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Thursday, February 14, 2019

They learned nothing from 2016

Mike Bloomberg plans to spend at least $500 million to stop President Donald John Trump next year.

Another billionaire plans to run against President Trump.

And the press has begun gushing Elizabeth Warren's populism and her Trumpian ways.

They just don't get it.

Hillary spent twice as much money as The Donald did in 2016 -- and she carried the fewest states by a Democrat in 28 years.

Remember how Karl Rove burned through $300 million of other people's money in 2012 to stop Obama? The effort failed, of course, but it succeeded in making Rove much more money than a book deal would have.

Now it is Kevin Sheekey's time to cash in. Politico called him a top adviser to Mayor Bloomberg.

Sheekey told Politico, "Mike spent $100 million in his last New York City election. And you can do the math as you think more broadly but New York City is 3 percent of the national population.

"I’m not suggesting it’s straight math. But I’m suggesting that when Mike Bloomberg is committed to making a difference and seeing something though, generally speaking he’s pretty unabashed in doing so."

I think they should call the PAC Sheekey's Green in honor of all the fees he will charge the man.

Then there is former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz who thinks he can be the next Trump.

Only if he gets a time machine and goes back thirty years to do McDonald's commercials, a cameo in "Home Alone 2" and run a football team because The Donald was rich and famous long before this century began.

People know who Donald Trump is.


All they know is he made a fortune peddling pretentious and over-priced coffee. I admire him for his ability to part fools from their money, but who the heck is he?

Do not bother answering. Don't know. Don't care.

Finally, there is Warren. Michael Graham of Inside Sources covered her in New Hampshire and wrote, "Elizabeth Warren Strikes Trumpian Themes in First Granite State Visit."

Her pitch was this, "Here’s the deal. Rules matter. We have one set of rules for the rich and one set of rules for everyone else. That’s not America. That’s not who we are. We need to make change in this country. Not little, itty-bitty change. Not a nibble around the edges. Not even pass one good law here and one good law there. We need to make systemic change in this country."

She drew 300 people. Massachusetts is the next state over. The Boston Strangler would have drawn more.

Her Harvard law professor populism fails for two reasons.

First, President Trump owns populism. He made that systemic change. Employment is at a record level. The economy bustles. Wages at last are rising faster than inflation. The problems she raises are from 2016. President Trump has fixed them.

And Warren and her crowd cannot take credit for that because they all said it would not work.

But the second reason she fails is more important because it gets to the heart of the difference between politicians and this president.

She is not entertaining.

President Trump delivers hour-long extemporaneous monologues. Like Grateful Dead concerts, no two Donald Trump rallies are the same. He speaks to the crowd, not at them. He may be a billionaire playboy, but he gets the American working class in a way no president has since Ronald Reagan.

I watched her and she did OK. She was like Hillary but she didn't cackle or whine or fake a laugh.

By golly, Warren's got spunk.

Trying to be President Trump is a concession to his success.

One of the lessons from 2016 -- maybe the most important of them -- is to be yourself. No one else would have survived the Billy Bush tape, but the Billy Bush tape is who Donald Trump is, and we accept that because he never pretended to be something else.

Hillary has spent her whole life faking it because she is a very unhappy person.

So let us review the lessons President Trump taught in 2016 that the opposition has failed to learn.

1. Money doesn't matter.

2. Celebrity cannot be bought; it must be earned.

3. Capitalism works.

4. Be yourself.


  1. Bloomberg and Schultz are jealous of PDJT. Them and other billionaires are pissed that they are not President.

    Warren is a phony through and through. The last thing PDJT is would be a phony. He is authentic as most liberals are frauds.

  2. To quote Don: "it'l be different this time!"

  3. Trump, like Reagan, is a restoration President. They both followed inept men who failed in their general promise as leaders. I admit Obama too might be called restorative because he rode into a disaster his opponent seemed unable to handle but it is also true that his wealthy supporters knew he would allow them to buy him off rather than be prosecuted for the disaster they created. He was further gifted with a second opponent who seemed uncaring and even cruel allowing people to forgive his lies and obvious low level of competence.
    Trump is creating his own story. Of all these men, he has had to stand alone more then they, although he shares with Reagan accomplishments his opponents ridiculed as impossible. The billionairs in Don's post are self made men but they are also so rich that they are sacrificing nothing to run and offer the electorate little if anything to look forward to if chosen. In Trump's case he can rightly say to the voter he will get more of the same, whereas what can then others say other than "you won't". 20 will be a watershed election for the US. It will knowingly get what it deserves.

  4. "Here’s the deal. Rules matter. We have one set of rules for the rich and one set of rules for everyone else."

    Good one Liz. We also have one set of rules for Dimocrats and one set of rules for everyone else. e.g. Crooked Cankles skating while the Russian collusion witch hunt goes after Trump. Those are the rules I worry about. Dimocrats can get away with racism (Bobby Byrd and Ralph Northam). Watergate was a picnic compared to Obungler's FISA abuse but Obungler will never pay any price. Teddy Kennedy got away with murder. - GOC

  5. schultz didn't learn from his starbucks experience. You cannot open your borders or rest rooms without making a shithole or drug den. For all his money and "experience" he is still quite dumb or naive.
    And, warren. For someone who abused affirmative action for 30 years it is ironic she talks about two sets of rules.

  6. Custer has more Native American genes than Elizabeth Warren.

  7. I hope Fauxcahontas keeps talking about "rule of law", and then gets asked about illegal gov't servers. And illegal gov't Secret documents. And illegal lying to FBI.
    The USA and all decent countries do need Rule of Law, but the Dems, with their support of PC-Klan e-lynchings, do not support rule of law. They want rule by elites.