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A Few Ideas on How Trump can WIN the General Election!

It was an exciting evening last Tuesday – Trump wins, Cruz gets out, Trump is declared the presumptive nominee and Sanders wins the Dem primary (in a major upset)!

But the Sanders brain (not that Sanders but the blogger in Virginia instead) was already working on how Donald J. Trump could win the election (Wasn’t it great to hear the libs on MSNBC and CNN reassure one another that Trump can’t really win the general election!  It was precious!) and here are a few ideas:

  • The Hispanic vote – how to win it.  I’d start with getting a commercial (And get this guy to do your ads – yes that Fred Davis the demon sheep guy!) in both English and Español with former Trump workers/executives and also Hispanic supporters with great stories about how they followed the rules and became a success – just like Trump did!  I would stay away from present employees because they will be seen as currying favor with the boss.  And that segues into:
  • The major teleprompter speech to a (better friendly but take what you can get) Hispanic group to explain that Hispanics are not well-served by many of their organizations and spokespersons – they seem to care more for illegals than Hispanics who followed the rules, waited years for lottery visas, paid taxes and built businesses and families in the USA!  It’s outrageous and no one seems to want to speak on it.  Record this speech and use it in states with substantial Hispanic populations.  Trump only has to make a dent in the Hispanic vote and keep what he already has and add some African-American and women voters and he wins…
  • Speaking of blacks – here is a nice quote from Kurt Schlichter’s humorous telling of how Trump won 25 years later (Hint: Chief Justice Ted Cruz has a cameo part in it) and it is actually a good idea:

Trump also frustrated Clinton by using black and Hispanic celebrities to reach out to those communities. “Look, if you are a black person, Hillary is very, very bad for you,” Trump said onstage at a rally in Detroit, surrounded by black sports and rap stars. “See what the Democrats have done to this great town? She wants to do a trade deal with China, a very bad deal! Does that bring jobs back to Detroit? Does letting in millions of illegals bring jobs back to Detroit? Sad!” He then added: “Believe me, some of my very best friends are black people!” Trump would win 21% of African-American voters, which would be decisive in several races.

  • Now the trade issue is one that is a sleeper.  It is helping Bernie Sanders stay in the race with wins in Indiana and Michigan.  I would use his quotes and say:  Hillary will sell you out again – but NOT Trump!  The union leaders cannot ensure their people will not defect just as they did when Reagan (one union already supports Trump – the border patrol union); look at this quote [from Breitbart] from a leader of the SEIU:

Can you see Trump winning the election? [David] Axelrod asked. “Yea, I could, I could,” said Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the Service Employees International Union.

  • Time to get Melania and Ivanka out on the campaign trail (more) and also on video.  Another series of commercials showing women who had worked for Trump in the past juxtaposed with testimonies of Melania and Ivanka with the Donald.
  • There’s surely more but let’s get this out first!

I think I’ll send them to the campaign and see if they do any of them.  What’s in it for me?  Well, Trump does call or contact people sometimes to talk ideas…


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Let’s Have TRUE Diversity at the US Supreme Court – No More Ivy League Law Grads for a While!

I was reading about the newly nominated Merrick Garland and wanted to know more until I read this:  Harvard grad and Harvard Law grad.

NOT AGAIN!

Here’s the eight remaining sitting justices and where they went to law school.

  • Chief Justice Roberts – Harvard Law School
  • Justice Kennedy – Harvard Law School (an LL.B is the same as a JD)
  • Justice Thomas – Yale Law School
  • Justice Ginsberg – Attended Harvard and graduated from Columbia
  • Justice Breyer – Harvard Law School
  • Justice Alito – He did not put in his official SCOTUS bio his education but he went to Yale Law School.
  • Justice Sotomayor – Yale Law School
  • Justice Kagan – you guessed it – Harvard Law School

And for the record, Justice Scalia went to Harvard, too!  (And who can say something good can’t come out of Nazareth!)

BUT this is a disturbing trend.  I am not convinced this intellectual elitism is good for society or the law or the country.  There are over 200 ABA accredited law schools in the United States.  They all (well, most of them – perhaps the newest ones might be still away from their first judge yet – try out this new law school in one of my favorite states – Indiana Tech Law School!  RAH for them!) have fine alums who would make great justices on the highest court in the land.  And the late esteemed former editor of National Review and a former congressman warned us about the Ivy League; yes a great jurist like Scalia can come from even Harvard Law School.

On the other federal courts the two leaders are Harvard (120) and Yale (63); U Texas Austin has the most of a non-Ivy Law School (43).

But we’ll never have diversity in the law until every newly minted law grad can hope for a seat on the highest court in the land.  My advice to President Trump:  I would seek out judges from other law schools until there is a better balance among law school grads in the federal courts.

 

 

 

 


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Sports Hall of Fame Killed in Senate Finance – 15-0!

I was not there but the news is great:

SB 28 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame; created, report.

02/11/16  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (15-Y 0-N)


YEAS–Norment, Hanger, Howell, Saslaw, Lucas, Newman, Ruff, Wagner, McDougle, Vogel, Carrico, Alexander, Obenshain, Barker, Dunnavant–15.

NAYS–0.

ABSTENTIONS–0.

This is a great victory over the continuing attempt to subsidize private events and organizations with taxpayer dollars.  But these ideas will continue – until it is clear the people will not stand for it.

I again thank Senator McDougle for his leadership on this.  Let’s thank him and the others, too.


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

2060 GOP Convention: Jacob Royal Nominated on the First Ballot!

People are milling about to speak with the 101 year old Virginia Right blogger who was on duty in Richmond, covering the 2060 GOP Convention in the new Richmond Convention Center (built with public funds over Sanders’ protests) from the media row!

Between talking about Jesus and mildly flirting with the ladies, Sanders was getting around pretty good for a centenarian, but the amazing thing was how everybody reminded him about his blog post in 2016 about the remarkable kid from Iowa, Jacob Royal, who asked then New Jersey Governor Chris Christie about the school lunch meddling by Mrs. Obama!   And now Governor Royal going to be the next President of the United States!  The former student government president, Young Republican leader in college, state senator, congressman, and Governor of his home state will be nominated on the first ballot by enthusiastic conservative and libertarian delegates at the Richmond convention!

Here are excerpts from that great article at USA Today that started the whole politics thing for the fifth grader at the Iowa school:

“I don’t care what you’re eating for lunch every day. I really don’t,” the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential contender told a student during a town hall Monday. “If I’m president, back to whatever you want to eat.”

The question came from Jacob Royal, an Omaha fifth-grader and aspiring politician, who wore a navy pinstripe suit and a Republican lapel pin.

“What are you going to do about the lunches?” he asked. “They were fine when Mrs. Bush was the first lady, but now that Mrs. Obama is the first lady, they have gone down.”

And with that burst of wisdom, the political career of Jacob Royal now leads to here:  The 2060 GOP Convention!  Perhaps President Jacob Royal will bring liberty back to the United States.  “Now that’s a New American Century I’d like to see,” says blogger Sanders.  “I hope and pray, Lord Jesus willing, to vote for Royal on November 2!”

All the best to young Jacob Royal!  Keep fighting for liberty and learn all you can!  May Jesus bless you.


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

If One of These State Senators is YOUR State Senator – email ’em and Ask them to Vote to Study Better Indigent Defense in VA!

If one of these senators is YOUR senator, email them right away – while snowed in is great time to do it! and ask them (politely of course) to vote for the Dance Indigent Defense Study Bill (SJ 51)!

Senate Rules

MEMBERSHIP

McDougle (Chairman), Norment, Hanger, Newman, Ruff, Wagner, Obenshain, Vogel, Stuart, Stanley, Carrico, Reeves, Saslaw, Locke, Dance

If you click on the name, you’ll find his or her email.  If this bill gets out of Rules, it can and should go to the floor.  I do not know yet when this bill will be discussed but I hope to be there to speak to it!


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Watcher’s Council Nominations – The Watcher’s Birthday Bash Edition

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

Tom White of VA Right and Fausta of Fausta’s Blog were picked as two of Newsmax’s Top 50 conservative blogs and just check out these write ups:

24. Fausta’s Blog – If you want to keep track of what matters to lovers of liberty in Latin America, it’s Puerto Rican-born Fausta Wertz’s cornucopia of political, economic, and foreign policy information and commentary about south of the border, with a dose of New Jersey state current events thrown in (she has lived in Princeton forever). No surprise hers was the go-to site when President Obama announced plans to normalize relations with Communist Cuba — “No, Cuba is not China. No, you can’t have free markets without free peoples” — but she is also the handiest source for the latest on Colombia’s FARC guerillas or disguised Chinese backing of a proposed Nicaraguan canal.

44. Virginia Right!- As Newsmax’s Joe Schaeffer reported last June, only Virginia Right! editor Tom White delivered “an eerily precise post” predicting the stunning primary defeat of then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by Dave Brat. White’s blog continues to prove that “all politics is local” isn’t just a catchphrase; the local knowledge of politics is no longer restricted to local bosses and operatives, thanks to Internet-facilitated people power.

Hearty Congrats to both of ’em..Council Akbar!!

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Gates Of Vienna, Blazing Cat Fur and The Daily Caller earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – The Watcher’s Birthday Bash Edition


Article written by: Tom White

From the Thank UKIP Department: The Racist BNP has lost 99.7% of it’s Support and is Now Not a Legal Political Party!

This is a great story in the Daily Mail:

The BNP is removed from the official list of political parties after its vote collapsed by 99.7 per cent and it failed to pay £25 fee

I can say this is primarily due to the rise of UKIP (where you cannot even become a member of UKIP if you ever were a member of the British National Party, among other parties and groups) as a legitimate anti-EU libertarian-leaning sovereignty party.
So raise up a sweet tea in salute (The Brits might say, Hear!  Hear!) of UKIP that has now driven the BNP out of British politics.  I doubt the left will offer that toast.  But I do!

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Bike Race Report Does Not Prove It Was Profitable for Taxpayers – Rather It Proves MY Point It Was NOT!

I know this is a bit of an old story but it needed to be discussed and besides, even bloggers have a life outside politics!

The huge bike race that disrupted the area and was sold to taxpayers (through their representatives) as wonderful and profitable and was rightly criticized at this blog several weeks ago, was the subject of this Richmond Times-Dispatch article.  Here’s the title:

Bike race report: $88.9M in direct spending, total impact $170M

This was a clear attempt to answer criticism of the race’s financial impact.  And it sounds great at first:

The UCI Road World Championships generated an estimated $88.9 million in direct spending — with a total economic impact of nearly $170 million — and provided an ongoing boost to state and regional tourism, according to a new report released by the race organizers.

But the details prove MY point instead:

Independent economists who reviewed the study cautioned against interpreting the estimates as representative of an overall gain. They noted that the study doesn’t account for all of the economic activity that would have been crowded out by such a large event.

And there’s more; check out the estimates of who came and thus the assumptions are made upon which tax revenue estimates were made:

Chmura found that the event either met or exceeded its initial estimates.

Including direct and indirect spending as a result of the race, Chmura estimated the race had a total impact of $169.8 million on the state and $161.5 million in the region from 2012 to 2015.

Based on that, the firm estimated the state received $4.9 million in cumulative tax revenue and localities around the region received an estimated $3 million.

But the estimates are based on fuzzy numbers:

Chmura’s estimates are based on the crowd estimates generated by Richmond 2015 and a survey of 407 attendees. Richmond 2015 said there were 645,000 spectators over the course of 10 days.

Organizers have been careful to note that their spectator count represents the number of people watching the race each day, meaning that someone who watched three days would be counted three times.

I was as a matter of fact out at least three times downtown so I got counted three times!  And I did not rent a hotel nor spent extra money in the area because of the race.  Many places were closed for all or part of that week.  The REAL numbers show a different story:

That would in part explain why such hospitality indicators as meals tax revenues and hotel occupancy rates in September were either flat or down in the city compared to September 2014, Coates said.

So the organizers go back to their only real claim:  Civic pride:

“I think first and foremost, this is a platform to showcase our community, the Richmond region and the commonwealth of Virginia to the world and the nation through TV and Internet,” said Wilson Flohr, Richmond 2015’s CEO.

[Richmond] Mayor Jones agreed.

“We’re not the sleepy town that we once were, and I think the race really was a great visual of that,” he said. “A picture is worth a thousand words — this is a great place to live.”

The Richmond area IS a great place to live.  But let’s recall what ACTUALLY HAPPENED:  Businesses and government services were disrupted, schools closed, commuters were disrupted, and people left the area to avoid the disruption.  Next time someone comes up with a project like this bike race – better get the money from the PRIVATE sector or I say NO.

Here’s the report.


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Reassurance Edition

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, The People’s Cube, Simply Jews and Protein Wisdom earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

Excerpt from – 

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Reassurance Edition


Article written by: Tom White

Tony Lippa Wins Sheriff Race In Caroline County

I endorsed Sheriff Tony Lippa and would like to congratulate him on his victory in Caroline County. I think he’s done a great job as Sheriff and he has such wide support due to his service.

lippaThat said, I also want to publicly thank Chris Wooldridge for running and for his campaign. The time I spent with him and his family today was endearing. As I’ve written before, whoever won this Sheriff’s race would leave Caroline County in great hands. Chris ran a great campaign and his family should be seen as a valuable addition to our county. I have so much respect for all the young residents that came out to vote today and I know many of them came out to vote for Chris.

Tony Lippa is extremely popular in Caroline County and for good reason. Today we simply saw an unwillingness to go from something good to something good.

But here is something I saw today that has lifted my spirits beyond election results.

Chris Wooldridge and Clay Forehand brought hundreds of young people to the polls today. I’m 36 years old; and on election day I usually feel like a child, but today, I saw 20-somethings and 30-somethings and 40-somethings coming out to vote. We saw about 300 more voters than we expected and that’s because a few young men decided to run for office against popular county staples. Clay Forehand won and Chris Wooldridge (who unlike Clay was in a 3 way race) came in second.

We residents of Caroline County should be proud today. Chris Woodridge and his family should be proud. While it was clear that Tony Lippa retains overwhelming support in the county, despite being challenged by the most serious and qualified candidate in years, Caroline County deserves not only the debate and the challenge, but the participation we saw today.

A Sea of Orange swept over the Madison District in Caroline today. Dozens of Lippa supporters poured in to campaign for our Sheriff. I recall one voter respond that if signs and t-shirts were votes, Lippa had nothing to worry about. They were right.

I hope Caroline Residents will be as inspired by today’s events as I. Two great individuals ran for Sheriff and our county is the better the for it. Thank you, Tony Lippa for the service you’ve provided. Clearly the county is endeared to you and you’ve earned their support. Thank you to Chris Wooldridge, as well, for running a disciplined and thoughtful campaign. You’ve both made Caroline County politics and law enforcement a focus and a proud reminder of what makes Caroline County great.


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker