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Steve Bannon is a more powerful Trump ally from the trenches

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The promotion of John Kelly to Chief of Staff. The rise of leftists in President Trump’s ear. The purging of right and alt-right personalities in the administration, including Steve Bannon himself. These things might make an observer believe that Bannon would be fighting the President now that he’s back in charge at Breitbart. That’s not the case. In fact, Bannon may be the President’s most powerful ally.

On 60 Minutes, Bannon revealed his undying commitment to President Trump and the agenda he helped to craft. His tone was a bit less harsh than he’s been in the past, even saying that Obamacare shouldn’t be fully repealed, but his fervor for the man who made him a household name appears to be completely unshaken.

That’s not to say Bannon won’t be on the attack. He has some very clear targets in mind. No, it’s not the Democrats. No, it isn’t the liberals embedded in the Trump administration. Bannon and Breitbart are going to go after their familiar foes: Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and anyone Bannon feels is standing in the way of Trump’s plans.

He’s going to push for them to be primaried. He’ll hit them in ways that will weaken them for general elections, even allowing Republicans to lose seats if necessary. The new Steve Bannon is the old Steve Bannon, just better known and more empowered than ever. It creates a strange conundrum for Federalists and constitutional conservatives who do not embrace the alt-right mentality. If the enemy of my enemy is my friend, then Bannon is a friend, right? We don’t like the GOP Establishment. Neither does he. Therefore, we’re on the same side? No. Absolutely not. The Red Sox and the Mets can both hate the Yankees without being on the same team. So too can we share a distaste for the Establishment without sharing Breitbart’s love affair with the alt-right.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted that we would be giving Breitbart a chance. That chance is on the verge of being completely over. Based upon the rhetoric coming from Bannon on 60 Minutes plus the clickbait coverage we’re seeing on Breitbart.com, it’s clear that they’re not a true conservative ally. They’re just a separate force opposing some of the same things we oppose. He’s still a big government guy. He’s still an alt-right guy. He’s still the guy who deflects questions about the white supremacists who support him rather than outright denouncing them as he should.

Bannon was asked why he’s no longer in the White House. “I cannot take the fight to the people we have to take the fight to when I’m a federal government employee,” Bannon replied.

This is the truest answer he gave in the interview. He’s no longer on the White House payroll. He no longer represents the administration directly. That makes him the wildcard he’s always wanted to be. Now, he’s going to use the opportunity he made for himself over the last year to take the alt-right message to the people.

Here’s the problem and the biggest fear I have in all this. While wreaking havoc, what damage will he do? Does he care? I can’t answer the first question, but the answer to the second question is quite obvious. He doesn’t care. If taking out Paul Ryan means putting a Democrat in both the congressional seat as well as the Speaker’s office, so be it. As an agent of chaos, his long-term view is that it’s always best to make big changes regardless of the consequences. That’s the real difference between what Breitbart wants to do and what we want to do. Our goal is to put the right people in office. Breitbart’s goal is to put anyone else in office other than the people they don’t like.

The biggest challenge to conservatism isn’t from the left. It’s from the tainting effects of the alt-right as they run away from small-government, constitutionally-sound messaging so they can spread new, perverse, and false definitions of modern “conservatism.”

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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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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Mainstream media wants you to believe the GOP’s sky is falling

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Mainstream media wants you to believe the GOPs sky is falling

The best job in the world is being an election analyst. You can say whatever you want as long as you give semi-valid reasons and even if you’re wrong, it will be unexpected factors that prevented you from being correct.

We got a glimpse of this before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election when hundreds, perhaps thousands of election analysts chimed in on various media outlets. First, we heard a steady chant about why Hillary Clinton would win. Then we got to see the shocked and occasionally tearful expressions on their faces on election day. It continued after the election when these analysts were put on the air to explain what went wrong.

Now, we’re seeing it all over again, albeit at a lesser scale. In the weeks leading up to the midterm elections, we’re already seeing crazy predictions by major commentators and news outlets claiming huge victories for the Democrats. Here’s a good example from The Hill:

Worst-case scenario for House GOP is 70-seat wipeout

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/402329-worst-case-scenario-for-house-gop-is-70-seat-wipeoutIf that pattern holds in November, the worst-case scenario for the GOP is a truly historic wipeout of as many as 72 House seats, according to The Hill’s analysis of special election results and congressional and presidential returns from 2016.

That would mark the deepest decline for either party in a single election cycle since Harry Truman ran against the “Do Nothing Congress” in 1948.

To The Hill’s credit, they noted that this worst-case-scenario is unlikely for many reasons. Nevertheless, this is a society driven by headlines and news snippets. The point wasn’t to explain later in the article why it won’t happen. They wanted to get clicks. The easiest way to do so is with shocking headlines and bold predictions.

Is it possible that the GOP will experience this “wipeout?” Absolutely. They’ve done such a horrendous job at passing their core legislation and are now pandering to moderates and independents in a last ditch effort to finish the legislative session with some wins.

Bottom line: Anyone who claims to know what’s going to happen on election day is trying to sell you something. Until it happens, they’re all just grasping at straws.

David Limbaugh asked the right question:

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Idiotic mainstream media feeds Trump the goodwill motherload

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Idiotic mainstream media feeds Trump the goodwill motherload

The tenacity by which mainstream media wants to stop President Trump is comical. It’s even dangerous at times. Sadly, they keep shooting themselves in the foot by giving their target all the ammunition he needs to continue taking them down.

Their latest attempt at defending freedom of the press and bashing the President for attacking it comes in the form of a coordinated attack. That statement alone is enough to make more people realize their bias and justify Trump’s claims that the press is the enemy. They can attempt to spin it any way they want, but the results will be the same. They’re helping Trump.

Coast to coast, and in between, local news is standing up to Trump’s press attacks

https://money.cnn.com/2018/08/15/media/newspaper-editorials-free-press-trump/index.htmlFrom The Martha’s Vineyard Times to the Dallas Morning News… from the Yankton County Observer in South Dakota to the Bangor Daily News in Maine… the papers will all run editorials as part of an effort first proposed by the Boston Globe earlier this month.

Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, told CNN that more papers were still “signing on” for the effort as of Wednesday afternoon.

This smells bad. I’m not a Trump supporter, yet I grimace at the attempt by mainstream media to take him down. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve it; it isn’t his place to lead the charge against mainstream media. That’s my job, and yours. Instead, the President should be spending time gaining a better understanding of the effects of tariffs and learning how to handle foreign affairs like a statesman. Unhinged journalists and kneeling football players are below the office of the President of the United States.

Nevertheless, he attacks. They attack back. Rinse. Repeat.

This is very similar to what National Review attempted in early 2016 when they gathered a bunch of respected conservative journalists to speak out against the President. Titled “Against Trump,” the issue had dozens of conservatives giving their reasons why we shouldn’t support Trump to be the Republican nominee. It failed miserably. His popularity skyrocketed and it helped to seal the fate of candidates who tried to prevent his ascension.

The current situation is worse. Instead of dozens, it’s hundreds of editorial writers and publications making a concerted effort to expose Trump and his backwards perspectives on freedom of the press. Instead of pulling the nation against him, they will only plant people more firmly in their own beliefs. Trump detractors will get a false sense of victory while Trump supporters will say, “See, he was right all along.”

No minds will be changed by these hundreds of articles. Worldviews will be solidified. More attacks from the White House against mainstream media will be justified. Valid complaints about the President by all journalists will be tainted. In short, the media is handing the President the best present they can give him. They’re proving his point.

Goodwill is generated for people who are perceived as being treated unfairly. By “ganging up” on Trump with coordinated attacks, mainstream media is making even lukewarm Trump supporters much more sympathetic towards him.

The worst part about all this is there are legitimate complaints about the President that will be diminished by mainstream media’s coordinated attacks. They are adding fuel to the fake news fire. Maybe it makes them feel good now, but it’s counterproductive at best.

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