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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

3rd Generation Politics

There is clearly a ruthless strategist behind the God-Emperor's executive blitzkrieg of the last three days, and I strongly suspect it is someone who is familiar with the work of both Col. John Boyd and Mike Cernovich. The unprecedented speed with which the executive orders is not merely intentional, it is strategic.

What I believe we're seeing is the marriage of two tactics: the Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act (OODA) Loop and Cernovich's media cycle disruption described in MAGA Mindset, being combined into a strategic approach designed to render the media's mass firepower irrelevant.

Notice how the media was still trying to figure out how to best go about attacking the rather unspecific undermining of Obamacare when Trump dropped the more highly targeted EPA freeze and pipeline orders on them. They had barely begun to even report on those acts when news of the immigration-related orders was then leaked. The God-Emperor is using executive momentum and his ability to make rapid decisions to disrupt and neutralize the mainstream media's vast, but cumbersome communications apparatus. Much like the Germans created maneuver warfare to avoid the formidable artillery barrages of the Allies and break through the trenches in WWI, Trump is using high-speed maneuver politics to smash the three-day media cycle, thereby preventing his opponents from targeting any individual action.

I'll discuss this in more detail in tonight's Darkstream. But it really is a brilliant strategy, and it bodes extremely well for the more radical and populist aspects of the Trump coalition. If my read on this is correct, his executive orders are going to become increasingly radical, and increasingly specific, as the media, the Democrats, and the conservative-corporate opposition increasingly reel back in disarray.

This is, almost certainly, a new generation of political strategy, and one that appears to have the potential to render the Left's cultural high ground almost completely impotent.

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Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 25, 2017 9:27 AM  

G. E. has now tweeted it is on to voter fraud.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian January 25, 2017 9:33 AM  

It is about f'ing time someone with balls did something around here.

F you Repulicucks. F you Libertaritards.

Anonymous Magus January 25, 2017 9:36 AM  

I know consecutive Democrat and Republican administrations are responsible for this sorry state of affairs of rule-by-executive-order (RBEO), and that at this point it's about doing whatever is necessary to right a sinking ship, but I do worry about what this bodes for the future.

Again, not like Trump is the originator of this precedent, and I recognise the necessity, but like any painful-but-necessary strategy in war, I do regret the necessity, and what the consequences of not curtailing RBEO will mean.

Blogger Shimshon January 25, 2017 9:38 AM  

While they work up the offendotron's machinery on three day old news, I get ramped up every day reading what new Executive Orders are being issued. Who knew they could be so entertaining?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 25, 2017 9:39 AM  

It's always been my hunch that the Left has very few thought leaders and it takes time for the latest and greatest rhetoric to be passed down thru their channels, even with the net available. I used to browse Kos and never fail something would happen over night and be reported on and the first comments in every thread were usually comedy gold earning the posters the Libertard moniker.

But of course for decades Conservative thought leaders told me these people were geniuses (would a conservative intellectual debate anything other than a genius?), but I went to look for myself and concluded differently.

Blogger Ingot9455 January 25, 2017 9:40 AM  

A general NSA trawl for voter fraud evidence that they already have in their email archive would be nice.

Blogger Johnny January 25, 2017 9:40 AM  

I don't know about the OODA analogy, but otherwise definitely the right thing to do. Lacking that his program might well die a death of a thousand cuts as they go after each little thing in turn.

Plus the chicken littles will have the problem that the sky will not actually fall.

And like it or not we are now in the era of a very powerful federal government led by a very powerful executive branch. If Trump were to fail to use his power, that would not cause it to go away for future presidents.

Anonymous Fred2 January 25, 2017 9:42 AM  

It a nice change to have "my side" loosely defined sticking it to "the man".

I do hope that TRump pushes through a "repeal the whole executive orders" thing when he's done though, so this doesn't get done right back to us next administration.

Blogger VD January 25, 2017 9:43 AM  

I know consecutive Democrat and Republican administrations are responsible for this sorry state of affairs of rule-by-executive-order (RBEO), and that at this point it's about doing whatever is necessary to right a sinking ship, but I do worry about what this bodes for the future.

Stop cucking. The time to whine about the rules is BEFORE they are changed. Always play by the rules of the fucking game in front of you. You might as reasonably whine about all the forward passing in football.

Blogger Nate January 25, 2017 9:43 AM  

Don't forget... its not just speed of the orders. Its also the way he's using his press secretary.

We got KEYSTONE and Dakota yesterday... and what did the press spend all day talking about?

Crowd size. All because he has his Official Press Distraction Monkey go talk about crowd size. And make no mistake. That is exactly what his press secretary is. He is the official Press Distraction Monkey.

Anonymous BBGKB January 25, 2017 9:44 AM  

but like any painful-but-necessary strategy in war, I do regret the necessity, and what the consequences of not curtailing RBEO will mean.

The left will never abandon a tactic unless they fear it more than they wish to use it.

OT: Better impeach those supremes who failed to recuse themselves from the gay marriage ruling after conducting gay marriages fast. Put the priest-kings in black robes on notice.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/24/rep-steve-king-files-federal-pro-life-heartbeat-bill-if-a-heartbeat-is-detected-the-baby-is-protected/

Blogger seeingsights January 25, 2017 9:50 AM  

A great part of his strategy is the use of the Internet. Getting his message across on social media and YouTube. He can go even further. For example, allow bloggers to attend press conferences. Also, when re election time comes, get a debate transmitted solely via the Internet. Two moderators, one of Trump's choice and the other his opponent's choice. Imagine Matt Drudge or Instapundit as a moderator.

Blogger Daetrin January 25, 2017 9:51 AM  

Also, keep in mind that anything done by legislature takes a long time. Using executive orders gives us immediate action, immediate results, and the positive feedback gives Trump ammo for ramming through legislation three months or three years down the line to make the EO unnecessary.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 25, 2017 9:52 AM  

Well I never thought I'd see John Boyd and Mike Cernovich mentioned in the same breath.

Anonymous Taco Town January 25, 2017 9:52 AM  

The question I have is how long can this momentum be maintained?

Anonymous veryfunnyminion January 25, 2017 9:56 AM  

Zerohedge concurs with the SDL:

Since the topic of voter fraud was widely cast by the mainstream press as falling under the "fake news" umbrella during the presidential campaign, Trump has just waved red, dripping meat before the US media which will dutifully focus on this one statement, while putting all the other things to come out from the Trump administration on its third working day, on the back burner

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-25/trump-launch-major-investigation-voter-fraud

Blogger seeingsights January 25, 2017 9:56 AM  

Clever politicians use the newest media technologies. FDR, Churchill and Hitler were effective in the new media technology of their time, radio. JFK and Reagan were effective in visual media.

Anonymous Smedley Butler January 25, 2017 9:57 AM  

"What I believe we're seeing is the marriage of two tactics: the Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act (OODA) Loop and Cernovich's media cycle disruption described in MAGA Mindset, being combined into a strategic approach designed to render the media's mass firepower irrelevant."

First of all, Trump is a big student of Sun Tzu, so what you describe makes sense.

Second, Trump has surrounded himself with a number of Marines whose warfighting doctrine is the blitzkrieg you describe above.

Anonymous Rather, Not January 25, 2017 9:57 AM  

What would also be good is that after this flurry (whether another week, or month, or more) that we push the republican majority to codify into law any of these policies that are not already firmly law, limit the ability to completely undo the legacy with a new admin at some point in the future. But it would not be wise to interrupt the flow now. Some (pipelines, walls) are de facto fait accompli, others are already law (enforce immigration law) but there will be others that would benefit from being codified as law rather than EO. But those are challenges for after the 100 days of ascendance. Probably the best that could be accomplished is relatively permanent devolution of power away from the Federal Executives.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 25, 2017 9:58 AM  

#15 my WAG till after the Tom Kratman lead invasion of the Social Democratic Paradise of California to put down the rebellion and to free our people from the reeducation camps set up by the progs.

Blogger Nate January 25, 2017 9:59 AM  

"The question I have is how long can this momentum be maintained?"

its like asking how long blitzkrieg can last. It only has to last long enough to get to the capital and destroy the government.

This only has to last long enough to achieve the state of change he decided was necessary. At this rate... by next friday we will live in an entirely different country... and the press still won't be covering it... they'll be talking about the Official Press Distraction Monkey.

Keystone got approved? Dakota Pipline? American Steel? No No... let's not write about... THAT DUDE JUST SAID HILLARY WON THE POPULAR VOTE BECAUSE ILLEGALS VOTED FOR HER!!!!

Anonymous Smedley Butler January 25, 2017 10:00 AM  

"The question I have is how long can this momentum be maintained?"

You saw his energy on election night. He can do this for 100 days and the media will be worn out just like on election night. This is how effective private sector folks operate. The government and the media are not used to this sort of tempo, but for much of the business world, for surgeons, etc this is just business as usual.

Blogger Chris Jackson January 25, 2017 10:01 AM  

I don't quite know what to make of "alternative facts". Is that intentional?

I could see this being part of a longer scheme. My lefty-drone FB acquaintances are bubbling over with glee over it but at the same time, stuff is getting done.

OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 January 25, 2017 10:02 AM  

Ah yes, the old "suckerball"
Fire the flaming arrows in a high lob.
WHile they're looking up in awe, and repositioning defense against the aerial, send in the fusillade of gut level arrows.
And while they're dropping their shields
in agony...oh no, those flaming arrows are finally raining down.
Works pretty good in snowball fights too.
CaptDMO

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian January 25, 2017 10:03 AM  

@19
Yes, that.

It also bypasses the Replublicucks that would try and hinder him now. As his approval rises, they will have to go along, and eventually they will have to codify even though they are cucked. El Jefe for the BTFO.

Blogger Wanda Sherratt January 25, 2017 10:04 AM  

The Left's slow, lumbering response was the Women's March, which used as its visual attention-getter pink hats: a reference to the tape incident that dates back to *October*. They're obsessed with replaying minor skirmishes while Trump's army is racing across the country, taking territory.

Anonymous Leonidas January 25, 2017 10:04 AM  

Notice how the media was still trying to figure out how to best go about attacking the rather unspecific undermining of Obamacare when Trump dropped the more highly targeted EPA freeze and pipeline orders on them.

Obamacare? My Facebook feed is still upset over crowd sizes and memeing alternative facts. They didn't even start to notice the executive orders until last night.

The media and the deep state may be reeling, but the rank and file has been hit so hard they don't even know it yet.

Blogger Harris January 25, 2017 10:04 AM  

Gotta love Trump's doubling down on illegal immigrant voting fraud. While the minions in the MSM get their panties in a twist because of lack of proof, the main reason there is lack of proof is that the Press has refused to investigate the easily uncovered fraud, and cover it honestly. Even if Trump is incorrect about losing the popular vote due to voter-fraud, he is FORCING the MSM to actually investigate the issue.

I suspect that if the Press uncovers that "only" 2 Million illegals voted, then they'll trumpet their "victory over Trump to the world. Meanwhile, Americans will be shocked and outraged that 2 million illegals voted, which will simply increase support for Trump.

This is a classic "Heads I win, Tails you lose" tactic. If the press accepts Trump's assertion of massive illegal alien voter fraud, he wins more support. If they "prove" the voter fraud was not quite as massive as Trump says, then they'll still uncover massive voter-fraud, and Trump still wins. In either case, Trump wins, and the left-wing press, and Democrats lose.

Brilliant. And they are too dumb to see the axe swinging at their necks.

Blogger VD January 25, 2017 10:04 AM  

The question I have is how long can this momentum be maintained?

I assume as long as necessary. At some point, there will be a shift to legislative action, and we can safely expect that a shock-and-awed House and Senate will do pretty much whatever they are instructed to do.

Or face being similarly outmaneuvered.

Blogger mike mike January 25, 2017 10:05 AM  

I was watching MSNBC this morning and the usual suspects seem out of breath with the flurry Trump's pace. They are completely flabbergasted and don't know what to do. The Morning Joe crew had a several minute dialogue on whether Trump sleeps or not.

Anonymous Smedley Butler January 25, 2017 10:05 AM  

"You might as reasonably whine about all the forward passing in football."

Exactly. Trump is not just making Executive Orders willy nilly and trying to make new law in violation of statutes like Obama did (which would be making 2 or 3 forward passes in football). Trump is making Executive Orders within the confines of existing Federal law, and as such making legal forward passes.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian January 25, 2017 10:05 AM  

@21
This only has to last long enough to achieve the state of change he decided was necessary. At this rate... by next friday we will live in an entirely different country... and the press still won't be covering it... they'll be talking about the Official Press Distraction Monkey.

Keystone got approved? Dakota Pipline? American Steel? No No... let's not write about... THAT DUDE JUST SAID HILLARY WON THE POPULAR VOTE BECAUSE ILLEGALS VOTED FOR HER!!!!


Nate's explanation is it.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 25, 2017 10:06 AM  

Go with what Nate says, the media is all about themselves. If stupid crap like some Indians and hippies camping out in ND did not serve the media you wouldn't hear about them, if the same Indians and hippies were a negative for the press, the press would want them shot.

Blogger Bard January 25, 2017 10:07 AM  

I knew this guy was smart, but damn, he is a master.

Anonymous ReluctantMessiah January 25, 2017 10:07 AM  

Not only is Trump getting things done fast, he's baiting the media to talk about old rehashed topics to keep them occupied. The latest being illegal votes. It's a surreal time to observe and learn his tactics.

Anonymous Faceless January 25, 2017 10:09 AM  

For all the hand wringing: Didn't it come out that they are putting the Mexico City policy into law?

He's using the EO to advance the ball while there is momentum, and then he's putting together trailing legislation to enshrine the EO into law.

Blogger Buybuydandavis January 25, 2017 10:12 AM  

VD: God-Emperor's executive blitzkrieg

I've been waiting for the MSM to use the blitzkrieg Nazi metaphor while watching Trump's speed of execution. They must be in shell shock. Not on their game.

Nazi Nazi Nazi Nazi...

I was just watching Newt talk about OODA in describing Trump's strategy. If you're reaction cycle is faster, you win.

http://www.gingrichproductions.com/category/7-video/page/2/

It was in:
Understanding Trump and Trumpism Part (1 or 2), I'm not sure.

I especially liked how they've maneuvered the Obamacare repeal to coincide with replace. That will make it so much easier to get something decent for the new plan.

With the avalanche of activity, the Left rally opposition fast enough. Especially while they're busy marching in vagina suits.

The biggest problem will probably be Ryan.

Anonymous krymneth January 25, 2017 10:12 AM  

Trump's approval rating is going up in the polls, which are on a delay, and that is his Presidential firepower for passing legislation. Not just the absolute number, but the first derivative. Among this strategies' many facets is certainly an attempt to ensure the leftist strategy of getting the right bogged down under continuous due from the media and making Congress too nervous to pass bills doesn't hamstring him.

Anonymous #8601 January 25, 2017 10:14 AM  

Why are the Executive Orders necessary when the Republicans control both the House and the Senate? Is it because Trump is worried that his own party will block him? With cucks like Mccain, Graham and Ryan, I guess I can't blame him. But it would have been interesting to see those bastards tested.

Blogger Salt January 25, 2017 10:14 AM  

I'm not sure it has to be any of that. It's quite evident Trump had a plan even when he initially ran. He's a businessman, doesn't play for political gain, and understands how to get from initial concept to finished product. If there is no reason to wait on X because Y needs done first, why wait? The sooner one gets to a positive cash flow the better. Politics aside, government is much like a corporation and Trump has taken the restructuring field.

Blogger Nate January 25, 2017 10:15 AM  

"I knew this guy was smart, but damn, he is a master. "

no to mention.. WWE Hall of Famer.

Blogger Wanda Sherratt January 25, 2017 10:15 AM  

"He's using the EO to advance the ball while there is momentum, and then he's putting together trailing legislation to enshrine the EO into law."

Exactly. Obama could have done that when he started out; even later, the Republicans were so cowed, he could have gone the legislative route and done a lot of permanent damage. But he was a lazy bastard and anyway, the Left figured they had a lock on power in the US forever. Obama's sloppy, half-assed methods would be good enough, because they never imagined their enemies would be in a position to counter-attack. Trump isn't going to make that mistake. When he's through, there will be an edifice of law taller and deeper than the Mexican Wall; it'll take decades for the Left to undo it all, and some of it will be permanent.

Blogger Mighty Lou January 25, 2017 10:15 AM  

It's like U.S. is a sick person and Trump is the physician, and half the person's family want assisted suicide because they believe it's the humane thing to do, while the other half want the physician to o whatever it takes to save make them healthy again.

And that's the thing, when the person is alive and well and healthy again, all those opposed will look like the biggest assholes on the face of the planet. They are loosing credibility daily, and this current stunt on the crane is DC will only help them look even more like the assholes they truly are.

Anonymous fop January 25, 2017 10:16 AM  

They would never bomb Dresden, would they? No, of course they wouldn't. Could you imagine the public outrage if they ever bombed beautiful Dresden. They wouldn't THINK of such a thing as to bomb Dresden. HOLY CRAP THEY BOMBED DRESDEN!

Blogger Nate January 25, 2017 10:17 AM  

"Why are the Executive Orders necessary when the Republicans control both the House and the Senate?"

Because speed kills.

Also because the realization 2 weeks from now of everything they have lost will basically be the demoralizing thing the left has ever had to endure.

You pink whores won't be silent?

About what? The fight's over. We already changed everything you said you'd stop us from changing.

and you didn't even notice.

Blogger dc.sunsets January 25, 2017 10:19 AM  

Nate, your comment about the purpose of the press secretary is brilliant.

I simply marvel at how "right guy, right time" is Donald Trump. His OODA loop is so far inside that of the MSM it's astonishing.

The Left murdered the concept of fixed (or VERY slowly moving) rules and normalized the FIAT rule-making of executives and judicial activists.

Fretting about what follows such folly is useless. Lincoln overturned the voluntary union of states. The 17th amendment destroyed the power of the state legislatures as a counter-force to centralized power. Presidents from Wilson & FDR to LBJ & BushClintonBushObama overturned non-arbitrary rule.

FFS, people have to stop talking like we're still debating the Compromise of 1850.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 25, 2017 10:19 AM  

Pacing and leading. Pacing and leading. Trump is pacing the swampstream media and leading the government.

Ladies and gentlemen, history is being made and the libtards can't even understand what is happening. Teh lulz.

Scalzi's lawn isn't big enough to provide sufficient popcorn.

Trump 2016 for the LOLZ!

Anonymous Smedley Butler January 25, 2017 10:19 AM  

Below is a quote from a book "Operational Culture for the Warfighter" by Salmoni & Holmes Eber, where the forward was written by then Gen. Mattis. This describes what Trump is doing now at the policy level.

"This unmatched lethality, destructive capability, and speed do not solely or mostly come from a combination of gear, training, and doctrine. Rather, one could argue that most important in making a Marine is the attitudinal predisposition to be lethal, destructive, and fast—and better at it than
anyone else."

https://www.clausewitz.com/bibl/MCU-OpCultureForTheWarfighter.pdf

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 25, 2017 10:22 AM  

@39
Why are the Executive Orders necessary when the Republicans control both the House and the Senate?

That's like saying "Why are airmobile operations necessary when perfectly good motorized units exist?"

Legislation takes time. Executive Orders do not. As some Clinton robot said, "Stroke of the pen, law of the land".

The wall was already authorized by Congress, it just needed Executive authority. .

Blogger Buybuydandavis January 25, 2017 10:22 AM  

VD: Cernovich's media cycle disruption described in MAGA Mindset,

Newt discussed Trump's playing the media in multiple ways.

Remember Trump steaks? That bizarre press conference? All the networks followed that, instead of a simultaneous Hillary speech.

Then there was "always give them something to chase". People laugh at the tweets, but they're often targeted simply to give them something to chase, to keep other things from being chased.

It's always about dangling out something that looks tasty and getting the media to bite. Something the discredits them. That distracts them. That overwhelms them.

Right now, it's mainly DoS, including distractions. Pump too much, too fast, from too many directions.

Make the monkeys dance!

Blogger Cail Corishev January 25, 2017 10:23 AM  

Yep. Instead of taking an action and then waiting for the media response and playing their game by trying to justify it, he takes and action and then moves on to the next.

If they want to make a Thing of the pipeline, for instance, that'll take days to get the protesters in place, come up with some photogenic sob stories, and build momentum by batting it back and forth between their outlets. In the meantime, Trump will have released ten other things they're equally outraged about, so they can't afford the usual narrative-building process.

Anonymous Bobby Farr January 25, 2017 10:23 AM  

Trump also announced an investigation into voter fraud. That should take a few million votes from the Dems in 2020. If he can deport a few million more, it looks bleak for the Dems.

Blogger Giraffe January 25, 2017 10:24 AM  

I'll bet before Trump leaves office Congress will pass a law to abolish executive orders and Trump will be happy to sign the bill.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 25, 2017 10:24 AM  

@36
For all the hand wringing: Didn't it come out that they are putting the Mexico City policy into law?

Obama nixed that via EO, to the delight of the libtards.
What one EO can do, another EO can reverse, and Trump did that the other day.

Best part? the libtards apparently have not yet noticed. More lulz!

Trump 2016 for the LOLZ!

Anonymous Smedley Butler January 25, 2017 10:25 AM  

"Why are the Executive Orders necessary when the Republicans control both the House and the Senate?"

These are necessary for the President to tell his administration what to do, what to focus on - he's not making law but EXECUTING law.

Anonymous bbgkb January 25, 2017 10:26 AM  

It's like U.S. is a sick person and Trump is the physician, and half the person's family want assisted suicide because they believe it's the humane thing to do, while the other half want the physician to o whatever it takes to save make them healthy again

Que the NBC coverage of the woman taken off life support who came back, thanks to no longer being cared for by a black doctor. https://www.yahoo.com/news/grandmother-wakes-up-from-coma-hours-before-life-support-turned-off-170718204.html?ref=gs

Blogger dc.sunsets January 25, 2017 10:26 AM  

We shouldn't underestimate the effect of speed on the Permanent Bureaucracy, itself a product of decades of leftist hiring.

Things have to change so fast that any administrator who attempts to obstruct will fear being cut out of the herd and taken to the Bureaucratic Abattoir.

Once the cabinet posts are filled, my guess is that a few Object Lessons will be made of anyone who thinks they're Too Important To Be Culled. The hiring freeze and promises to cut the bureaucracy should help keep bureaucrats high and low in a constant state of agitation.

Blogger Lovekraft January 25, 2017 10:27 AM  

The left is in complete disarray. Let's get out of their way and let them sort out their own mess.

I've noticed in the past week several signs of the left taking active role in attacking the alt-right, mens rights etc.

Which is expected, considering they completely lack self-analysis.

Remember that South African video where the college students were shutting up white students because they were challenging their juju approach to science?

This, among many others, is what the left needs to fix. The alt-right is fully capable of dealing with our own nutjobs.

Blogger Lovekraft January 25, 2017 10:28 AM  

link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i80qaETtw8

Blogger Matamoros January 25, 2017 10:30 AM  

Also, the American people are learning to trust the President to do what he said he would do.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker January 25, 2017 10:30 AM  

Has anyone ever seen an American president this committed to staying on the political offensive? It's like Trump is deliberately "channeling" Gen. George S. Patton.

OpenID ar10308 January 25, 2017 10:31 AM  

Trump has become the Trumpenberg Uncertainty Priciple.

As soon as the media finds out how fast he's going, he's already advanced to another position. And when they find out where he is, he's already changed speeds.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 25, 2017 10:32 AM  

Who knew they could be so entertaining?

Definitely not tired of the winning yet.

Anonymous Magus January 25, 2017 10:33 AM  

@9 Fair enough.

Blogger Cail Corishev January 25, 2017 10:35 AM  

Best part? the libtards apparently have not yet noticed.

I'd say libtards expected him to reinstate the Mexico City Policy (as Bush did), because they already saw him as an arch-conservative who would take away all their fun. They're not happy about it, but it's not news to them. The people who weren't expecting that are the NeverTrumpers who said pro-lifers couldn't support him because he's just as pro-abortion as Hillary.

Blogger Achilles January 25, 2017 10:37 AM  

The Left will still be arguing inauguration crowd size when the wall is being finished.

Blogger pyrrhus January 25, 2017 10:37 AM  

Yes, it appears that the old Media can't real keep up with a changing OODA scenario....so sad

Blogger Noah B The MacroAggressor January 25, 2017 10:38 AM  

"Shitlibs on suicide watch" is no longer just a meme.

Blogger Tom Kratman January 25, 2017 10:38 AM  

OODA is largely horseshit.

Blogger Harris January 25, 2017 10:42 AM  

Magus wrote:I know consecutive Democrat and Republican administrations are responsible for this sorry state of affairs of rule-by-executive-order (RBEO), and that at this point it's about doing whatever is necessary to right a sinking ship, but I do worry about what this bodes for the future.

Again, not like Trump is the originator of this precedent, and I recognise the necessity, but like any painful-but-necessary strategy in war, I do regret the necessity, and what the consequences of not curtailing RBEO will mean.


To get to the heart of the issue, consider the phrase "Law and Order." That is actually the opposite of what happens. First, you establish Order, and only then can the Law be applied. The mistake of Republican lawyer politicians is to believe that they can change the dynamics by passing laws. But the left just ignores the laws, and sows disorder.

Back in the Wild West, Texas Rangers had awesome individual power, and effective were the law. They could shoot whoever they wanted, and the government would back them. Criminals like Bonnie and Clyde were unceremoniously gunned down, and KKK rallies in Waco were so afraid of the power of the Rangers that they let a single Texas Ranger walk through a riot and rescue the Sheriff in Waco from a lynch mob. It broke the back of the KKK in Texas, and they never recovered. It was AFTER Order was established that the Law was able to function effectively.

Similarly, in WWII, FDR suspended the rights of some in order to protect the many.

The Left has purposefully sowed disorder all over the country for decades, and we must first re-establish Order in our country. That means using whatever means are available, and recognizing that the high-minded ideals of Rule of Law cannot apply until a widely accepted Order is established once again. Riots that cause injury to people and property, attack regular citizens, shout down and threaten those who disagree, and leave the landscape littered with debris that cost thousands of dollars to clean up is not Orderly. That must be stopped.

So, agonizing over the suspension of ideal norms is a waste of time. Trump is busy putting the American House in Order. Afterward, we can worry about re-establishing the Rule of Law which EVERYONE will be required to respect.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 25, 2017 10:42 AM  

@60
Has anyone ever seen an American president this committed to staying on the political offensive? It's like Trump is deliberately "channeling" Gen. George S. Patton.


@61
As soon as the media finds out how fast he's going, he's already advanced to another position. And when they find out where he is, he's already changed speeds.




This week is like Patton's 3rd Army breakout from the Normandy bocage terrain starting Aug 1. 1944. With multiple spearheads rolling in multiple directions, trying to stop any one of them means the others bypass and roll on.

OpenID aew51183 January 25, 2017 10:43 AM  

In other news, reality is forcing the purple pill upon NRO, which is slowly uncucking itself:
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444160/american-culture-new-civil-war

Blogger Gordon January 25, 2017 10:45 AM  

A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents wrote:@39

Legislation takes time. Executive Orders do not. As some Clinton robot said, "Stroke of the pen, law of the land".


Exactly. Much of what Trump has done in the last few days is simply undoing what Obama did with his executive orders. I suspect there's quite a bit more of this to come.

Legislation proceeds slowly, by design. It's supposed to be deliberate.

Meanwhile the Trump haters are stuck on stuff from months ago. That Politico story about Pepin county, WI, describes this perfectly. This county of dairy folks is slowly being invaded by big-city libs. And the libs cannot, no matter how hard they try, conceal their contempt for the locals. But in this election, Trump reversed the county's decades-long blue streak. And the libs are talking about how they now fear their neighbors, because hate and stuff.

The gay couple who runs the hip pie shop in the tiny town of Stockholm is worried. They should be. I'd bet damn near everyone in Pepin county has read that article. And if you're selling very expensive slices of artisan pie, you damn well need the locals to be stopping in after church or after dinner for a slice. Yeah, you may get some tourists coming through, but they only come once.

http://tinyurl.com/z3cwf8v

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 25, 2017 10:45 AM  

I saw someone on another blog point to an item about Trump getting businesses to stop moving jobs overseas, before he even took office, and asked, rhetorically I think, is this all it took? Meaning, all it took was some one who actually gave a shit and had some balls.

Apparently so.

This is why people whining about how Trump isn't a real conservative or is vulgar (meaning not our sort) or whatever who are supposed to be on the right are at best irrelevant and really, really missing the point. Trump met with union leaders yesterday, and got them on his side. He already had the union members, now he has the actual leadership. Trump provides construction jobs, union leaders collect dues, dues and union votes that used to go to the Democrat party instead go to - guess who. Politicians who support Trump.

Meanwhile, the demos are arguing about who would be best at making white guys shut-up so they can elect him or her to be the DNC chair.

Blogger Cail Corishev January 25, 2017 10:46 AM  

NRO, which is slowly uncucking itself:

Too late.

Blogger Harris January 25, 2017 10:46 AM  

Buybuydandavis wrote:VD: Cernovich's media cycle disruption described in MAGA Mindset,

Newt discussed Trump's playing the media in multiple ways.

Remember Trump steaks? That bizarre press conference? All the networks followed that, instead of a simultaneous Hillary speech.

Then there was "always give them something to chase". People laugh at the tweets, but they're often targeted simply to give them something to chase, to keep other things from being chased.

It's always about dangling out something that looks tasty and getting the media to bite. Something the discredits them. That distracts them. That overwhelms them.

Right now, it's mainly DoS, including distractions. Pump too much, too fast, from too many directions.

Make the monkeys dance!


SQUIRREL!

Blogger Harris January 25, 2017 10:47 AM  

Cail Corishev wrote:NRO, which is slowly uncucking itself:

Too late.


It is never too late. Allow people to be converted.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer January 25, 2017 10:50 AM  

When everyone was whining about lack of immigration reform on day I figured there was a strategic reason involving distraction/overload of the media. It is looking like that is true. Expect Trump to attack another big leftist sacred cow tomorrow to sweep the subject along.

The complaints from the cucks about speed of implementation are rediculous. We have had these problems for 20 years or longer. There is no excuse to not have a plan to solve these and implement it as fast as possible.

Blogger Michael Neal January 25, 2017 10:51 AM  

I think Trump has already secured another term with getting labor unions in his corner. He is delivering for the working class.

Vagina suits and arguments over crowd sizes is not going to convince workers to change their minds and go back to the Democratic Party. The labor union workers that did not vote for Trump will now feel comfortable he was telling the truth and vote for him as well. Bigger victories in the rust belt next presidential election.

All they have now is the mid terms where they could theoretically take back the house since trump supporters will be complacent and happy. They would start impeachment hearings based on fake charges.

No reason to be complacent by any means.

Anonymous VFM#1819 January 25, 2017 10:52 AM  

The dispute over voter fraud was nothing but a set-up that the stupid MSM walked right into. He basically baited them in to demanding he do something he already wanted to do by opening an investigation into exactly how widespread voter fraud is. And everybody knows what they will find, even the media, in places like California.

The Trump administration are political geniuses.

Blogger Elocutioner January 25, 2017 10:53 AM  

Note also that the Senate Republicans are holding a retreat for the rest of the week so there'll be no more movement on confirmations until next week. Mitch dragged his feet to slow down Trump. By their fruits - never forget for which side they ACT, ignore their words.

Blogger dc.sunsets January 25, 2017 10:53 AM  

@69 OODA is largely horseshit.

How so?

Blogger Cail Corishev January 25, 2017 10:57 AM  

We shouldn't underestimate the effect of speed on the Permanent Bureaucracy,

That's a really good point. The bureaucrats will be prepared to come to him with reams of complicated data that proves how critical they are and how they can't possibly do without one person or building, but perhaps they could accept a 1% cut in next year's projected 5% increase, to show how cooperative they are. They'll try to make it a complicated negotiation, hoping to drag it out until he gives up. It's always worked before.

If he calls them in and says, "Here's a list of people you're going to fire today, here's another list of tasks I expect your department to complete, and I want to see you here next week with a proposal to cut your workforce and budget 25%. Dismissed," they'll be as shell-shocked and confused as the media. What can they do, complain? Call him names?

Blogger Gordon January 25, 2017 10:57 AM  

Harris wrote:
It is never too late. Allow people to be converted.


Exactly. In 1980 I was definitely not a Reagan fan. But by election day, I was.

Blogger pyrrhus January 25, 2017 10:58 AM  

@54 "Why are the Executive Orders necessary when the Republicans control both the House and the Senate?"

These are necessary for the President to tell his administration what to do, what to focus on - he's not making law but EXECUTING law.

No...The GOP Congress doesn't support most of Trump's program, and didn't lift a finger to stop Obama from ruling by executive order. So Trump will rule by executive order until Congress is whipped into line...

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 25, 2017 10:58 AM  

Anyway, this is all obviously racisss because Trump is using the strategy of "getting there fistest with the mostest," which, since it was articulated by Nathan Bedford Forrest, is self-evidently racisss.

Blogger praetorian January 25, 2017 11:01 AM  

It is never too late. Allow people to be converted.

Yeah, nah. Just take their readers.

National Review must be made an example of.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 25, 2017 11:01 AM  

@77

It is never too late. Allow people to be converted.


Conversion does not undo the temporal effects of actions done prior to conversion. It is too late for NRO to regain my trust with just one article, or one year of articles, and I'm not the only one.

Blogger Cail Corishev January 25, 2017 11:04 AM  

It is never too late. Allow people to be converted.

It is too late for NRO and other so-called conservatives whose hatred for Trump led them to support Hillary Clinton -- and that's what they did, whether they want to admit it or not. I'm not saying they should be shot; but they should never be trusted, or even listened to, by anyone on the right again.

Anonymous VFM #6306 January 25, 2017 11:05 AM  

Tom Kratman wrote:OODA is largely horseshit.

So's the media.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 25, 2017 11:06 AM  

It is too late for NRO to regain my trust with just one article, or one year of articles, and I'm not the only one.

Yeah, I never thought I would see someone literally say that all the losing losers should die and get out of the winning winners way. But those geniuses apparently thought that was a winning winner's argument.

Blogger VD January 25, 2017 11:07 AM  

Why are the Executive Orders necessary when the Republicans control both the House and the Senate?

Speed. Momentum. Precision. Control.

OODA is largely horseshit.

That's a rather strange thing to say when we're witnessing a stunningly successful application of it.

Blogger VD January 25, 2017 11:09 AM  

It is never too late. Allow people to be converted.

If they simply want to follow, fine. If they want to maintain their position as "opinion leaders" and public intellectuals, no, never. They belong in the trash heap of political history. They can NEVER be trusted again.

Blogger Elocutioner January 25, 2017 11:12 AM  

"It is never too late. Allow people to be converted."

They can convert. Then they can sit down and shut the fuck up.

Blogger Gaiseric January 25, 2017 11:13 AM  

And yet, some of the Left saw it coming. http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/anderson-cooper-360/3428579?snl=1

Blogger Cail Corishev January 25, 2017 11:15 AM  

If NRO and other NeverTrump pundits put on hair shirts and went away for a couple years after the election to search their souls for where they went wrong, and came back with something new to say, that might have been interesting. But all they did was shift immediately from "Trump is bad" to "Trump might not be a disaster after all, if he stops being a racist loose cannon and starts following our lead now." They've learned nothing, so they have nothing useful to say.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 25, 2017 11:15 AM  

I would say that OODA is the current formalization of military tactics that have existed for as long as warfare as existed.

Strike with overwhelming force, at a point your enemy is not expecting, to quickly for them to respond effectively. Nate is definitely correct in his analysis of how Trump is distracting them from covering what should be important.

Saw Jonah Goldberg yesterday or perhaps the day before talking about how Trump was hurting himself with all the talk about voter fraud and crowd size and it was distracting Trump from achieving his agenda and lessening his credibility. My thought was that they still don't get it.

The public actually hates the MSM and holds them responsible for much of what is wrong with the US. The MSM wants to think of itself as a watchdog against "THE MAN." They cannot comprehend that they are "THE MAN."

Blogger BCD January 25, 2017 11:15 AM  

@Tom Kratman

You and I briefly corresponded about how OODA applies in cases where OO is on the same timescale as DA, but doesn't make sense when orientation is nearly instantaneous compared to long execution cycles. Given the speed of the news cycle, I'd argue we're looking at the former case.

Blogger VD January 25, 2017 11:17 AM  

NRO, which is slowly uncucking itself:

It's still cucked. Notice Prager still babbling about Judeo-Christian bullshit when the American Jews who are the leaders and lead architects of the very Left he says we're at Civil War 2.0 with.

You can't beat the enemy when you can't even ID the enemy, Dennis. And you can't be a civic nationalist in a civil war.

NB: Yes, some American Jews are on our side. Millions of Germans were on the side of the Allies in WWII too. That didn't mean we didn't talk about the German enemy.

Blogger tz January 25, 2017 11:18 AM  

I was hoping Trump would rewind regs to Clinton. It appears he's going to Nixon, LBJ, or even JFK.

RBEO fixes things now, energizes his base (The tea party should be ecstatic), and pyts Ryno and McCuckold in a position of following and consolidating.

Once federal bureaucratic power is neutralized, then you lock it down, and given the red-blue, give more power back to the states via amendment (e.g. official nullification, nix amend 17). NY, OR, CA will either want to run their own blue enclaves, or have red state policies forced upon them. Red states win either way.

Blogger pyrrhus January 25, 2017 11:23 AM  

Kratman:OODA is largely horseshit.

It's a gross oversimplification, of course, like most shorthand. Comes in handy if not taken literally.

Blogger tz January 25, 2017 11:25 AM  

"allow people to be converted"
No one is stopping them.
What we are doing is putting our foot down and saying no more cuckery when they say, "ah, I like Trump, but could we be more polite...".
Like St. Paul said, do convert, but then reject the Judaizers who want to go back to the old, cursed ways.
They want to go off half-cucked.

Blogger Dr Caveman January 25, 2017 11:26 AM  

Judging from my Facebook page, Trump's Blitzkrieg tactics are working great. Trump bombs started dropping while everyone was congratulating each other on the success of the woman marches. Now some are pissed about EPA, others about abortion and they are too disorganized and shell shocked to form much of a response. Meanwhile, Trump plows on

Blogger slarrow January 25, 2017 11:27 AM  

Back when it became clear that Trump was going to be the nominee, our dearly loved International Lord of Hate absolutely couldn't stand it and went on a couple of fine rants about the colossal mistake we had all made (although I hope he comes around on this sometime.) I commented at the time:

To my mind, these guys aren’t thinking this through. If you care about restoring the Constitution, you should want Trump as president. It’s counterintuitive, but the key is: reprisals.

Basically, Obama et al ignored Constitutional limits to do what he wanted to do. Democrats let him do it because he’s a Democrat; Republicans let him do it because they fought each other instead. How do you take those methods off the table? President Hillary wouldn’t do it–Democrats would block any restriction in lockstep because same team. President Cruz wouldn’t use those methods out of principle, and other candidates wouldn’t have either (out of principle or weakness.)

But a President Trump would. Let him come in, use the same tools Obama used to reverse Obama’s harm plus add a few more to rub the salt in. Then, if you want to stop the tool from being used again, your support comes from Democrats (who grudgingly lose the power but are the other team), principled Republicans who want restoration, and squishes who won’t buck a trend. The tool/weapon won’t be retired until it’s clear that both sides will use it against the other.


It's still early, but I might have gotten that right. It's the mustard gas situation all over again.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 25, 2017 11:28 AM  

OT: ( 3rd Generation Economics? )

ChangesInEconomics

Anonymous #8601 January 25, 2017 11:29 AM  

These are necessary for the President to tell his administration what to do, what to focus on - he's not making law but EXECUTING law.

Thanks, pyrrhus

Blogger VD January 25, 2017 11:33 AM  

Back when it became clear that Trump was going to be the nominee, our dearly loved International Lord of Hate absolutely couldn't stand it and went on a couple of fine rants about the colossal mistake we had all made (although I hope he comes around on this sometime.)

A lot of conservatives are going to be very embarrassed by things they said about the God-Emperor. They simply didn't understand that the game has changed, permanently, and were still thinking in terms of the old rules.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 25, 2017 11:33 AM  

@68 Tom Kratman

OODA is largely horseshit.

Okay, Tom posted that at 10:38.

I drew 10:47.

Did any one get any closer than that? Or did I win the pool?

Anonymous Leonidas January 25, 2017 11:33 AM  

Press Distraction Monkey

I'm using this term everywhere now. As far as I'm concerned, it's his official job title.

The key thing to note is that our overlords in the ruling uniparty have been using the press for nothing but distraction purposes for decades. Trump is simply better at it than they are - so much better that many of them don't even see what he's doing. It's a thing of beauty to behold, and I'd say that even if I didn't like the direction he's taking things. It has the same kind of beauty as a well executed football play or military maneuver.

Don't be fooled, though. The powers-that-be at the top of the food chain in the ruling uniparty may not be able to emulate him, but they know exactly what he's doing and they'll be fighting back. They still have a lot of levers left to pull.

The battle is going well - very well, even - but the war is just beginning.

Blogger Robert Divinity January 25, 2017 11:33 AM  

@19:

Agreed re codification but it can wait until what is fait accompli can be separated from what is ephemeral.

@92:

Absolutely. These types can't even be trusted to follow too closely.

In other news: grand time to be alive suddenly.

Blogger Timmy3 January 25, 2017 11:34 AM  

Executive Orders can't be stopped. Whatever strategy is deployed, I think it's irrelevant. Obama issued EO was never stopped and the Republican Congress readily codified or accommodated them. Trump has a mean streak so there must a method nonetheless.

Anonymous Jim Scrummy January 25, 2017 11:34 AM  

I prefer speed, surprise, and violence of action. But hey, that's just me.

Please excuse me, I have to run to Costco and cleanout all the popcorn there, because I've already ran out of it from my weekend shopping.

BEST ELECTION EVER!

Blogger Dave January 25, 2017 11:34 AM  

Trump is using high-speed maneuver politics to smash the three-day media cycle, thereby preventing his opponents from targeting any individual action.

The real entertainment will be when he starts hitting the press with juicy details from multiple ongoing investigations into the Clinton Foundation, Hill's email server, Weiner/Huma, Pizzagate; you name it. The God-Emperor will have the press in such a tizzy, they won't know if they're coming or going.

Blogger tz January 25, 2017 11:36 AM  

70% of American Jews voted for Hillary, as they did Obama. And they haven't accepted the result but are doubling down, labeling every Trump supporter a Nazi.

Trump making Israel more comfortable makes sense. Nice house on the West Bank...

Anonymous Drummergirl January 25, 2017 11:38 AM  

@80 I agree. And hopefully the voter fraud investigation will add lots more names to that list of criminal illegals to be deported.

Blogger Robert Divinity January 25, 2017 11:49 AM  

The comments here inspired me to read at NRO. It's laugh out loud per sentence there now. Horses with broken legs have better longevity prospects.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker January 25, 2017 11:53 AM  

Speaking of the Media, check this out: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/25/praise-president-trumps-bold-action

Blogger heyjames4 January 25, 2017 11:53 AM  

@96 The public actually hates the MSM and holds them responsible for much of what is wrong with the US. The MSM wants to think of itself as a watchdog against "THE MAN." They cannot comprehend that they are "THE MAN."

Reminds me of college during Iraq 2.0. All the tenured SJW professors gave out extra credit for getting on the bus to the protests. They were all for sticking it to the man, not realizing or caring that to us they were "the man".

Blogger Gaiseric January 25, 2017 11:55 AM  

@103: Despite his brusque and straight-shooting personality, the International Lord of Hate is, after all, a thoroughly Western, polite white American in most respects (in spite of his frequent brandishing of eastern European and Portuguese heritage.)

No matter how much they may admire what he's doing, they will never be able to stop virtue-signaling by caveating observations of that admiration with disavowals of how they don't like him personally and will continually question his character.

Sigh. They're a fairly hopeless breed. I've really had my eyes opened to how different they are to me after all this last year.

Blogger Johnny January 25, 2017 11:55 AM  

Jim Scrummy wrote:I prefer speed, surprise, and violence of action. But hey, that's just me.

Please excuse me, I have to run to Costco and cleanout all the popcorn there, because I've already ran out of it from my weekend shopping.

BEST ELECTION EVER!


The WWII version is first-ist with the most-ist.

Napoleon was very big on speed and won his first big victory by pushing the troops extra hard in a march. He formulated that the power of an army was its speed times its hitting power.

Way back when, the Assyrians pictured their war chariots with spare horses.

Nothing new under the sun. In the past military doctrine seldom got written down and often had to be relearned every couple of decades.

Blogger Gordon January 25, 2017 11:57 AM  

Jim Scrummy wrote:

Please excuse me, I have to run to Costco and cleanout all the popcorn there, because I've already ran out of it from my weekend shopping.


I think CVS has a sale on their house brand of popcorn this week.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr January 25, 2017 11:57 AM  

OODA is a useful way to describe the results of speed of action, but commanders were using that centuries before John Boyd was ever born.

Not to mention that I've seen references to a similar model of decisionmaking being developed at the Naval Postgraduate School earlier...and the Soviets may have done it earlier still.

Blogger SQT January 25, 2017 11:58 AM  

Yep. Instead of taking an action and then waiting for the media response and playing their game by trying to justify it, he takes and action and then moves on to the next.

The best thing about this is Trump can then use the Obama administration tactic of calling everything "old news" when it does come up.

DJIA over 20,000 today. Interesting times.

Blogger tz January 25, 2017 12:01 PM  

NR = Not Relevant

Anonymous WaterBoy January 25, 2017 12:01 PM  

Giraffe @52: "I'll bet before Trump leaves office Congress will pass a law to abolish executive orders and Trump will be happy to sign the bill."

Never gonna happen. When Congress passes a law, the EO is how the President tells his departments how to carry out that law, similar to how a CEO might issue an interoffice memo to implement a policy that the board of directors passed.

Presidents have been using this same mechanism dating back to President Washington...they just called it something else back then. But a memo by any other name is still a memo.

The problem comes when a President oversteps his bounds in implementing an extra-legal policy -- essentially creating his own law -- something that Obama was accused of doing quite often.

Blogger Jack Ward January 25, 2017 12:02 PM  

@69 and 91
Maybe OODA is horseshit. But, its our horseshit; for now. Just don't tell them.
I might suspect that Trump will drain the swamp and ploy the road, and then, somewhat like Cincinatus, at the end of his 8 year campaign, make moves to severely limit the use of EO by any President. I think we can agree that Obama greatly abused this privilege, which Trump is now using to advantage. And, what can the media and left say? The precedent was established by Obama. Down that path, ultimately, if left unchecked would probably lay dictatorship. Its a dangerous game Mr. Trump plays. A game necessary to the times we live in. The problem with pulling the fangs of this EO might be that Pence may still need it for his 8 years. He does seem, however, to be an honorable man and possible worthy successor. After all, he will have 8 years of master classes from the Man. After Pence? Trump the Younger?

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr January 25, 2017 12:02 PM  

Trump's current tactics are more like a swarm. He's throwing everything at once in an effort to overwhelm the enemy defenses. The Left is used to dealing with one target at a time, not a wolfpack attack.

Blogger Avalanche January 25, 2017 12:02 PM  

"{Vox} The God-Emperor is using executive momentum and his ability to make rapid decisions"

I'm not sure he needs rapid decision-making. He's had a year plus of electioneering (and decades beforehand) to make these plans and schedules. He may have a piece of paper in his pocket that says: Wednesday: build the wall.

(And I was so delighted when on the VERY night of the day he was inaugurated,he was already signing EOs!! No moss on him!)

Blogger Nate January 25, 2017 12:03 PM  

"I drew 10:47. "

Dammit.. I got 10:50...

Anonymous Bukulu January 25, 2017 12:06 PM  

Vox @ 9,

Wait--does this mean I have to shut up about that vile Designated Hitter heresy? Really????

Blogger bosscauser January 25, 2017 12:07 PM  

The winning general wins BEFORE he goes into battle...

This is so much fun!

#PresidentTrump

Blogger Dirk Manly January 25, 2017 12:08 PM  

Is it any surprise that there are so many Judaizers who are (((NRO writers)))?

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 25, 2017 12:09 PM  

The initial actions were perfectly calculated for symbolic impact. You can't go straight for The Wall, you have to get Americans on board first. That means job stuff, economy stuff.

Blogger Nate January 25, 2017 12:16 PM  

also... I need to point out... I do not mean to say that "Official Press Distraction Monkey" is an insult.

It isn't.

The man is an artist... a surgeon. In terms of effectiveness.. he flings poo like Rembrandt paints.

Blogger Daetrin January 25, 2017 12:19 PM  

Off Topic, but this appears to be the "rationalists" attempt at hijacking the Democratic party from the SJWs: https://justicedemocrats.com/platform/

There seem to be enough wedge issues and socialist stupidity in it to completely spike it, ignoring the fact that The Young Turks are apparently involved.

Blogger RC January 25, 2017 12:19 PM  

Kratman:OODA is largely horseshit.

I'm sure you had domains in mind when you made the statement, but I've found OODA a fine tool, especially when developing young leaders, getting them off their asses, stopping the endless analysis, and getting them moving.

Many if not most today work using an OO loop, thinking and never acting. OODA forces them to decide then act, changing their circumstances, and then going at it again, helping them build a track record and gain experience, mistakes and all.

Among other applications, I've also found it helpful for driving technology innovation using iteration, trial and error, breaking analysis paralysis.

Whether he's intentionally working OODA or not, President Trump (it felt good to type that) is clearly overwhelming his opposition by his speed of action. What a leader! Roll Trump!

Blogger Avalanche January 25, 2017 12:22 PM  

Building the wall doesn't take any more than Trump's signature.
https://www.amren.com/news/2016/12/law-already-allows-donald-trump-build-wall/

from which:

"... at the moment Trump takes office, he will have the legal authority and the money he needs to get started on the wall. Yes, there will be obstacles -- what's the over/under on the number of lawsuits that will be filed trying to stop it? -- but the fact is, the law is already in place that will allow Trump to go forward.
...
And that's where the Trump administration comes in. If Trump directs the secretary of homeland security to build a wall, then work can begin.

There's a lot of work to do. Last year, in response to questions from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, DHS revealed that there are only 36.3 miles of double-layer fencing along the 1,954-mile Mexican border. Secretary Jeh Johnson told the Senate that 1,300 miles of the border, or 66.5 percent, have no fencing at all; 299.8 miles, or 15.3 percent, have vehicle fence; 316.6 miles, or 16.2 percent, have pedestrian fence, and 36.3 miles, or 2 percent, have double-layer fencing. Johnson also said there is no work being done on any additional fencing."

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 25, 2017 12:22 PM  

Tom Kratman wrote:OODA is largely horseshit.

OODA applies at the individual psychological level.

Perception -> worldview -> emotional reaction -> rational redirection of impulse
OR
Perception -> superego -> id -> ego

Example: I perceive a hippie, my worldview interprets hippies as parasites, this makes me angry, so I decide to insult the hippie. Then I loop and take in more perceptual information.

This applies to the media because they're a group mind that requires consensus to act.

Blogger Happy LP9 January 25, 2017 12:23 PM  

Glorious Helm or even Throne.

Even in WV, despite my ballot being thrown out, there is real visceral hatred that is promoting the aware pple to be careful. Despite major love for Trump across PA, OH, WV, etc., the tailpsinning media and critics cannot keep up with how the administration is overshadowing, overwhelming the system head to toe.

2

Herc's what I want for 2017; perhaps the White House to have a YUUGGE set of those brass balls or 100 milionk gold balls hanging at the gates to the doors, the patriarchy, nationalism is back.

Today, a woman I know was very triggered by my saying how jobs, money are flowing, rolling in, confidence, Market 20k points, over 100 million Americans are happier and lighter with POTUS Trump at the Throne, the Helm! etc., I was being silly, all fun. But serious about what I called as TrumpHires, inc.

So she went on for a bit about how she hates Trump and THEN started on Breitbart, She turned beet red when I stopped her with, 'yeah they just hired me.'

To which she said, stomped off. I said that because she too is very attune to current events and hearts CNN, hated Breitbart since Andrew. I mean long time deep set in hatred.

This broad is a nurse and a total bitch, we were associates for years, I never expected such hate from a reasonable professional associate of mine.



Anonymous WaterBoy January 25, 2017 12:24 PM  

Timmy3 @110: "Executive Orders can't be stopped."

Incorrect. There are (at least) three ways to do so:

1. Congress can enact legislation overturning the EO. If the President vetoes this legislation, it still requires a 2/3rds majority to override the veto and undo the EO.
2. It can be challenged in the courts as unconstitutional, as was done with Truman's EO 10340 that nationalized some steel mills.
3. It can be directly revoked by a subsequent EO.

Blogger Ingot9455 January 25, 2017 12:25 PM  

The big 'problem' with executive orders is that laws are now written in general instead of in specific. That means that after the law is passed, bureaucrats write up what the law actually does as 'regulations' which the courts take as authorized by that law and therefore legal.

Obamacare was noted as being particularly egregious in this, with vast swaths of it being labeled as 'as the Secretary of health and human services shall determine.' Which means 'we write what it means later.' So all the crap about 60 year old men having to buy coverage that includes free abortion services is not in the law. It's in the regulations.

And those, Trump can change easily.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 25, 2017 12:28 PM  

the game has changed, permanently, and were still thinking in terms of the old rules

I don't think that can be stressed enough. The uni-party has been in power for a loooonnnngggg time. Most of us are used to operating in an environment dominated by it. We have adopted attitudes and behaviors under that influence. We need to watch out for that. An example in my case was an initial believe that further rioting by the left would create more support for Trump.

However, that assumption assumes the right is out of power. If you run as a law and order candidate, and you fail to provide law and order, why should anyone trust you on anything else?

Also, I sometimes wonder if Trump isn't financing the opposition. Trump is a return to normalcy candidate. His opposition goes to the street wearing vagina costumes and making speeches that sound completely deranged. Trump ran as a champion of the working class, the DNC is doubling down on identity politics.

Still not tired of the winning, trying very hard to adjust to it.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable January 25, 2017 12:30 PM  

Also, when re election time comes, get a debate transmitted solely via the Internet. Two moderators, one of Trump's choice and the other his opponent's choice. Imagine Matt Drudge or Instapundit as a moderator.

Why would he even bother with a joint press conference next time, knowing that the press will be on his opponent's side again?

Blogger John Williams January 25, 2017 12:31 PM  

@Nate its like asking how long blitzkrieg can last.
3 days, 5 days with amphetamines.

But this only appears to be a blitzkrieg, as @Smedly Butler pointed out, it's just business pace.

Blogger Dave January 25, 2017 12:32 PM  

"Official Press Distraction Monkey" interviewed last night on Hannity:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s35W8QbKigU

Anonymous Jack Amok January 25, 2017 12:35 PM  

I do hope that TRump pushes through a "repeal the whole executive orders" thing when he's done though, so this doesn't get done right back to us next administration.

We had plenty of rules before meant to stop politicians from doing the crap they did, but the rules didn't work because the people kept electing leaders who didn't care.

Rules only work when people follow them.

Until we re-create a political system that stops electing people who ignore the rules, there is less than zero reason to worry about rules.

What law would Trump get passed that would prevent his successor from issuing executive orders? How would that law be enforced? Who would enforce it?

Anonymous Tipsy January 25, 2017 12:35 PM  

Nate wrote:"The Official Press Distraction Monkey.


I see it more as a squirrel, but other than that, you're dead right.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 25, 2017 12:37 PM  

I know I said this earlier, but Trump is inviting union leaders to the White House and promising their member's jobs.

The Democrats are talking about how to shut-up white people.

The words balls, cutting, off, Democrat Party, rusty, dull, and knife keep occurring to me.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 25, 2017 12:37 PM  

At the pre-dawn of the Personal Computer Age, IBM famously ran an internal study where they discovered it would take them three months to ship an empty box.

What happened to IBM next was a surprise to no one...including IBM.


The really funny part about all of this is that the Media KNOWS that Trump is doing this to them.

They know it.

They absolutely and in all ways, bone deep know that they are being played like Stradivarius violin by a bayou square dance fiddler...who knows he is grinding the fuck out of a Stradivarius...and loves doing it.

They know Trump is doing this to them and they are powerless to prevent their own spinal reflexes from destroying them.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 25, 2017 12:39 PM  

Crap, can't there be one thread without anyone mentioning {{dajoos}} ?

Do you really think you are informing or enlightening anyone about anything they didn't already accept or reject?

There are yuge swaths of the interwebz dedicated to that stuff, why dump it here?

I know, it's Vox's blog, let him handle it.

sigh....

Blogger Sillon Bono January 25, 2017 12:41 PM  

@21

Official Press Distraction Monkey.

Genius!

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 25, 2017 12:41 PM  

Oh, and I actually find Victor David Hanson's analysis to be trenchant. But, this is kind of like saying water is wet.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444140/trump-economy-prosperity-will-silence-his-opponents

Anonymous Jack Amok January 25, 2017 12:42 PM  

how long can this momentum be maintained?

At this point, the answer might be "until he runs out of worthwhile targets." At the rate he's going, by next month, he'll be down to renaming all the Rosa Parks Elementary Schools and MLKJr Drives, at which point things might slow down a bit.

Blogger Happy LP9 January 25, 2017 12:42 PM  

141 Agreed. Bro, I'm still trying to adjust to my level of joy, outrageous light hearted smiling joy. Winning; RNC, DNC in tatters, SJW triggered, permanent jobs for all mental health professionals and cities outing themselves as protestors, I am thrilled!

Blogger Avalanche January 25, 2017 12:43 PM  

@49 "Then there was "always give them something to chase". People laugh at the tweets, but they're often targeted simply to give them something to chase, to keep other things from being chased.

It's always about dangling out something that looks tasty and getting the media to bite. Something the discredits them. That distracts them. That overwhelms them."

SQUIRREL!

Anonymous Tipsy January 25, 2017 12:46 PM  

Here's a few policy bombs I'd like Trump to drop:

1) Investigation of corrupt business practices in Hollywood.
2) Elimination of the "American" rule that allows plaintiffs to sue with almost no downside.

The latter, I think, will eventually happen. The American rule worked in a largely cooperative society where suing was considered uncouth. Now, there is rampant lawfare by unscrupulous leftists toward conservatives, swindlers towards honest businesses, etc., that make that the American rule untenable. Eliminating it would mean, like the rest of the world, if you sue and lose, you pay the defendant's lawyer's fees. Just imagine how many heads would explode if Trump were to do this.

Blogger Nate January 25, 2017 12:46 PM  

"I see it more as a squirrel, but other than that, you're dead right."

yeah.. but squirrels don't fling poo.

This fellow flings poo... then they scream.. OMG WHAT HE IS FLINGING IS POO!

Blogger Dave January 25, 2017 12:53 PM  

Crap, can't there be one thread without anyone mentioning {{dajoos}} ?

Not enough to really even notice in this thread. Now there does seem to be a lot of yalk talk about balls. Hell, LP9 even mentioned hanging a set of YUUUGE brass balls in front of the White House. I know, I was shocked.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 25, 2017 12:54 PM  

More like OMGZ!!! HE'S FLINGING OUR OWN POO BACK AT US!!! HOW DARE HE!!!!ONE!!!!EELEVENTY!!!!

Anonymous Tipsy January 25, 2017 12:55 PM  

Here's an MAGA-OODA loop example:

Yesterday's Press: The Russian interference undermines the public's confidence in our elections!!11!!

Today's Press: Trump's suggestion that there is illegal voting undermines the public's confidence in our elections!!11!Eleventy!!

Blogger Nate January 25, 2017 12:56 PM  

@158

and as long as they are talking about the poo... the bulldozer keeps right one clearing the path for the glorious new super highway of winning.

Blogger Nate January 25, 2017 12:59 PM  

hey boys... any of you factory types... I'm hearing rumors. I've had two different factory men tell me their safety and environment people cannot reach their normal contacts at the EPA.

I am looking for some confirmation of a pattern. Appreciate any help you can give.

Blogger Dirk Manly January 25, 2017 1:00 PM  

@Patri kelly

Do you often discuss The Wizard of Oz without ever talking about the wicked witches, or the man behind the curtain?

How about Bladerunner while studiously avoiding any me tion of replicants?

Blogger Tom Kratman January 25, 2017 1:02 PM  

Go read this: http://www.baen.com/decisioncycles

What's happening with Trump is not that he's Orienting, Observing, Deciding, and Acting in a faster cycle than the Media is. He knows what's happening and he knows what's going to before it happens. What's happening is a) he has the initiative and b) he is making _better_ decisions because of that. It's not mechanical, the way OODA is (which is only a part of why it's horseshit), but the application of fairly traditional principles of war, with the initiative.

Blogger Tom Kratman January 25, 2017 1:03 PM  

And, CS: the Corps been trying to dump OODA, without admitting to the mistake, for decades now. I believe it's now reduced to a rather short footnote in Warfighting.

Anonymous Tipsy January 25, 2017 1:04 PM  

Nate wrote:"I see it more as a squirrel, but other than that, you're dead right."

yeah.. but squirrels don't fling poo.


You definitely have a point. Unless, in his secret laboratory, Trump's minions bred a squirrel monkey hybrid that runs about erratically, taunts dogs, and flings poo. Now that would be genius!

Anonymous WaterBoy January 25, 2017 1:06 PM  

Avalanche @136: " but the fact is, the law is already in place that will allow Trump to go forward"

Precisely. Congress passes the law, the President executes it. The fact that it wasn't completely implemented at the time doesn't prevent a subsequent president (Trump) from doing so.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 25, 2017 1:16 PM  

the application of fairly traditional principles of war, with the initiative.

https://suntzusaid.com/book/11

Blogger Nate January 25, 2017 1:18 PM  

"What's happening with Trump is not that he's Orienting, Observing, Deciding, and Acting in a faster cycle than the Media is. He knows what's happening and he knows what's going to before it happens. "

I am with Krat on this one.

OODA is a reactionary mindset.

Trump isn't reacting.

Blogger Tom Kratman January 25, 2017 1:20 PM  

And did Cataline win the pool?

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 25, 2017 1:25 PM  

Buybuydandavis wrote:

The biggest problem will probably be Ryan.


Ryan will be in a vagina suit (willingly) before Trump is done with him.

Blogger Elocutioner January 25, 2017 1:28 PM  

Top. Kek. The WaPo is now doing listicles about this.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/01/25/daily-202-11-stories-from-president-trump-s-first-100-hours-that-deserve-more-attention/588823b1e9b69b432bc7e08a/?utm_term=.3616bfdb2a77

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 25, 2017 1:34 PM  

@169 Tom Kratman

As I was the only one in it...yes!

I love being me.

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 25, 2017 1:36 PM  

Longtime Lurker wrote:Has anyone ever seen an American president this committed to staying on the political offensive? It's like Trump is deliberately "channeling" Gen. George S. Patton.

Better. Trump is channeling Trump.

Blogger Harris January 25, 2017 1:37 PM  

WaterBoy wrote:Giraffe @52: "I'll bet before Trump leaves office Congress will pass a law to abolish executive orders and Trump will be happy to sign the bill."

Never gonna happen. When Congress passes a law, the EO is how the President tells his departments how to carry out that law, similar to how a CEO might issue an interoffice memo to implement a policy that the board of directors passed.

Presidents have been using this same mechanism dating back to President Washington...they just called it something else back then. But a memo by any other name is still a memo.

The problem comes when a President oversteps his bounds in implementing an extra-legal policy -- essentially creating his own law -- something that Obama was accused of doing quite often.


Separation of Powers prevent Congress from eliminating EO's, which ostensibly are about enforcing the laws Congress passes. What Congress CAN DO is eliminate rule making authority from Agencies, and retake the authority that is theirs under the Constitution. Allowing Executive Agencies to make rules not explicitly approved by Congress is an abdication of responsibility by the Legislative Branch so they can avoid accountability for unpopular decisions, and thus enhance their re-election prospects. Term Limits would help this.

It would also severely restrict the Federal Government's ability to make rules and laws - which is the whole idea behind the Constitution in the first place. If you want runaway government, you can have it, but only at the State level. That was the idea behind Federalism. The Constitution wasn't supposed to limit state government.

Blogger Tom Kratman January 25, 2017 1:38 PM  

So...how much money moved from your left pocket to your right?

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 25, 2017 1:40 PM  

Elocutioner wrote:Top. Kek. The WaPo is now doing listicles about this.

Won't matter. Not only are they too slow, but their audience is deaf and retarded.

Anonymous Galactic Starfleets of Deplorable Winning January 25, 2017 1:51 PM  

Tom Kratman wrote:And did Cataline win the pool?

Dunno. He did win the schaedenboner trophy @148 against some pretty stiff competition from Nate.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 25, 2017 1:56 PM  

@175 Tom Kratman

I'm working that out right now.

Two non-descript lint balls (value: indeterminate).

One dog poop bag (((unused)...Yay!) (value: three cents).

One (well used) Yojimbo 2; Wharncliffe knife (value: $110).

Three 9 mil brass casings (valu: indeterminate as they were reloads).

One Marine Corps challenge coin from my favorite unit (Value: priceless).

I didn't do too bad.

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 25, 2017 1:57 PM  

Longtime Lurker wrote:Speaking of the Media, check this out: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/25/praise-president-trumps-bold-action

MSM internecine slap-fight coming shortly.

Blogger Zander Zermeno January 25, 2017 2:02 PM  

@60 I like to think Trump is channeling ANDREW JACKSON!

Anonymous Longtime Lurker January 25, 2017 2:11 PM  

@179: "MSM internecine slap-fight coming shortly."

Indeed. This is what jamming the MSM narrative looks like. . . Trump style.

Blogger seeingsights January 25, 2017 2:19 PM  

Good point. Those women protestors either were not going to vote for Trump anyway, or didn't vote at all. In the meantime, union leaders met with Trump and praised him. Trump is doing things that can get him reflected with at least 55 percent of the vote.

Anonymous WaterBoy January 25, 2017 2:22 PM  

Harris @174: "What Congress CAN DO is eliminate rule making authority from Agencies, and retake the authority that is theirs under the Constitution...It would also severely restrict the Federal Government's ability to make rules and laws..."

Agreed on the first bit, but not on the second.

This would not reduce the Federal bureaucracy one iota, since they would just move functional departments from the Executive to the Legislative, rather than to the states. The same regulatory burden would remain, because the same behemoth would exist.

Now, Trump has vowed to reduce the regulatory burden in some areas, so we will see how that plays out. There is an interesting development in the area of education, for example, which looks promising:

"The Obama administration pumped more than $7 billion into an education program, first authorized under President George W. Bush, that had no impact on student achievement – according to a report released by the Department of Education in the final days of the 44th president’s term.

The Department of Education’s findings were contained in its “School Improvement Grants: Implementation and Effectiveness” report. The study could energize the debate over national education policy just as the Senate considers President Trump’s controversial pick to lead the department, Betsy DeVos, an outspoken school choice advocate who has questioned the way federal education dollars are spent.
"

Returning school rule-making to the states would be a huge improvement, too.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 25, 2017 2:47 PM  

Those women protestors either were not going to vote for Trump anyway, or didn't vote at all.

Remember the oh so scary Portland protestors right after the election? Burning trees and trashing newspaper machines and damaging cars & stuff? About a dozen were arrested out of maybe 20 involved.

None of them were even registered to vote. Duh. Now I'm sure that there were illegal colonizers voting in their place, or maybe the Portland graveyard contributed, but the crybullies in the streets didn't have enough future-time orientation to register. Which is about has difficult as buying a lottery ticket.

Blogger glad2meetyou January 25, 2017 3:00 PM  

Pepe's army has fought their way out of the fever swamps, and now threatens to make even the Left's cultural high ground completely impotent!

Anonymous fop January 25, 2017 3:16 PM  

I like to think Trump is channeling ANDREW JACKSON!

I'm still hoping for William Tecumseh Sherman.

Blogger Elkanah Haon January 25, 2017 3:29 PM  

"3rd Generation Politics"

Love it. It's been obvious for ages that there is absolutely NOTHING to be gained by any nominally conservative (automatically defined as 'least left wing') major party - whether in opposition or government - by 'moderating' their stances, turning on their base, or playing nice with the MSM and wider establishment.

But they just kept doing it. Even the centre-left, socially liberal, social democratic, 'Conservative' government of David Cameron faced the usual Nazi jibes and descriptions of being 'far-right'/'ultra-right' and 'more radical than Thatcher' simply for being slightly less left-wing than the opposition Labour Party (and being essentially identical to Blairite New Labour).

I couldn't understand why they'd keep selling themselves (and us) out for no gain whatsoever until the Cuckservative meme came about and helped me realise the fools actually, genuinely, wanted to be liked by the left and did indeed draw their self esteem from whether or not they'd get slightly less contempt from them than the average conservative.

The Don doesn't give a flying f*** about any of that though. Rich enough not to be bought, famous enough for long enough not to claim fame for it's own sake, and intimate enough with the elite to know how they really work. Even after the election I had the usual worries over whether or not he might let himself get hamstrung or follow bad advice to be 'moderate' but these first few days have shown that it's going to be a constant 4 year Blitzkrieg.

The left will be so exhausted by having to face a genuinely reactionary and populist President who doesn't care what they think that they'll inevitably become less violent and crazy simply because they don't actually have the stamina to sustain their pathetic behaviour in the face of real opposition.

Blogger James Dixon January 25, 2017 3:30 PM  

> The biggest problem will probably be Ryan.

If he's a problem, it will only be for two years max.

> In other news, reality is forcing the purple pill upon NRO, which is slowly uncucking itself

I wouldn't count on that. A cuck never really changes.

> It is never too late. Allow people to be converted.

They can convert if the want, but they'll never be trusted again.

> I would say that OODA is the current formalization of military tactics that have existed for as long as warfare as existed.

Yes, and as with any such formalization, it has it's positive and negative aspects. And, by their very nature, such formalizations are too rigid to be universally applicable.

> I've had two different factory men tell me their safety and environment people cannot reach their normal contacts at the EPA.

All EPA grants and contracts are shut down, so it's possible they've been dealing with a contractor rather than actual EPA staff.

Blogger Tom Kratman January 25, 2017 3:35 PM  

"Strike with overwhelming force, at a point your enemy is not expecting, to quickly for them to respond effectively."

Which, as far as it goes, is just ducky. It is not, however, what OODA is about.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 25, 2017 3:55 PM  

@10 Nate

He is the official Press Distraction Monkey.
----

It works! And they can't see it yet is hilarious!

Blogger tz January 25, 2017 4:06 PM  

@155 - I'd add require a notarized signature to give up your 6th amendment rights to a jury trial (Mandatory binding arbitration) and reform the class action where lawyers get rich and those who are hurt end up with $1 gift cards.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 25, 2017 4:13 PM  

@39 #8601
Why are the Executive Orders necessary when the Republicans control both the House and the Senate?
---

I saw a clip of Paul Ryno talking about setting up a joint session to be addressed by Trump sometime in February. And in the meantime, I think they are all on vacation right now, until next week.

Trump ain't got no time for that sheeit, he's ready to work!

Blogger Were-Puppy January 25, 2017 4:15 PM  

@41 Nate
"I knew this guy was smart, but damn, he is a master. "

no to mention.. WWE Hall of Famer.
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Does that mean Spicer = Hornswaggle ?

Blogger Were-Puppy January 25, 2017 5:02 PM  

@71 aew51183
In other news, reality is forcing the purple pill upon NRO, which is slowly uncucking itself:
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444160/american-culture-new-civil-war
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Too late. They might float to the top of the tar pit, but they aren't going to survive the new times we are in.

Anonymous Ezekiel Cassandros January 25, 2017 5:16 PM  

@189 "Observe, Orient, Decide, Act, Act, Act, Act, Act, Act, Act, Tell Them To Go Fuck Themselves" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Blogger Tom Kratman January 25, 2017 5:48 PM  

No; analyze your enemy, anticipate his reactions, attack, attack, attack, attack, attack.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable January 25, 2017 6:05 PM  

This is so far beyond what I'd hoped for at this point that words fail.

Nate, what he's doing is just the political equivalent of Brady's no-huddle offense. Apparently the love goes both ways!

Blogger Wormwood January 25, 2017 6:17 PM  

I don't know if I agree that circumventing the news cycle is good strategy. He took the news cycle in the campaign, and didn't circumvent it. The media would point and screech at something he said or did, but that ended up simply being a campaign ad for Trump. They called him racist but the people watching nodded in agreement. He turned their usual tactic into his media campaign. They screech racism when he builds a wall, but everyone that voted for him would simply see a campaign promise fulfilled. Why would he want to stop doing that?

Anonymous Azimus January 25, 2017 6:20 PM  

If I remember my blitzkrieg primer, the tanks were the spearhead that broke through, and the infantry followed behind to consolidate the gains and defend against the inevitable counter-attack, because tanks are expensive and indifferent on defense (cuz Axis and Allies says so). Call Trump the Panzer leader. The enemy has infantry we saw a legion of them screeching on the National Mall just this weekend. Who are Trump's infantry? Us? What should we do to shore up against the counter-attack? Honestly I'm just gaping in happy shock right now at all the winning.

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