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Welcome to reality

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017 01:15 pm

I thought the batcrap crazy meltdown of some elements of the left over Donald Trump's election would have started to wane by now. But if anything it's gotten even loonier.

The do-whatever-it-takes crowd has tried to intimidate electors into changing their votes to deny Trump the White House. Then they puffed up and dragged out the Russian "hacking" claim to delegitimize his administration. Now, even before he takes office, they're talking about impeaching him:

What’s needed is a citizens’ impeachment inquiry, to begin on Trump’s first day in office.

The inquiry should keep a running dossier, and forward updates at least weekly to the House Judiciary Committee. There will be no lack of evidence.

The materials should be made public via a website. The inquiry should be conducted by a distinguished panel whose high-mindedness and credentials are, well, unimpeachable.

There needs to be a parallel public campaign, pressing for an official investigation. For those appalled by Trump, who wonder where to focus their efforts, here is something concrete?and more realistic than it may seem.That is just plain insane, as RedState and le.gal.in.sur.rec.tion both ably point out. But by all means go right ahead. If you think you've eventually collected enough evidence, I'm certain the Republican-controlled House will be happy to bring charges, and we all know the Republican-controlled Senate will be eager to convict. And after it's all over and Trump is removed from offrice in disgrace, I'm sure you will be delighted with the new administration of President Mike Pence.

Every day there are more examples of people who just can't seem to deal with reality.

•The press, for one, is showing zero self-awareness.  On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Chuck Todd, apparently obvlivious to the cozy relationship between the media and the Hillary Clinton campaign revealed by WikiLeaks, spent the whole hour mocking the "concierge media friends" of Trump. He didn't name them, but you know he was talking about Fox News and talk radio and Breitbart. Fine. Trump has those, and the left has all the rest of the major mainstream media. (Many of those those journalists outed by Wikeleaks as collaborating with Clinton, by the way, will be covering the Trump White House beat. Sure they will be completely fair and balanced and Trump won't feel the need to tweet so much.)

•Senate Democrtas, rather than choose  one or two Cabinent nominations to make a stand on, are thretening to target eight of them and drag out the process as much as they can. Too bad for them that there is a nuclear option, opened up by Harry Reid when he was in charge of the Senate majority, that will let Senate Republicans approve Trump's appointees with a simple majority. Trump will get everything he wants, and Democrats will be seen as the obstructionists for a change.

•A new study shows that the elites (the ones who counldn't imagine Trump winning) really are out of touch:

In other words, there really is an elite at the very top of our income, education, and status hierarchy, and they cluster in just a few areas and cut themselves off from different people.  Moreover, they tend to be children of people of higher status and education.

A hereditary class cut off from the society they rule – not exactly the Jeffersonian ideal of America.  More like the European, Latin, and Asian nations from which many Americans fled.  And they live exactly where you would expect (list below).  Neil Munro of Breitbart summarizes:

A new study shows the college-graduate inhabitants of New York’s elite zip-codes are the most socially isolated Americans in the United States, and have the least familiarity with how ordinary Americans live.

Close behind are the parochial professionals in zip codes around Boston, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, whose social bubbles leave them isolated from the hopes and fears of their fellow Americans[.]

As I've mentioned before, I voted for Donald Trump reluctantly and with many reservations. But I'm starting to feel better about my vote every day, for a variety of reasons. One of them is that his Cabinet picks have been for the most part serious, seasoned people who know what they're doing, and some of them have even been skeptics of the agencies they will head. Another is that I think he's identified several of the most important issues facing the country and has reasonable ways to approach them. If you haven't read "The Art of the Deal" yet, you really should. It explains how Trump approached the primaries, why he's handling the transition the way it is, why he thinks the way he does even what kind of president he wants to be. People are still looking at Trump through the lens of politics, and he's never been a politician. Politicians have been talking about running the government like a business all my lifetime. Here finally is someone who will do exactly that.

It's tempting to make the left's meltdown another reason to feel better about my vote. But there are reasons to resist the temptation. While schadenfreude is always a delighful experience, it's no way to form an opinion; it's reactive rather than thoughtful, gives other people too much power over our deliberations. And I'm mindful of the fact that, had the Trump side lost, I'm sure its most zealous adherents would have been losing their minds now. (Though not to the same degree, I believe.)

And I still have misgivings about what will happen in a Trump administration. A lot of what seems to be spur-of-the-moment reactions on his part are actually deliberate, calculated moves for Trump to get the result he wants. But he does have far too strong an impulsive streak that he needs to hold in check.

But you loons keep it up. All you'll succeed in doing is giving Trump eight years in office, no matter what the record of his first four years are. If you can live with that, I can, too.

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