June 18, 2018

3 years ago, Trump announced that he was running for President, and, oh, how the media mocked him.




He was manifestly a joke. He could never become President. The question was only how much chaos and hilarity he could inject into the process before the serious candidates had the stage to themselves.

Via "FLASHBACK: Three Years Ago Today – Donald Announced His Historic Run for President — WATCH HOW MEDIA MOCKED HIM" (Gateway Pundit, June 16th), via Drudge.

My attitude was just about exactly what you see in that video except that I believed in ignoring him (because, don't encourage him). My post noting the occasion was just a collection 5 anagrams of the name I would not say, and the only tag was "nothing," which I used in the sense of muttering an obscenity.

But over the 3 years, my attitude has changed. I'm thinking of mining my archive to write a book with the title "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump." Seriously, that's my title. I'll self-publish on Kindle Direct if I can make that happen. Consider encouraging me. Or not.

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Ignorance is Bliss said...

I'll self-publish on Kindle Direct if I can make that happen. Consider encouraging me. Or not.

I'd buy that for a dollar!

Annie C. said...

I would absolutely love buying that book!!!!

And copies for my friends. And more copies for my enemies. And copies for random people on the street.

rehajm said...

Only if you have something to say on the matter. No rambling...

Tommy Duncan said...

I'm in. Go for it.

Just don't expect your former colleagues to embrace you.

Original Mike said...

I’ll buy a copy for Inga.

Darrell said...

So Trump = Bomb in your little world.

[Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb]

Original Mike said...

Chuck has to buy his own.

MayBee said...

I have a friend who was an early adopter of Donald Trump. NOT the person you would expect at all. I thought she was ridiculous for supporting him. I thought he would drop out well before the actual election.

Now I like him only because I think our political/media system is completely broken. I think Hillary winning would have sealed our fate. I think he shakes things up and we need that.

Heartless Aztec said...

You go girl. Not only do I mirror your evolution I am willing to put my money where my typing finger is. I'll buy a copy.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

The punchy media. Keep talking.

BTW - you can tell the DNC MSM were frightened and freaked out over the IG report by the way they spun the headlines.

"GOP allies pounce an Seize!" ""Seize and Pounce."

No mention of the facts inside the IG report by the hack press. Just cherry picked sliced of The narrative. The media are the deep state.

Lloyd W. Robertson said...

I think you're a great example of a person who is more or less comfortable on the side of progressive causes, yet is totally free from Trump Derangement Syndrome. This allows you to see how silly or extreme a lot of the criticism of Trump is. He may not be a great president, but he probably means well; he really only has to be better than the alternatives that were available.

Lexington Green said...

Do it. It will sell. Trump's name is GOLD.

David Blaska said...

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump."

Now THAT is the bomb!

TRISTRAM said...

I have transitioned from "Never Hillary" to "Eh, Trump's okay." At this point, I am at least 60% likely to vote for him in a primary (depending on the choices). This is up from I didn't vote for him in 2016. And I live in the newly swing state of PA.

daskol said...

You mock what you don't understand. That's most comedy. Add some foul language, and it can be hilarious. Bill Cosby, a sweet comedian, understood life, and still found ways to laugh at it. Despite the fact that in his own life, he was a bit of an ape--in the sense of giving in to his animal desires, and not overcoming them as humans are expected to (ape not intended in the racist sense).

Bay Area Guy said...

Thumbs up on the book!

Trump targeted the soft belly of the massive elitist administrative state, and boy is it fun to watch them squirm and lose power!

cacchip said...

Count me in for a copy

exhelodrvr1 said...

Go for it!! I would read that!

Otto said...

Always suspected that Ann voted for Stein.

rhhardin said...

It's uninteresting because it's about what a woman thought. She was plainly wrong at the start and it was apparent at the time.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

I went through a similar set of phases from dismissive to acceptance to fan. I'd pre-order that book, if it was written by Althouse.

Chris of Rights said...

The book would definitely garner my interest. :)

I just want to comment on the video. Gayle King has a quote from Trump. I think it's her. I don't actually watch CBS This Morning, so I can't say for certain.
Anyway, the quote is "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

And she and her co-host ridicule this, claiming you can't say these things, and you can't get elected President saying these things.

But this is exactly the kind of thing that Trump supporters (and there turned out to be a lot of them) wanted to hear someone saying. And it's not racist to say that we're importing crime from Mexico. If it is, then facts are racist.

Which is exactly what is wrong with Washington and the Media. We've gotten so obsessed about not wanting to offend this ethnic group or that that we're afraid to speak the truth.

It's not racist to point out that Americans of Asian descent typically have higher academic scores than other groups. Is it heredity? Possibly? Is it environment? Possibly. I don't know. I just know that it's a fact.

Go ahead and speak the truth. Offend people. If people are offended, at least you know that someone is listening.

Sprezzatura said...

Definitely: not.

IMHO.

The sufferers of TDS who are psychologically compelled to spend substantial time and effort acting as DJTJWs are the saddest DJT sufferers.

Althouse has a bad case of TDS.

SAD!

rhhardin said...

Make it a book about coming to understand how guys work. Part 1.

Chris of Rights said...

Oh, and like you I went from NeverTrumper to ReluctantTrumper, to PleasantlySurprisedTrumper and am well on my way to becoming CampaigningForTrumper. Note: I know that you never actually claimed to be a NeverTrumper, but I think it's a reasonable assumption based upon your first post, that you were at least leaning that direction.

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Bay Area Guy said...

The video is a great reminder that the same loudmouth leftists who mocked Trump, dismissed him, and predicted his defeat, are the same ones now wearing "pussy-hats", criticizing every move he makes and pushing for impeachment.

For whatever reason, they still feel self-confident in their political evaluations.

cf said...

Go! Althouse Go!
Go! Althouse Go!
Go! Althouse Go!
GO-oh-oh-OHHH
!!! ALTHOUSE !!!

R C Belaire said...

If you write that book, I'll need maybe 10 copies for distribution to various friends and relatives. Go for it!

rhhardin said...

The book needs a comments section.

Matt Sablan said...

We know what the price was to get Althouse to read the OIG report; what's the upfront cost on this? Let's Kickstart it.

etbass said...

Go Althouse!! You could do a great job and the book would be a best seller!!

My only reservation is how you would do it without degrading your blog.

Wince said...

I’m still waiting for Althouse’s “Trump is like Jesus” tag.

Ken B said...

My attitude too. I thought it was just a vanity run and he'd drop out quickly.

AllenS said...

I liked Trump from day one. I like him even more today.

Bill Kinnon said...

Consider this my pre-order. I'm looking forward to reading it.

sakredkow said...

Oh boo hoo hoo. They laughed at Trump. Hurt feelings. At one time Trump was a joke. Now he's a scourge.

Jim said...

I’ll go to the Amazon Althouse portal and buy one.

Ann Althouse said...

"Always suspected that Ann voted for Stein."

I will reveal how I voted. At long last.

AllenS said...

At least I know how to spell cow.

whitney said...

I encourage you. I'm even going to send you a little money right now. I did not vote for him but that title speaks to me

WisRich said...

Ann Said...

But over the 3 years, my attitude has changed. I'm thinking of mining my archive to write a book with the title "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump."


I think a lot of people would agree.

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, I’ve watched you evolve over the past three years, and I’d buy the book just to see whether your personal observations match my own.

On a practical level, yesterday’s Instapundit linked to an essay by Sarah Hoyt about how to get published. I didn’t go there, but she has published online a lot of “how to get started writing” materials and as she is a successful author herself (I have a lot of her books) it’s worth reading what she has to say.

On a personal note, I recommend starting sooner rather than later. I have been retired for three years now, and I have what I call “tomorrow-itis.” As in, I fon’t have to be at work tomorrow so if I don’t get it done today there’s always tomorrow. It’s a lost discipline about time. You retired more recently; you may still be well-disciplined about being focused on getting things done according to a schedule.

Fabi said...

Will there be a way to directly download a copy to Chuck's Mitt Romney sex robot?

Ann Althouse said...

"We know what the price was to get Althouse to read the OIG report; what's the upfront cost on this? Let's Kickstart it."

No. That's exactly the point. I must write for the intrinsic experience of writing, not obligation. I absolutely don't want to feel that I owe anyone anything. It must have the self-generating energy of the blog or I won't do it. The minute it loses that quality for me, I will default to the blog. It's a project that I want to do, not to be incentivized by money. After I do it, I'd like to make money from it, but I can't do it because of the money. The IG thing was something I was balky about precisely because I felt I was supposed to be doing it.

Matt Sablan said...

"I will reveal how I voted. At long last."

-- "By pulling the lever for my choice." -- And we all accept that we were blog-trolled.

buwaya said...

If you write your book, you have one certain buyer.

Ann Althouse said...

"I’ll go to the Amazon Althouse portal and buy one."

I will publish through Amazon, but maybe you can go in through the Althouse portal and cause me to get an even larger percentage of the purchase price. Amazon's Kindle publishing gives the author something like 70% (and the author sets the purchase price).

buwaya said...

I would also back a Patreon re the book-production shpuld there be expenses, etc.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks for all the encouragement!

I'm only 5 pages into writing it at this point, but it feels doable, especially if I write early in the morning, before blogging, like between 4 and 6 a.m.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump."

Better:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Donald.

Xmas said...

I like this video better: This is priceless.

Ann Althouse said...

"I would also back a Patreon re the book-production should there be expenses, etc."

Thanks, but there are absolutely no expenses. My resources are my archive, my own mind, and the internet. It's taking the methodology of old posts like "How Kerry Lost Me" that are my genuine efforts to look back and see what happened to my own mind and what I was reacting too. With Kerry, the big impact came when he told some guy "You're not listening."

Masscon said...

The video shows the genesis of how Trump won the nomination...each of these chortling media savants couldn't wait to have their bookers get Trump on their shows so they could embarrass him and become heroes to their journo-list friends. Fortunately the opposite happened and Trump played them for the fools they are. The more exposure they gave him and his platform the more the American people heard his views and straight talk (we get the hyperbole even if the media pretends not to) the more they liked it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2015/12/10/the-many-times-donald-trump-and-morning-joe-yukked-it-up/?utm_term=.0b5a2569562a

Personally I was in Cruz's camp but the media had already decided he
was Hitler and a threat so they were locked and loaded for him...the media viewed Trump as an ally to destroy the reputations of all the Republican nominees so why not roll him out there and encourage him to slander the other nominees. Oh it was a heady time to be a progressive!

The irony of this process is absolutely priceless.

They created Trump and now they must deal with him.

BTW...I would buy the book!

Ann Althouse said...

"Pettishly" — I've never used that word before.. Surprised I had it in me. What the point of knowing a word for half a century and never using it?

Jeff Gee said...

If you're going to illustrate it, I'd like to see the fish-eye lens in action. It's been a while.

stevew said...

I didn't mock him then but expected, and predicted, his chance of winning even the nomination was slim to none. I'm still a bit baffled by being so hugely wrong, but thankful I wasn't smug; that's just a bad look whether winning or losing.

-sw

tcrosse said...

You made me love you.
I didn't want to do it. I didn't want to do it.

exhelodrvr1 said...

I can SMELL the fear in the never-Trumpers and LLRs!

Bay Area Guy said...

Don't reveal your vote until you write the sequel!

Chris of Rights said...

Blogger Ann Althouse said...
"Pettishly" — I've never used that word before.. Surprised I had it in me. What the point of knowing a word for half a century and never using it?

Hmm. I don't know. I've known the word preantepenultimate for quite some time but haven't yet found an excuse to use it in a sentence. I use penultimate often. I have used antepenultimate a few times, but never preantepenultimate. I just recently learned that you can go one farther down that string to propreantepenultimate. I'm anxiously looking forward to the first time I get to use it.

Mike Sylwester said...

At that time, I favored Scott Walker and expected him to be elected President.

Unfortunately, Walker turned out to be a total squish on illegal immigration.

Therefore I went

* from Walker

* to Trump

* to Cruz

* to Trump.

exhelodrvr1 said...

Fabi,
" Chuck's Mitt Romney sex robot"

Thank you so much!!! Now I have that visual seared into my memory!

Bay Area Guy said...

Hillary should finally divorce Bill, move out, get her shit together, go Lesbian without inhibitions and endorse the Althouse book.

It would be highly therapeutic and get that monkey off her back, once and for all.

Chris of Rights said...

Bay Area Guy said...
It would be highly therapeutic and get that monkey off her back, once and for all.


This monkey? https://www.teaparty.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/hillary-back-brace.jpg

Wince said...

“How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump."

“Love” is such a strong word.

How about “let him grab me by the pussy” instead?

Chuck said...

Oh I would read that book. Has there been a book, by anyone who (a) voted for Obama once, or twice, and then (b) voted for Trump?

I don't know that Althouse voted for Trump, of course. She hasn't said. But unless her book title is just a pure play off the Dr. Strangelove subtitle, and unless Althouse's "love" for Donald Trump has arisen after the 2016 election, I am very informally presuming that she voted for Trump. I'd definitely buy that book.

I know that there are people, and perhaps even millions of people, who have voted for both Obama and Trump. Those people's votes counted just as much as the votes of Paul Krugman, Jonah Goldberg, Jennifer Rubin and George Will. And Althouse's vote, having been cast in the razor-thin Wisconsin majority effectively "counted" more than most Americans' votes.

I just don't know what the vote of an Obama/Trump voter means. Maybe it means what Scott Adams thinks it means; that voters are essentially ill-informed and emotionally-reactive.

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Phil 314 said...

Professor, you would do a great job and provide a fresh perspective. Your front line coverage of the Capitol protests was, in my opinion, the first hint of who crazy “those people are”.

In 2016 the major push for Trump was “Not Hillary”. In 2020, Trump’s loud, batshit crazy opposition will become the major push for him. And if they try to impeach him, oh boy!

Fernandinande said...

Mocking the people who are mocking the media creeps who mocked Trump would be third-degree mocking; that's the mock level with the most mock power except for mock four and above.

gspencer said...

Fun for the whole family: playing these clips from June 16, 2015 and November 8, 2016.

Chuck said...

Fernandistein said...
Mocking the people who are mocking the media creeps who mocked Trump would be third-degree mocking; that's the mock level with the most mock power except for mock four and above.


It would be more than mockery. It would be a travesty. A travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.

Roughcoat said...

Write it. I'll buy it -- and read it.

Johnula said...

If you write the book, you will be advancing the cause of international relations.

Seriously: I'm Canadian, and live in Ontario (where Doug Ford, the "Northern Donald Trump" was just elected to the equivalent of governor of our province). I lean "small-c" conservative, which is already an aberration in this country. I cannot count the number of dinner parties I've been a part of where I've been screamed down for my support of Mr. Trump. Don't get me wrong: I see his flaws, but I also see a man committed to the betterment of the American people, and one who clearly believes that Congress's proper role is to make laws. I also understand that political bluster is part of the negotiation process, and wish people would stop have fainting spells when they read words written for swing state voters.

I love our dinner party debates, usually because I'm the only one taking an opposite view from the standard, easy positions. Your blog has been invaluable for helping me understand and frame things in a different way. And the comments hone those ideas to a fine edge.

But, I need any ammunition I can get. Help out a northern neighbor, here: Write the book!

MadisonMan said...

That would be a great book, please do it.

Are the pundits who said things like: "Donald Trump will never be President of the United States" still pundit-ing? And if they are, why?

Fernandinande said...

I'd be the mockery of a sham wrapped in a tortilla.

etbass said...

""How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump."
by a liberal professor from U of Wisconsin

chickelit said...

Althouse mused: I'm thinking of mining my archive to write a book with the title "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump."

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Donald" was the title of my fictional novel in early 2016 link. Seriously. But feel free to use that. Great minds and all that.

Sebastian said...

Better get the book out quick, before Trump hatred swamps the GOP and the country.

ken in tx said...

Please be encouraged!

Rhonda said...

LOVE the title............please consider this great encouragement dear lady!!

Sebastian said...

"I just don't know what the vote of an Obama/Trump voter means. Maybe it means what Scott Adams thinks it means; that voters are essentially ill-informed and emotionally-reactive."

Right. The sort of voters who would explain "how Kerry lost me" or "how McCain lost me."

dreams said...

As to the book, do it, just do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk_QnKtBH8w

Unknown said...

#MeToo. I'll buy the book.

narayanan said...

I became a fan when I saw Kirsten Powers April 11, 2016
'Trump described himself as an Ayn Rand fan. He said of her novel The Fountainhead, “It relates to business (and) beauty (and) life and inner emotions. That book relates to … everything.” He identified with Howard Roark, the novel’s idealistic protagonist who designs skyscrapers and rages against the establishment.'

stand out phrase for me was 'life and inner emotions.”

just think about Hillary's 'life and inner emotions.” you can SMELL DEATH AND ROTTING coming to get you.

tcrosse said...

I look forward to Althouse publishing her lab notes from the great Abnormal Psych Experiment called the First Trump Administration.

tim in vermont said...

I stick to my judgement that Althouse voted for Hillary based on a single comment she made about regretting her vote.

Bob said...

Write it!

Jason said...

There was a great book that came out just before 9/11 called “How I Accidentally Joined the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” by Harry Stein.

Loved it.

Jupiter said...

I'm still worrying. Build the fucking wall, already.

tim in vermont said...

I admit that I first became a grudging fan of Trump when, in Iowa, he bested that heckler with press credentials from Univision, I think. I saw it live and was thinking, “Man, that was good.” I still voted against him in the primaries, but the door opened a crack that day.

narayanan said...

Dear Professora - if you write your book, can we keep your book?
- asking for Obama

Chuck said...

Tim in Vermont said...
I stick to my judgement that Althouse voted for Hillary based on a single comment she made about regretting her vote.


Having just written that my informal presumption is that Althouse voted for Trump, it is really interesting for me to consider that maybe she did not.

If Althouse does reveal who she voted for -- hypothetically, that she voted for Hillary -- will her readers demand proof? Will they question Althouse as they have me, claiming it's a lie and that she didn't really vote that way?

FleetUSA said...

Do it. Wonderful idea.

narayanan said...

'Build the fucking wall, already.'

The Wall is real in 'people who matter's minds' - that is how persuasion works.
It attracts all their mental energy and focus - they crash and burn trying to knock it down.

Mattman26 said...

Please do write it, Ann.

Chuck Todd's "knowing" chuckle in the video as someone else raises the prospect of Trump's candidacy is priceless. Know-it-all dipshit.

I'm going to try to get a little work done, and then watch it again later.

Francisco D said...

Although I voted for Trump at the last minute, I never really liked him until the deranged Resistance made him into an underdog.

It also helped that he was the first Republican to fight back against the DNC/MSM complex.

It helped even more when the stock market bloomed after Trump helped unleash its animal spirits.

Mattman26 said...

Chuck writes: "If Althouse does reveal who she voted for -- hypothetically, that she voted for Hillary -- will her readers demand proof? Will they question Althouse as they have me, claiming it's a lie and that she didn't really vote that way?"

Um, no, Chuck. Do you really need this explained to you?

Michael said...

#metoo.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“I’ll buy a copy for Inga.”

Thanks OM, but I’ve seen it happen live and in real time here on this blog. It would be redundant to me unless more Trump dreams would be revealed. We all knew she was being sucked into the vortex.

Eddie said...

Yes, please do!

Chuck said...

narayanan said...
Dear Professora - if you write your book, can we keep your book?
- asking for Obama


For all of the Trumpkin Althouse readers, I just want to say that Althouse's book is going to be the best book ever written. There's never been a better book, than what this book will be. Believe me. It has to be the best. It will be a strong book. So strong, you can't believe it. Incredibly strong. The kind of book that Althouse could never have written about other people who were past presidents. They just wouldn't have made for a strong book. Those were not good people. But the crooked media loved them and that is why we need this Althouse book. We have to have it. We have no choice. But it will be such a great book. The best words. I mean it; the very best words. Such good words.

Oak Park Joe said...

I would be happy to pre-order ANY book you want to write! Where do I sign up?

Chuck said...

Mattman26 said...
Chuck writes: "If Althouse does reveal who she voted for -- hypothetically, that she voted for Hillary -- will her readers demand proof? Will they question Althouse as they have me, claiming it's a lie and that she didn't really vote that way?"

Um, no, Chuck. Do you really need this explained to you?


So it doesn't even matter, who Althouse voted for; her explanation will be believed. Is that what you're saying?

I think I actually do have the explanation that you're looking for. Althouse never criticizes Trump, but I do. So irrespective of ideology (I am a devoted Republican, Althouse is very independent) or voting history (I have always voted Republican, Althouse has only sometimes voted Republican), Althouse gets the benefit of the doubt and I don't... here in TrumpLand. The Cult of the Personality. The Trump God Emperor.

Mattman26 said...

No, it's that you often seem to be full of shit. Ann does not. Pretty simple.

Bill Peschel said...

If you need help getting the book published, I can help.

I've published nearly 20 books through my imprint, Peschel Press. I designed the cover and formatted the interiors for the trade paperback (through CreateSpace). I pride myself on the quality of my work, and to make sure they're indistinguishable, if not better, than what comes out of New York.

So if you give me the book in a Word file, I can do the interior. The cover design, well, I'm no artist, but can do layout and work with fonts and manipulate images. I've used various photo houses like Shutterstock, but even a simple text-only cover would be fine for this.

For the ebook, I make a version as part of the editing process, but I hire an ex-pat in Thailand (bbEbooks) to format the ebook for all the platforms. That way, if there's any problems, I go back to him. There are also ebook makers in the U.S. that could turn it around for you easily, too.

In other words, I'll be happy to work for you on this, free (doing the TPB would probably take less than a week, so it's not like it would be a huge job). Or I'll point you in various directions for resources and you decide.

One interesting question to decide would be to go wide (put the book up on all the sites -- Amazon, Kobo, Apple, etc. -- or stay exclusive with the Zon and put the book into Kindle Unlimited. That would probably give your book the widest exposure. And, yes, people can visit Amazon through your link, buy the book, and that'll put more coin in your pocket.

reader said...

We traveled to Ireland a month after Trump announced he was running for the presidency. I didn't particularly care about Trump (though I had no intention of voting for him) because I wasn't ready to pay attention to the process.

The first place we stayed was Doonbeg, an awesome hotel. It is my favorite place of any of the hotels I have ever stayed. Trump was not a favorite of many of the people that we encountered in the area. They weren't pleased with the number of people that were fired when he purchased the Doonbeg golf club.

The Irish people are some of the friendliest people I have ever met. Within a few minutes of meeting these strangers treated us as long lost family members. I don't typically talk, discuss, debate, or argue politics with people. People being family, friends, and most definitely strangers. All they wanted to do was discuss Trump and not just for a few minutes.

I remember being embarrassed at the spectacle that was the Republican primary. The number of people involved, the press coverage, and most definitely Trump.

Art in LA said...

"I'll self-publish on Kindle Direct if I can make that happen. Consider encouraging me. Or not." ... I'm in. Just do it!

Darrell said...

My book "Mytay Odumbo" is timed to coincide with the release of the new Tim Burton film.

Gahrie said...

I remember being embarrassed at the spectacle that was the Democratic primary. The amount of cheating involved, the press coverage, the corruption, and most definitely Hillary.

narayanan said...

@Chuck - is your hair orange today?

Chuck said...

narayanan said...
@Chuck - is your hair orange today?


Unlike Trump, my hair color has always been the same and it is a color that occurs in the natural world.

tim in vermont said...

Ya gotta hand it to Chuck at 9:49, that was funny.

bagoh20 said...

Kinda late now. Time better spent would be figuring out what you are completely wrong about today, becuase I bet there is something just as big.

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“Those were not good people.”

LOL. Sounds like Achilles’ influence. Not only were they not good people they were amoral, even immoral!

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, update to my comment at 8:29. Hoyt's article was linked to in Friday's Instapundit, not yesterday's. And it doesn't really say much. However Sarah has written several essays about e-publishing at her blog accordingtohoyt.com which you might benefit from reading as you get closer to completion of your book.

Looking forward to it!

Big Mike said...

I remember being embarrassed at the spectacle that was the Republican primary. The number of people involved, the press coverage, and most definitely Trump.

The only thing I found embarrassing was Jeb Bush. I loved Carly Fiorina. And I voted for Ted Cruz over Donald Trump. But in retrospect, I think Trump has been doing a better job than Cruz would have done.

readering said...

Me, I've never stopped worrying about the Big One and I suspect neither did SK.

Since Althouse went from BO to Mitt, it does not much matter to me where her vote went last time. next time matters.

Seeing Red said...

Have you started packing for Mexico, Inga? You care, you should be down there with your skills.

Jupiter said...

"I think I actually do have the explanation that you're looking for. Althouse never criticizes Trump, but I do."

Chuck, the reason is simple. Althouse is someone we know. We've seen videos of Althouse and Meade being hassled by loonies at the Statehouse. No one but Althouse can ever know who she actually voted for in the privacy of the voting booth. But we know enough about her to make an informed evaluation of any statement she cares to make on the subject. You, on the other hand, are a fictional character. Statements made by fictional characters about how they voted are -- fictional. They are attempts by an author to manipulate. They aren't even lies. Absent the willing suspension of disbelief, they are evidence of nothing.

FortWorthGuy said...

Consider yourself encouraged.

Freeman Hunt said...

That would be an enjoyable book.

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readering said...

Jupiter and others expend a lot of emotion on fictional character. chuck that makes you like Harry Potter around here.

readering said...

Strange Drudge headline. Poll shows Republicans have marginally higher opinion of KJU than NP. Or Marginally more Republicans. or something. Some have stopped worrying for sure.

Karga said...

Chuck if you are trying to take for a ride the Professor you are a fool... You have no chance she won't entertain you. As for the "crooked" media that is a compliment I would say they are plain scam...

Chuck said...

Jupiter said...
"I think I actually do have the explanation that you're looking for. Althouse never criticizes Trump, but I do."

Chuck, the reason is simple. Althouse is someone we know. We've seen videos of Althouse and Meade being hassled by loonies at the Statehouse. No one but Althouse can ever know who she actually voted for in the privacy of the voting booth. But we know enough about her to make an informed evaluation of any statement she cares to make on the subject. You, on the other hand, are a fictional character. Statements made by fictional characters about how they voted are -- fictional. They are attempts by an author to manipulate. They aren't even lies. Absent the willing suspension of disbelief, they are evidence of nothing.


Of course, those were the days when I became a fan of the Althouse blog and was relatively unnoticed as a commenter, expressing bland support for Althouse, and Governor Walker, and Justices Prosser and Roggensack. And as a Romney supporter in 2012, I was further unnoticed here. My one big departure with Althouse was her support for the Obergefell ruling, and her telling her otherwise-conservative readership, "You lost. Get over it."

Sam L. said...

A book? GO FOR IT.

Big Mike said...

Regarding whom Professor Althouse voted for, I have a strong recollection that she chose a masculine pronoun to describe the person she voted for. So, not Hillary nor Jill Stein. Probably Gary Johnson or perhaps Evan McMullin.

Michael said...

Althouse

Please do!! Your observations over these last years have revealed that shift in thought and should provide the strong bones of an interesting narrative. You are a very good writer and the book would be well received.

MadTownGuy said...

One thing that I wish some hard-hitting investigative reporter would look into is how the DNC and MSM colluded to push Trump to the head of the Republican ticket (and all the while documenting how the RNC was opposed to Trump's ascension through the crowd).

Deb said...

I will buy it. I think you have been fair in your reporting of Trump.

Molly said...

(Eaglebeak)

AA, I wholeheartedly encourage your writing that book!

The day DT announced, a friend of mine called in a real state of panic and screeched, "Donald Trump is running!"

I said, "Don't worry--he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning."

Two weeks later--can't even remember exactly why--I decided I supported him 100%--he was so much more human than the rest of the field.

Plus my kid knew one of his kids, so I knew that there actually was humanity involved--but that wouldn't have convinced me if he hadn't done something hilarious or outrageous or ballsy or weird that completely sold me. I underwent a complete gestalt shift.

John henry said...

Ann, I'll buy the book.

Ive published several books via Amazon's CreateSpace in paper and kindle. I had a very good experience publishing wit CRC Press but Amazon is so much better I would never consider traditional publishing again.

My current Amazon project is editing and publishing John McConnell's 4 books on quality in a single volume.

It's been a while since I looked but I think Kindle pays 70% on books priced $9.99 and under, 35% if over 9.99. In other words don't price between 10 & 20 dollars.

Paper copies pay between @30-80% royalty depending on sales channel an pricing.

Contact me if you need any help.

John Henry

Achilles said...

Chuck said...


Of course, those were the days when I became a fan of the Althouse blog and was relatively unnoticed as a commenter, expressing bland support for Althouse, and Governor Walker, and Justices Prosser and Roggensack. And as a Romney supporter in 2012, I was further unnoticed here. My one big departure with Althouse was her support for the Obergefell ruling, and her telling her otherwise-conservative readership, "You lost. Get over it."


But most republican voters did not like or want Mitt Romney. Romney and the rest of you tried to get hillary elected.

The CoC spent millions destroying all of the other republicans in the primary in personal and vicious ways. They refused to treat Obama as nastily as they treated other republicans.

Then they switched over and supported Hillary against Trump in the general. Like you did.

You have trashed and attacked every non-cuck republican. Only good little globalist pets like Kucinich or Jeb are OK with the CoC.

You can vote for Trump all you want even though we know that is a lie.

Chuck is going to be telling us how awesome Laura Bush's attack piece on Trump is pretty soon.



Alcibiades said...

I'm encouraging you. I think it could be great.

I learned about Scott Adams from you and that changed my perception of Trump as well.

stonethrower said...

I would buy the book. Twice.

Achilles said...

Inga said...
“Those were not good people.”

LOL. Sounds like Achilles’ influence. Not only were they not good people they were amoral, even immoral!

Inga is happy to watch servicemen go to jail for doing the same things Hillary did.

The little people must not get in the way of the leftists ascent to power.

Inga wouldn't mind sending a few more people to jail.

MaxedOutMama said...

Ann - I'd buy it - both for the sly humor I suspect it would contain and the Althousian cruel neutrality I know it would contain.

I would encourage you to do it. Also Meade should get a chapter, a foreword or an introduction.

tim in vermont said...

You are a very good writer and the book would be well received.

I wish you well if you do it, Ann, but maybe you should give Jordan Peterson a call first.

tim in vermont said...

Achilles, your life would be better if you ignored her. She is a dog barking at the caravan. Everybody here knows what she is.

Pookie Number 2 said...

"I think I actually do have the explanation that you're looking for. Althouse never criticizes Trump, but I do."

At the risk of pretending that the human measle has any interest in the truth...

Althouse never declared a preference for smearing Trump over being fair - you did. You told us how little honesty matters to you, and we interpret your infantile bleatings accordingly.

n.n said...

Trump won because he didn't shy away from the smell of the deplorables. Well, that, and he promised to not pursue Obama's trail of tears, which rated favorably with most candidates, left and establishment.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

So three years later we know you can be a national joke and President of the United States.

Fabi said...

"Will they question Althouse as they have me, claiming it's a lie and that she didn't really vote that way?"

It's plausible that Ann voted for Trump, so why would I demand proof?

buwaya said...

Every President is in the way of being a national joke. Or at any rate the object of humor.

Nixon was
Ford was
Carter was
Reagan, and how
Clinton was
Bush of course, though the good humor was rapidly disappearing.

Obama was not, very rarely troubled by public mockery in commercial media. The first unfunny President.

Trump is an inherently funny man, a talented comedian himself, but the commercial media offers only an angry and usually unfunny mockery of him.

Yancey Ward said...

When he announced, I thought it unlikely he could win the nomination, but I always took him seriously as a candidate. It was only around December of 2015 that I realized he was the most likely candidate to win the Republican nomination when not a single other candidate took up position on immigration on the same side as Trump. That one issue separated Trump from the pack in the most clear cut fashion, and the divided voting in the early primaries did the rest of the work for him.

Once he had the nomination against Clinton, I actually always expected him to win but for one day or two of doubt following the Access Hollywood tape's release. Other than that moment of doubt, I thought he would win easily, I just didn't expect him to win the way he actually did by taking WI, MI, and PA- I thought it would be VA that would be the key.

buwaya said...

The media treatment follows, I think, the change in the nature of the MSM.
When their audience absolutely determined their success, it called the tune.
That's when MSM operations paid their way as purely commercial operations.
Today the MSM is owned by bigger players who value their media operations as much or more for the political influence or protection they create. Their success does not depend as much on pleasing the public.
These new imperatives changed the tone, because the objectives have changed.

Yancey Ward said...

Chuck asked:

"So it doesn't even matter, who Althouse voted for; her explanation will be believed. Is that what you're saying?"

Yes, Chuck- it doesn't matter and she would be believed- that is the value of credibility.

Wince said...

Just say "Bada Book, Bada Boom"

Fabi said...

If Chuck drops back into this thread -- I hated McCain in 2008 and didn't vote for him, instead leaving my presidential vote blank. You hate Trump far more than I hate McCain yet you claim you voted for him. It makes no sense to me. Obviously it makes sense to you, and I'd be interested in how you reconcile those diametrically opposed positions. You explained one time that it was difficult not to vote for Trump because of the ballot configuration or something similar. That didn't make sense either, i.e., how much time or effort would it have really taken to not vote for him, given your unmatched hatred of the man.

Yancey Ward said...

While Trump staked out the right position before the primaries on immigration, I, to this day, think Trump's campaign was started the day Obama issued the first DACA executive order, and was enhanced when Obama did the second one that got stayed by judge in Texas- that was the political opening through which Trump flew his jet.

Mark said...

So -- What has Essie Cup ever done? What has seen ever accomplished to be someone others should listen to?

Unknown said...

Do it! I'll preorder today...

Ann Althouse said...

""How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Donald" was the title of my fictional novel in early 2016 link. Seriously. But feel free to use that. Great minds and all that."

I'm sorry to see that. I did a quick web search to see if my title had been used. I really don't want it if it's been used and only mentioned it here to "save" it for myself. Thanks for your acceptance of the overlap, but I really don't want to reuse anything. Just consider it a working title for now.

Quaestor said...

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump."

Oh, how I wish for an iota of artistic skill. Then I'd draw a cartoon of Althouse riding Donald Trump like Major Kong riding an H-bomb.

AllenS said...

Since that title was already been taken, how about this --

"How The Althouse Woman Stopped Worrying and Loved the Donald"

Ann Althouse said...

I don't like the epithet "The Donald." It seems like what people said a quarter century ago. I don't hear "The Donald" as current. It's like The Fonz or something. Seems outdated.

AllenS said...

Since that title was already been taken...

I won't be writing any books anytime soon.

Ann Althouse said...

Anyway... the reference back to "Dr. Strangelove" might not be understood by some potential readers who would give too much meaning to the words "worrying" and "love" and be skeptical of me. How can you love Trump? It's toxifying!

rhhardin said...

"Men Aren't as Bad as I Thought: a Feminist Warms to Trump"

jimf said...

excellent idea for a book

Fabi said...

"Althouse Jumps The Trump Shark"

Because you mentioned "The Fonz", Ann. :-)

Tank said...

Just checking in to say:

#Metoo, I want to read that too.

readering said...

Quarter century? More like quarter decade. But agree it's outmoded. Created two wives ago.

n.n said...

"The Donald" is a title, which may be inspired by the Italian mafioso.

So, in conclusion, Drumpf is Hitler reincarnated, left of left, rolled with an Italian Don.

Wait, was there ever an orange Hitler or Italian Don?

Was there ever an orangutan, or another ape, that was a Hitler or Italian Don? Perhaps on Planet of the Apes.

The narrative is incongruent with his diversity class... Jew... I mean White privilege. Orange privilege?

Tyrone Slothrop said...

I'll buy a copy, Althouse. You're a good writer and fair-minded to boot.

I quote myself in May, 2016, "I will never vote for Trump under any circumstances." In November, 2016, I voted for Trump.

For years I've been preaching that it's your duty to vote. You don't have to love or even approve of a candidate, but you must discriminate between the top two and pick the one who is less horrible. This is how I justified voting for Trump.

In the days, weeks and months since, Trump has repeatedly surprised me at his accomplishments, unalloyed positive moves for the American people. Many of his coups even qualify as conservative in nature. He does this despite an endless barrage of irrational hatred from the loser left.

I'm now a Trump supporter. There is a sense of optimism in this country very similar to that achieved by Reagan. Trump, unlike Obama, doesn't act with a view to producing the mere appearance of good. Trump actually requires results. He sets the conditions for negotiation, and then fights tenaciously for the results he seeks. He is not a slave to ideology.

The "resistance" becomes more ridiculous by the minute. Maher, Griffin and DeNiro are the representatives of an unhinged mob. The apolitical middle doesn't need any help in recognizing the lack of seriousness, the stupidity, of the left. In 2020, they will vote for Trump.

Will J. Richardson said...

You might have juxtaposed this video of Ann Coulter on Bill Maher's show declaring Trump as the GOP candidate most likely to win.
Donald Trump

Quaestor said...

Trump, unlike Obama, doesn't act with a view to producing the mere appearance of good.

Esse quam videri.

Rusty said...

Blogger Ann Althouse said...
"Thanks for all the encouragement!"
I'll jump in too. Mead! Stand over her till she gets it done!
Yeah. Like that's gonna happen.
But. Please. Do write it.

Quaestor said...

More broadly, "Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse quam videri volunt."

jacksonjay said...

About six weeks ago I called a feller up there in Oklahoma about building some bobbed wire fence on my place in Texas. He told me to figure an extra 20% for that there tariff. Well sure enough, Resort Builder Trump, in order to defend America from them Canucks, made it 25%! So I figure I'm gonna pay a $700 dollar tax for that measly half mile of bobbed wire fence in order to give them Pennsylvania steel worker a job! I guess I should gladly spend the tax cut dollars I got on a tax to protect them thar union workers who abandonded Obama and Hillary for the Golf Course Manufacturer-in-Chief.

That Mr Burns lookin Commerce Secretary told me I could afford an extra penny for a beer can tax!

That Crazy Eyed Economic Advisor told me the Pussy in Ottawa has reserved a Throne in Hell!

The Curvy Blonde Senior Advisor's daddy salutes the NOKO General!

And the Law prof tells me not to worry!

Seventy-five years of history and most economists tell me to worry.

readering said...

"Trump, unlike Obama, doesn't act with a view to producing the mere appearance of good."

Explains why he's lying is ass off constantly about his child-separation policy.

Levi Starks said...

I’ll buy it

Bay Area Guy said...

At first, I thought Trump was a joke too. But I greatly under-appreciated the depth of the (1) Immigration issue and (2) trade issue, both designed to hammer down the wages of blue collar whites, blacks, and Mexicans.

Trump rode these babies to political promised land, and the Left still doesn't get it.

Chuck said...

Fabi said...
If Chuck drops back into this thread -- I hated McCain in 2008 and didn't vote for him, instead leaving my presidential vote blank. You hate Trump far more than I hate McCain yet you claim you voted for him. It makes no sense to me. Obviously it makes sense to you, and I'd be interested in how you reconcile those diametrically opposed positions. You explained one time that it was difficult not to vote for Trump because of the ballot configuration or something similar. That didn't make sense either, i.e., how much time or effort would it have really taken to not vote for him, given your unmatched hatred of the man.


1. From you earlier post, I did indeed vote for Trump in 2016. I just don't know why that is so hard for some to believe. I preferred having the Federalist Society pick federal court nominees, to having the Hillarycrats doing it. I am certain that I posted to that effect in advance of election day.

2. The way that I effectively voted for Trump without having to do the distasteful thing of putting a mark next to the names of Trump and Pence, was to fill in the Republican straight party ballot option on my Michigan ballot. Michigan is one of the few states that still allow straight party voting and to me the funny part about that is that Michigan Republicans have passed legislation to remove it, while Democrats have gone to federal court to maintain it. The Michigan law is currently enjoined. The Democrats' stated position is that the option to vote a straight party ballot saves time. And because some of the majority-minority areas in the state are so heavily Democratic, the push to remove the straight party option would disparately impact minorities. Making their lines longer, etc. Don't ask me; it ain't my argument. We Republicans want to get rid of straight party voting because what happens is that thousands of low-information voters in inner cities and communities of color are instructed by their church leaders and union leaders to "Vote Straight Democratic Ticket." When they do that, they automatically cast votes for many down-ballot races (university boards, commissioners, etc.) for which they would have no idea who is running or why or even what the office is. We want to put an end to that; make them work harder for their votes.

And that, Fabi, was my previous explanation on the subject but you obviously didn't pay enough attention and either didn't understand it or didn't remember it correctly.

Trump is a despicable, insulting, incompetent asshole... who was preferable to the Democrat.

Bob said...

Whatever title you choose for the book, please consider yourself encouraged to write it. I have some gift recipients in mind in addition to my own little self.





Chuck said...

btw; While Michigan Republicans are trying to ban straight party voting, Kansas Republicans are trying to enact a straight party voting option.

Michigan Republicans see the Democrats' sociopolitical structures (churches, unions, etc.) conspiring to instruct their memberships to vote straight party.

Kansas Republicans, for reasons I am not clear about, must feel that they have their own sociopolitical structures to do the same for them.

I'd like to talk to a Kansas Republican about it.

hombre said...

Chuck: “Trump is a despicable, insulting, incompetent asshole... who was preferable to the Democrat.”

The evidence is not in on whether he is an incompetent President, but it does not appear to be going your way. He is certainly not an incompetent money maker. I would argue that most of his insults are warranted.

madAsHell said...

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Donald Trump."

Your comments database is already crowd-sourced.

Somewhere Erma Bombeck is smiling.

John Pickering said...

Sure Ann, write that book about falling in love with Donald Trump, and ratify your reputation down the years as the cute little cheerleader for your lovely white tribe. Sure Ann, go ahead and describe how funny and clever the President is: you might reference that hilarious picture of the crying little brown girl whose mother is being taken away, and who is standing in sneakers without shoelaces, which have been removed for fear the two-year-old would use them as a weapon or to hang herself. Ann, please go on in your book and explain how funny that photo is, how clever and brilliant is the strategy behind it, and how much more you must love the president because of it.
While you're in that carefree, lovesick mood you've evoked, go ahead and describe how lovable the President is when he carries on as a serial sex criminal and pervert; how delectable and sexy you find his embrace of Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin; how classy and admirable he is when he insults everyone from Gold Star mothers to black athletes to Justin Trudeau. Sure Ann, go ahead and write that book about how're not only not worried, but love the idea that the President is something ranging from the stooge to the dupe to the agent of the Russian intelligence services. Melanie may not love him, but you do. Uggh. Go on, get going, and don't worry about the title, titles can't be copyrighted.

hombre said...

@Althouse: The book sounds interesting. I gave money to three of his primary opponents, but have since come around.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

I would have enthusiastically voted for Scott Walker, but the jabbering heads destroyed his candidacy. I would have willingly voted for Ted Cruz, but the jabbering heads destroyed his candidacy also.

When it was down to Trump and Hillary, the choice was clear; the alternative frightening. Trump presented as a serious candidate. Most of what he said, although often baldly phrased, was in the wider sense true. Hillary did not present herself at all, but rather coasted on her reputation as a scofflaw and troublemaker.

Was very pleasantly surprised the morning after election. And I am more thankful every day.

But what do I know. I get my news only from Drudge, Instapundit, Althouse, and a sprinkling of Lucianne. Have not watched the jabbering heads for years.

I'm Full of Soup said...

Write the book Althouse.

Chapter 1 can be "Jeez, a Guy with no elected office experience can actually get things done".

madAsHell said...

I wanna be the Slim Pickens character riding the bomb like a rodeo star.

Quaestor said...

John Pickering wrote ...how classy and admirable he is when he insults... Justin Trudeau.

Althouse jokingly suggests she loves Donald Trump. Peanuts (or is that crumbs?). Pickering thinks he's God.

There is no god but Trump, and Pickering is His prophet.

jacksonjay said...

Trump is just beginning to be Trump. The jury is still out. I did not get a bonus or a raise. Bobbed wire fence and higher gas prices (gotta go check on them cows) ate up my tax cut. So personally, I'm where I started 18 months ago. I don't analyze SCOTUS cases, teach surgery or draw cartoons. I don't kiss ass with dumpy dictators, but I'm gonna hold off on Trump greatness for a while. Might turn out to be great!

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Government always carries some amount of Corruption. It goes with the Power. The 2016 election presented two alternatives - both a major deviation from the historic trend increasing Power and Corruption of Government. One choice, a leap of faith into the unknown; the other a leap into a full-blown coruptocracy. I am thankful every day for the outcome.

The ONLY certain way to reduce hhe Corruption in Government is to reduce the Powers the Poeple grant to Government. Yes, it means we must accept responsibility for our own well being and the consequences of our decisions. Sad but true.

Fabi said...

"And that, Fabi, was my previous explanation on the subject but you obviously didn't pay enough attention and either didn't understand it or didn't remember it correctly."

You've provided a few different explanations for your vote over the last year or so, Chuckles. You can shove your lame attempt at blame-throwing straight up your ass, soy boy. It's fruitless to engage you in a serious manner, so I'll return to pure mockery.

Chuck said...

"I am afraid you are mistaking me for someone who has an interest in fair treatment of Donald Trump. I'm not your guy. I am interested in smearing him, hurting him and prejudicing people against him."

3/4/16, 4:46 PM

MountainMan said...

Write it. I'll buy one. I might give a few as gifts.

jacksonjay said...

Try Lincicome.

Mountain Maven said...

Just lay off the free range Chardonnay before lunch.

donald said...

Trump’s entry never even registered with me and I never took him seriously till the last couple weeks of the election

Bad Lieutenant said...

write a book with the title "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Don"

FIFY, no charge.

Curious George said...

"Ann Althouse said...
I don't like the epithet "The Donald." It seems like what people said a quarter century ago. I don't hear "The Donald" as current. It's like The Fonz or something. Seems outdated."

The reddit forum is called The_Donald. But you may think what you think because one doesn't hear Donald Trump nearly as often now that he's called President Trump.

buwaya said...

We can tell that Pickering is a truly lovely person.

Gahrie said...

Chuck: “Trump is a despicable, insulting, incompetent asshole... who was preferable to the Democrat.”

The evidence is not in on whether he is an incompetent President, but it does not appear to be going your way. He is certainly not an incompetent money maker. I would argue that most of his insults are warranted.


Chuckles didn't accuse Trump of being an incompetent president, he accused him of being an incompetent asshole.

1) This is one of the rare occasions when I agree with Chuckles. Trump is an incompetent asshole. He does a very poor job of being an asshole.

2) I strongly suggest that Trump take asshole lessons from Chuckles. After all he is our resident expert.

rehajm said...

I already kinda knew him and knew he’d be far superior to what we’ve had and wht we had of the available options. Carly would have been fine. Y’all missed out on Mitt. Trump’s just fine, though.

Billy Hill said...

Officially encouraging you. I love your perspective, and I've enjoyed watching you (reluctantly) come around. A book would just be an added bonus.

buwaya said...

More or less off-topic -

From the Chosun Ibo, one more of the near-daily bits out of the Korean rapprochement -

NK offers to withraw artillery

This is all happening very fast.

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