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The TV ratings are in for this week’s Democrat debates. While they did beat out the other reality shows, game shows and sitcoms on TV that night, it wasn’t by much. Part one drew 8.7 million viewers (down from 15.3 million for part one of the first debate in June), while part two drew 10.7 million (down from 18.1 million in June.) That’s understandable: I wouldn’t have watched if it weren’t my job, the same way it was Ed Norton’s job to go down into the sewer every day.
So the bad news for the Democratic Party is that not that many people saw the debates. Of course, the good news for the Party is also that not that many people saw the debates. Because the reactions from those who did ranged from unimpressed to horrified, and word of mouth isn’t helping.
Those of us who have to keep up with politics for a living often forget that most people’s lives don’t revolve around who’s in Washington or who’s up or down in the latest poll, or what innocuous old tweet that’s now politically incorrect has been dragged up out of mothballs to hurl at a candidate like Moe Howard throwing a pie. In short, most Americans have lives. They don’t pay serious attention to politics until after the conventions. These candidates are pitching their appeals to the hardcore base who actually show up to primaries, and in the Democratic Party these days, that means they’re appealing to angry, Trump-despising, blame-America-first, socialist nutjobs.
A Colorado referendum worth paying attention to
By Mike Huckabee
Marianne Williamson's popularity surges
By Mike Huckabee
Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson was treated as a joke Presidential candidate. But after her popularity surged following Tuesday’s debate, it appears that some Democrat elites are starting to remember 2016, when they laughed about what a joke Donald Trump was. There are now signs that some are getting just a little panicky at the threat Williamson might pose to the status quo (especially after the debates exposed just how weak their field is) and looking for ways to sabotage her. (Tulsi Gabbard has similar suspicions; she’s suing Google for $50 million for suspending her ads when people were searching for her name after the first debate. And she’s even getting a taste of the “Russian collusion hoax herself.)
So Williamson shouldn’t have been surprised that an interview on CNN immediately turned accusatory, with Anderson Cooper pulling up her old tweets in which she criticized the over-prescribing of antidepressants to suggest that she condemns all depression drugs. He even tied her to Scientology. Williamson called that a “complete mischaracterization” of what she said, and claimed she was condemning the medicalizing of deep sadness, which is a normal part of life, and not clinical depression. She said, “There is value sometimes in feeling the sadness, feeling that dark night of the soul.” (Sorry, I can’t do a Marianne Williamson story without slipping in at least one quote that sounds as if it came from the liner notes of a Pink Floyd album.)
I don’t know exactly what she originally tweeted, so I’m not going to defend her. Maybe it’s a legitimate issue. But I assume if CNN had anything worse, they would’ve used it. She obviously thinks her words are being twisted, and with everything else to talk about, it does seem odd that CNN would dig so deep into her past tweets and make the interview about this.
Williamson told Cooper that she felt she was getting “very little respect here.” Welcome to the club, Marianne! I suggest you look at it the same way I do: as a badge of honor. Getting very little respect from CNN is a great sign of just how much the Democratic Party establishment is afraid of you.
A Do-It-Yourself Attitude
By Mike Huckabee
Here's a do-it-yourself salute to Huck’s Hero and Trump supporter Scot Pressler. After Trump tweeted about the rats and garbage in Baltimore that the government was ignoring, Pressler said he got tired of hearing people talk about things that “should” be done. So he decided to go to Baltimore and pick up some trash himself, even if he had to stand on a street corner alone.
But fortunately, he has 300,000 Twitter followers. After he put out the word, at least 100 volunteered to join him. He’s now organizing a volunteer effort to distribute gloves and garbage bags and go into neighborhoods plagued with illegal dumping to clean them up without government help.
This reminds me of a Louis Anderson comedy routine in which he talked about a pothole that plagued his neighborhood for years. Complaints to the city brought no results. Then one day, he noticed some men pouring a driveway and asked if he could have a bucket full of asphalt. They said yes, so he carried it over and dumped it into the pothole. He was stunned. The problem was solved! Neighbors poured out their houses celebrating. They were cheering him as the neighborhood hero. All because it had never occurred to him that, instead of complaining to the government for years, he could’ve just filled the pothole.
Let’s hope Trump’s tweet will inspire similar volunteer efforts in other blue cities where residents have learned that complaining to their corrupt local governments about neglect of their neighborhoods is about as useless as complaining into a pothole. Then once they've taken out the trash from their neighborhoods, they can do it at the polls, too.
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Procter & Gamble announced Tuesday that it’s taking a whopping $8 billion writedown on its Gillette shaving razor brand.
P&G blames Gillette’s poor sales on new competitors and Millennials growing complicated hipster facial hair rather than on the fact that they ran notoriously "woke" ads insulting men for their toxic masculinity and targeting a whole new and undoubtedly huge market: women who need to shave their beards.
Say, P&G: Give me a call. I think I might be able to explain to you why all those men are switching to Gillette’s new competitors.
A Baltimore native points out in The Federalist that what Trump said about certain areas of her hometown was not racist, but correct, and it desperately needed to be discussed so someone would do something about conditions that years of Democratic rule have allowed to fester. Not only that, it’s even worse in some ways than Trump said. For instance, did you know that the homicide rate is so high that if Baltimore residents weren’t already US citizens, they could qualify for refugee status under current U.S. asylum laws?
Maybe Democrats want to keep our immigration laws loose so that refugees from blue cities can qualify for asylum in red states.
Note on Yesterday’s Story about the IG report on James Comey: Many liberals in politics and the media are celebrating Attorney General Barr’s decision not to act on the investigator’s recommendation to indict James Comey as proof of Comey’s innocence.
Now, go back to that last sentence and replace the name “James Comey” with “Donald Trump,” then try to imagine being able to say it with a straight face.
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