Trump, Hogg, McCaskill, lions, tigers and bears, oh my!
Trump, Hogg, McCaskill, lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

Does anything important happen at the G-7 summit?

I thought I should check out the morning cable news to find out what has been happening at the G-7 summit. So, what did I learn?  The big story of the morning was President Trump’s failure to appear at breakfast.  Josh Rogan – who has a foot in two camps as political analyst for CNN and columnist for the Washington Post (correction: one camp) was on a roll explaining how this was Trump’s way of showing contempt for his G-7 allies.  This is how Trump acts.  Maybe it is strategic to keep the others off guard.

No sooner had Rogan completed is totally invented theories than Trump entered the room – about 15 minutes late.  And … he was not the only head-of-state to show up late.  That fact was lost on Rogan who shifted his same baseless criticism to Trump being late.

The other news of the morn was the fact that Trump would be leaving the summit early to head off to Singapore in advance of the meeting with Kim Jong-un.  Another display of contempt according to the talking heads on the small screen.

The breakfast in question was to draw attention to women's equality.  Of course, nothing serious was discussed, at least not at the public portion of the breakfast.  With issues of trade, Russian meddling in western elections, a bunch of sanction issues relating to North Korea, Russia, Iran and elsewhere, were not on the morning docket.  I thought interjecting a symbolic event in the name of political correctness was a diversion from th0se more serious matters.

If you wonder why I would not consider women’s equality to be a front burner issue for the G-7, let me put it this way.  If you were to prioritize the nations of the world on the issue of women’s equality, it is arguable that the G-7 nations would hold the top seven spots in terms of women’s rights.  In fact, in most of these nation’s women enjoy a range of special privileges -- cultural and legal.

Rather than dig for real news, CNN and MSNBC fell back on their old narratives of how Trump has offended and angered our allies, how he is nice to dictators and how he is unprepared for the meeting with Kim.  The media folks had the audacity to even claim to know the mind of all those heads-of-state.  The news folks assured me that behind all the smiles and congeniality, six of the G-7 were very angry.  In fact, I was told that irreparable harm had been down to the alliance.  Hogwash!

I had to check in later to see if all those news reporters had been able to uncover any real news – news of substance and importance.  I was most curious to see if they found anything that did not have an anti-Trump spin.  Hope breeds eternal, you know.

FOOTNOTE: In checking out Josh Rogan’s biography, I discovered that Rogan Josh is an aromatic goat dish of a Persian (Iran) or Kashmiri (India) origin.  I cannot claim any relevancy to the subject above, but it did make me chuckle.

Numbers keep getting better for Trump

Judging from the increasing ferocity of the attacks on all things Trump, Republican and conservative, there must be a serious case of apoplexy infecting the Democrats and their loyal advocates in the press corps. In their despair, they have elevated Trump’s presidency to the fall of the Republic – maybe the end of the world.

The explanation for their panic is in the numbers.  President Trump’s favorable rating just took another uptick to 44 percent.  That is a respectable number in view of the constant negative pounding the Trump administration is getting from the Fourth Estate – at least those confined to the New York City/ Washington, D.C. isolation booth. (I got tired of calling it a bubble.)

Two-thirds of America believe the nation is now moving in the right direction as opposed to the two-thirds who believe the Democrats under Obama were moving the nation in the wrong direction.  As if that is not enough to make the Democrats jittery about the upcoming November election, they have fallen from a 17-point lead in the generic ballot (indicating which party the voters want to control Congress) to as low as a one-point lead.  The projected blue wave may be waving goodbye.

Much to the dismay or Congresswoman Maxine Waters and billionaire dufas Tom Steyer, Trump may be impeachment proof.  Since impeachment is a political process, not a legal matter, public opinion matters.  At 44 percent, even talk of impeachment could wreak great damage on the Democrats in November.

Just to put things in perspective, Trump is not doing all that badly.  Yes, he is lower than previous presidents, but not as much as you would think from media interpretations.  At this point in their presidencies, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and Obama all had favorable ratings under 50 percent according to FiveThirtyEight.

Of course, the gods of politics are a fickle bunch and anything can happen.  This is not the season for predictions, but just some humble observations.

McCaskill tries to educate Brzezinski

One of the more interesting exchanges was an interview with Missouri Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill on Morning Joe – being mostly conducted by the uncompromised #NeverTrump Mika Brzezinski.  The topic of the day was Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s description of porn performer Stormy Daniels in less that adoring terms and all the badness of Donald Trump.  Brzezinski put the question to Mccaskill, who said she had to “push back a little.”  According to Mccaskill, the good people of Missouri are not all abuzz about the gossipy subjects that fixate Brzezinski.  The Senator said that the folks back home in fly-over America are more concerned with such things as healthcare, the economy and their financial well-being.

Brzezinski returned to the topic of Trump in a couple more efforts, but Mccaskill was not buying it.  She reiterated her previous answer – that the people were not focusing on the scandal-rag topics.

The senator was finally asked directly if her constituents care about the Mueller investigation and the Stormy Daniels topics that dominate elitist media.  Nope!  In fact, Mccaskill politely accused the media of not covering the issues that people care about.  

These perpetual anti-Trumpers just do not get it.  They played the I-hate-Trump card in the General Election and lost big time.  Why they think it will work for November or with an impeachment is a puzzlement.  Trump is winning on issues because that is what is most important to most Americans.

Going Hogg wild for Democrats

Periodically, I update the intellectual and political corruption of the Parkland activist David Hogg.  I have reported on his evolution from a rationale unifier on the issue of mass shootings to a rabid and irrational left-wing activist. I am sure the money and the fame has gone to his head and he is not willing to be the tool of a much larger, older, better funded partisan lobby.

Building on his seeming success in getting the Publix chain of grocery stores to re-evaluate their political giving (a re-evaluation that I do not think will result in the kind of changes Hogg would like or anticipates), the young activist is demanding that Publix now contribute $1 million to the Parkland victims fund.  The fund would not necessarily compensate the families of those killed, as if anything amount of money could.  Rather, the demand is to provide more money for Hogg to travel the country ostensibly to promote radical anti-gun legislation – more than banning bump stocks, limiting magazine size and closing gun show loopholes.  Instead, he is being used by the political left to elect more Democrats.  That is what his young voter registration is really about.

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and political issues. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, and he has served as a consultant to the White House under Presidents Nixon and Reagan. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress and lectured at Harvard University, Northwestern University, Florida Atlantic University, Knox College and Hope College. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at


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