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Don’t underestimate the power of cheesy commercials, but this guy is going to lose

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Some political consultant sold Dan Helmer, an Army veteran and West Point graduate, on the idea of remaking an iconic scene from Top Gun. Helmer bought it. This proves he’s far too gullible to serve in Congress, and he’ll lose.

Don’t underestimate the power of cheesy commercials. They get attention. I mean how many underdog Congressional candidates get their ad mocked on Fox News as “worst campaign ad ever?” That’s going to generate a lot of publicity. Somebody sold Helmer on the idea that “all publicity is good publicity.” In many cases that’s true, but there’s another rubric here that overrides it: Your first impression needs to be your best impression.

Now, voters’ (and America’s) first impression of Helmer is that he’s a cheesy nutcase, unserious, and a bad singer to boot. That’s going to be difficult, to say the least, to overcome. With one ad, Helmer has sunk himself.

A better approach might have been taking the parody all the way up to the point where he’s about to sing, then stopping, turning to the camera to break the “fourth wall” and saying “Nope! You thought I was going to sing ‘You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling’ and in fact the political consultant suggested it, but I know when not to listen to consultants. That’s why you need me in Congress.”

Too bad Helmer doesn’t get a do-over. If I were him, I’d start by correcting his first mistake–letting Democrats talk him into running as a token veteran (with the matching T-shirt). The proper thing for him to do is to leave the race and leave the Democrats. They’re more of a joke than Helmer’s campaign ad, and just as cringe-inducing.

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Jim Koch likes tax cuts, so Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone is boycotting Samuel Adams beer

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Jim Koch likes tax cuts so Mayor Joseph A Curtatone is boycotting Samuel Adams beer

Some of us don’t agree with the President generally but appreciate some of the actions he’s taken. This is a reasonable stance; you don’t have to agree with someone philosophically or even like them personally to like some of their actions. Arguably the best thing the GOP Congress and President Trump have done since taking power are the tax cuts. What’s not to like?

Unfortunately, many on the left don’t feel the same way. Whether they’re against a particular policy or simply against against anything that starts with the letter “T” and ends in the word “rump,” they will go out of their way to not only protest the President’s actions but demonize anyone who doesn’t feel the same way. Such is the case with a Massachusetts mayor, Joseph A. Curtatone, and his fresh boycott against Samuel Adams beer.

Did they ship jobs overseas? No. Did they rip off consumers, lie about their products, or cheat on their taxes? No. Perhaps they espoused a Biblical worldview – many liberals hate that and will demonize any prominent people who do such a dastardly deed. No, they didn’t do that either.

What Jim Koch, co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company who produces Samuel Adams, did was give praise about the tax cuts that are saving American tax-payers real money. At a dinner the President held for various business owners, Koch didn’t show support for the President or any of his more controversial policies. He likes the tax cuts, as any fair-minded and money-conscious American should. Unfortunately, that was enough to make Curtatone whip out his social justice warrior card and call for a boycott.

Even the Boston Herald had to question Curtatone’s stance.

Editorial: Mayor Walsh stands against Boston Beer boycott

http://www.bostonherald.com/opinion/editorials/2018/08/editorial_mayor_walsh_stands_against_boston_beer_boycottIt was an important, symbolic step for Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to come out against any boycott of Samuel Adams ale, as Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and others vowed to never drink the Boston Beer Co. product again.

Walsh told the Herald’s Brooks Sutherland, “I think that if you start talking about boycotting something against elected officials, including the president, there’s not much stuff we’d be able to buy in the country.”

When a liberal politician wants to make headlines, they fight against a perceived injustice. That means Curtatone believes the tax cuts were unjust. The people of Somerville should remember that next time they go to the balo

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The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

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The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

For at least the second time, reporters were barred from covering an event featuring Socialist Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The campaign’s reason: we want attendees to feel comfortable since there’s so much national press covering her.

This is an absolutely ridiculous excuse, of course. Nobody goes to a campaign event without knowing the press will (should) be there. It doesn’t make them less comfortable and may actually give some a sense of security knowing the answers to their questions will be judged by more than the audience at hand. That’s one of the reasons for the press in the first place, to give information about an event to people who cannot attend.

Instead, the press is getting another roadblock:

Ocasio-Cortez bans press from covering campaign event

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/17/ocasio-cortez-bans-press-from-covering-campaign-event.htmlAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York’s 14th congressional district, is facing criticism after her campaign banned journalists from covering a town hall meeting with voters this week.

The Queens Chronicle, a local news outlet, reported that the campaign for the 28-year-old progressive prevented reporters from attending a campaign event in Corona on Sunday, even though it was open to the rest of the public. The campaign reportedly barred reporters from a prior event as well.

It’s conspicuous that a local publication was barred because it runs contrary to the narrative the campaign is trying to sell. So why is she being hidden from reporters at these types of events?

My Take

It’s clear that her exposure is her best friend and worst enemy. Being talked about is a politician’s best friend on the campaign trail, but it also offers a risk of failure. This is most common in events like the town hall meetings she is holding because she’ll be forced to think on her feet.

What if she can’t think on her feet? What if her answers when placed in an unscripted situation the type of answers many would expect from an inexperienced socialist?

Until she’s ready to handle the pressure of having press cover these events, she won’t be ready to hold public office at this level. The House of Representatives isn’t for people who need to be protected from their own answers.

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Bettie Cook Scott is a racist politician. And she’s a Democrat.

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Bettie Cook Scott is a racist politician And shes a Democrat

Racism is owned by the Republican Party. That’s the narrative the press and their handlers, the Democratic Party, wants America to believe. Someone forgot to get that memo to Michigan state representative Bettie Cook Scott.

Detroit Rep. Bettie Cook Scott on Asian opponent: ‘Don’t vote for the ching-chong!’

https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2018/08/16/detroit-rep-bettie-cook-scott-on-asian-opponent-dont-vote-for-the-ching-chongMore than a dozen community groups have called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize for a series of racial slurs sources say she used to describe her primary election opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).

Scott is alleged to have referred to Chang as “ching-chang” and “the ching-chong” to multiple voters outside polling precincts during last Tuesday’s election. She’s also said to have called one of Chang’s campaign volunteers an “immigrant,” saying “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”

My Take

There are two important takeaways here. First is the hypocrisy surrounding Scott, a (formerly) rising star in the Michigan Democratic Party. If the comments she made were spoken by anyone other than a Democrat, the calls wouldn’t be for an apology. The press and social groups would be calling for her to step down and jump into a hole somewhere.

The second point is that in the real world, the one not seen through the lens of liberals and the media, racism exists everywhere. It is not owned by Republicans, conservatives, old people, white people, or any other classification. One can even make a valid argument that it’s no more prominent in the Republican Party than it is in the Democratic Party that supports groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

Racism must be eliminated from society. That will never happen as long as so many people naively believe it only exists in the minds of certain people on the political right. It exists everywhere. Accept that and we can work to make it stop.

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