January 13, 2017 8:35 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Friday, January 13, 2017 Morning Reads for Friday, January 13, 2017 By Ginny Politics 26 Comments #YIKES #FirstFriday13of2017 #BeCarefulOutThere You can beat your sweet bippy, they did. A “Mimosa Mandate.” Or something. Where do I send my resume? Please stop fighting. Please. A.Ham must be spinning in his grave right now. LL Bean is the latest boycott, for those who boycott. That was quick. Boom. Dare it to say, that small business is optimistic about the near future? “Chain of Fools.” And bonus points for using the word ‘dodgy.’ And this one, too, just because I’m quite fond of Gerard. Who blinked? Extraordinary find! Section of Queen Elizabeth I dress survives the centuries. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 26 Comments Noway2016 All of the Faux Russian Hacking outrage is comical, really. All nations do it to one another. As an example, back in the day the PDB (Presidential Daily Brief), which I have actually held in my hands on numerous occasions in my former life, would contain details of phone intercepts from many of our adversaries that had been vacuumed up by our buddies at the NSA. Now, that is hacking of the first order. Listening in on Gorbachev or Shevardnadze riding around in their Zils was all the rage. The Stuxnet Virus? We built that little baby and it was dropped into the works in Iran’s nuclear program. Don’t believe a word of what you hear from anyone saying we are in a “woe is us” scenarios with regard to everybody stealing our sh*t. It simply ain’t true. Matter of fact, as nation states, there were only and handful of our allies we DID NOT spy on. Everyone else was fair game. Remember everybody with their boxers in a bunch when Merkel discovered we were intercepting her cell phone calls? She was pissed to be sure but it wasn’t news. It’s not news now either. Russia or whomever did hack the DNC. Truthful emails from the Dem side were, indeed, leaked. That info was embarrassing to them. People may very well have included that info in their decision making process. Were those revelations the key point in Trump’s win? Doubtful. He was drawing tens of thousands to his rallies before all of this broke, in fact, he was doing so since Day One. Hillary was undeniably a horrid, arrogant candidate. And unlike Gore’s race, this one wasn’t even electorally close. There was not even an “If she’d only won Tennessee” moment. I’m of the opinion that Biden or even Sanders would have done better that Hillary against Trump. Continuing the “Russian Hack” mantra is not helpful to the Dems. It reinforces a sore loser label and people won’t easily let that go in 2018. January 13, 2017 9:10 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Indeed, interference by the Russians in an American election should be brushed off as business as usual, what with the decisive voter majority and everything. Running the country from minority status isn’t likely to turn out well. January 13, 2017 9:23 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 David… A majority of the American voters also did not vote for her either…Here are the totals: 65,844,610 – for Clinton; 62,979,636 – for Trump; 7,804,213 – for OTHERS!!!!! Add that 7 million to Trump’s total and the entire popular vote didn’t vote for Hillary either. Good Lord, give that popular vote crap a rest!!! January 13, 2017 9:37 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker This is all going to be good for Augusta and Fort Gordon. Let the left whine away about how Trump is going to grow the military complex, too. Russia will not play nice nor will China, Iran….. BTW, isn’t the Marine tactical complex repairing vehicles in Dougherty Co. one of the few good things that area has going ? January 13, 2017 9:38 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope FiveThirtyEight has some great writing on their site breaking down the impact Comey’s email letter played in swinging the election towards Trump. I highly recommend it if you have some time to kill, Noway. I think there are certainly parallels to the Gore race, particularly the fact that both Clinton and Gore won the popular vote. The thought may not be “if she’d only won x state,” but more of, if she’d only focused more on her policies and agenda rather than making the election a referendum on Trump’s oafishness. For example, there are millions of Americans who are about to learn a very hard lesson about what ACA repeal actually means for them. By focusing too much on “Trump is a racist,” “Trump is a sexist,” “Trump is an idiot,” the Clinton campaign wasn’t able to craft an effective message that actually 1) spoke to the consequences of Trump’s proposal and 2) laid out Clinton’s plan. But ACP, Trump never had specific plans! How can you critique his proposal if he never specifies anything beyond “healthcare will be great again”? The Clinton campaign thought the lack of specificity meant the best line of attack was to insinuate that he was, more or less, a moron. While he may very well be a moron, the better idea would have been to invent bad policies, portray those policies as Trump’s, and force Trump to either 1) specify his position or 2) look like a flip-flopper for outright denying what the Clinton campaign was accusing him of. (The Republicans are really good at this… look no further than the fear-mongering over ACA’s death panels and Sarah Palin’s warning that Obama wanted to murder your grandmother) So, getting back to ACA, the pitch should have been: “Obamacare has some flaws and I have proposed a number of policies to help bring insurance premiums under control, like an early Medicare buy-in, increasing the cut-off for Medicaid eligibility, increasing the subsidies for those buying insurance through the exchanges, and allowing for the negotiation of prescription drug prices. Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress, however, want to go a different direction and scrap Obamacare entirely. They want to take healthcare coverage away from 20 million Americans, remove the subsidies that millions of hard working Americans use to help pay their insurance costs, get rid of the protections that require insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions, kick 23 year olds off their parents’ healthcare plans, strip protections for rural hospitals, they want to allow health insurance companies to charge women more for health insurance based solely on their gender, they want to get rid of requirements that addiction treatment be covered by insurance which will only exacerbate our already out of control opioid epidemic, and, on top of all of that, they want to give a big tax break to the wealthiest Americans. Now, they say they have a replacement plan, but if they’re replacement is so good, why haven’t they introduced it and tried to pass it? President Obama has said repeatedly that he’d sign any healthcare plan that lowered healthcare costs while keeping everyone on their insurance… Unlike them, we’ve laid out our plan and I think it’s a good one and I think it can work.” Sigh, they really shoulda called me. January 13, 2017 9:48 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Can you attach a link to the 538 stuff. I’ll gladly look at it! January 13, 2017 10:09 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Happy to: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/wikileaks-hillary-clinton/ https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/voters-really-did-switch-to-trump-at-the-last-minute/ https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/registered-voters-who-stayed-home-probably-cost-clinton-the-election/ All worthwhile reads. January 13, 2017 12:48 PM Log in to Reply Bart “For example, there are millions of Americans who are about to learn a very hard lesson about what ACA repeal actually means for them.” And on the bright side, many more millions of Americans will find their health insurance cost decrease, options expand and doctor choice available again since they aren’t forced to pay for the ‘millions of Americans about to learn a very hard lesson about what ACA repeal actually means for them.’ Good trade for those who pay, not so much for those relying on government for their existence. January 13, 2017 1:07 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Among the 20 million are the individuals who currently pay for their own insurance through the state-run exchanges. Then there’s the millions more lower-income Americans covered by ACA’s Medicaid expansion. Then there are the people who have cancer and some other disease that are currently covered because the ACA requires insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions. Glad to see your concern for cancer patients, pregnant women (fun fact, pregnancy is a preexisting condition), and the working poor. Care to explain how creating market uncertainty by ripping out health insurance regulations by the root with no replacement is going to lower insurance costs? January 13, 2017 1:13 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Lastly, with or without ObamaCare you, and everyone else, are subsidizing other people’s use of the healthcare system. ERs have to treat uninsured patients and they pass the cost of that on to you through higher costs for procedures and treatments. January 13, 2017 1:15 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “Justice Department inspector general to investigate pre-election actions by department and FBI” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/01/12/justice-department-inspector-general-to-investigate-pre-election-actions-by-department-and-fbi/?utm_term=.4099b0ce9d82 We’ll get a report on whether Comey and the Bureau’s actions, Including some that could reflect bad on Dems, were appropriate, or was there was misconduct. January 13, 2017 9:27 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, is threatening a probe of he Office of Government Ethics due to the director’s comments about Trump’s “blind trust” and, perhaps the sweetest bit of irony, the agency’s use of Twitter. I will admit that I haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to the Oversight Committee in the Bush or Clinton years, but has it always served as a blatantly partisan attack dog? http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/01/13/jason-chaffetz-condemns-ethics-office-tweets.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl January 13, 2017 9:56 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Are you kidding me….? Did you sleep through the 1990’s? January 13, 2017 2:19 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I was a kid for most of it, so yeah. January 13, 2017 2:28 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Good Samaritan kills maggot. Cue Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust….” https://www.yahoo.com/news/passing-driver-kills-man-attacking-arizona-trooper-road-083744215.html January 13, 2017 12:01 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Russia hacks CSPAN, too? LOL! https://www.yahoo.com/tv/watch-kremlin-backed-russia-today-over-c-span-221702255.html January 13, 2017 12:45 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Paul Ryan has blocked the CBO from reporting on the cost of repealing Obamacare. Nothing nefarious going on here at all! http://www.politicususa.com/2017/01/11/gop-prohibits-cbo-reporting-aca-repeal-blows-deficit.html January 13, 2017 12:52 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Holy Sh*t! Watch these Snowflakes!!!!!!!!! LMAO! Jezzzzussssss!!!! Have any of these celebs just “Dixie Chicked” themselves? http://time.com/4631865/emma-stone-andrew-garfield-i-will-survive/ January 13, 2017 12:54 PM Log in to Reply xdog You leave Emma Stone alone. January 13, 2017 6:26 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I’m inclined to agree w you X! The hotter they are the more we’ll put up with!! January 13, 2017 7:04 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope “The richer they are the more we’ll put up with!!” Olga and Stolya’s explanation for why they peed on that mattress. January 13, 2017 7:22 PM Log in to Reply CoastalCat Look NoWay learned a new insult. Isn’t it cute when the younguns learn a new word and run around yelling it at the top of their lungs? January 13, 2017 6:22 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 We’ll hey,CC! I’m surprised you’re not off crying over some perceived Trump issue ! Good to have you back! January 13, 2017 7:13 PM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual He used it against me when I disagreed with him about the incident where the Waffle House waitress shot at fleeing robbers. Yes, he is very much like a toddler who has learned a new word. January 14, 2017 2:26 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I think he learned it from that Tammy Laurens person. January 14, 2017 10:05 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 CC, Matt and Drew – friends of yours?? Lol! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-13/mainstream-media-meltdown-journalists-seek-safe-space-discuss-how-cover-trump January 14, 2017 10:39 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.