Do Trump and Pence Actually Communicate, at All?

Right now, the GOP is starting to wonder if the Trump and Pence ticket ever actually discuss what they’ll do, once they’re in the White House (IF they get to the White House).

While they’re making their pitch to the public, the GOP is wondering which one to believe on policy. In particular, foreign policy, since they seem to have divergent views.

“I think Mike Pence cheered a lot of Republican conservatives who have been pretty gloomy until last night by forcefully articulating a case for conservative internationalism and strong U.S. leadership in Europe and the Middle East as well as rebuilding the military,” Eric Edelman, a former undersecretary of defense for policy in the George W. Bush administration, said Wednesday.

“Too bad that those very principles have been consistently undermined by the person with whom he is running at the top of the ticket. Honestly, I am not sure what it means other than that Mike Pence is what he has always been: a voice for a tough-minded, Reaganesque approach to national security,” added Edelman, one among dozens of former Republican foreign policy insiders to have publicly declared that they cannot vote for Trump.

Trump’s man-crush for Russian President Vladimir Putin, for starters, has set many GOP faithful on edge.

In fact, when dealing in foreign policy, the issue of Syria and Russian involvement in the area are of particular importance. Russian interests in the area work exactly opposite of American interests, yet, Trump has expressed a willingness to step back and allow Russia the upper hand in the region.

He maybe should have talked that over with his VP.

The Indiana governor ridiculed Putin as “the small and bullying Russian leader” and argued that the U.S. should create “safe zones” to protect Syrian civilians and “be prepared to use military force” against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“Trump has been openly contemptuous of positions Pence was taking,” said Matthew Waxman, a senior Bush State Department and Pentagon official now at Columbia Law School. “Maybe this was intended to placate mainstream Republicans who are offended by Trump’s positions or ignorance. But there’s no reason to expect that Pence would have any real effect on a Trump foreign policy.”

“This is not just an issue of politics but of national security. That Trump and his running mate can’t even tell a consistent story on the most significant foreign policy challenges shows that a Trump administration would be unable to communicate effectively with adversaries and allies,” added Waxman, who has also declared he cannot vote for Trump.

And this is correct. Why are Trump and Pence not collaborating on this? Shouldn’t this have been something they discussed and came to an agreement on, even before Pence was picked as VP?

If Trump’s pro-Russia views are genuine, and if Pence truly meant what he said, then they are on opposite sides of the fence and national security officials, as well as voters have every right to be concerned.

Trump has consistently argued that the U.S. should try to cooperate with, not confront, Moscow. “I’m not going to tell Putin what to do. Why would I tell him what to do?” Trump said in late July. “Why do I have to get tough on Putin?”

His admiration for Putin is rooted in Putin’s apparent praise of him, which is also a big issue. Trump will base his reaction to world leaders not on policy, but on how leaders refer to him in the media.

His ego would be our downfall.

“I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Putin,” Trump said at a September candidate forum. “And I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Russia.”

Trump has further stated that he would stay out of Syria, which, again, puts he and Pence on opposite sides, as Pence’s solution would likely call for military action.

Meanwhile, Pence and Trump continue to insist they’re simpatico, on all the fronts that matter.

They’re obviously not, and if this is how poorly communication goes between them, there really needs to be a long conversation about compatibility.

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Olivia Wilde Wants You To Know How Wonderful Abortion Is (VIDEO)

Actress Olivia Wilde is concerned about your reproductive rights – in other words, she wants to tell you how awesome abortion is.

In a YouTube video released Tuesday as a part of a campaign that includes dozens of celebrities talking about various issues their voting on, a very pregnant Wilde calls reproductive rights a “basic human right.” It is ironically amusing as I wonder if she would agree or deny that the life inside her right now is inarguably human. Check out the video:

I’m sure if asked if the babies who are aborted each day are any less human in their makeup than her unborn child, her cognitive dissonance on this issue would start to show. Of course, science is getting trickier to reconcile with the pro-abortion stance, so “human rights” it is!

But only if you’re the right kind of human.

Wilde goes on to express in her most earnest and heartfelt voice possible that “if you care about your future” (Irony alert – 700,000 unborn children are denied a future every year) and your “basic human right” to choose “exactly how and when and why and where” you’ll vote for reproductive rights, which we can only presume means voting for Hillary Clinton and other pro-abortion extremist Democrats in November.

The casual notion that Wilde has that babies conceived at an inopportune time or in an unideal way are therefore less valuable and disposable shows the underlying selfishness of the pro-abortion – give me a break on the “reproductive rights” – platform, and that “safe, legal and rare” has always meant “safe-ish, legal and whenever the heck I feel like it.”

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Bill Weld: Yep, We’re In the Race To Make Sure Hillary Clinton Wins

While the logic of saying a vote for Johnson-Weld is a vote for Hillary is flawed and innumerate, that is clearly the way Gary Johnson’s running mate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld sees the situation:

Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld is reportedly more concerned with taking down Donald Trump than campaigning, according to reports.

Despite clearly having no confidence in his running mate, Weld declared that he and Johnson were still “happy warriors” and that Johnson stood behind Weld’s decision to focus on taking down Trump.

“I have had in mind all along trying to get the Donald into third place,” said Weld.

What is more, Weld says that after the election he will probably change parties… to what, he doesnt’ say.

While Weld has called Trump a “huckster” (and I ask you, who reading this has not done so themselves), he has proven himself to be as much of a flim flam artist as the man he claims to despise. He has said that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person in the race to be president and now we find that not only does he have zero loyalty to the party he’s representing (shades of another northeast liberal in the race) and he’s not trying to win but performing a political cockblock on Trump. In short, Weld might have better table manners than Trump but his character and honesty are exactly the same.

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Watercooler 10/6/16; Is This How A Nation Goes Insane ?; MN Obamacare Massive Rate Hikes; CA Wants To Expand Obamacare To Illegals

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UK Press Urged Not To Reveal Terrorists Are Muslim

Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of psychological abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting his or her own memory, perception, and sanity.[1][2] Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.

Is it even possible to Gaslight an entire nation ? Looks like the UK is going to try.

A European human rights body is pressuring the United Kingdom to regulate the press so its reporting on terrorist attacks doesn’t emphasize the Muslim identities and motivations of many terrorists.

The request comes from a lengthy report published by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a monitoring body created by the Council of Europe. The report accuses British newspapers of fueling anti-Muslim bigotry partly through their coverage of Islamic terror attacks. The solution, it says, is for the U.K. to regulate the press more strictly so that reporters can’t publish such material.

—The Daily Caller

Thomas Jefferson observed with regard to the United States that “An educated citizenry is vital to our survival as a free people”. What havoc will a misinformed and miseducated populace wreak on the U.K. ? If the problem is hidden, can’t be properly identified, let alone talked about how do they expect to solve it ? Ignore it and hope it goes away, is no solution.


Minnesota Warns Of Massive Obamacare Rate Hikes

The Minnesota Obamacare exchange is near collapse and officials are predicting between 50 and 67% rate hikes.

Minnesota will let the health insurers in its Obamacare market raise rates by at least 50 percent next year, after the individual market there came to the brink of collapse, the state’s commerce commissioner said Friday.

The increases range from 50 percent to 67 percent, Commissioner Mike Rothman’s office said in a statement. Rothman, who regulates the state’s insurers, is an appointee under Governor Mark Dayton, a Democrat. The rate hike follows increases for this year of 14 percent to 49 percent.

“It’s in an emergency situation — we worked hard and avoided a collapse.” Rothman said in a telephone interview. “It’s a stopgap for 2017.”

—Bloomberg

I am going to go out on a limb here and predict a 50% rate hike is going to have all but the most unhealthy dropping the plans, adjusting their tax withholding so they aren’t owed any refunds and going full scofflaw with regard to healthcare.


California wants to go super inclusive on Obamacare

CA is petitioning to extend Obama Care to illegal aliens.

California’s health care exchange is requesting that it be allowed a waiver from ObamaCare regulations in order to allow illegal immigrants to buy insurance on the exchange – which would make California the first state to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants.

The Affordable Care Act technically bars illegal immigrants from insurance exchanges, but in June Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allowed the state to apply for a federal waiver to open Covered California to illegal immigrants living in California. The bill’s sponsor said such a waiver would allow 390,000 illegal immigrants to receive health insurance.

—FoxNews

It goes without saying that there is opposition within the state to this, especially since premiums are set to rise over 13% next year

“This is the first step in another misrepresentation of the Affordable Care Act,” Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform told US News & World Report in June. “It was sold to the American people on the fact that you wouldn’t have to subsidize health care for illegal immigrants.”

Mr. Mehlman is spot on. California is taking the first step by focusing on a population that can’t afford the current rates without subsidies, let alone the upcoming rates. They also have no incentive to sign up and it’s hard to guess what penalty will attach if they don’t.  Classic left strategy of doubling down on failed ideas.


Quote of the Day

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

–George Washington, Farewell Address September 17, 1796

Very prophetic

 


Drink up That’s it for the Watercooler today. As always it’s an open thread

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Police warn of LP&L impersonator, searching for suspect

Lubbock Police need your help in locating and identifying a man impersonating an LP&L employee.  According to police officials, a woman reported a theft at her home in the 5600 block of 38th Street around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. She says a man came to her front door presenting himself as a city employee with Lubbock Power and Light, and that he needed to check her water heater for leaks. 
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Hillary Clinton Fights to Stay in the News Cycle with Weather Channel Ad Buy

As Hurricane Matthew hits Category 4 strength and begins its devastation on U.S. soil, the two major party candidates are going to fight to stay in the news. As such, Hillary Clinton bought airtime on the Weather Channel in certain Florida markets. Namely, the ones that are going to be most affected by the storm.

The new Clinton ads — a small sliver of a larger cable purchase in multiple swing states, which includes just-placed ads during postseason baseball games — appear to be an attempt to salvage some share of the conversation in the run-up to Sunday’s second presidential debate. The campaign was forced by the storm Wednesday to cancel a planned Florida trip by President Barack Obama, and they’re likely to lose multiple news cycles as residents grapple with storm recovery efforts in Florida, North Carolina and neighboring states that are less competitive electorally.

“Over the past few days, our campaign made millions of dollars of adjustments and refinements to our TV buys on dozens of different cable stations in markets all across the battleground states,” said Clinton campaign spokesman Jesse Ferguson. “The Weather Channel represented less than one percent of that spending. These shifts were part of our regular updates to maximize efficiency, effectiveness and reach of our ad buy.”

Look, there’s probably some tactical advantages to this, seeing as how the Weather Channel gets huge viewership during big storms and disasters like this. Given that some models show Matthew appears to be ready to make a loop and come around for a second go, that means a lot of nastiness for Florida from the weather.

The question becomes whether or not the residents of storm-ravaged Florida really want their information to be laced with tinges of politics from a political season even nastier than what they’ve already gone through. I would guess that the presidential election is the last thing on their minds.

As Politico points out, these markets are in key strongholds that the Democrats desperately have to turn out votes from. If the Clinton campaign overplays this, it means pissing off people who want comfort during a natural disaster and not an unfeeling opportunist seeking attention from wherever she can get it.

It’s risky, and I can’t imagine it working as well as they hope.

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The Biased Media Wing of the Democrats’ Party Takes a Mulligan on Pence’s VP Debate Win

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There is no question that the calm, cool, collected and very presidential Gov. Mike Pence handily won his vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, against the rude, insulting and frenetic Sen. Tim Kaine. It wasn’t even close.

You don’t have to take my word for it, even the New York Times agreed. In an article titled, Who Won the Debate? Commentators Give Edge to Mike Pence, the times quoted numerous commentators calling the debate for Pence. The Los Angeles Times reports its team of Mark Barabak, Cathleen Decker, and Doyle McManus unanimously gave Pence the win. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post wrote that “from the very beginning, Pence was the more comfortable of the two men on the debate stage,” while Kaine “started the debate talking so quickly and trying to load so many attacks into every answer that it made it virtually impossible to grasp any one attack.” Bloomberg Politics, in its article, Pence Stays Cool With Kaine On Attack In Running Mate Debate, stated that Pence “deflected the attacks with the kind of discipline Republicans have been urging Donald Trump to display.” You get the idea.

But that was Yesterday, and even though the immediate analysis following Tuesday evening’s debate gave the win to Pence, today the biased media wing of the Democrats’ Party is more circumspect and working on their mulligan. They still give the debate win to Pence, sort of, but the Hillary supporting commentariat now insists that Kaine’s obnoxious and losing performance was actually a big win for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The Washington Post writes that though Kaine “may have awakened Wednesday to poor reviews,” his “acerbic performance…revealed that the Clinton campaign’s strategy for these debates extends far beyond the stage.” Both Kaine and Hillary “had a larger goal in mind than winning the debates themselves: to create a series of compelling sound bites that they planned to weaponize for the reminder of the campaign.” Who knew all those “impossible to grasp” attacks were actually planned sound bites?

John Heilemann of Bloomberg Politics said on the CBS Evening News, “I think the Clinton campaign did not see the debate last night as a debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, they saw that debate as a debate between Tim Kaine and Donald Trump. And so, even though Kaine had some problems stylistically, especially in the early going, the Clinton campaign was happy with the degree to which he mercilessly savaged Donald Trump and got a lot of the negative information that they want out there in the ecosystem out on that stage last night.”

And according to today’s New York Times Kaine successfully trained his fire on Trump and exposed Mr. Pence as incapable of defending Mr. Trump on the merits.

NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd laid out the main stream media’s mulligan is going to work on Wednesday’s NBC Today. You can watch Todd explain it on the following video clip from this Media Research Center  article

Video Transcript:

GUTHRIE: What’s the headline from this VP debate? What are we going to take away?

TODD: I think long-term we’ll take away about how Mike Pence did Mike Pence a lot of good. And I think the questions are gonna be, did he, while he gave the Trump campaign a positive headline after eight days of a debacle, did he do enough to defend Trump?

Pence won the 90 minutes and didn’t engage in the back and forth, but in the way the Clinton campaign is gonna be able to say, “Well, wait a minute, he said this, but you were wrong, Trump did say ‘X’ and Trump did say ‘Y.’

LAUER: But that’s all after the moment.

TODD: It’s all after the moment but who’s watching and who wins the post-spin on a VP debate actually could matter.

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Independent Candidate, Evan McMullin Signals Plans for a Coming Big Reveal

Is long-shot Independent candidate, Evan McMullin about to make a major announcement?

He’s hinting that yes, he is.

So the VP candidate will be a woman.

There will be much speculation about who that woman is, but it will have to be a fairly big name to generate the kind of attention his campaign would need, in order to gain any sort of firm political ground in the last few weeks leading to election day.

Most voters who loathe having to choose between Trump and Clinton, or who may have been turned off by Johnson’s somewhat unserious behavior have turned to McMullin as a last ditch effort to place their vote somewhere they feel will allow them to still look at themselves in the mirror the next day.

For this announcement to carry any real weight, whoever he chooses will have to have some level of executive experience, in order to offset what some see as a lack of experience on McMullin’s part.

There’s also the matter of ballot access.

To date, McMullin is on the ballot in 34 states. From his campaign site, those states include:

  • Alabama (Write-In)
  • Alaska (Write-in)
  • Arizona (Write-in)
  • Arkansas (Ballot)
  • Colorado (Ballot)
  • Delaware (Write-In)
  • Georgia (Write-In)
  • Idaho (Ballot)
  • Illinois (Write-In)
  • Iowa (Ballot)
  • Kentucky (Ballot)
  • Louisiana (Ballot)
  • Maine (Write-In)
  • Maryland (Write-In)
  • Massachusetts (Write-In)
  • Michigan (Write-In)
  • Minnesota (Ballot)
  • Montana (Write-in)
  • Nebraska (Write-in)
  • New Hampshire (Write-In)
  • New Jersey (Write-In)
  • New Mexico (Ballot)
  • Ohio (Write-In)
  • Oregon (Write-In)
  • Pennsylvania (Write-In)
  • Rhode Island (Write-In)
  • South Carolina (Ballot)
  • Tennessee (Write-in)
  • Texas (Write-In)
  • Utah (Ballot)
  • Vermont (Write-In)
  • Virginia (Ballot)
  • West Virginia (Write-in)
  • Wisconsin (Write-in)

 

McMullin is a former CIA operative, and is a former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference.

He has an impressive resume of foreign policy experience, which already puts him far ahead of Trump.

We’ll see if his coming announcement provides the national boost he needs.

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