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PowerLine -> Where’s Al? Tom Hauser reports + Did Tweeden’s Reticence Cost Coleman His Senate Seat?

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  • Only One Kind of Apple Apparently
  • Did Tweeden’s Reticence Cost Coleman His Senate Seat?
  • Where’s Al? Tom Hauser reports
  • The Future Looks Bleak
  • Where’s Al?
Only One Kind of Apple Apparently

Posted: 18 Nov 2017 04:31 PM PST

(Steven Hayward)When you go to the produce section of the store, you have your choice of various kinds of apples to select: red delicious, macintosh, green, etc. You might even call it a diversity of apples to choose from.

When it comes to the Apple Corporation, however, it seems diversity means uniformity.

We reported last month about how Apple’s vice president for diversity and inclusion had transgressed the catechism of political correctness by saying a group of white people could bring diversity because—imagine this—white people can actually be different from one another and have different experiences and perspectives:

And I’ve often told people a story– there can be 12 white blue-eyed blonde men in a room and they are going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.  The issue is representation and mix and bringing all the voices into the room that can contribute to the outcome of any situation. So I focus on everyone. . .

Even though Denise Young Smith, Apple’s diversity doyenne, apologized profusely, she is now gone as Apple’s VP of diversity and inclusion after only six months on the job. Apple is saying that Smith “stepped down,” and perhaps this is true, but if so it is only because Smith can sense that Apple is a total fraud about its commitment to diversity. As the Daily Mail reports:

In 2017, only 3 percent of Apple’s leaders were black with women holding just 23 percent of tech jobs. , and women held just 23 percent of tech jobs, according to Fortune. Female leadership stood at 29 percent, Apple said.

Smith had been with the company for 20 years and was the company’s head of worldwide human resources.

This imbalance can be easily solved. Simply lay off white and male workers and offer high enough salaries to attract qualified minorities and women. A company with over $150 billion in cash sitting in the bank can surely do this if they mean it about “diversity” as the left understands it.

Of course, perhaps they don’t mean it, and it’s all virtue-signaling. Maybe this is what prompted Smith’s resignation.

JOHN adds: Apple has a new motto: Think the Same™


Did Tweeden’s Reticence Cost Coleman His Senate Seat?

Posted: 18 Nov 2017 03:02 PM PST

(John Hinderaker)Last Thursday evening, I served as master of ceremonies for a dinner at which several politicians and former politicians spoke. I introduced Norm Coleman as a man who, many believe, was twice elected to the United States Senate. Today the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Coleman’s thoughts on Leeann Tweeden’s revelations about her encounters with Al Franken in 2006:

Former U.S. Sen. and St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman said he would have beaten Al Franken in the hotly contested 2008 Senate race if a photo of Franken appearing to grope a sleeping woman had come out.

Following a statewide recount and court battle, Franken won the election by 312 votes, unseating Coleman.

“You’ve got to believe that photo is worth more than 312 votes,” Coleman said in comments first reported by TalkingPointsMemo.

Good point! Tweeden, of course, had no obligation to reveal what Franken did to her shortly before he began his run for the Senate. But if she had told her story promptly, Franken probably would not have gotten the nomination. And if it had come out during the election campaign, Coleman would have been re-elected easily.

Franken’s tenure as a senator has been undistinguished, but his election was historic in this respect: when he finally took his seat after a recount was completed, he became the 60th vote for Obamacare. As it turned out, a great deal turned on Tweeden’s reticence.

If Minnesota had adequate voter integrity laws, none of this would have mattered. Long after the fact, it was demonstrated that at least 1,099 felons voted illegally in the Coleman-Franken election, no doubt the vast majority for Franken. Many other illegal votes were cast for Franken as well, e.g. by non-citizens. The role of voter fraud in electing Al Franken, and thereby passing Obamacare, helps to explain why Democrats hysterically oppose voter ID and all other measures intended to minimize election fraud.


Where’s Al? Tom Hauser reports

Posted: 18 Nov 2017 09:24 AM PST

(Scott Johnson)KSTP has just posted the video of Tom Hauser’s report last night from Washington, D.C., on his search for Minnesota Senator Al Franken or someone to speak on his behalf. Hauser reports in his dry style, but the thing has a “Where’s Waldo” quality that any aficionado of comedy should appreciate. If you’re following the story, you won’t want to miss this.

The story was posted this morning at KSTP’s site here.

Quotable quote: “Franken spokesman Michael Dale-Stein texted 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, saying the senator is with his family,’ and, ‘I’ll let you know in the near future if we can set something up.’ He did not say if Sen. Franken is in Washington or Minnesota.”


The Future Looks Bleak

Posted: 18 Nov 2017 08:55 AM PST

(John Hinderaker)The traditional criticism of Democrats is that they have no solution to any problem except money. Taxing and spending is their sole policy. That critique is valid.

The corresponding stereotype of Republicans is that they can’t govern. Based on the experience of the last 10 months, that criticism is also valid. President Trump has done a very good job, but the Republican Congress has been a disaster, unable to deliver on any of its major promises to voters.

If that doesn’t change soon, millions of Republican-leaning voters will stay home next November–why bother to vote for a Congress that can’t get anything done?–and the Democrats will take the House. I don’t think they can capture the Senate on account of the disparity in the number of seats that are in play, but the Republicans will miss their opportunity to strengthen their tenuous hold on that body.

If the Democrats take the House, every one of them will vote to impeach President Trump, no matter how absurd the articles of impeachment (the first set of which have already been filed) may be. That will lead to an impeachment trial in the Senate. Of course, the Democrats won’t be able to get the two-thirds majority necessary to evict President Trump from office, but all or nearly all Democrats will vote for conviction. The last two years of Trump’s administration will be consumed by impeachment drama, which will be enthusiastically cheered on by the liberal media.

The Trump administration will be unable to accomplish anything. Even Trump’s power of appointment may effectively be lost. For example, if there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the Democrats will argue that it shouldn’t be filled by a president who has been impeached and is under threat of removal from office.

The impeached President Trump probably won’t run for a second term, and in 2020, the Democratic presidential nominee will waltz to victory. Who knows, it might even be Hillary if she is well enough, at that point, to make the effort.

That is how the future looks unless Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson and every other Republican Senate and House member get their act together NOW and pass tax reform. From there, they need additional legislative accomplishments in order to stand a chance in 2018 and 2020. But tax reform is the initiative that may benefit the economy in time for the midterm election if they pass it promptly. The alternative is grim.


Where’s Al?

Posted: 18 Nov 2017 05:44 AM PST

(Scott Johnson)Tom Hauser covers Minnesota politics for KSTP, our local ABC affiliate. He flew out to Washington to land an interview with Al Franken or anyone on Franken’s communications staff. KSTP’s 6:00 p.m. news last night included video of Hauser in Franken’s Senate office seeking Franken or anyone on his staff to speak on his behalf regarding his treatment of Leeann Tweeden.

Hauser found no one willing to talk with him. Sometime around the newscast, however, Hauser received a message from Franken press secretary Michael Dale-Stein asserting Franken’s and his unavailability. Hauser read the message on camera; Dale-Stein apologized for his tardiness in getting back to Hauser. According to Dale-Stein, he was out of the office and Franken was otherwise unavailable with his family (his wife?). They would catch up with Hauser sometime later.

Franken is following best scandal management practices. He is hiding out to ride it out.

With Franken in hiding, Hillary Clinton has spoken up on his behalf. It’s just like old times!

Hillary has come to Franken’s defense. Drawing on her personal experience in scandal management, she holds that Franken should be praised for his “accountability” and willingness to apologize. “Look at the contrast between Al Franken, accepting responsibility, apologizing, and Roy Moore and Donald Trump who have done neither,” Clinton said. “[That] is the kind of accountability I’m talking about. I don’t hear that from Roy Moore or Donald Trump.”

Reasonable observers might ask how Franken has been held “accountable” and what alternative a perpetrator has when his hands are caught in the cookie jar.

UPDATE: I have posted the KSTP video of Tom Hauser’s report here


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