Category Archives: Election


President Trump has fired his White House personal assistant John McEntee, who had been with the president since early in his campaign, an administration official confirmed Tuesday. The president’s campaign then announced McEntee will rejoin the campaign as a senior adviser of operations.

McEntee is the latest in a series of departures by West Wing officials, including communications director Hope Hicks and staff secretary Rob Porter. It was not clear why McEntee was let go. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the firing, citing an unspecified security issue.

Lemme guess: McEntee was working on the campaign as part of his WH duties and someone just discovered that doing so was breaking a law that we’re all going to learn about in the next week or so.

First Time

For the first time ever, all 170 races for the North Carolina General Assembly will have candidates from both major parties.

A flurry of candidate filings took place before the noon deadline on Wednesday. The increase of candidates is noteworthy as just two years ago, 15 of the 50 Senate races and 58 of the 120 House districts lacked a Democrat or a Republican in the General Election.


Two Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission face accusations that they violated government ethics rules during appearances at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was given the National Rifle Association’s Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award at CPAC Friday. Accepting the award is almost certainly a violation of government ethics rules, according to Walter Shaub, who was director of the US Office of Government Ethics from 2013 to 2017. Pai has not publicly responded to the accusation.

Also on Friday, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly called for the re-election of President Donald Trump during his appearance at CPAC. Advocacy group American Oversight called for an investigation of O’Rielly, saying that he violated a rule against “engaging in partisan political activity while on duty.”

I’m sure they will be reprimanded, severely.

Just FYI

The 49 Democrats in the Senate represent 56.4% of Americans.

Sum [ for each state: (state population / 2) * # of Dem Senators ] / total population = 56.4%

The math works out the same without that ” / 2″, but the bottom line values make more sense with it.

Better Than Winning (repost)

A repost from way back in the olden days of April 2016.

Why would a candidate want to continue behaving in a way that fires up a very large and very committed following even if it continually hurts his chances of winning an election? And why would a candidate bring on-board a guy who created a wildly successful TV “news” empire (even if he was ousted over sexual harassment charges)? Why would that candidate also bring on-board one of the heads of a wildly successful web “news” company?

Well, maybe that candidate’s real plan is to lose the election but leave himself with a rather large and very faithful following and the advice of a couple of wildly successful media guys to help him spin that following into a news-faux-tainment gig. Bigger than the typical campaign-to-Fox path. More like what Sarah Palin tried to do with her fans, after her election bid failed. She did the Fox News thing, too. But she also started TV shows about her and her family and even started her own web series where she would give her folksy bullshit wingnuttery to subscribers. She tried to become a media powerhouse. But Palin is a nitwit and doesn’t have the charisma of Trump, nor does she have his bankroll.

Looks like I’m not the only person who sees this.

Yay. We’re doomed.

Papers, please

The big brains in the NC GOP have a big idea!

They want to put a voter ID requirement into the state constitution, via a ballot referendum. The thinking is that this will pass easily and will stand up better in court when the inevitable legal challenges come. Polls say 80% of people support such a thing – driven by fears of rampant voter fraud. And the GOP believes it will be hard to claim such a law is discriminatory if the people themselves are free to vote on it. And they may be right.

Yet, It’s a head scratcher that people who are terrified about the non-existent problem of in-person voter fraud and so blase about the actual, documented, Russian election meddling

SHELBY, N.C. — For all of the congressional hearings and cable coverage they have spawned, the government investigations into Russian interference in last year’s election do not readily come up in conversations at the Shelby Cafe.

Joyce Holcomb, who lives here in town, considered the topic in the crowded diner on Thursday morning. They have not found anything, she said between sips of coffee. And the fact that her senator, Richard M. Burr, a Republican, is the chairman of the Senate investigation does not change her opinion that it is all “a waste of time.”

“If there’s really something,” she said, “they need to find it and finish it up.”

It’s hard to find people in this southern area of North Carolina who are worked up by Russia’s meddling in the election or by the possibility that President Trump’s associates may have somehow been involved. When pressed, they will say it could be the biggest political crisis in decades or a smear campaign against the president, but with other, more pressing local issues on their minds, many North Carolinians are reserving their judgment — and their attention.

I kid. It’s no puzzle. These are Republicans. They want what the Republican Party tells them to want.

No Ordinary Russian Lawyer

To put a kind of broader perspective on this, try to imagine a United States president who would be unconcerned about a $230 million tax fraud and who would shrug when members of the FBI beat a whistleblower to death in prison. Then imagine that this president would have the deceased posthumously (and wrongfully) convicted in court. Then this president would hire a lawyer for the criminals and make her his point person for lobbying against the resulting sanctions. And, finally, that he would send this mob lawyer to Trump Tower where she would be accepted with eager and open arms.

Trump Jr.

Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.

String that fucker up, and save some rope for his father.