Better Suited for Liberals

Remember last week when some ridiculous people criticized Barron Trump’s clothes? They felt he wasn’t living up to White House standards for a First Son by wearing a t shirt and shorts on a hot summer day as he got on Marine One.

(Funny, because the Obama girls never got criticized no matter how sloppy they looked.)

Take a look at this video of the First Family leaving Friday for Camp David:

Barron looks more dressed up, doesn’t he? Looks like the White House is sensitive to critics. Not that they need to worry about that at all. Barron was fine for an 11 year old going to a weekend home.

Wearing Thin

Although the mainstream media won’t say one nice thing about Melania’s beautiful choice in clothes, they have decided to weigh in on Barron’s apparel.

He’s been wearing T-shirts and shorts, you see, and that just isn’t appropriate dress for the First Child.

Ford Springer writes in the Daily Caller a story headlined “It’s High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He’s in the White House.” Here’s the picture that set him off:

“Barron is the youngest son of Donald Trump and the only child the president shares with Melania Trump. Time and time again Barron has proved that he’s just a normal 11-year-old kid, despite the fact that his dad is the President of the United States and he lives in the White House. One thing that isn’t normal though is the way he dresses when he joins his parents for a public appearance.

“Barron was returning to the White House from New Jersey on Sunday and while the president and first lady traveled in their Sunday best, young Barron looked like he was hopping on Air Force One for a trip to the movie theater.

“Think about how many times your parents forced you to dress up when you were a kid for a special occasion. No matter how hard you resisted, it was inevitable, you weren’t leaving the house until you had your tie tied, your shirt tucked in nice and neat with your hair combed, and a blazer on.

“That’s not how it goes for the president’s youngest child.

“Donald Trump and Melania always depart the White House looking their best. The president wore a fine tailored suit and Melania wore an elegant dress just as jaw-dropping as the last. But then Barron steps out in a t-shirt, khaki shorts and some suede loafers.”

Oh the horror! I’m clutching my pearls.

Actually, the press would also be alarmed if he did wear a suit all the time. Can you imagine what they would say? That he’s not a normal young boy. That his parents were denying him his childhood. That there was something wrong with a boy who preferred dressing up to casual clothes. That he had an attitude of elitism. It could go on and on.

I imagine it’s difficult enough to be suddenly transported to a new home and school and to require Secret Service protection wherever you go. Besides, it’s summer and a boy doesn’t want to be in some stuffy, hot clothes.

They’ve already accused him of being autistic. What’s next transgender? But that would probably be OK with them.

This is why people are turning off the media. Constant attack is wearing thin. But don’t you dare to criticize their sartorial choices. That would be mean!

Trump’s Big Speech

Before the speech last night I had seen Gen. Tom McInerney on Fox Business. He was asked about what should be outlined in Trump’s speech.

He particularly thought Pakistan should be targeted, but doubted Trump would target them. Here’s the video:

Last night Trump did just that.

He said:

“The next pillar of our new strategy is to change the approach in how to deal with Pakistan. We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.

“Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists. In the past, Pakistan has been a valued partner. Our militaries have worked together against common enemies.

“The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism. We recognize those contributions and those sacrifices, but Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars, at the same time they are housing the same terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change. And that will change immediately.

“No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. service members and officials. It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace.”

I’m surprised that McInerney doubted the President. Even military guys who appear on cable news networks can get sucked into that I suppose.

In short, it was a very logically laid out speech. The Prez even referenced his earlier dismissal of more troops while on the campaign trail. However, he’s not going to let that get in the way of a successful end to this military campaign.

The tone was good – softer than usual. None of the rally type banter and no applause during it. He was at Fort Meyer in Arlington, Va., and the soldiers appeared to be disciplined not to interrupt with applause and shouts.

After the speech I turned away from the commentary. Dems will hit and Republicans will support. Anchors will ask leading questions and some will even imply things to support their Trump hatred. Nothing learned there.

Who Will Challenge Corker?

If Tennesseans are smart – and we are – we will oust Corker from the Senate and replace him with a reliable, true, tax reforming, Obamacare repealing, Second Amendment protecting, military supporting Republican in the 2018 Senate election.

Sadly, Corker has proved to be none of those.

Sure when Obama was president he voted for repealing Obamacare. He mouthed off about defense and said he was for tax cuts. But when the opportunity came to do something about it, he choked.

In a June poll by The Tennessee Star via Triton Polling and Research, Corker was already doing poorly. When asked “As of now, do you think Bob Corker deserves re-election or is it time to give someone else a chance? ” only 41.1 percent of likely Republican primary voters in Tennessee said he “deserves re-election.”

An equal number, 41.6 percent, said “give someone else a chance.”

And that was before his recent comments in Chattanooga when he questioned Trump, saying, “He also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation. He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today. And he’s got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that. Without the things I just mentioned happening, our nation is going to go through great peril.”

Funny, he didn’t criticize Obama’s remarks – or failure thereof – in the Fort Hood massacre and Dallas police shootings.

Remember, Corker was one of those Republicans who didn’t think Trump had a chance at winning the election. Most of us would pause and reconsider our acumen after that misjudgment, but not whiny Bob.

Or we would look at the insurance statistics in our state and see that 77 percent of counties have just one insurer, and the average premium increase is 63 percent over the past year. The average monthly insurance premium in Tennessee in 2013 was $213. In 2017, it was $587, an increase of 176 percent. That might scream for repeal to the average citizen, but not the senator going up for a third term.

So who on our side will rid us of this meddlesome legislator?

The Tennessee Star suggests Marsha Blackburn might. According to their poll she beats him in Middle and West Tennessee. However, she has not indicated that she will run. Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! It’s time. Grab the brass ring.

Others include Mayor Tim Burchett of Knox County. The Tennessee Star says, “Burchett is a proven vote-getter who is term limited from seeking reelection to his current position. A former State Senator and two term County Mayor, Burchett always seems to exceed expectations and has great personal appeal. He has the largest political base of any of the potential candidates other than Blackburn, and the East Tennessee factor should not be underestimated.”

Then there is Joe Carr. He has challenged Lamar Alexander and Congresswoman Diane Black and failed in low turnout elections. But Black wants to be governor, so he might go for that House post instead of a Senate one. He’s a strong conservative, but lacks funds.

State Senator Mark Green considered running for governor, but then was nominated by Trump to be Secretary of the Army. He ran into turbulence because of some gay criticisms and dropped out. Word is he may go for Blackburn’s seat if she runs for Corker’s. The Tennessee Star says, “With a head-to-head race, and the financial resources available to Green in a Senate challenge, he would have a good shot at winning, or getting close enough to mount an almost immediate campaign for the Alexander seat with an organization in place, much higher name recognition than he has today, and with the wind at his back.”

They also say “West Tennessee conservative State Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) is considering challenging Corker based on the polling data that shows him vulnerable, particularly in West Tennessee. Lack of statewide name recognition and funding would make Holt a very long shot to run or win. But if others higher up the list all choose to stay on the sidelines, Holt could put himself in the game.

“A strong Second Amendment advocate and pig farmer, Holt would appeal to the West Tennessee conservative Tea Party base but without funding to broaden that base, particularly in other regions of the state, Holt may look to other political opportunities closer to home in the near term.”

The Tennessee Star also finds, “Americans for Prosperity State Director Andrew Ogles is a formidable conservative policy and political leader who has the grassroots base of AFP at his disposal should he run. He also has a pretty compelling story to tell and could represent a new generation of leadership in challenging Corker. He does not have a federal campaign war chest at his disposal like Blackburn, or the self funding capability of Green to kickstart a campaign, so funding would be his first hurdle.”

Let’s hope somebody steps up. Corker has become increasingly disengaged from his base. Maybe he’s had too many foreign trips where flattery has poured into his ear and turned his head away from the Volunteer State. I can’t think of any accomplishment he’s done. If you look on his Facebook page it is topped with his “End Slavery Initiative” that deals with worldwide human trafficking. Nice, but not exactly getting jobs, companies and health care problems solved for us.

It appears that any one of these contenders would help drain the swamp. Bob’s just put a cork in it instead.