The “All About Eve” Transition

bette-davisThe iconic scene from the movie “All About Eve” has Bette Davis ready to throw a tantrum to sabotage a party she is attending. With cigarette in one hand and martini in the other, taking a gulp from the martini she declares with classic Davis bitchiness, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”

Traumatized Democrats and their media mouthpieces crawling out from under the rubble of the election have decided to up Davis’ bitchiness factor exponentially in an effort to cause a bumpy night to ruin Donald Trump’s transition and delegitimize his presidency.

This pesky thing called the Constitution made their “but she won the popular vote” argument moot, so they have launched a two-pronged attack of harassing Republican members of the Electoral College and invoking the specter of the big bad wolf currently residing in the Kremlin.

I’ve found that the best response to this caterwauling is to paraphrase the famous line from “Apocalypse Now,” informing the aggrieved lefties, “God, but I love the sound of liberals whining in the morning.” Best stand back after making that comment though, as it never fails to make liberal heads explode.

The Democrat complaint about the popular vote is just silly. Trump won the contest that counts, the Electoral College, a contest whose rules are reasonably new having been in effect for only about 228 years. Democrats complaining about the popular vote is akin to Cleveland Indians fans insisting that the Indians are the real baseball world champions. Even though Chicago won four of the ascribed seven games needed to be world champions, the Indians scored more total runs in those seven games. An interesting but irrelevant factoid. Democrat efforts to get legally pledged Electors to abrogate the decision of voters in their states shows just how un-democratic the Democrats have become.

Desperately casting about for a life jacket the Democrats and their media sock puppets are reviving the 1966 movie “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.” The entertaining movie was a farce, as is the idea that Vladimir Putin influenced the outcome of the election.

What is known is that somebody hacked some very embarrassing Democrat emails and gave them to Julian Assange, who gave them to Wikileaks. The Russians, Assange and Wikileaks say Russia wasn’t involved. An investigation by U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that while there were “certain patterns” that could implicate Russia, the “results were not conclusive.” Let me repeat that: The investigation’s report stated that in regards to Russian involvement, its results “were not conclusive.” Oddly, the Democrats and media have omitted that sentence in their narratives.

Over this past weekend, partisan Democrat operatives and Obama political appointees in the CIA leaked a “secret” report indicating that they and the FBI believed not only that Putin intervened in the election but that he did so specifically to elect Donald Trump. FBI officials promptly announced that the agency had reached no such conclusions. Interestingly enough, nobody has actually seen this “report,” and the sources are all “anonymous.” The media, however, is treating it as holy writ.

The New York Times story was headlined “Russian Hackers Acted to Aid Trump in Election, U.S. Says.”  To reference these darned things called facts, the “U.S.” has said no such thing and there are strongly differing views among our security agencies. The Times is a good exemplar of how far in the bag the media is against Trump. Their headline and story is based entirely on unnamed sources, including political appointees of President Barry O.

In search of Ronald Reagan’s allegorical pony, let’s starting digging through this pile of manure.

The most important point is that all this is speculation at best, purposeful misinformation at worst. There have been no hard facts presented. Instead, we’ve been offered leaked reports from unnamed sources. The anonymous, clearly partisan, leakers in the CIA tried to drag the FBI into their smear campaign but the FBI demurred. Facts are stubborn things and so far they have been stubbornly absent from the Democrat/media narrative.

The Democrat hypocrisy on the whole issue of Russia is breathtaking. Recall Mitt Romney being ridiculed in 2012 for saying that Russia was our biggest global threat. President Obama sneered, “The 1980s are calling and want their foreign policy back.” The media excoriated Romney (for UCLA grads that means they said really mean things about him) for his naiveté and failure to realize the success of Secretary of State Clinton’s “reset” of relationships with Vlad and the Commissars. More recently Clinton’s successor John Kerry praised the Russians for their help with the bogus nuclear “deal” with Iran.

Let’s assume for a moment that the Russians did indeed have a hand in hacking the DNC and Hillary’s emails. That influenced the election exactly how? Did Putin force Hillary to set up an illicit, scantily protected private email server in her bedroom closet? Did crafty ol’ Vlad cause her to repeatedly lie about the private server when it was discovered? Did the rotten Ruskies cause classified emails to be sent to Huma Abadin and Anthony Weiner’s laptops?

Did Putin force the Clinton campaign into the actions that actually cost them the election – ignoring working class voters in mid-West industrial states? Was it Russian influence that made Democrat power brokers think it was wise to nominate a candidate with more baggage than a 747’s cargo hold, a candidate under not one but two active FBI investigations?

Wow, that Putin guy is better with sleight of hand than a combination of Penn & Teller, Siegfried & Roy and Mandrake the Magician. The only thing missing is a video of Boris Badanov saying, “Moose, squirrel and Hillary must die.” Look for the New York Times exclusive on this any day now.

But enough of fantasy land. Now to the pony buried under all that equine excrement.

The Democrat/media axis knows that the popular vote is meaningless. They know that the Electoral College is going to elect Donald Trump as president on December 19. What they apparently do not know, or what they cannot face, is the most important thing – what caused them to lose the election.

There have been a few isolated voices among the Democrats suggesting that the party look back to its roots as the voice of the working classes and that it rediscover “flyover country.” Included among those voices, interestingly enough, has been Bernie Sanders. Such voices have been drowned out by the usual suspects of the liberal chorus insisting that “more of the same” – more racial pandering, class warfare and politically correct social Stalinism – is the key to future Democrat  victories.

trump-countiesWe should hope such voices prevail, as they guarantee continued Republican dominance at all levels of government. From city councils all the way up the political ladder to the White House the GOP is in a stronger position across the country today than it has been since 1920. Most of you have likely seen one of the red/blue national maps indicating counties or congressional districts carried by Trump and Hillary. Democrat blue is confined to narrow coastal stretches and a few inland megalopolises. The rest of the country is a sea of red.

Those maps are interesting in many respects, but here’s two factoids to chew over, not to mention torment your Democrat friends. Thirty-five percent of all Democrats in the House come from three states – California, Massachusetts and New York.  It is now possible to drive from San Diego to Florida, North Carolina, D.C. or Philadelphia without going through a single county or congressional district that was won by Hillary. This is not the picture of a national party ready to make a comeback using more of the same elixir that got them to this situation.

That said, while it is good for the country that the Democrats are clueless about the causes of their defeat, it is bad for the country that they have adopted a “destroy the country in order to save it” approach to losing the election. They would rather destabilize our democracy than accept Donald Trump as president. If Valdimir Putin wanted to damage the United States, one of his prime goals would be to cast doubt on the legitimacy of our basic intuitions, of which none is more basic than electing a president.

In that regard, the Russians have no better friends in this country than liberal Democrats. That is sadly appropriate, as this has been the case for the past 50 years.

But we have the ultimate trump card – pun intended. Come January 20, President Trump and his activist conservative cabinet will be whirlwinds of activity working to, dare I say it, make America great again.

Come 12:01 on January 20, the Democrat/media axis will be the ones who need to fasten their seatbelts. They have four years of bumpy nights to look forward to.

Bill Saracino is a member of the Editorial Board of CA Political Review.