Here's the latest "must read" political take from my friend Anton Wahlman.
Meanwhile the real president, Jay Powell, rides the economy straight into 1929.
It’s all an illusion anyway. To make normies believe they have a choice. In reality, with the possible exception of 2016, there has not been an election decided by actual votes for POTUS since 1956.
I don’t find Soros alleged support for DeSantis at all implausible. Soros wants a GOP candidate that can be easily defeated in November 2024. The ability to trounce the GOP nominee means less cheating that will come under scrutiny. Desantis has no chance against whomever the DEMS decide to install, given that the vast majority of the MAGA base will stay home.
He’s got this one entirely incorrect.
The deep state wins elections by making sure both candidates are on their team. I hate to break it to everyone, but it's pretty obvious at this point that DeSantis is the deep state "hedge" against their Dem candidates falling out of favor with the populace. Think about it: Ivy league background; law degree; served in the military, including Gitmo; meets the needs in terms of looking/sounding like the "perfect" conservative (nuclear family, professional demeanor, etc.); arrived on the political scene out of nowhere (sound like anyone?); won election by less than 1%; suddenly cast in the national spotlight once he did an about-face on covid; has only fought against culture war issues; mildly critiqued the Ukraine war then did a 360 and got back in line; then for good measure went to Israel to sign FL legislation (really, why would any FL governor do that?).
If that's not enough, the guy he narrowly beat for governor in FL was found with a dead male prostitute after the election. I mean, come on. You don't get much more "deep state" than that. He's the "conservative" Obama. He will fight the culture war stuff to keep people angry and distracted, but don't expect him to ever fight the forever war machine and its economic corollaries. He's on their side. So, we will be stuck with choosing b/w whatever CIA puppet the Dems put out there and another deep state candidate (RD) or a narcissist who may not be able to get anything accomplished (DJT). Good times.
With continued “ballot harvesting” in Maricopa, Arizona; Milwaukee, Detroit, Philadelphia and Atlanta, it really doesn’t matter which Republican is on the ticket.
DeSantis kept the beaches closed in Florida longer than even California.
This is never talked about.
A younger Trump without the Trump baggage is Vivek Ramaswamy.
The article is patently false. DeSantis didn't fire his appointed Surgeon General during 2020; to the contrary, he extended his appointment through 2021 until he could no longer be employed by the state. Second, DeSantis did not "open up 100% despite Trump protests." DeSantis kept Florida partially closed until September, and Trump never protested a single decision of Desantis to open anything up. And any competent resesrcher has those receipts.
DeSantis is an Israeli stooge. Any politician that flies to Tel Aviv to sign a law prohibiting people that he/she represents from speaking out against Zionism (violating people's first amendment rights) is in the pocket of AIPAC and the Knesset.
Both Trump and DeSantis are NOT going to represent Americans as both are beholden to Israeli interests. It amazes me how the Israeli influence on American politics is never discussed but then again...who owns and runs the media?
Bottom line - Don't bother voting for Federal elections. It's a waste of time and nothing will change. Remember most of the deep state (alphabet agencies - CIA/NSA/FBI/IRS, etc.) are unaccountable to anyone and are the biggest purveyors of tyranny. Thanks FDR!!! Instead, vote where it matters - local and possibly state elections.
Newsom is such cal commie... I really hope a RFK/Gabbard ticket... draining their side of the swamp.
A dream I know
OK. Now consider a balanced approach to your [someone else's] analysis of the Trump-DeSantis contest -
When you know/realize that Trump is untouchable, all other arguments don't stand up...
I won't unsubscribe you for this, but...
Sure, who doesn't like the debate......the contest.......the competition?
But the reality is, it really doesn't make a difference which captain you put at the helm of the Titanic. The debt is terminal. No president is going to "fix" that. Everyone wants to hope and hope no matter what that we can somehow fix this and pull ourselves out of this nightmare........but math will not be cheated or denied.
From a policy decision standpoint, there is about a 2% difference between the two. This is not a "make or break" scenario for our future. I mean, hell, we have put up with idiots for how long now?
When Chump was in office, he did ZERO to address the debt.......other than to increase it at a record pace. I won't vote for any of the contenders at this point. DeSantis signed some "hate speech" legislation regarding the Jews. Had a signing ceremony while in Israel. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/ron-desantis-signs-bill-combat-hate-crimes-israel-rcna81799
Has he ever heard of the 1st Amendment? Oh! You mean free speech is only for what he agrees with? Well, if that is the case, then he can stick it up his ass. Free speech is free speech. When you make laws that make my opinion illegal, you can kiss my ass. That's a slippery slope.......and as unconstitutional as hell!
Voting is a scam to make the sheeple think they have a say in the matter. Well, they don't. And if you don't realize that voting is a joke, then it is high time you wake up.
-- I am not so sure that Trump won't debate. If DeSantis is pulling more than 20s, Trump will have no choice, despite his current posturing. And Trump is pretty good in debates.
-- I think Trump has the best chance in a General Election, despite all his numerous flaws. Trump recognizes that the overturn of Roe turned most suburban women and young voters into single issue voters. Abortion rights is the only thing they really care about, because without abortion, there can be no sexual freedom at all. DeSantis wants national abortion bans. There is no way DeSantis can win MI, WI, PA, AZ, or VA in a 2-man contest against any Democrat - even Kamala Harris.
-- I can't see Biden resigning. He knows that he is the only Dem who can beat Trump, because of his uniquely "likeable" demeanor as seen by TV-watching swing voters. He could be forced out by impeachment and conviction if enough evidence develops that even Chucko Schumer wants him out, but he will not resign.
-- If Trump is taken out, the Democrats will breathe easier. They know that any Dem, even Kamala Harris, who has the worst PR skills of any Dem, can easily defeat DeSantis on the Abortion issue alone.
-- There could be a deep recession by Election Day, but that will not help the Republicans unless their candidate is Trump. Recessions make voters move Left, and also dramatically increase the demand for Abortion.
Biden has already announced his candidacy for 2024.
For him to bail on the election now would practically demand a health crisis of some kind--and that's unlikely because that would open too many cans of worms about his current physical and mental state.
If he has a heart attack or a stroke, then he'll step down. But it will have to be a very public cardiac event. Otherwise there will be a Joe Biden on the ticket come November 2024.
Missed the Mark... Mark Meadows, that is. It was shocking to watch Birx and Fauci setting the message in direct contradiction to what Trump was saying back then. It falls to the Chief of Staff to make sure the White House team is on the same sheet of music. Birx and Fauci should have been told "Get off TV, or you will be banned from all federal buildings." You see, they can't really be "fired" per se as government employees. But the President can ban them from the White House and any other federal property.
The whole fiasco belongs at Mark Meadows' doorstep.
This is a great substack community. Very smart arguments and Very few ad hominem replies.