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Monday, November 06, 2017

Drudge: “You guys are a couple of jamokes.”

On Election Day 2016, worried about exit polls that showed a landslide for Hillary, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner called Matt Drudge for guidance.

Drudge: “You guys are a couple of jamokes. Wait until the second exit polls come out, or later. The corporate media — they’ve always been wrong the entire time — these numbers are wrong.”


I love it.

It was a night to remember. Even the Great Steve Bannon was wetting himself with worry.

Not me.

I woke up on Election Day 2016. I knew he would win. I called my sister, Paula. She knew he'd win. We felt great. I blogged. Worked on editing my book about the general election, "Trump the Establishment," and waited for the happy ending.

Actually the book went on to mid-December, as The Donald became a very pro-active president-elect who held court in the gold-and-marble penthouse of Trump Tower.

Elsewhere on Election Day, the feeling was the opposite.

From Nate Cohn of the New York Times:
Hillary Clinton enters Election Day with a clear if not insurmountable advantage over Donald J. Trump. If the polls and conventional wisdom are correct, we might know the result fairly quickly.
If not, it could be a long night.
The final national polls give Mrs. Clinton a four-point lead, and her path to the presidency is straightforward: win the states carried by John Kerry in 2004, in addition to New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Virginia.
He gave Trump a 16% chance of winning.

That was in the morning.

From Esquire magazine this week, some quotes:
Dave Weigel, The Washington Post: I called Jeff Flake the Sunday before the election. I said, “I have one round of questions if Hillary wins, and one if Trump wins.” And he just started laughing, saying, “Why would you bother asking the second one?”
Neal Brennan, comedian/writer: I was at SNL. Chappelle was like, “Dude, I feel like Trump’s gonna win.” I was like, “Dude, I’ll bet you a hundred thousand dollars he won’t win.” He did not take the bet, thankfully.
Zara Rahim, Clinton campaign national spokeswoman: We were waiting for the coronation. I was planning my Instagram caption.
Then came the exit polls.
Bret Baier, Fox News chief political anchor: We got the exit polls at 5 p.m. in a big office on the executive floor. Rupert Murdoch and all the staff were there. It looked like we were going to call the race for Hillary Clinton at 10:30 or 11 p.m.
Steve Bannon: The exit polls were horrific. It was brutal. I think we were close in Iowa and Ohio and everything else was just brutal. Losing everywhere. Florida, Pennsylvania. I mean, it looked like a landslide.
Ashley Parker, The Washington Post, formerly of The New York Times: The RNC thought they were going to lose. The Trump campaign supporters thought they were going to lose. They were rushing to get their side out of the blame game. I spent part of my day lining up interviews for later that night or the next morning to get their version of events.
Matt Drudge knew better.

I did too.

The polls closed. The early numbers were lousy. I took a nap at 8. Woke up at 9:30. Watched the returns from Michigan come in. The Twitter reactions went from uh-oh to oh-no. By 10 p.m., it was over. No one was calling it, but it was over.

More from Esquire:
Maggie Haberman, The New York Times: When I went downstairs at 8:15, Hillary was up in Florida. When I came back upstairs, it had flipped. I got a sense the second I set foot in the newsroom that something was going on.
Van Jones, CNN: You got smoke coming out of every gear trying to figure out what the heck is happening out there. And you've got John King who had said, over and over, that there is no pathway for a Trump victory. Suddenly, that whole thing starts to come apart.
Bret Baier: At 8:30 I turned to Chris Wallace, who was sitting next to us on the set, and said, “This does not look like it's lining up.” We came back from commercial break and Chris said, “Donald Trump could be the next president of the United States.”
I am surprised Wallace understood it. Maybe I shouldn't be. He is not a jamoke.
Bret Baier: The futures markets had taken a nosedive, so we were covering that aspect of things. Fortunately, we had Maria Bartiromo on the set, who looked at the numbers and said, “Well, I would think this is a buying opportunity, because if you look at policy, tax cuts, regulation roll back, and everything else, that's probably going to mean the market turning around when businesses weigh in.” That turned out to be pretty prescient.
Of course Bartiromo got it. She's a capitalist.

We all are now.

Socialism is dead in America.

The Cult of Personality over Obama is dead too.

The experts did not get the 2016 election because Matt Drudge is right. They are all jamokes and shills for a corporate media that serves America poorly.


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  1. I heard a different interpretation for it. I was stationed in England '71-75 and slang for a British male was "bloke". If it was a male immigrant from Jamaica, they were known as "jamokes" & there was no slight intended.

  2. I don't believe socialism is dead; ailing, yes, but too many lefties like it and want it.

  3. I agree with Sam L. Socialism and Communism will never die. There are too many radical leftists, not only in the US but throughout the world. They will never die. They will only get more violent.

  4. Socialism and Communism are greed and envy enforced by murder. That's all there is to it. Envious, greedy people who are quite willing to kill you and yours for what you possess. Insofar as Trump is able to fight.....that's good....but there's a whole system of marxist indoctrination....known as public education. So, the deck is stacked....unless we have a huge war....that kills off a lot of these indoctrinated marxists. Sad to say, but most of you know them as your children.

    That's a grim situation, no doubt. But the Lord has said that a man's enemies would rise up from his own household. Are your children pro-choice? Do you understand what that means?

    1. I brought my kid into this world and I can take take her out. And she knows it. She has straightened up pretty well. Enlisting in the Army to be an officer. It's too damn bad most parents these days don't have the gumption or the guts to teach their kids what's right and discipline them. I don't blame the kids, I blame the parents - and the public school system. But the bottom line is the parent(s). - Elric

  5. I wonder if the polls are wrong for Virginia tomorrow. I hope so.

    1. Do they account for the mess that sprung up over the weekend?

  6. Ahhhh. That wonderful 9 o'clock hour! (The 6 o'clock hour for those of in Pacific time.) At the top of the hour, Queen Hillary was on her way to the coronation. And then, by the next top of the hour, it was all over for her. Her supporters were morose. The futures markets were in collapse based on the fact that the certain event was not happening. NY Times and Nate Silver all reversed course, with the NY Times going from "Madame President" to Trump having a 95 percent chance of winning all in that glorious hour.

    When I'm feeling down, I like to go on youtube and watch the election returns from the various networks, focusing on that hour. Like whiskers on kittens and warm woolen mittens, these are a few of my favorite things.

  7. I cried because I was so relieved. My wife and I stayed up all night watching and laughing at the pathetic libs who had just had their behinds handed to them - it was a miracle.

  8. Between the media and political rigging of polls to people refusing to be polled or lying to prevent being targeted as non-human the Democrats ruined their ability to get accurate information. It was wonderful to behold. "Don't believe your own publicity. You can't; you'll start thinking that you're better than you are." Leif Garrett

    1. Leif Garrett said something that profound? Wow. Who knew he wasn't a jamoke?

  9. I knew Trump would win because he'd clean up the mysterious Women's Vote, despite all the "War on Women" silliness - women know better than that. And I realized that it wouldn't show up in the polls, and especially not the exit polls. Now of course there's a whole hell of a lot I don't know about women, but I was right about how they'd vote this time around. A great night.

  10. Those so-called adults on the Hillary bandwagon ought to be ashamed about how they reacted. They showed no more self-control than an over-tired three year old.

    - Mikey NTH

    1. Adults on the HiLlARy band wagon???
      Shouldn't that be dolts?

  11. The funniest thing of the entire night was watching Rachel Madcow with her "You're not dreaming" routine. Laughed my ass off. - GOC

    1. I was drinking a scotch at that point. A very good one I felt warranted being opened. I will be having another one on November 8.

  12. I am a WWII aircraft fan and I appreciate that photo. A nice example of a famed WWII bombing aircraft, the B-25 "Mitchell" twin engine bomber built by North American Aviation. Two Wright R-2600 Wright radial engines gave it great speed for a twin engine bird.

    The B-25 was the favorite aircraft of USAAF general James Doolittle, who led 16 of these planes off the deck of the USN aircraft carrier Hornet, on April 18, 1942, to carry out the first offensive action against Japan in the war.

    The B-25 was NOT a carrier plane and could not land on the carrier. It was a one way trip with no way to get back basically. The strategy was to attack Tokyo, overfly Japan and try to make the Chinese coast where they could ditch the planes. Doolittle and many others made it back eventually.

    Doolittle was picked to train this force but forbidden by Gen Marshall to LEAD the raid. Doolittle was a man small in stature but large in guts and balls...where it mattered. He would not send men on this mission if he did NOT he led it. If you watch the 16mm film of the raid launching from the Hornet he is the first plane off he deck with only about 450 feet of deck to get up flying speed.

    Doolittle was the first man to obtain a college degree in aeronautical engineering. He was the first man to make an "instrument" flight and pioneered some of the instruments. He won the Bendix trophy in 1931, in the great cross country race. He flew the hideously unstable Gee Bee R1 racer to win the Thompson trophy in 1932, the only man to sucessfully master that aircraft.

    He was the greatest pilot that this nation ever produced! He was beloved by everyone who served under him. His memory is cherished today by those of us who love WWII history and the kind of real MEN that America produced.....before the "pajama boys" came along that we have now!

  13. and the beauty of the evening - no hanging chads

  14. I loved that exchange, it was just beautiful.

    And I admit, I had my doubts going in. I was sure that evil witch would win. Turns out it was politically, the best night ever.

  15. Reading between the lines, you can tell Chappelle doesn't hate Trump at all. And it should not surprise anyone he would get the sense that Trump could win. He lives on a farm in Ohio with his wife and children. He doesn't live in the Hollywood/NYC/DC bubble, and he's originally from D.C.

  16. "That ain't the way I heard it!"

    There's a helluva lot Trump and Truman don't have in common.

    But nothing that's all that important.

    I know who Harry was rooting for, twelve months gone.

  17. Which of the three definitions of "jamoke" did Drudge mean? ;-)