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Cheeps and Chirps for Aug. 16, 2016

August 16, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
Aug. 16, 2016

There will be Twitter!

• Comedy!

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Man on the run: Contemplating the intent and the future of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign

April 5, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
April 5, 2016

Eight days ago, a hitherto obscure public relations expert and New York University adjunct professor named Stephanie Cegielski generated a great deal of attention when she wrote an open letter explaining why she would no longer support Donald Trump’s run for president. The most notable thing about the letter was its author — specifically, the fact that Cegielski had worked for several months for the Make America Great Again political organization, an unofficial adjunct to Trump’s campaign.

The next few days went poorly for Trump: He suggested breaching the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit torture, among other things; said he was for punishing women who illegally obtain abortions before changing his position on the matter several times; continued an aggressive defense of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, even after Florida police charged him with manhandling a female reporter then associated with a conservative “news” outlet; and gave the latest in a string of interviews in which he seemed arrogant and disjointed. (Asked by The Washington Post’s Robert Costa what strategy he had for converting former Republican rivals into allies, Trump said, “I think that’s overrated, what you’re saying, about bringing them into the fold. At the same time, I think I would be successful with many of them. I don’t know that I’ll be successful with Jeb Bush.”)

Now several pundits are questioning whether Trump is sabotaging his own campaign, consciously or otherwise, because he doesn’t really want to be president. By way of example, today, we had Michael Brendan Dougherty writing for The Week; on Monday, there was Robert Becker writing for Salon and three editors writing for The Huffington Post; on Friday, Sean Illing in Salon and John Fund in the National Review. On Saturday, A Prairie Home Companion ran a “Guy Noir, Private Eye” skit in which a faux Donald Trump orders his staff to find a way for him to wreck his lead in the nomination campaign. On Sunday, Chris Wallace began an interview by asking Trump, “Are you in the process of blowing your campaign for president?”

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On Monday, Glenn Beck attacked Grover Norquist. Seven minutes of irrationality ensued.

October 23, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 23, 2013

Recently, my attention was called to an astounding masterpiece of paranoid nonsense being peddled by conservative talker Glenn Beck. Let’s just plunge into this Monday segment from Beck’s video production, the Blaze:

Beck: I remember during the Bush administration, I used to make fun of Grover Norquist, cause people used to say he was a big power player, and I never even heard of him. And then I started talking to people, and they all said, “Oh no, he is [a] really spooky guy. Don’t take him on, Glenn, while you’re taking on George Soros.” Well, things have to be done now, don’t they? So let’s start telling the truth and exposing people for who they really are.

This is quintessential Beck. He is a regular guy (“people used to say he was a big power player, and I never even heard of him”), but he is brave enough to battle unspecified threats (“things have to be done now, don’t they?”). Beck also in his opening invokes Soros, a liberal financier whom I gather is the conservative talker’s favorite leftist boogeyman.

Beck proceeds to introduce two guests: Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security and Policy, and Daniel Greenfield, a fellow of the David Horowitz Center for Freedom.

Beck: He [Norquist] is — he is the guy responsible for a lot of the Muslim Brotherhood stuff that goes on in the White House now, isn’t he? Start with Frank, and Daniel, you can take it too.

Gaffney: You know, Glenn, I think most people who know Grover only as kind of a prominent anti-tax guy in the conservative movement would find that statement unbelievable, and to be honest with you, I would have, but for the fact that I saw it first-hand as a result of sharing office space for what I think of as seven biblically long years with Grover Norquist, in which I had an opportunity to witness it first-hand. I saw terrorists in his office space. I had colleagues come to me and say, “You know, there’s a Muslim Brotherhood front operating out of his office suite.” It was called the Islamic Free Market Foundation, or Institute — I-I, Islamic Institute, for short. This was an operation that was created by a man who’s now serving time in federal prison for terrorism by the name of Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, and it went on from there, penetrating the Bush campaign leading up to 2000 and then the Bush White House, and that set the stage for what’s going on under Obama now.

Note that in his question, Beck is either calling President Barack Obama out as a Muslim and/or a Muslim Brotherhood ally, operative or dupe.

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