I READ THIS PIECE TODAY, and in typical fashion as regards Mr. Whositt—a man who wants to stop school shootings by banning trench coats—it caused me no end of severe intestinal discomfort. So I thought I’d take a little time and annotate the piece for posterity, OR for some other reason that begins with ‘posteri.’
The 2020 election isn’t going to be close.
(Yes, but not in the way that you think.)
The first-quarter gross domestic product growth rate of 3.2 percent sets up the first reality that will be noted in November 2020 because it telegraphs where the economy will be then: not in recession.
(A prediction, not a fact, and due in large measure to the foundational work put in place by the Obama Administration.)
Recessions are charted when GDP growth is negative for two consecutive quarters or more. That can and has occurred in sudden fashion — financial panics don’t send “save the date” cards. But the economy over which President Trump is presiding is strong and getting stronger. Innovation is accelerating, not declining. A recession before Election Day looks less and less likely by the day.
(Everyone thinks this is great. I has nothing to do with Trump, who started a completely unnecessary trade war with China that has cost the economy billions, and who shut down the government for no defensible reason which cost the economy billions, and who managed to pass a tax cut for the wealthy that is slowly killing the middle class, the impoverished, and will in time kill the economy itself if it isn’t reversed, and—unbelievably—who threatened to shut down the southern border—an idea so surpassingly idiotic that even the most economically illiterate GOP diehards forced him to reverse course. Other than that, well, he’s just a macroeconomic genius.)
(Here, read this from Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston—a man who has forgotten more about economics than you’ll ever learn. https://www.dcreport.org/2019/04/29/why-trump-gets-a-c-on-the-economy/ )
Small wonder then that Trump dominates the GOP with an approval rating above 80 percent.
(No, it’s a large wonder. It’s proof that some people are so manifestly suggestible that they’ll vote against their own interests in pursuit of naked tribal loyalty, and as against the reason, education, and common sense that they might otherwise possess had they not been captured and abused by the likes of Fox News and Rupert Murdoch and…how on Earth is it possible that such a poorly thought-out and written piece of tripe has found column inches in the Post? For shame.)
His administration’s deregulatory push is accelerating.
(Only a moron thinks this is a good thing for it’s own sake.)
More and more rule-of-law judges, disinclined to accept bureaucrats’ excuses for overregulation, are being confirmed to the bench.
(One man’s overregulation is another man’s method to reign in criminality and corporate abuse. Also, these “rule of law” judges are frequently disinclined to actually follow the rule of law, preferring, instead to legislate from the bench. If the GOP actually believed in the rule of law, Merrick Garland would be a Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch would not, and Donald Trump would be in jail.)
Readiness levels in the U.S. military have been renewed.
(At no time in my lifetime has the United States military been “unready.” This is a great example of the type of meaningless shiny-object bullshit that one Huge Hewitt happily pens. Spare us.)
Our relationship with our strongest ally, Israel, is at its closest in decades.
(Israel, under Netanyahu, has become neo-fascist. That he and Trump get along is the least surprising fact on the planet. The people of the United States and Israel love and respect each other, but both governments have gone completely off the rails.)
Meanwhile, the Dems are facing a Hobbesian choice of Sens. Bernie Sanders or Kamala D. Harris, or former vice president Joe Biden.
(Last time I checked, there were twenty contenders, and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is superior to Donald Trump in every way.)
Sanders and Harris are too far to the left, Sanders by a lot. Biden is far past his best years.
(You’re entitled to your opinion, which has no basis in fact. Here, read this. you might learn something. https://theintercept.com/2019/02/26/democratic-party-centrism-aoc-sanders-warren/)
The nice folk lower down are looking for other rewards.
(Such as, for example, the presidency? What does this even mean? How about even one statement to flesh this out? Do you have an editor?)
The nomination going to someone such as South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is possible, I suppose, but what happens when the dog chasing the car catches it? What was an entertaining and amusing aside suddenly becomes a commitment and, with that, well, comes a barrage of attacks.
(I’d love you to interview Pete. He’d toy with you and you wouldn’t even know it. Really. Go for it.)
Where Trump deflects incoming with ease, the Democrats scatter, some limping away, some blown out of the picture.
(I have no idea what this means, because it means nothing. My children are better writers than this.)
This will come as news to #Resistance liberals, who are certain Trump will lose, because they dislike him so much.
(No, they’re certain Trump will lose because they yet retain faith in the goodness of the essential American character, and the genius of our system to government to self-correct when it goes so far off the rails. They also despise Trump and—more importantly—everything he stands for, which in the final analysis is nothing but himself.)
They still haven’t figured out that 40 percent of the country love him and at least another 10 percent are very much committed to considering the alternative in comparison to Trump, not reflexively voting against him.
(Thus we witness the incalculable damage that propagandists such as yourself are able to wield on a malleable and suggestible populace. If you were a better writer and thinker, you’d attempt to appeal the highest and best in us, rather than its opposite. Sorry for the ad hominem attack, but you’ve been doing this for so long now that this is hardly news.)
That decile is doing very well in this economy. Unemployment remains incredibly low.
(Yes it does, along with wages. Lots of jobs now for hamburger flippers, but God help you if you’re a PhD or an adjunct. This is the society that the GOP has wrought, and it is systematically making us poorer and stupider.)
The markets are soaring. That’s not a given for the fall of 2020, but better to be soaring than falling 18 months out.
(Great for the wealthy, but irrelevant for most of us, and—wow—what an unbelievably insightful comment. I mean, nobody else would think to mention that. This is why I read the Post. Genius.)
On immigration, border security has always been a legitimate concern (and Immigration and Customs Enforcement a legitimate agency).
(It is perfectly obvious to everyone with a working brain that Trump doesn’t care a whit about genuine border security. He just wants a fight.)
People don’t talk much about it as they decline to state anything that will earn them the label racist, but the reality of open borders is understood to be an unqualified disaster by most of the country, and most of the country understands the Democrats to be arguing for a de facto open-border system, if not a de jure one.
(More bullshit. Democrats are arguing for effective border security, not none, and most of the country understands that immigrants are an enormous strength for this country. Also—this is important, so pay attention—the Trump administration is RACIST, straight up. If you can’t see this, you are too. Finally, the word ‘racist’ should be in single quotes. GET AN EDITOR.)
The Green New Deal sounds like a bad science-fair project where the smart kids got the colors to combine via an elaborate device and make all the “lava” flow black down the volcanoes’ sides and the village is destroyed.
(Spoken like a man who lacks the intelligence and foresight to understand what it actually is, and what it actually means. This is another example of grade-school prose that it is absolutely meaningless.)
Medicare-for-all is a Professor Harold Hill production, headed for Iowa as was the Music Man.
(Yes, except for the facts, the history, the economics, and the widespread success and acceptance among virtually every other civilized country on Earth. Music Man! Yeah!)
There’s not a lot of serious thinking or talking among the Ds about the People’s Republic of China and the “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea (which many may think is some sort of shorthand for their marks on the debate stage), or Huawei, which is just too complicated to try to debate in five-minute exchanges.
(The way I read this is, “I have no idea what I’m talking about, but I’m betting my readers don’t either, so I’ll phrase it in such a way as to try to imply knowledge that I do not, in fact, possess.”—plus a nice little debate stage zinger, I guess. I suggest you debate any one of them and we’ll see who gets zinged.)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s turn as Madame Defarge may even wake up some of the wealthy-woke to their peril. It’s a circus coming to a cable-news network near you soon.
(This is as credible a policy analysis as you will ever see from Hugh Hewitt, who above all—as the current example illustrates—is a card-carrying member of the circus he’s ostensibly dissing. Madame Defarge? Really? Charles Dickens used to chew up ham-fisted pseudo-intellectuals such as yourself and spit them out instead of the tobacco he didn’t (es)chew. I think he would have loved Elizabeth Warren. But…perhaps you’ve only consulted the crib notes.)
Last week’s message from a booming economy should have rocked the Democratic field. Alas, the party seems collectively intent on poring over the Mueller report yet again in the hope that, somehow, someway, there’s something there.
(Apparently your reading skills are as poor as your writing skills.)
But the probe is over. No collusion. No obstruction.
(Yes, too incompetent for conspiracy—collusion is a non-existent legal term—and as for obstruction, again, apparently you can’t read.)
Democrats have to campaign on something else besides a great economy, rising values of savings, low unemployment across every demographic, clarity about allies and enemies abroad, and a rebuilding military. It’s a tough needle to thread, condemning everything about Trump except all that he has accomplished that President Barack Obama couldn’t or wouldn’t. Not just tough — it’s practically impossible.
(It’s actually not a problem. They’ll campaign to recapture the soul of American from the criminal-capitalist—neofascist minority that you represent, and to restore America to its former stature as a moral beacon and an exemplar—at least aspirationally—of the highest and best in humanity, instead of this cruel, blathering baboon of a moron that has lied and cheated his way into the highest office in the land, supported by men with no spine, no conscience, and no right to identify in any way with the essence of the American character.)
(Also, Obama “couldn’t or wouldn’t?” I give you everything that is wrong with your party, your profession, and what passes for your thought. This isn’t even opinion. This is propaganda. You’re not even trying to hide it.)
(Hey WAPO: How on earth does this nonsense pass muster? You have a reputation to maintain, and this guy is a wrecking ball. You’re better than this.)
-Hugh Hewitt, Washington Post, Sunday, April 28