Fauxcahontas Gonged


While Senator Elizabeth Warren was speaking in opposition to Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be Attorney General, her remarks became sufficiently personal the Majority Leader McConnell interrupted on a point of order and asked that chair to rule on whether she was in violation of Senate Rule XIX which states:

No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.

The chair ruled that she was, and she must now be silent in the chamber until the Sessions nomination has been voted on.

The footprint of Trump Derangement Disorder is expanding.

The Usual Suspects


The Daily Beast has an article up describing a few of the organizations behind some recent “spontaneous” protests.

From San Francisco to New York City, … fellow progressive activists are building toward the same long-term objectives of peaceful but noisy resistance.

Peaceful? The organizers of the recent Berkeley protest about Milo were unavailable for comment.

Math is Hard


Stacy McCain examines a difficult math problem facing the Democrats, the balance of the Senate after the 2018 midterm elections.

Hillary didn’t lose the election because of deep-red rural states like Wyoming and Arkansas, she lost because she was rejected by voters in states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The opinions of working-class white voters in Scranton or Kenosha were not considered relevant by Democrats, because people like that have no influence in the 21st-century Democrat Party. Instead, the people who voted for Hillary have decided that lesbian feminist slogans about “phallic imperialism” represent “an emerging Democrat majority.”

Read the whole thing.

Which World View is Working?


Scott Adams has a post over at his blog dealing with how two different perceptual filters are biasing different folks’ views of President Trump. He calls them the Persuasion and the Hitler Filters.

I’ve mentioned in this blog a few times that persuasion works even when the subject of the persuasion recognizes all the techniques as they happen. This is a perfect case. The left has been watching Trump make big offers and dial them back for the past year. And yet they still think this time it will be different. The Persuasion Filter says that 70-year old Trump will act the same way today as he has for the past several decades: Big first offer, then negotiate.

Of course, there are more than just the two filters Adams is considering. I tend to view politics through what I call a BS filter, and mine gets clogged with the inputs it receives from both the left and the right.

Meanwhile, read the whole thing.