Patterico's Pontifications

8/15/2018

Michael Avenatti, Our 46th President

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:59 am

Allahpundit says our next president has announced his policy positions. But the most important one of all: he fights!

He’s got terrible judgment, he’s a media whore, and his ethics and honesty seem unlikely to withstand scrutiny. But he gets a ton of media attention and HE FIGHTS.

Naw, a guy like that could never go anywhere.

You think Republicans are the only ones who would sacrifice every principle in their sacred book to choose an over-hyped dunderhead who cons them into thinking he’s a Winner?

Go with that, then.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

75 Responses to “Michael Avenatti, Our 46th President”

  1. The culture’s endless obsession with vapid celebrity is tiresome.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. 1. And yet it continues unabated. I dunno what to tell you, Pat…

    Gryph (08c844)

  3. You give the bambino Jimmy McGill attention, not curious who’s behind him.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  4. Stormy’s pimp would be a very good president if you like people who pimp out Stormy Daniels like a dirty dirty hooker

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  5. Stormy’s pimp would be a very good president if you like people who pimp out Stormy Daniels like a dirty dirty hooker

    And Stormy’s john would be a very good president if you like people who pay Stormy Daniels to spank them like a dirty dirty hooker…

    Dave (445e97)

  6. What is his position on “menstrual equity”?

    nk (dbc370)

  7. Seriously, that the American public even knows about lowlife trash like Stormy and Avenatti is an indictment of the so-called news media. #BeyondFakeNews.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. Jonathan turkey is apparently so proud,

    Narciso (d1f714)

  9. The guy plays the media like a pirated porn torrent:


    How Michael Avenatti helped a 9-year-old Guatemalan boy make it back to his mother

    Dave (445e97)

  10. Why not. The People elected a guy with only two years experience in the US Senate before he threw his hat in, and then we elected a guy with zero character and zero experience in elective office.

    Paul Montagu (b566df)

  11. So it was de anda, who did the work

    Narciso (d1f714)

  12. #6 Only person who got spanked has the stage name HRC.

    #1 If I limited my vote only to those who did not require me to “sacrifice every principle in [my] sacred book” Trump would still have gotten my vote. Other candidates checked more positive boxes, but in the end, Trump won the primary with about 3 (of my) checked boxes and took on HRC, a woman with a negative number.

    steveg (a9dcab)

  13. I hope Stormy’s pimp is the nominate cause President Trump will win the election all the way to victory!

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  14. Isn’t that Gavin newsoms pitch, he just has a
    bigger wallet, are you going to vote for him, seeing as six is a trump supporter

    narciso (d1f714)

  15. “The culture’s endless obsession with vapid celebrity is tiresome.”

    They’ll have to nuke the L.A. basin to have any.chance of stopping it.

    Colonel Haiku (9298f8)

  16. Re Narciso @ #5, lots of Bernie Boys in Florida, but with no LI-HEAP needed and subsidized food likely to be puked back out, they tune-out on the big day unlike their cold weather brethren.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  17. Avenatti has screwed over his business/legal partners and filed for bankruptcy multiple times too, just like Spanky.

    He really does have all the qualifications, plus the ability to speak in coherent sentences and about 100 extra IQ points.

    Dave (445e97)

  18. I’m sure he’s a,Rosie O’Donnell fave like lamb and the guy from hellboy.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  19. Ben then Mary for teh win! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkkIkyrVsAAC8xc.jpg

    Colonel Haiku (9298f8)

  20. Yes there were the ones who voted for the socialist workers party in 2000.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  21. “He really does have all the qualifications, plus the ability to speak in coherent sentences and about 100 extra IQ points.”

    And if he can’t do, he can teach!

    Colonel Haiku (9298f8)

  22. Sacrifice what principals? The ones Republicans paid lip service to for 20 years to get elected then completely forgot? Trump has done more to advance conservative Principals in 2 years than the Republican party has in 20.

    Nate Ogden (223c65)

  23. Right on, Nate. Rinos have never been able to deal with the truth. They can only serve the chamber of commerce lackeys.

    mg (9e54f8)

  24. The culture’s endless obsession with vapid celebrity is tiresome.

    Hit it, Tom:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjNzb-__uaU

    Arnold Schwarzenegger (Republican) (Governor of California)
    Ben Jones (Democrat) (U.S. Congressman, 4th District of Georgia)
    Clay Aiken (Democrat) (lost congressional election in 2nd District of North Carolina)
    Clint Eastwood (Independent) (Mayor of Carmel, California)
    Cynthia Nixon (Democrat), (Primary candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New York, 2018)
    Fred Grandy (Republican) (U.S. Representative, Iowa)
    Fred Thompson (Republican) (U.S. Senator, Tennessee and unsuccessful presidential candidate)
    George Murphy (Republican) (U.S. Senator, California)
    Glenn Jacobs (Republican) (Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee)
    Helen Gahagan (Democrat) (U.S. Representative, 14th District of California)
    Jack Kelly (Republican) (Mayor of Huntington Beach, Calif)
    Jerry Springer (Democrat) (Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio)
    Jesse Ventura (formerly Reform; currently Independence Party of Minnesota) (Governor of Minnesota)
    Joe Flynn (Republican) (unsuccessful candidate for the Ohio Senate, 1950)
    John Davis Lodge (Republican) (Governor of Connecticut)
    Melissa Gilbert (Democrat) (won party nomination for Michigan Congressional seat but dropped out for medical reasons)
    Nancy Kulp (Democrat) (unsuccessful nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania)
    Park Overall Democrat) (unsuccessful primary candidate for U.S. Senate, Tennessee)
    Ralph Waite (Democrat) (unsuccessful nominee for U.S. House of Representatives)
    Ronald Reagan (Republican) (Governor of California, President of the United States)
    Sheila Kuehl (Democrat) (California State Senator)
    Shirley Temple (Republican) (unsuccessful primary candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, California)
    Sonny Bono (Republican) (U.S. Representative, 44th District of California)
    Stephen Peace (Democrat) (California State Senator)
    Wendell Corey (Republican), (City councilman of Santa Monica, California), (unsuccessful candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, California), 1966
    Al Franken (Democrat) (U.S. Senator, Minnesota)
    Alan Autry (Republican) (Mayor of Fresno, California)
    – source, wikiceleb

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  25. Trump has done more to advance conservative Principals in 2 years than the Republican party has in 20.

    this is so true just look at all the disastrous budget bills what have been spewed out by pedophile Mitt Romney’s slicked up and shiny boy toy Paul Ryan

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  26. “Mystery Train” “Mystery Pooper”

    Poop laid down 16 inches long
    Poop laid down 16 inches long
    Well that long brown poop
    Got my job and it’s gone
    Poop poop rolling and it bend
    Poop poop rolling and it bend
    Well it took my job
    I won’t work here again

    Went down to the school board
    Sat down at my desk
    Asked “why all teh funny looks?”
    They said “you must confess”
    They said “if you’re a-waitin’
    To lay another deuce
    They said, “we hate to tell you son
    Ya cain’t poop, we cut you loose”

    Poop poop rolling down down my leg
    Poop poop rolling down my leg
    Well it took my job
    And left poor me to beg
    https://nypost.com/2018/08/14/mystery-pooper-will-get-more-than-100k-from-school-district/

    Colonel Haiku (9298f8)

  27. They want to erase all opposition:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/alimhaider/status/1029727921735434240?

    narciso (d1f714)

  28. Sour grapes losers, Conservative Republicans especially, are often quick to accuse winners of abandoning their sacred principles. It’s an easy (and self-serving) way to rationalize rejection at the polls.

    The accusation stakes a claim on the moral high ground by launching an array of undefined virtue signals indicating the win was achieved at the expence of shallow and expedient ethical shortcomings.

    We’ve seen it ad nauseam here, on TV, from Democrats, #NeverTrumpers and GOP elites. You can be sure that after an election the guy talking about principles is the guy who came up short.

    ropelight (ffa8c3)

  29. You think Republicans are the only ones who would sacrifice every principle in their sacred book to choose an over-hyped dunderhead who cons them into thinking he’s a Winner?

    Why would we think that? They ran Hillary last time. And Kerry in 2004. I’d say McGovern in 1972, but McGovern had principles. Terrible ones, but principles.

    Kevin M (5d3e49)

  30. Trump has done more to advance conservative Principals[sic] in 2 years than the Republican party has in 20.

    I must have been switching between channels when higher tariffs (i.e. massive new taxes), bigger budget deficits, more debt, insulting our allies (Britain, Germany, Canada), fellating our enemies (Russia, North Korea), moral degeneracy, bigotry, obstruction of justice, pathological lying and covering up foreign military attacks on our country became conservative “principals”.

    Dave (445e97)

  31. True, Avenatti fights.

    Whether he *wins* is a different question entirely. Trump actually had a history of successes as well as failures to burnish his name, as well as having enough haters and stalkers to be considered the most-vetted man in New York.

    As usual, people (mostly cowards) who don’t actually fight fail to see the whole picture, and immediately declare the game rigged in favor of the few fighters who actually dare to fight, when actually fighting themselves might actually get them a few victories.

    “He really does have all the qualifications, plus the ability to speak in coherent sentences and about 100 extra IQ points.”

    You Democrats and your worship of court TV. He’s a lawyer, not a showman. He’s trained in front of judges and friendly media, not the actual public and hostile media. He’ll meltdown off-puttingly on the debate stand or anything else where his talking points aren’t handed to him, just like the last 2 lawyers you tried to run. Tim Kaine is NOT a good look. Hillary Clinton is NOT a good look.

    People who make their careers off of marginal rather than common people do NOT connect with the public well enough to win national elections.

    Steppe Nomad (cb9940)

  32. 32… ConDave puts teh CON in conservative…

    Colonel Haiku (9298f8)

  33. How Trump won. No lies.

    lee (e2ff85)

  34. Hillary sold all our uraniums to Putin in exchange for some under-the-table cash to the Clinton Global Criminal Cartel

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  35. @29 Narciso

    What’s your favorite Molyneux post? Mine is this one where he messes up sockpuppeting his own comments posting as “an attractive young woman”

    https://i.imgur.com/bOW5O4B.jpg

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  36. Dave#2 apparently has some opinions about people who post attaboys under different names and aliases

    Steppe Nomad (2e699b)

  37. Washington Examiner has some excellent bits on how China ripped off the postal service (and by extension, why Amazon loves shipping through China so much:

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/trump-can-move-unilaterally-to-stop-us-subsidies-for-chinese-shipping

    “Decades ago, the U.S. entered into a global agreement created by the Universal Postal Union, a U.N. agency that sets postal rates for delivering letters and packages around the world.

    Its terms are easy enough to understand in their basic structure. If a person or company sends a letter or package from Norway to the United States, the Norwegian Postal service will handle the leg from Norway to the United States, with the U.S. postal service taking responsibility for shipping it to its final destination. The UPU sets the rates for both legs of the shipment.

    The problem is that the general underpricing of those rates set by the UPU, called terminal dues, has generated hundreds of millions in losses for an already financially pressured U.S. Postal service. These losses are growing rapidly. This is particularly true of discounted rates for China, which have allowed that country to take advantage of American taxpayers for years.”

    Exactly how underpriced are we talking here?

    “But China, the second largest and one of the most sophisticated economies in the world, is classified in the same tier as Gabon, Botswana, and Cuba. This outdated classification means the U.S. is effectively subsidizing every package China sends our way. China is exploiting this system to devastating effect. Under the UPU agreement, Chinese senders can mail any package to the U.S. and the Post Office will deliver it for less than $1.50.”

    LESS THAN A BUCK FIFTY FOR PACKAGE DELIVERY! No wonder the Post Office keeps posting losses!

    “This is a devastating handicap for American e-commerce and retail businesses to bear. These postal subsidies are putting our companies, particularly our small businesses, at an immense disadvantage against the Chinese, constricting U.S. job and economic growth.

    And Chinese counterfeit products take advantage of the same U.S. shipping subsidy. This victimizes American businesses twice, who pay to ship products that violate their intellectual property rights. The counterfeit goods industry, as a $1.7 trillion market, is costing millions of jobs and is devastating to the U.S. retail market.”

    This is the Capitalism(TM) that not one single Republican sought to make a national issue out of until Trump came along and forced them to confront it, because their donors were making a killing off of keeping the status quo alive and NATIONALISM was a dirty word.

    Steppe Nomad (d647e2)

  38. Everyone thinks they know what they are going to get with the vapid celebrity. With the politicians — there is much less confidence. Also, celebs are in the charisma business, and are in the business of seducing an audience. And, we are more prone, from watching their movies or interviews, or tv shows, to give the a suspension of disbelief to an actor or a reality star, then we are to a goof like Ryan or a poker player like McConnell.

    This is worse now because our masses seem really in search of someone to really love. With all our institutions acting horribly, it’s a lot easier to fall in love with someone that we think we know through tv, tmz, or cute youtube videos.

    Appalled (96665e)

  39. @39 Steppe Nomad

    Your conclusion does not follow from your premises. Trump would apparently rather get in a p*ssing match with Amazon. He certainly hasn’t addressed this letter sent to his administration by a number of (apparently Republican) congressmen:

    https://mailomg.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/im2016-1_congressional_11082017-letter-to-sect-of-state.pdf

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  40. Trump revokes Brennan’s security clearance.

    Awaiting Omarosa’s response.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  41. sometimes when the dirty cia trash is naughty you have to take away their security clearances

    this is considered a great dishonor

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  42. Hillary sold all our uraniums to Putin in exchange for some under-the-table cash to the Clinton Global Criminal Cartel

    happyfeet

    Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton

    “Well, I think her history is far from being over. I’d like to answer that question in another 15 years from now. I think she is going to go down at a minimum as a great senator. I think she is a great wife to a president. And I think Bill Clinton was a great president.” -Donald Trump

    Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton

    Bill Clinton was a great president. Hillary Clinton is a great woman and a good woman. -Donald Trump

    Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton

    Hillary is smart, tough and a very nice person, and so is her husband. Bill Clinton was a great President. They are fine people. Hillary was roughed up by the media, and it was a tough campaign for her, but she’s a great trouper. Her history is far from being over. -Donald Trump

    Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton

    “I think she’s a very, very brilliant person, and as a senator in New York, she has done a great job. Everybody loves her. She just won an election with a tremendous majority and she really — she’s become very, very popular in New York. And it wasn’t easy. -Donald Trump

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  43. I clicked to read Dustin’s comment (one of the few I will still bother to read), and I saw DCSCA’s comment that Brennan’s security clearance was revoked. Why has the “Drain The Swamp” fighter/stable genius Trump let Democrats retain their security clearances and, in many cases, their jobs now that he has been in office for 1 year and 207 days?

    DRJ (15874d)

  44. hillary clinton’s a nasty criminal dog but as long as Mr. Trump had a fiduciary duty to people he had to make sure that the doggie was mollified and disinclined to make trouble for any of his NY-based ventures

    and he did that by saying nice things

    this is just how it is in america

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  45. Precisely why brennans was coordinating the insurance polish with ghcq and mi 6 (or haklyut and orbis, distinction without a difference) you glanced at the apelbaum analysis?

    narciso (d1f714)

  46. Why has the “Drain The Swamp” fighter/stable genius Trump let Democrats retain their security clearances and, in many cases, their jobs now that he has been in office for 1 year and 207 days?

    maybe this is the wrong question

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  47. @48. Omarosa will have all the answers, Mr. Feet.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  48. all she has is yippy little dog answers we need real answers

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  49. @50. Tapes; her bark has bite, Mr. Feet.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  50. Why has the “Drain The Swamp” fighter/stable genius Trump let Democrats retain their security clearances

    DRJ, plenty of people who don’t work for the government at the moment have security clearances.

    Anyone working for a private firm that does military-related work for the government might require it.

    Having a security clearance does not give you access to any classified information that isn’t required for your job, it simply indicates that you have passed the security review necessary if your job ever does require access to such information.

    Several of my colleagues (physics professors) have security clearances that they have maintained for decades, despite not being involved in any work that formally requires it (one of them used to do neutrino experiments at the Savannah River nuclear reactor that produces weapons-grade plutonium, and the other had done cryptography work back in the 1970’s).

    Many people who have served in the military also retain security clearances after separation, and this allows them to obtain related jobs in the private sector more easily.

    Dave (445e97)

  51. @45. Why has the “Drain The Swamp” fighter/stable genius Trump let Democrats retain their security clearances and, in many cases, their jobs now that he has been in office for 1 year and 207 days?

    August.
    White House tapes.
    Enemies list.

    History rhymes.

    ‘Swimmin’ pools; movie stars…’ – The Beverly Hillbillies

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  52. Dustin (ba94b2) — 8/15/2018 @ 12:28 pm

    You left out my personal favorite:

    “I know Hillary and I think she’d make a great president” – Donald Trump, March 2008

    Dave (445e97)

  53. There was no voice in the GOP in 2016 who took similar policy positions as those taken by Trump.

    The GOP fielded a list of largely uninspiring re-tread candidates, and Trump’s vastly superior skill at drawing attention to himself — and the media’s willingness to give him free coverage because he was ratings gold — gave him a megaphone he didn’t have to pay for.

    Avenetti has none of those advantages.

    He’s just a former foot solider of Rahm Emanuel. He offers nothing for Dem voters that they won’t see from a dozen other candidates.

    This is an exercise in vanity. He’ll be gone — if he even enters — before the first primary ballot is cast.

    shipwreckedcrew (56b591)

  54. Hey shipwrecked how have you been?

    Narciso (d1f714)

  55. Don’t start buying tickets to his inauguration! The blacks will vote for black dem. Hispanics will vote for hispanic dem. Dem. soc. will vote for lefty. Clintonistas will vote for corporate establishment dino. Who’s left? Pacific islanders. Gays are rejoining republican party.

    wendell (032acc)

  56. 45 — security clearances aren’t “revoked” for people who simply depart government.

    But having a security clearance, and having a “need to know” or actual access to classified information are separate issues.

    Strozk had his security clearance revoked because at the time he was still and FBI employee, and he still worked in a building where there was classified information. By revoking his clearance, that created “no go” zones for him — he could not enter any SCIF or other area that housed classified information.

    Someone out of government like Brennan is not working somewhere that has classified info laying around. And since he’s not a gov’t employee, he has no “need to know” with respect to any such info. So there was never really any purpose in revoking it.

    But allowing him to keep it kept open the possibility that someone else with clearance and access could provide information to Brennan if they had a purpose for doing so. Given Brennen’s proclivity for appearing on TV and talking about intelligence issues, the Admin took the unusual step of revoking his clearance so that everyone in gov’t is now on notice that he not only has no “need to know”, he no longer has the clearance necessary for anyone to share anything with him.

    shipwreckedcrew (56b591)

  57. Given Brennen’s proclivity for appearing on TV and talking about intelligence issues, the Admin took the unusual step of revoking his clearance so that everyone in gov’t is now on notice that he not only has no “need to know”, he no longer has the clearance necessary for anyone to share anything with him.

    Everyone?

    Omarosa will have something to say about that.

    Besides, the others mentioned on Trump’s hit list who tweet criticism of him under consideration for revocation mentioned at the WH presser are all vocal critics on his enemies list; Stzrok, Clapper, Yates, Comey, etc.

    Great TV, but Omarosa will have the last word by the next news cycle.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  58. First, at this point in my administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan, are not outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior.

    Second, that conduct and behavior has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him.

    it’s impossible to argue with the cogent observations President Trump included in his announcement about John Brennan

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  59. There was no voice in the GOP in 2016 who took similar policy positions as those taken by Trump.

    Remarkable, isn’t it? To think back to a time not long ago when identity politics, religious discrimination, bigotry, torture, protectionism, and vassalage to Moscow weren’t the official policy positions of the Republican party.

    What a difference a couple years makes!

    The GOP fielded a list of largely uninspiring re-tread candidates

    This is completely untrue. In fact none of the major contenders for the GOP nomination had sought it before. Cruz, Rubio, Jeb and Walker were all relatively new on the national scene. Kasich was really the only long-time Washington insider, but even he was more recently a successful governor. Their problem wasn’t that they were uninspiring, it was that they all had consciences and none of them was willing to lie like Trump did.

    He’s just a former foot solider of Rahm Emanuel. He offers nothing for Dem voters that they won’t see from a dozen other candidates.

    Not so sure about this. You want “uninspiring retreads”, that’s what the Democrats have – Biden? Sanders? Warren? Please. And those are probably their three *best* candidates. They may be marginally less crooked than Hillary, but they are certainly no more appealing personally. The younger names mentioned as possible 2020 candidates are no better.

    IMO, the only thing stopping the Democrats from running the table in 2020 is the unattractiveness of their so-called leaders. If they could find someone with charisma, in the mold of Slick Willie or Obama, who can make Trump look like the ignorant churl he is, I don’t think there’s any stopping them.

    It certainly remains to be seen whether Avenatti has legs, but he looks like a more formidable candidate than anyone else I’ve seen mentioned.

    Dave (445e97)

  60. Sanders is citing Brennan’s “erratic conduct and behavior” and accusing him of “lying” and “wild outbursts.” (AP)

    Donald Trump is accusing someone else of these things? Donald Trump?

    noel (96c84f)

  61. Donald Trump is accusing someone else of these things? Donald Trump?

    LOL

    Dave (445e97)

  62. @61: Dave is EXTREMELY mad that the ‘dignified loser’ model isn’t pursued or popular anymore.

    Steppe Nomad (22bb74)

  63. Omarosa remains prime pooch; Mr. Trump threw the ball but the doggone press ain’t chasing it.

    NBC News reports the DATE on the statement Tammy Faye Huckabee Sanders read revoking Brennan’s security clearance is July 26. Dipping to the emergency distraction bag won’t work.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  64. Dave is EXTREMELY mad that the ‘dignified loser’ model isn’t pursued or popular anymore.

    If you have to sacrifice your dignity and honor to win, you haven’t won.

    Dave (7f91aa)

  65. “If you have to sacrifice your dignity and honor to win, you haven’t won.”

    Take nice that Dave acknowledges president Trump has dignity and honor.

    Still not tired of winning!

    lee (e2ff85)

  66. It’s nice…

    lee (e2ff85)

  67. As Instapundit says, “Trump is the most conservative, and the most libertarian, president of my lifetime.”

    Nevertrumpers insecure about their honor hardest hit.

    lee (e2ff85)

  68. ,dignity and Dave all in the same sentence.. worthless.

    mg (9e54f8)

  69. 48 DRJ, Never Trumpers, and Democrats would have gone nuts if Trump came into office and revoked everyone’s security clearance from prior administration. They would have accused him of trying to cover things up. Just more proof they will find a reason to cry no matter what Trump does.

    Nate Ogden (223c65)

  70. it looks like nevertrumper Bill Kristol was in on the coup with coward-pig navy-turd John McCain from the very beginning

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  71. speaking of which why hasn’t cowardly suckboy John McCain resigned yet

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  72. 66 Dave, would you rather be alive or have the local bard singing of your dignity and honor?

    Nate Ogden (223c65)

  73. 73, he gonna go out like the NVA sapper in Platoon

    urbanleftbehind (a14257)


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