The View of the Blinkered

Sites like Vox, the Daily Beast, and the Weekly Standard have long praised the dossiers of Robert Mueller’s legal investigative team. The essays prove mostly the same. They often employ the same superlative nomenclature: “all-stars,” “dream-team,” “army,” and “professionals.”

The hagiographies list the legal CVs of various lawyers and investigators now employed (usually on loan either from the FBI, Obama or Trump Justice Departments, or prestigious East Coast firms). The reviews often hint that such “firepower” may mean a one-sided legal bloodbath ahead. The mere names spell “very, very bad news” for the White House.

Yet the Mueller legal team’s dossiers also turn out predictably similar. We are supposed to be awed by past employment in a blue-chip Washington or New York law firm—all the better if the same as Robert Mueller’s own.

Ivy League law school degrees supposedly signal competence. Power couple bumper stickers (He is married to this judge, or she is wedded to that federal attorney) offer added insurance of excellence.

Insider baseball gossip that attorney A was a whiz in the courtroom, or attorney B prosecuted so-and-so villains are supposed to assure us in Nowheresville that Trump is in real trouble.

But lost in all the gentry hyperbole are the two criteria, at this juncture and at this age, that matter far more than post-LSAT credentialing:

  1. Does Mueller’s team display a diversity of legal training and experience—which would insulate it from charges of New York-Washington corridor blindness?
  2. Is his team also immune from charges that it appears politically slanted?

To avoid the appearance of ideological bias, Mueller could easily have applied to potential hires a few simple standards that anyone in Des Moines, Bakersfield, or Reno would have insisted upon.

In such a supposedly independent and autonomous investigation, avoid hiring those from Mueller’s law firm.

Avoid hiring any attorneys and investigators who in the past have been involved in an investigation, trial, or lawsuit involving either the Clintons or the Trumps.

Avoid hiring those who have given more than $100 to national political campaigns.

Avoid hiring those whose spouses have received money and compensation in any form (legal fees, campaign contributions, jobs) from either Clinton-affiliated or Trump-affiliated campaigns or operatives.

Avoid hiring those who in the past have represented high-profile members of the Clinton, Obama, or Trump family, political team, or their foundations.

Avoid hiring anyone involved, even in a peripheral way, with the Fusion GPS dossier or its use to obtain FISA orders.

Avoid hiring those who have voiced their dislike of the current object of their investigations.

But do hire federal attorneys or FBI career officers from outside the East Coast. Do hire investigators not trained in the Ivy League law industry. Do hire attorneys that have no known background of political activism. Do hire attorneys that were not in some way involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

There are thousands of qualified attorneys nationwide. Hundreds have worked in the past at DOJ or FBI offices, who now live, operate and think in a way quite distant from the status quo in New York and Washington.

Far from being sources of reassurance, the résumés of the Mueller team are what explains its current lack of public confidence.

Oddly, after the 2016 election one would have thought all the old rubrics of excellence would have become suspect—given that the polling establishment, political grandees, and the East Coast punditocracy had little clue about how or why Donald Trump had a shot at winning the presidency.

A Trojan Horse Revelation
In an Esquire essay, journalist Sam Tanenhaus described a recent Washington book party hosted by political analyst and former Bush speechwriter David Frum. According to Tanenhaus (who, in Trojan-horse fashion, was weirdly invited in—only to write an essay full of schadenfreude), the gathering also served as an occasion for shared commiseration among NeverTrump, and often former, Republican intellectuals. Tanenhaus wants us to know that past hostility to Trump (“European-style blood-and-soil nationalist”) and an inability to even envision his supposedly absurd election victory, have orphaned (“uprooted and displaced”) some neoconservatives from power, influence and income, the touchstones of Eastern corridor elite success.

Another theme of the Tanenhaus profile is that it appears the most influential NeverTrumpers seemed to gravitate in the same East Coast social circles, share the same tastes, suffer the same outrages about a Trump presidency, and enjoy similar educational pedigrees—and thus were particularly ill-suited to see how insidiously over the last decade their brand of Republican conservatism had both alienated a large number of red-state traditional voters and failed to appeal, on matters of class interests, to key working-class Democrats, so necessary to swing the purple states of the Midwest.

We do not know to what degree Tanenhaus was fair, or wished to be fair, in his description of the Frum party (the article, echoed, in a similar moth-to-flame vein, the self-incrimination methodologies of David Rose’s 2006 Vanity Fair piece “Neo Culpa,” in which former Project for the New American Century Iraq war supporters were apparently given a liberal venue to blame others for the pre-surge Iraq quagmire).

But if Tanenhaus’s portrait is just 25 percent accurate in capturing the mood of the gathering, it may serve as a reminder of why the Republican Party on the national level does poorly (until 2016 it had lost four of the last six presidential elections, and has not achieved a 51 percent winning margin in 30 years)—even as it has scored impressive wins on the state, local, and congressional level.

The Varieties of NeverTrump
There is also a new genre of NeverTrump revisionism that goes something like the following: Supposedly less-principled NeverTrumpers now call balls and strikes, and thus wrongly end up praising Trump’s first year of governance.

In contrast, the assumed more principled NeverTrumpers insist that that Trump’s accomplishments are canceled out by his character flaws. Thus they are not sustainable, given that character is destiny. Nemesis is still waiting for the most ironic moment to pounce on Trump hubris.

Other NeverTrumpers argue Trump has done little good himself. His team, or the Republican Congress, is instead to be credited with his successes. Trump himself earned his setbacks such as his initial travel moratorium, failure to repeal in toto Obamacare, and stasis on building the wall or moving forward with a DACA resolution.

Still others sense Trump’s crudity has sparked self-introspection about the entire conservative project. Thus they are now more or less becoming, or re-calibrating themselves as, Democrats. To paraphrase Cicero, they would prefer to be wrong with Hillary Clinton than right with the Donald Trump crowd.

Trump’s efforts to reset the Iran Deal, to move the embassy to Jerusalem, to get out of the Paris climate accord, to arm the Ukrainians, to take off the gloves in Afghanistan, to hector the hypocrisies of the United Nations, or to urge Iranian dissidents to keep protesting now risk becoming reminders why these formerly good ideas were always bad and tainted.

Trump’s Culture is Our Destiny?
But are any of those accurate assumptions?

It seems unlikely that any in the 2106 Republican field would have won swing voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin. A President Rubio would likely not have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord—any more than a president Jeb Bush would have clamped down on illegal immigration. In the past, a President Romney would likely not have talked of “our” farmers and “our” miners.

Like it or not Trump’s very rambunctiousness set the tone for and gave the latitude to his subordinates to risk doing the unorthodox—whether James Mattis recalibrating U.S. policy in Syria, or H.R. McMaster crafting a new deterrent strategy toward North Korea, or Nikki Haley reprising the role of Jeane Kirkpatrick at the United Nations, or a Neil Gorsuch appointment ensuring another Antonin Scalia rather than an Anthony Kennedy.

What Trump critics seem to resent most about Trump is not his politics, agenda, or record, but his culture.

More specifically, Trump is oblivious to traditional criteria of Washington-New York merit and comportment. In Trump’s wild world of scramblers, the proper credentials do not always result in the proper results. Someone can be a “loser” who won a Pulitzer Prize, went to Stanford, or is a contributing editor of a prestigious journal. In his world, an Ivy League degree does not keep you from being fired on “The Apprentice” any more than it proves a guide to who will know the most facts or quickest recall on “Jeopardy” or “Wheel of Fortune.”

Trump has turned topsy-turvy all the usual rules of success, prestige, reputation, and esteem. He did this mostly by his victory over a candidate, who by traditional norms of education and public service, by the rules of discourse and comportment, and by the networks of the well-credentialed, was supposedly far superior and preferable, and thus the sure winner.

Trump is perfectly willing to hire the best and brightest and has, but not necessarily because they are assumed to be the best and brightest. One of the strangest experiences watching the 24/7 anti-Trump media is to take in the invective from a New York or Washington pundit, pause, and then recall something like, “Wasn’t this the very person once caught plagiarizing, inventing fables about his own reporting, fired for sexual assault or substance abuse, colluding with a political campaign, leaking or subverting a debate question, or let go for faking the news?” Journalists are not presidents, but it is hard to take moralizing from the so often immoral.

No CVs in the Arena
Saying that one now understands the Trump phenomenon, does not make it so. Most Americans do not give a hoot about where one of Mueller’s lawyers went to school. They couldn’t care less under whom an investigator once served—if he cannot avoid the simple impression of bias and unfairness. They do not equate where one lives or whom one knows with the assurance of ethical or intellectual excellence—if what they do is refuted by facts and logic and imbued with emotion or obvious prejudice.

When a director of the FBI admits he deliberately leaked to the press the contents of his own private notes, written on government time, of a confidential conversation with the President of the United States—a possible criminal offense—for the sole purpose of eliciting the appointment of a special counsel (a gambit which resulted in the selection of his friend Robert Mueller), then most Americans have no compunction about seeing FBI leadership as ethically compromised and something gone terribly wrong at the highest echelons of the once hallowed agency.

That is not “bashing the FBI,” but admitting that the current generation of leaders at the FBI and the Justice Department by their very behavior have bashed their own agencies and loyal and professional subordinates.

All the brilliantly degreed economists of the past decade could not craft policies to achieve even 3 percent growth. All the wittiest and “in the know” advisors had little clue about how to radically reduce illegal immigration. All the supposedly empathetic and moral crusaders more or less wrote off a broad swath of America as clingers, deplorables, and irredeemables—losers in a preordained global world—whose lack of the right stuff earned them deserved oblivion.

The result is that the deities of Washington and New York still do not quite know how and why Trump was elected, or why he well might be reelected—the result of half the country’s profound lack of confidence in the morality and competence of the coastal and gentry managerial classes. And to the degree our elite think they know why many Americans believe that their reputations are undeserved, it is a revelation so disturbing that they are not by background, education, and experience capable of understanding, appreciating, or responding to it.

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness and the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is an American military historian, columnist, a former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a visiting professor at Hillsdale College since 2004. Hanson was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007 by President George W. Bush. Hanson is also a farmer (growing raisin grapes on a family farm in Selma, California) and a critic of social trends related to farming and agrarianism. He is the author most recently of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won, The Case for Trump and the newly released The Dying Citizen.

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546 responses to “The View of the Blinkered”

  1. Anyone who thinks Mueller has any credibility left needs to read up on how he railroaded Steven Hatfill, who was completely innocent, when Mueller botched the anthrax case.

      • Duh, you can’t squeeze blood out of a radish even though it is red.

      • What point? That Trump won and the “conservatives” are celebrating like hillbillies at a hoedown? Got it. He might win again: will never happen.

      • What did you think were trump’s chances on November 7, 2016?

      • Nice cocoon you live in. What is the Dom strategy that is going to win them Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan? So far they have doubled down on STUPID in that area!

      • “Hillbillies at a hoedown” — see, you can’t be intellectually honest. You have to create caricatures to assuage your fallacious beliefs.

      • Word of the day is “nacho”, as in Hillary Clinton is still “nacho” president.

      • hmmm, hillbillies at a hoedown? You sound a little intolerant, don’t you think?

      • I am a little intolerant. I don’t like bigoted, hate-mongering, nativist, misogynist, groping, bombastic, vulgar, incompetent, corrupt, lying Presidents. And I don’t like the people who vote for them.

      • So, I guess you don’t like the people who build the cars, the planes, the locomotives; that install the power stations and string the power lines; that build the highways and the railways; cut the trees and mill the lumber; make all the materials that go into your fancy homes; raise the wheat and the cattle and the corn and all the rest of your food, etc. Well, they don’t particularly think much of you and your ilk as well.

      • Unionized voters strongly supported Clinton. But the anti-immigration nativists were Trump all the way. They just forgot how their own ancestors got here.

      • You are correct about the Teachers’ and the Government Unions. You are incorrect about the unionized workers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and in all of the other states that Hillary lost. Remember, if you may, she lost the election and had it not been for the 3.5 million illegals that voted in California, she would have lost the popular vote as well. The traditional Democratic constituency is gone and I might add that is probably true of the traditional constituency of the Republican Party as well. Things are reforming and with a booming economy [“Its the economy, stupid], the realignment is not going to favor the socialists.

        By the way, I have practiced law for nearly 50 years and your confidence in the results of Mueller’s investigation is way too optimistic. If he had anything, we would have learned about it by now.

      • With Watergate it took 2 years from the beginning of the scandal to the start of prosecution. Lots of time left. We have learned that very close aides have co-operated with Mueller. Far more to come. Jared and Donny Jr. as a minimum – are in the cross-hairs. Its gonna be great. We’ll see in the mid-terms. Prepare for a big disappointment.

      • Let’s face it, only 10.7% of all working class Americans are union. Of that, an overwhelming 36% are government employees. As a direct and indirect result, Democrats in general, favor big government control over the masses and their monies. So, of course, unionized workers (in general) strongly supported Clinton and her Democratic Party.

        As for immigrants, Trump and the overwhelming majority of his supporters ARE NOT opposed to LEGAL immigration. But rather the hordes of ILLEGAL immigrants that are criminally crossing into our sovereign nation (the U.S.) on a daily basis. There is a rather distinct difference, that some, such as yourself, may not have the wherewith-all to fully grasp the realities of it all.

        You BCML, seem to have fallen well into the darkened depths of obscured and self-imposed political denial – for which you are unwilling or unable to recognize the truth, no matter it’s worthiness to mankind.

      • Conflating immigrants with illegal aliens … typical liberal trope (or maybe I should say “tripe). Your list of those you “don’t like” tells us a lot about your high opinion of yourself. You’re just the kind of person all those icky Trump voters were protesting against when they cast their ballots.

      • yeah legal immigration, and no promises of welfare .thank you for making the point

      • Sorry Apeman. I already whipped your a$$. You don’t get a second chance. Move along.

      • Yes despicable ignorant malicious goobers are not my cup of tea.

      • Thank God; I would hate to be your cup of tea. It probably says Old Milwaukee or XXXX on it.

      • Guess what, dipstick, neither do we like you or your despicable ilk. So do the world a favor, go out back into the alley with some rope and hang yourself from the nearest lightpole. Pompous, arrogant jackwagons like you nauseate me.

      • Freddie: Whats a jackwagon? Should I feel bad about that? Sounds kinda cool. Is it like a dune buggy?

      • so you are tool …even stevie wonder can see that

      • Pearls before swine. You waste your effort with the willfully ignorant.

      • I like radishes but wouldn’t “like an orange” be more meaningful to your clan.

      • But, you’re so genial – bwahahahaha!!!

        You Libs always project – it’s a core sign of your psychotic syndrome.

      • Swish. You spew so much rubbish in so many direction that you never land any punches. You are lame, loud, and harmless. Move on, little fella, back to the minors.

      • Heh heh. The last knockout you had was Mrs. Hominid. After all, you are a Trumpster – when you’re not groping what the hell do you do?

      • You should keep promising yourself that little nugget of information. In fact trying holding your breath because I’m sure the indictments are just around the corner. Just as they have been for the past year and a half.

      • Only in your dreams. As blowhards, like you, have nothing else to hang on to. SAD!

      • Don’t bet your trailer against it Cletis. You’ll be homeless.

      • You’re repeating yourself. Soros trolls run out of one-liners early.

      • You left out one significant word in your response to this Soros troll:

        Only in your WET dreams. ????????????????????

      • Mueller has had time and resources with no real results. This may be the most expensive, time consuming slicing that never happened. You must be one of the blinkered that Hansen is talking about.

      • A couple if high level indictments and a couple of guilty pleas. Not bad. But the big news is coming. Stay sober long enough to watch. There will be more charges than under either Reagan or Nixon.

      • “high level indictments” that had nothing whatsoever to do with Trump. Nice try. Time to step back into real life snowflake.

      • Trump is cooked. Tis time next year he will be back in Queens, getting treatment for his bone spurs so he can resume his groping career.

      • You must be referring to Al Franken or Joe Biden or Bill Clinton

      • Leftist clowns like BCML live in a world of wishful thinking and fakery. They are afraid to face reality.

      • They can’t even identify reality, much less brace themselves to face any little bits of it.

      • Ignorant Goobers like you are also quite irritating.

      • If only goobers could be as ignorant as myself….they’d be Smart as me? You’d be pretty lucky then….since I’m PhD from Cornell med….

      • Well I am also credentialed but those credentials do not make me or you right or wrong

      • You stated I am ignorant. This (via the usage of logical language) is easily refuted, thus making you unequivocally wrong, I am FAR from ignorant. Now irritating to a Prog Gruber…there you are right!

      • Ignorant was giving you the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps you just are a person who believes in an authoritarian narcisstic bullying leader, probably envy North Korea. Erratic meanness is your thing. Maybe you thrived in the castration class at Cornell Ag School.

      • A Delusional Progtard at your finest! You know, I am beginning to like you!

      • You are the dumbest Prog ever! BUT….kind of amusing!

      • hope he chokes on a cheeseburger


      • Trump=lawless sexual predator under criminal investigation for obstruction of justice



      • All the best to you regardless of thes political flurries

      • Yeah, against Lynch and Comey when the use of the fraudulent “dossier” to get a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign finally comes out.

      • Which have nothing to do with Trump or his campaign.

      • Yet, Neanderthal breath, but the footsteps are getting close. Stay sober long enough to watch to whole thing unfold. It will be epic.

      • All you do is blather – “the footsteps are getting close,” “it will be epic” is meaningless blather.

      • Bye bye Donnie Bone Spurs and Little Mikey Pence. Take Hominid with you, you will need a jester to laugh in the Big House and Hominid has zero going on.

      • Funny, I don’t see a D in your nom de plume, Dick. Your sophomoric responses simply elicit pity and derision.

      • When you come late, Gomer, you have to bring something. I won’t even lift my leg for that feeble noise.

      • “nom de plume”….still laughing. Go find a site for pretentious a-holes. You’ll fit right in.

      • “There will be more charges than under either Reagan or Nixon.” . . . . .

        You are correct . . . and I will even list some of them for you . . . . Comey, Holder, Lynch, Abadene, MCCabe, Ohr, Strzok, Krazy Hillary and likely Mueller himself for his role in the Rosattom scam.
        Far bigger than Watergate . . . lol

      • Only if your bellowing baboon fully realizes his dream of a dictatorship.

      • Only Pesident that was on tract for a Big Govt Socialist Regime was OBAMA & Hillary!

        We are freer today than 1 year ago . . . fewer regulations, lower taxes and Prosperity returning for all.

      • Those high level indictments are from when those guys worked only with Dems. ????????????????
        The guilty pleas are for tiny process crimes that have nothing to do with Russian collusion, and the evidence already in the public sphere demonstrates that HRC, Huma, and Obama’s gangstas did much worse so those folks are now under investigation. ????????????????????????

      • You should change your standards of “not bad”. Considering the cost to taxpayers and time in the investigation, not to mention loss of credibility, Mueller should be ashamed of himself.

      • When Jared, Donnie J. and 2 dozen more go down it will be money well spent. Donnie Sr. will quit.

      • Won’t happen. Get ready for your hate-filled liberal brain to explode when Trump is reelected, especially when he replaces two extremist Supreme Court justices (old biddy Ginsburg for sure) and many hate filled, Constitution disrespecting federal judges that libs rely on to get around the law and Constitution, and lost elections to conservative Republicans.

      • The delusion is on the radical hate filled left…you know, the P*ssy hat wearing crowd, Did you wear yours out? I am sure the Hollywood hypocrite types will get you another one! LOL!

      • “high level” Oh Lordie, the Stupid, it hurtz

      • The big news came out yesterday Bucko. The FBI tried to assist a Democrat by using a fake dossier to get a FISA warrant. A corrupt bunch of clowns. Mueller’s pointless witch hunt will wind down soon with no charges. Sorry.

      • The fun hasn’t even started. Donnie Bone Spurs, his cretinous offspring, Jared the Sleaze, and half of his Neanderthal minions are going to get demolished by Mueller’s report. Donnie is going from the White House to the Big House. The caveman regime is nearly finished.

      • You are wasting your time replying to this soros paid hack. Just ignore.

      • And yey how much time and money was wasted on Benghazi?

      • You’re right – because of the mountains of evidence of dereliction, incompetence, and lying, Hillary & Obama were let off the hook.

      • No charges. Mueller is way ahead of that pace. And the big tuna is still to be reeled in.

      • I know it is hard to watch the last 8 years disappear before your very eyes.

      • Mueller is done like dinner . . . two prominent Dem lawyers have said he likely used the Fake Dossier, created by Steele and the Russians and paid for by Hillarious Klinton and the DNC to get FISA Warrants to spy on Trump and his team. ALL evidence is tainted & FAKE !
        Hillarious though could be indited for using “Foreign Actors” in an election campaign, which is a FELONY !

      • Robert Mueller hasn’t even gotten a nibble. Yet, you’re babbling about him reeling in the “big tuna”. What a laugh.

      • You have absolutely ZERO idea what Mueller has. But Trump is in serious trouble.

      • Yep, the reassignments of Strzok, Ohr, and Page and the proliferating contradictory responses in the press from Obama regime members about use of the Steele dossier and about George Popadopoulos are sure-fire indications that “Trump is in serious trouble.” ????????????????????

      • Awww there it is! The old fallback line. BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI! So tired!

      • Well 4 Americans died due to DoS incompetence and then tried to cover up their dereliction so….
        Heads should have rolled in the Obama admin. Instead a film maker was jailed. But many people now see how unaccountable and corrupt that presidency and admin was; there was never any accounting or justice for those 4 Americans or their families.

        I suppose for you “what difference, at this point, does it make?”

      • hey sparky, I know its impossible….but Kathy just gave you a giant mushroom stamp…how did it feel?

      • BCML, proof? You also “believe” in man made global warming, don’t you?

      • Yep. Along with 90% of qualified scientists. You don’t believe it? C’mon, your uncle told you it was a crock? The only people who don’t believe in global warming are oil company executives, evangelicals, and morons.

      • There is another group of scientists who believe that we are now entering a mini ice age and that we will have colder than normal temperatures . But I thought it was all settled science? ROFLMAO!!!

      • And, there is huge number of RIGOROUS scientists who recognized from jump that the warming notion was based on methodologically flawed studies that amount to nothing more than pseudoscience.

      • There it is folks ^^ — reality inversion – another of the triad of core signs that characterize Liberal Psychotic Syndrome.

      • Keep swinging little guy, you might it yourself in the back of the head.

      • From Hominid-And, there is huge number of RIGOROUS scientists who recognized from jump that the warming notion was based on methodologically flawed studies that amount to nothing more than pseudoscience.

      • C’mon ape face, give me anther choice. How about: “enlightened”. That would be acceptable.

      • I’ll stop now – I’m not sadistic enough to kick an unconscious street psycho lying broken on the ground.

      • Nice try. Your lame frothings could not defeat my hamster. You’re a bigmouth, content free, blowhard. Go find a site for slow kids.

      • “Go find a site for slow kids.”

        If that indeed, were Hominid’s desire, why would he feel compelled to go any further, when he already has you in his sites?

      • You obviously don’t know science, BCML, although you surely think you do. I use that question to see if I’m dealing with a leftist True Believer a la Eric Hoffer ( read it, educate yourself) AND see if the person has any scientific sophistication—you obviously don’t—bluster, yes, but that’s about it. Try educating your with Dr Roy Spencer and You know physics, right? That helps…finally, you’re a bore…

      • Got ya BCML! I use that question to see how gullible the person is , how easily they can be True Believers a la Eric Hoffer, sucking up to lefties like obama AND it’s a test of the person’s scientific sophistication—you obviously don’t have any…you have invectives against your betters in this blog via your insults…but what you think is between your ears, ain’t there…try and Dr Roy Spencer. I’ll assume you know some physics, but that could be a stretch for you…and grow up…

      • Wait! I thought it was 97.3% of all peer reviewed qualified excellent all-knowing scientists. What happened, some of them drop out?

      • Have we experienced global warming over the past century? Absolutely! Is human activity the primary cause of that global warming? Probably not. There are periodic temperature variances in global temperatures. Variation in the earth’s orbit around the sun, variation in solar activity, variation in the moon’s orbit around the earth all have impact on the climate. Indications from the Greenland ice core GISP2 are that temperature exhibits millennial (1000 year) cycles. We had the Minoan warm period 3,000 years ago, the Roman warm period 2,000 years ago, and the Medieval warm period 1,000 years ago. We are right on schedule for another warm period. Temperatures were higher in all of those periods than they are presently. In fact, despite the increase in temperatures since the end of the Little Ice Age, global temperatures are still on the low side for the Holocene.

        Come back when you can explain all of those previous temperature cycles and how the biodiversity thrived through all of those periods of higher temperatures.

      • No need. I listen to experts. And there are many and there is a remarkable consensus. To do otherwise is arrogant and reckless.

      • Yes, there is a remarkable consensus – that there is money to be made by pushing the AGW narrative. You get funding if you adhere to the party line. You don’t get funding if you go against the party line.

        BTW, once upon a time, there was consensus that:
        1) The earth was flat
        2) The earth was the center of the universe
        3) There was spontaneous generation (complex life arising from inanimate sources being a commonplace occurrence)

        All commonly believed by the “scientific community.” All false. Apparent consensus does not equate to truth!

        And, BTW, you dodged responding to the observations from paleoclimatologists who have demonstrated that global temperatures are still well below average for the Holocene and that biodiversity responded quite well to higher temperatures. SORRY, NOT GONNA LET YOU DUCK THAT SO EASILY!

      • Mueller, along with Comey, Holder, Lynch, Hillary, Bath house Barry, and the rest of the Obama criminal cartel will all be scurrying like the criminal rats they are once the Inspector General releases his report soon about the FBI/DOJ corruption under Obozo.

      • Good Lord BCML! You really are obsessed with Pres Trump. Back at it showing us all how unhinged you are. Lol…you’s a no-life loser.

      • Almost 13 THOUSAND comments? I hope you get a dental plan.

      • BCML is a poster with a fetish
        It caused him to turn rather reddish
        His bottom he will feed
        With carrots if you please
        But understand he prefers to do it with a radish

      • Give it up lefties. Your hate Trump rants are tiresome. If the deplorably evil hag Hillary had won she’d be using the federal government to grind working class whites, the “deplorables”, into the dirt and the hate whitey msm would be cheering her on for doing so.

        Regardless of his flaws, Trump is still infinitely better than anything on the left. Just imagine all federal agencies being run by partisan hacks like Lois Lerner or a leftist like her being appointed to the Supreme Court.

        Hillary totally agreed with BLM that white racism was oppressing blacks which means the hate whitey fanaticism being promoted in our pigsty universities would also be taught in our high schools, elementary schools and no doubt even in our kindergartens.

        “Controversial ‘Problem of Whiteness’ course reintroduced at UW-Madison”.

        That’s what we’d have if Hillary had won.

      • As opposed to the hate-filled, race-torn, groping, nirvana we’re in now?

      • To he fair, it is looking more like a lot of swamp creatures are about to get sliced, a la Lorena Bobbit.

      • Really? Yamean he’s been holding back for all this time, sharpening up his knife? HAHAHA good one-keep plucking that chicken loser

      • Poor silly nobody. Trump will be back in Queens next yea bankrupting companies, shafting tradesmen, swindling partners, hanging around Ladies Locker Rooms and getting bone spur treatment so he can resume his groping career. That’s a fact Jack. And, little fella, you may want to pick a fight you have a slim chance of winning and this ain’t it.

      • Laughter is good for the soul. You sure made me laugh!

    • Meuller is the radical democrats’ last great hope to get President Trump out of office or at least slow down his agenda. Thankfully hillary is not president.

    • Liberal fascists don’t really care about facts……facts are just nasty disruptions to their pursuit of delusional narrative and slander.

    • Or check out his ‘top aide,’ Andrew Weissman, whose case against the accounting company of Arthur Anderson fell completely to pieces…after the company itself had already been ruined.The company’s conviction was unanimously overturned by the SCOTUS, mostly on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct. They now employ 200 workers, down from a high in 2002 of 85,000(worldwide). Gee, thanks, Weissman.

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  2. ‘Credentialism’ is part of the fabric of the elite world. Having the ‘right’ degree from the ‘right’ school is very dear to the elite. They don’t like to see all the money they (or their mommies and daddies) spent of Ivy League tuition suddenly not worth the paper its printed on.

    Jane Jacobs, in ‘Dark Age Ahead’ foresaw the crisis of the legitimacy of ‘the professions’ long ago as it was obvious that they had become far too self-serving to be able to sustain their status. The Deplorables admire accomplishment, results, not pedigree. A ‘meritocracy’ that is solely the result of the name of the school or degree on one’s sheepskin is really just another form of aristocracy. Ivy League parents begat Ivy League children who begat more Ivy League children.

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    • The false accusation of the pedestrian. Your envy and resentment is on full display.

      • Call it what you will Hominid but there are a whole lot more of us “pedestrians” than there are Ivy Tower Types and once the curtain is pulled back and the short, squat little blow-hard operating the controls is exposed… his power is lost forever.

      • I totally agree with you. That’s why we’re doomed and will continue to sink into the marxist progression.

      • I have an SJD from an elite school and I think he is right. We are paying tuition for people to be brainwashed by cultural Marxism and Deconstruction. I could teach both in two days. If you deny that watch one of Professor Jordan B. Peterson’s videos on the Internet – a former socialist.

      • Can’t you read – I agreed with him – and, YOU are agreeing with me.

    • Euro-Progressivism, seeking to secure hereditary position and power from the bourgeoisie middle-class who they see as despoiling ‘their culture’. The genesis of the Fabians a century ago in Britain who spawned the Progressive movement that’s with us today. Before the Industrial revolution, the Aristocracy ran the show. Everyone else begged for leave to do just about anything. Then the industrialists became wealthy in a way they couldn’t understand but resented the hell out of. And sought to return the upstarts to their proper place in society.

  3. I favor a simpler explanation. Most of Trump’s supporters are stupid and they bought a load of bull$hit from a consummate bull$hitter. Most of Trump’s supporters are too dumb to realize that Donnie and his Pirate Crew are plundering the American Treasury through their Tax Heist and will endanger their long term healthcare and well being. Maybe, as the author postulates, this is an anti-elite movement, but it is fueled by provincialism, bigotry, nativism, and anti-intellectualism. In other words by under-educated, low-functioning, left-behinds who don’t know what is in their own best interest. A vulgar, sewer mouthed, coarse, groping, macho barbarian is what they wanted; its what they got.

      • My pleasure. But his secondary thesis – that Trump might be reelected – is clearly impossible. Trump will be gone by this time next year. He’ll be back in Queens shafting tradesmen, swindling partners, bankrupting companies and hanging around Ladies Locker Rooms.

      • Hey. I have my very own stalker. Little Joey is following me around like a puppy.

      • Gladly. But don’t bet your trailer against it; you’ll be homeless.

      • Check the approval ratings. And Mueller hasn’t reported yet. Trump won’t finish his term.

      • Go find a site for slow kids under 10. You’ll fit right in.

      • Must be where you go for your wonderful insight and understanding of American politics. Your analysis is so trite and moronic that all one can do is laugh.

      • Here’s the thing. I have a policy; I only waste 3 posts on dimwits and you are at your quota. So, shuffle off and don’t reply. Dismissed.

      • You limit yourself to a number of posts because you have nothing but stupidity to spew. I feel sorry for your three children. They must hate your guts. Although I suspect the three children claim is BS as no self respecting woman would ever willingly open her legs for a troll like you.

      • Don’t hold your breath. Rumors of our president’s demise are premature.

      • The Impeachment Train is warming up. Estimated arrival: mid-2018; maybe sooner.

    • Trump won all income categories from $50,000 annually and up. Trump voters are more successful – more intelligent and harder working – than their government dependent counterparts who erroneously believe that a grade-inflated degree in a useless major entitles them to a life without toil or duty. We are not going to let you get away with that anymore and that is exactly why you are so childishly bitter about his presidency.

      • You’re wrong. Trump won because of old,white, non-college educated men. The stats are as clear as you could want. And the issue was immigration. Trump conned a bunch of old white losers into believeing that their REAL problem was Mexicans, Islamic immigration, immigration in general, Chinese cheating, and bad trade deals. You bought a pig in a poke from a con man. As for elite education, it is always resented by those who don’y have any.

      • It’s not that you are ignorant; it’s just you know so much that isn’t so.
        For someone who is so morally and cognitively superior, you sure do utilize a plethora of hyperbole, untruths, and ad hominems.

        I am fairly young, I am a woman, I received an elite education, I am an elite professional in my field, and I will vote for President Trump once again in 2020. Perhaps you should climb off the moral dung heap of liberalism and actually conduct your own independent research instead of echoing the same lines used by the miscreants who are, in fact, the very reason President Trump was elected.

        You do know the definition of insanity, right?

      • My observation is that people who put “deplorable” in their handle are particularly gullible, nasty, bigoted, and Neanderthal. You set yourself apart as the advance guard of Trumpism. I don’t believe most of your claims but there are statistical outliers in every population and you might be somewhat off the normal Trumpster profile which is: 50+, angry, low-functioning, under-educated, bigoted, misogynist, gullible, white males. You’re in great company.

      • If the typical Trump voter was who you say it is, demographics would dictate a Hillary victory.

        You need to account for those millions of voters who voted for President Obama twice and then voted for Trump. After all, if Hillary received every vote President Obama did, she would be president.

        Please explain how Obama voters are 50+, angry white males.

      • There’s no use debating what is probably a paid troll.

      • Hillary, who I did not like by the way, won the popular vote by 3 million. The Electoral College was the deciding factor. So be it. It won’t happen again.

      • The “popular vote”? Do you have any idea how ignorant that sounds?

      • Yes, assumptions are inherent in your ignorance.
        You don’t believe I am who I claim to be, yet you readily cling to lies and false narrative in order to align and validate your limited and averse world view.
        You know nothing about me except for your own illusions of who and what I am.
        And disparaging my (and your) fellow Americans lends support for my own assumptions about you.
        However, my assumptions about you are evidently moreover correct, as evidenced by your hyperbolic invective assault. On a GIRL, no less.

        People like you don’t want independent or valid discourse; you are victim, criminal, judge, and jury all rolled up in a nihilistic ball of futile rage and juvenile sentiment.

        Misogynistic bigot, get thee to a indoctrination center hither. You will be crowned king in your world of fools.

      • “Elite education,” “elite professional,” and RN don’t belong together.

      • Says another imbecile who thinks he’s omniscient. You know me, do ya?? Bwahahahahaha!!

      • You didn’t mention anything about my “character,” fool – you claimed I had “never needed my life saved.”

        You’re another stupid fool who thinks he has special powers of perception.

      • Congratulations, you have outed yourself as the very individual you profess to despise.

      • What hospital do you work in? I want to make sure to avoid it.

      • LOL!!!! I “outed” YOU as the pretentious individual you are!!

      • She is a bender of truth. I sensed it right away. Hence my statement: I don’t believe most of your claims, but…”.

      • Every exit poll confirms the economic demographics. What the polls don’t tell you is that because Trump voters are not all living in high cost urban gulags, they are living far better on their greater incomes. Making $50k in NYC or San Francisco means you share a one bedroom dump with 2 other people and some rats. In Des Moines or Savannah it means your own home and starting a family.

        You are just another poor, lazy, deluded loser afraid you are not going to get your free stuff anymore. Productive people support Trump.

      • You’re making me sad. Read the article you sent. It confirms every claim I made: old, white, under-educated males. Perfect.

      • You are making me laugh.

        Read the actual data from the exit poll – Trump won every income category from $50,000 per year and up. Clinton only won the lower classes.

      • You’re pathetically stupid. He didn’t have to “con” them – they already knew that and supported Trump because he affirmed them.

      • No. He gave them license to hate: Islam, Mexicans, immigrants, China, NAFTA. Trump played on the worst elements of human nature and found a BIG audience among the latent haters in America. He also gave every macho pervert license to be themselves. He affirmed them, for sure.

      • Very few crossed over but some did. Hillary ran a poor campaign. Trump woke up the trailer parks of America and they got in their pick ups and went to the polls. So be it.

      • I’m going to take a big chance here and guess that you are old, white and non-college educated.

      • Pretty good try. I am old, white, college educated, prosperous, retired, liberal, a father of 3, and a believer that America has suffered a permanent and irrecoverable setback to international esteem, social harmony, and fiscal sanity. Although I did not like Hillary, she was not insane and Trump is.

      • Then why did Trump win 1/3 of the congressional districts that had voted twice for Obama?

      • The envy and resentment of the unwashed masses. You useful idiots are the ammo of the tyrants.

      • Hominid

        Have you got a data point that contradicts mine. Trump won the upper income classes. Unless you have a point to make, please go back to your cage.

      • You are wrong. Trump decidedly LOST the upper income classes (those making more than $175K / yr). It is the one income stratum that he did lose.

      • NY Times – bwahahahahaha!!!!

        Nope — sorry — those are the Edson poll data that have been shown to be methodologically unsound. It’s based on EXIT POLL – i.e., self-selected reports.

        The ANES & the NCSS methodologically superior studies show that Trump lost those with incomes in excess of $175K and in excess of $100K (they had bins for their income brackets).

    • You know, I am always amazed at how you guys love to crow about how you were beaten by your inferiors. You always want to say how stupid and clueless Trump’s team was, “yet they beat us smart people like a drum.” Maybe you are not as smart as you think you are

    • Wow, sorry you’re not happy. We won, get over it.

      • No one won. America lost, the world lost. The full price has yet to be paid.

      • You lost me at ‘plundering the American Treasury.’

        Why is it that you consider people keeping their own money to be ‘plundering’ the treasury?

      • That may be correct. But, it would have been far worse if Hillary, the marxist crook, had become president.

        Trump may be an insincere (or lack clarity) panderer, but on certain issues, he supports the Americanist position. The Lib-Leftists are devoutly antiAmericanist. THAT is your problem, not Trump.

      • I don’t think so. And I am totally NOT on this America First insanity.

      • Thats not Trump’s approach. He want to bludgeon the world into submission. Won’t work.

      • You said it’s ‘insanity’ to be America First. I asked you why.

        You shifted your position to one of approach, not paradigm.

        Answer the original question. Why is it insane for a nation to look to its own interests first?

      • I get it — you’re a garden variety, brainless antiAmericanist.

      • Nope. But we live in a big complex world and we can’t stick our head up our backside. And we have to play nice. You can’t go it alone; allies matter and we have fewer every day. I also believe in Climate Change and we are on the wrong side of history on that topic.

      • What you “believe” is provably false. That’s YOUR problem.

      • NO. I get it; the shoe dropped. You’re a knuckle bragging, sloped-forehead. semi-literate, nativist, backwoods blowhard.

    • Talk about hyperbole and emotion triumphing over reason!!???!!??

    • Wow! You must be one of the disappointed Hillary shills. You have managed to hit all the far left talking points. Bravo!

  4. VDH is correct, of course.

    These people created all the problems Trump inherited. At the height of their power, these NeverTrump neocons held tremendous sway and had the ear of the president, but their book celebrations, power marriages and degrees from prestigious universities didn’t save them from destroying the party. It didn’t save Pope Bush the second from 20% approval. It didn’t stop us from being fired, twice, and setting the stage for Emperor “I Won!” and a democrat congress to serve him. Ironically, Obama himself saved the party fortunes by reaching too far, too fast. If he were the black Bill Clinton he campaigned as? We would still be in the wilderness.

    Where I disagree is, I don’t think they’re incompetent or that they don’t understand the people who elected Trump or their culture.. I think they’re one half of a bipartisan crony class that essentially peddle laws and policies for personal profit, and if that means waging socioeconomic war on middle America? They’re happy to oblige. I don’t think they do not understand. I think they understand perfectly, and they don’t care because they are evil.

    • Yes when it comes to Hillary I’m reminded off the line from Cool hand Luke :”She knows exactly what she’s doing” but with an entirely different context.

    • The essay is nothing but spin and rhetorical tricks – a load of bullshiite!

      • When one uses terms like “NeverTrumpers,” he’s appealing to emotion, not reason. When one cites failures of educational “elites” on “Your Fired” TV shows, he’s dealing with anecdote not reality. It’s nothing more than spin and rhetorical tricks in an appeal to emotion.

    • The truth is:
      The self-styled “elites” aren’t very elite.
      If they were truly smart, then they could have stopped Trump.
      They have all the attributes of an intellectual, except–intellect.

      • You evidently don’t understand the US populace, the US pop culture, and democracy.

      • The “elites” are the ones who’ve proven that they don’t understand.

      • “Understand” what? That the teeming masses want government to do things for them?

    • Perhaps so. Consider also the shocking realization that Trump’s 2017 GDP growth likely to be over 3% was achieved with Obama’s taxes and budget. That means, the only think Trump has done so far ‘for business’, has been to cheerlead. All American businesses needed to bestir their animal spirits was to have a cheerleader. We will see now if 2018, with the addition of 14 easy points of profit to every bottom line, shows an actual increasing velocity of money. That, reported only by the St. Louis Federal Reserve, showed how dead money was during Obama’s term. Toward the end of 2017, it ticked up slightly. Will 2018 show money coming back to life? If so, the wave of 2018 will be R.

      • An increase in the velocity of money coupled with trillion dollar deficits = hyperinflation. It will not be pretty.

      • Well then we need to audit the Fed, get rid of the Dept. of Education, HHS, cut back the GSA, build
        the wall, really go after fraud, and continue to clean up Government.

      • I agree. The CBO and all of the Democrat hand wringers made predictions about the tax cuts based on the premise that there will be no reduction in spending. I am sure Trump does not agree with that premise and his first proposed budget is going to be a zinger. Can’t wait.

      • Entitlements account for MORE THAN 70% of all government spending. Trump has vowed to protect them.

      • How? You people with your ready solutions never say HOW to accomplish those things. “Let’s just do it” are the words of a fool.

      • Not if there is growth. Growth in the private sector increases the supply of goods and services and economies of scope and scale take effect.

      • The national debt is not without huge impact on growth potential. Learn economics.

      • While confiscatory taxation always does an economy wonders, huh?

      • That’s right – the gorilla in the room is spending. Trump is a big spender and a gambler.

  5. Victor Davis Hanson has put his finger on the Never Trumpers: culture. Mainly, Never Trumpers are drawn from the Knowledge Class (as opposed to the Business Class) and depend on centrist conservative think tanks for their livelihoods. Typically, none of them have even spent so much as one summer working on construction, moving furniture or stocking a warehouse. And the funding sources for the think tanks they work for typically depend on the globalist “free market” corporations (“free market” is a euphemism for trade with communist funded monopolistic foreign corporations that employ near low wage labor). Some of the Never Trumpers may quietly be supportive of Trump but they know who butters their bread and pays their mortgages. So someone like Jonah Goldberg, wrote a book on political correctness (“The Tyranny of Cliches”) but when Trump comes along and busts those cliches Goldberg has opposed him mainly on the grounds that Trump is uncouth. What Trump has done has removed the notion that “kindness” or not fighting back against adversaries is some form of higher moral legitimacy. But any shrewd political player can use kind and forgiving rhetoric while acting in a totalitarian way. Trump’s legitimacy is based on his actions not on the civic religion of “niceness”. Moreover, because the Working Class understands tough talk, even profanity, Trump can talk on their level even though he never raised his own children on such obscene language. For right now no Never Trump candidate can win at the ballot box in Red States. So the Never Trumpers and their Neo-conservative clones cannot gain power except through the Working Class.

    • VDH has also explained clearly why the GOP is kicking butt and taking names in state elections but spinning its wheels in DC. The state GOP are regular folk, likely Trump supporters, while the Rinos in DC are, well, Rinos.

      • Exactly the opposite. The state Repubs get elected because they support the marxist ideology of the Lib-Leftists.

  6. Mr. Hanson’s corruption and subordination to the cult of Trump is now complete.

    • So, in other words, you cannot refute one point made in the article and must resort to ad hominems. Got it!

      • that’s his trick he make a his writing so dense as a,cover.

      • wordy. it’s not what he says it what he doesn’t say that must be responded to and it would take more time than most of us who work have time for to respond oncomment boards.

      • Seems pretty straight forward. The regular folk are suspicious of the elites so staffing the investigative team with elites was a mistake, but worse it is a mistake that the elites are blind to. And this blindness extends to Democrat and Republican in DC alike, and it explains why the federal GOP, which is chocked full of elites, while its state parties are stuffed with regular folk, cannot do well at the federal level although it is kicking butt at the local level

      • He didn’t just staff his team with elites. He staffed his team with out-and-out liberal power players who have – for years – vocally and financially supported liberals.

        Expecting those people to leave their inherent biases at the door is simply unreasonable, and people know it.

        That’s how you got Trump.

      • VDH needs to work a piece showing how the bannon/trump relationship and the choice of bannon by trump for national security council is really such a great historical milestone and real good for our country. its what VDH doesn’t say. and that is dishonesty.

      • If you can’t read for comprehension, it’s easy to follow. If you see what he’s doing, you have lots of questions.

      • What a BS comment. You are exhibit A of what he was writing about as you have no clue about Trump’s election and what is actually going on in this country and others. You must be Ivy League educated.

      • You are too stupid to see when you’re being manipulated.

      • Oh, oh, being called stupid by a neverTrumper. Shocker.

      • As if your emotions would allow you to discern reality.

      • But that is how the ignorant must function; if you cannot make a legitimate case, throw mud.

      • “If the law is on your side, pound the law. If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When both are against you, pound the table.”

      • Read today’s Washington Post, if you bear to move your eyes away from your right wing propaganda. Everything you need to know is there, today. Why should I repeat it?

        You supporters of Trump are so incredibly stupid. Ad hominem? You deserve it.

      • They are not “right wingers,” they are Trumpsuckers.

    • it’s astounding. Hanson must have some deep deep inferiority issue.

      • So he’s a nationally read and respected figure and you’re a nobody that no one knows and you’re he has inferiority issues. Got it.

      • He’s an opiner, nothing more. A mouth-runner with a bullshiite degree in a humanity who’s never produced anything in his life except words. A man who makes money for composing essays that pander to the widest audience possible.

    • Interesting. Typical and predictable ruling class toady making assertion. No reasoning, example, or proof. But then, snotty cosmopolitans need only assert, and sniff.

    • Bingo!! The guy is a blowhard who shifts in the winds of popularity.

  7. The inability to understand Trump is hard to grasp. Barry said of the deplorables: ” you can see how they cling to their guns and their religion and have antipathy to those not like them.” So, no the swamp denizens know the middle Americans exist and they even get that they are opposed to the swamp denizens’ goals. But as you say for some reason the GOP swamp critters cannot grasp it.

    With all their “edumacation” and experience, the federal GOP reminds me of that Oscar Wilde quip:

    “Earnestness is stupidity with a college degree.”

  8. With all the Russia talk you would think the anti-Trump brigade would realize they are bringing us closer and closer to 1917 Russia on a daily basis. One might conclude they want it that way.

    • Um, Russia’s economy is 6% of ours. It is half the size of Canada’s. This whole “Russia as an existential threat” is laughable.

      • I’m not talking about the Russian economy but referring to the Russian “press” and “academia” that brought us the likes of Trotsky and Lenin and eventually Stalin.

      • I always expected Russia to become a dictatorship again, but NOT a communist dictatorship and that seems to be the case.

      • You’re right. They are not an existential threat a long as Donny Bone Spurs doesn’t start something stupid.

      • How, oh wise one, do they morph into an existential threat because of President Trump’s actions?

      • You’re welcome. Remember, Russia is a nuclear power, just like us. Trump is very capable of starting trouble where none existed before.

      • Is he? Please provide any evidence of such if you can.

      • So you believe that Obama was right and Romney was wrong? More evidence that Trump is not the anti-Obama.

  9. The patsies that Mueller hired are the BEST ‘n BRIGHTEST ONLY in their own addled, political minds.

    Mueller woulda done a whole lot better with a team of ‘civilians’ randomly picked out of the phone directory—-if there’s one that exists anymore!!

    The ‘highly educated’ Ivy-Leaguers have proven themselves over the past few decades, to be the most-ignorant, closed-minded educated fools to populate the earth, and thus nearly destroy our world—as proved throughout the whole 20th Century and well into the 21st!!

    Those of us educated at the rough ‘n tumble state universities could run rings around these elitist boobs who think they should continue to RULE THE WORLD. Funny what the REAL WORLD teaches those of us who’ve lived it!!

    ENOUGH of these faux, high ‘n mighty elites!! We deplorables are much better at MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!

    • To your point, can you think of the last time a Harvard engineer made a big tech break through? Most all the Harvard prestige goes to those who worked as government hacks, not as productive citizens.

      • You’re anti-edumacation. Just because the Ivy League has trashed the country doesn’t mean they are not smart. /s

      • IF I wanted a top notch engineer or scientist I would go to MIT, or Stanford, or Caltech, or RPI or Carnegie Mellon, or…….

        If I wanted a top notch government hack I would go to an Ivy league school.

      • When is the last a Wharton engineer made a big tech breakthrough? Oh right – there aren’t any.

      • But you would find that Harvard graduates and faculty have made huge contributions to arts, literature, history, etc. Those count. We are not just a world of people building stuff. There is an intellectual life, you may want to try it.

      • Rubbish. CalTech’s endowments aren’t taxed either. And when they tax universities they will tax churches – now there is a GOOD idea.

      • As if the two are similar in any way! The establishment clause works for Churches not universities.

      • Ahhh, they are good at satisfying the elite of society. Yup, that is their whole purpose – that and ruling over the rest of us. Let’s do it this way – they can focus on the Arts, literature and “history” – just leave politics to those who have commonsense and an efficient view of reality.

    • Mueller’s investigators don’t have to be the best and brightest, and they don’t have to be unbiased. They just have to be competent, and let the facts speak for themselves.

      • In theory, you’re right.

        Look to Duke Lacrosse though. In that case, the DA was massively biased, and extremely well-credentialed. The evidence though, wasn’t allowed to speak for itself. Nifong intentionally withheld evidence which he knew would exonerate those he was prosecuting.

        Bias can very easily lead Mueller’s team to simply bury a few facts while selectively releasing others. That would shape the narrative and would not be letting the facts truly speak for themselves.

      • In the Duke Lacrosse case the DA was totally unethical. That isn’t the case with Mueller.

      • So hiding the Strzok’s outrageous behavior from Congress for several months is an example of ethics? Having hired him in the first place shows a complete lack of common sense.

      • The Feds are hardly immune from prosecutorial misconduct. See USA v Cliven Bundy. Andrew Weissmann, a member of Mueller’s dream team, was director of the Enron Task Force that destroyed the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen (that employed 85,000 people) dragging it through a trial riddled with prosecutorial misconduct that was ultimately reversed by a unanimous Supreme Court. That task force ruined quite a few lives.

      • Mueller was the lead man for the Uranium One deal coming to fruition for the Clinton Cartel to the tune of $150 million. Nothing illegal there.

      • No there was NOT anything illegal. The Uranium One story is a lie.

      • How will you get the facts unless you are looking for them and a biased and prejudiced search will not allow you to look for them if they contradict your bias and prejudice. People see what they want to see.

  10. Is there anything more over-rated than an Ivy League “education?” And is there anyone with his head more firmly planted in his rectum than a coastal-dwelling, New World Order elitist?

    • It reminds one of the in-breeding among the crowned-heads of Europe and hemophilia (the modern version of which is the intellectual poisoning of political correctness and groupthink).

      • You are clueless regarding who is admitted to Ivy League universities.

      • Me too – a son of poor, hourly wage-earners who grew up in a midwestern urban ghetto and joined the military after high school. My so-called “elite” classmates came from all across the country, from every socioeconomic stratum, from every race and a multiplicity of ethnicities, and from foreign lands in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. What we all had in common were excellent academic & standardized test performances and a strong desire to learn and achieve.

    • They propagate themselves starting with the elite universities followed by the ivy league Law schools instilling in them their rightful place to rule over everyone else. In this age of the “expert”, there has been a complete loss of good ol’ commonsense as well as an efficient grasp of reality. They have all been impregnated with Progressivism viewing reality as what they want to see as opposed to what is. As a result, their efforts are always thwarted by unintended consequences that are fairly obvious to those who exercise commonsense and have an efficient grasp of reality.

      • That’s just a Hollywood movie version of reality intended to appease you third-raters. Who do YOU think should be in charge – coal miners and nail bangers, poets and celebrities?

    • What “education” is superior to an Ivy League education – do tell?

      • There are plenty of colleges with more academic rigor, less grade inflation, and far less self-aggrandizing reputations.

  11. I agree with VDH’s general analysis, but would add an observation. The elite are mad that they’re being told that the emperor (they) have no clothes. Neither side of the elite have had correct answers to the problems of the middle/ working class for over 30 years.

      • Really? That is why he is undressing those who have fought him from day one.

      • You clearly don’t understand the metaphor being used here if you think Trump is the emperor. Have you ever read the story?

    • Who does have the “correct answer”? Trump? The coal miners in West Virginia?

  12. Damn, Vic, you’ve gotten vicious. Nevertheless, there’ve been no leaks from the all-star team of ivy league legacy lawyers to whisper of even the tiniest evidence of criminal electioneering found in the cooperation of Flynn or the computer drives of Manafort. If any such evidence had been found, it would have been burned into the eyes of the world before sunset.

    • There have been no leaks because they are professionals. Be patient and what for the results of the investigation.

      • Yeah right! There have been leaks of non-substantial matters such as what they are looking at next but none relating to any evidence or basis for the investigation in the first place. If there was such evidence, it very definitely would have leaked out.

      • Everything is being leaked. Are you serious? Are you really trying to say there are no leaks coming out of the Mueller probe?

      • Because this whole exercise is about getting rid of Trump and undermining anything he wants to do and the fever pitch of the Left would demand the exposure of anything that might substantiate their obsession with his removal.

      • There have been no leaks about FISA warrants and the dossier because that incriminates them.

      • They are professionals who know how to leak for greatest effect, a la James Comey with his top secret notes to himself.

        Therefore, little old me in flyover country knows that when the hound is not barking, it has nothing to bark about.

    • Or the new line of old Papa, the origin, and the leaks from his FISA warrants.

  13. Bad judgement is, potentially, the most costly trait in a politician. Bill Clinton had generally good judgement. Hillary Clinton had almost universally very bad judgement. Trump has exhibited good judgement.
    If one were electing a President on the basis of being fun to hang around Bill C would be the man although you definitely wouldn’t want him as a neighbor if you had young and nubile daughters!. Hillary or Obama would be the death of a good party while Trump would be put on a very fancy party but would probably act boorishly. Fortunately we are not electing a best friend or a neighbor, we are electing someone to exhibit good judgement.
    It appears from the policies enacted over the last 30 to 40 years that the elites we have allowed to run things have very poor judgement and, when push comes to shove, will sacrifice the well being of the people for the opportunity to feather their own nest.
    A bull in a china shop is just what is needed when the china needs breaking.

    • Exactly. A bull in a china shop is what we need.

      • Yeah – “a bull in a china shop” who does as much damage as he does good is far better than a surgeon in an operating suite who removes a tumor leaving organ function fully intact. You’re brilliant!!!

    • How many people do you know who have good judgment?

  14. Thank you, VDH, for explaining what on earth is going wrong with this country, with such moral and intellectual clarity. We have rot at the top, and we in the Heartland are hoping and praying to God that Trump can drain the poison from the body politic before septic shock sets in and the country comes crashing down around our collective ears.

  15. The imbecile “Down with Trumpers” regarding him as a “blood and soil European nationalist” are so blinded that they cannot see the paradigm shift that has occurred since 1/20/17.

    Trump is a nationalist, but he also raises the spirits of those in other countries that a new wind has been blowing. His major international speeches have raised a new theme that isn’t strictly nationalist in the sense of the 1930s, and it is certainly far from 0bamunist globalism.

    I’m waiting from some brilliant conservative journalist to invent a term that accurately describes this fusion of nationalism and internationalism that Trump has been trumpeting.

    • Americas Manafest Destiny rising the Human Spirits around the world, again.

      • Dream on little fella. America hasn’t raised any human spirits ever. Ask the Indigenous people, the former slaves, the Cubans, the people of the Philippines, the Japanese, the Guatamalans, Puerto Ricans, the Vietnamese. Fact is America is detested around the world and thats a fact Jack. Even Europeans laugh at us_ the loud, fat, obnoxious tourists in sneakers. Get a grip. Do some traveling. Even the Canadains don’t like us and everyone likes them.

      • Wow. What makes you think that Cubans or Vietnamese people hate us? Because thy are ruled by communists? That is all the more reason why they LIKE us and want to come here to live. The rest of your post is nonsense as well.

    • You’re dreaming in technicolor. America is hitting rock bottom and the world is laughing.

  16. > it may serve as a reminder of why the Republican Party on the national level does poorly

    Or, as Dean Wormer might say, “Smug, stupid and treacherous is no way to go through life.”

  17. Mueller’s record suggests that he is utterly lacking in moral courage. He was head of the FBI and was ultimately responsible for the non-investigation of the IRS scandal which targeted conservative fund raising organizations. In regards to the latter, Mueller claimed not to know the status of the investigation, and could not even recall who had been assigned to lead it. The FBI was also involved in an investigation of the Russian company involved in the Uranium One sale for extortion and bribery. This information should have been shared with CFIUS and Congress prior to the Uranium One sale, but Mueller did nothing. And how about his current investigative tactics. Breaking into the Manafort residence and possibly frisking Mrs. Manafort in her bedclothes for weapons, as has been reported. Grabbing Presidential transition documents without seeking the appropriate permission. Ignoring the possible illicit use of the dossier, and the implications of Russian involvement in trying to undermine Trump. The possible conspiracy of high-level FBI and DOJ officials in attempting to undermine a Trump administration. Mueller is not someone I would want my kids to have as a Sunday school teacher.

  18. One thing for sure. Trump understands that Mueller is a lightening rod and the lefty Mules he’s assembled only will help Trump destroy Mueller. Mueller will never be directly touched by Trump but all the minions, from Holder to Lynch to Obama to Comey to Hillary and their minions, will be “Trumpered”. Actually, Trump may not even want a special counsel since it’s easier to attack the minions while they’re out of jail.

  19. > Trump’s accomplishments are canceled out by his character flaws. Thus they are not sustainable, given that character is destiny.

    General Grant was a drunk. General Patton was a megalomaniac. Abe Lincoln was prone to melancholy — or, as we might understand it today, severely depressed. Henry Ford was a complete a**hole.

    As Lincoln said about Grant, I’ll say about Trump: we cannot spare this man. He fights.

  20. The Repub lineup for the Presidency in the primary elections was like a menu of 16 haute cuisine dishes and the Blue Plate Special of meat loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy.
    We already had the cuisine and didn’t like it, we just wanted something to eat that tasted good, and reminded us of Mother.

  21. Exactly right. It is reminiscent of the hate of Richard Nixon. It is to be remembered that Nixon was the second GOP president since 1932, when he was elected in 1968. General Eisenhower had been approached by Democrats and the GOP to run. It also needs to be remembered that but for the election of Nixon, who was no conservative, the country would have gone social democratic. He was deeply hated for that. DJT has proved far more effective than Nixon.

    At another level, it reads like the history attending the election of Andrew Jackson.

    • You think Trump is comparable to Nixon or Jackson?

  22. Another broadside directed at the morally and ethically bankrupt Parlor Republican intellectual bunch. Pedigree is simply another term for inbred.

  23. David Victor Hanson at his most brilliant analysis yet…worth keeping…

  24. > “Other NeverTrumpers argue Trump has done little good himself. His team, or the Republican Congress, is instead to be credited with his successes. Trump himself earned his setbacks such as his initial travel moratorium, failure to repeal in toto Obamacare, and stasis on building the wall or moving forward with a DACA resolution.”

    In other words, they’re saying Trump deserves no credit for putting together a pretty decent team, and gets cut no slack at all for being a rookie.

    Let’s put it another way: if Trump had assembled a horrible team, think NeverTrumpers would be blaming Trump? I do. And he’d deserve it. But he gets no credit for assembling a good one.

    Speaking of rookie errors, even the great Ronald Reagan succumbed to the pressure to raise taxes. Reagan called himself out on that one, saying it was the worst mistake he made. NeverTrump Republicans like to sing Reagan’s praises, but I’m old enough to remember how much the mainstream GOP hated Reagan at the time.

    Here’s what it looks like to this DC outsider: it looks like NeverTrump Republicans think it’s their job is to lose the policy wars, and are upset that Trump is making them look bad. It looks like NeverTrump Republicans have just been wearing Reagan masks and mouthing the words for thirty years, with no intention of fighting for what their voters have wanted. It looks like NeverTrump Republicans have been pretending to be incompetent because they figure their voters will forgive incompetence more than they would treachery.

    One of Trump’s accomplishments, thus far, is that he has revealed the Republican Party and numerous “conservatives” for what they are: ideological Quislings. Trump is hoisting them on their own Petain.

  25. I think Mr. Hanson should have added the National Review Online to his list of those praising the Mueller Investigation cronies. That group is a joke and the NRO defends them at every opportunity. In my eyes, Mr. Hanson lost some credibility for not including NRO.

    • VDH works for NRO when he isn’t writing nonsense for American Greatness. He isn’t going to bite the hand that feeds him.

  26. Hanson says Trump is willing to hire the best and brightest. There is no evidence of this at all.

    • The “best and brightest” don’t go to work for the government regardless who their boss might be.

  27. Self awareness has to have a foundation in reality if it is to be useful.
    The elites don’t have it as they grow up in and are employed in and surrounded by a bubble that reinforces their own opinion.

  28. As usual, Mr Hanson has it right. I think he understands and elucidates the Trump phenomenon better than anyone. The evidence of corruption at the highest levels of the FBI keeps mounting and is not being contradicted.
    I thought from the beginning watching Comey that he was too slick and sticky sweet to be authentic.

  29. Some of the biggest morons I’ve had in my medical practice have been Ivy League grads. Not a lick of common sense in any of ’em.

      • You must be under the gross misapprehension that we wish we were Ivy League Grads. That’s an example of your self-delusion.

      • LOL!!!! YOU are the ones deriding Ivy League grads and claiming that YOU are smarter with no evidence to support your claim.

  30. To paraphrase the marxist filmmaker Michael Moore, the election of Trump could also be described more succinctly as the biggest “f*ck you” in American political history.

  31. I know this, after having been politically & financially aware and having raised a pair of kids, say roughly half of my 4-decade adult life…..I pretty much despise most “pedigreed” types. These are the Style-over-Substance folks who waste public resources and time but are quite skilled at enriching themselves and their circle of clingers while keeping the lower 1/3 of Americans totally in the dark and continuing to vote against not only their own interest, but that of their children!

      • Actually, Au Contraire…….I have done exceptionally to extremely well, and have
        exceeded my financial goal, thanks to Obama & Bernanke/Yellen.
        Reagan gave me a good start, Bush was so-so, but it’s Obama who took me
        to the mountain top. I bet that Wall St. bought the right President and
        it paid off Bigly!!

      • Good golly, could you be more self-absorbed? How well YOU did is all that matters in assessing the success of presidents.

      • LOL!! Typical……you render the grand opinion that I am “envious” and then run for cover in your favored `Cave’.

      • You are the one who suggested he was envious of the “pedigreed” types. You are the one who made it personal. His response contradicts your conclusions so now you change him with being focused on himself . You think you are so smart and so cute with your comments but your self delusions are not shared by others.

      • Read his post, moron – it’s all EXCLUSIVELY about himself and how “well HE’s done.” He may have thrived under Obama as he claims, but how many others suffered under Obama. You Obambots are disgusting.

  32. A good explanation of the ignorance of the “anointed”, our so-called “elite”.

  33. “Trump is perfectly willing to hire the best and brightest and has, but not necessarily because they are assumed to be the best and brightest.” Does Trump’s list of the best & Brightest include Micha

  34. I like Hanson. The foolish, self serving Never Trumpers can’t argue with him. They lose every time.

  35. The inability to understand Trump is hard to grasp. Barry said of the deplorables: ” you can see how they cling to their guns and their religion and have antipathy to those not like them.” So, no the swamp denizens know the middle Americans exist and they even get that they are opposed to the swamp denizens’ goals

  36. Exactly right. Like the so-called elites on the east and west coasts, Mueller and his team do not have the respect of a majority of Americans. But the joke is they’re incapable of comprehending this simple fact and, therefore, will continue helping Democrats dig an even deeper political hole in which they can all bury themselves.

  37. We are learning. Trump is an iconoclast, breaking the mold, different from what came before. Dr. VDH starkly depicts it in one counter attack, the Mueller investigation. It is notable, with an extremely hostile press, that nothing specific has come to light on the essential raison d’être of Meuller’s “special” organization, the collusion between candidate Trump and Russia.

    What has become obvious is the drain the swamp theme of Trump. He is anti Washington D.C. culture. And we have insight. Fox News, the hated Fox News, has just reported “Mapping the Swamp”, released by government watchdog group OpenTheBooks, that nearly 30,000 rank-and-file federal employees out-earned each of the 50 state governors, We know that the wealthiest counties in the US ring Washington D.C.

    The swamp is filled with rich alligators. And alligators get unhappy with anyone who drains their swamp. These alligators are paid for 10 federal holidays, 13 sick days, and 20 vacation days per year. They live well. They hold unbridled power. All Presidential directives are never implemented as orders from the boss. Each is instantly litigated, normally with an injunction to withhold action pending ponderous judicial review. Decisions which once were made in Idaho, by normal citizens, are now overturned by nameless creatures in the anthill, none of whom have any direct responsibility to accomplish any goal by next week, e.g. OK to build a pond on your property?

    We only learn of purposely slanted news, via selected leaks. This technique, used by FBI boss Comey, accomplished its goal, the creation of an all powerful special prosecutor, his buddy, created to destroy the duly elected President of the United States. Crudely put, we are in a civil war between the blue states and the red states over government authority, who holds power, which is external to our system, three branches of government.

    This can not end well.

    • it’s certainly gonna get uglier before it gets prettier.

      and the stink is going to be just about overwhelming.

  38. The collusion was between the DNC, Hillary Campaign, Fusion GPS, and B.O., to use a fake dossier to obtain an illegal FISA warrant to conduct illegal surveillance against a political opponent. If Mueller was smart he would have already shifted gears and taken the investigation in this direction, because it is going to happen whether he likes it or not.

  39. I long for the good old days of tar and feathers. There is something about instant justice for one’s peers that clears the mind and focuses attention.

  40. Who is blinkered? Today, Trump attacked the Department of Justice, called to jail a political opponent and/or the former FBI Director, attacked the free press, claimed he stopped airplane crashes, tweeted at TV shows, claimed to have “a big button”, and threatened nuclear war… ahhh the dignity of the Presidency.

    • What, you’d rather the “dignity” of Obama coupled with his complete disregard for the law and constitution? So you’re into superficial outward appearances over actual character?

      • Because in your microscopic mind the only possible choice is between Obama who had dignity but not character and Trump who lacks both dignity AND character? There are other choices. Trump is not the anti-Obama.

      • in the last presidential election, the only other choice was a felon.

      • Trump has “character”? You are not serious are you?

    • All of which is duly warranted. The DOJ leadership under Obama was corrupt, Hillary definitely belongs in jail, as does Comey, the press is no longer free but the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party, there were no plane crashes on his watch, responded to Rocket man in their ongoing confrontation but did not threaten nuclear war. So you would choose “dignity” over truth.

      • Really, a totally ignorant bellowing ignorant baboon is “justified”

  41. Ahh, the power of a ‘belief’, gets em all…politicians, Muslims, politicians, Muslims, pol…….

  42. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”, said Trump supporter Steve Bannon about Donnie Jr.

  43. we deplorables know that we are just as good as the Washington-New York elites. We lack the pedigree but our common sense and educational achievement is in good working order. We know that they are not better than us, and that our inferior status does not render us blithering idiots. We rebel against the rule of the elites in the same way that the Iranians are rebelling against their theocratic elites. May the elites be defeated and replaced by a government by and for the people.

    • “Better” is in the eye of the beholder but that notwithstanding is irrelevant. This is our country as much as anyone else’s and we owe no explanation that we have come to believe that the USA has come too closely to resembling George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” We want the “pigs” measurably reduced in their influence. Let’s try a government less directed by career politicians, bureaucrats and MSM. Trump is a good start.

    • You lack a lot of things such as common decency.

      • how did you come to that brilliant Mr. Bullmoose 117. You don’t even know me. Damned fool that you are.

      • I read your post and those expressing similar sentiments and I follow the tweets and pronouncements of your “dear leader”

  44. From where I’m sitting it looks to me like the only positively credible things happening today in Washington D.C. are being conceived, planned & executed by the Trump Administration. The Congress, the Judicial, and the entire bureaucratic structure (city county state federal) appear to be utterly corrupt. If Trump’s AG Jeff Sessions fails to convict & jail for long terms a significant number of notorious people, then I don’t have much hope of good government being reestablished without resort to more certain though less-refined means of reform. Why do (to name a few) the Clintons, Comey, Brennan & Jonathan Gruber remain at large?

    • You think things are “planned” by the Trump administration?

  45. When the truth comes out, the RWM circles the wagons around their corrupt messiah! The voters are watching, and they are pissed! The midterms will be a disaster for the GOP!

    • A bot about as brilliant as it’s mask. Naw, not that bright.

  46. Meanwhile, the NYT op-ed from Fusion has over 2 million hits, compared to 340 from AG! Do the math!!

  47. Few Americans are aware Robert Mueller was FBI Director during the Clinton disinformation campaign over the death of a US Ambassador in Benghazi. CBS reporter David Martin reported a team of FBI Agents were “…first to arrive on the scene in Benghazi, Libya to sift through the wreckage for evidence”. That FBI team evidently helped US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton deflect blame for four American deaths and avoid the awkward truth that Clinton had dispatched her Libyan Ambassador, Chris Stevens from his very secure Embassy in Tripoli to an unprotected US Consulate in Benghazi as her liaison for transferring thousands of SA-7 heat-seeking missiles from Libyan armories to Syrian Rebels.
    The Benghazi cover-up was so complete that the FBI role in protecting Hillary was missed completely by the Media.

    • I doubt the story was “missed” by the media. More likely, it was covered up.

  48. I imagine the Mueller investigation will wrap up in about 8 years.

  49. On the immigration front. Everyone knew how to stop it. They just didn’t want to.

  50. Most of these daily screamers and hand-wringing pearl-clutchers seem to be looking for a daddy. The kind that will tell them what ever it is that they so desperately want to hear.

  51. There is a “cold” civil war ongoing across America, which VDH has chronicled. No one is immune from the impact. It was caused by the nationalization of “institutional corruption”. There was always corruption in the world, in business, and certainly in D.C. However, it was never all-encompassing as it is today. It never reached into every home, every family, into the offices of even the smallest businesses.

    What caused this change? The Obama administration? A gradual slide of traditional moral standards? A loss nationwide of religious faith? Certainly all had a hand in it.

    However, the singular event of this century which launched the civil war in my mind was the “gaying” of American society. When the progressive argument moved from “tolerance” of a “lifestyle” to mandated acceptance, the needle on the “civil war” clock jumped ahead. When “gay marriage” rolled over American citizens contrary to most plebiscites and polls, America became divorced from the elite. Gay behavior in private doesn’t outrage average Americans. Gay parades, transsexual bathrooms, gay proselytizing in the form of “tolerance education” in mandated in business, schools, military, and in short, all institutions of America, was the final straw. No where in the US Constitution, that “bargain of the people granting authority to those who rule over them), did Americans ever authorize thought control.

    The gay agenda alone didn’t cause this conflict, this deep divide across American. However, the full envelopment of it by this country’s “elite” leaders was the final straw that convinced many Americans that “Washington doesn’t understand us, doesn’t care to, and intends to impose their will upon us as tyrants run a banana republic”.

    The die has been cast. I don’t see how this division within America can be bridged. Freedom and liberity is at stake on one side, versus a privileged agenda, on the other. Neither side will give up their priorities without a “no holds barred” fight. I honestly do not know how a peaceful co-exsistance between these warring factions will return, absent a hot civl war? There is simply no way to put the toothpaste back into the tube.

    What will be the Fort Sumpter in this war, I do not know. However, people are already self-segregating by territory, “red state” and “blue state”, and in counties within states. That is how civil wars begin. American is already well down the road, even if the “elites” condemn any such speculation as “radical”. There are plenty of catalysts in motion which could “fire the first shot”, and move the nation to the mass violence of war. Once the shooting starts, the war will continue until the bitter end. I fear there are no “reconstructionists” like Lincoln left in America to put the country back together again based on that ultimate glue, Constitutional government.

    • I couldn’t agree more, especially with the thought that the East Coast cognoscenti were hell bent to impose their own warped view of morality no matter the consequences. Maybe they didn’t expect any, just abject surrender and acquiescence. When Obama really ramped up the war on traditional America, I kept expecting violence to flare up somewhere. Maybe Trump will be the pressure relief valve that bleeds off some of the anger that would fuel such an explosion. Sure hope so as I have a couple of children that will be on the front line of the fight if /when it comes.

      And if it does come, it will be much bloodier that the first Civil War. There we lost about 2% of the population in the fighting. I fear today will be far worse.

      • its not east coasters who are pushing a morality, its there are so many gays that they have demanded equal marital treatment. they are a powerful special interest.

      • My comment refers to the forced imposition of East Coast/Ivy League/Washington DC bred morality that sees the traditional US values of individual responsibility and individual freedom being sacrificed on the alter of liberal/progressive values that are antithetical to American values. And, frankly, I don’t care who you’re sleeping with as long as you don’t flaunt it my face. Or tell me that my kids have to chose their gender. All because some hair brained Harvard educated PhD who majored in stupid (as just about all have done for the past 20 years esp. the “soft” sciences) thinks it is a good idea.

        I saw a similar argument on a CNN broadcast on New Years Eve where the on air talent is helping light bongs. Public excess re: intoxicants has always been frowned on in polite society until the cognoscenti started going public, this about the time Bill Clinton redefined sex while serving as President. From there it accelerated. Sooner or later, order will be restored. The only question, as the original post brought out and mine responded to, is whether it will happen through violence.

      • I don’t agree. millenials have no issue with gay marriage.20 percent of marriages are mixed race. the culture wars are over and lost. think of trump as a last fling. the Orange fonz. happy days.

      • by the way, elite eastern values are new England hard work, modest, intelligence. original colony values.

      • if you are suggesting we should adopt trumps values, no deal, not my president.

      • Yes rule by angry mobs, you are certainly on a promising path!

      • So far the only mobs (and VIOLENCE) that I see are from the totalitarian fascists on the left, i.e. ANTIFA, BLM, etc.

    • thought control? explain how your or our thoughts are being controlled.

  52. Precisely. It’s the arrogance, the lecturing, the hypocrisy, the incompetence, the duplicitousness. We’ve had eight years of it, and we’re not going to take any more….bring on Trump and let’s crash the party!

  53. So many on the left cannot understand why Trump won

    Those that voted for him…so many of them simply want to work hard love their children and pray to their God

    And for this they are called the most horrible names Without factual substantiation

    Barack Obama once said that revenge was a good motive for voting

    I suppose many in middle America were listening

  54. This will end in tearss, no matter how much discrediting by upset tea partiers , there will be convictions

    • Maybe a Martha Stewart and a Scooter Libby.
      Thank God we have deputy dog on the case

  55. This is not directly related to politics but is instructive as to how destructive and dishonest the Fed govt can be in prosecuting someone, without cause. It is worth the viewing time.
    Howard Root: Five Heart Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit List

  56. Not only do the working investigators Mueller has hired seem somewhat suspect and incapable of being nonpartisan, it seems the Grand Jury is dominated by members of the New Black Panther Party and members of Antifa!

    • You thought making this up would be illuminating?

      • Have the guts to speak in something other than a short soundbite, you tell me exactly what [you] think / believe and not your ambiguous krap! Exactly, EXACTLY, where do you stand? I stand with Trump and not with Mueller and his crew of partisan garbage men and women!

      • Clever!

        Now, get off the smart phone and give your fat fingers a rest!

  57. Victor, this is utterly shameful: Trump, Trump Jr, Kushner, Sessions, et al, all have lied repeatedly, and in the case of Sessions, under oath, about their dealings with the Russians. Now, I personally think that they’re just rubes who were used by superior Russian intellects during the campaign, but that is beside the point. The point is, their belief that they’re above the law, and don’t need to be truthful, is what is completely indefensible, and your limp accusations of bias against Mueller and his team to defend their behaviors is repulsive. You are a lemming Victor, a total joke.

  58. required reading for the aholes in DC and NYC…but don’t expect them to ever “get it” until they’re completely on the outside looking in

  59. What these never Trumpers lack is a constituency – they do not have have VOTES. Jeb Bush’s dismal failure is proof of that – hundreds of millions spent and wasted. Think how that would have helped other GOP candidates.

    The amnesty loving never Trumpers are a very small group, but their ideology is dangerous since it is shared among so much of the establishment.

    Note that, like Democrats, the never Trumpers have to hide much of their ideological beliefs – they dress it up becuase they know just how unpopular it is.

    • Very unpopular with the 30% of Trumper Goobs , with others not so much

  60. Their preferred R candidate was Jeb Bush. That’s about all you need to know about how out of touch this crowd is.

  61. Mueller is emperor with no clothes syndrome. He has his sycophants who declare him beyond reproach.
    Yet EVERYTHING he has done stinks as political and a witch hunt.

    Good article.

    • Trumpers should be very wary of the “Emperor with no clothes” fable.

  62. As one of my patients put it before Trump even took off: “He [Donald Trump] says what everyone else is thinking but is afraid to say.”

  63. Maybe some lib can tell one thing Mueller has done that isn’t political.

    • You know nothing of what Mueller has done but react only in fear of damage to your “dear leader” Sad

  64. Not enough mediocrity on the team. Mediocre people need to be represented here, too.

    By the way, the one Mueller deputy prosecutor specifically named the most often as biased in favor of democrats?

    His most famous prosecution was against the Democratic Speaker of the NY State Assembly.

  65. Yes, the Never Trumpers and Mueller team are all a bunch of poodles; too haughty to ever admit to being over-bred, and too dumb to even believe that there are superior animals among us all-American mutts, among the other types of pure-breds.

    They have no business running our country, or persecuting those that do.

    • Ignorant goobers should rule! That’s the ticket and they should also perform surgeries and fly our planes since the only qualification should be malicious ignorance.

      • Take your meds; you seem to be slobbering all over yourself, Goober.

      • Your wife told us that you must sit down to piss, that you haven’t seen your winkie in years.

  66. WRT the Never Trump faction (of which I count myself). It is completely logical and natural to be disgusted with Donald Trump’s personality and manner of presenting himself while at the same time approving of his outsourcing of judicial picks, national defense, and foreign policy to people who know what they are doing. For Hansen to suggest that views like that are inappropriate is to suggest one avert one’s gaze and lie to yourself.

    Sorry, I won’t do that: The message and the man are easily divisible, as is any political position that is held after its original proponent has left the scene.

    It will be A GOOD THING when Trump leaves the White House. Let us all hope his Republican replacement can re-civilize the institution of the Presidency.

    • Bush 41 was civilized. What did that get?
      Bush 43 was civilized. His primary accomplishment was two terms of obama.
      obama was civilized. I will take +3% GDP growth, something obama could not do in ANY of his eight years, over your definition of civilized.
      Your perceptions are some of the most deluded I have read. Stay Happy! I know that you will! Why? Because, “ignorance is Bliss”.

      • Good to know of your principled stand against decency!

      • Clown. Trump is the most disgusting person to hold the office of President since Andrew Johnson. The man. Would you want him next door as a neighbor? Come over and grab your wife by the pussy? Call you a loser when you disagree with him about something? Call himself smart when you know perfectly well he hasn’t a clue to what he is speaking to?

        He has outsourced a number of issues to “grownups” because he does recognize, on occasion, that he knows nothing whatsoever of the subject. Thank goodness for that.

        He has no cerebral cortex; the only thing between his ears is the ancient lizard brain; It notices something and the tongue lashes out TWEET! The man is an embarrassment to the nation.

        All that said, I have long held the working man in America was getting screwed, that Trump was the first man since Reagan to speak to them, that Obama was a complete disaster on every topic – talking shit about bathroom signs when the real unemployment rate was 10% is just one example — that Hilary and her top aid belong in prison for mishandling secret e-mails, that Hillary is a congenital liar and her husband a sexual predator who should have been convicted by the senate after his impeachment.

        I’m a life long Republican and conservative. The first election that caught my attention was in ’64. AuH20! Deluded? You know as little as Trump.

      • Could not finish your post. Symbolism over substance defines the swamp. Makes you just another swamp creature.

      • All those words in such long sentences. Must be hard when you have the attention span of a gnat.

  67. What’s the problem? If Trump, his closest associates and his family are all innocent, then there’s nothing to find. In the current political environment, any semblance of charges being fabricated will be quickly and irrefutably discredited. If Mueller is TRULY biased, then that will become readily apparent once his report is released.

    Just WHY Mueller, a lifelong Republican and GOP appointee would risk his reputation, built over decades, to fabricate charges, is never discussed. There’s simply no motivation for him to do anything of the sort.

    One would think that Trump and his supporters would WELCOME this investigation in order to clear his name once and for all. The fact that this is NOT what is happening speaks volumes to anyone with even an ounce of common sense and objectivity in this matter.

    • one would think. in trump mythology,
      any criticism is fake news or the evil demon deep state is out to slay our hero.

      I think trump has many other crimes that Mueller might trip over.

      who but an evil liar reporter or deep state operative would dare to point out that trump said no one on his staff ever made any contact with Russians. it has to be fake cause trump doesn’t like it. if he doesn’t like it, it’s fake news.

    • Clearly, in your way of thinking an investigation into the corruption and malfeasance of both the Obambi mis-administration and the Clinton foundation and campaign is totally justified, correct?
      I’m sure NO-one will cast doubts about any of those “investigations”, right?

      One would think that any “fair minded” liberomarxist would welcome it,right?

      • yes. I’m fine with that. lets finish this one first.

      • We could walk and chew gum at the same time, I think. Somehow I suspect that the main stream media is not and will not be as interested! or unbiased for that matter. (As they have already shown!)

        But, sure, let’s clean house,which I think president Trump is already doing. Otherwise,he would not be confronted as he has been by all currently established groups!

  68. Dr.Hanson writes it again!! He knows the American character better than many and second to none!

  69. Lots of talk about a bloody Civil War here. How would that work? The answer is not even as well as the first one.
    Here’s a suggestion. Every state holds an election to decide whether they want to belong to the Red States of America or the Blue States of America.
    We could then divide up peacefully. Like Brexit it would take some time to work out the details but eventually we would settle on a satisfactory solution.
    What are your thoughts?

    • we are counties politically now more than we are states in most States.

      • And your point is? A county is too small a unit to be feasible as an organising unit. It could be a question for the working out of details.

      • we move. things change. nice try but it’s ridiculous. just pointing out to you that states are not so monolithic as you think.

  70. Funny how things change. Mueller was loved by Republicans and treated with skepticism by Democrats before he started investigating Trump. Now Republicans think he’s a Islamist Communist Progressive Radical….

    • That was BEFORE we knew he was a snake in the grass for The Muslim, and The Lyingbitch.

      • It was before he was given the job of investigating your Dear Leader.

  71. Yeah. He speaks, thinks, and acts like an American. Owe woe be us.
    I am not a jock, I was not a jock,
    I was in Vietnam and I hate to break the news, that sometimes, having a leadership corps of jocks when the shtf, works.

    Thank you V.D.H. .

  72. What I don’t understand is on how such a politically charged investigation was going to be, there was apparently no vetting done of the attorneys hired for the case. No background checks made, no conflict of interest papers produced or signed that I know of. They should not have wondered that these questions would arise, and Mueller’s bull in a china shop approach hasn’t helped either. Hey Mueller, you are parroting Trumps behavior and you end up getting similar complaints.

  73. Hanson is right. The most striking thing about the Washington-New York “elites” is that they are not elite. In fact, many if not most of them are pathetic horses’ asses who happen to be well connected.

  74. Dr. Hanson you are such a gentleman wordsmith while simultaneously ripping the curtain back to reveal the “great & mighty Oz”. Thank you. You are a delight to read.

  75. How they must hate him , Trump is everything they are not and he keeps winning .

    • You think Trump hatred is a form of “envy”, I have never desired to be a narcissistic bombastic lying bully. Your goal?

      • You may not see it as a form of “envy ” but I guarantee that the elitist who think that they should be in power do . Donald Trump is everything they are not, he shoots from the hip , he tweets , he is not politically correct , he’s bombastic , and I love him . He actually loves our country and it’s people ! Rock on President Trump and don’t let the elitist get you down !

  76. VDH has also explained clearly why the GOP is kicking butt and taking names in state elections but spinning its wheels in DC. The state GOP are regular folk, likely Trump supporters, while the Rinos in DC are, well, Rinos.

    • The Rinos are , well, elected. There are , in the end, not enough goobers.

  77. Being the son of lower middle class parents and never being able to afford to attend those lofty college classes gives me a satisfaction that only people of my education can understand when I watch the creme de la creme in government and academia make ephups of epic proportions. Words cannot describe it.

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  79. Mueller’s team is composed almost entirely of partisan Democrats. A lot of fair-minded Americans are not OK with that.

  80. A very cogent piece by Victor Hanson, rather comically (unfortunately?) illustrated in this comment thread, alas. Begins well enough, then straight to the Wal-Mart dumpsters for some real action! I support President Trump; don’t love his liberal Democrat past, or his many peccadilloes. But no career politician alive today could (or would even attempt to) pull off what Trump is doing. And he’s not finished yet. Nor are We The People, because Trump is an *effect*, not a cause. Look up TACTICAL CIVICS. Better yet, join us and get to work; it beats puerile arguments on comment threads.