WHO HIRES WHO
Among the many dusty political clichés that no longer apply is the idea that the Republicans are the party of “the rich” and Democrats are for “the common man” (or woman or whichever one of the 57+ genders you identify with.) That should have been set to rest long ago by all the big bucks pouring into Dem coffers from Wall Street, Hollywood and Silicon Valley; the Party’s efforts to continue letting illegal immigration destroy the jobs and wages of low-skilled workers; their laws that crush small businesses and independent contractors; and Party leaders like Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi with their Marie Antoinette-like attitudes toward all the lower class “deplorables.”
But here’s yet another scientifically-verified example, and thanks to Instapundit for finding this on Twitter. The study was from last year, but it’s even more timely now.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers discovered that when hiring top campaign workers, Democratic Presidential campaigns disproportionately hire people from the same small handful of elite private and Ivy Schools, while Republicans tend to hire people who attended state public universities all across America.
The top three schools for Republican campaign hires are UT-Austin, Ohio State and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Others in the top 20 include the University of Alabama, Brigham Young in Utah and Missouri State. Overall, 20% of Democrat hires come from just seven schools: Harvard, Stanford, NYU, UC Berkeley, Georgetown, Columbia and Yale. Sixteen percent of Hillary Clinton's 2016 staffers came from just four of those schools. So we can also add "The Democrats represent diversity" to the outdated cliche list.
I’m sure the Dems would say that just shows that they hire the “best and the brightest.” But that’s only because they define “best and brightest” as “people who went to the same expensive schools I did in the same parts of the country and got indoctrinated with the same lefist dogma by the same liberal professors.” It could help explain why they seem to be so out of touch with most Americans, and as Hillary and Mike Bloomberg let slip, look down with scorn and condescension on anyone who doesn’t have an Ivy League degree and a white collar job. It doesn't take a degree from Hah-vahd to know how well that goes over with blue collar voters.
Moral: this is not your father’s Democratic Party anymore, even if they are running your grandfather for President.
Interesting and amusing piece by Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media on why the Biden campaign might have to declare the choice of Kamala Harris as an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign.
Here's a wrap-up and analysis of Tuesday’s primary election results by Democratic pollster and Fox News contributor Doug Schoen.
As he notes, the big story is the wins by anti-establishment candidates on both the left and right, a problem for leaders of both parties, but worse for the Democrats. This widens even further the great divide between the shell-shocked voters whom Biden will have to feed "moderate" baloney to convince them the party hasn’t gone crazy and the wild-eyed leftist nutjobs who are actually getting elected in blue cities and states and turning them into Third World countries (he’ll also need to win over the voters who actually voted for that!)
Also, deeply depressing but hardly unexpected, voters in Minnesota gave a big win to Rep. Ilhan Omar over her better-funded, equally “progressive” but not stunningly corrupt, anti-American and anti-Semitic challenger. It’s further proof that once Democrats get into a seat of power, no matter how awful they may be, removing them from it is like trying to pry off a deer tick.
There are two new books out about the Trump Administration, one by a former White House insider and the other co-written by a black political activist. But before you brace yourself for whatever mud the authors have agreed to peddle for a fat advance, you should know these are not the kind of back-stabbing books we’ve come to expect.
The first is by former Trump Director of Oval Office Operations, Madeleine Westerhout, and it’s called “Off the Record: My Dream Job at the White House, How I Lost It, and What I Learned.” She has some harsh words, but not for Trump. Westerhout saves her criticism for the media, and with good cause. After a dinner at Trump’s golf resort in New Jersey, she had a few drinks with some reporters she thought were her friends and who assured her their conversation was off-the-record. She made some catty jokes about Trump’s daughter Tiffany’s weight and his relationship with his daughters. Of course, the “off the record” comments were immediately reported, and she was quickly invited to resign. She now believes they reported those stories just because they hate Trump so much and want to hurt him in any way they can. She learned the hard way not to trust the media.
Westerhout says her comments weren’t true and it “broke her heart” to hurt Trump and his family. But she has talked to him on the phone twice since and he forgave her, which she says “just goes to show how gracious he is.” In fact, she was surprised to discover that he was nothing like what she expected. And she was hardly a Trump sycophant.
Until she went to work for him, all she knew about him was the horrible things she’d heard in the media, so she hadn’t even voted for him in 2016 (although she stresses that she did not vote for Hillary.) She was surprised to discover that he was nothing like how he had been painted. She says he’s actually a kind and friendly boss, he reads constantly, works very hard, relies heavily on female aides and is very warm toward friends, family and staffers.
Westerhout said one of her goals with her book is to counter the relentless false negative stories about Trump. I wish her luck, although I suspect that’s like trying to put out the Chicago Fire with a flyswatter.
The other new book is called “Coming Home: How Black Americans Will Re-elect Trump.” It’s by African-American conservative political activist Vernon Robinson III and Bruce Eberle of the Eberle Associates political fundraising firm.
They tell a similar story of not supporting Trump at first and only voting for him because he had to be better than Hillary Clinton (Note: he is also much better than Joe Biden.) But they came around after seeing him keep his promises about governing like a real conservative with his judicial appointments, peace through strength, cutting of regulations and more, as well as forcing new trade deals, making our allies pay more for their defense, strengthening border security and other measures that put Americans first.
But the thing that’s unusual about this book is its theory that Trump will win reelection because he’ll get a higher percentage of the black vote than any Republican in a century. Two reasons: he’s actually doing things to help black Americans (sentencing reform, job creation, rising wages, opportunity zones, protecting their churches) and unlike most Republicans, he’s actively appealing to them for their votes and not just letting the Democrats’ false claims that he’s a “racist” define him.
I don’t know if that will win him enough black votes to tip the election, although the Democrats wouldn’t have to lose that many for it to sink them. That’s why they viciously attack any black person who dares to oppose them (i.e., if you don’t vote for Biden, “you ain’t black.”) I know it can be done because when I was Governor of Arkansas, I reached out to the black community, listened to their concerns and worked with them to try to solve some problems. They were skeptical at first (they’d grown up hearing a lot of anti-Republican propaganda), but they eventually realized I was sincere. I’m proud to say that I won reelection with the highest percentage of the black vote of any Arkansas Governor since Reconstruction. But of course, I didn’t have a national media churning out a 24/7/365 river of poison accusing me of being a racist. That’s a lot to have to overcome.
November’s election will present a stark choice for African-Americans. Republicans offer proven policies that make them safer, freer and more prosperous. Democrats offer policies that have failed black communities for decades and are currently making life exponentially worse for them. But they’ve resorted to tokenism by adding a black VP candidate and they’re ramping up the false accusations of racism. I think that the choice is pretty clear. I hope enough black voters agree.
PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE NFL
President Trump weighed in on the NFL’s leftwing virtue-signaling by saying that while he’d love to see the sport reopen and is doing everything possible to make that happen, “I would say this, if they don’t stand for the National Anthem, I hope they don’t open.”
I’m sure he’ll get the usual hair-on-fire outraged reaction from the media, but judging by the TV ratings, I’d say millions of football fans agree with him. The NFL seems to be testing the old philosophical question: “If 22 large men hit their knees during the National Anthem and nobody’s around to hear them, do they make a sound?”