TT posts as any one gets too full to load quickly, or as some event causes me to desire to put a head post up on the topic.
Prior similar threads are:
I’ve finished my “road trip” of 5000+ road miles in about 2 1/2 weeks, and I’ve almost caught up on sleep ;-)
At the moment, we have an assassinated Russian Ambassador, an assassinated Polish Truck Driver, his truck used to mow down Christians at a Christmas Market in Germany (by an escaped perpetrator who is presumed to be a jihadi… for the simple reason that of the mass killings in the news essentially 100% of them are by Muslim Jihadi Nutjobs, and especially those involving murdering Christians.)
How will this all shake out? Who know, but we do know that The (pointless) One Obummer will do nothing but issue pardons and let anything ‘negative’ land on Trump. My suspicion is that Trump will ‘cut a deal’ with Putin to do a takedown on whoever’s side killed the Ambassador. As I (almost) understand it, the Jihadi Cop who did the shooting was protesting the Russian bombing of Allepo and the killing of the muslims there, which theoretically puts him on the side of the “rebels” that “we” quasi-support. As I read the tea leaves, Trump isn’t keen on any of the ‘sides’ in Syria, not seeing much profit in any of it, and will likely green-light Putin to do whatever he wants in exchange for a mutual crushing of ISIS in the region. (Frankly, I think it would be a real hoot and a half to see what the combined forces of Russia and the USA can get done in The Levant… and then both of us take a long hard look at the EU and ask just what their Grand Game is these days… it seems to still be “Here, let me hold your coat while you and him fight”…
CNN continues with The Russians Did It! squealing like a stuck pig, while on MSNBC:
I was astounded that on The Morning Joe, one Joe S. actually said something sane and reasonable. Essentially it was along the lines of ~”As long as the DNC (and fellow travelers) continue to blame The Russians and hacks and vilify Trump, they will never recover”. Then there was a listing of the horrific scale of losses nation wide at all levels, and naming a few names (Pelosi was one, IIRC) who need to go into psych-social-rehab for the good of The Party. He ‘got it’ that trampling the Bernie supporters, putting forward a criminal-mindset has-been with an offensive history and similar personality who’s only features were she was married to a serial philanderer ( or rapist depending on who you believe) and took it, while waiting ‘her turn’ (and pointing at her vagina) and was solidly owned by The Moneyed Powers having lots of experience in Pay-To-Play while thinking (and letting us all know) that in her opinion, 1/4 of the voters were “deplorable” while the rest of Trump supporters (the rest of that 1/2, or another 1/4) were “irredeemable”. What’s not to like?…
So good on ya’ Joe! FWIW, IFF you can get that message into the heads of the DNC ranks, then the Democrats have a hope of a comeback. Personally, I like having choice, and you only get that with good competition. So one idea for you: Notice all those Bernie supporters? I was one of them. Now I’m not a fan of Socialism, I was an ABC voter. ANYONE BUT CLINTON. Now look at the Republican side. EVERY SINGLE ONE who got “anointed” by the RNC immediately went down in flames. BOTH ‘sides’ were fed up with the Bush / Clinton show (what’s it been now, about 40 years?…) This is being called a ‘change’ election. I think it runs deeper. It’s a “You Bastards Don’t Give A Shit! F.U.” election, which means we the deplorable irredeemable Burners wanted to burn your collective asses. THE only reason, IMHO, that we have a Trump President is that the RNC was not able to steal the nomination from the voters. The Dimocrats (the most dim of the Democrats…) in the DNC DID manage The Steal from Bernie. The result is Democrats lost. Again, IMHO, had Bernie been running against Trump, I suspect we’d be looking at the first openly Socialist President of the USA today. (Had it been Bernie vs Bush, for sure…)
So your ‘takeaway’ from that ought to be a pretty simple thing: STOP trying to force the members of the Democratic Party down your (bought and paid for?) ideological path and STOP letting Soros and the Big Money drive things. They have driven you to the curb watching the parade go by. DO let your party members (the VOTERS not the MONEY not the DNC Elite) decide who to run and what the platform ought to be. The 1/2 the population they represent know the mood of the population far better than any “think tank” or “polling operation” in the D.C. (District Of Criminals) looking to gain power, favor, or go into subsidy farming… Be FOR the Median Voter +/- one Standard Deviation, not out on a far left limb, nor in the pocket of the 1% of Limousine Liberals.
I’m sure there will be many other topics come up in this turn of the transition.
We have the “OMG, Trump is choosing successful Billionaires!@!” complaint (one supposes the Loony Side Of Left would rather he chose losers or those who can be bought…).
Then there is the persistent incredibly STUPID story that “The Russians Did It!!”. First off, you can’t know if they did the hack, or not. (As pointed out several times already, I’m a computer security guy who had to deal with this stuff professionally for a couple of decades… it’s ‘my business’ and I’m good at it.) My first encounter with The Russians was in about 1986, so call it 30 years ago. To think that only this year they woke up and started hacking is just dumb. They are about 1/4 as active as the Chinese, so anything they have, or did, the Chinese had more of and sooner. Now look at what ‘the hack’ was (and was not): It was NOT a changing of the vote. Recounts and paper ballot States show that. (In fact, they show a little fudging by the Democrats in places like Chicago…but not enough to change the outcome since they are concentrated in places like California where the Dims already run the table). It WAS a publishing of the criminal and completely immoral actual acts and crimes of the DNC, Clinton, Media like CNN and MSNBC and ‘papers of record’ in burning Bernie and going ‘all in’ on biasing the debates (and worse). So at most, it was exposing the truth. Golly, being truthful, such a crime… /sarc; Every time I hear “The Russians Did It!!” I think two things: “Hype and unknowable” and then “IFF The Russians did it, I need to send someone a bottle of Vodka… Thanks Guys!”. Exposing corruption and law breaking is not an evil act.
Finally, we’re done with the Electoral College vote, and Trump has it. There’s endless bleating about how horrible it is that we don’t have a direct popular vote. Well, there’s a very long list of reasons why the Electoral College matters. As just ONE example, what happens if just post election a nuke were set off by Iran in D.C. and it takes out the present president, the V.P., and Trump while being briefed on something or other. WHO becomes president? Do we have a ‘do over’ of the election for 2 more years? Give it to Hillary? On the 20th does it go to Pense? Easier is to just let the Electors chose a president (as is their job) and get on with the business of nuking back… Similarly, if Trump had a heart attack, would Obummer stay in for a couple of years for the do-over? Does that give inducement to some folks to spike drinks? Does knowing that The Electoral College would just ‘pick someone good’ remove that inducement? It’s a good system, for many reasons, only the smallest of which is that it makes the election a national affair instead of just a Bos-Wash + L.A. event. (Imagine Ms. Green demanding a nation wide recount of every single vote, not just those in ‘contested’ States…)
Well, with luck, in just 5 more weeks all this crap will be behind us and a whole new load will have arrived ;-)
With that: Let the conversing commence!