Hillary’s Surrogates and Endorsements

nine-thumbs4Since the stunning election surprise of Trump’s victory, we have heard countless experts, pundits, historians, and politicians explaining how Trump won. They point to strategic mistakes, failure to understand the anger of the electorate, polling errors and many other aspects of electoral politics. Nevertheless, they seem to overlook one of the most important differences in the two campaigns: the surrogates and endorsers.

Hillary Clinton had the highest quality and deepest bench of surrogates that we have ever seen. Her campaign could call on the President of the United States, the First Lady, the Vice President, Former President Clinton, Senators Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders. She had active “A List” celebrities like JZ, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Barbra Streisand and others who performed on her behalf, and countless others who publically endorsed her.

To better understand what happened, ask yourself: “If I wanted to win the heart of someone, would I send a close friend to romance him or her?” “If I thought that someone didn’t like me, would I bring someone who overshadows me on a date?” “If I was trying to win a new job, would I send someone famous to the interview instead of going myself?” “Would I bring entertainers to a date or interview, hoping that their celebrity would become mine?”

FullFinal-TVTW071016Obviously, the point is that celebrity surrogates or endorsements are ineffective in improving a candidate’s popularity. They may seem attractive, but they just do not work.

Hillary’s “enthusiasm numbers” remained steady and low during the entire campaign. Speeches by the President repeated thousands of times the throughout the country had no effect. While Democrats touted the Clinton “ground game,” voter enthusiasm—much higher for Trump—brought more people to the polls. The rest is history.


Insights from the Bunker This Week

June 11, 2016

History Question:
Other than being President, what does President Obama have in common with every POTUS since Lyndon Johnson?

The answer: They all claimed that the President controls the US economy. They all know it’s a lie, but they have all perpetuated it as part of politics. Liar-MeterIf we take a closer look, we know presidential wannabees who run for the job blame the incumbent for bad management. But when they win, and economic problems persist, they blame the economy on others. When Senator Obama ran in 2008, he blamed President Bush for running the debt up to $10.6-trillion. He accused Bush of being unpatriotic regarding the debt. After being elected and theoretically managing the economy for nearly eight years, the debt is approaching $20-Trilion. But…IT’s NOT ENTIRELY THE PRESIDENT’S FAULT. Most of the ballooning debt was inevitable due to actions of previous Congresses going back to the 1970s. Presidential power to give us more jobs and a better economy is a crazy myth.


We’re Looking For One Honest Person

Diogenes was an ancient Greek philosopher who traveled, carrying a torch day and night, in search of an honest man. Note: He specified “man,” DiogeneseApparently PC language had not yet reached Greece. Or perhaps honest women were common, while honest men were rare. There is no recorded history on whether Diogenes found one or more honest men.

Nevertheless, in his spirit, we are searching for someone even rarer. He or she is an active user of social media. We’re searching for someone who viewed a graphic on Facebook touting the opponent of their favorite candidate. But noting how good the graphic appeared he-she said, “I’m so impressed that I’m ditching (Clinton, Trump or Sanders) and embracing the other party. I’m so excited! I’ve supported my old candidate for a few months and knew that he-or-she represented my issues. But that wonderful graphic with the black background and white text just got to me. And despite the misspelling of ‘voter,’ I’m switching!”
If you know such a person, please let us know. Then handle him-her with great care!


And finally…We wonder how the Donald would react to breaking a gender barrier. Would he emulate Hillary?

Trump Wins the Presidency

Donald Trump has become the first man in history to become president of TrumpCryN.O.W., the National Organization for Women. An emotional President Trump sobbed that he was proud of finally breaking through the Glass Ceiling.

“I owe everything to the pioneers who almost got here. Courageous men like John Kerry, Dan Quayle, John Edwards and Al Gore. They all wanted this so much. But I am the first man to win this office, and it’s an historic moment.

FullFinal“I’ve dreamed of this victory since I was a little boy. Our family was very poor, but my parents kept the dream alive. The great Betty Friedan was President then, and everyone on our block worshiped her. We owe her so much! She helped the world answer a crying need by proclaiming rules for politically-correct language. She added words like misogyny and chauvinism to our new vocabulary. And she pioneered demands for college courses like ‘Elements of Feminism,’ and ‘Our Bodies, Our Choice!’ Those are big shoes to fill, but color me ready to serve!

“And tonight I have an announcement. I have invited Senator Ted Cruz to be my vice president. I love Senator Cruz! Of course, I called him ‘Lyin’ Ted, during the N.O.W. primaries. He did lie a lot, but hey, we all did. Who among us is perfect?

“This victory is for the millions of little boys out there, who dream of a better world. Someday you might be just like me!”

It’s Time for Voters to Punish Lawmakers for Enabling the Iran Nuke Deal


The latest non-partisan Pew Poll shows that public support for the Iran nuke deal has fallen to 21 percent. Nevertheless, the president and his spineless sycophants in the Senate and House have begun their victory dance. The fix is in! Who cares what the people say?

Though the spineless Republicans control both the House and Senate, they are apparently permitting the equally unprincipled Democrats to block action to vote on a resolution to oppose the deal.

Memo to Republicans: Are you so weak in parliamentary management that you can’t get a vote to the Senate floor? The Democrats leverage their people with threats. Are you so toothless that you can’t apply some pressure back? You’re the MAJORITY! Your supporters gave you the power.USE IT!

Although the deal limits proliferation of conventional weapons for five years, Iran President Hassan Rouhani has publicly proclaimed that they will buy weapons any time they want to. And now that he’ll have $100-billion in new money, he’ll be able to arm Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad much more heavily than ever before.

Meanwhile his boss, Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, has hailed and supported the chants “Death to America! Death to Israel!” Of course Secretary of State John Kerry has testified that “they don’t really mean they want to kill us.” With all due respect, Mr. Secretary, just how stupid do you think we are?

A question for both parties: How many Israeli’s have to die from terrorist weapons before you take some responsibility? How many thousands of Syrians have to flee to Europe and eventually to the US before you realize you armed the world’s worst leaders through your feckless partisan gamesmanship.

But who is ultimately to blame for this sorry situation? WE ARE! We elected a president who wants to be seen as “transformative,” and handles foreign affairs like college campus sophist. We’ve continued to re-elect a cadre of mediocre lawyers to represent us in the congress, expecting them to choose principled positions over pressures from party leaders and lobbyists. That’s on us, folks!

As a registered independent voter, I regret having trusted many of the people I have supported at the polls. After watching them sell America and Israel out to Iran for partisan power, I will NEVER AGAIN vote for any of them.

Every voter in America should take a close look at the people we have expected to lead. We should punish them in future elections, and never let them off the hook again.

And we should tell them NOW! Continue to support this destructive deal, and you will be history!


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Response to a Letter from My Congressman


I just received an email from my congressman, U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell.

Eric is an active congressman, who tries hard to help his constituents. I will probably vote for him again, but the message he sent to us regarding the Iran nuclear agreement is extremely disappointing. Following is the email I sent to him in response:

————————————————————————–Dear Representative Swalwell,

I am extremely disappointed in your email stating your support for the president’s Iran nuclear agreement. As national polls demonstrate, the vast majority of American voters—both Democrats and Republicans–are against this agreement. I have read a great deal about its details, and I’m appalled that Leader Pelosi is driving congressmen like you to parrot President Obama’s sales pitch talking points. The statements that “This will ensure that Iran doesn’t become a nuclear threat,” or “The only other choice is war” are typical political manipulations and totally untrue.

Moreover, the part that the president and his supporters don’t mention is that within five years, Iran will have billions of dollars to support Hamas and Hezbollah to wage war on Israel. That is unacceptable, and the president must know that. In a few more years, this agreement would permit Iran to have missiles that can reach New York or Washington. That would be the ultimate Obama legacy. Please don’t be part of it.

In the last few days, we have also learned that there is a side agreement by which the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), has given Iran responsibility for inspecting its own nuclear sites. Can we really believe that Iran will abide by the agreement without hiding nuclear materials and development? The Iranians have proven that they cannot be trusted, over the past 50 years. How can you, Leader Pelosi, or President Obama seriously expect a magical transformation in the regime’s behavior?

As an independent voter—the kind politicians need to convince—I am well aware that your leaders in the House can make it difficult to go against partisan lines. Nevertheless, in the long run, voters respect and elect leaders who take principled stands on vital issues. The nuclear deal is one such issue. Regardless of talking points, you know that this agreement is the president’s attempt to sell another poorly conceived action to add to his legacy.

FYI, I voted for President Obama and encouraged many others to do so. Millions of us are deeply disappointed in his performance and wish we could undo our error in judgement. I am deeply sorry to have backed a president who believes that his personal narcissism is more important than the safety of the American people, the survival of Israel, and a nuclear-free Middle East.

I hope you will reconsider, and not bow to political pressures. Please vote to override the president’s veto, and to have him order Secretary Kerry back to the negotiating table. If we must have a nuclear deal with Iran, we can negotiate something better than a 2015 version of Neville Chamberlain’s Munich Pact.

Very truly yours,


Stephen Vachss, Dublin California


My book “The Victory that Wasn’t” offers a fictional alternate history with a different kind of Military, and better outcomes for all Americans. It’s available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1GUL8oX