Eek! Democracy.

From a Washington Post article:

In Congress, electoral incentives matter a lot

Because God forbid elected representatives listen to their voters.

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Everyone’s Wrong On The Internet

People are discussing Donald Trump, which is usually painful. The New York Times thinks that:

Now in the White House, President Trump demonstrated this past week that he still imagines himself a solitary cowboy as he abandoned Republican congressional leaders to forge a short-term fiscal deal with Democrats. Although elected as a Republican last year, Mr. Trump has shown in the nearly eight months in office that he is, in many ways, the first independent to hold the presidency since the advent of the current two-party system around the time of the Civil War.

No. Just no. I can name a lot of Presidents who were more distant from their parties when they were President than Trump: Teddy Roosevelt (who then actually ran as a third party candidate in 1912); Harry Truman (desgregation riled the Southern wing of the Democrats quite badly); Lyndon Johnson (ditto); Jimmy Carter. Trump’s not your standard Republican, but he’s not an independent either. But, hey, New York Times, stop doing that thing where “independent” becomes like “bipartisan” as a shibboleth standing in for virtuous, non-political value. It’s just embarrassing.

Meanwhile, on the other end of spectrum, Paul Waldman finds it ridiculous that the Times thinks so:

Sure, you can consider Trump an independent, so long as you discount the fact that almost everyone he has appointed to any position in the entire government is a Republican, and the executive orders rolling back Obama-era regulations to protect workers, and the dismantling of environmental protection going on at his EPA, and the sabotage of the Affordable Care Act going on at his Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education’s promotion of for-profit education, and the failed effort to repeal the ACA and gut Medicaid, and the upcoming tax cuts for corporations and the rich, and the Wall Street executives put in charge of financial oversight, and the anti-gay efforts the administration has undertaken, and his ban on transgender Americans serving in the military, and the long list of conservative judges he has appointed, and the huge increase in military spending he wants, and the administration’s attacks on abortion rights, and his travel ban, and his decision to end DACA, and his bogus voter fraud commission, and his winks and nods to neo-confederates and the alt-right, and his pardon of authoritarian racist Joe Arpaio, and his pullout from the Paris climate accord, and his potential pullout from the Iran nuclear deal….he has governed like the hardest of hard-right Republicans

Nope. A “hardest of hard-right Republicans” (HHRR) would have banned gays full stop from the military, not just transgender folk (and might have gone after women as well). A HHRR would be working much harder to ban abortion. A HHRR would have pulled out from the Iran peace deal, not just bloviated about it. A HHRR would have proposed a much larger increase in military spending than Trump did. An HHRR would have made a much bigger deal of the debt limit and the budget deficit. An HHRR wouldn’t have given a six month deadline on DACA, but just would have gotten rid of it. And so on.

Trump has certainly governed from the right, but hardly as a standard issue Republican. He isn’t an independent, but he’s not making the hard right of the Republicans feel particularly comfortable.

Military History Digest #141

Table of Contents

1. Ens. Donald W. Lynch: the Scars of War by NHHC at Naval History Blog
2. Sinking of the Graf Spee by Steven Terjeson at World War II History
3. Holiday Posters From World War Ii by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
4. Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three and the Rescue of Survivors From the Steamship Corregidor, 17 December 1941 by NHHC at Naval History Blog
5. Holiday Cards by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
6. Uss Charles R. Ware – on Navy Tv by NavyTV at Naval History Blog
7. American Civil War: Johnston Takes Command by n/a at About.com Military History
8. Sailing of the Great White Fleet by NHHC at Naval History Blog
9. Historic Preservation: the U S Marine Hospital Louisville Kentucky by thomaslsnyder at Of Ships & Surgeons
10. “The Question Is Settled” by noreply@blogger.com (Jimmy Price) at The Sable Arm
11. Christmas for the Troops in Virginia by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
12. Alfred, John Jr., Thomas and William Tate by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project
13. Salvatore a. Giunta: Medal of Honor With Ed Tracy by Pritzker Military Library at Pritzker Military Library Podcasts
14. Hawaiian Christmas During World War Two by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
15. Byzantine-Ottoman Wars: Constantinople Falls by n/a at About.com Military History
16. Uss Drum (Ss-228) Versus Ryuho by NHHC at Naval History Blog
17. Chief Boatswain’s Mate Ernest R. Mahlmann | Naval History Blog by n/a at Other Military History Stuff
18. Bbc News – the Millionaires Who Flew to War by n/a at Other Military History Stuff
19. Remember Triton, America’s Pioneer Nuke Sub by David Axe at Other Military History Stuff
20. Execution 150 Years Ago Spurs Calls for Pardon – NYTimes.com by n/a at Other Military History Stuff
21. The Holocaust We Don’t See: Lanzmann’s Shoah Revisited by n/a at Other Military History Stuff
22. 2 Veterans Relive Battle of Bulge, Rest of War by n/a at Other Military History Stuff

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Military History Digest #140

Table of Contents

1. Levi S. Tanner by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project
2. Countdown for Polaris by NHHC at Naval History Blog
3. Operation Inland Seas by NHHC at Naval History Blog
4. The Uss Idaho: a Greek Battleship (Part 2 of 2) by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
5. World War Ii: SB2C Helldiver Rolled Out by n/a at About.com Military History
6. Diving History — History of the Navy Diver Rating by NHHC at Naval History Blog
7. Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead! by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
8. James Albert Taber by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project
9. Baseball and the Navy: Bob Feller, “the Heater From Van Meter” by NHHC at Naval History Blog
10. Hannings: “Every Day of the Civil War: a Chronological Encyclopedia” by noreply@blogger.com (Drew@CWBA) at Civil War Books and Authors
11. Message Home by Naval Air Writer at Naval History Blog
12. Pearl Harbor Through the Eyes of Tai Sing Loo by Proceedings at Naval History Blog
13. Ens. Theodore W. Marshall, a-v(N), Usnr: Perseverance at Pearl Harbor by NHHC at Naval History Blog
14. Those Old Ships of the Line by noreply@blogger.com (Craig Swain) at Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial
15. Crewing a Ship’s Boat by yelpmark@comcast.net (Seaman Rob) at Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial
16. Nc Civil War Symposium: “the Real War Will Never Get in the Books” by matthew.t.eng@navy.mil (Matthew T. Eng) at Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial
17. Readiness and Care of Vessels in Inactive Status by NHHC at Naval History Blog
18. Our Cbs Radio News Man in Berlin Endures an Air Raid by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
19. Punic Wars: Hannibal Surprises at Lake Trasimene by n/a at About.com Military History
20. Preserving Cannons by Craig Swain at To the Sound of the Guns
21. The Uss Mississippi: a Greek Battleship (Part 1 of 2) by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
22. Review of Assignment to Berlin by Harry W. Flannery (Part 2 of 2) by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
23. Review of Assignment to Berlin by Harry W. Flannery (Part 1 of 2) by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
24. Pearl Harbor, 69 Years Ago Today by n/a at Other Military History Stuff

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Military History Digest #139

Table of Contents

1. The H-Bomber Will Always Get Through by Brett Holman at Airminded
2. World War Ii: Pappy Boyington Born by n/a at About.com Military History
3. Navy Ace Bill Davis and the Last Ship by NHHC at Naval History Blog
4. Best of Civil War Publishing – 2010: My Year in Review by noreply@blogger.com (Drew@CWBA) at Civil War Books and Authors
5. December 1, 1921: First Flight of Airship Filled With Helium by Proceedings at Naval History Blog
6. The Cost of War: the Family Perspective: Front &Amp; Center by Pritzker Military Library at Pritzker Military Library Podcasts
7. Exhibit Essay by noreply@blogger.com (Jimmy Price) at Over There
8. Nemesis: Admiral Sir Max Horton and the Defeat of the U-Bootwaffe by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
9. World War Ii Posters by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
10. Review of the Cinderella Service: Raf Coastal Command 1939-1945 by Andrew Hendrie by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
11. A President'S New Orleans Funeral by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
12. Catapult Armed Merchant Ships (Cam Ships) by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
13. World War Ii Posters by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
14. The German Home Front: Always Hungry by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
15. Against Original Research by Brett Holman at Airminded
16. Cross Posting: Tactical Radios – Past, Present, Future by Craig Swain at To the Sound of the Guns
17. Charles R. Swain by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project
18. A Decent Interval: Is It Too Much to Ask? by The Faceless Bureaucrat at Kings of War
19. Joseph Clark Sutton by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project
20. Northern Crusades: Victory on the Ice by n/a at About.com Military History
21. An Estimate of the Number of Surviving Union Soldier Photographs by noreply@blogger.com (Ron Coddington) at Faces of War
22. John H. Sumner by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project
23. 8-Inch Parrott Rifles – Siege of Yorktown by Craig Swain at To the Sound of the Guns
24. Lockheed Hudson – Upper Turret Support Structure Progress by Jamie Croker at Australian War Memorial
25. Maritime Medicine and the Law of the Sea by thomaslsnyder at Of Ships & Surgeons
26. The Forgotten Career of Major Trafford Leigh-Mallory, 1914-1918: a Leadership Perspective by Ross at Thoughts on Military History
27. Ulrich Straus: the Anguish of Surrender by Pritzker Military Library at Pritzker Military Library Podcasts
28. Political Infighter: the Story of Admiral Thomas Hinman Moorer, Usn by NHHC at Naval History Blog
29. World War Ii: B-26 First Flies by n/a at About.com Military History
30. Frozen Chosin by NavyTV at Naval History Blog
31. From Thanh Hoa to Sarajevo: the Odyssey of Admiral Leighton W. Smith by NHHC at Naval History Blog

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