Quick Hits: Volume CXCVIII

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- I've often said that it appeared President Donald Trump's 2016 electoral victory broke some people mentally. Just look at leftist Twitter or #NeverTrump Republicans' social media posts and judge for yourself.

For obvious reasons, the person having perhaps the most difficult time coping is Trump's 2016 Democrat opponent Shrill Hill Hillary Clinton. So much so that her speeches have become downright delusional and self-pitying.

“You can run the best campaign and have the best plans and get the nomination and win the popular vote and you can lose the Electoral College and therefore the election,” she added

Translation: It would have been me on Inauguration Day 2-1/2 years ago taking an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution had it not been for an election format established by the...uh....Constitution.

- When looking ahead to the 2020 MN legislative session, Gov. Tim Walz omits one of the most egregious examples of incompetence at the state level: The multiple scandals within the Dept. of Human Services. Sure, he gave an obligatory mention to giving more scrutiny to each state agency. However, when it's the DHS (the largest department in terms state funding) wasting tens of millions of taxpayers dollars through waste, fraud and abuse, it demands more than just a cursory mention.

Look for high ranking GOP senators like Michelle Benson and Jim Abeler to keep applying the pressure.

- A common refrain among leftists the past two decades or so is that today's GOP has become sooooooo extreme that a political candidate in the motif of Ronald Reagan couldn't make hay in the party. It's bull pucky of course, evidenced by the fact that the two GOP presidential candidates prior to Trump were not exactly staunch conservatives.

But one thing we can seemingly say for certain about today's Democrat party is a candidate with John F. Kennedy's policy stances likely would be frowned upon. Don't believe me? Well, ask Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who is being taken to task over, among other things, her belief in (GASP!) border security. Meanwhile in Illinois, U.S. House member Dan Lipinski (a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage Dem - talk about an endangered species) is going to receive yet another primary challenge in 2020 from prog Marie Newman (endorsed by Alexandria "Tide Pod Evita" Ocasio-Cortez), whom he barely defeated in 2018.

So the next time a proggie chides the Republican party as being too fringe, just know they are (as Mitch Berg likes to remind us) engaging in classic projection.