The End of German Volksparteien?

The “Grand Coalition” that has been governing Germany for years may – May – be on its way out. Why the Bavarian election matters for Angela Merkel.

Actually the coalition and their partners have been sinking in the polls for sometime, but they started out with such a majority, that it has taken a while to notice.

The German state of Bavaria is having itself an election today. (It is a federal system after all.) The Christian Social Union (CSU) has been the majority party in Bavaria since the 1950s. At least. The CSU and Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have been governing Germany for years, lately in coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SDP). That looks like it might be changing.

The party [CSU] has been steadily sinking in the polls since the election campaign began. A Friday poll by public broadcaster ZDF put them at 34 percent, 2 points below September, 5 points below August, and a whole world away from the 48 percent they reached in the 2013 state election.

The 2 groups to gain are the Greens on the Left and Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) on the Right.

It is hard to say what will happen to the Chancellor, because she is not a member of CSU, and this is a state election, not impacting the seating in the Bundestag, but it could drive CSU out of coalition, and that might lead to a no-confidence vote. But no one thinks that is likely.

It could make things easier for Merkel in the short term, but the fact that some stories are saying she is being referred to as a “lame duck” doesn’t look good.

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“Bill Cassidy: 1 Random woman using her children for a political agenda: 0”

Much has been said about the Bill Cassidy incident in the Senate building. But I love Victory Girls’ take on the issue. GOP Senator Grows Spine: Bill Cassidy Edition.

But Senator Bill Cassidy is in the competition to own the libs too. The boldness deployed by Cassidy in this attempted verbal slashing should be nominated as one of the best we’ve seen yet

You probably know the way that interaction played out. If not click through.

No Mention of Germany in an Article about NATO?

First, let’s look at the story itself. ‘We haven’t done this … since the Cold War’: British troops are testing out old skills on the way to major NATO war games.

HOEK VAN HOLLAND, Netherlands (Reuters) – British troops disembarked in the Netherlands on Wednesday en route to Norway to test NATO’s ability to move personnel and armor quickly across Europe, an exercise officers said showed London’s commitment to European security after Brexit.

So the invasion of Crimea and the ongoing war in Ukraine have FINALLY convinced the leaders in Europe that maybe Russia is up to no-good. And so, War Games on their front step. Well, not quite.

But what caught my attention is the following paragraph.

Britain, which has the biggest defense budget in the EU and is rivaled for military capability only by France, is eager to show that despite its vote to leave the European Union it remains committed to Europe’s security.

Germany is participating in this exercise, but the German military – Bundeswehr – is in bad shape overall. Despite a budget surplus, low unemployment, Merkel’s government won’t spend money on defense.

“What a really small swamp Washington is!”

Where were these details a week or two ago, when the circus came to Washington? But then you can’t expect the media to report on stuff that might hurt the Democrats. Aftermath as Prologue.

It’s a matter of record that Dr. Ford traveled to Rehobeth Beach Delaware on July 26, where her Best Friend Forever and former room-mate, Monica McLean, lives, and that she spent the next four days there before sending a letter July 30 to Senator Diane Feinstein that kicked off the “sexual assault” circus. Did you know that Monica McClean was a retired FBI special agent, and that she worked in the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York under Preet Bharara, who had earlier worked for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer?

It is almost like it was a coordinated, Democratic-party attack on Brett Kavanaugh, or maybe that should be anyone appointed by Donald Trump.

Go read the whole depressing thing. (Hat tip to Powerline.)

Trump’s China Policy

If you believe the media and the Left (but I repeat myself) you would think that the China policy is a disaster. Trump has China quaking in its boots.

This week, with the successful renegotiation of a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada — the USMCA — Trump is now able to control China’s access to the entire North American market.

Beijing officials now realize, even if many in the US foreign policy establishment don’t, that they are facing a master tactician, one who is moving steadily from deal to deal, getting as many concessions as he can, and then moving on the next.

Don’t expect to read this kind of thing in the Left-wing media. (Hat tip to 90 Miles From Tyranny)

Kavanaugh Hires Women Clerks

Should he be “investigated” for sexual discrimination against men? Kavanaugh makes good on his pledge at hearing to hire women as law clerks.

Only interesting because of the insanity that he (and everyone else) has had to endure the past month or so.

Hat tip to Wirecutter and Where’s the militant female SJWs on this?. He notes:

I wonder how long it will be before one of them comes forward with the news that liberals tried to pay her off to accuse Kavanaugh of making advances on her.

Academic Hoax Project Home-run: Woke-version of Mein Kampf

What more can you say. Hoax project gets a woke version of ‘Mein Kampf’ accepted by feminist journal.

The academic hoaxers – James Lindsay, Peter Boghossian, and Helen Pluckrose – have been a bit in the news. They were responsible for the Dog Parks = Rape Culture article, that got a lot of attention, and a few others. But the final article that was published is perhaps the best.

But their biggest coup may be convincing a feminist journal to accept a paper that includes a lengthy section of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf with “fashionable buzzwords switched in.”

Several other papers were accepted by “peer reviewed journals” for publication, but have not been published.

And because the “grievance studies” people have absolutely no sense of humor, these three expect this project to hurt their careers.

The article is a bit long, but it is worth it, even if you have been following some of the outrage.