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Thursday, December 22, 2016

President Trump brings normal back to Washington.

"What is normal and customary in Washington was long ago neither sane nor necessary."


Three months after his sane smackdown of the Potomac Lowlanders called Never Trumpers, Hanson gave a great explanation of President Trump's sea-change triumph over the status quo, "He grasped that what voters cared about were the very issues politicos were disdainfully ignoring."

It is a delightful read from a clear thinker.

Hanson correctly observes that President Trump's cunning outflanked the huge war chest and war machine that Team Clinton assembled. Trump annealed himself with the working class (and as readers know, that has been a theme of his adult life). Hanson observed a linguistic subtlety that I missed.

From Hanson:
We have never heard a presidential candidate say such a thing as “We love our miners” — not “we like” miners, but “we love” them. And not just any miners, but “our” miners, as if, like “our vets,” the working people of our moribund economic regions were unique and exceptional people, neither clingers nor irredeemables. In Trump’s gut formulation, miners certainly did not deserve “to be put out of business” by Hillary Clinton, as if they were little more than the necessary casualties of the war against global warming. For Trump, miners were not the human equivalent of the 4,200 bald eagles that the Obama administration recently assured the wind turbine industry can be shredded for the greater good of alternate energy and green profiteering.
Now I watched on television that speech Trump gave in Charleston, West Virginia, on May 5. It marked the only time I remember him not wearing a Trump ballcap. The Friends of Coal gave him a hardhat, and he wore it proudly throughout his hourlong speech.

There are 25 coal producing states. Trump carried 21 of them, including the top four. In fact the top two coal states -- Wyoming and West Virginia -- were the top two Trump states.

It is not that there are that many coal miners. Only one percent of West Virginians have coal mining licenses.

But coal is both an economic engine in the state, and a symbol of the state itself; the state flag features a miner and a mountaineer.

Men who are willing -- eager -- to crawl into the ground to dig coal deserve respect. It takes brains, brawn and bravery to mine coal, be it underground or above.

So, OK, we elected Trump. Now what?

From Hanson:
Lost amid the left-wing hatred of Trump and the conservative Never Trump condescension is that so far he has shattered American political precedents by displaying much more political cunning and prescience than have his political opponents and most observers. Key is his emperor-has-no-clothes instinct that what is normal and customary in Washington was long ago neither sane nor necessary. And so far, his candidacy has not only redefined American politics but also recalibrated the nature of insight itself — leaving the wise to privately wonder whether they were ever all that wise after all.
Of course, the wise men in Washington -- Bob Dole, Kissinger, James Baker, etc. -- already hitched their wagon to President Trump, if only out of fear of Hillary. The smart but unwise were Never Trump.

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19 comments:

  1. "much more political cunning and prescience than have his political opponents and most observers."

    I said that all along.

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  2. Michael Moore said the very same things as Hanson and also predicted Trump would win.

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  3. Off topic, but I couldn't help laughing my derriere off this---did you see where former Cowboys coach stopped by the coffee shop in Trump Tower to get some coffee, and when the media saw him they asked him what was going on, and he told them for the hell of it "I met with the President-Elect about the Secretary of Offense position, and the meeting went great" and media outlets were running with it?? Oh, the media, it never gets old!!!
    -Fred

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    1. I left out it was Barry Switzer, oops!
      -Fred

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  4. I bet my Dad 20 clams that West Virginia would have the biggest popular vote margin for Trump (he lives in Montana). Damn, I lost! Wyoming beat us by about 3 percentage points. Didn't mind a bit paying up, though...

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    1. Montana would have been tops, but we have all those hippies, dippies, California transplants, and government workers in Western Montana.

      Trump received 91% of the vote in Garfield County in the Bakken:

      http://www.bing.com/search?q=presidential%20vote%20tallies%20montana%20counties&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=presidential%20vote%20tallies%20monta&sc=0-31&sk=&cvid=DEFA5780FF2A4E16BBE308017A94FB5E

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    2. Montana would have been tops, but we have all those hippies, dippies, California transplants, and government workers in Western Montana.

      Trump received 91% of the vote in Garfield County in the Bakken:

      http://www.bing.com/search?q=presidential%20vote%20tallies%20montana%20counties&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&pq=presidential%20vote%20tallies%20monta&sc=0-31&sk=&cvid=DEFA5780FF2A4E16BBE308017A94FB5E

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  5. "Normal" is a relative term in Washington, D.C. with no correlation to the "real" world. - Elric

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  7. It disgusted me to no end that the global redistribution scheme took aim at American coal miners while coal miners jobs in most other countries were spared.
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    My ideals have always led me to believe in equal and fair treatment, but oir miners were being treated unfairly.
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    The New Yahk slimes had an article the other day lamenting what they thought to be the risk that the US would downsize our contribution to world health.
    The article went in to admit the truth (hard for them to do they mostly do fake news) that the US is the largest contributor to world health (most ever).
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    Most of the time the slimes is is busy denigrating America that they forget what we contribute to the world in so many ways.
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    The slimes spent so much of Obammys presidency slamming the US as a hateful racist nation and now all of a sudden, now that Trump has been elected, the slimes has become aware of our national largesse to the rest of the world.

    Invite a friend to hop on the Trump train. I am expecting one heck of a ride and I do t think I will ever want to get off.
    libby, Muslim for Trump. We exist even if the fakestream media thinks we dont

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  8. VDH was late coming, but better late than never, I guess. He's eloquent, but if you read between the lines he's basically come to the same realization we all did and what Don put into words before anyone else and in a very unique way.

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  9. Hanson is a clear-eyed historian who can see the present that so many can't or won't.

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  10. Political cunning would dictate that, as President, he will early on hit the DC mule very hard between the eyes with a shovel, in order to get its attention.

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    1. I believe the traditional tool is a 2x4.

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    2. I say he'll be using a pickaxe, a more traditional miners' tool of the trade.

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  11. VDH IS a clear thinker, Don. I've been a fan of his stuff for a few years now.

    There are some parts of KY and W VA where the only decent paying jobs are deep mining coal. It's a shitty job but you have to admire guys that will do it to feed their families.

    China is burning so much coal, most of it up a straight pipe, that people are wearing masks in some areas to screen out the particulates and you can't see 50 yards. There hasn't been a power plant that crude in the US for 30 years. Obama and Hillary want to kill coal so the price of energy "necessarily skyrockets", and their BS wind and solar can compete. That effing simple.

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    1. Is Warren Buffet still making a fortune with his railroads carrying that coal across country from one coast to the other so it can be shipped to places like China?

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    2. A friend of my son lives in Beijing, and says the smog never gets above 250ppm...because that's the limit the government allows the papers to publish.

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    Click here to find out if you qualify now!

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