Dec 3, 2016

Dems Furious Trump Chose A Winner As Defense Sec.

No bully or serial killer has ever been deterred by a slap on the hand...

Common Sense Commentary: So what is a Secretary Of Defense supposed to do? Take dictation, write letters for the President or bring him coffee? After our heroes won WW2 the "War Department" was changed to the "Defense Department".  Then, after General Eisenhower was President our politicians, and bureaucrats hamstrung our Generals and Admirals by putting a leash on them so that we haven't really "won" a real war since. Our WW2 Vets came home to ticker tape parades, roses and rewards. We Korean Vets came home to silence. Viet Nam Vets came home to rotten tomatoes and jeers. We won WW2; we drew a draw in Korea; We lost in Viet Nam. But it wasn't our military who lost Viet Nam; it was the Major News Media and the Politicians. And, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, the same sorry bunch of left wingers have put so many limitations on our fighting forces that those Middle Eastern wars have been drug out for 15 years of perpetual war which can now never be won.

So, what is a Secretary Of Defense supposed to do? DEFEND us, the primary purpose of government, by neutralizing our violent enemies.  If our enemies cannot be convinced by our President and Congress to leave us alone ... Neutralize them! By what means? Whatever it takes! If a warning doesn't do the job, a bullet, a bomb a nuclear war. If that doesn't stop them .... don't send our finest young men and women to fight 1.357 billion Chinese or Russia, the largest X2 nation on earth,  or the 1.6 billion Muslims .... Nuc them .... every factory, every military base and if they are still killing our people, Nuc a city, then two. That is what ended the Pacific war which cost 6 million allied forces lives and over 25 million civilians, but Nucs saved an anticipated  2 million lives it would have cost to invade Japan. Whereas there were only a total of approximately 185 thousand Japanese killed in the two Japanese cities by the two atomic bombs. Get this .... There were over 60 million deaths caused in WW2 by conventional means but only 185 thousand deaths in the two Japanese cities, caused by the two atomic bombs. In other words, there were 324 times more people killed by conventional means than by nuclear means in WW2. A nuclear devise in the right place at the right time could very well prevent a conventional war. My point being, in this dangerous nuclear age, there have been very very few killed by nuclear weapons but many many more by conventional weapons. We need a Secretary of Defense who, when called on, knows how to win a war, not stay engaged with the enemy for 15 or 20 years.

The reason the Dems do not like Marine Mattis is that he is a true warrior by profession and experience. He knows how to deal with terrorists and unreasonable bully nations if the President and Congress ask him to. Just don't handcuff him and then send him to fight a meaner or bigger foe. So his troops call him Mad Dog Mattis ... Would you rather have a Muzzled Mutt? RB


Dems FURIOUS over Trump’s 

Sec. of Defense nomination


Liberals aren’t happy with President-elect Donald Trump’s newest Secretary of Defense, retired Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, because he’s not nice to jihadists. No, really.
In 2005, leftist were in an uproar when Mattis told a San Diego forum that he didn’t mind shooting Islamic extremists.
When questioned about war, the Marine general said. “Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot. … It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up front with you, I like brawling.”
He added, “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil,” Mattis continued. “You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.”
It’s the exact reason conservatives and veterans both love Mattis — they seem to prefer soldiers and Marines to have bravado and not be scared to fight.
Mattis will be the first career officer to lead the Pentagon since just after World War II, a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as commander of the U.S. Central Command, responsible for directing America’s wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Trump, who has referred to Mattis by his nickname “Mad Dog,” made the announcement of his choice for defense secretary at a postelection victory rally Thursday night in Cincinnati.
For Mattis to be confirmed, Congress would first have to approve legislation bypassing a law that bars retired military officers from becoming defense secretary within seven years of leaving active duty.
Mattis has a reputation as a battle-hardened, tough-talking Marine who was entrusted with some of the most challenging commands in the U.S. military. In a tweet last month, Trump described him as “A true General’s General!”
Mattis would be only the second retired general to serve as defense secretary, the first being George C. Marshall in 1950-51 during the Korean War. Marshall was a much different figure, having previously served as U.S. secretary of state and playing a key role in creating closer ties with Western Europe after World War II.
The only previous exception to the law requiring a gap after military service was for Marshall.
Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security, described him as a defense intellectual and as a military leader who distinguished himself in combat.
“He knows the Middle East, South Asia, NATO and other areas and has evinced both a nuanced approach to the wars we’re in and an appreciation for the importance of allies,” Fontaine said in an email exchange. “If he were to get the nomination, I suspect that he could attract a number of very talented people to work with him.”
Born in Pullman, Washington, Mattis enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1969, later earning a history degree from Central Washington University. He was commissioned as an officer in 1972. As a lieutenant colonel, he led an assault battalion into Kuwait during the first U.S. war with Iraq in 1991.
As head of Central Command from 2010 until his retirement in 2013, he was in charge of both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Mattis commanded the Marines who launched an early amphibious assault into Afghanistan and established a U.S. foothold in the Taliban heartland.
As the first wave of Marines moved toward Kandahar, Mattis declared, “The Marines have landed, and now we own a piece of Afghanistan.”
Two years later, he helped lead the invasion into Iraq in 2003 as the two-star commander of the 1st Marine Division.
By the way he won his part of that war. RB

Dec 1, 2016

Dems Scream For Recount Though Illegals And Dead Voted For Them

Common Sense Commentary: I have two armed guards on my mouth, but I often catch them asleep.

My friend, Kent Johnson, had this to say about the the Democrats' reprehensible inconsistency and broken commitments.... except in kinder words than mine .... with the exception of his use of the word "dastardly". That word is so appropriate. I'm going to polish it up and use it myself more often, Kent. Its about as close as I dare get to saying something I shouldn't. 

Here is Kent....

Wisconsin set to do an election recount. What do they expect to accomplish? Sounds like Hillary and the lib gang are doing exactly what they criticized trump for saying he would reserve the right to do. But at this late date they are only going to tear us apart. And just as they charged trump, their actions are only undermining our country (I won't say "our democracy" because we are a constitutional republic). I feel all Hillary is trying to do is further drive an even larger wedge into the rift that exists down the center of our country. The result of such dastardly schemes may not turn out the way they think. Kent Johnson

And This from Townhall News
I'll have a lengthier analysis of just how stupid this (now Clinton-blessed) recount errand is tomorrow morning, but for now, here's a fun segment from MSNBC's morning show in which co-host Joe Scarborough can barely contain himself as he mocks Hillary Clinton and the mainstream media for their breathtaking double standards on accepting settled election results. When Trump hedged on whether or not he'd honor the outcome at the final presidential debate, Clinton declared herself "horrified," and the media acted equally appalled. It was a foolish thing for him to say at the time, but now that the shoe is on the other foot, it seems as though some people's standards for outrage have suddenly shifted. The whole episode reminds me of how every Republican on stage at the first GOP primary debate raised their hands and agreed to support the eventual nominee -- except for Trump. The others all assumed he wouldn't endure and prevail in the end; when he did, they found themselves bound by a pledge they'd made during what seemed to be a trap question for Trump. 

Same dynamic here: When Hillary solemnly agreed to abide by the election's result, Trump reserved the right to explore recounts and investigations, or whatever. People flipped out.  Clinton said Trump was "threatening our democracy."  Her fans were aghast.  And now she's betraying her above-the-fray, adult-in-the-room posture, which she only adopted when she assumed she'd win. Anyway, here's Scarborough in stitches: 

See is the videp....

http://freebeacon.com/politics/scarborough-laughs-uncontrollably-calls-media-hypocrisy-clinton-joining-recount/

Nov 29, 2016

See Mexican Men Practicing To Scale The Trump Wall

Common Sense Commentary: Any Mexican who can do this ... we need in the U.S. Let our Immigration Offiials, for legal entry, use this as one of the following list of qualifications for Mexicans and South Americans. (But just one qualification for Muslims, ability to swim the Atlantic or Pacific)

Qualifications For Foreign Hispanics:
1. No Criminal Record
2. No Diseases
3. No Government Aid
4. No Communist Socialists
5. A Little Conversational English
6. Anxious To Work And Pay Taxes
7. The Following Caliber Of Inititive....

Click here: Meanwhile in Mexico

Nov 28, 2016

Our Son Rex Speaks To Trump, A UTube Message

Bring me men to match my mountains ...

Common Sense Commentary: If it weren't for the Constitutional provision of the Electoral College,
to prevent absolute power and continual, national control by the mega city states, Conservatives would never win another Presidential election. Here is a list of the states with at least 12 electoral votes in the order each has. Some are a tie. (California-55) (Texas-38 Thank God for Texas) (New York-29) (Florida-29) (Penn-20) (Ohio-18) (Mich-16) (Georgia-16) (N. Carolina-15) (New Jersey-14) (Virginia-13 Bureaucratville) (Washington state-12).

Most of the really large population centers are in cities within these states and most of the large cities vote Liberal Democrat, receive most of the gov. largess, and vote for the Party which gives the most Socialist, tax $ to them.

Our son Rex sends the following UTube to President elect Trump. Rex is a Christian, a vet, a grandfather, and a Conservative Patriot. He also has a lot of Common Sense. RB

Watch Rex's YouTube here....
https://youtu.be/qcbUnBZcHUE

Come back and read....
The Coming American by Sam Walter Foster

The Coming American 

Bring me men to match my mountains,
Bring me men to match my plains,
Men with empires in their purpose,
And new eras in their brains.
Bring me men to match my prairies,
Men to match my inland seas,
Men whose thoughts shall pave a highway
Up to ampler destinies,
Pioneers to cleanse thought’s marshlands,
And to cleanse old error’s fen;
Bring me men to match my mountains –
Bring me men!

Bring me men to match my forests,
Strong to fight the storm and beast,
Branching toward the Skyie future,
Rooted on the futile past.
Bring me men to match my valleys,
Tolerant of rain and snow,
Men within whose fruitful purpose
Time’s consummate blooms shall grow,
Men to tame the tigerish instinct 
Of the lair and cave and den,
Cleanse the dragon slime of nature –
Bring me men!

Bring me men to match my rivers,
Continent cleansers, flowing free
Drawn by eternal madness,
To be mingled with the sea 
Men of oceanic impulse,
Men whose moral currents sweep
Toward the wide, unfolding ocean
Of an undiscovered deep –
Men who feel the strong pulsation
Of the central sea, and then
Time their currents by its earth throbs –
Bring me Men.

God honoring real men are the greatest need in America. RB

Nov 26, 2016

Obama And Some Good Guys Comment On Atheist Castro

Common Sense Commentary: The difference in non-sense and Common Sense is the difference in
Satan's Atheistic Communism and the Freedom of Truth as God knows it.

Fidel Castro was 90 when he died. He lived a long life... but he died. In his last days and hours, as he was dying, there may have been family, friends, physicians and politicians surrounding him ... but they could not help him. He died alone. By his own words, he did not believe in God. So, though God was there, Castro died alone. He had nothing good or pleasant ahead of him and left nothing good or pleasant behind him. He was an Atheist whose only friends were other Communists, but neither could they help him or keep him from dying or die for him or with him. He died alone... without God, because he rejected Christ who died for him that he might have eternal life.



This from FOX News

President Obama
In 2014, Obama announced a diplomatic effort that would easy travel and trade between the countries. And last year, Obama took Cuba off America’s state-sponsored terror list, amid criticism about continuing human rights violations on the island nation.  “We extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people,” Obama said. “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him." (No, we who saw it happen and his Creator will judge him. History has a way of turning mountains into swamps by people like Obama. RB)


President Elect Trump
Trump, in his successful White House bid, railed against numerous international deals that he argued put the U.S. at a disadvantage, including one Obama made to normalize relations with Cuba, a communist country and long-time Cold War enemy.  
“Every single aspect of this deal is in Cuba’s favor,” Trump said during this year’s GOP presidential primary debates.
U.S. Rep. (Miami) Ros-Lhtinen
Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen -- who was born in Havana in 1952 and whose family eight years later fled Castro’s regime -- told Fox News on Saturday that Trump criticized Obama’s 2014 deal because the U.S. made concessions “in exchange for nothing,” including Cuba releasing no American political prisoners. Ros-Lehtinen’s congressional district includes Miami, where for decades Cubans have come to live. But whether the Cuba agreement made by Obama through executive order, or whether Castro’s death improves the potential to improve the two countries’ relationship, remains unclear.
U.S. Fla. Sen. Rubio 
Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, whose parents emigrated from Cuba before Castro’s rise in 1959, said on Fox News that the ex-dictator’s death was a newsworthy event but that he “didn’t think it would change anything,” or at least while Raul Castro remains in power. Rubio, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate and potential 2020 contender, also argued that Obama attending Castro’s funeral or sending a top-level administration official would validate the life of somebody who oversaw the “assassination of Americans.”
U.S. TX Sen. Cruz
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, whose father was born in Cuba, said: “Fidel Castro's death cannot bring back his thousands of victims, nor can it bring comfort to their families." "Today we remember them and honor the brave souls who fought the lonely fight against the brutal communist dictatorship he imposed on Cuba," continued Cruz, also a 2016 GOP presidential candidate.
Vice Pres. Elect Pence
Vice President-elect Mike Pence tweeted: "The tyrant #Castro is dead. New hope dawns. We will stand with the oppressed Cuban people for a free and democratic Cuba. Viva Cuba Libre!"

Nov 25, 2016

Has Jeb Bush Changed Horses Or Turned Forward In The Saddle?

Common Sense Commentary: Could it be that the Bushs having had a rude awakening that it is futile to beat their dead establishment horse any longer and are either changing to a live horse of a different color or had an infusion of horse sense and have turned forward in the Conservative saddle for a change? Here is a Newsmax article headlined with this zinger.... (My Comments in blue)

Jeb: GOP Should Build On Trump's Success
Established Republicans can learn from Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election and should build on his success, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush argues in The Wall Street Journal. (Looks like he has finally gotten over his hurt feelings at having his "Bush birth right" snatched from his hands. RB)
Bush, who was part of the crowded field of 17 Republicans vying for the presidential nomination, was often the target of Trump's arguments that Washington was broken — a point Bush makes in his opinion piece. (Could Jeb actually be seeing the light that the Republican establishment is terminally sick? RB)
And now, Republicans should hitch a ride on Trump's coattails and work to make his campaign promises a reality. (If he really means this, he may still have a future in government. RB) 
"This is our chance to contrast our approach, which trusts people to make good choices, with the failed Democratic and progressive top-down approach, which prefers government to decide almost everything," Bush wrote. (It is hard for me to believe a Bush could change directions so rapidly. RB)
"Most critically, Republicans should reverse the Obama-era policies that have made America weaker, both here and abroad. We need to repeal and replace Obamacare, eliminate business-killing regulations, and reverse the massive expansion of government. (Now he is sounding like a real live Conservative. RB)
"While we protect our borders and our laws, we should also take on the hard work of reforming legal immigration and affirming the role that immigrants play in building up our economy and our nation." (Draw a deep red line there, Jeb. RB)
Bush noted that Trump lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton, which shows the Republican party has some work to do if it wants to gain more support for future elections. Trump's overall win proved that Americans were ready for a change of leadership at the top. (I'm not sure we can ever win over many Democrats on the gov. dole, half the nation. Maybe we better concentrate on winning the Electoral College as we did this year. That is exactly why our Founders set it up. If it weren't for that, the Clintons would be President. RB)
"Republicans need to do more than oppose things. We have to be for a few big ideas and show that we can put them into action," Bush wrote. (The trouble is, the Republican Congressmen neither had "a few big ideas", nor "opposed anything". RB) 
Later, he wrote, "Republicans must restore our brand as the party of conservative ideals, shared prosperity, liberty and responsibility. We have to fuse the party to a modern conservative movement that speaks to 21st-century problems and produces 21st-century solutions." (You Bushes know a lot about destroying the "Republican brand and conservative ideals", you guys were in office when it happened. RB)
Bush said during the campaign he would not vote for Clinton or Trump in the election. (Not just Jeb, all three Bushs did their best to preserve the status quo and defeat the Conservative candidates. RB)
It would strengthen the Republican Party if all the Bushes Have the good sense and love of our Country to apologize to Conservatives and "hitch a ride on Trump's coattails and work to make his campaign promises a reality", as Jeb said above. RB

Nov 23, 2016

Thanksgiving In The Taebaek Mountains Of North Korea At 30 Below Zero

My most memorable Thanksgiving ... 66 years ago

Common Sense Commentary: The turkey and dressing was hot when it left the field kitchen pan, warm when it hit my mess gear, cool at the first bite, cold at the second and frozen at the third. But we 12,000 Marines had more to be thankful for than the 150,000 Chinese Communist soldiers surrounding us. All they had was a ball of heavily garlicked, cooked rice in a cloth sock ... frozen solid. We also had the best winter clothing, the best sleeping bags, the best weapons, the best leadership and the best cause ... saving South Korea's freedom and stopping atheistic Communism from world domination. RB


Free streaming for The Battle of Chosin ends this week!
On Thanksgiving Day 1950, American-led United Nations troops were on the march in North Korea.  Holiday meals were distributed, and hopes were high that everyone would be home by Christmas. Days later, the American troops found themselves surrounded, outnumbered and at risk of annihilation at the Chosin Reservoir. 

The Battle of Chosin is available to stream free on our website for one more week. Watch now!

Nov 19, 2016

News Update For Liberals: Canada Building A Wall

Common Sense Commentary: The Soviet Communists built a wall to keep their dissatisfied citizens in. Trump is building a wall to keep Illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and terrorists out. Obama built a wall, exceeding all former presidents, of Federal Agents around him, then flew in millions of Muslims over all walls, and legal restrictions. So now Canada is building a wall on its southern border to filter out undesirable U.S. citizens....

The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week. The Republican presidential campaign is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they'll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, and live according to the Constitution.

Canadian border residents say it's not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, liberal arts majors, global-warming activists, and "green" energy proponents crossing their fields at night.

"I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn," said southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota.  "He was cold, exhausted and hungry, and begged me for a latte and some free-range chicken.  When I said I didn't have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?"

In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields, but they just stuck their fingers in their ears and kept coming. Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals just south of the border, pack them into electric cars, and drive them across the border, where they are simply left to fend for themselves after the battery dies.

"A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions," an Alberta border patrolman said. "I found one carload without a single bottle of Perrier water, or any gemelli with shrimp and arugula. All they had was a nice little Napa Valley cabernet and some kale chips.  When liberals are caught, they're sent back across the border, often wailing that they fear persecution from Trump high-hairers.

Rumors are circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer, study the Constitution, and find jobs that actually contribute to the economy.

In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans in blue-hair wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the '50s.

"If they can't identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age," an official said.

Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage, are buying up all the Barbara Streisand CD's, and are overloading the internet while downloading jazzercise apps to their cell phones.

"I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can't support them," an Ottawa resident said.  "After all, how many art-history majors does one country need?




Nov 18, 2016

A Bumper Sticker Is Like A Little "Stick On" Conscience

Live up to your bumper sticker

Common Sense Commentary: Here is another good word of advice, for Christian consistency, from our son Rex. For those of you who know Rex and would like to follow his comments, here is his Facebook address:
https://www.facebook.com/rex.blair.10

Interesting what happens with a bumper sticker....
In 2015 the Bay County Sheriff had the "In God We Trust" bumper stickers put on the back of all the Sheriff vehicles.
To support the Sheriff in 2016 I decided to put one on the back of my car.
While I was certainly willing to show my support of God and Country.(see the USMC tag) 
I didn't realize that it would change the way I drive.
You see, I'm not adverse to speeding in order to beat the driver next to me, to the upcoming red light or go around a slow poker a little too fast.
One day, I cut in front of a driver a little to close. Feeling a little guilty, I waved my hand to him in a "not to serious" act of apology. Suddenly, I realized the driver behind me was probably fuming, staring at my In God We Trust bumper sticker thinking..... Yep, another one of those self righteous, hypocritical, so called Christians.
It changed my perspective about driving.
I'm a little more respectful, a little more patient and hopefully a safer driver because of the bumper sticker.
I'm still working on it, but please don't pull up beside me and race your engine a little. The urge to win still races thru my body. God forgive me.

Nov 17, 2016

Dems ... Me Thinks Thou Tryest Too Hard To Appease Thyself

Common Sense Commentary: We've all witnessed the guilty trying too hard to appear innocent and succeed only in looking twice as guilty. The majority of Americans are very skeptical about trusting immigrant Muslims not to be terrorists. The Democrats will do almost anything to win elections ... lie, steal, cheat or yield to discrimination against innocence if necessary. So, considering the atmosphere in America today of a very large percentage of Americans being openly or secretly fearful of most Muslims, the Democrats react by seriously considering a Muslim Democrat Representative as their leader of the Democrat National Committee. But, am I surpirsed? Not in the least. Its just like them to glorify a major donor like Soros, vilify Republican good guys like Ted Cruz, Marko Rubio and Ben Carson,  and install a Muslim as their leader like Keith Ellison. Not to mention choosing  Presidential Candidates like Bill and Hillary Clinton and a Vice Presidential one like Tim Kaine. I, frankly, would rather have an honest, Loyal American Muslim as President than any of the three. Of course there is no such thing in the Democrat Party. Name me one honest Democrat politician, who is still living, and I'll buy your lunch. Well, maybe Jimmy Carter ... but he was a terrible President. RB

This from PatriotNewsDaily.com

Dems Consider Muslim House Rep to Lead DNC

We will see soon enough if Democrats learned the right lessons from this election. For now, it appears that they are moving forward on two beliefs: One, that the Democratic Party has lost touch with middle America and the working class. Two, that Bernie Sanders is now the philosophical leader of the party, meaning that the answer to a Donald Trump victory is to move the party even further to the left.

These answers are reflected in the favorite to becoming the next Democratic National Committee chairman, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. Ellison is the first Muslim-American to be elected to Congress, and he is a Sanders acolyte through and through. After the election, Sanders quickly endorsed Ellison for the position.

On Monday, Ellison officially announced his bid for the role, coming out strong with a list of 40 endorsements from Democrats and labor chiefs.

“Democrats win when we harness the power of everyday people and fight for the issues they care about,” Ellison said. “It is not enough for Democrats to ask for voters’ support every two years. We must be with them through every lost paycheck, every tuition hike, and every time they are the victim of a hate crime. When voters know what Democrats stand for, we can improve the lives of all Americans.”

It’s annoying when Democrats try to tell Republicans which strategies to pursue, because the conflict of interest is so blindingly obvious. So we’ll keep that in mind as we review this DNC shakeup. It would be silly to criticize their options from a conservative viewpoint.

So, as we put on our Objectivity Caps, let’s see if this move makes sense.

On the plus side, the party clearly understands that they have to make some serious changes. The DNC leadership was thoroughly exposed this year, forcing both Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazile into disgrace. Democrats cannot save their party by going back to the same establishment well that was rejected on election night.

On the other hand, Ellison feels like a needlessly defiant choice that smacks of identity politics. Were he a white Catholic who talked the same populist game, would he be the frontrunner? Or is the party eager to make some kind of “statement” by putting a black Muslim at the head of the DNC? And what kind of message does that send to the white working-class voters who went from Obama to Trump over the course of four short years?

Well, the clock’s already counting on the 2018 midterm elections. On that day, we’ll find out if Democrats made the right corrections or if they doomed their party to long-term irrelevance.